Juls and I barreling down a mountain in Spain

In Remembrance of Juls ❤️ 🌈

My amazing, wonderful, gifted, beautiful, and only sister Julianne recently passed away in her sleep. She was my favorite sibling (sorry bros), my guiding light, my moral compass, and my tether to reality.

We vibed on the same wavelength immediately from the first day I held her in the hospital. The bond was instant and permanent throughout everything life tossed at us.

I have no clue how I'll possibly go on without her.

She was my constant travel buddy (we decided when we each got our own travel shows, mine would be called ‘Going Nowhere with Goob' and hers would be ‘Jaunting Everywhere with Juls'), my comedy partner, and my absolute biggest encourager who believed in me like no-one else.

When I got cancer, she was the person who salvaged my spirits. I'm only here today because of her. When she fell on hard times, I picked her up and did my best to remind her of all the beauty in the world.

There's not a single area of my life that she didn't directly impact for the better – from my daily breakfast, to the silly little sayings I'm always muttering, all the way up to my life's grandest hopes and dreams. I'd give a million dollars to anybody who could find a single area in my life without her fingerprints all over it.

She was my best friend for over two decades and I count my blessings for every single second we had together.

There's an old adage not to say something online that you wouldn't want printed on the front page of your local newspaper. That aphorism never worked for me, but what did was thinking about how I'd explain myself to Juls. I never wanted to disappoint or let her down; in any way, shape, or form.

I hope I never did.

Some of you may remember Juls from 14 years ago when we first made our custom cow costumes for the annual Chick-fil-A promo.

That was my Juls. She was always down for spending quality time together doing any and everything – even when it was just making a goofy costume for a few hours & dressing up like a cow for a free meal that she couldn't even eat since she was vegetarian.

Juls & Goob Dressed Like Cows
We made these in 4 hours for like $10 in parts.
Juls got the domain wrong! :)
The knucklehead got the domain wrong! 🙂

Juls was an amazing drawer and painter. She had the voice of an angel and a heart made of gold. She also had the most unhinged sense of humor that could ALWAYS make me belly laugh like no other. Her sense of humor was only topped by her actual laugh. I miss it already, but can thankfully still hear it so strongly in my head. I once spent 8 hours on a single 10 second prank just to make her laugh and it was worth every second.

She was the most empathetic and kind person I've ever met. She had a passion for animals and the environment too – her vegetarianism eventually evolved into veganism and despite my many years of joking mockery, I could never deny that she was easily the best cook & baker I knew. You should have seen the MASSIVE smile on her face when she revealed that the chocolate chip cookies I proclaimed to be the best I'd ever eaten had just been baked with all vegan ingredients.

She was so excited for me to meet the two cats (Mac and Cheez) she rescued during the pandemic. I hate that I'm meeting them under these terrible circumstances, but they are the nicest, sweetest, chillest cats I've ever met.

She did an amazing job raising them, just like she was amazing at everything else she did in life.

Juls went through college with a research career in mind and then spent a single semester working in an economically disadvantaged public school and immediately pivoted her life's goals. She adored “her kids” and was so excited to begin her career as a 3rd grade elementary school teacher this month.

That was the type of woman Juls had grown to be and I was so damn proud of her.

In lieu of flowers, my family set up a GoFundMe where a large portion will go towards providing much needed in-school and after-school support to her kids. The rest will go towards her local animal shelter where she volunteered and rescued her beloved cats.

I don't want to impose, but if any Hiffers are in a position to donate, my family and I would greatly appreciate it. Every penny raised will go towards making the world a better place, just like Juls would have wanted.

Here are a few of my many, many favorite photos of me and Juls.

I love and miss you so very much, Juls. ❤️

Free Home Depot Kids Workshop

Next Free Home Depot Kids Activity Kit on November 5!

The next free Kids Activity Kit from Home Depot is almost available! These in-store events take place on the first Saturday of each month from 9am to 12 noon, which means the next event is Saturday, November 5! No registration is required.

If you prefer, you can purchase this month's kit here while supplies last and guarantee you'll get one! This is completely optional though. You can also purchase an earlier kit, which supplies last. I've linked to the ones I could find down below.

November Freebie Event: Scarecrow Napkin Holder

Bring something new to the table this Thanksgiving with a fun, and functional fall table decoration.

The kits include nails, screens, stickers, and wooden pieces. You will need to provide your own sandpaper, wood glue, hammer, and #2 Phillips screwdriver.

In addition to keeping the craft forever, each kit comes with a free certificate of achievement, free Workshop Apron, and free commemorative pin. You can find more info on this month's free craft here.

These free craft kits are intended for kids aged 5-12, though the age range is simply a guide instead of a strict rule. I can also confirm grown adults aged over 30 sometimes have trouble helping their little brother because I'm terrible with tools.

There are only a limited number of kits available per store! Find your local Home Depot and then call ahead to make sure they still have free kits available.

Most stores give these away at the customer service counter. Other stores reportedly give these away near the checkout registers.

Don't miss the free Workshop Extension Activity!

Each free kit also has an “extension activity” created in tandem with Discovery Channel Education. These are kind of cool, as they let your child “upgrade” the free craft they built. For instance, the November 2021 Amphibious Military Vehicle extension teaches your child how to build life vest for their imaginary passengers.

Free Home Depot Kit 2022 Schedule

If you really want to plan ahead, here's the full Home Depot kids workshop schedule for 2022. While supplies last, free kits are available during their entire month.

Please remember to call your local Home Depot store to make sure they have remaining kits available!

Get craft kits for home for under $5!

If you miss out on any kits, Home Depot is now selling previous months kits online for less than $5! After purchase, you can opt for free in-store pickup at your own convenience.

Home Depot Promotional Sales

While you're at the workshop, you might be interested in the latest online and in-store promotions at The Home Depot! Many of these deals are not tied to any event, with up to 75% discounts!

Home Depot also has a cool “Buy of the Day” section, where they offer one-day only sales at huge discounts. It's worth checking out, you never know what they have!

Kindle First Free Books

Amazon Prime: Free Unreleased Kindle Books

Did you know Amazon Prime members get Kindle access to unreleased books each month? I had no idea! Each month they let you pick two upcoming books to download before they're actually released. This month you can pick from the following:

  1. The Quarry Girls: A Thriller by Jess Lourey
  2. The Stroke of Winter: A Gothic Novel by Wendy Webb
  3. Well Behaved Wives: A Novel by Amy Sue Nathan
  4. The Break: A Novel by Katie Sise
  5. The Bookstore Sisters: A Short Story by Alice Hoffman
  6. Keeper of Enchanted Rooms (Whimbrel House Book 1) by Charlie N. Holmberg
  7. Excuse Me While I Disappear: Tales of Midlife Mayhem by Laurie Notaro
  8. Over Her Dead Body: A Novel by Susan Walter
  9. Pesos: The Rise and Fall of a Border Family (True Crime/Memoir) by Pietro La Greca Jr.
  10. June, Reimagined: A Novel by Rebekah Crane
  11. It's Not The Three Little Pigs (It’s Not a Fairy Tale Book 4) by Josh Funk (Author), Edwardian Taylor (Illustrator)

Dang, I was really hoping for the next Song of Ice and Fire book to be listed there. Guess I'll have to wait another decade or two.

Weekend Amazon Deals

KidKraft 2-in-1 Reversible Top Activity Table
Who knows what creations this KidKraft table will inspire? The reversible table top features an illustrated play surface on one side, and a building brick surface on the other. It includes 200 building bricks and a 30-piece wooden train starter kit to get little engineers started on their first creations. When playtime is done, the table top lifts to reveal a storage area underneath (you’re welcome parents!). This versatile table is carefully constructed with rounded corners for years of safe, imaginative fun. The classic natural wood finish will look great in any playroom, bedroom or living room.

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Free W Magazine Subscription

Free W Magazine Subscription

It's been a while since I've found a brand new magazine offer! Yet Mercury Magazines has surprised us with this free W magazine subscription.

W magazine operates at the intersection of fashion, film, art, music, and society, both in print and digitally. With its combination of world-class photography and sophisticated journalism, W is a must-read for anyone interested in the worlds of style and contemporary culture.

Hmmm, this might not be a magazined aimed at the Goob demographic. Right now I'm operating at the intersection of grief, insanity, eating too much cake, and laughing at the stupidest things.

Free Defend the Flock 2023 Calendar

Free Defend the Flock 2023 Calendar

The US Department of Agriculture is giving away free Defend Your Flock 2023 calendars.

Once you load the page, type calendar into the search box and it will pull up the free calendar. Then enter a quantity of 1, add it to your cart, and checkout. You'll immediately receive an email confirmation and can expect your freebie in 4-6 weeks.

You can also get the 2022 calendar freebie if you need one for the final few months of this year.

They have a pdf version online so you can see exactly what kind of wall calendar we're getting.

Free Rainin Art of Pipetting 2022 Calendar

Free Rainin Art of Pipetting 2023 Calendar

You can signup here to request a free Rainin Art of Pipetting 2023 calendar once they become available later this year. This freebie features original work by San Francisco artist Chelsea Ryoko Wong. Drawing from real-life events and her imagination, Wong creates vibrant scenes of commingling people celebrating diversity and curiosity.

This seems to be a trade offer for companies involved with pipetting, so I don't know how much longer this form will remain active.

Free Disney Movie Insiders Points

Free Disney Movie Insiders Points

Get free Disney Movie Insider points by entering these codes!

In addition to the free codes randomly released, there are monthly “mystery” points given out. All you have to do is click this link once a month and you'll get a minimum of 5 free points.

I've updated the list of codes to now come sorted in a table, newest to oldest, along with their known expiration dates! You can also sort by any other column by clicking on the title in the first row.
PointsCodeDate AddedExpiration
25 pointsMIGUEL09-30-2022???
25 pointsLACIENEGA 09-22-2022???
10 pointsFERRIX 09-21-202210-14-2022
25 pointsMIRABEL 09-19-202210-15-2022
10 pointsATTORNEY 09-12-2022???
10 pointsD23EXPO2022 09-12-2022???
10 pointsWORLDPRINCESSWEEK08-17-2022???
10 pointsATHENS06-30-2022???
25 pointsBURGERS05-02-2022???
10 pointsCAPYBARA11-18-2021??
10 pointsLAUNCHPAD06-03-2021??
10 pointsCRUELLA05-19-2021??

For years, I joked about saving enough points for the purple Hannah Montana guitar with amp. I finally called it quits on my dream last year, as I cashed out my points for a few $10 Starbucks gift cards! Not a bad trade off, in my opinion. 😊 ☕ > 🎸

Free Disney Points Each Month

Each month Disney sends out free bonus Disney Movie Rewards points on Monday!

Check your email for a message from [email protected]. Mine came yesterday with the subject 🎯 Ryan, Your Members-Only Update: Mystery Bonus Inside and once you open it, look for the image above to score your free points.

You can win anywhere from 4 to 20. Hopefully you have more luck then me and my 5 points. 😀

How to enter Disney Movie Insiders codes

  • Create a free Disney Movie Insiders account and log-in
  • Click “Enter Code” in the top right
  • Enter your code in the popup box
  • Your bonus points will then get added to your account total show in the top left!

What perks do these Disney points give?

You can redeem your free points for Disney themed discounts, prizes, toys, and much more here.

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Free Computer Video Games 🎮 – This Week’s Worth $25

Epic Games Store gives away free video games on a weekly basis! They've given away over 200 games since this amazing freebie started back in 2019 and is still on-going as of 2022. Each week, on Thursday, at 8am PT / 11am ET, Epic releases one to three free games!

These high-value games are available only for a week to checkout & download for free. However, once you go through the checkout process (with no payment method required), the computer game is yours to keep permanently forever! It will be added to your account and free to download, even after the giveaway ends.

The free Epic Games video games page also shows both the current week freebies and the upcoming next week free games.

The current games are available through September 29 at 10:00am.

  • Runbow – $14.99 value!
  • The Drone Racing League Simulator – $9.99 value!

Runbow is the party platformer you've been waiting for! With tons of characters, costumes, and crazy game modes, Runbow is full of colourful chaos that you just have to experience for yourself.

The DRL Simulator is the premier FPV racing game and simulator. The DRL Sim offers a robust, evolving feature set, including high-intensity drone racing. It packs tracks that DRL's real world pilots compete on, with more added every season.

These games typically retail around $20-$40 and are such a great deal since you keep them forever! Even if you don't intend to play the game now, it's nice having a free pool of new games to try out whenever the mood strikes.

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Freeosk Weekly Samples

Current Freeosk Weekly Samples at Walmart & Sam’s Club

If you have a local Walmart or Sam's Club with a Freeosk kiosk, then you can easily get three freebies in-store! Even better, these freebies rotate every week.

To get your samples, simply download their app and make a free account. Then you scan your app at a freeosk in-store and out spits an instant freebie. They're like freebie vending machines!

From Friday, September 30 – Thursday, October 6 you can get the following freebies:

Walmart Freeosk

  • N/A

Sam's Club Freeosk

  • Blakes Birthday Cake Crispy Treat
  • SmartyPants Kids Multivitamin

Albertsons, Randalls, & Tom Thumb Freeosk

  • Planters Sweet & Spicy Peanuts

Freeosk has over 1,300 locations across the country, so it might be worth checking if your local store has a unit hiding somewhere!

Free Kindle eBooks

Today’s Free Kindle eBooks

Here is the current list of free Kindle eBooks. Many of these are available to everybody! For the longest time, I thought they were only for Amazon Prime members, however I discovered anybody can read these free eBooks with any number of free Kindle apps. Be it on your phone, computer, or tablet, you can download a Kindle app and get these books for free!

They're split into different categories and were all free as of this morning, though please make sure they're still free when you go to redeem them since sometimes these promos only last for a few hours / days.

Hopefully, you can find something fun to read. 📚 😃 And as usual, please check the price before you download. These free books are often time-based and will go up in price after a certain amount of time, so before you download, make sure the price is $0.00!

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Thursday Amazon Deals

Hamilton Beach Air Fryer Countertop Toaster Oven
One appliance that combines the convenience of our popular Easy Reach Toaster Oven with Sure-Crisp air frying functionality. You get the countertop cooking convenience you love in a toaster oven, plus the even crisping and browning of an air fryer. The specially designed glass door makes it easy to add and remove foods from the oven, check foods as they’re cooking, and keeps the countertop free. Air powerfully circulates for evenly browned foods with little to no oil. Fits 6 slices of toast, a 12″ pizza, or a 9″ x 11″ baking pan.

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Free Kobalt Headlamp at Lowe's

Free Kobalt Headlamp at Lowe’s

Registration is now open for the upcoming October 8th event at Lowe's giving away a free Kobalt Headlamp! Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and they're giving away 100 free headlamps per store, nationwide.

You must register before October 6, so don't forget.