Make It An IHOP Day $50 Gift Card Giveaway (4 Winners)

August 22, 2011

Here is another Birthday Gal giveaway! This time it’s for IHOP Gift Cards! You know a good meal can make your whole day! That’s the idea behind IHOP’s new “Make it an IHOP day” campaign. Food is an engaging experience that can bring out the best in people and we want to know who brings out the best in you. To celebrate the new campaign, we want to invite you to share a story about someone who has made a positive impact in your life! I will personally read each story and chose the 4 winners with the most inspiring story. The winners will receive a $50 gift card to IHOP and maybe they can use it to take that person to dinner ;)

Disclosure: IHOP has provided me with the $50 gift cards for this giveaway. FOUR of my readers will win a $50 IHOP Gift Card!


Here is how to enter this giveaway:

1. MANDATORY: Leave me a “comment” on this post sharing a story about someone who has made a positive impact in your life and inspired you! Tell me about the time, place, reason they have inspired you. How did it change you? Only stories on this post will be counted!


Here are the rules and guidelines for Coupon Gal giveaways!

This giveaway ends Monday, August 29, 2011 at 11:59 p.m., PST

Please Note: All comments are moderated so there will be a delay from when you post your comment until it’s visible under the giveaway comment section. If you are viewing my giveaway through email or in a reader, you will need to come visit my site in order to enter this giveaway since that is where the comment section is located. Please visit my website to enter! You can enter the Make it an IHOP Day $50 Gift Card Giveaway HERE!


51 Eve August 29, 2011 at 5:35 pm

My aunt Dora. I was raised by her until I went to live with my mother at 8. But she was warm hearted and fun. A free spirit unlike me. She was a great woman. Taught me its the little things that counts. Till this day, I remember what we did together, not what we didnt have.

52 Elena August 28, 2011 at 8:37 pm

My son is my inspiration to be a better person, to achieve more and provide a better life for us. He makes me so happy since the day he was born.

53 Kortney Picker August 27, 2011 at 8:57 pm

I would say that my husband inspires me to be a better person everyday. He is so patient with everyone and never complains or gets annoyed with people. He is always the first person to genuinely apologize about anything he has done wrong and it makes me feel guilty for holding grudges and softens my heart so I too can learn how to forgive and forget easily. He is always eager to help out and be a servant whenever he is needed. He makes me want to have this same kind of attitude and makes me a better person!

54 Lori S August 27, 2011 at 3:21 pm

My best friend inspires me. She went back to school at the age of 50 and left her stable career behind to complete a dream she has always had.


55 Leslie Grubbs August 26, 2011 at 7:07 am

I had a piano teacher who spent a lot of time with me. Not just on piano, but on real life. She seriously changed the direction my life was going. If I didn’t have her I am certain life would not have turned out as well for me as it did. She is my hero.

56 Lori August 25, 2011 at 7:41 pm

My mom is an inspiration to me, she has been through some very hard situations in life but didn’t let them get her down. I remember at a point during my childhood that we lived in a one bedroom apartment and my mom slept on the couch while I had the bedroom, she also worked 2 jobs to support me. My mom led by example that I should work hard and be a productive citizen.

57 Eden August 25, 2011 at 11:29 am

My grandmother is my inspiration! She attacks each task in life with vigor and tenacity. She is ever giving of her time, talents and energy. She never slows down and is still going as strong as ever at the age of 91. Her cooking is the best in the world and she has inspired me to be the best in all I do in life and in the kitchen. She has given me such a vivid example of the person I need to be. Our latest endeavor together in her kitchen was to make her delicious potica – and glean her specific intricacies. I am so thankful for every day we still have together.

58 Cheryl P. August 25, 2011 at 9:06 am

I am a preschool teacher and the children I teach inspire me everyday. They remind us that as adults we need to remember to look at the world through a child’s eyes, play everyday and learn as much as you can! When I started teaching I was always thinking about how I can teach them when in reality they teach me something everyday! It’s an amazing and wonderful job!

59 gill white August 25, 2011 at 7:56 am

a friend that inspires me every single day.. she always finds the positive in every situation, even the ones that are bad.she is my go to gal, for advice, venting etc… at the end of the conversation, i feel much better, like i can handle the day, and go on for my kiddos and family…. thanks LB

60 phyllus cota August 25, 2011 at 1:23 am

My grandaughter Nevaeh inspires me she has been a fighter for life ever since she was born. she was born with a rare heart defect called ebsteins anomaly she is 6 years old and is always in and out of the doctors. she has a heart of gold and loves the lord she also has asthma and a very bad case of eczema that is uncontrolable. everything is a wait and see all the time with the doctors. but for her its alway ok and she always conforts us and tell us to pray and to give it to god. 3 yrs ago she lost her dad to a hit and run driver her mom was 4 month pregnant with there second child. who now is 3 and she never got to meet her daddy. but nevaeh always tells her about him and is always showing pictures of him to her. nevaeh is so young but so smart and loves to pray for those that are sick and hurting in life. if you were to see her you would never know she is sick because she never complains about anything. she just loves life and lives everyday to its fullest as we all should. They say god puts people in your life for a reason well she is my reason and exsample. she teachs me day to day how to be happy. she now prays for her mommy to find a godly man and a new daddy for her and her sister zoe i love when she says to god if it your will jesus to give mommy a new husband please do. she love to go out to dinner so i would give this card to her so she can take her mommy and sister out. thank you

61 Teresa Sambrano August 25, 2011 at 12:00 am

a person who has had one of the biggest positive impacts in my life was one of my professors in college. she pushed me to go further than just getting the bare minimum requirements for the profession i had chosen. she mentored me, cared about how i was doing, and most of all encouraged me to take what i’ve learned and help others; to do more and better things in my life. because of her i just didn’t take the few classes i needed, but went on to graduate college and get two degrees, which i never would have done without her guidance. she is one of the few people who have changed my life and inspired me to do better. she still keeps in contact with me to see how i am doing, and will always have a giant place in my heart.

62 Marjorie Hutton August 24, 2011 at 11:08 pm

My oldest daughter and the rest of my children inspires me everyday when I wake up and see them smiling and interacting with each other. My oldest has been battling cancer for the past 5 years and It sure has not been easy on our family and especially for my other children. My oldest inpires me in so many ways. Her courage and her desires to make sure that her brother and sisters are never sad or feels that life has cheated her amazes me in ways that words can not describe the way i feel as a mother. Yes I am scared and I’m always on edge of my seat when the phone rings and have the dr tell us that the cancer has come back. She is an amazing girl and the positiveness that she radiants upon others just blows me away.Her priority is always making sure that her siblings & friends are #1 priority. she never allows her situation to bring anyone down. She’s a definitely a gift from the guys upstairs to remind us that no matter what life may be tossed at you to stay positive and appreciate the reason for the osctacle.

63 Diane L. August 24, 2011 at 6:40 pm

My mom was a great inspiration to me, especially during the last few years of her life when she lived in a nursing home in Minnesota. (She passed away 8 years ago.) In spite of multiple significant medical problems including diabetes, glaucoma, arthritis, and a circulatory problem that resulted in the amputation of one leg, she never became bitter and always maintained a positive attitude and a strong faith in God. I try to follow her example whenever challenges enter my life.

64 Heather Johnson August 24, 2011 at 5:33 pm

My mother was my inspiration. I wish I could tell her now.

65 Bonnie Gale August 24, 2011 at 4:19 pm

A person who has recently made a huge impact in my life and in the lives of my family, namely and most importantly, my autistic 6 year old son, is his teacher, Ms. Michelle. Ethan was placed in her class in February after month and months of heartbreak and tragedy. Between the months of Sept. 2010 and Jan. 2011, my was hospitalized in 4 separate psychiatric institutions because he had become very violent. For a while we didn’t even know if we would be able to keep him at home. But, after the district refused him other placements, we took a leap of faith and allowed him to be placed in her classroom. Our lives have been blessed beyond measure by this placement. She knows special needs kids. She has been able to work with him, work with his behaviors, and coax the best out of him. My son’s first week at school, when something didn’t go his way, my son pulled his pants down and urinated on her and on the classroom floor. That day while I picked him up, she helped bring him to the car and as we were getting him seated, she told my son she loved him! I have NEVER hear a teacher tell my child that. But she did. Most teachers would have been so disgusted and angered by his act of defiance. But she wasn’t. For several months, she came to our house twice a week to work with us at home. If we all handled my son’s behaviors the same way, everything would be easier. She helped me gain confidence in my parenting skills. And, this has been a tremendous blessing and a dramatic improvement. I used to be a prisoner in my own home with my son, afraid to go anywhere. This woman has brought our child back to us and improved him. Thankfully we get her 2 more years. We can’t wait to see what happens with our son!
If we are chosen, we are taking Ms. Michelle out!!

66 cyndi br August 24, 2011 at 3:21 pm

my dad has had a positive impact on me he has supported me with anything I want to do and has never been negative. Expecially going back to school

67 Sandra B. August 24, 2011 at 9:19 am

My daughter is my inspiration. She has such a giving heart. I am a single mom and we do foster care in our home and she knows that the day she says she wants to stop that we are done. We recently adopted a little boy and girl who have been with us 2 1/2 years. After that I asked if she still wanted to continue to foster and she told me yes, that she knows how blessed she is and wants to continue to help the children. My daughter is only 12 years old. She is the first one at the door to accept a new child and the one they all look for after school. The bond she makes with these children and the example she sets makes me strive to be a better person and a better mom.

68 Shirley Stewart August 24, 2011 at 6:13 am

My grandmother was my insperation. When she was alive I would walk three houses down to her house and we would chat for an entire day. She always told me to treat others like I would be treated. and to make sure I was doing the right things in life. What I would want her to know today is I live my life the way we always talked. She died when I was 18 but I always feel she is in my thoughts. It’s because of her that I’m the person I am today and I know she would be prowd of me.

69 MICHELLE GRAHAM August 24, 2011 at 4:49 am

My mom inspires me, she’s a fighter and a leader. Never things negative about anything, whe’s always very positive about what she’s doing and life. Because of this she lives out her dreams.

70 Ann B August 24, 2011 at 3:45 am

It would have to be my 84 yr. old friend. She still drives, she uses the internet, reads from her kindle, and is such an inspiration to me. She gives me advice with such a gentle way about her and I really love her. Her family is not very supportive of her but she would never say it. We frequently go out to breakfast and chat. She is one in a million!

71 kelly August 23, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Mrs Young in 6th grade

72 Robin Strickland August 23, 2011 at 8:32 pm

My father is truly my inspiration. He survived the Vietnam War. He put up with a father who by all means, hated him, especially for leaving home to be in the army versus staying home to work the farm. After being shot and knifed in the war, he came home to work the family farm although his dad belittled him. He climbed his way to the top when he worked for our local highway department until he was the man on top. He wasn’t your typical boss though. He didn’t sit on his butt and do nothing. He went out with the road crews and helped his guys. He stayed late to finish up paperwork so everything was done. He had several (not 1, but multiple) heart attacks between 1996 and 2002 and survived them all. He had a stroke in 2009, only a year after my mother passed and while it left his speech completely messed up, and most of his right side paralyzed, he refuses to give up. He can wheel himself around in a wheelchair better with one good arm and one good leg, than most people do with two good arms! He tries his hardest to bath and dress himself and get his point across. He truly is my inspiration because no matter the bad things that have happened to him, he always puts on a smile and he’s always taught us that believing in yourself is the most important thing you can do in life, no matter where life takes you. I just hope I can be the same for my son.

73 tracy m August 23, 2011 at 8:20 pm

My grandmother inspires me. She raised 6 children on her own, and she never complained, and worked more then one job many times, and never asked for help. Growing up, she was my everything. She is now in her 80s and she still lives alone, and cares for herself. I just adore this lady, and she is the world to me, and she has shown me how to be a strong, loving person. Love you grammie…..

74 amber p August 23, 2011 at 7:24 pm

My sister inspires me. She has a full time job and in her spare time she does photography. Every time she posts a new photo she has taken on Facebook, it inspires me.

75 cathy castro August 23, 2011 at 7:07 pm

i would have to say my husband also because he has always said never stay still. keep moving. never dwell. It helps me so much with raising our kids. Just when I think i can’t go on anymore, he cheers me on and I do it and feel so proud of myself for keeping our kids happy, healthy, and learning. thank you

76 Merren August 23, 2011 at 6:32 pm

My husband is my inspiration. He is a glass 3/4 full type of guy and sees good in everyone.

77 Teresa Young August 23, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Last year my best friend from childhood found me through Facebook. We had lost touch through the years of raising our children. We have been able to get together a few times and are enjoying each others company at this new stage in our lives, now that our kids are grown and we are both grandmothers. She inspired me to reach out to other old friends I had lost touch with through the years. While not everyone has reciprocated I have been able to enjoy catching up with some of them. Thanks to her I am a little more outgoing!

78 Jen August 23, 2011 at 5:37 pm

I have a friend that has inspired me in many ways… her name is Candace. The biggest inspiration she was happened when I first met her, and she made me feel so welcome and “at home” around her. My family and I moved about a 12 hours drive from “home” Tennessee around a year and 1/2 ago. It was during the snow storm that swept across the nation leaving people dealing with snow where they hadn’t in a very long time. It was a “scary” move, not knowing anyone here in Buffalo area; and with a large family, there were so many things to deal with in the move. ONE big thing was the weather. Not from the North… it was a big change! I didn’t feel comfortable getting out in the snow. Through a connection at my husband’s work, Candace got my email address and started letting me know that she was wanting to meet me. She started inviting me to some girl’s night outs,offering to pick me up, and for other social things that enabled me to get out of the house right away. She brought our family supper when we got sick, which can happen a lot when you change climates. She reached out to our family at a time that I needed a friend. I appreciate her welcoming spirit, and it has helped me to see others in the same spot as I was just a short time ago. I happen to know she LOVES IHOP, and I would love to surprise her with a treat of a meal on me! :)

79 Betty Dennis August 23, 2011 at 4:53 pm

I have a friend who lives near by and she struggles with 3 kids, an unemployed husband and medical issues. She is an inspiration as she has such a happy attitude and keeps her kids focused on the good things in life.

80 fred August 23, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Mr. Shoe, My geometry teacher way back in 1975. After that math was easy for me. Thanks Mr. Shoe

81 Amy August 23, 2011 at 3:33 pm

My daughter inspires me every day. She was a fighter before even her birth. She has autism, sensory disorder, mood disorder, adhd and so many allergies I have lost count. But despite this she is so happy. Every day is looked forward to. She never complains when her friends eat foods that she can not. She just is happy to be with them. She has never needed a para in school which is remarkable given her disabilities. its her spunk and attitude that inspires me. Things I might have let get to me before I don’t because its nothing compared to what my beautiful baby girl faces every day and she does it with a smile that is so infectious.

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