These Chains Are Offering Free Coffee for National Coffee Day

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Caffeine lovers may want to tweak their morning coffee routines on Saturday, September 29: The date marks National Coffee Day, and finding a free cup of the drink will be easy as long as you know where to look.

One of the biggest chains celebrating the occasion with a special coffee offer is Dunkin' Donuts. On Saturday, customers who purchase a hot coffee from participating Dunkin' locations can receive an extra hot coffee of the same size or smaller at no additional cost. The deal includes regular coffee options as well as special, seasonal flavors like pumpkin and maple pecan.

Cumberland Farms is offering a free beverage promotion of its own. Customers who text FREECOFFEE to 64827 will receive a digital coupon good for a free tea, cappuccino, hot chocolate, or hot or iced coffee of any size to use on September 29. Customers who miss out on that opportunity will have the chance to snag free Cumberland Farms coffee next month, when the chain has two free coffee Fridays in October (on the 12th and 26th).

You can also find free coffee this weekend without jumping through any hoops to get it. At Krispy Kreme, customers will get a complimentary coffee of any size on National Coffee Day just for walking in. The doughnut chain is also celebrating the holiday with special coffee-flavored doughnuts available for one week only starting September 24, and doughnut-flavored coffee—a permanent new addition to the menu.

If you need an outlet for all that caffeine-fueled energy on Saturday, why not take some time to learn about the beloved beverage. Here are some quick coffee facts to go with your free cups of java.

[h/t Extra Crispy]

Harry Potter Fans Can Have Dinner at Hogwarts This Christmas

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Fans who have ever dreamed of a Hogwarts Christmas now simply need to make their way to London to experience it. Through January 27, 2019, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is hosting a festive "Hogwarts in the Snow" event, where visitors can recreate some of the Wizarding World's most memorable moments.

According to the Warner Bros. Studio website:

"The festive transformation will begin in the Great Hall, where the stage will again be decorated as it was for the iconic Yule Ball. As seen in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the celebration of the Triwizard Tournament saw every detail of the Great Hall covered in shimmering silver, dripping icicles and sparkling snow. You will get a taste of this incredible set dress as the top section of the Great Hall will be transformed with snow-covered Christmas trees, icicles, and an orchestra of magical instruments that have been painted by the Prop-Making Department to match the silver of the Yule Ball."

Though it may not be exactly like attending the Yule Ball that was thrown at Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire with Harry and the gang, the studio's epic holiday party will make it feel pretty close. An orchestra will play as attendees feast on a grand two-course dinner in the Great Hall and drink Butterbeer, and you'll gain exclusive entry to the Studio Tour.

After dinner, dessert and drinks will be served as guests travel through the sets from the Harry Potter film series, including the Gryffindor common room, Diagon Alley and Platform 9 ¾.

Though The Weird Sisters will not be in attendance, we can pretty much guarantee you'll have a better night than Harry, Hermione, and Ron did at the Yule Ball.

Thoughtful Human's Line of Plantable Greeting Cards Is Here for Life's Most Delicate Scenarios

Thoughtful Human
Thoughtful Human

Not sure how to make amends with that family member you had a fight with a couple years back? Perhaps you want to offer support to a friend going through a painful time—like with depression, cancer, or various kinds of grief—but don't know how. If you're having trouble finding the right words to say, Thoughtful Human wants to help. This unorthodox card company is challenging people to communicate in ways that show "radical compassion and empathy."

Thoughtful Human is essentially the Hallmark of strained relationships and awkward ice-breakers. The messages get straight to the point and say the words you might have trouble voicing aloud. "I was being really selfish and immature. I'm sorry," reads one. "Still mad, but life is short and tradition is tradition. Happy birthday," reads another.

But what truly makes these cards a literal alternative to extending an olive branch is that they're also plantable? All of the cards are made of seed paper, and they generally transform into wildflowers within 10-14 days of being planted. View it as a symbol of the restorative power of communication.

A variety of cards
Thoughtful Human

In a video posted to the company's website, Thoughtful Human's founder, Ali O'Grady, explains that the cards are designed for "dynamic relationships and challenging life circumstances." It's also a deeply personal project: She decided to start the company after losing her father to cancer.

There are cards dedicated to addiction and rehab, depression, grief, injury, long-distance relationships, and other delicate scenarios. Of course, you'll also find plenty of cards for happier times, including thank-you notes and congratulatory messages.

And if you haven't sent out your Christmas cards yet, consider this anti-holiday holiday card: "Shout out to that stranger's baby who locked in a lifetime of undeserved gifts, pie, and vacation time for everyone."

These cards and more can be found on Thoughtful Human's website, on Target.com, and at select Whole Foods stores in California's Bay Area.

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