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Morning Coffee (7/25) Little Women, Dino Bones, Nugget Ice, Portable Dog Bath + More!

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Morning Coffee w/ Jeni & Sarah

Grab a cup of coffee (or tea), sit back, and chill out for a bit with us this morning!  We’re so happy you joined us for our morning coffee!  We’ll meet you every weekday morning, right here on the blog, around 8am CST (6am PST, 9am EST) to share a cup of joe with you, talk about what’s on our minds, sneak in some awesome deals we spot, talk about our meal plans for the day, and anything else that comes up!  Feel free to chat it up in the comment section, and tell us how you’re feeling, what’s going on with your life, current events, things you’re excited about or bummed out about, and anything else you want to chit-chat about.

Now….refill that coffee and let’s get to chatting with our Morning Coffee!


Want more Morning Coffee? Catch up on the fun you missed HERE!

Jeni talked about the Trading Spaces reboot here. I (Sarah) recently learned that Paige Davis is coming back as the host of Trading Spaces. This is so exciting! I am a huge Paige Davis fan and I can’t wait to see the new designs they come up with on Trading Spaces. You can read more news about the reboot (and Paige Davis’ return) here.

Speaking of reboots, I (Sarah) am a huge Little Women fan. I’ve read the book series at least a dozen times, and seen all the movies. There is a Little Women reboot  in the making and I am so excited about the cast they have chosen. Maya Thurman Hawke is the daughter of Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman and makes her acting debut as Jo. Willa Fitzgerald from the Scream TV show will play Meg. Annes Elwy from King Arthur Excalibur Rising will play Beth. Kathryn Newton from Big Little Lies will play Amy.

Perhaps the most exciting thing for me, is that Angela Lansbury (Mrs Potts in Beauty and the Beast for all of you Disney fans out there) will play Aunt March. The cast is perfect for Little Women and I can’t wait to see the end result!

Are you a fan of Little Women? If you’ve never read the book, you can score it on Amazon for free!

GEEK ALERT! GEEK ALERT! 🙂  Last year in May, a HUGE trove of fossils was found in Antarctica (read the complete story HERE).  This included tons of marine reptiles and Mosasaurus bones.  These were creatures that lived 61-71 years ago, and it’s a huge discovery.  I (Jeni), am an amateur Paleontologist and avid fossil hunter (read more about that HERE), so this is VERY exciting for me!  Not only were the Paleontologists able to do a lot of geologic mapping up there (hard to do when there is ice everywhere), they walked away with some amazing specimens that are being tested now.  It’ll be a couple more years before results come back from all of them, and I’ll be waiting for those results! It was on my calendar to check in and see where they are with research this morning, but nothing has been released yet.

FYI – the Mosasaurus was a marine dinosaur that was featured in Jurassic World.  These bad boys were swimming in the oceans at the end of the Cretaceous period (when dinosaurs started dying off).  I was lucky enough to go on an expedition in Canada, on the Athabasca River a few years ago with my now ex-husband.  He found a huge pile of rock, and knowing what to look for, we knew bone had to be inside.  I spent 9 1/2 hours prepping out the bone from the mud and rock (it’s a very pain-staking process), to expose a phalange from a Mosasaur!!  It’s one of my favorite fossils that I have found and own now.

What special things do you treasure?  Do you have any unique hobbies?


Ok, some some of us might prefer a mimosa instead of coffee in the morning, right?  This Mornings are for Mimosas T-shirt is super cute and definitely makes a statement at only $9.89 + free shipping for all sizes!

Uh, hello, CUTE!  These women’s summer bucket hats are just $$8.29 each, and couldn’t be more summer-y or cute!

This deal is good TODAY ONLY!  Stop by Amazon to get this Sport-Brella X-large Umbrella for the lowest price it’s ever been – only $39.99 (regularly $79.99)!

Game of Thrones fans!  Game of Thrones Season 5 is on sale right now for only $27.99 on DVD!


PacMan Plug in Play Game

I (Sarah) am loving this Pac Man 12 in 1 Plug N Play game. It’s a little handheld game pad with joystick that allows you to play classic games like Dig Dug (my personal favorite), Pac Man, Pac Man Plus, Mappy, and more!

What are your favorite video games?

What is this magical piece of furniture!?  OH!  It’s an outdoor bar table and ice cooler in ONE!  Need we say more?

Do you have a piece of patio furniture that you can’t live without?

I (Sarah) am loving this cute little Dino Pet. The dinosaur shaped “pet” is filled with Dinoflagellates, a type of marine plankton that make it look like the dinosaur is glowing. I think this is awesome though I haven’t thought it was worth pouncing on the $70 price tag.

What have you bought recently that cost a little more, but was totally worth it?

I (Jeni) have to confess. I LOVE eating ice. I call them “Ice Treats” and could chomp on ice all day. However, I cannot STAND to listen to there people chew on ice 🙂  I grab a cup filled with ice, go into the privacy of my office and chomp away!  I just saw this amazing machine that makes nugget ice – like you get at Sonic!  SO COOL!  It’s about $500, though… and I’d probably be eating my way through a batch and having to wait a long time for new batches to be ready 🙂

Are you an ice chewer?

If you have kids, you’ll love this!  These are the COOLTECH TM Car Seat Coolers.  They are self-insulated and keep your kiddos’ car seats cool for them.  Apparently, they keep the seat cool for 6-8 hours, so when you’re out and about on a hot day, your kid can come back to a cooler seat in the car. Now if they could make one for adults, that would be amazing!

Do you have kids that complain about hot car seats?

Neither of us has a dog, but we have friends with dogs, so we thought this things was pretty neat and had to share!  This is the Bissel Bark Bath – it’s a portable bath for your dog!  It’s like a vacuum that washes your pup at the same time, so you can give them their bath anywhere, without the mess.  Pretty cool!

Would you like one of these for your dog?


5-minute donuts & coffee icing

Donuts are by far our favorite thing to eat and goes great with coffee in the morning! HERE is a quick 5-minute donut recipe with an amazing coffee icing!

What do you normally eat for breakfast?


This is HILARIOUS!  Jimmy’s reactions are so funny!  Plus, does anyone else think David Blaine is hot!? 😉



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  1. I’m definitely an ice cruncher. My boyfriend hates the sound, he says it’s worse than the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard. So I usually save the ice for when he’s at work.

    • Stacie, can you believe I haven’t seen Game of Thrones yet? Not even one episode! All of this talk about it makes me really want to try it though. Thanks for joining us!

  2. I will have to confess I’ve actually never seen or read “Little Women”. I think I need to remedy that because I have heard it is an excellent novel! I’m excited to see they’re doing something like this.

    • Jeanette, you must read Little Women, one of the greatest books of all time. Seriously, it gives you such a good feeling all over when you read it. I am excited to see what they do with the remake, the cast looks awesome! Thanks for joining us!

  3. I have wanted a sportbrella for a long time now! Looks like such a cool sun shelter because it pops up fast and is easy to use.

    I love paleontology too, but I’ve never gone on any kind of expedition. We were thinking of checking out Penn Dixie in PA some time with the kids.

    • Marysa, I love paleontology also but have never been on a dig, it sounds like so much fun, definitely jealous of Jeni on that one! Thanks for joining us!

  4. I love some of these products you introduced me to today. The sportbrella is so cool. I am going to have to check it out. It would be perfect to keep in the car. I can think of many of times I wish I had some shade. I also love the Cool Tech car seat and the bath splash.

    Thanks for sharing all these neat products.

    • Diane, we are so happy that you found some interesting products on Morning Coffee. Thanks for joining us and for shopping with us!

    • Ashley, I haven’t seen Game of Thrones yet either, hopefully soon. Thanks for joining us!

  5. Jennifer Van Huss Reply

    I am a huge ice cruncher! I think it is my favourite part of drinks! My husband hates it, but I find it relaxing!

    • Jennifer, I am the same exact way, there is something soothing, familiar, and comfortable about chewing on ice. My boyfriend sounds a lot like your husband, he doesn’t like the ice crunching either. Thanks for joining us!

    • Kristen, I don’t have a dog either, but I know plenty of dogs who would get a kick out of that dog bath. Thanks for joining us!

  6. I read the Little Women books when I was young as well as watched the movie. It will be interesting to see how well the reboot does.

    • Stacie, I’m so excited for the Little Women remake. The casting is brilliantly done and it should be fantastic. I love the book series, probably more than the movies I’ve seen over the years. Thanks for joining us!

  7. Finding dinosaur bones sounds so cool. I don’t think I would have the patience for it though.

    • Sherry, I’ve often wondered the same thing about searching for dinosaur bones…I get bored very easily. Thanks for joining us!

    • Joely, reading about fossils is so interesting. I’ve always loved dinosaurs, but I never gave fossils a second thought until Jeni started telling me about her adventures. I would have loved to live back in the dinosaur days, laugh. Thanks for joining us!

  8. I’m definitely interested to see how Little Women turns out. We’ve watched the original quite a few times. I had no idea they found so many fossils in Antarctica recently! I’m sure there are many more undiscovered fossils there!

    • Liz, what always amazes me about fossils is they keep finding new ones that have been buried for thousands of years. It’s just like with WWII stuff, they keep finding live weapons from all those years ago. You would think all of that stuff would have been discovered by now, but people just keep unearthing new finds, so exciting. Thanks for joining us!

  9. I do not normally eat breakfast but the donuts with coffee icing sound pretty good! I would love one with a big glass of ice cold milk.

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      Ohhhhh there you go, Ann! MILK with those would be GREAT!

    • Ann, there is nothing like a glass of ice cold milk in the morning, with donuts, with muffins, with just about anything. Thanks for joining us!

  10. Loving those hats! I need to grab a few for me and my family. You can never have too many hats during the summer.

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      Right on! Aren’t they the cutest and so summery!!

    • Sarah, I completely agree, there is no such thing as too many hats during summer time. The price on the hats is great, so you can pick up more than one. Thanks for shopping with us and for joining us!

  11. I love Little Women also. In fact I think I have read just about all of Louisa May Alcott’s books including some Gothic Horror novels she wrote. I’m excited too about the reboot but I always get a little nervous it won’t meet my expectations. 😉

    • Dawn, that is always the case with reboots and remakes, whether or not they will live up to the original and your expectations. I suffer from that problem A LOT, especially with Disney remakes. But, it’s always fun to see how they update things, and what they do to them to make them relevant in today’s world. Thanks for joining us!

  12. Did I just see Little Women reboot??? DYING!! That was (and still is) one of my very favorite books and movies!!!

    • Ricci, yes, you heard us right, a new version of Little Women is coming out and I personally couldn’t be more excited. I love the cast they choose and I can’t wait to see what they do with the story. It’s an awesome book for sure! Thanks for joining us!

  13. Jillian Fisher Reply

    The outdoor bar and ice cooler looks awesome. I would love to have this on my back porch.

    • OurFamilyWorld, can you believe that I have not seen Game of Thrones yet? All this talk about it definitely makes me want to see it though! Thanks for joining us!

  14. It will be interesting to see if Trading Spaces can pick up again or if its moment in time has moved on. My wife used to have that show on our TV all the time. It just wasn’t as good after Paige was booted off the show.

    • Tim, I definitely agree that Trading Spaces wasn’t as good after Paige left. I am so happy they are bringing her back! Thanks for joining us!

  15. Ok that bar/ice cooler is amazing! I may have to pick that up for my parents!

    • Brianne, I agree the bar and ice cooler combo is amazing. If I had the outdoor space for it, I would definitely be picking one up. Thanks for joining us and for shopping with us!

  16. I am beyond excited for the Paige Davis and Trading Spaces reboot. Thanks for confirming the rumor I heard. She was a ray of sunshine in her day. Can’t wait for her to be back.

    • Shelley, I completely agree! Trading Spaces was never the same after Paige left, and I am so thrilled that she is coming back. So excited for this reboot! Thanks for joining us!

  17. Cool! It’s nice to be able to watch trading spaces again some time soon! It’s so awesome that fossils were discovered and it’s definitely exciting to learn more about those reptiles and hopefully learn about their story as well.

    • Carol, I am so excited about the Trading Spaces reboot as well. I hope they have some amazing designs, and don’t ruin the idea of the show. Thanks for joining us!

  18. I don’t tend to chew on a ton of ice unless it is small. But there is no way that I would pay $500 bucks for a personal ice machine.

    • Uprunforlife, that ice machine is definitely out of my budget as well. Thanks for joining us!

  19. I need to buy the Mornings are for Mimosas for my girlfriend! She would totally rock that one.

    • Hali, I completely agree on the ice machine, it’s awesome, but the price point is definitely out of my budget. Thanks for joining us!

    • Shannon, the Little Women reboot should be amazing, I can’t wait! Thanks for joining us!

    • Agnes, I am not a big fan of outdoor furniture, but I am loving that bar setup as well, it’s awesome. Thanks for joining us!

  20. I really could use one of those sports brellas. I get sun poisoning so I have to stay out of the sun. I really enjoy watching Angela Lansbury on the screen. She’s amazing.

    • Terri, I’m a huge Angela Lansbury fan as well. I can’t wait to see the Little Women remake. Thanks for joining us!

  21. I almost thought you meant little women the reality show. I think I heard of the book but dont think I have read it or seen the original but it seems interesting.

    • Kiwi, you should definitely read Little Women if you get the chance, it’s a great book! Thanks for joining us!

  22. umm yes please pizza marry me! LOL omg i get yelled at all the time for chewing ice haha but i dont care i love it. and i love that mimosa shirt! haha

    • Angela, it seems like all the people on the planet who are bothered by ice crunching are the people who don’t like to crunch ice, laugh. Thanks for joining us!

  23. I used to love trading spaces. Can’t wait to see it come back. I have read the little women books. I would love to see this movie. I’m excited about the fossils found in Antarctica. I love hearing about things such as this. This was a fun posts to read.

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