Happy Hour

Happy Hour (7/24) Flamin’ Hot Cheeto Sticks, Custom View Finder, Oscar Mayer Airbnb, Selfie Toaster, Disability Emojis, Strawberry Jalapeño Shooter + More!

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It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time to brush off the stress, negativity and blah of your week.  Enjoy some mid-week mixers with us without leaving the comfort of your home.  Uncork your favorite wine, pop open a beer, mix your favorite cocktail…. and unwind with us this evening.  And, if you’re feeling extra perky in the mornings, or need some help getting a jump on your day, join us for Morning Coffee weekday mornings, too!

Yummy treats and random chit-chat starts our Happy Hour together!  

Flamin’ Hot Cheeto Chicken Mozzarella Sticks.  That’s a mouthful!  But this recipe nails it with the best ever appetizer!  Chicken, cheese, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, all fried together… ohhhh yah! This is unique and definitely memorable!

Make your own View Finder!  It’s called “Reel Viewer,” but it’s the same concept – except you put your own photos in the reel! It’s literally a View Finder of your own pictures.  That makes an AMAZING gift and is definitely personalized and fun, too!

Who would you gift this to, and what images would you include?

Almond Apricot Cupcakes were my way of creating a cupcake with class…. yah, something a little fancier.  They are amazing and remind me of wedding cake!

What’s your favorite cupcake?

How much do you love hot dogs?  Well, Oscar Mayer is letting anyone willing to get to Chicago, stay the night in a Weinermobile.  Yep – it’s an Airbnb 🙂  It’s only available August 1,2 and 3 and you can stay one night.  Also – TODAY is the only day they are taking those reservations (and they are CHEAP – only $136!)

“Hot dog lovers, we’re calling you home,” the Airbnb description says. “For one night only, you can have the opportunity to eat hot dogs, dream of hot dogs, and yes, live in a hot dog, with an overnight stay in the iconic Oscar Mayer Weinermobile (no, you’re not having hunger-induced visions — this is real!). For the first time ever, your wildest hot dog dreams can come true with a stay in our 27-foot-long hot dog on wheels.”

What’s  the craziest place you’ve ever stayed?

I (Sarah) am LOVING this.  It’s a very simple, but necessary and beautiful concept. A necklace that reminds you to take a minute and BREATHE….it’s the Mindful Breathing Necklace.

Peace of mind can be hard to find. In our busy lives, it’s difficult to take those moments to breathe in and out, easing our bodies and minds into relaxation. With this special necklace, though, you can wear a reminder to do just that every day. Inspired by a conversation with a flute-maker who taught them about ancient Japanese monks and their breathing techniques, Todd and Vanessa Steinberg created a pendant that encourages slow, conscious breathing. Simply exhale through the pendant (don’t worry, it’s not a whistle), and you’ll soon find yourself in the midst of a mini meditation—your heart rate slows, toxins are said to be released, and you return to the present moment, where you belong.  

How do you remind yourself to slow down and take a breathe?

You probably heard that Apple has released some new emojis and they will be released for use in September or October of this year.  Awesomeness!  But the coolest part is that there are several for those with disabilities.  A wheelchair, service dog, hearing aid and more will all be available to use soon.  Read more at Disability Scoop!

What emoji would you like to see created?

I (Sarah) am not sure much needs to be said about this Wonder Woman Chair.  It’s freaking AWESOME!  I love the colors, the style, the fact that it’s cartoon… all of it! It’s so much fun and will definitely leave a pop of fun color to my living room… now I just need to make room for it…. 😉

Who is your favorite super hero?

Love these Marshmallow Mugs?  Grab them while you can!  The last couple of years, whenever hot chocolate season kicks off, they sell out.  And they don’t come back until the summer. It’s frustrating, because OMG they are SO cute!  Well, they’re in stock now! 🙂  I (Jeni) know, I know… it’s SO HOT outside!  But come fall weather, you’ll be stoked you ordered these now!

Are you a hot chocolate drinker in the winter?

Try a fun, new adult beverage this week, or save the recipes for parties with friends!

Well, well, well. This, friends, is a Strawberry Jalapeño Shooter.  It starts with lemon vodka, and ends with real jalapeño. I (Sarah) not normally a spicy or hot food fan, but somehow, this just sounds really refreshing and fun!

I (Jeni) am all about this Sour Watermelon Slushie!  It’s so dang hot outside (all over the nation!) that this sounds like the perfect adult beverage to chill me out this summer.  Plus, sour watermelon… mmmmm!

What are your favorite fruity cocktails?

What’s Happy Hour without getting all that negativity out of your system? Get it out and let it go!


If you have a dog, and you live in an apartment or condo complex, please, PLEASE, pick up the poop!  I (Jeni) live in a really nice apartment complex in downtown Dallas. We have beautiful buildings, well maintained and manicured grassy areas and it’s a great place to live.  When I moved here, I honestly thought I would be living around a little bit of a classier group of people. Nicer and more considerate people.

But noooooo.  It seems like everyone here has a dog, and that’s awesome.  But it also appears that 90% of those people with dogs, let their dogs poop on the grass (which, by the way, surrounds our parking lots and is really pretty), and then leaves it there.  They don’t pick it up!

I’m on Poop Patrol. I gave myself that title.  Now, when I see someone’s dog pooping, I wait patiently for them to go to the little box and grab a baggie to pick it up.  They are conveniently located everywhere on property. When they don’t, I’m “that chick” that runs after them, and confronts them. UGH!  I also take pictures, because they get charged a nice $250 if they get caught doing this. And I WILL catch them. And they WILL pay!!!

Is anyone else irritated by this inconsideration!?

No this picture is not upside down, this is the lamp in my living room on the floor again. Why? Because my  (Sarah) boyfriend likes to play with his football in the living room. Every single lamp we’ve ever owned has ended up broken or shorted out from repeated falls. I have recently started replacing them with floor lamps as he hasn’t figured out how to knock those over yet. Seriously, no matter how many times I say “don’t play ball in the house” it happens again and again.

Does your significant other repeatedly destroy things in your home?


Your drink should be kicking in by now, so let’s have some giggles together!



Ok, friends, it’s time to shut down Happy Hour and get back to reality! But first, grab that last bargain drink, and check out some limited time deals and treat yourself this week to something special! You deserve it!

Treat  yo self! 🙂

These Wantdo Tankinis are currently only $17.98 when you  use the code 9008BRS6 at  checkout, plus shipping is free when you select  it!  There are 3 sizes and 6 patterns!  Some reviews are saying they fit small, so order a size up to be sure, if you’re worried.

Summer means BBQs…. this 20-piece Grill Set is only  $20.99 with the code 30NH4GVG at checkout, plus shipping is free when you select it.

Are you ready for fall yet?  Stock up on Fall Jar Candles (17 oz) for just $3.33 at Michaels!  Plus, you can have them shipped to your store to pic-up for free. That’s 45% off the retail price of $6 each and there are tons of really yummy scents.

These are SO CUTE!  For only $10.99 shipped, score a Summer Tote!  There are 30 different styles, so there’s definitely something for everyone.  Plus, that price can’t be beat.

Have a great rest of your week!  See you tomorrow for Morning Coffee!



  1. My kids would LOVE those Flamin’ Cheetos mozzarella sticks. It seems all teens and young adults can’t get enough of those hot Cheetos. It’s like Chipotle!

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      I hear you – EVERYONE in the younger generations is obsessed with it!

  2. I am ready for happy hour with that Strawberry Jalapeno shooter. Love those emojis and so inclusive. A night in the weiner mobile seems like so much fun

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      YESSSSSS it really does sound delicious, doesn’t it!?

  3. Those summer totes are completely adorable. $10 isn’t bad, either. I have found some darling ones at the Dollar Tree, too.

  4. omg say what about those incredible cheeto motz sticks! my husband would go crazy over them! def cant wait to make it!

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      I seriously love that they have chicken in them!!

  5. My husband got me the Reel Viewer for Christmas. He had some of the best photos from the previous year put in – it was my favorite present!!

  6. I need that flaming hot cheeto stick! Looks like the best appetizer, ever!

  7. Annemarie LeBlanc Reply

    I love those tankinis! I am not that confident with my body shape and I hate it when people can be so rude to stare. I will check them out soon!

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      I hear you there – I’m all about covering up!

  8. I love those almond apricot cupcakes! They look like they taste amazing!

  9. That strawberry shooter looks delicious – thanks for sharing it because it looks so spicy and fun!

  10. Those flamin hot cheeto mozzarella sticks actually look really good. I have got to give that recipe a try. I really hope they’re as good as they look.

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      I think they would be! The recipe is super easy to follow… I love that they have chicken in them!

  11. That Reel Viewer would be so much fun to make pictures for my sister. We both remember the original ones.

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      YES! I was thinking of making one for my own sister!

  12. I saw the Weinermobile AirBnb thing and was intrigued. It’s not as expensive as I thought it would be, either.

  13. Ah, that viewfinder! I remember those from childhood. They were my favorite toy. I didn’t know that any version of them were still around.

  14. Strawberry Jalapeño Shooter! I love the idea of strawberries and jalapeno together!

  15. I was actually close to that dog poop in the face thing. I watched someone let their dog poop in the yard but by the time I was able to get out there they took off. I picked it up and bagged it, then waited. They never came back but if they did, oooh it would have been bad.

  16. Flamin’ Hot Cheeto Chicken Mozzarella Sticks. Looks like something that my son would love. I have to try making it for that him.

  17. Oh my goodness those Marshmallow Mugs are so adorable!! I definitely have to get some now, thank you so much for sharing! Also, those mozzarella sticks sound insane, but good!

  18. I need to make those Flamin’ Hot Cheeto Chicken Mozzarella Sticks, they look so delicious, I also need to go camping on that rv car shaped like a hot dog

  19. That view finder is making me nostalgic. I remember a family friend had one and we loved playing with it. And those marshmallow mugs are the cutest ever!

  20. I love that you find amazing stuff every week. I love strawberry jalapeno shooter and almond apricot cupcakes.

  21. Marisela Zuniga Reply

    I need some of those marshmallow mugs, they are soo cute

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