Morning Coffee

Morning Coffee (1/20) YouTube Workouts, Cheesecake Ice Cream, Carb Hotel, Baby Yoda Toy, Harry Potter Dinnerware + More!

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It’s Monday! To get your week started off on the right foot, we’re chatting about uplifting, fun, and silly  stuff today! 

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 9am CST (7am PST, 10am 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!


Hey Hey Hey my lovies!!  OH man, did I miss Morning Coffee and our fun chats!  I loved the emails I got from some of you, too, saying you missed it, as well.  That made me so happy 🙂 I explained my absence HERE, but would rather focus on some happier stuff this morning!

For the last year and a half, I’ve really changed my entire lifestyle.  I quit smoking (I know – gross), started working out regularly for 2 hours a day with cardio and weights, and eat really well now.  And it’s made a HUGE difference in my life, that’s for sure.  I lost nearly 40 pounds so far and feel great. I share some pretty silly “after workout” pics on my Instagram, too 🙂

One of the best parts of my new life and routine is BodyFit by Amy.  It’s a personal trainer (Amy) on YouTube that I found when I was looking for workouts with a kettlebell.  I started with her 10 minute routine and now do the 40 minute hardcore HITT workouts!  She goes through two pregnancies in about 5 years of filming, so one of her focuses is on pregnant women workouts.

Above is one of my favorite workouts she offers so far!  

There are thousands of these types of channels on YouTube and people constantly tell me to check out this one or that one or this lady…. but I stick to what I love and know and am comfortable with right now 🙂 I’m pretty loyal, and love the routines – plus, she’s always uploading brand new workouts so it never gets old!

See her website and YouTube!

Do you have a workout routine you love?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Good morning!!  It’s great to be back, isn’t it?  🙂  I (Sarah) am going to talk about something on the completely other end of the spectrum from what Jeni talked about today.  Ice cream.  But not just ice cream… cheesecake ice cream!! It’s a far cry from workouts and eating healthy, for sure!

So The Cheesecake Factory is releasing some yummy new ice cream in March – just a few months of waiting isn’t that bad, is it? The Birthday Cake and Salted Caramel sound best to me.  Who am I kidding?  They ALL sound best to me! I can’t wait til March now!

  • Cookies & Cream: Cookies & cream cheesecake ice cream with chocolate cookie swirls]
  • Key Lime: Key lime cheesecake ice cream with graham swirls
  • Birthday Cake: Cake-flavored cheesecake ice cream with cake pieces, swirls of icing, and candy sprinkles
  • Strawberry: Strawberry cheesecake ice cream with strawberry and graham swirls
  • Original: Cheesecake ice cream with graham swirls
  • Salted Caramel: Caramel cheesecake ice cream with sea salt caramel and graham swirls
  • Chocolate: Chocolate cheesecake ice cream with rich chocolate fudge swirls

What’s your favorite kind or flavor of ice cream?


These adorable Lucky Shirts are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day – which is coming sooner than you might think!  These are only $16.99 + free shipping each, and there are tons of options for shirt colors, ink colors and designs!

This is so clever!  Mon Cherry not just an adorable set of measuring spoons – the leaf is also an egg separator! I (Jeni) LOVE this!  It’s $15.20 for the set, and totally worth it!  Plus, the 4.5 star rating is pretty encouraging.


If you’re a Friends fan, this is for you!  There’s a Cards Against Humanity Friends expansion pack called The One With All The Cards!  Only 1,200 have been reportedly made so you’ll wanna grab them fast HERE.  There are 90 black cards (questions) and 144 white cards (answers) with some blank ones, too!  It’s sold out on Amazon, but you could keep checking back!

Which games do you like playing with your friends?

Who doesn’t love carbs!?  If you can’t eat them… maybe you can vacation in them!  HA! This hotel room at Refinery Hotel in New York  is called Bread and Breakfast.  Cute, right? It’s a limited time room that even has a mini bar stocked with pastries! You also get baguette slippers you can take home, and features a bread slice headboard, bread-printed comforter, and even bread wall paper! Book the room and see more HERE!

What’s the craziest hotel room you’ve ever stayed in?

I, Jeni, am a HUGE Golden Girls fan.  Kind of a ridiculous fan, really. It’s my absolute favorite show of all time.  One of the best gifts I ever received was this amazing Golden Girls Forever: An Unauthorized Look Behind the Lanai book.  It covered EVERYTHING from the characters and actors to tons of behind the scenes stuff about guest stars, the set, the wardrobe and each of the episodes.  I’m loving this book and totally suggest it to any Golden Girls fan!

Are you a Golden Girls fan?

 There are already a TON of Baby Yoda products out there now…. and a lot that are being released in a few months! Included in the latter is Build-A-Bear!  Yep!  Build-A-Bear is making a Baby Yoda!  There was a quick sneak peak of it – the image on the left – but not much else is known about it.  Should be FUN!

Have you watched The Mandalorian?

Calling all Harry Potter fans!  That’s me – Jeni!!!  I am SUPER excited about this news – Target is selling Harry Potter themed dinnerware and it’s so pretty! Right now, our dinnerware is Star Wars – yah, we’re those people 😉  but I’m thinking we may need a little makeover to the magic side!

Are you an HP fan?  What house do you belong in!?


I (Sarah) love chicken and I love Italian food, so this Creamy Tuscan Chicken is right up my ally!  It seriously uses all the perfectly Italian flavors, too – sun-dried tomatoes,  spinach, oregano, garlic… even parmesan! And look at it…mmmmm!

What’s your favorite way to cook chicken?


Don’t forget to join us every Wednesday evening at 4pm EST for Happy Hour!


  1. im always looking for new work out videoes to try and this one looks great- ive heard good things about it! WOO HOO

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      She’s so cute and really, really smart when it comes to combining movements for maximum efficiency! I love all of her options, too – kettlebell, cardio, dumbbells, tabata, Bosu and lots more! PLUS, she always has low intensity options for every move, too!

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      Thanks so much, Melissa!
      And TOTALLY Baby Yoda foreveR!

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      I’m all about trying the original first… I think 😉

  2. Well done on your weight loss – that is absolutely amazing!
    I love those cherry measuring spoons, definitely something I would have in my kitchen!

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      Thanks so much, Sarah!!!
      TOTALLY in love with those measuring spoons!

  3. I am so excited to try that Cheesecake Factory ice cream.

    And yes, I loved The Mandalorian. The Child is too cute.

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      THANK YOU! It’s “THE CHILD” – not Baby Yoda! But you have to say, “Baby Yoda” or no one understand who you are referring to!

  4. Mary Gardner Reply

    I love the measuring spoons and the Tuscan Chicken looks delicious!

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      Agreed – that chicken seriously has me drooling!

  5. Amy Desrosiers Reply

    Wow, Cheesecake Factory ice cream? Sign me up!! I totally need to look for this since I just ate here 4 days ago.

  6. ice cream and cheesecake together? Oh my goodness. I am certainly giving that brand a try, sounds delightful.

  7. What a fun blog you ladies have! I love the mix of everything. I would love to work out more yet also get my hands on some of that cheesecake factory ice cream! Thanks for making me smile today!

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      Thanks so much!!!
      I hear you, there- working out and cheesecake ice cream… hmmmm… LOL!!! 🙂
      Thanks for hanging out with us!

  8. Stefani Tolson Reply

    I used to watch the Golden Girls with my Nana growing up! I need to watch an episode…

  9. That hotel cracks me up. I have never been in a hotel like that, but I certainly would love to stay in one for the fun of it.

  10. Congrats on your weight loss process and quitting smoking. I’ve managed to lose 22 lbs so far and just jumpstarted trying to reach my goal (another 22 pounds to go) with Intermediate Fasting. Smoking is something that I’m also trying to quit so hopefully I can knock out both goals together.

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      HEY! 22 pounds – WAY TO GO!!!!!!
      Quitting was honestly NOT hard for me at all. I just thought for about 2 years or so, “yah, I’m gonna quit when I’m ready.” I didn’t want to “try” to quit. It was do it or don’t. So I didn’t bother until I KNEW i was ready. And I really was. I smoked for over 20 years, and haven’t had a single craving! YOU GOT THIS!!!

  11. Damn I was planning my trip to Cracker Barrel! So glad you’re on the mend and you’re back.

  12. I have a workout routine. I love CrossFit and have finally found my tribe. Right, I’m recovery from a shoulder injury so I have had to adjust my work outs.

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      I love that you found your perfect workout routine and a tribe!!!!

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      YAY! Yes, definitely get a good healthy lifestyle going again, girl!

  13. My workout routine lately is alternating cycling and rowing. We upgraded our gym with NordicTrac iFit machines and they are fantastic.

  14. I would like to get birthday cheesecake ice cream and the cherry shaped measuring spoon. I need to start some serious exercise.

  15. Wow! A complete lifestyle change! That’s awesome and keep it up, you’ve made so much progress too. I can’t believe those ice cream flavors are on the market, I can’t wait to get my hands on them. That Friends expansion pack from Cards Against Humanity sounds awesome!

  16. Cris Henry Reply

    I absolutely LOVE the Harry Potter dinnerware!!! And you don’t have to travel to Hogwart’s to get it!!!

  17. Vanessa Palma Reply

    Loving the morning coffee! I’m a huge Golden Girls fan so I will be jumping on that book 😉

  18. Mary Gardner Reply

    I love anything cheesecake and that cheesecake ice cream sounds delicious!

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