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Morning Coffee (1/21) Toy Collection, Disney Kitchen, Dream Birthday Cake, Wine Fizzers, Meatball Chili w/ Dumplings + More!

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It’s Tuesday!  Today we cover everything from Jeni’s vintage Strawberry Shortcake collection, to something special that Sarah puts in her wine!

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!


Complete Party Pleasers along the bottom, with some other friends visiting at the Berry Happy Home!

If you’ve been with us a while, you know that I (Jeni) am a huge vintage ’80s toy collector.  Strawberry Shortcake is my favorite that I collect.  I’m just in love with them!  I have the American dolls, sets and accessories – and this Christmas, thanks to my toy collecting boyfriend, completed my Party Pleasers collection!

The Party Pleasers came out in 1984 and introduced two new characters- Plum Puddin and Peach Blush (the two hardest to find, by the way). They had fancier outfits on and their pets even dressed up and held party accessories.

They  included in the Party Pleaser line were Almond Tea, Angel Cake, Apple Dumplin, Cafe Ole, Cherry Cuddler, Mint Tulip, Orange Blossom, Peach Blush, Plum Puddin, and Strawberry Shortcake…. and now I have them ALL!  WOOHOO!  Time to focus on my Brazilian collection now 🙂

Do you collect anything?

Jeni has Strawberry Shortcake – I (Sarah) have DISNEY!  DISNEY EVERYTHING!!! 🙂  So this new just about made me squeal with glee (it’s a very high pitched but happy sound)!  Disney just released a new kitchen collection that features the classics – Mickey and Minnie Mouse.  

It’s all the essentials like salt and pepper shakers, kitchen towels, measuring cups and spoons, cookie jar, ice cream scoop, and even a cupcake decorating kit! You can get them at shopDisney or at Disney parks, but I’ve seen them at some Disney outlet stores, too.  Aren’t they the cutest!?

Who is your favorite Disney character?


How cool is this Sharper Image Word Clock!?  LOVE THIS CONCEPT!!!!  It will make a great gift for my (Sarah) boyfriend this year on his birthday!  It’s only $26.99, too!

These Studded Wrap Bracelets are soooooo cute! They come in 8 colors options and are just $6.99 + free shipping each!


My (Jeni) birthday cake for this year has been FOUND!!!  I don’t know where this came from, so I can’t even offer credit to the creator or photographer.  But a friend sent this image to me and I about died. IT IS AMAZING! I need this cake next year, for SURE! #birthdaygoals

Tell us about the most memorable birthday cake you’ve had!

This is the ULTIMATE Snuggie!!!  It’s a Catalonia Wearable Blanket, and it has some cool features.  For example, it has pockets.  It has feet like feetie jammies.  It has sleeves.  And it’s super cozy fleece.  Uh… it’s seriously like an ultimate Snuggie!  Plus, it’s under $25, which makes it even cozier! 🙂

Are you hot natured or cold natured?

This is for all of you wine fans out there!  Target is selling these really cool and unique products – I (Jeni) am wondering if it’s too early to grab some and drink some wine! 😉  They are Raspberry Sparkling Wine Fizzers… think about the fizzy bombs you put in your bath.  That’s what these are, for wine!  Even better – they release edible glitter into your drink!  FANCY!

What fun products have you found at Target lately?

I (Jeni) found this Morning Routine on Pinterest.  It’s from The Bullet Journal Addict, and I absolutely LOVE IT!  It’s effective and beautiful and for me, at least, I think it’s really motivating!  She has great tips on the site and I’ll totally be checking out more!

How to you inspire yourself every morning?  Do you have a morning routine?

Have you ever had Mochi?  I (Sarah) absolutely love Mochi Balls from My/Mo (in the freezer section of the grocery store).  They are delicious! I recently found this amazing DIY Mochi ice cream kit! I’m pretty excited to DIY some of these, but am not sure they will be as good as store bought 🙂

Do you DIY anything fun?


Meatball Chili with Dumplings. Um.  This could just be the perfect cozy winter comfort food!  I (Jeni) mean, the name has it all in there… meatballs, chili and dumplings!  Prep time is about 20 minutes and you cook it for nearly an hour… just imagine the scents coming from your oven…..

What’s your favorite comfort food?


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



  1. Great guide and itinerary of the day. How is the mochi ice cream kit? I love mochi ice cream. Thank you for sharing. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      I don’t know – I haven’t tried it yet! 🙂 Thanks, girl! Thanks for joining us!

  2. There is nothing like Disney everywhere! I used to collect TsumTsums but ran out of room for them, I do have a little collection of tiny handmade things in a little shelf unit in my bedroom, I always find it fun finding things to put in there.

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      HAHA awesome!!!! I love tiny handmade things!

  3. Kevin’s dad was a great provider and how he made money was always a mystery. I do not need an excuse to collect things I have these little things all over my house.

  4. I love Disney as well. I’ll have to check it out. I am so excited to be going back to Disney World in June. It truly is my happy place.

    I want that birthday cake as well!

  5. And now I am off to purchase that WEARABLE blanket. LOL! My husband is totally going to thank you for that one! HAHAHAHAHAHAH!

  6. I totally collected those Strawberry Shortcake dolls when I was little. I loved them. I also had a plush strawberry shortcake doll that blew kisses that smelled like strawberries!!! Those dolls bring back so many memories.

  7. That clock really is cool. I haven’t seen one like that before! I’m liking the sound of the chili dumplings combo too.

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      I’m all about that chili dumpling recipe, girl!

  8. Yes! Strawberry Shortcake is back, baby! I LOVED that show and the toys when I was a kid. So much fun.

  9. oh my gosh you always find such great things to share 🙂 i love the chili dumping combo- my husband would love to try something like that.

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      HAHA! thanks, girl! And yah – that does look AMAZING, right?!

  10. The Sharper Image word clock is such a cool idea. It actually would be perfect for my sons room.

  11. You always have a way of bringing me back to my childhood. Those strawberry shortcake dolls were everything!

  12. Amy Desrosiers Reply

    Aww, the Party Pleasers look so cute! I wish I had them when I was a kid. I do love SS & friends so much and used to watch the show too.

  13. Lisa Bristol Reply

    Oh my that rainbow cake is amazing!!! I had the entire Strawberry Shortcake collection when I was little. Blueberry Shortcake was always my favorite.

  14. I love that you collect vintage 80’s toys. I was born in 81, right now I think my Aunt (RIP) smurfs collection of plushies is my favorite “80’s” thing I own.

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      thanks so much, Brandy! I think it’s cool 🙂 OMG how cool that you have her collection!

  15. I remember playing with the Strawberry Shortcake dolls when I was a kid. The 80s were awesome! I like to collect keychains.

  16. Kita Bryant Reply

    That is actually a very impressive Strawberry Shortcake collection. I remember collecting them long ago.

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      Thanks! That’s just some of it – I have 4 other shelves filled! 🙂

  17. JoyDellaVita Reply

    Oh my, those little dolls are cute! Have never seen them being sold somewhere.. as you still collect them, are you only able to buy them “used”, or are they still sold “new”?

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      Nope – they are used because they are all 40 years old! 🙂 They revamped Strawberry Shortcake in 2003 and again in 2015 (I believe), but they are totally different and ugly. I like the originals that I had as a kid!

  18. Hmmm I don’t collect anything because I’m scared of being a hoarder LOL. But if I had the room I would have all my books displayed.

  19. Those birthday cakes look awesome. Also, that wearable blanket is something I need ASAP. It is freezing here.

  20. That rainbow cake looks amazing. I love this post, so many cute things x

  21. I remember Strawberry Shortcake! I played with them and so did my daughter. I guess it’s time to introduce my granddaughter to them. I also love the funny about tacos!

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      YESSSSSS but introduce her to the CLASSIC, VINTAGE dolls – the new ones are ugly! lol

  22. Eileen M Loya Reply

    The wearable blanket! Yes. I will get that for my husband. I have to put an end to our nightly tug of war over the sheets. I wonder if they have sizes for people over 6ft tall?

  23. Woah that birthday cake is incredible!!! My birthday is coming up and I’d love a cake like that hehe. Thanks for sharing!

  24. Lavern Moore Reply

    I love 80a toys too. Strawberry 🍓 shortcake is legend!

  25. I’d like that wearable blanket. It would keep me nice and warm when it’s cold outside.

  26. AHHH strawberry cake is the best but like I drink more coffee then anyone i know lol!!!

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      I love that you drink that much coffee – because I do, too!

  27. I need to order that Catalonia Wearable Blanket! It looks so comfy and soft! The perfect blanket to keep me warm.

  28. Mama Maggie's Kitchen Reply

    Oh wow! These Party Pleasers look soooo cute and adorable! I really love to have them, too! And that Meatball Chili with Dumplings look really mouthwatering!

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      Hehehe so much fun!!!! You should totally collect!

  29. I remember Rainbow Brite! I use to love her – my daughter even has a few of my Rainbow Brite dolls!

  30. Rose Ann Sales Reply

    Strawbeery Shortcake is so cute..! I dont have toy collection but I always buy toy collection from our no. 1 fast food chain in our country.

  31. Fuzion Mag Reply

    The collections are so cute.. I love the Party Pleasers, thanks for sharing pics. It makes me want to collect too.😀

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      You should totally collect! It’s a lot of fun!

  32. Eileen M Loya Reply

    I like the wall clock! That is so unique. It would take a bit of adjustment for me to know what time it is, but what the heck. It is so pretty, I want it!

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      I like the clock, too – and yah, that might take some time to get used to!

  33. Bindu Thomas Reply

    That snuggie is exactly what I need now. Would love to snuggle up in bed with a good book. The dolls are super cute.

  34. Mary Gardner Reply

    Meatball Chili with Dumplings sounds great and something pretty creative that combines some of my favorite foods.

  35. Jhentea De Guzman Reply

    So cute..! I guess it wont be too late to have a toy collection at this age. Lol. Age doesnt matter,right..?😁

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