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Morning Coffee (11/11) Chocolate Cruise, Visit Stars Hollow, LEGO Gingerbread House, Hand Lettering Book, Scooby Doo Socks + More!

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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!


If you’re anything like me (Sarah), then you LOVE chocolate.  It feeds my soul. 🙂  So when I heard about this chocolate cruise…you know it got my attention! It’s an 8-day mediterranean cruise dedicated entirely to CHOCOLATE!  It’s called The Eurochocolate Cruise and it’s thanks to the collaboration of Italian line Costa Cruises and the Eurochocolate Festival.

Here are the highlights:

  • Sets sail April 16, 2020 in Civitavecchia, Italy and docks along the route in Genoa, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Malta and Catania.
  • Master Classes led by famed chocolate artisans Guido Gobino, Enric Rovira and Pierpaolo Ruta
  • Special tasting sessions, some of which pair an assortment of chocolate confections paired with wines and Mediterranean dishes
  • An overall chocolate-infused onboard dining experience, consisting of tailor-made food and cocktail offerings, and featuring original menus like “Tutto Cacao” or “Choco Aperitivo”
  • Exclusive and engaging show-cooking sessions with the famous food blogger Sonia Peronaci of Giallo Zafferano.
  • Daily, chocolate-centric excursions at each new port, including a visit to the Chocolate Museum of Barcelona
  • Presentations by chocolate experts that reveal all the secrets of “The Food of the Gods”
  • Chocolate- and pastry-making classes, workshops and laboratories led by master chocolatiers

Who’s in!? 😉 You can read more and sign yourself up… if you can read Italian HERE!

Have you ever been on a cruise?

Are you a Gilmore Girls fan?  I (Jeni) totally love that show and have rewatched the series multiple times.  LOVE me some Gilmore Girls!  So, the Warner Bros. backlot in Burbank, California turns into Stars Hollow between December 21 – January 5th.  And they will have a tour planned, too – a trip to Lorelai’s house, Stars Hollow High, Luke’s Diner, and the gazebo.  How cool is that?  

So… if you’re a fan, AND will be in California during that time… there you go! For the rest of us, we’ll just be sitting here dreaming about it 🙂

Read more HERE.

What tv show set would you like to see?


These Holiday Tree Tees are just so much fun!  Each is $13.99, and there are 5 different styles in several color options.  

Bread slippers – who knew these existed!? They sure would make an awesome gift for the bread lover in your life! Plus, they are just $16.99!


How CUTE is this!?  A  LEGO gingerbread house!  It features some crazy adorable stuff, like decorations, candy cane pillars, a glowing fireplace, and even stained-glass windows.  Plus, they have a gingerbread family that comes with it – so much fun!

Do you have any fun Christmas decorations?

Ohhh my (Sarah) gosh! I need these slippers in my life and on my feet NOW!  These ultra-plush fluffy slippers come in 5 fun colors and the reviews are pretty convincing, too.  This is totally my kind of slipper-  where my feet can still breath, but are surrounded by clouds of FLUFF!

Do you have a favorite kind of slipper?

LOVE THIS!  It’s a great book for the crafty folks out there. Hand Lettering 101: An Introduction to the Art of Creative Lettering (Hand Lettering Series)Seriously, can you imagine being able to write this beautifully!? 

Here’s your inspiration for the week!  This feel good story is the epitome of feel good stories!  This 73 year old lady, Joan MacDonald, changed her lifestyle for the better.  She had a bunch of medical issues and was seriously overweight  She has now lost 62 pounds in the last 3 years, and doesn’t take ANY medication!  Follow her adventure on her instagram @trainwithjoan and read more about her HERE!

Have you made any lifestyle changes lately?

Calling all Scooby Doo fans!!!  These Scooby-Doo Crew Sock Packs are so cool! But the best part – they come in a Mystery Machine!  It’s like a gift box and a reusable box in one 🙂  So much fun!

What’s your favorite cartoon?


In my (Sarah’s) household we eat lots of hot dogs. I recently found this recipe for Taco Dogs and hot dogs will never be the same. They are so tasty! It’s like getting a taco and a hot dog at the same time. Life truly doesn’t get any better!

What’s on your menu today?


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  1. I love the lounging snowman! That’s hilarious and I’ve been told my mom voice can be kind of loud, but I don’t have to use it often.

  2. A chocolate cruise??!! Now that sounds like a fabulous idea!! I have been on a cruise with friends but it was super short and so long ago. I need another one soon!

  3. Wait… So there’s a cruise totally devoted to chocolate? I need to get in on that action. Boom choca-lacka.

  4. Checking out some of the familiar Gilmore Girls locations would be so cool. Their town always had such a personality!

  5. That chocolate cruise looks like so much fun! There’s nothing better than exploring fun new places, plus having delicious food while you do it!

  6. The lazy snowman is too funny! The plush comfy slippers and lettering book is definitely on my wish list.

  7. Gilmore Girls Holiday sounds like fun! I have been on a cruise, and I am hoping to do a Christmas one some year. Doesn’t that sound like a blast?

  8. I love the recipes, bread slippers, and the lady who changed her lifestyle. I am so hungry right now and those hot dogs look so good!

  9. Joanna Clute Reply

    That LEGO gingerbread house would be a lot of fun. My family and I make a real one every year!

  10. OMGosh! Chocolates and cruises and cozy slippers are on my mind too! I’m looking into booking a vacation to celebrate life and a brand new year!

  11. I couldn’t get past bread slippers. I can’t even. I kinda want them, but not as badly as I want to go on the chocolate cruise!

  12. “I was fartled.” ha! That made me laugh out loud. I also clearly need to be planning a trip to California.

  13. Those holiday tees are really cute and Joan sure is an inspiration! The lounging snowman is a great idea!

  14. katrina Kroeplin Reply

    ive warner bros taken the tour and it’s pretty cool. i would love to do it in the winter that would be so much fun. i love me some gillmore girls!!!

  15. I heard about that chocolate cruise as well and I’m definitely interested. Life isn’t complete without chocolates! I just love that they have something like this for chocolate lovers.

  16. Alicia Gonzalez Reply

    Where do you get all of these fun things?! Chocolate cruise and bread slippers are now on my Christmas wishlist! I even want to make bread slippers now. So cute!

  17. There is nothing better than Eurochocolate Cruise in Italy! I love Chocolate and Italy! The best combo ever! 🙂

  18. Eileen M Loya Reply

    That 73 year old woman is truly inspiring! She just proved to everyone that getting back into the pink of health is possible – no matter what age you’re in.

  19. A chocolate cruise?! OMG, can you take me with you pretty please? 🙂 I can just imagine all the chocolate goodies. Yum!

  20. Joan’s story is so amazing! Truly shows it does not matter what age you are, you can make changes that matter. Just lately I was getting flack from people for making healthy changes. I now realize I am not too old, nor is the flack I received about me and more on what other people are not willing to do for themselves. Also, I must say I WISH I was in California so I could go to Star’s Hallow over Christmas! I am a HUGE Gilmore girls fan!

  21. Seeing holiday decorations either in person or over the internet give me cheers. The smell of Christmas trees and holiday cookies are one of my favorites!

  22. LOL I’m going to have to put the “I was fartled” quote on a t-shirt for my dad. He’ll definitely get a good kick out of it

  23. So I think I need to go get a passport and travel so I can go on The Eurochocolate Cruise! I mean… Chocolate!

  24. I love those Christmas tree shirts! And I would love to go on a chocolate cruise. Of all the sweets, chocolate is my favorite.

  25. My kids could use one of those Legos! I would love to go on a chocolate cruise. It sounds fun!

  26. Go to Stars Hollow?! Yes, please. That would be such a blast. I’ve watched every episode of Gilmore Girls!!

  27. That chocolate looks delicious and those bread slippers made me laugh.

  28. Mary Gardner Reply

    That chocolate cruise sounds like the best vacation I could ever possibly have!

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