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Morning Coffee (2/28) NEW Harry Potter Books, Mall Madness Returns!, Pickle Chicken, NSYNC Movie, Jalapeño Popper Bagels + More!

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It’s finally Friday!  Woohoo!  Let’s sit down, have a fun little chat, and get our mood even brighter for the start of the weekend! There’s a lot of NEW stuff to tell you about….

NEW HERE?  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 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.

Fill up your cup, prop up your feet, and let’s CHAT!


Calling all Harry Potter fans!  Guess WHAT!?  There are four new books!!! Yep – four new e-books by Pottermore Publishing have recently been released! They are each centered around lessons that Harry, Ron, and Hermione get at Hogwarts. 

  • Harry Potter: A Journey Through Charms and Defence Against the Dark Arts
  • Harry Potter: A Journey Through Potions and Herbology
  • Harry Potter: A Journey Through Divination and Astronomy
  • Harry Potter: A Journey Through Care of Magical Creatures

From the Press Release: “It seems part of human nature to want to believe in the unbelievable: from the bestiaries and cabinets of curiosities of the medieval period onwards. We think that truth and myth are easily distinguished today, but magical creatures and the stories around them continue to fascinate us—and they are as central to the Harry Potter stories as Harry, Hermione and Ron.”


Are you a Potterhead? Will you read these?

In 1988, I (Sarah) got a game that would remain one of my favorites of all time – Mall Madness!  🙂  They re-released it several times over the years, and even had a couple of special edition ones, but the original was the best. And now…. it’s coming BACK!  

And updated version of the game is coming back to stores this fall, and I am super excited. It’s promised to be pretty much identical, with some visual updates, and moving piece characters with more personality. It’ll still have 22 stores, fake ATM cards, and the awesome electronic guide that talks to you!


What was your favorite board game growing up?


Can you believe that I (Jeni) have never seen any of the Toy Story movies?!  I need to catch up, and think with this deal, I have no excuses not to!  Score the Toy Story complete collection (so far!) on DVD for just $10, and on Blu-Ray for only $26!  That’s a freaking AWESOME deal!

Score 10 Yankee Candle assorted votives for just $18 right now! Considering this would normally cost $29, that’s a great deal.  You’ll receive a random selection of scents.  

Golden Girls fans (like me!) can score this super fun Golden Girls magnet set for only $7!! It comes with tons of small magnets, including each of the ladies, and 2 backgrounds 🙂


Wanna know a secret I (Jeni)  just learned about?  The blog, The Salty Pot says that the best fried chicken – is brined and marinated in pickle juice for 6-12 hours before you even season it!  AND it doesn’t taste like pickle when you cook it.  Apparently you get super moist, flavorful chicken.  Who knew!?  READ MORE

Do you have any great cooking secrets?  

There’s a new Oreo Easter Egg Cookie Decorating Kit – and it’s ADORABLE!  It comes with two giant Easter egg cookies, icing, candy eggs, and OREO Mini Cookies.  Just like decorating Christmas cookies – but for Easter!  How fun!

What Easter traditions do you have?

I (Sarah) really don’t  even know  what to say about this awesome Parrot Mug!  Ok,  I DO know what to say – it’s AWESOME!  I love how unique and colorful it is!  LOVING IT!

Do you have a fun  coffee or  tea mug?

NSYNC.  That band makes some of your hearts flitter-  doesn’t it!?  😉  Guess what!?  Lance Bass is making a movie about NSYNC!  But it’s not a documentary about the band – it’ll be a comedy about superfans that travel the country to see the final tour… and it’s based on a true story!  No word on film start or release.

Are you team Backstreet Boys or team NSYNC?

Unicorn bathrobes.  Because kids aren’t the only ones that love mystical creatures that fart glitter and poop rainbows, right!? 😉  These are too cute, totally affordable, and even come in several styles!

Are you more of a mermaid or unicorn fan?


Jalapeño Popper Bagels–  it’s what’s for breakfast!  Or Brunch! Or Dinner! Or… a snack! 🙂 Even better, you most likely already have the ingredients you need at home, if you’re already a jalapeño and breakfast fan.  Mmmmmm!

What’s your favorite brunch item?


Don’t forget to join us every Wednesday for Happy Hour!



  1. I am buying the new Mall Madness game and forcing my daughter to play with me. I played it as a teen often with friends.

    I wish I liked Harry Potter. I never got into it. I love the author though!

  2. Kristine Nicole Alessandra Reply

    I have to try that tip next time I make fried chicken. Never knew about that till now. I like those unicorn bathrobes too. They are so cute!

  3. sara lafountain Reply

    I cannot believe there are 4 more Harry Potter books! My son is going to be so excited. i think I will get my daughter the unicorn bathrobe, too cute!

  4. My daughter will be thrilled to hear about the new Harry Potter books. I just heard there will be a Hunger Games prequel and I am stoked about that!

    I really wanted Mall Madness when I was a girl, but for some reason my parents never bought it for me. I wonder if I’d like playing it now as an adult?

  5. The Oreo Easter Egg Cookie Decorating Kit is something my daughter would love to get her hands on. She’s always getting creative. I would watch the movie about NSYNC. I loved both them and Backstreet Boys back in the 90s and still listen to them today.

  6. Four new Harry Potter books! This is fantastic! My kid will be so happy!

  7. I was team NSYNC because they danced better than BSB. Hehe. Thank you for the heads up about the movie. It’d be fun to watch.

  8. I have several Potterhead friends that will be eating these books up! My best friend was just talking about the Mall Madness and this reminded me of her! One of her favorites growing up.

  9. Kita Bryant Reply

    I can’t believe they are finally coming out with new books. I cannot wait to read them all.

  10. Wow! I am so excited to read these 4 Harry Potter E-books! These are really interesting and full of fun. And that Parrot Mug is really cute. My wife will love that.

  11. Now I want a unicorn bathrobe. They are so cute. The jalapeno popper bagels look delicious and so easy to make.

  12. Mall Madness was my jam!! I know my tweens are totally going to dig it too. It’s so fun that all of these throwbacks are happening so I can share my childhood with them.

  13. The oreo egg cookie decorating kit sounds fun. Yankee candles looks good too. I am not very much fan of Harry potter.

  14. Those bagels are lit! I like the cute cup as well. Very interesting things shared here.

  15. The parrot mug….quite unique. Loving the unicorn robe, perfect for my 12-year-old niece. More Harry Potter books, excellent for fans. Great list and have a great week!

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      The robe – I NEED!
      Have an awesome day, Rosemary!

  16. How is it possible that I didn’t know about these Harry Potter books? My daughter will be just as excited as I am.

  17. Dana Rodriguez Reply

    I brine chicken in pickle juice and it does work. I really love the Unicorn bathrobes! Cute!

  18. Dorothy Boucher Reply

    Thank you and I need a morning coffee at this moment, and I needed a little giggle also.

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