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Morning Coffee (6/14): Game of Life, Acai Bowl, $8 Summer Dresses….

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Morning Coffee with Jeni & Clo

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 7am CST (5am PST, 8am 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. Not sure who we are?  Head over to Meet The Ladiesto meet Jeni, and Reviews by Clo to meet Chloe (you can call her “Clo”!)

Did you miss us yesterday, or any other day this week?  Catch up and keep the conversation going by stopping over HERE!

Now….refill that coffee and let’s get to chatting with Morning Coffee!

On our minds this morning

The Game of Life

That, my friends, is The Game of Life!  Bryan and I (Jeni) had a game night this weekend, and the original Game of Life was our first competition of the evening.  I absolutely LOVE board games, and have collected them for years.  The new Game of Life looks so different and lame to me – so when I found this original version at a yard sale for $1, I scooped it up!  My first job was a teacher, making $70,000 a year (yah, because that’s realistic, right?) My husband (John Cusack, of course), and I had 4 kids, and adopted 2 more.  YIKES!  I got to be the police officer the second game, and was raking in a sweet $90,000 for my paycheck.  Talk about kickbacks and bribes!

Scrabble

Next, we pulled out one of my favorite games – Scrabble!  As a Wordsmith, I pride myself on vocabulary and the ability to formulate words by manipulating letters.  I’m kind of a big deal when it comes to Scrabble, and rarely lose.  Clearly, I was off my game, because I got handed some humble pie, because Bryan didn’t just beat me once, he beat me TWICE!  In all fairness, we didn’t swap letters, and I was working with ALL VOWELS at one point, including 4 of the letter “i.”  It was still a blast, though, and we let our inner-kid silliness rule for a while (hence the word, “farts.”

Hmmm…I think next game night should include some classic Risk and a game or two of Stratego!

What are your favorite board games?

Disney's Moana

Ok, Ok. Let’s hope you all aren’t tired of me, Clo, raving about how much I adore Disney. Because this one is gonna be AWESOME! If you haven’t heard yet Disney’s Moana hits theaters Nov. 23 and is about the story of this girl Moana who lives in Hawaii. Now, many of you know that I live in Hawaii. Born and raised actually. So this hits home. So when I heard last year that Disney was creating an animated film about a girl in Hawaii.. I jumped for joy. My two favorite things are coming together. Being a Disney blogger I am especially honored to have the privilege to help announce the newest trailers, posters and more. This is huge for me. I know many of you may not realize it but it’s true. My dream job has always been to get a job at Disney, in the creative department. There were months that I applied for the internships when I was a senior in high school, then in college. Finally, last year I applied a number of times for some design jobs at the Disney location in California. I even hit an interview, but no job offer. I know that when the time is right, things will fall into place. But for right now, for me to be able to play even a small part in helping share the news about the new movies, that’s enough for me.

Read all about the movie and see the trailer here!

HOT Deals We Love

Need a new vacuum!?  Now through 6/20, Hoover.com is hosting a sale with up to 60% off select products!  Use the code FACTORYSALE16 at checkout, AND get free shipping!

up to 60% off Hoover Vacuums through 6/20

Check out these ADORABLE Summer Dresses for as low as only $7.99!!  SUPER cute, right?  AND most of them are priced between $7.99-$9.99!  Stock up, ladies!

Summer Dresses as low as $7.99

Here’s a great way to organize!  This 4-Tier Heavy Duty Plastic Shelving is only $14.97 (reg. $34.32), and is very highly rated!

4-tier heavy duty plastic shelving only $14.97 (reg. $34.32)

Time to stock up on trash bags!  This 80 count Glad OdorShield Tall Kitchen Trash Bags Pack is only $9.99!  That makes each bag only 8¢ – below stockpile price!  This deal is good thru 6/18.

Glad Trash Bags only 8¢ each!

Now through tomorrow (6/15), all clearance swimwear at Aerie.com is only $15!!  That’s 50% off!

$15 swimwear through 6/18

This Velocity Fitness Indoor Cycle is the perfect way to get into shape, when you’re a busy mom and don’t have the time to get to the gym!  It’s only $199.99, down from $399.99!

Indoor Cycle only $199 (reg. $399)

A few of our favorite things

Acai Bowl

I, Clo, LOVE this homemade acai bowl that I made. It’s so simple and easy to make. Just get a bag of Sambazon from your local frozen section. Add 1 pack with half a banana, some strawberries, a few blueberries and some coconut milk, or your milk or choice. Blend, pour in bowl. Top with some of your favorite fruits. I use granola, bananas, strawberries and honey.

Doing yoga

My little sister, Clo, has been wanting to try yoga. So yesterday when we went on a walk I shared her a few tips and taught her the basics. She loved it and now wants to get some yoga outfits and a mat. Yoga is great! Read my post about what I do yoga HERE.

Superhero Cape, Mask & Sticker Sets

I (Jeni) am not to old to wear these, right!?  MAN, I would LOVE to be a kid again!  These Superhero Cape, Mask and Sticker sets are too stinkin’ cool!  Why do kids get all the best stuff!?

Double Up Tankinis

What is this fat-hiding magic!?  I (Jeni) have never seen any bathing suit like this before, but I’m in love. These Double Up Tankinis are too cool. It’s been YEARS since I’ve owned a swimsuit, because I don’t like my squishy hanging out everywhere.  But these are PERFECT, because they can totally hide icky squishy bellies!  I’m totally sold!

What's cooking in our kitchens

How amazing does this Strawberry, Lemon and Grapefruit Detox Water look?  Not only is it really refreshing, it will do your body good this Summer! Check out the recipe at My Blessed Southern Life!

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in the news

Orlando Shooting

I’m sure most of you heard about the unfortunate event of the Orlando shooting at a gay nightclub in Florida on Sunday. Latest word says 49 have been killed and over 50 injured, calling it one of the worst US massacres in history. This just makes me sick and I wish this stuff would stop happening. It’s come to a point that almost every, single year a mass shooting is happening. Many of those lost were very young and there were over 300 in the club when the shooting happened. The gunman has been identified as Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, Florida. He was a US citizen born in New York to parents from Afghanistan. Mateen called 911 during the attack to pledge allegiance to ISIS and mentioned the Boston Marathon bombers, according to an official. Orlando police shot and killed Mateen.

Read the story here.

Jeni’s thoughts?

Ugh, man.  This is devastating.  My heart is so heavy and broken for the victim’s families right now.  I don’t really have words….

This is the kind of thing that shuts America down.  One man has brought our country to it’s knees, divided us with our religious and moral beliefs, and taken a piece of our souls.  One man.  Instead of focusing on the sad and negative aspects of this story, because I know there will be more to come in the news, I want to take a minute, give my respect to the victims and their families, and then work on making changes.

Morning Giggles

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What’s on your mind today?  Leave us a comment, and let’s keep the discussion going!

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17 Comments

  1. I love that red high low dress, and those bathing suits are awesome! We are going to the beach this weekend and I wish I could buy one of those and get it to me in time to go there I would love them!

  2. I can’t wait for Moana! Disney usually does a great job on movies, so I am sure it will be a hit, love that it hits close to your Hawaiian home!

  3. I need a way to organize the stuff in my garage and that plastic shelving unit looks perfect! It’s a great price, too. I just might have to buy that one today!

  4. Oh I haven’t played the updated game of Life. I spent so much time playing the old version with my siblings though!

  5. I’ve seen the trailers for Moana and it looks like it’s going to be a super cute movie. That detox water looks good. Especially since I am trying to drink more water.

  6. Loved having coffee with you gals this morning. So much going on this week. I loved the summer dresses. And the board games were a blast from the past.

  7. Bonnie @wemake7 Reply

    I miss playing the game of life. That is one great deal on Hoover vacuums.

  8. My kids love Monopoly – we seriously have about 5 different versions! These are some great deals and I am in the market for a vacuum.

  9. Rebecca Swenor Reply

    These are all great things indeed. Board games for the family are such an amazing way to bond with the kids. I love the idea of organizing with the plastic shelves which I could use a few of them right now.

  10. Robin Ruehrwein Reply

    I haven’t played the game of Life in so long! I swear it’s around here somewhere. Now maybe I should dust it off!

  11. My favorite board games? ONLY MONOPOLY 🙂 haha.. my son loves it too and he always win

  12. I have just returned from Disney Paris and I can not wait to see moana, I am too excited

  13. I love board games! My family used to always play Monopoly every holiday. The games would go on for hours and hours. haha

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