Morning Coffee (6/22) Barefoot, Mug Cake Recipe, Zika Virus + More

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Morning Coffee with Jeni & Clo

WELCOME!  We’re so happy you’re here with us this morning! 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”!)

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

On our minds this morning


I, Clo would like to hear your take on being ‘barefoot.’ In Hawaii you’ll see it often. At the beach, at home (for certain), sometimes at work and even at the stores. When we walk into someones home we take off our shoes. Shoes will be lined outside the door, it’s disrespectful to leave shoes on when entering someone home. However, I see many of my friends in the mainland wearing there shoes inside, on the couch and even some when they are relaxing in bed. Which I find very odd. However, everyone has their own take on the fact of being barefoot.

The reason this got brought up was a friend of mine made mention the other day that I was walking around barefoot. She’s from the mainland and found it very odd. I said, “hey girl, it’s normal around here, so take your shoes off and enjoy it.” She giggled and a few days later came back at me and told me that she seen so much people barefoot walking around the island that she has very seen.

Of course, most of the time when out and about, besides at the beach of course, you’ll see us locals wearing shoes or flip flops. It’s so amazing how each state has it’s own cultures and ways of doing things. How one may see taboo, others see normal.

What’s something that your home town does that others may not do? 

Apartment "lawns"

It’s hot in Fort Worth, Texas.  The sun does a number on the grass.  I (Jeni) get it.  What I don’t get, is how an apartment complex pays gardeners to come out 3 times a week to “work” on the “lawns.”  See those pictures?  Those are the lush and beautiful “lawns” at my apartment.  Try not to be too jealous. 😉

Three days a week, 3 gardeners come out to work on the complex.  Working from home, I hear and see them all the time.  Here’s the really confusing part:  they are out there with their lawn mowers and leaf blowers and edgers running for six hours.  SIX HOURS.  What are they DOING out there for six hours?? Do you see anything that remotely requires more than maybe 10 minutes of maintenance?  Me, either.

I hear the “vroom vroom vroom” and the siren-like blower going constantly outside for hours, and am so confused as to what grass they see that needs that much attention.  I’m pretty sure they are paid by the hour, so I can’t blame a dude for making the most of his work day.  But seriously – it’s not like we have golf green quality grass out here.  We barely have anything resembling grass!

That’s what I woke up thinking about this morning….and hoping that they won’t be out there today.  I could deal with the constant noise, if we had some cool animal shaped bushes like in Edward Scissorhands, or some kind of actual lawn that I could walk barefoot through!

What’s bugging you this morning?  

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A few of our favorite things

dreams quote

This is 100% true. I, Clo pretty much live by this quote. Get up and do something. You’re dreams won’t make themselves.

What motivates you?

mulan disney

Here are 14 fascinating details about Disney cartoons! (I, Clo love number 2).

What is your favorite Disney Cartoon?

Bellabeat Leaf

Last year, I (Jeni) got to review this new BellaBeat Leaf Women’s Fitness Tracker.  It’s a BEAUTIFUL, one of a kind tracker that acts as jewelry, too!  Check out my full review HERE.

Colorful bluetooth speaker

I (Jeni) am LOVING this colorful bluetooth speaker!  How cool to listen to your music, while getting a neat light show!  I just bought the blue one, and can’t wait for it to arrive!

What are some of your favorite things?

What's cooking in our kitchens

mug cake recipe

Mm mm good! Check out this delightful peanut butter M&M’s mug cake recipe and I (Clo) bet you’ll have everything you need right at your fingertips 😉

What’s cooking in your kitchen today?

in the news

zika trials

I’m sure many of you have heard about the Zika virus. Hopefully it hasn’t hit your state yet. In Hawaii we’ve seen a couple cases. Thankfully it hasn’t spread and has been quite for a few months.

Due to the Zika outbreak drug developer Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc and its partner GeneOne Life Sciences Inc said they had received approval from U.S. regulators to start an early stage human trial testing their Zika vaccine. The early-stage study will enroll 40 healthy subjects and evaluate safety, tolerability and immune response generated by the vaccine GLS-5700.

Have you heard of the Zika Virus?

Last week, U.S. health officials reported three babies born with birth defects likely linked to Zika infection in the mother during pregnancy. I’m heartbroken at how this disease is affecting babies and I hope this clinical trial really has an outcome. We’ve seen several trials like these for other outbreaks over the years and none have really been figured out.

Read the full article HERE.

Jeni’s thoughts?

There is always some new kind of virus or epidemic floating around.  I got H1N1 (Swine Flu) and seriously thought I was going to die.  I also contacted the virus that hit California in 1999/2000 and was deemed an “epidemic.”  That was a scary one.  I was hallucinating that bats were morphing through my window.  Yikes.  And I also remember when I was stationed at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, the mosquito driven virus that was going around (and I can’t remember the name of it now).  Apparently, this is from mosquitos, too.

Here are the symptoms (according to the CDC) of the Zika Virus (which I hadn’t honestly heard of, so I had to look up this morning):

Zika Virus Symptoms:

  • Many people infected with Zika virus won’t have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes). Other common symptoms include muscle pain and headache. The incubation period (the time from exposure to symptoms) for Zika virus disease is not known, but is likely to be a few days to a week.
    • See your doctor or other healthcare provider if you are pregnant and develop a fever, rash, joint pain, or red eyes within 2 weeks after traveling to an area with Zika. Be sure to tell your doctor or other healthcare provider where you traveled.


  • The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week.
  • People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected.
  • Zika virus usually remains in the blood of an infected person for about a week but it can be found longer in some people.
  • Once a person has been infected, he or she is likely to be protected from future infections.

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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  1. This is a great post. I would say something that we do that’s become sort of odd is letting the kids roam. We live in the south, and it’s still perfectly acceptable for the kids to roam the countryside.

  2. As far as the whole taking your shoes off when you enter someone’s home – I have family who require this, but I personally don’t care in my home. I never grew up having to take my shoes off when I entered a home (although we were already barefoot most of the time anyways haha) and so I don’t have any kind of “rule” that this should be done in my own home now. Nothing at all disrespectful on my end, just not something I’m used to. But when I notice this being done in someone else’s home, I’m sure to follow suit.

  3. Amy Desrosiers Reply

    LOL!!! I think they need to get their money back for those lawns huh? I really need to try that mug cake too..yummy!

  4. How cute are those rompers? Freakin’ adorable! Also, I’m wondering right along with you what’s going on with the lawncare for so long!

  5. I love food that you can make in a mug. It’s easy to carry around, it (almost) always tastes delicious, and they’re easy to carry around. And with peanut butter and chocolate, how can you go wrong?

  6. Ann Bacciaglia Reply

    I love the Boho Print Rompers. They will be great for summer. I will have to order a few different colors.

  7. I love foods that are quick and easy. The mug recipes always peak my interest. I’ve tried a few and they’ve turned out great.

  8. Chrysa Kieke Duran Reply

    Our yard is looking about the same here. After such a mild spell it suddenly became very hot and humid again. My grass is hating it!

  9. I am really starting to love the BOHO prints available. I had never worn the clothing until just recently and I love how loose and freeing it is.

  10. I would call you HOA and let them know that you think 6 hours isn’t fesible. They might be getting riped off!!

  11. Those rompers look so airy and cool.
    In Florida it’s not uncommon to see men and boys running around without shirts. When we moved to Michigan, it was def. not the norm, not even in the summer when it was hawt. 🙂

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