Morning Coffee with Jeni & Clo

Morning Coffee with Jeni & Clo (5/3) Wine and Horoscopes, Tick me off, Pasta, Ringling Bros & More

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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!

On our minds this morning

Morning Coffee discussion - things that tick me off

I’m a generally very happy girl.  In fact, life has been really looking up for me lately, and I’ve been feeling really blessed.  Although I’m pretty much always laughing, joking (I speak sarcasm fluently) and having a great time, last night, by brother and I were discussing the silly things that tick us off.  These are things that will irk us, make us scrunch our faces up or put a little black cloud over us momentarily.  So, I thought I would share some of my quirky side, and the things that tick me off.  Some of these things also tend to make me laugh, because I really don’t take much too seriously. Let’s see how many of these get to you guys, too!

  • Flakes – I can’t STAND flakiness.  It’s a sign of disrespect to me, and I make it a point to not flake.  This isn’t the occasional situation where extenuating circumstances pop up.  This is people that can legitimately be tagged with the ever annoying “flake” stigma.  Grrrrr!
  • Berries – They tick me off.  I know it’s kind of weird, but they annoy me.  Strawberries think they are so cute….but guess what, strawberry!  I don’t like you!  They roll around all over the counter like toddlers let loose in a candy store, you have to eat a handful of them just to enjoy them, and they are STICKY when you smush them.  Blah!
  •  Dishes in the left side of the sink.  Call it OCD, call it being particular.  I call it being logical.  Look.  Dirty dishes that can’t be washed or put in the dishwasher right away can at least be rinsed, right? Put them in the RIGHT side of the sink, so that when we need water (like for my morning coffee), I don’t have to play Jenga with the dishes to get the coffee pot under the faucet.  Is that too much to ask?
  • Hangnails.  Those little jerks are annoying – and what’s worse, I don’t just cut them down, like a logical person.  I bite them because in my mind, I’m thinking, “Oh, I’ll get rid of it.”  No, Jeni.  No you won’t.  And now it’s worse.
  • Hitting “snooze” on your alarm clock.  Come ON.  Just wake up.  If you wanted to be awake by 6am, then don’t set your alarm for 4:30, and have it go off every 10 minutes.  You’re going to wake up grumpy, whether it’s 4:30 or 6!  Yes, grumpy people in the morning -YOU annoy ME (and I annoy you because I’m so chipper).
  • Slurping coffee.  I can respect that it’s a hot beverage.  I can even respect that you don’t want to burn your tongue or mouth.  But MUST people SLURP their coffee?  It sounds like they are trying to inhale the entire mug.  And WHY  does slurping it somehow make it less hot!?  How about this – how about just take smaller sips?  It works for me, and it can work for them, too.  I’ll even give you a straw, if that helps.
  • My glasses.  I have really long eyelashes.  When I wear mascara, they get longer and thicker (which, is clearly the point of mascara, right?).  When my glasses sit on my face, my eyelashes always seem to hit the inside of the lenses.  I blink, and my lashes rub on them, so I move my glasses down.  Now I feel like the typical snooty librarian lady that tilts her head down so she can glare at you over her glasses and say, “shhh!”  I just can’t win on that one.
  • Whispering.  People that can’t whisper get on my nerves!  I don’t think I LEARNED how to whisper….it’s just a natural thing, right?  Apparently, not for everyone.  Those people can just can’t get their voices quiet or low enough to create a real “whisper” need to simply not try.  You’re now drawing attention to me, yourself and the topic you’re trying to keep on the hush hush, but can’t.

What are your quirky pet peeves?

wine horoscope

So, if you don’t know already.. I, Clo, LOVE my wine. I’ll drink it all day if I have too. So when I came across this fancy article that Huffington Post published about wine and horoscopes I knew I had to check it out. So apparently.. Capricorns, such as myself are meant to drink: Cabernet Sauvignon. Now, that isn’t really my favorite when it comes to wine. I’m more of a white or rose wine gal. I definitely do enjoy the occasional Cabernet, however it’s not my go-to. So why is Cabernet Sauvignon the wine for Capricorns? I’m not exactly sure. The article didn’t go into too much detail. But here is the depth of it: “Known for the grape’s thick skin and rich full-bodied flavor, a Cab is your perfect match. Pair it with a classic dinner of steak and potatoes, and relish in your flair for sophisticated tradition.”

What’s your favorite wine? What wine does your star sign match with?


HOT Deals We Love

Flirty Aprons has 65% off AND free shipping with the code MOM65.  These are AWESOME aprons, and make great gifts!  I (Jeni) own 3 of them, and with this code, you can grab one for only $10.48 + free shipping (reg. $49.95)!!

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A few of our favorite things

If you’re a hot sleeper like me (Jeni), you DEFINITELY want to check out my review of PeachSkinSheets!  These are my FAVORITE sheets, and I get several opportunities a year to work with this awesome company, reviewing their sheet sets.  Plus, they are seriously SO SOFT!! See the review —>>> Sleep on Peachskin Softness with PeachSkinSheets!  #SpringGuide
Ok, seriously.  This Crazy Cat Lady Action Figure is on Amazon.  I (Jeni) laughed SO HARD when I saw it!  I know several people that could have a blast with this!  HAHA!
Crazy Cat Lady Action Figure
Desktop Jellyfish Aquarium Tank.  Need we say more?  SO COOL!
Desktop Jellyfish Aquarium Tank
So, Winston and I, Clo, went out to dinner the other night and I got this Chicken Scampi dish. It was so, so, delicious! Definitely a keeper.
chicken scampi

What's cooking in our kitchens

Cheddar Sausage and Spinach Orecchiette Pasta

Check out this hearty Cheddar Sausage and Spinach Orecchiette Pasta from our awesome friends at Finding Sanity in Your Crazy Life!  This is going on in my (Jeni) kitchen tonight, and I can’t WAIT!!!  It has basic ingredients you might already have in your kitchen, and one special ingredient that I’m excited to try out, too!

in the news

ringling bros. elepahants

So I’m sure you’ve all heard that Sunday was the last elephant performance with Ringling Bros. The Ringling Bros. elephants are now officially retired. I, Clo, am quite glad that they are no longer going to be using elephants in their performances. I’ve never been able to attend one of these events, because they never have any shows where I live but also I’m not sure if I would either. I’ve always had a soft spot when it comes to animal performances. I feel it’s very inhumane and that they should be wild and free. Do you know elephants have been performing in acts for over 200 years?! Well, 200 years later, now one of the biggest animals on earth won’t have to worry about being a circus act — at least with Ringling Bros. Unfortunately, there are more than a dozen circuses in the US that continue to use elephants. Read the story HERE.

JENI’S THOUGHTS: Man, I didn’t know that!  I’m kinda bummed I won’t be able to see them now!  As for the animals – I’m sure they are treated really well and are quite happy with what they do.  Elephants are some of the smartest animals on the planet, and can find pleasure and enjoyment in repetitive tasks, and entertaining, so I think they might like it!  But, I am sad I can’t go to the circus anymore 🙁

Morning Giggles

woman quote

lego meme

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

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  1. Good morning everyone,
    I laughed through the entire section about pet peeves, so many of them sound just like me. My biggest pet peeve is when people are eating or drinking and they get food all over their face or spill food or beverages on their lap in large quantities. We were having some drinks after dinner last night and I looked over and my boyfriend had dumped whiskey all over the blanket on his couch, then he just left it there. As I was scrubbing it to get the scent out of the blanket so we didn’t get a bug problem, I stated that I never wanted to have kids, which caused him to spit out more whiskey, got to love men!

    I am a Gemini, so according to the article, I should like Pinot Grigio, only it happens to be my least favorite wine. My favorite wine is Chardonnay, and according to the chart I should be a Sagittarius, I always new I was born in the wrong month, lol.

    I hope everyone has a great day!

  2. What a fab deal on the Cuisinart Toaster Oven! I have red accents in my kitchen so that would fit in perfectly — if I had the counter space :/ have a great day!

  3. You taught me something new today. I totally checked out the HuffPost article to see about my sign and what kind of wine I should be drinking. It’s pretty accurate.

  4. Fun post! I love wine too, I think we’d get along really well Clo. I’m going to check out that Huffington Post article to read my wine horoscope. See you for coffee tomorrow!

  5. I would’ve been laughing so hard if I saw that crazy cat lady toy. Seriously who would buy that? That just cracks me up. The video of Adam Levine also is hilarious.

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      I know. Maybe as a gag gift for someone that loves cats too much!? LOL!
      Adam Levine is SO talented! His Micheal Jackson was AMAZING!

  6. That crazy cat lady figure is too funny….I actually know a few people who really fit the bill and would love it, lol! I totally agree about the snooze button….either get up or don’t set it!

  7. How fun. I love the wheel of musical impressions. Such a fun segment I always see posted on Facebook!

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      SO funny – I watch them over and over again!

  8. Your strawberry rant had me laughing out loud. I love strawberries, but I totally get what you mean about rolling around on the counter. I subscribe to The Tonight Show’s YouTube page so I can all of the crazy antics. My favorite was the Styx video remake they did with Paul Rudd.

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      HAHA!!! I’m glad someone understands my frustration! 🙂
      I will have to check out the Styx video!!

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      It’s so unique and fun! I wonder how much they move around??
      Thank you so much! We are so happy you’re here!

  9. Ahh! I think I have some of the same pet peeves. When I go to fill the keurig with water in the morning and there is a pile of plastic containers in the sink I get so frustrated!

  10. Elizabeth O. Reply

    Most of what you have on the list annoys me as well, it’s so funny. Love the deals, and I was laughing when I saw the crazy cat lady toy. Like, is it for real? Why would people even buy that for their kids, lol. Anyway, sounds like you had an amazing dinner, that scampi looks good.

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      HAHA!!! Glad to know I’m not alone!
      YES! It’s crazy real and on Amazon! I think as a gag gift, that would be awesome!

  11. I didn’t use to be, but I’m turning into a snoozer. I set my alarm. When it goes off each time, I start evaluating what I can cut out of my morning routine.

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      HAHAHA! That’s too funny! BUT – sleep is important, right?

  12. How fun! I loved those apron, those are pretty neat looking and the color must catch our eyes. something that I want to my kitchen when cooking.

  13. Amy Desrosiers Reply

    Strawberries are my fav but they do require a lot of prep for my smoothies. I do not love raspberries because they are very seedy and get stuck in my teeth.

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      OMG the SEEDS! YES! I’m right there with you!

  14. Thanks for sharing my recipe. It is absolutely delicious and so simple to make. I love the cheddar sausage by Jack Links. Funny thing is my husband thought I sent him to the store for beef jerky and was very confused. That cat lady doll is super funny and I think I might pick one up in advance for a White Elephant gift at Christmas. I will however not hate you for being a Morning Person because I do love my snooze button!

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      Thanks for letting us share it! It really looks amazing!!!! I didn’t know Jack Links made sausage until now, and that’s exciting!!!
      The cat lady – too funny!!
      I’ll forgive you for being a snooze button-er!! 🙂

  15. I love what your style of being a blogger, every morning I like what you posted and woah! In one blog post you have so much things to discuss. Love it absolutely.

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      You are so sweet! Thank you so much! That compliment is HONESTLY appreciated!!!! We are both so happy you enjoy Morning Coffee!

  16. Lisa Bristol Reply

    I have started to do a ton of baking on the weekends. I could really use a apron. These ones are so cool. I love the leopard print. They would make a great Mothers Day gift.

  17. Ryan Escat Reply

    Those flirty apron looks quite sexy lol. Love it for my wife.

  18. omg OCD i put my on the right side haha so all my dishes are together a looks good to me haha also i slurp coffee haha love reading this!

  19. People who shush others all of the time is a quirky pet peeve of mine. I also don’t like when people get annoyed with children being children.

  20. CourtneyLynne Reply

    Haha I’m definitely not a snooze button gal!! Hubby omg…. He drives me nuts because he will hit that button for an hour sometimes!!! Just get up already lol

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