Morning Coffee with Jeni & Clo

Morning Coffee with Jeni & Clo (5/4): Lightning, Back to School, Ice Cream Lock, Motivation + 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 with Morning Coffee!

On our minds this morning

Crazy lightening in Texas

Last week, we had some CRAZY storms in Texas.  I (Jeni) LOVE me a good thunder storm, but these were downright NASTY!  Luckily, everything was fine and we averted tornadoes and power outages.  We DID get some insane hail and some really crazy lightning. The image above is from last Tuesday….and it wasn’t much better that Thursday, either.  The lightning actually got way worse-  over 2,000 strikes in such a tiny amount of time.  It was pretty neat to watch, if you could handle the hail and rain hitting your face with the 70 mile per hour winds!  😉  So this morning, I started thinking about how weird the weather here is.  It’s a beautiful 60 degrees, and we’re expecting it to be in the 80’s later today.  These storms come through with such force and craziness, and we sit around the TV, watching the radar move closer and closer, so we can prepare.  Then, 30 minutes later, the storm is gone, and everything is back to normal.  It reminds me of Thanksgiving dinner.  You prepare ALL day for this huge event, and within minutes, it’s all gone.

What’s the weather doing in your neck of the woods?

school acceptance letter

School.. ugh. I, Clo, am heading back to school everyone. And to be honest I’m completely scared yet excited. I’m excited  because this is huge and is something I’ve been truly wanting. However, I am scared because it’s been almost 6 years since I last went to school. And I hated it. The kids were so mean and just awful. I’m also scared that I won’t do well and will beat my self up over it. I guess I just have to see how things go.. Class starts in two weeks, and I get married in 3. Wish me luck! I’m gonna need it.

What’s your thoughts on school? Ever want to go back?

HOT Deals We Love

Online Deals Roundup

We rounded up a TON of AWESOME online deals going on right now!  These hot deals won’t last long, so if you’re interested, be sure to check them out this morning!  There are household items, toys, clothing, shoes and many more!  Head over HERE to see the deals!

Online Deals Roundup

These Coco & Main Freedom Event T-shirts are seriously so cute!  Now you don’t have to hunt down your 4th of July shirt in a couple of months!  These are only $19.99, regularly $39.99, and there are 5 styles!

Patriotic shirts (5 styles) only $19.99 (reg. $39.99)

Father’s Day is next month – and these Father’s Day pocket knife/keychains are only $5.99 + free shipping, down from $27.99!

Father's Day Pocket Knife Keychains $5.99

A few of our favorite things

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Lock

Love ice cream (or Nutella), but don’t want EVERYONE to love your treats before you can finish them?  Here’s a lock for your ice cream!  Seriously – a LOCK for your ICE CREAM.  This cracks us up!

Razor Crazy Cart

What is THIS magic?!  Ohhhhh to be a kid!  I (Jeni) would ridiculously ROCK one of these Razor Crazy Carts!

Sees' Candies for Mother's Day!

Being from California, originally, I (Jeni) fell in love with See’s Candies at an EARLY age.  Yah, that’s me, above.  🙂  So with Mother’s Day coming up, I thought I would HIGHLY suggest to anyone looking for something special and amazing for their moms this year – See’s Candies!  It’s the BEST candy and chocolate EVER!  See my review HERE.

life quotes

I, Clo, am all about motivational quotes. That’s why when I come across one that I can relate too, I love to share it. This right here is awesome and so true. My bit of wisdom for the day.

What's cooking in our kitchens

Crock Pot Chicken Teriyaki

Our amazing friend, Olivia at This N That With Olivia, created this DE-LI-SHUS looking Crock Pot Chicken Teriyaki meal!  I (Jeni) will be leaving Morning Coffee later to get this recipe going…and I can’t WAIT to start smelling it!  Check out the full recipe HERE!

in the news

Man exonerated after 50 years in prison

Ok.  So this dude (the guy with the cane) is Paul Gatling. He’s 81 years old.  He was just cleared of murder charges.  Good for him, right?  Except…he served over 50 YEARS in prison for a crime he didn’t commit!  Ouch.  Man….he had his t life ahead of him, and he spent it in prison.  There’s really nothing that can be done at this point to make up for that time.  FIFTY YEARS.  I know a lot of people will be mad about it, and I get it.  But our criminal justice system is set up the best it can be, to benefit the most.  That might not be very comforting, but that’s how it is.  This poor guy….I hope he is able to adjust and move on with his life very quickly from this!

Read the rest of the story HERE!

Story highlights

  • 81-year-old Paul Gatling was cleared of murder charges on Monday, more than 50 years after being sentenced
  • His was the 20th exoneration won by Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson since 2014
  • Exonerations are on the rise nationally with Thompson’s Conviction Review Unit heralded as a model

CLO’S THOUGHTS ON THIS ARTICLE:  I know and understand that the justice system works hard to make sure the right people are sentenced but when it comes to things like this it does make me mad. If this was my father or husband I’d be beyond upset. His age, and the amount of time served makes his pretty young and studies show that most of those that are released from prison after many years don’t end up okay.

Morning Giggles

Cookie Monster Kitty Meme

Funny Love Life Meme

nurses meme

drank last night meme

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

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  1. I love those Meme’s! I needed that laugh this morning. That slow cooker teriyaki chicken looks outrageous. I love teriyaki.

  2. Holy crap! I can’t believe all the lightning! I thought we had a lot in our area, but it’s nothing like that.

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      RIGHT!? It was INSANE! And that screenshot isn’t even accurate, because it got worse!! It’s beautiful, but frightening!

  3. The weather is just getting crazier and crazier. Congratulations on both your wedding and going back to school. You are special and on’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      You’re the sweetest! I’m sure Clo appreciates that a lot! She IS special!

  4. I would love some rain here in these parts are we are so dry but lighting would not be a good thing. I feel so bad for the poor people north of us with the huge fire that is burning down their city in Fort McMurray. You post did make me smile though, thanks for sharing!!

  5. I need to check out those online deals! Looks like they have a Ninja Turtle toy my son would love

  6. Alicia Gonzalez Reply

    What a fabulous way to build a community right into your site. Brilliant! I love this 🙂

  7. We are in San Antonio and it has been crazy. We have had a few horrible hail storms and where it is normally very hot, already, it is pretty chilly here. OUr pools are already opened and I have no thought of going

  8. Elizabeth Lampman Reply

    I would love to get a a lock for my ice cream. It would make a great gift idea. These are some great deals.

  9. Glad you got through those storms okay. Sounds like they were intense! I love the 4th of July tank top. It’s so cute! 🙂

  10. Roxanne Morrison Reply

    The ice cream lock is the best! That poor man, 50 years for a crime he didn’t commit. Wow

  11. Amy Desrosiers Reply

    I love that those patriotic shirts do not look like bed spread like most. I also would love to make that recipe..scrumptious!

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