Morning Coffee with Jeni & Clo

Morning Coffee with Jeni & Clo (5/5): The Bulge, Disco Party, Mercury, Sky Lanterns + 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

The Belly Bulge

You guys know I (Jeni) adore you all, and LOVE having our morning coffee together.  So, I’m going to be very honest about what’s on my mind this morning.  My belly.  I call her, “Squishy.”  I’ve been working out lately, and really trying hard to lose this icky weight.  Here are some of the hysterically sad realities of having a Squishy:

  • The Folding Method.  Yes, it’s a harsh reality.  Folding my Squishy to get into my jeans.  It’s sad, guys.  I feel like I’m kneading dough, just to get my jeans on!  Then, of course, I have to wear a longer shirt just to cover up the bulge around the zipper.  Looks like I crammed a loaf of bread in my pants.  And that is not only suspicious looking – it’s uncomfortable.
  • The Butt-Crack Disorder.  This is when your belly sicks out more than your pathetically flat rear end, so your jeans constantly need to be pulled up in the back.  I’m not trying to start a fad for girls to wear their pants low enough to show off their underwear, I swear.
  • The Crease.  Ahhh, yes.  This is jeans that create a permanent crease in them, because of my belly.  It would be pretty cool if the crease was in the LEGS of my Wranglers, and it was 1995.  But this crease is around the button, from the pressure of my belly fat laying on it.  And even after washing my jeans, that sad crease is kind of always still there.
  • The Fray.  When you’re a little bigger around the stomach, but short (I’m 5’4″), jeans can be hard to fit properly.  The legs are longer – because if you’re “this” big around, the manufacturer assumes you’re like a mannequin, and perfectly proportioned. This problem creates super long legs, where the hem of the jean drags on the ground, fraying them.  I’ve tried to grow vertically to help solve this problem.  No luck.
  • The Rolling Method. Good luck finding a cute pair of capris – they look like pedal-pushers on a chubby girl.  Instead, we just take our super long legged jeans, and roll them up.  Although it looks cute, I long for a cute pair of capris that will fit my bulgy belly, my sad, flat rear end, AND my short legs.
  • Can’t Suck Enough.  Skinny girls can suck in their little belly, and the belly disappears.  I know this because I did it when I was thinner.  But, for the chubby belly-fat lady, this is a mystical talent that only seems possible with the help of Harry Potter.  Sucking in will reduce the size of the Squishy – but not hide it.  It’s still there, and I swear, I think it mocks me for even trying.
  • Blender Belts.  These are belts that look like they were put in a blender at high speed.  The holes are stretched out WAY beyond structural integrity, leather is scratched from the gymnastic moves required to get it on, and the clasp is always kind of tilted, because there is ZERO room for leverage or movement.  I hate belts, and they hate me.

Maybe next time, I’ll share my detailed, way-too-personal issues with my batwing arms! 😉

What struggles with weight do you experience?


Disco.. Disco parties are fun indeed. That’s why when I got a disco ball to review, I, Clo, knew I couldn’t let that opportunity fall. I grabbed a LED disco light from 1byone. And it’s pretty awesome. So today, as many of you know is Boy’s Day, National Day of Prayer, in addition to CINCO DE MAYO! So a group of us are getting together to celebrate this holiday. We got fajitas, tequila, chips and disco. It’s gonna be rad. I’ve always loved Cinco De Mayo. It’s truly one of the best holidays out. Everyone just comes together to unwind, enjoy the popular Spanish culture and love. We tend to hit the bars and take part in their festivities but I’ll be fun to just relax and have fun.

What are your Cinco De Mayo plans?

HOT Deals We Love

Online Deals Roundup!

JBL Jembe Computer Speakers $17.99 with code 18JEMBE (reg. $59.95)
Island Bay 13 ft Sienna Stripe Quilted Hammock  $59.98 (reg. $149.99)
Dyson DC50 Animal Upright Vacuum $258 (reg. 449)
Ozark Trail Folding Chair $6.88
Kate Spade All in Good Taste 12 piece Stoneware Dinnerware Set $72 (reg. $120)

A few of our favorite things

I, Clo, told you this disco ball is pretty awesome. Review to come soon, but for the mean time check out this pretty great video of me testing it out! (Ignore the bedroom scene.. as you can tell I was quite excited) 😉

Totally love this vintage turntable from 1byone. Review coming soon! #turntable #bloggermail #bloggerperks

A video posted by Reviews by Clo (@reviewsbyclo) on

Love wine?  I (Jeni) sure do!  This seems like an appropriate wine glass for me! 🙂  This Wine Glass Bottle is hilarious, and so impractical….or IS IT!?

Wine Glass Bottle

I (Jeni) LOVE these things.  In Washington state, I had friends that lived on the beach that separates Canada from Washington.  You could literally look across the water, and see Canada.  Too cool.  So, we would send off these cool Sky Lanterns and it would light up the water between us.  Great memories!  Now, I need to grab some more and send them off over the Texas sky!

Sky Lanterns

What's cooking in our kitchens

Our wonderful friend at My Unentitled Life has this AMAZING Buffalo Chicken Casserole recipe that I (Clo) am making tonight for dinner!  I can’t wait to try this – it looks SUPER yummy and flavorful!


in the news

I, Clo, always find nature fascinating. Especially outer space. It’s filled with some amazing things. Such as this for example. So Mercury is expected to make a rare pass between the earth and the sun on May 9. Scientists say this happens around 13 times every 100 years. Mercury will begin its trans-solar journey shortly after 7am Eastern Daylight Time. According to NASA, “The entire 7.5-hour path across the sun will be visible across the Eastern United States…while those in the West can observe the transit in progress after sunrise.” How cool right? Read the full story HERE.


I LOVE science – and Astronomy is a passion of mine.  So, whenever NASA does anything, I’m right on it.  I love that we get to experience seeing Mercury in our lifetime.  I’ll be on the lookout May 9th morning and all day!  You can actually track it HERE, so no matter where you are, you’ll be able to see it!

Morning Giggles

Dog Meme

Cat Meme

Ice Cream as an adult

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

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  1. Maybe we can get together some time and fly around with our bat wings. I swear 2 months away from 40 and I feel like everything decided to sag all of a sudden.

  2. There’s also the “Tuck Method” This is when you tuck your bulging belly rolls inside your pants. LOL! Very similar to the Folding Metthod. Otherwise you’ll have “dunlap disease”. This is when your stomach “dunlap” your pants.

  3. I have yet to find a comfortable pair of jeans. I hate having to pull them up all the time or having them be too short. When I do find a pair/brand that fits well, I don’t care the price tag, I’m buying a bunch of them.

  4. I am short and curvy and squishy. I deal with all those problems, and then some. I finally found a perfect pair of jeans but I somehow lost them.

  5. I have been trying to lose my muffin top for the last couple months and it’s so frustrating how long it’s taking to do anything. My husband who is doing it with me has already lost 5 pounds. I have lost two and I’ve been sort of stuck there for a month. The struggle is real I’m right there with you.

  6. My mother (she died a few tears ago at age 92 and still a fashion icon amoung our family and friends) taught me to pull my jeans up while lying on my back on the bed with my behind lifted up higher than my torso. Jeans zipped up easily but I couldn’t breath once I stood up. Ha!!

  7. Buffalo Chicken Casserole? Yes please! I need to check out the deal on those dishes!

  8. I LOVE Buffalo Chicken flavors so that casserole looks heavenly. My family is going to gobble that up! Try not to be too hard on yourself and “Squishy.” It’s just great you are taking care of yourself. 🙂

  9. Jennifer Williams Reply

    I workout regularly to get rid of my budge – problem is that I like food way more than I thought I did so it goes nowhere! I wish I were closer so I could attend your Cinco De Mayo party – it sounds like it is going to be a blast – anything with a disco ball usually is.

  10. My goodness… for me it’s definitely my batwings. I always try and wear sleeves and can never fully enjoy a sleeveless dress or blouse because of my insecurity. On a different note, that chicken casserole looks delish!

    Lisa Favre

  11. That chicken recipe looks so delicious. It is a great idea for dinner tomorrow night. My family will love it.

  12. Ann Bacciaglia Reply

    I have started to Hula Hoop and it is making a big difference in my waist. The muscles are becoming tighter and i have lost some weight.

  13. Stacie Vaughan Reply

    Buffalo Chicken Casserole looks so delicious. I am always looking for new casserole recipes to try. I will have to get the ingredients i need to try it.

  14. Haha I have a squishy too. All those struggles are real. I like your ice cream meme too. I thought I would be eating much more ice cream too.

  15. Your posts are always so eclectic and so fun. In this post I especially loved all the chatter about disco parties since I was a teen when Saturday Fever first premiered.

  16. I have a squishy too — my problem is ruining my jeans in between the thighs. I have had to replace SO many pairs of pants because I rub the material away in that area.

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