Morning Coffee (6/9) Why Yoga?, Fort Worth Zoo, Loving Day, Road to Hana…

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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

why do yoga

Lately, I, Clo have been enjoying yoga. And now just because it’s been a popular trending fitness benefit but because it’s fun. Yoga has not only been fun and hard work but it’s been worth it.

Yoga can do so much for your body, mind and over all life. Many may not realize it or believe it but when you take the time to truly dig deep and let your mind relax it can do magic. You can unwind and become a whole new person. A better, more committed, more go-getter and over all more relaxed. In all, you’ll be more HAPPIER. So why yoga? I do yoga for happiness. Because when I feel good, I feel happy and when I am not so stressed and get things done I am happy.

Yoga is a great activity for you if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease. It gives you strength, flexibility, and mind-body awareness. It also has many, many other health benefits. I recommend you to check them out and see what yoga can do for you.

Have you tried yoga? What’s your take?

Fort Worth Zoo

This last weekend, Bryan (the boyfriend) took me (Jeni) to the Fort Worth Zoo.  We spent the day walking around and having so much fun, I barely noticed it was 90 degrees outside.  This zoo is one of the coolest, biggest zoos in the country, and I live about 10 minutes from it, so we had to take advantage of that.  I have to admit, I was super duper excited to see the apes and monkeys, big cats, elephants, and snakes.

I think the animals were definitely feeling the heat, though, because although it was a really fun day, the animals were being jerks.  Most were hiding in their caves and inside areas, or lounging between cool rocks in their little habitats.  The gorillas all had their backs to us, and were acting bored and lethargic, and the rhinos were sleeping.  The lions were all cuddled up on a high rock, so we could barely see them, and the tiger (which was AMAZING and gorgeous) was definitely not impressed with the day.  The most active animals were the Meerkats – which creep me out, honestly.  I don’t like small mammals.  Ew.  We saw a HUGE (I mean HUGE, guys) crocodile that was sleeping with it’s mouth open, and that was really neat, too!

Bryan and Jeni

The zoo has a neat little train you can ride, too.  It runs for about 30 minutes, and goes through some really nice parts of Fort Worth, so after leaving the jerk animals, we rode on the train.  All in all, it was an awesome day, and I have to be honest – I tried REALLY hard to maintain my composure, and not let my child-like enthusiasm and excitement take over while we were there.  That being said, Bryan still had to chase me down as I ran from one animal area to the next- like it was Christmas morning, I was 5, and Santa left a huge haul under the tree for me.  This weekend, we decided to go to the Dallas Zoo, so I’m looking forward to that!  Maybe I’ll get some better pictures of animals there!

What are your favorite zoo animals?  Have you been to your local zoo lately?

HOT Deals We Love

This is pretty cool!  If you’re a Walmart.com shopper, like us, you might want to take advantage of their new Shipping Pass program!  For $49 a year, you’ll get FREE unlimited 2-day shipping!  I (Jeni) hate having to pay almost $6 for each shipment, so this will be a life saver, especially during the holidays!  Get your Walmart Shipping Pass!

Walmart Free Shipping Pass

How amazing does this look?!  These Air Loungers would be the perfect thing to take to the beach, lake or river this Summer!  There are lots of colors, and they are $49.99 (reg. $129.99).

Air Lounger - perfect for the lake, ocean or river! $49.99 (reg. $129.99)

These Patriotic America Tees are super cute!  $12.99 each, reg. $24.99.  If you don’t have your 4th of July outfit yet – here you go!

Ladies Patriotic America Tee $12.99!

Calling all tea drinkers!  Now through June 12, get $25 off your $60 order with the code BIGDEAL from Teavana!

Teavana save $25 off $60 purchase!

Great way to spend some nights with friends in your back yard – Axxonn 32″ Alhambra Fire Pit w/ Cover $79.99 (reg. $125)!

Axxonn 32" Alhambra Fire Pit with cover only $79.99 (reg. $125)

A few of our favorite things

loving day

I’m not sure if all you know but Winston and I, Clo, are in a interracial marriage. That’s why when Focus Features asked me to write my view on the topic to help preview their new movie and also to promote Loving Day petition I did! Check out how I feel on this topic and find out how you can support the cause.

Best Friend Surprise

So, yesterday was Best Friend Day.  I (Jeni) wasn’t even aware of this, until my bestie, Sarah, sent me this SUPER sweet surprise!  She knows that Amazon gift cards make me happy, and her note attached to it absolutely made my week.  I’ve read it about 20 times and will probably read it another 20 before the week is over.  How stinkin’ sweet is she!?

Grab an Amazon Gift Card for the special people in your life, and give the gift of SHOPPING!

How do you spoil your bestie?  What are the little things that make your day?

Jord Wood Watches - Great Father's Day Gift Idea!

I (Jeni) LOVE LOVE LOVE that watches are back in style now!  I really like that wood watches are popular right now.  These make AMAZING gifts for the men and women in your life, too.  Don’t have a Father’s Day gift yet?  Check out my review of this new Sully Series Jord wood watch!

What's cooking in our kitchens


Ok, it’s Summer.  It’s hot outside.  Soup isn’t really an appropriate dinner choice, right?  If this Bacon Cheeseburger Soup is wrong, I (Jeni) don’t want to be right.  I don’t care how hot it is outside….I’m making this for dinner tonight, and can’t wait.  I played with this recipe for months, until I got the PERFECT combination.  POW!  BAM!  KABLOOIE!  It’s amazing and seriously tastes like a bacon cheeseburger.  Make it, and I promise you’ll thank me!

in the news

hana death

Road to Hana. It’s one of the most dangerous roads in the world. And believe it or not, Winston and I, Clo just came back from riding this road less than a week ago. It’s 63 miles long of over 300 curves, 60 bridges and cliffs among cliffs.

Sad story today as two twin sisters fell 200 feet to a rocky shore and now one of the twins are being charged with murder. According to a witness, the sisters were arguing and the driver accelerated then plunging them off the cliff.

I actually passed this area being repaired while we drove along the road. And it wasn’t the first car we saw at the bottom of the cliff. As we drove we saw about 2 other cars that have flee off the cliff. It’s definitly a dangerous road, but whats on the road is worth the drive, if you pay attention and are safe.

Read the article here.

Jeni’s thoughts on this:  GEESH!  First, that’s a scary road, for sure.  But I think the real story is in the twin sister fight, ending with a death and a murder charge!  I worked in homicide for 10 years, so that’s the part that really fascinates me.  So, the sister that died was pulling the driver’s hair and they were arguing.  And the air bag module shows that the driver did not brake before accelerating and hitting the wall.  In fact, once out of critical condition, the driver tried to leave the state. Panicked much?  And check this out – the sister’s had both changed their names when they moved to Hawaii for their yoga business.  Hmmmmm.  I’m going to totally follow this weird story!

Morning Giggles

Best friends 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 have never tried Yoga, I’m such a klutz, I’m sure if I did try it, it wouldn’t resemble yoga at all, lol. I prefer my hand held cycle for my workouts, that way I can stay on the couch and still get some movement in my legs and feet.

    Fort Worth Zoo sounds like fun! We live near the San Diego Zoo, but we don’t go anymore, though we used to have annual passes. It’s built in the middle of the downtown area, and has so many hills, you basically need to be a mountain climber or professional hiker to enjoy it. I did love visiting during nighttime zoo, if you ever get the chance to visit your zoo at night, go! Many animals, like big cats, are more active at night and the exhibits usually are lit up so you can actually see the animals. I remember running down the trail to see the tiger at night and there was a huge cobra with glowing eyes at the bottom of the trail that I never noticed during the day (behind glass of course) scared the crap out of me, after that, I always went down the back way to see the tigers, avoiding the cobra. Funny you mention meerkats, they are my favorite animal on the planet next to stingrays, followed by swamp monkeys.

    Bacon cheeseburger soup sounds scary, totally scary. I mean I like soup, I like bacon, and I like cheeseburgers, but dumping them together, um I don’t know about that!

    Have a great day everyone!

  2. You’ll never find me on that awful dangerous road! But you might find me at the Atlanta Zoo sometime this summer! Congrats on getting married!!

  3. I’ve been doing yoga myself lately and I love it too! BTW I’m laughing at your jerk animals. That happened to me at a zoo recently, the animals I think were just too hot! BTW Clo that’s a beautiful pic of your wedding day.

  4. We are going to Maui next year and we want to go on this road (If my motion sickness will let me!) As much as it is scary what happened there I still can’t wait to go! We will be going SLOW! LOL

  5. I haven’t experimented with yoga very much but I’d love to get into it. I think it would be really good for me!

  6. Always living life right up! I haven’t tried yoga, I heard it is really good for you though – to find balance and relaxation.

  7. I love the patriotic American tee shirts. And what a cute picture of the baby gorilla, that would have been so fun to see.

  8. I love Teavana products! I bought too many products during last sale, couldn’t finish them.

  9. I have heard really good things about the Fort Worth Zoo!! I may need to take my niece soon!!!

  10. I love going to the zoo – it is always so much fun. I can’t wait to get to see the new animals at our local zoo.

  11. I want to try yoga again. I have an app on my iPad with all these positions and it just looks like fun and it would be nice to relax. I think on payday I will buy myself a mat and get back into it. Plus I want to start eating healthy again!!!

    Now for the Road to Hana… That is crazy =( I bet it’s beautiful and I would love to see but why can’t people just take their time. It’s a shame that someone had to die =( Probably was a stupid argument over nothing.

  12. So many great finds! And we LOVE watching the hashtags segment. We always get a good laugh out of it!

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