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On Monday my friend, Brooke, was in town. Brooke was one of my besties in college, but then she moved to Denver and THEN she moved to Alaska so I don't get to see her hardly ever anymore. She was in Utah for approximately one day and I said that's perfect! We'll hang all day! It was on off day for me (Praise the part time life!) so basically we just ran a bunch of errands and did totally normal Monday stuff that wasn't totally normal because I was doing it with a best friend so that made it awesome. The only thing that could make this part time gig better would be if I had someone around like Brooke to hang out with all day on my off days. Be there any volunteers out there?
These are some pictures of Brooke and me in our college glory. We tore up that town.
"Hello," I said. "I'm Bonnie. I live in the apartment right there- you know, we share a stairwell.... Uh....a group of people are going to play football up the canyon. Do you want to come?" I didn't even know her name, but you know, there ain't nothing wrong with invitations to total strangers.
"Well, I should be studying..."
Total bust, I thought.
"... but that sounds like way more fun!" And before I knew what had happened, Brooke was out the door ready to get her football on. I knew then and there that we were going to be lifelong friends. That kind of down-for-anything attitude will get you far, I tell you, it will get you far! It wasn't a friendship I was expecting, or a connection I sought out, but I'll be forever grateful that it happened and that now I have Brooke in my life.
Luckily, I had football that day to break the ice and to spark a friendship with good old Brookie. Today, though, I've got a better suggestion: Chocolate.
Lindt HELLO is chocolate that was basically made with the purpose to help you make friends, boyfriends, and other important relationships. Start with a little hello, end it with a big fat chocolate bar, and boom baby, this sparking connections thing is a walk in the park. I'm currently in the market for new friends- most of my college besties have long gone at this point and being a mom makes it easy to just stay home. I want to get out and make more connections with women, my soul thrives off of those friendships. You better believe I'm stocking up on chocolate bars and using it as the perfect ice breaker for making new friends.
I went ahead and tried all the flavors for you- I'm just nice like that. My favorite is the caramel brownie. It really tastes like brownie too- somehow they got that batter flavor into the chocolate- it's the best chocolate I've had since Europe! The nougat and cookies and cream flavor are perfect if you like a little bit of a crunch. The strawberry cheesecake is probably the most unique flavor of chocolate I have ever head. It literally tastes just like you are eating a piece of strawberry cheesecake covered in chocolate. If nothing else you have to try it just for the experience. It is such an interesting mix of flavors.
Make sure you check out new episodes of the "It Started with HELLO" web series every week. Probably the cutest and most clever way I've ever seen to advertise chocolate.
Also make new connections of your own by entering the Lindt HELLO Sweet Connections Sweepstakes for a chance to win sweet experiences from Lindt Chocolate.
(I have heard some people say that the Lindt Hello chocolate can be hard to find- I got mine at Target and they had a great selection there. I've also heard you can find it at Walgreens or Wal-mart. Make sure to try it out and tell me how you like it. Don't blame me, though, when you become addicted....)