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Spring Is Here

Now…let’s hope it stays around. It looks like we are in luck, judging by the weather reports for the week, with temps reaching the high 50’s and 60’s almost every day. After last week’s rain, I am elated by this development.

The weekend didn’t disappoint, either. Sunday was too perfect a day to waste, so I took full advantage of it. I went to breakfast with a friend, found my way to a Farmer’s Market in Port Jefferson, NY (where I caught up with two of my favorite people—Linda and Madeline from Chocology), and even took a few minutes to relax and listen to the sound of the water lapping against the shore.

If the weekend is any indication, I’d say we’re in for a good week…at least weather wise.

Here’s a quick recap:

Dessert

{Irresistible treats at a work event in New York City}

Motto

{My new motto courtesy of @thetaylorhouse}

Gym Selfie

{Gym Selfie}

Port Jefferson, NY

{A perfect spring day in Port Jefferson}

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{A sweet gift from Chocology. Check out my Instagram to see what’s inside!}

Summer Scorchers

Last week was a scorcher on Long Island…and if I had any doubts that summer was in full-swing, it completely allayed my fears. Usually, the hot summer days leave me feeling lazy (except when a trip to the pool or beach is involved), but last week reminded me of when I was a kid — carefree and embracing the summer heat.

Here are some highlights:

Sam Edelman Sandals

{Breaking in my new Sam Edelman sandals}

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{A sweet surprise from Chocology}

Cooling off in the pool

{Cooling off in the pool}

Coffee break in Montauk

{Coffee break in Montauk}

Pretty in Pink

{Pretty in Pink}

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Chocolate, Crawls, and Cravings

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A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of taste testing a new fudge flavor from Chocology Unlimited. You may remember that I raved about how amazing their fudge was a few months back (you can read the post here). This new flavor lived up to my every expectation…and then some.

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After chocolate and peanut butter, my second favorite combination is chocolate and mint. Chocology’s new dark chocolate mint fudge was the perfect marriage between the two flavors; it is sweet and subtle, with just a hint of mint. There is an addictive quality in both mint and chocolate. I tried to take only a couple of bites to let the flavor marinate in my mouth. But one bite turned into two, and then four, and then — goodbye fudge. Once you try this flavor, you’ll see why it’s so hard to resist devouring it in one sitting.

Since I was already coming down with Coldmaggedon 2.0 (as I have officially dubbed my second cold of the month!) on Easter, I didn’t get to satisfy my sweet tooth (to the fullest extent). Sure, the Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs were sufficient. But what could be better than some fudge? So this weekend, I’ll be heading to Port Jefferson, where Chocology is located, and I will treat myself to some belated Easter sweets.

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If you’re on Long Island, this Saturday (April 2nd from 12 pm – 5 pm) is the Port Jefferson Shopping Crawl. The weather should be nice, there’s tons to see and do, and it’s a great way to support local businesses on Long Island. Hey, you might even run into yours truly. If you’re not local, follow me on Snapchat (username: livinginsteil) to see some of my favorite places to shop when I’m in town. You know I’ll be stopping at Chocology!

Thank you for the fudge, Chocology!

The February Agenda

The February Agenda

Does anyone else feel like January was a trial month for all those New Year’s goals and resolutions? If you didn’t quite hit your mark last month, let’s make February the one that counts. I’ve managed to avoid crawling back to my overly-caffeinated ways (oh, how I miss thee, White Chocolate Mocha) and for the most part, I’ve kept up with my fitness goals. I even tried something new — glowga!

Try: I have been consumed with finding the Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter products from John Frieda’s new line. And wouldn’t you know, just as I publish a post lamenting how long it has taken to find all three products in one Target store, the very next day the Visibly Brighter shampoo and conditioner arrive at my doorstep. How’s that for timing! Look for another post with before and after pictures to hit the blog soon.

See: Last month I got my wish and saw snow…a little too much snow. And it looks like more is on the way. But this indecisive weather, where one days it’s warm and then the next it’s in the 30’s, has gotten old. Is it too much to ask to have normal February temps?

Go: Since Valentine’s Day is not too far off, I think a visit to Chocology Unlimited in Port Jefferson, New York is in order. You can read my post about their mouth-watering fudge here. It’s the perfect spot for chocoholics to get their fix on (you know where to find me from here on out), and to find something sweet for your sweetie. If you aren’t local, visit their site and order online — you can thank me later!

Do: More glowga! With any luck, Lululemon will host another class soon. In the meantime, I am on the hunt for a studio that offers glow-in-the-dark yoga. It was so much fun that it really didn’t feel like a workout — although my body got worked out.

What’s on your agenda this month?

Oh, Fudge!

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As a self-diagnosed chocoholic, I know good chocolate when it touches my tongue. If only being a chocoholic were a profession, I would surely be the CEO (I should probably look into that to make sure such a career path does not exist). So you can imagine my excitement when I arrived home one day to find a sweet treat waiting for me from Chocology Unlimited, a family-owned chocolate shop on Long Island.

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A box of Fat Ass Fudge (with a name like that, you know it will be good!) and a nice note from the owner, Linda, surely beat the mailbox full or circulars, bills, and junk mail that usually greet me. Within minutes I opened the box of fudge and began devouring — I mean, slowly savoring the rich taste of each morsel. I soon realized that I better take photos of this gooey goodness, or else subjects would begin to vanish.

But lack of willpower aside, this was the best fudge I have ever had. And from all of the horse shows, fairs, and festivals I’ve attended, I know good fudge when I taste it.

Fat Ass Fudge is handmade with a few simple ingredients — Belgian chocolate, goat’s milk, and goat’s butter. It is also gluten free. So that means I can eat as much of it as I want, right?

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First up, was the cappuccino fudge. Chocology uses espresso to enhance the taste, which was evident by the bold flavor of the cappuccino. It was so delicious that I had no choice but to savor each bite — and the flavor became richer the longer it was in my mouth.

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Next up was the chocolate and walnut fudge. I loved the crunch factor of this piece. The walnuts gave the fudge a unique texture and complemented the chocolate nicely. The solid dark chocolate fudge was also incredibly decadent.

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But for the most unique taste of all, I would have to hand that award to the peppermint fudge, which tasted like a candy cane. And who doesn’t love candy canes? I have never experienced peppermint fudge, but it exceeded any expectations I could’ve had. It was very sweet, but packed with flavor and crunch from broken candy canes in each bite.

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With just four pieces of fudge, Chocology has melted my heart and became a new favorite. I’m always happy to support local family-owned businesses, and I love that Chocology takes my passion for sweets so seriously and strives to create a sensory experience for their customers with each bite. And did I mention that they make a donation to charities they support with every purchase? That’s right, eating chocolate can be good for you and the community. If you are on Long Island, visit them in their Port Jefferson location. If you’re not local, you can order one of their beautiful chocolate boxes (their collections look incredible!) or join their Chocolate Lovers Club, a 3, 6, or 9-month subscription service (sign me up!). You can also read their blog, Chocology Today, to learn more about chocolate, and follow Chocology on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Chocology’s chocolates and fudge make great gifts for just about any chocolate lover in your life — or gift some to yourself just for being you!

Thank you for the fudge, Chocology Unlimited!