Life Lately: Dreaming in Chocolate and other things

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As much as I don’t want the year to fly by, I am happy to see the end of February. I’m tired of snow and would really like the weather to make up its mind and embrace spring already. Here’s a quick look at what I’ve been up to lately.

Life lately…

From a BookSparks Winter Reading Challenge pick, Dreaming in Chocolate, to an awesome musical, and a fun gift exchange, here's a look at what I've been up to lately...

Reading: Dreaming in Chocolate by Susan Bishop Crispell. BookSparks sent me this book to review as part of their Winter Reading Challenge, and the book is delightful. All I had to know was magical chocolates, and I was in. However, the book isn’t all light and fluffy. Penelope Dalton’s keeping two big secrets from her town. One, her daughter, Ella, is dying. Two, Ella’s father is the recently returned Noah, who is threatening to break Penelope’s heart all over again. The cozy story is a wonderful winter read. The only thing missing is the recipe for fate changing cocoa.

Watching: The Olympics. I grew up watching figure skating. The infamous 1994 Games really kicked off my love for the sport. For the last several Olympics, I’ve known people competing, so it makes the Games feel a bit more personal. This month, I cheered on four people I used to train with and watched them compete in ice dancing. It’s a little reminder that dreams really do come true for some people. That’s a beautiful thing to see.

From a BookSparks Winter Reading Challenge pick, Dreaming in Chocolate, to an awesome musical, and a fun gift exchange, here's a look at what I've been up to lately...

Swapping: Jewelry for the Spread The Love gift exchange. I was paired with Lindsay from Bourbon Lipstick and Stilettos. Lindsay sent me this beautiful tassel necklace from Sugarfix by Baublebar, and I sent her earrings from my Chloe & Isabel boutique. I love long necklaces, so I know I’m going to wear this a lot. Thanks Lindsay!

From a BookSparks Winter Reading Challenge pick, Dreaming in Chocolate, to an awesome musical, and a fun gift exchange, here's a look at what I've been up to lately...

Seeing: Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. This show is fantastic, which isn’t surprising when you know that the music is going to be great. I don’t know a lot about Carole King, but the show gives her backstory and follows her early start in the music business and ends when she creates her album, Tapestry. So good!

Blogging about: What’s saving my life right nowAre LuLaRoe Leggings worth it?What I’ve been reading lately, and Stitch Fix Review #7.

Link loving50 contemporary books every woman’s gotta read, Jane Austen curlingHow to Parent an Olympic Athlete, and Fashion Diplomacy At 2018 Winter Olympics.

P.S. I’m linking up with Kristen and  Gretchen.

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  1. Lindsay is all about the tassels! That necklace looks great on you!!
    Too cool that you know people who competed at the Olympics. I feel like I’d really connect with the events, too, if I had specific friends I was cheering on!
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  2. That’s really cool that you got to cheer on people that you’ve trained with in the Olympics. The figure skating is always one of my favorite events to watch. Too bad NBC’s coverage was so bad and so late.
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  3. How cool that you know some of the people competing in the Olympics! The ice skating/dancing events are my favorites. I too loved Beautiful and never realized just how many songs Carole King is responsible for. Love the sweater too !!

  4. I’ve heard such great things about the Carole King musical; I wasn’t into it at first, but may have to go check it out 🙂 And how neat you personally know some of the ice dancers in the Olympics! I’m always inspired by how effortless and graceful their movements always are <3

    Hope you have a great week, momma! XO
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  5. I too, am ready for Spring to arrive! It must be a wonderful and surreal experience to cheer personal friends in the Olympics! My preschooler plans to take her first ice skating lesson this spring.

  6. They have Valentines Day Chocolate on sale and it’s so hard not to purchase all of it. Maybe I should just give in, I know I would love it. I’ve never heard of Dreaming In Chocolate, sounds look a good one. I’m watching the olympics also, I’ve been obsessed with Curling lol

  7. Dreaming in Chocolate sounds like a pretty fascinating read. I hadn’t heard of it before but you definitely have me interested in checking it out.

    I’m glad to hear Beautiful was so good. I love Carole King’s music but haven’t had the opportunity to see the show yet. Some day!

  8. I’m so glad you saw “Beautiful”! I saw it on Broadway with the original cast and it was the best musical I’ve ever seen. Being older than you, I remember Carole’s music very well. Her “Tapestry” album was hugely popular when I was young.
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  9. I purchased tickets for Beautiful as a gift and didn’t know anything about Carole King or the story going into it, so I was surprised that I knew most (if not all) of the songs. It was such a great show! That’s so cool that you actually know people who competed! I hope some of them won!
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  10. Yes I am ready for spring too. And I love watching figure skating. I missed some of the Olympics b/c of FW but did see a fair amount of the skating. Sometimes I dream I can ice skate and I am zooming around, jumping in the air having a grand old time and then I wake up and am like ugh I can’t really do that. And then I feel like a lump.

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  11. I’m sad that the Olympics are over. I enjoyed watching it with my family, we get into it. We actually had our own Olympics on Sunday and we made Korean food. Yes, we’re those corny people. 🙂
    You’ve known me for awhile now, you have to know my love of Korean food, so it wasn’t like a new experience or anything. 🙂

  12. that’s so cool that you know people competing! i remember the olympics… last year? when were the other olympics? anyway, i was in the kitchen at work and they showed someone and i was like OMG I KNOW THAT GUY blew my mind haha. weren’t friends or anything, and they lost (basketball) but still. figure skating is amazing to watch.
    love that necklace!

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