Life in a chocolate shop sometimes revolves around holiday seasons more than the traditional ones of Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. We plan and prep from one holiday to the next and things like Pumpkin Pie Fudge, Chocolate Santas, Valentine Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries and chocolate Bunnies become the seasonal markets of our year. Each time we transition the shop and welcome a new "season," we spend the first several days exclaiming how much we love the new colors products décor and there is always someone exclaiming that this one is their favorite of all.

It's true that I love the colors of fall, the family gatherings of the holidays and the romance of Valentine's Day. But for me, there's something special about spring. Some of us can feel the difference as the axis of the Earth tilts bringing warmth and more sunshine into our lives. Things just feel new and fresh in the spring. I find that it energizes my days and inspires me, so I wanted to share a couple of ways that you, too, can love the sweetness of spring.

Cold hands mean a Warm Heart

If true, I've one of the warmest hearts around. I am one of those cold-natured creatures that are cold from the first frost to the spring thaw. I caught myself using the phrase "cold and cranky" more often this year and sometimes I felt OLD, cold and cranky. Ah, but not in the spring. So as the thermometer goes up outside, so does my mood. The world feels warm and wonderful with the endless possibilities. So, Shake off the cabin fever and get out and revel in the warmer weather. Join the crowds that are strolling downtown and playing in the parks. Businesses, friends and family are sweeping the sidewalks and dusting off the outside furniture. Porches, patios and parks are calling your name, so don't miss out on the perfect, not-too-cold-not-too-not weather of springtime. It goes by too fast!!

I can see clearly now the rain is gone.

Springtime makes me think of this favorite tune by Johnny Cash. I have finally thrown off the hectic stretch of our two busiest holidays of the year and can now look forward with a rested and clear head. Every day I'm thinking of a new chocolate treat to try in the production kitchen or a fresh way to display a product in our retail shop. So, take advantage of the fresh energy that comes from one of the simpler seasons of the year. We don't have the demands of the holidays or the busy schedules of summer to weigh us down. Try something new, hop in the car and explore, start a bullet journal or simply spend some time on your porch reading a paperback novel. Spring is a great time to check a few things off your bucket lest and do it in spring-style.

And of course,

one of my favorite pieces of advice about spring... don't forget the chocolate bunny. I mean, really. No matter how old we are, It's not spring without biting the ear off of one, right?