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EntreprAdmire February 2016 Edition

A new month, a new love letter from your not-so-secret EntreprAdmirer. What’s #EntreprAdmire? It’s a monthly series that highlights brands or entrepreneurs that have a certain “it” factor that is, well, admirable. Love is in the air this month, and with it, DIY-activities, chocolate, and some special happy-hour-helpers.

Lovely Indeed

Talk about “it” factor. Lovely Indeed is a creative lifestyle blog covering topics like DIY projects, travel, style, food, and more. Chelsea, the It-Girl-In-Chief of Lovely Indeed, creates, tests, photographs, and blogs about various awesome projects. Looking for something fun to create for (or with) your sweetie this Valentine’s Day? Look no further than conversation heart popcorn or a DIY modern valentine pop-up card. (Anti-St. Valentine? How about a DIY anti-conversation heart sweater?) Lovely Indeed also covers things like DIY furniture, DIY toys for kiddos,  cocktails, and the business of blogging. (And oh, hey, in case you missed it, Lovely Indeed published a special little guest blog post from yours truly last month, “Making Sense of Copyright Law for Bloggers (And What To Do If You’re Copied)“). I #EntreprAdmire Chelsea and Lovely Indeed a whole bunch.

Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co.

How to describe Olive & Sinclair Chocolate. I walked into the O&S factory over the weekend and the smell was…well, it was just what you would expect from a southern artisan chocolate factory. But factory and aroma aside, Olive & Sinclair’s distinctive logo and packaging are top notch. What’s more, O&S has a passion for farmers that harvest the organic, fair-trade cacao beans that go into the delicious chocolate they make. If you can’t decide between the Mexican-Style Cinnamon Chili Chocolate Bar and the Sea Salt Chocolate Bar, go seasonal and try the Chocuterie (get it?) — with or without your Valentine.

Eli Mason Cocktail Mixers

With a tagline like “Reclaim Your Happy Hour,” how can a cocktail mixer go wrong? Eli Mason isn’t just your average simple syrup — it’s a Nashville-based, small batch, “spirit-forward” cocktail mixer company. “Living Spirit Forward is about exploring and embracing the world with open arms,” says Eli Mason. Heck yes. The company’s products range from old fashioned and mint julep cocktail mixers to classic grenadine and rich simple syrup. Spirit Forward = Spear IP admired.

Fun and fabulous activities, artisan chocolates, and delicious cocktails? Happy Valentine’s Day, indeed.