*Disclaimer: Thank you to Lindt HELLO for sponsoring this post and hosting an opportunity to win great prizes!
Just over nine years ago I met my best friend. We didn't meet in a conventional way and we came from what seemed like different worlds. We were going to be suite mates our first year in college and started chatting on AIM (remember that?). #ItAllStartedWithHello. Your first college roommates are supposed to be either great or really awful. We got both. We were just two girls from large families and different parts of town. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into but let me tell you how much we have in common.
|From 2009 - 2014|
We both have a gay cousin we're super close to that also happen to be a hair stylist (I'm not making this up). We have huge families that take priority...hers Mexican, mine Italian. Her mom and my Noni both like to overfeed us. It's painful sometimes. We both love Britney, Madonna and Michael. Our fist conversation was to mourn the sudden death of Michael Jackson. I knew her only a month when I took her to my very first Britney concert (picture on left). We're both obsessed with One Tree Hill, Grey's Anatomy, 90s TV shows, Vampire Dairies and shows about serial killers. We both had a roommate that we were miserable with. In our first year of college, I lost people I loved and she broke up with her boyfriend of five years.
We've cried together, laughed together, screamed at each other, complained to each other and lived together. She's killed cockroaches for me and I've held her hair back as she's thrown up all over me. All I know is that I can't imagine how the last five years of my life would have been without her. We've made it a tradition to go to Britney night for my birthday every year (picture on the top right from this summer and above pic from last year). We always start playing Christmas music in September and talk about pumpkins by the time August ends. We're one in the same but so different at the same time. All I know is that if one of us didn't say hello on AIM some summer night in '09...we might have never gotten to know each other so well.
Lindt Chocolate knows how easily #ItStartsWithHello. In fact, they've partnered with Ashley Tisdale to co-produce "It Started with HELLO" which premiered on September 12th on the "It Started with HELLO" Youtube page. The first episode, produced by Tisdale, premiered on September 18th. Three additional new episodes have been debuting weekly and will continue to through October 9th. It's a fun, new romantic comedy digital series capturing couples as they make their first connections and is inspired by the cheeky personalities of the new Lindt HELLO products.
Visit the "It Started with HELLO" Youtube page weekly and share your opinions on who you'd like to see paired up next! The first teaser video will introduce the cast, and preview the series, and each week a new episode will premiere, showcasing the romantic stories between different couples. You can even choose the ending to each episode.
Lindt HELLO chocolate comes in enticing flavors, inspired by classic desserts, including: Caramel Brownie, Strawberry Cheesecake, Crunchy Nougat and Cookies & Cream. You can enjoy them in bars, sticks or mini-stick bags. I'm obsessed with Crunchy Nougat and Cookies & Cream. I've been sticking the little bit size minis in my lunch bag.
AND NOW FOR THE SWEEPSTAKES!
Lindt HELLO is the hip, trendy brand in premium chocolate, that inspires connections and conversations everywhere it goes. Your audience can enter the sweepstakes every day for their chance to win* sweet experiences from Lindt Chocolate.
To enter the sweepstakes, visit the Lindt HELLO Sweet Connections Sweepstakes Landing Page and enter your email address. Entries can be made daily for additional chances to win the below prizes.
5 Weeks of Prizes – Connect with Someone You Love, or Someone New!
Week 1: Table for Two (9/10 – 9/16)
• Dinner & a movie with the +1 of your choice!
Week 2: Double the Fun (9/17 – 9/39)
• Say HELLO to a fun double date night + Lindt HELLO chocolate for dessert
Week 3: Girls Just Want to Have Fun (9/24 – 9/30)
• Enjoy a shopping spree with the girls + yummy Lindt HELLO Chocolate!
Week 4: Sweet Staycation (10/1 – 10/7)
• Lindt HELLO treats you to a pampered night in – movies, books + chocolate!
Week 5: Besties Reunion (10/8 – 10/14)
• Reconnect with your bestie at the spa for a day + Lindt HELLO chocolate to sweeten the deal.
* No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C., 18 years or older (19 in AL or NE and 21 in MS). Void where prohibited. See Rules at for weekly sweepstakes entry periods, prize descriptions, odds and other details. Ends Noon on 10/14/14. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Lindt & Sprüngli (USA) Inc., One Fine Chocolate Place, Stratham, NH 03885.