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PHILADELPHIA INDULGENCE chocolate spreadThese days, almost anything from a coffee break to a languid bath can be considered an indulgence - but a real indulgence that harks back to the true meaning of the word? That’s a different story altogether, as I soon learned when I dipped into a tub of Kraft PHILADELPHIA INDULGENCE.

Straight from the annals of “Why didn’t they think of this sooner?”, this amazing spread combines the creamy consistency of classic Philadelphia cream cheese with the absolutely delicious taste of - drumroll, please! - good ol’ chocolate. It’s an adventurous combination that yields absolutely luscious results.

Available in milk, dark, and white chocolate flavors, PHILADELPHIA INDULGENCE gives new meaning to “sinfully good.” After a bit of hemming and hawing, I purchased a tub of milk chocolate with the intention of testing it out with some cookies. And so I did, running my favorite buttery tea biscuits through the rich concoction. Not content with just a couple of yummy bites, I then dipped strawberries and mangoes into the spread. More yumminess. Finally, I took the plunge: I downed an entire spoonful on its own. It was so ridiculously good that I spent another few minutes creating a dessert roll-up of sorts, consisting of a tortilla slathered with the spread, a sprinkling of crushed walnuts, and layers of thinly sliced strawberries and bananas.

The verdict? Rich, true chocolate flavor with a pudding-like consistency. There’s a versatility to PHILADELPHIA INDULGENCE that can’t be beat, especially given that such sweet treats are usually very limited in their abilities. This chocolate spread, though, is a worthy companion for everything from salty crackers to fresh fruits - and, of course, is completely acceptable and delectable (and perhaps even preferable) all on its own.

It also happens to have the added side effect of boosting spirits. We all know just how therapeutic chocolate is anyway, but this silky smooth spread puts an entirely new spin on things. Now, without an ounce of guilt, I can add it to my usual take-five-after-a-long-day regimen: turn off the phone, grab a pile of fashion magazines, and veg out on the couch, tub of chocolate spread by my side. Indulgence, indeed.

Real Chocolate blended with rich, creamy PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Spread

Simplifying your life is such a broad-sounding task that it almost - almost - seems impossible. What makes the somewhat arduous decision to change things so wise, though, is that actually doing it isn’t really that difficult at all. In fact, once you start, it’s downright easy.

Here’s why: the big payoff is that you suffer less stress. In this frantic, manic-paced day and age, when everyone is always on the go and people are always in search of the next quick fix, taking even a two-minute breather almost seems like a luxury. But when you consider the effects of simply making one or two relatively small changes, you start to wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.

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One of my favorite, tried-and-true simplification methods is also one of the oldest in the book. I make myself a to-do list every weeknight. While this isn’t very complicated, it has proven to be an enormous help in keeping my schedule on track every day. Sure, I could type notes on my phone or e-mail myself reminders, but there’s nothing like a good, old-fashioned notepad and pen to keep myself in check. And this isn’t just a basic “answer e-mails” and “respond to calls” list. This is a list that breaks down each day in such a way that renders it almost impossible to forget anything.

It serves as a daily manifesto, detailing whatever professional responsibilities I need to complete by day’s end. I aim for a reasonable number of tasks that can actually be completed in a day - no more, or I risk feeling disappointed or overwhelmed. When each task is complete, I cross it off the list. It’s as simple as that.

Seeing all those crossed out tasks inspires confidence, keeps me on my toes, and actually makes me look forward to the next day’s tasks. There’s something so satisfying about meeting goals, and that kind of organization makes my professional life much simpler - which, in turn, makes my personal life far more relaxed and enjoyable.


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