Lydia C. Lee is still trying to work out what to do with her one wild and precious life. She currently is a haphazard blogger. Read more at holidazeandhellidaze.blogspot.com.au or www.pandoraandmax.blogspot.com
Published October 20th 2012
The art and science of happiness
Anyone with a three year old (or younger) knows that some days you can't deal with ice cream without a spare hour and a change of clothes. The busy city centre is not the place for this, except for those feeling particularly robust. At the end of a busy day, I was faint-hearted and fragile, but the promise of ice cream had been made and I was going to be held hostage to it. I then saw something as we walked past Happy Lab that screamed my salvation:
Having never heard of Happy Lab, we went in to investigate, what this flavoured popcorn might be - there was Rocky Road popcorn, with chocolate and marshmallow, salted caramel, and cinnamon bun (think cinnamon and chocolate) and many more. The 'lab technician' kindly let us try before we committed, but all agreed this would be better than ice cream (and for me, it removed the mess stress I'd been fearing). It comes in tubs with lids, so perfect to pick up and take with you and the best part in my opinion, with the wee one, no sticky lolly fingers at the end!
The shop itself is an abundance of colours and interesting shapes and designs. There is also something for every budget.
They have gifts galore, and I loved that packaging was kept to a minimum. These dark chocolate pistachios are on the list for my next dinner party treat.
There are chocolate pops for the very young and perfect for those pesky lolly bags.
We left that evening all very happy, discussing what we'd get when we next returned, as it is now well and truly on our radar. When the inevitable 'spill' occurred, I grinned to myself that for once I wasn't having to race around with wipes and deal with a sloppy mess. That is proof that there is some genius at work in that lab, and makes me very happy indeed!