Humm Kombucha: Not Your Grandma’s Refreshment


This post is sponsored by Humm Kombucha. For real, yall, all opinions are my own and I wouldn’t promote a product I didn’t love. 

Who here routinely hits the 3 o’clock “I need caffeine” slump but would rather avoid coffee?

Who is looking for an alternative to sugary fruit juices without compromising taste?

Look no further than kombucha!

Have you head of kombucha- or seen it on the shelves of your local grocery store- before but don’t really know what it is?

I’ve got the scoop on not only kombucha itself, but my favorite brand in the business.

What is kombucha? Kombucha is a fermented tea with probiotics and antioxidants that help positively contribute to the overall digestive condition. These probiotics balance the good and bad bacteria in our bodies, while antioxidants positively impact multiple systems.

Kombucha is a lightly effervescent beverage paired with fun ingredients to find the perfect flavor combination for any palate. It’s an organic natural go-to beverage that makes your body happy.

I forego coffee each morning and grab a bottle of Humm’s strawberry lemonade flavored kombucha to sip on the drive to the office. Unlike most caffeinated beverages, kombucha keeps me energized all day without hitting a rocky “low” later… plus, with kombucha, there’s no bitter aftertaste like there is with a regular cup of Joe.

Get your probiotics with Humm Kombucha in Tampa | The Champagne Supernova

What sets Humm Kombucha apart from other brands? Humm is the world’s most delectable kombucha and a fan favorite among families, kids, hardcore wellness folks, and busy parents who are always on the go.

Founded in 2009 as “Kombucha Mama” by friends and other kombucha enthusiasts, Jamie Danek and Michelle Mitchell, the company has taken off to become one the largest and fastest-growing brands in the industry.

From Humm Kombucha‘s early days brewing in the founders’ home kitchen through its movement to a full-scale brewery, Humm remains focused on taste, accountability, and happiness. After all, health and happiness go hand-in-hand.

Humm Kombucha is authentic, certified USDA organic, and made with all-natural ingredients. Each bottle contains 2 billion probiotics at the time of bottling. Humm’s kombucha is live and raw- never from concentrate. It’s also vegan, dairy free, GMO-free, and gluten-free.

What I like best is it’s a refreshing substitute for soda and sugary fruit juices.

You can purchase Humm at convenience stores and grocery stores in all 50 states and in Canada. In 2016, Humm expanded to Walmart, Target, and Costco.

Headquartered in Bend, Oregon, Humm created the world’s first Kombucha tap room in 2013 and welcomes its visitors to enjoy a glass. Make sure you swing by if you’re ever in the area.

Humm Kombucha comes in seven flavors: hopped grapefruit, pomegranate lemonade, coconut lime, lemon ginger, strawberry lemonade, mango passionfruit, and blueberry mint, and now a 40 oz size bottle- all at Publix!

Cheers to Humm, and cheers to feeling naturally energized!

Humm Kombucha in Tampa is a healthy alternative to sugary substitutes | The Champagne Supernova

    Sweeter Skincare with Honeyskin Organics


    Honeyskin organic facial products | The Champagne Supernova

    This post is sponsored by Honeyskin Organics. Of course, all opinions are authentically my own. 

    Looking for some new products to add to your skincare routine?

    Check out Honeyskin Organics– a line of high-quality, moral cosmetic skin and hair care products that contain unique natural and organic ingredients.

    What you need to know: All Honeyskin products are organic and natural. They are specially formulated to be free from the harmful chemicals including sulfates, parabens, mineral oil, and synthetic fragrances contained in most other cosmetic products found on the shelves of your local pharmacies and department stores.

    Every single product in Honeyskin’s line contain a medley of organic ingredients, natural botanical extracts, and refreshing essential oils. Their products contain some of earth’s best ingredients that include coconut oil, aloe vera, cocoa butter, and hempseed oil.

    Ingredients used in products for Honeyskin Organics | The Champagne Supernova

    Are you satisfied with your current skincare products and not ready to switch? No worries- Honeyskin’s line also includes shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and a delectable face mask, which happens to be my favorite product in the line.

    The face mask is 100% raw Manuka honey from the north island of New Zealand- this is the only place in the world where this rare form of honey can be produced.

    Other than the honey, the mask has no other ingredients, with a high UMF grade (a quality mark identifying natural unadulterated Manuka honey) of 12+. The honey can be applied directly to your face or body and smells so good. The natural materials from the Manuka honey reset your skin’s natural pH balance and allow for it to serve as a thin, breathable layer that helps your skin be impenetrable to bacteria.

    Manuka honey contains naturally-occurring methylglyoxal, which is the active organic compound responsible for Manuka’s large antibacterial properties. Your skin will have a new barrier essentially waterproof to bacteria without clogging your pores or causing breakouts. Best of all, it doesn’t leave a greasy residue and can be used before applying other skincare products.

    Love the mask? Great! You can safely use it every single day if you want to.

    Honeyskin manuka face mask facts | The Champagne Supernova

    Honeyskin’s products are cruelty free and environmentally sustainable. The products are never tested on animals and as they wash down the drain, you are putting nature back into nature instead of toxic ingredients into the earth.

    Do you like supporting small businesses? So do I. Honeyskin Organics is family owned and operated in Clearwater, Florida.

    Cheers to safer (and sweeter) skincare!

      A Mother’s Job is Never Done


      A Mother's Job is Never Done | The Champagne Supernova

      A mother’s job is never done.

      It’s waking up early in the morning to make breakfast and school lunches. It’s getting the kids out of bed, fed, teeth brushed, and out of the house looking “presentable.” All while getting yourself ready to go about your day.

      It’s making appointments. There are so many appointments. Dental screenings. Updated vaccinations. School assessments. Mole checks at the dermatologist. Physicals for sports.

      It’s signing forms. Permission slips. School volunteer sign-up sheets. Liability waivers. Contracts. Insurance documents.

      It’s planning birthday parties. Ordering the food, cake, and decorations. Reserving the event space. Setting up the bounce house and keeping your fingers crossed nobody breaks a bone. Cleaning up. Sending thank-you notes. It’s also sending your kids to their friends’ parties on the weekends, which means planning carpools and buying presents (Cha-ching $).

      It’s being a house manager. Taking out the trash and emptying the dishwasher (or delegating others to do it.) Folding endless piles of laundry. Making beds only to have them undone several hours later. Calling the plumber because your shower’s been clogged for a week. Paying bills.

      It’s being a therapist. You’re a referee to sibling and friend drama. Helping your kids navigate social situations and learning how to cope with life’s disappointments by being a good example yourself (even when you sometimes fail and that’s okay.) It’s dealing with a child’s tantrums why trying not to lose your mind.

      It’s being a teacher. Forcing your kids to do their homework when they don’t want to and you’ve had a long day yourself. It’s re-learning things like fractions and long addition and all the other things you forgot in elementary school so you can explain it to your child.

      It’s being a beautician. Combing knots out of hair. Watching YouTube videos so you can learn how to french braid. Brushing and flossing teeth when your kids are too young to do it themselves.

      It’s being a zombie. Learning how to function after getting only a couple hours of sleep the night before because you couldn’t go back to sleep after your child woke you up in the middle of the night and told you they wet the bed. Oh, and insomnia, too. REM sleep? You haven’t had that since you were in your twenties.

      It’s being a planner. Extracurricular activities. Sports. Summer camp. Spring break. What to do with your kids during holidays and teacher workdays when they don’t have school. Remembering to send a card to your grandparents for their birthdays. Remembering to respond to texts and emails.

      It’s being an accountant because HAVING KIDS IS SO DANG EXPENSIVE and you have to budget. Health insurance. Diapers and formula. Clothes and uniforms. Daycare and school. More mouths to feed. Vacations and staycations.

      It’s being a role model. Keeping your mouth shut about someone when you don’t have anything kind to say (or, at least, saying that unkind thing when your child isn’t around to hear it.) Turning the other cheek. Looking at the big picture instead of being petty. Keeping secrets. Trying not to obsess about your weight. Showing gratitude to service providers like store clerks and waitstaff.

      It’s being a life saver. Holding hands in public parking lots so nobody gets run over by a car. Sitting on the steps of the pool to make sure nobody drowns. Knowing when an illness is serious enough to call a doctor.

      It’s being a chauffeur. Sports. Parties. School. Dance. Gymnastics. Vacations and the beach on weekends. The grocery store and drugstore. Medical and dental appointments.

      It’s being a soldier. Allowing yourself to get back up and try again after you defeatedly cried in your car after school drop-off because your mental resources are depleted.

      It’s trying to do all of these things and still keep romance alive in your marriage, maintaining closeness with your friends, working out, eating healthy, and practicing self care.

      Don’t let anyone make you feel like you aren’t allowed to be exhausted.

      Being a parent is a job. It is the most important job.

      You are doing a great job. Soldier on.

      Cheers!

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        Sirata Beach Resort: St. Petersburg’s Slice of Paradise


        Sirata Beach Resort in St. Petersburg Florida | The Champagne Supernova

        This post is sponsored by the Sirata Beach Resort. All opinions are my own. 

        Are you in need of a vacation or, if you’re from the Tampa area, a staycation?

        I’ve got the perfect place.

        The Sirata Beach Resort on St. Pete Beach offers the perfect venue for family vacations, weddings, work events, and girls’ weekends with friends. With a sundry store and three restaurants on the premises, once you get there, you have no reason to every leave the property. All your needs are at your fingertips.

        As background, the first time I went to Sirata Beach Resort was six years ago when my mother invited me to join her on a four-day work conference. My oldest daughter was only six weeks old and I was on maternity leave from work, so the opportunity seemed like a no-brainer. We all had fun.

        So when the kind folks from the Sirata Beach Resort invited me to spend a weekend there to promote the new renovation project, I jumped at the opportunity.

        Not only did I have a great time with my husband and two daughters, but it was fun walking down “memory lane” and comparing how the property looks now versus how it looked six years ago. (And how much my daughter has grown since then.)

        Sirata Beach Resort | The Champagne Supernova

        The girls playing in the sand at the Sirata Beach Resort

        The check-in experience was seamless and we enjoyed our suite that offered one room with a pull-out couch and kitchenette, as well as one full bathroom, a large closet, and a separate bedroom with two queen size beds. There were two “smart televisions” and internet access.

        When we arrived on Friday, we spent time at the pool and then headed to the Compass Grille for dinner. The girls ordered pasta and I had the best filet mignon that I’ve had in a really long time.

        On Saturday, we hit the beach in the morning before grabbing drinks and lunch at Rum Runners Bar and Grill.

        Sirata Beach Resort | The Champagne Supernova

        Enjoying at Margarita at Rum Runners Bar & Grille

        In the afternoon, we were treated to a dolphin tour and taken to a private island to hunt for sand dollars. The kids had so much fun seeing who could find the most shells on the island. When we returned to the Sirata later that afternoon, we went back to the Compass Grille for dinner.

        Vacation at the Sirata Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach | The Champagne Supernova

        Me and the girls exploring Shell Island

        Sunday was Mother’s Day. We had a super fancy brunch at the Sirata that contained a smorgasbord of seafood, salads, a carving station, tons of desserts and even a “Mom-Osa Bar.” I was treated like royalty.

        Mother's day at the Sirata Beach Resort | The Champagne Supernova

        Me and my daughters celebrating Mother’s Day

        The hotel also offers tons of amenities to include beach towel service, room service, bicycles available for use, a children’s playground, hammocks, and beach cabana service. In fact, each room receives two beach chairs and an umbrella each day that is included with the cost of the room.

        After recently undergoing an interior face lift, the Sirata Beach Resort now features the newest rooms in all of St. Pete.

        Originally built in 1982, the Sirata is going through a $15 million transformation. The hotel is in the middle of an extensive redesign that will completely enhance the guest experience. If you spent time here when you were growing up, this isn’t the same Sirata from the days of yore.

        The award-winning EOA Group has begun a complete redesign of the property with an estimated completion date in October of 2018. This transformation includes a complete redesign of the 382 guest rooms and suites, new swimming pools that will offer a complete ocean side oasis, including a hanging chair garden, center fire pit, and kids’ splash zone.

        Sirata’s favorite local hangout, Harry’s Beach Bar, will be remodeled to create more open air bar space and will be perfectly positioned between the new pool and the beach. To make this transformation even more exciting, the Sirata’s existing 30,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space will have a new casual-yet-elegant look to accommodate conferences, weddings, and other special events.

        the new guest rooms at the Sirata | The Champagne Supernova

        The newly remodeled guest rooms at the Sirata

        Guest rooms at the Sirata Beach Resort | The Champagne Supernova

        Me and my girls inside one of the newly remodeled guest suite at the Sirata Beach Resort.

        The newly remodeled pool at the Sirata Beach Resort | The Champagne Supernova

        The pool and restaurant renovation at the Sirata.

        Cheers to Getting Siratafied!

          Cheers to Cousins


          Cheers to the cousins | The Champagne Supernova

          Me (white dress and knee-high socks) and some of my cousin crew in 1985.

          I come from a big family and have 23 first cousins.

          My parents always made an effort to bring us around them. This wasn’t like my grandparents’ generation where family members stayed in the same town and often lived only streets away from each other. In our case, there had to be an effort.

          Most of my childhood summers were spent with my cousins at our grandparents’ house in Eustis. We made roadside lemonade stands, went to the beach at the family timeshare, rode rides together at Disney (a perk of living in Central Florida), and put on plays during get-togethers my aunts and uncles humored us and watched.

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            You Are Enough


            Stop comparing yourselves to other moms because you are enough | The Champagne Supernova

            I stalked her Instagram account for weeks in preparation for her deposition.

            I was hired to represent a local company where the plaintiff, a former TV personality and “Instafamous” social media influencer, was seeking damages for injuries associated with a highly publicized car accident.

            The woman seemed perfect. She was in her early 40s but looked ten years younger. She’d post photos of herself in swimsuits and her body was flawless. She had a handsome husband and three beautiful boys and their home looked like something out of MTV Cribs. They went on exotic vacations. This woman was highly educated with a Ph.D. in history. She’d written two books and one was on the New York Times best seller list. She seemed popular- her Instastories featured photos with herself and friends and she seemed to get tons of likes and comments on every post. This lady was also “supermom”- photographing herself sitting along the sidelines of her sons’ soccer games and knitting them scarves in the winter.

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              Straight Talk about Kids and Their Teeth


              Tampa Orthodontist | The Champagne Supernova

              This is a guest post presented by Hess & VanLandSchloot Orthodontics.

              When your kids are born, the hospital is amazing.

              They give you this nice book filled with all the things you’d need to know as a parent. When to take your kid to the first doctor’s appointment. When your kid should go to the dentist the first time. What lullabies to sing. Sleepless nights, and so much more.

              And if you believe anything I’ve just written, I have beach front property in Idaho that is perfect for you. Only $5.46! It’s a steal!

              Seriously, as a new mom, you often feel clueless. I hope to help fill in the gaps with this post all about children’s dental health. I spoke with the doctors at Hess & VanLandSchoot Orthodontics to get answers to common questions moms have about when to take their child to their first dental visit, their first orthodontic check-up and tips and tricks to keep your kids smiling year-round.

              Establishing a dental routine early in life, and sticking to it, is vital for a lifetime of smiles. You probably don’t remember when you first learned how to brush your teeth. That’s because proper hygiene starts when children are infants.

              Ages to know 

              • First dental visit by first birthday. The American Dental Association recommends a parent bring their child to the dentist for their first dental checkup by their first birthday.
              • First orthodontic checkup by age 7. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends their child have their first orthodontic visit by age 7. While treatment may not be necessary at this age, early detection of growth problems can make orthodontic treatment less invasive for your child and even save you money down the road. Visit Hess & VanLandSchoot Orthodontics to schedule a complimentary first visit for your child and find out about the optimal time to begin orthodontic treatment.

              A healthy mouth helps children learn how to talk and eat food without problems. It also helps prevent cavities. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that the number one chronic disease in early childhood is cavities. Cavities and other oral health problems are completely preventable when you establish a routine early in your child’s life.

              Quick Tips for Great Oral Health

              • Teach your child to brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, followed by flossing.
              • Keep a regular brushing routine. Hess & VanLandSchoot Orthodontics recommends brushing before school and right before bedtime.
              • Use an hourglass as a timer. This is fun and helps your child visualize how much time remains.
              • Experiment with different toothpastes and toothbrushes until you find the perfect combo to make brushing fun!
              • Find kid friendly products from floss to musical toothbrushes to make brushing fun and less like a chore.
              • Eat healthy and nutritious foods and limit the intake of sugary carbonated beverages.

              There are lots of ways to fix certain bite issues early- especially if you take your child to see an orthodontist by age 7 or 8. Seeing an orthodontist early can mean less extensive orthodontic methods later, and ultimately save some green, too. (And who doesn’t want to save money?)

              The orthodontists at Hess & VanLandSchloot Orthodontics offered these common tip-offs that it’s time for a child to have their first orthodontic visit.

              9 Signs Your Child Needs to See an Orthodontist.

              1. Your child lost their baby teeth early;
              2. Your child lost their baby teeth late;
              3. Your child sometimes has difficulty chewing or biting into food (not their sibling);
              4. Your child is or was a finger sucker or a thumb sucker;
              5. Some of your child’s teeth seem a bit crowded or misplaced;
              6. Your child’s jaw shifts and makes sounds;
              7. Your child often bites their cheek or the roof of their mouth;
              8. Your child’s teeth meet abnormally or not at all; and
              9. Your child’s teeth are out of proportion to the rest of their face, either too large or too small.

              If you answered yes to more than one of the statements above, consider reaching out to an orthodontist for an evaluation. The doctors at Hess & VanLandSchloot Orthodontics offer complimentary consultations in their offices located in Riverview, Lithia, Apollo Beach, and Parrish, Florida.

              Seeing an orthodontist a few years early could give your child the early intervention they need to negate the necessity for braces later. Or, at the very least, shorten the timeframe in which they need to wear braces. And what teenager doesn’t want to shorten the time they’ll have to wear braces? (None that I know!)

              So, grab your kids, buckle them into your 5-star safety rated car seat, and take them to their first dental visit and their first orthodontic visit early. Because what you can fix now will make tomorrow a lot easier. And less expensive.

              Cheers!

                Cheers to the “Easy Friends”


                Cheers to the friendships that come easy | The Champagne Supernova

                I recently went for a walk with a girlfriend who has a son in Kindergarten.

                Despite the young age, there was already “drama” in the Kindergarten class among the boys.

                This was typical six year-old drama: excluding someone on the playground, not sharing snacks at lunch, and threatening to disinvite a classmate to a birthday party.

                Sigh.

                My friend’s son is laid back and easily makes friends. However, because the ongoing drama involved his small circle of buddies in his class, it was hard for him to get away from it.

                One of the little boys constantly stirred up drama. His name was Mark. Mark was moody and my friend’s son was always worried Mark would get mad at him about something dumb. The other boys walked on eggshells around Mark.

                Also involved in this circle of friends was a kid named Owen. Owen was easygoing and fun. Owen and my friend’s son had a lot in common. Owen wasn’t dramatic.

                One day, my friend asked her son what the deal was with Mark and why there was so much drama.

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                  Tampa: Shipt Now Delivers from Target!


                  Shipt is now delivering in Tampa from Target | The Champagne Supernova

                  Thank you to shipt.com for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest and completely my own. 

                  If you are a busy parent like me, you are constantly looking for ways to make your life easier.

                  Restaurant delivery services.

                  Dry cleaning pick up and drop off at your home.

                  Maid service.

                  The last thing I want to do after a stressful day at work is schlep my two kids (ages 4 and 5) to a retail store.

                  I can hear it now.

                  MOM, she just touched me!

                  MOM, can we get a cookie from the bakery?

                  MOM, my toe hurts! Can you find me an extra large mermaid band-aid?

                  MOM, can I have this toy that I don’t need

                  MOM, mom, Mom, MoM, MOMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!

                  As a child of the 80s, I don’t know how my parents managed without all of today’s modern conveniences.

                  Luckily, I discovered Shipt, which has completely changed the way I shop for groceries and household products.

                  In Tampa, Shipt recently added TARGET to its list of grocery and product delivery. Woohoo!

                  What is Shipt? 

                  Shipt is a membership-based grocery and product marketplace service, enabling the delivery of fresh foods and household essentials. For the low rate of $99 per year, Shipt members receive unlimited grocery deliveries on all orders over $35.

                  (This fee is well worth it, as I use Shipt at least twice a week.)

                  Shipt now delivers from Target in Tampa | The Champagne Supernova

                  How does it work?

                  Through Shipt’s mobile or desktop app, members may browse a full selection of grocery and product items available at their local grocery store and choose a convenient time window. A Shipt Shopper visits the local store to hand pick and deliver the items to the member.

                  … And who are these “Shipt Shoppers?” 

                  Shipt uses a community of shoppers to shop and delivery orders. These shoppers set their own flexible schedules. Wanna apply to be a Shipt Shopper? Visit Shipt.com and click “Get Paid to Shop.”

                  Shipt shoppers go through an application process, interview process, and background check. On average, Shipt Shoppers earn up to $25 per hour.

                  Note: I’ve been using Shipt for over a year now and have never once had a dud of a shopper. Not once.

                  Shipt shopper delivering goodies from Target in Tampa | The Champagne Supernova

                  My Shipt Shopper extraordinaire, Elizabeth.

                  Shipt now delivers at Target in Tampa | The Champagne Supernova

                  My Shipt Shopper, Elizabeth, doing her thang.

                  Shipt’s Philanthropy. 

                  Not only does Shipt make my busy life easier, but the company is also a do-gooder. Shipt is committed to each community it serves and will identify opportunities to work with community organizations that are dedicated to addressing hunger relief for families and children.

                  Shipt delivers goods from Target in Tampa | The Champagne Supernova

                  Now I have milk, hangers, and can clean the kitchen without first having to go to the store.

                  Cheers to Shipt, Cheers to Target, and Cheers to Simplicity!

                    There is Magic in the Mundane


                    Each night before bed, my kids and I share with each other our best and worst parts of the day.

                    We call this tradition “best part, worst part.”

                    We never miss “best part, worst part,” not even when we’re away on vacation.

                    Usual worst parts: getting stuck in traffic, getting to the carpool line late, and having a meltdown (the kids, not me.)

                    Usual best parts: playing outside, eating pizza for dinner, and “camping out” in the living room.

                    Here’s the thing.

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