A Better Day with FAGE


Make your day better with FAGE yogurt | The Champagne Supernova

This post is sponsored by The Everywhere Agency on behalf of FAGE; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

My New Year’s Resolution for 2018 was to do things that make me FEEL GOOD, whether it’s spending time with the right people, being productive at work and at home, and also what I put in my body.

Let’s face it: I’m not in my twenties anymore and can’t just load up on carbs, sugar, and caffeine without my body paying for it later.

Unfortunately, making better choices and eating a balanced diet isn’t easy when you’re a parent on the go.

Thank goodness for the FAGE Total Split Cup – it makes my already-hectic mornings so much more manageable.

FAGE Total Split Cup is an all-natural Greek strained yogurt with delicious toppings available in three fat varieties so you can find just what you’re looking for: FAGE Total, FAGE Total 2% and FAGE Total 0%.

Simply add as much topping as you desire for a snack that’s perfectly balanced.

(While the whole milk fat level offers 9 toppings, my favorite is FAGE Total Split Cup (whole milk) Apricot topping time and time again, as pictured).

Lemme tell you. When you taste the FAGE Total Split Cup, you’ll have a hard time believing this tasty treat is JAM PACKED with protein. Not to mention it doesn’t have high sugar content- only 11 grams.

Not only is this treat nutritious for me, but my very picky kiddos love it, too. I toss it into their lunch boxes as a snack (win for me because there is zero preparation required) and they come home with smiling mouths and satisfied bellies.

FAGE Total Split Cup with Whole Milk | The Champagne Supernova

FAGE Total Split Cup yogurt in apricot flavor is so satisfying | The Champagne Supernova

FAGE Total Split Cup yogurt makes a great breakfast option | The Champagne Supernova

If you’re still focusing on YOUR New Year Resolutions, FAGE Total Split Cup won’t derail your diet or good habits.

To find a FAGE Total Split Cup near you, head on over here.

Cheers!

 

    Signing Up to Volunteer Doesn’t Mean I’m Signing Up to Be a Slave


    Me signing up to volunteer for an organization doesn't mean I want to be a slave | The Champagne Supernova

    I love volunteering.

    Love it, love it, love it.

    Unfortunately, there is sometimes a poison that comes from the top that makes it less fun.

    People who run volunteer organizations, PTA events, and other organizations where the members are donating their time and money take heed:

    Volunteers are not slaves.

    After college, I joined a bunch of local volunteer and professional organizations because I was crazy I didn’t have kids or a family and, therefore, plenty of time on my hands.

    I made rich friendships and wonderful memories. It felt good to give back to the community and learn from civic leaders.

    However.

    While I certainly didn’t need a pat on the back, it would have been nice for some of the higher-ups at the organizations to once say “thank you” or acknowledge everyone else’s hard work instead of clogging my social media feed with self-indulgent posts about how awesome they are.

    For them to remember the volunteers who were gratuitously donating their time and opening their wallets and essentially the backbones of the organization.

    But no.

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      Dear World: I Will Not Be Shamed Because I’m a Woman Who Likes to Work


      I am a women who works because I like to and not because I have to | The Champagne Supernova

       

      I was at a meeting for a volunteer organization last month when I met a woman we’ll call Kristen. She was assigned to my small group and she was new to the area. Kristen was outgoing but loud, and it was obvious she was trying to make friends, which nobody could blame her. We went around the circle and briefly introduced ourselves so Kristen could get acquainted.

      I went last.

      “I’m Jen. I’m married with two young daughters and I live in Tampa. I work part time as an attorney and part time as a blogger. I joined this organization to meet like-minded women and give back to the community.” 

      Kristen looked at me and scoffed. Then she snorted.  (more…)

        How to Lose Your Life


        How to ruin your life | The Champagne Supernova

        I took the kids to get ice cream after school last week and left my phone inside the car because it was dead.

        We brought the ice cream to our tables. After about 10 minutes, an employee went out of her way to approach me and tell me how refreshing it was to see a parent in the store actually engaging with their kids instead of ignoring them and being glued to the phone while the kids either sat alone or entertained each other.

        I felt guilty saying “thank you” to the employee because I knew the truth.

        That if my phone hadn’t been dead, I likely would have been there with it in the store checking emails, responding to text messages, and scrolling through my Facebook and Instagram feeds like what I was doing couldn’t wait until later.

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          Dear Single Parents: You Are Seen


          Dear Single Parent: You are Seen | The Champagne Supernova

          I was annoyed when I received the text.

          Hey Jen. I won’t be at the office this morning. Emma woke up with pink eye and I need to take her to the doctor. I’ll see if my babysitter can watch her this afternoon. I’ll be in as soon as I can. 

          I’ll admit I probably rolled my eyes.

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            Entertaining Made Easy with La Terra Fina


            Entertaining made easy with recipes and dips from La Terra Fina | The Champagne Supernova

            Lemon Pepper & Asiago vegetable dip from La Terra Fina

            This post is sponsored by La Terra Fina. All opinions are my own.

            Who here gets really stressed at the idea of entertaining?

            Me! Me! Me!

            Some people are natural born entertainers and, unfortunately, that’s just not my forte.

            I stress about the idea of planning, keeping track of RSVPs and, more than anything, coming up with snacks to keep the guests’ bellies full.

            Luckily, La Terra Fina has some AMAZING fruit and vegetable dips and spreads on hand to keep every host and guest happy.

            These include:

            • Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Dip
            • Eureka Lemon Cheesecake Dip
            • Italian Style Tomato & Cheese Dip & Spread; and
            • Lemon Pepper Asiago Dip & Spread.

            All of these (inexpensive!) dips are available at your neighborhood Publix and taste good by themselves or doctored with other ingredients.

            La Terra Fina was launched in 1983 by a San Francisco area caterer who was locally famous for her dips and quiches. She created her products for grocery and club stores and now offers more chef-inspired goodies that are perfect for friends and loved ones.

            La Terra Fina is committed to the environment and long-term sustainability through it’s product sourcing, packaging decisions, and production processes. The company recycles 83% of materials and use electricity reducing programs at their plant and in their offices. La Terra Fina uses locally grown ingredients and is always looking for new ways to decrease the company’s environmental footprint.

            Check out La Terra Fina‘s website for a huge list of appetizer, dessert, main course, side dish, and snack recipes that take 30 minutes or less. (You can also find a coupon online for a buy one, get one free product.)

            Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Dip

            • One container of La Terra Fina Eureka Lemon Cheesecake Dip
            • One half of a pint of fresh blueberries
            • Five large graham crackers
            • One fresh lemon

            Mash the graham crackers into small pieces and mix them with the blueberries and Eureka Lemon Cheesecake Dip. Add lemon zest to the top (for appearance sake) and enjoy with cookies, crackers, or the fruit of your choice.

            Cheers to La Terra Fina for helping us simplify our lives and Happy Entertaining!

            Entertaining made easy with recipes and dips from La Terra Fina | The Champagne Supernova

            Eureka Lemon Cheesecake Dip, Italian Style Tomato & Cheese Dip & Spread, and Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Dip from La Terra Fina.

            Entertaining made easy with recipes and dips from La Terra Fina | The Champagne Supernova

            Vegetable spread with the Lemon Pepper & Asiago dip from La Terra Fina

              A Charmed Christmas with James Avery


              A magical Christmas with James Avery charms | The Champagne Supernova

              My earliest memory of Christmas morning dates back to when I was five years old. My parents trekked from Florida to Pennsylvania to spend the holidays with my grandparents and other family members.

              On Christmas morning, I remember waking up early (so early that it was still dark outside) and tiptoeing downstairs with my parents, grandparents, and younger sister.

              The blue carpet around the tree was surrounded by all types of amazing gifts. There was a large rocking horse with my name on it.

              Best of all, the chocolate chip cookies we left out for Santa the night before were nothing more than crumbs.

              I’ll never forget my grandparents’ Christmas tree. It had hundreds of multi-colored lights and several ornaments. Some were vintage. Some were new. Some my grandmother, an elementary school teacher, had collected as gifts from her students over the years. The top of the Christmas tree had a white angel with a porcelain face. It had been in the family for several years and while the location of the ornaments may have changed over time, the angel was a constant.

              This Angel of Peace charm is special because it reminds me of the angel that sat on top of my grandparents’ tree.

              It symbolizes the carefree nature of childhood and loving memories of family and togetherness.

              For me, James Avery is so much more than jewelry.

              It’s a symbol of faithfulness and the comfort of strongly held beliefs.

              It’s a way to hold those traditions and memories close when loved ones are far away.

              It’s a way to say “I Love You” every day.

              James Avery is more than a store.

              James Avery is your story.

              Make this Christmas one to remember with James Avery artisan jewelry.

              For more inspiring James Avery stories and the jewelry that helps tell them, such as the Angel of Peace charm, visit the website here.

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              James Avery charm collection make great holiday gifts | The Champagne Supernova

              What is your story?

              Cheers and Merry Christmas.

                Bealls Outlet: Your Affordable Holiday Destination


                Get your holiday shopping done with great brands at Beall's Outlet | The Champagne Supernova

                My kids’ wish-list from Santa is a mile long.

                They want everything.

                Dolls.

                An electric car.

                Games.

                Movies.

                Play make-up.

                Jewelry and accessories.

                Fortunately, buying great brand name toys and gadgets for your friends and family doesn’t have to break the bank this holiday season.

                Mosey on over to your local Beall’s Outlet for a great selection of toys and electronics available at competitive prices.

                My girls and I went there for a morning of shopping for other family members- including young kids- and had so much luck.

                Beall’s Outlet offers high-quality brand name toys such as Melissa and Doug, Disney, and Fisher Price. These toys are available at prices that are significantly lower than retail. We walked out of the store with so many goodies and I wasn’t worried about having a terrifying credit card statement at the end of the month. (Who else has been there before?)

                Get your holiday shopping done at Beall's Outlet | The Champagne Supernova

                Beall’s Outlet also has a large selection of electronics with big name brands like Magnavox, Sharper Image, and SoundPro.

                I was able to grab noise-canceling headphones for my brother-in-law, computer speakers for my dad, and a karaoke machine for my friends. Again, at significantly discounted prices.

                While you’re knee deep in holiday parties, keep in mind Beall’s Outlet also has a great selection of bath and beauty products that would make great hostess gifts.

                These include decorative hand towels, organic bath bombs, and scented candles.

                Be sure to keep Beall’s Outlet in mind as your holiday shopping destination for great products at an even better value.

                Cheers and happy holidays!

                  What Childhood Poverty Really Looks Like


                  Being raised in poverty in America | The Champagne Supernova

                  My grandmother was an elementary school teacher in Cambria County, Pennsylvania (Read: poor!) for over 30 years before she retired. One of her more noteworthy memories happened at Christmastime nearly 40 years ago.

                  Her students participated in a “Secret Santa” gift exchange. While all of the other students were opening up neat presents like baseball cards, knock-off Barbie dolls, and Silly Putty in the middle of the class party (schools were allowed to have Christmas parties back then), one kid, John, gave his assigned pal, Donnie, a small bag of potato chips because that’s all his mother could afford.

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