Archive of ‘Health + Beauty’ category

Souper Easy Mom Hacks with Progresso Organic Soups


Delicious organic soups from progresso | The Champagne Supernova

Ring the bells! I have a newly-discovered Mom Hack!

As a busy mom of two young girls who are always on the go, the term “organic” used to intimidate me.

Until recently, I thought “organic” was reserved for people who took five meditation classes a day, shuddered at the sight of refined sugar, and had abs like Madonna.

That philosophy is out the window.

Progresso has added an organic option to its already-great collection of soups, which makes it super (souper?) easy for me to make healthy choices when I’m on the go.

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    How to Make Your Kids Brush Their Teeth with Tooth in the Booth


    How to make tooth brushing with kids easier with tooth in the booth | The Champagne SupernovaThis post is proudly sponsored by Tooth in the Booth. However, I love and use this book with my family and all opinions are my own.

    Getting my kids to brush their teeth has always been a struggle.

    I’ve had to tackle them to the ground and brush their teeth WWF-style. (Hulk Hogan ain’t got nothing on me!)

    I’ve lied and said bugs will crawl into their mouths at night to feast on leftover food if their teeth aren’t clean.

    I’ve told them their teeth will fall out or turn brown if they don’t do a good job brushing.

    Since I discovered the Tooth in the Booth my morning and bedtime routines have been changed for the better.

    My kids now WANT to brush their teeth.

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      Namaste: Goodies for Your Inner Yogi


      Great products to try for national yoga month | The Champagne Supernova

      This post is proudly sponsored by Babbleboxx.com but, per usual, all opinions are my own.

      As September is National Yoga Month, the kind folks at Babbleboxx have put together the perfect package to help reduce stress, find peace, and unleash our inner yogi.

      Great products to try just before National Yoga Month | The Champagne Supernova

      Ascent Native Fuel Whey Protein Powder Blend. This native fuel protein, the Official Sponsor of Hard Work- is made with native whey, which is the new benchmark in protein purity. This is the least processed protein available because it is filtered from high-quality milk and contains higher levels of naturally occurring leucine, a key amino acid for stimulating muscle protein synthesis. Ascent stands out from other companies because it makes its own protein, and has been doing so for more than 30 years. Just one scoop of the whey protein delivers as much protein as eating three full cups of whole milk, three servings of yogurt, four large eggs, or one small chicken breast. Comes in chocolate, vanilla bean, and lemon sorbet flavors. Use code YOGA for 10% off your purchase here

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        Back to School: Carmex Lip Balm is the Bomb


        Which lip balms to use for returning to school |The Champagne Supernova

        This blog post was proudly sponsored by Carmex. Per usual, all opinions are my own.

        It never fails.

        Despite me begging and pleading for her to stop picking, my five year-old daughter routinely has dry, chapped lips.

        Even in the hot, Florida summertime.

        This habit is easy for me to prevent at home, but not so easy when she’s away from me at school.

        No more, I say!

        I finally found a remedy that should be able to get me through the school year.

        These Carmex products can easily fit in the my daughter’s backpack or lunch box so she has them handy at school when she needs them.

        Be sure to include Carmex products on your back-to-school shopping lists!

        While Carmex has several products in their lip balm line, my two personal favorites are the Classic Lip Balms in a Tube and the Comfort Care Lip Balms.

        Carmex lip balms are great for chapped lips and for kids | The Champagne Supernova

        The Carmex Classic Lip Balm in a Tube provides soothing relief that facilitates moisture and leaves a sensation on your lips that is not too thick or too waxy.

        (Let’s be real, my daughter would never keep it on if that were the case.- and she loves the cherry flavor because it reminds her of her favorite drinks- Shirley Temples!)

        This lip balm is formulated to provide cooling relief to the worst of chapped lips and has a SPF of 15 to help prevent sun damage.

        The Carmex Comfort Care Lip Balm is formulated with natural colloidal oatmeal which has been used for centuries to soothe the lips and promote softer, more hydrated skin. This lip balm is available in a variety of flavors such as mixed berry, sugar plum, and watermelon blast, and contains antioxidant-rich fruit seed oil to help restore lips’ natural beauty.

        Not only does the Comfort Care Lip Balm provide the ultimate in hydration, but it also helps defend against free radicals that accelerate the appearance of aging.

        These particular Carmex products do not contain harmful toxins such as parabens. This is very important to me as a mom and as a consumer.

        Carmex lip balms | The Champagne Supernova

        My three year-old enjoys Carmex products as well.

        The Carmex lip balm line is available at most retail stores and the products are super affordable and under $4.00. Even better, one jar or tube of lip balm will last a couple months (if the kiddos don’t lose it, because #momlife!)

        Cheers to making back-to-school shopping easier with Carmex.

        Wishing everyone a successful transition to the new school year.

         

          Smokin’ in the Summer: Hot Weather Beauty Guide


          This post is proudly sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media. 

          Floxsee. Where was this product when I needed it most in my twenties? This tri-view mirror provides a 360-degree hands-free view of your head. It is portable and has telescoping fingers that pull out from the top that can hang on almost any door. The Floxsee also adjusts to your height and folds flat for easy storage.

          Please note that a portion of all sales will be donated to the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia to honor Aunt Flo, the inspiration behind the Floxsee. Order yours here.

          Summer beauty products | The Champagne Supernova

          PFB Vanish + Chromabright. This unique roll-on gel is formulated to address common ailments associated with hair removal- ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and dark spots. Paired with gentle blends of glycolic, salicylic, and lactic acids, ingrown hairs are lifted from beneath the skin and dark spots vanish.

          Best used daily after hair removal, you can use PFB Vanish + Chromabright on the face, neck, underarms, legs, and bikini areas. You can also use this product instead of deodorant in your underarms. Order yours here.

          Sexy Hair: Soy Renewal Beach Spray. This sea salt hairspray creates undone texture that looks and feels like you’ve spent a day by the ocean. It contains Argan Oil to protect and heal hair damage. You can get yours here

          Casio Baby-G. As summer is all about mixing fashion and function, Baby-G has come in with its latest BA110BE waterproof watch in a bold white hue perfect for any warm weather ensemble- whether it’s a swimsuit or your workout gear. With water resistance up to 100 meters, these watches are perfect for the summer because you don’t have to remove it when you’re swimming in the ocean or lounging by the pool.

          The BA110BE is available in two colors: pastel pink with white face details or white with pastel blue face details. Get yours here.

          Summer’s Eve Cleansing Cloths. For freshness on the go, be sure to pop Simply Summer’s Eve cleansing cloths into your purse or gym bag. These are specially formulated to help maintain a natural pH and wipe away bacteria. Hypoallergenic and soap free, these are safe for everyday use and come in two nature-inspired scents: Mandarin Blossom and Coconut Water. Purchase yours here.

          GLAM Face & Eye Cupping Set. Have you tried out the new cupping craze? It is an effective and non-invasive way to tone and lift your face without down time. A daily stress eliminator, facial and eye cupping also visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, promotes circulation, reduces eye puffiness, stimulates collagen, and clears toxins. This is being hailed as a NATURAL ALTERNATIVE to Botox, plastic surgery, and injections. The GLAM Face & Eye cupping set includes 2 facial cups that can be used for the face, neck, decolletage, as well as a free exfoliating brush.

          Type code BABBLE15 to receive 15% off your purchase here

           

          Enjoy all of these summer beauty products and cheers!

            Your Kids Don’t Care About Your Imperfect Body: They Care About You


            Stop body shaming yourself. Don't let your insecurities about your body prevent you from having fun with your kids. They don't care how you look- they care about YOU! | The Champagne Supernova

            Body shaming.

            We hear about this all the time. About how we need to stop body shaming other women and nurturing an environment that creates unreasonable expectations about how we should look and sets a bad example for young women.

            But what about when we body shame ourselves?

            I was scrolling through my camera of photos from a recent family vacation when it caught my eye.

            The hotel where we were staying on this vacation had a duck pond near the pool area. The kids and I had a blast feeding the ducks, swimming, and playing pool games. One of the pictures, which my husband must have taken, was of the kids squatting along the edge of the pond tossing food pellets to one of the ducks.

            In the background of that picture was an elderly woman wearing a one-piece swimsuit. She was also bent over feeding the ducks, with her aged, flat booty facing the camera.

            Then I looked closer.

            It wasn’t an old lady.

            It was me.

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              Sleeplessness: How to Beat Insomnia


              Tips for How to Cure Insomnia | The Champagne Supernova

              Obviously this little chica has no problems falling asleep.

              I’ve been plagued with insomnia since Labor Day weekend of 2013.

              I remember the exact timeframe because we were out of town for the three-day holiday weekend and because it’s when I found out I was pregnant with my youngest daughter.

              It was horrible. I would lie awake at night for hours, bargaining with God that if he would just let me fall asleep, I would never ever ever ever ________________ again. Ever.

              Incessantly checking my iPhone to see what time it was would only make things worse because, as the night turned into morning, I would become increasingly anxious about how tired I would be the next day at work and about all of the papers that were overflowing from my inbox.

              Taking melatonin and other natural sleep aids helped with getting me to fall asleep, but they didn’t help me stay asleep. Like clockwork, my body would routinely wake itself up at 2:30 a.m. and getting back to sleep seemed impossible.

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                Coming to Tampa: Sprouts Farmers Market


                While this post is sponsored by Sprouts, I love this company because it promotes affordable healthy living!

                Attention mamas, fitness enthusiasts, and health-conscious consumers: there’s a new grocery store coming to the Tampa area next month!

                Sprouts Farmers Market is opening a location in Carrollwood at 15110 N. Dale Mabry Highway in the Carrollwood Commons Shopping Center on Wednesday, February 27. 

                South Tampa friends: Sprouts is also opening a location in this area in 2017.

                The Carrollwood location will be the very first Sprouts in the Sunshine State.

                I’m so pumped they chose Tampa!

                Never heard of Sprouts Farmers Market? Let me share the deets.

                Sprouts is a healthy grocery store that offers fresh, organic, and natural foods at great prices. 

                The challenge of eating healthy is that it puts a dent in your wallet.

                Here’s the thing: unlike some of the competitors, Sprouts makes it affordable to eat healthy, wholesome foods.

                In addition, Sprouts offers a complete shopping experience that includes fresh produce, meat (with an old-time style butcher), seafood, a deli, baked goods, dairy, frozen foods, household items, and beauty care catering to those interested in health, wellness, and saving money.

                We all work hard for our moolah and deserve a reasonably priced alternative to our existing organic grocery store options.

                One of the fastest growing retail grocery chains, Sprouts has over 250 stores from coast to coast and 35 new stores are slated to open in 2017. It currently operates in 13 states and will expand in the southeast by opening stores in Florida and North Carolina.

                90% of the products in each Sprouts store are natural or organic. As customers are becoming increasingly concerned with the quality, safety and production of food and are seeking items with specific attributes, an average Sprouts store stocks roughly 4,000 gluten-free, 3,000 organic, 3,000 non-GMO and 500 raw items, just to name a few.

                There’s something for every need, desire, and dietary restriction.

                The vitamin and body care departments of each Sprouts store feature over 7,500 products that contain sustainable and ethically sourced ingredients.

                Check out Sprouts’ website for more information.

                With all the money you’ll be saving buying groceries and eating healthier foods at Sprouts, you’ll have money for other important things.

                Such as clothes to fit into your newly toned physique, a babysitter so you can enjoy date nights with your spouse, and wine.

                Lots of wine.

                I can’t wait to attend the grand opening on February 22 and hope you will join me for this special occasion. If you see me, introduce yourself and say hello.

                Cheers to Sprouts!

                 

                  How I Stay Confident with the Secret Fresh Collection


                  This post is being sponsored via Babbleboxx. But I love the product, really I do. 

                  Women usually hear about all sorts of things that happen with the aging process.

                  Slowing metabolism.

                  Vision loss.

                  Sagging boobs and booties.

                  What women don’t hear about is how the nose also starts losing the sense of smell.

                  After spending over 10,000 hours of research involving more than 500 noses across multiple countries, Secret has learned that 70% of women switch deodorant because they believe their bodies have gotten used to their regular, everyday product.

                  What’s really happening is that the nose can eventually become blind to the scent of deodorant, which makes some women feel less confident.

                  After all: being smelly is the pits.

                  However, it’s not just deodorant the nose can become blind to: it’s your favorite perfume, candle scents, and even certain foods.

                  This March, Secret is introducing the Fresh Collection, the first beauty product to ever feature the brand new patented Fade Resistant Scent Technology. This scent-enhancing technology has been proven to combat nose-blindness by resisting the scent fade, while also providing long-lasting fragrance benefits for up to 48 hours.

                  My favorite Secret deodorant fragrance (TMI? Perhaps, but we’re all friends here) is Cool Waterlily, which reminds me of being at a fancy-schmancy spa. (The collection has a total of 11 scents in both clear gel and invisible solid.) I tested it on a day I knew would be especially hard: waking up at 5:30 for a challenging spin class, followed by coming home and making lunch, taking my oldest daughter to school, spending several grueling hours at the office, followed by after-school pickup, taking both girls to gymnastics, heading home and making dinner, followed by baths and bedtime. (That was exhausting just to write!) By the end of the day, I could still smell the scent of the deodorant. That never happened with the deodorant I was using before. Evah!

                  The new Fade Resistant Scent Technology is specially designed to provide 48-hour protection, providing you with reassurance your deodorant is working as hard as you are. In other words, this product has passed the stress test for women and results in unstoppable freshness!

                  Some of my other favorite items and products for combating stress?

                  FTD Bouquet. Man, I love getting flowers. FTD creates special moments that lets the ones who are close to you know how much you care. FTD is your one-stop-shop for all of your delivery needs and is a sign you are sending the very best.

                  How I stay confident with the Secret deodorant Fresh Scents Collection | The Champagne Supernova

                  La Fresh Limited Edition Waterproof Makeup Remover Wipes. Sometimes it can seem impossible to get mascara removed for your lashes. I recently discovered these beauties which, for the past decade, tens of millions of women have enjoyed these original makeup remover wipes. To celebrate their tenth birthday, the folks at La Fresh revisited their roots and returned with these special, limited edition waterproof makeup remover wipes. They are effective on even the most stubborn makeup, yet gentle enough to not harm your skin. What I also love about these wipes is they are made in California using solar power. Right now, they are running a special offer where customers receive 25% off their first purchase. Check it out here.

                  How I stay confident with the Secret deodorant Fresh Scents Collection | The Champagne Supernova

                  Tree Hut Bare Moisturizing Shave Oil.  This product pampers skin with essential oils like jojoba and grape seed, which help seal in moisture and promote healthy skin. The moisturizing shave oil is formulated to provide better contact between your skin and the razor so you can shave without nicks and cuts. Love-love-love this! Get yours here.

                  How I stay confident with the Secret deodorant Fresh Scents Collection | The Champagne Supernova

                  21 Drops Detox Essential Oil Blend. This is a must-have in my already cramped purse. This is an essential oil solution that is pre-blended with distinct essential oils that come together to treat a particular concern or aspiration. By carefully combining the oils, they work in synergy to deliver on their targeted promise for a healthier mind and body. My personal favorite, detox, fuses the 100% natural essential oils of cardamom, geranium, juniper, and lavender. Check out all the options here.

                  How I stay confident with the Secret deodorant Fresh Scents Collection | The Champagne Supernova

                  Cheers to staying confident all the dang day through!

                   

                    Beauty: How I Changed my Skin on the Cheap


                    How to drastically improve your skin without spending a lot of money | The Champagne Supernova

                    I’ve always battled acne and I have the scars to prove it.

                    All over my cheeks.

                    Over the years, I’ve fruitlessly spent tons of money and put myself through a lot of pain trying to get rid of my them, but now they are like battle scars that I wear with a badge of honor.

                    Ok, that’s a lie. I hate them, but refuse to allow them to make me feel insecure.

                    Over it.

                    My acne was at its peak when I was in high school. I remember being mortified during summertime when I would hit the beach with my flawless-skinned friends and feeling like I was in between a rock and a hard place in the beauty department. By that time, my acne was horrible. Horrible. I knew it was bad to wear makeup to the beach when I would be sweating and in the sun, but I also didn’t want to be seen without foundation and concealer because my skin was so terrible.

                    Red and irritated.

                    So I ignored my gut instinct, caked my face with makeup, and my skin only got worse.

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