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How to Avoid the Flu with Indian River Select Juices

How to prevent the flu | The Champagne Supernova

Things that are worse than getting the flu:

1.       Getting hit by a bus

2.       Gargling saltwater with a sore throat

3.       Wearing a helmet that’s 3 sizes too small

Oh wait, nevermind, because having the flu feels like ALL of those things.

The flu is terrible.

And who here among us has TIME to get the flu anyway?


    Combat the Flu with Indian River Select

    I had a near-death experience last year when I got the flu. It caught up with me at the worst possible time and place: on a girls’ trip with friends in New Orleans. Instead of enjoying everything the Big Easy had to offer like jambalaya, crawfish, and beignets, I was holed up in my hotel room feeling miserable. The pounding from the fever happening in my head felt like the thumping of a Second Line Parade. I returned to Tampa, missed several days from work, and lost ten pounds because I couldn’t keep food down. Luckily, I managed to not infect my children and husband, who were quarantined. (And let’s be honest, there is no sickness worse than a “man cold.”)

    Photograph of me (far right) and friends in New Orleans before the flu kicked in.

    This year, I’m doing everything possible to prevent me and my family from having another horrific run-on with the flu. 

    Where are we starting? With Indian River Select’s juice.

    As background, I’ve been a long-time purchaser of this juice. Born and raised in Florida, I’ve been drinking juice my entire life and know that not all orange juices are created equally. Some are too sweet- packed with preservatives, artificial flavors, and added sugars. Indian River Select’s juices taste different because they taste BETTER and FRESHER. After just one sip, you can tell they are different from the rest. After all, their juices contain ONE ingredient: orange or grapefruit.

    I have always been an advocate of supporting small, local businesses. Indian River Select is a company I can totally get behind, as it is one of the few premium juice companies that is 100% Floridian. This means EVERYTHING is done locally in Florida: from the growing to the picking to the packaging.  

    Now, back to the flu. An 8-ounce glass of Indian River Select’s orange juice is an excellent source of Vitamin C, potassium, folate, and thiamin- all nutrients that may help support, boost, and maintain a healthy immune system. 

    Other ways to combat the flu include moseying to the nearest pharmacy for a flu shot, staying hydrated, washing your hands properly, and supporting your immune system.

    Finding Indian River Select juices is easy. They’re available at many accessible and national retail chains like Walmart, Winn-Dixie, Target, Publix, Whole Foods, and The Fresh Market.

    Visit Indian River Select online to learn more – you can also download a discount coupon here.

    Cheers to steering clear of the flu this flu season.

    This post is sponsored by Indian River Select. All opinions are my own.

      Back to School with FAGE Yogurt

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

      If you’re a busy parent like me who is knee-deep in back-to-school chaos (note: we are all busy parents), then you’re probably looking for new and fun ways to get your kids to eat healthy. While protein shakes, hardboiled eggs, and avocado toast all fit the healthy checkbox, they aren’t necessarily fun to make.

      The problem? You’re so busy with your kids’ soccer and dance schedules that you don’t have time to search the internet for new recipes, and you dang sure don’t have an hour to devote at the grocery store wandering around the aisles to find obscure ingredients you don’t already have in your fridge or pantry.

      Well, here’s the solution, everybody! 

      healthy breakfast options for kids with FAGE yogurt | The Champagne Supernova

      With the help of FAGE Total Plain Greek yogurt, I created my own yogurt bar.

      It’s healthy. It’s easy. There were no tears from me or the kids.

      My girls enjoyed eating their masterpieces nearly as much as they enjoyed making them.

      How do you create a yogurt bar? Simple. Use whatever nutritious toppings you want.

      FAGE yogurt | The Champagne Supernova


      FAGE Total  Plain Greek Yogurt (we prefer ours made with 5% milk fat, but it does offer options in 2% and 0%)
      Dried Cranberries
      Cinnamon Toasted Cashews

      The process is simple: place the toppings in their own containers next to a cup of yogurt like you would do for an ice cream sundae bar and let your family choose which toppings they want.

      My husband’s favorite topping combination? He’s a peanut- granola- honey type of guy.

      My six year-old? She loves strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries.

      Me? My favorites are cinnamon toasted cashews, blueberries, and dried cranberries.

      My four year-old? Nothing because she’s four and picky.

      Me enjoying FAGE yogurt | The Champagne Supernova

      I realize that when shopping for groceries, the dairy aisle can seem daunting and there are tons of great yogurt options to choose from.

      What makes FAGE Total Greek yogurt stand out from the rest?

      It is all natural Greek strained yogurt made with only milk and live active yogurt cultures. It is Non-GMO Project Verified and free of glutens, additives, and preservatives. As it contains only naturally occurring milk sugar, FAGE Total yogurt contains no added sugars. Aside from tasting rich and creamy, FAGE is packed with protein and is a great source of calcium.

      FAGE Total Greek yogurt can be found at a grocery store near you.  (Click!)

      Create your own yogurt bar with FAGE | The Champagne Supernova

      Enjoy and cheers!

        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!

          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. There are numerous dentists such as Dentist Wellington who can help you achieve this. 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. So it’s never too early to check out Dentist Modesto (if you reside in this area of California) and book a dentist appointment for your child. This is just the start to good oral hygiene.
          • 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.

          If your child is considering braces, 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.


            Smiles: When Should My Child First Visit An Orthodontist?

            Find an orthodontist in Tampa Florida | The Champagne Supernova

            This post is sponsored. All opinions are my own.

            There is perhaps no greater joy for a mother than to watch her baby grow up smiling! All moms should know their options to best care for their child’s happy, beautiful smile.

            Braces are an important rite of passage in a child’s life, giving children the benefit of straight teeth, improved self-confidence, and healthier smiles. But how should moms know when it’s the right time to visit an orthodontist?

            The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a child have their first orthodontic visit by age 7, which may surprise you.

            Why age 7- my child’s permanent teeth are not fully grown in?


            Upon speaking with the orthodontists at Hess & VanLandschoot Orthodontics, I learned that early orthodontic treatment can prevent more serious treatment as a child grows older and can save you and your child time and money down the road.

            Early detection is the best protection!

            Growth problems including crossbites, severe overbites, underbites, crowding, and problems caused by excessive thumb sucking, teeth grinding, and mouth breaking are often apparent at age 7. Intercepting these problems at a young age can prevent more invasive treatment like tooth extractions and jaw surgery, which are often necessary to treat severe orthodontic problems once a child’s permanent teeth are fully grown in. If you’re child suffers from bruxism with either set of teeth, look into treatment to stop grinding teeth and give your child their smile back.

            Keep in mind that early screening doesn’t mean treatment has to start right away. In fact, most kids don’t begin active orthodontic treatment until they are 9-14 years old. However, Hess & VanLandschoot Orthodontics offers complimentary consultations, allowing you to get all the facts and make the best decision for your child at an early age, when it might benefit your child the most.

            October is National Orthodontic Health Month and the perfect time to make that first visit to the orthodontist. For more information about when to see an orthodontist and to schedule a free first visit, click here.


              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.


                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’m sure this is a problem that many other parents have faced as well. A friend of mine told me that her kids are always on best behaviour whenever they have to visit Palm Court Pediatrics for their dental check up, but as soon as they get home, they’re impossible to deal with. An all too familiar scenario for many parents, I’m sure.

                I’ve even had to tackle my kids to the ground and brush their teeth WWF-style. (Hulk Hogan ain’t got nothing on me!) As a parent, I know that if my kids do not stick to brushing their teeth regularly, a visit to a Family Dentist in Box Hill will be very much needed.

                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. My sister takes her kids to Fort Wayne Dentist and they love going! My kids hate going to the dentist, nevermind even brushing their teeth!

                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.


                  Namaste: Goodies for Your Inner Yogi

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

                  This post is proudly sponsored by 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


                    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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