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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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Cheers and Merry Christmas.

    Junior League of Tampa Holiday Gift Market 2017

    Funny Santa Pictures at the Junior League of Tampa Holiday Gift Market 2017 | The Champagne Supernova

    He’s making a list, checking it twice, gonna find out who’s naughty or nice…


    The Junior League of Tampa‘s 14th annual Holiday Gift Market presented by Publix returns in 2017- and it’s better than ever before. (I mean, how do you top something consistently amazing?)

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    Last year, I provided tips for how to hide all of your Holiday Gift Market loot from your husbands. This year, we are relishing in how to torment treat your children to photos with the Big Man Himself.

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      Attention Parents: It’s Okay to Bribe Your Kids

      It's ok to bribe your kids | The Champagne Supernova

      The cutie pie in this picture is my friend’s son, Andrew. He is five years old and in Pre-Kindergarten. My friend told Andrew’s older sister she would buy her a $50 toy if she got all 300 of her sight words correct. Andrew asked if that counted for him as well, so my friend agreed. Andrew worked really, really hard to achieve his goal and got all of his 300 sight words correct. Look how proud he is in this picture. Go, Andrew, Go! And go, mama, go! You gotta do what you gotta do and figure out what works for kids.

      It’s not every day I get inspired by the MTV show My Super Sweet 16.

      For those of you who have never seen it, it’s a reality show that follows privileged fifteen year-old girls and their friends as they obsessively plan their Sweet 16 parties.

      These parties are often over-the-top and are the equivalent of hosting a wedding. Ornate invitations. Hundreds of guests. Famous DJs providing the entertainment. Hoochie mama gaudy dresses. Hairdressers and makeup artists. Behind-the-scenes drama.

      More often than not, watching the show is like watching a train wreck.


        Dear People Without Kids: You Don’t Get to Judge Parents. Ever.

        People who don't have children of their own aren't allowed to judge parents | The Champagne Supernova

        Here’s a new rule.

        If you don’t have children and/ or never had to raise children, then absent blatant emotional or physical abuse, you don’t get to judge people who are real life actual parents.

        Like, ever.

        I recently shared an article on my blog’s Facebook page about how people who choose to not have children are not entitled to live in a child-free world. A guy named Joseph commented that “when kids are misbehaving in an intolerant manner, it is almost always shitty parenting.”

        [Exact quote]

        When I replied to his comment simply asking (more…)

          Family Night In: Live a Healthful Life with Earth Fare

          Healthy living at the Earth Fare grocery store | The Champagne Supernova

          This post was proudly sponsored by Earth Fare. All opinions are my own.

          Hear ye, hear ye!

          A healthy and delicious food chain is opening another location in Tampa Bay!

          Founded in Asheville, North Carolina, in 1975, Earth Fare is a specialty organic and natural foods grocery store. Their full-service philosophy incorporates the highest food quality standards in the industry with compelling value, friendly and knowledgeable service, and a superior shopping experience.


            Prank Calling: Joquetta Jackson and the Infamous Sheet Cake

            prank calls | The Champagne Supernova

            Now that the cat is out of the bag about me being immature, I want to share a story about an old and dear friend, Joquetta Jackson.

            Joquetta works hard as the bakery manager at Winn-Dixie, a popular grocery chain in the southeastern United States.

            While she knows how to make things like cookies and pastries, Joquetta’s real “bread and butter” (see what I did there?) is sheet cakes.

            Joquetta’s got a sheet cake to celebrate every occasion.

            Paternity determinations.

            The syndication of Friends.

            Finally removing that pesky hangnail.

            Her creativity knows no limits.

            Only Joquetta Jackson isn’t a real person.

            She’s a fictional character my friends and I created for the purpose of prank calling innocent victims in college (oh God, and law school) when we should have been doing more important things like studying for exams, working out, washing our hair… the usual.

            People were always so confused when we called.

            I’ll begin with my now father-in-law. (I wasn’t married at the time.) It was 2007 and the 30th anniversary of Elvis’ death.


              Negative Body Image: One Thing I’ll Never Discuss with My Daughter

              I was in line at the grocery store last week when the words rung out in my ears. A mother was shaming her middle school-aged daughter for wanting a Kit-Kat bar.

              “Chocolate isn’t part of your diet,” she hissed, “and your pants are already too tight to begin with.”

              The mother removed the candy from the shopping cart and placed it back onto the rack in front of the register.

              Knowing I heard this exchange and probably embarrassed, the daughter looked like she was going to cry.

              It wasn’t my place to intervene, but I was wondering what this woman said to her daughter at home behind closed doors, considering she was so nasty in public.

              I thought about the girl on my entire drive home.

              How I felt sorry for her.

              How, to me, she didn’t look overweight at all. Her pants certainly weren’t tight.

              How I was grateful for my own mother for not body shaming me and my sister when we were growing up. For not pressuring us to look a certain way.

              Perhaps this girl’s mother, who appeared obese, was projecting her own negative self-image onto her daughter.

              I had a friend in college we’ll call Kristy. Blond haired, olive skin, tall, and naturally toned muscles, Kristy was the prettiest girl in the room.


                Back-To-School Supplies for Moms

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                Back to School Supplies for Moms | The Champagne Supernova

                This post is sponsored by All sarcasm is my own. Special thanks for fans of The Champagne Supernova’s Facebook page for helping to create this post. 

                The end of summer signals the beginning of long lines at local retail stores.

                Spiral notebooks.

                Loose leaf paper.


                Ti83 calculators.

                Compasses and protractors.

                If you’re like me, you miss the days of the psychedelic Trapper Keepers, but I digress.

                Vintage Trapper Keeper from the 1980s | The Champagne Supernova

                I owned a Trapper Keeper with this exact same pattern when I was in Ms. Kincaid’s Second Grade class at Bunnell Elementary School. Yes, I went to elementary school in Bunnell, which explains my backwoods roots.

                At the front of the line is usually a mom who is seen reluctantly coughing up her credit card at the end of the transaction.

                She does all of the work, but what is the glory?

                It’s a quiet house between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

                And this got me thinking.

                Why don’t moms get lists of supplies they need to celebrate commiserate with their friends about their kids returning to school?

                If there was a back-to-school for moms list, this is what it would look like:

                Barrels of wine.

                Shoot, an entire winery where we can go barefoot in the barrels (while also drinking wine) a-la Lucy and Ethel.

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                A blanket for a much-needed (and uninterrupted nap).

                A gourmet lunch that is not the kids’ unfinished mac and cheese, PB&J, or soggy Cheerios.

                A purse that contains only lipstick, an ID, and credit card. No bug spray, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, goggles, boogie wipes, or extra undies for in-case-of-an-accident.

                (Ask me about the time a police officer removed a pair of little girls’ Barbie underwear from my purse when I was going through the security line one busy morning at the courthouse. Not awkward. Not awkward at all.)

                The highest pair of stiletto heels known to man that you can wear to prance around town. Cuz Lord knows you wear flip flops, sneakers, and, God forbid, Crocs as part your normal “Mom Uniform.”

                A stack of magazines you ordinarily have no time to read.

                R-rated movies.

                Ear plugs. Someone’s screaming? It’s not your kid, so it doesn’t matter.

                Permanent markers. That you can use and color on whatever the heck you want. Don’t worry, you can re-hide them before you pick up the kids.


                You know you’ll miss them.

                Here’s to a great start to the new school year.


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                  Kitchen Remodel: White Kitchen

                  White kitchen remodel before and after | The Champagne Supernova

                  Since we moved into our home in 2010, we have been less than excited about our kitchen. While it was spacious and modern-ish (the house was built in 2007), we weren’t in love with the light colored wood cabinets and dark granite countertops.

                  As we didn’t see ourselves living in the house for a long time, we held off on updating the kitchen until we recently decided to give it a face lift, in hopes that it would add value to the house over time. (And also because we decided we are staying put in the house.)

                  Luckily, we didn’t need to undertake major structural changes such as knocking down walls or relocating appliances. This project was entirely cosmetic.

                  I’ve always loved a white kitchen, but didn’t want to paint the existing cabinets because it can be easy to mess up and the quality of the work is typically poor. (You can sometimes see streaks of paint.)


                    Adventures in Lawyering: The Porn Star

                    Funny stories about being an attorney | The Champagne Supernova

                    I’ve got some crazy lawyer stories. This is the first in a series of installments called “Adventures in Lawyering.” 

                    Being an attorney ain’t all glitz and glamour.

                    In fact, it usually isn’t.

                    I’ve been practicing for almost a decade and can’t tell you the number of times I’ve sloshed through mud and debris at a construction site.

                    Or the times I’ve had to sift through gory crime scene photographs and then get on an unrelated conference call five minutes later hoping the person on the other end didn’t know I had been crying (or dry heaving).

                    The times I’ve received a plaintiff’s gynecology records in response to a subpoena and literally read their handwritten answer of “occasionally” when asked for their sex in an initial patient intake sheet.

                    Or the time I went to a junk yard to examine a vehicle that had been involved in a fatal accident the night before. The junk yard worker, through his toothless mouth, looked at me and said:

                    Smell that smell? 

                    Yes, sir. (Gagging.) It’s putrid.

                    That’s brain. Smell it once and you never forget. 

                    Trust me, I’ll never forget.

                    Autopsy photos.


                    Stucco density reports.


                    Laboratory results.


                    Dealing with irrational south Florida Rambo lawyers.


                    Spending time in courthouses where the other individuals walking through the security line made “The People of Wal-Mart” seem like the Rockefellers.



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