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.

 

    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.)

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      Adventures in Lawyering Part Deux: Cleanup in the Garden Center


      Funny moments stories about being a lawyer | The Champagne Supernova

      Disclaimer. This story is crude and disgusting. But I just report the facts. 

      Where many attorneys feel they are “too good” to work on the less “sexy” cases like slip and fall matters, I have a confession: They are not beneath me and I love them.

      99% of the time, slip and fall cases don’t involve sad things like death or catastrophic injuries. The person falls down, goes boom, gets back up, hires an attorney three days later, and starts treating with a chiropractor for “soft tissue injuries.”

      Absent complicated health issues or outrageously high medical bills, slip and fall cases usually aren’t stressful and are a nice respite from the fatality, traumatic brain injury, or child molestation cases that are also found in my assignment list.

      So I’ll take ’em with a smile.

      Slip and fall plaintiffs are often “career plaintiffs” who make nice little wads of cash making claims in connection with other accidents including fender benders and other premises liability issues.

      Why work when you can get something for free? (I once had a plaintiff tell me it was foolish for him to work when he received disability benefits and could sit on the couch all day. He was young and fully capable of working a desk job but I guess he had a point…)

      Reading through their medical records is equally hilarious.

      I worked at a law firm that represented a large international retail chain. Most of the cases involving this client involved slip and fall events that happened in the stores.

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        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!

          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.

          Check.

          Stucco density reports.

          Check.

          Laboratory results.

          Check.

          Dealing with irrational south Florida Rambo lawyers.

          Check.

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

          Check.

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            Guest Bedroom Makeover featuring Establishment Home


            How to give your bedroom an easy and cheap makeover | The Champagne Supernova

            It was the red-headed step-child of the house.

            No offense to red heads.

            Our guest bedroom was an ugly hodgepodge of things we accumulated over the years.

            A rug and chair I found at a garage sale in 2008.

            A Pottery Barn dresser and sleigh bed I purchased from a college student on Craigslist when I moved to Tampa a decade ago. (For a total of $350, this was a steal, even back then.)

            A metal decoration above the bed that a neighbor had given to us before her husband was deployed to Germany.

            A comforter and sheets that were hand-me-downs from my mother.

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              Loose Lips Sink Ships: You Can’t Tell a Kid Anything


              Kids have the biggest mouths and will say the most inappropriate things at the worst times | The Champagne Supernova

              Teachers always seem to have the best stories.

              Laughing through tears, one of my longtime friends, an elementary school teacher, told me about how one of her students provided her with a detailed play-by-play of their family vacation the Monday after Spring Break.

              Gory details the student’s parents would likely die if they knew she had disclosed.

              About how dad got locked out of the rental house in his “tightey-whitey” underwear when he went outside in the morning to get the newspaper.

              About how the student hated applying sunscreen to her mother’s back because of “all her moles that look like Cocoa-Krispie cereal.”

              And about how mom and dad got into an argument during dinner and mom called him a “stupid ass clown” in front of the student and her siblings.

              Really.

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                Unlock Your Financial Future with PurePoint Financial


                Unlock your financial future with PurePoint Financial | The Champagne SupernovaThis post was proudly sponsored by PurePoint Financial. I think this bank is pretty groovy and all opinions are my own. 

                We all have savings goals.

                However, to successfully meet your savings goals, you need to have a WHY.

                WHY are you doing this?

                My and my husband’s WHY is our two children.

                We save money to give them experiences and opportunities that will provide the best possible chance of success in the future and so when they are adults, they fondly remember their childhood.

                Education.

                Vacations.

                Sports.

                Hobbies.

                Making memories.

                What is YOUR why? (There’s no wrong answer, but you do need a WHY if you want to succeed.)

                And whether its for big dreams or unexpected unknowns, we are all saving for one thing: the future.

                Right now, PurePoint Financial, a new hybrid digital bank, is surprising Tampa Bay residents by letting them literally open the door to the possibilities ahead with the “Unlock Your Future” red door art installations at their banks and an opportunity to win $10,000 toward their saving goals.

                What is “Unlock Your Future”?

                Lemme tell ya.

                This past week, PurePoint Financial placed red doors across Tampa at the International Mall, Channelside, and at PurePoint Financial’s Westshore location. These red doors unlocked murals by local artist Carlos Culbertson, which are inspired by what Tampanians are saving for.

                Put your money in a savings bank at Purepoint Financial | The Champagne Supernova

                Did you know that 47% of Tampanians stated a dream vacation was their inspiration for saving?

                Nearly 50% of Tampanians are saving for a down payment on a home or to make improvements on their existing home.

                Not all the savings goals are fun. 28% of Tampanians are saving for family health and wellness expenses.

                Never heard of PurePoint Financial? It is a bank that facilitates the modern way to save- online, over the phone, and in person. PurePoint offers market-leading CD and savings rates, no monthly fees, and all the flexibility and convenience of online banking with 24/7 access from your computer, tablet, or mobile devices. PurePoint has financial centers at select locations staffed by knowledgeable team members who are committed to providing exceptional customer service.

                Save money for your future at PurePoint Financial bank | The Champagne Supernova

                Each PurePoint Financial center has a modern and cashless experience with a smaller footprint than traditional banks, with each facility averaging only 2,000 square feet. The financial centers have beautiful decor, a relaxed setting, and hospitality area. Sixteen PurePoint Financial centers are open in Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Miami, and Tampa areas, with others, including New York, scheduled to open later this year.

                If you can’t make it to see the doors this week, don’t fret. Between now and June 30, 2017, you can still enter the sweepstakes for the chance to win $10,000 at any of PurePoint Financial’s three Tampa Bay financial centers, which are located at:

                • 1510 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa, FL;
                • 2421 4th St. North, Suite 102, St. Petersburg, FL; and
                • 30541 US Hwy 19 North, Palm Harbor, FL.

                Cheers to PurePoint Financial and good luck in meeting your savings goals.

                  Photography: How to Style Your Family for Photo Sessions


                  Photo credit: Synthia Therese Photography

                  Let me start by saying that I am not a style blogger and don’t consider myself a fashion icon.

                  Most of my outfits come straight from the sale racks at stores like Nordstrom, Zara, and H&M. (Out of principle, I won’t pay full price for something.)

                  There have been many mornings before work where I’ve worried whether my outfit looked alright and resorted to asking for advice from my husband and two kids.

                  However, I’ve done a ton of family photo sessions over the years and understand the struggle and stress involved with getting out of the house looking presentable and keeping everyone in a good mood so we are happy in front of the camera. Or at least look happy in front of the camera.

                  I’ve blogged about the suckiness of family photo sessions here.

                  Spoiler alert: it ain’t for the faint of heart. On the same token, it gets a lot easier as your kids get older, so moms of really young kids, you’ll be out of the woods soon!

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                    Divorce: The Unobvious, Dirty Truth


                    Things people need to expect when they are divorcing with children that most people won't tell you | The Champagne Supernova

                    First comes love, then comes marriage… and sometimes comes divorce.

                    I was recently reminded of this unfortunate truth when one of my favorite bloggers publicly and bravely announced that she and her husband were divorcing. They were high school sweethearts and share two young children.

                    I have several friends and acquaintances who are either separated or divorced from their spouses. My own parents got divorced when I was in law school and while their maturity and religious faith enabled them to be good friends who get along well (thanks, Mom and Dad!), I witnessed the more difficult parts of their post-marriage journey as it was happening and while the wound was fresh.

                    Divorce should be a judgment free zone, although it doesn’t usually happen that way. Nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors or truly understands the complexities of a relationship. Nobody appreciates how the intricate details of a childhood, career, and the very nature of our own idiosyncrasies play into a marriage.

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