Tampa: Shipt Now Delivers from Target!


Shipt is now delivering in Tampa from Target | The Champagne Supernova

Thank you to shipt.com for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest and completely my own. 

If you are a busy parent like me, you are constantly looking for ways to make your life easier.

Restaurant delivery services.

Dry cleaning pick up and drop off at your home.

Maid service.

The last thing I want to do after a stressful day at work is schlep my two kids (ages 4 and 5) to a retail store.

I can hear it now.

MOM, she just touched me!

MOM, can we get a cookie from the bakery?

MOM, my toe hurts! Can you find me an extra large mermaid band-aid?

MOM, can I have this toy that I don’t need

MOM, mom, Mom, MoM, MOMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!

As a child of the 80s, I don’t know how my parents managed without all of today’s modern conveniences.

Luckily, I discovered Shipt, which has completely changed the way I shop for groceries and household products.

In Tampa, Shipt recently added TARGET to its list of grocery and product delivery. Woohoo!

What is Shipt? 

Shipt is a membership-based grocery and product marketplace service, enabling the delivery of fresh foods and household essentials. For the low rate of $99 per year, Shipt members receive unlimited grocery deliveries on all orders over $35.

(This fee is well worth it, as I use Shipt at least twice a week.)

Shipt now delivers from Target in Tampa | The Champagne Supernova

How does it work?

Through Shipt’s mobile or desktop app, members may browse a full selection of grocery and product items available at their local grocery store and choose a convenient time window. A Shipt Shopper visits the local store to hand pick and deliver the items to the member.

… And who are these “Shipt Shoppers?” 

Shipt uses a community of shoppers to shop and delivery orders. These shoppers set their own flexible schedules. Wanna apply to be a Shipt Shopper? Visit Shipt.com and click “Get Paid to Shop.”

Shipt shoppers go through an application process, interview process, and background check. On average, Shipt Shoppers earn up to $25 per hour.

Note: I’ve been using Shipt for over a year now and have never once had a dud of a shopper. Not once.

Shipt shopper delivering goodies from Target in Tampa | The Champagne Supernova

My Shipt Shopper extraordinaire, Elizabeth.

Shipt now delivers at Target in Tampa | The Champagne Supernova

My Shipt Shopper, Elizabeth, doing her thang.

Shipt’s Philanthropy. 

Not only does Shipt make my busy life easier, but the company is also a do-gooder. Shipt is committed to each community it serves and will identify opportunities to work with community organizations that are dedicated to addressing hunger relief for families and children.

Shipt delivers goods from Target in Tampa | The Champagne Supernova

Now I have milk, hangers, and can clean the kitchen without first having to go to the store.

Cheers to Shipt, Cheers to Target, and Cheers to Simplicity!

    There is Magic in the Mundane


    Each night before bed, my kids and I share with each other our best and worst parts of the day.

    We call this tradition “best part, worst part.”

    We never miss “best part, worst part,” not even when we’re away on vacation.

    Usual worst parts: getting stuck in traffic, getting to the carpool line late, and having a meltdown (the kids, not me.)

    Usual best parts: playing outside, eating pizza for dinner, and “camping out” in the living room.

    Here’s the thing.

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      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.

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