Tropical Smoothie Cafe: Your Holiday Beverage Destination


Holiday Smoothies from Tropical Smoothie | The Champagne Supernova

This blog post is sponsored. All opinions are my own. 

Does anyone else feel like the holidays just snuck up on them this year?

I feel like we were just soaking up the sun at the beach and- bam!- we are now breaking out Elf on the Shelf and writing wish lists for Santa.

I have to affirmatively do certain things to get myself mentally prepared for the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

Things that put me in the mood for the holidays:

  • Listening to Mariah Carey’s “Merry Christmas” album;
  • Forcing my family to watch back-to-back episodes of Home Alone and The Christmas Story;
  • Burning cinnamon-flavored candles in the house;
  • Baking gingerbread cookies; and
  • Taking walks around the neighborhood to look at the lights.

I’ve recently added another thing to the list:

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    I Asked God


    I asked God at Mt. Vernon | The Champagne Supernova

    I asked God if He would love me if I was skinny, fat, or had a thigh gap.

    He said yes.

    I asked God if He would love me if I spoke perfectly or a cuss word occasionally snuck out.

    He said yes.

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      Be Prepared for Hurricanes with Clorox


      How to be prepared for hurricane season | The Champagne Supernova

      This post is sponsored by Clorox. All opinions are my own. 

      Confession: I still have major post-traumatic stress disorder from when Hurricane Irma struck Florida’s coast last year. Television footage from the recent aftermath of Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas only exacerbated the PTSD.

      Regarding Irma, the days before the hurricane were awful. Being glued to the T.V. trying to figure out the storm’s projected path. Gathering hurricane supplies like fresh water, sand bags, flashlights, perishable food, gasoline containers, and making sure the generator was in good working order. Figuring out whether to stay or go.

      We decided to stay in Tampa and “rough it out” until the day before the storm was supposed to hit. At that point, the path changed with the storm’s eye heading literally for my neighborhood. My husband and I packed the car with our kids and the few worldly possessions we cared about (baby photos, birth certificates, credit cards, cash, and passports), and headed to a friend’s house in south Florida.

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        Cheers to the Do Nothing Weekend


        Here's to wonderful weekends of not doing anything | The Champagne Supernova

        Long live the “Do Nothing Weekend.”

        This was the first weekend in a long time where there was nowhere we HAD to be and nothing we HAD to do. No scheduled birthday parties, volunteer events, kids’ sports games, or social obligations.

        The entire weekend was my oyster.

        While this type of weekend is some peoples’ Nirvanas, as someone with “ants in the pants” who thrives from being busy, the idea of it initially freaked me out.

        I don’t know how to sit still and hate not planning things.

        However, it ended up being one of the best weekends of all.

        On Friday, we got popsicles with my daughters’ buddies after school and went to the local pool with friends for an impromptu swim and dinner night. On Saturday, I slept in (until 7 am- cut me some slack), went to a circuit class, my mom came over and made lunch, and then we hit up Home Depot for plants to spruce up the front porch. That evening, we made a pretend campground in the living room and watched a cartoon from Red Box. On Sunday, we went to breakfast, ran errands, took the kids bowling, and I put together a jigsaw puzzle with my dad. (I also went to the tire store to get a screw removed from my brand new tire, but we will omit that part from my weekend utopia.) Tonight before bed, my kids and I laughed and laughed making iPhone videos of ourselves doing Pee-Wee Herman impressions. (If you know me, text me and I’ll send them to you.)

        Yes, that sounds like a lot, but everything I did was on my OWN terms. I was only at places I wanted to be, when I wanted to be there. I got to enjoy the weekend with the people I love and be in the moment. It was pretty great.

        Being parents automatically means we are going to be busy. But we also live in a world that perpetuates business where everything is go-go-go.

        “Go here.”
        “Buy these tickets.”
        “Do That.”

        It’s nearly at the point where you feel guilty for sitting around and being still.

        But here’s a secret. It’s better when you do less and slow the heck down.

        Cheers to the “Do Nothing Weekend.”

          To My Low Maintenance Friends


          Why it's best to have easy friendships without drama | The Champagne Supernova

          This week I’m having dinner with one of my best friends from college.

          She lives in Westchase and I live in South Tampa and when you’re married with a husband and a stressful career and young children and one of you is still breastfeeding, the distance between Westchase and South Tampa, while only fifteen miles or so, may as well be different continents.

          It’s okay. We understand each other is busy and going literally months without speaking isn’t personal and, to be honest, isn’t noticed. We are so excited to catch up. 

          Time goes so fast at this stage. Our free time is consumed with dance class and soccer practice and school activities and birthday parties and when we have true time to ourselves, sometimes we just want to sit in our beds and read a book without having to talk to anyone or go anywhere.  (more…)

            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

            Ingredients:

            FAGE Total  Plain Greek Yogurt (we prefer ours made with 5% milk fat, but it does offer options in 2% and 0%)
            Strawberries
            Blueberries
            Bananas
            Blackberries
            Raspberries
            Dried Cranberries
            Granola
            Peanuts
            Cinnamon Toasted Cashews
            Honey

            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!

              Stop Believing Lies about Yourself and Start Believing What God Says About You


              You are who god says you are | The Champagne Supernova

              I meet all sorts of people at work.

              A couple years ago, I deposed a woman who was a plaintiff in a wrongful death case. She was suing my client, the manufacturer of a doggie door. One day when she wasn’t paying attention, her two year old child crawled through a doggie door of the family home, went into the back yard, fell into the swimming pool, and drowned.

              The woman was overcome with grief and anger that was directed at both at herself and my client. She blamed herself for not paying attention during those few critical minutes when she left her son alone because she was distracted by something else. She blamed my client for not being able to foresee that a human being, and not just a dog, could crawl through the door and face danger.

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                Get a Better Night’s Sleep with Indigo Mattress


                Get a better night sleep with the indigo mattress | The Champagne Supernova

                This blog post is sponsored by Indigo Sleep. All opinions are my own and I legit love this mattress and sleep on it every night.

                Bid adieu to sleepless nights!

                I’ve had insomnia for years. Years. Not to mention I also use the bed in the guest room as a “work station”- no wonder it’s hard for me to get a good night’s rest.

                We’ve needed to get rid of the guest room bed for years. I bought it when I graduated law school in 2007 from a college student on Craigslist (eew!) and over the years, the bed started sagging in the middle. My poor house guests who had to sleep on it! It made me realise how important it is to have a high quality hybrid mattress! Just because I didn’t sleep on it every night didn’t mean that my guests had to suffer.

                My husband and I looked everywhere to find a suitable mattress for the guest room, which included in-store shopping and conducting online research. A friend of mine recommended something like a full size mattress that she looked into and purchased. She didn’t look back. I found a lot of information about beds that came in a box, but the idea seemed foreign and illogical to me. I thought “how could a bed that comes rolled out in a box actually provide support for my back?”

                Then I found out about Indigo Sleep, tested the mattress for several weeks, and loved it. Best of all, it comes with TWO interchangeable support layers you can switch out, depending on your needed level of support.

                get a good night sleep on the Indigo Sleep mattress | The Champagne Supernova

                Let me provide some background.

                Indigo Sleep is a start-up company located in Tampa, Florida. While there are tons of mattress-in-a-box providers, Indigo is different because the company is focused on providing healthy, comfortable, and premium sleep.

                Indigo Sleep‘s mattresses are made in the USA at a family-owned factory in North Carolina. Indigo offers free shipping and returns, as well as a 100-night trial and money back guarantee. If you don’t LOVE your mattress, Indigo Sleep will take it back for a full refund. Not partial refund. FULL REFUND.

                get a good night's rest with Indigo Sleep bed in a box | The Champagne Supernova

                Patented technology makes Indigo the only mattress that never needs to be replaced.

                The Indigo comfort layers are designed with two distinct comfort options in one
                mattress, suited to help back pain. Having the right mattress when you have back pain, could be the difference between a good night’s sleep or a poor one. Those who find themselves suffering from a spinal condition such as scoliosis would find a mattress that shapes and protect their spine beneficial to them. Finding out as much as you can about a mattress type or brand when you have a spinal disorder or chronic back pain, would do wonders. However, if you are unsure you might want to get in touch with your orthopedic doctor or somewhere similar to the scoliosis institute so you have more information. The choice is yours. Simply pop the cover and flip your comfort layer from the soft and supportive gel memory foam (blue side) to a firmer
                specially engineered foam (white side). There are certainly benefits to having a memory foam mattress. For more benefits of Memory Foam check out this article from The Dozy Owl. In the Queen size and up, you get two comfort layers so that you and your partner can each choose the bed feel you prefer. No more
                compromise when it comes to comfort!

                I have the Luxury mattress, which contains a 2″ premium Oeko Tek Class 1 Certified Latex which is the highest rating available, suitable for babies and 2″ of denser memory foam. The foam components in ALL of Indigo Sleep’s beds are made to the CertiPUR-US specifications. All layers are supported by a 6″ base layer of dense memory foam.

                Indigo Sleep‘s clean chemistry keeps you safe even when you’re asleep! The company leaves out harmful chemicals like modacrylic and fiberglass (gross- Google their dangers!) You can rest easy on the safest and cleanest materials possible on this mattress. The Luxury bed uses a Para-aramid fire barrier that firefighters use.

                Bed in a box with Indigo Sleep | The Champagne Supernova

                This mattress is designed to literally last a lifetime. Instead of replacing an entire mattress, you only have to replace the comfort layers which have a 5-7 year life expectancy. You can replace them at a fraction of the cost of the original purchase, saving you money and keeping parts of your mattress out of landfills.

                Indigo‘s plush cover is so soft you won’t even want a sheet! Easily remove the cover to get to the inside of your mattress. You can even clean the inside of your mattress. Getting rid of built up allergens, dust-mites, and dead skin. CLEAN FREAKS REJOICE!

                Indigo provides the highest-rated materials on the market, with no toxic chemicals. It’s
                latex and cool gel memory foam layers have been noted for providing motion isolation
                and eliminating chronic back, hip, and shoulder pain.

                Indigo mattresses have the ability to literally open up your mattress so you can clean out the buildup of dust mites, skin particles, and allergens. (GROSS!) This provides better health and betters sleep!

                Use coupon code SWEETDREAMS for $50 off any Classic mattress and LUXURYSLEEP for $150 off any Luxury mattress.

                Cheers to a good night’s rest!

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