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

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      Souper Easy Mom Hacks with Progresso Organic Soups

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      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.


        Prank Calling: Joquetta Jackson and the Infamous Sheet Cake

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        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.


          How to Make Your Kids Brush Their Teeth with Tooth in the Booth

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          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.


            Prank Calls: Don’t Hate the Prankster, Hate the Prank

            Funny stories about making prank phone calls | The Champagne Supernova

            There are many reasons why I didn’t get into a Top-10 law school and prank calling during my undergrad days is one of them.

            I mean, seriously, what else did we have to do?

            In the true spirit of being a freshman and “how college ought to be,” I lived in the dorms during my first year at the University of Florida.

            (For all you Gators, this was Trusler Hall… right across from Hume. It had a Blimpie Sub shop in the common area and it was walking distance to the Reitz Union… where we would use electronic funds from our Gator 1 cards to buy booze at the Baja Tortilla Grill – sorry, Mom and Dad!)

            It was 2000 and I was fresh out of high school and equipped with important things like body glitter, butterfly hair clips, an AIM screen name, and was “living on the edge” by downloading music illegally on Napster.

            In those days, we didn’t have cell phones, social media, or other distractions.

            Each dorm room was equipped with a land line. For whatever (dumb) reason, the University published a “phone book” that included the telephone numbers of each student who was living in on-campus housing.

            So if you wanted another student’s phone number and that student lived on campus, all you had to do was look up their name in this phone book and viola! you had it.

            Our dorm was quite social and I met some of my best friends there, two of which I still see and speak to regularly.

            In lieu of doing responsible things like studying and doing homework, we would often gather around each others’ rooms in our pajamas, get fat from Pokey Stix, and prank call the shizzz out of other people, courtesy of this phone book.

            Our pranks were so good that they deserve a regular blog feature. I really wish I could make a living out of prank calling.

            One prank stands out in particular.


              Namaste: Goodies for Your Inner Yogi

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                How to Embrace the “In-Between”

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                In between.

                Haven’t we felt it before? The emotional purgatory of not knowing what we want from our lives?

                Adults are not immune.

                Career women are not immune.

                Mothers and wives are not immune.

                These feelings are real, but what do we do about them? Freak out or embrace the emotions? Do something for just ourselves?

                This is a guest post from my friend, Molly James, who reached out to me about the topic based on her own personal experience. Yes, yes, yes- I thought- as so many women can relate to these feelings but feel shame and not want to acknowledge them.

                Thank you, Molly, for sharing your truth.


                  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.


                    The True North: Be Who You Are

                    True North:

                    North that is calculated by using an imaginary line through the Earth rather than by using a compass: the direction that leads to the North Pole.

                    [Merriam-Webster dictionary]

                    The direction from any point along a meridian toward the North Pole. Also called: geographic north.

                    [The Free Dictionary by Farlex]

                    Non-negotiable, since the compass will show where it is, relative from your current position, and it will never change.

                    [Urban Dictionary]

                    In his 2007 leadership book with the same name, author Bill George describes the True North as the internal compass that guides a person successfully through life. It represents who you are as a human being at your deepest level. It is your orienting point- your fixed point in a spinning world. It helps you stay on track toward authenticity.

                    Nobody seems to know or care which way is north these days.

                    The last week in the news has been particularly unsettling and my own True North tells me to avoid the television. In the wake of the white supremacy rally in Virginia that left several dead, watching the news and reading the divisive information feeds on social media is disturbing.

                    It might be reality, but it doesn’t feel good to see or hear and I’m sick of the negativity. There are plenty of wonderful things going on in the world to choose to listen to.


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