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Meet our January Guest Editor: Jennifer Burby

Greetings and Happy New Year!

I’m so excited to be guest editing this month’s edition of Tampa Bay Parenting magazine. It’s been one of my go-to resources for finding out about great activities and events in our community, and I feel honored to have the opportunity to connect to such an amazing group of families.

I’m a native Floridian who grew up in the small town of DeLand, which is in Volusia County just west of Daytona Beach. (Any of you who ever watched MTV’s “The Grind” in the early 1990s will immediately know where I’m talking about.) I attended undergrad and law school at the University of Florida before relocating to Tampa in 2008. My husband, Jason, is a structural engineer, and we have two daughters, Arden (4) and Elle (2). I work as a litigation attorney and, in 2014, started my lifestyle, parenting and humor blog, The Champagne Supernova. My work has been featured on the Today Show, the Huffington Post and Scary Mommy. My favorite writers are David Sedaris and Erma Bombeck, and my favorite movie is “Forrest Gump.” When I’m not at my day job or blogging, I enjoy photography, live music and a good bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon. Ok, that’s a lie. It doesn’t have to be a good bottle. Any bottle will do.

My family’s favorite local activities are spending time at Pass-A-Grille Beach, dining at Cappy’s Pizza, watching the kids play at Kate Jackson Park, and wandering aimlessly around the aisles at the Target on Gandy. By the way, I live south of Gandy and really want to make it cool to develop a “SOG” car sticker, sort of like the people who live on Davis Islands have a “DI” sticker. Who else is with me?

I hope you enjoy this month’s edition of Tampa Bay Parenting. Cheers to a 2017 that is filled with love and success!


Check out Jennifer’s article with Emily Ley, creator of The Simplified Planner: Pursue Your Dreams in 2017: Find Your Passion Project 

Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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