GIVEAWAY!!! No Ordinary Boat Show

Looking for my boat fans out there.

Do you love boats, looking for a boat or just enjoy a good boat show? If so, do you have any plans between October 25th – October 27th? If you need something to do, I have an amazing opportuinity for you to get out and enjoy some family time while exploring some of Tampa’s best.

This year, Progressive Tampa Boat show presented by West Marine will offer you two componets: in water, you’ll have the chance to see and explore over 150+ boats, while indoors over 350+. There will be over 100+ seminars occurring throughout the two days and bring your children to learn all the things about that boat life.

WHEN: October 25 – 27

WHERE: Tampa Convention Center, 333 South Franklin St., Tampa, FL 33602

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

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Expecting parents: What your pediatrician may not tell you

Photo Credit: Prevent Needless Death

Expecting a child can feel overwhelming: There’s a lot to learn in the months before your baby arrives. Your obstetrician and pediatrician are excellent resources for caring for your baby and keeping them healthy, but they may not tell you how to keep your child safe in your home.

Parents and caregivers often think preventable tragedies won’t happen to their family, but sadly, accidents can happen to even the most attentive parents and caregivers. In 2018, 33 children in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties died from unsafe sleep, accidental drowning or abusive head trauma (also known as shaken baby syndrome).

These deaths are 100 percent preventable. Learn and share these life-saving tips for safe sleep, water safety and safe stress relief.

Safe sleep

The safest way for infants to sleep is Alone, on their Backs, and in a Crib. Your infant’s crib mattress should be firm and fit snugly inside the crib’s frame, and a fitted sheet should fit tightly around the mattress. Crib bumpers, stuffed animals, toys, sleep positioners, pillows and blankets increase the risk for suffocation and should remain outside of the crib.

Place your baby’s crib or a bassinet in your room while they are an infant. It offers the same benefits of bonding without the risks.

More infants die in adult beds than anywhere else. Infants are 40 times more likely to die in an adult bed than in a crib. They can get stuck in blankets or pillows, and without control of their neck muscles, can lead to suffocation. Anyone sharing the bed with the infant can also accidentally roll over and suffocate the child – this includes adults, other siblings or even pets.

Safe stress relief

Surprisingly, parents are most often responsible for causing injury or death from shaking a baby. As stress levels rise, parents and caregivers may shake their baby out of frustration, causing permanent injury or death.

The parent or caregiver does not mean to cause abusive head trauma, but they lack the knowledge or skills to cope with a stressful situation. Shaking an infant or young child – even once – can be fatal.

Crying is normal for babies – it’s how they communicate. A baby may cry because they are hungry, need a diaper change, are teething, are too hot or too cold, or because they’re simply over-tired. Prepare for and prevent situations that might cause your child to cry, and attempt to soothe your baby.

Know that it’s okay to take a time out. If a crying child becomes frustrating, leave the child safely on their back in the crib and step out of the room to regroup. Stepping away reduces the chance of stress leading to a dangerous situation. Check on the child every few minutes to ensure they’re still safe.

Make time for yourself by getting a trusted caregiver to watch your baby. Make sure your caregiver also understands it’s ok to put the baby down safely for a few moments if they need a break.

Water safety

The best protection against an accidental drowning is supervision. Children can drown in as little as 20 seconds, and without splashing or calling out for help. Designate a “water watcher” who pays close attention while children are near water.

Install door alarms that alert you when your child goes outside your home. Most children who drown in a nearby pond or pool were last seen inside the house, and caregivers thought the children were napping or playing inside.

Add pool and yard fences with self-closing gates and locks, which can keep a crawling or walking child from reaching the water. Check pool fences for tears and damage – like a small tear that a child could fit through – that need to be repaired.

Understand that there are hidden hazards in the home too. Children can drown in as little as one inch of water, which means that a pet’s water bowl, toilets, buckets with water, and bath tubs all pose a threat.

Unsafe sleep, abusive head trauma and drowning are the top preventable deaths among babies and young children in the Tampa Bay area. For more information on how to keep kids safe, visit PreventNeedlessDeaths.com.

(The review is written by the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, Florida Department of Children and Families and PreventNeedlessDeaths.com campaign and shared on my blog for awareness.)

GUEST POST: Your Diet, Your Health: How to Eat Well, Feel Better, and Save Money

Do you think eating healthy is too expensive or wonder why you should bother? A healthy diet can shrink your waistline, but weight loss isn’t the only reason to choose nutritious foods over empty calories. Just look at these mental and physical benefits of a nutritious diet:

  • Better moods and fewer mood swings.
  • Improved focus.
  • Better sleep.
  • More energy.
  • Improved athletic performance.
  • Clearer skin.
  • Reduced digestive problems.
  • A stronger immune system.
  • Lower risk of chronic lifestyle diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Eating well doesn’t have to break the bank, either. If you think healthy eating means shopping organic at high-end stores like Whole Foods, think again. While eating well on a tight budget might require more planning, it absolutely can be done. Don’t believe us? These six budget-friendly shopping and cooking tips will show you how.

Buy in Bulk

Why pay for packaging? Instead of buying grains, beans, nuts, and other pantry staples pre-packaged, shop for these items in the bulk section. At most stores, bulk goods are considerably cheaper than packaged foods, and by transferring to a reusable container when you get home, you can keep these foods fresher for longer.

Use Coupons

When you do buy packaged foods, use coupons to score a lower price. You’ll find the cheapest prices on packaged foods at big box stores like Walmart. If you do a little digging before you shop, you can pair Walmart promo codes with coupons to save on everything from groceries to supplements.

Go Meatless

Beans aren’t just one of the healthiest foods you can eat, they’re also one of the cheapest. Instead of eating meat with dinner every night, cook a meatless meal once or twice a week. Opt for cost-effective vegetarian proteins like black beans, lentils, or tofu over meat substitutes, which can be expensive and aren’t always made with healthy ingredients. Not sure what to do with beans? Check out this list of 24 vegetarian recipes that even the most devoted meat-lovers will enjoy. Just be sure to prepare beans properly to avoid gastrointestinal problems.

Know When Organic Matters

You’re better off skipping the boxed macaroni and cheese entirely rather than spending more on the organic version — most highly-processed foods simply aren’t good for you, organic or not. However, some foods are worth buying organic, even if it means spending a little more. Foods on the “dirty dozen” list, including strawberries, apples, leafy greens, tomatoes, dairy, and beef, are the best use of your organic dollars, whereas foods on the “clean 15” list use fewer pesticides to grow and are less important to buy organic.

Shop In-Season

If you really want to save on produce, buy what’s in season. Seasonal produce varies depending on location, but in general, you can count on leafy greens, snap peas, and broccoli in the spring, tomatoes, peppers, melons, and sweet corn in the summer, and winter squash, cabbage, and apples in the fall. Eating seasonally also keeps your menu interesting!

Understand Your Supplement Needs

Even the healthiest of eaters need to supplement their diet sometimes. However, that doesn’t mean you should add a multivitamin to your daily regimen. To avoid getting too much of some vitamins and too little of others, tailor the supplements you take to your specific dietary needs and health goals. Talk to your doctor about which supplements can improve your health, and shop carefully to find high-quality supplements. If you buy from a company that doesn’t stand behind their product, you might spend money on something that doesn’t do what it claims. Don’t forget to be on the lookout for coupons for vitamins and supplements — brands like One A Day almost always offer them on their site.

Everyone deserves to fuel their body and mind with a nutritious diet, no matter what their budget looks like. Instead of assuming you can’t afford to improve your diet, try using these strategies on your next shopping trip. You’ll be amazed at just how much money you save!

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About the author: Sheila Olson has been a personal trainer for five years. She created Fit Sheila to spread the word about her fitness philosophy and encourage her clients to stay positive. She incorporates mindfulness and practices for reducing negative talk into her sessions

If you’re interested in being a guest blogger on No Ordinary Liz, feel free to contact me with your creative ideas!!

GUEST POST: No Ordinary Guide to Moving Interstate: 5 Most Practical Tips of All Time

Moving, like having your legs waxed or cavities filled, is a task that is expected to be far from fun. However, not liking it won’t change the fact that it must happen when it needs to be done. Daunting as it may be, relocating to another state can become a lot easier and less stressful.

Resourcefulness and rational thinking can get you a long way in terms of relocating. From planning and packing to dealing with the actual move, you should be fine if you know (and follow) the five most practical moving tips of all time:

1. Create a Moving Calendar

Like other important tasks, being organized with your move can help you get through the entire process without fainting from exhaustion and stress. And this can be achieved by creating a moving calendar.

As the name suggests, this is a timeline for important tasks that need to be done and the right time to do it. It should also indicate a task list that is organized according to importance to help you focus on what needs to be prioritized during the long process of moving, such as buying supplies, packing, and dealing with the necessary paperwork for the move, among others.

2. Pick a Reliable Moving Company

The importance of getting the best removal services cannot be overstated. While you may opt to DIY your move, an interstate relocation may just be too challenging for you to tackle on your own. That said, make sure to take advantage of professional help by hiring not just the best in the business but also by choosing those who can offer the perfect deal for your allocated budget, schedule, and specific needs.

3. Utilize Clever Packing Hacks

Packing is an essential part of the moving process, but it is also one of the most excruciatingly tiresome of them all. To ensure that you get this task done efficiently, here are some clever packing hacks you can try for your interstate move:

● If you want your new home to feel like the old one, take a photo of every room to know which items go where.

● Prepare a moving toolbox that contains all your important packing and organizing supplies, so you can bring them anywhere in the house.

● Save on packing nuts and bubble wrap by using towels, socks, and beddings to protect breakables during the move. This way, you can use standard packing supplies for really valuable, fragile items.

● Put a rubber band across the doorknob on all rooms in your old home to prevent them from closing while you pack.

● Organize cords and wires using toilet rolls to prevent tangling and damage. You can also take a photo of your electronic devices, including the side where all the cables are still attached.

● Tape cords and cables to the appliances they go with before packing them for more organized unpacking.

● Keep clothes on their hangers and put plastic over them to avoid soiling them on moving day. For last-minute moves, it is also wiser to keep folded clothes in their respective drawers and transport them as is.

● Box items according to the rooms they belong to. Aside from labeling, this will ensure that you don’t drown in the mess and forget which item goes where.

4. Prepare an Essentials Bag

An essentials bag is just as it sounds—a bag of the most basic items you need to survive the first few days in your new home. This should include at least three sets of clothing, toiletries, food and beverages, beddings, and a first aid kit complete with maintenance medications. If you’re still unsure what to put in your essentials bag, remember this: the key is to pack as if you’re going on a weekend getaway.

5. Reduce Your Load by Decluttering

Moving costs more if you have more belongings to pack and transport, so make sure to declutter before you relocate. Decluttering doesn’t need to be a nightmare if you strictly follow a specific rule for segregating the items you should keep from those you need to get rid of.

● Allow ample time for this process (at least two weeks before the move) to make sure you get through everything without making rash decisions.

● When dealing with consumables, try to use up as much as you can before the move. This means you should forego a trip to the grocery store unless absolutely necessary.

● Segregate non-consumables according to three container categories: to keep, to donate, and to throw away.

● After that, bring all three containers to each room and put items in them as you go depending on what you plan to do with each item.

Make Moving a Breeze

No move is too challenging if you have the right tools and know how to accomplish it. Make relocation a manageable part of your life by following these tried-and-tested tips so you have a stress-free interstate move.

About the Author:

Craig Jones is the Managing Director at Aussiemove, Australia’s largest independent moving alliance. Craig is a respected member of the removalist network in Australia, having served in senior positions, including the President of the removal industries governing body, the Australian Furniture Removals Association (AFRA). With 23 years of experience at Aussiemove, he has the skills and the highly trained team to move families safely and reliably, in Adelaide, across Australia and around the world.

 

Guest Post: No Ordinary Habits for Seniors: 6 Ways to Boost Your Quality of Life

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Healthy Habits for Seniors: 6 Ways to Boost Your Quality of Life

Quality of life means something different to each of us. Essentially, quality of life refers to the level of comfort and satisfaction you feel about your life from your own subjective perspective. Though we tend to think quality of life declines as we get older, seniors actually report higher levels of life satisfaction than younger adults. If anything is getting in between you and your best life, take back control of your health with these simple habits. Continue reading “Guest Post: No Ordinary Habits for Seniors: 6 Ways to Boost Your Quality of Life”

No Ordinary Halloween (GIVEAWAY)

Halloween is upon us friends and you know what that means. Haunted houses, costume parties, lots of candy and loads of fear for what may be lurking in the dark…

FEAR
A word that is constantly hiding around in everyone’s back pockets.  FEAR of heights, FEAR of public speaking, FEAR of spiders, and FEAR of the dark.  It comes in many forms and learns to camouflage itself in a way that you don’t know how to identify it until it’s too late to brace yourself for what is about to happen!

Has it been awhile since you’ve had those hair-raising moments long enough to slice anyone who stumbles in your way?  Are you ready to determine if you should tackle the “Fight or Flight” approach? Do you have that sensation AKA adrenaline that rushes through your entire body that makes you feel like you’re every superhero in the Marvel club?  

Well, you’re in luck! I’m proud to be partnering with Scream-A-Geddon again as they petrify our Bay area residents with 6 attractions in 1 location, it’s guaranteed to make you flash that FEAR card the moment you step on the premises.  Continue reading “No Ordinary Halloween (GIVEAWAY)”

Not So Ordinary: The Unique Circumstances Around Adopting a Pet (Guest Blog)

I love when my readers reach out with an interest to write for No Ordinary Liz. I enjoy seeing how creative they get with their posts. This month, I have the pleasure of hosting Aimee Lyons, and her blog, DIYDarlin.  See what she suggests when you decide to bring home a little furry friend!

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Congratulations on deciding to adopt a pet. Pet ownership involves a lot of responsibility, but it’s also very rewarding. Of course, it’s normal to have lots of questions about what to expect. Here are some of the most common scenarios you’ll encounter during pet adoption and tips for each stage.

Pet Adoption Process

Once you’ve decided to adopt, you’ll need to fill out adoption paperwork and may be required to complete an adoption interview. To ensure it’s a good fit, meet your new pet in person before adopting. Some facilities also require a background check before releasing a pet to an owner.

Pet-Proofing Your Home

Once you’ve found the perfect companion, your journey begins. Prior to bringing your new companion home, you’ll need to prepare your household for a pet. This includes pet-proofing your home to make it a calm, safe, happy environment for your four-legged friend.

There are many DIY home preparations you can do in advance. For instance, you might move medicines and cleaning supplies out of reach or secure any wires so your dog can’t chew on them. This Humane Society article offers excellent tips.

Naming Your Pet

One of the first things you’ll want to do after bringing home a new pet is determine his or her name. If you’re naming or renaming your new pet, you might be looking for some unique name ideas. Luckily, Rover.com has created the ultimate list of the most unique pet names. Here are the Top 10 Unique Pet Names that made Rover’s list this year:

  1. Beau Dacious – Whether you love a good pun (“bodacious”—see what they did there?) or are simply a fan of “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” there are many reasons why this name is a, like, totally excellent choice, dude.
  2. Won Ton – Although it might seem odd to name a pet after your favorite cuisine, one might argue that this name could be strangely appropriate if your pet is a Chinese breed. This name also makes sense if you choose to name your beloved pet after Wonton Soup.
  3. Reeses Puppycups – This self-explanatory pun is appropriate for anyone who loves the chocolate/peanut butter combo.
  4. Sitka – In addition to being a remote region (and a national historic park) in Alaska, the word “sitka” comes from the West Coast’s indigenous Tlingit tribe. It could be perfect for the right type of pet, such as a sled dog.
  5. Lupin – This is one of many “Harry Potter”-themed names to make this list. Any J.K. Rowling fan fondly remembers Professor Remus Lupin as the werewolf from the series. The word “lupin” comes from the Latin word for “wolf.”
  6. Willie Nelson – Whether you come from the Heartland of America or are Nelson’s biggest fan, naming your pet after him is one way to honor your favorite country musician.
  7. Gryffindor – Another nod to “Harry Potter” on Rover’s list, this name pays tribute to Harry’s own Hogwarts house, known for bravery and courage. This pet shelter has even created a free online quiz to help you determine whether your dog is a Gryffindor or not.
  8. Artoo Dogtoo – A play on R2D2 because what list is complete without at least one “Star Wars” reference?
  9. Tater Tot – This name fits short, stocky pets. Think: Corgis or dachshunds.
  10. Tyrion – Last but certainly not least, Tyrion is a name that will undoubtedly delight any “Game of Thrones” fan. A fan favorite in the books and show, what Tyrion lacks in appearance and height, he makes up for with intelligence and charm.

It’s a lot of responsibility, but if you decide pet adoption is for you, it can be one of the most rewarding choices you’ll ever make. The world is full of many animals in need of good homes. By making the choice to adopt, you’re saving

Aimee fancies herself a DIY goddess. She loves crafting, refurbishing furniture, remodeling rooms, and landscaping. She runs DIYDarlin, which provides DIY project resources and tutorials.

If you’re interested in being a guest blogger on No Ordinary Liz, feel free to contact me with your creative ideas!!

No Ordinary Blinker

I know what you’re thinking. You think I’m writing to tell you that you’ve left your car blinker on and it’s making that clicking noise that drives you crazy. OR you were just behind someone who made a sudden turn without an indicator such as a blinker and it made you furious, am I right?

Well guess what?!? This post is not about that type of blinker.

I’m looking for friends who live in FL, CA, CO and TX. You will want to make sure you read through this post and it’s entirety. Do you have a car sitting in your yard, garage or store parking lot that you want to get rid of? Have months flew by and no one has contacted you about their interest? I may have a pretty cool solution for you and it’s all about earning some extra cash in the process! A few weeks ago, I was introduced to a pretty cool mobile app called Blinker! Continue reading “No Ordinary Blinker”

5 NO ORDINARY ways to make traveling with an infant less stressful

Traveling can seem overwhelming, but traveling with a baby can seem impossible especially when you want to create the safest environment for your little one.

 (Photo Credit: Florida Department Children and Families and PreventNeedlessDeaths.com campaign )

In the Tampa Bay area, nearly 200 children have died from drowning, unsafe sleep and abusive head trauma in the last five years – causes that could have been prevented, and are also a concern while traveling.

Before you hit the road with your infant, consider these five tips to make traveling with your baby safer and less stressful: Continue reading “5 NO ORDINARY ways to make traveling with an infant less stressful”

No Ordinary Grocery Store (GIVEAWAY)

I love living in FL. I love the fast paced environment, the weather and those gorgeous oceans. But every now and again, I miss home. The changing of the seasons, the Great Smoky mountains and that slow life. Two weeks ago, I was invited to check out a new grocery store in Oldsmar, FL. Little did I know, this amazing store brought more than just their one-of-a-kind shopping experience, they brought me home!

Founded in 1975 in Asheville, North Carolina, Earth Fare is the first and most authentic organic and natural healthy supermarket with 39 stores across the Southeast, mid-Atlantic and Midwest. Their full-service philosophy incorporates the highest food Quality Standards in the industry with compelling value, friendly and knowledgeable service, and a superior shopping experience. It’s a philosophy that makes it easy to live a healthier lifestyle, every day. 

Below are a few fun facts you should know about this new grocery store taking over in Oldsmar!

  • 43rd location; second in Tampa Bay area; seventh in Florida
  • Approximately 110 employees and counting
  • 24,000 square feet; 80 cafe seats
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 3,000 charitable donation made to the Edible Peace Patch Project, to support student curriculum and a garden at a local elementary school
  • All water used in store, including misters, is pure and filtered through reverse osmosis
  • Many local vendors offering hundreds of Florida products throughout the entire store such as Pinellas Ale Works, Cigar City, Big Storm, Blazing Bean Roasters, Dakin, Eat Fresco, Mother Kombucha and more.
  • 7 new organic cleaning products with more to come

 

I’m proud to see a little piece of Asheville entering the hearts of our people here in the sunshine state. Be sure you check it out!

Earth Fare Oldmsar: 3136 Tampa Rd, Oldsmar, FL 34677
Open daily: 7AM-11PM
(813) 448-9120

The doors are now open and the buggies are patiently awaiting for your arrival!

For more information, be sure to follow Earth Fare on social media!
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Want a chance to win a $25.00 gift card for a No Ordinary Shopping experience?
Leave me a comment below telling me what’s your favorite shopping item and I’ll choose a random comment on November 15th (using Random.org) and announce the winner here on the blog and on social media! Stay tuned.

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Disclaimer: This post is written on behalf of Earth Fare!  All pictures and content were provided by Earth Fare.  I was able to experience the new store and a $25.00 gift card in exchange for blog and social media posts.   All opinions are my own.