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!
On Facebook.
On Twitter.

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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Add additional comments below each time you do the following:

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.

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Not So Ordinary: Unusual And Unique Wedding Themes (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 as adding unusual twists to your wedding themes!

Photo via Pixabay by NGDPhotoworks

These days, traditional weddings aren’t necessarily the norm for brides and grooms-to-be, especially younger ones. More and more people are finding that they want the option to make their wedding day as unique as their relationship, and the ideas are nearly limitless.

If you’re thinking about having an unusual wedding theme, push away those doubts. Don’t think about what your friends and family will think; it’s not their big day! Get creative and make a list of all the things you and your partner enjoy; it might be a day centered around your pets, or a holiday theme. Once you have a date set, think about the best ways to celebrate the things you love and what you’ll need to make it happen.

Here are some of the best, most unique ideas for wedding themes.

A literal fairytale wedding
If you’re a fan of literature, think about creating a fairytale theme for your wedding. Alice In Wonderland is a particularly festive idea; you can set up each table to look like a different area in the story, such as the Mad Hatter’s tea party, the rose garden, and the house that Alice literally grows out of. Create quirky and fun centerpieces full of wildflowers with googly eyes stuck on to imitate the animated creatures from the movie.

A holiday event
If you and your partner share a favorite holiday, consider making it the theme of your wedding day. Halloween weddings are particularly fun, as you can have a candy buffet instead of a traditional layout, or have everyone dress in costume and “trick or treat” at different candy stations set up around the reception area.

Starry-eyed nuptials
If you live in an area where the weather is nice year-round, consider having a wedding under the stars. Find a lovely outdoor venue and set the nuptials late, so that everyone can enjoy the starlight overhead. You can keep the decorations as simple as you want; let the night sky dictate your decor.

Get nerdy
If you and your loved one have a particular passion about something geeky, make it the center of your day! Video games, horror movies, a favorite book or television show…these all make a great basis for your wedding theme. Choose what you love the most and run with it.

Vintage travel
If you and your loved one are planning a romantic destination honeymoon, consider focusing your wedding day on the theme of travel. You can find some vintage, well-loved suitcases at a thrift shop that can serve as the centerpieces for your tables, or just to use as decor around the reception. Old globes, vintage postcards so the guests can write advice or just a wish they have for the happy couple, and worn maps will round out this adorable theme.

Have a destination wedding
Many couples choose to have a destination wedding in a beautiful location, such as on a beach or at the top of a cliff near the ocean. If it’s in the budget, consider having a simple ceremony with a gorgeous backdrop and let nature do most of the work.

It’s important to remember, however, that destination weddings take a lot of planning. Not only will you need to make sure the actual wedding ceremony and reception are taken care of, you’ll need to think about making sure everything back home is safe and secure. Talk to your neighbors about your trip and let them know how long you’ll be gone; set up motion-sensor lights around the perimeter of your home and consider investing in a surveillance system that will transmit a live feed to your smartphone or device. That way, you can keep an eye on things from wherever you are.

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 Fear (GIVEAWAY)

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! There is a new park that is lingering the Bay area. It’s guaranteed to make you flash that FEAR card the moment you step on the premises. 

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SCREAM-A-GEDDON  voted best newcomer by USA’s Best Haunted Houses, returns for its third year starting Friday, September 22nd. SCREAM-A-GEDDON promises sinister attractions that are more interactive than ever before and will feature haunted attractions with themes that range from an infectious disease epidemic to a heinous and sinister prison riot. The attractions include Deadwoods, Bedlam 3D, Cursed Hayride, Blackpool Prison and newly redesigned Infected: Ground Zero and Monster Midway. Infected: Ground Zero will challenge guests to take a step further and become a part of the story and take on terrifying challenges to stay alive. Are you ready to tackle those FEARS?

WARNING: Please continue to read further if you DARE!

These attractions are not for the faint-hearted. It is the ONE and ONLY choice for victims who want a grisly, disturbing and thrilling sinister experience.

scream4 Bedlam could be thought of as pandemonium and anarchy, but you could also say that it’s immersion in the chaos of the unknown. The clowns and fiends that fill Bedlam 3D will terrorize you, chase you and try to consume your flesh. Experience the 3D clown house known as Bedlam 3D!  With the current clown epidemic strolling the streets throughout the country, this attraction will certainly put your mind at ease!

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Cursed Hayride  is residents of a town cursed with immortality have wanted to die for years, but their attempts to reach the afterlife have been in vain. In order to escape their never-ending torture they must replace their soul with yours. Ride the wagon through Cursed Hayride and witness the horrifying sights and sounds of the doomed souls. But remember – they want your life, and your soul…


Infected Ground Zero  Shortly after the landing of a large meteorite in a farmer’s cornfield, an unexplained phenomenon began to make the locals act… peculiar. Reports of their aggressive and irrational behavior caught the attention of authorities and a special government containment team was deployed to study, analyze and quarantine. Not long after deployment, communications were lost and the team’s fate is unknown. Try to control your terror as you weave your way through fields, military tents and the farmhouse to confront the creatures within. Will you be the next one infected?

SCREAM-A-GEDDON: 27839 Saint Joe Road,  Dade City, FL 33525

Doors open on September 22nd and patiently awaiting for your unnerving arrival through November 4th. Tickets start at $19.95.

Are you ready to chase your FEARS?

For more information, be sure to follow SCREAM-A-GEDDON on social media!
On Facebook.
On Twitter.

This is no TRICK, but it is a TREAT!  Want a chance to win tickets to experience this No Ordinary FEAR?
Leave me a comment below telling me WHY you’d love to have this awesome opportunity to exercise your FEAR skills, and I’ll choose TWO random comments on October 15th (using Random.org) and announce the winners here on the blog and on social media! Stay tuned.

Want to increase your chances of winning?

Add additional comments below each time you do the following:

Disclaimer: This post is written on behalf of SCREAM-A-GEDDON!  All pictures and descriptions were provided by SCREAM-A-GEDDON.  I was able to chase my FEARS by attending the attractions in exchange for blog and social media posts.   All opinions are my own.

Guest Blog: COPE24…Changing Our Parenting Experience

I love stories. Whether it’s a good book, a good movie, or a strangers. We all have a story. I believe it’s the DNA to understanding what makes up an individual. Without it, who would you be? 

I have the pleasure of hosting this guest blogger’s story. It’s comforting to know that we all are connected in some way or another. We all have lived a not so ordinary life. So why not tell it? I’m not gonna spoil any of it for you.  Continue reading “Guest Blog: COPE24…Changing Our Parenting Experience”

No Ordinary Bucket List

We all love an adventure. I know I certainly do. I can’t get enough of it.

So I just returned from my second leg of summer travels. With the celebration of America’s birthday behind me and celebrating the first few days of summer in the Great Smokies, it got me thinking. I want to do more! So I’ve decided to share with you what’s on my bucket list. It’s a big one! Continue reading “No Ordinary Bucket List”

No Ordinary Kid

Hellooo friends! I apologize for my absence in the blog world. Life happens and sometimes, you just need to take a break. Speaking of break, last week I ventured off on one of my random road trips up through the eastern coast. It was an amazing trip as I set out to mark off items on my bucket list. I did a lot of fun things and visited a lot of old friends, but the most memorable part of the entire trip was the walk I had down memory lane. Continue reading “No Ordinary Kid”

No Ordinary Girl…My REVIEW: “Stella on Science” Children’s Book and Giveaway

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP? 

That is a bold statement and a question I’ve been asking myself since I was a little girl. I still remember that sunny day sitting in the back of that yellow rustic taxi cab window. The sun glistening through the trees and it’s reflection brushing my face as we stroll down that ole rugged mountain road.  Every time we would pass green plants, shrubs or flowers, I was curious as to how they played a part in our world.

Continue reading “No Ordinary Girl…My REVIEW: “Stella on Science” Children’s Book and Giveaway”

No Ordinary Resolutions

Can you believe it? We are here. It has taken me about two weeks to try to digest that 2017 is really here! Ummm…where did 2016 go?  It seems like yesterday I was picking my jaw off the floor over Y2K.  I guess the feedback my teachers used to tell back then were true. “Never wish your life away” they’d always say. But it’s true. Do you ever wake up and say, ” I wished it was summer already?” or “I wished it was 5:00pm?” GUILTY as charged. The “older” I get, the more I realize how I want those words back. If you think about it, the days & years are soaring right by us like a plane taking off. From 0-180mph. Now that’s pretty darn fast.  Marjorie Pay Hinckley  provides the best solution on how we should live this thing called life! “The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead!” Continue reading “No Ordinary Resolutions”

REVIEW: No Ordinary Sandwich

What if I told you I know a place where you could get a sandwich that made Thanksgiving explode in your mouth with all the FALL flavors?  Would you believe me?  Trust me, I didn’t believe it at first, but the moment that beautiful sandwich found its way to me, I BELIEVED at taste of first bite. I’ve had many fun/festive sandwiches in my day, but had yet discovered a taste like that before.

earl3 (Friends make any experience FUN with Tracy (left), new blogger over at A Trace of Fun and Nayra (right)) Continue reading “REVIEW: No Ordinary Sandwich”