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.

 

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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.

1. Optimize Your Medicare Coverage

According to the AARP, seniors don’t shop around when they’re picking out a Medicare plan. This is understandable since Medicare can be extremely complicated, but it’s important to understand your options so you can make the most of your coverage. Supplementary coverage is available through Medicare Advantage plans —these can help you out with vision, dental, and prescription drug expenses as well as a variety of additional health services and programs.

Make it a habit to review your Medicare plan each year and ensure that it’s meeting your needs. Learn about the options available in your state by going to MedicareAdvantage.com.

2. Exercise However You Can

It’s never too late to start exercising. In addition to preventing obesity and making you look great, exercise can help you avoid fatigue, stiffness, muscle loss, and heart conditions. Plus, exercise is a wonderful stress-reliever and provides an instant mood boost. Going on daily walks is a great way for seniors to get started. Once you’re comfortable with moving every day, adopt some strength and flexibility workouts into your routine. Check out Nurse Next Door for some senior-friendly workout moves when you’re ready to take your exercise up a notch.

3. Follow a Personalized Bedtime Routine

Sleep deprivation is a common problem among seniors. Unfortunately, sleep loss contributes to several physical and mental conditions, including depression, memory problems, and daytime fatigue. If you think you have a sleep disorder, talk to your doctor — you could have underlying conditions that are obstructing your sleep quality. You can also improve your sleep by practicing a bedtime routine. Take a warm bath, do some gentle yoga, read a calming book, and turn off electronic devices during this time. Get in the habit of winding down at least an hour before bed.

4. Challenge Yourself Every Day

Giving your brain new challenges each day is the perfect way to maintain and strengthen your cognitive abilities. Two of the most beneficial mental activities include learning a new language and learning to play an instrument. You can also exercise your mind by cooking new recipes, doing budgeting math, and taking new routes when you drive or go on a walk.

5. Eat More Whole Foods

Focusing your diet on whole foods is the easiest way to meet nutritional recommendations without consuming added sugars and fats that can wreak havoc on your health. Eating a variety of nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables will provide your body with essential calcium, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins that seniors tend to lack. Aim for plenty of quality protein, like lean meats, seafood, poultry, and eggs, to help maintain your muscle mass. Finally, try to add fiber sources, such as legumes, to your diet to support your digestive health.

6. Call Your Friends

Being lonely as a senior puts you at risk of mental illness, cognitive decline, and chronic disease. In fact, the health of isolated seniors tends to decline faster than those who regularly spend time with others. Stay socially engaged throughout your senior years by calling your friends, joining groups, and attending classes in your community. Take advantage of social media and video chat services to connect with your family members. If you live out in the country, consider moving to the city where you can meet other seniors and participate in social activities. Getting a pet can also improve your quality of life if you’re living alone.

Though you can’t stop the physiological changes that come with age, there is a lot you can do to reduce your risk of mental and physical conditions as you advance into your senior years. Make healthy choices every day, take preventive measures against anticipated problems, and stay connected to the passions and values that give you purpose.

Jason Lewis is a personal trainer who creates programs that are considerate to the special health needs of those over the age of 65.  To learn more about Jason and the work that he does, explore Strong Well and if you have any questions for him, please email jlewis@strongwell.org.

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

 

 

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. 

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SCREAM-A-GEDDON  voted best newcomer by USA’s Best Haunted Houses, returns for its 4th year that started on Friday, September 21st.

SCREAM-A-GEDDON will feature brand new haunted attractions Rage 3D, Demon’s Revenge and Zombie Paintball Assault. Deadwoods, Infected: Ground Zero and Blackpool Prison will be returning for the 2018 Halloween season. 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. Check out a couple of attractions below.

 Rage 3D  Are you a sane person? Would you venture into a world built by your subconscious? Prepare to have your senses assaulted by strange stimuli that makes it hard to discern what’s up and what’s down. Walk through rooms that will twist, turn and rotate making you question where you are putting your next step. Yes, the walls will squeeze in and reach out for you… that is normal for this type of thing.  Abnormal creatures, figures and clowns will blend in with the environment around you in a barrage of colors, shapes and architecture making you question what is living and what is a figment of your psyche. Surrender the sensation of sound as roaring music is pumped into the rooms that make screaming at the strange encounters meaningless. They can’t hear you. No one can. Get ready to have reality, fiction, dreams, nightmares all blend into one with an over-the-top experience that will leave you panicking for more.


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 opened on September 21st and patiently awaiting for your unnerving arrival through November 3rd. Tickets start at $19.95.

The General Admission ticket includes unlimited access to all haunted attractions (excluding Zombie Paintball Assault).

The VIP “Fast Pass” allows you to skip the General Admission line and use the “Fast Pass” lane once per attraction.

The Zombie Paintball Assault ticket includes paintballs and admission to the Zombie Paintball Assault attraction only (Does not include General Admission to SCREAM-A-GEDDON, which is sold separately).

The Super VIP “Fast Pass” includes UNLIMITED NO WAIT access to every attraction, with a tour guide and a $20 gift shop apparel credit (Zombie Paintball Assault admission sold separately).

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 Halloween?
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.

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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.

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!

Blinker is the first ever mobile app that puts people in control of buying, selling and financing cars themselves with just the help of their smartphone. Yes, you are reading this correctly.

I bet you are wondering how this is possible?

Well, by using patented image-recognition technology, Blinker makes everything from selling a car with a lien to getting a loan to refinancing as easy as snapping a photo. Since launching last year, Blinker has saved buyers and sellers an average of $3,000 every transaction, has serviced millions of dollars in auto loans and they won a 2017 SXSW Interactive Innovation Award. Even though this app is offered in selected cities, I can promise you they will be expanding across the US real soon!

So, are you ready to sell your car?!? Let me help you out. Simply go to goo.gl/5ELzcF and for a limited time, when you download Blinker, enter my code LIZ and list your car for sale, you’ll earn $200 when it sells.

This is definitely NO ORDINARY BLINKER and I encourage you to go in and play around with the app. You never know where your next “BLINK” might drive you to. Drop me a line and let me know if you’ve downloaded the app and what you think of it!

I’ve downloaded the cool app myself and it’s intuitive to use. Who knew that car shopping could be this easy!

Disclaimer: This sponsored post is written on behalf of Blinker!  All pictures and content were provided by Blinker.  All opinions are my own.

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:

  1. Have a crib or Pack ‘n Play prepared

Consider where you’ll be staying and make arrangements to have a crib in the room or bring a Pack ‘n Play. After you arrive, use a tight-fitting sheet to cover the crib mattress or Pack ‘n Play pad.

Infants should never be placed on an adult bed, couch or blow-up mattress, which can increase the chances of suffocation.

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

  1. Make sure your family knows the safest way for your infant to sleep

Educate family members on the ABCs of safe sleep. The safest way for infants to sleep is Alone on their Backs in a Crib (or Pack ‘n Play). This provides the safest sleep environment for your infant since most babies are still developing neck muscle control and are at an increased risk of suffocation.

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

  1. Help caregivers deal with stress in a healthy way

Relatives, family friends or babysitters might help watch your infant while you’re traveling. Crying is normal and babies do it often, but this can be stressful for caregivers. Shaking an infant – even once – can be fatal, and in most cases, the individual does not mean to harm the child but lacks the knowledge or skills to cope with a stressful situation.

Take a moment to talk with your child’s caretaker about how they deal with stress. Understand how your child’s caregiver would cope with stress and look for signs that they may not be prepared, such as if they are easily angered or seem inattentive.

  1. Keep drowning hazards out of reach

Bathtubs, dog bowls and containers that hold an inch or more of water can be dangerous to your child, because children can drown in as little as 20 seconds and often silently. Be aware of your child’s surroundings, remove any dangerous items and talk to your family and friends about keeping doors locked when visiting their house, especially doors that lead to a pool or water area.

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

  1. Designate a “water watcher”

Lack of adult supervision in and around the water leads to drowning, which is the No. 1 cause of preventable death in children ages 1 to 4. Designate a “water watcher” who will keep their eyes on children at all times and avoid distractions like texting.

Be sure to share this information with family members, babysitters and other caregivers, and keep it in mind while traveling. For more information about how to prevent the top three causes of preventable child deaths in Tampa Bay, visit PreventNeedessDeaths.com.

(The review is written by the Florida Department Children and Families and PreventNeedlessDeaths.com campaign and shared on my blog for awareness.)

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.

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.

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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”