GUEST POST: How to Reduce Chronic Pain at Home

Millions of people experience chronic pain, and the severity of that pain ranges from inconvenient to debilitating. However severe the pain, one thing is universal among all pain sufferers: in some way, pain negatively affects people’s everyday lives. Only you can know the severity of your pain and whether or not certain lifestyle changes and treatments are effective, but there are some adjustments that can be made that will likely be beneficial to anyone suffering from chronic pain. No Ordinary Liz explains how.

Eat to Reduce Inflammation

Not all chronic pain can be linked to inflammation inside your body, but a lot of it can. You can take anti-inflammatory medications, and you should if prescribed by a doctor. But you should also make dietary changes to reduce inflammation.

First, you need to cut out known causes of inflammation. These sources include fried foods, refined carbs, sugar, red meats, and processed meats. Saying goodbye to french fries, soft drinks, bagels, and steak can help you reduce your pain after your body begins to readjust.

Of course, it’s not just about what you can’t eat; there are also foods that you should eat in your fight against inflammation. Stock up on tomatoes, nuts and fatty fish such as salmon. Eat plenty of berries. Cook your food in olive oil instead of butter or margarine.

Do what you can to lose weight if you are overweight or obese, as “fatty tissue produces chemicals that cause inflammation, and carrying around extra weight can tax your body, increasing pain and discomfort.”

Get Help with Housework

If you suffer from chronic pain, even simple tasks like sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping can cause stress on your muscles and joints, leading to severe discomfort. Give yourself a break and hire some help.

If you can afford it, hire a cleaning service. Even if you can only pay for part-time assistance, you would benefit from the extra hands. Depending on the age of your children, look into either a part-time nanny or daycare services. Consider also hiring a lawn care company to maintain your yard. The cost of lawn care maintenance usually includes mowing, edging, and removing debris. Look for reputable house cleaning and lawn care companies by researching customer reviews and checking ratings.

Of course, some activities like gardening can actually help those with chronic pain, so you might want to do some of your housework yourself. But the moment it becomes clear that your home-making responsibilities are causing you pain, don’t be afraid to seek out help.

Reconfigure Your Bedroom

Unfortunately, sleep issues and chronic pain go together like peanut butter & jelly. If you have one, you usually have the other. Chronic pain can exacerbate sleeping troubles, and not getting enough rest can exacerbate chronic pain. To help get yourself out of this vicious cycle, make some alterations to your sleeping situation.

Turn your bedroom into a no-technology zone. Don’t bring your phone, computer, or even a TV into your bedroom. Don’t check work emails, don’t watch Netflix; in fact, don’t do anything in your bedroom except sleep and have sex. You must train your brain to think “sleep” when you get in bed, or else it will focus on countless tasks.

For some, total quiet is the way to go; for others, that complete quiet makes them focus on the pain. Find what works best for you. If you need some background noise, try a white noise machine, or play quiet, calming music.

Small Changes

While you may want to throw yourself into a host of changes to help fight your chronic pain, it’s important to take it a step at a time. Especially when it comes to new habits. Lifestyle changes are more likely to stick when they’re gradually implemented. So start small, maybe by getting help with housework. Once you have this figured out, turn to addressing your meals. By slowly adapting to these changes, you’re in a better position to really feel the benefits, making it easier to tweak what works and what doesn’t.

Everyone’s chronic pain is different, and much of dealing with it is trial and error. You try something, and it works or it doesn’t, and what works for one person completely fails for the next. However, by tweaking some basic elements in your home life, you can put yourself in a better situation to manage your chronic pain.

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About the Author:

Emma Grace Brown lives her life by her rules; and it works! When she’s not snuggling puppies, Emma promotes female empowerment through her website. Her mission is to help those who live with self-doubt to realize they don’t have to mold themselves to conventionality. 

GUEST POST: Fun on a Budget: Tips for a Cost-Conscious Weekend Getaway

The only thing better than going on a delightful weekend getaway with a loved one is doing so without having to spend a lot of money. It’s often difficult to enjoy yourself if you’re concerned about how a weekend junket will affect your bank account. Fortunately, it’s easier than you might think. What’s better is that if you get it down to a science, you can look forward to many such opportunities to get away from it all with your partner.

Here, No Ordinary Liz offers tips on how to bring it all together.

Wrap Things Up Before You Go

One of the easiest ways to enjoy a budget-friendly getaway is to tie up loose ends before you leave. If you’re managing your own business, it’s important to take some time for yourself, so you shouldn’t feel guilty about getting out of the office and enjoying life. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the workload of being a manager, consider investing in online business services to help you tackle everything. You might find that you start taking advantage of these services even when you aren’t planning a getaway. Once you’ve made sure you don’t have any obligations, you can take a breather and enjoy the weekend.

Travel Bargains

Scour the internet for travel deals on flights until you’re sure you’re getting the lowest fare. Also, look for bargains on sites like Priceline and take advantage of weekend specials and savings for sites like Enterprise Rent-A-Car to ensure you’re getting the best bang for your buck. So, look carefully and check back often until you’re sure yours will indeed be a budget-friendly getaway. A diligent last-minute search can often net you airfare for under $100. Websites such as Kayak can even send alerts when a deal is found that fits within your established parameters. One good way to approach it is to look for the best rates for any airline, which increases the likelihood you’ll find something in your price range.


Luxury hotels and high-end B & Bs add a lot to the experience but defeat the purpose of an inexpensive getaway, so make frequent use of coupons and deals for sites like so you can fit this trip into your budget. Focusing on accommodations that offer a continental or complementary full breakfast is also a good way to save on meal cost since you can eat a late breakfast and take a couple of muffins, doughnuts, or some fruit along when you get out and about.

Child Care

This is one hurdle that undoes many a planned getaway. Couples are often forced to give up on their plans or take the kids along, which will certainly add to your tally. If your children are too young to stay by themselves, it’ll be necessary to find a friend or relative (preferably someone with children) to watch your kids while away. It’s an important cost-saving measure because free child care will end up saving you a bundle. 

Getting Behind the Wheel

If your getaway precludes the possibility of air travel, consider getting behind the wheel and driving if you’re within reasonable driving distance (say within eight hours or so) for a weekend getaway., for example, is a site that provides access to a host of deals for costly expenses to help make this travel fun and budget-friendly.

Cost-Conscious Dining

Few expenses drive up the cost of a weekend getaway like dining out at high-end and touristy restaurants. It’s often easier to get a better feel for a destination by looking for restaurants that are off the beaten path and in older, more historic neighborhoods than the “main drag” where tourist literature tries to convince visitors to congregate. Ask the concierge at your hotel to recommend some of the best moderately priced local places to eat, and always take advantage of a local person’s knowledge when you’re a newcomer. 

A budget-conscious approach to a weekend away will leave you with a lifetime of cherished memories and experiences — and with plenty of money left over in your wallet.

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About the Author:

Emma Grace Brown lives her life by her rules; and it works! When she’s not snuggling puppies, Emma promotes female empowerment through her website. Her mission is to help those who live with self-doubt to realize they don’t have to mold themselves to conventionality. 

No Ordinary Sweets

Have you ever had a craving for sweets from your childhood and couldn’t remember the exact name of it? Doesn’t it drive you bonkers? Happens to me ALL the time. That is until a while ago when I stumbled across this hidden gem, Sugarwish!

One sweet day, I was on Instagram scrolling through my feed when all of a sudden I see that CANDY that I dream of from my childhood days.! It was like I had transported into a virtual candy world. Whelp, a few weeks ago, I was invited to take a walk down memory lane and to sample a few of their sweet products! It went something like this…

Do you have a sweet tooth now?

No problem, I can help you fix it!

Sugarwish offers a variety of classic candies, freshly-baked cookies, gourmet popcorn and crunchy snacks to choose from for any occasion (birthdays, graduations, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, remote working, virtual team events, etc.) or just because. You get to select your wish size, personalize a message with sweet words, then hit send. But wait, I haven’t shared the SWEETEST part! Your recipient (or yourself) gets to pick out the treats they want directly from their online shop. I believe they have something for everyone! Psst..I heard new sweet flavors are on the way!

So what are you waiting for? Sweet happiness is waiting to be delivered!

(Photo Credit: Sugarwish) Did you miss Father’s Day? It’s not too late to send over some sweet words and a sweet gift.

Disclaimer: This post is written on behalf of Sugarwish!  All pictures and content were provided by Sugarwish.  I was able to experience their sweetness in exchange for blog and social media posts.   All opinions are my own.

GUEST POST: 5 Things to Look for in Your Dream Home

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Once you lay eyes on your dream home, you will know that it is the one. However, before starting this search, it is a good idea to make a list of all of your top priorities to serve as a guide. Here are five things to look for in your dream home.

Outdoor Living Space

One of the biggest selling points in today’s modern homes is the availability of an outdoor living space. This has become especially notable as families look to entertain more outside because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Elements to look for in your outdoor living space include a covered patio area, room for comfortable seating, a heating element, and the means to prepare food outdoors. Other desirable elements include proper lighting, a fire pit, and entertainment offerings.


All of the features in the world will not make you happy if you are constantly worrying about how you are going to make your mortgage payment each month. For this reason, your dream home should be a house that you can easily afford. If not, you will not be able to enjoy it as much.

Be sure to consider new homes Edmonton Northwest when you are looking for a house that has all of the features you have always dreamed of at a price that will make you feel good about your investment.

Look for Flexibility

One of the most important things to consider when deciding on your dream home is what type of living space flexibility it will provide for you. This is particularly important if you are still growing your family. For example, if you plan on adding to your family, you will need a home that gives you room to grow.

If you plan on retiring in this home, you need to consider that you may have mobility issues as you age. For this reason, many families choose homes with main floor master suites if they plan on staying in the home for the rest of their lives. The more versatile that your home is, the more likely that you will stay in it for the long term.

Consider the Location and Neighborhood

Your home is more than just the structure. It is where you lay down your roots and make a life. Because of this, it is vital that you consider the location and neighborhood when landing on that perfect home.

If you have children, you will clearly make the available schools a top priority. If you are entering your golden years, you are going to want to consider factors such as convenience to the services that you need the most when you age, traffic patterns, and other elements that will contribute to your quality of life.

Practical Lifestyle Considerations

Only you know what will make you the happiest in your home. If your family is the active type, you may enjoy a big yard with room for a sports court or a putting green. If you are a movie buff or sports fan, you will appreciate the enjoyment of a media room to watch your favorite team or the latest blockbuster.

Wine connoisseurs will get a lot of use out of a wine cellar or wet bar. Understanding how you plan to use your home will help you to narrow down what amenities you find most desirable in a house. Be sure to consider how you live and your goals in life when weighing homes against each other.

Finding the house of your dreams may take some time and effort but it will be well worth it in the end.

About the Author:

Lizzie Howard is a Colorado native who after graduating from the University of Colorado spends her time as a freelance writer. When Lizzie isn’t writing, she enjoys going on hikes, baking for her friends and family, and spending time with her beloved yellow lab, Sparky.  Twitter – @LizzieH60862204

GUEST POST: Fun New Hobbies to Try at Any Age and Their Benefits

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Finding a new hobby or skill can be hugely beneficial for people of any age, in part because it can help boost your self-esteem, but also because it can reduce stress levels and help your mental (and even physical) health. The key is to find one that engages you, keeps you interested and motivated, and helps you find new sides to yourself as well as build self-confidence.

Keep reading for some tips from No Ordinary Liz on how to find the right hobby for you and how it can help.

Learn a New Language

As The Telegraph explains, learning a new language can help you in multiple ways, from boosting your brain power — it can help you navigate and solve problems — to giving you a leg up when you apply for a job. It can also help strengthen your memory, improve your decision-making skills, and reduce the risk that you will develop Alzheimer’s disease or dementia later in life.

Whether you want to take a class or learn online or via an app on your smartphone, there are many options; choose the right one and you could start speaking a new language in as little as a couple of weeks.

Learn to Play an Instrument

Playing an instrument will allow you to boost your self-esteem while keeping you social even if you choose to take a class online. Interacting with other students will give you the confidence you need to start playing in front of an audience — if that’s your goal — and it will help you make and sustain social connections that can last a lifetime. Consider playing a saxophone, clarinet, or trumpet, as these are some of the best instruments for first-timers. There are many music-learning apps you can download.

Get Creative

Getting creative can help you reduce stress and anxiety while allowing you to communicate in a whole new way. Art has actually been used as a therapy for this reason, because those who are battling depression or substance abuse can have quite a bit of success in releasing negative feelings via creativity. Look for an online art class or take a workshop near you. With so many different ways to get creative, from painting to woodworking, you can find something that appeals to you.


Cooking and baking can be a challenge, especially if you haven’t done much of either. However, spending time in the kitchen can be therapeutic, and learning to follow recipes can help you get organized in other aspects of your life and take responsibility. Choose a relatively easy recipe to start with, and make sure you have all the materials and tools you’ll need ahead of time, from basic ingredients to the pots, pans, utensils, and safety gear — including but not limited to an apron, pot holders, fire extinguisher, and something to tie back long hair.

Still Want More?

If you’re enjoying your newly developed interests and skills, then it might be time to think about going a little further and earning a degree in that field so you can turn your passion into a career. An online IT degree, for example, is a great way to further your education and career opportunities while being able to maintain a good school-life balance. Some online universities, such as WGU, also offer classes that can be done at your own pace, so there’s no need to stress about work and school clashing. Plus, earning a degree online is a great way to polish your resume for future job opportunities.

Trying a new hobby can be intimidating at first, but once you find your rhythm, it gets much easier. You may even find something you enjoy doing that you can also make extra money with, such as making jewelry or playing music. With a little patience and time, your new hobby will work for you.

Connect with No Ordinary Liz for ideas, inspirations and information that can help your world be anything but ordinary!

About the author: Jennifer Scott is a single mom who writes about the ups and downs of her mental illness on  The blog serves as both a source of information for people with mental illness and a forum where those living with anxiety and depression can come together to discuss their experiences.

GUEST POST: Tips For Breaking Tension In Self-Isolating Households

If you’re one of the many households that is still operating on a safer-at-home philosophy, you’re not alone. Many of us are still concerned about the state of things, and especially given that a second wave of infection is expected. Unfortunately, although we know we are doing what’s best for our families, being constantly at home with your loved ones is the quickest path to frustration. Here are some great tips to relieve the stress and strain of self-isolation.

Change Your Diet, Change Your Life

First things first, it’s time to evaluate your diet. With stores continuing to be out of stock of many essentials, some of us have changed the way we eat, and not for the best. But now is the time to pay close attention to what you put into your body. Consider, for example, going keto. If you’re low on energy, cutting the carbs let’s your body use fat as fuel, meaning there is a bit more pep in your step. And with more energy comes a better mood. Keto can also reduce depression and leave you sleeping soundly.

Social Distancing Doesn’t Mean Cooped Up

One of the saddest misconceptions about social isolation is that it means being holed up in your home with no sunlight. This is actually one of the worst things you could do. And although many outdoor recreation areas remain closed, there are lots of places, including private trials, country roads, and even your local mall parking lot, where you can do things like run, ride bikes, and take a hike. Advanced Neurotherapy further explains that being outside gives you access to fresh air and promotes brain health. Spending time in the sun will help improve your concentration and, perhaps most importantly, reduce stress.

Now Is The Time To Focus On Fitness

While getting outside promotes physical activity, you’ll also want to pay close attention to your fitness routine at home. After all, you probably don’t want to go out on your bike in rain or oppressive heat. If you’re feeling the strain, try developing a new workout regime. Look for ways to get motivated, such as exercising with your family, and then plan to build a home gym that promotes your activities of choice. Garage Gym Reviews offers advice on how to set up the perfect fitness area, even if you have a small space and an even smaller budget.

Cool, Calm, and Collected

In addition to eating well, going outside, and engaging in routine physical activity, you can relieve stress with herbal medicine and other natural remedies. The Cut suggests things like passionflower and chamomile. Each of these has a calming effect and can help soothe your nerves on a bad day.

You may also consider sipping on a CBD-infused beverage. Keep in mind that, despite coming from the cannabis plant, CBD won’t get you high, but it can have calming effects. Look for a recommended CBD drink that’s within your budget, contains a comfortable amount of the chemical, and tastes good enough that you want to consume it.

Unfortunately, the second half of 2020 is shaping up to be just as much of a roller coaster ride as the first. But, that does not mean that you have to let the trials and tribulations of the year get you down. There are many ways to keep the peace in self-isolating households, including eating well and exercising. And the best part is that these new habits will enhance your quality of life now and once you’re ready to rejoin society. (Image via Pexels)

About the Author:

Emma Grace Brown lives her life by her rules; and it works! When she’s not snuggling puppies, Emma promotes female empowerment through her website. Her mission is to help those who live with self-doubt to realize they don’t have to mold themselves to conventionality. 

GUEST POST: How to Adapt to Major Life Changes During the Pandemic

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The coronavirus pandemic has forced many of us to deal with some pretty major life changes. We’ve had to adapt to remote work, learn to homeschool our children, get comfortable exercising outside of the gym, and find ways to fill our free time without leaving the house. By now, we’ve all settled into a new normal. While many states are starting to reopen, many of these changes are bound to stick around. Here are some tips to help you navigate pandemic challenges and cope with the changes in your own life.

Consider a Career Change

If the shutdown affected your ability to work, this could be a great opportunity to make a career change! There are all kinds of fun and fulfilling jobs you can do from home, whether you want to try freelancing or build your very own business. If you’re interested in becoming a freelancer, think about the type of work you would enjoy the most. You can offer nearly any service on a freelance basis, including web design, accounting, writing, translation, and admin support. Use job boards to browse freelance job categories and find the right choice for your remote career!

Maintain a Routine

A good routine is vital to success for anyone working from home. Not only will your routine help you stay on task and avoid household distractions, but it can also ground you to a kind of consistency during this time of unpredictable change. Start by developing a solid morning routine that will get you excited about waking up. Have a cup of coffee on the balcony, take your dog for a walk, or read a book. When you feel ready to start your day, jump into a work routine with scheduled breaks so you can avoid burnout. Finally, maintain a relaxing evening routine that can help you wind down and put those nagging thoughts to bed before your head hits the pillow.

Pick Up a New Hobby

Although lockdown restrictions are loosening, you may still be hesitant to return to all your old hobbies and pastimes. Ensure your days are still full of fulfilling and meaningful activities! Play around with some new hobbies until you find something that you can get really passionate about. Pick up a new instrument, learn another language, try baking bread, play around with crafts, or plant a garden in your backyard. Do something that makes you feel productive every day!

Keep Your Body Healthy

Maintaining your health is more important than ever right now, and not just so you can avoid illness. Long days spent in lockdown are bound to wreak havoc on your overall well being, especially if you’ve let your exercise routine slip or you’ve been snacking on all those tempting treats in the pantry. Keep your health in top shape so you have the energy you need to cope with the changes happening in your life right now. To enjoy optimal physical health, you need to focus on three main things—nutrition, exercise, and sleep. These three pillars support each other, so don’t neglect any one of them!

Protect Your Mental Health

The coronavirus pandemic may have caused you to lose the sense of control that you previously had over your life. As a result, you may be feeling anxious, sad, or even scared. This is completely normal, and many of us are going through the same emotions. Whether you’re worried that someone you love will get sick or you’re concerned about losing your job, these stressors can slowly chip away at your mental well-being.

Verywell Mind recommends keeping your mental health strong and resilient by taking good care of your body, developing healthy stress-reduction strategies, and maintaining your contact with supportive friends and family. It may also be a good idea to limit your exposure to negative news and sensational social media content that can only exacerbate your worries.

Humans are creatures of habit. This is why we hold onto the familiar and are resistant to change—especially when the outcome is wrought with uncertainty. Overcoming the numerous challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic likely means leaving your comfort zone, and you’ll come out of this a stronger person because of it!

About the author: Jennifer Scott is a single mom who writes about the ups and downs of her mental illness on  The blog serves as both a source of information for people with mental illness and a forum where those living with anxiety and depression can come together to discuss their experiences.

GUEST POST: Type 1 Diabetes: Diet, Eating, & Physical Activity

It’s no secret to anyone living with diabetes: diet is key to managing your symptoms. This is true for everyone, from patients living active lifestyles with type 1 diabetes, to seniors who rely on long-term care.

Have you ever wondered why doctors place so much emphasis on diet for diabetic patients? Do you know how diet affects your insulin levels? If you’re curious about cutting-edge research on the link between diet and living a healthy life with diabetes, read on! Continue reading “GUEST POST: Type 1 Diabetes: Diet, Eating, & Physical Activity”

GUEST POST: #NoOrdinaryLifestyle: What Is Ikigai, and How Can It Impact Our Lives?

Though we all have unique motivators and interests, there is a common theme throughout humanity of finding our purpose, love and motivation. The concept of wanting to find our purpose in life spans ages, races and genders, tying us all together through our search for meaning in our lives.

In Japan, the concept of searching for your life’s purpose is called Ikigai (pronounced EE-key-guy). There isn’t a direct English translation for this concept, but it roughly translates to this journey of self-discovery. Continue reading “GUEST POST: #NoOrdinaryLifestyle: What Is Ikigai, and How Can It Impact Our Lives?”

GUEST POST: How to Turn a Home Care Stint into a Career?

Right from the start- here’s the fact: the Baby Boomers are getting older, and the home care market is booming as well.

If we look at the number more closely, the home care market is going to more almost triple in five years, due to the growing number of the seniors, and a significant shortage of health workers in the US- amounting to half a million, as predicted by 2025.

Yes, the market is growing steadily, but you cannot work in that field just because it’s lucrative.

Take this seriously: not everyone can deal with the type of stress this job brings. You have to like working with people- not only patients but their families as well. Compassion and empathy have to be your top qualities.

It can also be physically challenging as well. The patients might be confused and disoriented, fearful or depressed, even aggressive. Some days you will only change bedpans. And you’ll also work shifts. Weekends and holidays included. Continue reading “GUEST POST: How to Turn a Home Care Stint into a Career?”