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”

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”

GUEST POST: No Ordinary Storm

It’s an honor and privilege to get the chance to guest write AGAIN over at Transfiguring Adoption!  I have to tell ya, this is a pretty neat experience and LOVED taking a stroll down childhood lane, once again.  While you’re over reading  my post, stop by and check out their awesome page, tweets, app and insights on how you can get engaged in the foster and adoption world!!! Continue reading “GUEST POST: No Ordinary Storm”

From Foster Care To The Big Four: No Ordinary Liz’s Story

I truly believe that your life is already planned out for you before you are born.  Each of us are unique in our own way and we all have our own reasons as to why we are placed in each other’s lives strategically.  I’ve come to believe that people travel in and out of your lives for a certain reasons.  You may not know at the time, but there’s always a purpose for it.  PURPOSE…now there’s a word that was my shadow for years.  YEARS…I was questioning…WHO AM I?!?! Continue reading “From Foster Care To The Big Four: No Ordinary Liz’s Story”

Treat the “MOTHER” in your Life to a SUNDAY FUN-DAY with the help of OpenTable!

Sunday, May 10th is a BIG holiday for everyone!  We will be honoring all the MOTHERS around the world for all the greatness they exemplify, while we have the ONE day we celebrate MOTHERS, I believe this should be done EVERY DAY.  As a child growing up and through my teens, I used to cringe at the word “mom” or “mother” because I never had a like figure in my life.  I always thought that a “mom” was just that, a “mom.”  Well I was wrong.  When I entered the foster care system, I began searching for someone, anyone to be my like figure.  They say that a mother is someone who leads by example, nurtures you, and will always be there to guide you.  Well I was on the hunt, looking for my “example.”  As I was bouncing around from home to home, school to school, group home to group home, I wasn’t finding it, seeing it or feeling it in anyone that I had come in contact with.  What was wrong with me? It wasn’t until I turned 18, aged out and was on my own, that I realized the word.  I didn’t just find one “example” I had found multiple.  For me, I don’t call them “mom” or “mother”, I refer to them as my GUARDIAN ANGELS!  I witness my sister becoming a new “mom” a couple of weeks ago and it wasn’t until then that I truly discovered the true meaning of a MOTHER.  Watching her with my BEAUTIFUL new niece is the sweetest thing EVER! Continue reading “Treat the “MOTHER” in your Life to a SUNDAY FUN-DAY with the help of OpenTable!”

ANNIE The Musical Makes her Debut In Tampa!!!

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No Ordinary Liz has been involved in many cool things in my lifetime, a trip to Belize, meeting cool people, tasting amazing food and experiencing things for the very first time.  So this past Tuesday, I got to add something else to my FUN list. A MUSICAL!!  I’ve had this on my bucket list to attend one in New York for quite sometime now, but whaddya know, one was right around the corner.  Guess I can check this off! (CHECK) I’ve driven past the STRAZ CENTER  many times and wondered what exciting things go on inside, it’s always so bright and inviting. Continue reading “ANNIE The Musical Makes her Debut In Tampa!!!”

CHOSEN Took My Breath Away…

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There are things in life that are generally expected to take our breath away, you meet that great love (yep, still looking), you experience the birth of a baby, (adorbs) or you hit your big toe on the corner of your dresser…OUCH!  Whelp, I’m still holding my breath that is…until this past weekend!  No, I didn’t find that great love, or hit my big toe, BUT I did experience something so much greater than any of that!  Are you curious yet? Continue reading “CHOSEN Took My Breath Away…”