Organic Aromas oil and diffuser review

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Everyone seems to be talking about essential oils and what they can do for you.  I have been looking into them for a while and am so lucky to have the opportunity to try Organic Aromas Designer Series Essential Oil Blends Luxury Gift Set and Raindrop – Essential Oil Diffuser for Aromatherapy. 

After speaking with the makers of Organic Aromas, it was clear to me that safety while using essential oils is important to them.  Buying from a distributer like Organic Aromas or other reputable companies is important and risks may increase if you are using cheaper brands.  The oils are intended for inhalation reasons which has low risk of safety concerns.  As always, I keep all products away from my children and dog. 

The bottles are stored in a sturdy classy looking case.  The variety offers different relief for my different feelings and sensitivities.  I am super sensitive to smells during a migraine attack and often can’t stand smelling anything.  When I have a headache or low grade migraine, I find certain essential oils to be relaxing and therapeutic.  Depending on how I’m feeling and what I’m doing depends on my preference of smell.  That’s why the Luxury Gift Set is so wonderful!  Variety is the spice of life and I have a variety of needs to go with my variety of oils.

After trying them, I have been able to split them up into how I like to incorporate them throughout my day.  Everyone’s preferences to smells are very different.  You will need to do a trial for yourself and find what works for you.  This is how I generally use them….


Energy-Any extra boost in getting some energy in the morning is always helpful. 

Passion-I like to start my day with passion, drive and the smell of motivation to start my day or feel better.


Purity-This scent is nice during the day because it smells clean.  There’s something about my house smelling clean that makes me feel better

Burglars- This is a homey smell that smells of spices.  I used to like cinnamon candles but found that many of them made me sick.  Diffusing burglars is a better alternative to my love of Fall smells.


Serenity- What better time to be serene than when you are sleeping?  I start my day passionate and energetic and fall asleep serene. (Well that’s the hope, right?)

Signature blend-My favorite!  I love this smell; it is my go to oil.  The signature blend was included in the diffuser which was a perfect scent to start my adventures with Organic Aromas oils.

The raindrop diffuser is a pretty and light weight wood base with glass raindrop top.  The product arrived in a protective box with padding and velvet case for the pieces.  A detailed information and instruction manual was provided including cleaning instructions. 

The diffuser does not use water or heat.  It nebulizes the oils allowing the diffuser to disperse oil with its full smell and therapeutic properties.  For more information on how the diffuser works, go here….  Although there is no water vapor being pushed out, I was surprised at how much the raindrop diffuser was pushing out the oil and smell.  No mess with less chance of spillage.

An aspect of the diffuser that I like is the ability to turn it low to high.  Generally,  noise is a trigger and escalates my migraine.  If it is turned up all the way, the diffuser makes noise and turns off automatically turning back on when needed.  The nice thing about the diffuser is that  I can alter the amount of smell and noise that is being dispersed.  It is quiet, overall, but when my sensitivities are high, it’s nice to have options. 

A concern I had with the diffuser was the constant light.  Although it is beautiful, I am highly sensitive to light especially with a migraine.  The great news is, I find it to be soothing and NOT triggering.  It is subtle and pretty and not bright enough to bother me in my bedroom where I like it dark.  It’s  pretty in the kitchen or other areas of the house.

I use Organic Aromas diffuser and oils  daily.  I  find it to be  versatile and pleasant. I love using it at night next to my bed and other places in my house.  Sometimes I need to slow down, take a deep breathe, and breathe and Organic Aromas is a perfect fit.

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Monday Munchies and Meals: Pumpkin Oatmeal


This week I was sick! I mean, really Migraine sick! It lasted an entire week and fluctuated from a 6-10 on the pain level scale. For anyone who has not lived at a 6 (feeling good) for a week and spikes of mostly 8 and 9, it’s not only hard physically but mentally! No matter how much I slept, I’m still exhausted. I spent most of the week in my dark room, throwing up, missing work, missing the Indian’s game, time with family and time from my life. It was miserable!
When I’m in a cycle of pain in a Migraine cycle, I also cycle my eating. I go from eating and craving everything in sight to not eating at all or throwing up what I eat. This is a harsh cycle because I’m triggered by food that I eat yet crave it horribly when I’m sick. I get so nauseous that I allow myself to eat whatever tastes good. Then I either throw up or my migraine spikes without getting physically ill  which in turn makes me sicker. It’s a loose loose battle.
So when I woke up on Sunday morning, I prepared my Monday Meal, pumpkin oatmeal. What better way to ease myself into food than this nutritious and easy recipe? I liked the idea of starting my day out, motivated to finally defeat this cycle and get ready for a new week. I was excited to spend some quality quiet time with my babies and so were they.
We gathered the ingredients and it only took about 10 minutes to make! I wish I would have made a double batch so we could have had more the next day for breakfast also (school days I do quick breakfasts and keep it moving).
After we made the oatmeal with pumpkin, I laid out some toppings to give each child more ownership and incentive to eat what they just made. They chose walnuts, craisins, and maple syrup. I have to say, it was delicious!
So for those of you who are struggling this week, this one is for you. Remember that different foods trigger different people and only you know what ingredients are best. This is an easy meal or snack that only takes 10 minutes. 10 minutes is enough for this week. I’ll take what I can get and hope for a better week. So far so good……


Here’s the recipe: Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal 

Monday Munchies and Meals: Pumpkin Muffins



I love to cook!  I don’t always follow the directions, I use what I have, I avoid trigger ingredients and I go from there.  It has become part of my family’s lives.  My children love to measure, get out ingredients, mix, taste and see the results of their hard work.    And I love all the math, science,  reading, social, fine motor and even cultural lessons it provides.

Although cooking deliciousness is my goal, the process sometimes seems like  so much!  It’s a commitment to shop, prep, cook and clean up.  Often times it takes way longer than I’d like and uses way more energy than I have which is frustrating.

So I’ve decided to start a Monday Munchies and Meals series.  I hope to post a recipe each week in hopes of inspiring you to make something healthy and feel good about, being a  a snack or meal.  Why am I posting on Tuesday then?  Because life happens and I’ve been in bed with a killer migraine for the last 36 hours.  I wrote this post on Saturday after making  it last Monday and I couldn’t even open a computer to press “publish” for 2 days.

It isn’t always possible to cook everyday with having Migraines and living a busy life.  One recipe a week will be enough to share, make and encourage you to do the same.  So whether I post on Monday or Friday, you can make it whenever it fits your schedule and health also.  It’s meant to inspire, if you have an ok day, try it!  If you don’t, try again another day. 

If you like the recipe, please make it and share it with me.  I’d love to see your results and adaptions to Monday’s  munchie or meal of the week!!!  Post on facebook, twitter and Instagram and comment on the post to inspire others.

I do not follow a strict diet.  I avoid trigger foods but have not cut groups out of my life (gluten etc.).  I try to find recipes that are clean, real ingredients, that are anti-inflammatory and nutrient dense.  I am not a nutritionist and fully admit I eat way too much sugar.  I hope to share recipes that make me feel better and taste good.  If you have one you’d like me to try, please email me at

This month I’m focusing on pumpkin.  Everyone loves pumpkin in the Fall and the benefits of it are great!



Here’s the recipe I followed:

We ate these for breakfast, in lunches and as an after school snack.  Easy and great for grab and go.

Pumpkin Muffins



Runnin’ for Research: headache and migraine disorders 2016


To improve the quality of life of those who suffer with headache and migraine disorders through fundraising for quality research and the promotion of patient empowerment, community awareness, and local and national advocacy.

Here it is….that time of year where the leaves are changing, the air is getting crisper and it’s time to donate.  During the Fall I participate in many charity walks and Runnin’ for Research is one that I added to my list last year.

“Runnin’ for Research, Inc. (R4R), was founded in 2015 as a charitable organization dedicated to research, awareness, empowerment and advocacy in all areas of headache and migraine disorders. The primary mechanism to accomplish the missions is the organization and implementation of 5K runs and walks throughout the United States.

Prior to its founding as a 501(c)3 organization, R4R operated as an entity of the American Headache and Migraine Association (AHMA), starting in 2014, and completed two cycles of races. In total, over $25,000 was made available to AHMA to distribute as warranted. Contributions to R4R are used to recruit, support, market, and manage local race events with all proceeds from these events being used to support the missions of the organization. Examples include support of the American Migraine Foundation, the American Headache and Migraine Association, and the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy. Other entities may be supported upon request if they align with the mission of R4R.”

Runnin’ for Research is now an independent 501(c)(3) organization.

How you can participate:

Runnin’ for Research will be run in Kansas City, MO, Morgantown, WV, and Louisville, KY on October 8th.

Each location will offer:

5K run/1 mile walk to raise funding for headache and migraine research.

1 Mile walk non-competitive, untimed event.

“Virtual Runner” for anyone who wants to take part, support our event, but can’t actually be on site.  You can choose to run a 5K or walk a mile while the event occurs, or rest at home knowing you are supporting a great cause.  Of note, virtual runners will not be sent a race t-shirt.

Last year and this year I will participate as a virtual runner.  I am not a runner so I will be walking and donating to R4R on October 8th in my own location.  I encourage you to donate!  If you are unable to donate, I encourage you to go out and walk that day sending positive vibes to all those effected by Migraine and headache disorders. 

If you participate that day, please #mymigrainelife and tag @mymigrainelife on facebook, instagram, and twitter to spread the social media buzz about the event.  I look forward to seeing your pictures and reading your stories!

Thank You!!!

Headache Hat Ice Halo GIVEAWAY


Here it is……another GIVEAWAY!!!!!!

I have been given an Ice Halo to Giveaway.  I have not been influenced by The Headache Hat in any way and my opinions are my own!

I don’t know about you, but I have been in a migraine battle lately!  My meds have stopped working, the weather is swinging and I can’t seem to get any relief!

Because of this, I live in my headache hats and ice halo.   I have several because I NEED them. If you read my recent post about having fun in my own way with migraines, you can see that it’s part of my rescue.   If you benefit from ice while having a migraine, headache or have small children who bump their heads and more, this is the  product for you.

I have partnered with The Headache Hat to give you a chance to win one choice of two new Ice Halo in pink (pictured above)  or black.  I use the Halo for low grade migraines and on the go.  It’s light enough to wear wherever and cute enough to do the same.

To enter for a chance to win, go to the LINK BELOW for many chances to enter.  It is mandatory to LEAVE A BLOG POST COMMENT through the LINK BELOW.  There are multiple ways to have additional entries outlined in the LINK BELOW.  Giveaway starts 9/29/2016 12:00am EST and ends 10/6/2016 12:00am EST US residents only.  This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram or twitter.  By entering, entrants agree to a complete release social media.

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Good luck my friends!!!!  I really wish we could give you all one, but I feel lucky enough to give one lucky person a tool that I use in my migraine tool box each day!

Thank you for reading and follow along for MORE GIVEAWAYS  SOON!

Om official review, a gift box for migraine sufferers and a company that gives back

I have been lucky enough to review the Deluxe Om Community Box- “Pioneer.”  Let me begin with saying that this is more than a product review.  It  is a great website and resource for migraine sufferers and people looking to get in touch with their mind, body and soul.   There is a lot of inspiration along with yoga, meditation and information about treating Migraine naturally and thoughts on medication.

Om is a beautiful website run by women looking to help people like you and me.   The products are a thought out package of items that gives back to others while offering a well-rounded gift to those in need.



So what’s in the box?



11photo-jpegA feature I love about this box is the personal touch that really makes it feel like a gift.  When I opened the box each product was wrapped and it featured a unique handcrafted fabric packaging from Sop Moei Arts, a non-profit that gives villagers in Thailand (who have long faced poverty and malnutrition) a sustainable form of income by practicing their age-old traditions in weaving.



Next, I read  an inspirational card along with a handwritten note.  There’s something about a personal note that says present to me.  Thoughtful words from a thoughtful company.


Steve’s Paleo Bar- Paleo and Ketogenic diets are helpful for reducing inflammation.  I ate my bar on the way to a workout class one morning and found it to taste great while giving me the fuel my body needed.  15% of proceeds from sales of Steve’s PaleoGoods go to Steve’s Club National Program – a non-profit that brings fitness, nutrition guidance and mentorship to at-risk youth.


During and after my workout I drank a lot of water! Dehydration is one of the most common migraine triggers. With that said, Om included a deliciously refreshing, soothing, and all organic peppermint tea.



The Tea Spot-provides a handcrafted organic tea and is a business that gives a full 10% of all sales to cancer wellness and community programs. The Tea spot owner is a also a  migraine sufferer.





Natural Calm- Natural Vitality is a magnesium supplement. It can help reduce headaches while supporting heart and bone health, better sleep, natural energy production and natural stress reduction.  I now keep my Natural Calm in my work bag and have drank it before a stressful day or during the day at the onset or spike of a migraine.  It is a packet I throw in my water and enjoy!  Simple, effective and refreshing

Natural Vitality, initiated a natural revitalization environmental action initiative called the Calm Earth Project. Funded by a percentage of product sales, this program is an extension of their corporate mission to change conditions on this planet to promote personal, societal and environmental health.


Magazines- Three magazine were included in my box.  It interested me in a variety of ways with Yoga journal, Migraine headaches and NIH Medicine plus.  They are great for information and insight into making better health choices and news on Migraine and headaches.

Two products are provided by Erbaviva, in which the owner is also a migraine sufferer.  Erbaviva is a proud financial supporter of The BlinkNow Foundation, a non-profit that runs the Kopila Valley Children’s Home and School for impoverished children in Nepal.


Erbaviva’s Relax bath salts- Allow your mind and body to let go while the organic essential oils nourish and restore you. This summer I started taking more baths and have found it to be a relaxing and calm way to treat stress and headaches




Erbaviva’s Breathe Spray-scent of evergreens transport you to a place of tranquility and calm, while eucalyptus and cedar essential oils in this spray clear away congestion from your migraine.  It can be used in the shower and breathed deeply or I have used it as a body spray.



My favorite product in the box is Oms own Zen nectar- a pain relieving gel with organic bergamot, which is known to soothe nerves and reduce tension, anxiety and stress.  I love to use it on the back of my neck and temples.  It is pleasant smelling and works well for calming a rising migraine.  I typically use it before going out to help calm muscle tension and low migraine pain.  I plan to travel with it and use it often.

Om donates a full 10% of the proceeds from this box to UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund), a leading non-profit helping disadvantaged children with services such as vaccinations and pre-natal care for healthy births.

So while I enjoyed all the Om products and felt pampered by them, I also felt amazing for all the good things that this company is doing with it.  It gives back in so many ways while giving migraine and headache sufferers love!   The Om community has an amazing website, powerful products and owners who truly care about helping migraine sufferers and people who suffer throughout the world.  Thank you Om, for the beautiful box that continues to lift my spirit.   I will gladly buy and send it to others!

Chronic pain, Migraine and having fun in my own way

“Let’s have fun! With so many doctor’s appointments and treatment plans to follow, people with pain have so many decisions to make and serious conversations to hold. Today, let’s loose and do something silly and fun! Take a picture of your enjoyment, despite your pain condition and share it below so that others may become inspired to partake in similar activities! If you are having a difficult pain day, you can share a picture of a day, evening, trip or adventure where you were able to forget about your chronic pain condition for a moment and just have fun!” U.S. Pain Foundation

 Today I am having a higher pain day but am happy I am able to participate in the U.S. Pain Foundation’s month of empowerment post.


The picture I am posting is of me at my son’s 3rd birthday party.  I have a migraine on almost all birthday’s and holidays.  His birthday was a Paw Patrol party and I was really suffering while setting up for guests to arrive.  We were all wearing masks so I decided to ice my head while staying in the spirit.  While I looked like I was having fun, I was treating my pain and trying to lower my migraine so I would be able to stay at the party.  Although I was not able to fully enjoy the day, I was able to celebrate with loved ones and look cute and festive.  Although I was not able to forget about my chronic pain and “just have fun” I was able to sing happy birthday, watch my baby open his presents and enjoy loved ones.

Share a day that you were able to have fun.  Even if you weren’t able to fully forget about your pain, maybe you were happy about a time you weren’t taken away from an event.  I am grateful for small things.  I may not have been pain free, but I was able to watch my sweet boy blow out his candles.  No matter the pain, seeing him enjoy the day that I had planned was fun in my own way!



*Love my ice headband?  It’s a Headache Hat Ice Halo.  Stay tuned for a GIVEAWAY soon or go here to purchase one now.