Sunday snoozing, shopping and sipping

Today I’m having a cozy day crafting, eating donuts and drinking coffee…

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While I’m doing this, I’m finishing up my holiday shopping.  Here’s some reminders on the great options for a loved one or yourself this year. *affiliate links included

    1. Don’t forget to enter to win a bottle of Migraine Magick!  Image-1 (3)
      1. If you are interested in buying a bottle use code mymigrainelife for $22off your order here
    2.  If you are looking for a weighted blanket to assist in anxiety, stress and sensory needs, I suggest the cuddle blanket from SensaCalmIMG_1531
    3. Axon Optics are my favorite light sensitivity glasses.  They are offering a 10% discount using code migrainelife through December 16
    4. Organic Aromas” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Organic Aromas   runs weekly giveaway for diffusers and while you are there buy some oils that suit your specific needsImage-1 (1)
    5. Original Sprout– Save up to 60% off Holiday gift sets that are organic hair care made responsibly and naturally and safe enough for children. Great for the whole family.IMG_1534
    6. Aromafloria– Looking for unscented products that hydrate and don’t cause smell trigger? I use these unscented or with my favorite essential oil.


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Happy and Comfy Sunday vibes to you!

*affiliate links are included in this post.  This means that if you purchase through the links I will be rewarded for my recommendation.  Thank you!  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

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Why I talk about products

Some people ask me, “Do you really use all the products you write about?”

YES!!!!!!

Today, for example, I used several of my favorite products even before lunch.

3am. Got a Headache Hat to sleep with because the pain woke me up.

7am. Used Aromafloria lotion for my dry winter skin.  It’s unscented and feels so good! (check for review and giveaway soon!)

7:15am. Used Original Sprout hair mist to hold my braid without being stiff (check gift guide for $10 off link)

7:30am. Turned on my Organic Aromas diffuser in the kitchen (giveaway ended)

7:45am Sprayed my neck, shoulders and face with Migraine Magick before walking out the door (check for review this week and giveaway NOW! check gift guide for $22off order!)

8am. Taught in my Axon Optics (Use link and code for 10%off now through December 16. I can’t live without these, I highly recommend them)

1pm. Climb under my weighted SensaCalm blanket for a snuggle with boy. (one of my favorite new products!)

Want to hear more about my Holiday Gift guide, links and DISCOUNT codes?!

Check it out here

Also, don’t forget to enter to WIN a bottle of Migraine Magick
Here!!

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Does Acupuncture Work for Migraine?

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This year I tried acupuncture.  I have heard about acupuncture for migraine for years but was hesitant.  I get on average 75-90 shots a year to treat my Chronic Migraine.  The thought of trying another doctor putting needles in me didn’t sound appealing.

I was recommended to an acupuncturist by a family member who was a physician shadowing an acupuncturist who was described to me as brilliant.  The office was about an hour away while the appointments lasted about 20-30 minutes.  As always, I had a driver because the results could cause feelings of “drinking a 6 pack of beer” and I didn’t need to be driving an hour after my treatment.  I was also hesitant because my insurance didn’t cover acupuncture and it was going to be more out of pocket costs.

With all this, I tried it anyways.  The doctor I saw gave me an immediate calming feeling.  After years of doctor’s visits, I tend to start a new treatment with a bit of trepidation.  Retelling my history gets tedious and after 30 years I feel like I’ve heard it all.  But this doctor was special.  He believed me!  He didn’t give me a list of things to try that I had already attempted, he didn’t judge, he just believed me.

The coolest assessment he did on me was to have me hold my middle finger and thumb together while he pulled them apart.  He did this with ease.  After asking questions and putting a few metal discs with band aids on he tried the assessment again.  This time my fingers held tight.  He looked at my mom and said, “See, she’s really hurting.  This would not have happened if she wasn’t able to tell me where she hurts.”  This was not saying that my mom did not believe me (she knows I hurt) but to say that my pain was real.  Having a doctor ask me and not tell me what to do to be helped was profound.

Each time I walked out of his office I felt optimistic.  I felt lighter and less pained.  This was something new for me being I’m used to walking out of offices with a script and pumped full of much needed meds but mentally down.  I was pricked with very few needles that were essentially painless.

While I was there we talked not only pain but triggers, emotions and concerns.  Once again he was letting me talk and treating me from there.  It wasn’t a protocol that the medical professionals deemed for everyone, it was specific to me.  I’ve always fought to be treated as an individual and not just one of 57 million Migraine sufferers.  It was refreshing, I felt heard.

Did it help my migraines?  Each time was different as I find with all treatments.  The optimism was the same.  One treatment I felt no “6 pack” feeling, while another my head was swimming on the way home.  One time I felt it lasted a week (which for someone who gets migraines daily at some point) was a relief.  Another time I got hammered with a 3 day severe migraine the next day which made me want to give up on my acupuncture treatments.

These results seem to be on par with all of my treatments.  Nothing works every time in the same way every time.  After several months my doctor retired.  This was the end of my acupuncture treatments.

Why did I not follow up with another acupuncturist closer by?  While loving my doctor and the incredibly interesting ways he treated me, I’m shelving acupuncture for now.  I feel that I got lucky with this amazing doctor and know that every doctor is not created equal.  I fear disappointment in finding another doctor and losing the little bit of magic that acupuncture and this brilliant doctor provided me.  It’s expensive and not a long term fix for me.

If asked if I would recommend acupuncture, my answer would be the same as always…..follow your own path.  You can read about the benefits of migraine treatments from many different resources.  My goal is to give you my experiences and hope that you will learn from my stories and listen to where your heart takes you.  After saying no to acupuncture for so long I finally said yes and it was the right decision for me.  I’m glad I tried it and would try it again in the future.  I don’t think it would be around for thousands of years to treat hundreds of things if people hadn’t had success.

 

Have you tried acupuncture for Migraine?  What did you think?

Monday Munchies and Meals: Pumpkin Muffins

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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 mymigrainelife@gmail.com

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

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Here’s the recipe I followed:

http://www.makingthymeforhealth.com/healthy-flourless-pumpkin-muffins/#_a5y_p=4349482

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

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Miles for Migraine virtual walk and race dates 2017

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In June, I did a virtual challenge to raise money for Miles for Migraine.  “Miles for Migraine is a registered 501(c)(3) Non-Profit with the mission of improving the lives of migraine patients and their families, raising public awareness about headache disorders, and helping find a cure for migraine. Miles for Migraine produces fun walk/run events, typically 2 mile walk and 5k and 10k race to raise money for migraine research. We also host youth camps for kids and teens impacted by migraine or other headache disorders.”

I made the goal of raising $300 for the 3 years I’ve been blogging and I’m happy to announce we met that goal and exceeded it!  Thank you to those who donated!  Migraine is terribly underfunded and every dollar goes a long way towards fellowship programs for training new doctors as well as research. THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

For those of you that missed the fundraiser and would like participate yourself, I have a few more opportunities for you.

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Philadelphia                October 7, 2017

Washington, DC             October 15, 2017

Virtual Race                       Anytime!

 

Keep moving!  I have more race dates coming for Runnin’ for Research in which I participated last year.  I hope you are motivated to take one step at a time and each day get a bit stronger.  As a chronic migraineur, I feel like one day I step forward, the next I’m knocked back down .  The most important thing is that I take that step forward again…..

Straight Outta Spoons and Chronic Illness

straight out of spoonsThis weekend was my birthday!  What an amazing time it was!  My best friend sent me this tank and it’s a perfect way to describe me after the celebration.

After traveling, staying out late and having (gasp!) a few celebration drinks I was Straight Outta Spoons!  I just wish I could go through an event without being totally depleted.

With this said, I’ll use my spoons on family, fun and celebrations any day!  It’s the days that I use up my spoons for doing mundane things that gets me really frustrated.

Not familiar with the Spoon Theory?

Here’s how it applies to my life and explanation on how it may applied to yours.

Thank you for all the presents, texts, calls and social media messages.  I’m so lucky to have you all in my life and looking forward to another year filled with joy and discovery.

Starting school, making friends and my hopes for my children’s future

As the school year begins, I have been thinking about my childhood a lot.  I actually have a friend who I have had since I was 5 and a neighbor that became family when I was in 4th grade.  Since then, I have gathered a great group that have made me who I am today.  My “oldest” friends are the ones who know a little piece of me that no one else knows does. They have been there since the beginning.

As the school year begins I think about how my children are starting their “beginning.”  When they go to school they hopefully will find forever friends like I did.  All too soon they will be listening to those friends more than they listen to me and that is terrifying.  Other influences will guide them through school, sports, nights out, big dances, academics and everywhere in between.

These are the people that they will laugh, cry, and grow with.  They will think that the world has ended with a break up and think that missing a party will ruin their lives forever.  They will lie to me, hide things from me, and grow in a blink of an eye.  I just pray that we have raised them well and that their choices in friends have had the same.

They are growing up in a world that is filled with so many more challenges than I ever had to face.  I think we are the first generation to say, it was easier when we grew up.  Social media didn’t run our lives.  Our bullies said it to our faces.  As cruel as it was, it wasn’t the massive amounts of people who can hide behind a screen to say words that crush someone’s soul.

Our football players fought with their fists.  Now they fight with guns.  I wasn’t fearful for my safety.  Columbine shook our lives with the unheard of massacre of many.  Now it’s a part of life that you can’t fly, go to school, the movies, work or a playground without being on high alert.

We didn’t sit at home searching the internet.  We were out riding our bikes and playing endless hours of baseball.  My neighbors watched me and an army of adults were in contact with my parents.  I was held accountable for my actions by everyone.

If I got in trouble at school, I would be sure to hear about it when I came home.  Being a teacher, my student’s parents would blame me for their child’s actions.  They had  little follow through with accountability thus raising an entitled generation with little remorse.

I trusted the teachers and coaches that I spent countless hours with to strengthen and make me a better person.  Are teachers even allowed to do that anymore, or do they just hand them standardized tests?

The only person taking pictures of me was taken by my mom to be put into a family album, not spread on the internet for the world to see.  I grew up with privacy and felt safe.  I have happy, happy memories of my adolescence but remember it not being easy.

My children’s lives will not just be uneasy, it will hands down to hard.  And as a mom I’m so worried about it all.  Right now their tiny hands fit in mine when we cross the street and I pick their play dates.

Some day they will be embarrassed of me and go places that I’m not sure exactly what that they are  doing.  At that point I will rely on the way that we have raised them and their  forever friends that they have chosen.

My babies will always be my babies and they will be thrown into a grown up world well before they will be ready.   As my daughter stands before me in her princess dress I can practically see it as a homecoming dress. I can only hope she wants a beautiful ball gown that makes her glow from the inside out instead of a skimpy dress that she feels appropriate in this overly sexualized world.

As my son runs around in his super hero shirt, I pray he will be safe and this world won’t need saving.  He thinks he can fly and has super strength.   He already has made everyone’s lives better that knows him.  I just hope his ambition and spirit never fades.

I see their innocent smiles and I just want to freeze these moments in time so I never have to see them cry.  I just want to hold them and keep them with me forever.  But I know I can’t do this.  I want and need them to find those forever friends to be something that I can’t.

I need my daughter to understand that although boys are great, every girl needs really good friends.  Men try their best to figure us out, but friends don’t need to.  They just get it!

Their friends will get them through things that really matter when they really matter.  I want them to accumulate all of the wonderful memories that I had and continue to have with my friends that I love so much.

I don’t feel old enough to say that I have friendships almost 30 years but I do.  I’m not sad about my age.  I am proud that I have achieved so much and created so many important relationships during this time.  I’m so happy that I am secure, confident, loved and stable in so many ways.

I no longer have people in my life that are unimportant and as a girl it takes a long time to be happy with yourself and I am.    Life can be so hard yet so wonderful.  I can just pray that my children find people to get through the hard parts of life that I can’t be there for and make the wonderful memories all that sweeter.

May they grow to be happy and healthy.  May they find forever friends who guide them to make good choices and as they guide others.  May they laugh and value people for who they are inside.  May they teach others while they learn so many lessons.   And please God, may they be safe!  As they leave my nest of safety I trust you will watch over them and that the good people of this world will do the same.