10 Best Things to do in NYC in 3 days

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We visited New York City in the beginning of April and it was cold and windy!  Although it was grey and wet, we managed to make the most of our trip in 3 days. I highly suggest the following 10 things……

1. Sarabeth’s

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We started our day at Sarabeth’s.  This was  recommended to us by a local New Yorker and it did not disappoint.  There are a few locations around the city and we dined in Tribeca.  I initially loved it because my name is Sarah (with an h) and my sister’s name is Beth.  It sounded like a good fit.

The ambiance was adorable, the coffee was exactly what I needed and the lemon ricotta pancakes were out of this world!!!!!  The portions were large and so delicious. We had leftovers that we passed onto a homeless man sleeping on the sidewalk.  As visitors, we didn’t need leftovers and sharing our meal felt really good!

Yum!  We left feeling good and passed along that feeling….

We picked this location so we could walk past the 9/11 memorial, stock exchange and head to Battery Park where we boarded to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  It was an easy walk with so much to see.

2. 9/11 Memorial

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This was an area I knew would be powerful.  Being in my 30s, I haven’t had many “I know exactly where I was when….” moments.  September 11, 2001 is one of them.  We all have our stories about that day but speaking with someone who was there and standing in front of the exact locations was obviously very different.

We spoke with a man outside of the survivor tree.  He was there to speak about how this resilient little tree has made it through some of New York’s devastating events.  The story evolved into his day working in the second tower on 9/11.  Time didn’t allow us to go to the museum but making a personal connection with this man and his stories about the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, 9/11 attacks, and the hurricanes was a history lesson I really felt.

3. Statue of Liberty

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Lady Liberty was someone I was looking forward to meeting.  My young children and nieces all know and askd about the Statue of Liberty.  She’s social studies 101 to all of us and I was excited to see her in person.

As we boarded the boat, it started pouring cold rain.  The grey sky doesn’t show the sheets of rain that were flowing as we walked around.  We had tickets for the grounds only.  We splashed in puddles as we took wet pictures and laughed as our umbrellas turned inside out.

If we have the opportunity to go back, I’d book tickets to the crown well in advance.  We planned our trip with short notice and would have liked to see inside.

4. Ellis Island

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After a wet time at the Statue of Liberty, we entered Ellis Island.   You could easily spend all day here reading all the information around the building.   It mapped out the fabric of our melting pot of country and really was something to see.

At this point I had a migraine, was tired, wet and ready to head back to our hotel.

5. St Patrick’s Cathedral

When we travel, we almost always find a church to visit.  “Every year, more than five million people of every different nationality and faith enter this Cathedral.”

We walked in off a bustling street to this gorgeous and harmonious cathedral.  Usually when we walk through a church it is really quiet and still.  This church happened to be filled with a high school choir singing and they blessed us all with their songs!  It was magical! As we walked around admiring the endless stained glass and details, the church felt alive, warm and welcoming.

6. Top of the Rock

Wind in my hair, I don’t care.  (For more crazy hair and New York pictures, check out my Instagram)

The day we went to the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center there were 50 mile an hour winds.  We headed up 70 floors and I literally almost fell over. *Tip: The guard told me to drop to the ground when he saw me carried by the wind.

Thankfully it didn’t rain on us that day.  I would not have loved being up there in rain, but even on a windy cloudy day, this view was impressive!

7. Rockefeller Plaza

I’ve seen Rockefeller Plaza on t.v. so many times, we had to see it.  The ice skating rink is right smack in the middle of all of these buildings.  That’s New York City.  You walk through all these building then all of a sudden a special gem is nestled among them. (I felt the same way about St. Patrick’s Cathedral.)

We went the Monday after Easter and there were beautiful flowers and twirling characters promising Spring while we walked among them in our Winter coats.

8. Times Square

 

We went to Times Square during both the day and night.  It gave a different vibe each time.  Seeing the New Year’s Eve ball was cool.  Once again, this was a place I’ve seen on t.v. for many years.  Imagining the street with wall to wall people as it is on New Year’s Eve made me a bit claustrophobic but on a Tuesday in April it provided entertaining people watching, lots of billboard watching, shopping and lunch.

9. Chelsea Market

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I originally wanted to go to Chelsea Market to see the High Line.  The High Line is an old railroad track turned attraction which boasts amazing wildlife and city views.  Unfortunately, it was too early in the year for wildlife and was a bit cold for an evening stroll.

Chelsea Market, yet again, was something to experience.  I’ll admit that I’m not a huge shopper.  Despite that, we enjoyed wandering the shops of this unique market.  We spent time in a cute book store, enjoyed the local artists creations and designs while wandering past countless food options.

10. Artichoke Pizza

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Although Chelsea Market had endless choices for food, we always end up at pizza.

I had heard about Artichoke Pizza and it was close to Chelsea Market so we stopped in and got a cute corner table.  They played great music, had a cool laid back vibe and most importantly had phenomenal pizza.  The slices were huge, filling and so good!  We had to try New York pizza and I’m so glad we tried Artichoke!

 

Overall, 3 days can’t even touch the amount of things to do in NYC.  We ate, we walked, we toured and we enjoyed!  We got rained on, blown over and saw a bit of sunshine.  I found New Yorkers to be pleasant and didn’t feel unsafe as I had been warned by so many.

It was a place with endless options, lots of energy and history.  I can see why people exclaim “I Love New York” because I loved New York.

*Tip: Be ready for weather.

 

 

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Enjoying unscented bath products to fit my sensitive smell needs with Aromafloria

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*This post contains affiliate links. My opinions are my own and I will receive compensation for my referral. I was given the unscented line for review. See disclaimer

I am highly sensitive to scent! Because of this, I am particular about bath products I use.  Fake over scented products make me sick!  I previously reviewed Aromafloria’s Muscle Soak. I love their products!  The bath products were subtle and soothed my muscles.

I keep the inhalation beads in my purse and recommend them for times when the environment is filled with trigger smells.  The inhalation beads are a quick smell for relief.

Recently I have become more interested in essential oils and mixing my own products.  Some days I enjoy a scent, other days I benefit from another oil and some days I want NO SMELL.  When I received unscented products from their mixology line I used them in a variety of ways. Simply,

  1. “Select your preferred base product.
  2. Add your preferred essential-oil blend.
  3. Mix, smell and enjoy.”

The unscented line provides so many options for so many needs.  I keep the bath & shower oil in my shower. It deeply penetrates and hydrates before I step out of the shower.   I love the salt scrub with oils to provide a spa like feeling.  The massage oil works great for my aching muscles and is perfect mixed with relaxing and healing oils.  The body butter is luscious and smooth.  I use it completely unscented and love the hydration it provides without smelly trigger perfumes.

The ability to alter these products with oils and to use scentless is such a luxury! If you or a loved one is sensitive to smell, I highly recommend these products!

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Migraine Magick giveaway, review and discount code for Migraine natural spray

I was sent a bottle of Migraine Magick and roller to review* and have partnered with them to give away a bottle to one lucky winner!  I always have a roller of essential oils in my purse to use on my temples, forehead, neck, and wrists so I knew the roller would be handy. The roller is great for on the go but I really love the spray at home.

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What is Migraine Magick?

According to Lisa, owner and creator, it is “An integrative approach to self care, The Magick Brand™ bridges elements of ancient eastern medicines with the latest in western technology, infused with energy through precious minerals and gemstones….

The Magick Brand™ incorporates principles of eastern medicine focused on balancing energy within the mind, body and soul as fundamental to nurturing energy and well-being. Combined with the latest advances in biotechnology, quantum physics and frequency, the results provide an unparalleled synergy which noticeably transforms your body, mind and soul with each use.”

I will be honest in saying, I’m not sure how crystals work and how they balance or nurture the body. I tend to be a bit skeptical about gemstones healing me, but when I’m in chronic pain, I tend to be a bit more open towards options. I like the idea of stones and crystals and they are pretty but I haven’t been sure on how or if they can help.

I’ve been using the spray now for a few weeks and find it to be refreshing and light.  I love the spray because I spray my whole face.  With essential oils, I rub a specific pressure or pain point with the roller.  I like the spray because I can spray and treat my whole face. I get pain behind my eyes, temples, jaw, forehead, neck, shoulders and back of the head. I also spray my stomach when I’m nauseous and like it for treating the larger area. The spray can widely treat the pain areas without burning or too strong of smell all over.

Migraine Magick isn’t a “burning” type muscle rub.  I try a lot of different oils and rubs and this one isn’t strong smelling or burning (a slight tingle sometimes though).  I typically reach for it as I walk out the door with a raising headache, migraine or stressful day ahead of me.  I spray my face, neck and saturate my skin in Migraine Magick. It seems to be a product I keep reaching for.  It relaxes me and subtly soothes my wide spread pain without smelling like menthol.

The downfall is, Migraine Magick is a bit expensive.  With all the things I try, how do I know it will work for me and be worth the investment?  Well, I don’t know.  The only advice I can say is, try it!

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*Remember that there is no cure for Migraine.  The products I try often help relieve symptoms but do not make the Migraine “go away”.  I use products in my everyday life and at my own risk.  This post contains affiliate links but my opinions are my own.  Consult a doctor if you have any questions and good luck on your journey to finding relief.

Migraine glasses and coupon code for light sensitivity help

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For those of you looking for glasses to help with photophobia, light sensitivity and migraine triggers, I highly recommend Axon Optics!  I have been wearing Axon Optics for several years now.  With all the reviews I have done, Axon Optics are one of my favorites.  They are my favorite because I need and wear them often.

Because of my love for them, there are *affiliate links in this post. I will be rewarded with a small commission and you, hopefully, will be rewarded with eye strain and migraine relief. I really benefit from their glasses and recommend them without being influenced. I am not a doctor so please refer to your doctor or optometrist for concerns. See *disclaimer for more details.

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I wear both indoor and outdoor glasses.  They are beneficial in their own ways. Axon Optics uses FL-41 tint that has been proven to help with conditions associated with light sensitivity. “It successfully blocks the distressing portion of the light spectrum, which bothers light sensitive people and causes cumulative eye damage over a lifetime.”

Where I wear them:

  • Outside
    • sunny days, cloudy days, rainy days, bright snowy days (all weather!)
  • nside
    • shopping, at home, at work, at sporting events (any where with fluorescent lights)

Basically, I wear them everywhere.  I keep my indoor pair in my purse for all events and keep my outdoor ones in my car.

Additionally, Axon Optics has amazing customer service.  They can and will answer your questions immediately. They want you to get exactly what you need for your specific needs!  They are a company that wants to help and they do!

They are so generous that they are offering MyMigraineLife readers a coupon code to use for yourself or a gift for a loved one.  Order them today, I think you’ll love them!

Use coupon code at checkout: MIGRAINELIFE for 10% off now until Dec. 16

Organic Aromas diffuser and essential oil for migraine, relaxation and a peaceful home

 

*This post contains affiliate links while the diffuser and oils were given to me as a product review. I am not a doctor and am giving my honest opinion. To learn more see disclaimer

 I previously reviewed the Elements Premium Essential Oil Blends and Raindrop diffuser I use them in my bedroom throughout the day and night. I love them so much, I had to add them to my Top gifts for Migraine, Chronic Illness and those in need of Self Care.

I now have a diffuser and oils to use in my main living space also. I  received* the Radiance diffuser and Master Aromatherapist kit and it has been a gift my whole family enjoys.  The interesting thing about having Chronic Migraine is that smells are very personal and a constantly evolving sense.  Some days I diffuse oils for an extended amount of time and other days I can’t stand any smell in my home.  Some days I like mixed oils and others I like them pure.  This is why the Master Aromatherapist kit works so well for me. It “features some of the best, most important and versatile pure essential oils, certified organic oils and four artisanally-crafted essential oil blends found nowhere else.”  It’s perfect for all of my needs while providing a beautiful box to hold my essentials oils and future bottles I purchase.

The Radiance diffuser is beautiful! It blends perfectly with my décor. Organic Aromas diffusers use “Bernoulli’s principle” which is a nebulizer requiring no heat and no water.  The diffuser comes with built-in “touch sensor” light switch that allows you to turn the LED light on or off with a simple brush of your finger whenever you wish.  This is great for the days I can’t stand any light.  It also has usage cycles of 2 minutes On, and 1 minute Off with auto Shut-off after 120 minutes. I also enjoy the feature that allows personalization of “volume” which gives me control over how much I diffuse.  A little oil goes a long way and each day I require different oils, amounts of oils diffused, and amounts of light and duration of oils being diffused.  With my variety of needs, Organic Aromas diffusers and oils allow me to choose what is best for each situation.

Along with making handmade aromatherapy diffusers using specialty glass and high quality wood, there are numerous varieties, shapes, colors and sizes of essential oil diffusers to choose from. The certified oils and kits are organic essential oils and blends made with the finest quality plants, flowers, tree barks and other natural materials.  The people at Organic Aromas are founded on “the principles of hard work, innovation and the genuine care for the well-being of our customers.”

 

Top 10 Gifts for Migraine, Chronic Illness and Self Care

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1.Fight your migraine and step into the light with Axon Optics glasses.

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Natural Relief“Axon Optics’ therapeutic lenses help over 90% of customers achieve some level of relief. Most migraine sufferers who have worn Axon Eye wear to treat their light sensitivity have found them to be highly effective, with some sufferers reporting more migraine relief than others. ” See  Review

2. Headache Hat Cold Therapy

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“The Headache Hat is a unique, wearable ice pack for migraine headaches and more. ” If you benefit from cold therapy, aka ever need an ice pack, this is the product for you! I LOVE Headache Hat and it has helped me so much! See Review

3. Organic Aromas— Aromatherapy

“Quiet and effective nebulizing essential oil diffuser for professional aromatherapy.”   Diffusing oils is an easy way to calm and change mood.  Oils can be used in countless ways and combinations. See Review

4. Sensacalm– Sensory integration therapy (touch)

“Custom weighted blankets and other products (that) can be therapeutic for anyone with Anxiety, Insomnia, Autism, ADHD, PTSD and sensory processing disorders.” Laying under a weighted blanket helps ease discomfort and provides relief.

5. Migraine Magick-“Super electrolyte spray-on migraine pain transformer

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“The Magick Brand™ incorporates principles of eastern medicine focused on balancing energy within the mind, body and soul as fundamental to nurturing energy and well-being. ” I use this spray on my shoulders, neck and face to relieve pain.

6. Aromafloria-Aromatherapy (unscented products)


Inline Rectangle“Aromatherapy products both smell luscious and are highly effective through the use of pure essential oils, therapeutic herbs, exotic botanical extracts, vitamins and minerals from around the world.” These unscented products can be mixed with your personal preference of essential oil or left completely smell less.

7. Original Sprout-“Organic Vegan hair care, bath, and styling products for the entire Family” Low fumes and chemicals

$10 off your order now!

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“Clean, non-toxic, all natural hair and skin products that every parent can be proud to use on their entire family.”  I am sensitive to smelly hair products and the organic extracts are gentle and natural. See Review

8. Om-Self care packages, products and information

Use code MyMigraineLife for 30%off Zen Nectar

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“The Community provides holistic support to  reduce the frequency & severity of migraines for people around the world, with the fundamental belief that healing starts with self love. ” See Review

9. EnviroKlenz-Allergy relief

“Effectively eliminate odors and chemical pollutants from indoor air spaces, surface and laundry” Allergies are a common migraine and headache trigger. This may not be the most glamorous gift but I’d rather get a gift I can use and will make me healthier than something not useful. See Review

10. Barometer or Weather prediction device

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 See how Weather hurts

Good luck for find what fits you and your loved ones life. To health and happiness!

Happy Shopping!

*These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

How Disney World switched to Original Sprout products that reduced Migraine triggers and headaches

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*This post contains affiliate links. My referrals are my own opinion. I only recommend things I truly love and use for myself and family. I was given products as a review. See disclaimer for more

Recently, I went to Disney World with my family.  I love Disney World!  My family, the adventures, the magic and the fun.  It all was a dream come true.

After my last experience at the boutique that turns my daughter into a princess, I feared the hair spray smell. The last time we went, the lights were really bright.  Beyond the lights was the smell.  Oooooooooh the smell.  I had started my day with a migraine. Standing in air that was saturated with strong hair spray made me really sick!

This time, I was prepared.  I had my Axon Optics in my purse and wore a scarf that I sprayed with my favorite essential oil to cover my nose.  As we were called back and I entered the room, I was confused.  Where was the smell?

As we settled in, I asked our fair Godmother what was different. The air was breathable without trigger and I felt much more relaxed.  The answer was Original Sprout.  She then explained to me how their last hair spray was so stiff that it was giving little girls headaches.  My ears perked up when she said the word “headache” because I live to prevent headaches in my family.

Disney World switched to Original Sprout products to give the little girls a more natural and less stiff hairstyle.  I was so impressed with their response to give families a “soft, strong, healthy hold” that provides thicker luscious locks all day & night. The Natural Finishing Mist is “for all hair types & textures with organic extracts & plant proteins to help strengthen & smooth.”  The soothing organic extracts made a huge difference as a migraine trigger and breathable air.

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The experience was so much more enjoyable with using Original Sprout products.  Thank you to Disney World for making the responsible switch to Original Sprout and thank you to Original Sprout for the products to try after falling in love with your line.

Want to try Original Sprout for yourself and children?

Use this link for $10 off your purchase