February, the Month for Extra Self-Care and Love


November I focus on all the people and things I’m grateful for.

December I focus on all the wonderful products I love to give to others.

January I focus on recovering from December and making small obtainable resolutions.

February I focus on Self-Care….it’s a month filled with sickness, hibernation, love/Valentine’s, and a whole lot of much needed self care.

Why am I starting my Self Care Series a week late? Did you read the last sentence?  Sickness!  My house has been struck by the flu for my husband, my sweet boy (Who is a whole hand now!) and myself.  Everyone gets the flu but I was struck by a 2 day migraine to follow and a week later I’m crawling out of bed.

The purpose of my self care series is to make myself a priority each day in a small but significant way.  Some things I make and use products for, other things are simple, quick and free.  The point is to make the conscious effort to stop, breathe, and focus on just one small thing each day.  My hope is that all of these small things  will accumulate and make a big difference if not physically but mentally.

I find that just by saying to myself “You need this today.  You are taking the time to give it to yourself.” is powerful.  It may be something I do everyday but making the mental note to slow down and relish in it is what I want my focus on.

Being present in each self care act is important.  Follow along and try to do something for yourself each day this month.  Maybe it will flow over to March and become part of your lifestyle.  Maybe, like me, you have plans but are knocked down.  My advice is, get up when you can and take care.  That’s what I’m doing! I’ll do my best and that’s all you should ask of yourself.

What Self-Care things do you do?

Follow along and see what I have planned (I may even have a giveaway as a gift for taking extra care this month).  I’d love to add your ideas to my list and we can help each other help ourselves 🙂



Miles for Migraine fundraiser walk/run 2018 race series


I have some exciting news!!!  Miles for Migraine has announced that they have expanded their race/walk cities throughout the U.S. in 2018.  For those of you that have been following along, I have been involved in Miles for Migraine virtually and am a proud fundraiser for them!  Check out how

What does Miles for Migraine* do?

“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.”*

Race Series 2018

Saturday February 17, 2018

*Get ready Cincinatti friends!  I’m so excited to be able to walk with my family for Miles for Migraine in person for the first time.  I’ve walked for so many charities over the years and am so proud to be walking for my own this year!! Join and walk with us!

Walk, Run & Virtual

**I’m super psyched about a walk/run in Cleveland! I’m hoping to bring a hometown team together to walk in Cleveland.  Stay posted if you are interested….

Saturday April 21, 2018
Walk, Run & Virtual

Saturday April 14, 2018
Walk, Run & Virtual

Sunday May 13, 2018
Walk, Run & Virtual

Saturday October 6, 2018
Walk, Run & Virtual

2018 date coming soon
Walk, Run & Virtual

Saturday, July 28, 2018
Walk, Run & Virtual

Anytime-Virtual fundraiser

The best part of virtually participating is that you can do what you can, when you can, how you can, where you can.  Whatever your efforts, thank you!

“Money raised through donations and race registrations goes directly to medical organizations researching migraine.”*

Having Small Children and Migraine

Today is my baby’s 5th birthday!  He tells me, “It’s easy Mom, a whole hand!” and throws his little fingers out.  This Superman is my heart.

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Now that my baby is a whole hand and thinking about Kindergarten, how can I not reflect on how far we’ve come?  I have a lot of people ask me questions about being a mom of young ones, pregnancy, being a stay at home mom, and how I have managed all of those things while battling migraines, and all the craziness that comes with it.  I’ve had people tell me they have considered not having children because of it.  These events are hard enough but adding health issues into them makes these life events a whole lot more twisted.

It brings up so many emotions on how hard it was being pregnant, having a baby, and living a migraine life.  As with everything, both pregnancies were different, both births and babies were different and migraine life was extremely different.

I can say I never considered not being a mom.  I was meant to be a mom.  In my mind, body and soul, I was meant to be someone’s mom (cue the tears).  My heart beats for my children.  Being a mom is the best thing that has ever happened to me and the best thing that ever will.  I feel these seconds, days, months fly by.  At the same time each second seems hard, crazy, and isn’t it nap time yet?  I look back at how wonderful it was and then really think back at how hard it was.  Like, REALLY hard, in SO many ways.  Yet so very magical, precious and fleeting.

People told me that having little one’s was the hardest time with Migraine.  Isn’t having little one’s the hardest part of most people’s lives?  At the same time, there’s no way of knowing, but I have a feeling that when I look back on my life, I will see these as the days of my life.  (If you are a Days of Our Lives watcher read the last line in the dramatic voice.)  Like sand through the hourglass……

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my birthday boy.  To know him is to love him.  Truly!  His smile is contagious, his stories make me laugh, he tells me “I love you” all day long and gives the best hugs.

A whole hand now!  How does time go so fast?

Best My Migraine Life posts of 2017

Here’s a few of the most popular posts from 2017.  If it’s cold where you are, it’s a good time to cuddle up and catch up on some reading.

How we doctor my dog and she doctors me

This is going to be a short and sweet post. I’ve been sick since Christmas and my brain is feeling less than creative. In fact it’s down right stuffy, pained, exhausted, a bit sad, stressed and frustrated.

So I thought I’d share a fur baby and girl baby story that I think many of you will appreciate….

As I sat with a sinus infection, while experiencing side effects from new meds and my son being sick with constant meltdowns I watched my daughter “doctor up” my dog yesterday.

All she wanted from Santa was a pet vet clinic, she loves animals! I watched my dog wait in the waiting room (yes, that’s my SensaCalm weighted blanket on the couch that I have been hibernating under while I’m sick! Affiliate link)

Then she was seen by the doctor

That evening I missed a big traditional family dinner. As I sat in my dark room, my dog held my hand and kept me company for hours.

The head pain of Migraine is really extreme! All of the other things really suck! And there are a lot of other things (body aches, nausea, cold hands/feet/nose, etc)! One of the hardest things is being alone and missing out though! It’s really hard!

My dog is more than a dog, especially during these times. She is my sanity and a soul that is literally by my side during dark times. Anyone who has cried holding their pet can understand the depths of this bond.

I’m so proud that my daughter is such an avid animal lover. She gives and receives love in the biggest way and has the biggest heart. Seeing her show the love and compassion that my dog shows is something really special! ❤️❤️

Anyone else spending extra time with their fur baby being sick this Winter break?

Am I the only one fighting being sick while having sick children?

Top 10 Gifts for Migraine, Chronic Illness and Self Care

Top gifts for Migraine, Chronic Illness and those in need of Self Care. (1)

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

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

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


“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

Use coupon  code mymigrainelife for $22 off an order through you.

“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!


“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

Zen Nectar Migraine Relief #zennectar

“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


 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.

Thankful list 2017 On My Migraine Life


Thank you to those who showed gratitude in November on My Migraine Life.  I am so thankful to have a community of supporters and those I can support throughout the year.  We may suffer a lot but we appreciate the things in life that make us better.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!  May it be filled with health, gratitude, and many blessings!

Here are some comments you made:

  1. “Thankful for friends, family, a safe place to live and ability to pay my bills.
  2. For this group.
  3. Thankful for modern medicine
  4. Laughter
  5. I live for the pain-free moments of laughter with family and friends!!
  6. When pain level is low enough to be functional
  7. I am thankful that I am able to still keep a job that I love and be a good mommy to my kids
  8. Thankful for my family, my jobs, and my animals!
  9. I am so thankful for my amazing husband who allows me to tag out when I need to lay down and take care of myself. And for his willingness to work past exhaustion to take care of me and our family when I cannot “pull my weight” during times of pain.
  10. I’m thankful for my amazing and supportive husband. I’m also thankful for the awesome support system I have at work! Without my husband and my work family my life would be awful.
  11. I’m thankful for my amazing husband and children who support me every single day and for my beautiful family of migraine warriors!
  12. I am thankful for your blog! I do not like having “this thing” in common with anyone….but am thankful that you can put into words what I often can’t…or won’t.
  13. I am thankful to live in a city of doctors and options.
  14. I am thankful for a long list of relatives that share in our unfortunate disease, but not all at such a high level.
  15. I am thankful for my husband, who from day one has understood me, and what the future holds with my health, and has never flinched, never questioned, never judged.
  16. I am thankful for my children, good lord are they a blessing, God’s greatest gift to me by far.
  17. I am thankful for my energetic children, who give me a reason to muddle through my painful fog, even though sometimes I’d rather hide in bed.
  18. I want to thank My Migraine Life for your post on being a mom with a migraine.  You are right it takes a village to raise a kid.  That’s why God gave us the ability to ask for help.   But reading that other moms felt like I did was wonderful.  So thank you and I pray that your message touches other people like it did me.
  19. I feel blessed in many ways and could write a very long list, but the big one I will share is that I am thankful my migraines and headaches are not as frequent as so many others who have to deal with them so regularly.  Because I know how painful and debilitating from life they are, I am amazed at the strength that you and so many others have in not only “getting through the day” but kicking ass doing it.
  20. I woke up today, I’m thankful for that.
  21. I’m thankful to be finding community here, too. I’ve struggled with migraines for years, tried a variety of meds and elimination diets without very good results. It’s so helpful to find understanding, optimistic peers! I’m looking into a headache hat and a new pair of glasses this month, thanks to you!
  22. I am thankful for so many things I can’t name them all, so I am very thankful & although I may not have the best of everything I am blessed
  23. Thank you for this post.
  24. I am thankful for my wonderful husband who puts up with a house that’s not always clean, listens to me when I’m frustrated with doctors or treatments that don’t work, and doesn’t care that I don’t cook (lol).
  25. I’m thankful for my two grown children and 6 beautiful grandchildren.
  26. I’m thankful that I have two best buddy dogs that snuggle when I need it and keep me entertained when I’m stuck in my house for days on end.
  27. I’m thankful I woke up today even though the moment I woke up my headache knocked on my brain.
  28. I’m thankful for communities like this one that is a place of kindness and support.
  29. I’m thankful for today despite the challenges.
  30. I’m thankful for people like you that make me feel less alone in this struggle with chronic headaches.
  31. Like others have already said – I’m thankful for finding your blog, and this post especially.
  32. Love reading this blog and hearing how inspiring you are. “

Thank you to all who chose to take time out of your day to give thanks and share with My Migraine Life community.  I am inspired by all your kind words and strive to make this blog the community, support system, and positive place it is.  Migraines are painful, being a mom is overwhelming and life is chaotic.  May we all find strength and take each day at a time hopefully towards health and happiness!

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends!!!