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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Is Food a Migraine Trigger, Symptom or Craving?

Food is such a tricky thing to navigate with Migraine disease.  It is a trigger and I feel sick often when I eat a meal due to hidden triggers.  I’m often times nauseous during the day yet get sick if I don’t eat every few hours. I also crave foods as a symptom of an on coming Migraine.  It’s a constant struggle of how to eat food to nourish my body yet my body craves foods it won’t react well to or needs.

Here’s my story of how it reacts when it is having cravings prior to a Migraine:

Do you crave food before a Migraine?  Yes, sugar! Carbs!YES!YES!YES!

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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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Sprinly vegan food delivery review and coupon code!

 

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This post contains an affiliate link and code. see disclaimer

 

If you read my Holiday gift guide, you may remember me mentioning Sprinly as a source for healthy food.   I thought I’d share my experience with Sprinly and how they are helping Clevelanders and surrounding communities “live and maintain a healthier, happier lifestyle.  [They] have nutritionists that work together to provide you with delicious, honestly nutritious meals in the most convenient way.”

Sprinly is a plant-based food delivery service that provides fully prepared organic vegan meals. I have purchased food delivery services before and found them to be good but still some work on my part.  With other meal deliveries, I still had to do the work chopping and cleaning and getting my dishes dirty.  What I like about Sprinly is, it’s already done!  Lunch is grab and go, dinner is ready and there is no clean up.  The menu is customizable and the meal plans are flexible to meet different needs.  You can pause at any time and resume when ready.

Sprinly “aim[s] to inspire others to live healthier and eat more vegetables, and partner with mission driven non-profits who share similar values.” They “are building a team where everyone is working towards a common goal to create something greater for the health of our country.”

The meals I ate were delicious, a big portion, in a reusable bag and beautiful looking. I love the vast colors and knowing I’m “eating the rainbow” while getting such quality food into my diet.

Sprinly delivers within 30 miles of Cleveland including Akron

If you don’t live in the area, do some research on local places to order food around you. I think it’s a nice option for those weeks where you need some extra help (and spoons).  Quality food will make for a more quality feeling body which is what I need.  I crave junk food during my migraines and eat horrible before and after an attack.  Having Sprinly in my refrigerator ready to grab was a great way to eat when I otherwise wouldn’t have made a healthy choice.  Eating good feels good!

Thank you Sprinly for you great food, amazing attitude towards health and inspiration to be part of a community that wants to help….one meal at a time.

Thinking about trying Sprinly?  Use code REF7LVIUO2MLV for $20 off!!!

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Happy New Year and “Resolutions” for my Migraines and Health

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Welcome to 2017!!!  My son spent Christmas with the flu and I spent New Year’s Eve and New Year Day the same way.  Ugh.  Happy New Year.  We have all recovered, I’ve sterilized my house and I’m ready to move on.

Do you believe in resolutions?  I looked up what a resolution is and found a few definitions.  The one that struck me was, “the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter….the disappearance of inflammation, or of any other symptom or condition.” (according to my Siri dictionary)

In the past few months I have been investigating my health a bit more with different doctors and therapies.  With this, I believe inflammation is a major problem as far as migraine trigger, intensity, frequency, and longevity.  This year I’m hoping to reduce my inflammation.  I’ll post about my new doctors and discoveries soon!

This year, I will be looking more closely at my diet and ways to calm my body.  For the next few weeks, I hope to inspire you and motivate myself to eat less inflammatory foods and do more gentle exercises that make my body feel good.  I’m not looking at calories, I’m not looking at weight loss, I’m not looking at intense crazy workouts.  I’m talking about being gentle on myself and making me feel better!!!!  The looks would be an added bonus, the goal is better health.

If you have recipes, workouts that make you feel good, or ways to decrease inflammation, I’d love to hear.  If you have apps you love, programs you follow, or products you recommend, I’d love to look at those also.  This year is about working together, taking advice and making it mine, and having some accountability to what I’m putting in my body, on my body, and how I’m moving my body.

 Make my blog your support.  Teamwork!  Try what I’m trying, comment on what you are doing and check in.   We can do this.  I want 2017 to be the year I learned something new about myself and made it better!

What’s your “resolution?”

What to Buy a Migraine Suffer

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This post contains affiliate links. I may receive a small commission for my referral but my opinions are my own. disclaimer

Migraine, Chronic Illness and Self Care Wish List

Self Care is so important!  Whether you suffer from migraines, another illness, or just need a little TLC, this guide is for you.  Treat yourself,  a loved one and try something that will hopefully make you or them feel better; mind, body and soul!  All of these products I use and love to treat My Migraine Life in a preventative and restorative way.  I hope you enjoy!

Sprinly

Vegan food delivery (Cleveland and Akron areas)

Use code:  REF7LVIUO2MLV for $20 off!!! 

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Work out apparel

Use code: Sarah15 for discount!!!

 

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Axon Optics

Migraine glasses

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Headache Hat

Ice therapy hat or headband…My all time favorite product!!!!

Use code: MYML for discount!!!

 

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Organic Aromas

Diffuser and essential oils

 

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Gift box

Use code: ZenHoliday30 (30%off Zen Nectar)

OmHoliday15 (15% purchase) 

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Theraspecs

Migraine glasses

 

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Aromafloria  

Aromatherapy bath products and smelling beads

 

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Subscription gift box

 

I will be posting REVIEWS, DISCOUNTS, and GIVEAWAYS throughout the month.  Some reviews may contain affiliate links and ALL of them I use and only recommend because they help me in My Migraine Life journey!!!  Stay tuned via facebook, twitter, Instagram and pinterest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will be posting reviews, DISCOUNTS, and GIVEAWAYS throughout the month.  Some reviews may contain affiliate links and ALL of them I use and only recommend because they help me in My Migraine Life journey!!!  Stay tuned via facebook, twitter, Instagram and pinterest

Monday Munchies and Meals: Pumpkin shake

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Today was a quick and easy pumpkin shake!  I have to say….it was great but I’m not a pumpkin everything type girl.  A festive drink or snack are enough for me.  The shake I ended up making turned out pretty thick.  It was satisfying, healthy and a great afternoon pick me up.  It tasted like pumpkin pie and was really filling.

I don’t have the measurements for this one since I just made it up from what I had.  I am usually a throw a dash of this and that type cook, so feel free to experiment with what you have.

 

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pumpkin puree

vanilla protein

almond milk

pumpkin spice

cinnamon

pecans

ice

Blend until smooth.  I added a little extra water once I blended it because it was too thick

 

What is your favorite pumpkin meal or snack that you can’t get enough of?  Are you a pumpkin everything person?