ChronicAlly Box for Migraine Awareness Month

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Here’s your opportunity to treat yourself to a box made just for migraine sufferers!

I am an affiliate of ChronicAlly Box which means if you purchase a box I will receive a small compensation for my recommendation.  Thank you!  I am pleased to tell you about this fabulous box made just for Migraine Awareness Month!

 

What is ChronicAlly Box?

“The FIRST ever Chronic Illness Woman & Girl’s Health & Beauty Subscription Box. We’re so glad that you’re here! Have a look around and pick out your favorite subscription! If you’re here buying a gift for a chronically chic loved one, be sure to check out our Gift Bar! Sign up for our mailing list to receive an email including a code to get 10% off for life!”

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“To celebrate & keep the Migraine Awareness going, ChronicAlly Box will be curating a LIMITED EDITION Migraine Awareness Box for July’s Delivery! We will be taking Migraine Box orders now until June 20th!”

“Purchase off of The Gift Bar, or if you already have a subscription, email us at info@chronicallybox.com, and specify that you want your July CAB to be this LIMITED EDITION Migraine ChronicAlly Box!”

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I reviewed a box for ChronicAlly and really loved it!!!  I’ve now purchased a Migraine Awareness Box and can’t wait to receive it in July.

 

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Barre3; yoga, Pilates, ballet, exercise and stretch for Migraine help

IMG_5400Many people ask me what I do for exercise while suffering with chronic migraines.  The real answer is that if my migraine is above a 7 I can barely do anything.  I do, however, try to move my body and workout preventatively to provide faster recovery and better overall health when I can.

As a teenager I was a three sport athlete.  Although I learned countless lessons from being on a team, as an adult I am not serving a volleyball, running bases, or shooting a 3 pointer in my everyday life.  My reason for working out was to win and now it’s to be healthier.

When I found Barre3, I found a new way of looking at fitness and my body.  Barre3 is a combination of Pilates, yoga, and ballet.  It focuses on functional movement.  They say that your workout should carry you throughout the day making you taller and brighter.  It is a one hour (or less) workout that prepares you for the other 23 hours of your day.  It encourages you to honor your body and is noncompetitive.  Some days I feel great and push myself while other days I’m sick and go as a distraction and way to loosen up.  I once had an instructor say, “Even if you come and sit in child’s pose the whole time, you showed up and are doing what feels good to you.”  Exercise can trigger or make me feel better so having the mind set to listen to my body is good.  I am honoring my mind and body and if pushing myself hurts I stop.  If it feels good, I push harder.

The movements that I have found that help the most with my migraines are the stretches.  I know stretches and yoga help but I have not been in the habit of doing so until now.  The neck stretches are priceless to my muscle tension.  We also do twists that provide detoxification and gently massages the organs.  When I first started going I was shocked at how inflexible I was and how I saw an improvement in my mobility.

My studio, Barre3 Legacy, is celebrating their anniversary of opening.  I started the week it opened and never looked back.  The instructors and owner are amazing!  They are strong, inspiring, kind, mothers and women who love to spread the message of Barre3.  My son loves their child care and asks when he can go back which motivates me.  It is a clean place filled with positivity.  The studio is bright and I have found my spot in the front away from the windows and glare.  They also turn off the lights while doing floor work and have fans that help me from overheating.  Most of the instructors know I suffer from intense migraines and ask at the beginning of class about issues they need to be aware of to make accommodations to each client.

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This sign is in the bathroom.  I wish it was everywhere for those of us who are triggered by scents

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In January, a challenge was made to do 4 1-hour classes, one recipe, and one at home 10 minute workout a week.  I was unable to do all of it, but once again made it my own.  As a studio member I hadn’t looked much at the online workouts or recipes.  When I did, I loved the nutritional approach of the team which aligns with how I eat to help with my migraines.  It is clean real food that doesn’t lack in flavor and I feel good about serving my family.  

I loved the 10 minute workouts which I had not tried before.  My daughter walked in when I was doing one and Sadie (the founder) said that the workout was to “feel good in your own skin.”  A smile spread across my face as she said it because THAT is the lesson I want my daughter to hear.  I don’t want her hearing skinny and fat.  I want her hearing words of health and feeling good about herself without comparison to others.  I know that teaching her about how food and exercise make her feel instead of how she looks will set her up for a positive lifelong vision of herself.  I am just now learning these lessons and it’s hard to change my mentality growing up in a skinny, low carb/fat/calorie everything world.  I hope that by teaching her these lessons now she will not face the self-criticism that most girls grow up with and see her strengths as beauty and wellness.  If only every girl could see themselves through their mother’s eyes!

Along with the 10 minute workouts there are various workout times and focuses that I can do at home.  I plan on doing more at home when I’m feeling too sick to go to the studio.  The challenge opened my eyes to the recipes and at home workouts which I know will be helpful on difficult days.

Migraines are SO difficult to live with and weight issues arise with medication, being sedentary, and craving sugary food.  They dictate my life and everything in it.  I try to focus on finding what makes me feel better and dropping the guilt about not being the athlete I used to be and competitor that has faded.   Doing the best I can, when I can is how I look at it now.  I fail at my diet daily.   I have days I can’t move and that’s ok.  I’m just trying to better myself and that’s all I can do.

 

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Owner, Liz Ferrante and I after an amazing class!

*I am not sponsored or endorsed by Barre3 in any way.  This post is meant to celebrate Barre3 Legacy’s anniversary, to share my Barre3 story and inspire you to find what makes you feel good in your skin.

Chronically Box review for chronic illness health and beauty

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If you haven’t guessed by now, I love to try products that make me feel good?  Why?  Because I suffer and don’t feel well daily.   Why not fill my life with things that make me better?  I like getting mail that’s not bills.  I like using things that aren’t medication.  I like treating myself with love when I often times give so much to others that there is little left for me.

In comes ChronicAlly box…….

I was given a box of “allies” to review.  My opinion has not been influenced in any way. The post contains an affiliate which will notify ChronicAlly of my referral.

What is ChronicAlly box subscription?

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 The original Chronic Illness Woman’s Health and Beauty subscription box, ChronicAlly Box, contains lavish and necessary products for the Chronically Chic Woman’s life. Every month, you can expect a treasure box full of 3-6 full sized health and beauty products to make your beauty routine possible in a pinch, with little effort. Health products for your body and mind, giving you the ability to unwind.”

 

There are lots of options to fit your needs.  “ChronicAlly Box contains more products and has a higher value of total products than the ChronicAlly Treat Box. The ChronicAlly Box contains 4-6 full sized products. ChronicAlly Treat Box contains at least 3 full sized/treat sized products, but product quantities vary depending on the cost of each product in the box.”

I really love the idea of treating myself.  Mentally, it’s important.  Physically, it’s important.  Emotionally, it’s important.  I spend so much time and money on my children and feel somewhat guilty spending money on myself sometimes.  Well, this is the year I’m giving up guilt.

My children are better off with a healthy happy mom.  I can’t always be healthy with my migraines, but I can be kinder to myself which helps everyone.  I’m happy when they are happy and they feel the same.  I treat them often, why am I not treating myself?  The boxes are great as gifts to those who need a few “allies.”  So weather it’s for you, a friend, or someone you know who loves to be pampered…this is the box for you (and me!) 

Check out ChronicAlly Box and let me know what you think!

Here’s somethings that I got in the November basket

 

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?

Organic Aromas oil and diffuser review

Affiliate disclosure: Some of the links on this blog are affiliate links.  This means if you click on the link and purchase I will receive affiliate commission.

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….

Morning:

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.

Afternoon:

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.

Bedtime:

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.

Organic Aromas is doing a GIVEAWAY, enter today to get oils and purchase the diffuser to breathe the luxury!

20% Off Organic Aromas Raindrop Diffuser

Runnin’ for Research: headache and migraine disorders 2016

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http://www.runnin4research.org/index.html

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. https://mymigrainelife.wordpress.com/2015/10/09/running-for-research-and-icing/

“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.” http://www.runnin4research.org/about-r4r.html

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

How you can participate:

http://www.runnin4research.org/upcoming-races.html

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!!!

Disney World. The bad

I think it’s easy to take your health for granted. Remember that your health and the health of your children is precious! Don’t sweat the small stuff and enjoy life the best you can. You never know when things will change!

My Migraine Life

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Every good side has a bad side. I was happily surprised that I saw little bad while I visited Disney World.  The bad thing that I did see was ungrateful people.  My experience with meditation didn’t go well but something I find easy and beneficial to do every day is to show gratitude.  It comes easily being I have a disease that keeps me in a cold dark room and even the littlest bit of relief allows me to be grateful.  I also was a special education teacher for children with severe needs.   I can tell you that when you’ve worked with a child that is severely Autistic or is multiply handicapped you see the world in a different way.  So here’s the bad about Disney World….ungrateful adults.  I have always been able to work with difficult children because of the reminder that they don’t know any better.  I don’t give…

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