Yoga pants, being a mom and sporting my pretty (in Nina B Roze)

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I need clothes that make me feel good and look good while living a dirty busy active life.  Here comes the exciting news!  I have been asked to be a Nina B. Roze ambassador!!!  This post for Nina B Roze contains an affiliate link. I will be  compensated if you choose to buy and use the coupon code but all opinions remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. Check out her amazing apparel here.  Use the code Sarah15 for 20% off your order.

I feel like there is a stigma about moms in yoga pants.  I’m not new to stigma being a migraine sufferer so whatever.  I wear yoga pants when I’m not in yoga and I say it loud and proud.  Yes, I pick my daughter up from school, then go to the grocery store and maybe Target.  I’m the stereotypical stay at home mom holding down a household, a family and putting my looks low on my list.  But why do I need to dress up to avoid judgmental looks or feel “pretty”?  Here’s why I wear athletic gear when I’m not being athletic.

1.        My kids

Example:  I’m washing lunch dishes, “Excuse me, did you just wipe your mouth on my leg when you walked by?”

 “No mom, I blew my nose.” 

Dry clean only clothes aren’t good with boogers or any other bodily fluids that I am exposed to every day.

Example 2:  I play Barbies, trucks, puzzles, and more on the floor.  I need clothes that don’t allow my booty to hang out.  My clothes need to move since I move.  I’m not sitting at a desk, I’m climbing playground equipment, riding bikes and getting dirty.

Example 3:  I’m sorry to say it, but I’ve had two children and it’s more comfortable to be in clothes that stretch.  I don’t want to feel disappointed every day because I can’t fit into clothes that don’t fit or look the way they used to.  I want to wear what’s comfortable and not be restricted by jeans that are too tight or a top that might creep up and show my stomach.  I need comfort, wash ability, and something that inspires me to work out.

2.       Work out inspiration

If I’m ready to go workout, I’m more likely to do it.  If I’m wearing makeup and look nice, the chances of me trying to fit in a workout are less likely.  If I’m dressed and ready to go, I’m more likely to find 20 minutes in my day to do something.  If I have a chance to walk around the block to clear my mind by myself I’m taking it and I don’t have time to spare.  A bit dramatic, but you get what I mean.

 3. My migraines

Life is exhausting!  I battle migraines and pain constantly.  I wear comfortable clothes because being sick and uncomfortable isn’t something I want to do.  If I get a chance to sit or lay down, I just want to be comfortable.  While I’m curled up in a ball and battling a migraine I don’t want any restrictions. 

So basically, I need clothes that make me feel good and look good while living a dirty busy active life.  Here comes the exciting news!  I have been asked to be a Nina B. Roze ambassador!!!  This post for Nina B Roze contains an affiliate link. I will be  compensated if you choose to buy and use the coupon code but all opinions remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. Check out her amazing apparel here.  Use the code Sarah15 for 20% off your order.

Nina is a designer based and made out of Los Angeles.  I love that!  She started her company out of her mom’s garage and wants to inspire women to live healthy and active lifestyles through her designs.  The fabrics are really comfortable and I feel great about representing her brand.  Her motto is “sport your pretty.”  What a great idea!  Just because I’m busy and active doesn’t mean I can’t be pretty.  I think her workout clothes are so cute and I plan to sport my pretty in more than just the gym.  Sorry stigma, I can be comfortable, sporty, and still be pretty.

What I like so much about the Nina B Roze brand is that she believes all of us are pretty.  I am far from a sportswear model!  I have chronic migraines and suffer a lot.  I have days I can’t get out of bed which is not what you expect from someone being an ambassador of fitness apparel.  In fact, the day I took this hike, I was up for 3 hours prior to going icing, medicating and fighting a migraine.  I am real, I am addicted to sugar and my favorite cuisine is bar food.  I try to live a balanced life the best I can and start each day with the perspective that I’m going to do my best and that’s all I can do.  You’ll see me being me.  And guess what?  I can sport pretty too.  I like that Nina sees my beauty although my health is not perfect, my diet is a bit of a mess and I may have boogers on my pants.

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After hiking, we had a farm to table lunch.  Of course we walked around the grounds with a milkshake.  It’s all about balance!

 

Thank you for making me feel pretty when sometimes I see my pain and it’s hard to look past.  Thank you for asking me to be a part of a community that I may not traditionally fit into but am happy to be in.

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Feeling the love in hearted drape top

 

Sport your pretty here! And don’t forget to use code Sarah15 for an extra 20% off your purchase.

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Nature brings hope. Hiking makes me feel better with Migraine

Since it’s Stress Awareness Day, I encourage you to do something for yourself that makes you feel good and destress! Im going to take a walk in this amazing weather & enjoy the Fall leaves and colors. It typically is snowing here by now & some of my stress melts away by breathing in fresh air.

My Migraine Life

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A place that gives me hope in nature is the woods.  We have an amazing park system around where we live and I love to take an afternoon hike.   It’s a place I love and am filled with hope.  If you ever come to Cleveland, visit the Metro Parks, you won’t be disappointed.  The last time I was in a migraine cycle I was down for about 3 days.  When I’m down, it’s a tough decision to lay around and suffer or push myself to get out and raise my endorphins.  I was at a level 6 or 7 which was better but still pretty bad. I decided to go to the parks with my family.  The temperature was pleasant and the best thing was the woods provided shade and a cool breeze that I breathed as deeply as possible.  My children, husband and dog always give…

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Nature brings hope. How exercise, walking, hiking and moving help Migraine

my hope in nature

my hope in nature

A place that gives me hope in nature is the woods.  We have an amazing park system around where we live and I love to take an afternoon hike.   It’s a place I love and am filled with hope.  If you ever come to Cleveland, visit the Metro Parks, you won’t be disappointed.  The last time I was in a migraine cycle I was down for about 3 days.  When I’m down, it’s a tough decision to lay around and suffer or push myself to get out and raise my endorphins.  I was at a level 6 or 7 which was better but still pretty bad. I decided to go to the parks with my family.  The temperature was pleasant and the best thing was the woods provided shade and a cool breeze that I breathed as deeply as possible.  My children, husband and dog always give me hope, but seeing them in nature calms me.  The picture above is one that I took simply while we were walking.  My husband to my left, my dog to my right and my beautiful babies in front of me.  It gave me such hope that things would be ok.  I was so grateful to be out of my bedroom and seeing the beauty in nature.  I was in so much pain that day, but my kids had no idea.  It reminds me that although I live in chronic pain, I hope to look back on my life and see the beauty.  This picture and the memories of that simple Saturday afternoon will not be remembered as pain, it will be remembered as hope.  I often look back at pictures and can tell you the pain level I was in that day.  But the events I remember as so much more.  Sometimes I have no choice but to miss life but when I can live it, I appreciate it all!

“The Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge is organized by the American Headache and Migraine Association.”

Key to happiness with Migraine

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My happiness

The key to happiness….hmmm.  I think just like beauty, happiness is in the eye and mind of the beholder.  I have always been very happy and grateful for my life.  I have had a life surrounded with people who love and support me along with privileges that not all people get the opportunity to have.  But instead of taking this for granted, I’ve been happy and tried to give back in gratitude.  I’ve had low times that I consider the migraine blues and it’s only natural.  Being in chronic pain is depressing and often times difficult to look forward to the future when the future consists of more pain and potentially levels of pain that seem unprecedented.  But as the question asks, does overcoming hard times allow for greater happiness?  I can say that I see life differently especially after having cycles that seem unending.  The day a migraine cycle ends I’m happy in a whole new way.  Music sounds sweeter, the sunshine feels like sunshine should, I smile, and I even laugh…..a lot.   A positive attitude is something I try to keep and mentally remind myself to stay in because the alternative does nothing but bring me down.  I’m happy because I choose to be happy a lot of days.  I surround myself with positive people and people who I am positive around.  I’ve never been the girl to have shady friends.  I have a large group of girl friends and they are real.  My friends; high school, college and beyond, I consider to be keys to my happiness.  They aren’t a group of women who tear each other down.  They build each other up to levels that can only be brought to by positivity.  I laugh with my friends and I cry with them.  But after I leave them, I’m always happy and fulfilled.   It is not uncommon for me to text my friends immediately after they leave because I miss them the second we are apart.  My dog is another key to happiness.  She’s this hairy, sometimes smelly, thing that walks around with my socks in her mouth yet she makes me smile.  I hit the jackpot to happiness when I found my husband.   I laugh and smile with him like a school girl with a crush and we have been together for more than 10 years.  In my dad’s speech at our wedding he talked about how my husband seems to take me out of all my bad moods and it’s the truth.  I may have bad days, but every day with him is a happy day.  While speaking of my dad and family, they aren’t the key to my happiness, they are the door.  You have to get through them to get to me.  They lay the foundation to my happiness and continue to build the concrete walls to my house of happiness.  Lastly, the biggest keys to my happiness are my babies.  How can I not be happy when I created the 2 most perfect beings on this planet?  Their hugs, laughter and kisses fill my soul.  To say I knew love before them would be absolutely correct.  But putting into words how much I love my children and how happy they make me would be impossible.  So what’s the key to happiness?  For me, people.  The things I do with those people and the love I give and get from those people.   Without those people I would not be able to be happy and positivity would be difficult to sustain.  I may suffer from chronic migraines but it hasn’t stopped my happiness.   Life isn’t easy, that’s life…but with my keys, I’m happy!