Migraine Awareness ChronicAlly box to relieve, relax and enjoy!

This month I got my Limited Edition Migraine Awareness ChronicAlly box.*  During the month of June, Migraine Awareness month, the box was offered to support Migraine Research Foundation.  I had treated myself to a 3 month subscription for June, July, and August.  My birthday is in August so “Happy Birthday to me!”  It’s been fun to receive a package made for comfort, support and with love.

migraine chronically.jpgThe box had something to use in a variety ways for My Migraine Life.

It included:

A sleep mask to block out the light.

An organic essential oil and electrolyte spray for pain and migraine relief

Headache and migraine relief roller for pressure points

Shower fizzie with lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint

Meditation unscented soy candle

I love it!  I’ll use the products to sleep, take a bath & shower, on the go and at home.  They are great “allies” for my headache and migraine needs! Check out all ChronicAlly has to offer here*

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Rockwell Pets Pro review of natural dog shampoo

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Everyone knows I love my dog Lucia!  She is my support animal, best buddy and first child.  I treat her the best because she gives me her best everyday and deserves the same!  That’s why I was thrilled to partner with Rockwell Pets Pro.   I reviewed their non toxic natural dog shampoo on my two favorite dogs with my 4 favorite little ones.  It was a great summer day to wash, rinse and shake.

Although I was given the product to review, my opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.  If you buy a product from my recommendation I will receive a small commission for sharing my love of Rockwell Pets Pro.

The creator of Rockwell Pets Pro was tired of having to use normal potentially toxic products for her dog and she found there was nothing natural readily available. Therefore, she created a product line of non toxic products for everyone who is in the same situation.

I had the opportunity to try the “safe nontoxic pet shampoo made from Aloe Vera, Hemp Seed and Argan Kernel as well as Natural Willow, Meadowsweet, Chaparral and Olive Extracts. Without synthetic detergents that could be toxic and harmful specifically for pets with sensitive skin. Re-moisturizes dry skin for better health and well-being.”

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The benefits are:

  • MOISTURIZES AND SOOTHES
  • PROMOTES NATURAL SKIN FLORA
  • COMFORTS DRY AND ITCHY SKIN
  • ECO-FRIENDLY
  • MADE IN THE USA
  • 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE

 

 

 

I had plenty of small hands and two very willing Golden Retrievers to receive a spa day.  From young (1) to old (12) our dogs enjoyed Rockwell Pets Pro shampoo.

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It smelled great

Lathered and cleaned well

And best of all, was a natural wash for my girl who loved the extra attention and rub down.

Thank you Rockwell Pets Pro for making a product safe for my dog!  If you love your dog and want to treat her to nontoxic safe products, this product may be for you!

Tranquility Salt Cave for allergies and stress relief

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I have had a ton of response about my Himalayan Salt lamp post.  The main question being, “Did it help your migraines?”  The simple answer is no.  With long term benefits, possibly yes?!

After I found that it wasn’t giving me particular relief, I placed it in my son’s room.  My son suffers from seasonal allergies, coughs, congestion, sinus infections and ear infections.    Within 2 nights I noticed that he was coughing less.  I was shocked!!!  My husband (who tends to medicate over natural therapies) saw a difference also.  I leave it on in his room next to his bed and feel that the purifying salt is helping him breathe better and have less congestion throughout the night! YEA!

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After this, I had renewed faith in my Himalayan salt lamp.  After reading the benefits, I realized that it doesn’t help with inflammation which is most likely what is triggering my migraines.  What it does help with is

  • Asthma
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Coughs and chest congestion
  • Exzema and dermatitis
  • Improves lung functioning
  • Sleep disorders
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Depression

 

With this knowledge, I found Tranquility Salt Cave of Columbus, Ohio.  I had a trip planned to visit a friend in Columbus and I always get sick when I travel.  My friend was traveling from Denver and under stress with a new baby, preschooler, her job and running on little sleep.  I knew I would be suffering from allergies, was experiencing stress and anxiety from my last migraine attack and was ready to try it.

“Tranquility Salt Cave is not your average spa. With the powerful use of salt from the Himalayas, only 45 minutes are needed to feel cleansed, inside and out. With pure salt lining the walls, ceiling, and floor, you’ll experience an effortless and pain-free total-body cleanse.”

Our experience was quite relaxing.  The owners are extremely nice and have a daughter who suffers from migraines also.  They were happy and eager to help me with my issues and hopeful that I would feel benefits from their beautiful facility.

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The salt cave is a beautiful place.  You enter through a grand wooden door walking onto warm salt at your feet.  The ceiling is twinkling with lights in a cave like surrounding. 

“The salt cave is lined with Himalayan rock salt boulders, and literally tons of granulated salt rest on the floor of the cave.  The Himalayan rock salt is millions of years old and it contains over 84 trace minerals which are readily absorbed by the human body. As pure salt is diffused into the salt cave, the healing begins.  Negative ions are released into the air, helping to promote calmness and toxins begin to be removed from the air which you breathe. The salt is anti-bacterial and begins to clear clogged mucous and debris from the lungs.  Skin conditions may even improve after repeated salt sessions.” 

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You find a chair with a blanket, turn off your phone and relax for 45 minutes with meditative music.

My friend and I both found it easy to relax yet difficult with the person snoring next to us.  Next time I think I’ll book the room with more friends and less strangers.  With that being said, it obviously was relaxing.  My friend had been up with a preschooler and baby all night and enjoyed the quiet time.  I used my time to relax from the stressful snowy drive and breathe in the salt to help my allergies from the change of climate.

Overall, it was a time for us to relax, recover and just breathe.  It was a great way to treat ourselves to a spa experience while reaping the benefit of Halotherapy. 

Thank you Tranquility Salt Cave for showing us a spa day can be so much more!

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*I was not paid or given my services for free.  I am writing this review with my own opinions in hopes of shedding light on the benefits of Halotherapy.  Please see a doctor for any guidance in your medical needs and be advised that my experiences are my own.

The Fay Farm Rejuvenation Lotion review

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I was given the opportunity to try Fay Farm Rejuvenation lotion as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network.  Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review may remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.

I had the opportunity to try Rejuvenation Lotion by Fay Farm and really love it for my neck and shoulder pain related to Migraines.  “Rejuvenation Lotion is made with all organic ingredients and is paraben and phthalate free. Great for use on sore, aching muscles. Loved by people suffering from fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, neuropathy and other deep joint and muscle pain. Magnesium Oil provides deeper relief.” http://thefayfarm.com/

I love it!  I’m always looking for new ways to treat myself organically and naturally.  The Rejuvenation lotion is a soft, lightly fragrant lotion that goes on without being greasy.  I suffer from neck and shoulder pain leading into the base of my head and up.  I use the lotion on my shoulders and rub it as far into my hair line as I can get and on my temples and forehead.  It is relaxing and seems to help my tense aching muscles quickly.  It doesn’t have the medicine smell and burning that many rubs do and a little goes a long way.

The Fay Farm is run by a family dedicated to creating quality natural body care products. They use milk from their herd of Nubian goats and herbs from their greenhouse from their sustainable organic farm.  None of the products contain parabens, alcohol, mineral oil, or phthalates. Knowing that I’m putting a product on my skin that was made by a passionate family using their organic farm makes using their products even better!

As with most healthy, natural, hand crafted products, there comes a cost.  I find the products to be a bit pricey but comparable to other health products.  When choosing my products, I consider quality and how it will impact my health.  A cheaper lotion may fit a better budget but will add chemicals and toxins to my sensitive system.  Cheap products are not worth triggering a migraine or inflaming my aching muscles with toxic chemicals.  Fay Farm rejuvenation lotion is worth not only the quality of product but the peace of mind that it carries with it.

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How to travel with a chronic illness

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After my Lessons your children learn or miss on vacation post, I was asked how I can travel with a chronic illness.  Not easily, is my answer.

As always, I prepare….

I saw 3 doctors the week before I left.  I was on a 20 day antibiotic, taking sinus meds, was treated by an acupuncturist, got a massage, made trips to the pharmacy and had a follow up the week I returned home.  I was able to make it until day 4 before my migraine spiked.  Typically, I get a migraine on day 2 so this was good for me.

I had a suitcase and carryon filled with natural products that I use.  I didn’t take a picture but check out my reviews and it will give you a good idea of some things in my purse.

I had a few days of migraine but only my evenings were consumed with pain.  I was able to stop a level 7/8 from going to a 10 and was able to enjoy the next day at a reasonable level.  These are all victories for me!!

As for returning home….

I have now had a migraine for 12 days straight with no relief.  My pain fluctuates between a 4 and 7 most days but mostly is a constant never ending full body fatigue and heightened stimulus sensitivity with brain pains. My cravings have been out of control and I’ve been packing on weight that makes me even more uncomfortable. 

It’s hard to describe to a non-sufferer, but I’ll just say it’s tough mentally as much as physically when I am in a cycle that isn’t being broken at all. It’s just this wet blanket over me that I really only feel in my down time.  I’m a busy teacher and mom and have been able to do these well but the second I need to do anything other than childcare, I just don’t have it in me. 

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Priorities of my spoons is the best way I can describe it.  I had to cancel plans this week, was like a rag doll this weekend and generally just felt crappy since I’ve been home.

Traveling comes at a huge cost for me but one I’m willing to pay.  When I live with a migraine daily, traveling and spiking it seems bad but I’d rather get a few days of glory than a week missed in my hole.

Here’s some good examples on how I feel this week: 

 

Oh the joys of traveling

One step forward two steps back

When everything stops working

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How do you get through traveling, before or after? 

Aromafloria Head Aid Inhalation Beads Giveaway

Countdown to Christmas and Hanukah is on……

Head Aid Relief Inhalation Beads

In the spirit of giving, Aromafloria and I have partnered together to give away 2 bottles (and 2 winners!) of their Head Aid Relief Inhalation Beads.  I have tried their sinus beads and sleep ease beads.  They are great!  I keep them on my nightstand and in my purse.  I’m especially sensitive to smell and having the beads in my purse allows me a quick inhalation of relief in an over perfumed area.

Aromafloria Inhalation beads are formulated on homeopathic principals to deliver micro dosages of therapeutic essential oils via vapor phase transfer. Good for all ages, non-drug, non-toxic.

Peppermint………….Cooling and clearing
Rosemary……………Invigorating and clarifying
Tea Tree……………..Comforting and purifying”

Aromafloria is on my list of “What to buy a Migraine sufferer for Christmas  Check it out, there is still time shop!

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See Review for product info

I’ve tried several other products of Aromafloria and highly recommend them!  Here’s my review of their products

How to enter is simple:

  • 2 winners will be chosen for a jar of Head Aid Relief Inhalation Beads by Rafflecopter at random. (Retail value $10.00 each)
  • Go through the Rafflecopter link below to enter 
  • Read the rule and enter as many times as you would like
  • NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY

Contest will run from 12/15/2016-12/23/2016

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What to Buy a Migraine Suffer

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Sometimes you need to look at yourself and see the magic that resides inside you and your support team

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!

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Vegan food delivery (Cleveland and Akron areas)

Use code: HEALTHYLIFE ($25 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

 

ChronicAlly box

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