Friday, December 13, 2013

Take a Holiday from your Headaches! ($100 American Express Giveaway!)

Well the countdown is officially here!  It is twelve days until Christmas Eve and although I do indeed feel that this is the most wonderful time of the year, it can also become the most stressful if you aren't careful!  We all look forward to the sights, smells, foods, beverages and merriment associated with the holiday season. However, sometimes the things we love the most about the holidays could trigger migraines.  With all the indulgent foods and drinks, shopping for the perfect gifts, tons of parties to attend, and often times less sleep then usual migraine triggers are at an all-time high. 

That’s why the makers of Excedrin® Migraine invite you to “Take a Holiday from Headaches” by following these simple steps, provided by Dr. Keri Peterson, M.D. to help avoid your triggers:

  •   Stick to your regular routine. Eating, sleeping and exercising as you do the rest of the year can help reduce the chances of getting a headache/migraine. *
  •   Manage your time and plan ahead. Coordinate plans and responsibilities in advance with relatives and friends, compose set menus when hosting a party and try to purchase gifts early so you’re not rushing at the last minute.*  I am pleased to say I am almost finished with my shopping- finding the perfect gift can sure be stressful if left to crunch time! 
  •   Stay in ventilated spaces. As you browse through the mall, watch out for those scented candles or perfume if you are sensitive to smells.**  Some perfumes and MANY colognes are a huge trigger for me.  I will never forget the Stars on Ice event I went to where the man in front of me was so over loaded with cologne I could hardly breathe.  Instant migraine. 
  •    Eat and drink in moderation. Eat, drink, and be merry, but try not to consume sweets or alcoholic beverages in excess, as they could trigger migraines.**

Holiday time can also mean lots of traveling, so be sure to carry Excedrin® Migraine (or any of our other regular migraine/pain meds) with you when you’re on the go for fast relief should a headache or migraine strike. There is nothing worse then not being prepared when you are already feeling so darn bad!!

With all of the stress that can come with the holidays, the makers of Excedrin® are hoping to help alleviate some! Visit between November 1, 2013 and January 1, 2014 to enter the “Take a Holiday from Headaches” sweepstakes, where you’ll be eligible for a chance to win daily prizes including gift cards to popular retailers and one lucky grand prize of $25,000 to help with shopping, travel and other holiday expenses – all of which can give anyone a headache.

See official rules:


And to ease some of YOUR holiday stress, Excedrin is offering a $100 AmEx gift card to one of my readers. To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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Disclosure: I am a paid Excedrin® Migraine blog ambassador. Compensation has been provided by Novartis Consumer Health, Inc., the makers of Excedrin® Migraine; my journey for a migraine-free experience is my own. I am a paid Excedrin® Migraine blog ambassador. Along with compensation, three giveaways were provided by Novartis Consumer Health, Inc., the makers of Excedrin® Migraine; my journey for a migraine-free experience is my own.

*Can be sourced to Cleveland Clinic
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Friday, September 20, 2013

Congratualtions to my winners!

I am excited to announce my two winners, Angela Jimenez and Laura Adkins! Please send me your addresses ASAP so I can get you all of your goodies!  And thank you to everyone else that participated- be sure to try again next time! 

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Back to School with Excedrin + Giveaway!

Well school is well underway and went pretty much without a hitch.  Jackson just loves school, he thrives while learning, having schedules, and keeping busy!  He is a busy boy that needs activities to keep him focused and on track, so honestly we were all very excited about summer coming to  a close and the new school year beginning.  This also gives me lovely one on one time with my littlest peanut, Owen.  It is hard to believe that I only have one child home with me now full time! 

According to a recent survey by the makers of Excedrin®, 69% of parents, who have at least one child in school this coming year, say they are excited for their child’s first day of school. That doesn’t change the fact that 44% of parents also say they expect to get a headache during the back to school season. As a matter of fact, more than one-third of parents cite getting themselves (41%) and their children (43%) back on a schedule at the top of the list of things that might cause their headaches during the back to school season.

Since Jackson is still young, he is in first grade this year, our schedules aren't too  terribly hard to coordinate.  but I know the older the child gets, the more activities, sports, clubs and play-dates they will have and need to be organized.  We have some friends that have a family of 10- talk about juggling schedules!!  Phew, that gives me a headache just thinking about it!

Probably the most stressful thing about getting Jackson ready for school is the ridiculous school supply list we had to go on a scavenger hunt for.  Not only does he need pencils, crayons, scissors, and glue sticks, but he needs specific brands, colors, sizes and mass quantities.  And of course NO ONE seems to carry the non-purple glue sticks that are on everyone's school supply list!  This year we had to go to 3 different stores in order to acquire all of the supplies needed for his 1st grade class.  talk about annoying.  I'm not alone in this frustration, more than one-third (35%) of parents say shopping for school supplies give them a headache. With all the pencils, folders and notebooks, us parents should always remember to put Excedrin® on our back to school shopping list! lol! 

I have to say though, I do LOVE our school system.  They genuinely love their students and do their very best to keep the kids growing, learning and staying on top of the academic ladder.  We are truly blessed.  But no matter how happy you may be in one area, I am sure that there is always something your school could use to improve or upgrade, like supplies such as pencils and paper, computers or software and gym or sporting equipment.  Here is your chance to make a change for your very own school!

In response to a survey given to parents, the makers of Excedrin launched the “Help Your School Excel with Excedrin” sweepstakes, which is a fun and migraine-free way for FIVE individuals to win $10,000 for their child’s school. For more information about the sweepstakes, and a chance to win, please visit the Excedrin Facebook page!


In keeping with the back-to-school theme, this month’s giveaway package is meant to help parents stay organized, hydrated and migraine-free as you all adjust to hectic schedules and spend increasing amounts of time on-the-go. The lovely people of Excedrin are offering TWO giveaway winners a 2013-2014 academic planner and pen, a magnetic memo board and an aluminum tumbler!!

- Tell me in a comment what about the back-to-school season gives you a headache.

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Disclosure: I am a paid Excedrin® Migraine blog ambassador. Compensation has been provided by Novartis Consumer Health, Inc., the makers of Excedrin® Migraine; my journey for a migraine-free experience is my own. I am a paid Excedrin® Migraine blog ambassador. Along with compensation, three giveaways were provided by Novartis Consumer Health, Inc., the makers of Excedrin® Migraine; my journey for a migraine-free experience is my own.

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Runs 8/15/13 at 9:00:00 AM CDT to 9/15/13 at 11:59:59 PM CDT. Must be 18+, a legal resident of the 50 U.S./D.C., & have a valid email address & Facebook account. See for rules. To enter for free, hand-print your full name, address, phone number, date of birth, email address, and name of school, and mail to: “Help Your School Excel With Excedrin® - Free to Enter”, PO Box 11387 South Bend, IN 46634-

Monday, July 8, 2013

And the winner is...

Congratulations Katie Johnson! 
You are the winner of the giveaway in honor of National Migraine Awareness Month!  Please send me your contact info ASAP so you can get your goodies right away!

And thank you to everyone else that entered and be sure to give the My Migraine Triggers app so you can start discovering the triggers of your migraines and in turn moving you closer to a pain free life!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

National Migraine Awareness Month

June is National Migraine Awareness Month- a time to inform and increase awareness of Migraine and Headache Disorders. Roughly 36 million people in the United States suffer from migraines , and three out of every four migraine sufferers are women typically ages 18 through 35. I turn 35 this year so this means I will magically stop getting them soon, right?! Haha. Don't I wish it was that simple! The pain of a migraine is some of the most severe and debilitating there is, and yet I find it amazing that there isn't more known about this disease- yep, that's right. Migraine is a disease, not just a headache. Symptoms can include an intense pounding or throbbing; without any bit of exaggerating, I can describe the pain as feeling like my brain is swelling up so large it is going to make my skull explode. Gross visual I know, but it is true. In the midst of a migraine, I am not only in pain but honestly am afraid that major damage is being done to my head- even though I know it isn't the case, it truly feels like it. Migraines are typically associated with nausea and sensitivity to light and sound and the pain is usually felt on one side of the head.

While fatigue and stress can trigger headaches in some people, migraines also have additional unique triggers:

Diet: Certain chemicals in food and beverages can cause migraines. Eating more fresh and fewer processed foods can also help rid your body of toxins or chemicals that could be causing your headaches.

Hydration: Dehydration can lead to migraines. Drinking plenty of water can help prevent this, and also helps rid your body of chemicals and toxins.

Weather changes: Changes in weather or barometric pressure can trigger migraines.

Menstrual cycle: Women with a history of migraines often report headaches immediately before or during their periods, when they have a drop in estrogen.

I am lucky enough that I can eat or drink what I want and not be affected by migraines.  Foods are not one of my triggers.  But really I wish they were! My own personal triggers are weather changes (hello storm- hello headache!) and my menstrual cycle.  Without fail, I get at least a migraine a month due to my cycle.  Unfortunately I can't control the weather or the fact that I was born a woman! So it looks like my migraines are here to stay. 

As there are numerous potential migraine triggers, and these triggers vary from person to person, tracking these potential migraine triggers is key for helping to manage migraines.  In fact, a recent survey conducted by Novartis Consumer Health, Inc., the makers of Excedrin® Migraine found that an overwhelming majority of female migraine sufferers (93%) wish they knew more about their migraine triggers, while only 11 percent of women who suffer from migraines track their triggers regularly.

I've told you about the  FREE My Migraine Triggers iPhone App before and if you aren't using it yet, go download it now!!  (it is available for android as well as iPhone). It is an invaluable resource in discovering what it is that is your own personal trigger.  It can be anything from chocolate, red wine, the smell of cologne, MSG, flashing or florescent lights, weather, and hormones... the list goes on and on! It isn't the same for any two people, so seeing what causes you pain can help you steer clear of those things and stop a future migraine attack from starting. 

With the use of this app, I was able to discover that birth control pills were actually contributing to my migraines! I stopped taking them in January, and guess what- my migraines have reduced enormously! At first I didn't put two and two together, but the app helps keep track of everything you can think of and helps to discover the common denominator to the problem.  And as I look back into my medical history, I can see that yep, the times when I was Birth Control free I had much fewer migraines. 

I am over the moon that I have paired up with Excedrin Migraine and get to work as an Ambassador, spreading awareness and offering information to all of my fellow sufferers. If I help one person, I did my job!  Another lucky perk is I get to host yet another Giveaway! 

One lucky winner will receive A Prize Package to help you relax, hydrate and stop a migraine before it starts!

Aero Snooze:
Three-piece set includes TSA-compliant carrying pouch with soft nylon eye mask and foam earplugs to help travelers drift off to sleep.

Memory Foam Travel Neck Pillow:
This u-shaped travel pillow is made of memory foam to provide support that correctly aligns your neck and spine, while supporting your head in sumptuously soft comfort.

Tritan from Eastman Water Bottle W/ Straw:
This 25 oz. bottle is made of durable Tritan material, BPA free and meets FDA requirements. This bottle is impact and shatter resistant and does not retain odor and/or taste.

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Good Luck!!

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