Tuesday, December 11, 2012

One New Winner Announced!

I am so sorry to have to do this, but I need to choose another winner.  I never heard from you Bulldoghiker, and according to the rules your win no longer counts.  The good news for the rest of you I want everyone to have another chance!  I ran the random number generator one more time (removing my previous two numbers) and Lucky Number 6 is my winner!


Random number between 1 and 116

Congratulations Crystal @EatDrinkClev!!  Crystal please send me your mailing address so I can have this awesome Migraine Relief Kit sent your way asap! 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

My Excedrin® Migraine NYC Media Event plus the 2 Winners of my giveaway!

Back in November I was invited to New York City to attend a truly special Media Event put on by Excedrin® Migraine.  This was the very first media event that I have ever attended and holy moly was it incredible!  Right from the get go they told me that they wanted this trip to be "As Headache Free as Possible".  And from being picked up at my door, driven to the airport, picked up at the NYC airport and driven to my hotel I was off to an amazing start!  Door to door service is not something that I am used to but goodness, I could sure get used to it quick! Lol.  After checking into the hotel I was then treated to an amazing Swedish Massage at the beautiful Oasis Day Spa inside the Affinia Dumont Hotel.

a relaxed and happy Amie after my massage

After a quick shower our entire Blogging Ambassador group plus the PR crew and the people of Excedrin Migraine went out for dinner and a meet and greet.  It was so much fun getting to know all of the other people in our team!

a few of the new friends I met on my trip

After dinner a few of us weren't quite ready for the night to end so we headed off to Times Square to play around and have some fun!

My Times Square buddies were Kristin from Our Ordinary Life, Jennifer from Double Duty Mommy and Toni-Lynn From Delightful Chaos

Can you believe I also actually randomly ran into my brother-in-law in the middle of Times Square who was also visiting for business?  What a small world!

Then it was off to bed, we had a big day tomorrow!  Normally I have a difficult time sleeping alone.  But this bed had to have been the best night of sleep I have ever had in my entire life!  I even got to sleep-in and ordered my first room service.  Great start to my day for sure.

11:00 it was time to meet with our group and head over to Harold's Square for the Excedrin® Migraine Media Event.  It was a gorgeous day- very cold, but the sun was shining and not a rain cloud in the sky!

From Top to Bottom, Left to Right: Our entire Excedrin Migraine Ambassador Blogging Team,
Sign welcoming us to the media tent, the huge area set up with complimentary massages and one of the massagers, beautiful downtown NYC with Macy's very perfect slogan "Believe", and me with  a well know Internist Dr. Peterson who also is a migraine sufferer making her thrilled to be working alongside Excedrin Migraine.  

And now for the best part... The very special guest for this event was none other then the singer, actress and Broadway performer, Jordan Sparks!  Jordan's mother is a chronic migraineur and much of Jordan's childhood memories are of her mother ill in bed, surrounded in darkness and taking medication in hopes to ease her painful migraines.  Migraine disease is a genetic disorder and unfortunately Jordan has begun experiencing migraines the past few years herself.  When she was approached to join the Excedrin® Migraine team she jumped at the opportunity.  It is something she very strongly stands behind and hopes that there will one day be a cure for al of us sufferers.

yes that's right, as you can see, me and Jordan are BFF's now

Jordan was an absolute delight!  It is no wonder that her talents have gotten her so far in her young life. She was not so caught up in fancy life to take time and chat with us after having our pictures taken with her.  And let me tell you, she is even more beautiful in person then she is on screen- talk about perfect skin!

Jordan spoke to everyone about her own migraine pain and she told us how much the Track Your Migraines app from Excedrin® has been so helpful in keeping track and staying under some control of her migraines.   When she was done speaking she graced us with a beautiful and very moving song Faith done acapella.   What a special thing to be in the front row for!

And guess what?  I recorded her so all of you can enjoy her as much as I did!  She comes on right after Dr. Peterson.  You will love it!

Wow what a whirlwind this trip was!  Although it was only two days it is one I will truly remember!  The lovely people of Excedrin Migraine were so very gracious and did everything they could to make our stay and this event a special one.  And for that I thank them all so much!  It really was awesome.

Now I am home and have continued testing out the Know Your Triggers app for the past month.  And honestly I have found it a great tool.  Life sure gets busy around the holidays and no matter how much I try to keep myself relaxed it can become a challenge.  And for me, added stress, weird weather (changes in barometric pressure) and hormones are my leading causes for migraines. Well perfect timing really, I have been using the app from Excedrin® Migraine A LOT.  And unfortunately it was due to increased headaches, both migraine and my ON and TN attacks.  But at least I had a fun new toy to help make the most of it.  I understand why they did so much to make our trip last month a memorable one.  It really is special. The more I used the app, the more helpful charts and diagrams I was getting from my information I was entering.  It would show me that other triggers along with the ones I already know are also to blame for my pain.  Lack of sleep, or poor sleep also can bring on a migraine when coupled up with the others, making them hit me faster or last longer.  I will be meeting with Dr. D in a few weeks and I can't wait to tell her all about this.  It is right up her alley. Then I can set up for all of my charts to go directly to her.  I know she will find it helpful for not only me, but for her other migraine patience as well.

If you haven't already done so,please go and download the app at MigraineResource.com or from the iTunes apps store (don't forget, it's FREE!) and visit the Excedrin® Facebook page to continue your journey to a pain-free life.

And now for the winners of my giveaway!!!  I chose TWO winners using the Random Number Generator at http://www.randomnumbergenerator.com and the winners are:


Random number between 1 and 1310
Random number between 1 and 134

Congratulations to both Mindy Utz and Bulldoghiker!

Bulldoghiker, I do not see your email attached to your profile, unfortunately if you do not get back to me within 48 hours I will have to choose another winner.  I look forward to hearing from you!!  You two are going to love this stuff!

I am a paid Excedrin® Migraine blog ambassador. Along with compensation, one iPod Touch to test the app was provided by Novartis Consumer Health, Inc., the makers of Excedrin® Migraine. Along with compensation, the Excedrin Migraine® Relief kit and travel and accommodations to attend the Jordin Sparks media event was provided by Novartis Consumer Health, Inc., the makers of Excedrin® Migraine; my journey for a migraine-free experience is my own.

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