It’s the last official weekend of Summer and I’m hardcore celebrating. And by hardcore celebrating, I mean lighting my @raedunn fall scented candles, binge watching Netflix and going to bed before 10pm. 🙌🏻 Remember when our nights didn’t even start until 10pm? I would dance all night, get back home with just enough time to shower and change before heading out to work. AND I could work a full 8 hours without ever feeling the fact that I hadn’t slept in more than 24 hours... Now I’m unable to function if someone wakes me up 15 minutes early. Getting old is awesome. .
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It’s the last official weekend...

I read something the other day on Facebook that said that the song that was number 1 on your 14th birthday, defines your life. I googled it, excited to find a message, a sign (I’m a sucker for that sort of thing). Instead, I found it was “Cream” by Prince. 😐 Cream? What does that mean? Ice cream? Coffee creamer? 
So I looked it up... and read the lyrics. "Cream" was meant to mean “cream of the crop”. There are lyrics like “everything you do is success” and my favorite part... “Do your dance
Why should you wait any longer?
Take a chance
It could only make you stronger”  Message received, Prince. Message received. 
What song was number one on your 14th birthday?
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This girl lost another tooth last week. I’ve been waiting for this toothless smile since she knocked her other one out last year. Unfortunately, it’s not going to last long because her adult tooth is already growing in 😭. (Zoom in to see) Yesterday I noticed both of her front-bottom teeth are peeking out behind her baby teeth too. Does anyone know how to slow down time. A button? A phone call? Maybe a time machine? My baby isn’t a baby anymore. Cue the tears. Have you celebrated any milestones with your kids recently?
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This girl lost another tooth...

I don’t get bouquets of flowers for no reason…. But I do appreciate the flowers that grow by our mailbox, like this one. And it made me realize something this morning.  I’m over it. 
I’m over comparing my life to other people’s lives on social media.
My house might not be as fancy. 
My wardrobe is not as expensive. 
I don't apply makeup as well or even at all most days.
I don’t have beautiful, long flowing hair.
I don’t drive a car that’s worth bragging about. 
We don’t go on lavish trips around the world. 
I don’t carry loads of money in designer handbags. 
Does that make me less of a person? 
Does that make me less of an influencer? 
No. It makes me a regular 40-something Mom who has chosen to open up and share our lives on social media.  It makes me someone who has built this hobby of photography and writing into a business that has solely supported my family for a year and a half. 
I’m proud of that. 
I’m proud that I’m not a follower.
I’m proud that I have worked hard for what I’ve achieved.
I’m proud of influencers like me who are unapologetically themselves.  What are you proud of? .
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F O U R T E E N. 
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F O U R T...

It was just after Iyla's third birthday. She seemed to be on track, at least according to the pediatrician's checklist. She could follow instructions, name most familiar things, knew her first name, spoke in sentences and could carry a conversation, though she was hard to understand most of the time. We enrolled her in preschool that year and she was a little social butterfly. But as that school year went on, her teachers started to notice that she was struggling to get her words out. Most people that know Iyla today, have no idea that she was in speech therapy classes for two years. They have no idea that I fought it for almost 6 months and that I felt a tremendous guilt about it, because I thought it was my fault that she was stuttering as badly as she was. Today on the blog, I’m sharing the mistakes I made, in hopes that if you are ever in this situation, you take advantage of early intervention. .
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Take me back to the time when all I had to do was color in the lines, learn my abc’s and take a long nap everyday. Why didn’t we appreciate what we had back then? .
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What to do for Migraine Relief

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There was a point in my life where I had no idea what a migraine was or how it felt to have one. I had family members and friends who suffered from them and told me how horrible they were, but I couldn’t sympathize with them because I had no idea what they were feeling.  And then I got pregnant.  It’s like I became a Mom and the ailment fairy dropped a bunch of beautifully wrapped packages at my door, one containing all the migraines I could handle.

What is a Migraine?

According to the Migraine Research Foundation, just about everyone has headaches. But contrary to popular belief, migraine is not just a bad headache. It’s an extremely incapacitating collection of neurological symptoms that usually includes a severe throbbing recurring pain on one side of the head. However, in 1/3 of migraine attacks, both sides are affected. Attacks last between 4 and 72 hours and are often accompanied by one or more of the following disabling symptoms: visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, extreme sensitivity to sound, light, touch and smell, and tingling or numbness in the extremities or face. Of course, everyone is different, and symptoms vary by person and sometimes by attack.

I remember that first migraine like it was yesterday. I was sure it was just a headache but it got worse as the time went on. Noise bothered me. Light was unbearable.  I just wanted to hide under my covers and fall asleep. It was like nothing I had ever felt. It took my entire day away from me.  I couldn’t work. I couldn’t eat.  It completely debilitated me.

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How Do You Get Relief?

Someone on social media suggested freezing the migraine, so I bought an ice pack and placed it directly on my forehead. I even tried to eat a popsicle really quickly to give myself brain freeze.  I had my kids or my husband rub my temples.  While both offered a small amount of comfort, neither provided long term relief. Aspirin didn’t help. The other over the counter meds had too much caffeine, so I couldn’t sleep.  I drank more water. I tried peppermint essential oils.  I even got blood tests to make sure it wasn’t something more serious. You name it, I tried it.  And still, at the worst times, a migraine would show up and ruin my entire day.

I considered asking my doctor for some sort of medication, but knowing that there is a risk that they can lead to substance abuse and dependence, I was determined to find another option.

Internet searches brought up a lot of the same suggestions including:

  • Rest
  • Massage
  • Heating Pad
  • Meditation
  • Caffeine Free Diet (this one particularly made me laugh since so many migraine medications contain caffeine)

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Introducing MigShield

In May, I got an email asking if I’d like to try a new natural solution to migraines from Quantum Health. [amazon_textlink asin=’B0773PZQ4G’ text=’MigShield’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’us-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’ad693cea-9b89-11e8-966c-edd2bd809cb5′] is formulated with CoQ10, Magnesium and Riboflavin, all critical ingredients proven to relieve migraines. I agreed to try them for 2 months because, I had pretty much exhausted all other options at that point.

So here we are, 2 months later.  I’ve only had one migraine since I started taking them which is a definite improvement over the previous 2 months.  Since they are all natural, I don’t have to worry about what I’m putting into my body and more importantly, there is no addiction risk involved. [amazon_textlink asin=’B0773PZQ4G’ text=’MigShield’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’us-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’ad693cea-9b89-11e8-966c-edd2bd809cb5′] has fit in perfectly with my daily supplements and gives me hope.

Do you suffer from migraines? Comment below and let me know what you do for relief.
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I remember that first migraine like it was yesterday. Noise bothered me. Light was unbearable.  It completely debilitated me. I finally found something to help.
*This post is sponsored by Quantum Health but all opinions are my own.

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  • Tamara
    December 2, 2018

    Nice post… I have been suffering from migraine for a long time.. Recently found that it was due a symptom of me being histamine intolerant. For me keeping away from high histamine foods, stale foods, anything high in citrus has helped me.. Also, taking MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) daily has helped a lot.
    I found this blog very informative :

  • Dana Brillante-Peller
    August 13, 2018

    I know a handful of mamas who deal with migraines on a daily basis and it’s not fun. I wonder if any of them have tried this before.

  • Ricci
    August 13, 2018

    I am so glad I don’t get migraines!! I am glad that there are good treatment methods for those who get them though!!

  • Carol Cassara
    August 12, 2018

    This is my first time hearing about this and I think it’s awesome that we can rely on this product for migraines. It’s not easy to deal with especially when you’re in the middle of a very busy day!

  • Jessica Martin
    August 12, 2018

    I suffer from horrible migraines. Over the years I have tried everything that supposedly helps migraines. The only thing the remotely helps is a hit rice sock, Tylenol for pain and benadryl to help me sleep it off, and a dark and quiet room. I will look into the MigShield for relief. Sounds like it works!

  • Marie Kait
    August 12, 2018

    I occasionally suffer from migraines. This has been her helpful!

  • Terri Beavers
    August 12, 2018

    I feel so bad for people that have migraines and this post is very helpful for them. I had one migraine headache in my life and know that I could not live with them all the time. It was insane.

  • Shoshana
    August 12, 2018

    I do suffer from migraines and I take about 4 paracetamol tablets at once when this happens. I will certainly dig into looking at Migshield a bit more because I know how bad migraines can get.

  • What Corinne Did
    August 12, 2018

    I have very very strong migraines and so far, nothing has worked. They are so painful and incapacitating! Thanks for introducing me to this!

  • Yeah Lifestyle
    August 12, 2018

    Such a great informative post this is! I don’t have migraines but will share this with a friend of mine who has.

  • Jackie
    August 12, 2018

    This is such good information. So many people, many friends and family members of mine, suffer from migraines and its hard to find any useful relief.

  • maysz
    August 11, 2018

    I have a migraine specially If I’m stress from work. Thanks for wonderful advice.

  • To be the perfect mother
    August 11, 2018

    My sister has migraines, I think I should share this with here. Thank you for the information..

  • Echo
    August 11, 2018

    My husband gets migraines and so does my sister. I am going to share this with them!

  • Garf
    August 11, 2018

    I sometimes get headaches but usually, they go away easily without having to take any medicine. I just need to relax my mind.

  • Erin Sluka
    August 11, 2018

    I get headaches monthly and have had very bad headaches and I thought I had experienced a migraine before until I had a real migraine and realized those were jus bad headaches. I never want to experience that pain again!

  • Glenda Cates
    August 11, 2018

    I plan on checking this out as soon as possible and also sharing it with my sister as we both end up with blinding Migraines and can’t do anything once one hits us.

  • andrea
    August 11, 2018

    I have to admit I do consider myself lucky, since leaving processed foods and sugar behind I haven’t had any issues with migraines I do know how horrible they are. peppermint oil has helped a lot.

  • Rai
    August 11, 2018

    I use to get really bad migraines,but haven’t had in years. However, I need to share this post to my mom who gets them.

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  • Natalie
    August 11, 2018

    I will have to share this post with my sister. She has been dealing with migraines for years.

  • Yin Chan
    August 11, 2018

    As I’m reading this now, I’m suffering from migraine, thanks for this timely sharing, I shall rest after commenting on all posts.

  • Sundeep Bhatia
    August 11, 2018

    I was looking for something similar but not able to find. Lucky me I saw your blog. Thanks.

  • Eze Azubike
    August 11, 2018

    It’s good of you to educate us about migraine headaches and the steps that seem to be working for you in its amelioration.

  • Betzy Cuellar
    August 11, 2018

    Most of the time, I have frequent headaches and this is a product I hope can help ease the pain.

  • Emma Riley
    August 11, 2018

    Wow, these are great information that helps me to relief myself during my migraine attack. Thank you for sharing this with us I really appreciate it.

  • Lisa Martin
    August 10, 2018

    I will have to give this a try. The hubs gets migraines a lot. This sounds better than his usual go to.

  • Jennifer
    August 10, 2018

    I have a friend that suffered from migraines on the daily, I’ve only had a couple and they are terrible. Thank you for sharing.

  • Tamalyn
    August 10, 2018

    I used to get migraines all the time and then after I had kids, they stopped. So odd, right? My period used to be all over the place to (I was told due to PCOS) but once again after having kids, my period has been arriving like clockwork. Anyway, if my migraines ever return, I will look into this so thanks!!!

  • Janine
    August 10, 2018

    I once had a roommate who suffered from debilitating migraines. I’m going to send this her way!

  • Tara Pittman
    August 10, 2018

    It is amazing that magnesium can help with so many things. I use it to relax and the boys use it for growing pains.

  • Ally
    August 10, 2018

    These are such essential tips! Migraines can be absolutely debilitating, these tips will definitely help the next time I have one!

  • Tasheena
    August 10, 2018

    Awesome tips! This is my first time hearing about this product. I have to share this post with my friend who suffers from migraines.

  • Amber Myers
    August 10, 2018

    I’ll have to try this. I sometimes do get headaches, and I hate them because then it’s tough to get things done.

  • Kita Bryant
    August 10, 2018

    It has been a long time since I have had a migraine. This might come in handy for me someday.

  • Sara Welch
    August 10, 2018

    Oh man migraines are the worst. I will have to give this stuff a try for sure.

  • Heather
    August 10, 2018

    I get headaches, but thankfully not migraines. My sister gets them sometimes as a result of her MS, so I will definitely share this information with her!

  • Esther
    August 10, 2018

    So sorry you suffer from my migraines. My daughter gets them too and I’ll need to look into MigShield for her.

  • Maddy Gutierrez
    August 10, 2018

    I’m lucky enough to never have experienced a migraine, but my husband does! Glad you have found some relief from yours!

  • Lee
    August 10, 2018

    I suffer from Migraines on a regular basis, I will have to check out this medication to see if it will help!

  • Mitch Chaitin
    August 10, 2018

    This is great info. I have several friends who really suffer with migraines, I am sending them this link! Thanks for sharing!

  • Theresa | Bridesmaids Confession
    August 10, 2018

    If there is a natural way to cure something I am all about. I’m currently on 6 or 7 different supplements to help with various things. Mostly for my gut health.

  • Marta Rivera
    August 10, 2018

    So, I used to suffer from migraines, turns out I had a brain aneurysm. It’s ALWAYS a good idea to get checked out if you have frequent migraines.

  • Cristy Harfmann
    August 10, 2018

    Great tips. I got my first migraine this summer. It was the worst.

  • Jeanette
    August 10, 2018

    I am going to tell my friend about these! She has had a headache (which usually turns into a migraine) everyday for the last two weeks! I wonder if this would work for her.

  • Terri Steffes
    August 10, 2018

    I used to have migraines all the time. Evidently they were hormone related because I got better immediately after having a hysterectomy! I wish I had know about this then.

  • Ashley
    August 10, 2018

    I’ve been fortunate enough to never had a migraine… but never say never! These are great tips and I bet some of them work for mild headaches as well. Thanks for sharing!

  • Sarah Bailey
    August 10, 2018

    I am lucky that I don’t get migraines anymore (I did in my teens). But I do get really bad headaches so I’ll have to try some of these ideas for myself and see if they help relieve my pain a little.

  • candy
    August 10, 2018

    I am so grateful that I don’t suffer from migraines. I know several people who do and finding relief can be hard for them. Will have to send this on to them to read, helpfully that will help them.

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