Moms with Migraines

Do you suffer from migraines like I do? They tend to rule my life and my daily decisions. I am always faced with making plans based on whether I have a migraine, or if one comes, how we will handle the day. I have had these migraines since I was 9 years old. They have gotten worse as I have gotten older, and that is difficult as a mom. You are supposed to be the one that makes everything better and kisses the boo boos away. You are not supposed to be the sick one. As my oldest who is now 4 gets older, she is starting to understand more about my Hemiplegic Migraine condition. She now worries about me getting sick and if I will miss out on fun family outings. I am always looking for ways to care for myself and be sure to be the healthiest and best prepared I can be with my migraine condition. I take daily preventative medications, I eat a healthy diet, and I try to get as much sleep as I can. I do all the things anyone with migraines knows to do to stay in the clear as best as we can. There are certain things that we cannot control that tend to trigger our migraines however, and for these things we need a little extra help. Stress, the weather, and light are things that can wreak havoc on our heads. Light has been a huge issue for me. I love the sunshine. It makes me happy, but it also kills my head. The sunlight hurts my head and the glare it leaves on objects and cars driving by at times makes it difficult for me to function in society. I also have a hard time driving at night for the same reasons. The headlights on cars tend to really bother my eyes. I usually ask my husband to drive if we are going somewhere together or I tend to shy away from night time events. I started to research glasses for migraines to see if there was any hope for me to live a normal life and came across Avulux. These glasses were exactly what I had been hoping for. The lenses are currently nonprescription (though they mention they will be providing a prescription lens solution soon) and are made to block the wavelengths of light that cause migraines to help prevent, treat, and lessen the effects of migraine. The best part about finding these glasses was they are cute too. I contacted the company to learn more and told them about my migraine condition. I loved learning about the thought process that went into creating these glasses and the trial period of testing these glasses on migraine patients. The bottom line is, they care about the migraine community, and to me that means a lot. I decided to order my first pair of glasses in the BLI style. I couldn’t wait to try them out. They arrived a few days later and I have since worn them about a week. I am happy to report they are by far the best I have found to block the sun glare that has been the hardest and worst trigger for me. I plan to continue wearing the glasses for a few weeks and documenting my findings. I am excited to see how the glasses work for me driving at night, and in a department store. For a migraine sufferer like myself (15+ migraine days a month), they say it is best to wear the glasses all the time during your normal daily activity. Customers with fewer migraine days can simply place them on once they notice their first migraine symptom. Though they should be worn during any known migraine triggering events, like driving in my case. I can’t wait to share this great product with you and how I feel using it over the next few weeks! I will say the glasses look great on. They have a slight tint to them, not as dark as a pair of sunglasses, so you are able to wear them indoors. Stay tuned and for now you can check them out by following the link below! If you have any questions about these glasses or just want to talk migraines feel free to reach out!

https://avulux.com

Learning about science

We love to learn in our house. On T days .. ( Tuesday and Thursday) we spend the day learning and exploring new things. We decided to use our new Big and Fun Microscope and learn and bugs. Well, almost all bugs except spiders, we don’t like spiders. ( Sophia says 😊 )

Our Big and Fun Microscope come with really fun slides and a book to follow along. We love learning about biology and science. There is so much to learn about in this book. Bug, the earth, people, and so much more. We can’t wait for the next T day to spend more day learning at home!!!

Imaginary Play

We love toys that spark the imagination. Magformers do just that. Sophia had so much fun building her police station and trucks while dressed in her favorite police costume from Melissa and Doug. We love to encourage her to use her imagination and have fun while learning. She played with this toy for hours. Magformers are magnetic building blocks and can be use to create many different objects for hours of fun.

Being a Mom

The greatest thing I could ever be is their mom. I look at these two girls are I feel so blessed. They bring so much love into my life and more happiness than I could have ever known. Being a mom is more than I ever dreamed it would be. I am the one they depend on and count on. I kiss the boo boos and make the best sandwiches. I am there for the good, the bad, and the down right scariest tantrums in the world. I sacrifice a shower more times than I would like to admit for their happiness. My body isn’t what it used to be, but I am so proud of the woman I am today. I love every curve, every stripe, and even the extra few pounds that made me the mom I am today. I am so proud to have created these spunky, smart, and courageous little girls. I’m so thankful they call me Mommy.

Have you walked in her shoes?

I’ve been thinking a lot about being a mom and all that comes along with it. From the moment you find out you are pregnant your world suddenly changes. You start to worry about every little thing. From that moment on your life is no longer your own. As a mom you are the caretaker of the home, the therapist, the chef, the doctor, you name the role… I bet you own it. Have you ever really stopped to wonder what it does to your body… your soul? I have recently been, I guess you would say, the victim; however, I don’t like to use this word lightly, of mom judgment or shaming. You know what I have to say about it… It sucks! There is no candy coating involved in this statement, it just down right sucks. I have spent my adult years in a no judgment zone. I cannot say the same for my naïve teenage and college self, but the woman I have become has grown in a different direction. I have a respect for others in a way that helps me to view life in a way that makes me understand that instead of judging someone for what they may do or say, wonder what drove them in that direction. As far as mom life is concerned, have you ever looked at a mom and wondered what must her morning have been like? I have been on both ends of this spectrum. I have been the mom wondering and I am certain I have been the one being judged. There have been days that no matter what you envisioned could go right, has gone wrong. Breakfast was burned and that was the last piece of bread. The stomach bug just happened to hit your home unexpectedly, your husband lost his job, there is a health concern in your family, your toddler is on their third tantrum and its only 8am. All these things could be happening to a mom you pass in the grocery store, but you have no idea what she is going through. My point is you have a decision to make, you can judge her based on her attire, her demeanor or choose to smile at her and pray her day gets better. I wonder what the mom community would be like if we truly cared more about one another and less about judging each other. I challenge you to look at a mom you either want to get to know, or maybe have neglected taking the time to, and ask yourself… have you walked in her shoes? Life is hard, being a mom is hard, we need each other to get through this thing called motherhood.

Today I had a very unexpected situation happen while I was at Lowe’s with my two daughters. I was struggling to load 130 stone blocks onto a cart with both girls patiently waiting next to me with Nana. It took me longer than expected and the girls were restless. Priscilla was starting to cry and a women became very upset with my children’s behavior. She was incredibly rude to us and even went as far as to swear at myself and my children. Honestly it was one of the most bizarre situations I have ever encountered in my life. After spending so much energy picking up these stones my only response was I will pray for you. I went on with my day, but couldn’t help but wonder what drove that women to have so much anger towards me and my children. I for sure was not having the best day ever… and I can’t imagine she thought treating me this way would make my day any better. I just pray these sorts of things wouldn’t continue to happen to other moms. We are strong and do so much for our families. We need to lift each other up.

Turmeric for a Healthy lifestyle with HealthPlus

One thing is for certain, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a top priority for me. With my rare, and at times complicated, medical condition, I am always finding ways to stay on top of my health and find natural ways to care for my body. I am an active mom of two toddler girls and I need to keep up with their every day activities. This means I need to stay in great shape. As I start to age, I want to be sure my body keeps up. I have found a beneficial product line that I love. The main component is Turmeric which I’ve used in my kitchen for years for its health benefits.

Turmeric is a spice that has a warm bitter taste. It is usually used in a lot of foods to add flavor or color. The root of it is used for medicine because it contains a chemical called curcumin which is used for many ailments. It is believed the chemical curcumin decreases swelling and inflammation and may be beneficial in many medical conditions of the human body. For me and my Hemiplegic Migraine condition this is key. When there is inflammation in my brain, I tend to have more episodes then when my brain and body have little to no inflammation. I started to add Turmeric to my tea and my meals for its anti-inflammatory benefits. I like to find the best and most natural ways to stay as healthy as I can. This is what led me to find the Health Plus product line.

Health Plus Inc has a Turmeric line that is awesome for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The digest, heart, and joint capsules are all awesome in their own unique ways. They are formulated with the purest form of turmeric root powder and root extract to help assist the body in its proper function. I think my favorite product is the digest. I just love how it makes my tummy feel. Gut absorption is so important for a chronic migraine patient or really anyone. This product speaks volumes for helping bad bacteria and toxins from passing through your gut lining. Anything that keeps inflammation down and good bacteria in, is a great product for me. I also love their Joint and Heart products as well. As a busy mom of two toddlers I need to stay on top of my health, and both keep me in check. Turmeric is an awesome antioxidant, along with the other ingredients, this little Heart bottle is wonderful in aiding in heart health. As far as my joints are concerned, they haven’t been happier. Since using my Joint product line, I have noticed less discomfort and more pep in my step. Turmeric and the MSM are the powerful anti-inflammatory team keeping me an active mommy!

Since I am on this Turmeric kick, I decided to make a fun family recipe that even my picky toddlers would love! I am all about easy and quick recipes and this one is a keeper for sure! For the recipe I added fresh ground Turmeric and for myself I added a capsule of Digest to my finished product at the end. If you use your imagination, its amazing to see how easy it is to get healthy. I hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as ours did! Enjoy

Turmeric Honey Glazed Chicken

1 package chicken tenders

¼ cup honey

¼ cup soy sauce

1 teaspoon garlic chopped

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 cup chopped pineapple (you can use fresh or from can with juice)

Brown Rice (I use minute rice quick serve)

Chopped Scallion

Salt & Pepper to taste

Heat coconut oil on med/high heat in pan. Toss Chicken with cornstarch in zip lock bag till well coated. Add to heated oil and fry. Once golden-brown remove from pan and cut into small pieces. Add garlic and cook till sizzling. Add honey, soy sauce chopped pineapple, salt and pepper, and turmeric. Add chicken back in. Let thicken. Heat rice in microwave and place in bowls. Add chicken mixture on top of rice and top with scallions. * I added an opened capsule of Digest on top of my Turmeric Honey Chicken Bowl!

Spring Staycation! Momsbeyond Contributor!

Friday school pick-up was an exciting one for sure. Sophia ran to the gate of the schoolyard with her bag filled with Easter goodies. Her preschool had their annual Easter egg hunt that day, as the following week was Spring Break. The children were all full of excitement, and you could tell by the look on every mom’s face that we were all thinking the same thing: send wine! 

As Sophia ran up to me, she couldn’t wait to ask me her excited questions: “Mommy, we are going on vacation next week? What hotel are we staying it?!?!” Oh my goodness, was she in for a world of disappointment as we walked to the car and I fastened her into her car seat! This began the very long and not-so-happy ride home of me explaining to my child the fun and excitement in our staycation! I told her that the school is on vacation, so we get to have lots of fun as a family spending time together and taking a break from our normal routine. The truth is I have nothing planned and I’m in the business of winging it! My husband will be at work, and the weather here in New England still needs to decide if its winter or spring.

What exactly is a “staycation,” anyway? I have been coming up with a few fun things to do with the girls during the day to make this week enjoyable. There’s always going to the zoo, aquarium, parks, and playground if the weather allows for it. I love to think outside of the box too! In our house, we enjoy crafts and baking, so those activities are at the top of our list. We love trying new, exciting foods and experimenting with cooking. On our baking list, we are going to attempt macaroons, and for crafts, of course, we’re coloring eggs!

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Spring Staycation

Sisterly Bond

Saturday’s are filled with activities and family fun! Today we enjoyed the first warm day of the year and spent the entire day out. These two had a blast picking out their outfits together. It’s adorable to see them in their room together. Sophia loves to pick out her outfits, and her younger sister Priscilla is starting to do the same. Sophia was so proud of her look she asked to pose for a photo. The two girls stood in our kitchen and I snapped a few keepers. As I looked through the “cheese” smiles, I came across this picture. The look on Priscilla’s face says it all. She adores her big sister. These two have truly become best friends. They play together, giggle together, and basically do everything together. It is a true blessing watching these two grow up together. A huge plus in all of this is they have a pretty awesome fashion sense too! 😂

My Feature in MomCulture!!!

When it comes to cooking in the kitchen, one thing is for sure, in our house it’s a family affair. Since the very early age of one, Sophia my four-year-old has been cooking and baking up a storm in my kitchen. She learned how to crack her first egg before the age of two and found a love for creating recipes very early on in her cooking career. I must admit I was nervous about the mess that would become of my kitchen, but the memories we would make and the moments we shared far surpassed these concerns. As the years have gone by, Sophia has become quite the little chef. She makes the most delicious apple pie I have ever tasted and her secret ingredients would make you laugh… but they work! I’ll give you a hint… there is more fruit than apples and a pinch of salt goes a long way! …..

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Mom Culture Blog! Easter Treat!

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers 🤤

Dinner needed to be quick last night. We had errands to run and Sophia had practice. I grabbed a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store and improvised with ingredients I had at home. I could not believe how quickly I had dinner prepped and in the oven. It took me less than 10 minutes to make the stuffed pepper filling and the peppers cooked in the oven for about 30 minutes. This was the perfect week night meal. I made the kids a quick quesadilla because buffalo chicken is a little spicy for them, but perfect for a low carb dinner for us! I hope you enjoy this as much as we did!!!! 

 

Recipe:

3 large Peppers ( I used Green Bell Peppers)

rotisserie Chicken 

1 tablespoon cream cheese

2 tablespoon sour cream

1-2 tablespoon blue cheese crumbles

1 stalk celery chopped

few stalks of green onion chopped

1/4 cup buffalo sauce

1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese ( plus some to sprinkle on top)

 

Preheat oven to 350. Pull apart chicken and break into small shreds, put into mixing bowl. Add all ingredients and mix well. Cut peppers in half so you have 6 pieces. Stuff peppers and finish with a sprinkle of cheese on top. Bake in oven for 30 minutes or until brown. Enjoy! 🙂