Fighting against Migraines

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Tracking Pixel While I'm on a health kick, I want you to play physician for a sec and try to asses my symptoms and recommend my treatment.

I suffer from chronic migraines; which means I have them at least 14 days out of the month. I wake up with them and I go to sleep with them. I exercise frequently and eat a healthy balanced diet. Before I had my second baby, I was sleeping at least 8 hours each night and was experiencing a low amount of stress. I've had tests run on my thyroid, heart, eyes, head, hormones, sinuses, and even sleep apnea. I've had massages, visited the chiropractor, neurologist, ENT, ophthalmologist, OBGYN, and even a psychologist. Unfortunately, we haven't reached an answer for why I'm experiencing them.

Without going into major detail about migraines, there are generally two ways physicians treat them; symptomatic and preventative. There are different methods and medicines for each and I've tried sooo many. My current medication is preventative, meaning I take a dose every day to help make sure I don't have a headache. It works great, but there are some side effects I don't like. Mostly that it lowers my blood pressure so I am light headed and faint, and can be pretty drowsy until my body gets used to it. I'm nursing and thankfully it doesn't affect my baby.

Okay. Sounds pretty thorough doesn't it!? I am always on the lookout for new things to try and find a solution to why I have so many headaches and migraines.

This last week, I was thinking about maybe seeing a nutritionist, to talk about my diet more thoroughly than a physician usually does. I didn't know where to start looking, so I went to American Well. It's an awesome website that lets you video conference with health care professionals 24/7, 365 days a year online through your phone or computer! I didn't have to wait until there was an opening or wait until the kids woke up from their nap, I didn't have to get dressed, I could talk to someone right then and start getting answers.
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Right away the nutritionist started walking me through my diet and health. We found a couple new ideas that I could try to implement and then do a follow up. Over secure messaging {they're HIPPA compliant} she sent me a work up from the visit as well as research she did on some additional things to try. She was very professional yet personable and I'm excited to try her suggestions. Here are a few:
  • Increase Omega 3 Fatty Acids 
  • Increase Riboflavin 
  • Increase Magnesium
  • Eat Regularly
  • Limit Sugar: Especially before bed. 
  • Balance Meals
  • Keep a detailed diary for at least 3 months
She also included meal suggestions for implementation. I know that this will help my overall health even if I don't find my headache triggers.

One of the suggestions was spinach and eggs. I love eggs for breakfast, they are perfect for fueling up.

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Carissa Miss: Good Foods that Fight Migraines #AmericanWell #ad

Carissa Miss: Good Foods that Fight Migraines #AmericanWell #ad

Here are some other meals she suggested with foods that fight headaches by filling you with amazing vitamins and minerals. The best and most natural way to fuel up!

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I am excited about trying to integrate more of these foods into my diet. I'll probably be sharing more healthy recipes, so stay tuned!

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Working on my Fitness; Kotex keeps me safe

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I've totally been on a healthy kick lately as I've mentioned in this and this post. Even though I'm not sleeping through the night, there's something so satisfying about working hard to get back in shape. Exercising is my favorite part about being healthy. The eating well is probably the hardest for me, I like to think if I burn 1000 calories then I don't have to think about what I eat as much. I know this will not work as I get older and my metabolism slows down. But, for now, I'm happy to live with this assumption.
So, how am I burning 1000 calories in a workout? I just started doing BIkram Yoga and LOVE IT. If you know anything about yoga, you know there's a lot of up and down, body contorting, and balancing. Bikram yoga is all those things in 105+ degrees and 40% humidity. The poses are developed to specific parts of the body: spine, digestive system, heart and lungs, etc. I was surprised at how rejuvenated I feel after a 90 minute session. Because the room is so hot, I wear tiny spandex shorts and tank tops. This usually isn't a problem, except for that special time of the month when short shorts can equal awkward and embarrassing. If you don't know what I'm alluding to, then you've never worn short shorts while on your period. I like knowing I'm safe.
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I can only handle hot yoga a couple times a week so on the other days I integrate some circuit training that includes a lot of jumping jacks, burpees, jump roping, and other vigorous up and down activities. While it's great for my heart and muscles, my post-baby muscles are anything but taut. After a particularly rigorous session, I looked down and realized I needed to change. {TMI? Tell me I'm not alone} I need help making sure I don't have any accidents.

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Carissa Miss: Fitness Routines #staysafewithkotex #ubykotex #pmedia #ad


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When I'm tired of push ups and lunges, I go for a run. Usually with my double jogger. My kids love going on "rides". It's a great way to burn extra calories too. We have a beautiful trail near our house where I can go for miles and miles. If I need to, I take a little break and we throw rocks in the river. We are usually gone for about 45 minutes. It's one of my favorite ways to de-stress and get out of the house. Unfortunately, I'm still not back up-to-speed, and need a little help keeping dry!
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Carissa Miss: Fitness Routines #staysafewithkotex #ubykotex #pmedia #ad

If you want to be sure you'll stay safe while working out, head to Walmart and pick up U by Kotex products at "Walmart’s Every Day Low Price." Make sure you grab the boxes with the Goody elastics on top! {available while supplies last}.

Furniture: Mission Style Dresser

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I really love how this matching dresser to the ugly laminate bookshelf turned out! It was the same boring pressed wood and veneer as the bookshelf but after a couple coats of Country Chic Paint, it's true potential is revealed.

Carissa Miss: Mission Style Dresser transformation

Can you believe it's the same piece? I know, right? I followed the same procedure as on the bookshelf:
gave it a good priming, a coat of liquorice, and two coats of frosty morning

Carissa Miss: Mission Style Dresser transformation

 After a little distressing, some wax,

Carissa Miss: Mission Style Dresser transformation

and new hardware,

Carissa Miss: Mission Style Dresser transformation

As you can tell, the new hardware is a great complement to the pastel blue. A completely different style just by updating the knobs! This update is easy if you know where to start. My client loved the look of the recessed pulls so here's a quick little tutorial on how to go from knobs to pulls.

Carissa Miss: Mission Style Dresser transformation

Cut a piece of tape the exact length of the pull and mark where the holes are. I would recommend using something more durable than this adorable washi tape. Then drill where you marked and install the new hardware.

Carissa Miss: Mission Style Dresser transformation

Repeat until all the new hardware is installed.

Eliza's First Dance Recital

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I have been waiting for this day since the day she was born. As a former dancer, I couldn't wait until Eliza was old enough to start dancing herself. I've crossed my fingers and my toes that she loves it as much as I do, but I'm also trying to stay open to the possibility she doesn't fall in love with it.

 


 We arrived late to the dress rehearsal, so she didn't get a chance to practice up on stage before her performance. With a bribe of a treat and her own Diet Coke if she was brave, she was awesome!


 Her little friend is a couple years older and they were so cute posing in front of the backdrop


 I love my little tiny dancer.


Furniture: Perfectly Pink Girl's Hope Chest

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I may or may not have the most exciting news ever. Ok, I do. I'm now working with Country Chic Paints to bring you some amazing furniture transformations! I think furniture is one of my favorite things to DIY and I'm so excited to show you what I can do with these paints.

The first project is an adorable hope chest. I love the idea of pink and gold in a little girl's room. It's so romantic.



The chest was pretty adorable to start; the lines and the shape, but it was still stuck in the 80's with the acrylic painted hearts and vine. I quickly brought it up to date with Vintage Cupcake and the Gold Antique wax. The paint is sooo easy to work with. No primer. No sanding. Dry in mere minutes after applying. I LOVE IT. I usually just apply the wax with a cloth and rub it until I like the color and shine. I love the way wax complements the chalky texture of the paint. It's like the conditioner to shampoo: Smooth and Shiny. 



I have a lot of projects in the works since I can bust these out faster than you can say, "Country Chic Paint rocks my world". Okay, not really, but you get my gist.
To add even more glitz, I spray painted the edges and feet with Rust-Oleum Gold Spray Paint.



I decided that I just had to share some adorable pink and gold accents that you could add to the room with this hope chest to complete the perfect, pink and gold, little girl's room.


Don't you love it? I can imagine exactly how this room would look. I think I want those pieces for me...Love what you see? Contact me for a room consult!

Easy Easter Basket with Disney's The Pirate Fairy

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My extended family is what you'd call a "Disney family". Almost all our favorite memories revolve around Disney and we prefer vacationing with Disney, i.e. Disney Cruise, Disney resort in Hawaii, Disneyland, etc. We have Disney themed birthday parties, like my daughter's TinkerBell party last fall, make Disney themed crafts together as a family and go to all the new Disney movies. While we are not unique in this tradition, our family beats any on Disney Trivia. {We actually won a competition on our Disney Cruise!} Want to test your knowledge? Here's a quick 10 question trivia I put together for you. Have a go!

Did you have to Google any answers? I knew then that I had to include something Disney in Eliza's Easter basket this year.


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I'm so excited for the newest Disney fairy movie: The Pirate Fairy. I bought mine at Walmart because you can get the Pixie Hollow Bake Off DVD for free with the purchase of the Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital HD combo. {Who doesn't love 2/1?} Since it was released on April 1, you can find it on the end-cap with the other new releases.

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As with Christmas gifts, I like to make sure I include something for her to read too. I found a fun kindergarten workbook for a couple bucks I decided to throw in there too. Perfect for the summer when I need her occupied for a half hour or so. I also plan to host our own little bake off! Just like in the TinkerBell short DVD. The Pixie Hollow Bake Off DVD follows Tinker Bell as she challenges Pixie Hollow’s culinary superstars when she refers to the art of baking as “just tinkering with flour.” Tink then goes head-to-head with head baking fairy Gelata and her Baking Fairies. The winning cake will be featured at Queen Clarion’s Arrival Day Party! Such a fun theme and idea to do with her little preschool friends.


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I also HAD to buy her the Cadbury mini eggs and Hershey's cookies and cream Kisses. I love them. She loves them. 

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 Do you have any favorites that you include in your kids' Easter baskets?