10 Tips For Migraine Suffers
Having a migraine is not fun, to say the least, but did you know there are some tricks and tips to avoid triggering them? There are various reasons people suffer from migraines. Not all are fixable. Some things that trigger one person might not for another and the same thing goes for treatments. My sister has suffered from migraines for a few decades. One of her big triggers is chocolate. I have a friend that gets a migraine every time the barometer has a large change in one day. Even if she is indoors with the A/C or heater. Just the outdoor pressure triggers one. If you aren’t sure what is triggering them, then a good idea is to make a journal of events, exercise and diet to try to see if there is a pattern. It is good to consult with a doctor too, since there are some medications that help with migraines. Once you have one, than there are other things you can do to try to lessen the severity and duration.
Migraine Triggers You Might Not Know About
- Avoid aged cheese and wine and any foods that seem to cause migraines for you. Everyone is different.
- Strong odors, like perfume, can be a headache and migraine trigger.
- Change in sleeping patterns (like sleeping in on the weekend) can cause migraines. Try to make sure you get up and go to sleep at the same time.
- Excessive exercise, including sex, can trigger a migraine.
- Let’s not forget a big one, stress. Reducing stress in your life can make a big difference in how often you get migraine headaches.
Ways To Get Rid of A Migraine
Once you have one- now what? Here are a few ideas to get rid of one so you can be back to your normal life faster.
- Try out this awesome cooling Migraine Hat. It might look a little funny but if it helps, why not, right? Actually, it sorta looks like wearing a beanie, so you can bring it to work or wear it in the car. It is hands-free and wraps around your head with cooling packs and is one-size-fits-all. You can pull it over your eyes and ears to block out the sun and some sound too.
- Try some nuts, grapes, turkey or ginger root. These are all foods that help reduce migraines.
- Get a massage. Make sure they work on the pressure points on your head and neck.
- Add some supplements to your daily diet. Melatonin, Omega 3 fish oils, peppermint oil and Vitamin D.
- Reduce the lights. Dimming the lights during a migraine will help reduce the light sensor. If you go outside make sure you wear sunglasses.
5 Items To Pack For A Track Meet
Track season is upon us and parents everywhere are attending weekend track meets for their kids. For those new to track, it might seem daunting to know what to bring. Especially if you are there for most of the day. You’ll want to pack enough, without bringing enough for a getaway. Here are a few tips from a seasoned track mom on what to pack.
- Make sure you wear comfortable clothing. Something you can wear if you are volunteering on the field, tag pulling, or working at the field events (our track team requires 8 volunteer hours per child on the team). If you get there at 6am for set-up it will be cold. The meet usually starts at 8:30am and runs until about 2 or 3pm with tear-down after that. I like to have my daughter pick a few events for each meet that are close in time. That way we are there for about 4 hours but not the entire day. I really love the comfortable and stylish clothing Fabletics offers. I like to wear a track-mom shirt and shorts or leggings with sneakers and I bring a light long-sleeve shirt or cardigan. Something lightweight to carry if I’m running around.
- Bring water and light snacks. Most track locations have a snack bar but the options are like a movie theater (hot dogs, nachos, chips, ring pops, etc). If you want to eat healthy bring something light that won’t melt or bring a small portable ice chest. I like packing nuts, cheese and crackers, ice cold water and some granola bars.
I have a portable ice chest like this one and it has lasted me over 10 years!
3. Be prepared to sit or stand in the sun for hours. Some teams have Easy-Ups but if it is a hot day the kids pack under them and there is no room. Most stadiums do not allow them anywhere except the highest steps. So if you aren’t there at 6:30am, there will be no place to put yours. Some people bring umbrellas, super large umbrellas or beach shades. But those block the view from others and get caught by the wind and blow into other people. So if you bring one, it is only allowed at the very front of the seats, or on the ground, on the sides of the stadium. You will need to anchor it some how so it does not blow away. Most people bring blankets to put inside or lounge chairs. If you get a sunshade, make sure you get one that is portable and easy to setup/teardown.
4. Do not forget sunscreen! For yourself and your athletes. You will be in the sun, a lot! Best way to avoid becoming a lobster is to get a good sunhat and apply lots of sunscreen. The athletes will be in the sun during staging, warm-ups and while they are competing. Make sure they apply sunscreen under their warm-up clothes so they don’t get burnt in their uniform.
5. Get some type of seat cushion if you are sitting in the bleachers. Most bleachers are concrete or metal and if I’ve been sitting on them for a few hours my hips are hurting me. A simple padded cushion works for me (and is less to carry). Some people like to purchase stadium seats that have backs to them and pockets. Some even have an overhead awning. Figure out what you want to carry and what is comfortable for you. But bring one for yourself and your athlete (to sit on when he/she isn’t competing).
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Top Apps to Help Busy Moms Manage Their Days
Moms are masters of multitasking but that is not to say that you don’t need a bit of a helping hand at various points through the day, which is where a few apps loaded on your phone could come to the rescue.
Here is a look at some apps that fit the bill, including a way to have medical help on call, a way to motivate your kids to get ready for school, plus an app that searches out kid-friendly entertainment near you.
Medical help at the touch of a button
If you want access to your medical records, check your next scheduled appointment with your doctor, or ask a healthcare specialist a question, there is an app that lets you do all of these things and more besides.
Another useful feature you get with the ContinuousCare app is the ability to consult with your doctor without leaving your home, which could be very useful when you are looking after your children at the time.
If your doctor subscribes to Virtual Practice, the app lets you schedule a video consult and run through your issues without the need to wait in line at the practice.
Get some help with the morning routine
As your children get to school age it is a great idea to encourage them to be a little more independent and do some tasks on their own without your supervision.
Getting ready for school in the morning can be a real challenge for mom’s and trying to get all the kids ready feels like plate spinning, as it only takes one to fall behind and the usual schedule collapses rapidly.
A good solution could be an app called the Happy Kids Timer, which turns chores, like brushing their teeth and getting dressed, into an exciting game to beat the clock. The animations and music you get with the app should entertain them and if they present themselves washed and dressed on time, it is a win/win.
You might also want to check out this android weather app for your phone, which will give you the heads up on whether you might need them to take their coat or pack an umbrella.
A good place to go
If you are out and about and trying to entertain or feed your kids it could help to have an app to hand that helps you track down kid-friendly places to visit in the area and restaurants where children are definitely welcome.
You want to be able to focus on keeping an eye on the kids rather than searching around for somewhere suitable to take them to, which is is why it could make sense to use an app like Trekaroo to find all the child-friendly venues in the neighborhood.
Next time someone asks you how you juggle all your tasks with raising a family, you might want to share a few of the tricks that you have loaded on your phone, or maybe keep all the apps to yourself and take all the credit, you’ve earned it anyway!
Homework, Naps and Apps:
Tips and Tools to Help Kids Learn to Manage Their Lives Better
Older kids spend a lot of time on their mobile devices these days. But it doesn’t always have to be about games, there are lots of great apps out there to help them manage their lives better. Here’s a rundown on some of the best of them.
This android alarm clock app is great for helping kids sleep better, wake up faster and even track the time it takes them to do things like chores and homework. They can wake up to their favorite tunes every morning. But it’s not just an alarm clock, it can also lull you to sleep at night. After a long day of classes, they can set a timer and play relaxing music to help them sleep soundly. Other features include different clock faces, a brightness slider, auto-launch, a variety of clock widgets and a built-in flashlight.
With the Wearsafe Personal Safety System, if your child encounters danger pressing the device’s button will transmit an alert to family member’s and friends’ mobile devices. It also opens a live audio link from your child’s so he or she can respond or call 911. It lets the wearer know that help is coming by emitting a vibration each time someone gets the alert. Alerts can be sent from up to 200 feet.
Help your child keep abreast of all his or her homework assignments and classes with MyHomework app. Projects will never be handed in late again. Each time you add a due date, you can prioritize it and color code it. You can view homework assignments on the calendar or by subject. You can also add classes by period or by time.
This is a great way to introduce children to banking and balancing a checking account. Bankaroo is an app for smartphones and tablets. It is comprised of a virtual bank that lets kids keep track of their allowance. It’s super user-friendly because it was actually created by an 11-year- old. Users enter their virtual allowance amount and set saving and spending goals.
Combat bullying and self-doubt with Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are, an inspirational graphic novel about a group of loyal friends who help boost each other’s self-esteem when faced with teasing, bullying, and self-doubt. Some of the characters lack of confidence is related to their weight, grades, self-image, or athletic skills, but their friends always know just the right thing to say to give them a better perspective.
Help your child build his or her vocabulary by turning words into a game. Vocabulary.com has an adaptive style so that kids can learn at their own level while still being challenged with new words. As their understanding improves, the challenge level increases. These apps will help your kids learn how to save time, handle money, keep up with school work, gain confidence and increase their word power with just the touch of their fingertips.
Mason Long is a Dad to 2 wonderful boys and shares his parenting tips and thoughts with other parents around the web with his articles.
10 Ways To Have Creative Fun With Kids
Sometimes there is free time with the family and it is way too easy to put the tv on. Here are some fun ideas for all ages to do with the family. Educational, creative, hands on fun. Dig in and make the most of these years.
- Get a 3D pen and take turns building all sorts of fun things. Hamilton Buhl 3D pen is on Amazon and additional filament can be purchased. Not sure if there is an actual age limit on this but I saw kids at MakerCon in early elementary school creating all sorts of objects.
2. Go on a scavenger hunt! Make one or search for a printable one online. You can do it in your neighborhood, on a hike or at the mall. Team up youngest and oldest to balance the odds.
3. Make your own trailmix. Get your favorite ingredients and make lunch-sized bags. Most contain nuts, chocolate and dried fruit. Add the ones you like.
4. Play Flashlight Tag outside. The Atomic Beam flashlight is great since it can be worn on the forehead and will point in the direction the wearer looks.
5- Have some STEM fun. Basher Science has books, card games and action figures about biology, chemistry, rocks & minerals. Meant for ages 10-14 but younger and older kids can play and learn too.
6- Build an engine! The Electric Motors Catalyst is a hands on project from Tinkering Labs. This is more STEM fun and the end result is a really cool car. Teacher love these for rainy days and state standards can be printed.
7- Learn to Tie-Dye shirts. This takes sometime but I did it with the kids and we had a blast. The end result was we all had new shirts (I used old white shirts that had some stains on them). The kids made a second shirt and after the dye was dry they cut and sewed the shirt, making a pillow. I bought one-step color by Tulip to make it easier but still pre-washed the shirts and soaked them in vinegar to make the color last. It is cheaper if you make the dye yourself but I didn’t want a huge mess. FYI- we did this in the backyard, on the patio, since the dye did splash some.
8- Bake some muffins. Kids like mixing ingredients and it is a great way to help with reading skills and teach some math skills with the measuring. Want to make it harder? Double a recipe and have them figure it out. End result is a delicious snack everyone can enjoy.
9- Color together. Depending on the age kids might want crayons and construction paper or they can color with you in an adult-child coloring book. It is a great way to chat and have some resting time. I love this Let’s Color Together book. It has a child side (easier, less detailed picture) and an adult side. You can color at the same time in one book.
8- Go for a walk. Get some books educational books for your region. You can get books on birds, native plants, native wildlife. Bring a book and some binoculars and go searching together.
No matter what you do, if you are enjoying your day and spending time together it is priceless and making great memories.
What are some creative ways you have fun with your family?