9 Headache & Migraine Hacks | Girl Talk Tuesday

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One thing I’ve got plenty of experience with is headaches.  Listen, I’m not bragging about that experience…  I’m just saying that I know a thing or two about that nasty word.  And migraines?  Girl, I got you there too.  If you’ve never had a migraine, count yourself blessed. Very, very blessed.

I felt like Girl Talk Tuesday was the best time for us to tackle this topic since we talk about things like period cramps and small breasts.  A lot of times headaches and migraines are hormonal.  Other times they’re hereditary, a result of your environment or a plethora of other reasons.  If you read my birth control blog post, then you know that I went through a dark period of time when migraines literally took over my life.  I learned so much about my body and how to deal with headaches/migraines during that time.  I wanted to share the wealth with any of my sisters who also suffer.

Headaches Migraines Hacks Girl Talk Tuesday Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Headaches Migraines Hacks Girl Talk Tuesday Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Headaches Migraines Hacks Girl Talk Tuesday Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Headaches Migraines Hacks Girl Talk Tuesday Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Headaches Migraines Hacks Girl Talk Tuesday Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Headaches Migraines Hacks Girl Talk Tuesday Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

9 Headache and Migraine Hacks:

  1. Pain Killers.  This one is a duh, I know.  But the reason it’s #1 on my list is to not wait until it’s too late to take something for the pain.  Many times I feel like I can just deal with the pain, because it’s no that bad…  Then, all of sudden, the pain takes a quick turn and I’m in severe pain.  Listen to your body.  Take a small dose to knock it out before it gets worse if you know that you have a tendency to get worse before you get better.  I personally use either Advil or Excedrin Migraine.
  2. Chug that water!  Girl, stay hydrated.  Being dehydrated can be the only reason you’re in pain, so try to stay on top of your water intake daily.
  3. Find a cool, dark place.  My migraines come with an aura, so I get about a 30 minute warning.  At the first sign of migraine (aura) I pop an Excedrin Migraine and go find a cool, dark place to lay down.  I’ve found that if I do this immediately, I sometimes only get a mild headache.  If I wait too long, then the headache comes full force.  Being in a cool, dark room relaxes your eyes and keeps you calm.
  4. Turn down the volume.  Being in the quiet will dramatically help reduce the pain sometimes.
  5. Keep an ice pack on hand.  I’ve found that an ice pack placed on the base of my head/neck area really helps manage the pain.
  6. Invest in a steamer.  When my headaches are allergy or sinus related, I find that oftentimes I’m just really dried out.  Sitting under my steamer is such a relief during a bad headache or migraine.
  7. Rinse those passages!  If you’re suffering from allergy or sinus headaches, consider doing regular nasal passages.  As my allergist put it to me, we wash our bodies every day, but we never wash our nasal passages.  Think about all the dust, dirt and pollen we breathe in on the regular.  A nasal rinse can really help to keep those allergy headaches to a minimum.
  8. Olbas oil.  I’m a big believer in homeopathic medicine.  When I can, I use Olbas oil to treat my headaches instead of popping yet another painkiller.
  9. Watch your diet.  Have you noticed that your headaches or migraines come from certain triggers?  Maybe it’s only the week before your period?  Or maybe it’s when you skip your morning cup of coffee?  For me, I know MSG is a major trigger.  Consider journaling your headaches, what you did and ate the day before, and maybe you’ll begin to see a pattern form.

What are your headache tips and tricks?  I feel like I’ve tried just about anything and everything under the sun, these are just the things I’ve found that actually work for me.  Leave a comment and let me know how you treat your headaches.  Also, if you’re noticing more headaches than normal lately, go see your doctor.

Photos by Kara Coleen.

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7 Ways to Pamper your Skin

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I often say that you only have one chance to take care of your skin.  Too many of us wait until we see signs of aging before we actually do something about it.  Can you imagine how beautiful our skin would be if we invested into it before we saw tell-tale signs of damage?

My mom and Mawmaw preached skincare to me my whole life.  Mawmaw stayed on me about keeping my face covered when I’m in the sun.  Man, I wish I’d listened to her!  Instead, I cooked myself in tanning beds and laid in the sun every single chance I got.  I’m not sure why being tan was so important to me, but I’d give anything to hop in a time machine and undo all that sun damage.

Now that the sun damage is there, I’m constantly researching and finding ways to prevent further damage and keep my skin looking fresh.  Let’s talk about some ways that any woman can begin investing into her skin.

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REN Skincare Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

REN Skincare Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

REN Skincare Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

7 Ways to Pamper Your Skin:

  1. Drink water.  Are you drinking half your body weight in ounces of water daily?  Water consumption helps to rid the body and skin of toxins.  I personally find that my skin is clearer, brighter and better hydrated when I’m drinking enough water throughout the day.
  2. Get adequate rest.  When I’m tired, my skin is usually the first thing to betray me.  After a good night’s sleep, my skin looks brighter, fuller and my dark circles are less obvious.  Beauty sleep is a real thing!
  3. Visit the dermatologist.  Stay on top of your skin medically.  I go to the dermatologist at least once a year to do mole checks and ensure that all of my skin concerns are being addressed.
  4. Always remove your makeup.  Repeat after me…  I will not go to bed with my makeup on no matter how tired I am.  This is the #1 beautiful skin rule!
  5. Watch what you put into your body.  I’m a big believer that what you put into your body shows in your skin.  Consider adding supplements to your regimen that will benefit your skin.
  6. Exfoliate.  This is one of my biggest tips.  So many women forget to add exfoliation to their skincare regimen.  You need to regularly remove your dead skin.  I love using REN Skincare’s Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask which contains Mexican Papaya that helps to exfoliate my skin.  This 10-minute mask brightens and smooths my skin, while removing dead skin cells.  It helps to diminish dark spots and acne scars while also reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  After use, I noticed my skin was softer to the touch while looking brighter and healthier.
  7. Keep your skin moisturized.  Dry skin not only appears dull, but also appears older in my opinion.  Using the proper products to keep your skin moisturized helps to create the appearance of more youthful skin.  REN Skincare’s Radiance Perfection Serum is a great addition to your skincare regimen before you apply moisturizer.  This radiance serum will help to look more energized, radiant and healthy.  It also helps to even out your skin tone.

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REN Skincare Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

REN Skincare Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

What are your tips for pampering your skin?  Leave a comment below and let me know!  I love hearing your tips and tricks.

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9 Spring Cleaning Tips and Hacks

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I love spring cleaning.  There’s something so satisfying in ridding your home of the clutter.  If you missed my post, “5 Tips for Purging” you should check it out.  I talk about practical ways to start the purge process.

Spring cleaning isn’t just purging…  It’s actually a good deep clean.  I tend to lean a bit towards the OCD side when it comes to cleanliness level.  I like my home to be spotless.  Messes make me crazy.  I can’t focus when I’m surrounded by mess.  Living in a house full of boxes these past three weeks has just about driven me up a wall.  Matt & I made some moves this weekend though and got a lot of our unpacking finished.  Let me know if you’d like to see an organization post on my closet.

Speaking of closets, with all the unpacking, we boxed up tons of stuff to donate or give away.  I saved some special pieces to add to my Poshmark shop, so if you live in the US and you’re interested in shopping my closet, be sure to follow me there.  If you’re new to Poshmark, use code: JTHJG to get $5 off your first order. (This is not sponsored BTW… I just love Poshmark!)

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9 Spring Cleaning Tips and Hacks

  1. Give your towels a refresh.  Ever notice that your bath towels start to lose absorbency?  I’ve found that’s usually because of fabric softener build-up.  Every so often, I like to use this trick to freshen up my towels: One cycle with hot water and one cup of white vinegar.  Then run them through a second cycle with cold water and half a cup of baking soda.  Dry as normal.  I first discovered this remedy on Pinterest about five years ago and I couldn’t believe the difference it made in my towels!
  2. Wipe down your baseboards and blinds/shutters.  These two jobs are perhaps my least favorite housekeeping tasks.  I prefer using my vacuum attachment first to remove dust then going over them with a damp microfiber cloth.  If you have a baseboards hack, please let me know…  I’d love to find a way to make this job less painful.  I also use a damp microfiber cloth on our plantation shutters.
  3. Deep clean the microwave.  This one isn’t terrible.  I fill a bowl with water and several drops of vanilla extract.  I microwave my water/vanilla concoction for at least three minutes then immediately wipe down the inside of the microwave with a cloth.
  4. Clean out your hair drawer and brushes.  Oh girl, you’re not fooling me…  We all have a hair drawer that holds our dryer, curling iron, brushes and about 1,000 loose bobby pins.  I try to empty mine out every single spring and start from the bottom up.  I clean out all dust and debris from the drawer (and all of my bathroom drawers for that matter).  Collect all the loose bobby pins, hair clips and bands and throw out the ones that have seen their day.  I now organize my bobby pins and hair ties into small glass jars to keep things tidy.  I also clean out all the nasty hair from my brushes and combs and deep clean them in hot soapy water.  Trust me, you’ll feel such a sense of relief the next time you open that drawer and see clean brushes and organization where there was once craziness and loose hairs.
  5. Deep clean the fridge, freezer and pantry.  Check expiration dates.  Toss the stuff you know no one is going to eat.  Remove the shelves and trays and clean them with hot soapy water.
  6. Don’t forget the utensil drawer and tupperware cabinet.  I couldn’t believe how many pieces of tupperware I had without matches.  Those things are like socks; their matches just always seem to come up missing!
  7. Flip the mattresses.  Unless you have a pillow-top of course.
  8. Clear out that magazine rack.  I’m guilty of constantly letting my magazine stacks grow way too large.  I love the idea of donating your magazines to local women’s shelters or doctor’s offices to repurpose them…  Just be sure to remove your name and address from the cover.
  9. Give your purse and wallet some TLC.  Trash all the old receipts, expired coupons and credit cards.  If your wallet and handbag need repaired, now’s the time to do it.  Your shoe repairman typically also works on handbags, so stop in and get that zipper fixed, lining stitched and bag shined up.

What are your favorite spring cleaning tips, tricks and hacks?  Let me know in the comments section below!

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