Welcome to Beauty And The Migraine Beast

 I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. I am passionate about living my best life, despite my migraines.  Beauty And The Migraine Beast serves as a vessel to share my life, stories and experience with chronic migraine. It is my hope that my openness may resonate with you personally, or help bring more awareness, understanding and compassion to what life with chronic migraine is really like. 

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October 14, 2019

   When you have lived with a chronic illness for as long as I have, you know your body very well. After all, I have been living in this body my whole life... and with migraine since I was 18. Two of the biggest hurdles we face in the migraine community are people not...

September 30, 2019

    When I started my blog, I had no idea what it would lead to. I had no idea if anyone would even read it! What I did know was that I needed to write about this part of my life... I needed to put my voice, thoughts and experiences into the world for myself. I was exh...

September 23, 2019

    I first dipped my toe in the essential oil world when Nathan was a toddler. I was desperate to help him get better sleep, but I knew absolutely nothing about oils. A friend got Young Living's Peace and Calming for me. I diluted it and rolled it on the bottom's of N...

September 17, 2019

     I walked into last year ready for a new season, growing our family and new adventures. I could tell you that it was one of my best years yet, but that would be a lie. I feel like part of myself was crushed in the last 365 days. It honestly was one of the most diff...

September 6, 2019

   I will be honest, I am NOT a "foodie"... To me, most of the time, eating is a burdensome necessity that I have to force myself to do most days. Don't run away! Feeding myself is what annoys me, I love to feed other people. Actually, I am a pretty decent ho...

August 13, 2019

    When you live with chronic migraine (or other illnesses), you spend a lot of time at doctor appointments. For me, with the combination of chronic migraine and PCOS, I am constantly in and out of various offices. With our decision to take a break from the fertility...

June 15, 2019

    Navigating chronic migraine is not easy. Yes, there are medications to take and things to do to help manage, but it's tricky. Because of our journey with wanting to grow our family and going through fertility treatments, my options are limited. The triptans I take...

May 27, 2019

  

    Jeremy and I both grew up in Michigan, but the Navy has taken us far from our home-state for many, many years. No matter where we have lived, however, I have always still felt a pull to that familiar place. The Pure Michigan commercials come one the radio or...

May 16, 2019

   As a new mother, in 2013, the "Breast Is Best" campaign was in full swing. I was constantly being asked, in a not so subtle way, if I planned on breastfeeding. Of course I wanted to, that was what was BEST for my baby right? And it was a natural, maternal thing that...

May 6, 2019

     That list in your head (or on your notepad) feels like a mile long and almost impossible to accomplish, am I right? Living with chronic migraine has taught me a lot about the things on that list(s) that actually matter. I used to put everything on it from laundry...

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