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 chronic migraine.  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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May 4, 2020

    I have totally lost count of how many times I have said to my boys to be careful or stop doing something  "because we CAN'T go to the hospital right now!" The anxiety that we are all living with right now because of Covid-19 is very real, and it also will look diff...

April 27, 2020

    Did you know that celery, when cooked, makes it's own natural kind of nitrate? It is kind like a "natural" MSG. MSG is a major trigger for my chronic migraine disease. It took me YEARS to figure out this issue with celery. A lot of soups, broths and foods in that c...

January 4, 2020

    One of the most vital ways to practice self care is setting boundaries. For me this is also extremely difficult. I am fantastic at encouraging others and supporting them in standing up for themselves... but when it comes time for me to show up for myself in th...

January 1, 2020

    Not only is this the first day a new year, it is the first day of a new decade. It seems much bigger, more important and like a much larger stamp of time. Ten years ago I didn't know myself. I was struggling with a lot of things - investing in relationships with pe...

December 12, 2019

    I don't feel like I deserve the "good days"... There I said it. It is a nasty, awful, dark, nagging feeling that I have been carrying for a long time. Sometimes to take away such thoughts and feelings we need to tell somebody, so here I am telling you....

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...

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