Our Family Getaway - and How It Was Saved

Monday, January 23, 2017

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This past September we finally bit the bullet and decided to take a family trip to wrap up the end of summer.  I have been a little hesitant about going anywhere out of town with my clan because the jump from two to three kids has been hard for me.  The packing and planning is enough to turn my hair gray let alone the fact that Remy hates all the sleep.  But we did it and decided to take a quick overnight trip to Cincinnati, which is about a two hour drive from Indianapolis.  I told Kurtis we could compromise - I'll agree to a family getaway if we will stop at one of my favorite home stores on the way home.  That, my friends, is the best compromise of all.

The day was beautiful and the weather was perfect for an afternoon at the zoo.  For once in our life, we pulled out of the driveway on time and were on track to make great time.  About twenty minutes into the trip, Lola got really quiet and said her stomach hurt.  Moments later we had the car pulled over and we were cleaning up her car seat with baby wipes, crossing our fingers her projectile vomiting was a one time deal.  While I'm pretty sure it was just a case of car sickness, it probably should have been a sign of what was going to come.  Eventually, though, we made it to the Cincinnati Zoo and the kids had a blast.  It really was a great afternoon.

After a lack of naps and an evening of hotel swimming, I was certain everyone would sleep like rocks that night.  Joke is on me.  Remy, my kid who hates sleep, was in no mood to sleep which then kept everyone else up.  So for the sake of my family and their need to sleep, Remy and I spent the wee hours of the night and morning hanging out in the hotel lobby.  While my body is pretty used to not sleeping,  I was toast from the prior day of walking and swimming.  When I finally got Remy to sleep for a couple of hours, I woke up with a headache, which is quite common for me these days.  But I have learned how to manage these headaches to prevent them from ruining my day.  Luckily I stocked up on Excedrin® products on my pre-trip shopping trip at Walmart because I know it can deliver fast relief for different types of headaches.  After being diagnosed with migraines by my doctor (consult your doctor if you think you are suffering from migraines), I always make sure I am prepared with a migraine solution:  Excedrin® Migraine starts to relieve migraine pain in 30 minutes and is #1 Neurologist Recommended (among OTC medicine for migraines. Symphony Health Solutions, 2016).  However, for this headache I knew it wasn't a full blown migraine but I also refused to let it get in the way of the rest of our trip!  That morning I needed a headache solution and fast headache relief.  Excedrin® Extra Strength was able to do the trick.  For some, it can start working in just 15 minutes. Just use as directed!  Even though the amount of sleep I got that night was equivalent to the sleep of a good afternoon nap, I was excited to finish up this family getaway and thankful that I trusted Excedrin® for fast headache relief.

One thing I have found to help my headaches too has been the element of heat.  I have made several rice heating pads because they come in handy for so many things.  Normally I will throw one into the diaper bag in case of emergencies and I actually remembered that I had thrown one in there before we left for the trip.  These rice heating pads are so easy to make and are quite handy to have around.

DIY Rice Heating Pad

You Need:
*Bag of Rice
*Long Sock

How to Make A DIY Rice Heating Pad:
1.  Take your rice and fill up your sock.  I usually go about 2/3 full.

2.  Tie a knot at the opening of the sock to close it off.  You could also sew the end but I'm not that handy nor do I have that much time.

3.  Heat your rice heating pad in the microwave for up to 60 seconds.

4.  Use as needed.

I threw my rice pad into the microwave and placed it on my forehead during the car ride.  With the fast relief from the Excedrin® combined from the heat of the heating pad, when we got to the home store I was ready to go!  The girls even decided to nap for the majority of our shopping trip which made the decision making about the things I wanted versus the things I needed a bit easier to focus on.  It really was a fun little family getaway but I have to be honest, I definitely do not have plans for another one until at least Spring Break.

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