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How to create the perfect purse emergency pack

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Nausea, light sensitivity, pain, and dizziness. All the classic symptoms, and once you experience them, you know what is coming... a migraine. To be honest, if you have ever had one, you may have thought that you were somehow cursed, because they suck. I've had migraines since I was in my late teens. After trying a lot of different prescription drugs, most of which I didn't like, I decided that maybe an OTC medicine would be worth it for me. Or I could just become a hermit and live in my black hole of a bedroom.

Once I became a mom, a friend told me about Excedrin®, and suggested I give it a try. After doing research, I found out that Excedrin® Migraine starts to relieve migraine pain in 30 minutes and is the #1 Neurologist Recommended Among OTC medicine for migraines. Symphony Health Solutions, 2016. After reading that, I decided to give it a try, because moms aren't allowed to be hermits; and there would be instances when I couldn't shut myself off from the world to deal with a migraine, like when I had a little boy's birthday party to get ready for.

Lil Man's 6th birthday party was in September, and I woke up feeling like I had gotten punched in the face and I knew what was up. When I started to get ready for the party, and saw squiggly lines in front of my face, I reached for one thing: Excedrin® Migraine.

My migraines generally have two characteristics: they are brought on by stress and can last for several days. Waking up that morning, I knew I couldn't just crawl back into bed. I mean, it was my little boy's party, and I had so much to do. With almost 60 people coming to celebrate, food to be made, and decorating to be done, I definitely couldn't be down for two to three days, let alone more than an hour.

So what did I do?

I took two Excedrin® Migraine pills and after about 45 minutes, I was ready to go. Which was pretty awesome!

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After the party, I knew that Excedrin® Migraine would be the answer to most, if not all, of my migraines, and decided that I needed a way to always have it available. So, I created the perfect purse emergency pack; which was super easy to do!


Step 1. find a cute bag. 


When I was looking for a bag, I wanted something small, but something that would hold my stuff. Currently, I use a small bag with a water-resistant coated lining. With the lining, I don't have to worry about spilling and the bag is protected. I thought about using a clear zipper bag, but decided that if it was going it in my purse, then it had to be cute.

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Step 2. gather contents for the bag. 

The contents of the bag are a matter of personal choice, but here's mine:

1 | lip balm. I tend to have dry lips a lot, especially in the winter. 

2 | hand sanitizer spray. I swear, my child is always getting dirty and touching things. Having a spray-on hand sanitizer is not only convenient, but it's also easy for kids to use.

3 | hair tie & bobby pins. Self explanatory.

4 | anti-bacterial spray and bandages. My child is always getting hurt, and with an anti-bacterial boo boo spray, I am able to protect his ouchys without having to touch the blood (if it's there).

5 | laundry wipes. No matter what I am wearing, I always tend to spill things. 

6 | small pack of tissue. Do you know how many times I have been somewhere and needed a tissue, but didn't have it? Way too many. Especially in the winter.

7 | tampons or pads. No girl wants to be surprised and not have some supplies. There is nothing worse than a makeshift pad made out of toilet paper.

8 | gum. I am always chewing gum, especially when I'm driving. 

9 | lotion. Dry hands are the devil, and I love keeping a travel size lotion on me for a two reasons: dry hands and flyaways. 

10 | Excedrin®. I generally have two types of Excedrin® on me at all times: Excedrin® Migraine and Excedrin® Tension Headache. Being a blogger means that I am usually on the computer, and I will get small tension headaches. I really liked that the Excedrin® Tension Headache doesn't contain aspirin and is right to the point. 

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One thing that I love about all Excedrin® products is the fact that they are easily available at Walmart in the pain relief aisle. The Excedrin® family of pain relievers include the Excedrin® Extra Strength, Excedrin® Migraine, Excedrin® Tension Headache, and Excedrin® PM Headache, and each one can provide fast relief for multiple types of headaches, because headaches require a headache solution. 

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For me, whenever I have a migraine, I choose Excedrin® Migraine, because I know that it will provide fast relief for those moments that I just can't miss.

Have you ever tried Excedrin® products?


*Please note: All Excedrin® products should be used as directed. You should not take Excedrin® Extra Strength or Excedrin® Tension Headache if you are under 18 years old, are pregnant, or are breast-feeding. Before using Excedrin® Migraine, please consult your doctor if you think you are suffering from migraines.


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