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Being a stylish spoonie

shopping, style, blog, awareness, fashionAmanda Vinci1 Comment

In the world of New York City bloggers, I'm the odd one out. I didn't start a blog for fashion, food and fun, I don't know how to strike a pose and I definitely don't wear high heels. But that doesn't stop me from representing EH and learning to feel good about looking good with the best of um.

Yesterday I ventured out to ShopStyle's New York Fashion Week event SS Social House, and boy am I glad I did! 

ShopStyle is an awesome site for everything fashion, all in one place. They hosted an event for hundreds of bloggers right here in NYC to kick off the festivities of fashion week happening all throughout the city. I was super excited to be invited and I knew I had to find the perfect thing to wear — something cozy and stylish that I could walk around in for hours.

I chose a beautiful top from Karen Millen that had incredible detail and was light as a feather. I felt like I was wearing a PJ top all day and knew it fit my curves just right. I paired it with a fun soft, knit fringe skirt I bought a while back from Ann Taylor — it's super slimming and body hugging without being too snug. It sat comfortably on my waist and was just the right length for my 5'2'' height. I found a pair of sheer black pantyhose from Calvin Klein that aren't constricting and don't dig in at all — they're seriously one of the few pairs I've ever felt comfortable in. And I wore my new favorite leather sneakers from Coach! They're adorable lace-ups with fun rivets on the toe — I got so many compliments on them and can't wait to keep wearing them this spring!

I loved chatting with all the inspiring influencers at Social House, each with their own unique mission of sharing fashion, design, health tips and spreading self love. Attendees got to borrow clothes from this season's top collections, get their photos taken by an on-site photographer and glam up in the spa lounge. We were treated to delicious banana coconut smoothies, green juices and pink champagne! It was all very dreamy.

We looked through racks organized by the season's style trends, got our hair and nails done by talented stylists from The Glam App, were given beautiful monogramed leather folders from GiGi NY and had our makeup done by healthy beauty brand Credo.

My favorite part was spending time with the amazing ladies behind Enlightened by Bravery and Social Fashionista Beauty! Head on over and check out their blogs/follow them on Insta. Their content is beautiful and so inspiring, and they really are such positive mentors. We spoke all about lifting each other up as women in the business of social media and embracing our missions.

It was great to be able to represent the chronic pain community that I'm so proud to be a part of! Thanks for following along 💜

Enchanting herbals for your body & soul

ehreviews, mental health, products, reviews, shopping, wellnessAmanda Vinci1 Comment

This time of year always feels extra hectic. It's usually the good kind of crazy, but crazy nonetheless. In between gift buying and cookie baking and house decorating... oh, and working –— take time to care for yourself. These beautiful therapeutics from Sacred Botanica encourage healing both inside and out.

From the moment I heard about Sacred Botanica, one thing was clear — this is a truly special company. Each one of their products is made with such love and good intention, which shines through in every creation. Sacred Botanica bases their beliefs upon the fact that plants are magic. They have innate healing properties that are the Earth's a gift to each one of us.

I've tried a few of their wonderful items and can't say enough good things about them. What I'm most excited to try are products from their new CBD healing line, Sweet Relief. These herbalist formulated CBD topicals provide fast relief through the use of CBD oil and plant extracts. Our bodies have been found to react wonderfully to cannabidoil, resulting in anti-inflammatory, analgesic and neuroprotective benefits. 

I really love using North Star aromatherapy blend. For me, and for many of us, 2016 has been a year with many dark days. This roll-on oil was created to guide us through our darkest times, using plant allies to come together and lift our hearts higher. This oil's fragrance is uplifting and calming, with mild florals and sweet citrus and a subtle woodsy hint. It's wonderful to use when you're not feeling yourself or right before bedtime. 

Sacred Botanica's products are all beautifully designed and packaged, and made with the utmost attention and care. There really is something for everyone in their store! Be sure to check out their wonderful gift sets for birthdays and transformations — how thoughtful would it be to get one for someone in your life?

I hope you check out their website and love their products as much as I have! Sacred Botanica has created a special discount code just for Everything Hurts! Be sure to enter EHFRIENDS15 at checkout for 15% off your order until December 28th <3

EH Review: Aroma Biology

eh reviews, chronic pain, blog, nerve pain, wellness, shopping, ehreviews, review, migraineAmanda VinciComment
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Sometimes feeling better is as simple as taking a breath. Particularly when you're breathing in these relaxing essential oils by Aroma Biology. A few weeks ago I came across the Me Fragrance shop on Etsy and was instantly excited by their wide array of aroma therapy pain relief products. 

Recently I've been suffering with a lot of migraines and radiating neck pain. The pain starts out dull and then shoots up through the right side of my neck, eventually reaching the top of my head. The throbbing doesn't stop, and over the counter pain relievers are doing little to ease it.

Receiving these Aroma Biology roll-ons from Me Fragrance couldn't have come at a better time. I was seriously at my wits end with the throbbing pain, and these oils really came in handy. 

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At the first sign of a headache I rolled on Tension Suspension, and then I put it to my nose and inhaled deeply. The smell of it is heavenly. I immediately recognized the scent of lavender — always my favorite, mixed with peppermint. Peppermint is widely known to relieve headaches and reduce fever, and it really works like magic. Roll it on In circular motions, and inhale deeply after each application. The lavender helps to relax and relieve tension, and the helichrysum allows blood to flow more easily. The combination of these 3 oils is the perfect defense against an agonizing headache. 

If you're anything like me, you have pain all over the place. And if you're really like me, you have quite the collection of creams, lotions and potions to pull you through it. Here's an opportunity to replace some of those useless crummy old bottles and upgrade to something that really works — Soak n Toke. Soak n Toke is made of a line up of incredible natural essential oils: helichrysum to reduce inflammation and muscle pain, lemongrass that regenerates connective tissue, juniper berry that relieves muscle and arthritis pain, chamomile that helps treat inflamed joints and sprains, and pink pepper for improving circulation. As you can tell by many of my previous posts, I LOVE my essential oil based products... and I love them because they work. Just like Tension Suspension, apply this roll-on in circular motions wherever you're hurting and remember to breathe deep. This stuff has some serious healing properties, and the most wonderful smell. I let my friend test it out, and she immediately asked if she could eat it. The answer is no, do not eat it. You may want to, but you must resist.

All of Me Fragrance's products are paraben free, aluminum free, cruelty free/vegan, dye free and chemical free. They're only made from the good stuff. They have an amazing selection of Aroma Biology products, helping with PMS, anxiety, appetite, tummy pain, hangovers and more.

Me Fragrance is giving a special 15% off your purchase to all Everything Hurts readers! Just enter FRAGRANCE15 at checkout.

So go on and check them out:
Me Fragrance: Etsy | Website | Facebook | Instagram

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EH Reviews: Botanical Delights

chronic pain, products, pain, shopping, nerve pain, fibromyalgiaAmanda VinciComment
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My eyes light up every time I see a product with one of my chronic conditions printed on the label. For me? Don't mind if I do. I had to try these two pain relieving products from Botanical Delights, I mean, they practically had my name on them.

Nerve Pain Relief Butter is pure creamy goodness.

Nerve Pain Relief Butter is pure creamy goodness.

If you suffer from nerve pain caused by fibromyalgia, arthritis, sciatica, diabetes, etc.. you have to check out the unique pain relieving blends created by Botanical Delights. It is really inspiring to see a company focus on the creation of products specifically for nerve pain. When I was diagnosed twelve years ago, such products were nearly impossible to find. 

Botanical Delights takes pride in their all-natural handmade products, only using the highest quality ingredients. They carefully create powerful Synergy Blends. Synergy Blends occur when two or more highly concentrated essential oils are combined, and the molecular composition changes, resulting in a more powerful product. Each one of their blends results in a highly effective way to help you both physically and emotionally.

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BD sent Everything Hurts two products to try out. Their Nerve Pain Relief Butter and their Fibro Survival Synergy Blend roll-on.

The Nerve Pain Relief Butter is super creamy and silky. It's so luxurious, but don't let that fool you — this stuff is strong. Really, I didn't know essential oils could do what they're doing in this butter. This product really targets the shooting, burning, and stabbing that is often associated with nerve pain. Rub a dab of it into the affected areas on your body, and feel it getting in deep and going to work almost immediately. The ingredients in this blend include Clove Oil, Black Pepper, Copaiba, and Frankincense. Each of these oils have strong pain relieving properties and are amazing natural substances. The combination of these in a Beeswax, Vitamin E and Arnica Oil base are really something you need to try to believe. Use it up to 3-4 times a day, and pretty soon you'll notice your pain isn't nearly as bad as it once was.

Fighting Fibro has never been easier with this roll-on relief.

Fighting Fibro has never been easier with this roll-on relief.

If you have fibromyalgia, do yourself a big favor — go grab one of these Fibro Survival Synergy Blend rollers right now. Ever since I got mine, I've been taking it along almost everywhere I go. When you have fibro, literally EVERYTHING hurts. Botanical Delights understands this. That's why they've created this really unique concoction that provides relief specifically targeted for fibromyalgia pain. They've carefully chosen anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic and anti-spasmodic oils that are known for their healing properties. This roller is PACKED, I mean absolutely PACKED with essential oils. How the hell they fit all of them into this carry-size roller? I have no idea. Plai, Lavender, Black Pepper, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, Marjoram, Peppermint, Geranium, Roman & German Chamomile, Pine, Wintergreen, Apricot Oil and Vitamin E??? All in one amazing Synergy Blend? Seriously. Go, get it. Apply it to your trigger points. Thank me later. No, thank them. This stuff is a game changer.

Check out all of Botanical Delights natural essential oil blends in their Etsy Shop. They have such a wide range of products focusing on conditions such as autism, arthritis, anxiety, ADHD, sleeplessness, PMS, menopause... the list goes on.

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EH Reviews: Humbled Extracts

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The new year is almost here! At the start of each year we usually set unrealistic goals for ourselves: feel better, look better, eat better — these are my lofty goals for 2016, but more specifically, to treat my pain naturally. This year's plan, much like the years prior, includes a balanced diet, regular exercise, and keeping up with my physical therapy. What's new to this year's game plan is my desire to cut down on pain killers and harsh topical products, and use more organic products that have nothing but natural ingredients for pain relief.

I've been using Humbled Extracts salves as a substitute for drug store brand rubs on my daily sore spots. Their salves are handmade in Pennsylvania, and are hemp based. Hemp has long been known for it's pain relieving properties, but unfortunately it often has been dismissed by the masses because of the stigma around marijuana. Hemp's main component, cannabidiol, is an amazing anti-inflammatory agent. Chronic pain sufferers — especially those with fibromyalgia, have seen amazing benefits from including hemp into their treatment.

Let's clear something up: hemp will not get you high. But what it will do will lower your pain, improve your mood and decrease your inflammation. 

Humbled Extracts sent over three unique salves to Everything Hurts: peppermint & eucalyptus, clove & cayenne, and arnica & lavender. Each one smells amazing, goes on smooth, and isn't sticky or oily. You'll feel relief shortly after applying it, and after rubbing it in it goes in clear and doesn't stain your clothes. It really made a big difference in my level of back and neck pain. 

All the salves are beneficial in relieving pain, but each individual one is beneficial in its own way, due to the essential oils included in its blend.

Clove & Cayenne – for deep joint and muscle pains.
Ingredients: grape seed oil, beeswax, shea butter, hemp,
cayenne, rosemary, vitamin e, close essential oil.

Peppermint & Eucalyptus – for all aches and pains, including arthritis,
fibromyalgia, burns, sciatica, migraines and nerve damage.
Ingredients: grape seed oil, beeswax, shea butter, hemp,
peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus.

Arnica & Lavender – helps in relieving pain caused from surgery, bruising,
back pain, and more. Ingredients: grape seed oil, beeswax, shea butter,
hemp, lavender essential oil, arica, comfrey, marjoram essential oil.

Humbled Extracts even sent over one of their medicated lip balms! I usually dab some essential oils on my lips as I use them, so this essential oil packed chap stick was just the thing I needed. My lips are always peeling and dry, and this lip balm helps them to heal and feel hydrated.

If you're looking for soothing, hard working yet mild products to relieve your pain, you have to go take a look at all the salves Humbled Extracts has to offer. They have many loyal customers that have given them stellar reviews, so don't just take my word for it – check them out. 

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