Got Headaches? Get this $15 Neck Massager ASAP

The Best Neck Massager: why you need this $15 neck massager from Amazon | Thyme is Honey

Got headaches? Then listen up, boo, because I’ve a couple products that you definitely need to hear more about it! Meet the Gideon Trigger Point Massager and Myofascial Recovery Block. BLESS THEM.

Headaches can often be our body’s way of telling us something is up. When I started getting headaches pretty regularly in my early 20s I realized I was living life super dehydrated, 7 years and 150 ounces of water per day later and I definitely cured one! In my late 20s, headaches started creeping into my routine again, and I realized I needed glasses (aging is rough). They disappeared again but appeared occasionally again about a year ago. After visiting with a doctor to rule out anything concerning, I realized that I just had insanely tight occipital muscles. This isn’t an uncommon problem for those of us who spend our days sitting at a desk ( I spend at least 8 but quite regularly 10-12 hours on a computer each day). Your occipital muscles are the 4 tiny muscles that are located on both sides and just under the back of your head. When I get headaches they are right at the back of my head (where my neck and skull meet).

For the past two years I’ve had a monthly massage membership. It cost over $60 per month and for the most part it was worth it. By having the therapist focus the entire 60-minutes on my occipital muscles I was usually able to loosen them up enough to curb any headaches between monthly appointments. However, after discovering these two products a couple months ago I have since  cancelled my membership and am once again living life headache free. I’m telling you, friend, if you are someone who suffers from neck pain or headaches you’ve gotta get your hand on these.

The first product is the Gideon Trigger Point Massager. It is by far the best neck massager I have ever used. The knobs are rubber and can be adjusted so that you get the exact type of contact you need (watch the video below to see how it works). Minimal effort on your part results in major work being done on those hard-to-reach muscles at the base of your skull. I honestly think this little gadget is better able to access and work my pain points than a human, and I love having control over it. It’s also great to be able to use it the second I start feeling like a headache is on it’s way, and able to curb it, rather than suffering through a headache or trying to make a massage appointment.

I’m so serious when I tell you that I love this thing. After having it a couple days I instantly ordered one and had it shipped to my mom. She couldn’t stop texting me about it. I pretty much force it into the hands of anyone who enters my house. I frequently just send the link to people who complain about a headache within earshot of me. It is the best $15 I have ever spent and I guarantee my husband 100% agrees with that (mostly because I no longer ask him to rub my neck!). Here’s a short video of me gushing about this amazing contraption with a short demo on how it works:

If you suffer from a tight neck from sitting at a desk all day, and want an easy at-home therapy you can do to help relieve the problem long-term, you should try this Myofascial Recovery Block. All it requires is that you set it on the ground and lay on it. This helps with something called “occipital release”. You can lay on it as soon as you feel a headache coming on (it claims to get rid of them in 15 minutes!) but I liked using it regularly as a type of occipital therapy. For 2 weeks I would do 10 minute sessions laying on the block and I tried to do it every other day. At the end of two weeks my occiptals had loosened up tremendously and I was amazed.

The combination of the occipital release sessions with the Myofascial Recovery Block and the ability to work my tight neck muscles using the Gideon Trigger Point Massager have been a full-treatment for me. I rarely suffer from headaches anymore if I can keep up with these two simple at-home therapies. And you know what? At less than $60 for both products, it definitely beats paying for a monthly massage membership.

SHOP THEM ON AMAZON:

Gideon Trigger Point Massager ($15)
Myofascial Recovery Block  ($44)

Drink Water Free Wallpaper and Printable

How to Drink More Water: tips, water tracker, free printable and phone wallpapers to help remind you to hydrate! | Thyme is Honey

You’ve heard me say it a million times: being hydrated will change your life. I’ve been drinking 150 oz per day for the past 7ish years and cannot imagine going back.

While consuming a large amount of water each day comes pretty naturally to me, it never hurts to have reminders. If you’re just getting started or are trying to increase your water consumption it can really help to have a plan, reminders, goals, anything that helps ensure you are getting your daily minimum! I’ve got lots of tips and tricks for the novice #hydravangelist!

How to Drink More Water: tips, water tracker, free printable and phone wallpapers to help remind you to hydrate! | Thyme is Honey

My Facebook Group (join here) provides you with occasional reminders right on your Facebook newsfeed (you know you’re bored and scrolling it when you could and should be hydrating!). Join the group and occasionally I’ll share a hydration check-in to help remind you to drink water. I’ve also got a couple great posts to help you get started with hydration:

1.HOW TO DRINK MORE WATER – simple tips to help you consume more.
2. HOW TO INCREASE YOUR WATER CONSUMPTION IN 4 DAYS – a 4-day action plan to increase your ounces.
3. WEEKLY WATER TRACKER – a printable file for making a 1-week water tracker to hang on your fridge.

I’ve also created a couple Phone Wallpapers that you can put on your device, to help you remember to “drink water” whenever you light up your screen. This post also has a free 8.5″ x 11″ printable file for the artwork above, so that you can print and hang it somewhere as a reminder! Put in on your fridge or in your cubicle.

Click below to get instant access to a download page where you can grab the wallpaper, printable or both! Be sure to SUBSCRIBE TO MY NEWSLETTER to sweeten up your inbox and always be in the buzz! Happy Hydrating!
How to Drink More Water: tips, water tracker, free printable and phone wallpapers to help remind you to hydrate! | Thyme is Honey

My Skincare Routine

My New and Improved Skincare Routine by Thyme is Honey

Something I got a few times on my reader survey (take it here, it’s anonymous) were requests to share my skincare routine. I currently have a lineup of products that I really love and I’m excited to share!

When we were on our trip to Thailand I read The Green Beauty Rules by Paige Padgett and absolutely loved it (it’s an ebook, so start reading)! My favorite thing about the book is that she makes it super easy to learn how to read ingredient labels and identify harmful ingredients on your own—making it way easier to be aware of what you are putting on your skin (also check out The Green Beauty Academy from my friend Laura, another great resource if you’re trying to clean up your products).

The other thing I love about Paige’s approach to green beauty is that she isn’t a “purist” and doesn’t promote that mentality (which can be overwhelming to anyone who is trying to switch to safer products). Instead, Paige has an “80% approach”. She says you should try to have 80% of your products be clean, safe and nontoxic, and if you just can’t toss that MAC lipstick or NARS Blush, don’t beat yourself up about it! Sometimes we fall in love with products for a reason. This approach has made my transition to clean skincare and makeup a lot easier, since I know I can keep some of my favorite things!

Shortly after we got back from our trip I discovered Flora Botanical Skincare at a holiday market and fell in love. The first product I purchased was their Waterless Body Balm and I was totally hooked on it! I have since ordered TWO more jars of it and have dove face-first into their skincare products. I love their Coconut Cream Cleanser, which has a coconut oil base infused with essential oils, and then has baking soda mixed in to provide a gritty texture perfect for exfoliating away dead skin. The combination is amazing and I love that it washes away my eye makeup with little effort and leaves my skin feeling so hydrated that I almost don’t need a moisturizer.

But don’t worry, I don’t skip the moisturizer because their Vitamin E Repair Serum is too good to miss. I’ve long been a fan of face oils and serums and this has to be the best one I’ve found. While I think a lot of oils/serums are beautiful, smell good, and hydrate your skin, I really love that this oil has a great body to it, and that the oil really “sticks” to your skin, absorbing slowly throughout the night. It has a combination of rosehip, vitamin e oil, raspberry seed oil, carrot oil, meadowfoam seed oil, Bulgarian rose oil, and sandalwood essential oil. The combination must be magical because this leaves my skin glowing and smooth.
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The Weekly Water Tracker

Weekly Water Tracker | a prinable design by Thyme is Honey

Anyone who’s been around here for a hot second knows that I’m a firm believer in the power of hydration. I’ve been consuming at least 100 ounces a day for the past 6 years and I will gladly talk your ear off about how much it changed my life.

Although I regularly use my Daily Page Notepad to track my own hydration, I loved a request I got recently from a reader to design a 1-page Weekly Water Tracker that she could keep on her fridge! After letting her test it out for a week, we made some minor adjustments and here is the final product!

The Weekly Water Tracker by Thyme is Honey Puchase Box

I’ve put one on our fridge, as well, and I really love having a convenient place to track water each day, and then see an overview at the end of the week. When you purchase the digital file ($4) you’ll receive two pdf files that you are free to print as often as you wish. One is for a standard 8.5 x 11″ design, the other prints two per page (5.5 x 8.5″). You can, of course, just print one out each week and then store or dispose of it when you’re done tracking. However, I opted to enclose mine inside of a 3M Self-Sealing Laminate Pouch (available via Amazon) and then hung a wet erase marker next to it. At the end of the week it wiped clean and I was ready for another week of hydration! If you give this design a try I’d love to see how you’re using it! Share it with my on Instagram by taggin @Thyme_is_Honey! Below is a peek at my final product (complete with cute photos of Walter) and here are the steps I followed to create it:

  1. Purchase the Weekly Hydration Tracker and a package of the 3M Self-Sealing Laminate Pouches.
  2. From your Etsy Account or the order confirmation email, download the pdf, open and print.
  3. Place the page inside of the 3M Self-Sealing Laminate Pouch and seal, then trim away the excess.
  4. Hang on your fridge along with a dry erase marker and start hydrating!

Weekly Water Tracker | a prinable design by Thyme is Honey