Holiday Headaches? Excedrin Can Help + GIVEAWAY ($100 AM EXP GC)

By Shannon Gurnee
In Giveaways
January 2, 2014


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The holidays are filled with family, friends, food, shopping and sometimes headaches.  Yes, I said headaches.  With all the cooking, cleaning, shopping and entertaining that goes into the holidays, headaches can come on rather quickly.  The makers of Excedrin® Extra Strength invite you to “Take a Holiday from Headaches” by following these simple steps, provided by Dr. Keri Peterson, M.D. to help avoid your triggers:

– Stick to your regular routine.  Eating, sleeping and exercising as you do the rest of the year can help reduce the chances of getting a headache/migraine. *

– Manage your time and plan ahead. Coordinate plans and responsibilities in advance with relatives and friends, compose set menus when hosting a party and try to purchase gifts early so you’re not rushing at the last minute*

– Stay in ventilated spaces. As you browse through the mall, watch out for those scented candles or perfume if you are sensitive to smells**

– Eat and drink in moderation. Eat, drink, and be merry, but try not to consume sweets or alcoholic beverages in excess, as they could trigger headaches **

Holiday time can also mean lots of traveling, so be sure to carry Excedrin® Extra Strength with you when you’re on the go for fast relief should a headache or migraine strike.

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With all of the stress that can come with the holidays, the makers of Excedrin® are hoping to help alleviate some! Visit between November 1, 2013 and January 2, 2014 to enter the “Take a Holiday from Headaches” sweepstakes, where you’ll be eligible for a chance to win daily prizes including gift cards to popular retailers and one lucky grand prize of $25,000 to help with shopping, travel and other holiday expenses – all of which can give anyone a headache.

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1 lucky winner on The Mommy-Files will receive a $100 American Express Gift Card!!!

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

489 Responses to “Holiday Headaches? Excedrin Can Help + GIVEAWAY ($100 AM EXP GC)”

  1. Mary Happymommy says:

    Crowds and traffic give me headaches.

  2. Lisa Brown says:

    the rushing around and preparation for guests can create a headache during the holidays

  3. Tabitha P. says:

    Having to deal with certain family members.
    They always cause such a headache 😉

  4. Sandra VanHoey says:

    Not being organized enough and trying to prepare meals for a lot of people.

  5. Mary Happymommy says:

    I commented on this post–

  6. Julie Wood says:

    The biggest headaches that I get from the Holidays is getting all the food and desserts prepared with less time! It gives me a headache!

  7. Charlene S says:

    The rushing all around and making sure everything is done.

  8. Kelly D says:

    Cooking for a lot of people causes the most headaches.

  9. Shannon Baas says:

    Figting in the family.

  10. Mizuki says:

    traffic jams
    new year fireworks while sleeping

  11. Allison Downes says:

    Trying to get everything done in time and finishing my shopping.

    Thank you for the chance to win this!

  12. Betsy Barnes says:

    Shopping for the perfect gift, dealing with the crowds creates the biggest holiday headache for me 🙂

  13. Tracy Robertson says:

    The extra traffic and having to work everyday while trying to plan time with family and friends as well.

  14. latanya says:

    traveling or you trying to get a last minute gift

  15. Tamar says:

    The stress of figuring out all my work is usually the biggest headache. It’s not about presents. It’s about wrapping things up so that I can spend time with my family. I work from home and that’s not easy, especially when you have a job that has you working 24 hours a day 7 days before Christmas.

  16. Sara Cree says:

    stress from trying to live up to all the expectations of decorating, gifts, cooking

  17. Seyma Shabbir says:

    The noise! Kids yelling, everyone watching tv, sports and yelling. Did I mention the yelling!?

  18. Danielle F. says:

    The crowds of people and in turn the traffic, long lines to buy and return at stores and just overall noise drives me nuts during the holiday season.

  19. Ashley H says:

    All of the crowds.

  20. danielle hall says:

    the frustration of trying to get everything done

  21. Margaret Smith says:

    Trying to get everything done and keeping organized.

  22. Debra Guillen says:

    I dislike the crowds everywhere you go

  23. Maggie C says:

    It would probably be working around my daughter’s schedule.

  24. Cindy Merrill says:

    My biggest headache was when my step daughter came to see us over the Holidays, turns out she’s allergic to my cats. How was I to know?

  25. Elena says:

    crowds in the stores give me headaches

  26. Claudia says:

    Large crowds in stores, and the cold weather gives me headaches

  27. stephanie says:

    having enough money

  28. Beth Daley says:

    Cold weather and large crowds.

  29. Beth R says:

    Balancing work and family creates the most stress for me.

  30. Theron Willis says:

    Shopping in crowded stores.

  31. diane says:

    trying to buy the right present

  32. Jodie Rosenblum says:

    The smell of my neighbors smoking outside gives me headaches-and it happens a lot more around the holidays.

  33. kathy says:

    getting the baking done

  34. Michelle Weaver says:

    Budgeting money.

  35. Heather Dawn says:

    The mess and clutter gives me a headache.

  36. Cynthia R says:

    the craziness at the store, especially the parking lot!

  37. Adrienne Gordon says:

    finding room for everyone to sleep.

  38. Patrice Roussell says:

    Well, the hussle and bussle of the holidays. Cleaning up, cooking and entertaining just to clean up again. ha! Worth it but I do get some headachs.

  39. natalie says:

    I get a headache from not having enough alone time… Introvert here!

  40. Danielle D says:

    Figuring out time management!

  41. rod jackson says:

    My biggest headache is my older son period.

  42. Charlene Drake says:

    My husbands oldest and youngest children

  43. Elizabeth says:

    Unexpected obligations and drop-ins stress me out!

  44. Rea Liz says:

    Finding last minute gifts!

  45. Margaret J says:

    It seems like everything always has to be done the same day. For instance, a church party, my husband’s cookie exchange at work, the last day goodies can shipped to family in time to get there before Christmas, but still be tasty ON Christmas… Thank you for the giveaway!

  46. Jessie C. says:

    Traffic and crowds everywhere bother me the most.

  47. Janet W. says:

    Crowded stores with long check-out lines give me the biggest headache!

  48. Alicia K says:

    holiday traffic gives me the biggest headache!

  49. Stephanie V. says:

    the crazy schedule and prep for hosting Christmas eve – always worth it but several headaches!

  50. mrsshukra says:

    Wrapping all the gifts and shipping them!

  51. Julie Simpson says:

    I always seem to have my period during the holidays! Between being exhausted and the ruckus argh what a headache.

  52. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    spending money creates huge headaches for me

  53. Linda G says:

    shopping gives me the biggest head ach

  54. Natalie says:

    Driving in the snow is always a hassle!

  55. Danielle Wood says:

    Definitely shopping in the crowds and trying to find the perfect gifts

  56. Kiara says:

    The traffic.

  57. Jimmy says:

    Crowds give me a headache.

  58. Jaque R says:

    Stress, mostly created by too much to do in too little time. 🙂 Thank you.

  59. Carla S says:

    The biggest stress for me are the crowds and paying for the presents.

  60. Ann Fantom says:

    Shopping for my husband’s presents is my biggest headache

  61. Kate F. says:

    Crowded stores give me headaches.

  62. Geoff K says:

    Definitely the stress of traveling and the unpredictability of winter weather that can throw a wrench into plans (which luckily I avoided this year but usually it’s high anxiety in the days leading up to departure!).

  63. Maureen says:

    I am not good when there are places over crowded and I also do not like it when things do not work out as I had planned

  64. Alexa B. says:

    choosing the best gifts for everyone.

  65. Donna L says:

    Getting all that I have to do done in time.

  66. Michelle says:

    Traffic in the stores

  67. Melissa Zimmerman says:

    the crowds

  68. rich bart says:

    dealing with long-standing family conflicts!

  69. michelle m says:

    having to drive 7 hours with two toddlers and having to visit all the families creates a lot of headaches

  70. ELIZABETH C. says:

    Shopping in a crowded mall gives me a huge headache !

  71. Caroline B says:

    Shopping in crowded areas is what gives me headaches!

  72. Stephanie says:


  73. Michelle C says:

    Staying within budget is a big headache for me. Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  74. Xty Cruz says:

    It would be thinking what the menu would be

  75. JAMIE says:

    Traffic and parking lot madness!

  76. angie says:

    The crowds

  77. Holly B says:

    Time management when cooking…I’m so bad at it!

  78. Jana H. says:

    Crowds and all of the hustle and bustle give me a headache.

  79. Melissa says:

    The stress of having so many things to do.

  80. Ellie W says:

    Getting everything wrapped is my biggest headache.

  81. Sarah L says:

    Grocery shopping when the stores are SO crowded.
    Thanks for the contest.

  82. Amber says:

    Buying presents for people much more well-off than myself!

  83. Noreen says:

    Too much cinnamon or purfume

  84. Danalee Davis says:

    I think the financial part of the holidays causes the most headaches for me.

  85. Karen D says:

    My biggest cause of headaches over the holidays is not getting enough sleep.

  86. Kristi C says:

    The huge crowds and loud noises at the stores.

  87. jose benavides says:

    the mess is what gets to me … the after mass is what gives me a headache

  88. E Kay says:

    When I realize how much money I spent

  89. Anastasia says:

    All the crowds! Especially when you’re just trying to get groceries, but the aisles are packed! 🙂

  90. Tari Lawson says:

    Finances are my biggest holiday headache. Not only buying the gifts, but car insurance is due just after the holidays. Ugh.

  91. g. penrod says:

    getting transportation

  92. gregg deering says:

    The mess.

  93. Cynthia C says:

    The stress of shopping in bad weather and crowded conditions gives me a headache.

  94. Barbara Montag says:

    Trying to find the right gift for difficult to shop for people – thank you.

  95. Montez O says:

    Having to do all the shopping, wrapping, baking, cooking, cleaning gives me quite a headache! I love it, but it gets stressful.

  96. wild orchid says:

    My headaches come from lines and crowds in stores.

    Entered the rafflecopter as “Wild orchid”

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  97. Jason Vaughn says:

    Deciding on gifts to buy for my family and friends

  98. Birdie Skolfield says:

    the cooking gives me the biggest headaches I always prepare to much & im not very good at it …

  99. Becky Mc Dowell says:

    Getting everything coordinated and finished by Christmas

  100. Rhonda Petersen says:


  101. Stephanie Phelps says:

    My biggest headache during the holidays is just trying my best to stay on budget and still get each one of the kids something nice!

  102. Amy W. says:

    Spending money and finding time to fit everything in gives me headaches.

  103. Carol Yemola says:

    So much to do in so little time!

  104. sandra says:

    traveling creates the biggest headaches

  105. listing to my kids fight all day

  106. Shanna says:

    Getting all the kids ready to go to visit our family!!! Ahh!!

  107. Kathy Luman says:

    Shopping creates the biggest headache for me. I don’t like being around a lot of people.

  108. rayray cartucci says:

    Honestly for me it is the cold weather. I have something called Trigeminal Neuralgia and it flares up in the cold.

  109. cheryl c. says:

    just the stress of getting everything done on time…and too much wine!

  110. Lasonda says:

    The crowds out shopping creates the biggest stress.

  111. Julie Lynn Bickham says:

    Trying to get all my shopping down between working and shuffling my kids to all their activities.

  112. Jennifer T. says:

    Family and kids cause me the most headaches. But also the most joy.

  113. Thomas Murphy says:

    Going to the mall gives me headaches.

  114. Kimberly Schotz says:

    For me it is usually stress and late nights

  115. Jacob says:

    People thinking I was nicer to somebody else or gave them better/more stuff and assuming it means I like them more too

  116. Kim H says:

    Family gives me a headache

  117. jennifer says:

    I always host everything… from parties, holidays, birthdays, you name it…. this holiday season was rough, we moved out of state 2 weeks before Christmas, and I love everything decorated, lots of food, clean house and everything… we pulled it off and had a blast, my daughter had a birthday a few days later, then new years…. it’s stressful, but it’s OVER until the next event!

  118. Kathleen says:

    Shopping for gifts gives me headaches

    kport207 at gmail dot com

  119. April Brenay says:

    making sure we get gifts for all the people we need to get gifts for.

  120. Virginia Rowell says:

    My biggest headache is definitely the shopping. I am not a shopper and this is about the only time I go. It is very stressful for me, so I have to have my kids help me.

  121. Ashley C says:

    The financial stress, I hate it!


  122. Kim Henrichs says:

    Not being able to see my extended family – stresses me out and causes headaches.

  123. Madonna says:

    Wrapping presents gives me a headache. I am just terrible at it, it looks like something a 2 year old might wrap when I am done. Now if my daughter doesn’t wrap it then, it comes in a bag 🙂

  124. Patti Hess says:

    The thing that causes me the biggest headaches during the holiday season is the buying of the Christmas gifts

    pattifritz2000 at yahoo dot com
    thank you

  125. Courtnie says:

    The biggest headache is getting the house prepared for guests.

  126. Marci says:

    I tend to get caught up in the fun and excitement of the season and end up drinking more than I anticipated….ouch!

  127. Tarah says:

    Trying to deal with family drama in a sane way.

  128. Jason Crooks says:

    The biggest headache for me is trying to juggle trips to the relatives. Also the crowds at the malls and the way people act when they are shopping around the holidays.

  129. Starr Greenwell says:

    The crowds and lines and the horrible traffic.

  130. Tamra H says:

    Definitely the shopping. I’m not a big shopper to begin with, and there’s always more crowds and seemingly less time to get it all done!

  131. Chrystal D says:

    The cold weather is the worst for me!

  132. Sonya Morris says:

    Trying to be at so many places at once and keeping the kids away from everyone who is sick.

  133. Marcia Goss says:

    Just trying to get everything done on time!

  134. Amanda Kinder says:

    The anxiety really gets my headaches going. I worry way too much about if they’ll like the gift, what kind of food to get, etc.

  135. McKim says:

    The budget – trying to buy all the gifts on a limited budget.

  136. Kenny F says:

    traffic give me headaches.

  137. min says:


  138. Paige Chandler says:

    Annoying relatives make my head throb…UGH

  139. Linda Lansford says:

    the biggest headaches for me during the holidays is dealing with the drama queens

  140. Christine says:

    blowing the budget

  141. clarissa says:

    the fact that places are busier and so more people than ever feel the need to touch my infant…strangers….some have even kissed my baby on the head…thats not right

  142. JIM LYNAM says:


  143. Charles Burbridge says:

    My kids cause the biggest headaches.

  144. Randy R says:

    eating too much

  145. Denise B. says:

    Christmas is easy for me. So, there’s no headaches. We focus on the celebration and not on present giving. So, I don’t have to deal with crowds, lines, etc. Anyway, we have everything we need, and we’re thankful for what we have.

  146. Susan Ladd says:

    The biggest headaches are the crazy drivers out there and there are some crazy ones out there. Thanks for this awesome sweep 🙂

  147. heather s says:

    going over my budget

  148. Kathy S says:

    Deciding what to make or take for meals. I’m not creative.

  149. Jacob LaFountaine says:

    Being forced to socialize with people because it is important to your girlfriend

  150. carolyn says:

    The family

  151. Quanda says:

    Outfit to the family Christmas dinner.

  152. Suzanne K says:

    the biggest headache for me is trying to balance all the demands on my time without getting exhausted and then sick

  153. kelley wood says:

    the crowds and fitting everyone in my parents small house with all the kids!

  154. ellen beck says:

    My husbands family gives me the biggest headaches. Honestly they are horrid.

  155. Allie says:

    I don’t like traveling

  156. Naomi says:

    shopping and crowds

  157. Michelle says:

    Working Retail LOL

  158. Jennifer B says:

    crowds of people! Long lines. I try to shop when the stores are least crowded

  159. cheryl s says:

    I get migraines by drinking too much caffeine over the holidays

  160. Daniel M says:

    the traffic and crowds

  161. Lack of money causes me the biggest stress.

  162. Nicole Vosburgh says:

    The stress of traveling so much during the holidays gives me a headache.

  163. Tammy Richards says:

    The biggest headache for me during the holidays is making sure I have gifts for everyone

  164. Tiffany Greene Elliott says:

    Budgeting money during the holidays!! Thanks!!

  165. Debbie Terry says:

    bigoted small minded extended family that I can’t stand to be around

  166. Mary Cloud says:

    Worrying about finances and being able to buy everybody something
    annabella @ centurytel dot net

  167. Melissa Douglass says:

    Living out of a suitcase when going home to visit family!

  168. Susan Christy says:

    All of the different social commitments – too many things to do!!!

  169. Leann Lindeman says:

    Fixing dinner on Christmas day.

  170. TawndaM says:

    The biggest holiday headache is family squabbles…

  171. Lilah Moore says:

    The thing that annoys me is all the people that complain during the holidays when there are people worse off.

  172. beth shepherd says:


  173. Ashley Tucker says:

    the traffic and crowds

  174. Brittney House says:

    I get annoyed with the holiday shopper crowds.

  175. Cheryl B. says:

    The stress of making sure everything is perfect.

  176. Crazy drivers, and traffic. Enough time to see everyone.

  177. Katie Roch says:

    I get headaches from trying to please everyone at family get togethers and finding the perfect presents for friends and family.

  178. John Stetson says:

    Trying to figure out what to buy for presents when people say they don’t want anything special.

  179. it is the same thing that actually brings me joy–cooking and hosting guests–i get worn out and often have headaches along with it! thanks kmassman gmail

  180. Jake B says:

    People arriving on time and everything going to plan

  181. Emily Morelli says:

    My biggest headaches re caused by gift wrap! I always wait until the last minute and have to stay up wrapping until the wee hours.

  182. Stephanie Gossett says:

    I give myself headaches by worrying about things too much! I need to relax and be easier on myself.

    ninigossett at gmail dot com

  183. Katie Contests says:

    I get a headache thinking about expenses and organizing celebrations!

  184. krystal wethington says:

    Cooking for so many people.

  185. rebecca shockley says:

    being fair amongst my kid’s and always short of money

  186. Wendy R. says:

    Money and finances are always stressful for me during the holidays.

  187. Becca says:

    I give myself headaches over cooking. I stress way too much about what to cook and who will like what.

  188. Lauren-Olivia Wood says:

    Trying to please everyone gives me the biggest headaches.

  189. Valencia says:

    Trying to do everything from cooking to getting the perfect gift.

  190. heather baker says:

    I would say going to ANY store. People are so rude in public during the holidays, it is really sad.

  191. Crystal F says:

    How rushed everything is during that time. It seems like there is never enough time. thank you!

  192. jessica edwards says:

    Time constraints

  193. Darlene Carbajal says:

    Delivery delays.

  194. cyndi br says:

    shopping sales ads

  195. Amanda S. says:

    The stress of family and making sure everything is ready and perfect always gives me a headache around the holidays.

  196. Amy Z. says:

    Traveling and gift preparation.

  197. joseph gersch says:

    family drama creates headaches

  198. Shauntea Crutcher says:

    The amount of money that is spent causes me the most stress.

  199. Grace Scammell says:

    Present giving stress

  200. joni says:

    Time management is a big headache.

  201. Dawn K. says:

    Knowing what to get everyone causes the biggest headache for me.

  202. Pamela Callahan says:

    The crowds that are everywhere!

  203. michelle hill says:

    Trying to have enough money to get gifts from Santa

  204. kim says:

    Traffic is my number one headache

  205. Terry Maigi says:

    A combination of cold weather and little sleep!

  206. Joseph Stowell says:

    Discourteous people.

  207. Mendy Dinsmore says:

    I get the worst headaches from sinus problems. Stress is also something that gives me headaches.

  208. Taylor H says:

    When things inevitably don’t go as planned during your holiday trip!

  209. Kathryn Mackey says:

    My headaches come from too much stress

  210. Rita Walker says:

    Cleaning gives me the biggest headache.

  211. Stephanie says:

    My biggest headache during the holiday are presents. I want to get awesome gifts, but often run out of time to shop.

  212. Patricia Edwards says:

    Shopping in the crowds at stores.

  213. Carole Ingram says:

    Probably the worry of my kids being too annoying to family members (especially those that are a bit older)… I have three kids 🙂

  214. Casey Everidge says:

    not having enough money! lol

  215. Diane Vescio says:

    The holidays are over – but my headache comes from my job, it is health-related, so I don’t get any time off 🙁

  216. Linda F says:

    Finding the time to get everything done.

  217. Kyl Neusch says:

    get everything done on time

  218. Tram Le says:

    I would have to say getting gifts for everyone and make sure they get what they want or need!

  219. Carrie Bayliss says:

    Trying to get everything done on time for the holidays gives me tension headaches every year.

  220. Alicia Thibadeau says:

    The forklift drivers at work honking their horns

  221. tina reynolds says:

    staying within budget failed another year 🙁

  222. Audra O'Hara says:

    My biggest headache traveling in bad weather.

  223. Jammie says:

    If you want the truth my mother in law! Yup, she likes to run her mouth and ruin the holidays always and every year, I just stay home now

  224. Sarah Hirsch says:

    my biggest holiday headache is shopping at the crowded mall

  225. Janice Cooper says:

    My biggest holiday headache is finding the perfect gift for everyone on my list. and dealing with the crowds at the store.

  226. Sandy Klocinski says:

    My body is used to being home watching the news at 6 o’clock and instead I’m out shopping. I stay up to party or to wrap gifts. My routine is totally disrupted. Makes me tired and cranky

  227. Mary Calabrese says:

    a Red Wine headache!

  228. Thomas lockhart says:

    work gives me a headache

  229. Crystal Renee says:

    Money. Whether we are going to have enough each year to get people gifts.

  230. lori Walker says:

    Scheduling family visits is the biggest headache for me.

  231. SYLVIE W says:

    Trying to figure out what gift to purchase someone. I find that stressful.

  232. Tabathia B says:

    Trying to visit the in laws and dealing with sarcastic remarks

  233. Lorri S says:

    Shopping is stressful to me

  234. Christy says:

    Spending money is stressful for me.

  235. CJ Godfrey says:

    Congested shopping and traffic causes the biggest headache for me!

  236. Deb Jensen says:

    My job working retail

  237. Cindy B says:

    getting gifts mailed on time!

  238. e michelle says:

    my inlaws arguing! its the worst!

  239. Natalie U says:

    My biggest headache is trying to prepare several dishes at once for them to be all warm and ready to eat at once

  240. sarah aj james says:

    Financial stress gives me headaches. We have a super large family, between my husband and I we have 12 siblings and 32 nieces and nephews and many other various relatives and we see every one of them during the holidays which means we should have a gift for each and every one. We do our best, shop year round and save gifts for Xmas, look for bargains, and make homemade gifts, but it’s still very overwhelming

  241. Steve Stone says:

    I always hate crowds and traffic.

  242. Good morning Shannon 🙂 The thing that creates the biggest headache for me during the holidays is cooking the huge meal the day of our celebration & making me tired & am exhausted when it comes time to sit and enjoy the family. I need to make some of the dishes a colder served version so I can prep them days before. I usually focus on all hot dishes. But could do make ones like slaws, potatoes salad, Watergate salad for desserts etc & it would lighten my load. Thanks & Happy Holidays 🙂

  243. nannypanpan says:

    my inlaws

  244. tammigirl says:

    It’s the feeling of “Is it enough?” Am I doing enough? Buying enough? Baking enough? Decorating enough? Sharing enough, etc.

  245. ET Pruitt says:

    The crowded stores.

  246. Bev Henry says:

    The snow and cold wind are the worst for me

  247. Pat B says:

    Timing getting the presents all bought and cookies/candies made so they can be shipped in time for Christmas

  248. jenna d says:

    making family dinners

  249. hilda torres says:

    Trying not to spend over my limit

  250. Francine Anchondo says:

    Usually the weather and spending money

  251. Sarah Ann says:

    My in-laws give me the worst headaches around the holidays!

  252. Kristen says:

    This holiday it was winter illnesses.

  253. al says:

    Going out in -40 below wind chill.

  254. Eileen Richter says:

    My biggest headaches are from stress that relapses other health issues. It’s a domino effect. The stress is usually from money and time constraints.

  255. Karen Escott says:

    PThe biggest headache is trying to figure out the perfect gifts for everyone. Because if they dont like it…then its a waste of money an time.

  256. courtney b says:

    trying to decide what everyone wants for xmas! major pain!

  257. Beth W says:

    All the cleaning, and cooking.

  258. janna johnson says:

    family get togethers

  259. Tara says:

    making everyone else happy!

  260. LaTanya Coleman says:

    Too many spicy foods.

  261. Kelsea Eaton says:

    Trying to make everyone happy at the same time!

  262. Carla Pullum says:

    Traffic combined with the weather!

  263. Adriane says:

    I wish there was more time between Thanksgiving and Christmas – I’m not up for decorating, meal planning, wrapping, etc until a few weeks have passed… which means I only have a few weeks to do it all 😛

  264. Eileen Richter says:

    I commented on this new year Finding Myself In My blog post.

  265. Eloise C says:

    The biggest headache for me is all of the shopping for gifts and food for the get togethers. I always have a hard time buying for certain people so finding the right gift is always hard. Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway!


  266. Missy L says:

    All the stress of buying presents 🙁 and all the planning

  267. Trying to find the items that I want to purchase on sale

  268. Chavonne H says:

    Having enough money to do all the things I dream about doing.

  269. Devon F says:

    Trying to stay within our budget!

  270. Sarah VM says:

    Scheduling creates the biggest headache for me.

  271. Brad says:

    Getting together with all of the relatives.

  272. Kimberly Murat says:

    OMG the headache came from the christmas lights! Apparently you cant plug 10 strands in together without blowing a fuse every other day!

  273. Marianna says:

    Financial concerns – budgets for gifts, food, parties and credit card bills!

  274. Bo says:

    Getting all of the gifts – the malls are so crowded and it’s so hard to shop for some people!

  275. Meaghan F. says:

    Going to my family’s homes. They’re always full and loud.

  276. Elisabeth says:

    Wrapping and shipping gifts is the worst for me!

  277. Carly D. says:

    I think running back and forth between a million family members gives me a headache. Sometimes I just want to relax!

  278. krystal wethington says:

    Noisy neighbors.

  279. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    Too many places to be always gives me a headache!

  280. All of the traffic and parking hassles give me headaches during the holiday season! Thanks!

  281. Heather E says:

    Traveling to visit both sets of parents gives me a headache.

  282. Deanna says:

    Keeping our cats out of our Christmas tree creates the biggest headaches for me during the holidays. :O

  283. Shannon says:

    The biggest headache for me during the holidays is thinking about everything that I need to do before the big day. This year I am starting early…LOL

  284. Sue McKinney says:

    Stress from everyday stuff sometimes gies m a headache!

  285. rachel travis says:

    Meal planning stresses me out during the holidays!

  286. all the traffic and the crowded stores

  287. Just trying to come up with the perfect gifts to wow my friends and family! It’s tough!

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  288. Kimberly Schotz says:

    The stress of so much to do gives me a headache

  289. Michelle L. says:

    The stress of finding the “perfect” gift for my family always gets to me.

  290. Karen Escott says:

    My biggest headache is finding gifts that everyone will appreciate, and not just put aside. Because it would be a waste of money.. for sure. Then trying to organize my annual Christmas eve. Get together!…not to mention a one income household trying to come up with the fibances for all of this. I start early an plan well. But its never enough.

  291. Cory says:

    When all the stores are super crowded and it takes twice as long to buy things.

  292. Holly Kennedy says:

    Shopping along with rude people.

  293. Monica Young says:

    my family (mom and step dad to be honest!)

  294. Susan Smith says:

    Shopping and dealing with the crowds gives me a headache.

  295. Christina Y. says:

    The biggest headaches I get is when I feel that I haven’t gotten enough gifts for the family. I have a huge family and it’s always tough to try to find the perfect gift for everyone.

  296. Terri Moore says:

    The biggest headaches come from shopping in very dry air stores trying to find the perfect gift – brain over load and headache from being tired.

  297. Kari says:

    Stressing over money and finances always gives me a headache.

  298. Anthony says:

    Trying to get gifts for everyone

  299. gina says:

    Definitely the stress of being in crowds and waiting in line.

  300. Wes Hovorka says:

    The family is my biggest headache during the holidays.

  301. Deirdre says:

    People showing up late when you have cooked and planned to serve everything down to the minute!

  302. virgil poore says:

    all the noise from a house full of people and hearing my wife go crazy trying to get everything ready for the family coming over!

  303. denise says:

    Spending money when I can’t afford it.

  304. Candace says:

    Stress from strenuous family relationships cause my biggest headaches!

  305. heather says:

    My biggest headache during the holidays is the crowded stores, and the traffic oh the traffic I hate it!

  306. kathy dalton says:

    i get a major headache waiting in lines with impatient people

  307. Brian Highsmith says:

    Wrapping presents gives me the biggest headache.

  308. Tanya White says:

    I get major headaches trying to make everyone happy during the holidays.

  309. Lora W. says:

    My biggest headache is just trying to get everything done and working full time.

  310. Laura F. says:

    My biggest holiday headache is the traffic. That’s why I shop online.

  311. Judi Roode says:

    Worrying about money for gifts & preparing the house for relatives for dinner give me headaches!

  312. Jane Kriebel says:

    Trying to coordinate everyone’s schedule to have get togethers gives me a headache.

  313. Lisa V. says:

    The stress of getting everything done in time gives me a headache.

  314. Carol Mclemore says:

    My biggest stress is shopping with the kids.

  315. Jennifer M says:

    Wrapping all the gifts. We always wait too long and end up hurrying to do it all.

  316. Racheal says:

    Traffic and overcrowed parking lots are very stressful for me during the holidays.

  317. Rebecca L says:

    Having enough time to get everything done in time for the holidays.

  318. Ronni says:

    getting everything shipped in time.

  319. Sonya says:

    Trying to get everything done and keep up with all the kids’ activities.

  320. Matt says:

    I practically live on Excedrin. I have a headache 5 out of 7 days a week!

  321. christine jessamine says:

    the biggest headaches for me is how busy everywhere gets. I try not to do any last minute shopping

  322. Mark Brasure says:

    I hate when my head hurts.

  323. Cameron Anderson says:

    hosting parties is the worst way too stresssful

  324. paula peterson says:

    I had a stillborn son in Dec 2009. My holiday headache is trying is make sure everyone else is having a great time while dealing with my own loss. I don’t like to bring everyone else down.

  325. Tim A says:

    I love my family but they also give me the biggest headaches during the holidays.

  326. My biggest holiday headache is finding all the gifts that I have stashed during the year, when it’s time to wrap them!

  327. Katie J says:

    Extra debt and getting the perfect gift for everyone.

  328. Melissa says:

    there’s always too many things to do at once and not enough time.

  329. Carla says:

    Putting up & taking down all the decorations. Love looking at them, but hate getting them ready!

  330. Terra Heck says:

    The thing that causes me the biggest headaches during the holidays is trying to find the time to get everything done (i.e. presents bought and wrapped, cookies and candies made, party arrangements finalized). Thanks.

  331. jules m. says:

    trying to pay all the bills after Christmas!

  332. Lily says:

    Travelling always gives me the biggest headaches!

  333. sara wood says:

    My biggest headache is staying budget.

  334. richelle bowers says:

    trying to get as many things on a little budget

  335. Cindy says:

    Buying presents that people will like and enjoy.

  336. sheila k says:

    systemic lupus and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome cause my migraine headaches.

  337. Sarah Hall says:

    The crowds in the stores and always trying to find a gift that someone will really like.

  338. I have may triggers. But stress at work is the worse!

  339. nuronerd says:

    My biggest headache during the holidays are the lavish meals, the millions of things that need to be done and the exorbitant amount of money all spent/prepared over a short period of time.

  340. Pam L. says:

    Trying to coordinate the schedule of 16+ people for holiday get togethers.

  341. Sarah Cool says:

    crowded stores and long lines!

  342. Rachael G. says:

    Crowded stores! And cranky other shoppers!

  343. susan smoaks says:

    the crowds in the stores give me the biggest headaches. i am tony l smoaks on rafflecopter.

  344. Jaime Cummings says:

    trying to get all the cooking done

  345. Jennifer says:

    I get stressed out cleaning the house for guests during the holidays.

  346. christina givens says:

    the terrible long lines make my head ache.

  347. yes i can buy things useing thate

  348. liz l says:

    Planning the meals

  349. Arthur says:


  350. Jessica Vaughan Gengler says:

    having company over gives me a headache

  351. Sarah W says:

    The lack of sleep from stressing so much about everything gives me migraines!

  352. Heather B says:

    I think the biggest headache during the holidays is the stress. Making sure you get the right gift for everyone, staying up late wrapping things….

  353. April V. says:

    Trying to save money to have a gift budget on our single salary.

  354. Laura P. says:

    It was that I was unemployed this year and had to buy gifts. Normally, it is the crowds.

  355. Katy Dutcher says:

    Saving money is sometimes impossible

  356. Ronda Patrick says:

    Spending the money and arguing with hubby over how much we spent.

  357. nickie says:

    Shopping gives me a headache.

  358. Angela Cisco says:

    Holiday dinners, they are a pain to try to get everything done at once.

  359. Erica C. says:

    All the planning is the worst.

  360. Jennifer Reed says:

    Travel plans creates the biggest headaches for me during the holidays.

  361. staci wells mefford says:

    prob like most the financial part of it we save thru the year but still hard

  362. Amber G. says:

    Looking at it knowing you are spending way more then you should, but the joy of thinking how happy it will make the person.

  363. Michelle Bartolotta says:

    Shopping!!! Trying to figure out what to buy for everyone is not an easy task in this Family!!!

  364. Paula Tavernie says:

    The stress of visiting relatives!

  365. Paula Gillespie says:

    trying to figure out what to buy those who have everything or who are hard to buy for, so frustrating and give me a headache stressing over it

  366. Sarah says:

    All the baking that I do!

  367. Rebecca Peters says:

    spending so much money

  368. Maria M says:

    Being in a rush makes my head hurt!

  369. Julie Hawkins says:

    The crowds are a big headache for me

  370. People who just “Drop In’. Please call first.

  371. Rebecca Lock says:

    family commitments and church commitments colliding

  372. kim says:

    working as a church office manager i am quite busy at work, feel very stressed trying to make time to get things ready and enjoy the holiday with my family, not just my church family

  373. Everything I wanted was out of stock online.

  374. Jan Hammersmith says:

    getting to all the places to visit relatives during the holidays

  375. Samantha says:

    The busyness and having no spare time!

  376. A.G. says:

    Finding the perfect gift for my MIL.

  377. rebecca tardif says:

    the expense

  378. Heidi says:

    Trying to stay organized with the rush of shopping and planning during the holidays gives me the biggest headaches!

  379. Peggy Rydzewski says:

    Time management. between work.. family..parties..

  380. Annemarie Z. says:

    I work in a very “busy” area, so the extra holiday traffic (especially when I am going home) gives me headaches.

  381. jessica says:

    I get a headache after drinking at holiday partys

  382. Galina says:

    shopping and planning and dealing with crowds and long lines

  383. Terry Cross says:

    Mostly it’s the stress from everything that needs to be done.

  384. Karrie Millheim says:

    Having the black sheep of the family show up for the holidays and cause drama

  385. Karen Gonyea says:

    Cleaning !!! It seems like the cleaning up after company never ends !!

  386. Kimberly says:

    My biggest headache is caused from stress… so much to do in such a short amount of time

  387. Sky Sparkle says:

    I get headaches from budgets.

  388. virgil poore says:

    what vreates my biggest stres problem is my wife making me go to all the families for the holidays..i enjoy it but i dont like being there all day long.i like to go to my own home and enjoy my own family and relax for some of the holidays and my time off work.i dont want to travel and be with 20 ppl all the is the most time i get off from work all year.i want to relax and chill out

  389. Connie Tucker says:

    Trying to manage my time during the holidays causes me my biggest headaches!

  390. Danielle says:

    The crowds and the lines at the stores. Also, not knowing that personal gift to buy each person.

  391. Colin Glendon says:

    My father and my sister

  392. Peggy Mays says:

    Too many gifts, too little money!!!

  393. Richard Hicks says:

    Visiting inlaws are often trouble!

  394. Stephanie Larison says:

    My side of the family bringing up negativity, starting drama.

  395. mariem says:

    the bills mostly. love the holidays

  396. D Johnson says:

    The pressure of finding gifts for everyone and the amount of money that I always end up spending.

  397. Elle says:

    Trying to get everything done during the holidays gives me the biggest headache, usually on Christmas Eve!

  398. Shannon says:

    Probably crowds and too much noise.

  399. Probably the stress of buying gifts that the kids would love.

  400. ky2here says:

    Finances, clear and simple.

  401. Dawn says:

    All the running from place to place

  402. Anita L says:

    Waiting till the last minute to do my shopping.

  403. Karen Drake says:

    The biggest headache for me during the holidays is the heavy traffic.

  404. Patrice says:

    Trying to find gifts for everyone on my list, at an affordable price.

  405. Nicole Carter says:

    Money stresses and work.

  406. mike hawkins says:

    dealing with the kids and worrying what they are up to

  407. angie p says:

    The stresses and price of everything combined: shopping, traveling, baking,etc. Gives me a migraine just thinking about it

  408. s riches says:

    I do not have any headaches during the holidays.

  409. Tiffani Jade says:

    Long lines and crowded stores stress me out and give me a headache.

  410. Vicki D. says:

    The biggest headache is the shopping, the cleaning, and the cooking getting ready for the BIG holiday dinners that are always at our house.

  411. For me the biggest headache is too much to do and too little time.

  412. Jessica Rose says:

    Cooking causes the biggest headache!

  413. Marc Hoff says:

    Sometimes the combined noise from the kids gets to my head.

  414. Diane says:

    The stress of planning a holiday get together, who doesnt like who, who doesnt eat what, etc.

  415. misses g says:

    All my family at my house gives me a headache lol

  416. Kim says:

    My biggest headache is having so much to do and not enough time after work and then having to deal with all the crowds!

  417. Carmen says:

    Too much family

  418. Lorina Padgett says:

    The biggest headache is doing all the shopping, cooking and cleaning for the family gatherings.

  419. Michelle S says:

    The crowds and the loud music.

  420. Rochel S says:

    Being with too much family

  421. Jill Myrick says:

    The stress and lack of sleep from trying to get everything that needs to be done and everyone where they need to be is what gives me a headache during the holidays.


  422. Gwen B. says:

    Getting prepared to leave the house is such a giant hassle.

  423. Jenny says:

    I think it is just the stress of just keeping up…it is VERY busy! I have to remind myself to slow down.

  424. kathy pease says:

    I hate shopping and crowded stores it drives me nuts!

  425. amy deeter says:

    trying to gather money for presents

  426. Shea Balentine says:

    Stress and lots of loud noises (I have sensitive ears)

  427. Shayna says:

    I hate going to the crowded malls, I prefer to shop online 🙂

  428. Erin Ellis says:

    Crazy drivers at the mall cause me the biggest headaches during the holidays. Thank you for the fabulous giveaway!
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  429. Lesa Moats says:

    Getting everything done by myself

  430. Breanne says:

    Dealing with crowds

  431. AEKZ2 says:

    Spending money stresses me out

  432. Heather Elizabeth Way says:

    financial stress

  433. Melanie Montgomery says:

    Making sure everyone likes what they get and gets along.

  434. Nicole DeFontes says:

    Family or lack of decent family

  435. Emily N says:

    Having the different families together.

  436. Amber Faith says:

    Too much family time! LOL

  437. Judy W says:

    Getting organized and getting everything done on time.

  438. Vikki Billings says:

    Shopping in big crowds

  439. Bryan E. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway…I always get a headache when traveling via commercial airlines during the holidays i.e. crowded airports / planes, etc.

  440. Anna E. says:

    To much Chocolate!!

  441. Beverly searles says:

    The finances.

  442. Joy Q says:

    The in-laws.

  443. Lisa L says:

    Traveling with two toddlers during the holidays gives me a headache

  444. trixx says:

    What gives me headaches are the huge crowds every time I try to buy gifts

  445. Lori L. says:

    Trying to deal with family and all of their schedules so that we can find a time to get together! Agh!

  446. Roxann says:

    Trying to find the perfect gifts gives me a headache.

  447. CharityS says:

    Trying to stay on budget.

  448. just a stress headache gets me ……

  449. Beverly Metcalf says:

    It’s sometimes stressful for me during the holidays when I have a lot to do and not enough time to get it all done. Thanks for having this contest.

  450. Allison says:

    Oh the stressfulness of cleaning and shopping and other regualr life priorities can be a little much each year.

  451. meme says:

    The traffic and crowds

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  453. Tamara says:

    It’s the last-minute gift decisions that always have to be made. 🙁

  454. Lily Kwan says:

    finding time to get everything done

  455. Sharon Hill says:

    Finding time for the family functions.

  456. Scarlett G says:

    Wrapping presents.

  457. Nicole G. says:

    Buying presents

  458. Trisha McKee says:

    The biggest headache is trying to appease family members. It is to the point that I just want to be with my immediate family- and other family members can stop the pressure.

  459. heather c says:

    The biggest headache for me is getting the decorations down from the attic. After that, it’s worrying about my family since they all live where ice is king during winter months.

  460. Barbara Long says:

    Most of my headaches over the holidays comes from me stressing out about not having enough time to get everything in (shopping, decorating, baking, cooking, wrapping). I’m relieved when Christmas is over.

  461. michael says:

    holiday traffic.

  462. Buddy Garrett says:

    Shopping, dealing with the crowds and store personnel stresses me out.

  463. Tim Moss says:

    Having too much to buy for & too little money!

  464. Donna Kellogg says:

    I love to shop but the crowds give me headaches

  465. Sand says:

    The biggest headache is trying to buy presents for everyone.

  466. JANET says:

    trying 2 get every thing done before the last moment:)

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