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This post is sponsored by Excedrin Extra Strength.

The holiday season hit about one day after Halloween, companies took no haste in advertising for your holiday shopping desires. Getting a head start on grabbing your children’s attention; I want this, I want that, for every single toy commercial out there. It seems commercials are in high mode for hitting those on our holiday shopping gift list already. Excedrin Extra Strength understands that holidays can bring on headaches for many families, between the cost of holiday gift giving to the expenses incurred when traveling to see family, it’s no wonder you may be left feeling a bit down. That is why today I get to share with you some awesome news, a giveaway for a chance to win a $1o0 American Express Gift Card to alleviate some of your holiday headache.

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Just the smells of the holiday season can kick a headache into full gear, I know the candle smells and that holiday smell of the season can really get my nose going and then my head pounding. The best ways to avoid headaches during the holiday season provided by Dr. Keri Peterson, M.D. are:

  • 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 **

I do get headaches around the holiday season but it’s not due to extra stress for shopping, as I am not a huge shopper. You see, I believe in the holidays being more about cherishing the extra time with your family, making memories and enjoying each other. I don’t raise my children to think that gifts are what it’s all about, it’s not a mindset I want instilled into the children. With that being said, I do get some presents for my children and Santa delivers a bit too, it’s just not overkill is all.

What does get my head pounding during this time of year?? Those smelly holiday scents in the stores and at people’s homes. Cinnamon, apple, pumpkin spice and all of those traditional holiday scents just get my head pounding! Sure the scents smell amazing at first and in fact a bit yummy but the issue is that long term exposure to such scents just gives my head an ache. I try my best to stay away from super smelly places but it’s not easy this time of year!

Excedrin Extra Strength knows your pain and really can’t wait to help alleviate the headache with a chance to win a $100 American Express Prepaid Gift Card. Yes, it’s true, Excedrin Extra Strength cares!

With all of the stress that can come with the holidays, the makers of Excedrin® are hoping to help alleviate some! Visit Facebook.com/Excedrin between November 1, 2013 and January 1, 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. Official rules for “Take a Holiday from Headaches” can be read here.

Enter for Chance to win ONE $100 American Express Prepaid Gift Card

Below is your chance to enter to win.

One person will be randomly selected as a winner  of one $100 American Express Gift Card from the entries using the Rafflecopter form below.

Giveaway Starts today and ends 12am EST on November 27, 2013. Open to USA only. Winner will be announced live on site and emailed directly. Winner shall have 48 hours from announcement post and email to claim prize otherwise another random winner shall be chosen using the random generator through Rafflecopter. ** one entry per person, while you can tweet once per day, all other entries are ONE TIME per PERSON. 

Using the Rafflecopter form below is easy; use name/email to log in or Facebook for login. Rafflecopter will not use your email or access for anything other than giving me a way to contact you should you be the randomly chosen winner! Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize or another person will be randomly selected.

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*source Cleveland Clinic

**source Headaches.org

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Written by brandyellen

Brandy is a born and raised New Hampshire resident who loves being a Mom to three wonderful children. When Brandy isn't writing, she is working part time as an Administrative Assistant. Author, with her daughter, of Positive Girl - The Power of Your Thoughts Question about this post or something found within it? Read my Disclosure Policy as well as Terms of Use.

This article has 171 comments

  1. kim (99 comments)

    I would love to win this for the holidays this would be a really big help

  2. kim (99 comments)

    I subscibe via email crankyyanky1 at charter dot net

  3. Mary Casper (15 comments)

    well with xmas coming i sure could use this

  4. angie (184 comments)

    This would be fantastic for Christmas gifts.

  5. Jody Sisson (7 comments)

    This would be a big help with Christmas Gifts.

  6. Starr Greenwell (4 comments)

    Thank you so much for this great giveaway opportunity. Have a great day.

  7. Ann Fantom (40 comments)

    We use Excedrin all the time and I would love to win.

  8. Beth Hill (6 comments)

    I get horrible stress induced headaches, would love to try this.

  9. Rosey (1057 comments)

    I just got a bottle of Extra Strength Excederin for my purse yesterday. That’s the one that works best for my migraines (even better than the migraine formula, lol, silly but true).

  10. Kristen (61 comments)

    Stores crowded with rude shoppers give me a headache!

  11. Cynthia C (86 comments)

    Winning this would put a dent in my holiday shopping. Thanks for the chance.

  12. Shannon (51 comments)

    Bananas are tasty. You said any comment would do. Hehe :)

  13. Jackie (49 comments)

    Thanks so much for the post and giveaway! I always get stress headaches around the holidays.
    Thanks!

  14. Jason Crooks (1 comments)

    Thank you very much for the great giveaway!

  15. Stephanie Ann (2 comments)

    I always use exedrin when I have a headache!

  16. Ellen B (25 comments)

    thanks for the giveaway – this would certainly help out

  17. Kevin E (3 comments)

    The holidays are so fun, but they can be stressful too

  18. Kathleen (28 comments)

    I will definitely be needing plenty of Excedrin this holiday season, the boys go a little crazy this time of year.

  19. Tari Lawson (34 comments)

    This would be great for Christmas shopping.

  20. carol (56 comments)

    this would help me with my holiday shopping…thanks for the great giveaway

  21. Diane F (8 comments)

    This would be a big help with my Holiday shopping!

  22. Carey Miller (3 comments)

    Fantastic giveaway. Enjoying your website.

  23. Amelia Drew (6 comments)

    Thanks for the giveaway- big excedrine fan!

  24. Michelle Weaver (5 comments)

    This would be awesome for flights home for christmas!

  25. Jessica Lee (1 comments)

    Great Giveaway! Thank you for the chance! Could really use this for Christmas!

  26. Cory (1 comments)

    Thanks for the great giveaway. Enjoy the holidays.

  27. ellen beck (3 comments)

    I am having a pre Holiday headache already! :)

  28. Betsy Barnes (5 comments)

    Hoe you’re having a wonderful weekend! Thank you for the giveaway :)

  29. Betsy Barnes (5 comments)

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  30. Barbara Montag (9 comments)

    Excedrin is #1 in my book – thank you.

  31. carol roberts clark (4 comments)

    would this be awesome yes it would thank you for the chance

  32. Tamar (17 comments)

    I’ve been a subscriber via RSS + email forever.

  33. Michelle C (24 comments)

    I’m a big fan of Excedrin! It always helps my headaches.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
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  34. Michelle C (24 comments)

    Subscribed via RSS feed.
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  35. Annmarie W. (93 comments)

    I thankfully don’t get headaches ofte, but I do especially like Excedrin’s Back & Body! Helps to relieve aches & pains in my back!

  36. Cindy Merrill (11 comments)

    I have got to try this one, sounds like the product is effective.

  37. Shelly (27 comments)

    As much as I love the holiday season, a lot of the smells give me a headache! specially those cinnamon brooms and candles. Thanks for the chance :-)

  38. nannypanpan (125 comments)

    my husband only uses exedrin migraine for his headaches

  39. jenna d (1 comments)

    I would use this to buy christmas gifts for my little one :)

  40. Janet W. (157 comments)

    This is a fantastic giveaway! Thank you!
    Happy Holidays!

  41. Mary Beth Elderton (65 comments)

    I could use some help with Holiday Headaches 😛

  42. Davi Haug (1 comments)

    American Express….don’t leave home without it, or you may need Excedrin!

  43. Andrina G (6 comments)

    Thanks for the great tips. I get headaches frequently.

  44. steve weber (3 comments)

    very interesting article.. thanks for posting!

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  46. Debbie Welchert (119 comments)

    Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving.

  47. Mary Somerville (3 comments)

    This giveaway would definitely help the holiday headaches- Thank You!

  48. Heather Hayes Panjon (9 comments)

    Great Giveaway! Thanks For The Chance! Happy Holidays!

  49. Jennifer Marie (79 comments)

    Wow, this would be great to win-thanks for the chance!

  50. Kimberly Kihega (1 comments)

    Thanks for the giveaway! It would help out with Christmas greatly!

  51. Deb C (13 comments)

    With a $100 gift card, a holiday headache might be a little less likely.

  52. Daniel M (50 comments)

    Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for the giveaway!

  53. Stephanie Larison (18 comments)

    Happy Thanksgiving! I’ll definitely be needing some excedrin spending so much time with family, lol. Love that drives you crazy for sure.

  54. Shannon (51 comments)

    Having this would help a headache for me I’m sure.

  55. ReggieMann (22 comments)

    Excedrin Extra Strength is my go to for headaches
    So glad it is back on the shelf!

  56. tammy shelton (1 comments)

    An American Express card would make some headaches disappear!

  57. Geoff K (62 comments)

    This would be very helpful for paying for gas on our upcoming holiday road trips, which would definitely be a headache reducer!

  58. Geoff K (62 comments)

    I’m an email subscriber: gkaufmanss at yahoo dot com

  59. Heather B (13 comments)

    I would really like to give this a try I have daily headaches and migraines several times a week

  60. Heather B (13 comments)

    I am an email subscriber faramena at gmail dot com

  61. molli vandehey (14 comments)

    money is soooo tight right now, this would be awesome!

  62. DESIREE H (2 comments)

    Thanks for the giveaway! Have a great Thanksgiving!

  63. Amanda Sakovitz (112 comments)

    thank you for this giveaway! This would be amazing to win!

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  65. Jill Myrick (93 comments)

    Thank you for the giveaway.
    I would love to win.

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  66. Jill Myrick (93 comments)

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  67. Tanya White (13 comments)

    Thank you and the sponsor for the chance to win this wonderful giveaway

  68. Sharon (42 comments)

    Thanks for a wonderful Giveaway! Excedrin works when nothing else will!

  69. Mary Cloud (7 comments)

    Great contest – I love Excedrin – it’s the only thing that helps my headaches

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  71. Vikki Billings (35 comments)

    I am an email subscriber (vikki.billings@yahoo.com)

  72. Vikki Billings (35 comments)

    I use excedrin when I get a bad headache and it has always helped. Thanks for the giveaway!

  73. Sarah L (35 comments)

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Thanks for the contest.