Let’s talk vaginas with ease, with Eve…

How much do you know about vaginas? Yes that’s right, I just said the word VAGINA! Ask your boyfriend, husband, brother or father if they know what a vulva is! Your partner may have been down the “business end” during the birth of your children and still not know what a cervix is!

A shocking 25% of men aged 18 – 24 claim to know nothing about gynae health, or that gynae health is not a male issue.

Well, listen up boys! If your female partners, relatives and friends are diagnosed with a form of gynaecological cancer, you will want to support your loved ones and be informed. Every woman who is diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer has a man in her life who cares about her.

As sexual partners, you are relied upon to spot any symptoms your partner may be unaware of. It is then also your life-saving responsibility to inform your sexual partner (or for some of you reading this – partners!) of any findings – it could save their life.

Far too many men and women don’t know the signs and symptoms of gynae cancers or are too embarrassed to do anything about them and we need to be more open with each other. Regardless of how many years, months, days or hours (!) you have been intimate with a partner, just think, you could save a loved one’s life by finding the confidence to speak up, and this post will help you to do so…

Let’s talk facts. In the UK alone, over 21,000 women are diagnosed with a form of gynaecological cancer each year. This equates to 58 women being diagnosed every day. Sadly, 7,700 of these women will succumb to one of these cancers, which is of course is 7,700 too many. 😦

I have a long standing relationship with The Eve Appeal, the only UK charity raising awareness and funding research in all five gynaecological cancers – womb, ovarian, cervical, vulval and vaginal. It gives me such pleasure to continue working for them and help drive awareness of their latest campaigns – #IamAdam (for men to become more aware) and #knowyourbody (including a quiz for everyone to take part in).

Here I speak to Athena Lamnisos, Chief Executive Officer of The Eve Appeal who answers many important questions which will be useful for all of us. She talks signs and symptoms, how to approach a sexual partner if we’re concerned, why it’s important for men to be informed, how we can help spread awareness and get involved as well as an update of future screening tests for women (more than the cervical screening already on offer).

Thank you for reading. And please, to all men and women out there reading this post – share, share share!

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Baby weaning recipe: Guest post by “Weaning the Nation”

Here is our third and final instalment of our mini series with mummy food blogger Weaning the Nation. I hope you’ve enjoyed the recipes so far and this last yummy meal for you and your little ones to enjoy is certainly worth the wait.

As with other recipes from this guest blogger mini series, this one yet again is versatile and is great for lunch or dinner. I LOVE meal ideas where I can eat the same as Henry and at the same time – and this is certainly one of those dishes… Gimme a spoon!

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Why you should consider baby massage

Before I was pregnant, I was hearing of all these groups and activities new parents got involved in – clubs, classes, coffee mornings, courses etc – Baby Sensory, Baby Massage, Baby Yoga, Water Babies, Baby Ballet, Aqua Tots, Tumble Tots, Baby this and Baby that!

It all seems a little overwhelming, as I wanted to throw myself in to motherhood and select a few weekly commitments – not only for Henry’s development and social interaction, but to keep me sane with some kind of routine and “lifestyle” and to embrace being a mummy. Getting out of the house alone in those first few weeks feels rewarding and although it’s nerve wracking,  it’s actually really nice to meet other new parents, all in the same hormonal, tired and occasional “baby-won’t-stop-crying” boat.

Henry suffered with reflux during his first few weeks. He didn’t often cry in pain, but he did struggle to keep milk down. I actually became paranoid and self conscious in front of others because I felt embarrassed when he’d bring up a little or a lot of milk in front of them – especially in front of those who were a little grossed out by it which made me feel sorry for Henry and pretty low myself that I was struggling to keep his reflux under control having tried different feeding techniques and even different formulas – considering the fact I was still in early days of motherhood and thus very tired and emotional.

Having a reflux baby can make those early weeks harder than the “norm” (I don’t believe there is actually a “norm”!) and I’m sure those who experienced (or still are experiencing) the same or other issues, such as colic, would agree.

Someone told me baby massage was beneficial for many reasons, reflux being one of them, so I looked in to it and found a local lady who performs 4-week long baby massage courses in Essex.

Now a friend of mine (this mummy networking provides a feel-good factor as well as confidence and a sense of community), Cat Chamberlain of Retreat Petite Baby Massage in Essex tells me why she got in to teaching baby massage, the benefits and what to expect from her classes .

Cat Chamberlain runs her own baby massage courses in Essex

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We were on a break!

Every time I hear “We were on break”, like you most probably, I picture Ross Geller in F.R.I.E.N.D.S shrieking this caption when trying to justify his behaviour whilst on a relationship ‘break’ from Rachel Green and I am thrilled it inspired the title for Lindsey Kelk’s latest book.

I caught up with the best selling author and someone I’m happy to call a friend (and a fellow cat obsessive). We snapchat our cats to each other, which is TOTALLY NORMAL.

Here Lindsey talks about her new book, blogging, cats (obvs), her beauty faves, WWE, how she has to take it as a compliment when her stories inspire other writers (to quite often write very similar storylines) and more…

 

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Meet the Editor in Chief at HELLO! magazine

Having worked in the magazine world for some 12 years, I have often been asked what it was really like. I’ve been asked “Who’s the worst celebrity you’ve ever met?” and “What is Kate Middleton really like?!” – I am a brand marketer so I’m not often privy (first hand) to all the behind the scenes gossip in the world of celebrity and fashion. I do however, often get asked “Is it really like Devil Wears Prada?”

Don’t be so surprised, some “Devil Wears Prada” types do exist (which can be really boring and laughable), although they don’t tend to be as bad as you might think. They certainly don’t all wear Prada that’s for sure!

Editor in Chief of HELLO! magazine, Rosie Nixon, juggles a full time high profile job whilst being a Mummy to two kiddies under the age of three. Somehow she also finds the time to write. Her debut novel The Stylist came out earlier this year, with a paperback version now out too, and I managed to pin her down for a Q&A here at Flamingo Monroe to chat about the book’s inspiration, an insight in to her career and how to get your work noticed…

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The life and mind of Lindsey Kelk

I’m so excited about this guest post, like SO excited! Lindsey Kelk, the uber fantastic best-selling British author has written a guest post for me here at Flamingo Monroe! Lindsey gave us the I Heart series, and other hits including About a Girl and Always a Bridesmaid, and is also an inspiration to many wannabe novella writers out there.

I’ve admired Lindsey for a while now. Her cheeky and witty writing style is second-to-none and I bet all of us in our 20s and 30s who read her books relate to the story lines in some capacity. We all think we’re a bit of Angela, mixed with a bit of Jenny, combined with an ounce of Tess, right?

Having got to know Lindsey over the last couple of years, we often exchange email chat between London and LA (her current home) covering off all our common ground – from cats, thyroid issues and family tragedies, to annoying taxi drivers, driving in America and cocktails. She’s pretty funny to follow on Twitter & Instagram too.

LindseyI hope you enjoy this little exclusive insight in to her world – her career, her relationship, her cats, her LA lifestyle, why she left New York and overcoming a tragic 2014 losing her mother and both grandmothers.

(She’s also very kindly dropped in a few tips for any aspiring writers out there.)

Here we go, a glimpse in to the life and mind of Lindsey Kelk…

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