My biggest learnings and tips from blogging so far

Flamingo Monroe is two years old! I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for two years already. Where does time go?! To celebrate my blog’s 2nd birthday I have decided to write up my biggest learnings and lessons, which hopefully will help fellow aspiring bloggers out there.

Writing this has made me realise that I really should put a lot of my words in to practise…

Marilyn cake

Happy Birthday to Flamingo Monroe!

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A chilli for when it’s chilly!

In winter, FOOD is definitely one of my favourite things about this nippy season, and is when I like to stay inside and get my “cooking groove” on!

I need to improve my savoury cooking, and I’m starting to batch-cook (for the first time ever!) in order to have enough meals in my freezer for work/life convenience.

My health has not been at it’s optimum lately, so I want to try and increase my nutrition intake in my dinners where possible, so I’m starting with a veggie chilli…

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The beauty know it all… (beauty vloggers watch out!)

The world of “vlogging” has gone a little mad in recent times. As a gal who’s worked in magazines, marketing, PR and all things media for many years now, it completely baffles me when I come across successful and popular vlogs, from those who have no qualifications, credentials, skills or experience in the fields they perceive to know and understand – with the beauty subject being the main culprit. (Unless, like me, you blog for a hobby or for some sort of life distraction and/or therapy – and therefore, not pretending to be something you’re not…)

The concept of vlogging is brilliant…but I just can’t seem to get on with many vloggers out there when it comes to beauty. As a 30 year old (alright…31), I find it very difficult to learn of new beauty tips and advice from a 20-something marketable lass, with no beauty qualifications or credentials – I just can’t relate to them or trust their content. (Especially when most of their posts are biased from being paid by brands or breaking the laws of the Bribery Act!). Good luck to them all, but I am just not their target viewer.

I may have originally qualified as beauty therapist before I moved in to the world of marketing, PR and lifestyle/celebrity/glossy magazines (when I was 17 wanted to be a makeup artist), so I do have an understanding of a basic skin care regime, and certain beauty dos and don’ts, but I like to still get my fix of up-to-date advice, trends, and learn of new products and tips – especially as I age (*sob*) which means implementing the occasional tweak to my beauty routines. I am NEVER one to ever look at myself and say “I’m pretty”, so for me, I want advice from someone who I can trust…

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Guest post blog for Hypothyroid Mom

One of the wonderful things about the blogging world is being able to connect with other people with similar interests, and even occasionally writing a guest-blog post for one another.

As you may or may not have seen, I have a specific section on my site here for all things thyroid, and since I went public with my story last year I have been fortunate enough to connect with so many people all over the world – being sufferers of a variety of thyroid conditions reaching out to me for advice and to share their experiences, or various charities, lifestyle and health bloggers, and even “thyroid awareness ambassadors” including Dana Trentini who runs the popular website Hypothyroidmom.com in America…

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Pick Me Up!

photo 5Continuing my efforts for the British Thyroid Foundation, I have been featured in this week’s issue of Pick Me Up magazine here in the UK!

Appearing in a full page article, the feature talks through my story – focusing on my symptoms, side effects of treatment and turning my life around for the better (i.e. running the London Marathon last year)….

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