Earlier this week I had a little breakfast food Sleep Pink party with a few friends. We all wore pink (which just happens to be the best color in the world) and enjoyed some yummy foods, fantastic company, mimosas and a whole lot of laughs. The Sleep Pink party is something that the folks at Estroven asked me to have, and to share with you, to help get the word out about their current program. Estroven is supporting the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, a project of the Avon Foundation for Women to support those impacted, while raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research and prevention. The goal is to provide education while raising awareness of two important women’s issues: menopause and breast cancer. Given that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this is a great time for spreading the word and finding fun and creative ways to raise awareness.
By having Sleep Pink parties, women (and men) everywhere can help raise awareness for these super important issues and by going one step further, when party-goers share their Pink Party photos on Estroven’s Facebook page, Estroven will make a $250 donation to benefit the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer (one donation per photo/party.) If that’s not a great excuse to get together with some friends, I don’t know what is! (If someone at your party is camera shy like my friend is, just have them be the photographer. Easy peasy!) Please note, you can also snap a photo of yourself in pink pajamas and upload it- if you aren’t able to host or attend a party, you can still support this amazing cause!!
Estroven created SleepPink.com which has tools to help you plan your party: SleepPink.com will include downloadable invitations, menopause-friendly drink and food recipe suggestions, as well as décor and entertainment ideas i.e. music playlists.
Did you know that there are 35 million women in the US who have reached menopause? That’s kind of a lot. It’s almost 1/3 of the entire female population in this country. I’m sort of with that crowd now- I’m in perimenopause. Let me tell you, it’s a lot of fun. Hot flashes, super wonky cycles, screwy sleep patterns. And the fun is only just beginning.
Along with the whole menopause thing in women over 45, the risk of breast cancer doubles in women over 55. The risk starts increasing in your mid-thirties until you start menopause, triples in your thirties and forties, and keeps increasing dramatically. That’s some scary stuff. In the U.S., more than 100,000 women between the ages of 45 and 64 are diagnosed with breast cancer annually. That is a big, scary number.
I can’t do tons about menopause. Or cancer, really. And I certainly cannot self- fund research to help cure or prevent either menopause or breast cancer. But I can use my voice and spread the word about the companies and brands and organizations who CAN help to do things- with funding, raising awareness, etc. Which is how we got to this post. I can’t stop breast cancer on my own. I can’t even stop menopause. But I can post, and I can tweet, share, and spread the world. So there you go.
Menopause- It’s part of life for almost all women- but I have and will continue to seek natural and homeopathic remedies to alleviate symptoms so that I’m not miserable all of the time when I do have symptoms. I’ve also been starting to do some more consistent exercise and am working to get back into the workout routine to try to help with managing symptoms. One thing I discovered recently was Estroven Nighttime….and it’s helping, at least with my night sweats. Plus, the melatonin helps ME to get a more restful night’s sleep, helping me to feel more rested in the morning and energized to start my day. Which helps me feel motivated to exercise, and that helps alleviate symptoms and keep my body healthier. It’s all connected, right? Sleep’s important, and I’m enjoying it once again!
(If you want to try the Estroven Nighttime, I noticed on the Sleep Pink site that it’s on sale buy one get one 1/2 off at Walgreens through 10/26- great time to try! I am heading over there in a bit to stock up!)
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sleep Pink from the makers of Estroven. The opinions and text are all mine.