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MEET THE FINALISTS- Carolyn Clarke

Posted on 17 January, 2018 at 7:50 Comments comments (0)


NOMINATION CATEGORY: MUMPRENEUR OF THE YEAR


Carolyn Clarke is a UK based single mother of two. Like the vast majority of single parents, this had not been her plan. But she is blessed with two beautiful daughters and she is so thankful to be a mother.


She has worked for years in the NHS where she worked with a diverse community who have experienced many difficult life issues. As well as her full time work,  she also has a passion for the rights and women and girls. She is a Trustee for a community-organisation International women’s Day (IWD) Derby, which aims to improve the quality and equality of life for girls and women. She is also involved in the development of a group for women of colour which provides an opportunity to meet, connect and inspire women in Derby. This has been an exciting project and her and her team look forward to building on future events.


The wondermama is determined to make a difference to her community and she is very interested in raising the self-esteem of young girls. Cherish Me is her new business which started in 2015 and most recently started to do workshops last year.  Her workshops are geared for young girls between 7 and 12 years as she feels early intervention of self love is vital. Carolyn loves the way the girls leave with smiles on their faces and asking for the next one, that’s enough for her.


Cherish Me believes that every girl needs to be cherished and Cherish herself. Cherish Me is to inspire, motivate and raise self-esteem of girls through workshops and events. The workshops are here to encourage our young girls to identify their strengths and their passion through activities and self-affirmations. She works collaboratively with other women to deliver these workshops.


She has also published Cherish Me journals for girls that are aimed to develop their awareness of self love and get them into the practicing gratitude through journaling.


What she loves about motherhood?

"I love being a mother; it has taught me each day to look for the extraordinary out of ordinary things and to cherish those moments."



We can not wait to celebrate this inspirational mother on the 10th March 2018. Tickets for the award ceremony are avaialble via eventbrite:


https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/excellent-yummy-mummy-awards-2018-tickets-41245467303?ref=ebtnebtckt




MEET THE FINALISTS- Kerryanne Botibol

Posted on 10 January, 2018 at 13:15 Comments comments (0)

NOMINATION CATEGORY: EXCELLENCE IN MEDIA

After having two children and a successful career in social work,Kerryanne was in search of a better work life balance. She still wanted to achieve things for herself but in a way that fits around her family. It's fair to say that opportunities were few and far between so in January 2017 Kerryanne created The Money Saving Mummy brand. This built upon Kerryanne's love of bargain hunting and wanting to share this with others. In addition to this The Money Saving Mummy website incorporates a family and lifestyle blog, product reviews and a platform to showcase the work of other bloggers.


To date Kerryanne aka The Money Saving Mummy has a facebook following of almost 10,000 people who enjoy her bargain finds and life commentary. Kerryanne's blog post are often featured on the Huffington Post UK and shared across their social media platforms. Kerryanne is passionate about The Money Saving Mummy brand and is glad that having children gave her the push and motivation to achieve things on her own terms.


We can not wait to celebrate this inspirational mother on the 10th March 2018. Tickets for the award ceremony are avaialble via eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/excellent-yummy-mummy-awards-2018-tickets-41245467303



MEET THE FINALISTS- Jenaitre Farquharson

Posted on 3 January, 2018 at 6:20 Comments comments (0)

NOMINATION CATEGORY: MUM-OWNED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR


WHO IS SHE?


"My name is Jenaitre Farquharson I am 32 year old creative. I have a degree in Fashion Marketing & communication. I am a mumprenur to my prince who is 8 years of age. I am a very creative and visual person. I have previous experience in graphic design, visual merchandising, creative consultancy and art facilitation. I also run my own personalised mug and gift printing company in my free time."



WHY DID SHE START MY EBONY BOX?


"I launched My Ebony Box last October and I started the box because I have struggled for years with judging myself on a European standard, I struggled from childhood continuing into womanhood with the battle of what I considered beautiful. One of the main issues I have experienced is for many of my adult years I have still felt unaccepted, after flicking threw endless magazines and getting samples not suited to my skin, models and celebrities who are black rarely making an appearance in society as though we do not exist. The final straw was being frustrated at the fact of how we often have to go to back alley shops, where I have experienced, lack of product knowledge and bad customer service to get my hair products because mainstream shops refuse to acknowledge that black women do exist when stocking up their hair and beauty aisles. As a black woman this has been challenging for me and many other women of colour who may have experienced this at some point in their life, leading them to question what beauty actually is. I created My Ebony Box as the UK's first unapologetic gift for us as black women to help celebrate who we are and help us look after our mind, body and soul on a monthly basis. There are many moments in life where I have needed empowerment and a reminder of the queen that I am and I would like to think I created the solution with  My Ebony Box. My Ebony Box is not about just one person it is about us all as women, I wanted to make a product that brings unity. As women, we need to be able to celebrate our beauty freely after years of being made to feel we may not be as beautiful because we aren't catered for as much as our European friends in fashion, beauty and the media. I wanted to create a movement where women could take the time out to love, appreciate and celebrate themselves."




ANY ADVERSITY ON THE JOURNEY?


"I suffer from Epilepsy which I developed when I fell pregnant with my son, this threw my life upside down and lead me to experience many challenges and boundaries I have never faced before. I have had to give up many jobs due to being discriminated against because of having to have restricted duties, medication risks and time off due to my disability. This has been one of the contributing issues that has helped me too now become more determined and has lead me to this path of becoming an entrepreneur that works for herself. Yes my illness has helped create some of the barriers I have experienced at certain times in my life, leading me to feel like I am not considered beautiful, not feeling enough and wanting to give up at the best of times. But entering my 30s has been a turning point for me I feel as though I have become more driven than ever to create a lifestyle that worked for myself and my family, when many previous jobs hadn't worked because of my illness. I have become more spiritual and in tune to my culture. I am also dyslexic which has previously been challenging for me when entering the business and social media world, they are worlds were you are constantly scrutinised for getting the slightest paragraph wrong. It is so important to use the correct grammar and spelling in every area of your business especially when dealing with both b2b and b2c, this has left me feeling pressured and sometime unconfident in my abilities. To overcome my fears of getting things wrong what I now do where possible is get my work proof read, take my time when writing posts, even if it does take me twice as long as everybody else. I also try not to beat myself up too much if I do make a mistake because this can affect your whole business day.


WHICH WOMEN INSPIRE THE MUMPRENEUR?


"Call it a cliche but for me this is Oprah, Oprah proves it's not where you are coming from but it is where you are going, after growing up in poverty, experiencing a troubled childhood and having many obstacles she still managed to turn her circumstances around and not let them define who she has become today, which is a successful, strong and inspirational leader. Oprah gives me life, I feel like she has helped me grow and become more confident of the woman I am becoming today, one of her famous quotes that I now keep as a mantra is: 'what I know for sure is that every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and step out and dance to live free of regret and filled with as much joy, fun, and laughter as you can stand. You can either waltz boldly onto the stage of life and live the way you know your spirit is nudging you to, or you can sit quietly by the wall, receding into the shadows of fear and self-doubt.' When in danger of falling into a negative state her spirit is one that helps to keep me positive, I still am growing as my journey continues, I never want self doubt to stop me living the life I was suppose to."


MOTHERHOOD


"To know that there is an award that acknowledges mums in business and some of the amazing things they are achieving is just beautiful. Your children become part of your business, I always thought you had to keep the two separate but thanks to my mentor who taught me that this can be the greatest attribute to your business having your children as a part of its growth. Your children see the highs, lows, the late nights, sacrifices, experience times when they may have to miss that special event because you are working, they have to help with day to day runnings, creating ideas and also sometimes missing out on some one to one time with you." 


We can not wait to celebrate this inspirational mother on the 10th March 2018. Tickets for the award ceremony are avaialble via eventbrite:


https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/excellent-yummy-mummy-awards-2018-tickets-41245467303

MEET THE FINALISTS- Jo Wimble-Groves

Posted on 20 December, 2017 at 4:10 Comments comments (0)

NOMINATION CATEGORY:  MUM-OWNED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR & MUMPRENEUR OF THE YEAR


Jo Wimble-Groves is co-owner of the global award winning communications company ‘Active Digital’ which she runs with her brother, Richard. Active Digital is one of just a handful of direct O2 partners to win both partner awards for the last three consecutive years.


On a personal level, Jo has achieved a number of accolades; including The Young Guns Award for growing business and ’35 under 35’ in Management Today as seen in the Times. Aside from this, Jo is also a freelance writer with a keen interest in confidence, leadership and women in business. Many of her business articles have featured in high profile publications such as InStyle UK, Changeboard, Cosmopolitan and Guardian Careers.



As a keynote speaker, Jo runs a series of events and talks designed to encourage and help women with confidence and to help them step up into more senior business roles. As a regular speaker in schools, Jo’s aim is to encourage and inspire the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs. Jo tailors each talk to suit the needs and ages of her audience.


And finally, Jo writes a parenting and lifestyle blog called ‘Guilty Mother’ which she started in January 2016 and is now read and enjoyed by her 41,000 followers. www.guiltymother.co.uk



 We can not wait to celebrate this inspirational mother on the 10th March 2018.


Tickets for the award ceremony are avaialble via eventbrite:


https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/excellent-yummy-mummy-awards-2018-tickets-41245467303


Wondermama Wednesday- Dr Carey Yazeed

Posted on 4 October, 2017 at 6:00 Comments comments (0)

Driven,dedicated, creative and excellent yummy mummy Dr Carey Yazeed is our wondermama of the month.The Louisianna (USA)based mum of two is a best selling authour, business strategist, keynote speaker and founder of Beauty, Brains and Business.

With the latter she helps professional women to find clarity in their businesses while showing them how to get out of their own way.




In addition to having a Master Degree in Social Work from Tulane University and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Research from Louisiana State University, she has owned several successful small business including a photography studio, a bookstore and a mental health private practice. Over the years she has been featured in publications such as Bustle, Forbes, Glamour and Social Work Today Magazines and The New York Post.


Motherhood:


As a divorced mum of two teen sons, she faced many obstacles on her journey but the wondermama refused to give up on herself, her aspiration, and most importantly-her children. 


Her advice to other mothers:


"People will always have something negative to say. Stay focused! People will always doubt your capabilities. Stay focused! People won't understand your hustle. Stay focused! Stay focused! Stay focused! The only way you will ever succeed is if you stay focused! "


To find out more about Dr Yazeed or to enquire about how she can help with your business/business idea visit:

http://www.drcareyyazeed.com



To nominate that inspirational mother or mum-owned bussines for Excellent Yummy Mummy Awards 2018:

http://www.eymaawards.com/nominate

Nomimations close on the 30th of October 2017. 

Nomination criteria: A mum( bio or not) who has achieved things worthy of note-such as overcoming obstacles,building a business/career while juggling motherhood.



Nominate that inspirational mother and exceptional mum-owned business today.Keep excelling.



Wondermama Wednesday- Emma White

Posted on 6 September, 2017 at 13:55 Comments comments (0)


Passionate, brave,hardworking and excellent yummy mummy Emma  White is our wondermama of the month.


 UK based Emma is a wife, an online agony aunt to thousands of women and a mum to six.


After spending 11 years in an abusive marriage, Emma found the courage to take her children ( the eldest three years old) and leave. She was able to start her life over again, she met a new man, married and had a further three children until life decided to come back for round two with her.


Bipolar disorder tried to strip her of everything she held dear and it almost did. She fought back. After losing her career and her friends to a mental disorder, she made a promise to herself that she didn’t want any other woman to feel the way she did at that moment in her life.


Emma set up a support group for mothers suffering from parental mental health on Facebook and that is how her award winning blog Jigsaw Parenting was created. She turned her life around and she is helping others do the same.


The inspirational mother's desire is to share with other women what she has learned along the way. 

We celebrate this wondermama's strength.


To find out more about Emma White and her upcoming projects visit: www.jigsawparenting.com










Wondermama Wednesday- Toni Payne

Posted on 2 August, 2017 at 0:45 Comments comments (0)

Kind, funny, easy going and excellent yummy mummy Toni Payne is our wondermama of the month. The mother of one is a filmmaker, author, poet, and entertainment media personality.

Toni is a an entrepreneur who values the ability to do what she loves doing as a business . She has spent most of her career life in the entertainment industry but she started out as a publicist for a beauty company.

"That is where my PR background started from. I launched the first ever Nigerian entertainment online magazine almost 20 years ago," explained the savvy business woman currently based in the United States.

 "My greatest accomplishment aside my child is being able to inspire others. I  do this via my online platform (www.tonipayneonline.com).I write personal quotes and I have seen my quotes shared far and wide and that to me is a big deal, because it tells me in one way or another I am able to touch lives."


Motherhood

"Motherhood has taught me unconditional love and made me more patient."


What inspires this wondermama?

"Different things inspire me, most especially daily life. I am a creative so visualy, I pay attention to a lot of things around me and most times draw inspiration from them. My biggest inspiration however is knowing I am making those who care about me proud."


Advice to mums

"Keep loving.. thats what we do best. Give your kids the love and support they need in life. Even days that your are exhausted, remember that they look up to you and the foundation you lay for them matters. Also, I want to emphasize to all moms the importance of reading. Please get your kids reading, reading, reading. This is so important."


Toni's latest book A Stroll at Midnight tells a poetic story about a hopeless romantic’s transition from heartbreak to finding true love. To grab a copy and to find out more about her latest projects, visit http/www.tonipayneonline.com


Wondermama Wednesday- Mercy Balogun

Posted on 5 July, 2017 at 4:30 Comments comments (0)



God fearing , fashionable, positive and excellent yummy mummy Mercy Balogun is our wondermama of the month. Mercy B, as she is popularly known, is a UK based gospel singer,author,founder and executive producer of the renowned gospel talent hunt show, Time 2 Shine.





The series featured judges such as Guvna B, Angie Lemar and premeired in 2011. Anastasia Baker, Esther Farinde and Divine Divine are some of the shows past winners. This wondemama, wife and mother of three is truly expectional, and we were really excited to have interviewed her and hope you'll be inspired by her story.




"l had a wonderful relationship with my mum. She was a powerful woman of God. She was a very caring and lovely woman. I watched how she always treated my father with respect and raise us in a Godly way. I can never forget when l was growing up and l was helping my mother to cook in the kitchen , so l asked her why she never argued or faught our dad? She was shocked and she replied me that it was not that she didn't argue with my dad , she just chose not to disrespect my father in front of us and l held that in my mind. My mother taught me to fear God and how to serve him. She was a teacher and that reflected a lot in my upbringing . She was tough but yet very loving. She taught me how to cook and be a woman. Sadly l lost my mum two years ago, but l can never forget her beautiful heart and how selfless she was while raising us. I think l appreciated my mum more when l started having my children too. Mothers are precious .l miss her so much."





Motherhood

"Motherhood has changed me in so many ways. I am selfless and more prayerful and always looking out for my children . Before l became a mother, l was immature and carefree but now l have grown and I have learned to be smarter and be strong for my children.

It was not easy navigating from raising young children to grown up children. I am the last born of my family and l didn't have any experience at all. My husband didn't have any experience either, but by the grace of God , we come up with a plan that works . I left my work and became stay at home mum and my husband was working. It was a real sacrifice which l am glad l did. It gave me the opportunity to know my children more , l spent more time with them and that helped me to know them individually and train them in a Godly way and teach them the importance of family. The bible says " train a child the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it ( proverb 22 vs 6 )  they are grown up now , they are still very close and we enjoy spending time together. When my children were in full time school , l opened up a salon and that allowed me to still be able to spend time with my them . When God gave me the vision for Time2Shine , my daughter took over the salon and she is doing a great job. I am so proud of her."



Greatest accomplisment thus far,besides from her children

"My greatest accomplishment is knowing my purpose and stepping out in faith to accomplish my dream. I was so lost and had a fear of unknown until my encounter with Christ. I now believe that one of the saddest thing is for a woman or man  to die without accomplishing her/his purpose ."


Inspiration behind her soon to be launched debut book 'Fall in love with his vision not his wallet'


"We live in an age where the subject of relationship has taken many forms . Who is the right partner ? How do you know if he/ she loves you ? What is marriage?

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I used the story of how l met my husband and my experiences of being married for 29 years, and still counting, as the inspiration behind this book. I wrote it as a blog initially on my blog page about how l fell in love with my husband without anything to offer than his vision for the future.


The feedback and reaction l had on it was overwhelming and l realised that people really need help in this area. Thousands of readers hailed this blog as informative and encouraging . I am very passionate when it comes to relationships. I always love to help and writing this book will get to many people l can not talk to. These days your book and your blog on line can travel to places you will never get to. The book is full of Godly wisdom that is useful for marriages and singles ."


 

Most people know her as the creator and judge of the popular gospel musical talent show, Time 2 shine, what was the journey like creating such a huge platform for UK gospel talents? Any obstacles, how did she overcome them?


"Time2Shine was one of the biggest challenge of my life. It was a long and painful journey. God gave me a vision that was way bigger than me and l had to trust him completely. When God gives you a vision , you have to go through the process and most cases it can be really tough , depending on your journey . I had to learn to take my eyes off man and focus on God . I lost so many friends and relationships along the way . People l thought would be there were not there. I had days when l just wanted to run away and bury my head in the sand. I really thank God for not giving up on me and also for the support of my family . The journey was rough because l had no experience or contacts. When l showed up on the scene , not many people believed in me. It was a lonely road . God truly uses the foolish things of this world to shame the wise( 1 Corinthians 1 vs 27) But today it's a different story. To God be the glory."


When can the fans of Time 2 shine expect a come back?

"So many people are asking the same question . I guess if it was not a good show, no one will ask . I am still waiting on God for the come back. I am working behind the scene and God is working on me so when the time is right, we will be back."


What inspies this resilient mother?


 "My faith and my vision to see lives transform through the vision God has given to me inspires me. I get so inspired when l hear people's comments after reading my blog. Hearing testimonies of contestants on my show inspired me too."


If she could go back in time to advice her young self as a new mum, what would she say?

 


"Enjoy every moment with your children . Time lost can never be regained . Teach your children the fear of God . Always remember your children are the future generation. If you don't train your children, they will destroy your dream. Keep your dream alive . You are more than a mother , don't lose your personality Don't allow your present situation to destroy your future . There is no condition that is permanent in this world. When your children grow up that is when you will appreciate the time and love you are giving to them. Your efforts are not wasted . Motherhood is beautiful . Enjoy it."


To find out more about Mercy's upcoming book launch and projects visit; http/www.mercyb.co.uk







Wondermama Wednesday- Hayley-Jayne Webster

Posted on 7 June, 2017 at 5:10 Comments comments (0)

Fun, witty, goal-getter and excellent yummy mummy Hayley-Jayne Webster is our wondermama of the month. Hayley is a parent and lifestyle blogger. The mum of four from Stourport-on-Severn, England started her own blog The Mums Life Diaries back in 2016. She wasn’t 100% sure what she actually wanted it to be. At first she wanted somewhere to document and share her thoughts and struggles of motherhood so she wouldn’t feel alone in what can sometime be a mad and crazy world.

Now her blog has taken off fast and grown in popularity and involves a little more than just 'mum talk'. The Mums Life Dairies is at present a place to be inspired, comforted and provides a sense of community that everyone can benefit from. 

Motherhood

"I’m not your “typical” mum. You know, the mid-thirties, 2 kids, a house and pet dog kind. I was a teenage mum, an early 20s mum and more recently, a late 20s mum. I’ve also been a student mum and a single mum. So I guess you could say I can relate to all kinds of mothers, not just one particular band,"explained the wondermama.

However, parenting isn’t the only thing that she's interested in. Hayley-Jayne is also a keen writer,artist and previously worked in marketing.


Advice to other mums

Believe you can and you will.


To read and support Hayley's blog and find out about her upcoming projects visit: http://www.themumslifediaries.wordpress.com

Wondermama Wednesday- Bridget Daley

Posted on 3 May, 2017 at 6:25 Comments comments (0)

Fun, determined, hard-working and excellent yummy mummy Bridget Daley is our wondermama of the month. 


Bridget is London based,founder of Parents in Biz and mother of five. She works with parents who want to grow their business and nurture their family. She equips them with tools and resources so they can achieve balance at home whilst running a thriving business.

She started her first business with her partner in 2009. She was overflowing with passion,enthusiasm and she had so many ideas. She felt unstoppable. This passion lead her to the idea of setting up another business in 2012. She sold women’s fashion online and at the time it seemed like the perfect fit for her life since her youngest daughter was two years old and she desired the flexibility of working around the family. Bridget found setting up and running a fashion business was hard work, she soon fell back down to earth. Not only was it a highly competitive space, but she came to the realisation that she had moved away from her core passion of supporting people which led to the birth of Parents in Biz.




Juggling motherhood and being an entrpreneur

"Building a business from scratch all by yourself is not only hard, but when you have children, it is especially hard. You can easily become overwhelmed and frustrated." explains Bridget. "I believe you can have it all. The choices I make every day allow me to put my beautiful family first, while building my business and working with people I genuinely care about. By sharing my knowledge and experiences I am able to empower parents.


Words of encouragement to other mothers

With proper support, you can have it all.


To find out more about Bridget or to book her services visit http/parentsinbiz.co.uk/



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