Excellent Yummy Mummy Awards
Celebrating mothers of excellence



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Wondermama Wednesday-Lucy Kalanithi

Posted on 1 August, 2018 at 2:50 Comments comments (2)

Here at EYMA  we love to celebrate a mother's strength and  resilience, particularly in the face of adversity.

Our wonder mama this month embodies all the aforementioned. Dr Lucy Kalanithi is intelligent, brave, resilient and an excellent yummy mummy who is a medical doctor, widow and mother to an adorable little girl. She is based in Stanford Carlifonia,USA.


Her entrance into motherhood was a tragic yet beautiful one. Bitter and sweet. The decision to try for a child while her husband was dying of lung cancer wasn't an easy feat;

"We both had the instinct to do it but were both worried about the implications for the other one. I feared it might make his death so much more painful if he had to say goodbye to a child. But he said: “Well, wouldn’t it be great if it did?” His view was that life wasn’t about avoiding suffering, it’s about making meaning. It was obviously a big risk to have a child, to invite more uncertainty and possible pain in to our lives, but it was the best decision I ever made," explained the wonder mama.

Her late husband, neurosurgeon Paul wrote a bestselling memoir(When breath becomes air) which she had to finish wiritng after his death. This  is a great testatment to Lucy's strength in the face of tragedy and uncertainty. 

"I  wrote the epilogue as I recognised that the story was unfinished and I knew that if Paul himself could have described the way he died then he would have done. I wrote it two months after he died, which was a very raw time and it was actually really helpful and I was so glad to have that opportunity."

Lucy  has since found love after the death of her husband in 2015. She met and fell in love with a lawyer and fellow widower- John Duberstein a couple of years later . They now share three children between them, John's two boys (10 and 8 years old) and Lucy's daughter (3 years old).

Advice to other women/mothers

Things turn out best for those who make the most of how things turn out.

Wondermama Wednesday-Salama Mohamed

Posted on 4 July, 2018 at 4:20 Comments comments (1)

Beautiful,inspirational , ambitious and excellent yummy mummy Salama Mohamed is our wondermama of the month. The 30 years old  wife and mother of two is from the United Arab Emirates.

Salama suffers from a condition called vitiligo, a condition which causes loss of skin color in the form of depigmented, or white, patches of skin in any location on the body. She has patches on her eyelid, hands and feet. Although she was raised by supportive and loving parents,the condition was a major source of insecurity for her growing up. That was of course until she decided to own her imperfections, be a blessing and enjoy the many blessings she has been given.

"We all have insecurities, I choose to wear mine proudly," Salama explains. 


Salama is the foundr of Pearl by S, an online jewelry store that sells a unique and modern fusion of seawater and freshwater pearls along with (18K and 21K) gold at affordable prices.

As for the inspiration for the brand Salama explains, “I’ve always loved pearls. My grandfather, my mother’s father, used to be a pearl diver so the appreciation for them runs in the family. I decided to launch my own collection as I couldn’t find ones that were affordable and that you could wear every day without feeling like you’re in really expensive jewellery.”

Pearl By S aims to celebrate something deeply connected with the Emirati culture, as well as fuse the traditional with the modern. 

She is also an humanitarian- she is passionate about helping Rohingya refugees to survive the monsoon season.


Salama admits that juggling between family and business responsibilities can be difficult. However, organising your time and prioritising your duties can make things work.


Own your insecurirties; do not let them own and thus llimit you.

Wondermama Wednesday-Susanne Bateman

Posted on 6 June, 2018 at 4:45 Comments comments (2)

Tenacious,brave, hard-working and excellent yummy mummy Susanne Bateman is our wondermama of the month.  Susanne is europe´s leading negotiation strategist for joint ventures and partnerships. The mother of two, real estate investor, serial entrepreneur  and author of "The Thank you Divorce" is based in Switzerland.

Her aforementioned book was born out of her personal pain of going through a separation/divorce. In the book she gives practical advice on how to co-parent effectively with your ex and ways to help the transition go as smoothly as possible for the children.

"When families break down, you may benefit from great lawyer who may act in your best interest at first, but then what you need most is finding a way to break up and implement new boundaries without causing undue friction and how to best help your children be children," explained the resilient mother.


Susanne credits her negotiation skills in part to her daughters:

"We mothers are so lucky - we get free negotiation training every single day.

I say, 'It's time for bed.'  But my girls say, 'I am not tired, I will go later.' I am aware of the psychological effect of simply saying the word  'no'  and the 'just do it because I say so, I am your mother!' So, what do I do? Give in? Blow up? Or — negotiate?

I am human. When I mess up, I apologize to my kids, no excuses. The other day my four year old and I had an emotional argument. She apologized for saying hurtful things. I apologized for saying things I don’t mean to which she smiled and said:“ That’s life“. And she is right."

Advice to mothers/women

If you are going through a divorce, or a painful situation; don't run away from  your pain, go through it and therein lies your purpose. There is always light at the end of the tunnel.

The fierce mother is motivated by change and is passionate about transforming people's lives through the art of negotiation. 

To find out more about Sasanne and her upcoming programmes visit: www.thankyoudivorce.com

Wondermama Wednesday-Ellen Brudet

Posted on 2 May, 2018 at 6:35 Comments comments (0)

Trailblazer,fun, hard-working and excellent yummy mummy Ellen Brudet is our wondermama of the month. The 51 years old, Amsterdam based mother of two (29 and 14 years old) is the founder of Coloured Goodies.

Coloured Goodies  is the first black doll gift shop in Europe. The aformentioned is something that Ellen is really proud of, and quite rightly so.


Ellen decided to take a leap of  faith by opening her shop in February 2016 . She was inspired by the stuggle her Dutch mother and her Surinamese father faced trying to get her a doll that looked like her when she was growing up.She wants black girls to be able to find and play with toys that they can identify with. She has since then been featured on the Black Women in Europe Powerlist 2016.

In addition, one of her dolls recently garnered a lot of attention due to popular rapper The Game, who's daughter  was given one of her vitiligo dolls (which was inspired by model  Winnie Harlow). The rapper gave the doll and Ellen rave reviews on social media.

This conscientious mother does not only have black dolls(in all shades), vitiligo dolls; she also has ones with Albinism.

Ellen's goal is to continue to expand her creativity, diversity and continue to grow from strength to strength.


"Whatever you are doing in life, think about the legacy you'll leave behind and always stay true to yourself."

To purchase a doll or find out more about Ellen and Coloured Goodies, visit: www.colouredgoodies.nl

Wondermama Wednesday-Keaira LaShae

Posted on 3 April, 2018 at 8:25 Comments comments (0)

Hard working, multifaceted, fun-loving and excellent yummy mummy Keaira Lashae is our wondermama of the month.

With over 40 Million views and over 550,000 subscribers on YouTube, the wife, mother of one, music and fitness star has definitely made a name for herself in the fitness and music industry. As an independent artist she has worked with everyone from Cee-Lo Green and Miguel, to the Grammy Award-Winning producers and songwriters who have worked with Usher, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, and Jay-Z.


After hosting her own online dance fitness series “Move” to over 2.5 million members on DAILYBURN.COM for whom the certified fitness trainer and kickboxer was one of the lead spokespersons for, Keaira opened her own online fitness and nutrition site, MOVE more than three years ago.

Her hard work, popularity and dedication earned her features in The New York Times, Essence, Women’s Health, and Shape Magazines just to name a few along with major television networks such as BET, NBC (The Voice), Fox, and many more! It also landed her into filming her own DVD series called “Burn to the Beat” with LionsGate Be Fit and is set to do more projects with them in the near future.

Using her growing fan base and musical platform, Keaira LaShae opened her own dance studio, Street Beatz where she worked with choreographers for artists such as Usher, Chris Brown, Pitbull, Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, and also with notable productions such as “America’s Best Dance Crew” (ABDC), “World of Dance”, and “So You Think You Can Dance”.

In 2011, the Tampa Florida born decided to move to Los Angeles in order to further her music and fitness career. Since that move Keaira LaShae has been building a cult-like following with her rabid fan base. Keaira LaShae also has a passion to work with non-profit charities including those involving stopping gun violence. She has a deep passion for animals, fashion, cooking, and even created The Superhero Fitness Meal Plan located on her website KeairaLaShae.com along with her music, dance and fitness videos. She has also recently become an author with the release of her Ebook, tittled Stepping into your confidence.


Keaira's journey into motherhood was not easy. She suffered multiple miscarriages before having her beautiful daughter. She opened up and shared her testimony in late 2016. During her fertility struggles, she felt like motherhod wasn't for her, she was depressed and felt as though she had failed her husband. She also noted that mothers day and fathers day were really though during that season in her life. 

Now at the age of 31, she has a beautiful daughter, mulitple thriving businesses, a loving husband and a supportive family.

She sites her mother as a shining support system in her life. Her mother encourages her to move forward and push harder.


"Confidence is something you shouldn’t be afraid to work hard for.Be BOLD, Be FEARLESS, Be CONFIDENT!!"

For her latest book visit 


or to join her online gym visit: https://ifyoucanmove.com/

The sticky business behind Excellent Yummy Mummy Awards 2018

Posted on 15 March, 2018 at 6:20 Comments comments (1)

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All branding stickers for our recently concluded award ceremony were provided by them.

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Posted on 7 March, 2018 at 7:40 Comments comments (2)

Maudlyn Chinda is the Director of B & M Consultants LTD. A consultancy / training organization whose interests focus on helping people in identifying their goals; identifying and developing their talents, developing new ideas on how to run their businesses and more so how to care for and protect children, through trainings and seminars. 

Maudlyn holds a Bachelor of Education (BED) degree in English; she also holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies.

Maudlyn was a College lecturer. Prior to being a lecturer, Maudlyn has gained many years’ experiences working in the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom.

Mrs Chinda is a qualified Assessor. She holds an A1 certificate which qualifies her to train in the United Kingdom and abroad. Maudlyn is an experienced trainer; her training expertise has helped many people develop in their careers in the United Kingdom.  She has voluntarily trained people to regain confidence to go back to work and has also been sponsored by the government through The Award for All Lottery to continue the work. Maudlyn is an experienced Early Years Educator assessor (EYE), Children and Young People (CYPW) assessor, Health and Social Care assessor, Customer Service and Business Administration assessor.

Maudlyn is also a motivational speaker who has a passion for children and their families. She has travelled around the UK to speak on how to care for children and families especially in churches.

Maudlyn is part of the Focus Learning Support team who travelled to Africa for youth empowerment seminars. Her contribution was to speak on the role of effective parenting and it's impact on children.  Her team encouraged the youths to become self-employed instead of waiting on the government.

Maudlyn has also participated in ‘race for life’ in her passion to support women and some money was raised to support women with cancer.

Maudlyn is an author and her book titled ‘Child Care: The Meeting Point’  has inspired many parents and carers.

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

MEET THE FINALISTS- Eucharia Asiegbu

Posted on 28 February, 2018 at 4:45 Comments comments (1)

Eucharia Asiegbu is a London based  mum of five and childcare provider  who is passionate about children and making them feel happy, safe and fulfilled. She is aware that every child counts irrespective of his/her background or circumstance.She also believes that it takes a lot of love, care, sacrifice, commitment and open-mindedness to be a committed mother.

Eucharia tries her  best to ensure that she offers all children the best possible care and love as it gives her a lot of joy and contentment to see a young person smile from deep within.

Apart from being a devoted and dedicated mum who inspires, encourages and supports the children,she also takes it a step further by mentoring other mothers, fathers and carers. She supports them in positive parenting and offers advice and encouragement to help meet their needs.

The highlight of her day is when a parent expresses some relief or joy after they had spoken and his/her worries are alleviated.

Eucharia' s aim is to  continue to support the children, parents and carers within her community and beyond as she is confident of the visible positive impact she is making. She equally encourages everyone to strive to be positive role models in the society as sheunderstands that this is the best way to make a difference in the world.

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- Shirina Carstens

Posted on 21 February, 2018 at 1:55 Comments comments (0)

Shirina Carstens is the founder of Beauty from within. The organisation which was founded six years ago,was birthed from a rock bottom position but one that would go on to change lives internationally.It helps people find their identity through workshops, talks and events. Shirina also is a advocate for vitiligo; she supports and mentors people with vitiligo by helping them to learn to love their skin and re-discover who they are deep down.

The mother of one was recently featured on the BBC THREE  episode called: What not to say to someone with vitiligo. She participated with the hope of bringing insight to the outside world and demonstrate how some of their misconceptions can be harmful to a person with the skin condition.

Shirina has chosen to use her life of challenges as a testimony and proof that it's not how something starts in life but indeed how it ends that's the most important.

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


MEET THE FINALIST- Claudine Collins

Posted on 31 January, 2018 at 4:30 Comments comments (0)

Claudine is a London based YouTuber, blogger, author and founder of Natures Natural Hair. Claudine Collins is a woman on a mission to help empower women, children and men on how to care for their natural hair. She has cultivated the natural scene since 2014, and wants to have a great impact in helping others on their natural hair journey based on her own experiences as a naturalist.

Her passion truly shows through the content and work that she provides for brands. She does this by  producing articles and promoting the brands on her social media platforms. Alongside that, Claudine provides content for her own website and shares knowledge on her facebook groups.She is also a content creator for various businesses and provides knowledge on hair care. The work she provides are hair tutorials, demos, product reviews, articles and one to one hair consultations. Having two girls, who she adores; she wants to always pave the way in helping them to love themselves and appreciate who and what they are. She loves nothing more than empowering her daughters to embrace their natural hair.

Claudine is described by others as a naturalist at heart and someone with a passion for empowering women. She is a lover of people and loves connecting with them through social media;  where she draws her love for all things, fashion, beauty and hair.

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