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MEET THE FINALISTS:Rachael Buabeng

Posted on 13 February, 2019 at 2:45 Comments comments (0)



NOMINATION CATEGORIES: INSPIRATIONAL MOTHER OF THE YEAR,MUM-OWNED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR &


MUMPRENEUR OF THE YEAR


Rachael Buabeng is wife, mother of two, step-mother of one and founder of Mummy's Day

Out.

At the tender age of eight years old Rachael was featured in the Newham Recorder having

raised money for charity stating that she would love to work with children. This manifested as

she grew and it was no surprise when Rachael worked in the childcare field and later went

on to qualify as a lecturer teaching childcare.


Rachael’s desire to have lots of children was no secret to anyone and she could often be

heard saying she wanted six children. Little did she know that carrying a child would be one

of the hardest things she has ever had to do. Despite her degrees and many achievements

pregnancy was completely out of her control and once she began trying for a baby with her

husband Rachael faced several challenges. The turbulence to becoming a mother was

overwhelming however Rachael eventually became pregnant and then was diagnosed with

hyperemesis. This condition was not known to anyone in the family. The road to motherhood

was not free from trails; Rachael dealt with pregnancy related illness’ and miscarriage but

didn't lose hope.


When Rachael finally gave birth to her daughter in 2015, she wanted to bring together all

the new mothers around her to socialise, be inspired and to encourage one another.

Rachael put together amazing, sold out social events in a gorgeous London hotel setting.

The events ranged from afternoon teas, luncheons and expanded to netwalking in the local

area, gaining sponsorship from major brands. 

At her events she hosts guest speakers. The guest speakers are from all walks of life and they

share their experiences and knowledge, often helping mothers overcome fears and gain the

motivation to take steps to achieve their life long dreams. The event facilitate all this for

mothers, with their children in tow, breaking down the all too common barriers of no

childcare for many and the feeling of isolation that many mothers experience while

transitioning into motherhood.


Now in  its 3rd year, Rachael has expanded Mummy's Day Out offering family fun

days for all the family members to enjoy. Using sought after child friendly venues Rachael

engages families not only from London but all around the country boasting crowds of over

200 people. She has also begun facilitating opportunities for families to attend training such

as first aid for parents.


Sporting the title mumpreneur with pride, Rachael has supported many small businesses

offering affordable vendor opportunities at events, giving exposure to such businesses often

run by mums too. This led to natural growth and launch of ‘Mum 2 Mumpreneur’ in 2018, a

roundtable event for mums in business. This offers mothers a space to network and gain

tips, support and guidance in growing/starting a business. Many of the attendees have

gained mentors, sponsorship and partnerships via this amazing network.


Having now had her second child Rachael’s pregnancy experience was again not free from

health struggles and was not free from adversity pushing her to tackle even greater

turbulence. This has only made Rachael more passionate about supporting mothers and

providing opportunities for them to be encouraged, empowered and inspired. Especially

encouraging conversation about topics often taboo in our communities such as child loss.

Mummy’s Day Out has grown into a large community with over 3500 followers and offers

opportunities for mothers to share their own motherhood narrative via its platform. In addition

to this Rachael has recently launched the insta-live segments where mothers are able to

gain knowledge and ask questions on important topics such as life insurance absolutely

FREE.


Rachael has selflessly helped several mothers find and fulfil their purpose by supporting

them to take the right steps towards their interests often signposting them to the right people

or giving them a helping hand. An example of this was during an admission to hospital

because of a serious illness in 2016, Rachael spent time communicating with a mother who

was launching a charity for premature babies. This organisation is now in its second year

and continuously salutes Rachael for her support.


Mummy's Day Out is for all ages and type of mother. The events and platform engages

people from all walks of life. So its not unusual to see Rachael’s mother who often attends

Mummy's Day Out events and leaves inspired saying ‘if only there were things like this in her

days’. In 2018, a significant achievement for Rachael was seeing the impact that Mummy's

Day Out events has had on her own mother who has now become a mumpreneur at 64

years of age.



We can not wait to celebrate this inspirational mother on the 30th of March 2019.


Tickets for the award ceremony are avaialble via eventbrite:


https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/excellent-yummy-mummy-awards-2019-tickets-52933354087?ref=ebtnebtckt



MEET THE FINALISTS-Roxanne-Sasha Jennings

Posted on 6 February, 2019 at 2:10 Comments comments (0)



NOMINATION CATEGORIES: EXCELLENCE IN MEDIA & EXCELLENT YOUNG MOTHER OF THE YEAR

Roxanne-Sasha is an independent mother to her daughter Isabella-Grace who she describes as her pride and her joy. She believes that her faith in God and daughter gave her back her purpose. Describing them both as her biggest inspiration and the motivation behind all that she does.



Roxanne-Sasha is the founder and director of The Resilient Mum; a platform created to inspire and uplift other independent mothers like herself. The Resilient Mum was founded in 2015 prior to her becoming a mother and it has been a blessing to watch its impacts on independent mothers worldwide helping them to establish their purpose, and see that there is so much more for their lives.



She empowers mothers daily to be proud of who they are and to own their story whilst encouraging them to understand that they are not their past - their past has no hold on their lives. Where they are going does not compare to where they have been. She spreads messages of encouragement, love and light across her social media and in her FB groups to empower those who need it.



Roxanne-Sasha is also an author, she wrote her first book titled, "The Resilient Mum" in 2015. She blogs at www.theresilientmum.com and she has recently launched a magazine catering specifically for Independent mums; The Independent Mum. She is always busy doing something and despite facing her own adversities she remains dedicated and of course resilient! She perseveres knowing that  her God has always got her back and He will never allow her to fall.



We can not wait to celebrate this inspirational mother on the 30th of March 2019.


Tickets for the award ceremony are avaialble via eventbrite:


https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/excellent-yummy-mummy-awards-2019-tickets-52933354087?ref=ebtnebtckt




MEET THE FINALISTS: Annie Ridout

Posted on 30 January, 2019 at 6:00 Comments comments (0)

NOMINATION CATEGORY: EXCELLENCE IN MEDIA


Annie is an editor-in-chief of digital parenting platform The Early Hour, and works as a freelance journalist for national news and women’s magazines (The Guardian, Forbes, Grazia, Red Magazine, Stylist, Metro, Telegraph). She is also a wife and a mother of two.


Her first non-fiction book – The Freelance Mum: A flexible career guide for better work–life balance – will be published by 4th Estate in January 2019. It’s a guide to setting up as a freelance mum – from deciding on your freelance career path, to launching a website, social media, getting your name out there and perfecting your brand. Also childcare options, daily routines for optimum productivity, and maintaining healthy work/life boundaries. Alongside her own tips, there are loads from other freelance mums, including Arianna Huffington, Helen Thorn of the Scummy Mummies, Carrie-Anne Roberts (Mere Soeur), Robyn Wilder, Zoe de Pass, Cherry Healey and Anna Jones. 



She also creates the content for women’s confidence app Clementine (she's a co-founder) and speaks at live events (like Stylist Live, Hive Collective) and on BBC radio and TV.



Annie wrote about her career journey for The Guardian’s Women in Leadership, fitting freelance work around family for Guardian Money, and shared her thoughts on parenting and early rising in a Guardian Opinion piece. She was also featured in The Sunday Times – talking business, motherhood and childcare – and interviewed for a Guardian article on negotiations in business. 




We can not wait to celebrate this inspirational mother on the 30th of March 2019.


Tickets for the award ceremony are avaialble via eventbrite:


https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/excellent-yummy-mummy-awards-2019-tickets-52933354087?ref=ebtnebtckt


MEET THE FINALISTS: Tanzila Zaman

Posted on 23 January, 2019 at 5:40 Comments comments (0)




NOMINATION CATEGORY: INSPIRATIONAL MOTHER OF THE YEAR



Tanzila Zaman is an award winning motivational speaker, TV producer, radio host and the former business development engineer of world's largest engineering firm- AREVA.


 She is the also the founder of BANK OF IDEAS CIC,UK- which  promotes the importance of one's native language and culture through different fun educational creative activities, workshops and motivational  seminars. She  has been serving the London Bangladeshi & diverse community parents and children in philanthropy for over four years.


She came to London in 2008 as an international student from Bangladesh. She successfully finished her MBA and additional master's degree  in Strategic Leadership and Executive Management despite dealing with ill-health at the time.


Her vision is to inspire and educate 250 million immigrant families from the globe about the significance of 'mother tongue and culture'. She is publishing a great inspirational book, titled; MIND YOUR MOTHER TONGUE  due to be realeased on the 21st February 2019, on  International Mother Language Day.




Tazila started her workshop (for parents and children within her community) from her sitting room. Due to  difficulty to accommodate more participants, she later moved and started hosting her workshops in libraries, children centres, private associations, even friend's gardens and public parks. She is  now thriving! Her immigration issues, financial difficulties and other family problems were not able to derail her vision.


In  February 2018, she was invited to give an inspiring opening speech on International Mother Language Day at House of Lords, British Parliament. She continually inspires and helps families within her community to build their self-esteem up, maintain/ regain confidence level and  show them the possibility of making their dreams a reality.


Tanzila juggles all of the aforementioned with being a wonderful mum to her 8 years old son. Her son is also an award winning inspirational speaker, author of book 'ME & MY MUM' and the dream ambassador of BANK OF IDEAS CIC.



We can not wait to celebrate this inspirational mother on the 30th of March 2019.


Tickets for the award ceremony are avaialble via eventbrite:


https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/excellent-yummy-mummy-awards-2019-tickets-52933354087?ref=ebtnebtckt



MEET THE FINALISTS: Vicky Winstanley

Posted on 16 January, 2019 at 5:30 Comments comments (2)


NOMINATION CATEGORIES: INSPIRATIONAL MOTHER OF THE YEAR & EXCELLENCE IN MEDIA



Blogger and business woman Vicky, 38, from Lancashire, is no stranger to adversity that has challenged her over the years, but her positive attitude to life does not keep her down for long.


Having been in an abusive relationship in her teens and early twenties, losing both parents, going through divorce, losing a business and also faced with having two auto immune conditions (Crohns, Fibromyalgia, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Chronic Migraines and being an official small person at only 4ft10), Vicky uses her platform online to show that no matter what life throws at you, you can always find the funny side. Using humour and real life experiences, Vicky connects with her global audience across all platforms of social media and has grown her brand, The Motherhood, from what was once a MySpace page and live journal, to becoming an award nominated blog and marketing business.


Vicky, who home educates her 12 year old son, does so in a diverse way, using the blogging experiences and brand partnerships to turn every day goings on into educational challenges. It may come in the form of a travel opportunity or a product to play test – whatever it is, Vicky makes sure that there is an educational element in all of her work.


Passionate about charity work and giving back to those in need, Vicky works with a number of charities to provide social media advice and guidance free of charge, as well as gifting whatever blogging and marketing products she can to good causes over the festive season to help families and children in need. Vicky also provides marketing advice and guidance to other local businesses and uses her skills to network businesses throughout Lancashire and beyond.

The Motherhood is a multi platform social site, connected via the main blog, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and many other platforms, each reaching a different demographic. The Motherhood has view points from her son, her partner and even the family cats get a voice too-with their own Instagram and Facebook pages!


Vicky is currently writing her first novel about the hilarious side of online dating as a single mother with true story accounts of some of the best and worst dates she has experienced over the years.


We can not wait to celebrate this inspirational mother on the 30th of March 2019.


Tickets for the award ceremony are avaialble via eventbrite:


https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/excellent-yummy-mummy-awards-2019-tickets-52933354087?ref=ebtnebtckt



MEET THE FINALISTS: Ibiyemi Alabi

Posted on 9 January, 2019 at 5:15 Comments comments (0)


NOMINATION CATEGORY: EXCELLENCE IN THE CREATIVE ARTS


Ibiyemi Alabi is the head designer of Kaft Trendz and the founder of Passion For African Fashion ( PAFASH). A multi-award winning  fashion designer and stylist. After years of studying and working with Bsc Economics and MBA (Financial Management), she decided to bring all her experience towards a new venture. Ibiyemi started Kaft Trendz in 2013 with a passion to help modern fashionistas, individuals, social fashion cravers stand out uniquely when wearing her brand. Kaft Trendz is a multiple award winning brand of African inspired, cultural and ethinc clothing. A quintessential brand reflecting a modern blend of bold prints, colour and style with the aim to renew a sense of pride in the African culture and the confidence in expressing who they are. She is constantly improving on her designs ,a business attitude which has clearly positioned her as one of the best fashion entrepreneurs in UK.


Ibiyemi made history when she organised the very first African fashion event in Liverpool. She believes African inspired fashion is not a trend it's here to stay... She's passionate about promoting the African fashion industry as a whole and wants to see the industry thrive hence she founded Passion For African Fashion (PAFASH) .


PAFASH was launched August 2018 to promote, educate and highlight Africa's creative industry.. A platform for emerging and high-end established designers to showcase their creativity to a large global audience whist connecting to buyers and stockists..

The event is a combination of catwalk and Trade Show which provides the opportunity for African fashion designers and entrepreneurs to market their products as well as learning their market accordingly and the ever changing consumer needs hence creating opportunities for business development..


We can not wait to celebrate this inspirational mother on the 30th of March 2019.


Tickets for the award ceremony are avaialble via eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/excellent-yummy-mummy-awards-2019-tickets-52933354087?ref=ebtnebtckt


MEET THE HOST-Jenni Steele

Posted on 2 January, 2019 at 5:20 Comments comments (0)


Award Winning Jenni Steele is our host this year and we are really excited!

Jenni is a mother, glamma (grand mother) ,author,youth practitioner, media personality and National Ambassador DVUK.


With her British Caribbean upbringing, Jenni understands the true meaning of overcoming adversity and has used her life lessons to make a difference to the world – she is a woman who lives her life out loud.


After surviving domestic violence as a teenager, Jenni found her strength and escaped from her turmoil. She made a promise to herself to not only rebuild her life and recognise her own self-worth but to also support others who were living with abuse.


Today, she is a qualified practitioner in early intervention and prevention of abuse. The founder of YANA Project a 121 outreach service that works with multi agencies to support high risk young people who are at risk from domestic violence at home, unhealthy relationships, child sexual exploitation and abuse.



Project YANA (You Are Not Alone)


YANA Project aims to work with young people who have directly been affected by gang related violence, sexual grooming, exploitation, domestic violence and abuse. They are also one of our supporters this year; their aim ties well with our theme of self-love. 


The long term purpose of the program is to help  young people to recognise and accept their self worth, build their confidence and recognise situations that pose risk and reduce the long term harm.


Jenni was our co-host last year,she is an experienced presenter and knows how to keep the audience engaged. 




Excellent Yummy Mummy Awards 2019 is one not to miss. Join us as we celebrate the bedrock of society.

Tickets are available via eventbrite:




We will also like to take this oppotunity to wish you an amazing New Year!

Wondermama Wednesday- Susan Croox

Posted on 3 October, 2018 at 11:50 Comments comments (0)

Brave,resilient,God-fearing and excellent yummy mummy Susan Croox is our wondermama of the month. Susan is a Chicago based blogger, wife and mum of three. 

Susan's Glorious Mom blog is a platform she uses to inspire,motivate and share with other mums what has helped(and is helping) her on her journey.

This courageous mother's current battle with cancer hasn't stopped her. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2018 with two years life expectancy.It slowed her down but it hasn't and will not stop her. She shares her transformation and journey(on social media and on her blog), as she is currently going through treatment.


HER PERSPECTIVE

"When you’re suffering in the middle of tremendous blessing, perspective is more important than ever. And comparing myself to people who have it harder than me isn’t helpful. The only thing I can do is what we all need to do - enjoy my blessings in the here and now and focus on the positive. Also, I’ve discovered when I’m at my worst, praying for others (and for God to send revival) makes me feel a lot better. It’s not about me ."


ADVICE TO MOTHERS


 "Maintain contentment and joy in life despite its imperfections."

We are indeed inspired by Susan Croox's bravery,positive spirit and faith. We hope you are too!

To find out more about Susan,visit http://www.gloriousmomblog.com

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Nominations for EYMA 2019 are now open, do not forget to nominate that inspirational mother: http://www.eymawards.com/nominate



Wondermama Wednesday- Michelle Robinson

Posted on 5 September, 2018 at 8:05 Comments comments (0)

Passionate, authentic,courageous and excellent yummy mummy Michelle Robinson is our wondermama of the month. The mother of three and a former triple jumper, represented Great Britain for nearly two decades and has competed at all the major championships (European Championships, Commonwealth Games,World Championships and the Olympic Games).


Her sporting highlights are representing GB at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and being the first woman to jump over 14 metres in the Commonwealth.




Having established herself as a personal trainer in 1999, the transition into the ‘real world of work’ was a smooth journey once she retired from athletics in 2006.


Over the last decade this wondermama has combined her passion for helping people to achieve their physical goals with lifestyle coaching and mentoring, offering a holistic service to those who feel they would benefit. During this time, there has been a steady stream of corporate and individual clients who have been added to her growing resumé.


HER VIEW ON MOTHERHOOD

"Motherhood is an Olympic challenge! Yes, I will liken my Olympic journey to motherhood. It's full of many ups, downs,tears, tantrums,having to make sacrifices and facing challenges on a daily basis."


ADVICE TO MOTHERS

"It doesn't matter if you are Jessica Ennis-Hill or Michelle Obama; you still need  a support system around you. We are all in the same motherhood boat together and we all need each other to stay afloat"

Wondermama Wednesday-Lucy Kalanithi

Posted on 1 August, 2018 at 2:50 Comments comments (0)



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.


Motherhood

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.



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