Heroine #10 Cee (aka Hey is That Me?)

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At number 10, we have a woman who often makes me snort with laughter and also gets me thinking about the stuff that matters. She tells it like it is and I have come to love her for it, as has many of us in our little mama community. Check it out, Cee of @heyisthatme

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Cee, owner of an impressive Masters in Occupational Psychology by day is a self-employed business psychologist. Her passion however is writing, her blog which is less than a year old has lead to writing pieces for Salisbury Parenting, Motherhood Reconstructed and The London Mother. Cee says “I’m an introverted extrovert and Cee is my Sasha Fierce.  Yes, I am comparing myself to Queen Bey, although I am not currently pregnant with twins *side eyes*.

Truly, I’m so made up to have Cee as Heroine #10, her interview does not disappoint (the car story.. gold).

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Cee pre-chop, her dreads were recently snipped off and donated to @dreadlocks_of_love, a hair and dreadlock charity for cancer victims.

Who’s in your family? My family consists of me (obviously), The Photographer (my hubby) and my two daughters, Kid 1 (8) and Kid 1+1 (5).

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 Where do you live? We live in a leafy suburb of North London, that is as close as you can get to Hertfordshire while still retaining a London postcode. I will never leave London as I need to be close to at least one African food shop and a Turkish supermarket that bakes it’s own bread.  Plus, my parents live down the road, which is super handy for childcare.  We also chose this area because it is lovely and leafy, has a bit of a village feel and, more practically, contains a couple of great primary schools.

Tell us about your typical Sunday. The kids usually wake up at around 8am, without the aid of their alarm clock, which is weird because on a weekday they usually sleep straight through their alarm. They go downstairs and watch a bit of TV until I drag myself out of bed at around 9am and help them with their breakfast. We then rush into the bathroom and get ready for church.  Luckily, we live about a 5 minute walk away from our church.  The girls and I run to church, while The Photographer enjoys a lie-in *side eyes*  After church, the girls and I go home, The Photographer saunters down the stairs and we all get started on lunch.  The rest of the day is taken up with lots of homework, a bit of TV watching, lots of snacking, a mad dash to the supermarket at about 3:55pm, just before it closes, because we have realised that we have nothing in for dinner, dinner, bath for the kids, bed for the kids, and finally, some quality time together for The Photographer and I, usually spent watching a movie while drinking wine and ironing school uniforms.

 What is your family’s favourite meal? It’s a toss up between pounded yam and okra soup, which is a traditional Nigerian dish, and jollof rice with chicken and fried plantain, which is an equally traditional Nigerian dish. We seriously cannot choose between the two meals.

 Tell us your favourite place to go in your neighbourhood. The local park (Grovelands Park, made infamous when it was outed as a nighttime sex dogging hotspot a few years ago) is a firm favourite for us. We are incredibly lucky to live within short walking distance of a massive park that has a beautiful lake slap bang in the middle of it, surrounded by a path that is perfect for the kids to cycle, scoot or skateboard round. The girls are pretty active and love being outdoors.  During the Summer, or during milder weather, we will all venture out as a family and meet up with local friends there.  There’s a cute, family-run shop in the park that sells hot drinks, light snacks and duck feed.  We have spent a fair bit of money in there over the years.  When the weather is crap, I have things to do at home so The Photographer takes the kids out.

Tell us which brands you love to wear most? To be fair, I’m really not that into brands. I like what I like and I dress for comfort. I do like to wear unusual things that stand out and have a few bespoke African wax print dresses and skirts that I have had made over the years.  I bought a sewing machine and some patterns a couple of years ago, but haven’t had the time to make anything.  If I could, I would make all my clothes.  However, I also love wearing GAP skinny jeans and Converse hi tops.

What is your biggest extravagance? I love handbags. I have a range, including Balenciaga, Marc Jacobs and Vivienne Westwood *looks away shamefully*.

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Cee’s recent addition  N’Damus London bag ♥ check out her blog for an interview with the designer.

Do you have any guilty pleasures? Aside from Haribo *looks away shamefully*, I love 80s pop music. Robert Palmer, Curiosity Killed the Cat, Rick Astley, Belinda Carlisle, Tiffany, Womack & Womack, Nik Kershaw, Tears for Fears, Spandau Ballet…I could go on and on…

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Tell us a secret about yourself. When I was about 20, my car was towed and impounded while I was at work because I had inadvertently parked it illegally. At the time, I was at university and I was working part-time in a department store. So, I had no disposable income with which to release my car from the pound.  Rather than risk telling my parents what had happened, for some strange reason, I thought it would be better for me to invest some time and energy into begging for the money.  I spent that evening walking the streets of Kings Cross, telling people what had happened and relying on their kindness and generosity.  In my desperation, I went into pubs and cafes, crashed a film set, asked random passers-by on the street and managed to raise most of what I needed, which was close to £100.  I topped it up with some of my student grant and got my precious car back.  Not entirely sure why I didn’t just put it on a credit card…

If you could have dinner with any 3 women, fictional, real, dead or alive, who would they be? Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie, Sylvia Plath and Nina Simone.  So many questions for each of them, after I had spent time gushing over each of them, natch.

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 Lastly, who would you nominate to be a Heroine? Yvonne from @KemiKids

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Thanks so much for playing Cee, you know you’re the second ‘heroine’ that has shared their love of jollof rice, who’s going to make me some?! #FOMO big time.  80s music, weekend lie ins to 9am, two brilliant mini yous and The Photographer. Life sounds pretty sweet. I absolutely love doing these interviews and finding out more about the women behind the squares. Keep writing and we will keep reading Cee xxx

As I write this I’m hitting 34 weeks preggo and will now proceed to take a wee break from blogging as I panic, nest and await for the boy to make his entrance. As a mother of a defiant little 6 year old girl and as a lover of great women, I cannot wait to teach the boy how cool girls are. I am his first home after all, damn straight we’re cool.

Thanks for reading guys. Please stay in touch Lx

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