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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Heroine #9: Miss Denny

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Welcome back to the Heroine Project, it’s a couple of weeks since the #womensmarch took place and I am feeling nothing but inspiration and pride at the moment. Heroines come in all shapes and forms, it is my Grandma who passed away a month ago, a strong and quiet woman who moved here from Jamaica in the 1950s with nothing and raised a staggering seven children, it’s your best friend, it’s your favourite artist or writer, whoever fills your heart with love, whoever inspires you in the big and even the little ways to make a change, to get up and try something new. Everyone who took part in the march and made your voice heard are all bloody heroes.

Heroine number 9 is a lady I’ve admired for some time (seriously, such a beautiful soul -and she has an incredible Aladdin’s cave of a home which I love!), she has candy pink hair, she has a decent amount of ink on her and she lives in Portugal (our first international heroine- yey!). I loved finding out more about this heroine. #9 Miss Denny B.

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Heroine #7: Amy-Rose Watts and #8: Ivy Jean

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Christmas is around the corner and we’re all about the novelty jumpers, mulled wine, glitter and baubles. So who better to have as Heroine #7 and #8 than the lovely Amy-Rose Watts, one of the most loved in our mama community and giving us colour and cheer all year long. And of course her mini-me Ivy Jean. You’re never too young to be a heroine y’know

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Heroine #5 Maisy No Hair Don’t Care

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I’ve been very excited about sharing this week’s heroine, some of you may have heard of her, but many of you won’t and I defy you to show me a more inspiring and cool 11 year old girl. Maisy at an age when most of us lived in happy little bubbles of pop music, friendship bracelets and no sense of the real world, totally has her head screwed on and has raised over £1,000 for charity.

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She first cut her hair at the age of 8 when a family friend was diagnosed with cancer. She donated her hair to The Little Princess Trust, a charity which makes wigs for children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment. Earlier this year, Maisy’s 1 year old cousin was also diagnosed with cancer and taking it one step further, she had her entire head shaved, the money raised was donated to Macmillan and the hair once again to the Little Princess Trust. Her next move is to organise an event to raise money for the research into children’s cancer, as less funding is put into this. Maisy’s mother says “she is a strong minded feminist, a body positive advocate and going to set up a blog for her illustrations and cartoons one day”. As a mother of a young daughter myself, I can only  imagine how proud Maisy’s mother must feel. At such a young age she is so clued up, more than many of us are now and well, all I can say is this girl is one to watch. You can donate to Maisy’s Just Giving page here, do it in your daughter’s name, as little or as much as you can, Maisy will be thrilled. Interview follows…

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Heroine #4: Laura Hesketh

I’ve chosen Laura Hesketh to be heroine #4, lady in black and cool AF. Seriously though, this girl… litigation executive by day, but in her spare time has done a lot for Village by Village, an excellent Manchester based charity. Their mission is ‘to reduce the needless suffering and deaths of children in poverty in remote rural African villages’. Laura says ‘they basically go from village to village building a well, toilets, a clinic and a school. They also staff them using local unemployed people. Once all four are fully functioning they move to the next area of need’.  She recently spent time in one of the villages, teaching the kids and seeing first hand the work the charity do. Her story and photos  can be found here, the children she met are all incredible and brave (not to mention having THE best smiles).  It’s not too late to donate to Laura’s fundraising page, all proceeds go straight to the charity. Back on home soil, here’s the answers Laura gave to her Heroine interview.

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Heroine #2: A Side Order of Alex

The second heroine in the Heroine Project series is a personal fave. She tells it like it is, she’s probably one of the funniest and most honest mamas I’ve come across, her winged eye liner skills are second to none and her daughter has to be the cutest best dressed little squidge in North London. Her musings make us all laugh and say ‘same same’ – and if you love following her on instagram, you have to visit her rather awesome blog.  I give you… Alex of A Side Order of Me

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Heroine #1: Erna Leon

 

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heroine:

a woman admired for her courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.
“she was a true feminist heroine”
In the Heroine Project, I’ll be speaking to brilliant women and some awesome mamas- women who draw, women in fashion, women just like us doing an amazing job of getting their shit done and are still smiling, incredible young women to watch out for, women of all shapes and forms who inspire us in many ways, big or small. And  like sitting down over a cuppa with your bestie, you’ll find what makes the heroines tick, hear about their family life, what their secrets are, what they get up to in their spare time. A few minutes of quick tit bits for you to gobble up whilst you have your first coffee of the day, discover new women to follow,  soak up and enjoy. Let’s celebrate these complete bad ass heroines together and never ever knock down. #sisterhoodforever
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