{Wonder Woman Series #2} Meet Miss Lara!


Good Tuesday to you dolls!! I hope your week has started off brilliantly! The sun is shining here, it actually felt a touch warmer outside and my cold is finally hit the road. We said goodbye to our friend yesterday that had passed away. So, it was a up and down Monday. But, I am feeling positive and calm in spirit. I started this 'Wonder Woman' series some weeks ago and after slacking and then battling the flu, I wanted to get another posted today!! I said I was going to go back and forth between famous women and every day women, so here is my first every day women and she just happens to be a dear friend of mine who I think is super amazing! She was my first friend that I made in Scotland when I moved here. We conquered Beauty Therapy together and kept each other as sane as possible. Her name is Miss. Lara and she's, for me someone that proves that it doesn't matter where you come from, it's where you're going that matters. She's a wonderful Mum to her son Logan, who is the cutest of all boys. She's living proof that not all mum's are the same and that you can be who you are & still have children. I got to ask her some questions, I hope you enjoy them & have a wonderful day dolls!!

xoxoxo







1. You jumped out of a plane for charity, can you tell us about that experience?

It was amazing. I made a promise to myself on New Years Eve 2010 that I would do at least one thing for the NSPCC/Children 1st per year. In 2011 I completed my first 10k and a 120ft abseil for Children 1st. Having found myself running out of time to do something for the NSPCC in 2012, I had been unable to train for any running event nearby, so thought I would sign up for a skydive instead! 

For someone who is scared of heights AND flying I can’t say it was the firmest of choices! 

The first thing I will say to anyone who is thinking of doing the same thing is, just do it (sorry Nike, I’m stealing your slogan!). It was a brilliant experience for a very worthwhile cause. During free-fall there is no ‘rollercoaster feeling’ where you feel like your stomach is about to leap out your mouth, instead it feels like you are floating on a huge air cushion, when in fact you are hurtling towards the ground at 120mph! 

It was a nice touch when I received a little good luck card from the NSPCC a few days before the jump. That did make me smile.  



2. Why is it important to you that people care about giving time to charities?

I feel that it’s important for people to realise the change they can make with a simple donation or volunteering their spare time to raise money for a charity. There are so many of us who can step up and I think that, if enough people do that, then we can truly make a difference. 

I understand that people may not wish to donate, but even something simple like posting a few flyers or being active on a social networking site. Something, anything positive to raise awareness for a charity you care about. 



3. Who are the people that have inspired you in your life?

I have a lot of respect for people who take the time to think of others before thinking of only them. 

Women who say, ‘hell, I’m not the ‘norm’ but I’m a good person and I’m going to live my life like I want and not waste time trying to be something I’m not’. P!nk is a very good example of this! 

There have also been people in my life who I have hurt or argued with in one way or another who, after a time, I have become reacquainted with. Their grace will always inspire me to improve. If I can carry myself with that kind of grace then I'm one step to being a better person. 



4. You have a young son, do you feel you still have time to take care of him & keep yourself fit & glamorous? (I wanted to ask a question like this, because a lot of people have this stigma that mothers have all the time in the world, so I thought it important to let them know how hard it can be to have time to oneself)

I do laugh when people think mothers have all the time in the world. What, do they think we open the window like a Disney Princess and all the woodland animals come strutting in to do the housework/laundry/food prep, etc, etc? Ha! We wish. 

I have to say it was a lot easier to keep myself looking as I wanted to when my son was a baby. He had a nap schedule which ran like clockwork so it was easy to organise my ‘me time’ around that. 

There was a point where he wasn't at nursery or pre-school and his nap times went out the window, so most of the time I looked like a wild-woman! Roots? You betcha! 5 fruit and veg a day? Nah, I’ll just have toast please, if I can squeeze it in. Comfort food? Well my kid has been up all night teething, so go on then! Back then I convinced myself I was happy my butt was so smooshy, like it made it more comfortable to sit down when I got that chance! There will be many, many times when your own personal beauty/fitness routine is trampled under Lego and building blocks. But it is so worth it. 

Like everything else, that calms down and another routine began with nursery, then with pre-school. If you want to look good you have to fit it in. You may have to be up at weird times dying your hair, or fitting in that exercise DVD, but if it’s what will make you happy then you’ll do it. You have to choose between the extra hour in bed in the morning or making an effort to do your hair, make-up, whatever. 

The bottom line is, no matter how hard we try to arrange it, or ‘fit things in’, our kids will always (or bloody should) come first, and you have to find it in yourself to adapt. So you can’t pamper yourself like you used to, big deal. Your kid will think you shine brighter than the sun, so be happy with that. 

And again, to the people out there pointing fingers and thinking stay at home Mothers paint their nails whilst watching Jeremy Kyle all day… it isn't like that. Not by a long shot. 



5. And lastly, if you could give all women in the world, 3 things, what would they be??

Respect for others, confidence in themselves and empathy for those around them. 







72 comments

  1. love the mum quotes ^^ so nice...
    kiss and happy day
    vendy

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  2. Lara sounds like an awesome woman and mom. My husband and I are finally stopping and really trying to give back a little more. He just signed us up to be big siblings/mentors for a little guy that has no parents. I hope we can make a difference in some way!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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    1. Thank you. Good luck with this super news, sounds wonderful....you can do it!! xoxo

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  3. Lara is absolutely lovely! What a great series.

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  4. Dainty, Lara's theme is a really, really special. So well-said, mind you would never think mothers would have much spare time! She's a lovely inspiration, beautiful to boot, inside and out! Keep rolling with the sisters who achieve so much greatness and spread the joy!

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    1. Thanks so much! She's a doll really & gorgeous!!xx

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  5. Me ha parecido muy interesante la entrevista.. Soy también madre y me siento identificada con muchas cosas que dice... la vida misma!!

    ;-)

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  6. Love this inspiration! Especially the unicorn :)

    XO
    Pearls & Paws

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  7. A Great Post, l Love your posts

    Glamupyourlifestyle.blogspot.de

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  8. Amazing interview and great pics!!

    Have a nice day!!

    Kisses,

    Babi
    www.voguebuster.net

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    1. Thank you doll...you have a great day too xx

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  9. Wow! Lara seems amazing! What a great feature :)

    On another note, I just added a blog roll to Take only Memories and included your amazing blog :) xx

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    1. She is wonderful! Thank you so much, that's really kind. You are added to mine, have a wonderful day doll xx :)

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  10. Wonderful interview, and the quotes are brilliant! Is that you with an owl tattoo in the upper corner, by the way? It is lovely :)

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    1. It is me, but the owl is fake. It was for a temporary tattoo company, I reviewed :) xx

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  11. Thank you, lovely! And I hope you have a wonderful day, too! xx

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  12. Lara ROCKS and it's so nice to have been introduced to her. I admire not only her devotion to being a mom, but her calling to give back and create positive change in the world. A lesson (and inspiration) all of us can learn from. Have a good day and thanks for sharing another amazing woman on your blog;)

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    1. She does indeed! She's brilliant! Am glad you enjoyed it. Have a wonderful day doll!! xx

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  13. Amazing. I totally want to go skydiving!

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  14. Great interview, but I think I couldn't jump from a plane! :)
    Fabiola

    wildflowergirl

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    1. Thank you! Haha..I think a lot of people feel the same ;) xx

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  15. So enjoyed meeting Lara and reading her stories.xx

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  16. This is a very refreshing & lovely post Doll.....stay-at-home moms are the best breed of women around, 24/7 career....now who can beat that???

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  17. Lara is exemplary! I really enjoyed her interview. She gets an A+ in my book! I love her work with charities and to jump out of a plane! That speaks volumes. She's a fabulous mother and friend. You meet the best people Kizzy. Thanks for bringing this wonderful feature doll.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  18. Another wonderful post. I guess her last answer says it all really ... if only we could all be guaranteed those three attributes the world would be a happier place.
    M x

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  19. Absolutely fabulous post, I'm glad you are doing this Superwoman series, very inspirational. Her skydiving pictures look like a lot of fun, and I love the three things she had to share at the end of it! Thank you for spreading the positivity :)

    WWW.ROXTHEFOX.COM

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  20. A really interesting woman. Thanks for showing us that staying at home mums ARE NOT just "kept women"!! ;-)
    xoxo
    Patricia

    http://misstoptenimage.blogspot.com

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  21. Oh Kizzy Lara is lovely - and yes it is very true that we work our butts of being mums. I also work full time, and sometimes I can't seem to find enough hours in the day. Thanks for sharing this lovely lady with us dearest Kizzy, hope you are well my friend, and the future is bright and happy for you,

    Axx

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  22. In this moment I'm like mum that stay at home! XD

    Great post!

    Kisses,


    Benedetta

    www.daddysneatness.blogspot.com

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  23. Lara sounds like a really inspirational lady! Thanks for introducing us to her!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  24. I love Lara, she's so lovely and sweet, absolutely awesome to be introduced to her. I love your series as well on this Doll, hopefully you feel better and can do more posts like this. The sun's been shining today here which is nice, plus it's been taking so long to get dark which is great too!

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  25. such a great post! I enjoyed reading it! thx!

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  26. Lovely post - Lara sounds fab. Couldn't agree more with her last answer.

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  27. I love those photos of what everyone else things a woman does at home! really fun. Great interview! BTW, your photo leads to Google Plus which doesn't admit me, rather than your blog. I just put your link in, no worries

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  28. Lovely photos!
    Thanks for the comment =)
    XOXO
    Ylenia

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  29. Inspiring! I did a sky-dive too and it is the MOST amazing feeling in the world. She looks so calm in the pic!

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  30. Awesome inspirations! Mom board is lovely :)
    Love,

    Bong's Belleza

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  31. Loved this! So inspirational!

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  32. Such a great post! Loved reading about here, I think she's a great example of a good person :) Have a wonderful week Doll, hope you will feel better soon!!

    LOVE BO,
    PurePreciousPerfection.com

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  33. Lara is amazing! I loved the post <3
    x

    www.be-your-own-hero-now.blogspot.com

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  34. I always enjoy your quotes:). This is a wonderful series Doll! She's lovely inside and out.. a true inspiration to all women. Nice interview!

    xxleslie

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  35. I love this lady's look and the way she has developed her eye makeup here--just beautiful. I think her skydiving is pretty gutsy . . .
    oxoxoxo from San Francisco
    Amy
    http://bridechic.blogspot.com

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  36. Wow! She is wonderful! So are you for making this great post. I love the answer to your 5th question... Amazing!

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  37. I think she's such an awesome person!! :))) thanks for sharing her with us! :) I hope you can feature my blog soon doll! hehe. also, i have an on-going international giveaway on my blog! i hope you can check it out and join if you haven't yet because I would love you to win! http://raellarina.blogspot.com/2013/03/thboxes-x-raellarina-giveaway.html

    xoxo,
    Rae ^^)

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  38. your post are always interesting and cool!!
    have a good day hun!
    paolasophia.blogspot.it

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  39. Whoa, I could never jump out of a plane--not even charity! Kudos to Lara. What a fab friend you have.

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  40. Great Post!!! I want to go skydiving!!!
    xoxo my beauty friend!

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  41. fantastic quotes sweets, whao!!! i bet you i wont jump for ££££££££ haha.. heaven knows am so scared of heights, i went on obilivon and nemesis at the alton towers, i almost died you know it was hell haha.. i never went back again.
    kisses...

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  42. Your posts are always a pleasure to read!
    Come back soon to visit me!
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  43. I want a unicorn now haha ;p

    I love the first photography pictures such a nice glow :)

    Thanks to you I had my daily dose of inspiration :D

    Have a great day love :)

    Big Kiss !

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  44. This is a great feature. If I'm ever going to jump out of a plane, then I would have to do it for charity.

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  45. I hope your departed friend rests in peace!! Once again a great post! I love the stay at home mom picture - I can relate to it so well! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
    -Jyoti
    Style Delights Blog

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  46. What a lovely feature. I love the idea of celebrating the amazingness of women. Lara sounds like a great person.

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  47. I love this, it's brilliant! Looking forward to reading more of these :)

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  48. Such a wonderful lady, truly inspire her:)

    Diane.
    http://www.apparelnbags.com/adidas-golf/index.htm

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  49. I really am a badass unicorn!!!

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  50. Ow it's Lara <3 How come I saw this one just now :D xxx

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  51. It's great to hear about these "ordinary" superwomen - by which I mean the ones who aren't just characters on TV or in a comic book. Very inspiring! <3

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  52. Sorry for your friend Kizzy (hug). Thank you for this second post on great women. I loved this interview, especially the part where Miss Lara encourages every woman to be who she is, not what she is expected to be. Sometimes we put ourselves under a greater pressure than others do. Lots of love

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