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I’m so happy to have my blog back online after a week of problem with the domain hosting. At one point, I really thought everything had been deleted (might have cried…) so it’s a relief that that’s not the case. I didn’t realise just how much this blog meant to me!

We haven’t really done anything terribly exciting of late. We have spent the last two Saturdays visiting museums with the kids and for about 30 seconds my pre-children fantasies of what weekends with kids would be like are realised. It really amazes me just how much they take in on these visits – I think that my voice has just become noise to them and that they don’t actually pay any attention so when they tell me something that they learnt later, I’m a bit “Woah, how do you know that?”. Or they’re just geniuses. Could be that.

I think I was hoping for snow over the weekend more than they were! Sadly there wasn’t much here and it didn’t last for very long. They wanted to take out their bike and scooter in the snow…don’t ask…

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A few favourites from #LivingArrows over on Instagram.


Top row L-R @bubbablueandme @2littlegentlemenus @2littlefaces

Middle row L-R @apinkieshea @imeverymum @eleanorbath

Bottom row L-R @gillian_morton @barvariansojourn @gemma_averill

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Aby | You Baby Me Mummy

DSC_0177-2Carie | Space for the Butterflies

theo170106_3_edit2_1600Clare | Maybush Studio

IMG_3313Donna | What the Redhead said

Kerri – Ann | Life As Our Little Family

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  • Hayley @hayleyfromhome - I’m so glad you are back online Hayley…phew! Lovely photos of your two in the snow, it doesn’t matter if it is only a little bit they still have so much fun in it. They are both looking so grown up too xxReplyCancel

  • Emma T - Phew to the blog being back. Scary. And I’ve realised I’ve totally got my blog post numbers wrong. Dozy!

    Love your snow photos. I didn’t get any with N because he went off down to his cousins’ house to play – didn’t go outside in the snow to play at all – and by the time he was back it had gone!

    But he did also want to take his bike out in it as well – no chance around the farm in snow.

    Really love Aby’s photo, and Kerry-Anne’s of Lil G last week. Gorgeous photos. Thanks for including mine in the IG round up.ReplyCancel

  • Donna - Welcome back Hayley!! I am so glad you saved your blog. I keep forgetting the hashtag on IG – will try harder! xReplyCancel

  • Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too - I’m so jealous of your snow, the most we have had is hail stonesReplyCancel

  • Amy @ Very Much So... - So glad you’re back! I’m very jealous of your snow, you might not think it was a lot but we have had absolutely nothing here. I want some cute snowy photos! xReplyCancel

  • Sarah - I’m so glad you managed to get your blog back Hayley – that must have been a bit scary! Looks like you all had fun outside even if you didn’t get much snow.ReplyCancel

I found towards the end of last year that I was taking less photos of my family and it’s something that I’ve really missed doing. I do love a photo project and so when Clare from Maybush Studio mentioned the Home Life Project, I was all over it! The idea is to capture an ordinary day at home and all those little details you might otherwise miss.  You can read more about it HERE.

Our Sunday was a quiet one. We pottered around the house and Simon made a Sunday roast while I made Eve’s Pudding for afters. I love a good old granny style pudding with loads of custard, especially on a horrid winter’s day. My family came to visit for the afternoon and brought along the Christmas presents that we weren’t able to fit the car (like the scooter and bike…these kids aren’t spoilt at all…). My good friend Rebs is moving house at the end of the month and needed to find a new home for her chickens and we were more than happy to adopt them! Bevan wanted to name them and so we now have Rose, Martha, Amy and Clara. I wonder if you can guess where the inspiration for those names came from?


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  • Kerri-Ann - Aww you have chickens. Love them and the names. I love the shot of your girl on the laptop, deep concentration #HomeLifeProject xReplyCancel

    • Hayley - Haha, watching surprise eggs and blind bag videos! She can’t get enough!ReplyCancel

  • Robyn - Ahhh I’ve always wanted chickens! I’ve heard they really smell though & they make an absolute mess of your garden, its always put me off. I’d love to see how you get on with them!. Fab photographs as well, it looks like such a cosy Sunday.ReplyCancel

    • Hayley - We’ve given them their own little section of garden to scratch away in. I’ll let you know how it goes!

  • Rebs - Couldn’t think of a better home for them and the Sunday roast was lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - I love this post. It makes me miss you so much though.
    Particularly love the last photo of B xxReplyCancel

  • Donna - I love this. You have such a beautiful family Hayley and H looks just like you in the first photos – love the concentration face! xReplyCancel

blog-007Happy New Year!

If you are joining in with Living Arrows for the first time – welcome! And if you’re a regular Living Arrows Mama then welcome back and thank you so much for supporting this project.

What is Living Arrows about? The name comes from the line of the Kahlil Gibran poem On Children – “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”. It’s about celebrating motherhood and childhood and capturing those moments you want to preserve forever. Anything goes. A portrait, a still life, a candid moment, phone, film, DSLR. I love to see how each person approaches the project and how we are all on a similar journey but how different it is for each of us and I love to share those photos here. I’m excited to see what this year brings.


Our Christmas gift to each other this year was to spend a few days at Butlins for NYE. We’re classy like that. We’ve spent most of the Christmas break visiting family and on various motorways and it was the perfect way to end the year and start another. I’m keen to get back to our normal routine now but I loved spending some quality time with my 3 favourite people. The kiddos are of an age now where they can really enjoy and appreciate new experiences and we’re so lucky to be able to do that with them.


blog-002blog-003blog-004blog-005blog-001A few favourites from Instagram. If you’re an Instagram user, be sure to follow along @livingarrows_  and share any photos throughout the week #livingarrows


Top row L-R @mum_in_a_nutshell @maybushstudio Middle row L-R @heleddlavender @mylittlewildlings @2littlefaces Bottom Row L-R @nofrillsmum @florafairweather @imeverymum

And a few faves on the blogging front


Sarah | Toby goes Bananas


Catriona | Loved by Mummy

Jennifer | my sentimental jamboree


Sian | The Mama Story

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You can link up below and you can grab a badge for your blog on the BADGES PAGE (ooh, fancy!).

Have a great week!

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  • Alexandra | I'm Every Mum - Looking great Hayley, this is going to be a great year for ‘Living Arrows’. Thanks so much for featuring us. Our post will be up later. Happy New Year to you all xxxReplyCancel

    • Hayley - Thanks lovely, great to have you joining in again xReplyCancel

  • Amy @ Mr and Mrs T Plus Three - Hi Hayley, your butlins trip looks wonderful and I love your round up of pics. Thanks so much for hosting this fab linky I’m going to try SO hard to do every week! XxReplyCancel

  • Charlotte - Such a gorgeous collection of pictures. I love, love, love your fireworks image, Hayley. Happy new year!ReplyCancel

    • Hayley - Happy New Year! So glad to see you back for another year xReplyCancel

  • Carie @ Space for the Butterflies - Oh what a lovely way to start the New Year – gorgeous fireworks and all!ReplyCancel

    • Hayley - It was great but it is nice to get back to normal!ReplyCancel

  • Emma T - What we do for our kids? Butlins. I was just looking at breaks today because they’d be great for my friend and I and our 2 boys.

    Great pic choices.ReplyCancel

    • Hayley - They loved it, especially Bevan. I rather enjoyed myself too! It was nice to get away for a few days.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Thanks for hosting again Hayley – and thanks for featuring my picture too. It looks like you had a great time at Butlins, we went last year and hated it but I think it would be fantastic with older kids.ReplyCancel

    • Hayley - I think ours are a great age for it but I can see that it’d be harder with younger ones in tow!ReplyCancel

  • Ali - I’m going to try and be more organised and link up each week this year! I hope you don’t mind but I’ve quoted you when trying to explain what the project is about.ReplyCancel

    • Hayley - No, of course not! Happy to have you joining in x

  • Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too - Such a beautiful fireworks shot – Happy New YearReplyCancel

  • Hayley @hayleyfromhome - So glad that Living Arrows is still going strong, I’ve loved being able to look back on them all and it is so great to come and look at the photos each week for inspiration. Thanks for hosting Hayley, I’m looking forward to seeing more this year. Love your Butlins photos too, looks like a lot of fun…and you had sun!!! Happy New Year xxReplyCancel

  • Little Fish - I’m so excited to be joining in with this project for the first time! And looking forward to working on my photography skills in 2016. Thank you for the inspiration! xReplyCancel