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I was tagged by Mandy from Raising The Rainbows to share five life lessons I want to share with my children. My biggest wish for them is to send them off into the world, happy, confident and for them to succeed at whatever it is they want to do. And what a huge privilege it is to help them become those people. So here’s some of the things I’d like to share with them before then.
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Family and friends are everything. We will love you no matter what and we’ll always have your back. There’s no situation we can’t work out together or anything so terrible that you can’t confide in us. Get to know your parents and grandparents. Love your siblings. You never know when you might need a kidney.
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Experiences are more important than things. One day you will realise that things don’t matter, they can all be replaced. Memories and time spent with the people you love can’t.november-001
It’s okay if you don’t know what you want to do with your life and it’s okay if you change the path you’re on. You’re never too old to try something new. Life is short, do what makes you happy.
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Love your body. It’s the only one you will ever have and is the most precious gift given to you. Treat it well.
You don’t need to be the best, just try your best. We are ridiculously proud of you whatever happens.
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What 5 things do you want to share with your children? I’m tagging Donna from What The Redhead Said, Natalie from Little Jam Pot Life and Emily from Life & Pictures to share theirs!

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  • Lauren - Woah!! Not all emosh over here at all….ok I am. This is beautiful Hayley. Such wise words xxReplyCancel

  • Donna - Oh Hayley! How am I meant to follow on from that?! If you kids learn all that and take it with them they will grow happy, live long and be wise beyond words xReplyCancel

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I wouldn’t exactly say I’m an outdoorsy kind of girl, I’m usually the one on a hike that’s wearing Converse. I do think there’s nothing like a bit of fresh air though and I try to make sure the children spend as much time as possible outside. We’re really lucky to live where we do, we’re surrounded by woods to explore and our house backs on to a field which is just picture perfect in the summer. I used to wish I had a photography studio but I’ve come to realise that it’s the nicest backdrop I could possibly have and I have a list of local places that I like to visit. One of my favourite places is Rushmere Country Park. I LOVE this place, there’s so much to see and discover and I love that around each corner is something different. The kids love it here too, they love the little fairy houses and building dens. I think it’s a shame that they can’t play out like we did when we were little so it’s great being able to take them somewhere where they can run riot and really enjoy themselves without me worrying, even if they do end up completely filthy! Apart from rambunctious kids, it’s so calm and quiet. All you can hear is birds and the rustling of the trees and there’s no phone signal so if you really want to escape, it’s the place to go. And they have a cafe that overlooks the woods. What more could a girl want?

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Taken with  a Canon Eos 3 & Agfa Vista 200 film 

This #BetterPlaces post is in support of the Syndol Find Your Better Place campaign with BritMums. Syndol is now formulated for headaches. Visit for online resources with information about headaches and how to restore calm in your life.

  • Donna - This place looks beautiful. I love forests and could spend a whole day in them easily. We used to spend a week every summer camping near forests in school holidays growing up and have loved them ever since.
    I love that you wear converse for forest walks – totally my kinda girl! xReplyCancel

    • Hayley - I’m regretting that now, it was sooooo muddy! xReplyCancel

  • North East Family Fun - Oh wow! This place looks so magical! I want to visit! #betterplacesReplyCancel

  • You Baby Me Mummy - Such fabulous photos and what a wonderful place huni xReplyCancel

If you’ve seen my wedding portfolio, Ria, aka the pink haired bride, might look familiar to you. After working as a nanny, Ria became a teacher and is mum to a very cool and adorable little girl. She loves to be creative and I joined her at one of her Christmas workshops at a local garden centre where she was making Christmas cards and tree decorations while dressed as a crafty fox. As you do.

Meet Ria!

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What is it you do?

I work in a variety of creative roles, this work is designing and delivering creative character workshops for a local garden centre to tie in with their Christmas events and branding.

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How did you end up doing what you’re doing? 

I’ve been delivering workshops for sometime now, since Uni ( 8 years ago I think!?!) I was teaching anyway and found opportunities to present my own ideas. I get to work with a range of people with a range of abilities which I really enjoy! People really love the chance to create.. It’s great to be able to provide the opportunity.

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What did you want to do when you were growing up?

Growing up I always knew I’d do something creative but was never specific, my path has just kind of lead me here, I’ve always built on my skills and done lots of post ed learning so its great to be able to pass on what I’ve learnt and offer a platform for creativity.

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I want to continue to plan and present workshops and working on large scale community pieces.

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The best advice… Know your worth, look for funding… Take every opportunity. Create! Enjoy!

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A huge huge thank you to Ria (and Arty Owl!) and the folks at Wyevale Northampton for letting me and my camera come along. If you’re local to Northampton, stay tuned to hear more about Ria’s upcoming  projects.

  • Donna - Oh Ria looks like so much fun, and crafty too! What a great way to spend time – she obviously loves her workshops and the kids look like they’re loving it too xReplyCancel