When people ask me what I do, I always mention that I’m a blogger. It’s hard to explain the appeal to people who don’t blog and I think the majority think it’s a rather geeky pastime of mine. I love to read blogs and I love to write too but I struggle sometimes because I feel like I don’t really “fit”. I don’t feel it’s my place to write about parenting, I know from my own experience that no two kids are the same. Just follow your instincts and love them to pieces is my motto! I’m not stylish enough to write about clothes and my home is too mismatched for me to claim I know anything about interiors. I love food and enjoy cooking but I’m no Nigella. Photos…well now..I think that’s my thing.

When I’m behind the camera it’s like everything melts away. Almost like Hayley the Photographer is my superhero alter ego. I have worked really hard and I’m at a point where I feel confident and I want to share my work and show people the world as I see it. I struggle so much with imposter syndrome but this is what I love so I’m willing to put myself out there.

A photographer in a Facebook group I belong to, Asea, had the idea to start a blog circle of photographers where we share 6 favourite images each month. For the first month I wanted to share a few images that I think sum up who I am and what I love. I’m a homebird and I love where we live so I’ve shared a few favourites taken close to home and in my own back garden. And of course my little darlings feature heavily! I always wanted to be a mum, I played with dolls until I was really too old for them and couldn’t wait to have babies of my own. Motherhood has been even more wonderful than I thought it would be. Of course there are moments when I’m tired and cross, frustrated than nobody is listening to me, desperate for a bit of privacy (you really don’t need to follow me into the bathroom..) or butting heads with my eldest who is JUST LIKE ME but on the whole? It’s pretty great. They are pretty great and I’m ridiculously proud of these gorgeous little people.

april6-006april6-005april6-004april6-002april6-003april6-001This month I’m sending you over to visit Jenna from Jenna Donato Photography‘s blog. Her photos are just breathtakingly beautiful and OMG do I want to visit Arizona now!

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  • Asea Tremp - Your children are beautilful, and that countryside view? GAH!!! I want to come live with you! I can’t wait to see what you share next month!ReplyCancel

  • Pamela B Lewis - Gorgeous images Hayley! Can you ship that field of yellow flowers to dreary Illinois, lol.ReplyCancel

  • Elaina Borchelt - I think we need a group vacation to your place! That beautiful countryside is calling my name.ReplyCancel

  • Kassie Sloss Maroney - I love the flower field photos! What a gorgeous location!ReplyCancel

  • Thuvan - oh my, your location is so beautiful. Your children are such darlings.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty Taylor-Gallop - Oh these are just gorgeous images! I love the one of your little lady laughing.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Green - Beautiful scenery and stunning photos, just gorgeous xReplyCancel

  • Thuvân Ng-Ph - These are so gorgeous and your children are beautiful!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Joepet Macariola - You have nice photos here.

    Keep it up.

    Like to see more photos from you.ReplyCancel

Our Sundays are usually a slow lived affair. It quite often involves extended pyjama wearing, a roast dinner and copious amounts of washing ready for the week ahead. Having the kids at home for the Easter holidays and my husband on holiday too has felt like one long weekend. I don’t know when we last spent so much time together. It’s been rather lovely.
Yesterday was a pretty lazy one, even by our standards! We spent the morning at home and just pottered around the house catching up with bits and pieces. In the afternoon the boys went off to the cinema while I took Sunshine to her friend’s ballerina party where she got her face painted and bubbles in her party bag. Best day ever when you’re four.
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  • Donna - Love this. Your dishwasher contents is just so colourful – it’s like H chose everything AND B is just looking so grown up! xReplyCancel

  • Kerri-Ann Hargreaves - Aww firstly I love your new blog. So pretty. Love all your captures, that chair and the photo in the mirror. Beautiful captures. Your little girl looks so pretty. #homelifeproject xReplyCancel

  • Kara Campion Spencer - Such amazing photos, I espeically love the one in the car mirror, I need to start thnking more outside the box. xxReplyCancel

  • Clare Mansell - So pleased you have joined us this month Hayley. So many inspiring captures, but I particularly love the rear view mirror shot. Also my first time on the blog since you redesign – it’s fab!ReplyCancel

  • Christina - Ladybughome - Beautiful photos. Love the mixture of colour and black&white photos. Love your logo. #HomeLifeProjectReplyCancel

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I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend and enjoyed eating too much chocolate! We had a lovely time – we went to a National Trust egg trail on Good Friday and then did a little egg hunt in the garden for the kids on Sunday. Our garden is currently in a shocking state thanks to the trampoline and hen keeping combo. We have no plants (shameful given that I studied floristry and horticulture!) so it didn’t take very long at all for them to find their eggs and then we ended up hiding them again to make it last a little longer! It was a lovely chilled out day with family and some good food. My husband is a really great cook so every time I make something half decent I’m quite obnoxious about it. We had slow roasted lamb with anchovies, garlic and rosemary and I made the Creme Egg cheesecake from Taming Twins blog. It was SO good, I highly recommend it!

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  • My Two Mums - Kirsty - Love your dude’s trousers!ReplyCancel

    • Hayley - He’s picking out his own clothes now and these are his absolute favourite! He wants to wear them all the time.ReplyCancel

  • Donna - Sounds like a lovely relaxed Easter! You cannot beat an Easter egg hunt in the garden xReplyCancel

    • Hayley - Shame there’s no flowers! I’ll have to sort that for next year.ReplyCancel