Nursery School Options – Creche vs Educare vs Preschool


The Duke and Duchess released this picture of Prince George starting his first day of Nursery school at Norfolk Montessori

Did you see Prince George started his first day of nursery school last week?

I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since Alyssa started her first day. This year she will be going to the bigger Pre-school class and she’s very excited to get the year started. Alyssa attends a Montessori Preschool and I’m very happy with our decision to go the Montessori route with regards to her learning. Before we made that decision though, Kurt and I done our investigations as to the different types of care that was available and what would work best for our family. We done this because we have actually seen some friends and colleagues become quite upset when they realised  the type of care their little one is receiving is not what they’d been expecting.

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2016 Resolutions

2016 Resolutions

My motto for 2016 is Healthy Body, Mind and Soul…. not only for me but also for my family.

The last year has been extremely taxing on all of our bodies. From colds to RSV to tummy bugs to ear infections, we’ve all had our fair share in 2015 and this year I will be engaging on a healthier lifestyle to strengthen my family’s immune systems. I plan to achieve this through opting for more nutritious foods, adequate (fun) exercise and making use of more natural and organic products. Growing our own fresh fruit and vegetables, taking more family walks in the park and encouraging the kids to drink more water are just a few ways of achieving this goal.

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New year, New Address!


Happy new year Darlings!

So after months of deciding, I finally done it! Hayley’s Joys officially has it’s own domain. Yep, it’s goodbye to and Hello to

The process was hardly as difficult as I thought it would be, however it’s just one of those things that you do not want to do more than once in your life!

I’m an ALL or NOTHING kinda girl and I thought that this blog should be no different. What started as a hobby has actually turned into my “me time pasture” and I am loving it! So I’ve decided to invest in it and actually have the freedom of custom settings and other great blogging benefits.

Nothing has or will change significantly from a readers point of view, however if you have been following my blog via any platform you will need to update it to keep seeing new blog content. On the right hand side of this page, you will find the buttons to follow as you wish.





2015 has come and gone

Aidan BW (12)

Hello there! I hope you are having a fabulous Festive Season.

Wow … I cannot believe that I am actually writing this post! 2015 has certainly been a rollercoaster for personal and professional reasons and I am so content and grateful for the many blessings that has come my way.

The year started off with so many changes. Alyssa started her first year in the toddler class at a Montessori school which was quite a big adjustment – more for myself and K than for her actually. She settled in so quickly!

Settling in on the first day

Settling in on the first day

Just look how tiny she was! OMG

Then just 2 months later we welcomed little Aidan into this world and boy oh boy did things change after that!!!


The transition from one to two kids was really tough on me, even harder on Alyssa. I mean come on, what did I expect? Alyssa like just turned 2 a few weeks before Aidan was born so she was literally a baby still! It was difficult for her to see me breastfeed Aidan, it was difficult for her to not have Mom jumping instantly for every little request and it reached a boiling point when Mom had to stay a week with Aidan in hospital while he recovered from RSV.

Things have certainly got easier since then! Alyssa can’t even remember life before Aidan was around. He is her little brother and she is a very proud big sister.

On a professional level, I still hold a full time job which I love. The last few months since I’ve returned to work from maternity leave has been a bit of a blur. It’s just been crazy juggling work, kids, blogging and being a mom/wife/friend/daughter but we are starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel.

My blog has also progressed and opened some new opportunities my way – some of which I wasn’t even looking for but I am loving so much right now. We heard from some awesome and inspiring Moms in my “Celebrating Baby’s First Birthday” series and  I was also able to bring you some great giveaways which has really been great working with these brands.

2016 is going to be even bigger and better, I have a really good feeling about it!

From a blog point of view, I’ve decided to make it REAL lol…. I’ve gone and bought by own domain and from January you will be redirected to my new site!

I wish you and your family everything of the best for 2016 and I hope that it will bring you whatever your heart desires!

See you in 2016



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