Hayley was born in Fort Worth and raised in the small, nearby town of Bridgeport. She married her husband, Derric, in 2009 and before settling back in Fort Worth, they made stops in Washington D.C., Dallas, and San Antonio. Isabelle Story arrived in 2014, and Hayley is lucky enough to spend her days at home with her precious girl . . . although they’re rarely actually at home as Isabelle likes to see and be seen. Apart from her family, books are Hayley’s passion. She is an avid reader and her lifelong dream is to write a novel. If she isn’t chasing Isabelle or stuck in a book, you can find her exploring this city she adores, trying new restaurants with Derric, doling out reading recommendations, running at a local park (in bad form), at Kyle Field watching her beloved Aggies, or making irresponsible decisions at a local Half Price Books.
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Power’s Out! How to Prep for a Power Outage

We live in Texas, which means heat and thunderstorms, right? Well, thanks to rolling blackouts caused by high temperatures and the lightning that usually come with storms, that means we are prime targets for the occasional power outage. Last...

Three Ways to Simplify a Birthday Party

Happy Birthday! Do you remember when a kid's birthday party used to consist of cake, opening presents, playing in the backyard, and hot dogs? I do, but in the last few years, they've morphed...
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Picking My Battles: Three Things I Let My Toddler Do

Pick your battles. It's a cliche, an overused phrase that gets tossed around so much we barely even acknowledge it when someone says it, but it's so true. It applies to everything: marriage, work,...
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Forever Young: An Ode to My Not So Baby Girl

Recently, I came across the lyrics from Bob Dylan's "Forever Young." I'm a visual learner; although I've heard the song many times, I've never actually taken in the words. Once I read something, that's...

Summer Magic: An Unexpected Mom Perk

Motherhood has a lot of perks, but here's one I didn't see coming: summer is magical again. As a true lover of sunshine, baseball, lightning bugs (translation: fireflies), and drive-in movie theaters, I've always...
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Love My Local: Keller/Far North FW

Fort Worth is growing y'all, by leaps and bounds, and if you check out my area, you'll see it in action. I live in the far north FW/Keller area, and I adore it. I...
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The Great Debate: Should I Give Up Social Media?

Should I give up Facebook and Instagram? It's something I've been seriously considering for a while, and I'm on the brink of doing just that. Like most Millennial moms, I joined both social platforms...