SPREAD A SMILE (downs side up)


I haven’t done one of these for a while – purely through lack of time, not for lack of amazing, wonderful, deserving people.

I’ve known who I wanted to recognise for weeks now – since BritMums Live, to be exact. And I KNOW you’ll agree that this woman totally, utterly, completely, one squillion percent worthy of a little something that says: ‘We think you’re bloody fab!’.  

Hayley, who writes the inspirational blog DOWNS SIDE UPhad an entire roomful of women sobbing into their party napkins as she recounted the birth of her beautiful daughter Natty, who was diagnosed at birth with Down’s Syndrome. 

She had us gasping at some of the shocking attitudes she encountered after the birth, bawling at her own emotional roller coaster, and grinning like loons to hear how Natty has gone on to totally turn the public’s perception of Down’s Syndrome on its ear. 

Not only does she write her great blog, Hayley has become a tireless and influential spokesperson for Down’s Syndrome, offering advice, education, and valuable words of comfort. Most recently, she has taken up the mantle of Special Needs Editor for BritMums. Does this woman ever sleep?!

Anyway. Here are some little goodies for you, and Natty and Mia, that I hope they make you smile. Keep up the amazing work! xxx 



these good-enough-to-eat bath goodies from LUSH

some fab disney dvds for you, Mia, and Natty 
this bracelet for Natty



6 Comments

  1. Chelsea - August 28, 2012

    Amazing post! she is an amazing mother and I really love her blog! She more than deserves this! xxx

  2. Kel - August 28, 2012

    Definitely an amazing lady, like you her Britmums appearance moved me and I have read her blog since! Well deserved!

  3. HonestMum - August 29, 2012

    How lovely, she sounds like an incredible lady x

  4. Michelle Twin Mum - August 29, 2012

    Briliant, I love selfless posts! Mich x

  5. Mummy Matters - August 29, 2012

    Too right I couldn’t think of a more deserving blogger!! xx

  6. Jayne Crammond - September 1, 2012

    How lovely! Having just read my first Downs Side Up post, I can agree that they are MOST deserving of this gift :-)

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