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Hayley Balozi

I'm Hayley, a Welsh mum living at the bottom of Mt Kilimanjaro with my Tanzanian husband. My two son's are the best of both! We own three African art stores and work within the African community. Our youngest son was diagnosed with Down syndrome at 6 months old and lit a fire in my belly! Love, life and laughter is what we do x x

@HayleyBalozi http://www.iamriver.net

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Finding His, “Thing”

Everybody has it.

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Sharing

“It’s nice to share”, is one of my several programmed phrases to…

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What Our Dog Could Teach Some Professionals

She came into our world in December. 

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World Down’s Syndrome Day

Check out our World Downs Syndrome Day Infographic, produced with our friends at Downs…

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Medicine - A Job in Itself

Medicine is a subject that I see crop up a lot on the various forums and pages I…

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World Down’s Syndrome Day 2018 Part 3

Does the Down’s Syndrome Advantage confer any benefits on other members of…

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World Down’s Syndrome Day 2018 Part 2

Are children with Down's Syndrome really easier to raise than those with other…

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Therapy

It is difficult being a luddite married to a tecnophile.

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CP Diagnosis and Hope from a Racing Driver

I remember clearly the first time that the diagnosis “Cerebral Palsy”…

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World Down’s Syndrome Day 2018 Part 1

World Down’s Syndrome Day takes place every year on 21st March.

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Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

What my Daughter has Taught me in 4 Years

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Temporary Changing

Temporary changing place toilets have their place, but they should never be a permanent…

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Spring Clean

I love this time of year.

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Stopping To Admire The View On A Tough Journey

I was recently walking the dog up a very steep hill.

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From A Mother To Her Mother

There really is nothing like becoming a mum.

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Snow Days

Or should that be “SN-oh! Days”, for those, like us, who have a child…

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Blogger’s Block

I haven’t blogged for a while.  I had a second child, and spent a year…

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Mum’s the Word

My life changed when I became a mum. 

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Mother’s Day

Mother ~ They walk among us daily.

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A Letter to the Mother of my Children

To the mother of my children,

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Thank-You Mum

For me, the saying, “life doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a…

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I’m Ashamed That We Live In a UK that Allows This To Happen

Before I had a child with disabilities, I’m ashamed to say that I didn’t…

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Disabled Access Day?

 How About #DisabledAccessEveryday!’

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Little Steps Towards Disabled Access

Going out with my kids isn’t always easy.

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Mother’s Day (UK)

I see women around me who bring up their children with warmth, care and affection. 

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International Women’s Day

International Women's Day grew out of the labour movement to become a UN-recognised…

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Wheelchair Accessible

A wheelchair adapted vehicle has made life easier for our family.

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A Better Way to Change

As Disabled Access day approaches, I would sure love to bring attention to our changing…

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The Power of Innocence

“We didn’t realise we were making memories, we just knew we were having…

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