Sunday, 20 April 2014

Post of the day - Fashion Sunday

Evening and happy Easter!
Have we had our fair share of chocolate? I sure have, my Easter egg is already gone.

Today I decided to do a fashion wrap up. I got my hair done on Thursday and went a bit lighter, had a fair bit chopped off too. I have decided to buy some clip in hair extensions just for fun, my hair never seems to grow very long these days so I figured I may need a bit of artificial help.

To start with, we have Sarah from Oh The Things I Think and her enviable line up of dresses. This girl just makes me want to go shopping. Soon I am heading up to Wellington to see Dean and I get to bring a 23kg bag with me, only it will be empty and I am aiming to fill it up!

Next we move on to Lisa from All In A Daze for her What I Wore session. She also shows us how to achieve the "bitchy resting face" which I seem to nail without even knowing.

Then on to Kim from Kimba Likes and my gosh this girl has style. She also makes me want to cut my hair off short too. Go check out her blog post on what she wore. See, before I started reading you blogs I use to hate shopping. I always felt fat and frumpy and ugly and nothing fitted right. But now you guys are making me see how much fun a girl can have with her shopping! 

But wait, there's more. Lauren from SAHM I Am has also blogged about what she wore, but this time it is shoes! Oh shoes, how I love thee. Over the years I am getting a big collection of shoes. Today I wore three different pairs. I like my sparkly shoes a lot and a few months ago I noticed Forever New had a pair called Hayley, which is my name but just spelt differently. Ooooh, Forever New, I'll be back in a tick.....

Right, back. And finally we have Natalie from NorthShore Days because she and her wee girl did Easter nail art! Oh my gosh, so cute. They tried to paint bunnies on their nails and quite a good effort I think. It is kinda impossible to achieve the "pinterest look!" I think I might give this a go tomorrow, I love bunnies.

Wow that was an epic fashion blog post. I am now going to go shopping for dresses, shoes and nail polish!

Hayleigh xx

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Post of the day - Easter Crafts

Ahhhh it's almost Easter! Well, I guess by Wednesday you can practically say that it is the Easter holiday.
What are you guys doing?
My brother is down from Christchurch so I get to see him over the weekend and my parents are away so I am on cat-feeding duties. 

Todays posts are all about Easter crafts. When holidays roll around it is always a great time to show off how great we are at crafting things up!
Julie from A Slice in the Life of Julie has made a really cute Easter Egg tree. I'm looking at it and thinking how can something so simple look so amazing? And then why stop at Easter, you could essentially do it for any day of the year. Perhaps get some paper flowers or Christmas balls and go for gold.
And then Keryn from Keryn's Cards has a super cute Easter basket tutorial (just follow the link in her blog post) and it looks real fancy too. I remember making baskets as a kid but they were an a4 piece of paper made into a shallow box with cotton buds stuck on them. Haven't crafts come a long way over the years?

Have you been up to any Easter crafting-ness?

Hayleigh xx

Monday, 14 April 2014

Post of the day - Book Monday!

Good afternoon lovelies,

It's 4:30 on a Monday and I'm feeling quite relaxed. There is not much on TV so I might be time to get my book out and keep reading. Right now I am reading The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton and quite frankly I can see why she won the Man Booker award; her novel is a work of art. I am also lucky enough to be going to an evening with Eleanor in about 3 weeks time so I figured I've got to read her book, how lame would it be to show up and have not read it?

For me as a writer, she is an inspiration and what I love is that I can follow her exact footsteps education-wise. So yes, at this stage I am planning on applying for a MA in Creative Writing at Victoria University in Wellington. The only thing that sucks about being a writer is knowing whether or not you are good enough. I am being told everyday that I should hurry up and finish Uni then go and get a normal office job like everyone else. So it takes a lot of confidence in yourself, along with a lot of actual writing skill, to take it to the next level. 

A few of you have also blogged about books over the past few days. Angela from Tall, Short, Tiny and a Pickle is talking about the books she has read with links to some great websites that have lists of book you must read. And Julie from A Slice in the Life of Julie has also blogged about books but this time it is children's books. Julie is a a huge advocate for reading children books and I must say, the most enjoyment I got out of writing my children's book was hearing that the kids were excited to go to bed and read it.

What book are you reading at the moment?

Hayleigh xx

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Post of the day - Happy days

Good evening lovelies,

I went on to Natalies blog today The Grand Optimist and I read her recent blog post with included a link to a 100 days of happiness challenge. And I thought, well ok, why not give it a go? And maybe you would want to aswell? Apparently 71% of people who try the challenge fail it cause they have no time or something. And I don't really like failing so I will do my best to complete it. 
You get to choose what platform to use and I picked Facebook because I can easily upload photos from my phone onto Facebook.

Also, someone else who is overly happy is Sarah from Oh The Things I Think because she did one of those colour runs where people throw colour at you and there are UV lights so it all shows up. Damn it looks fun! Shame the only thing in Dunedin we have close to it is that paint party that is on during O-Week. Drunk 18 year olds? No thanks!

So maybe you would want to try the 100 happy days too? I am going to do it!

Here is my first photo, today I went to the stadium here in Dunedin to see the royals. Oh it was so good! Kate is, of course, stunning as always and Wills even made a speech which was so nice. You kinda don't expect him to make one but turns out he even wrote one before he arrived and it was quite special. The crowd around us was awesome and it was just incredibly special to see a real life Prince and Princess.


I was a bit far away, but you can still see them. And that is what made me happy today.

I hope you will have a really nice week!

Hayleigh xx

Friday, 11 April 2014

Post of the day

Hi Lovelies,

Don't we all just end up getting so caught up in our own lives that we forget about other people? That is what I feel like at the moment. I have been so caught up in living the solo life, adjusting to driving myself everywhere and doing shopping alone, having to deal with spiders by myself too! It is almost mid-semester break at Uni so now is when things get a bit crazy assessment-wise. Then suddenly I find myself sitting down today and realizing that I have just forgotten about everything I use to do when Dean was here. How stupid is that?

I'm guessing I am not alone in this. I'll bet like me, you also can get so caught up in your own life that you forget the simple things. I went through and read your blogs today and I felt like I had missed a big chunk of all your lives! Then I felt stupid and guilty for being so selfish and only thinking about myself when really I should have been putting the same, if not more, energy into you lovelies.

So today I have decided to just do a huge link-a-thon to your life blogs so that none of you will miss out on eachothers lives.


And those are the peeps who write about their lives. 
Before I started Pea Soup, I was writing my own personal blog called After The Vows. I have put it to the side since December last year and now I am thinking about starting it back up again. Mainly because I am finding myself talking about my life in this blog, but maybe that is a good thing?

I hope your Friday is going well!

Hayleigh xx

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Sunday Wrap Up

Forgive me now if this Sunday Wrap Up comes across a bit sad. My husband has just left for Police College in Wellington where he will be training for the next four months, leaving me on my lonesome. I have been alone for an hour and a half now, and so far I have done two loads of washing and did a lot of walking around. I don't quite know what to do with myself!

But one thing I do know is that this blog shall continue, probably more-so now that I don't have to entertain Dean and I can just sit on my laptop for hours on end. Oh no, I might even start playing Neopets again.

It has been a funny week this week. In our home it felt like we were wrapping everything up before going on holiday, ya know how you get all the firewood sorted and make sure all the batteries are new and get all the washing done, that sort of thing? Only I'm not going anywhere, which will be nice but also a bit lonely. 

Anyways, enough of me blubbering on, we actually have two new people to join Pea Soup this week!
Please say hello to Katrina Ward from Don't Freak Outie and Rebecca Burgess from Do The Sums. I am actually thrilled to have a blog like Rebecca's on board which is all to do with book keeping and businessey money stuff that I know nothing about.

Next week I am off to Rippa Rugby (honestly, I don't know what that is either) but Princess Catherine and Prince William will be there! So I may just have some very royal snaps for you. I don't expect to meet them, but I am very glad my camera has a damn good zoom function. 
Will the royals be heading to your part of the country?

Please, if you could add my button to the sidebar of your blog, I would be ever so grateful. 

And other than that, keep up the blogging good work! I do check out your blogs almost daily to see what you write :)

Hayleigh xx

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Post of the day - Socks

Happy first of April, did you get pranked this morning?

Dean didn't prank me but I always enjoy reading the April Fools article on the front page of the ODT, this year they were saying that the council had snuck water meters into our properties and we were going to be given only 6 L of water a day and then we would have to pay for the rest. It made me laugh, they write it so well!

But today's post of the day belongs to Emma for her fantabulous post about her socks. I also love socks and Emma's one are so cute! She has a fox on them. So I decided for fun to showcase some of my socks. I tend to buy them in packs which match but there are a few solo pairs too. 

My first pair and my stripey witchy socks because they are super long.


My second pair are my fluffy pink bed socks. These are also the socks I take with me into my university exams because they make me feel snuggly and relaxed.


These next socks are my swine-flu socks. My mum gave them to me around the time swine-flu was a big deal. And the pigs are pretty cool on them.


These socks are part of a threesome. I also have them in pink and purple. They have glitter on them in the grey area which is why I love them.


Ahhh my cute lacy frilly socks. I picked these up at Glassons last year. My aunty had given me a voucher for Christmas and it was about to run out. I had been in and out of the shop all year but couldn't stand any of their clothing. Eventually Dean suggested I spend the voucher on the accessories and it was a decision I do not regret.


And finally, my sheep toe socks. I got these from the souvenir shop at Aoraki Mount Cook when I use to work there. It was around this time in my photo shoot that I realised that animals play a bit part in my socks. I also have a pair from Australia that have koalas on them. Any who, as this moment hit me, Griffin arrived and wanted to sniff my socks. Then my ducks showed up because they assume when I am outside, I am outside to feed them. So then it really did become an animal affair! Sheep, cats and ducks.


And those are a selection of my socks! Do you also love socks? Do yours have a theme too?

Hayleigh xx

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Sunday Wrap Up

Good Evening Lovelies,

Today I get to announce the winner of the Blogger of the Month award. The winner will get their blog logo or picture in the sidebar for the entire month of April with it linked to their blog. Well, I guess you want to know who won then?
Natalie Roche from The Grand Optimist!

Natalie won with flying colours. Don't forget that this runs each month so you can try again at the end of April.

This week we also have one newbie to add to the ever growing list. Everyone, please say hello to:
 Gina Colvin from MUMbleNZ.

If you have your blog listed with us, please be kind and put the button on your blog. It means a lot to me to get this community out far and wide, plus the more blogs to read the better in my books. Also if you stumble across a kiwi blog, please let them know we exist!

Now onto actual blog stuff, today's theme is again food. I love food. And Natalie from NorthShore Days has a fantabulous recipe on her blog for Chocolate and Banana Muffins. Now, I know there has been a bit of a Banana shortage but this is a fab way to get rid of those Bananas going a bit brown in the fridge. And Kelly from Nappyneedz has blogged about comfort food. What is your comfort food? Nigella Lawson said her's was mashed potato which I think is a bit weird. I'm pretty happy with caramello chocolate or chocolate cake. Actually Milo is a great comfort drink!

I hope you are having a nice weekend and this coming week will be a great one.

Hayleigh xx

Friday, 28 March 2014

Post of the Day - Going Places

Morning Lovelies,

I think travel has to be one of the most exciting things to do as a human. Nothing thrills me more than to throw myself into another culture and just watch and accept the way they do things. I guess some people would criticise other culture but I love learning about the way other people work. 

So today's Post of the Day is dedicated to travel and the places you guys have been to.

I will start off with how jealous I am of Bec who gets to go to LA for a work shopping trip. Oh how I wish my boss would phone me up and suggest I go to America for a shopping work trip! One place I have never been to is America, I've heard great things about it and I am keen to see the nightlife in New York. One thing on my bucket list is to go tornado chasing in America so I'll get there one day.

A bit closer to home now and we have Lauren who came down to Dunedin (my patch of the woods) to stay with family for a bit. She was kind enough to send me a message and asked about some activities to do with the squidlets and I was thrilled to see that she went with one of my ideas and went to the Tropical Butterfly Forest at Otago Museum. I have been so many times and it is probably my favorite place in Dunedin. The butterflies are beautiful and they land on you which is so much fun. The forest itself is gorgeous with three levels and a big waterfall. On the lower level are ponds that have fish and turtles in them. You can stay for as long as you want! It is very hot inside, like a sauna but with less humidity. 

And finally, still keeping within New Zealand, Lisa and her family went away to their bach (that's so North Island slang, we call them Cribs down south) at Waihi Beach. It looks beautiful! We use to have a crib in Albertown which is a five minute drive out of Wanaka. But then my grandparents thought it would be a super cool idea to make it their family home and now we don't have a crib in Albertown cause who really wants to spend a relaxing holiday with their grandparents? That's the whole idea of a holiday, to get away and be alone and do whatever you want to do and not have to make idle chitchat about cricket and weather. It makes me a bit grumpy that they took away our crib but what can ya do.

Do any of you guys and gals have a crib/bach?

Hayleigh xx




Sunday, 23 March 2014

Sunday Wrap Up

Golly gosh, are we at another Sunday already? Doesn't time seem to be flying at the moment?
 
Another question, is it too early for Easter crafts? I don't think so!
Today I am sharing a cool Easter craft from Keryn's Cards. This is a cute Easter egg holder which also doubles as perhaps a box or a gift tag. I know that I will be making them this Easter. 

Since it is also Sunday, we have to say hello to our newbies this week. We only have one, but one is better than none. So everyone please say hello to Kelly Sweeney from Nappyneedz!

This has been a short post :) Almost as short as me.

Hayleigh xx


Saturday, 22 March 2014

Post Of The Day - Fortune Tellers

Do you guys remember Fortune Tellers from school? You know, those little paper pyramids with colours and numbers on them, you opened and closed them with your fingers and then read out the silly notes in the middle. Well if you have no idea what I am on about, then head over to Emma's The Earth through a Lens blog cause she has step-by-step instructions on how to make them.

When I got married a year or so ago, I was going to have them in my gift bags for the guests as a little game to get to know the Bride and Groom. But I kinda went DIY crazy and it would have been major overload.

Don't forget to tell your fans to stop by and vote for you to win the Blogger Of The Month!

Hayleigh xx

Friday, 21 March 2014

Post of the day - Happy Happiness Day

Do any of you watch the Paul Henry Show? Most nights I try to stay awake to watch it but sometimes I have to mysky it. So I caught up on his show this morning to find out that yesterday was International Happiness Day! How did I miss this?!
I did a Facebook quiz yesterday about "what Little Miss character are you?" and I was Little Miss Sunshine.

Did we all have a happy Happiness Day? My day started off with buying two K-Bars (haven't had those in years) then going to a showroom to look at new kitchens. I didn't care so much about the kitchens because the guy had brought his dog to work so I spent my time playing with the dog while Dean discussed our kitchen needs.

Today I bring you two vastly different posts, but all relating to happiness. The first is from Natalie at The Grand Optimist who has shared her thoughts and feelings about the past few days. Natalie hasn't been feeling too flash so please head over and send her some Pea Soup love! When you read her blog, I'm sure we can all relate to the negative comments we tell ourselves over the course of a day. Some of the ones Natalie tells herself I also tell myself. 
On Wednesday I sent my book away to a publisher in Australia to see if they will accept it. While I know I have written a good book, I still beat myself up and tell myself it was crap and that no one will like it and that I have no chance of it being published. I think it is easier to tell yourself bad things and believe it rather than telling yourself how great you are only to be let down.

On the flipside of the negative comments is Andrea from Live Laugh Loving Life who blogged about sour lollies. Don't you just love sour lollies? Simple things can make you so happy. I am a huge fan of sour coke bottles. 
I have a few little memories of sour lollies! My first was that when I got my first job working at New World on checkout, I use to buy my lunch each Friday at the local dairy. The owner got use to me coming in that she started to give me free sour rainbow belts. They were yum. 

When I was in Paris last year, Dean and I discovered a lolly stall at the Champs Elysee Christmas Market and we bought some sour lollies. The French must really like their sour flavour cause those lollies packed a punch. They were a chewing gum coated with a sugar shell with a big dollop of sour in the middle.

Ahhhh lollies, such a great source of happiness.

Do you have any sour lolly memories you would like to share with the group?
Don't forget that Blogger Of The Month nominations are open and you can vote for your favorite blogger HERE. Also head over and like our Facebook page to keep up-to-date with the latest happenings around Pea Soup.

Hayleigh xx

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Blogger Of The Month nominations are now open

Guess what? The Blogger Of The Month nominations are now open! This is a really awesome way to engage with your readers and get yourself a bit of publicity at the same time.

On this page there is a voting form. You can vote for your favorite blogger (or yourself) to win. What does the winner get? You get your photo or blog logo on the sidebar, it will link to your blog, for the entire month. It is a bit of fun and it gets your fans voting for you, which is great for loyalty. 

So all you have to do is send your readers over to that page to vote. Nice and easy. They can vote as many times as they like. The winner will be announced on Sunday 30th March to allow for one day to get the image and link sorted in time for April 1st.

I hope you guys will have fun with this and send your readers over to vote!

Hayleigh xx

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Post of the Day - Wardrobe Wednesday

Well, this is a first for me! A fashion inspired post. I'm not one to usually blog about fashion but today I decided to treat myself to a new bra, discovered I have grown two whole cup sizes, and now I am loving fashion. 

One thing Sarah from Oh, The Things I Think and I have in common are dresses. One thing we don't have in common is that Marie Claire has yet to contact me regarding a photo shoot - Sarah you lucky devil! Looks like I need to do a bit of dress shopping on Etsy. Sadly in New Zealand, or rather in Dunedin, we lack in the dress department (apart from Forever New), and I'm not a fan of those sack-like, see-through dresses that Glassons seem to have.

Now, if you want a fashion blog you must head over to Kimba Likes cause that girl knows her fashion. The post I am featuring today is a great Autumn look-book, since we are well and truly putting away our short-shorts and tank tops, it is time to crack out the knitted jumpers and fitted blazers. 

Do you shop for clothing online? Let me know where so I can check it out!

Hayleigh xx

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Weekly Wrap Up

Welcome to Sunday,

Have you all survived Cyclone Lusi? I'm in Dunedin and yesterday it was really warm - warm enough to the get washing dried on the line. However today we have ourselves a normal drizzly day. Nothing very cyclonic about it. 

This week has also seen a surge in views to the blog! Perhaps this is because you are all stuck inside sheltering from said cyclone? Or maybe it is because you guys are writing some awesome posts and we all just love reading them!

We have a whole bundle of newbies to the group this week, please say hello to:
Lisa Stirling from All In A Daze
Heather Murphy from Soothfast Skincare
Julie Oliver from A Slice in the Life of Julie and
Natalie Davidson from NorthShore Days

Our list is growing so much that I am going to have to categorize you all, that will keep me entertained for a while :)

Does anyone else own a very fluffy cat that insists on going out in the rain, coming inside drenched to the bones and then rubs up against your legs? Not impressed!

Enjoy your Sunday and keep on blogging on,

Hayleigh xx

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Post Of The Day - Things that took my fancy

Did you make a chocolate cake in a mug yesterday? I did and it was scum-diddly-umptious. But now I am slightly concerned at just how easy it was because chocolate cake is now only 5 minutes away instead of 45 minutes. 

Today is going to be a post about things that took my fancy. I read all your posts almost daily and usually there is a wee recurring theme, which I must admit I love! But today there was a mismatch and so I chose three of your posts, which kinda have nothing to do with each other but I loved them individually.

Starting with Emma from The Earth Through a Lens. I am in love with her post entitled Time Stands Still because she has taken a photo and has written three different, small stories about it. I see down the bottom that it is part of a One Picture, Three Stories link-up. As a writer, I think this is a brilliant way to get your mind whirling and to see more than one side. Two very big thumbs up to you Emma.

Second is Angela from Tall, Short, Tiny and a Pickle for her Random Thoughts on a Thursday post. These always make me laugh because they are just that: random. And  I whole-heartily agree that Pikelets are little puffs on yum.

And finally for today we have a new blog called A Slice in the Life of Julie. Julie and her husband made an exterior blackboard for their kids over the weekend. It is such a cool idea! I am actually thinking about making one for myself cause it could keep me entertained for hours. 

And those are the things that took my fancy today. Come back tomorrow so I can introduce you all to the newbies and don't forget to add the button to your page. The more the merrier!

Hayleigh xx

Friday, 14 March 2014

Post Of The Day - Foodie Special

It's Friday! It's almost 10am and my tummy is rumbling cause I just don't feel like eating. Does that even make sense? I had a big fight with a plumbing company on the phone yesterday and it has left me with no appetite. 

So today's Posts Of The Day is going to be dedicated to food and all things food related. Don't you just love food? I told you guys a week or so ago I discovered the retail store at Cadbury World where everything is like half price. Dean and I went back there on Wednesday to buy so much more! The retail assistant thought we were from Australia though.

To start off, I bring you Lisa again because she gave that Chocolate Cake in a Mug recipe a whirl and damn it looks good. I have never tried it, have you? I think I might for dessert tonight if my appetite comes back.

Louise from The Baby View has gone down the healthy road today with this yummy Muesli Slice recipe. I wonder what would happen if we mixed it in with the chocolate cake in a mug?

And you should all know by now that I love a good craft project, so when I went to Laurens SAHM I Am blog and discovered she made personalized casserole dishes, I almost fell off my seat. You have got to check them out, they are such a wonder gift idea! Plus you could take it further and personalize glassware of any kind.

I hope you are eating yummy things today,

Hayleigh xx

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Post Of The Day - wanna play this game?

Evening lovelies,

Well I don't know about you, but I have had one hell of an interesting day. I have had to deal with the police twice on two separate occasions! No, I haven't gone crazy. One was for my neighbor and the other was for some dickhead who decided to walk down the motorway at night. Not a bright idea.

So to make my night a bit better, I went and read all your blogs and I went to Lisa's blog All In A Daze and she had this cool wee game which I thought we could play and get to know each other more!

It was just a word and you kinda fill in the rest of the sentance. So here we go:

Making : This blog post!
Cooking : Nothing, we had KFC for tea.
Drinking : I am currently considering a Milo
Reading: Gah! University stuff, quite boring. It's about women in philosophy.
Wanting: Something better to read lol
Looking: At my cute fluffy kitty sitting on my husband. Awh she is so cute.
Playing: The violin. I have started learning how to play it. So far so good.
Wasting: Time, I really should be doing uni work.
Wishing: That it was super easy to get my book published.
Enjoying: Two Broke Girls on TV
Liking: Chocolate
Wondering: Should I become a foster mum for kittens?
Loving: The sun today.
Needing: My shoulder to heal. I'm off work for two weeks cause I sprained my Rotator Cuff. Ouch.
Smelling: The wheat from my wheatbag on my shoulder.
Wearing: My dressing gown!
Noticing: What the time is. 9:30 already?!
Knowing: Everything.
Thinking: Must be Milo time
Feeling: A bit sore in the shoulder. A bit tired. A bit nervous for my presentation tomorrow. 
Bookmarking: Publishing houses in NZ
 Giggling: At Two Broke Girls on TV. I use to hate that show but now it's quite good.

If you have got time, give it a go! You could even do your own blog post following Lisa's idea. Let me know if you do so then I can feature you too.
Also don't forget to grab the button and pop it on your blog. Sharing is caring :)

Hayleigh xx

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Sunday Weekly Wrap Up!

Good Evening Lovelies,

Gosh, what a week! 
For me, I have (finally) found an illustrator for my children's book. He is a 10 year old boy and he can draw like you wouldn't believe. This week I also got a new cellphone and I stupidly put my hand up to do a 5 minute presentation in class on Thursday where I have to read a book and then give a verbal book review. I literally had one week to find a book, read it all enough to form an opinion and find examples, then write and learn a 5 minute presentation in one week *dies*. Send good vibes my way for Thursday! But that does explain why I have been super quite this week, I have had my head in a book.

What have you guys been up to?

Today's Post Of The Day goes to Natalie for her blogging rant about first years to University. I was giggling my head off cause I can totally relate. I take Gender Studies as my interest papers and boy do some people get on my nerves when the don't understand how bad Blurred Lines is or they think that we should be celebrating Miley Cyrus for slutting it up on stage. The sexulisation of women is not ok. That's my rant for the day :) And also a shout out to Sarah from Oh The Things I Think for having a wardrobe to envy.

This week we have had no new comers but that is ok, I'm sure we will have more next week. If you are a Kiwi Blogger, submit your blog to me via the tabby thing up the top and then I can feature you too!

Hayleigh xx

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Post Of The Day - Christchurch

Good Afternoon Lovelies,

I am sitting here watching the news and it is all about the floods in Christchurch. What a disaster. My heart goes out to those who are still waiting for their houses to be fixed and now they have to deal with this crap! I think I would be pulling my hair out if I was them.So I have decided today's theme is Christchurch.

If you head over to Natalie's blog The Grand Optimist, she has a funny image of a guy jet skiing on the flood waters - just crazy! And if you click over to Bec's blog Clouds of Colour, she has some beautiful photos taken from the Ellerslie Flower Show in Christchurch. It is always one of those shows I have wanted to go to but because it is in Christchurch, it is just a tiny bit too far away for me. 
And finally, if you visit Angela's blog Tall, Short, Tiny and a Pickle, she has an awesome travel post about Canterbury and North Otago which is my stomping ground. 

If you are a Kiwi Blogger, submit your blog to me so that I can feature you in the Post Of The Day!

One thing I have noticed over the month of running this blog is that themes tend to pop up on all your blogs through-out the week which I just love. So keep up the fantastic work Kiwi Bloggers :)

Hayleigh xx

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Weekly Wrap Up!

Hello Lovelies,

It is Sunday! Welcome to this weeks weekly wrap up. I totally forgot to do it last week but I am going to make sure it is a regular thing.

I always believe that we learn something new every day, or at the very least, something new every week. So tell me, what did you learn this week?
I learnt that illustrators for children's books are really really expensive. And today I learnt that Cadbury World here in Dunedin has a retail store and the chocolate is cheaper than the supermarket so I went a bit crazy in the shop and bought heaps.

But who will be taking Post Of The Day? It goes to Emma from The Earth Through A Lens for her gorgeous photography and enthralling captions that go with them. This girl can write and she does so with detail and emotion which I find hard to do.

I will also be announcing tomorrow the Blogger Of The Month for March! They will get their logo put on the sidebar with a link to their blog and it will stay up for the whole month.

We can welcome some new faces to Pea Soup this week too. Everyone, say hello to:
Keryn Campbell from Keryn's Cards
Andrea Kroll from Live Laugh Loving Life
and Louise Deed from The Baby View

Please don't forget to put my button on your blog sidebar and if you come across any Kiwi bloggers, let them know about Pea Soup!

Hayleigh xx

Friday, 28 February 2014

Post of the day - photos

Hi Lovelies,

I hope you have been having a super day. Today's Post of the day is dedicated to two blogs who have both posted pictures of their personal lives.

The first one is Angela from Tall, Short, Tiny and a Pickle who is celebrating her fifth wedding anniversary today! Congratulations! Angela has posted some gorgeous wedding snaps from her big day which I am sure you will all love to go and take a look at. 
And number two goes to Bec from Clouds of Colour because she just got herself a puppy! It is a "delicious" black lab and definitely has the awh-factor.

Actually today, my brother and I were talking about dogs we want to get. We both agreed to get German Shepard's as puppies and they can be cousins. We are going to take them to the dog park together and they can be dog friends. 

Hayleigh xx

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Post of the day - Hens night

Good morning Lovelies,

While I was rummaging through all your blogs, I stopped by Sarah's Oh The Things I Think and saw her Etsy Love post about Hens Nights. Sarah is in the process of creating a hens night for her friend Steph, and if the post is anything to go by, she is doing an amazing job. Much better than my hens night.

If you read my last blog, you may have caught the emotional post about my hens night and how much of a disaster it was. But I will tell you again.

To start with, I am quite a controlling person and a bit of a perfectionist. I live by the motto "If you want it done right, you do it yourself."
So when a friend, and an old friend, decided to plan my hens night and not tell me anything about it, I freaked out. It started out with a Facebook-group-invite-page-thing where I had to add people then leave the group. She assumed all people who said yes to the Facebook invite would show up. Mistake number one.
I had to get my mum involved and pass on all the messages to her from me, mainly to take down the damn Facebook invite group cause I knew those people would not show up plus I wanted to send out invites. Months down the track, I got to give invites to people and I find out she has hired a hall for games and is having a BBQ for food. Not quite my idea of a hens night so I said no. I just wanted to go to town for a nice fancy dinner and have a good girly chat about stuff. 

She went a bit Henszilla on me while I was going through my Bridezilla phase so things were not going well. I think in all the planning process I spoke to her once. That one time she pretty much told me that if I didn't like her idea, I could just plan it myself. Ironically enough, what I wanted all along.

I later find out we are going to a bar next to my workplace. Super I thought, that place has a function room and I stupidly assumed she had hired it for the night. So on the night, we show up at this dive of a bar which had not been cleaned from the night before to find the doors are locked. It is pouring with rain and I asked my friend what is going on. Her response is "It said on the website that they open at 7pm." So after months of planning, she never thought to just double check what time the damn place opened (honestly, if you want it done right, you do it yourself). As it turns out, she did not hire the function room.

On a side note, I don't drink. I have never had a one night stand, I have never picked up a guy from town, in fact, I have actually never been to town at night. So the fact that my hens night was fast becoming a way for my "friend" to pick up guys was an absolute nightmare. We moved on to another bar, we got bar snacks that consisted of hot chips and little spring onion things, and sat at one of those tall table things they have at bars. I was made to put on a silly outfit.
Games started which mainly consisted of asking me questions about my sex life with my mum, aunty and my dads new partner sitting right next to me. Very awkward. Some creep wouldn't leave me alone and wanted to dance with me and gave me his business card. My friend thought this was awesome and exactly what she wanted to happen to me two weeks before I marry Dean.

Her idea was to get me drunk and for me to pick up as many guys as possible. Games included making our way around the bar and getting our photo taken with different men. At this point the Stag Night guys, including Dean, had joined us and quite frankly, I did not want to be seen all over other men with my fiancee watching on. My friend turned to me and said "This is your last night of freedom", clearly she had a very different idea of what it means to be in a relationship or be engaged. As far as I am aware, your hens night is not a "Free Pass", but she seemed to think it was.

So I disappeared through to the pokie machines and won $80. In that time, my friend and my other good friend had packed up and left without saying goodbye. I walked back out into the bar to talk to them to find them gone. No one knew where they went, another friend said they just packed up and walked out. I guess since I didn't want to act like a drunk slut I was not 'having fun'.

There is probably a few morals to this story. Don't plan a hens night unless you actually know your friend well. As you can tell, my "friend" did not know me very well at all. I have been a non- drinker all my life and in a relationship with Dean since I was 19, so where she got the idea from that I was keen to get drunk and take guys home is beyond me. 
And number two: If you want it done right, do it yourself.

Where is this friend now you ask? Well, she came to my wedding two weeks later and left early on in the night. Six months later I get a Facebook message from her wanting some of the wedding photos that had herself in them. I didn't reply, and now she is in Australia.

I really hope your hens night was way better than mine. Having said that, it makes a damn good story!!

Hayleigh xx

Monday, 24 February 2014

Post of the day - Creative Inspiration

Hello Lovelies,

Well, first day back at University today and all was well. That is literally it, sometimes Uni can be quite boring.

Today's post of the day is from Keryn's Cards by Keryn. She is a Stampin' Up Demonstrator and makes cards. They are actually really really good cards too. I am a very creative person and I have a side hobby business where I make crackers for every occasion, not just Christmas. Keryn has helped me out with them when she sent me links to You Tube videos for making square crackers. 

In Keryn's post, she writes about 10 places to find inspiration for card making. I read through the list and I found it very useful not just for card making, but for anything creative. Whether is be painting, writing, or baking, Keryn's list is really good. Some tips you would just have to modify for yourself, like her tip on asking yourself who you are making the card for. In this case you would ask yourself who you are baking for or writing for.

Sometimes we forget in this busy world that inspiration is literally out the window or in the magazine on the table. And sometimes we over think the inspiration and aim for trickiness when really simplicity can be the key.

I hope you are all having a creative day, I have washing that needs to come off the line before it gets blown to Christchurch. 

Hayleigh xx

Friday, 21 February 2014

Post of the day - Part Three

Now it is time for part three!

This one goes to Natalie at The Grand Optimist and she also gets a virtual medal from me plus ten brownie points for putting herself, and her thoughts, out into the big wide world.

Natalie writes daily posts about fighting for happiness and reducing the stigma associated with mental illnesses. She openly puts herself on the line each day and revels her own personal struggles.

In this featured post, she got herself a tattoo which is one of the best I have ever seen! I give her another ten brownie points just for getting a tattoo because I am a wuss and can't handle the pain. I almost passed out getting my nose pierced.

Natalie is an amazing girl. I have been reading her blog for just under a year now and it is raw, honest and inspiring.
You MUST check it out.

Hayleigh xx

Post of the day - Part Two

Here is number two!

This post is from Lauren at SAHM I Am. I think it is awesome because she has taken a character from a children's book and made a cake out of it. And not just any cake, this cake looks like a Fox's head.

I love this post not just for its creativity, but because I have just finished writing a children's book and it got me wondering if anyone would make a cake from my characters. 
Do you guys remember the cake book from the Australian Womens Weekly? I'm pretty sure almost every parent would have owned a copy of this. My mum made me the swimming pool cake with the jelly in the middle and my brother got a racing car track in the number 8. 

I think Laurens cake is on par with the ones from that cake book. Have you still got your copy of it?

Come back during the day to see more posts!

Hayleigh xx

Post of the day - Part One

Morning Lovelies,

Today I will be doing a possible Four-part Post of the day. You guys have been writing up some really awesome stuff that deserves to be published on here for the world to see!

So first up for the Post of the day is Andera from Live Laugh Loving Life. She has got the coolest (no pun intended) way to keep her dog cool during these boiling hot summer days. Go and check out her post! She puts chicken stock in water along with a few dog toys and treats, she then freezes it for 24 hours then gives it to her dog to play with. I think it is a fantastic way to keep your animals entertained and cool.

When I was a wee girl, I use to put juice in a cup then freeze that over night. Once I did it with lemonade but it didn't work out right. Now I hear that people are getting all crafty and adding fruit to the mix which is a super good idea. 

I wonder if you can freeze cat biscuits into water? Would they turn out ok or go all soggy?

Come back during the day to see more posts!

Hayleigh xx

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Post of the day - Random Thoughts

Happy summery day Lovelies,

I am a HUGE fan of the Random Thoughts blog posts. They always make me laugh. 
Today over at Tall, Short, Tiny and a Pickle (wicked blog name BTW), Angela shares her random thoughts for the day. It is well worth a read if you want a giggle. I can't imagine waking up to find Lego in my bed!

And here are my random thoughts for the day:

-Why do spiders insist on living inside my peg basket?

-Why did a gorgeous, black and very cuddly kitten decided to adventure to my house this morning if it wasn't a "sign" for me to get another cat?

-Why is it when you ask someone to call you back, they will call at the one time during the day you are unavailable?

-Why do the resident wild ducks want to eat my cat?

I hope you are having a nice day. Have you liked the Pea Soup Facebook page yet? I post all the links to the blog each day.

Take care,

Hayleigh xx

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Post of the day - WOW, you painted that?!

Hi Lovelies,

I am back, I hope you didn't miss me too much. I was away on holiday for three days to celebrate my birthday and the resort I was at decided to charge $10 for an internet connection and I was like 'nah, no way bro' hense the lack of posts.

But today I bring you a really awesome post from Bec Brown! She has painted this amazing piece of art work and I am wowed by her skills. Personally, I can't paint or draw to save myself. 

When I was 18, I had to do a life drawing class and my nude models looked like stick figures with dark patches here and there. I must admit that I do prefer the computer to do all my artwork for me.

But you must go and check out her creation, it is so amazing!

Hayleigh xx

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Post of the day - Romance Style

Hi Lovelies,

Today while checking out the blogs, I went to Kimba Likes and she had the sweetest and most honest post about how her and her husband first met. It was one of those posts that makes you say "awh" at the end! Complete with gorgeous photo of the lovely couple, Kim definitely takes the cake for the best Valentines Day post I have ever read.

So just for fun, I thought I might share with you how Dean and I first met.

 It was back in 2008, I was newly single and on NZDating. Yes, online dating. Dean and I hit it off pretty quickly, he was the only guy who didn't bring up sex as a topic and the only person I didn't question about why he didn't reply to my messages quickly. 
He reeled me in with tales of his vege garden and his two cats so we decided to meet. 

We met at the entrance to the beach at St Kilda. I was sitting in my car when he pulled up next to me, got out, tapped on my window and opened the car door. I remember looking at him and becoming speechless and frazzled. I started shuffling CD's off the passenger chair before I realized I really should be getting out of the car.
We went for a long walk on the beach and around the sports ground. He took me to a small lookout then back round to our cars. I followed him to Subway for lunch then back to his house to meet the two cats and view the vege garden. It was a sweet first date. We were both smitten with each other and both nervous about when one would kiss the other.

The carpark where we first laid eyes on each other is where he proposed to me on New Years Eve 2010 - our second year anniversary.

We have been inseparable since day one. It's hard to believe that I have talked to him every single day for the past six years! He makes me smile and he makes me laugh and I love him to bits.

Dean and I on our wedding day

So now, how did you meet your other half??

Hayleigh xx

Friday, 14 February 2014

Post of the day from Oh, The Things I Think

Happy Valentines Day Lovelies!!

I hope you have all had a super great day. I spent a good part of the morning at University getting my papers approved for the year, I thought I would be super smart and get in there at 9:30am thinking that I'd be the only one. Turns out at least half of the students thought the same thing!

Today's post is from Sarah who owns Oh, The Things I Think and her blog post about Waiaraka in Whakatane really touched me. On Sunday it is my birthday so Dean and I are heading away to Wanaka for two days. I am so in love with Wanaka and it seems to be the go-to place for us in the South Island. So lately I had been thinking about what the go-to place in the North Island is; hense why I enjoyed Sarah's post so much.

I also loved the photos and the legend that goes with them, it was really impressive. I love it when people take the time to give background info on images and know the in's and out's of a place.

So go and check out Sarah's post and actually let me know what the go-to place is in the North Island for holidays!

Hayleigh xx


Thursday, 13 February 2014

Post of the day - Pizza Theme

Hi Lovelies,

Today's post of the day has a pizza theme which I secretly think is really cool. It was just sheer fluke that two of you lovely bloggers had talked about pizzas! What with all this bad weather going on, it is no wonder we all have comfort food on the brain. Lauren from SAHM I Am gives us a wonderful recipe for homemade meatball pizza and Louise from The Baby View has a cute kids recipe for Mini Animal Pizzas Faces. As a big kid, even I am keen to give my pizzas a smiley face.

When I was a wee girl, I hated pizza. I remember a trip to Pizza Hut back when they had the buffet and dessert bar, I hesitantly tried the Cheese pizza and then someone said I should try Hawaiian. From there I never looked back and now I love pizza, I just take the pineapple off cause I'm fussy like that.

What is your first memory of pizza?

Hayleigh xx

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

A blog post from me - Outraged

Hi lovelies,

Today I thought I might write a blog post for you on something that got me super fired up today - March's NEXT Magazine edition.

I subscribed to a years worth of magazines because last year I was really enjoying reading their magazine, but now I thank God that this was the last magazine in the subscription.

This March is the Body Issue edition - already that title pisses me off.
Let me walk you through the magazine and I'll explain why it left me fuming.

First off, the first article was about Social Development and Employment Minister Paula Bennett. I was utterly disgusted to find the entire four page article focused on how she lost weight and found a husband and how (get this) her job got in the way of finding love. This women should be an inspiration to all who are on the benefit to know they can achieve great things through education and hard work. They should not be focusing the article on her body weight and how many men she has dated. Personally I find it insulting and degrading to sum up her life based on how much weight she has lost and how she met her husband.

And it is all down hill from here, the next article talks about why women are trying to be a "perfect size 10". They lightly discuss the average dress size of a New Zealand women (14-16) but then rant on about how we are all trying to achieve a size 10 or how we are all obsessed with being a size 10. It talks about how we, as women, are all getting bigger in size and now can't fit a size 10. But what really got to me was when they talked to a body image health promoter and she says not to look at the weight or size but to focus on health. We should all be eating well and exercising to maintain this perfect 10. But hold on, didn't you just say the average size was a 14-16? And that we are all getting bigger? So really what you are trying to say is that we are getting fat and need to loose weight.
The article goes on to interview three women in their 30's to 40's who are a size 10. They pretty muchly say being a size 10 is all that matters to them and they will do anything to keep it that way. One lady even says that she wants to be a size 8 because clothes fit her better when she is skinnier.

I am a firm believer that women should not ever be judged by their weight and that their size should not matter in the slightest. It really pisses me off when magazines like this talk about what size we all should be - while trying to say that we should love our bodies for what they are at the same time. Contradicting much??

It gets worse, the next article is about our thoughts on the aging process and how we all think negatively about aging but shouldn't. Ok so now we are suppose to love ourselves for how we are again? No wait, flip the page and you will find an in-depth article on plastic surgery and how this can fix your lumps, bumps and wrinkles. Excellent, so now we are back to trying to achieve the perfect body image. 

Oh let's rub it in a bit more with yet another article about plastic surgery but this time it is from a mum who's body got wrecked due to pregnancy. With the magazines target demographic of women in their 30's+ I suspect most of them would have had children so this article is in no way promoting body acceptance. Coupled with being told we are getting fatter and wrinklier, this is a terrible magazine edition.

And just as we are all thinking that we are fat and wrinkly and that it is kinda ok to like the way you are but really you should be doing something to fix the mess that you are, we are shown three lovely ladies who look like spring chickens and are invited to guess their age. What do you know, they are about 20 years older than how they look. Wonderful, lets add jealously and spite into the already raging emotions of body loathing going on.

Then we hit the fashion section where a tall, thin, late 20's model struts her stuff across the pages and I am suppose to just swoon over how good the clothes look on her while holding my wobbly bits and wondering if I can squish them into a pencil skirt. 

After that breath of fresh air, I am told of anti aging miracle creams that will get rid of my wrinkles - hurrah! Oh but wait, I am confused. I thought it was ok to like getting older - isn't that what you said before? But now you are telling me to look younger again and here is how to do it. Maybe I do need to loose weight after all....damn you wrinkles and cellulite.

Next article, the wonder vegetable for giving me better skin and more energy and they will make me fitter because of their super powers. Well, since I am getting fatter maybe I do need to just eat vegetables all day long in hopes of reaching the perfect size 10. Isn't that what we all apparently want?

And to top it all off, we have the skinniest person I have ever seen doing yoga on a surf board in Rarotonga to find her "inner zen".

I can not express how horrified I am at this magazine. Especially the body image health promoter who isn't promoting a healthy body image at all, she is just saying that we all need to be a size 10 and to achieve it through diet and exercise. 

As women, we are worth a million billion times more than how we look. We can achieve the greatest things in the world, we can have successful careers and not one of us should be judged or told how to look. Magazines like this should be promoting women who achieve greatness regardless of their size, weight, martial status or looks. We are not solely about our looks, our lives do not revolve around how to get a husband and we certainly do not need to be wasting our time on attempting to be a perfect 10.

I am outraged that this sort of ideal body bullshit is still plastered across magazines and television. I am not put here on this earth to be told how to look, what size to be and to sit around all day waiting for a husband - it is disgusting!

What do you ladies think about all this?

Hayleigh xx




Monday, 10 February 2014

Post of the day - DIY Special

Morning Lovelies,

I am all about the DIY craft goodness of making anything and everything. So I was overjoyed, when searching for today's Post of the day, that I stumbled onto Bec Brown's Clouds Of Colour blog to find she has a DIY tutorial on floral wall lettering.

With Valentines Day just a few days away, this is the perfect tutorial for romanticizing up your home and giving it a splash of colour. You could use any letters or words, any flowers and any colours you like - that is what I love about this DIY!

Just looking at my lounge now I can see that it could do with a splash of colour and creativity, I think a trip to Spotlight is in order. 

Thank you to Bec for this gorgeous tutorial, if you have any DIY tutorials on your blog, please post them in the comments so we can all get our craft on.

Hayleigh xx

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Sunday Wrap Up's

Hi Lovelies,

The end of the week is here so I thought it was a great time for a wrap up.

New bloggers to Pea Soup this week are:

The Earth through a Lens - Emma McIlroy
Oh, The Things I Think - Sarah Bluett 
Tall, Short, Tiny & a Pickle - Angela Wilson 
SAHM I am- Stay At Home Mum - Lauren Moore 
Clouds of Colour - Bec Brown
The Grand Optimist - Natalie Roche
Kimba Likes - Kim-Marie Williams

 Welcome friends!

Today's post of the day goes to Emma McIlroy from The Earth through a Lens because she has had one hell of an amazing blog makeover. WOW Emma, it looks fantastic! I always love it when people makeover their blogs, it is amazing to see their personalities shine off the page not just in their writing but in their graphics and images too.

How many times have you made over your blog? If you are anything like me, I went through a tonne of designs before I gave up and paid someone else to do it for me. I can be a bit hard on myself sometimes and am never 100% happy with what I create, that is why it is so much easier to pawn designs off to someone else!

Today marks one week since Pea Soup was launched. Thank you to everyone who has listed their blog with me!

Hayleigh xx

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Kimba teaches us how to re-heat hot chips!

Oh.my.god.

I have found the perfect post that has really changed my life for the better.
Kimba Likes is a wicked cool blog and HERE she tells us how to re-heat hot chips! I swear I have tried many times, after over-ordering on the chips for takeaway night, to re-heat the leftover ones for lunch the next day. Time after time I either have dried, wrinkly chips or soggy microwave ones.

This is one blog post you will want to read.

Hayleigh xx

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Thrilled

I am absolutely thrilled beyond belief that I have FIVE blogs already listed in the Directory - how amazing is that?! It makes me a wee bit speechless. The support I have from you girls has been amazing, and I can see in the stats where people are coming in from which brings a huge smile to my face. A big thank you to you all!

To keep the blogs flowing in, just put my button on your blog and if you do stumble across a Kiwi blog, please let them know about me! I had a wee giggle to myself earlier today, I was thinking "right, I need to let these Kiwi girls and gals know that this site exists" but then I thought "how am I suppose to find them? That is the whole reason for this community!"

And trust me, Google doesn't help at all.

So maybe you are a bit nosy about who I am? Well I am Hayleigh, I am 25 next weekend and I am a student of Linguistics and English at Otago University. I live in Dunedin with my husband Dean and two cats Griffin and Trixie. Griffin has hay fever at the moment and sneezes a lot which is really cute. I work part time as a merchandiser and I also have a wee craft hobby business as well as running this which is my pride and joy at the moment. 

Dean and I at Disneyland Paris 2013

So that is me, and now you know which friendly face is behind all these posts :)

A big thank you to you all for the support, please keep it up!

Hayleigh xx

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Post Of The Day - 5th February

Well hello Lovelies,

Today's post is about food! And since most of us have tomorrow off work, it would be a great time to do a spot of baking. Today Dean (my Husband) made a Banana Cake and I think tomorrow I might whip up a batch of Chocolate Chippie Cookies.

But today's post is a little different which is why I am featuring. This one comes from Angela who lives in the same city as me! This is why the community is such a good idea, I spent so long looking for fellow Kiwi bloggers and low and behold, there is one in my own city.

Angela has blogged about lunchbox ideas and includes a recipe for Carrot and Zucchini Muffins - two ingredients I honestly never thought to put together. They look pretty good as well and I am sure taste amazing! You can find her post HERE.

So, what are you going to bake tomorrow?

Hayleigh xx

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

The First Post Of The Day

Well hello hello to the lovely readers out there. Today I will be sharing you my first Post Of The Day!

This post comes from Emma McIlroy who wrote about her pencil case essentials for all of you heading back to school. I absolutely loved the post because she has the cutest little pencil case I have ever seen! And all of her stationary is so sweet and pretty, which is totally different to the type of stationary I had when I was in high school. I had the typical blue and red pens which we tried to spice up by writing our names of bits of paper and wrapping them around the pen - gosh we were cool, do people still do that?

Now that I am at University, my own pencil case essentials has changed quite a bit. Highlighters are a must have for marking important notes as well as different coloured pens. Unlike high school, we don't need glue sticks or scissors as we work out of text books and take notes from lectures. I did however make my own pencil case which has ducks on it.

This is my pencil case

So head over to Emma's blog HERE and say hi!

I'm really looking forward to more of you Kiwi bloggers coming on board and hanging out here,

Hayleigh xx


Monday, 3 February 2014

Pea Soup Community Info

Hi Lovelies,

I thought I would write a wee post on how this whole community works :)

For Blog Readers:
Come back here each day and see what that Post Of The Day is. This is a great way to find new blogs from around New Zealand! Leave comments on the posts so that you can chat away to other readers and bloggers too. The comments section is another super way to find other blogs, bloggers tend to leave their blog links when they comments.

For Bloggers:
Firstly you'll have to submit your blog to me so I know you exist and that way I can feature your blog posts as the Post Of The Day or as the Blog Of The Month. When you submit your blog, you will be asked if you want to join the private forum and if you select yes, I shall add you. You will get an email inviting you to contribute to the Pea Soup Bloggers Forum.
I can't add you to the forum unless you submit your blog, that way I know you are actually a blogger and not some robot from Mexico. Bonus points for adding my button to your own blog too!

It is all actually very easy, and if you do have any problems or questions please just email me at: contact.peasoup@gmail.com

I look forward to chatting to you all!

Hayleigh xx

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Oooooh Day One!

Today is day one of this site being up and running, and it is pretty exciting. Emma was kind enough to allow me to write a guest post on her blog about it! I hope lots of people will join, I'm sure there are tonnes of us Kiwi bloggers out there, all wandering around the internet aimlessly, desperately searching for a human connection from someone who understands the importance of Fish 'n Chip nights.

I am going to get around to sorting out social media sites. I'll even get us our own cute hashtag to use on Twitter, then we can all be the cool kids with blog talk and people will be wondering what cool things we are talking about.

I would do a post of the day, but since I actually only have one person with their blog listed with me (and the post on that blog was my guest post) I am officially voting this post to be the Post Of The Day!

Don't be shy, I made this site so we can all be friends. All I have ever wanted to create was a huge community of friends. Kinda like the Trademe Message Boards, those are so cliquey.

Take care and enjoy the sunshine. Oh and remember to wear sunblock! 

Hayleigh xx