Hayley Pearson

Hayley Pearson is a writer, TV and radio personality and the creative brain behind Adelady.com.au. After finishing a Journalism degree at Uni SA, Hayley spent twelve years behind the radio mic, interviewing some of the world’s biggest stars including Dave Grohl, Will Smith and Katy Perry. She is 1/3 of the Nova919 Brekky show, Lewis and Lowe with Hayley Pearson. Hayley is open, honest and says the things that most of us think but would never say. She’s a lover of her two kids, Austin and Alfie and her dreamy husband, Jimmy and has a weird obsession with the tv show, Survivor. When she’s not blogging (while balancing two kids on her lap), you might see her doing live TV crosses on The Project, Sunrise and The Morning Show.

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Adelaide’s Art of Christmas Trail


By Hayley Pearson It’s SO Adelaide that around this time of year, parents flock to their cars and drive around finding the best Christmas light displays in SA. And sure, that never gets old. But we have a new and super fun trail in town for you this year! Allow me to introduce you to […] Read more…


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Hairy Maclary + her stubbly friend got lasered!


By Hayley Pearson Once upon a time there were two ladies. One always had stubble under her armpits and the other was so hairy that people would often mistake her for an Alpaca. She was cute — all hairy and stuff. But she was sick of untangling her matted legs, back and bum on the […] Read more…


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18 things Kmart addicts think when they walk into Kmart


By Hayley Pearson Is anyone else still waiting to be contacted by the marketing manager of Kmart and asked to be a Kmart tester? To all our fellow K.M addicts… I wrote this after another impromptu trip to Kmart on the weekend… 18 things Kmart addicts think when they walk into Kmart.   1. Far. Out. I […] Read more…


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What to wear this Adelaide festive season


By Hayley Pearson Being “style icons”, people often look to us for style advice… HA YEAH RIGHT! We don’t really know what we’re doing – ever! But what we do know, is what suits our bodwahs. And it appears that EVERYTHING this season is perfect – we want it all! So, for the tall, the […] Read more…


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A letter to the person who saved me


By Hayley Pearson I know I’m not the only one who’s been through something terrible and I know, sadly, it could happen to many an Adelady in the future. But, if you’re ever faced with a truly heartbreaking situation at the same time as having a baby, I hope my words help you in some small […] Read more…


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Welcome to the Adelady office


By Hayley Pearson Two and a half years ago, we sat at a cafe in Dulwich with a zany idea of creating a website, that shared the best of SA. Two and half years on, with a website and TV show, we are now opening the doors to 78 Edmund Street, Unley. WELCOME TO OUR […] Read more…


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Why Fijians are the HAPPIEST people in the World


By Hayley Pearson Happiness is something we ALL want to find and grab onto with both hands. But sometimes, life gets in the way and all the stresses of just being an adult means our happiness takes a back-row seat. So, we googled “Where are the happiest people in the world?” And what popped up? […] Read more…


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RIDICULOUS PLAYGROUND COMES TO ADELAIDE


I’ve always dreamed about an adult playground, where I can play and slip and slide and laugh. And now, all my childhood dreams have come true! It’s here and it’s FREAKING AMAZING! Please all stand for — RIDICULOUS PLAYGROUND! Presented by ROC Race and the same team that brings you The Colour Run, Ridiculous Playground is the […] Read more…


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LUXURY SA FAMILY HOLIDAY IDEA: MARION HOLIDAY PARK


By Hayley Pearson I’m just going to cut straight to the chase. Marion Holiday Park is AWESOME. You would have driven past the big MARION HOLIDAY PARK sign a million times on your way to Westfield Marion but if you’re like me, you’ve never been inside. It’s only 20 minutes out of the city and seriously, once you’re there, it’s […] Read more…


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Best Accommodation in Hahndorf for every kind of Adelady


By Hayley Pearson The winner of the best region in AUSTRALIA goes too…(insert drum roll) THE ADELAIDE HILLS! Boom, cheers for that, Produce Awards! The Adelaide Hills are truly beautiful. And, a big reason why? Hahndorf! I bet you’ve visited Hahndorf a thousand times but never stayed the night. Am I right? Good news for you, Hahndorf Accommodation […] Read more…


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HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS, ADELAIDE’S NEWEST HOTEL


By Hayley Pearson Finally… Holiday Inn Express, welcome to Adelaide! Here are 10 reasons why you’ll love it! 1. It’s so close to EVERYTHING. Bars, cafes, the new riverbank precinct, Rundle Mall,  Adelaide Oval and The Festival Theatre — it’s in the heart of our CBD. This means, it’s perfect for the corporate traveller, the mad […] Read more…


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39 reasons why Adelaide is the best place on the planet


By Hayley Pearson Adelaide is the best place on the planet. Sure, it isn’t overflowing with high-rise buildings, but within, are hundreds of teeny tiny hidden gems that make it so wondrous. We have some of the most spectacular countryside, rolling vines and crowd-free beaches in the world — but we’re not cocky about it.  We just sit […] Read more…


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2 years ago we didn’t have jobs


By Hayley Pearson Right now,  we’re at the hairdressers. Hair covered in layers of foils, and cape on — like a super hero. The lovely hairdresser just said to me, “How lucky are you, you get to do your dream job?” So it got me thinking… We aren’t lucky. You see, flash back two years […] Read more…


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SA weekend getaway accommodation ideas


 By Hayley Pearson We’ve spent the last eight months travelling around our beautiful state, bed-hopping (in a non-sexual kind of way), to find some of our fave SA weekend accommodation picks. Here’s what we found: RENMARK :: 6 Star, The Frames Luxury Accommodation Website :: luxuryaccommodationsouthaustralia.com.au Our review :: 10-reasons-to-visit-the-frames-luxury-accommodation Or Wilkedene Woolshed Brewery Houseboats Website :: aboverenmark.com.au/micro_brewery CLARE […] Read more…


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The email that stood out to us like dog’s balls


By Hayley Pearson Once upon a time… we met Laura. Isn’t it weird when you meet someone as an adult and even though you’ve only known them a short time, that person feels like “home”? That’s what Laura is. She’s an old (really OLD) “school friend” that we’ve only just met. We get lots of emails […] Read more…


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10 reasons to visit Langhorne Creek


By Hayley Pearson  Just 50 minutes up the Freeway in Viv the Volvo and you’ll find yourself in stunning wine country —  Langhorne Creek. Look around and you could be anywhere in the world, but you’re not, you’re just around the corner. If you’ve never been, why the hell not? It’s awesome!  So, whack on […] Read more…


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10 reasons to visit The Frames Luxury Accommodation


By Hayley Pearson Excuse me while I get out my mega-phone and yell from the roof tops, HOW AMAZING IS THE FRAMES! It’s a shame there are so many other great things to do and explore in the Riverland because you won’t actually want to leave your retreat – ever! You’ll have to make a return […] Read more…


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To my baby, about to start school


By Hayley Pearson Dear Austin You probably won’t remember this day in your life, but I sure will. You’re about to start school. Like ACTUAL school! I have butterflies going crazy in my stomach for you right now. I’m jittery with excitement — but also sick with nerves for you. But I won’t tell you […] Read more…


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I stopped my son’s swimming lessons and my heart sank


By Hayley Pearson My son could confidently swim (doggy paddle) the length of a backyard swimming pool before he was three. By the time he was four, he wouldn’t even leave the steps at the shallow end. Austin started swimming lessons at 13 months and bloody loved it for the first year. To see your baby […] Read more…


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My $8 shoes were the BEST thing to happen to our business


By Hayley Pearson Let me tell you about these shoes: They only cost me $8 and look like something a four-year-old would wear. But, they give me joy and they’ve been one of the best things to happen to our business. That’s right, these shoes have made Adelady bigger and better than we had ever imagined! How? We’d […] Read more…


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What it’s like being the sister of an addict


By Hayley Pearson Today, I am officially older than my big brother.  Ryan was 34 when he passed away, 5 years ago this November. If my family hadn’t gone through this, I would never have thought that a healthy looking 34-year-old man could die from being an alcoholic. I still can’t believe it happened. With so many […] Read more…


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Perfect Girl’s Day out on King William Road


By Hayley Pearson It doesn’t matter how old or young you are, whether you’re married or single or undecided – every Adelady needs a girl’s day out every now and then! Ain’t nobody got time to drive all over Adelaide from cafe to wine bar to fashion strip trying to create the perfect day. We […] Read more…


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OUR ADELADY COASTAL JAUNT


By Hayley Pearson Victor, you saucy minx. I’ve holidayed at Victor Harbor a thousand times but never REALLY experienced some of its ultimate delights. With RAA’s SA Holiday Experiences so you can explore Victor Harbor in style!  We hopped in Viv the Volvo and headed down south for one BIG adventure! Here’s our Itinerary for the Adelady […] Read more…


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How to road trip to the Barossa like a BOSS


By Hayley Pearson Doing our best Thelma and Louise impersonation, we jumped in Viv, our super comfy Volvo XC90, flicked on our heated seats and headed north to the beautiful Barossa. The Volvo XC90 is super comfortable and even has an in-built booster seat, so you can take the kids with you. However, this time, […] Read more…


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10 reasons to visit THIS Port Elliot beach house


By Hayley Pearson New Beach house alert in Port Elliot! OMG I love Victor. It’s amazing in summer and equally so in winter! Like lots of Adeladies, I spent most school holidays at Encounter Bay with my family.  As an adult, I’m trying to recreate the same beautiful memories for my kids. I’ve got a […] Read more…


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10 things to do with KIDS in the City this winter


By Hayley Pearson There is only so much fun play-dough can bring to a kid (and their parents). This winter, put the play-dough down and get out and get amongst it! Here are 10 things to do with KIDS in the City this winter. For more great ideas, pop over to the Adelaide City Council […] Read more…


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Adelaide’s City Fireplaces – the BEST guide!


By Hayley Pearson Brrrr it’s cold outside. But it’s boring staying at home! So, let’s venture out into our fine City. There’s nothing better than sitting around a crackling fire with your friends over a cheeky wine and cheese platter. If only there was a list showing us where all the best Adelaide City fireplaces […] Read more…


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Segway Sensation – I laughed so much I almost wet myself


By Hayley Pearson RAA has just launched SA Holiday Experiences so we can all explore South Australia in style! All you have to do is pick your destination and they’ll show you the packages to choose from. You can even build your own package. If I was you, I’d try this experience if you’re heading to the Barossa! I’m […] Read more…


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Barossa Butcher, Baker, Winemaker Trail


By Hayley Pearson RAA has just launched SA Holiday Experiences so you can explore your own back yard in style! All you have to do is pick your destination and they’ll show you the packages to choose from. This is just one of the awesome experiences we did as part of our Barossa package with RAA. It […] Read more…


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YOU NEED TO TRY THIS SA HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE


By Hayley Pearson When you go on an SA holiday, there are two must-dos: relax in comfort and experience things you wouldn’t normally in everyday life. It’s these experiences that make for great memories and Instagram photos. This is why we all need RAA SA Holiday Experiences — they do the hard work for us! You can book a holiday with all accommodation and experiences […] Read more…


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ADELADY GOES INTO TV PRODUCTION


  So this is how it went: Phone rings, “Hi it’s Channel Nine Adelaide, we’d like to turn Adelady into a TV show, would you be keen?” Us: “Let me just check our schedule and see if we can fit you in — HELL YES!” We’re beyond excited that our awesome online community is going to […] Read more…


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The most fun thing to do in Adelaide!


By Hayley Pearson All right, let’s get crazy! This is one of the most exhilarating and fun things you can experience in Adelaide. This year, South Aussies don’t just have to admire Adelaide Oval from afar, we can climb it! All the way to the very top. You can get amongst Adelaide Oval’s unique roofline during […] Read more…


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If you’re not happy, re-invent yourself


By Hayley Pearson I’m not an inspirational speaker; I promise I won’t make you walk across hot coals. But, I am super-passionate about being happy and encouraging women to be the best version of themselves. In the last 18 months, I have re-invented myself and it was the best and most ballsy decision I’ve ever […] Read more…


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The only good thing about dementia


By Hayley Pearson Today, my 89-year-old grandma asked me how my brother Ryan was. My beautiful brother passed away four years ago, from complications with alcohol addiction. Mum told me that Grandma asks about Ryan every time she goes to visit — and every time, Mum has to break the news to her that he is no longer […] Read more…


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Pampering Mum in the City: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE


By Hayley Pearson All women, mum or not, dream of being pampered. It’s in our bones. To us, being cared for is something we’re used to doing for others — so when it happens to us,  we slip into a happy coma. It’s Heaven! Since having kids, I never really get the chance to have “me […] Read more…


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7 reasons why being an adult sucks


By Hayley Pearson I woke up this morning and realised, I really don’t like being an adult. There are so many stupid “adult” issues, problems and stresses we have to deal with that didn’t exist when we were young. Sometimes I look at my kids and get green with envy, wishing I was four again and […] Read more…


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A shout-out to my highschool teachers


By Hayley Pearson How great was school? I know that sounds like a joke, but seriously, think about it. You got to hang out with your best friends Every. Single. Day. I miss that. You know you’re from Adelaide when someone asks you, “So, what school did you go to?”. I get all warm and fuzzy […] Read more…


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BE A TOURIST IN YOUR OWN CITY


By Hayley Pearson If you’re like most of us and have felt the pinch of your wallet the last few months, don’t spend thousands of dollars going interstate or overseas on a holiday. Pffft, why would you do that when we have the most exciting and fun city right under our noses! Here’s a fun […] Read more…


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Rundle Street is going back in time!


By Hayley Pearson The ’70s are back – again! I was born in 1981, so I missed out on one of the coolest fashion decades in history, boo. But in 2016 it’s time to bring out your inner Bohemian beauty and strut your stuff down Rundle Street, where you’ll find the most amazing fashion this […] Read more…


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What it’s REALLY like for mums who work from home 



By Hayley Pearson As I write this, I have one foot in a pile of dry Weetbix (spread all over the lounge room floor) and am sharing a chair with a half-eaten Le Snack and a Lego man stuck to the cheese. This is the life of a mum who attempts to work from home. […] Read more…


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21 Signs You Know You’re From Burnside


By Hayley Pearson Let’s talk about Burnside for a second. Wait no, it’s pronounced BUUURNSIIIDE. The City of Burnside has a bit of a reputation. It’s known for housing the “fanciest suburbs” in Adelaide. Ummm, have you seen SPRINGFIELD and NORTH ADELAIDE? I’m pretty sure those houses opposite the Aquatic Centre are actually castles, with royalty living inside! Image credit: weekendnotes.com I […] Read more…


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25 things only a girl in her 30s understands!


By Hayley Pearson Since turning the big THREE ZERO (only a couple of months, I mean years ago) things in my life have changed. Most of them for the better. My boobs probably would disagree — but who asked them anyway! So, this one goes out to my fellow Adeladies who are 30 and beyond — […] Read more…


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OMG THERE’S A SECRET BAR UNDERNEATH LINDES LANE


By Hayley Pearson When someone says to me they have a secret bar they want to show me – my usual reaction is, “OMFG, show me now!!” So obviously, that was what I said when I found out that the bar I was having lunch at (Lindes Lane) had a secret bar underneath. It’s so secret that only those […] Read more…


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I found the worst thing imaginable in my baby’s mouth!


By Hayley Pearson We’re not even two months in and I’ve already jagged first prize for the 2016 Worst Mum of the Year. Until now, Honey Boo Boo‘s mum has been top of the list — so I feel extra terrible for stealing her crown. Because I’m an over-sharer (and because I feel incredibly bad), I […] Read more…


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FOUND: A HIDDEN GEM ON THE BEACHFRONT


By Hayley Pearson I have a secret. It’s my new happy place. I was a bit unsure if I should share it with you, but my husband said it would be selfish of me not to. So, here goes… I’ve discovered yet another one of Adelaide’s hidden gems. Stuff going overseas or paying huge airfares to fly […] Read more…


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BE A TOURIST IN YOUR OWN CITY


By Hayley Pearson I fell in love on the weekend. It was like I was twenty-one again, with a stomach full of butterflies and a body full of excited energy. Rather than skipping town these holidays, my husband and I decided to fall in love again… not with each other, but with our own city! And so, […] Read more…


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THIS WEEK’S INSPIRATIONAL ADELADY HAS BALLS – LITERALLY!


By Hayley Pearson Every week we highlight an Inspirational Adelady. A woman in Adelaide kicking arse in one way or another. Today though, I’d like to acknowledge someone who has been inspiring me every day since the moment I opened my eyes for the first time thirty-four years ago. He’s the man who cut my umbilical cord (and […] Read more…


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I AM SCREWED IN THE HEAD


By Hayley Pearson The difference between someone who is actually screwed in the head and me is… Well, there is no difference. I’M A PSYCHO when it comes my family. I know how weird what I’m about to tell you sounds. I know I’m a basket case, but I’m telling you this in the hope that […] Read more…


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10 TYPES OF PEOPLE YOU’LL FIND AT YOUR WORK XMAS PARTY


By Hayley Pearson I’ve been to many a Xmas party. From working in retail, to radio, to TV. It doesn’t matter where you work, you still come across the same kind of hilarity at every Xmas party. I’ve seen a Creative Writer punch our General Manager in the face, I’ve seen young women party pash married guys, I’ve […] Read more…


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HOW IMPERFECT WAS YOUR XMAS?


By Hayley Pearson Think of every Xmas you’ve had in your lifetime. How many can you remember? I can only really remember a handful in detail. I remember these ones because they weren’t perfect. They were laugh out loud bad! Imperfections are what makes the world go around… and sometimes upside down. Image credit: thewebawards.com They […] Read more…


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