Why I blog
Ariel’s World is the journey of a girl who just happens to have Down syndrome & where her namesake scented products raise money for Down Syndrome charities
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Why I blog.

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I used to run a blog for my business 1Skin Solution and to be honest with you did not really enjoy it. It was more to sell my products and I think for this reason it didn’t really work. It did however serve as a platform to introduce the fact that Ariel had Down Syndrome.

I have quite a few friends on social media and posted baby bump pics frequently. I posted a status update once I was on my way to the hospital to give birth. Straight after I had Ariel we were told she had signs of having Down Syndrome and needed to be taken to special care.  I spent  the early hours of the morning alone in my room wondering how I was going to break this news to my family and friends. It was the hardest part of this journey so far. Joe and I took the news pretty well and we certainly were not disappointed with our beautiful baby girl but every time I spoke to someone or told someone about her diagnosis I would burst out crying. Obviously our family and close friends were told straight away. It was such a hard thing to do because I didn’t want the joy of our new baby taken over by the diagnosis of Down Syndrome. I was extremely hormonal and dealing with the biggest shock I have ever had. Such a difficult time….

Anyway, I posted photos up on Facebook and slowly told a few more people but there were still so many of my friends and acquaintances that still did not know and I didn’t feel good about that. I felt like I was trying to hide her. So one morning I decided to “announce” it in my blog. I wrote the blog and sat there for a minute deliberating before I hit publish. I actually thought only a very few people would read it as not many people normally read it anyway. I was wrong and received so many beautiful messages of support I was overwhelmed. What a relief!!

The sense of relief really had a positive effect on me so I wrote a follow up post 2 weeks later. It felt good to get my feelings out. Since then I have enjoyed it more and more and it has become a passion.

I am hoping it helps my daughter first and foremost.  I am hoping Ariel will take over this blog one day and I am hoping the Ariel Candle sells well so she has a successful business to do with what she pleases.

I am inspired to read more so I can share what I learn.

I want Ariel to be included like all the typical children out there and accepted for who she is. I am hoping by exposing some of our life you will see she is just like you and I.

I want to meet others like myself who are going through the same things I have. I hope we can share experiences and I hope I help a few people along the way.

And some days I feel really scared and having this blog is really helping me along the way….


me and bean






  • Jess
    Posted at 01:26h, 19 November Reply

    I’m glad you blog Raylene and Ariel is gorgeous. Looking forward to following your journey as a mum!

    • Raylene Barton
      Posted at 02:52h, 19 November Reply

      Thank you so much Jess. I look forward to following your journey also 🙂

  • Meredith
    Posted at 04:30h, 19 November Reply

    I look back to when you first posted about Aria, I remember a beautiful little face and the biggest amount of black hair I have ever seen on a baby!!! I’m so glad you are sharing your journey with your beautiful daughter, Thankyou

    • Raylene Barton
      Posted at 04:54h, 19 November Reply

      And thank you Meredith for all of the support you have given us. It has been very special and means a lot. Thank you for visiting our blog and sharing in our story xxx

  • Barbara
    Posted at 19:45h, 19 November Reply

    My Nanna used to say a trouble shared is a trouble halved. This is such a wise old saying, there are always people willng to listen and help. I love hearing about your journey so keep up the good work. See you soon xx

    • Raylene Barton
      Posted at 21:10h, 19 November Reply

      Thank you so much Barb that really is a wise old saying. I really do appreciate your support and looking forward to catching up xxx

  • Anissa
    Posted at 22:55h, 19 November Reply

    I love reading about Ariel and seeing her photos, she’s such a beautiful baby and you are a wonderful mum xxx

    • Raylene Barton
      Posted at 23:10h, 19 November Reply

      Aw thank you so much Anissa that really means a lot. I love reading your blogs too xxx

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