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024Welcome to The Domestic Rebel!  My name is Hayley and I am the 23-year old writer, photographer, recipe developer, taste-tester and creator of this blog.  I’m so glad you’ve stopped by my little chunk of sprinkly, butter-laden heaven on the interwebs.  If it wasn’t apparent, I like to bake… a lot.

The Domestic Rebel is about baking fearlessly in the kitchen, using everyday, ordinary ingredients and transforming them into extraordinary, badass desserts.  I have no culinary experience and I am entirely self-taught when it comes to cooking & baking.  I love easy, no-fuss recipes that require little skill but that look impressive and taste like you’ve been baking all day!  After all, it’s the thoughtfulness and love of the treat that speaks volumes — not how much time or how many fancy ingredients you’ve used!  Plus, the extent of my “fancy ingredients” is usually along the lines of Twinkies or donut holes.  #truth

A little more background on me, my aesthetic and my blog… Growing up, I would spend hours baking homemade croissants in my grandmother’s kitchen in Paris while listening to smooth jazz.  Just kidding, I grew up on McDonald’s and Nutty Bars.  No one in my family cooked or baked, and I certainly did not spend any time in the kitchen with anyone since it was constantly abandoned.  My family & I went out to eat almost every night and my grandma would keep us satiated with snack cakes, chips and cookies.  It wasn’t until I was older (and sick of the Taco Bell menu) that I decided to teach myself how to cook and bake.  I started trying to make impressive, elaborate dishes with hard-to-pronounce exotic ingredients but soon realized that the pretentious way of cooking was sooo not my jam.  I reverted back to what I knew best: using everyday, easily accessible items to create unique, one-of-a-kind desserts, like Twinkie Strawberry Shortcake or Donut Hole Stuffed Brownie Bombs that looked hard to make but were easy, achievable, and most importantly: delicious!

DSC_1021AThe Domestic Rebel was created in January 2011 as a way for me to share the abundance of crazy stories, unique ideas and easy recipes that are constantly floating around in my head.  I quickly realized this was my life’s true calling as I have always had a intense love for food — especially the sugary kind — and for writing, which I have been doing since I was a small girl.  As a kid, I loved being read to by my Grandma Marjorie and my mom & dad.  Reading and telling stories were such a fun way to escape reality and allow my extensive imagination run wild.  I knew that when I started this blog, I would want to tell animated personal stories to not only cultivate an almost tangible personality, but to connect with people from around the world.  I wanted people to know that I am human, I am normal (well, jury’s still out on that one) and that ultimately, I’m your friend!

Since its start in 2011, The Domestic Rebel has grown exponentially, averaging around 400,000 unique visitors per month.  I post new content on the blog 2-3 times per week and am posting new content on my social channels 7 days a week.  I also have loyal fan bases on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.  I’ve worked with major brands including Oreo, SilPat, Ninja Kitchen Systems, The Pampered Chef, KitchenAid, Pillsbury, Candiquik, Heirloom Cookie Sheets, Lucky Leaf, Musselman’s, Zulka Sugar & more, and have been featured numerous times on Huffington Post Taste, Ladies Home Journal & more.  In addition, I’ve also been featured on Good Day Sacramento and HLN TV’s Morning Express with Natasha Curry.  For more features & press, check out my Press page.

More About The Girl Behind Those Ray Bans…

007Besides being the author of this blog, I’m also a daughter to two loving parents, a sister to two awesome siblings and a mother to the most incredible three-legged Border Collie in the world.  I have spent the last 23 years of my life eating Ding Dongs and living in the suburbs of Sacramento, California.  The word ‘loud’ would best describe my personality, wardrobe and entire life.  There’s nothing I love more than making people laugh — usually through my animated story-telling and of course, my insane stories usually involving British men screaming at me in the gym or telling the cashier at Target that I am going to eat Oreos naked which sadly are completely true.  My favorite foods are donuts and pizza (true story) and without fail I will squeal and baby-talk to any and all animals I see in public; it’s quite embarrassing for normal people to witness a grown woman shrieking and crying (I have a lot of feelings, okay!?) over cute puppies in the middle of the street.  I am obsessed with Betsey Johnson, sprinkles, magazines, Midori Sours, chips, getting mail & Criminal Minds, not necessarily in that order.

039Want to know more?  Read my posts — trust me, you’ll probably find out more than you ever wanted to know.

Want to get in touch?  I absolutely LOVE meeting each and every one of you & would love for you to say hi!  If you ever have any questions, comments, concerns, suggestions or creepy fan mail you want to send me, I highly encourage it!  Email me anytime at hayleyparker08 (at) yahoo (dot) com.  I try my hardest to respond to every comment & email I receive; however, sometimes they get lost in cyberspace and I apologize if I do not get back to you in a timely manner.  I look forward to hearing from you!

And once again, THANK YOU for stopping by!  Enjoy my sugar-filled life! xo.