Over the last 3 months I have been working with an amazing and all inclusive, affordable and on trend brand called ; ‘Max and Faith clothing’ Max and Faith have so many bold and vibrant peices that will take you through every season of the year. You will look and feel incredible in every peice of their clothing gauranteed!
Living your best life includes so many aspects, lounging, working, parenting, partying or lunching, they have the versatile styles to take you through life effortlessly and with style. How awesome is that!
Their online boutique features garments to fit your mood, your lifestyle, and your budget, they aim to bring practical, yet chic styles to inspire you and allow your confidence to shine.
I have been lucky enough to be gifted with several peices of clothing overthe last 3 months and I’ve absolutely loved everything that I’ve received! The quality and detail of the clothing is amazing. The whole team at Max and faith are incredibly frei day a d are always there for any questions you may have.
Noosa Glow Australia is an amazing lip gloss business from Noosa, Australia. The stunning lip glosses are vegan, cruelty-free with certified mineral organic ingredients. They are enriched with Jojoba oil, leaving your lips to feel luscious and shiny. There are 9 amazing shades, and 2 collections to choose from which is AMAZING! I honestly couldn’t pick a favorite, because they are are incredible!
Jayne, the amazing creator of Noosa Glow has designed beautiful gloss pouches ( sold separately) to fit the glosses perfectly. Jayne is a very brave and inspiring woman. 10 years ago she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, then they found a second brain tumor, 8 months ago behind her right eye. No would operate on her except for the very best of the best, Dr. Charlie Teo, Who, within 1 week successfully removed both brain tumors, and now Jayne can finally say she is Tumor-free!
After this Jayne started her business Noosa Glow Australia When purchasing from Jayne’s wonderful lip gloss business, a portion of all sales is donated to the Charlie Teo Foundation. So much more research needs to be done as brain cancer kills more people under the age of 40 than any other cancer. Lip glosses shouldn’t be boring and these gorgeous little beauties are abounding with love and sparkles and will totally brighten your day. They certainly made me feel special when I received them. Thank you, Jayne! You are so amazing!
I now need to hide these from my eldest girls because they are now at the age where they take all my nice things
It’s a powder not a polish!The Sistaco nail system is a revolutionary new way to do your nails! The system is a mineral-based powder you simply brush on (no not SNS – yuck!) The specially made formula removes 9 harmful chemicals usually found in nail products.
They are proudly designed and developed in Australia and replace the need for expensive salon polish/gel or shellac, SNS manicures which damage nails!I am using the amazing new rose gold Foundation box set which will give you roughly 20 full manicures!!
I am using the colour coffee on my nails from the classic range. There is so many colors to choose from too.
I am no professional when it comes to doing my nails, but this system has simplified it all for me, which makes life so much easier. The Foundation Kit includes:
EBONIVORY Is a female founded Gold Coast based business. Stacey, the founder of EBONIIVORY suffered from some hormonal imbalances which led her to research the toxins in the products that she was using at the time. In an effort to begin to eliminate toxins, she created their first product, a charcoal powder remedy that she began to use to replace the chemical whitening kits that she had been using previously. Inspired by her results and with a passion for creating cleaner products that are free from parabens, irritants and fillers the brand Eboniivory was born.
EBONIIVORY began as a teeth whitening remedy that was created, tried and tested. Since then, EBONIIVORY has gradually expanded into 20+ everyday skincare and oral care products that every woman (and hubbies) need for a healthy smile and glowing skin without costing the earth and are all available under the one (online) roof.
EBONIIVORY are committed to delivering clean products with naturally derived ingredients.
EBONIIVORY will always maintain that their products are cruelty free, vegan friendly and are not tested on animals.
The products are uncomplicated, enjoyable to use and effective.
I’ve been using the make-up remover sponges along with the Hydrate me Milk cleanser, and the Hydrate me moisturizer, and both have been so amazing on my skin. My skin has never felt so fresh and hydrated. Its definitely helped me feel more awake whist juggling 9 children. It’s also suitable for all skin types. Another thing that has been great for my skin is the 24k gold anti aging serum, its like liquid gold and feels so amazing on your skin! I’ve also been using the decomposiable toothbrush along with the charcoal whitening toothpaste which has been amazing for my teeth. I’ve definitely seen some great results already. If charcoal isn’t your thing then, Another great toothpaste they have is the mineral whitening toothpastewhich is also is also amazing.
If you would like to use any of these products mentioned, then feel free to use my discount code; CLAIRE15 to get 15% off your entire order! But get in quick as my discount code expires in 48hours!!
I have some exciting news for you all! My ‘What happens when..’ podcast with my team at Throttle Media Canberra is now LIVE on Spotify, Podcast addict, and podchaser. From next week, It will also be available on; iTunes, Google Music, iHeartRaodio, Amazon Music / Audible, JioSaavn, Deezer, and Castbox. I will post some links Below where you can listen to the little introduction that we’ve made. Will you be following and tuning in? I am so excited!
It’s World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) today, a global awareness day that has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. People with Down syndrome have an inherent right to be accepted and included as valued and equal members of the community and today we celebrate not only their rights but their achievements.
And how are we celebrating at our house – with the help of our Miniland Dolls with Down syndrome! Like all Miniland Dolls, they are a great way to teach children about diversity and that people present in many different ways but all are worthy of respect. I grew up in England with my beautiful sister, Kerry, aged 38, who has Down syndrome, and she has taught me to be understanding, compassionate, and respectful of others and really I would not be who I am today without her. I was actually severely bullied at school though because of my sister and I think it all comes down to a lack of education, compassion, and understanding. That’s why days like today are so important to raise awareness and why dolls such as these Miniland dolls with Down syndrome really help children learn from a young age about diversity and how to treat everyone equally and with the same respect as you would to any human being.
Growing up with Kerry was so much fun! I never thought differently of her and only ever loved her for who she is. We have some amazing memories together and I will cherish those memories forever! Her personality is always shining and she gives the best hugs and kisses which sometimes turn into licks!! She would greet people she had never met before with a great big lick 😂 She makes me giggle so much! She is super funny and randomly tells you that you ‘smell’ or says “bop it” or “that’s enough”. Kerry has a great memory and can go into detail about things she remembers! Her memory is better than mine!
My kids all absolutely adore their aunty Kerry and love speaking to her on WhatsApp and Skype every week. Kerry is a beautiful and unique woman and I am in awe of how amazing she is and feel so incredibly blessed to have her in my life! I am so proud of YOU and I am so proud to be your sister! 🤩What an awesome human being you are!
I love you so much. Even though I’m far away Kerry, I think of you every day!
Have you had a conversation about diversity in your home?
Let’s talk about dental care. The last couple of months my family and I have been using Grin natural for our oral health care. @grinnatural is an all natural, no nasties oral health care brand. This exciting brand is a game changer in how we all view dental health care.
When it comes to my beautiful tribe, I always make sure to use all natural and economically friendly products
These beautiful products have no nasties and reduce the carbon footprint on the planet. Available in New Zealand, Asia and American, the product is now available here in Australia! This oral care brand is all about happy kids and happy families.
The beautiful Grin toothbrush breaks down in 3 months in compost! With 2.5M brushes saved worldwide Grin is lowering the carbon footprint for the planet with everyone using Grin products! How cool is that!
Brushing your teeth brings the whole family together! 2 minutes of fun in front of the mirror while you all brush turns into a much longer family experience with an amazing product that’s safe for little ones to swallow
Grin is the only certified toothpaste worldwide to have been certified by the Orangutang Alliance
Did someone say it’s sale time over at Hideaway Handmade? Yep that’s right! Hideaway have a HUGE sale happening from today all the way through to midnight on Sunday and you seriously don’t want to miss this epic event, especially as stocks are super limited.
On top of the sale… EVERY person who orders before Sunday at midnight will get a $10 gift card to use after the sale… PLUS DOUBLE REWARD POINTS! How awesome is that
With Christmas only around the corner, hideaway online products would make perfect christmas gift. With so many different scents to try the possibilities are endless. You can check them out here; https://hideaway.online?ref=clairehooker1
My discount code won’t work as the items are already hugely discounted but if you click on the above link it will take you straight to the sale. Happy shopping
A few of you have messaged me and asked me what meals I have throughout the day whilst doing the keto diet so I thought I’d share a typical day on my plate keto style. I try really hard to stay under 24 grams of carbs every day. You can track this through an app like @carbmanagerapp. I do try to drink 3-5 glasses of water to stay hydrated and refreshed. I take magnesium;, turmeric, vitamin D, calcium, glucosamine, and apple cider vinegar supplements every day. I am not perfect by any means and have my bad days with my diet. I also like glass or 2 of wine on the weekend. I do a lot of baking using almond flour and coconut flour. There are so many yummy alternatives when you are doing the keto diet. I find a lot of my recipes online.
Here’s my typical day on a plate ⬇️
Breakfast – I start my day with a morning walk then I come home and have a huge glass of water followed by a coffee or 2 using almond milk. I typically don’t eat breakfast until about 9 or 10am. I usually either have a keto/ Paleo granola with Greek yogurt and other days I might have bacon and eggs. I have been known to slip breakfast but I don’t recommend it as you need the energy for the rest of the day.
Lunch- I sometimes eat scrambled eggs with avocado and mayo and on other days I ll have a sandwich using my homemade keto bread. I usually have a cup of tea too.
Dinner– I usually eat lean meats or fish and with those dishes, I will usually have low carb veggies or a salad. I also love cauliflower rice, broccoli rice, and Zoodles. I like to make stuffed capsicum with a chicken and cheese mushroom sauce filling once a week and it’s one of my fave meals.
That’s a day on my plate. Obviously, I change my meals up often to keep it interesting. I will be adding a recipe segment here on my blog soon. If you have any questions regarding keto then let me know and I will try my best to answer them
For the last couple of months the kids and I have been using the @mustelaau stelatopia range on our skin and hair and the results have been amazing!
As a household of 11 people we do have alot of different skin types and a skin issues like eczema and dermatitis.
1 out of 5 children are affected by atopic eczema or dermatitis. Stelatopia is a range of skincare products designed for the atopy-prone skin of babies and children. It’s fragrance-free, dermatologically tested. It also soothes, replenishes and limits red patches. Their effectiveness is clinically proven.
The stelatopia range is a natural skincare range you can trust for the whole family. It can be used on all skin types. Mustela is created in France and has been going since 1950. It’s formulated to protect every every skin type and respect our planet.
The two main natural ingredients found in this range is; Avocado perseose, and sunflower oil distillate which together help relieve dry, sore and itchy skin.
My 5 year old daughter Rose has suffered with dry rough skin for a long time but ever since she has used the products from the range it has almost cleared up!
The whole range is amazing but I particularly love the nappy rash cream as it works wonders on my younger two children especially with the warmer weather coming this will provide relief during those hot and sticky summer months.
Thankyou Mustela for always being so amazing 朗
Have you tried @mustelaau before? It’s available in all leading pharmacies across Australia.
As we all know 2020 has thrown us many curve balls and we we’ve all been left thinking “What next? Like many of us, I had big plans for this year and, well, they just did not happen! It certainly has been a strange year for us all.
I have decided that in 2021 I’m going to take control of my life and plan everything and to help me with this is the new chapter is the amazing Ultimate Family Planner 2021 family planner. This planner is absolutely fantastic because it’s designed specifically for all your family needs. You can also keep track of your diet, dinner menus, appointments, after school activities, parties, work bills, and everything else that comes with parenthood! It’s really awesome to have everything you need to keep up with in one place. This is going to make my life so much easier! Bring on the future.
The pre-sales for the 2021 Ultimate Family Planner will be live tonight at 6pm and will stay open until Friday. If you pre-order this week then you will receive your planner by November which is exciting. It would make an awesome Christmas gift for a fellow mumma.
The planners will be $69.99 but with my discount code CLAIRE10 you will receive 10% off your planner.
Don’t forget it’s live at 6pm so if you’d like to be one of the first people to get your hands on this gorgeous 2021 planner, then tonight’s the night to do so! Let me know if your order. 2021 is going to be a great year, I can feel it in my bones.
Our kitchen reno’s coming up soon and I’ve decided it’s time to declutter and organize our household before it all happens. Much like preparing to move to a new house, reno’s can be a very exciting time filled with new scenery, whether that is a new neighborhood or a shiny new kitchen! Filled with new furniture or filled with new and exciting appliances! It is also a time that is filled with alot more mess than usual which can be quite overwhelmingi So, here’s my top tips on how to declutter before the big move or that dream reno that’s finally happening, and how to keep it organized!
Make a List The best way to start the process is to plan ahead. Make a list of all the rooms in your house you need to declutter and organise and why you need to do so. This allows you to see clearly what needs to be done and what takes priority. Some rooms are a two (or an eleven) person job so this planning can help determine the right time to do the job, so you have as many hands as possible. We find working as a team most effective in our household, which also means things can get done a lot quicker, but always do what works for you.
Make it Fun! When you have a house full of kids, packing up can be the most stressful and tiring experience when moving or preparing for reno’s. So, if you can make it fun, they’ll all want to get involved and lend an extra set of hands (or 18). The best game you can play when packing things away is, ‘the fastest packer wins !!’’ You now not only have an extra set of hands but efficient ones too! The kids will also learn a great set of life skills along the way too.
Pick and Commit Pace yourself and commit to one room at a time so you can do it right and without stress. Consider choosing one room per week over a period of time and make it an allocated declutter period. This means every week you will feel accomplished and productive and you will not wear yourself out at the one time. You are doing this to feel good and not add to the stress so why not make that good feeling a weekly one. Do what you can and when you can.
Consider External Storage Something a lot of people forget is that you do not have to bring every item from your old house or kitchen to your new one. But how can you achieve this without having to get rid of them! Why not consider using external storage. This is also a great way to deal with the “unsure box” of items to see whether you really need these items or not. Companies such as Hire A Mover are great to use for this as they have Mobile Storage units. The removalists come to your property with the mobile storage pod to collect your belongings, safely store it back at their facility, and will return it to you when you are ready. It is a secured facility that is monitored 24/7, centrally located and accessible 7 days a week. This service stores your belongings from a few days to years and is very affordable. It makes moving and storing just that much easier and less stressful knowing you have professionals to help you out. You can also hire boxes through their sister company https://www.hireabox.com.au/ to make your move much easier.
Delegate Piles Let’s be honest, we all find ourselves clinging onto items we don’t need “just in case”. Decluttering and organising is the perfect time to say goodbye to this habit. The best way to do this is to take all items and make three piles; one for items you want to keep, one for items you are unsure of and one for items you definitely do not want. Be brutal and ask yourself, “does this item spark joy? and if it doesn’t then it will be much easier to part with There’s ways you can start building your belongings in your new house or kitchen from scratch!
Donate to Charity It’s often hard to part way with certain items as we all have a litte hoarder inside us that asks; what if? Why not consider donating items to charity as it’s always easier to get rid of things when you know they are going to someone who needs them. That way you’ve reached your goal of declutering your house, yet you’ve also done a good deed.
This sponsored post is in collaboration with Professional Removalist Company Hire A Mover & Sydney & Influencer Management Service – # AsSeenOn
I hope this post will help some of you especially if you are preparing for the next big reno or move.
2.Wylera hair * Affilliate – Dreamwave curler – The Wylera Wireless Hair Curler is a hair revolution! The Small Ceramic Curler is completely wireless for use on the go, for style that lasts! Lock curls in place all day long with the smooth ceramic barrel for even heat distribution. The ceramic surface and temperature adjustment settings create frizz-free and silky-smooth waves and curls. Curl direction settings are available for shaping your face with your new timeless waves. 30 second heat up has you styled quicker than ever. My discount code is CLAIRE30 which will give you $30 of your entire order! Afterpay is also available. Currently ships to Australia, the Uk, the US and Europe.You can read my full review here: https://thistribeofmine.com/2020/04/21/wylera-hair-curler-review/
3. Keto eats Australia – An awesome Keto website full of nutritious and yummy Keto Savory/sweet treats as well as other items such as: Pantry items, Broths, Collagen and MCT, Drinks and Electrolytes, Natural sweetners, almond flour and Coconut flour.
Link : *http://www.ketoeats.com.au/?aff=12 – Please apply my discount code; THISTRIBE5 for 5 percent of your entire order. Afterpay is also available. Keto Eats currently ship to Australia, The UK and the US.
5. Mask co – Toilet sprays and air fresheners. All sprays and completely natural and have no harsh chemicals in them. They all smell so incredible. I guarantee you will never by a store bought air freshener again! Mydiscount code is: claire10
themood patches have only natural ingredients in them such as; Zinc, Garlic, Siberian ginseng, Vitamin D, Liposomal, Vitamin C ,Licorice root, Ashwaghanda ,Rhodiola,Choke berries (Aronia cherries, Blueberries, Mulberries, Pomegranate, Moringa Plant, Mint, Spirulina, Turmeric, Lemon, Beetroot, Monk fruit Vitamin C 12 x Vitamin B’s (b1, b2,b3, b4, b5, b6, b7, b8, b9, b10, b11, b12 . All these ingredients combined help with many amazing different things inside our bodies and they all are known to create renewed energy and stamina. 🙌all ingredientss in these adhesive thin patches are natural & plant based. The skin patches helps fight fatigue, balances your mood and also enhances your energy levels. The patches has be known to help with; Chronic stress, Exhaustion, Sleep issues, Night mares, Mood swings, Anxiety, Depression, Sugar & Salt cravings, Brain Fog, Overly Emotional, Panic attacks, Short fuse, Body Aches. You ca use my discount code ; Tribe at the checkout. You can shop here: https://www.ultimatepatch.com.au/
The Original Happy Hair Brush™ incorporates a mix of 5 different hairbrushes and combs styles into one. It has a curved, solid .non-flexible) head so that it can deal with the toughest of hair while protecting the most sensitive of heads. We have used the happy hairbrush now for 13 months on the whole family and it’s honestly changed our lives so much! Hair bushing is no longer stressful, it’s actually become peaceful, relaxing and fun. It’s nice to see the kids full of Joy and happiness when they are brushing their hair. My tribe get so excited to have their hair brushed everyday. It’s just so magical! I am one happy Mumma 🤩🥰 This really is a miracle brush! You can use my discount code; THISTRIBE15. You can shop here: https://happyhairbrush.com.au/. Afterpay is also available.
9. Koh – Cleaning bundles – My family and I love using Koh because it is has no harsh chemicals or toxic fumes which means we can all work as a team and not have to worry about the product being unsafe.We love the fact that Koh is a universal cleaner and that it can be used on almost anything. We also love that it saves us time and money and works around the whole home! Thanks to Koh cleaning has now become so much fun in our busy family home. I have a special discount code for you all that will give you $10 off your first order when you order any of the bundles on the website. How awesome is that! The code can only be used for Australian addresses only and it can only be used once per customer.My discount code is: THISTRIBEOFMINE Link: https://koh.com/discount/THISTRIBEOFMINE. If you use this link then the discount code will automatically be applied.
10.Harper Bee – Harper Bee, is an amazing tween brand celebrating a range of fabulous things like jewellery, beauty, room/office decor, clothing, bags and so much more.. The girls are wearing some of their quality colourful print tees and leggings! You can also use my discount code: THISTRIBEOFMINE for a further 10% of your entire order! How exciting! You can shop here; https://harperbee.com.au/ Afterpay is also available
11. Hideaway Online – proudly handcrafts a signature range of whipped soaps, soap bars, body custards, scrubs and bath time treats in a unique selection of fragrances!
Bloomette for hair . You are going to love this all natural, vegan gel brush alternative to hair spray. You lr average hairspray is full of so many chemicals and hidden nasties and it can leave your hair feeling crusty and damaged. Bloomette for hair has no hidden nasties and is enriched with botanicals which nourishes your hair and can simply be brushed out at the end of the day. As well as being natural and plant based, it is also vegan and cruelty-free! How awesome is that! Bloomette for hair will leave your hair feeling silky and smooth like never before. In the new and improved range you will find the following; Bloomette, Bloominnie and Bloomen, so there is something for everyone. Available today via this link:⬇️ https://bloometteforhair.com/?ref=qnpbz8vpy8c –
You can use my discount code: LOVEBLOOM for 10% off your order. Head over now as there’s some huge sales happening!
I’ve been dying to show you my new lovely valenicia shoes in the colour musk, which were kindly gifted to me from @thekeikobrand
Aren’t they stunning! 😍🤩 These shoes are upper hand stitched which means the shoes mold into your feet which in turn, will provide maximum comfort.
These shoes are made from high quality substainable leather which makes them super soft and super comfy! I’ve honestly never felt shoes as soft as these before! These are my first pink pair of shoes ever aswell and I absolutely love them! I think I’m going to have to buy them in every colour!
They are available in other colours too, you just need to check the website for availability in your size etc..
@thekeikobrand have kindly given me a discount code to share will you all today! Please use; TRIBE30 for 30% off your entire order! 🥰 **please note that my discount code cannot be used on sale items** The discount code will expire in 7 days!!
I haven’t done an update in a while.. I have officially been doing the keto diet now for 2 years and it’s been quite the journey. Over this period of time I have lost 33 kilos and im really proud of myself.
About 8-10 weeks after my 9th child was born, I was an unhealthy 107 kilos and I knew I had to start looking after my health so that I could be the best version of me, not only for myself, but for my family too.
I can tell you straight up that when you first start keto it’s really really hard but it’s also really worth it too. You just have to stick with it! Don’t give up! 💪
As a mum of 9 under 13 this has been the only diet that has worked for me and I’ve seen huge result’s! My life has completely changed because of it!
Over the last 2 years my whole mindset on food has completely changed which I’m truly thankful for. One of the great things about keto is that there is so many yummy and low carb alternatives to the foods your already eating. You just need to get creative! You can do drive so much resources and recipes online too.
In terms of exercise, I try to run 3x a week but I’m also considering doing some weight training too.
Now if I’m honest, in the last year I haven’t lost any more weight, if anything, I fluctuate between 75 -80 kilos. Maybe it’s because I’m not as strict as I used to be? – However, I still need to lose at least another 10 kilos to reach my weightless goal. I’m still on my journey and I hope to have reached my weightloss goal by September. I know I can do it, I just have to keep pushing through.
Thankyou for your ongoing support over the last 2 years!
Today my blog ‘thistribeofmine.com‘ and my instagram turns 2! Where did the time go? I’ve been blogging for 2 whole years and it has been so amazing! I couldn’t of done it without your love and support though, so Thank-you so much! 🥰
I originally started my blog on godaddy.com at the beginning of June 2018 but I then merged over to WordPress.com in September 2018.. so some might say “Hey you started in September! but nope, we’ve been going since June 2018 🙌
I originally started my blog to document my weightloss journey on the keto diet but after some media attention on the size of my family it turned into so much more and I started blogging about our busy but fun lives as a Family of 11.
It’s been a blast! There have been some highs and some lows but I wouldn’t change any if it! You learn something new every day! I really enjoy writing and sharing my life with you all.
I have had some amazing opportunities along the way and have made some awesome freinds for life. I’m really enjoying this whole experience.
I love keeping my blog real and honest and fun! I’m looking forward to seeing what the next 2 years brings! 🙌
Today I want to talk to you about the v-comb A1 device that can and will eliminate head lice and eggs without mess, fuss or any harsh chemicals. It’s just one simple head-lice eliminating device that will do it all for you! How awesome is that!
As a busy mum of nine under thirteen years of age and lot’s and lot’s and lot’s of hair in our busy household, it is paramount for me to stay in control of any head-lice outbreaks that may happen in our family.
The V-Comb A1 is a revolutionary head-lice device that incorporates both a combing and vacuum suction function to effectively eliminate traces of head lice and eggs from all hair types without creating a mess. So no more expensive messy lotions and potions to get rid of lice when you can use the V-comb A1 device! It detects head-lice and eggs and uses no chemicals when doing so.
Here are some facts about the V-Comb A1 ;
It does not use harmful chemical- or pesticide-based ingredients
It does not require a lot of messy steps (e.g. washing and rinsing)
There are no side effects (only uses regular combing and suction power)
V-Comb A1 Benefits
• A great investment option as it can be used on more than one person as many times as needed, especially against reoccurring head lice infestations which is awesome for the whole family. • Effective at combating “SUPER LICE” which are mutated head lice and have formed a resistance to chemicals that are most commonly found in head lice shampoos and lotions.
The electric comb is available in 2 options:
1. – V-comb A1 – Cordless and rechargeable and can be used anywhere, anytime
2 V-comb Supra – has a cord and will need to be plugged into a wall socket
You can find the V-comb A1 in Amcal, Chemist outlet, Guardian, Priceline, Simply pharmacy, your discount chemist and local pharmacies.
What my family and I love about the V-Comb A1
My family and I love V-Comb A1 because it can be used anywhere, anytime, without any fuss or stress! There are no messy or smelly chemicals required when using the comb. It glides through the hair with precision and ease. I highly recommend purchasing the V-Comb A1 to use for your whole family.
I thought I would share a few facts about my tribe and I 🥰🤩
1.My blog “Thistribeofmine.com” and thistribeofmine on Instagram and facebook all turn 2 in June this year and I can’t wait to celebrate!
2.My middle name is “Louise” and my confirmation name is “Bernadette” and when I was born I nearly got called “Louise Claire”
3.I was bullied my whole school life and on my last day of school at aged 16, I burned all of my school uniform and It made me feel amazing! All the hurt and pain was gone! 🙌 My life began after that!
4.I am a singer and I have been singing since I was 13, I had professional lessons for half a year about 9 years ago but left due to falling pregnant.
5.I was reached the semi finals of the karaoke world championships but had to pull out as I wasn’t an Aussie citizen at that time! Who knows where it may have taken me?
6.I have lost 33 kilos in the last 2 years on the keto diet and i’m loving my healthier lifestyle. My whole mindset on food has changed
7.I am half Irish.
8.I had a terrible car accident with my eldest daughter, Georgina on june 17th in 2016 when I was 6 weeks pregnant with Martina. We were lucky to be alive! I still suffer from whiplash pain and I still get anxious when im driving 😪
9.I became a catholic almost 10 years ago and it’s changed my life completely and for the better, my faith is really important to my family and I.
10 .I’m from South East, Kent in England but moved to Australia to be with Mark on Australia day in 2006 and I’ve been here ever since working my way through visas and i’m now an Australian citizen “FINALLY!
11.We got married in May 2007 when I was 20 and Mark was 24 and I had my first child at 21
12.We have 9 children, 8 girls and 1 boy all under the age of 12! A total tribe. Our house is full of love joy, happiness and laughter
I have a fear of all spiders big and small
14.I have a phobia to puke and anything related to puke, I basically hate puke! But somehow still manage my kids when they puke *just about*
15 My favorite colors are pink, coral and rust
16.I can’t stand people who chew with their mouths open!
17. I cant stand people who lie and gossip!
18.I’ve worked many different jobs. I was a bartender, a mobile phone specialist, an assistant manager, I worked for telstra, Australia post and I also worked at the British high commission.
Over the last 5-6 weeks I have been using the ultimate patch mood patches on myself to help with my anxiety and lack of sleep. I have seen seen such huge results with these patches and I am feeling really good! The last 6-8 weeks have been tough in isolation and I was starting to feel really down and miserable, I was also not sleeping well either. I felt like I hit a huge slump and I couldn’t get out of it. I honestly feel that these mood patches have helped me immensely. My energy levels are on top form and I’m no longer feeling grumpy or exhausted. I will definitely be buying more soon.
The mood patches have only natural ingredients in them such as; Zinc, Garlic, Siberian ginseng, Vitamin D, Liposomal, Vitamin C ,Licorice root, Ashwaghanda ,Rhodiola,Choke berries (Aronia cherries, Blueberries, Mulberries, Pomegranate, Moringa Plant, Mint, Spirulina, Turmeric, Lemon, Beetroot, Monk fruit Vitamin C 12 x Vitamin B’s (b1, b2,b3, b4, b5, b6, b7, b8, b9, b10, b11, b12 . All these ingredients combined help with many amazing different things inside our bodies and they all are known to create renewed energy and stamina.
All ingredients in these adhesive thin patches are all natural & plant based. The skin patch helps fight fatigue, balances your mood and also enhances your energy levels. The patches has be known to help with; Chronic stress, Exhaustion, Sleep issues, Night mares, Mood swings, Anxiety, Depression, Sugar & Salt cravings, Brain Fog, Overly Emotional, Panic attacks, Short fuse, Body Aches.
HOW TO USE:
Open the sealed sterile envelope & take out 1 sheet
Gently Peel off with the tip of your fingernail & place on clean & dry skin (No Moisturiser, oil, sweat etc) and press down very firmly
Do not take the patch off to re position it as it will not stick a second time
Place anywhere on the abdomen where it will not be rubbed by clothing. Best places seem to be on the Belly or under the bra line. Take care when taking off clothes that you don’t pull the patch off.
After a shower or swimming press patch firmly with a dry towel (do not rub)
After 3 days, remove the patch & replace with a new patch.
Our patches are not meant to be as sticky as a bandaid but they do stay stuck on well and are very gentle on the skin.
**Medical Disclaimer: The information provided is not intended to replace consultation or advice received by qualified health professionals regarding your specific situation not is it to be taken as medical advice or diagnosis. If you have any questions about the patches please consult your medical provider before using**
Overall I am feeling so much better within myself and I highly recommend using these patches if you have been feeling down and exhausted
All this self isolation staying at home business got me thinking…🤔 Is it any different to being a stay at home mum *living rural* full-time? I guess in some ways it is and in other ways not so much. We aren’t seeing our families/friends so that’s the biggest and hardest change for everyone. I’m missing everyone dearly 😫
For me personally, I live rural and homeschool my kids so ‘I’m home alot anyway. I already live in isolation and have done so for 9 years. Our closest shop is 45kms away.
Before this pandemic happened I was able to go out once a week/fortnight to get essentials and now I’m not able to do that as no family are visiting etc.. so It feels a bit weird, but we are doing okay. I can’t bare to watch the news lately..😫 My husband has been getting what we need when he finishes work. I’ve been home for over 3 weeks now. I usually like to go out once a week if I can, so that side of things is affecting me alot. I was starting to feel really flat and anxious.. so this week I decided to get up at the crack of dawn every day go for a quick morning run, by doing this I have felt much better within myself. It might only be for 15 mins but it’s really helping me. Fresh air can do you the world of good. Although it’s not the same as going shopping, I can still excersise everyday which I’m grateful for.
One thing that has affected us greatly, is not been able to travel to church as a family for mass every Sunday, however, we are now watching live mass at home. It’s not the same but we are thankful that we have a solution in place.
Being a stay at home mum can be tough especially when you live rural and have no shops nearby. It’s especially hard during this crisis and living with so much uncertainty.
Do you live rural? Can you relate?
Although this time is difficult for us all, we have to remember that this won’t go on forever. We are staying home to keep each other safe.
This week is national Hearing Awareness Week and I want to share the importance of raising awareness on hearing loss and what Sound Scouts can do to help. There is a number of hearing loss in my family and so early detection and being prepared is paramount for my family and I. Did you know that an estimated 1 in 10 children has a hearing loss? Early intervention is the key for children with hearing loss. When a child’s hearing loss is identified early, they have access to so many different tools for speech and language development, such as hearing technology. A long-range study has uncovered significant differences in the language abilities and education of children who are treated early.
I was recently introduced to an amazing app called Sound Scouts.
Sound Scouts is a game designed to test the hearing of young children, especially around the time they start Kindergarten. This app is a government-funded app and is aimed at children aged 4 years and older. Thanks to the government funding the app is free to use which is so awesome! As you all know I home-school my children so I want to make sure that my children are healthy, happy and above all can hear well which will then enable them to learn well and get a good education.
Sound Scouts was developed in collaboration with the National Acoustic Laboratories, it looks and feels like a game, however, it incorporates advanced scientific principles that enable it to detect a range of hearing problems. While Sound Scouts is based on science, it’s the game-play that encourages and enables a valid hearing check. By using animation and lots of vibrant colours and fun different scenarios, the test becomes much more fun for the children. My children love the game so much. By using the app, it has helped me to understand who in my family may need to do a re-test and who may need further investigation for potential issues. When I asked my children what their favourite part of the game was, they all said; “putting the cupcakes and rainbows on the hot air balloons”.
The Sound Scouts app identifies three different types of hearing issues and the fun test takes only 6-8 minutes. I was able to test six out of my 8 girls with ages ranging 5 years to 12 years and they all thoroughly enjoyed using the app. It’s all touch-screen too and it’s really easy to use. A couple of key points:
When using the app be sure to use decent quality adult headphones (Apple earbuds are fine)
Please don’t test young children at night as they’re usually too tired and may not be able to concentrate
Make sure an adult supervises the kids doing the test
Make sure you are testing in a quiet room
Don’t forget to turn your notifications off on your device before testing
Once the test is finished you will be sent the results straight away via the app and to your nominated email address. upon completion you will be told whether your child has passed the test or not. Don’t worry if your child doesn’t pass the test. The great thing about this app is that it allows you to re-test again in 7 days.
Take part in the ‘Once Is Not Enough’ challenge and test your family’s hearing with the Sound Scouts app.
The Sound Scouts app is Available on the App Store and the Google Play store
Martina has really enjoyed playing with her new colourful Grapat Palo pieces from Forever Toys
This 18 piece set contains 18 Palos. There is 6 different colours and 3 shades of each colour. This set will give your little one hours of magical play-time fun.
Martina absolutely loved the Palos and thought the colours were so amazing. She is learning her colours and numbers right now and it’s been really great for that but also for her fine motor skills too. When playing with these pieces, we also spoke about all the different colours and how pretty they were, she felt the texture of the wood and said; “Wow mum” “Love them” and then she seemed to be in her own little magical world with her new Palos friends. It was so beautiful to watch her play with them. I believe our children see beyond the colours and the textured feel of them and they imagine something so magical that no one else can see 🤩 Aren’t kids little imaginations amazing! 🥰
You can also place these on a corner table in your house and follow the different cycles of the year by talking about what all the colours mean and matching them up with the different seasons.
These will fill your home with so much colour and warmth and I believe will be treasured by all our little ones.
I can’t wait to show my Michael next 🥰
You can use my discount code: THISTRIBE10 for 10 percent of your entire order.
I have recently gifted the yummy keto range from Slim Secrets to try and review. In the range was the yummy choc love bites by Sophie Monk and the delicious bare bars.
The choc love bites are low in carbs, gluten-free, Keto-friendly, 150 calories and less, portion-controlled packs. They come in 3 different flavours; dark choc with mint, protein milk with salted caramel, and protein chocolate with crushed almonds. I loved them all but my favourite one was the salted caramel. When I’m in a need of a sweet- fix which is quite often 😂, these are my go-to treats and I don’t need to feel guilty about eating them ♡ They taste incredible!
The bare bars are super yummy too. They are high in protein, high in fibre, low carb, less than 140 calories, Keto friendly and 100 % natural ingredients. The come in 3 different flavours; berries and cream clean protein, double choc clean protein and Salted caramel & banana clean protein bar. I love eating these bars when I’ve had a super busy day and haven’t had much to eat. They taste super yummy and keep me full for quite some time. I love all the flavours but my fave is the salted caramel & banana clean protein bar. The bare bars are stripped clean with nothing to hide and are also guilt-free 😉
Have you tried any of The slim secrets range before?
The lovely team at @slimsecrets have given me a discount code for you all to use 🥰 Please use; tribeofmine15 at checkout for 15 % off your entire order! 🤩
I hope you all had a wonderful day celebrating Australia day. I know I certainly did! Australia day was a big day for me as my family and I attended Queanbeyan park’s ‘ Australia day’ celebrations where I received my Australian citizenship, Finally after 13 years living in Australia, 32 kilos down and 9 children under my belt, I finally became an ‘official Aussie citizen’ and it feels so amazing! I’m so incredibly happy! I feel so proud to be a part of this beautiful country and I’m so excited for the future.
Australia day is also my anniversary of coming to Australia so the day was even more special for my family and I. I will cherish this special day forever. I even had my photo with Mayor Tim Overall which was lovely. It certainly was a fantastic day and one I will never forget. Thank-you Australia for welcoming me and accepting me into your beautiful country. I am forever grateful 🇦🇺🤩
I will never forget my British roots or where I came from and let’s face it I’m always going to sound British anyway 😂. After 13 years here, I finally feel like I belong. 🇦🇺
I am, you are, we are Australian 🇦🇺
A big Congratulations also to the the other 80 people in the Queanabeyan Palerang region who become Aussie citizens yesterday <3
My story is also in The Canberra Times so make sure you grab a copy if you can. I’m editing a little video of the day that I will be posting on my Igtv in the next few days
It’s been a tough few days with my husband’s car being destroyed in the hail storm and then having to buy another car. We hadn’t planned on buying another car for a while but here we are 🤔 The kids are now also sick with bad colds and sore throats just days before my citizenship ceremony which is not great but that’s life!
2020 has certainly thrown us some big challenges already. Thank God I have my supportive family and my amazing faith that gets me through these really difficult days.
When people ask me; ” how do I cope with everything? I say; ” by the grace God I get trough my days! I do get odd looks from people when I reply but I don’t care! I’m not ashamed of my faith, nor am I ashamed of my beautiful family. I am proud of everything I’ve achieved. I will always be honest when people ask me questions about my life. Praying is really important to me. It gives me so much peace and clarification. I thank God for my blessings every single day. A rosary a day, keeps my mind at bay 🙏
I have also been asked; ‘Do you feel people’s assumptions about you and your family are heightened due to your faith? Yes, I believe it is in some cases but I say; ‘let people assume all they like, Ultimately people are going to assume things about you no matter what your life situation is. today’s Society can be a very dark and judgmental place. As long as you are all healthy and happy then that’s all that matters.🙌 I’ve also been asked; ‘Does blogging and faith work well together? I believe it does work well together because my faith gives more determination and motivation to talk about the things I’m most passionate about. I’m also in control of what I chose to do. If I’m offered work through my blog that makes me feel uncomfortable or it doesn’t align with my beliefs then I will politely decline. I seek guidance through prayer when I’m unsure about something. Before doing something, ask yourself “Does that spark joy? If something doesn’t feel right then don’t do it
As a busy mum of 9, I have found my blog to be really good for me and my mental health. The last 20 months have been so amazing. I have learnt so much along the way. I will certainly continue to share my journey with you all. Keeping it real always 🥰
As most of you know by now, My name is Claire, I am a 33-year-old mum of nine children under 12 years of age which include 8 girls and 1 boy. I am married to an amazing man called Mark aged 37. He is incredible and supports me in everything I do. We live in regional NSW and have home-schooled our children for 5 years. I feel very blessed to have a big beautiful and healthy family. We work hard and do everything we can to maintain a happy household. Life is pretty amazing!
This time 20 months ago I was on holiday in the New South Wales south coast with my family, We were having such a wonderful time away and were making such amazing memories together. We had days out at the beach and we ate out at our favourite restaurants. Everything was going great but I knew something wasn’t right within myself! I wasn’t depressed but I always felt tired, down and sluggish. I also felt very unmotivated but still got on with my daily routines. At that time I weighed 107 kilos and I realized that I had to drastically change something in my life. I was scared but I wanted to be the best I could be for my family.
About 8 weeks after the birth of our 9th child Michael, I decided I needed to change my eating habits and lose some weight and so my husband did some research and came across the Keto diet! “What was this I said to myself? I felt very intrigued but I was also very skeptical on whether it would actually work because I’ve tried so many diets in the past so why was this one any different?
The keto diet is a high-fat, high- protein, low-carbohydrate diet The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than the carbohydrates! As soon as I read that I had to cut out the carbohydrates I got a little worried! I was definitely a fan of eating carbohydrates because they satisfied my cravings fast and made me feel good but the downside was I crashed quickly after eating.
The first week of the diet was hard because I had cut everything that was high in carbohydrates out of my diet and I felt quite tired and I also had a mild case of the “keto flu” But I pushed through it. Soon after I started running for 30 minutes every day. At the end of week one, I was down almost 2 kilos which felt amazing! By the end of month one, I was down 8 kilos! I was shocked! This diet was actually working and I was enjoying it too! I felt really good and had so much more energy. I was already seeing BIG results!
After 3 months I had lost 15 kilos and people were noticing and telling me how well I looked. By the 6th month, I had lost 20 kilos which was a huge milestone for me! I felt so proud of myself for losing the weight and sticking to the diet! Not only was I busy mum of nine, I was also kicking goals with my weight loss too! It just goes to show that anyone can do this! By the end of month 12, I had lost 25 kilos and was feeling so much more motivated and happy. When I compared side by side pictures of myself I realized how much weight I had actually lost
After 20 months of strict Keto, I have lost 32 kilos altogether and I am feeling fantastic! I never thought I could do it but I did! I’m now back to the weight I was before I had any of my children which is pretty incredible! I know I will never be skinny and that is okay because I don’t want to be either. It’s great to feel healthy and still have those curves! After losing the bulk of the weight, the weight loss has a been a bit slower but that’s healthy and to be expected.
I still have some weight to lose and I know I can do it!. I am so thankful to have the Keto diet because it has changed my life and my whole mindset on food has changed too. I don’t miss pasta or rice anymore! When you start Keto and learn more about it you realize there are so many yummy alternatives to the foods you were eating before and it allows you to be more creative when it comes to cooking. Some favourite dishes in our house are “Keto chicken and bacon curry” and a “Keto Sheppard’s pie” *just swap the potato for cauliflower mash*. Both dishes taste incredible! I also make my own Keto bread and it tastes really good!
✋🏼WE NEED ‘YOU’ 🇦🇺 AUSTRALIA IS BURNING AND WE NEED YOUR HELP. LIVES ARE BEING LOST. THE FIRES ARE FEROCIOUS. PLEASE USE YOUR POWER AND YOUR FOOTPRINT TO HELP YOUR FRIENDS HERE IN THE LAND DOWN UNDER 🇦🇺
🌎 We need the most INFLUENTIAL people of the world to come together; *To spread donation links *To spread media coverage *To spread awareness *To spread love and prayer *To spread global knowledge
Ultimately – to help support the catastrophic events that are unfolding; Australia is living their worst nightmare, and every second that passes we are losing our battle 😭
🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 PLEASE USE YOUR PROFILE AND THE POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA TO HELP WITH THE CATASTROPHIC NIGHTMARE THAT HAS UNFOLDED HERE 🇦🇺
IF IT’S A TIME OUR COUNTRY AND THE WORLD NEEDS YOU, ITS NOW 🙏🏼
For my 33rd birthday this year, I’m asking for donations to Down Syndrome Australia. I’ve chosen this nonprofit because their mission means a lot to me, and I hope you’ll consider contributing as a way to celebrate with me. Every little bit will help me reach my goal. I’ve included information about Down Syndrome Australia below.
Down Syndrome Australia was established in 2011 as the peak body for people with Down syndrome in Australia.
Our purpose is to influence social and policy change, provide a national profile and voice for people living with Down syndrome.
Our vision is an Australia where people living with Down syndrome are valued, reach their potential and enjoy social and economic inclusion. This cause is very close to my heart as I have beautiful sister with down syndrome who lives in England. She is just the best human ever and I miss her dearly
For the past week or so I have been using the WHITE GLO activated charcoal powder and the activated charcoal deep stain remover toothpaste on my teeth and I must say, I am highly impressed with it! I am a big coffee drinker and have been for the past 11 years, and although coffee is life, it also stains your teeth which is not so good.
I have tried many different kinds of toothpaste over the years and the White Glo range is by far the best of them all! White Glo has quite a few different kinds of toothpaste and whitening powders in their range that you can try and they are all equally as good as each other but I find the charcoal deep stain remover toothpaste in conjunction with the activated charcoal powder is the most effective on my teeth. I really love that each White Glo toothpaste comes with a toothbrush too! They are so AWESOME!
I’m already seeing such good results after a week and will continue to use it! I will continue to share my results with you all. This Christmas is going to be very merry and white with my almost pearly whites 😁😂 Seriously though, I absolutely love this range Have you tried white glow before? You can find the White Glo range in most supermarkets and pharmacies. . Love Claire Xx . #gifted by Sweaty Betty PR
Over the years I have tried and tested so many creams and lotions and nothing has really worked on my dry skin but now I think I’ve finally something that works really works well and I’m excited to talk to you about it!
The Duit dry and foot heal roll-on balm for dry and cracked skin:
Wow! Guys this product is AMAZING! I’ve had dry and cracked feet for as long as I can remember and at times they have been really painful too. I started using the roll-on balm and within days I was seeing results! I was actually amazed! My skin is much smoother now and less dry and isn’t painful at all. You can see how much the skin has cleared and it’s only been a few weeks. I will definitely continue to share my progress on this one. This was by far my top product out of the range.
Duit tough hands for her: As a busy mum of 9 I’m always washing my hands which then for years had lead to me having really dry and sore skin. It would often bleed too which made me feel miserable. Again within days of using the cream, I was seeing big results! Since using this cream my hands aren’t even dry at all and they actually look youthful again. Overall I am very impressed and will continue to use it.
Duit Vitamin E face cream: Growing up I always had ‘good skin’ but then after having children, my skin became dry and patchy. I tried many creams and again nothing worked until I came across the vitamin E cream. This cream nourishes your skin leaving it feeling silky smooth and hydrated. I actually love it and will continue to use it. I would add a full review on my blog later tonight
Have you tried the Duit skincare rangebefore? ‘Stop thinking and just duit’ 😎
You guys know how much I love my unique pieces from @theartisangiftco ♡ Well, today I bring you this beautiful A2 animal English alphabet poster. The animals you see are hand-drawn by using watercolour paint. Not only is it beautiful to look at, but it’s also very educational too. My children are already enjoying naming all the animals on the poster. It’so cute to watch.
The foil letters you see are currently available in gold and rose gold options. You do also have the option to purchase a high-quality Teak Wooden Hanger to go with the poster. The A2 size hanger suitable for this poster is 42cm long, however, I purchased my own frame and I think it looks really lovely and matches my other frames perfectly.
This would be an ideal gift for Christmas or birthdays, or even a baby shower, or for a young child’s room or anyone who just adores animals! I love adding these sweet, beautiful and refreshing pictures in my home. The Regular price is $59.99 but they currently have a sale on across their website. You can save $11 on this particular product and only pay $48.99
About the service
In-Home Consulting is a service provided in the home that gives parents techniques and supports to help them with their child’s behaviour.
Oh, beehave work with the parents one on one to fully understand their challenges, design a plan that meets their individual needs, provide support to implement the plan and ensure they achieve the outcomes they are looking for.
They work with parents of toddlers to teens and everything in between!
An In-home consult includes:
2 x home visits
Individualised Oh Beehave Plan (tailored to the family’s personal needs)
2 weeks phone and email support
This service is Perth-based for home visits, with video conferencing options available for clients outside Perth (regional & remote areas, other states & countries)
Why Do I Need an Oh Beehave Consultant?
There is a lot of information out there about child behaviour with varied advice about what may or may not work. From well-researched websites to family, friends and the well-meaning lady down the road, to that Mum-Blogger you love to follow on Instagram. But is that what you really need to help you, in your personal situation, with your child, in your family?
Other parents can be a wealth of knowledge, but sometimes you need extra support that doesn’t sound like “this worked for me”.
The chances are, if a strategy worked for one child, in one household, in an environment and family completely different to yours… that strategy almost definitely will not work for you and your child. That’s because all kids are different and all parents are different!
There are times when you need someone who can help you understand why your child is acting the way they are, interpret all the information and advice being thrown your way, and reassure you that you’ve got this!
Sometimes we get so focused on pretending that we’ve got it all together to our friends and family, that it becomes hard to drop the facade and admit to the challenges and uncertainties we are facing, to discuss how we really feel.
Even when we do build up the courage to talk about it, well-meaning comments or advice can, unfortunately, chip away at our confidence further.
These are the times when you need someone completely independent. Someone who will listen to you without judgment or bias. Someone who won’t give you advice, but will help you work through your challenges and give you the tools and confidence to be the best parent you can be.
Having kid’s is challenging and it is OK to ask for help. Asking for help means you’re a good parent!
Who Will Be My Consultant?
Dominique Groenveld is your Oh Beehave Consultant. She will work with you and your family to identify the outcomes you want to achieve and help you put in place a plan with simple but effective techniques to make sure you accomplish the results you are looking for.
The service they provide is not like all the Mum’s you see out there who tell you what will work based on their experience with their own children. This service is based on my work with many children in many different environments and family dynamics. With me, you won’t feel like you’re being judged by someone who believes there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to parent. I honestly believe the only right way, is for you to decide how you want to parent your child. Because you know your child best!
Dominque has a wealth of knowledge about learning and behaviour management (she studied at University and achieved a Bachelor degree in Psychology, a Post Graduate Degree in Psychology and a Graduate Diploma in Education – Majoring in School Psychology and Minoring in Health Teaching – and she was even lucky enough to have my thesis published in an International Journal!) but all fancy paperwork aside, Dominque is experienced in working with children and families and her goal is to make sure you achieve the best possible outcomes for you and your family.
What Does it Cost?
In-Home Consults are valued at $500 (video-conferencing option is valued at $400)
It’s 8 am, and the older girls wander down with a basket to the hen house, it’s time to feed the chickens and collect fresh eggs! There is laughing and giggling and they are all excited to reach down and pick up fresh warm eggs! It’s a great start to each day and they are the kinds of moments we love in our life. There is pure fresh happiness, a house full of little girls and a handsome little boy and a wonderful husband. It really is a daily adventure. Every day is a blessing
My husband Mark, 37, and, I live in a little rural town near Canberra with our nine children, yes, that’s right 9 children! Eight girls, and one boy! Their names are Georgina, Charlotte, Franchesca, Abigail, Catherine, Elizabeth, Rose, Martina, and Michael.
We have a busy, but well-managed household. Every day at our house we always fun, full of love, joy happiness and laughter! Living in a rural town is lovely, but it also has it disadvantages too. We do not have any shops and have travel 45kms to get groceries and other normal day items.
A lot of people ask me “how do you cope with a large family” or “do have a TV? Or “Your husband must be a CEO!” I always say that although life is hard it’s hard for the right reasons. A large family is a blessing a truly wonderful experience. Honestly, it’s really not that bad, we just do what we have to do and draw strength from our Christian Faith. We have hard days like anyone else, and sometimes life throws some difficult challenges our way, but I would not have it any other way! We have also been very smart, and fortunate, with our finance. We purchased our home in an affordable and up and coming area and only 45 minutes from the Capital Canberra. My husband works full-time and I stay at home looking after and homeschooling the children. Life is good!
At 1:30 pm we stop our busy day for some lunch and some garden play! The children absolutely love being in the garden with the animals! I capture these special moments on camera, as really, every day is a special day! I know that my husband and I will cherish these moments forever!
As a family of 11, 1 dog, 7 hens, 1 duck, 1 cockatiel, it is very important to shop around and find the best deals! We do our grocery shopping once a fortnight at Aldi and we set a budget of $450- $500 for our food shopping. Petrol money and bills money is kept separate, However, I do keep some extra money aside for any other extra expenses we have throughout the fortnight. We buy 48 litres of milk, 3-kilogram blocks of cheese, and 2 thickened creams. That’s a lot of dairy!REPORT THIS AD
I like to meal plan for the fortnight. I think it is very important to do this especially in a busy household like ours. We do sometimes shop at Costco, Coles and Woolworths to see what’s on special. For Sundays, we often buy really big pork and cut it in half. We cook 1 half for Sunday roast and then use the other half the following Sunday. otherwise we buy 2 chickens. We boil the left over’s and use it to make curry the following night.
If you want to save money on petrol, birthday cakes or other items I recommend going to your nearest Costco store. (if you have one) You can find some of the best deals here.
We shop around for the best insurance policies. We have an awesome deal at Saint George Bank for our vehicles (through Alliance), and home and contents insurances. We bank with service one for our mortgage and main accounts, and so far we have found them the best bank to deal with. They also are very good to bank with, if you have a larger family, they treat you fairly from our experience.
We save money by not buying too many luxuries and finding the best deals. We have seven hens and 1 duck which we free-range and get a good quantity of eggs. We also have been growing some vegetables and fruit which has been really great for us!. Another smart way to save money is by opening up a Christmas club account with your bank. Ours does not let you withdraw the money until November 1st. We try to put $150 in the account once a month. Holidays are ad hoc when we have available funds but we normally getaway for 2 weeks per year.
We are not penny pinchers, dole bludgers or anything in between. We work hard, save money and do the right thing for our family and community. We are not big spenders either. We always make it work no matter what! No one ever goes without. We are adaptable and able to adjust our budget needs if and when we need to.
When it comes to buying clothes and shoes I like to shop at places like Kmart, Target, Best & Less, Big W and even charity shops like St Vincent De’Paul. My mother in law is a hairdresser and often cuts the kids hair for me which is wonderful and a big benefit for us. Not everything has to cost money, like days out etc, why not take a picnic in the park or go to your local botanical garden? Lakes, beaches national parks and bush walks are also great ways to enjoy time with your family. Be creative with your ideas. Kids will absolutely love that!
Or the typical day is very busy but after baths, dinner and other activities we are now finished and snuggled up on the, very large, lounge together. We talk about our day, how we are all feeling and what the new day will bring. We look at our tribe with so much pride, love and joy it makes us so happy!
At 8:30 pm it’s time to be tucked into bed and get comfy with bedtime stories. My husband and I use this time to reflect on our day, discuss the future and enjoy each other’s company.
We (my husband and I) feel so incredibly blessed to have our family. We thank God for our blessings and graces. We are no different from anyone else. We are part of your community. We are Australians.
In our digital age, sharing photos of our children is a common occurrence. From birth and right through school, parents share every aspect of their life with family and friends. In fact, according to research conducted by cybersecurity company McAfee, 30% of Australian parents use social media to post a photo or video of their child at least once a week, with 12% posting at least once a day. This was despite 71% understanding that the image might end up in the wrong hands.
A 2017 University of Florida study found that “when children appear in Facebook photos, 45.2% of the posts also mention the child’s first name, and 6.2% reference the child’s date of birth”. On Instagram, it was worse: 63% of parents referenced their child’s first name in at least one photo in their stream and 27% of parents mentioned their child’s date of birth. Almost one in five shared both pieces of information.
It’s not just the parents themselves who are keen on sharing images of their child – photos are a big part of a school’s activities – from the daily photo at childcare to establishing student identity at high school, from school newsletters about students’ achievements to institutional marketing material.
As parents, we’re responsible for protecting them until they are old enough to make their own decisions about their online presence. So how can we hope to protect our children from security risks when their world is full of situations where their photo is being constantly shared?
The first step is to gain a better understanding of what correct photographic consent looks like, so you can push back if you’re asked to sign a consent form that is in any way coersive. It is becoming more common for educational institutions to issue a permission slip upon enrolment in a school or childcare centre, asking parents if it is okay for them to photograph their child. Please be aware that not all permission slips are made equal.
For example, schools should never ask parents to sign a consent form that lasts forever. Consent must always have a use-by date, because a lot can change in a short space of time. Schools should obtain fresh consent from parents and guardians regularly – once a year should be the bare minimum.
In a similar vein, push back if your child’s school attempts to ‘bundle’ consent into one form. You are not truly consenting If you’re being asked to do it all at once, or to tick one box. Instead, schools must provide the opportunity for parents to have greater choice and control over what the school can do with their child’s images.
This is because family needs and individual circumstances are constantly shifting, and a situation that was once okay may no longer be. Unless schools can consistently renew consent for specific situations, they risk exposing children to serious harm.
Always speak up if you ever feel like consent is being taken from you in a way that could be considered coercive. If your school is banning children from enrolling or entering an event unless their parents have signed an ‘all-in’ consent form, for example, then they’re not collecting true consent.
In cases like these, parents might feel pressured to sign the form, even if they have legitimate and serious reasons for not allowing their child to be photographed. Instead, schools should always make it clear that deciding not to give consent will have no bearing on your child’s experience.
Navigating the digital world will always be a complex task – for adults and children alike. But if you get image consent right you’ve fought a big part of the battle in protecting your child’s digital footprint and will help educate them to become more responsible digital citizens in the future.
About Colin Anson, CEO and co-founder of pixevety:
Colin Anson is a digital entrepreneur, and the CEO and co-founder of child image protection and photo storage solution, pixevety https://pixevety.com/
In 2012, Colin saw an opportunity to create a unique business within his area of passion, photography. He witnessed first-hand the potential risks and harm the mismanagement of photos can have on children. And he became an advocate for protecting every parent’s right to determine how their child’s photo is used, and protecting every child’s right to safety and digital privacy. After learning of the minefield of privacy laws and the daily stress for schools in managing and sharing the photos of every single student, Colin decided to do something about it. And pixevety was born.
I thought I would introduce you to my tribe one by one. I hope you will enjoy reading about them all as I did writing about them. They are all so different form one another and have such amazing traits and personalities. I feel very proud of them all. I feel so blessed to have nine beautiful children. We are a full-house and we are full of love. Life is amazing.
This is my eldest daughter Georgina. She is 11 years old. Georgina is smart, caring and full of life. She is extremely good at art and crafts. She also loves Science and writing stories. Georgina loves looking after the chickens and ducks and one day wants to be a vet. I am very proud of the young lady she is becoming. 😍
This is my second eldest daughter Charlotte. She is 10 years old. Charlotte is a very kind and caring person and loves to help out her younger siblings. She always asks me if I need help with anything. Charlotte is very strong-willed and is always determined to get things done. Charlotte loves arts/crafts, dancing and singing. She told me she would like to work at an airport one day. I am very proud of her and the little lady she is blossoming Into.🤩😍
This is Franchesca. She is 8 years old. Franchesca was born at 28 weeks gestation which was absolutely terrifying. It was a very tough time for us all. But she amazed us all be growing stronger and stronger everyday and she only spent 6 weeks in the hospital NICU before coming home at 35 weeks gestation. Franchesca is strong, smart and is an avid reader and enjoys reading storybook collections. Franchesca loves to help out with her siblings. Franchesca also likes science and art. Franchesca told me she wants to be a mummy when she is older. Franchesca is my miracle girl and we are very blessed to have her. 😍😘
This is my daughter Abigail. She is 7 years old. Abigail loves to sing like me and is actually pretty good. Abigail loves music, gardening, baking and art. Abigail is acing reading all her school books. Abigail is doing her first Holy Communion in 2 weeks which she is really excited about. Abigail is not sure what she wants to be when she is older and said she is still thinking about it. Abigail is very talented and caring and I’m very proud of her and all her achievements.😘 .
This is my Daughter Catherine. She is 6 years old. Catherine has a non-identical twin sister called; ‘Elizabeth who you will meet tomorrow in the series. The twins were born 6 weeks early and had to both stay in NICU for about 6 weeks. We eventually came home but Catherine got sick and had to go back to go hospital where she spent another 2 weeks recovering and growing. Catherine has an eye condition called ‘Amblyopia’ which is another term for the ‘lazy eye’ she wears really awesome glasses but didn’t have them on for this photo because they were being fixed at Specsavers. Catherine has big blue eyes and people always tell her she looks like a Disney princess. Catherine is a bright girl and despite her eye condition is coming along really well with her reading and writing. She has always been a fighter and a go-getter. Catherine is very much a sensitive soul. She is kind and caring. Catherine loves going to the beach and swimming in the sea. Catherine’s favourite subjects are art and Geography. Catherine amazes me every day and I am so proud of her.
This is my daughter Elizabeth. She is 6 years old and she is also Catherine’s twin sister. They were both born at 34 weeks gestation and spent 6 weeks in NICU. They are non-identical twins and are very different from one another in looks and personalities but together they have a very strong and unique bond. The bond they share is so beautiful. Elizabeth is kind, caring, stubborn and cheeky but is very affectionate and loves hugging her baby brother. Elizabeth loves to sing and do arts and crafts. Elizabeth also loves going to the coffee shop for a cake and a milkshake. She also loves going to the beach. Her favourite subjects are music, English and art. I am very proud of my little ‘busy Lizzy’ 😍
This is my daughter Rose – Olivia. She is 4 years old and is turning 5 next month. Rose Rose always introduces herself as ‘wose’ which is really cute.🤗 Rose gets grumpy easily but it’s quite easy to make her laugh too. Rose is such a bright little button and already wants to do big school ‘homeschool‘ with her older siblings. She has been unofficially schooling with them for 2 years now and has learnt so much already and is eager to learn more. Rose really loves Reading eggs and Maths Online. She is a great little singer and adores bunny rabbits. Rose is always hugging her brother and showing him books. Rose is kind, caring and full of life. Her favourite subject is Art. I am very proud of my little Rosie Posey. 😍
This is my daughter Martina. She is 2 years old and is turning 3 on January 31st. Her middle name is Alice. She is growing so fast and is so full of life! She has such character and make us all laugh every day. Martina is currently growing her molars which has been painful for her. She has also been going through the terrible 2 phase 😂 Martina is currently toilet training and although it’s early days she is doing really well with it. Martina loves Peppa pig so much and takes a giant soft Peppa pig toy to bed with her every night. Martina loves to be in the water and has no fear of it at all. She loves the bath with her ducks, She also loves going in the sea, swimming pools and even in our inflatable water parks we put up in our garden throughout the summer. I think she will be a great swimmer as she gets older. When Martina is out and about she waves and says “hello” to everyone. Martina is showing a strong interest in books and colouring in books. I am very proud of my youngest daughter. Being 2 years old is hard but she is AMAZING and is growing into a very beautiful little girl. 😍
This is my son Michael. Michael is now 20 months old. His birthday falls on Valentine’s day and is also the day before his sister’s Franchesca. Michael was born at 38 weeks but had a rough start to his life with breathing issues and he spent a week in the NICU. After this minor blip, Michael grew from strength to strength. Michael is very tall and his almost the same height has his sister Martina Michael is strong and very clever for his age. He loves to play with his toy trucks and cars. Michael is very sweet-natured and is also very charming. He loves cuddles and kisses from us all. He is adored by his 8 sisters. Michael just loves life and is always smiling. He is a very happy little boy. Michael is saying new words every day but his favourite words are; ‘yesh’, ‘okay’ and ‘ickles’ as in Michael’ and 😂 Michael loves his blue soft bunny rabbit that he takes to bed with him every night. Michael loves to dance to Bob the builder when it comes on the telly. He is also a great little dancer. I’m so proud of my little Prince charming. He is such a beautiful boy and we feel so blessed to have him after having 8 beautiful girls.
In collaboration with Red Gum . Hey everyone, As you all know my family and I love the beach and we would spend every day there if we lived nearer to one. About a week before our trip to the New South Wales South Coast, a lovely little new business called Red Gum reached out to me and asked if I would like to collaborate with them. When I saw that they were selling cute baby beach tents I thought they looked amazing and so handy! I, of course, said yes!
Red Gum sells a range of beach tents, beach pool tents and sleep tents for your little ones to enjoy at the beach, park or even in your back garden. They are UV protected and they come with pegs so that it stays secure to the ground. They have about 7 different designs for you to choose from too. These beach tents come in circular zipped bags with carrying handles so that you can carry them easily to the beach. The tents are easily foldable and can be flat-packed into the bags without any hassle. They are so light that even the kids can carry them for you! 😎
Another awesome thing about the tent is that if you dig a hole in the sand and place your tent over the top where the pool insert is, you can actually fill the small insert with water or sand so your little bub can have fun whilst being protected from the sun 😁
The tents range from $49.95 but at the moment Red Gum is having a spring clearance sale and has a 20 per cent off happening right now!
My kids absolutely loved having their picnic in the beach tents and told me how cool they thought it was. Michael was very tired and teething and had a little nap in the baby sleep tent which worked out really handy for us too! If you are planning a beach day then I highly recommend these tents for your day out!
For more info go follow @red_gum_contriving who will happily assist you with any inquiries you may have
For the last 3 months, my family and I have been using the 12-month family membership with maths online. My children are really happy using this program! I have never seen them so excited about math before so I’m definitely a very happy mum right now! Over the next 9 months, I will be updating you on their ongoing progress with the program We are so happy with how everything is going. Maths has just become a fun subject in our household thanks to Maths Online!
How it works:
Each of the 1,400+ Maths Online tutorials lasts around 4-9 minutes and present the concepts of the maths lesson step-by-step. Using synchronized audio and animation which harnesses both audio and visual learning styles simultaneously. Maths Online lessons can be studied at home or at school and all devices. Obviously, no one can force a young person to study maths, but what they have done here is provide materials that are interesting and stimulating in themselves, and which will encourage the student, once started, to continue studying.
What we love about it:
What we love about the program so far are the video tutorials that you can listen to before each lesson. the tutorial explains the lesson very well and even shows you a few examples to help you. I also love that I am able to set tasks and keep track of my children’s progress.
Our progress so far:
We have really been enjoying the program so far. Everyone has been learning so much. They know so much about Algebra and place-value now which is awesome!I I noticed a big change in their results from 3 months ago until now. The children’s scores were averaging between 20 and 50 per cent and now 3 months on most of their scores are between 75 and 90 per cent! This math program is working and I couldn’t be prouder of my children! We are so thankful to the team at math online! You really have much such a huge impact on our home-school education.
As a busy mum of 9 children and a woman with extremely thick hair, I don’t have a lot of time to do my hair in the mornings and just usually rock a mum bun most days. I am always on the lookout for quick and easy hair care product’s to fit into my busy schedule.
Klorane is Backed by 50 years of botanical expertise Klorane laboratories, best known for its extensive range of botanical hair care, is now proudly announcing it’s new XL dry shampoo.
Recently, I was introduced to this amazing new XL Klorane dry shampoo with oat milk. I was so excited to try it! The packaging is very simple but elegant and is also very light-weight and you could even carry it in your handbag fi you wanted. Its perfect for when you are on the go.
Did you know that these dry shampoos are so incredibly popular that one is sold every 10 seconds somewhere in the world?! How awesome is that! This formula is vegan-friendly and ultra-gentle. It’s cleansing properties use a combination of highly absorbent agents that act as sponges to help soak up dirt or serbum on the scalp. The softening and protecting agents work with pure plant extracts, leaving your hair feeling refreshed, volumized, as well as looking and smelling clean
Klorane shampoos are free from preservative, silicone, triclosan and animal-origin ingredients.
A fellow super mama and inspirational woman, Rebecca Judd who is the ambassador of Klorane, she advises to simply spray the dry shampoo onto your roots in sections from a 15cm-distance. Then leave it in for 2 minutes, allowing the excess oils to be absorbed. Then brush through your hair to remove any residue. It’s a s simple as that!
I personally have been using this dry shampoo for about a week now and my hair has never felt or looked better! It’s quick and easy to use and it smells so fresh. It also leaves my hair looking clean and smooth. I’ve always been so skeptical about dry shampoos but I’ve finally found one that works amazingly well for me. You have to try is because its incredible! My hair care routine just got easier with the Klorane dry shampoo.
KLORANE is Backed by 50 years of botanical expertise Klorane laboratories, best known for its extensive range of botanical hair care, is now proudly announcing it’s new baby care range in Australia for the first time. 🙌
The Klorane baby range is enriched with plant oils and made with 97% of ingredients from natural origin. Klorane calendula flowers are organically grown and responsibly harvested by hand in northern Spain to preserve quality if their natural extract.
All of the range is specially formulated to soothe and protect while strengthening the natural defences of babies’ young sensitive skin. The range Formulated with soothing and protective Calendula obtained from organically farmed flowers, in combination with Isoleucine (essential amino acid). The range has been developed and tested to reduce the risks of allergic reactions and leaves skin delicately scented to support relaxation.
The Klorane baby range is natural, as-well-as a vegan-friendly range. Did you know that Klorane baby care range is also developed with eco-designed packaging to reduce plastic waste? How awesome is that! 😁 This range is suitable for babies from birth. It is tested under dermatological and paediatric control to reduce the risks of allergic reactions. Its rinse-of features are also tear-free and is also tested under ophthalmological control. The whole range smells absolutely divine and leaves the skin and hair feeling super healthy and incredibly smooth. The Klorane baby range includes;
1.Baby Detangling Shampoo
2.Baby Gentle Cleansing Gel
3.Baby Moisturizing Lotion
4.Baby Moisturizing Cream
The Klorane baby range is now available at all leading Chemist Warehouse stores across Australia.
The one thing I don’t talk about often is my anxiety. I don’t like feeling exposed because I fear people will think differently of me. It’s such a personal thing and find it hard to open up about it and say what triggers these emotions. But it should definitely be spoken about more.
I suffer from anxiety which stems from my car accident I had 3 years ago. I believe that everyone has different levels and forms of anxiety, and different ways of coping with it. The day I had my car accident I feel I lost a part of my sparkle. It’s slowly coming back now which is good but when you experience something as scary as that where your life flashes before your eyes it can take such a long time to feel yourself again. It changes your life forever!
I get anxious about driving to certain places and I get anxious about parking too close to people etc..These might seem like small things but to me, they seem huge! The fact that I’m even driving after such a huge ordeal is such an achievement and I am proud of myself for that! I actually drove 2 weeks after my car accident and have driven ever since, but it hasn’t been easy. I tell myself every day that I won’t let these bad drivers win! And that I got this! I just need to change my mindset when it comes to driving because as of right now I don’t enjoy it like I used too, I drive because I have too to. I always put my family first no matter what!
Sometimes I feel people look at ‘anxiety’ as a dirty shameful thing and of course it’s not and you should never feel ashamed. If you need help then please ask for it. There is so much support out there. And remember you are WORTHY and loved! #yougotthis
We all have different ways of coping in certain situations and for me personally, my faith and family have helped me so much in getting through these hard moments which I’m so thankful for. My confidence in driving is getting better each time I go out. I decided if in a year this still affects me then I will seek help because it’s okay to not be okay and ask for help Love always Claire Xxx.
AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK SPECTACULAR . Hey everyone on Tuesday night last week my family and I went to the Australian outback spectacular dinner and show. Upon our arrival, we were given free hats and had our photos taken which you had the option of purchasing at the end of the show. We were taken to our seats and we had a 3-course meal and drink refills bought out during the duration of the show. Did you know that 1000 meals are served by 40 stock-men and women in under 7 minutes! How incredible is that? . THE SHOW. Embark on a journey to the heartland of Australia through an all-new show featuring true Australian characters, a trans-formative arena, mesmerizing animals and immersive technology. Delve into the gripping tale of two struggling Aussie farmers, Reg and Marge, and rejoice with them as the community’s courage, bravery and generosity help them overcome a stunning, yet unforgiving life on the land. With the help from some unlikely characters and friendships that will last a lifetime, the pair overcome the harsh realities of life on the land. Australian Outback Spectacular’s Heartland takes guests on a compelling and emotional ride into the heart of the Australian bush. . OUR THOUGHTS . My family and I thoroughly enjoyed the dinner and show, We have never seen anything like this before. We are just country folk! We had a great night and were entertained throughout the show. We felt a little lost towards the end of the show, I guess we felt a bit overwhelmed with everything that was happening, which is a good thing as it kept us entertained. The show is fantastic and the animals and the light shows were absolutely incredible. You can see how much time and effort that goes into these shows. I highly recommend seeing it if you are visiting the Gold Coast. We will definitely see the show again one day. We did leave 10 minutes before the show ended as we wanted to be one of the first people to get a @uber_australia Back to our holiday resort. Thanks for a fun night out Australian Outback spectacular . Claire Xx .
We recently collaborated with an amazing family owned company called : https://artisangiftco.com.au/ They sell amazing keepsake gifts and prints. My family and I, quickly fell in love with their products. What I love is that they put so much love, care and attention into their products and it truly shows how passionate they are about what they create for us. They are creating and designing products that we will love and cherish forever.
About arts and gift co
The Artisan Gift Co. was established in 2018 with the idea of creating hand made keepsake gifts that will last a lifetime. Starting off with hand made prints, they have grown their range and added decor, toys and gifts but they have and continue to stay true to what they’re all about: hand made and high quality. They are not wrong there either because their products are incredible!
The unique and beautifully hand made gifts you buy from The Artisan Gift Co will be so special and will be something you and your family will cherish for many years to come and nothing is more special then a beautifully handmade keepsake you can share with your loved ones.
My family and I received 2 wonderful products from The Artisan Gift Co.
This is a fully personalised cushion. The cushion also features a small paragraph on the back which really cute and gives it that story feel. They retail at $85.00 and afterpay is also available. The quality and design of this product is absolutely impeccable and I know that my son Michael will cherish this for many years to come.
I wanted to have something special and meaningful that I could proudly place in my house and this was the perfect idea. This is the perfect definition to what a family is. This is what we have written on our print:
a group of people related by blood or united through friendship and love.
. the result of two people falling in love.
the ones you live for, laugh with, support, forgive and love unconditionally with all your heart. You can also choose what color foil you want for the the big capital letter of your surname on the top of the print. We went with rose gold as it’s my favorite color. We absolutely love our keepsake print. It’s very special and I already have it up in my living room with all of our other family photos. You can also have other themes for your keepsake print just contact someone in their friendly team who will happily assist you.
We are so thrilled with our personalised products and have never had anything like this before, so a very big thank you to The Artisan Gift co for gifting my family and I these beautiful keepsakes. At the moment they have 10 percent of site-wide all you need to do is use the code : 10SITEWIDE. They also have afterpay available.
R E A S O N S TO S M I L E 😁 . SMILE because you are BEAUTIFUL SMILE because you are AMAZING SMILE because you are WORTHY SMILE because you are UNIQUE SMILE because you are BLESSED SMILE because you are LOVED SMILE because you can! SMILE because tomorrow is a new day! SMILE because life’s to short not too! . I SMILE not because life is perfect because it isn’t, It just means I appreciate everything God has given me and for that I am internally grateful. . I SMILE every day because I am very blessed to have my family, my faith and my friends and so so much more.. When I’m feeling a bit down I think of all the positives in my life and eventually, it outweighs all the negatives. Smiling is so important. Smiling is also good for your mind, body and soul. . What makes you smile? . Claire Xx .
Recently I have been working really hard getting back into my fitness regime. I have been going on early morning runs and I am back to eating keto-friendly foods. One of my biggest downfalls, when I’m trying to keep fit, is not drinking enough water! I’m terrible at remembering! Recently I was scrolling through Instagram and had stumbled across @realactivemovenent They sell big beautiful and unique water bottles and accessories. I purchased a purple 1.4L bottle and I have filled it up twice a day every day for the last 7 days and I am very proud of myself for remembering! It’s big enough and I don’t think I will forget to drink water anytime soon! 😉 Did you know that 10% of the proceeds from every sale is donated to their incredible mental health charity partners. How awesome is that!
I haven’t spoken about this topic much but I too have struggled with my mental health over the years due to different life challenges being thrown my way. But it needs to be spoken about alot more and I will do all I can to help with this. I am very happy to support such a great movement. It’s important to always support each other and be kind always. You can never truly know what a person is going through in their life. Your kindness and support will go such a long way.
Visit their website to read their full story and listed charity partners: www.realactive.com.au Claire Xx .
As most of you know by now we are large homeschooling family living in regional New South Wales and we have been schooling now at home for almost 5 years and it’s been wonderful. Although homeschooling has mostly been a breeze for my children and I, there, of course have been some struggles along the way especially when it comes to maths. Maths is not their favourite subject and if i’m honest it’s not mine either, however, it’s important that we work hard at mathematics because we will be using these skills for the rest of our lives! The children often find their workbooks boring and lose interest very quickly! I decided it was time to try a different method of learning.
Maths online – In collaboration with Maths Online
In the last few days we have starting using a 12 month family membership with maths online and although it’s only early days my children are really excited to use it! I have never seen them so excited about maths before so I’m definitely a very happy mum right now! Over the next 12 months I will be updating you on their ongoing progress with the program We are so excited! Maths has just been become a fun subject in our household thanks to maths online!
Each of the 1,400+ Maths Online tutorials last around 4-9 minutes and present the concepts of the maths lesson step-by-step. Using synchronised audio and animation which harnesses both audio and visual learning styles simultaneously. Maths Online lessons can be studied at home or at school and all devices. Obviously no one can force a young person to study maths, but what we have done here is to provide materials that are interesting and stimulating in themselves, and which will encourage the student, once started, to continue studying.
What we love about it
What I love about the programs
far is the video tutorials that you can listen to before each lesson. the tutorial explains the
lesson very well and even shows you few examples to help you. I also love that
I am able to set tasks and keep a track of my children’s progress.
As you all know I am a busy mum of 9 children under 11, which includes 8 girls and 1 boy! Life can be chaotic but it’s still a lot of fun! There is never a dull moment in out house. We also home-school our children full-time. if you think we sound busy then I think I should let you know that we also have 1 dog, 7 hens and 2 ducks! In our busy household, things can get extremely messy especially when it comes to baking and arts and crafts! I’m forever cleaning up after the children. It’s a never- ending task! I know many families can relate to this?
Recently have been trying to switch all our cleaning products to more natural and safer alternatives and so I was excited when I came across Koh.I know this might sound cheesy but I have never been so excited about a cleaning product before as I am now!
Koh has kindly sent me the mop bundle to try and review. I am blown away by how amazing it is! I never had any universal product like this before! it is a huge game changer and will make a huge difference to our family life! You have to try this out because I am telling you it is AMAZING!
Amazing facts about Koh
Koh is Aussie owned and made
Koh is a eco- certified/eco- friendly product & it is also safe to use around the whole family including pets
No harsh chemical or toxic fumes
Specially formulated at UNSW
Asthma and allergy friendly
Binds with grease and grime
lifts and suspends
Emulsifies and deodorizes
Koh is an Eco- friendly, cost effective cleaner that uses no harsh chemicals. it is completely safe to use around your children, pets and family. Koh is an Australian owned company that was started by 2 dads who had a mission to develop a unversal cleaning product that was safe and effective in the family home.
Koh Tips and tricks
Always do a spot test on the surface you want to clean
Always use thee cloths dry not damp/wet
Less is more when doing a general surface clean. Spray more when heavily soiled
Do not use Koh on
Although koh can be used on most surfaces it is important to know that it can’t be used on the following surfaces listed below;
Film -Type window tints
Top 10 cleans with Koh
Coffee & Turmeric
Floor & Tiles
Ovens & Microwave
Mirrors & Windows
Pots & Pans
Sinks & Baths
Shower doors & Screens
What my family and I love about Koh
My family and I love using koh because it is safe to use which means we can all work as a team and not have to worry about any harsh chemicals or fumes, we also love that it is a universal cleaner and that it can be used on almost anything. We also love that it saves us time and money and works around the whole home! Thanks to Koh cleaning has now become so much fun in our busy family home. I have also found that the children are curious and excited and want to help out so much more than they did before! That’s a big win in my eyes!
I have a special discount code for you all that will give you $10 off your first order when you order any of the bundles on the website. How awesome is that! The code can only be used for Australian addresses only and it can only be used once per customer.
Happy Monday – #ad Today I wanted to follow on from my last photo book shop review and share some of the amazing products I created again through PhotobookShop. Now you guys all know that I love taking photos and editing them, so this opportunity has been perfect for me because It’s so much fun making personalized photo products with your very own photos!
Creating products like photo books and other personalized items are not only great keepsakes they also make really wonderful and meaningful gifts for a loved one
“Our Vision – To help Capture Your Memories forever We all have hundreds of photos hidden in boring albums or tucked away in dusty boxes under the bed, and now with the addition of digital cameras and smart phones in our everyday life it is easy to forget those great moments you have snapped along the way. It is our vision to help you Capture Your Memories by giving you the tools to design your own stunning Photo books, Canvases and other photo-print products.
We then promise to produce the project you’ve invested so much love and thought into, to the highest quality standards while giving you outstanding customer service along the way. .About Us Photo Bookshop is an Australian owned and operated company giving you the tools to design your own Photo-books, Canvases and other photo-print products in the comfort of your home. Our FREE design software lets you become the creative genius behind crafting your own book using photos from all occasions helping you capture your memories to share with friends and family near and far.
For many of our customers, Photo Bookshop becomes not just a hobby but a passion, with some of our regulars creating shelves of photo books while others decorate their homes with stunning canvases of their favorite photos. No matter how you want to display your precious memories, Photo Bookshop has the right product for you.Our Story In 2009, Peter Thomas had an ambition to create the best quality photo books for the lowest price, making these available for everyone at home to enjoy. Over the next 12 months, Peter worked day and night researching, testing and developing a plan to create, print and deliver the best photo books available.
In a short but very busy 5 years, Photo Bookshop has outgrown two factories while adding over 70 products to their range and 50+ staff members to their team. Their ambition continues to grow as they constantly develop their technology and processes to guarantee you receive the best quality products at the most affordable price.
In the next few years you will see Peter and the team bringing you new and innovative photo print products in fun and easy-to-use ways!
Thank You. Big thanks go to their 250,000+ devoted customers who continue to support Australian made giving Photo Bookshop the opportunity to grow and become Australia’s leading manufacturer in Photo books!
I love using their easy creator software and personalizing the products and making them my own. You can chose so many different templates and designs! the possibilities are endless! I have created some beautiful products that my family and I will cherish forever! My family and I love nothing more than snuggling up on the sofa looking through all the photo books and all those specials memories we have made together over the years. This month I made personalized wooden spoons, a huge family canvas, a photo book and a sequin photo purse, and an acrylic family picture. I love everything I created. Would you like to create your own personalized product too?
You can easily create these amazing products do by following these 3 easy steps; . 1. Capture those special moments / Purchase Voucher 2. Design your product 3. Order and upload
My family and I are featured in the Canberra times today. We were super happy to be featured on the front page of the popular paper. Our full story is on page 4. I am also honored they picked my family and I for their special mothers day feature. They could have picked anyone and they chose my tribe and I.
The article was beautifully written by Megan Doherty from the Canberra times. The pictures are incredible and were taken by the amazing Canberra times photographer Karleen Minney. We had so much fun with this photo shoot!
I am usually very hesitant and wary when it comes to doing media because as well as it being a positive and fun experience, it can also very a very negative and dark experience. I will protect my family at all costs and therefore I am picky with what I chose to do. I thank the Canberra times for taking care in writing such a beautiful story about my family and I, It’s so lovely to read a positive story especially with all the terrible things that are going on in the work right now.
“I AM A MUM OF 9 AND I HAVE NEVER BREASTFED MY CHILDREN”.
Yes, that’s right! You heard me. “I am a mum of nine children and I have never breastfed my children”. That’s not to say I didn’t attempt to with my first 2-3 children because I tried really hard but unfortunately it didn’t work out! And I did suffer from mum guilt. You might be wondering why I am bringing this up today? Well… it’s because I am sick and tired of seeing other women tearing other women down for their choices! You should never shame another mama for her choices ever! Especially when it comes to her children. And not only that. You don’t know what secret battles they could be facing in their life! As a parent, it is your right to do what’s best for your child. Why other people think they can judge that is beyond me! So yes I have never breastfed my children, but I did try and when it didn’t work out I was incredibly upset. All nine of my children are thriving and are full of life! And that is the most important thing to me!
I once saw a doctor who said; “yes there are guidelines to follow, but you as the mother know what’s best for your child and you will know when your child is ready for solids etc.
Do what’s right for you and your family but please don’t judge others for the choices they make for their family because it’s really none of your business! Support one another and be kind always
Today I have some exciting news to share with you all and if you are already following me on all my socials then you may already know what I am talking about!
I have re-launched my YouTube channel and have re-named it ‘this tribe of mine’ It used to have all my old singing g videos on there but I rarely used it. Most of my singing videos are on private now but I have left a few of them up. I am still op[en to doing more singing videos in the future.
My channel will have a variety of videos on there which will include vlogs, tips,tricks, advice, hauls, tutorials, reviews, collaborations. I will also be talking about what life is like as a family of 11. I will be keeping it real, raw and honest for you all. I am very excited for this new chapter and I hope you will all follow along this exciting journey with me.
I wanted to talk to you all today about family photos and capturing all the special memories which I know you will cherish for many years to come. I love sitting down with my family and looking through all our photo memories together. Every photo you take has a story to tell and we are always talking about them in our house.
As you all know, I am a busy mum of nine children and I am constantly taking photos of my children. Our children grow so fast and so I try to capture every special moment or silly little thing they do on camera! Call me crazy if you like! but it’s so awesome to look back on!
Recently I connected with an awesome company called Photobookshop.com.au and they asked me if I would like to work with them and review their amazing products! I take pictures like crazy.. so I was not going to say; “No” to this amazing offer! I was super excited!
What I loved most about this opportunity was that I could create my own personal designs and really make it my own. I was super excited to get started!
Creating your own personalized photo items with photo book shop is super easy just follow these steps;
Another great thing about this amazing company is that they have amazing daily deals to chose from everyday. They also ship to you FREE STANDARD DELIVERY! How awesome is that!
I created four amazing products with photo book shop using their online designer creator software. You can also download a creator software to use on your desktop too. I absolutely loved everything I created. Here is what I created;
Super Dad photo mug.
Metal street sign
60-page photo book
Metal street sign
I absolutely loved creating this personalized metal street sign. I used the websites easy to use online designer. It only took me 10 minutes to make! There was so many colors and text options to chose from. I was very careful with what I chose as our surname could be used in the wrong context. This street sign will proudly be hung on our deck. You can create yours here: https://www.photobookshop.com.au/index/home-decor/metal-street-signs
I was super excited to create this canvas because I’ve never created one before but have always admired them. I recently took this photo of all of my children’s feet and i just knew it would look so great on the canvas! This canvas again, was super easy to create using the websites online designer creator software. It did not take long to create at all. I am so happy with how it turned out. It is already hanging on our living room wall. You can create yours here: https://www.photobookshop.com.au/custom/themes?category=Home%20Decor&productcategory=Canvas
Super Dad mug
I absolutely loved creating this personalized mug for my husband Mark. I used the simple online designer to create the product.People are always calling me a ‘super mum’ but sometimes forget about the awesome fathers! I think my husband is a ‘super dad! to our children. I therefore wanted to create something that made him feel special. The photo mug was so quick, easy and fun to make! https://www.photobookshop.com.au/custom/themes?category=Photo%20Gifts&productcategory=Mugs
*See more amazing photos of what we created at the end of this blog post*
Photo book – 60 pages
I absolutely loved creating this 60 page photo book with all of our favorite family photos. Using the online designer I chose the beautiful blue & turquoise background and I carefully selected what photos I wanted for the photo book. It took me a long time to create this but I wanted it to be perfect. it was totally worth the time and effort because I think it looks amazing. We can’t stop looking at it! We love it! You can create the photo books here >> https://www.photobookshop.com.au/custom/products?category=Photobooks
Thank you, photobook shop for allowing me to create these amazing photo products on your website. I had so much fun creating them and making them my own. I cannot wait to see what new and exciting products you will launch next!
In a few days time I will be posting a photo book shop review on my YouTube channel so please stay tuned for that!
It’s a new year, a new week and I plan on kicking some serious health goals this year! Firstly, I need to make sure I’m taking all the right supplements to keep up my energy levels, which is why this week, I’ve started taking Vitable vitamins. As a busy mum, I want to take supplements that fit in with my low carb lifestyle, aswell as keeping my energy levels up and my stress levels down.
I have all the daily vitamins I need in one easy packet (plastic free) that I can chuck in my handbag for when I’m on the go. These vitamins are tailored specifically to my needs. Take the online quiz to see what vitamins would be most suitable for you. They will provide a personalised recommendation for your vitamins and supplements based on your habits, lifestyle and goals (skin, energy, sleep, anxiety, digestion…). Just go to their website and complete a specially designed quiz created by their team of nutrition experts and they will send you your package of daily personalized Australian vitamins to your door every month! How cool is that!
Vitable is an trusted Aussie made/packed product which l also complies with the strict therapeutic good administration and GMP standards. Vitable have even been kind enough to give me my own personalised link for you to.use; https://www.vitable.com.au/?promo=CLAIRE35 to enjoy a sneaky discount off your first month.
Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional. Vitamins should not replace a balanced diet.
I will update you all in a month on how I’m going with the supplements . AFF|COLLAB|
Hello Clever is an awesome budgeting app where you track all your spending and also how much you are saving. You can set up your own personal goals for things you are trying to save for like a house, cars, Christmas, side hustles, etc… I have made one for Christmas 2022 and for a side hustle project, that would allow me to save over a 3 year period.
You can also set up upcoming bills, that way it will remind you of when your payments need to come out. The app also has a section where you can upload your electricity bill and what’s really cool about it, is that ‘hello’ will let you know if you could be saving money by going with a different provider
Another cool thing in the app is the cashback section. “Hello” has partnered with over 100 brands where you can get cashback rewards when you shop with them. Their providers include companies such as; Stax, muscle nation, and Catch + so much more!
The team behind ‘HELLO’ is mostly made up of ex-bankers,finetech advocates with banking and commercial mindsets. The team are highly qualified and are completely dedicated to helping millions of people feel good about their money and to also helping them achieve their goals a lot quicker. Hello go by the below qoute;
“Together we are fighting the world financial health because we believe everyone should have the knowledge and the means to make better financial decisions”
Download the app and start your clever journey now!
The whole tribe were invited VIP style to the opening night at the Sesame Street Circus Spectacular last night and everyone had such a blast! The children were dancing, singing and laughing! The children are still wearing their VIP lanyards today haha. We were so amazed with every act we saw. We had our photo with Elmo after the show which the children loved. They told me Elmo smelt very nice 🤣
This amazing circus isn’t just for kids, it’s for everyone! Our whole family enjoyed it. We left last night grinning from ear to ear. I know the children will remember this night for many years to come, so thankyou for the epic memories. We honestly had such a fantastic time. You should definitely visit whilst there still here in Canberra. This circus certainly doesn’t disappoint 👌
The Sesame Street Circus Spectacular – Christmas Edition which makes its world debut in Canberra this December. All your favourite Sesame Street characters and a cast of international circus stars will have audiences gasping, laughing and sitting on the edge of their seats in a fun, thrilling and entertaining show suitable for all ages from 1st -23rd December at Majura Park.
The show will take place under the beautifully Christmas themed big top – come and check out the incredible 6m tall Christmas tree complete with thousands of twinkling lights and some very special Sesame Street Christmas decorations.It’s just like a Christmas festival with dozens of other beautiful trees, Christmas themed sideshow games, Sesame Street bouncy castle and what would a Christmas event be without the chance to catch up with Santa to tell him if you ‘ve been naughty or nice!
A professional Santa photo booth will also be on site to capture those precious memories during intermission and after the show.
The show itself will feature a fun-filled 90 minutes of exciting and jaw-dropping international circus acts performing alongside Sesame Street faves including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Bert and Ernie and Super Grover in an all-new Christmas story.
The content has been newly developed and produced in association with Sesame Street New York to create this special show just for Canberra and just in time for Christmas.
The circus has been in Canberra for a long time and they can’t thank everyone enough for their support over some very challenging times this past year. It really makes debuting this Sesame Street Circus Spectacular – Christmas Edition show in Canberra even more satisfying and they really look forward to all the smiling faces on guests” says Keith Brown, Managing Director of Showtime Attractions.
LOCATION: Majura Park, 18 Spitfire Avenue, Majura Park, ACT DATES: 1st – 23rd December 2021
I started this little blog almost 4 years ago now and I’ve loved every minute of it! There sure has been highs and lows along the way, but I’m truly thankful for every opportunity that has come my way and the amazing community I have around me. I honestly have no idea what I’m doing and I just go with the flow. 😅
Somewhere along the way I’ve been labelled as an ‘influencer’, I guess in some ways I am but that doesn’t and shouldn’t define me and I won’t let it! There’s so much more to me than my social media platforms. Don’t lose sight of your true self! It’s so easy to get wrapped up in things like social media. Don’t let it overtake you EVER!
I don’t just post ‘collabs’ or ‘paid ads’ ( paid ADs) are very rare just so you know) I’m a woman of faith, I write, I sing and I home educate my children too. I also have lots of hobbies . Someone actually said to me a while ago; “Are you a walking advertisement? I admit, it made me feel a bit weird but ultimately I didn’t let it get to me.
I always disclose when my content is paid/collabs/Giveaway etc.. and by the way you have disclose what type your content is by law.That particular comment was on a general post because I was showing a pretty dress off that I purchased myself 😆 Please know you will only get honesty from me at all times. I don’t share all my life but I share what I can in a safe way.
I hope you all know that I don’t just say ‘yes’ to every collaboration/media, or event that comes my way. I’m very picky and only ever work with brands I truly love and will use in my daily life. Another thing you may not know is that I was approached towards the end of last year to potentially go on TV with my family, however, the timing wasn’t right for us and so we said no. I’m not opposed to doing TV and if something right comes along then I will definitely say Yes.
When I started writing my blog back in 2018, I didn’t even know working with brands was a thing and of course, it was not the reason I started. I started because I wanted to document my weightloss journey whilst juggling 9 children, then we did some media because they were so intrigued by our big family and it turned into more than I ever thought it would. Dont get me wrong, I’m so grateful but at times it can be so overwhelming. My advice is to listen to your mind and body and take breaks if you need too.
As my following has grown, I’ve had more opportunities to promote some amazing brands but I’m working really hard to mix my posts up as much as possible with ‘life in general’ posts and then some collaborations. The last thing I want to do is bombard you all with collaborations and that’s not my style anyway. I appreciate any support you give me though. It doesn’t go unnoticed.
When I do post my collaborations, I put my heart and soul into them. I work really hard. It takes alot of time and effort to write content, capture products, edit pictures and post the content – But I do enjoy it! Id love any support you can give me when I post my content as it helps me in my future endeavours.
If you have some exciting content ideas for me then just let me know. If there’s anything you want to see less/more off then let me know. I’m open to all of your feedback and suggestions.
I appreciate all the support you’ve given to me over the years. None of this would be possible without you.
After a huge week of decluttering, spring cleaning and bad eating. I decided yesterday I would get back into the habit of healthy eating and exercising again; so yesterday morning I was up and out the door at 5:05 am for a fresh morning walk 😑 I felt tired but refreshed after. Hopefully tonight.. if it’s still warm enough, I’ll go for a swim in the pool 🤞
I’m wearing my 3 beautiful personalised necklaces from Belle Fever They have a huuuuge deal on right now (Buy 3 name necklaces and instantly receive 30% off) How cool is that 😎
You may have wondered where I’ve been lately? I’m just taking some time out with my family and my husband, I’m still recovering from my neck pain too. We are also still in lockdown in regional NSW which has been hard. If you’re in lockdown, then, I hope you’re okay? It’s a very tough time for all. Please reach out if you need a chat?
When I write a post online, I put my heart and soul into it, I’m always honest and open with you about my thoughts and feelings which enables me to write creatively and truthfully, I really do wear my heart on my sleeve. I know you would all appreciate my honesty and thoughts, I’m just finding it really hard to put my feelings into words and don’t condone any kind of bullying and won’t stand for such behaviour on my social platforms
I’m so sick and tired of all the division and the fighting that’s happening in our country right now. I never thought I’d see the day where this would happen! But here we are! I have lived in Australia for 15 years and became an Australian citizen in 2020 and I proudly took the pledge under God. It was a memorable day.
I believe in freedom! Please don’t bully others because they feel differently! We are all in this together!
My husband Mark has bagged himself an early father’s day present. He has been *gifted* the freshly shaven shower scrub from @menwhoscrub. This particular scent smells absolutely incredible but you can get the scrub in few other scents too such as lime and coconut and salted caramel. Mark has also been *gifted* the magnesium spray too which is useful for aches and pains, it can also help with a good night’s sleep. I think I might be stealing the magnesium spray from him but don’t tell him 🤫😆
Men who Scrub was created by a lovely lady called Bridie and her husband Dan. Bridie was sick of Dan stealing her scrubs, now the men in our lives have an irresistible range of scrubs for the ladies to steal 😉 I’m already eyeing up the salted caramel scented one 😉🙃
Their scrubs are amazing for removing all the dirt and grime of the day, you are left exfoliated, smooth and smelling delicious.
Men who Scrub is handmade on the Central Coast, Australia using all natural ingredients with a variety of high quality fragrances to suit EVERYONE!
Self-care is the latest source of “mum guilt” for Aussie Mum’s, a survey of 1,000 mothers of young children across Australia has revealed, with 85 percent of mothers surveyed admitting feeling guilt about not spending enough time on their own self-care, while paradoxically, feeling guilty when they do.
The research, conducted by Australian pregnancy multivitamin brand, Natalis, revealed that while the vast majority of the mothers surveyed (94%), admitted they would benefit from more self-care, nearly the same amount (96%) reported feeling guilty for spending time on self-care activities at least some of the time.
While the overwhelming message from mothers surveyed was that self-care was extremely important to their wellbeing, more than 1 in 2 (53%) reported feeling pressured to practice self-care and feeling like a failure when they don’t get enough.
According to Emmy Samtani, parenting expert and founder of parenting app Kiindred, which used its platform to survey mothers, the concept of ‘self-care,’ popularised across social media by ‘mumfluencers’ and celebrities alike (#selfcare), has been both a blessing and a curse for Aussie mums.
“On one hand, the self-care movement has been great for highlighting how important it is for us to take an active role in protecting our own wellbeing and happiness, but on the flip side, it’s become another item on the to do list,” said the entrepreneur and mother of three children under six.
“If we don’t get to it, we feel guilty about it, and if we do, we feel guilty about everything else we’re not doing.”
Other key findings:
Two in three (76%) admitting that the state of their house and the piling laundry was reason enough to strike self-care off the list, followed closely by the guilt for taking time away from the children (61%) or their partner (48%).
More than 1 in 4 (28%) typically have less than 10 minutes per day to put towards something for themselves, while 8% have less than 5 minutes.
Many admitted to sacrificing sleep, with nearly one in two (43%) going to bed late, and a quarter (24%) setting their alarm earlier, just to find a peaceful moment alone.
When asked what mums did regularly to fill their cup, self-care was a fairly tame affair, with nearly half of respondents (47%) acknowledging that scrolling on their phones, or chilling with Netflix (37%) was their most common activity, followed closely by enjoying a coffee while hot (36%) or washing their hair (35%).
When asked to reflect upon what the ultimate self-care experience might involve, date night was deemed the ultimate self-care activity (44%), followed by a night of uninterrupted sleep (34%) a hot bath alone (30%), and socialising with friends in person or via phone/text (20%), all rating well and truly above intimacy with their partner (8%).
Proving they’re not a fussy bunch, 17 percent of mothers surveyed said they’d consider being left alone for more than 10 minutes for any reason at all as a desirable self-care activity, while 15 percent said they’d be satisfied just drinking a coffee while it was still hot.
“It’s not news that as mothers, we’re time poor, but while celebrities and social media superstars might be conjuring up images of #selfcare as a luxurious spa day or beach-side meditation session, the reality is that self-care for mums of young kids is probably going to look a little less glamorous,” said Samtani.
“Self-care should not be about shame or comparison, but about finding the thing that fills your cup. If for you, that’s mindlessly scrolling on your phone, or sitting outside in the sun for five minutes to drink a coffee while the TV babysits the kids, then that’s self-care,” she said. “If you can carve out time to have a long, hot bath, or get a babysitter and head out with your partner, that’s great too,” she said.
Samtani cautions though, that self-care is definitely a practice. “Nothing changes if nothing changes: Start by scheduling 10 minutes each day. As hard as that can be with little ones, work with your partner or support network to schedule in those moments.”
Samanti concludes that allowing yourself to reflect upon all the things you do and provide for your family is a great place to start in freeing yourself from guilt, “There is no point in taking ten, fifteen, thirty minutes for yourself if you’re going to spend that time feeling guilty for being away from your family. We are all so busy in the day-to-day ‘doing,’ we forget to look back and see how much we’re doing for the kids – washing, cooking, kisses, cleaning, craft, homework, cuddles, lunchboxes. In the grand scheme of things, taking time to nurture yourself is not worth feeling guilty about, because honestly mum, you deserve it.”
I know for me personally as a mum of nine children under thirteen years age, self-care is important for my health and well-being. Self-care to me, is a nice hot bath, Saying some prayers, or a quick coffee break in the garden, a shopping trip, or a pamper night with my eldest daughters. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant. It’s the little things that make a difference.