Oh Beehave in-home consults – Collab

Oh Beehave in-home consults – Collab

In-home consults with Ohbeehave​ – collab

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)

More information about the service is available on her website: https://parentingtherapy.com/perthchildbehaviour/


You can also use my discount code; “TRIBEOFMINE” for a 10 per cent discount. The discount expires in 2 days
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Claire Xx

What it’s like in our household of 11 people

What it’s like in our household of 11 people

Jodi Bingley Photography

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.

My tribe – Jodi Bingley photography

Claire Louise Hooker

How to think about photographic consent for your child – Colin Anson

How to think about photographic consent for your child – Colin Anson

Colin Ansen

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.

Meet the Tribe

Meet the Tribe

Meet the Tribe

Hello everyone,

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.

Georgina

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. 😍

Charlotte

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.🤩😍

Franchesca

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.😘
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Catherine – twin 1

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.

Elizabeth – twin 2

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’ 😍

Rose

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. 😍

Martina

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. 😍

Michael

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.

Family

Thanks for reading

Claire xxx

Red Gum – Beach tents – Review

Red Gum – Beach tents – Review

Beach day fun!

In collaboration with Red Gum
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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

Thanks again Red Gum.

Website: https://redgum.page/collections/all

Claire Xx

Maths Online – 3 monthly review

Maths Online – 3 monthly review

Maths online – In colloboraion with Maths Online


Hi Everyone,


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.


Useful links for you to take a look at:


Free Trial Parent: https://www.mathsonline.com.au/free-trial?type=parent
Free Trial Student:https://www.mathsonline.com.au/free-trial?type=student
Maths Online:https://www.mathsonline.com.au/


Home school Pricing :


https://www.mathsonline.com.au/purchase/homeschool — (We do ask that once you have purchased the homeschooling membership that you provide a scanned copy of your certificate or registration of approval to home school within 4 weeks of purchase)


Claire Xx

Klorane XL dry shampoo – review

Klorane XL dry shampoo – review

Hi everyone,

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.


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Klorane Baby range -review

Klorane Baby range -review

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

KLORANE BABY DETANGLING SHAMPOO
Detangling shampoo is formulated to gently cleanse and protect baby’s delicate hair from birth, leaving it super soft and silky. It is am vegan friendly, biodegradable, tear-free, soap free formula.


2.Baby Gentle Cleansing Gel

KLORANE BABY GENTLE CLEANSING GEL
The Klorane baby gentle cleansing gel is designed to cleanse the delicate hair and skin of babies. The two-in-one product soothes the scalp and protects the skin from drying out. This will leave your baby’s hair and skin soft to touch. This product is also an vegan friendly, biodegradable, soap- free and tear- free formula.


3.Baby Moisturizing Lotion

KLORANE BABY MOISTURIZING LOTION
Klorane baby moisturizing lotion is a body lotion formulated to protect the baby’s skin from mild irritation and drying out. The lightweight, non-sticky texture ensures fast absorption for immediate comfort on your baby’s skin. This is an 96 percent natural formula. It is also a vegan friendly formula and is clinically proven ** to reduce the signs of desquamation and skin dryness.


4.Baby Moisturizing Cream

KLORANE BABY MOISTURIZING CREAM
Klorane baby moisturizing cream is a nourishing face and body moisturizer cream which is formulated to help to help protect baby’s delicate skin from drying out and from dryness- induced irritations. this product is a 97 percent natural formula*. It is also a vegan friendly cream which is enriched with moisturizing plant oils and Vitamin E to intensively soothe and nourish the skin on your baby’s face and body. The non-sticky texture ensures the fast absorption
and the complete comfort of your baby’s skin.

The Klorane baby range is now available at all leading Chemist Warehouse stores across Australia.

Michael is very pleased with the Klorane baby range and he really wanted to share his cute pictures with you all. We hope you all will love the Klorane baby range as much as we do. Check the range out here; https://www.chemistwarehouse.com.au/search/go?w=klorane%20baby

Don’t forget to follow us over on;Instagram; https://www.instagram.com/thistribeofmineofficial/

Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/thistribeofmine/

Claire XX

My anxiety triggers

My anxiety triggers

Hi everyone,

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

Australian Outback Spectacular

AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK SPECTACULAR
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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?
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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.
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OUR THOUGHTS
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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
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Claire Xx .

The Artisan gift co – Review

The Artisan gift co – Review

Michael with his very own personalised cushion

Hi Everyone,

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.

My little Mikey with his personalized storybook cushion
  1. Was the ever so beautiful Personalised story book range cushion – Bicycle design : https://artisangiftco.com.au/collections/kids-decor/products/storybook-cushion-customised-bicycle .

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.

2. The next thing was the family name print keepsake. https://artisangiftco.com.au/collections/family-keepsake/products/family-surname-keepsake-print

Family surname keepsake print with rose gold foil

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:

  1. a group of people related by blood or united through friendship and love.
  2. . the result of two people falling in love.
  3. 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.

Claire Xx

Reasons to always SMILE

Reasons to always SMILE

R E A S O N S TO S M I L E 😁
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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!
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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.
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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.
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What makes you smile?
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Claire Xx .

Staying hydrated and supporting mental health

Staying hydrated and supporting mental health



Hi everyone,

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 .

Maths made easy with Maths Online

Maths made easy with Maths Online

Georgina aged 11 is watching a Math tutorial

Hey everyone,

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 onlineIn 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!

How it works

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.

Useful links for you to take a look at:

Free Trial Parent :https://www.mathsonline.com.au/free-trial?type=parent

Free Trial Student:https://www.mathsonline.com.au/free-trial?type=student

Maths Online:https://www.mathsonline.com.au/

Home school Pricing :

https://www.mathsonline.com.au/purchase/homeschool   — (We do ask that once you have purchased your homeschooling membership that you provide a scanned copy of your certificate or registration of approval to home school within 4 weeks of purchase)

I’m looking forward to sharing more with you all over the next coming months. Stay tuned because tomorrow I will announcing a huge math online giveaway over on my Instagram. Make sure you are following me at : https://www.instagram.com/thistribeofmineofficial/ and the team at maths online at: https://www.instagram.com/mathsonline/

Claire Xx

Cleaned by Koh – review

Cleaned by Koh – review

Adding a touch of Koh

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?

My Tribe

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!

Mop bundle

Amazing facts about Koh

  1. Koh is Aussie owned and made
  2. Koh is a eco- certified/eco- friendly product & it is also safe to use around the whole family including pets
  3. No harsh chemical or toxic fumes
  4. Specially formulated at UNSW
  5. Asthma and allergy friendly
  6. Binds with grease and grime
  7. lifts and suspends
  8. Emulsifies and deodorizes
The kids bathroom mirror and vanity has never looked shiny!

About Koh

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

  1. Always do a spot test on the surface you want to clean
  2. Always use thee cloths dry not damp/wet
  3. 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;

  1. Raw aluminium
  2. Brass
  3. Copper
  4. Film -Type window tints
  5. Zinc

Top 10 cleans with Koh

  1. Coffee & Turmeric
  2. Range-hood
  3. Floor & Tiles
  4. Ovens & Microwave
  5. Grout
  6. Jewelry
  7. Mirrors & Windows
  8. Pots & Pans
  9. Sinks & Baths
  10. 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!

Rose is cleaning the wall for me 😉

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.

Discount code : THISTRIBEOFMINE:

Link: https://koh.com/discount/THISTRIBEOFMINE. If you use this link then the discount code will automatically be applied.

Our lives are so much better with a touch of Koh in it

“I don’t just clean! “I koh! 😎

Thanks for reading

Claire xx

Photobookshop review – Take 2

Photobookshop review – Take 2

Photo book

Hey everyone,

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

ABOUT PHOTO BOOK SHOP – Taken from their website – https://www.photobookshop.com.au/index/about

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?

Huge family canvas
personalized wooden kitchen spoons

You can easily create these amazing products do by following these 3 easy steps; 
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1. Capture those special moments / Purchase Voucher
2. Design your product
3. Order and upload

You will receive 10% off the prices on this page:
https://www.photobookshop.com.au/voucher

You can use my code TRIBE10 for a 10% discount at checkout .
This post is in collaboration with Photobookshop via Mum Network

I will receive a small commission through any sales made by using my discount code. The discount code expires on August 24th

I will be posting picture of the sequin purse and acrylic family photo in the next few days so stay tuned for that!

I cant wait to see what the amazing team at Photo book shop come out with next! It’s very exciting! Thank you for letting me be a part of your amazing journey

Let me know if you create anything and don’t hesitate to ask questions to either myself – or any on the friendly team over at; https://www.photobookshop.com.au/

photo book

Enjoy your day lovelies 
Claire Xx .

Mother’s Day with nine kids aged under 11 – that’s a lot of love

Mother’s Day with nine kids aged under 11 – that’s a lot of love

Photo by Karleen Minney

Hey everyone,

Happy friday,

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.

Photo by Karleen Minney

You can read our family story here;
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6115253/mothers-day-with-nine-kids-aged-under-11-thats-a-lot-of-love/?cs=14225&fbclid=IwAR1Qze3j7Z7FoDwa6nPC63NpM0Oaap1l5zEmsMuUpKUEe8O29tTL9uMabes

Thanks for having us!

Claire Xxx

“I am a mum of 9 and I have never breastfed my children”

“I am a mum of 9 and I have never breastfed my children”

“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

Love always, Claire
Xx.

My Re-launched YouTube channel- This tribe of mine

My Re-launched YouTube channel- This tribe of mine

Hey everyone,

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!

drum-roll please…

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.

You can subscribe to me from this link here;
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkCzdc7I-iYfo9dI6FXIGfw?

Once I’ve got the editing and filming down-pat then I aim to upload 1-2 videos a week.

If you would like to see particular video from me then be sure to let me know in the comments below

Wish me luck!

Thank you for your ongoing support. It really means so much to me

Love Claire xxx

Photo book shop – review

Photo book shop – review

9 sets of feet- Canvas

Hey everyone,

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;

  1. Capture your memories
  2. Click this link to buy your voucher: www.photobookshop.com.au/voucher
  3. Design your product and order!

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;

  1. Super Dad photo mug.
  2. Metal street sign
  3. 60-page photo book
  4. Canvas

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

Canvas

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

My tribe!-Photo book

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!

Claire XxX

Homeschooling a large family

Homeschooling a large family

Hey everyone.

Today I am talking about a highly requested subject; ‘HOMESCHOOLING!

If I am honest then it’s not something I have felt comfortable talking about before and that’s not because I am ashamed of it! I think it’s more that it’s about our private life and while I love sharing about my family and I, there are obviously certain aspects we wish to keep private. The other reason is for the pure fact that for some reason homeschooling can be a sticky subject! Today I am opening up and sharing a little bit of our homeschooling journey with you all. The reason I am sharing this today is that I have been asked by many of my readers to share what it is like to homeschool and because they are interested in homeschooling too but don’t know where to start. So if I can help in any way then I am happy to do so.

For the last four and a half years we have chosen to home school our children. It was not an easy decision but my husband and I felt it was the best decision for our busy family. My family and I live in a rural town in regional New south wales, I guess you could say we live in isolation! The closest shops and mainstream schools are over 45 kilometres away! We do have a small school in our town that we have used in the past but still felt that homeschooling was the way forward and more manageable for our family. Before we made our decision about home-schooling, we made sure we did do our research to see if it was the right option for us. It’s always best to have a good plan in place before you start something as huge as this.

A lot of people say home-schooling is hard! Well, they are not wrong! You are going to have your good days and bad days, However, it gets better over time and eventually, you will adjust in your schooling routine. You have just have to stick to it out and give it a good go! It took me a good year before I felt comfortable and established in what I was doing. There are so many resources available online that can assist you with your schooling and honestly, you are easily spoiled for choice! Google is your friend!

People seem to think that because our children are home-schooled that they don’t socialize or make friends! This, however, is not true, we attend to sporting activities outside of school hours. Our children also play with other children. My children are very sociable and can easily make friends without any issues. Many people also have said to me that they are not ‘patient enough to home educate their children or they feel they are not ‘smart enough to teach them! And I say; “You should never put yourself down” and while I understand that homeschooling is not always the best option for everyone due to work commitments etc..I am a firm believer that anyone can do it if they put their minds to it! So never say you can’t do it because you can! Believe in yourself and your ability to do so! At first, I doubted myself but that feeling soon passed when I saw how happy the children were, and how much progress they were making with their work, then that made realize I was doing something right. I have honestly learnt so much over the years! it’s actually incredible! My kids amaze me every day! I am officially schooling six out of my nine children which range from kindergarten to year five. My younger ones also like to sit and learn as well which gives them a great head-start for when it’s their time to start school! Its always good to get everyone involved! The kids love that!

In New South Wales by law, your children have to be enrolled in school from the ages of 6 up until the age of 16. We are officially enrolled under N.E.S.A We have a CSIRO that comes out to our home and assesses us every 2 years to make sure everything is up to scratch. We follow the New South Wales syllabus and we do a mix of Australian and an American curriculum but still making sure we cover what the syllabus asks. We use a few online programs for children like readingeggs.com.au and studyladder.com.au.

To find out more about the homeschooling requirements for New south wales head over to the link here; 
https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/regulation/home-schooling/home-schooling-registration

We start our schooling day at 8.45am and work all the way through till 1.30pm. By doing this we get all of our daily subjects done and have the afternoon free for our lunch, outdoor play/ sports, and housework. The children are then free to do arts and crafts, puzzles, games etc.. This time-frame works well for us and can easily be adjusted if need be.

What I love most about home-schooling my children is being able to spend one on one time with my children teaching them and watching them grow! I love watching them learn new and exciting things every day. It honestly brings me so much joy! I also love that we get to go on our own school excursions! Over the last few years, we have been on some great excursions! The last couple of years I have been using the ‘National Capital Teachers Pass’ which has been absolutely amazing! It can be used for the Science museum, National library, Cockington green and so much more! It even gives you access to so many useful and historical resources! if you are a home-school family in New south wales then check this link here to see if you are eligible for the teachers pass; 
https://canberraexcursions.org.au/national-capital-teachers-pass

Home-schooling is hard but it’s not as hard as you think! There are so many online groups especially on Facebook that you can join for additional support, ideas and advice. It is also a great way to connect with other families who could be homeschooling in the same area as you and it’s also great to have a supportive online community if there is no one else in your area that home-schools. Don’t ever feel alone in this process and always ask for help if you need it!

If you are thinking of homeschooling then click on the link for your state requirements Below;

I hope you enjoyed a little bit of an insight into our homeschooling life

Thank you for reading

Claire XxX

Sudocrem – reveiw

Sudocrem – reveiw

Hey everyone,

Today I want to talk to you about the best nappy cream ever called Sudocrem! I am sure most of you have heard of it!

I am a mum of Nine children under eleven, and for years I have used Sudocrem for the whole family. Not only is it good for the kids skin, it is also good for my husband and I’s skin! it’s really suitable for all

Sudocrem provides gentle yet effective relief from cuts, grazes and minor burns. It helps to heal wounds by forming a protective layer over the vulnerable area, reducing the risk of infection, and also contains a mild local anesthetic to soothe discomfort.

I love thick thickness of the cream and how it acts as a barrier on the affected area! When my children have been teething in the past, they usually would get a bad nappy rash around the same time! I apply sudocream during these tough teething times times and within 2 -3 days the rash would be clear! It’s my go to cream for cuts, rashes,dry skin, grazes and minor burns! No other cream has worked for this! It even works on my hands when my dermatitis is bad in the winter season. I carry a tub of the cream everywhere I go! I absolutely love it!

“Sudocrem is always there to help solve life’s little problems”

Thanks sudocream for being so awesome!

Claire xx

CleanedbyKoh – collab

CleanedbyKoh – collab


Hi everyone,

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 @cleanedbykoh.

I have been using Koh now for almost 6 months and I love it! It’s amazing how shiny my sink looks after using it! It’s amazing!


I know this might sound cheesy but I have never been so excited about a cleaning product before as I am right now! I am blown away by how amazing it is! I never had any universal product like this ever 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 so good!

My family and I love using Koh because it 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 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. The code can only be used for Australian addresses only and it can only be used once per customer.
My discount code is: THISTRIBEOFMINE

Our lives are so much easier with a touch of Koh in it! “I don’t just clean! “I koh! 😎


Claire Xxx.

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World prematurity day 2019

World prematurity day 2019

Fran in NICU in 2011

WORLD PREMATURITY DAY 2019
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Hey everyone,

Today is world prematurity day 2019. I’ve had a few premature babies over this years and I know how difficult and emotional it can be when you see your precious tiny baby in the NICU nursery. I find it hard to talk about but I have promised to be more open and honest with you all.

My little miracle baby Franchesca was born at 28 weeks gestation on February 15th 2011. Fran was born 11 and a half weeks early! Although this was almost 9 years ago and she is absolutely fine now, I still remember the day well.

I remember feeling ‘off ‘ the day she was born, the other kids had been unwell with gastro and I thought maybe I was coming down with it too but my stomach pains had got worse throughout the day. The pain was irregular but it was awful and unbearable. By early evening I was on my way to the hospital and I could feel things progressing. I was so scared 😭 I knew it was way too early and all I wanted was to keep my baby safe.

Within 30 mins arriving at the hospital and 2 small pushes my little miracle Franchesca was born. She was beautiful but so very tiny and under 1 kilo in weight. All I wanted to do was hold her and protect her but I couldn’t because she was being rushed up to the NICU. I have so many emotions flowing through me and I just felt so numb. To everyone’s surprise, Franchesca grew from strength to strength every day and only spent 6 weeks in the hospital. She definitely was a little warrior and still has a stubborn side to her now 9 years on.

I’m so proud of how far she has come. My other children were born at 34 and 36 weeks and have done NICU on both occasions and all have been hard. I am thankful for all the love and support we received during those difficult moments. The NICU team were incredible too.

My thoughts and prayers are with the families who have been through this or are experiencing it right now. I get your pain and know what it’s like. X

You can donate to help a NICU family in need via @tommeetippeeaustralia I will put the link here; https://tommee-tippee-tip-in.raisely.com/
Thanks for reading

Claire xx

Calming cards for kids

Calming cards for kids


In collaboration with Oh Beehave Kids

The Calming Cards are designed to help you teach your child calming and soothing techniques. Each pack comes with a set of 10 cards with different techniques for you to try with your children.
Each set costs $30. You can use my discount code; TRIBEOFMINE where you will receive $5 of your set of calming cards which is so awesome! Please note that the discount code expires on November 18th. These cards would make an awesome stocking filler for Christmas too.
Not only are these cards calming, but they are also very educational too. Suitable for ages 3 and up (with parental guidance)

Calming cards can be used in a variety of contexts, including;

1.A calming corner (or calming space) in your home

2.Out and about

3.Calming activities before bed

4.Classrooms

5.Day Care Centers

Here are some of the techniques that the cards uses;

1.Deep Breathing

2.Muscle relaxation

3.Grounding

4. Visualisation

When can the cards can be used?

1.Winding down before bed

2.Out and About

3.Calming Corner

4.Classroom’s

5.Day Care’s

5.Family Activity

6.Desk at work

I can’t wait to try these techniques with my tribe! Wish me luck 😉

I will receive a small commission on every purchase made using my discount code.

Oh behave website:
https://parentingtherapy.com/calming-cards/

Claire Xx