Mum network

Mum network

Hey everyone,

I wanted to officially tell you all that I have proudly joined the Mum network agency and will be represented by them. I also wanted to let you all know that their website is also now live. You can follow the link here;
https://www.mumnetwork.com.au/
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@mum_network was founded in #2019 by Rosie Luik as a mission to empower mum’s to follow their dreams and goals. Rosie is passionate about helping others. She is such an incredible woman with an incredible story. She truly is an inspiration to many including me! I am so happy and excited to be a part of something so special.
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Did you know that this is the first agency in Australia that’s dedicated to representing just mum’s? How amazing that? I am so happy to be a part of this team of incredible mum’s I am super excited for the journey ahead!
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Claire Xx

https://mumnetwork.com.au/claire-hooker-mum-of-9..

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“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.

Earn and Learn program- Support our school

Earn and Learn program- Support our school

Hey everyone,

Hey everyone,

As you all know by now, I am a mum of nine children under eleven and we also officially home-school six out of our nine children. As a registered home school under the N.E.S.A, we are eligible to participate in the Woolworth’s earn learn program which is super exciting!. We participated in last years program and collected a significant amount of stickers and were able to get a few small supplies for our school. This year we aim to go bigger and do better than last year. We hope you can help us achieve this too! let’s all stick together!

This year our school has been given an earn and learn promotions pack which also includes a huge collection box to place in our local Woolworths store! We are super excited!

In 2017, when Woolworths last ran Earn & Learn, they had over 15,000 schools and ELC’s involved and delivered over 300,000 pieces of equipment for science and technology, maths, arts, and more to kids all over Australia. How awesome is that!

Please support our home-school by collecting stickers at Woolworths from May 1st till June 25th! We will have a collection box in the Queanbeyan Woolworths store.


Wish us luck! 🤗

Claire Xx

An honest chat

An honest chat

Hey everyone,

I wanted to have a honest chat with you all about something that has been on my mind.
Over the last few weeks I haven’t felt myself on social media. I feel like something has shifted within me.

Don’t get me me wrong! I love what I do and will continue to push through what I’m feeling because that’s the type of person I am. I have so much to look forward to as well which also helps to keep me going. None of these exciting ventures would have been possible without my awesome following and determination to keep going and consistency. I’ve just pushed through the highs and the lows, I , however am only human and have my down days. I, however, feel there is something not quite right with social media at the moment.

I feel like you work so hard on all the content you put out there and sometimes you feel like no one is there! I am sure that’s not true but it definitely can feel like that from time to time.


Is it just me? Or has it become really quite on social media lately? I feel like I am not seeing everyone’s posts and sometimes it even feels like that certain stuff is getting blocked deliberately.
I’ve seen many people *including big blogger accounts* say that the lack of engagement has affected their accounts also
Has the algorithm changed? 
Are you seeing everyone’s posts? Are you seeing my posts?
Do you feel there is less engagement lately?
Do you use hashtags? Or do you find it better not to use them?
I am not sure what’s happened but it’s definitely gone a little quiet 😖
I am going to continue doing what I do because I am truly passionate about my blog and the journey I’ve been on so far, but I have to admit I do feel pretty low at the moment. Things can only get better right? Onwards and upwards from here!


For those of you who continue to support me and my blog etc, I thank you dearly. It means so much to me. You make my journey I’m on so much more worthwhile.
I can’t wait to talk about my next ventures with you all.

Love Claire xx

I wrote two amazon books (Finley’s Adventures)

I wrote two amazon books (Finley’s Adventures)

Hey everyone,

I want to to talk to you all today about some eBooks I wrote a couple of years ago

Around two years ago I wrote two digital books through KDP for Amazon. It was something I had wanted to do for a while but wasn’t sure I was capable of doing such a thing! Eventually, I plucked up the courage and I wrote my first books!

I decided to start a children’s book series called Finley’s adventures. I only wrote two books but had planned to write more, Life got busy and I guess I had forgotten about it all.

My confidence was also knocked when I received a negative comment about the grammar on one of the books. I think If were to write more digital books now I would take my time on them. When I wrote the eBooks I was so excited and just wanted to get them out there. I realize now that if you want something to do well then you need to take your time on it. I still think that what I wrote was pretty good and I am still proud of myself for writing them. I do want to write more books in the future and I’ve taken this experience as a learning curve! My writing has improved so much over the last 12 months since starting this blog. I am excited for the future and seeing where my writing will take me next! You can find my amazon books on the links below.

The two books I wrote were;

Finley’s First friend :
https://www.amazon.com/Finleys-First-Friend-Adventures-ebook/dp/B075M2PF78

Finley’s first Flight:
https://www.amazon.com/Finleys-First-Flight-Adventures-

Thank you, for your ongoing support

Love Claire xxx

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