My name is Claire and I am 32
My husband is 36
We have 9 beautiful children under 11 years of age!
Our house is always filled with love, joy, and laughter!
I love to sing, and so do all the children
Welcome to my blog!
Stay tuned for some exciting posts
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!
On Monday Georgina started her online tutoring sessions with A Team tutoring. She has an amazing and friendly tutor who is helping her to understand her maths questions a little better. By the end of the session Georgina felt a lot more confident in what she needed to do. The next day, Georgina was able to complete her ‘four operations math questions’ in her maths book with ease.
Whether your homeschooling your children , or they are in school, A team tuition are always flexible and can work around your busy schedule. If your considering some tutoring for your school aged children, then I highly recommend the A team tutors. Each tutor is carefully matched to your child based on their personality and hobbies. To find out more please click this link :https://ateamtuition.com/clairelouisehooker/
When you purchase through my above link, You will get your first hour of tutoring free, or alternatively you can mention my name; ‘Claire Louise Hooker’ when you call: 07 3154 6180 to get the above offer.
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?
It’s time for an honest and open chat. I was really inexperienced when I started my blog ‘thistribeofmine.com’ just under 3 years ago. I’ve definitely learned a lot and grown so much over this time. There’s been some amazing highs and some very low lows, I’ve even had people tell me that; “I won’t succeed” or that “I’ve missed the boat” and should “just give up now! To tell the truth there have been numerous times where I’ve wanted to throw in the towel! But I still kept going because I’m a fighter! it’s in my blood! I won’t give up! Don’t ever let others bring you down!
For the most part my journey has been amazing and I’m honestly so grateful for all of you and every opportunity that has come my way. I know I always say; ‘I’m just going with the flow’ or ‘I’m just winging it’ But I feel now as I enter my 3rd year of content creation, I want to take it more seriously and see how far I can go. I’ve also decided that some things need to change.Dont get me wrong I’m still winging it in other aspects of my life lol. It’s just time start doing things differently and more productively. I need to work out what my main focus is and build on from that. My first priority will always be my faith, family and schooling the kids but there’s no reason why I can’t implement that in with what I’m already doing. I’ve just got to find that right balance and not put too many eggs into one basket. I don’t want to overwhelm myself. I know I can do it!
I want to try and achieve some of those big goals and aspirations of mine. I’ve shared some of these with you all before but there’s so much more I want to do. For example: with help, I will hopefully be relaunching my blog and it will be bigger and better than ever before. My blog is where it all started so it only makes sense to work on this first. Writing is one of my biggest passions and it will hopefully help me work on some other side projects that I have in mind. 😉
I feel a bit nervous, but I’m excited for a new chapter and where it may lead If you read this till the end then thank you! You are amazing! Sorry for rambling on! I hope you will continue to follow my journey and see what happens next
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
Like all forms of art, photography is dynamic; it is always changing and growing as each year goes by. In addition to this, throughout my time as a photographer, I have also seen come and go with each passing year and 2020 is no different. One of the most evident shifts that I have personally seen in Sydney is that a lot of families want portraits that they can send to family members that are unable to travel because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. I think COVID has been a real catalyst in many people’s life making them rethink what’s really important to them. “ A family is not an important thing, it’s everything” (Michael J. Fox).
Sydney Family Photography Trend #1 – Milestone Photo Shoots Maternity photoshoots aren’t a particularly new trend; however, they have been increasing in popularity over the past few years. I am happy to say that maternity photography in 2020 has been in more demand than ever, both lifestyle on-location shoot and studio. The demand for milestone photoshoots is also building off of the popularity of Pregnancy photoshoots. Nowadays, after a beautiful maternity photo session, we are seeing parents immediately book future sessions – usually for a newborn shoot and then 3-month milestone intervals (3 months, 6 months, 9 months, etc.). I find that this is a great way to not only document your child’s growth but also to make sure that you record the memories of those initial hectic months that always seem to go by so fast.
Sydney Family Photography Trend #2 – Nature Backdrops Once upon a time, the standard for family photography used to be that everyone stand (or sit) side-by-side in a room and smile at the camera. That was years ago and I am personally happy to say that trends have dramatically changed since then. Especially now in 2020, professional photographers are getting more and more requests from families that want outdoor or nature backdrops for their photoshoots. I have especially seen a rise in the demand for both beach and bush settings in Sydney. That being said, there are however still some families that prefer to ask their photographers for more laidback backyard photoshoots. This leads us to the next trend…
Sydney Family Photography Trend #3 – Casual Clothing Similarly to how family photoshoots back in the day used to be all about formal environments, the same was also true for the types of clothing that families would wear. I’m sure that we can all remember family picture day back when we were younger and how everyone – both young and old alike – would have to be wearing their best suit or dress before they stepped in front of the camera. Nowadays, in an effort to genuinely capture the true essence of their family life, more and more families are opting to have their family photoshoots in casual clothing. Jeans and T-shirts are now replacing those aforementioned suits and dresses. I find that this is especially great for family photoshoots that include children since the more casual types of clothing help to make their youthfulness shine through in the photographs.
Sydney Family Photography Trend #4 – Candid Interactions In 2020, I’ve truly seen that the penchant for more candid interactions in family photoshoots goes hand in hand with the growing popularity of outdoor backdrops and casual clothing. I love it when families are more relaxed and candid during shoots because I find that this is when the most authentic and honest photos are captured.
Sydney Family Photography Trend #5 – Multigenerational Photoshoots As generations go by, our families eventually grow and evolve. Each generation usually has its own milestones and achievements that paint a rich story and in turn influence the newer branches on the family tree. Multigenerational photoshoots – where you can include children, parents, grandparents, and even great grandparents – give you the ability to create keepsakes that will eventually become monuments to just how far your family has come.
Ronny Berg– is a Portrait and Family Photography in Sydney.
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