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
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
For the last couple of months the kids and I have been using the @mustelaau stelatopia range on our skin and hair and the results have been amazing!
As a household of 11 people we do have alot of different skin types and a skin issues like eczema and dermatitis.
1 out of 5 children are affected by atopic eczema or dermatitis. Stelatopia is a range of skincare products designed for the atopy-prone skin of babies and children. It’s fragrance-free, dermatologically tested. It also soothes, replenishes and limits red patches. Their effectiveness is clinically proven.
The stelatopia range is a natural skincare range you can trust for the whole family. It can be used on all skin types. Mustela is created in France and has been going since 1950. It’s formulated to protect every every skin type and respect our planet.
The two main natural ingredients found in this range is; Avocado perseose, and sunflower oil distillate which together help relieve dry, sore and itchy skin.
My 5 year old daughter Rose has suffered with dry rough skin for a long time but ever since she has used the products from the range it has almost cleared up!
The whole range is amazing but I particularly love the nappy rash cream as it works wonders on my younger two children especially with the warmer weather coming this will provide relief during those hot and sticky summer months.
Thankyou Mustela for always being so amazing 朗
Have you tried @mustelaau before? It’s available in all leading pharmacies across Australia.
we sponge money from Government? We don’t but this is one of the many “laughable” and “incorrect” assumptions that are made about my family and me. Quite often when people see a large family like mine especially in online media articles they assume they are sponging money from the government, or are just having a large family for the money but that is indeed a false and ridiculous assumption. My hubby works full-time and I work part-time so, we get very little money from the government. We are just very good at budgeting our finances, So when people say ” you must be loaded” The truth to that is nope we are not!! But I will say this, Think of all the little future taxpayers we are bringing up. We are a very hardworking family. We had a large family because we wanted too and because you get one shot at life, so why not live it to the fullest? We are extremely proud of what we achieved so far and are blessed that we’ve been able to have a large family
I panic to buy all my shopping. No, I don’t. I live very rural and have to grocery shop for my family fortnightly. When I do my shopping my trolley is sometimes overflowing and on some occasions, I have to go in a second time on the same trip to buy more things. I often have people coming up to me whilst I’m shopping asking if I’m ‘panic buying” and I just say: “No, This is my regular fortnight;y shop as we have 11 people to feed. You should see the shock on some of these people’s faces. Shopping fortnightly is very necessary for my family and me.
I homeschool my kids because I think I’m better than the school teachers. Again, this is another incorrect assumption. First off, I think all school teachers are amazing and I would never say I was better than them ever! We just had to make decisions that were the best four our family. We have been homeschooling our kids for the best part of 6 years now and it’s been amazing. We decided to homeschool because we live rurally and had limited options where we live and since I was I stay at home mum, It would be a good idea to homeschool them. We are registered as an official homeschool under N.E.S.A. If you were to ask me whether it’s easy to homeschool, then my answer would be No, but what I will say is that it is worthwhile. Every day is a new adventure.
I am a rich blogger! Sadly, I am not but I didn’t start my blog for the money, I started it because I was passionate about writing and wanted to document my weight loss and large family life. I also started to it to connect with other mums so that we could all have a positive outlet to share our advice, tips, and tricks with one another. I’m not sure where this assumption came from but I have received a few comments over the last couple of years assuming I was paid for everything I do with my blog. I rarely get paid work through my blog especially since COVID came. I mentioned the other day that if I do anything that is paid or a collaboration, Then I will always disclose that no matter what. I love my blog and I love the little community that I have created. You honestly all keep me going on the days that I have had enough.
I became Catholic because my husband told me too? This again is incorrect and although I married into a Catholic family all decisions were made by me only. My husband is always so supportive of everything I have decided to do. I haven’t always been a Catholic, nor was I bought up religiously, and In-fact I was baptized in the church of England as a baby. I became a Catholic eight years ago. It took me another four years after I was married to make my final decision to convert. I researched and studied so much before I decided what I wanted to do. I realized I already had faith within me, I just didn’t understand it or know how to use it. The beautiful thing about faith is that you learn something new every day. I am so glad to have made that decision to become Catholic because my life feels so much better with God in it. I understand that not everyone is religious, and that’s fine. I respect and love everyone. I am only human and make mistakes every day. I am by no-means perfect. I am still the same old bubbly & clumsy Claire that everyone knows and loves!
I like to drink a lot? Actually, no I don’t unless it’s coffee or tea because I drink heaps of that through the day to keep me sane. I do like a couple of wines on the weekend, but the truth is I’ve never been a big drinker and know my limits when it comes to alcohol. I have never been drunk in my whole life. I think when I was about 18, I was once “borderline tipsy” Go me! I also have a phobia to vomit, I think that plays a factor in it too. Yes, that is a bottle of wine in the back pocket of my bus lol. This picture was taken after a grocery shop one day, I secured the wine bottle in the back pocket so It did not break on the way home. I do have a 40-minute car journey to get home. Call it “my top mum hack”
So there you go here are some ridiculous assumptions that have made about my family and me. What’s the most ridiculous assumption someone has said about you and your family? Comment below
I’ve had some things things on mind lately that I really wanted to share but I wasn’t sure how to put it all in words so, here it goes nothing..
For the the past 2.5 years I’ve been blogging/writing and documenting my life on here and I’ve been very lucky to have had some amazing opportunities along the way which I’m truly grateful for. It was never my intention to become an ‘influencer’ it was somewhat accidental and a natural progression that’s happened over a long period of time.
I initially started my blog to document my weightloss but after some media attention and ‘public interest’ in my large family it had turned into so much more. Even though we are a fairly private family, I started to document what life is like in a household of 11 people. It’s been quite the journey!
Now here’s a shocker, I dont like the word ‘influencer’ there’s something about it that bothers me and makes me feel really cringe! Maybe it’s because it sounds weird when you say it? All I know is, it just doesn’t sit right with me浪
I critique everything I put out on my blog as I want all my content to be great, meaningful and relatable. I always strive to do better.I still make mistakes sometimes, who doesn’t? I’m only human! I’m not perfect and have never claimed to be. I do want to say though that first and foremost I’m a mother and wife and despite what you may think, I’m not just an ‘influencer/blogger. I believe there is so much more to me too, however, I’m just normal person with normal feelings trying to juggle mega motherhood but the difference is, I’m just documenting everything at the same time.
Aswell as running my blog, I’m writing a book, I’m homeschooling my kids and I also work part time from home. I have many things I want to achieve in this lifetime and hopefully I get the opportunity to do so. I don’t want to stick to doing just one thing, I want to branch out and do many new and exciting things. I’m excited for what the future may bring.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love promoting products that I truly love and believe in but I will never promote things I dislike and don’t believe in. I don’t take every collaboraton that comes my way either. Every collaboraton requires alot effort and time with things like research, genuine thoughts and feelings after trialling the products, photography, editing, writing. There’s really so much that goes into content creation.
I would never be dishonest or fake. I don’t see the point in it. I always disclose when something is gifted, sponsored or a brand ambassador program, collaboratons, and even give-aways. This is so important to do and is required by the law also. Sadly many people aren’t disclosing these things on social media, but I can only speak for myself and say that you will only ever see genuine and honest content from me and if you read this whole blog to here then thankyou! You are amazing!
Your support means everything to me ‘Thistribeofmine’ wouldn’t be here without any of you
Over the last month or so I’ve been tracking what I’ve been eating and I’ve been keeping very active, and to my surprise I’ve lost a few more kilos. I didn’t expect it at all as id hit a wall with my weight loss.
As we get closer towards the end of the year I really want to reach my weight loss goals. I’m feeling very determined to achieve my goal.I’m getting so much closer now and it’s really exciting! I only have 5 kilos left to lose.
This has been an ongoing process for me which I started almost 2 and a half years ago. I’m 35 kilos down! If you’ve been following me for a while then you would have seen my transformation unfold over that time. I thank you all for your ongoing support I am very proud of myself and how far I’ve come. It just proves that anyone can do this! I’m so glad I said “Yes” to a healthier lifestyle. My whole mindset has changed on food. I still have setbacks as I’m only human but my self control is so much better to what it was 2 years ago.
Lastly I will be toning up and Maintaining my weight and will be doing more of a low carb/paleo diet.
This week it’s going to be a big week for me as I’m going to be running and exercising everyday. I actually went for my run this morning and I worked out when I got home. I did stretches, squats, weights and tummy crunches and I ran for 30 minute’s. I hope I can keep this up. I will share my update at the end of the week and see where I’m at. if it’s a non-scale victory then that’s okay, at least I know that I’ve worked hard and that I’ve ate really well. It’s still a step in the right direction.
As we all know 2020 has thrown us many curve balls and we we’ve all been left thinking “What next? Like many of us, I had big plans for this year and, well, they just did not happen! It certainly has been a strange year for us all.
I have decided that in 2021 I’m going to take control of my life and plan everything and to help me with this is the new chapter is the amazing Ultimate Family Planner 2021 family planner. This planner is absolutely fantastic because it’s designed specifically for all your family needs. You can also keep track of your diet, dinner menus, appointments, after school activities, parties, work bills, and everything else that comes with parenthood! It’s really awesome to have everything you need to keep up with in one place. This is going to make my life so much easier! Bring on the future.
The pre-sales for the 2021 Ultimate Family Planner will be live tonight at 6pm and will stay open until Friday. If you pre-order this week then you will receive your planner by November which is exciting. It would make an awesome Christmas gift for a fellow mumma.
The planners will be $69.99 but with my discount code CLAIRE10 you will receive 10% off your planner.
Don’t forget it’s live at 6pm so if you’d like to be one of the first people to get your hands on this gorgeous 2021 planner, then tonight’s the night to do so! Let me know if your order. 2021 is going to be a great year, I can feel it in my bones.
Our kitchen reno’s coming up soon and I’ve decided it’s time to declutter and organize our household before it all happens. Much like preparing to move to a new house, reno’s can be a very exciting time filled with new scenery, whether that is a new neighborhood or a shiny new kitchen! Filled with new furniture or filled with new and exciting appliances! It is also a time that is filled with alot more mess than usual which can be quite overwhelmingi So, here’s my top tips on how to declutter before the big move or that dream reno that’s finally happening, and how to keep it organized!
Make a List The best way to start the process is to plan ahead. Make a list of all the rooms in your house you need to declutter and organise and why you need to do so. This allows you to see clearly what needs to be done and what takes priority. Some rooms are a two (or an eleven) person job so this planning can help determine the right time to do the job, so you have as many hands as possible. We find working as a team most effective in our household, which also means things can get done a lot quicker, but always do what works for you.
Make it Fun! When you have a house full of kids, packing up can be the most stressful and tiring experience when moving or preparing for reno’s. So, if you can make it fun, they’ll all want to get involved and lend an extra set of hands (or 18). The best game you can play when packing things away is, ‘the fastest packer wins !!’’ You now not only have an extra set of hands but efficient ones too! The kids will also learn a great set of life skills along the way too.
Pick and Commit Pace yourself and commit to one room at a time so you can do it right and without stress. Consider choosing one room per week over a period of time and make it an allocated declutter period. This means every week you will feel accomplished and productive and you will not wear yourself out at the one time. You are doing this to feel good and not add to the stress so why not make that good feeling a weekly one. Do what you can and when you can.
Consider External Storage Something a lot of people forget is that you do not have to bring every item from your old house or kitchen to your new one. But how can you achieve this without having to get rid of them! Why not consider using external storage. This is also a great way to deal with the “unsure box” of items to see whether you really need these items or not. Companies such as Hire A Mover are great to use for this as they have Mobile Storage units. The removalists come to your property with the mobile storage pod to collect your belongings, safely store it back at their facility, and will return it to you when you are ready. It is a secured facility that is monitored 24/7, centrally located and accessible 7 days a week. This service stores your belongings from a few days to years and is very affordable. It makes moving and storing just that much easier and less stressful knowing you have professionals to help you out. You can also hire boxes through their sister company https://www.hireabox.com.au/ to make your move much easier.
Delegate Piles Let’s be honest, we all find ourselves clinging onto items we don’t need “just in case”. Decluttering and organising is the perfect time to say goodbye to this habit. The best way to do this is to take all items and make three piles; one for items you want to keep, one for items you are unsure of and one for items you definitely do not want. Be brutal and ask yourself, “does this item spark joy? and if it doesn’t then it will be much easier to part with There’s ways you can start building your belongings in your new house or kitchen from scratch!
Donate to Charity It’s often hard to part way with certain items as we all have a litte hoarder inside us that asks; what if? Why not consider donating items to charity as it’s always easier to get rid of things when you know they are going to someone who needs them. That way you’ve reached your goal of declutering your house, yet you’ve also done a good deed.
This sponsored post is in collaboration with Professional Removalist Company Hire A Mover & Sydney & Influencer Management Service – # AsSeenOn
I hope this post will help some of you especially if you are preparing for the next big reno or move.
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