Pebble Stone Books – Collab/review

Pebble Stone Books – Collab/review


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In collaboration with Pebble Stone Books​

Hi everyone,

My lovely little Michael aged 21 months has been having fun colouring in his new ‘Tiddly toddler me’ storybook. It’s a little life journal but for a toddler! You can add photos, stickers and colour it in however you want. You can write about your favourite things and who your best friends are and so much more! The book is full of amazing activities to keep your little one engaged. Once completed it will be a beautiful keepsake that can be cherished for many years to come.
Michael and Martina will continue to colour in their books and we will be sure to share their progress along the way 😍 The book is $39 which is an absolute bargain!
Why not head on over @pebblestonebooks today and check out their new ‘birthday book’ which has launched TODAY! Pebble Stone books are also running a contest where you and friend could win one of these new ‘Birthday books! Head on over to find out more details and good luck!
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Thankyou @pebblestonebooks
Claire Xxx .
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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.

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

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.

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