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
Over the last 8-9 weeks in isolation my hair has grown so thick and so long and I’m just really fed-up with it! However, I decided to embrace my bad hair and style it in a fun but wacky, bad hair kind of way. I can easily build a nest on my head which can hold hen eggs 🤣 All I did was tie half my hair up, then I made two small pig-tails at the front of my hair, I then wrapped them around to make a small nest and secured it with a hair clip. After I finished styling it, I placed the egg in the middle.😁
The bad hair may day event by Variety – the Children’s Charity Australia is planning to to be held on May 29th. Variety Australia are trying to to raise urgent funds for Aussie kids who are sick or have a disability. This May, they are inviting all Australians to embrace their ‘work from home’ looks – and then on May 29th come go crazy! Add a little colour, chop, mullet or shave if you feel brave enough 🙌
If you have a bad hair day style or a crazy colour or video you’d like to share then please sign up to bad hair May – it’s free to register!
Over the last 5-6 weeks I have been using the ultimate patch mood patches on myself to help with my anxiety and lack of sleep. I have seen seen such huge results with these patches and I am feeling really good! The last 6-8 weeks have been tough in isolation and I was starting to feel really down and miserable, I was also not sleeping well either. I felt like I hit a huge slump and I couldn’t get out of it. I honestly feel that these mood patches have helped me immensely. My energy levels are on top form and I’m no longer feeling grumpy or exhausted. I will definitely be buying more soon.
The mood patches have only natural ingredients in them such as; Zinc, Garlic, Siberian ginseng, Vitamin D, Liposomal, Vitamin C ,Licorice root, Ashwaghanda ,Rhodiola,Choke berries (Aronia cherries, Blueberries, Mulberries, Pomegranate, Moringa Plant, Mint, Spirulina, Turmeric, Lemon, Beetroot, Monk fruit Vitamin C 12 x Vitamin B’s (b1, b2,b3, b4, b5, b6, b7, b8, b9, b10, b11, b12 . All these ingredients combined help with many amazing different things inside our bodies and they all are known to create renewed energy and stamina.
All ingredients in these adhesive thin patches are all natural & plant based. The skin patch helps fight fatigue, balances your mood and also enhances your energy levels. The patches has be known to help with; Chronic stress, Exhaustion, Sleep issues, Night mares, Mood swings, Anxiety, Depression, Sugar & Salt cravings, Brain Fog, Overly Emotional, Panic attacks, Short fuse, Body Aches.
HOW TO USE:
Open the sealed sterile envelope & take out 1 sheet
Gently Peel off with the tip of your fingernail & place on clean & dry skin (No Moisturiser, oil, sweat etc) and press down very firmly
Do not take the patch off to re position it as it will not stick a second time
Place anywhere on the abdomen where it will not be rubbed by clothing. Best places seem to be on the Belly or under the bra line. Take care when taking off clothes that you don’t pull the patch off.
After a shower or swimming press patch firmly with a dry towel (do not rub)
After 3 days, remove the patch & replace with a new patch.
Our patches are not meant to be as sticky as a bandaid but they do stay stuck on well and are very gentle on the skin.
**Medical Disclaimer: The information provided is not intended to replace consultation or advice received by qualified health professionals regarding your specific situation not is it to be taken as medical advice or diagnosis. If you have any questions about the patches please consult your medical provider before using**
Overall I am feeling so much better within myself and I highly recommend using these patches if you have been feeling down and exhausted
Recently I have been using the @wylerahair curler on my hair.
I have have really thick and coarse hair so styling my hair can be incredibly difficult.
Over the years I have used many hair curlers/tongs on my hair and I would just get so frustrated as it was so time consuming. I would just end up tying it up in a ‘mum bun’
The Wylera Wireless Hair Curler is a game changer for me! I’ve finally found something that works on my mane 🦁
The Small Ceramic Curler is completely wireless for use on the go, which is so handy for us busy mumas. You can literally take it anywhere! But for now I’ll just settle for my living room 😉
Your curls will stay place all day long. In-fact mine lasted for at least 3 days. You can set the temperature adjustment settings and create frizz-free luscious curls. My hair only took me 15 minutes to do. That’s pretty impressive.
Curl direction settings are adjustable too to suit your face shape. It only takes 30 seconds to heat up. I’ve been loving the dreamwave curls in my hair. I look like I’ve been to the salon when in-fact I just did it myself 😉 The ceramic curler comes with a usb charger fur easy charging.
Here is my IGTV video review of the hair curler below this picture
You can use my discount code; CLARE30 for a whopping $30 of your dream wave curler.That’s $30 / €20 / £20 off elsewhere!
The Wylera hair curler can be shipped to countries such as the UK, Canada, America and Europe, but please check the website for further information. Also please note that my discount code cannot be used on the New Zealand website.
All this self isolation staying at home business got me thinking…🤔 Is it any different to being a stay at home mum *living rural* full-time? I guess in some ways it is and in other ways not so much. We aren’t seeing our families/friends so that’s the biggest and hardest change for everyone. I’m missing everyone dearly 😫
For me personally, I live rural and homeschool my kids so ‘I’m home alot anyway. I already live in isolation and have done so for 9 years. Our closest shop is 45kms away.
Before this pandemic happened I was able to go out once a week/fortnight to get essentials and now I’m not able to do that as no family are visiting etc.. so It feels a bit weird, but we are doing okay. I can’t bare to watch the news lately..😫 My husband has been getting what we need when he finishes work. I’ve been home for over 3 weeks now. I usually like to go out once a week if I can, so that side of things is affecting me alot. I was starting to feel really flat and anxious.. so this week I decided to get up at the crack of dawn every day go for a quick morning run, by doing this I have felt much better within myself. It might only be for 15 mins but it’s really helping me. Fresh air can do you the world of good. Although it’s not the same as going shopping, I can still excersise everyday which I’m grateful for.
One thing that has affected us greatly, is not been able to travel to church as a family for mass every Sunday, however, we are now watching live mass at home. It’s not the same but we are thankful that we have a solution in place.
Being a stay at home mum can be tough especially when you live rural and have no shops nearby. It’s especially hard during this crisis and living with so much uncertainty.
Do you live rural? Can you relate?
Although this time is difficult for us all, we have to remember that this won’t go on forever. We are staying home to keep each other safe.
Now I know that washing your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds+ is the best thing we can do when it comes to keeping our hands clean, however, when I go out to get my groceries I like to use hand sanitizer especially at the moment.
I have spent several weeks trying to buy hand sanitizer and so far have been unsuccessful in doing so. After failing miserably to buy what I needed, I decided I would make my own hand sanitizer, however sourcing the ingredients was very difficult. I ended up finding heaps of sanitizer recipes online, here’s is my favorite one which adapted too with my favourite scent 朗
This recipe only needs 3 Ingredients 🤞 **please note that sourcing the ingredients for this took me a few weeks** . YOU WILL NEED; ▪︎.3/4 cup of isopropyl or rubbing alcohol (99 percent) – Mine is actually 100 percent. I sourced 2 litres of this from an online hair store. ▪︎1/4 cup of Aloe Vera ( I bought mine from @chemistwarehouseaus) – but supermarkets would have it too. ▪︎10 drops of essential oil- I used lemon tea tree, but you can choose whatever you like. If you don’t have any essential oil then you can use lemon juice instead.(I bought my oils from my local health food store) ▪︎clean empty bottles to put the sanitizer into
DIRECTIONS; ▪︎ Pour all ingredients into a bowl, ideally one with a pouring sprout like a glass measuring container. ▪︎Mix with a spoon and then beat with a disk to turn into a sanitizer gel ▪︎Pour the ingredients into small empty bottles, and label them “hand sanitizer” *I found the spray bottles worked the best for this recipe (They also last longer too and you don’t need as spray much)
This hand sanitizer is amazing and so simple to make , It smells really nice and also leaves my skin feeling silky smooth! I don’t think I’ll ever buy hand sanitizer again now that I can make my own 👌
I thought this might be useful for those of you who are looking for an affordable Australian school readiness program for your little ones aged who are aged 3-5 years, whilst you have your older kiddies at home at the moment.
As a busy homeschooling mummy of 9 children under 12, I am always on the lookout for resources for the younger children to keep them occupied whilst I help teach the older children. The younger children always feel so grown up when I give them fun-learning books to do especially if they sit at the table with the older children. They absolutely love being involved! Remember learning should be a fun experience and not a stressful one!
Rose has been using the ‘Complete School Readiness Program kit’. This is an awesome curriculum-based program. There is activity guide books for the parents and workbooks for children to work through, as well as laminated sheets, personalized name writing, sticker charts and so much more…
Rose has really enjoyed working through the books and the laminated wipe/clean worksheets. Rose really enjoys writing her name out. Her confidence in her schoolwork is really shining through. She is super excited to start kindergarten next year. I think she will ace kindergarten when she’s finished this program. I am very proud of her progress so far.
The readiness program will help your child engage regularly in hands-on, playful learning activities to support their confidence and success in their first year of school. It also will help to encourage their love of learning and developing their fine motor skills. This really is such an awesome program at an really affordable price.
The contents of the complete readiness program includes;
1.Parent activity guide book: How To Get Your Child Ready For English 2.Parent activity guide book: How To Get Your Child Ready For Maths 3.Parent activity guide book: How To Get Your Child Ready For Science 4.Forming Numerals workbook (for children) in your State’s writing font 5. Exploring Letters and Sounds workbook (for children) in your State’s writing font 6.An erasable pocket to make the above two books re-usable (see images) 7.Write and wipe number writing (laminated) 8.Write and wipe lowercase writing (laminated) 9.Write and wipe uppercase writing (laminated)10.Early Learning Sticker Chart 11.Personalised name writing set (first name only) in your State’s writing font 12.90 stickers to use with your Early Learning Chart 13.Micador Early Start Marker
Make sure to add in your state, font and personalized name request before purchasing
We have found the hoarding deeply disturbing and upsetting and we fear it’s only going to get worse. We refused to play any part in panic buying or clearing the shelves of everyday items that communities needed.
We didn’t ‘stock up’; we didn’t buy more than we needed. We shopped our normal fortnightly/weekly shop and for many of us our budgets certainly didn’t allow for $1000 worth of stockpiling either.
Now we are having regrets.
We chose to listen to our nation’s leader and trust that there was in fact, no food shortage nor would there be any, this was all a result of panic buying and that it would ease.
But here we are – now facing the real possibility of empty trolleys and pantries. Large families have been stripped of our ability to buy food in the quantities that we…. wait for it, actually NEED, not want. 1 packet of pasta is not enough, or the milk, flour or eggs or anything else you’re limiting (and we absolutely understand why, we do, we find it infuriating as well). We’re now forced to go from shop to shop just to find the essentials, often not finding what we need, and if this continues it could potentially be a big problem.
Some of these larger families live rural and have to travel a significant distance to get their groceries. Yes, it’s easy to say – ‘well, shop daily’, but logistically, it’s incredibly difficult. There is the time taken to travel the often hourly or more round trip, there is the additional fuel to cost, which only adds to an already overstretched budget at this time. These factors should be taken into consideration by our local supermarkets so we can continue our weekly or fortnightly shopping.
Fresh food prices are climbing rapidly. We’re seeing it everywhere. There’s no denying it, and yes, 1 small pack of toilet paper just isn’t going to last more than a day or so in a large family household. We are hoping our big supermarket chains, Coles , Woolworths, ALDI Australia Australia, IGA, Costco Wholesale Australia – might be able to assist with a solution, to help ensure that our children are not going to go hungry, and that you’re larger than average family will be able to put an adequate sized meal on the table.
We’re more than happy to present our Medicare cards to you, to show you the amount of our dependents. We’re not hoarding, we’re simply trying to steer clear of daily trips to the supermarket and visit on a weekly basis, to lessen our social contact at this time. We want to keep our families safe as well.
We know a wonderful community of Large Family parents and carers that are really feeling the pressure from this right now (and many average sized families are, we do understand – but that 1 packet of pasta will likely feed your family with leftovers, but for ours, that’s barely touching the sides), and we really want to bring your attention to this issue and find a more practical way forward. We need to feed our family.
We really appreciate all you have done so far trying to keep the shelves stocked and to curb the panic buying. We are not asking for special treatment, just fair treatment, an opportunity to buy “what we need for our children”.
We are all in this together. Surely we can find a compromise? Please help us with this.
I am excited to share with you that @mask_co have released their new air freshener range with 9 amazing scents to spritz around your home.
The 9 scents are; 1.Musk sticks 2.Baby powder 3.Lychee and peony 4.Pink marshmallow 5.Lime and mandarin 6.Eucalyptus and pine needle 7.Fairy dust 8.Sour patch lollies 9.Gorilla snot
These air freshners are completely natural and are Australian made. They are made with pure essential oils. You only need one spray and the smell will linger for hours. You can also use the sprays in your car, around your bins, and after changing nappies etc..
I think the whole range smells amazing. It gives me peace of mind knowing that they are chemical free. Yay for no harsh chemicals and a beautiful smelling home
My top 3 scents are;
1.Pink marshmallow 2.Baby powder 3.Lychee and peony
If you would one to try to the range then feel free to use my code ; Tribe15 at checkout.
This week is national Hearing Awareness Week and I want to share the importance of raising awareness on hearing loss and what Sound Scouts can do to help. There is a number of hearing loss in my family and so early detection and being prepared is paramount for my family and I. Did you know that an estimated 1 in 10 children has a hearing loss? Early intervention is the key for children with hearing loss. When a child’s hearing loss is identified early, they have access to so many different tools for speech and language development, such as hearing technology. A long-range study has uncovered significant differences in the language abilities and education of children who are treated early.
I was recently introduced to an amazing app called Sound Scouts.
Sound Scouts is a game designed to test the hearing of young children, especially around the time they start Kindergarten. This app is a government-funded app and is aimed at children aged 4 years and older. Thanks to the government funding the app is free to use which is so awesome! As you all know I home-school my children so I want to make sure that my children are healthy, happy and above all can hear well which will then enable them to learn well and get a good education.
Sound Scouts was developed in collaboration with the National Acoustic Laboratories, it looks and feels like a game, however, it incorporates advanced scientific principles that enable it to detect a range of hearing problems. While Sound Scouts is based on science, it’s the game-play that encourages and enables a valid hearing check. By using animation and lots of vibrant colours and fun different scenarios, the test becomes much more fun for the children. My children love the game so much. By using the app, it has helped me to understand who in my family may need to do a re-test and who may need further investigation for potential issues. When I asked my children what their favourite part of the game was, they all said; “putting the cupcakes and rainbows on the hot air balloons”.
The Sound Scouts app identifies three different types of hearing issues and the fun test takes only 6-8 minutes. I was able to test six out of my 8 girls with ages ranging 5 years to 12 years and they all thoroughly enjoyed using the app. It’s all touch-screen too and it’s really easy to use. A couple of key points:
When using the app be sure to use decent quality adult headphones (Apple earbuds are fine)
Please don’t test young children at night as they’re usually too tired and may not be able to concentrate
Make sure an adult supervises the kids doing the test
Make sure you are testing in a quiet room
Don’t forget to turn your notifications off on your device before testing
Once the test is finished you will be sent the results straight away via the app and to your nominated email address. upon completion you will be told whether your child has passed the test or not. Don’t worry if your child doesn’t pass the test. The great thing about this app is that it allows you to re-test again in 7 days.
Take part in the ‘Once Is Not Enough’ challenge and test your family’s hearing with the Sound Scouts app.
The Sound Scouts app is Available on the App Store and the Google Play store
Martina has really enjoyed playing with her new colourful Grapat Palo pieces from Forever Toys
This 18 piece set contains 18 Palos. There is 6 different colours and 3 shades of each colour. This set will give your little one hours of magical play-time fun.
Martina absolutely loved the Palos and thought the colours were so amazing. She is learning her colours and numbers right now and it’s been really great for that but also for her fine motor skills too. When playing with these pieces, we also spoke about all the different colours and how pretty they were, she felt the texture of the wood and said; “Wow mum” “Love them” and then she seemed to be in her own little magical world with her new Palos friends. It was so beautiful to watch her play with them. I believe our children see beyond the colours and the textured feel of them and they imagine something so magical that no one else can see 🤩 Aren’t kids little imaginations amazing! 🥰
You can also place these on a corner table in your house and follow the different cycles of the year by talking about what all the colours mean and matching them up with the different seasons.
These will fill your home with so much colour and warmth and I believe will be treasured by all our little ones.
I can’t wait to show my Michael next 🥰
You can use my discount code: THISTRIBE10 for 10 percent of your entire order.