Full-time stay at home mum VS Self Isolation.

Full-time stay at home mum VS Self Isolation.

Hi everyone,

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.

We are in this together ♡

Claire Xxx

#stayathome

HAND SANITIZER RECIPE

HAND SANITIZER RECIPE

HAND SANITIZER RECIPE
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Hi everyone,

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**
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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 👌

Let me know if you try this recipe

Claire Xxx .

Get ready for school Australia – The complete readiness program for children aged 3-5 years

Get ready for school Australia – The complete readiness program for children aged 3-5 years

Get Ready for School Australia
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Hello,

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

To buy or find out more you can visit;
http://getreadyforschoolaustralia.com?aff=38

Rose also has 15 percent off discount code for you all to use
Please use: Rose15 at checkout 
Please share this around if you know of someone who is looking for a program like this.

Don’t forget that Afterpay is also available


Love Claire xx

Panic buying effects to a large family

Panic buying effects to a large family

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 , WoolworthsALDI Australia Australia, IGACostco 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.

Regards,

Georgina – Large Family Lifestyle
Claire – This tribe of mine
Jeni – The Bonell Family
Jess – Houseofhoods_

On behalf of –
Large Family parents/Carers everywhere.

Mask Co – Air freshners

Mask Co – Air freshners

Hi everyone,

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.

https://maskco.com/
Claire Xxx .

Sound Scouts – Hearing test app – Review

Sound Scouts – Hearing test app – Review

Hearing Awareness Week – @SoundScouts

Hi everyone,

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

You can find more information over at : https://www.soundscouts.com/au/

Thanks

Claire XxX

Grapat Palos toy review

Grapat Palos toy review


Hi everyone,

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.

https://www.forevertoys.com.au/

Claire Xxx

Slim Secrets- Review

Slim Secrets- Review

Hi everyone,

Happy Saturday

I have recently gifted the yummy keto range from Slim Secrets to try and review. In the range was the yummy choc love bites by Sophie Monk and the delicious bare bars.

The choc love bites are low in carbs, gluten-free, Keto-friendly, 150 calories and less, portion-controlled packs. They come in 3 different flavours; dark choc with mint, protein milk with salted caramel, and protein chocolate with crushed almonds. I loved them all but my favourite one was the salted caramel. When I’m in a need of a sweet- fix which is quite often 😂, these are my go-to treats and I don’t need to feel guilty about eating them ♡ They taste incredible!

The bare bars are super yummy too. They are high in protein, high in fibre, low carb, less than 140 calories, Keto friendly and 100 % natural ingredients. The come in 3 different flavours; berries and cream clean protein, double choc clean protein and Salted caramel & banana clean protein bar. I love eating these bars when I’ve had a super busy day and haven’t had much to eat. They taste super yummy and keep me full for quite some time. I love all the flavours but my fave is the salted caramel & banana clean protein bar. The bare bars are stripped clean with nothing to hide and are also guilt-free 😉


Have you tried any of The slim secrets range before?

The lovely team at @slimsecrets have given me a discount code for you all to use 🥰
Please use; tribeofmine15 at checkout for 15 % off your entire order! 🤩

www.slimsecrets.com.au🥰
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Love Claire Xxx .
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I did it. Its official! I’m an Aussie citizen

I did it. Its official! I’m an Aussie citizen


Hi everyone,

I hope you all had a wonderful day celebrating Australia day. I know I certainly did!
Australia day was a big day for me as my family and I attended Queanbeyan park’s ‘ Australia day’ celebrations where I received my Australian citizenship, Finally after 13 years living in Australia, 32 kilos down and 9 children under my belt, I finally became an ‘official Aussie citizen’ and it feels so amazing! I’m so incredibly happy! I feel so proud to be a part of this beautiful country and I’m so excited for the future.

Australia day is also my anniversary of coming to Australia so the day was even more special for my family and I. I will cherish this special day forever. I even had my photo with Mayor Tim Overall which was lovely.
It certainly was a fantastic day and one I will never forget. Thank-you Australia for welcoming me and accepting me into your beautiful country. I am forever grateful 🇦🇺🤩

I will never forget my British roots or where I came from and let’s face it I’m always going to sound British anyway 😂. After 13 years here, I finally feel like I belong. 🇦🇺

I am, you are, we are Australian 🇦🇺

A big Congratulations also to the the other 80 people in the Queanabeyan Palerang region who become Aussie citizens yesterday ❤

My story is also in The Canberra Times so make sure you grab a copy if you can. I’m editing a little video of the day that I will be posting on my Igtv in the next few days

Thank-you every one for supporting my always


Love always Claire Xxx

https://www.instagram.com/thistribeofmineofficial/

Faith & Blogging. Do they work well together?

Faith & Blogging. Do they work well together?

Hello,

It’s been a tough few days with my husband’s car being destroyed in the hail storm and then having to buy another car. We hadn’t planned on buying another car for a while but here we are 🤔 The kids are now also sick with bad colds and sore throats just days before my citizenship ceremony which is not great but that’s life!

2020 has certainly thrown us some big challenges already. Thank God I have my supportive family and my amazing faith that gets me through these really difficult days.

When people ask me; ” how do I cope with everything? I say; ” by the grace God I get trough my days! I do get odd looks from people when I reply but I don’t care! I’m not ashamed of my faith, nor am I ashamed of my beautiful family. I am proud of everything I’ve achieved. I will always be honest when people ask me questions about my life. Praying is really important to me. It gives me so much peace and clarification. I thank God for my blessings every single day. A rosary a day, keeps my mind at bay 🙏

I have also been asked; ‘Do you feel people’s assumptions about you and your family are heightened due to your faith? Yes, I believe it is in some cases but I say; ‘let people assume all they like, Ultimately people are going to assume things about you no matter what your life situation is. today’s Society can be a very dark and judgmental place. As long as you are all healthy and happy then that’s all that matters.🙌
I’ve also been asked; ‘Does blogging and faith work well together? I believe it does work well together because my faith gives more determination and motivation to talk about the things I’m most passionate about. I’m also in control of what I chose to do. If I’m offered work through my blog that makes me feel uncomfortable or it doesn’t align with my beliefs then I will politely decline. I seek guidance through prayer when I’m unsure about something. Before doing something, ask yourself “Does that spark joy? If something doesn’t feel right then don’t do it

As a busy mum of 9, I have found my blog to be really good for me and my mental health. The last 20 months have been so amazing. I have learnt so much along the way. I will certainly continue to share my journey with you all.
Keeping it real always 🥰

Thankyou for your ongoing support

Claire Xxx