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

My keto journey so far

My keto journey so far

Hello,

As most of you know by now, My name is Claire, I am a 33-year-old mum of nine children under 12 years of age which include 8 girls and 1 boy. I am married to an amazing man called Mark aged 37. He is incredible and supports me in everything I do. We live in regional NSW and have home-schooled our children for 5 years. I feel very blessed to have a big beautiful and healthy family. We work hard and do everything we can to maintain a happy household. Life is pretty amazing!

This time 20 months ago I was on holiday in the New South Wales south coast with my family, We were having such a wonderful time away and were making such amazing memories together. We had days out at the beach and we ate out at our favourite restaurants. Everything was going great but I knew something wasn’t right within myself! I wasn’t depressed but I always felt tired, down and sluggish. I also felt very unmotivated but still got on with my daily routines. At that time I weighed 107 kilos and I realized that I had to drastically change something in my life. I was scared but I wanted to be the best I could be for my family.

About 8 weeks after the birth of our 9th child Michael, I decided I needed to change my eating habits and lose some weight and so my husband did some research and came across the Keto diet! “What was this I said to myself? I felt very intrigued but I was also very skeptical on whether it would actually work because I’ve tried so many diets in the past so why was this one any different?

The keto diet is a high-fat, high- protein, low-carbohydrate diet The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than the carbohydrates! As soon as I read that I had to cut out the carbohydrates I got a little worried! I was definitely a fan of eating carbohydrates because they satisfied my cravings fast and made me feel good but the downside was I crashed quickly after eating.

The first week of the diet was hard because I had cut everything that was high in carbohydrates out of my diet and I felt quite tired and I also had a mild case of the “keto flu” But I pushed through it. Soon after I started running for 30 minutes every day. At the end of week one, I was down almost 2 kilos which felt amazing! By the end of month one, I was down 8 kilos! I was shocked! This diet was actually working and I was enjoying it too! I felt really good and had so much more energy. I was already seeing BIG results!

After 3 months I had lost 15 kilos and people were noticing and telling me how well I looked. By the 6th month, I had lost 20 kilos which was a huge milestone for me! I felt so proud of myself for losing the weight and sticking to the diet! Not only was I busy mum of nine, I was also kicking goals with my weight loss too! It just goes to show that anyone can do this! By the end of month 12, I had lost 25 kilos and was feeling so much more motivated and happy. When I compared side by side pictures of myself I realized how much weight I had actually lost

After 20 months of strict Keto, I have lost 32 kilos altogether and I am feeling fantastic! I never thought I could do it but I did! I’m now back to the weight I was before I had any of my children which is pretty incredible! I know I will never be skinny and that is okay because I don’t want to be either. It’s great to feel healthy and still
have those curves! After losing the bulk of the weight, the weight loss has a been a bit slower but that’s healthy and to be expected.

I still have some weight to lose and I know I can do it!. I am so thankful to have the Keto diet because it has changed my life and my whole mindset on food has changed too. I don’t miss pasta or rice anymore! When you start Keto and learn more about it you realize there are so many yummy alternatives to the foods you were eating before and it allows you to be more creative when it comes to cooking. Some favourite dishes in our house are “Keto chicken and bacon curry” and a “Keto Sheppard’s pie” *just swap the potato for cauliflower mash*. Both dishes taste incredible! I also make my own Keto bread and it tastes really good!

You can follow my journey on;
Instagram :https://www.instagram.com/thistribeofmineofficial/
Blog: https://thistribeofmine.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thistribeofmine

Claire xxxxxxx

PHOTOBOOKSHOP – 2020 photo tiles Review

PHOTOBOOKSHOP – 2020 photo tiles Review

My tribe holding their photo tiles


Hi everyone,

I recently created these amazing personalized photo tiles through PhotobookShopshop
They came out so well and look AMAZING and most of all the kids love them!


You can create these stunning tiles and personalize them any way you want with the easy- to- use ‘online creator software’

The tiles are $59 for 3 and then $15 for any additional tiles you create. You can use my code; TRIBE10 for a further 10 per cent of your order.😊🤩 The photo tiles are easy to hang. It’s also really awesome to get the whole family involved and create fun and unique patterns on your wall with the tiles.

The photo tiles are easy to move around and you can reposition them anytime. Just simply lift and move!

These tiles will not damage your walls at all!

Guaranteed;
No tools!
No holes!
No mess!

The photo tiles come with an adhesive strip that holds strong and removes cleanly from your wall. 😁

You can personalize your tiles and really make them your own and turn them into stunning pieces of art for your home 🤩

Thank You Photobookshop

Claire. XXxxX

Australia needs your help

Australia needs your help

✋🏼WE NEED ‘YOU’ 🇦🇺 AUSTRALIA IS BURNING AND WE NEED YOUR HELP. LIVES ARE BEING LOST. THE FIRES ARE FEROCIOUS.
PLEASE USE YOUR POWER AND YOUR FOOTPRINT TO HELP YOUR FRIENDS HERE IN THE LAND DOWN UNDER 🇦🇺

🌎 We need the most INFLUENTIAL people of the world to come together;
*To spread donation links
*To spread media coverage
*To spread awareness
*To spread love and prayer
*To spread global knowledge

Ultimately – to help support the catastrophic events that are unfolding; Australia is living their worst nightmare, and every second that passes we are losing our battle 😭

🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 PLEASE USE YOUR PROFILE AND THE POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA TO HELP WITH THE CATASTROPHIC NIGHTMARE THAT HAS UNFOLDED HERE 🇦🇺

IF IT’S A TIME OUR COUNTRY AND THE WORLD NEEDS YOU, ITS NOW 🙏🏼

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE SHARE THIS AROUND

Claire xxx

#PRAYFORAUSTRALIA

prayforaustraliahttps://www.redcross.org.au/