Mother’s Day with nine kids aged under 11 – that’s a lot of love

Mother’s Day with nine kids aged under 11 – that’s a lot of love

Photo by Karleen Minney

Hey everyone,

Happy friday,

My family and I are featured in the Canberra times today. We were super happy to be featured on the front page of the popular paper. Our full story is on page 4. I am also honored they picked my family and I for their special mothers day feature. They could have picked anyone and they chose my tribe and I.

The article was beautifully written by Megan Doherty from the Canberra times. The pictures are incredible and were taken by the amazing Canberra times photographer Karleen Minney. We had so much fun with this photo shoot!

I am usually very hesitant and wary when it comes to doing media because as well as it being a positive and fun experience, it can also very a very negative and dark experience. I will protect my family at all costs and therefore I am picky with what I chose to do. I thank the Canberra times for taking care in writing such a beautiful story about my family and I, It’s so lovely to read a positive story especially with all the terrible things that are going on in the work right now.

Photo by Karleen Minney

You can read our family story here;
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6115253/mothers-day-with-nine-kids-aged-under-11-thats-a-lot-of-love/?cs=14225&fbclid=IwAR1Qze3j7Z7FoDwa6nPC63NpM0Oaap1l5zEmsMuUpKUEe8O29tTL9uMabes

Thanks for having us!

Claire Xxx

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Let’s have a chat

Let’s have a chat


Hey everyone,

My blog thistribeofmine.com turns 1 year old at the end of this month. 🤩

FUN FACT;
It was my wonderful husband’s idea to start my blog and I am so thankful to him for suggesting I do it because it’s been so amazing. #whataguy
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I live in a rural town in NSW and really wanted to start my blog but I had alot of self doubt in my abilities to do so. My husband was very supportive and told me to go for it! And so I did!
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I honestly do not know where the time has gone! But being a busy homeschooling mum of 9 children under 11 years of age takes up alot of my time, I honestly don’t mind though! I like to keep myself busy. I am very passionate about writing and spreading positivety wherever possible.
I feel truly blessed with everyone and everything I have in my life.
I have had such an awesome journey so far and I have made so many great connections and great friends along the way. I’ve had some amazing opportunities along the way too which include; working with brands, media and going to events. I’m now also represented by the awesome agency mumnetwork.com.au which I am so excited about. I’ve honestly had such a blast!
Even though the last 12 months have been great there unfortunately have been some negatives too! 
When our media articles came out there was a few nasty trolls that came along with it too! I didn’t know what to expect! I wasn’t prepared for it at that time, I, however, have learnt over time to just ignore them and not read the nasty comments. As long as I’m happy and my family is happy then that’s all that matters to me.
I have also had other bloggers tell me to ‘give up’ or that I have ‘missed the boat’ or even that, I shouldn’t work with certain brands/ companies because they belong to them and only them! I found these comments very disturbing and decided to cut these toxic people out of my life! I am on a journey and no one will ever stop me from doing what I love! 
I’m here to stay!
It’s so important to be kind always
We are all on journey 
I can’t wait for the next chapter of mine
Thank you for your ongoing support
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Claire Xx 

Mum network

Mum network

Hey everyone,

I wanted to officially tell you all that I have proudly joined the Mum network agency and will be represented by them. I also wanted to let you all know that their website is also now live. You can follow the link here;
https://www.mumnetwork.com.au/
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@mum_network was founded in #2019 by Rosie Luik as a mission to empower mum’s to follow their dreams and goals. Rosie is passionate about helping others. She is such an incredible woman with an incredible story. She truly is an inspiration to many including me! I am so happy and excited to be a part of something so special.
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Did you know that this is the first agency in Australia that’s dedicated to representing just mum’s? How amazing that? I am so happy to be a part of this team of incredible mum’s I am super excited for the journey ahead!
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Claire Xx

https://mumnetwork.com.au/claire-hooker-mum-of-9..

“I am a mum of 9 and I have never breastfed my children”

“I am a mum of 9 and I have never breastfed my children”

“I AM A MUM OF 9 AND I HAVE NEVER BREASTFED MY CHILDREN”.

Yes, that’s right! You heard me. “I am a mum of nine children and I have never breastfed my children”. That’s not to say I didn’t attempt to with my first 2-3 children because I tried really hard but unfortunately it didn’t work out! And I did suffer from mum guilt. You might be wondering why I am bringing this up today? Well… it’s because I am sick and tired of seeing other women tearing other women down for their choices! You should never shame another mama for her choices ever! Especially when it comes to her children. And not only that. You don’t know what secret battles they could be facing in their life! As a parent, it is your right to do what’s best for your child. Why other people think they can judge that is beyond me! So yes I have never breastfed my children, but I did try and when it didn’t work out I was incredibly upset. All nine of my children are thriving and are full of life! And that is the most important thing to me!

I once saw a doctor who said; “yes there are guidelines to follow, but you as the mother know what’s best for your child and you will know when your child is ready for solids etc.

Do what’s right for you and your family but please don’t judge others for the choices they make for their family because it’s really none of your business! Support one another and be kind always

Love always, Claire
Xx.

Earn and Learn program- Support our school

Earn and Learn program- Support our school

Hey everyone,

Hey everyone,

As you all know by now, I am a mum of nine children under eleven and we also officially home-school six out of our nine children. As a registered home school under the N.E.S.A, we are eligible to participate in the Woolworth’s earn learn program which is super exciting!. We participated in last years program and collected a significant amount of stickers and were able to get a few small supplies for our school. This year we aim to go bigger and do better than last year. We hope you can help us achieve this too! let’s all stick together!

This year our school has been given an earn and learn promotions pack which also includes a huge collection box to place in our local Woolworths store! We are super excited!

In 2017, when Woolworths last ran Earn & Learn, they had over 15,000 schools and ELC’s involved and delivered over 300,000 pieces of equipment for science and technology, maths, arts, and more to kids all over Australia. How awesome is that!

Please support our home-school by collecting stickers at Woolworths from May 1st till June 25th! We will have a collection box in the Queanbeyan Woolworths store.


Wish us luck! 🤗

Claire Xx

An honest chat

An honest chat

Hey everyone,

I wanted to have a honest chat with you all about something that has been on my mind.
Over the last few weeks I haven’t felt myself on social media. I feel like something has shifted within me.

Don’t get me me wrong! I love what I do and will continue to push through what I’m feeling because that’s the type of person I am. I have so much to look forward to as well which also helps to keep me going. None of these exciting ventures would have been possible without my awesome following and determination to keep going and consistency. I’ve just pushed through the highs and the lows, I , however am only human and have my down days. I, however, feel there is something not quite right with social media at the moment.

I feel like you work so hard on all the content you put out there and sometimes you feel like no one is there! I am sure that’s not true but it definitely can feel like that from time to time.


Is it just me? Or has it become really quite on social media lately? I feel like I am not seeing everyone’s posts and sometimes it even feels like that certain stuff is getting blocked deliberately.
I’ve seen many people *including big blogger accounts* say that the lack of engagement has affected their accounts also
Has the algorithm changed? 
Are you seeing everyone’s posts? Are you seeing my posts?
Do you feel there is less engagement lately?
Do you use hashtags? Or do you find it better not to use them?
I am not sure what’s happened but it’s definitely gone a little quiet 😖
I am going to continue doing what I do because I am truly passionate about my blog and the journey I’ve been on so far, but I have to admit I do feel pretty low at the moment. Things can only get better right? Onwards and upwards from here!


For those of you who continue to support me and my blog etc, I thank you dearly. It means so much to me. You make my journey I’m on so much more worthwhile.
I can’t wait to talk about my next ventures with you all.

Love Claire xx

What it’s really like in a household with 11 people!!

What it’s really like in a household with 11 people!!

My Tribe

It’s 8am, 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.

My husband Mark, 36, 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’s disadvantages too. We do not have any shops and 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 home schooling 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, 2 ducks (and a few spiders and snakes), 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 $500- $600  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, 3 pouring creams and 2 thickened creams. That’s a lot of dairy!

I like to meal plan for the fortnight. I think it is very important to meal plan. We do sometimes shop at Costco, Coles and Woolworths to see what’s on special. For Sundays we often buy a 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 a 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 two ducks 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 get away 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!

After the birth of my 9th child,  I decided that I wanted to lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle. I did some research and came across the Keto diet. I have been doing this diet now for almost 9 months, and I have lost 23 kilos. I hope to lose another 8 kilos over the next few months! I am feeling fantastic after shedding so much weight! If you would like to know more about the Keto diet and how it has helped me then see my social media including blog for my experiences.

Or 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 to anyone else. We are part of your community. We are Australians.

I recently started a blogging my journey over at ‘ Thistribeofmine.com ‘ I cannot wait to continue this journey and see where it may lead, you can find me on Instagram, or Facebook

Claire Louise Hooker XXxxXX