Today my blog ‘thistribeofmine.com‘ and my instagram turns 2! Where did the time go? I’ve been blogging for 2 whole years and it has been so amazing! I couldn’t of done it without your love and support though, so Thank-you so much! 🥰
I originally started my blog on godaddy.com at the beginning of June 2018 but I then merged over to WordPress.com in September 2018.. so some might say “Hey you started in September! but nope, we’ve been going since June 2018 🙌
I originally started my blog to document my weightloss journey on the keto diet but after some media attention on the size of my family it turned into so much more and I started blogging about our busy but fun lives as a Family of 11.
It’s been a blast! There have been some highs and some lows but I wouldn’t change any if it! You learn something new every day! I really enjoy writing and sharing my life with you all.
I have had some amazing opportunities along the way and have made some awesome freinds for life. I’m really enjoying this whole experience.
I love keeping my blog real and honest and fun! I’m looking forward to seeing what the next 2 years brings! 🙌
I thought I would share a few facts about my tribe and I 🥰🤩
1.My blog “Thistribeofmine.com” and thistribeofmine on Instagram and facebook all turn 2 in June this year and I can’t wait to celebrate!
2.My middle name is “Louise” and my confirmation name is “Bernadette” and when I was born I nearly got called “Louise Claire”
3.I was bullied my whole school life and on my last day of school at aged 16, I burned all of my school uniform and It made me feel amazing! All the hurt and pain was gone! 🙌 My life began after that!
4.I am a singer and I have been singing since I was 13, I had professional lessons for half a year about 9 years ago but left due to falling pregnant.
5.I was reached the semi finals of the karaoke world championships but had to pull out as I wasn’t an Aussie citizen at that time! Who knows where it may have taken me?
6.I have lost 33 kilos in the last 2 years on the keto diet and i’m loving my healthier lifestyle. My whole mindset on food has changed
7.I am half Irish.
8.I had a terrible car accident with my eldest daughter, Georgina on june 17th in 2016 when I was 6 weeks pregnant with Martina. We were lucky to be alive! I still suffer from whiplash pain and I still get anxious when im driving 😪
9.I became a catholic almost 10 years ago and it’s changed my life completely and for the better, my faith is really important to my family and I.
10 .I’m from South East, Kent in England but moved to Australia to be with Mark on Australia day in 2006 and I’ve been here ever since working my way through visas and i’m now an Australian citizen “FINALLY!
11.We got married in May 2007 when I was 20 and Mark was 24 and I had my first child at 21
12.We have 9 children, 8 girls and 1 boy all under the age of 12! A total tribe. Our house is full of love joy, happiness and laughter
I have a fear of all spiders big and small
14.I have a phobia to puke and anything related to puke, I basically hate puke! But somehow still manage my kids when they puke *just about*
15 My favorite colors are pink, coral and rust
16.I can’t stand people who chew with their mouths open!
17. I cant stand people who lie and gossip!
18.I’ve worked many different jobs. I was a bartender, a mobile phone specialist, an assistant manager, I worked for telstra, Australia post and I also worked at the British high commission.
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.
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
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 🥰
For the past week or so I have been using the WHITE GLO activated charcoal powder and the activated charcoal deep stain remover toothpaste on my teeth and I must say, I am highly impressed with it! I am a big coffee drinker and have been for the past 11 years, and although coffee is life, it also stains your teeth which is not so good.
I have tried many different kinds of toothpaste over the years and the White Glo range is by far the best of them all! White Glo has quite a few different kinds of toothpaste and whitening powders in their range that you can try and they are all equally as good as each other but I find the charcoal deep stain remover toothpaste in conjunction with the activated charcoal powder is the most effective on my teeth. I really love that each White Glo toothpaste comes with a toothbrush too! They are so AWESOME!
I’m already seeing such good results after a week and will continue to use it! I will continue to share my results with you all. This Christmas is going to be very merry and white with my almost pearly whites 😁😂 Seriously though, I absolutely love this range Have you tried white glow before? You can find the White Glo range in most supermarkets and pharmacies. . Love Claire Xx . #gifted by Sweaty Betty PR
Over the years I have tried and tested so many creams and lotions and nothing has really worked on my dry skin but now I think I’ve finally something that works really works well and I’m excited to talk to you about it!
The Duit dry and foot heal roll-on balm for dry and cracked skin:
Wow! Guys this product is AMAZING! I’ve had dry and cracked feet for as long as I can remember and at times they have been really painful too. I started using the roll-on balm and within days I was seeing results! I was actually amazed! My skin is much smoother now and less dry and isn’t painful at all. You can see how much the skin has cleared and it’s only been a few weeks. I will definitely continue to share my progress on this one. This was by far my top product out of the range.
Duit tough hands for her: As a busy mum of 9 I’m always washing my hands which then for years had lead to me having really dry and sore skin. It would often bleed too which made me feel miserable. Again within days of using the cream, I was seeing big results! Since using this cream my hands aren’t even dry at all and they actually look youthful again. Overall I am very impressed and will continue to use it.
Duit Vitamin E face cream: Growing up I always had ‘good skin’ but then after having children, my skin became dry and patchy. I tried many creams and again nothing worked until I came across the vitamin E cream. This cream nourishes your skin leaving it feeling silky smooth and hydrated. I actually love it and will continue to use it. I would add a full review on my blog later tonight
Have you tried the Duit skincare rangebefore? ‘Stop thinking and just duit’ 😎
You guys know how much I love my unique pieces from @theartisangiftco ♡ Well, today I bring you this beautiful A2 animal English alphabet poster. The animals you see are hand-drawn by using watercolour paint. Not only is it beautiful to look at, but it’s also very educational too. My children are already enjoying naming all the animals on the poster. It’so cute to watch.
The foil letters you see are currently available in gold and rose gold options. You do also have the option to purchase a high-quality Teak Wooden Hanger to go with the poster. The A2 size hanger suitable for this poster is 42cm long, however, I purchased my own frame and I think it looks really lovely and matches my other frames perfectly.
This would be an ideal gift for Christmas or birthdays, or even a baby shower, or for a young child’s room or anyone who just adores animals! I love adding these sweet, beautiful and refreshing pictures in my home. The Regular price is $59.99 but they currently have a sale on across their website. You can save $11 on this particular product and only pay $48.99
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)