Don’t ever let anyone bring you down

Don’t ever let anyone bring you down

TRIBE


Hey everyone,

I want to have a chat about the highs and lows of social media.

I started my blog just 1 year ago and I have been very fortunate with it.I have had an amazing year and have had some amazing opportunities come my way. I have worked with some amazing brands/companies and we have worked on some amazing media stories. I have some amazing supportive followers who say such kind things to me every day. I am truly grateful for every single one of you.There have definitely been more highs than lows, however, I have met some very unkind people along the way who don’t like to see you succeed. These people have also said; “You are not good enough” or that ” you don’t work hard enough” or that “You have missed the boat” I say; “well you try being a mum of 9 who lives rural and home schools her children full-time. I do what I can with my blog and it gives me so much Joy to write and put content out there for everyone to read. I work very hard at everything I do. I put my heart and soul into everything I write. I am learning new things every day and will continue to build on my craft. I let most things go over my head but I have my bad days. I am only human after all. Being a mother is a tough gig no matter how many kids you have!I want to continue to inspire people and share my life experiences and even if it only helps one person then I’m happy. I’m not a perfect writer but I write because I’m passionate about it.Instagram is an amazing outlet and can be a very supportive place, it’s also a great place to connect with other mum’s. I will always be real, raw and honest with you. It’s important to never let anyone bring you down! You do you! And I will do me! We are all on a journey. Everything I do is for my family and family and faith will always come first above all else. Always be your authentic self and don;t ever let anyone bully you or tell you to be a certain way. Its none of their business how you lead your life.

Be careful not to get sucked into the dark side of social media. There is so much ‘fakeness’ on social media and it’s important not to believe everything that you see or read.

Be kind always because you don’t know what the other person could be going through Support each other always The negative nancie’s wont ever stop me from doing what I love!I am here for the long haul.

Thanks for your ongoing support
Love always Claire X.

Photobookshop review – Take 2

Photobookshop review – Take 2

Photo book

Hey everyone,

Happy Monday – #ad
Today I wanted to follow on from my last photo book shop review and share some of the amazing products I created again through PhotobookShop. Now you guys all know that I love taking photos and editing them, so this opportunity has been perfect for me because It’s so much fun making personalized photo products with your very own photos!

Creating products like photo books and other personalized items are not only great keepsakes they also make really wonderful and meaningful gifts for a loved one

ABOUT PHOTO BOOK SHOP – Taken from their website – https://www.photobookshop.com.au/index/about

Our Vision – To help Capture Your Memories forever We all have hundreds of photos hidden in boring albums or tucked away in dusty boxes under the bed, and now with the addition of digital cameras and smart phones in our everyday life it is easy to forget those great moments you have snapped along the way. It is our vision to help you Capture Your Memories by giving you the tools to design your own stunning Photo books, Canvases and other photo-print products. 

We then promise to produce the project you’ve invested so much love and thought into, to the highest quality standards while giving you outstanding customer service along the way. .About Us Photo Bookshop is an Australian owned and operated company giving you the tools to design your own Photo-books, Canvases and other photo-print products in the comfort of your home. Our FREE design software lets you become the creative genius behind crafting your own book using photos from all occasions helping you capture your memories to share with friends and family near and far. 

For many of our customers, Photo Bookshop becomes not just a hobby but a passion, with some of our regulars creating shelves of photo books while others decorate their homes with stunning canvases of their favorite photos. No matter how you want to display your precious memories, Photo Bookshop has the right product for you.Our Story In 2009, Peter Thomas had an ambition to create the best quality photo books for the lowest price, making these available for everyone at home to enjoy. Over the next 12 months, Peter worked day and night researching, testing and developing a plan to create, print and deliver the best photo books available. 

In a short but very busy 5 years, Photo Bookshop has outgrown two factories while adding over 70 products to their range and 50+ staff members to their team. Their ambition continues to grow as they constantly develop their technology and processes to guarantee you receive the best quality products at the most affordable price. 

In the next few years you will see Peter and the team bringing you new and innovative photo print products in fun and easy-to-use ways!

Thank You. Big thanks go to their 250,000+ devoted customers who continue to support Australian made giving Photo Bookshop the opportunity to grow and become Australia’s leading manufacturer in Photo books!


I love using their easy creator software and personalizing the products and making them my own. You can chose so many different templates and designs! the possibilities are endless! I have created some beautiful products that my family and I will cherish forever! My family and I love nothing more than snuggling up on the sofa looking through all the photo books and all those specials memories we have made together over the years.
This month I made personalized wooden spoons, a huge family canvas, a photo book and a sequin photo purse, and an acrylic family picture. I love everything I created.
Would you like to create your own personalized product too?

Huge family canvas
personalized wooden kitchen spoons

You can easily create these amazing products do by following these 3 easy steps; 
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1. Capture those special moments / Purchase Voucher
2. Design your product
3. Order and upload

You will receive 10% off the prices on this page:
https://www.photobookshop.com.au/voucher

You can use my code TRIBE10 for a 10% discount at checkout .
This post is in collaboration with Photobookshop via Mum Network

I will receive a small commission through any sales made by using my discount code. The discount code expires on August 24th

I will be posting picture of the sequin purse and acrylic family photo in the next few days so stay tuned for that!

I cant wait to see what the amazing team at Photo book shop come out with next! It’s very exciting! Thank you for letting me be a part of your amazing journey

Let me know if you create anything and don’t hesitate to ask questions to either myself – or any on the friendly team over at; https://www.photobookshop.com.au/

photo book

Enjoy your day lovelies 
Claire Xx .

On this day 3 years ago

On this day 3 years ago

ON THIS DAY 3 YEARS AGO I HAD A CAR CRASH!

Good morning everyone,


Today I feel anxious but I also feel grateful for a second chance at life!
On this day 3 years ago I had a car accident and it was a pretty nasty one.
My eldest daughter and I were heading out grocery shopping for the day. We were only a couple of minutes into our journey when we saw another car that was driving erratically and ended up in the middle of the road, to avoid a head-on with the other vehicle we swerved out of the way. The other car sped off! I tried really realign my car back on the wet road but unfortunately, I was unsuccessful 😭 My car became out of control and there was nothing I could do. The fear I felt was like nothing I’ve ever felt before!


My life flashed before my eyes! I thought we were going to die 😭
My car spun 3 times and before I knew it we were rolling a few times until we hit a tree in a ditch on the other side of the road.
Luckily emergency services and my husband came very quickly. There were no broken bones, and only just a few cuts and grazes. At the time of this car accident, I was 6 weeks pregnant with Martina and thank God everything was okay. The hospital was very good and just said I had whiplash. I went home after a few hours.
Even to this day I still suffer badly with chronic neck and back pain but when I think of the alternative there is no comparison
We never found the other driver which is a shame!
I do drive now! I have too. I still get anxious and I’m over cautious on the road. I don’t enjoy driving like I used to, but life must go on
On this anniversary I feel anxious but I also feel so thankful for my life and my kid’s lives.

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 

My Re-launched YouTube channel- This tribe of mine

My Re-launched YouTube channel- This tribe of mine

Hey everyone,

Today I have some exciting news to share with you all and if you are already following me on all my socials then you may already know what I am talking about!

drum-roll please…

I have re-launched my YouTube channel and have re-named it ‘this tribe of mine’ It used to have all my old singing g videos on there but I rarely used it. Most of my singing videos are on private now but I have left a few of them up. I am still op[en to doing more singing videos in the future.

My channel will have a variety of videos on there which will include vlogs, tips,tricks, advice, hauls, tutorials, reviews, collaborations. I will also be talking about what life is like as a family of 11. I will be keeping it real, raw and honest for you all. I am very excited for this new chapter and I hope you will all follow along this exciting journey with me.

You can subscribe to me from this link here;
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkCzdc7I-iYfo9dI6FXIGfw?

Once I’ve got the editing and filming down-pat then I aim to upload 1-2 videos a week.

If you would like to see particular video from me then be sure to let me know in the comments below

Wish me luck!

Thank you for your ongoing support. It really means so much to me

Love Claire xxx

A letter to my younger self

A letter to my younger self

Dear Claire,

You probably won’t listen to the advice below as I know from experience how stubborn you can be! But here goes;

Don’t grow up too fast and don’t get mixed up with the wrong crowd, I know you just want to look cool and fit in but honestly hun it’s not worth it! Just be yourself! Growing up in South East England is hard! Trust me I know!
You have a heart of gold and please don’t let anyone take advantage of that!
You will eventually find out who your true friends are! It will hit you like a ton of bricks but it’s better to know the truth right?!

Don’t let those horrible school bullies win, I know it’s easier said than done, but believe me, they are only doing it because they have issues themselves or because they think it makes them look ‘well hard’ But in reality, they just look plain stupid!
I know you have been bullied for a long time and the teachers don’t care! And I know it’s upsetting! But please don’t cry! Be brave and hold your head up high and walk away. You are worth so much more than they will ever be!
I see a bright and exciting future for you. Just keep looking ahead!

Stay away from those rowdy stinky teenage boys they will only break your heart time and time again! Don’t waste your precious tears on them! One day you will meet the love of your life 🤗

Claire when you are at school I don’t want to hear any more of “I can’t do it” because I know you can! You are smart and have a great imagination! Believe in yourself because you will and can do great things!

“Don’t blow dry your fringe like that babe! because it looks like a tunnel! Is that really the fashion? 90’s trend is a strange one for sure!

Hug your family more and tell them you love them because you don’t know what’s around the corner.

Life’s to short to be miserable and hold grudges. Forgive and forget and then you will feel a peace within you.

Claire be confident and smile more. Let that amazing personality of yours shine. You are WORTHY and unique.
You have your whole life ahead of you!
Be kind to yourself and learn to love yourself more. Stay strong and keep going, hun!

Be happy always!

Love Claire XXxXx
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Homeschooling a large family

Homeschooling a large family

Hey everyone.

Today I am talking about a highly requested subject; ‘HOMESCHOOLING!

If I am honest then it’s not something I have felt comfortable talking about before and that’s not because I am ashamed of it! I think it’s more that it’s about our private life and while I love sharing about my family and I, there are obviously certain aspects we wish to keep private. The other reason is for the pure fact that for some reason homeschooling can be a sticky subject! Today I am opening up and sharing a little bit of our homeschooling journey with you all. The reason I am sharing this today is that I have been asked by many of my readers to share what it is like to homeschool and because they are interested in homeschooling too but don’t know where to start. So if I can help in any way then I am happy to do so.

For the last four and a half years we have chosen to home school our children. It was not an easy decision but my husband and I felt it was the best decision for our busy family. My family and I live in a rural town in regional New south wales, I guess you could say we live in isolation! The closest shops and mainstream schools are over 45 kilometres away! We do have a small school in our town that we have used in the past but still felt that homeschooling was the way forward and more manageable for our family. Before we made our decision about home-schooling, we made sure we did do our research to see if it was the right option for us. It’s always best to have a good plan in place before you start something as huge as this.

A lot of people say home-schooling is hard! Well, they are not wrong! You are going to have your good days and bad days, However, it gets better over time and eventually, you will adjust in your schooling routine. You have just have to stick to it out and give it a good go! It took me a good year before I felt comfortable and established in what I was doing. There are so many resources available online that can assist you with your schooling and honestly, you are easily spoiled for choice! Google is your friend!

People seem to think that because our children are home-schooled that they don’t socialize or make friends! This, however, is not true, we attend to sporting activities outside of school hours. Our children also play with other children. My children are very sociable and can easily make friends without any issues. Many people also have said to me that they are not ‘patient enough to home educate their children or they feel they are not ‘smart enough to teach them! And I say; “You should never put yourself down” and while I understand that homeschooling is not always the best option for everyone due to work commitments etc..I am a firm believer that anyone can do it if they put their minds to it! So never say you can’t do it because you can! Believe in yourself and your ability to do so! At first, I doubted myself but that feeling soon passed when I saw how happy the children were, and how much progress they were making with their work, then that made realize I was doing something right. I have honestly learnt so much over the years! it’s actually incredible! My kids amaze me every day! I am officially schooling six out of my nine children which range from kindergarten to year five. My younger ones also like to sit and learn as well which gives them a great head-start for when it’s their time to start school! Its always good to get everyone involved! The kids love that!

In New South Wales by law, your children have to be enrolled in school from the ages of 6 up until the age of 16. We are officially enrolled under N.E.S.A We have a CSIRO that comes out to our home and assesses us every 2 years to make sure everything is up to scratch. We follow the New South Wales syllabus and we do a mix of Australian and an American curriculum but still making sure we cover what the syllabus asks. We use a few online programs for children like readingeggs.com.au and studyladder.com.au.

To find out more about the homeschooling requirements for New south wales head over to the link here; 
https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/regulation/home-schooling/home-schooling-registration

We start our schooling day at 8.45am and work all the way through till 1.30pm. By doing this we get all of our daily subjects done and have the afternoon free for our lunch, outdoor play/ sports, and housework. The children are then free to do arts and crafts, puzzles, games etc.. This time-frame works well for us and can easily be adjusted if need be.

What I love most about home-schooling my children is being able to spend one on one time with my children teaching them and watching them grow! I love watching them learn new and exciting things every day. It honestly brings me so much joy! I also love that we get to go on our own school excursions! Over the last few years, we have been on some great excursions! The last couple of years I have been using the ‘National Capital Teachers Pass’ which has been absolutely amazing! It can be used for the Science museum, National library, Cockington green and so much more! It even gives you access to so many useful and historical resources! if you are a home-school family in New south wales then check this link here to see if you are eligible for the teachers pass; 
https://canberraexcursions.org.au/national-capital-teachers-pass

Home-schooling is hard but it’s not as hard as you think! There are so many online groups especially on Facebook that you can join for additional support, ideas and advice. It is also a great way to connect with other families who could be homeschooling in the same area as you and it’s also great to have a supportive online community if there is no one else in your area that home-schools. Don’t ever feel alone in this process and always ask for help if you need it!

If you are thinking of homeschooling then click on the link for your state requirements Below;

I hope you enjoyed a little bit of an insight into our homeschooling life

Thank you for reading

Claire XxX

Milton products review

Milton products review

Hey everyome

Recently I have been trialing the Milton baby products and I must say that I absolutely love everything that I have tried so far!

I am a mum of 9 and I confess, I hate germs! I like to keep things clean and sterilized especially things like high chairs, walkers, bottles, teats & dummies. If our family gets sicks then it can be quite chaotic for us! I always do everything I can to keep a clean house! A busy house with lots of children sure does keep you on your toes!

over the last couple of months I have been using three products from the Milton range which were;

  1. Milton antibacterial washing up liquid
  2. Milton antibacterial surface wipes
  3. Milton antibacterial tablets

My most favorite product out of the whole Milton range was the antibacterial surface wipes. The are quite a small pack which means you can easily put them in your handbag or nappy bag and use them on the go! They are also now safe to use for cleaning dummies and teats! Its so handy for busy families on the go!

I am that kind of mum that does not like germs and wipes everything and everyone down! We try our absolute hardest to not get sick, but as we all know we can’t always avoid it! I love how quick and easy Milton products are to use. I am always using the surface wipes on the highchairs after meal times. I think they are awesome!

I loved using the Milton antibacterial washing up liquid. I mostly used it on the the sippy cups and the baby bottles and even the baby feeding bowls. When I ran out of my normal washing liquid I was using the Milton one! Everything came up so clean and shiny! it’s brilliant and I would highly recommend it if you like to get things clean quickly.

I also have been using the Milton antibacterial tablets, I, however, do not have a Milton sterilizer and instead used a heatproof bowl with boiling water and then put a tablet in and waited for it to dissolve. I popped the bottles, teats, dummies in there for 15 minutes and they sterilized nicely! I think they are great and still have plenty left to use.

I think the whole Milton range is fantastic and we will definitely continue Milton products in our busy house!

Thank you, Milton

Claire Xxx

Top 20 Australian parenting blogs 2019

Top 20 Australian parenting blogs 2019

I made the top 20!

Hey everyone,

Happy Friday!

After a rough few days with my phone being stolen and getting sick with an ear infection and my dishwasher dying , I finally have woken up to some good news! I have just received a lovely email from the founder of; https://blog.feedspot.com to say that my blog has made it in to the top 20 Australian parenting blogs of 2019! How amazing is that?! I didn’t even think that would be possible? I am over the moon that my blog has made it in the top 20 Australian parenting blogs category! My blog is not even a year old till May this year! and this just makes me feel so happy to have been given this award! I am still learning and navigating my way through this blogging journey. I feel I have lot so much over these last 10 months! I am certainly not perfect at what I do, but I most definitely feel incredibly passionate about writing and giving you all an a bit of an insight to my busy life! I am perfectly imperfect and I am happy with that!

Thank you to feedspot to awarding this to me! You have honestly have made my day! Thank you also to everyone who follows and supports me on all of my social media platforms! Without you guys none of this would have even been possible! I love every single one of you and the lovely community we have created together! I am so excited to see what happens next!

Cheers to the future lovelies

Love always

Claire xoxox