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by Ivy Jensen
About Mama Mayhem

About Mama Mayhem

Ivy Wise was born in Denmark to Danish and Dutch parents, grew up in Mt Isa and has made Echuca-Moama home since 2005. An insanely happy – and sometimes just insane – single mother of two girls there is never a dull moment. Between parenting and working as a journalist at the Riverine Herald there is always something happening, and going wrong, in her life. From the funny to the endlessly frustrating, Ivy (pronounced Eevoo in the land of her birth) is willing to tell all.

Opinion

Now I am Mama Hen and...

NOTHING makes you feel older than when your work colleagues start celebrating 21sts and engagements. While your eldest child is within sight of her sweet 16th — and it seems like a lifetime ago when all those milestones were happening to me

by
Riverine Herald
Apr 16 2018
Opinion

Facing the cruelty of context

CONTEXT is the catch-cry of many who claim to have been misquoted or seen part-stories told about them. Most often in the media. But in Melbourne on Friday night I had a disturbing, even distressing, revelation about real context. Our paper had been

by
Riverine Herald
Mar 19 2018
Opinion

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet...

CALM down people, it’s still me. A new journalist hasn’t taken over my column. No, I haven’t remarried and I am not using an alias because all of Echuca’s criminals are after me. Although that could seriously happen. I have

by
Riverine Herald
Feb 20 2018
Opinion

There is never the prime time for slime

IF MY house burnt down today, all you would find in the rubble would be slews of slime. Thick, oozing sludge in every colour of the rainbow. My girls are obsessed with the stuff. After weeks of endless begging, I succumbed to the girls’ pleas

by
Riverine Herald
Feb 12 2018
Opinion

I’m not an angry person, I’m just in a hurry — all the time

I MAY have a little issue with road rage. Some might see it is as a problem. But I have been working on it. And was doing really well I thought – until the festive season started. When traffic in Echuca-Moama seems to triple overnight and it

by
Ivy Jensen
Jan 02 2018
Opinion

Phantom audition has a dream role in reality

I GOT the part! You are looking at the next Madame Giry in Echuca-Moama Theatre Company’s production of Phantom of the Opera. I got the call last week following my audition 24 hours earlier. One of the longest waits of my life. Checking my

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Ivy Jensen
Dec 04 2017
Opinion

Let me explain about Perfect Ornament Placement Disorder

FOUR more sleeps until excitement reigns at my house. Because Friday is the day I can finally put up my Christmas tree and decorations. And I’m chomping at the bit. The festive season is my absolute favourite time of the year and for as long

by
Ivy Jensen
Nov 27 2017
Opinion

We all scream (except Mama) for ice cream

YOU know it’s time to get fit when you can’t catch your seven-year-old daughter in a game of tiggy. Or when your 10-year-old daughter says ‘I’m not saying you need to but maybe we should go running together’. Hint

by
Ivy Jensen
Oct 30 2017
Opinion

Will I ever say ‘I do’

I HAVE a big decision to make in the coming weeks. Should I or shouldn’t I? No, I’m not considering buying a house (I wish I could), getting married (never again, unless they’re rich with a bum ticker) or plastic surgery (ask me

by
Ivy Jensen
Oct 23 2017
Opinion

Back to (school) mayhem

I THOUGHT back to school would see some normality return to my crazy life. Ha. No such luck. Because there was absolutely nothing normal about the first week back to school. I thought I was prepared, that I had planned for every eventuality. The

by
Ivy Jensen
Oct 16 2017
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