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

Paranoia runs deep

I THINK I have been watching too many episodes of Criminal Minds. Because if I’m not thinking about the unspeakable atrocities committed by countless psychopaths, sociopaths and mass murderers, I’m dreaming about them. On a side note, I

by
Ivy Wise
Jul 24 2017
Opinion

I was being robbed by Chucky (insert scream)

MY ELDEST daughter Ayla is like the Energizer bunny — on steroids. She just goes and goes and goes. If I had a quarter of her energy, I’d be doing well. Incredibly, when 7pm comes around, she seems to kick into another gear and her brain

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Ivy Wise
Jul 03 2017
Opinion

Going back in time but how should mama dress?

THIS weekend I am heading back to the ’80s. Yep, I am jumping in the DeLorean time machine and setting the time circuits back 30 years. To a simpler time, when I was nine and Catchit t-shirts and terrycloth shorts were in and perms were

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Ivy Wise
Jun 26 2017
Opinion

Moana is sending this mama mad

MY DAUGHTER’S new obsession is becoming my worst nightmare. I eat, sleep and (well you know what else) Moana. It’s everywhere I go. I can’t get away from it. Even in my peaceful slumber, I dream about it. At work, I find myself

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Ivy Wise
Jun 19 2017
Opinion

When mayhem hits Mama right in the face

SOMETIMES I feel like I need a personal assistant to manage my life.. A life filled with endless to-do lists that never seem to get done because I just can’t seem to find the time.. Like most mothers, if you are not working (whether that is paid

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Ivy Wise
May 09 2017
Opinion

Sleep, glorious sleep

SLEEP.. One of my favourite past-times.. Why they say ‘I slept like a baby’ I will never understand.. In my experiences, sleep was the last thing on my babies’ minds.. They should say: “I slept like a 39-year-old single working mother”

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Riverine Herald
May 01 2017
Opinion

Fast forward to vomit and the other happy memories

WE SURVIVED our Easter road trip to Mornington Peninsula.. Despite a few hiccups along the way.. The excitement was palpable as we jumped in the car in preparation for the long drive.. However, that died as soon as the words ‘I need to go to the

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Ivy Wise
Apr 25 2017
Opinion

Girls just wanna have fun

HOW do children these days find time to just be kids?. With so many extracurricular options available, children are involved in multiple sports, clubs or groups, playing instruments and taking dance, singing or art lessons.. Never mind the kids

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Ivy Wise
Mar 27 2017
Opinion

Terror and technology

SHARKS.. Possibly the most terrifying creatures on this earth.. As well as turbulence (or rather the horrifying mid-air catastrophe it will lead to), sharks (and the violent and painful death I will suffer when one attacks me) are my greatest fear

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Ivy Wise
Mar 20 2017
Opinion

The incontinence of classic comedy

I MAY have to start buying Tena Lady products.. Because every Monday and Thursday night, I almost wet my pants.. From laughter.. No, I am not watching stand-up comedian Carl Barron imitate a Frenchman, or a YouTube clip of a cat pushing another cat

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Ivy Wise
Mar 14 2017
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