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

This Mama is itching...

I SWEAR to God, if I get another head lice alert from the school I am going to lose it.. We seem to get the same email every week — ‘‘we have reported cases of nits/head lice being present in some of our students’’.. It’s like Groundhog

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Ivy Wise
May 22 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

I’m sure I had a great time, just listen to my voice now

I HAVE just discovered I am the last remaining long-term employee in the Riv’s editorial department.. My colleague and nemesis Trent Horneman has just made the move to radio after about nine combined years at the paper.. Which leaves me.. Eleven

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Ivy Wise
Apr 18 2017
Opinion

Winning isn't everything — unless you are like me

SORRY but I’m going to have a parental brag moment.. You see, when my girls excel at something, I make the most of it. Because I never quite know how long it might last.. So anyhoo, Ayla recently did really well in her school swimming carnival

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Ivy Wise
Feb 27 2017
Opinion

Time suddenly, and seriously, slows down when you're fasting

HOW do I go about proving to everyone I’m just someone who enjoys the feeling wine gives me after a long day at the office and not someone who just drinks?. Join FebFast of course.. I always wanted to use a month to abstain from alcohol, whether

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Ivy Wise
Feb 20 2017
Opinion

School, school. Has it started yet, has it? Really, has it?

BACK to school.. The parents’ long-awaited reprieve after almost two months of summer holidays – which. seemed to go on and on.. Forever.. It always starts off well. The first couple of weeks go so fast with the anticipation of Christmas.. Going

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Ivy Wise
Feb 13 2017
Opinion

I NEED A HOLIDAY TO GET OVER MY HOLIDAY

I AM suffering from post-holiday depression.. I know I shouldn’t do it but I always do – start getting excited for my annual Christmas holiday about two months before I leave. So when it’s all over it’s a huge let down.. After a fun-filled

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Ivy Wise
Jan 16 2017
Lifestyle

This was no flight of fancy – my terror was tangible

I HATE flying at the best of times.. It’s not really the flying part, but the turbulence.. At best, I can get through a small amount of turbulence by reverting to Lamaze breathing, with which I have some experience – and with my hands clenched

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Ivy Wise
Jan 09 2017
Lifestyle

OMG I’m finally on holidays

AS YOU are reading this, I will be in Noosa sipping colourful cocktails by the pool in my hot new bikini (thank you boot camp).. No, I have not managed to seduce a rich, older man into marrying me (although I am keeping a sharp eye on the likely

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Ivy Wise
Jan 03 2017
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