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

There is never the...

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

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Riverine Herald
Feb 12 2018
Opinion

Macca’s chips, Aladdin and classic Mama Mayhem

I LEARNT a valuable lesson the other week. Things don’t ever go according to plan. So make sure you get insurance. Oh, and Macca’s chips work wonders. Luckily — in our case — it all worked out in the end. I bought my girls

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Ivy Wise
Jan 22 2018
Opinion

Techno drama Mama style

TECHNOLOGY will be the death of me. I will literally die from sheer frustration because everything technical I touch does not seem to work. Just the other day, I went into Big W for a very simple job — to print two photos. I walked out of

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Ivy Wise
Jan 15 2018
Opinion

Resolve? You can bank on it

MY DETERMINATION to make it to midnight to welcome in the New Year paid off. Usually, I bring out the champers about 7pm — and crash and burn by about 10pm. So this time I had an afternoon nap, an extra strong coffee at 8pm, did a few

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Ivy Wise
Jan 08 2018
Opinion

Don’t worry darling, you will laugh about it later

MY YOUNGEST daughter must be super clumsy or is crazy about ice packs. I receive at least two sick bay incident notifications a week from school for Maya. And there’s always a pattern. ‘‘Maya came across for an ice pack as she

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Ivy Wise
Nov 06 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

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Ivy Wise
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

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Ivy Wise
Oct 23 2017
Opinion

If you’re having a high time, try and avoid the high heels

WHAT a whirlwind week. I have gone from shock to disbelief, to excitement, panic and then back to excitement again. No, I did not win the lotto. I won a Walkley. Yes, I am still coming to terms with it myself. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever

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Ivy Wise
Sep 25 2017
Opinion

Secrets of my sisterhood

MAMA MIA, mayhem will reign in my house during the next couple of weeks as the saga of school holidays begins to unfold from this week. You see, when my two girls spend too much time together, it becomes the Clash of the Titans. Emotions spill over

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Ivy Wise
Sep 19 2017
Opinion

Please someone tell me; how do I stop loving food?

IT’S hard to lose weight when you love donuts.. It’s hard to lose weight when you love food, fullstop. But with spring arriving last week, I can’t keep hiding my body under layers of jeans, jumpers and woolly coats. And with

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Ivy Wise
Sep 11 2017
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