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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

When it’s all...

I DON’T know where I would be without my friends. Or, if I am really honest, who I might be. They pick me up when I’m down and laugh with me (and at me) when I put my foot in it (again); they support me when I’m feeling

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Riverine Herald
May 21 2018
Opinion

Not so funny, snow bunny

WINTER is coming. And I can’t wait. Because hopefully this year I’ll be getting my skis on (after a brief 25-year hiatus). It’s taken a long time for me to appreciate the cold season, but I love it now — especially the snow

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Riverine Herald
Apr 30 2018
Opinion

I’ve got enough crap so I don’t need a dog

I HAVE a love-hate relationship with dogs. In which I love them or hate them. Well maybe that’s too harsh a term. There are just certain things that drive me crazy about them. Barking, dog hair and dog poo. So when I was asked to look after

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Riverine Herald
Apr 24 2018
Opinion

Now I am Mama Hen and will park the mayhem for a while

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

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Riverine Herald
Apr 16 2018
Opinion

Forty, fierce and fabulous

I TURNED the big 40 last week. Although I didn’t party like one, I certainly woke up like one. It was a big night. Lots of fun, lots of laughs, and yes, lots of bubbly. I’m pretty sure I partied harder than I did at my 21st birthday

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Riverine Herald
Feb 05 2018
Opinion

School is going back this week and it’s about time

SCHOOL goes back this week and no-one is more excited than me. Well, maybe Maya because she’s just one of those weird kids who loves everything about school (she might have got that from her mother). Last year, she wrote her teacher a long

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Riverine Herald
Jan 29 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 Jensen
Jan 22 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

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Ivy Jensen
Nov 27 2017
Opinion

It’s a day to remember

WEDNESDAY, November 15, will be a day to remember. A day I will be able to tell my children I was there for it, and did my bit to help achieve it. It was a momentous day where love won over hate, equality conquered inequality and inclusion overcame

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Ivy Jensen
Nov 20 2017
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