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

Girls just wanna have...

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

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
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
Lifestyle

Forget the gain, it’s all about pain

EVERY inch of my body is in pain.. If I can get out of bed I walk like I’ve enjoyed too many $1 drink nights at university.. It hurts to cough.. Even breathing is an effort.. But no, I am not dying.. I joined boot camp.. Obviously not my ide

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Ivy Wise
Jan 03 2017
Opinion

Good deeds are pretty good for givee and giver

I've done my good deed for the week.. I wanted to start putting something back into the community after all the help I’ve had from others over the years.. So the girls and I volunteered at the Echuca-Moama Salvation Army on Wednesday to help

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Ivy Wise
Dec 20 2016
Opinion

There's Christmas trees and then there's my trees

My mother-outlaw asked me to decorate her Christmas tree the other week.. Now I take Christmas very seriously so I told her, sorry, it was bad luck to put it up before December 1.. To which she replied she also had champagne and gingerbread

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Ivy Wise
Nov 30 2016
Lifestyle

Don’t you just hate making a fool of yourself?

If you want to know if someone loves you, have a near-death experience. . Alright, mine was probably never going to be terminal, but I’m happy to say my daughter Ayla loves me. My girls and I were on our evening walk when Ayla decided she wanted

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Ivy Wise
Nov 10 2016
Lifestyle

My world as I know it

Hello, and welcome to my whacky world!. How do I compete with the Monday Musings of Natalie Durrant? The woman has hundreds, no, thousands of fans out there who buy Monday’s paper just to read her witty observations of life in general. But after

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Ivy Wise
Nov 10 2016
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