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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

Welcome to Mama’s...

IT WAS all about girl power in my house last week. My daughters’ half sister Loghan and their dog Penny came to stay with us for the week while Lo’s parents (the girls’ dad Jace and stepmum Amanda) headed to Cairns for a week of

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Riverine Herald
Jun 25 2018
Opinion

It happens to the best of us: I just want my mummy

IT DOESN’T matter how old you are. Sometimes you just need your parents. Like now. My life at the moment consists of work, Phantom and sleep. Repeat. So housework, cooking and cleaning have taken a backseat. You can imagine then how my house

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Riverine Herald
Jun 04 2018
Opinion

Forget the stage fright, your show must go on

THE life of a thespian is not easy. It is filled with late nights, manic moments, high tension, criticism and letdowns. And limited sleep. Not unlike living with a new baby (or wannabe teenage daughters). But, there is no rest for the wicked as they

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Riverine Herald
May 28 2018
Opinion

When it’s all downhill there’s always friends

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

Hard day and hard lesson

I LEARNT three valuable lessons last week. 1. Always lock up your valuables. 2. Don’t panic (even when everything says you should). 3. Never lose hope. I recently had my purse and iPhone stolen. At the Echuca pool of all places – while I

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Riverine Herald
Apr 09 2018
Opinion

Words fade but music lingers

MY HOUSE is alive with the sound of music. If it’s not me belting out songs from Phantom of the Opera, it’s the toe-tapping tunes from The Greatest Showman. I went to the cinema to watch the musical about seven weeks ago and I loved it

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Riverine Herald
Mar 26 2018
Opinion

Facing the cruelty of context

CONTEXT is the catch-cry of many who claim to have been misquoted or seen part-stories told about them. Most often in the media. But in Melbourne on Friday night I had a disturbing, even distressing, revelation about real context. Our paper had been

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Riverine Herald
Mar 19 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

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 Jensen
Jan 15 2018
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