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

Macca’s chips,...

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

I’m not an angry person, I’m just in a hurry — all the time

I MAY have a little issue with road rage. Some might see it is as a problem. But I have been working on it. And was doing really well I thought – until the festive season started. When traffic in Echuca-Moama seems to triple overnight and it

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Ivy Wise
Jan 02 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 Wise
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 Wise
Nov 27 2017
Opinion

Back to (school) mayhem

I THOUGHT back to school would see some normality return to my crazy life. Ha. No such luck. Because there was absolutely nothing normal about the first week back to school. I thought I was prepared, that I had planned for every eventuality. The

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Ivy Wise
Oct 16 2017
Opinion

So much for serenity

NOTE to self: never ever leave my car keys inside the vehicle before closing the door. Because it will lock. And it will set off the earsplitting alarm. In the middle of paradise. Ironically, I had just driven two-and-a-half hours into the mountains

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Ivy Wise
Oct 09 2017
Opinion

It really seemed like a good idea at the time

I HAVE learnt three essential things while having my sister here. Never let her use the gas stove, don’t drink wine on the lounge room floor and leave early when heading to the airport. It has been a huge and entertaining week with my crazy

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Ivy Wise
Oct 02 2017
Opinion

Mama’s Neverending Story of flu symptoms

THE dreaded flu has hit me and I am not coping very well. You see, when I get sick, I don’t just get the 24-hour bug. I come down with all the symptoms — cough, sore throat, headache, blocked nose, chills, aches and pains, night sweats

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Ivy Wise
Sep 04 2017
Opinion

Tough mother’s love backfires on Mama

IVY WISE: Mother of the Year. When my 10-year-old got hit in the finger with a football a couple of weeks ago she begged me to take her to the doctor, but I knew better, and knew this was a time for some of mother’s tough love. I mean come on

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Ivy Wise
Aug 28 2017
Opinion

Once upon a time someone dreamt up these nightmares

I SOMEHOW managed to get through another year of Book Week relatively unscathed. Apart from a little mishap with the superglue and Maya changing her mind every damn minute about who she wanted to be, my sanity remained intact. Just. I was quite

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Ivy Wise
Aug 21 2017
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