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Good evening everyone,

I wanted to give you all update on my weight loss transformation.

As many of you know I have spent the last 12 months doing the keto diet! I was skeptical at first but was amazed when the weight started coming of. In these last 12 months, I have lost 25 kilos and I am very proud of myself for achieving this. Also during this time, I have changed my whole mindset when it comes to food whereas before I would overeat and I didn’t know when to stop When I started this journey I was 10 weeks post-partum with my ninth child, my son Michael. I felt so unhealthy and weighed about 107 kilos! I did not feel my best self, I was so desperate for a change and so I just went for it and stuck to it! It’s not easy! It’s bloody hard! But you just have to push through and keep looking ahead because the end result is amazing and totally worth it.In these last few months, I haven’t been as strict with the diet but still have managed to keep the weight off. I still have 9-10 kilos left to lose and I hope to achieve this over the next few months, so in these last few weeks, I am being strict on keto again and will continue to be strict!

When I compare pictures I really notice the difference and it feels good knowing that I made those changes!I will continue to share my journey and keto recipes with you over the next few months.

Thank you for your ongoing support

Love Claire Xx ..

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Photo book

Hey everyone,

Happy Monday – #ad
Today I wanted to follow on from my last photo book shop review and share some of the amazing products I created again through PhotobookShop. Now you guys all know that I love taking photos and editing them, so this opportunity has been perfect for me because It’s so much fun making personalized photo products with your very own photos!

Creating products like photo books and other personalized items are not only great keepsakes they also make really wonderful and meaningful gifts for a loved one

ABOUT PHOTO BOOK SHOP – Taken from their website – https://www.photobookshop.com.au/index/about

“Our Vision – To help Capture Your Memories forever We all have hundreds of photos hidden in boring albums or tucked away in dusty boxes under the bed, and now with the addition of digital cameras and smart phones in our everyday life it is easy to forget those great moments you have snapped along the way. It is our vision to help you Capture Your Memories by giving you the tools to design your own stunning Photo books, Canvases and other photo-print products. 

We then promise to produce the project you’ve invested so much love and thought into, to the highest quality standards while giving you outstanding customer service along the way. .About Us Photo Bookshop is an Australian owned and operated company giving you the tools to design your own Photo-books, Canvases and other photo-print products in the comfort of your home. Our FREE design software lets you become the creative genius behind crafting your own book using photos from all occasions helping you capture your memories to share with friends and family near and far. 

For many of our customers, Photo Bookshop becomes not just a hobby but a passion, with some of our regulars creating shelves of photo books while others decorate their homes with stunning canvases of their favorite photos. No matter how you want to display your precious memories, Photo Bookshop has the right product for you.Our Story In 2009, Peter Thomas had an ambition to create the best quality photo books for the lowest price, making these available for everyone at home to enjoy. Over the next 12 months, Peter worked day and night researching, testing and developing a plan to create, print and deliver the best photo books available. 

In a short but very busy 5 years, Photo Bookshop has outgrown two factories while adding over 70 products to their range and 50+ staff members to their team. Their ambition continues to grow as they constantly develop their technology and processes to guarantee you receive the best quality products at the most affordable price. 

In the next few years you will see Peter and the team bringing you new and innovative photo print products in fun and easy-to-use ways!

Thank You. Big thanks go to their 250,000+ devoted customers who continue to support Australian made giving Photo Bookshop the opportunity to grow and become Australia’s leading manufacturer in Photo books!


I love using their easy creator software and personalizing the products and making them my own. You can chose so many different templates and designs! the possibilities are endless! I have created some beautiful products that my family and I will cherish forever! My family and I love nothing more than snuggling up on the sofa looking through all the photo books and all those specials memories we have made together over the years.
This month I made personalized wooden spoons, a huge family canvas, a photo book and a sequin photo purse, and an acrylic family picture. I love everything I created.
Would you like to create your own personalized product too?

Huge family canvas personalized wooden kitchen spoons

You can easily create these amazing products do by following these 3 easy steps; 
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1. Capture those special moments / Purchase Voucher
2. Design your product
3. Order and upload

You will receive 10% off the prices on this page:
https://www.photobookshop.com.au/voucher

You can use my code TRIBE10 for a 10% discount at checkout .
This post is in collaboration with Photobookshop via Mum Network

I will receive a small commission through any sales made by using my discount code. The discount code expires on August 24th

I will be posting picture of the sequin purse and acrylic family photo in the next few days so stay tuned for that!

I cant wait to see what the amazing team at Photo book shop come out with next! It’s very exciting! Thank you for letting me be a part of your amazing journey

Let me know if you create anything and don’t hesitate to ask questions to either myself – or any on the friendly team over at; https://www.photobookshop.com.au/

photo book

Enjoy your day lovelies 
Claire Xx .

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This Tribe of mine by Thistribeofmine - 1w ago

ON THIS DAY 3 YEARS AGO I HAD A CAR CRASH!

Good morning everyone,


Today I feel anxious but I also feel grateful for a second chance at life!
On this day 3 years ago I had a car accident and it was a pretty nasty one.
My eldest daughter and I were heading out grocery shopping for the day. We were only a couple of minutes into our journey when we saw another car that was driving erratically and ended up in the middle of the road, to avoid a head-on with the other vehicle we swerved out of the way. The other car sped off! I tried really realign my car back on the wet road but unfortunately, I was unsuccessful  My car became out of control and there was nothing I could do. The fear I felt was like nothing I’ve ever felt before!


My life flashed before my eyes! I thought we were going to die 
My car spun 3 times and before I knew it we were rolling a few times until we hit a tree in a ditch on the other side of the road.
Luckily emergency services and my husband came very quickly. There were no broken bones, and only just a few cuts and grazes. At the time of this car accident, I was 6 weeks pregnant with Martina and thank God everything was okay. The hospital was very good and just said I had whiplash. I went home after a few hours.
Even to this day I still suffer badly with chronic neck and back pain but when I think of the alternative there is no comparison
We never found the other driver which is a shame!
I do drive now! I have too. I still get anxious and I’m over cautious on the road. I don’t enjoy driving like I used to, but life must go on
On this anniversary I feel anxious but I also feel so thankful for my life and my kid’s lives.

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Photo by Karleen Minney

Hey everyone,

Happy friday,

My family and I are featured in the Canberra times today. We were super happy to be featured on the front page of the popular paper. Our full story is on page 4. I am also honored they picked my family and I for their special mothers day feature. They could have picked anyone and they chose my tribe and I.

The article was beautifully written by Megan Doherty from the Canberra times. The pictures are incredible and were taken by the amazing Canberra times photographer Karleen Minney. We had so much fun with this photo shoot!

I am usually very hesitant and wary when it comes to doing media because as well as it being a positive and fun experience, it can also very a very negative and dark experience. I will protect my family at all costs and therefore I am picky with what I chose to do. I thank the Canberra times for taking care in writing such a beautiful story about my family and I, It’s so lovely to read a positive story especially with all the terrible things that are going on in the work right now.

Photo by Karleen Minney

You can read our family story here;
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6115253/mothers-day-with-nine-kids-aged-under-11-thats-a-lot-of-love/?cs=14225&fbclid=IwAR1Qze3j7Z7FoDwa6nPC63NpM0Oaap1l5zEmsMuUpKUEe8O29tTL9uMabes

Thanks for having us!

Claire Xxx

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This Tribe of mine by Thistribeofmine - 2M ago

Hey everyone,

I wanted to officially tell you all that I have proudly joined the Mum network agency and will be represented by them. I also wanted to let you all know that their website is also now live. You can follow the link here;
https://www.mumnetwork.com.au/
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@mum_network was founded in #2019 by Rosie Luik as a mission to empower mum’s to follow their dreams and goals. Rosie is passionate about helping others. She is such an incredible woman with an incredible story. She truly is an inspiration to many including me! I am so happy and excited to be a part of something so special.
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Did you know that this is the first agency in Australia that’s dedicated to representing just mum’s? How amazing that? I am so happy to be a part of this team of incredible mum’s I am super excited for the journey ahead!
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Claire Xx

https://mumnetwork.com.au/claire-hooker-mum-of-9..

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“I AM A MUM OF 9 AND I HAVE NEVER BREASTFED MY CHILDREN”.

Yes, that’s right! You heard me. “I am a mum of nine children and I have never breastfed my children”. That’s not to say I didn’t attempt to with my first 2-3 children because I tried really hard but unfortunately it didn’t work out! And I did suffer from mum guilt. You might be wondering why I am bringing this up today? Well… it’s because I am sick and tired of seeing other women tearing other women down for their choices! You should never shame another mama for her choices ever! Especially when it comes to her children. And not only that. You don’t know what secret battles they could be facing in their life! As a parent, it is your right to do what’s best for your child. Why other people think they can judge that is beyond me! So yes I have never breastfed my children, but I did try and when it didn’t work out I was incredibly upset. All nine of my children are thriving and are full of life! And that is the most important thing to me!

I once saw a doctor who said; “yes there are guidelines to follow, but you as the mother know what’s best for your child and you will know when your child is ready for solids etc.

Do what’s right for you and your family but please don’t judge others for the choices they make for their family because it’s really none of your business! Support one another and be kind always

Love always, Claire
Xx.

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Hey everyone,

I want to to talk to you all today about some eBooks I wrote a couple of years ago

Around two years ago I wrote two digital books through KDP for Amazon. It was something I had wanted to do for a while but wasn’t sure I was capable of doing such a thing! Eventually, I plucked up the courage and I wrote my first books!

I decided to start a children’s book series called Finley’s adventures. I only wrote two books but had planned to write more, Life got busy and I guess I had forgotten about it all.

My confidence was also knocked when I received a negative comment about the grammar on one of the books. I think If were to write more digital books now I would take my time on them. When I wrote the eBooks I was so excited and just wanted to get them out there. I realize now that if you want something to do well then you need to take your time on it. I still think that what I wrote was pretty good and I am still proud of myself for writing them. I do want to write more books in the future and I’ve taken this experience as a learning curve! My writing has improved so much over the last 12 months since starting this blog. I am excited for the future and seeing where my writing will take me next! You can find my amazon books on the links below.

The two books I wrote were;

Finley’s First friend :
https://www.amazon.com/Finleys-First-Friend-Adventures-ebook/dp/B075M2PF78

Finley’s first Flight:
https://www.amazon.com/Finleys-First-Flight-Adventures-

Thank you, for your ongoing support

Love Claire xxx

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