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I think it’s perfectly acceptable to have toasted sandwiches for dinner, especially when you have had a nutritious dinner the night before and eaten reasonably healthy through the day.  Toasted sandwiches are perfect for those nights that you really can’t be bothered with dinner, a great easy dinner idea that I am sure your family will enjoy too. This […]

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One of the biggest struggles I had when the twins were young was every day was the same, wake up, shower, feed kids, wash clothes, play, kids nap, clean house, play, fold washing, feed kids, bath, bedtime. I didn’t go out often, but every day was the same, like groundhog day, eventually it drove me nuts. Something had to change, I made a change in my routine which created a bit of balance.

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  • Bec

    I can’t help myself… You do realise that now it’s seems to be saying ‘wart’ and crafts??ReplyCancel

    • leanne

      THink it will be hard no matter the day, MART, TART, WART, FART…… hehhee oh the giggles my 7yr old will have with it though esp when she shares that reading knowledge with her 5yr old sister!ReplyCancel

  • Pat

    When my kids were primary school age (with one in high school) we had one day outside the home activity and one day at home where we did the housework and prep for our day out.
    I think we only had one lot of school holidays where we only went out one day in the fortnight due to misbehaviour and non-compliance with helping do the chores.
    The amazing part was that was the third set of school holidays that we followed that routine, must have been some adolescent crankiness and teasing from the oldest child. :-) I do remember she was the ring leader.
    Every other school holiday was wonderful. We lived near water at the time, so we would go swimming on hot days or for walks along the lake edge. One winter time we wanted to go to a shop to buy some craft items but there was no where to leave our bicycles safely tethered. I came up with the idea of putting one bike chain through three bikes and a second bike chain from the other end of our four bikes through three bikes. Nobody was going to easily walk off with four bikes at a time.
    There was a lovely bike path near our house and we used it a lot to reach people we visited or the shops or parks for fun and exploring. We would take a picnic lunch or some munchies & water if we went home for lunch.
    We rode at the safest pace for the slowest rider. Which was the youngest child when we started, but later it was me who was slowest and the kids would ride around me in circles.ReplyCancel

This tomato bruschetta mix on top of oven baked chicken is a deliciously fresh combination. An easy meat and 3 vegetable dinner.

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  • Cheryl

    this looks delicious I’m going to make it tonight as I have quite a few tomatoes I need using. Kat I love all your recipes they are easy and practical thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Hi Kat. Sounds like a yummy and refreshing dinner. I experimented with a similar chicken recipe recently. I called mine Greek Chicken – it was basically chicken thighs marinated in lemon and oregano, pan fried then over the top – some chopped cherry tomatoes, sliced red onion, goats cheese and drizzled with olive oil(plus salt and pepper of course!)ReplyCancel

  • This looks delicious! I’m a big fan of bruschetta so this will be yum! I also love using my oven. Warms up the house in winter and it’s easy to walk away and get other stuff done :)ReplyCancel

Follow along in the weekly cleaning series where I give you a task along with steps on how to clean an area/item in your home.  Most of these tasks will be easy, from light switches to toys, towels to stinky shoes, cleaning many of the forgotten areas or things in your home.  View previous cleaning tasks here. Set yourself up […]

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  • Dare we say that the humble knife block is probably the most neglected thing in the house in the cleaning regime? And they get oh-so grubby and greasy. :/ReplyCancel

Family Friendly Weekly Meal Plan plus recipes to help you work out what to cook for dinner tonight.

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  • We have an interesting meal plan this week, as it’s school holidays, I decided that the kids can do the cooking this week, so it’s stir fries, soups and pasta all week. xxReplyCancel

  • Thanks so much for including my recipe lovely. Have a great week and enjoy! xxReplyCancel

This is a Thermoix Beef Curry recipe, however for those without a Thermomix this slow cooker Moroccan Beef Curry is delicious.  I made the mash in a saucepan on the stove, I love my Thermomix but really don’t like potato mash made in it. Ingredients: 1kg cubed gravy beef 45g butter 2 brown onions halved 1cm […]

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  • Amanda

    Moroccan Beef Curry in slow cooker for Sunday lunch “as we speak”….already smells delish! Going to add a small tin of pineapple pieces in a few hours at hubby’s request :). Serving it with quinoa (packet mix…1st time trying this). Thanks for sharing Kat and for the recipe inspirations. Enjoy the school hols with your lovelies.ReplyCancel

  • Kay

    Hi guys,

    I am looking at buying a Thermomix and would love some feedback about the machine. Both pros and cons.

    Thanks,

    KayReplyCancel

Kids can get so bored through the school holidays, this is a I’m bored checklist to help them come up with some activities to occupy their time.

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  • Sal

    Can you please tell me where you got that beautiful mint bedside lamp in the photo with the girls playing lego?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Sal it’s gorgeous isn’t it, it’s from Adairs kids.ReplyCancel

      • Sal

        Thanks Kat. Love your blog. Am heading off to Adairs to get one this afternoon!ReplyCancel

  • stay @ home mum

    Need some help am a house wife its so sad for me CUs I cant seem to get the kids to keep the place tidy the girls share a room ages 5,4,1 and the boy has his own any suggestions thanksReplyCancel

Loads of craft ideas for toddlers to do at home, painting, sensory play to help promote their learning and development and more.

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  • Such a wonderful collection of toddler activities. Lots of these ideas I’m sure would be enjoyed in the school holidays too! Thank you Kat for including LKL.ReplyCancel

  • In our house, we love taking old linen sheets and turn them into tents for some indoor camping.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Ooh i used to love doing that as a kid too! So much fun!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    Thanks! We will be making playdoh and celery prints tomorrow. We are expecting rain for a couple of days in NJ. These are perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Miriam

    Love all these ideas – and many of them are suitable for older kids too – fab!!!!
    A couple of other things that my little ones have loved are weaving and “stained glass”. The weaving requires a piece of cardboard with slits at each end, wrap wool or yarn around the card so that it catches in the slits. Then use ribbons, leaves, wool scraps, grass etcReplyCancel

  • Miriam

    Oops – bumped post comment before I was done.
    … use ribbons, leaves, wool scraps, grass, paper strips etc for weaving through the string on your cardboard :-)
    The stained glass also needs a little adult set up. Get some card, cut out the middle in any shape you like, cover in contact on one side and then give your tot a container of cellophaneReplyCancel

  • Miriam

    How embarrassing, I’ve done it again – stupid fat fingers! Haha!
    Use the cellophane on the sticky contact. You can then leave it as is or cut around the stained glass either leaving a border of cardboard or not. Use blue tack to attach to a window :-)
    I’m actually finished now :-)ReplyCancel

Plan activities to occupy the kids through the school holidays, plus use the checklist to help you be organised for when the kids return back to school.

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  • I too am a holiday planner from way back! I find it is the only way to fit it all in. Mine usually takes the form of diary entries, nothing as pretty as your planners. Have a great school holiday with your kids xxReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Ooh thanks Nicole! Hope you have a great school holidays too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Wow… You are really an organized mum.. Planning your kid’s holidays is the best you can do for your kids n yourself as a parent…looking forward to read more of your post…I’m surely going to read the freeZer Friendly lunch ideas as I also have a six year old daughter
    beamingkids.blogspot.comReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I find we fit so much into the holidays if we plan it out and gives the kids certain days to look forward to.:)ReplyCancel

  • I love that you plan the holidays! My kids aren’t school age yet but there’s still some great tips for me to do too. Thanks xxReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Absolutely Rebecca! Enjoy the holidays with your little ones xReplyCancel

My top 5 Laundry Tips that will help you create a functional space in one of the littlest roooms of the house.

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  • Krystal

    The link to your laundry tips doesnt appear to be workingReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I’m so sorry I just realised, I have fixed the link.ReplyCancel

  • MoniqueM

    Your link for the 5 laundry tips isn’t working. ????ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      thank you for letting me know. I have just updated the post with the link.ReplyCancel

  • Monica

    Link still doesn’t work. I’m disappointed! Please fix ASAP!ReplyCancel

    • Mel Bell

      Oh my goodness. How rude are some people. Kat works hard for all us and lightens up many of our day. Really – get a grip!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sorry to disspoint you Monica, I’ve only just relaised it didn’t publish with the link, I have been away on a roadtrip, just fixed it now.ReplyCancel

  • Janene Rowley

    Link will not open.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Janene, just updated the post with the link.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Obviously the link doesn’t work, but, no negative thoughts, no disappointment.
    I googled origin energy, clicked blog, a little scroll and voila
    http://www.originenergy.com.au/blog/lifestyle/how-to-love-your-laundry.htmlReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      thank you so much Rachel, I honestly didn’t realise, with so much to do for my roadtrip to country NSW this was overlooked, I appreciate you looking for it and I hope you enjoyed the tips.ReplyCancel

  • kerrie

    Be careful, as your business expands…..not to forget the little things.

    You’re laundry link doesn’t work as did the photo upload in last couple of weeks (can’t remember the actual date).

    Love your daily jobs!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Your right Kerrie, such a little thing is a huge thing, the link!! I’ve just updated it, post now includes the link.ReplyCancel

  • Went and had a read – I agree with the back up plan. I hang mine in the garage and am even thinking of getting a second clothes line installed in there.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea, I remember when my twins were babies it was quite a hike to my clothes line, so I installed one under the patio so I was always close by and was great as I could hang clothes out in the evening too.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Keyte

    One thing which has saved my sanity with laundry for the past few years, is doing the washing and hanging it out anyway when it’s raining. Things like undies and other things which will be needed soon get dried on the airer inside (or hanging over doorknobs, around the edge of the laundry basket etc), but larger things that we can wait a few days for still get hung out. I figure they have to get dry eventually, and meanwhile they’re not overflowing out of the hamper.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      that’s right Rachel, when it does rain on my clothes outside I don’t worry too much as the rain will start to shine eventually. Although I did this with a full line of towels, the line started to pop off the wall with all the extra weight, woops.ReplyCancel

  • fiona simcock

    Seriously guys can you not work this out yourself? What did we do in the days before links??? Kat said it’s on the origin energy website – do what I did and look for it yourself – it’s not that hard!ReplyCancel

    • Mel Bell

      Good for you – a little initiative goes a long way. I am yet to understand why people need to be so aggressive and rude.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      xx. silly me forgetting to add the link.ReplyCancel

  • Margaret Mason

    I have always folded my washing as I take it off the line. Even when I had all four children at home, I folded so that there was a pile for each in the (standard-sized) laundry basket. I took off and folded the non-irons eg socks, undies and a lot of ‘play clothes’ (why bother ironing them?). Then took off the towels etc and folded them on top of the non-irons. When all four were at home, I used a second basket into which I put the ironing straight from the line. Now, with only two of us at home, the ironing is put on the top last of all and then transferred to the ‘ironing’ basket when I get back into the laundry. I have always had a rotary clothes hoist – so hang non-irons in one quarter, linen in another and stuff to iron in another (and whatever there was most of in the fourth). When I get/got a chance, I carted the laundry basket to the linen cupboard and put that all away and then placed the piles of non-irons on the appropriate bed once the child was old enough to put their own stuff away.ReplyCancel

  • Jude

    I LOVE my airers on wheels that go outside in the daytime and inside at night by the fire. They can be wheeled through doorways. I got mine from Hills but I have seen ones at Target as well. It is a bit fiddly in these coldest few winter weeks. I hang bedding and towels on a clothes line under the carport for a couple of days and then finish them off inside by the fire. I think if we had a large family a drier would be great for bedding and towels. The business shirts and children’s school shirts all dry on wire coathangers on a garment rack inside.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    I use a clothes airer for the small stuff too. It’s also useful if it starts to rain, you can quickly grab it and bring it inside or under cover, rather than unpegging all those little pieces in the rain!ReplyCancel

This is a guest post by Louise D’Allura of Meal Planning Your Way Are you struggling to meal plan and get healthy food on the table? Too often we find barriers that stop us from putting our meal plans into action, and reaching for takeaway. Like most of us it will be because you’re too tired […]

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