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{RECIPE} Banana & maple syrup bread

Banana and maple syrup bread   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 40 mins Total time 50 mins   Author: Katrina Recipe type: Cake Serves: 10 Ingredients 125g butter, softened ½ cup caster sugar 2 tablespoons maple syrup 2 eggs 3 large bananas, mashed ¾ cup plain flour, sifted ¾ cup self raising flour, […]

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  • Mama's Style

    ooo this looks so good! i have some bananas that are getting squishy so tomorrow may be baking day ;-) ReplyCancel

{GIVEAWAY} Kasey Chambers New Album – Bittersweet Pack and more

The music of Kasey Chambers nowadays feels almost as intrinsic to this country as vegemite and Australia will be happy to know that on August 29, the singer, songwriter and storyteller will release her tenth studio album and first solo record in four years, Bittersweet. Produced by American Nick DiDia (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, The Wallflowers, Powderfinger, The Living End) at Studios […]

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  • Sharnee Snowden

    Nothing could be more bittersweet then being married and having your most cherished people there to witness the occasionReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Leaving a relationship after many years………………….
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  • Jo Thorp

    The day my husband & I drove our son to University to set up his dorm room – so proud yet so sad!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Curnow

    The day that we had an IVF transfer in the city & my mum rang from the country to say our family cat had to be put down. I had happy tears & sad tears. And this attempt, after 4 failed ones, finally worked & we have a precious 7 year old as a result. ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    My mum left us 4 kids and my dad when we were quite young, now my siblings and I are starting our very own families with promises to never let that happen to them ReplyCancel

  • LJ Pozzebon

    After spending 3 weeks in hospital not know if you have cancer, relief to find out it’s only MS & can be managed. 12yrs on living happily with my family.ReplyCancel

  • Alex

    I’d love the kasey chambers cdReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It is great i agree, Alex. I have been listening to it all morning.ReplyCancel

  • Maya

    My most bittersweet moment was when my mum finally passed away. She was no suffering or in pain, but it also meant I could never hold her or kiss her ever again. :( ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Maya i feel for you, it is so very hard. Totally understand where you are coming from.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Groves

    My bittersweet moment is a recurring one! You see our family is a FIFO (fly-in, fly-out) family. So every fortnight we kiss hubby/Dad goodbye (the bitter part) as he flys from one side of the country to the other to work in the hot, dusty red dirt of the iron ore mines in Western Australia. The sweet part is the excitement and anticipation of him arriving home to be with us physically again. The other sweet part is the dreams that we are living out and achieving for our little family and the time we have together with this lifestyle that we have chosen.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Jodie, yes it would be so hard on you and your family. So many families do it these days and often wonder how? I guess it is a lifestyle change you all adjust to.ReplyCancel

  • Trudy George

    When I moved away from all my family and friends. Although in still far from them, I have so many beautiful friends here in Melbourne.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Moving away is so hard, yes i agree Trudy. But it is also great that you have your friends there with you.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    My most bitter sweet moment is having cleaned the house all day and it’s looking great ….. THEN the kids walk in the door from school. Bye bye tidy house lol
    Ps …… I LOVE CaseyReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL yes i think a lot of us can relate to this one, Rachel!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    A bit like painting the harbour bridge. When you finally finish a task and then realise you have to start that task (or similar) all over againReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes that has happened many times, Katrina!ReplyCancel

  • Christine Mc

    After 22 years as Paramedic I became a stay at home mum to 4 beautiful girls. My husband is FIFO, 3 weeks away 1 week home. It is sad when he leaves but he gets THE BEST cuddles when home. Also his mother lives with us which is bitter because she comments on all my housekeeping skills to family and loves to ridicule but sweet because she is mostly sweet to the girls and they get heaps of time with their grandmother.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Sullivan

    My most bittersweet moment was when I was holding my last baby. She was born at 32 weeks, holding her and knowing she was ok after what had seemed an eternity of uncertainty, she was perfect! But it was bitter at the same time because she was whisked away so quickly into the humidicrib and all I wanted to do was hold her and take her home. Its one of the hardest things I’ve ever done! But now she is a happy 7 year old that drives me crazy and I wouldn’t have her any other way ????ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Rebecca yes that would have been so hard for you but so glad to hear she is now happy and healthy.:)ReplyCancel

  • Debbie

    My most memorable bittersweet moment was when I gave birth to my third son. I fell in love with him immediately, and showered him with kisses and cuddles, telling him just how much his mummy loved him. The bitter part is that he was born sleeping :’(ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Debbie, from the bottom of my heart i am so very sorry. Reading this brought tears to my eyes.ReplyCancel

  • Nikkie

    The birth of my first child. The joy I felt when she arrived so such sweet joy only to discover she wasn’t breathing so had to be rushed away to be resuscitated. Seeing her in the humidicrib but not being able to cuddle her continued my bittersweet moment.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Nikkie that would have been so very hard.ReplyCancel

  • Georgina

    My most bitter sweet moment was finally learning on my wedding day that just cause someone is blood doesn’t make them family and my new husband telling them in no uncertain words that they are never allowed to hurt me or make me cry and his family closing ranks around me to protect me.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh wow Georgina that is very hard to deal with on your wedding day. But happy for you that things have worked out for the best.ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    Sadly i had to find my pugalier Bessie a new home. Because of a,allergy and renting i couldn’t keep her. But she has a beautiful loving home nowReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Meagn, i am glad to hear she has a loving new home.ReplyCancel

  • Joanne Alphey

    Holding my dads hand when he passed away is my most memorable bittersweet moment. It was the end of his pain and suffering, but also the beginning of learning to live life without him. There’s been plenty of bittersweet moments ever since.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That’s heartbreaking, Joanne. The last thing we want is for our loved ones to be in pain but saying goodbye is so very hard too.ReplyCancel

  • Tash

    My most bittersweet moment was when I got told I could no longer have any more children while in ICU but the one I just gave birth to was in NICU and he was in a stable condition after an emergency c-section 3 years ago. It hasn’t been easy but were both here so that’s all that matters!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh that is so hard to hear those words Tash.ReplyCancel

  • My bittersweet moment was when I saw one of my handmade designs published in a children’s magazine.ReplyCancel

  • When we moved to the city from a mining town. The move to the city brought us closer to family, but leaving the mining town after many years meant leaving good friends that had become like family.ReplyCancel

  • Tammie Fleming

    after years of hard work and setbacks with being a stay at home mum with a business.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    My bittersweet moment comes once a month…when I look at my lovely month-long saved up bank balance…then I start paying the bills! Hi-ho Hi-ho; it’s back to work I go! lolReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL Kylie yes i’m sure so many of us can relate to this!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Therese

    My children’s milestones for two reasons. As they pass each stage (newborn to toddler to child etc) they will never be at the stage they just grew out of again and I miss each stage when it changes (and perhaps didn’t value it as much as I should have)ReplyCancel

    • Alison

      When my first child was born, amazing to finally have a baby after so long, but bittersweet in that his two triplet siblings passed away during pregnancy.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Ooh Alison, that is so hard but so happy for you that you finally have the baby you deserve.:)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      So true, Therese! They grow up so very quickly. Love getting my cuddles whenever i can.:)ReplyCancel

  • Ness

    Moving away from family; sweet in knowing we were removing our kids from a toxic environment, but bitter in realising will all that had past and us making the brake they would not grow up knowing their cousins. The really sweet bit, we have moved to a great community and they have more support and friends than everReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It is so hard moving away from family, Ness but sounds like you made the right choice.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Scales

    My bittersweet moment was the arrival of my daughter
    after my dad passed away. Dad was diagnosed with bowel cancer when I was 16 weeks pregnant. He was gone by the time I was 32 weeks pregnant. When my daughter was born, my sister was with me and the first thing I said when I held my daughter. ” She has dad’s hands”
    She also has his long eyelashes. She is now a gorgeous 12 year old.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Kylie that is very bittersweet! Would have been a very hard time for you!ReplyCancel

  • Irene Wilkinson

    I would love to give Kasey’s CD’s, to my dear friend who is very ill & simply adores Kasey.
    My bitter sweet moment was when after many years of ‘tracking down’ my father’s family in Poland, that I finally met them & felt so good to do so, just a pity my father had died 30 years before.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Irene what a lovely gesture for your friend!ReplyCancel

  • Annie

    When you go to the lengths to retrieve your last borns cord blood (this is not an easy task living in Central Western Queensland) in the hope that it could one day save a siblings life, then find out that it’s not a match. On a more positive note, the sibling has thus far not had to use it.ReplyCancel

  • Alison

    When my first child was born, amazing to finally have a baby after so long, but bittersweet in that his two triplet siblings passed away during pregnancyReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Me & my daughter both love kasey, my bitter sweet moment is
    My daughter starting high school but knowing she is behind kids
    Her own age .ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Alex Johnson

    Deciding to be a stay at home momma of three amaze girls.. ReplyCancel

  • wendy fox

    My bittersweet moment was when my type 1 diabetic son received his insulin pump which gives him much more control and means he no longer needs to inject himself 42 times a week….but he will always be a diabetic with all the horrible parts of the disease…ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Wendy, that must be so hard for your son and yourself!ReplyCancel

  • Helen Rodgers

    Starting a uni degree in my 50′s and having to leave half way through to care for my Mum. Bittersweet but a privilege.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    It would have to be when my father died. It was a blessing that he was finally at peace & the fact that I was there to say goodbye. He is missed every day.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Mary, thats very hard to deal with but comforting for you and your dad that you were there with him when he passed.ReplyCancel

  • Shandelle wood

    The end of a block of chocolate – it was so good – but never lasts as long as you need!ReplyCancel

  • Lyn Richards

    Calling my daughter every week and hearing her talk about her new job, her life and all the things she is preparing for the week ahead. She is so sensible and responsible and even though we live in different states, we are still as close as ever and I know I had something to do with the beautiful woman she is today.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Beautiful, Lyn! It is hard living in different states from our loved ones, but so wonderful to hear that you and your daughter are so very close.ReplyCancel

  • Kerry

    Kasey Chambers sucks the big one.
    Giving away her things because she can’t sell them she’s that shit.ReplyCancel

  • Warm bath, coffee and a whole packet of TIM TAMS,
    Then realizing how hard I have to work out the next day.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Oh yes i would be thinking the exact same thing, Jennifer! I always feel so guilty afterwards.ReplyCancel

  • Claire

    I have a bittersweet feeling every day at the moment watching my gorgeous baby boy growing up and knowing that he is our last baby and I won’t get to go through these precious moments ever again. Oh yeah and Kasey Chambers rocks!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I also have that realisation at times too, Claire. Its sad but at the same time so rewarding watching them grow up.:)ReplyCancel

  • Richard K

    Being stuck in hospital for weeks, then only to have to return and be readmittedReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh yes, Richard i would have to agree with you on this one. Hope you aren’t in there too much longer.ReplyCancel

  • Adrianne

    Sweet is the privilege to enjoy this Summer day with my children – beach, bush whatever I choose….
    Bittersweet is reading about a lady Sheree Mcleod and the journey she faces everyday in Hospital… her strength, pure honesty and candour is humbling and she DOESN’T get to choose what to do on this glorious day with her children….. incredible fight in this woman… Please send this CD to her to shorten those days:)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Wow what a lovely gesture, Adrianne!ReplyCancel

  • Pam

    Losing my dear mum after caring for her for many years. I was grateful she would no longer suffer but I miss her terribly.ReplyCancel

  • Rhiannon

    Having the opportunity to build our dream home, but unfortunately not in the area we currently live in. So I cross my finger and toes, and look forward to the opportunity we have of having an amazing house, and knowing that we are all together as a family.ReplyCancel

Healthy, budget friendly meal ideas for the family

This post is sponsored by Coles I admit I am satisfied with meat and 3 veg for dinner, it’s easy and budget friendly. Favourites would be oven baked chicken breast or BBQ’d sausage, mashed potato and vegetables making regular occurrences on our weekly meal plan. Coles have given me the challenge to create three family friendly, not […]

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  • Andrea

    Thank you Kat, I am always trying to come up with ways to use up left over sausages and sausage sandwich get a little boring. Going to try that vegetable bake.ReplyCancel

  • Jan

    Yum those sausage rolls look great, my kids would love to have them in their lunchboxes, love your ideas, they are always realistic and very family friendly.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thank you Jan! My kids love them too, a big family favourite!ReplyCancel

  • Lydia B

    My kids love sausages, but I must admit I am a bit boring when it comes to being creative, love all these ideas, I know my kids will eat all of these and they have some fresh vegetables hidden inside too, my 2 year old is so fussy.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      They are perfect Linda for hiding fresh veggies inside!ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    Sausage pasta is a very cheap meal in our house. I am a vegetarian so I have to do two separate meals. One fort partner and daughter then one for me. Sausage pasta is my favourite to make as it is done so quickly. I cook 4 meat sausages and 2 veggie sausages then boil pasta up and add a jar of pasta sauce. When the sausages are cooked, I chop them up and put into separate bowls and add the sauce and serve with garlic bread or salad. Costs me roughly £2.00 to make that. Thanks for the sausage roll recipe! I will definitely try that as my partner and daughter love sausage rolls! XReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Helen, these sound so good! I’m sure your family will love the sausage roll!ReplyCancel

Mummy time out in the bathroom… whoops did I share too much??

I don’t know about you but sometimes I go to the bathroom just to have some time out away from the kids.  However I don’t know how but the kids always seem to know I’m in there and this is when they want to chat or ask questions.  It’s probably my own fault, when they […]

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  • Lara B

    no not sharing too much I do it too, I think you’d be surprised how many do do it. For me it’s where I get my piece and quiet.ReplyCancel

  • Jenni

    Kat you are so funny, but it’s so true, I go there to get away from the kids too and low and behold they always find me, or start fightingReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Oh yes Jenni i hear you! LOL It’s always the time when they need to ask you a question!ReplyCancel

  • I went back to work so that I could go to the toilet in peace.

    I don’t read in the loo, mainly because we only have one toilet and as sure as anything, I’ll sit down for a bit of peace and quiet to do my thing and there’s instantly a queue of people doing the special dance and demanding I hurry up.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL you make me laugh! Miss Maudy.:)ReplyCancel

  • Terica

    I take my time getting out if the car anytime that I can. The kids are usually antsy to go the the house after driving and I just let them go. Doors shut and it is quiet and the world can go away even if just for a moment. I do it a the grocery store and meetings to. As long as I am not late I can take that 5 minutes of peace.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL what a great idea, Terica.:) I admit i have done that too after being out in the car!ReplyCancel

  • Marta

    I do it too Kat, pretty often. I have an active 4 yo boy, and I find that even 5-10 minutes of reading time in the bathroom is a bliss if I could have it, coz my son also seems to find me in there…LOL. Something that I take for granted pre kid.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Marta, i am so glad i am not the only one LOL!ReplyCancel

Task 35 – Declutter 52 things in 52 weeks challenge

A new Decluttering task will be published on the blog each Tuesday.  I will share a link to the task on facebook and in the Tuesday Daily Task newsletter (subscribe to newsletter here). Follow along on instagram with hashtag #declutter52 View previous Decluttering Challenge Tasks here My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or […]

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  • I don’t have much in my handbag – before children and before I started wearing glasses most of the time, I didn’t even carry a handbag! However, I have decluttered thusly:
    - Three old supermarket receipts
    - An invitation to a party a couple of months ago
    - A couple of used tissues
    - $114 (into ma wallet! A much more sensible place to keep it)

    And when I get home, there’s a bank statement to go into filing *and* the warranty stuff for my new clothes dryer.

    My handbag now contains (as well as the statement and warranty stuff)
    Purse
    Phone
    Glasses
    Work id card
    Lipstick
    Business cards (in a holder)
    A pen
    A car shaped USB (because… why not!)
    And a small pencil case with lady’s things, panadol, hand cream, lip balm, refills for my pen and an Allan key which, while I don’t know what it’s for, is obviously in my bag for safe keeping. So it can stay.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Your handbag sounds perfect, Miss Maudy and well stocked.:)ReplyCancel

  • PK

    I was unable to purge anything from my bag, since the only things in it are things I need to have in there. I don’t shove receipts in there (they stay in the bag with the purchased items), my list is electronic, and I keep so much in my bag that I *have* to keep it tidy.

    I use a “bag-in-a-bag” (I have the blue one: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9VCkP2rE-kI/UNbEFsynEUI/AAAAAAAAAy4/UiRQP6FDTss/s1600/Handbag-Organiser.png) which really helps, and I just transfer this from my handbag to a backpack when I need more space.

    I’m not going to list everything I carry, as it numbers close to 100 different items (due to medical conditions), but it is really well organised :) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Good on you, PK for having a well organised handbag!ReplyCancel

{MEAL PLAN} Beef Ragu Lasange

Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, benefits of meal planning, more meal plans & meal planning printables.   This weeks meal plan MONDAY – Beef Ragu Lasange with vegetables TUESDAY – Salmon Patties with vegetables WEDNESDAY – Eggs on toast THURSDAY – Chicken Gnocchi Soup FRIDAY –  Homemade Pizza SATURDAY – Fish Stew SUNDAY – Left overs BREAKFAST – Homemade Crumpets BAKING – […]

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  • Chrystal

    Lasagne is a regular at our house, sometimes it gets a little boring, I’ve tried your chicken and spinach version and that’s so good, I’m definitely going to try this ragu one too.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I am sure you will love it as much as we did, Chrystal. It is great to have a variation on lasagne.ReplyCancel

    • Kirsty

      We sometimes have lentil lasagna as my kids don’t like mince. We all like this variation.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Wow that is a great idea, Kirsty! I have never tried using lentils. Fantastic variation for vegetarians too.ReplyCancel

  • Thanks so much for the feature, Kat!

    Those crumpets look amazing. I want to give that Gnocchi soup a whirl!

    Erin xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Erin the crumpets were delicious! So yummy. Enjoy.:)ReplyCancel

  • Thanks so much for the feature Kat,
    I’m all over this meal plan it all sounds delicious xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh that is great to hear, Carla! They are all so yummy.:)ReplyCancel

An exciting step forward for The Organised Housewife

A few months ago my blog had a set back, on this day I realised a few things, whilst this blog is my full time job and is a business I wasn’t treating it like so which sadly saw some vulnerabilities.  I couldn’t keep up with emails and my ideas and plans for the blogs future […]

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  • Yvonne Bentley

    Hi Kat and Kate

    I often wondered how you cope with doing all you do and never seem to tire from it. I love all your hints, receipes, advice, and comments. It is great to have a reply especially as your blog has grown so much. Some days I am overwhelmed by all I have to do and feel physically drained. But you are my energiser bunny you keep on going, so it makes me want to keep going as well.

    Welcome Kate, looking forward to getting another perspective of things as well. Maybe you could be called K1 AND K2 lol.
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  • Lara B

    Kat you are truly an inspiration, how you can find positives in negatives. I am looking forward to seeing The Organised Housewife flourish and watching your dreams come true, good on you for hiring an assistant.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Naw thank you Lara, I am really excited for the future too.ReplyCancel

  • Justine

    Welcome Kate, yes that will be confusing! I always love reading The Organised Housewife so you have joined a create community hear.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      not sure how we are going to easily get around that confusion, but we will make an awesome team!ReplyCancel

  • Nice to ‘meet’ you Kate, and am very excited that you have the help you deserve Kat, here’s to the continual growth of The Organised Housewife! xReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Nice to meet you too, Emily! Exciting times ahead.:)ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    That is great news Katrina! Welcome Kate ????. So many great ideas on this blog. I went to Ikea for the first time yesterday and loved it. Your Kia bedroom makeover inspired me to start organising a better space for my family to play and relax. Thanks and thanks again ????ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thank you Rebecca.:) Love ikea so much, could easily spend hours there!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Good for you that you’ve grown so big that you need to share the load. Well done & keep going as I’d be lost without reading this.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thank you! Lovely comments. So excited for the future!ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne B

    Hi Kat and Kate

    I often wondered how you cope with doing all you do and never seem to tire from it. I love all your hints, receipes, advice, and comments. It is great to have a reply especially as your blog has grown so much. Some days I am overwhelmed by all I have to do and feel physically drained. But you are my energiser bunny you keep on going, so it makes me want to keep going as well.

    Welcome Kate, looking forward to getting another perspective of things as well. Maybe you could be called K1 AND K2 lol.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    Ooh thank you so much, Yvonne. It really does mean a lot!
    Hi Yvonne thank you for the lovely comment. I am so excited to be working along side Kat.ReplyCancel

  • Shelley Banks-Kelly

    Thank you, love your enthusiasm & your great ideas. ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Parsons

    Thanks for all the helpful tips, Kat. I am no “spring chicken” but I love your daily tasks…. As we get older and the family leave home we sometimes find ourselves with way to much accumulated stuff. I am in the process of decluttering, and giving as much away to charity as I possibly can, in the meantime the daily tasks help to keep me on top of the ordinary housework, great reminders for the little things that we sometimes forget to do!! Welcome to your offsider Kate too. Keep up your great work you are truly appreciated. xxxReplyCancel

Weekend Catch Up #3

I’m having so much fun sharing these ‘Weekend Catch Up’ posts with you.  One of the readers last week so kindly commented that it was like she was catching up with a friend for coffee hearing about how my week has been.  Funnily enough I was replying to all the comments over my morning coffee… […]

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  • Julie R

    It is just like catching up with a friend Kat, thank you, I am really enjoying these posts. Showing you are a real person and that like me unpacking boxes of new furniture frustrates you too. Good luck putting it together.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Spent a good few hours on it today and only half way through, i’m exhausted!ReplyCancel

  • Oh so much awesomeness in one post!!! Love the pencil joke and I’m definitely going to remember the designer bags one! Have a great weekend xxxxReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      They are both good jokes aren’t they Lucy!ReplyCancel

  • Lucy Moore

    Hi Katrina, Nature Direct have natural products and microfibres that could get that nasty bluetak mark off the wall! I’m sure they have a distributor near you who could drop out some samples to try. http://www.naturedirect.com.auReplyCancel

  • Jacqui

    I am very keen to see your furniture choices for Mr 11 :) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Would love to see photos when you have completed Mr 11′s room.ReplyCancel

Bullet Journalling Changed My Life

This is a guest post by Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts Two months ago, I started a bullet journal as a way of keeping track of all the things I needed to do while my husband was away for a couple of weeks. I had heard bits and pieces about it from other quilt bloggers who […]

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  • Janine Evans

    I’m at journal keeper for tasks. Tried the online ones but keep going back to pen and paper. Will try implementing some of your suggestions. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Aujard

    Alyce, when I read why you started this “I have tried many different types of planners and diaries over the years. Day-to-a-page, weekly, monthly… nothing has ever really stuck beyond a few weeks or maybe a couple of months. I’d always revert back to lists on pieces of paper here or there…” I thought oh wow, this is me. Thank you for sharing, I will be organising my very own journals using your methods now for keeping my business details, invoices and plans.ReplyCancel

  • Pamela Harris

    I use a somewhat-similar journal system, however I save a little time by using removable A5 size (almost) post-it notes for the big picture “collections”/items – to capture/build them on the run – and then progressively migrate tasks into daily/weekly pages of the journal as they work into our weekly schedule(s) over time. This allows me to move the post-it note(s) through the journal over time – saving me time with any re-writing from day to day/week to week.ReplyCancel

  • Pamela Harris

    I use a somewhat-similar journal system, however I save a little time by using removable A5 size (almost) post-it notes for the big picture “collections”/items – to capture/build them on the run – and then progressively migrate tasks into daily/weekly pages of the journal as they work into our weekly schedule(s) over time. This allows me to move the post-it note(s) through the journal over time – saving me time with any re-writing from day to day/week to week.
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  • Anonymous

    You can’t bet pen and paper. ReplyCancel

  • Janis

    Love, love, love the bullet journal idea. Used a similar thing to this years ago then stopped – but it’s starting again TODAY. ????ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    It is fantastic i agree!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie P

    I’ve bullet journaled for a couple of years now and I love it!!! I love the ability to brain dump and not lose anything – I like clearing out my head!!ReplyCancel

  • Oh I love this…
    I have been doing a more random and incomplete version of this but this is just what I need to make it work better!
    thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Seems a great system……should eliminate all those notes I keep writing and losing.ReplyCancel

  • The Filing Fairies

    I never knew this had a name! As an ex event manager I have been using this method for many many years and I had never heard it given a name before. Thanks Alyce and Katrina ReplyCancel

  • Great idea, but I kind of do this in my filofax already which means I only have one place to look for everything, whether it’s scheduled or unscheduled. I might give this a try though as it looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Charlene Morunga

    I have started my Bullet Journal today :) Thanks for sharing :)
    I have shared it here..
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Teacher-by-trade-Mother-by-nature/1477526579148791?sk=timelineReplyCancel

Creamy Tomato and Onion Dip

Come late afternoon I feel really peckish, 18 months ago I would of gone for a sugar hit, however now I much prefer a little savoury snack and I love having some dip in the fridge for just this reason. Plus it is also a great after school snack for the kids.  This Tomato and […]

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  • Tessa

    ooh this sounds so good and even more so with the hint of tabasco, my favourite.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I don’t usually use tabasco on my meals, my hubby covers most of his food in it. But I really did love the little hint of tabasco in this dip, you’ll love it TessaReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    sounds to easy, and is relatively good for you. So going to try this one. Can we substitute anything else for tabasco.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      You could leave the Tabasco out if you want yvonne, give it at least one dash as it does add a little bit of flavour, I found the 5 dashes wasn’t hot just gave the dip a lovely tang.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer

    Yummo! This looks so good!
    I’ve been reading a lot of Vitamix ‘healthy dip’ recipes lately and noticed lots use macadamias or cashews all whizzed-up to make it ‘creamy’ without cream for less calories, they’d probably work in the thermomix too.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    Ooh yes that is a great idea, Jennifer! I didn’t think of using macadamias or cashews!ReplyCancel

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  I have a little obsession I should share with you. I love all my iProducts, I am certain I have just about all available and can honestly tell you it would be very hard for me to go back to a windows computer.  All my devices talk to each other and they are all […]

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  • Kati Wenk

    I love this, I need all the help I can get to use my devices to their fullest. Any more?ReplyCancel

  • Jaimee

    This is great Kat thank you, I had no idea how to get that shortcut screen, I’ve seen people use it, but never asked, great time savers. Also love that picture of you, your smile says a thousand wonderful words, beautiful facetuned or not.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thanks Jaimee for the beautiful comment!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Me Too

    I too have a love affair the apple products, I love how they all sync together just makes my life so much easier, great tips thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes they do make our lives easier, Me Too!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Morgan

    Ooh I have been looking for a todo list that can sync to all my devices, this one looks great, you are wonderful for sharing this post, I’ve certainly learnt a thing or two.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thanks Linda.:) It is fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Monohan

    Ooh so that’s how you photoshop on the iPhone, getting this app!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Kim yes i do love Photoshop too! It’s a great app!ReplyCancel

  • The Filing Fairies

    Did you know that you can also use the volume control on your phone headset to set up longer reach selfies!ReplyCancel

  • It’s amazing (and probably scary) how much I rely on my phone. I’ve been looking for a good “ToDo” app so going to try out your recomendation today.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That’s great Amber! I’m sure you will love the apps like i do!ReplyCancel

  • Ev

    I ?? them too.
    My friends call my The apple guru.
    I luv short cuts & every tip around.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      The Apple Guru!! I love it, Ev!.:)ReplyCancel

  • So funny that you should write this blog post Kat. I have just hit publish on my blog about my trip to Brisbane last week…I purchased the MacBook Air and wanted hints and tips. Decided to streamline my apples….I do love my apples. I too love that they talk to each other, so user friendly and may help me to get a little better at this blogging business. Thanks for the post Kat!ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for the tips. I really like the one about turning the phone to landscape for a different view of my calendar, will definitely be doing this from now on. xTReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      it’s little things like that that should be shared in a manual to make life so much easier, I like that little feature too!ReplyCancel

  • Wow thanks, i didn’t know i could use the volume buttons to take photos. I’ve also just purchased both the apps. FMS will be my teacher soon hehe (Clever Cookie)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL she is a clever cookie, I’m looking forward to chatting to you about social media in a few weeks then!! Ooh yes makes taking selfies so much easier, wish it helped me with my funny one eye closed thingy when I take selfies though :) ReplyCancel

  • Wow I never knew about the photo one that you can pick a favourite and I’m TOTALLY getting the Facetune app, you still look the same but with just less beauty lines (nicer than wrinkles right) You look great in dark blue BTW. I also had no idea about the calender OR the keyboard. Thanks for sharing Kat. xReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh yay Emily I’m glad I could help you, I like the facetune app for smoothing the skin, also makes my freckles disappear, gotta love that!ReplyCancel

  • Why has nobody ever told me you can use the volume keys to take pic’s, I am only on my third iPhone, you really think I would have known that. Many thanks! xx NReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL Nikki, it’s amazing the different features we find.ReplyCancel

  • Travel Bug Within

    I loved this post – BUT I am a samsung user – so need to search for just as informative post for non-apple fiends like me!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    I love your demonstration of how you hold the phone with your right hand to take a picture and the calendar landscape mode tip! These will help me immensely! I don’t know if this is a real tip or not, but I love being able to save any image from a website onto my camera roll just by holding my finger on it and clicking Save Image. I used to screen shot so many things, but now I just do this if it’s an image. Thanks Kat!ReplyCancel

    • Leanne

      I meant to also mention a couple of my favourite apps.
      * For photo editing: PicTapGo (free),
      * For listening to music you didn’t know you wanted to listen to (hahaha) according to your mood or what you’re doing: Songza (free, uses data),
      * To save and share the kiddoes’ artwork: Artkive (paid); and
      * For the smarty-pants kids in the family: Codeacademy!ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Awesome, thanks for the tips Leanne. They are great.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Richardson

    This was fantastic! I have always had an iphone but you showed me things I didn’t know! The holding of the phone blew me away, I just took a mountain of photos as I sat here holding my phone comfortably and I am embarrassed to say I didn’t know about volume controls for selfies OMG!!! ReplyCancel

  • Money Making Mummy

    my partner asked me to buy one of the fancy faster iPhone charges and I refused but I’m glad now that I know all he needs to do is turn on airplane mode. thanks :) ReplyCancel

  • Leesa Watt

    great post KatReplyCancel

  • Tracey Barron

    There is a book that I borrowed from the local library, called “iPhone Made Easy” by Chris Smith and Kieran Alger – full of really useful stuff, including backing up your iPhone.ReplyCancel

  • Julianne Dimasi

    I’m really loving an app called TIcketyBoo Milestones. I can finally log all my babies cute moments, as they happen on my phone. I always forget to write that stuff down and now I don’t have to anymore. It’s so handy!ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Great tips!
    I am envious. I have all these devices too but can’t make the calendars sync. Any tips?
    Thanks so much.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Amy try connecting with iCloud to get your calendars to sync!ReplyCancel