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So your child is starting school soon! This can be a time in your life that is both ‘glad’ and ‘sad’ as it is a significant milestone. Denyse, experience as a teacher, deputy principal and principal is sharing her tips on the blog today on how to prepare for your child starting school next year.

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  • Sharon

    Thank you Kat for sharing Denyse’s tips with us. Denyse this is a great article, thank you so very much. I have been swept up in emotion of my first child starting school, that I feel so lost in where to start, what do I need to do to prepare him. This is a great start thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Thank you for your kind words. It IS a huge event in parents’ lives planning for your child to start school. Even more so than daycare or kindy.. Because “school!!” And we all know that’s when others really start have influence too on your child’s life. But, we have all been there & my role (in writing here) has been to “reassure” and “inform” I do wish you well! DenyseReplyCancel

  • Jackie M

    that’s actually a fantastic tip about the 2 school hats, my kids lose their hats all the time and the school uniform shop is only open once a week so they can’t play for days until it’s open. Great idea Denyse.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I think it is a fantastic idea too, i hadn’t thought of buying 2 hats.ReplyCancel

    • I wish I could take credit for the 2 hats idea but my DIL gave me this one as she was “over” our grandson losinghis or it staying in the classroom or being taken by another kid (despite labelling inside!) . It might sound awful but even when hats are well-labelled (big texta writing!) inside, hats can go off with different kids. Not all parents check their kids belongings, sadly. Poor teachers don’t really have time to “chase up” lost property.. DenyseReplyCancel

  • Louise Thomsen

    Great tips! Familiarising kids with their new learning environment is so important.ReplyCancel

    • Thank you, I like to think that when parents get some practical tips it makes the transition a little bit easier for everyone! DenyseReplyCancel

  • Great piece of writing, I really liked the way you highlighted some really important and significant points. Thanks so much, I appreciate your work.
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10 Hair Care Tips to help nourish and strengthen your hair to improve overall hair volume and growth.

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  • Charlotte

    I’ve been having trouble with my hair falling out, no reason, I think it’s just stress. Thank you for these tips, I had no idea about rinsing hair under cold water.ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    My top tips would be the one you mention above and it’s just let your hair dry naturally, I find my hair gets so brittle when I use the hair dryer on it.ReplyCancel

  • Laura Dupree

    My top tips for fine hair are: Give hair a blunt cut and let it dry naturally. I gave up shampoo months ago. I use a baking soda paste instead of shampoo, and I use very watered down apple cider vinegar as my rinse. For me, the best part is that I only need to “shampoo” my hair twice a week whereas I used to have to shampoo daily.ReplyCancel

    • Anna

      I do the same!! I’ve not washed my hair for over 6 months – all Li was doing was ringing with water. I’ve just learned about using Apple Cider Vinegar and it’s cool hearing other people’s stories about doing the same thing!! ?ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I have been experiencing a lot of hair loss recently so much so been to doctor. She believes it could be iron cos I have very low iron. Thanks for the tips, am finding this really stressful (which probably doesn’t help!)ReplyCancel

  • One of my girlfriends told me that trimming your hair regularly will help it to grow quicker. This seems like a good tip for those wanting to grow out of short hairstyles. Is this true?ReplyCancel

  • After years of growing my hair I had to face facts and go for the big chop – I LOVE it. It feels so much healthier and is actually easier to style. I also do not wash it as often and that definitely has made a difference to the condition. xReplyCancel

  • After having chemp&radiation treatment&all my hair falling out, I will never complain about thick curly hair again! Its not curly anymore but its grown back white. I colour it with natural dyes (healthy vegatable dyes)&rub oil(olive oil) in once a week. My hair is now very shiney&getting thickerReplyCancel

Download and print the FREE Teacher Appreciation Card so your kids can show they are thankful for the time and support their teacher gives.

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  • So gorgeous. I’m sure any teacher would love to receive this from a student. :)ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Ooh thank you, Kate. I think they are just lovely and agree any teacher would love this, i know i would.:)ReplyCancel

  • Christy

    I’m a swimming teacher & would love to get a card from the kids I teach….ReplyCancel

A little gift for teachers, as they put in so much extra time and effort for our children through the year the recognition is well deserved.

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  • I love the idea of giving Food during teacher’s appreciation day. A simple homemade cookies with a “Thank You” tag would already be a sweet gift.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I think it is lovely for the kids to give a little Thank you gift to their teacher just to show their appreciation.:)ReplyCancel

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

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

    • 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

The kids will enjoy these healthy after school snack ideas, some can be baked ahead and others prepared in minutes.

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  • Kirsty

    I always forget to consider after school snacks when grocery shopping, this is great thank you, and so easy but some things I just wouldn’t think of.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Kristy, I think what i love most about these snacks is not only are they a healthy after school snack but also so quick and easy to whip up.:)ReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    ooh my kids would love the apple slices, fantastic idea. I also bake muffins and biscuits like you suggest for lunchboxes but for afternoon tea as well. So we always have something yummy in the freezer too.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It works so well having yummy snacks in the freezer ready for when they walk in the door.:) And all so delicious.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sue

    Our quick favourites are:
    *ham, cheese and tomato flat bread toasted sandwichs
    *popcorn (done in the air popper and a bit of melted butter mixed in)
    *fruit salad and yoghurt (pre made Mason Jar style)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yum! They sound delicious, Sue.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    I saw the apple slice and toppings idea on another website. Here is the link with a few additional ways to dress up the apple, savoury and sweet… All of them look yum!

  • I’m always battling during the afternoon, home from school, totally ravenous period. Thanks for the great ideas!ReplyCancel

  • We love peckish rice crackers here. My boy is starving after school and often just wants dinner so we have early dinners heheReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh yes they are a favourite of mine too.:) ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Karen

    I spread vegemite and sprinkle some cheese over mountain bread and bake in the oven. Once crispy, break into chip size pieces. They are like a healthier version of chips, and will keep for a little while in a airtight container. Very moorish for adults and kids.ReplyCancel

  • These look great. Love the sultana sandwich.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Aren’t they fantastic, Julie!.:) And the kids love them.:)ReplyCancel

  • Dana

    Frozen grapes! What a cool idea (i hear they are good at keeping wine cool too!) 😉ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL they could well do, Dana.:) They are a super yummy snack and so perfect for those really hot days. xReplyCancel

  • Jo Kemp

    they all look fantastic, but there’s a huge lack of protein in there. I am always conscious of getting my three kids to eat protein when they get home so that they aren’t snacking on carbs that just don’t fill them up. They eat plenty of fruit at school but not alot of protein. So my kids favourites are chilli con carne with tortilla chips, chicken and cheese quesadillas, quiche and anything yummy I bake.ReplyCancel

  • Kaycee

    I do big batches of Nuts & Bolts for after school / doing homework snacks…yummy and easy :)ReplyCancel

  • Robyn

    I’d be careful using the health star rating to help you make good food choices. Plain Greek yoghurt got only 1 star while strawberry licorice got 2.5. Some breakfast cereals got 4.5 stars because of added nutrients even though they are 25% sugar, while plain weetbix (99% wheat, no sugar) gets 3.
    Some great snack ideas here thoughReplyCancel

    • Anne

      while there are many flaws in the Health Start rating, Weetbix actually get a 5!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      that’s very interesting Roby, I can’t believe that licorice has a better rating than greek yoghurt, will certainly look into it.ReplyCancel

I’ve re-organised our school bag nook area adding in new charts and hooks for the school hats. I’ve become a little frazzled with all the activities the kids have so these charts are helping the kids and I remember what is happening each day.

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  • Lordy, this would be the *least* sorted I have ever been since my kids started school! The oldest started high school, and they changed the uniform, so that’s been an interesting experience. This year, we had a family holiday in January, rather than my taking leave when school goes back. So, this week has been a case of my running around on my lunch break collecting missing bits of kit (today – white sport socks)coupled with emails to teachers and phone calls and all manner of I don’t need this right nows. However, next week, people will have sport socks, art smocks, display books etc, and hopefully we can get into the swing of back to school properly.ReplyCancel

  • gillian

    Wow Kat! sometimes I think moms should get a university degree in logistics before we become moms. thanks for all your suggestions. I think you have made the right choice for you kiddies to go private, not for the snob factor as I am sure you may get it in the neck for that, but I find that private schools do tend to give children a real feeling of self worth and lots more opportunities. I am glad that they are enjoying it and well done again to you and hubby for being such supportive parents…xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you so much, Gillian! We are so very happy with the school and the kids are settling in so well.ReplyCancel

  • Laurie

    Dear Katrina,
    I recently came upon your blog. I love viewing family and organizing sites in dreams of becoming organized myself one day! Better hurry up as I am now 60! My 2 young school age grandchildren live with us and my husband and I are responsible for most of their daily lives. I have physical limitations and must use a walker or crutches, but find my grandchildren help “keep me going” both physically and mentally. My blog reading time is limited for all the above reasons, but after a little research, I find yours to be one of 2 organizing, cleaning, meal planning, family oriented blogs I have decided to follow. I love not just the happy colors, but your honest assessment of the ups and downs of life, your ideas for lunches, etc., etc., etc… There are so many blogs out there, but yours seems to line up nicely with my life at present. Thank you for the great job you are doing sharing with us.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Ooh Laurie the are truly beautiful words! Thank you so much and i am so happy you have found my blog page.:) I love what i do so much and get so much enjoy out of writing my blog and connecting with my readers.:)ReplyCancel