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Teacher Appreciation and Classroom rules prints & gifts

One of my readers recently ordered a Baby Details print and asked if I could make something similar so she could give it to her child’s teacher as a gift at the end of the school year, I thought it was a great idea. We have been very lucky to have some wonderful teachers over […]

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  • Cathy

    This is such a fantastic idea, just ordered mine, thanks Kat!ReplyCancel

  • Christie

    This is such a fantastic idea, just ordered mine, thanks Kat!!ReplyCancel

  • Sam

    Teachers put in so much effort with little in return, this is a really special gift to give.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Coey

    Gorgeous. Teachers so generally unappreciated. Just organising a collection for our Kindy teacher now. If we all throw in a little we can get her alotReplyCancel

{FREE PRINTABLE} Plan your school holidays

From 3pm this afternoon the kids are on school holidays.  In so many ways I am looking forward to it.  I’m excited to have them home for 2 weeks, to spend time with each of them, do some crafts, baking, sleep in, watch movies, have fun and just relax.  I love those days were you […]

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  • [...] If you, like me, love like to do charts, then jump on over to The Organised Housewife.  She has a free school holiday planner which I will be filling out [...]ReplyCancel

  • Lee Dingle

    Happy Holidays to you Katrina hope they are full of fun laughter play and love. :DReplyCancel

  • Cassie

    My kids school socks are white too but with a red & green stripe. Would you still soak them in napisan? ThanksReplyCancel

  • Joe

    I will be catching up on missed tasks during the holidays.ReplyCancel

  • Anne @ Domesblissity

    Thanks Kat! Have a great time with your family. xxReplyCancel

  • Domaree

    I’m the same as you. I love when my 4 are on holidays. No morning rush, a couple of PJ days, movies and fun is all on our list of things to do :) Have a great holiday !ReplyCancel

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School Holiday Fun at Dreamworld

I have lived on the Gold Coast all my life, growing up visiting the beautiful beaches and fun-filled theme parks. The first time I can remember visiting Dreamworld was when I was 14, I then spent a day there for my 16th Birthday with my friends and had fun date days there with my hubby […]

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Creating An Organisation Station For A Large Family – School Bags & Chores

This is a guest post by Jac from Common Chaos Chronicle There is nothing worse than walking through the door and tripping over several school bags that have been tossed in the entry-way as the children have arrived home from school. This I know, as I have done it on more than one (or 101) […]

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  • Carmen

    fantastic idea. maybe the glass could be replaced with thin perspect or laminated sheets… great idea of the long wood to attach the smaller boards with the hooks by hubby …

  • Larissa ~ My Pigeon Pair

    Oh Jac, that is a brilliant Organisation Station!!!  I just love it!  It will make such a difference in your busy lives!  Thanks for sharing!!ReplyCancel

  • That is one cool area!! Most definitely a must-have for busy families.ReplyCancel

  • love it! looks very organised and very pretty! xReplyCancel

  • Awesome idea! We have a small house and don’t have anywhere suitable (without it being in the ‘way’ in the living areas!), so wondering if it would be suitable to hang outside in the enclosed carport – it’s not fully enclosed like a garage, but has a garage door and the back open (hope you know what I mean!) … will have to suss it out as this is SO WHAT I NEED!!!ReplyCancel

    • Could be a good idea, just make sure the kids don’t leave food in their bags overnight so little animals don’t come to investigate.ReplyCancel

  • Fiona Arthur

    That is excellent! I’m going to give this a go for sure. ThanksReplyCancel

    • It’s a fantastic space!! I am sure that it will definitely help to make a space more organised in the home.ReplyCancel

  • What a wonderful blog!ReplyCancel

    • Jac has a great blog, I don’t know how she does it and to be expecting baby number 6 any day now, I am so excited for her JReplyCancel

  • Great idea! I would try to replicate the same for my children too..I is very handy in teaching them organization skills

  • mprjm

    love love love this. thank you for sharing. my kids are 5,3 and 1 but we already have school bags and job charts so im going to make this in the holidays

  • WOW, I’m always looking for ways to ‘organise’ in my home of 8 kids and this is awesome.  Not sure if I have a wall long enough so I made need to split it up but I love the frame system with glass as a white board.  This is awesome I’ll be heading to spotlight, office works and bunnings today.ReplyCancel

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  • Hi Jac (& Katrina). I’ve just come across this idea, having just joined the 20 day challenge and I LOVE IT! I have made my own version of it to suit our family and what we need to do and its up and ready to go for next week. I’m sharing it on my blog where I tell everyone to go to yours and check it out! Awesome ideas have to be shared. ;-)

  • […] her pages I found this one which I’m adapting to suit my family. Its a very clever ideas on how to organise each […]ReplyCancel

Plans for the School Holidays

School holidays have now started here in Queensland.  The weather has been perfect the past few weeks so I really do hope it continues to be this way. I would like to take the kids out through the holidays, enjoy the outdoors, visit parks, see friends and go to the movies.  I’m going to Sydney […]

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  • Priscila_meine

    não consigo fazer o downloadReplyCancel

  • Love your blog!

    Thanks very much! We’ve got our free download printed out on the fridge so now the kids can see everything we’ve got planned ( and I won’t forget what’s happening)! Love it, thanks again.ReplyCancel

  • I can’t wait for the school hols! I have a list of to dos a MILE long, but still, I can’t wait :) Looking forward to saying hi at NNB2012 :) ReplyCancel

  • Hi katrina, I love your blog! Thanks for all the wonderful tips on getting organised! I am going to Blogopolis for the first time this year, for my new blog Make Ahead Mum. I am really looking forward to it. I will try to pop over and say hi! Cheers FleurReplyCancel

  • I am no longer homeschooling as my youngest graduated last year, but I still remember all my plans for our break times and what I hoped to accomplish, lol!

    If you don’t mind me asking, how did you make your schedule form?  Was it in a Word program or did you use something else?  I would just love to make my own schedule look “cute” and have no idea how to do it or even where to start.  Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • [...] from The Organised Housewife has a great list of things to do at the end of each school term!  She has inspired me to get [...]ReplyCancel

  • Deanne Shannon

    Do you have any idea if you are going to do the 20 day cleaning challenge you did last year. I missed it last year and I really want to do it this year.ReplyCancel

Fonts to help kids to write + Qld Cursive

Pin It Prior to my kids starting prep I found some great tracing fonts to help them with their handwriting.  This helped them to learn their  name and make a start on the rest of the alphabet.  This was a great beginning step, however once they started school they needed to learn the new Queensland […]

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  • Christeen

    Don’t you find it strange that there is such a thing as ‘Qld Cursive’ at all? I didn’t even know that there was a difference in writing styles between the states until your post. I did notice my 9 year old has learnt differently than I did, but I thought that was because I was taught in 70’s Queensland. ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Doyle

    I found a practice writing letters printout on crayola website which shows the right way to write each letter great for Preps who are only beginning and tend to wite backwards.
    I am laminating them so my kids can use them over and over! They can be found under the colouring pages.

  • Sarah

    Just stumbled on your blog and haven;’t even made it past your first post, but can tell that I am going to enjoy it.
    I downloaded the Victorian Cursive font via this link,
    I hope this is some help to fellow Victorians.
    I had my twin boys start school last year and to get them into their letters, I developed my own worksheets with characters starting with each letter, something that they could easily relate to. ie, “E” Elmo, Ernie, Elmer the Elephant, Easter Bunny, including an image so they could easily recognise them.
    Thanks, SarahReplyCancel

  • Have stummbled across you blog and after an hour here and many handy tips I know I will be back – thankyou for all of your brilliant suggestions and for sharing so much.ReplyCancel

  • Jaynee

    In WA I think we use Victorian Modern Cursive too!ReplyCancel

  • Dana Nelson

    These are great! Thanks so much for finding these!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    Thankyou so much for these. We have just moved from QLD to Victoria and knowing that the writing is different have been trying to teach our little girl a little over th holidays.ReplyCancel

  • From the example above I’m pretty sure in the NT we use QLD Cursive as well. It looks the same. I think it’s absurd really that there are differing handwriting styles around the country especially considering our transient population with many in the military and moving often. Maybe one day it will all come into line. They’re introducing a National Curriculum, so hopefully writing will fall in there somewhere.ReplyCancel

  • Judy c

    Just what I was looking for :) Thanks so much xReplyCancel

  • Mjsmith77

    Was looking for the Q Cursive font and I stumpled on your blog… thanks for all your sharing and will be coming back for more!  All the best!ReplyCancel

  • Gtscarey

    Thank you for posting these! very helpful and useful!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Borm

    thanks so much for putting this all together. I was trying to find this on the net but it was becoming a mission. I already receive your emails so i knew your information would be clear and helpful.ReplyCancel

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  • Nat Schneider

    Qbeginners link no longer worksReplyCancel

{BACK TO SCHOOL} Lunch box essentials for the pantry

We are back into our routine with making lunches, today I thought I would share with you some of the lunchbox essentials that are always stocked in my pantry. Rice crackers – if I don’t have any fresh or frozen muffins or cookies I will give the kids some rice crackers Apricot Balls & Pretzels – These are […]

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  • On Sunday nights I will spend about an hour in the kitchen making up some items to help get the kids through the nice week.
    Jelly-I make this using juice & gelatine
    Yoghurt- in a maker
    Donut muffins-make plain muffins then while warm, poke a hole in & add jam, then roll through sugar & cinnamon
    Fried rice-my teen doesn’t like sandwiches, but loves this. Cooked rice fried with a scrambled egg, bit if ham, frozen mix veg, & just plain soy sauce.
    Drumsticks-roast for an hr, then wrap in Al foil & freeze. Put into lunchbox frozen & we haven’t had problems
    I’ve also made ahead sandwiches & freeze these as well.
    I don’t premake all this every Sun, just a few items to help us grab things quickly

    Other essentials are popping corn that I microwave fresh that morning
    Fruit & vege- my kids prefer veg, so carrots sticks, beans, even mushrooms.ReplyCancel

  • Not just great ideas for school but would be great for work as well , thanks :)ReplyCancel

  • Muesli bars – homemade or store variety.ReplyCancel

  • My kids love cold fried rice or cold chicken wings/drumsticks as well. It makes a nice change from sandwiches for them :)ReplyCancel

  • And I make popcorn and store it in a Tupperware modular mate. Keeps it really fresh and I can just grab some to pop into their lunchboxes.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Thanks Katrina for prompting up to stock up our pantries! We are gluten free/dairy free/nut free. Our staples include:
    * gluten free pretzels (
    * wholegrain sakata rice creackers
    * coles brand pear snack packs
    * rice cakes spread with “no nut” butter
    * cans of chickpeas (for making hommos)
    * dried apple snacks (

    • Lisaj_1979

      I love the tortilla’s! they keep really well for when the bread runs out.. My kids are younger and still like a simple lunch so even plain tortilla’s which i cut into shapes like cars or trains they love.. plus it’s easy and you can do it the night before if you pack it in a zip loc bag!ReplyCancel

  • I make my own Apricot Delight. Easy to do and much more cost effective! justfordaisy.blogspot.comReplyCancel

  • Bek – recipe on blog? Link please!!ReplyCancel

  • I agree with all these things. Ladies, did you know that microwave popcorn is one of the most toxic things you can buy? Make it yourself and spare your family the cancerous chemicals from the plastic/microwave combo. Please!!!ReplyCancel

  • I agree Lyndall – a friend of my daughter’s brought over a packet of microwave popcorn last weekend and I read the ingredients – omg – partially hydrogenated soybean oil was the one that stood out for me, not to mention artificial flavours (why do you need to flavour popcorn?!?) and colours (ditto). Popcorn cooked in coconut oil and a bit of salt on the stove is delicious and much less toxic.ReplyCancel

  • We pop our own for home but Coles has an organic popcorn ready popped which I keep in freezer and put into mini ziplock bags for a lunchbox treatReplyCancel

  • Bek Straughan yes, please share the link to recipe!ReplyCancel

  • I love all ur ideas. Diane Ballard the fried rice is a great option, Im adding it to our lunchbox menuReplyCancel

  • Sorry on iphone so did the lazy link up! Here is the link! Enjoy!
    It makes a big batch but lasts in the fridge or freezer! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I make wraps for my kids. They love them and are a great way to get veggies and salads into them. Avocado, cheese, grated carrot and cucumber, baby spinach leave and ham or turkey with a drizzle of salad cream. They always finish them.

    I freeze slices of fruit which they love in the morning and they help to keep the lunchbox cold.ReplyCancel

  • Channy

    How do you stop the cruskits going soggy by lunch time?

    • Lisa

      Hi Channy

      I wrap the boys rice cakes in alfoil & put in lunchbox. The lunchbox is made up at night ready to collect in the morning. I have done this for jam, cheese & vegemite & nut butters and they are still reasonably crunchy by lunchtime. I imagine cruskits would be the same. Hope this helps.ReplyCancel

    • Juanita

      I know this is late so I hope you see it! I find not putting butter or marg on helps keep them from going soft. I think they stay pretty crunchy with peanut butter on them.ReplyCancel

      • My kids don’t complain of them going soggy, but your right Juanita, there really is no need for margarine when spreading on peanut butter ReplyCancel

  • Can you freeze fried rice? Trying to be an organized housewife :)ReplyCancel

  • Yep I always do just in little/big containersReplyCancel

  • we do lots of hommus and guacamole with veggie sticks!!ReplyCancel

  • Meg

    Essentials here are premium crackers or rice cakes, homemade dried fruit, few tins of two fruits or similar. Baked beans or tinned spaghetti for the times my 6 yr old is refusing sandwiches and then some honey tiny teddys as an occasional treat for very good behaviour :)ReplyCancel

    • Zara

      Meg I was just talking to hubby about drying fruit, how do you do it?ReplyCancel

      • Julie

        Hi Zara
        A Dehydrator is the best way to dry fruit. Pick up a cheap one either online or at goodguys etc (i got one online for $70)…. to see if you like using it before you go on to buy a more expensive one (can get up to around $400-$500). Can make SO many things – biltong (dried  meat – it is a treat for some ;) ), vegetable chips etc…ReplyCancel

        • Pcorderoy

          Hi, I’d love to make some biltong using a dehydrator.. can you tell me how? thankyou!!ReplyCancel

  • Do the rice cakes not go soggy with with cheesymite? Maybe have to give its try…ReplyCancel

  • Both of my boys love Rice Crackers and the Apricot Balls. What’s Cheesybite?? I might try some rice cakes for them though, not a bad idea. I used to eat them often, haven’t bought any for ages. Other than Dried Apricots (and occasionally dried apples for Alexander) I can’t get my boys to touch dried fruit. They both inherited my dislike for sultanasReplyCancel

    • Cheesybite is the cheesy flavoured Vegemite, like vegemite but not as strong a flavour. ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    Loving the suggestions. I always have popping corn in the pantry. It takes just minutes to pop some corn in the morning before school and it’s a nice treat to find in the lunch box.ReplyCancel

  • [...] The Organised Housewife has some great Lunch Box Essentials for the Pantry. [...]ReplyCancel

  • Marissa

    Thanks for those great tips. Dried fruit is also our trusted back up. Long(er) life flat breads & tortillas have also been handy to have in the pantry when bread supply is low. Fillings include, cheesymite, low fat mayo with grated cheese & grated carrot.ReplyCancel

    • Marissa

      Cheesybite, that is!ReplyCancel

    • hmmm…. is that all together Marissa? Might see if my kids will try it?ReplyCancel

      • Marissa

        Giggling at myself Katrina! No, they haven’t been brave enough to try all of those together yet. I do know a friend who adds a thin spread of vegemite to her salad sandwiches so I should probably “never say never”! ReplyCancel

  • colette

    might go try some apricot balls! I’ve seen before you having yoghurt covered somethings (sultanas??) Where do you get them?ReplyCancel

    • The yoghurt covered balls can be found in the health food section of the supermarket. The apricot balls are in the dried fruit section. Hope the kids enjoy them!ReplyCancel

  • Nikki

    There are some great ideas being posted! Our school has a Crunch & Sip Policy which means the ONLY snacks allowed are fresh fruit & if you must put in something else multigrain crackers & cheese or yoghurt. No drinks exept water. The school canteen also only has healthy options available. So our lunchbox looks like this: 1x Banana, 5x Strawberries, 1x healthy sandwich, Multigrain Crackers & cheese or yoghurt. It has taught the kids so much about healthy eating & i find our daughter making healthier choices at hone too!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    My kids also enjoy the dried crunchy bananas as a treat.ReplyCancel

  • HelenR

    Our lunchbox pantry essentials are pretzels, rice crackers, muesli bars, home cooked “air popped” popcorn, dried banana chips, dried apricots and sultanas.ReplyCancel

  • Jess

    Little tins of tuna & spaghetti.ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa

    I make a mix of rice party mix popcorn nuts and one bag of chocolate nuts. The chocolate element is small the bulk comes from the popcorn and it’s healthy with a small amount of treat being the chocolate. I make it in a large tub and use a measuring cup to scoop one cup into a zip lock bag.ReplyCancel

  • June

    Plain milk poppers a couple of a days a week. Don’t really do prepackaged food. Make our own yoghurt, chips, roasted chickpeas, roasted corn kernls, grain free bars. Everything is fructose free in our house.ReplyCancel

  • Jesta

    Pantry essentials for us are, 
    Big tub of seeds (sunflower and pepitas) dried apricots, banana chips and sultanas to make little containers of trail mix.Popcorn, Pretzels, plain corn chips, sesame snaps, large tins of two fruits ( I divide into small containers).Rice thins, dry biscuits (salada’s, cruskits, sakata’s), Plain marie or arrowroot biscuits.Dried cereal such as cheerios, mini wheats etcReplyCancel

  • HI , how long would it be safe to keep rice cakes with vegemite and butter already made up in pantry for, would clad wrap and clad bags help?ReplyCancel

  • OOPPss I meant in fridge not pantry!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    Hi Suzanne, Ooh i would only keep them in overnight. I think anything after that they may go a bit chewy.ReplyCancel

    • You are very right Katrina, I tried they did go soggy! Been thinking of doing school lunches 2 days ahead, Will stick to my usual routine. A extra minute in the morning wont disrupt school run.ReplyCancel

{Printable} Back to School: Fractions

When my kids are finding something hard to understand at school I try and help them further at home, be it spelling, telling time or handwriting.  Over the next few day’s I will share with you some resources that have been a fantastic help to us. Fractions is a hard concept to grasp, my kids […]

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  • Love it! How simple but effective.ReplyCancel

  • I’m eager for qfont so I can start practicing my hand writing to teach my children ReplyCancel

  • This is great kat, thanks for sharing. Fractions are hard but so important all through life! Learning properly and really understanding will be so much easier with something like this.ReplyCancel

  • Mtomsey77

    this is visually a great idea, although my kids are only starting Grade 1 this year and not quite at this stage yet, i think i will print it out regardless. I totally agree with the cooking though, i try to teach them fractions whenever we bake togetherReplyCancel

  • just printed this out and went through it with my 6 year old son who understood it. such an easy way to teach fractions. baking is also a great idea that i also do with my kidsReplyCancel

  • had i had things like this back in the day at school, i would have been ace at maths!!!ReplyCancel

  • Oopsiemumma

    That’s awesome! Thank-you have printed it and stuck it on the wall already.ReplyCancel

  • Ailsa

    Thank you so much. It’s just what I’ve been looking for!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina,

    Another way to help them visualise their fractions is for each child to make their own fraction wall. This is an activity we do with Year 7s in class.ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Thanks Katrina, this will be a big help to my oldest son. I love your blog by the way, I find lots of your tips very helpful and useful, keep up the fantastic work!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I wish I’d had this a couple of years ago. Thought you might like this site – it helped my daughter (and me) a lot – – we used it extensively for all sorts of fraction work like improper fractions etc. It has great explanations, and test pages.ReplyCancel

  • [...] While placing the male view with more educational material. I got these free pintables’ from The Organised Housewife’s website and stuck them up on the wall, now he has something to read to keep his brain ticking over. [...]ReplyCancel

{BACK TO SCHOOL} Freezable lunch box treats

Wow, a {DAILY TASK} on facebook last week caused a wave of discussion…. this was the task: {DAILY TASK} Start stocking your freezer with homemade freezable baking treats (muffins, cookies or scrolls) ready for school lunch boxes. My plan for baking this week: Blueberry Muffins Choc Muffins Jam Drops Savoury Scrolls Last week I got into […]

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  • Can I just say thanks so much for sharing this! I’m always on the lookout for new freezer friendly recipes!ReplyCancel

  • My children don’t go back until Feb 3 best l start baking these recipes are fab thanks ReplyCancel

  • Thank you so much for this. With four kids at school and a hubby working I’m going to the best wife/mum around now ;) Awesome ideas. And will save do much by not buying pre made stuff. Cheers again. ReplyCancel

  • It was certainly a very helpful conversation. I have been baking mode since. Thank you for the link to my blog (A Multifarious Me). Hopefully someone will find that freezing tip helpful :-)ReplyCancel

  • What a fantastic list – I’m loving all the freezer recipes! Thanks, Kat, for all that typing and linking. A huge job!ReplyCancel

  • I was looking for one of these recipes last night and told hubby I couldn’t remember if I saw it on this fb page or stay at home Mum’s page. Long story short he told me I really should spend more time looking at this page so I could be organized enough to remember where I saw it!!! Cheeky bugger :)ReplyCancel

  • Just double checking all these recipes can be made in advance and piled up in the freezer and then pulled out of the freezer each day and thaw in the fridge or lunch box?ReplyCancel

  • Thanks! Suzie, we have a week to go too! Will try to use it wisely with these ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Thank you so much this is going to be a life saver AWESOME!ReplyCancel

  • Shakeah

    Jut wondering if it might also be a idea to have at the bottom of the page how long you can store say Muffins, biscuits etc in the freezerl
    Thanks again! Alot of Mums like me are very greatful for this page :)ReplyCancel

    • Most are up to 3mths… but they never last that long! :-)

      Also Shakeah, it’s about how you wrap the item. A lot are best individually wrapped and then bagged. Personally, because mine only last a week or two in the freezer, I use zip lock bags and the small clip-lock containers (depending on the item). Make sure the baking is completely cool before freezing.

      I hope this helps :-)ReplyCancel

  • Wow, that is a huge blog post! Mammoth effort Katrina, well done :) It’s terrific!ReplyCancel

  • Thank you for these. I will be making the mini muffins, and the cheese and bacon scrolls today. :)ReplyCancel

  • thank you, thank you for this list! My plan was to find some recipes this week and now all I have to do is cook!ReplyCancel

  • thank you! have been waiting for this one, going to get baking now with the help of my Thermomix!! The Owl & The ElephantReplyCancel

  • THANK YOU SOSOSOSO much!!!! This has majorly helped me get my lil boys 1st yr @school more Organised & yummy ;DReplyCancel

  • Jos @sew, cook, laugh & live

    I was wondering where all the traffic on my blog was coming from! Thanks for sharing some of my fave recipes!ReplyCancel

  • I don’t have kids at school anymore but i do have a hubby that needs healthy goodies for work instead of buying crap! ThanksReplyCancel

  • Samy_savva

    I am a mum with a preschooler (school supplies all foods) but this list of food is WONDERFUL. My daughter and I get great enjoyment out of cooking/baking together and this will just continue it. My printer at work tomorrow is going to get a work out :-)ReplyCancel

  • Thank you so much for putting all these together in one. I was trying to follow it all on FB but this makes it SO much easier. Thanks againReplyCancel

  • brella

    This is quite a simple and economical recipe. My kiddies love to help me make these. I have not packed them for lunch yet ReplyCancel

  • Big thank you from my family. You’ve inspired me in many ways, love following your page!ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    A great list to inspire me and keep the kids happy too.ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    Awsome! Thanks for organising this list, I had been searching for ideas when a friend told me about your site. Great recipes and you have saved me time looking. ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer

    Great ideas. Thanks! Shared with friends. :)ReplyCancel

  • Candicelewi

    These healthy snack recipes are great, but as a working mum myself, I know there are others out there who are looking for healthy lunch box bars off the shelf as we have limited time for making our own. Supa Secrets snack bars are specially created for kids’ growing bodies, developing taste buds and active lifestyles. They use the best ingredients possible to ensure the kids get nutritional benefits – and my son loves the ballistic berry flavour! I found them in the health food section at Coles or you can get them online at

  • Jeltan

    I’m considering asking some of the Mums around if they would like to co-op – we could each cook bulk batches of one item and portion wrap. We only have to cook one thing (working and studying mum of 2 primary aged boys) but have a range of lunchbox foods in the freezer!ReplyCancel

    • That’s a great idea Jeltan.

      I am currently cooking my “friendly foods” for my Mum, my son, my husband and me. I find doing a big batch for the whole family is great… although I ran out of room in the freezer!!ReplyCancel

  • [...] I made some cookies. I used a recipe from The Organised Housewife’s back to school luchbox series. I followed it, I swear I did. The plan was to cook half the mix now and put the other half [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] My oven has also been broken the past 2 weeks, which has been a struggle as I LOVE to bake.  The holidays will be a great opportunity to bake some muffins, cookies and restock the freezer of lunchbox treats. [...]ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    love this page! well done, finally a list where everythink is suitable to freeze & for lunchboxes! life made easy for me Im very appreciative :) and loving your cheats ways are awesome thanks heaps ReplyCancel

  • Michele

    Such a great list! Can’t wait to try some of these! You’ve done a fab job Kat :)ReplyCancel

  • All of my recipes are freezer friendly over at Friendly Foods for Fletcher!

    They’re also gluten free and dairy free… back to school for me tomorrow (I’m a teacher) so the weekend was full of baking – which I loved! The only reason I stopped was because the freezer was full!


  • Tegan

    Do your frozen treats unfreeze in time if they are in cooler bags? I would love to incorporate this with my children but my preppy has a cooler lunch bag and my kinders have theirs put in a fridge…ReplyCancel

    • Marie

      I take mine out f the freezer when i put their lunch boxes together the night before so they defrost in the fridge overnight :)ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    I’m thinking about doing some freezing for my girl starting kindy this year. They have a rubbish free rule (no packets, cling wrap etc) so would like to freeze without individually wrapping. Any suggestions of the best way to do this? Was thinking of placing baking paper between each layer in a tupperware container. Would this keep them fresh enough do you think?ReplyCancel

    • Marie

      i freeze on a tray and then once frozen pop everything in a snap lock bag :)ReplyCancel

  • Kali

    This has been fantastic! I have so far made the cookies and the bacon & vege slice and the kids seem to love them! With my baby starting school this year, I was sick of buying the chips to shove in all 3 kids lunchboxes! Wanting something easy, quick and relatively healthy for them! We are short on time with 2 of us at uni this year so these are great ideas! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie Giles

    This is great, thanks for the ideas and sharing the recipes! Always appreciate things that make life that little easier! Also great to be able to give the kids home cooked things (just starting to do that more consistently!)ReplyCancel

{Back to School} Great how to graphic on how to tie shoe laces

This is a fantastic graphic showing different way’s to tie shoe laces, who knew there were so many stylish ways.  Great talking point for kids starting a new school. I usually tie as H shows.  Some of these would look really funky with multicoloured laces (but our school is black laces only).    Step by […]

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  • Has anyone tried those elastic no tie laces?ReplyCancel

  • Best laces for those just starting school, available at athletes foot, called one second laces. Already looped, pull the loops to loosen and the tabs to tighten. Won’t break like the elastic ones.ReplyCancel

  • @ Kathrina Thanks. I have twins starting kindy this year so that will save a bit of time in the mornings. Once again thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina – yep. My father-in-law used them after his stroke – brilliant! ReplyCancel

  • The way I do them is not on this list. I learnt from my Dad and I thought it was pretty bog standard!

    I love this list though. It would have been fab in the 80’s when we had those made shoelaces that had patterns and words on them!!ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    very interesting Katrina my rope/knot lover little boy will love this.ReplyCancel

Free Lunch box note printables, creating fun memories for the kids

As you all know I enjoy creating special treats for my kids lunchboxes, but another something special is when I pop in a little note.  I may do it just for one child and someday’s I do it for all 3, something to help boost their day.  Also another creative idea is writing a little […]

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{Reader Question} Homework nook

Could you please share more about your homework station, where did you buy it from and please include pics of how you store your art supplies.  What is your homework routine? Here is our homework nook The homework nook sits in our dining area which is where all homework is completed. On Top In the […]

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  • Such a great idea. I’ll have to remember that when mine start schoolReplyCancel

  • That’s great. You are so inspirational!ReplyCancel

  • I’m definitely doing this. Love it ! ReplyCancel

  • Penny

    our homework routine failed dismally last year. I am trying hard to get organised and ready for the new year. I am going to get the mag holder for my daughters home work book and home reader. I look forward to getting ideas from other busy mums with tiny houses on thier organising tips. I love your blog Katrina and I have improved many areas of my house with your tips and tricks. Keep up the fantastic work.ReplyCancel

  • I like the idea of the rotations. My second is starting school so this might just work. Any ideas for dealing with twin preschoolers while all that is going on? Lol. XReplyCancel

  • Like Penny homework time always fails for us & usually ends up in a screaming match – can’t find a pen, can’t find my homework, I want to play the Wii … I am determined to set a strict routine this school year with the 2 Primary aged kids – the high schooler – no idea how to tackle her yet!! Tips welcome. My kids don’t get off the bus until 4.20 so it makes afternoons before dinner all the more time-poor. ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    you are amazing – did you grow up in a house this organised and routines. Your child must feel amazing, safe and nurtured in the home environment you have made. Such an inspiring person xReplyCancel

  • That’s a terrific homework routine and this year I’m going to try and do something similar. Homework becomes difficult in our house because we have a 2 and a 3 year old who like annoying the older two and taking their things. I’m not sure what to do about that yet, because they’re not easily distracted from such an important task as annoying their siblings!!!ReplyCancel

  • Great idea – I have some drawers that need to be cleaned out and a paper/ pencils/craft cupboard that needs reorganising. Oh and one more day before I go back to work – so it looks like my day it sorted! :-) thanks for the idea.ReplyCancel

  • Our homework routine last year was pretty basic, just sit at dining table and lounge until done, while one of them did their maths sheet or english sheet, I’d read with the other one and then test them on their spelling words. The two afternoons we were at gymnastics meant we only had limited time so it was usually spelling on one day and reading on the other. That worked because Monday is a gymnastic day for us and thats when they get their new spelling list, so Monday after gymnastic we did spelling.

    I had two baskets I’d store the homework supplies in, the bigger one stored their books and papers and the smaller one stored pens/glue etc. Because we are almost ready to move into the new section of our house the place I store homework will need to be changed and I’m thinking of getting a cupboard custom made to store homework/school bags along with keys and wallets etc.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!! This is my area of reorganisation for this week and you have given me tons of inspiration. Our school supplies are in every area of our home & I’m sure that we have about 10 sets of everything for 2 kids. Thank you so much for sharing with us…ReplyCancel

  • Great idea, I luv it, I’m going to try it this yr. ReplyCancel

  • Natasha

    Great idea. I never make mine do the homework on weekend (includes Friday night) unless they didn’t complete something during the week. Last year reading and spelling was homework for 10 yr twins – more often than not we sat on their bed and did it as it was quiet. The 12 yr often did her homework off her own back. Most nights they read to me at bedtime took turns and read to self while with another. Being a single mum makes it hard at times, I did fall asleep on them a few times
    I’m starting studying this year so I’m hoping that each afternoon we can all sit around the dinning table for about half hour and do homework together.
    Going to get some mag holders.ReplyCancel

  • Although my daughter’s homework load is due to increase this year (Yr 3), I found last year’s routine worked well for us. As soon as we get home, they change out of their uniforms and have afternoon tea while chilling out with a little TV (half hour max) while I sort out their schoolbags. Then if the weather is fine, I get them outside playing till 5pm. This is very important in our household – plenty of fresh air and exercise stimulates their mind and gets the good hormones going, not to mention it takes advantage of the available daylight (particularly in winter). Then at 5pm my daughter has her shower while I sit with my son (will be Yr 1) and listen to his reader or go over the worksheets he brings home. Once my daughter is finished her shower, they swap. My son has his shower and my daughter sits at the dining table (in our kitchen) and does her homework while I prepare dinner. That way I am on hand to help her easily while still getting things done!

    Also I found that splitting my daughter’s weekly homework load up over the first three days of the week really helped. Monday was maths, Tuesday was spelling and Wednesday was sentences. I worked most Thursday nights, so it was a load off my mind to know that her homework was completed by then and Dad only had to listen to her reader. Also it meant that they could go shopping and get a treat or spend their pocket money.

    Now I just need some inspiration to help me get a homework station set up. Although our routine was good, stashing everything on the kitchen bench was not! I have a console table right beside the dining table (splits the lounge from the kitchen) that I want to utilise. Any ideas?ReplyCancel

  • Although my daughter’s homework load is due to increase this year (Yr 3), I found last year’s routine worked well for us. As soon as we get home, they change out of their uniforms and have afternoon tea while chilling out with a little TV (half hour max) while I sort out their schoolbags. Then if the weather is fine, I get them outside playing till 5pm. This is very important in our household – plenty of fresh air and exercise stimulates their mind and gets the good hormones going, not to mention it takes advantage of the available daylight (particularly in winter). Then at 5pm my daughter has her shower while I sit with my son (will be Yr 1) and listen to his reader or go over the worksheets he brings home. Once my daughter is finished her shower, they swap. My son has his shower and my daughter sits at the dining table (in our kitchen) and does her homework while I prepare dinner. That way I am on hand to help her easily while still getting things done!

    Also I found that splitting my daughter’s weekly homework load up over the first three days of the week really helped. Monday was maths, Tuesday was spelling and Wednesday was sentences. I worked most Thursday nights, so it was a load off my mind to know that her homework was completed by then and Dad only had to listen to her reader. Also it meant that they could go shopping and get a treat or spend their pocket money.

    Now I just need some inspiration to help me get a homework station set up. Although our routine was good, stashing everything on the kitchen bench was not! I have a console table right beside the dining table (splits the lounge from the kitchen) that I want to utilise. Any ideas?ReplyCancel

  • with home readers …. they are read to me in the morning as I do the little ladies hair …. not wriggling and I can watch their accuracy without making them feel self conscious :)ReplyCancel

  • KazF

    We are praying that we stay in one spot this year – we moved twice last year which involved changing towns twice and schools once and in one instance a very long bus journey to and from school since we knew one of the moves would be for only 6 months. That way we can get into a good routine to start the year off. I’m generally not home to handle the homework stuff straight after school, so the kids are able to play outside or chill out inside till 5.30 (5 in winter) then come in settle down and start homework at the dining table and my computer desk nearby while Hubby and I are organising dinner in the adjoining kitchen.

    My eldest is going into Year 3 so his homework load will undoubtedly go up, though the 6 yr old in Yr 1 last year got more home than the one in Yr 2, so it wouldn’t be hard. They both have computer homework and written homework so they will rotate between the 2 work stations. They still have another full week of holidays yet so we aren’t getting too crazy excited about going back to school.

    I have treated them to a Lego art carousel with a couple of added things like scissors and glue as they are both Lego mad and it might keep them a little interested. I’ve told them they can only use it for homework. They get homework each night which goes back the next day, so no need for books hanging around the house.ReplyCancel

  • Our homework routine (such that it is) is a little erm. Shambolic to say the least. The Little Kid (in Prep) had reader and words to do each night, and the Big Kid (Gr 3)would have a work sheet, spelling words and 20 minutes of reading to do each night (probably 30 minutes all up). BUT we don’t normally get home til 6pm; and because the boys need to be UP at 6.45am each morning, they go to bed by 8pm (7.40pm to allow for the 20 minutes of reading each night) – so that gives us an hour and 40 minutes for dinner, showering, relaxing a little, music practice and homework. Funnily enough, it was the homework that normally got shunted to the side. The Little Kid will read his reader to me while I cook or to his brother – if he’s in the mood. Otherwise, I don’t force the issue.

    The Big Kid will normally whip through his worksheet on Saturday morning (deal there is I am doing housework – which I don’t like; so he’s happy enough to do his work sheet which *he* doesn’t like) even though it’s supposed to be spread over the week. He also often got a ‘project’ to do last year (they annoyed me – some were just too big for the time frame allocated without a reasonable amount of parental participation.)

    The Big Kid does what he can at the coffee table or the dining table. I am getting new furniture this summer – so I will hopefully be able to allocate the kidsa small section for homework supplies so we don’t have the endless “I need a pen/pencil/crayon/scissors” before he gets started.ReplyCancel

  • We have set up an area like this for the new school year. Does anyone have any suggestions for library books? School and public. Just wondering what others do. We lost one school library book last year – and need to be better organized. ReplyCancel

  • for library books, we have a cane rectanglular basket that sits on our hutch/cabinet in the dining room (next to our garage which is what we use for our main entrance). All library and school books go into this basket. As soon as they come home from getting them, they go into the basket and after reading them they are returned to the basket. I haven’t lost a book since starting this idea.ReplyCancel

  • [...] homework nook – another thing on my to-do [...]ReplyCancel

  • i love al these ideas i hope when my baby gose to big school ill be able to organise and use all these ideas (still got 3 years to ggo thank god)

  • Aaron27

    so glad i just found this site its so usefull, i recently made a homework nook in the loungeroom out of a small old cupboard it is so much easier, no searching mindlessly for pens lost homework sheets, glue sticks etcReplyCancel

  • Amber

    my daughter is 7 and our routine has been the same for 2 years. When we get home from school at 3.30pm she changes out of her school clothes and has afternoon tea. Usually plays in her bedroom until 4.30pm then starts homework. 4.30-6pm homework/reading. 6pm dinner. 6.30pm help clear up and house chores (wipes table, helps stack dishwasher, tidy’s her bedroom and packs bag for school) 7pm piano practice. 7.30pm shower. 8pm in bed lights out. This works well for us. We don’t have TV on during the weeknights. She is allowed to watch a movie or cartoons Saturday morning for max 2 hours. Piano practice everyday and on weekends for at least an hour. I believe it is important the child is above average in class as once they fall down it will follow on until high school. A lot of the time her teacher does not set enough homework. I find this frustrating as I believe homework should be set daily, and I am always buying learning books to fill in the gaps. In the school holidays I get her to complete a few pages of the learning books everyday and we have a rule that she can not play until they are done. After reading your routine I find mine quite strict but I like it that way. She has never complained about doing the extra learning things or about not watching TV after school. I guess if you start them young then they don’t know any different.ReplyCancel

  • Carley

    That’s all well and good, I STRUGGLE to do homework with my prep boy who only started a few weeks ago (long story). The problem is I have 2 under 2 and so their needs are always immediate and when I say to wait they aren’t happy little munchkins. As a result homework never gets done (don’t judge me) having 2 under 2 is hard work. To clean a kitchen can take all day because the eldest nearly 2 wants to ALWAYS be picked up. I can do homework late at night but then my prep boy ain’t in the slightest bit interested and just wants to destroy his homework books.ReplyCancel

    • That’s so true Carley, I like to get homework out of the way once they get home so then they can relax their minds and bodies, play outside and enjoy some sunshine. I can only imagine how difficult it is for you to get through homework time with 2 little ones. Can you set up books for them to draw in so you can all be at the table together at homework time???ReplyCancel

  • Leesa Leech

    OMG you guys are in such a shock when they start High School both my boys at least spend 3 hours a night doing home work each term have at least one full on assignment per subject. However, this is a great idea as the kids never can find pencils etc as they have left them in their locker at school so I too will be creating a nook like this but adapting for High School Students and another draw for my daughter that starts prep next year.ReplyCancel

  • Narelle Peake Fousketakis

    Love the ideas here, especially the magazine holders and pencils/textra, etc.. Something for me to do over the summer holidays.ReplyCancel

    • I have just finished writing a post about another Homework nook I just created for one of my readers, hopefully it will inspire you as well, it should be published in JanuaryReplyCancel

  • guest

    I have a 10 plastic drawer unit on castors from Office Works as my homework station. This way they can wheel it over to the table where they are working. It’s filled with all the things needed for homework and assignments. My 3 are Grades 1,4,7. We only have 1 completely free afternoon on a schhol day usually, so I just can’t imagine getting them to focus after 6 hours of school already during such a busy week. Sometimes they use their initiative and get some homework done while watching another sibling at sport. My routine for years has been that I sit at the patio table every Saturday/Sunday morning available for homework help. We are all early risers so we are usually done by 8.30am. Unless its a big assigment like, make a replica of the solar system! If they don’t take advantage of the time that I am completely available, then they do it on their own. These days, more often than not, they have started before I get up and I just have to check it.ReplyCancel

  • […] I created a designated space “homework nook’ in our home a few years ago which stores everything related to the kid’s school, homework and drawing.  It’s a storage unit that sits in our dining area and keeps all the school paperwork, and homework books tidy.  I have 3 magazine files on top for each of the kids to store their books and papers. Usually the school emails me permission slips which I then print and keep in their file until it’s closer to the time due.  The first drawer is for all our colouring pencils, textas, rulers, writing pencils, 2nd drawer is colour books, scrapbooks etc and the 3rd drawer keeps all the sunscreen, zinc etc.  See more pictures of my homework nook here. […]ReplyCancel

Blueberry Muffins – Freezer friendly

Blueberry Muffins – Freezeable   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 15 mins Total time 25 mins   Author: Kat Recipe type: Muffins Serves: 12 Ingredients 2 cups SR Flour ¾ cups brown sugar ½ cup vegetable oil 1 egg ½ cup milk ½ tsp vanilla 1 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh) Instructions Place […]

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