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We all love school holidays here, the sleep ins, lazy days and spending time together, but funnily enough my kids also look forward to going back to school  The twins will be in their last year of primary school this year and my youngest is in year 4.  I just don’t know where all that […]

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  • Emma Lawson

    Katrina, I would love to know where you purchase your frames… I’m wanting to also have a range of frames in different sizes to be able to showcase art, photos or your printables….

  • Jessica

    I love the borders on these printables! What program do you use that gives you those? The confetti one is too cute!!ReplyCancel

I know Christmas has only just finished, but if you have kids starting or returning back to school it is time to start thinking about the school supplies that you need to buy and label.  I have 3 kids and I always find that purchasing their school supplies, covering books and labelling everything takes quite […]

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I have great plans for you in 2014, however I’m going to treat the beginning of the year a little different.  Whilst I like to make goals, reassess and make changes to what wasn’t working for me last year, I don’t usually start this on the typical 1st day of the year.  For me my […]

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  • Leann

    Lunchbox ideas – I always struggle there :)ReplyCancel

  • Cara Jonkers

    I would like to set up a “lunch box” station so that my 6 yr old son can make his own lunch for school. Any ideas would be great.ReplyCancel

    • Miss Maudy

      I make all the sandwiches for a week at a time, and muffins if I have time – they go into the freezer. Kids lunch boxes sit on top of the freezer. They grab lunch box, sandwich, fruit from the fruit bowl, snack (muffins or home made biscuits) and a drink. Takes them two minutes because everything is close at hand.

      However, I am upgrading my kitchen this year and not going to have the same layout, so not sure how it’s going to work come March!ReplyCancel

  • Elita Hooper

    Lunchbox ideas for a fussy eater plsReplyCancel

  • PlanetSchnooks

    I would love to some ideas on what to pack for lunch!ReplyCancel

  • Maryanne

    Vegetarian lunch box idea. With so many schools being nut free it’s hard for those that are vegetarian to include variety of protein since it’s normally done via nuts. And healthy only please. No relying on store bought items.

    Also would be great to have ideas on different types of lunchboxes. We use Tupperware lunchboxes. The ones divided into sections but they are no good if you have wraps or leftover pizza. So ways the lunches can be packed to last and that are compact and not messy.ReplyCancel

    • Rachel

      Just wanted to share an idea. Have you considered cutting the wraps/ left over pizza to fit. Bite size/ finger food style?ReplyCancel

  • Kristie

    My eldest is going to school for the first time, so just knowing all the things I need to have ready will be handy.ReplyCancel

  • Yvette

    The logistics of getting three children and myself (looking respectable, no trackies or pjs) out of the door by 8:30am, and only having an hour and a half to do so.ReplyCancel

  • Jade Buhck

    Highly recommend the routine charts! Both my 2 have used them since Kindy! Great to get them into before they start prep!ReplyCancel

  • Margaret Hillier

    Hi Kat & family, I am way past having to worry about school lunches, I just want to wish you & yours a wonderful 2014 and to thank you for helping me declutter my home.Each day I clean & tidy at least one drawer or cupboard, you have been a great inspiration. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Tricia Greig

    both my kids are in new schools this year, yr 1 and first year high school. I have new uniforms to buy, and an iPad too! Im looking forward to your gentle reminders of daily chores, to keep my mind off my impending cash crash.
    I’ve really enjoyed waking up to your blog every morning, over the past year, I tend to follow your cleaning tips the day after but it gets done.
    have a glorious January with your family, I love the holidays, no rush, no lunchbox fuss, just hanging around with my kids.ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn Leslie

    My daughter starts high school this year – any tips for helping her organise her study area, set up a homework/study routine etc would be most welcome.ReplyCancel

  • sally

    Thanks for being so great at what you do!!!. I have 4 kids and three of them with autism. You have helped me to be more organised over the past year and our christmas was well organised. I think that being organised for school with as much visual aides as possible is super important, one of my boys is starting kinda this year so the visual countdown is already on…..thanks salReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    This time last year Kat I had only just found you a few months prior and I spent my Christmas holidays reading heaps of your blogs on various ideas and organisational tips! I bought a couple of your downloadables, and set up a homework station for my four kids. It was wonderful! I am naturally just disorganised. I was finding it difficult to function at work knowing my household was not in good order. So thank you so much for help. I am definitely on my way to being well organised. I just need to work on morning and afternoon teas. I have these good ideas and but various things for snack foods but then I just forget them. So this year I’m going to write the snack items down & then the children will know what’s available. Any ideas for this? Thanks so much for all your help in the last 12 months – you have impacted my and my family’s life for good!ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    I have 3 boys in years 2, 6 & 9 this year, and would love some tips and ideas on how to manage the never-ending pile of school notes that get sent home…some are for events up to a month in advance. Thanks :-)ReplyCancel

    • I’m sure you have your hands full there Jo! I have some ideas for you which will hopefully help, I’ll share them next week on the blog.ReplyCancel

    • Janine Mumma D Daly

      that was what I was going to say Jo, we have 6 at school grades, 1,3,5,7,9&10 and they bring home a note every other day :) I can never keep upReplyCancel

  • Andrea

    I love to see discussed great and easy to use/open lunchboxes and containers, etc… Whilst some containers/lunchboxes look great, they can be difficult for little ones to open, etc…ReplyCancel

    • Shaz

      I like this idea as wellReplyCancel

    • Nic

      I’d like to know where you can get that silver lunch box in the picture?ReplyCancel

      • Terri

        The silver box is a planet box. I am not sure where you can buy them in Australia but they might tell you on the website. I think it is planet My oldest daughter has been using hers for 3 years now and it is still in perfect condition. They are a little expensive but worth the money as you don’t have to replace them every year. They are also easy for little ones to open and come with 2 containers, an insulated bag and fun magnets that go on the front of the box.ReplyCancel

      • kate @ livinglovinglaughing

        Biome just started selling them but i did the math and its actually $10 cheaper to order them from planetbox in the USA!! this is my dream lunchbox for my kids… stainless steel, lots of compartments, etc – now to convince the hubby ;) wish me luck hahaReplyCancel

  • Donna Jones

    My daughter is heading to school for the first time so it’s all new to me. Looking forward to reading some of your tips and going over some of your old posts :)ReplyCancel

  • Kaz

    how to organise their extra-curriculum items, so that Mum is happy with their rooms being tidy, but kids are happy because they can find things… I’m talking cricket gear, guitar, swimming, ballet, etc!ReplyCancel

    • Rennie

      I created a box under the bed called “sport” box. Any sport they do can be found in the box and when they have finished with it, they are to put it back in the “sport” box. So much easier with their sporting uniforms too. Doesnt get jumbled with normal clothes wearing.ReplyCancel

    • Sallyp

      Each ‘sport has its own bag, even just a supermarket one, and everything goes back into it. They just need to grab the right bag each time we head out. Luckily we have some shelves in the laundry that they all sit on, and as items get washed like bathers, they get put straight back into their bag. Nothing gets ‘lost’ in their rooms.ReplyCancel

      • Yvonne

        I do the same thing Sally. The bags live in my son’s bedroom and he grabs and goes! I was talking to a girlfriend before Christmas and she was was saying her girls had turned up to swimming without bathers as they hadn’t got them out of the drawer. She asked how I did it with working full time and a busy child – the system works much easier for me.ReplyCancel

      • Rachel

        What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. I’m doing this, this year for sure!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Young

    Ooh. I always find it hard to think of exciting lunchbox ideas for my daughter. Especially nut free ideas,ReplyCancel

  • Edith Twaddell

    I was wondering the pros and cons between getting a newsagent/office shop to fill out the kids book list or doing it yourself and where are the best deals for kids stationary. Thanks heapsReplyCancel

    • Sallyp

      I once owned a news agency, and found that parents loved the fact that I only sold them what they needed, and not huge packs. One parent attempted to do it by them selves and instead of the $70 that the list was with me, he spent $120 and spent a lot of time going from store to store.
      I would say have a good look at the list and cross off things that you already have then trust the retailer to do the rest. Some of the cheaper brands (from a teachers perspective), are poor quality and do not last the year. I feel it is always nice for the children to have the stationery, so that they are not worried about brands etc.

      • Rachel

        I agree! Having seen 3 step children through High School and still having my youngest 3 in school I find it is worth the time saving and impulse spending avoid. Buying some extras of the basics for the children/ home office and gifts while back to school sales are on is also well worth considering.ReplyCancel

  • Monique

    In 2014 I will have one child in Year 10 and three children starting Year 7!!! I would appreciate any ideas, charts etc on how to set up homework schedule/s especially on those days when they’ll all be needing or wanting my time to assist them. This may include some weekend time for those bigger assessment tasks. I’m a bit stressed about how I’m going to divide my time between the 4 of them!!! Their dad works rotating rosters so he may or may not be home to assist. Thanks in advance Kat for any tips or ideas etc.ReplyCancel

  • Leesa Massey

    I would love reviews on lunch boxes and which ones are the best. There is soooo many too choose from and with my first going off to school this year I would really love some help in this area.ReplyCancel

    • Hi Leesa

      I will write up a post next week all about this :)ReplyCancel

      • Leesa Massey

        Excellent!! Looking forward to it!ReplyCancel

    • Rachel

      Whatever you choose I must recommend:
      * Lids which stay attached to main container make life much easier, no lost lids or lid hunting/ storing hassles.
      * Easy/ simple to clean and store.
      * I love the “smash” brand sandwich containers, they stack and store well, and are also useful for household storage when retired from food use.
      * keep it interchangeable with multiples of same easy to stack and store style, rather then buying based on cuteness alone.
      *colour coding for individuals is helpful. We have Green for me, Pink for youngest Daughter, Blue for Son, Purple for Teen Daughter. The children had a say in what colour they got.
      * Label EVERYTHING. Just using the Family name can save time and $$$. Permanent marker is the budget friendly option which is fast, simple and effective.
      I would also love to see a review of different styles/ options.ReplyCancel

  • Terri

    I need ideas on what to do with all of the pictures and art work my girls bring home. How do you decide what to keep or throw out and how do you store the stuff you are keeping? ReplyCancel

    • Jo

      I had a similar dilema and have tried (for the 1st time) taking a photo of everything and creating a photo book of the years art work (some are huge and 3D and projects etc). We have only kept a few special (and flat) items, but still have a great memory,ReplyCancel

  • Madeline

    I am a first time school mummy this year… My little boy is going off to prep at the end of jan… So I need to know EVERYTHING!! lol… any advice on starting off on the right foot :)ReplyCancel

    • Hopefully you will enjoy the tips I have to share Madeline, and start the school year beautifully organised xReplyCancel

  • mammak

    I would also love to hear about the lunchboxes. I am loving bento boxes at the moment, but don’t really know where to start.ReplyCancel

  • Bubbles74

    Nut free, gluten free, dairy free lunches with plenty of protein & vegetables. No prepackaged food, no gluten free bread (still looking for a good recipe the kids will eat).ReplyCancel

  • Renee Simpson

    Lunch box ideas and how to keep track of all the paper work/ paintings etc that come home from school. ReplyCancel

    • Cathy

      Hi – one idea that I love with my two boys is from –
      Its a really simple and effective solution. I bought them one box each from office works and by having one “file” per school year, I can keep school reports, photos, awards, some paintings/drawings and anything else that is significant to them. Then at the end of their school life everything is in one handy tidy location. Beautiful…..ReplyCancel

    • Rachel

      Quick tip, buy an art display folder A3 these are great for artwork storage. For “Bulk” of art from Pre-school onwards I find photographing the art then gifting or binning it (with sensitivity to children’s feelings) helps me keep track in an ordered fashion. Always name and date ASAP.ReplyCancel

  • Renee Simpson

    Lunch box weekly planner. Ideas and recipes of healthy lunchbox ideas for the week, especially recipes that are freezableReplyCancel

    • I love freezing our food Renee, you will love all the ideas I will share soon I am sure!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    About School in general – not necessarily ‘back to school’ – I’d love to hear ideas from you and other mums about how you ‘organise’ or store all your children’s keepsakes from school eg. their special artworks, school books etc.ReplyCancel

All parents get it……. ‘Mum, I’m bored’.  I remember the days when I was a kid, TV wasn’t allowed on, electronics like iPads, xBox and Playstation didn’t exist.  I spent a lot of my time outdoors with neighbours. Try creating a jar filled with activities.  Write these activities onto notes for the kids to randomly pick […]

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  • Kerstin

    love it. thank you for sharing this with us. I only will have to do it in German. ReplyCancel

  • Chantelle Williams

    I love this idea! Might get my kids to help me create this today. ReplyCancel

    • thats a great idea Chantelle to get the kids involved, hope this makes your holidays easierReplyCancel

  • mickeymouse

    Any ideas?ReplyCancel

  • Teowai Ratahi

    This is a great idea. I’ll be honest my kids don’t usually tell me when they are bored cause there is always housework to be done. Im not organised enough to get it all done in the morningReplyCancel

  • Terri - Lee

    I haven’t heard “im bored” yet. But my oldest is only 4 lolll. Plus we homeschool :-)ReplyCancel

  • Hayley

    Great idea!! – I tell my guys to wash the walls if they are bored. They suddenly find something better to do!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn

    I figure boredom is just the feeling as one transitions from over stimulation to the place of real creativity and imagination – isolation on ones bed seems to be an incredible catalyst to speed up the transition. I always reassure my kids that it is Ok and to breath through it.ReplyCancel

  • I made my own {I’m Bored} container for our children. Here’s my blog post about it – .Thank you for such a wonderful ideaReplyCancel

As always school holiday dates vary around the country, however Queensland kids are now on school holidays with quite a few other states starting next week.  You can view all the school holiday dates by state here.  Today I want to share with you how we organise the school holidays, using my School Holiday Planner and […]

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I found this image below on the Colour Me There facebook page a few weeks ago (ooh and BTW, congratulations to Maddie from Colour Me There on the birth of her new baby girl, Violet).   original image source unknown I love doing my girls hair and am very thankful that they both happily sit […]

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  • Kirsty

    Such a gorgeous hairstyle. I don’t know if I could manage doing it myself. My daughter is 3 so not quite so patient to sit there!ReplyCancel

    • Maybe when she gets a little older Kirsty. I would sit and play with my girls hair from when they were young, just in front of the TV or before going out and now they are 8 and 10, it’s just a part of our normal routine that I do their hair, but Miss 10 has started to do her own hair for school these days, I must admit I’m a little sad.ReplyCancel

  • Beck

    I love this! I’ll be attempting it on my poor 7 year old this week :)ReplyCancel

    • LOL, does she not like getting her hair done. It is very cute and the ribbon at the bottom can hide and messiness when you combine the to piggy tails together. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Love this Kat! Looks awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Oh to have a girl to do this for. Just gorgeous xReplyCancel

    • It is very cute, maybe one day you can be the cool grandma braiding your granddaughters hair, you know in 30 years time!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    Hi Kat,
    I tried the rope braid but would love to do the first one, it looks some feminine. Do you know if there are more detailed instructions,maybe a video tute like you did.
    Thanks for a great,helpful,practical and realistic blog.

  • Fi @ My Mummy Daze

    I LOVE this Kat! I adore quietly enjoying mummy-daughter time while styling my Miss E’s hair. I’m not sure how successful I’ll be at this one, but I’m definitely going to give it a go! Thanks for sharing, Fi xReplyCancel

    • It’s fun and the end result is a really gorgeous hairdo. Your right, it is great mother daughter time. I hope that I can still be doing their hair when they are teenagers and they don’t become too independentReplyCancel

      • DonnaE

        Ha! Katrina, I am still braiding the hair of my 20-year old!!! She has quite curly hair and so she likes to keep it braided really neatly for work.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Carroll

    I cant do any braid just a simple plait. so you have a step by step to show how to braid hair?ReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    I tried it today on my Miss4, bit of a fail but will try again another day :) I think I didn’t make the ponytail bit tight enough so it was wobbly.ReplyCancel

  • Kellie McLetchie

    Lovely! My girl is only a baby but I can’t wait to braid her hair. I’ve never managed to do it with my own hair though. Would love someone to post a tutorial for a plain braid so I could learn :)ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Duggan

    Love it! I have done this one several times. ReplyCancel

Homework started on the first day of school for one of my kids (which is perfectly fine, as it’s the same class, same teacher, may as well just get back into it!) The twins are in Grade 5 now, so homework has stepped up a level yet again.  Last year they had to revise their […]

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  • Medusa Knows

    Pity…the times tables are written back to front (the US way) … don’t “sing” when you recite themReplyCancel

You all know I am a huge fan of meal planning.  At the beginning of each week I sit down and organise what meals we will have for the week and then do one big grocery shop. However, this year I am trying to make more of an effort to plan the kids lunch box […]

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  • PaulineN

    Fantastic ideas for lunch box prep. How long does cut up watermelon or other fruit last in the containers? I find watermelon goes a bit blah a day or so after cutting?ReplyCancel

    • Mishelle Smethurst

      If you put it in Tupperware fridgesmarts, I’d normally get at least a week. (I do go in every few days to drain the liquid that builds up though)ReplyCancel

    • I cut the watermelon up the day I buy it, usually only takes a few minutes, it rarely lasts any longer than 2 days in the fridge before its eaten, either as snacks or added to lunch boxes. But I agree watermelon is just one of those fruits that needs to be eaten quickly. I find we eat more fruit when it’s pre cut.ReplyCancel

  • Liz Hawkins

    OMGoodness!! I can’t explain how excited I get looking at these pictures LOL!!ReplyCancel

    • LOL, if you like me I love seeing how other people do things, so I can understand ;)ReplyCancel

  • It’s like you’re reading my mind LOL I’ve been thinking about this and now I can actually do it … thanks! :O)ReplyCancel

  • Niki Jonesano

    I absolutely love this post. I can not stress the importance of a good lunch for kids. It is my ‘thing’ if you know what I mean, I put as much, if not more time, into lunch boxes than dinner. I can not stand the thought of my kids hyped up on chemicals, colours etc. Funnily enough it is nearly impossible to do lunch boxes without these nasty’s. I am forever learning & looking up new things. I have a nearly 17 year old, all the way down to a 6 year old & I still take care of their lunch supplies, the older boys can get their own, but like you I always have a great range of foods for them to choose from, now if I could just get as passionate about the dinners, ha.ReplyCancel

  • Good lord you are a freak (I mean this in the nicest possible way!) I don’t know how you get the time to do all of this stuff? I would love for my house to be cleaner and more organised but I spend the whole day chasing my tail and never get anything done!ReplyCancel

  • :( Looks like Howards don’t do the Deep Split anymore??ReplyCancel

    • They should do Peta, I just couldn’t find a link to it on their website, but you will definitely find it instore, they have quite a good selection of sizes to organise your fridge.ReplyCancel

  • jenny

    This is a BRILLIANT idea. With 5 kids i always stuggle to have enough for everyone to have the same thing. I love the idea of a plan! (why didnt i think of that!!!)ReplyCancel

  • Maree Weeks

    Love it! Only need to worry about two lunches a week for school, but should do it for me at home!ReplyCancel

    • That’s a great idea Maree, might make me eat and snack more healthily.ReplyCancel

  • mel

    Love this idea. Would love some ideas on what to pack in a lunchbox to fill the tummies of my always hungry kids. :)ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    I have four kids – three at school and one grown up.Each day their lunch box contains 5 things:

    1) Main item ie a sandwich / wrap / dinner leftovers eg fried rice,

    2) fruit (usually fresh but sometimes tinned depending on availability)

    3) savoury snack (vegie sticks / crackers / dip / savoury muffin)

    4) sweet treat (cupcake, banana bread, muffin or cookies)

    5) calcium hit (yoghurt / flavoured milk or cheese).
    We are very lucky in that all our classrooms have fridges for lunchboxes. I try and make lunches the day before while my kids are eating their afternoon tea. They take their lunch out of the fridge in the morning and it goes straight into the school fridge.

    I have made a list of favourite foods in each of these five categories and it makes it easier to throw the lunches together quickly and ensures they get plenty of variety. This works well for me.
    Our school tuck shop operates on two days per week. I usually let them have tuckshop once or twice a term as a treat. They had it today and my goodness – it came to about $25 !!!!! Now that there are three of them at school – it may only be once a term !ReplyCancel

  • Another Mum

    Would love to see your plans on what you have feed your kids. With one now at school doing lunch boxes is a new thing (he was feed good food at daycare). Need inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    Do you leave the precut fruit and the deli meat in the fridge all week?ReplyCancel

  • Desma

    Do you have a plan for toddler day meals too? I’m always stumped for ideasReplyCancel

  • Karyn

    I love this idea and it really works well with vegetables for dinners.
    I work afternoons so my husbands cooks dinner, every Sunday when I cook dinner, I cut broccoli, cauliflower, top and tail beans, etc… Store them in the fridge mates and each night its easy to (without the mess) take a handful of each and veggies are on the plates!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic work Karyn!! I love that you are so organised!.:)ReplyCancel

This week has been the start of a very busy few weeks in our home.  I have all my 3 kids celebrating their birthday’s in the next 2 weeks, along with other family birthdays.  We are also in back to school mode, kids back into their school bedtime routines, getting kids items labelled, bags and […]

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  • Ana

    Hi there, whenever I have frozen pikelets or muffins they don’t taste very nice after about 1 week or so and my kids won’t eat it any longer. I put them in Pyrex container or Decor tellfresh. Am I doing something wrong? I see that you freeze things for a lot longer than that. Many thanksReplyCancel

    • Lisa

      I use ziplock bags and they taste fine even after a couple of months in deep freezeReplyCancel

  • These are great. I do this too although I can only do it for child No 1 as child no2’s preschool allows NO home cooking at all in their lunchboxes. They state healthy food only (so no packaging) but when I sent a home made raspberry muffin it was sent home! Makes lunch box filling for her a real challenge.ReplyCancel

    • Leigh

      That is interesting Amanda. What school is this that no2 goes too? No cooking, but no packaged? So is it just raw food?ReplyCancel

  • love the 100+ cookies!! Great list!!ReplyCancel

  • These are fantastic! For a working, very time poor mum like me any help to make the kids lunches easier is greatly appreciated. Thankyou !ReplyCancel

  • What great ideas, so easy and yummy. What more could you want?!ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Have a laugh on me

    You have just made my evening! My fussy daughter is starting school but I know I’ll be able to get her to eat the scrolls, muffins and I love the pantry ideas! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Merryl Chantrell

    Thanks for the Easy Peasy Cheesy Vegemite Scroll recipe. They have always been a lifelong fav of mine.ReplyCancel

  • vkw

    thanks for the baking ideas and last Sunday I made enough of the vegemite scrolls+ the bacon and cheese ones and sandwiches that I froze.It certainly made school mornings less stressful,Now for some ideas to stop the bickering between the kids!!ReplyCancel

  • Angela Murphy

    These are great but all except one recipe is full of sugar. Do you have any recipes that can be frozen and then put in a lunch box that are healthy? Any savoury muffin recipes that kids will actually eat? I’m sorry to be demanding :-). I will explore your site later just in case you already have what I’m looking for.ReplyCancel

    • retromumma

      I make a NZ styled cheese muffin: 1cup SR flour, 1 egg, 1 cup grated cheese (try tasty or a combination of a couple of types), 1tsp mustard; salt, pepper, paprika and Milk to mix…… cook at 160-170’C for about 12mins (depending on size of muffin tin)…. these are great for breakfast or for school lunches. If they are going to school I sometimes cut and ‘butter’ them because if they are overcooked they can be a bit dry.. Good luckReplyCancel

  • elana

    desperately need ideas! What sandwich fillings freeze well.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Clarke

    That’s great thank you, I was wondering where I get one of those lunchboxes you have in the picture?ReplyCancel

    • Jodie

      it looks like a Tupperware lunchbox – can’t remember what that specific one is called though – sorry!ReplyCancel

    • Prue Collard

      sandwich keeper plus they are called, current colours are pink or blue $32. if you call Tupperware’s main number 1800 805 396 they can get you in contact with a local Tupperware dealer. im in Bayswater Melbourne so diff state.ReplyCancel

      • Rebecca Clarke

        Thank you Prue, love all the wonderful things on your blog.ReplyCancel

A few years ago I was watching an episode on Dr Phil about parenting styels, a ‘helicopter parent’ vs a ‘free range parent’.  A helicopter parent hovers over their children, follows them around and won’t let them out of their sight.  A free range parent gives the kids freedom and independence for them to venture out of […]

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  • vkw

    I wish our schools were in walking/riding distance but my boys have been bussing since our eldest was in yr 2, middle son was in year 1 and the ‘baby’ in kindy(reception for those in vic I think).They were 6, 7 and 8 and only 2 others were on the bus so no big deal.However, when our eldest was in year 4(turning 10) he sat a test for entry to an academically selective class for years 5 and 6.When he started at the new school he had to catch a bus and also change for a connecting bus both ways.It was good practice for high school which starts in 7 days time :)ReplyCancel

  • Bobbi Coldicott

    With no offense meant, because we all need different things for ourselves and our children, why is there a need to coordinate this? Do we really need to schedule our kids’ riding their bikes/walking to school??? Can’t they all just meet on the way–if there’s a friend there, great–if not, won’t they just get on with it and go by themselves? Kids tend to sort this sort of thing out with each other anyway, and arrange to meet in the morning or not. It’s important for children to be able to do things (like get to school without a companion) on their own to build independence and resilience. For me, this is adding a layer of complication and involvement that is so unnecessary! I was told by our school that legally the kids aren’t allowed to get themselves to school on their own until they are in year 4 (and that’s with a crossing guard on duty) and I nearly fell over. Cotton wool, anyone?ReplyCancel

I have shared previously about how we get the chaos out of our morning routine and how having a evening routine keeps me sane.  I’d really like to share details with you again about this as we have had them in place since the twins started kindy, around 3 years old.  The twins are nearly 10, […]

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  • Melanie Mullen

    Hi Kat! I’m very keen to the three charts however I think I need version 2. 4 kids, oldest grade 8 youngest grade 2. Am I able to buy the three charts of version two for the same price as version 1? Or can I only purchase version 2 separatelyReplyCancel

  • Wow – I love these – we have had similar things in our house at different times but I’ve never thought to include the kids making their beds or cleaning up after themselves. I am definitely going to put this in practice for this year. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • I absolutely agree about the importance of routines! My son has ADHD but, rather than medicate him, we’ve chosen to work with him to learn behavioral coping skills. Routines are absolutely essential for that, and they’ve kept me sane these past 12 years!ReplyCancel

    • kckmom3

      I would be interested in what y’all do to help your son with his ADHD, if you don’t mind me asking. My 10 yr old son hasn’t been officially diagnosed with this but I think that he has it and it is very frustrating sometimes. Thanks!ReplyCancel

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        We basically have focused on teaching him ways to compensate for his ADHD symptoms. For instance, if we’re going to a place where he needs to sit down and be quiet, we’ll first send him down to the home gym to run on the treadmill and/or beat up the boxing heavy bag for a while. As he works out, he sings along at the top of his lungs with the stereo. That wears him out both physically and verbally, so he’s able to sit still when we get to our destination.

        When it comes to school, he’s been fortunate to have teachers who don’t make the students sit tight in their chairs all of the time. Our district is very good at encouraging them to work in groups, so it’s much easier for ADHD kids since they don’t have to sit tight and shut up the entire time. Plus the school is very good at sending out weekly emails from each teacher to let parents know what assignments and tests are coming up. That lets us stay on top of him.

        BUT we’ve made it very clear that we aren’t going to cut him slack when it comes to school. He *must* obey his teachers, he *must* do his assignments, and he *must* do his best. After school we give him some time to burn off energy before starting on homework. He gets a break every 20-30 minutes, or between assignments, whichever comes first. We review his homework sometimes before he turns it in, but the older he gets the less he needs us to do that.

        And, of course, we limit sugar, artificial preservatives and screen time as much as possible without getting too crazy about it.

        Btw, how are you liking the weather in KCK today? I’m in Leavenworth. What a difference 24 hours makes!ReplyCancel

        • kckmom3

          I know..this weather is crazy! Yesterday we got some much needed outside time and we had our windows open almost all day but today it’s cold and rainy!! Then tommorow it’s supposed to snow!Oh well, spring will be here before we know it. Thanks for responding…I like your idea about your son burning off energy before you go somewhere where he has to be quiet. We don’t have a treadmill but we do have an eliptical machine and we could probably get him a punching bag too or maybe a small trampoline. I try to limit sugary/processed stuff too. We are homeschooling him this year (he was in our church’s school for the last 3 years and it seemed like he was always in trouble) so we have a little more flexibility but it can still be a challenge trying to get him to concentrate and do his work!ReplyCancel

  • Jude

    Thanks for this….my daughter saw them and has made her own version for herself and her sister and brother. Lets hope it works :)ReplyCancel

Our bookpacks have arrived and it’s time to start covering books.  When my kids first started school I loved the idea of finding the fun contact designs and covering their books.  Now, 5 years later if you say the word contact around me I may scream.  Contact is not my friend.  Despite trying so hard […]

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  • I am looking for covers with less skulls for my six yr olds they are a great idea and reusing cards too. I will have to check out washi tape.ReplyCancel

    • 4myearth have a range for the younger kids too, there is one with dinosaurs.ReplyCancel

      • Lisa

        Thanks for the tip re other designs – just had a squizzy on the 4myearth website & they have quite a few designs & sizes. I like that they had some for scrapbook size. Just wondering if they were easy to put on as there are no pics. They also say they are reusable, so I guess they just slip on?ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I use the plastic covered exercise books from Big W (also available @ Officeworks) and get my kids to cover them in stickers from the $2 / Reject Shop – they choose the stickers.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    I use the book covers for my kids from stencil which seem to be similar to the range above. They just slip on and I reuse some of them from year to year as you can just wipe them over with spray and wipe to get them clean. They are bit more expensive than the ones I have bought from office works but seem to last multiple years.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra

    We use the ones at which are great quality, made from recycled materials and are only $1.20 each. SandraReplyCancel

  • When I went to the news agent today to collect my sons books. I asked if they cover them and with what…..she showed me the cover I think they r a great idea. no more fighting with contact

  • I love the fairy tea party cover – my girls would adore it! No school in our family for a couple more years yet but I’m hearing lots of friends talking about looking for an easier way to cover than contact. Hope you don’t mind Kat, I shared this post on Beautifully Organised today – think people will love these covers!ReplyCancel

  • The dreaded words “Contacting and labelling”. How “Back To School” goes from excitement to frustration to parents :) Just contact our books last week and another recommendation if you have to contact – steer clear of foil contact as they are the worst for bubbles. Wish I had known about these book covers prior to contacting. Thanks for the tip I will be looking into it next year.ReplyCancel

  • mel

    I love the plastic slip covers!great quality!Im reusing the ones we bought last year!With four kids Ive saved so much in contact this year!ReplyCancel

    • mel

      my 3 boys love the skulls and zombies but their are tractors,nature scenes and animals too.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    I have that onlyc ‘Contact’ brand is any good to work with, it is really no more expensive than other brands and is usually available at both Big W and your local newsagent :)ReplyCancel