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Christmas organising tips from the Guru!!

I was so honoured when asked by Stockland if I would contribute some of my Christmas Organising Ideas to their easychristmas.com.au website …. would love to, you know me I LOVE Christmas! Easychristmas.com.au is filled with some Christmas inspiration, recipes gift ideas and handy tips so that you can enjoy all your special Christmas moments.  Pop into your […]

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  • Greta

    Kat, I just love how simple your tips are, I always hurt my back wrapping presents on the floor, never ever considered using the ironing board, sheer brilliance.ReplyCancel

Reindeer Food

My kids have such a blast making reindeer food each year and it’s also such a wonderful gift to give another child.  Sprinkle on the lawn on Christmas Eve so the reindeer’s have something scrumptious to eat.  Last year we made some as little gifts to give the kids friends.  There are 3 great Reindeer […]

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Ice Cream Gift Box

Over the past few years I have made icecream gift boxes up to give to friends.  This is a beautiful gift to give a family…. a DVD, some popcorn and ice-cream pack, a nice reason to relax and enjoy some time together as a family. What you will need: Decorative box to place contents in, […]

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  • Bronwyn

    What size Mason jars did you use? They look ~100ml.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Bronwyn, yes they are around that size. Although i did get bigger ones as well just because my husband enjoys a bigger salad than me.ReplyCancel

DIY Christmas Bunting

We found this fabric last year at Spotlight, a DIY Christmas Bunting fabric sheet.  I have found in previous years this has sold out very quickly, so when I saw it, I grab a length straight away. I then used pinking shears to cut around each triangle.  This saved me time, rather than sewing a seam around each. […]

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  • I love this! We are having a Christmas party very soon at our house and this idea will be perfect.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh wonderful, Briohny.:)ReplyCancel

DIY Christmas Lantern

This is a guest post from reader Carissa G Thank you to one of our readers, Carissa for sending through a step by step tutorial for making a Christmas Lantern, a perfect table centrepiece. Before An old unused lantern. Step 1 Clean lantern ready for painting Step 2 Paint lantern.  I used a brush, however you […]

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Christmas Gift Wrapping Basket

Last year I created this look shelf nook for all my gift wrapping, but we have changed the room around and no longer have this space.  I have created a portable wrapping basket, which is working really well.  At Christmas time I like to sit in front of the TV and wrap my pressies, so now […]

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  • OMG this is so organized & everything look so perfect. I wish I was as organized as you. Thanks to your blog I am trying to.

    Thanks for sharing this, which also reminds me that I need to go gift shopping!ReplyCancel

Gift Idea – Christmas Cookies in a Jar

Last year I gave my neighbour a christmas cookie mix in a jar as a Chrissy gift.  She was so thrilled to receive it, because she was having visitors later that week and this would be so helpful to have the mix ready to make a batch of cookies as having a new bub she […]

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  • […] Find more details here on how to make Christmas Cookies in a Jar.  Labels available in my shop. […]ReplyCancel

  • gifter123

    These are terrific! How many cookies will the recipient get out of this recipe?ReplyCancel

  • Larissa

    Anything I can use as a substitute for the coconut?ReplyCancel

  • Alana

    Could I use a 1 Litre Jar? I’m struggling to find a 1.5ReplyCancel

    • Chloe

      I just wanted to let you know, I have an abundance of Mocconna Coffee Jars. And I filled a 400g one with water and it measures out to be exactly 1.5L! My mum used to pull off the plastic seal and place something xmasy that would fit (like a decoration or little holly thing) into the lid and then replace the plastic seal. She’d fill it with baking or chocs or lollies etc and put a xmasy ribbon around the top. I just run the big jar through the bottom of the dishwasher and the labels peel easily off!ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        Thank you for the helpful tip, Chloe! That is great.:)ReplyCancel

  • Alicia

    Firstly, I LOVE your blog! And I love this gift idea! I’m going to make this for my colleges! Silly/random question, but have you baked these cookies before yourself? Is this recipe tried and tested so to speak? How did they turn out? How many does it make approx? Only because I want to make sure my gift turns out perfectly for my recipients. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • I sure have Alicia and I love this recipe, I love any cookie with oats in it!! It makes the same amount as a typical cookie batch a good 30 or so. Hope they love them!ReplyCancel

  • This is going to save me some $$$ on Christmas Gifts. I was going to buy these made online and had to buy a few. So excited to try these this year. Thanks again for another amazing recipe idea.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That is wonderful, Melissa.:) Enjoy making them, would love to see a pic once you have made them.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sheree

    Hi there
    I am in the process of doing a whole lot of the Christmas Cookies in a Jar. I absolutely love the idea. However, I cannot find Christmas M&Ms in New Zealand! I don’t think we have them here. Do you have any other suggestions of what else to use?
    Many thanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Sheree, Hmm oh no, no Christmas M&Ms, not to worry. I would still use the normal M&Ms as it will taste delicious and still look just as effective.:)ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    Hi, such a great idea! I’m making these for some of my friends and family. Only problem is that one of them can’t have gluten. I can change the flour to gluten free easily but what about the oats. Is there anything that I can substitute the oats for?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Rebecca, I would suggest using Quinoa flakes. They are gluten free and very delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Elise

    Love this idea! How long would they last before they have to be baked? Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Elise, as long as the jar is sealed and the jar is clean they should last a good couple of months.ReplyCancel

  • […] and Homemade gifts used to be a little humdrum, but they are having a resurgence in popularity. Cookie mix in a jar like the one pictured from The Organised Housewife. Homemade body lotion. Hand crafted gifts or even Christmas decorations. Make a family photo book […]ReplyCancel

Organised Christmas 2013 – Day 21

23 days till Christmas Day Daily Cleaning Tasks to prepare for the silly season Christmas organisation, recipes, crafts & more Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This 45 page planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and more together in one folder.  It is a […]

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  • Bianca

    Hi Kat. I would love to know which mop you keep in your cleaning kit? I generally use a steam mop to do a thorough clean each week, but would love your recommendation for an alternative everyday mop for those areas that get messy very quickly, such as under the kitchen table! Thanks xxReplyCancel

    • I use the Vileda micro fibre mop which you can get at Woolworths, I love it, it glides so easily over the tiles. I have tried quite a few in the past and honestly this vileda mop makes the job so much quicker compare to the sponge type of mops. The mop also has a special vileda bucket you need to purchase with the mop as well.ReplyCancel

  • […] Day 21Christmas task: Stock stuffer organisation is underway. Well for 2 people in the house. nothing for mine yet Household task: I’d created a cleaning kit when I did the 20 days organisation challenge earlier this  year so have just topped it back up. […]ReplyCancel

Home-made Playdough

It has been a little gloomy here on the Gold Coast the past few weeks, raining and too wet to play outside most weekends.  So the kids and I made some playdough, which resulted in hours of fun and creativity. I’m going to make up some more and give to my niece for as a […]

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  • Dylan

    Can you possibly share more specific details (brand for example) on the containers you used for the play dough? I am having no luck finding them
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  • Sarah Hudson

    Having made many batches of playdough for Playgroup, I have found a new recipe that I really like – it makes a beautifully soft and smooth playdough, and is less prone to being too sticky or too dry.

    http://theimaginationtree.com/2012/04/best-ever-no-cook-play-dough-recipe.html

    I like to add glitter to mine, and you can add things like essential oil or flavoured essence to add an extra sensory dimension to the playdough. My most recent batch was rose pink with white glitter, and scented with old rosewater that I’d purged from the pantry ;) – perfect for Valentine’s dayReplyCancel

  • […] food and share your meal in as small talk, juicy new pizza recipes pinterest insisted, revealed talked about organic food in the fresh vegetables, cabbage, which if left untreated can make more natural look. You […]ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Does the colour come out of the play dough onto surfaces?ReplyCancel

  • […] a few full abdominal bread for breakfast for him. You might think your pet have all pet food and not a stink when it is raw, in […]ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Polizzi

    is it possible to get the spelling changed to playdoh?ReplyCancel

  • Jules brazier

    Can’t be called playdoh as that is a brand name trademarked and copywriter laws apply..ReplyCancel

  • Janinka Francki

    … by the way … play dough freezes really well & defrost to be as good as new on the next rainy day. Just an FYI. I’m a grandmother so I only require the play dough intermittently.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you so much for the tip, Janinka! Very handy to know.:)ReplyCancel

Make your own Christmas Snow Globe

Snowglobes have always had that magical feeling, shaking them constantly to watch the glitter fall.  My youngest daughter and I made this snow globe last week together, it was so much fun and in particular she loved to see how it is made. What you will need Jar – I used a small mason jar […]

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Lolly Christmas Tree

My Miss 10 wanted to make something for her uncle, who loves lollies and all kinds of food, and this is a sugary treat that he just loved, as well as a perfect table centre piece when we visited him recently. You will need: foam Christmas Tree (I found ours at Kmart) 2 packets of […]

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Christmas Sequin Bauble

A few years ago my hubby’s Aunty sent each of the kids a gorgeous handmade sequin bauble.  Over the weekend my little girls decided to make their own sequin bauble as it was such a beautiful handmade craft idea. All you need is a bag of sequins, a foam ball, shirt pins, beads, bead wire […]

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Kids Christmas Craft – Ornament

I was shopping recently and saw some really cute christmas decorations, sadly they cost a pretty penny.  I put on my creative hat and my little girls created their own version, I think I love these more!!  These are a great gift to give grandparents, extended family or keep for your own tree. Below is […]

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