Masthead header

Category Archives: Christmas

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 […]

Continue Reading...

  • […] 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

  • 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

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 […]

Continue Reading...

  • 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 […]

Continue Reading...

  • 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
    ReplyCancel

  • 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

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 […]

Continue Reading...

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 […]

Continue Reading...

  • K-Lee

    I remember making these in school, and a couple of years ago made one for our tree using different coloured sequins to spell out my daughters name on it.

    Instead of the beautiful bead loop that your girls have made, I used a piece of satin ribbon made into a loop and then pinned to the foam using half a dozen pins, then overlapping the sequins over the join.

    Well done girls, beautiful project :) ReplyCancel

  • […] Click through to see a video on how my Miss 8 & 10 made this pretty sequin bauble.  Such a simple and beautiful craft idea. […]ReplyCancel

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 […]

Continue Reading...

Reindeer Food

Last year my youngest receive a bag of Reindeer Food from her best friend.  It was the sweetest little gift.    I’m going to make some with the kids this year and have created a few tags (FREE for your to download, see below) to attach to the bags. What you will need Raw rolled […]

Continue Reading...

{Christmas Craft} Santa’s Beard Advent Calendar

A very big thankyou to reader Kerry T for sharing her version of a Christmas countdown/advent calendar.   The image can be personalised with your child’s name, print image then each day add a cotton ball to his beard.  Very sweet! Download personalised version:  Kerry found this wonderful countdown at Kaboose, download original here.

Continue Reading...

{Christmas Craft} Christmas soap dispenser bottle

I made this last year for the kids bathroom, in the spirit of Christmas being sprinkled throughout the house.  Christmas Hand Soap Bottle I removed the label, added some Christmas stickers and then ribbon to embellish Simple and the kids love it!    

Continue Reading...

{Inspiration} 16 FREE Printable Christmas Tags

 There are so many wonderfully talented people on the web, today I have put together a collection of FREE Christmas tag printables for you.   Make sure you have enough colour print in your printer.  Visit the blogs of these wonderful printables, donwload the tags then print directly to cardstock, punch a hole and then […]

Continue Reading...

{Christmas Planning} Gingerbread House

One of our family Christmas traditions is to build a Gingerbread House together.   It’s so much fun building and mostly decorating.  We find though one lolly for the house one for the mouth, lol.  This is a fun tradition and one I know we will continue for many many years. First year we started […]

Continue Reading...

  • Kat

    I got some gingerbread house biscuit cutters from spotlight recently – so I don’t have to buy a kit each year! The added bonus is that I can make the gingerbread from my grandmothers recipe, which tastes 100x better than any kit ever has ;) ReplyCancel

    • Ooh wow, I love that idea, I might see if I can find some, thankyou for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    I purchased one of the kit ones last year but it was so muggy that the roof kept falling off!! ReplyCancel

    • Ooh no Kirsty. We usually make it the last afternoon Daddy works which is a day or two before Christmas and he magically always arrives home at the fun stage of decorating. Then it’s eaten rather quickly. ReplyCancel

  • Great tradition Kat. I started that as well but am not sure how it will go this year with my very enthusiastic 2.5 year old. We might make gingerbread biscuits (own choice for shape) and decorate them. I then like to leave a couple for ‘Santa’.ReplyCancel

  • Row

    we do this every year too, the first year I bought a kit from ikea and was very pedantic about where the lollies went on it… I have made one ever since, just tastes so much better! I make it cut out, bake it, let it cool and then ‘stick’ it all together with royal icing… there ends my contribution… This is when I let the kids loose on it! I have 3 packets of different coloured royal icing (icing that I have made in a ziplock bag with colour, then snip one of the corners off) And have 3 bowls in front of my three boys, filled with lollies, sprinkles, freckles, whatever yolu want. When they have finished with the house (and trashing mine) then we wrap it in clear cellophane with a bow and it sits in the middle of the table until christmas day when my hubby smashes it! Weve done this for seven years now and the novelty hasnt worn off yet :) ReplyCancel

  • […] Do you make a Gingerbread Houses? Consider if you are going to make it from scratch or purchase the gingerbread pre-made ready for you to decorate.  I have seen the pre-made houses at most department stores.  See here for some decorating ideas. […]ReplyCancel