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Ooh my kids have been talking about Book Week since last years Book Week. I have to be completely honest with you, book week drives me nuts,but that’s just me, I dislikedress up parties too. But at the end of the day, the kids love dressing up and we do enjoying making the outfits together. […]

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  • Somer

    I started to get heart palpitations when I read in the newsletter how soon book week was coming up. When did it become so big? I do not know what to do and since I’m overseas for another week will have limited time to do much prep. Have always been pretty slack and each yr promise my girls I will be better the next. I will be googling ideas like there is no tomorrow!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes, I have had years like that too Somer where an easy costume was harry potter or hermioni, white shirt, black pants, one of dad’s ties, black cape (could use a black garbage bag) and a stick from the garden (plus glasses for harry).ReplyCancel

  • Well, the kids were more or less organised for book week (Four from Divergent for #1 kid, and the blonde one from the Treehouse books for the #2 kid) BUT they’re both away for a week for Book Week. I am so not disappointed about that!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL, Miss Maudy always the way isn’t it…ReplyCancel

  • Mary

    Thanks for the great ideas. I just love your little one as a gumnut baby. It’s the first year of school for us this year but my daughter has told us she wants to be a ladybug. Couldn’t be easier as I picked up an inexpensive ladybug costume at Kmart a few weeks ago for a birthday party. The ladybug idea comes from Eric Carle’s “The Bad Tempered Ladybug”.ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    Eeeeeee!! The Diction Fairy is ADORABLE! Brilliant idea.ReplyCancel

  • Lynelle

    My girls would be horrified by the diction fairy – destroying a book!ReplyCancel

As much as these Rainbow Loom Bands drive me nuts with finding them all around the house I really love that my girls are being creative and amazingly most of the last school holidays they were happy to loom rather than watchTV! Both the girls have their own loomband kits but they like to sit […]

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  • Angela Moore

    I made my kids a loom band storage case – got the pattern at http://www.noodle-head.com/2014/01/road-trip-case-pattern.html. The kids love them but it was a fiddly sewing project!ReplyCancel

  • Alicia Melbourne

    I bought my son a container that is basically the same as the one you showed. It was $10 from Cheap As Chips (you’ll find them in the tool section).ReplyCancel

  • Liz McRoy

    This is great, my girls have quite a few little organising boxes and they carry them around and they fall out of their hands and then there are loom bands everywhere. I really like this idea, thanks Kat.ReplyCancel

  • KYLIE

    Your girl looks so happy, love the video showing us how it all works, your a clever chook Kat.ReplyCancel

  • Alyce Blyth

    That’s so cool!!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    Thanks so much Kat, my daughter is into the loom band craze & I have 3 small craft organisers but it isn’t suitable now I know just the thing to use!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Belinda, some ladies on facebook are also suggesting fish tackle boxes found from KMart, BigW and the like :)ReplyCancel

  • Oh Thank ladies! They are very useful we love them too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Despite loom bands being banned at our house, they’re still all over the place! The kids were making them at out of school care and bringing home their creations. (I have no objection to loom bands themselves in the slightest and think they’re great and creative – HOWEVER, we have a small dog who thinks the bands are delicious. She’s not big enough to cope with them being a regular part of her diet, so it was a family decision that the boys don’t have a kit)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That’s understandable Miss Maudy, our cat goes crazy when she finds one on the floor pushing it around and poncing on it, never eaten one that I know of?? yet.ReplyCancel

  • Tennille Ritchie

    I got the other tactix box from bunnings about $12 with the removable containers. This way I can take out the ones they want and remove 1 small row for the loom ( perfect fit). Especially when you have 4 kids trying to get bands out of 1 box. We have 3 now and the bands are sorted neat and tidy and best of all lock tight so you don’t worry about them mixing or falling out.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Sound great Tennille, and so inexpensive too, I was surprised at the price, especially the set I got having two in it, was under $20.ReplyCancel

  • Susan Green Tonkin

    This is just what we have been looking for. Off to Bunnings on the weekend. Thank youReplyCancel

  • Superfoods for Kidz

    great idea – I got a tackle box from Kmart which was around $15, that way she fits her whole loom kit into it as well … as we now have a few different types of looms ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Yes my son and daughter both are into the loomband craze and they have been using the compartment storage boxes for theirs for awhile now my husband got them from Super Cheap Auto for $10 each and they both sit together and make their creations as wellReplyCancel

  • DONNA

    We bought a 3 tier plastic one from Kmart in the craft section $10. If you buy 2 they can all join together. Lots of little compartments.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      ooh that sounds like a good one Donna, will keep an eye out when I am next there!ReplyCancel

  • Kaz Hanlon

    I just bought my daughter one but this one I picked up is in a carry box which store three individual units she needed two lots (yes it’s a problem lol). It’s great as she can carry them around the house. Wish we could come up with ideas on ways to keep them off your floors. ReplyCancel

  • Desleigh

    We raided dad’s fishing tackle and found a great tackle box he wasn’t using. Works great and very sturdy.ReplyCancel

  • Valentina

    The first thing bought was a clear fishing tackle box to hold all the loom bands. My girls loved that they could have more colours this way (Cost $7 for tackle box)and got to buy more bands!! Their friends were a bit green with envy especially since they had the Original Loom band kit which couldn’t hold as much. Like my kids know, it’s about how to get what you’d like at a bargain, than having to spend big on the same or similar item.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Valentina, a tackle box is also a great idea and works just as well. Great idea.:)ReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    My partner bought our daughter the exact same containers from Bunnings a few months ago for her loom bands. I hadn’t even thought of looking at Bunnings. We love how the 2 interlock together. Definitely a practical loom band storage solution.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are fantastic for storing!.:)ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Walt Disney Studios Easter school holidays are upon us for most of the kiddies in Australia which is usually a great time to do some activities/crafts, bake up a storm and/or snuggle on the couch to watch some movies, a perfect way to spend time with the kids. I’m always […]

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  • Mellie

    So cute, and perfect timing… I am planning a Disney Planes birthday party for my son next Friday! Thank you!ReplyCancel

This is a guest post by Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts A couple of weeks ago, Katrina shared my Project Life organisation on her Facebook page. It sparked many questions about what actually is Project Life and how to do it, so Katrina asked me to share a bit more about Project Life and what […]

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  • TEANNA

    Love the Project Life Album just went to purchase over $100 worth of stuff and then it said “Sorry we dont ship to Australia” – very disspointingReplyCancel

    • AlyceB

      Yes, that is the biggest pain about the Project Life organisation! Spotlight sells a lot of the basic stuff, as do other Australian scrapbook stores, especially online.ReplyCancel

    • Danya Breman

      Teanna I buy from Crafthouse. It’s based in New Zealand and used to be the only way we could get PL :) I just ordered a few days ago. Spotlight and some other shops now sell in Australia I believe. Check out Crafthouse :)ReplyCancel

  • TrinaR

    WRMK also sell albums and similar photo inserts and are readily available in Aus. The albums are very good quality too with many colour options.ReplyCancel

    • AlyceB

      Oh boy, when we move back to Australia, I can’t wait to get supplies so much more easily!!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Lote

    I’ve only just seen these thanks to this blog! I’m going to ask for them for my birthday….even if it isn’t until September >W<.ReplyCancel

Valentines Day is just around the corner, so to help you get organised, here’s a few Valentines Day food and craft ideas to inspire your cooking and creating! Did you know that in Japan, Valentines Day is the day when women give homemade chocolates and treats to the men in their lives? They do say […]

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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

  • Martha

    Actually im having a hard time to look for jars for this…Valentines Day is fast approaching. Anything mix for it with out oats, coconuts, nuts.pls?. I like a 1.5 l -2 coz some of my friends mostly have3-7 children.Any idea wher can i find a wtore side howard?.thanks. Have a good day!:-)ReplyCancel

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

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

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  • 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

  • […] and yummy meals, we’ve found a smooth and long lasting playdough. You can see the recipe HERE with thanks to “The Organised […]ReplyCancel

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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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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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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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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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