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Project Life Update

I am super excited to be doing the Becky Higgins ‘Project Life’ again in 2012.  I had so much fun taking photo’s through 2011 and need to find some spare moment to put them all into my album (yes I am a little behind).  I have also purchased a few Project Life items which were delivered earlier […]

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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 […]

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{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.

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{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!    

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{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 […]

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{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 […]

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  • 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

{Christmas Craft} Blinging up Christmas Baubles

We have made the most beautiful inexpensive Christmas Baubles 1 pack red baubles from Big W for $2 1 packet of Rhinestone strips from KaiserCraft outlet (most craft or dollar stores) for $2.50  Idea found on pinterest originally from  Linking up with Blossom Heart, Pinterest Make Me Challenge 

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{Christmas Planning} Items to put in Advent Calendar

We have a gorgeous advent calendar that we have used for years.  As I mentioned yesterday, you can purchase or make you own.  In our advent calendar I place small inexpensive gifts, a lolly or note with an activity we will complete that day.  If the gift I want to give them is too big […]

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  • I made an advent calendar last year, similar to the envelope one in your ‘advent calendar inspiration’ post and it was a huge hit with Mr-23-months-at-the-time. I had Matchbox cars, crayons, chalk, stickers, bracelets (yep, he loved them), the occasional Freddo Frog and other small items. It was exciting for him to have something to open each day but I think he might’ve been just a touch too young. This year will be totally different! Thanks for the list of things to put in. ReplyCancel

  • We do the same thing. I have a Santa advent calendar with little drawers to fit treats. I too leave notes for the bigger things but am loving ur list cause I always run out of ideas! I love the notes instead of treats with things to do together! I also do a shop of small Xmas things on sale from the year before to use – pencils, stickers, Xmas books etc. ReplyCancel

  • Dumb q but you start on 1?ReplyCancel

  • The sleep advising lady that loves to put a downer on someones good work!ReplyCancel

  • I have little Christmas erasers in there as well $2 a pack of $12.ReplyCancel

  • I meant do you start on number 1 on the advent calendar, got my activities printed and ready to go! Thanks’ReplyCancel

  • Hi Kat

    Great activities. We make our own too. Did an envelope version last year but am looking at doing a boxed one this year. Beginning the planning this week.

    • It is and the kids enjoy the thrill each day, love their faces lighting upReplyCancel

  • Oh! Sorry- must have hit the wrong person before I commented! Dam feeding through the night!- so tired!ReplyCancel

  • Not a silly question Danielle Golding, I think yes you are meant to start on the 1, but last year our countdown calendar broke so we used the Advent Calendar to countdown so started on 24.ReplyCancel

  • K Bridges

    Thanks for the ideas, I’m making an advent calender this year for the first time & this has given me some new ideas of what I can include in it :-)ReplyCancel

  • Samy_savva

    Wow, what some amazing ideas. We have an advent bunting which hangs in the loungeroom. Miss O was too small to understand the idea of the calendar so we used it purely for decoration but this has given me so much inspiration to get things going this year! I particularly love the idea regarding putting notes in it about what we will be doing during the day!

    Thanks again KatReplyCancel

  • Kerry4

    We have simple advent calendars here. Have done the same for the last 2 years and the kids are asking for them again this year (my kiddies are 4 and 5 1/2). I found a download a few years back of a santa face and beard. 24 circles on his beard. Each morning we glue a cotton ball on his beard. When his beard is full, that is the night he visits. Simple, no extra buying of gifts. No lollies…which I love. I print 2 so they have 1 each. ReplyCancel

    • I love it Kerry, looks like fun, do you have a link so I can share it with everybody.ReplyCancel

      • Kerry4

        I don’t remember the original page I got it from. It was a few years ago and I uploaded it into Paint and coloured it in. I can email you the word doc or PDF file of it if you like if you know how to share it that way. It really is fun. And is super quick to prepare.ReplyCancel

  • Anna

    I have an Adairs advent calendar too. I buy small Christmas decorations that fit in the drawers and add them to a mini Christmas tree each day.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the fab ideas for the advent calendar gifts. I usually run out of ideas after a week and resort to lollies!!! This year though I have your ideas and about a dozen Squinkies ;)ReplyCancel

    • Squinkies is a great idea!! Love it as an alternative to the star wars lego for the girls!ReplyCancel

  • I just bought 2 beautiful wooden advent calendars from Ravissant, and all your great ideas will help me fill them up. My girls are still young and we are having so much fun starting all our own family Christmas traditions, the extra special advent calendars will be one of them. ReplyCancel

  • Bec G

    My mum made us an advent calender last year (a material one like the kids you buy from spotlight) and has added beads and stars to make it really pretty.
    We have christmas decorations and I found some little sesame street, mr men and this year some disney princess ornaments…
    I do up a roster and everyone has their turn pulling it out… I pull names out by random so it’s never in the same order! The kids love it and get excited when it is their day to find out what is in the pocket!
    It’s also special because a) my mum made it for us and b) last year was our first christmas as ‘our’ blended family! So a new tradition! ReplyCancel

    • That is so sweet and I love the sentiment that your mum made it :) roster is a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah

    Last year i made an Advent Bunting with tiny little stockings for each day. We like to mostly steer away from gifts, sometimes treats, but more family/fun ideas. Thanks for your great ideas, I will definitely be using them this year! ReplyCancel

  • [...] I ended up using three different sets for the pockets – two of them are printable cards with activities and the third is a set of Bible verse advent cards.  Many of the activity ideas [...]ReplyCancel

  • Advent calendars are my fave Christmas tradition, so much fun! I just bought the Kaisercraft DIY calendar from Spotlight. Let’s see if I can dig deep and kick my dormant crafty skills into gear by Dec 01 :)ReplyCancel

  • Amber

    Something else to add to the activities in the advent calendar is having the santa photo taken. We do this as a family each year – including the adults. It ensures that we get at least one photo of any camera shy person (usually me as I’m on the other side of the camera). My kids love the yearly family shot!ReplyCancel

  • [...] blogs have talked about putting notes with family, holiday-themed activities, holiday acts of goodwill or trinkets such as key chains and jewelry. [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] Items to put in an Advent Calendar (inlcudes free printable) | The Organised Housewife [...]ReplyCancel

{Inspiration} Advent Calendars

Advent Calendars I love Christmas, the excitement, build up, anticipation, decorating, family time together, creating, baking and most of all giving. We use an advent calendar each year to give a gift or little note to the kids.  Perhaps it’s not the traditional way an advent calendar is used however it’s how we have the […]

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{Christmas Craft} Christmas Placemat

Last year I found a big A3 Christmas Pad for the kids to colour and display.  We sent some to family to help decorate their house with and laminated a few into placemats, which the kids loved. I am so pleased to have found them again this year $3.99 at Woolworths (with all the Christmas […]

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  • Ooh, thanks for the tip! I will have to grab some, will be a good activity for our 4yo & 2yo & make great pressies too :)ReplyCancel

  • Betty

    Saw these the other day and bought 3, they are a bargain. I have been on the lookout for christmasey placemats but I like your laminate idea much better for that personal touch, thanks.ReplyCancel

    • the kids will have so much fun making it and be thrilled that they can create their own mats and use them each day!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie Hinds – school holiday project :)ReplyCancel

  • I think it’s such a great price, I had to share it with you all :)ReplyCancel

  • Ali

    Thanks Kat! I wondered where I could find some of these. This is convenience!ReplyCancel

  • Amazing! We are looking for Christmas craft activities for our Holiday Camps @ Happy Coconuts, suitable for 4 yr+ … great idea! Feel free to suggest some more!ReplyCancel

  • Fantastic idea !! I bought 6 of these exact colouring pads at woolies just the other day. I never thought of making them into placemats. Thanks for sharing xxReplyCancel

  • Thank you for the tip – have been to Woolies today and bought some ready for the school holidays :-)ReplyCancel

  • Debbie @ Aspiring Mum

    I haven’t shopped at Woolies in ages, but will have to pay a visit – great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Annwen

    I absolutely loved your idea, but instead, I had my 3 kids make a painting each, and laminated those as placemats. Came out beautifully! Thankyou! Will make a fantastic Christmas present for the grandparents!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Rayner

    Quick question – do you have a giant laminator, or do you get them laminated at a store? I bought them, & then thought of this (LOL)!ReplyCancel

    • Michelle, I have a laminating machine I purchased from Kmart, it laminates up to A3 size. It was approximately $35, plus the laminating pockets. It’s worth the purchase, I use it regularly.ReplyCancel

      • Michelle Rayner

        Ahhh, mine only does A4. LOL. Guess I will be off to see what Kmart has to offer!ReplyCancel

    • I did the same thing…..but then thought it was a great way to justify the updating of my laminator!
      Would also help me with all my getting organised start ups!ReplyCancel

  • Adsnkt

    I cant find them :-( I went down our local store today (brisbane) & checked their online shopping, was really excited to make some with the kids. Any chance anyone knows a store in Brissie that sells them? cheersReplyCancel

    • Michelle Rayner

      I got mine from the Carindale Woolies just yesterday & they still had heaps. Near all the sticker books & cards. Good Luck!ReplyCancel

  • Tcl0909

    Looked for these today but not at my Woolies in Midland, WA. Anyone found these in Perth?ReplyCancel

  • we picked these up from Blake’s Crossing in SA in the Christmas section – now hoping kids can focus enough to finish the whole picture and not half like usual!
    Thanks for the idea.ReplyCancel

{Christmas Craft} Large Christmas Candy Cane

I went shopping recently with my friend Carissa from Putting on a Party.  She started telling me about a decoration she was making with the kids using a pool noodles and tinsel.  So I grabbed some noodles for the pool  (bargain $3 at Kmart) and an extra one to make the creation below with the kids. […]

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The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner

Pin It The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner With 2 and a half months till Christmas and 10 weeks till the kids break for holidays, it is time to start planning to ensure the holiday season runs smoothly and at a relaxed and organised pace.   I have created a Christmas Planner which will help you […]

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{Craft} Creative activities with paintchips

When I want to paint a wall I always pick up from the hardware store paint chip colours I like, blu tak them to the wall, everytime I walk past I eliminate 1 or 2.  But then, I end up with a big stack of paint chips.  I have found some really fun and educational ideas […]

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