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Give your ordinary popcorn a burst of flavour. Salted Caramel popcorn will not disappoint. Make to snack on while you watch a movie at home or make a big batch and give as a little gift this Christmas.

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  • Love, love, love caramel popcorn but only make it at Christmas otherwise I would be eating it for breakfast, lunch and dinner 365 days of the year. If you want it to last longer and get some extra crunch, pop it in a slow oven for about 20 minutes once you’ve mixed the caramel sauce through (test for doneness every 10 mins). This makes it super crunchy and it will keep in an airtight container for at least a week – or so I’ve heard. I wouldn’t really know cos I eat it all well before then!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      ooh this tips is awesome, thank you so much I am definately going to try this!!!ReplyCancel

  • JoKidd

    They sound awsome, my mouth is watering in anticipation! I must try to make all of them&thank youReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      mine is watering too…. think I have to make this again soon.ReplyCancel

Make a batch of the very easy 100+ cookies, add some Christmas M&Ms on top so they look ‘christmasy’.

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  • Love homemade gifts at Christmas – especially the edible kind and even more especially the kind where you can make the dough ahead of time and freeze it. The only problem is that I seem to be eating an awful lot of frozen gingerbread dough for breakfast and dessert at the moment!ReplyCancel

With the final weeks approaching before the kids start school holidays it’s a great opportunity to complete your Christmas shopping. As we all know shopping with kids is hard, the whining, the wanting of everything and especially trying to hide gifts purchased for them so they can’t see can be difficult. I’m sharing with you a guide and strategies to help reduce the stress of Christmas Shopping, plus I found some really great gift ideas.

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  • I haven’t even started yet and I an quietly freaking out! We are currently putting in a kitchen (as you do a few weeks out from Christmas)..I will think about it next week. Great suggestions here.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      If you can Mandy get to the shops child free so you can complete all your shopping in one go :)ReplyCancel

    • Sairey

      I do ALL of those tips and it is still stressful.. the lines are big and it just seems everyone is in a last minute rush so i strongly suggest not taking children as my daughter got bumped to the ground ? hurting her head and i had to leave the trolley with all gifts in it as she was bleeding.. and once we had her calm and established it wasnt major we continued to trolley to see people had picked through so we just left.. done it all last week while she was in daycare and it was so much easier as i only had to look out for the things i needed rather then making sure my kids didnt get run over in the mad dash ?????ReplyCancel

    • Sairey

      I do ALL of those tips and it is still stressful.. the lines are big and it just seems everyone is in a last minute rush so i strongly suggest not taking children as my daughter got bumped to the ground ? hurting her head and i had to leave the trolley with all gifts in it as she was bleeding.. and once we had her calm and established it wasnt major we continued to trolley to see people had picked through so we just left.. done it all last week while she was in daycare and it was so much easier as i only had to look out for the things i needed rather then making sure my kids didnt get run over in the mad dash ?????ReplyCancel

    • Sairey

      I do ALL of those tips and it is still stressful.. the lines are big and it just seems everyone is in a last minute rush so i strongly suggest not taking children as my daughter got bumped to the ground ? hurting her head and i had to leave the trolley with all gifts in it as she was bleeding.. and once we had her calm and established it wasnt major we continued to trolley to see people had picked through so we just left.. done it all last week while she was in daycare and it was so much easier as i only had to look out for the things i needed rather then making sure my kids didnt get run over in the mad dash ?????ReplyCancel

  • Caitlyn

    I try and get my shopping done in the mid year sales, but these are usually on during school holidays when the kids are around, so I can’t sneakily do it, so I didn’t buy in the sales this year and still have all the kids gifts to buy. Love your tips Kat, as this usually stresses me out quite a bit I become quite anxious how to do it, I didn’t realise that Big W was open past 5pm, good to know.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes it’s brilliant, and it’s a quite time to shop. The staff are re-stocking the shelves and happy to grab items from out the back if you can’t find it :)ReplyCancel

  • my Christmas treat for my working family is to cook for their freezer over Christmas ..I am retired now so have plenty of time ..they give me ingredients and I do egg and bacon pies ..savery toast ..sausage rolls are just puff pastry skinned sausages rolled up cover with egg with pastry brush ….all flavoured sausages now make these a treat ..biscuit mixture to put in freezer just need to roll in balls flatten and cook .there are just so many things to make and my family just love it and to tell the truth I just love doing it for them ,ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Same Sheryl, I get such a joy out of baking and my family enjoying it :) Egg and bacon pies sound delicous!ReplyCancel

  • Wow ! Really wonderful kids christmas gifts .ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      yes my son was struggling to pick the best, the quad copter or water balloons :)ReplyCancel

  • Justine

    I’ve been wondering how to get all my shopping done, this has helped thank you, tick for a gift for my nephew, tick for those cute shopkins for my daughter an tick, I’m going to get my mum to look after my kids so I can get the shopping done and dusted, sometimes I don’t like to ask but your right if i don’t it won’t get done.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      and you never know Justine, your mum may be stoked that you asked and can spend time with the grandkids.ReplyCancel

  • Lucy F

    No way….. water balloons that don’t take over an hour to fill them all up and hurt your fingers, never. I didn’t realise there was such a think, brilliant, I’m going to buy some for my sons end of year celebrations for school, he will be so surprised.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      they will have a blast Lucy, they will be filled in no time and off having fun!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    I buy bits and pieces throughout the year. Iy all goes in a box. Than i do the june/july sales on layby till as close to christmas as i can. Big w u can also layby gift cards that arnt activated until u pick them up. That way if u dont know what they will like at Christmas it’s already paid for. Or just give them the card to pick out. Useful for teens. But if ur going away u can use the gift cards for food at woolies or Woolworths petrol. Christmas is paid for over 6 months that way. Done and dusted. No stress small fortnightly payments. Than Merry Christmas.ReplyCancel

  • Pamela

    Best tip ever “shop online” omg wow i tell you this christmas i have been pushed with time. Working 5 days a week and weekends off is hard work when you have kids and when your hubby works most weekend. But i can’t even begin to tell you how much i saved. You know you go to the shops to pick up 2 things you seen advertised you walk out with 10 more items double spent what you was going to and making yourself broke in the mean time. I had a hard look last year at all the silly stuff i got for my kids when i went shopping some stuff never even got touched just chucked in the bin because it was $2 items that i thought was cool and my son’t didn’t. So shop on line if you do it right you can get free deliver its all done and delivered to your door with in a couple of days of being ordered. You can beat the crowed, stay cool in your own home and shop in your pjs if you want to :-).ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      great tip Pamela, yes it does make you stick to your list to keep in budget!ReplyCancel

  • Sairey

    I do ALL of those tips and it is still stressful.. the lines are big and it just seems everyone is in a last minute rush so i strongly suggest not taking children as my daughter got bumped to the ground ? hurting her head and i had to leave the trolley with all gifts in it as she was bleeding.. and once we had her calm and established it wasnt major we continued to trolley to see people had picked through so we just left.. done it all last week while she was in daycare and it was so much easier as i only had to look out for the things i needed rather then making sure my kids didnt get run over in the mad dash ?????ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      ooh Sairey, that sounds awful, hope you daughters is ok?ReplyCancel

      • Sairey

        She was ok.. but if people can avoid it leaving the kids at home with someone is better for them and to get the shopping done ?ReplyCancel

During the Organise Christmas Series I will give you Tasks to Do each weekday, to help you prepare for the upcoming silly season and Christmas Day.  These tasks will help you to find time to write Christmas cards, create your Christmas budget, plan your Christmas cooking and so much more.

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  • Always such great tips! I really do feel more organised. Love the idea of a magazine subscription for those hard-to-buy-for people!ReplyCancel

A great gift to give somebody that doesn’t need anything is a magazine subscription. Here are some magazine ideas to suit everyone. Place this certificate in a Christmas card to present them their gift as typically magazines won’t arrive for 1-2 months after you have purchased the subscription. Available in my shop as an instant download, various designs available.

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  • Lori

    I love to gift Mary Jane’s Farm, a magazine from Mary Jane Butters, organic farmer and founder of Farm Girls organization. This is a truly a beautiful and inspirational publication.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Sounds like a lovely present to receive, Lori.:)ReplyCancel