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Elf on the Shelf Guide and The 2014 Elf Planner

A few years ago we introduced ‘Elf on the Shelf’ to my kids, at the time they were 6, 8 and 8.  Knowing now how much fun our elf is I really wish I had started this super fun tradition when they were much younger.  Many people have not heard about the Elf on the Shelf, so […]

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  • We got an Elf last year and the kids ADORED it – I can’t wait to do some funny stuff again with him this year! xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I love the kids faces in the morning seeing what he has gotten up to and even more fun when they can’t find him and search everywhere (he’s in the fridge or hiding in a cupboard, somewhere not obvious)ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten

    I have purchased an elf for my kids this year and have started chatting to them about a special little elf that santa sends. Can’t wait to put him into action!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh he is so cute, my kids love him too! I love Christmas and look forward to having the Elf out.ReplyCancel

  • Joanne Baker

    Last year was our first elf year. The fun I had hiding the elf each night and the looks on the kids faces the next morning when they spotted where she was were priceless!! It adds to the Christmas spirit!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It certainly does Joanne! Just makes it that extra bit special.:)ReplyCancel

  • Helen W

    We’ve had our Elf for a couple of years now. Mr 5 is already asking if he’ll be back this year. Last year our elf even showed up in our hotel room in China! As we had an overnight stay on our way to the UK. Then lo and behold he showed up in Nan’s stocking, which was hung on the mantelpiece! Our Elf is much loved, but very naughty! He ate most of the gingerbread we made last year. And we found him surrounded by chocolate Santa wrappers!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL ooh a naughty little Elf!! Love that your Elf likes to travel.:)ReplyCancel

  • Michele

    We love our elf. His name was a combined effort “Benteeny” (“Ben Elf” from Mr 5 who was “teeny-tiny” from Mr 3). There was some discussion last month about when he would come back, and he’s being very much anticipated. Mr now-4 spotted the photos on here and got excited about him revisiting… I hope I covered by saying I was looking at old photos.
    I love helping the children discover his new hiding place. More challenging this year. I’m planning to introduce some more notes from Santa this year. Love your checklist.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wonderful idea Michelle, i love that Santa leaves notes! Elf on the shelf is a huge hit and makes it so special for the kids.:)ReplyCancel

  • Katherine

    Hi, I bought this planner last year and I just wanted to know what other than the calendar days has changed since last years pack? Will I be buying the same pack again with the number 2014 added, or is it a completely new pack?ReplyCancel

  • sharon

    We got an Elf for the first time last year. My kids were 7 & 10 & they still had so much fun with it.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic! Yes mine are 9 and 11 and still love seeing where the Elf ends up each morning.:ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Percy

    Hi Katrina
    I bought the Elf planner last year and it was fantastic. The kids loved it and my husband and I had a ball planning all of our Elf’s antics each night. Just wondering if it’s possible to just get the updated calendar pages for this year as I imagine the rest of the planner is much the same? Thanks, Jenny.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Jenny, Yes please don’t purchase it again as it is the same. I am going to do an updated calendar antics page very soon.ReplyCancel

  • Margaret

    Last year was our first Elf on Shelf. We named him “Shelf the Elf the Elf on a Shelf”. Elf on the Shelf wasn’t around when my kids were little. They are 29 and 32, one lived 2 doors down, one lives in NY and comes to visit for Christmas. They have fun with it too. Initially I did stuff with “Shelf” and posted his antics on FB so they could both see even the one in NY. It wasn’t long though before my boys had taken “Shelf” on a few adventures to surprise me. Elf on the Shelf is for all ages!ReplyCancel

  • Margaret

    Last year was our first Elf on Shelf. We named him “Shelf the Elf the Elf on the Shelf”. Elf on the Shelf wasn’t around when my kids were little. They are 29 and 32, one lives 2 doors down, one lives in NY and comes to visit for Christmas. They have fun with it too. Initially I did stuff with “Shelf” and posted his antics on FB so they could both see even the one in NY. It wasn’t long though before my boys had taken “Shelf” on a few adventures to surprise me. Elf on the Shelf is for all ages!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh Margaret that is so lovely to hear! It made me smile as i was reading your email. Love the Christmas spirit.:)ReplyCancel

  • katrina allan

    Im doing this for the first time this year…my girls are 3years and nearly 9months….i can’t wait…not sure who is more excited, me or them on the day…lol…how did you elf “arrive” katReplyCancel

10 Kids Easter Cupcake Ideas

If you are the cupcake creative type you may like some of the sweet easter ideas. Find more easter craft and recipe posts here 1.| All recipes 2.|Paris Loves Pastry 3| Squidoo 4.|Wilton 5. |Bakerella 6.|Erica’s Sweet Tooth 7.|Ideal Home Garden 8.|Got Chocolate 9.|My Baking Addiction 10.|Baking Makes Things Better

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Free Easter Colouring Pages

My little Miss just asked me if she could do some easter colouring in, so we popped down to the supermarket as I know they usually have some easter colouring note pads.  Unfortunately they didn’t have any in stock so I’ve come home and found a whole heaps of cute colouring pages on the web. […]

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  • Suzanne Mummytotwins

    Great colouring for kids. :) I will definitely be using this
    to keep kids happy over the Easter Break.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      My kids have loved these too Suzanne, so many cute pages!ReplyCancel

  • Renee Simpson

    My girls will defiantly enjoy colouring these in during the Easter holidays, especially since they wake up so early .
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  • […] to keep the kids busy for a while. The Organised Housewife does it again with a round up of free Easter printables from around the interwebs. How can we resist? 2. Proof the Easter Bunny exists.With a bunch of […]ReplyCancel

Easter Gift Bag Toppers

Can you believe it’s only 2 weeks till Easter.  I have been non stop on the go the past few weeks that time is finally catching up with me.  My kids start school holidays from tomorrow afternoon and traditionally they like to give a little gift to their friends, it’s s sweet gesture which my […]

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Valentines Day Handmade Gifts For Men

In two short weeks it’s Valentines Day! After the rush of Christmas and then heading straight into organising back to school, it’s easy to feel a little jaded at the idea of heading to the shops to go hunting yet again… if you are the romantic type and like to buy your partner a little […]

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  • Amy

    what a gorgeous round-up! a big thanks for including my chevron iphone case :)ReplyCancel

  • Bernadette

    Thanks for including my leather cuff in these great gift ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Latte Design - Amalia

    Many thanks for including my print in your fantastic selection!!!ReplyCancel

Organised Christmas 2013 – Day 37

1 days till Christmas Day Daily Cleaning Tasks to prepare for the silly season Christmas organisation, recipes, crafts & more I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to each of you that have been following along during this Christmas series, I hope it has helped you to create a stress free Christmas. From my […]

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  • Jasmine

    Thanks so much for the Christmas challenge! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Margaret Hillier

    Dear Kat & family, thank you so much so your guidance over the past months, since I joined your website I’ve managed to declutter and clean places that I had no idea as to where to start, Christmas this year is a breeze thanks to you, shopping is all done and today I’ll make the trifle for tomorrow. I’d like to wish you and yours a wonderful day tomorrow and a great 2014. looking forward to following your suggestions in the new year..ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Thank you for your website and emails. I am very disorganized and you have helped me a lot this year! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family from mine. :)ReplyCancel

  • Grace

    Thank you so much for the time you’ve put into this Christmas series. I’ve been following along since the first day, and this is the first Christmas that I’ve been well organised, haven’t had any last minute shopping to do, and haven’t felt at all stressed! Today I’m making a trifle and enjoying Christmas carols. Looking forward to your Back to School series! A very Merry Christmas to your family. :)ReplyCancel

    • Thank you for the feedback Grace, I am so pleased you had a stress free Christmas. I can’t wait to share the new back to school series with you!ReplyCancel

Organised Christmas 2013 – Day 36

2 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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Organised Christmas 2013 – Day 35

5 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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Organised Christmas 2013 – Day 34

6 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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  • TrinaR

    I am also in the “removing shoes when entering the house” camp – having lived in Asia for many years it was an automatic thing to remove shoes on entering someone’s house. Here, in the winter months, if you have tiles (which can be cold underfoot) it is a nice touch to supply those little slip on towelling scuffs which the hostess can provide near the front door. I also have flip-flops to pop on when venturing outside to water garden etc.ReplyCancel

  • Penny

    we were inspired by you to get an Elf on the SHelf his name is Melvin.http://spectacularkidsminiplayscapes.blogspot.com.au/ReplyCancel

Organised Christmas 2013 – Day 33

7 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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  • COCOCOZY

    Love the Christmas ornament organizer. Great tip–thank you for sharing!

    xo

    Coco

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Organised Christmas 2013 – Day 32

8 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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