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Category Archives: Holiday Seasons

We all have visions of a perfect Christmas Day, kids laughing, delicious food on the table and everybody is having a great time. We have high expectations that the kids will love every present received and won’t be disappointed, family will enjoy being in each others company and that you have time to serve a full Christmas feast, but this is what makes the day so stressful. Create some realistic expectation to help ensure a stress free Christmas.

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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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Curious to learn all about The Elf on the Shelf? I answer some questions that readers have been asking about how to introduce the elf to if he disappears through the day.

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  • Every year I say I’m getting one of these they look like so much fun!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      It really is, Mandy! I wish i had done it sooner with me kids.ReplyCancel

  • with the elf on the shelf do you leave him in the same spot where his been doing stuff all day until he goes back to santa or do you secretly move him ? im putting my elf on the shelf in a little house thing when its time to go back to santa . loving the idea. hopefully my 4 1/2 year old boy gets excited cause I am lolReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Tanya, I fear that I will forget Elf or the kids will be around so I won’t be able to move him in the afternoon, so I try from anytime after midday to move him when I can :)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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  • I can’t believe it’s nearly Christmas! Haha I love the tradition of your kids opening their new PJs on Christmas Eve!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I know it is getting so close now, Lucy.:) It is a very exciting time of year!ReplyCancel

Consider a pamper pack as a Christmas gift for a busy friend so that she has everything on hand to help her relax and pamper herself, giving her no excuses! Or create a little pamper pack for yourself! + Your chance to win 1 of 5 Thursday Plantation face and body oil packs so you can recreate this hamper.

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  • Lisa G

    LIFE – everyone else’s but mineReplyCancel

  • Anthea Cornish

    Hi was unable to enter the Instagram component due to not having it and do not know how to install.ReplyCancel

  • Monique

    Everyone in our house has ADD or ADHD including me!!!! Enough said…..The end. LolReplyCancel

  • Joni

    4 kids, 2 with ADHD and ODD, working mum,no help or family…say no more.ReplyCancel

  • Princess

    Joggling around work, family, friends.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca H

    Not having enough hours in a day, Work and Kids, just a busy life in general!ReplyCancel

  • Christina

    Working 2 jobs and not enough time for me! My family are my priority!ReplyCancel

  • sue petrie

    i just get to busy with doing other jobs and don’t really have the timeReplyCancel

  • Vicki Fraser

    Three little words…. Being a mum!ReplyCancel

  • Chrissy Roberts

    Try to keep the house clean, the family fed and sane and keep my job too.ReplyCancel

  • sam

    My work – I’m doing an 80 hour week at the moment.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Sam that’s a huge week, your working hard!ReplyCancel

  • What a fantastic competition! Yeah I’ve barely got any time for myself at the moment with studying a PhD, my lack of organisation and making jewellery. 😛ReplyCancel

  • I don’t know howReplyCancel

  • richelle

    Time, guilt, more important things popping upReplyCancel

  • Lyn Richards

    Looking after everyone else and then feeling I have run out of time in the day for myselfReplyCancel

  • Sandra Parsons

    I could not get the details of the competition to load…if it is instagram I am not on it.. being a slightly older lady, and still having blemish problems with my skin I would have loved to enter this competition.. never mind.. Good luck to all who enter. xxx
    ..and BTW I LOVE your daily tips.. don’t get to do them all but they are a great reminder of all that needs to be done around the house. :)ReplyCancel

  • Chris

    Two jobs night and day but that’s life!!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Taylor

    Lucky enough to be given some Macadamia Oil and can honestly say my dermatologist complimented me on my skin hydration.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda B

    Beautiful, natural products…love, love, love!
    A really large family, part time work and being a carer makes time for myself very rare!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Jenkins

    Am not on facebook. Would love to pamper myself.ReplyCancel

Loads of Handmade Christmas gift ideas to give something a little special that a loved one will treasure.

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  • Oh I love all of these. I’m going to make some candles for my close friends. Love Christmas time!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      The candles are great! I am thinking of making some for the teachers christmas presents. I love Christmas time too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    Thanks for these lovely ideas! I made some salted caramel sauce for work friends & packaged it in mini milk bottles, tied with string & a pretty tag.ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    Thanks for these lovely ideas! I made some salted caramel sauce for work friends & packaged it in mini milk bottles, tied with string & a pretty tag.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      that’s a sweet idea Jen, hope they enjoy it.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      that’s a sweet idea Jen, hope they enjoy it.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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  • Kate

    this is brilliant, I’m going to use this idea this year as I find I buy my kids far too much.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I tend to get a little carried away too and end up spending more than i anticipated.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie

    this is really going to help my budget, fantastic idea. Thanks Kat for the free download.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      You are welcome, Jackie! I thought the download would be very handy as it is so easy to over spend at Christmas time.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline

    I just want to say how much I am loving this blog series! I’ve been looking forward to it for months, and it is making me feel so much calmer and under control for Christmas! And it the first thing i look at everyday.
    I have a huge exam the week before Christmas, and your tips and daily tasks are helping me feel so much happier about Christmas and less stressed, they are just fantastic! Thank you!!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Oh i am so pleased Caroline! It is very easy to get stressed at this time of year so any extra help is always good. Good luck with your exam!ReplyCancel

  • Sue

    Are these gifts to your children? From you or from Santa (if you do the Santa thing)? I have a tween & grown children & grandchildren….trying to figure out how to spread the love among them all.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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  • Kyla

    this checkist is brilliant, thanks Kat. We are travelling this Christmas, first one away from home with my 3 kids, so I need all the organising help I can get… loving this series, thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Perfect timing, so glad this checklist will help you. It is a really big job trying to remember to pack everything when going away with kids.ReplyCancel