Masthead header

Category Archives: Holiday Seasons

Organised Christmas 2013 – Day 6

44 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 […]

Continue Reading...

  • Bianca

    Hi Kat. I am just trying to print out the letter to Santa, but when I add it to the cart, it is saying that it must be purchased for $1.95.ReplyCancel

    • Sorry Bianca, glitches in the system should be free now, for a limited time.ReplyCancel

  • Taryn

    The Kids Letter is still been charged on check out. Taryn.ReplyCancel

  • lisa

    Hi, do you have the non thermie mix please.. the link keeps going to the thermomix site… cheers! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Janine
    Here’s the link for the caramel fudge recipe. I don’t have a thermie either!!ReplyCancel

  • Robyn

    This is the Bundaburg Sugar recipe as I couldn’t get the link to work either, but Google soon helped!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the letter from Santa idea!!!

  • Holly McDonald

    another idea for gift storage and organization…we have christmas with 4 families, plus our small family christmas. I have purchased 4 large utility totes from 31 and have had the family name embroidered on it. As I purchase gifts for the family throughout the year, I toss them in their tote with a sticky note to remind me who specifically it’s for. Towards October, I sit down and start wrapping gifts as I have a few spare minutes and continue to inventory who I have left to buy for. By early December, it’s 100% complete. And on the day of the Christmas party, I just have to pick up the tote for that party and go. You could do the same with a large card board box or basket for each family. The totes seem to be the right size, functional with the handles, sturdy, and add a nice touch of “pretty” for us girls.ReplyCancel

  • […] Day 6Christmas task: We ‘wrote’ to Santa. I’ve scanned it so I can add it to someone’s scrapbooksHousehold task: Decluttering toys. As anyone with young children knows this can be a fun thing. How do you get rid of loved toys? We’ve brought in a ‘rule’ this year that we have to give some of our old toys away before Christmas each year so we have room for the new toys that Santa will, hopefully, bring. So I have 4 large boxes of toys we’ll sit down and go through over the weekend and decide which toys can get put away (just in case), which are  toys that are must keeps (but not currently played with and can be put into the toy rotation) and what can be donated to those who are less fortunate than ourselves. […]ReplyCancel

Christmas Gift Wrapping Station

My craft room is still a work in progress (I need to organise the drawers and cupboards better), plus need to overhaul the other half of the room (the boys man cave).  Bit by bit I am organising particular areas.  I’ve just finished putting together my gift wrapping station.  This will be a permanent set […]

Continue Reading...

  • […] Click here to view more details about my NEW GIFT WRAPPING STATION!  I am loving this little nook i… […]ReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    I am in awe of your home Kat. Every time I look at a room or see one of your makeovers I have room envy lol. You are amazing! Not only with your organisational skills but your style is gorgeous too!!ReplyCancel

    • Aaw, thank you Cathy, I don’t makeover rooms often but when I do, it’s so much fun! I do like to decorate, I have a lot to learn still, but I procrastinate a lot when it comes to buying homewaresReplyCancel

  • K-Lee

    That station looks amazing Kat. Totally stealing your ribbon idea! And I love that everything is just on the one shelf, definitely going to give this a go myself. Thank you for the inspiration! :)ReplyCancel

    • You are very welcome K-Lee, previously I had it in drawers, cards in one, wrapping in another, this is going to be fab to use!ReplyCancel

  • Lucy @ Bake Play Smile

    That is very, very awesome! I love it! What fantastic ideas you have! My gift wrapping stuff is not in any way, shape or form organised so I’m going to be taking you up on these ideas! Thanks :-)ReplyCancel

  • I love your craft room and the touches of lemon and turquoise are so sweet. I’ve been looking for good ideas for a wrapping station :)ReplyCancel

  • […] Remove items for shelving units that you no longer want or need.  They could be books, ornaments, magazines etc. Dontate these items to your local charity. Below is the shelving unit in my craft room, which is where I am keeping my new Christmas Wrapping Station. […]ReplyCancel

  • cathy

    Can I ask a few questionns? Where are the cabinets on the right from I would love these in my dining room for my glasses/bowls etc. Also the spin around things on the cabinet and in your newletter you had an arcylic organiser that you had your phone resting on where is that from? thanks so much i am slowly getting myself organized :)ReplyCancel

  • […] an excellent gift wrap station for this time of […]ReplyCancel

  • […] an excellent gift wrap station for this time of […]ReplyCancel

Organised Christmas 2013 – Day 5 + GIVEAWAY

47 days till Christmas Day Please note this giveaway is now closed, congratulations to Diana D for her winning entry. 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 […]

Continue Reading...

  • Sarah

    I would store homemade icecream, nothing beats making our own using fresh fruit. The girls current favourite is strawberry, although the adults love orange sorbet. These storage containers are so retro and cute.ReplyCancel

  • Cat Kennedy

    Good Morning Kat! I’d like to say a huge thank you for the advent calendar gift ideas from yesterday’s post. Much appreciated. We normally get the Lego advent calendar, but this year I am staring a new tradition with advent calendar made from cute little boxes.
    I would store homemade fruit ‘ice-cream’ in the RetroKitchen containers. We have a great Yonanas machine that turns frozen fruit into an ice-cream without the cream. The cute containers would suit this well.

  • K-Lee

    I would love to make some strawberry ice-cream and mango sorbet! These are my favourite special treats that I very rarely get to buy for myself as they are a bit too expensive, but with these gorgeous containers I could make my own and keep it in the freezer for those days when Mummy needs something sweet :) Thanks Kat! :)ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    Soy icecream or sorbet – but I also love your yoghurt idea for my 1 year old :-)ReplyCancel

  • Anissa Rasmussen

    Hi! I’d make delicious dairy free coconut yoghurt in my Thermomix and use the containers to store it, great for my kids lunches and for me to take a serving to work!ReplyCancel

  • Jade

    I would love to make a yummy mango sorbet, perfect for this gorgeous weather we have at the moment!ReplyCancel

  • Gretch

    I’m not quite sure what flavour it would be but it would definitely utilise the ice-cream maker that has been gathering dust in my pantry that I found when completing yesterday’s decluttering task!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Definitely Lemon Meringue Pie ice cream!ReplyCancel

  • ozcountrychic

    I’ve been trying out some white chocolate and vanilla panna cotta which is amazingly awesome and indulgent. If I hid it in snack cups perhaps it might last a little longer!ReplyCancel

  • K33

    Oh Oh Oh Candy Cane Crunch Ice cream a family tradition at Christmas time the kids all help make it its Peppermint Choc Deliciousness.ReplyCancel

  • Paula

    We would make chocolate Ice Cream with crushed Candy Canes and pieces of Dard Chocolate in it. Super yummy and a favourite of our Elf on the Shelf Timmy.ReplyCancel

  • Simone Stahlhut

    I would give it to my friend who makes awesome dairy free ice cream! I tasted one the other day which was a coconut chocolate and was awesome. It just needed raisins soaked in rum to be a rum ball ice cream. Mmmmmmm. She’s currently just using old ice cream containers. ReplyCancel

  • Renee Wolf

    I have been looking for something just like this for yoghurt! I have started making my own since getting a Thermomix & I like to mix puréed fruits into it to create different healthy flavours. I have been looking for something to store a couple of different flavours at a time. These would be perfect!ReplyCancel

  • stony beck

    I would make rhubarb ice cream as we have it growing in the garden and it’s so yummy, great for Christmas : )ReplyCancel

  • Vyktoria

    My salted caramel ice cream mmmm definitely not diet friendly thoughReplyCancel

  • Georgina Longmate

    I would make rasperry sorbet!ReplyCancel

  • Trin

    I would whip up a batch of the Tiramisu ice cream recipe rattling around my head that I’ve been figuring out..ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Bright

    Yum! I think I’d make some fruity sorbets for my toddler to enjoy. All the yummy summer fruits are divine right now, so perfect timing!ReplyCancel

  • Leah

    I’ve been trying to be good lately, and some portion control would be great! I’d probably make some banana ‘ice-cream’. Plain, frozen bananas through the food processor makes a healthy substitute for soft-serve. I like it plain, but might make some with a bit of Nutella or Strawberries and Cream.ReplyCancel

  • Heidi

    I would love to make macadamia icecream. My kids love sorbets so it would be great to make some fruit sorbets and as they have different tastes it would be great to have little dishes where I could have some for each of them on hand. What a fantastic idea these are.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Ferguson

    We love frozen fruit sorbets! Although as a treat we make vanilla and chocolate ice cream as well! They would be awesome for portion control serves :)ReplyCancel

  • Eddie

    I’d make strawberry and rhubarb sorbet (a family favourite) – with a touch of Grand Marnier for the adults… Tho that might not last long enough to store! Of course we could just eat it from the tubs! Would love to win these, thanks for the opportunity!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline

    Hmmm. Ice cream or sobet. Or maybe yoghurt in my new Thermomix. Or maybe frozen yoghurt. Awesome product. Thanks for the chance to win :DReplyCancel

  • Christina

    As a Nanna to two beautiful grand daughters I do school pick up one day a week and always take a “Snack Pack”, often fruit in jelly or home made yoghurt with fruit, These containers would be perfect for this. Thanks for the opportunity:)ReplyCancel

  • Tania

    These look fabulous! I would love to have some of these because then I would be a little more motivated to make my daughter(who is dairy-free) some tasty ice cream alternatives. Then she would feel that she is also getting special treats like her brother and sister!ReplyCancel

  • Prue

    I would LOVE these containers. There are so many things I would store in them for the kids, ice cream, yoghurt, jelly, home made yogo, frozen fruit smoothies, panna cotta OMG there are so many possibilities. Please please pick me :-)ReplyCancel

  • Nadine V

    These containers would be super cute for storing my home made baby food!ReplyCancel

  • Narelle Rock

    I would make healthy frozen yoghurt to store in the containers, mango, passionfruit and apricot flavoursReplyCancel

  • Bee

    Mango Sorbet!ReplyCancel

  • Deanna Parry

    I would store pureed baby food at the moment and homemade ice cream later x ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Pang

    I would make mango sorbet or frozen berry yogurt or chocolate ice cream for a treat or any number of other frozen yuumiesReplyCancel

  • Grace

    I would make frozen yoghurt with sliced up fruit in it- yumm!
    And also healthy ice cream- strawberry and coconut milk are the only two ingredients, whizzed up in a blender and then frozen. It’s the most delicious thing ever! There are so many possibilities though and I would love to play around with some.ReplyCancel

  • Shelley

    Oh how cute are they!!! I’d make my delicious chocolate mousse….YUM!ReplyCancel

  • Kellie Haley Chapman

    I would keep my White Chocolate Chai Icecream in the big container, and yoghurt in the little ones for the kids. Nothing beats homemade icecream and yoghurt.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Dixon

    I would make my Homemade Honey comb Ice CreamReplyCancel

  • Stacey Jones

    Our kids love homemade strawberry ice cream or caramel ice cream. They also love frozen yoghurt which they snack on in this hot weather. We haven’t tried sorbets yet, but we these will be great when we do.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Crawford Mutzelburg

    We make our own homemade ice cream and these containers would be perfect to store it in.ReplyCancel

  • CindyBear

    Vanilla ice cream with honey and macadamias ,,,, yum!ReplyCancel

  • JodyC

    I’d store homemade yogo, jelly & custard, gelato, individual frugal trifles… the possibilities are endless. ReplyCancel

  • jemimah ivers

    BlackBerry gelato, so yummy or any kind of berry gelato ReplyCancel

  • Emma Sinclair

    I’m expecting my Thermomix to arrive early next week and starting a healthy family diet, so I would be making sorbets, ice creams and yoghurts to fill those pretty tubs!ReplyCancel

  • kookla123

    I’ll be brutally honest and say that the smaller ones would probably would be used for storing my three daughters’ hair ties when we travel. They seem a great size and there is enough for them to have one each, so no fighting. Then I could use the large one for some yummy home-made banana ice-cream! YUM!ReplyCancel

  • Felicity O'Donohue

    I’d make home made yoghurt, ice cream and chia puddings for my boysReplyCancel

  • kare

    I would love to try and repilicate the Crunchie ice cream, honeycombe and chocolate!ReplyCancel

  • Jessykat

    I would make choc cherry ice cream and lemon custard for later :) going great on sticky date pudding!ReplyCancel

  • Anna Petersen

    I’m having my family come to visit for Christmas for the first time. I would love to use these storers to put homemade Christmas ice cream in (with dried fruit, nuts etc) and share with everyone :) Afterwards I am thinking they might be good to store baby food in for my 6 month old.ReplyCancel

  • Skye Clark

    Lactose free Ice Cream!! I miss being able to munch on ice creamReplyCancel

  • Sarah Goldsmith

    I love to make mixed berry sorbet. These containers would be perfect to put it in snack sizes so I’m not tempted to eat the whole thing at once! :) ReplyCancel

  • Rebsf

    This summer my Thermomix will be very busy making all sorts of sorbets and ice creams for the family to enjoy. It’s new so I’m looking forward to experimenting.ReplyCancel

  • Tash Gillatt

    I would use these to store yogurt. I make my own using an easy-yo and I always serve too much, or I can’t make any more until the 1L is finished. If I’m not organised we have to wait for more because it takes so long to make and chill. These containers would be perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Harvey

    Scrumcious icecream
    Tantalising Sorbet
    Outstanding yoghurt
    Refreshing smoothies
    Extravagent mousse
    Really yummy dessertsReplyCancel

  • Kym

    My kids are forever hassling me to make home made icecream again and with summer coming, this could be the perfect excuse. Sorry hips :)ReplyCancel

  • Judi Damon

    Banana and mango icecream! :)ReplyCancel

  • Penny H

    At Christmas time, I make a vanilla ice cream with chopped chunks of macadamia nut chocolate, Kahlua soaked sultanas and a smidge of nutmeg -(for the little people, the sultanas are alcohol free). These fabulous containers would be just perfect for single servings, they’re so gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Janice Johnstone

    I saw them at Howards yesterday and thought they would be good for my Christmas ice cream cake which is vanilla icecream softened then mixed with macadamia biscuits (crushed), Darell Lea red and green licorice, white chocolate and some extra chopped Macadamia nuts then it is usually put into a loaf tin to freeze again. The red and green looks great. After Christmas I would put them away till I build my new house. They would be good in my girls bedrooms for storing all their little odds and ends – or on the desk to hold pencils, glue sticks, scissors, etc. They are so so cute – love the colours.ReplyCancel

  • Bridget

    I would put yoghurt and fruit to take to work as I’m trying to eat healthier.ReplyCancel

  • Melinda Kiss

    Homemade lemon sorbet, gelato and yoghurt :)ReplyCancel

  • Jenni Williams

    Cheats sorbet.. frozen fruit and yoghurt blended.ReplyCancel

  • Janice Johnstone

    At Christmas time a make a yummo ice cream cake which these containers would be good for. It is softened vanilla ice cream with the following ingredients chopped up and mixed in. The placed in container to harden again. Afterwards it would be great for my girls to put in their rooms with bits and pieces into.
    Ingredients all chopped up are:
    Red and Green Darrel Lea Licorice
    White chocolate
    Paradise Macadamia cookies
    some extra macadamia nutsReplyCancel

  • Maureen

    just got a yonana’s machine that uses frozen fruit ONLY to make delicious soft serve like ice-cream, except it’s not ice cream – just frozen fruit! perfect for my little one! would love to win this to store it!ReplyCancel

  • Pippa Smith Waddell

    May absolute favourite, classic french vanilla icecream. Nothing better :)ReplyCancel

  • Jo Matheson

    Howards Storage World’s Home Made Ice Cream Storer Pack would be ideal to store home made Mango sorbet – perfect for a hot Queensland Christmas.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    We make ice-cream with coconut milk, fruit and maple syrup. Our favourite is mango – would be great to store them in those cute containers :)ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Young

    I would store a healthy trail mix in them because they are so cute I hope it would make me more inclined to eat the healthy snacks instead of chocolate.ReplyCancel

  • Melinda Anderson

    The Homemade Ice Cream Storer Pack would be great for chocolate/strawberry mousse for my kids so they have little individual serves. They are too cute :)ReplyCancel

  • Amy Fischer

    Not about Ice-cream sorry but wondering I can find the link to the printable gift tags please?ReplyCancel

  • Hels

    OMG! These are just what we need to put the ice cream in that we will finally make with the ice cream maker the kids cousin gave them for Christmas 2 years ago! Then we will serve her the ice cream in them cos they are so gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Simone Carter

    Perfect for storing yummy home made fruit puree for baby and ice cream with smashed maltesers for mummy and big sister :-) Howards storage have a solution for everything :-)

  • Linda

    Fresh strawberry sorbet made in the TM3! Or grape sorbet! Or pineapple sorbet! Or kiwi sorbet! Or a mixture of them ALL!!ReplyCancel

  • Ashmar H Mughal

    This lovely Ice Cream Storer Pack would be great for my homemade yogurt and ice-cream.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Hatton

    A nice way to make different flavoured icecream so it’s on hand for kids/adults who like something a bit different.ReplyCancel

  • Beth Dally

    I would be making some Raspberry and Pistachio Ice Cream Puddings to save for some special occasions when we “need” a treat during the midweek, busy, silly season…!!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara letts

    Filled with sundae toppings, they would make a great reusable teacher appreciation gift.ReplyCancel

  • Shay

    My partner just bought me a breville scraper pro for my birthday and I bought the ice cream attatchment and have just started making ice cream ! These would be perfect to store it in :))))ReplyCancel

  • Karen Overdevest

    I would store homemade icecream and chocolate mousse.ReplyCancel

  • Maree

    I would make homemade chocolate ice-cream and frozen yoghurt! Yummy!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Mac

    I would make salad in a jar in the big one, layer your salad ingredients with the dressing at the bottom. When lunch time comes shake gently to combine the ingredients and eat. Stops them going soggy with the dressing. Small ones have so many uses but I could decant my home made yoghurt into them.ReplyCancel

  • Shelley Crawford

    White chocolate pannacotta! There would be no need to remove from the container with these cute ones.ReplyCancel

  • Janberet

    I would make homemade yogurt.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    Sorbet! I have just bought an icecream maker and have been experimenting. Strawberry sorbet has been the best hit with the kids so far!ReplyCancel

  • Virginia

    I would make honey semifreddo in the Thermomix and top it with toasted pinenuts and drizzle with runny honey, in the little containers.ReplyCancel

  • Claire

    I’ve only just started home made desserts, but my lemon sorbet is a great first for me. So it’d have to be that, but looking at the pretty lids I am inspired to try making raspberry sorbet and I’ve heard pannacotta is easy so a vanilla one of those would be divine. Mmmm, I’m making myself hungry now!ReplyCancel

  • Rosetta Greco

    I would put my girls favourite after school snack in it. Ice cream, made with homemade yoghurt, honey and frozen mango and bananas. They love it!ReplyCancel

  • Isabelle Pearce

    I would make my Christmas custard that the kids love!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Baird

    Good morning! My family and I am are working on a healthy lifestyle change and always find breakfast to be the toughest task. We love oats and have discovered a great summer breakfast with them. We stick everything into a container and place it in the fridge over night. In the morning we have a beautiful breakfast waiting for us, imagine them in these lovely containers, now how could we have anything but a great day with our fresh, fuller for longer breakfast in stunning ready to go containers. Have a great weekend everyone!ReplyCancel

  • Nishel

    Oh the list for Christmas delights endless! I would make Christmas chocolate mousse (topped with red and white chocolate shavings – yep, I colour my white chocolate), Cheat’s banana split sundaes (using mashed banana as ice cream), custard puddings, white chocolate and raspberry panacotta… so delicious! And enough to share with visitors!ReplyCancel

  • Judy

    Definitely sorbet in individual sizes- that way we wont be over doing it because its so good!ReplyCancel

  • Kristine Dowley

    I would store homemade custards and puddings in these wonderful little containers. They will feet perfectly in the fridge door!ReplyCancel

  • Kate Bullock

    I’d make some yummy christmas mince pie ice cream – fruit soaked in alcohol in the big one for the adults, and no alcohol for the little ones for my toddlers :)ReplyCancel

  • Susan W

    Home made icecream with my icecream maker. I have been searching for the perfect freezer container for ages.ReplyCancel

  • Julz

    In the small ones I would store homemade playdough they look like the perfect size to store different colours of playdough in. The large one I would use for crayon/pencil storage.ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    My husband’s absolute favourite at the moment is Tenina’s Salted Caramel Ice Cream made in the thermomix. I borrowed a friends thermomix to trial before I bought one myself and hubby said I could buy one on the condition that there always be a container in the freezer once I bought it. LOL My son is also rapt because he can finally have ice-cream again (intolerant to additives), so I would make some mango and macadamia ice-cream just for him in the little containers. He is very much looking forward to the mangoes finally ripening on the family trees!ReplyCancel

  • Kate Davies

    Frozen bananas and berries put through my multi-function slow juicer – comes out like Vitari – 100% fresh fruit – delicious! needs no additional anything, it’s perfect, and I’d love an appropriate container to store it in! so healthy and fresh!ReplyCancel

  • kerri

    i love to make smoothies out of all my older fruit that is going off then freeze it in snack packs ready for a delicious and nutritious breakfast on the go or a refreshing recess for kids at school, it also leaves no wastage with the price of fruit in my area!!!ReplyCancel

  • ICE CREAM!!! :D
    I have the breville ice cream bowl to go in the mixer and love love love home made vanilla bean ice cream!ReplyCancel

  • Rachelle

    Yummy coconut and vanilla sorbet made in my thermie. Or if my hubby had his way, just plain vanilla ice cream.

  • Penny Schelbach

    I make home-made yoghurt and ice-cream. These would be perfect. One for each of my kids and the larger sixe for keeping my home-made icecream in. Will save space in the freezer too.ReplyCancel

  • Sandi Inglis

    I would make Mango/Lemon/Strawberry Sorbet. The whole family just loves sorbet!!ReplyCancel

  • JBMarigold

    It’s refreshing COCONUT AND LIME SORBET for me!… A delicious snack on a hot summer afternoon.
    AND I’d have a second set for single serves of BOLOGNAISE SAUCE for those nights when just one late dinner is needed.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Gray

    Home made strawberry sorbet, yum yum!!ReplyCancel

  • Angela Tylee

    These are so cute! For a special treat, I would half-fill them with ice cream, then let the kids adorn their very own special ice creams with whichever toppings they like – they’d have so much fun!ReplyCancel

  • Therese

    I would love to make homemade peppermint (candy cane) ice cream A friend made it last year and it was divine!ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    I would make a delicious macadamia and mango sorbet, yummy!ReplyCancel

  • Steph

    I would make chocolate mousse, vanilla bean ice cream and panacotta. I would need to buy an extra set. Finally… nice looking containers to store in the fridge or freezer, that don’t cost the earth!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty Kennedy

    I would definitely make my favourite Strawberry and Lychee Sorbet! Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • Demi Monfries

    I would secretly make rainbow jellies for my kids and stash them in the fridge until set – the containers would hide the yummy contents and then I would give them as dessert on a special day like a Saturday night etc and watch their little faces light up!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberley

    My recently-diagnosed-as-diabetic husband has been enjoying my modified, low-sugar Easiyo — but had problems with spillage and with portion control when it comes to taking it to work! These containers would solve both problems and keep him happy and healthy.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Semple

    Would definitely make cookies and cream home made ice cream. It is a recipe I havent made in years but it is made from cream, sweetened condensed milk and choc ripple biscuits… the memory is so good i can still taste it!ReplyCancel

  • Saam Thorne

    I have had my eye on these as a Christmas present! I would make gingerbread icecream to serve on Christmas day with fresh fruit. Easy peasy dessert!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Letson

    I would make banana ice cream with my Yonanas machine – just simple frozen banana put through the machine and it is absolutely THE BEST ice cream ever!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Loz

    Cherry ripe and scorched almond ice creamReplyCancel

  • Danielle Thompson

    I would make ice cream in my Thermomix to take camping for the kids and yoghurt in the thermomix and use the pots for the kids to take to school.ReplyCancel

  • Nicola

    I’d make a Thermomix sobet – so natural and yummy but I have nothing to currently store them in. These sets look fabulous, will be looking out for them from nov20!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley

    I would make a mango sorbet with low-fat yoghurt. As of this year my husband can’t eat ice cream due to a health condition so I have been experimenting. This is his favourite.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    I would use the containers to keep my homemade facemask and honey scrub in. ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Armstrong

    Choc chip / honey comb icecream, yumReplyCancel

  • Tarly

    I would use the containers to store healthy fruity ice creams for my little girl ????

  • Karyl Dunson

    crafts or office suppliesReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    I would use the containers to store my homemade lactose free mixed berry frozen yoghurt and apple sorbet.ReplyCancel

  • Chef Chelle

    Plum pudding ice-cream! Christmas dessert .. sorted ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Kara Michelle

    I would use them to store healthy fruit and yogurt smoothies. My current favorite is banana/almond/oatmeal.

    If I had these I could make them up ahead of time and have them be “grab and go” for those hard to eat healthy because I just don’t have time mornings.ReplyCancel

  • hayley

    My eldest daughter has different allergies .. Can’t believe how many icereams can be so good but can be so bad for someone who can’t tolerate dairy or wheat…. Looking so forward to being able to make coconut icecream…ReplyCancel

  • Frog Goose & Bear

    How cool are those icecream storers! They make me want to go and make icecream now – of all varieties! Thanks for sharing our candy cane reindeers! The kids and I purchased all of the pieces just yesterday to make them again this year as they were such a hit!ReplyCancel

  • Billie MacGinley

    I love your idea about the yoghurt but I would use Greek yoghurt add some fresh pureed fruit, give it a swirl and freeze! Fresh and fruity frozen yoghurt!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Cruickshank

    My twin girls love little containers with anything in it so I would probably use them for servings of biscuits, popcorn or fruit salad.ReplyCancel

  • Jaimi

    We all LOVE icy treats in our household. I would make Raspberry and Coconut gelato & some mango and macadamia icecream. Delicious! Healthy and great anytime.ReplyCancel

  • Jacqueline Goelst

    I would use the four mini ice cream storers to keep all my kids happy with their own allergy-free / preferred flavour sorbets, yogurts and who knows what else! (Four storers + four kids = perfect). Then I’d use the one litre storer for something delectable for myself that may (or may not) be shared with my hubby!ReplyCancel

  • Anastasia Hammond

    Mmmmm, nice refreshing sorbet for the blazing hot days ahead!!ReplyCancel

  • Racheal Lee

    It would have to be lemon sorbet in the little ones for my 3 year old, that’s her favourite flavour, and for the large tub…chocolate ice cream for me – no doubt about it!!ReplyCancel

  • melaniem

    I would make home made peanut butter cups!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Jones

    I would put snacks and diced fruits in these lovely storers when we go out.ReplyCancel

  • Angie Boylan

    I would make a delicious mango and macadamia ice cream so I can enjoy mango flavour all year round, not just over Summer!ReplyCancel

  • Deborah

    When I make trifle at Christmas, I would love to make some more individual ones in the Storers. I would be able to give them to guests to take home if they hadn’t been able to eat any trifle on the day. Usually I send trifle home in a bowl but it never looks as nice or as appetizing like that. Obviously they could only go to trusted friends and family with a promise to give back the Storer.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Broderick

    I would love to make a Rocky Road ice cream to store in these awesomely cute containers.ReplyCancel

  • Terry

    Homemade Honeycombe Icecream, was a big hit last Christmas & fruit yoghurt for my 17mth old.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Kriss-Newell

    An oldie but a goodie, especially for large numbers leading up to Christmas – Ambrosia – lots of whipped cream, jelly, fruit pieces; or add sponge cake and make individual trifles. The kids love their own individual containers, makes them feel important. Even bub who insists on copying her siblings and eating on her own as well. The messier the better in her view, I’m sure!!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    I’d use my yonanas machine and make healthy fruit ‘ice cream’ for Mr 3, or raspberry sorbet for meReplyCancel

  • marypreston

    Since the Ice Cream Storers are NOT see through, considered a bonus for me right now, I’m going to start making Christmas goodies & hiding them away in plain sight.ReplyCancel

  • Laura kent

    I would make lactose free goodies for my hubby who can eat very little in the store, that would make him smile :)ReplyCancel

  • Monique Young

    i would make a sugar free vanilla and chocolate swirl icecream and i could also make a 4 berry and lemon sorbetReplyCancel

  • Jasmine N Rohan Ridley

    i would make icream and gelati (ANY flavour lol) in my awesome thermomix! this would stop us having to eat it all at once ;)ReplyCancel

  • The icecream storers look so handy! I’d make up a batch of white chocolate raspberry ripple icecream. I love the mini-sized tubs, no more squabbling about who’s got more ;)ReplyCancel

  • Benjamin Travia

    I’d make the traditional family christmas dessert, Cassata Siciliana. It’s nutty, it’s sweet, it’s rereshing, it is christmas!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa S

    I’d make some homemade yoghurt and hide some treats inside for a special toddler dessert!ReplyCancel

  • Tina

    i would make some mini triffle’s !!!!ReplyCancel

  • momteaches2

    I would store yogurt parfaits for those days when we eat in the car on our way to dance class.ReplyCancel

  • Brooke

    i would love to test out your delicious chocolate dessert..and love that I could store individual portions to stop me from eating the whole thing all at once!! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Jess

    I would definitely make peanut butter ice cream to go in these storers!ReplyCancel

  • Keira

    I would make the salted caramel maple syrup ice-cream (from the Thermomix recipe community) and hopefully the smaller containers would stop me from eating so much of it!ReplyCancel

  • Mels

    My secret stash of homemade chocolate truffles – delicious indulgenceReplyCancel

  • kitkat

    I would store a chocolate mousse with strawberries on the top. Great afternoon car snack.ReplyCancel

  • Kate Tallon

    I love portion containers. I send my kids to school and preschool with containers of yoghurt. I would love to put sorbet in these containers, or that lovely sounding chocolate pudding, or jelly or any other new recipe I find. I’m dying to try out a new chocolate mousse with avocado recipe I found, these would be perfect for that.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Chivers

    The containers would be just perfect for storing our home made icecream which we love to make using the fresh eggs from our ‘girls’. Will be definitely trying your chocolate dessert recipe too :-)ReplyCancel

  • Ali

    I would love to make custard in my thermomix for my 4 year old and store it in these fantastic containers!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sue Bott

    I have the best non dairy banana ice-cream recipe these would be perfect to store it in.ReplyCancel

  • Laila Cox

    I would make trifles using my Mum’s beautiful recipe. Trifle is a traditional Christmas dessert in our family.ReplyCancel

  • Replicator Lisa

    Oh boy!what wouldn’t I make?! I could make something different every week. What a great idea :)ReplyCancel

  • Di

    Home made play dough!!! In beautiful bright, bold colours. Good for the kids to have somewhere nice to store it so it doesn’t go hard, yucky and become something they don’t want to play with any more.ReplyCancel


    Individual Tiramisu’s, so we don’t over eat it!!!ReplyCancel

  • Bianca

    I would store homemade chocolate ice-cream in these storers. Simple, but so yummy!ReplyCancel

  • vicki

    fresh fruity sorbets for this hot summer weather- mango, strawberry, watermelon, endless. colourful sorbets for colourful containers!ReplyCancel

  • Karina Wong

    Would love to make some peanut butter and chocolate ice cream for these containers!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    Homemade yoghurtReplyCancel

  • melanie goodson

    I would make some awesome berry and lime sorbet for these containers! Great for a beautiful summer refreshment!ReplyCancel

  • Sara Young

    mini frozen chocolate christmas puddings – yum!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Williams

    These would be perfect for storage of vanilla and chocolate icecream made in my new thermomix!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    I would freeze all my left over passionfruit from making pavs and cheese cakes :)ReplyCancel

  • Rhiannon

    I would make gingerbread ice cream for Christmas :-)ReplyCancel

  • Nalena

    Something I can enjoy at the end of the night, after I have finished the housework. Like Baileys and chocolate.ReplyCancel

  • shemuffin

    Snacks for the kids – yogurt, ice cream, pudding, fruit, etc! Yummy!ReplyCancel

  • Tina

    Mango ice cream, using mangoes from our tree!ReplyCancel

  • Ann Hoy

    Frappes to indulge in the quiet ambience of night after a hard days workReplyCancel

  • Amy

    I would use it to store and serve my homemade juice jellies and custard fruit parfaits for the kiddos at christmas, because they don’t like (and are not allowed) the alcoholic version.ReplyCancel

  • Carrie Sue

    Freeze homemade banana & mango ice cream mixed with homemade yoghurt as a healthy snack after-anything for the kids and hubby to keep them out of my kitchen and off my back until dinner is ready!ReplyCancel

  • Cazza

    Yummy sorbets in dreamy pastel fruity colours, lime, lemon, watermelon and cherry.ReplyCancel

  • Kate Galluzzo

    Delicious vanilla ice cream with caramel swirls & burnt figsReplyCancel

  • Bronwyn Clarke

    Home made custardReplyCancel

  • Rachael Ralston

    I would store Mango Sorbet yum yum!

  • Trisha Andersen

    Home made yoghurt would be my choice.ReplyCancel

  • Leah

    Chocolate and Peanut Butter Homemade Ice Cream. Aww yeah.ReplyCancel

  • Morena Dobrowolski

    I love the idea of individual yoghurts. My girls love natural yoghurt with different fruits added. This would be a great way to prepare them in advance and even freeze them for a summer treat!ReplyCancel

  • Patricia Quinnell

    I would make banana smoothies just using frozen soften bananas and milk it is just like ice cream and i would also make caramel and MACADAMIA ice-cream and store in these containers.ReplyCancel

  • Christine Higgs

    I make coconut milk for myself, but the rest of the family prefer the dairy variety. These would be perfect to store mine, all mine :)ReplyCancel

  • etta1966

    I would make mango smoothie with natural yogurt, a little bit of milk,
    frozen chunks of mango, chia seeds and flaxmeal. And they I would store
    it in the individual storers.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    The list is endless!! freshly made sorbet, natural yoghurt, homemade ice cream, frozen fruit for my toddler, left overs for another meal.
    All made by me in my Thermomix of course :)ReplyCancel

  • Linda

    I would love to create healthy, colourful, sweet treats like yoghurt with fresh pureed berries swirled through and extra berry pieces throughout and with some chocolate chips mixed in.. Just because I can!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Renae Armstrong

    My family adores strawberry sorbet. We buy strawberries from our local growers which have the sweetest strawberries around (slightly bias but its true!!) I think these containers would be perfect for that sweet treat! Thank you :)ReplyCancel

  • Kristen Turner

    Hubby LOVES banana ice cream…usually only gets it on his bday when his mom makes it…would love to surprise him with it one night after dinner!!ReplyCancel

  • lozza c

    Individual Tiramisu – such a yummy Italian dessert that is too good to share!ReplyCancel

  • AmberB

    Lemon and Lime Sorbet – yum!ReplyCancel

  • Maria Pennisi

    I’d buy a huge tub of yoghurt to fill the storers and add my own fresh, seasonal fruit. Healthy and delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Joy

    I’d make a large Summer fruit salad with a mango, nectarine, banana, melon and blueberries in one batch and then store it in the separate containers in the fridge so I can help my Weight Watchers journey (so far I’ve lost 55kg since Jan 2010) and have the fruit at breakfast on muesli or with yoghurt, or as a quick healthy to snack.ReplyCancel

  • Irena

    I would make a strawberry ice cream!ReplyCancel

  • Marleisa

    Apricot Balls – I’m addicted to them at the momentReplyCancel

  • Bobbie-Lee

    I just showed hubby these and he said that he would ask me to make my toblerone mousse to store in themReplyCancel

  • Suzie Elo

    I like to make earrings, I would love to store some of my delicate ones in these little storers, would be so cute!ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    I bought an ice cream maker last summer but I don’t use it enough for the reason that I have nowhere to store it in without it going icy or yucky. So I would make lots of my special berry xmas icecream.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Hemetsberger

    I’d like to make hazelnut chocolate mousse to store in the containersReplyCancel

  • Katie Whitecross

    Coconut and lychee sorbet in the thermomix. Yummo!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    I would store chocolate custard/strawberry sorbet & salted caramel ice-cream in these gorgeous containers if I won them!ReplyCancel

  • Christine

    As the stepparent of a child with sensory processing issues (including sensitivity to certain tastes and textures) it would be great to have some way to make and easily store some home made yoghurt to ensure that he gets enough calcium in his diet!ReplyCancel

  • kate @ livinglovinglaughing

    I’d love to use these adorable containers to make individual serves of my yummy and easy home made ice cream – my maple syrup and pecan combo would go perfectly in these! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty Ross-Bell

    Gelati and a homemade christmas ice cream for a frozen desert on Christmas day.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Casalanguida

    I do make my own ice cream.. but am wanting to try something schmancy like Lemon Meringue Ice Cream. Love these little containers!ReplyCancel

  • Raelene Stratton

    I would make ice creamin my thermomix from fresh cows milk from a cow I milk (when I get her)ReplyCancel

  • kristysweeney

    What gorgeous containers my homemade Vanilla Bean Icecream would taste even better from a pretty container like this, and the little pots would be filled with homemade yogurt and pureed fruit or frozen yogurt for the kids to snack on.ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    Any type of Frozen Delight
    Cause it would taste just rightReplyCancel

  • Hayley

    I would make Ben and Jerry’s Heath Bar Crunch ice-cream using Daim bars (from Ikea) in place of the Heath bars. AMAZING!ReplyCancel

  • upandup

    My Chantilly cream, choc mousse and ganache would store perfectly in these containers.ReplyCancel

  • constance

    i would make my mothers famous fruit sauce, yum!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie McMahon

    My 5 cherubs favourite, good old fashioned jelly with a surprise freddo!ReplyCancel

  • Annaleis Topham

    I have strawberries frozen in the freezer ready for sorbet! Fresh and cooling just for SummerReplyCancel

  • Linda Jane Craven

    With Christmas just around the corner I would make some homemade ice-cream, choc chip for the kids and rum and raisin for hubby and I to indulge in once the kiddies are off to bed. So much better than a rum ball in this hot Queensland weather!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Clifford

    I share my ice cream maker with my neighbour, so these would be wonderful to share our homemade delightsReplyCancel

  • Tania

    I have a thermomix but I haven’t made icecream or sorbet yet. It’s on my list this summer!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    I often make home-made yoghurt. These would be perfect to store it in. I love the colour scheme. So pretty.ReplyCancel

  • scattley

    Mini chocolate biscuits…small aliquots to help me stop eating an entire batch. A quarter of a batch is suffient…before dinner….another quarter after dinner….another quarter before bed… long as I leave a quarter for breakfast.ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte

    Some rum and raisin ice cream with the icecream maker my best friend gave me last Christmas to ring in the festive season :D those are adorable, thanks for the chance!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Daniels

    Mango Peach flavoured FROZEN YOGURT !!!!! YUMMY!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Angelina Kenman

    Homemade banana ice cream and mango sorbet – both my children and hubby love them, these would be great for making smaller portions.ReplyCancel

Organised Christmas 2013 – Day 4

48 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 […]

Continue Reading...

  • Sarah

    eat that aioli with some thin steak on a toasted bun with salad, it is a favourite here!ReplyCancel

  • MrsMcK85

    I’ll take the sushi kit! LOLReplyCancel

  • Anne

    Make your own simple version of ‘Ferrero Rochers’ with the hazelnuts.
    I use ice cube trays or those silicone bite size mini muffin sheets
    melt some chocolate, pour it into the tray holes and spoon it round the edges to cover the sides, add a spoonful of hazelnut spread, pop in a hazelnut, top with chocolate and maybe sprinkle some nuts (or diced hazelnuts) on top.
    Freeze till required (so you can make them now and they’ll be on hand for Christmas!)ReplyCancel

  • Brad Lorraine Kleinschmidt

    If you do your pantry clean out and there are unopened things you are unlikely to use (lets be honest, we all have some of those ‘bought on a whim’ items), don’t forget many charities and services take non-perishable items for food hampers for those who need a little extra help :)ReplyCancel

  • Sonia

    Thanks so much for including me in your blog post today Katrina !! I am so honoured! xxReplyCancel

  • Imagine. Make. Believe

    Thanks for sharing our advent calendar!ReplyCancel

  • Crafty Mummy

    So excited to see you sharing my friend’s calendar from Imagine Make Believe today!!ReplyCancel

    • This is one awesome calendar, so very creative, I really love this idea!ReplyCancel

      • Imagine. Make. Believe

        Thanks so much KatrinaReplyCancel

  • […] Day 4:Christmas task: Set up your advent list. I love buying little bits and pieces for our advent calendar through the year. I’ve created some printables that I’ll cut out and use too on a couple of days. I’ll be sharing my list in a couple of days so look out for it Household task: Declutter the pantry. I found this hard as I really, really wanted to pull everything out and reorganise. I did get rid of a few things that were out of date and have grouped stuff that is nearly out of date so I use it soon. There’s no after pic as I didn’t tidy it at all – as much as I wanted too. […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Plan to get your advent calendar ready.  You will find advent and stocking gift ideas here. […]ReplyCancel

Organised Christmas 2013 – Day 3

49 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 […]

Continue Reading...

  • Anne

    I am getting really organised this year with a name and address list on a spreadsheet. I will only need to edit it each year with any changes and then print out the address labels :) I’ve been wanting to do this for YEARS!ReplyCancel

  • Lucy @ Bake Play Smile

    I love the look of that rocky road… And those gift tags are so cute!!ReplyCancel

    • the rocky looks so good, I love white chocolate too, so I think will be a must to make over the christmas season in our household too!ReplyCancel

Organised Christmas 2013 – Day 2

50 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 […]

Continue Reading...

  • Emma

    I was disappointed when I ordered the girl elf on the shelf to find that you need to buy the skirt separately. It cost me an additional $14, if I had known I would have just bought the boy elf. ReplyCancel

    • MrsMcK85

      I made our girl elves skirts! some felt, ribbon, lace, bells, let your imagination go wild! We have 2 elves and 6 skirts so they can ‘change’ their outfits. I agree $14 is ridiculous!!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    So I’m wondering about the baking, are we supposed to freeze all of this
    for Christmas? Also will we be doing some Christmas dinner food prep in
    the lead up to Christmas too? Hosting our in laws this year for the
    first time and I have two small children so I’d love to do as much meal
    prep in advance as possible.

    Also have you ever heard of reviving towels using dish detergent?
    Apparently it brings back the soft feel. Think I’m going to do that
    tonight and get towels ready for our Christmas guests :)ReplyCancel

  • Ingrid Gusdorf

    when purging your linen cupboard, PLEASE think about your local animal shelter. They can really use your old towels and sheets. (any condition)ReplyCancel

  • Jude

    Absolutely loving this series! I’m in the zone! I add to my non-perishable shopping list a top up of our first aid kit with everything that we may need, eg. Stingoes, band aids, disinfectant cream, hang-over cures etc. this has been very useful in the past! ReplyCancel

  • natmardon

    Kat, I LOVE your dirty laundry system too!! What a great idea! With 4 kids, there’s always a backlog here!!ReplyCancel

Organised Christmas 2013 – Day 1

51 days till Christmas Day Daily Cleaning Tasks to prepare for the silly season Christmas organisation, recipes, crafts & more Let’s join together and encourage each other over on Instagram @organised_house , I’d love to see your progress.  Use hashtag #organisedxmas Today’s Tasks: Print and create your Christmas Planner.  Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks […]

Continue Reading...

  • Amy

    Yay! It’s begun. Looking forward to following along and getting organised. Thanks Kat.ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    Do you find that your thermal receipts fade in the plastic sleeves/wallets?ReplyCancel

    • No Bec after the new year I move the receipts out and have never had a problem. I also use this wallet in my bill organiser and the receipts stay in there for quite a few months.ReplyCancel

  • Tara

    I bought an Elf on the shelf but am unsure when to bring him out and start it with the kids? Do you wait until December? TIAReplyCancel

    • I bring our Elf out on the 1st of December. We have been doing craft decorations and baking christmas recipes and the kids did say out loud, if their elf will come early. LOL.ReplyCancel

      • Faysie

        I want to get the Elf out already too…. not sure I can wait until December! I’m just as excited as my son! :-)ReplyCancel

        • LOL, my kids are hoping our will come early, but honestly I’m not sure I could come up with more than 25 elf antics.ReplyCancel

  • Leann

    I can’t open the recipe, the link doesn’t seem to work for me!ReplyCancel

    • Hi Leann, it should be working now for you, perhaps refresh the screen. Please let me know if you continue to have troublesReplyCancel

  • Bianca

    Hi Kat. Unfortunately The Elf on The Shelf is not available currently through the Book Depository :( Can you recommend an alternative place to purchase it from, and what is a reasonable price to pay? Thanks in advanceReplyCancel

    • Ooh no, unfortunately I don’t know of anywhere else that supplies it. I will look into this for you Bianca :)ReplyCancel

      • Bianca

        Many thanks Katrina! I am looking forward to doing Elf on the Shelf for the first time this year :)ReplyCancel

        • Olivia

          I have got mine preordered with Bambini ProntoReplyCancel

  • Lucy @ Bake Play Smile

    Oh I love this post! I too like to be organised and this is right up my alley! There are so many things on in the lead up to Christmas that it definitely plans to be organised!ReplyCancel

    • Absolutely Lucy, I feel I’m more relaxed and can enjoy the silly season when everything is organisedReplyCancel

      • Lucy @ Bake Play Smile

        I totally agree! I get so stressed if I’m not organised… I need things in order!!! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Leann

    I’m doing ‘Elf on the Shelf’ for the first time this year, and have a question. I know that Elf isn’t meant to be touched, so how to you move him during the day if he is in the way somewhere. I have seen photos of him sitting in the bathroom sink, hanging in the shower etc, how does he get out of the way so you can use the sink/shower?ReplyCancel

  • Kirstie Alterator

    I am already subscribed to a daily task email, how do I get the xmas task email aswell?ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Sutcliffe

    I love this years cover.ReplyCancel

  • olivia

    Just to let people know HSW says the jars are discontinued but did find them online storeReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    Just trying to find out a little bit more. If I would like to use the elf on the shelf (as it sounds like a great idea) do I need to purchase the book with elf first and then the planner, or just one or the other? Thanks in advance.ReplyCancel

  • Katy

    I love these daily tasks! Is it possible to make it in a Printable Format, as I’m trying to catch up on the Christmas Tasks from Day 1.ReplyCancel

2013 Organise Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Series

It’s that crazy time of year if you haven’t already started it’s time to start thinking Christmas. If you start working on a few simple tasks now, it won’t be so last-minute, busy and hectic in those weeks leading up to Christmas.  This series will help you to not only prepare for Christmas Day itself, […]

Continue Reading...

  • Margaret Hillier

    I really look forward to your emails each day, if , sometimes I don’t follow your suggestions I have the weekend to catch up, you have really motivated me. Thank you so very much,you are a legend.ReplyCancel

    • Naw thank you Margaret, that is the whole reason I do them, just for a little motivation xReplyCancel

  • Janine

    I think I’m going to be over organised this year!!! I’ve joined the Spring Clean Challenge, the 70 Day Christmas decluttering challenge!!! But it’s all been good.
    I can share an almond bread and an almond and craisin biscotti recipe if you’re interested, I don’t have a blog so am not sure how you would like it sent to you.
    Cheers JanineReplyCancel

  • Jo

    Love your blog, it really gets me moving. The one area of Christmas I can’t seem to manage is overspending! “It’s Christmas!” is my excuse. And yes I have a Christmas saver account, which does help. Just gone back to Kris Kringle for both sides of family this year, so that should make it better. It’s all the ‘thank you’ presents that usually catch me out. Who gets a thank you present and who doesn’t? Teachers, (plus Art teacher, PE teacher, Music teacher??), Scout leaders, Guitar teachers, Swimming teachers, Basketball coach? Admin staff at school who have been really helpful & kind throughout the year? I feel a list & budget coming on . . .ReplyCancel

    • Lisa

      Jo… I totally agree!! Where do you draw the line as far as gift giving goes? Having special needs children means that there are oodles of people that you want to thank for their kindness during the year … but don’t want to send our family broke at the same time. Look forward to hearing what everyone else does.ReplyCancel

      • Janine

        I used to give my kids teachers homemade biscuits or almond bread. Something simple like that so it didn’t break the bank and as I’ve got 4 kids, all adults now thank goodness!! I had a few to buy for. Or go to Kmart they often have boxes of chocolates etc quite cheap.ReplyCancel

      • rachel

        We really get caught out by this too … We try to make our Father’s and Mother’s Day gifts so maybe the kids could make something or write a heartfelt card saying thanks and Merry Christmas to teachers etc to save some money? I hadn’t thought about doing it at Christmas. It could make it a bit more personal too.ReplyCancel

    • Nissa

      I’m a teacher and I LOVE getting handmade Christmas gifts, especially the home made biscuits. A tip – teachers love getting these a little early rather than on the last day so we can eat them during the stressful marking and reporting period! ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    I can’t wait for this series! We have between 14 – 20 people (adults through to toddlers) at our house for Christmas this year, and our house isn’t that big! Looking forward to a guide to decluttering and cleaning so I can fit everyone in where they aren’t examining the cobwebs.ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Looking forward to this series! I have loved all of your series so far. I find them so motivating! I am going to get last years Christmas Planner out of the Christmas box so that I’m ready.ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    So looking forward to doing this – I was too late to join in last year! Bring it on!ReplyCancel

  • Chelsey

    This is great! I actually started trying to organize for Christmas about two weeks ago. I moved all the furniture in my living room for about 9 hours…only to put it all back in the same place. BUT I got rid of the ugly and enormous entertainment center that was taking up the entire northern wall. Instead, I have opted to put my TV and related accessories on a smaller cabinet that has been in my living room for ages, but wasn’t being put to very good use. Now I have an entire wall freed up for my tree, which is SO relieving. I hate struggling to find a spot for that every year. (When it’s not Christmas, I put a chair from my office against that wall to have extra seating in my living room.)

    I’m looking forward to more helpful tips from your series!ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa

    Excellent, can’t wait, we look like moving into our first house in 4 weeks time so is couldn’t come at a better time for us, thank you.ReplyCancel

  • […] following along with Organised Housewife and her 2013 Organise Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Series so will be posting how I am going with that; sharing stuff I find on Pinterest and maybe, just […]ReplyCancel

FREE – Halloween no lollies printable

Last year was the very first year we participated in Halloween, the kids dressed up and they had a great time.  We had friends that threw a Halloween party and afterwards as a group the kids all went door knocking, parents tagging along too.  They had fun! Halloween is not something that I have celebrated […]

Continue Reading...

  • We live in a quiet street, and when we first moved here about 12 years ago – no 13 now! – we would get a few kids come to the door each year, but now they are all grown up and we rarely get any.

    We do celebrate Halloween – it was something I did as a child, and my husband is American, so when my son first asked if they could go trick or treating (which I guess he heard about at school) we readily agreed. We usually only go to about 8 houses, just the people we know in our street, who are open to it. It still usually takes about an hour though, as we stop and chat at each house!

    This year I thought it would be nice to take something to give, rather than just receive, but we’ve settled on delivering invitations to a street BBQ as we go.

    I love your spider web by the way, I think we will have to give that a go!ReplyCancel

Elf on the Shelf Guide, Printables + Planner

Two 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.  I mentioned on facebook this week about Elf on the Shelf, […]

Continue Reading...

  • Melanie

    Some great details here, Katrina. I introduced our elf to my kids last Christmas (they were 9 & 6) but didn’t have him arrive from the north pole – he was introduced as an advent activity. He is just a very old felt elf ornament from my childhood and the kids just had a ball trying to find him each morning. As they already know he is not a naughty-or-nice spy, I can’t introduce that now, but I think I will try adding a note to him where behaviour indicates. I really like that idea! Thanks for sharing xReplyCancel

  • Brigid @ The Inspired Notebook

    Kat, this looks gorgeous, and so much fun! I bet you enjoyed creating the planner!!!
    My kids are a bit too old for Elf on the Shelf (they’re 11, 13 & 15!), but I love the idea. Might have to buy one just for a bit of Christmas family fun!ReplyCancel

  • karen

    unfortunately they are out of stock on your link :(ReplyCancel

  • I told my 4 year old boy that Santa has a list of kids all over the world and he only has so many new elfs a year to give to new family and when chippy turned up he was all excited that it was his turn and that explained why he had one but others didn’t yet. So he can’t wait for chippy to come back this year.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That’s such a sweet idea Elizabeth!ReplyCancel

  • I told my 4 year old boy that Santa has a list of kids all over the world and he only has so many new elfs a year to give to new family and when chippy turned up he was all excited that it was his turn and that explained why he had one but others didn’t yet. So he can’t wait for chippy to come back this year. So merry XmasReplyCancel

NEW – 2013 Christmas Planner

The 2013 Christmas Planner is now available!! I am really excited to release to you the new look Christmas Planner.  I have given the whole planner a revamp with fresh new colours, divider pages and a few additional pages than previous years.  Most importantly I have made the planner printer friendly.  I have used colour […]

Continue Reading...

  • Jac@CommonChaosChronicle

    Looks fantastic Kat! I love it to bits. Bring on an ORGANISED Chaos Christmas!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    Looks amazing! Can’t wait to start using it :)
    Just a thought – have you considered creating different options for the travel section? I know a lot of people travel at this time of the year but not all trips are by plane or have hotel reservations. My family go camping every year and having a checklist/planner that is designed with this in mind would be most helpful! Things like what to pack, food needed, dates to check all equipment is in working order etc. I have created a checklist of sorts which has been developed over 13 years of family camping trips but I’m sure there are other out there who would love to have something like this too! Especially those first time campers who might find the whole thing quite daunting :)
    Anyway, I think your website is awesome and I’m having so much fun working with your tools to help organise everything :) Keep up the good work xxxReplyCancel

Mothers Day Craft Ideas, plus a My Mummy Printable

My kiddies are so sweet, each year for Mothers Day they buy me the same gift, new slippers and winter PJs.  Perfect cause its starting to get cold around that time. This is going to be a hard mothers day, the first without my mum.  I nearly didn’t put up a mothers day post, I […]

Continue Reading...

  • Hi Kat, I lost my mum four months ago. like you this is my first mother’s day without my mum. the next day is my birthday which was also the day mum was diagnosed with cancer. My last birthday I spent with mum was also mother’s day. This year is going to be hard. I will celebrate the best I can with my children however I will be sad too. I love your mother’s day ideas and I will do some with my kids so they have something to look back on. I will be thinking of you. xxReplyCancel

  • I lost my mum a month ago and I hate getting all the junk mail celebrating Mothers Day! Not too sure what I’m going to do on the day but I have a feeling it may involve a big bottle of champagne- to toast my wonderful mum but also drown my sorrows…..hugs to all of us who are mummy’s but have lost our mummies xxReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    My Mum just passed away too – 1st April 2013, so it has only just been over a month. I have made a photobook of photos of Mum, and I am planning to give that to Dad on Mother’s Day, so I will still be celebrating the wonderful Mother that she was.ReplyCancel

  • {Little Hands in the Hunter}

    Such beautiful ideas Kat, thank you so much.
    Sending you warm thoughts on Mother’s Day. Well done for making the decision to be strong for your kids ((hugs)) xx