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Organise Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Day 16

29 days till Christmas Day ‘Organise yourself a Merry Little Christmas‘ is a series that will help you to have everything planned and ready for Christmas day. Each day I will be sharing a new Christmas task to ensure you have completed everything needed by Christmas Day,  yummy Christmas recipes, fun Christmas activities. a gift guide […]

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  • I’ve been looking at the elf on the shelf pics thinking how cute but wondering what the heck they were all about. Thanks to the link for the book depository I have now got one coming. I think it will be a fabulous tradition for my little girl to wake up and find the elf each morning. On a side note; I was also after a bunch of hairy maclary books and they were half the price than in the shops here so thanks again!ReplyCancel

  • mumofthehorde

    I cant find Mason jars on the Howard’s websiteReplyCancel

  • Amber

    we used to do the snow globe craft at playgroup – but using a plastic urine container.. sounds gross, but they are clean and sterile – and unbreakable! My kids threw our one around for many years before I finally threw it out. The first time we made one though, it was in a baby food container (glass with the metal lid) and glued a cheap metal ornament on the inside of it – and it went rusty rather quickly. With the other container – we have never had that problem.. as I also use the craft foam to make little trees for the inside.ReplyCancel

  • Carli

    I have found glycerin at most chemists, if you dont see it on the shelf just ask.ReplyCancel

Organise Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Day 15

32 days till Christmas Day ‘Organise yourself a Merry Little Christmas‘ is a series that will help you to have everything planned and ready for Christmas day. Each day I will be sharing a new Christmas task to ensure you have completed everything needed by Christmas Day,  yummy Christmas recipes, fun Christmas activities. a gift guide […]

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  • Your playdough recipe is very similar to the one I use, except it only requires 1 tsp Cream of Tartar…… I shall try it as that is the one ingredient we always run short of….. sort of make sense though as I got the recipe from the Cream of Tartar tin…. what a sneaky way of making you purchase more of their product!!!ReplyCancel

  • Your playdough recipe is very similar to the one I use, except it only requires 1 tsp Cream of Tartar…… I shall try it as that is the one ingredient we always run short of….. sort of make sense though as I got the recipe from the Cream of Tartar tin…. what a sneaky way of making you purchase more of their product!!!ReplyCancel

    • My kids have loved playing with it all week, it’s such an easy recipe JReplyCancel

  • Lynn richards

    I found you through pinterest. We just completed a home remodel and literally everything in our house has been cleaned, organized and what was left went to Goodwill. I am looking for a way to remind me to keep the house clean and in the shape it’s in in now. Looking forward to your emails!
    LynnReplyCancel

    • Hi Lynn, welcome!! I love pinterest you can find so many wonderful recipes and ideas on there J Hope you enjoy my blog JReplyCancel

  • This is on my advent calendar for tomorrow! The kids will have a ball :) ReplyCancel

Organise Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Day 14

33 days till Christmas Day ‘Organise yourself a Merry Little Christmas‘ is a series that will help you to have everything planned and ready for Christmas day. Each day I will be sharing a new Christmas task to ensure you have completed everything needed by Christmas Day,  yummy Christmas recipes, fun Christmas activities. a gift guide […]

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  • Jasmine

    Ooh these reindeer food jars are such a cute idea, you are so clever Katrina creating these activities we can do with out kids, thank you so much for your time and tips which will help our families. Off to buy some mason jars at HowardsReplyCancel

  • mumofthehorde

    Could you use recycled baby food jars?ReplyCancel

  • Maria

    Todays message is a reminder to start writing Christmas cards or I will be getting behind . Thanks so much for helping us all stay on track !ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    Love the label. I actually just emailed you – would it be possible to get a label made up of Santa and the two reindeer’s? I think it would be great as a topper to my sons lolly bags for preschool. CheersReplyCancel

  • [...] created some amazing gift ideas. The Organised Housewife shares great ideas with everything from Reindeer Food through to Ninja Cookies for the kids Karate [...]ReplyCancel

Organise Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Day 13

34 days till Christmas Day ‘Organise yourself a Merry Little Christmas‘ is a series that will help you to have everything planned and ready for Christmas day. Each day I will be sharing a new Christmas task to ensure you have completed everything needed by Christmas Day,  yummy Christmas recipes, fun Christmas activities. a gift guide […]

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Organise Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Day 12

35 days till Christmas Day ‘Organise yourself a Merry Little Christmas‘ is a series that will help you to have everything planned and ready for Christmas day. Each day I will be sharing a new Christmas task to ensure you have completed everything needed by Christmas Day,  yummy Christmas recipes, fun Christmas activities. a gift guide […]

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  • Julie

    Wow the letter from Santa is wonderful. My kids will love receiving a letter from Santa, tickled pink, this is such a great idea. Thank you so much for all your creations, I love them. I’ve just order one each for my 3 kids.ReplyCancel

Organise Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Day 11

36 days till Christmas Day ‘Organise yourself a Merry Little Christmas‘ is a series that will help you to have everything planned and ready for Christmas day. Each day I will be sharing a new Christmas task to ensure you have completed everything needed by Christmas Day,  yummy Christmas recipes, fun Christmas activities. a gift guide […]

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  • Jenny

    loving these xmas ideas.. thankyou. Hoping you are going to include some secret santa ideas for both males and females in the $10-$20 range. Especially the males :) ReplyCancel

    • HI Jenny, I just published a shoutout on facebook to help you find some ideas JReplyCancel

  • angela

    i LOVE that today’s daily task was to arrange coffee with a friend that i haven’t seen in ages… thank you for reminding me that being organised also means organising my social life too! so important, thank you kat! xxxReplyCancel

    • Sometimes we just need a gentle reminder that no matter how busy we are we can always fit in a much needed coffee occasionally JReplyCancel

Organise Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Day 10

39 days till Christmas Day ‘Organise yourself a Merry Little Christmas‘ is a series that will help you to have everything planned and ready for Christmas day. Each day I will be sharing a new Christmas task to ensure you have completed everything needed by Christmas Day,  yummy Christmas recipes, fun Christmas activities. a gift guide […]

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  • 1. Mostly done already – only 3 more to go!
    2. Receipts away in new folder created when we had the clean the study day in the 20 day challenge :-)
    3. Done – everything is wrapped within a day or two of buying it. I have no hiding places!!
    Love this series! thanks KatReplyCancel

  • Yesterdays task was sent in the email instead of todays but otherwise love your blog and loving the christmas tasks and ideas :-) ReplyCancel

  • Wow there is so much you have compiled for us. Thanks for getting the creative juices flowing!ReplyCancel

  • Nicky Noodle

    What a wonderful series Kat! I adore the fact that your Christmas planning is so focused on the children. Thanks to you, I think my 3 and 5 year old boys are going to have their best (ie fun) Christmas EVER. And I love that it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Keep up the great work. I’m loving this stuff!!ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Nikki, my blog is focused a lot on what I do for my family, so I am really happy that I can share it all with you too JReplyCancel

Organise Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Day 9

40 days till Christmas Day ‘Organise yourself a Merry Little Christmas‘ is a series that will help you to have everything planned and ready for Christmas day. Each day I will be sharing a new Christmas task to ensure you have completed everything needed by Christmas Day,  yummy Christmas recipes, fun Christmas activities. a gift guide […]

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  • [...] Organise Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Day 9 » The Organised Housewife says: November 15, 2012 at 8:00 AM [...]ReplyCancel

  • Me N my Monkeys

    This sounds like something i need to join in with, to help keep me organised.
    What program do you use to create all your wonderful printables?ReplyCancel

  • Feeling a bit of dejavu here! Either that or I’m so organised I did todays xmas organising task yesterday:)ReplyCancel

Organise Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Day 8 + 41 ideas to baby & toddler proof your Christmas tree

41 days till Christmas Day ‘Organise yourself a Merry Little Christmas‘ is a series that will help you to have everything planned and ready for Christmas day. Each day I will be sharing a new Christmas task to ensure you have completed everything needed by Christmas Day,  yummy Christmas recipes, fun Christmas activities. a gift guide […]

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  • Lisa

    As it is summer in Australia and our slow combustion fire is not in use, we put our tree on top of the fire box & use cable ties to secure it to the chimney/flue so it won’t fall over. It is then too tall for little fingers to get to it & it won’t fall over.
    We have a fireguard around the fireplace already, so we decorate that with tinsel and put the presents on the inside of the fireguard. Sometimes the presents get put into those big Christmas cardboard/paper present bags that you can get from KMart & other reject type shops.
    There is normally one big bag per family so that when we go to a Chrissie party, we take the big bag for that family (so that presents are not left behind).
    So far we’ve had no issues with presents being pulled out of the bags (touch wood) or presents being opened because they can’t reach over the fireguard barrier.
    Loving this series Kat – getting especially inspired to do an advent calender and some craft this year!! Also loving the Christmas gift ideas – lots of beautiful things.ReplyCancel

  • last year I got removable Christmas wall stickers from aldi and put them up in the shape of a tree. This year Little miss is big enough to know not to touch and can help me put up the real tree!
    it’s the first time in 5 years that I haven’t organised the family Christmas (and I’ve sent your link to my sister in law). I’m having trouble letting go but it’s giving me time to make advent calendars and christmas bunting! :-) ReplyCancel

  • Ann

    I place my hand weights or heavy books into diaper boxes, wrap them in Christmas paper, and use them to create an unmoveable boundary around our tree. Attractive & relatively toddler proof.ReplyCancel

  • Kirrily

    I put my hand made and special ornaments up high on our tree, then bought cheap ones for the bottom half. The kids loved this arrangement, as they could put their own ornaments on and off the tree. in hindsight I should have left the tinsel off, as my younger boy did grab that and try to pull it out on one or two occasions. Last year they were aged 1 (just) and 3 1/2.

    I don’t think that there is a perfect solution, but this did work for us. It required a little bit of supervision, but the kids loved having the tree so it was worth my while.

    I also bought the Fisher Price nativity scene so they could play with that one and not go near my Willow Tree set! They went on sale late November / early December from memory. I think they are out on sale every year.ReplyCancel

  • Kirrily

    And I had a few fake presents under the tree that the kids were allowed to open (just some Christmas boxes that I used to store my favourite decorations). I put Santa, Christmas decorations that didn’t fit on the tree or one of their favourite toys in the box. They were excited to see what was in the boxes, so left the real presents alone.ReplyCancel

  • [...] If you have young children or babies but want to keep your tree up in the corner of the room, The Organised Housewife has some fab suggestions for babyproofing your handiwork. [...]ReplyCancel

Organise Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Day 7

42 days till Christmas Day ‘Organise yourself a Merry Little Christmas‘ is a series that will help you to have everything planned and ready for Christmas day. Each day I will be sharing a new Christmas task to ensure you have completed everything needed by Christmas Day,  yummy Christmas recipes, fun Christmas activities. a gift guide […]

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  • fiona

    those little houses are cute, but beofre everyone goes looking, arnotts stopped making the monring coffee biscuits over a year ago. i use them to make a nice lemon slice, and looked everywhere last week, and rang them, there is no substitutes either. so, for the house i’d use a malt biscuit, or a milk coffee, which would make the house larger, and more rectangular> i am not even sure it would work!ReplyCancel

  • fiona

    so sorry, didn’t look well enough, they are in fact ice vo vos!!ReplyCancel

  • Inspired...

    OMG… your worth every single cent!!! Your “Merry Little Christmas” Blog is getting me so excited for Christmas and all the little ideas are getting added to my to do list… the recipes and little craft ideas are priceless… my ordinary bottle of wine for a gift received some google eyes, pipe cleaner ears and a pom pom nose…looks so cute now… so excited to see what comes up next…ReplyCancel

Organise Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Day 6

43 days till Christmas Day ‘Organise yourself a Merry Little Christmas‘ is a series that will help you to have everything planned and ready for Christmas day. Each day I will be sharing a new Christmas task to ensure you have completed everything needed by Christmas Day,  yummy Christmas recipes, fun Christmas activities. a gift guide […]

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Organise Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Day 5

46 days till Christmas Day ‘Organise yourself a Merry Little Christmas‘ is a series that will help you to have everything planned and ready for Christmas day. Each day I will be sharing a new Christmas task to ensure you have completed everything needed by Christmas Day,  yummy Christmas recipes, fun Christmas activities. a gift guide […]

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  • I love buying chrissy wrapping paper. I always buy a seperate roll for Santa’s presents and don’t put it in a place where the kids can see it. That way you avoid the whole, “how come Santa used the same wrapping paper mummy used for Aunty’s present?” LolReplyCancel

  • Yay all done :) I organised my gift wrapping station when I completed the other station. I have already wrapped all my presents that I have bought so I think I am organised :) ReplyCancel

  • Sonia@NaturalNewAgeMum

    I have all my gift wrap, cards, scissors and tape in a plastic storage tub in the cupboard. So much easier to have it all on hand. I also have a tub for gifts that I pick up throughout the year.ReplyCancel

  • Abby Easthope

    Love checking back for your fun Christmas ideas every day!!! :) ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Boyd

    I save last years xmas cards and using crimping scissors to cut out the pictures, ounch a hole, add a ribbon and hey presto you have a gift tag!ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    I think I will steal samantha’s card idea! I often buy colourful teatowels to wrap presents in, or else get my son to decorate newspaper or brown paper with potato stamps. People seem to like it – the presents end up looking nice and you don’t need to buy paper that is just going to get thrown out.ReplyCancel

  • definaetly going to do the Strawberry Sata so cute and look delicious x Thank you to my big sis for the link xReplyCancel