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Adding text, doodles and borders to photos on Instragram

I have been trying to use Instragram more lately, to try to give you a personal insight to my everyday life.  I am asked regularly ‘what is the app that I use to put the text, doodles and borders onto my photos’?.  It’s a really sweet app called A Beautiful Mess, it’s $0.99 available in […]

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  • Sharon Johnson

    thanks for sharing. Most helpful link that will come in handy.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara

    The A Beautiful Mess app isn’t available for android – do you know of any others?ReplyCancel

    • I just downloaded the new Rhonna Designs app, I’m unsure if this is available for android but it’s great too.ReplyCancel

      • JessD

        Late to see this but have been wondering about how to do this with my pics for ages. Thanks Kat! A Beautiful Mess is now available for android. I have come across a free app called Photofy that has a lot of content for free, but also content to purchase. I’m going to give it a tryReplyCancel

  • Corrina

    Photofy is a good FREE one for AndroidReplyCancel

How to make heart shaped cupcakes

As I have mentioned previously we don’t ‘do’ Valentines Day here.  But… maybe I’m wrong, maybe ‘I’ do do Valentines, I like to put a little note in the kids and hubbys lunch boxes along with a little red heart chocolate.  Just something simple to let them know they are loved.  I’m actually going shopping […]

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  • Awesome idea Katrina.ReplyCancel

  • Prerna

    Oohh.. LOVE this.. Thanks for sharing, Katrina!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    These look fantastic. I am going to make them for my youngest daughters birthday next month. I have only recently started following your blog and LOVE it!!!! I am even keeping up with the daily tasks.ReplyCancel

  • terry

    I tried the heart shaped cupcakes but they did not come out that way . do you only use 1 marble? Do you put it in the pan before the batter or after?ReplyCancel

  • […] can’t beat gorgeous heart cupcakes, and you only need a muffin tin and some marbles or […]ReplyCancel

  • Sydney Simmer

    These look amazing!! I might give them a go this weekend. Now to find a marble substitue..? :-) ReplyCancel

{How To Video} Ironing a business shirt

This is a little how to video on how to iron a business shirt.  

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  • Kerrie Lee

    I was taught to iron shirts in this order:
    1. collar (iron from middle to outside that way it won’t get stuck on the thicker pointy
    ends of collar and possibly mark them),
    2. inside of fronts where buttons/holes are, (optional, depends if seams are fully sewn
    down)
    3. fold back at yoke seam (so collar is on top side and outside of back is facing board)
    and iron yoke,
    4. then you do sleeves,
    5. then do fronts – slip top of front over pointy end of board, then
    turn so whole of front is on board, and
    6. do back last (otherwise it can crease whilst ironing fronts and you would have to do
    it again).
    Once mastered it is quick as its less fiddly with less movements involved.ReplyCancel

{Video} Preparing fresh fruit and veg for the fridge

Below is a link to a video i shot for Rubbermaid Australia’s facebook page The Organised Home, promoting their wonderful food storage containers.  Showing how easy it is to quickly prepare your fresh fruit and vegetables to place in the fridge for easy access through the week. See video HERE Congratulations to the following winners […]

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  • Hi Katrina, great video, you got me inspired to this months ago when I first discovered your website. My only concern is one brought up by my mum; How many of the vitamins and nutrients are lost when pre-cutting the produce? I don’t know myself, and thought it might be something you know, or could look into. I still think it’s worth it, simply because I’m more likely to use the produce when it’s pre-cut and I certainly won’t get any nutrients 3 weeks later when I’m throwing rank vegies in the bin!
    :o)ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    I also wondered if anyone else found it reduced the shelf-life of the vegies and fruit by cutting them? particularly soft fruit such as watermelon.
    I think storing precut vegies in water causes nutrient leaching out of the veg into the water (like boiling instead of steaming) but many nutrients are reduced by cooking, long-storage, UV, etc but you would have to research the individual vitamin on wiki or something?
    Certainly the most nutritious food is that which is gladly eaten and made from the freshest, intensive-farmed (if u can home/organic grown) rather than extensive-farmed trace element-deprived soils.
    The best thing about this is the convenience – and if we reach for junkfood instead of slightly reduced nutrient loading fruit n veg we are not getting the nutrients anyway..
    But can i encourage everyone to compost their food scraps, please?ReplyCancel

  • Hmm the link sent me to your FB pageReplyCancel

  • Hi There,
    I’ve been lurking in your blog for a few months now. :)
    I love your site and get a lot out of your posts.
    Cutting up the fruit and vegetables is something that I try and do as well .. as soon as I get home from the grocery store.
    I have those Rubbermaid tubs that are made for the fruit and veg too and find that my produce last quite a bit longer in them because as you say in your video .. they are seperated from any moisture thereby, extending their life.

    So, keep up the fantastic work that you do on this site. Even though I may not always comment, I am reading. :)

    ((hugs))
    LauraReplyCancel

  • Hi There,
    I’ve been lurking in your blog for a few months now. :)
    I love your site and get a lot out of your posts.
    Cutting up the fruit and vegetables is something that I try and do as well .. as soon as I get home from the grocery store.
    I have those Rubbermaid tubs that are made for the fruit and veg too and find that my produce last quite a bit longer in them because as you say in your video .. they are seperated from any moisture thereby, extending their life.

    So, keep up the fantastic work that you do on this site. Even though I may not always comment, I am reading. :)

    ((hugs))
    LauraReplyCancel

{Video} How to fold bed sheets including the fitted sheet

I have received so many requests from my readers asking for instructions on how to fold a fitted sheet.  I made this video below showing you step by step how I fold my bed sheets.  As mentioned in the video, Martha Stewart folds her sheets just beautifully, see video HERE, however I don’t have time […]

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  • After watching your clip, and then martha’s clip – It appears I have already been folding our sheets similar to Martha. Although it doesn’t take me long at all, and I do it all down at the line (I bring in my washing in order of putting away, so I just put everything away straight from the basket when I come inside…)ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    Thanks heaps for this, i will be using this when i organise my linen cupboard which i will hopefully get done today, i will still take before and after shots for you if you want.ReplyCancel

  • That is a good, realistic way to fold sheets. We have just bought a king sized bed and struggled to fold the spare sheet set neatly.
    Thanks for that!ReplyCancel

  • lisa

    wonderful idea!!! i’m changing my linen cupboard henceforth!!ReplyCancel

  • I do mine very similar to Martha too. I bring all of my sheets in and fold then up on my bed. I have simplified Marthas process though and takens just a few seconds to do.
    I like that your sheets sets are all together. I used to store mine in their pillowcase once. But i found with kids sometimes you just need one sheet or one pillowcase or something and it throws it all out of whack.ReplyCancel

  • Vicky Moran

    Oh Katrina, you are sent straight from heaven!!!! I currently have a pile of pillowcases, a separate pile of flat sheets and another one of the fitted sheets. In the next few days I will try out your method. I can’t wait!!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    Martha Stewart – pft!

    xxxxxReplyCancel

  • Mel

    Hi, I do mine the same til I get to the last bit,(putting the fitted on top of the falt and then the pillow case) istead of folding them over like you did, I actually roll mine up! there is even less time needed, and I dont need to be fussy!
    Keep up the great work I love the vids!ReplyCancel

  • Heather

    tHANKs for the video. Love it.
    HeatherReplyCancel

  • aliesha

    hmm maybe i should take a before and after photo of my linen cupboard after folding my sheets the way you have shown me.. i normally just fold my fitted sheets in half then half again and quickley roll them up and stuff them to the back hahaReplyCancel

  • I like to put ny bundle of sheets into a pillow case, they tend to keep together well then. xoReplyCancel

  • Maria

    fantastic! thanks for the vid. i love the idea of folding the sheets into bundles all in one. how clever! just happened to have some sheets on the line and guess what i did! and then did the rest of the linen as well. love your site. very inspiring and butt-kicking at times :) keep up the good work!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    oh the fitted sheet – the bane of my existence! i usually try to wash my sheets on a good weather day so they can dry and be put back on the bed that night – hehe. I will try your method though for my sparesReplyCancel

  • Sandra

    wow thanks for the tip and might I add, what a great video tutorial. Im definitely doing that! Plus I have doona covers that go with sheets so I might also wrap the sheet bundles up in my doona cover so all I reach for is the Doona cover I’d like to use at that time, with the matching sheets inside ;-) thanksReplyCancel

  • Emily

    Turns out I fold our sheets like Martha. Only trouble is you can’t tell which is the fitted sheet. :) Oh and it takes no time at all to do and I don’t need a bench like Martha talks about.ReplyCancel

    • B-prepared

      emily – we do the MS fold of sheets too :) – and then i place the fitted, flat and one pillow case inside of the second pillow case so that they are all wrapped up together – no missing pillow cases – all neatly stacked – the as i’m really fussy about my linen cupboards – colour sorted too :) ReplyCancel

  • Denise

    Hi Katrina, loved the folding sheets video. Thank you for that I do the same upto the part where you put the fitted sheet into the flat sheet and the pillow case and fold altogether ingenius.ReplyCancel

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  • Janithom

    OMG that is great, when I clean out my linen press soon, I’m going to do that, I have sheets everywhere and all scrunched up!! Thanks for showing us :) ReplyCancel

  • Gayemurphy

    WOW!!! I had never thought of creating a sheet set – BUT I LOVE IT!!! esp when I’m about to start night time toilet training – trying to find matching linen in the middle of the night is a nightmare for me! Really looking forward to getting my linen cupboard in order!!!
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    • Hi Gaye, a tip I got from a magazine was to put a waterproof sheet on the child’s bed, then a fitted sheet, then another waterproof sheet, then another fitted sheet. Now when our children wet their bed, we rip off the top 2 sheets, thrown them in the laundry sink or the washing machine and we all hop back into bed. We hardly need any lights on for this too. This way we don’t wake up too much and get better sleep, and my hubby and I no longer argue as we are looking for all the bits and pieces to go on the bed. We also keep a spare quilt and pillow, with quilt covers and pillow cases on already, in a cubby area under my son’s bed, so we just grab them if the bed is completely soaked.ReplyCancel

  • SheenyB

    I actually do this but hang the sheets on the clothes line folded in 1/2. Using 3 pegs, one on either end and one in the middle. When they are dry, take off the end pegs and join the 4 corners together. Then remove the middle peg and the sheet is already folded in 1/2. Fold in half again, and again and done. Works for fitted and flat sheetsReplyCancel

    • Kate

      thats exactly what I do – it saves a lot of time doesn’t it! Plus less wrinkles when the bed is made later on. I peg the loose edge of sheets on the line, and the folded part of the sheet is “dangling”, that way, when I do fold it is is corner-to-corner and all neat !ReplyCancel

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  • Donna

    Thank you so much for this! I used to do a variation of Martha’s way, taught to me by my husband’s grandmother. With seven different different beds to cater for, it has been too time consuming.

    I have always been complimented on how organised my linen cupboard is, but now, everyone knows where their sheets are, and I am not the only one to change the sheets! I have gained about two hours in my week! Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • Aida_a

     That is so smart. I’d never have thought of that. Will be using this clever trick. Thank you for sharing. :) ReplyCancel

  • Fantastic Kat! I have separate piles of sheets and pillowcases and find that I never have pillowcases on hand for when I change the linen. I must confess I have the perverse habit of ironing pillow cases and more often than not, they’re backed up in the ironing box!
    Will definitely re-do my linen closet with matching sets now!ReplyCancel

  • that is afantastic idea, I need to redo all my sheet sets now.. thanks KatrinaReplyCancel

  • Suzanne

    Great way to do the sheets & pillowcases. My husband generally does the folding of the fitted sheet, as I’m hopeless at it (being 5ft nothing doesn’t help). We put the folded fitted & flat sheet and pillowcase(s) inside one of the pillowcases from the set, so they are all together. Gets a bit bulky though.ReplyCancel

  • Janice

    I’m retired, have plenty of time, iron everything, including sheets and MS fold the fitted sheet and tie it to the folded top sheet with a ribbon. My whole linen press is bundled and tied with ribbons…towels, table cloths, everything! Wish I could show you a photo!ReplyCancel

{Declutter} The ironing pile + How to iron a business shirt

Get to the bottom of the ironing basket As this weeks topic is ironing, today I would like you to declutter your ironing pile…yes that’s right I am asking you to iron, even if you despise it, it needs to be done.  I am sure you will find something you will love to wear at the […]

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  • Natalie

    Found it last night! I love ironing :) so I set up my board in front of a comedy dvd I haven’t had time to watch and ironed away!ReplyCancel

  • I gave up having an ironing basket many years ago when I found spiders and earwigs in the bottom of it! Now I fold/hang and put away. Both my girls have been able to iron a T-shirt/jeans/shorts since they were about 10 (if needed). My ironing board is always up, behind the door in the study so mostly, I iron my husband’s business shirt & trousers each morning as part of my routine (as soon as he gets in the shower) and find it works well for me. Sometimes I iron 5-6 shirts on a Sunday arvo if I feel like it. I always have Monday’s school uniform ironed ready to go. I cannot wear something if it is creased!

    I iron a business shirt much like you – collar, left front, across the back, right front, each sleeve then finally the yoke across the shoulders. I also iron hubby’s hankies with precision!

    Cheers – Joolz

    So lovely to meet you via the video! :) ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    Ironing…haha that’s funny! Until recently I didn’t own an iron, and only needed one to iron on labels on the kids clothing (I mistakenly bought labels that needed to be ironed on, my previous purchase of clothing lables didn’t need to be ironed on). I now buy clothing that doesn’t need to be ironed, and find if I wash and hang out and fold straight away things don’t get creased and I can put them away staight away. This even applies to my work pants and tops. Hanging the shirts on a coat hanger seems to get the creases out when it dries.ReplyCancel

  • Hey Katrina,

    Great idea! As you know I have found reknewed passion for ironing. It makes your clothes feel fresher and crisper. Makes me feel a bit fancier than I really am and it burns more calories than sitting while watching telle :)
    Will tackle this after lunch.ReplyCancel

  • Leisha

    What a great clip. Thanks for continuing to give us great ideas! Just wondering though, on the subject of ironing and laundry – where do you store your ironing stand thingy? I have one that hangs from the door but it has started to scratch the paint from the door and yours looks like such a clever idea. I also finally got to the bottom of my ironing baskets (x 3) and have given them away so I can never have the opportunity to fill them again – thanks for the challenge!ReplyCancel

  • I haven’t had any net for the last couple of days so hadn’t caught up onthe posts here until now. Yesterday I decided to completely spring clean my laundry room seeing as I hadn’t decluttered my three things form my laundry or washed my washing machine.
    My ironing basket sits on top of our chest freezer which is in the laundry so as part of the clean up I ironed!!!
    Only took about an hour. I did that while I waited for my teenage son to come home and move a cupboard for me (yes I cleaned behind everything!!!)
    Laundry looks great nowReplyCancel

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  • Sarah

    I found it easier to keep the ironing pile decluttered – is to iron on a daily basis… then you dont have hours of ironing to do, you can usually get it done in 1/2 an hour instead of 3! :)

    lovin’ your ideas!ReplyCancel