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Healthy, budget friendly meal ideas for the family

This post is sponsored by Coles I admit I am satisfied with meat and 3 veg for dinner, it’s easy and budget friendly. Favourites would be oven baked chicken breast or BBQ’d sausage, mashed potato and vegetables making regular occurrences on our weekly meal plan. Coles have given me the challenge to create three family friendly, not […]

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  • Andrea

    Thank you Kat, I am always trying to come up with ways to use up left over sausages and sausage sandwich get a little boring. Going to try that vegetable bake.ReplyCancel

  • Jan

    Yum those sausage rolls look great, my kids would love to have them in their lunchboxes, love your ideas, they are always realistic and very family friendly.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thank you Jan! My kids love them too, a big family favourite!ReplyCancel

  • Lydia B

    My kids love sausages, but I must admit I am a bit boring when it comes to being creative, love all these ideas, I know my kids will eat all of these and they have some fresh vegetables hidden inside too, my 2 year old is so fussy.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      They are perfect Linda for hiding fresh veggies inside!ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    Sausage pasta is a very cheap meal in our house. I am a vegetarian so I have to do two separate meals. One fort partner and daughter then one for me. Sausage pasta is my favourite to make as it is done so quickly. I cook 4 meat sausages and 2 veggie sausages then boil pasta up and add a jar of pasta sauce. When the sausages are cooked, I chop them up and put into separate bowls and add the sauce and serve with garlic bread or salad. Costs me roughly £2.00 to make that. Thanks for the sausage roll recipe! I will definitely try that as my partner and daughter love sausage rolls! XReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Helen, these sound so good! I’m sure your family will love the sausage roll!ReplyCancel

Mummy time out in the bathroom… whoops did I share too much??

I don’t know about you but sometimes I go to the bathroom just to have some time out away from the kids.  However I don’t know how but the kids always seem to know I’m in there and this is when they want to chat or ask questions.  It’s probably my own fault, when they […]

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  • Lara B

    no not sharing too much I do it too, I think you’d be surprised how many do do it. For me it’s where I get my piece and quiet.ReplyCancel

  • Jenni

    Kat you are so funny, but it’s so true, I go there to get away from the kids too and low and behold they always find me, or start fightingReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Oh yes Jenni i hear you! LOL It’s always the time when they need to ask you a question!ReplyCancel

  • I went back to work so that I could go to the toilet in peace.

    I don’t read in the loo, mainly because we only have one toilet and as sure as anything, I’ll sit down for a bit of peace and quiet to do my thing and there’s instantly a queue of people doing the special dance and demanding I hurry up.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL you make me laugh! Miss Maudy.:)ReplyCancel

  • Terica

    I take my time getting out if the car anytime that I can. The kids are usually antsy to go the the house after driving and I just let them go. Doors shut and it is quiet and the world can go away even if just for a moment. I do it a the grocery store and meetings to. As long as I am not late I can take that 5 minutes of peace.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL what a great idea, Terica.:) I admit i have done that too after being out in the car!ReplyCancel

  • Marta

    I do it too Kat, pretty often. I have an active 4 yo boy, and I find that even 5-10 minutes of reading time in the bathroom is a bliss if I could have it, coz my son also seems to find me in there…LOL. Something that I take for granted pre kid.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Marta, i am so glad i am not the only one LOL!ReplyCancel

Bullet Journalling Changed My Life

This is a guest post by Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts Two months ago, I started a bullet journal as a way of keeping track of all the things I needed to do while my husband was away for a couple of weeks. I had heard bits and pieces about it from other quilt bloggers who […]

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  • Janine Evans

    I’m at journal keeper for tasks. Tried the online ones but keep going back to pen and paper. Will try implementing some of your suggestions. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Aujard

    Alyce, when I read why you started this “I have tried many different types of planners and diaries over the years. Day-to-a-page, weekly, monthly… nothing has ever really stuck beyond a few weeks or maybe a couple of months. I’d always revert back to lists on pieces of paper here or there…” I thought oh wow, this is me. Thank you for sharing, I will be organising my very own journals using your methods now for keeping my business details, invoices and plans.ReplyCancel

  • Pamela Harris

    I use a somewhat-similar journal system, however I save a little time by using removable A5 size (almost) post-it notes for the big picture “collections”/items – to capture/build them on the run – and then progressively migrate tasks into daily/weekly pages of the journal as they work into our weekly schedule(s) over time. This allows me to move the post-it note(s) through the journal over time – saving me time with any re-writing from day to day/week to week.ReplyCancel

  • Pamela Harris

    I use a somewhat-similar journal system, however I save a little time by using removable A5 size (almost) post-it notes for the big picture “collections”/items – to capture/build them on the run – and then progressively migrate tasks into daily/weekly pages of the journal as they work into our weekly schedule(s) over time. This allows me to move the post-it note(s) through the journal over time – saving me time with any re-writing from day to day/week to week.
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  • Anonymous

    You can’t bet pen and paper. ReplyCancel

  • Janis

    Love, love, love the bullet journal idea. Used a similar thing to this years ago then stopped – but it’s starting again TODAY. ????ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    It is fantastic i agree!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie P

    I’ve bullet journaled for a couple of years now and I love it!!! I love the ability to brain dump and not lose anything – I like clearing out my head!!ReplyCancel

  • Oh I love this…
    I have been doing a more random and incomplete version of this but this is just what I need to make it work better!
    thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Seems a great system……should eliminate all those notes I keep writing and losing.ReplyCancel

  • The Filing Fairies

    I never knew this had a name! As an ex event manager I have been using this method for many many years and I had never heard it given a name before. Thanks Alyce and Katrina ReplyCancel

  • Great idea, but I kind of do this in my filofax already which means I only have one place to look for everything, whether it’s scheduled or unscheduled. I might give this a try though as it looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Charlene Morunga

    I have started my Bullet Journal today :) Thanks for sharing :)
    I have shared it here..
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Teacher-by-trade-Mother-by-nature/1477526579148791?sk=timelineReplyCancel

  • I like the idea! I agree that writing all you need to do, increases the chances of it actually being completed. It is no more a thought but a required action.ReplyCancel

Lots of iPhone tips and tricks

  I have a little obsession I should share with you. I love all my iProducts, I am certain I have just about all available and can honestly tell you it would be very hard for me to go back to a windows computer.  All my devices talk to each other and they are all […]

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  • Kati Wenk

    I love this, I need all the help I can get to use my devices to their fullest. Any more?ReplyCancel

  • Jaimee

    This is great Kat thank you, I had no idea how to get that shortcut screen, I’ve seen people use it, but never asked, great time savers. Also love that picture of you, your smile says a thousand wonderful words, beautiful facetuned or not.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thanks Jaimee for the beautiful comment!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Me Too

    I too have a love affair the apple products, I love how they all sync together just makes my life so much easier, great tips thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes they do make our lives easier, Me Too!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Morgan

    Ooh I have been looking for a todo list that can sync to all my devices, this one looks great, you are wonderful for sharing this post, I’ve certainly learnt a thing or two.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thanks Linda.:) It is fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Monohan

    Ooh so that’s how you photoshop on the iPhone, getting this app!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Kim yes i do love Photoshop too! It’s a great app!ReplyCancel

  • The Filing Fairies

    Did you know that you can also use the volume control on your phone headset to set up longer reach selfies!ReplyCancel

  • It’s amazing (and probably scary) how much I rely on my phone. I’ve been looking for a good “ToDo” app so going to try out your recomendation today.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That’s great Amber! I’m sure you will love the apps like i do!ReplyCancel

  • Ev

    I ?? them too.
    My friends call my The apple guru.
    I luv short cuts & every tip around.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      The Apple Guru!! I love it, Ev!.:)ReplyCancel

  • So funny that you should write this blog post Kat. I have just hit publish on my blog about my trip to Brisbane last week…I purchased the MacBook Air and wanted hints and tips. Decided to streamline my apples….I do love my apples. I too love that they talk to each other, so user friendly and may help me to get a little better at this blogging business. Thanks for the post Kat!ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for the tips. I really like the one about turning the phone to landscape for a different view of my calendar, will definitely be doing this from now on. xTReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      it’s little things like that that should be shared in a manual to make life so much easier, I like that little feature too!ReplyCancel

  • Wow thanks, i didn’t know i could use the volume buttons to take photos. I’ve also just purchased both the apps. FMS will be my teacher soon hehe (Clever Cookie)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL she is a clever cookie, I’m looking forward to chatting to you about social media in a few weeks then!! Ooh yes makes taking selfies so much easier, wish it helped me with my funny one eye closed thingy when I take selfies though :) ReplyCancel

  • Wow I never knew about the photo one that you can pick a favourite and I’m TOTALLY getting the Facetune app, you still look the same but with just less beauty lines (nicer than wrinkles right) You look great in dark blue BTW. I also had no idea about the calender OR the keyboard. Thanks for sharing Kat. xReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh yay Emily I’m glad I could help you, I like the facetune app for smoothing the skin, also makes my freckles disappear, gotta love that!ReplyCancel

  • Why has nobody ever told me you can use the volume keys to take pic’s, I am only on my third iPhone, you really think I would have known that. Many thanks! xx NReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL Nikki, it’s amazing the different features we find.ReplyCancel

  • Travel Bug Within

    I loved this post – BUT I am a samsung user – so need to search for just as informative post for non-apple fiends like me!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    I love your demonstration of how you hold the phone with your right hand to take a picture and the calendar landscape mode tip! These will help me immensely! I don’t know if this is a real tip or not, but I love being able to save any image from a website onto my camera roll just by holding my finger on it and clicking Save Image. I used to screen shot so many things, but now I just do this if it’s an image. Thanks Kat!ReplyCancel

    • Leanne

      I meant to also mention a couple of my favourite apps.
      * For photo editing: PicTapGo (free),
      * For listening to music you didn’t know you wanted to listen to (hahaha) according to your mood or what you’re doing: Songza (free, uses data),
      * To save and share the kiddoes’ artwork: Artkive (paid); and
      * For the smarty-pants kids in the family: Codeacademy!ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Awesome, thanks for the tips Leanne. They are great.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Richardson

    This was fantastic! I have always had an iphone but you showed me things I didn’t know! The holding of the phone blew me away, I just took a mountain of photos as I sat here holding my phone comfortably and I am embarrassed to say I didn’t know about volume controls for selfies OMG!!! ReplyCancel

  • Money Making Mummy

    my partner asked me to buy one of the fancy faster iPhone charges and I refused but I’m glad now that I know all he needs to do is turn on airplane mode. thanks :) ReplyCancel

  • Leesa Watt

    great post KatReplyCancel

  • Tracey Barron

    There is a book that I borrowed from the local library, called “iPhone Made Easy” by Chris Smith and Kieran Alger – full of really useful stuff, including backing up your iPhone.ReplyCancel

  • Julianne Dimasi

    I’m really loving an app called TIcketyBoo Milestones. I can finally log all my babies cute moments, as they happen on my phone. I always forget to write that stuff down and now I don’t have to anymore. It’s so handy!ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Great tips!
    I am envious. I have all these devices too but can’t make the calendars sync. Any tips?
    Thanks so much.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Amy try connecting with iCloud to get your calendars to sync!ReplyCancel

The day I removed my Daughters bedroom door

From the very early years I have always followed through with punishments for my kids.  Either at home or while out if they play up I would give them one opportunity to stop and explain to them if they continue I will ‘xyz’.  Typically they know if I have had to speak to them once they […]

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  • Kylie Avery

    Brilliant!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Dana Flannery-Hayes

    Bahahahahahahahahahahaha. I’ll remember this for when I have a tween.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Greenfield

    hahaha I love this! I will definitely remember as well when those tween days come around.. Terence Greenfield Dot GreenfieldReplyCancel

  • Jo Alexander-Wynne

    Oh my goodness you are awesome!!!! This is truly brilliant!!! At the moment we are the challenged parents of a testing 4 year old boy and a fiery 2 year old girl… We frequently use the time out chair and I also downloaded a sand timer app on my phone for Mr 4 – for those times he is too stubborn to do whatever i want – when the sand timer runs out, chances are over. Putting it out there – teenagers scare me hahahaReplyCancel

  • Denise Lawson

    Love it ReplyCancel

  • Helen Reilly

    Love it :) ReplyCancel

  • Regina Crothers

    I think that is horrible. I believe that a child’s bedroom is their sanctuary from a crazy high pressured world. Plenty of other suitable punishments. I have 2 amazing teens who show respect to me and I show respect to them.ReplyCancel

  • Karina Wood

    I would totally do the same! It’ll be interesting to see how we go with the teenage years :) ReplyCancel

  • Kim Shackleford Bullins

    I had bought my son a nice car and he wreck it, then he told me it was a piece of crap. I did buy him another car, it was a piece of crap. It was ragged out really bad. He never complained about something else I bought him, at least not to my faceReplyCancel

  • Angie Ramsey

    We did this a few years ago as well. Privacy is not a right until you are an adult. Slamming doors is not acceptable as it is not YOUR door to break. It’s mine. Also, just an FYI to those that don’t like the idea of removing the door completely, weather stripping around the edge works great too. Nothing diffuses the situation ( and makes them more angry LOL ) like STOMP STOMP STOMP SLAM DOOR and have it close as a soft WOOOOSH…….ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    reading it with a smile & nodding my head. What a clever idea to help her realize the consequences of her actions. As a mum of 3 girls with my eldest being 11 I am often referee to their spats. I’ll definately remember this idea!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thanks Lisa! Yes i am sure a lot of us mums can relate to this. It has worked so far.ReplyCancel

  • Lara B

    Kat, I loved you before but even more now, my daughter slams her door all the time and I was at my wits end, I honestly didn’t know what to do and you would have thought that this would have come to mind. This is a fantastic idea and I will use it next time the door slams, more than likely in the next 5 min the way she is going.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thanks Lara! I thought it was a great idea too and one that seems to have worked.:)ReplyCancel

  • This is a very worthy method! My parent’s did it to my brother and my best friend’s parents did it to her. Let’s just say they stopped slamming doors!ReplyCancel

  • Kylee

    This is just brilliant that you followed through with a punishment, far too often what I say falls on deaf ears and I rarely follow through and the kids know it. This helps me to realise I should and I know what to do when my daughter gets to this stage. Thank you Kat.ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    Great post. Any tips on how to get a 12 year old girl to keep her room tidy? I’m almost at the point of giving up!ReplyCancel

    • Shireen Baker

      Don’t clean it, don’t take the washing out. She’ll run out of clothes eventually and she can go to school in her pyjamas. Or, give her a day/time and if it’s not done it’s ALL in the bin. Bring the whizz bin in on the nominated morning of the day and watch how quick she cleans her room.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Fiona, Ooh great question! I will ask the community on facebook!ReplyCancel

    • J'Zanne

      I’ld take the door away there too, albeit with a kiddie gate to separate her space. I mean if the room is to certain point where the door can’t swing freely, also, if she is “so proud” she shouldn’t hide it behind closed doors.ReplyCancel

    • Janis Hill

      I used to set a timer. Whatever the children had not picked up became mine. The first time I had possession of a particular item they did not get it back for a week. The 2nd time was a month. 3rd time three months and there was never a 4th because if I picked up something a 4th time it either went in the trash or was donated to a none-profit!ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Wow glad it worked for you, Janis.:)ReplyCancel

  • Fashionista

    Excellent policy to follow through with the threats. Sometimes I think my children wind me up just to see if I will do it…..

    My anecdote isn’t about slamming doors, but an “open door” policy when it comes to boyfriends/girlfriends visiting. My friends M&J have 4 children where there is a 6 year gap between the eldest and the youngest so when the eldest started having a boyfriend visit when she was 17, the youngest was still only 11. So an open door policy was developed, you are allowed to have your boyfriend in your bedroom (because with 3 other siblings in the house the need to “be alone” was respected), however the door must be open at all times. One day M came home to see the boyfriend’s car in the driveway and the door shut. So without a word he went to the garage, retrieved the drill, took the door off and put it in the garage. His daughter looked on in horror. The boyfriend made his excuses and left. She was without her door for a week and the open door policy has been adhered to ever since. By all the children as they are now in their 20s/late teens.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thats great that you followed through!ReplyCancel

  • Vicky

    I’m 40 and my Mother did it to me when I was a teenager.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Funny Vicky how we still remember, i do too!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    My eldest is only 5 so we are not quite at this point yet but she is fiery, I can see this will be us in her tween years.

    I am a big believer in following through with punishments & I try to do it always. Last time it back fired though. My son & I were watching my daughter at her athletics carnival for school and he was being naughty so I said “if you keep doing xyz then we will have to go home”. My son sure enough kept it up and off home we set, him with a big smile as he had gotten just what he wanted. Oh dear…

    Lesson learnt I need to think through the consequences for the behaviour better, I played right into his little plan.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Kids are very smart aren’t they Belinda! Great job in following through!ReplyCancel

    • J'Zanne

      I had similar, I had ice cream.
      The currency for the “naughty” one, so we went home, but everyone that missed out the fete, got ice cream, every one “wins”.ReplyCancel

  • Gillian

    I love this. I think we sometimes think that we are the only bad @ss mom and that we are so far out there it’s off the scale. Thank you lol we are moms, all trying to bring up beautiful, respectful and kind kids. Love your posts :-) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thank you Gillian! Yes at the end of the day that is exactly what we want, respectful children!ReplyCancel

  • Talia

    As a child, my mother told us if we didn’t clean out rooms all of our belongings would end up on the front lawn. We lived on a busy on a main street and our school buses would drive past our house. After one week of not cleaning my room, I came home on the school bus and saw all of my things on the front lawn. Including dirty clothes, bedding, books – EVERYTHING! It was the last time I didn’t keep my room clean.ReplyCancel

  • Been thru it

    In response to how do I get my 11 year old to clean her room. This is what I did it worked well. Give them one hour to clean there room set a timer. Then when timer. It goes off take very one large trash bag go into there room fish everything out from under bed behind dresser closet floor put into bag if one shoe is put up then get the one that’s not. Lock in trunk of car etc. when they want that shoe or blouse shorts etc. they have to do an extra chore to get that one thing back etc. only had to do it one time.ReplyCancel

  • Deb

    In my case I’d have to remove her bedroom door, wardrobe doors, blinds, and any object capable of being flung across the room. But saying that out loud, it doesn’t seem so ridiculous!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Deb i feel for you right now!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Hitchcock

    Currently Miss 8 and Miss 6 have no door either. It’s been bliss… Miss 8 was the slammer and the last straw was when she pushed miss 6 out if their room, slammed the door and got miss 6s fingers caught and kept pushing on it….

    They still argue, but i hear every word… And no-one can be locked out of their space…ReplyCancel

  • Lucy

    Yes! Dr Phil has been spruiking this consequence for years but until now I had never heard of anyone else actually doing it. Good on you.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy

    I fostered challenging behaviour kids for years and I used this technique more than once. Sure they have a right to privacy (there s a bathroom for changing in with a lock) but our houses are things we (the adults) pay for and work hard for. I think respect for other peoples property is a lesson too many kids are missing today. As for cleaning their rooms, I used to give them a set time frame and then I went in with a basket and everything went in. An extra chore or good behaviour got an item back. As parents we don’t realise a how much we spend on children’s activities or on the little extras that we give them every day. We had a chore list with each chore being worth so much 20c 50c and at the end of the week they could chose their rewards. They also earned points every time I caught them being nice and thoughtful 1 point equals 10c. It doesn’t sound like much but it quickly adds up when you make a point of constantly praising great behaviour. Oh and they never lost points, they just didn’t earn them new ones for bad behaviour. Hair lackeys, scholastic books that we ordered that they wanted through school book club, movie tickets etc. They could save up for them if they didn’t have enough. And half their pocket money went into bank account and at the end of each school term they could buy something they really wanted.ReplyCancel

  • chelle

    This is the very thing I followed through on with my son at 15.. He would consistently slam his door after an argument. Being that he is now 23 … and has never slammed a door since. It’s something that really resonated with him and had him reconsidering hus behaviors.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki

    Brilliant! Will be storing this idea away for when my twins (now 5yo) hit the “Tween Years.” We have a boy & a girl. Our daughter already acts like a 10yo, bossing her brother & father around so we strongly believe in following through on discipline. They are pretty good, generally, but have their “moments!” Great to read this, thank you.????ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thanks Vicki, Yes they all have their moments. Glad you enjoyed the post.ReplyCancel

  • erica

    Brilliant idea. I have a 7 year old boy who is strugglong with and interstate move and a new year brother being added to the family. He is angry and messes up when my attention is not on him and constantly back chats and argues. Any hints as I am at my wits end with his stubborness and unwilingness to co-operate in the family.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Erica, It’s hard when you have a new little bub as well as moving interstate. I imagine his emotions are all over the place. Praise good behaviour and lots of encouragement. Good luck.:)ReplyCancel

  • Gina

    To Belinda with the little boy that got his way, to go home. I feel for you, I hate when my husband says, NO TV FOR A WEEK. I”m like… great, that just punishes me. I try to make punishments simple but effective. So if we are out then depending on the age, very young, sit down over there for 4 minutes. Let it go after that. If it was in a big area like at an athletics carnival, I come prepared with food and drink, but I let them run around and not be too concerned with them behaving perfectly, ie sitting still and not moving (never going to happen but some people expect it). If we are at shopping then if he misbehaves, back in the trolley or pram. My 4 year old HATES this. Then older ones 8 and 12, well they get points that they have to work off and often there is no tv or computer if you have accumulated any points. I have a list of jobs that have points that go with them and they get to choose which job. 5 points, tidy lounge room, 20 points folding washing and putting it in peoples rooms, etc. They seem to be responding to this the best. I don’t have to tell them what job to do, they choose. They complain, if they refuse, I add more points. If they don’t do the job properly, do it again. Boys are hard to handle and I think I am doing an ok job. IT’s hard to keep your cool.ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    My son from 12 months to 3 years never had a door.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Wow that’s interesting, Helen. But i can understand why too, i used to worry about little fingers being caught in the door. It was always a big fear of mine.ReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    Hi Kat, I think the risk is this idea can often backfire in the ling term. Often parents react in the heat of the moment with the words ” if you do that again…..” and can paint themselves into a corner as they have to follow through next time with the threatened consequences. This time it worked out as your daughter obviously realised she had pushed your boundaries too far. Another approach would be to wait for them to calm down and then go in to their room and in a calm voice explain to them how it made yoy feel and that you don’t appreciate that behaviour and its not what you would expect from them and in future etc. Guilt trip often works n a more subtle level rather than having the stress of the no door situation going on for a week. Teenagers will just think How would you feel if your daughter took your bedroom door off? Also the behaviour is often a symptom of something bothering them elsewhere in life, could be the hormones creeping in (on either side).ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    Haha, loved the story and being a mother of 4 pride myself on never getting to 3 on my 1,2,3 count.
    I know I always have to follow through &the thought of me removing their doors was enough to stop the slammed doors in this house.
    My follow through story was with our eldest son now 14 at the time about 5. After lots of mucking around one bed time he was told that if he didn’t want to sleep in his nice bed then Dad could take him to the shed to sleep alone.
    More of the same continued so hubby told him to grab his pillow and marched him out the back.
    He came straight back from the shed decided that the bed was a good option.
    The funny part was about 3 nights later we heard our neighbour (whom we hadn’t met yet) say to their child – if you don’t want to go to sleep, you can sleep in the shed like the kid next door!!!

    It was catching on!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh wow! Glad it worked for you.:)ReplyCancel

  • Janine Smith

    For Fiona.
    Perhaps make the request with a deadline for when the room needs to be clean. Explain that it’s disrespectful to her belongings and to the effort you as parents make to earn the money to buy those things. If she refuses to respect her belongings by keeping her room clean, take those items off her and make her earn them back by keeping her room clean and perhaps by doing additional cleaning around the house.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Love all of your suggestions, Janine! Thank you so much for sharing.:)ReplyCancel

  • Heidi

    Re: the door slamming, love it. Ours are mostly frosted glass so any slamming is out if the question & will be dutifully removed if needed. Re: room cleaning; an experienced working mum I knew (before I had kids) organised all her friends to come over & clean up her sons room. She told him it was organised, guess what, clean room…. Haha, never forgot it, might need to do that myself one day!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Glad you are enjoying the posts, Heidi. And getting a lot out of them.:)ReplyCancel

  • Katie

    Last year my 9 year old was constantly complaining about having to tidy her room and it was always a drama. I decided to threaten taking her room off her for a week, apart from sleeping and getting changed. She told me I couldn’t do that!! The next time it happened, she lost the privilege of her room. She had to ask permission to enter the room to get changed and to sleep.
    I have never had to do it again and it was amazing to see how much she loved having her own room to relax in at the end of the week :) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Wow that’s interesting Katie! It worked well for you.ReplyCancel

  • I commend you for doing this and will have no hesitation about doing it. I still give my kids time out, well to sit somewhere away from where everyone is having fun. I also take valuable possessions, experiences off them! GO YOU! xReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thanks Emily. I have had so many positive experiences relating to this.ReplyCancel

  • Briony

    sounds great, I wish there was an effective and quick way of stopping backchat with teenage girls! Any ideas??ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Briony i don’t for teenage girls but i have from an early age pulled all of my children up if they have back chatted or been disrespectful. I don’t let them walk away until they have apologised.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Baker

    Well done! Good on you for being a parent that follows through, as hard as it is. We too have removed bed room doors, unlike your daughter, our boys are slow learners and have had to have their door removed more than once. We also came at it from a safety issue too, when they slammed their doors, they didnt know if their little brother who absolutely adored them, had followed them into the rooms and we were not about to let him get his head slammed by the door or even worse, his fingers hurt or amputated by being caught in the door, just because they were angry.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberley McMahon-Coleman

    I would totally do this. Fair warning was given.
    When DD was in first class, she was chosen to be one of the leads in the class item at the school dance festival. That evening as we ran around trying to organise everything and everyone and get her back to the school on time, she behaved progressively more and more like a diva, and an ungrateful one at that. I warned her that my cooperation and chauffeuring for extra-curricular activities are voluntary but evidently she didn’t believe me when I told her that if she kept it up she’d stay home. Husband was in complete agreement, but she didn’t heed the warnings even when they came in stereo. So – a text to another parent to pass on an apology to the teacher, and Missy had a very boring evening at home and some other kid was front and centre in all the photos. She now uses this example to give her brother and students I work with friendly warnings: “She means what she says, so you’d better listen …” ReplyCancel

  • Sherryl Waterson

    I did the same to miss 14. Was for back chatting me, then she slammed the door. I walked right in there with a screwdriver (bear in mind I have a damaged shoulder and couldn’t remove it anyway) my son in law was there and he got roped into doing it instead. He left to go away for two weeks and we forgot to get it back on. Ended up being up off for about 6weeks at least. She still back chats sometimes but no door slammingReplyCancel

  • Anna Donaldson

    It’s hard sometimes but as a mother of Miss 15 & Master 13 sometimes you have to take the step. I took the door off once because she kept slamming it. As a person who doesn’t like confrontation I found this difficult but after awhile the door wouldn’t shut properly so I took it off. There is a line between looking after things and being lenient in an emotional moment. You still love them
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  • Susan

    Our 3 are aged 6, 8 & 10. Courtesy of Nigel Latella, we use “The Certain Ladder of Doom”. Their names across the top, 1/2 hour time slots down the side, ranging from bed time down to home-from-school time. Stick up on the fridge with a magnet for each child. When behavior deteriorates I give them a warning. Next incident, I calmly(!) walk over to the chart and move their magnet down one slot whilst saying ‘half an hour down’. That means that they go to bed 1/2 an hour early that night. You HAVE to be prepared to follow through on it, especially early on, then it absolutely works. I once had my son in bed at 4pm, showered and everything. He was allowed up for dinner, but otherwise had to stay in bed. These days I just have to threaten them with ‘half an hour’ and they quickly start to pull themselves together. The added bonus is that I often feel that their behavior worsens when they are tired, so, two birds, one stone.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Wow Susan i haven’t heard of this chart before. Sounds like it has worked for you though.ReplyCancel

  • Down that Little Lane

    Cudos Mumma!.. I am taking tips from you for sure! x
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  • Brandy

    My son slammed his door in my face and locked it once. I forced it open and removed it. He didn’t even get a warning and it was off for more than a week. I can say that he has never done that again. I explained to him while removing the door that in my house there is no slamming of doors, not in my face, and I won’t be locked out of his room. If he NEEDS privacy that’s what the bathroom is for.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Brandy yes i would have done the exact same thing!ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    When I was your daughters age, I stomped up the stairs after being sent to my room from the dinner table for talking back. My father made stomp up & DOWN the stairs 100times. I was most put out, but I didn’t stomp up those stairs for a very very long time, if ever! Memorably rough? Well it 32 years ago and I still recall that!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL that’s funny Louise!.:) But it worked for you! And yes i don’t think i would have been storming up the stairs again after 100 times!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Lizzy

    We take away the Xbox ( only allowed on weekends anyway) and have found that is enough to get the kids to pick up their slack. If they have been good they are give the wifi password for an hour and cut off.
    What is everyone’s policy on internet access? I have a 12 and 13 year old, they use an iPod and a phone to access internet therefore it’s hard to monitor what sites they are visiting. Should I check their handheld devices or say only internet usage is on the laptop in the kitchen?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Lizzy i personally like the kids to use the laptop usually on the dining room table and mostly it is only used for homework. They usually spend about half an hour on the computer and i also have a program called Net Nanny installed.ReplyCancel

  • Genevieve

    My son, between the ages of 3-7 went through a stage of “pocketing” things that didn’t belong to him. At the younger ages it was an innocent act of “I like this, I want it”, but after explaining to him that it didn’t belong to him, he understood that it was a bad thing to do. This didn’t stop him so after an incident of pocketing a toy from a shop, showing me (so still innocent not realising the consequences) , we went back to the shop, he told the shop owner, the lady was good about it :), but I said to him, “the next time you steal from someone/somewhere, I’m taking you to the police station”! He did it again, we went to the police station (he in floods of tears) and, to my knowledge he hasn’t done it again since. The next time he does, I told him I’m taking him to the lock up! Btw…I’m a “door slammer” and I’m 45 :-/!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Genevieve you have me in fits of laughter!! But i can see where you were going with this and so happy it worked out for you and your son. Well done.:)ReplyCancel

  • Ani

    We had an amazing cleaner who did wonderful work BUT refused to clean our kids’ rooms because she thought they needed to learn. ;) She said at her place, her sons were not allowed to watch any TV until their rooms were cleaned. I told the kids the same applied, so would inspect their rooms while they were watching TV or a movie; if I found them messy, the child would have their viewing interrupted until they had sorted out the mess, and the TV or movie would NOT be paused while they caught up on their job. It got action and also made them understand that we need to finish work before we play. As a family, when we are not having dinner at the table, we watch a documentary during dinner. This is still seen as a reward, so kids usually keep their rooms in order so they don’t miss out on this fun family time!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That’s great Ani, glad it is working for you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • sheryl

    Haha Kat, I too did this to my son when he was maybe 8 or 9. For 5 days. He’s 19 now, and never slammed a door since, or walked off in a huff since. Golden. I too am a believer in always following through on what you say you’re going to do. He sure never expected I would do that though! They have all turned out immensely respectful young adults that I am very proud of. Worth all the hard harder road of following things through, but in a kind, loving and respectful way :) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thats great, Sheryl. So glad it worked for you. I also agree in following through with and believe it does pay off in a positive way.:)ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Good on you! I did that to my daughter about ten years ago (she’s nearly twenty four now), boy did that work. She never did it again and she learnt very quickly to control herself because she knew punishments would be followed through to the letter! We laugh about it now ahe gets great pleasure in re telling the story. Good luck to you and your family :) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thank you, Julie! I am pleased to hear that it also worked for you and your daughter.ReplyCancel

  • Anjee Boulton

    I did this when my daughter was 12, she got into the habit of yelling ‘whatever’ and slamming the door, when I’d had enough, I told her I would remove the door if it happened again. Needless to say over the next 4 years the door was removed about 6 times for a week each time. She is now 25 and the delight of my life! ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    Well done Kat! So many parents do not follow through and the children never learn the lesson. I am proud of you for doing what you said and being prepared to share the experience. 10 points for you!!!!ReplyCancel

A simple hello can brighten somebody’s day

Recently I had coffee with a friend who on the outside seems as though she is happy and under control. She always writes positive messages on facebook and in photos I see she is smiling beautifully. She opened up a little and I realised she is struggling, her health isn’t the best, her toddler is demanding and she is constantly tired.

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  • Carrie-Anne Elizabeth Hunter

    What a wonderful blog post :-) You did a good thing taking the time to talk to your friend and let her open up to you. God bless you for that!ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    From one mum to another yes I always hide behind a smile, I laugh and dress nicely but people don’t take the time to realise I am not really OK. Thank you Kat for helping people realise that even the simple things like a coffee, a block of chocolate, a 5 min chat really do make somebodies day.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh it’s a pleasure, Louise! It feels nice, i agree.:)ReplyCancel

  • Jo Johnson

    Hey Kat, just wondering what the go is with Perth :) Would we need to fly to Melb, Syd or Bris for the personal stylist. Would love love love (and need need need) to win! <3ReplyCancel

  • Marilynne Pross-Vale

    Would love to win one, every day I always try to make some one’s life a little better, it’s not hard !
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  • Marilynne Pross-Vale

    Would love to win one, every day I always try to make some one’s life a little better, it’s not hard !
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  • Ami Kono

    why cant people from ACT enter? :( ReplyCancel

Book Week Costume Ideas

Ooh my kids have been talking about Book Week since last years Book Week.  I have to be completely honest with you, book week drives me nuts, but that’s just me, I dislike dress up parties too.  But at the end of the day, the kids love dressing up and we do enjoying making the outfits together. […]

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  • Somer

    I started to get heart palpitations when I read in the newsletter how soon book week was coming up. When did it become so big? I do not know what to do and since I’m overseas for another week will have limited time to do much prep. Have always been pretty slack and each yr promise my girls I will be better the next. I will be googling ideas like there is no tomorrow!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes, I have had years like that too Somer where an easy costume was harry potter or hermioni, white shirt, black pants, one of dad’s ties, black cape (could use a black garbage bag) and a stick from the garden (plus glasses for harry).ReplyCancel

  • Well, the kids were more or less organised for book week (Four from Divergent for #1 kid, and the blonde one from the Treehouse books for the #2 kid) BUT they’re both away for a week for Book Week. I am so not disappointed about that!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL, Miss Maudy always the way isn’t it…ReplyCancel

  • Mary

    Thanks for the great ideas. I just love your little one as a gumnut baby. It’s the first year of school for us this year but my daughter has told us she wants to be a ladybug. Couldn’t be easier as I picked up an inexpensive ladybug costume at Kmart a few weeks ago for a birthday party. The ladybug idea comes from Eric Carle’s “The Bad Tempered Ladybug”.ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    Eeeeeee!! The Diction Fairy is ADORABLE! Brilliant idea.ReplyCancel

  • Lynelle

    My girls would be horrified by the diction fairy – destroying a book!ReplyCancel

I met Oprah’s organising guru Peter Walsh

I remember many many years ago religiously sitting on the lounge watching Oprah while the kids were young having their daytime nap.  She was always such an inspiration to me helping the many women that sat on the couch next to her or those watching at home.  I remember many times when hubby came home I […]

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  • Frances

    I have been lucky enough to have both Peter and Barry help me in the declutter experience. It was an amzing experience and They are both genuine people!!! I have four new rooms now and am learning to live a uncluttered life!!!! Glad you got to meet themReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Wow Frances that must of been such a remarkable experience, they are both such very clever men and as a duo they are absolutely hilarious they made me laugh.ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations! That must have been so exciting to meet them and then hear him talk as well!ReplyCancel

  • Bake Play Smile

    Oh wow!!! How exciting! I definitely remember seeing Peter Walsh on Oprah. I am a massive organiser too and remember watching him and thinking how wonderful he was!! How cool to have actually have met him! :-) ReplyCancel

  • Margaret Thompson

    I have just started reading his book….and something must have clicked…no, I just had to get my butt into gear…have spent 2 day one on the front verandah…sorting through Kitchen stuff and boxes that belong to our daughter and everytime she is here ask her to look at them but she avoids it….so I went through her stuff…got rid of rubbish….and took a photo of something sent it as a message and that gave her a chance to say keep or goodbye..did the same with her bedroom today..she has not lived at home for over 3 years…..we have posted some to giveaway on my facebook page and that is nice that some special things are going to new homes to be loved…..and have a big pile to go downstairs for the trash and treasure at the dump…..I have been looking a new homes in the past couple of weeks and think I finally like the feel of a display home with no clutter. I know a lived in house will not be the same but it does not have to full…..and it is ok to get rid of things you have been given…. ReplyCancel

{WIN} A MightyPurse – a purse that charges your phone

Handbag Butler was created in 2008 which started with the Handbag Holder a bejewelled and printed hook which then was followed by the Key Holder which simply clips onto your handbag to hang your keys. The entrepreneurial duo did not stop there! Frustrated with running out of battery on their mobile and not liking the overly “techie” solutions on […]

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  • Vivien Lee

    I would love to see a compact backpack in royal purple.ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Richardson

    black and pink :) leapardReplyCancel

  • Sitizalifah Syed

    I sling bag with a phone compartment and for it to come in denim.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Groves VonFange

    I’d like to see a satchel (small) in Cerise with black accents. ReplyCancel

  • Karen Morley

    A style of bag that I could take away on holidays within my beach/pool bag. Something with a tropical beachy pattern and somewhat waterproof!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Campbell

    Cross body leopard print with pink trim.ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Campbell

    Cross body with phone charger in leopard print with pink trim.ReplyCancel

  • Ariel Loh

    Semi-waterproof, shoulder bag with organized compartments; aquatic teal with metallic gold accents, teal striped with light coral for the interior. Compact, functional, and classy.ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn Hudson

    glittery evening bagReplyCancel

  • Michelle L Harrison

    I would love a larger tote bag in a green and blackReplyCancel

  • Tanya Honore

    I think a clear one would be awesome. Very funky and just add a little colour with the strap. Fluro maybe :-) ReplyCancel

  • Gwen Frame

    I would love a bag that has some pretty bling on the front of it that I would be proud to show off on special occasions and take to church too.But I wouldn’t want it to be overly embellished so if I wanted to use it for a casual affair it would still be appropriate to carry it then too.
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  • Lorrie Brook

    One that is easily cleaned and big enough to hold a nappy wallet as well for us mum’s on the go!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    A satchel or messenger bag style in denim would be fantastic. Hands free, large enough to carry all my bits & bobs & goes with everything I own – almost.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Cox

    I would love a bag that was in denim (for day), that then had a clear extra cover with some gold/silver bling – to take through to night/special occassions!ReplyCancel

  • Leesa Massey

    I would love to see a Black and silver lace…. This is such an amazing purse! I need one!!! Would be so awesome to get it work bag size as I would love this as my work bag.ReplyCancel

  • Lorna Monteiro

    A mustard or saffron colour and some custom made monogram ones would be great!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Lewis

    A black and white stripe is classic and neat.
    Stylish and functional can’t be beat!
    A mighty purse makes any outfit complete.ReplyCancel

  • Georgina

    A colour changing of soft gray to baby blue with several fake diamonds over it.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Nicholls

    I would suggest a similar size but make it two compartments, one containing pockets for credit cards and a wallet/fold out pocket for cash; the other side being a simple zippered compartment containing the charge battery plus space for a phone and lipstick/compact. Rather like a new cross body bag which Fossil have released (but is too small to be practical). Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • I would love to see the Gypsy mighty purse. Made with vintage saris, coins and little mirrors!ReplyCancel

  • Holly

    I would love to see a red clutch in patent leather. I love this idea!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    Something black and sparkling for going out, maybe old style glowmesh style :) as a mum of 4 having hands free and organised is a must!ReplyCancel

  • Sam Coppack

    I would love to see a Teal coloured soft leather MightyPurse with a silver zip and a small flap that covers the opening.ReplyCancel

  • Maria

    A white wedding/bridal version – pretty white lace with delicate pearl and Diamante additions. What bride wouldn’t want one!ReplyCancel

  • frances

    As a chubby grandma I need all the help, I can get. This bag leaves me hand free,

    when out and about, with my munchkins, and always in contact as well well done

    RED so I can find it easierReplyCancel

  • Jacelle

    A bag with some extra dazzle like diamonties or sequins for fun.ReplyCancel

  • Diana Gamra

    Mightypurse……..what a great idea,
    Many colours are already here.
    Perhaps a golden or bronze hue,
    Would make it extra spacial for me and you!ReplyCancel

  • Carley Monk

    I would like to see a nice looking wallet that enables me to charge my phone on the go in a nice pink, bronze, silver colours. The wallet can store everything I need daily.ReplyCancel

  • Noni Goodchild

    What a fabulous product! I’d love to win one. The style I’d like to see next would be a tiny bit bigger to serve as a more functional clutch, with card and coin compartments. Same gorgeous colours and quality!ReplyCancel

  • Alanna Weaver

    I’d like to see a snazzy bag that you could take on a posh night out or wear with a pair of jeans – metallic? It would need to be big enough to hold my purse, phone, keys, glasses, and my lippy! Any additional space would be a bonus.ReplyCancel

  • Susan

    One of the new spring colours is Cyan, which makes any outfit look fresh. A bag that can take you shopping, the park with the kids and a wine out with friends. Versatile and bright. Love it.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Vandermey

    Love it. I would like to see, something abit bigger. Maybe multicolour. Love the orange and blue. ReplyCancel

  • Carlene Franklin

    Frosty Ice White Shimmer Purse – a gold zipper, solid gold heart decal added to the hand strap, gold battery insert, detachable shoulder strap :) ReplyCancel

  • Elaine Willis

    The color doesn’t matter so much, but black is the most adaptable. The style I would really like is a mini backpack or maybe not so mini. I love backpacks.ReplyCancel

  • caitlin

    I would love a royal purple one and something with purple polka dots. Actually anything purpleReplyCancel

  • Melissah Trenfield

    A little bit of bling would make may phone sing.ReplyCancel

  • Kirby

    I would love to see a coral coloured on. Keeping it simple but something to match me on my wedding day!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Citrus
    latest fashion accessory colour light bright zingy
    stunning paired with jeans and a tee for day
    fabulous splash of colour for evening glamourReplyCancel

  • Susan

    A mini backpack in any colour. Then the phone will be hands free too :) ReplyCancel

  • Eden

    I would love to see a nice purple and black purse, maybe in a zebra stipe pattern. A few subtle studs around the bottom would add a nice touch. One of these would definitely be handy insted of having my bulky KK purse lol.
    Goodluck everyone :) ReplyCancel

  • Sherryl waterson

    Slouch type bag in matt black. Yes pleaseReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    Bright and bold rainbow stripes with a wrist strap to bring colour to even the greyest day!ReplyCancel

  • Carly Sherriff

    A small tan or caramel barrel handbag. Love the idea and the colour is very versatileReplyCancel

  • Natalie Blair

    neon pink or neon yellow, being a purse it is on the smaller scale so a color that bright would not be too much, it would be the perfect accessory, other than that maybe a timeless print like orla keily. ReplyCancel

  • Deb Hornsby

    A shiney pinkish copper would be a lovely new addition

    Id love love an orange purse but i am totally sold on any colour, the concept if these little beauties is just fantastic. I am a NON handbag person but i need something and this is my rolls royce of what i had i mind. Blown away!ReplyCancel

  • Patty

    Backpack style in a teacher motif.ReplyCancel

  • Margareth

    It would come handy as I am always on the go. Thank you for giving us the chance to winReplyCancel

  • Joanne

    A little bigger with curved edges more shaped like a hand bag.
    Orange with some bling & a tassel. Great idea!!ReplyCancel

  • Bonny

    I would like to see an all pure white purseReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    Would love to see a little bit bigger (to fit ipad)crossover type with front & back pockets for travelling in dark brown.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Callus

    Easy, CHEVRON!!! :D ReplyCancel

  • Clara

    Purse with wrist strap covered with bling, ie diamontesReplyCancel

  • Denise Macfarlane

    Such a great collection already, how about some footy team colours, maybe a bit bigger in size, more unisex so the boys can get in on the act. ReplyCancel

  • Maddie Bowerman

    A nappy bag version would be great!ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    A brighter turquoise purse (real leather, silver zip/clips/etc) with the Sakura purse hanger/key finder design as a feature on the outside. *sigh*ReplyCancel

    • Jen

      Btw, the email provided with this entry does not match my FB email. Just thought I’d mention that in case you were using it to cross-reference with likers of the page…

      ps. I hadn’t heard of these purses before and they’re a great idea!

      pps. Another idea – some designs a man would be happy carrying around… Maybe something less purse-like and more like a card-wallet that could fit in a pocket?ReplyCancel

  • Annette Connor

    I’d like a bag that could convert to a small backpack (in red or black), big enough for phone, money and passports while travelling. A backpack feels more secure for daytime touring, while an option to take off straps to use as a handbag or clutch for night would be perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Hayley Parker

    Bright orange like a sneaky little fox with silver bling bits as it would be my little sly secret about what a clever purse I own.ReplyCancel

  • Shelly

    it is almost spring time so it’s great for pastel colout
    would be great to mix baby pink & turquoise
    will be great if the bag can be folded when it’s empty
    and adjust the strapReplyCancel

  • Mascha

    A nice looking leather (or other ‘expensive looking’ fabric) backpack that looks more like a normal bag/purse with loads of different pockets! I’m called the bag-lady by friends now (not good), cause I always have my groggy backpack with me as I need to bring so many things to work with me.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Arnold

    Cool gadget to have. Would like to see a sporty version next so phone charges on really long walks or whilst training at gym. Colour would be ice blueReplyCancel

  • Summer Hinaki McDade

    Id love to see a two-tone mighty purse style with a bold print one side and a soft casual colour of sorts ob the other side but that goes togetherReplyCancel

  • Heather Green

    Electric blueReplyCancel

  • Definitely a baby bag style would be awesome. Mums get flat phones too!ReplyCancel

  • gillianne

    Of love to see a matching portfolio/ briefcase and matching wristlet in red and black both with charging capabilities. Red and back both allow total maximization of every outfit from sweats to dress and dual charging maximizes the ability to charge a phone and reader at the same time.ReplyCancel

  • Susie Venkat

    I LOVE the idea of a cross-body bag just for me in (drum roll) aqua-blue.ReplyCancel

  • Heidi t

    I’d love a watermelon coloured mighty purse for travel, slim line with room for iPad, phone, magazine, sunglasses & credit card and key holderReplyCancel

  • Emily Bobbitt Nicholson

    I WANT THIS BAG! What’s next? Make one a bit wider to fit my EpiPen (saves my life) along with crucial items: cards, money, phone.ReplyCancel

  • Tania

    Love to see pink and purple colors together

    And bag a bit biggerReplyCancel

  • Janine

    I think some floral ones would be fabulous! :) ReplyCancel

  • Cherie

    Camoflague so I can accessorise with my uniform.ReplyCancel

  • Jalna Hampton

    I’d like a satchel style with a zip
    on the flap in a denim blue leatherReplyCancel

  • Nerissa Roberts

    Black hobo style with a long strap and
    braided leather detail on the front.ReplyCancel

  • Krista Savkovs

    Creamy White with Jet black skulls, and visa versa. Maybe will some metal studs!ReplyCancel

  • Krista Savkovs

    Oh and in double body cross overReplyCancel

  • Amanda Rossetto

    A chevron pattern in the pastel colours of spring/summer such as mint, yellow or apricot. Something casual for day time.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Stacey

    I would love to see a “mighty handbag”-a bit bigger than a purse, with room for purse keys, handbag stuff! The outside would have small crochet flowers and cute owls embroidered on! Brown leather with bright colours!ReplyCancel

  • Kellie Servaas

    I’d love to see some blokey styles, or at least more middle of the road! Grey felt or suede, denim, more shoulder bag than tiny clutch. I have 4 boys so my girly tastes are slowly fading…ReplyCancel

  • Naysie

    a larger handbag style, tiffany blueReplyCancel

  • I have one of those Hangbag Butlers in my bag. A necessary thing for a lot of restaurant dining. My friend has one of those purses and she swears by it.ReplyCancel

  • Lucretia

    I would like to see some denim bags in the mighty purse range. Pale wash, fringes!ReplyCancel

  • Carly

    I’d love a purse with one side business and the other casual/bling covered, a modern day mullet – business in the front, party in the back!ReplyCancel

  • Mariana Azuero

    Is love to see one in real leather. Camel or tobacco color. I like this clutch just the way it is in size. Small enough to take as a clutch and if you need a bigger bag, it fits in there just fine. :) ReplyCancel

  • Bron L

    Would love to see one with a bow on it.ReplyCancel

  • I would love a bag just big enough to fit a small purse, packet of cig guess & my phone, that was any colour, so long as it was covered in elephant pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Jessi worley

    I would love to see chevron! Pink!ReplyCancel

  • Helen W

    I would love to see a funky, bright nappy bag style! I’m a modern mum on the go who constantly forgets to charge her phone.ReplyCancel

  • Sally Ferreira

    Love the MightyPurse, I would love to see a floral one with an Australian Native Plants design and some beautiful earthy colours.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty Gibb

    I Would love to see some more multi coloured options such as black and white, red and black, or cream and black. ReplyCancel

  • Donna Parsons

    I don’t understand the 2 different cablesReplyCancel

  • Emily Nicholson

    I WANT THIS BAG! What’s next? Make one a bit wider to fit my EpiPen (saves my life)along with crucial items: cards, money, phone.ReplyCancel

  • Michele Pound

    As the face of Lupus and arthritis, I would love a Lupus awareness bag to help raise awareness of this debilitating and deadly disease.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Shaw

    Absolutely love this idea. I’d love to see it as a compartment in a slightly bigger purse, for nights out to the theatre, concerts or movies. I could still charge my phone if need be but would be able to carry some cash, cards, and make up or medications I need with me without going to a handbag.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    A slightly larger satchel, messenger bag or mini backpack. For me I work out of the office all day going from one client to the next. So something’s a little bigger that fits my phone a notebook, asthma spacer, plus sections or cards, money etc. as for colours something bright! Blue, yellow or mutlicolour!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah G

    I would love a metallic rose gold color and in terms of size, a bag large enough to fit my iPad with extra room for wallet, phone, and keys.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Pruss

    A backback in tan and gold – my hands are free while it charges and carries my loadReplyCancel

  • Jac

    Keep it simple, yet add a dash of sparkle with sequins or different colour zipper to the leather ie pink with mintReplyCancel

  • Laila

    A cross over bag with in purple with an added bit of sparkle. All your bags look fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda White

    A Mighty Purse in bright Chevron would be sure to impress!
    It’d be perfect by day, or by night with…my little black dress!ReplyCancel

  • Alicia Cantero

    Love it. I would like to see any of the current colours with added silver studsReplyCancel

  • I’d love to see something in a simple colour block, eg mostly black (goes with everything!) but with a 2″ strip of emerald green or electric blue for a pop of interest.ReplyCancel

  • Mara Morrison

    Love it – perhaps a vintage denim and lace with detachable strapReplyCancel

  • Tiffany Kurniawan

    I would like to see the same style with skin colour, i think it would look elegantReplyCancel

  • Kirsty Gibb

    More multi coloured options such as black and white, red and black, or cream and black, or a touch of green or blue.ReplyCancel

  • Micheala Donohoe

    Would love to see some ‘chevron’ styles! Black and white, hot pink and black, navy and coral! Then I could co-ordinate with any outfit!ReplyCancel

  • Nic syriotis

    I love this funky cool idea!
    I would love a tan/camel coloured purse – so versatile!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Schramm Clifton

    Truly amazing idea – I think one in denim with bling would be an awesome purse. Would appeal to all age levels and be great gift for my daughters and grand daughters.ReplyCancel

  • Lindi Owen

    A mighty purse would be might pretty in silver or gold, to add some glamour to a night out!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Wendels

    I would love it in a compartment in a hobo style handbag, that would be fantastic and in a tan leather colour!ReplyCancel

  • Tania King

    what a great idea never seen these before I love it! perfect for me as my phone is nearly always going flat! charging up anywhere would be awesomeReplyCancel

  • Vicki O'Neill

    I would love a black satin evening-style clutch with a bit of bling – sequin flowers or diamantés.ReplyCancel

  • Kristie-lee jones

    Would love to see a black with hints of bright pink.ReplyCancel

  • Karina Walls

    Glomesh would look amazing! Glitz and glamour with incredible functionality!ReplyCancel

  • Stefanie

    Embroidered with bright flower patterns. Love hibiscus flowers.ReplyCancel

  • Teresa Whyte

    I love this idea, my phone is always going flat when I’m out! I would like to see a bag which is big enough for my purse, keys, etc.ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Would love to see a hard cover clutch version in the classic colour of black.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Kriss-Newell

    Big, bold and bright in yellow. To fit the kids tablet which I end up carrying every time. Adding perfect colourful OOMPH to any outfit.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Finden Hanson

    This is a great idea. I would love a zebra print.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren A

    I’d love to see a MightyPurse in a “bum bag” or armband style, for use when exercising or travelling, and either in basic black or casual denim.ReplyCancel

  • Adele Smith

    A tote bag with custom designs. I would like to be able to add my own personalised touch like a photo or a quote, something that means something to me. Well done on such an innovative product.ReplyCancel

  • Natasha Parsons Kniveton

    Mightypurse nappy purse. Holds 2 nappies, a tissue pack & small tube of paw paw ointment for bub’s butt. Convenient mummy n bubby time.ReplyCancel

  • Carly Pilton

    A neoprene version of a MightyPurse in neon colours would be a must have to take to the beach/pools or on holiday with you.ReplyCancel

  • Erin Howe

    Oooo this is soo cool. A bigger handbag style that can fit a diary or old ipad2 with cute retro polka dots. ReplyCancel

  • Fleur Phillips

    I would like to see an embossed leather or a faux crocodile skiin styleReplyCancel

  • Rose McCarthy Martin

    What a great idea!! I would love to see one in a shiny croc pattern in black or red!ReplyCancel

  • Jo-Anne Gorski

    I would love to see a beautiful Purple Mighty Purse with some peacock feathers designed on it. Love the idea :-) ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I’d like to see a futuristic/Continuum-style Mighty Purse. Bring on 2077! That would be AWESOME!ReplyCancel

  • Sue Antoniolli

    Great idea! How about a nice soft mauve to go with this Spring’s soft floral prints? Fingers crossed!ReplyCancel

  • Zarna

    I have a purple faux crocodile skin make up bag that came with an Elizabeth Arden gwp pack years ago, I’ve always wanted it made a handbag out of the same material!ReplyCancel

  • Megan Carter

    How about a shimmer purse, either gold or silver,, a little glam for a night out on the town.ReplyCancel

  • Christine

    A Camoflage pattern to go with my camouflage nappy bag!ReplyCancel

  • Jillian Ives

    I’d love a clutch style in a bigger size a4 size so you can fit lots in it. A Matt black colour with gold metal handle as it will go with a casual or dressy outfit.ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    A “Manbag” by the Handbag Butler.ReplyCancel

  • Ewa Kwiatkowski-Robinson

    would Lv to see a Glamour Rock shimmer mesh!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy S

    A bright colour clash would be good, like bright green and purple together!
    I have been looking for these but have only seen them online,it’s a fanastic idea!ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    I would love to see a black and white contrast mighty purse with a bold geometric print that is so hot right now. :) ReplyCancel

  • Dy Campbell

    Turquoise and grey, with a tassel on the silver zip. :) ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    I would love to see a natural brown leather – the type that ages naturally. Or a brown/moss green tartan!ReplyCancel

  • Cecilia Warrick

    A small backpack style, in matt black. :) ReplyCancel

  • Louisa Walker

    A purse in Purple of course.
    A mighty purse would extra mighty if it were in Pantone’s colour of the year,
    Radiant Orchid a fabulous shade of purple.
    A double x-body mighty purse in radiant orchid would go from daily duties to fabulously adding a pop of fuchsia to a nighttime outfit!ReplyCancel

  • I’d love to see a gold/black sparkly version. Often head out at night and stress that I don’t have enough battery after running around all dayReplyCancel

  • Somer Durbin

    Black and white stripe with that fabulous iridescent yellow as a trim. These bags are FABULOUS darling.ReplyCancel

  • Sophie

    Gold sparkle – make a statement at night while recharging your phone after one too many selfies.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy

    What an beautiful purse. I’d love to see turquoise/teal with platinum or gold zips/accents on the purse.ReplyCancel

  • Diamond

    What a great idea this would be so handy when travelling. I would love the idea of a polka dot sytle this would be fun.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Broderick

    I’d love to see some colour inspired by peacocks, either a green or blue or even a two tone with a gold peacock feather printed on it aswell. Idea for style, how about a solid/hard purse that folds open in a V shape.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Bale

    I’d love to see and original one in purple or fushia. Bloody brilliant idea :-D ReplyCancel

  • Julie D

    A luggage style in a bright colour would be helpful at airports as charging stations are hard to findReplyCancel

  • Elaine Taylor

    I would love a slightly bigger bag in the style of a beach bag, funky fun beachy colours and maybe a boys rucksack type that is cool for teens, that can fit a beach towel, sun cream etc , to be able to charge my iPhone whilst at the beach for the day for myself and especially my kids would be fab ????ReplyCancel

  • Renee Jentz

    Add a clip that could be attached to a bigger bag and used everyday, but is detachable. A simple, leather bag with attachable mighty purses.ReplyCancel

  • Eury-Jane

    I would love a black leather every day handbag big enough to fit my tablet in.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Breust

    This has to be one of the best things I have ever seen! New ideas? How about incorporating this into a nappy bag for mums on the go!ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte

    I just adore these!!!!! I would love to see one with a PVC coating that was water (or, more importantly, coffee!) proof, and as far as design nothing would make me happier than a cute pattern incorporating hidden Mickey Mouse heads… a touch of Disney to charge up my day while my phone charges! :) ReplyCancel

    • Charlotte

      Oops, not 25wol, sorry, try this –

      A PVC coating that was waterproof, and a cute pattern incorporating hidden Mickey Mouse heads… a touch of Disney to charge up my day! :) ReplyCancel

  • Jackie Mittler

    Such a brilliant range already but I’d be a sucker for some sort of Mother of Pearl Mightypurse with all those gorgeous shimmering layers. Ahhh……ReplyCancel

  • Alice Fullerton

    love an evening clutch style, a little bigger and having a shoulder strap option, and in watermelon of course with a silver clip on front.ReplyCancel

  • Connie Peidis

    2014 Fluro colours in PVC patent material in a wristlet style bag.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy Barn

    Maybe RETRO Colours in a NAPPY bag, I just love the 70s style and colour.
    ReplyCancel

  • Jessica akhurst

    Would love to see a mint patent leather wristlet.ReplyCancel

  • donna

    black sleek sophisticated but lazy enough still to swing over a care support worker shoulders without drawing too much attentionReplyCancel

  • Yuliany

    Dangling with delectable strap, this bag is a great addition to any outfit. Something silvery with diamantes/sequins for night out would be awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    I would like to see a Handbag Butler in metallic gold. Gold functions as a neutral – for everyday wear it’s a pop of bling and for special occasions it’s a nice touch. I think HB would be nice as a clutch with a fold-over flap. ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer B.

    I’d love to see this incorporated into a large tote with digital photo printing on it… Tiffany Treloar in Melbourne makes some great ones as an example.ReplyCancel

  • Jacquie Hall

    I would love to see a Mightypurse Hobo…I would love a Giraffe print ReplyCancel

  • Dee Ashcraft

    i would like a Handbag Butler in Magenta. favorite color and all my nice clothes have a hue of magentaReplyCancel

How I organise all our pet supplies & keep the house pet clean

We have one very gorgeous but snobby Ragdoll cat, her name is Millee. She sleeps all day but finds her energy at night running around the house and scratching at the doors cause she wants some attention.

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  • Yanni Pearson

    Where did you get the plastic stackable storage bins for the brushes, nail clippers, flea treatments etc?ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    If you are concerned about scratching on the furniture a cat tower is a good idea, you can team this up with soft claws! Found on Ebay for about $4 from an Australian seller, they just slide over the claws and are rubber caps. I don’t sell them but I do have a few cats and find this reduces pulls on the couch and carpet.

    I have quite a large laundry so I buy all my foods in bulk and store the tins in the cupboard and the biscuits & kitty litter in separate tubs with scoops.

    I change my trays every second day and line the bases with half a newspaper as it absorbs wees and smells. I then use the cheaper clay kitty litter on top. I too have non slip bathmats in front of the kitty litter for any loose bits that get tracked out.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Great idea, thanks for sharing Kylie.ReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    Could anybody give me advice on keeping down the doggy odour and how often to mop? I steam mopped and wiped round with vinegar and still later on i could smell it. I’m getting paranoid. I wash her blankets regularly too. I feel like i should be cleaning all day everyday just to stay on top of the smell!! She is a Sprocker Spaniel puppy and we have only had her for 3 weeks. I’m just not used to doggy odour, help?!ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Hi Mandy,

      I find having a specific rug for my p0och to lay on in the lounge room is helpful. It needs to one that is easy to put in the wash. When you wash it put in some dettol, it sounds harsh but it cuts through the doggy smell. Also let sunlight be your friend. If you dont have time to wash and clean your pet things just placing them in the sun can do wonders for getting rid of odours. Also ensure you open your windows and curtains for a good breeze to cross through your house at least once a day. Set up vanilla or ocean scented diffusers in laundries and bathrooms. I find those scents are not to overpowering.
      Most importantly dont over wash your dog. The natural oils actually work to contain their odour to their coat. Allow them to bask in the sun during the day. It not only keeps their coat healthy it helps them grow great bones. I would also avoid pet sprays. I find they are expensive and dont actually work long term.

      Hope this all helps. Good luck! dogs are the best people :)
      AmyReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Great idea, thanks Amy!ReplyCancel

      • Jules

        I would definitely NOT recommend any phenol based disinfectant like dettol be used on anything that will come into contact with a dog or cat.

        Any disinfectant that turns white when added to water contains phenol and is very harmful to both cats and dogs. Please google phenol and dogs or cats to learn more.

        In my experience as an mum to 4 cats and 2 dogs, a normal wash of bedding on a high temperature followed by line drying on a nice windy day is all that is needed. Vet bed is easily washed and dries very fast but my Danes prefer human type fleecy blankies. ????ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Vinegar is probably your best option, Mandy. I would suggest try mopping twice a week and also try using a Diffuser as they are a nice subtle but constant smell.ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    Mandy,
    I just typed the following onto facebook. I’m using my phone, which is not conducive to typing it all again so I’ve just copied & pasted straight from fb.

    Trina, this is one I can help with. I’m probably one of your most disorganised followers so I’m excited to have something to share!

    I have 10 dogs. 5 live inside (3 chihuahuas, 1 italian greyhound puppy and 1 retired greyhound) and 5 greyhounds who live outside – so I know my stuff! :)

    NEVER use HOT water (steam mop, hot washing machine cycle, hot mop water) to clean doggy (or cat) smells from floors, furniture or pet bedding. Heat ‘sets’ the stain on fabrics and carpets and ‘sets” the odour on other surfaces – we can’t smell it but our pets can and it makes the area more likely to be messed on again. Don’t use bleach or ammonia based cleaners directly on pet messes either – it makes the area more inviting to pets to mess again.

    The best and easiest trick is paper towel, bicarb soda, vinegar and COLD water.

    PEE MESS
    Hard floors
    1. Clean up excess liquid with a paper towel or mop. If the mess has already dried go straight to step 2.
    2. Sprinkle bicarb soda on the area and leave for 10 minutes (or longer – sometimes I leave it overnight). Bicarb absorbs the odour.
    3. Put cold water in mop bucket, add vinegar (I use, roughly 1/2 cup white vinegar to 2 litres water).
    4. Mop the messed area, bicarb and all. Vinegar is slightly acidic and counteracts the alkalinity of the pee and makes the area less attractive for your pet to pee on again.

    Carpet & upholstery – take care and test in an inconspicuous place first@!!
    1. Blot as much liquid as possible using a paper towel, start from the outside of the mess and work towards the middle.
    2. Sprinkle lightly with bicarb and leave for a few minutes to absorb the odour.
    3. Put vinegar & cold water in a spray bottle (2 tbsp vinegar to 500ml water).
    4. Brush off excess soda and spray the area with vinegar/water mix. Be generous.
    5. Blot area again with paper towel or pet towels/blankets.

    SOLID MESS
    1. Pick up the solid mess with toilet paper snd flush it down the loo. Because I have so many dogs I have a dustpan & brush that I only use for solid waste.
    2. Follow the steps for pee mess.

    CLOTHING / PET BEDDING
    1. Rinse in cold water ASAP.
    2. OPTIONAL soak items in vinegar & water to neutralise odour.
    3. If stained spray with stain remover if desired.
    4. Use your regular detergent – do NOT use napisan powder (or similar). Put undiluted vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser (or add to the rinse cycle).
    5. Wash in cold water.
    6. Wash again in hot water if disinfecting is desured (ie if puppy has peed on baby’s clothes).

    DISINFECTING
    Bleach is the best cleaner to use on hard floors to disinfect – particularly important if you have puppies/kittens that aren’t fully vaccinated.
    Clean the floor using vinegar and cold water first, then go over it using bleach and warm or hot water afterwards.
    Vinegar cleans things really well but it just doesn’t disinfect like bleach does

    MY DOGGY ODOUR PREVENTION STRATEGY FOR THE INSIDE DOGS
    I don’t have kids and live alone so this routine may not work for most of you who have kids & other people to consider.
    * I do a poo patrol morning & evening, flush it down the loo.
    * I work fulltime so am not home on weekdays. The little dogs spend the day in the ‘dog room’ (2nd bedroom) in their crates and the greyhound sleeps on the couch all day.
    * I let the dogs out when I am home and encourage them (praise) when they toilet outside.
    * I do regular spot cleans when I’m home. I’m lazy so will just sprinkle the bicarb and leave it and then take the mop & vinegar to all the spots in one hit late in the day.
    * I sweep the floor every 2 or 3 days (I don’t have any carpets) and mop it with vinegar & cold water once or twice a week (remembering that I spot clean everyday).
    * The dogs all have polar fleece blankets or towels in their crates. I put them through a cold wash with vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser once a week or so. The puppy gets a new blanket or towel every day because he still messes in his crate – the others very rarely do so.
    * This might gross some of you out, but they all sleep in my bed with me. I change the sheets regularly and wash with vinegar in the rinse. Every morning when I leave for work I spray vinegar lightly over the sheets and leave the covers pulled back. I discovered by accident that it keeps the sheets smelling nice and fresh – before I discovered this trick my sheets needed to be changed every 2 or 3 days. You could probably try the same thing with carpet or upholstery if ypur pet has a favourite spot that you want to keep fresh.
    * I don’t wash my dogs all that often (when I do I use Aloveen shampoo & conditioner which smells *Amazing!*) I started feeding them raw food (no tinned, no kibble) and noticed a huge change in the ‘doggy smell’, it’s less of a stink and more of just a smell. I include 5ml (20ml for the big dogs) of apple cider vinegar in their dinner which supposedly helps to keep fleas at bay. I haven’t found anything that says it helps with doggy odour but it works for me!

    I have just typed all that on my phone & it’s very difficult to proofread so I hope it all makes sense.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      WOW Thanks so much Jo!
      Really great useful information.ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    This isn’t about cleaning, but I find my dogs have a play straight after eating and then settle down for cuddle time and bed. Is it worth trying feeding your cat earlier and then playing with her a bit so she calms down when you want to sleep? (this won’t change her personality, but might move play time a bit!) I feed mine straight after we finish dinner.ReplyCancel

  • Roberta

    My family and I have had a catahoula puppy for a month now. He’s a great dog. I was wondering about a couple of things, one is there a good vacumme that’s not exspensive for pet hair, and two merlin (the dog) is afraid of his kennel, how do we convince him its a goodcthing?ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    Love the post Katrina just wondering what you put under your cat
    Litter tray. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    Thank you Amy and Jo for all the doggy odour tips. I will definitely be trying them out! :) xxReplyCancel

  • Kristy Dickson

    I feed our Ragdoll raw steak. She loves it :) ReplyCancel

  • Georgie

    The best thing we ever got for our cat was a littermaid it’s an automatic litter tray it has a deoderiser that constantly works and 15 minutes after Rex the ragdoll does his business it rakes it from one end to the other where there is a bin with a lid that stores it till you put it in the rubbis in the bin also is the perfect size for shopping bags to be the liner so you don’t have to go near you king the stuff and the machine is battery back up for 240v so you don’t have to worry about losing power and having a stinky litter tray which is useful for us as we live in cyclone terrorityReplyCancel

  • Suhasini Sriarshi

    very awesome tips…!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Debra Chesterton

    I have a gorgeous long haired Burmilla called Jasper who leaves traces of himself all over the house as you can imagine. My best friend has become my Dyson handheld vac as it picks up his furry ‘tumbleweeds’, spilled litter on my floorboards and has a special attachment to clean the cat hair off the sofa before visitors arrive. He’s a bit high maintenance but I adore him! I too have started using Pet Circle to have his special vet diet bickies and extra large bags of litter delivered automatically every 7 weeks which works out great as I don’t have lug them home!ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    Do you need to flea her once a month even though she is always inside and never meets other cats? Im just wondering as we have an indoor tabby. We flead him for the first 6 months and now we dont bother, because where would he get them from? (And he definatley doesnt have them..)
    :) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      My vet suggested that we do anyway, we keep most of the windows and screen doors open through the day and have animals in the neighbouring yards. We also give her the worming tablets even though she doesn’t go outside only because we have the occasional skink come inside and she likes to attack them.ReplyCancel

      • Laura

        Ahh I see! Mine seems OK now but in summer it might be worth me looking into that…

        ps: Shes very beautiful :) ReplyCancel

        • Katrina

          Thank you Laura, she is beautiful and she knows it too!!ReplyCancel

5 Top Tips For Great Photos Of Your Kids

This is a guest post by Louise Glendon from Click.Love.Grow Kids are hard enough to pin down and photograph at all, let alone together, cooperative, happy, and looking in the vague direction of our lens! And that’s without considering composition, light, exposure and everything else that makes a photograph a good photograph! Even if you bribe them […]

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5 Muffin Recipes

Recently I shared on facebook some of my favourite freezeable lunchbox treats and was asked how I freeze them.  I freeze just about everything I bake, I use an air-tight container and place the food items straight into the containers unwrapped, they don’t dry out or get freezer burn.  When packing the kids lunches I […]

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  • This little yellow house

    Can you come and cook for me! Not that my thighs need more food, but it looks amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Adlington

    My daughter used to complain that sandwiches made from frozen, thawed bread were soggy. I put a piece of paper towel in with them to absorb excess moisture and bingo – no more complaints. I do this for other frozen treats now, too. ReplyCancel

  • Leah

    For those whose kids attend nut-free schools, careful with the type of baked goods you send.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Absolutely Leah, some schools are nut freeReplyCancel

Checklist for meal planning a party

This is a guest post by Briohny, from Plan Eat Play Hosting a party can be a nerve racking adventure. One thing people will always comment on is the food; good or bad, every guest will have a lasting memory, and opinion. My dad reminded me of this when he asked me if I could host […]

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  • Lucy McLane

    This is so comprehensive, I am planning a huge 50th birthday party soon and this will be so very helpful thankyou!ReplyCancel

    • Looks like you’ll be all ready to go Lucy. Just remember to have a drink for yourself and your efforts!ReplyCancel