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Exciting changes ahead for the blog and for The Springer Family!!

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  • WOW!! The Organised Housewife is MOVING!! Eekk! Exciting Katrina! All the best for the move…look forward to seeing updates on IG!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Charlene, it’s all very exciting and emotional at the same time!ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    Hello – congrats on the new house, very exciting! I’m reading this post on my iPhone (with latest software update, in case that’s important!), and the post doesn’t quite fit on the screen, so you need to move it left to right as you go along to get the end/start of the lines. Sorry if I’m the bearer of bad news – it’s so frustrating getting websites to work on all platforms. It won’t stop me reading your blog tho! :)ReplyCancel

    • Trish

      Oh – after the comment was posted, the website resized perfectly for the iPhone screen! I’m not sure why. I arrived at your site via bloglovin’ ., in case that’s useful :)ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        thank you for the feedback Trish, I appreciate it, I hope to change the theme soon so the site is 100% mobile responsive, time just isn’t on my side at the moment :)ReplyCancel

  • Exciting times! Can’t wait to read about your new house!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It’s going to be so much fun, a blank canvas for organising!!ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    I am so excited for you Kat and to watch your new adventures. I’m loving the new hime page, making it easy to navigate, thank you for constantly thinking of us.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      thank you for the feedback Jen!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    How exciting!!! I did wonder how you were travelling on the reno front… look forward to your updates!
    I’m viewing on my PC and only comment is when I went to your home page, I can’t seem to see a “search” box. I’ve had to click on another page to bring up the sidebar… just a bit of feedback. All the best!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Tracey, yes that’s just one thing I can’t seem to work out, how to put a search on teh front page, love the feedback, thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Chloe

    I like the changes! Oh I would so like to hear how you move. I have moved and moved and moved over the years in different life stages, with kids, pregnant, very pregnant, with newborns, with more kids and every time despite my best intentions, it is the most horrid experience and it takes me more than 6 months to settle into a new home and I end up resenting my new home. So can NOT wait to hear how you go and how you would do it if you had to do it again.ReplyCancel

  • sophie

    How exciting. We have just built our first home and are due to move in around Dec10th. Id love love love some packing tips. What stays what goes. Process of what to unpack first ect. Thanks in advance :) Sophie from Darwin ausReplyCancel

    • Janey

      I’ve moved a few times over the last few years until we finally bought 2 years ago. I always packed a first night/day box- the kettle, tea bags, toasted sandwich maker, tea towels, bath towels, body was, fresh linen to go straight into the beds, remote controls, extension cords etc. it’s the last box sealed and the first box opened. At least this way you can have a cup of tea, a shower and hop into bed with clean sheets.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    Congrats on your new home! We’ve been looking for almost as long and have been getting to the point of giving up too, you’ve given me hope the perfect house for us is out there yet!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It will be out there, we were close a few times, but we didn’t allow our hearts to interfere with finances.ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    Congrats on your New home Kat !! After reading your post it gives me inspiration that it is possible. My partner & I have been looking for the past 12+Months as well and I COMPLETELY agree it is so exhausting. I am so over people saying “Oh you still haven’t found a house !”
    So I am very happy for you. Would love to know what Crisp White paint you used? I do agree, you would think that White is White ! Nope they are blue whites, green white’s OMG. Happy moving & cant wait for the updates xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is exhausting, and if you can it’s good to spend the time to find exactly what you are wanting :) I chose Lexicon 1/4 strength :)ReplyCancel

  • Well I hope you’re not going too far! I’ve been hoping to bump into you since I read that you live in the GC hinterland :) I’ll be moving there in a couple of weeks.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You’ll more than likely see me at the shops, I’m a regular at Westfield Helensvale :) Good luck with your move! xReplyCancel

  • How exciting for you all. I can’t wait to follow along on Instagram. A bit of a busy time to move, hopefully you be in and unpacked for Christmas.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      crazy time to move, but in hindsite it’s also great time, kids will be finished school so won’t interupt them at all :)ReplyCancel

  • Pleased your accepting credit card payments – I don’t like PayPal. Good luck with your move- I’ll go and check out your blog changes now.ReplyCancel

  • Yay its official! I am so eager to hear what shade of white you chose :) Congrats on the move – your story sounds so much like mine! House hunting is so draining and you have your ups and downs. We are looking for acreage and it must have an office space for 3 computers as we run a home business. Ideally I would love a detatched granny flat or garden studio, but I can’t be picky!! It is tiring though and you do feel like you are placing your life on hold. So excited to hear and see more of your move in the new year. I shall be stalking your IG too!

    I love the new layout on the homepage – it is one of the most user friendly blog pages I have come across, for a blog that shares so much variety and regular posts. It is easy to get weighted down with lots of unnecessary bits here and there, but I think you have nailed it. I can’t give feedback on the mobile version, as I only view via desktop – I like to see it on the big screen!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      thank you Ashlea for the feedback, I ended up going with Lexicon 1/4 strength. So eager to see how it looks in the kitchen. Yes our stories are so similar we too have 3 computers in our office. The new office is going to be cozy, but I really enjoy working alongside my hubby. Thank you for the feedback on the home page, I am just striving to make it as user friendly as I can :)ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    Exciting news for you and your family. What a crazy time to move lol….but you are super organised so it will be a breeze. It’s always a big decision to move or stay. Sad and happy times, memories. After moving when our kids were teenagers to a bigger house we are now near finished renovating, with the kitchen to be started after Christmas. As I wander through my house I feel happy and content, that my house is a home using a lot of ideas from you Kat as well. So I have a bit of you here lol. Enjoy your new house and I am so looking forward to you showing us more next year. I will have a look at the new format of your blog later. So that is two things what’s the third thing…?ReplyCancel

    • Yvonne

      Sorry Kat, my post froze and then it said error, my comment posted 3 times. Can you delete two of them thanks…ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    Exciting news for you and your family. What a crazy time to move lol….but you are super organised so it will be a breeze. It’s always a big decision to move or stay. Sad and happy times, memories. After moving when our kids were teenagers to a bigger house we are now near finished renovating, with the kitchen to be started after Christmas. As I wander through my house I feel happy and content, that my house is a home using a lot of ideas from you Kat as well. So I have a bit of you here lol. Enjoy your new house and I am so looking forward to you showing us more next year. I will have a look at the new format of your blog later. So that is two things what’s the third thing…?ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    Exciting news for you and your family. What a crazy time to move lol….but you are super organised so it will be a breeze. It’s always a big decision to move or stay. Sad and happy times, memories. After moving when our kids were teenagers to a bigger house we are now near finished renovating, with the kitchen to be started after Christmas. As I wander through my house I feel happy and content, that my house is a home using a lot of ideas from you Kat as well. So I have a bit of you here lol. Enjoy your new house and I am so looking forward to you showing us more next year. I will have a look at the new format of your blog later. So that is two things what’s the third thing…?ReplyCancel

  • Susie

    So exciting. Such a busy time to move – but school hols will be perfect and it looks like the kids are going to help out…
    Congrats on the new house. Looking forward to getting the occasional peeks inside next year!ReplyCancel

We usually give our home a good spring clean once a year, purge old clothes, redecorate the house when you feel the need for change. But looking beyond the furniture and all the other pretties in your home, do you regularly review your home loan?

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  • Jenny

    Your right Kat, I’ve never actually considered reviewing our home loan, it’s just one of those things not at the top of the priority list.ReplyCancel

  • Alana

    I actually didn’t realise that we can? Mummy brain maybe? But now being a single income family it would be good to review as see if we can reduce our repayments, thanks Kat for the reminder.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Alana, you will be surprised at how much you can actually save.:)ReplyCancel

  • Thank you for this post Kat! My husband & I were speaking about this not long ago & this post has pushed us over to review our loan!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Wonderful news Jenni.:)ReplyCancel

Indoor plants add a homely feel, bringing in life and freshness into your home a fresh look and feel to a home by incorporating the greenery of indoor plants for colour, interest and texture. Research has also shown that they can improve air quality, so why not try an indoor plant (or several) in your home or give as a gift this Christmas! Have you thought about incorporating some indoor plants to your home? Or maybe you already have some, but are wondering ways to style them?

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  • I have a succulent on top of our center table in our living room. Would love to add another near the window. And I like the idea of putting a tall plant on the corner near the bathroom. Thanks for this! :)ReplyCancel

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

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  • Lisa G

    LIFE – everyone else’s but mineReplyCancel

  • Anthea Cornish

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

  • Monique

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

  • Joni

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

  • Princess

    Joggling around work, family, friends.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca H

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

  • Christina

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

  • sue petrie

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

  • Vicki Fraser

    Three little words…. Being a mum!ReplyCancel

  • Chrissy Roberts

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

  • sam

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

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

  • I don’t know howReplyCancel

  • richelle

    Time, guilt, more important things popping upReplyCancel

  • Lyn Richards

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

  • Sandra Parsons

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

  • Chris

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

  • Tracey Taylor

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

  • Belinda B

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

  • Barbara Jenkins

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

Often afternoons are chaotic, with driving kids around to sports, getting them to do their homework or babies and toddlers at witching hour. In the chaos our focus isn’t 100%, which can then lead to rushing in the kitchen topped with kids young kids crying around our legs, which is when accidents can happen. Read further for tips to prevent accidents in the kitchen + an easy meatballs in tomato sauce and basil recipe.

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  • Julie

    I put my soup in the blender often and wondered why it always went everywhere, I had no idea it was because it was hot, I thought I put too much in the blender and could never work out the right amount for it not to explode. This recipe sounds delicious btw, going to give it a go.ReplyCancel

    • Rachel

      Use a stick blender in the pot. Once you keep it low to the base of the pot it won’t splash upReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I put my daughter in a high chair next to me while I cook dinner and she nibbles on some of the vegetables I am preparing and plays with some toys.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Love this idea. Lisa!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie R

    I struggle with keeping my two occupied while I cook dinner, I don’t enjoy this time of day at all. So I look forward to learning more ideas.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Hope you are able to get lots of great tips. I love the idea of preparing while they are watching their favourite tv show.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa S

    I also try to get some prep done early in the day, or at least at about 3-3:30 while they are still happy to play or watch TV. I put dinner in the oven or thermomix and while it does it’s thing I give the younger two their bath. I find the trick is to feed the kids reasonably early – miss 4 and Miss one usually eat about 5pm, Miss 11 will often choose to eat with them. If I waited for hubby to get home they’d be totally past it. Then they are usually reasonably pleasant until bed time. Sometimes I get miss 11 to make a salad while the rest of the meal cooks

    But if I can’t get dinner started during the day, frozen fish, frozen veges or pre- made meatballs can be a life saver.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Great tips, Lisa! I did the same thing when mine were younger. Then once the kids were feed and bathed and in bed we would sit down and have our meal and talk about the day. It was so much easier.ReplyCancel

  • I am so glad that my children are old enough not to have to worry too much about when I’m cooking. It’s nice to be able to involve them in the cooking without to much concern. xxReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I am loving this stage too, Nicole. Especially when my 12 year old wants to get it and do most of the cooking.:)ReplyCancel

  • Great recipe! I usually do the dinner prep at around 2pm before the children come home from school.Then I can just finish it off while overseeing homework/study etc and bath time when they were younger ?
    I agree with Lisa, dinnertime at 5pm makes all the difference with little ones!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I used to do the same thing when my kiddies were younger, it helps around 5pm when.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kat, is that watermelon potholder yours? If so, where did you get it????? it’s so stinkin’ cute!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - Kat's Assistant

    Hi Melanie, Kat got it from about a year age. I have had a look online and they seem to no longer stock them, which is a shame because it is just gorgeous!ReplyCancel

An under the bed Christmas gift wrapping station to help keep all the bits and piece for wrapping presents organised and together in one place.

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Party planning is a great option to create a stream of income into your home, particularly if you are wanting extra cash, without getting a job out of the home. I’ve shared my top tips on How to start a party planning business + you can WIN one of 3 The Body Shop® Virgin Mojito Ice Bucket Gifts.

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  • Paula Thompson

    The coconut deluxe gift set would be top of my wish list because it is my favourite scent and smells so delicious.ReplyCancel

    • Margaret Quintal

      The top of my list would be any of the pre-packaged Christmas gifts! The ability to not only benefit myself with gorgeous products but to also help a family in Ethiopia have safe drinking water because of my purchase is even more rewarding. Keep up the great work The Body Shop with all that you do and in your WaterAid campaign!ReplyCancel

  • nicole lavanda

    the best product from the body shop that’s on the top of my wish list is their Peppermint Reviving Foot Soak because juggling 2 little ones during the day, studying and working….the thought of stopping at the end of the night to soak the feet sounds magical!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Harris

    I love the advent calendar in the Xmas catalogue. I think it’s an affordable and fun way to try a range of body shop products. Coconut body butter is my go to product xxReplyCancel

  • Spa of the world luxurious body collection box would be my pick! Looks AMAZING!
    It would make the ultimate gift full of amazing products to keep you feeling relaxed and refreshed! I might just have to keep that one for myself!ReplyCancel

  • Di

    White Musk, I’m just about out and need to top up! Perhaps a white musk body bar too :)ReplyCancel


    All the gorgeous perfume oils, I love, love, love them but really dislike going ‘in store’ because the girls behind the counter are either too engrossed in themselves or their over the top conversations to pay attention or give respect to shoppers (by toning things down and watching their tongues) OR it’s the other extreme and the minute you set foot in store they’re on you and won’t leave you in peace to browse and select the scent for you, insisting that they know your nose better than you do. Body shop at home sounds like heaven to me, for all the products, without the snooty nosed sales assistants.ReplyCancel

  • karina l

    I love grapefruit flavoured everything, especially the body butter and shower gel. I just want to lick myself, it smells divine!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    24 Days of Christmas Gifts!

    One for me, one for my mum, one for my sister… but I would have to give them on 30 November so they could begin to open them on the 1st. Hmmm, so then I would need to buy more gifts for Christmas Day. They would love it! And I would love it too because the Advent Calendar is such a great tradition. And maybe I could forgo the chocolate Advent Calendar. Maybe…ReplyCancel

  • I would love to check the carrot moisture facial cream I used through my twenties back in Denmark – and which Body Shop stopped producing some years ago :( – would love to be able to get it again – was just the best.
    As I have not used it for years due to not being able to get it might be why my skin looks old now :(ReplyCancel

  • Anastasia

    The pomegranate skin firming range because at the age of 40 I need to find ways to keep my skin looking youthful.ReplyCancel

  • Louise M

    The Mango Bliss box, I rarely like fragranced products but this smells as good as the mangoes I eat!ReplyCancel

  • kzsupreme

    The pomegranate skin firming range for me,
    hitting 50, sagging skin I see.
    Body shop at home products, sheer bliss
    I can relax, and a sale I cant miss 😀ReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    Hemp hand protector, because it works.ReplyCancel

  • Hildi

    The Advent Calendar from the Body Shop;
    Would make my heart skip and hop;
    Leading to Christmas a surprise everyday;
    Would make this grateful Mummy shout HOORAY!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Palmer

    The 24 days of Christmas! An advent calendar for mummy! Yes please! Bout time there was one for mummy’s!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny

    The top of my list would be the Shea Butter Tin. I love the way Shea Butter leaves your skin so incredibly soft and silky. Talk about pampering. Really don’t have the time for that, but would love it. I’m always for helping anyone out, especially to give Clean Water for the people of Ethiopia? We should always help out cause there is always people in worst shape then ourselves.ReplyCancel

  • Pam Berkeypile

    Shea beauty bag. I need soft hands!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty Bunyan

    I’d love the advent calendar, something special just for me to enjoy and count down to Christmas, why should the kids have all the fun! Also it would give me an idea what products I like to purchase full size at the next party!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    The Mango Bliss Box just screams summer indulgence. Blissfully delicious!!ReplyCancel

  • Angela M

    The cranberry shower gel. I’m sure it smells delicious and it’s absolutely Christmassy! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Adele Smith

    The Argan Deluxe Kit as I’ve used some of these products before and my skin coos in delight when these are applied. The perfect gift to my skin!ReplyCancel

  • Belle

    The Glazed Apple Shimmer Globe caught my eye. I don’t even know what it is but just looking at it makes me feel like it would smell fresh and summery and make me feel all shiny and new.ReplyCancel

  • melanie

    Coco butter body butter! Its time to start getting ready for the warmer weather and theres nothing better than smelling and feeling delicious on a balmy summers evening!ReplyCancel

  • melanie

    Cocoa butter body butter! Its time to start getting ready for the warmer weather and theres nothing better than smelling and feeling delicious on a balmy summers evening!ReplyCancel

  • Elita Hooper

    Hemp body butter only thing that will fix my son’s excemaReplyCancel

  • I would absolutely love the mango bliss box. Mangoes are my favourite fruit combined with great products. MMM heaven all round.ReplyCancel

  • Maree

    Argan oil gift set ticks all my Christmas wish list!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Brazil

    I would love the oils of life box. I was in a store today and tried some under my eyes and it felt so beauiftul. I love all Body Shop products but always seem to be buying them as gifts. Today I treated myself to some of the new SPA scrub and went to bed feeling amazing. Skin is so soft.ReplyCancel

  • margo

    Thank you for the opportunity to win such a lovely gift.

    I would choose the hemp hand cream as my hands need all the help I can get, it works, you can see the difference.ReplyCancel

  • Deb

    Cannot go past the Hemp range it just works – forget all the restReplyCancel

  • Alexandra

    My pick is Spa of the World – what’s better than being transported to amazing places all over the world and being pampered by unique products from your own living room?ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    The Mango Bliss Box would definitely be on the top of my wish list, I used the mango range at the end of my first pregnancy and when my daughter was a newborn and every time I smell it I can remember those days as if I was living them again :)ReplyCancel

  • Sue Kelsey

    Milk bath – best bath ingredient ever, leaves skin feeling smooth and refreshed.ReplyCancel

  • ooh, for my daughter who is a hairdresser and has issues with her hands, i would get the Hemp Medium Tin… she loves this. and for my other daughter to take to the gym, Strawberry Beauty Bag… that would make me happy, seeing my girls happy.ReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    The Satsuma tin! I’ve always loves that scent and I was so disappointed when they discontinued it. I might need to put it on my christmas wish list… :)ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    My favourite Body Shop product is the Strawberry hand cream. It comes in a small tube that fits perfectly in your hand bag. You only need the tiniest bit to leave your hands feeling silky and soft and the gorgeous strawberry scent lasts for a good while. Love it!!ReplyCancel

  • Debra Girling

    The White Musk Barrel Gift, my all time favourite Body Shoppe scentReplyCancel

  • Carolyn

    24 Days of Christmas Gifts. I love the idea of an adult advent calendar! Why should the kids get all the present opening fun!!?ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    Shea body butter – luxurious on dry skin plus it smells good enough to eat!ReplyCancel

  • Selina Brookes

    The pomegranate series has my name all over it – smells delicious and alas, my skin now exhibits “visible signs of aging”! Can’t go past the gift boxes though with 10 nieces and nephews to buy for this Christmas.ReplyCancel

  • Emma Busuttil

    Jasmine perfume oil or shower gel and body lotion! Most perfumes give me a rash or a headache (Or both) but I just love this fragrance and body shop perfumes are gentle on my skin.ReplyCancel

  • It would have to be any product from the Moringa Range as this scent is just divine, fresh and subtle, but if I would have to pick it would the Moringa Body Mist as it makes me feel beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • jess

    My skin always loves thes strawberry body butter!ReplyCancel

  • Tina

    Easily the peppermint pamper tin! Nothing like a bit of relief for my tootsies after running around on them all day!ReplyCancel

  • Tam

    Is there a non-virgin Mojito range? If so, I’M THERE!

  • Diana

    Any of the Body Butters. My teen girls and I go through them like you wouldn’t believe. We haven’t tried the Mojito, but the Frosted Plum smells divine! Anything fruity!ReplyCancel

  • Allison

    top of my list would be hand cream i absolutely love body shop hand creams :)ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Would love to try something from the plum range…a new scent I haven’t seen before! The body shop products are a moment of bliss in my house of boys (hubby and 3 boys). I always suggest body shop products when people ask me for ideas :)ReplyCancel

  • Nikoly Richardson

    I would love the Black Musk EDT or the African Ximenia Scrub.
    What the heck…lets go for both!
    Ooh, but then there’s the…..and the….oh where does it stop?!ReplyCancel

  • Selina Leng

    The new oils of life range- I’ve tried the samples and loved how it made my skin feel, the only hydrating product that’s stopped it flaking and it smells heavenly.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne W

    The Body Shop At Home party
    Would be a marvelous treat.
    The Coconut Deluxe Gift set
    Smells good enough to eat!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Cole

    The Advent Calendar Set, because Christmas only happens once a year, and a box filled with surprises is the way to go for me!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Hanham

    The “Oils of Life Skincare Gift” is at the top of my wishlist because you’re never too old to become younger!ReplyCancel

  • Shea Body Scrub is always on my must have list.

    Creamy, delicious scent, leaves smooth skin, you get the gist.

    It helps me out every summer, it really is quite clever.

    And now with a baby on the way I need indulging more than ever!ReplyCancel

  • Natasha Horsham

    I love the mango body scrub – it always makes me feel clean or may be I should say to awakens my skin and afterwards love the oils in it so that my skin feels that moisturisedReplyCancel

  • Kristie Newland

    The Satsuma Tin! I fell in love with the scent when I was living in the UK and have only been able to find it once (at christmas) since retuning to Oz :(ReplyCancel

  • Trileen Robson

    There is nothing better than the body shop shower gels/washes, especially the pink grapefruit and coco butter ones. I have very little time to indulge in these products, but this gives me the one optunity to “indulge” in beautiful products xReplyCancel

  • Thelma Roberton

    Since I couldn’t see anything raspberry the next best thing it glazed apple…the sugar scrub is at the top of the list!ReplyCancel

  • Christy

    It would have to be Spa of the World for my daughter & me. Spa is something we both love to do together & to be able to use this amazing product would be a total bliss!ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    Body scrub at the end of a working week I love to exfoliate the whole body to feel fresh and aliveReplyCancel

  • Kelli

    Top of my Christmas wish list was always the olive body spray…LOVED it and cried fReplyCancel

  • Kelli

    Top of my Christmas wish list was always the olive body spray…LOVED it and cried for weeks when it was taken off the shelves ? I am a big fan of all the body butters…at the moment I am loving the new frosted cranberry body butter!ReplyCancel

  • Donna Lovelock

    I’d have to order the Strawberry Bliss Box as a Christmas gift for myself! I love having a bubble bath using the Strawberry Shower Gel as the bubble bath. Smells amazing & I come out in a much better mood.ReplyCancel

  • Carol

    Black Sea Salt Scrub does an amazing job at exfoliating the whole body. I just love the way your skin feels afterwards – so fresh, alive and smooth waiting for that next layer of virgin mojito body butter that just smells so delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer

    The Shea Butter has always been a favourite of mine. Doesn’t conflict with any of the perfumes I wear and super-moisturising without the greasy aftermath. The fact that it’s responsibly sourced through The Tungteiya Shea Butter Association and goes to help women in Ghana is an added bonus!ReplyCancel

  • Sonia G

    Right up the top of my list will always be the Body Shop’s coconut body butter. No smell conjures up images of warm summer evenings by the pool than that one!ReplyCancel

  • Angela J

    Spa of the World Kit – OMG, just to get lost in the inulgence of it all, even for just a small while! Bliss.ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Maddock

    Top of my Wishlist from the Body Shop catalogue is the Advent Calender Gift (p9) as this contains so many of my favourite products, along with a lot that I haven’t yet tried out.ReplyCancel

  • Laura Scriven

    Body Butter keeps me smooth, because I’m always on the move. Air con and pollution all day, keeps dry, dull skin away.ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    The Satsuma gift set because while growing up in England “Santa” always left a satsuma (mandarin!) at the bottom of my stocking. The smell still reminds me of those freezing cold & dark Christmas mornings! But in a good way!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    On top of my Christmas wish list would be the moringa body butter the beautiful fresh smell of this would take me from day to night on a balmy summer’s day in the pre Christmas Party rush. That virgin mojito would also go down a treat dying to try this out!!ReplyCancel

  • Amelia

    Mango Bliss Box. Mango is my toddler’s favourite food. I might get a few more cuddles if I smell like it 😉ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Parsons

    I use Body shop products, and the all in one face base is wonderful as is the moisturizing primer! Both awesome products and the fact that nothing is tested on animals makes me love the Body Shop!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer B.

    A treat for me that might just over-ride the smell of wet dog around this house at the moment in the most exotic of ways… A WHITE MUSK DELUXE GIFT Set!ReplyCancel

Start planning and be organised for 2016 using the calendar pages.

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  • Melanie

    You are a superstar Kat, I have loved your calendars each year, they are beautiful this year, gorgeous colours. And love that you have created some with public holidays… awesome!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Ooh thank you, i am loving the colours too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    Thank you Kat, I’ve used these every year since you’ve started blogging, I find them so helpful with the list on the side. Thanks again for an awesome blog!ReplyCancel

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      Oh it is a pleasure Jen!ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    Ooh wow, they look like they could be very helpful! I really need to start thinking about 2016, I am sure it will be here before I know it.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Absolutely Jodie, i can’t believe how quick the year is coming to an end. Will be Christmas before we know it.ReplyCancel

  • Charlie

    Looks great :)

    Is the 2016 calendar free or $2.95?
    The email I received and the web page say it’s free. Then when I click to download I need to add it to a cart for $2.95. I’m happy to pay but a bit confused.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Hi Charlie, the 2016 calendar is free however the one with the public holiday dates and school term dates is $2.95ReplyCancel

  • Sharmi

    Hi, I can’t download the free 2016 monthly calender with to-do list. In the shop, it charges $2.95 even if I select blank.ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for this. I love the fact that you start the week with Monday not Sunday. That makes so much sense to me and it seems all the other printables I come across start with Sunday.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thanks Sandra, just makes sense to me too, my week starts on a Monday, to me Sunday is the end of the week!!ReplyCancel

There are many little areas in the bathroom that get neglected during the weekly bathroom cleaning routine, such as under the toilet seat, basin drain etc, today I share some Deep Clean Bathroom Tips for all those forgotten areas.

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  • The bathroom is my least favourite cleaning job… especially the shower! Love these clever tips. You are definitely keeping my house nice and clean Kat!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Bathroom is my least favourite too, Lucy. It’s the first thing i clean to get it out of the way.ReplyCancel

  • Wow there are some areas that I never even considered. Tjanks Kat!ReplyCancel

  • Josephine

    Hi – the ‘clean a smelly toilet’ link seems to be redirecting to ‘how to clean a shower head’; looking forward to the fix! Thanks, JoReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Ooh no, my apologies, Josephine. I have fixed the link up so it is working now.ReplyCancel

10 Hair Care Tips to help nourish and strengthen your hair to improve overall hair volume and growth.

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  • Charlotte

    I’ve been having trouble with my hair falling out, no reason, I think it’s just stress. Thank you for these tips, I had no idea about rinsing hair under cold water.ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    My top tips would be the one you mention above and it’s just let your hair dry naturally, I find my hair gets so brittle when I use the hair dryer on it.ReplyCancel

  • Laura Dupree

    My top tips for fine hair are: Give hair a blunt cut and let it dry naturally. I gave up shampoo months ago. I use a baking soda paste instead of shampoo, and I use very watered down apple cider vinegar as my rinse. For me, the best part is that I only need to “shampoo” my hair twice a week whereas I used to have to shampoo daily.ReplyCancel

    • Anna

      I do the same!! I’ve not washed my hair for over 6 months – all Li was doing was ringing with water. I’ve just learned about using Apple Cider Vinegar and it’s cool hearing other people’s stories about doing the same thing!! ?ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I have been experiencing a lot of hair loss recently so much so been to doctor. She believes it could be iron cos I have very low iron. Thanks for the tips, am finding this really stressful (which probably doesn’t help!)ReplyCancel

  • One of my girlfriends told me that trimming your hair regularly will help it to grow quicker. This seems like a good tip for those wanting to grow out of short hairstyles. Is this true?ReplyCancel

  • After years of growing my hair I had to face facts and go for the big chop – I LOVE it. It feels so much healthier and is actually easier to style. I also do not wash it as often and that definitely has made a difference to the condition. xReplyCancel

  • After having chemp&radiation treatment&all my hair falling out, I will never complain about thick curly hair again! Its not curly anymore but its grown back white. I colour it with natural dyes (healthy vegatable dyes)&rub oil(olive oil) in once a week. My hair is now very shiney&getting thickerReplyCancel

Do you have open packets in pantry you struggle to keep closed or tidy? I’ll show you how I keep all the little packets tidy and a fabulous new idea I’ve come across to keep the contents airtight.

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  • Lucy Williams

    Definitely the spices that aren’t in jars. All just shoved in a spice rack wherever they fit!ReplyCancel

  • Renaye Baldwin

    Everything feels chaotic at the moment. I think the cereals are definitely the worst though because the kids get into those all day long!ReplyCancel

  • Sharnee Snowden

    Definitely my baking area….I have containers but its the half used choc melts and oats that look messyReplyCancel

  • Chandini Gibson

    The kids snacks! So many packets and it’s so hard to keep it all sealed and organised.ReplyCancel

  • Beth Sullivan

    The most disorganized part of my pantry is the baking items shelf. The flour, salt, oats, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, chocolate chips, etc. look so messy and not uniform.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Hall

    The most disorganised shelf in my pantry would be the spare food shelf. The one with extra tins and bottles and packets. It doesn’t matter how I put things away I always can never find anything on that shelf!!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Gray

    A cup of tea please, what type would you like, there’s the green, behind the peppermint, below the black, oh dear the camomile has spilt, how about green camomile?ReplyCancel

    • Michelle Kerr

      It would definitely have to be the baking shelf! Half used packets of nuts, baking chocolate;, dark, white, milk, coconut & many flours. I even need to own up to once having a nasty “flour mite” in my pantry – I’m sure if using Anylock, the flour mite would never return!ReplyCancel

  • Adele Hile

    At the moment the whole pantry, it seems to have gotten away from me lol. And where did I get all those sauces lol. the any lock rods look easy to use, Mmm time to get organised, the baking section needs workReplyCancel

  • meegan tighe

    My baking section is absolutely chaos, so many packets of open nuts,choc bits ,sprinkles …..the list goes onReplyCancel

  • Catherine

    I have far too many ‘bits and pieces’ strewn all over the shelves, spilling all over the place. Chaos!!!ReplyCancel

  • Leigh

    I have a community of open bags behind my tupperwares. I think the packets are all having a private party. I have tried using pegs but they seem to fall off.ReplyCancel

  • Chantelle Jones

    My freezer and pantry are on equals when it come to unorganised packets.ReplyCancel

  • Kirra

    My bags of open or extra nuts is the messiest bit of my pantry! These would be great! I store the extras in a container but all ways have spills. Thabks for the chance to win! ?ReplyCancel

  • Jess

    Our whole pantry is chaos!! We just moved house and it was all neat, but now the kids get in and pull things out, things just get thrown wherever..nothing has a place anymore. I must say though, we seem to have lots of open packs of different pastasReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    Definitely my baking shelf, packets, decorating things, candles everywhere. Just can’t seem to find the right containersReplyCancel

  • Liz

    My kitchen is original circa 1960s with no pantry, so we use the small cupboards intended for plates, cups etc as a pantry. The baking section is the most disorganised, as with very limited space it is all piled on top of each other. I almost always have to remove all of the contents to find what I am looking for!ReplyCancel

  • Toni-Matee

    My entire pantry and fridge are disastrousReplyCancel

  • my most unorganised is the whole damn lot. True.
    If i have to pick one area maybe the spices. Or cereal.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie

    I would have to say my spices Especially the little packets of spices as I have quite a few now that i don’t have containers for yet and it is something I seem to forget about until I go to use them.ReplyCancel

  • Shirley Hallion

    Like a previous comment, my herbs and spices. I like using the small jars but a whole packet doesn’t fit so I have a plastic container with half full packets sitting in zip lock bags. The herbs and spices still fall out of the original packaging into the zip lock bag. I’ve tried several types of plastic clips and bull dog clips but the “perfect” sealing option still eludes me….ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    My most unorganized section would have to be snaxks. Half opened bags of chips, biscuits etc.ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    It’s a toss up between the kids snacks & the breakfast cereals! So many items & not enough containers!ReplyCancel

  • Di Jackson

    I have large open neck glass jars with screw top lids in a book case type space for everyday items to be close at hand and easy to check when supplies are running lowReplyCancel

  • Lorraine

    Nuts, pasta and cereals so I use pegs, bulldog clips, rubber bands or sticky tape but they are all fiddly!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Clark

    It m ay sound trite, but MY WHOLE PANTRY!! I need a make over, but to start these ANYLOCK sealing rods look amazing. My freezer is a mess with corn and peas, and there are always chips etc in the bottom of the pantry.
    HELP!! I need these!!!ReplyCancel

  • Nathalie

    Oh where do I start? The cereal is a serial disaster; the pasta is in a mess of bow ties, linguine and macaroni mayhem; the spices make me hot under the collar and the nuts are driving me, well, nuts! I need help!ReplyCancel

  • Moira B G

    The most disorganised area in our pantry is the spices that don’t fit in jars – peppercorns, extra packets of cumin and coriander, and star anise.
    The other area where I could really use some package closers like these is in our freezer. We have lots of half-used fruit and veggie packets there!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win.ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Brightfield

    My pasta, nuts and masterfoods packaging for sure. But then again, my boys make a ripe mess of the snacks drawer.ReplyCancel

  • sharon

    always the pantry, it starts off with good intentions but within two weeks we all just put things at the front and push the rest to the back and find alot of open packs and we double up on alot.ReplyCancel

  • Princess

    My hubby just loves munching on chips and nuts, we have a bunch of those packets. I will always have to ensure that those unfinished foods in the packet are sealed and if I run out of containers, I will used rubber band. Seeing this ANYLOCK feels like a relief coz I know foods will not be wasted.ReplyCancel

  • Ann Grant

    The remains of bags that don’t fit into my storage containers. These bags either sit on top of the full container waiting to be used or lie undisturbed for years in a big box on the pantry floor.ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa

    My linen press is out of control. All messed up and nothing is accessible. Nightmare!ReplyCancel

  • Allison

    My rice and pasta drawer is the worst…I noticed last night that the rice was spilled everywhere and oh what a mess there was.ReplyCancel

  • Anna

    Mayhem in my pantry! Several varieties of rice – jasmin, arborio, brown and wild. It drives me nuts! And my many varieties of nuts – macadamia, pistachio, almond, cashew, peanut & pinenut drive me loopy! Yes kids fruit loops spill all over the floor along with rice bubbles, Cheerios and muesli! What am I to do? Help please!!!ReplyCancel

  • jane

    I have a drawer that contains spices only.Most are in little jars. However I cannot fit anymore jars so i have a dozen or so packets of things like sesame seeds, flax seed, dried shallots and so on. The contents come out all over the drawer and it ends up a big mess. I end up vacuuming (yes vacuuming) it all to clean the mess. Please help me!!!ReplyCancel

  • Angie

    My entire pantry, fridge/freezer needs help, so much stuff to sort. Please help meReplyCancel

  • Dinah

    FIVE of us! One teen is Vegan…soooo many packets of legumes and seeds! One teen is a health nut…soooo many packets of protein! One child is a sugar fiend….soooo many hidden packets of sweets! One is my hubby….soooo hopeless at closing things! One is me….bemused, befuddled and desperate for Alice Brady to move in! Help!!!ReplyCancel

  • Di Adams

    Definitely my spices cupboard.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Bonner

    We remodelled our kitchen when we extended and put the pantry under the stairs. Because it is out of sight, everything just gets ‘tossed in’. There is no rhyme or reason. Would love a whole week off to just sort it all out and put in proper shelves and the likeReplyCancel

  • Cassie

    Definitely my baking shelf! Nuts, choc chips, flour and sugar that won’t fit in the container ??ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    My baking shelf is THE worst! I NEVER use a whole bag of things (choc chips, nuts, almond meal etc). I waste SO much, as when I get to baking again, the air has got into my opened bags ago I have to buy new packets-then the same process starts over again ? ANYLOCK bag seals look like THE best invention for me! ??ReplyCancel

  • Mariam

    My pasta and rice section definitely!! half used packets that get moved around and spill everywhere!ReplyCancel

  • Mellanie

    Biscuits, pasta, chips, cereals, nuts, spices, flour, sugar — all opened packets that I find so hard to keep fresh and accessible. And every time I see how disorganised they look just makes me cry, “waaaaah!”ReplyCancel

  • Donna Lovelock

    My freezer! My kids go hunting in there & I’ve got corn, peas, broad beans & who knows what else, all rolling around the bottom of the drawer.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    My baking section is chaos! A lot of open bags of ingredients that are only used in one or two recipes (I have every type of coconut you can imagine- shredded, dessicated, flaked, you name it!). I love the idea of being able to keep those ingredients fresh between baking sessions! :)ReplyCancel

  • Linda Miguel

    My left over herbs and spices. They have a container of their own to sit in until I need them, but they’re always spilling, mixing and making a mess!ReplyCancel

  • Simone

    My messiest area is the kids section half opened packets all the timeReplyCancel

  • Meline van Horrik

    usually the back of the pantry where I keep the not so often used bottles and packets of ingredients where I use them once or twice then they get shoved to the back behind the more frequently used items – out of sight out of mind until I do a clean out and they’ve expired…or worse…weevils! :(ReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    Having Bernini the 20 day challenge currently organised but I know my open bags of pasta always get away from me.ReplyCancel

    • Wendy

      Got to love auto correct, Bernini should have be been doingReplyCancel

  • Donna W

    My baking shelf = embarrassingReplyCancel

  • Amanda Withell

    great idea! So need these. My baking supplies are a mess. I normally use peg which really aren’t great. Fingers crossedReplyCancel

  • Monique

    I have an unusually deep pantry (80cm). It looks super-organised at the front but the back of my dry-goods shelf is a black hole where random opened packets of excess pasta, beans, coconut etc get thrown, sealed with clunky, inefficient bulldog clips! It’s messy and the clips don’t keep things fresh long; it’s a total afront to my anal-retentiveness!!ReplyCancel

  • Nikki

    I even went and had a peep at my pantry to try to work out which part was the messiest and it is a very tight competition! The winner(??) is the very top of the pantry where I try to hide my chocolate stash from the kids. Chocolate gets thrown up there in haste when I hear the sound of footsteps approaching. Unfortunately not always quickly enough…ReplyCancel

  • Chris

    My problem is putting cream biscuits in the same container as the plain biscuits it makes them soft so I keep having to throw them out and I keep breaking those cheap clips would love some Anylock sealing rods.ReplyCancel

  • Tina Elvy

    We have 7 in our family with a vegetarian and a health nut so have many packets of nuts seeds legumes beans assorted flours pastas rices noodles rice papers nori sheets oats and wholemeal cereals wholegrain wraps and crackers, rice cakes etc and while most are in containers I do have a lot of opened packets and items that go to the back of the pantry only to be found after the use by date is long gone :( Baking items and spices are also a problemReplyCancel

  • Natalie phillips

    My shelf that contains kids snacks, adult snacks and pasta, rice and ang other misc item.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I know you said pantry – but for me it’s freezer! Peas, corn, chips all escape the opened packets and party on the bottom of my freezer, spilling out at any opportunity!ReplyCancel

  • Fiona Vila

    The messiest area in my pantry is the spices. I usually use sticky tape to reseal them. This doesn’t always hold and then they spill. I also try and put them into mini lunch bags.ReplyCancel

  • Sonny Gillingham

    PASTA! Oh my gosh, I have so many half empty bags of pasta floating around in the bottom on my pantry… and so many spillages. It is NOT pretty in there!ReplyCancel

  • Charmaine Hardy

    I have an “everyday” shelf in my pantry – items that are used everyday…and it is total chaos. Cereal packets not sealed properly, tea bags escaping from their box, biscuits going stale before their time, rice crackers that are like pieces of round cardboard and dont mention the dried apricots that are so dried out you could play ping pong with them! AnyLock sealing rods would save me from so much wasted food and dollars!ReplyCancel

  • Cassie

    Everywhere!!!! My pantry is the most untidy section of my house and it drives me crazy. Little fingers com in and help themselves to items and then shove it back in wherever it will fit. I end up clearing it out every 3 months to find packets of things I have kept buying because I thought it was out but really it was just hiding at the back of the pantry somewhere :(ReplyCancel

  • Diane Clifford

    The whole pantry needs attention but the worst shelf would have to be the baking shelf with the left over nuts, chocolate drops etc. I try to keep them in jars but this is not always successful. And I like to keep track of use-buy dates.ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    It would have to be my freezer. Opened vegetables and fruits. Having basket draws in my freezer I find it hard to store.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie

    The spices are all over my pantry. Particularly those in bags. And then there is not enough room in my spice rack for all the bottles.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Basham

    My baking cupboard! All my flours, sugars, bread crumbs, cupcake toppings and sprinkles – its just a nightmare!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    My open packets! Nuts, pasta, rice, seeds, dried fruit… more pasta and rice that was lost under the other packets and probably stale anyway. Hence why I’m reading this article :-)ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    My “baking area” half bags of flour, cocoa spilling out of boxes, food dye staining my shelves. I loaf organisation dough much!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa-Maree

    Oh its hard to narrow it down to the worst space! The kids snacks used to be. Lots of small (unstackable) items, and with four kids all having different preferences there is always loads of open packets.

    I think I have that solved with a snack trolley. Just a small cheapie 3 stacked baskets on rollers with everything they need to pack their lunches … bars, fruit cups, spoons, sandwich bags, bread and spreads. They wheel the trolley out, can see what they want and after the morning rush I wheel it back in.

    Now it’s the 3 or 4 open cereals that drive me mad. Bulky and hard for the kids to seal, and the pantry mouths just love to find their way in there! Looking for the perfect moth-proof cereal containers (that will hold the largest packet of weet bix)!ReplyCancel

  • Simone

    My baking/decorating bits and pieces. They don’t always come in a nice little container, you tend to only use them a handful of times every year, but they seem to take over. . . . . . .ReplyCancel

  • Susan

    I think the bulk storage is the hardest to organise eg extra paper towel, packets of biscuits and items I’ve got extra of when they were on special. Then there’s the baking section with all the food coloring and flours and sugars. Or maybe the kids snacks? Or the cereal? Or my spices? Well let’s face it the whole pantry is a shamozle, perhaps it’d be easier to move……..ReplyCancel

  • jess

    Definatly my baking shelf, im always baking yet there always seems to be a packet of plain flour that wont empty itself into the tupperware, or chocolate bits etc…! Would absolutly love to give these a go!ReplyCancel

  • Angela M

    The pan lids! I don’t know what to do with them.ReplyCancel

  • It would have to be my very top shelf where I keep all oil bottles, vinegars and whatever else is shoved up there and I must say the opened packets in my pantry dry me nuts.ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    It’s a tie between the bottles of food colouring and cake decoration items, bags of various nuts and seeds and the spice jars!ReplyCancel

  • Katie

    The worst part of our pantry is the ‘dry foods’ shelf, with everything from pasta and cereal to baking ingredients. It is also the shelf with the most pegs stolen from the washing line! My hope is that some Anylock sealing rods would remove the need for pegs – and therefore remove my toddler’s need to ‘rescue’ the pegs to put them back in the peg bucket.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Palmer

    My most disorganised spot in the cupboard is the dried fruit & nuts corner! All sorts of packets opened & unopened piled up! My kids love dried fruits & I love making bliss balls of all sorts so there’s a lot!ReplyCancel

  • Gemma Bertrand

    The worst area in our pantry is the bottom shelf. This is where bottles, packets and anything that doesn’t have a home gets stuffed in. I have organised the other shelves with containers and racks but half the problem is that I can’t see what I have down there so I end up buying more than what I need and can fit.ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    My baking shelf! All those little packets of hazelnuts, vanilla bean pods, choc bits and almond meal are currently ‘sealed’ with a peg! Needless to say they dont last so id love to try the Anylock sealing rods!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Parsons

    My pantry is quite small so anything that does not fit on the shelves is stacked up, and I have to be careful of not starting an “avalanche” when I am searching for something. :)ReplyCancel

  • Becky

    The baking section and the snack area…open biscuits, crackers, popcorn, snack packs etc etc. half stale! because unless mum seals them somehow others don’t! LolReplyCancel

  • Lorraine Reynolds

    I have started using a lot of different flours, I am not GF but have found using less wheat makes me feel better. But you could never have enough containers for all the alternatives you seem to need – packets everywhere! I would love some of thes – to get my pegs back into the peg container.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Finch

    Definitely the corner where all the kids snack foods are. Little packets of chips, biscuits, muesli bars and fruit bars everywhere!!!ReplyCancel

  • Celia

    That section under the shelves! I shove everything under there and it’s spilling out onto the floor of my pantry so now there is no standing space and I am bending over stuff to reach shelf items!! I love your idea of the boxes for loose packets, must try that!ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    My entire pantry is always unorganised especially with teenagers opening packets eating some throwing leftovers back in with packet left openReplyCancel

  • Robyn

    my herbs and spices – so many different ones in tiny jars and packets,ReplyCancel

  • Kat these look amazing!

    My pantry really suffers in two areas – condiments jars (nothing anylock can do about those!) and cereals. Seems everyone in the house likes a different cereal and tastes change before finishing the box. Drives me bonkers!!ReplyCancel

  • Lea

    I hate to admit this, but my ENTIRE pantry is unorganised at the moment and it is driving me crazy!ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    My spice mixes! Half are in jars and others in packets, some too small to stack and packets to flimsy to stand up. Constant struggle.ReplyCancel

  • Rice flour, plain flour, icing sugar, self raising flour all over the place what is a person to do. Sweeping it up makes it look like a snow storm hit. I could throw in a couple of eggs and bake a cake out of it. There’s always a solution to every problem.ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui

    Definately my container cooking ingredients section, or my empty storage container cupboard.ReplyCancel

  • all of my baking and herb area is so untidy, I just shuff it back in and shut door quick.ReplyCancel

  • Sue

    Definitely my baking shelf to the point I sometimes get greeted by little pantry moths…time to clean out again and my. Frozen veggie draw in the freezer. Zip lock bags work here only when. Someone cLoses them properly. I love this new idea though and will be lookin out for them at my local shopping centre.ReplyCancel

  • I have too much stuff shoved in my pantry, so when I try to get to things at the back I make even more of a mess of the rest of it. I like the drawer idea.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    The whole pantry. I had such grand plans when we got a new kitchen of a perfectly organised pantry, however I seem to be the only one in the house with that visionReplyCancel

  • Jess Frisch

    The most disorganised part of my pantry in the lunch bags that all just get thrown in the bottom in a pile! Surely there’s a better way to store them!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    I call it the “random shelf”…since it’s where everything that doesn’t fit elsewhere goes. Gotta say this is much better than the rubber bands & clothes pegs I find myself using sometimes!ReplyCancel

  • Maree Staples

    My rices are the Bain of my pantry. One rice container, but several types of rice (Jasmine, Brown, Aborio. etc.)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    The most disorganised part of the pantry is the open packets of nuts – each family member eats a different type of nut!ReplyCancel

  • Lexi

    It’s a battle of baking ‘gear’ (fondants, food dyes, sprinkles, cutters) in my pantry versus the dreaded #pastagate. Anylock would save my San Remo spirals from spiralling out of control!ReplyCancel

  • Nicola Mouton

    The most disorganised part of my pantry is the top shelf. It has a load of random things that I don’t use very often like extra crockery, teapot, bilting machine.
    Everything else is neat and tidy and I have containers to put random open packets into when I need to. I’d love some Anylok sealing rods to seal them before I put them away.ReplyCancel

    • Nicola Mouton

      Darn spellcheck. Sorry Anylock.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki O'Neill

    The most disorganised area of my pantry is the “baking battleground!” It’s chock-a-block full of half-used packets of dried fruit, nuts, choc-chips, flours, sugars, you name it – it’s there…it’s open…it’s half-used. Drives me half-mad!ReplyCancel

  • Janine Bone

    Inbetween getting stuck and sidetracked from the current 20day challenge to decluttering my house, I love to eat, so that means lots of cooking and baking and feeding of others. When I’m pushed for time, I tend to stuff things back in the organized pantry, fridge and freezer, and undo the hard work I did to get it tidy in the first place. The items that get the messiest are these little packets that don’t have Tupperware houses, some surplus spices and too many varied chocolate chips (found Reese peanut butter chocolate chips the other day – soooo good in a cookie!). My trick has been to fold down the open packet and secure it with a rubber band. This works reasonably well most of the time, but is not ideal. I love these Anylock snaps! What a great idea! And then off to ikea to get some drawers to keep them all in! No more rubber bands for me!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    OMG I need these stat I have so many open packets and the go to waste because they either dry out or go stale. Even the veggies in the freezer sick of them getting frost bite, I’m going to get myself some of these.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    These would be great for my pantry as I am queen of open packets! This is by far the worst area of my pantry. I have baskets, bowls and containers of them!ReplyCancel

  • Amy w

    my disorganised area in the pantry is any bags that the kids have opened (usually lollies). You know when the bag rips so far down that you need to practically use sticky tape?
    I think the anylock seals will help close up the yummy contents and keep them fresh for ME!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    my disorganised area in the pantry is the shelf where we place all the packets for snacks! We seem to have endless snack items for home, shopping trips, schools, after school activities!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    OMG I am ashamed to say the whole thing! From the bottom to the top. I have a lack of storage space in my kitchen, so everything is shoved in the pantry. But it is on my todo list!ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    Definitely everything here too at the moment. Plus it doesn’t help that my pantry is so dark with no lighting…if I could get around to organising it I probably wouldn’t need to shop for months! Wouldn’t these make life a little simpler?! Thank you for the opportunity to win them.ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    It’s the spices for sure. Starting to follow an Ayurvedic diet has been great for my health because of all the spices that are added to cooking – but the number of them I need to keep on the go is huge! Spices go off too, if not sealed from the air.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    The frozen veggies, every so often when I pull everything out of the freezer to clean there are peas, broad beans and even a corn cob on one occasion that had made a run for it!, I would love to be able to prevent such get-aways in the future…ReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    Wow, these seem such a great invention! For me, spices. Not enough containers for them. Also I have various types of gluten free flour that I use!ReplyCancel

  • Marg

    The baking area. I’m a terrible cook and feel sorry for my kids suffering my cooking but a bit of confidence and organisation in the baking section would go a long wayReplyCancel

  • Kim

    Definitely my herbs and spices section. I use heaps of different spices and have over 40 bags/little bottles in my spice cupboard and have resorted to using elastic bands that either disintergrate or you can’t put on tight enough to sealReplyCancel

  • Debbie-Lee

    Definitely it would be the shelf at my five year olds sight line, he climbs to get what he wants elsewhere and then just piles everything at eyesight …. oh the things I find opened/half eaten in there …… but I have to admit the whole thing is pretty shocking even with Tupperware and all the best of organising intentionsReplyCancel

  • Bev Lange

    Oh, for me it surely seems
    wishing for a pantry of my dreams.
    I can never get it right,
    it always looks a fright.
    Where is the worst to be?
    Everywhere you can see!
    Spices, cereals and flour,
    oh how I need your power :)
    Pretty please consider me
    or you will find me in my tree 😀ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    The most disorganised area in the pantry is the “small items” area mainly used for spices, stock cubes and packet teas- all are varying sizes, some prone to spoiling, and are hard to corral. The ikea plastic cabinets are a great idea (**note to self- “go to ikea”)!!ReplyCancel

  • Karlene Forrest

    The baking section. I always have too much plain flour but not enough SR. Or I have 2 bags of coconut already but buy a third because I didn’t think there was any…ReplyCancel

  • Corinne

    The baking area is the most organised! Flours, sugars, additives all have a place!ReplyCancel

  • Kerrie

    I find the hardest thing is to maintain a clean pantry. To ensure everything gets used and not forgotten.ReplyCancel

  • These look great! Yes, I hate open packets and yet never find time to put them all in cannisters etc. Worst part of my pantry is definitely the pasta / rice / couscous area at the moment.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    everything. I straighten up but by the end of the week it’s in chaos again. We don’t have a proper pantry, so it’s just corner cupboard under the bench with tins, oils, sauces and a few other stuff located in other cupboards. The stuff that are at the front often get scatted around and moved to the wrong shelf in an attempt to reach things at the back and the cupboard gets in more mess trying to locate something that has been left on the wrong shelf by someone elseReplyCancel

  • Melissa Xuereb

    These ties look great, would be a welcome help in my pantryReplyCancel

  • Jude

    I bought an 8 pack from Big W this am and tried them on my frozen peas and corn. I had to fold the packet over twice to get an airtight seal. It was slightly fiddlier doing the extra fold. They are more secure then a peg or rubber band and much neater.
    I never bother looking at non-pretty practical looking stuff like that in the shops that I haven’t had recommended by someone so thanks Kat. I think they are going to be really useful.ReplyCancel

  • Kaylene Griffin

    I use lots of containers in my pantry so the thing I find a problem is the left overs after filling up the containers. So I think the Anylock Sealing Rods would be great.ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    I have a small section in my pantry for cans eg. tomatoes, corn etc. and I never seem to have enough space and then I get over flow. So even though I can’t use your new clips in this area of my pantry, I will certainly take your recommendation and get some they sound great – thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Julie c

    Definitely baking supplies that you only need a little of – brown sugar/ choc chip bits/ dried fruit/ nuts etc What a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    Definitely the extra packets of “overflow” items that don’t fit in their assigned containers! try as I might to use them first, sometimes its just not possible and it just all ends up a mess!ReplyCancel

  • bree

    With the recent diagnosis of Leukaemia, one of my child’s medicines crowd the pantry, whilst being beside my toddler, newborn’s and the adults medicines = chaos on a whole pantry shelf! I believe these Anylock products will work keeping the pills airtight. What a great invention!ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    For me it is the baking area – I do lots of different baking using varied types of Gluten Free Flours.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    The messy part of my pantry is the area between the floor and the roof.. I can never seem to sort it out properly!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Kiel

    Has to be my frozen section, bags of peas & beans etc my laundry pegs just don’t seal them properly!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    We live in the country and I have a lot of problems with moths getting into my flours and cereals!! These sound like the solution! Fantastic idea, I would love not to have extra protein in the cereals 😉ReplyCancel

  • Christina

    Ice cream toppings….from open packets of sprinkles of every colour and kind to chocolate drops and cherrys in the fridge. If they are easy to use I could teach my husband as he is the main culpret at leaving packets undone!ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    It’s a toss up between the small packets of herbs and spices, the open packets of pasta, and the little containers of baking goods like choc chips and vanilla essence. Could definitely use some ideas for organising these areas.ReplyCancel

  • lynne adams

    I currently sharing my unit with my adult niece and her partner while they are saving for their own house. They moved in, together with an overabundant supply of herbs and spices which are currently housed in a cardboard box! Open packets, pegs, bulldog clips and sandwich bags are trying to conquer the mixed spices but to no avail. I think we need a solution and in a hurry.ReplyCancel

  • Joni

    The whole pantry… I’ve lost control and have pantry moths for the first time ever…errkkkReplyCancel

  • Christina

    Ice cream toppings….from open packets of sprinkles of every colour and kind to chocolate drops and cherrys in the fridge. If they are easy to use I could teach my husband as he is the main culprit at leaving packets undone!ReplyCancel

  • Marta

    Definitely the area where I keep the open packets like pasta, peanut, etc and also the section where I keep things like instant noodle packets, cans of tomato, tuna, coconut powder etc. I must use containers like Tupperware and plastic drawers like the one that you use from Ikea in this post. Love this Anylock product, seems to be very effective yet simple solution and a must for organizing pantry and to seal other open packets.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    All of it! With 4 boys and a hubby, no matter how nicely I organise the pantry, whenever they pull something it out it just gets shoved back in in any place. I dont know how many packets of food I have had to throw away as they havent been bothered to reseal them and they have gone stale or gotten pantry moths in, hopefully these are boy proof and will make it easier for them to seal bagsReplyCancel

  • Anastasia

    We just moved house (12th time in 12 years, gosh I hope this one will last!), so I’m back to reorganising all living spaces. My worst headache at the moment is the bathroom. It’s much smaller than we used to have and the cabinets weren’t planned smartly. The narrow cabinet below the sink drives me mad: it’s so narrow that all I can fit in is my makeup box but as there’s no shelf and I can’t fit one, the space above is a waste, and I have to stack things on top of each other – very annoying!
    Am tackling the storage room today, wish me luck!ReplyCancel

  • Anastasia

    Moving house is clearly not good for me – I can’t even read the question correctly :) ok, so it’s not about the most disorganised area of the house but the pantry… Well, my current one has very shallow shelves which makes it easy for my husband to find anything (men proof pantries should be made one can/jar/container deep) but hopeless for me trying to store anything. I guess the worst organised part now is the multiple packets of nuts, dried fruit etc. as they are all in small packets carefully tied around with elastic bands and the quantities are not enough to justify containers. Help!ReplyCancel

  • Mick G

    Where we keep the munchies – chip packets, nuts and lolly bagsReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    I follow the daily tips from Kat however I find my teenage children open packets and eat standing in the pantry. Of course they then leave the empty packet for me to deal with. So this becomes my most disorganised area, on the eye level shelf for everyone to see. Oh and if I am lucky they use a peg to seal the bag up so the contents don’t go stale.ReplyCancel

  • Naysie

    Def the baking section – all my flours/sugar are sorted with Tupperware, but the nuts/cocoa/choc bits/seeds/muesli etc are always such a mess no matter how I try to organise itReplyCancel

  • Helga Grenkowitz

    Various varieties of nuts and dried fruit because we mix ‘fruit & nuts’ ourselves to only have those we love.ReplyCancel

  • Ern

    The very bottom shelf, floor level where my totally anal wife thinks no one looks.
    BTW you can make these yourself, like we do. All you need is two straws and a pair of scissors. Youtube link for your reference Enjoy :)ReplyCancel

  • Kerry Santillo

    These would feel nice inserted into my backside.ReplyCancel

  • Julia Parker

    The small packets of recipe base mixes and herbs etc. I dont always use a whole packet at one time so always have open ones on the shelf.ReplyCancel

  • karina lee

    All those packets of half eaten chips, biscuits and lollies! They are scattered all over the pantry!ReplyCancel

  • Anne-Marie Marini

    Definitely my baking stuff & packet snacks.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie

    The kids school snacks. I have half packets galore! With 3 boys there’s forever little hands getting into new found snacks! With saying that, my freezer comes a very close second!ReplyCancel

  • Snacks area is regularly sabotaged by my family. Biscuits that do make it to a container are eaten and I find an empty container. But more annoying is the open packets just sitting there inviting ants, cockroaches, weevils. It would alot easier to simply Anylock the Gate!ReplyCancel

  • Maria P

    Definitely my pasta section. My family loves pasta and I have so many different types in my pantry and it’s a mess.ReplyCancel

  • Lorna M

    My baking shelf, packets of flour, sugars, assortment of nuts, dried fruits, chocolate bits, desiccated coconut, sprinkles, little bottles of colouring, the list goes on….Help!ReplyCancel

  • nicole tange

    Biscuits and snacks. So many opened packets and boxes opened from the kids raiding the pantry for something to nibble on. Drives me crazyReplyCancel

  • Leah

    All my bits and pieces for baking! Cocoa, chic chips, sugar, rice flour etc… they are always spilling out or spoiling before their time as they arent sealed properly. Would love to give Anylock a go!ReplyCancel

  • Chi

    The section with nuts and baking supplies!ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    My tea section! So many different packets of loose leaf tea, and they never all fit into their jars so I end up with half filled packets everywhere!ReplyCancel

  • sonia

    my most unorganised would be the bags of nuts that don’t fit into the jars, and the ones in my head. So much going on right now. Just trying to keep myself together.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    My baking corner! Pesky choc chips and hazelnuts rolling out of packets that tip over, brown sugar going hard when the air gets in too long and puffs of spilt flour whenever I move anything.ReplyCancel

  • jodie

    My disorganized area is the cereals area, there is only so much Cera that fits in the containers and then I have packets that are opened.ReplyCancel

  • Linda

    i have just moved house and trying to fit a 4 bedroom house contents into a 3 bedroom half filled already house. The whole kitchen is kaos. i cant find anything and have no room. The pantry would have to be the worst. It is very small and I have a lot of double ups of half opened packets.ReplyCancel

    • Pat

      Linda, I know your pain. We moved to a house with a smaller kitchen. Slowly consolidating (er eating) our way to a smaller pantry need. The tub in the 3rd picture above is a great way of helping you do this (have several myself), along with those drawers of Kate’s.ReplyCancel

  • Pat

    I put my half opened packets of like items in one large-enough Tupperware container. For singles that are usually leftovers from full containers, I fold them over tightly then secured with a double round of sticky tape. Found some Sea Salt and peppercorns while looking for some flour for those lovely muffins I made while breakfast was cooking on Sunday.
    Was trying out a recipe for homemade pasta in one pot. The only pasta I had was a kilo packet. Divided it into 4. Cooked one lot and bagged the other three lots for later experimenting. My first lot of experimenting was woeful and DH has named this dish GLUE, thanks to my heavy hand with the plain flour. So I am prepared with more pasta already to use. Just no ‘neat’ way to store the bags. I have Curry Glue for my lunch today. It was yummy! So here’s hoping the leftovers will be as good.ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    Definitely my cupboard in my large walk in panty. Its where all of those packets get stored. Usually I use an elastic band to keep them closed once open, but the Anylock idea sounds fantastic and one that would definitely be utilised in my pantry.ReplyCancel

  • Felicia

    Kids snacks!
    Slowly getting on top of things by being more organised in meal planning & therefore grocery buying. But buying bulk instead of multi packs of things means LOTS of open packets…
    These are a great invention!ReplyCancel

  • Rochelle

    My most disorganised area is my baking area! So mich half opened bags at the top of the cupboard that I can’t see.ReplyCancel

  • Alisha Lothringer

    My whole pantry!! I have added tiered shelving so at least I can see things however the baking section needs serious attention. Clips just don’t cut it, I am forever finding desiccated coconut, cacao,ReplyCancel

    • Alisha Lothringer

      My whole pantry!! I have added tiered shelving so at least I can see things however the baking section needs serious attention. Clips just don’t cut it, I am forever finding desiccated coconut, cacao powder and coconut sugar everywhere. We live in a small old home with a tiny pantry so I don’t have room for many containers plus the moths are always a problem. This reusable, space saving solution is a winner!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Mandy

    My most disorganised section of my pantry is the open packets of dry goods. If I put half used packets of biscuits in a container, the kids or hubby will just go and open another packet without looking first. So frustrating and messy having the open packets in the shelves.ReplyCancel

  • Narelle Mills

    Most definitely the open packets of pasta, biscuits or bread. Closely followed by the mountains of tinned food that get buried in the back of the pantry.ReplyCancel

  • Louise M

    The baking shelf, you only have to look sideways at it before a half open bag of flour comes tumbling down all over you!ReplyCancel

  • Lellyco

    The worst area is the snack section of our pantry. As the clips are in different colours I think I would give each child a different to make it easy for them to grab their packet, not someone else’s.ReplyCancel

  • Anastasia

    My spice section. It is so messy and crammed that I’m to scared to take them out and use them. Instead food has been tasting really bland lately with only salt and pepper being used these days for the family meals.ReplyCancel

  • charlotte

    Its a battle between pasta in the pantry and frozen fruit in the freezer…. i try to embrace the mixed fruit and pasta suprise!ReplyCancel

  • Deb

    Our most disorganised area – it’s hard to pick one! Think it’s an equal first position to breakfast cereals – everyone in the family has their own favourite – and the snacks with half eaten bags of popcorn. The Anylocks would be fabulous at helping with both of these problems!ReplyCancel

  • Shannan

    No particular as all areas are in caos and hard to find anything underneath the piles of stuff that gets shoved in thereReplyCancel

  • kELLY

    My area in need is all the half eaten packets of chips and snacks!!! ArgggReplyCancel

  • Oh definitely my baking shelf. Half packets of pine nuts, walnuts, hundreds and thousands, choc chips you name it. They get so lost and end up out of the packet and on the shelf the floor or in the bin. GrrrrReplyCancel


    the worst part is snacks pantry because we have lots of variety of snacks and it is impossible for me to put all the leftovers into the containerReplyCancel

  • Robin Langham

    I make up my own muesli for the family so there are always bags of oats, flaxseed, bran, nuts, sultanas etc loose in the pantry. This would have to be the most disorganised and messy shelf of my pantry.ReplyCancel

  • Ngaire

    My baking shelf is in constant need of organising – doesn’t seem to matter how well I sort stuff into labeled containers there’re always a few new ingredients that float around in half opened packets or get shoved to the back of the shelves! Save me!ReplyCancel

  • Deborah de Geeter

    My baking shelf needs organizing.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer B.

    Herbs in sachets. Where? Unknown.
    Spice packets loose wherever they’re thrown.
    There’s pantry mayhem! Things go splat…
    AnyLocks for MY SPICES would solve all that!ReplyCancel

  • Nicholle Sullivan

    Easy – cereals. Rice bubbles on the floor, weet bix exposed, stale cheerios and several packs of muesli. Sometimes they are still in their boxes, sometimes not, all are rarely sealed. Of a fairly shabby pantry this is a clear winner…..or loser!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha McVie

    I think my herbs and spices are my most disorganised, no matter how hard I try I always seem to have a sprinkling of basil or oregano decorating my pantry shelves :)ReplyCancel

  • Maddie

    My cereals- with 3 boys we always have multiple packets on the go! These devices would help no-end! Thank you for the chance to try them out :)ReplyCancel

  • Estella

    The baking/snacks section are all mixed up at the moment, lots of opened packs (not sealed properly) and we frequently find expired packs since the unused packs stay in the bottom of the ever-growing pile…ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    The whole pantry is a shambles….mostly the spicesReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    I don’t have a pantry. I only have 2 shelves in a corner cupboard that holds all our “pantry” items. So there’s an assortment of open pasta packets, dried fruits, spices etc all jumbled one on top of the other. Always fun when I put something in upside down and it all tumbles out everywhere. Oh to be more organised! And rich. I think if I was rich I would build a house with a big butlers pantry :-)ReplyCancel

  • Julia Mason

    Funnily enough, its the part were all the containers live! They are messy and mixed up!ReplyCancel

  • michelle

    All the little bags of spices in my pantry are a mess.ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    The messiest part of my pantry is the ‘baking section’ packets of sprinkles, 100s & 1000’s and decorations galore!ReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    My whole pantry is a mess at the moment. We have a horrible deep pantry which means that every time I need something I have to move stuff to get at it. The result is that things just get randomly chucked back in where ever they may fit. Storage of kids snacks such as the little packets of biscuits, sultanas and muesli bars is also a problem areaReplyCancel

  • Trish taylor

    Anywhere my twin boys can reach … They open my Tupperware containers and leave a corner open. The pantry moths had an early Christmas feast .ReplyCancel

  • Lu

    Snacks. Especially nuts and seeds.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Green

    My whole pantry is chaotic at the moment. I open it up everyday and just think to myself, “gosh I really need to do something about this!”.ReplyCancel

  • Kristi Murphy

    My whole pantry is a nightmare, i am forever cleaning up spilled pasta or cereal, with a house full of boys each time they go to the cupboard one of the horrible open bags always end up tipped overReplyCancel

  • Christine

    My most disorganised part of my pantry is the section containing condiment and stock etc.ReplyCancel

  • Molly

    Everywhere! But worst is baking section, choc bits, flour, sprinkles, vanilla etc!ReplyCancel

  • Nikki Sims-Chilton

    My spices – they are in original packets with rubber bands, in containers, in ziplock bags and some even have sticky taped packets.ReplyCancel

  • Natasha

    My pantry! I keep getting weevils in my pantry and they make a terrible messReplyCancel

  • Suellen

    I would have to say my baking section with opened packets. Such as coconut, icing sugar, bakers flour etc, that you only use a small amount but buy in a large bag.
    Also snacks, where the children leave the bags open.ReplyCancel

  • Jude

    I have been using the Anylock seals for over a week now and despite needing a double foldover for frozen peas and corn they have been perfect for all the other packets I have tried them on. I am really happy with them and would recommend them over pegs, rubber bands, IKEA clips … . In the 8 pack they didn’t have many suitable for small bags so my small baking stuff is still in a shoebox with rubber bands!ReplyCancel

  • Vicki O'Neill

    Thank you so much, Kat! I can’t wait to try the Anylock seals out. It will be so much better than using pegs, lacky bands & “el-cheapo” clips that don’t hold the seal tight enough or, worse still, break! Thank you once again for the prize. Kindest regards, VickiReplyCancel

Tasmania is such a glorious place to holiday. We had a film crew follow us around on our recent family driving holiday along the Tasmanian East Coast. Check out the videos to see how beautiful this state is.

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  • Jasmin

    Looks like you had so much fun, it’s lovely to see your smiling face Kat on the video’s Kat!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Jasmin, yes it was beautiful down there the sun shone for our whole trip!ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    I enjoyed reading about your experience – I love Tassie and have visited 4 times (though the last time was 18 years ago). Our three youngest have never been to Tassie and I’d love to take them there. We have done three Fly-Drives and once we took our own car on the Sea-Cat which left near Sale in Victoria. It was a very very bumpy trip and I would never go on it again (I think it’s no longer in service). The Spirit of Tasmania looks a lot more civilised – and the fact that you can take your own car is a bonus. Mmmmm – might have to start planning a trip….ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You must Julia it’s so beautiful down there and to take your own car and travel around at your leisure is what makes it such a great family holiday. Hope you can find time soon to visit! I didn’t include it in this list, but you should stop at the Raspberry Farm, we didn’t get a chance this trip, but so yummy there!ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    We have wanted to visit Wine Glass bay, it’s so beautiful. Loved that a film crew followed you along, we got to holiday with you!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL it was like that, Wine Glass Bay is beautiful and you have a few different options on how to view it, there is the walk we went on, which you can see it from a distance, a walk double the distance to get closer (one day I’d love to do that one) or I am sure I am right in saying that you can do a tour on a boat in there too.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy

    I am interested in booking a trip to TAS but don’t know where to start. I assume there are packages around? Any recommendations?
    Thank youReplyCancel

  • Vicki O'Neill

    Kat, thank you for sharing your family’s Tasmanian east coast holiday! I really enjoyed reading (& watching!) all of your adventures. It was especially nice hearing & seeing it all from your perspective, as a Mum/wife & someone we all trust to give us an honest opinion. I really enjoyed your video-blog! Fabulous work! Tasmania is so beautiful! So lovely of you to share your family’s getaway. Thank you. I might have to start planning my family’s next trip…. VxxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Vicki, we all had fun with the film crew following us on our adventure. It’s just so beautiful down there, 2nd time we have been and it just amazes me, seriously fields of cattle and sheep on one side of the road, then beautiful beaches on the other, stunning!!ReplyCancel

Tips on how to stretch a meal to feed more, to satisfy hungry appetites, extra guests or want to create left overs.

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  • Juli Szasz

    Usually by adding side dishes in fancy little plates. Its so easy to slice some shallots and put a selection of sauces or sour cream on those cute little Asian style plates and ramekins. Garnish the salad with some parsley, serve mini corn cobs on a platter on the side with a little dish of butter….ReplyCancel

    • Abby

      Some people have such commented some great ideas that I’m going to try! I like to add grated veges to most meals to stretch it out a bit and get my boys to eat more vegetables. If I’m making a stew or slow cooker meal, I love adding dumplings. They are so easy to make, just butter, flour and milk (I add fresh rosemary too) and dropReplyCancel

    • Abby

      Some people have such commented some great ideas that I’m going to try! I like to add grated veges to most meals to stretch it out a bit and get my boys to eat more vegetables. If I’m making a stew or slow cooker meal, I love adding dumplings. They are so easy to make, just butter, flour and milk (I add fresh rosemary too) and drop spoonfuls of mixturinto the poReplyCancel

    • Abby

      Some people have such commented some great ideas that I’m going to try! I like to add grated veges to most meals to stretch it out a bit and get my boys to eat more vegetables. If I’m making a stew or slow cooker meal, I love adding dumplings. They are so easy to make, just butter, flour and milk (I add fresh rosemary too) and drop spoonfuls of mixture into the pot for the lastReplyCancel

  • Mick G

    Little extras such as melted cheese topping, tasty sauces or side salads with additions such as croutons or special vinaigretteReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    If I am making a pasta dish – I stretch it to accommodate extra guests by adding an extra cup of pasta. Such a cost effective and easy way to make it go that bit further !
    I increase the amount of butter chicken by adding some diced pumpkin and diced potatoes and a cup of frozen peas to the mixture.
    Another idea is to serve the meals in the centre of the table – buffet style and let people serve themselves. Everyone will generally take a smallish serve as they can always go back for seconds. My children know that once they have put something on their plate – they are expected to eat it. No more throwing away plates of wasted food. Any leftovers are still on the main serving dishes and can be stored safely.
    We also offer dessert each night in our house. It doesn’t have to be fancy – something like tinned peaches and ice cream will help fill those hungry tummies.ReplyCancel

  • Penny M

    My kids always love a garlic bread side, but salad or extra roast vegies always goes a long way to making a meal a basic affair to a favourite! I love to add extra vegies into mince dishes, such as carrot, zucchini, mushroom chopped up small doesn’t bother the kids, makes it go further and just that bit better for everyone!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer B.

    Those TV chefs do it for a reason… To move up to ‘special’, it’s all in the GARNISHES!
    Pomegranate seeds over a green salad, dukkhah on poached eggs, segments of blood orange over BBQ meats and croutons in soups. The options are endless!ReplyCancel

  • CATHY Bowdler

    I usually end up feeding more than I cater for by adding extra vegies or extra salad. With the vegies it’s quick and easy to turn ordinary vegies into a wonderful vegie bake with some cheesy white sauce and a little extra cooking time. I’ll also make a dessert if we have unexpected mouths to feed. I always have dry ingredients in the pantry for a quick and easy caramel or chocolate self saucing pudding and it only takes a few minutes to prepare and 1/2 hour to bake.ReplyCancel

  • Jo Parks

    I always stretch my meals with Salads, Vegies or Garlic Bread, but my favourite trick is making the amount of rice I serve look double in size by combining Rice with cauliflower. I blitz my cauliflower to the same size as my rice and combine to serve. Sometimes I just use the “Cauliflower Rice” by itself, cook with coconut oil and it makes a delicious Fried Rice.ReplyCancel

  • Di

    Presentation. Arranging things nicely on the plate, just putting in that bit of extra effort to make the meal look as good as it tastes, always turns my family meals from simple to special (well at least that’s what hubby tells me). And it really doesn’t require any extra effort or time at all.ReplyCancel

  • Ern

    A sprig of home grown herb on top or on the side, and like magic simple to special with the snap of a twig.ReplyCancel

  • sonya

    I add herbs like coriander. Our whole family ADORES coriander and it makes our meals so much healthier and tastier.ReplyCancel

  • karina l

    I present my food nicely and add pretty garnishes to makes my simple dishes look a million bucks!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    To stretch a meal extra veg, pasta or rice. To make a meal a bit more special I fancy up the presentation or make a small change, a bit of grated cheese to make cheesy mash vs plain mash, etcReplyCancel

  • kds

    Cooking a home cooked meal from scratc takes my family meals from simple to special. When the whole family is at the table , talking and eating :)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I add a generous handful of porridge oats to any dishes with mince to stretch another serving out. Really good with bolognese/ragu type dishes and my kids don’t notice. Healthy too!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline

    One word… Candlelight!!! Makes even my dodgy cooking look good! Adds atmosphere, makes the mundane special and lets me say that the food is not “burnt” it’s “candle-kissed”!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Heather Mcdaniel

    We light candles 1 night a week. We also have themed meals which the kids love planningReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I always add a little something special, whether it be trying to plate up like a pro chef (or make fun faces for the little one), add a sprinkle of herbs and.oil to garnish or an extra special home made sauceReplyCancel

  • clare dorey

    I always bulk meals up with veggies or bread of some kind, but to keep my kids really happy in summer we eat outside on the deck. Too easy! :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Bonner

    My children are 18 years and up, so we get together and have Family Dinner once a month. They take it in turns to decide and cook/order at my place. Without fail garlic bread is always on the menu! Garlic bread and togetherness make meals special at our place.ReplyCancel

  • Gabrielle

    I love to add homegrown fresh herbs.ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Atkins

    Love garlic bread and herb bread too. If we neeed to stretch a meal, we serve them as brushetta, before the meal. Top the bread with a mixture of diced tomato, red onion and basil. Drizzle of olive oil. Hey presto. This way the kids dont just fill up on bread they get some veg in as well. Smaller portion of meal to follow. Try adding avacado and corn as well. Yummo..Pan bread (with cheese) are also great for toasties for lunch. I put them in the sandwich press frozen, add fillings. Very quick and easy.ReplyCancel

  • Nikki Sims-Chilton

    Let Daddy cook – apparently it’s always better when he does it… *sighReplyCancel

  • Lynda Delaney

    Teenagers eat so much, it is unbelievable just how much they eat so I really have to add lots more vegetables to everything and rather than boring potatoes, I cut them into small pieces, cook them in the microwave and then pop into a frypan with a little oil and some herbs and paprika and toss them until coated and a little crunchy. My 12 year old son won’t normally eat potatoes but will if I do them like this.ReplyCancel

  • Carmel Corry

    We love simple food, so we make it special by sitting at the table together, using a clean table cloth, matching cutlery and plates, lots of conversation and laughs! We also use our fanciest glasses. No point them sitting in the cupboard gathering dust. Turns simple healthy food into a gourmet experienceReplyCancel

  • Pauline

    I find by adding lots of variety to our meals that everyone enjoys it so much more. I might add a small bowl of soup with garlic bread to start and then the main can be simpler with meat and a few vegetables. Or I may go vegetarian and do vegetable pancakes with chopped up salad vegetables, corn cobs even a bowl of steamed broccoli. My kids tend to eat everything if there is more variety and serving themselves from the dishes in the centre of the table. It just looks so delicious. Sweet potato chips is another side I use often. Add a nice candle to the table and your all set.ReplyCancel

  • if I’m making any dish with mince I add brown lentil or red kidney beans to the mix to make it go further. I add extra vegies or extra pasta. I dish up on slightly smaller plates to make the meal look bigger.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Van der Heijde

    Instead of doing just mash or plain baked potatoes I either do smashed baked potatoes with garlic and herbs over them or the whole potatoes that you slice almost through to the bottom and top with garlic butter then bake. Just makes it a little extra special and I love the garlic.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    We always set the table…. sounds simple but it really makes an everyday meal feel more special, It also ensures that the four of us sit together to eat and chat about the day.ReplyCancel

  • annemarie

    I have started using my slow cooker for sides, one night will be bacon and garlic cheesy potato, cous cous salad, pumpkin mini pies. My kids love garlic bread so some nights they will have it as a side dish. My fav is creating lots of mince recipes from a basic recipe. I cook nachos, then tacos, lasagne, then spaghetti adding mushrooms, shepherds pie, then meat balls..a basic mince recipe that can create so many meals and no wasted left overs!ReplyCancel

  • Emily New

    I grate carrot, zucchini and onion into all my mince dishes (even hubby can’t see the extra veggies).
    I always have extra veggies in the freezer, to add to the fresh veggies.ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    When we cook with the kids or make something the kids love, we say it’s made in our own special restaurant Robinson Palms. The name of our street is Robinson.ReplyCancel

  • Joni

    I grow a few herbs and vegetables at home do I add in homemade bread that I make with the breadmaker but snip home grown rosemary, basil, garlic or parsley into the mix, or I make a side salad with home grown rocket, mizuma lettuce and cucumber. It’s quite time consuming with 4 growing kids to feed!ReplyCancel

  • Katie

    I make my meals special by cooking ahead and freezing so all I have to do is reheat and serve…special is the extra time I have with my boys because of my forward planning xReplyCancel

  • Laurina

    I like to change up how I serve meals by using different vegetables or salad instead. But each time making sure there is plenty of flavour because that is what will keep the boys coming back for more! I always sneak plenty of extra veg into meals as well!ReplyCancel

  • Zoe Morris

    Add a sprinkle to make it special. Special is a garnish. A sprinkle of parsley or Parmesan, a sprinkle of nuts to a salad or a halved cherry tomato to garnish. Simple ans special.ReplyCancel

  • kylie c

    We make dinners special by deciding as a family, we sit down and the kids all suggeat meals they would like to have. We compile these and come up with a meal plan, my 11yo girl picks two meals she would like to cook, and my 8yo son picks one meal, and my 6yo son picks one meal he would like to help with, and rhe 2yo picks one to help with. The kids being involved in the decision making is really special because it gives them the choice of what they would like to eat, what days we eat what, and shows them that there’s more then just cooking involved.
    When it comes to the meals, theres always special ways to display, like smiley faces, stacks of rice, we add grated farrot or zucchini to rice to bulk it out, add a vegetable, and give it a colourful appearance. When we have pasta bakes, lasagnes, or the like we do individual ones then a shared salad, or garlic bread.
    We don’t do desert every night but a couple of times a week as a special treat, but each night we do fruit after dinner, there’s been fruit faces, fruit kebabs, chocolate dipped fruit, fruit with yoghurt to dip.
    We keep dinners special by keeping them kid focused so they enjoy them and have positive eating experiences.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    To make our dinners stretch I’ll do extra veggies, or a salad, or some bread and butter My mother in law always adds oats and some water to her bolognaise to help it go further. If I have any I’ll use a garlic bread to fill them up too! :) My favorite EASY dessert stretcher is doing jelly in disposable cups. Only fill them half way and then serve with some fruit on top and whipped cream! :) YUMMY kids love them!!ReplyCancel

  • Lucy

    my family love when we get takeaway! Obviously we can’t always have it so I use takeaway containers to serve it up and when we do eat our takeaway we always put the “blue blanket” down on the floor and we have an inside picnicReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    I make meals special by adding lots of hidden vegetables to every meal. It makes me feel special knowing that my kids are getting lots of nutrients without me having to fight them to eat the good stuff.
    Of course if you ask my kids, they would say I make meals special by adding grated Parmesan cheese and garlic bread.ReplyCancel

  • Marg

    I put the individual components of the meal in separate containers for each child so they all have their own portion, no fighting, and make their meal how they want it. It always amazes me how doing this simple task turns meals into fun and the kids are full of ideas.ReplyCancel

  • Sonya N.

    Because I have two very young children, our simple meals are made special (and subsequently more edible!) by making pictures with our food. So spaghetti bolognese and meatballs will be turned into a face with crazy hair, broccoli and cauliflower will be turned into a forest, and sometimes we add purple food dye to mashed potato just to make it look weird! If I didn’t do such things to our meals I doubt my children would ever eat!ReplyCancel

  • Jules

    I find using herbs turns simple meals into special ones! Sweet potato and parsnip roasted in the oven with smoked paprika and olive oil has truly transformed our dinner plates, and the kids will now always eat their vegies! Ditto with using cumin to flavour roast potatoes. Herbs are key!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Cross

    My kids think any meal where they can dish up for themselves is special, can be anything from take away to meat and vegies, it really doesn’t matter because they feel so grown up being allowed to decide what they want.ReplyCancel

  • cheryl

    To make my homemade meals, which is everyday, a bit more special I go through my collection of food photos either from the internet or magazines and try to present my food so it looks similar to the beautiful photos whenever I can. I just love lots of colour on a plate and then the look of broken bread along side it.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina McAliece

    I love making the La Famiglia Garlic bread into a quick & easy bruschetta as an entree! Delicious and stretches dinner perfectly!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa Ebert

    Sometimes when we get takeaway roast chicken instead if having hot chips and salad with it, I will cook up vegies and a potato bake and serve with garlic bread…La Famiglia of course its our fave. You don’t have to limit garlic bread to pasta meals….we have it as an accompaniment to a variety of dishes. Simple pleasures and delicious too ?ReplyCancel

  • Ariane

    My family get super excited if i serve garlic bread or a delicious suace with my mealReplyCancel

  • Janine Bone

    If you asked each of my family members what a special meal in our home means, these might be the responses you’d get… The question might spur my hubby to beg me to make his fave Mexican especiale which includes creamy prawn burritos with all the trimmings of guacamole, rice, beans and fresh salsa; my eldest daughter would loyally say that anything that Mummy makes is a special meal; my middle girl would say that she loves the meals that don’t require cutlery; and my little one would say that she loves to have spaghetti bolognaise for brekky, lunch and dinner. But if you ask me, what makes a family meal special in my home is when we are all here together, something that only happens a couple of times a week due to shift working parents. Having all 5 of us sitting at our scratched up old dining table, giggling and chatterboxing over the days events, speculating over tomorrow, and just being there. No matter the meal, boring or extravagant, my little 5-some, that’s what makes it special for me, xReplyCancel

  • Maria

    I was visiting a great aunt who was 93 years old, in Italy, whom I hadn’t seen in years. She had prepared lentil soup and apologised because it was a simple meal. But to me, it was very special as it was prepared with love and attention.ReplyCancel

  • Grace

    To make our simple family meals special, we have a vase of beautiful fresh flowers,(eg roses,azaleas, bird of paradise etc, from our garden) on the dining table . Our simple dishes are followed by our favourite desserts, fruit with ice cream and background soft popular music.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    To turn a meal from simple to special is to have dinner with the ones we love a little bit of extra effort in the place setting and table arrangements with everyone chipping in then adding fresh herbs to a meal to add zing and flavour and to make it really special is to cook one of the beautiful recipes that have been passed down through the generations not only do they taste great but we can reminisce about the people who no longer sit with us but remain forever in our thoughts.ReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    I have always added rice or pasta to the meal or served with it. Two minute noodles are handy for that extra stretch too as the younger children think them to be worms in dirt.
    Grated vegetables help too, this can be added to meals and children think they have gotten away with not having to eat so many veggies.
    I add veggies to the mince for spaghetti, my Italian daughter in law is shocked but my children grew up on it and love it.
    When making muffins or biscuits extras are frozen one so they stay fresh and some are left for work/school. There are times when the supply builds up and they are taken out as treats, they thaw quickly being small. So are ready for after dinner.
    One that my older children do it cook some rice or hopefully some leftover rice add a tin of a meal together eg: Heniz cans and this mixture is put on to flat bread rolled and placed in the sandwich maker to brown. This turns a tinned meal for 2 plus a 2 cups of rice and 6 flat breads into a hearty meal for 3 teenage boys with leftovers for younger children if they want it..ReplyCancel

    • Tracey

      What makes these meals special is that everyone helps in making them not just one person is left to make everything. It is the sharing of a simple meal that makes a difference.ReplyCancel

  • Alison

    We have culture night once a week. We cook a meal from a different country, learn a few quick facts about that country and eat it as they would ie with chopsticks etc. We also add candlelight to mix some nights! Lots of fun!!ReplyCancel

  • Pam

    My fourboys are veggie lovers. We have a huge bowl of green and yellow every night, and potatoes ( roasted, mashed or scalloped) fill up growing boys. Garlic bread disappears, and fried rice is another favorite. Leftovers just don’t happen very often

    Even better – they are learning to cook. I expect to retire and let them take over some day!ReplyCancel

  • Pam

    My four boys are veggie lovers. We have a huge bowl of green and yellow every night, and potatoes ( roasted, mashed or scalloped) fill up growing boys. Garlic bread disappears, and fried rice is another favorite. Leftovers just don’t happen very often

    Even better – they are learning to cook. I expect to retire and let them take over some day!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Maloney

    By letting my our pet cockatiel Mr Doodson, sit on my shoulder at dessert, who then whistles his heart out serenades us with tunes!ReplyCancel

  • Allison

    My top tip is to have hubby/daddy cook the meal – Seriously he is a way better cook and makes incredible seasoning combinations and from scratch sauces/dressing.
    We eat very simple meals – meat (lamb backstrap, chicken or steak are favourites) and we eat them grilled with salad/veg and rice/cous cous but the flavour & spice combinations my hubby comes up with makes the whole meal ‘new’.ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie

    We always sit at the table together, we take it in turns (youngest to eldest) to talk about our day and finish with the ‘best thing that happened to me today was’ ?ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Sit at the table! Really hard to do with an adventerous 3 year old. But he helps me set the table, we use cloth napkins and I light a candle. Then we sing a quick blessing, he refuses to eat whatever I’ve cooked and runs off. So hubby and I bolt down our food and dream of the days when we can have nice civilised dinners. One day!ReplyCancel

  • Allison

    When I am trying to make a meal of salad and meat “shine” I usually add fruit to the meal for added flavour. Usually this consists of orange, pineapple and apple. I think it really freshens up the meal and makes it a little different to an ordinary salad.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Ooh that sounds yummy. I have never thought to add fruit to a salad. Will have to give it a try in tonight salad.:)ReplyCancel

  • I take my family meals from simple to special by:

    * Using an extra nice table cloth and/or extra nice placemats
    * Having 2-3 lit candles for ambiance
    * Setting the table properly, with everything in its proper spot
    * Ensuring an array of colours are served up (pleasing to the eye)
    * Playing soft music in the background
    * Continuing great conversation while awaiting home-made dessert.

    Works a treat every time!!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    for me, its all about the presentation….. funky shape plates, origami folded napkins, bread boards, fresh herbs topping the meal. I’ve even been known to present meatloaf looking like cupcakes (mince ‘cupcake’, mashed potato ‘icing’, sprinkled with parsley) kids loved itReplyCancel

  • Chris

    If my kids and grand kids call in unanounced on a Sunday which they often do I can stretch a bake dinner by cutting vegetables smaller and adding extra vegetables like corn on the cob and carrots and of course you can always have a side of garlic bread and desert. I always keep garlic bread in freezer it goes with any meal.ReplyCancel

  • Charmaine Hardy

    I make the family meals go from simple to special by adding a piece of FRUIT to the plate. An apple, orange, mandarin or grapes not only add colour to the plate but also help satisfy grumbling tummies. The kids often try to guess which fruit will be the special guest tonight.ReplyCancel

  • Raquel Stankovic

    We have now come up with a “Jaime Oliver” style of dishing up the sides – either a salad, garlic pizza or garlic bread dished up looking rustic on a chopping board – kids love everything and anything that is on here. It’s like a kid in a candy store :-)ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    To make meals more special I get the kids involved in the choice and preparation – it makes them appreciate how much time and effort go into meal planning, prep and cooking. They have more pride in the choices they make and the food we eat.ReplyCancel

  • Karlene Forrest

    Our 7 year olds makes every meal “special” by smothering it in tomato sauce. He won’t eat tomatoes. Or pasta sauce. Just tomato sauce.
    I make the rest of our family’s meal special with the addition of dessert.ReplyCancel

  • Helen Flockhart

    Although I’m a proud Aussie citizen, I’m a Scot so oatmeal is the great addition. I’m the great gran of a large family and our tradition is to make “the stranger’s portion” in case somebody extra drops by at dinner time. All soups, stews and savoury mince dishes start with skirlie. This is simply chopped onion and oatmeal browned in a little oil in a frypan. It has a nice nutty flavour. Remove from your pan to the pot you will cook your soup etc in before browning and sealing your meat to stop it becoming dry during cooking. I always make extra skirlie as we eat it on toast too! Barley in your soap increases your meal cheaply. Curried barley instead of rice occasionally. I married a Sicilian so it’s bread with everything there! An Italian loaf can feed a large number if you top a little olive spread, butter or brushed oil with a little cheese mixed with chopped parsley and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper and either pop under the grill or in the oven.. It dresses the bread without being grilled cheese on toast. You’re not spending much money but delighting the eye! You can use baguette bread too. Increase the surface size by slicing the loaf on a diagonal slant. I have a large freezer container where leftover vegetables go, including any roasted ones. Any small amounts of roast meats too. I put a helping of skirlie and any barley left over. If the grandkids and their little ones visit, I can put these into a pot and have a tasty homemade soup on in a flash. Everything is already cooked. It just needs bringing to the boil. Need it quicker, defrost in the microwave. Cheese or garlic bread and this great gran can feed the brood well on my OAP!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    I am all about the garlic bread, and master 2 demands it nightly!
    I find the biggest hit with my family is when I create a meal that requires their input!
    So, for example: tacos. Having all the ingredients out on the lazy susan (I know!!!) so they can create their own meal masterpieces! it really takes a simple meal into a whole “event” and gets us all talking about new combinations, ingredients and it a great way for them to try new things (and for me to use up leftovers often too!) works for burgers, wraps, tacos, burritos, pizzas, even simple sides to another meal. its amazing how much good stuff they eat when it is their choice!ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    Fondue Friday! No one can be uncheered by simple bread, strawberries or marshmallows oozing with warm chocolate. Yum.ReplyCancel

  • Candice

    We have our kids help to make our meals special. Our 2 year old helps with mixing and grating veggies, while our 4 year old measures and chops with us. It takes longer to prepare, it”s a lot more mess and our pizza bases can occasionally be oval, but our meals are special.ReplyCancel

  • Lola

    We don’t eat “leftovers” we have a “dinner sampler”. A dinner sampler is a full meal made up of small portions of a variety of leftovers! Kids won’t touch leftovers but get excited over the dinner sampler.ReplyCancel

  • Anne-Marie Marini

    We always make everything from scratch with fresh ingredients. Including gravy & white sauce & present it nicely for the kids & make our own desserts.ReplyCancel

  • Mrs Caroline Matthews

    I like to turn my family meals from simple to special by making kumera,potato, garlic, cheeses and herb vegetable patties,dan dan noodles to traditional savoury mince, chicken meatloaf with 2 minute noodles, vegetables through lasagne and left over rice for fried rice.ReplyCancel

  • Pat

    My husband will not eat frozen leftovers, but since I re-named them to frozen dinners, he will eat them. I re-heat them in the microwave and serve up on a nice plate.
    When the kids were at that massive growth and hunger teen stage I was going through 750 gm of pasta per pasta meal. The children would never eat pumpkin or any mashed veg other than potato, so we combined them resulting in some fabulous colours. These days we have green mashed potato, then it was orange or yellow mashed potato. (Green being chopped parsley, orange was pumpkin and yellow was a smaller quantity of pumpkin)
    Was so used to making double batches of pikelets that I was quite surprised when I started having leftovers. ie the kids had grown up and weren’t ravishing hungry all the time.ReplyCancel

  • Anita

    As my husband is a shift worker we try to make dinner a fun and special time when we can be all together. My sons favourite daddy dinner time is our lounge room picnics. It can be with any usual dinnertime menu, or a “pick and mix” dinner. It is all done on the floor of the lounge room where we sit in a circle with the picnic rug and cushions. We even use our picnic set, plastic cutlery and all.ReplyCancel

  • Eva Kiraly

    A meal just isn’t a meal without the accompaniments, a plate of Garlic Bread and bowl of salad in the centre of the table makes all the difference!ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    A little love and thoughtfulness goes a long wayReplyCancel

  • cal potter

    With apple juice in wine glasses, we all dress up in our best princess costumes and dine to the sound of “the wheels on the bus”ReplyCancel

  • amy w

    I have ALWAYS added garlic bread. I have been known to cook pasta and roast dinners a lot so I can add garlic bread because I love it so much. But my favourite way to stretch a meal is with the la famiglia garlic bread slices. The nicely browned ones go to me, the medium ones go to hubby and the kids like them when the butter is just melted… Mmm yum!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Making stuff from scratch feels more special and homely. My kids love my flour tortillas and pizza bases that I make.ReplyCancel

  • Anita Mitchell

    Individualised side salads and yummy sauces always help; paprika sprinkled on the potatoes; butter and lemon on the beans. But the favourite way to signal a really special meal is to serve a homemade dessert! It can be as simple as a bikkie or a butter cake with vanilla icing; but home made is best.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Parker

    I try to make meals family friendly, something we all enjoy and by eating together as a familyReplyCancel

  • Alicia

    Add a side salad, rice, cous cous and/or garlic or cheesy mustard bread to make meals go that bit further. But I also add lots of hidden veg, fresh herbs into my dishes to ensure my family are getting all the nutrition they need, without even knowing it!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    I make more salads, for example, I had 3 extra adults over for dinner with the same amount of rissoles I generally feed just my family so I made a tomato salad, a quick noodle salad and then I sliced some pumpkin thin and brushed with maple syrup and roasted. It fed everyone easilyReplyCancel

  • Jacelle

    We make our meal time special every night with us all eating our meal together at the dining table. Dinner plates, cutlery, nice glasses and fabric napkins all seem so special in our fast paced lives. Sometimes the candles come out too!ReplyCancel

  • Kat

    A little green salad and fresh grated cheese makes any meal look good. A big plate of garlic bread in the middle of table for the family to gather around is great.ReplyCancel

  • We try to eat together as a family every night we can… And its always a win win when the garlic bread is served! I also like to use different sauces where possible and let the kids experience more flavour.ReplyCancel

  • add a bit of love to each meal and of course adding melted cheese goes a long way to achieving thisReplyCancel

  • Donna Germon

    I have 5 children who all like different things. To stretch our meals I get them involved. They help make salads they will eat, they help add extra vegies to dishes or they help make an extra part of the meal, like a fresh focaccia or flat bread. My son has recently started making fresh pasta and thoroughly enjoys it! We always serve our meals on platters on the table for everyone to help themselves.ReplyCancel

  • Kathie A

    I like to make our family meals extra special by:
    Setting the table
    Using the ‘specially polished’ cutlery
    Serving one of the family’s favourite meals…with garlic bread, of course
    Using wine glasses (even if they’re just filled with soft drink for the littlies)
    By having a calm, relaxed & thankful attitude! After all, we are all together, enjoying fab food & each other’s company :-)ReplyCancel

  • Gail

    I make a meal special by having some interesting prepared mason jar salads in several sizes ready to go ,just shake and pour gently onto the main plate , simply superb with lasagne , pasta bolognaise, casserole , fish , steak or chicken It has been a blessing having these jars all prepared ahead on a Sunday, ready for lunches and dinners for days ahead , they literally save me hours of prep time and make every meal so very special .
    & Thank you Kat for the idea!!ReplyCancel

  • Katie

    Often, it’s not the cooking skills or ingredients that makes meals special in our house but the process my husband and I do together every night. Menu planning, grocery shopping and all cooking are performed together. The laughs and teamwork make every meal special even on the occasion when we fail miserably. In fact it was these processes that helped us move from housemates to marriage.ReplyCancel

  • Laura Scriven

    We sit around the table every day,
    We learn and share that way!
    I like to try a new weekly dinner,
    Sometimes I make a winner!ReplyCancel

  • Jacky

    I add fresh herbs and spices: the colours and aromas make everything look and smell so delicious the whole family tucks in.ReplyCancel