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Create a Guest Basket

Create a ‘guest basket’ for visitors who are staying with you over the holidays.   Include necessities and special items like: Nibbles Soap Sunscreen Tissues Magazine Shampoo and conditioner Hand cream Notepad and pen Extra roll of toilet paper, just in case they run out they know where to find some quickly. All our family […]

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How to make Mason Jar Salads

Mason jar salads are just that a salad in a mason jar. I’m not sure who came up with this concept, but I think it’s genius. Storing the salad in a glass (mason) jar keeps it fresh for 5-7 days.

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  • Lorrie

    Wow these look so good I am going to have to give this a go myself, I guess you could really do whatever combination you wanted.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Absolutely Lorrie! You can put whatever you like in them, they are so good! I look forward to my lunch everyday.:)ReplyCancel

  • Carley

    That sounds great but am wondering does it have to be a mason jar? Can other glass jars work or even Tupperware and still remain as fresh as you say storing in mason is?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Carley, Yes it can be any glass jar just not plastic as it won’t keep it’s freshness.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha

    Can I ask why the Mason jars? Does the jar need to be specially sealed like with preserving or can one just put the lid on the jar and the salad will be right for a few days? Such a great idea- I need to do the same thing. My husband and two children usually get fed well and I get either whatever’s left for work lunches or eat when I remember at home!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Samantha, Yes the jars need to be glass and to seal to keep in the freshness so they last. They are so perfect for busy lifestyles.ReplyCancel

  • Lynn Robertson

    i am really Impressed with your Mason jar salads. One question – do the avocados go brown? What do the eggs taste like after a week?
    Thank you for such interesting ideas.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Lynn, Funny you ask abut the avocados! I honestly thought they would too but no they didn’t. By day 5 they had slightly started to have a little brownish colour but still totally fine to eat. And the eggs were fine too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Courtney

    Where did you find these Mason jars? All the ones I’ve looked at have a handle and a hole for a straw through the lid.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Courtney, You can purchase them at Big W or there is a link on the post just above.ReplyCancel

      • Jen

        FYI, the link didn’t work for me. There was a problem with the redirection: “Unfortunately we cannot redirect you to the website requested….”, etc. I did manage to extract the website you intended the link take us to from the redirection URL though…

        Thanks for this post! I have been wanting to find a way to make salads last longer and was specifically considering trying a different storage container, so I will try some mason jars instead of a different plastic container!ReplyCancel

  • elizabeth

    Can u layer just the dressing veggies, feta cheese and lettuce as I font like eggs or meat in my salad?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Elizabeth, yes you can add whatever salads you enjoy.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I have a heap of old maccona coffee jars do you think that they will work as well? ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Melissa, I honestly haven’t tried it. It may work because coffee stays fresh. If you try it let me know.:)ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I will give it a go with both thanksReplyCancel

  • sarah

    I love the idea – makung life easier! But…. What about your poached chicken – if it was poached on sunday and you made 5 salads up for mon – fri, is the chicken still ok?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sarah I am finding it is still OK, haven’t come down sick yet thank goodness.ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany

    Hi, I love this idea but I’m a but unsure of how long you can wait before you eat poached chicken and boiled eggs… Is it really ok on Friday, if made on Sunday night, or is there. 2 day limit for safe eating?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I completely understand your worry Tiffany I was concerned in the beginning too but it is all still edible by the Friday.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy walker

    My favourite is bottom layer balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing, next layer either butter beans or chickpeas, then cous cous, then roasted pumpkin, then crumbled feta and finally a layer of salad greens ( I like baby spinach) yum!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      OOh Wendy my mouth is watering that sounds so so good.ReplyCancel

  • shell

    These look amazing, I am going to experiment tomorrow. I just wondered if you thought that tuna would keep in the jar?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Shell, I haveb’t tried Tuna yet, only because I love chicken saladas. But I do want to try it at some stage, if you do, please let me know :)ReplyCancel

      • Shell

        Yeah, I wonder if the tuna will be too moist to put next to the salad greens. I might make it with the others, but use this one first, rather than waiting until later in the week, and then if its ok, stretch it out to 2 days next week and so on and so forth… I will let you know :-)ReplyCancel

        • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

          Sounds good, you will have to let me know how they turn out.:)ReplyCancel

  • Isabelle Pearce

    l love the idea Katrina. I will buy big jars and mini ones for my 3 year old that loves salads. It will make my life so much easier and less boring. As every day we eat the same and it gets boring. Do you need to boil the jars, and seal them like you do with jam…? Or just close the lid very tightly? ThanksReplyCancel

  • Hi
    I try making your mason jar salad it was so easy to make and it tasted yummy my husband liked it too, I am also try fruit salad in the jars i put honeydew melon, rockmelon, watermelon, so we will see how it goes.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i like the sound of the fruit Mason Jars! You will have to let me know how they turn out, Jeannette.:)ReplyCancel

DIY Christmas Bunting

We found this fabric last year at Spotlight, a DIY Christmas Bunting fabric sheet.  I have found in previous years this has sold out very quickly, so when I saw it, I grab a length straight away. I then used pinking shears to cut around each triangle.  This saved me time, rather than sewing a seam around each. […]

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  • I love this! We are having a Christmas party very soon at our house and this idea will be perfect.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh wonderful, Briohny.:)ReplyCancel

Miss 9’s bedroom gets a makeover

I have recently given Miss 9’s bedroom a make over.  We moved into this house when I was pregnant with Miss 9, when I found out I was having a girl I couldn’t help myself and painted a pink feature wall in her bedroom.  So really I presumed pink was going to be her favourite colour.  I […]

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  • LOVE!!! I actually have blog post for Monday about how much i would love to do icecream room. Many of these items are featured. Great minds!! Well done :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It’s just so colourful!! Miss 11 is eyeing off the watermelon and pineapple range, I would have so much fun helping her redecroate her bedroom as I am loving watermelons at the momentReplyCancel

      • Oh i love pineapples & watermelon… i did post other week showing ranges of both. I asked which team readers were on. I wish i had lots of rooms to decorate.. kids rooms are so much fun!ReplyCancel

  • Wow Kat, you truly have outdone yourself, it looks fantastic! I have total (when I was 9) bedroom envy! I will have to head to Adairs to shop for my little girl…she’s 3 & a half and still in a cot! Well her cot turns into a ‘bed’ but it still looks like a cot to me! Thanks for the fantastic tips! P.s your fairy painting is precious!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL I do too Jenni, I was never able to chose the colour and linens for my bedroom when younger so I am really open to my kids picking what they want and feeling comfortable in their bedroom and making it theirs. I love all this colour and I think the polka dot wall just finishes it all off beautifully.ReplyCancel

  • rebecca

    Hi, I love the bed!! where did you get it from?ReplyCancel

    • Tara

      I could be wrong but it looks like it’s from ‘Incy Interors’ReplyCancel

      • Tara

        *interiorsReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        The bed is also from Adairs. It can only be brought in store and not online.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Rebecca, The bed is from Adairs. It can only be purchased in store and not online though.ReplyCancel

  • Oh this looks gorgeous Katrina! I love the colour scheme and the gorgeous pops of pastel colours. That ice cream lamp is seriously fun too. Great makeover! xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Vanessa.:) Colourful and happy.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    Love it! Had to laugh – painted my daughter’s room pink when we moved in and she was 8 months old – now nearly 7 and has declared she wants it green! I am hoping to hold out until after Christmas though :) Think I will start by getting her to choose bed linen, too. Looks lovely Kat!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Kate! Yes it is beautiful.:) Great idea with picking the linen first, she may just change her mind on what colour she wants to paint her wall. Also trying to match the linen might b harder if you paint first.ReplyCancel

  • Looks so fresh and bright – gorgeous!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Kez! Miss 9 is thrilled to pieces with her new room.:)ReplyCancel

  • Leesa

    Love the room – just beautiful. Just wondering the purpose of the wire basket under the pink table? and where the pink table came from. Thank you :)ReplyCancel

    • leesa

      Oops – just saw tables are from Adairs xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Leese, Yes the little pink table is from Adairs and the white basket is for her to put things in ( she likes to put her slippers in there so on a winters morning they are nice and close).ReplyCancel

  • LOVE IT Kat. Well done!
    What an awesome space for a special little lady!
    C xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Claire! Yes Miss 9’s room is just so colourful, it is a really happy place.:)ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    Love the desk! Where isn’t from?ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    Sorry, “is” not “isn’t” :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Tammy, It is so cute isn’t it! The white desk is from Bambino Home. They have a huge selection, i fully recommend them.:)ReplyCancel

Teacher appreciation, thank you jar of chocolates

It was Teacher Appreciation Day recently.  My youngest daughters teacher has been absolutely amazing this year and whilst I admit I forgot it was teacher appreciation Day until the night before I wanted to take the time with Miss 9 to put something together for her teacher.  A little thank you from us for always […]

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  • Caroline

    I love these!My children are all grown up now but they would make good gifts for neighbours I’ll be making some for mine this year.ReplyCancel

Christmas Gift Wrapping Basket

Last year I created this look shelf nook for all my gift wrapping, but we have changed the room around and no longer have this space.  I have created a portable wrapping basket, which is working really well.  At Christmas time I like to sit in front of the TV and wrap my pressies, so now […]

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  • OMG this is so organized & everything look so perfect. I wish I was as organized as you. Thanks to your blog I am trying to.

    Thanks for sharing this, which also reminds me that I need to go gift shopping!ReplyCancel

Frozen Fruit treat that tastes like ice cream + Win a Yonanas Maker

This post is sponsored by Yonanas Wow the heat here in Queensland has been brutal the past few days, the kids have come home from school so hot and exhausted.  They walk through the door, put away their bags and just head to the fridge for something cold.  Which is a refreshing way for them to cool […]

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  • I make ‘alien juice’ with the kids. (Green smoothies)
    We pretend it’s from outa space, they can’t get enough!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      that is such a clever name Shannon!ReplyCancel

  • Ahh, now I understand what everyone is talking about LOL this looks really cool! Don’t know about sneaking fruit to the kids, I should try this with my hubby!ReplyCancel

  • Stella

    My boy is allergic to dairy and eggs so I make up a soy and fruit smoothie, after freezing it turns into a healthy sorbet. With certain veggies he says he doesnt like I chop them very finely and mix into a stir fry. He often won’t notice they are there and happily eat them.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That is a wonderful idea Stella!ReplyCancel

  • Ann maree S

    I hide vegetables inside Meatballs and my daughter loves them ,cauliflower, carrots zucchini even potato ,Hubby is far worse than her with vegetables and he has no idea either !ReplyCancel

  • Rana

    With this machine, I won’t be stooping by the Froyo stores anymore. Frozen bananas and strawberries sound delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth

    I use a stick mixer to blend up frozen fruit with yoghurt! My 1yo loves it! One of these would be perfect for all my kids!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke

    As I’m usually in the kitchen it’s always treat time when daddy joins in…. Little do the mini peeps know but my husband is the fruit and veggie king and his fruit drinks contain everything from beets, kale, carrot and broccoli as well as the usual suspects. What makes the bright pink colour dad? Love! Of course ;)ReplyCancel

  • Usually I mix in some veggies with pasta and nobody notices!ReplyCancel

  • Emma L

    I hide vegies in anything I can – zucchini muffins, homemade beetroot pasta, the kids love date balls and you can even put grated carrot in them. I have even tried hiding avocado under vegemite on toast but that wasn’t successful!ReplyCancel

  • laura swinfield

    I usually freeze blended strawberries into icey poles and it turns into icey poles and it freezes into sorbet consistancy. LovelyReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Barnett

    Not really sneaky but my kids will eat more fruit if it is already chopped up in the fridge.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    I make bliss balls from dates, almonds, prunes, pepitas, sunflower seeds, cacao, little bit of coconut oil and whatever else I have in my pantry at the time, roll them in coconut and the kids just call them chocolate balls. The kids are happy because they think they are getting a very special treat, and Im happy because I know there are no added sugars or nasties!ReplyCancel

  • Bela L

    I’ve love to bake but I drastically reduce the amount of sugar in most recipes by adding pure apple puree instead. It’s a great sweetener and is much easier for little bodies to break down.ReplyCancel

  • Bridget

    My nearly-4-year-old loves lamingtons so I use agave instead of sugar and sneakily put beetroot and zucchini in them. Can’t even taste the difference and they are delicious!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wow great disguising Bridget, i like it!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    My kids struggle to eat a lot of fruit so I make yoghurt smoothies. I use frozen fruit, low fat yoghurt, a small amount of apple juice and ice cubes, I mix it all up in one of those magic bullet type blenders. This give them a good serving of fruit and calcium. My 13 year old daughter refuses to eat breakfast but will happily have one of these.ReplyCancel

  • Janelle

    Soup!!! For some reason my children love soup – they don’t mind the vegetables they can see and it’s amazing how many you can blend and chop and strain that they can’t see!! Wonder food!! (not so good in summer :( )ReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    I have a 3 yr old that is allergic to milk, eggs, nuts, soy etc. I’m very lucky as he does eat a lot of fruit & a lot of vegetables so I don’t have to hide them but the hardest thing for me is finding new treats for him that taste great. I’m constantly researching & testing new ideas but so many have no flavour. This machine is a great way to create great tasting treats for him. I never like him to miss out on anything so I constantly try to find similar food that taste great. I always test his new food out with his cousins to see if they like it as well. It would be a great after dinner dessert instead of water ice-blocks.ReplyCancel

  • Emma Johnson

    I make a slime sauce for gnocchi or pasta when we have a meat free meal. It is onions and frozen spinach based and then what ever else that is greenish I have on hand goes in as well. Usually brocoli zucchini beans and peas. I pack so many veg in and cook down with garlic and herbs with a can of evaporated milk – whiz it all up to make the slime and they gobble it up like no tomorrow. I have even used wilted lettuce before to use it up!ReplyCancel

  • I think I must be really sneaky! I like to substitute sugar for dextrose or Natvia in my baking. The kids can’t taste the difference and it is so much better for them. I also love filling up my bolognese sauce with grated carrot and zucchini. I then use leftover sauce and a sheet or two of puff pastry to make bolognese pinwheels. They taste delish and the kids have no idea they are chock full of veg.ReplyCancel

  • Darcy

    I just prevent that blueberries are little lollies. It works now but probably won’t as my daughter gets older!ReplyCancel

  • Jamie Harris

    Luckily enough my toddler isn’t too picky. But I will say I buy the veggie pastas and sneak those purée food pouches into EVERYTHING. I want to be sure he gets enough good stuff. But what mom doesn’t? :)ReplyCancel

  • Darcy

    I meant pretend in my previous comment, not prevent! Sorry :)ReplyCancel

  • Kri

    I make Amazeballs – quinoa flakes and/or shredded coconut and/or oatmeal, with dates, sulphite-free dried fruit, honey (from my bee keeper uncle – handy!!), maybe some cacao or maca powder, seeds, nuts if they’re not going into school lunches… Whatever is lying around gets thrown in!! Kids love them and they freeze well for a month or so, great for school. Out the night before and defrosted by morning break.ReplyCancel

  • Lorraine

    I’ve hidden kale in strawberry or banana smoothies. I give my boys a cup with a lid and straw so they can’t see the green bits and they’ve never tasted it.
    Cheesy pasta with eggs and small amount of cheese my 10yr old just worked out that the cheese is eggs but I told him he’s liked it for years so ears it without any complaints. I’d hide little bits of veggies in these ice creams as well if I had one I think it would work better than the smoothies.ReplyCancel

  • karen

    I hide grated verges in almost everything I can! And it’s not just the little one I hide them from…….my husband is just as bad!ReplyCancel

  • Nerida

    My son is only 7 months and I’m experimenting with all the veges and also herbs. Got to get those taste buds going! He is loving our morning smoothie with oats, banana, yoghurt and berries.ReplyCancel

  • Jan

    The most used tool in my kitchen is the grater…you can add grated veggies to just about any dish and the kids don’t mind. I get them to help ether than “hide” the healthy bits. I love the fruit based ice creams and sorbets and the Yonanas looks like such an easy way to do it, would love to give it a try!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Hardwick

    When I make biscuits & slices, I reduce the sugar & add fruit and OATS…. everything has oats added to it!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s great Karen! I like the sound of adding oats to recipes.:)ReplyCancel

  • Laurie Jennings

    My boys are gluten free, wheat free, corn free, dairy free, grain free which can be challenging but fun to create new recipes! I make raw chocolate cake from avocado (creaminess), coconut oil & cacao powder & dates for sweetness & they don’t have a clue :).ReplyCancel

  • cheryl M

    My sneaky way to get my kids to eat they’re veggies is by grating them into sauces (Spag Bol = heaps of grated carrot & Zucchini )… if they only knew ! Pssst – Mums the word ;)ReplyCancel

  • Kylie B

    I always blend up fruit on its last legs and put it in the freezer it’s such a shame when my icypole containers are full and I end up throwing it instead. As for hiding veg I put it in my rissoles granted anything can go in and the family always loves them.ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    Banana and zucchini are my favourite healthy additions to snacks. You can disguise banana in smoothies, ice cream, muffins, healthy muesli bars and biscuits. Zucchini makes the moistest chocolate cake, yummy fritters with feta and makes spag bolg, sausage rolls and the like so much healthier.ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    I have 5 kids and they would love this! I sneak in fruit with smoothies or juices.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline Byrne

    I make my own pasta sauces with hidden veggies
    and sneak in veg and fruit into my sausage rolls too’mReplyCancel

  • Jacqui

    Wow! This is what I need! I’ve tried hiding fruit in icypoles before by food processing or juicing and freezing. But I love this option as I don’t need to add yoghurt or anything to it… So much easier for my dairy intolerant child! I do hide veggies and fruit in my baking and dinners but at the moment the best bet is to tell my son that Fireman Sam eats it…ReplyCancel

    • Hilary

      I use our mandolin slicer to julienne long strips of zucchini to substitute for spaghetti. It cooks in about 2 minuets in boiling salted water. Top with my favourite bolognese sauce (packed with grated carrot and more zucchini) and my 2 and 4 year old nieces love it, they call it alien spaghetti.ReplyCancel

  • Ashleigh Burns

    I call our green smoothies “monster smoothies”! Bananas are great in these too for a lovely creamy texture. Everyone in out family loves them!ReplyCancel

  • Haylee Buckle

    My children love sweet treats. I recently made fresh date and coconut biscuits. The kids love them and its all natural. My sweet potato muffins are also a huge hit.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh sweet potato muffins!! Now they sound so yummy!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    I grate carrots and add it to the taco mince mix! Can’t taste it but it bulks it up and gives it colour. Also zuchinni noodles with bolognaise sauce and cutting out apple in hearts!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wonderful idea Kelly!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi

    I mix fruit puree with yoghurt and milk and put into ice block molds. My 3 yo is always getting ice blocks from the freezer but now doesn’t realise how good they are for him!ReplyCancel

  • My main trick is to try and get them involved in the making. They are much keener to drink vege juice when I chop and they do the juicing. So this machine looks fantastic – they can make their own healthy afternoon tea! The Yonanas would be the hit of summer at my place.ReplyCancel

  • Donna Lewis

    My daughter loves chocolate but despises broccoli (and most vegies). I make chocolate muffins with hidden broccoli, beetroot and purple carrots. She has no idea and thinks she is just devouring a wicked treat. Wicked indeed! And as she is intolerant to cows milk this is a double winner for us.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    Like some others, I whizz up low fat yoghurt and fruit to make some yummy healthy icy poles.ReplyCancel

  • Carey

    Here are some of my tricks!

    1. I grate up lots of vegetables and put it in spaghetti bolognaise
    2. Fruit muffins – my boy won’t eat bananas as fruit, but he begs me to make banana muffins all the time, and I add lots of other fruit to it
    3. We name food to make it fun – carrot “coins”, broccoli “trees” etc
    4. Fruit smoothies always go down a treat!
    5. Tacos/burritos – food kids can make themselves and add their own choices, and I put kidney beans in the meat, something they won’t eat on their own but are accepted with tacos
    6. Home made pizza – hide vegies in the tomato sauce!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha

    We have Monster smooothies here. Fruit, Yoghurt and spinach. I’ve found the greener the smoothie, the better. My kids love it and then love to run around pretending that the smoothie has turned them into a monster.ReplyCancel

  • Claire Deane

    Pasta sauce at our place but my most favourite thing to do is NOT to hide it, instead we make meals together! It makes so much difference (and so much mess ;-))ReplyCancel

  • Janny Pilarski

    I look after my 3 grandsons every afternoon and cook them dinner as well. 2 of them are intolerant to preservatives,artificial colours and flavours so giving them treats is really quite hard. They love fruit and the Yonanas would be perfect to make them a healthy treat that looks like ice cream/soft serve. They eat quite a lot of vegetables but the ones they don’t like for example spinach, I cook and both the veg and the water it was cooked in goes through a moulie and then a sieve so that no green bits can be found in stews or bolognaise.I use a stick mixer for organic kidney beans and then cook them with the mince and homemade spice mix for tacos which they love. It is great when they come back for seconds.ReplyCancel

  • Sonya

    My daughter loves milkshakes. She thinks I’m putting loads of ice cream in them but I just make them with milk and bananas – I just use really ripe bananas and a lot of them, so it makes the milkshake really thick and creamy. I bet she wonders why I always send her out of the room before I make it…ReplyCancel

  • marian bathie

    Cooked cauliflower makes a great cream sauce for Alfredo pasta or macaroni. The family love it. Pumpkin is great in your muffins cakes and scones adds color too. Created zucchini carrot can be added to meat sauce for spaghetti lasagna quiche and muffins.ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    Thankfully I have a daughter who is happy eating most fruit and vegetables so I don’t have to find ways to hide things. I do like to put veggies into fritters, patties and meatloaf and fruit into things like banana bread and muesli slices.ReplyCancel

  • I freaking love banana ice cream! I bought a crappy version of a Yonana last year and it broke. Totally want one of these now!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh i hear you! I adore Banana ice cream too! So yummy.:)ReplyCancel

  • Jess

    My daughter loves fruit and vegetables but also liked to snack on dry cereal throughout the day. After seeing how much sodium even ‘healthy’ cereals contained I switched to puffed brown rice and corn (with nothing else added) available in the health food section.ReplyCancel

  • Soni P.

    I add red lentils into my daughter’s porridge to increase her protein intake. To this day she thinks porridge is orange. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Nic

    My friend gave me this great recipe for chocolate cake made with red kidney beans. Don’t laugh – it’s actually deliciously moist and really tastes yummy! And it’s far healthier than standard chocolate cake as it is much higher in protein and fibre.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    I have always found blending and freezing pureed fruit into icy poles works a treat at getting my sons to apricots, peaches etc. I am particularly interested in the Yonanas because my son has to eat soy instead of cows milk and the creamy texture of icecream is hard to replicate with icy pole molds.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    I am lactose intolerant and my son loves I cream so that machine is the best way of making healthy “ice creams ” and sorbets it looks wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • Janine

    “Green dinosaur milkshake”, “moon rocks/cakes” with fruit and chia seeds, natural yogurt and nuts hidden in them. Dinosaurs, space and the colour green are my son’s favorite things at the moment so we go with what’s in at the time!ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    I’ve wanted one of these yonanas for ages! I sneak vegie soup or puree into my toddler’s favourite ‘zotto’ (risotto) or put leftover vegie puree I have made for my 7 month old baby’s food in pikelet mixture – sweet potato and pumpkin make the pancakes golden and sweet but he still thinks they’re a dessert.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny L

    I will put finely chopped vegetables into rissoles, sheppards pie, bolangaise or anything else that they like. Also frozen fruits, yoghurts and/or milk churned together to make a delicious ice cream.ReplyCancel

  • Candice

    My 1 yo is dairy and soy free, so we rely heavily on fruit as snacks, either fresh or made into muffins or puréed and added to oatmeal. Summer fruits (ie peaches, nectarines, watermelon and mango) are eaten plain and in bulk. A great muffin recipe both my kids love to make are ‘Funky Beet Muffins’ from the Cbeebies I Can Cook recipe site (my 3yo’s favourite show)
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/funky_beet_muffins_24134ReplyCancel

  • Timm

    To get my kids to eat fruit and vegies I cut them up fine and serve them in something they love like pancakes or bolagnaise sauce on pasta. Also I give then vegies in “cakes” aka quiche that I tell them is a vegie cake. Works a treat. TimmReplyCancel

  • Saraskye

    blitzed carrot, eggplant, zuchinni and capsicum in rissoles/pasta sauce and for fruit – make it a smoothie and the kids think its groovy! If all else fails I keep the original bottles/packaging from store bought products and put my own in them, the kids don’t seem to notice!!ReplyCancel

  • Kara clarke

    I put zucchini, potato, carrots, pumpkin and apple in my sausage rolls. My girls love them and always come back for more!ReplyCancel

  • Jules

    I know some people will think I’m awful, but I make fairy bread for parties using lite cream cheese instead of butter. Our kids don’t know any different and love it.ReplyCancel

  • Nicola Herring

    I make chocolate mousse – my daughter is completely oblivious that it is quite simply one whole avocado mixed with hot chocolate powder. It really is delicious and she has no idea that it’s healthy! What a genius I am!! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Bianca

    I would love to say I am a queen smuggler but unfortunately I am not! I get really hard to smuggle fruits and veggies but my daughter (2) still scouts them out.
    I am in desperate need of new recipes and appliances to help me feed a nutritious balanced diet.ReplyCancel

  • Shell

    I am not always good at hiding things, but by grating carrot, potato, and an in season vegetable, I find I can hide veggies inside the burger mix, and as long as everyone sees meat, I get away with hiding the good stuff :)

    (fingers crossed, I so wish for one of these, but budget will never allow it)ReplyCancel

  • Peta Scott

    I hide veggies where ever I can!! Cakes, muffins, meatballs, pasta sauce and pie filling!!!! 99% of the time it is successful others nor so much ;p Both kids love frozen banana icecream but making it in the food processor is time consuming and messy!!!!! The Yonanas would make it so much easier :DReplyCancel

  • Kimberly

    Fruit smoothies. Kids won’t eat while fruit but will have it in a smoothies.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love this idea Kimberly!ReplyCancel

  • Lillian Williamson

    Minnie Mumm:

    I don’t do it sneakily, but a small platter of cheese with crackers,sliced n diced fruit and a little pot of yoghurt for dipping the fruit. This would be awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Sally Duncombe

    I blend baked beans or lentils into soup or bump out spag bol with them. I also eat well in front of them and sometimes say this is mummy’s treat don’t take any _ always makes food more alluring to my kids! Like the yonana idea, sounds great for quick deserts for the whole family .ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Ruddock

    It’s all in the name!ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    I have never really had to sneak any fruits and vegetables to my kids. My problem has been the husband…. although now they are teenagers they say they dont like brussel sprouts. If thats the worst they come out with I am happy.

    I run a small family support agency (not-for-profit) and we are always promoting healthy eating alternatives to our families including ‘hiding’ fruit and veg. I wish I had some pictures but we make fruit wands, cut soft fruit with a cookie cutter and stick a straw in it, watermelon pizza, take 1 round of watermelon cover with yoghurt, sprinkle pineapple, strawberries and blueberries on top then cut into wedges and of course the kids love slinky apples. There are so many ideas we use, making faces out of sliced cucumber, grated carrots, sultanas, cream cheese or humus on a rice cracker. What we know works and the kids love at our events is getting to experience healthy food in a different way.

    I would really like to have one of these machines to do ‘fruit icecreams’ at our playgroups.ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    I sneak veggies in everywhere I can! I love baking so zucchini and pumpkin regularly go into muffins. There’s always the puréed soup which they love and have heaps of veggies in it! Pasta sauces are another easy one too. We would love to win, us Canadians need more ways to cool down in the hot Australian summer!ReplyCancel

  • lucy

    I sneak veggies into meatballs, sausage rolls.
    date, dried figs, coconut into fruit balls. I also make fruit and veg juices, which have the kids totally baffled!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I love the sound of this Lucy!ReplyCancel

  • Katherine Hassam

    pureed fruit that I freeze into ice blocks! This wonderful machine would make this so much easier for me to feed my bubba :)ReplyCancel

  • Jane Orr

    I put vegies in everything!! If you can blend it up small enough then you can add vegetables to almost every dish, without the kids detecting .ReplyCancel

  • Diana O

    Nothing sneaky about it, it’s all in the actions, over animation, pretending that the fruit and vegetables I am eating are the GREATEST things on this earth & ‘special’ only for grown ups. This done, it’s amazing how quickly little bodies love them too, needing to consume them at every opportunity.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    My kids love smoothies, and think they are such a breakfast treat. You can sneak all kinds of goodness into them, such as spinach, many kinds of fruit, coconut milk, chia seeds, medjool dates, and yoghurt. Who doesn’t love some icy, creamy goodness?ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca P

    I make up a batch of ‘chocolate mousse’ for my kids. It’s raw cacao not sugar filled cocoa whipped up with avocado and banana! All they see is a creamy chocolate dessert that tastes sweet and yummy but it’s filled with good fats, energy and has no sugar! It’s a dessert they can eat for breakfast! Win!ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    I don’t recall ever having to sneak my kids healthy food. Call me lucky I don’t know. But my trick is to let my kids see the rainbow in their food. If the food is beige it won’t be touched. Rainbow is good. Everybody loves a rainbow!ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    I sneak in all sorts, greens and seeds into smoothies and pasta bake, but my most successful veg sneaking is in my vegan chocolate cake, I use either zucchini, carrot, or beets our a combination as a base for the cake, even my fussy hubby eats it without question! I also add nut meal in to the batter to sneak nuts into my son who thinks he hates nuts.ReplyCancel

  • Alexis Robinson

    With children who dairy intolerant and one with a nut allergy and very fussy eating habits, their favourite treat is an icecream made from whatever fruit is on it’s last legs and coconut cream blended and frozen. If they’re lucky I’ll add some cocoa or honey. But this machine looks far more exciting! My kids will also eat frut more readily if it’s frozen – grapes are particularly great.ReplyCancel

  • Barb

    I sneak veggies in frittatas, muffins, pies, dips and my kids favourite pasties! The pasties are great because you can use any leftover meat and veg, just dice it up and enclose in delicious homemade pastry. A nice frozen fruit-cream would be a tasty and healthy addition!ReplyCancel

  • Hayley Hitchings

    I am very lucky that miss 4 loves fruit and veg and miss 1 is heading in the same direction but cant go wrong when their favourite treat is a lollitup which is a tupperare product, an icy pole filled with straight fruit (watermelon is our favourite or a traffic light of watermelon, orange, kiwi fruit)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh great idea Hayley.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda McLeod

    Would love to be able to make some healthier desserts for the family that taste goodReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    Icy poles made with freshly squeezed fruit juice are great for hot summer afternoons. They love frozen fruit smoothies with a dollop of natural greek yoghurt, but who could not enjoy an icy cool creamy treat. Would love to have the YONANAS option to give the girls when they get home from school.ReplyCancel

  • Janet Martin

    Get the kids to choose a colour green, purple, orange, red and then purée either spinach, blueberry, pumkin, or beetroots and add them to muffins or pancakesReplyCancel

  • Easy, I just tell my kids that fruit is a sometimes food and put up a bit of a fight when they ask for it. Works a treat!ReplyCancel

  • caitlin jordan

    Thankfully the kids are pretty good about eating fruit but their dad is really bad!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I sneak veggies into whatever I can – snacks, main meals, ice creams, smoothies. Luckily I have one child who will actually eat his veggies just as they are – he gets rewarded with an icecream ( that’s full of fruit lol)ReplyCancel

  • melissa chance

    I like to make muffins that is my favorite way but then I also make smoothies they arw good and the kida like them better then the muffins. But thi ab machine would help so much. It looks like a cool product. I never win nothing maybe this will be my lucky day.ReplyCancel

  • Jeanette barker

    I have ASD sons on limited diets (for different reasons) and am always looking for easy, healthy snacks. Presently my go-to in hot weather is a fruit smoothie (made from fruit I’ve frozen to not have wastage and keep prices down). This way I can often sneak in a little of the fruit they are usually fussy about, without them even knowing!ReplyCancel

  • Dia

    Every day my kids usually make their own with bananas with other fruits or Oreo and freeze. with Yonanas maker, it will bring our family more closer. We can’t wait to try variety ideas with it.ReplyCancel

  • Erin Dawson

    My two year old will quite often refuse whole or sliced banana. But if I chop it into finger size pieces and tell him it’s a ‘monkey stick’ he’ll gobble it up no worries. .ReplyCancel

  • Pauline Stewart

    I had my kids convinced that sultanas were lollies until they started school!ReplyCancel

  • HOLLIE

    i watch animal docos or TV shows with my 2 year old and when we see an animal eating fruit, the next time we eat that fruit we pretend to be that animal! Lots of squawking and laughing PLUS a healthy snack.ReplyCancel

  • Judi Adams

    Animals made out of fruit often does the trick, and another favourite is kebab fruit loaded onto a blunt stickReplyCancel

  • Marie Shing

    Lucky for me, my daughter loves eating healthy! I could cook a nice roast or something, and she just wants a plate full of veggies!! But here, my fruit tends to spoil so fast and it would be great to use to make delicious frozen yogurt for my daughter!! She starts prep next year!!ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    I grate vegies into pasta sauce and make green smoothies.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    Smoothies smoothies and more smoothies! So hot in western qld ATM def going to try this. Looks so yummy. Thanks xoReplyCancel

  • Brittany

    I am very blessed with an adventurous eater. However I do add veggies that are difficult for my daughter to eat like spinach and kale to smoothies. She gets so excited over GREEN smoothies!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tamara

    My 2 year old is fruit obsessed so hiding that is no issue, veggies on the other hand, well, I hide grated veggies in pasta. She’s allergic to tomatoes so I use pumpkin and peas for a pasta sauce base then add all sorts of other veggies. It’s a bonus that it’s super yummy too!ReplyCancel

  • Annaliese

    I cook everything I can into a ball shape or sausage shape – so long as it’s the right shape and called a sausage it doesn’t matter if it’s filled with veggies!ReplyCancel

  • Locky

    Chocolate cake made from kidney beans cocoa powder coconut oil etc with cocoa avocado icing. The kids love it and don’t have a clue whats in it. :)ReplyCancel

  • Monique

    My 4 kids saw this and would love one!!! It would stop them using all the milk for fruit smoothies all the time. And they can do it themselves!!! It will def get used on a daily basis here!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lina

    I hide veges in anything i can. From pasta sauce, meatballs, but the most successful way is when i make a “fruit juice” with pineapplle and spinach, kale… I put it in a green cup so it “reflects” green color. The juice is sweet but full of great nutrients.ReplyCancel

  • Susannah

    Home made sausage rolls using Turkey mince and veggiesReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    We freeze loose grapes from the bottom of the bag and the kids love them!ReplyCancel

  • Bridget Studders

    I recently made cupcakes for a birthday party and put banana in them…kids didn’t notice and the parents thought they were super delicious :) we also put spinach and carrots in spaghetti and the kids don’t notice :)ReplyCancel

  • Amy Marsland

    I grate lots of veg (onion, carrot, zucchini and mushroom) and hide them in zucchini slice. I even sub spelt flour for wheat… She loves it :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I have to say that I am a very lucky Mum indeed. From a really young age, I taught my kids to like salads,fresh fruit and veggies. I always explained how good they are for them and that they will get really strong if they eat them. They loved that idea and use to and occasionally still do, show me their muscles when eating the healthy snacks.
    So hiding things isn’t a concern for me, and I am fully aware how lucky I am. I totally love your idea making 100% fruity, yummy ice-cream with the YONANAS MAKER!!ReplyCancel

  • Astrid

    Rainbow mash. Lots of vegies mashed together. They love it!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great tip! Thank you for sharing.:)ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Fischer

    I freeze small pieces of fruit like banana, orange, pineapple, grapes for icy treats. In slow cooker meals I put in baked beans (which my kids hate) and lentils and as many veggies as possible and they eat them all!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Cannon

    My 2yr old wants to be a “big boy” like his 3 older brothers. He is getting a little picky at times. So everything is big! Sit at the big table, with a big bowl, a big spoon, eat big boy food just like your big brothers! Big Yonanas, that works!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle van Zyl

    I put frozen fruit and oats in their morning smoothie and grate veggies in everything I make. I would love to be able to use frozen fruit in the yonanas and the whole family will be fighting over whose turn it is!ReplyCancel

  • Jenni Williams

    I don’t really make healthy treats (or sneaky ones anyway) but I do healthy meals and sneakily add lots of veggies all the time. Even my husband doesn’t know :)ReplyCancel

  • Fiona Wypych

    When making bread I pop in finely chopped up fruits, grated carrot/zucchini and nuts – then when the bread is cooked and warm spread over mashed up avocado or homemade strawberry jam. This is such a filling and satisfying snack and also lots of “good” things! For Summer though, the things I could do with a Yonanas!ReplyCancel

  • Jenni Williams

    I don’t really sneak healthy things into treats but I do it all the time in meals – veggies can be hidden in almost anything – even my husband doesn’t always know..ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    As a yummy summer treat, my girls love yogurt buttons. I fill a squeezy bottle with their favourite yogurt then squirt small button size blobs onto a sheet of baking paper and Pop it in the freezer to set. My girls go crazy over these and I love knowing that they are enjoying a healthy treat ;)ReplyCancel

  • Shelley

    Wow, this is a great idea. My hubby and I are hopeless on the fruit but this would be a great idea to incorporate it. My 1 year old is only starting to try fruit but she does love ice-cream so may also be fantastic for her.ReplyCancel

  • Clare

    Like most mums I hide the vegies in spag bol sauce, but I also found slices were a great way to add vegetables too- once my kids liked eggs…and mini savoury muffins always went down a treat, with lots of grated veg mixed in!ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    It’s amazing how many leafy greens you can add to a delicious fruit smoothie without changing either the colour or taste – so much sneakinessReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I really struggle with finding sneaky ways to add fruit and veg to meals, so that’s why this would be such an AWESOME item to have in my kitchen!! Although I will certainly be trying some of the ideas listed ;)ReplyCancel

  • Reeva

    The ONLY way I can sneak any fruit into my son (who eats NO fruit or veg!) is to make ‘chocolate milkshakes’ which are frozen banana, a spoon of vanilla icecream and some cacao! it’s exhausting! i would love one of these super machines! :)ReplyCancel

  • Katryna

    My kids love slushies and they would like cordial in it but I just blend up the ice with any fruit (watermelon, grapes, kiwi fruit, pineapples, strawberries, blueberries etc) and instant fruit slushie!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    I just whip things up in a frenzy to make smoothies/milkshakes. I actually invite participation. Extra points for originality. Weird combos can be amazing & also just plain weird.ReplyCancel

  • Fabian

    Anything where I can get my kids to participate in making & preparing food from raw ingredients is always good, can be lots of fun and in most cases take less time than you would think.

    When kids make it themselves suddenly the rules change. They will eat it and will insist that you and everyone else does as well.

    This Yonanas Dessert maker would be so much fun at home.
    My kids would certainly love getting creative and even making dessert for us parents too.

    I love how it can also take their attention away from all the digtal devicesReplyCancel

  • Nikki Sims-Chilton

    I make bliss balls (full of dates and nuts) and call them chocolate balls. Also the classic grated veggies in spaghetti bolognaise.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    My favourite veggie hiding ideas are:
    1) Spaghetti bolognaise meat sauce, with lots of grated veggies in it – including carrot, onion, zucchini and capsicum.
    2) Mini veg quiches and fritatas – great size for lunch boxes, freeze well and are a good way to use up leftovers.
    3) Potato and veggie fritters – grate potato and veggies, compact into ‘pancakes’ and shallow fry in olive oil.
    4) Make your own veggie pizzas – we use pita bread as a base, and the kids choose their own toppings.
    5) Sweet potato ‘wedges’ – cut sweet potato into chunks, brush with olive oil and add some cinnamon, then bake.
    6) Meet and veg burger patties – I use lean meat and combine with veggies to make healthy burger patties. These also freeze well, and are a ‘treat’ for the kids served on burger buns with lettuce, tomato and sauce.
    7) Sweetcorn and tuna cakes which you can also add veggies to.ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    While I dont have kids as such, I do have a big kid whom I am consistently trying to get extra vegetables and natural nutrients into. I make some chocolate chip cookies made using chickpeas as a base ingredient which to this day he doesn’t know that is what I use as a base. The trick is to make them only when he is out of the house so as not to blow my cover!ReplyCancel

    • Jen

      Would love that recipe as my family love chocolate chip cookies and I’d like to make them healthierReplyCancel

  • Mary-Ann Stone

    I have to sneak certain fruits, dried fruits and vegetables into the house so my son won’t eat them all at once.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    I chop up banana then dip the pieces in natural yogurt. Place them on baking paper and freeze. Yummy summer treats :)ReplyCancel

  • Aimee

    I hide grated veggies in anything and everything. I also make a ‘pesto’ soup which is almost entirely zucchini! Of course if he knew that, he wouldn’t touch it!ReplyCancel

  • Kerri

    I am forever trying to either smuggle vegies or fruit into the kids (and husband) anyway possible, eg., chocolate bran muffins that have zucchini in them. Brownies that have beetroot in them. Kids and Hubby love them – just do realise they are a healthy treat.
    A Yoananas would give me the opportunity to sneak the fruits into the kids that they say they don’t like – whilst still maintaining my sneaky composure.ReplyCancel

  • Brook

    Hello, I make fettuccine cabonara, minus the eggs, with peeled grated zucchini and mashed cauliflower. The think creamy cheesy sauce hides the veggies and adds a great flavor. All from scratch too, no jars.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that sounds really yummy Brook.:)ReplyCancel

  • I love it. Can’t get enough.

    Good luck to you all. Huggiez.ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    we have a fig tree and there’s only so many figs the kids will eat, so I cook and purée them and make roll ups! They think they’re getting a special treat and I’m happy because it’s healthy.ReplyCancel

  • nicole french

    I thankfully haven’t had to sneak healthy foods to my children, having food intolerances has meant the healthy foods were the treats! The only ‘sneak’ has been their diluted pear juice frozen pops that they think are the bees knees, Ooooo imagine how real pear sorbet would go down for them! :)ReplyCancel

  • Shayne

    Hi Katrina love your site I am co-raising my 5 yrs old grandson who is non-verbally autistic he understands us but can’t communicate back we are learning sign language as you know food is a on going issue only eating certain things that they know they like I would luv to give the yonanas maker a go knowing how much he loves ice-cream & 100% natural WOW !!!ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    I have loved reading everyone’s comments and getting more ideas – thank you!! Like many others who have commented, I try to sneak vegies and fruit in wherever I can. But I also want my 4 kids to know that they are eating healthy food so they grow up knowing that they have eaten them and can and should eat them…. so.. I don’t tell them what’s in it until AFTER they’ve eaten it! Then we play a guessing game of who can guess which vegies have been hidden in the meal – it’s usually about 5 or 7 different ones and I love seeing their faces when they’ve guessed correctly, or when I’ve hidden a new one in or even something they’ve never heard of! Knowledge is power and doing it this way, hopefully they’re gaining a broader knowledge of the world of food and smarter choices for our bodies. A Yonanas maker would be very used in our kitchen! We live in a very small country town and we would probably become the healthy ‘soft serve’ house in town where the neighbourhood kids are always welcome :)ReplyCancel

  • karina l

    I make my own ice blocks with fresh juice…and even add in a spoonful of carrot or broccoli into them. It’s so subtle they have no idea!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Grives

    I have to hide veggies from my husband as well as my two boys – though the boys are slowly getting better at eating them when they are out in the open so long as the older one can cover his in tomato or BBQ sauce !!! Probably takes away part of the healthy element of eating them but hey thats progress really. Otherwise they get grated in pasta sauce, into sauce for lasagne and recently i bought ravioli full of veggies that all 3 of them loved. Stir fries get packed with everything that is in the fridge as do soups and stews. We have been experimenting with growing our own veggies which seem to help – they are happier to pick them and eat them when they have done it all themselves. Their kindy is very good at doing this too which has transferred over to us at home. And they love helping me cook so they will happily grate and cut veggies and add them into the dinner. This way my husband won’t complain either cause he knows the kids have helped …ReplyCancel

    • sharon Grives

      As an aside, the reason I would love one of these machines is that I am lactose intolerant and have recently been placed on a low fat diet because of gall stones. i am missing ice cream so much and the soya ice creams are just not the same – nor are my family of boys too impressed. This machine would allow me to eat “ice cream.” A friend made me something similar in her thermomix recently however they are way too expensive for me to buy. This machine would allow us to eat low fat, healthy ice cream as a family.ReplyCancel

  • maryan zarif

    I love your blog and ideas. I sneakily make yoghurt in the yoghurt machine I bought from Aldi with different flavours of fruits blended to give colour and then freeze them to convince my 2 toddlers that it is ice cream so i watch how much sugar and fruit they getReplyCancel

  • Vicki

    I add healthy vege and fruit by grating up and adding to almost everything i cook mince, muffins, smoothies. Pastry with puréed fruit in the middle kids love the burst of running fruit when they cut them open. The list is endlessReplyCancel

  • debbie davidson

    would love to win the yoghurt maker.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Pozz

    Always add chopped fruit to muffins instead of sugarReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wonderful tip Lisa! I love it.;)ReplyCancel

  • Colette

    Spag Bog is a favourite in our house. I grate zucchini and carrots into it and also add lentils. I’ve slowly been adding more lentils and the kids haven’t noticed. It makes the meat go further therefore savings money too. I use that sauce in lasagne too.ReplyCancel

  • Nell

    Oh my………I make these already with frozen bananas and cocoa. The cleanup is so difficult with my blender though. This machine looks amazing and would ensure I make healthy desserts more often.ReplyCancel

  • I dont have to hide much in our snacks and meals. My kids are really good about eating healthy. Some things that are their favorite are, “toddler muffins” (these are good for adults too!), cauliflower/mashed potatoes and pumpkin(or sweet potato) cookies. We LOVE fall because of all the “fall foods” we can mix up. Sometimes I add mashed carrots to the pumpkin cookies too. And we LOVE LOVE LOVE baked pumpkin oatmeal! You can put it in muffin cups and it makes it portable! I could go on and on. We love good food.

    ps. Dont underestimate the power of baby cereal. I found a recipe for pancakes and baby cereal, and those are amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Jules

    I make my kids a ‘lottachocka’ snack which basically includes seeds, almonds, cashews, pecans, dates and some high-protein cacao powder. They think it’s a delicious chocolate snack and they have to do chores to earn one! They’re super delicious and healthy and they’re none the wiser.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Ollington

    I make muffins with anything and everything in them. I am also hoping to make a beetroot chocolate cake :)ReplyCancel

  • samantha moon

    We make green smoothies our favorite combination at the moment is pear, banana, green apple, avocado, spinach, bees pollen, chia seeds, baby kale, a dollop of yogurt and some water yummy :)ReplyCancel

  • Megan Brown

    I try to add cut up pieces of spinach to his organic grassfed burgers. He picks some of it out but eats some of it too.ReplyCancel

  • Nadine

    Pureed spinach goes into casseroles or pasta sauces. Cubed eggplant cooked well dissolves into sauces etc and gives a creamy texture…ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    I have one daughter I can’t sneak anything past. She picks up on everything I try to sneak in. I made her usual banana,mango smoothie the other morning, put in a tablespoon of oats & bam – “Mum – why does this taste/feel different”? refused to finish it. But I will keep trying.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    My kids love any baked treats with sugar substitutes for dates!ReplyCancel

  • Leigh Morgan

    We have been having morning smoothies with Kale, celery, carrot and Avocado. My son has been very interested and tried some which he loved. We now all have them in the mornings. He just recently turned 5 and wanted a boat cake surrounded by green jelly. Our extra smooth smoothies with some gelatine made some very healthy sea for his boat cake!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Macgregor

    I put a paddle pop stick through a yoghurt lid and freeze the youghurt. Instant ice lock :)ReplyCancel

  • Kerry

    I grate a lot of vegies in pasta sauces. They will eat a lot of salad on tacos. Frozen grapes they loves after school as they r really coldReplyCancel

  • Alex Cheeseman

    One girl loves pink the other loves purple – so we make our plain yoghurts ‘colourful’ simply by adding frozen fruits (favourites being cranberries or blueberries). I also make ‘pink’ dips by adding beetroot to hummus which I also add finely grated carrot and zuchinni to). If its bright- it must be yummy right?! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Adams

    I’m not at the stage of needing to hide fruit yet but I’m keen to have such a healthy option for the whole family. :)ReplyCancel

  • Cressey Thomas

    My kids love pizza, but hate vegetables…lately I’ve been making homemade pizzas with a homemade cauliflower base and then I make a pizza sauce with veggies all finally chopped. I even finally chop broccoli and sprinkle on top… They think it’s parsley… Add meat and cheese and the are none the wiser.ReplyCancel

  • Rae

    I make green french toast (whip the eggs with spinach) and also Pink mashed potatoes which is Beets and potatoesReplyCancel

  • sam

    My son seems to find everything i try to hide! He is 9 and still tastes the difference if i sneak in a veggie or fruit! Maybe one of these gadgets might help….he loves yoghurt and icecream ;)ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Gimson

    My husband is a policeman and miss 2.5 absolutely idolises her daddy, so when she doesn’t want to eat her veggies I tell her “daddy can only be a big strong policeman because he eats his veggies” she usually clears her plate and then tells me “I’m big now mummy!!”ReplyCancel

  • Dom

    Grated zucchini and beet root are great fillers in sweet and savory snacks!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny laing

    My son is very fussy and it’s about texture and appearance with him. So as well as hiding veggies in anything I can I purée things even though he’s nearly 5. For example he doesn’t eat meat of any description because of texture so when I make lasagne as well as adding zuchinni and carrots I purée all the bolognaise component before assembling. Now he devours it! If I don’t win one of these I will definitely be purchasing him one.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Blanchard

    Spag Bol is the easiest meal to sneak in extra veggies, I grate eggplant, zucchini, and carrots, and finely chopped mushroom and spinach and they never knowReplyCancel

  • Marcia Ockwell

    I hide veggies in slow cooked shepards pies made in the taco boats. My kids love them and don’t notice the veggies.ReplyCancel

  • Karla Navarro

    My kids love everything with cheese ,
    so I make a vegie savory muffin, with grated zucchini,
    Carrots, corn some feta cheese & mozzarella &
    they can’t even taste the veggies.ReplyCancel

  • Whitney

    I like using pureed vegies in all my meals. They are smooth so they dissolve into anything without the obvious vege texture :) macaroni cheese with added pumpkin puree. Meatballs are ooften 50% meat and 50% vegie puree mix. In spag we have pureed broccoli. We love milo milkshakes with banana added im too!ReplyCancel

  • Nomes

    I have some yummy smelling chicken & vege nuggets/muffins in the oven at present! I also put veggies in everything from spag Bol, pizzas, lasagna & anything I can think of!! Would love to win one of these great little machines to cool us on these hot mallee days!ReplyCancel

  • Lorna

    My little guy is only 17 months so healthy snacks are easy. I put veggies in anything savoury and thankfully he hasn’t developed a sweet tooth so is delighted with fruit and yoghurt. The yonana would make a great addition to our kitchen, I’ve been eyeing them up for a while!ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    Finely grated veg such as carrots into the spag. bol. works. I was lazy one time and did a coarsely grated carrot. Well, that was the end of that batch of bolognese being eaten by master fussy ????ReplyCancel

  • Diana Gamra

    I have 1 fussy child who won’t eat veg and 1 who won’t eat fruit. Blending and sneekily adding the offending ingredients usually does the trick! The yonana would be fantastic for us all.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Hall

    I have started making zip pops. My fussy 10 year old is now eating so much fruit and he doesn’t know ther is yogurt in them too.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    Grated beetroot into chocolate muffin mix. Kids don’t know the difference, bless them. :)ReplyCancel

  • Angela Arancio

    I have 3 boys who are all pretty good with fruit and veges- they love them. But my eldest son is allergic to dairy and nuts and this really limits a lot of after school treats that I would live to make for him. He is limited to sorbets at the moment for a cool treat but find these very icy. He would just love the yonanas machine to make so yummy and original sorbet flavours and they look so much creamier than your standard sorbet flavours!ReplyCancel

  • Erin Chiaroscuro Purdom

    I make a healthy spaghetti mince
    sauce that has zucchini, carrots,
    tomatoes, pumpkin, sweet potatoes,
    broccoli, cauliflower, peas
    and mushrooms all blended up into it :)
    My 8yo son (who HATES veggies) LOVES it!
    And my husband who HATES tomato and pumpkin
    loves it too!!ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    I make lollies for my two children. Simmer apples until soft then add strawberries, pineapple, orange or whatever fruit is around & blend until smooth then sieve. Dissolve gelatine & add to fruit mix. Refrigerate until set then cut up. I use 1cm shaped biscuit cutters for interest. Kids love them & this works especially well for my Son who reacts badly to many different colours, flavours and preservatives.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda McMahon

    Any veggies grated up into spaghetti bog or frittata. Also create a picture on a plate using potato mash as mountains, broccoli as trees, carrots as rocks and dion nuggets!ReplyCancel

  • Christina Shin

    I have 2 girls, one totally avoids any sorts of veggies excep sweet potatoes and corns, the other totally avoids fruits except apples and bananas.
    With veggies, I camouflage them in pasta sauce, dumplings and soups.
    With fruits, home-made ice creams and boost juices.
    This machine is perfect for my fruits-avoiding one.
    Saves me from blending.ReplyCancel

  • I love to bake and my kids love cupcakes and muffins. With this in mind I have made it my mission to hid as much goodness as I can in these little handfuls of delight. It started with banana muffins and has moved onto pumpkin and zucchini. I also use zucchini in choc cupcakes and a healthy carrot cake version. Yumm!! They have no idea they are eating veggies and each time they go for treat basket I can relax and give myself a little pat on the back. :)ReplyCancel

  • Linda

    My kids love eating clean as they understand what’s in processed food (we’ve discussed it a lot and watched YouTube clips like Jamie Oliver’s one on making nuggets) but we haven’t seen an alternative to ice cream except frozen Greek yogurt and fruit – they would love this! It would be an excellent joint stocking stuffer, especially if I have pre-frozen bananas!ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    I made fruit platters for my children with different fruit. They had to eat 4 pieces before they could eat a chocolate freckle. They now eat all fruit and it’s their preferred dessert.ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    Lots of fruit packed into a smoothieReplyCancel

  • Vicki McEwan

    My kids are pretty good eaters, but I will sneak grated chord into bolognese sauce on pasta.ReplyCancel

  • Renita

    I use frozen bananas instead of
    ice cream to make banana and
    honey smoothies for my daughter
    and husband, they love it.ReplyCancel

  • charlotte v

    Me and miss 3 cut pictures of fruit and veggies from some old womens day’s and made a ‘book’, when we are eating dinner we look through and she spots the veggie we are eating and I encourage her and master 2 to take a bite to see what they think!
    Works very well sometimes!!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Harvey

    I have twin boys both have autism and fruit and veg can be hard to get them to eat so we tend to do muffins and quiches to hid these items in. But to use something that makes healthier and more pure items would be fantasticReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    We like to add fruit and veggies to muffins, pancakes, and even cookies! Our girls love fruit and love ice cream so I’m really loving the idea of this new machine! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Ellen L

    My toddler is one of the fussiest kids around, but I’ve managed to convince him that LSA makes his weetbix taste delicious! Another favourite staple is carrot and zucchini muffins with ground almonds, pepitas and sunflower seeds. Protein and veggie hit, in the shape of a cupcake!!ReplyCancel

  • Vinetta

    Make stick people, vehicles, flowers (be creative) with fruit and vegetables.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah freeman

    I have chopped up veg sticks to eat in the car on the way home from school… They are so hungry, and busy chatting and looking out the window that they don’t notice they are eating them and the box is always empty when we get home. Or if they are watching TV before dinner I do the same then they have eaten their veg part of dinner… Just before dinner. Healthy mindless munching !ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    I put purée veggies into everything like spinach in brownies or pumpkin into muffins. But I’m also very lucky my girls will eat most heathy food with argument and my youngest doesn’t like choclate. But always going through and endless amount of fruit and vege.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    I blend spinach and apple purée into my sons chocolate smoothie as he eats no fruit or veges. I also grate cauliflower and zucchini into every main meal that I can,he eats it and loves it.ReplyCancel

  • Tamarac

    I am always sneaking extra fruit into my son’s ‘milk shakes’ that he says he doesn’t like and refuses to eat. I also add in probiotics and camu camu….. As long as he doesn’t see me making it!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    My teen kids!!! love sugary treats, as all do. I make snacks such as slices and balled treats with zooshed up dates instead of sugar, coconut milk instead of dairy and rice or alternative flour to wheat. One made up with other healthy ingredients, they love them. None the wiser!!ReplyCancel

  • Helga

    I always add fruits of the seasons to our homemade yoghurt. I use ripe sprinkled bananas to bake a banana cake. We do not eat chips or savoury snacks during TV time; but have fresh cut fruit on a plate.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Mitchell

    My kids seem to think that anything from an ice cube tray is a treat, so I have taken to stick blending fresh fruit, mixing it with a little juice and filling ice cube trays, easy and mess freeReplyCancel

  • Donna

    I make a fruit platter and use yogurt as a ‘Dip’ frozen fruit added to a plain base cupcake mix works well too.ReplyCancel

  • Isabella Platt

    Mars Mission Meat Balls!!
    I put a piece of broccoli into the centre of the meatballs.
    The kids are told that the meat balls come from Mars
    The green centre will give them special alien powers.
    So if they are lucky enough to get one with a green centre they must eat it quickly before anyone else takes the special meatballs
    Works a treat :)ReplyCancel

  • Jackie

    I put extra vegies and most meals I cook. From spag bog to sausage rolls. It makes the meals go further and the kids love it. I do struggle with different ideas for fruit. This machine would be perfect and stop a lot of wastage.ReplyCancel

  • Karina

    I make sorbets for the kids but it still has sugar in it. I hide veges in pasta sauce.ReplyCancel

  • Ebaney

    Veggies are our problem, so we have cauliflower mash instead of potato, make healthy soups and sweeten them with coconut cream and do a lot of healthy baking with coconut flour, almond meal and fruit!
    My two year old doesn’t complain!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you for sharing Ebaney! I love these ideas.:)ReplyCancel

  • Joanne Cardamone

    grated vegies or fruit is put into things, but I don’t have much of a problem with vegies, I have to mince all meat and disguise it either in sauces with heaps of vegies or in muffins!!ReplyCancel

  • Maria

    The family loves pasta and don’t care what “yucky” vegetables are included, as long as there’s lot of bolognaise sauce.ReplyCancel

  • Jay

    I add natural yoghurt to muffins and cakes instead of using butter – makes them deliciously moist without the fat. My kids don’t ordinarily eat yoghurt but this way they get it without knowing.ReplyCancel

  • Karissa

    I make green monster pasta! Spelt pasta, sauce is avocado, Greek yoghurt, spinach, a teeny bit of pesto, garlic, lemon. Nice and creamy.ReplyCancel

  • EMMA

    We make homemade pizza dough with wholemeal flour and use vegetables and tomatoes pureed as the sauce base … they have no idea and they love it!ReplyCancel

  • Elle

    We make faces out of the food, smiley faces, pear mice, cut them into shapes etc and make it funReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    I have a green smoothie for breakfast every morning using a variety of healthy ingredients. My little boy always love to share some so he gets his own cup too :)ReplyCancel

  • Jenai

    Sneaking vegetables doesn’t work with my boys – they have amazing palates and will reject anything that looks, smells, tastes or sounds like a hidden vegie!

    Making their food fun is what works with my kids. I slice up a range of different fruit and vegetables and serve them in a cupcake baking tray. There are 12 sections (6 for each child) and they race to eat their slices of strawberries/apples/cucumber/orange/carrot/banana.

    Failing that – a bribe to eat the undesired vegetable usually does the trick!ReplyCancel

  • Deana

    I used to play Fear Factor with my daughter! She loved it LOLReplyCancel

  • Lea

    I add finely chopped fruits and vegetables and put them in my dishes. The taste is not compromised and I get the satisfaction of knowing my children are eating right.ReplyCancel

  • Janis

    I use the food processor to hide vegetables in things all the time, like hiding grated carrots in my bolagnaise, or grated zucchini in sloppy joes.ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    Hiding fruit luckily isn’t a necessity in our house. Instead, I try to hide vegetables whereever I can – grated up in most dishes, hidden vegetables in baked goods, cauliflower mash instead of potatoes, etc. I have recently found it easier to get vegetables into them by getting them to help in the garden. They get far more excited about eating vegetables when they’ve helped to grow them.

    But this machine would be wonderful for healthy frozen treats now that summer’s on its way :)ReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    I have 2 boys, 1 is REALLY fussy and the other eats anything! Pikelets are my weapon! I do fruit pikelets (grated apple, banana etc) and even vege pikelets with no sugar but grated carrot, zuchinni etc. My Spag Bog always has lots of veges too. Dear little kid – drives me insane some days!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Helen Leijser

    Our children grow their own fruit and vegies, this allows them to grow and pick their own favourites.They love the sense of achievement of choosing, buying, planting, caring for and then harvesting their own crops.It teaches them cause and effect, that they have to think about something else other than themselves.Its a win win way to get good organic food into our kidsReplyCancel

  • Jennifer

    Finely grated veges in LOTS of stuff, including cakes! They’re not so fab with fruit, so it’s about presentation on that front – kebabs, rainbow fruit platters, etc. They enjoy juicing an orange or lemon and popping the juice to pop in some water. They also love anything frozen – ice cream, sorbet, etc. I pour over Pinterest searching for creative ways to serve fruit!ReplyCancel

  • Carly

    My kids LOVE icy poles so instead of giving them the sugar-laden ones that are full of colourings, I like to make them yoghurt pops. Greek yoghurt, frozen berries and a drizzle of honey. My 3 year old loves helping me make them and asks me every 5 minutes if they’re ready yet so I know they will love the Yonana machine!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    Instead of using butter in muffins I use apple sauce – it’s healthier and yummier!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    I purée lots of veges into spaghetti Bol sauce and use left overs in pastry.ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Lorenz

    Little miss doesn’t eat enough fibre, she just doesn’t like anything that I try to give her. That is until I started baking walnut and chocolate ‘cake’. What it actually contains is walnuts, dark chocolate, bananas, psyllium husks, hulled oats and LSA mix. The child is as regular as clockwork and I am super mummy for letting her have a slice of chocolate and walnut cake each day! I admit this works on my husband also ;)ReplyCancel

  • April

    Anything on a skewer is fun so that usually works.ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    My 2 & 4 year olds love my sausage rolls. They are packed with more veggies than meat and are so moist and delicious they both won’t eat bought ones! Usually whatever I have in the fridge including onion, carrot, zucchini, celery and fresh herbs (from the garden). I put them all in my Tupperware SmoothChopper and chop them up until they are tiny pieces. I add these to my sausage mix which is sometimes sausage mince but I’ve also experimented with chicken and turkey mince and a couple of slices of multi grain bread soaked and squeezed. I cut the pastry sheet in to 3 and make up bite size sausage rolls. We have them as a meal or a snack and are just as yummy cold.ReplyCancel

  • Sonya P.

    My daughter loves eating her dad’s toasted muesli but it’s full of fat and sugar so when she asks for it I crush a Weet-Bix in it or add a handful of rolled oats or unprocessed bran so there’s more goodness in it and less fat/sugar. I always tell her to go the loungeroom while I make it so she doesn’t see she’s not getting what she thinks she’s getting.ReplyCancel

  • Susie V

    My kids love a simple dinner of jar pasta sauce, pasta and olives, so I’ve gradually replaced the jar sauce with my own homemade: almost anything I have handy goes into it – that red colour hides quite a few things! I also freeze kale to crumble into green smoothies (as a sort of green veggie powder). Of course I do the spag bol thing – grated zucchini, mushies and carrots and I do a ‘rice & beans’ thing in my rice cooker and serve like nachos – avo, tomato, cheese and whatever other toppings.ReplyCancel

  • Tali N

    I have slowly been weaning my children off sweetened yoghurt (their grandparents started them off on sugary yoghurt when they went to their place for lunch…grrr). Anyway, I mix half their sweetened yoghurt with half natural low-fat yoghurt. Maybe one day I’ll get all the way to 100% natural yoghurt, but we’ll see!ReplyCancel

  • Renee Ballantyne

    I have a hidden vegies recipe book which is a winnerReplyCancel

  • Lauren A

    Muffins full of apple, zucchini, carrot, sultanas, and oats – the kids love them. I’m sure they’d love fruit “ice-cream” much more though.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    I add extra vegies to my slow cooker meals. My hubby and children don’t normally like to eat sweet potato by itself, but add it to a slow cooker meal and guess what they eat it without even knowing! I LOVE my slow cooker for this!ReplyCancel

  • Rosslyn Tadd

    Milk shakes are my secret weapon for health. By adding raw milk, raw eggs, cacao and whey powder to their Milo and icecream milk shakes they are secretly healthy.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline Kelly

    Frittatas with steamed asparagus and beans, corn, ham or left over roast pork, cheese, onion, sundried tomatoes. I fill greased muffin pans with the contents and serve individually with a salad. These, “muffin omelettes,” are great.ReplyCancel

  • Fruit Iceblocks homemade, I put all of the forest fruits the yoghurt and whatever fruits I can lay my hand on and stick them in the freezer, they are a big hit and healthyReplyCancel

  • Soni

    My daughter loves having porridge for breakfast but even better than porridge is pancakes, which she thinks is a special treat. The way I make it is wholemeal flour, 2 eggs (double the amount it’s supposed to have), banana and milk and chia seeds. It’s full of protein and she loves it – I just don’t tell her there are eggs in there!ReplyCancel

My favourite fragrances for the home & Repurposing ideas for candle jars + WIN a $100 Voucher

This post is sponsored by Circa Home Keep reading below for your chance to win 1 of 5 $100 Circa Home Vouchers I shared a little secret with you all a little while back that I was a candle hoarder.  I wouldn’t use them because they were too pretty (I know crazy right).  However, I managed […]

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  • Lilian

    Wow, I have never considered reusing the candle jars, this is such a great idea. I’m going to try the succulent idea, I think this looks gorgeous. My favourite Circa candle is the mango and papaya without it burning it still has a beautiful fragrance.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I love the succulent too Lilian, it’s a lovely little addition to the home, I am thinking of putting one next to my husbands bed as it’s still very masculine, swapping the crystals for little pebbles.ReplyCancel

  • Jen P

    Those poppy’s look absolutely gorgeous in that vase. I have been looking at buying some concrete dipped planters, but I might try these ideas instead.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea to make your own Jen, it was really easy, I put some masking tape around the area I didn’t want coloured and used Gold Spray paint to paint the area, it dried within minutes.ReplyCancel

  • Mascha

    Another amazing post! I love candles as well, but often think they are too precious to burn. Or I just forget to… I’ll try to get myself in to the habit of burning one every day! Thanks for the inspiration :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You should burn one each day Mascha, I used to be the same as you didn’t use them because they were too pretty, but I get so much more satisfaction now out of the beautiful flickering light and fragrance it’s so calming in the evening or having one burning while I am working.ReplyCancel

  • Annette

    I love your candles and the type and size.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are a really lovely size Annette and the burning last for so long, so many great uses. I may or maynot have the jar of jelly beans next to me right now!! LOL.ReplyCancel

  • Astrid

    I put a tea light candle in them around the bath.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Perfect idea Astrid, that would look really pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Wow Kat those are some fantastic uses for the jars. I love the scents you use in your living space.

    I would use the jars to organise all those bits & bobs in the study – paperclips, push pins, erasers etc. Pretty & easy to access <3ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Leanne, that’s a perfect idea, and I have found they fit perfectly with the lid on in my drawers, not too tall. Don’t forget to enter your answer into the form above to confirm your entry!!ReplyCancel

  • Funny that you should post this right now as I have been watching YouTube videos (doitonadime) about re-purposed little jars like this. I have been hunting my house for such containers but I didn’t have any that weren’t already being used.

    I was looking for containers to store my little girls hair ties so that is what I would use it for.
    Cheers,
    Nat
    xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Aah great minds Nat, I love the idea of repurposing, using again for another use, organising the hairties is a great idea.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Ive started using the glass for afternoon drinks. Clean out the leftover wax and put it in my dishwasher and wah lah a fancy glass for a mock tail or cocktail:)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wow Rachel that is a fabulous idea I haven’t even thought of that, that would make a very classy glass!ReplyCancel

  • Virginia

    If they’re the right shape, as a drinking glass.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s one idea I didn’t think of, the would make lovely drinking glasses.ReplyCancel

  • Jayne G

    I love candles! I keep some mints in an empty jar in the kitchen and I have two jars in the laundry – one for coins I find in Hubby’s pockets and another one I put my velvet soap in. Looks much prettier than a soap dish:) I have my make up brushes in one and cotton buds in another in the bathroom. Did I mention I love candles!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Tonkin

    Circa Home are my favourite candles. They leave a subtle scent even when they are not burning. I use my leftover jars for my earrings and other jewellery.ReplyCancel

  • Leah

    I love the circa mango and papaya diffuser…it’s a shame my 2 yo recently poured 2 bottles down the toilet :(ReplyCancel

  • Sabi

    such a handy post! Love the idea of a diffuser near the kids bathroom, why didn’t I think of that?!

    Spices and herbs! I started collecting a vast array of clear glass candle jars and the store my herbs and spices perfectly and its soooo pretty! Little splash of blackboard paint so I know my cumin from my coriander and I’m done!ReplyCancel

  • Chris Morgan

    Love Circa candles. Love recycling them on my school desk- pencils, paperclips, etc- certainly uplifts my ‘teacher’ desk. I was a candle keeper too- but now love burning them!ReplyCancel

  • Sharlene Hitchens

    I love the succulent idea too :) a little cluster of different sized jars filled with amazing succulents on a window sill would look incredible.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Lennon

    I use one to hold my make up brushes and the others hold my growing collection of lipsticks. They’re organised according the their colour ranges. Similar lipsticks and glosses go in the same candle jar. Easy access for a makeup addict. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda Lockery

    I love my Circa Home candle jars
    they are so classy & great to reuse for so many things
    My guests love that I have one on the table with little boxed flavoured teabagsReplyCancel

  • Kristy Rodway

    Great to use as canisters for all your little bits and pieces either in the kitchen (lolies, teabags cooking salt) and are great to sort your sewing bits into. Buttons, pins etc.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Henschke

    mango & papaya is my favourite, I use the jar to put ear buds in ( boring I know )ReplyCancel

  • Mandy Moncrieff

    I have a mango & papaya diffuser in my dining room. It’s so Devine! In the bathroom I also have the same fragrance hand wash. Everyone now loves to wash their hands!ReplyCancel

  • Terraise Davey

    I buy a lot of my candles in the Ball Mason Jars as they last longer & are a lot easier to repurpose. You can use them for gifts filled with chocolates, boiled lollies, marshmellows, musk sticks, jellybeans, nuts etc & decorate with some nice ribbon & a card ?ReplyCancel

  • Rowena

    i use repurposed candle jars to hold my jewellery at night on my bed stand. I find I twist my rings when I am sleeping and often lose them in the bedding, so I pop them in a container overnight. I love the lid that the Circa candles comes with. I haven’t seen this brand in Darwin, must check them out online!ReplyCancel

  • Amelia Pollock

    Perfect to use for a mini candy buffet as people come into your home on the side table at christmas have nice tall candy canes in them and the christmas red and green m&m’s in another
    Or make a sugar scrub using an easy recipe tie a bow round the jar and would make a great gift for family & friends for christmas especially given these beautiful wooden lids
    Great article loved hearing about how to place the scentsReplyCancel

  • Amelia Pollock

    Here is a recipe for the sugar scrub you could place in the beautiful candle jar with a ribbon for a holiday gift –

    Ingredients
    ½ cup coconut oil
    1½ – 2 cups sugar
    1 tablespoon peppermint extract

    Instructions
    Place coconut oil in a bowl and microwave on HIGH 15-25 seconds until softened.
    Start by adding 1½ cups sugar to the oil,Mix until ingredients are well combined If mixture is too wet, add another ½ cup sugar until scrub is to desired consistency.

    Spoon scrub into RECYCLED CIRCA HOME CANDLE JAR and decorate with twine or ribbon.ReplyCancel

  • Maddie

    I use mine in the craft room to store washi tape and other embellishments in :) LOVE Circa Home candles- great quality and reasonably priced!ReplyCancel

  • Maria

    You had me at “fill the jar with lollies”….ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      HAHAHA that is so funny Maria!.:) But yes i know what you mean, me too.:)ReplyCancel

  • maryan zarif

    My husband and I love candles too much my sisters always joke about it calling us crazy I tend to reuse them for paper clips and staples in my office and storing spare keys for all the bedrooms and I reuse them sometimes for lollies and nuts around the desert table during xmas entertainingReplyCancel

  • Jenai

    Beautiful jars!
    They’d be perfect for storing jewellery while I shower, or as a gorgeous vase for displaying the flowers my sons pick for me.ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    jars! I have so many scattered around the house and so many are pretty old candle jars. My kids share a “tinker tray” and an art cart which minus the bottom shelf for paper is almost completely full of jars. Between the two there is pencils, washi, scissors, stickers, glue dots, mini pine cones, thread, counters….all sorts kept sin order in various sized jars. Almost completely in reused jars. I also keep some in my art area -one keeps embroidery threads for a current project in it along with needle and threader etc so all I need is that plus the project itself to sit down and get a few stitches in with a cup of coffee and one keeps lose threads and scraps near the sewing machine. I also love using them for gift storage- a stack of cookies with a little ribbon around them look lovely inside a nice glass jar (and might be part of my plan for the kids therapists and teachers this year)ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    I would stencil a pattern in black on the inside of the jar and then pop in a tea-light candle for a gorgeous, flickering pattern!ReplyCancel

  • I love the succulent idea too – which gives me the idea for using the jars to pretty up those little faux house plants from Ikea (you know the ones that come in an ugly black pot).

    But I would first and foremost use a pretty jar like this to stash loose change in on the hall stand. Pop the lid on, and no-one knows what’s inside!ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Fagan

    I loooove candles I haven’t tried Circa yet! At the moment im burning Glass House. I have reused candle jars for spare change and for cotton tips and make up rounds in the bathroom:)ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    One of the things I use mine for is to store things like lollies in them. The ones with lids were a perfect addiction to a lolly buffet I had at a party. They really added to the table display.ReplyCancel

Roast Pumpkin and Chicken Balsamic Salad + WIN a $500 Restaurant Voucher

This post is sponsored by Praise Zero Salad Dressing Oh I love this time of year here on the beautiful Gold Coast. It’s now time to put away the slow cooker and start making some delicious salads. One of the best habits I have changed during my weightloss journey is eating more salads.  There are so many benefits: Super convenient […]

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  • Di

    ooh yum Kat that salad looks delicious. I love a hint of pumpkin in my meals just adds a bit of extra taste, especially in salads, going to try the Balsamic dressingReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It really is Di, I’ve never really liked pumpkin, but loving it in my salads and pasta bakes lately.ReplyCancel

  • Rylan

    Dinner tomorrow night, looks good!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hope you enjoy it RylanReplyCancel

  • Jen P

    I am watching my weight at the moment too and really dislike nude salads, have been wondering what I can use. I usually find a French dressing goes with just about every salad didn’t realise there was a zero fat version, good to know.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They have a great variety Jen, and a great way to make your salads more tasty and the zero fat is looking after your waist line :)ReplyCancel

  • I never go out

    Wow very generous prize, I would love to win I haven’t been out to dinner since the kids were born, just because I have too many other things to spend money on.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh you should try and make some time to take some time out for yourself or with your partner, it’s healthy to step away from the kids every now and then. I am always a better mother for it.ReplyCancel

  • One of my fav salads EVER and the kids hate it which I LOVE because it means more for me! xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Haha i know exactly what you mean Emily! I think it is super delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Wilson

    Entered through Instagram and already started trying different salads for SummerReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic Lisa!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Leah

    Delicious recipe, my husband & I really enjoyed it. We didn’t add the dressing until on our plates & kept the leftovers for lunch the next day. Kids weren’t into it, hopefully as they get olderReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Glad you and hubby enjoyed it, Leah! It is a real favourite of mine at the moment.:)ReplyCancel

My kids favourite iPad/iPod Apps

Apple released details last week of the new iPad’s being released, just in time for Christmas!  I love the look of the new iPads, they come in silver, gold or Space Grey. The iPad 2 is said to be alot more powerful, better graphics and improved battery life (up to 10 hours).  Like I have […]

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  • Maree

    I have been trying to find a good money app, this one sounds great, especially that it’s Australian money. Thank you for sharing this list Kat.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      My kiddies really enjoy it! A really fun way of learning.:)ReplyCancel

  • Di

    My kids absolutely love Lightbot, it is such a great strategy and thinking game, their favourite at the moment is Ace Writer, teaching them to write.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i will have to have a look at Ace Writter!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i will have to have a look at Ace Writer!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra

    this is great, I have getting my daughter an iPad for Christmas and have been curious which are good games to put on there ready for her, she is a similar age to your kids so I’ll just use your tips!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wonderful Sandra! The kids love these apps and great learning apps too.ReplyCancel

  • Crystal

    Highly recommend an app called Little Builders. It’s designed for preschoolers and there are no in app purchases.ReplyCancel

  • My 3 year old loves bugs and buttons (great for mates learning), Toca Boca and the play-school apps are fun and interactive for littlies!ReplyCancel

  • kirsty

    I recommend AGAINST Clash of Clans. It is the worst app you could consider installing. My kids are beyond obsessed with it, they are always checking in to see what is going on with it and have recently started hiding from me while they do it. It is a game that never ends and they talk about it when they are no where near the ipad. They get upset with people leaving their clan, raiding and it brings out anger streaks in them that I previously didn’t know existed. They also chat to complete strangers who join their clan, which has also had a negative effect. Which means that this games needs adult supervision, especially when they don’t like what these random people ask them to do (in terms of the game)

    I don’t know how long your children have played this game for, or if you have ever monitored it, but all I can say is be very careful if you allow your children to play this game. And no, I didn’t allow them to install it, their father did after their much older cousins introduced them to it. Worst mistake ever!ReplyCancel

  • Adi

    Flow Free is so much fun! I even enjoy it – great recommendation!
    Is there a list for younger kids as well?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Adi, I have had a few readers reply with some apps for the littlies. Here is a list for you: Bugs & Buttons, Toca Boca, Playschool apps, Little Builders.ReplyCancel

Absolutely brilliant hanging earrings storage idea

if you have an idea you would like to share with the Organised Housewife Community please email me, I would love to see and share it! I have been trying to find a better solution for my hanging earrings and I just LOVE this idea from one of my readers, can’t wait to create one for […]

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  • Loving this idea – great to have jewellery to hand so you can grab the right piece when you want it.
    I may well try this in my ensuite on an unused wall!
    I do worry about dusting though….
    Thanks for sharing these ideasReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is fantastic isn’t it!! I love mine.:)ReplyCancel

The 2015 Weekly Planner

The 2015 Weekly Planner is now available! The 2015 Weekly Planner will help you with your time management, keep track of your to-do list, meal plan ideas and upcoming appointments.  It includes: Cover page and spine label 2015 year at a glance page Month at a glance pages – October 2014 – December 2015 (spread over […]

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  • Lauren

    Hi Kat, just wondering if this can be printed in A5 size? It looks great, exactly what I’m after but I’d prefer a smaller size than A4. ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Lauren, I have just had a play around with the file and it is really easy to convert to A5, ooh it’s so cute!! When printing chose print to A5 (you must have A5 paper in your printer). My printer won’t allow to print double sided on A5, so I printed all the odd pages first (press more options in your printer settings to find the odd/even option), keep the pile as is, then turn your pile upside down and you will have the back of the first page, put this in your printer and print the even pages. Special thanks to Meg for sharing this idea in the comments below.ReplyCancel

      • Lauren

        Thank you Meg & Kat! now I’ve got next years diary just about sorted :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I would love a5 also.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Lisa, I have just had a play around with the file and it is really easy to convert to A5, ooh it’s so cute!! When printing chose print to A5 (you must have A5 paper in your printer). My printer won’t allow to print double sided on A5, so I printed all the odd pages first (press more options in your printer settings to find the odd/even option), keep the pile as is, then turn your pile upside down and you will have the back of the first page, put this in your printer and print the even pages. Special thanks to Meg for sharing this idea in the comments below.ReplyCancel

  • Diane

    Hi Kat, I like the idea of A5 too. My question though is, as I don’t think my printer could print double sided – could I take the downloaded pdf on a usb to officeworks and have them print it – or would that breach your copyright? ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Diane, I have just had a play around with the file and it is really easy to convert to A5, ooh it’s so cute!! When printing chose print to A5 (you must have A5 paper in your printer). My printer won’t allow to print double sided on A5, so I printed all the odd pages first (press more options in your printer settings to find the odd/even option), keep the pile as is, then turn your pile upside down and you will have the back of the first page, put this in your printer and print the even pages. Special thanks to Meg for sharing this idea in the comments below. You are welcome to take to officeworks, this won’t breach the copyright.ReplyCancel

      • Diane

        thank you Kat & Meg – clever ladies!ReplyCancel

  • Nicola McGowan

    Kat can you please advise how many pages is it to print in total? Trying to work out printing costs! Great looking planner, thanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Nicole, it is 163 pages. I have just had a play around with the file and it is really easy to convert to A5, ooh it’s so cute!! When printing chose print to A5 (you must have A5 paper in your printer). My printer won’t allow to print double sided on A5, so I printed all the odd pages first (press more options in your printer settings to find the odd/even option), keep the pile as is, then turn your pile upside down and you will have the back of the first page, put this in your printer and print the even pages. Special thanks to Meg for sharing this idea in the comments below.ReplyCancel

  • Monique

    I would also like to know if it will print in A5 if I change printer settings.Will it line up properly?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Monique, I have just had a play around with the file and it is really easy to convert to A5, ooh it’s so cute!! When printing chose print to A5 (you must have A5 paper in your printer). My printer won’t allow to print double sided on A5, so I printed all the odd pages first (press more options in your printer settings to find the odd/even option), keep the pile as is, then turn your pile upside down and you will have the back of the first page, put this in your printer and print the even pages. Special thanks to Meg for sharing this idea in the comments below.ReplyCancel

  • Meg

    In my experience it should print in A5, I have done it with other products (recipes & charts) it worked just fine. I have previously bought A5 paper at Officeworks & printed a diary out. My printer also doesn’t have a double sided option so I printed the odd pages first then restacked the paper (you may need to remember to reshuffle the order to make sure you get the right page corresponding with the dates, learnt that the hard way!); then print the even pages. It takes a little time to do manually but so worth it. I got a quote to get it printed & bound but worked out it wasn’t worth it. I printed the monthly calendar out for the year then the weekly calendar one month at a time so I didn’t do it in one go. Hope that helps :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Meg you are a super star, I have been trying to work out all morning how to do it, but my printer wasn’t allowing me to print double sided, your comment came at the right time and I have managed to print it all in A5!! Thank you so very very much for sharing your tip, I’ll let the other ladies know, I really appreciate it, thank you!! xxReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    Hi Kat
    Is it possible to type into the document before printing so birthdays etc are neat. Do you have public holidays and school terms noted at all?
    ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Rebecca, no it’s not editable sorry. I have left the calendar blank as all states are very different.ReplyCancel

  • Francene

    Hi, do you post to NZ? If so what are the charges? ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Francene, the 2015 Weekly Planner is an instant download so there is no posting involved. Once you have brought the item you are able to download straightaway.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten

    Hey Kat,
    Where do you get your cute little tabs from. I looked for someone the other day and couldn’t find any like that. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

    Hi Kirsten, I actually got them a while back but you can purchase them from Officeworks. They are from a company called Avery, here is the link for you: http://www.averyproducts.com.au/avery/en_au/Products/Dividers-%26-Tabbies/?Ns=RankReplyCancel

    • Kirsten

      Great,
      Thanks so much. So motivated to get a head start on being organised for 2015!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    Hi Kat,
    Just downloaded the new planner and I think it looks great! However I was a bit disappointed that the daily task has been removed. I thought that was a great feature of the 2014 planner, it gave me some really good ideas to keep on top of all those jobs that get forgotten. But anyway great job and I love the A5 idea!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Belinda, Yes i am loving the A5 idea too!ReplyCancel

  • Rayna

    Hi Katrina,
    This may seem a silly question – just wanted to know if you thought this could be printed and stuck on the fridge – more like a calendar option with extras – if I put it in a folder my family wouldn’t see what’s coming up so I thought on the fridge with the extra weekly page to add more details (our son has CP & we have ALOT of appointments which require paperwork and or equipment to be taken etc). So the appointments can be added on the monthly pages & then the details on the weekly page. I presume that would work?
    PS love your daily emails & inspirational quotes – if anyone needs them, I do!!!ReplyCancel