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Kids are so good at creating messes and accumulating clutter, which usually sends us a little crazy, giving us the illusion it is impossible to declutter and organise your home. However, with a few simple rules it is possible to have kids, a tidy home and keep it that way.

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  • Lisa

    great tips Kat! With a toddler and a baby my house is a constant disaster zone!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh thank you Lisa! .:)ReplyCancel

  • I’m inspired to get onto our clutter, but one of our biggest problems is the toys. Do you have any tips to get kids to part with outgrown toys? Or do you just get rid of them without their knowledge? Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Shell, Depending on how old your children are, i sat down with mine and asked them to donate toys they had out grown and or no longer played with. If your children are quite young you could consider storing them away. Kids like the idea of donating and giving to charity.ReplyCancel

    • My mum tried to smuggle all my soft toys to vinnies when i was in my teens. I caught her and was horrified! I saved as many as i could carry lolReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        LOL i love it, Jacinta.:) x ~ KateReplyCancel

    • Laura

      Leading up to Christmas and birthdays we have a little clean out and ask the kids (5 &3) to pick a few toys they feel they have outgrown or no longer play with to donate to kids that don’t have toys. They are happy to do this as we explain it is a really good thing to do and it will make room for the new toys they will get. We let them pick what to donate so they don’t feel like we are just getting rid of their toys.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        A wonderful idea, Laura! I also do the exact same thing. It teaches kids so many wonderful qualities.ReplyCancel

  • I would love to declutter but my house has zero storage space! Will be getting my litte man into cleaning as soon as he can walk though lol Start em early, a cloth and some water.ReplyCancel

  • Deanne Shannon

    Just wondering if by any chance did anyone else see somewhere a thing about letting kids know what we expect them to do when cleaning their rooms???? I have a nine year old and she just doesn’t get what I mean when I ask her to tidy her room.

    Thanks in advance

    DeanneReplyCancel

    • son

      Deanne, you go in with them the first few times and do it with them. Explain what you are doing or what things are called, I asked my 7yr old to wipe the skirting boards last week and he did his, the hallway our bed room and the kitchen! He said it was so much fun he just kept going!!ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        LOL i love it! Good on him.:) ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Molly

    i will be taking on board so many of your tips and ideas over the coming weeks. we have just today moved house and i am so overwhelmed by how much stuff we have, even though over the past couple of years i have been culling so much…i have no idea where to start!!!
    im sitting here looking at all our ‘stuff’ and wondering why we have so much. really do we actually need it…i need to get tough and get rid of some. thanks for your wonderful tips!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Molly, I totally understand what you are saying, it can be very overwhelming. Try starting in one room and then moving on to the next once that room is completely finished. I think once the beds are set and made the next room i would concentrate on would by the kitchen and go from there.ReplyCancel

      • Molly

        thanks Kat! i have almost finished the kids rooms now, just a few things to put away and create a school bag nook. started the kitchen and feeling a little more like i have some control. have been cleaning our old rental, so tomorrow i am so ready to tackle our new place and will create a list of what storage i need to get.ReplyCancel

        • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

          WOW you are doing a wonderful job! I bet it looks just beautiful.:) ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    Hi Kat, we are on track with most things but just wondering if you could help with this one. Our granddaughter lives with us, she knows to do her bedroom etc. She isn’t to bad, so yesterday I decided i would get her to do something else and watched her also supervise her clean her bathroom and toilet. Because she has done something extra she wants pocket money. How much should we give her?…she is 12 in July. Should we pay her more for doing extra. What do you do with your twins. ThanksReplyCancel

    • Emma

      Hi Yvonne, as pre teens we started with the bathroom cleaning and pocket money started at $3 per week and went up 50c per year. My parents did buy all necessities. Chores also went up every year. I.e cook a meal do ironing etc.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        That is fantastic, Emma!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Yvonne, Okay firstly i want to say it sounds like you are doing a great job raising your grand daughter. With my children i give them $10 a week pocket money, $5 of which goes straight into their bank account and the other $5 is for them to spend. In saying that if they fail to do one of their chores i take 50 cents off them. I personally wouldn’t give extra money for extra chores as i believe at the age of 12 (same age as my daughter) they need to have some responsibility around the home and with every extra chore they will want extra pocket money. Maybe it is something that can be revised every 6 – 12 months. I hope this helps you. ~ KateReplyCancel

I’ve re-organised our school bag nook area adding in new charts and hooks for the school hats. I’ve become a little frazzled with all the activities the kids have so these charts are helping the kids and I remember what is happening each day.

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  • Lordy, this would be the *least* sorted I have ever been since my kids started school! The oldest started high school, and they changed the uniform, so that’s been an interesting experience. This year, we had a family holiday in January, rather than my taking leave when school goes back. So, this week has been a case of my running around on my lunch break collecting missing bits of kit (today – white sport socks)coupled with emails to teachers and phone calls and all manner of I don’t need this right nows. However, next week, people will have sport socks, art smocks, display books etc, and hopefully we can get into the swing of back to school properly.ReplyCancel

  • gillian

    Wow Kat! sometimes I think moms should get a university degree in logistics before we become moms. thanks for all your suggestions. I think you have made the right choice for you kiddies to go private, not for the snob factor as I am sure you may get it in the neck for that, but I find that private schools do tend to give children a real feeling of self worth and lots more opportunities. I am glad that they are enjoying it and well done again to you and hubby for being such supportive parents…xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you so much, Gillian! We are so very happy with the school and the kids are settling in so well.ReplyCancel

Our school mornings are like ground hog day, however following this routine keeps us organised and has made the mornings rush-free. I’ve shared with you our family before school morning routine below with pictures. I started writing this post 18 months (not sure why it has taken me so long to publish it) however, moral of the story is that it still remains the same today!

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  • dimple

    I get things ready the night before. I have their bags ready in front of the door i have their lunch ready in the fridge so i just pop it in the bags.if it needs to be heated i heat it then put it in their bag. Their clothes are all ironed clean and ready on the lounge room couch.they wake up wash their face brush their teeth wear their uniform (this happens all while im asleep) haha. Ones a new prepy and the other is in grade 1. So i wake up get the breakfast ready and do their hair. =)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic! Sounds like you have a great morning routine going on.:)ReplyCancel

    • I’m exactly the same…even their uniforms on the couch! Everything ready the night before and the kids do most of it themselves. Makes it much much easier!ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        Love your work, Jo!! xReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    I agree that a morning routine is essential. I absolutely LOATHE being late and by insisting on a morning routine that gets us all out the door by 7.45 I am hoping to teach my kids that it is important to be on time. This morning there were roadworks in our are, but because we have some buffer built into our routine – we still made it to both schools with plenty of time to spare and no stress.
    I make sure the uniforms are all ironed and in the kids’ wardrobes. As a part of their before bed routine – they are to get their uniforms out and hung on their doors for the next day. This includes down to shoes, socks & underwear. When they get up – they do their chores and then come inform breakfast. I almost ALWAYS cook them breakfast to give them a great start to the day. Other people think this is crazy, but I just make it simple. I prep lunches the night before so they are in the fridge ready to go and that frees me up in the morning to cook breakfast. On Monday this week they had French Toast, yesterday was English Muffins with Baked Beans, this morning they just had buttered muffins & milk. I usually make pancakes once a week and make enough batter for a double batch so they can have them two days in a row.
    After breakfast they brush their teeth and get dressed and I do their hair.
    I agree 100% no TV or electronics before school.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Mc

    One of my kid’s chores is to set the table with the bowls, spoons and breakfast cereals before we go to bed. Then they rinse and stack their bowls on the sink when they have finished. (No dishwasher) All three kids have one daily chore and one weekly chore to do around the house, and this rotates through the month.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I like it, Jenny!!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    never allow TV in the morning before school – also, we are just implementing a no iPhone/iPad/iPod etc before you’re ready rule too – these things are even more of a distraction than the TVReplyCancel

  • Melinda

    Kat I’m just wondering if you work all day on blog when do you prepare dinner, clean house etc. Always interested how people structure their days..TIAReplyCancel

  • Sonia grandile

    Hello Kat, have been following routines like yours for the school terms and makes the mornings and afternoons easier. I did download 4 routine charts last week and only 3 downloaded correctly. The 4 th came up as an error. I’ve sent a couple of emails but no response yet as to how I can get the purple coloured afternoon routine chart sent through correctly. Thank you
    Sonia. Love your blogReplyCancel

  • I am amazed at what you get done in the mornings. Absolutely no electronics allowed in the mornings at my house too. They are able to distract each other easily enough as is. Having a responsibility chart has helped around here too. I am so glad to not have to nag them any more. They just follow the chart!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is so lovely to have mornings running smoothly and stress free.:)ReplyCancel

  • Great routine Kat! It looks like it works perfectly with your family too! :DReplyCancel

  • So admirable! And consistent! I am not nearly as organized in my life and there is only one of me, plus husband of course but I don’t think he would respond well to checklists ???? We are very similar beings. I am mostly spontaneous but in some ways I have organisation envy, you make it look so fun! ???? I’m impressed!ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    This is an excellent post. I don’t have children-I am a teacher! I am going to make some of your lunch box suggestions.ReplyCancel

  • Jay

    Your post of before school routine has saved me today were always running late with three children 6 and under it’s a constant battle just trying to leave the house!

    For getting my tribe to brush their teeth (which was a daily battle). I brought tooth brush timers (sand timers) one for each of the kids now they have no excuse how long to brush them for, it also made it so much easier there is now no more fighting or arguments as they always try to race to be the first to turn their timer! :) something so simple!ReplyCancel

  • Great routines and I love all your printables xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Naw thank you Caley.:)ReplyCancel

  • The idea for pre-school morning routine sounds amazing! It is a good way to built a habit in your kid to clean and tidy their room. Thanks for the article!Barnsbury Carpet Cleaners Ltd.ReplyCancel

  • These are great ideas Kat! My boys only go to kindy two days a week, but if I have any hope of getting them out of the door in time we also have to have clothes ready the night before, no tv etc. I love your teeth brushing chart too, off to get one now :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic Lauren! They are so handy, we love ours.:)ReplyCancel

  • Janine

    Hi Kat, our morning routine is a nightmare! I have 3 girls aged 9, 6 & 3. Aside from MY OWN disorganisation (a work in progress!) all 3 girls take so long to eat in the morning, it drives me crazy, and I find myself nagging and micro-managing their every move till we race out the door to get to school before the bell goes. I’ve tried routine charts but my control freak nature finds me checking on them, or giving them time reminders all the time to try to get them to hurry through the list of things they have to do. My OCD nature also would like them to eat first so they don’t get food or toothpaste all over their clothes, but this way, the eating part of the golden hour takes up most of the hour! So I want to put eating last on the list so they’ve only got a certain time limit to finish eating before we have to leave. Short of making each of them wear a bib or even an art smock (!!!) so you have any tips for getting them to eat quickly without me feeding them or nagging them. Some days I just want to pull my hair out! Thanks for listening to my rant, cheers, JanineReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Janine i do feel for you. I know how frustrating it can be. Do they have the TV on while eating breakfast? I would have no TV and maybe get them up a few minutes earlier to allow for the extra time that is needed in the morning. I hope you are able to find a solution that works for you and your family.:)ReplyCancel

      • Janine

        No, definitely NO tv or electronics of any sort, we are very strict with that, even in the after school timeslot. They are just such slow eaters!ReplyCancel

  • Ok, my kids have six things to do every morning. Get up (sounds obvious, but some mornings…) make beds, have breakfast, clean teeth, get dressed and make lunch. The oldest has a few extras as he leaves last (turn off all the lights and lock the front door – I normally lock the back door when I leave. This is fundamentally what happens, just with a lot of “what are you doing?” and “what are you supposed to be doing?” and a few “you clean your teeth in the bathroom. With a toothbrush. And toothpaste.”

    We need to be out the front door at 8am so I can get to work by 8.30am. Some mornings we don’t make it without a LOT of shouting!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Miss Maudy, sounds like you have a great system. I like it.:)ReplyCancel

  • Viki

    Thanks for sharing this! Good to read -wish I could do it almost like you, but often I get confused what and when to do…Always wanted to write down what need to be done -the priority order- but I always forget it…ReplyCancel

  • Melinda

    My girls get dressed, tidy room, make bed. Then breakfast while I pack lunches, I do their hair while they sit at the bench eating. Then they wash face, brush teeth, pack bag, shoes on. Tv or iPad, playing or reading only happens when everything is done. The girls take less than 30mins to do all this so are rewarded with about 15mins of free time before we head off.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      WOW that is fantastic! I love your morning routine, Melinda. Well done to you and your girls.ReplyCancel

  • […] Read more about my families before school routine, here. […]ReplyCancel

When my kids started school all those many years ago as soon as they got in the car I ask them ‘How was your day’?  9 times out of 10 I get ‘good’ as an answer and at times that was it, conversation was over, either they felt they answered the question, they were tired […]

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  • Max

    The key is for your kids to sense you are genuinely interested in them and their experiences. Avoid some of the “closed” questions on this list (i.e. questions that can be answered with a single word) such as “How was your teacher today?” (Good) or “How much homework did you get today?” (None). Open-ended questions that invite a story are much more productive. “Tell me about your day today?” “What happened after I dropped you off at school this morning?” or, from the list, “If you could change one thing about today, what would it be?” If kids find a way to answer with a single word to even an open-ended question, then persist, “Tell me more about that?” “Why would you think that?” Once you get your kids talking, make sure you attend carefully, and explore further!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love some of these ideas, especially – What happened after I dropped you off at school this morning. Thanks for sharing Max.ReplyCancel

    • Belinda

      It’s important not to make it sound like an interrogation, children need to feel listened to and valued for their ideas thoughts and opinions , I would hope most families would use the great list above as a tool,not a check list, ticking off when they have asked the right questions….it is a means as a tool to support and guide open ended questions. I believe it is more important to laugh and play with your kids even in the teenage years it is in these times children really open up and feel comfortable. Good luckReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    I’m a big fan of your list of after school conversation starters but have just realised I am guilty of asking every one of them each afternoon in quick succession!!! I’m thinking I might need to tone it down a bit! LOL! Thanks for this moment of clarity! My children thank you too… ;)ReplyCancel

  • I love these questions. I do options for my kindy kid so she can choose which option she liked or wants to talk about.
    JulieReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    Check out the following link on 25 Ways to Ask Your Kids ‘So How Was School Today?’ Without Asking Them ‘So How Was School Today?’

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/liz-evans/25-ways-to-ask-your-kids-so-how-was-school-today-without-asking-them-so-how-was-school-today_b_5738338.htmlReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Cleghorn

    I think the Huffington Post article, linked above, has some great questions. Some are “What word did your teacher use the most today?” “Is there anyone from today that you would send to the moon?” (Good question to determine who your child might be having conflict with). I often ask my kids “What was the worst thing that happened today?” That always gets the conversation going!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic conversation starters, Rebecca! I like it.:)ReplyCancel

Tween Girls Emergency Toiletry Bag, for when their unexpected ‘visitor’ arrives while at school. It’s never to early to prepare them.

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  • Deb xo

    I have this on the go for my daughter, however I use a small pencil case instead of a toiletry bag, much more discreet if it was to be ‘seen’ and a lot smaller, everything still fits in perfectly.ReplyCancel

    • Donna

      Yes I agree, I have twin girls and one got her periods 6 months ago. Her teachef suggested the pencil case, she said there is less chance of being teased.ReplyCancel

    • Rowena Hope

      Pencil case- brilliant. We are not to far away from this season I the moodiness is anything to go by so I have been thinking about this for this year or next.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Foster

    My daughter has a couple of wet wipes in a snap lock bag as well,ReplyCancel

  • Vonni

    Thank goodness I have boys!!

    That video was priceless though.ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    My poor DD was in Thailand when she got her first period. It was the day we were leaving and we just had to go to a 7/11 store in Phuket and buy some non-descript brand of pads. Poor darling then had to put up with the flight home…

    Anyhow – after we got home I gave her a gift bag filled with about 8 different brands / sizes of packets of pads and a couple of packs of tampons for when she’s a bit older. I also included a Dolly Magazine and a large block of chocolate. I told her to ask for Panadol if she gets cramps – but the chocolate often works best ! The rationale behind all the different products is that we are all different and it’s up to her to find what works for her. She is a year older now and knows what she prefers so I just make sure we are well stocked. I remember my mum giving me some “old lady” brand of pads (I think they were called “Modess” and they were designed to be used with a sanitary belt (what the ?)). Needless to say – I wanted my DD to have a different experience !ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    DD is in High School and they have lockers so it’s really easy to have an emergency kit on hand.ReplyCancel

  • Even as older teens it’s advisable to have an emergency kit on hand, sometimes even as 40 something adults, when we are starting to get a bit unpredictable (if you know what I mean) it’s handy. Great tips Katrina, I have given it a share on my FB page for you.ReplyCancel

  • TB

    At our school they were given small black purses from libra for free. Some promotion they do to all schools. Each purse has samples in it. Worth checking out.ReplyCancel

  • Gemma

    Most brands in Australia offer sample kits of their products for free. Just sign up on their websites. A newer product many people are unaware of is menstrual cups like Lunette. Sustainable and affordable.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    I love the pencil case idea for their school bags. Our 10 year old has started her period though very irregular and very light at the moment, I nearly cried when I saw it. I started at 9 and like you Katrina didn’t have a clue what it was so have made sure that our daughter has a better idea than I did. So sad they are growing up so quick now. Thank you though for the great idea.ReplyCancel

  • Heidi P

    Although pads are generally the less scary option for first timers I’m all for being open about the options available. My mother was very closed minded and only bought granny pads, which were very unsuitable for me. I ended up buying my own tampons and it was ten years before I discovered a menstrual cup. This is the best invention ever and I wish I had known about it a long time ago. So be careful not to let your preferences depict what your daughters will have, give them the option to explore what they are comfortable with.ReplyCancel

  • What a fantastic blog post. I do not have a daughter but I was/am one.
    I got my period aged 11 (still kind of early compared to a lot of my friends back then) and it was still a giggly, freaky thing that made you stand out at the time should your friends find out. I kept it a secret for a long time and who knows, maybe some of my friends did too and I never knew!
    I had to hide my pads and while my mum provided me with all the stuff I’d need (she was awesome), I don’t think we thought to give it a little, discreet bag to keep it all safe together. I think I just hid it in the front pocket of my school bag and prayed no-one would go in there.
    Once, a girl in my year (the bully) teased me mercilessly because I think she’d found my stuff (why I didn’t think to get angry that she invaded my privacy I do not know). Truth is, I think perhaps she had her period too and thought by bullying me, she’d take the heat off herself. I was mortified but just kept denying what she said and hoped it would blow over.
    Please, parents, read this and equip your daughters! We do get our periods quite early sometimes!! I am so so lucky my mum had mentioned it before it happened to me. The morning I woke up with it (such a relief it came overnight and not in public), I knew what it was immediately. I know many of my friends’ parents would not have prepared them in time for grade 6 thinking it was years away!
    The 11 year old me feels grateful to you for covering this topic so nicely :)
    I hope if I ever have a daughter that I’ll be able to make it as easy for her as possible when the time comes xReplyCancel

  • Waverly

    My daughter got her period at 10 1/2. I also had a pencil case put together with a couple of pads, small pack of wet wipes, tissues and a new pair of knickers (still in the packet) for just in case. She carried her pencil case with out needing it for 12 months when a friend got her 1st period at school. The pencil case was very much appreciated not only by the young lady, but also by her mum.ReplyCancel

  • Great idea and something I had planned to do when the time came. I think all parents of girls should do this! I was so unprepared when I got mine at 10 – it was horrific! And there was no discretion after the fact either!ReplyCancel

  • Izzy

    My girls are older and I thought I would share that you can go onto the websites of companies which sell sanitary products and request free samples for young girls. These often come with an appropriate “purse” or case for the items. It’s also a good way for young girls to try a variety of products without you having to purchase them all. That way they can’t decide which type suits them. my girls received some information with these and hav a couple of different packs in bags they use regularly one in the school bag one in the choir bag etc…ReplyCancel

  • Sue R

    Please make sure the school knows of any medication in your daughter’s pack. This could alleviate any problems later on.

    I was 12 when I first got my period, and it was very scary. My mum had, of course told me about it all, but I was still very unprepared. Thank goodness I got them overnight at home.ReplyCancel

  • Susan Hartnett

    I bought my daughter the book the care and keeping of you. I had her read the everything except the period part a few years ago, then here recently at school in a special health class the girls learned all about there periods and making a pouch and that night her bff stayed the night and those two were reading the part of the book and already being grossed out from school and then reading about tampons was hilarious for me not them .as i heard eww that’s gross I just remembered when I started and had to use the pads with the belt I am just really glad times have changed I would not want for my daughter to have to go through that.ReplyCancel

  • Use the P Tracker app! It is a handy, must-have app for girls that has a calendar and ‘predicts’ when the next period is coming, ovulation, etc. It is a great learning tool and very simple to use, plus it helps build confidence due to removals of unwanted surprises.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic! I will certainly be looking into this app, thank you.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kelli

    i have 3 teenage boys (but constantly have a houseful of boys and girls), and keep emergency supplies in the bathroom cupboard with a discreet note on the door (you can’t miss it from the toilet). I restock as required (pads, tampons, wet wipes, undies of various sizes, nappy bags) no questions asked and have had several girls thank me! My boys are well educated to not questions frequency of bathroom visits, girls not wanting to go in the pool etc. We also have a huge box of condoms, lubricant and safe sex and drug education brochures in the bathroom cupboard (my boys are 16, 17 and 18). All the kids know to help them selves, no questions asked and I restock as required! Better prepared than regretful. I am impressed with how often the safe sex brochures are taken!ReplyCancel

A few days ago I shared 25 School Bag Storage Ideas and so many lovely readers sent through images of their spaces, thank you to each of you for sharing, as your images can inspire others to create a space that will work in their home. Please note this slide show below, sharing over 20 different […]

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  • Marni

    this is amazing, thank you kat for putting together such inspiration for us, I’m not sure you realize the impact you make on my life and I am sure many others. now off to install a bag nook!ReplyCancel

  • This is such an inspiring collection – thanks for including my little space too! It is amazing how a previously empty, boring little hallway is now one of my favourite spots in the house – makes me smile every time I walk past and see all the bags hung up and out of the way, hats and bags and gear so easy to access. I guess this is the natural high one gets from being organised, huh ;) (I don’t experience it alllll that often, lol) xxReplyCancel

    • nicole

      I love the hooks for your bags and was wondering where I might be able to find some!! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • I wish I had more space to use some of these great ideas! Thanks for including my pic. I’ve just noticed though that I need to clear off the pin board ready for the new influx of notes and bits!ReplyCancel

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

  • This room looks amazing and I think that you should become a decorator! Keep going!ReplyCancel

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

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

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

This post is sponsored by The Allen’s Team Growing up we never celebrated Halloween, it just wasn’t a thing in my family and I wasn’t going to make a big fuss about it with my kids.  However Halloween is a growing celebration here in Australia with many of the kids in our neighbourhood dressing up and knocking […]

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  • Megan gavel

    Too cute not to try and win :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I agree Megan.:)ReplyCancel

  • stephanie woolley

    Opening all the blinds In the morning. I love the sun streaming in and warming the house after a cold nightReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes I real favourite of mine too, Stephanie! ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Hayley hitchings

    My 2 beautiful girls brighten my day
    whether it be them or their photosReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love this!.:)ReplyCancel

    • Emma

      My four year old singing all day always makes it brighter.ReplyCancel

  • Cass Purden

    A beautiful clean house brightens my day! ????????ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It most certainly helps, i agree with you Cass! ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Suzie

    Bright colours help brighten my day. Whether it be cushions, wall art or my daughter’s craft projects. Bright colours make me happy.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Lovely.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sharnee Snowden

    My 2 white owls that sit on the bench…cheerfulReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Cute!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sally Frith

    Being able to open all my windows and doors on a warm spring day and let the fresh country air in:)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh lovely.:)ReplyCancel

  • Philippa Brock

    My daughter’s laughter coming through the baby monitor in the morning. Best alarm noise ever created!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh so cute!! Makes me smile reading your comment.:) ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Karina Wood

    sitting outside on the deck watching the boats go by with a hot cuppa and my hubby before the kids get up in the morning always brightens my day. Getting to spend those first few minutes together is pretty awesome. I would give this prize to my brother and sister in law who live in Blackwater to brighten their day and I’m sure my niece and nephews will love the lollies too!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Waking up to a clean and tidy house
    Brightens my day. I’m doing the the
    20 day challenge.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wonderful Lisa.:)ReplyCancel

  • Monique McDonald

    This prize pack looks awesome!! I’d love it! When my housework is all done and I have some ‘me time’ to do some drawing or journalling brightens my day. ????ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sure does Monique!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Laurel Corless

    My sunny sun room always brightens my dayReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh how lovely.:)ReplyCancel

  • Tab

    My beautifully organised wardrobe and dresser brightens my day by making it a breeze to pick my outfit for the day rather than the previous searching through washing baskets! Thankyou Organised Housewife!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wonderful, glad to hear your wardrobe is lovely and organised.ReplyCancel

  • Marina Dousset

    I have a bright red LOVE sign in the kids playroom. I bought it on a Mothers Group Night away & it always makes me smile.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Beautiful.:)ReplyCancel

  • Angelina

    The constant company from my cat always brightens my day :) he is the best thing in my home! At the moment I am preparing to do some painting to brighten up the rooms in this house, something I have dreamed of for years to brighten the house and my mood! Some new colourful accessories would be purrfect for my new clean white rooms! ;) <3 thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh sounds lovely Angelina.:)ReplyCancel

  • Eva Lavelle

    What brightens my day I hear you ask
    Well waking up in the sunshine to bask
    Like my stretchy old tabby cat
    I roll, stretch and yawn
    Before rising to greet the beautiful dawnReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Lovely poem Eva!ReplyCancel

      • Eva

        Cheers Katrina….any excuse for a good old rhyming poem :)ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    My four beautiful children’s smiles :) and a cup of tea in my large yellow chevron tea cupReplyCancel

  • Jade

    Fresh colourful linen and the sun shining in on a warm Spring day. Just gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    Near the kitchen I have a large frame with assorted photos of my girls as babies. Looking at these photos always brightens my day :)ReplyCancel

  • Jane Caputi

    What brightens my day? The view through my windows overlooking our backyard. Also the Bird of Paradise flowers brought home from his Dads after doing his gardening for him ????ReplyCancel

  • Angela Milesi

    I love seeing my house clean and tidy. It helps me relaxing!!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    The sound of my coffee machine makes any day brighter!!ReplyCancel

  • The rainbow of colours in my study. Brightful cheerful colours, you cant help but smile <3ReplyCancel

  • Marelize

    My day is gloomy and I am irritated if I don’t start my day with a glass of water, Bible-study and prayer – with only the sound of birds as company. Only then do I feel up to a new day’s challenges, I light up when I see my children coming in with still sleepy faces, and then I open the curtains to let in the day.ReplyCancel

  • sonja

    Opening all the blinds in the morning and making some coffee!! ????ReplyCancel

  • Di

    Our indoor cat who still thinks he’s a kitten, chasing me around playfully like a little dog. A spark of life that brightens the house and my days :)ReplyCancel

  • DIANA O

    The big skylight we recently had put in, brightens my day on so many levels. I hate darkness and gloom.ReplyCancel

  • Linda

    My potted Fern…I smile every time I see it and can’t believe I haven’t managed to kill it yet! I have it 2 full weeks nowReplyCancel

  • Sharon C

    Warm hugs from my children, especially the unexpected ones. They always make my day brighter, as family is home.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon C

    Sorry Katrina I wrote the wrong email on my last entry. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Sarah Byrnes

    Hearing the child they said would probably never talk say ‘Good morning mum.’ This brightens my day, every day.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Bailey

    I love opening the blinds in my kitchen to see all my flowers in bloom. This is the first house I have had with a garden & it fills my heart with joy.ReplyCancel

  • Sharing our home with friends brightens my day and makes my heart sing!ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Things of bright colours, brighten up our day. My son loves fruit salad and crayons. When we spot a rainbow we say “hooray!”.ReplyCancel

  • Sue

    My white long stemmed artificial flowers in a glass vase on our coffee table which I would love to have some matching accessories for.ReplyCancel

  • kathryn Horne

    My kids brighten my day when they talk enthusiastically about their day at school after i ask how was your day and finally that red red wine at the end of the day!ReplyCancel

  • My children’s big smiles and big warm hugs as they wake to a brand new day, filled with new adventures and possibilities.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Rossetto

    My children who can perform a rendition of “Let it go” or have a boogie to “I like to move it” all before breakfast has even hit the table. How can that not brighten my day.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Evans

    i recently treated myself to a beautiful bespoke painting for my lounge room. It looks stunning on the wall above my leather couch and the beautiful bright colours on the painting really brighten my day.ReplyCancel

  • Open blinds to let light in and have a clean house!ReplyCancel

  • karina l

    Nice big windows that lets in plenty of light and fresh air! There’s nothing worse than living in a dark dingy home like a vampire.ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Fagan

    The same thing each morning… My sunshine girls smiling faces ~ always
    so happy!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    Cuddling in bed with my daughter in the morning before we start our day, and hearing her sleepy, smiling voice say “good morning mummy”ReplyCancel

  • Mandy henley

    My daughter climbing into bed with me for a morning cuddle.ReplyCancel

  • Patricia reynolds

    The beautiful good mornings from each of my children.ReplyCancel

  • Nicola herring

    My daughter’s drawings on the fridge! First thing as I walk bleary eyed to the fridge after bub’s been awake all night, I smile at her pictures of us all! Really adds a sparkle to my day!ReplyCancel

  • Meg

    Baking yummy treats for family and friends in our kitchen on our new farm which has beautiful country views. Brightens my mood and makes me feel just that little bit happier every day :)ReplyCancel

  • Jacinta

    Lights!
    And the fact that they turn on.
    That when I come home at night I can turn on the tap and a hot steamy shower appears, that the kettle hisses, the fridge is still cold, and I know my door locks. My roof is not damaged from the rains or the photo albums haven’t been destroyed by flames.
    Call me old fashion or even a little simple, but what brightens my day is the fact that I can come home to a safe house, regardless of its cleanliness or the weather outside, and that all those who dwell within it are safe and healthy.ReplyCancel

  • natasha Horsham

    i was trying to think and couldn’t get past my first thought was my 3 kids and second was the 3 cats. So family. But I’m not sure if that’s what you actually meant
    If taking about household things it’s hopping into bed with freshly made clean sheetsReplyCancel

  • Helena Leung

    Cranking up the Temptations and belting out “My Girl” to speed up the housework. “I GOT SUNSHINNEEEEE, ON A CLOUDDDDY DAYYYYY!!”ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Ring

    Well, the question was “what in your home brightens up your day”. My hubby does FIFO, so when he is home, everything is brighter!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa d

    waking up with the sun shining on the sun catcher, casting a rainbow on my bedroom wall.ReplyCancel

  • Talking to our little Grandson by phone never fails to brighten my day.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    Family brightens my day. The sound of laughter & conversation. All freshly bathed and smelling like home. Cheeky smiles & eyes wide in wonder. Makes my heart gladden even now.ReplyCancel

  • Gina

    Finding five surprise minutes to myself to be still and grateful for all that makes me so busy brightens my day.ReplyCancel

  • leeanne Gooch

    my son ;)ReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    It’s not really in the house but…outside the kitchen window I have a bird feeder and watching the rosellas have their breakfast whilst drinking my coffee brightens my day!ReplyCancel

  • Nerissa Stott

    Having fresh flowers around are always so cheerful with their bright colours smiling at me, especially ones from my garden :DReplyCancel

  • Astrid

    Fresh flowers and a sea breezeReplyCancel

  • Jo Deller

    My 4 children and their various artworks and crafts totally brighten my day! I never thought I would have children and lost 8 babies to miscarriage for years so their presence in my life is a miracle that warms my heart and soul everyday. When they may leave one day, I will still always have some of their artworks to hang on to!ReplyCancel

  • Rach Whittaker

    my large collection of bright, patterned, perfectly placed lounge cushions brightens my day every morning! A little bit of colour brings out a smile in everyone, and always spikes a comment or two from guests! i would love to add more colour to my home – what better way than winning a selection made by the organised housewife :) xReplyCancel

  • Sherryl

    Flowers and colour. Pretty down at the moment but if I push and put sunlight flowers and colour it helpsReplyCancel

  • Anne

    The smile on my twins faces when I get home from work. Its beautiful to see how happy they are to see meReplyCancel

  • Amanda Hemetsberger

    My son’s sleepy eyes when I wake him up for school always makes me smileReplyCancel

  • Sonia

    Fresh flowers always make the world of difference! Especially if they are grown in my very own garden.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    A photo from our wedding day 18 years ago with our son who was 18 months old at the time….I look at it every single day and it always, always makes me smile :)ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne

    Photos of our family and friends brighten our day :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    After the crazy breakfast, lunch, bed making and dropping my kids off to school run, I come home and light all my tea lights in my soy melts. I have one in every room. I love just sitting, having a coffee and smelling the lovely scents throughout my house. Aahhh!ReplyCancel

  • Donna Germon

    The bright happy faces of my 5 children always brightens my day (even if they have left a massive trail of destruction behind them!!!)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Obviously my kids bring the happiness. But having the windows and doors open, letting that breeze flow through the house feels like its blows the troubles/worries etc away. Like a fresh start. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Meredith

    My baby girl with her happy go lucky nature brightens up what ever room she is in. My little ray of sunshine has taught me that happiness is a mind set and you can find the joy in any situationReplyCancel

  • Melinda

    Colourful pink and purple post-it note reminders brighten up my day and keep me organised too!ReplyCancel

  • What brightens my day? After I am dressed, we have made the bed, & I whipped over the bathroom, I am ready for anything, let the day begin. Then having brekkie that my wonderful hubby of 48 years, that he has made starts the day off real well.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Dooley

    The sound and marks of my children! Whether that be laughing, fighting, crying, or their wacky childcare art work – sensing their presence brightens up our home that without them, is silent and boring!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    The laughter of my three boys playing together is always sure to brighten my dayReplyCancel

  • Annette

    My kids laughter…..sunshine flooding through the windows, putting some fresh lipstick on, that moment when you have the house clean for 5 minutes before the kids come home, the silence after the kids go to bed and you can sit down and breathe!! These are just a few of the things in my house that help to brighten my day! Oh and when that all fails, singing “The sun’ll come out tomorrow” never fails to put a smile on your face – even just because it is so ridiculous :)ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Kriss-Newell

    Putting on some boppy music in the morning as we get ready really brightens my mood. It pulls me out of my early morning tiredness and after a quick sing a long, albeit sounding atrocious, and a funny dance with the kidlets, it seems to restore some vigour for the day ahead.ReplyCancel

  • My family, my yellow bedroom, the beautiful gumtree outside my bedroom window!ReplyCancel

  • Bec sullivan

    When my husband pulls up the driveway, even after 14 years and 3 children it still brightens my day when he comes home :)ReplyCancel

  • Lindy Dowell

    My son & husband laughing and playing together brightens my day, every day.ReplyCancel

  • michelle wright

    A clean house especially clean kitchen and coffee in my double wall glass cup.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Veljanovska

    I love at night when I read to my 3 year old and 6 month old and they listen excitedly exchanging smiles with each other when I say or do something funny.It really makes every other worry disappear in that moment.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Pilkington

    I know it has been said before, but the early morning sun streaming into my kitchen where I spend the majority of the morning getting beakfast and preparing lunches for four kids, that is what my brightens my home!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa bonner

    My kitchen window faces east, I love opening the curtains in the morning and having the sun stream through the prisms being held by fairies, dragons butterflies etc., They make rainbows all over my kitchen/dinning areaReplyCancel

  • SallyD

    A clean kitchen bench to sit at in the morning for breakfast and watch the birds in the tree outside.ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Sitting on the patio eating breakfast with our family and watching and listening to the birds in the backyard. It’s a morning ritual for us.ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    My son and husband smiling, Saturday mornings, baking, a clean home, the sun.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie B

    My boys finding our cat first thing in the morning to play with her, brightens up my home and day.ReplyCancel

  • nadia stuart

    Waking up with the sun streaming in through my blinds, next to the best friend and husband. I thank god for this everyday as it makes me truely happy.ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine

    My girls brighten my day. I don’t know how they wake up so cheery but it sure helps on those early mornings! :)ReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    My strawberries growing in hanging pots on the verandah, this year the slugs can’t get them and it’s lovely picking and eating themReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    Hearing my daughter waking up and saying ‘Mum! Mum! Mum!’ repeatEdly, followed by ‘BOO!’ when I open her door!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Laura Amos

    My husband bringing me breakfast in bed every morning for the last nine weeks to help combat my morning sickness really brightens my day. Just like the growing little human inside me does (and will do even better when it joins us on the outside!). :-)ReplyCancel

  • Kasey Evans

    Other than my children it would have to be my morning iced coffee, it gets me started for the day & I miss it terribly if I don’t have it (abit addicted I think hehe)ReplyCancel

  • Alison Fidler

    Fresh flowers. I try to have them in the house as much as possible. They make the room feel bright and cheerful.ReplyCancel

  • Hana Simes

    A little bunch if fresh flowers next to my bed! Waking up to fresh flowers always brightens my day!ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    I have some of those over door hooks, I found that when I hang them on the top of the shower screen, that towels get hung up on them and they don’t stay on the floor anymore. It brightens every single day for me!!????ReplyCancel

  • Debra Shields

    Green, I wake up to a forest of trees inside and out, they make me feel uplifted straight away. I have green, orange, blue, yellow, red, purple,pink everywhere and I’m smiling now because I probably should have said colour makes me happy!ReplyCancel

  • Susie V

    My white kitchen – with red stools, red desk chairs, red lights and a red appliance pantry roller door. Happiness! Plus my mum sometimes gives me some waratahs or proteas to go on the kitchen table. Oooh AND I have a lovely portrait of my grandmother and a painting of Sydney Harbour, paid for by my Mother’s Group for my 40th b’day! AwwwwReplyCancel

  • Jewel Thames

    I love to see my families pictures to start my day off.ReplyCancel

  • Tenneille

    Going into my girls room in the morning
    to wake them up, to find they have climbed into bed together through the night and they wake up cuddling. That brightens my day by warming my heart.ReplyCancel

  • Alison

    I have a string line on a wall where I peg up photos of my favorite people and places. Every time I walk past it it evokes a happy memory of a past experience or moment in time and just seeing a picture of a little face smiling at me brightens my day.ReplyCancel

  • Nikita Collier

    The wine on the counter, the bible on my coffee table, and my bookshelf STUFFED with books. You can never have too many books, even when you run out of space! :)ReplyCancel

  • Pauline Stewart

    I kept dropping hints for my hubby to buy me flowers….he never got the hint so now I spoil myself & buy myself a bunch of flowers each & every week. They really brighten up the house & make me happy every time I look at themReplyCancel

  • Anastasia

    Seeing my 18 month old walk up to me and say mum is the best kind of brightness. After months of hard work with physio and speech (after drs telling me he wouldn’t walk or talk) makes my day so much brighter every second of the day!ReplyCancel

  • Kayla

    Love the morning & afternoon sun filtering through the blinds, the sounds of my kids laughing, fresh cut flowers through the house, the smell of freshly baked cookies and the beautiful pops of colour from my cushions in the living areas are just a few things that brighten my days!!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    No matter what the weather is like outside, my family brightens my day and night.ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Maddock

    Simply knowing that all the washing has been done, folded and put away makes me happy at home. And beds that are made. xxxReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    I have an enormous bunch of silk flowers in the living room that my daughter and I chose together. It is bright and full of colour and is a reminder of the fun we had together choosing the flowers.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie

    My big yellow tea cup! I wake up 10 mins before the rest of the household and make a lovely hot cup of tea in it. A little spark to start the day.ReplyCancel

  • Maddie

    My 2 boys brighten my my home- if I’m home alone, the house just doesn’t feel the same…..great prize pack :)ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Beattie

    Sunshine , streaming through my front windows of a morning! There is nothing like sunshine to make you feel goodReplyCancel

  • Vicki

    My family brighten my day along with my doggies.ReplyCancel

  • Karin Allan

    My late husbands smiling photo,frame, encouraging me to keep going! I do need some new brightness!ReplyCancel

  • Louise Vasey

    Clean floors, a scented candle burning & a chai latteReplyCancel

  • Phillip Cunningham

    A good morning kiss from my wife Jackie as her kiss starts off my day brightly.ReplyCancel

  • Shelly W

    Everything in our home was brown when we purchased it. Brown is very boring. My husband loves coordinated things but I am very eclectic. So any little pop of color makes me smile. For example a hot pink vase with bright flowers. The chalk board painted hall with crazy colored stenciled border.ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    Dancing round the living room with my children to Pharell Williams ‘Happy’, not caring if the neighbours can see through the open bifolds at the front of the house. Just great fun.ReplyCancel

  • Mick G

    watching all the beautiful rainbows of refracted colour from all my crystal ornaments as the morning light springs them to lifeReplyCancel

  • Deborah Hill

    Seeing all the mess, scratches and dings, they are all made with love from my 3 boys, usually with lots of laughter, cheekiness and love, and often memories in the making. It’s the feelings and emotions of what surrounds me in my home that brightens my dayReplyCancel

  • It is good cup of Latte and 30 min quiet time before everyone is up in the morning.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    The sound of true laughter from children. When they let go that real belly laugh and you know they are truly happy and carefree, just as children should be! Knowing that we must be doing something right to protect them and raise happy, healthy kids. Priceless!ReplyCancel

  • Gerri Briggs

    Looking at my garden through clean windows!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Raven

    Love Laughter & Tantrums is what I love and brightens my day cause then I know we are family and no matter what happens in our lives we are alive and we are family and that makes me smileReplyCancel

  • Annie Bourne

    My family brightens my day.The laughter from the girls or even something as simple as sitting down to a meal together.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Moulton

    I would love to say that the decor in my home brightens my day, but most days I feel cramped, and would love to have the money ditch everything and start again. and so it is my BFFF(best feline friend forever) who really brightens my day, except when she wants to be fed at 5.00amReplyCancel

  • mumoffive

    Nothing in my house brightens my day, as it is a constant mess. But my son making me a cup of coffee in the morning makes me smile!ReplyCancel

  • Jenai

    A bright smile and morning cuddles from my little boys;
    And sunlight streaming through my window brings me joy.
    Pictures on our walls, happy photos of our favourite days;
    Drawings done by my children in a brightly colourful craze …
    The delicious smell of freshly brewing coffee;
    And the perfumed aroma of flowers my sons’ picked for me.
    But the number one thing which brightens my day;
    Is my alarm being turned off, and having lots of time for play!ReplyCancel

  • The accent colour my living room is yellow! I love my yellow cushions, they are like a ray of sunshine on my sofa!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Grayda

    My daughter’s beautiful smileReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    The thing that brightens my day is seeing my 22 month old daughter so in love with her newborn baby brother.. She makes me giggle when she tells him to sit & stay like she’s talking to our dog :)ReplyCancel

  • frances

    Fresh flowers ,especially the roses from my gardenReplyCancel

  • Annaliese

    Sipping hot tea outside in the sunshine (usually when the kids are napping).ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    Making a coffee and waiting to receive your email at 6.17am Monday -Friday. Honestly, until I read your daily post whilst enjoying a cup of coffee I feel that my day can’t begin and then reading your email brightens my mood. Even my 11 year old daughter says mum, what was on the organised housewife email today lol. I know you need to have a weekend, however I do miss the emails on the weekends!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      ooh that is lovely Tracy!.:) xReplyCancel

  • Clare

    My four gorgeous children – love that first half an hour of the day with them.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Jones

    My kids’ innocent laugh, which is clear like water, makes me forget worries and sadness, and feel my life is full of sunshine everyday.ReplyCancel

  • SHARON JOHNSON

    A well organised wardrobe spilling with colour and choice to brighten my mood. Before giving to the many I help each day.ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    I am in desperate need of colour in my home. We renovated and painted the one colour throughout, nice colour called hog bristle, or beige. So very beige in this house! The only colour I have is the blur of my toddler who runs past! He brightens my day…. well. Most days.ReplyCancel

  • Erin horton

    Open all the curtains letting the morning light in and picking my baby up from his bed after he greats me with a beautiful smile.ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    Open the blinds, up go the windows, light a scented candle and kiss the kids!ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    I love my lovely green living plants, so much so they have names and when it rains they go outside to play. They clear the air and brighten my day.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Breust

    Waking up to the beautiful face of my newborn son brightens my day. Being able to provide an amazing home for him is what I am most proud of.ReplyCancel

  • Emma Gibbons

    A clean house, a good coffee, a happy child and a dippy egg ?????????????????ReplyCancel

  • Receiving that first morning hug and kiss from my two gorgeous children. I love that at almost 11 my son races so he can have the first hug and kiss of the day. How could this not brighten my day :)ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    My home is an eclectic mix of items that I have made, been given and collected. It would never make the pages of a magazine but is a place where my family make memories and is filled with kids laughter, pre school art and colour. It is my sanctuary!ReplyCancel

  • Aside from my kids I would have to say fresh flowers. The house feels sad without them!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Lane

    Waking up knowing that my day will be filled with love and laughter with my gorgeous family always makes my home and day shine brightly!!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Saad

    The smiles on my two beautiful kids and my new sheets and quilt cover .ReplyCancel

  • Mascha

    Waking up in my ‘own’ little studio, my own little piece of light, bright and colourful heaven! Full with secondhand and free furniture and decorations. They are cleaned, loved and upcycled!! Can’t get better then that :)
    I can definitely do with some amazing new colourful accessories to spruce it all up a bit!!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly

    Watching my husband bond with our new baby and seeing him be silly. Our Sunday mornings have become “Sunday dance parties”. How can watching your husband and 10 week old baby dance around the living room not brighten up your day!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Gorton

    I absolutely believe in the power of accessories in the home to change the mindset and benefit mood. One of the most important things to me is decorative photo frames with pictures of family and happy memories – nothing puts a bigger smile on my face!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Gritter

    My new outdoor cushions brighten my day !ReplyCancel

  • Jena

    Right now I have a day off! And while my daughter is home sick, I have made a day bed for her with books and snacks on the trampoline so she is happy and on the mend. So often I have to work on days she is ill so it makes me very happy to be able to be here, working inside but occasionally popping out to snuggle her on the trampoline. I have the Moving House free printables and am so excited to be organised as I prepare to leave our home of 10 years & move just down the road to a home with more light and more room. Loving life and really feeling on top of things. Didn’t seem possible just a few months back.ReplyCancel

  • My new white and most importantly – uncluttered – kitchen. So nice and bright and with gorgeous timber benchtops that I can actually SEE!ReplyCancel

  • myesha...mom of 3 Girls

    Beautifully scented candles in a clean house! I feel so accomplished and Happy!ReplyCancel

  • Caitlyn

    My daughters smile brightens my day after a long hard day and knowing she it’s truly happy regardless of weather the house is clean or not. Spending precious time with her rather than cleaning, the cleaning will wait her growing up won’t ??ReplyCancel

  • Leah

    A clean kitchen sink, as simple as it would have been to leave a the dishes or a cup the night before, the 10min spent before bed putting away and cleaning the sink is the pay off for the next dayReplyCancel

  • Maureen Willans

    What makes me really happy is waking up every morning knowing I don’t have to go to work anymore. I retired in July after 50 years in the workforce.ReplyCancel

  • Christina

    The smell of freshly brewed coffee and freshly baked bread. Not to mention the beautiful family that not only brighten my home but brighten my world.ReplyCancel

  • JFKAZZ

    The sound of my four children laughing. Nothing makes my day any brighter than that.ReplyCancel

  • Susan

    I love to see pops of colour with fruit, especially crisp green apples piled high in a bowl, the white bench top.ReplyCancel

  • Antonietta

    Seeing my children happy! Simple yet brightens my life, not just my day and I just think, they’re mine, I am truly blessed :)ReplyCancel

  • Lesley Needham

    As a single mum I now can decorate how I like. No complaining partner putting limitations on my style so I now have created a bright colourful bedroom for myself. I wake up seeing pretty colours and feel happy with the world. My Mum spent 6 months knitting me a bright colourful blanket to match the room. My 4 boys love my room so much that they like hanging out in there. Usually I find them playing games on my bed or hogging my bright orange chair.ReplyCancel

  • Cecilia Warrick

    Clearing one small space of all its clutter,
    really sets my heart a-flutter!
    That may sound nutty but I must confess,
    I’ve had a long battle dealing with mess,
    at 55 I finally have clutter out of the way,
    I feel brightened that I can now seize the day!ReplyCancel

  • petra chaplin

    Fresh flowers always brighten my day. The children’s artworks around the house, a cup of herbal tea in a porcelain cup, nice music , the curtains/blinds flung open, a clean and tidy house and something baking in the oven……..marvellous!ReplyCancel

  • Sonya

    The laughter and smiles of my kids. But it’s not the done thing to hang them up on the wall. ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Nic T.

    My kids’ paintings on the wall. They have such fun doing it and I love seeing their colourful art every day, and it makes them feel proud that it’s their art on the wall and not something I’ve bought from the shops.ReplyCancel

  • Tamara Lamb

    Photo’s of loved one’s everywhere I look :DReplyCancel

  • Charisse Childs

    Other than the family and pets that live here with their laughter and smiles, I would say the leadlight welcome sign inside our front door, it’s the first thing you see when you come home and the last thing you see as you shut the door and it always brings a smile to my face.ReplyCancel

  • Lesleigh S

    Waking up healthy and happyReplyCancel

  • Caroline Kelly

    I have a number of different hot beverage mugs with bright cheerful pictures on them. Each of them are used depending upon my disposition at that time.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Murphy

    What brightens my day is rolling over in the morning to see my 3yo sons face standing next to me saying – “get out of bed mummy….. Can you make my breakfast please”.ReplyCancel

  • Lani Kennedy

    Seeing a bowl of ruby red organic tomatoes, that I have grown myself, brightens my day no end !!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jayne K

    My little round table next to the window where I enjoy a cup of tea while gazing out at the trees. It’s a moment’s pause that gives me a lift to carry on with the day.ReplyCancel

  • corinne cambridge

    The smell of toast and freshly brewed coffee always brightens up my morning!ReplyCancel

  • Mel S

    Having the time to mindfully wash the dishes with my hands in the soapy water as i am able to look around and admire the beautiful things in my house. Taking the time to appreciate and enjoyReplyCancel

  • Chloe

    The scent of my favourite essential oils :)ReplyCancel

  • James Kav

    My bookshelf!ReplyCancel

  • Laura Scriven

    The fresh veg in the garden makes me smile every day,
    Love how herbs can be used in so many ways!ReplyCancel

  • Chris A

    Being followed from room to room by my loving & loyal spaniel dog always makes me smile. She is like my own little shadow :)ReplyCancel

  • Prema

    My 2 beautiful dogs… because they love me unconditionally no matter what! Even when I’ve had a busy day at work having left them all day and I look (and feel) like something you’d scrape off the side of an alleyway bin, they still LOVE me. :)ReplyCancel

  • Janice Campbell

    Seeing my kitchen bench clear each morning, I start the day off ready.ReplyCancel

  • Aya Smith

    My day is brightened by the smiles of my boys digging into pancakes.ReplyCancel

  • Courtney

    My windows to the outside world are what brighten my day. They are my passage into the light and beauty of the world.ReplyCancel

  • Isabel

    Witnessing kindness among family members warms my soul and brightens my day. We are usually kind to strangers and friends but we often forget to be kind to family members. So when I see kindness at home, it really makes me happy.ReplyCancel

  • Roma Paterson

    My first cup of tea for the dayReplyCancel

  • Sue

    Happy healthy hubby and kidsReplyCancel

  • Joanna

    My beautiful aqua peacock Bed Head has inspired a diy splash of aqua painted accessories and art which brings me gentle waves of happiness!ReplyCancel

  • elle

    Having fresh flowers in my kitchen brightens my dayReplyCancel

  • Anna-Marie O'Rourke

    Waking up to find Molly (My dog) sleeping soundly next to me.ReplyCancel

  • tracy procter

    Our crazy lorikeet creeping up on me by very slowly rolling her call across the floor when I am not looking. Then when I look she stops, puts her claw on the balls and just moves it back and forth pretending to be innocent. Makes me laugh every time!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Markwell

    Poppy, my wonder dog and soul mate, makes us laugh constantly and is the best purchase we have ever made. Thanks RSPCA!ReplyCancel

  • Rianna

    Being able to have the house kept clean for one day without the little ones messing it all up again would really brighten my day. But I love my little ones of course! :)ReplyCancel

  • CELINE

    All my family photos and paintings that I have done over the years, displayed and hung around my home never fails to brighten up my day.ReplyCancel

  • Lee

    Swimming lessons with my daughter really brightens my day and keeps me going. She loves the water and splashes and giggles so much it is infectious. Something I hope we have fond memories of for years to come.ReplyCancel

  • Narelle Rock

    When I walk into the kids bedrooms and their beds have been made, no toys on the floor and all their dirty clothes are in the washing basket!ReplyCancel

  • hadil b

    a good cup of coffee alone….I seem the grumpiest of the bunch:)ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten W

    Finding a packet of TimTams in the pantry!ReplyCancel

  • Maria P

    Waking up to hubby wearing an apron and preparing bacon and eggs. Well, it did happen once! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Ashbrooke

    My family and animals surely brighten my household and also mess it tooReplyCancel

  • claire evans

    the kids artwork on my kitchen wall, it makes me remember when they were little and how much they make me smileReplyCancel

  • jayne

    candles because they always make the house smell so very nice. fresh and appealing.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole M

    A new addition this week – house plants! My gorgeous new maiden hair fern has made me smile every time I see it.ReplyCancel

  • Gillian Ling

    A flickering Jack-O-Lantern smiley pumpkin is brightening my day.ReplyCancel

  • Judith

    My cat. An old friend who understands the joys of a sleep-in, and doesn’t judge, unless I buy her the wrong food.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa K

    A house full of laughter and smiles from my gorgeous children.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Courtney

    Satisfaction and pride in a successful day of housework, brightens my day and feels amazing.ReplyCancel

  • christine williams

    My amazing husband who makes it his mission to make me laugh every day.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Pratt

    Music, all kinds it opens up my babies eyes to the world and creates fun and movement.ReplyCancel

  • Kerryanne B

    A hug from our 2 children! especially our little man who isnt too affectionate it brightens our world when he gives a hug and a raspberry (which secretly is a kiss!!)ReplyCancel

  • Sue Bell

    Connecting with family members everyday, including the cat who always meows a greeting whenever we pass and relaxing with the TV or listening to music after a busy dayReplyCancel

  • Jennie D

    A CLEANER! Being a working mum with 2 school age kids something had to giveReplyCancel

  • Neva Wethereld

    Three things in my home brighten my day every morning. Firstly my brand new baby girl who gives me the biggest smiles and giggles when I pick her up out of her cot, secondly the hot tea and ‘goodbye kiss’ from my husband before he leaves for work and finally my puppy dog Koko who is so excited and wags her tail like a maniac when she sees me get out of bed!ReplyCancel

  • Toondi Hillen

    My bathroom heat light first thing in the morning as I hiss at it, like a vampire to the sun, until my eyes adjust.ReplyCancel

  • sam greenwald

    Opening all the blinds In the morning. I love the sun streaming in and warming the house after a cold nightReplyCancel

  • Karen Turner

    My Minnie Pwerle painting, it’s amazing colours help brighten my day.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    when my 5 year old daughter wakes up with her bed hair and the first thing she does is come and give her Mum a big cuddle and a good morning.ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne Harries

    Waking up in our incredible country we truly are blessed I am grateful and brightened each and every dayReplyCancel

  • Jessica Watters

    The thing that brightens my day is my concrete chooks perched on my kitchen window sill, eveytime I am up to my arms in washing up they some how brighten my soul and make me “cackle”.ReplyCancel

  • When I walk into my office and see my wall of wool!ReplyCancel

  • Janine Gardiner

    Back neighbours chooks cackling away,
    Next doors kids screaming in play,
    My pots of flowers bright and pretty,
    All these things brighten my day.ReplyCancel

  • Moira

    Our wall to wall kitchen windows, they give me an unobstructed view of our backyard, with all the stages of the garden in my sights as I start each day, bird life and bees going about the start to the day brings a positive cheer to my mornings.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Stoute

    Fresh flowers. It’s my weekly treat and I love going to the deli each Sunday or to the flower markets if I have time, and choosing what flowers will be on my dining table for the next week.ReplyCancel

  • Anita Maller

    my sugar skull form mexico (7 bucks)ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Ryan

    Toddler antics of my 18 month old ensures no one in the house is ever glum!ReplyCancel

  • Monique

    What in my home helps brighten my day? My cats. With the kids grown up having furry smiles greet you first thing in the morning is delightful!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney B

    My coffee machine- the only thing that can get a smile from me in the morning.ReplyCancel

  • Kristy Nicholson

    Colourful feature walls, brightening up even the most MELONcholic guest, and imPRINTing happiness on my heart too!ReplyCancel

  • Mun Keong Lee

    A decorating paint on the wall with “To succeed, you must first fight!”..ReplyCancel

  • No washing in the washing basket brightens my day…and my 2 little people :)ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl Brown

    It’s not the pile of washing in the laundry or the notes on the fridge, it’s the dog who is always there, loyal and ready to play and my cheery toddler, wandering balanced at last around the house needing a feed and practising saying the word, “Mum.”ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    The solar lights that I stuck to the hedge outside my kitchen window last Christmas. I never took them down, and every evening they light up my day for an extra couple of hours.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne White

    Just having my husband and son waking up every morning under the same roof is enough to brighten any day.
    The best feeling any mother/wife could ask for.ReplyCancel

  • Leah

    Leaving it on time and not in a panicked rush!ReplyCancel

  • Lizi

    Fresh flowers, with their natural burst of colour, guaranteed to put a smile on my face!ReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    Having my husband come home from work earlier than expected always brightens my day!ReplyCancel

  • Natasha Andrews

    Miss 5 when she tries to creep into bed at 6 am – she is so sweet about trying not to wake me up that I cannot help but smile – she brightens up every morning (and on those mornings that she comes in before 6am my first 2 coffees of the day REALLY brighten up my day)ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    My dog! She’s always super excited to see me and her madly wagging tail brightens my day without fail :)ReplyCancel

  • Sheree Pallis

    Mealtimes that are spent with my family,
    To enjoy in conversation, brightens the day for me,
    Our lives are so busy, it’s the only time,
    That we’re all together and it’s so divine.ReplyCancel

  • NATASHA

    I have just painted my front door sky blue. It makes me smile every time I look at it.ReplyCancel

  • daniela barbaro

    the laughter of my kids, it brightens up my day as its like a ray of sunshineReplyCancel

  • Ebaney Espinoza

    A bucket full of coffee brightens my dayReplyCancel

  • Ohhh where do I start?! The sun rising (yes im up that early!), my dog, feeling the thats under my feet, camomile tea, my 2 year old daughter (err sometimes hehe), fresh flowers, colour in my home, leaving nice comments on people’s blogs… On and on!ReplyCancel

  • Brittany

    Fresh flowers in the house, getting the beds made early and pics of my kids around the house brighten my day and put me in a good mood for the rest of the dayReplyCancel

  • jane

    my 2 gorgeous kids, sleepy cuddles & kisses ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    Knowing that I have the opportunity to go out and enjoy the day as best I can with my little girlReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    A big squeeze from Miss 9 and Miss 16ReplyCancel

  • Lizzie P

    They say only happiness comes from within, I tell you what though a nice tidy house with four little ones under 6 wouldn’t go astray!ReplyCancel

  • Sallyann Silver

    Wow, there are some gorgeous answers here, how will you choose just one???
    My day is brighten by having a cup of tea to start the day, crossing things off my never ending to do list, my kids (Miss 10 and Miss 6) coming in for snuggles in the morning, hearing hubby’s car pull up after a long day in the truck, long lunches with friends, our friendly small community, volunteering, freshly washed sheets, the smell of a clean house and a piece or two of chocolate before bed!!ReplyCancel

  • Becky Downey

    My beautiful hibiscus. It’s ROOT to TIP BLOOMIN’ beautiful and encourages me to get up and GROW!ReplyCancel

  • Taryne Walters

    I have a beautiful black and white picture of my grandparents wedding day. Every time I look at it I smile. It makes my day!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Griffith

    Marking the passing days in my calendar as we count down the arrival of our first little baby due at Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer B.

    MUSIC always cheer the soul, so I love my stereo through which I can run Spotify playlists of my own choosing!ReplyCancel

  • Nikki Sims-Chilton

    Laughter, laughter and more laughterReplyCancel

  • Paula Fitzpatrick

    The smile in my little ones faces when their puppy gives them a morning lick and cuddle.ReplyCancel

  • Micaela Tomalin

    Outside our bedroom window is pretty bleak, it looks straight onto a fence, so my gorgeous Husband put up a trellis with all greenery and divine pots with roses, now they are blooming i open the window, i can almost smell them tooReplyCancel

  • Belinda B

    The Rainbow Lorikeets nesting under my verandah roof? Not only do they brighten my day but my kids, the postman and anyone else who knocks on my front door!ReplyCancel

  • Allira Middlebrook

    Waking up to chatter from my 3.5yr old and huge smiles from my 8mth old and grins of pride and happiness from my husband and head butts from both of my Burmese cats when we are all piled into bed for a cuddle before getting up to start the day. Big crowd, big happy!ReplyCancel

  • Renee Ballantyne

    waking up and realizing I don’t have to go to work and the kids don’t have to go to schoolReplyCancel

  • Emma M

    I always get a little spring in my step when I open a cupboard I had forgotten I had decluttered.ReplyCancel

  • Tali

    I bought a huge wall quilt in India which is draped over an entire wall that is beaming of colour, creativity, embroidery and magic. My house guests constantly marvel at it’s beauty.ReplyCancel

  • Teresa Jackson

    Fresh flowers in a stylish but down to earth vase, a colourful bowl or two of seasonal fruit and vegetables surrounded by black and white photos of my kids framed in simple, yet stunning designs. A clean, organised beautiful home full of nature’s gifts and a welcoming atmosphere that just feels like home.ReplyCancel

  • tracy wedding

    My day is always a little brighter when my husband comes home and first thing he does is hug me and says “I LOve You”ReplyCancel

  • Nicola Philp

    the sound of my chooks as they cluck their way out of their house (Hensington Palace) in the morning ready to lay eggs for our brekkie.ReplyCancel

  • judith fasshauer

    My relaxing Mornings when kids are at school and husband and work and I indulgence in the back yard with a cup of coffee reading a book this is priceless and bright my daysReplyCancel

  • Frederique Blunden

    What truly brightens my day is that every morning I get to wake up in a house filled with family, love, laughter (some days more than others), the love of friends, health and peace. We live in such a free country, free of war, filled with possibilities and rights for all including women and children. I never take that for granted as home to me is more than our 4 walls: it’s community. Thanks for making the online community a brighter place too.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    My record player. I can pop on some 80’s to dance and clean to, or some 90’s to drink gin to, or something classic to relax tooReplyCancel

  • Riley Marmo

    What brightens my day, and also my mood,
    is to open the cupboard and finding food!ReplyCancel

  • Joanne Alexander-Wynne

    My children running through the house giggling as they chase each other, or smiling as they dance and sing… I must admit though, my day always gets a little brighter once they’re sound asleep at night and I can put my feet up with a glass of wine and a bit of adult tv :)ReplyCancel

  • Hannah

    In my bedroom I have a beautiful big tree decal on my wall with lush green leaves and vines hanging down, which I have then stuck family photos on to. Waking up in my little sanctuary brightens my day every day!ReplyCancel

  • julianne zozworek

    currently its my orange deer !!!
    then a very close second is when my DD notices the whiteboard on our fridge updated almost everyday with a positive thought – she loves it and writes up her own thoughts too!ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    The view of our block of land that we will very soon own…makes me smile with the thought of building a new house to fill and a new home with my brand new husband!ReplyCancel

  • avanthi arabolu

    Fresh,beautiful, bright, colorful flowers…ReplyCancel

  • avanthi arabolu

    Fresh,beautiful, bright, colorful flowers and warm sunlight in the morning…ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Wendt

    My day is always brightened by the smile and love of my daughter and partner and as we live in the country the promise of some rain over the weekend is always cause for a joy.ReplyCancel

  • Tatum Freeman

    Our Fish Tank, full of like and always colourfulReplyCancel

  • Alison

    Having my daughters whom are 5 & 3 wake me
    up in the morning with a kiss and good morning mummy…… then by jumping on my bed ofcourse :)ReplyCancel

  • Megan H

    My 2 year old, never a dull moment with him around ;)ReplyCancel

  • Crystal Donohue

    Having beautiful flowers adds a pop of colour around the home in decorative vases and brightens my day with the lovely scent they provide!ReplyCancel

  • Anna

    When it comes to deciding what in my home helps brighten my day
    It’s not an easy task, I have to say.
    There are so many things which make me smile
    So here they are, stick around awhile.
    I love to cook recipes that are my Italian and Greek family’s
    My Yiayia’s spanakopita is one that’s sure to please.
    Seeing pops of colour in special corners of the house
    Is a feast on the eye, even to a sneaky little mouse.
    Scattering beautiful trinkets and treasures from trips abroad
    Bring back glorious memories that will be forever adored.
    But there are three special who, in their own special way
    Definitely have the most impact on brightening my day.
    First of all, there’s hubby, my one true love
    Who I honestly believe, was sent from above.
    He is my rock, my soul mate, and my best friend most of all
    Always there to pick me up, whenever I fall.
    Then there are our darling two boys, Master M and Master A
    Who fill our lives with endless joy every single day.
    I feel so fortunate to be a mother of two and a wife
    These beautiful people enrich every day of my life.ReplyCancel

  • Alicia Lollo

    My bedspread is bold, bright and colourful and lifts my mood whenever I walk into my bedroom! Now if only my dog wouldn’t love it so much …ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Kriss-Newell

    A sink that is not full of dirty dishes, toys not strewn all over the floor from the kids early rising from bed, no spilled cornflakes over the kitchen bench and floor, big smiles and cuddles from the kids, the sun shining through our open front windows and best of all – the realisation when it’s the weekend and I race the children back into our bedroom as they all pile on for cuddles and laughs.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Newstead

    My vintage souvenir tea towels I have made into curtains for my kitchen windows! Nothing brightens my day like reminiscing about all the wonderful places I have holidayed!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn Wrigley

    ffee to start and then my beautiful boy’s faces. There is nothing that makes my day better than hearing my boys get excited about what we are going to do that day. I never though someone calling me mumma would make me so complete.ReplyCancel

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  • Nancy

    your daughter is gorgeous. I love seeing them in the kitchen and sewing your teaching them such great life lessons.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Nancy, she is a cutie. All my kids love cooking and I love spending time with them in the kitchen, especially teaching them new techniques, great life lessons for sure!ReplyCancel

  • Simone

    must try this, haven’t made Mac and Cheese in so long. Love the idea of a little bit of bacon with itReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It’s delicious Simone, hope your family enjoy it!ReplyCancel

  • Krystal

    For those who prefer not to eat meat, spinach, onion & mushroom is a great mix to replace the bacon :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea, love the sound of adding onion!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Brewer

    Looking forward to declutteringReplyCancel