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My kids favourite iPad/iPod Apps

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

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  • Maree

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Di

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Sandra

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Crystal

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

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

Prevent lolly worries at Halloween + a colourful giveaway

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

  • 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

  • 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

Kids in the Kitchen – Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon

This post is sponsored by Western Star My kids love to cook and have been doing so for many years.  Letting them help in the kitchen is teaching them life lessons and skills from measuring and learning fractions to how to cook particular foods.  My youngest Miss 9 enjoys cooking pasta dishes, I stand by helping […]

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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

The day I removed my Daughters bedroom door

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

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  • Kylie Avery

    Brilliant!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Dana Flannery-Hayes

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

  • Danielle Greenfield

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

  • Jo Alexander-Wynne

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

  • Denise Lawson

    Love it ReplyCancel

  • Helen Reilly

    Love it :)ReplyCancel

  • Regina Crothers

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

  • Karina Wood

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

  • Kim Shackleford Bullins

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

  • Angie Ramsey

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

  • Lisa

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Lara B

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

    • Katrina

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

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

  • Julia K

    Hi Katrina,

    You will get HEAPS of replies to this post ! Parenting is such a contentious issue.

    Let me start by saying I wholeheartedly applaud your handling of this situation. I really feel that the punishment has to be a natural and logical consequence of the behaviour. You did all the right things and it is OH SO important to nip these things in the bud.

    Two “punishments” that I have followed through on come to mind.

    1) Losing things. This is not so much a behavioural issue – but it goes to being responsible for things and valuing the things that they have. I currently have two children in primary school and one who just started high school. They are all provided with the correct uniforms, stationery items etc plus we keep an extra set of pens / markers / protractors etc at home so these are always on hand for homework and they don’t have to worry about bringing their school items home. Anyhow – our household rule is that they need to look after their things. If they lose their lunchbox, hat – whatever – they need to find it by looking, visiting lost property etc. If it needs replacing – it comes out of their pocket money – no exceptions. DD13 has learned the hard way this year as she has had to pay for a replacement sports hat and a pair of sports socks. I think this is very important – they need to understand that mum & dad are not an endless supply of stuff.

    2)I won’t go into the details of my DDs deeds here. She was 12 at the time and this was very serious – involving another family. I did the “Commando Parenting” thing and COMPLETELY stripped down her room – taking EVERYTHING out ( I left the door LOL) – the only things remaining in her room were a mattress, sheets, blankets and a pillow. No pretty bed linens. In her wardrobe she had school uniforms and a few basic play clothes. She had to earn things back with improving her behaviour. It took about 3 months – but slowly she got things back – starting with clothes, shoes, books etc. I am really hoping she learned the lesson about how lucky she is to have the things she does and the lifestyle that she does – and she needs to respect her own property and the property of others.
    I might add that she has been a much more pleasant child since. We have since renovated and she has a lovely new room which she is very proud of.

    It is so important to keep punishments relevant to the behaviour and the kids need to know that you don’t make idle threats. It gets harder as they get older as their actions can have more serious consequences and can effect other people outside the family. Also – if there are younger siblings – they will be watching what happens and how you as a parent react.

    Great post (as always). I will read the other comments with much interest, but it’s almost 7am so I’d better get them all up and ready for the day !ReplyCancel

  • Kylee

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

  • Fiona

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

    • Shireen Baker

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

    • Katrina

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

    • J'Zanne

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

    • Janis Hill

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

      • Katrina

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

  • Fashionista

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

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

    • Katrina

      Thats great that you followed through!ReplyCancel

  • Vicky

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Belinda

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

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

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

    • Katrina

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

    • J'Zanne

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

  • Gillian

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Talia

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

  • Been thru it

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

  • Deb

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Samantha Hitchcock

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

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

  • Lucy

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

  • Sandy

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

  • chelle

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

  • Vicki

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

    • Katrina

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

  • erica

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Gina

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

  • Helen

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Tracey

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

  • Tracy

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

    It was catching on!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

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

  • Janine Smith

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Heidi

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Katie

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

    • Katrina

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

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Briony

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Belinda Baker

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

  • Kimberley McMahon-Coleman

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

  • Sherryl Waterson

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

  • Anna Donaldson

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

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Down that Little Lane

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

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Louise

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Lizzy

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Genevieve

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Ani

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

    • Katrina

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

  • sheryl

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Julie

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Anjee Boulton

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

  • Sally

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

  • Tania

    In our house the bedroom door was only allowed to be shut when you were getting changed. This meant as we got older and friends came around our parents had supervision. We were encouraged to stay in the ‘public’ parts of the house when having friends over. This gave our parents some control over a house of 3 girls & 1 boy, all teenagers.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I really like the sound of this, Tania. It is something we also do in our home.ReplyCancel

  • Ktrina

    We have gone as far as removing all furnishings (wardrobe, bed) from our teens room due to his treatment of said furniture when sulking/etc. in fact he had broken his bed completely by the time we removed itReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Oh dear! I can see why you have also done this.ReplyCancel

Book Week Costume Ideas

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

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  • Somer

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

    • Katrina

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

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Mary

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

  • Megan

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

  • Lynelle

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

5 Top Tips For Great Photos Of Your Kids

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

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How to survive the fussy toddler who won’t eat ANYTHING

This is a guest post by Wendy Blume from Vegie Smugglers Got a toddler who is refusing to eat everything? Relax, you’re not alone! This is a common stage, tied closely with their wider developmental issues. And in the same way you’re introducing new disciplinary tactics, it’s time to introduce some new kitchen tactics to […]

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  • Keri

    Can you please advise if the muffins are suitable for freezing (after they’ve been cooked)? Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Sam Scott

    I agree with meatballs being a lifesaver! I make “baked bean” nuggets which are chicken mince, chick peas (which my two think are baked beans which they love!), shredded veges and shredded cheese. Roll together and bake in the oven. Can also freeze them so there is always a supply for care lunches and the nights that hubby and I want something different that the kids wont eat.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      they sound so good and healthy Sam, will have to give them a go!!ReplyCancel

  • Tiptoe & Co

    Great tips here for fussy little ones!ReplyCancel

  • Great tips here for fussy little ones! They can be such little monkeys ;)ReplyCancel

Packing food for a sporting event + Win an Ice Cream Movie Pack

This post is sponsored by the Allen’s Team My kids started karate when they were wee little ones, the twins had just turned 6 and my youngest started when she was 4.  This past week I am so excited to have watched the twins receive their black belt in karate… they have put in so much […]

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  • Chelsea Jones

    When we can we love to sit around our fire pit and just spend time together as a family! ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Roberts

    Watching my boys play rugby and love going out for lunch afterwards ReplyCancel

  • Briony McNeil

    Visiting the park for the kids to have a playReplyCancel

  • Jillian Ives

    Going for an early morning walk around Emerald Lakes and grabbing coffee at the coffee shop. ReplyCancel

  • Emily Campbell

    Cooking with my 2 kids. ReplyCancel

  • Gabrielle Fisher

    My favourite weekend activity is relaxing and spending time with my family. I love not having to rush around to all of the kids weekly activities.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Rapsey

    Family movie on a Saturday nightReplyCancel

  • Mel Euler

    Spending quality time with my family :) ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Webster

    My favorite weekend activity is getting away to our bush shack for a big walk with my girls, my dogs and my dad and then enjoying afternoon tea.ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine N Nigel Adams

    With 4 children in our house, crazy is just our normal daily routine, but on weekends Daddy get to enjoy our ‘crazy’ without having to go to work. Its the simple things like breakfast unrushed and altogether that make weekends special!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Corrigan

    Camping with my boys, sitting around the fire toasting marshmallows, fishing… We all relax!ReplyCancel

  • Leonie Waldock

    Chilling out on a Saturday night after a day of soccer games and dance classes.
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  • Barbara Letts

    Anything involving my granddaughters – a hike, a bike ride, a trip to the theatre or watching them compete in an equestrian event. Whatever it is snacks will be involved to keep those little engines burning!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Gribble

    Our favourite weekend activity is getting in and cooking together for the week ahead and then rewarding ourselves with a trip to the movies or beachReplyCancel

  • Justine Tillack

    My favorite weekend activity is making pancakes with with husband on a Sunday morning. We both take turns at cooking them fresh and make ones with different shapes or hearts for each other. Topped with lemon and sugar. ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Jones-Chappell

    My favourite weekend activity is taking my son to a local farm each Saturday morning. The farmer is passionate about local produce. We pick up our fruit & vegetables for the week & as an added bonus we are able to check out all the farm animals. My son & I look forward to this all week! ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Hindle

    My favorite activity is getting to watch my hubby spend time with my son. He works a lot and I love watching them get quality time enjoying each other’s company.ReplyCancel

  • Sharnee Snowden

    We tend to travel from AFL, netball and gymnastics on a Saturday morning so I look forward to my 4km lake walk sunday morning followed by home cooked breakfastReplyCancel

  • Megan Hart

    Well aside from getting organised for the week ahead on a Sunday evening, I enjoy at this time of year getting an early morning hike in before hitting the couch with an old school movie and some special homemade treats. A great mix of active, recharge and organise. ReplyCancel

  • Kristy Peacock-Smith

    Baking! I’ve got 3 little girls and on the weekends the big girls and I usually bake up a storm – banana bread, muffins for school, a cake for morning tea. My little one is our taste tester! We sometimes end a Sunday with “breakfast for dinner” (AKA pancakes). A super end to a super weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Hayes Barbeler

    Enjoying the outdoors with the family, whatever that may be……camping, walking on the beach, visiting markets or just our very own back yard! I love our Saturday night campouts in the lounge room….the 4 kids bring matresses and blankets and we watch movies! Love it! ReplyCancel

  • Carlie Eriksen

    My favourite weekend activity would have to be taking the baby and the dog for a walk to the park with the hubby, grabbing a coffee on the way to warm ourselves up! Spending quality time as a family is such a simple pleasure.ReplyCancel

  • Jacquelyn Zonneveld

    Taking the kids and heading out to the theme parks. Always a great day :)ReplyCancel

  • Allison Wilson-Powell

    Fav weekend activity is to start the day with my daughters favourite breakfast food which is pancakes
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  • Jodi Mitchell

    Walking along the beach with my partner and dachshund! ReplyCancel

  • Kelli Timbs

    Spending time with my 2 boys and husband…usually it involves some form of sport.ReplyCancel

  • Tamara Pearce

    We like to start our weekend with a yummy family breakfast, then we do some exploring… We like to go somewhere we’ve never been before, even if it’s getting somewhere by a different route. We end our weekend with Taekwondo training and a yummy slow cooked dinner :0)ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten Bailey

    Recently we’ve been taking our 7-month old son for a walk in the park on Sunday afternoons. He loves the change in scenery and it gives my husband and me a chance to get some fresh air and have a chat not distracted by computers and TV.ReplyCancel

  • Casey O'Brien

    The kids jumping in bed with us on a Sunday morning and all watching cartoons.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Ciantar

    We love to head to our local park with the bikes, footy, frisbee and dog to get some sunshine and exercise. ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Seymour

    our weekends are a Funfair of activities. My two boys love to visit our neighbors the Mackintosh’s for a sweet treat.. My eldest son thinks that Mr Mackintosh is a bit of an Oddfellow. My sons love to play and wrestle, they roll around on the floor and look like Snakes Alive. They are so Kool. Im also a little Jubious about too much sweet food, but desert in our house is a treat on weekends. My Babies love Jelly, and for mum, Strawberries and Cream, but only if they are in season, other wise its a Sour Rush. Sunday mornings I wake to my little Chicko, I mean cheeky Jelly Babies in bed with us. Great way to start the day. Well weekends are pretty sweet in our house just because we are together. Its a party mixed with fun.ReplyCancel

  • Mandah Ford

    Honestly the sleepin, but a very close second is snuggling up to a movie on a Saturday night with my little one, enjoying a late night of cuddles, giggles and silly games ReplyCancel

  • Deleese Warner

    Now that it is just hubby and I at home I love to spend my weekend either taking it easy after a hectic week at work, or heading out on a picnic, or getting stuck not some major house work , it all depends on the week at work or what I am expecting in the coming week.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Turley

    I know it sounds silly, but i do enjoy getting my housework done so my house is clean for the weekend and start of the week. Any extra time i get I spend it with my 2 children. Usually soccer is a Saturday morning weekly event and if we get to go to the movies that is a special treat. Craft activities left over from birthdays we haven’t yet got to tries to get ticked off the list otherwise sits on the bench for another week. Park trips are nice too if the weather suits.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa King

    We love visiting the drive in as a treat on the weekend! We pack doonas, pillows, soft toys and treats and my boys and I snuggle in for a couple of hours of indulgence!ReplyCancel

  • Jenn Oakes

    Relaxing on the lounge with all the family watching a good movie whilst indulging in our favourite snack foods ReplyCancel

  • Erin Howe

    Cuddling up with the family on the couch to watch our favourite movies and cooking bulk for freezer lunches and dinner :)ReplyCancel

  • Robyn Bolgia

    Sunday lunch we almost always have a roast all the children and grandchildren come after lunch some will do a jigsaw some play a board game and the rest watch a movie then toast sandwiches for dinner a great dayReplyCancel

  • Danielle Renee Sangster

    I wake up at 6 am in the morning and go for a walk for around 30 minutes, I do this every Saturday morning, not to loose weight or get fitter, but simply to take the time out of my 50hr work week to take the time to appreciate having some time to myself and not stress over work or money, I just take a walk and come back feeling lighter :) ReplyCancel

  • Jolie Bowers

    The kids and l make a big cushion bed on the lounge room floor and sit down with a big bowl of popcorn to watch a family movie. The best family activity ever – l even sneak in some wine! xReplyCancel

  • Julia Noonan

    Hubby works afternoon shift so the kids don’t get to see much of him during the week. we love to get outside and play with the kids or do arty stuff or just have some quiet family timeReplyCancel

  • Emma Burling

    With 1 little girl and 3 boys
    The weekend holds lots of joys
    From playing with toys
    and sports with lots of noise
    a movie pack would help with relaxation ploysReplyCancel

  • Sharon Fawcett

    Without a doubt it is going to watch our kids play sport, but if there’s no sport to be played I love going to the garage sales and seeing what sort of goodies we can bring home.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne C

    Our favorite weekend activity is going to the farmers’ market!ReplyCancel

  • Dannielle

    Watching our 4yr old play soccer followed by hot chocolates and coffee for the whole family at the mall.ReplyCancel

  • Jo Stewart

    We love getting away from everything and going camping for the weekend. Everything we need is already in the camper trailer so we just pack the kids and the bikes and go!ReplyCancel

  • Krista

    My favorite weekend activity is those rare moments when all three of my precious babies curl up on the couch on a stormy day watching movie after movie, stuffing our faces with delicious treats and laughing till our bellies hurtReplyCancel

  • Liana

    During winter our weekend starts with footy! We play for Southport Sharks and love going along to see our friends and talk ing with other mums while drinking a coffee.ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    I love cooking with my 2 kids. They love being creative with food.ReplyCancel

  • Hayley

    I live my Sunday morning runs with my pup!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    My favorite activity on the weekend is spending some quality family time together! We are all so busy it’s nice to take sometime together wether it’s the beach, a walk to the park or out to lunch :)ReplyCancel

  • As a family, our favourite weekend activity is to head to the beach and collect shells, swim if its not cold, play on the playground and have a little picnic before heading home. And Allen’s Jelly Beans are the best, the other brands just cannot match it!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanie Axton

    A great time to relax watch the footy with the boys and cook
    Up a family feastReplyCancel

  • Laura

    On the weekend there is nothing better than a fossick at the local markets! Give the kids a couple of dollars and the world is their oyster!ReplyCancel

  • My favorite weekend is spent with family at our favorite picnic spot. A huge lunch shared and lots of laughs.ReplyCancel

  • Robyn Hutchins

    Anything we do together as a family. I work full-time, and weekdays are always such a rush. Weekends are my time just to relax and enjoy being a mum.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Ware

    Spending time together as a family and either having a brunch date out and a movie night on the saturday nightReplyCancel

  • laura swinfield

    We like to find a rainforest to explore. We cant wait to try out or new baby carrier on our next adventure and hope to see a waterfall with the kids on the next trip :)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Gleeson

    My weekend starts with a long run along the beach watching the sunrise. I like to take a couple of Allen’s Snakes with me to keep my energy level up too ;-) It clears my head and re-energises me so I can spend good quality fun time with the kids and hubby.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Bracken

    We love watching the kids’ sporting activities. Whether it’s Little Aths in the summer or Auskick and Under 10s footy in the winter, we pack the camping chairs and cheer the kids on. On the few weekends when the moons align and there’s no kids sport, we love to pack a picnic and go to a favourite park then follow that with a long walk together. Simple, inexpensive fun.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Gadd

    The kids and I like to pack a picnic (nothing fancy – just sandwiches, fruit and a drink) and just start driving. I like to let the kids chose where we go ‘exploring’ for the day. Usually we will head to a national park and do a bush walk which is always fabulous …..no mobile reception = no phone attachments at the end of their arms! Great time to talk and generally just have a laugh and enjoy each other’s company. That’s what memories are made from xReplyCancel

  • Sarah Crowe

    My favourite weekend activity is going to the football with my son and meeting my sister and father there. We pack lots of tasty food, the best being hot dogs (kept warm in a thermos) with all the trimmings. It can feed all of us a for under $10. Hot soup is also a winner on cold days.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie

    The most loved activity we do on the weekend is a family bike rideReplyCancel

  • Karen Eason

    My favourite weekend activity is pottering in the garden with my husband and kids, or snuggling up on the lounge watching movies if the weather is bad.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Lane

    Family time is so important and I love us all sitting around the dinner table on a Sunday, eating and talking about the week that just passed and the activities and plans for the week ahead. ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Maruszak

    My kids are teenagers and still love our family time together (before friends take over…) so we look at a map of surrounding areas whether coastal or inland, do a bit of research and find out touristy things of somewhere we haven’t been before and off we go on a road trip to explore. Last weekend was Tamworth, very different to our coastal home. Great photos and memories :)ReplyCancel

  • Emma McEwin

    I love watching my little boy play soccer on a Saturday morning and then we head to Wellington Point for a family picnic :-)ReplyCancel

  • Colleen Benbow

    Work during the week so we really look forward to weekends, we always watch a DVD on Saturday night, and my boys go to archery every second SundayReplyCancel

  • We have my step kids every fortnight for a weekend. On the Saturday once they have had a good sleep and healthy meal we like to out a family movie on and cuddle on the couch. Gives us some cuddle time with them its our saturday tradition we couldnt live without. My step son 8 loves ice cream thid would be amazing to winReplyCancel

  • Suzie Williams

    Our favourite weekend activity is cheering on our 3 gorgeous girls at soccer and netball and treating their teams to a bag of Allen’s sweets at the end if each game. I purchase 3 packs each week which we take along to share with the players.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Broderick

    Our favourite family activity to go for a drive out to the river, go for a swim and do a bit of fossicing around to see what we can find. The kids have so much fun.ReplyCancel

  • library_Geek

    While my reality at the moment is study, my most fave weekend thing to do is just to be with family – whether it be reading, watching a movie or doing chores.ReplyCancel

  • Rosalie Keddie

    We love walking down to the park all together and just ‘hanging out’ReplyCancel

  • Dale

    The last two weekends we have been doing day trips to the snow. We prepare the car Saturday ready to leave early Sunday morning with our two girls (miss 2 and miss 5 months). Friends and family have been meeting us there. Taboggoning, building snowmen and eating together there and along the way all make each weekend magical.ReplyCancel

  • Sharyn Kavney

    On a Saturday, it’s sport for the kids
    Rugby, dancing and motorbike skids!
    Busy times, from one to the next
    But we wouldn’t change it…it’s the best!

    In the summer, we head to the beach
    For some sun, surf then something to eat
    At our favorite restaurant, at elephant rock
    Then we head home, before its too hot.

    In the winter, we snuggle in bed
    Warm and toasty from toe to head
    We cook up a storm, of bacon & eggs
    And eat on the deck, with the sun on our legs

    So to sum it all up, our favorite thing
    Is being together and spreading our wings
    No matter what, its family time
    Friends, fun, food and wine!ReplyCancel

  • Julia Elliot

    For myself – coffee, eggs, paper, then later a walk in the sunshine with Mix80’s playing in my headphones. For family – Board game (Game of Life or Hungry Hippos), frisbee at the park, movie + popcorn, and a bit of retail therapy with lunch always goes down a treat.ReplyCancel

  • Shellie

    My fav is lazy morning cuddles in bed with the three kids and a nice day out in the garden. Playing kicks, orbit tennis, swinging them on swings and a fun game of tag or ‘hide the pegs’ game in the garden.ReplyCancel

  • Kristy Watmough

    I love heading to a park for some family time. Whether it’s taking our kids and our 2 energetic dogs for a nice long walk through the park or packing a yummy picnic and watching our kids go crazy in the playground. Then everyone is usually happy to spend the rest of the day having a nice relaxing afternoon at home.ReplyCancel

  • Corrina Bowman

    Party night on Sunday night. My 3 year old and 18 month old girls have a bath at 5:30pm, we have a special picnic dinner eaten on a picnic rug in the toy room, and then we have quality time just playing games with the kids until bed time. They love having our undivided attention for so long, and we usually have a special activity for them to do. Last weekend I got out my old makeup and painted mouse faces on the girls. Then my 3 yo did mine and her father’s face. ReplyCancel

  • Suzette Stones

    You asked what our favourite activity is….not the rushing around to be at tennis, cricket, dancing….and having to eat on the run! It’s a lazy Sunday where the kids get pancakes and their pocket money…thus named P&P day…Staying in our pjs..reading by the fire..just all of us being together!ReplyCancel

  • Teija Jensen

    As much as we grumble about it, it’s great to spend a weekend watching my daughter and friends dancing in an eisteddfod. Love the hair, make-up, costumes, glitz and fun they all have. Expending all that energy definitely have to have lots of snacks packed.ReplyCancel

  • Mana Devadas

    We spend Saturdays mornings watching my four year old play soccer. We have the smallest team in the club and they often have to play against 6 year olds. Our aim is to get them to stay on the field and if they do they get the same Allen’s lollies jellybean bag as a reward. It’s a great size and they often sit in a circle and each one chooses a colour which they all have. It’s like a ritual now and very cute to watch.ReplyCancel

  • Sonya Nicole

    I love taking my kids (6 and 2) around the park that is behind our house. The whole circuit is 3.5 km and the 6-yr-old walks around the park with me in 35 minutes, which I think is great for a young child. The toddler stays in the pram, which means we can walk quickly and get some decent exercise. At the end is a playground where they both get to run around a bit.ReplyCancel

  • Niza Groell

    Most favourite weekend activity is walking to our nearest bakery together and getting warm chocolate croissonts and my son devouring them before we event reach the doorstep! Precious and blessed.ReplyCancel

  • Karyn Batchelor

    We love talking the dogs to the beach and having a run with the kids and then usually back home to snuggle up with a movie…family style!ReplyCancel

  • Emma Ledwith

    My favourite weekend activity is to take my family to the park and enjoy an ice cream as a treat before we go homeReplyCancel

  • Lisa Goddard

    my favourite activity is popcorn and a movie on a sunday night before my husband flies back to work early Monday. a nice way to spend some time together and relax after a busy weekend (as it always is with 2 boys whether we are in or out!)ReplyCancel

  • Carolina

    After reading all the responses I feel very inadequate.
    in reality I have a sleep in and catch up on washing & cleaning and cooking.
    my kids and I will maybe watch a dvd together which I really enjoy doing as I get to pick the movie and they critique it.ReplyCancel

  • Soni Plowman

    My favourite thing is to SLEEP IN! My hubby is kind enough to look after the kids on the weekend while I catch up on sleep – I’m up BFing our toddler 2 or 3 times a night and am always exhausted so really need this lie in on weekends!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    Hopping into bed with fresh sheets on Sunday night- totally exhausted yet satisfied with the weekend gone and already planning the next!!ReplyCancel

  • Susannah

    Having a bonfire and toasting marshmallows as a familyReplyCancel

  • tania

    Saturday is clean up and sort out day so Sunday is good for a family day which could be a movie or car show or day at home just hanging out in the garden I do love a day where we can catch our breath and not have to be somewhere or rush around like headless chooks and take the day as it comes without having to plan and prepareReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    One of my favourite weekend activities would be knitting by the wood fire (in winter)ReplyCancel

  • Leonie

    Going to the beach for a run on the sand and then come home to a roast lamb with apple pie for dessert then relax on the lounge watching a movie.ReplyCancel

  • Kristen Cantrill

    We cook a hot brekkie with our girls and then get out of the house with something fun like bike riding or recently – visiting the snow (near Canberra) . My girls love icecream and allens lollies- this would be a well loved prize. :)ReplyCancel

  • Once a month we head bush and camp for 3 days. Love it. Other weekends are full of outdoor activities like sports, parks, beach, fishing etc. We love it. And I always take food wherever we go. So this pack would be awesome to make gelato for when we get home.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Green

    Weekends are spent being a family! Hubby works long hours and it’s the only time he gets to spend with our 19 month old daughter so we usually head to the park, play in our garden or sit inside and do activities like drawing, playing with blocks or Lego
    Can’t wait until she is old enough to sit still so we can enjoy a movie night with her!
    So many awesome kiddies movies out that I have yet to see!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Smith

    We are huge loves of bike rides in our house offen with a picnic along the way, our 4 kids love it and it’s great to get out and enjoy time together. Our 5yr old is very excited that last weekend she mastered two wheels. Ice Cream would be an awesome way to celebrate. ReplyCancel

  • Jade

    Weekend action packed with family basketball….. Live it, breathe it. Basketball isn’t just a sport… It’s a way of life ????????????ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    We love having Sunday lunch at grandma’s house while the kids go wild in their jungle like backyard :)ReplyCancel

  • Sally Doig

    My favourite weekend activity is a trip to the park as a whole family. We all love the outdoors and are lucky to have great local parks, my two little ones love climbing, sliding and running and the quality time with both parents at onceReplyCancel

  • Tara

    Our favourite weekend activity is to head down to our local park which is by the river with the kids, the dog and a yummy picnic. The children take flatten cardboard boxes and use them to ride down the grassy hill – it’s their favourite thing to do !!!ReplyCancel

  • Maria

    My favourite weekend activity is when sport has cancelled because of rain and I sleep into 9am and then I have breakfast in bed reading my paper on the ipad. I then can join my 4 kids after this step and then just chill before another crazy week starts.ReplyCancel

  • Daneyl Green

    My favourite weekend activity is going to local markets and trying all the fabulous produce and merchandise! Pity the markets are only on once a month here!!! ReplyCancel

  • Janelle Roth

    We love spending time at home, together! We also have a new trampoline that we all love jumping on. It’s a great way to use up all of their energy! ReplyCancel

  • I like my weekends to be slower and quieter than the rest of our very crazy week. I have three teens, two of whom are doing VCE (Yr 11 & 12). I’m finishing the last year of my teaching degree. We’re a always-busy household.

    On the weekends I like to find time to spend around the dinner table with friends. Sometimes I desperately need to be cooked for. Sometimes I desperately want to cook for someone else. Loving, slow food, like homemade pasta. I love to read anything not related to Uni. And as a family we love to watch movies. Our DVD collection is constantly growing and at some point on most weekends we all settle in together and immerse ourselves in some serious movie-watching. Our collection is eclectic – action, romance, chick flicks, kids animated…you name it we’ll give it a go.ReplyCancel

  • Emilie

    We like to get out to the Southbank Parkrun which alloes us to spend quality time ad a family whilst enjoying the sunshine and getting in our exercise.ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn Booth

    The great outdoors calls my family’s name on the weekend. Whether it be whale watching down by the coast, apple picking up in the hills, or a hike at our local conservation park, we always have fun escaping from the busyness of life together. ReplyCancel

  • Nikki

    I like to have a little lay in…maybe 7am if lucky, eat brekkie sitting down and love that the weekends provide a little time to get ORGANISED. With 4 (soon to be 5 kids), I enjoy having time on weekends to clean, bake and menu plan so the week ahead is a little less frantic.ReplyCancel

  • Linda

    Highlight is taking my daughter to her ballroom dance classes, love seeing my tomboy turn into a lady, if ONLY for 2 hours a week.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Maloney

    Roller derby training.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Quilty

    Meal planning! I’m going to sound like such a food nerd but I really love sitting down with a coffee on a Sunday and planning the meals for the week. I’m very experimental in the kitchen so I like flicking through my cookbooks and checking the blogs I follow for new recipes. My family like to join in with the planning too so we usually end up with some old family favourites included as well :-)ReplyCancel

  • Astrid

    Spending time with the family, altogether! Walking along our local beach, lunch at a cafe or cooking at home. The simple things that are so often overlooked.ReplyCancel

  • daniela vichos-foras

    Having pancakes for breakfast and then spending the day watching old movies:)ReplyCancel

  • Kylie C

    Its the lazy ones, where we don’t have to rush off to any sporting activities.. and we can make pancakes or waffles for breakfast and sit around in pj’s until midday.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    My favourite activity is introducing my kids to films of the 80’s! Each weekend we have been having a flash back of epicness. Goonies, Gremlins, Labrynth, Ferris Brueller, and more! We all love it.ReplyCancel

  • Pam Mcguinness

    It is sport most weekends – but my favourite are the non- sport days. We will go into the city for an event or footy, or up to the Dandenongs to hike. Action oriented boys keep us moving.

    And with growing boys, all trips involve a backpack of food and drink!ReplyCancel

  • Jay Wilson

    After the Saturday swimming lessons we like to have breakfast at the cafe in the sun, followed by visit to the park on the way home.ReplyCancel

  • Erin Wimshurst

    My husband works away, so when he’s home we love to get out of the city and into the country for 4×4 and camping fun. We love spending quality time as a family and teaching our little ones about the environment. When Dad’s away though, we love to snuggle and rewatch Disney classics!ReplyCancel

  • Anna

    Hey Katrina!I unfortunatelly cant take part in thi lovely giveaway because I am From Greece but I just passed to say a Huuuuge Thank you!I started(even 2 years after it was published :P )The : 20 Days to Organise and Clean your Home Challenge and it is really helping me out.Thank you!And I thought it would be a great idea if you put something simillar again?A simillar challenge?I’d love it and your new fans that didn’t take part in the previous would love it too~ReplyCancel

  • Our weekends end on a Sunday with movie day. So gorgeous. Home made ice cream and allens lollies would just make that relaxation time so much more memorable..,ReplyCancel

  • Fatima Ebrahim

    I love weekends because it’s the only day of the week that my whole family is able to have breakfast together.ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    On weekends I love to head into Csnberra to the farmers market then spend the day with my fiancé enjoying local cafés, exhibitions and events. A very relaxing way to spend the day! (Though Sunday is catch up house work day…not do much relaxing!)ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I would just love a weekend making ice cream and watching a movie with my kids. But I am always working on weekends while hubby takes care of the kids. So my most amazing weekend would be to have a weekend off work and spend with my family watching movies and eating ice cream.ReplyCancel

  • Lisawati Kwee

    Cycling and spending time with the kids, getting the house organised and cook something different.ReplyCancel

  • Flora Cauchi

    We love taking our bikes and scooters to a big park to enjoy the scenery then we sit down for a packed picnic lunch! Nothing better…ReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    I love having a productive weekend. Baking, gardening and cuddling up on the couch with some crochet and a cuppa in the evening.ReplyCancel

  • Holly

    Family time! Saturdays we all watch our eldest play soccer, then we brunch together and play board games in the afternoon!ReplyCancel

  • Jemima Flendt

    We are so busy with sports on the weekends that at the end of Saturday night nothing beats a family movie. Love it and I think we have seen Frozen a billion times over.ReplyCancel

  • Emma Sinclair

    Whether we are running around with sport, catching up on work around the house or not doing much, we like to do it together – making jokes and being silly with the kids.
    The stuff we remember when we grow upReplyCancel

  • Kirsten Lightfoot

    Family time is my favourite. Hubby works away so when he is home all four kids, and my hubby and I choose a movie or one on tv cuddle up together a watch a movie. Or we pack some snags and head to the local park for a play and lunch. Love uncomplicated time!!! It’s rare but so precious. ReplyCancel

  • Heather Franshaw-Thomas

    Our fav. weekend activity is our traditional Friday night movie night :) We all get together after a long working week get in our Pj’s and relax. My hubby organizes dinner and we all sit at a beautifully set table to enjoy dinner. Afterwards hubby and I settle in snuggling close to our lil Mr two, Mr four and baby to be and watch a family film. ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    Pancakes are a must every Sunday morning. Made from scratch by my 12 yr old daughter or my hubby, and enjoyed with lashings of maple syrup and berries. A scoop of ice-cream is for extra special breakfasts, usually after a kid sleepover with friends. And pancakes with maple syrup and bacon? For school holidays only!ReplyCancel

  • Emily Elefano

    My weekends are a time for love, laughter and lots of cuddles. I love spending time with my family. My daughters enjoy cooking with me on the weekend as well. Church also is something we do as a family on the weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Helen Wood

    Spending time with my lil boy and husband……My little boy loves to bake so we bake all morning and then go and collect firewood for the outdoor fire pit and then make our own homemade pizzas. We then make a cubby on the trampoline and sit on it eating dinner and watching the stars by the fire. Perfect weekend <3ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer B.

    When timetables relax and children play happily outside,
    When meals are relaxed and work anxieties slide…
    I love retreating to my garage… where MY ART STUDIO hides!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Mahoney

    Going camping with the family but if the weather isn’t that great than all curled up on couches watching movies and eating popcornReplyCancel

  • Lauren McGraw

    My favour it’s activities would be movie weekends on beanbags, with doonas and lots of treats. Or, a quiet weekend where I can cross stitch, so a jigsaw puzzle and relax. ReplyCancel

  • Sarah O Sullivan

    My husband and our 2 children moved here from Ireland 2 years ago and we love spending our Saturdays at nippers during the spring and summer.. At the beach all day long with our new friends and packed lunches.. It’s pure heavenReplyCancel

  • Sarah T

    My favourite weekend activity is spending time with my little family. We love to go on picnics, when the weather is nice, and have a run around and eat some great food. The simple, free things are the best.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    In summer – love getting out and taking photos around my home city of Sydney (basically being a tourist in my own town!) and in winter, nothing is better than snuggling on the couch with an entire series of a tv show, or a movie trilogy (like Star Wars) with “binge watching”!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Maree Renehan

    We love packing the car and heading off somewhere new. We have visited all sorts of parks, towns, beaches and mountains. I love showing the kids how diverse our little state of Victoria is, but they have no idea how much planning I do.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Summerhill

    We just like to cycle around the lake whilst I walk our labradoodle”( Buddy), with a n ice-cream treat at the end. Perhaps we will be able to have home made ice ream soon !ReplyCancel

  • Mary-Jane

    In winter I love baking with my children and in summer, nothing beats lots of playtime outside finished off with a beautiful family BBQ for dinner :-)ReplyCancel

  • Yen Chamberlain

    Spending time together as a family is what I like best. With 5 young children we juggle a lot of activities. But we all love going to the aquatics centre, climbing gym, the beach or a hike together. ReplyCancel

  • Helen W

    I love weekends! We have a pact that no matter how busy we are, we have family time for a few hours on Sunday. It’s the highlight of our week! Our son is starting to get really independent and interactive so we love going places with him. If we have a bit of extra money we’ll go out for lunch, or see a show, or go to SciTech, then to Wendy’s for ice-cream. If things are a bit tight we’ll go to the park by the beach, or the Bunnings playground if the weather demands. Our phones only come out if we’re taking photos. We have a great time, and it always makes for a perfect weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Kelsey

    Best Sunday activity – packing the car and driving down south to sit and play on the beach all day. Roast chook & avo bread rolls, fruit & corn chips packed in the esky, big cooler of lemon water & a few coldies for hubby.ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn Kuchel

    for us, Saturday is the only morning that we don’t have to be out of the house by a set time, so it is a great opportunity for us to have breakfast together, read the paper & plan the events of the day; which usually involve outdoor activities in our garden or on one of the outdoor projects we are working on. We all work together as a team & make sure we have lots of fun along the way. Ice cream would be a great & rewarding treat for the hard work my boys put in !ReplyCancel

  • Jade Williams

    We love taking our little girl out to explore the wonderful things that Canberra has to offer. We range from indoor play centres, outdoor playgrounds, shopping centres, museums. We really do live in a wonderful city.ReplyCancel

  • Halie Opie

    My husband is only home every second weekend for three days as he works away so something simple like taking our 3 kids and our two dogs out for a walk around the neighbour hood and down to the beach is enough for us. And my boys love finding me flowers so added bonus :-)ReplyCancel

  • Rita Sharrock

    I spend weekends with my grandchildren, taking them to movies, shows, markets. Colder weather is spent indoors and then I have to rack my brains to think of activities to do. Painting, craft, games, cooking, sometimes just watching a DVD. ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Nielsen

    Spring – garden, bikes, bushwalks
    Summer – beach, BBQ, icecream.
    Autumn – garden, cards, puzzles.
    Winter – donnas, lounge, movies.ReplyCancel

  • Maria Millar

    I love that my husband is home and we can do family stuff. We are the busy parents of 4 children, whom I homeschool, and then I often work in the weekends as well. Because of all that, any time we have to spend together is precious :)ReplyCancel

  • Petra Chaplin

    we enjoy just spending time together as a family on the weekends. every saturday you will find us at soccer and netball games, and then later at choir practise. sunday is a day of rest and reflection: mass and a movie or fun at the park!ReplyCancel

  • Peta L-B

    My favourite weekend activity is watching my 7yr old son play afl. I’m the manager of the team. Those kids are amazing. And keeping the excitement alive after their game. We pick a different activity to do each weekend, be it fishing, putt putt, fossicking etc. I think it’s important kids be outside exploring. I love the weekend, it’s always an adventure!ReplyCancel

  • Mel Mosley

    Saturday night is movie night, each week one of the 3 kids gets to choose a movie, we all snuggle on the couch with popcorn and relax as Saturdays are always so busy.ReplyCancel

  • Donna Maree Germon

    With 5 kiddos every weekend is full of something! At the moment we are enjoying netball for 2 and soccer for the other 3 (they each play on 2 teams). Every Saturday night is our designated movie night so we pick out a movie and snuggle up to watch it with popcorn. Sundays usually start with a pancake breakfast then lots of craft, board games, reading and cooking (especially baking so we have lots of yummy healthy treats for lunchboxes and home snacks).ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Kajewski

    Besides all the memory making that goes with the weekend and my family, making morning teas for the following week is always lots of fun. My daughter likes to play masterchef during this time which involves a lot of taste testing of course. ReplyCancel

  • Karin Williams

    This may seem a bit funny, but we pick a movie, turn the sound off and make up a silly story to go with the movie. Everyone picks a main character and wolah! Fun and lots of laughsReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Besides all the memory making that goes with the weekend and my family, making morning teas for the following week is always lots of fun. My daughter likes to play masterchef during this time which involves a lot of taste testing of course. ReplyCancel

  • My favourite weekend activity is anything with my family. Walking on the beach, taking kids to the park, afternoon tea on the daybed, pizza & movie night, out on the yacht….as long as we’re together it’s fun!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn T

    Getting really messy with some glue, paint, sequins, paper cut-outs etc… Love weekend craft time :)ReplyCancel

  • Kylie marriott

    I love spending it with my niece and nephews, go carting, shopping,baking or relaxing at home in front of a bonfire. Can’t beat family and friends whatever you doReplyCancel

  • Sarah Firth

    Taking my 2 year old twin girls and their 3 year old brother to soccer, and then on to a picnic in the park !!ReplyCancel

  • Lucy Ferbezar

    The kids climb into our bed and we lay-in a little longer than usual. Then we have brekky together and if we don’t have any other plans, we get out of the house – either a day trip away or lunch out or a visit to a shopping centre or into the City for a few hours. We love family time out of the house! ReplyCancel

  • Anita Hyde

    We love take our dogs for a walk along the beach.Having our grand kids come over for a swim in the pool.then it is our turn to be kids and have fun. Movie night with all the trimmings – ice cream,chips and lollies. YUM!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Mackay

    Watching my kids play sports on the weekends.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    We always go to the markets to do our fruit and veg shopping. Then have a little browse. Afternoons we go kayaking in the summer and bike riding in winter. If it’s cold we play card games or watch a movie.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Garby

    A nice family brekky at home followed by a bike ride with the kids in the morning, then some baking and finally cuddling up on the couch in the afternoon with our yummy treats watching a movieReplyCancel

  • Lauren Docherty

    Sunday morning cooked breakfast! We’re all home – a rare occurrence!ReplyCancel

  • Helen Clark

    I know it sounds simple (because it is!) but I love just spending time with my daughter on the weekends because we aren’t rushed getting ready for school/work/sport. I work full time so the Sunday morning cuddles in bed, the Sat evening family movie and cooking some homemade treats together are those special things that I’ll look back on fondly (and miss!) when she’s older and it’s not as cool to do those things :-) Time is so precious, so every minute spent together on weekends is treasured.ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    As empty nesters expecting our first grandchild we’re enjoying helping our daughter and son in-law work on the nursery and shopping for baby items. Our daughter lives on ice cream so this prize package would be so fabulous!!!ReplyCancel

  • Shivs

    After a busy week at daycare and work, we love to spend time together with Miss 2! Puzzles and books in bed, get all of our chores done then head out to visit family or friends and loads of cuddles in between!ReplyCancel

  • Penny curran

    Family bike rides for us, even if it does end in tears and frustration sometimes.ReplyCancel

  • Connie spencer

    Our favorite weekend activity is any family time we get. My partner works in retail so we make the most of time at home. Our 14 month old son loves picnics at the park :-)ReplyCancel

  • Liz Leahey

    Pancakes for breakfast followed by fun family games in the backyardReplyCancel

  • Debbie Comyns

    We have “family movie night” on Friday nights where the 4 of us all watch a movie together to celebrate the start of the weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Watson

    Since being made unemployed 2 months ago, spending money is hard, but I find going to a park and having a nice picnic with my two daughters is better than having to spend money. My girls love the time with me, and I love the great chats with them.ReplyCancel

  • Every Sunday we take my son (15) to his local football game (AFL). He plays for the Seaford Tigers. He has been playing Football now for 6 years. He just loves the game, and being able to hang out with all his mates. The one thing that brings complete joy to my heart is my sons Footy team hasn’t won a game is 4 years! But every week they show up to training, they show up to their Sunday game, and give it everything they can. And the most powerful thing…. Is they all walk off the ground as a team with smiles on their faces!ReplyCancel

  • Catriona Vargas

    Our favourite weekend activity is driving down to Mornington, walking with the kids down through the park, stopping for a play and a tree climb or two along the way, then down around to the pier (will be even better when they finish rebuilding it). Then we all walk around to Mothers Beach and the kids have fun while hubby and I find a spot to sit and chat. After that it’s back up to Main St for an ice-cream treat for the family.
    Everyone gets some exercise, fresh air and time out from the day to day grind. Unless it’s pouring the beach is a very calming place and the whole trip only costs about $20.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    My favourite thing to do on the weekends is to get up late after snuggles in bed with my two girls :) especially in winter!ReplyCancel

  • Alison Southey

    Our favourite time on the weekend is spent walking around the park like grounds we rent, investigating the beauty that is and seeing what delicious fruit we can pick. The children love being so free to explore and it’s rejuvenating for the soul.ReplyCancel

  • Laila Cox

    Having a snuggle in the ‘big bed’ with my two children. We don’t have time for this during the week so on the weekend we always have a lie in and a cuddle together!ReplyCancel

  • Sabrina

    We love having the kids out on their bike, riding around the park, taking in the sunshine!!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    My favourite weekend activity would be seeing how creative we can get with leftovers & pantry staples. We have created some strangely, delicious meals and some ‘let’s not EVER go there again’ meals. Either way it clears the way for a fresh re-stock & is surprisingly lots of fun.ReplyCancel

  • Tanya P

    We like to pack a picnic lunch and head to our national park – which is only 15minutes up the road!! Miss 22mths can chase the (poor) birds, find the koalas and hop like the kangaroos.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Curnow

    Weekends are for the kids. As a working mum, I love to have a lazy morning, with my 7 year old climbing in to bed with us when he wakes up. We have giggles, cold feet competitions, tickling laughter, cartoons & no time schedule. PJ’s till midday. Playing board games, reading books, what ever he wants to do. No plans made just go with the flow. usually visit the grandparents & have cuddles with baby cousins. finally sharing an evening meal with extended family & friends, maybe pizza & ice cream – pure blissReplyCancel

  • Nicole Reardon

    My favourite weekend activity is spending time together as a family – it could be taking the dog for a walk or going for a bike ride or to the beach. It’s this time each weekend that I cherish because we don’t have the time pressures of a weekday with school, homework and sports, it’s a time for all of us to relax and just enjoy the moment and each other’s company.ReplyCancel

  • Lucy Moore

    Our favourite weekend is having pancakes with bacon, strawberries, banana, icecream and maple syrup then packing a picnic, heading off on our bikes along the bike track to the playground. Especially on the rare weekends when Dad isn’t working!ReplyCancel

  • On the weekends during these winter months we love cuddling up for a family movie night. We set up a bed on the floor of the lounge, make some popcorn and snuggle in. It’s nice to spend time with all of us together. Last weekend we watched Rio… I think I laughed more than the kids! Gardening and walking the dog are also favourites. So many good ideas here!ReplyCancel

  • sonja

    Friday night is movie night. Kids get to choose dvd’s. We make a family bed, eat anything they wsnt, even chocolates and cake for dinner!!! Makeing great memories :)ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne

    Our weekend is normally on a Monday & Tuesday, as my husband is a shift-worker…otherwise on a Saturday and Sunday, we try to spend time with our 2 boys and I love to do a big baking session, in preparation for the week ahead…sweet treats (slices/biscuits/cakes) and savoury snacks are generally mass-produced but never seem to last for a mass of time.ReplyCancel

  • Rebekka

    We often delight
    in family movie night
    Sometimes we watch horror and it gives quite a fright
    But all the family snuggle together
    Including those with fur and feather
    (Under the doona in cold weather)
    We wear our tracky dacks
    And we eat our favourite snacks
    Like ice cream and sweets
    And other tasty treats
    It would be hard to improve on this
    But home made ice cream would be bliss!ReplyCancel

  • Diana O

    Sunday Brunch with our group of friends, we get together religiously every week and cook up a storm.ReplyCancel

  • Becky Norney

    I just love spending the weekends with my kids! I think my most favourite activity would be getting into the vegie garden with them. I love to teach them where our food comes from, how to tend to the soil and all about the fascinating garden creatures we find along the way.ReplyCancel

  • Loren

    Spending time together as a family & doing stuff together, doesn’t matter what. As during the week we are all at work or school, so we really cherish our time together on the weekends.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Cossor

    Sleeping in and catching up on my favourite television programsReplyCancel

  • Corrie Pierce

    I love going to the park with my two children, there is nothing more fun than playing with them, running around and then having a picnic!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Eckersley

    Time with the boys, usually on a winter or wet afternoon under a blanket watching a movie.
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  • Amy Byrne

    To finish off the week, sometimes takeaway, movie food and our daughter picks the movie. Gives us all something to look forward to for the week, and marks the start of family time!!!
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  • Jess H

    A little balance. Some bits around the house that need doing, some special times with the kids at Auskick and a park play, some baking and cooking for the week ahead, some tv time and most of all a hot cup of tea and a book or magazineReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    Playing board games with the family or card games, and sometimes a good dvd.ReplyCancel

  • Kellie

    My perfect weekend is watching the kids play their netball and football on Saturday and then spend Sunday around home with a big pot of soup cooking away while we play a favourite family game.ReplyCancel

  • SANDY HORSFALL

    IN OUR LITTLE BOAT OUT ON THE BAY,
    IS MOST DEFINITELY MY FAVOURITE WAY;
    TO SPEND MY WEEKEND SPARE TIME,
    WITH HUBBY AND THE BOYS OF MINE:

    FISHING, SWIMMING OR CRUISING AROUND,
    THERE’S ALWAYS FAMILY FUN TO BE FOUND;
    GREAT QUALITY TIME SPENT TOGETHER,
    IS FOR ME A PERFECT TIME OF LEISURE!!ReplyCancel

  • Helen harvey

    Best weekend activity is driving up to the Sunshine Coast to spend the day at the beach with our two littlies …. & having fish n chips for lunch! :)ReplyCancel

  • Dale Campbell

    Morning cuddles with the family – waking up together – enjoying a slower pace. ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Taking the kids and the dog either to the beach or the forest for a nice long walkReplyCancel

  • Stacey O'Loughlin

    I have 6 kids and love spending quality time with all of them so every Saturday we go off on a family day, be it bike riding, bush walking what ever the weather we do it together. (Our little saying) of a night we grab a movie and snacks then sit back and chill together. Saturdays are my favourite days. ReplyCancel

  • Sitizalifah Syed

    During the summer times, we would take the kids to the beach on the weekend. It always ends up becoming a big beach outing with the whole family, including cousins, aunties and uncles.ReplyCancel

  • Tina Lloyd

    My weekly ritual of Sunday morning walk followed by breakfast with a couple of my girlies! A great start to the day and even better that someone else is cooking!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Anita Whybrow

    Definitely family time, whether it is at the museum, the park, or just a lazy day round the house. ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Moloney

    During the winter our favourite weekend activity after having fun attending all out sport activities is to rug up and relax around our outdoor open fire , toasting marshmallows and chatting about our week gone and our week ahead. All the while our Sunday roast is cooking away in the slow cooker for our favourite family meal!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Martini

    Our work life is all over the place,so sometimes our weekends are during the week. My youngest is 21 and working so maybe on a Friday afternoon my partner and I will open a bottle of wine make a huge bowl of popcorn, grab a couple of drumsticks and snuggle on the couch for a movie or two.ReplyCancel

  • Ann Rayson

    Staying home and spending quality time with my husband. Otherwise spending enjoyable time in my vegie garden or inside cooking, sewing, quilting or knitting. ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    movies or Wii games with my Husband and step sonReplyCancel

  • Lisa Fitzpatrick

    The Sunday morning wake up. My husband leaves early every morning and the kids never see him in the morning. Sunday is the only day that we are all together in the morning. The kids sneak into to our room and crawl onto the bed, then jump all over their Dad, after lots of laughs and cuddles the days family activities begin. Great start to our day
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  • LaurenandDave McGavin

    Spending quality time with the family. Who loves eating icecream!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Shelley Lovelace Ramsey

    Favorite weekend activities …… time with the Lord and the family at church, Saturday morning Men’s Bible Study with the men who supported my husband as his church for 8 years prior to his death; these wonderful men continue to meet in our home on Saturday mornings and help me with any “physical tough needs” and repairs. Time with my teenage daughter and our exchange student; cooking, movies, household chores, beach trips, creating memories. Life is so very short, have to take advantage of every opportunity. And of course we love our trips to our favorite frozen yogurt or ice cream store for a treat!ReplyCancel

  • Kristy-Jo Cooper

    I’m a part time stay at home mum and the days I’m not at work my boys love going to visit they’re grandparents, they aren’t quite old enough for sports yet but as soon as they reach the appropriate age I can’t wait to get them into sports and be able to travel to different tournaments with them!! ReplyCancel

  • Helen Commens

    Living on a remote outback cattle station, our favourite weekend activities is going to the river to catch yabbies and having a bbq and eating them!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Leanne

    Now that it’s Winter here we try to find the sun somewhere and sit in it to warm up and just be together! Family time, with a dose of vitamin D – perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Donella Harmer

    Spending time together as a family- watching movies, going for drives or just kicking the soccer ball up and down the driveway with miss 13, miss 11 and little master 1.ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen O'Connor

    Our favourite weekend activity is going to visit grandma and walking to the park for a play ReplyCancel

  • Naomi Coleman

    Taking my daughter to watch daddy playing soccer on Saturdays :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim DeHaven

    Friday nights are usually unwind from the week nights with movies,! The rest of the weekend is sports or outdoor fun. Yay!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Psaras

    We have 2 favourite weekend activities for our busy (blended) family of 7! Bush bike riding is always popular for the boys however the only 2 girls in the house (mum and a 5 year old) prefer watching Princesses in bed! ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Friday Family Movie Night. Each week a different family member chooses a movie, we pull out mattresses and pillows and all snuggle in to watch it. We make popcorn and have some lollies. Its the Best!!!
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  • Christina Elliott

    Going to the fresh food markets with my husband and children to buy wonderful fresh produce, then bringing it home and cooking up something delicious together for dinner.ReplyCancel

  • Monique Kinerson

    I love to wake up gracefully, read a bit and then get cracking on our day. That might involve a bit of garage sale hunting, coffee or breaky out and movies are our thing! ReplyCancel

  • Shann Ferguson

    My favorite weekend activity is snuggled up in bed watching movies on my laptop and sending the children to their friends or aunts for the day. Then Sunday going for walks with my girls having treasure hunts.ReplyCancel

  • Lynette Nisbet

    Waking up late, family walk to the paper shop, then a spot of fishing or paddle boarding, finishing off with movie early in the evening (substituted for TV).ReplyCancel

  • Susie Venkat

    Its a Friday night tradition that me & my 2 girls curl up together to watch ‘Better Homes & Gardens’ or ‘The Living Room’. Then we have ‘Saturday night = Games Night’. If there’s not a great kid’s movie on TV (we can all watch together) then its a strict Saturday night policy of mine that we play a board game together. Some home-made ice cream would go down a treat on Saturday night, Games night!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Pugsley

    Our family is busy with older kids. One is doing the HSC so time together is
    Very limited. We set Friday Night as family night:)) We are all home no
    Exceptions with homemade pizza and movies. Enjoy your time as they grow up
    so quicklyReplyCancel

  • Helen Hamilton

    Saturday night is family movie night in our house, we have something yummy for tea and then take it in turns each week to pick a family movie. Popcorn is made, choc tops and some lollies or chocolates and then it’s movie time. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Blair

    every weekend my hubby makes us all a big brekkie, our 7 yo, 3yo and myself love poached eggs on toast with avo and vegemite and my 9 yo loves scrambled eggs. he loves doing it and never complains. seeing the look on his face when we are all satisfied and nourished is priceless ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten Benhiam

    Saturday night is Movie night and I love spending time with the kids but my favourite activity is a Sunday lunch picnic. We pack up lots of goodies and head down to Stanwell. There is a park for the kids, hang gliding for me to watch and a walk along the beach after the food. We do it once a month and I look forward to our day.
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  • Sarah Vinall

    Love lazy mornings with no need to rush out the door followed by family time riding, driving or just being together in the backyard.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Holmes

    We don’t often get a chance for us all to be together but we do love nothing better than an hour or three at the park with bikes/scooters, cricket gear, footballs, and whatever the kids want to take. We find a park where the littlies can play in the playground and the older ones can play a game of some sort and often have close friends join us as more the merrier. The kids have a blast, the adults have a blast, and we’re all doing it together as one.
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  • Cassandra Reed

    We love doing things as a family- riding, walking, swimming, movies. But as I work most w/e when we do it’s extra specialReplyCancel

  • Emily Thompson

    My favourites are in summer. My husband is a cricketer and so we all pile in the car and head of to a beautiful ground wherever he happens to be playing. Friends and family often come too and we all sit and chat and picnic and watch. This year I have my newborn amd so we take a tent to shelter him and feed him in. Afterwards we explore the place- especially when it’s by the sea. We go to our religious meeting to study the bible on Sunday mornings and out walking or relaxing in the afternoon and back for a movie in the evening. Generally Bollywood :) perfect days ?ReplyCancel

  • Suzie Bee

    Bushwalking in Springbrook Rainforest. Looking at the waterfalls and smelling the fresh air. Bliss
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  • Angela

    I have always worked weekends and my husband usually works 6 days a week so time together as a family doing anything is very special!ReplyCancel

  • Maree

    Our favourite weekend activities is homemade pizza with the kids and a special movie at home. An ice cream pack would just top off our weekend special routine!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Favourite weekend activity – depends on the season, really. Presently, in Winter, cooking together as a family – all chatter and movement in the kitchen. :) In Summer, definitely beachtime walking, rock-pool discoveries and swimming.ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Mackay

    Watching my kids play sports and also cooking with the kids and having family meals!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael

    Our boys like to get the musical instruments out and we have a jam session. None of us really know what we are doing and it’s super noisy but the smiles on everyone’s faces with the family time is well worth it.ReplyCancel

  • Una

    Friday nights are movie nights with the kids so we like to stay in if we can.
    We usually surf on a Saturday or spend time on the beach together (if the weather is good to us) then on Sundays, my boys play soccer in the morning and I play womens soccer in the afternoon for our local club, so we spend our day at the club helping out in the canteen and enjoying the world game that is soccer.ReplyCancel

  • Jo Deller

    My favourite thing on weekends is to make Sundays completely technology free for all 4 children. This means no phones, internet, computers or TV and then we all play old school board games and have a leisurely brunch, read books together, chat and reconnect. With the older kids especially going out a lot it’s my best chance to check in with them.ReplyCancel

  • Lana Hintner

    My husband and I love taking the opportunity to show our son anything new! The world is a new and colourful place for him so although we dont have an activity we repeat each weekend we just love to think of something new to show him! Enjoying the small and simple things of life….like making sandcastles at the beach or seeing different animals or tasting new flavours for the first time..Icecream is a new adventure we are yet to have with him!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn

    Friday nights are the traditional movie nights. But we love relaxing by the lake whenever possible during the summer or spend the weekends skiing during the winter.ReplyCancel

  • Beth Hall

    Spending time outside! During the week we leave early and get home late so on weekends we get outside and jump on the trampoline, swing on the monkey bars, play soccer, watch movies in the spa, play on the swings, build a fire and toast marshmallows or play basketball together.ReplyCancel

  • Lorraine Reynolds

    When we can our favourite thing to do on the weekend is go 4wding with a group of friends. Getting out into the Australian Scenery is always fantastic. It isn’t something we can do every weekend, but that just makes it all the more special. In winter my daughter also plays hockey.ReplyCancel

  • Krista Hyslop

    My favourite activity is a spontaneous road trip with the family. Whether it is to go for a quick fish or to find some snow. Sometimes it’s not about the destination but the fun we have getting there!ReplyCancel

  • Claire Guest

    Teaching my little girl a new breakfast dish each weekend – she has just discovered a love of cooking and each Sunday cooks the whole family breakfast.ReplyCancel

  • Amber Oxenbridge

    Our favourite weekend activity is a picnic at the park. It’s simple but doesn’t cost much and is lots of fun!ReplyCancel

  • Lydia Whitehand

    Especially in winter, any kind of indoor shopping (browsing) with a stop for a bubbachino!! Of course…. We are THAT family!! Ha ha!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke

    Coffee & cake breaks with my favourites, pug cuddles, a delicious home cooked meal with the family and a snuggle on the lounge for movie night.ReplyCancel

  • Annette Browne

    Favourite weekend activity is big cuddles in bed with the kids with no having to rush to be anywhere, books are read, great conversations are had and lots of tickling too!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    Our favourite activity is making and then eating lunch together after we finish sport on a Saturday morning.ReplyCancel

  • Dee Stone

    All my girlfriends and I all bought bikes so my fave activity is going out on the bikes, laughing and hanging with my friends and family. Bub number one on the way so I need to keep up the fresh air and excersises ;)ReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    “Pizza & Movie Night” – every Saturday night in our house!
    We have home-made pizzas and then settle into our favourite couches, turn out the lights and watch a favourite family movie. Of course we have treats about half-way through the movie – a little bowl of lollies for the kids and coffee with chocolate for the grown ups… a fabulous wind- down after a day full of sports and work :)ReplyCancel

  • Trevnjen Swain

    We have a pizza night Friday night usually with home-made pizzas with different toppings….followed by a movie…lately the Lego Movie b/c everything is awesome!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Grant

    Cranking sone tunes up on Sunday morning, and all making some blueberry and banana pancakes, then eating them together on the back patio in the sunshine! Its the perfect start to the day with my hubby and little bubby :-DReplyCancel

  • Mick G

    Hopping into the car for a family weekend visiting great spots for the family to experience and enjoyReplyCancel

  • Candice Walsh

    My favourite weekend activity is a ‘date day’ with my little girl. She has so many things on that it doesn’t happen often. out for breakfast at a nice little cafe, then get a little manicure/pedicure, followed by a little window shopping (usually turning into a little real shopping.. lol) and to finish off the day we cook dinner together and cuddle up on the lounge to watch a movie. I love these times. ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    Weekend for us usually means hubby is home after a long week at work. Saturday nights we all sit together and have either a movie night or games night. The kids love it as do I as it truly is our family bonding time.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    Going out to a cafe for a leisurely breakfast then taking our 9 month old son to the park to go on the swings and watch his little face light upReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    My fave weekend activity is taking the dogs down to the beach with hubby and the kids. It is just so nice to chill out and have fun after a busy week at work and school :)ReplyCancel

  • Kely McKnight

    we have many favourites!
    During footy season Saturdays are full of football with a wind down with either friends in the evening or a quiet family night in front of the tv.
    In summer time is spent doing sports on the Saturday morning followed by family and/or friend time. When it’s hot many hours are spent at the pool and the many local lakes in our area.
    Sunday mornings normally consist of a lie in, with all 4 kids in the bed with us. catch up on housework then settle in for an evening in front of the tv.
    Family time is precious in our hectic worlds <3ReplyCancel

  • Ingrid N

    My family’s favourite weekend activity occurs once a month when the kids pick a different country, research recipes from that country and we then have a dinner themed to that country. The kids are responsible for finding the strangest, wackiest facts they can about that country to share over dinner. Sometimes this has extended to finding interesting you tube videos from the chosen country to view. Other times they’ve even entertained the rest of us with a dance or song from that country. Sometimes they’ve made decorations from that country. Its all good fun, especially for families with older kids.ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie

    Friday Pizza night made by hubby and toddler.ReplyCancel

  • Tabatha Lawson-Smith

    Sport on Saturdays as all three kids play soccer now.
    Sundays i have been devoting to teaching my little girl how to make art journals and taeching the boys how to cook.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    My favourite weekend activity is making pancakes together on Sunday morning.ReplyCancel

  • Dawn

    I love to do baking with my girls, usually things that need decorating eg cookies, cupcakes. Good fun to see what designs we come up with.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Sutton

    Just being together! The week is so busy with work/school/actvities that we just want to spend time as a family, hanging out, playing games and walking to the local park.ReplyCancel

  • Meisha

    My favourite weekend activity is to try do something different, make something we’ve not tried or visit somewhere new. With only 52 weekends a year – each one is precious!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Newman

    We’ve just made the sea change to the Sunshine Coast so we are busy exploring our new “backyard” with beach adventures, bush walks and markets, all fit in between sleeps for bubby and pregnant mummy.ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    After Saturdays of running around doing childrens’ sport events, shopping and washing. Our Sundays are full of fun, a family outing or just quiet time at home doing whatever we feel like, is just the best way to spend a day.ReplyCancel

  • Kellie Mason

    We love to go to kids club at bunnings….learning lots of life skills!!!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke Williamson

    I love to pack a picnic, load the kids into the car with all of our bikes to head down to the river for a bike ride and a picnic.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    Bike ride to the bike park with a picnic!ReplyCancel

  • Karina

    Movie night with the kids. Homemade pizza, popcorn, mini ice cream and a few sweets :)ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa

    My husband works weekends. A mum from school also has a husband on shift work in the mines so we spend every second Saturday night together with the kids and we have a pizza or takeout dinner and a movie afterwards. Cures the loneliness!ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    Anything where I can spend time outside with my children – either gardening, going for a walk at the beach or riding our bikes. Just having fun without the mad rush of weekday life!ReplyCancel

  • Pamela Hor

    I love the weekends, coz the hubby is home, and we get family time. Noah loves playing with his dad and the best thing is that if I get an ice cream maker, I can make delicious ice cream for daddy and kid every weekend :)ReplyCancel

  • Ingrid

    the other night we had a ball making mug cakes.ReplyCancel

  • Mel Benson

    Our favourite weekend activity is going to Polocrosse with the family. We camp out in the truck and play and watch Polocrosse. Quality family time.ReplyCancel

  • Jess

    Going to the beach and looking for cowie shells.ReplyCancel

  • I’m a step mum so half of my weekends are spent getting 1:1 time with my husband, catching up with friends & watching my boys play soccer. The other weekends are spent watching my boys play soccer, playing Mine craft, bike rides, board games (monopoly is our fave!) and watching movies. Whether we are with the boys or not, I can’t pick a favorite activity. Ultimately it is spending time with the ones I loveReplyCancel

  • Alison Ford

    We generally start the Saturday with a bike ride to a local lake and then we sit down and chat about our week, the good parts and not so good parts. We then feed the ducks and ride back home. At night time we take it in turns to choose what tea is and then cosy up for a movie and cuddles. I have been doing this since my son was little and now he is 8 and my daughter is 6 and both look forward to our chill out Saturdays. We miss out connecting with our little family with work and school and I find this way we can talk about anything without any stresses.ReplyCancel

  • Kendall Clifton-Short

    Our favorite weekend activity is to head to the Park Run and bike ride and walk while dad runs then all head to the local cafe for BLATs and hot drinks for breakfastReplyCancel

  • Julie Woitala Dunn

    When I’m lucky enough to be at home with my family and not at work I love to get baking because it relaxes me and sets me up with snacks for the week, and Saturday night movie night is at a favourite for all of us! ReplyCancel

  • Catherine Bethell

    My most favourite weekend activity with my family is on Sunday morning. I cook a traditional breakfast bacon, eggs etc, pancakes for my girls 6 & 3. I brew fresh coffee and spend it in our pyjamas with my kids watching movies all day. Life is requires a break and Sunday is that day!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Ovenden

    Saturday night snuggle up on the lounge with my family watching a dvd eating popcorn, eating lollies and ice-cream special moments that are so special to all of us. ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Hooper

    Love going to tennis on the weekend & seeing my grandkids playing & enjoying such a fun sport, we often stay & have a meal together-makes for a fun day out :)ReplyCancel

  • Jane Frost

    My favourite weekend activity only happens when it rains, because my partner will insist on “working” otherwise. We sit down as a family and watch an entire tv series or three or four movies together while eating corn chips, lollies and other sinful foods. :) Simple homemade relaxing fun.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    My husband works Saturdays so it’s usually a day of housework and girly things with my 2 girls like nail painting and high tea parties or baking. On Sundays we usually try to pack as much in as possible. In summer it’s usually spent on the water in the boat, exploring the water ways and finding places to picnic. Winter is usually motorbike riding locally for a few hours, loading up for a big day at a track somewhere.ReplyCancel

  • Claire Lewis

    Our favourite family weekend activity is our Sunday morning at the beach, enjoying the sun, sand and each other’s company.ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Jo-Anne Bajkowski

    Taking hubby and our dogs on a picnic and walk at our favourite park; we have no kids yet, and we love spending time with the fur kids and treating ourselves to a small snack while we walk and talk :)ReplyCancel

  • Tashana Purkis

    we love love having family game nights on the weekends yes i win ALMOST everytime but its hilarious cause the kids get right into itReplyCancel

  • Nadine Costelow

    In winter we spend our Saturday at soccer, usually cold and wet we trudge home, throw the kids in warm baths, put on our warmest jammies and curl up on the couch for family movie night. Definitely my favourite time of year!ReplyCancel

  • Chloe Barber

    Backyard play, we like to use our imaginations and create lots of different games. Today we spray painted the grass and played hopscotch which will come off once daddy bug mows the lawn. When night time falls we cuddle up and watch movies and eat some munchiesReplyCancel

  • Pat Hughes

    Our favourite weekend activity is playing with the dogs and taking the pony out for a drive in the sulky. Lunch is usually stowed in the back of the sulky and we have a fabulous picnic when we reach the spot and then we have a great drive back. Lots of fun and the clip clop of the hooves is very therapeutic!ReplyCancel

  • Ashleigh

    My son & I love going to car boot sales on the weekends, it’s our thing that we do together – he loves reading so he loves searching for bargain books – he can take some pocket money & always comes home with a bargain or two & usually with a surprise for his little sister too & change :-)ReplyCancel

  • Stacey W

    We love to go bowling,
    Even though I never win,
    No matter how hard I try,
    I can’t knock down every pin!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Paterson

    As my partner works 6 days a week, Sunday is family day and we turn devices off (except for photos!) and go to the park for a BBQ or wherever the weather takes us.ReplyCancel

  • Alanna Weaver

    After the work and chores of the week, I like to spend my weekends relaxing with family and friends. What better way to do this than with a movie/ice cream night? :-)ReplyCancel

  • Paul Serong

    My favourite weekend activity is watching the mighty Melbourne Storm playing in the NRL, whether it’s live at the game, down the pub with others or sitting at home, love to Fan Up and get into the game.ReplyCancel

  • Leesa Massey

    Snuggling in bed on a Sunday morning on a cold winters day…ReplyCancel

  • Renee Wolf

    Our favourite weekend activity is to visit a park or area that allows our little one to enjoy the great outdoors. It could be a place with a cafe or animals (like the Strawberry farm) or just a park where we take a picnic. Living on the Gold Coast usually means great weather to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle!ReplyCancel

  • Emma Pitt

    Our favourite weekend activity to to play at the beach with our 6 year son and our 2 dogs. For a treat we will get Fish n Chips and an icecream afterwards. On rainy days we stay at home doing science experiments, building an indoor cubby and making art n craft.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Steinbeck Crooks

    Saturday night movie night with the kids! Snuggling on the lounge with popcorn, lollies & a great movie is a fantastic way to unwind after a busy week.ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea

    My favourite weekend activity is staying in on a Sunday and enjoying a lovely cooked breakfast on our sun drenched balconyReplyCancel

  • Nicole Hazledine

    Due to life being soooo busy all the time, we love to stay home in our pj’s and watch movies on the couch eating lots of “sometimes” food all in one day! My kids call that the best day ever!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Weekend activity is spending time as a family at the park with my boys playing on the equipment and riding bikes and having a picnic lunch or if the the weathers bad we spens the time cooking snacks and getting meals organised for the week aheadReplyCancel

  • Jenifer

    We all love going to markets & fetes. Supporting our community makes us happy:) We also enjoy Movies & this ice cream maker would be amazing at our girls Childcare movie night!!ReplyCancel

  • michelle wilkinson

    Our favourite weekend activity is Brunch at local café followed by park and bike ride
    Then Games and Movie night with treaTRS

    Love family time xxxReplyCancel

  • Amanda White

    Weekends for my family are full of laughter and fun,
    We go to the park, or swim at the beach in the sun,
    On cold days we snuggle for a movie or two,
    Or we go on a drive (with a few stops for the loo!),
    We love checking out markets, or to take a bush walk,
    Or just sitting in a café to have a good talk,
    You see – it’s about making memories, so no matter what the weather….
    My favourite activity is just SPENDING TIME TOGETHER!!ReplyCancel

  • Caitlyn

    I love taking the kids to the esplanade and flying kites and eating ice cream :)ReplyCancel

  • Adele Smith

    A favourite in my household is when we hire a tennis court and just have heaps of fun playing our style of tennis. It probably doesn’t look very pretty but we don’t care because it’s all about the enjoyment. Friends sometimes come along and join in, which is awesome too!ReplyCancel

  • Eva Kiraly

    Friday night is our family night, it’s the only time of the week we cut loose and have junk food, movies and munchies, we celebrate after a long week.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Stubbs

    Lazy sunday cooked breakfast of poached eggs on hash browns followed by a little gardening with the kids, then baking with the kids for their next week school lunches and then a family sunday roast for dinner…..what an excellent dayReplyCancel

  • Benjamin Travia

    It depends on the weekend. I like to try something new every weekend. Be it archery, learning a new language, going to a restaurant with an exotic cuisine. It keeps life unpredictable!ReplyCancel

  • vicki laurie

    My weekends are spent watching my son race his speedway carReplyCancel

  • Gabriel Heffernan

    A simple picnic at the park with my toddler and husband, but if it’s cold like it has been lately, board games, puzzles and hot chocolate!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Jones

    Getting together with families or friends on weekend is my favourite weekend activity. No matter what we do or where we are, more people more fun.ReplyCancel

  • Maria Lawrence

    Spending time creating and cooking a special
    Family meal with my child!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle L Harrison

    We love to go to the park in the mornings for a picnic breakfast and then have a day of outings and a movie before bedReplyCancel

  • Teena Lewis

    Usually cleaning first thing and then off to a waterhole or camping with the kids, fishing, swimming or just chilling!ReplyCancel

  • Hayley Parker

    Spending time with the family and enjoying the normal fun inexpensive activities that I have fond childhood memories of.ReplyCancel

  • Larissa

    Best weekend activity is to spend time with family & visiting local farmers markets & just relaxing enjoying great food & wonderful companyReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Finding a new park to picnic at. It’s a great way to enjoy the fresh air, local produce and time with family while the kids run themselves ragged on the playground!ReplyCancel

  • sarah king

    Flying kites! Good old fashion fun.
    get the kids to make their own kites and walk to the park for a picnic to fly our kites!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    I have 3 boys and we love to cook on the weekends! We all have the best time getting messy in the kitchen. I hope at least one becomes a professional chef when he’s older, and looks after the one who taught him to cook ;)ReplyCancel

  • Mick G

    Sitting back Saturday evening relaxing after spending the day out with the kids and their spot commitmentsReplyCancel

    • Mick G

      oops – sport (mustve been thinking about the washing too lol)ReplyCancel

  • Robyn

    Love to squeeze in a bit of everything…kids sport, gardening, cooking for the week ahead…and usually a special treat made with the kids for afternoon tea or dessert. If I’m lucky a little sleep-in too.ReplyCancel

  • Coral Betts

    Our favourite activity on the weekend is to have a little sleep in. Then have a play at the gym with our friends and then spend time with our family and snuggle up for movie night in mum’s bed with popcorn.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Lee

    Saturday is Nanna and Kids/ Mummy and Daddy day. My mother in law takes my son, and soon to be daughter, for a few hours of together time which allows my partner and I to have a nice lunch somewhere kid free where we get to enjoy each others company. We have a no work or chore talk rule so we are truly connecting rather than listing off things that stress us out.ReplyCancel

  • Catherine Francis

    Spending quality time with my family without having to rush around to different events. We love staying in our pjs and watching movies.ReplyCancel

  • Daphne Potter

    The best weekend ever has to be good food, good company and good weather. It can be a simple picnic on the beach, watching a DVD with ice cream sundaes, or even just snuggling on the couch with a good book and a bowl of soup. As long as I have my hubby and my cat, life is perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I like being able to spend time with my husband, being able to just relax and not having to do anything particularReplyCancel

  • Madeleine Bowerman

    Our favourite weekend activity is a LONG weekend away down to White Beach to stay at our in-laws’ caravan. Our 2 boys (3 & 5) just love it, as do we. So relaxing to not be at home!!ReplyCancel

  • Pam Braddock

    I like to spend the weekend with my family. Even just spending time at home playing with my grand kids who I have custody of and watching the footy with hubby is relaxing. Spending the day at the zoo or just hubby and I taking the kids to the park. As long as we are together as a family life is good.ReplyCancel

  • Sommer

    My husband is sick at the moment (4 1/2 months now with no light in sight) so my favourite weekend activity would be wishing that he could actually come with us and actually be able to do something. When we get a sunny day in amongst this cold spell we are having we like to do the simple things that so many kids miss out on these days. We go down to our local playground for a swing and kick a ball, then head down to the river with our gumboots on. The kids love splashing about, throwing and skipping rocks, digging in the sand and trying to spot fish. They get dirty but I think that’s great. It feels liberating to get dirty when we are so caught up in a society full of “germs” and being “clean”. We all then head home to have a nice warm bath together. It’s so lovely to spend this relaxing quality time together in amongst the hustle bustle of our lives…ReplyCancel

  • Felicity

    Our weekends always start with a backyard BBQ breakfast on a Saturday
    and an hour or so spent watching out three children play and explore the backyard, before we begin the rest of our weekend plans, it’s the best part of my weekend xxReplyCancel

  • Tracey Reed

    My favourite weekend activity is racing my pacers. If they run a good race I’m pleased and if they earn money I’m even happier :-)ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    Family, friends and faith. This is the weekend for us.
    As a family we go to an amazing church and connect to lots of friends here
    We have loads of fun just connecting and supporting one another
    and the greater community. Next weekend all my family will have a weekend
    away in memory of our parents (6 kids +their families)
    Can’t wait!!! YipeeReplyCancel

  • Racheal Kamer

    A wonderful sleep in and a stroll along the coast with Hubby, especially as we only have four weeks till a Bubby is due.ReplyCancel

  • Garson

    My favourite thing on weekends is when my Mama takes me to piano.
    My teacher Danni is really nice and my Mama is always there to watch me and tell me I am doing good playing.
    My teacher says I am very good and learning fast.
    Learning piano is really fun and after my Mama lets me have a treat.
    Sometimes she has a lollipop in her bag for me or we go get a hot chocolate or chai together.
    Piano makes me feel happy and my Mama says I smile the whole time.ReplyCancel

  • Laura Amos

    Our favourite weekend activity is to explore our local area by bike. We love finding new routes and stopping for a picnic along the way. A cheap and healthy weekend ritual!ReplyCancel

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  • Rachel Kriss-Newell

    We make Saturdays count and have them jampacked with fun and eating. Our Sundays are spent on a cold Rugby field watching Mr 10 play and travelling long distances to and from the game. So Saturday we all enjoy a cooked breakfast together, no TV. We make a cake together – usually most of the ingredients ending up on the kitchen bench. And the kids choose what colours to add. We have had some scary looking cakes, but they all taste yummy. Playing outside is compulsory – throwing the ball around or going to the park. Night time we make pizza together, each child choosing what toppings to put on. It is simple fun, not costly, but we use the time to spend together – and relish the time with no technology devices to distract us. ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Playing with my remote control car with my son….oops I mean playing with my sons remote control car!!ReplyCancel

  • Karan Jorgensen

    My favourite weekend activity is getting outside with my family and friends and all our kids for a picnic. Food, fun, a chat with some sport and a bush walk thrown in, perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Kevin S

    My favourite weekend activity would have to be sleeping in and have a pistachio almond organic ice cream for breakfast. HmmmmReplyCancel

  • Maria P

    Staying in my pjs all days and watching videos or reading an un-put-downable book! Yeah right, in my dreams.ReplyCancel

  • melissa liow

    pick up food and fruits from markets, have a picnic near playground, feed the ducks, stroll home in the sunsetReplyCancel

  • Nick

    To go the weekend marketsReplyCancel

  • Sharon H

    We love to go strawberry picking in the winter sunshine. We usually collect about 4 kgs of strawberries, then sit in the sun and enjoy a fresh strawberry ice cream. Everyone is so happy and relaxed. These times are the ones we will all remember for many years to come :))ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Gray

    It’s the simply things for us, a movie night with home made popcorn, choc top ice creams and chips.ReplyCancel

  • Skye Dyma

    Spending time together as a family is my favorite weekend activity :)ReplyCancel

  • sonia c

    Baking…the whole concept of an Afternoon Tea, on the porch, with the family brings me back to my grandmas era. Doilies, nice tea set, even simple scones and jam (although it took a number of years to make the scones “just right”) and that half hour of family time….is the best part of the weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Em Lawes

    Cocktails and ice cream! There is a cafe where I live that has great cocktails and an ice cream bar. Cocktails for adults, ice cream for kids. The kids shouldn’t have all the fun!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Bonello

    After a day playing outside, watching tv with the family is my favourite activity!ReplyCancel

Dancing in the loungeroom

This post is sponsored by Nick Jr. When my kids were younger we enjoyed dancing around the lounge room singing the good old-fashioned nursery rhymes.  I had Old Macdonald’s Farm animal sounds perfected!  I’m not much of a dancer but I have to admit that these shows helped me just as much as the kids and […]

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  • Natalie

    LOL, I dance around my lounge room too and honestly it’s so much fun, makes me laugh and exhausts the kids ready for nap time!!ReplyCancel

  • Jac

    I was actually getting quite overwhelmed with being a stay at home mum and I must just add that I agree that something so simple can bring so much joy. I too dance, jump and sing around my house with the kids, it’s also a great workout for me and helps me to learn that there is more to keeping house than keeping it tidy, it’s about the fun times we have in it.ReplyCancel

Win a Littleville $500 voucher

Littleville.com.au is a fantastic retail market place filled with beautiful maternity, baby and children’s products.  With over 250 boutique brands to chose from, you’ll find everything you need for children including: shoes and clothes bedding, furniture & bedroom decor change bags maternity wear baby skin care toys, books & gifts and so much more. The super […]

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  • Hayley Parker

    The Cockatoo Lamp would brighten up my son’s life as since shifting house to outer suburbs and away from most of his friends the flocks of Cockies, not so welcomed by everyone, has brought a smile to his face.ReplyCancel

  • Lanette Crewes

    Hi I am entering for my sister in-law as she has 1 7year old boy and then twin boy and girl that are 4. I thought that this would be a lovely surprise as the twins birthday is coming up and as they live in Melbourne they could get what they need as we don’t live near them. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Debbie Lee

    Oh the shoes! So impressed with the little boys shoes and they look comfortable too, great range. Great competition.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    Great giveaway! My entries are in :-)ReplyCancel

  • Robyn Hutchins

    The Little Red Hooded Cape
    Is oh so sweet! I could see it drape
    across the shoulders of my little girl,
    Who has a birthday coming up in June
    This prize would make her birthday gifts great!ReplyCancel

  • Maria Randall

    The air transport and pirate ship decals would be gorgeous in my two boys rooms.
    The koala and sheep ugg bootsReplyCancel

  • Lauretta Kolarik

    Love all of the unique kiddie decor for kids rooms!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Banyard

    Fantastic give away, Thank you for this opportunity.ReplyCancel

  • Alyce

    I think the bosom buddy would be a fantastic item to get! I’m pregnant with baby number 1, so anything that would make all those new scary experiences more comfortable would be worth it! Great comp KatReplyCancel

Toy Room Organisation Inspiration

This Monday, I shared the toy room makeover for the first winner of the Kia Australia ‘Win The Organised Housewife For A Day’ competition. Keeping toys organised is one of the biggest issues around the house, so I’ve collected a few more ideas to help your space too. Is your dress-ups box overflowing? Add a […]

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  • Carolyn Cunningham

    Some fabulous ideas (yet again)! Thank you so much.ReplyCancel

  • Rochelle Badolato Ashkenazi

    Great ideas I love Ikea!ReplyCancel

  • Hayley

    Great ideas! I store card games in Sistem storage containers, almost identical to those soap containers! Readily available at woollies and a great range of colours! (I store the cards in see through ones!)ReplyCancel

  • Penny Clark Miles

    I always wondered what that IKEA Komplement hanger was for !!ReplyCancel

  • Dianne Pillar

    I love the soap box idea for cards – fantastic!ReplyCancel