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Miss 9’s bedroom gets a makeover

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

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

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

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • rebecca

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

    • Tara

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

      • Tara

        *interiorsReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Kate

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Looks so fresh and bright – gorgeous!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Leesa

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

    • leesa

      Oops – just saw tables are from Adairs xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Tammy

    Love the desk! Where isn’t from?ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

Teacher appreciation, thank you jar of chocolates

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

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  • Caroline

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

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

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

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      that is such a clever name Shannon!ReplyCancel

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

  • Stella

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That is a wonderful idea Stella!ReplyCancel

  • Ann maree S

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

  • Rana

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

  • Elizabeth

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

  • Brooke

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

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

  • Emma L

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

  • laura swinfield

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

  • Elizabeth Barnett

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

  • Leanne

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

  • Bela L

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

  • Bridget

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wow great disguising Bridget, i like it!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

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

  • Janelle

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

  • Tracey

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

  • Emma Johnson

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

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

  • Darcy

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

  • Jamie Harris

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

  • Darcy

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

  • Kri

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

  • Lorraine

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

  • karen

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

  • Nerida

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

  • Jan

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

  • Karen Hardwick

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Laurie Jennings

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

  • cheryl M

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

  • Kylie B

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

  • Louise

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

  • Jo

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

  • Caroline Byrne

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

  • Jacqui

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

    • Hilary

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

  • Ashleigh Burns

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

  • Haylee Buckle

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Kelly

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wonderful idea Kelly!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi

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

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

  • Donna Lewis

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

  • Cathy

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

  • Carey

    Here are some of my tricks!

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

  • Samantha

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

  • Claire Deane

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

  • Janny Pilarski

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

  • Sonya

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

  • marian bathie

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

  • Helen

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

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Jess

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

  • Soni P.

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

  • Nic

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

  • Sharon

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

  • Lisa Mckenzie

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

  • Janine

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

  • Jo

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

  • Jenny L

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

  • Candice

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

  • Timm

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

  • Saraskye

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

  • Kara clarke

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

  • Jules

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

  • Nicola Herring

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

  • Bianca

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

  • Shell

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

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

  • Peta Scott

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

  • Kimberly

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love this idea Kimberly!ReplyCancel

  • Lillian Williamson

    Minnie Mumm:

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

  • Sally Duncombe

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

  • Shannon Ruddock

    It’s all in the name!ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

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

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

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

  • Kathryn

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

  • lucy

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I love the sound of this Lucy!ReplyCancel

  • Katherine Hassam

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

  • Jane Orr

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

  • Diana O

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

  • Kirsty

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

  • Rebecca P

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

  • Fiona

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

  • Emma

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

  • Alexis Robinson

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

  • Barb

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

  • Hayley Hitchings

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh great idea Hayley.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda McLeod

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

  • Tracey

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

  • Janet Martin

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

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

  • caitlin jordan

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

  • Sarah

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

  • melissa chance

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

  • Jeanette barker

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

  • Dia

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

  • Erin Dawson

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

  • Pauline Stewart

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

  • HOLLIE

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

  • Judi Adams

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

  • Marie Shing

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

  • Jen

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

  • Jodie

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

  • Brittany

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

  • Tamara

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

  • Annaliese

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

  • Locky

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

  • Monique

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

  • Lina

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

  • Susannah

    Home made sausage rolls using Turkey mince and veggiesReplyCancel

  • Wendy

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

  • Bridget Studders

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

  • Amy Marsland

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

  • Lisa

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

  • Astrid

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great tip! Thank you for sharing.:)ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Fischer

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

  • Lisa Cannon

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

  • Michelle van Zyl

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

  • Jenni Williams

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

  • Fiona Wypych

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

  • Jenni Williams

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

  • Lauren

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

  • Shelley

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

  • Clare

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

  • Donna

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

  • Melissa

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

  • Reeva

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

  • Katryna

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

  • Mary Preston

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

  • Fabian

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

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

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

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

  • Nikki Sims-Chilton

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

  • Lisa

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

  • Megan

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

    • Jen

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

  • Mary-Ann Stone

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

  • Kirsty

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

  • Aimee

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

  • Kerri

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

  • Brook

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that sounds really yummy Brook.:)ReplyCancel

  • I love it. Can’t get enough.

    Good luck to you all. Huggiez.ReplyCancel

  • Kate

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

  • nicole french

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

  • Shayne

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

  • Mel

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

  • karina l

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

  • Sharon Grives

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

    • sharon Grives

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

  • maryan zarif

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

  • Vicki

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

  • debbie davidson

    would love to win the yoghurt maker.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Pozz

    Always add chopped fruit to muffins instead of sugarReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wonderful tip Lisa! I love it.;)ReplyCancel

  • Colette

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

  • Nell

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

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

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

  • Jules

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

  • Wendy Ollington

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

  • samantha moon

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

  • Megan Brown

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

  • Nadine

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

  • Julie

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

  • Natalie

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

  • Leigh Morgan

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

  • Cindy Macgregor

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

  • Kerry

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

  • Alex Cheeseman

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

  • Nicole Adams

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

  • Cressey Thomas

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

  • Rae

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

  • sam

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

  • Rachael Gimson

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

  • Dom

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

  • Jenny laing

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

  • Sarah Blanchard

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

  • Marcia Ockwell

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

  • Karla Navarro

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

  • Whitney

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

  • Nomes

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

  • Lorna

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

  • Kate

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

  • Diana Gamra

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

  • Michelle Hall

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

  • Lauren

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

  • Angela Arancio

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

  • Erin Chiaroscuro Purdom

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

  • Emma

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

  • Belinda McMahon

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

  • Christina Shin

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

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

  • Linda

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

  • Jane

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

  • Megan

    Lots of fruit packed into a smoothieReplyCancel

  • Vicki McEwan

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

  • Renita

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

  • charlotte v

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

  • Katrina Harvey

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

  • Sarah

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

  • Ellen L

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

  • Vinetta

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

  • Sarah freeman

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

  • Rachel

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

  • Michelle

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

  • Tamarac

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

  • Lisa

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

  • Helga

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

  • Melissa Mitchell

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

  • Donna

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

  • Isabella Platt

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

  • Jackie

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

  • Karina

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

  • Ebaney

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Joanne Cardamone

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

  • Maria

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

  • Jay

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

  • Karissa

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

  • EMMA

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

  • Elle

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

  • Kylie

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

  • Jenai

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

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

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

  • Deana

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

  • Lea

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

  • Janis

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

  • Renee

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

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

  • Tanya

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

  • Helen Leijser

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

  • Jennifer

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

  • Carly

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

  • Nicole

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

  • Danielle

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

  • Rachael Lorenz

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

  • April

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

  • Louise

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

  • Sonya P.

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

  • Susie V

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

  • Tali N

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

  • Renee Ballantyne

    I have a hidden vegies recipe book which is a winnerReplyCancel

  • Lauren A

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

  • Tracy

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

  • Rosslyn Tadd

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

  • Caroline Kelly

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

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

  • Soni

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

My kids favourite iPad/iPod Apps

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

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  • Maree

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Di

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Sandra

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Crystal

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

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

  • kirsty

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

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

  • Adi

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

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

    • Emma

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

  • Cass Purden

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Suzie

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Lovely.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sharnee Snowden

    My 2 white owls that sit on the bench…cheerfulReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Cute!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sally Frith

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh lovely.:)ReplyCancel

  • Philippa Brock

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Karina Wood

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wonderful Lisa.:)ReplyCancel

  • Monique McDonald

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sure does Monique!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Laurel Corless

    My sunny sun room always brightens my dayReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh how lovely.:)ReplyCancel

  • Tab

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Marina Dousset

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Beautiful.:)ReplyCancel

  • Angelina

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh sounds lovely Angelina.:)ReplyCancel

  • Eva Lavelle

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Lovely poem Eva!ReplyCancel

      • Eva

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

  • Lauren

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

  • Jade

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

  • Lauren

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

  • Jane Caputi

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

  • Angela Milesi

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

  • Nicole

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

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

  • Marelize

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

  • sonja

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

  • Di

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

  • DIANA O

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

  • Linda

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

  • Sharon C

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

  • Sharon C

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

  • Sarah Byrnes

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

  • Cathy Bailey

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

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

  • Emma

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

  • Sue

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

  • kathryn Horne

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

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

  • Amanda Rossetto

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

  • Michelle Evans

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

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

  • karina l

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

  • Stacey Fagan

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

  • Melissa

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

  • Mandy henley

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

  • Patricia reynolds

    The beautiful good mornings from each of my children.ReplyCancel

  • Nicola herring

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

  • Meg

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

  • Jacinta

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

  • natasha Horsham

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

  • Helena Leung

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

  • Sarah Ring

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

  • Lisa d

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

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

  • Mary Preston

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

  • Gina

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

  • leeanne Gooch

    my son ;)ReplyCancel

  • Mandy

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

  • Nerissa Stott

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

  • Astrid

    Fresh flowers and a sea breezeReplyCancel

  • Jo Deller

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

  • Rach Whittaker

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

  • Sherryl

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

  • Anne

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

  • Amanda Hemetsberger

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

  • Sonia

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

  • Kirsty

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

  • Suzanne

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

  • Lisa

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

  • Donna Germon

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

  • Amanda

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

  • Meredith

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

  • Melinda

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

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

  • Stephanie Dooley

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

  • Melissa

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

  • Annette

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

  • Rachel Kriss-Newell

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

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

  • Bec sullivan

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

  • Lindy Dowell

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

  • michelle wright

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

  • Stephanie Veljanovska

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

  • Amy Pilkington

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

  • Lisa bonner

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

  • SallyD

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

  • Emma

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

  • Kim

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

  • Debbie B

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

  • nadia stuart

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

  • Jasmine

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

  • Sharon

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

  • Melissa

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

  • Laura Amos

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

  • Kasey Evans

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

  • Alison Fidler

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

  • Hana Simes

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

  • Kim

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

  • Debra Shields

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

  • Susie V

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

  • Jewel Thames

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

  • Tenneille

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

  • Alison

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

  • Nikita Collier

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

  • Pauline Stewart

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

  • Anastasia

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

  • Kayla

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

  • Leanne

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

  • Rachael Maddock

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

  • Naomi

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

  • Stephanie

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

  • Maddie

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

  • Nicole Beattie

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

  • Vicki

    My family brighten my day along with my doggies.ReplyCancel

  • Karin Allan

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

  • Louise Vasey

    Clean floors, a scented candle burning & a chai latteReplyCancel

  • Phillip Cunningham

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

  • Shelly W

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

  • Kate

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

  • Mick G

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

  • Deborah Hill

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

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

  • Katrina

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

  • Gerri Briggs

    Looking at my garden through clean windows!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Raven

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

  • Annie Bourne

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

  • Cheryl Moulton

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

  • mumoffive

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

  • Jenai

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

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

  • Kylie Grayda

    My daughter’s beautiful smileReplyCancel

  • Lauren

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

  • frances

    Fresh flowers ,especially the roses from my gardenReplyCancel

  • Annaliese

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

  • Tracy

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      ooh that is lovely Tracy!.:) xReplyCancel

  • Clare

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

  • Melissa Jones

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

  • SHARON JOHNSON

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

  • Amy

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

  • Erin horton

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

  • Emily

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

  • Megan

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

  • Danielle Breust

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

  • Emma Gibbons

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

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

  • Sally

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

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

  • Jodie Lane

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

  • Tracy Saad

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

  • Mascha

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

  • Kimberly

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

  • Amanda Gorton

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

  • Cathy Gritter

    My new outdoor cushions brighten my day !ReplyCancel

  • Jena

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

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

  • myesha...mom of 3 Girls

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

  • Caitlyn

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

  • Leah

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

  • Maureen Willans

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

  • Christina

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

  • JFKAZZ

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

  • Susan

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

  • Antonietta

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

  • Lesley Needham

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

  • Cecilia Warrick

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

  • petra chaplin

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

  • Sonya

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

  • Nic T.

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

  • Tamara Lamb

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

  • Charisse Childs

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

  • Lesleigh S

    Waking up healthy and happyReplyCancel

  • Caroline Kelly

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

  • Amy Murphy

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

  • Lani Kennedy

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

  • Jayne K

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

  • corinne cambridge

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

  • Mel S

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

  • Chloe

    The scent of my favourite essential oils :)ReplyCancel

  • James Kav

    My bookshelf!ReplyCancel

  • Laura Scriven

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

  • Chris A

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

  • Prema

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

  • Janice Campbell

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

  • Aya Smith

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

  • Courtney

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

  • Isabel

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

  • Roma Paterson

    My first cup of tea for the dayReplyCancel

  • Sue

    Happy healthy hubby and kidsReplyCancel

  • Joanna

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

  • elle

    Having fresh flowers in my kitchen brightens my dayReplyCancel

  • Anna-Marie O'Rourke

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

  • tracy procter

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

  • Sharon Markwell

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

  • Rianna

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

  • CELINE

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

  • Lee

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

  • Narelle Rock

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

  • hadil b

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

  • Kirsten W

    Finding a packet of TimTams in the pantry!ReplyCancel

  • Maria P

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

  • Jessica Ashbrooke

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

  • claire evans

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

  • jayne

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

  • Nicole M

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

  • Gillian Ling

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

  • Judith

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

  • Melissa K

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

  • Linda Courtney

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

  • christine williams

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

  • Lauren Pratt

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

  • Kerryanne B

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

  • Sue Bell

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

  • Jennie D

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

  • Neva Wethereld

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

  • Toondi Hillen

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

  • sam greenwald

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

  • Karen Turner

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

  • Jodie

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

  • Adrienne Harries

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

  • Jessica Watters

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

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

  • Janine Gardiner

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

  • Moira

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

  • Natalie Stoute

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

  • Anita Maller

    my sugar skull form mexico (7 bucks)ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Ryan

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

  • Monique

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

  • Courtney B

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

  • Kristy Nicholson

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

  • Mun Keong Lee

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

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

  • Sheryl Brown

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

  • Julie

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

  • Leanne White

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

  • Leah

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

  • Lizi

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

  • Kristy

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

  • Natasha Andrews

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

  • Kylie

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

  • Sheree Pallis

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

  • NATASHA

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

  • daniela barbaro

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

  • Ebaney Espinoza

    A bucket full of coffee brightens my dayReplyCancel

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

  • Brittany

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

  • jane

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

  • Belinda

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

  • Natalie

    A big squeeze from Miss 9 and Miss 16ReplyCancel

  • Lizzie P

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

  • Sallyann Silver

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

  • Becky Downey

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

  • Taryne Walters

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

  • Lisa Griffith

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

  • Jennifer B.

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

  • Nikki Sims-Chilton

    Laughter, laughter and more laughterReplyCancel

  • Paula Fitzpatrick

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

  • Micaela Tomalin

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

  • Belinda B

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

  • Allira Middlebrook

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

  • Renee Ballantyne

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

  • Emma M

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

  • Tali

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

  • Teresa Jackson

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

  • tracy wedding

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

  • Nicola Philp

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

  • judith fasshauer

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

  • Frederique Blunden

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

  • Karen

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

  • Riley Marmo

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

  • Joanne Alexander-Wynne

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

  • Hannah

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

  • julianne zozworek

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

  • Laura

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

  • avanthi arabolu

    Fresh,beautiful, bright, colorful flowers…ReplyCancel

  • avanthi arabolu

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

  • Tammy Wendt

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

  • Tatum Freeman

    Our Fish Tank, full of like and always colourfulReplyCancel

  • Alison

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

  • Megan H

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

  • Crystal Donohue

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

  • Anna

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

  • Alicia Lollo

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

  • Rachel Kriss-Newell

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

  • Jenny Newstead

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

  • Carolyn Wrigley

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

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!Reply<