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Creating an easy & changeable picture wall + Giveaway

This post is sponsored by 3M Command Picture Hanging Strips I decorated my sons room back in 2011.  He has just celebrated his 11th birthday (ooh he’s growing up so fast) and asked if he could change a few things in his room. Thankfully he still loves his painted wall and bed cover. But he asked […]

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  • Julia K

    Since son # 1 has moved out of home – we are about to embark on a major bedroom reshuffle ! Daughter # 1 will move into son # 1′s room, Son # 2 will move into Daughter # 1′s room and Daughter # 2 will stay in her existing room. Son # 2′s room will become a storeroom.

    We are repainting and recarpeting ALL of the bedrooms (starting with son # 1′s old room). Daughter # 1 and I have already started planning her new room. She is very crafty and loves to display her artwork and photographs. She received some lovely inspirational prints for Christmas ( purchased from The Organised Housewife) and these have been housed in plain white frames. She is ITCHING to get these up on her wall. Much as I love seeing things on walls – I always cringe at the thought of the damage to our lovely new paintwork.

    A 3M COMMAND GIFT PACK couldn’t come at a better time to facilitate all our upcoming bedroom makeovers !ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Gelston

    We have just moved to a new house and i really want to make some family picture walls so these would be perfect as i don’t want permanent hooks or holes anywhere!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    I would finally put up all my wedding photos and pictures of my daughter and current expecting #2 in frames all around our house as our walls are very plain. We have been living there for 5 years so its about time :( ReplyCancel

  • Mrs Pearce

    At last I’d decorate my sons room, he’s 11. I’ve never done it, always wanted to do it and now I actually MUST do it.ReplyCancel

  • tennille Ritchie

    Ivwould put up some charts and inspirational saying in my office and use the hooks to get stuff of the office deskReplyCancel

  • Debbie Kennedy

    Remodeling one room at a time,due to a flood.Command strips will be great for the newly painted walls! So helpful for organizing each room,your blog is the best! ReplyCancel

  • Donna Ryan

    Just moved to a new home. Son and daughter (both 11) want to put up their fav pics. While their little sisters (both 8, yep 2 by 2 LOL) now have a chance to decorate their own way. Wall loving Command strips would be a huge help :) ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Hill

    I’ve got some lovely black and white photos of Mum, myself and my 3 year old. Would love to get around to hanging them up, this would definitely be the motivation I need! :) ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Short

    I have so many pics to hang this would be a great start, I RENT!ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    I would use it to hang pictures I bought from overseas 14 years ago, and family photos we had taken last year.ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    I would use them to make my family photo wall that I have been waiting to do since we moved into our new house nearly a year agoReplyCancel

  • Holly

    With a two year old coming home from preschool every week with more artwork it would be great to put some frames in her room so I can rotate the artworkReplyCancel

  • Helen

    Oh bliss! I’d use them to finally get my family portraits, travel photography and art posters up on our walls. We’ve been in our new home for 7 months now and still have bare walls! ReplyCancel

  • Natasha

    Hi
    I am just about to start updating my son’s bedroom. He is now 4 and wants it to look like a BIG boys room so we would love to hang some of his artwork & favourite posters of NInja Turtle’s & Transformers :) ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    I would use it everywhere as we have just moved from our own home into a rental and don’t want to damage the walls! These would come in VERY handy at the moment!ReplyCancel

  • Megan Jamieson

    We have moved into our new home a couple of months ago and have just recently finished painting both my sons (4 and 2 yrs) feature wall. I made them an MDF rocket, helicopter & airplane a while ago and the boys keep asking me when they’ll get to put them up.
    The great thing about the 3M Command Gift Pack is that the boys will be able to help pur these on the wall themselves, no hammers, so little hands can help! :) ReplyCancel

  • JBMarigold

    I have degrees, certificates and awards languishing in the cupboard. It’s time I made “The Progress of Success” mural on a wall to inspire the children to achieve to add to it! 3M COMMAND STRIPS would be just the trick on our solid brick walls!
    (As well as that laser level…)ReplyCancel

  • Karina Wong

    I would use them to decorate the new nursery. At the moment, it’s plain jane boring and resembles Kennards Storage more than a nice homely nursery!ReplyCancel

  • AnnMaree

    i would use them to decorate my house with pictures of my family! Dont have many up as we live in a rental house and arent allowed to hammer nails into the wall so this would be absolutely fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • K-Lee

    I would use them to hang pictures of my new bub! We have a big photo wall in the living room, and I need to rearrange and put up new frames for all the beautiful photos of bub no 2 :) ReplyCancel

  • Soni

    My daughter loves creating artwork and we have a couple of cracks in the kitchen walls so I’d kill two birds with one stone and hang up all her artwork and hide the cracks at the same time!ReplyCancel

  • Lucy

    I’d love to hang my favourite picture – the Sydney Swans holding up the 2012 Premiership cup!ReplyCancel

  • Di

    Putting all our pictures up in our new house when we finally move in!! This Command gift pack will go to great use that’s for sure.ReplyCancel

  • DIANA O

    To give me the push and wriggle on I need to finally hang all the pics up that are neatly in a pile in the spare room, waiting for me.ReplyCancel

  • cms26

    A cupboard cleanout unearthed an amazing find..my husbands’ father’s army papers. Love his signature and also signature of his father giving him permission to enlist. They can now be returned to a box or drawer or framed and displayed. I think, with a little imagination,they would look great framed with a photo of him. I am sure his grandchildren and great grandchildren will discover and become interested in family history they did not know existed.ReplyCancel

  • geegee

    I just joined!! :D YAY And I love this whole set up and how amazing you can make every part of a home so organised and family friendly. I spent most of today looking through all of the ‘organising by room’ ideas and have become inspired to make my house look just as fabulous! I would use this pack to make the family mural and maybe even change the theme of my bedroom just for fun :) Thank you so much for inspiring me and also making cleaning actually sound like fun!ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Just over two years ago my lovely husband gave me five small canvas frames (the first letter of each family member, designed to look like giant scrabble tiles as we are a scrabble-loving family, and a heart) and he suggested that maybe I could do something creative with them. It was a perfect gift, and I’ve been planning the perfect creative use for them for much of the past two years. I decided to make them part of a huge artwork, so I’ve now got 25 canvas frames, all 6″ x 6″, and I’ve had dozens of our family photos printed onto canvas that I will arrange into a big textured collage (if that makes sense – hard to describe my creative vision!). I am so excited to get it done and on display! I have been wondering how to fix them to the wall as I don’t exactly want 25 holes, so this 3M Command gift pack would be perfect.ReplyCancel

  • AmberB

    Have just recently moved into a new home (YAY!) so all of the family photos need to be hung around the house – this would be the perfect solution!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    We are a very arty family and I need a solution for storing all our new
    art works quickly and easily and so they look great. Currently I use
    bluetac straight on the walls but this damages the pictures and the
    walls on removal. Ideally I would likes series of different sized
    frames on the wall but have been reluctant as the pictures need to be
    changed monthly and I would be left with lots of hooks in the wall in
    the wrong places.

    Seems like 3M have the solution I have been
    looking for! I could hang pictures in frames with the 3M photo strips
    and when I am ready to rearrange the wall remove the strips (without
    damaging the wall) and place the new pictures wherever they look best.
    Yay!ReplyCancel

  • claire

    I need them to have all my new beautiful little prep girl’s art work and favourite pictures in her playroom. I want to fill it with pictures but dont want to put nails in the walls because I am sure we will get over the busy walls as some point.ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    My daughter got a beautiful canvas photo of her great great aunt when she was a little girl in the early 1920′s. We’re just about to do up both my son’s and daughter’s rooms and would love to hang her beautiful picture up. I also want to do birth details pics for both my kids so the 3M Command Gift Pack would come in handy!ReplyCancel

  • Lina

    I would use 3M Command Gift Pack for lots of different things – hanging pictures on the wall, hanging white board with the tasks / menu/ chore chart on the wall, hanging decorations on the wall for Valentine’s day, I would use it do decorate room for birthday celebrations (use hooks on the wall to attached the balloons to or hang up Happy birthday sign), hang photo frames and much more. Last Christmas I even used some of 3M Command hooks to hang the Christmas lights on the wall and everybody loved this idea! I love 3M Command products as they save our walls, time and money!ReplyCancel

  • Melinda Drennan

    Both my daughters bedrooms and their study area’s need updating.. the 3M Command Gift Pack would be excellent to help achieve this quickly, (rather than it going on the to-do list that never gets done). I hate having to put nails in the walls as it is guaranteed that where I want to put something there is never a stud. If it isn’t centered correctly it drives me crazy which is why our lounge room walls are no longer covered in photo’s, I couldn’t stand them not being where I wanted them…ReplyCancel

  • Jane Northrop

    I probably would use it in my kitchen in my cabinets to utilize space as I have very few drawers/cupboards. I have also started using them whenever I want to hang something that doesn’t necessarily need a nail.ReplyCancel

  • Marg

    We have lot of photo frames that need to be hung. 3m pack would be just the perfect thing.ReplyCancel

  • Madonna

    I would use the 3M for the photo’s my boys want to put up on their walls, the awards they win and the teaching posters they roll under their beds (out of sight, no need to learn)ReplyCancel

  • Karly

    We moved house 12 months ago and we still have some framed photos stashed in the linen closet that really should be put up.ReplyCancel

  • Viv

    for economical pictures in frames I also use kids wrapping paper and cut out the parts they like to put in a frame. When he was very young we did all sorts of Tractors, recently we just changed it to Minecraft pics. I will have to try these 3M hanging thingy’s though.ReplyCancel

  • Cindett

    Since both of my parents have passed away i would put their photos in our living where i can see them everydsy! ReplyCancel

  • Denise O'Flaherty

    I would re-hang EVERYTHING!!! Especially my new command center stuff!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I’d make a memory wall down our hallway and full it with framed photos of our favourite memories and I’d finish organising the bathroom by making better use of the wall space.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Ciantar

    I would be able to finally put up all the photos lying in drawersReplyCancel

  • Sherryl

    I’m scared of using a drill. This way I could get a great big picture frame and put all the crazy photos of my little family up to show the world how mad we really are. Oh and would be able to hang my child’s whiteboard. ReplyCancel

  • Hannah

    I’m a renter, in Sydney, in a ‘study’ sized room. It would allow me to liven up the small space renter style!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    What a great giveaway! We moved into our house 9 years ago and still haven’t put any pictures on the walls because we didn’t know where we wanted to hammer in the hooks. I would use the picture strips to finally hang up our wedding photo and photos of our 4 kids so that our house finally looks like a home. At the moment all our photos are stored on the computer and not even printed! I would use the mini hooks to hang some Christmas lights for the first time this year, and the medium hooks to hang the kids’ towels on as we don’t have enough towel rails for 6 people! I don’t have much bench space in the kitchen so the utensil hooks would come in handy too :) ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Jones

    With 3M Command, I could hang framed kids’ photos or art prints on the hallway wall without damaging the surface. Also the old drill holes could be covered up by the frames.ReplyCancel

  • Margaret Thompson

    We have a great many pictures and embroideries to rehang after repainting. plus my Mum is just about to move from her home into rental aged care and we are looking to be able to hand her favourites for her in her new home. this prize would benefit 2 families…..ReplyCancel

  • Kathy

    To avoid arguments with my other half about drilling holes into the walls and finally get around to hanging photos, momentums and pictures on our bare wallsReplyCancel

  • Tracee Forster

    Great for pictures but would love to try it for small stitchery wall hanging and other fabric décor.ReplyCancel

  • Christine

    We rearranged our house a few months back to make a playroom. My son started Kindy this year so I’d love to use the pack to display his artwork there. Also we now need a command centre so they’d be helpful there too.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Kriss-Newell

    The kids love to create and draw. Some of the ideas they come up definitely need keeping for posterity and displayed on their walls. Instead of being filed away in a art folder, unseen and unappreciated, I would love to frame some of them and put them up around the house. And how proud the kids would feel seeing their works of art taking pride of place. The beauty and ease of the 3M Command system means I could have it done whilst the kids are at school and not have to wait for a spare 2 minutes on the weekend when hubby isn’t busy.ReplyCancel

  • Bron

    I’ve been looking for some ideas to display my kids art…. and being in a rented house means I have to be very careful about what I stick on the walls so they don’t get damaged! I would use the idea of sticking frames up on the walls and then be able to insert my little boys drawings or my little girls sticker ‘drawings’ free from worry about damaging the wall! :) ReplyCancel

  • melanie beardsmore

    as an already avid 3M command junkie i would finally hang some pictures up in my boys rooms and my own room seeing as we rent ive been slow getting that done this time around!! time for some new artwork!!ReplyCancel

  • Jacqueline Raewyne Dobbs

    At the moment my house is having an entire renovation make over. These hooks would be a great help at putting up photos in the lounge to give the room back its homey feeling. :) It would make me extremly happy to see photos up around the lounge and it would take my mind off the dust and dirt I am living with at the moment. Lots of plastering/sanding/painting and staining going on around here. not including the dust from the demolition and construction of new rooms.ReplyCancel

  • Helen Palmer

    We have just finished doing some painting inside and my walls are blank! I would love this prize pack so i can decorate the walls with photos and art and not cause any damage. Need to make the house look more like a ‘home’!ReplyCancel

  • Nikki Austin

    I have been thinking about giving my son’s room a makeover for a while now. His father is extremely unwilling to do anything around the house, not even paint a wall, so a quick and easy update like you have done above, would be really great.ReplyCancel

  • Trina Garner Williamson

    Lath and Plaster are not fun to deal with when it comes to hanging up pictures. Let alone the face that all of our outside walls have no studs to speak of. I would finally be able to have pictures and art on the walls. The hooks would be very helpful with organizing my kids toys. They like to put them in lingerie bags and the existing hooks are just too high to reach.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy

    I would hang the hooks on my dressing table mirror to hang my beads and necklaces on. Very handy to see if the beads go with my outfit and they won’t get tangled in a jewellery box. I would use the picture hanging strips by finally hanging my shadow boxes of pictures and mementos of my kids when they were younger. The mini clear hooks would help me to organise the tangle of cords behind the computer by hooking them onto the back of the desk. The utensil hooks would be used to clear my bench tops from tubs of utensils….that’s if my husband doesn’t ‘borrow’ them for the shed. :) ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    Our real estate won’t let us put holes in the walls to hang pictures. Would love to be able to put some family photos and art on our walls. White walls are very uninspiring. The 2 girls are both artistic and would love to hang some of their pieces. Please consider us !
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  • Jacky Burkett

    Surprise my Stage Manager daughter with a wall of framed programs, posters & tickets from the various shows she’s worked on.ReplyCancel

  • Susannah

    We’ve just re-painted our kitchen walls. I’d use the Command white hanging strips to hang two clipboards, one for my weekly meal plan and the other for my shopping list and a document holder where I store take-away menus. I’d use the black hanging strips to hang some old black and white and colourised prints/photos of family members in the hallway (I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now). I would place the medium sized white hooks in my walk in wardrobe and would hang small evening purses from them. I would use the large hanging strips in white to re-hang my favourite print, titled ‘grumpy girl’, so she sits in the centre of the wall. I would use the clear mini hooks to string up some ABC’s (with the help of some cotton) in my son’s bedroom. I would use the utensil hooks to hang his chalk bags (white and multi-coloured) and a cloth for wiping from the underside of his chalkboard/easel. Thanks for the opportunity to enter!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    Hi
    I am a school teacher and could definitely use the 3M products to fix various semi permanent things to the walls, such as job charts, birthday charts, frames, hoocks to hang hats on etc. etc etc. I love 3M products and use them regularly but winning some would be fabulous!!!ReplyCancel

  • Alecia

    We have just purchased a new house, and as I am still very new to being organised (I am hopeless – especially hard with packing going on), this would make our new start in our new place even better by helping us start off on the right foot!!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Gray

    I’ve lived in this house for nearly two year and not a single frame has been put up, that’s two years of hearing “I’ll do it soon”. 3M Command looks so easy to use, I could do it myself, it’s the only way it will actually get done!!ReplyCancel

  • Tania Carling

    My house is in disarray,
    from kitchen to wall.
    3M Command can handle them all.
    My bedroom makeover will have a display home look,
    with all these strips and hooks.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy Horsfall

    ARGHH! THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS! BUT FIRST UP I’D BE TACKLING MY SON’S BEDROOM WALLS AS THEY’RE IN DESPERATE NEED OF A FRESH PAINT AND THEN I’LL BE SUPERVISING THE HANGING OF HIS VARIES POSTERS, PICTURES, ETC.ReplyCancel

  • Chloe B

    I have so many photo`s just sitting in my photo box and none on my walls we have freshly painted walls so I am too scared to hammer holes in them , I would use the gift pack to display the photos of my beautiful family !!ReplyCancel

  • amandagorton

    I’d frame and decorate the playroom with the kids artwork – there is nothing more homely than adding a personalised touch to a room.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne

    The 3M picture strips
    Would surely fix
    The art I need to display

    While the 3M hooks
    Have functionality *and* looks
    I wouldn’t have it any other way!ReplyCancel

  • sarahjane

    I’d probably copy the simpsons idea. Its brillant.ReplyCancel

  • Andie Hansen

    what a great idea!! I would use my pack to replace all the nails in my walls that keep getting bigger as I readjust or replace my photos…..ReplyCancel

How to make a Rainbow Layer Cake

My youngest recently celebrated her birthday. We didn’t have a party, just spent the morning in the park with friends and had family over for dinner later that evening.  But, Miss now 9 had one request, she wanted a rainbow layer birthday cake.  Initially I panicked, thought that exceeded my cake making ability, however researched […]

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  • Jac_CommonChaos

    Love it Kat! I made a Monster High layer cake and had no idea those cake slicer things even existed! Took me a while to get even layers with a knife so I am totally grateful for that tip! Her cake looks fantastic, you did an awesome job.ReplyCancel

  • Gemma Harper

    Looks awesome – all the way from the UK. x :-) ReplyCancel

  • Jkirbs

    Kat,it looks great.But what size cake pan did u use?ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    Yummo Kat!
    Where’s our piece? Perhaps The Organised Housewife needs a birthday party too? Those who live locally can then get to meet you = maybe have a picnic in the park and we all bring a plate from a recipe we found on your site…. grin!
    On a totally different tack – I heard a really great quote on the radio this morning on my way to work which I’d love to share….
    “Help teach your children how to be happy, not rich. That way when they are older they will have learned the value of things not the price…”ReplyCancel

  • Whoa! That looks amazing! I did a layered snickers cake last year but it’s not as impressive as that!ReplyCancel

  • Siham Theccvillage

    That looks yummy !ReplyCancel

  • Pauline

    Thanks so much. Birthday’s coming up, this post is just in time!ReplyCancel

  • Barbi Bradbury

    I did this cake for my son’s 5th birthday but with m’nm’son the outside.ReplyCancel

  • Barbi Bradbury

    He was very happy.ReplyCancel

  • […] How to Make a Rainbow Layer Cake The Organised Housewife […]ReplyCancel

  • cinnamum

    Can you let me know where you bought the cake cutter? am having trouble sourcing one. with thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Katie Falzon

    Hi, I’ve made a rainbow layer cake before and apart from being a bit fiddly and needing lots of room to store the cakes as they were cooling, it was pretty easy! And my daughter absolutely loved it as she is somewhat obsessed with rainbows and colours!
    Just going to get a bit picky though with your text…. you have a couple of small grammatical mistakes which I just had to point out…. In this paragraph “I used 2 x of this buttercream icing recipe, it made just enough, if I used anymore the cake would of been too sweet.” This should say “would HAVE been too sweet”. This is also repeated somewhere else in the text. I’m not doing this to be negative or anything but I just think it shows a bit more care to get little details like this right. I love your blogs and will definitely keep reading them though, don’t worry!ReplyCancel

Start your Back to School Routine Now!

It’s now one week here in Queensland until the kids return to school.  In our household today is the day we start to return to our regular routine, no more sleeping in till late and we make sure the kids go to bed at a reasonable hour. Routine has played a very big part in […]

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  • Meg J Supel

    Hi Kat,
    Just wondering whether it’s possible to get the “Have you packed” in place of the “After school routine” in the bundle?ReplyCancel

  • Terri

    Hi Kat,
    Just an FYI that the link for “visit shop for purchase” right at the bottom of this post has a 401 error. Cheers,
    TerriReplyCancel

An unexpected and welcome surprise

This is a guest post by Amy, from The Parent Patch Something was very different about this afternoon.  For the first time I was able to sit back and just watch as my daughter jumped happily and carefree on the trampoline with her brother without the stress that would normally be associated with this activity […]

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  • Life Living

    We have made similar changes to our childrens diet and I agree the difference in their behaviour is amazing. I cannot believe they are the same children. Simply the best thing we ever did. Certainly a big and sometimes overwhelming change, but worth every difficulty. Thanks for sharing this story. xxReplyCancel

  • Nay

    Have you tried A2 milk. It has the old protein rather than the now common A1. It made a world if difference to our boy with ASD. There something to be said for unprocessed food.ReplyCancel

  • Sally Lane

    Wow, I have just recently started thinking about food” being the cause of so many problems in kids. These days kids each so much prepackaged and processed food that there must be a link between that and all of the behaviour problems that occur these days. Well done on taking the leap!!ReplyCancel

  • 26 Years & Counting

    I don’t like ‘diets’ and fads – food should just be eaten as closely as it come out of the ground (or off a tree, or off an animal) and that’s pretty much my philosophy on food. And it makes a HUGE difference – my husband has had many medical misdiagnosis’ in the past few years and most things are gone just by eating real food – and I never knew we ate ‘bad’ to begin with.ReplyCancel

  • Joy

    My three children have food allergies that are extensive and we always say ‘if you cannot pronounce the ingredient… then you cannot eat the product’ you would be horrified by what is in some products that appear good for you… things like how come when I cut an apple it goes brown and yet the bags of apples at McDonalds do not go brown……. they don’t add anything to the apple they spray the inside of the bag…. it is a horrific mine field of yucky stuff and chemicals for so much food these days …..ReplyCancel

  • Fiona Jenkins

    Interesting read ..I’m sure there HAS to be a link between the amount of preservatives/additives/colours in prepackaged foods & behaviour or medical conditions in kids.

    I still remember an assay I did many years ago when working for AgResearch with field crickets & orange ‘food’ dyes used in foods, snacks & packaged meals.

    Depending on the dose of dye in the coating on the maize kernel, they either ‘twitched’ themselves to death or refused to eat until they starved & died.
    My girls weren’t allowed anything ‘orange’ (Rashuns, burger rings, twisties) for many many years after that!ReplyCancel

  • Katie

    Hi Kat. I certainly wouldn’t disagree a diet low in preservatives is healthier than one full of preservatives, and I’m really glad this family has had such success with eliminating them. However I am wondering: should an article like this come with a disclaimer? I’m not clear if the author has any training in nutrition and as such sweeping statement about avoiding gluten and dairy or dietary changes fixing medical problems is getting a bit close to medical advice from someone who shouldn’t be dispensing it. Otherwise I love your blog!ReplyCancel

Organise school bags with a School Bag Nook

Many years ago after the twins started kindy I created our school bag nook.  I didn’t want to keep their school bags in their bedrooms and preferred to keep them off the floor.  Firstly it started with a few 3M hooks on the wall, then I personalised them a wooden letter for their name with […]

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  • Marita Beard

    We got a 4 shelf expedit unit (2×2) and put that in our foyer. Just the right size for sliding bags in, ours get to heavy to put on wall hooks.. well husbands bag anyway.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer

    We’ve got an expedit as well. We have the 8 shelf one. The top row houses their school bags (and one for my handbag) and the bottom row houses their school shoes inside baskets. It works perfectly!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie @ Aspiring Mum

    We use the expedit as well. I bought some of the ‘Lekman’ boxes from Ikea for the bottom row – these are where the bags go, and the top row is for hats and homework folders. It looks neat and works really well.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Warren

    I love how Emily has used the Ikea Trofast frames and tubs for her school storage! Fantastic. Love that even the bags are packed awayReplyCancel

  • Anne

    I still have problems with the school bags, but we put a row of hooks up with the days of the week on it for after-school activities. The Monday hook has the gymnastics uniform bag; Tuesday the Taekwondo, etc. That way the washing goes to a logical place, music books can be put away somewhere, etc., and grabbing them on the way out the door is very easy. There is a spare hook at the end for a “homework requirements” bag that has pens/pencils, coloured pencils, paper etc so the other child can do homework while waiting for the activity to end.ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    I have a small townhouse and a huge expedit just inside the front door, 2 cubes are dedicated to my 2 girls backpacks and then another 2 with baskets for shoes and another 2 for their homework stations. No more bags on my kitchen floor and it has worked well for the past 8 months or so we have been doing it.ReplyCancel

  • Deb

    Just done our bag nook – got a shelf with sections above, and 9 hooks (4 kids), a shoe rack below, pottery barn boxes for papers etc and a whiteboard diary. may the clutter be confined to the one spot!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa M

    Just wondering where you store the kids’ library bags Katrina or special bags for sports (swimming, footy etc)?ReplyCancel

  • […] Back to School Series shares some easy healthy lunch ideas, reviews on lunchboxes, but the School Bag Nook post is my absolute fave of the series. School bags waiting to be tripped over on the floor is bloody […]ReplyCancel

Creating an organised Homework Nook

This post is sponsored by Howards Storage World Kids, papers, homework, pencils, books this is what we have to look forward to when the kids go back to school.  Both my girls have desks in their bedroom, but all my kids prefer to sit at the kitchen bench and do their homework together while I […]

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  • Jodie Turley

    Can you come and make me a homework nook too? :-) ReplyCancel

  • Karen Quist

    Some excellent ideas here! Is the craft turntable available from Howard’s Storage as well?ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Warren

    That’s fantastic Kat!! What a lucky reader. Those girls are all set for the new school year. Off to check out HSW…ReplyCancel

    • They were so happy when I was putting it together Lisa, overjoyed that they had an area set up for all their ‘big girl’ stuff, homework and their iPads!! I got so much joy by setting this up for them.ReplyCancel

  • meandmyreadymadefamily

    That is one awesome and organised space!! Love it. Might have to create one myself when I am organising the kids room in the upcoming monthsReplyCancel

  • Jinda

    I haven’t seen the white craft turntable at HSW – only the red, blue and pink one. Also just checked their website and the white one wasn’t listed on their website. Is this a new item? How do we get our hands on one?ReplyCancel

How to organise your headbands

This is a guest post by reader Melissa P I had been looking for a way to store my daughters headbands when purely by chance while cleaning out my craft supplies and repair basket I discovered that a baby formula tin was the perfect size to hold headbands.  As a bonus the inside of the […]

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  • Roslyn Woodhouse

    What a fantastic idea! Can I use it for a craft group?ReplyCancel

  • Rowena

    Perfect. I am rescuing my last formula tin out of the recycling as I type! Genius! Baby doesn’t have much hair but her 3yr old sister does, and a lot of headbands!ReplyCancel

    • Perfect timing you managed to save a tin, I think this idea is just brilliant!!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    I love this too! This is the best idea I’ve seen that will work for my daughter. All her hairties and hairclips will also fit inside the tin too! Soooo excited about seeing this.ReplyCancel

    • Kirsty

      Now just to think of someone who buys baby formula!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    I use a brushed steel wine bucket (like they would use in a cafe – all the decoration comes from the headbands!ReplyCancel

  • Carmen

    You can also use old Milo tins.ReplyCancel

Organising & planning our School Holidays

I’m so excited the school holidays start here in QLD next week.  I’m really looking forward to taking some time off with the kids, we have quite a bit already on our to-do list so it’s going to be a busy one! During the September holidays I usually like to: give the kids bedrooms a […]

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  • Miss Maudy

    School holidays… Can’t come quick enough! Two totally cranky kids – one of whom is bursting into tears if you look at him sideways, t’other is spending his time looking at the first one sideways at every opportunity!

    Despite ‘losing’ an entire week, and almost missing enrollments for school holiday program, I am more or less organised – except for the first Monday, that is. Two days of holiday program, play date one day, one day with their dad, I am on leave for the second week. Just need to work out what to do with them on that one day….

    On the week off I have, we will do ‘dinner and a movie’ with the kids (4pm screening of a movie, followed by a meal out); probably one other ‘family’ activity, return a couple of favours with play dates, and have a couple of days at home.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Murphy

    I thought it said the download was free… but when I click on the download for free link it says its $2.95?ReplyCancel

    • Michelle Maree Rayner

      The ‘School Holiday Planner’ is free, the checklist isn’t. Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

Help stop the spreading of germs from coughs and sneezes

If germs aren’t kept under control it can become a never-ending battle once cold and flu hits the household.  Teaching children from their early years how to cough properly is a benefit to themselves and those around them, especially when it comes to becoming sick at kindy or school.  But it’s not just the children, […]

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  • Renee Simpson

    A good way to help prevent colds etc is to take Inner Health Plus everyday. I work in childcare so I try and take as many preventative measures as posssibleReplyCancel

Taking a family vacation – Big4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort

We are a family of 5 and over the years we have found it really hard to find accommodation that suits 2 adults and 3 children, typically most hotels/motels have a limit of 4 per room. When the kids were younger this was ok I would top and tail 2 kids in one bed so […]

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  • Ms_MotorbikeNut

    Our family stayed in the Big4 Emerald Beach Holiday Park back in 2007 & we all loved it, it was right on the beach & close to Coffs Harbour must go there again next year when we have some more time & $ saved

    (((( Hugs )))) XXXX Kisses XXXXReplyCancel

  • Trish

    We are booked in for a few nights of camping here in October after we return from 4wding to Cape York and I cannot wait for the kids to wear themselves out on all the great playground equipment. I think they will be over the moon with play equipment after being cooped up in the car for 4 weeks. We always try to stay at Big 4 whenever we camp – their facilities are wonderful and they always have excellent playgrounds and activities for children. We have three boys (8, 6 and 3) so we NEED something to keep them active and entertained.ReplyCancel

    • Suzi Del Popolo

      Can I suggest cheap fold up scooters… They don’t take up much room as opposed to taking bikes like we did when I was a child, but they are easy for the kids to get around the park and up to the kids activities area, and extra play equipment when bored!ReplyCancel

  • Sounds like a fabulous time was had by all!

    We have stayed in cabins a bit, just in caravan parks, nothing as fancy as a resort :) – but yes, have found them much more convenient than hotel rooms, even back when we had only one child (we also have three). Kids sleeping in a separate room, living room & kitchen separate to bedrooms, usually a small verandah with a table and chairs. What’s not to love?
    For our big road trip we have planned for next year (if the aussie dollar doesn’t drop too much further), we are planning on camping, but I can see a few cabins along the way will be luxury we’ll sometimes be prepared to pay for (if they have that sort of thing in the States, which I’m not sure of).ReplyCancel

  • Missyj

    I have not yet had kids but my husband and I do travel a fair bit and we love the Big4 parks and have stayed at many of them. We also have a Big4 membership which is fantastic – we’ve saved a fair bit of money using it. One of my favourites is Swan Hill resort along the Murray River in Victoria, lovely rooms, fantastically friendly staff and great grounds & facilities. We can’t wait to have kids and travel Australia visiting these ‘resorts’ that are far superior than ‘normal resorts’.ReplyCancel

  • Rowena

    I love your blog and guides. However, I thought this guide was aimed at those staying at home with babies and toddlers. Not sure about other families but holidays like this are not on our horizon for a few years yet. With only one income and three kids under 6 this idea will have to go on the bucket list.ReplyCancel

    • Suzi Del Popolo

      Hi I just wanted to say we stayed at this park in 2008 with two Tweens and in a tent. For a very cheap holiday, we had a site with our own ensuite, and a caravan/tent spot. So it doesn’t have to be the cabins and luxury all the way- the park activities are all free! We spent more money outside the park on island trips etc. it was however one of the best trips we ever did, we packed the kids’ fold up scooters and hardly ever saw them!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer

    I too have 3 kids and find it hard for accommodation for 5 (any other suggestions or websites that help with this would be appreciated). Even though my kids are all under 6 years of age, I love posts like this. It gives me something to look forward to and the confidence that there are places out there for “larger” families to go to (more than 4) :)
    Glad you had a great holiday.ReplyCancel

  • […] school holidays we visited our beautiful friends that live in Arlie Beach.  We were invited over for dinner and I heard all about my friend Stacey’s famous […]ReplyCancel

How I’m teaching my children to embrace a healthy lifestyle

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang As a toddler I wasn’t overweight, but it was mid way through primary school that my weight increased. I was teased a lot, I was short, freckly and fat.  However, looking back at my school photos I wasn’t ‘fat’ I was a little chubby which most kids outgrow as […]

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  • Carly Joyce

    Love it Kat, great work! My cousin is a nutritionist and she has taught me quite a lot even though I felt I was already nutrition conscious. Firstly to limit fruit intake to two-three pieces a day but to have loads of veggies. Fruit is great but also tends to be high in sugar so moderation is definitely important. I now send my daughter to school with one piece of fruit and some cherry tomatoes or carrot sticks and then she has something similar for afternoon tea. We almost always have veggies in our dinner.

    She also told me that it’s not what you eat in a day that matters, but what you eat in a week. If you have a ‘naughty’ day, just make sure to be extra vigilant for the rest of the week. We had bacon, eggs and sausages for tea one night and then grilled chicken and steamed veggies, chicken stir-fry, tuna casserole etc. for the rest of the week. You have to let loose sometimes!ReplyCancel

  • Merryl Chantrell

    Don’t be too hard on yourself about being overweight. There are a lot of us around. We were not all meant to be stick thin. I am now 60 and I have found the easiest way to look after my weight is to make sure my portion sizes are not humungous and to make better food choices. Beware of added Sugar or anything derived from Sugar such as Glucose or Fructose. Don’t cut out Dairy or your bones will suffer. Not too much fat reduced either because the Sugar content is often higher with these products and remember fat is flavour.
    I have only been thin twice in my life and both times I was very sick. With a little extra weight there is something to fall back on.ReplyCancel

  • Mishelle Smethurst

    I have just started clean eating and decided to get the family on board. Funnily enough, my 4yo daughter LOVES eating clean and is actually enjoyiong food more now that it is clean. There is absolutely no flour (we use almond meal) and NO SUGAR (we can use a little natvia) and definitely NO BREAD but have selected recipes that have foods with such rich flavours, you don’t need to add them in… I have just bought a food dehydrator so I can make my own raw onion bread, because I do miss being able to just have a sandwich for lunch :) ReplyCancel

  • Emily C

    What a fantastic post Kat! I love to see people making healthy choices but even more so, I love to see them teaching those to their children. I have been blessed to have parents that live very healthily and have passed their habits and knowledge down to me and my sister. In the past year I have struggled to maintain a healthy weight through a series of traumatic events falling on my family, but those habits have been strong and I have pulled through mostly ok. I understand very much how hard it is to keep yourself healthy through the rough times. Though I don’t yet have my own children, when I do have them I hope I can bring them up to embrace a healthy lifestyle too.
    You are doing a wonderful job making positive decisions with your own health. Well done!!! From your pictures, it certainly looks as though your kids are happy, healthy and active and that is such an excellent start in life for them. Thank you for sharing your journey and keep up the fantastic work!ReplyCancel

  • Marita Beard

    My 10yo asked yesterday for a letter to excuse her from sport at school because one of her friends mums had written a similar letter. I was not impressed and told 10yo that she had no reason to miss out on sport at school and it helped her brain be smarter to do sport. Between 2 hours of swim squad, 1 hour taekwondo after school and Step Into Life, Athletics and Zumba at school she does a fair bit.ReplyCancel

  • I think it’s great that you are focussing on getting them moving Kat. My kids’ school does pretty much all of those things you talked about (though there’s not been an assessment on making a sandwich yet!) which I love, including not having any junk at all in the canteen.

    I was also a chubby child – well, from puberty really – and it saddens me no end to look back and realise that’s all I was, a little chubby, for most of my teens and twenties. And yet I felt fat. My mum was always (it seems to me) focussed on losing weight, and she too was no more than a little chubby. But she also is tall with a large frame so she didn’t meet the current ideal of beautiful women.

    So for me, I want my children to eat healthy food and stay active, and I am realising as they get older that that is easier with organised sports (my 3 and 7 year olds are still very active naturally, but my 11 year old has discovered books in a big way, so I could see him really slowing down over the next few years without some kind of sport and/or family activity), and also that I need to be a better role model. If we get out as a family to kick the ball around or yes, go for walks and let them scoot along with us, it can make all the difference I think.ReplyCancel

  • I was an overweight vegetarian kid & teen (I hit a size 16), I was busy playing piano & reading. It was awful to be teased at school & be nick named ‘the fat kid’. I didn’t eat crap, we didn’t have any in the house!

    I’ve just reached my weight loss of 25 kilo’s down after my last pregnancy. It’s the 3rd time in my life I’ve had to make the journey (once as a teen, twice after pregnancy). I’ve really been conscious this time round that I have a 5 year old little girl that watches everything I do, so I’ve taken a different approach I really want her to consider her ‘health’ over being ‘skinny’. So I get outside with them, kick a ball, garden & jump on the trampoline (although I’m sure I look like a complete idiot to my neighbours…lol….).

    Thanks for sharing your story KatReplyCancel