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Over the past few weeks I have been spending some time out in the garden, it has been very neglected and while it was a little cooler I wanted to give it some TLC. Over the coming weeks I will share with you the different projects I have completed in my backyard. POSTS FROM THIS […]

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The 2014 Daily Planner is now available! The 2014 Daily Planner will help you with your time management, keep track of your goals and upcoming appointments.  It includes a monthly meal planning page along with a month at a glance page where you can add in birthday’s and upcoming events. This year I have changed […]

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Over the past few weeks I have been spending some time out in the garden, it has been very neglected and while it was a little cooler I wanted to give it some TLC. Each Thursday over the coming weeks I will share with you the different projects I have completed in my backyard. POSTS […]

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  • MrsMcK85

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea with the toilet rolls! Thanks TOH! :)ReplyCancel

  • Sharlene

    We recently drew zucchinis from seeds, just waiting for them to flower and fruit. Didn’t have any success with the cucumber seeds. Our sage has sprouted a bit. A great place to source seedlings at a very reasonable price are fetes, we’ve bought most of our seedlings from them for between 50c and a $1!ReplyCancel

  • Nicki

    I sometimes use egg cartons to grow seedlings, as well as strawberry punnets (just punch a couple of little holes in the bottom). Our school use the bottom half of PET bottles (a teacher cuts the top off the bottles) – lots of things from your recycle bin can be used. Love the toilet roll idea!ReplyCancel

  • Nyree

    We need to get our foster lamb back out to the farm before I can plant much else!!! I have discovered that she doesn’t like lettuce or zucchini but pretty much anything else is fair game, including roses!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    I love the photo album idea – so much better than the concept I came up with which was everything in an ice cream container labelled with the relevant planting season. It worked fine till Wilbur the puppy grabbed the bucket and ran around the garden while we played a fun game of catch me if you can…now I have a chewed up bucket with no lid, a pile of half empty packets and a mystery pile of seeds rolling around the bottom of the container…..So who knows what I will be growing this summer! This is definitely Companion Planting at it’s most random that is for sure. Aah, life with Wilbur is never dull.ReplyCancel

  • Those good old toilet rolls come in handy don’t they! Awesome to see your seedlings doing so well and I LOVE the storage idea.

    Thanks for sharing our garden love with everyone Kat.ReplyCancel

  • […] sandpit to a beautiful garden Our trampoline garden Our new Vegetables Garden Growing seedlings & How to store and organise seeds Organising kids pool toys Creating a potting bench and organising my gardening […]ReplyCancel

I was shopping recently and saw some really cute christmas decorations, sadly they cost a pretty penny.  I put on my creative hat and my little girls created their own version, I think I love these more!!  These are a great gift to give grandparents, extended family or keep for your own tree. Below is […]

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This is a guest post by Melissa, from Suger Coat It and author of the newly released Budget Fashionista Workbook The truth of the matter is that most of us have TOO MANY clothes. We don’t wear them. We buy them hoping they will work with other items we have but it isn’t the case. They sit on […]

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  • Marian@ Apricot Tart

    I am so doing this, Melissa! Thanks for the inspiration to steamline a bulging wardrobe filled with a few favourites and then masses of clothes that I hardly wear but keep – just in case!ReplyCancel

  • Claire Miles

    OMG!!!!!! I love your ideas but WHERE DID YOU GET THOSE SHOES!!!!! They are awesome!!!ReplyCancel

    • Haha. Thanks Claire! These are from a store called Big Shoe-Zam. They stock shoes in sizes 11+ AND they come in a pink/orange/purple combo. So only good news if you have big feet I’m afraid. 😉ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    Am I the only one that buys clothes when they are needed and/or fit with something I already have? I think ahead rather than just buying – even when impulse shopping! I still have a quick think and make sure it will go with other clothes I already have. Otherwise what was the point in spending the money?ReplyCancel

    • I do now. But I know for a long time that just wasn’t the case for me. Now my wardrobe is much more considered and all works together. Like you said, what was the point in spending the money otherwise?ReplyCancel

  • lazyhead

    Gee, you people are good. There is no way I’m on top of my washing enough to limit the number of tops and pants I have. I’m constantly running out of tops with a “quick! put a load of washing on”. And if that one pair of shorts up there got something spilled on it (or baby spit up!) and it’s the middle of summer…eek! Nope. If I did this I’d be stinky, stained or nakedReplyCancel

    • Haha. Well there IS that problem. Maybe triple your choices and go from there. There IS always stinky, stained and naked. Always underrated as far as clothing choices go in my book. 😉ReplyCancel

  • SUCH a good idea. I’ve been working on my own version and it was SO liberating donating or chucking out things that had cluttered my wardrobe for WAY too long! It is so much easier to figure out what to wear each day and much less expensive as I think more about what I really NEED vs impulse shopping or splurging.ReplyCancel

  • Ally

    I stick with similar brands that I know will work well together and fit me well. For example country road or esprit each have a particular style so personally I would rather go with the style of the brand then finding another person’s style… hope that makes sense!!ReplyCancel

    • It DOES and a it’s a great strategy too. Often brands have similar ‘feel’ to their items year after year that continue to work together long into the future. Nice addition! Love it.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki

    Do you look at a celebrity that has a similar body type (pear, hourglass etc), or just one that you like their clothes style?ReplyCancel

    • Great question Vicki! I choose based on a style I like. It may take a little trial and error at first to work with your shape compared to theirs but there is usually a way. I try a lot of stuff on. Wallet in the car. Haha.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Inglis

    What to do when retired on the pension and live in a regional town, and in the tropics

    I can only wear jeans from about May to August as it is hot and sweaty don’t wear dresses due to my awful legs now I struggle with this, so end up wearing elastic waisted 3/4 pants and t shirt I am 5ft 1 so everything I try on in Target and Big W are way too much fabric or miles too long and I am not good at alterations usually end up making a mess of it I worked as a receptionist in Melbourne for 40 years so dressed in skirts jackets etc full make up hair the works but now we don’t go anywhere to dress up as everything is so casual here even a night out they don’t dress up in my opinion,
    I love wearing jeans and jacket shirt etc but cannot anymore
    it is hot and sweaty from about October to end of April

    sorry rant overReplyCancel

    • I hear your pain Wendy when it comes to the length of dresses and pants. I’m 149cm short and when I pick up a pair of 3/4 pants they are usually full length on me. I found a gorgeous dress recently was $69.95 and was all over the floor, it just wasn’t worth to get it altered. Wished they made clothes for shorties :)ReplyCancel

      • Wow! I had no idea. No wonder I always feel like a giant person. I’m 180cm. That’s a ruler length of difference. Plus heels! 😉ReplyCancel

    • I live in a regional area in Queensland, so I hear you on some counts. I have the opposite problems thought being an almost 6ft, long in the torso lady.

      All I can say is find a brand and a style you like and shop them. Online I shop a lot at and for a wide range of brands and usually free delivery. Some online retailers are offering more and more choice with leg length and designs for petites and plus.

      If you were curious about capsule wardrobe I would start with searching for capsule tropical or beach vacation/holiday capsule wardrobes. There may be a few too many party options for you but at least they’ll be packing for the tropics.

      And just quietly, it sounds like you already HAVE a capsule wardrobe! Just not by choice. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Ram Prasad

    Thanks for the blog love to arrange closet using your idea

  • […] This page has a good example of what this might look like—and voilà! You have just created many, many outfits! When you have all these items and when you like them and they fit well, you have limitless combinations available! How great is that!? […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Here is an example of a Capsule Wardrobe for a season. […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Organising your closet by creating a capsule wardrobe […]ReplyCancel

  • leeann

    I just started working on my capsule wardrobe. I have always loved to shop, loved new clothes, but never really took the time to understand my personal style. I always had this image in mind of how I wanted to dress, but never seemed to buy those type of clothes. Go figure! Anyhow, I took a LOAD of crap out of my closet. Anything that didn’t fit well or that I didnt feel confident in. Gave me a bit of an anxiety attack, but the next morning getting dressed was so easy! I knew that anything I pulled out of there would be fabulous! Now, I am fine tuning my capsule wardrobe list so that I can be on the lookout for the items I am missing, and I have resolved to NOT buy any cheap clothes! Only good quality items from here forward!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      WOW you go girl! Sounds like you are doing a wonderful job and having fun shoppping in the process xReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by BPAY View I love how today’s technology is constantly changing, some find it hard to keep up, but I like that some businesses and organisations are trying to run paper free.  Our school only sends correspondence through email, the kids don’t bring home any paper notes and many businesses are […]

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  • Miss Maudy

    I’ve been doing that for years with all my utilities bills (gas, electricity, phone, water rates) and it works a treat. I do still get the odd bill, particularly over winter when gas use is higher and the dryer gets a workout, but it’s much easier to find $100 than $600 when the bill comes in. I have another account (we call it the slush fund, lol) for big bills that I can’t bpay fortnightly, such as car registration, house and car insurance, and for our regular direct debits that I pay money into each fortnight (also, the child care tax rebate goes in there as well). We used to have three lots of car rego, one lot of car insurance, two kids birthdays *and* Christmas in the month before Christmas, swiftly followed by two more birthdays and rates and back to school in the following month. It was a nasty time financially – but now, the slush fun looks after all the bills for us.ReplyCancel

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  • Fan

    Hiya, I LOVE BPay View. I schedule to pay my bills just before they are due out of our special bills account. I never forget a bill that is with BPay View!

    ps Kat this post has a few errors – grammatical mostly. e.g. ‘would of’ is really ‘would’ve’ which is actually ‘would have’….and “one of the biggest mistakes to savvy spending and saving.” I think you mean the opposite…. one of the biggest mistakes leading to over spending and not saving!ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    I find my excel spread the best for this, it has been set up with all the fortnightly costs (most don’t change such as food, car load, mortgage, petrol, telephone and mobiles etcc..). As for all the utilities, I have set up an arrangement to pay them fortnightly throughout the year. This means no big bills throughout the year. I know how much goes into savings and how much left for enjoyment. The only large bills to manage each year is the health insurances and house/car/content insurances.ReplyCancel

  • Monique Pollock

    YNAB is a great budgeting tool, it puts you two months in advance so that in november you are using your income from september towards your expenses, this builds up a buffer. I love it, best money spent.ReplyCancel

  • Madonna Stephens

    I DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT BPAY VIEW!!! I’ve been using budget tracker in Suncorp and have been pretty on top of our bills but WOW I just registerered all our available billers! Thanks Katrina! Looks REALLY useful!ReplyCancel

  • […] is approaching, it’s time to start getting all receipts in order.  You can read further how I keep my receipts organised and 5 simple tools to declutter home finances, my bill organiser plays a major role in keeping […]ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne

    BPAY View looks like a great system- I’ll have to look for something similar here in the States.

    One easy way to keep up with e-mailed bills is to have an email address dedicated to only bills and financial correspondence. That’s actually a great way to keep up with a lot of things. I have an email for school, an email for retail sites I subscribe to (such as, department stores or Amazon), one for social media (Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc). If you connect all your addresses to an email reader like Mozilla’s Thunderbird, it’s so much easier to stay on top of things.ReplyCancel

  • This is a great tool for sure, I have just set up my personal and business accounts through a software program called xero this has helped me identify areas of our budget we can work on and also we can allocate estimated vs actual spending information. Having a budget that is easy to use and informative is so important to get to the next step – reducing debt, saving money for kids education or holidays, etx and eventually putting money away for building wealth and planning for your retirement!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Rebecca, that is lovely to hear.:)ReplyCancel

  • Krystal

    Gosh, I wish I could use this for gas, elec and water, but unfortunately I live in a share house situation where every bill needs to be divided three ways and each person pays their share… I’ve tried estimating it but it fluctuates too dramatically month on month depending on who is home and who is travelling (if my sister is on annual leave we KNOW the gas/elect will be THROUGH THE ROOF because she flicks on the bloody heater/air con as soon as she gets up in the morning).

    Not sure how to tackle this one really…ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hmmm Krystal it really is a tough one! Sadly there is no easy solution.:(ReplyCancel

  • Audrey Greenwood

    While I understand the importance of saving the Earth by cutting down on our paper trail, I really find physical bills so much easier to keep track of. I’ve got a moving box with dividers much like the one you have that serves as my organizer and I love how it keeps me organized!ReplyCancel

Over the past few weeks I have been spending some time out in the garden, it has been very neglected and while it was a little cooler I wanted to give it some TLC. Each Thursday over the coming weeks I will share with you the different projects I have completed in my backyard. POSTS […]

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  • Vicki @ Knocked Up and Abroad

    How neat does that look?? You’re going to love the benefits of that garden. We’re just about to plant a veggie patch too as we’ve just rented a community garden plot. It feels so nourishing doesn’t it planting your own food?! And kids love getting in on it! The strawberries are going to be hot property :-)ReplyCancel

  • I care

    to keep the birds off you are going to need to net the strawberries,ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    Good luck Kat! You are already way ahead of me! In a burst of enthusiasm last spring I created a vegie garden in our poor sandy soil, mulched it with straw and manure from our cows and chickens and planted about thirty or more varieties of seeds and plants in hopes of having a bumper crop to share for Christmas and beyond……. twelve months later that energy has dwindled considerably after repeat failures and losses – possums ate my tomatoes, cockatoos all my passionfruit, snails and caterpillars got my strawberries and basil, rain at the wrong time rotted the blossoms from my citrus…and that doesn’t count the huge failures I made with over/under watering etc! I mean – really – who kills mint? So far we’ve ended up with one carrot the size of my thumb (tasted like cardboard but we ate it anyway), one watermelon, two pumpkins, a handful of strawberries, a corn cob that was only half-kernelled, The strawberry plants continued to grow like triffids with runners all over the bed and into the lawn, but are refusing to flower/fruit. I did get two tomatoes, harvested several meals of beans and snow peas and am a kale queen with my two plants still alive after all this time and continuing to give me and the green caterpillars a weekly feast. I’ve replanted seeds etc again last weekend and so far only the snow peas have decided to shoot. I’ve learned heaps, but doubt that year two will be bountiful either…self sufficiency is a lot harder than the books and television shows make out! But if you need any rosemary, thyme, parsley, marjoram or oregano I am your girl, I have enough for at least 10 families!! ha ha :)ReplyCancel

    • Cathy

      Haha Anne, you made me laugh with your description of your garden growing attempts. If it makes you feel any better I bought a little garden bed about six weeks ago, put it all together, filled it with fresh soil and planted a bunch of different things (tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, lettuce etc). The very next morning our bull terrier went out, dug up the entire garden and proceeded to sunbake in it. Gahh. So I erected a chicken wire fence around the garden bed and replanted and am now waiting to see how successful the harvest will be lolReplyCancel

      • Anne

        Oh yes Cathy I feel your pain – my 40kg puppy likes to ‘help’ me too. I should hire him out as an excavator. Then there’s the chickens with their scratching and the cows with their munching (I think Dolly our 20yo jersey is a part goat in disguise)…it is always a challenge1ReplyCancel

    • hehehe….. it’s OK, we all fail, I’ve killed cacti (who knew that was possible?!)….. the best tip I could give is to:

      1. Start small with 1 or 2 vegies…… some vegies can be like toddlers – temperamental (that’s snow peas for me, my MIL grows beautiful peas, I kill EVERY VINE), so start with just a few things like tomatoes lettuce (grow fast too), nail them & next time introduce a few more varieties to your vegie patch.

      2. get good soil to start, it’s all about water & nutrients…… so don’t cheap out on potting mix or compost, get the good stuff, the Searles product range is awesome, plus they have a great selection of organic products if your looking to give that a go. If you don’t want to dig, you can plant directly into a potting mix bag, instructions here

      3. MULCH MULCH MULCH, this makes a massive difference to the amount of watering you need to do, plus it keeps the root system of the plant cool (lettuce etc, don’t have a deep root system, so it’s very close to the surface & can burn). Best of all the mulch breaks down & becomes part of your composting routine.

      Seriously, I’ve never been a great gardener, but this year (so excited) I grew lettuce, beetroot, sweat potato, herbs, strawberries & cherry tomatoes. I failed at snow peas & pumpkin, but I will conquer those *determined*.

      Kat has kindly put a link to the About the Garden website above, check us out!ReplyCancel

  • Miss Maudy

    I don’t have to worry about birds eating the strawberries in the vegie garden. The dog eats them as soon as they get a hint of colour on them! Little blighter.ReplyCancel

    • LOL….. my dogs do the SAME THING, they get into my cherry tomatoes too, I’ve had to throw a bird net over then weigh down with bricks to stop them getting in & eating all my produce….. I guess they like organic stuff….. heheheReplyCancel

  • Marita

    I had no idea there was such a thing as mini capsicum. Wonder if they will grow here in Victoria. Always had far more success with my veggie garden when I lived in QLD. But will have to give it another go this year.ReplyCancel

    • They are available through garden centres Marita…. just a note, some varieties of these can be ‘spicier’ as they are leaning more towards a chilli, check with your nursery before purchase :-)ReplyCancel

  • Browningtown

    this is fantastic!!! I have a sandpit I am turning into a veggie patch & I stumbled across this post (newby to your site – IN LOVE!) and I got more inspiration to actually do it! It’s officially on my xmas list to do in school hols! Thank youReplyCancel

    • Welcome Browningtown!! Glad it inspired you, it would be a fun task to do during the school holidays!!ReplyCancel

  • Definitely a drab to FAB project Kat! I can’t believe the transformation of your yard it looks beautiful and if I was a vegetable, I think I’d want to be planted at your place next to the pool…

    Keep it up! Hot tip with the 5IN1™ Organic Plant Food, dig it in every time you replant your veggie patch (or use other organic matter like manure), your plants will thank you for it & also it will build the soil & improve the water retention. Has made a massive difference to my own vegie patch, I only water once a week (twice in hot weather)…. well worth investing the coin :-)

    Happy Gardening to you Kat & best of luck with your continued gardening journeyReplyCancel

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  • Oh mini capsicums… my kids would love those! We have LOTS of fruit growing but no vegetables. I think i need find space for mini capsicum though :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are the perfect size!.:)ReplyCancel

Over the past few weeks I have been spending some time out in the garden, it has been very neglected and while it was a little cooler I wanted to give it some TLC. Each Thursday over the coming weeks I will share with you the different projects I have completed in my backyard. POSTS […]

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  • brisyvonne

    That looks great, also a home for your broms.ReplyCancel

  • Tash

    Bunnings should have some type of stand that you can put your pots on or maybe mitre 10ReplyCancel

  • Bella

    We did the same except we used a different type of succulent but it looks so much better than a weedy horrible bald patch.ReplyCancel

    • These type of plants as your succulents would be for having under the trampoline, I agree better than bald patch!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kaye

    You may have to get some one to make some…iron with mesh shelves welded would probably be ideal…I am trying for the same thing and thinking this might have to be my solution as well.ReplyCancel

  • What a gorgeous backyard!! Perfect for the kids!!ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Ivana, we love it and the kids are really enjoying the edible garden which I will share with you next weekReplyCancel

  • AlyceB

    What a fabulous idea!ReplyCancel

  • Annaleis Topham

    That is a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Megan Harrington

    Love what you’ve done here with the trampoline and broms! I would never have thought of that. I think I will be doing this once our house is finished and we do the back yard as we’ll also have a trampoline and I love broms too. I’m just a lousy gardener!!ReplyCancel

  • Peta

    I completely agree…moving the trampoline is a PAIN!! But how strange, the grass under my trampoline (currently a round one, and I live in WA – and our old rectangle one, when we lived in Vic) grows extra green and extra fast! We’ve never had a problem with the grass dying. And in fact, I move it purely to get the grass growing in other areas of the lawn :)ReplyCancel

  • Beckles

    we did that, only because of drainage issues, we just wanted fine chip bark underneath. So before we put the bark down, to prevent any weed growing through, we laid down weed mat, the a thick layer of chip bark and a timber edging. Looks great and we extended the area to include a hops scotch we made some left over square pavers (we painted numbers using left over paint too), so kids have lots of play options :)ReplyCancel

  • Justine

    I’m sure Better Homes and Garden have done some sort of thing with hanging pots of trellis or that mess you use in Concrete and then attaching to wall and then hanging the pots from it somehow. I’m sure someone will have a link.ReplyCancel

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  • Mel

    My eldest, age 3, has started to ask for a trampoline and thinking it may be a nice surprise for Christmas. One of the things that have put my off the idea has been how and where to put it in the garden. Brilliant idea. Will be showing hubby later. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Glad it’s inspired you Mel, our old trampoline just killed the grass, having the trampoline in the garden makes it look so much better and I love having my plants underneath.ReplyCancel

  • vickie

    nice work, btw how many ft is your trampoline?ReplyCancel

  • Sonia

    We paved underneath ours ( with left over house bricks) as it was close to the garage and the grass died off every winter due to no sun.
    Garden bed great idea if you get sun all year round!!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Like the idea of paving underneath as well, Sonia.:)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Young

    Kmart have some great pot stands and pots, bright colours or copper and only $6 for the stand and $8 for the pot I think!

You all know I LOVE to meal plan, there are so many benefits from just spending 30 minutes each week to write out a plan of what meals we are having for the next 7 days along with a shopping list.  One reason in particular for me why I prefer to meal plan is to […]

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  • Miss Maudy

    Umm, scribbled on a piece of paper and clipped to the fridge with a bulldog clip magnet thingie. Or, if I’ve done the week plan properly, it’s on that (same clip though) ; but meal planning is more likely than week planning. No space for ANYTHING on the bench that doesn’t belong there – I only have a bench that’s around 1.5m long and 60cm wide. It already has the coffee machine and mixer on it, there’s not much room for anything else. Man, I get wild if people dump stuff!ReplyCancel

  • Sunshine Mands

    I plan for all the meals not just dinner and I place them in plastic pockets just outside the pantry. I then put the recipes for each meal in a plastic pocket next to itReplyCancel

    • That’s a great idea, nice and organised!ReplyCancel

      • Sunshine Mands

        It makes it so simple at dinner time and my eldest can look at the list of ingredients and help me get things readyReplyCancel

  • Tab

    White board on the wall. It unfortunately hasn’t stopped the ‘whats for dinner’ questions from my parents, but it makes it easier for me when I get home at 7ReplyCancel

  • […] put my meal planner printable in a frame, you can read more about this here and write the plan directly onto the glass, the following week I wipe it off and start again. On a […]ReplyCancel

  • Valerie

    Thank you for this post, it’s given me the inspiration to write my menus in chalk on a wooden-framed school slate (my mother’s, c1920)in a similar fashion, thus making it both decorative and useful.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Please share with us a picture Valerie, I’d love to see!!ReplyCancel

Over the past few weeks I have been spending some time out in the garden, it has been very neglected and while it was a little cooler I wanted to give it some TLC. Each Thursday over the coming weeks I will share with you the different projects I have completed in my backyard. POSTS […]

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  • Lucy @ Bake Play Smile

    Wow that looks great! What a backyard blitz!ReplyCancel

  • Jo Matheson

    looks lovely – what a beautiful memory gardenReplyCancel

  • Kim Hutson

    Awesome work your mum would be so pleasedReplyCancel

    • She would Kim, I’m sure she would love what I have done…. I have made another garden too, which is really cool, can’t wait to share it with you next week!ReplyCancel

  • I think I’m going to like this series! Thanks for sharing :)ReplyCancel

    • It’s been lovely spending time outside in the garden, I have quite a bit to share!!ReplyCancel

  • This is great. I’ve been trying to find inspiration to get out and make garden beds in my own garden. We moved in to our new place back in March and I have yet to do any landscaping. I’ll have to remember to take photos to post on my own blog. Love the plant choices you have made.ReplyCancel

    • Please do I would love to see what you have done to your Garden, I don’t consider myself a green thumb, but I do like to give it a go. ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Gold Coast

    Loooking great! Well done! :-)ReplyCancel

  • AlyceB

    That’s beautiful Katrina! Can’t wait to see what else you’ve done!ReplyCancel

    • I’ve done quite a bit Alyce, look forward to sharing it with you : )ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    It looks amazing, I too have discovered broms as my friend has so many. They truly make a garden look great. Your mum would be proud and it is a nice reminder of her everytime you see them.ReplyCancel

  • Oh WOW Kat, it turned out beautifully and that large bromeliad is just gorgeous!

    I’m so thrilled we could work with you to create a stunning backyard garden and a beautiful way to remember your Mum and the bromeliads she loved. I hope your kicking back with a glass of wine & just enjoying the garden you created……. that’s the best part 😉ReplyCancel

    • I ABSOLUTELY love this new corner of the garden, I still have a little bit more work to do before I can sit back, but I am really enjoying just pottering around. Thank you so much for working with me on this project!!ReplyCancel

  • miss Prudence

    what a difference and a garden dedicated to your mum –ReplyCancel

    • it’s a very special garden, and ‘if’ we ever move I’ll put in the contract that I get to take the Broms with meReplyCancel

  • sonia

    a Job well doneReplyCancel

  • Lisa Warren

    Just beautiful Kat! A beautiful garden for your mum…and exactly what that corner of your home was needing I think.ReplyCancel

    • I agree Lisa, I had always imagined one day a big fern in the corner, but I really love how the bromeliads look and the red frangipani that I will plant when it has matured more will look gorgeous.ReplyCancel

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This is a guest post by Marita from Stuff with Thing We are in the midst of a bedroom makeover currently and it has gotten me thinking back over the various ways we have taught my (now 8yo) daughter to dress herself independently. For a variety of reasons she struggles with getting dressed, she is […]

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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

  • Venita Martin

    Love the idea! Just what I was looking for….Thank youReplyCancel

  • My kids are off formula now but a large Milo tin would also work!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes great idea Krissy!ReplyCancel

  • Katharina

    awesome idea!!! Will do this as a craft project with my 5yo daughter!
    So in love with your site Kat! Only just found it… In time for the 20 day cleaning challenge, which I just started bit later :) never been more excited about being a mum & house wife :) Keep the ideas coming ladies!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

    Ooh how lovely Katharina! Welcome to the group.:)ReplyCancel