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Here is a summary of all the quotes that I share on Facebook and in the newsletters into one blog post, as an easy reference to refer back to when youneed a little inspiration. all images were created by and copyright to The Organised Housewife February’s 2015 Daily Inspiration

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  • Mascha

    I always LOVE getting these inspirations. I have saved quite a few on my computer and have them as my changing desktop background (together with some great pictures)… They make me smile and happy during a difficult working day!! Thank you for the smiles :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I agree, Mascha.:) They are perfect for a desktop background. I also like to hang so up aroung the office.:)ReplyCancel

  • I love the one about pyjamas. I’m a PJs kind of person. I also love the one about being awesome, not average. I’m going to stick that one in my study space. :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Aren’t they great! Yes i really love the one about being awesome too.:)ReplyCancel

A look at my week via the photos I have shared on Instagram. a candle in memory of my mums birthday today, a delicious Glasshouse passionfruit and lime smell through the house, reminding me of the passionfruit sponge cakes she made frequently. this little poppet gave me a big scare this week rushing her to […]

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  • Donna

    Hi, I have been trying to check your blog for new posts, but the last post at the top of the list is the last 52 weeks cleaning. When I click on the logo, or the home button it just goes back to that page. I can’t see the latest posts unless I click on a category and hope that a recent post was posted to that topic.

    Other than that issue, I love this blog and refer to it several times a week for inspiration and tips. Keep up the great work!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Hi, where did you get the love heart kitchen utensils in the cake photo please? They look so cute. Thanks :-)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Rachel, I actually received them as a gift. They are so cute i agree.:) I think you may be able to get the red one from Kmart.ReplyCancel

  • What a busy week, I hope you and yours are safe and try. I find it hard to keep up with everyone’s IG images, this is a great idea for a post. Em xReplyCancel

  • Teure kutty

    Hi everyone m just very new to the group..n m loving it to the full . Its very inspiring n i learn so many things especially to do with mh children’s lunchs..oh thanks everyoneReplyCancel

  • Sandra E Chubb

    My Dad’s birthday today. He was born in 1907. I have lit a candle for him too.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Beautiful, Sandra.:) ~ KateReplyCancel

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  • Beth

    My mother-in-law passed away after a long fight with cancer in October. While she was in the hospital she gave me her wedding ring and band, which I wear on a chain around my neck. It is a daily reminder to me of the wonderful times we had together and to continue talking about her to my three children so that they never forget her. I think the gift is so special though as I am merely holding on to them for my eldest daughter. When she turns 18 they will be gifted to her. It really is the gift that will keep on giving.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Beth, that really is very special xReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Although it’s a bit of a cliche, the best gift I have is the gift of allowing myself to go first sometimes. To take some time out for me, to exercise, to have a bath, to sit down for a few minutes and have a cup of coffee. By letting myself come first, I allow myself to be a better mother, wife, friend and person… and everyone benefits from that.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Lisa i could not agree more with you! I think it is extremely important that we allow that time for ourselves!.:)ReplyCancel

  • petra chaplin

    my most precious gift is the gift of my husband whom i appreciate every day!ReplyCancel

  • Jude

    My most precious gift is my husband who looks after me.We have been married 40 year’s have had lots of downs and some ups mainly our daughters, and Granddaughter’s. But he is a great bloke.ReplyCancel

  • My most precious gift has to be my engagement ring. My husband choose the diamond, then shopped through Brisbane’s top jewellers to find the right one to make it for me. He even had the jeweller refine the design three times before he gave it to me and had little hearts stamped on the side of the claws. They are only just visible – so no one but me (and now you) know they exist, but it always reminds me how much I am loved by him!!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    My husband is not a big valetine beleiver so his first valentines with me was very cute..and special.. he bought me these roses which he thought were real(were fake he thought he got a good deal) and a picture of himself as a young boy in a beautiful silver frame. I thought
    What the.. he said he never done valetines before and wanted to make it special showing me roses for long lasting love and picture that he would love me from our young days to old.. we married and now have two boys …. he bought me real flowers about 2 years ago and all the card said was these are real i checked… he is a big lug but he is my big lug xxReplyCancel

  • Louise

    My most treasured gift has been my children and my husband giving me some me time do as as I please.
    I love and appreciate him for thisReplyCancel

  • Brenda kapsley

    my husband helping give us the gift of our daughter who is amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Sophie Elliott

    The most precious gift was a ring mum left me, I wear it all the time, it reminds me of her and her words to me, be the best you can be.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Moulton

    My parents gave me pearls and a gold plated watch for my 21st! these were especially precious to me, because my parents were not affluent at all, and they would have had these on lay by for several months to pay for them,
    I have now lost both of my parents but I still have my pearls and watch some 44yrs later xxReplyCancel

  • Gail Watkins

    My most treasured gift was a Christmas present from my mother-in-law many years ago. She gave me a Cook’s Organizer- a hold all for your recipes. What made it extra special was that she hand wrote all her signature recipes, and included recipes from her mother and close friends. I have now put recipes (handwritten) from my mother and grandmother and included my signature recipes. This volume will be passed on to my daughter.ReplyCancel

  • Faye

    My darling hubby is a Pastrychef and for every occasion that’s important to me over the past 15 years he has created a cake! He knows me inside and out and thinks hard about my likes and dislikes which I guess is what gift giving is all about. Although I don’t have them to keep the memory and tastes are vibrant and still as freshly baked as the day he made them in my mind.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Doyle

    The most precious gift I’ve been given is my only child, my beautiful daughter. I had almost given up hope of ever experiencing pregnancy & motherhood when this surprise package was gifted to me. And it is a gift that keeps on giving ??ReplyCancel

  • Clair

    My most precious gift I’ve been given is from my kids… when they both got up early and drew me a picture and gave it to me. True love right there. Made my day.ReplyCancel

  • Mascha Blommerde

    My most loved and treasured gifts are my friends! It’s a gift that keeps on giving… They give me love, affection, support, happiness, wonderful memories, adventures, help and much much more! No other gift would ever be able to top that! :)ReplyCancel

  • Karen Tappin

    My most precious gift is a charm bracelet given to me by my bestie a few years a go. Every member of my family and my closest friends has given me a charm so I carry them with me everywhere.ReplyCancel

  • Lily Cunningham

    My son bought me a statue dragon that sits on a crystal ball that lights up. It’s symbolic because I am born the year of the dragon. It is a thoughtful gift and I treasure it.ReplyCancel

  • Linda

    A “3 ring charm” that came from a charm bracelet that my dad gave my mother for her 21st birthday.

    3 rings an engagement, wedding and eternity ring. The only finger the rings fitted was my little sisters who passed away when she was six. That was 24 years ago and I still wear them on a chain around my neck.ReplyCancel

  • Rosemary

    The gift I treasure the most is a pair of earrings. My mother had a pair of my father’s gold cufflinks made into the most beautiful earrings for me just after he passed away. I always feel I have him still with me when I wear them, and sometimes I swear I can hear him still advising me…just a whisper in my ear. I love them.ReplyCancel

  • Suanne Sykes

    An emerald cross pendant necklace and an engagement ring from my Mother for my 30th Birthday. They were given to my Mum from my Father but they never married and both went their separate ways. It’s most special to me because the year before my Dad had passed away.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Suanne, that is lovely. I love emeralds too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Angela M

    My best gift is surely the fact that after 4 years of infertility treatment I was finally able to get pregnant and have my daughter. The best gift life has given to me so far!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      WOW that is a lovely story, Angela! So very special xReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    I would have to say my most loved and treasured gift are my two children. With a two year struggle to have our first baby and then our daughter to just pop along, I could not love and treasure these two human beings anymore than life itself.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that is lovely, Jodie.:)ReplyCancel

  • Rachael

    Best gift ever was a cushion my daughter bought with her own spending money at her school fete. It says “I love my mum”. It is just precious.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That is really cute, Rachael.:) I do love those stalls they have at the school.ReplyCancel

  • Gemma Westacott

    When we moved to our new home, my mother gave my two old wooden chairs that my grandmother had actually bought on her honeymoon.
    Hubby is a joiner, so he sanded them back and fixed up the wobbly legs before reprainting them.
    We now use them every night for family dinners, and the kids love to use them (those two seats are everyone’s favourites!) when they’re drawing etc at the kitchen table.
    Best present ever! So useful, so loved and bring back great memories of my own childhood and Grandma & Grandpa. Love them!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That is really lovely, Gemma.:) Very specialReplyCancel

      • Gemma Westacott Blair

        Thanks Katrina :) I just love them. They’re just chairs, but mean so much more!ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    The best gift ever hands down was my daughter.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that is just lovely, Emily.:) I so hear what you are saying xReplyCancel

  • Veronica Whelan

    My favourite gift sits all chipped and stained on the shelf beside all the nice shiny coffee cups. I use it everyday, and every time I do it makes me smile. It’s a simple coffee cup given to me for mothers day by my son, back when he was in year 1. It says ‘A mother is the friend that you never outgrow’. I love that he thinks of me as a friend as well as a parent.ReplyCancel

  • Diana

    The Russian Blue kitten the ‘then’ love of my life gave me for my 21st Birthday. She was loved, treasured, adored and cherished, as was he, until he broke my heart, then Bounty was by my side to cuddle and purrr away the tears and help mend my broken heart. In my mind he was loving me through her, even though not around any more.ReplyCancel

  • Vicky

    Most loved and treasured gift is the ‘gift of life’ being physical, mental and social health as without these barebones of life, we have nothingReplyCancel

  • Jodie Cole

    Our daughter is my most treasured gift. She is 8 and such an amazing human being. Daily I am in awe that we made her!ReplyCancel

  • I have lots of sentimental gifts that I adore and hold close to my heart but my Kitchen Aid would have to be my most treasured “proper” gift.ReplyCancel

  • Ashleigh Fry

    The most lovely gift I have ever received is the gorgeous, handwritten letter and 21st birthday present that my boyfriend gave me. A little quirky and completely representative of me, it was really thoughtful and encompassed all of the weird and sometimes contradictory parts of me!ReplyCancel

  • My most precious gift I have been given is my beautiful husband and four very special children. At times it is a lot of work to run a household of this size but they give me so much love and laughter in return it makes it all worth whileReplyCancel

  • karina l

    Housework done. Dinner on the table. Flowers in vase. Baby washed, fed and asleep. Best gift ever from the husband.ReplyCancel

  • Susie

    My husband proposed to me in a Christmas Card, presented to me on Christmas Day – the very first Christmas he spent with my family. It made me well up with tears – back then, and every time I come across it in the bottom of a drawer nowadays – it touches my heart. So special!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten W

    My kids!ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    One of my children was given a second chance at life after receiving a bone marrow transplant from a wonderful, selfless (and at this stage anonymous) donor. That gift to my child is something I will never stop being grateful for.ReplyCancel

  • Abby L

    My engagement ring as it reminds me of the happiest day of my lifeReplyCancel

  • Helen W

    When I was growing up, my favourite uncle had a sterling silver plaited ring. Very simple but I just adored it. I constantly admired it in front of him and he eventually said that on my 21st birthday, it would be mine. Well, 21 seems an old woman to a child! So I nagged him and nagged him and finally he compromised at 18 but would go no lower, so I just kept admiring it and waiting.

    When I was 17, he passed away. He wasn’t wearing the ring at the time (not that I cared, I was distraught at losing him and the ring was the last thing on my mind). My mother was inconsolable at losing her baby brother and went to a psychic to make sure he was at peace.

    On my 18th birthday, my mum presented me with a small box. Imagine my surprise when the ring was in there! This is what she told me: my uncle’s heart condition and medication caused his hands to swell uncomfortably at times. Before he passed, it must have happened again. And it must have been distressing because he gouged it off with a screwdriver or something, breaking the ring. When my mum was cleaning his house out she kept looking for it but it didn’t turn up. When the psychic was halfway through her reading she paused and said “what you’re looking for, it’s where the keys go”. Mum had no idea what it meant but she was looking on key racks at home for something she lost, then realised she should check my uncle’s house. Sure enough, the ring was propped up there for safekeeping.

    My mum took the ring to a local jewellers who wouldn’t fix it, saying it was cheap stainless steel and it had detail in the plaiting so he could never repair it well enough that it would stay fixed. My mum told him the story and he fixed it, free of charge, and cleaned it up for me.

    Sadly, the ring has since broken at the weak spot many times and I’ve given up repairing it (though the wonderful small-town jeweller happily repaired it for free every time it broke) and keep it in a box with my most treasured possessions. It’s my perfect reminder of my beloved uncle, and the kindness of those who helped me reunite with it.ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui Lagaluga

    The day Gracie turned towards me when I said her name and I knew that she could hear my voice for the first time after having her cochlear implant turned on.ReplyCancel

  • sharron smith

    My nanna gave and taught me the gift to love foregive respect never judge and to give of myself listen and be first to put up hand to help othersReplyCancel

  • robyn cooper

    The gift of love is my most treasured gift. The love that I have for all of my family near and far
    The love that I have for my family that have passed, this love will never diminish
    Love is a gift that sometimes is given out flippantly but should only be given and accepted by those that are truly in love and are loved
    It is foreverReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    My most loved and treasured gift would have to be the necklace my husband gave me that has both my children’s names on it. Wearing it keeps them all close to my heart.ReplyCancel

  • Antonietta

    My family, husband and children, who have given me a life! One that is truly unique everyday and that I appreciate with unconditional love from me to them and them to me!ReplyCancel

  • Vanitha

    I remember the first time I got a valentines day present and it was from my dad when I was 23. It was a little teddy bear. It was such a sweet and unexpected gesture and the only valentines memory I will ever need.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    I have to say the dozen red roses bushes I received.

    I was told it was a one off deal in that I now had all the roses I could ever possibly want.

    Such a romantic!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Nicola

    My most special gift was a modern type of charm bracelet, not only was that precious enough, it now contains many charms from many people I love, family and friends. Each charm having a special personal meaning.ReplyCancel

  • Ariel Riley

    My baby brother because he has brought me more joy and love than anything or anyone else.ReplyCancel

  • A crotched cross that my Great Grandma made. It is in the car to keep us safe. She has passed away but the cross reminds me of her and our faith.ReplyCancel

  • Best Gift Giveaway: on our 25th wedding anniversary, my husband surprised me with a beautiful white gold diamond ring. We were still at uni when we got married, our first engagement ring cost $175 and that was hard to find. My husband is NOT a romantic at all, so when he said, “this is the ring I would have bought you when we got engaged if I could have afforded it.”
    Needless to say, I cried. His generosity (still not much money), really blew me away.ReplyCancel

  • Naysie

    My children are my most precious gift ever, and they always will be as it goes way too quickly!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Moulton

    When I turned 21 my Mum and Dad gave me a gold plated watch and a set of pearls.
    At the time, my parents weren’t at all well off and they would have had to scrimp and save to pay for these.
    Dad passed away 30yrs ago and Mum 8yrs, and so these two pieces of jewellery are always there to remind me of their love and generosity, now 44 yrs later.ReplyCancel

  • Jaye Duckworth

    The most precious gifts is to have laughter on my lips, love in my heart and a smile on my face every day!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Absolutely Jaye!.:) I do agree with you.ReplyCancel

  • Kirrily Allen

    The best gift I have ever received is that of an education. It has brought me all of the marvellous experiences of joy and those that were not so joyous but have made me stronger and who I am…it has taught me to think and to analyse…from building a house and making it a home….it has taught me how to fight for my family and my beliefs. ..and it has helped me in times of grief. I would not have my beautiful family without the gift of an education. For this I am eternally thankful.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Kirrilly, I love this!! You are so right in saying an education is the best gift. I truly believe this and just adore what you have written xReplyCancel

  • Jillian

    My most treasured gift is my grandfathers harmonica which my grandmother gave to me after he passed away. I used to love listening to him play it when I was small and of course trying and failing to replicate the sounds he made.ReplyCancel

  • Joanna

    My best gift is my lovely family; with two gorgeous daughters and a wonderful husband, this is a gift that I enjoy every day. I’m so grateful we’re all healthy, happy and able to spend quality time together.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Joanna, that is just beautiful! xReplyCancel

  • Nicole M

    A jar from my hubby full of notes of things he loves about me. It means the world to me because we were very poor at the time and this cheap gift really brightened my day.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Nicole, that is just beautiful! We don’t have to spend a fortune on one another to show how much we love someone. I think what your hubby did was very special.:)ReplyCancel

  • Amy Petersen

    My most treasured gift is a hat from my granddad, he owned a butcher shop for his whole life and we never saw much of him, not even christmas day, his life was that shop! Him giving me that hat was a very big deal and very special.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Amy, that is just lovely and i can see how much that hat means to you xReplyCancel

  • corrie

    My daughter (3) recently painted a love heart red and her dad painted her feet red to create a foot love heart… best and most cherished gift ever!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that is so sweet! Did you take a photo, Corrie?ReplyCancel

  • Aaron Kaczmarczyk

    Nothing has been more important to me than my beautiful son brought forth into this world by my gorgeous wife!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Miller

    My grandmother’s engagement ring because it is classically elegant and timeless and always reminds me of her.ReplyCancel

  • Mandy Graham

    My diamond earrings as they sparkle.ReplyCancel

  • RICHARD D T WILSON

    My photo collection of family members taken from my perspective of a creative photographer for over 50 years.ReplyCancel

  • sam sargent

    My most loved gift my ex girlfriend because i really love her and enjoy havig her in my life. :)ReplyCancel

  • Nicola Pengilly

    My most loved and treasured gift(s) are my children – after many miscarriages I had always given up hope of being a mother – and after 20+ years I still thank God for them everyday!ReplyCancel

  • michellea

    In 1968 just before Mother’s Day my Grandfather took me to a little supermarket called ‘Purity’ to buy a present for my Mother, I chose a little stainless steel sugar spoon with an inlay of enamel roses on the handle. Thirty six years later when she passed away, that little spoon found it’s way back to me as a gift from my Mother, I’ll gift it on to my daughter one day. The gift that keeps on giving.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Ashbrooke

    My daughter! It wasn’t until I became a mother that I knew how precious a gift could be and the gift of giving life is the best gift ever.ReplyCancel

  • My children are my greatest gift given to me. I was told it may not be possible to have children. I now have 2 beautiful giftsReplyCancel

  • graham buckingham

    My treasured gifts so far are each and every one of my six children because they make my happy.ReplyCancel

  • Iindika WJ

    He hand made a heart shaped romantic lamp and won his company valentines day competition.It’s so beautiful, people were ready to pay for it.But, he told everyone that he made it for me…I feel so special because the picture of it was sent to the whole company.It’s next to the bed now.It’s so beautiful especially at night..I wish I could attach a picture of it.ReplyCancel

  • Steve

    The best gift I ever received was actually pretty simple. My wife had been extremely busy with work for a few months, and our home had basically become a logistical base of operations, with no real time together as one rushed in from work, handed over the kids, and the other rushed out. My wife booked out a weekend away for the two of us at the Hunter Valley – we sampled wine, ate splendid meals, and had the chance to spend uninterrupted time with each other.ReplyCancel

  • maree larfield

    A circle gold pendant with 3 dimonds that represent our 3 beautiful children with their names also engraved on it. It was a gift from my patner and kids for christmas. I love it and get so many lovely comments about it! :)ReplyCancel

  • Chanelle

    My most treasured gift I have recieved was when my boyfriend at the time Suprised me with a Valentines dinner ontop of the roof of his house. He forgot to make a reservation for a dinner out and was still able to give me a dinner with a view. Was very different and amazing..ReplyCancel

  • Clare O' Connor

    One sick bridesmaid, one ripped train. Crying mother, down came the rain. One thing was perfect, one thing was right. The beautiful ring he chose for me and it wasn’t even too tight.ReplyCancel

  • hellen waltham

    a bunch of carnations was waiting at my front door, the card said surprise inside, when i opened the door my partner was there with a glass of champagene and a big cheesy grin,he said he persaded the hospital to let him out of the day so we could celebrate valentines and his birthday, sadly though i lost him 3 weeks later i hate that dreaded word cancer so many lives it has ruined not just mine.ReplyCancel

  • KYLIE

    Would it be wrong to say my leather bound filofax? I love that diary! It makes me an organised housewife and means I can feel on top of things which in turn makes me feel on top of the world.ReplyCancel

  • cleo sids

    Most adored and treasured gift is my white persian cat named Nini, he is so affectionate and loving, brings happiness and love into my life.ReplyCancel

  • Meghan Flynn

    A pair blue knitted booties my beautiful best friend Tracey gave me the day our son was born. These mean a lot to me because they came from a Set her Nana had knitted her before she passed away. She only made 2 sets one Pink and one Blue for when Tracey has children. Yet my best friend wanted me to have those booties for our baby boy.ReplyCancel

  • sheldyn warwick-hart

    My most loved and treasured valentines gift was this years, a promise ring from my boyfriend of 3 years and my first diamonds!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    My treasure is my story. My parents’ gift for storytelling meant that I grew up knowing who I was and where I came from. I feel like I was present when my parents met and fell in love, when they left Africa for a strange, new land and as they built a new life. I’m now a writer thanks to that gift.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny England

    My most treasured gift has been life. It has been just over five years since I was diagnosed with an agressive form of breast cancer. Good quality food, lots of laughs, dear friends and family have all given me the gift of a wonderful creative life and I am enjoying every moment now to the full…wonderful gifts!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I agree with you 100% Jenny. And i totally understand where you are coming from ~ kate xReplyCancel

  • I received a I Pad for my birthday last year from my husband and daughters,I was really surprised.Now I am never off it,it was the best present ever.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I do love mine too, Pauline.:)ReplyCancel

  • claire evans

    my husband telling me that i was tumour free after 3 years of battling a pancreatic tumour. He wrote the news on a card and placed it inside a gift box along with 36 red roses for the 36 months i had battled.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Claire, that is truly just beautiful xReplyCancel

  • Hayley Parker

    Receiving the news from my Doctor that after extensive tests on my back problem it was not cancer.
    Each day since that moment I have made count that little bit more extending more love, patience and myself with my young children and friends.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hayley i totally understand what you are saying and how relieved you must have felt ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Sarah Mary

    My most memorable was a pandora bracelet for my 18th. I had beautiful charms from most of my family, and it was so gorgeous! Unfortunately it’s since been misplaced but it was the best gift I’ve ever gottenReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh yes i do love my pandora bracelet too, and can understand you being upset that it has been misplaced. I do hope you come across it one day.ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    This will sound kind of silly but… the best gift I’ve ever received was a hand-written letter from my grandmother to one of her friends. My aunt found it one day and because it discuses me, she let me keep it. I never knew my grandmother as unfortunately my mother (who was very abusive and controlling) cut off that side of the family. In this letter my grandmother talks about how happy she was that she was able to talk to my kindergarten teacher about the situation, and that my teacher agreed to let her watch me play through the fence one day, on the condition she didn’t cause a scene. My grandmother never approached me and I never even knew she was there, but I will always have a letter written by my grandmother’s own hand as proof that she loved me. :) She died about six months later.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    Silly I know but it’s a teddy bear I call William, given to me by very dear friends on my leaving Perth 19 years ago, I called him William after the family that gave him to me. In a time of great turbulence in my life they were there with immense support and care, William is that symbol of strength when I feel low and a constant reminder of the need to be to others what the William family was to me.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon

    When I was dating my now husband (who is against valentines day) bought an old chest while we were at a fair one Valentine’s day. we didn’t check inside and when we got home there was a small teddy bear holding a heart, he gave it to me with a kiss and said see I didn’t forget you, I stole you a teddy bear lol I have kept that small teddy for 10 years, I think I was just meant to have it.ReplyCancel

  • Astrid

    The day my parents brought my new born sister home was the day I received the best gift ever!ReplyCancel

  • Anastasia

    My most loved and treasured gift would have to be our daughter, Melissa. It was a hard road and a rollercoaster to get her here, and now, nearly 4 months on, I’m loving every minute of motherhood (even when she’s screaming!). She’s our perfect little angel, I’m so thankful for her and I love and treasure her every day. <3ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    My best gift is just living! Being able to have fresh air, water and healthy food for my family and I. There is so many people who don’t so I’m grateful for the little things in life best!ReplyCancel

  • Teena

    A little pink diamond my mother was going to make into a piece of jewellery for my daughter, but passed away before she could. One day when I can afford it, I will fulfil her wish :)ReplyCancel

  • Sally Baker

    My most treasured gift is the gift of a healthy life! I often read stories in magazine’s about family tragedy’s happening every single day, some make me cry too! While I’m still young, I’m grateful for waking up every single day and being able to walk, talk, hear, see and just breathe!ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    I think we all know that the best gift will always have come from our parents. Yes the gift of life. We all live in different walks of life but even through the toughest times I’ve always thought parents bringing me into this world is a gift you just can’t beat.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I love it Emily! And agree with you 100% x ~ kateReplyCancel

  • S Anderson

    Wisdom. The trained ability to discern problems before they happen is invaluable.ReplyCancel

  • Felicity

    My fiancé made me a small collection of frogs hoping around a heart shaped pond for our coffee tables for our first valentines day, being a frog collector it made it that little bit more special and thoughtfulReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh very cute! I like it.:)ReplyCancel

  • Karen Brown

    I lost my mum last October at the ripe old age of 90. She had an old pulsar watch that she loved and wanted me to have. It may not be my mum but I always have a happy thought when I wear it.ReplyCancel

  • Penne

    My most precious gift is the gift of being able to have children when at the tender age of 12 my gynaecologist told me that there was a high possibility that I may never have children.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Beautiful xReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Baker

    My most treasured gift was having my great great grandfather alive until he was 98. He lived independently up until a month before he passed (He passed 3 months ago). For a month be hadn’t spoken or woke really, until I was able to visit him again. (As I lived interstate)
    The next best gift was him awakening to tell me he loved me before he passed away. Very special gifts of the memory I keep close to my heart. =)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Rebecca, that is truly just beautiful x ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Alarna

    18 months ago I lost my Mum, the day of her funeral my hubby gave me an amazing uberkate necklace, three circles with each of my children’s name engraved in them. On the back the word ‘Nanny’ engraved. I adore it and wear it daily.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh my Alarna! That is one of the most beautiful things i have read. Well done to your husband for a lovely gesture and being so very thoughtful.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sam

    My husband organised a birthday party for my 45th. I’ve never had one before in my life. I know I am special to a lovely group of people.ReplyCancel

  • Rachael

    For Mother’s Day, my first born at pre-school made me a placemat which was pictures she had drawn and the school laminated it.
    Exactly the same as I had made for my Mother when I was little. Made me cry, will keep it forever :)ReplyCancel

  • KylieD

    Apologies in advance for the cheesiness of my answer, but when trying to think of my favourite gift I kept coming back to friendship. I have 2 friends from my mother’s group that have been the hugest support since we met 7.5 years ago after our first babies were born. We now have 8 children between us and are sadly separated by distance since a move to Singapore for one family, but when we get together for a chat on Messenger we make the same jokes and nothing has changed.

    We got together in person at Christmas and to see our children playing together again, as they have their whole lives, made my heart sing. My introduction to motherhood would have been a lot tougher without those two ladies, and coffee, but mainly them!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s beautiful, Kylie.:) ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Phillip Cunningham

    Our first child Michelle as she was a precious gift from our lord and saviour, she’s now married and has her own precious gift, a daughter.ReplyCancel

  • helen

    When we lost our house in a fire, I was heartbroken as I am a sentimental person and love special items and memories attached. I especially missed gifts people had given me. One special gift was a suede backpack my mother had bought me as a uni graduation present (quite a while ago!) My friend knew how much I missed that special bag and tracked one down for me on ebay after looking for two years! My new bag is of course not my old one, but has double the special memories of special gifts.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Helen! What an absolutely beautiful gift your friend could have given you! xReplyCancel

  • Janis Blake

    When I first started high school my locker would never open. My now late nana rang to see how high school was going and I told her about how awful it was to be late to every class because my locker would not open. The next time I saw her she gave me a tiny charm and told me that as long as I had it with me my locker would never give trouble again. It never did.ReplyCancel

  • Inger Laws

    My aunt gave me a teddy when I was born,
    42 yrs later and that teddy keeps on giving me support when I feel blue.ReplyCancel

  • Monique

    Everyones answers are so great; mine is pretty tame in comparison but my 6 year old daughter drew a family picture and the look on her face as she passed it to me will stick with me and a gift I will forever cherish! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    My beautiful baby girl – Eloise.ReplyCancel

  • monica s.

    A doll sent to me from my family in Malta…she has a lovely red polka dot dress, white lace bobby socks, white patent shoes, gorgeous black curling hair and beautiful brown skin. A truely ethnic doll in the days of Barbie..and i loved her instantly. I’ve had her for nearly 50yrs.ReplyCancel

  • Sonia Manoukian

    My best gift was my wedding ring because I know how hard my husband worked to buy me the perfect ring ??ReplyCancel

  • Lorraine Johnson

    My dad didn’t have anything, but he did leave me the best gift that I didn’t know until years later I’m a parent – the gift that I tell my son how much I love him all the time & give him endless kisses & cuddles, just like my dad did to me!ReplyCancel

  • Christina

    My most treasured gift was giving myself permission to and then getting a butterfly tattoo. It is and has always been a symbol of hope for me and I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Bretnall

    I have been blessed with many special gifts however my most cherished one is actually a memory. It was my first Mother’s Day as a new sole parent and I was woken by my 3yo daughter who had made me a cup of coffee. It was cold and chunky, tasted disgusting however it was the best cup of coffee I have drunk. (Yes, I drank it all in front of my beaming daughter who was proud of her gift to me – the first coffe she had ever made – with cold water from the bathroom tap.)ReplyCancel

  • Eva Kiraly

    My son is my most cherished gift, I’m very lucky to have him in my life! :)ReplyCancel

  • Debra

    I have been given life. Firstly my son’s life and then within a month of his birth I had life saving brain surgery. Every day I’m thankful for life, laughter and loveReplyCancel

  • Jane A

    My mum’s wedding band given to me after she passed away, it’s nothing fancy but when I married 2 years ago there was nothing else I wanted to wear on my finger but this simple gold ring.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer B.

    An elderly neighbour gave me her beautiful CHINA TEAPOT and CUPS after I admired them over afternoon tea one day.

    I use and treasure them with great pleasure still… Although she’s long gone, Mrs. C’s crockery still constantly reminds me of her grace, friendship and wisdom and the value of spending quality time with good friends.ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    my wedding band as it has the most meaning…a simple gold ringReplyCancel

  • Belinda C

    My most loved gift was a bottle of perfume that my Dad bought for my 21st birthday (many birthdays ago now!). During my entire childhood he had always given money to his parents or sister to choose gifts for me, which although financially generous, were never really things that he had chosen. It meant so much that he had taken the time to go wandering through the beauty section of a store smelling perfumes until he found one that he thought was right for me. Funnily enough it was perfect and I have continued to buy and wear it ever since.ReplyCancel

  • ROSEMARY HARRIS

    When my father passed away, my mother had a pair of his gold cuff links made into the most beautiful earrings for me. I treasure them as I treasured him and always feel he is walking with me when I have them on. If I concentrate, I am sure I can hear him whispering advise into my ear when I need it. I miss him but carry a part of him with me.ReplyCancel

  • Lydia K

    My grandma’s jewellery box because growing up she would always catch me opening it up to try on all her beautiful jewellery. She gave it to me years ago, and now unfortunately suffers from advanced dementia, so I hold onto this box full of memories as tightly as I can.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Weedon

    My parents photo album of our family history photographs. Nothing can beat that for me.ReplyCancel

  • carly

    my child because it was such a struggle to get pregnant and then carry a baby past the first trimesterReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    My parents gave me a diamond ring as a gift on our first holiday together. So it has a lot of sentimental value to me.ReplyCancel

  • Paige

    I could not possibly think of one perfect gift – life itself is the most precious gift we can be given.ReplyCancel

  • Kristy winters

    The greatest gift I have been given is my life and the lives of my children.ReplyCancel

  • lynne liliington

    I have a ring from each mother , grandmother and great grandmother for 3 generations, with a story about each ring to pass to my daughter.ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen Willes

    My Mum’s insatiable thirst for knowledge and my Dad’s eternal zest for life…the greatest gifts my parents could have given me.ReplyCancel

  • Toni Faint

    A ring Nan gave me that Pop gave her.
    Well it came in the mail the day after he passed away
    He bought it from a magazine, a cheap wedding/ engagement ring set
    He would ask Nan for a week if any mail had came
    She gave it to me years later for Valentines
    I treasure it so muchReplyCancel

  • Meagan cooper

    My Hubby actually gave me himself last valentine’s day at first I thought oh yeah he didn’t get me anything so he is just saying that. As the day went on I realised that his time and full attention on me is very rare since we had children and I began to embrace every minute we had together that day. Maybe next year he might put on ribbon on ;)ReplyCancel

  • bree witherspoon

    My partner brought me a locket to wear around my neck, it has pics of the kids and him, I travel alot for work so this is a constant reminder of my family at homeReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I love it, Bree! What a lovely idea xReplyCancel

  • Helen

    My precious charm bracelet. Each charm reminds me of different times, people in my life and beautiful memories.ReplyCancel

  • Laura Scriven

    An engraving bangle that I wear every day,
    I’d never let it go away!
    Sweet words and filled with heart,
    To me it’s art!ReplyCancel

  • sonia c

    Believe it or not…a stapler given to my for my first day of high school and still used at work 30+ years later…its an ABBA stapler :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL that is very cool, Sonia.:)ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth

    My most loved and treasured gift
    is the gift of life
    which has enabled me to live
    explore, love and give to others.
    Thanks Mum!ReplyCancel

  • Ange

    I have to say life. Many years ago I nearly drowned to the point where I can’t remember being rescued. I am now grateful for anything life gives me extra.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda (Bee) Ban

    I have still have my 5 kids pasta shapes necklaces they all made in Kinder!(the oldest 26 years!) they were all made and presented to me for Mother’s Day with so much love (in the purest form) and I will treasure them forever :)ReplyCancel

  • A piece of paper written by my then 10 year old son,

    “I love you mum,would you like a cup of tea”.

    He slipped it under my bedroom door as I was upset.ReplyCancel

  • Erin Johnson

    My baby brother. My parents claim that he was a complete accident but I know in my heart that he was purposely put on this earth to be my rock.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Erin, that really is just beautiful!.:) xReplyCancel

  • leanne veivers

    the gift of life. treasuring every single discovery and every new adventure.ReplyCancel

Our recent holiday to Tasmania is going to be very hard to forget, this beautiful little state of Australia is gorgeous and the perfect ways to relax and spend quality time with your family. It reminds me of a scene from Dirty Dancing.

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A look at my week via the photos I have shared on Instagram. Miss 10 helped me chop up a box of mangoes. I froze half and the rest are ready for school lunches (might also find something else to do with them). Mr 11 and ooh so close to 12, made some passionfruit curd […]

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  • OH yum yum mangoes.
    I’ve burnt the cakes,slices and muffins by not using the timers.
    What did our grandmothers use I wonder ?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh I could only wonder what they used to do, probably pottered in the kitchen keeping their eye on it. I get distracted so easily.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    Wow , you have been busy, I am still drooling over the mangoes. I baked over the holidays so my freezer it still fairly full of goodies. A shame about the muffins but don’t worry we have all burnt something by not putting the timer on. We are so easily distracted by fb lolReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      yes facebook is easily distracting…. We’ve nearly finished all our school bake up, I have to organise another session to fill the freezer back up.ReplyCancel

    • Joan

      With the burnt muffins, perhaps you could cut the Burnt bits off, warm them up with some stewed fruit and/or custard and then you have sweets one night.ReplyCancel

  • Despite it being the mango season and all, I still haven’t had one yet *hangs head in shame*.

    I bet those tarts didn’t last long, they look super yum!ReplyCancel

  • We pulp and puree three mangoes and then add a little pineapple and orange juice and a tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk and they make THE BEST ICE_CREAM ever.ReplyCancel

Firstly I have to say how much I love you all for visiting and reading my blog, you know I absolutely LOVE writing and sharing with you how I run my household. Over the past few months there has been a wonderful increase in traffic, welcome to all my new readers! However, my little blog […]

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  • Jasmine f

    All the best with the technology issues Kat, it must be frustrating but hopefully it will all run smoothly again soon. I love your blog and enjoy putting your tips into practice. i bought your morning, evening and night routine charts for my girls this week and it gives me great peace to have a routine up on the wall for them to follow. With a 7 week old baby it makes it so much less chaotic to have a routine for the girls (aged 4 & 6) to follow. thanks for all your hard work Kat, we appreciate you and your organisation. i think organisation is a gift, some people do it naturally and others of us learn from those who do it naturally! so thanks for taking the time to share your gift with others. JasmineReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Jasmine thank you so much from the bottom of my heart! Your words mean a lot to me. I have been so stressed the past few weeks with the blog not running how i want it too. Hopefully the worst is over and it will be back running bigger, better and faster. xReplyCancel

  • Ebony

    I completely agree with Jasmine Kat, you are an inspiration to us all. I have put a lot of your tips into practice and started using the routine charts for my 5 year old who was recently diagnosed with ADHD and it has helped our family immensely. Your 20 day challenge which I will be doing again this year has helped in ways I couldn’t imagine. So keep up the brilliant work of inspiring others to be organised in their life. xx EbonyReplyCancel

A look at my week via the photos I have shared on Instagram. From Instagram New recipe – easy pizza scrolls. Click here to view recipe For the sharpie obsessed! we’ve been putting sharpies to good use with labelling back to school items today. so many jobs ticked off my to-do list today, Hume made […]

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  • Kirsty

    Very cool cake! Loving your blog. Have been following for the last 2-3 years!ReplyCancel

  • Lucy

    Love seeing your week in photos, that cake looks amazing!!ReplyCancel

  • Abigail

    Please could you tell me which recipe is the one with the oats and choc chips on? Thanks. I have made the cheese and bacon scrolls, and the cinnamon scrolls this week. Both double batches, and they were wolfed down in a day. Am making another double batch of each today :)ReplyCancel

    • Abigaiil

      Also, do you have a ball recipe that doesn’t contain coconut? B7 is allergic. It’s amazing how many shop bought biscuits and cereal bars, and cereal for that matter, has coconut in it. Even lollies use coconut oil :( ThanksReplyCancel

I have heard from friends and family how beautiful Tasmania is, however I never actually realised how beautiful and picturesque it really is. I think Tasmania is one of those destinations that you really need to experience to believe it. I have seen many beautiful pictures, but I don’t think they do it complete justice.

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  • Julia K

    What’s not to love about Tasmania ? DH and I have visited four times – twice as a couple, once with an 8 month old baby and once when the same “baby” was 7 years old. We have always done the FLY/DRIVE thing but as you pointed out – bringing a car makes it MUCH more family friendly. The “baby” is now almost 25 years old and we we now have another three school aged children that we would LOVE to introduce to the magic that is Tassie. I found your post to be really informative and would LOVE to visit Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm with my family.ReplyCancel

  • Averil

    Tasmania is on our must visit list! We really want to go by boat and drive around, and show our 3 kids what a beautiful place it is. I would love to stay at the Cradle Mountain Hotel!ReplyCancel

  • I really want to go to Cradle Mountain, we went there 36 years ago on our honeymoon and haven’t been back. Your photos show all of the natural beauty of the area. Last time we were there we only stayed overnight, next time I want to do some of the awesome walks around the area. I really like the idea of having my own car as you pointed out you can have your cake and eat it too,I would add some stitching and knitting which you can’t always take on a plane except in booked luggage.ReplyCancel

  • What a fun looking family holiday! I would love to head over and experience all of that beauty and nature!
    The Freycinet region would be my pick so that we could enjoy those amazing beaches. What a great family adventure it would be!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    I was Tassie born and breed and I miss it everyday. I live in Melbourne now but am desperate to get down to Hobart for Christmas with my Mum, Dad, Nan and other family. With my three kids in tow we really need to go on the Spirit so we can take the car. I want to take the kids to see the Russell Falls waterfall and show them all the wonderful nature trails that I loved to explore as a kid.
    I am so glad that you loved Tassie. I feel so proud when I hear review like this as it truly is wonderful.
    Thanks for sharing.
    NatReplyCancel

  • Mel Norris

    Cradle Mountain looks spectacular! I must admit, I have been there before, but only when I was young. It’s always so different to see a place so beautiful as an adult. I’d love to take my little boy there too!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Weston

    My children have a goal to visit every state and have decided the Spirit of Tasmania is the way to go. I would love to help them on their way to ticking beautiful Tasmania off the list.ReplyCancel

  • My only personal views of Tasmania have been through books. Even in words, though, it’s always woven a spell on me.

    As for where I’d love to visit: Wineglass bay, wineglass in hand (or at least the promise of one after the hike back).ReplyCancel

  • What an amazing trip, and such gorgeous photos! I had no idea that Tasmania was so far off the coast, but that’s a big plus to me because I adore ferries and sleeping at sea is ridiculously exciting!!

    I’m definitely putting Tasmania on the bucket list!ReplyCancel

  • Judith Maunders

    Hubby and I visited Wineglass Bay for his 40th birthday. That was more than 16 years ago, well before the arrival of our daughter (eight). I’d love to take our daughter to see beautiful Wineglass Bay and the other speccy sights around Freycinet. Although I know for my daughter the highlight of her trip would be the trip on the Spirit of Tasmania there and back. She’d be tickled pink to stay in a cabin, even if she may have to share it with a (sometimes) snoring parent (not me!)ReplyCancel

  • Kryshia SPEIRS

    Cradle mountain would be one of my favourite places. I would love to take my two children to experience the natural beauty and to appreciate the amazing adventures we can have as a family.ReplyCancel

  • Sharyn guy

    My fiancés father has a shack over there but we just haven’t been able to get over. With baby no. 5 on the way and some time off for the both of us, we would love to be able to take the children on a memorable family holiday.ReplyCancel

  • Clare Dorey

    I first visited Tassie 20 years ago and adored it. I took my hubby there 10 years ago for the midwinter festival and now that we have children would love to return. The oyster bay paddle experience us one I’d like the family to enjoy.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    We are really keen to visit Tassie, and the photo of Wineglass Bay looks like the ultimate picnic destination BUT I just can’t stop thinking about pancakes with raspberries now!!!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    The Oyster Paddle tour looks like something my beautiful Foster Daughter would love to do with us! I’m inspired to see you in there paddling with your kids. My kids deserve me to be a more fun mum, and to try new things like this!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth

    I was able to spend a week in Tassie a few years ago but your mention of Cradle Mountain (a place we didn’t go) has made me long to visit Tasmania again and see the park and mountain. We didn’t go to wineglass bay and someday I hope to go with my husband. Your pictures and discriptions make the state sound so wonderful and relaxing, even more than what I saw. It’s such a blessing to stop the rushing and slow down and enjoy the things around us. Thank you for sharing your family holiday with us. :)ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Hands Down!!!! Honeymoon Bay. How gorgeous does that look. I can just imagine sitting on the water’s edge just taking in all that beautiful scenery and feeling relaxed straight away.ReplyCancel

  • Monique

    How amazing it would be to win this prize!!!!! It all looks gorgeous and fun! We’ve been wanting to go to Tassie for a few years now and have made a trip to Tassie a priority this year. It would be especially nice to be able to win this as one of our children (long term foster child) was born in Tassie and has a yearning to see the area and we’d love to take him. I would especially like for us all to experience going on the Spirit of Australia with our car and to see Freycinet, butI know the kids would love the cheese n chocolate type visits too!!! Lol. Money and time has been our hinderance but winning this would knock both of those on the head.ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Smidt

    My girls (Emma 12 & Kate 10) dream holiday for 2015 is Tasmania. Tasmania’s looks so unique in your photos, we would love to visit Freycinet region.ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    Mona, I keep hearing about how fantastic Mona is and I’m desperate to go (and visit Tasmania for the first time as well of course).ReplyCancel

  • Catherine Cadby

    We love visiting Tasmania. We are off on our third trip there this June. With the free kids deal it is a much cheaper option for us than flying and staying in motels. We will take our caravan with us this time.
    The only downside is they don’t have cabins to suit families of five so the dear hubby stays in the recliners while I have the three kids in a four birth cabin.ReplyCancel

  • Katelyn Meloni

    I absolutely LOVE Tasmania. And I LOVE The House of Anvers also. I have been to Tassie a few times (twice by Spirit of Tasmania, and many times flying) and have been to The House of Anvers twice already. Their fudge is to die for (did you know that they have an online shop that you can order all the chocolate and fudge that you like and they will express post it to you, I have done this once before too, delicious!)
    I must say that I love everything about Tasmania, especially that everything is so fresh and beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey-Lee

    Loved all the pics! I had no idea Tasmania was so beautiful. I would definitely like to visit the Freycinet Lodge for a stay and that beautiful view of the bay! Especially that sunset!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl

    I have always wanted to travel to Tasmania on the Spirit of Tasmania but after reading your story and looking at your beautiful photos I really had no idea just how beautiful it really was, now I cant wait to travel there.
    The field of poppies was my favourite photo, just magic.
    If I was lucky enough to win this fabulous prize, I would stay at the Freycinet Lodge, that view of the stunning sunset over Oyster Bay reminded me so much of the sunsets at Fiji where my husband and I spent our honeymoon so many many years ago.
    After reading your story I think I would plan my itinerary the same as yours and travel to the same stops, nothing better than knowing before you go that you wont be disappointed when you get there. Thank you so much for the photos.ReplyCancel

  • Mascha

    I would LOVE to visit Cradle Mountain! Do a hike up the mountain and see the Dove Lake. Tasmania is so green and beautiful, though I’d have to remember to take some warm clothes with me ;)ReplyCancel

  • Lorraine Reynolds

    I have been to Tassie four times now, and I can’t wait to go again at some time. There is just so much to see, as someone who is a keen amateur photographer, seriously I could just about stop at very bend in the road to take a photo; it is just that beautiful! From the list of places you mentioned, I think the Christmas hills Raspberry Farm is one place I need to go to! Raspberries are my fav and your breakfast sounds like it was amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Joni

    We went to Tasmania for the first time last year but only the south – around Hobart. It IS amazing and stunning and I’d love to see the North and the poppy fields you described!ReplyCancel

  • Talk about timing. I just said to my hubby yesterday, this is the year we need to go to Tassie. We have been talking about it for years and have just never been able to make it happen. I always though Cradle Mountain would be a highlight, but Honeymoon Bay looks spectacular also. And our 3 boys would love the magic of sleeping on the Spirit of Tasmania.ReplyCancel

  • Nicki

    Cradle mountain sounds amazing. I have wanted to go for so long, and traveling via Spirit of Tasmania sounds like a great way to get thereReplyCancel

  • Sarah Fleming

    Wow….just wow! I have, like you, heard of how beautiful Tasmania is and have seen photographs before but this post has really ignited a great interest in visiting Tasmania with my family….as soon as possible!

    All of the locations you visited look amazingly beautiful and like places I can imagine creating lifelong memories at with my family, but if I had to pick just one location that has most appealed to me from your post, it would be Freycinet. The Freycinet Lodge looks like a beautiful place to stay, I really can picture myself sitting where you did eating my dinner….what a view! And the canoeing looks like great fun too.ReplyCancel

  • fiona venus

    Tasmania is on our to do list but has just moved to the top! I thin e wound follow your route, and then stay an extra 2 weeks!! Hard to choose a favorite but could not go past rasberry farm – looks amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Cristil

    What an awesome blog!!! Those pictures and descriptions make you want to skip ‘life’ and hop straight into the car and escape to Tassie! We have been to Tasmania 3 times, twice driving and once flying.. I love how there is so much to do and the history has been preserved so well. The beautiful scenery and amazing food! BUT I have not visited Christmas Hills Raspberry farm.. Or seen those beautiful poppies. From your blog, that would be where I’d be off to first!!! Delicious and spectacular! Thanks again organised housewife for sharing your experiences with us!!ReplyCancel

  • sonia

    Wow What an adventure!!!

    We are just soo looking forward to going on the BOAT!!

    we would love to all you have done and more if time permitits.

    Love your tips and blog.ReplyCancel

  • Leasa Reid

    I loved reading your adventures & look forward to our trip in October this year. The lookout at Wineglass Bay is something I really look forward to exploring & hiking around Cradle Lake.ReplyCancel

  • Annie S

    If we moved interstate, Tasmania would be where we would go, especially having had a new niece born over there last month. I love the beautiful nature that surrounds you at every turn. During our two previous visits, were unable to visit Cradle Mountain and Wineglass Bay – but you described them so beautifully that I want to go back already!ReplyCancel

  • Lucy

    After stocking up on delicious supplies at Ashgrove Cheese, we would love to stay at Freycinet Lodge and explore the region. Everything we love in a holiday is there and it would be the perfect balance of relaxation and adventure.ReplyCancel

  • Claire M

    Oh the places to go, the things to see, back at school, oh no, Tasmania’s where I’d rather be. You asked for a choice of where to visit, to list them all just might not win it! Wineglass Bay would be the choice for me, the trip on the boat for my young three. The adventurous father would choose a paddle, so together we’d go all astraddle. To top it all the food looks neat, even my fussiest would find it a treat!ReplyCancel

  • Dashika Rajpaul

    I never thought of Tasmania for our family getaways. But you have changed my mind. I would love to visit Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm Cafe as well as those other beautiful places.ReplyCancel

  • Helen Eronen

    In 2012 we flew to Hobart when we were a family of 4. We explored all that we could in a campervan with a 3 and 1 year old in 6 days. Your family album brought to mind a picture of my Miss 1 at the time laying in the sand at Wineglass Bay blissed out, loving the experience. We know in our rush we missed some highlights. Now that we are a family of 5, we have been dreaming of a ferry ride and roam the northern end of Tassie, especially Cradle Mountain. Dreams will come true this year. Now how do I book those tickets?!!……ReplyCancel

  • Carol

    Time for a holiday away for us is overdue. After nearly 35 years of marriage some time away together would be fantastic rekindling our love and friendship over such marvellous foods and vistas as you have describe would be such a feast to our senses. We love cheese so Ashgroves would be a must for us, then finding the perfect wine to match too.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Barnes

    My husband & I went to Tasmania for our honeymoon & always said we’d go back for our 10th anniversary. Unfortunately, circumstances prevented that. I would love to take my kids to show them all the places we loved. Especially Cradle Mountain. It is such an amazing & special place.ReplyCancel

  • Even though I am from Tasmania, travel and holidays are rare. We visited Cradle Mountain once a couple of years back for our anniversary, but it rained the entire time so we didn’t get to see any of it, I’d love to go back with the kids.ReplyCancel

  • jo

    You have certainly done Tasmania justice in your write up, it sounds stunning! I think that the hike up the mountain at Wineglass Bay is where I’d like to visit the most. It sounds like the effort put in getting up there is well and truly rewarded and a sandwich always tastes nice in beautiful placesReplyCancel

  • Julie Mosheev

    We’d love a trip to Tassie. Didn’t realise the ferry was so well equipped sounds like an experience in itself. The fact you can take your car & get around is a big bonus. Looks like there’s something for everyone. Hard to choose 1 spot after seeing everywhere you went but for us it would have to be Moulting Lagoon for the Oyster paddle tour. We all love kayaking & for our two youngest nature buffs they would go crazy learning about oyster harvesting. Looks like there’s something for everyone though. I can see my husband enjoying the sunsets with a glass of wine & I might just enjoy the cooler evenings with a cup of tea & some of those must get chokkies :-)ReplyCancel

  • Thank you for this post! I’ve been wanting to visit Tasmania for a little while now and this has given me lots of ideas for a potential trip in the future!ReplyCancel

  • barb patullo

    this is one my bucket list of to do one day see Tasmania and from reading all about you holiday l”d have to say it just makes me want to go even more an l”d have to say Cradle Mountain look DevineReplyCancel

  • Leah

    Cradle Mountain. We have been talking about a little family time away with my Dad and our kids this year, hoping to gat as far as Tassie. We love to be out in nature, enjoying it together. It looks wonderful there.ReplyCancel

  • Kasey E

    I’ve been to gorgeous Tassie when I was a teen, I’ve always dreamed of going back….The House of Anvers would be amazing to visit as I’m a huge foodie!ReplyCancel

  • Liza D'Souza

    Honeymoon Bay – to fall in love with my husband again on our 15th wedding anniversary this year.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Garton

    I have heard that Tasmania is stunning and similar to the UK (my birth country) in its countryside. I have always wanted to visit but have never got around to it. I would love to visit Cradle Mountain Hotel….it looks so peaceful xReplyCancel

  • Janell Rawlins

    My Husband and I have dreamed of experiencing the “spirit” of Tasmania for many years. So much so, that we have decided to relocate our little family of 5 at the end of this year. We are aiming to achieve a minimalist lifestyle and have visited The Organised Housewife blog regularly to inspire us to declutter and simplify our life. We hope to provide our family with many cultural, culinary and environmental experiences that Tasmania has to offer. My wish list is to visit the enchanted Forrest Cradle Mountain among many others! Winning a trip on the Spirit of Tasmania would help us to achieve our dream.ReplyCancel

  • Louise Stan-Bishop

    I stumbled onto your blog looking for organising tips and the first thing I see is your story about Tasmania. Which is an amazing coincidence as I am just starting planning to go to Tasmania later in the year with a friend. Grandpa’s family settled on Flinders Island in the mid 1800s and I have always wanted to see it. After reading this I definitely want to go over on the ferry rather than fly. The list of places you visited sounds amazing but I think that my favourite has to be the Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm Café. Fresh raspberries are so delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Anna Sim

    I’ve been to Tasmania once on a brief work trip and I was taken aback with how beautiful it was. Since then, I’ve always planned to go back for a proper holiday and take the time to explore. This year I finally have the chance and am planning on taking my family on a driving holiday to Tasmania- so excited!! Visiting cradle mountain is a definite on our list- it just looks stunning.ReplyCancel

  • Matt

    Our family is planning a six month trip around Australia later this year. While we know we can not see it all Tasmania is on the ‘like to do’ list but getting there will be expensive. After reading your article, touring Tasmania is rapidly moving to the ‘must do’ list. The scenery and landscape is simply spectacular. I particularly love Freycinet from your article with the balance of bush and coastline. It seems that even in summer Tassie can be cold!
    Your article also gives a good a insight of The Spirit of Tasmania, something that seems an adventure all in itself; definitely an experience our three boys would love.
    Thanks for you article,
    MattReplyCancel

  • Lis

    Cradle Mountain looks a great place…but all of it looks like a fab family friendly holiday :) Adding it to our bucket list :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Its is a very pretty place, Lis! Yay for adding it to your bucket list!ReplyCancel

  • Kate Adams

    Sounds like we wouldn’t want to leave the ship! We are planning an ‘Aussie Adventure’ for our family of five later in the year, my HB and I can’t wait to start showing our three how amazing our backyard is! Cradle mountain looks amazing, to see a wombat and be wearing a beanie in the middle of summer would blow my kids minds! Thanks for the great write up, Kate xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      The ship was really lovely, Kate! Its was quite strange for us wearing beanie’s and scarves in summer.ReplyCancel

  • I would love to take the family to the East Coast…. Freycinet! Our trip in 2013 was hampered by my 7 year old’s admission to hospital and the need to bolt from Hobart to Launceston without seeing the East Coast at all.We would so love to return, feel there is so much we missed out on. Spirit of Tasmania was a highlight…getting there is half the fun!!! Mind you we initially had to turn back near Adelaide (1/2 hour into our 2 week journey, as our caravan lost a wheel which ripped through the back of our van). At midnight we repacked our box trailer and made the quick trip to Melbourne the next morning. What an adventure. nothing was going to stop us visiting this Island Paradise. Would do it all again tomorrow!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Mary-Anne, it is just such a stunning place! We really had such a lovely time.:)ReplyCancel

  • I’d love to take my hubby & our girls to go kayaking at wineglass bay! Looks spectacular. Was great to hear your experience of using the spirit to get there! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Aleesha

    I live in Tasmania, and was so excited to see you had visited and it feature on your site! We have driven in and around the Freycinet, but have never been to Wine Glass Bay or Cradle Mountain. Reading your post reminds me of the need to visit more of the holiday destinations within my own beautiful State. Thank you and I am glad you enjoyed your Tassie experience :)ReplyCancel

  • Ill be upfront from the start! I am a Tasmanian through and through. I read with interest and agreement your comments on each location. I’d love to see more of Tasmania, as it is often said the locals are often to last to explore their own back door step! So Freycinet I’d love to come your way someday soon????ReplyCancel

  • Kath R

    Cradle Mountain is so blissfully peaceful. I toured around Tasmania at the end of year 12 (many many years ago) while everyone else was getting their schoolies on. Cradle Mountain was probably my favourite spot. I can still remember walking along the boardwalked paths in jeans and a jumper in December! We’ve been talking about a family trip later this year so hubby and the kids can explore the area too. I like the idea of taking our own car so we are free to bring what we want and do as we wish, as opposed to flying down then hiring a car. Plus the experience of sailing on a big ship would be really exciting for the kids (and Mum and Dad too) :-)ReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    I would love to take my daughter to Tasmania to visit her aunt and uncle and her cousin who she misses so much. Everyone who I know who has been to Tasmania says that it is so incredible and beautiful and I would love to spend days and weeks exploring it with her.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Tracey, it is absolutely stunning! It really is a lovely place to take the kids.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    I love the poppy fields :-)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Amanda they were is pretty, i have never seen anything like it before.ReplyCancel

  • Kerry

    I would love to go to Cradle Mountain we went there 24yrs ago for our honeymoon and just loved it so beautiful.We haven’t been since in fact we haven’t really been on much of a break since. Living on a farm holidays are few and far between. It would be fantastic to visit the heavenly spot again, for our 25th wedding Anniversary next year. :0)ReplyCancel

  • Chrissy Scarvell

    You had me at the first mention of the Spirit of Tasmania! After a couple of trying years it is time to calm the soul and feed the spirit with a much longed for trip to Tasmania for My Good Man and myself. Your description has only enhanced the need!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that is wonderful, Chrissy! You will absolutely love it! We had an amazing time, just so very pretty there.ReplyCancel

  • Liesl Tozer

    I can’t believe that we have never been to Tasmania – living in Melbourne that is almost criminal!
    Having read your wonderful description I think we need to head over for great scenery and amazing food – The house of Anvers and Freycinet will be top of the list.
    Thank you for the inspiring post!ReplyCancel

  • carol morgan

    I would love to visit anywhere in Tasmania, from your beautiful description it sounds stunning I would like to take the time to get to know our amazing country a little better . It would be fantastic to have some family time and take in the scenery thanks for sharing your sensational trip to TasmaniaReplyCancel

  • Joanne Bemrose

    What a post Kat- your photos are so beautiful! We visited the Cradle mountain area hiking with friends years ago and are hoping to visit with our 3 kids soon. Our 10 year old has a best friend who moved to Tassie last year and she still misses her so much- it breaks my heart sometimes. Last trip we said we’d love to come back to go to Freycinet and your sunset photos confirm it. Plus, we’d have to visit our friends :-) too. The boat is a great way to travel and would definitely be enjoyed by the kids, while allowing me to pack what we needed for an organised and fun holiday!ReplyCancel

  • Nickie

    I live in Tasmania and I absolutely love everything about it! If I were to win I would use the voucher to get my Dad and brothers over to visit, I would take them to cradle mountain, play in the snow with my kids and brothers, stop at Anvers for lunch and chocolate tasting and take my dad on a tour of Helliers Road distillery in Burnie!ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    I live in Tasmania and so I know of its beauty. When I was a kid my family did many bush walks around Tasmania together – my favourite an obscure one called Bird River. As an adult I have done a few walks recently, notably Hartz Mountain, and my brother bush walks every week for his work as a botanist. Tassie does offer a unique lifestyle with short commutes to work, and the beach and/or bush on your doorstep. We live in a beach side suburb 15 minutes drive to work and only a few minutes walk to the beach and we love it.
    We also love travelling on the Spirit of Tasmania and always choose it when we go interstate. As a family of 6 with 4 kids under 9, and all the clobber and car seats plus needing a people mover, we find it less stressful and cheaper to take our own car, carseats and boot load of stuff. I’ve taken the kids to the cinema on the Spirit, which they loved, the buffet allowed them to choose food they would actually eat and there were also craft activities and face painting for them when we sailed last.
    I would love to visit Freycinet again because of its beauty and seclusion. I have been there once on our very short honeymoon 11 years ago but we could only afford to stay three nights. I am planning to save up so we could spend a week there on our 15th anniversary, with the kids of course. Thanks for your post on Tassie, you have highlighted some of the great spots. Next time you pop down, check out Salamanca and the MONA gallery near Hobart. :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It truly is just magnificent, Kate. You live in a beautiful part of the world.:)ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    Freycinet!! Is definitely on my to visit list…..along with all the beautiful ‘foodie’ places you stopped at. Ah, Tassie. So fresh and there to be exploredReplyCancel

  • Sooz Mann

    I didn’t realise Tassie was so beautiful, but that’s just a bonus. I want to experience the Spirit of Tasmania and all IT has to offer. That’s my dream!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn

    i have always wanted to go to Tassy especially the famous Cradle Mountain. Now I am more excited about going on the Spirit of Tassy, It looks fab!!ReplyCancel

  • Christina

    Wow Katrina, I loved reading about your journey to Tassie. I would love to visit there one day but seeing my hubby went as a teenager he’s not too interested as he’s “been there, done that”. I’ve never heard of Freycinet before but that would certainly be on my list of places to visit. I just adore beautiful sunsets and your pic on your second evening that was calm was so stunning. Wish me luck :)ReplyCancel

  • Cath

    Your holiday looks amazing!! My parents honeymooned in tassie 40 years ago! I’d love to go one day too. I would love to visit Freycinet Lodge. It looks so tranquil and beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Lorraine

    For many years we have had Tasmania on our plan to visit list but between grand children and elderly parents (all who we love dearly) we just seem to always pick up the brochures and go no further. This year we have made a promise to ourselves to go away on short breaks regularly and Tassie would be ideal for this. You make the whole island sound remarkable but I have to say Cradle Mountain has always appealed to meReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    Tasmania sounds incredibly beautiful. I think that going in winter would be great. I am a cheese fan and would definitely do the tour, you made it sound so yummy. Then I saw the chocolate place and I must confess, I am a big chocolate fan, (bigger than cheese!) So I could see some serious dollars being spent in these two places. My dilemma would be deciding which place to go to first, then of course there is the issue that they would expect me to leave at the end of the day (how rude!)ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    From your blog, I would love to visit and explore Freycinet Lodge with my family. Our children are turning 9 and 8 this year and I think it would be the perfect time to take them to Tasmania and enjoy this beautiful, sometimes forgotten part of our country. So many people rave about going overseas.. Yes, it’s spectacular.. But we have our very own magical, peaceful and intoxicating part of Australia right over the Tasman Sea.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Julie, i couldn’t agree with you more! Truly amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Giselle

    Tassie???? Such an amazing place. One of the most naturally beautiful places in the world with soooooo much to see and offer. Every place you went had a uniqueness about it and to Tasmania. Cradle Mountain and all those beautiful lakes are for me. *STUNNING*????ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I absolutely agree with you 100%, Giselle! No better way to describe Tasmania.:)ReplyCancel

  • Tanya Clarke

    These photos are great! I’d really love to go to Oyster bay and Freycinet Lodge. It looks incredibly beautiful. I’ve always wanted to visit Tassie!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Tanya, Oyster Bay is just stunning. We had such a lovely time there.ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    We had our honeymoon, over forty years ago, at “The Chateau”, now replaced by Frecinet Lodge. Your photograph of the bay shows that it is exactly the same as I remember it. My beautiful husband took a photograph of me on the rock in bay, matching the one taken by his father of his mother on their honeymoon! Thank you for bringing back such happy memories.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh sounds like you have beautiful memories!.:) It really is a magnificent place.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Di Carlo

    I would love to take my dear friend on a special girls trip by sailing on the stunning Spirit of Tasmania and then to drive to the House of Anvers with no schedule! My chocolate-mad friend is working hard and raising a young family on a tight budget and really deserves a personal timeout to relax and unwind. What a fanatastic way for us to tick off something on both our bucketlists than to travel to a chocolate haven in foodie fabulous Tasmania via the stunning Spirit of Tasmania. A shared moment of good life in Tasmania would give us a priceless memory to relive over coffee when the practicalities of day to day life challenge us.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sounds just beautiful, Sandra!ReplyCancel

  • Adam

    The House of Anvers sounds great for a sweet tooth like me but I think the Christmas Hill Raspberry Cafe would have to take the cake as an ideal place to stop by on the roadtrip from Perth I’m planning for next January with a few friends :)ReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    My Family and I have just started planning our holiday to Tasmania and Cradle Mountain is top of the list of places i want to visit!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic Kristy! You and your family will have an amazing time xReplyCancel

  • We have been on the Spirit of Tasmania twice already and always eaten before getting on the ship, or in the buffet lounge. A cheaper option for a family of five! This next time, our trip is booked in for June holidays, I would love to experience the restaurant, particularly the salmon, my all time favourite seafood.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Catherine, i must say the experience we had on The Spirit of Tasmania was just fantastic! The restaurant was beautiful, really enjoyable.:)ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    I love magical Tassie, and I want to take my family there next Christmas. My sister lives in Stahan on the west coast and travels to us a lot, so it’s our turn to return the favour. Traveling by the Spirit of Tasmania would be perfect with all our luggage and the presents for Christmas for all the kids, my sisters and mine. I’ve always wanted to visit Freycinet, especially Wine Glass Bay. I’ve romanticised about that place for decades, and my husband and I did a puzzle of Wine Glass Bay over a cup of tea while we were ‘courting’ which makes it special for us.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      So special, Leanne.:)ReplyCancel

  • Amelia

    I love Tasmania, it has been one of my favourite places since visiting for 3 weeks on our honeymoon. I’d love to take our three young children to Freycinet and Cradle Mountain to see why it is so special.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Amelia, i’m sure your kiddies would love it as much as what your kids did.:)ReplyCancel

  • Lucia Cooper

    Freycinet Bay looks fantastic. I love the thought of kayaking across smooth water and throb hiking to catch a glimpse of Wineglass Bay, even more fantastic if the sun comes out to play on the day :-)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Lucia, i must say we all loved the kayaking and got to see some beautiful sceneries whilst doing it. I highly recommend it.:)ReplyCancel

  • Trina Hain

    It is a really hard decision between wineglass bay and cradle mountain. They both offer fantastic hiking opportunities which I love to do.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are both magnificent in their own special way, Trina. xReplyCancel

  • My goodness Kat I have heard it’s stunning but haven’t seen heaps of photographic evidence, until now. I honestly thought that Tassie would be heaps like but NZ but I see that it also has it’s own beauty. I never knew about the Spirit of Tasmania, it’s on our to-do list! xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic Emily!.:) We had an amazing time and The Spirit of Tasmania was so lovely xReplyCancel

  • Jane

    Tasmania, the most beautiful place on earth right. Well for me anyway. I’ve only been once and I would love to go back and explore more. From your holiday desintations I think we would enjoy hiking around cradle mountain with our baby in the carrier. We love the outdoors and I can’t think of a better way to let our little boy enjoy what Tassie has to offer than by doing some hiking around cradle mountain. Then we could relax at night at the cradle mountain lodge. The less driving the better I say with a baby. Also I have never been on the spirit of Tasmania this looks like a must from your wonderful experience. Fingers crossed!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Jane, It is just beautiful and so family friendly.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    OMG! How timely is this competition. My family have booked a holiday to Tassie in June but we’re yet to book the boat. I’m looking most forward to Wineglass Bay. My mum, who’s health isn’t the best, has been concerned she wouldn’t be able to do the hike but hopefully when I show her your blog and the beautiful pictures I’ll talk her into making it ????ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Danielle, How perfect!! I am sure you and your family will love Tassie as much as what we did. Enjoy your trip way.:)ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Clarke

    How magical is this beautiful place. So pristine, and one of the worlds best ever places to visit. The water views all over this island are unique, and everyone should take the time to go and visit Tasmania, at least once in their lifetime. Wine Glass Bay is so uniquely beautiful. We are so fortunate to have Tasmania as our own tourist heaven.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Jenny i totally agree with you!! It is just an absolutely stunning place and so glad we got to experience it.:)ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine

    My mum has been to Tassie 3 times! She suggested the Cadbury’s Chocolate Factory…my mission in life is to go there with my boys :)Also, there’s a lot of history down there, I’d love to learn more about the convicts.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Jasmine, Yes the Cadbury factory would be a great place to visit. We didn’t get there this time. There is so much history, all of which is extremely interesting.ReplyCancel

  • Kristie

    Wineglass bay without a doubt. I have always wanted to visit Tasmania and see this beautiful part of our country. Oh and also the cheese factory. My family are crazy for cheese and it looked Devine in your pictures.ReplyCancel

  • edwina

    Dove lake, looks like a must to walk around, would be fantastic to show our kids what australia has to offer adventure wiseReplyCancel

  • Annette

    I have family in Tasmania and have never been over to visit their home, the trip would be mean being able to visit for my mother in law’s 65th birthday.ReplyCancel

  • My partners’ family is from Tasmania but moved to Victoria a few years ago, I’d love to surprise him with this voucher to use himself or to give to his parents so they can visit their family. We went last September on the Spirit, my first time to Tassie, and lately all I can think about is going back to re-visit Cradle and do the Dove Lake walk (I’d actually love to do the Overland Track, too), we had a day like you did and weren’t able to leave the carpark. I’d love to see the top of the mountain without fog obscuring it and see the boat shed! But I’d also love to drive down the state again and see the things I missed before, right down the bottom and top left corner. I have a post from my time on the Spirit of Tasmania if you’d like to see, wouldn’t want to go for a holiday to Tassie any other way! http://lacemountains.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/the-best-way-to-see-tasmania.htmlReplyCancel

  • Laetitia

    No as I have lived all my life in QLD and moved to Melbourne the last few weeks but since having kids I have been preoccupied doing everything for them. So I’d live to take them to such a beautiful place.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    What a great trip that sounds. My brother and sister-in-law I am sure have always dreamed of going to Tassie to meet relatives that they have not seen in 18years. He was hurt in an accident some 20years ago and had 3rd degree burns over most of his body. They have never been able to travel during this time. It justs sounds and looks marvellous.ReplyCancel

  • Caron

    Freycinet Lodge looks so devine… Closing my eyes picturing our family staying at such a quiet tranquil place would be too good to be true !ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    It sounds as though you had an amazing holiday, The Spirit of Tasmania is an experience on its own, Cradle mountain sound beautiful, Freycinet magical, the food spectacular, salmon, seafood, chocolate, cheese to die for, the forests and national parks pristine, the weather unpredictable, the fresh air and scenery breathtaking.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Yvonne, we had the most amazing time! It was just lovely and so breathtaking xReplyCancel

  • Nomes Bowd

    I have been to Tasmania twice, the second time with my husband on our extended honeymoon around parts of Australia. We love the natural beauty of Tasmania and of course the food and would love to take our three boys there. We would love to take them to cradle mountain as we didn’t get there last time.ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Ross

    I do realise Tasmania is so beautiful – it’s my home state. From your pics I’d like to go back to Cradle Mountain again. A beautiful spot of the world.ReplyCancel

  • Anna Brown

    I love Tasmania, we have friends who live there and to visit them would be wonderful as we have only done this once without the kids. I would love to take them next time. Our friends live in Launceston. I would love to see the poppy fields and also Wineglass Bay and Freycinet Lodge too and of course Cradle Mountain. It would be a perfect anniversary present too.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Anna, i have got to say the Poppy fields were spectacular, i have never seen anything so pretty. I just wanted to run through but unfortunately you can’t touch them. But they are a must see when you are there.:)ReplyCancel

  • Brenda Boothey

    So funny that I should read this tonight and see the beautiful Honeymoon Bay. Yesterday was our 39th wedding anniversary and we had the worst honeymoon from a mix up in accommodation on our wedding night and having to drive from Whyalla to Adelaide to get accommodation. We had to pull over on the highway to get a couple of hours sleep (both dressed in our finery from our wedding). When we reached Adelaide we couldn’t book in until 10am so had anther snooze in the car outside the motel. We have always talked about visiting Tasmania but have never done it. Would love to stay at Freycinet Lodge and also visit Cradle MountainReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh no Brenda! You poor thing! Yes Tasmania is highly recommended, perfect honeymoon/ anniversary holiday??ReplyCancel

  • I’ve always wanted to go to Tasmania, as I’ve seen wonderful pictures of the island.
    Honeymoon Bay and the ferry trip would be my favourites for sure!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sami, is it a stunning place with so much to see and do.:)ReplyCancel

  • Felicity

    What a beautiful and fun holiday!
    My husband and I would love to visit Freycinet and Wine Glass Bay to enjoy the beauty and peace and rest – prior to our first baby arriving later this year and after a very difficult 4.5 months of hyperemensis gravidum.

    We would go course have to stop at Ashgrove Cheese and pick up some ‘essentials’ from the House of Anvers along the way and visit Cradle Mountain to admire the beauty and wonder of her and also reminisce and enjoy the fact our visit (thankfully) won’t be repeated we hiked the Overload Track through torrential rain and snow (one December!)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Felicity, that would be an amazing babymoon.ReplyCancel

  • Wow! Tassie looks amazing. I have seen so many beautiful photos of the breathtaking scenery there. I’ll have to visit one day. I would love to got to Cradle Mountain and Wineglass Bay would be a must see.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon bradford

    My husband and I visitted Tasmania 25 years ago. We want to now show our beaughtiful daughter it. There are so many wonderful places that we didn’t see the first time around. Top of my list would be a kayak your and seeing wineglass bay, after seeing your pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara

    I would like to visit Freycinet next year withmy husband and five children as you could relax and take in the great views or take part in some family activities and explore the beautiful area.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      So very pretty and such a great family holiday place to visit.:)ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    Cradle mountain is where I’d love to take the kids! Especially if it has snow, I’ve heard it’s beautiful!! We’d love to take our car on the ship too :) amazing experience!!ReplyCancel

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  • Tamara

    The zip pops look amazing, are they reuse able?ReplyCancel

  • Samantha

    Hi Kat,
    I ordered the Hippo Blue pencil name labels upon your recommendation the other day. They just arrived in the mail. They are really good quality plus, for a pencil label, they are actually quite a decent size. Thanks for the recommendation. I will definitely be ordering from them again.
    Thanks!
    SamanthaReplyCancel

  • I adore those sweet jewellery necklaces! Its nice to be able to have something special for myself for a chance. Perfect gift for any mum.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are just beautiful aren’t they! I too love wearing them.:)ReplyCancel