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Weekend Catch Up #8

From the recent survey that so many of you kindly filled out (thank you), I learnt that quite of  few members of this community do not follow The Organised Housewife on Facebook and Instagram.  I ask a variety of questions on facebook and share a more personal side of me via photos on Instagram.  Because you are missing out […]

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  • I can’t believe you throw out all those bottles Kat….lol….here I am collecting bottle after bottle to make succulent terrarium gifts.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea Renee, I am giving them away to a reader (teacher) that lives locally she is going to make christmas globes with your studentsReplyCancel

  • Can you fit a tea light in one of those baby bottles? Just came back from a wedding, with jars full of flowers and tea lights. Was beautiful styling.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That is such a gorgeous idea, I could imagine how beautiful that would look!ReplyCancel

Weekend Catch Up #7

From the recent survey that so many of you kindly filled out (thank you), I learnt that quite of  few members of this community do not follow The Organised Housewife on Facebook and Instagram.  I ask a variety of questions on facebook and share a more personal side of me via photos on Instagram.  Because you are missing out […]

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  • Vonni

    Ha ha. Leftovers on the bench. I have so done that. Many times.

    You wake up in the morning, start your coffee, turn around and there’s your bolognese.

    Oh well, atleast the kitchen looks clean… for atleast another 5 minutes.ReplyCancel

    • Shelly

      We do this all the time too so the dogs end up with it, I’m convinced they now distract me on purposeReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        LOL, dogs are so clever!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s it Vonni, I came out to have breakfast and was so upset to see it there!ReplyCancel

  • Anna

    What are those strawberries and creams? is that a homemade recipe? looks delicious!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      No Anna, they are just the Allens Strawberries and Cream lollies…. so naughty, but yummy!ReplyCancel

Weekend Catch Up #6

Poor Mr 11 and I have been really sick since last Thursday, this bug has lingered, so this week hasn’t been too productive on the photo front I’m sorry… and because I have also been working really hard ready to launch something extra special in a few days time.   From the recent survey that so […]

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  • Sweet Miss 11! My week was eventful, consumed by a uni assessment and blacking out at the bus stop! Hope you are on the mend Kat.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Oh no Stephanie, hope you are feeling better!
      Yes thank you i am feeling a lot better.:)ReplyCancel

  • Mary Doukakis

    I’ve been tidying up #3 son’s clothing left at my home. Getting it ready to send it off to him in his new space. Made stuffed peppers for dindin tonight. Hubby remarks, “great!”… (man of few words). Planning some decluttering this week.ReplyCancel

Weekend Catch up #5

From the recent survey that so many of you kindly filled out (thank you), I learnt that quite of  few members of this community do not follow The Organised Housewife on Facebook and Instagram.  I ask a variety of questions on facebook and share a more personal side of me via photos on Instagram.  Because you are missing out […]

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  • Fiona

    Here is to a coffee with you Kat, feel like I am sitting with a friend catching up. We had a great week, I revamped my sons cupboards after some inspiration from you, they look great hope they stay that way. Hope your feeling better.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Still feeling quite sick Fiona, which is terrible as we have such a busy weekend ahead. But yes, I have my coffee here too!ReplyCancel

  • Darlene

    Wow those costumes look amazing Kat and I am impressed to see your daughter at the sewing machine and that you didn’t do it all for them, you are teaching them such great lesson at a young age, good on you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      She did so well, made the apron for her outfit all by herself, very proud moment.ReplyCancel

  • How clever is your daughter on the sewing machine! And I love those book week costumes. I’m making a little trip to Typo today – totally love that shop! Mmm your iced milo looks very delicious for this warmer weather. Thanks for the great weekend catch up. PS – I love following you on instagram! xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      that milo frappe was delicious, was so nice on a sore throat! Yes I may have shed a tea at how confident she was on the sewing machine.ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Thanks for the tip about Face Book.ReplyCancel

  • Wow! Some awesome creativity here… A pleasure to read :)

    We hope our Aussie Kids Songs YouTube Channel would really resonate well with your readers. We’d love some early feedback from thought leading parents. Here’s our first video, Waltzing Matilda.

    Hope to hear from you soon,
    Callum and AmeliaReplyCancel

Weekend Catch up #4

From the recent survey that so many of you kindly filled out (thank you), I learnt that quite of  few members of this community do not follow The Organised Housewife on Facebook and Instagram.  I ask a variety of questions on facebook and share a more personal side of me via photos on Instagram.  Because you are missing out […]

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  • Lee Blair

    Citrus plants like your Lemon tree drop their leaves if under watered and then over watered . So stick to a regular amount of water every few days and this problem will rectify. Sorry if this is the wrong section to comment. All the very best

  • Katrina

    Ooh thank you so much Lee! I will keep up the regular watering,:)ReplyCancel

{GIVEAWAY} Kasey Chambers New Album – Bittersweet Pack and more

The music of Kasey Chambers nowadays feels almost as intrinsic to this country as vegemite and Australia will be happy to know that on August 29, the singer, songwriter and storyteller will release her tenth studio album and first solo record in four years, Bittersweet. Produced by American Nick DiDia (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, The Wallflowers, Powderfinger, The Living End) at Studios […]

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  • Sharnee Snowden

    Nothing could be more bittersweet then being married and having your most cherished people there to witness the occasionReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Leaving a relationship after many years………………….

  • Jo Thorp

    The day my husband & I drove our son to University to set up his dorm room – so proud yet so sad!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Curnow

    The day that we had an IVF transfer in the city & my mum rang from the country to say our family cat had to be put down. I had happy tears & sad tears. And this attempt, after 4 failed ones, finally worked & we have a precious 7 year old as a result. ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    My mum left us 4 kids and my dad when we were quite young, now my siblings and I are starting our very own families with promises to never let that happen to them ReplyCancel

  • LJ Pozzebon

    After spending 3 weeks in hospital not know if you have cancer, relief to find out it’s only MS & can be managed. 12yrs on living happily with my family.ReplyCancel

  • Alex

    I’d love the kasey chambers cdReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It is great i agree, Alex. I have been listening to it all morning.ReplyCancel

  • Maya

    My most bittersweet moment was when my mum finally passed away. She was no suffering or in pain, but it also meant I could never hold her or kiss her ever again. :(ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Maya i feel for you, it is so very hard. Totally understand where you are coming from.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Groves

    My bittersweet moment is a recurring one! You see our family is a FIFO (fly-in, fly-out) family. So every fortnight we kiss hubby/Dad goodbye (the bitter part) as he flys from one side of the country to the other to work in the hot, dusty red dirt of the iron ore mines in Western Australia. The sweet part is the excitement and anticipation of him arriving home to be with us physically again. The other sweet part is the dreams that we are living out and achieving for our little family and the time we have together with this lifestyle that we have chosen.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Jodie, yes it would be so hard on you and your family. So many families do it these days and often wonder how? I guess it is a lifestyle change you all adjust to.ReplyCancel

  • Trudy George

    When I moved away from all my family and friends. Although in still far from them, I have so many beautiful friends here in Melbourne.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Moving away is so hard, yes i agree Trudy. But it is also great that you have your friends there with you.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    My most bitter sweet moment is having cleaned the house all day and it’s looking great ….. THEN the kids walk in the door from school. Bye bye tidy house lol
    Ps …… I LOVE CaseyReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL yes i think a lot of us can relate to this one, Rachel!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    A bit like painting the harbour bridge. When you finally finish a task and then realise you have to start that task (or similar) all over againReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes that has happened many times, Katrina!ReplyCancel

  • Christine Mc

    After 22 years as Paramedic I became a stay at home mum to 4 beautiful girls. My husband is FIFO, 3 weeks away 1 week home. It is sad when he leaves but he gets THE BEST cuddles when home. Also his mother lives with us which is bitter because she comments on all my housekeeping skills to family and loves to ridicule but sweet because she is mostly sweet to the girls and they get heaps of time with their grandmother.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Sullivan

    My most bittersweet moment was when I was holding my last baby. She was born at 32 weeks, holding her and knowing she was ok after what had seemed an eternity of uncertainty, she was perfect! But it was bitter at the same time because she was whisked away so quickly into the humidicrib and all I wanted to do was hold her and take her home. Its one of the hardest things I’ve ever done! But now she is a happy 7 year old that drives me crazy and I wouldn’t have her any other way ????ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Rebecca yes that would have been so hard for you but so glad to hear she is now happy and healthy.:)ReplyCancel

  • Debbie

    My most memorable bittersweet moment was when I gave birth to my third son. I fell in love with him immediately, and showered him with kisses and cuddles, telling him just how much his mummy loved him. The bitter part is that he was born sleeping :'(ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Debbie, from the bottom of my heart i am so very sorry. Reading this brought tears to my eyes.ReplyCancel

  • Nikkie

    The birth of my first child. The joy I felt when she arrived so such sweet joy only to discover she wasn’t breathing so had to be rushed away to be resuscitated. Seeing her in the humidicrib but not being able to cuddle her continued my bittersweet moment.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Nikkie that would have been so very hard.ReplyCancel

  • Georgina

    My most bitter sweet moment was finally learning on my wedding day that just cause someone is blood doesn’t make them family and my new husband telling them in no uncertain words that they are never allowed to hurt me or make me cry and his family closing ranks around me to protect me.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh wow Georgina that is very hard to deal with on your wedding day. But happy for you that things have worked out for the best.ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    Sadly i had to find my pugalier Bessie a new home. Because of a,allergy and renting i couldn’t keep her. But she has a beautiful loving home nowReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Meagn, i am glad to hear she has a loving new home.ReplyCancel

  • Joanne Alphey

    Holding my dads hand when he passed away is my most memorable bittersweet moment. It was the end of his pain and suffering, but also the beginning of learning to live life without him. There’s been plenty of bittersweet moments ever since.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That’s heartbreaking, Joanne. The last thing we want is for our loved ones to be in pain but saying goodbye is so very hard too.ReplyCancel

  • Tash

    My most bittersweet moment was when I got told I could no longer have any more children while in ICU but the one I just gave birth to was in NICU and he was in a stable condition after an emergency c-section 3 years ago. It hasn’t been easy but were both here so that’s all that matters!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh that is so hard to hear those words Tash.ReplyCancel

  • My bittersweet moment was when I saw one of my handmade designs published in a children’s magazine.ReplyCancel

  • When we moved to the city from a mining town. The move to the city brought us closer to family, but leaving the mining town after many years meant leaving good friends that had become like family.ReplyCancel

  • Tammie Fleming

    after years of hard work and setbacks with being a stay at home mum with a business.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    My bittersweet moment comes once a month…when I look at my lovely month-long saved up bank balance…then I start paying the bills! Hi-ho Hi-ho; it’s back to work I go! lolReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL Kylie yes i’m sure so many of us can relate to this!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Therese

    My children’s milestones for two reasons. As they pass each stage (newborn to toddler to child etc) they will never be at the stage they just grew out of again and I miss each stage when it changes (and perhaps didn’t value it as much as I should have)ReplyCancel

    • Alison

      When my first child was born, amazing to finally have a baby after so long, but bittersweet in that his two triplet siblings passed away during pregnancy.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Ooh Alison, that is so hard but so happy for you that you finally have the baby you deserve.:)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      So true, Therese! They grow up so very quickly. Love getting my cuddles whenever i can.:)ReplyCancel

  • Ness

    Moving away from family; sweet in knowing we were removing our kids from a toxic environment, but bitter in realising will all that had past and us making the brake they would not grow up knowing their cousins. The really sweet bit, we have moved to a great community and they have more support and friends than everReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It is so hard moving away from family, Ness but sounds like you made the right choice.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Scales

    My bittersweet moment was the arrival of my daughter
    after my dad passed away. Dad was diagnosed with bowel cancer when I was 16 weeks pregnant. He was gone by the time I was 32 weeks pregnant. When my daughter was born, my sister was with me and the first thing I said when I held my daughter. ” She has dad’s hands”
    She also has his long eyelashes. She is now a gorgeous 12 year old.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Kylie that is very bittersweet! Would have been a very hard time for you!ReplyCancel

  • Irene Wilkinson

    I would love to give Kasey’s CD’s, to my dear friend who is very ill & simply adores Kasey.
    My bitter sweet moment was when after many years of ‘tracking down’ my father’s family in Poland, that I finally met them & felt so good to do so, just a pity my father had died 30 years before.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Irene what a lovely gesture for your friend!ReplyCancel

  • Annie

    When you go to the lengths to retrieve your last borns cord blood (this is not an easy task living in Central Western Queensland) in the hope that it could one day save a siblings life, then find out that it’s not a match. On a more positive note, the sibling has thus far not had to use it.ReplyCancel

  • Alison

    When my first child was born, amazing to finally have a baby after so long, but bittersweet in that his two triplet siblings passed away during pregnancyReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Me & my daughter both love kasey, my bitter sweet moment is
    My daughter starting high school but knowing she is behind kids
    Her own age .ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Alex Johnson

    Deciding to be a stay at home momma of three amaze girls.. ReplyCancel

  • wendy fox

    My bittersweet moment was when my type 1 diabetic son received his insulin pump which gives him much more control and means he no longer needs to inject himself 42 times a week….but he will always be a diabetic with all the horrible parts of the disease…ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Wendy, that must be so hard for your son and yourself!ReplyCancel

  • Helen Rodgers

    Starting a uni degree in my 50’s and having to leave half way through to care for my Mum. Bittersweet but a privilege.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    It would have to be when my father died. It was a blessing that he was finally at peace & the fact that I was there to say goodbye. He is missed every day.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Mary, thats very hard to deal with but comforting for you and your dad that you were there with him when he passed.ReplyCancel

  • Shandelle wood

    The end of a block of chocolate – it was so good – but never lasts as long as you need!ReplyCancel

  • Lyn Richards

    Calling my daughter every week and hearing her talk about her new job, her life and all the things she is preparing for the week ahead. She is so sensible and responsible and even though we live in different states, we are still as close as ever and I know I had something to do with the beautiful woman she is today.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Beautiful, Lyn! It is hard living in different states from our loved ones, but so wonderful to hear that you and your daughter are so very close.ReplyCancel

  • Kerry

    Kasey Chambers sucks the big one.
    Giving away her things because she can’t sell them she’s that shit.ReplyCancel

  • Warm bath, coffee and a whole packet of TIM TAMS,
    Then realizing how hard I have to work out the next day.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Oh yes i would be thinking the exact same thing, Jennifer! I always feel so guilty afterwards.ReplyCancel

  • Claire

    I have a bittersweet feeling every day at the moment watching my gorgeous baby boy growing up and knowing that he is our last baby and I won’t get to go through these precious moments ever again. Oh yeah and Kasey Chambers rocks!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I also have that realisation at times too, Claire. Its sad but at the same time so rewarding watching them grow up.:)ReplyCancel

  • Richard K

    Being stuck in hospital for weeks, then only to have to return and be readmittedReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh yes, Richard i would have to agree with you on this one. Hope you aren’t in there too much longer.ReplyCancel

  • Adrianne

    Sweet is the privilege to enjoy this Summer day with my children – beach, bush whatever I choose….
    Bittersweet is reading about a lady Sheree Mcleod and the journey she faces everyday in Hospital… her strength, pure honesty and candour is humbling and she DOESN’T get to choose what to do on this glorious day with her children….. incredible fight in this woman… Please send this CD to her to shorten those days:)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Wow what a lovely gesture, Adrianne!ReplyCancel

  • Pam

    Losing my dear mum after caring for her for many years. I was grateful she would no longer suffer but I miss her terribly.ReplyCancel

  • Rhiannon

    Having the opportunity to build our dream home, but unfortunately not in the area we currently live in. So I cross my finger and toes, and look forward to the opportunity we have of having an amazing house, and knowing that we are all together as a family.ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    My biggest bittersweet moment was finishing a 100km cycling event, crossing the finish line, getting victory photos and then faceplanting. So unfortunate lol.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Oh no Jane you poor thing! That must of hurt so much! But congratulations on finishing an amazing ride, well done!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Broderick

    This whole year has been bittersweet for me and my kids. We moved 1300 km away from our home, where my husband is still living and working. It’s great to be where we are now, catching up with my family, kids are getting a better education and getting the attention they need to catch up, but we’ve only seen hubby/daddy twice this year, it was so hard to say goodbye last school holidays. Worse than FIFO. Bittersweet.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Rebecca i imagine it would very so very hard on you and your kids. Create beautiful memories when you are all together.:)ReplyCancel

  • Linda

    Moving with my husband and kids to Australia, to start a wonderful new life. But… leaving my own family and so many good friendsReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Linda yes i can see how that is bittersweet for you.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Hegarty

    My bittersweet moment is happening next week. We are moving to the country so we can all be together as a family instead of FIFO, but we have to say goodbye to all of our family & friends :( happy & sad all at the same time.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Oh yes i can understand it being a bittersweet moment for you, good luck with the move.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    Most bittersweet memory is old boyfriend took me out for my birthday then broke up with me later that night. I didn’t react sadly because I did love him but I knew out relationship would not work. Being friends didn’t work and not long after I met my future husband.ReplyCancel

  • Shannan

    Bittersweet for me is finally having the child Id longed for so long.. Only for him to arrive and need medical help and intervention. He is now 2, life with him is a daily struggle. We are truely lucky to have such wonderful friends.
    I’m a true believer you are given chances to test your abilities… I’m truely being tested..ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Shannan, I agree where would we be without family and friends for support. You are very lucky to have them in your life.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Chapman

    My Nan, Mum and I created my Year 12 formal dress together. We always struggled for money, but they saved all they could to give me a beautiful princess day. we bonded over the sewing (and unpicking…) and i felt a million dollars on the day. 14 years on, my nan has dementia, and often doesn’t know any of us. today, my daughter (4yo), my Mum and my beautiful Nan pulled apart my old formal dress and made an ‘Elsa dress’ – from the movie FROZEN. I was teary in many moments… Nan can still work her magic on the machine, and even smiled when my daughter snuggled into her lap whilst she was sitting and stoking the soft fabric. bittersweet, but I’m sure will be one of my very favourite memories!!!

  • Mascha

    Last year, just before moving back to Oz, I had an operation back ‘home’ (in the Netherlands) which turned very sour (bitter)! They punctured my intestine, didn’t realise and found out 5 days later… I almost lost my life, they kept me in a coma and IC unit for a while. It was such a hard time for my parents, sister and friends who were by my side the whole time. Ended up being in hospital for 6 weeks and rehabilitating for another half year (and still am)! It did however make me even closer to my parents, sister and friends. Made me realise how mega AMAZING they are (still getting chocked up now) = sweet… I miss them heaps!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh my gosh, Mascha! You poor thing, it sounds like you have had such a rough time! I hope you are getting better each day. I agree with you 100%, where would we be without the love and support of family and friends.:)ReplyCancel

      • Mascha

        Thank you Katrina, I’m doing really well (the lasting/chronic problems won’t hold me down!). Also helps that I’m a very positive happy person :)

        Yes, family and friends are SO important and I must say I have the best in the world :)

        Thank you SO MUCH for the prize!!! I was quite shocked when I got your email and did a little happy dance :) !!

        LOVE your blog! Please keep the great stories coming…ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Cotter

    Watching my daughter recieve her grade 12 certificate after needing to pull her from school in grade 7 and homeschool her. It was a long haul but very rewarding in the end.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Cotter

    Watching my daughter receive her grade 12 certificate after needing to pull her from school in grade 7 and homeschool her. It was a long haul but very rewarding in the end.ReplyCancel

  • Jen Caldwell

    Leaving a very enjoyable, secure, future-promising job to give my kids my time that they longed for and so deserved. I miss it, but I have not looked back.ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    One that is ongoing for me…I moved away from all my friends and family to purchase a business in another region with my partner, so we could both be together. That hard move has now proved “sweet” – in the sense we are making good money from our hard work, we are together and we now have a settled arrangement to have visits from his children. Which would never have happened if we didn’t make that move. Even though I miss home heaps and we do plan to go back someday, we are happy!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Oh that is fantastic news, Liz. Good on you!.:)ReplyCancel

  • jen jen

    My bittersweet moment moving to an island miss my family so much but feels so great to be away from all there drama and raise my 4 kids in a happy environmentReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    My most bittersweet moment was getting thru my second daughters pregnancy whilst being suicial with un diagnosed PTSD, for her at six weeks old to end up in intensive care with bronchiolitis.ReplyCancel

  • Carmel Corry

    Most Memorable Bittersweet Moment: Meeting my son finally only to know that he was too little to survive his premature birthReplyCancel

  • Pj Chinn

    My bittersweet moments happen when I see my family. They live so far away and whenever I get to spend time with them I am constantly reminded that it’s only for a short time and there is a teary farewell ahead.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      P J i totally understand what you mean!ReplyCancel

  • Jess

    I guess my most bittersweet moment was when my son got diagnosed with aspergers, we had pretty much known his whole life but it took 7 years for it to be diagnosed and then we could get some help.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Oh Jess, i hope your son is getting the right help he needs.ReplyCancel

  • Nicola Herring

    When I finished my last good read ‘watermelon’ by Marian Keyes. I spent blimming ages getting to know the characters, their names, faults, eccentricities and so on. Then suddenly the story ends! Finito! Haha! XxReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Haha i totally understand what you are saying, Nicola! Happens to me all the time.:)ReplyCancel

  • Rochelle Crow

    Recently we attended the funeral of a very dear friend who passed away from cancer way too young. Watching the video of his life and reliving all the fun times we had had together was a very bittersweet moment for me.ReplyCancel

An exciting step forward for The Organised Housewife

A few months ago my blog had a set back, on this day I realised a few things, whilst this blog is my full time job and is a business I wasn’t treating it like so which sadly saw some vulnerabilities.  I couldn’t keep up with emails and my ideas and plans for the blogs future […]

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  • Yvonne Bentley

    Hi Kat and Kate

    I often wondered how you cope with doing all you do and never seem to tire from it. I love all your hints, receipes, advice, and comments. It is great to have a reply especially as your blog has grown so much. Some days I am overwhelmed by all I have to do and feel physically drained. But you are my energiser bunny you keep on going, so it makes me want to keep going as well.

    Welcome Kate, looking forward to getting another perspective of things as well. Maybe you could be called K1 AND K2 lol.

  • Lara B

    Kat you are truly an inspiration, how you can find positives in negatives. I am looking forward to seeing The Organised Housewife flourish and watching your dreams come true, good on you for hiring an assistant.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Naw thank you Lara, I am really excited for the future too.ReplyCancel

  • Justine

    Welcome Kate, yes that will be confusing! I always love reading The Organised Housewife so you have joined a create community hear.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      not sure how we are going to easily get around that confusion, but we will make an awesome team!ReplyCancel

  • Nice to ‘meet’ you Kate, and am very excited that you have the help you deserve Kat, here’s to the continual growth of The Organised Housewife! xReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Nice to meet you too, Emily! Exciting times ahead.:)ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    That is great news Katrina! Welcome Kate ????. So many great ideas on this blog. I went to Ikea for the first time yesterday and loved it. Your Kia bedroom makeover inspired me to start organising a better space for my family to play and relax. Thanks and thanks again ????ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thank you Rebecca.:) Love ikea so much, could easily spend hours there!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Good for you that you’ve grown so big that you need to share the load. Well done & keep going as I’d be lost without reading this.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thank you! Lovely comments. So excited for the future!ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne B

    Hi Kat and Kate

    I often wondered how you cope with doing all you do and never seem to tire from it. I love all your hints, receipes, advice, and comments. It is great to have a reply especially as your blog has grown so much. Some days I am overwhelmed by all I have to do and feel physically drained. But you are my energiser bunny you keep on going, so it makes me want to keep going as well.

    Welcome Kate, looking forward to getting another perspective of things as well. Maybe you could be called K1 AND K2 lol.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    Ooh thank you so much, Yvonne. It really does mean a lot!
    Hi Yvonne thank you for the lovely comment. I am so excited to be working along side Kat.ReplyCancel

  • Shelley Banks-Kelly

    Thank you, love your enthusiasm & your great ideas. ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Parsons

    Thanks for all the helpful tips, Kat. I am no “spring chicken” but I love your daily tasks…. As we get older and the family leave home we sometimes find ourselves with way to much accumulated stuff. I am in the process of decluttering, and giving as much away to charity as I possibly can, in the meantime the daily tasks help to keep me on top of the ordinary housework, great reminders for the little things that we sometimes forget to do!! Welcome to your offsider Kate too. Keep up your great work you are truly appreciated. xxxReplyCancel

Weekend Catch Up #3

I’m having so much fun sharing these ‘Weekend Catch Up’ posts with you.  One of the readers last week so kindly commented that it was like she was catching up with a friend for coffee hearing about how my week has been.  Funnily enough I was replying to all the comments over my morning coffee… […]

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  • Julie R

    It is just like catching up with a friend Kat, thank you, I am really enjoying these posts. Showing you are a real person and that like me unpacking boxes of new furniture frustrates you too. Good luck putting it together.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Spent a good few hours on it today and only half way through, i’m exhausted!ReplyCancel

  • Oh so much awesomeness in one post!!! Love the pencil joke and I’m definitely going to remember the designer bags one! Have a great weekend xxxxReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      They are both good jokes aren’t they Lucy!ReplyCancel

  • Lucy Moore

    Hi Katrina, Nature Direct have natural products and microfibres that could get that nasty bluetak mark off the wall! I’m sure they have a distributor near you who could drop out some samples to try.

  • Jacqui

    I am very keen to see your furniture choices for Mr 11 :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Would love to see photos when you have completed Mr 11’s room.ReplyCancel

Weekend Catch Up #2

Thank you all for your lovely feedback from last weeks first Weekend Catch Up post, I will certainly continue sharing them with you! From the recent survey that so many of you kindly filled out (thank you), I learnt that quite a few members of the community do not follow The Organised Housewife on Facebook and Instagram.  I share old […]

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  • diane hecksher

    Thank you so much for the time you take to write everyday. I so look forward to reading them.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thank you Diane, I am having so much fun sharing this side of me on Instagram and don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner to share on the blog too :)ReplyCancel

  • Lynette

    truly love seeing this new series of posts, it’s like I’m catching up for coffee with a friend and hearing about how your week went… love your work Kat.! Lynette.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL Lynette, I am drinking a coffee while replying to the comments…. so it’s true, friends catching up over coffee!ReplyCancel

  • Kylee

    Wow you fit so much in during the week, thank you Kat for sharingReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Kylee, it was a busy week this week, looking forward to a quiet weekend. We will be making a start on Book Character costumes I think.ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui

    Great to read these weeklies – I have missing out on so much! Really enjoy your real life tips and tricks:)
    Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    Jacqui, there is so much that I take photo’s of around my home and think I will blog about that, but honestly I never get time to, this is a great way to share a bit more. So glad you are enjoying the new posts :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessica

    Hi Kat! I’m curious about your label machine… Have you used it to label Tupperware Modular Mates? I’ve used the Dymo labels and they don’t stick. Is Brother any good?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Jessica, Yes i have the Brother label machine. I have had it for years and never had a problem with it not sticking.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne Bentley

    Hi Kat, I love catching up on your blog, fb and emails. Haven’t quite got the hang of instagram yet. I wanted to ask you do your girls use messenger, or any chat type app on the ipod phones etc. My granddaughter had an app put on while we were overseas so she could communicate with other family and her friends. It is driving me nuts, pinging all the time, and she is constantly looking at her messages. Nothing is getting done. Then we received word in the school newsletter about all these app are for children 13+ and some even 17 years old but the kids are still using them. A serious incident happened at school with a child using one of these messaging apps where the police were involved. Our granddaughter has just turned 11. What are your views and how can we handle it.? bring back normal telephone calls to friends instead of this group messaging etc.maybe some of your readers can shed some light on this subject and how to deal with it. thanks so much.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Yvonne, My twins are 11 and just about all the kids in their class are on social media. We have created a rule in our home that the kids are not allowed onto social media firstly until they are the legal age for that app and until we think they are ready. I too have heard many stories about these apps, bullying and content that 11 year olds should not be subjected too. I feel I am protecting my kids by sticking to my rules of not allowing them access. They are being pressured by their peers but thankfully my kids know my husband and I position on this and have not harped on about getting the apps, they understand. I told my daughter the other day I used to write my friends letters everyday, it’s not the ‘thing’ these days, which is so sad.ReplyCancel

      • Yvonne Bentley

        Thanks Kat, I knew your girls were 11 that is why I wanted an honest opinion and how you handle this tricky subject. It is a bit hard now that she has it, but it will be discussed and after hearing so many mums with similar answers I am on the same page. Progress isn’t always better. My daughter had penpals 15 years ago.ReplyCancel

        • Martine

          Hi, my grandsons are 11 and 9 and have of course each a smartphone. The rules that my daughter set in place are….no phone to school, no games or chats during the week. The kids are following the rules without problems cause if they don’t , my daughter will just taking away they charger and then on week end they phone will be flat. She also put in place “NANNY” it’ s a control when they are going on the internet. Till now there was no punishment or no breaking of the rules. Just try to put it in place and see your daughter’S reaction. Hope you will coming right.
          P.S. Sorry for my bad english but i am french speaking and wanted just try to helpReplyCancel

          • Katrina

            Martine your daughter has set good rules with her boys having a smartphone. Well done, sounds like it is working well for them.

          • Yvonne Bentley

            Thanks Martine,
            Grateful for your advice. We are contemplating different things and will see which works. It was suggested to maybe allow her 1 hour a day after homework etc. then she has to hand in her phone. this way she can message or play games. But I still think maybe weekends only. There aren’t enough spare hours in a day for her to do the other.

  • Katrina

    I also use the “Nanny” app and highly recommend it.ReplyCancel

A simple hello can brighten somebody’s day

Recently I had coffee with a friend who on the outside seems as though she is happy and under control. She always writes positive messages on facebook and in photos I see she is smiling beautifully. She opened up a little and I realised she is struggling, her health isn’t the best, her toddler is demanding and she is constantly tired.

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  • Carrie-Anne Elizabeth Hunter

    What a wonderful blog post :-) You did a good thing taking the time to talk to your friend and let her open up to you. God bless you for that!ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    From one mum to another yes I always hide behind a smile, I laugh and dress nicely but people don’t take the time to realise I am not really OK. Thank you Kat for helping people realise that even the simple things like a coffee, a block of chocolate, a 5 min chat really do make somebodies day.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh it’s a pleasure, Louise! It feels nice, i agree.:)ReplyCancel

  • Jo Johnson

    Hey Kat, just wondering what the go is with Perth :) Would we need to fly to Melb, Syd or Bris for the personal stylist. Would love love love (and need need need) to win! <3ReplyCancel

  • Marilynne Pross-Vale

    Would love to win one, every day I always try to make some one’s life a little better, it’s not hard !

  • Marilynne Pross-Vale

    Would love to win one, every day I always try to make some one’s life a little better, it’s not hard !

  • Ami Kono

    why cant people from ACT enter? :(ReplyCancel

Weekend Catch Up #1

From the recent survey that so many of you kindly filled out (thank you), I learnt that quite of  few members of the community do not follow The Organised Housewife on Facebook and Instagram.  I share old posts on facebook and share a more personal side of me via photos on Instagram.  Because you are missing out on this I […]

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  • Julie R

    Kat, sometimes I could just hug you. Thank you, I don’t use instagram and seeing from the pics above I have been missing out on a whole different side of you, love that you are sharing these catch up posts and keeping us up to date. This week I cleaned out my daughters wardrobe, donated 3 bags of clothes!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Can’t let you miss out!! Please that you enjoyed the post, I’ll keep them coming each week. 3 bags of clothes is an awesome effort, great work!ReplyCancel

  • Thank you

    That is a brilliant tip about the sheet sets, never really thought how they would work out what the size was. I don’t follow on instagram either, don’t really have the time, but looking at this pics and your beautiful smile I might just have to!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Just something that makes it a little easier for them when sorting! Thank you, glad you enjoyed the catch up post xReplyCancel

  • CJ

    I have just started using Zymil milk, a few months ago & it has made a huge difference to my stomach issues. I was tested for coeliacs but that came back negative, however my Dr suggested it could be a gluten & lactose combined issue. Have a look at the Fodmap diet…very interesting!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      CJ I took hubby and Miss 11 to the dr last week and he gave me the Fodmap diet, didn’t test them for coeliacs though he said to see how we go with this. He did think that Miss 11’s pains were muscular, strange, but I’ll see how we go. Great to hear your tummy has settled.ReplyCancel

  • Well, you usually start with one food at a time. Or you can eliminate both gluten and dairy until she starts to feel better and then try introducing a little dairy (or gluten) back in her diet and see how she does. That way you would know whether it was the dairy or the gluten.

    I am gluten, soy and dairy free. Gluten is in soy sauce and so many other products that you wouldn’t even imagine had gluten. It’s even in soup.

    But you can also buy (or make) gluten-free stuff. I buy gluten-free soy and gf chicken noodle soup. I also make my own dairy-free cream of chicken soup to use in casseroles and things. They even have dairy-free sour cream and a dairy-free ice cream substitute called Rice Dream. Udi’s makes a really yummy gf bread.

    It’s just really nice have far stores have come in catering to those who are gluten-free.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Momstheword, Fantastic idea with eliminating one food at a time! There is a great variety of gluten free food out there now.ReplyCancel

  • Olivia

    Hi Katrina, I would recommend going to see a dietitian if you think there is an issue with food intolerances. They can assist you with a low FODMAP diet, whilst still ensuring you are getting all the nutrients you need. It is advisable to have the Coeliac screens done prior to any wheat/gluten avoidance as you need to be consuming adequate amounts of gluten for the test to give you accurate results. Hope that helps.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thank you Olivia for this helpful information, very much appreciated.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda D'Souza

    Thanks for sharing here as I don’t have Instagram xx

  • Ingrid Gusdorf-Bollerman

    Thanks for the ‘catch-up’ReplyCancel

  • Ingrid Gusdorf-Bollerman

    Thanks for the ‘catch-up’

  • Kylie

    My husband is lactose intolerant, was worked out by doing a lactose challenge (cut all lactose for about 6 weeks at the end have a large amount of lactose, if symptoms return then lactose is probably the cause). My daughter is gluten intolerant which was picked up in a blood test, however blood test do have a high degree of false negative (although not as high in children), she is yet to be tested for actual coeliac, as that is a bowel biopsy and I’m not prepare to put my 7 year old though it, yet.ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Hood

    Managing varying food intolerances can be difficult at first – I found myself cooking separate meals etc and turning meal times into a disaster zone with so many extra dirty prep dishes. I have now settled into a routine and know at what stage to split a recipe to create GF and Lactose free versions. Most of what I cook is fine for the whole family, but the readily available GF products like pasta and flours make substitution easy and we use the iddells ReplyCancel

A little about me and you, plus win a $150 Big W voucher

Today I am celebrating my 4th Blogiversary.  I can’t believe my blog has been running for 4 years, no way did I have an inkling that so many people will be following and getting a front seat view of how I run my household. image credit You know though, I get it, I love sitting […]

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    Kat, you are nothing but inspirational to me, you are real and so relatable, I love everything about your website, it has helped me so much. Thank you for all you do.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      naw thank you so much Kylie, that truly makes my heart sing xxReplyCancel

  • Susan W

    I have been reading your blog every day on a few short weeks after you have started, I can’t believe that it has been 4 years. Thanks Kat for all you do, Happy Blog Birthday.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It has passed so quickly hasn’t it, honestly doesn’t feel like 4 years, which I guess is a good thing!ReplyCancel

  • Wow a very happy 4th blog birthday Kat. You are one of the originals for sure!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thank you Emily, there are so many others that have been around for such a long time, truly love what I do!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Deane

    Love reading your blog each day. So nice to know there are quite a few of us organised souls out there. Keep up the good workReplyCancel

  • Happy Blog Birthday Kat! As excited as you were to meet Peter Walsh is how excited I was to meet you at The Voices of 2014 kidspot Masterclass this year! Keep it going and don’t stop inspiringReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Naw thank you Sheridan that means so much, are you coming up to the Problogger conference at all??ReplyCancel

  • Hi, Katrina! Just did your survey and noticed a couple of things:

    1. SurveyMonkey doesn’t seem to register the answers in the ‘Other’ category, and told me I had to provide an answer to those questions even though I’d freetexted one. I had to pick the nearest choice from the tick-boxes as well as entering my answer in ‘Other’, because otherwise the survey wouldn’t let me progress. Those questions probably need a tick-box for the ‘Other’ option as well as a free-text section.

    2. The choice you give for the ‘Where did you go for your holidays?’ question seems to assume everyone answering is from Australia. I don’t have a state! (I answered ‘Interstate’ since we travelled to a different country within the UK, which seemed to me to be the equivalent.)

    Anyway, let me join in with saying thanks for the blog because I love the lists of tasks!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thank you for the feedback Sarah I really appreciate it. Thank you also for taking the time to fill in the survey, I appreciate it.ReplyCancel

  • Crafty Mummy

    Congratulations, Kat!! Amazing to think how well you’ve done in just 4years. You’re an inspiration to me!

    And we should have lunch together – that’s my favourite too!ReplyCancel

  • Crafty Mummy

    Congratulations, Kat!! Amazing to think how well you’ve done in just 4years. You’re an inspiration to me!

    And we should have lunch together – that’s my favourite too!ReplyCancel

  • Bake Play Smile

    Wow it’s so nice to get to know you a but more Kat. I absolutely love your blog and am not surprised at all how huge it is!!! Totally with you on the avocado, cheese and tomato sandwiches too. I’m a bit the same with books – I find I read so many books to the kids in my class that when I get home all I want to do is mindlessly flick through a magazine. Happy 4th blogaversary! xxxReplyCancel

  • Judy Cass

    Thanks Kat for all your tips, my house is always clean and tidy due to following your household cleaning tips. Housework is no longer a chore.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne Bentley

    Thank goodness you entered into my life, gave me some insight to tackle challengers each day. Because of you my house is organised even more. My friends think I am super woman. I was totally organised for Christmas as I had done everything and organised it all because of the spare time I had because of you. It will be hard to get back into it as I have been overseas on holidays for 5 months, no housework. At least I know I have a spotless house to come back too. Thanks for sharing all your personal information.I thought I was the only person who didn’t read books. So glad you are on my page. lol ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Gorton

    Happy Birthday for your blog!
    Ive been following the de-cluttering challenge, I love how each day the task is so easily achievable that it really has helped get my home and life sorted. I look forward to many more. Thank youReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thank you Amanda! So happy that you are enjoying the posts and challenges.ReplyCancel

  • Well i am 30 years old, at the moment its just my lovely husband and a house fall of animals. (feels like a zoo sometimes)
    I have just finished my volunteer job of 9 years working at an Animal Shelter.
    And I am Happy :) As long as your happy within yourself then you are happy all roundReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thats lovely Kelly. I agree with you, it takes more energy to be angry than it does to put a smile on your face and be happy!.:)ReplyCancel