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Party planning is a great option to create a stream of income into your home, particularly if you are wanting extra cash, without getting a job out of the home. I’ve shared my top tips on How to start a party planning business + you can WIN one of 3 The Body Shop® Virgin Mojito Ice Bucket Gifts.

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  • Paula Thompson

    The coconut deluxe gift set would be top of my wish list because it is my favourite scent and smells so delicious.ReplyCancel

    • Margaret Quintal

      The top of my list would be any of the pre-packaged Christmas gifts! The ability to not only benefit myself with gorgeous products but to also help a family in Ethiopia have safe drinking water because of my purchase is even more rewarding. Keep up the great work The Body Shop with all that you do and in your WaterAid campaign!ReplyCancel

  • nicole lavanda

    the best product from the body shop that’s on the top of my wish list is their Peppermint Reviving Foot Soak because juggling 2 little ones during the day, studying and working….the thought of stopping at the end of the night to soak the feet sounds magical!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Harris

    I love the advent calendar in the Xmas catalogue. I think it’s an affordable and fun way to try a range of body shop products. Coconut body butter is my go to product xxReplyCancel

  • Spa of the world luxurious body collection box would be my pick! Looks AMAZING!
    It would make the ultimate gift full of amazing products to keep you feeling relaxed and refreshed! I might just have to keep that one for myself!ReplyCancel

  • Di

    White Musk, I’m just about out and need to top up! Perhaps a white musk body bar too :)ReplyCancel


    All the gorgeous perfume oils, I love, love, love them but really dislike going ‘in store’ because the girls behind the counter are either too engrossed in themselves or their over the top conversations to pay attention or give respect to shoppers (by toning things down and watching their tongues) OR it’s the other extreme and the minute you set foot in store they’re on you and won’t leave you in peace to browse and select the scent for you, insisting that they know your nose better than you do. Body shop at home sounds like heaven to me, for all the products, without the snooty nosed sales assistants.ReplyCancel

  • karina l

    I love grapefruit flavoured everything, especially the body butter and shower gel. I just want to lick myself, it smells divine!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    24 Days of Christmas Gifts!

    One for me, one for my mum, one for my sister… but I would have to give them on 30 November so they could begin to open them on the 1st. Hmmm, so then I would need to buy more gifts for Christmas Day. They would love it! And I would love it too because the Advent Calendar is such a great tradition. And maybe I could forgo the chocolate Advent Calendar. Maybe…ReplyCancel

  • I would love to check the carrot moisture facial cream I used through my twenties back in Denmark – and which Body Shop stopped producing some years ago :( – would love to be able to get it again – was just the best.
    As I have not used it for years due to not being able to get it might be why my skin looks old now :(ReplyCancel

  • Anastasia

    The pomegranate skin firming range because at the age of 40 I need to find ways to keep my skin looking youthful.ReplyCancel

  • Louise M

    The Mango Bliss box, I rarely like fragranced products but this smells as good as the mangoes I eat!ReplyCancel

  • kzsupreme

    The pomegranate skin firming range for me,
    hitting 50, sagging skin I see.
    Body shop at home products, sheer bliss
    I can relax, and a sale I cant miss 😀ReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    Hemp hand protector, because it works.ReplyCancel

  • Hildi

    The Advent Calendar from the Body Shop;
    Would make my heart skip and hop;
    Leading to Christmas a surprise everyday;
    Would make this grateful Mummy shout HOORAY!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Palmer

    The 24 days of Christmas! An advent calendar for mummy! Yes please! Bout time there was one for mummy’s!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny

    The top of my list would be the Shea Butter Tin. I love the way Shea Butter leaves your skin so incredibly soft and silky. Talk about pampering. Really don’t have the time for that, but would love it. I’m always for helping anyone out, especially to give Clean Water for the people of Ethiopia? We should always help out cause there is always people in worst shape then ourselves.ReplyCancel

  • Pam Berkeypile

    Shea beauty bag. I need soft hands!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty Bunyan

    I’d love the advent calendar, something special just for me to enjoy and count down to Christmas, why should the kids have all the fun! Also it would give me an idea what products I like to purchase full size at the next party!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    The Mango Bliss Box just screams summer indulgence. Blissfully delicious!!ReplyCancel

  • Angela M

    The cranberry shower gel. I’m sure it smells delicious and it’s absolutely Christmassy! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Adele Smith

    The Argan Deluxe Kit as I’ve used some of these products before and my skin coos in delight when these are applied. The perfect gift to my skin!ReplyCancel

  • Belle

    The Glazed Apple Shimmer Globe caught my eye. I don’t even know what it is but just looking at it makes me feel like it would smell fresh and summery and make me feel all shiny and new.ReplyCancel

  • melanie

    Coco butter body butter! Its time to start getting ready for the warmer weather and theres nothing better than smelling and feeling delicious on a balmy summers evening!ReplyCancel

  • melanie

    Cocoa butter body butter! Its time to start getting ready for the warmer weather and theres nothing better than smelling and feeling delicious on a balmy summers evening!ReplyCancel

  • Elita Hooper

    Hemp body butter only thing that will fix my son’s excemaReplyCancel

  • I would absolutely love the mango bliss box. Mangoes are my favourite fruit combined with great products. MMM heaven all round.ReplyCancel

  • Maree

    Argan oil gift set ticks all my Christmas wish list!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Brazil

    I would love the oils of life box. I was in a store today and tried some under my eyes and it felt so beauiftul. I love all Body Shop products but always seem to be buying them as gifts. Today I treated myself to some of the new SPA scrub and went to bed feeling amazing. Skin is so soft.ReplyCancel

  • margo

    Thank you for the opportunity to win such a lovely gift.

    I would choose the hemp hand cream as my hands need all the help I can get, it works, you can see the difference.ReplyCancel

  • Deb

    Cannot go past the Hemp range it just works – forget all the restReplyCancel

  • Alexandra

    My pick is Spa of the World – what’s better than being transported to amazing places all over the world and being pampered by unique products from your own living room?ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    The Mango Bliss Box would definitely be on the top of my wish list, I used the mango range at the end of my first pregnancy and when my daughter was a newborn and every time I smell it I can remember those days as if I was living them again :)ReplyCancel

  • Sue Kelsey

    Milk bath – best bath ingredient ever, leaves skin feeling smooth and refreshed.ReplyCancel

  • ooh, for my daughter who is a hairdresser and has issues with her hands, i would get the Hemp Medium Tin… she loves this. and for my other daughter to take to the gym, Strawberry Beauty Bag… that would make me happy, seeing my girls happy.ReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    The Satsuma tin! I’ve always loves that scent and I was so disappointed when they discontinued it. I might need to put it on my christmas wish list… :)ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    My favourite Body Shop product is the Strawberry hand cream. It comes in a small tube that fits perfectly in your hand bag. You only need the tiniest bit to leave your hands feeling silky and soft and the gorgeous strawberry scent lasts for a good while. Love it!!ReplyCancel

  • Debra Girling

    The White Musk Barrel Gift, my all time favourite Body Shoppe scentReplyCancel

  • Carolyn

    24 Days of Christmas Gifts. I love the idea of an adult advent calendar! Why should the kids get all the present opening fun!!?ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    Shea body butter – luxurious on dry skin plus it smells good enough to eat!ReplyCancel

  • Selina Brookes

    The pomegranate series has my name all over it – smells delicious and alas, my skin now exhibits “visible signs of aging”! Can’t go past the gift boxes though with 10 nieces and nephews to buy for this Christmas.ReplyCancel

  • Emma Busuttil

    Jasmine perfume oil or shower gel and body lotion! Most perfumes give me a rash or a headache (Or both) but I just love this fragrance and body shop perfumes are gentle on my skin.ReplyCancel

  • It would have to be any product from the Moringa Range as this scent is just divine, fresh and subtle, but if I would have to pick it would the Moringa Body Mist as it makes me feel beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • jess

    My skin always loves thes strawberry body butter!ReplyCancel

  • Tina

    Easily the peppermint pamper tin! Nothing like a bit of relief for my tootsies after running around on them all day!ReplyCancel

  • Tam

    Is there a non-virgin Mojito range? If so, I’M THERE!

  • Diana

    Any of the Body Butters. My teen girls and I go through them like you wouldn’t believe. We haven’t tried the Mojito, but the Frosted Plum smells divine! Anything fruity!ReplyCancel

  • Allison

    top of my list would be hand cream i absolutely love body shop hand creams :)ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Would love to try something from the plum range…a new scent I haven’t seen before! The body shop products are a moment of bliss in my house of boys (hubby and 3 boys). I always suggest body shop products when people ask me for ideas :)ReplyCancel

  • Nikoly Richardson

    I would love the Black Musk EDT or the African Ximenia Scrub.
    What the heck…lets go for both!
    Ooh, but then there’s the…..and the….oh where does it stop?!ReplyCancel

  • Selina Leng

    The new oils of life range- I’ve tried the samples and loved how it made my skin feel, the only hydrating product that’s stopped it flaking and it smells heavenly.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne W

    The Body Shop At Home party
    Would be a marvelous treat.
    The Coconut Deluxe Gift set
    Smells good enough to eat!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Cole

    The Advent Calendar Set, because Christmas only happens once a year, and a box filled with surprises is the way to go for me!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Hanham

    The “Oils of Life Skincare Gift” is at the top of my wishlist because you’re never too old to become younger!ReplyCancel

  • Shea Body Scrub is always on my must have list.

    Creamy, delicious scent, leaves smooth skin, you get the gist.

    It helps me out every summer, it really is quite clever.

    And now with a baby on the way I need indulging more than ever!ReplyCancel

  • Natasha Horsham

    I love the mango body scrub – it always makes me feel clean or may be I should say to awakens my skin and afterwards love the oils in it so that my skin feels that moisturisedReplyCancel

  • Kristie Newland

    The Satsuma Tin! I fell in love with the scent when I was living in the UK and have only been able to find it once (at christmas) since retuning to Oz :(ReplyCancel

  • Trileen Robson

    There is nothing better than the body shop shower gels/washes, especially the pink grapefruit and coco butter ones. I have very little time to indulge in these products, but this gives me the one optunity to “indulge” in beautiful products xReplyCancel

  • Thelma Roberton

    Since I couldn’t see anything raspberry the next best thing it glazed apple…the sugar scrub is at the top of the list!ReplyCancel

  • Christy

    It would have to be Spa of the World for my daughter & me. Spa is something we both love to do together & to be able to use this amazing product would be a total bliss!ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    Body scrub at the end of a working week I love to exfoliate the whole body to feel fresh and aliveReplyCancel

  • Kelli

    Top of my Christmas wish list was always the olive body spray…LOVED it and cried fReplyCancel

  • Kelli

    Top of my Christmas wish list was always the olive body spray…LOVED it and cried for weeks when it was taken off the shelves ? I am a big fan of all the body butters…at the moment I am loving the new frosted cranberry body butter!ReplyCancel

  • Donna Lovelock

    I’d have to order the Strawberry Bliss Box as a Christmas gift for myself! I love having a bubble bath using the Strawberry Shower Gel as the bubble bath. Smells amazing & I come out in a much better mood.ReplyCancel

  • Carol

    Black Sea Salt Scrub does an amazing job at exfoliating the whole body. I just love the way your skin feels afterwards – so fresh, alive and smooth waiting for that next layer of virgin mojito body butter that just smells so delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer

    The Shea Butter has always been a favourite of mine. Doesn’t conflict with any of the perfumes I wear and super-moisturising without the greasy aftermath. The fact that it’s responsibly sourced through The Tungteiya Shea Butter Association and goes to help women in Ghana is an added bonus!ReplyCancel

  • Sonia G

    Right up the top of my list will always be the Body Shop’s coconut body butter. No smell conjures up images of warm summer evenings by the pool than that one!ReplyCancel

  • Angela J

    Spa of the World Kit – OMG, just to get lost in the inulgence of it all, even for just a small while! Bliss.ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Maddock

    Top of my Wishlist from the Body Shop catalogue is the Advent Calender Gift (p9) as this contains so many of my favourite products, along with a lot that I haven’t yet tried out.ReplyCancel

  • Laura Scriven

    Body Butter keeps me smooth, because I’m always on the move. Air con and pollution all day, keeps dry, dull skin away.ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    The Satsuma gift set because while growing up in England “Santa” always left a satsuma (mandarin!) at the bottom of my stocking. The smell still reminds me of those freezing cold & dark Christmas mornings! But in a good way!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    On top of my Christmas wish list would be the moringa body butter the beautiful fresh smell of this would take me from day to night on a balmy summer’s day in the pre Christmas Party rush. That virgin mojito would also go down a treat dying to try this out!!ReplyCancel

  • Amelia

    Mango Bliss Box. Mango is my toddler’s favourite food. I might get a few more cuddles if I smell like it 😉ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Parsons

    I use Body shop products, and the all in one face base is wonderful as is the moisturizing primer! Both awesome products and the fact that nothing is tested on animals makes me love the Body Shop!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer B.

    A treat for me that might just over-ride the smell of wet dog around this house at the moment in the most exotic of ways… A WHITE MUSK DELUXE GIFT Set!ReplyCancel

Do you have open packets in pantry you struggle to keep closed or tidy? I’ll show you how I keep all the little packets tidy and a fabulous new idea I’ve come across to keep the contents airtight.

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  • Lucy Williams

    Definitely the spices that aren’t in jars. All just shoved in a spice rack wherever they fit!ReplyCancel

  • Renaye Baldwin

    Everything feels chaotic at the moment. I think the cereals are definitely the worst though because the kids get into those all day long!ReplyCancel

  • Sharnee Snowden

    Definitely my baking area….I have containers but its the half used choc melts and oats that look messyReplyCancel

  • Chandini Gibson

    The kids snacks! So many packets and it’s so hard to keep it all sealed and organised.ReplyCancel

  • Beth Sullivan

    The most disorganized part of my pantry is the baking items shelf. The flour, salt, oats, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, chocolate chips, etc. look so messy and not uniform.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Hall

    The most disorganised shelf in my pantry would be the spare food shelf. The one with extra tins and bottles and packets. It doesn’t matter how I put things away I always can never find anything on that shelf!!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Gray

    A cup of tea please, what type would you like, there’s the green, behind the peppermint, below the black, oh dear the camomile has spilt, how about green camomile?ReplyCancel

    • Michelle Kerr

      It would definitely have to be the baking shelf! Half used packets of nuts, baking chocolate;, dark, white, milk, coconut & many flours. I even need to own up to once having a nasty “flour mite” in my pantry – I’m sure if using Anylock, the flour mite would never return!ReplyCancel

  • Adele Hile

    At the moment the whole pantry, it seems to have gotten away from me lol. And where did I get all those sauces lol. the any lock rods look easy to use, Mmm time to get organised, the baking section needs workReplyCancel

  • meegan tighe

    My baking section is absolutely chaos, so many packets of open nuts,choc bits ,sprinkles …..the list goes onReplyCancel

  • Catherine

    I have far too many ‘bits and pieces’ strewn all over the shelves, spilling all over the place. Chaos!!!ReplyCancel

  • Leigh

    I have a community of open bags behind my tupperwares. I think the packets are all having a private party. I have tried using pegs but they seem to fall off.ReplyCancel

  • Chantelle Jones

    My freezer and pantry are on equals when it come to unorganised packets.ReplyCancel

  • Kirra

    My bags of open or extra nuts is the messiest bit of my pantry! These would be great! I store the extras in a container but all ways have spills. Thabks for the chance to win! ?ReplyCancel

  • Jess

    Our whole pantry is chaos!! We just moved house and it was all neat, but now the kids get in and pull things out, things just get thrown wherever..nothing has a place anymore. I must say though, we seem to have lots of open packs of different pastasReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    Definitely my baking shelf, packets, decorating things, candles everywhere. Just can’t seem to find the right containersReplyCancel

  • Liz

    My kitchen is original circa 1960s with no pantry, so we use the small cupboards intended for plates, cups etc as a pantry. The baking section is the most disorganised, as with very limited space it is all piled on top of each other. I almost always have to remove all of the contents to find what I am looking for!ReplyCancel

  • Toni-Matee

    My entire pantry and fridge are disastrousReplyCancel

  • my most unorganised is the whole damn lot. True.
    If i have to pick one area maybe the spices. Or cereal.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie

    I would have to say my spices Especially the little packets of spices as I have quite a few now that i don’t have containers for yet and it is something I seem to forget about until I go to use them.ReplyCancel

  • Shirley Hallion

    Like a previous comment, my herbs and spices. I like using the small jars but a whole packet doesn’t fit so I have a plastic container with half full packets sitting in zip lock bags. The herbs and spices still fall out of the original packaging into the zip lock bag. I’ve tried several types of plastic clips and bull dog clips but the “perfect” sealing option still eludes me….ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    My most unorganized section would have to be snaxks. Half opened bags of chips, biscuits etc.ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    It’s a toss up between the kids snacks & the breakfast cereals! So many items & not enough containers!ReplyCancel

  • Di Jackson

    I have large open neck glass jars with screw top lids in a book case type space for everyday items to be close at hand and easy to check when supplies are running lowReplyCancel

  • Lorraine

    Nuts, pasta and cereals so I use pegs, bulldog clips, rubber bands or sticky tape but they are all fiddly!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Clark

    It m ay sound trite, but MY WHOLE PANTRY!! I need a make over, but to start these ANYLOCK sealing rods look amazing. My freezer is a mess with corn and peas, and there are always chips etc in the bottom of the pantry.
    HELP!! I need these!!!ReplyCancel

  • Nathalie

    Oh where do I start? The cereal is a serial disaster; the pasta is in a mess of bow ties, linguine and macaroni mayhem; the spices make me hot under the collar and the nuts are driving me, well, nuts! I need help!ReplyCancel

  • Moira B G

    The most disorganised area in our pantry is the spices that don’t fit in jars – peppercorns, extra packets of cumin and coriander, and star anise.
    The other area where I could really use some package closers like these is in our freezer. We have lots of half-used fruit and veggie packets there!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win.ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Brightfield

    My pasta, nuts and masterfoods packaging for sure. But then again, my boys make a ripe mess of the snacks drawer.ReplyCancel

  • sharon

    always the pantry, it starts off with good intentions but within two weeks we all just put things at the front and push the rest to the back and find alot of open packs and we double up on alot.ReplyCancel

  • Princess

    My hubby just loves munching on chips and nuts, we have a bunch of those packets. I will always have to ensure that those unfinished foods in the packet are sealed and if I run out of containers, I will used rubber band. Seeing this ANYLOCK feels like a relief coz I know foods will not be wasted.ReplyCancel

  • Ann Grant

    The remains of bags that don’t fit into my storage containers. These bags either sit on top of the full container waiting to be used or lie undisturbed for years in a big box on the pantry floor.ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa

    My linen press is out of control. All messed up and nothing is accessible. Nightmare!ReplyCancel

  • Allison

    My rice and pasta drawer is the worst…I noticed last night that the rice was spilled everywhere and oh what a mess there was.ReplyCancel

  • Anna

    Mayhem in my pantry! Several varieties of rice – jasmin, arborio, brown and wild. It drives me nuts! And my many varieties of nuts – macadamia, pistachio, almond, cashew, peanut & pinenut drive me loopy! Yes kids fruit loops spill all over the floor along with rice bubbles, Cheerios and muesli! What am I to do? Help please!!!ReplyCancel

  • jane

    I have a drawer that contains spices only.Most are in little jars. However I cannot fit anymore jars so i have a dozen or so packets of things like sesame seeds, flax seed, dried shallots and so on. The contents come out all over the drawer and it ends up a big mess. I end up vacuuming (yes vacuuming) it all to clean the mess. Please help me!!!ReplyCancel

  • Angie

    My entire pantry, fridge/freezer needs help, so much stuff to sort. Please help meReplyCancel

  • Dinah

    FIVE of us! One teen is Vegan…soooo many packets of legumes and seeds! One teen is a health nut…soooo many packets of protein! One child is a sugar fiend….soooo many hidden packets of sweets! One is my hubby….soooo hopeless at closing things! One is me….bemused, befuddled and desperate for Alice Brady to move in! Help!!!ReplyCancel

  • Di Adams

    Definitely my spices cupboard.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Bonner

    We remodelled our kitchen when we extended and put the pantry under the stairs. Because it is out of sight, everything just gets ‘tossed in’. There is no rhyme or reason. Would love a whole week off to just sort it all out and put in proper shelves and the likeReplyCancel

  • Cassie

    Definitely my baking shelf! Nuts, choc chips, flour and sugar that won’t fit in the container ??ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    My baking shelf is THE worst! I NEVER use a whole bag of things (choc chips, nuts, almond meal etc). I waste SO much, as when I get to baking again, the air has got into my opened bags ago I have to buy new packets-then the same process starts over again ? ANYLOCK bag seals look like THE best invention for me! ??ReplyCancel

  • Mariam

    My pasta and rice section definitely!! half used packets that get moved around and spill everywhere!ReplyCancel

  • Mellanie

    Biscuits, pasta, chips, cereals, nuts, spices, flour, sugar — all opened packets that I find so hard to keep fresh and accessible. And every time I see how disorganised they look just makes me cry, “waaaaah!”ReplyCancel

  • Donna Lovelock

    My freezer! My kids go hunting in there & I’ve got corn, peas, broad beans & who knows what else, all rolling around the bottom of the drawer.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    My baking section is chaos! A lot of open bags of ingredients that are only used in one or two recipes (I have every type of coconut you can imagine- shredded, dessicated, flaked, you name it!). I love the idea of being able to keep those ingredients fresh between baking sessions! :)ReplyCancel

  • Linda Miguel

    My left over herbs and spices. They have a container of their own to sit in until I need them, but they’re always spilling, mixing and making a mess!ReplyCancel

  • Simone

    My messiest area is the kids section half opened packets all the timeReplyCancel

  • Meline van Horrik

    usually the back of the pantry where I keep the not so often used bottles and packets of ingredients where I use them once or twice then they get shoved to the back behind the more frequently used items – out of sight out of mind until I do a clean out and they’ve expired…or worse…weevils! :(ReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    Having Bernini the 20 day challenge currently organised but I know my open bags of pasta always get away from me.ReplyCancel

    • Wendy

      Got to love auto correct, Bernini should have be been doingReplyCancel

  • Donna W

    My baking shelf = embarrassingReplyCancel

  • Amanda Withell

    great idea! So need these. My baking supplies are a mess. I normally use peg which really aren’t great. Fingers crossedReplyCancel

  • Monique

    I have an unusually deep pantry (80cm). It looks super-organised at the front but the back of my dry-goods shelf is a black hole where random opened packets of excess pasta, beans, coconut etc get thrown, sealed with clunky, inefficient bulldog clips! It’s messy and the clips don’t keep things fresh long; it’s a total afront to my anal-retentiveness!!ReplyCancel

  • Nikki

    I even went and had a peep at my pantry to try to work out which part was the messiest and it is a very tight competition! The winner(??) is the very top of the pantry where I try to hide my chocolate stash from the kids. Chocolate gets thrown up there in haste when I hear the sound of footsteps approaching. Unfortunately not always quickly enough…ReplyCancel

  • Chris

    My problem is putting cream biscuits in the same container as the plain biscuits it makes them soft so I keep having to throw them out and I keep breaking those cheap clips would love some Anylock sealing rods.ReplyCancel

  • Tina Elvy

    We have 7 in our family with a vegetarian and a health nut so have many packets of nuts seeds legumes beans assorted flours pastas rices noodles rice papers nori sheets oats and wholemeal cereals wholegrain wraps and crackers, rice cakes etc and while most are in containers I do have a lot of opened packets and items that go to the back of the pantry only to be found after the use by date is long gone :( Baking items and spices are also a problemReplyCancel

  • Natalie phillips

    My shelf that contains kids snacks, adult snacks and pasta, rice and ang other misc item.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I know you said pantry – but for me it’s freezer! Peas, corn, chips all escape the opened packets and party on the bottom of my freezer, spilling out at any opportunity!ReplyCancel

  • Fiona Vila

    The messiest area in my pantry is the spices. I usually use sticky tape to reseal them. This doesn’t always hold and then they spill. I also try and put them into mini lunch bags.ReplyCancel

  • Sonny Gillingham

    PASTA! Oh my gosh, I have so many half empty bags of pasta floating around in the bottom on my pantry… and so many spillages. It is NOT pretty in there!ReplyCancel

  • Charmaine Hardy

    I have an “everyday” shelf in my pantry – items that are used everyday…and it is total chaos. Cereal packets not sealed properly, tea bags escaping from their box, biscuits going stale before their time, rice crackers that are like pieces of round cardboard and dont mention the dried apricots that are so dried out you could play ping pong with them! AnyLock sealing rods would save me from so much wasted food and dollars!ReplyCancel

  • Cassie

    Everywhere!!!! My pantry is the most untidy section of my house and it drives me crazy. Little fingers com in and help themselves to items and then shove it back in wherever it will fit. I end up clearing it out every 3 months to find packets of things I have kept buying because I thought it was out but really it was just hiding at the back of the pantry somewhere :(ReplyCancel

  • Diane Clifford

    The whole pantry needs attention but the worst shelf would have to be the baking shelf with the left over nuts, chocolate drops etc. I try to keep them in jars but this is not always successful. And I like to keep track of use-buy dates.ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    It would have to be my freezer. Opened vegetables and fruits. Having basket draws in my freezer I find it hard to store.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie

    The spices are all over my pantry. Particularly those in bags. And then there is not enough room in my spice rack for all the bottles.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Basham

    My baking cupboard! All my flours, sugars, bread crumbs, cupcake toppings and sprinkles – its just a nightmare!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    My open packets! Nuts, pasta, rice, seeds, dried fruit… more pasta and rice that was lost under the other packets and probably stale anyway. Hence why I’m reading this article :-)ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    My “baking area” half bags of flour, cocoa spilling out of boxes, food dye staining my shelves. I loaf organisation dough much!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa-Maree

    Oh its hard to narrow it down to the worst space! The kids snacks used to be. Lots of small (unstackable) items, and with four kids all having different preferences there is always loads of open packets.

    I think I have that solved with a snack trolley. Just a small cheapie 3 stacked baskets on rollers with everything they need to pack their lunches … bars, fruit cups, spoons, sandwich bags, bread and spreads. They wheel the trolley out, can see what they want and after the morning rush I wheel it back in.

    Now it’s the 3 or 4 open cereals that drive me mad. Bulky and hard for the kids to seal, and the pantry mouths just love to find their way in there! Looking for the perfect moth-proof cereal containers (that will hold the largest packet of weet bix)!ReplyCancel

  • Simone

    My baking/decorating bits and pieces. They don’t always come in a nice little container, you tend to only use them a handful of times every year, but they seem to take over. . . . . . .ReplyCancel

  • Susan

    I think the bulk storage is the hardest to organise eg extra paper towel, packets of biscuits and items I’ve got extra of when they were on special. Then there’s the baking section with all the food coloring and flours and sugars. Or maybe the kids snacks? Or the cereal? Or my spices? Well let’s face it the whole pantry is a shamozle, perhaps it’d be easier to move……..ReplyCancel

  • jess

    Definatly my baking shelf, im always baking yet there always seems to be a packet of plain flour that wont empty itself into the tupperware, or chocolate bits etc…! Would absolutly love to give these a go!ReplyCancel

  • Angela M

    The pan lids! I don’t know what to do with them.ReplyCancel

  • It would have to be my very top shelf where I keep all oil bottles, vinegars and whatever else is shoved up there and I must say the opened packets in my pantry dry me nuts.ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    It’s a tie between the bottles of food colouring and cake decoration items, bags of various nuts and seeds and the spice jars!ReplyCancel

  • Katie

    The worst part of our pantry is the ‘dry foods’ shelf, with everything from pasta and cereal to baking ingredients. It is also the shelf with the most pegs stolen from the washing line! My hope is that some Anylock sealing rods would remove the need for pegs – and therefore remove my toddler’s need to ‘rescue’ the pegs to put them back in the peg bucket.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Palmer

    My most disorganised spot in the cupboard is the dried fruit & nuts corner! All sorts of packets opened & unopened piled up! My kids love dried fruits & I love making bliss balls of all sorts so there’s a lot!ReplyCancel

  • Gemma Bertrand

    The worst area in our pantry is the bottom shelf. This is where bottles, packets and anything that doesn’t have a home gets stuffed in. I have organised the other shelves with containers and racks but half the problem is that I can’t see what I have down there so I end up buying more than what I need and can fit.ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    My baking shelf! All those little packets of hazelnuts, vanilla bean pods, choc bits and almond meal are currently ‘sealed’ with a peg! Needless to say they dont last so id love to try the Anylock sealing rods!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Parsons

    My pantry is quite small so anything that does not fit on the shelves is stacked up, and I have to be careful of not starting an “avalanche” when I am searching for something. :)ReplyCancel

  • Becky

    The baking section and the snack area…open biscuits, crackers, popcorn, snack packs etc etc. half stale! because unless mum seals them somehow others don’t! LolReplyCancel

  • Lorraine Reynolds

    I have started using a lot of different flours, I am not GF but have found using less wheat makes me feel better. But you could never have enough containers for all the alternatives you seem to need – packets everywhere! I would love some of thes – to get my pegs back into the peg container.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Finch

    Definitely the corner where all the kids snack foods are. Little packets of chips, biscuits, muesli bars and fruit bars everywhere!!!ReplyCancel

  • Celia

    That section under the shelves! I shove everything under there and it’s spilling out onto the floor of my pantry so now there is no standing space and I am bending over stuff to reach shelf items!! I love your idea of the boxes for loose packets, must try that!ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    My entire pantry is always unorganised especially with teenagers opening packets eating some throwing leftovers back in with packet left openReplyCancel

  • Robyn

    my herbs and spices – so many different ones in tiny jars and packets,ReplyCancel

  • Kat these look amazing!

    My pantry really suffers in two areas – condiments jars (nothing anylock can do about those!) and cereals. Seems everyone in the house likes a different cereal and tastes change before finishing the box. Drives me bonkers!!ReplyCancel

  • Lea

    I hate to admit this, but my ENTIRE pantry is unorganised at the moment and it is driving me crazy!ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    My spice mixes! Half are in jars and others in packets, some too small to stack and packets to flimsy to stand up. Constant struggle.ReplyCancel

  • Rice flour, plain flour, icing sugar, self raising flour all over the place what is a person to do. Sweeping it up makes it look like a snow storm hit. I could throw in a couple of eggs and bake a cake out of it. There’s always a solution to every problem.ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui

    Definately my container cooking ingredients section, or my empty storage container cupboard.ReplyCancel

  • all of my baking and herb area is so untidy, I just shuff it back in and shut door quick.ReplyCancel

  • Sue

    Definitely my baking shelf to the point I sometimes get greeted by little pantry moths…time to clean out again and my. Frozen veggie draw in the freezer. Zip lock bags work here only when. Someone cLoses them properly. I love this new idea though and will be lookin out for them at my local shopping centre.ReplyCancel

  • I have too much stuff shoved in my pantry, so when I try to get to things at the back I make even more of a mess of the rest of it. I like the drawer idea.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    The whole pantry. I had such grand plans when we got a new kitchen of a perfectly organised pantry, however I seem to be the only one in the house with that visionReplyCancel

  • Jess Frisch

    The most disorganised part of my pantry in the lunch bags that all just get thrown in the bottom in a pile! Surely there’s a better way to store them!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    I call it the “random shelf”…since it’s where everything that doesn’t fit elsewhere goes. Gotta say this is much better than the rubber bands & clothes pegs I find myself using sometimes!ReplyCancel

  • Maree Staples

    My rices are the Bain of my pantry. One rice container, but several types of rice (Jasmine, Brown, Aborio. etc.)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    The most disorganised part of the pantry is the open packets of nuts – each family member eats a different type of nut!ReplyCancel

  • Lexi

    It’s a battle of baking ‘gear’ (fondants, food dyes, sprinkles, cutters) in my pantry versus the dreaded #pastagate. Anylock would save my San Remo spirals from spiralling out of control!ReplyCancel

  • Nicola Mouton

    The most disorganised part of my pantry is the top shelf. It has a load of random things that I don’t use very often like extra crockery, teapot, bilting machine.
    Everything else is neat and tidy and I have containers to put random open packets into when I need to. I’d love some Anylok sealing rods to seal them before I put them away.ReplyCancel

    • Nicola Mouton

      Darn spellcheck. Sorry Anylock.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki O'Neill

    The most disorganised area of my pantry is the “baking battleground!” It’s chock-a-block full of half-used packets of dried fruit, nuts, choc-chips, flours, sugars, you name it – it’s there…it’s open…it’s half-used. Drives me half-mad!ReplyCancel

  • Janine Bone

    Inbetween getting stuck and sidetracked from the current 20day challenge to decluttering my house, I love to eat, so that means lots of cooking and baking and feeding of others. When I’m pushed for time, I tend to stuff things back in the organized pantry, fridge and freezer, and undo the hard work I did to get it tidy in the first place. The items that get the messiest are these little packets that don’t have Tupperware houses, some surplus spices and too many varied chocolate chips (found Reese peanut butter chocolate chips the other day – soooo good in a cookie!). My trick has been to fold down the open packet and secure it with a rubber band. This works reasonably well most of the time, but is not ideal. I love these Anylock snaps! What a great idea! And then off to ikea to get some drawers to keep them all in! No more rubber bands for me!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    OMG I need these stat I have so many open packets and the go to waste because they either dry out or go stale. Even the veggies in the freezer sick of them getting frost bite, I’m going to get myself some of these.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    These would be great for my pantry as I am queen of open packets! This is by far the worst area of my pantry. I have baskets, bowls and containers of them!ReplyCancel

  • Amy w

    my disorganised area in the pantry is any bags that the kids have opened (usually lollies). You know when the bag rips so far down that you need to practically use sticky tape?
    I think the anylock seals will help close up the yummy contents and keep them fresh for ME!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    my disorganised area in the pantry is the shelf where we place all the packets for snacks! We seem to have endless snack items for home, shopping trips, schools, after school activities!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    OMG I am ashamed to say the whole thing! From the bottom to the top. I have a lack of storage space in my kitchen, so everything is shoved in the pantry. But it is on my todo list!ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    Definitely everything here too at the moment. Plus it doesn’t help that my pantry is so dark with no lighting…if I could get around to organising it I probably wouldn’t need to shop for months! Wouldn’t these make life a little simpler?! Thank you for the opportunity to win them.ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    It’s the spices for sure. Starting to follow an Ayurvedic diet has been great for my health because of all the spices that are added to cooking – but the number of them I need to keep on the go is huge! Spices go off too, if not sealed from the air.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    The frozen veggies, every so often when I pull everything out of the freezer to clean there are peas, broad beans and even a corn cob on one occasion that had made a run for it!, I would love to be able to prevent such get-aways in the future…ReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    Wow, these seem such a great invention! For me, spices. Not enough containers for them. Also I have various types of gluten free flour that I use!ReplyCancel

  • Marg

    The baking area. I’m a terrible cook and feel sorry for my kids suffering my cooking but a bit of confidence and organisation in the baking section would go a long wayReplyCancel

  • Kim

    Definitely my herbs and spices section. I use heaps of different spices and have over 40 bags/little bottles in my spice cupboard and have resorted to using elastic bands that either disintergrate or you can’t put on tight enough to sealReplyCancel

  • Debbie-Lee

    Definitely it would be the shelf at my five year olds sight line, he climbs to get what he wants elsewhere and then just piles everything at eyesight …. oh the things I find opened/half eaten in there …… but I have to admit the whole thing is pretty shocking even with Tupperware and all the best of organising intentionsReplyCancel

  • Bev Lange

    Oh, for me it surely seems
    wishing for a pantry of my dreams.
    I can never get it right,
    it always looks a fright.
    Where is the worst to be?
    Everywhere you can see!
    Spices, cereals and flour,
    oh how I need your power :)
    Pretty please consider me
    or you will find me in my tree 😀ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    The most disorganised area in the pantry is the “small items” area mainly used for spices, stock cubes and packet teas- all are varying sizes, some prone to spoiling, and are hard to corral. The ikea plastic cabinets are a great idea (**note to self- “go to ikea”)!!ReplyCancel

  • Karlene Forrest

    The baking section. I always have too much plain flour but not enough SR. Or I have 2 bags of coconut already but buy a third because I didn’t think there was any…ReplyCancel

  • Corinne

    The baking area is the most organised! Flours, sugars, additives all have a place!ReplyCancel

  • Kerrie

    I find the hardest thing is to maintain a clean pantry. To ensure everything gets used and not forgotten.ReplyCancel

  • These look great! Yes, I hate open packets and yet never find time to put them all in cannisters etc. Worst part of my pantry is definitely the pasta / rice / couscous area at the moment.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    everything. I straighten up but by the end of the week it’s in chaos again. We don’t have a proper pantry, so it’s just corner cupboard under the bench with tins, oils, sauces and a few other stuff located in other cupboards. The stuff that are at the front often get scatted around and moved to the wrong shelf in an attempt to reach things at the back and the cupboard gets in more mess trying to locate something that has been left on the wrong shelf by someone elseReplyCancel

  • Melissa Xuereb

    These ties look great, would be a welcome help in my pantryReplyCancel

  • Jude

    I bought an 8 pack from Big W this am and tried them on my frozen peas and corn. I had to fold the packet over twice to get an airtight seal. It was slightly fiddlier doing the extra fold. They are more secure then a peg or rubber band and much neater.
    I never bother looking at non-pretty practical looking stuff like that in the shops that I haven’t had recommended by someone so thanks Kat. I think they are going to be really useful.ReplyCancel

  • Kaylene Griffin

    I use lots of containers in my pantry so the thing I find a problem is the left overs after filling up the containers. So I think the Anylock Sealing Rods would be great.ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    I have a small section in my pantry for cans eg. tomatoes, corn etc. and I never seem to have enough space and then I get over flow. So even though I can’t use your new clips in this area of my pantry, I will certainly take your recommendation and get some they sound great – thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Julie c

    Definitely baking supplies that you only need a little of – brown sugar/ choc chip bits/ dried fruit/ nuts etc What a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    Definitely the extra packets of “overflow” items that don’t fit in their assigned containers! try as I might to use them first, sometimes its just not possible and it just all ends up a mess!ReplyCancel

  • bree

    With the recent diagnosis of Leukaemia, one of my child’s medicines crowd the pantry, whilst being beside my toddler, newborn’s and the adults medicines = chaos on a whole pantry shelf! I believe these Anylock products will work keeping the pills airtight. What a great invention!ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    For me it is the baking area – I do lots of different baking using varied types of Gluten Free Flours.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    The messy part of my pantry is the area between the floor and the roof.. I can never seem to sort it out properly!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Kiel

    Has to be my frozen section, bags of peas & beans etc my laundry pegs just don’t seal them properly!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    We live in the country and I have a lot of problems with moths getting into my flours and cereals!! These sound like the solution! Fantastic idea, I would love not to have extra protein in the cereals 😉ReplyCancel

  • Christina

    Ice cream toppings….from open packets of sprinkles of every colour and kind to chocolate drops and cherrys in the fridge. If they are easy to use I could teach my husband as he is the main culpret at leaving packets undone!ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    It’s a toss up between the small packets of herbs and spices, the open packets of pasta, and the little containers of baking goods like choc chips and vanilla essence. Could definitely use some ideas for organising these areas.ReplyCancel

  • lynne adams

    I currently sharing my unit with my adult niece and her partner while they are saving for their own house. They moved in, together with an overabundant supply of herbs and spices which are currently housed in a cardboard box! Open packets, pegs, bulldog clips and sandwich bags are trying to conquer the mixed spices but to no avail. I think we need a solution and in a hurry.ReplyCancel

  • Joni

    The whole pantry… I’ve lost control and have pantry moths for the first time ever…errkkkReplyCancel

  • Christina

    Ice cream toppings….from open packets of sprinkles of every colour and kind to chocolate drops and cherrys in the fridge. If they are easy to use I could teach my husband as he is the main culprit at leaving packets undone!ReplyCancel

  • Marta

    Definitely the area where I keep the open packets like pasta, peanut, etc and also the section where I keep things like instant noodle packets, cans of tomato, tuna, coconut powder etc. I must use containers like Tupperware and plastic drawers like the one that you use from Ikea in this post. Love this Anylock product, seems to be very effective yet simple solution and a must for organizing pantry and to seal other open packets.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    All of it! With 4 boys and a hubby, no matter how nicely I organise the pantry, whenever they pull something it out it just gets shoved back in in any place. I dont know how many packets of food I have had to throw away as they havent been bothered to reseal them and they have gone stale or gotten pantry moths in, hopefully these are boy proof and will make it easier for them to seal bagsReplyCancel

  • Anastasia

    We just moved house (12th time in 12 years, gosh I hope this one will last!), so I’m back to reorganising all living spaces. My worst headache at the moment is the bathroom. It’s much smaller than we used to have and the cabinets weren’t planned smartly. The narrow cabinet below the sink drives me mad: it’s so narrow that all I can fit in is my makeup box but as there’s no shelf and I can’t fit one, the space above is a waste, and I have to stack things on top of each other – very annoying!
    Am tackling the storage room today, wish me luck!ReplyCancel

  • Anastasia

    Moving house is clearly not good for me – I can’t even read the question correctly :) ok, so it’s not about the most disorganised area of the house but the pantry… Well, my current one has very shallow shelves which makes it easy for my husband to find anything (men proof pantries should be made one can/jar/container deep) but hopeless for me trying to store anything. I guess the worst organised part now is the multiple packets of nuts, dried fruit etc. as they are all in small packets carefully tied around with elastic bands and the quantities are not enough to justify containers. Help!ReplyCancel

  • Mick G

    Where we keep the munchies – chip packets, nuts and lolly bagsReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    I follow the daily tips from Kat however I find my teenage children open packets and eat standing in the pantry. Of course they then leave the empty packet for me to deal with. So this becomes my most disorganised area, on the eye level shelf for everyone to see. Oh and if I am lucky they use a peg to seal the bag up so the contents don’t go stale.ReplyCancel

  • Naysie

    Def the baking section – all my flours/sugar are sorted with Tupperware, but the nuts/cocoa/choc bits/seeds/muesli etc are always such a mess no matter how I try to organise itReplyCancel

  • Helga Grenkowitz

    Various varieties of nuts and dried fruit because we mix ‘fruit & nuts’ ourselves to only have those we love.ReplyCancel

  • Ern

    The very bottom shelf, floor level where my totally anal wife thinks no one looks.
    BTW you can make these yourself, like we do. All you need is two straws and a pair of scissors. Youtube link for your reference Enjoy :)ReplyCancel

  • Kerry Santillo

    These would feel nice inserted into my backside.ReplyCancel

  • Julia Parker

    The small packets of recipe base mixes and herbs etc. I dont always use a whole packet at one time so always have open ones on the shelf.ReplyCancel

  • karina lee

    All those packets of half eaten chips, biscuits and lollies! They are scattered all over the pantry!ReplyCancel

  • Anne-Marie Marini

    Definitely my baking stuff & packet snacks.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie

    The kids school snacks. I have half packets galore! With 3 boys there’s forever little hands getting into new found snacks! With saying that, my freezer comes a very close second!ReplyCancel

  • Snacks area is regularly sabotaged by my family. Biscuits that do make it to a container are eaten and I find an empty container. But more annoying is the open packets just sitting there inviting ants, cockroaches, weevils. It would alot easier to simply Anylock the Gate!ReplyCancel

  • Maria P

    Definitely my pasta section. My family loves pasta and I have so many different types in my pantry and it’s a mess.ReplyCancel

  • Lorna M

    My baking shelf, packets of flour, sugars, assortment of nuts, dried fruits, chocolate bits, desiccated coconut, sprinkles, little bottles of colouring, the list goes on….Help!ReplyCancel

  • nicole tange

    Biscuits and snacks. So many opened packets and boxes opened from the kids raiding the pantry for something to nibble on. Drives me crazyReplyCancel

  • Leah

    All my bits and pieces for baking! Cocoa, chic chips, sugar, rice flour etc… they are always spilling out or spoiling before their time as they arent sealed properly. Would love to give Anylock a go!ReplyCancel

  • Chi

    The section with nuts and baking supplies!ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    My tea section! So many different packets of loose leaf tea, and they never all fit into their jars so I end up with half filled packets everywhere!ReplyCancel

  • sonia

    my most unorganised would be the bags of nuts that don’t fit into the jars, and the ones in my head. So much going on right now. Just trying to keep myself together.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    My baking corner! Pesky choc chips and hazelnuts rolling out of packets that tip over, brown sugar going hard when the air gets in too long and puffs of spilt flour whenever I move anything.ReplyCancel

  • jodie

    My disorganized area is the cereals area, there is only so much Cera that fits in the containers and then I have packets that are opened.ReplyCancel

  • Linda

    i have just moved house and trying to fit a 4 bedroom house contents into a 3 bedroom half filled already house. The whole kitchen is kaos. i cant find anything and have no room. The pantry would have to be the worst. It is very small and I have a lot of double ups of half opened packets.ReplyCancel

    • Pat

      Linda, I know your pain. We moved to a house with a smaller kitchen. Slowly consolidating (er eating) our way to a smaller pantry need. The tub in the 3rd picture above is a great way of helping you do this (have several myself), along with those drawers of Kate’s.ReplyCancel

  • Pat

    I put my half opened packets of like items in one large-enough Tupperware container. For singles that are usually leftovers from full containers, I fold them over tightly then secured with a double round of sticky tape. Found some Sea Salt and peppercorns while looking for some flour for those lovely muffins I made while breakfast was cooking on Sunday.
    Was trying out a recipe for homemade pasta in one pot. The only pasta I had was a kilo packet. Divided it into 4. Cooked one lot and bagged the other three lots for later experimenting. My first lot of experimenting was woeful and DH has named this dish GLUE, thanks to my heavy hand with the plain flour. So I am prepared with more pasta already to use. Just no ‘neat’ way to store the bags. I have Curry Glue for my lunch today. It was yummy! So here’s hoping the leftovers will be as good.ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    Definitely my cupboard in my large walk in panty. Its where all of those packets get stored. Usually I use an elastic band to keep them closed once open, but the Anylock idea sounds fantastic and one that would definitely be utilised in my pantry.ReplyCancel

  • Felicia

    Kids snacks!
    Slowly getting on top of things by being more organised in meal planning & therefore grocery buying. But buying bulk instead of multi packs of things means LOTS of open packets…
    These are a great invention!ReplyCancel

  • Rochelle

    My most disorganised area is my baking area! So mich half opened bags at the top of the cupboard that I can’t see.ReplyCancel

  • Alisha Lothringer

    My whole pantry!! I have added tiered shelving so at least I can see things however the baking section needs serious attention. Clips just don’t cut it, I am forever finding desiccated coconut, cacao,ReplyCancel

    • Alisha Lothringer

      My whole pantry!! I have added tiered shelving so at least I can see things however the baking section needs serious attention. Clips just don’t cut it, I am forever finding desiccated coconut, cacao powder and coconut sugar everywhere. We live in a small old home with a tiny pantry so I don’t have room for many containers plus the moths are always a problem. This reusable, space saving solution is a winner!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Mandy

    My most disorganised section of my pantry is the open packets of dry goods. If I put half used packets of biscuits in a container, the kids or hubby will just go and open another packet without looking first. So frustrating and messy having the open packets in the shelves.ReplyCancel

  • Narelle Mills

    Most definitely the open packets of pasta, biscuits or bread. Closely followed by the mountains of tinned food that get buried in the back of the pantry.ReplyCancel

  • Louise M

    The baking shelf, you only have to look sideways at it before a half open bag of flour comes tumbling down all over you!ReplyCancel

  • Lellyco

    The worst area is the snack section of our pantry. As the clips are in different colours I think I would give each child a different to make it easy for them to grab their packet, not someone else’s.ReplyCancel

  • Anastasia

    My spice section. It is so messy and crammed that I’m to scared to take them out and use them. Instead food has been tasting really bland lately with only salt and pepper being used these days for the family meals.ReplyCancel

  • charlotte

    Its a battle between pasta in the pantry and frozen fruit in the freezer…. i try to embrace the mixed fruit and pasta suprise!ReplyCancel

  • Deb

    Our most disorganised area – it’s hard to pick one! Think it’s an equal first position to breakfast cereals – everyone in the family has their own favourite – and the snacks with half eaten bags of popcorn. The Anylocks would be fabulous at helping with both of these problems!ReplyCancel

  • Shannan

    No particular as all areas are in caos and hard to find anything underneath the piles of stuff that gets shoved in thereReplyCancel

  • kELLY

    My area in need is all the half eaten packets of chips and snacks!!! ArgggReplyCancel

  • Oh definitely my baking shelf. Half packets of pine nuts, walnuts, hundreds and thousands, choc chips you name it. They get so lost and end up out of the packet and on the shelf the floor or in the bin. GrrrrReplyCancel


    the worst part is snacks pantry because we have lots of variety of snacks and it is impossible for me to put all the leftovers into the containerReplyCancel

  • Robin Langham

    I make up my own muesli for the family so there are always bags of oats, flaxseed, bran, nuts, sultanas etc loose in the pantry. This would have to be the most disorganised and messy shelf of my pantry.ReplyCancel

  • Ngaire

    My baking shelf is in constant need of organising – doesn’t seem to matter how well I sort stuff into labeled containers there’re always a few new ingredients that float around in half opened packets or get shoved to the back of the shelves! Save me!ReplyCancel

  • Deborah de Geeter

    My baking shelf needs organizing.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer B.

    Herbs in sachets. Where? Unknown.
    Spice packets loose wherever they’re thrown.
    There’s pantry mayhem! Things go splat…
    AnyLocks for MY SPICES would solve all that!ReplyCancel

  • Nicholle Sullivan

    Easy – cereals. Rice bubbles on the floor, weet bix exposed, stale cheerios and several packs of muesli. Sometimes they are still in their boxes, sometimes not, all are rarely sealed. Of a fairly shabby pantry this is a clear winner…..or loser!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha McVie

    I think my herbs and spices are my most disorganised, no matter how hard I try I always seem to have a sprinkling of basil or oregano decorating my pantry shelves :)ReplyCancel

  • Maddie

    My cereals- with 3 boys we always have multiple packets on the go! These devices would help no-end! Thank you for the chance to try them out :)ReplyCancel

  • Estella

    The baking/snacks section are all mixed up at the moment, lots of opened packs (not sealed properly) and we frequently find expired packs since the unused packs stay in the bottom of the ever-growing pile…ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    The whole pantry is a shambles….mostly the spicesReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    I don’t have a pantry. I only have 2 shelves in a corner cupboard that holds all our “pantry” items. So there’s an assortment of open pasta packets, dried fruits, spices etc all jumbled one on top of the other. Always fun when I put something in upside down and it all tumbles out everywhere. Oh to be more organised! And rich. I think if I was rich I would build a house with a big butlers pantry :-)ReplyCancel

  • Julia Mason

    Funnily enough, its the part were all the containers live! They are messy and mixed up!ReplyCancel

  • michelle

    All the little bags of spices in my pantry are a mess.ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    The messiest part of my pantry is the ‘baking section’ packets of sprinkles, 100s & 1000’s and decorations galore!ReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    My whole pantry is a mess at the moment. We have a horrible deep pantry which means that every time I need something I have to move stuff to get at it. The result is that things just get randomly chucked back in where ever they may fit. Storage of kids snacks such as the little packets of biscuits, sultanas and muesli bars is also a problem areaReplyCancel

  • Trish taylor

    Anywhere my twin boys can reach … They open my Tupperware containers and leave a corner open. The pantry moths had an early Christmas feast .ReplyCancel

  • Lu

    Snacks. Especially nuts and seeds.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Green

    My whole pantry is chaotic at the moment. I open it up everyday and just think to myself, “gosh I really need to do something about this!”.ReplyCancel

  • Kristi Murphy

    My whole pantry is a nightmare, i am forever cleaning up spilled pasta or cereal, with a house full of boys each time they go to the cupboard one of the horrible open bags always end up tipped overReplyCancel

  • Christine

    My most disorganised part of my pantry is the section containing condiment and stock etc.ReplyCancel

  • Molly

    Everywhere! But worst is baking section, choc bits, flour, sprinkles, vanilla etc!ReplyCancel

  • Nikki Sims-Chilton

    My spices – they are in original packets with rubber bands, in containers, in ziplock bags and some even have sticky taped packets.ReplyCancel

  • Natasha

    My pantry! I keep getting weevils in my pantry and they make a terrible messReplyCancel

  • Suellen

    I would have to say my baking section with opened packets. Such as coconut, icing sugar, bakers flour etc, that you only use a small amount but buy in a large bag.
    Also snacks, where the children leave the bags open.ReplyCancel

  • Jude

    I have been using the Anylock seals for over a week now and despite needing a double foldover for frozen peas and corn they have been perfect for all the other packets I have tried them on. I am really happy with them and would recommend them over pegs, rubber bands, IKEA clips … . In the 8 pack they didn’t have many suitable for small bags so my small baking stuff is still in a shoebox with rubber bands!ReplyCancel

  • Vicki O'Neill

    Thank you so much, Kat! I can’t wait to try the Anylock seals out. It will be so much better than using pegs, lacky bands & “el-cheapo” clips that don’t hold the seal tight enough or, worse still, break! Thank you once again for the prize. Kindest regards, VickiReplyCancel

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  • Rebecca Broderick

    I actually let my daughters be in charge of most of the setting up and organising, they feel so important and excited when we have our movie night.ReplyCancel

    • Cassandra M

      Our movie nights are usually in the school holidays…we sometimes have disco glowbowling with empty bottles and glow sticks in them..they double as movie lights..we wind down with pillows and blankets on the loungeroom floor homemade popcorn..sometimes a pizza party..the kids also like to dress up as their fav movie characters while watching the movie.
      We keep movie nights to the holidays so they can stay up later..Its something to look forward to for them.ReplyCancel

  • nicolle lewis

    My kids enjoy movie night cuddled up in my bedReplyCancel

  • Nikoly

    I think it is mainly just the time spent together, having snuggles and just doing nothing. I also like to think the kids enjoy that we actually watch their movies so when they talk to us about them they know that we know what they are talking about.ReplyCancel

  • Mick G

    Let everyone partake in the movie selection and preparation of snacks such as popcorn etcReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    My top tips for enjoying family movie night are to have an early dinner, a fun, family favourite meal (ours include burritos, hamburgers or pizza, all homemade yum!), and to have a small amount of special treats to eat during the movie (like Maltesers or lollies – my kids love this as we don’t let them have treats like this all the time) and for parents to be consciously present during the movie and really enjoy the experience with your kids. As they say, kids grow up so fast and there will only be a certain amount of time we have where the kids will actually want to do this with us! And I think kids know the difference between when you are really in the moment with them and when you are tuned out or mindlessly looking at your phone, tablet or laptop :) Here’s to many happy family movie nights!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer D

    We live to let each child choose a candy treat to mix in the popcorn. We make homemade individual pizzas which and smoothies. Then curl up to eat and watch the movie with lots of blankets and pillows in the living room.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon M

    Every Saturday night in our house is ‘Family Movie Night’ so all our children look forward to it heaps!!! We also have a voting system where we all get to pick three dvds off our shelf and I also get some dvds from the local Library. We then write down our top two picks and we do a tally and the movie with the most votes wins!!! This process takes about half an hour at the minimum so it is quite a build up towards the movie :) :) Happy watching!!! p.s. there is always a bowl of treats for everyone :)ReplyCancel

  • Vicky Wanless

    Make sure the dogs are already fed and happy so they don’t interrupt! Snacks all around for everyone and a vote on the movie to watch so we all enjoy the film.ReplyCancel

  • We love popping a bunch of popcorn and inviting friends over to watch togetherReplyCancel

  • I love at-home movie nights. I think it’s almost my favourite thing to do!ReplyCancel

  • Di

    Not feeding hubby any gassy foods (or ‘fart fodder’ as he calls it) for a good 24 hours prior to family movie night!! This way he doesn’t silently sneak things out, then sit there in denial as we all choke or need to evacuate and miss most of the film!!ReplyCancel

  • Ern

    Talk during dinner, get the chatter out. Cover every topic you and the kids can bring up, so they don’t talk all the way through the movie! Yes I am a Dad to girls and can they talk or what, and always through or over the crucial parts of a movie. Love them to death but it does get annoying during what should be a quiet time.ReplyCancel

  • Agnes

    my tip is to pick a movie everyone can enjoy. Sounds simple but with an age range of nearly seven years between the kids in our family it can be a challenge. Our favourites have included Back to the Future, The Neverending Story, A Cat in Paris and Arrietty.ReplyCancel

  • Justine Franklin

    Make sure everyone is comfortable with the movie choice. I divert the home phone to the answering machine so there are no interuptions. Schedule in an intermission. There are 5 of us and nearly all of us need a short break (if you get my drift) during the movie. Rather than pause 5 times, knowing there is a break, i think subconsciously, you can wait until then. Most of all try to be relaxed, forget about the stress of the day and just be in the moment.ReplyCancel

  • Bel

    Tip 1: after dinner set the timer and get the gang excited about tidying up with a reward (popcorn, choctop, etc) if they beat the buzzer.
    Tip 2: have an intermission for teeth and bathroom after food is consumed /at the half way point / yawning startsReplyCancel

  • Victoria

    Make sure it’s a movie everyone can enjoy and also make sure everyone has their own favourite snack – we had to put popcorn on hold for while as my daughter had braces so we substituted with vege chips (her favourite) so she could still enjoy without feeling left out. Looking forward to our first movie night WITH popcorn now there are no more braces!ReplyCancel

  • julie

    Best movie night is camping out in lounge room with our favourite snacks and drinks and fall asleep together watching moviesReplyCancel

  • Kate

    We do Movie Night at home on a Friday (each fortnight). The two kids alternate between choosing the DVD for the night or the ‘treats’. They love it as they get input each time.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Edwards

    We start our movie nights early when having dinner so we have an easy picnic dinner on the floor in front of the tv that way our little ones can still have an early night and watch the whole movieReplyCancel

  • Penny Marrett

    Making it a regular thing rather than a one off makes it good family time also letting kids pick the movies as well as making the treats/snacks gives us extra time to spend together. We love a good family movie night together and the kids would do it every night if we let them!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    Make family movie night a time to connect.

    Enjoy the time WITH the children.

    Have all baths out of the way and PJ’s on.

    Turn off all devices, barring the TV etc.

    Load up on the munchies.

    Have 2 movies on hand. A family favourite and a new film.ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    Make sure the movie is going to appeal to everyone and that there is plenty of popcorn…..lights down, sound up loud, phones off and away we goReplyCancel

  • Movie night is Saturday night in our house! With homemade choc bombs being the bomb when it comes to movie snacks!ReplyCancel

  • Katherine Andrijasevich

    1. A family-friendly movie
    2. Lots of movie-friendly snacks
    3. Lots of comfy pillows & blankets
    4. Preferably a cold & rainy night…
    5. Lots of love & cuddles! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Debra Moody

    We always get out the blankets so we can cuddle up together while enjoying the movie, its a great feeling being all together for these special fun times.ReplyCancel

  • Monique

    Our kids are all teens now and they still ask for “Family Movie Night” on a Friday or Saturday night! And…. and they still like Disney movies too!!!! And they do all the setting up, make or buy the lollies, chips, chocolates and drinks to share and make big bowls of popcorn. I’m glad we started this tradition when they were little, as life with teens can get hectic and they’re often busy with part time jobs, studying or staying at friends and they still ask to do Family Night with good ol’ Mum not Dad. Awesome!!!ReplyCancel

  • Pam

    Our family movie nights always include home made pizza (where the kids and hubby choose the ingredients they want), popcorn (salted butter) and smoothies to watch in front of the TV. We bring down our pillows and blankets from our rooms and make ourselves a cosy theatre before playing a game. The winner gets to choose the movie the family watches for the evening :)ReplyCancel

  • James

    I work shift hours and I always appreciate my wife for organising family movie nights.
    Top tips: put away all phones, laptops and tablets, and each one goes around the room to share what’s up that day.
    Love each other and want to spend time with one another.
    Coupled with good food and a recent movie rental. That’s all you need for family timeReplyCancel

  • Joanne

    We do movie nights often. Lay out a picnic rug on the floor and replace healthy dinners with dips and nachos and hot chips. We remove the lounge. Leave all the cushions and have lots of blankets. Lights out. Popcorn. Lollies. And we allow soft drink! My three step children and husband all love it.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Best

    We have never had an organized video night with all the trims. Kids often watch movies but my husband and I don’t really watch it with them. I think it is a fantastic idea to have the whole family do something together and go to the effort to make the experience as real as possible. I live over 600km from the nearest cinema so going to the movies is not really an option for us. Love this idea.ReplyCancel


    Make sure everyone agrees on the movie, start it early with popocorn and drinks pre-prepared. pause for an interval for snack refills and toilet breaks. Ensure there are plenty of cushions and blankets. Enjoy the time togetherReplyCancel

  • Joni

    I choose the most humourous movie possible since my kids range in age from late teens down to a 6 year old, since humour has a universal language. We all quote funny lines for months after…ReplyCancel

  • Frances

    A rare but memorable occurrence having all four of my boys + Mum and Dad watch the same movie – (aged 18 down to 7 years). Lots of fun and laughter when we do. Beautiful to see them all huddled together under tv blankets sharing family time.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Top tips are:
    Start early, so the night is not toooo late for smaller kids.
    Make the room really dark (during the day the kids love that part too-adds to the excitement,my kids love that!!)
    I like home made popcorn with a small amount of icing sugar on top YUM!ReplyCancel

  • Bek

    Make the room dark and cool. Drag queen size mattress out with oodles of pillows n blankys for snuggling. Popcorn, maltesers and choc-tops.ReplyCancel

  • Grace

    Movie night for us means finger food dinner while we watch the show followed by delicious dessert with all lights off sitting on comfy cushions,right next to each other.The most important tip is to turn off all phones or ignore any calls, so that there would be no interruptions to the family time.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl S

    When we were lucky enough to have a new DVD the children and I would run around and have the movie night as soon as we had picked up the DVD and organised dinner and had everything ready so we didn’t have to leave the room again. Dinner would be eaten on the coffee table or laps depending on what it was while watching the movie cause we couldn’t wait! Lights were turned out and we would all be snuggled up with blankets.ReplyCancel

  • Suanne Sykes

    We love family movie nights. Preparation is keeping an eye on foxtel to phone in for suitable movies. Plenty of cushions and throws and having popcorn and cut up fruit ready to go. The best part is snuggles with Mr 5. One of those moments to cherish before they grow out of them.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Short

    Special family time with popcorn, healthy drinks (just don’t tell the kids) and a rotation of movies over 4 weeks (4 kids) each one given a choice of feature movie.

    We play a short dvd of cartoons, then have an intermission before the main movie, JUST like when I was a child.

    Can’t wait for the reaction when they get the “TICKETS” next session, thank you for the printable

    Best time in my world with familyReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Many of the top tips have already been suggested in your blog post, but one major point that I would like to add is plan for a ‘half time’ break just like the intermission from the old cinema days.
    Its a good idea for restless children, especially when most have limited attention, it gives everyone a chance to use the bathroom and to restock food and drink.

    Now nobody misses the crux of the movie!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Family movie night involves an early dinner of homemade pizzas on dough made by the kids, lots of pillows and blankets and the family snuggled on the lounge. These nights are planned around movie releases and some classic oldies like ‘The Goonies’ or ‘Back to the Future’. We watch the movie and eat a magnum or drumstick ice cream. It is loads of fun and we place bets on how much of the movie daddy will see before falling asleep.ReplyCancel

  • Heidi bruxe

    Movie nights are Friday nights. We usually pick one from Netflix and lay out their fold out couches and turn the lights and phones off. Kids set up their own couches with pillows and bedding and mum and dad organises the foodReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    Turn all mobile phones off take the home phone off the hook, make sure the snacks aren’t sugar based as the kids won’t sleep after the movie. Nothing to stop you having movies on a rainy day, or during the day on the weekend especially when school starts. We often have movie nights, or movie marathon of the sequels in a dark room, surround sound, the grandkids love the cars zooming behind them etc. popcorn or other snacks. But especially enjoy our togetherness as a family with the grandkids. At Christmas we do our own kids home movies. Most of all cherish these special moments together which will create memories for our kids.ReplyCancel

  • Shell

    My top tips for a movie night are to not have a too big of a meal, if all the kids can have a say in the snacks it’s a good start, less complaining! Make the room dark, lots of snuggle blankets/doona’s, and make sure that Mum & Dad actually sit and watch the movie with the kids, no other screens allowed!ReplyCancel

  • Paula fitzpatrick

    We love Movie Night in our house, we call it Fam Jam Movie Time. We have snacks drinks and kids in jammies. Inevitably it’s us grown ups that have nodded off before the end of the movie.ReplyCancel

  • Phillip Cunningham

    As we have a 3D TV and player we’d be all wearing the 3D glasses and munching popcorn cooked with a minimum of butter and have glasses of cold water with ice cubes.ReplyCancel

  • Jen G


    #1 rule: The night has to be mobile free!
    Before starting the movie, send the kids for a wee.

    Pop a packet of popcorn in the microwave;
    Snuggle together – if the movie’s scary, it helps you be brave!

    Together laugh, scream, cry or smile in delight;
    It’s quality time, it’s your family movie night!!ReplyCancel

  • Marnie Quinn

    We love movie nights in our house. We take turns in choosing the movie and snuggle up together on the couch. I like you clean up the lounge first. Boys help then we chose snacks and get started. When I’m having an especially anxious day movie night snuggled with hubby and boys always relaxes me! Bliss.ReplyCancel

  • We often have movie nights.
    My kids are 5 and 7 and on movie nights we have an early dinner then bath.
    We all snuggle up on the couch with our doonas and some our favourite movies are old classic ones like “Mary Poppins”, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and most recently “Sound of Music” (they are singing Do Re Mi … all time now :))
    And we have pop corn – popped over the stove in some olive oil and with salt – you just can’t watch a movie with out pop corn 😉
    The plan is that the kids can fall asleep and I can put them straight to bed, but fact is that I am often the one falling asleep and waking up when the movie finish :)ReplyCancel

  • Brooke R

    My top tip for a family movie night that is enjoyed by all is going all out with the theme! We have a menu of dinner and snacks to match our selected movie. One of my girls favourite movie nights so far has been ‘Frozen’ where we indulged in troll stones (meatballs), Kristoff’s Ice Flakes (rice) and Sven’s Salad (carrots and beans) for our dinner!ReplyCancel

  • Flip

    We turn the dinner table to face the tv and they eat dinner and dessert while watching. Then they might get a lolly or choc to end.ReplyCancel

  • Aaron Kaczmarczyk

    Have everyone enter the movie they want to watch into a hat and whatever gets pulled out, everyone has to watch!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Mattress in front of the TV with lots of blankets and pillows.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    We pick our movie days in advance. It gets everyone excited about it. They older ones research the movie and the little ones are better behaved when they are reminded abhor Movie night.

    We have a movie room that is just for movies and games and have the popcorn machine and drinks there.

    PJs, Picnic blankets, loads of pillows and blankets (and a couple of pull out mattresses) mean the kids can camp out if they want and if they fall asleep is OK to stay there. There’s no school in the morning so they love to be able to stay up a little later on movie night.

    I get more cuddles during movie night than any other time during our busy week. I love it.ReplyCancel

  • sandra dare

    Our movie night must haves are snacks, pillows, and obviously a movie :) some times we have a picnic in the lounge room (tea time) or the normal popcorn & lollies or a bowl of cut up apple & cheese xx we have a regular Friday night movie night during school terms – during holidays our movie nights can be almost every night.ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    We have come up with a list of movies we all want to watch, have written them out and take turns selecting one. That way we don’t spend a long time trying to choose a movie on the night.ReplyCancel

  • Aja

    We usually put a big mattress down and build a cubby to make it a bit more special. Heaps of pillows and squishy cushions, and plenty of snacks and drinks for everyone.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    Every Friday and Saturday night we get out the bean bags and the big cushions. The chips and popcorn ready, turn off the lights and we are ready to watch a movie.ReplyCancel

  • Dani

    We bring in the spare mattress and make a big bed on the floor next to the couch with lots of pillows and blankets. Have great fun picking the movie together, then pop the popcorn, dim the lights, snuggle, munch, enjoy! Love these special family moments xxReplyCancel

  • Tanya Clarke

    My son and I select the movie together. We prepare our snacks together and snuggle up on the couch. He feels very special because he gets to stay up late on movie night!ReplyCancel

  • Laura Scriven

    Discuss it earlier in the week to pick the movies and purchase/hire them.
    Have them help make the snacks after school that night.
    Ensure snacks are a little balanced so you can skip dinner.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    Every Friday night is movie night in our house. Everyone helps to make pizzas all the while discussing the movie to be viewed. Then younger kids make cubbies, older kids lie on scatter cushions, mum and dad are relegated to the couch. Top tip? No gadgets, all phones away and everyone focused on the TV. At the end quick rip around the crew as to what part they enjoyed the most. We all love movie night!ReplyCancel

  • Pat

    We manage a movie night about once a month. We have a special dinner then retire to the lounge room. Crochet blankets come out and everyone snuggles down. Sometimes there is discussion on which movie to view and other times we agree on the first option.
    Even thought the youngest is now 25, we still watch kid friendly movies as they are so much fun to watch and always make for a good night’s viewing.
    We are generally too full from dinner to want snacks, but they are there if anyone wants them.
    The cats sometimes come in and join us. Happy humans make good cat beds.
    When the movie is over we have a cuppa, then those that need to drive off do so.
    We started doing this when the kids were in primary school with everyone in their PJs after we bought our first video machine. Here it is thirty years later and we are still doing it. In deference to those driving we stay in our day clothes now.ReplyCancel

  • Tiona Evans

    Friday is our standard movie night if we have no other plans. My two girls alternate choosing food which is usually take away or sometimes Mum will cook a special/easy meal. This is a big responsibility which can take a whole school day to choose. Then either a trip to the DVD store or we will have taped a movie on our handy HDD recorder. One sets our picnic spots on the carpet while I dish up the food. The movie starts while we eat, we then take a quick break to clean up and sit back down with desert (weather appropriate). Then movie finishes in time for bed.ReplyCancel

  • Cherry G

    Always make sure that’s there plenty of popcorn in the bowl for all and make sure all the phones are off. No one likes to be interrupted during the movie. Then give the kids the choice of picking the first movie. We like to do theme nights. So we watch all syfy movies one night then Disney another etc., It all depends on what mood we are in. Then we have to shush as my youngest doesn’t like talking when he’s watching a movie.ReplyCancel

  • Helen Flockhart

    It has to be an electronic free night except for the movie, so no phones, tablets etc. Ignore the landline and let the machine take the call. Smart phones have a DND function where you will be not be disturbed by any phone call except one from your selected and friends emergency calls.
    If there’s a dispute over movie selection put the names in a colander and let the youngest person pick.
    Prepare your snacks. Air popped corn is a great one. You can vacuum the mess easily. I like water best. No big mess if spilled.
    Room temperature controlled to be comfortable. If it’s cool weather curl up with a rug or quilt.
    Ask anyone who needs to visit the toilet before the movie starts but don’t stress if someone needs to excuse themselves. It’ll become smoother over time when they’ve learnt that Home Cinema is like the real thing and you don’t stop the movie for anybody needing the toilet! Of course it may depend on the age of the children but it is a family time not just for one person to hold things up!
    Everybody should wash their hands before sharing the snacks and germs!
    If you’re having two movies you can have an intermission in the kitchen for ice cream and other messier items. You might have pizza or party pies, sausage rolls if you’re combining dinner with your fun night. Then wash the hands and settle back for the second movie.
    Whatever way you organise your night, enjoy it and make beautiful memories.
    My grandchildren tell my great grandchildren what movies we shared and enjoyed at the cinema and then at home with that wonder new invention of VHS tapes!ReplyCancel

  • Eva Kiraly

    Some yummy healthy treats, a comfy couch and a great movie is all we need for a family movie night, it’s something to look forward to when the weekend arrives!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy

    (F)amily movie night means to us…
    (A)lways munchies to nibble on.
    (M)any cuddles.
    (I)ndividual drinks with spill-proof lids.
    (L)ots of laughs and, finally, plenty of tired
    (Y)awns when the movie has finished…
    so the happy and contented kids can all go to bed!ReplyCancel

  • james pizzey

    a family movie nights are a tradition we choose a movie the whole family will enjoy chips and nuts plus a bar of chocolateReplyCancel

  • Linda Marquis

    We always draw the curtains and make the lounge room nice and dark so it seems just like we’re at the cinemas.ReplyCancel

  • Renee Ballantyne

    my major tip is to ban electronic devices such as phones and such during the movieReplyCancel

  • Han E

    My daughter always wants to watch a family movies so we started watching ‘older’ movies from when her Dad and I were young and she enjoys that a lot. It’s a good way to introduce her to what we have experienced when we were young. Along with that, homemade popcorn and frappe’s or spiders … Love a good movie!!ReplyCancel

  • Jemma Y

    I am a mummy to four girls we love movie nights with daddy.
    we love disney movies,my girl’s love making popcorn and making smoothies,with mummy’s help, usually monthly on friday nights,so much fun.ReplyCancel

  • skye

    Switch off the phones and make sure the popcorn and drinks are ready ?ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Fletcher

    Hi Kat,

    Thanks for selecting me to win a tomorrowland DVD. Something finally arrived from The Remarkables Group, but it was an M rated “The Lone Ranger” from a few years ago, not the promised Tomorrowland movie which we had been looking forward to.

    I don’t need this movie. It will be decluttered and donated.

    Just thought you’d like to know something went wrong somewhere. (I don’t need/want this comment published – FYI only so please remove it once you have the information)

    Kind Regards

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    My bub is only 4 months old, but I would like to teach her good habits from an early age, thank you for these tips Kat, good to know especially as your children are older now, so must have worked :)ReplyCancel

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    We try and take the kids out each weekend, for a picnic and bike ride, the sunshine does wonders for our health and wellbeing.ReplyCancel

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      Oh that sounds lovely, Charlene! I must admit we are big on outdoor activities on the weekends especially seeing the weather has been just beautiful. Even through the cooler months we do things like bowling, so much family fun.:)ReplyCancel

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  • My Grandad came out on the 5 pound boats from uk to Australia and he passed away a couple years ago but gave me his original suitcases that he came with and I keep my baby’s clothes in it stacked in her room. It means a lot to us and one of the kids will have it when they move out one day:)ReplyCancel

  • Gail Johnson

    I have our family heirloom which is a beautiful red cedar pianola. My Grandfather (who died before I was born) saved up every cent he could, which took many years back then, to buy it so his youngest daughter could learn to play the piano & ANYONE could play the rolls & sing. He wanted the love of music to be passed onto generations. I have 4 grown up daughters & would love this beautiful heirloom for my grandbabies, to pass onto each family as they are born. I already have 1 beautiful grand-daughter and more on the way. *Much more portable than a pianola!ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    We have an antique up right organ that has been in the family for over 100 years. There is always a fight over who gets it next!ReplyCancel

  • melissa

    Memories past from one generation to the next.ReplyCancel

  • Janine Smith

    My husband’s grandmother made a teddy bear for every grandchild and great grand child. She passed before we had kids so ours won’t get one which is heartbreaking.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    we lost treasured items during our emigration from the UK and unfortunately have nothing to pass down to our daughter born here, I would love the chance to give her something that should could pass down to her children with stories of life and loved ones from England she’ll never meet, something to add to what will be her Australian heritageReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    My great grand mother Tess (Jessica) was a very talented violinist and I have her treasured antique violin. I will pass it onto my daughter one day.ReplyCancel

  • Twyla

    we have many traditions, books are big with our family. We have holiday things and a special silver cup that will go to each baby in turn.ReplyCancel

  • Julia

    I have done some family research tracing the family tree and I have some stories from parents and some aunts and uncles and I plan to put together a book that I will pass on to my kids. I talk to them a lot about the familyReplyCancel

  • Natasha

    My Oma (Dutch grandmother) received a pair of pink glass drinking glasses from her grandmother, and were amongst the few possessions she brought with her to Australia in 1947 and she has now passed these onto to me her eldest granddaughter And I hope, I too have the privilege of passion these onto my granddaughter (in many years to come). These are precious to all of us as they are so fragile yet link many women across continents and generationsReplyCancel

  • Annette Ashby

    My mother had a special dinner set which she got when she was married in 1945 and was used on very special occasions like Christmas- all of us (6 kids) have a plate or bowl from the set and will pass them down through the generations.ReplyCancel

  • Bobbie-Lee

    When I was 13 my great Aunty sent me her cooking book (she lived in America) it contained recipes that my grandmother and great aunty grew up having made for them from their mother and teir grandmother. Its a very special book to me as it gave me my love for cooking and to keep the special book to be passed on from me.ReplyCancel

  • Raelene

    I have been given a beautiful rung which belonged to my great great aunt which will be passed down to my daughter. Love the idea of passing down a family heirloom.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Hill

    I bought my daughter a large personalised musical snowglobe for her first birthday with the intention of her passing it on to her daughter one day.ReplyCancel

  • We dont have an item passing down the generations, but we do have a name. Every first born male in the family carries Leslie as a middle name. 4 generations so far.ReplyCancel

  • karina l

    My engagement ring! It has so much sentimental value to it and I would love to pass it down to the future generations!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty Booth

    My husbands grandparents had to flee war torn Czechoslovakia with nothing but the clothes they were wearing, so instead of an item we have an amazing story that I will be sharing with my boys when they are old enough. Having an heirloom blanket to pass down would be great, we could snuggle under it as I tell them about their history.ReplyCancel

  • Rosalyn Hill

    My hubands grandfathers desk still sits in our house. He got it for his 21st from his parents and left it to my husband when he died. It’s definitely our most precious heirloom and we look forward to giving to our children when they are older.ReplyCancel

  • I am 8 weeks pregnant after having a miscarriage 4 months ago. My mum has finally decided that I’m far along enough to start giving me some of the things of mine that she put away. The two best things are all of my books, including my Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit books. She saved them for over 30 years. Then we were looking in her wardrobe the other day and she pulled out a tiny little woolen red jacket that was mine about 34 years ago. And we both just started to cry.ReplyCancel

  • Jillian

    both my daughters wore their Great Grandmother’s & Grandmothers Engagement rings on their Wedding Days & I hope they will pass those on to their daughters to wear on their Weddind Days too. I have just taught myself to crochet & just completed a bear & in the process of making a cot blanket for our new Grandchild expected soon. Hoping they will become heirlooms too.ReplyCancel

  • Gabi

    Each of my Nanna’s grand daughters have worn her antique watch for their weddings. A lovely tradition I hope to continue with the generations to come.ReplyCancel

  • Leizl Mowbray

    We have a beautiful oak cot that was passed down through my Dad’s side of the family. He slept in it, me & my 2 sisters slept in it & my nieces & nephew have slept in it. I remember playing with my dolls as a child, placing them in the cot dreaming of the day when I would place my own child to sleep in such a treasured heritage piece. Unfortunately I moved to Australia, and it was too expensive to bring the cot over when my bubs was born. It was a sad moment but my baby is my greatest treasure and the love from the family is his greatest heritage.ReplyCancel

  • Donna Milne

    I have two things that will be passed down, the first being a christening gown that I had made for my 3 kids and since then all the nephews and nieces have worn this outfit. It has travelled around the world. The second item is my nanna’s childs tea set. She would have been 111yrs old this year and she played with it as a child. I didn’t receive it until I was married but I now keep it safe to pass to my daughter.ReplyCancel

  • Ann

    My christening gown and my grandmother’s silver.ReplyCancel

  • Vivienne

    I have inherited my great grandmothers engagement ring. The ring was passed down to my grandmother and upon her death the ring was passed to my mother and since my mother passed away I now have the ring and would like to pass that down to one of my children who will pass it on to one of theirs.ReplyCancel

  • Vicky a

    A locket which has been passed down from my dads side of the family over the last 3 generationsReplyCancel

  • Christine Burgess

    We don’t have one as such…but I guess 30 – 40 year old hot wheels cars that my husband & his brother used to play with, that now my 6 boys have & continue to play with will no doubt be passed on to their kids.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    We have a poem by Rudyard Kipling that has been passed down in our family ”IF” ( Mann is my maiden surname) which is the one line ‘you will be a man, my son’ along with many traditions like Monday night Family Night where we ate together as a family for many years. Red plate acknowledgement meal when someone does well in the family on that day, always sitting at the dining table for meals and giving thanks all day, my grandmothers ring, my nana’s Soetkoekie recipe, too many to mention. But no blanket airloom yet?ReplyCancel

  • Nicola wood

    A lemon yellow and white coloured baby blanket that my great grandma knitted for me. It’s the only item we have after we left the uk to come to aus as a holiday (and ended up staying!) all our belongings were put in storage which flooded. It was the only thing my mum brought with us. I used it with my daughter when she was born. It’s so precious and I can’t wait to give it to my daughter when she has her own babyReplyCancel

  • We have a crocheted cream wool blanket used at the Christenings in the family, passed down from God Mother to God Child in each generation. When my middle son was little he had a blanky that he used to carry around and he called it a ‘ZeZah’, the christening blanket is now called ‘Mummy’s ZeZah’ My family used to grow superfine wool in the Mudgee Region and we lost the farm in the 1990’s, I miss the wool and still work in woolsheds but it’s just not the same. We scour Vinnies weekly to search for woollen jumpers lovingly made by someone elses’ Grandma. I would love to win this blanket to start a tradition of passing down a blanket withing our immediate family, starting with my children’s children. Fingers crossed xxxxxReplyCancel

  • Jo

    My great-grandmother’s engagement ring has been passed down the generations from her to my grandfather, who passed it on to my father. Wearing it connects me with her pioneering spirit. Passing it on will keep her memory alive.ReplyCancel

  • sharon brown

    We have a shawl knitted by my great grand mother which each of our 5 children have used. It will be passed on to one of our grand daughters.ReplyCancel

  • Karla Oleinikoff

    My Grandmother received a Royal Albert Tea Set when she got married in the 30’s, which went to my mother, and has now been passed on to me, which will be passed on to my daughter. The set is absolutely beautiful, and I’m honoured to have such an heirloom in my safe keeping.ReplyCancel

  • Renee Ballantyne

    My grandmothers wedding band simple but very much treasuredReplyCancel

  • Kat Taylor

    One of our family heirlooms are my husband’s 40 year old, threadbare ‘Bobby’ panda and my little brown dog, which our 5year daughter old loves!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    My family (as yet) doesn’t have something to hand down from one generation to the next. However I would love to change this and this blanket would be an awesome start to it :)ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    My most treasured family heirlooms are a series of photos taken by a travelling photographer (on horseback) in the 1920s of my family and the workers during shearing season on my families property. The photos were published in a book that documented “Stationlife in NSW during the 1920’s”. I can stare at it for ages imagining what life would have been like back then and am filled with pride at how hard working and brave my ancestors were. They are truly treasured.ReplyCancel

  • Debs

    My nan is 94 and a while ago when we were reminiscing we spoke about a little spotted china tea set I used to play with when I would visit her. It used to be Nans when she was a young girl. For my birthday this year Nan gave me this little tea set. I would have to say it is the most precious possession I own. My mum played with it as a girl and I’m not afraid to let my daughter who is 7 play with it. What makes this an Heirlooms is that it has been played with and enjoyed for 4 generations of little girls not just placed on a shelf to look at.ReplyCancel

  • Maria Stringer

    My husbands baby shawl which was made in England, our two babies were christened with it and I expect my grandchildren will use it too!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    My grandmothers glory box. It was her grandmothers and then my nana passed it to me. I have four sons so hopefully there will be a granddaughter for me to pass it down to.ReplyCancel

  • Darla

    My wedding photos.ReplyCancel

  • Karen oliver

    My mother purchased a wedding veil when my oldest sister was married; mum had 4 daughters. Every daughter wore the veil and future daughter in laws on their wedding day. That was over 40 years ago. Her granddaughters have worn the veil on their special day just like my daughter did. Mums great grandchildren will now where the precious and very special veil on their day, and generation after generation. We all cry when it is worn as she was suddenly taken from us way to early but she can watch from above.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Somervillw

    WW1 war letters from family members and family photos all precious and replaceable.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie

    We have a cane bassinet that has been through several generations, incl cousins in each generation, it just gets shared around ?ReplyCancel

  • Gillian Harridge

    My great grandfather’s saddles, they are handmade and make you gasp they are so beautiful. They represent our family history.ReplyCancel

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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

  • Elisabeth

    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

  • Suzanne Black

    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


    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

  • Kirsty weatherly

    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


    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


    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

  • Rose Pater

    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

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  • Emma

    My kids favourite is caramel banana cake.. Not the most healthy but nice as a treat.

  • Natalie

    My son and daughter love, rice crackers topped with sliced tasty cheese and slices of picked onions.ReplyCancel

  • Anne faughlin

    My kids love cool mangoes and grapes for their afternoon snackReplyCancel

    • Rachel Kriss-Newell

      Once a week the kids love ANTS ON A LOG.

      I cut celery into 10 cm lengths, fill the hollow with cream cheese and a drizzle of honey and then line sultanas along it. It’s healthy but also tasty and always brings giggles from the kids.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Howley

    My daughter loves fresh fruit, cool from the fridge!ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    My kids love a warm of piece of homemade banana bread and a glass of milkReplyCancel

  • Amy

    First option is always fresh cut fruit (watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes, strawberries and anything else), great for energy before after school activities and sports. Otherwise a yummy healthy homemade muffin or bliss ballsReplyCancel

  • Terri

    Cookies. Cookies are definitely my kids’ favorites! The littlest one likes “nem en nem” cookies the best.ReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    My son loves a peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwich!ReplyCancel

  • Hayley M

    For afternoon tea my girls love cold fruit slushies. They pick their own fruits, yogurt, milk or honey (whatever they are feeling in the mood for!) and blitz them up! They love them and they are refreshing in this NQ heat and healthy too! Awesome!
    Thanks for the opportunity Katrina! XxReplyCancel

  • Megan

    I make ‘super snacks’ for my two boys, which is basically any available fruit n vegies cut up & arranged into random shapes/things on their plates. for example dragonflies or stinkbugs, they think its great!!ReplyCancel

  • Katherine

    My girls avo favourite snack is strawberries and icing sugar!! Yum yumReplyCancel

  • Ylana

    Cold mango slices!! Mmm juicy and sweetReplyCancel

  • Ylana

    Best afternoon snack: Cold mango slices!! Mmm juicy and sweetReplyCancel

  • Samantha R

    Freshly warm homemade cheeseymite scrolls. So easy to make and the leftovers just freeze for school lunches – bonus!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    Veggie slice, my daughter eats it straight from the fridge cold. Bonus is, it’s loaded with veggies and she doesn’t even know!!! Even hubby will eat it.ReplyCancel

  • Elaine

    My kids are always famished after school!
    I regularly have ‘tiropitakia’ for them- a traditional Greek snack food.
    Puff pastry triangles filled with a cheese filling (made with ricotta, feta, egg and a bit of pepper) cooked in the oven till nicely browned.

    Can be made ahead of time and frozen.
    Can be made as an accompaniment to any meal.


  • sarah

    Grapes and Strawberries always win out as a favourite here, or banana pikelets’. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jaylene Oreo

    our favourite after school snack is fruit kebabs , my daughter calls them fruit rocketsReplyCancel

  • Amanda Reynolds

    My afternoon snack for my two girls (and mum of course) is homemade seed crackers with a big platter of cheese, olives, vege sticks and fruit..ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    My son rarely eats lunch at school, so he like to make muffin pizza’s when he comes home. Usually the 1 is enough. Tops it with ham & cheese.ReplyCancel

  • Mandy Seeger

    My kids love Raw chocolate fudge, so simple and tastes naughty but it isn’t.
    I found this recipe at “”
    1 cup hulled tahini
    1 cup pitted medjool dates
    1 tblsp Cacao
    Place ingredients into food processor or blender and blend until smooth and coming together.
    Press the mixture into a loaf tin or small container lined with baking paper hanging over the sides. Freeze for several hours to set.
    Can be kept in the freezer or fridge if you’d like it a little softer, tahini can be replaced with ground macadamias if you like but we keep it “nut free” so it’s also safe for the lunchbox.ReplyCancel

  • Trileen

    My kids LOVE the simple things…at the moments its rice crackers and hommus dip!ReplyCancel

  • Katerina

    My daughter Grace loves zucchini slice! Recipe follows: Mix 1large zucchini and carrot,both coarsest grated, with 1cup grated cheese, 1/2 cup olive oil, 2eggs, 1cup of SR flour, salt pepper and thyme to taste (I use a couple of sprigs of fresh thyme), pour into a lined slice tray or muffin pan, lined with muffin shells. Sprinkle grated Parmesan on top, pop into a180C oven and bake for 15-20mins -test with a skewer, muffins will be quicker than slice…ReplyCancel

  • Hayley

    My boys love apples dipped in almond butter, veggie sticks with hummus dip and kale chips.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Turley

    Miss 5. – tiny teddies
    Master 7- ice blocksReplyCancel

  • Amanda A

    Mine is quick and easy. The kids love a cold glass of milo, some cubes of cheese, some strawberries and apple slices and a warm homemade biscuit from my oven. Quick and easy and not too much thinking required so I can enjoy them sitting at the kitchen bench telling me about their day. Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    Quick & easy is the go. Chocolate chip cookies & a glass of milk. It’s practically a tradition.ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Wendt

    My daughter loves to have yogurt and fresh fruit as her afternoon snack.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Kriss-Newell

    Once a week the kids love ANTS ON A LOG.

    I cut celery into 10 cm lengths, fill the hollow with cream cheese and a drizzle of honey and then line sultanas along it. It’s healthy but also tasty and always brings giggles from the kids.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie D

    Apricot balls.
    500g dried apricots blitzed in the food processor, then mix through 1 can of condensed milk and 2 ½ cups coconut. Roll into balls and in more coconut to finish. Too easy. I use Australian Apricots which are a bit tarter than Turkish, and the result is delicious, and not too sweet. Always very popular at our house, they disappear in days.ReplyCancel

  • felicity

    My now teenagers still love banana icecream,just frozen banana blended and plain doritos,salsa and grated cheese,melted,yum.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    My boys love mango “pop-ups” – mango cheeks with criss-cross cuts to make squares that they pop out themselves. My 7-month old now loves to join in with a few small cubes to eat!ReplyCancel

  • Tina

    My little dude loves ‘roast veggie pizza’.
    Puff pastry smeared with tomato paste (or pizza sauce if I have it) and topped with left over roast veggies (pumpkin & sweet potato are faves). Bake until pastry is golden. Always a hit!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon

    My kids love a big bowl of fresh fruit. Strawberrys, watermelon and grapes are a favorite.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Harris

    Homemade preserved apricots with Greek Yoghurt or if not in a fruit mood my own Bars made with Almond Flour.ReplyCancel

  • Linda

    Soup. Spring Summer Autumn or Winter by kids love a mug of soup when they return from school.
    I make an array of different soups so every day is a surprise, pop ingredients in the soup maker and its ready when we come back from school pick-up.
    Fantastic way of getting Veg into the kids.ReplyCancel

  • Sonya N.

    My daughter (7) is a bit strange and very much a creature of habit. Without fail she has porridge and banana every day after school. She also has it for breakfast every day!ReplyCancel

  • Nic T.

    This is my kids’ favourite snack but because it’s not that healthy it’s only an occasional treat. They’re called lemon balls and they’re made with crushed Arrowroot biscuits, condensed milk and lemon juice. So yummy!ReplyCancel

  • Jules

    Our kids love having popcorn. I don’t add either salt or butter so it’s reasonably healthy, which is good as they have it a few times a week.ReplyCancel

  • Gemma

    My daughters love having what we call tappas. It’s basically cut up carrot, cucumber, grapes, strawberries, cheese and rice crackers. They get a little bit of everything but not to much so they eat their dinner.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Clarke

    My two children, Oscar and Liliana absolutely love cut up Fennel bulbs with my homemade dip (yes you’re reading right lol) – tastes like licorice and they love it. We have even converted some of their school friends too.

    Their other favourite after school snack has to be my banana & cinnamon smoothies – made with whole tray of ice, the smoothie is like lush healthy icecream – yum!!ReplyCancel

  • Di

    Pancakes or pikelets topped with whatever takes each of our moods that afternoon. Was a favourite of mine when I was growing up, now my kids love them as an after school or afternoon snack too.ReplyCancel


    Toast with vegemite! Call us boring, but it’s delicious, quick and easy so we can go go go onto all fun things like sports and playing with friends.ReplyCancel

  • Julia Parker

    Simple is often most popular with my kids. They most love an individual plate of cut up fruit with little squares of cheese, all beautifully arranged of course!!ReplyCancel

  • karina l

    French toast with a sprinkle of sugar on top. Delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Doyle

    my kids love ‘hot’ sandwiches ham or Vegemite and cheese are the favourites at the moment.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Homewood

    my son loves a mini platter of vegetable sticks (carrot, celery, capsicum, cucumber) as well as olives, cheese and crackers. I find this a very simple way to get him to eat an extra serve of vegetables!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth H

    Hi Kat,
    My 3 kids love some heathy fresh juice after school. One of their favourite combinations is pineapple and spinach. Also, to go with the juice some homemade pikelets and jam. My favourite raspberry jam recipe is from This delicious jam has no sugar and tastes so yum!!ReplyCancel

  • Chris Slade

    17 yr old loves to eat tuna on rice crackers and the 14 yr old loves vanilla yoghurt with a banana cut up into it. Both are quick, easy and nutritious.ReplyCancel

  • LittlePoppet

    My fussy little one loves my home made cereal bars. They’re so yummy and you know exactly whats in them. Cornflakes, flour, cinnamon, egg, plain or flavoured yoghurt and we add dried fruit too and sometimes I sneak some chocolate chips in :)ReplyCancel

  • Cath

    My 3 and 5 yr old love a smoothie for afternoon tea – I use yoghurt, fresh fruit (they love strawberry and banana most of the time!) and lite milk. Put it in a funky bottle and colourful straw and done!ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Shailer

    We love Zucchini and Sweetcorn fritters, served with tzatziki to dip them in…and the best bit is that I can make up a big batch of fritters and freeze them to use on those busy afternoons when we just need a quick, healthy snack!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly

    My 2 & 4 year old boys’ favourite afternoon snacks are something they’ve helped make with fresh fruit or a green “monster” smoothie (eg. spinach, fruit, coconut milk, LSA, egg).
    Today, we’ve got banana bread baking in the oven and a ton of fresh strawberries that we picked yesterday!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    As much as I feel shame and would love to comment with a healthy, organic homemade treat I have to be honest. The first thing that is reached for after school, ironically is cereal either two weet-bix in a bowl or Nutri-grain (which they eat dry like chips)ReplyCancel

  • With this hot weather at the moment we are LOVING homemade fruit popsicles or fruit smoothies with lots of ice. Today for afternoon tea we are even making yummy ice cream by blending frozen banana slices. Anything cold is the go here in Perth, especially after a long, hot day of learning :)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle V

    A delicious range of homemade dips
    Served with sesame seed biscuit strips
    Or fruit kebabs, they look divine
    The kids’ favourite fruits all in a line
    And simple cherry tomatoes and squares of cheese
    Are a welcome favourite and certainly please!
    Sticks of cucumber, or mini feta pies
    Are some healthy snacks this mum supplies!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    My three kids each have different choices. Leah eats apples (so many I need to have an orchard!). Isaiah loves sunken submarines and Josh loves his Nutella sandwich.ReplyCancel

  • Sam

    My girls love piklets that are undercooked so are still a little gooey in the middle. Sometime I put banana and/or berries in them.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    Homemade popcorn, home made yoghurt and a fruit smoothieReplyCancel

  • Mel

    My daughter loves Watermelon for an afternoon snack. Especially, when we get a bit creative and use the cookie cutters to make all kinds of bite size watermelon shapes and pictures to eat. It can get a bit messy but it’s lots of fun!ReplyCancel

  • Chris

    My kids like anything they have helped make during the week. Cupcakes, bikkies, slices. Also pretty keen on hummus and crackers and yoghurt.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    My kids favourite afternoon snack is frozen mango pieces blitzed in the blender with some greek yoghurt (only a little but, add a small amount at a time to check texture. You want it to end up combined but not too runny) and you get mango ice cream.

    It is so yummy and lovely on a warm afternoon.ReplyCancel

  • Tarryn Coleman

    My two kids love my homemade yoghurt and blueberry ice lollies. All I do is pop a few frozen berries into a ice lolly mould and pour over some plain or berry flavoured yoghurt and freeze overnight, cheap and easy with no nasties and perfect for a hot afternoon!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    My kids favourite arvo snack is homemade ice blocks. Any combination of tropical diced fruit covered with juice!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    My kids favourite arvo snack is homemade ice blocks. Any combination of tropical diced fruit, mango is the prefered, covered with apple juice! Healthy and fun!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Clark

    During the warmer weather my children love frozen fruit (grapes are delish this way) or home made frozen smoothie icy poles.
    During the cooler months they like something warming such as a warmed up scroll or chicken and cheese savory muffinReplyCancel

  • Bernice

    LIke me, my boys like snacks with crunch. So we pop a piece of Mountain bread (or any flat bread) sprinkled with paprika or a little sea salt into the oven for 15 – 20 minutes. Then we break them into pieces and crunch away! They are also yummy with a little Tzatziki Dip.ReplyCancel

  • Rachael

    Kids after kindy favourite is icypole made from watermelon, 2 favourite things rolled into 1!ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    In summer, my Asher likes to make Yonanas with frozen fruit.
    In winter, it’s homemade bread toasted with honey & a cup of tea.ReplyCancel

  • Jolie Morello

    my kids love good old fashioned baked treats like chocolate cake, yo yo’s or muffins washed down with a big glass of milk.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Cole

    For my 8yr son it’s nachos. Who am I to argue, if there is cheese grated he can do the whole thing himself and will make some for his little sister too. It’s quick and easy and buys me important time to organise things at home after school and work.ReplyCancel

  • Colleen

    My almost 14 year old loves a “ploughman’s platter” of crackers, different cheeses, cold meats and cucumber. Meanwhile his 18 year old sister still loves grilled halloumi with cucumber. At their ages they now make it themselves and offer it to Mum and Dad, which is rather nice. Especially since I have my hands full with their 6 month old sister (her favourite snack is purple carrots mashed with apple!). :-)ReplyCancel

  • Amy Bested

    Slushie’s, Choc Raspberry Cupcakes or Popcorn :)ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    Apple frogs during the summer, cut a slice horizontally in a green for a mouth, use peanut butter to stick grapes and sultanas for eyes. Or even a weetbix, or cold miloReplyCancel

  • Lealou

    My children often ask for my Apple Bread after school, which I have ready cut in squares in the freezer. Its like banana bread but uses apple puree and fresh apple rather than apple… by the way its also dairy, nut and egg free to suit their needs, but takes delicious and moist… has some oats in there too for some added fibre :)ReplyCancel

  • Kiri

    My kids love watermelonReplyCancel

  • Petra

    My kids favourite afternoon snack is either a home made Tuna or Hummus dip with carrot and celery sticks. They are always scrapping the bowl clean! Such a pleasure to see kids enjoy healthy foods:)ReplyCancel

  • laura

    Celery and peanut butter, simple, easy and somewhat healthy.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda D'Souza

    My son’s favourite afternoon snack is peanut butter balls. Simply mix 4 tabs peanut butter (i prefer crunchy) and 2 tabs desicated coconut and about 1 or 2 tabs of sultanas. Add some honey, I use about 1 tab but if you want it sweeter then can add more. Then form into balls and roll in coconut. Chill and then devour!ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    A yoghurt & one of Mummy’s various muffins that are eaten in the car on the way home – because they’re dying of starvation as soon as I pick them up!!!ReplyCancel

  • amy

    My son loves grapes and his dad got into him from an early age to love vegemite and cheese sandwiches!ReplyCancel

  • Nay

    My kids can’t go past a whole apple and some grapes, plus home made ice blocks or TRTLMT’s 30 second banana bread, or just homemade hummus with rice crackers.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Irvine

    My son loves anything chocolate for his afternoon snack! HIs favourite is chocolate custard, or tiny teddies! We have a 15 minute trip home from kindy, so i always have a small esky with a cold drink and a snack for him…. It’s pretty tough to tear him away from the playground, but knowing he can raid the esky in the carReplyCancel

    • Belinda Irvine

      is a great reason to get him going! So a small chocolate related treat is just fine by me!ReplyCancel

  • Jess Pohlner

    My kids favourite afternoon snack is strawberries and bananas with chocolate dipping sauceReplyCancel

  • Crystal Donohue

    I love making healthy but delicious snacks to keep their energy levels up! Snacks such as apples or bananas with peanut butter, smoothies or mini sandwiches with salad. Scrumptious!ReplyCancel

  • Rosslyn Tadd

    Living in Queensland means afternoon treats are frozen fruit coconut milk smoothies in Summer and cold Milo with coconut milk in Winter. All sugar free, gluten free and dairy free.ReplyCancel

  • Bronwyn

    Ice cold watermelon and using cookie cutters, cut into shapes! Perfect on a hot day to revive kiddies :-)ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth

    Peanut butter on celery is an oldie, but a goodie! The perfect wholesome and delicious post-school treat!ReplyCancel

  • Ange

    Puff Pastry Scrolls – Preheat oven to 180c. Spread a sheet of brought puff pastry with pizza sauce, sprinkle on some diced ham and grated cheese. Roll to form a pinwheel, cut into 9 pieces. Bake on a lined baking tray for approx 15-20 mins until golden brown and the cheese is melted. Vegemite and Cheese can also be used instead of ham & cheese.ReplyCancel

    • Ange

      Sorry!! Just saw the Jan 15 post…..????ReplyCancel

  • Alana F

    Cheesy Macaroni Pasta (complete with secret healthy Cauliflower Broccoli, Avocado and Ham mixed in) my little Miss 1’s favourite after day-care snack! I dont mind stealing a bit also :)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Gover

    Simon – age 12 loves a platter of cut up fruit and vegetables that he can dip into hummus.
    Matthew – age 15 arrives home and make toasted cheese sandwiches.
    James – age 17 will either make pineapple nachos (crushed pineapple and cheese on nacho chips then microwaved) or avocado, tomato and hummus on crackers, followed by 2 bananas, and a bowl of Weetabix, or three pieces of toast, and a bowl of soup, or …ReplyCancel

  • Teena L

    My youngest will always go for an ice pole, and living in Darwin its hard to say no and it doesn’t really fill her up before tea! My eldest loves plums at the moment!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah K

    My sons favourite snack would be a trip to any fast food outlet he could get his hands on… Fortunately I bring him his other favourite treat banana bread. ????ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    cheese and appleReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    My son’s favourite snack are chocolate chip cookies.ReplyCancel

  • Ria thompson

    Raspberries and cheese cubes!!ReplyCancel

  • Nadia R

    My kids are always starving when they get home from school, and so I like to bake them something to welcome them home after a day of not seeing them. One of their favourites is Chocolate Weetbix Slice. It’s a recipe my Nana passed onto me, she made it for my Mum when she was little and my Mum made it for me too :) It’s cheap and easy, so always a winner!

    3 weetbix, crushed
    1 cup sifted SR flour
    1 cup sugar
    1 cup desiccated coconut
    1/2 cup (113g) of butter or margarine
    1 tablespoon cocoa

    Mix all dry ingredients into a bowl. Melt butter and pour it over the top. Mix through. Press into a prepared slice tin and bake in a 180 degree oven for approx 15 minutes. Ice it while it’s hot with chocolate icing (just icing sugar, cocoa and water) and sprinkle with coconut. When cold cut into squares. Enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • Karen .e

    My kiddies love a mixed plate of cut up fruit with a small tub of homemade yoghurt to dip it inReplyCancel

  • Vicky Ham

    My son loves pancakes. Simple, easy and keeps him going until dinner.
    1 cup SR. flour
    1/2 tspn baking powder
    1/4 cup caster sugar
    2 eggs
    1/2 -3/4 cup milkReplyCancel

  • Vicky Ham

    My son loves pancakes. Simple, easy and keeps him going until dinner.

    1 cup SR. flour
    1/2 tspn baking powder
    1/4 cup caster sugar
    2 eggs
    1/2 -3/4 cup milk (use as much as you need to get your desired consistency – everyone likes their pancakes different!)

    Sift dry ingridents into a bowl and whisk in the wet until smooth and bubbly. Cool as you cook pancakes, and enjoy with whatever your heart desires ??

    Cohen’s favourite is with Nutella and rainbow sprinkles!ReplyCancel

  • Lara (and Ava) Daebritz

    A mix of plain popped corn, chopped dried apricot and/or apple, sultanas, pepitas (and if the school allows it, a few nuts).ReplyCancel

  • My kids favourite at the moment is cherry tomatoes. They can’t get enough of them! My cheesymite scrolls (only 4 ingredients) are also a big hit!ReplyCancel

  • I make pikelets with butter, jam and cream. My mum used to make them for me after school and so I continue the tradition. You can’t beat that buttery smell as you walk in, drop your bags and see a plate full of hot yummy pikelets ready to eat. Good old fashioned baking is always a winner ????ReplyCancel

  • Tash Green

    My kids love anything after school they are usually starving lol but I would have to say their favourite is banana bread and a big fruit platter.ReplyCancel

  • Up from his nap
    Give that butt a slap
    Then into his chair with a kiss from mumma bear.
    We keep snack time simple
    A nice peice of toast
    With a thin layer of jam then
    he’s a very happy little man.
    Then on he goes, ready for his favourite.
    It’s not fancy or difficult to make.
    A stick of cucumber (because he really hates cake).
    Sometimes we change it up with a biscuit or two, some fruit is so fresh.
    He likes a mango seed best.
    When it’s all said and done, he’s as sticky as a bee that’s fallen into his own pot of honey.ReplyCancel

  • Andreea Nicolescu

    Zucchini slice or ham and egg muffins, and a fruit platterReplyCancel

  • These savoury muffins are delicious – very moist and tasty! It’s a hit every time (and very easy to make). For the vegies, I usually add carrot, zucchini and sundried tomatoes. I also omit/reduce the chives.ReplyCancel

  • Summer

    Well we are just about to start this tradition as today is my oldest son’s first day of school. On any given day he will love any piece of fruit he can get his hands on. Today, I have promised him to go for a milkshake after school. It will be interesting to see how much food comes back home from his lunch box. Wish me luck. :'(ReplyCancel

  • Sue

    My kids love homemade smoothies (strawberry & banana or mango) with strawberry and yoghurt muffins or homemade choc chip cookies, these are allowed as they have a healthy lunchbox for school and kindy!!ReplyCancel

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

  • Alison

    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

  • Jennifer Hoad

    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

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

  • Audrey Greenwood

    That’s just such a lovely and unselfish sentiment! Packing boxes with a little chocolate and sweets is a really nice way to brighten up the day for friends and loved ones!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I agree Audrey!.:)ReplyCancel

Handbag Butler was created in 2008 which started with the Handbag Holder a bejewelled and printed hook which then was followed by the Key Holder which simply clips onto your handbag to hang your keys. The entrepreneurial duo did not stop there! Frustrated with running out of battery on their mobile and not liking the overly “techie” solutions on […]

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  • Vivien Lee

    I would love to see a compact backpack in royal purple.ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Richardson

    black and pink :) leapardReplyCancel

  • Sitizalifah Syed

    I sling bag with a phone compartment and for it to come in denim.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Groves VonFange

    I’d like to see a satchel (small) in Cerise with black accents. ReplyCancel

  • Karen Morley

    A style of bag that I could take away on holidays within my beach/pool bag. Something with a tropical beachy pattern and somewhat waterproof!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Campbell

    Cross body leopard print with pink trim.ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Campbell

    Cross body with phone charger in leopard print with pink trim.ReplyCancel

  • Ariel Loh

    Semi-waterproof, shoulder bag with organized compartments; aquatic teal with metallic gold accents, teal striped with light coral for the interior. Compact, functional, and classy.ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn Hudson

    glittery evening bagReplyCancel

  • Michelle L Harrison

    I would love a larger tote bag in a green and blackReplyCancel

  • Tanya Honore

    I think a clear one would be awesome. Very funky and just add a little colour with the strap. Fluro maybe :-)ReplyCancel

  • Gwen Frame

    I would love a bag that has some pretty bling on the front of it that I would be proud to show off on special occasions and take to church too.But I wouldn’t want it to be overly embellished so if I wanted to use it for a casual affair it would still be appropriate to carry it then too.

  • Lorrie Brook

    One that is easily cleaned and big enough to hold a nappy wallet as well for us mum’s on the go!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    A satchel or messenger bag style in denim would be fantastic. Hands free, large enough to carry all my bits & bobs & goes with everything I own – almost.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Cox

    I would love a bag that was in denim (for day), that then had a clear extra cover with some gold/silver bling – to take through to night/special occassions!ReplyCancel

  • Leesa Massey

    I would love to see a Black and silver lace…. This is such an amazing purse! I need one!!! Would be so awesome to get it work bag size as I would love this as my work bag.ReplyCancel

  • Lorna Monteiro

    A mustard or saffron colour and some custom made monogram ones would be great!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Lewis

    A black and white stripe is classic and neat.
    Stylish and functional can’t be beat!
    A mighty purse makes any outfit complete.ReplyCancel

  • Georgina

    A colour changing of soft gray to baby blue with several fake diamonds over it.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Nicholls

    I would suggest a similar size but make it two compartments, one containing pockets for credit cards and a wallet/fold out pocket for cash; the other side being a simple zippered compartment containing the charge battery plus space for a phone and lipstick/compact. Rather like a new cross body bag which Fossil have released (but is too small to be practical). Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • I would love to see the Gypsy mighty purse. Made with vintage saris, coins and little mirrors!ReplyCancel

  • Holly

    I would love to see a red clutch in patent leather. I love this idea!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    Something black and sparkling for going out, maybe old style glowmesh style :) as a mum of 4 having hands free and organised is a must!ReplyCancel

  • Sam Coppack

    I would love to see a Teal coloured soft leather MightyPurse with a silver zip and a small flap that covers the opening.ReplyCancel

  • Maria

    A white wedding/bridal version – pretty white lace with delicate pearl and Diamante additions. What bride wouldn’t want one!ReplyCancel

  • frances

    As a chubby grandma I need all the help, I can get. This bag leaves me hand free,

    when out and about, with my munchkins, and always in contact as well well done

    RED so I can find it easierReplyCancel

  • Jacelle

    A bag with some extra dazzle like diamonties or sequins for fun.ReplyCancel

  • Diana Gamra

    Mightypurse……..what a great idea,
    Many colours are already here.
    Perhaps a golden or bronze hue,
    Would make it extra spacial for me and you!ReplyCancel

  • Carley Monk

    I would like to see a nice looking wallet that enables me to charge my phone on the go in a nice pink, bronze, silver colours. The wallet can store everything I need daily.ReplyCancel

  • Noni Goodchild

    What a fabulous product! I’d love to win one. The style I’d like to see next would be a tiny bit bigger to serve as a more functional clutch, with card and coin compartments. Same gorgeous colours and quality!ReplyCancel

  • Alanna Weaver

    I’d like to see a snazzy bag that you could take on a posh night out or wear with a pair of jeans – metallic? It would need to be big enough to hold my purse, phone, keys, glasses, and my lippy! Any additional space would be a bonus.ReplyCancel

  • Susan

    One of the new spring colours is Cyan, which makes any outfit look fresh. A bag that can take you shopping, the park with the kids and a wine out with friends. Versatile and bright. Love it.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Vandermey

    Love it. I would like to see, something abit bigger. Maybe multicolour. Love the orange and blue. ReplyCancel

  • Carlene Franklin

    Frosty Ice White Shimmer Purse – a gold zipper, solid gold heart decal added to the hand strap, gold battery insert, detachable shoulder strap :)ReplyCancel

  • Elaine Willis

    The color doesn’t matter so much, but black is the most adaptable. The style I would really like is a mini backpack or maybe not so mini. I love backpacks.ReplyCancel

  • caitlin

    I would love a royal purple one and something with purple polka dots. Actually anything purpleReplyCancel

  • Melissah Trenfield

    A little bit of bling would make may phone sing.ReplyCancel

  • Kirby

    I would love to see a coral coloured on. Keeping it simple but something to match me on my wedding day!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    latest fashion accessory colour light bright zingy
    stunning paired with jeans and a tee for day
    fabulous splash of colour for evening glamourReplyCancel

  • Susan

    A mini backpack in any colour. Then the phone will be hands free too :)ReplyCancel

  • Eden

    I would love to see a nice purple and black purse, maybe in a zebra stipe pattern. A few subtle studs around the bottom would add a nice touch. One of these would definitely be handy insted of having my bulky KK purse lol.
    Goodluck everyone :)ReplyCancel

  • Sherryl waterson

    Slouch type bag in matt black. Yes pleaseReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    Bright and bold rainbow stripes with a wrist strap to bring colour to even the greyest day!ReplyCancel

  • Carly Sherriff

    A small tan or caramel barrel handbag. Love the idea and the colour is very versatileReplyCancel

  • Natalie Blair

    neon pink or neon yellow, being a purse it is on the smaller scale so a color that bright would not be too much, it would be the perfect accessory, other than that maybe a timeless print like orla keily. ReplyCancel

  • Deb Hornsby

    A shiney pinkish copper would be a lovely new addition

    Id love love an orange purse but i am totally sold on any colour, the concept if these little beauties is just fantastic. I am a NON handbag person but i need something and this is my rolls royce of what i had i mind. Blown away!ReplyCancel

  • Patty

    Backpack style in a teacher motif.ReplyCancel

  • Margareth

    It would come handy as I am always on the go. Thank you for giving us the chance to winReplyCancel

  • Joanne

    A little bigger with curved edges more shaped like a hand bag.
    Orange with some bling & a tassel. Great idea!!ReplyCancel

  • Bonny

    I would like to see an all pure white purseReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    Would love to see a little bit bigger (to fit ipad)crossover type with front & back pockets for travelling in dark brown.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Callus

    Easy, CHEVRON!!! 😀ReplyCancel

  • Clara

    Purse with wrist strap covered with bling, ie diamontesReplyCancel

  • Denise Macfarlane

    Such a great collection already, how about some footy team colours, maybe a bit bigger in size, more unisex so the boys can get in on the act. ReplyCancel

  • Maddie Bowerman

    A nappy bag version would be great!ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    A brighter turquoise purse (real leather, silver zip/clips/etc) with the Sakura purse hanger/key finder design as a feature on the outside. *sigh*ReplyCancel

    • Jen

      Btw, the email provided with this entry does not match my FB email. Just thought I’d mention that in case you were using it to cross-reference with likers of the page…

      ps. I hadn’t heard of these purses before and they’re a great idea!

      pps. Another idea – some designs a man would be happy carrying around… Maybe something less purse-like and more like a card-wallet that could fit in a pocket?ReplyCancel

  • Annette Connor

    I’d like a bag that could convert to a small backpack (in red or black), big enough for phone, money and passports while travelling. A backpack feels more secure for daytime touring, while an option to take off straps to use as a handbag or clutch for night would be perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Hayley Parker

    Bright orange like a sneaky little fox with silver bling bits as it would be my little sly secret about what a clever purse I own.ReplyCancel

  • Shelly

    it is almost spring time so it’s great for pastel colout
    would be great to mix baby pink & turquoise
    will be great if the bag can be folded when it’s empty
    and adjust the strapReplyCancel

  • Mascha

    A nice looking leather (or other ‘expensive looking’ fabric) backpack that looks more like a normal bag/purse with loads of different pockets! I’m called the bag-lady by friends now (not good), cause I always have my groggy backpack with me as I need to bring so many things to work with me.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Arnold

    Cool gadget to have. Would like to see a sporty version next so phone charges on really long walks or whilst training at gym. Colour would be ice blueReplyCancel

  • Summer Hinaki McDade

    Id love to see a two-tone mighty purse style with a bold print one side and a soft casual colour of sorts ob the other side but that goes togetherReplyCancel

  • Heather Green

    Electric blueReplyCancel

  • Definitely a baby bag style would be awesome. Mums get flat phones too!ReplyCancel

  • gillianne

    Of love to see a matching portfolio/ briefcase and matching wristlet in red and black both with charging capabilities. Red and back both allow total maximization of every outfit from sweats to dress and dual charging maximizes the ability to charge a phone and reader at the same time.ReplyCancel

  • Susie Venkat

    I LOVE the idea of a cross-body bag just for me in (drum roll) aqua-blue.ReplyCancel

  • Heidi t

    I’d love a watermelon coloured mighty purse for travel, slim line with room for iPad, phone, magazine, sunglasses & credit card and key holderReplyCancel

  • Emily Bobbitt Nicholson

    I WANT THIS BAG! What’s next? Make one a bit wider to fit my EpiPen (saves my life) along with crucial items: cards, money, phone.ReplyCancel

  • Tania

    Love to see pink and purple colors together

    And bag a bit biggerReplyCancel

  • Janine

    I think some floral ones would be fabulous! :)ReplyCancel

  • Cherie

    Camoflague so I can accessorise with my uniform.ReplyCancel

  • Jalna Hampton

    I’d like a satchel style with a zip
    on the flap in a denim blue leatherReplyCancel

  • Nerissa Roberts

    Black hobo style with a long strap and
    braided leather detail on the front.ReplyCancel

  • Krista Savkovs

    Creamy White with Jet black skulls, and visa versa. Maybe will some metal studs!ReplyCancel

  • Krista Savkovs

    Oh and in double body cross overReplyCancel

  • Amanda Rossetto

    A chevron pattern in the pastel colours of spring/summer such as mint, yellow or apricot. Something casual for day time.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Stacey

    I would love to see a “mighty handbag”-a bit bigger than a purse, with room for purse keys, handbag stuff! The outside would have small crochet flowers and cute owls embroidered on! Brown leather with bright colours!ReplyCancel

  • Kellie Servaas

    I’d love to see some blokey styles, or at least more middle of the road! Grey felt or suede, denim, more shoulder bag than tiny clutch. I have 4 boys so my girly tastes are slowly fading…ReplyCancel

  • Naysie

    a larger handbag style, tiffany blueReplyCancel

  • I have one of those Hangbag Butlers in my bag. A necessary thing for a lot of restaurant dining. My friend has one of those purses and she swears by it.ReplyCancel

  • Lucretia

    I would like to see some denim bags in the mighty purse range. Pale wash, fringes!ReplyCancel

  • Carly

    I’d love a purse with one side business and the other casual/bling covered, a modern day mullet – business in the front, party in the back!ReplyCancel

  • Mariana Azuero

    Is love to see one in real leather. Camel or tobacco color. I like this clutch just the way it is in size. Small enough to take as a clutch and if you need a bigger bag, it fits in there just fine. :)ReplyCancel

  • Bron L

    Would love to see one with a bow on it.ReplyCancel

  • Shelagh storer

    I would love a bag just big enough to fit a small purse, packet of cig guess & my phone, that was any colour, so long as it was covered in elephant pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Jessi worley

    I would love to see chevron! Pink!ReplyCancel

  • Helen W

    I would love to see a funky, bright nappy bag style! I’m a modern mum on the go who constantly forgets to charge her phone.ReplyCancel

  • Sally Ferreira

    Love the MightyPurse, I would love to see a floral one with an Australian Native Plants design and some beautiful earthy colours.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty Gibb

    I Would love to see some more multi coloured options such as black and white, red and black, or cream and black. ReplyCancel

  • Donna Parsons

    I don’t understand the 2 different cablesReplyCancel

  • Emily Nicholson

    I WANT THIS BAG! What’s next? Make one a bit wider to fit my EpiPen (saves my life)along with crucial items: cards, money, phone.ReplyCancel

  • Michele Pound

    As the face of Lupus and arthritis, I would love a Lupus awareness bag to help raise awareness of this debilitating and deadly disease.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Shaw

    Absolutely love this idea. I’d love to see it as a compartment in a slightly bigger purse, for nights out to the theatre, concerts or movies. I could still charge my phone if need be but would be able to carry some cash, cards, and make up or medications I need with me without going to a handbag.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    A slightly larger satchel, messenger bag or mini backpack. For me I work out of the office all day going from one client to the next. So something’s a little bigger that fits my phone a notebook, asthma spacer, plus sections or cards, money etc. as for colours something bright! Blue, yellow or mutlicolour!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah G

    I would love a metallic rose gold color and in terms of size, a bag large enough to fit my iPad with extra room for wallet, phone, and keys.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Pruss

    A backback in tan and gold – my hands are free while it charges and carries my loadReplyCancel

  • Jac

    Keep it simple, yet add a dash of sparkle with sequins or different colour zipper to the leather ie pink with mintReplyCancel

  • Laila

    A cross over bag with in purple with an added bit of sparkle. All your bags look fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda White

    A Mighty Purse in bright Chevron would be sure to impress!
    It’d be perfect by day, or by night with…my little black dress!ReplyCancel

  • Alicia Cantero

    Love it. I would like to see any of the current colours with added silver studsReplyCancel

  • I’d love to see something in a simple colour block, eg mostly black (goes with everything!) but with a 2″ strip of emerald green or electric blue for a pop of interest.ReplyCancel

  • Mara Morrison

    Love it – perhaps a vintage denim and lace with detachable strapReplyCancel

  • Tiffany Kurniawan

    I would like to see the same style with skin colour, i think it would look elegantReplyCancel

  • Kirsty Gibb

    More multi coloured options such as black and white, red and black, or cream and black, or a touch of green or blue.ReplyCancel

  • Micheala Donohoe

    Would love to see some ‘chevron’ styles! Black and white, hot pink and black, navy and coral! Then I could co-ordinate with any outfit!ReplyCancel

  • Nic syriotis

    I love this funky cool idea!
    I would love a tan/camel coloured purse – so versatile!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Schramm Clifton

    Truly amazing idea – I think one in denim with bling would be an awesome purse. Would appeal to all age levels and be great gift for my daughters and grand daughters.ReplyCancel

  • Lindi Owen

    A mighty purse would be might pretty in silver or gold, to add some glamour to a night out!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Wendels

    I would love it in a compartment in a hobo style handbag, that would be fantastic and in a tan leather colour!ReplyCancel

  • Tania King

    what a great idea never seen these before I love it! perfect for me as my phone is nearly always going flat! charging up anywhere would be awesomeReplyCancel

  • Vicki O'Neill

    I would love a black satin evening-style clutch with a bit of bling – sequin flowers or diamantés.ReplyCancel

  • Kristie-lee jones

    Would love to see a black with hints of bright pink.ReplyCancel

  • Karina Walls

    Glomesh would look amazing! Glitz and glamour with incredible functionality!ReplyCancel

  • Stefanie

    Embroidered with bright flower patterns. Love hibiscus flowers.ReplyCancel

  • Teresa Whyte

    I love this idea, my phone is always going flat when I’m out! I would like to see a bag which is big enough for my purse, keys, etc.ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Would love to see a hard cover clutch version in the classic colour of black.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Kriss-Newell

    Big, bold and bright in yellow. To fit the kids tablet which I end up carrying every time. Adding perfect colourful OOMPH to any outfit.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Finden Hanson

    This is a great idea. I would love a zebra print.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren A

    I’d love to see a MightyPurse in a “bum bag” or armband style, for use when exercising or travelling, and either in basic black or casual denim.ReplyCancel

  • Adele Smith

    A tote bag with custom designs. I would like to be able to add my own personalised touch like a photo or a quote, something that means something to me. Well done on such an innovative product.ReplyCancel

  • Natasha Parsons Kniveton

    Mightypurse nappy purse. Holds 2 nappies, a tissue pack & small tube of paw paw ointment for bub’s butt. Convenient mummy n bubby time.ReplyCancel

  • Carly Pilton

    A neoprene version of a MightyPurse in neon colours would be a must have to take to the beach/pools or on holiday with you.ReplyCancel

  • Erin Howe

    Oooo this is soo cool. A bigger handbag style that can fit a diary or old ipad2 with cute retro polka dots. ReplyCancel

  • Fleur Phillips

    I would like to see an embossed leather or a faux crocodile skiin styleReplyCancel

  • Rose McCarthy Martin

    What a great idea!! I would love to see one in a shiny croc pattern in black or red!ReplyCancel

  • Jo-Anne Gorski

    I would love to see a beautiful Purple Mighty Purse with some peacock feathers designed on it. Love the idea :-)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I’d like to see a futuristic/Continuum-style Mighty Purse. Bring on 2077! That would be AWESOME!ReplyCancel

  • Sue Antoniolli

    Great idea! How about a nice soft mauve to go with this Spring’s soft floral prints? Fingers crossed!ReplyCancel

  • Zarna

    I have a purple faux crocodile skin make up bag that came with an Elizabeth Arden gwp pack years ago, I’ve always wanted it made a handbag out of the same material!ReplyCancel

  • Megan Carter

    How about a shimmer purse, either gold or silver,, a little glam for a night out on the town.ReplyCancel

  • Christine

    A Camoflage pattern to go with my camouflage nappy bag!ReplyCancel

  • Jillian Ives

    I’d love a clutch style in a bigger size a4 size so you can fit lots in it. A Matt black colour with gold metal handle as it will go with a casual or dressy outfit.ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    A “Manbag” by the Handbag Butler.ReplyCancel

  • Ewa Kwiatkowski-Robinson

    would Lv to see a Glamour Rock shimmer mesh!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy S

    A bright colour clash would be good, like bright green and purple together!
    I have been looking for these but have only seen them online,it’s a fanastic idea!ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    I would love to see a black and white contrast mighty purse with a bold geometric print that is so hot right now. :)ReplyCancel

  • Dy Campbell

    Turquoise and grey, with a tassel on the silver zip. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    I would love to see a natural brown leather – the type that ages naturally. Or a brown/moss green tartan!ReplyCancel

  • Cecilia Warrick

    A small backpack style, in matt black. :)ReplyCancel

  • Louisa Walker

    A purse in Purple of course.
    A mighty purse would extra mighty if it were in Pantone’s colour of the year,
    Radiant Orchid a fabulous shade of purple.
    A double x-body mighty purse in radiant orchid would go from daily duties to fabulously adding a pop of fuchsia to a nighttime outfit!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    I’d love to see a gold/black sparkly version. Often head out at night and stress that I don’t have enough battery after running around all dayReplyCancel

  • Somer Durbin

    Black and white stripe with that fabulous iridescent yellow as a trim. These bags are FABULOUS darling.ReplyCancel

  • Sophie

    Gold sparkle – make a statement at night while recharging your phone after one too many selfies.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy

    What an beautiful purse. I’d love to see turquoise/teal with platinum or gold zips/accents on the purse.ReplyCancel

  • Diamond

    What a great idea this would be so handy when travelling. I would love the idea of a polka dot sytle this would be fun.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Broderick

    I’d love to see some colour inspired by peacocks, either a green or blue or even a two tone with a gold peacock feather printed on it aswell. Idea for style, how about a solid/hard purse that folds open in a V shape.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Bale

    I’d love to see and original one in purple or fushia. Bloody brilliant idea 😀ReplyCancel

  • Julie D

    A luggage style in a bright colour would be helpful at airports as charging stations are hard to findReplyCancel

  • Elaine Taylor

    I would love a slightly bigger bag in the style of a beach bag, funky fun beachy colours and maybe a boys rucksack type that is cool for teens, that can fit a beach towel, sun cream etc , to be able to charge my iPhone whilst at the beach for the day for myself and especially my kids would be fab ????ReplyCancel

  • Renee Jentz

    Add a clip that could be attached to a bigger bag and used everyday, but is detachable. A simple, leather bag with attachable mighty purses.ReplyCancel

  • Eury-Jane

    I would love a black leather every day handbag big enough to fit my tablet in.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Breust

    This has to be one of the best things I have ever seen! New ideas? How about incorporating this into a nappy bag for mums on the go!ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte

    I just adore these!!!!! I would love to see one with a PVC coating that was water (or, more importantly, coffee!) proof, and as far as design nothing would make me happier than a cute pattern incorporating hidden Mickey Mouse heads… a touch of Disney to charge up my day while my phone charges! :)ReplyCancel

    • Charlotte

      Oops, not 25wol, sorry, try this –

      A PVC coating that was waterproof, and a cute pattern incorporating hidden Mickey Mouse heads… a touch of Disney to charge up my day! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jackie Mittler

    Such a brilliant range already but I’d be a sucker for some sort of Mother of Pearl Mightypurse with all those gorgeous shimmering layers. Ahhh……ReplyCancel

  • Alice Fullerton

    love an evening clutch style, a little bigger and having a shoulder strap option, and in watermelon of course with a silver clip on front.ReplyCancel

  • Connie Peidis

    2014 Fluro colours in PVC patent material in a wristlet style bag.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy Barn

    Maybe RETRO Colours in a NAPPY bag, I just love the 70s style and colour.

  • Jessica akhurst

    Would love to see a mint patent leather wristlet.ReplyCancel

  • donna

    black sleek sophisticated but lazy enough still to swing over a care support worker shoulders without drawing too much attentionReplyCancel

  • Yuliany

    Dangling with delectable strap, this bag is a great addition to any outfit. Something silvery with diamantes/sequins for night out would be awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    I would like to see a Handbag Butler in metallic gold. Gold functions as a neutral – for everyday wear it’s a pop of bling and for special occasions it’s a nice touch. I think HB would be nice as a clutch with a fold-over flap. ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer B.

    I’d love to see this incorporated into a large tote with digital photo printing on it… Tiffany Treloar in Melbourne makes some great ones as an example.ReplyCancel

  • Jacquie Hall

    I would love to see a Mightypurse Hobo…I would love a Giraffe print ReplyCancel

  • Dee Ashcraft

    i would like a Handbag Butler in Magenta. favorite color and all my nice clothes have a hue of magentaReplyCancel is a fantastic retail market place filled with beautiful maternity, baby and children’s products.  With over 250 boutique brands to chose from, you’ll find everything you need for children including: shoes and clothes bedding, furniture & bedroom decor change bags maternity wear baby skin care toys, books & gifts and so much more. The super […]

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  • Hayley Parker

    The Cockatoo Lamp would brighten up my son’s life as since shifting house to outer suburbs and away from most of his friends the flocks of Cockies, not so welcomed by everyone, has brought a smile to his face.ReplyCancel