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

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  • Julia K

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

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

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

  • Michelle Gelston

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

  • Kylie

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

  • Mrs Pearce

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

  • tennille Ritchie

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

  • Debbie Kennedy

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

  • Donna Ryan

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

  • Rebecca Hill

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

  • Michelle Short

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

  • Liz

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

  • Jane

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

  • Holly

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

  • Helen

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

  • Natasha

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

  • Sally

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

  • Megan Jamieson

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

  • JBMarigold

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

  • Karina Wong

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

  • AnnMaree

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

  • K-Lee

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

  • Soni

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

  • Lucy

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

  • Di

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


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

  • cms26

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

  • geegee

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

  • Karen

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

  • AmberB

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

  • Sharon

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

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

  • claire

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

  • Emma

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

  • Lina

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

  • Melinda Drennan

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

  • Jane Northrop

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

  • Marg

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

  • Madonna

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

  • Karly

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

  • Viv

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

  • Cindett

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

  • Denise O'Flaherty

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

  • Sarah

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

  • Lauren Ciantar

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

  • Sherryl

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

  • Hannah

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

  • Melissa

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

  • Melissa Jones

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

  • Margaret Thompson

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

  • Kathy

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

  • Tracee Forster

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

  • Christine

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

  • Rachel Kriss-Newell

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

  • Bron

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

  • melanie beardsmore

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

  • Jacqueline Raewyne Dobbs

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

  • Helen Palmer

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

  • Nikki Austin

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

  • Trina Garner Williamson

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

  • Kathy

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

  • Kylie

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

  • Jacky Burkett

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

  • Susannah

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

  • Leanne

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

  • Alecia

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

  • Michelle Gray

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

  • Tania Carling

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

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  • Chloe B

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

  • amandagorton

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

  • Suzanne

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

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

  • sarahjane

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

  • Andie Hansen

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

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  • carmen

    My son will still be 4 for some time when he starts prep next year. I would live to give him a boost with learning his letters and sounds by using a system such as reading eggs.ReplyCancel

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    Entertaining her as she learns phonics… she is behind 2 years due to a school failing her. Back on track now with a diagnosis, reading eggs could make a big difference for her.

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    My daughter is 5 and reads perfectly. She has always loved book, I guess because I read to her since she was a newborn. She likes to practice her spelling and reading new stories. She just can’t get enough of reading and learning. Reading opens doors for her and shows her different points of view which makes her more sensitive to other people and cultures.
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  • Erin

    I would love to win this for a Grade 6 student I teach. He is a refugee and has no English, so it would be a great way for him to listen to reading and build his vocabulary.ReplyCancel

  • Katie Bull

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  • Vyktoria

    We would love to win this subscription for our Miss 3.5 as she is an avid reader and storyteller and sadly we don’t have as much time to read to her as much as we did before her new baby brother was born. This would especially help me while I’m breastfeeding to keep big sis occupied 😀ReplyCancel

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  • feline1981

    I have 3 small girls who would love this. My 6 year old loves the iPad and loves to read- great combo! She has taught our 3 year old to read a bit and is now wanting to teach the 2 year old to read! What a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie d'Arbon

    My middle boy has just started kindy. He’s obsessed with computers and we are struggling to get him to take an interest in anything besides Minecraft. His screen time has been severely limited to encourage him to do other stuff. We take him outside and show him the world. He gets to go camping and boating. He gets to ride horses. He has a small sister and a big brother to play with. I offer him paint and paper and colourful, messy things to do. All to no avail. He just flops around the house, moaning piteously, wailing and gnashing his teeth. Apparently he has nothing to do inside (despite a room full of Lego, craft stuff, Star Wars action figures and other cool things – sigh). Reading Eggs would show him that you can use the computer for learning AND it can be fun. It will (hopefully) get his mind out of the Minecraft world and into the literary world. He can read about adventurous children that go outside and don’t melt in the sunlight. He needs Reading Eggs. I need Reading Eggs! For pity’s sake, give us Reading Eggs!!!! Save us from floppy, sulky kindy boys…argh!ReplyCancel

  • Kristie Crawford-Ferguson

    It’s quite difficult to find an Australian phonics program and app. my miss 4 loves story time this would her help learn the basics.ReplyCancel

  • Emma Ribbans

    Computers, phones and tablets
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  • April P

    My son is in Prep, he enjoys school and is making friends, l want to help him as much as l can, l know the ABC reading program would help him, it is a very good teaching program, l would love to see my son confident in reading.ReplyCancel

  • TajKai

    Mr 5 has just begun Kindy. He can read most letters, but is not yet making the connection between letters and words.

    He’s hungry to learn!

    I’m also hungry for him to learn … there are only so many times I can read him his favourite bedtime story ‘Do pirates have wobbly teeth?’ without falling asleep myself.

    Reading Eggs with their fun learning methods, graded learning and rewards for achievements have everything my son needs to maintain his interest and motivation in becoming a proficient reader.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Gray

    To fill in the gap between what is learnt at school and what I know to teach at home, Reading Eggs would be a fantastic tool to ensure my daughter gets the best possible start and hopefully not struggle at all.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Corbett

    My 6 year old son who has ADHD and sensory processing disorder would really benefit from a program like this. He is keen to learn but is often distracted in the class room, so something he can do at home (like this) would really help his reading skills.ReplyCancel

  • Iftikhar

I always say my new year starts when the kids go back to school.  I think it’s because it’s a new school year, new uniform, new books, new routines… However, this week truly marks many new things for me.  For me personally I am excited to say that I now weigh less than I did […]

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  • Bronwyn

    I would love to have you come and organise the toy area. It constantly frustrates me. ReplyCancel

    • They can get frustrating. Have you considered having a toy rotation system, take away some toys so they don’t have so much to play with, then in a month or two replace the toys with the ones you have stored away. It’s like they have new toys again!ReplyCancel

  • Toni

    My kitchen please! I am forever being unable to get to things!ReplyCancel

    • I’d love to organise your kitchen Toni, ooh… I’d be happy to organise any room!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Thank you so much for sharing. I love your posts. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Khali

    Definitely the kid’s toy area!ReplyCancel

  • Donna W

    The kids rooms! What a dream. I love this blog so much!ReplyCancel

    • So glad you love the blog Donna, hope you enjoy all the upcoming posts I share with kitchen organising tips!ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    This would be the most amazing prize!! I constantly struggle with decluttering and feel I tidy up one area and shuffle it to another. My worst areas are toy storage and the garage. Thanks to all you do Kat! And congratulations on your health and well-being goals!ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations on your ‘remarkable’ news Katrina! If I won you for a day, I would finally be a chance of sorting out my terrible laundry!ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Amanda. Aah, I would love to sort your laundry… sorting the dirty laundry would have to be one of my favourite organising tips!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    I’m similar to a lot of the others – toy storage is something I constantly get frustrated with!!ReplyCancel

    • Aah yes, toys end up everywhere. My trick all these years is not to pick it up myself, but rather get the kids to pick it up, helping them to learn that it’s their responsibility after they have played to put it away!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Antolovic

    My kids toys but there in too many rooms!ReplyCancel

  • Crafty Mummy

    Well done, Kat! Exciting changes – and you’re so gracious about it all. Can’t wait to see where your year takes you.

    If you were to help at my place I’d show you my (slightly scary) craft room. I dream of custom cabinets along one big wall to store the sewing machine and all the fabric (and all the other scrapbooking and craft supplies), but I don’t know where to start in designing such a storage unit.ReplyCancel

    • I’m really excited about this year Tonya. Ooh a craft room would be so much fun, how exciting would that be, a trip to Ikea would be in order!ReplyCancel

      • Crafty Mummy

        Yes! Maybe we can convince Ikea to sponsor a post where you make over my craft room!!ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations Katrina. I’d like you to organise our study/office area.ReplyCancel

  • Lynn

    if I won you for the day I think my bedroom would be the target area, it seems to be in a constant state of flux, lol. my children have all fled the messy nest and have their own so am sorting through the grandkiddies toy box tomorrow, lolReplyCancel

  • Lisa


    We are currently decluttering our small home which we’ve filled like we live in a mansion. At the moment it is very dull & boring! I think our two boys would love a fun bedroom (shared) just like your son’s one, so all of their Lego creations can be on display. LOVE the idea on spending time in each room each month with your inspiration. Can’t wait!!ReplyCancel

    • Hi Lisa, my son loves his lego area, it’s great to display the creation he has made. Hope you enjoy the upcoming tips xReplyCancel

  • Frances Sadler

    The kitchen! I’ve never been able to get that in any reasonable order besides the everyday itemsReplyCancel

    • I would love a good kitchen clean out. It’s one room that I need to keep organised, otherwise I then don’t enjoy cooking and being in there. I’m sharing all my kitchen tips next month hopefully you might find a few tips to adapt to your home.ReplyCancel

  • Marina

    Congratulations Katrina – you will be a huge asset to The Remarkables Group. If getting out to a home is difficult (which if you came to mine I’d be handing you a cup of something and steering you to my multi tasking dining room) maybe run some webinars or just do some more videos to let us all share the experience :) You were a fabulous speaker at the Working Mums Masterclass, I walked away with so many brilliant ideas, I know many of your readers would love a taste of that experience – Thankyou :)ReplyCancel

    • That’s a fabulous idea Marina. I would love to do more video’s but being home alone all day I wonder how I can do it myself… I did a video course recently on how to make my own video, it’s a step forward xReplyCancel

      • Marina

        Katrina I’d be more than happy to give you a hand. The amount of stress you have relieved for Australian mums – it’s time the favour was returned 😉 If you’d like to take me up on the offer, even if it’s just brainstorming – I’m sure you’ll be able to find me :)ReplyCancel

  • Shazibell

    Congratulations on feeling healthier and fitter, I am on the same journey so I understand how amazing even the smallest change can feel! I would love help in the kids rooms, can just never seem to get them right :)ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    My lounge/dining room needs the most help. Toys everywhere, TV, dining table, craft table….could we fit anymore in here?? Can we find the floor??ReplyCancel

    • That sounds like a lot in one room, but I love a good organising challenge!!ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    Oooh Oooh Oooh – having a Katrina for a *whole* day…… my imagination just explodes at the thought of it….sigh… I fear however you would take a look around my home Katrina and decide that a day mightn’t be near long enough – grin! I am getting so much better thanks to you – but what I need is for you to be in my head for a day – organise my brain for me and then hopefully the rest will just come….I de-clutter, tidy and organise – but somehow the result never quite works completely and I find myself six months later in the same spot as previous – so I do another de-clutter, tidy and change the method of organisation to a different one. I wish I could just figure out what would work but instead it seems I need to go through the whole saga several times before I finally fix on a solution that works. The pantry is almost there, the linen cupboard likewise, laundry and bedrooms are great – but oh! My gardening stuff, the craft room come storage area and the nightmare of the office..oh dear…. Thankfully I can hide these areas from public view!ReplyCancel

    • Ooh Anne, this is a fabulous idea though, not just a room but helping a family to set up routines to hopefully keep spaces tidy and organised.ReplyCancel

  • Dannielle

    Definitely the kitchen!!! Since moving into the house over two years ago, the temporary spots to put everything have remained the same. Plus we have the least workable pantry ever! Narrow and deep. The kitchen is completely impractical but I don’t know where to start…..ReplyCancel

    • Ooh I do love a good pantry clean out, sounds like fun. Thank you for sharing Dannielle xReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    WOW!! Sooo many great ideas and sooo many excited housewives!!! The post by Marina is an excellent idea to share the journey! Where to start, what do we need to take into consideration, what if the new organisation doesn’t work?! You could always go local like my place!!!! That would be soooooooo coooool!! Congrats on your personal goals!! Lovin’ the new ideas!!ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Melissa…. do you live local, love the Gold Coast, such a beautiful place, I look forward to organising this giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations! Very well deserved :-)ReplyCancel

  • As for which room – my office would be great, but I would love to have you enter the man cave (shed). Only area I constitute as a real disaster!ReplyCancel

    • LOL I tried to organise my husbands shed recently…. he wasn’t impressed, let’s just say it didn’t get finished, it’s his domain, he says he knows where everything is.ReplyCancel

  • Annaleis Topham

    Help me make my kitchen work better – I organise it and it ends up exactly as it was before. Truly think I have too many thingsReplyCancel

    • Kitchen organising sounds like so much fun. I’m sharing all my kitchen tips next month, hope you find some tips there that may help you xReplyCancel

  • SallyN

    Well I’d love you to reorganise my whole house!!! I would levae the decision up to you when you saw which you think needed it more. I have downsized and would LOVE LOVE LOVE for you to come and help me!ReplyCancel

    • Sounds like fun Sally. I would start in your bedroom so you wake up in a good mood, then I usually like to start from the front house and work the way through :)ReplyCancel

  • Mum on a journey

    Awesome work, Katrina. You deserve your successes. You work hard to make everyone’s lives a little brighter. My study is the family dumping ground. I constantly struggle with motivation and energy, you are an inspiration. I would like to copy meal plan till I get the hang of it. That is how I learn from others. Keep being the inspiration that you are!!!ReplyCancel

    • Ooh you are so kind… The meal plans start back again on Monday, I hope it will be able to help you!!ReplyCancel

  • Annaliese

    Congratulations on making such a success and helping hte rest of us out. Your site may be called “The Organised Housewife” but I have to say, as a full time working mum with two kids of my own (girls 4 and 10) and two steps (boys 9 and 15) who has NO time for housewife-ing in my day, your organisational tips have helped me move a little closer to sanity from madness. Keep ’em coming!!!! I would have to say it’s the nedrooms that I need help with – I don’t see them generally except first thing in the morning and last thing at night, when I shuffle a path through a mix of dirty and clean clothes (10 year old and 15 year old) and small sharp platic toys (4 year old and 9 year old) thinking *must get to that this weekend*. Argh!!!!!!!!!! LOL you’ve got to laugh….or you’d cry! :)ReplyCancel

    • I’m so glad that you have found parts of the blog to be able to help you Annaliese, perfect to adapt the ideas to suit your family. When so busy it’s hard to find time, I can only image how hard it is for you. xxReplyCancel

  • TheMorleyReport

    What wonderful news :) Well done my dear! That is sooooo exciting :)
    Now if I had you to visit for a day… mmmm first we would have to sit down and have a good goss but then I think I would get you to help me organise my blogging.
    Of course we would need to also have a nice lunch and maybe a little cocktail to celebrate our hard work :) xxxReplyCancel

    • Naw your so kind Karen, thank you. Ooh we would need to book in 2 days to fit in lunch and cocktails!! Can’t wait to have one on the cruise with you!!ReplyCancel

  • Welcome! Great to have you on board.ReplyCancel

  • Awesome work on all fronts Kat and welcome to TRG xReplyCancel

  • Cassie

    Congratulations! I would love my wardrobe overhauled. It was one of my “nesting” jobs, but my baby is now 5 months old and I haven’t even looked at it!!!ReplyCancel

    • Hi Cassie, ooh the wardrobe would be so much fun, I enjoyed giving my daughters wardrobe a makeover recentlyReplyCancel

  • Congrats Kat and here’s to a fab 2014! I’d love you to come and organise my kitchen, or my bathroom. I have too many hair products.ReplyCancel

  • Janine

    Congratulations well done.
    I would love you to come and organise my bedroom, or my computer area, or my kitchen!!! hahaha or just my whole house as I only live in a tiny house!!
    Ok well seriously it would have to be my computer area.ReplyCancel

  • Vanilla Belle Homewares

    Sounds Great! Can’t Wait! – Gem (Vanilla Belle Homewares)ReplyCancel

  • Jkirbs

    I would like help organising Kitchen and Dining rooms

  • SameliasMum

    I’m so happy for you Kat. Here’s to an exciting new year for you, your family and your blog. Personally, I’d love for you to come over and help me figure out my pantry.ReplyCancel

  • Facebook User

    Congratulations Kat. You blog is very motivating and inspirational, I hope you take some time to celebrate all your milestones! Bec from

  • Julia Prentice

    Kids rooms.. oh please please can I win you to come and help me with the kids rooms! We’ve just downsized into our own home.. and it’s a mess!! Too many toys, not enough room! I’ve considered attaching sacks to the ceiling for extra storage? lolReplyCancel

  • Laila Cox

    Congratulations on your achievements Katrina and good luck for the coming year. I would love you to organise my 2 children’s bedroom.ReplyCancel

  • Jane Sibley

    Love you website, my house is already looking better. If I would be so lucky to win you for a day I would love some help with my Laundry or my office, or maybe just have coffee & pick your brain x0xReplyCancel

  • Tanya Beck

    Congratulations. I would love you to organise my bedroom. This is where I send myself when things get out of control or I just need some time out.ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    Hey Kat, I’d trade a Personal Training Session for a visit from you to organise my 6 year old daughters bedroom. You’d have to see it to believe it, she keeps every drawing, every toy packet it all means something to her, means mess to me but she wont throw anything out. RReplyCancel

  • Congratulations Katrina! What a great achievement! I look forward to reading your blog and receiving all your great tips and advice. If I had to choose a room to organise, I’d probably say my bedroom although all I really need is more wardrobe space!ReplyCancel

  • diane

    looking forward to reading your blog everyday xReplyCancel

  • Nicky Kozlovskis

    great job Katrina! I so need you in my life!! I’m trying think where I would start if I could win you as my whole house is a mess!!! I think the area most in need is my children’s rooms and their playroom.ReplyCancel

  • CindyR

    My office/craft room would LOVE some organisation!!ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    Sounds like an exciting year coming up! If I could win you for a day I think my kitchen would be the room I’d like your help with the most. We moved last year and I just don’t feel that the kitchen is as functional as it could be. The other area would be the walk in robe in the master bedroom – too much general ‘stuff’ stored there!ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    The areas where junk piles up – my study is the ‘dumping room’, old clothes, toys, new stuff to be stashed for Christmas/birthdays, anything without a proper home and I can never find my desk, and the toy clutter – I really need the help.ReplyCancel

  • Welcome aboard love! What an exciting year you’ve got ahead!ReplyCancel

  • Terawel

    My office/sewing room is a disaster right now and I don’t see it improving until after the income tax is done. That’s the one thing I dread and, therefore, put it off as long as possible— knowing it would make much more sense to just get it done as quick and early as possible!ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    My toddlers toy area in the living room :-/ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Turley

    My garage. It is full of baby stuff and things my kids have out grown, and things i can’t seem to organise or part with.ReplyCancel

  • Ezza

    My office! I am continually stacking piles of paper and have stuff laying everywhere!!ReplyCancel

  • Raeleneanna

    Hmm, I really need to think hard about this one, our whole house is chaos….it’s a toss up between the teenagers bedrooms (a constant battle), the communal areas (kitchen, dining, lounge – open plan) or the clutter cupboard under the stairs (dumping ground)…….My girls bedroom I think…if this was sorted, I wouldn’t have so much junk, sorry – treasures, left in my lounge to start with!! Now, all I need to do is convince Kat to come to good ole NZ!! (Please, pretty please????)ReplyCancel

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  • Jules_040

    It is very important to have children’s lunch boxes labelled- with so many allergies these days ReplyCancel

    • Guest

      Pencils! As a teacher I’ve borrowed student’s pencils before and forgotten who I borrowed it off!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty Sing

    On her first day of Kinder I will be labelling everything including my daughter. I definitely want her back!ReplyCancel

  • MrsH

    Definitely drink bottles! For health reasons… Can’t have the little ones sharing drink bottles with everyone else at kindy! ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Jorgensen

    Drink bottles! At some schools children have to put their drink bottles in a class box and if there’s a couple that are the same!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    Lunch items, I use containers for rubbish free lunches and even with labels they don’t always all make it home (accidentally go home with wrong person who then keep forgetting to bring back in the mad morning rush) which becomes a very expensive exercise.ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Kitching

    Knickers! As my daughter gets them mixed up with her friends when changing for sport!ReplyCancel

  • Elayine

    Hats, hats are compulsory at our school or no play at recess and lunch. My 3 are forever losing theirs despite having 2 each. The labels would make them much easier to return to us.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth

    Socks! I have two children in identical school socks…except for the size. Without labels on them I’d be lost.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Hill

    Water Bottles. Living in the Far north they need to be hydrated. Somehow the water bottles always go missing.ReplyCancel

  • AnnieB

    Shoes! Especially at Daycare/Kindy age when they come off the kids feet almost immediatelyReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Davies

    Water bottles are a must. The kids love having their own bottle labeled with their own nam on it.

  • Abbie Uebergang

    Being a teacher, I think clearly labelled drink bottles are very important. Little people don’t always remember which bottle they brought with them and they often get misplaced. ReplyCancel

  • Jayme

    Show and share items. ReplyCancel

  • Bree

    Their school bags, especially with a parents phone number, just incase the child gets lost with their bag! The adult that finds them will have a number to call. ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Kirk

    Pencils! As a teacher I’ve often borrowed pencils from students and forgotten whose they were!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Goddard

    Hats of course as they inevitably get lost and I know which is theirs when I search lost property!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer

    Anything! I can always rely on the fact one of my children will leave something behind – having it named means there’s a better chance of getting it back!ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    Everything the kids take to school should be named as inevitably something will be lost.ReplyCancel

  • Shazibell

    The school bag, if that gets lost everything could be gone!ReplyCancel

  • Kayla

    Lunch boxes. I don’t know how many times my son has come home from school without his lunch box!ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Tupperware containers! I don’t want to lose any of mine :)ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Blackmore

    Anything you want back, kids have a short attention span and once they put it down or take it off its often forgottenReplyCancel

  • Patty Brannan

    Everything! If you want to make sure that it is going to come back to the right house, it definately needs a label. Its important to label lunch boxes for sure.ReplyCancel

  • Bec R

    Definitely the drink bottles! So many children have the same onesReplyCancel

  • Bianca

    My toddler … Shes got to be labelled, her stuff, her shoes, everything cause we always loose somethingReplyCancel

  • Sarah S.

    As the mother of a child who would ‘lose her head if it wasn’t screwed on’ I recommend labeling everything they take out the house. Not just items for school or kindy, but also sports equipment, books, hats and shoes they wear at home & to friends houses. And reading glasses, sunglasses and glasses cases too.ReplyCancel

  • ann

    My mind because I am forever losing it trying to find all those things I put in a safe place.ReplyCancel

  • FJ

    My children! If they can’t prove they’re mine at the end of the day, I may not let them back in the house or feed them.ReplyCancel

  • Pip Giltay

    School hats, they are the most prone to getting lost as the are putting them on and taking them off all the timeReplyCancel

  • Jenna Priest

    Everything should be labelled but especially the school bag. Hats, drink bottles, lunch boxes should be labelled for sanitary reasons.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel K

    Our toddler!! A rampaging run away. Last year staying for the first school morning assembly gathering – she tore free of me, joined the ranks of 100s of kids and stood with them for 5 minutes. After an impromptu announcement on the loud speaker she managed to run free of the hoard of kids, through the crowd of mums and teachers (with me in hot pursuit) and ended up in one of the Kindy classrooms. Any longer on her own and I’m sure she would have managed to re-essemble the Kindy art equipment and bookcase. Oh lordy, sometimes I wish I had those electronic ankle bracelet alarm so I could hone in on her whereabouts in an instant.ReplyCancel

  • steph

    Your kid……you may want want someone to return them…..ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Koopmans

    My children! They are my most precious “possession” xReplyCancel

  • lauren

    My Tupperware … have made the mistake of sending it to daycare unlabelled & haven’t seen it since :(
    Have since bought a heap of cheap containers from Big W and gone label crazy, labelling it all!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    Our water bottles – ensures they will return home with us (instead of continually buying replacements) and the kids love having their own bottle with a cool label on it!ReplyCancel

  • Richelle Egan

    Mobile phone: if you leave it somewhere, it’s very hard for the lovely honest person trying to get it back to you to work out whose it is.ReplyCancel

  • Narelle Rock

    the kids school jumpers, they are always the first thing to go missing and also the most expensive!ReplyCancel

  • Annette

    You should label school hats as these are expensive and can only be returned if it’s Atleast got a name on it to start with! ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    “Nothing” should leave the house unlabelled – If lost it can be returned and/or all allergies are noted for others reference :)ReplyCancel

  • Elissa

    School Jumpers definitely! They are taken on and off regularly, and there is nothing worse then this item going missing!ReplyCancel

  • mareea

    Definitely school hats! School clothes as well. We have lost a few items from craft or swimming days at school. Hats are always being left behind, and they are not cheap to replace.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Grimmer

    Everything but the kitchen sink!! ????ReplyCancel

  • Zoe

    School socks!! They are expensive to buy and I hate getting back eveyone elses crappy wholey socks. YukReplyCancel

  • Di

    Hubbies lunch! I’m as sick of hearing him whine about it getting stolen from the work fridge, as he is having it nicked from him every other day!! Talk about rude!!ReplyCancel


    Balls, especially expensive leather basketballs that ‘must’ be taken to school for play time so he can practice with his friends.ReplyCancel

  • Mr ED.

    Schoolbags. With them all looking the same, definitely a label that stands out. My daughter was horrified last year when she came home with someone else’s bag, not that she had their bag but that someone else had hers and all her precious things inside of it.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Leanne

    Everything that leaves the house should have a label on it – even husband who tends to get the wanders up after a few beverages!ReplyCancel

  • Deborah De Geeter

    Drink bottles should have a label as some kids have the same drink bottleReplyCancel

  • Carmen Maughan

    Tupperware! It’s really expensive but great quality and good for the environment. I love my Tupperware and always make sure it’s labelled.ReplyCancel

  • AmberB

    Shoes. Kids wear the same styles so it is easy for them to go missing. I hate having to replace them as they are not cheap.ReplyCancel

  • Kyla

    Containers and drink bottles!ReplyCancel

  • Denike

    Drink bottles for sure, shoes and bags :)ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Rock

    There once were two ‘Broome-kids’, so hot
    That their shoes they often forgot
    Poor mum was distraught
    So shoe labels she bought,
    And now the ‘missing-shoe-problem’ is not!ReplyCancel

  • Helen Patterson

    The expensive ($95) compulsory school jumperReplyCancel

  • Amanda A

    Drink bottles! I like to put name labels on bottles so that even a toddler can recognise which one is theirs (the labels with pictures help!). Less drink sharing at kindy hopefully means less germs coming home.ReplyCancel

  • Kasey E

    School hat, as they all are the same & we really don’t want to share….NITS!eeekReplyCancel

  • Jaa

    Swim goggles. Wrapping a long label around strap always ensures our googles are returned when left behind (often,;-). )

  • Kristina S

    Anything allergy related. Very importantReplyCancel

  • Karina Wong

    My lunch box so no one steals my food at work!ReplyCancel

  • Emma Molineux

    My son’s Tupperware sandwich box, because they are an expensive item to replace!ReplyCancel

  • Abby Lee

    Hubby’s socks as nobody would want to accidently pick them up!ReplyCancel

  • Gemma Westacott Blair

    Shoes!! My son once came home with a ‘pair’ of shoes… Problem was the left fit, but right shoe was about three sizes too big! Who knows how he and his friend didn’t notice the mix up! Took a surprisingly long and painful time to find the friend he’d mixed them up with.
    Never again! We’ve got Stuck on You’s shoe dots now! ReplyCancel

  • Denise

    Crayons and pencils!!! Both my girls let friends just disappear with them…I want them back!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Stone

    The kids underwear and hairbrush should not leave the home unlabelled because often when they go swimming with the school they are in a rush to get changed and I cannot imagine anything worse than accidently putting on someone else’s. Also using someone else’s hairbrush increases the risk of getting NITS. Labels would save the day, and our sanity.ReplyCancel

  • cbusch

    my kids take their drink bottles with water in everywhere but are always leaving them so I am always searching keeping an eye on them wherever we go at least if labelled friends return :)ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Danny Stubbs

    School hat. Everyone has the same hat at our school and most days I find my daughters hat in someone else’s bag, so labelling is a must :)ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Brown

    My boys undies! They seem to love to drop them and go commando – There’s nothing more embarrassing than the ” whose undies are these?” question.ReplyCancel

  • sonya blyton

    Drink Bottles, OMG we go through so many because once they are left at school I throw them away, because it makes my skin crawl that maybe other kids are drinking from each other’s drink bottles just because they arnt labeled :/ ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    I’m sure to find out as we start school with our eldest.ReplyCancel

  • Mellyp81

    School jumpers. I swear my kids have lost maybe 10-15? Over it!

  • kookla123

    Labelling school hats is a must
    For the simple reason I can’t trust
    My daughters to remember the hat they lay
    Here and there as they play!ReplyCancel

  • Liz B

    The kids! To make sure the little darlings return home….no seriously the school jumpers…our weather is so variable in Melbourne that the jumpers are on-off-on-off-on-off and get left lying around everywhere – good sturdy labels are essential.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    The formal winter jumper ($50 +) in the past two years my eldest has “lost” two. Guess I can’t sew it on him…lolReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    I labelled everything last year and can’t think of anything we lost but now I can’t find the labels! Need to buy more PLEASE :-)ReplyCancel

  • ardentwhispers

    Anything going to school! Somehow they never seem to make it back in the end.ReplyCancel

  • Woo-Hwa Han

    My children and their belongings are seemed not to be attached each other unless the stickers on!!ReplyCancel

  • Margot Hunt

    EVERYTHING!!! It’s good to know if something gets lost (or forgotten), it can make it back to the owner. My daughter forgets anything and everything – we’ve got most of it back (so far)…ReplyCancel

  • Barbara letts

    Everything belonging to my 91 year old dad. Just like school, things have a habit of disappearing in Aged Care facilities.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Docwra

    With the anticipation of my daughter starting school, I purchased labels for her drink bottle and lunch boxes, but as I read through the other comments I realise I need a bazillion more labels so her name is on EVERYTHING. Oh gosh I’m such an amatuer.ReplyCancel

  • julie

    WHAT SHOULD NOT LEAVE THE HOME UNLABELLED & WHY? As a child…. your underwear. There is nothing more embarrassing after a swimming lesson that someone comes up to the teacher and tells her that their is underwear left in the boys or girls toilets. The teacher then asks someone to retrieve it and then holds it up in front of the children, all lined up ready to go back to school… and calls out ‘girls/boys……… if you are missing your underwear can you please come and collect it from me.’ Children call out who they believe owns it but…. no one ever retrieves it!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Edwards

    everything!!! mostly pencils and waterbottles. My daughter loses her pencils all the time.. and waterbottles, between school and sport they always go missing,, but if its labelled it always come back to me!ReplyCancel

  • Lea

    I agree that EVERYTHING needs a label when your children start school – but most importantly is their water bottle and school hat!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tri

    You should never leave home without the KIDS being labelled!!…no really, the most important thing to be labelled is their hats and drink bottles :)ReplyCancel

  • Andrea

    I always label my TUPPERWARE! I got labels for the kids stuff (I’d never send Tupperware to school!) but then decided I needed my own for my Tupperware! So I got some…and now I don’t worry about sending cakes/meals to friends in Tupperware because I know it will come back!ReplyCancel

  • lindsey

    Lunchboxes and coats because they are easily lost and hard to find without labelingReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    Probably the kids!
    That aside, I’d say label your mobile with an alternate contact and name. Even if your phone is found and handed in, if it’s got a security code or the battery goes flat, no one will be able to find out WHO to contact to return it.
    Ditto other electronic devices.ReplyCancel

  • Jenni Williams

    Drink bottles I feel must be named before leaving the house as it is amazing how my children seem to come home with ones they didn’t leave home with!! Also Tupperware – too expensive to lose!ReplyCancel

  • tracey1507

    my boys – seriously, I think I should label them. Had to take my 4 yr old to toilet mid grocery shop so asked the lady at front desk if I could leave my trolley there for later. Yep, no problem, I headed out the door, looked back and realised I’d left my 2yr old sitting in the trolley seat. Doh!ReplyCancel

  • Emma Willis

    Everything but definitely their school jumper/jacket and hats little people are notorious for taking these off at recess and lunch and forgetting about them! $70 for school jumpers at my school certainly can’t afford to keep buying them!ReplyCancel

  • Kerryanne Bourke

    Everything that hubby takes to work! its not the kids who loose things its always hubby! especially the knives and forks not to mention my containers!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Maree Visioli

    Lunch – sounds strange, but with all the great recipes I have been able to cook from this site I have found that my son comes home with a variety of empty lunch boxes asking if i can put a roll up sandwich and sweet treat in for his friends. The record last term was five lunch boxes – all accompanied by phone calls from mothers who hope I don’t mind. I don’t, and I then put them onto your wonderful site. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Kym Maloney

    Anything that leaves your home that a member of your family is likely to take off, put down, use or leave behind at any place – whether it be visiting friends, going to care, school, work or shops, or participating in hobbies, sports or other activities!! We label everything – shoes, drink bottles, bags, lunch boxes, food containers, hats, shirts, underwear, jumpers, bathers, towels, goggles, sunglasses, reading glasses, sports equipment, craft equipment, cameras, even favourite toys. Why? Because it is too expensive to replace items and too embarrassing to have to ask for and collect them when you’ve lost them (or own up to them)!ReplyCancel

  • purplebeans

    kids drink bottles. They are always putting them down in the middle of play and its not uncommon for other kids to have the same ones.ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    I just would go crazy with those labels, they would be on everything, but especially the kids hats and jumpers, they always get left behind! I wonder if there’s a way I can label my kids too…ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Jones

    The school hats must be labelled. Kids might be infested with head lice because of wearing others’ hats. It’s downright annoying.ReplyCancel

  • Christie

    Anything purchased from school uniform shops!
    I have spent a small fortune on proper school items,(and I am all for my kids to wear) so far in kindy we have replaced 2 x $55 jackets and up to our 2nd Hat!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda.lewis

    The kids daycare items, nothing.worse.than the kids coming home with someone elses dummy or bottle. The labels are awesome my oldest kid who’s 11still has things that have had the labelling on them for 10years. Best labels around :-)

  • Shontel Ashurst

    Socks! I never thought about labelling socks until I lost 3 pairs lol I am the queen of labels, well so I thought, I remembered the drink bottle, the clothes, sheets, hat and shoes but forgot the socks!ReplyCancel

  • TajKai

    The kids special toys and treasured posessions;
    The things they love so much they want to take them to school to show their friends;
    The things they will cry over if they don’t come home.

    I need to label to save their tears.ReplyCancel

  • Lidya Yulianti

    Every time we go to toys shop, I always fear that they’ll think we stole their goods because we always bring his mega bloks cart from home – the only way to get him to not run to the escalator (he’s fascinated with those moving steps). We sticked so many name labels on it and I even wrote his name with sharpie just in case the labels gone missing as he likes to peel them off.ReplyCancel

  • Meg

    Cd’s and DVD’s, the kids ones especially! They lend them to friends and they are impossible to identify as ours and get back. Clearly labelled and there is no argument as to who the owner is when we try to get them back :)ReplyCancel

  • Leila Matthews

    Every clothing item my children wear to school, including scungies as they have gone missing before.
    at home we need to label drink bottles so the children don’t argue over which one is theirs even though they are all different colours!ReplyCancel

  • Holly Holford

    Everything my child owns! As a busy family we rely on family and my little girls father to help with school pick ups and looking after her on student free days and holidays – We lose so many of our clothes, toys, bags and shoes due to her being between 4 different places. Things get left behind all the time, so labels help us to identify what is ours and are less likely to be left at someone elses house.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda R

    All school uniform items, it gets hot and they take off their jackets or they go into the classroom and take off their hats – its too easy to lose things or have other kids take it accidentallyReplyCancel

  • BellaB

    My son’s cochlear implants – firstly, he can’t hear a thing without them, so it’s urgent that they find their way back to us quickly if they ever get lost. And secondly, they cost a small fortune if we have to replace them!ReplyCancel

  • K_E_L

    Lunch boxes! We lost five (yep!) in one year due to mummy being lazy and labelling with a ‘permanent’ marker :(ReplyCancel

  • Mandy T

    Items kids take in for show and tell – always good to know if the ‘owner’ of that item is @ the end of the day!ReplyCancel

  • Suzie

    Anything that can come off your child should be labelled! Not only do the children take things off and walk away, but it is easy for other children to think it is theirs! Especially if it looks in better condition than theirs!ReplyCancel

  • Felicity

    Anything the kids take to school: pencils, textas, drink bottles, lunch box, clothing, hats, shoes, bag, pencil case, glue sticks, rubber, USB, head phones, ruler, library bag, books and special toys your kids may want to play with during recess/lunch.ReplyCancel

  • Lara

    Water bottles!! At sporting events it is so easy to set one down and think you’ll remember where yours is til it’s time to go home!ReplyCancel

  • Emma Archer

    Anything you *don’t* want to come home – or am I the only parent who dreams of the ugly hat, the beloved but leaky bottle, the stained zip up jumper not coming home? I label stuff – it disappears. Unlabelled, it’s always coming home.ReplyCancel

  • Chris

    Umbrella’s!! How something so big and so obvious and so use only occasionally can go walk about so easily, I have no idea!ReplyCancel

  • Linda C

    Knowing all my daughters school supplies are named gives me peace of mind knowing they will find their way back.ReplyCancel

  • Smilie2601

    I’ve learnt from personal experience I confess,

    Needed to call NRMA that caused embarrassment and unnecessary

    The kids were rummaging through my handbag,

    If I knew what was to happen I would have labelled with a
    secure tag,

    My 1 year old was happily playing with my car keys,

    No Tantrum! Tears; I completed my groceries with ease!

    When it was time to unload the groceries in the car,

    I discovered that I couldn’t venture far,

    The car keys we searched high and low,

    NOW I have the keys labelled with my name, number, address
    and a BIG pink bow!

    [email protected]ReplyCancel

    • kellie

      don’t know that i’d put your address on keys for security reasonsReplyCancel

  • laureneve

    Water bottles, it’s so important due to health risks to have names on bottles.ReplyCancel

  • Skye

    Lunch box lids! They seem to have legs. I always add my mobile onto the kids’ labels too so that no matter where we are, someone kind may think to return them to us.ReplyCancel

  • Nic

    Jumpers and raincoats!!! They never come home!ReplyCancel

  • Anita Pender

    For me we can’t leave home without lunchbox and drink bottles labeled. We always seem to leave stuff behind and with names we always get it back!ReplyCancel

  • hayley

    Both my boys comfort blankets!!!!!! They MUST come home with us lolReplyCancel

  • rachael

    A drink bottle and school jumper. My 7yo always plays on the oval after school and leaves his drink bottle and jumper on the oval.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten W

    My identical twin daughters. Because noone can ever tell them apart!ReplyCancel

  • Bronwyn Bosomworth

    USB’s and expensive calculators definitely need labelling, unfortunately teenagers underestimate the cost and there are many tears when their important school assignments are lost on the missing USB.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Stringer

    Everything!! With a little boy who loves to kick off his shoes, his hat and drop his bag to explore this awesome world… You’ll usually see me, his shadow… Collecting everything behind him!! Lol!!ReplyCancel

  • xxRebeccaxx

    Definitely my toddler’s favourite teddybear – I hate to think what bedtime would be like if Mr Jenkins ever went missing!ReplyCancel

  • Helen Fernee

    Twinkle,Twinkle,Little Star My Children’s Schoolbags Leaving Home Without labels Would be the most disastrous loss by far!ReplyCancel

  • Vikki Ooink

    My child :)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Gray

    Kids like to lose things!!ReplyCancel

  • Nicola James

    My grand-daughter’s blankie, the meltdown that would ensue if it was lost, would be unbearable for all concerned!ReplyCancel

  • Tessa

    Everything, From clothing-Hats, Jumpers, Shirts, Shorts, Undies, Socks and Shoes
    School/Kinder Items – Pens, Pencils, Books, Bags, Drink Bottles, Lunch Boxes, Comfort Toys,
    Pretty much anything that walks out that door on your child’s beingReplyCancel

  • Carmen Oliver

    school hats – they are all the same and are put on and off throughout the day – so easy to loose!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Corbett

    School jackets. We paid $70 for our sons jacket for it to go missing after a couple of weeks.ReplyCancel

  • LilMiss Kibby

    NOTHING should leave the home unlabelled…with 4 kids replacing things can be a costly exercise!ReplyCancel

  • Tate

    Anything that can be removed from either her school bag or on her body. If these are not labelled, they will be taken by someone else. Happens every year.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Sedgewick

    Socks! Because it’s bad enough when they get lost in the washing machine let alone outside the house!ReplyCancel

  • tanya clarke

    Everything! Bag, books, stationary and especially school uniform. Uniforms are not cheap!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Ford

    the childrens school hats … I have lots so so many hatsReplyCancel

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  • Life Living

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

  • Nay

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

  • Sally Lane

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

  • 26 Years & Counting

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

  • Joy

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

  • Fiona Jenkins

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

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

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

  • Katie

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

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  • Colleen

    I have 2 boys still at school, I look for shoes that have thick leather on the toe area as the boys play soccer at recess and lunch and they kick the toes out of their school shoes before the shoes wear out.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy

    I have 2 girls and one boy in school, I always had fitted school shoes, so definitely get them fitted, double stitching, comfort and a for the girls a nice slim line. For my boy who kicks the ball around and runs like crazy the shoes have to stand up to wear and tear! One daughter always sits cross-legged on the concrete so good thick leather on the outsides! :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Wood

    I’d love to win some Ascent Footwear
    To wear to school on my first day
    My friends will be jealous
    My Podiatrist zealous
    To Athletes Foot for a fitting I pray…ReplyCancel

  • Luise P

    I look for shoes that are going to be comfortable and hopefully last the whole yearReplyCancel

  • Mummasita

    Mum’s Criteria/ Kids Criteria – a every day shoe that works like a sports shoe (street cred), looks smart (styling), fits well and is comfortable ( sweet bounce), durability ( wicked wearability).
    One and the same needs
    Answer an Ascent ShoeReplyCancel

  • Bridgetjayne .

    I look for durability, comfort and of course having a girl they have to look pretty.ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn Delapierre

    My daughter is hard on her school shoes. I always look for double stitching, comfortable, well fitted shoes. Ascent meet all these criteria and more. We are in the process of having our daughter assessed by an OT and a podiatrist, so its looking like the Ascent Shoes will be the best fit for her!ReplyCancel

  • Peta Sage

    We have purchased Ascent shoes before and they are awesome, but unfortunately out of our price range.
    I look for comfort, support and quality in a mid price range shoe.ReplyCancel

  • Dan Noller

    I look for shoes that are easy to clean and keep looking good after a lot of school play. Also the idea of sneaky sports shoes is excellent. Best of both worlds!

  • Penny

    Last year for Prep I looked for velcro straps, this year for Year 1 I will look for laces for motor skills development. In addition I look for quality and comfort with a professional measure. I was in the UK pre-school last year so I bought black leather sports shoes in disguise from Clarks but this year I’ll need to look at what good brands are here. Thanks for the intro to Ascent shoes.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    This is my first year buying school shoes…but what I thought most important was comfort, good fit, durability and ease for my little one to get on and off.ReplyCancel

  • Syandmel

    With our oldest in Prep we’re looking for comfort, black leather, long-lasting & Velcro straps. He’s VERY active & rough.
    Thanks for the tips!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty Russell

    I have found over the years buying cheap shoes turns out more expensive in the long run. My boys will go through a cheap pair of shoes in 6wks. I have found that buying a good quality shoe will last my boys about 6mths… they are pretty rough on shoes!!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    Comfort and qualityReplyCancel

  • Nik

    Comfort, durability and value for money.
    We bought Ascent shoes for the first time last year and are definitely buying them again this year – it was the “sports shoe in disguise” that got us in. At the end of the year the kids said they were still comfortable, and even after playing footy at lunch my sons shoes showed very little wear – or maybe he’s just not as good as he pretends! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Nadia - The Everyday Blessings

    I look for a shoe that is comfortable, one that is snug enough so their shoes won’t rub but with enough growing room so I don’t need to buy a new pair in a couple of months. They need to last well and not fall apart and we also look for velcro so our youngest ones can put their shoes on independently. We buy Ascent shoes at Athlete’s Foot too :)ReplyCancel

  • Cara

    My aim is to get the school year out of one pair of shoes. With a boy going into year 2 this year this is a BIG ask as he’s so hard on his shoes! But for the last 2 years we have purchased Ascent shoes and have almost made it. The first year we got until 2 weeks from the end of year before the “gaffa” tape came out and last year it was November.
    I don’t believe there is another brand that will give us this longevity.ReplyCancel

  • Alison

    Quality shoes for my small boys has always been important to me. I look for quality, natural materials where possible, durability, good fit, good tread, supportive & of course, nice looking shoes.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Cannon

    I have 3 active boys at school. I know they run around, play handball, soccer, football and tip during lunch and afternoon breaks. Ascent school shoes give the black traditional look for the classroom but also sport shoe technology for comfort and support for growing active feet in the playground! 2 in 1 perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Joyce

    I look for a good quality shoe that has a good fit and looks good too.ReplyCancel

  • mareea

    For me the most important thing about buying school shoes, is getting comfy shoes with arch support. My son has slightly flat feet and I need him to have shoes that are going to support his feet while running around and because they wear them for at least 6hrs a day. I love the school shoes that double as sports shoes.ReplyCancel

  • Tricia Mendham

    In the past I’ve bought other school shoes, but this year I’ll be giving Ascent shoes ago! Thanks so much for your information, especially on the “Double stitching”, as last year my Prep boy only got six months out of his shoes. I’m sure these four growing feet will be comfortable and happy this year!ReplyCancel

  • Emma Hunt

    When it comes to school shoes for my children I look for comfort, durability and support. My son is going into grade 4 and my daughter is going into grade 1 this year they both desperately need new shoes! The Ascent would be perfect for us because our school requires black,leather,lace up shoes and these fit the criteria but are quite pricey. Like many families we are feeling the pinch after Christmas time, this is an awesome prize! Good luck everyone :)ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Durability, comfort and quality!ReplyCancel

  • jessica

    A shoe that can handle the active life of a 6 year old boy… haven’t found one that lasts the distance yet, so I’d love to see how an Acsent shoe would withstand the onslaught!ReplyCancel

  • delfa

    That they are genuine leather and durability, I have made my mistake over the years and purchased shoes on sale and found out the hard way that I was going back and buying my trusted Clarks a few weeks after school started, so these days I look for Clarks too. I would however give Ascents a go now.ReplyCancel

  • Kellie B

    That the fit is excellent, well made and comfy.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Paton

    A shoe that will last more than a term and one that does not restrict movement as both my children love to runReplyCancel

  • susan b

    Durability and comfort. Something that will last more than 3 months on my14 year old.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Sounds like a great shoe, my daughter starts school this year and I’ve been looking for a shoe that will support growing feet and last and have found a few groups talk about these. So we would love to winReplyCancel

  • Míchelle&claire

    I’ve only heard great things about ascent school shoes! I’d look for durability and comfort for my preppy starting this year! She would love the Mary Jane style- such a girly girl :)

  • Dearne Murray

    I look for a durable shoe that offers their growing feet the essential support they need. They also need to fit in with their school’s dress code.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Lawrence

    As my son was born with a club foot, getting the correct fit is essential. A shoe that fits with the school standards and is comfortable is also very important. ReplyCancel

  • Abby

    I look for comfort and support! – I have been shoe shopping for my daughter who starts school this year a few times already but not found what I’m looking for. I’ll have to check out Ascent!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    I look for comfort and durability. $80-$120 isnt a lot of money to pay for little kids feet for a whole year.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    The first year of school for my oldest son, I bought the Clark shoes and sport shoes from Athletes foot for sports day (1 day per week). At the end of the year, the Clarks shoes were 70% worn and the sports shoes were completely worn out from use also as casual wear; both shoes still fitted fine.

    The following year when I found out that the kids were running cross country as a class in their lunchbreak, I bought the Ascent disguised sports/school shoes. There is no need to change shoes at lunchtime and risk losing shoes and I know his feet are always supported. There is also no need to figure out what shoes to wear in the morning and where are they, as there is one set of shoes specifically for school.

    Lace-ups are required for school and there has been a struggle tying them and tying them tight enough to stay done up. I now buy the Ascent shoes with the elastic fake laces and the one Velcro strap for all my sons. Gives them independence and they are less likely to miss the school bus in the morning.

    It’s a no-brainer, the Ascent shoes last and they are able to do what it would take multiple shoes to achieve.ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    With four kids needing school shoes,
    Only the best will we choose.
    A school year they must last,
    Many others wear out fast!
    We’ve put others to the test,
    But Ascent are the best.
    To give Mum a treat,
    And look after their feet,
    Head to an Athlete’s Foot store.
    You really can’t ask for more!ReplyCancel

  • Clair M

    I have 3 kids the youngest starting school this year & they all have their
    Fathers flat feet so they need good quality comfy shoes. I havent tried
    Ascent before but would love the oppotunity. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Miss Maudy

    First, check out the school ground and the playing areas, and the activities they’re likely to be doing in their breaks. My children’s school was a building site for the first year my oldest was there – industrial strength shoes are a must for those circumstances. Now the building works are well and truly complete, it’s a mix of asphalt and grass, and they both play and run mainly on the asphalt – shoes need to have solid soles and ankle support.

    Also, you have to seriously consider your child’s abilities in the laces department – if they can’t tie laces tightly themselves, don’t go there no matter how hard they beg and plead. There’s nowt worse for a teacher that’s attempting to supervise an entire playground full of kids to have to endlessly re-tie shoelaces instead of stopping Little Jenny from burying Freddy in the sandpit.ReplyCancel

  • Shazibell

    I have tried many diffferent brands over the last 3 years with little success of them lasting more than 6 months. I have bought expensive ones and cheap ones with the same results.
    Thank goodness I have found this site, my house is in order and thanks to the budget tracker so are my finances. I think I will be heading to Ascent this year and hopefully we will have to get new shoes because his feet has grown and not because of the shoes falling apart.ReplyCancel

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  • Donella

    I look for quality stitching which will not wear out, good tread for non-slip running on the oval, and a style that my very particular boys will actually like.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Pike

    Comfortable fit (with orthodics), my child’s opinion and ‘The Athlete’s Foot’.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Pang

    Leather, double stitching, ease of them putting on and off and something they like, if they are a good price too I love thatReplyCancel

  • Mel Betts

    I look for a good fit and durability, plus it has to be something they like so they will happily wear them.ReplyCancel

  • Emma Willis

    Correct fitting, durability (I perform the twist of the shoe test as too much movement is not very good. Comfort of my child, I too can vouch for the ascent shoe. I believe it to be very important to have a proper fitting shoe as my daughter wears these 3 days a week running around the playground, we buy the Mary Jane style and they seem to have excellent support and cushioning for her arches.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Pierson

    A = agreeable to parent and child
    S = shoe that meets school requirements
    C = comfortable
    E = excellent fit
    N = (k)nowledgeable shop assistant for accurate fit
    T = toe not hitting front of shoe!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    I look for quality. I like a show that looks like a school shoe with a jogger sole and support. Of course my kids are getting fussier as they get older so it has to be some thing that they will wear. With twins I learnt the hard way to stick with ASCENT. The first year I went through 2 pairs of cheaper school shoes, and three pairs of cheaper white joggers for sports day, each! Yes, 12 pairs of shoes. the next year I bought Ascent and they last all year, every year.ReplyCancel

    • nicole

      That was meant to be 3 pairs of school shoes and 3 pairs of joggers each!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Wilkinson

    I look for a shoe that will support my daughters feet everyday and that will wear well. ReplyCancel

  • Vicki

    I buy ascents for support and comfort that are best for my child.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    I am looking for a shoe which helps to align my 6 year old daughter’s heel to prevent excessive pronation. She gets shin pain if she wears anything other than high quality white joggers but school code is to wear black shoes. So i will definitely give the ascent shoes a go so she can have a supported heel and a black shoe as well!!ReplyCancel

  • jessica

    My twin daughters will be starting kindergarten this year. I’ll be looking for a shoe that has the flexibility to support their feet in all types of physical activity and also Velcro fastening.

  • Mary-Jane Vella

    This is actually perfect timing for me as I have my first child starting school in a matter of weeks and I’m very lost as to what to buy. When buying my son’s shoes, I will always look for good quality, comfortable shoes that are durable and obviously fit well. So when looking for his school shoes I will be doing the same. Thanks for your tips!ReplyCancel

  • ruthb

    A proper fit, good quality & durabilityReplyCancel

  • Joanne Everson

    I look for shoes that are of good quality, are a good fit and are comfortable for my daughter to wear and that will also lastReplyCancel

  • Jane

    Both my partner and I have back problems so I look for a shoe that will support not only my daughter’s feet but her whole body. A shoe that absorbs shock when she walks/runs, is comfortable to wear all day, every day and one that is durable to last at until she grows out of it (which at 5yrs of age, will probably be the end of the year). One that fits her well, so that there is no rubbing, no blisters and no scrunched up toes. One that doesn’t restrict movement and fits the active lifestyle of my little girl.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I look for shoes that fit the foot well – we have brought Ascent shoes for our two eldest children as they seem to fit the shape of their feet well. I also look for a shoe that seems to be well made.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Mansell

    For my two school aged boys, I buy quality comfortable shoes. People often ask why I bother spending $100 on shoes when their kids have been fine in the $7 Big W shoes. My issue isn’t only about whether or not they will last (although with very active boys this needs to be considered) but I am.more concerned about the health of their feet. They are in these shoes almost all day everyday. I want the best shoes to be fitted properly to my child.ReplyCancel

  • Laurie

    Durable shoe that will with stand everyday activities of my 6yr old boy! Not an easy feat we went through 7 pairs of shoes last year :( We tried Betts Kids, Target, Kmart, Spendless shoe brands.ReplyCancel

  • Janelle

    There is now a great brand of shoes
    That every wise parent should choose;
    Support and great fit
    and they don’t hurt a bit –
    ASCENT is the brand you should use!ReplyCancel

  • colleen

    I have the first of my children starting school this year. I have everything organised except for the school shoes, as i have been putting it off, not sure on where or what to buy. This article is exactly what i needed…we always look for good quality, supportive, comfortable shoes for our children…Straight into The Athletes Foot next week for us, Thank you:-)ReplyCancel

  • Cara

    Definitely comfort and durability. Ascent definitely are the best all round shoes- the only one that my very active son can wear and they still look decent (without the usual holes in the toes/soles that he normally has with other brands- did I mention how hard he is on his shoes??). And he is so comfortable in them, and swears he runs faster and better in them. So its a win win all around :)ReplyCancel

  • Brooke May

    My daughter has klippel trenaunay syndrome and one of the issues is that her legs are different lengths.
    To prevent (or at least reduce) sprains, she needs a shoe with great support, and this year will have to fit her orthotics. But of course they still have to look good!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I would like to have a shoe that lasts long rather than spending money on a shoe that brakes, Id also look for a shoe that is comfortable and also has a lot of space to move your feet around.

  • Sarah Armstrong

    A good fitting, supportive and comfortable shoe. They are in them all day and do a wide variety of activities. Ill fitting shoes can lead to other health problems. Nothing worse than a pair of shoes that are uncomfortable.ReplyCancel

  • Jenni

    definitely correct fit. my daughter has long narrow feet, my son flat wide feet with a massive inner roll! my feet are dodgy and so painful all of the time and I would hate for my children to have painful feet, so I’m hoping getting properly supported and fitted shoes will help prevent future pain for them.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Turner

    I always look for comfort and style otherwise my kid’s want nothing to do with them.ReplyCancel

  • Janette Genner

    versatility and durability – both of my sons like to play sports/handball at lunchtime so I tend to go for a black leather jogger type shoes. My sons both have a skinny heal but are broad across the front of their feet so I have always had to get their shoes professionally fitted usually costing me heaps. Their last clark shoes did not last the distance so I will give athletes foot a chance this year – my girlfriend also went there last year and was very impressed with her kids shoes and the service. So glad to hear someone else recommends them. Thanks so much for your post on this subject and the pictures of the shoes they offer – the definately look sturdy.ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    support, comfort and that they fit.ReplyCancel

  • Linda C

    Both my girls have problems with their feet, so I always look for support, quality, comfort and style. After spending thousands treating feet problems I don’t want to go cheap and nasty when it comes to shoes.ReplyCancel

  • Kim E

    I look for shoes with good arches as my youngest daughter has flat feet like her father. I don’t want her to have the same problem with her legs and knees that he has. I find it hard to find shoes that look nice but are a good quality and within my budget. Having four daughters it is a costly exercise, and no matter how much I spent on shoes for my twins they would chew through their shoes.ReplyCancel

  • Julie C

    I look for comfort, quality and complying with the shool uniform code. Makes life easier for everyone!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Claire Barton

    I try to avoid synthetic materials and go for leather material, also the quality of how it is put together like stitching compared to glue etc and try to aim for light weight on their feet. For my 7 y/o son I also have to consider the toe section as he is constantly kicking things that is usually the first to go! For my 10 y/o daughter style is super important to avoid being teased as she seems to make a prime target at school so low key mainstream is the usual winner for her!ReplyCancel

  • Virginia

    I look for good support around the heel, something we can put orthotics in & shoes that will last. A podiatrist recommended my son wear Ascent school shoes 4 years ago, & we have never looked back. They are the only school shoes that last the distance with my son.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Kagie

    Shoes that are comfortable and offer great support is a must when looking for a school shoe.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Mills

    My son has special needs and has some manual dexterity issues with tying shoe laces, so I tend to look for brands that have options of velcro tabs to provide him with some sense of independence (checking out your link to the Ascent website, I see they have these!). Of course, on top of that there is the comfort, the look and how much durability and support they are likely to have.ReplyCancel

  • Cherie

    A well fitting shoe that can be used for both the Class Uniform (3 days a week) and the Sports Uniform (2 days a week). I am not keen to buy 2 pairs of school shoes for a Prep child so the Ascent School shoe that looks like a school shoe and functions as sport shoe suits our needs perfectly.ReplyCancel

  • Trina Hain

    With a very active 7 year old I am looking for durability and then price. I would prefer to pay a premium price as long as it last all the school year.ReplyCancel

  • Karla Carey

    A shoe that fits well, feels comfortable and is durable are my priorities. This means I only need to buy one pair per yearReplyCancel

  • Rachel Kriss-Newell

    I look for a shoe with a comfortable fit – bit like Goldilocks, not too big, not too small, just right; with a bit of growing room and a good tread. Leather so it molds nicely to their feet shape and breathes out those wafting smells. If my son had his way we would buy the biggest, clompiest sandshoes with thick heels and no laces. My daughter on the other hand would like red sparkly shoes like the Wizard of Oz. I’d love the perfect shoe that miraculously appears polished each Monday morning and expands with their ever growing feet.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy K

    I like to buy leather shoes for my children. I look for a shoe with an arch support as I think this is important for posture and to prevent flat feet.ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda Turner

    I look for leather shoes as they let the foot breath, that they are a comfortable fit, have arch support, at least a thumb width between the tip of there toes and the tip of the shoe, as the toes should not rub against the tip of the shoeReplyCancel

  • Annie Wittup

    When looking for school shoes the essentials are: leather, well supporting, quality, comfort, price, durability.ReplyCancel

  • Liz A

    It’s a juggle between what our podiatrist recommends (bendy in the right place, fitting our custom orthotics while supporting heels and ankles well) and school requirements of all-black leather running shoes!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Brown

    I look for shoes that have good stitching, are a good price for a large family, and ones that my daughters think look like girls shoes – as I got that wrong once, I hope never to repeat!ReplyCancel

  • Meredith

    I am happy to pay more for shoes that will last for as long as they fit, and can be polished up to a nice shine!ReplyCancel

  • Susan

    I look for fit and comfort but also the weight. Both my children have quite small feet so I don’t want them having to lug around heavy shoes. They need black lace ups for school and I’ve noticed a lot of the good quality ones are chunky and heavy. SusanReplyCancel

  • Demi Monfries

    Definitely that it fits my son and he finds it comfortable. I also find lots of kids shoes are quite heavy so I like to find ones that are as light as possible. My sons school allows velcro for the first 2 years and then laces so a shoe brand with both options so if the velcro ones are comfy I know the laces ones will be too! My sons feet are quite narrow so ones that cater to this as well would be fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Abby

    Wow thanks for the shoe advise! My eldest is starting Kindy this year at school, so this is my first time having to buy shoes! So I really needed to read this! Thanks
    I need to look for ones with velco apparently to.ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    My son is starting Prep, so these articles are valuable having no previous experience, I know I need to look for quality, comfort and the correct size and from word of mouth – Velcro straps, as he is not yet proficient in tying laces up. Thanks for all the recent articles – proving invaluable!ReplyCancel

  • Bron

    We have now purchased Ascent school shoes for two years now and they are great. They do last the whole year, accommodate one child’s orthotics with no problem, are light to wear and durable. Both children say they are comfortable and never complain about wearing school shoes. Won’t be changing any time soon!ReplyCancel

  • Donna W

    I am about to become a school mum, so don’t really know what to look for in a school shoe. Everyone who I’ve asked advice from has told me to look for leather, sports style shoes and to get them properly fitted.

    Most friends have recommended going to Athlete’s Foot over Shoes ‘n Sox because of the Ascent brand quality. So I guess I will be heading to Athletes Foot! I would love to win a free pair. Thanks for the tip about bringing his own socks!ReplyCancel

  • Nikki D

    I look for shoes that have a good sole, are flexible and fit well around the ankle. Ascent ticks all of these boxesReplyCancel

  • Carli Thom

    I look for a leather shoe, well made with a good reputation. I had been buying Clarks shoes for 13yrs and last year tried Ascent, I was very happy with them, I will be buying them again this year for my six children!ReplyCancel

  • karen keiper

    leather, well made and value for money are my criteria.(as well as a good fit of course!!)ReplyCancel

  • Dani

    Durablity and flexibility ….. a shoe that can handle my VERY active kids and that will last longer than a term. My 13yo and 6yo are very hard on shoes, whereas my 9yo makes them last … must be the different ways they play!ReplyCancel

  • julie

    A good pair of school shoes has
    1. Strong ankle support but not too rigid
    2. When you twist the toes and heel it does move with some resistance
    3. Good weight.. not too heavy and not too light
    4. Comfort.. if they are not comfortable you wont want to wear them
    5. Good stitching and looks goodReplyCancel

  • Tricia Greig

    I have not had to buy “proper” school shoes before. My kids have so far just worn runners or sandals they already own. This year my eldest boy starts highschool with a very strict uniform. After purchasing the clothes and the Ipad for him I then turned to shoes. AHHHHHHHH! $$$$$ Im not happy about the state of the leather industry at the moment (the use of sacred indian cows is disgusting and our leather industry is not very good either) So im looking for an eco friendly shoe that still fits with the code. I have been reading these posts and I will be on a mission to check out the Acsent shoe range this payday.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline Kelly

    Comfort, reliability, effectiveness, room for feet to grow, ease of cleaning and hardiness.ReplyCancel

  • Brenda Kapsley

    i like my daughter to like the look but i expect them to be comfortable and safe as wellReplyCancel

  • Helen

    Durability. With two minichaps, I need a shoe that I know will last longer on the playground than they do.ReplyCancel

  • kel412

    Fit, comfort and durability, I want my kids to be comfortable in their shoes as they spend a lot of time in them, and I also prefer the school sports shoe in one, as the kids don’t have to carry another pair of shoes in their bags on sports or PE days.ReplyCancel

  • Kasey Evans

    Price, comfort, durability, correct colour, leather & room for growth.ReplyCancel

  • Thash

    My little girl is starting Prep soon. She has not been to Kindy or DayCare and has always been with me – so aside from the emotional side of her going to Prep (sob) – there’s also the enormous amount of decisions I am now having to make regarding lunch boxes, school bags, book lists, homework nooks, school shoes etc. and I am confused as!! Your website has been an ENORMOUS help – thank you so very much for all your advice. To answer the competition question: I would look for durability, quality stitching, comfortable inner parts, the look of the shoe is important and I would look for a shoe that’s been recommended by “The Organised Housewife!” since you seem to have it all together and you have the school mum experience and knowledge! I’ve already bought stuff for my daughter’s homework nook, am going to use the Tupperware Sandwich Keeper Plus and will look for lunch ideas on your site. Being on one income the Ascent Footwear shoes are a bit pricey for us – so would love to win a pair. Thank you again for all your help!ReplyCancel

  • Jill

    I chose school shoes that are not too heavy so my kids run around all lunch break. Many of the huge, clunky leather school shoes are very heavy.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Jones

    Breathable. My boy has sweaty feet. It’s horrible if his shoes are not breathable particularly after playing sports.ReplyCancel

  • Sam Santillo

    comfort and the right fit!!ReplyCancel

  • Di

    Comfort that won’t wear out before they’re grown out of. I want shoes that last.ReplyCancel


    Affordable durability that’s comfortable. AND they have to look good, my two are right royal little shoe snobs……and yep they got it from me!ReplyCancel

  • Karina Wong

    It is good quality and will fit them for at least a year!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Reed

    Longevity, I have 4 kids and I have learnt from experience that cheap shoes mean that they will only last a few weeks at the most.( I have 3 boys) The more you pay means the longer they will last, generally. I also work in a school, and see some kids wearing “cheap” shoes and sure enough they are wrecked soon enough.ReplyCancel

  • Nadine

    Over the years my Podiatrist hubby has taught me to
    # check that the shoe bends with the foot
    #take the orthotics with me!
    # take out the innersole, stand my children’s feet on it to check where their toes spread to make sure that growing toes aren’t being squashed.
    # quality sole that can handle scuffing.
    I have taken many shoes back when I haven’t followed the guidelines. Will be fine with Ascent…my hubby rates these.ReplyCancel

  • Chris

    A quality shoe in a store with good customer service that can measure and fit the 4 children as quickly as possible! It is never often a pleasurable experience taking all 4 shoe shopping!ReplyCancel

  • Meghan Lawson

    Well fitting and durable as well as easy for the children to put on.ReplyCancel

  • JBMarigold

    For the money outlaid, shoes have to have QUALITY… a substantial sole, heavy-duty stitching and leather that will outlast the child’s time in them!

    Only then is fashion considered!ReplyCancel

  • Julia Mason

    I look for extreme comfort and a great style as school is challenging enough without adding sore feet to the list!ReplyCancel

  • LadyTiffany OfGlencoe

    All leather, the right fit and comfort, plus they have to be durable for the rough play and time spent in themReplyCancel

  • Sharon Fawcett

    I go for leather shoes as they last longer and stand up to boys kicking footys and lord knows what else and always make sure I get them professionally fitted.ReplyCancel

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  • Lisa

    Durability – Buying cheaper shoes that don’t last distant is just false economy.ReplyCancel

  • Christina Lungo

    Support and shoes that are versatile as well as reliableReplyCancel

  • ardentwhispers

    Much like you, I look for comfort and versatility in a school shoe!ReplyCancel

  • Kate Young

    I want happy little feet,
    To walk along our street,
    To school for another year,
    That they’ll meet with good cheer!

    When buying shoes I look for fit,
    But that is only part of it,
    I need shoes that run a mile,
    And produce a happy smile!

    For mums and kids all year long,
    Durable leather – can’t go wrong,
    Easy to fasten for littlies too,
    I just love a good school shoe!ReplyCancel

  • Narelle Rock

    I look for shoes that have good soles that are non-slip, well made, preferably leather so they breathe, they need to fit well and be comfortable.ReplyCancel

  • Tania C

    Durability – my eldest son is in men’s sizes and is costing us a fortune!ReplyCancel

  • Antonietta

    At the moment, our school shoes have to have velcro, per obvious
    reasons, can’t tie shoe laces just yet and don’t want that phone call
    from school saying, he’s fallen, won’t stop crying, hurt his leg, need
    to go to doctor. Other features I look for are a comfortable fit,
    leather to mould around the feet, support and a lasting quality in the
    shoe. I don’t want to have to go purchase another pair a month down the

  • Karla Oleinikoff

    Comfort, utility, versatility and practicality. I always have my kids school shoes expertly fitted, They wear them so much I don’t want to take chances and get it wrong.ReplyCancel

  • TajKai

    I spend ages looking for the perfect shoe. I seek to find one that meets school uniform specifications, one that is comfortable and is wide enough for my sons’ broad feet, one which provide postures support, shoes which are easy for my children to put on and take off … and, I cross my fingers when it comes to this criteria, are not excessively expensive.ReplyCancel

  • Heather Gaudette

    Their comfort!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Ryan

    Durability, comfort and a great design (not clodhoppers) as my eldest would say.ReplyCancel

  • Kristina

    Today comfort means nothing to kids all about style. I love it when the 2 meet and we’re both happyReplyCancel

  • GabyP

    “As long as I can kick a soccer ball in them, they’re fiiiiiiiiinnnnnne mum”. See the above request…plus shoes that are comfortable, durable and a reasonable price!ReplyCancel

  • Soni

    I like shoes to be easy for schoolkids to put on themselves properly – ie, using the buckles rather than forcing their feet into the shoes as is.ReplyCancel

  • Abby Lee

    Comfort is the most important as I hate seeing them with blisters at the end of the day!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Fehmel

    the perfect school shoe must be expertly fitted, for comfort for the child.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten W

    Soles that are sturdy and thick enough to protect the feet from pain and injury, but also flexible so that they will bend with the foot. A bit like how I like the men in my life!ReplyCancel

  • Lynsey Stephensen

    It’s my girls’ first year of school,
    so I’m a newbie to this world.
    One thing I know is that throughout prep,
    I’ll guide and support her with a COMFORTABLE step!
    A STURDY shoe for lessons and play,
    and DURABLE (I want them to last beyond May!)ReplyCancel

  • helendeb

    School shoes …. the bane of my existence! My kids need BROWN leather shoes for school and these are one of the few brands that supply them. Love athletes foot for their fitting service.ReplyCancel

  • lindasteabben

    I look for comfort and good quality leather so I know we will last the year without another trip to the shoe store for replacements!ReplyCancel

  • Liesljt

    Well made leather shoes that have half a chance of lasting 6 months. They get worn each day, treated roughly in the playground, walked to & from school, footy gets played in them, bikes ridden and school days lived in them!ReplyCancel

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  • Alicia Bardsley

    Top quality and value for moneyReplyCancel

  • Kyla

    I always look at the back of the heel, my girls both complain of their shoes rubbing and hurting. So tough to get comfortable ones!ReplyCancel

  • Smilie2601

    One Two buckle my shoe,

    Three, Four I ONLY buy brand new!

    Five, Six the kids NEED to try!

    Seven, Eight! A reputable brand I’ll buy!

    Nine, Ten, I’ll encourage a Jump! Walk! Skip AGAIN and AGAIN!

    Eleven! Twelve! Leather they must be!

    Thirteen! Fourteen! There MUST be a guarantee!

    Fifteen! Sixteen! A professional to size,

    Seventeen! Eighteen! I will NEVER improvise!

    Nineteen! Twenty! Fingers crossed I need to BUY 5 pairs of
    school shoes! Yearning to WIN this wondrous prize!ReplyCancel

  • Matt

    Since my daughter needs shoes
    And I don’t want to hear boo hoo’s,
    I check websites for advice
    On school related issues like shoes and lice :)
    Having no clue
    And starting to feel blue,
    I looked to you

    So, this year we’re buying Ascents
    And hoping they don’t cost too many dollars and cents.
    Durability, likeability and comfort to precious little feet
    Are the standards that these shoes must meet

    So, here’s to having no despair
    And hopefully wining a brand new pair!ReplyCancel

  • luciec

    Quality, great fit and comfort are essential as school shoes can make of break a child’s day, ill fitting shoes can stop them from participating in sporting activities and joining in skipping or playing tag ..all essential part of the social activities not to mention the long term health problems that can result from poor quality shoes.ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    I look for shoes that will fit my daughters arch supports in . ReplyCancel

  • Pip Giltay

    I look for comfort and durability, they’re wearing them 5 days a week, I want them to be comfortable and to last until they grow out of themReplyCancel

  • Pauline

    Quality, durability & comfortReplyCancel

  • Melissa Krohn

    Comfort and supportReplyCancel

  • Jocelyn R

    Comfort, support and durabilityReplyCancel

  • Fiona Quinn

    Durability, leather so we can polish them to look like new when scuffed. Love ones with removalbe innersoles so can take out and “get more space” for the growing foot inside.ReplyCancel

  • Fi

    I look for support, comfort and a guarantee – my older son can wear some shoes out in 8 weeks – I sometimes wonder if he chews on them if he gets hungry!ReplyCancel

  • M.Cowan

    Support,comfort,durability and my kids have to like them!ReplyCancel

  • louiseg

    kids have to like them and their comfort from the beginningReplyCancel

  • Lauren H

    My son has Sever’s Disease which causes him a large amount of lower leg pain so comfortable shoes that have the ability to take lifts and last for as long as possible are like hens teeth. Athletes foot is one of the very few places I can find shoes that tick any of those boxesReplyCancel

  • Michelle Gray

    I look for wide toes, after once spending 40 minutes getting my daughter to put on her school shoes as they were causing her sock to rub her toes, I’ve learnt my lesson.ReplyCancel

  • Izzy Brown

    Kids’ shoes need to be good quality, perfect fit, smooth inside, perfectly comfortable, lightweight but bouncy too, so impact is low!ReplyCancel

  • Kara

    Durability! I need it. With 3 teens in the house I go through shoes like water. I have been known to of bought 6 pairs in a week!! They need to last and they need to be ‘cool’ enough for them to wear them. These completely fit the bill!ReplyCancel

  • Karly

    Velcro. One term of tying laces multiple times a day and we made the move to velcro for the rest of the year.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Bowers Weinz

    Suport, they are running around all day playing outside they need to give them the support they need!ReplyCancel

  • Vija Leitis

    Support with a correct instep. Bad fitting shoes cause painful feetReplyCancel

  • Lauren Anastasiou

    The screwed up bit of packing paper in the toes of the shoes… it makes a big difference to the fit of the shoes (lol).ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Cook

    I look for comfort, they have to wear them almost eight hours so they have to be comfortable.ReplyCancel

  • Over 40

    I choose shoes that are well made, light weight and comfortable with room for growth
    like ASCENT shoes
    they’re the ones I like the most
    Podiatry endorsed and worth every penny
    with styles a plentyReplyCancel

  • Virginia

    My son has turned feet so needs support, comfort and durability of the ascent shoeReplyCancel

  • Nicjd

    Kids can be cruel so I like to make sure that the shoe looks good so that my son won’t get picked on for his shoes (and I also ensure all the other boxes are ticked such as comfort, fit, durability etc)!ReplyCancel

  • Tate

    They need to be comfortable, they need to support my child’s growing feet, and they need to last the school year.ReplyCancel

  • renee

    comfortable and dont break the bankReplyCancel

  • Belinda Bann

    Quality and fit! get this wrong and you can potentially damage growing feet, not to mention wallets!ReplyCancel

  • Cecilia Warrick

    My son’s chronic immunity problems have made him miss a huge amount of school,
    plus his feet fall in badly,
    which we discovered is causing leg pains;
    he needs something comfortable and light but supportive too,
    that will encourage him to go to school,
    that’s a lot to ask of a shoe,
    but I am sure that Ascent CAN DO!ReplyCancel

  • Charmaine Ladner

    A good pair of school shoes are well fitting and long lasting, can fit orthodics and are comfortable to play soccer in. Our last pair of Ascent school shoes lasted 2 years, and my son wears them at his part time job too. One more pair will see out his school years :-)ReplyCancel

  • Rachelle S

    Shoes that don’t scuff easily, easy to put on, made tough and last a long time.ReplyCancel

  • miasiello

    Shoes that fit properly, support the foot and are made well enough to last!!
    I will definitely look at this range, we are off to shop for school shoes tomorrow so thanks for the great info, cheers :) Megan IasielloReplyCancel

  • Rach2643

    Comfort, durability and quality.ReplyCancel

  • Deborah De Geeter

    Shoes that fit correctly and that are comfortableReplyCancel

  • Julie Ford

    shoes that are comfortable and easy to wear for my little ones feetReplyCancel

  • Guest

    Quality, quality, quality. Also knowing they’re the best fit for my children’s feet, and they will support the feet, which in turn supports a proper posture, and keep them healthy. They need to be comfortable, and look good too. Hmm, is that a little picky? Only the best will do :)ReplyCancel

  • The item appears to be excellent despite the fact that…. Appreciate it pertaining to producing.ReplyCancel

  • Louise Davie

    Am the BIGGEST fan of Accent school shoes!! I promote them too at the school as BEING # 1 for being durable, comfortable & economical!! … Girls that don’t complain– that is a GUARANTEED!! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Michelle A

    A smile on my childs face. This way i know they are excited and happy to wear the shoes. SO, really no reason to complain about going to school for the whole year! right???? I have always purchased ascent shoes, would not look at purchasing anything elseReplyCancel

  • Firsr year buying school shoes,i will be looking for quality, i will definitely be looking at the ascent shoes, thanksReplyCancel

  • Fit is my biggest concern. My daughter was born with Talipes and having gone through the many, many casts, boots and bars and leg braces I’m not risking her future mobility on cheaply made, poorly fitting shoes!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn

    Quality which for me means both comfort and durability. I have three boys and ideally I’d like to see a shoe last long enough o hand down at least once! So far we’ve had Clarkes and Airflex shoes, but this year my son (being very sporty) wants black shoes that look and feel like runners, so we’re going to give Ascent a try.ReplyCancel

  • Carola Isaacs

    The ‘right fit’ is the most important. Second is quality, preferably a leather shoe that will last. I have medical issues with my feet and realise the importance of good shoes. So when my son was starting Prep last year who has very narrow feet (also slim around the ankles) we spent countless hours with him trying to find the right shoes for school. It wasn’t pleasant for either of us but now we are super happy as we won’t go through it again in a while. I now know which brands to buy that suit and for black formal style lace ups the Ascent shoes are a clear winner! A fabulous buy. It was hard to invest the money at the time, but they lasted the entire year and have withstood a lot of neglect by my active 6 year old, I really I consider the shoes more of an investment than just a shoe purchase. Most places offer a fitting service, however soon you realise that some places are more experts than just sales staff… I cringe thinking about our struggles with fitting last year, but it is so important to get the right fit to avoid issues. Doesn’t matter what the shoes look like, just get the fit right. :)ReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    My children need a great pair of shoes as they both wear orthotics and I have found that the ascent shoes cater to our needs. We look for shoes that have good ankle support and are a bit higher around the heel. Leather shoes last much longer and give a lot of comfort as they stretch. My son wears a size 13 and Ascent shoes come in sizes that fit him.ReplyCancel

  • Lara

    Same as what I look for in a bra- comfort, support, durability and if you’re lucky, something that looks good too ? Got to look after their feet!ReplyCancel

  • Charlie

    With children I go along with recommendations by others that have children as they have learnt before me. I was recommended Ascent school shoes from the podiatrist I took my daughter to. So bought them last year and got the while years wear out of them. Goes to show they are quality made. Am yet to get this years school shoes so am crossing everything here that she again will be in Ascent shoes.ReplyCancel

  • kristy burridge

    I would look for support for my child’s feet. They will be doing a wide range of movements so will need good support. Then I would look for Velcro fastenings and colour.ReplyCancel

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  • Debbie @ Aspiring Mum

    My big dream for 2014 is to see beyond my own little world and for my daughter and I to go to Cambodia with Destiny Rescue to work alongside the women and girls who have been rescued from sex trafficking.ReplyCancel

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    Having worked 2 jobs and studying for the past decade, my dream is to slow down, relax and enjoy the first year playing and learning with our first bub who’s due in a month. (or perhaps simply re-adjusting to the coming chaos!)ReplyCancel

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    My dream for 2014 is to finish my teaching degree that has been put on hold while looking after my two little girls.ReplyCancel

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    I’m going for it New York Marathon November 2014 – it’s all about me this year and fitness is my mantra.ReplyCancel

  • Nick

    To move overseas by the end of 2014 and experience another culture and a different town!ReplyCancel

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    My dream for 2014 is to travel to New Zealand with my Husband in February for our first holiday together in 22 years of being self employed. Also the first time my Husband will have been on a plane. Wonder what adventures await us???ReplyCancel

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    My kids are almost adults and between working and bringing them up I have not realised my dream of exploring the world. This year, I want to have my first overseas trip planned and booked!ReplyCancel

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    So its not a random draw
    But the most creative for sure
    So What can I say to win this today
    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
    I have been blessed with my family who have grown
    But what I wish for in 2014
    Is that my daughter gets better
    and can care for her two children and be together once more
    So that my eldest can still plan her life
    as being carer has robbed her of time
    There’s still hope that one day she can have a family of her own
    As we are getting older and we care for our granddaughter
    her brother is cared for by his other grandparents, they talk on the phone
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  • Kylie Baker

    My dreams for 2014 are as simple as can be.
    Not a flash car, a house or a million dollars you see.
    I want for all my family and friends to remain healthy and happy.
    To appreciate what they have and feel lucky like me.

  • Jodie-Anne Harlow

    Thrift and save to
    Own our very own

  • Bradley D Murray

    To finally clear the debt this year,
    So we can enjoy a simple beer,
    And even win a compertition on the way,
    And enjoy my family time every day. ReplyCancel

  • Sue Dwyer

    I have to ad-MITTY losing weight and feeling pretty.
    This ORGANISED HOUSEWIFE wishes to travel with WALTER.
    Amazing adventures ahead, we’ll never falter!ReplyCancel

  • Rachelle S

    To have a happy year and avoid negative people who bring me down.ReplyCancel

  • lindasteabben

    To ‘find the floor’ in the junk, … whoops I mean SPARE room!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Papworth

    To run The Melbourne Marathon! I have never run that far, so lots of training coming my way… Can’t wait!ReplyCancel

  • ardentwhispers

    I hope that my family can finally achieve the goal of buying our first home.ReplyCancel

  • amandagorton

    Learning about strengths I don’t know I have and dealing with fears I don’t know exist, counting sleepless nights and compromising personal needs; in 2014 my big dreams are to become a Mum!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Bann

    Mines a selfish dream, quite materialistic… I really want turn my spare room into a beautiful library for ALL my books! I want ornate wooden, stained glass cabinets with a ladder and big world globe….the whole lot! all I need is the funds :)ReplyCancel

  • Heather Hopley

    Now that things are more organised and I’ve learnt more housekeeping tricks.
    A family holiday is the top of my 2014 achievement picks!ReplyCancel

  • sarah harris

    My big dream for 2014 is to keep being healthy, happy and avoid negativity.ReplyCancel

  • Diane Heriot

    My big dream is to find out again whom i am,
    infertility has been taking its toll on our lives,
    my mind feels likes it’s full, i feel like a crazy lady,
    my dream is to really find me,

    hopefully when i find me,
    i can then help others find themselves!ReplyCancel

  • Mandy Howells

    2014 will be the year to tick things off my bucket list – No more excuses. I’m going to organise my life, plan, and take action!ReplyCancel

  • Nat Mac

    Personal development, awareness and making some changes that will have a great impact. This will be a great achievement and one I’m ready and willing to undertake.ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn

    My dream in 2014 is not to struggle with money and for my family to stay healthy and happy. I have all my fingers and toes crossed and I hope I don’t trip! :)ReplyCancel

  • Alison Gatt

    I need to get things organised around home. Its a new house and we are still de- cluttering and sorting storage etc…I get so anxious/stressed about the chaos and for everyone’s sake need to remedy this..Hubby has got to get this shed finished!!ReplyCancel

  • My big dream for 2014 is for my hubby who has been made redundant from his job after 18 years of loyal service. I hope that he can pursue his dream career and that everything works out for him in a wonderful way!ReplyCancel

    • Nat Mac

      Miss Muggins, our family is dealing with the same as your family. My hubby was nearly 20 years service. It’s a huge thing to have to put yourself out there again when all you know is what you’ve been doing for the past 20 years. Good luck to your hubby, I hope he finds a job he’ll enjoy and becomes his passion.ReplyCancel

      • Good luck to your hubby too Nat – there is a big wide world out there…one full of promise and new opportunities.ReplyCancel

        • Nat Mac

          Thank you Miss Muggins. Happy New Year :)ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    My dream for 2014 is to be more giving, less taking, and to appreciate the simple things that we are blessed with every day. I aspire to be just a little like Ghandi and his phrase: “Be the change you wish to see in the world”.ReplyCancel

  • Pauline

    I hope to say Yes more in 2014. Yes to life & Yes to new experiences!ReplyCancel

  • Tarah Watson

    My dream is to go to a beach in a bikini, sip on a cocktail and have my husband run after the kids… Have to of course get my butt into the gym first to get into the bikini but still dreaming!ReplyCancel

  • We are moving back to the UK from Australia in 2014 (reluctantly), so I’m dreaming of life in a new house, in a new city, making new friends, my son starting school, my husband finding a new job – so a year of new beginnings :-)ReplyCancel

  • purplesp8y

    I turned 50 last week and my big dream is to start enjoying the next half of my life by being selfish and doing what I want like traveling more and working lessReplyCancel

  • Benjamin Travia

    To save enough money throughout the year to spend next Christmas in Snowy Stockholm, under the illuminous lights of aurora borealis and in the shadow of the world’s largest christmas tree.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    My goal for 2014 is Peace, Love and Joy. Peace in a decluttered home; Love by strengthening my marriage which has suffered over the past 18 months due to medical and financial issues; Joy by not feeling overwhelmed and making sure I have “me” time.ReplyCancel

  • Maria

    My goal is to have another baby. I’ve been patient but I hope it’s my turn.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda White

    My Big Dream for 2014 is to be healthy and fit,
    I’m tired of feeling sluggish and being really unfit!
    So by doing more exercise and healthy eating combined,
    I’m looking forward to more energy….I’m sure hubby won’t mind 😉
    & I’ll keep reading “Kat’s” Blog….she’s inspired me you see….
    To be the best wife and mummy I ever can be!ReplyCancel

  • johanna rees

    To de-clutter my life by having the courage to let go of things that serve no purpose and free myself from people who drag me down and no longer support me. By doing this, I hope to experience a weight lifted off my shoulders, freeing myself to explore new horizons and opening the door to a new future.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy

    My big goal for 2014 is to sift thru’ the mire that is my current life & rediscover my heart & passions. Why? It is time!! for the phoenix to rise after being stuck in overwhelm , depression & loss… step by step…go ME!ReplyCancel

  • Jo Joe

    2013 has been a hectic year I had a baby at 46, Bought a house, moved, (with baby) My eldest daughter got married and then she moved as well, My eldest son finished High school, and started work, My other daughter moved out into her own place, My man’s work has been busier than ever and that takes him away for weeks at a time. so often i feel like a single mum!! New school for Master 7,+++more happening. So I want 2014 to be a year of few dramas, start my business so I can be a stay at home mum and be there for my 5 children and Granddaughter. I want life to slow down (just a little). and to enjoy my family, take some time out for me for a change. Learn something new and be happy!ReplyCancel

  • paisley

    We are looking forward to enjoying our complete family. Our 3 boys and the addition of a little puppy girl to even up the numbers a little.ReplyCancel

  • Fiona 'Fi' Keller

    in 2014 I wish to become organised and have a clean house. I would also love to get engaged!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Gock

    To travel more around the world, as I didn’t get to travel anywhere this year. So I’m making up for lost time too.ReplyCancel

  • Paula Burgess O'Dell

    For my new business to kick off successfully to enable me the work/life balance I am looking for.ReplyCancel

  • Vyktoria

    We will be building our first home in 2014 and desperately wishing we can a) look like adults and pull it off and b) get it built so we can have everyone over for Christmas 2014 in it!!ReplyCancel

  • Renea Maskell

    1. To give back, I make my first blood donation tomorrow
    2. To stick to the family budget and make 2014 our year (bring on the $21 challenge)
    3. Make 2014 a healthy one for me and my gorgouse little men (and the big one)ReplyCancel

  • Roberto Colombi

    To read Ulysses by James Joyce- I’ll have the ‘Tome’ of my life in 2014!ReplyCancel

  • Shivs

    To organise my house, plan my meals, get my business going and have more time with bubba and hubba!:)ReplyCancel

  • Donna Lovelock

    My big dream for 2014 is to be a good example to my children in everything that I do – mind, body and spirit. Sometimes we forget to lead by example. This year I’ll change that.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Jenkins

    My big dream is to move from my retail role with the company I work for into their specialist Organised division and to build my business to create a better work / life balance for myself and family.ReplyCancel

  • Mary

    After many years of sadness my children, our little dog and I hope for a Healthy, Safe and Happy new year in a home we can call our own. A home that cannot be taken away from us again. We hope for Peace in our New Year of 2014.ReplyCancel

  • Kenna Wright

    My big dream is to see the world, being disabled is hard enough but enjoying new places and people makes everything better. For 2014 I wish all to a special moment that brings joy into their lives.ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn Lambkin

    My big dream is to renovate a house for profit and give up my full time corporate job!ReplyCancel

  • Addy

    My 2014 is to conceive baby #2. My 4 yr old would love a siblingReplyCancel

Week by week I am feeling different, so much healthier, I am enjoying the exercise and as silly as it sounds I can now comfortably paint my toe nails!!   To date I have lost 33kg, you can read my past stories my decision to choose weight loss surgery and living with weight loss surgery. The […]

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  • Yvette

    oh how wonderful, proud and amazing you look!! Congrats on the weightloss and you shine beautifully in your new outfits!!! Well done!! xxReplyCancel

    • Thank you Yvette, your right though getting out of my old frumpy clothes into new ones really has lifted my spirits!! Have a lovely Christmas xReplyCancel

  • Beautiful! This is a lovely story and you look so happy! I love that top!! New clothes and looking after yourself always wins :)ReplyCancel

    • Naw thank you Eleise, it was so nice to be able to tune out and just enjoy a day of pamper, never had 4 hours of it ever so it was a lovely experience.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Well done!! You just look amazing!!!ReplyCancel

  • You look amazing, Kat and it is obvious that you now feel amazing, too. Well done!ReplyCancel

  • Richo

    WOW you look fantastic and what amazing people to help you realise it :)ReplyCancel

  • Natski

    You look fabulous – was going to suggest that you would look even better with a fringe – I think you could even have a bit more hair in the fringe – shows off your gorgeous hair more. Lucky you xReplyCancel

    • yes Natski, I need to cover my forehead a bit more, it’s a very high one, we played around a little and my hair is just too thin at the moment to cut in a fringe, but I would like to give it a go when it’s a bit more healthier.ReplyCancel

  • NIcole

    Thanks for sharing your happiness with us, it’s just lovely.ReplyCancel

  • TheMorleyReport

    What a wonderful ongoing story! I loved the pics at the end of you laughing! I understand 100% where you are coming from my dear and want to say to you WELL DONE! Here’s to a wonderful 2014 :) Have a great Xmas and a Happy New Year to you too! xxxReplyCancel

    • Naw thank you, I had such a fun time taking the pics and had to put in a few of the candid happy shots, hope you had a wonderful Christmas and enjoy the new year xReplyCancel

  • I’m so pleased you had this very special spa day and shopping treats. No one deserves it more. Thank you so much for sharing your story Kat, you know how much it means to me. Thank you darling heart xxReplyCancel

    • You are more than welcome Lousa, and I am so glad that I can share the reality of my story, the good and the bad, thankfully all good. Wishing you nothing but pure happiness and success for 2014 xxReplyCancel

  • Archie!

    Well Done! Thank you for inspiring us all! :)ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Mathers

    We were so excited to be a part of this. Thanks for sharing your story with us all and wow you must feel amazing with what you have achieved. Tracey MathersReplyCancel

    • Thank you so much Tracey, I am starting to have that amazing feeling! Thank you so much for the shoes, you have such a great variety, my favourite was the pink sandals with bling around the whole shoe!!ReplyCancel

  • You look stunning Katrina. I know you have sacrificed a lot to achieve this. Well done.ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Trish, I have worked so hard, still quite a bit to go, but I’m feeling good and know it’s worth every moment.ReplyCancel

  • LoveThePost

    Glad your spirits are lifted – you are looking amazing. keep up the good/hard work.ReplyCancel

  • The chevron top is awesome, suits you so well and you look amazing! Congratulations on the weight loss that is a huge achievement! :) xxReplyCancel

    • Thank you Karrien, I love this top too, it’s so colourful and I have a freaky love for everything Chevron!!!ReplyCancel

  • lj6

    The penultimate photo is awesome :) you look so happy.ReplyCancel

  • Beej_75

    Anyone who loses 33 kilos deserves a great day like this. In fact, it should be covered under Medicare. Good for you.ReplyCancel

  • That’s a great chevron top – it looks amazing on you. And congratulations on the weight loss ReplyCancel

  • Look at you. You’re oozing happy. Congrats on getting results from all your hard work. xReplyCancel

    • Thank you Chantelle, I am feeling so my happier and healthier, I am so happy with the progress. Have a happy new year with your family!!ReplyCancel

  • Love the bright colours. You look amazing. Hair, clothes and a massage. It all sounds heavenly. Well done you!ReplyCancel

  • Fashionista

    Clap clap clap clap clap. Standing ovation. Clap clap clap clap clap. Well done you! A perfect example (and inspiration) to us all that hard work and persistence pays off. Big time.

    And thank you for sharing your story.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Lou

    Your hair is amazing. You look so happy!ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for sharing. Who in their right mind could possibly have anything negative to say (though I know they do)! We all have to travel the journey that is right for each of us & judging by the smile on your face & glow of health you have done just that. Love the haircut! xxReplyCancel

    • Thank you Tracee. I’m missing my longer hair, but must say the short hair is so easy to look after!ReplyCancel

  • Zara

    lovely– you look so amazing and fresh !! lots luck and well wishes for the journey ahead!!!ReplyCancel

  • Vicki Garatoudi

    Kat, you look amazing, it looks like your hair is growing?ReplyCancel

    • Hi Vicki, yes it is growing back very very slowly, I have a little moe-hawk of fine new hair growth at the topReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    Hi Kat, Congratulations – you look fantastic in the photos. I totally understand what you meant by even though you had lost a lot of weight you still felt the same size. I discovered that it takes a long long time to see yourself differently. Other people notice the changes before we do. I think new clothes in a smaller size help a lot! Congratulations and keep going! MandyReplyCancel

  • Judy Cox

    I have to say Tracey from Sorbet is amazing. I was like you and hated shopping for clothes. After an hour in the change room and the the magic of Tracey I was transformed too. At 45 I have finally discovered by girly side and love looking at shoes and jewellery to match my outfits now. Good on you for loosing all the weight and you look fabulous. The colours really suit you.ReplyCancel

    • She is amazing, makes me look at my wardrobe so differently, the the layering and one top can be worn so many different ways….. wish she would always come shopping with me LOLReplyCancel

  • Leanne Rowe

    Thanks for sharing your story. You look fantastic and so much happier ReplyCancel

As you all know I love to be organised, to blog and create planners!!  Over the past few years I have used my Blog Planner to help me keep all my blog ideas, goals, maintenance log and more all in one place. Even more I enjoy sharing my ideas on how I run my blog […]

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  • Kimberley

    Thanks so much for this – visited via aussie bloggers on FB, and look this is JUST what I needed for 2014. Can see its much loved and so I’m glad I’ve now purchased this (and a cleaning checklist) Love your work!ReplyCancel

    • Hi Kimberley, I hope it helps you keep on track with your blogging and help plan posts!! What is your blog, I would love to visit it!!ReplyCancel

      • Kimberley

        Thank you so much, Katrina! :) My blog is
        To be honest, I’m so bad at planning, I have no schedule. I’ve been very undisciplined but I’m hoping this is just the trick :)ReplyCancel

  • Kylara

    Hi Katrina, thank you so much for such a thorough planner. I love everything you included. I spent the day printing, hole punching, and setting up my planner. The only downfall is it is not 2014 yet LOL. I cant wait to start using it.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina it looks such a great tool for all bloggers.
    I’ve just been checking it out -I like that it has single files too so it’s easy to print exactly what is relevant or what I need.
    I love the review & giveaways form .ReplyCancel

    • I’ve tried to make it easy for you to print only the pages you need, hope you enjoy it Trish xReplyCancel

  • […] 2014 Blog Planner (the organised housewife) […]ReplyCancel

  • Linda - Mums on the Go

    This looks fantastic Katrina! I keep track of some of these things already in excel, calendar etc which “kind of” works … but I confess I really love the process of writing things down in a book so this could be THE planning tool for ME :) I also love the way it keeps it all together in one place – rather than having to go to the different documents I have saved for the different elements.ReplyCancel

    • I switch between technology and old school so frequently, but always find that writing things down with pen and paper makes me truly stay organised and ontop of it all. I hope this helps you have a successful 2014 😉ReplyCancel

  • […] What makes a blog run smoothly? Good planning! Give your blogger friend a head start on 2014 by gifting them a blog planning tools. Package up some free printables by blogger Jenni Bost, or for a more comprehensive guide download The Organised Housewife’s 2014 Blog Planner. […]ReplyCancel

  • […] become a lot more structured.  You know me I like to be organised and that also includes being organised with my blogging.  Below you will find a list of what to expect on the blog over the coming […]ReplyCancel

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I am now 4 months, 3 dress sizes smaller and 28kg lighter post Gastric Sleeve weight loss surgery.  You can read more here about why I chose to have the surgery.    Thank you to everybody for your wonderful support after my initial post I shared about my surgery.  The response was overwhelming and truly touched […]

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  • Valentina Cauchi

    Kat, Thankyou for sharing and being honest about it as well. Some people can sugar coat situations or things so it’s great to have you being upfront about it all. You are very Brave and Courageous for talking about your weight-loss journey. BE STRONG!! You are a BEAUTIFUL person and coming from someone who has very thin fine hair, it’s all about the style/cut you have. A layered cut will give volume which I’m sure your hairdresser would have told you. Just remember, we are 100% behind you in your journey. I read your posts on how you got to the point of no return with your weight gain and how you finally had the courage to make the decision to do something about it, (I wish I could find it in me to do something and I find you inspirational), It took a lot of time for all of this to happen for you and you are on that positive journey where the end result will be amazing. Just Be Kind to yourself each and every day, No Pressure. We, your supporters are SO PROUD of YOU for how far you have come and how far you will go!!! All the love and best wishes to you, Valentina xxReplyCancel

    • Naw Valentina, thank you so much for this truly beautiful message. It has been such a journey, emotionally and physically, changing so many aspects of my life. But I am so glad I finally realised I needed to do something about my health. I remember there came a point that I just told myself nothing can be done, just get used to being this size. Ooh my never ever just be overweight because it’s too hard, health is so so important, for the now and most importantly to be here in the future. My future was my drive for the surgery. I am nearly 30kg down and I feel amazing, still have quite a bit more to lose, but I am over half way!! Thank you again Valentia, I really just wanted to share with those thinking exactly how it is, there are hard times, but it’s worth it.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    Congratulations on your weight loss. I also had gastric sleeve surgery in June and 25kgs down so far. Best decision everReplyCancel

    • That’s awesome Belinda, congratulations, I bet you are feeling amazing. How is your hair going?? I’m eating a lot of protein like the dietician recommended.ReplyCancel

  • Leesa Leech

    Just one correction on this I am a Gastric Bander and I do know when I am full you have the same full feeling you would. And only throw up when you do not take notice of that feeling. Like you was worth the hard times of understanding and learning what you can eat and can’t. I have lost a total of 48kg in 3 years and never have looked back my loose skin is my reminder of where I came from and a reminder to never go back.ReplyCancel

    • Wow what an inspiration Leesa, that is amazing. I’m curious what my skin is going to be like after all this, I am working hard at the gym to make it as minimal as I can, but I am positive I will have a lot of excess around my middle section.ReplyCancel

      • Leesa Leech

        yes the Gym would help that is my next goal but I have MS as well so going hard at a Gym is not an option for me and I am recovering from a relapse at the moment so as soon as I am feeling up to it I will be making a trip to the Gym. Keep with the posts I love what you do and you have actually inspired me to organise things and have just got all my receipes to gether to work on meal planning as I have had to give up work. My daughter who is 4 always ask about my wobbly arms god love her.ReplyCancel

        • It must be hard Leesa, hopefully you can make it out for some exercise soon. That’s awesome that you are meal planning, I would be so lost without doing mine weekly!!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer

    Congratulations! Very brave of you to put yourself out there with such a private matter.

    I hear Biotin is very good to take when you are having hair issues. You can get it at the vitamin counter in the drug store…worth a try.ReplyCancel

    • Hi Jennifer, I just want to share my story in case others are struggling with the decision to have it or not, I want to share exactly how I feel the ups and the downs, it certainly is life changing surgery. I have heard Biotin is good, thank you for the recommendation too, I am going to buy some next week when my current hair, nails and skin vitamins run out.ReplyCancel

  • Julia

    Well done on the weight loss and also on being brave enough to come out about the surgery. People can be very judgemental and their interest in your weight loss can border on obsessive sometimes!
    About the hair loss…have you thought of checking your thyroid? It may be in overdrive causing the hair loss. Mine did that after we lost a child to cancer and the dr thought all my symptoms was a grief reaction. Turned out to be Graves disease and perhaps caused by extreme stress. Anyway once fixed the hair is all back and the drains are clear!
    Anyway my point is don’t assume the hair loss is due to the diet change, it may be an unrelated condition…
    Congrats, JuliaReplyCancel

  • Mel

    Hi Kat, congratulations on your weight loss and thankyou for your honesty on your weight loss surgery journey. I am looking into getting a sleeve and was wondering where you went for your surgery. TaReplyCancel

    • Hi Mel, I had my surgery on the Gold Coast through Alamanda with Dr Nolan as my surgeon. Highly recommend him, I had no complications and he answered all questions I had :)ReplyCancel

  • Sally Lane

    Hi, congratulations on your weight loss and for being brave enough to share everything with us. I can imagine the hair loss has been difficult to deal with because you are probably feeling so much better in all other aspects. I’m not sure if this will work for you but I used to lose a lot of hair (not to the same extent as you) and I didn’t really know why but recently I have been having a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with the mother in it (it says this on the bottle, not sure what it is though) and I have noticed quite a difference in my hair loss. It tastes disgusting but it is supposed to be extremely good for you. It may be something worth trying.ReplyCancel

    • Anything is worth a try Sally, thank you for letting me know your tip. My hairdresser recommended a shampoo and treatment which I have been using and I ‘think’ I can see little whispers of new growth!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Scodellaro

    thank you XXReplyCancel

  • thank you Kat. Despite telling you I had a call I needed to make after problogger, I’ve been putting it off. About to look up the number and send an email off now. Thanks so much for sharing, I can’t tell you what it means to me. Thanks doll xReplyCancel

  • Geordie

    Congratulations Kat. What research did you do between sleeve & band? What was the reason you chose the sleeve?ReplyCancel

  • Dee

    Congratulations! My biggest problem is that I love sweets. I think about the sleeve, but I wonder whether it could help someone with a sweet tooth like me. Any opinion?ReplyCancel

    • Dee

      also, I am a vegetarian. Bit worried about the protein…ReplyCancel

  • Brooke C

    Congratulations on your weight loss. I will be 2 years post sleeve this December and have lost a total of 65kg. Like you I am still having massive hair loss, but that is a result of having a baby 6 months ago (a surprise, I was not prepared for the fertility following a drastic weight loss) as well as the surgery. I feel fantastic, and would recommend the surgery to anyone.ReplyCancel

  • A good friend of my sisters had gastric sleeve surgery about 12 months ago, and I have watched her health absolutely blossom. Good on you, it’s such a brave thing to do but so worthwhile. Do you think your hair will come back after your body gets used to the new normal? Hope so, but you will still be beautiful even if you are bald! You’ve always been beautiful inside and out :)

    • Naw, thank you Lisa you are so kind xx. Yes I think I can see some little baby hair fuzz at the moment, I started a treatment from Stefan for hair lose when I got my hair cut. My hair is still falling out, but I have confidence once my body get’s used to this new normal it will stop.ReplyCancel

  • kytravelrn

    Biotin 10,000 mcg daily will remedy the hair loss. Many people start taking it before the surgery and the hair loss isn’t so severe.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Maddocks

    Hi Kat, my mum had the same surgery in Feb 2012 and has lost a total of 54kg and has gone from approx a size 24 to size 16. She has more energy and as my 7 year old says is Nannie is healthy. People think this is extream, but I believe that it was the only way that she could and I have known alot of people to have the “band” and fail. I wish you all the best and enjoy the “New You”. Julie xoReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Williams

    My husband had the same surgery 4 years ago and lost 175+ lbs in 2 years. He maintains his weight within 4 lbs either way. He has never regretted having the surgery. As a matter of fact, he is the “poster boy” for his surgeon and if a patient has any doubts about the surgery, my husband contacts the patient and becomes their “cheerleader”. It was a life changing decision for him and one of the best decisions he has ever made. He still, to this day, has a tendency to “try to overeat” or “eat too fast” and will occasionally get sick, however, he knows his limits. Best of luck to you in your recovery and new life!ReplyCancel

  • Lucy Bishop

    Hi Kat,
    I have just discovered your blog & love it! What an inspiring story – you are doing so well with your amazing weight loss after the sleeve surgery. Go you! I’m from the UK and also write a lifestyle blog – I’m a new mum, my son is 8 weeks old (Bert) and I am also trying hard to lose weight – I managed to lose 4 stones pre-baby (in order to help get pregnant and have a healthy pregnancy) and now I’m trying hard to lose my baby weight (I’ve lost 2 stones since my 40 week mark of pregnancy) and have one more stone until I’m back to my pre-pregnancy weight. At the moment I’m really fired up and excited, I’m at that early stage. Am trying to get out loads with the buggy/pushchair, and am using an awesome pedometer to count steps/calories/distance/speed when I walk – which is really helping.
    I just wanted to drop in, say hey, introduce myself, and congratulate you on the fab inspiring story. I’ve signed up to all your newsletters and look forward to hearing more.
    Lucy xxReplyCancel

  • Marita

    I love your little bowls! so cute :) I’ve been using the kids ikea bowls too and they are so much better for portion control. Will have to find myself some cute little grown up bowls to use.ReplyCancel

  • Marita

    Wish I had something helpful to say about the hairloss, I think you are beautiful no matter how your hair looks. But reckon if my hair started falling out I too would find it distressing.ReplyCancel

  • Fiona Webb

    Hi – ive just found your blog. I had the same surgery in 2009 and have gone from 137kg to now sitting at 63. Ive just had my tummy tuck and believe without a doubt that the sugery has been one of the greatest things ive ever for to myself. best luck xxReplyCancel

  • Raelene Charabie

    Great to read your story :-)
    I too have had this surgery, eating life will not become a daily issue after about 12months, well that’s what I found.
    I have platoed after lossing 5o kg and have gone from a tight size 26 to a comfortable 18.
    I still want/need to lose about 20 kgs, but it is coming off slowly. Just need to stop snacking :-)

  • Lin

    Hi Kat,

    I am considering this surgery and Im wondering how you are going now with it after all this time? Do you still NOT regret your decision? How is your hair – has it improved?
    Love to hear any advice you have on this.
    Thanks heaps xxReplyCancel

  • Radhs

    Hi Kat
    Congrats on the new you and for sharing your experience.
    I believe Dr Nolan did your surgery. How much did it cost? did you do any homework to find out all available surgeons. I am in Gold Coast. How did you come across Dr Nolan. Please reply.

I have had a lot of people ask me over the past 3 months about my weight loss and I have been very vague about it.  Today I am going to share with you my full story. Please note up front and you will read this towards the end of the post that I am […]

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  • Natasha

    Congratulations Kat – you look amazing! Thank you for sharing such an emotional story. By doing this you are an inspiration to others! xxooReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    I lost 40 kilos on Tony Ferguson – I hid it from everyone too because i thought i was going to be judged. Its hard. Well done!!ReplyCancel

    • Urooj Ashfaq

      I just wanna lose 25 kg in 4 months but how I can’t understand what to eat what to do I don’t knowReplyCancel

  • Kate

    Wow, good on you =) That would’ve been difficult to share but I commend you. I’m an overweight mum, i’m 24, and like you I did the fad diets. time to get this ass into gear for summer =) I don’t want my daughter to be embarrassed of me at the beachReplyCancel

  • Ann B

    You are a very brave woman – don’t let anyone tell you any different. i admire you for the strength it must have taken you to write this & for the inspiration that you will give to others ( like me) Thank you so much, you have probably just saved my life!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Look

    well done, you look simply stunning and happy! you should be proud of yourself for taking this decision into your own hands and going for it! For the small number of haters out there, be proud and share your story! I think you are amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Kathie

    Love your blog! I don’t normally comment but just had to say Thank you so much for sharing a very personal part of your journey. I’m sure others will read about it and be motivated to take control of their lives. You look fantastic!!!ReplyCancel

  • K-Lee

    Thank you so much for sharing Kat. Nothing but love here for you making the decision to improve your quality of life and following through with it in a real way. Keep up the great work, you are looking amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Teresa

    Kat, Firstly congratulations on making the right decision for you to lose the weight. You look fantastic. You have done the best thing for you and your family. Personally I have 75kg to lose and I really have tried everything an it just isn’t working for me either. You’ve given me hope that there might be a way to do this.

    Keep it up your doing great.ReplyCancel

  • Kat, thank you so much for sharing this story. I know exactly where you were, thats me, my size 22 self. Despite totally turning my diet around and eating no crap, exercising a little {I know I should be doing more, but its sooooo hard to move when you’re so big} I can’t shift it. I had a photo shoot recently, and bam. Getting those photos pack is just gut wrenching. Thanks for forcing me to look at something I looked into three years ago, and should have sone something then. Looking forward to meeting you tomorrow at #PBEVENTReplyCancel

  • Maioha

    Congratulations on being courageous enough to share your story. Here’s to a long and healthy life with your children and grandchildren :)ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Popple

    I too do not normally comment on blogs but i found your story as inspiring as your Organised Tips. You are going places girl and you empower your readers with the knowledge that they too can achieve what they can conceive. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Laura McClure

    Looking good! Well done you :) having my sleeve done Monday and its great to hear of your success. ReplyCancel

  • denise

    I love that you look so happy – good on you!ReplyCancel

  • Angela Daris

    Can I just say congratulations on being brave enough to share your story with everyone. I wish you well, and hope that you find happinessReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    You look amazing!! Keep up the good work :) xReplyCancel

  • Michelle McGurk

    wow I had a lap band 2 yrs ago and still cant get the weight off!! you look amazing I wish I could afford to have this done. keep up the good work :)ReplyCancel

  • Jo Matheson

    Congratulations on your loss so far. Don’t let anyone judge you for what you have done for you and your family. I admire you, 1 for having the courage to have the surgery in the first place, any surgery is a big decision, and 2 for sharing your story. None of us like to be judged and shouldn’t be for making a life changing decision.
    Looking forward to reading the rest of your story.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Congratulations, I think you have amazing commitment to organise your body like you organise your house :). I look forward to reading more about your progress.
    I can relate to the shame that you feel when you realise you have let yourself go but getting in the right mindset is really hard. Sometimes it’s hard to find the right people to help motivate as well, lots of health professionals (I’m one of them) are fat phobic, and think people who are overweight are just fat and lazy- and that assumption can be defeating. You’re clearly not lazy and you’re breaking all the moulds. Good for you for having the surgery, it’s definitely not an easy option. ReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    Thank you for telling your story. It’s one that needs to be told because alot of people out there think having the surgery is the easy way out and it’s everything but. Stay strong, you look AMAZING.ReplyCancel

    • Absolutely, that’s what I will share in my next post, how having the Surgery has really changed my life and eating habits. Thank you Tanya xReplyCancel

  • Jax

    Well done! You look great,, I am struggling to lose weight, and think this surgery will be my last resort! Thank you for sharing and good luck with the rest if your journey! ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    You do look amazing and I had wondered what you were doing to achieve such results. When I logged on to your blog today I was excited to get some useful tips to help me on my weightloss journey. (I have lost 35kg over 18months with moderate exercise and healthier eating, so have gone from 129kg to 94kg). I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed to hear that you had the surgery… that doesn’t help me get the boost I need! But its by no means your job to provide others with motivation. Surgery is not the easy way out like lots of people think, and I’m sure you have your own struggles. My best wishes too you for continued weightloss, and increased health and happiness.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    You are a very brave lady Miss Kat! I have nothing but admiration for you :) Congratulations of your journey and Thank-you for sharing and inspiring. I look forward to your updates xoxoReplyCancel

  • Karen Moore

    well done. We all need to do what is best for us. Exercising will help all of us live happier, longer lives. I just need to get back into exercising so that I have more energy too. Well done & thank you for sharing your most personal story. You are an inspiration to your kids!!ReplyCancel

  • Gary's

    So you cheated, hope u eat healthy now & exercise ReplyCancel

    • Brenda

      See, I don’t know where this ‘cheating’ mentality comes from. It’s not like we’re in the running for a gold medal, or a prize when it comes to having a healthy weight. Our health is its own reward. And there are many different paths to that point. If Kat – and many others – have taken this path and it has resulted in a healthier body, then they and their families are the winners. Their success takes nothing away from those who take a different path. Be glad for their success, and accept that for them, that is the right path. I’m happy for you Kat, your body and your family will thank you!ReplyCancel

      • Absolutely Brenda, I feel so good and I know in my heart that I wouldn’t of lost the weight without the help of the surgery, After 10 years of trying all it resulted in was me being gradually getting heavier. Thank you for your support xReplyCancel

    • Ren Shen

      Sorry, are there some previously unwritten “rules” to weightloss?? Did you actually read her post?? Could you please expand on how this is cheating?? I’m holding back here – I hope you appreciate that because I could really let loose on you right now.ReplyCancel

    • Julie

      Hi Gary,

      I would just like you to know that Katrina did not ‘cheat’ or ‘take the easy option’ in her journey to health & happiness.

      I am just 9 days post op for the same procedure & it is certainly NOT a ‘cheats / easy’ option.

      We are not all blessed with genes – (nature)- that assist our bodies to quickly burn off excess calories or free of all emotional hurdles – (nurture)- to keep us balanced and free from reacting less than positively to the stings and arrows of life.

      Life and medical advancement has provided us all with what you may call a ‘cheat’ card to help us all through.

      What is your emotional crutch Gary: Alcohol / cigarettes / gym junky / fast car / loneliness / bravado with mates???

      Listen & learn from all people and you will be amazed at the insight you’ll have into your self & others.

      Well done Katrina.ReplyCancel

  • jessie.batterham

    You in no way cheated you have chosen to take control of your health and the gastric sleeve was the best option for you to do that. Dont let other peoples comments get you down at the end of the day you looking after number 1 and you will be around for your grandchildren.
    Stay postive and I for one would love to read your journey. :)ReplyCancel

  • Krystal Ferguson

    You look amazing and so much happier now! Good on you! Keep up the great work, and YES, PLEASE SHARE!ReplyCancel

  • Anita

    Wow Kat, that’s an amazing and extremely personal post. Personally I think you made the right decision. You did it for you & your family. It is no-one elses business why you did it. Until someone walks a mile in your shoes, they shouldn’t judge. Congrats for putting yourself first for a change. As a mum I know that we tend to put ourselves last on the “self care” list however, if we run ourselves down to the point where there is nothing left to give, who will look after the family?? Yes hubby can step up and in to help out more but if we don’t put ourselves first, health wise at least, everything else will eventually come crashing down. As your doctor said, you won’t be around to see your grandkids, and it was a decision you haven’t made lightly, it wasn’t a decision you made on a whim. If people read your post properly it was done because it was recommended to you by your medical professional!!!! Obviously there were other factors involved but you mulled it over and chose to make the best decision for YOURSELF. If others don’t agree, well they’re entitled to their opinion, but they shouldn’t berate you or make you second guess your decision. As the saying goes, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”.
    I think you ROCK!!ReplyCancel

  • Maree Crosbie

    Thank you so much for sharing your story and your feelings behind it all. Remember if anyone makes judgmental comments that says more about them than you, You are a brave woman for making a decision and taking the action. I look forward to reading more.ReplyCancel

  • You are so courageous to take this option and even more so to share it , in your own time. You look great Kat , it cannot be easy for you. So proud of you.ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations on creating a healthier life for yourself. It’s a very brave thing to share such a personal story! My clients often feel some of the same feelings you mentioned – embarrassment etc – but in reality it’s an opportunity to inspire others to live in a more healthy way! Wishing you continued success on your journeyReplyCancel

    • Surygery or not, I really just want to help others to take control of their health, to realise that making changes now and putting their health even before the kids and the busy-ness of life with give them so many more years at the end of this road. Thank you Louise for your kind words xReplyCancel

  • kryz

    Congratulations. You are very brave for sharing your story. Keep up the great work. It is not the surgery but the person that makes the weight loss work, at the end of the day. All the best.ReplyCancel

    • Your right Kryz, there is still so much work after the surgery and the exercise is a huge element of that and who would of thought, I am enjoying going to the gym!!ReplyCancel

  • Chelsey

    No matter what way you try to lose weight, it’s still difficult (and surgery is scary! I could have never gone through with it). The
    only people who judge you for it and say, “It’s easy–all you have to do
    is eat less and work out more” are people who very clearly don’t know
    what they’re talking about (and I’ve noticed that they’re also usually the people who are
    blessed enough to eat what they want and not gain anything). Thanks for
    sharing this! I was diagnosed with a psuedotumor last October and was
    told if I didn’t lose weight, the next time the pressure built up I
    would permanently lose my eyesight. It’s been a huge
    struggle and I’ve fallen off the wagon who knows how many times. One thing that keeps me going, though, is to see other people who have struggled and succeeded. :)ReplyCancel

  • Carmelina

    Thanks for sharing!! It’s popped up in my inbox the same morning I decided its time to take charge of my health and focus on being HEALTHY instead of focusing on the losing weight part. I know one will follow the other. While I’m not as big as you were- I’m headed in that direction and with 2 beautiful boys and a desire to grow our family some more I cannot afford to continue this loss of control.
    Thank you for sharing- you are so brave to do so!!
    Good luck to you in the reminder of your healthier you journey!! No matter how the journey starts, it’s tough for all those who start it, but deffintately worth it in the end!!ReplyCancel

  • I had a lap band in December 2009. After 45Kg weight loss, and making sure I could keep it off, I finally had a tummy tuck in May this year, to remove 3.8kg of excess skin from my tummy. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done. Absolutely no trouble keeping up with my 3 kids now! I have to admit, I often accept the compliments on my weight loss with the statement “Oh thanks, but it’s not me. I didn’t do it. I had a lap band, so I can’t take the credit for it”. I’m trying to stop doing that, but it’s been a few years now and it’s still happening, so who knows! Regardless, good for you. Who cares how you do it, as long as you feel happier and healthier.ReplyCancel

  • Noni

    All the best with your recovery, Kat. I had the same surgery two years ago. Whilst I initially lost 40kgs (and got to a Body Fat of 23%) with a LOT of exercise, as soon as I dropped the exercise, my weight started going back on (have re-gained 12kgs and 10% BF). I certainly can’t eat the quantity I used to, and will never be the same size I was prior to surgery, but be aware that it is a tool – your tummy will increase in capacity with time. Use the gift of surgery wisely. Again, all the best – it certainly is a fabulous tool.ReplyCancel

  • Paula Rutter

    Congratulations Kat, I have just started on a “wakeup Call” myself having been told my blood pressure is sky high due to weight and stress. I eagerly await your continued blogs so that I can keep motivation up :) Thanks for sharing, PaulaReplyCancel

    • Thank you Paula, I’m really excited to share the next post, about how the surgery has effected my day to day life.ReplyCancel

  • MissMandy

    High five to you Kat, you do what you have to and the results are amazing. I can relate to the tiredness, I too went to the doctor much the same time to you, high cholesterol, exhaustion and drinking coke with minimal water. I’m not heavily overweight (lucky for me) so I decided to do Michelle Bridges 12WBT just to give me some perspective on healthy eating again. All my friends say ‘oh you eat healthy’ but it’s more than meat and three veg, it’s portion sizes, it’s snacks, it’s the coke vs water, so much education to it. Just the smile on your face is worth it’s weight in gold, good on you.ReplyCancel

    • Thanks Mandy, I stopped drinking coke and coffee 4 weeks before the surgery because I was worried about the side effects from the caffeine withdrawals. Just doing that helped me lose a few kg, good luck with 12WBT it’s such a great program!!ReplyCancel

  • Ren Shen

    I had the same surgery last December and like you I kept it quite for a while until I had it right in my own head. Congratulations on your success and the decision to make your future longer and more healthy.ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    Congratulations Katrina on making a courageous decision that will have life long benefits (and hopefully long life benefits). I have read through the comments thus far and they are overwhelmingly positive. Ignore the naysayers and keep on keeping on !ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Julia, the comments have been a complete inspiration for me and hopefully for those that are thinking of improving their health too xReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Thank you for sharing Kat! I know that it would have been hard for you to share and you have shown a lot of courage in both sharing your story and having the surgery.

    I am currently the largest I have ever been and I do feel like I am judged because of my weight. I gained this weight after the birth of my third child when I was diagnosed with PND and the medication led me to stack it on. But that was two years ago now, I am slowly losing the weight and as much as I would like to speed up the process I want to do it with small changes to my daily life so that I can continue to manage it.

    Anyway, thanks again for sharing! You look fantastic and it sounds like you feel pretty fantastic too. xReplyCancel

    • All you need to remember Amy is to put your health first, don’t get caught up in the busy-ness of being a mum xReplyCancel

  • Jess Doyle

    Congratulations… I am a fellow sleever, I am 5 months post op, and 35kg down since the day of op, and 66kg down since I started my journey in November last year. I still have a long way to go, but, there is no stopping me now :) I love that the message is getting out there, that there IS a way to lose weight, that isn’t the EASY option, I love that people are talking about it, that it is becoming a realistic option for people who are genuine about losing weight, forever.
    Thank you for sharing :)ReplyCancel

    • Wow Jess 35kg post op is amazing and 66kg all together is just phonemal you should be so very proud. I can’t wait to share a post about the experience of being a sleeved and showing those (that thankfully nobody has said today it’s an easy option) just how hard it is, but despite being hard it’s worth itReplyCancel

      • Melinda Carr

        What can you eat now
        Do you catch colds easier are u afraid of getting sick and slower recovery because you can’t get the good stuff from food
        I’m wanting to do the surgery but am so scared I’m as single mum with a under 6 yr old and if I get sick post op what happened if I meet sum one and have another baby how do I feed that baby the nutrients gosh I sound like a negative nancy but I need to know everything 3/4 of stomach is a lot
        I just want to dot my i’s and cross my t’s I have only put my weight on after my ex partner walked out when lil one was 2 months old I lost a lil weight from stress then got into a terrible head space if I became unattractive to men then I would never feel feel this pain n heartbreak again. In 2010 I found out my lil boy who just turned 1 had a massive stroke before birth as milestones were not being meet n physical signs were showing he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy hemiplegia of left side then in 2012 diagnosed with Epilepsy absent seizures, then lost 3 family members in 2012 one being my rock my best friend my beautifu nan who was my everything apart from my son She lived with us and it hit me very hard and then my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer in November of 2012 another hard knock but she has just gone 3 years clear so far xx so it’s been a very emotional 5 years the birth of my beautiful child was to be the happiest time of my life he brings so much joy but now he’s getting older I need to be fitter healthier and mentally stronger. I need to be here for him as his dad is not envolved in his life at all which is sad for him as he is missing out on the most beautiful lil boy xx so I’m needing help and advise from those who are struggling just like me. I already train 3 times a weekReplyCancel

  • Silvana

    Kat thank you very much for sharing your inspirational story, I applaud you for sharing this as it does help others & do keep on sharing. I know how difficult it is to talk about our weight & then being judged, picked on. You look beautiful both before and now, stay strong & I wish you all the very best :)ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Silvana, it was difficult to talk about it then, but now I have lost some weight and feeling so much better about myself it feels easier to open up. I will continue to share my journey xxReplyCancel

  • Shy

    You are very brave, I kept my sleeve surgery a complete secret. I am 18 months in and it was the greatest decision I ever made. Believe it or not after the hype is gone and you have lost all your weight you will feel the greatest sense of relief, not having to worry on a day to day to basis about your weight. It is all consuming at first,the surgery, the changes to your eating habits, the comments from family and friends, but when it all eventually dies down and know-one gives a hoot anymore, all you are left with is a healthy mind and healthy body- the greatest gift of all. Ride the wave.ReplyCancel

  • Lorraine R

    Thank you for sharing such a personal struggle and story. A friend of mine had lap band surgery for similar reasons, but I feel maybe your surgery is better. My friend has had to have her lapband deflated (loosened) a couple of times due to other surgery, and then had to go through the reinflation and all that entails. Even a few years down the road, with careful eating, if we go out for a meal, she will often have to get up and walk around during the meal to aid digestion. And it has caused a lot of reflux issues. But the weight she has lost has helped her so much with self esteem etc. If that is surgery is the option you are left with, though it is hard I would say do it.ReplyCancel

  • Racheal

    well done for sharing and being honest about it, its a tough decision to make but you have to do whats right for you and your life. big hugs xxxReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    Thanks for sharing your story Kat. I am looking forward to hearing your tips about continuing your weight loss journey as have to tidy up my diet and increase my exercise also.ReplyCancel

    • I have found so many great healthy recipes, so I look forward to sharing them with you WendyReplyCancel

  • Trish

    Good on you! Sounds like you’re doing a great job in getting healthy again… my kids are my motivation too :)ReplyCancel

    • Aren’t they ever, a really good excuse to work hard on our health, I couldn’t imagine not being here or them as they grow into adults xReplyCancel

    • Aren’t they ever, a really good excuse to work hard on our health, I couldn’t imagine not being here or them as they grow into adults xReplyCancel

  • Teresa

    Hey Kat….think that you have done a wonderful thing for yourself.
    I myself lost 52kg 2years ago, after following the Coherns programme. It took me 12 months to loose the weight, started 2010 finished 2011. I have put all but 4kg back on and have a daily battle of hate and humiliation with myself. It has been a gradual gain, but it has still returned none the less. Thinking that my stomach would have shrunk over the 12 months, was very disappointed to find that it hadn’t. After going to the doctor’s and being told just eat healthy (I was)the weight just kept returning, if only they would do this procedure for those who had done the hard yards as well, not only the obese.

    I feel like people judge me all the time….wondering how this could happen after doing so well… answer is I never feel full…no matter how much I eat….people who don’t have this feeling just don’t understand….
    I am booked in next week to have my sleeve done….I am hoping that this will help me in my plight to have a normal life….not necessarily a skinny, but healthy life….ReplyCancel

  • Ali

    Kat, what a great story to share. What a huge decision to make and also brave… But you have done it for absolutely all the right reasons.. It’s so easy to put everything before ourselves, but if we are our best selves we can be better for our families, and friends! I’m sure most of us are supportive and if people aren’t please please please don’t let them bother you, as you are now on a course to being a happier, healthier you!! xxxReplyCancel

  • Andrew's wife

    Please keep sharing. You might just save my husband’s life.ReplyCancel

    • I will, I’m looking forward to sharing the next post about how living with a sleeve has affected my lifeReplyCancel

  • Thank-you so much for sharing your story. As a person who has been overweight most of my adult life, I know how embarrassing it can be to talk about your own weight, even when you are seeing the results of hard work from working out at the gym and eating sensibly. I always struggle with being the centre of attention, and sometimes it seems easier to just bury your head in the sand and continue down the same path, so you don’t have to meet with the questions about your weight loss, because in the back of your mind, after trying so many other ways to lose the weight, you are sure this will be a short lived attempt, just like the others.
    You are a brave and inspirational woman!
    Thank-you for having the courage for the rest of us who are struggling with their weight to share your story.

  • Bronte

    You should be so proud of what you have accomplished..thank you for sharing your inspiring story. You look amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Sonia@Natural New Age Mum

    Congratulations for taking the step. You are very brave. :)ReplyCancel

  • Candice

    I also have problems with obesity. Your blogging with the mention of healthy food and exercise has been one of the things inspiring me to lose weight and so far I’ve lost 5kg. It was interesting reading your story about how you’ve lost weight and you are definitely an inspiration! :)ReplyCancel

  • Clare

    Well done you, I think it is couragous of you to share your story, you are right, there is alot of judgement out there about surgury and weight loss in general. I think that you have made the best choice for you and your family. That is the best message you can share, you can always make choices!!! Better to be alive, step up and be proud that you chose to make improved choices for your life.ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    Congratulations Kat. I think you are very brave to share your personal story (and its nice to read nice comments below that aren’t critical or judgy mcjudgy). You’ve inspired me to look seriously at my health as I’ve also used the excuse that I’m too busy for too long, my second baby is 18 months old now! I will start today. So thank you. You seem like such a lovely person and I wish you all the best.ReplyCancel

  • AMS

    You look amazing, well done. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • kirbstar

    Well done! I have lost 45kgs myself through eating and loads of exercise, took 2+ years, and really would love another 10kgs gone. Look forward to reading more….ReplyCancel

  • TRU08

    Truly Inspiring Kat. Thankyou so much for sharing your story. I have just started on my Journey to having the sleeve done, I can only hope to be as successful in losing the weight as you. Looking forward to reading more from you xReplyCancel

    • When is your surgery? My biggest tip would be to ensure that you eat nothing but good food, I am proud to say that I have not had any soft drink or chocolate bars since 4 weeks before my surgery. I couldn’t imagine putting that type of food in my mouth now. You have to be kind to your body and eat really well and when you feel you are up to it add exercise into your routine as it will help you with losing the weight and I have heard ‘yet to experience’ will help with the excess skin as well. I am getting tuckshop lady arms, but my trainer is telling me to be patient. Please let me know how you go. xReplyCancel

  • KK

    Hey Kat, Go you good thang. I am booked to have this done in December but worried about the recovery time. I would love to hear more from you on how you found it. Cheers, KReplyCancel

  • Linda

    Dear Kat,
    Don’t be embarrassed. You look great and you wanted to change your life so you can be around for your kids. Congratulations.
    Luv LindaReplyCancel

  • TC

    Thanks for sharing Kat. I’m very interested to hear more. I am considering similar but just trying to work out how to financially achieve. Please continue to shareReplyCancel

  • Alethea

    I think you are inspirational and very brave to share your story when you have been feeling so vulnerable. I hope it gives you further strength to read all these encouraging comments. You have nothing to be ashamed of and everything to be proud of!ReplyCancel

    • Reading through all these comments Alethea has been so wonderful, never did I imagine to receive such wonderful words, they have really encouraged and inspired me xReplyCancel

  • julie

    sharing such a personal story is inspiring. both my sister and my mum used the same procedure to loose weight. i have never thought of some of the emotions that went with it. Brave little you. congrats on the loss so far.ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    Do keep sharing :-)

    I am sure you have heaps of healthy recipes but if you are interested in any others, I found this one on Jamie Oliver’s website the other day and it is yum!

  • Rachel

    It is lovely to read your story. Weight loss is a major issue for a lot of us, and your story is about so much more than the surgery – it’s also about the journey! Thanks for sharing :)ReplyCancel

  • MM

    You are beautiful! I have been lucky enough to be blessed with a super metabolism but I have watched family members be miserable for years because of their weight. It takes a lot of courage to take such drastic action. Pretending that diet and exercise is the only way just isn’t realistic! You are inspiring not a cheat!ReplyCancel

  • HappyLapinette .

    Having a gastric band, I recognised myself a lot in this blog and well done for sharing your story :) I would love to read more about it ! I find it hard when people see surgery as the “easy way” they don’t realise you still have to make the right decisions for it to work. I wish you great success with it and can’t wait to read more :) Lts of love from rainy Northern Ireland xxReplyCancel

  • Robomum

    You’ve made an excellent decision and you’re looking fantastic. I wish you continued success.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Congratulations on your bravery in ‘coming’ out about your surgery, I am 5 days out from surgery and I know my journey is long. A gastric sleeve is NOT the easy way, it is just a tool……. Ultimately you have to follow your dietician/specialists plan otherwise it just won’t work……. Good Luck in your journey and as a follower of yours I would be happy to continue reading about it :)ReplyCancel

    • Hi Michelle, how are you feeling after the surgery, it can be a very hard process, but now 3 months out, I am feeling great, I am suffering from hair loss, which is quite bad at the moment. What stage are you at at the moment, just remember it does get easier and eventually you can eat most foods, I still haven’t eaten many hard crunchy food like raw carrots, all with time.ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Good on you Katrina. Thank-you for sharing your story :-)

  • kimberley

    Congratulations on your progress! I would love to see more posts like this, I really enjoyed reading your story.ReplyCancel

  • Jadey

    Well done! It’s very brave of you to share. I am a Bandit so I understand.

    Keep up the great work.ReplyCancel

  • Prerna @Social Media Direct

    Thank YOU Kat for sharing this and kudos to you for being brave both for the surgery and the sharing!! I look forward to reading more about your journey as I make my own towards a healthier lifestyle. Thank you!!ReplyCancel

  • kat

    im booked to see my surgoen tomorrowi was nervous until i read this im now pumped and cant wait to meet with him so i can start a new life a healthier life. i would love to read more of your journery with gastric sleeve surgery.ReplyCancel

  • niX

    Wow – Congratulations and what an effort! You are looking fabulous and you have definitely done the best thing for you and your family. Would love to read more :)ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    Congratulations – you look great and can’t wait to read more about your weightloss journeyReplyCancel

  • Fiona Brown

    Well done!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so proud of you, you look amazing xxxReplyCancel

    • Thank you Fiona, you have been such a wonderful help through this process xxReplyCancel

  • Klak

    Well done! I love following your stories! It’s very inspirational!ReplyCancel

  • karen h

    i hope your doctor also got a sleep study done for you and you are / were treated for sleep apnea too!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I love reading all about your battle with obesity and your success at fighting it. Good on you. There is no easy way to lose weight, so ever feel that you took the ‘easy road’. You have done what you needed to do to save your life. Congratulations.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Chambers

    I am so happy for you! You look great. I’d love to hear more!! High 5’s to you. XXReplyCancel

  • Louise

    Thank you for sharing your story Kat, you are brave to overcome your emotional fear and I feel that you will have so much support here because you are telling it like it is and not pretending it to be something else. I struggle to find the motivation to not eat the junk I do and feel embarrassed of my size, its like holding up a sign saying “I eat crap and have no self control”…. but it is just not that simple, food is my emotional support in good times and bad times and I can’t get away from it! WELL DONE for taking the steps and keep it up. We all want to hear your story xxxReplyCancel

  • Sharlene

    Well done on making a decision that benefits you and then subsequently your family. You are worth it. Keep up the great work.ReplyCancel

  • Libby

    Kat amazing! My husband had the surgery only 7 weeks ago (Dr’s orders) , and his life has changed dramatically! It has taught us portion sizes is the golden key, and that you can survive on 1/4 cup of food 3 times a day! Keep it up, selfishly we need you as much as your family XReplyCancel

    • LOL Libby thank you. I’ve been told though you need to eat at least 6 times a day. Now, 3 months after surgery it’s very hard to remember to eat that many times a day, just because I never feel hungry. But please make sure that your hubby is keeping up with all his vitamins, I let them slip early on and I am now suffering a lot of hair loss because my body is in shock after the surgery. The vitamins are very important.ReplyCancel

  • Nikki

    Oh GOOD ON YOU! That’s all. :)ReplyCancel

  • Marsha

    Thank you for sharing your story :)ReplyCancel

  • marrisa

    Well done and keep up the great work!!ReplyCancel

  • Jac@CommonChaosChronicle

    Kat you are an amazing woman and such an inspiration to so many. Please continue to share your story when you can. You have no idea how many people you are truly motivating right now. xoxReplyCancel

  • Toni Swales

    congratulations.. i have been considering the op my self nothing i do seams to help me lose weight so i end up just giving up and eating what ever only thng stopping me is the cost sigh..ReplyCancel

  • Hayley

    Thanks for sharing your story. It must of been such a difficult time for you but i am so glad that you are seeing the rewards for all of your efforts. I think you are amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Barb

    Thank you for sharing your story, I had the surgery last November and I understand fully where you are coming from when it comes to telling people. I too am worried about the negative reactions people may give but I have no regrets and highly recommend it. I have been struggling with my weight for over half of my life and had looked at this surgery 7yrs ago and finally plucked up the courage last year. I have gone from a size 22 to size 14, having lost 38kgs in 10months. I did it due to health problems arising but have benefited so much physically, mentally and emotionally from having the surgery. All the best to you and enjoy every step of your journey ahead to a healthier and happier you.ReplyCancel

  • Seva

    Hi Kat, I can tell by your photo how happy you are, I could relate to everything I read, I had my sleeve done in March 2012 and can tell you it only get better and easier. Have you joined any of the support groups? Did you get your surgery done on the coast I had mine done at Greenslopes.
    I must say that was extremely brave writing your story I have only told a few friends and my immediate family. Keep up the great work. I met you at the Brisbane MasterclassReplyCancel

  • Kim

    No judgement here. Someone I love very much had this done around the same time as you did. I think it is one of the bravest steps ever. I will admit though, that until I went through the process with her and have seen her blossom, it just wasn’t even in my realm of thinking.
    She too is feeling and looking amazing. I think you’re amazing for sharing your journey. I’m going to hook her up with this post.ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Kim, it really is hard to understand how the whole Gastric Sleeve process works.ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    I watched my two sisters go through this surgery and it has changed their lives. For them , they felt it was their only way to live a whole life and I thank them for being so brave so they could be around for their children. It is a courageous decision to make and you should be very proud of yourself for taking control of your life. Best of luck!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke

    What courage you’ve shown! I, too, had the surgery earlier this year and have lost 35kg to date. I chose this option because I’d tried everything else and, after over 20 years of being obese and constantly trying to shift it I had to resign myself to the fact that I needed help. That was the hardest part – that I couldn’t do it myself. Now I wish I’d done it years ago. I now eat less than my toddler and have never had so much energy! I’m loving my new life, and cherishing the time I’ve given myself with my young children. I have been overweight since I was 17 so I have no idea what I will look like as an adult without a weight issue, and I can’t wait to look in the mirror on that day!ReplyCancel

    • Ooh Brooke that’s truly inspiring, your right, though about learning how the new you will look, I can’t wait either. I’d love to see your before and after photo’s when your at goal :)ReplyCancel

  • emily

    if only it was an affordable option. For many of us its not.ReplyCancel

    • Dawn Richter

      Some also don’t want all the risk and permanency of the surgery. Another option is a book called Trim Healthy Mama. It is no diet. You aren’t allowed to starve, no counting calories and no deprivation. 41 pounds gone since June and chocolate, cheese, and butter are all staples in my diet. :)ReplyCancel

      • Rachel

        HI Dawn I have heard about this book but isn’t it written by Americans? I was concerned about food options etc with the availability here in Aus or have I misunderstood the purpose of this book?

        • Dawn Richter

          It is, but I know that a lot of people all over the world are following the plan. There is a FB group you might want to check out and ask/look for others possibly in your area to get some insight on where they get their specialty ingredients from. But it is doable in virtually any setting, with any conditions/allergies/special circumstances, as it is merely a framework.ReplyCancel

          • Rachel

            Thanks :)

  • Christine McKechnie

    Thank you for Sharing Kat, You have done an amazing job even with surgery it is still hard work. keep up the good work and the blogs, I would love to read more on how you are going. <3ReplyCancel

  • Sharlene

    Thanks for sharing, what an inspiration you are….. I too am feeling tired and lethargic all of the time, for me having a disabled child to care for seems to take up all of my energy. Thanks for showing me it can be done. Good luck with the rest of your journey….. look forward to hearing the rest of it. :)ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    Congratulations on this wonderful and brave step you have taken. My husband did the same thing about 4mths ago and hasn’t looked back, happier, healthier and more energetic. Hats off to you for taking control. Well Done and all the best for a happy and healthier long future ahead. Thanks for sharing and inspiring many of us.ReplyCancel

  • Dawn Richter

    Congratulations! If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t offer those you love the best of you! <3ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Groom

    Kat when we come to point where we no longer what other people think of us that is when we will truly soar! Now spread your wings and fly!ReplyCancel

  • kytravelrn

    You Go Girl!!!

    On October 25, 2011 I weighed 210 lbs (50 kg) and wore size 22 pants. I’m only 4′ 11″ (149 cm). I had the R-N-Y gastric bypass surgery that day.

    By August 2012 I had lost 105 lbs (47.7 kg) and was down to size 4 pants. Today, I’m still at 105 lbs and size 4.

    Losing half of myself was the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. I feel 25 years younger. No more aches and pains!! Instead of sitting because it was too hard to move…..I now move just for the pleasure of being able to!!

    I’ve inspired others to have surgery and they have lost a total of about 2500 lbs (1337 kg). I wish I’d done this years ago!! I’ve probably spent the cost of the surgery on diets and weight loss programs over the years!!

    I could write about this all day!! If you, or anyone else needs support andor encouragement, my email is [email protected].ReplyCancel

    • Wow thank you, I love hearing how much people have lost from the surgery. Your starting point and mine are the same, and I am now down to a size 18, still quite a way to go, but I can’t remember the last time I was in size 18!!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Ashmore

    Congratulations Kat on making a positive change for your health. Anyone who reads your blog will know your an intelligent woman who would not make this choice without the proper research. You are always an inspiration.xxReplyCancel

    • Thanks Samantha, no it was a really hard decision to make, more so because it’s not reversible, it’s permanent, I had to put images of myself as an old lady only being able to eat limited amounts of food, it’s a complete life change, but I have no regrets and so pleased to be getting my health under control.ReplyCancel

  • [email protected]

    In the end Kat, it doesn’t matte how you get the weight off. You have taken control of your health and will be around for a lot longer for it. I too am in the process of losing weight (17 kgs down) and I believe that once you have your mind-set sorted, the body will follow. Well done. I look forward to hearing more about your journey!ReplyCancel

  • tracy

    This is so inspiring. Don’t worry about what everyone else thinks, it is your decision and your life. Last year I lost 22 kg. I celebrated that weight lose by over indulging and putting it all back on plus 10 kg. I am so disappointed with myself and dream of the time I was healthier. I vowed last night to stop what I am doing and get my weight under control again.

    Your blog landed in my inbox and added to my enthusiasm. Today, I can’t wait to re-start my weight lose journey.

    I look forward to hearing your journey as an inspiration for me to do the same thing.ReplyCancel

    • That must of been really hard Tracy to lose it and put it all back on, but you know it’s is a new day and only you are responsible to make the changes for your health. How have you gone with so far, I am pleased that my story has inspired you to improve your health again xxReplyCancel

  • Melina

    Congratulations and well done Kat!!!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael

    Congratulations Kat! You must be feeling so fantastic and full of energy these days, just brilliant. Good on you. :-)ReplyCancel

    • I am, I just went on what is a long walk for me, and I felt so good doing it!!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Player

    My husband had this surgery 3 years ago and had similar results. You have given the greatest gift to your family imaginable. Congratulations you BRAVE thing!ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Cathy. To hear those words you won’t be hear to see your grandchildren is devastating, I can’t wait to kiss, cuddle and run around with them. In many many many years to comeReplyCancel

  • Sara

    Please keep sharing!! I’m so proud of you. I think this is the first time I’ve commented on your blog but I have been following for a long time. I’ll admit, your recipes never sounded appealing to me, as they were too unhealthy for anything I’d feed my kids (or myself) but lately they have been great! Strawberry roll-ups and the chicken roll in particular. It’s a brave person who makes a big decision to change their life and an inspiring one who actually does it, no matter how. I’m sure you already know you must keep up the exercise and healthy eating for the surgery effects to continue. You’ve clearly the made the choice to be healthy, not just to lose weight. Good on you!

    I must ask if anyone other than your Dr spoke to you about your weight? My sister is obese and I’m worried sick about her. She was in a car accident two years ago that still limits her mobility so I feel it’s unfair of me to say too much, however I have recently lost over 10kg myself (mainly baby weight) so I know exercise only plays one part and that healthy eating is the primary factor. I’m at a loss as to how to broach it with her, despite the fact my parents and I discuss it behind her back. Any tips would be appreciated.

    Well done again!!ReplyCancel

  • Jess

    Congratulations, you look fantastic! Even better, you feel fantastic! I love your blog and tips and am very impressed that you are sharing your story to inspire others. It doesn’t matter what other people think, it’s what you think that matters. It must be hard feeling judged by being in the public eye the way you are, so you are very brave for getting it “out there”, well done. Thank you for your wonderful tips and ideas to make MY life easier, it’s changed everything about the way I run my house and I love you for it! xxxxReplyCancel

    • Aaw Jess, thank you so much for your beautiful words. I am feeling great and comfortable now in my body, there was a stage it was a struggle just to get up off the couch and my sleeping has improved. your right I am loving the way I feel now. I still have quite a way to go, another 20+kg to lose if i can. I can only image how much healthier I will feel then.ReplyCancel

  • Ren

    Well done on your weight loss. No judgement here at all for the method you chose. I was a tad disappointed to find that it was surgery only because I was hoping to find tips on how I might jumpstart my own weight loss again without going under the knife. I lost 50kg and still have another 27kg or so to go. I did it the old fashioned way of just exercise and diet (WW) but I’ve hit that ceiling that I can’t seem to bust through. But you can only be congratulated for taking your health in your hands and *doing* something about it – many don’t and suffer for it. You look amazing and it’s obvious that the results are worth the effort.ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Ren, that’s why I wanted to tell the full story, because people were asking how I was doing it, they wanted to know the secret to losing so much so quickly, I am so glad I can share it and it’s the right decision for me and I am feeling so good for it.ReplyCancel

  • Cas

    You are looking amazing, and being so brave sharing your story !!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Ohm

    Well done! You have done a wonderful thing for yourself and your family! As a nutritional cleansing coach, it is my pleasure to help people shed vast amounts of weight in a healthy, sustainable way. The joy of the physical and emotional transformation I see is unbelievably rewarding. We only have one body to live in so good on you for starting to treat it well!ReplyCancel

  • Who are we to judge? Congratulations on getting to a place where you feel happier about being yourself.ReplyCancel

  • Liz P

    Congratulations to you Kat for recognizing you had a problem, asking for help and advice and going ahead with the surgery. I can only imagine how proud your kids will be in years to come that they have a mum who is so brave and determined to make changes to her life and I bet hubby is excited to have a happy wife on her way back to good health!
    Keep up the great work and keep posting your progress, the good days and not so good days, the support and motivation you will receive from others and give to others will be inspiring!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    Thanks for sharing and well done! How can people judge what they don’t understand or haven’t experienced. I am not extremely obese but I am 30 kg overweight and currently considering this surgery. If I don’t do anything I will eventually be 40 plus kgs etc overweight! I have to do this too as I have tried everything else…well done! would love some details of the recovering, eating, what was “allowed”, what wasn’t, some of the risks and future warnings you might have been given and also, how do you not “stretch” your stomach again? Thanks again for sharing! Well done…ReplyCancel

  • Tan

    Well Done you are very brave. My doctor also told me that surgery was my only option left as I had tried diets, gym memberships etc for 20yrs and had failed. A friend of mine who had this surgery earlier this year was given Duromine to take prior to surgery to loose 10kgs before the operation. I had to beg my doctor for this drug as she does not like it, but I am one of the lucky ones who have not experienced and side effects and have been able to take up to the 40mg dose and with extreme willpower as well have now lost 17kgs in 3months. I have not given up my sweet treats but have cut them down by 90% of what I had been consuming per day, and have found not eating bread everyday has also helped. I personally did not want to go down the surgery road as I was worried about loosing weight too rapidly and then needing surgery to remove excess skin. I am also fortunate enough to have a very physical job from 8pm-12am 3-5nights a week which I use as my free excersice. Good luck for the rest of your journey.ReplyCancel

    • I’ve never heard of Duromine, but 17kg in 3 months is a great effort!! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • sami veloso

    Congratulations for taking a brave step towards a better future for yourself and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Tammy James

    Hi Gorgeous. Thanks for being brave enough to share this with the world, you have such a gorgeous spirit and shining personality I’m happy you made the decision to change your life for you and your family. xxReplyCancel

  • Carly Joyce

    Kat if you had an over-sized nose that made it hard to breath and had a nose job many people would say that you did because you were vain but you know the truth of it. Your health has to come first and damn everybody who can’t see that!

    As a parent your job is to be around for your kids and to set a good example. I think that you are doing an amazing job and have ensured that your kids not only have you around for longer, but have a happier and healthier you for longer.

    You have in no way taken an easy road. Losing weight is extremely hard because you have to eat to live! You can’t abstain from all food the way smokers, alcoholics or drug addicts can abstain from their poisons. If an alcoholic had to take three small drinks a day but no more I think the wagon would be empty quick smart.

    Great job xxxReplyCancel

  • KC

    Congratulations on taking the first steps on what will be a long journey. You obviously have the insight to know that this is not a simple fix, but it will be something you have committed to for the rest of your life.
    It’s very interesting that developed world continues to get fatter and sicker, despite all the “health” and “nutritionist” and “medical” advice regarding healthy eating and the food pyramid. There are a number of scientists and health practitioners who have been advocating for years that FAT in our diets is not the problem – it is SUGAR. Sugar and complex carbohydrates (think bread, pasta, cakes, biscuits etc) that are supposed to make up the bulk of our calorie intake: these are the problem. In general, exercise will make you feel good and will make you “tight” but 90% of weight control is what you put into your mouth every day. Increase your vegetables and protein and cut right back on your carbs and you will see a change. Avoid any packaged food, especially if it says “low fat” – chances are it is packed with sugar instead.

    I hope that your journey inspires others to also take steps to living healthier, leaner and cleaner. Well done!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Austin

    Congratulations Kat! What an achievement, and well done making that big decision to have the surgery. Your health and longevity are so important to those close to you, as well as all your followers.

    All the best for future good health and great weight-loss results!

    Susan x
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    • Thanks Susan, I am feeling great, I just went for a really long walk with my daughter and so glad that I didn’t lose my breath!!ReplyCancel

  • Deb h

    Thanks fir sharing your story- your honesty and openess is amazing. I wish you so much happinessReplyCancel

  • nattynoo

    Congratulations on your weight loss and the decision to have the surgery!! I can really relate to your story – my Mum had the gastric sleeve surgery 2 years ago now and after being obese for my whole life (30 years) she has now lost a total of 55kgs and feels fantastic! Her only regret is that she didn’t have the surgery years ago!! You have made the best decision and will continue to feel great and live a happy healthy life with your family!!
    Thank you for haring you story with us and best of luck for the rest of your journey!!ReplyCancel

  • Ptquilter

    Hi Kat; First I’d like to Say Congrats on your weight loss. And Congrats on having the surgery and choosing LIVING instead of Dying. I too had surgery 10 yrs ago. It will be 11 the 24th of Jan 2014. I have lost 130 #’s I too was on every weight loss diet you can name in my life. and at age 55 I decided to get the surgery.I have beautiful Grand Children I so want to be here for. I applaud you for taking that risk. I had someone say to me once, before my surgery that my surgery wasn’t necessary that it was an Elected Surgery. It wasn’t a life or death situation. I was so angry and hurt, I said how is choosing to risk your life in surgery and to saving my life and having a better life not a life and death situation. I could die if I didn’t choose to have the surgery. I was a diabetic, I had high blood pressure, I had shortness of breath, back problems and hip and knee problems. I too snored so bad my Physician ordered a sleep study. I was told that if I didn’t do something I was going to die if I continued this lifestyle. SO I chose surgery. I had a Gastric bypass. The Gastric Physicians hadn’t yet developed the sleeve. But I did it and I tell everyone. I am so glad I did and changed my life. It is not an easy choice. Especially after you listen to what they (physicians) tell you. It is a risk and anyone that chooses Life is better for it. I am no longer diabetic, I don’t have high blood pressure my cholesterol is normal my back pain is resolved. In a nut shell I have a better life now after my surgery. Oh Yes and I don’t snore anymore. When I see someone on the street or in a store or anywhere and they are obese I cry inside for them I want to go to them and say I know you are a sad person inside that body there is a better way to live. There is a better way to change your life. I wish I could go to them and say this was me before my surgery, this is me now. I am so happy for you and I hope you cotinue on this road to LIFE. GOOD LUCK SISTERReplyCancel


    Kat I met you at PB event, and although your blog isn’t in a genre I’m typically interested in I wanted to check it out since you had so many great tips for building an audience, marketing, etc. As a medical journalist I wrote many stories about weight loss surgery, so you don’t have to convince me that it is not a quick fix. Although I haven’t personally struggled with weight issues, I love reading about other people’s triumphs. And of course we all have our own struggles! Great post, and keep up the fantastic job.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Le

    Awesome story and you’re doing brilliantly. I had my sleeve one month ago. Nearly 10kgs down and have cracked the double figures :) Like you, I am mostly keeping this to myself (have had a lot of negative stuff from my sister, wish she didn’t know) but am sharing it with friends who I know will understand.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    Kat you are extremely brave to be honest and share the truth of your weight loss journey. So many things we read in today’s world are about quick fixes and unrealistic methods. That you had to go the hard yards to try and turn your life around and you are willing to share your story with candour is both refreshing and courageous. Well done Kat. Here’s to you continuing your journey to great health and happiness :)ReplyCancel

  • Quigley Quigley

    Hi Kat, I met you briefly at the PBEvent and just wanted to say how wonderful you are to share your story ! YOu were incredibly helpful in the talk with Darren and now reading this I am further inspired by your courage in honesty. I’m so happy for you in your improved health and happiness and send you loads of love and support in your continued success! Wishing you all the best Kat! xxquigleyReplyCancel

  • Binnabobo

    Bless you. Your authenticity is inspiring. Thank you for sharing your story.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Congratulations :) I had the sleeve surgery on 28th June this year. It’s not the easy option that many people seem to think (which is why I have only told my closest friends and family), you still have to work with it. It’s a huge decision but I certainly have no regrets xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxReplyCancel

  • Colleen

    You’re amazing for sharing such a personal thing – and you’re looking fabulous. You’re an impressive, inspiring woman with a big heart. Good on you!ReplyCancel

  • Beck Pryde

    You go girl! Well done, with not only making the decision to have surgery, but also the other healthy steps in your life. :) I can’t wait to hear the next instalment. :)ReplyCancel

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  • Fiona

    Congratulations, I wish you all the best in the months ahead. You are giving yourself and your family a great gift.

  • Naomi :)

    Congratulations on your decision to have surgery, I also had Gastric Sleeve Surgery 7 months ago and have lost 38kgs! I too felt embarassed at times about taking the ‘cheats way out’ but I also feel brave and empowered that I had the sense to make this decision for myself and my family. Best decision I have ever made and it sounds the same for you! Congrats and goodluck on the rest of your Journey!ReplyCancel

    • Wow Naomi, that is an amazing achievement, congratulations to you on the remarkable effort. Your right, I do feel empowered that I made this choice. No regrets!ReplyCancel

  • Abby

    So impressed – congratulations on taking that huge step forward it must have been scary!! But you look fantastic and I’m so happy for you having a bright future ahead! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim Henderson

    You are amazing. since reading your story I have upped my health insurance and on Sept 13 2014 I too will have the surgery. I would love to hear more about your journey. Thankyou for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Alison Devenish

    Would love to more of your journey Kat!ReplyCancel

  • Karin Mary

    Thank you for sharing your story – very brave to share something so personal with the world. All the best for your future weight loss and health.ReplyCancel

  • […] months, 3 dress sizes smaller and 28kg lighter post Gastric Sleeve weight loss surgery.  You can read more here about why I chose to have the surgery. […]ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Good on you Kat. Such a wonderful brave thing you have done for yourself and your family. You looked great before. Now you look even better. Thanks for sharing. I am struggling too. Putting everything and everyone else first.ReplyCancel

  • MelB

    Kat you are an inspiration and you shouldn’t be judged. A huge congratulations to you for your upbeat attitude and zeal for life and also for your great weight loss if only more people were like you. Big hugs xxReplyCancel

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  • JULI

    Well done Katrina. You should be so proud that you took the
    courageous option and had the surgery. I wish you all the very bestReplyCancel

    • Thank you Juli, I am feeling great and I have no regrets, I know I would of never have been able to lose all this weight without the surgery, I have tried for years, and I am really happy with my progress. Hope you have a wonderful new year xReplyCancel

  • Becs Shopandsell

    you look amazing! congratulations for the weight you have lost. I am too considering this surgery, could you please tell me what surgeon you used and hospital you went to, thanksReplyCancel

  • karen

    Well done for being brave enough to share your story. I’ve been considering the surgery for a while and I loved hearing your story, looking forward to hearing moreReplyCancel

    • Thanks Karen, do as much research as you can so you know it’s the right thing for you. It is a permanent surgery, so it will be a change in diet, lifestyle and the amount you eat for the rest of your life. GoodluckReplyCancel

  • EdenEve

    I am curious to know just how much it all costs?ReplyCancel

  • Sam

    That’s Awesome!! If you’re looking for help to budge those last kg’s to get to your goal weight then you HAVE to try ‘Isagenix’ It has completely changed my life! Its a Nutritional Cleansing Programme that I started on New Years Day and I have lost 8kg and 55cm to date! This programme rids toxins from your body which helps you loose weight quickly along with flooding your body with all the antioxidants, superfoods and nutrients that your body needs to perform at it’s peak! I’m sleeping like a baby, have mental clarity, energy levels through the roof, I’ve built lean muscle mass, curbed all my cravings, my anxiety is completely at bay and I just wish someone had introduced me to ‘Isagenix’ a long time ago but better late than never… If you want to find out more go to or feel free to ask away with questions.. Good luck on the rest of your journey!!ReplyCancel

  • MummaM

    I commend you for taking the jump towards a better healthier life. I completely understand the journey, I am at the doorstep of surgery, the most scariest thing I have ever decided to do. Much like yourself I have always found it difficult to get the weight off, and more so now after having two kids I am the heaviest I have ever been.
    I have mixed feelings, like I feel like a failure because I’ve taken this option, but I am hoping it will help get me to those goals. I am an emotional eater and for some reason I fall back into old habits. I work nearly 70 hours a fortnight, many sees me work nightshifts and by the time you get home its finding time to do housework, grocery and shopping and dropping and picking up kids from school… life is so hectic.

    I know its not easy just to get an operation and I know I still have to change my lifestyle, but if I can see its working and I do plateau and eat healthy food and fell full i can think reach my goal.

    How have you found the lifestyle change? has it changed your diet much? do you feel full? I drink lots of water during the day and i love my water… worried it will affect the amount of food I eat, and don’t eat enough.

    I am so glad you took the journey and you look amazing.ReplyCancel

    • It is a big lifestyle change, I don’t enjoy eating sugary food, it has certainly changed my taste buds with me now happily eating savoury foods. I eat my dinner rather quickly, when it takes the rest of the family double or triple the time, I find it frustrating sitting there watching them eat, something I just have to get used to. Drinking lots of water is good and all I drink these days is water and coffee, soft drink is far too sweet. It won’t effect the amount of food you eat, but you won’t be able to drink and eat at the same time. You can drink about 30 min after eating. Hope this helps.ReplyCancel

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  • Vicki Garatoudi

    Who is anyone to Judge the how you stay alive to look after your family. Congratulations and well done on your thus far success. I will watch with anticipation as I am looking at having this done too. I applaud you and thank you for sharing your journey xReplyCancel

    • Thank you Vicki, and wishing you all the best in your venture to better health.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Thanks so much for sharing your story :). You look great and from the research I’ve done on this surgery, it does seem most people believe the benefits outweigh the negatives. I have my first appointment with a surgeon next month for this same surgery. I’m a little nervous as I’m a single mum, but I want to be around for a long time for my 2 year old daughter and I’ve struggled so much over the years with my weight. I just wanted to ask about your energy levels after the surgery. I know that the amount you can/want to eat is a lot less, but do you find that you are lethargic and have no energy because you’re not eating as much, or is it the complete opposite? Many thanks!xReplyCancel

    • Hi Michelle

      No I haven’t had to feeling of no energy, in fact the opposite, because I am losing weight I am enjoying the exercise, which then makes me want to eat healthy food, so it all works together nicely. Good luck with your appointment.ReplyCancel

  • Kim Pietrini

    Thank you for sharing. I have just joined a health fund today in the hope that I too can have the surgery in 12 months time. ReplyCancel

  • Iffat Zafar Aga

    Hi there ….just loved reading your story ……. I too am so interested in such a surgery ….. I d really like t o see your pic from now since I see this article dates back to sept 2013 …..could you plzzzz share your recent pic also?. Thks. ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations! On your success! I have read your story & I myself am looking into getting the sleeve surgery. I would love to chat with you & maybe get some inspirational thoughts. I have been struggling with my weight ever sense I graduated high school & been on depression pills. Made me gain weight & never could keep it off. I am very active and workout 2 times a day, I have also tried weight watchers, but my insurance said I had to do weight watchers before I get the sleeve. I would love to get some information from you regarding your experience Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • LavenderMe

    You look great! I’ve made an appointment to see a surgeon to have a sleeve done. I have heart failure and small vessel disease (so surgical intervention for my heart & blood vessels isn’t an option). I’m on the maximum medical therapy available, and can’t walk more than about 5 metres without chest pain. So exerise on any sort is really difficult and exhausting. I know I need to lose the weight (about 40kg) and my cardiologist has told me that a sleeve is almost certainly the only way I’ll be able to do it because of those limitations. He told me 2 days before Christmas that I won’t live till I’m 70 (I’m 64), but that if I have surgery & if I survive that, I might make it. I’m also an asthmatic and diabetic – so not a good surgical risk.
    I’m sorry this is gloomy – I think you have done an amazing job Kat – I’m just not dealing with this very well at the moment. The cardio was very clear that it may be difficult to find a surgeon and/or an anaesthist willing to take me on.ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    Hi K, Congratulations on your loss. I have just started on Duromine as i have degenerative athritis in all my joints (32 inherited in my genes). I felt i am ‘cheating’ but needed to throw everything i could at improving my health and making over the way i see my food and exercise. Sometimes to achieve we need some support!! Good on you, and i hope this makes your life long and lovely with your family. I think sometimes as Mums we just lose prioritising ourselves (sleep, nutrition, exercise) because we constantly put others first xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Bec, Ooh thank you! And i think it is fantastic that you have taken a positive step into turning your life around. We all have to do what is best for ourselves and take the right path. I look forward to hearing how your journey goes, Bec xReplyCancel

  • […] June 2013 I had Gastric Sleeve Surgery, it was a huge decision to make which you can read more about here.   This is absolutely the best choice I made for a healthier me and I have no regrets.  However, […]ReplyCancel

  • Tania

    You look fabulous Kat. Your journey is yours to make, you choose what’s best for you and your situation. Well done and don’t let anyone judge you. To everyone with similar problems talk to your GP that’s what they’re there for. I’m having good results with a couple of great apps MyNetDiary and Pacer. I need major abdominal surgery, wait list puts it end of 2016, losing 20-30k will make a big difference to my recovery. The wait time is giving me the chance to lose weight safely over a period of time. I was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and it’s a great app for tracking foods over the day.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Awe thank you Tania! I hope your surgery goes well and keep up the great work woth your weight loss. It is always a working process but one i am achieving. I will have to have a look at the apps you mentioned.:)ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    Carol, you sound like a troll!! Katrina is doing a fabulous job in her weight loss journey!ReplyCancel

I was beyond thrilled when I was asked to speak at the upcoming ProBlogger Training Event on the topic of Building Your Community.  I have been to the last 2 ProBlogger conferences, I have walked away from both feeling confident and motivated to build my blog and continue to make it profitable by learning new […]

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  • Jody Kaden

    Congratulations Kat, I’m sure you will inspire lots of bloggers with your speech!!ReplyCancel

  • Janet@PregnancyPanache

    Great to hear you speak at ProBlogger about what you do at The Organised Housewife – truly inspiring – THANKS.ReplyCancel

    • Naw, thank you so much Janet, I truly loved sharing my tips, I have so much more I’d love to share…. another day!!ReplyCancel