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 Do you ever feel like this….. sometimes you need to realise you are worth the self-intervention!  The best thing I did was take some time out for me to get my health back under control. {image credit} I am trying really hard to feel more confident in the person I am, I took a leap […]

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  • You look gorgeous! And also like you’re feeling a little bit better too! I love seeing you hanging out with Kelly! I miss her gorgeous face!ReplyCancel

  • Looking fabulous Kat! I’d be still swaying too. I sway after a long plane ride!!ReplyCancel

  • You’re so gorgeous Kat. You look fabulous…and that smile! Loved that we got to chat a bit more this time. xxxReplyCancel

  • Katrina Chambers

    You looked lovely and fresh! Love those shoes! XReplyCancel

  • DeludedPrincess

    I was on the same cruise. Didn’t see you unfortunately. I wasn’t there as part of the bloggers group though. You may have seen me? I was on crutches so I kind of stood out it seemed.ReplyCancel

    • I remember seeing somebody on crutches and felt a little sad, it must of been you!! Did you enjoy it, it took a few days for my swaying to disappearReplyCancel

      • DeludedPrincess

        Yup that was me, don’t feel sad! I had a ball. The only thing I missed was going on the waterslides lol. Otherwise both hubby and the staff looked after me so well and it was amazing. Encouraging everyone to do a cruise now. ReplyCancel

        • DeludedPrincess

          I didn’t stop rocking till Wednesday afternoon. Made me feel more ill on land than it did on the shipDid you enjoy yourself? Ready to book the next cruise? ReplyCancel

        • The conference went for 2 full days, so I wish we had more time to rest and relax on the cruise…. next time.ReplyCancel

  • miss Prudence

    Kat, you are looking wonderful – so fresh and full of energy. Just beautiful. Glas you are feeling so good and taking on new challenges!ReplyCancel

My family and I experienced this weekend with thanks to As I am writing this post I am sitting on the balcony of a beautiful apartment in Caloundra.  I have been reflecting the past few weeks I have had and appreciating that I don’t have a pile of dirty clothes or dishes to clean, […]

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  • Julia K

    Hi Kat,
    Another lovely post – I live on the Sunshine Coast so it was nice to read about the attractions from an “outsiders” point of view.
    As regards your kids’ transition to high school – we moved to the Sunshine Coast from Sydney in 2002 and our eldest son had just completed Yr 6 ( the last year of Primary School in NSW ). We were so worried about moving him away from all his friends. He ended up doing Year 7 at our local school and made loads of new friends. His transition to High School the following year was seamless.
    Sometimes the hardest thing is just coming to a decision. Now that you have reached a decision and the kids are comfortable with it – you can switch gears and look forward to it. Uncertainty and indecisiveness are the worst things.
    Glad you enjoyed a lovely weekend away.ReplyCancel

  • Thorael

    Hey, I tried clinking on the link, but it says page not found… Any help with this would be great =)ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    Don’t stress the new school thing. Drop the guilt. Now.
    A great education is much harder to get than a new best friend.
    My dad was a soldier – I had four different primary schools, two high schools. Every two years we were moving, schools, interstate, changing countries we lived in even. And most of my school friends would be doing the same. I would miss them, yes, but I learned valuable lessons in independence and making the most of each day that we did have together. In these days of phone calls not costing half a week’s wage, Skype, emails, Faceworld…and even the good old fashioned letter in the post, your children won’t have to leave their old friends completely behind, they can still keep in touch if they want to. If you don’t sweat it, they won’t. In fact they’re probably already showing much more resilience than you!
    You have to learn to easier on yourself Kat. Show yourself the same love you show us! :)ReplyCancel

  • Looks like you had an amazing time and obviously just what you all needed :)
    I was sent to a different high school to all my friends. I thought my parents were evil. Especially as I was being sent to the private school all us state primary school kids made fun of in their strict uniforms! Humiliation! However, today I am so happy to still be friends with the girls from primary school! In fact I am closer to some of them than ever and I’m almost 30 :)
    I am so glad my parents did this for me looking back. I made a whole lot of awesome new friends at high school and space from the cliques of my primary school really helped me bloom and blossom and come into my own (and all those clichés).
    Follow your gut and I bet you’re doing the right thing xReplyCancel

  • Karen

    I understand your anguish about school. We are lucky at our children’s school, it goes from prep to year 12. In primary school myself and my two beasties went to three different high schools, but now 34 years later we are in three different locations in QLD, but we still keep in regular contact. Which has become easier over the years due to emails and facebook. Cherished friends will stay with you foreverReplyCancel

This is a guest post by Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts A couple of weeks ago, Katrina shared my Project Life organisation on her Facebook page. It sparked many questions about what actually is Project Life and how to do it, so Katrina asked me to share a bit more about Project Life and what […]

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    Love the Project Life Album just went to purchase over $100 worth of stuff and then it said “Sorry we dont ship to Australia” – very disspointingReplyCancel

    • AlyceB

      Yes, that is the biggest pain about the Project Life organisation! Spotlight sells a lot of the basic stuff, as do other Australian scrapbook stores, especially online.ReplyCancel

    • Danya Breman

      Teanna I buy from Crafthouse. It’s based in New Zealand and used to be the only way we could get PL :) I just ordered a few days ago. Spotlight and some other shops now sell in Australia I believe. Check out Crafthouse :)ReplyCancel

  • TrinaR

    WRMK also sell albums and similar photo inserts and are readily available in Aus. The albums are very good quality too with many colour options.ReplyCancel

    • AlyceB

      Oh boy, when we move back to Australia, I can’t wait to get supplies so much more easily!!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Lote

    I’ve only just seen these thanks to this blog! I’m going to ask for them for my birthday….even if it isn’t until September >W<.ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Kia Please note this giveaway is now closed, the winners are C Buchtmann from NSW, L Gaeta from QLD and L Mineo from Victoria congratulations ladies I am really looking forward to visiting your homes! Recently I mentioned I would love to give myself away for a day, to help those […]

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  • Mary

    Amazing! That’s so generous of you :) I’m going to go home to take pics and enter IMMEDIATELY!! lol, thank you so much for even wanting to come out & personally help 3 of us :)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Jenkin

    Such a fantastic competition! So generous of you and Kia! I would love to enter, but we’re currently building and living with my husbands parents while we do. I have loved reading your blog since discovering it a few months ago. I’m already storing ideas for when we get to move into our new house! Keep up the great work. :)ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Joyce

    What an amazingly generous prize. Pity you can’t come out to NZ to help me :) I’m loving your blog and have suggested my friends and family check it out. I discovered it about 2 weeks ago and am presently catching up on all your previous posts.
    I’m a mum of 4 kiddies (7, 5, 4 and 18 months) and have never felt I was getting on top of my housework or organising our home. I have recently started a part time admin job (have been a full time SAHM since my first was born) and am feeling rather overwhelmed with family, housework, time management – life in general. I’m hoping I will find more useful posts on your blog to help me feel more in control.
    Looking forward to reading more of your great tips and advice, and implementing your ideas :) keep up the great work xxReplyCancel

  • Robyn Robson

    Not sure if my entry went through? After a couple of minutes it said “unable to establish connection” or something like that. Do I need to redo?ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Antolovic

    I did my entry for your organising competition on Sunday but I got a message saying your message has been sent redirecting you and then the little circle thingy just kept spinning and then timed out. Do I need to resubmit it again? I hate to miss out on a chance for you to come help me organise my craft roomReplyCancel

  • Megan

    Entered!!!!! Oh boy do I need this sort of thing. It was just hard picking an area that needed attention but finally narrowed it down to one that would be more productive. Just before I saw this competition I was trying to sort out a solution to this problem area of my home so hopefully it was meant to be. Good luck everyone. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Divya

    Just submitted my form! I think it’s wonderful that you’re taking time to help 3 (lucky) readers! It’s very kind of you! Now, keeping my fingers crossed :-) Good luck everyone!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Sante

    I’m so sad that Canadians can’t join in!! Maybe next time??? :0)

    I LOVE getting your daily e-mails – with 6 girls the tips are VERY needed some days!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen Brookes

    I wish Canadians could be a part of this! I love your blog and your daily e-mails! Being a new stay at home military wife comes with it’s own duties and your blog has helped me stay motivated and keep organized. Thank you!
    PS the new Soul looks so much nicer than the previous model! Thanks for posting pics!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael

    Entered. I have my fingers tightly crossed. I am in desperate need of your help. Good luck everyone.ReplyCancel

  • […] so excited today I am visiting the 1st winner of the Kia ‘Win The Organised Housewife for a Day’ competition.  So that means I have to be very organised and well planned these school holidays, […]ReplyCancel

  • Angela Woodall

    Congratulations to the winners! I’ve been trying to find out who the winners were for days. I thought I must’ve missed the post announcing it, but couldn’t find it anywhere until now. On another note, I’ve just printed up my Mac calendar to keep track of all the things we want to do these holidays along with my work and other commitments. I’ve also written the kids wish list on it in the blank space at the bottom and top as I had no hope of remembering what they were and the exact dates. It’s the first time I’ve felt it necessary. Funny how I’ve now also just seen yours and it’s similar.ReplyCancel

  • […] I travelled down to visit Claire from Penrith NSW, who was the first winner of the Kia Australia ‘Win The Organised Housewife for a day’ competition.   Kia Australia are helping my dream of being able to help a few of my readers to […]ReplyCancel

  • […] that they have given me a the opportunity to visit the homes of 3 readers who each won the  ‘Win The Organised Housewife for a day’ competition.  Sometimes our homes and clutter become so overwhelming that it’s a struggle […]ReplyCancel

  • […] I visited the final winner of the  ‘Win The Organised Housewife for a day’ competition, Leeanne, hubby and six kids, from Melbourne, Victoria. With thanks to Kia […]ReplyCancel

I was asked recently by a reader if I could put all the quotes that I share on facebook and in the newsletters into one blog post, as an easy reference to refer back to when she needs a little inspiration.  I thought it was a fantastic idea, please find below the inspiration shared during […]

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  • midnight dog

    Wow! So quick! You’ve made me so happy – i love having a beautiful page like this to refer to!ReplyCancel

I’m not a huge fan of walking around the shops, but I do enjoy online shopping, looking at all the pretties, homewares, gorgeous dresses etc.  Life sometimes gets too busy and shopping online helps when you have 5 minutes spare to quickly buy a gift or something for the home.  However, when I find a […]

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I’m not a huge fan of walking around the shops, but I do enjoy online shopping, looking at all the pretties, homewares, gorgeous dresses etc.  Life sometimes gets too busy and shopping online helps when you have 5 minutes spare to quickly buy a gift or something for the home.  However, when I find a […]

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  • MarissaBeautifullyOrganised

    Ooh love this idea Kat – I’ll be following along with this series :)ReplyCancel

  • Love the aqua wire baskets and the iphone cover! Lovely selection Kat.ReplyCancel

  • disqus_j8q6nZBQSZ

    the link for the mox-shoes isn’t working :(ReplyCancel

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

  • Kylei Denniss

    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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  • Soraya Sarcos

    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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  • Cassie86

    My daughter is 3 and is really enjoying learning her letters! We decided not to send her to kindergarten this year for social reasons but we still want to encourage her first steps towards education at home. I believe reading eggs is a wonderful and engaging way to help her take these first steps with phonics and letter recognition.ReplyCancel

  • Renata

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  • Amanda Byrnes

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  • Sharyn

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  • Tara

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  • Kathy

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  • Leeanne P

    My daughter would really benefit from reading eggs-she missed the school cut off age by 2 days this year so she is very keen to learn letters and words yet she is in Kindy for another year.ReplyCancel

  • rachel

    My daughter has just started kindy but has had to have speech therapy since she was 1yr old! The therapist has said she has caught up mostly but she still struggles a little with saying her letter sounds. I know this is going to make it harder for her to sound out letters and words and learn to read. Reading eggs will provide her with extra support in a fun and engaging manner to ensure she doesn’t fall behind due to her struggles- and all the while she will think she is playing games! :)ReplyCancel

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  • Carly Carroll

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  • Caroline

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  • Sally

    As one of the youngest in his kinder class, reading eggs will give my son an extra boost to keep up with his peers and keep up his self-confidence and love of learning!ReplyCancel

  • Christine

    We’d love to win a subscription to reading eggs. Why will it help my child read? He is a visual learner and reading eggs is set out so beautifully. Boys are often reluctant readers so I think reading eggs will give him confidence and help to instill a love of reading.ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Reading Eggs could help my daughter as she has a great imagination, books and reading would just make that magic grow!ReplyCancel

  • 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

    My son Archie has just started Prep and I believe reading eggs would be the perfect program to help him recognise letters and build strategies which will ultimately lead him to learn how to read.ReplyCancel

  • 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

  • Nicole Kent

    ‘Reading Eggs’ for little miss 4
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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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    Using fun stories, games and song
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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

  • Martin


  • 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

  • amanda

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

  • Marjorie

    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