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I have just celebrated one year of not drinking any softdrink!!  I was addicted to Coke, I could easily of had between 2-4 cans a day. I have had a sip or two in this time of lemonade and I twisted my face and passed the glass back each time, it was far too sweet.  Now […]

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  • Julie Mell

    You look fabulous ReplyCancel

  • Andy Painter

    I gave up coffee. I loved coffee but even the smell of it made me start to feel ill so I guess the body was guiding me. Keep up your excellent work!ReplyCancel

  • Hayley Kruger Gradwell

    I think you’re really Awesome!!!

  • Nina

    Hun, do not cut your fat intake. In order to lose more weight you need to eat more fat and cut bread, pasta, rice and potatoes altogether.

    Your exercise regime looks fine providing you get enough low paced cardio. Unbalanced ratio of high and low paced exercise can cause your weight to plateau.

    Try these and you will succeed!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thank you for the tip Nina, I’ll look into that. I can’t eat a lot of rice and pasta, fills me up too quickly, so that will be an easy area to cut out!ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    Oh Katrina – that is just a stunning photo of you. You’re smiling with your whole face. What a year you have had – congratulations !ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Naw thank you Julia, yes my dimples have come back too, they have been hiding for a few years!!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    Love the photo, you’re gorgeous.

    Good for you in kicking the soft drink. I never used to drink it but I do much more now than I ever did before. I think I will need to use you as inspiration!

    I love your blogs & really enjoy reading your email each morning. ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It was hard to mentally make the change Belinda, but what helped was knowing I am making a better choice for my body and future health. Create an alternative while you are giving it up, when you usually had a glass of softdrink change it to something else, I used sugar free cordial for a while, now it’s just plain water. It’s a good idea to not have it in the fridge or house at all, so there is no temptation. But the whole family on a detox until you are at the point that you know you don’t want it.ReplyCancel

  • Peta Sladden

    Congratulations on giving up coke. I have to admit I’m not the best eater but really don’t eat all that much. It is my addiction to cola soft drink that has put and kept the weight on. I found that when I drank more coffee I lost 11kg in four months and I am hoping that I will be able to cut down on the soft drink even more over winter as I will drink more coffee. Now my size doesn’t bother me but I would like to be healthier. So I do know how hard the addiction to coke is and hopefully this time next year my addiction to it will be gone. Thank you for making me remember it is possible.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Middleton Longstaff

    I think you have done amazing Kat. Have just sent you an email with an idea that might help. ReplyCancel

  • Yibba Yabba Mama

    Well done! I am so glad you are sharing your journey, it may just be the thing to inspire someone else to transform themselves to a healthy new person. Don’t be disappointed by the plateau….you look so great and so happy…what more could a woman want? ReplyCancel

  • Silvia Llorens Colongues

    To remember to take the vitamins, what I do is place them inside the Breakfast cupboard. I have a cupboard just on top of the coffee machine so in the mornings I go straight there and make coffee. I have the coffee, sweetener, jams, honey, tea, cereals, etc. All that we need to start preparing breakfast. So I see the vitamins straight away and take them with my breakfast. If I don’t see them I forget just like you! Congratulations! You’re an example for us!!!ReplyCancel

  • Well done Katrina! My sister had the same issue and now she drinks a lot of soda water instead. And well done on your weight loss too!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thanks Lorraine!! I had some fizzy water the other day, ooh it was horrible, plain old normal water is all I need!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    That is an amazing job Katrina, give up the juice as well and all fructose (except fruit) but eat the full fat foods as they have less sugar and fill you up quicker therefore eating less. I have read the David Gillespie books and is so easy to do and you will feel amazing and have so much more energy. Basically anything with more then 5grms of sugar to every 100grms is not allowed, except for diary, you have to add 4.7 grms (total 9.7grms / 100gms) to allow for luctose. Good luck with your last few kgs.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thanks Sally, the juice I have is homemade, nothing but pure fruit and ice, so good!!ReplyCancel

      • TDMJ

        Sally is right on the money :) I’ve recently given up sugar, which I thought I’d NEVER be able to do – and it really wasn’t that hard – like you Kat, now, if I touch anything that’s been sweetened, it revolts me. It actually feels like I’ve made a huge difference for not that much effort!?

        Juice isn’t great, even if it’s home made – sure, it has some nutritional value, it’s still so much sugar, which can cause a blood sugar spike and make you crave more sugar!!

        Some other ideas, in case they’re helpful?

        * eat the whole fruit – your absorption of the sugar is slowed by all the water and fibre;
        * make vegetable juice with just a little fruit added until you get used to the taste.

        Good luck Kat, you’re doing an amazing job and I’ve no doubt you’ll get there 😉ReplyCancel

        • Katrina

          Thank you, I have been meaning to make more green juices, they are filled with the veg like you suggest 😉ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    I’ve been addicted to diet coke for about 15 years. I tried giving up or cutting back several times, but never lasted very long. For some of this time (including most of last year) I was drinking up to 4 litres a day!

    In April I had to have blood tests done and my liver function test came back ‘abnomal’. I was told in no uncertain terms to stop drinking diet coke. I did some research (something I’d never done before because I just didn’t want to know!) and was horrified by what I discovered soft drinks, especially diet soft drinks, do to our livers!

    In the last week of April thjs yearI was ‘down’ to 1 – 1 1/2 litres a day. On Sunday May 4th I had my last bottle of diet coke. I have one or two cans of full sugar softdrinkReplyCancel

    • Jo

      a week now, usually Friday night after work. I’m not game to have diet coke – it hasn’t been very long and I don’t want to fall off tbe wagon again. The withdrawals this time were enough! Don’t wanna do that again!ReplyCancel

    • Jo

      Stupid phone! keep hitting submit when I’m not ready!

      Well done Trina. You are looking fabulous xoReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        LOL, calling me Trina, I just realised who Jo is (only my family call me this name :) this is my cousin!!!). Jo I am so so proud of you as I know you have tried to give up before and reading about your withdrawals. I had horrible headaches, but honestly looking after your health and increasing your energy levels makes it all worth it. Love ya xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That’s awesome Jo, nearly a month with no Diet Coke, that is an amazing achievement considering how much you had regularly. I am so proud of you. Continue with it, it’s a personal goal for you to reach 1 year and it’s such a milestone, you won’t be bloated and you will have so much more energy, I’m so excited for you!!!ReplyCancel

  • Carly

    My cousin is an amazing dietician and her advice is to change up the exercise regularly to ‘shock’ your body as it becomes conditioned to the regular exercise you do. If you normally run, try cycling for a couple of weeks or incorporate some heavier weights into your resistance training. You look absolutely amazing so please don’t be disappointed with a plateau, you are so much better off than you were this time last year and you’ll be even better off this time next year :)ReplyCancel

  • Ashley

    Kat I think you have done amazing and looking so well. I have just sent you an email with an idea that I think might help.ReplyCancel

  • Susan

    Well done Katrina. My brother has lost 60kg in the last year and has become a runner. Read a bit about the sugar as suggested by some other readers it’s not really as painful as it sounds, it does require a lot of noticing what is in things though. Weight loss is about 80% related to what you put in your mouth and 20% to exercise. I personally exercise to maintain my mental health.
    Good on you. Keep going.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That’s right Susan, I think the exercise is also just as good for the mind as well, I love getting out and exercising now 😉ReplyCancel

  • Anne-Marie

    Many people say they eat healthy but don’t look at portion size. Get on to one of the calorie counting websites and workout how many calories you are truly consuming vs what you should be eating. Fruit in particular is good for us but if you are juicing the fruit you could be having many more serves than you think. Look for the hidden calories in your diet and you will soon be on your weight loss journey again.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes, I have been told to use My Fitness Pal to help track the calories :)ReplyCancel

  • That’s awesome Kat! You look fantastic and that’s such a hard habit to break. Well done xReplyCancel

  • Renee

    Kat, you have done an amazing thing with your life, remember to be kind to yourself and in all honesty don’t get too hung up about those last kilo’s. I’ve lost almost 30kg, it’s taken me 2 years, I’ve always struggled with my weight, but slow loss is good loss from my experience. The last 2 months I’ve had a bit of a blow out (Easter, I got married, I had a hand injury & couldn’t weights train etc etc), I was expecting to get on the scales & just cry, instead, yes I have put on just under 2 kilo’s, but I was actually pretty excited about that. WHY? Because it means I’ve re-trained my body, I haven’t starved it, I automatically portion my food for my requirements without even thinking now. I couldn’t be more THRILLED!

    I’m back into getting those 2 kilo’s back off (& hopefully they’ll take a few extra friends with them…lol…).ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thank you Renee, your right, I need to be kind to myself, but I do know that I have it in me :) You have done so very very well in your journey, 30kg is an amazing effort I can just imagine how different you feel… and for the better. Do you know I didn’t eat any Easter eggs over easter, no desire!!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    Huge congratulations Katrina, you are looking fabulous and have so much to be proud of.
    I agree with the comment about eating more fat – as long as it is animal fats, ie butter, lard (beef dripping or pork lard for example), cream. coconut oil is also wonderful and it’s good to cook in as the quality and structure of the oil is not destroyed by heat.
    As a family (my partner, myself & our 3 children for medical food intolerance reasons), we have given up all grains, starches and sugar, so no rice, wheat, sugar, potatoes or starchy flours such as tapioca or arrowroot. and we have increased our animal fats, cutting out all vegetable oils. My partner lost 15kg in a bit over 2 weeks and is now steadily losing a little more each week. I lost another 5kg in that 2 weeks after hitting a plateau with my weight loss and I’m now maintaining my weight. Losing a few more kgs would be nice but that’s purely to bring me under my pre-baby weight and fit back into a special dress I wore not long after meeting my partner :)
    As a side note, my children are happy & healthy and thriving on the eating plan.
    You don’t need to give up the yummy baked goods either. there are some wonderful delicious Paleo recipes around that would be perfect for you.
    here’s one I’m sure you would love:
    FYI – Flanneries is a good source for the chocolate 😉ReplyCancel

  • Let me congratulate you too, Katrina. That’s great achievement. And I know that amazing feeling of being proud of yourself as well. I used to smoke too much when I was younger, but now I haven’t had a cigarette in 6 years!

    Keep up the spirit and good luck in your next task!ReplyCancel

  • Hi,That nice post TksReplyCancel

  • Deanne Shannon

    You are really inspirational Kat. I have tried several times to give up Coke and I go good for a little while and then something happens and I go straight back to it. I turned 40 this week an have decided that I am going to get back on track and hope to loose 25kg ideally in 6 months but realistically 12 months. My goal is to go in the mothers day fun run next year and just to declutter my whole life finances, house, weight etc to be the best version of me. On my 40th birthday invitation I had a photo of me 18 years old and friends who hadn’t known me back then didn’t believe that was me and then I heard my hubby say yes that is the woman I married. I would love to give him back the woman he married. So I am sitting here drinking my last bottle of coke not for a short while this time forever. Thank you for your blogs advice and guidance I really enjoy all of it and feel like I am talking with friends when I talk to you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I’m so excited for you Deanne, this is going to be such a positive change for you and will improve your health so much, you may get another 40 years!! It’s tough giving up the soft drink but be very very in that first week, then the next week won’t be as hard and by the end of that fortnight you will be so proud of your achievement and the desire should be gone. Have an alternative on hand for the cravings, I used sugar free cordial as my alternative in the beginning, but now I find that too sweet and am just happy with water. Wishing you all the best and a very big Happy Birthday!!ReplyCancel

  • Hi! Im kristine from the Philippines today is October 9, 2015 and exactly this is my 365th day of not drinking softdrinks or sodas. And Im happy and grateful for reading your post Katrina. At first it was very hard because I really like the taste of softdrinks. But when I set my goal Ive been dedicated dnd I discipline myself coz I always visualized after a year of being a healthy and I do believe that my story can inspire other people. If you are reading Katrina’s blog and my comment I thank you for taking time to read and get inspired. Happy changing lives! To God be all the glory.ReplyCancel is a fantastic retail market place filled with beautiful maternity, baby and children’s products.  With over 250 boutique brands to chose from, you’ll find everything you need for children including: shoes and clothes bedding, furniture & bedroom decor change bags maternity wear baby skin care toys, books & gifts and so much more. The super […]

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    Well done Finish Power & Pure, you’ve won over this (slightly less) Organised Housewife for sure :)ReplyCancel

  • Danni

    I’ve been using a different brand of tablet so was keen to see how Finish Power & Pure matched up. Although not recyclable, the minimal packaging is designed to store the tablets until you need them and they’ve reduced the level of phosphates too. I cooked a roast in a bench top oven, and after three hours of cooking the glass bowl had all sorts of baked on grime – perfect for this test. I placed it straight in without presoaking or scrubbing and let the tablet go to work. The bowl came out spotless! I think that speaks for itself.ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa McCallum

    I really put this product through the ‘ringer’. I have a family of 5 so we run the dishwasher every day. I must say, the product stood up very well.
    I ran it with a full cycle and it performed perfectly. Everything came out clean and shiny regardless of our poor stacking.
    I did a load with a lot of plastics and they came out clean AND DRY which is what we all love. No one wants to have to wipe dry anything that comes out of the dishwasher – it defeats the purpose of getting a machine to do the work for us!

    I also ran a load with pots, now to my surprise they came out better than I had expected. With previous brands, I had always been left a little disappointed. This time they were clean and shiny as opposed to just clean and I mean ‘just’.

    I also ran the product through a quick-30 min cycle (although this isn’t preferred I know – I read the packaging) but it’s how I would need to use the product in our house and once again I wasn’t disappointed.

    It’s a great product 5/5.ReplyCancel

  • Christine Penco

    I found them to work better than the otherReplyCancel

  • Chelsea De Luca

    I first used the tablets in a regular load and happily noticed they did as good a job as my usual detergent. However, my husband pointed out that we rinse our dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. So we decided to try them without rinsing first. I was rapt to find all dishes and glasses were spotless.
    Third time lucky- we put in all of our saucepans, a lasagne dish, dried soiled plates and some stained coffee cups. Wow! The girls were wondering why Mummy did a happy dance in the kitchen!!! Amazing!!
    Definitely recommending them to friends.ReplyCancel

  • Christine Gleeson

    I absolutely love the idea of less chemicals in necessary products such as dish washing tables! I could not survive without my dishwasher. Thanks to Finish Power & Pure, there is now a brilliant product on the market that uses less chemicals and continues to strive for excellence ~ a fantastic result! My dishwasher is sparkling clean and so are all my dishes. I am always on the look out for chemical free products as I am mindful of the impact they have on our environment. I love receiving my Organized House Wife tip every day ~ it’s a fun way to keep on top of mundane chores here at my house! Thank you for your wonderful emails and for bringing this new product Finish Power & Pure to my attention ~ it’s a winner in my book! I will purchase this product in future for sure. :)ReplyCancel

  • beck jinnette

    Loved the new finish tablet. Great ssmell. Noticed dishers dryer and best of all no residue left. They stood up great to test. Even getting my bake on lasagna dish sparkling.

    Thanks heapsReplyCancel

  • Di Thompson

    I was one of the fortunate to receive the new Finish Power & Pure. I must say I am impressed. I had always used Finish Quantum but recently tried a new product out and was very disappointed in the results. I have recently started having Green Smoothies everyday in an attempt to get my 5 serves of fruit and vegies every day. I like to put my blender parts and smoothie cups in the dishwasher, as I do with most of our dishes and pans. The other company’s product left my dishes with a fine gritty residue. I cleaned my dishwasher thinking that may be the problem, but it still persisted. No such problem with the Finish Power & Pure though, all gritty residue is now gone. Thank goodness. I do not have time in my day to do hand washing of dishes these days.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Saggus

    I put everything in the dishwasher, dishes, pots, pans, blender, cat bowls, tupperware, lock n lock, dishcloths and toothbrushes!!

    I use my dishwasher everyday and I definitely think the Finish Power & Pure are hands down the better buy.

    I am all about using less chemicals so they are dead-set winner for me.ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    Finish Power & Pure is a huge improvement on Finish Powerball Classic. Not only does it have less chemical, it actually cleans better! No half dissolved tablets left in the machine after the wash and no need for rinse aid. Even plastics wash and dry well with no powder residue. I assumed popping plastics onto the dish rack to dry was the price I had to pay for using a dishwasher – boy was I wrong!
    The tablet was too big for my dispenser but popping it straight into the machine worked a treat. Definitely on my shopping list.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Kriss-Newell

    With some reservations I tried these new Finish Quantum Power and Pure Powerballs. Conclusion, I’m impressed. Definitely standing up to its claim of ‘tea stain removal’. For big coffee drinkers this will really cut back on scouring those mugs. Upon opening the door, no odour’s emitted, just warm steam. Giving it a real workout, leaving mashed potato leftovers in the bowl. Voila – all clean. Another clear observation, glass wear is left sparkling, a phenomenon I’ve not experienced before.

    Final Conclusion: A+ vote from me. Will definitely buy in the future for ease of use, containing less chemicals, great cleaning power.ReplyCancel

  • Janice Campbell

    I am surprised at how clean the Finish Quantum Power and Pure Powerballs actually worked. I normally soak my casseroles dishes overnight but decided to put them in the dishwasher to try with Power and Pure, great result, found the dishes also dried better. Did have a couple that didn’t ejected properly however they still did a great job.ReplyCancel

  • Alyce Golby

    I was pretty excited to receive this package as I’d heard great things about the tablets. I normally buy a cheaper powder for the dishwasher but after using these tablets, I’m seriously considering making the switch. Having two young kids who go through at least a load of dishes a day it is important to me to not use so many chemicals, especially because I put my sons bottles through the dishwasher. I found the smell of the dishwasher to be quite fresh instead of the chemical smell I’m used too. Great product & one I will be recommending to my other “mummy” friends!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Barker

    I was chuffed to get an opportunity to trial Finish Power & Pure. My first impression was the smell – clean and fresh; not chemically. My husband was excited about the dissolvable wrappers (he’s an engineer – it’s all about small details). I was sceptical about the tablets’ performance but I was… surprised. No need to rewash baking dishes or utensils to remove the last bits of gunk. Win! The dishes also looked and felt cleaner. I still have a mega box of “other” tablets; I’m doing some maths to countdown how long before I can buy more Power & Pure!ReplyCancel

  • Sammy

    I lived with an unused dishwasher in our house for 7 years, until some smart person pointed out it would actually SAVE water to use it. I am now a complete convert and love my dishwasher! I usually hand wash any bigger items (saucepans etc), and anything that has been ‘baked on’ but thought I’d really put the Finish Power & Pure to the test. I wasn’t disappointed! There was never a dish that had to be re-washed, everything was spotlessly clean. I think most importantly they are using less chemicals and the powerballs are not individually wrapped. A win for humans and a win for the planet!ReplyCancel

  • Suzette McGuire

    Thankyou so much for the generous sample of Finish Power and Pure. It has been a godsend!!! Not only because it leaves our plates, pots and cutlery spotlessly shiny but most of all….my husband was so excited about getting a free sample sent that HE PACKED AND UNPACKED THE DISHWASHER!!!! Hallelujah!!! ThankYOU Finish :-)ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    I was excited to see my Finish Power and Pure arrive in the mail, however skeptical because I wasn’t sure it was going to be any better than any other product out there. Well I’m happy to say I was wrong. The first test was my slow cooker bowl which had been bubbling away with a beef casserole all day. Usually I handwash this as it will always come out with food residue stuck to it and need to be finished off with a handwash, but it came out sparkling clean, as did my pot that had rice caked on the bottom! Although I think the most impressive improvement I noticed that all my dishes came out dry (this is not always the case with my current detergent) and my glasses had no watermarks on them – this was the best bit for me. Thanks Organised Houswife and Finish for letting me test the Finish Power and Pure tablets.ReplyCancel

  • susan

    I found Finish Power & Pure really good. It has a very pleasant fragrance without all the harsh chemicals. All my dishes pots and even baked on pots came out sparkling. Their was no residue left on items like other products do and no streaks which is great to see. Will defiantly recommend and have also brought some more.ReplyCancel

  • Bree

    Prior to trialling Finish Power and Pure, I was buying dishwasher tablets in bulk. After cooking the organised housewife’s choc caramel slice recipe, chocolate topping was truly stuck to the saucepan so it was great to see Finish Power and Pure only took one wash to remove the set chocolate residue (must be the power of oxygen similar to advanced laundry agents). For normal use I can continue with regular dishwasher tablets but would recommend these for tough one wash pot, pan and tough baked on food where it saves water, time and money using Finish Power and Pure instead.ReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    Baking dishes with baked on grime
    Are too much to endure
    Sceptical, although I was
    I trialled Finish Power & Pure
    The fresh and gentle scent
    Delighted me from the start
    But it was the single cycle cleaning power
    That really won my heart!

    Finish Power & Pure has granted all my wishes
    I’ll no longer hand scrub food remains
    Off stinky, grimy dishes!

    The switch to Power & Pure doesn’t take much nouse
    As I already use natural cleaners
    Through the rest of the house

    With sparkling results, plain to see
    This is the new dishwasher tablet for me!ReplyCancel

  • Annie White

    I started this trial a little sceptical and ended as a convert! I was so incredibly impressed with the results when using Finish Power & Pure dishwasher tablets. Everything came out sparkling – even the 2 day old casserole dish! I’m convinced the dishwasher was cleaner too.

    The trial inspired me to run a chemical detox for my home and family simultaneously.
    We’re now all a little healthier, cleaner and leaner. Thank you for the opportunity and inspiration, my whole family has benefitted and we’ll continue to enjoy the long-term bonus of reduced chemical use.

    Added to the shopping list!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    I was excited to be given the chance to try Finish Power and Pure. The dissolving wrapper is great – no detergent on my hands. It worked as well as, actually probably better than my regular detergent, even with casserole dishes, pots and pans. Everything came out lovely and shiny, smelling fresh and leaving the dishwasher clean too. I loved the opportunity to further reduce the chemicals I use at home. It is great for my family, as well as my environment – particularly important where we collect and dispose of all the water that we use. Thanks Finish and Organised Housewife.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    The dishes are still dirty and its past 7.30!
    With a family of 5, there’s nowhere for them to hide.
    There’s no time for scrubbing, my baby needs cuddling.
    The only way I can finish for sure, is to use my Finish Power & Pure.
    I don’t need to scrub not even rub.
    Finish makes my dishes sparkle and picks up every little particle.
    The baked on food is washed away, giving us all more time to play.
    No more white spot formations, like our spotty pet Dalmatian
    The dishes all come out dry, so the time unpacking surely does fly.
    I would recommend for you all to use Finish, and your time cleaning dishes will surely diminish.
    Thankyou Organised Housewife for introducing me, and freeing up time for this Mummy!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Chapman

    I was very excited to put the new Finish Power & Pure dishwashing tablets to the test, hoping fewer chemicals could still be tough on my dirty dishes.

    I loaded the dishwasher with the usual crockery, cutlery, and glassware then added my lasagna dish with plenty of baked on residue. To my amazement, everything came out spotless and shiny. Day after day dried up porridge was removed with ease.

    It really is true, a sparkling clean with less chemicals. I’ve been won over by the results and have made the switch. Better for the environment, better for my family.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Byrne

    Modern life seems to be a balancing act. As a mum I constantly have to juggle budget, efficiency, impact and time. After trialling Finish Power & Pure for a week I am feeling great about the product, it does what it says it will well and has the added bonus of being a better choice for the health of my family. I love a product that ticks more than one box and makes my life easier.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Spires

    Finish Power and Pure Quantum tablets are similar to other Finish Quantum products I have tried in the past, they have the same shape with a dissolvable outer layer and 3 sections of different coloured powders – I assume each with a different type of cleaning action.

    The cleaning action of Power and Pure is by far the best I’ve seen in any dishwasher tablet I’ve tried. Baked on food from casserole dishes and the slow cooker pot was all cleaned away.

    A problem I was hoping Power and Pure would solve has been grainy sediment often left in cups or on the undersides of bowls and plates. My hopes were realised and this has not been an issue in the week I’ve trialled Power and Pure.

    We have fairly hard water in Sydney which means rinse aid is a must to prevent spotting and promote drying so I was excited to see that Power and Pure has a “Rinse” action. However on reading the fine print I was disappointed to see that “Rinse Aid is still recommended”. That being said the amount of spotting on glasses, plastics and cutlery has been minimal and not in every wash.

    As a household we use minimal products for cleaning, hot water, soap, occasionally vinegar usually suffice for most messes but I have struggled to find a natural alternative that washes well for the dishwasher, while Power and Pure doesn’t quite fit the term “natural” it is nice to know that there are less nasties than in your average dishwasher tablets.

    Overall a good quality product that does what it advertises.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Thomsen

    Finish Quantum Power and Pure with its soft, safe scent is strong enough for every housewife’s worst nightmares: Husband created fatty fried egg frypans, three day old abandoned milk cups, the family roast pan, paint and papier mache spoons, bowls and so much more.
    Yet wrapper free, finish power and pure is still gentle enough for the crystal wine glasses, freed of wine, at the end of a busy night.
    Family life made easier with no rinsing required, spot free and shiny dishes every time.
    Thank you Finish Power and Pure for making this mother’s life simpler and safer.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Zois

    Finish Power and Pure is my new best friend. Have not had to rewash any dishes since using it. Even dried up egg came off! Love the fact that it contains less chemicals and that it doesn’t leave a strong fragrance on my dishes. Doing the dishes is so much easier, no rinsing, no rewashing and no meed to air out dishes after washing. Thanks for this opportunity.ReplyCancel

  • Erin

    I will admit, I was a bit skeptical. In my mind, when something says it is ‘chemical free’ or ‘environmentally friendly’ I straight away think it will do half the job. I know that for my family I should be more environmentally friendly and all but when I clean something I want to know that it has no chance of making my family sick.

    Using the Finish Power and Pure I found it not only cleaned my dishes it also broke down the hard to get off grubby ones like my oven dish that I use to make lasagna in. Definitely will be purchasing this in the future.ReplyCancel

  • Leah Mildenhall

    With scepticism I started in,
    The only bait, a prize to win.
    But shocked was I when all done washing,
    Plates, pots & pans, all clean and sparkling!
    Less chemicals is an enormous plus,
    Now the washing up chore isn’t a fuss!

    On a more serious note, I have loved using the Pure and Power tablets. Usually a change for the better requires a lot of effort, or a lot of added expense. Not so with Finish Pure & Power. Quite simply, these tablets gave a sparkling clean, and are a product I’ll continue to use and recommend.ReplyCancel

  • Annette Higgins

    I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to try Finish Powerball. I have fibromyalgia so not having to scrub dishes is a wonderful help in managing my pain. I had a quiche pan and delicate wine glasses come out perfectly clean after using the product. I love the finish of the dishes being so clean and dry. Love that it has less chemicals as I am sensitive to strong chemicals. So easy to use. Will definitely use this product in the future being so convenient and easy to use. Thanks to Finish and the Organised Housewife.ReplyCancel

  • Ange

    The Finish tablets definitely are powerful and pure! I loved not having to unwrap the tablet and everything came out wonderfully clean. I put it to the test with stubborn grime on items I would normally hand wash and it passed with flying colours! What a bonus to find a product that uses less chemicals and actually works better than it’s competitors.ReplyCancel

  • Nicola

    As a full-time working Mum of two life needs to run smoothly as much as possible. Not having to worry about doing the dishes is an integral part of this and I definetly don’t want to re-do dishes that have already been through the dishwasher. With Finish Power and Pure I know that every time my dishes will come out sparkling and def no need to re-wash!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Atwood

    I have always tried to use dishwashing tablets that were friendly to the environment and my children. My children are very sensitive to chemical and their smells. When I first used the Finish Power and Pure I was amazed at the smell from the dishwasher. It smelt clean and fresh. The dishes and glassware were clean and from from any slimy residue. I love that we can get a great clean with less chemicals. I have been sold on this product and will continue to use it. Many thanksReplyCancel

  • Clare Dorey

    I’d always resisted the temptation to try powerball products, not believing that they could really be that much better than powder. Your samples certainly proved me wrong! In the first 2 washes there was still residue left in my mugs, but subsequent washes really saw an improvement. Even my husband commented on the cleaner dishes and a much cleaner machine too!ReplyCancel

  • jackie Sutherland

    I’m lucky I have people (my kids) who stack and clear away the dishwasher for me (and if there is any muck still on them – they put them on the bench for me to wash in the morning)
    When we received the sample pack, I kept a tally of what I had to wash in the morning, and with that in mind I put everything I could into the dishwasher – and I’m pleased to say – I didn’t have to wash anything over the past week.ReplyCancel

  • J

    Fantastic product! Thanks for letting me try it. We eat a lot of eggs so I’m never without Finish quantum tablets as they are the only ones that clean properly (and clean the dishwasher too!). I do worry about chemicals though, especially in dishes as you are ‘eating’ any residue left on your plates, glasses etc. Fantastic that you have made a version with less chemicals!!! These seemed to work just as well! Thanks so much for the opportunity to try them, I’ll definitely be buying them.ReplyCancel

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  • Miranda Joy Noor Jannah

    I love that my mum is so patient and loyal, there for others without losing her own style :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa O'Keefe

    I love that my mum is willing to drop everything and come help me if I need her. Even though she lives 5 hours away.ReplyCancel

  • Selena Purdom

    She is MY mum, I love her as an equal, I love her style, her friendship, love and support. She is my very best friend. ReplyCancel

  • Maria Braund

    She supports my decisions 100%. I only live 5 mins away from her. If I get sick, she comes to my house to help take care of my kids.ReplyCancel

  • Ainslie Russell

    I know she loves me unconditionally xxReplyCancel

  • Kylie N Mitchell Woods

    Having fought breast cancer just 12 months ahead of my diagnosis with the same, she has pulled herself up by the bootstraps to support me through it too. My diagnosis was a real sucker punch that had her feeling guilty – for no sane reason! – and she has managed to overcome this and move on with her own recovery whilst giving me the support – and space – I need to get on with mine. Love her to bits.ReplyCancel

  • Gayle Richardson

    I love you Mum more than you know,
    I appreciate you more than I show,
    Always there through highs and low.

  • Donna Dwyer

    My mum doesn’t care what others think and does everything her own way – she used to give me drinks in teapots when I was a child!!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Grayda

    I have endometriosis and she has always been there to help me through, from getting things when I’m doubled in pain to pushing doctors for test to find out what was wrong, from looking after me daughter when I had to go into hospital for the diagnosis of endometriosis to coming over daily to change my bandages. Even now she will come over and see that I haven’t been able to do something, like the dishes, and will do itReplyCancel

  • Lisa Gray

    She stocked our pantry good and proper
    Cuddles and kisses were always on offer
    Her love and rules were sometimes tough
    But she made us ladies from diamonds rough.ReplyCancel

  • Tanya Clarke

    I love that my mum has always been completely honest with us. She says it like it is and has always given extremely helpful and informative advice over the years.ReplyCancel

  • Robyn Cooper

    What do I love most about my mum. Her love is unconditional and I think about her everyday and wish she could be with me. I love my mum and I know that she loves me and my daughter. The only thing is , is that my mum died many years ago but I am the women that she made me , thats what I love about her. I am her daughterReplyCancel

  • Miranda Noor Jannah

    I love that my mum is so patient and loyal, always there for others but not losing her own sense of style :)ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    SHE IS ALWAYS RIGHT! I used to hate this, but now I’ve come to love it.ReplyCancel

  • Jillian Ives

    My mum is the strongest, selfless and most patient person I know. She has survived cancer and manages to keep my sister and I in check all while being a Highschool Deputy. She is amazing!ReplyCancel

  • judi adams

    Mum taught me, my sense of style and image could be, ecelectic and not to be scared to reflect my personality, with integrity.ReplyCancel

  • Nerita David Harris

    even though my mum went through domestic violence when i was a kid, and ended up with bipolar, and still to this day struggles serveley with it, she is amazing. even though she struggles day to day with her physical and mental health she still puts us kids first. i have my very own daughter now and number 2 on the way and shes always here for us, and is the most wonderful nanna. shes proud as punch! ReplyCancel

  • Selena Purdom

    She is MY mum, I love her as an equal, I love her style, her friendship, love and support. She is my very best friend.ReplyCancel

  • Melisa

    I love that we are so similar. We look the same and think the same. :)ReplyCancel

  • karina l

    She’s always cooking my favourite food when I come home for dinner!ReplyCancel

  • Aliesha P

    I love that my mum has supported me through my own journey or becoming a mother at 19. She has helped every step of the way, she even married us & took my son home from Bali so we could have a honeymoon :)ReplyCancel

  • Emily Kuhn Linton

    I just became a mum after giving birth to my baby boy, so this is my first Mother’s Day. I love my mum. I now understand all the love, care, concern, laughter and tears that my mum went through. I now understand the meaning of unconditional love. Nothing gives you more love for your mum, than becoming a mum yourself! ReplyCancel

  • Ainslee Henderson

    I love that no matter what my mum is there for me when I need her! Even though we don’t live close to each other all she is, is a phone call away and there to support me. I hope I can be like that for my two daughters when they are adultsReplyCancel

  • Jane Frost

    I love that my mum is 100% reliable, always doing what she feels is best for us even if it’s hard for her. She and my father had a very difficult break-up when I was quite young. She was emotionally devastated by his behaviour. I had no idea because she never said a word against him. She only told me when I was almost finished high school and had my own traumatic break-up. She made me feel like I’d undergone a rite of passage and she could trust me to know the truth without destroying my relationship with my father.ReplyCancel

  • Anne Clayton

    As unfortunatley I don’t have my mother around anymore, my mother in law has ben nothing but fabulous. Although she can’t replace her, she is a special person & we would be lost without her…this would be the best way to say thank youReplyCancel

  • Kasey Evans

    I love how she’s such a strong, independant person who taught us that we can achieve and do whatever we set our hearts on in life & to follow our dreams.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Tulloch

    My mum has not only been there in every possible way but also has been the best grandmother for my children. Even through her cancer ordeal she always stepped up and helped through my wedding preparations and pregnancies.ReplyCancel

  • Tanya Moore

    My mum is such a blessing not only to her family but everyone she meets! Full of warmth, compassion and love. I would be truly delighted to be able to share this amazing gift with her.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Veljanovska

    Her huge heart she is always willing to help those down on their luck and always is able to see the good side of people. She is just incredible.ReplyCancel

  • Helga Grenkowitz

    My mum is always in a good mood; she is still very active despite her 81 years. There is no dull moment with her.ReplyCancel

  • Kim Maree

    I love my Mum. She has always loved me and she is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Robyn Hutchins

    My mum is my best friend, mentor and guide,
    She’s always been there for me, even when I’ve strayed far from her side.
    Now that I have 3 children of my own,
    I’ve appreciated her more and more as I’ve grown.
    She’s kind and generous, beautiful and caring,
    When it comes to her love she’s amazing at sharing.
    A mother among mothers, a true delight
    If I become half the mother she is, then I’m going alright.
    Happy Mother’s Day, Mum!ReplyCancel

  • Sam Santillo

    A kiss, a hug, her comfort and love.
    Shes proud, hard working , an angel from above.
    I will always be her little boy, she says
    as her hand lifts to my face.
    She is my world, although she cant remember…….
    She will be with me forever, and ever.
    I love that her cuddles turn troubles around,
    and then can get a spoon to chase me around!!
    My soul, my heart, my life….is my mother.

  • I haven’t had my mum for nearly 8 years and I miss being able to ask her stuff, family stuff like about grandparents that I never knew. I think I am becoming her as I get older and really like that.
    As a mum I am loving my 4 adult children and being grandma to their little people. I am particularly looking forward to my 3 granddaughters being flower girls for their aunty in June. It will be sooooo much funReplyCancel

  • Julia Noonan

    My mum is a strong and positive woman. She has always supported me and my brother and sister. We now have our own kids and she is a wealth of knowledge. She is always willing to babysit for us. She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis recently and is still self sufficient. She will eventually deteriorate which is part of the disease but has a ‘don’t lie down and die’ attitude. I hope I can be as stong and positive as she isReplyCancel

  • Cathy Stevenson

    Hospitality. .I only need one word for mum and that’s it. All her life everyone has had been welcome and invited to stay and eat. She is nearly 75 now and in October she is hosting my wedding. I’d love to take her shoppingReplyCancel

  • Rachel Santos

    My Mum is servant-hearted and such a hard worker – she homeschooled 4 children while taking care of our home and raising us to be responsible adults. She is now one of my best friends and she is always there for me.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Santos

    My Mum is servant-hearted and such a hard worker – she homeschooled 4 children while taking care of our home and raising us to be responsible adults. She is now one of my best friends and she is always there for me.
    Happy Mothers Day to all mums!ReplyCancel

    • Rachel Santos

      Oops – sorry for the second comment. I thought the first one did not work so I sent it twice. Please ignore the second comment.ReplyCancel

  • Sonya

    I love how she will do anything to help others – whether close family or complete strangers. Even when she was having chemo for cancer she kept offering to babysit my children for me or to help e out – of course I wouldn’t let her! – but it just shows how truly giving and selfless she is.ReplyCancel

  • Evelyn Lance

    She sees the best in everybody – ALWAYS.
    Whenever I go to my mum to pour out my troubles with this person or that (husband, kids, friends, co-workers), she always listens until I’m done, but then manages to turn the conversation to make me put myself in the other persons shoes -to understand where they may have been coming from. She will always remind me about all the positive qualities of that person and the situation. She makes me see how I could do better to improve myself, or to support the other person without judging and making it about who was right and wrong.
    She is a quiet, wise, patient, steadfast and strong lady.

  • Kristal Villis

    I LOVE that my Mum is so selfless, she has 9 Children & 7 Grandchildren (so far with more on the way), She always puts everybody elses needs before her own as everything she has done has been for all of us to make our lives better.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah McLeod

    I love that my mum, even though life has thrown her some pretty hard knocks has always managed to get back up, dust herself off and never stop providing for or loving us kids. She is pretty incredible.ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda duchateau

    My mum is patient careing and always puts others first and has been my dad career for a few years now.ReplyCancel

  • Emily Linton

    I just became a mum after giving birth to my baby boy, so this is my first Mother’s Day. I love my mum. I now understand all the love, care, concern, laughter and tears that my mum went through. I now understand the meaning of unconditional love. Nothing gives you more love for your mum, than becoming a mum yourself!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Gardner

    My mum is a caring wonfpderful lady many a night she sat up with me at home and in hospital. She is now 85 and had a heart valve replacement got throw that very well only to get pneumonia and spend 6 weeks in 3 different hospital. Two of them in Sydney away from family.ReplyCancel

  • Chrissy

    I love my Mum because she has ALWAYS been there for me. I admire her energy and generosity volunteering for various charities. Most of all I love watching my Mum play with my children. she’s always in the moment.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty Moses

    My mum has over the years struggled. . She has an eye disease that has csused her to become blind. She was attacked by a boyfriend when I was only 3 she has seen her husband go from a healthy man to extremely sick and die. Her sonbt (my youngest brother) was at the point of wanting to end his own life. Her new partner go to jail from a previous life mistake. All of this before she was 50.. through it all she has supported me and my brother and done everything possible to give us all the love and guidance she can give. She is an advocate for the disabled. She is a spokesperson for the seeing impaired and a loving mum, grandmother, aunt and friend. She is an inspiration to me and shows me that no matter what life throws at you, you can do it… live life to the fullest! I love herReplyCancel

  • Melanie Parisella

    I love my mum’s selflessness. She has put her life on hold in in order to care for her ailing parents. Her dad died in January from complications of Prisons disease and despite her grief, she is still caring for her mum who has alzeimers and helps me with the kids whenever i need it. She is amazingly strong and is always supportive. ReplyCancel

  • Corrie Pierce

    M-My mum saved me, O-Overwhelming me with love and support, T-Thoughtful and kind, always giving, H-Helping me and my family any way she can, E-Everything I aspire to be, R-Really deserves something special like this that I could never afford to give her!ReplyCancel

  • Beth Anderson

    I love that my mum is & always will be there to help me, no matter what. It doesn’t matter whether I need help with deciding on a pair of shoes or whether I need advice on parenting, she’s there. I also love that if we win the voucher from Sorbet, we’ll share the clothes too. I really do love everything about my mum! XReplyCancel

  • Karen Quinn

    My wonderful mum is now 82. She was a teacher and everywhere she goes, past pupils still greet her as a much loved local identity. She worked at her career through four children and inspires me everyday. She is my go to place when I need a shoulder and has supported me through the loss of my husband a few years ago. I love her so much. XxReplyCancel

  • Melanie Moran

    Even after 5 sons, my Mother-in-Law never gave up her femininity. She could finally spoil a daughter with gorgeous feminine gifts – I married her son!ReplyCancel

  • Marie Fox

    I simply just love my mum, I think she is beautiful, and sometimes the mother needs mothering. I love you mum your awesome . ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Grove-Zemars

    Every morning when i look in the mirror I see my Mum, i use to not like it but now looking at I see not only my mum but my nan who are both strong independent women who I cherish with all my heart. If I can be half the women they are I am a lucky girl… they always do it in style. My nan was always dressed beautifully and mum always said take a look in the mirror before you leave and take one thing off and you are now your dressed … Love them both… ReplyCancel

  • Karen Wilshire

    All my mothers group wish they had my Mum, I wish I could be the same wonderful woman that she is and want to do everything for everyone and put myself last, she is wonder woman! She is a strong, amazing, loving woman that deserves to have a shopping spree because she loves to shop but not more than my father who will be in that dressing room making her try everything on! :)ReplyCancel

  • Sharni Montgomery

    I love that over the years she has remained my advice giving, help offering, reliable Mum but with an added feature – my best mate. We talk daily. She will still tell me if my outfit needs a bit of an iron, or my hair a bit of a brush and maybe I should lay off the sugar.At the same time, we have become equals, friends, and confidants. I love that our relationship has evolved. I love that we get each other so much more each year that passes. And, I love when she cooks up a Sunday Roast when we visit, she is so damned humble about it “It’s a bit dry” “Dry! It’s the best meal I’ve had in a year!” Modest. Helpful. Unassuming. Beautiful. That’s my Mumma. ReplyCancel

  • Jody Buhagiar

    Her gentle smile . Unconditional love and prescence. She taught me well and the treasures she gives in life , Hope I do her proud with my own children.ReplyCancel

  • raji

    My mom is the most self dependant and easy going person
    . She knows how to make me laugh when I am upset .
    The most important gift she has given me is the ability to
    approach even the toughest situations with a smile . She taught me the secret
    To happiness . And now being a new mom myself I feel proud
    And confident and I owe it to my mom .ReplyCancel

  • Rowie

    I lost my mum 15 years ago but she continues to inspire me after all those years. I constantly think about how she used to handle situations and especially us kids. She was so diplomatic and kind, never had a bad word to say and was a great listener. She was my best friend and I miss her but aspire to be just like her in every way.ReplyCancel

  • Margot

    My mum has passed, but there is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about her. She was my confidant and motivator, and also my best friend. I struggle without her and miss talking to her enormously. It took me a long time to get it, but mum would always say to me ‘be different’! For her generation, mum was a very open minded and forward thinking lady. She taught me so much! One of mum’s passion was fashion, even right til the end. She always looked stylish and was also a creative seamstress. There was always a new recipe being trialled and always time for others. Sounds perfect doesn’t she? I know now she wasn’t but what I do know is that she always tried and did her very best in everything. Sadly she wasn’t here when my daughter arrived, so no sounding board for me as a new parent. I’m sure there would have been some wonderful discussions and perhaps debates about being a parent. Our daughter is a wonderful blessing and reminds me so much of my mum….she has most definitely inherited some of mum’s characteristics. Whilst a win would be very much appreciated, win or lose this has been a wonderful opportunity to share my wonderful mum with cyber space. I love you mum XReplyCancel

  • Deborah De Geeter

    I love my mum as she always puts others before herself. She is a caring, loving and positive woman and I love her so much.ReplyCancel

  • Kellie

    We lost my Dad five months ago, and although my Mum’s heart is broken, she solders on and provides love and support to the rest of us. She is a strong, brave woman.ReplyCancel

  • Selina

    I love that my mum doesn’t make excuses for who she is. She is a strong woman who unlike many women I know, refuses to be a doormat for her family. She’s a great role model for my sister and I and our daughters (and sons). Love you mum.ReplyCancel

  • Johanna kinsella

    My mum always makes me and her 9 grandchildren feel special. She supports and encourages me. She is the one I call first just for a chat. I love that one day I will look after her the way she looked after me and my 2 sisters.ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    My mum will turn 90 years old in July this year. She has really been through some tough times having lived through the Great Depression as a child, marrying during WW2 and having 4 children. My father was in the British Army and my mother was often alone as he was posted abroad after the war. He didn’t even see my older sister until she was 6 months old as he was serving in Korea. My father then became very ill with Bacterial Meningitis and a Cerebral Hemorrhage. He was hospitalised for 4 months. Our family then migrated to Australia as “10 pound tourists” in 1966. My mother was heartbroken to be leaving her family in England with the strong possibility that she may never see them again as air travel was extremely expensive back then. My parents worked really hard to buy a home and educate the four of us children. Mum didn’t even have a washing machine for YEARS! There were so many hardships – yet she always managed to hold things together. She has been widowed now for 26 years and still lives on her own in her little flat.
    I love my mum dearly for she has wisdom beyond anyone I have ever met and it is wisdom that spans generations. Even though she is now a great grandmother – she always has something positive to contribute (and if she doesn’t – she has the wisdom to hold her tongue).ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Miller

    I love my mum because no matter what I put her through growing up, she was always there to hug and kiss me good night, she still is. Love you mumReplyCancel

  • Janette Genner

    I love that my mum within 30 seconds of a phone conversation can always tell if something is up. Without hesitation she will drop what she is doing and come to my aid. She always puts family first – a motto I know follow.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Smith

    My Mum is an incredible mum and grandmother…when our youngest child was quite sick, she dropped everything to be with us and support us through a truly rough time, and has continued to do so willingly and lovingly :)ReplyCancel

  • Maria V

    Her twinkly eyes. You can see her wisdom, her knowledge, hard work and sometimes, pain.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Lavender

    My mum is ever so selfless , a kind hearted loving mother of five & wife of over 45 years , whom has always ensured the well being of others before herself. She guided us all to be honest, reliable and giving to others. However was happy to ensure others were fed, clothed and cared for before herself. I would treasure the gift of giving a quality clothing wardrobe as a token of thanks for a dear mum, nana and wife to my father.ReplyCancel

  • Jade Williams

    My mum is truly one in a million. She is such an inspiring an amazing woman – someone I truly look up to now that I am mother myself. ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Louise Codling

    My mum has always supported whatever decision I have made and has always been there for me. It was my turn to step up and take care of her for a while when she was ill and I have seen her transform back into the Mum I remember and now she is even better. Finally taking care of herself instead of everyone else, it’s wonderful to see her not stressed about everything. She deserves it.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberley Ashenden

    I love that my mum is always there for me, through the tough times and the good times, here to cuddle me, support me and my family. She is a strong loving woman who i love dearly. ReplyCancel

  • Kate Nicholson

    My mum is the strongest woman I know. She has worked incredibly hard to loose 50+kg and inspired me to live a healthier life myself. She is always there for me when I need help with my children all the while caring for her elderly parents. She is also fighting an eye disease that can not be cured and makes everyday difficult for her. But through all of this it seems she is never far away and is always there for her children and grandchildren, she is not only my mum but my best friend and this would be an incredibly prize to share with her.ReplyCancel

  • Lara Daebritz

    She repeats stories, can’t use her iPad;
    Muddles our names and nags poor Dad;
    Overcooks the veges, telephones at dawn;
    At family dinners, she’s the first to yawn;
    On my weight, she’ll comment and critique
    I absolutely adore Mum, cos she’s unique!

  • Laura Radford

    My mum always puts others before herself. Despite health struggles, she would always have more time for her children than anything or anyone else. She truly serves her family and shows them so much love despite all living in different cities.ReplyCancel

  • Joy Povey

    19 years on and I so very much miss my mum. I love(d) her because of her patience, gentleness of spirit, generosity of soul and a wonderful sense of humour. She was always there for me, especially after my marriage broke down and I started to raise 2 young daughters on my own. They are now in their 30s, and she would have been so proud of them, and would have loved to share the pleasure of 5 great-grandchildren with my dad who is still alive. If I could be half the mother she was, I would be ecstatic! Love you mum!! I want to hug you so much it hurts.ReplyCancel

  • Lara Daebritz

    She repeats stories, can’t use her iPad;
    Muddles our names and nags poor Dad;
    Overcooks the veges, telephones at dawn;
    At family dinners, she’s the first to yawn;
    On my weight, she’ll comment and critique
    I absolutely adore Mum, cos she’s unique!ReplyCancel

  • Robyn Robson

    My mum lives interstate and I don’t see her much, but when we visit it’s like I’m where I belong and she makes it so easy for my family to live out of suitcases in her goneReplyCancel

  • Cathy Houden

    If I could write an ad for the employment column in the paper about what kind of mum I yearn for it would go like this…
    WANTED: a patient, kind, selfless soul who always has time for the family no matter what pressures are calling. Must be always wise with a ready ear and willing tongue to dish out much needed advice. Diplomatic approach is best. Although not necessary it helps to be a nurse and master chef as well. Only enthusiastic and passionate females need apply.

    I’m so incredibly lucky my mum got the job!!ReplyCancel

  • Kerri Patterson

    My mum has always been a very steady beacon. You may not always see it or need it but it is always there if ever you do. Never judging or telling but listening and guiding.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Morley

    My mother and I have an unusual relationship as we moved in with my grandparents (who have now passed away) when I was very young and she really is more like an older sister. It is a long story though as I am more the carer for her now, but through all of our struggles I know that she loves me very much and appreciates everything I do for her.

    I wish that she could live with me full time, but we tried this a couple of years ago and as I work full time it was just too much and she really needs more assistance than I am able to give her. You see my mother currently lives in an aged care facility and we struggle with paying for this let alone clothes for her. She is relatively young at 72 and does like to dress nicely and loves to wear necklaces and clip on earrings as well, so to win this prize would help her with some new clothes which at this point in time she really REALLY needs and would help us out financially! :)

  • Renee Beliveau Johnston

    My Mother has empowered me with many opportunities to try sports, music, travel, many hobbies and a robust education. Most importantly took me how to cook which is now my chosen occupation. I am blessed to be able to chose what I want to do because she has empowered me!ReplyCancel

  • Renee Beliveau Johnston

    My Mother has empowered me with many opportunities to try sports, music, travel, many hobbies and a robust education. Most importantly she taught me how to cook which is now my chosen occupation. I am blessed to be able to chose what I want to do because she has empowered me!ReplyCancel

  • Tanya Klose

    I love my Mum’s energy. At 66yrs she is fitter than my 3 siblings and I and is always running around after her 10 grandchildren. Even through bowel cancer surgery and treatment 6yrs ago she still had more energy than all of us and went about her role helping run the farm as though nothing had changed. I would love to have half her energy and wish I was as good at being a Mum as my Mum is.ReplyCancel

  • Liz Bowman 'Shanahan'

    The fact that even though we live more than 2 hours drive away she’ll be there at the drop of a hat if we need her – even if it’s just a babysitter so we can go to the movies :)ReplyCancel

  • Lorraine Pitman

    My Mum has always been there for me. During my school days, teenage years, my marriage and then been there for my children, her grandchildren. She is now a Great Grandmother and it is my turn to be there for her as she struggles with life with alzheimers. She may not always know who I am but I will always be there for her. Love you heaps MumReplyCancel

  • Catriona Alison

    My mum is unique a one of a kind,
    she can’t cook but I don’t mind,
    shes good with technology and will always lend a hand,
    however you will never find her near the beach or sand.
    She makes friends with people in shopping lines,
    and enjoys catching up with them over a few glasses of wine,
    she is always there when I need a shoulder or an ear,
    and supports me though any fears,
    my mums the best, like no other,
    my children are lucky to have such a great grandmotherReplyCancel

  • Linda Myers Ellis

    My Mom has always been a Blessing to myself and the rest of our family. She has survived Breast Cancer and has came through rough situations in her life with always a positive attitude. Never has there been a problem I have had or my Siblings, where she has not been there for us. She loves God and is a Loyal Christian Lady. In the hard times I’ve had in my life, she can always bring up a positive… a way for me to look at my situation in a different lite and make me believe, everything will be alright. I love her so very much! She is 88 years young and still going strong. She has kept me having the faith and hope in me that I have today. You’re a Diamond Mom! ReplyCancel

  • Glenys Tristram

    The greatest thing about my mum is that she have never interfered in anything or made me feel bad about the mistakes I’ve made. I’ve made a few, but her unwavering love and support has been the greatest asset of my life.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Merrick

    I love that at the age of 59 after being a SAHM for 20years and then unemployed for 7 years my Mum went and got qualifications in disability care and has been looking after young disabled people who’s parents have surrendered them or just need a break. So proud. ReplyCancel

  • Vicki Lightfoot

    My mum has been gone for nearly 15 years, but if she was here, wish I could say I love her and didn’t realise at the time what an inspiration she was to us all, and how much she was there for me. Miss you. I am lucky to have a daughter that shares the same things as me like I did with my mum. ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey Roden

    My mom is loving and selfless. She works so hard and is always serving others. She spends her off day feeding the homeless at a park in Anniston and ensures her two daughters and her granddaughter have everything they need. The thing I love most about my mom though is her beautiful smile and laugh. We always have so much fun together. ReplyCancel

  • Emma Lawson

    My mother, my best friend, has taught me to be strong and independent, to embrace challenges as they come along. Always ready to step in a assist when we need help, yet lets us make our own mistakes and supports our decisions. Mum is always available for her 4 grandchildren when they need her. She truly appreciates the time she has with her baby grandchildren, knowing that these times are all too short, they’ll be grown before we know it. Completely hands on! We all love and appreciate Mama!! xxReplyCancel

  • Sara Newling

    My Mama always encouraged me to be an individual and to be proud of who I am. She taught me that as long as you are happy and confident about yourself nothing can stop you in life. If you are true to yourself doors will open and people will be drawn to you because your individuality makes you interesting and inspiring. My Mama taught me self love and I love her so much because of it!ReplyCancel

  • Jenni Williams

    There are many reasons why I love my mum but mostly I love her as she makes me stop and look at what is going on around me. Unlike me, my mum was a stay at home mum who didn’t work until we were at high school which means that she watched my brother and I grow up. She reminds me (although I don’t always like it) that life doesn’t have to be busy all the time.ReplyCancel

  • Meaghan Mulhall

    I love my mother’s loyalty and dedication to her family. She has stuck by my father through a horrific farm accident that has left him a quadriplegic and has kept the family farm running until they can sell it for their retirement. My Mum is the strongest person I know and my inspiration for working hard and supporting others. I know my mum would love some new beautiful clothes to wear as it is not very often that she can afford to buy new beautiful clothes for herself these days.ReplyCancel

  • Georgia O'Connor

    My mother is an inspiring and vivacious woman. She has worked hard her entire life to make sure I have the best life possible with a warm home, strong education and many wonderful experiences! My mother has always supported me in everything I have done. Even when she was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was seven, she would always put her family before herself. My Mum is a strong woman and we have had many memorable experiences together. When I was fifteen she took me to Europe just because she believes in living life to the fullest and taking every opportunity. My Mum has now been in remission for 10 years- she is the one person who has truly taught me that everyday is a blessing and the importance of being happy. My mum is highly respected in her work force and community. She has worked incredibly hard over the years as a children’s nurse in Greymouth and neonatal nurse at Christchurch Woman’s and the Royal Children’s hospital in Melbourne. She has done wonders for the youth and has helped many families. She has taught me the importance to be my own unique person and because of her endless support I have had the best seventeen years of my life I could possibly ever have!ReplyCancel

  • Abbie D

    Since the moment I bought my first home my mum has regularly tried to help me become more organised. The absolutely best thing about my Mum is how many “LAST time ever that I’m going to do this” that I’ve heard in the past 15 years!!! And she’s coming down again next week 😉 I’m pretty sure that one day we’ll come up with a system for each room that works. So far only my linen cupboard stays organised!!ReplyCancel

  • peta

    My mum has held our family together like glue. While dad worked hard when my brother and I were kids, mum kept the household running. Everynight at the dinner table she would serve healthy, delicious meals (you should open a rRestaurant darl), squerze fresh orange juice evrry morning for breakfast, and show endless love for us all. Only having sight in one eye never stopped hrr either – sewing ALL our uniforms and clothes, painting, creating – most people didnt even realise she had minimal sight! After leading a pure, organic, healthy life – hello breast cancer. Then hello rare disease in her “good eye” leaving her with 10% vision! Cruel blows, but she picks herself up and gets on with life as if nothing is wrong. There is just no stopping her. She still sews her own clothes – so would love to take her shopping!!! XxxReplyCancel

  • Amy Reinhardt

    My Mum is so awesome. I had our second daughter 5 weeks ago and she has been visiting regularly to help out with washing, ironing and anything else she can help with. She is a shining example of a strong Christian woman and is always willing to help out any of her 6 daughters, other family, friends and neighbours.ReplyCancel

  • Alanna Weaver

    Mum raised 5 children to the very best of her ability in what many would deem very difficult circumstances. To this day she is the glue that holds everything together. It would be nice to have the opportunity to see her being spoilt. She hasn’t had much of that. While her Mothers Day would be made by being surrounded by her children, being spoilt by Sorbet would be the icing on the cake.ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda Lockery

    I love that she knows I am my own person who makes sensible decisions and tries to help people out when possible and that she has always cared more about her children than anyone elseReplyCancel

  • Lisa Frankel

    I love that my mum loves and supports me unconditionally and that she accepts me for who I am and the decisions I makeReplyCancel

  • DJLS

    These are the type of questions that I disliked as a child. There are a number of reasons why I should love my mother…. but as she took her own life when I was 3 it is not a question that I can answer. But in saying that I want my child to love me and to do that I will be a strong, confident, uplifting and positive mother, one who can be called upon for hugs when needed, a sholder to cry on, an ear to listen and to pull up when wrong is being done… to show that you can be strong and stand up when it counts but that its also ok to fall in a heap and that I will be there no mater what and that is what i beleive a good mother should be.ReplyCancel

  • Jenn

    My mom always knew how to take a bad situation and make it fun – like “camping out” in the living room when the power went out – or telling stories when the car broke down and we had to wait on a ride :-)ReplyCancel

  • leigh

    I love our connectedness. From inside the womb my Mom and I were connected physically by the umbilical cord and even today when I look at my belly button I am reminded of that unique and fantastic picture of dependency. I love the way my mom always knows how to read between the lines and hear even what I am not saying. I love the way she knows me so well and cares for me so much. The evidence of her love is so securing and so comforting. My Mom has played such a massive part in the woman I am today. It is with such gratitude that I can say your connectedness and commitment to me has made her an exceptional Mother. A Mother of great worth. If I can be half the mother that she has been to me, to my children one day…..then I will have accomplished MUCH.ReplyCancel


    I love that even though I’m in my 30s and a mum myself now, my Mum can just make everything seem okay with a quick phone call (we live 6 hours apart). I love that even though I know she doesn’t always agree with my way of doing things she still supports me 100%.I’d be lost without my Mum. I also love that we are the same size and have similar taste in clothes so we’d totally rock that Sorbet wardrobe :)ReplyCancel

  • Joni

    I have unfortunately always had a rocky relationship with my mum but no matter what I really love how she taught me to be a survivor and persevere through thick and thin and that has made me the strong and resilient person I am today.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Leigh Davey

    My beautiful mum had me at a very young age even thou she was still learning herself she had brought me up by her self and may I say done a great job, she is always there fore me and my siblings, I love her very dearly and someone I can always count on ReplyCancel

  • Alexandra Harper

    I love my mum because her personality is so well-balanced that she is able to enrich my life and be everything to me in numerous ways – a nurturing mother, a caring best friend, a financial advisor, a life coach, a counsellor, a personal stylist, a comedian, a teacher, a cooking instructor, and an all-round enthusiast. Even though she doesn’t always tell me what I want to hear, a large part of the reason I succeed in my life is because of her guidance.ReplyCancel

  • Hayley

    My mum is so inspirational as a strong and independant single mother – if I turn out a tenth of what my mum is like I’ll be happy. She had a brain tumor that was hemorrhaging causing mini strokes. She had a minimal chance of surviving brain surgery, and if she did there was a huge chance of brain damage. Somehow she stayed strong and positive for us kids the whole time – survived the surgery and put herself through uni at 40! I’m willing to donate my share of the winning to another deserving mum so that my mum can win.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Brown

    My Mother was always there to help with baby sitting or just listening when I needed to vent. No longer here on earth I miss her support so much. I try to be like her and support our 5 adult children. My Mother will always hold a special place in my heart because she loves me no matter how imperfect I am.ReplyCancel

  • Letitia

    This is a very hard question really. How do you put into words and express the deep feelings you have for your Mother? I would hope that everyone had a great Mother and am deeply saddened for those that are not blessed with such a wonderful gift as a Mother. It is hard to think of one thing that I Iike most about my Mother as I am blessed with a beautiful Mother just like all the others that have posted before me. If I have to pick one thing it would have to be that she is always there for me. I mean really there……I get that “quality time” with her and have always got that all my life and always remember when I was young that I received more time than most of my friends did from theirs. From having that I have been able to ensure my children get “quality time” from me….. stopping……listening……hugging when needed even when I am busy and don’t really have the time I do make sure I stop……all thanks to my beautifful MUM xxxReplyCancel

  • kim

    I love that my Mum has been tirelessly looking after her mum for 13 years after her Mum had a stroke that made her high care in a wheelchair even though my Mum has given up her life to do it on her own completely. So selfless and lovingReplyCancel

  • Di

    I am so grateful for my mum’s generosity. She gave up four
    Months of work and time with my dad to come and live with, slave for
    And serve Me and my family when we had our twins and had 4 children
    Under 3 1/2. I couldn’t have coped if it wasn’t for mum.ReplyCancel

  • Sindy

    I love how my mum saves up her sick days to use when I am sick or in hospital instead, so she can be there for me, my boys, and my husband. She spreads herself thin between her 5 children and 12 grandkids, and loves doing things for others. It would be nice to be in a position to do something for her for a change.ReplyCancel

  • Annette

    I love my Mum cause she was so supportive and there for me even when I had struggles with my health. She has passed away from dementia in 2005 and I miss her heaps. I would have loved to introduce her to my daughter who was born in 2011.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    She doesn’t stop talking, but tells great stories
    She is excitable, but great at motivating others
    She’s always busy, but makes time for her family
    She always knows best, but gives good advice
    Love you Mum!ReplyCancel

  • Matilda

    I lov my mummy becos she buys me treets and loves me. From Matilda age 6ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Pierson

    I love my Mum’s sacrifice, strength and commitment to raising 3 kids, one with a mental disability, singlehandedly.
    I carry my Mum’s voice in my head – here’s some of her wisdom:
    “You can’t do it all, just do what you can”
    “One day at a time”
    “You can’t please everyone all the time”
    “Just take the next step”
    “Finish what you start”
    “You can get through this”
    Love that Mum voice! Love my Mum!ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    I love my mum because she gave birth to be and raised me in a loving home where we had lots of fun. At 64 she still works and has an abundant loving energy for the grandchildren.ReplyCancel

  • Monique

    My mum has lived through war, famine and neglect as a child. She migrated to Australia in 1952 to marry her soul mate ( my dad). They struggled and worked hard to build a home and together they raised us five kids. She’s always been a calm and happy soul in life’s stormy seas. She will be 80 in June. She has dementia now and lives in a great nursing home. Her face lights up when I visit her and she’s still the same calm happy woman I grew up with. I am deeply proud and honoured that she’s our mum. I am also blessed to have a daughter that has inherited some of these quiet calm traits. Thank you both for being in my life. Oh, and Happy Mothers Day Mum!!!! XoxoReplyCancel

  • Kay Harrison

    Sadle I lost me mum but I am very fortunate to have 3 beautiful daughter- in- laws who bring great joy to my life. We share the love of my 3 sons and 3 grandsons, we are building our own great memories and I feel very blessed to have these wonderful girls in my life.ReplyCancel

  • Kerry Dusablon

    I love my mom because she has helped out with the kids she’s keeps going even after the death of my fatherReplyCancel

  • Tessa Fenby

    Knowing I can talk to my Mum anytime means the world to me. She is always there to listen to my ramblings about life. She encourages, supports and loves. Like a lot of Mums, she rarely spoils herself so I think now it’s time. What more is there to say? I love my MUM! ReplyCancel

  • Dianne Cull

    Another sad Mother’s Day without my beautiful Mum. She strived to be the perfect Mum and I think she succeeded, always there for everyone no matter what they did or had done. She taught me patience, compassion and children should be respected just as adults should be. Show respect and it will be learnt and taught. A love for singing. I loved it when we would break out into a song in the kitchen she taught me how to harmonise. Thanks for the beautiful precious memories. I am a mother and soon to be a grandmother, I hope I am passing on her lessons.. ReplyCancel

  • Sabrina Blankley

    I love my mum because you was always there for me as a child, sacrificing her life and freedom for the good of my brother and I. Now having my own children I can understand the love behind those sacrifices!!ReplyCancel

  • April Thompson

    What I love most about my Mom is how she loves us. She has always tried to raise us to be loving and caring individuals. My mother can always see the good in everyone not matter what they do or have done. She loves me and my sister and our children with every ounce of her 5 foot 3 body. She is always there day or night. She does so much for us and for others it would be nice to give her something back.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Koch

    She doesn’t judge…in all my growing up mistakes I was loved and supported…as I still am now at 54… Thanks Mum for always being there! ReplyCancel

  • Jen Pritchett

    I love that my mum is always there for me. She so generous to everyone & just thinking of her makes me smile.ReplyCancel

  • Alex Marshall

    My mum is an individual who is strong & proud, she has worked mighty hard to get to where she is in both employment and personal environments. My mum has been super in my rehabilitation from numerous spinal surgeries & pain procedures, visiting in hospital daily despite working full time & living out of the city. On her hospital visits we love to shop online & talk fashion! I find my mum truly inspiring & she makes a big effort to take me out at least once a week (and we usually go shopping for some retail therapy). I love my mum!ReplyCancel

  • Nerys Lewis

    My mum is so much and more.
    I love her just for being her – no airs and graces and always there through the good, the bad and the ugly. I love how I can just pick up the phone or call round there if I need to or just want to :)
    Feeling greatful that my mum is still around xReplyCancel

  • Marie Louis

    My mum is my Hero in so many ways, she is been a widow in her 20’s never remarried. She devoted her life to make my better. As a child she always want to bath me, to her I never scrub myself enough. She enjoys doing it so I let her. Since I came to state over 35yrs ago. When ever I go to visit her she still does it. Now that she’s been battling Alzheimer’s she forgets lots of things. I last saw her in March last year she didn’t remember me much but the minute I went to take a bath it’s like something snap she just came over with a wash cloth and start scrubing my back. That moment meant so much to me I can even describe it . As her only child and a mother myself, now I understand her action. My heart was aching and heartfelt at the same time. I love her do much . Winning would mean so much to me specially now that she lost so much weight a new wardrobe would greatly appreciated. ????ReplyCancel

  • Kate Tallon

    The thing I love most about my Mum is that she loves me. No matter what I do, no matter what I say, I know she will never stop loving me and the security that knowledge gives me is unmeasurable.ReplyCancel

  • Susie Roberts sirolli

    My mum is amazing that really is true,
    There surely is nothing she can’t do.
    From childhood memories of trips to the library and lots of cuddles,
    To never stopping me from jumping in puddles.
    A role model for her 5 kids, a university degree and a working mum,
    There’s not a nursery rhyme or kids song that she can’t hum.
    These days we call her nanna as do her grand kids – all seven!
    For my kids a day at nanna’s is simply pure heaven.
    Lollies, icecream and gardening in the sun,
    Nanna’s house is always fun.
    For all these reasons I love my mother,
    She really is like no other xxxxReplyCancel

  • Kate

    My mum is the smartest, strongest woman I know. She is very hardworking often to the point of ignoring her own needs. She would walk over hot coals for us and her generosity knows no bounds. I love that she already has such influence over my 3yr old daughter, they have a very special bond- my daughter is a harsh critic so it’s amazing to see them together. It’s because of mum that I am who I am. Love that woman.ReplyCancel

  • kerrie rendina

    Though my mum is gone,
    she has left me with a legacy…..
    Mum to 13 children
    Devoted to each of us
    Quiet and gentle
    But strong as nails
    Unassuming and kind
    Unselfish and endlessly giving
    She has taught me how to be a good MUM
    and she always got the simple things right!ReplyCancel

  • Kristie Thomson

    Even when times are tough my mum always puts a smile on her face and is willing to help others out and put their needs before her own. She goes out of her way to make everyone smile and make sure they are doing ok. My mum is my role model and best friend and I hope that I will be as good of a mum as my mum is to myn5month old daughter Savannah.ReplyCancel

  • April Jeffery

    My mum is the person I want to be. She doesn’t have a mean bone in her and never holds grudges. My mum is strong, kind, generous and patient. I hope I have these traits when I become a mum.ReplyCancel

  • Siovhon Brister

    My Mum was everybody’s mum! They came from far and wide to seek her advice, a free feed and/or a hug.She was selfless to the end, ignoring her own health to ensure everybody else’s wellbeing. Now that I am a mother myself, I wish she was here to share in the ups and downs of my life… and a great hug and a cup of tea! xxxReplyCancel

  • Nikki JosephsNanna Grahame

    My mum has shown me how to be the best woman I can be just by never accepting anything less for herself, she is not only my Mother, she is my best friend.ReplyCancel

  • Katie Pyle

    I love that even though we live hours apart, my Mum never fails to be present in my life- always there to call and have a chat with or messaging me to see how I am going even when she is so busy herself. It is what makes her an amazing grandmother to my children as they grow.ReplyCancel

  • Elaine Taylor

    The thing I love most about my Mum is how at the age of nearly 70 ‘left home’ with my Dad and travelled 12000 miles to come and start a new life here in Australia with me and my family. Such a brave,inspirational and selfless thing to do after living In the same family home for 45 years. <3ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Mouttet

    I love how strong my Mum is. Raising 3 girls in a foreign country with no family or support. She is always there for my sisters and I whenever we neec her. Love her so much. X ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty White

    I love my Mum to bits! She’s practical, like the Sorbet essentials range but with her own individual style, like the Sorbet weekend range! We both love Sorbet because while we are two very distinct personalities, ages and shapes, we can both find clothes at Sorbet that look stunning, feel fabulous and are great value for money. And who doesn’t love shopping with their Mum? It’s not just great retail therapy but a chance to reconnect with the woman that taught me the value of being yourself and being strong!ReplyCancel

  • Teena Putt

    UNCONDITIONAL LOVE is how I describe my beloved Mum. She’s seen me through some of the darkest times in my life, through all my silly mistakes, big and small…through my greatest joys like the births of my children, and through the tears of regrets and sorrows, to life’s celebrations. A firm tough love when needed has seen me learn some of my greatest lessons. Mum. Precious, pure and unshakable love from the very breath of God. I love you Mum.ReplyCancel

  • renee waltham

    I love my mum, because she’s MY mum. When I lived closer, she was always there to lend a hand when asked (& even when not asked). She is always happy to listen & give advice. I miss her….ReplyCancel

  • Jo Pearson

    I love my Mum’s strength and resilience. My Dad passed away from cancer on my birthday (of all days!) just last week. Mum cared for him in every possible way to make sure that he had the best quality of life right to the end. My Mum has so much support around her at this time, and that is due to the amount of help she provides to others in her community, and her volunteering work with the Samaritans. It’s been wonderful to see how much my parents are loved & respected by their community as well as their family. My Mum has taught how important & how much you get out of helping others. Most of all the love she gave to my Dad.ReplyCancel

  • Bree J

    My Mum is my best friend, really. We talk about everything. We laugh and cry and laugh some more. We used to live in the same suburb and now we are 3 hours apart. If we haven’t spoken for a few days it’s weird as so much can happen in that time. She is a wonderful Nanna to my boys, who love her to the moon and back. I’ve got a lump in my throat as I write this and really take time to think about ‘why’ I love my Mum. It’s a really hard one to put into words sometimes. Even at 36yo if I’m sick all I want is a hug from her. I see her about every six weeks and sometimes I just fall into her arms for a hug, it’s really just the best. So maybe that’s it – the best thing I love about my Mum is her hugs.ReplyCancel

  • Paula Crilley

    I love that my mum at 87 years old is the wisest woman I know. She would and has done anything for anyone and is an inspiration to all of us. She is still very active and is always laughing!ReplyCancel

  • Naz

    She does everything with a genuine love and positive attitude. She taught me to be the same but I have yet to master it.ReplyCancel

  • Gabriel

    I love my mum because she is the strongest person I know, she never gives up and she works so hard no matter what she’s doing! She is loving and caring and kind to everyone and she works hard to make everyone happy! I just love my mum!ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    My Mum’s like a good bra:?
    She’s supportive,?
    She’s adjustable,
    She’s got my back,
    She’s something I cant be without.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Jackson

    Proud, honest, loving & caring. The perfect nan & the best cook. Never nasty & always kind. A true gem & my best friendReplyCancel

  • Lauren A

    Mum’s so smart, she’s always willing to give me a piece of her mind, and helps to send me on trips (guilt ones)…

    But seriously, Mum gave me something infinitely precious – LIFE, calmed my fears and dried my tears throughout childhood and adolescence, and walked me down the aisle to hand me over to the man of my dreams… She’s my Mum, and that’s why I love her.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Lewis

    My mum is the most selfless person I know. Even when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour, she still did everything anyone asked of her. She is an amazing woman.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer B.

    I love that my mum, a pharmacist, raised us following a great formula…
    A huge dose of DEVOTION to the job however mundane at times, an enormous amount of respect for CURIOSITY AND LEARNING, a sizable dollop of POSITIVITY, a good pinch of DETACHMENT that developed independence, all mixed in a bottomless bowl of LOVE!ReplyCancel

  • Mick G

    Mum has so much knowledge that she learnt both from Gran and from life’s experiences and bypassing them on to me my life became so much more organised and “user friendly”ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty Ross-Bell

    My mum is always there to help me with whatever i do and even when i lived in Melbourne was down 12 hours later after an emergency phone call. The best thing is they love you all the time no matter what. ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Henderson

    My Mum passed away 5 years ago, she was a single mum who also looked after her great Aunt and was a foster parent. She taught me so many things but the strength she had and how she stood on her own two feet is what stuck most with me! She always tried to fix things herself weather it be her car or the pluming!
    She was caring and compassionate and would help anyone!
    My 9 yr old son as recently been diagnosed with an inoperable brain cancer, and as much as i wish my mum was with me now to support me, i am glad she showed me her strength and she believed in me so now i can draw on that strength and make her proud in our fight. ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Mum, or Mother Bear to the family, has dedicated her life to her children and family. Dad being a Policeman, often at one man stations, spent a lot of his time working so the main running of the household, raising the family and running about was left to mum. Never one to say No, nothing was ever impossible, she showed us the positives of life; instilled in us how to succeed out of hard work; taught us life’s lessons- both good and bad; and has been our rock and point of reference for all of us. Her knowledge, strength of character, loyalty, ability to stand back to let us fly and seek our independence but be hovering just at the right time to assist, is her key ability. Considerate to others, giving a hand to anyone who needs it, volunteering at the local school – still, and long after any of us attended this school; she is capable and thankfully still healthy in her mid 70s.

    I love to write little poems so I have put down in words how I feel below:

    For instilling in me the confidence to battle any foe.
    Showing me that love is the greatest thing of all.
    Having the insight to hold my hand, but let go to let me fly.
    And grow into a rounded adult with ambitions to really try.

    Never give up on your dreams, continue aiming for great heights.
    Remembering to treat others with respect, as you ought.
    Seeing the special qualities in everyone around,
    The beauty in nature and simple pleasures to be found.

    I LOVE YOU MUM xxReplyCancel

  • Melinda

    I love my mum for just being my mum, and the grandmother if my children.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    I love my mum for many, many reasons but one in particular is that she taught me to stand up for what is right, even though that may not be the easiest option. She taught me that by modeling that behaviour herself. I’m proud of her for everything she stood up for and hope I’ve made her proud too.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki Isles

    The saying “mum is always right” rings true for me. Even though I don’t want to believe it, in the end she wins. Mum helps me in so many ways – housework, ironing, washing and just being there for me when I need here. She is strong and sometimes too stubborn for her own good. Even when she is not feeling well she still soldiers on and I wish I have the energy and motivation she has when I am her age.ReplyCancel are the leading independent vacuum cleaner specialist. They offer genuine, sound advice on your next purchase. In fact their customers do most of the talking, with in-depth product reviews and quality customer feedback providing the vital ingredients on your next purchase. With their global network of resources they provide the most extensive range of vacuum […]

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  • Kristin Owen

    Walking to school, and the lightest pitter-patter of rain began.
    My daughter said: “It is like a million little kisses.”ReplyCancel

  • Annette Murray Higgins

    My daughter said her own name and its a hard name to say!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Irvine

    My most precious moment as a mum,
    Was when I first my set eyes on my son.ReplyCancel

  • Kerrie Wright

    I think still my most precious moment was when my first was born and I looked down and saw much love I never knew possible!!! She’s now 13 and killing me…but I hold onto that moment with hope.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Stevens

    being told by my daughters teacher that miss 6 said she was getting a pair of zucchinis (bikinis) sweet because she is an only child and usually says grown up things. ReplyCancel

  • Kerin Matz

    Finding a card my daughter wrote saying ” You are the bestest parents in the whole town”ReplyCancel

  • Christine Osman

    On graduating from Uni my son thanked me for my support, inspiration and loveReplyCancel

  • Lorraine Pitman

    Having any of my gorgeous grandchildren tell me how much they love me with no prompting from anyone and for no reason other than true loveReplyCancel

  • Kerryn Tippett

    We lost our 3 year old daughter this year and now I know: Every moment is preciousReplyCancel

  • Shelley Lovelace Ramsey

    My daughter spilled flour, looked up with “I’m in trouble look”; instead I tossed a palmful up in the air & we giggled as it “rained” in our kitchen.ReplyCancel

  • Maria Smith

    How our son says, “I love you” every night before he goes to bed – and he’s 18.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Fawaz Frewen

    Watching every little milestone my 3 kids achieve and learning to be independent in their everyday lives :)ReplyCancel

  • Belynda Tyson

    Watching my family grow up, knowing that I have taught them well and they have matured into young adults now. I only have 1 teenager to grow into an adult.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Hanna

    It was in the hospital room and watching my husband asleep with my newborn son asleep on his chest. Such a moment of joy!ReplyCancel

  • Jaimelee Brown

    When I held each of my babies for the first timeReplyCancel

  • Amy Prior

    My most precious moment was very recently. My 6 year old daughter confessed to praying to God in her prayer journal that mummy would always be healthy and happy and lose the weight I need to lose to feel beautiful again. I have never been so moved nor felt as loved and appreciated as I did in that moment. I have had a really rough time with my health since having children and medication has resulted in my gaining a huge amount of extra weight very rapidly. It has been constant struggling and I have felt so under appreciated for a very long time it was so heart warming to know my baby isn’t as selfish I sometimes think.ReplyCancel

  • Lyn Richards

    Daughter aged 7 held up a bra in Kmart and said “Here’s the bras you like mum, the ones with the boobs already in them!”ReplyCancel

  • Sally Williams

    Watching the joy on my daughters face as she cradled her first born. Still causes me to well up with pride

  • Treva Alofs

    My oldest son who is 5 took his little brother by the hand (who’s 22 mo.) when were about to cross the street and said “I got you Ashy, stick with me”.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Abbot

    Right now sitting on the sofa with my two rug rats watching watership down. The memories..!ReplyCancel

  • Jade Snel

    The day i got to Hold my son for the first time again three days after he had open heart surgery. I didnt want to ever let him go, it was also extreamy strange due to all the tubes and wires attached to him. I was just glad I could hold him close to me. Every moment I spend with my son is precious!ReplyCancel

  • Krysten List

    Every day that we share – learning, growing, living and loving together; knowing they are a part of my life fills me with joy.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Seeing the joy in my eldest daughter’s face as she plays with her baby sister, knowing our perseverance in having another child was worth it.ReplyCancel

  • Anna dellow

    Sharing morning tea made by my six year old son with my two daughters in the sun yesterday. Just enjoying their stories and company.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Ottaviano

    Having 4 Beautiful Healthy grown Children and then becoming a Grandmother to 2 Adorable granddaughters 😉 ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    Watching Mr 10 and Mr 7.5 help their little sister Miss 2 – the wonderment on her face is so precious and the love that they have for her is lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Watching my 3 kids playing together, helping and sharing. I must of done something right for them to have such a beautiful bond!ReplyCancel

  • Philippa Johnson

    My most precious moment as a mum was when my 5 year old daughter said she can’t wait for Easter ‘so I can spend time with you!’ReplyCancel

  • Carley Smith

    I have had quite alot of precious moments over the past 15 years with my 4 children. However the one that really comes to mind was after my father and grandad both passed away within months of eachother my eldest son was 2 at the time and one day on the way to daycare he just piped up and said “hey I know, maybe Pa & father could get a parachute in heaven and parachute out of the sky” oh, was I wish they could, really tugged at the heartstrings that one, the innocence of children <3

  • Selina

    Giving the gift of motherhood to a stranger (donated eggs) and recognising a mother’s infinite love on her face when she held her son.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl

    Having a bad day, suffering “mothers guilt” and then being told out of the blue from my daughter that I am the best mum ever.ReplyCancel

  • Danina Scrivenor

    My son is Autistic and all I ever wanted was for him to tell me he loved me and call me mum and I remember the first time he said “Mum” and “I love you” and he was 6 years old. It was an amazing moment and I will never forget the first time : )ReplyCancel

  • Erin

    Seeing my little man smile for the first time, I saw both love and happiness in his eyes and his smile, it was perfect. I fell in love with him all over again.ReplyCancel

  • Cassie

    Seeing their faces light up with joy and wonder when they learn something new or when I come home from work. Love!ReplyCancel

  • Hazel Morgan

    Those quiet moments when I put them to bed and we whisper our ‘I love you’s’ to each otherReplyCancel

  • Angela

    Walking in the front door, taking a deep breath, and knowing Ruby was my closest connection in the world. I’d never be “alone”.ReplyCancel

  • Deborah

    Seeing my twin boys laughing and playing togetherReplyCancel

  • Helen De Brueys

    Every night when my kids call me the best mum in the world. They are 16 & 13! I take that with me to bed every night! Cherish them both!ReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    Having my middle daughter ask me to coach her basketball and softball teams. That time together is precious.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    My very first ultrasound and seeing my baby inside me for the first time, was the most wonderful life changing experience.ReplyCancel

  • Roslyn Woodhouse

    That moment when you pick them up while asleep and they snuggle into your neck like it’s the safest place in the world… totally priceless!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    When my little girl wakes in the morning, comes in to our bed to snuggle and we talk about how much we love each other.ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Scott

    My most precious moment was when each of my three children said their first word “Mama”.ReplyCancel

  • Catriona Kennedy

    Soooo many to choose from, but THE most precious moment with my son would have to be when he said “I love you Mum” at age 2.5!!! Loved it! He says it every day to me.ReplyCancel

  • Krysten List

    Every day that we share – learning, growing, living and loving together; knowing they are a part of my life fills me with joy.ReplyCancel

  • Allison

    Two precious sons, both loads of fun, too many precious memories to choose just one, melt every time they say “I love you mum”.ReplyCancel

  • Emma Walker

    Nursing my Mum in the last months of her life and seeing her stretch marks and realising how the sacrifices we Mum’s make are beautiful!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Stoute

    When my son asked me to play Lego with him ‘to make cool stuff’. I love it when they want me not need me :)ReplyCancel

  • Aimee Turner

    When I have my 3 children play nicely together & I hear the beautiful things they say to each other.ReplyCancel

  • Mariam Awadalla

    I have many :) but one of my favourite precious moments as a mum is when one afternoon, when I was washing the dishes, my two year old son, Aaron, came up to me out of nowhere and asked me, ‘mummy, are you happy?’ I was so overwhelmed and I said, ‘yes Aaron, I’m happy, are you happy?’ To which he replied ‘yes, now I am’. Then he gave me a kiss and walked off. Precious!ReplyCancel

  • Joanne Asher

    When he plays clean the shower with his bath toys & tells me “It’s all sparkly clean. You don’t need to clean it now Mum!!!”ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    The first day I left her at daycare for a few hours and when I returned she repetitively kissed me on the face for it felt like minutes. The happiness and love was unforgettable.ReplyCancel

  • Angela Dixon

    When my one year old daughter walked towards me and held tightly onto my leg. I remember doing this to my mum….love.ReplyCancel

  • Steph Hawkins

    The smile she gives me that says “I love you mum”ReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    So many precious moments, but that first flutter of movement in early pregnancy is an awe inspiring magic moment.ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    I have a nine month old, and we had never been apart until very recently. My most precious moment was seeing her little face light up when I returned home! Not to mention the extra snuggly cuddles I received, I felt very loved.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    Giving birth to my beautiful baby boy Jack after 11 pregnancies and one child it was a true blessingReplyCancel

  • Anna

    Every morning when I wake up to their precious happy smiles & their excitement to start another day.ReplyCancel

  • I have three most precious moments – gazing at the beautiful faces of my newborn babies after we had both laboured many hours to meet each.ReplyCancel

  • Mereana Whanarere Reid

    The kiss on my cheek before they go to bed is my most precious moment :)ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    Every moment is precious with my girls
    As they are only little for a little while
    From their first steps, walk and then run,
    But the best moment is when they say
    I love you mum.ReplyCancel

  • Heather

    Holding my son for the first time after being told I would never have children. He is a true miracle.ReplyCancel

  • Janice Greaves

    The day my special needs child said her first word at 3.5 years old it was Mum.ReplyCancel

  • Janine Dawson

    When my daughter was looking at my belly button & then the pure joy when she discovered she had one too!ReplyCancel

  • Jade Hatcher

    My most precious moment was when my daughter grabbed me and said I just love you too much mum. (3yo)ReplyCancel

  • Jenny

    One of my most precious moments was actually today. My 4 year old appeared with a ‘present’ for her 2 year old sister. She had wrapped a banana (2 year olds favourite food) in a bandana scarf after the presentation and delight on my 2 year olds face, miss 4 got her up into her booster seat and helped her peel it. My most precious moment with miss 2 was the other night when going to sleep she lay in bed joyfully gargling the tunes to her favourite songs for a few minutes, then laughed quietly and went to sleep!ReplyCancel

  • Narellef

    When our son was finally born after 25hr labor. He wasn’t breathing &the Doctor said for my Hubby to blow& our baby started to breathe & cry!!!ReplyCancel

  • Catherine McDonnell

    The most precious moment was the first time I held my daughter, at three days old, as we were both unwell… I will never forget that feeling, unbelievable!ReplyCancel

  • Gillian Harridge

    When my daughter makes me laugh till it hurts. she is one funny little girl.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Arnold

    When my child just randomly tells you they Love You. Just special and brightens the worst of daysReplyCancel

  • Amanda Hemetsberger

    Still being able to get a cuddle from my son who is almost 12 years oldReplyCancel

  • Lee Corkish

    My 4 yo,(Now 20) holding her new born baby brother, saying “I’m the first one to every hold him aren’t I Mum?”ReplyCancel

  • Lee

    It was 11 days ago when I gave birth to a baby boy, at home surrounded by my midwife, husband and 3 little children.ReplyCancel

  • Kim Tan

    Started when we found I was expecting twins! That was a phenomenal previous moment!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Tan

    Started when we found I was expecting twins! That was a phenomenal precious moment!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha S Goode

    After being hit by a car, 19 weeks pregnant, ending up in ICU with a pulmonary embolism. Holding my son for the first time.ReplyCancel

  • Rowena Hart

    There’s many moments of enjoyment and pleasure of being a mum or a parent !!! Each of my 3 children’s birth..but I love watching them laugh and play and exploring !! The excitement on their faces is pricelessReplyCancel

  • Karen Robinson

    When I am breastfeeding my baby, and they look up at me with such love in their eyes, their is no greater moment or feeling.ReplyCancel

  • Megan McCormick

    The intense love, joy and satisfaction I feel every night when I creep into watch then kiss my four precious children before I go to bed. My heart feels so full of love it could burst.ReplyCancel

  • Alison Filgate

    Watching my young girls growing into beautiful young ladies. Staying true to what they believe in xxReplyCancel

  • Alison Filgate

    Watching my young girls growing into beautiful young ladies. Staying true to what they believe in xx

  • Clare Tudor

    When my 3 year old son says to me ‘I like you Mumma!’ & then smiles with his beautiful big dimpled smile.ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia

    Watching our 4 year old teaching our special needs 8 year old the alphabet successfully. They just have a special connectionReplyCancel

  • Christina Elliott

    There are so many precious moments! One of the best is spending time taking in everything – looks, sounds, smells – as I hold my children close.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Beauty shining from within. Jumping on the trampoline a storm rolled in. Mr3 taking my hand stating “Don’t worry Mummy, I’ll look after you”.ReplyCancel

  • Lyn Head

    I had just gotten dressed, and met my 2 year old little boy at the doorway, he looked me up and down and said ‘mummy pretty’!ReplyCancel

  • Jane Gardam

    My proudest moments was when my daughter had her 1st child, the feeling was wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • Veronica Paterson

    ……coming home from the hairdresser, my hair permed (after being dead-straight)… my son turned to me & said “Are you still my mum?” nawwww <3ReplyCancel

  • Atika Brown

    When my six year old son wakes me up in the morning and the first thing he asks is if he can please vacuum the whole house today?ReplyCancel

    • mary

      my precious moment was not as a mum but as a grandma, my grandaughter asked me to go to her school assembly as she had to say who her hero was and it was meReplyCancel

  • Krystal

    It was when my second daughter cried for the first time. After her older sister was stillborn, it’s a moment my heart will always treasure.ReplyCancel

  • Kasey Evans

    That moment when they are just born and are placed onto your chest, you see them for the first time after wondering for 9 months how they would look. It’s a magical moment I will treasure forever!ReplyCancel

  • Di

    The half asleep ‘I love you Mummy’ at the end of the bedtime story as I tuck him in and kiss him goodnight.ReplyCancel


    Hand picked flowers from the garden, even though they’re just the blooms without any stems. Precious really is an understatement.ReplyCancel

  • Lori Davis Spyker

    the day each of my 4 girls were born..none was more precious than the other.ReplyCancel

  • Karina Lee

    When my baby came out of my tummy and I saw her cute chubby cheeks for the first time! It made the painful-as-hell labour all worth it!ReplyCancel

  • Drinksi Cardonnay

    After 10 years of trying, I finally become a mum. Imagine my surprise when the 1st child was born 5.36kg, 11 pounds four :-)ReplyCancel

  • Gaby Rodriguez

    my daughter who is 5 lost her father last year to suicide. ( not that she knows that) said one day when i was crying, dont worry mummy i am here and always will be. what was even more touching was that i had been separated from him for over 4 years and was feeling very lonely as i am struggling as a single mum and wondering where the money will come from.ReplyCancel

  • Tami Bird

    Watching my four year old son meet his baby sister. The look of love and adoration that changed to shock and horror when she cried!ReplyCancel

  • Gayle Richardson

    The first out of the blue, “I love you!”ReplyCancel

  • Gabriela Rodriguez

    my daughter who is 5 lost her father last year to suicide. ( not that she knows that) said one day when i was crying, dont worry mummy i am here and always will be. what was even more touching was that i had been separated from him for over 4 years and was feeling very lonely as i am struggling as a single mum and wondering where the money will come from.ReplyCancel

  • Hayley Parker

    Realizing the importance of my own Mother and the help she has provided me every day of my life.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Tsang

    Having breastfeeding problems since birth, my daughter and I got up early one morning and as the sun came up she perfectly latched and fed – unforgettable.ReplyCancel

  • Maria Lewis

    When my daughter who is not a touchy, feely little girl gave me my first hug. They are far and few between but I cherish each one when they come.ReplyCancel

  • Helen Maree Amoore

    Still to this day ……. thirty-seven years later ……… The birth of our son and the realisation that here was the product of our love.ReplyCancel

  • Chris Moncrieff

    The first time they each said ” wuv you “ReplyCancel

  • Helga

    The first few minutes with my two daughters after giving birth to them.ReplyCancel

  • Maria P

    When my daughter first caught the school bus. She was scared and after a few failed attempts she struggled up the steps, turned around and gave me a huge triumphant smile…..ReplyCancel

  • Di Lang

    4yo stated when baby sister born-“She’ s cute and good looking!”ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Jones

    3-year-old son tried to hand over wipes and nappy to me when I was changing nappy for my baby girl. Surprised, glad and proud!ReplyCancel

  • sonia cattley

    Watching the little ones work out what a butterfly is..absolute wonder in their eyes and great for the development of coordination.ReplyCancel

  • JG Campbell

    My 17 month old finally said Mummy loud and clear :)ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Grayda

    my precious moment is every time my daughter tells me that she loves me, which is usually several times a day. I’m so luckyReplyCancel

  • Ebaney

    The moment my now 8 week old daughter was realised from the special care unit after having breathing issues after birth.
    She was in the for 3 days, but it felt like 3 years. When I was able to hold her and care for her myself is a moment I will always remember.ReplyCancel

  • Mick G

    Watching little Alex sit up as I was putting her to bed and saying that she loved me and loves being the first person to see me every morningReplyCancel

  • Jennifer B.

    After 21 years of belligerence, I heard my daughter say to me “Mum, you were right”… I knew then I’d raised a decent human being.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Parisella

    Every moment with both my kids is preciousReplyCancel

  • Fiona Groves

    The day our first foster child arrived at our door, and the day our twenty fifth arrived only a few weeks ago, both precious moments.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Kaddatz Fahl

    My son has physical problems and it was the little things like sucking out of a straw at 4 and taking the first step.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Hooper

    If I thought laying eyes on my daughter for the first time was special, then seeing her as a bride was surely magical-just gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Vicki Isles

    When my eldest son tells me he loves me as he doesn’t express his feelings very often and it makes me feel special.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Louise Codling

    Most precious moment… First time my kids gave me a kiss for no reason.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    The day my daughter gave birth to her own child, a beautiful boy named Vincent and became a mother herself.ReplyCancel

  • debbie walker

    I will never forget dancing in the rain with my son, he said “the storm will pass as we can dance in the rain mummy” today he uses this with his kiddies, nothing is ever too hard to achieve.ReplyCancel

  • Mellie Jane

    Hearing “i love you mamma” for the first time nothing has melted my heart quite like thatReplyCancel

  • Linda B

    When my four year old daughter crawls onto my lap and cuddles me and tells me that I’m her best friend ever! Priceless!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Corbett

    Getting through a complicated pregnancy to see a healthy little boy at 38 weeks rather than 28 weeks like my doctor first thought.ReplyCancel

  • Helen Cardwell

    When my middle daughter was 3yo and said she wanted to be a doctor to fix her eldest sisters legs because she has **sarah and posey** (cerebral palsy)ReplyCancel

I was asked 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 March […]

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  It has been quite a while in the planning, finally I get to reveal to you my new look logo and blog design.  It’s a completely new design, it’s fresh, crisp and so colourful, I absolutely love it and I hope you do too!!  Big thank you to Marie O’Neill Design+Illustration for the amazing new graphics! […]

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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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