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Teacher appreciation, thank you jar of chocolates

It was Teacher Appreciation Day recently.  My youngest daughters teacher has been absolutely amazing this year and whilst I admit I forgot it was teacher appreciation Day until the night before I wanted to take the time with Miss 9 to put something together for her teacher.  A little thank you from us for always […]

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  • Caroline

    I love these!My children are all grown up now but they would make good gifts for neighbours I’ll be making some for mine this year.ReplyCancel

The 2015 Weekly Planner

The 2015 Weekly Planner is now available! The 2015 Weekly Planner will help you with your time management, keep track of your to-do list, meal plan ideas and upcoming appointments.  It includes: Cover page and spine label 2015 year at a glance page Month at a glance pages – October 2014 – December 2015 (spread over […]

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  • Lauren

    Hi Kat, just wondering if this can be printed in A5 size? It looks great, exactly what I’m after but I’d prefer a smaller size than A4. ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Lauren, I have just had a play around with the file and it is really easy to convert to A5, ooh it’s so cute!! When printing chose print to A5 (you must have A5 paper in your printer). My printer won’t allow to print double sided on A5, so I printed all the odd pages first (press more options in your printer settings to find the odd/even option), keep the pile as is, then turn your pile upside down and you will have the back of the first page, put this in your printer and print the even pages. Special thanks to Meg for sharing this idea in the comments below.ReplyCancel

      • Lauren

        Thank you Meg & Kat! now I’ve got next years diary just about sorted :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I would love a5 also.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Lisa, I have just had a play around with the file and it is really easy to convert to A5, ooh it’s so cute!! When printing chose print to A5 (you must have A5 paper in your printer). My printer won’t allow to print double sided on A5, so I printed all the odd pages first (press more options in your printer settings to find the odd/even option), keep the pile as is, then turn your pile upside down and you will have the back of the first page, put this in your printer and print the even pages. Special thanks to Meg for sharing this idea in the comments below.ReplyCancel

  • Diane

    Hi Kat, I like the idea of A5 too. My question though is, as I don’t think my printer could print double sided – could I take the downloaded pdf on a usb to officeworks and have them print it – or would that breach your copyright? ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Diane, I have just had a play around with the file and it is really easy to convert to A5, ooh it’s so cute!! When printing chose print to A5 (you must have A5 paper in your printer). My printer won’t allow to print double sided on A5, so I printed all the odd pages first (press more options in your printer settings to find the odd/even option), keep the pile as is, then turn your pile upside down and you will have the back of the first page, put this in your printer and print the even pages. Special thanks to Meg for sharing this idea in the comments below. You are welcome to take to officeworks, this won’t breach the copyright.ReplyCancel

      • Diane

        thank you Kat & Meg – clever ladies!ReplyCancel

  • Nicola McGowan

    Kat can you please advise how many pages is it to print in total? Trying to work out printing costs! Great looking planner, thanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Nicole, it is 163 pages. I have just had a play around with the file and it is really easy to convert to A5, ooh it’s so cute!! When printing chose print to A5 (you must have A5 paper in your printer). My printer won’t allow to print double sided on A5, so I printed all the odd pages first (press more options in your printer settings to find the odd/even option), keep the pile as is, then turn your pile upside down and you will have the back of the first page, put this in your printer and print the even pages. Special thanks to Meg for sharing this idea in the comments below.ReplyCancel

  • Monique

    I would also like to know if it will print in A5 if I change printer settings.Will it line up properly?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Monique, I have just had a play around with the file and it is really easy to convert to A5, ooh it’s so cute!! When printing chose print to A5 (you must have A5 paper in your printer). My printer won’t allow to print double sided on A5, so I printed all the odd pages first (press more options in your printer settings to find the odd/even option), keep the pile as is, then turn your pile upside down and you will have the back of the first page, put this in your printer and print the even pages. Special thanks to Meg for sharing this idea in the comments below.ReplyCancel

  • Meg

    In my experience it should print in A5, I have done it with other products (recipes & charts) it worked just fine. I have previously bought A5 paper at Officeworks & printed a diary out. My printer also doesn’t have a double sided option so I printed the odd pages first then restacked the paper (you may need to remember to reshuffle the order to make sure you get the right page corresponding with the dates, learnt that the hard way!); then print the even pages. It takes a little time to do manually but so worth it. I got a quote to get it printed & bound but worked out it wasn’t worth it. I printed the monthly calendar out for the year then the weekly calendar one month at a time so I didn’t do it in one go. Hope that helps :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Meg you are a super star, I have been trying to work out all morning how to do it, but my printer wasn’t allowing me to print double sided, your comment came at the right time and I have managed to print it all in A5!! Thank you so very very much for sharing your tip, I’ll let the other ladies know, I really appreciate it, thank you!! xxReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    Hi Kat
    Is it possible to type into the document before printing so birthdays etc are neat. Do you have public holidays and school terms noted at all?
    ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Rebecca, no it’s not editable sorry. I have left the calendar blank as all states are very different.ReplyCancel

  • Francene

    Hi, do you post to NZ? If so what are the charges? ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Francene, the 2015 Weekly Planner is an instant download so there is no posting involved. Once you have brought the item you are able to download straightaway.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten

    Hey Kat,
    Where do you get your cute little tabs from. I looked for someone the other day and couldn’t find any like that. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

    Hi Kirsten, I actually got them a while back but you can purchase them from Officeworks. They are from a company called Avery, here is the link for you: http://www.averyproducts.com.au/avery/en_au/Products/Dividers-%26-Tabbies/?Ns=RankReplyCancel

    • Kirsten

      Great,
      Thanks so much. So motivated to get a head start on being organised for 2015!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    Hi Kat,
    Just downloaded the new planner and I think it looks great! However I was a bit disappointed that the daily task has been removed. I thought that was a great feature of the 2014 planner, it gave me some really good ideas to keep on top of all those jobs that get forgotten. But anyway great job and I love the A5 idea!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Belinda, Yes i am loving the A5 idea too!ReplyCancel

  • Rayna

    Hi Katrina,
    This may seem a silly question – just wanted to know if you thought this could be printed and stuck on the fridge – more like a calendar option with extras – if I put it in a folder my family wouldn’t see what’s coming up so I thought on the fridge with the extra weekly page to add more details (our son has CP & we have ALOT of appointments which require paperwork and or equipment to be taken etc). So the appointments can be added on the monthly pages & then the details on the weekly page. I presume that would work?
    PS love your daily emails & inspirational quotes – if anyone needs them, I do!!!ReplyCancel

Elf on the Shelf Guide and The 2014 Elf Planner

A few years ago we introduced ‘Elf on the Shelf’ to my kids, at the time they were 6, 8 and 8.  Knowing now how much fun our elf is I really wish I had started this super fun tradition when they were much younger.  Many people have not heard about the Elf on the Shelf, so […]

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  • We got an Elf last year and the kids ADORED it – I can’t wait to do some funny stuff again with him this year! xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I love the kids faces in the morning seeing what he has gotten up to and even more fun when they can’t find him and search everywhere (he’s in the fridge or hiding in a cupboard, somewhere not obvious)ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten

    I have purchased an elf for my kids this year and have started chatting to them about a special little elf that santa sends. Can’t wait to put him into action!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh he is so cute, my kids love him too! I love Christmas and look forward to having the Elf out.ReplyCancel

  • Joanne Baker

    Last year was our first elf year. The fun I had hiding the elf each night and the looks on the kids faces the next morning when they spotted where she was were priceless!! It adds to the Christmas spirit!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It certainly does Joanne! Just makes it that extra bit special.:)ReplyCancel

  • Helen W

    We’ve had our Elf for a couple of years now. Mr 5 is already asking if he’ll be back this year. Last year our elf even showed up in our hotel room in China! As we had an overnight stay on our way to the UK. Then lo and behold he showed up in Nan’s stocking, which was hung on the mantelpiece! Our Elf is much loved, but very naughty! He ate most of the gingerbread we made last year. And we found him surrounded by chocolate Santa wrappers!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL ooh a naughty little Elf!! Love that your Elf likes to travel.:)ReplyCancel

  • Michele

    We love our elf. His name was a combined effort “Benteeny” (“Ben Elf” from Mr 5 who was “teeny-tiny” from Mr 3). There was some discussion last month about when he would come back, and he’s being very much anticipated. Mr now-4 spotted the photos on here and got excited about him revisiting… I hope I covered by saying I was looking at old photos.
    I love helping the children discover his new hiding place. More challenging this year. I’m planning to introduce some more notes from Santa this year. Love your checklist.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wonderful idea Michelle, i love that Santa leaves notes! Elf on the shelf is a huge hit and makes it so special for the kids.:)ReplyCancel

  • Katherine

    Hi, I bought this planner last year and I just wanted to know what other than the calendar days has changed since last years pack? Will I be buying the same pack again with the number 2014 added, or is it a completely new pack?ReplyCancel

  • sharon

    We got an Elf for the first time last year. My kids were 7 & 10 & they still had so much fun with it.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic! Yes mine are 9 and 11 and still love seeing where the Elf ends up each morning.:ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Percy

    Hi Katrina
    I bought the Elf planner last year and it was fantastic. The kids loved it and my husband and I had a ball planning all of our Elf’s antics each night. Just wondering if it’s possible to just get the updated calendar pages for this year as I imagine the rest of the planner is much the same? Thanks, Jenny.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Jenny, Yes please don’t purchase it again as it is the same. I am going to do an updated calendar antics page very soon.ReplyCancel

  • Margaret

    Last year was our first Elf on Shelf. We named him “Shelf the Elf the Elf on a Shelf”. Elf on the Shelf wasn’t around when my kids were little. They are 29 and 32, one lived 2 doors down, one lives in NY and comes to visit for Christmas. They have fun with it too. Initially I did stuff with “Shelf” and posted his antics on FB so they could both see even the one in NY. It wasn’t long though before my boys had taken “Shelf” on a few adventures to surprise me. Elf on the Shelf is for all ages!ReplyCancel

  • Margaret

    Last year was our first Elf on Shelf. We named him “Shelf the Elf the Elf on the Shelf”. Elf on the Shelf wasn’t around when my kids were little. They are 29 and 32, one lives 2 doors down, one lives in NY and comes to visit for Christmas. They have fun with it too. Initially I did stuff with “Shelf” and posted his antics on FB so they could both see even the one in NY. It wasn’t long though before my boys had taken “Shelf” on a few adventures to surprise me. Elf on the Shelf is for all ages!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh Margaret that is so lovely to hear! It made me smile as i was reading your email. Love the Christmas spirit.:)ReplyCancel

  • katrina allan

    Im doing this for the first time this year…my girls are 3years and nearly 9months….i can’t wait…not sure who is more excited, me or them on the day…lol…how did you elf “arrive” katReplyCancel

Preparing for school holidays

Today is the last day of school before the school holidays start here in Queensland. I’ve been working really hard the past few weeks to take some time away from the blog to spend with the kids, I’ll pop on in the evenings once the kids are in bed to check everything is running smoothly, […]

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  • Nat Mardon

    Love it! Can I ask where the little heart magnets are from? They’re adorable!ReplyCancel

1 year no softdrink… so proud of myself!!

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!!!
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  • 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: http://quirkycooking.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/gooey-flourless-fudge-brownies-with.html
    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

Free Easter Colouring Pages

My little Miss just asked me if she could do some easter colouring in, so we popped down to the supermarket as I know they usually have some easter colouring note pads.  Unfortunately they didn’t have any in stock so I’ve come home and found a whole heaps of cute colouring pages on the web. […]

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  • Suzanne Mummytotwins

    Great colouring for kids. :) I will definitely be using this
    to keep kids happy over the Easter Break.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      My kids have loved these too Suzanne, so many cute pages!ReplyCancel

  • Renee Simpson

    My girls will defiantly enjoy colouring these in during the Easter holidays, especially since they wake up so early .
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  • […] to keep the kids busy for a while. The Organised Housewife does it again with a round up of free Easter printables from around the interwebs. How can we resist? 2. Proof the Easter Bunny exists.With a bunch of […]ReplyCancel

Holiday Fun with Disney’s Planes

This post is sponsored by Walt Disney Studios Easter school holidays are upon us for most of the kiddies in Australia  which is usually a great time to do some activities/crafts, bake up a storm and/or snuggle on the couch to watch some movies, a perfect way to spend time with the kids. I’m always […]

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  • Mellie

    So cute, and perfect timing… I am planning a Disney Planes birthday party for my son next Friday! Thank you!ReplyCancel

How I organise all my favourite recipes

I LOVE to cook and bake for my family, there isn’t a week that goes by that I haven’t baked something delicious for afternoon tea or for their school lunchboxes.  I LOVE cookbooks, I honestly don’t need anymore than what I have, but a new one is always a welcome gift! However, I am trying […]

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  • Angela Woodall

    I also have a binder for all my recipes I come across or have been handed down to me. It’s bursting at the seams so this is a great idea to split between two as I’ve been wondering how to go about resorting them. I do find, however, that the 4 ring binders work better as the sleeves just don’t seem to stand nicely in a 2 ring binder. I also did one for mum several years ago as a gift, retyping all her old recipes and adding in some of mine she liked. I made up some cool dividers and designed a front cover to slip in the plastic. She also has her old handwritten book back to keep for prosperity as there are a lot of old recipes handed down to her in it too.ReplyCancel

  • Leesa Watt

    now when are you publishing that cook bookReplyCancel

  • Jo

    Hi Kat – Love this idea and particularly how pretty it is! I have a hodge-podge of handwritten, magazine and printed recipes but would love to get them all organised and reprinted… which sparks a random question – your stuff is always colourful and you obviously make and print your own labels and a million other things – do you have a recommendation for a good printer for home? We don’t have one at present and when we did I was horrified at how much ink cost and how often I had to order new ink (which I could only do online and then wait ages for it to arrive). Any suggestions on economical ways to set up a home printer situation? Do you find your kids print homework related stuff on it as well or do they do that at school? Just interested to know what works for you.
    Thanks, and thanks for the site. With a 21 month old boy and another (over)due any day this site helps me keep pottering away at a calm and ordered home life.
    JoReplyCancel

  • Chloe

    Hi Kat I purchased this download a week ago and finally got the binders. I can’t wait to start filling it up. Do you have a special way of getting the spine in? I managed to slip it in, in one folder but can’t seem to get it in the other. It’s driving me insane! Haha.ReplyCancel

Printable – Back to School Countdown

We all love school holidays here, the sleep ins, lazy days and spending time together, but funnily enough my kids also look forward to going back to school  The twins will be in their last year of primary school this year and my youngest is in year 4.  I just don’t know where all that […]

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  • Emma Lawson

    Katrina, I would love to know where you purchase your frames… I’m wanting to also have a range of frames in different sizes to be able to showcase art, photos or your printables….
    Thanks
    EmmaReplyCancel

2014 Blog Planner

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

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  • Kimberley

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

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

      • Kimberley

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

  • Kylara

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

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

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

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

  • Linda - Mums on the Go

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

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

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

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

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FREE 2014 Calendar – Monthly Printable with to-do list

Finally…. the 2014 Monthly Calendar with to-do list is now available.  I have been working extra hard lately with the Christmas series and eventually found some time to create this printable for you. I am sharing it with you for FREE as a thank you for your continued support on my blog.  I love that […]

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Gift Idea – Christmas Cookies in a Jar

Last year I gave my neighbour a christmas cookie mix in a jar as a Chrissy gift.  She was so thrilled to receive it, because she was having visitors later that week and this would be so helpful to have the mix ready to make a batch of cookies as having a new bub she […]

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  • […] Find more details here on how to make Christmas Cookies in a Jar.  Labels available in my shop. […]ReplyCancel

  • gifter123

    These are terrific! How many cookies will the recipient get out of this recipe?ReplyCancel

  • Larissa

    Anything I can use as a substitute for the coconut?ReplyCancel

  • Alana

    Could I use a 1 Litre Jar? I’m struggling to find a 1.5ReplyCancel

  • Alicia

    Firstly, I LOVE your blog! And I love this gift idea! I’m going to make this for my colleges! Silly/random question, but have you baked these cookies before yourself? Is this recipe tried and tested so to speak? How did they turn out? How many does it make approx? Only because I want to make sure my gift turns out perfectly for my recipients. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • I sure have Alicia and I love this recipe, I love any cookie with oats in it!! It makes the same amount as a typical cookie batch a good 30 or so. Hope they love them!ReplyCancel

  • This is going to save me some $$$ on Christmas Gifts. I was going to buy these made online and had to buy a few. So excited to try these this year. Thanks again for another amazing recipe idea.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That is wonderful, Melissa.:) Enjoy making them, would love to see a pic once you have made them.:)ReplyCancel

2014 Daily Planner

The 2014 Daily Planner is now available! The 2014 Daily Planner will help you with your time management, keep track of your goals and upcoming appointments.  It includes a monthly meal planning page along with a month at a glance page where you can add in birthday’s and upcoming events. This year I have changed […]

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