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A simple hello can brighten somebody’s day

Recently I had coffee with a friend who on the outside seems as though she is happy and under control. She always writes positive messages on facebook and in photos I see she is smiling beautifully. She opened up a little and I realised she is struggling, her health isn’t the best, her toddler is demanding and she is constantly tired.

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  • Carrie-Anne Elizabeth Hunter

    What a wonderful blog post :-) You did a good thing taking the time to talk to your friend and let her open up to you. God bless you for that!ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    From one mum to another yes I always hide behind a smile, I laugh and dress nicely but people don’t take the time to realise I am not really OK. Thank you Kat for helping people realise that even the simple things like a coffee, a block of chocolate, a 5 min chat really do make somebodies day.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh it’s a pleasure, Louise! It feels nice, i agree.:)ReplyCancel

  • Jo Johnson

    Hey Kat, just wondering what the go is with Perth :) Would we need to fly to Melb, Syd or Bris for the personal stylist. Would love love love (and need need need) to win! <3ReplyCancel

Weekend Catch Up #1

From the recent survey that so many of you kindly filled out (thank you), I learnt that quite of  few members of the community do not follow The Organised Housewife on Facebook and Instagram.  I share old posts on facebook and share a more personal side of me via photos on Instagram.  Because you are missing out on this I […]

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  • Julie R

    Kat, sometimes I could just hug you. Thank you, I don’t use instagram and seeing from the pics above I have been missing out on a whole different side of you, love that you are sharing these catch up posts and keeping us up to date. This week I cleaned out my daughters wardrobe, donated 3 bags of clothes!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Can’t let you miss out!! Please that you enjoyed the post, I’ll keep them coming each week. 3 bags of clothes is an awesome effort, great work!ReplyCancel

  • Thank you

    That is a brilliant tip about the sheet sets, never really thought how they would work out what the size was. I don’t follow on instagram either, don’t really have the time, but looking at this pics and your beautiful smile I might just have to!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Just something that makes it a little easier for them when sorting! Thank you, glad you enjoyed the catch up post xReplyCancel

  • CJ

    I have just started using Zymil milk, a few months ago & it has made a huge difference to my stomach issues. I was tested for coeliacs but that came back negative, however my Dr suggested it could be a gluten & lactose combined issue. Have a look at the Fodmap diet…very interesting!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      CJ I took hubby and Miss 11 to the dr last week and he gave me the Fodmap diet, didn’t test them for coeliacs though he said to see how we go with this. He did think that Miss 11′s pains were muscular, strange, but I’ll see how we go. Great to hear your tummy has settled.ReplyCancel

  • Well, you usually start with one food at a time. Or you can eliminate both gluten and dairy until she starts to feel better and then try introducing a little dairy (or gluten) back in her diet and see how she does. That way you would know whether it was the dairy or the gluten.

    I am gluten, soy and dairy free. Gluten is in soy sauce and so many other products that you wouldn’t even imagine had gluten. It’s even in soup.

    But you can also buy (or make) gluten-free stuff. I buy gluten-free soy and gf chicken noodle soup. I also make my own dairy-free cream of chicken soup to use in casseroles and things. They even have dairy-free sour cream and a dairy-free ice cream substitute called Rice Dream. Udi’s makes a really yummy gf bread.

    It’s just really nice have far stores have come in catering to those who are gluten-free.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Momstheword, Fantastic idea with eliminating one food at a time! There is a great variety of gluten free food out there now.ReplyCancel

  • Olivia

    Hi Katrina, I would recommend going to see a dietitian if you think there is an issue with food intolerances. They can assist you with a low FODMAP diet, whilst still ensuring you are getting all the nutrients you need. It is advisable to have the Coeliac screens done prior to any wheat/gluten avoidance as you need to be consuming adequate amounts of gluten for the test to give you accurate results. Hope that helps.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thank you Olivia for this helpful information, very much appreciated.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda D'Souza

    Thanks for sharing here as I don’t have Instagram xx
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  • Ingrid Gusdorf-Bollerman

    Thanks for the ‘catch-up’ReplyCancel

  • Ingrid Gusdorf-Bollerman

    Thanks for the ‘catch-up’
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  • Kylie

    My husband is lactose intolerant, was worked out by doing a lactose challenge (cut all lactose for about 6 weeks at the end have a large amount of lactose, if symptoms return then lactose is probably the cause). My daughter is gluten intolerant which was picked up in a blood test, however blood test do have a high degree of false negative (although not as high in children), she is yet to be tested for actual coeliac, as that is a bowel biopsy and I’m not prepare to put my 7 year old though it, yet.ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Hood

    Managing varying food intolerances can be difficult at first – I found myself cooking separate meals etc and turning meal times into a disaster zone with so many extra dirty prep dishes. I have now settled into a routine and know at what stage to split a recipe to create GF and Lactose free versions. Most of what I cook is fine for the whole family, but the readily available GF products like pasta and flours make substitution easy and we use the iddells ReplyCancel

She’s a vinegar-holic, a chemical free way to clean your home

This is a guest post from reader Donna One of my readers Donna, emailed me with her tips and tricks for cleaning her home chemical free with vinegar and thought I would share them with you all. I use vinegar in the rinse compartment of my washing machine, a great fabric softener and helps clean […]

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  • These are great tips, its a really good and non-toxic way to clean your home. I would be curious to know if the scent is strong on the vinega after cleaning.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Laura, They are great tips, i agree. And not to mention chemical free but also so much cheaper than all those cleaning products that cost a fortune. The vinegar leaves a clean smell, not to strong unlike bleaches.ReplyCancel

  • Vinegar is great for cleaning bathrooms and kitchens and it helps keep pipes clean to as it washes down the drain. I love the sugar soap hint and will use this in future. :) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thanks Bec! It is great in the kitchen just a tip i personally wouldn’t on stone benches but any other should be fine.ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Vinegar is a great low toxin way to clean, though when vaporised in a spray bottle, it is just as toxic as most cleaners so please be careful. Oh, and it is not chemical free, acetic acid ( vinegar) is a chemical too!ReplyCancel

  • Sim

    Vinegar is acidic and therefore corrosive. It is not suitable for many stone bench tops and stone floors such as marble and travertine.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes you must watch stone benches but great for glass, mirrors and bathrooms.ReplyCancel

  • I love these tips! And it’s much cheaper than buying cleaning products too! You’ve got some very clever readers!! :-) ReplyCancel

  • Penny

    Please stop perpetuating the ignorant myth that certain products are “chemical-free”. Vinegar is a “chemical” C2H4O2. Even pure water is a “chemical” H2O.ReplyCancel

  • Erica

    Laura, I personally find that the vinegar smell disappears considerably after it dries . :) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes your right, only takes a few minutes to disappear.ReplyCancel

  • As much as I love vinegar as a cleaner. Vinegar is made up of  acetic acid and water. “Chemical free” is a marketing ploy designed to reel consumers in who don’t understand Chemistry and get them to buy products. Just because something is natural doesn’t mean it isn’t toxic. Toxicity is indicated by dose. The dose of a substance determines toxicity. Water consumption can be fatal if you drink enough.ReplyCancel

  • Squeaky Cleaning Services Bundaberg & Wide-Bay

    So many uses. #nochemicalsrequired ReplyCancel

  • Soheer Elshair

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Book Week Costume Ideas

Ooh my kids have been talking about Book Week since last years Book Week.  I have to be completely honest with you, book week drives me nuts, but that’s just me, I dislike dress up parties too.  But at the end of the day, the kids love dressing up and we do enjoying making the outfits together. […]

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  • Somer

    I started to get heart palpitations when I read in the newsletter how soon book week was coming up. When did it become so big? I do not know what to do and since I’m overseas for another week will have limited time to do much prep. Have always been pretty slack and each yr promise my girls I will be better the next. I will be googling ideas like there is no tomorrow!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes, I have had years like that too Somer where an easy costume was harry potter or hermioni, white shirt, black pants, one of dad’s ties, black cape (could use a black garbage bag) and a stick from the garden (plus glasses for harry).ReplyCancel

  • Well, the kids were more or less organised for book week (Four from Divergent for #1 kid, and the blonde one from the Treehouse books for the #2 kid) BUT they’re both away for a week for Book Week. I am so not disappointed about that!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL, Miss Maudy always the way isn’t it…ReplyCancel

  • Mary

    Thanks for the great ideas. I just love your little one as a gumnut baby. It’s the first year of school for us this year but my daughter has told us she wants to be a ladybug. Couldn’t be easier as I picked up an inexpensive ladybug costume at Kmart a few weeks ago for a birthday party. The ladybug idea comes from Eric Carle’s “The Bad Tempered Ladybug”.ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    Eeeeeee!! The Diction Fairy is ADORABLE! Brilliant idea.ReplyCancel

  • Lynelle

    My girls would be horrified by the diction fairy – destroying a book!ReplyCancel

Apple Donut Muffins

My kids loved these muffins, with delicious little bites of apple throughout and a cinnamon donut style topping the kids had a few of the mini muffins while warm and they said they taste very much like donuts!!  This recipe made 12 regular muffins plus 12 mini muffin, which I love as I can add […]

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  • Laura

    Ooh this sounds really good and I like how they make so many, will definitely have to give them a tryReplyCancel

  • I have always made apple and cinnamon muffins but this is a different take on what I cook. Will def give these a go because I love a hot cinnamon donut!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      They are super yummy Bec! Enjoy with a nice cuppa.:)ReplyCancel

Organising and Storing Loombands

As much as these Rainbow Loom Bands drive me nuts with finding them all around the house I really love that my girls are being creative and amazingly most of the last school holidays they were happy to loom rather than watch TV!  Both the girls have their own loomband kits but they like to sit […]

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  • Angela Moore

    I made my kids a loom band storage case – got the pattern at http://www.noodle-head.com/2014/01/road-trip-case-pattern.html. The kids love them but it was a fiddly sewing project!ReplyCancel

  • Alicia Melbourne

    I bought my son a container that is basically the same as the one you showed. It was $10 from Cheap As Chips (you’ll find them in the tool section).ReplyCancel

  • Liz McRoy

    This is great, my girls have quite a few little organising boxes and they carry them around and they fall out of their hands and then there are loom bands everywhere. I really like this idea, thanks Kat.ReplyCancel

  • KYLIE

    Your girl looks so happy, love the video showing us how it all works, your a clever chook Kat.ReplyCancel

  • Alyce Blyth

    That’s so cool!!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    Thanks so much Kat, my daughter is into the loom band craze & I have 3 small craft organisers but it isn’t suitable now I know just the thing to use!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Belinda, some ladies on facebook are also suggesting fish tackle boxes found from KMart, BigW and the like :) ReplyCancel

  • Oh Thank ladies! They are very useful we love them too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Despite loom bands being banned at our house, they’re still all over the place! The kids were making them at out of school care and bringing home their creations. (I have no objection to loom bands themselves in the slightest and think they’re great and creative – HOWEVER, we have a small dog who thinks the bands are delicious. She’s not big enough to cope with them being a regular part of her diet, so it was a family decision that the boys don’t have a kit)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That’s understandable Miss Maudy, our cat goes crazy when she finds one on the floor pushing it around and poncing on it, never eaten one that I know of?? yet.ReplyCancel

  • Tennille Ritchie

    I got the other tactix box from bunnings about $12 with the removable containers. This way I can take out the ones they want and remove 1 small row for the loom ( perfect fit). Especially when you have 4 kids trying to get bands out of 1 box. We have 3 now and the bands are sorted neat and tidy and best of all lock tight so you don’t worry about them mixing or falling out.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Sound great Tennille, and so inexpensive too, I was surprised at the price, especially the set I got having two in it, was under $20.ReplyCancel

  • Susan Green Tonkin

    This is just what we have been looking for. Off to Bunnings on the weekend. Thank youReplyCancel

  • Superfoods for Kidz

    great idea – I got a tackle box from Kmart which was around $15, that way she fits her whole loom kit into it as well … as we now have a few different types of looms ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Yes my son and daughter both are into the loomband craze and they have been using the compartment storage boxes for theirs for awhile now my husband got them from Super Cheap Auto for $10 each and they both sit together and make their creations as wellReplyCancel

  • DONNA

    We bought a 3 tier plastic one from Kmart in the craft section $10. If you buy 2 they can all join together. Lots of little compartments.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      ooh that sounds like a good one Donna, will keep an eye out when I am next there!ReplyCancel

  • Kaz Hanlon

    I just bought my daughter one but this one I picked up is in a carry box which store three individual units she needed two lots (yes it’s a problem lol). It’s great as she can carry them around the house. Wish we could come up with ideas on ways to keep them off your floors. ReplyCancel

  • Desleigh

    We raided dad’s fishing tackle and found a great tackle box he wasn’t using. Works great and very sturdy.ReplyCancel

  • Valentina

    The first thing bought was a clear fishing tackle box to hold all the loom bands. My girls loved that they could have more colours this way (Cost $7 for tackle box)and got to buy more bands!! Their friends were a bit green with envy especially since they had the Original Loom band kit which couldn’t hold as much. Like my kids know, it’s about how to get what you’d like at a bargain, than having to spend big on the same or similar item.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Valentina, a tackle box is also a great idea and works just as well. Great idea.:)ReplyCancel

Task 32 – Declutter 52 things in 52 weeks challenge

A new Decluttering task will be published on the blog each Tuesday.  I will share a link to the task on facebook and in the Tuesday Daily Task newsletter (subscribe to newsletter here). Follow along on instagram with hashtag #declutter52 View previous Decluttering Challenge Tasks here My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or […]

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  • Wow, your drawers are super clean. I always have a very neat bedside table, usually hiding a multitude of sins inside the drawer! I will be cleaning it out tonight!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I only keep what I need in the top drawer, I should of shared an image of my bottom drawer, it’s a little more ‘compact’ but this is where I store cards, letters and trinkets that mean a lot to me.ReplyCancel

  • Lordy, my bedside table is a nightmare compared to yours! On the top of it, I have a stack of books I’m thinking about reading (I just moved 75% of them to the bookcase due to fears of having the whole lot fall on my head in my sleep); there’s my lamp, clock radio (my drink bottle is in front of it so I can’t actually *see* the time), drink bottle, box of tissues, a couple of magazines and my e-reader.

    The drawers in my bedside table are the only place(s) I have that are “mine” in that there is no need for anyone else to ever go in them, so I keep stuff that I don’t want fiddled with or borrowed in my drawers! This includes most of my jewelry, a couple of special photographs and other bits and bobs that I want to keep.

    Underneath – more books. (Also beside my bedside table is um. More books. And *all* my CDs but they’re in boxes)And the powerboard – clock, lamp and charger for the e-reader. I don’t ever leave my phone in my room at night.ReplyCancel

  • Kathie Belden Hood

    This is just what I needed to encourage to declutter my bedside table and drawer. Many thanks.ReplyCancel

  • I’m the same with my bedside, but the top drawer is always a mess! I need to give it a good clean out!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Happy cleaning Bec! You will feel great once it is done.:)ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Turley

    I love your little containers you use in your bedside drawer. I wonder where I can obtain some from. Any ideas please. ReplyCancel

{MEAL PLAN} Lamb, Feta & Zucchini meatballs

Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, benefits of meal planning, more meal plans & meal planning printables.   This weeks meal plan MONDAY – Chinese Chicken Stir Fry TUESDAY – Lamb, Feta & Zucchini meatballs with potato and vegetables WEDNESDAY – Eggs on toast THURSDAY – Fish fingers, sweet potato mash and vegetables FRIDAY –  chinese takeaway picnic on the lounge room floor, family […]

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A little about me and you, plus win a $150 Big W voucher

Today I am celebrating my 4th Blogiversary.  I can’t believe my blog has been running for 4 years, no way did I have an inkling that so many people will be following and getting a front seat view of how I run my household. image credit You know though, I get it, I love sitting […]

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  • KYLIE

    Kat, you are nothing but inspirational to me, you are real and so relatable, I love everything about your website, it has helped me so much. Thank you for all you do.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      naw thank you so much Kylie, that truly makes my heart sing xxReplyCancel

  • Susan W

    I have been reading your blog every day on a few short weeks after you have started, I can’t believe that it has been 4 years. Thanks Kat for all you do, Happy Blog Birthday.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It has passed so quickly hasn’t it, honestly doesn’t feel like 4 years, which I guess is a good thing!ReplyCancel

  • Wow a very happy 4th blog birthday Kat. You are one of the originals for sure!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thank you Emily, there are so many others that have been around for such a long time, truly love what I do!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Deane

    Love reading your blog each day. So nice to know there are quite a few of us organised souls out there. Keep up the good workReplyCancel

  • Happy Blog Birthday Kat! As excited as you were to meet Peter Walsh is how excited I was to meet you at The Voices of 2014 kidspot Masterclass this year! Keep it going and don’t stop inspiringReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Naw thank you Sheridan that means so much, are you coming up to the Problogger conference at all??ReplyCancel

  • Hi, Katrina! Just did your survey and noticed a couple of things:

    1. SurveyMonkey doesn’t seem to register the answers in the ‘Other’ category, and told me I had to provide an answer to those questions even though I’d freetexted one. I had to pick the nearest choice from the tick-boxes as well as entering my answer in ‘Other’, because otherwise the survey wouldn’t let me progress. Those questions probably need a tick-box for the ‘Other’ option as well as a free-text section.

    2. The choice you give for the ‘Where did you go for your holidays?’ question seems to assume everyone answering is from Australia. I don’t have a state! (I answered ‘Interstate’ since we travelled to a different country within the UK, which seemed to me to be the equivalent.)

    Anyway, let me join in with saying thanks for the blog because I love the lists of tasks!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thank you for the feedback Sarah I really appreciate it. Thank you also for taking the time to fill in the survey, I appreciate it.ReplyCancel

  • Crafty Mummy

    Congratulations, Kat!! Amazing to think how well you’ve done in just 4years. You’re an inspiration to me!

    And we should have lunch together – that’s my favourite too!ReplyCancel

  • Crafty Mummy

    Congratulations, Kat!! Amazing to think how well you’ve done in just 4years. You’re an inspiration to me!

    And we should have lunch together – that’s my favourite too!ReplyCancel

  • Bake Play Smile

    Wow it’s so nice to get to know you a but more Kat. I absolutely love your blog and am not surprised at all how huge it is!!! Totally with you on the avocado, cheese and tomato sandwiches too. I’m a bit the same with books – I find I read so many books to the kids in my class that when I get home all I want to do is mindlessly flick through a magazine. Happy 4th blogaversary! xxxReplyCancel

  • Judy Cass

    Thanks Kat for all your tips, my house is always clean and tidy due to following your household cleaning tips. Housework is no longer a chore.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne Bentley

    Thank goodness you entered into my life, gave me some insight to tackle challengers each day. Because of you my house is organised even more. My friends think I am super woman. I was totally organised for Christmas as I had done everything and organised it all because of the spare time I had because of you. It will be hard to get back into it as I have been overseas on holidays for 5 months, no housework. At least I know I have a spotless house to come back too. Thanks for sharing all your personal information.I thought I was the only person who didn’t read books. So glad you are on my page. lol ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Gorton

    Happy Birthday for your blog!
    Ive been following the de-cluttering challenge, I love how each day the task is so easily achievable that it really has helped get my home and life sorted. I look forward to many more. Thank youReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thank you Amanda! So happy that you are enjoying the posts and challenges.ReplyCancel

  • Well i am 30 years old, at the moment its just my lovely husband and a house fall of animals. (feels like a zoo sometimes)
    I have just finished my volunteer job of 9 years working at an Animal Shelter.
    And I am Happy :) As long as your happy within yourself then you are happy all roundReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thats lovely Kelly. I agree with you, it takes more energy to be angry than it does to put a smile on your face and be happy!.:)ReplyCancel

Task 31 – Declutter 52 things in 52 weeks challenge

A new Decluttering task will be published on the blog each Tuesday.  I will share a link to the task on facebook and in the Tuesday Daily Task newsletter (subscribe to newsletter here). Follow along on instagram with hashtag #declutter52 View previous Decluttering Challenge Tasks here My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or […]

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Homemade Potato Salad

I have never been a fan of potato salad, but I have to say I truly love this home-made recipe. Homemade Potato Salad   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 20 mins Total time 35 mins   Author: Katrina Serves: 8 Ingredients 1kg red delight potatoes 4 eggs 5 shortcut bacon rashers 4 spring […]

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  • I love potato salad. I usually put dried cranberries, spring onion, bacon and parsley in our christmas potato salad!

    So Yum!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      ooh that sounds really good Erin, a great little Christmas twist!ReplyCancel

  • I like the addition of bacon and garlic aioli Kat! :D ReplyCancel

  • We make a low fat version with spring onion, celery, peeled green apple, pickles, chives and a yoghurt/olive oil/lemon juice dressing.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Might have to try it with pickles ANB, my son loves them!ReplyCancel