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School Holiday planning with Mum’s School Holiday Checklist

I’m 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, it’s a very busy week as I am flying down to Sydney to visit the winner and again a […]

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  • Carmen L

    My 2 little boys love the Planes movie, they have birthday’s coming up in the next month, I might make some of these cupcakes… so cute!ReplyCancel

  • Renee Simpson

    Just started doing the back to school checklist. Still a few more items to complete.ReplyCancel

Join me in the breakfast challenge

This post is sponsored by Coles I like to plan our dinners and what the kids have for lunch, but I have to be honest when it comes to breakfast we are rather dull and boring, it’s always a bowl of cereal and maybe on the weekends I’ll make up some pancakes. I’ve never really […]

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  • Jacki

    I’m the same we always have the same old breakfast, only because it’s a rush in the mornings and it’s so easy. Really looking forward to seeing how you can incorporate a good breakfast into a busy morning. I always love your recipes.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Wyborra

    Challenge accepted…. good thing it’s school holidays and I have the time to make something, usually we only make a hot breakfast for special occasions.ReplyCancel

  • I'mAWeetbixGirlToo

    I purchased your breakfast chart last week for exactly this same reason, to try and make myself plan better breakfast meals. Love your charts, you think of everything!!ReplyCancel

  • […] been following along with the Coles 7 Day Breakfast challenge, I was away for a few days during the week so I started the challenge a little earlier.  As I […]ReplyCancel

Chorizo and Vegetable Frittata

A super easy weeknight meal Chorizo and Vegetable Frittata Prep time 15 mins Cook time 25 mins Total time 40 mins   Author: Katrina Recipe type: Egg, Easy Meals Serves: 5 Ingredients 750g macaroni pasta 4 eggs 1 chorizo sausage, halved and sliced 1 zucchini, grated 125g frozen corn kernels ½ red capsicum, finely diced […]

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  • Kristie

    Looks delicious, will have to give it a go :) ReplyCancel

A busy mum’s beauty routine

This post is sponsored by Avon I’m going to put it out there first and foremost, I don’t wear makeup everday.  But for me a beauty routine is not just about makeup it’s about looking after your skin, your future self. To prevent the wrinkles and keep your skin toned as you age. Looking after […]

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  • Mamma

    This is a bit of a silly post. It’s not so much a beauty regime as a hygiene regime.
    Shower, get dressed, put on make up of going out….isn’t that all of us?!?ReplyCancel

    • Nellie

      Not me. I shower at night so I can sleep in until the very last minute.ReplyCancel

  • Renee Simpson

    Love this routine. Just started this day and I feel so much fresher and not look so much like a daggy mummy.
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  • Shelley

    I too love this. I came across this website looking for help as I am at the extreme end of unorganised! Yesterday morning I got up and showered rather than just putting on whatever I could find and getting out the door. It made a huge difference rather than coming home from dropping the kids off and showering sometime throughout the day! I actually went straight from there and did groceries etc. You wouldn’t believe how much extra time I had from this one little thing.

    I’ve never really worn makeup mainly due to not knowing where to start. So what might be a normal everyday thing for one person certainly isn’t for another. The simpleness of this post makes it not overwhelming to start looking after yourself rather than everybody else. Thank you!!ReplyCancel

    • Shelley, you have truly brought a tear to my eye…. thank you. Why I write this blog is exactly what you have explained in how it has helped you. Whilst my ways may be ordinary sometimes people just need a glimpse of how somebody else goes about general day to day tasks and is an idea of how they can adapt it to their lifestyle. I can only imagine how much extra time you have by not having to come back home to shower and then more than likely get distracted with other things, but rather drop the kids and continue on for the day…. good on you. You have truly made my week, thank you xxReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    If looking after your skin and preventing wrinkles is your goal, daily sunscreen use (rather than just when you think you need it) is the key, and has scientific evidence to prove it! A big study called the Nambour skin cancer prevention trial showed very clearly that people who used sunscreen daily had far less ageing of their skin after 4.5 years – imagine how that translates if you start the sunscreen young and continue it throughout your life (not to mention the reduced rates of melanoma and other skin cancers)! I think it is important people know this fact and spend their time and money on sunscreen rather than unproven creams and formulas…ReplyCancel

    • absolutely Amanda, sunscreen is always important, I make sure I purchase my creams with sunscreen in it, as I burn even putting washing on the line, my skin is that fair.ReplyCancel

  • Sam

    I’ve been rocking the avon magic face cream stuff and eye wand (face cream make pores and flaws look less aggressive and the eye wand brightens the eyes) then chuck on some avon bb cream, flick of mascara and a run over the eyebrows with the mascara wand (very lightly…helps them stay in place too) and I am done. Takes less than 5 min. And I agree…showering before taking the kids to school def kick starts the day on a good note. On days when I don’t….I find myself wandering in circles and keep passing the mirror thinking how awfully tired and haggard I look.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    This isn’t a beauty routine as much as a cleanliness routine, not helpfulReplyCancel

  • Alison Fusca

    Love this!! I too, shower at night (as my 3.5yo showers with me – so much faster than a bath and she feels like a ‘big girl’!) it saves me so much time in ams. Just run the straightener over my hair and quick splash of makeup I’m done!
    Love love love your blog – always inspiring ;)
    Keep it coming xxReplyCancel

Task 14 – 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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  • We only have ONE table cloth and two runners, one set of placemats and no coasters. So nothing to get rid of here!ReplyCancel

  • Miss Maudy

    While I do have four table cloths, they don’t take up much space so they can stay for now!ReplyCancel

  • Zoe T

    Oh, I really like that simple idea of just folding the table cloth up when it’s not being used! I love the look of my table without one but we’ve always kept it on to stop it getting ruined at dinner times, why didn’t I think of this!! xReplyCancel

    • That’s understandable Zoe leaving it on to protect it. As much as I would love a beautiful wooden table we purchased a cheap on from Ikea so if it gets scratched while the kids are little it’s not a huge problem. I have heard the trick of when you do get a scratch rub in a bit of shoe polish to hide it!!ReplyCancel

  • Sam

    I gave up on table cloths, I spent more time getting frustrated that they were getting dirty. Now I just wipe the table down instead.ReplyCancel

  • Clogwog

    I have a wooden table protected by glass. During the day it’s covered by my nice Dutch tablecloth and a fresh fruit bowl. At mealtimes I remove table cloth and use place mats. Just have to wipe them and the glass down after meals!!ReplyCancel

  • Renee Simpson

    We only have 2 table cloths and no runners. I think it’s time to buys some more table linen. I never really bothered before as my 2 children always made a mess. Now I would like to decorate our dining table.ReplyCancel

  • Corrina

    Kat, the flamingo’s in the background on your first pic, are they antique or vintage somewhat? My mother inlaw has them and thinks they are antiques???ReplyCancel

{Meal Plan} Chicken and Spinach Lasagne and vegetables

Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, benefits of meal planning, more meal plans & meal planning printables. This weeks meal plan As I was away at the conference last weekend Mr Organised planned this weeks meal plan and did the weekly grocery shop.  Was a great help not to do it when I got home, so very grateful! […]

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  • Miss Maudy

    Tonight – Things on Sticks (chicken and vegetable skewers)
    Tuesday – Spaghetti Bolognese
    Wednesday – Steaks and vegetables
    Thursday – chops and/or sausages and veg
    Friday – home made pizza
    Saturday – up for debate (Sir Reg is out for dinner, so kids and I may get takeaway)
    Sunday – RoastReplyCancel

  • fefe

    how do you spoon the yoghurt into such a small nozzle??ReplyCancel

    • Rebecca Jane Boner

      They have a snap lock type seal at the top of the pouchReplyCancel

A fresh new blog design

  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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Banana Nutella Puffs

Don’t you hate it when the fruit flies start flying over the old banana’s.  I usually put them in the freezer at this time for muffins or smoothies, but I had an ample amount already in there so I made an impromptu afternoon snack to use up the old bananas. Quick and easy, as simple […]

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Keeping Photos Organised

Click Love Grow’s Photography Course for Women is here! read more details here  This is a guest post from Louise from Click Love Grow What do you do with your images after you take them? Do you have difficulty finding them once they’re uploaded to your computer? Do you feel overwhelmed when it comes to […]

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  • Rebecca Lockwood

    Hi, are you able to help with info on keeping photos in an organised matter on Apple Mac’s iPhoto program? On our old computer we used to have our photos saved by date in folders, but when we transferred them over to Mac it jumbled them up everywhere and now I can’t save/store/organise them in the same way.ReplyCancel

    • Angela Woodall

      I have been using iPhoto for a few years for our photo storage and love it. I probably (no, I know) I don’t use it to it’s full potential, but it is easy to navigate around. You should have several options – on your left menu bar you will have library options where you can browse through events which you can create yourself or iPhoto automatically creates on each import (creates one for each day/import). You can also look through all the photos here. Next you have Recents where you can search by dates and go back to last import, 12 months or your entire library. What I like is the next option – Albums. You can create as many albums as you like and call them whatever works for you. Simply click on File at the top and it gives you many options. Albums are in here. Then you just select and drag/copy into your folders and you can select as many photos as you want at once. It will copy them and keep the original in your library though, so be careful if you choose to delete from an album as it may delete the original as well. If your Mac has jumbled them up then just start with creating your own albums or events first and drag them into it. Do bits at a time. Good luck.ReplyCancel

      • I really need to use your tips here Angela and organise my photos a lot better in iPhoto too, thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

      • Rebecca Lockwood

        Thanks Angela & Claire, yep, all my photos are jumbled, so I’ll try tagging faces and also sorting them into albums. I think I just need to get my head around how iPhoto stores it differently. Thanks again.ReplyCancel

    • Claire B

      I also tag everyone’s faces in there so then if I’m looking to do a photo book or something special for someone I can quickly and easily look under FACES and it shows all the photos of them. It was great when my Dad passed away and my mother-in-law as I was putting photobooks of each of them with my girls together and I was able to just go into those folders.ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    Is there any way of sharing where those beautiful photo albums came from (top of the page; green purple and black and white)?ReplyCancel

    • Louise Glendon

      Hi Bec, they’re gorgeous aren’t they! I bought them from Michael’s when we were living in the US. Its similar to Spotlight in Aus.
      http://www.michaels.com/ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Myszka

    Hi, do you have any idea’s on what would be a good second hand camera to start with. I would love to take the Love Glows photography course or one similar.ReplyCancel

Change

 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