Masthead header

Lactation biscuits are a moist and yummy cookie that will help to boost and maintain a breastfeeding mums milk supply.

Continue Reading...

  • Katie

    I’ve tried a couple of different recipes for lactation biscuits and they work a treat! Made it much easier to juggle going back to work with expressing to maintain my supply & breastfeeding on my days at home- well worth the effortReplyCancel

  • Saw these via twitter… i have a banana/nut/flax/chia slice that I make that is DELISH and it has lots of milk boosting properties! It’s on my blog and my kiddies LOVE it too!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh they sound really yummy too, Bek!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Carissa

    As a midwife I thoroughly recommend these cookies in boosting supply.
    A recipe I also share a lot is “Tigers milk”

    1 cup full cream milk
    1/2 cup acidophyllis yoghurt
    1 Tablespoon complan powder (or milk powder)
    1 banana
    1 tsp yeast flakes
    +/- ice cream
    Mix in a blender. Makes 3-4 cups which you should drink over the day.

    Its really really important to keep bf mums well fed and watered, something thats not always easy to rememberReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      ooh yum a drink is a clever idea!ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Coles Typically when grocery shopping each week I have a list of essential items I always purchase.  These essentials are usually something that we use everyday or many times throughout the week.  Apart from the typical fresh fruit,vegetables and meat, my essential everyday products are good to have on hand to make up […]

Continue Reading...

  • Lilian

    I’ve wanted a list like this for awhile, I buy similar stuff and have been meaning to write it down but don’t get time, thanks Kat this will be a great help.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is handy having a list of items that you purchase every week, I find I am forgetful so it’s great to refer to.ReplyCancel

  • Julie T

    I buy homebrand items often and don’t find any difference in the taste. Good to see that you try and stick to a budget when shopping Kat. This is a great list I have often wondered what people stock in their pantry.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      these growing kiddies of mine are now eating more and more, it’s important to shop frugally now more than ever becasue the weekly shop could easily get out of control.ReplyCancel

  • Eleanor

    I also do have a list of samples and have never run out of those samples in my cupboard, including cornflour and other basic ingredients. Like you, I like to bake and cook. It does help as I only buy meat and other fresh products on special like now all the apples and oranges are cheaper to buy and in the summer, watermelon and mangoes are the favourite ones!

    Another thing I like to stock up on is evaporated skim milk as you can whip up a simple pasta sauce with it and add whatever you want in a creamy sauce pasta. I also buy coconut milk as this is really good to use for Asian themed dinners i.e. stir fry, satay chicken. Each shop, I also keep an eye out for specials on stock, spices and herbs as well as rice, noodles and pasta.

    I also steer away from packaged sauces now as we are trying to cut down on salt and sugar use. There are heaps of recipes that I now use a lot in my slow cooker that helps a lot now that it is very cold here in Sydney and this weather now calls for hot dinners. I have a sausage casserole simmering away at home now.

    Another thing I do is to buy the nappies when they are on special and stock up on at least two packs of night time nappies and lasts for almost a month. The costs does add up especially when you have kids still in nappies all day and all night (only one in this household now and a toddler toilet trained for the day, not quite dry at night). Stocking up on nappies when on special does help. The nappies lasts until the next time they are on special.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      nappies is a great idea to stock up on, I remember like you all too good 3 of my kids in nappies, cost a fortune, if you have the space great idea to stock pile them! Ooh yes I buy coconut milk is a good base for many dishes!ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    One of the best things I have ever done is come up with my pre-printed shopping list. It basically lists EVERYTHING that I might buy and the list is grouped in sections eg
    Bread & Cereals, Canned Fruit, Herbs & Spices. Under each section heading – I list all the items that I’m ever likely to buy. I have a couple of spare lines at the end of each section in case I come across a recipe with an ingredient I haven’t purchased before.
    I keep a stack of the pre-printed lists in my kitchen and, as I run out of an item, I highlight it on my list. The day before I go shopping, I make my menu plan and highlight items on my list that I need to buy.
    Although a lot of work to set up initially, it saves so much time come shopping day. It also saves revisiting various aisles in the supermarket as all like items are grouped together on the list.
    Have been using this list for about 15 YEARS !ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Aweomse Julia, sounds very much like my grocery list, has most of these items typed up on it. Best way not to forget.ReplyCancel

  • Janelle

    I also have a list of pantry, fridge and freezer basics and tend to only buy items when needed. I love using my slow cooker and tend to work out meals for the week to save money time and washing up. Having a family of 7 children sometimes 8 means I’m always on the lookout for money saving ideas.
    So far with baking and meal planning and shopping online I have been able to keep the grocery bill around the $200/250 mark per week. Leaving enough funds for other projects around the house and after school activities.
    I absolutely love your website and ideas, thank you so much…..ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      WOW Janelle! You sound like you are so very organised..I LOVE IT.:) Well done to you for meal planning and having great money saving ideas.:)ReplyCancel

  • Robyn

    Great list, very similar to mine. I no longer use ready made pasta sauce. I use tomato soup as my base and add the grated Veges. The soup has a lovely taste, is cheaper and low salt versions are available.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sounds really yummy, Robyn!ReplyCancel

  • H,

    I try to make my shopping list in order of the aisles the items are in at the supermarket. It saves a lot of time retracing my steps to collect something further down the list.ReplyCancel

  • Great list. I get all of the above plus mozzarella and fresh pizza bases ( love to make my own but doesn’t always time wise…). I’ll print your list because I always get side trackedReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Monique.:) Yum we love homemade pizzas too, so much nicer and healthier too xReplyCancel

Healthy bliss balls are a raw snack filled with protein and energy, usually packed with dried fruits like medjool dates nuts and seeds, very easy to make.

Continue Reading...

  • Bliss balls are such a favourite in our house! I’m going to try your version next time… they sound like a little ferrero rocher. Yum!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are similar, Lucy. But oh my the Ferrero rocher ones are just amazing too!.:)ReplyCancel

  • oh my Kat these sound amazing!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Lisa, they really are!.:) I find they are perfect for that 3pm snack craving i seem to get xReplyCancel

  • I am so excited about this because I just bought a food processor – my husband is training for a charity bike ride and we’re all trying to be more healthy and fit.
    I think these will be the perfect snack treats for when we need a little something. Definitely better than Tim Tams or my husband’s constant parade of lollies through this house haha.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      These are amazing! So deliciously yummy and healthy too! You and hubby will love them.:)ReplyCancel

Door handles can get dirty and harbour germs. I share with you how to clean door handles and finding a solution so you don’t forget to clean them.

Continue Reading...

  • Awesome tips! It’s good to have someone remind you about these things, because it’s proven, that many home owners completely forget to clean such things. And the door handles and knobs are only the beginning – keys, phones, TV remotes, light switches, our sunglasses, and a lot more things. We just don’t take them into account when we think about cleaning, and they often are left neglected. And they shouldn’t, because these things gather lots of bacteria.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I totally agree.:)ReplyCancel

  • Farah

    Question: I live up on Tamborine Mountain and as a resident, we suffer badly from mold up here with all the rainforest around us. I am concerned about having fabric and liquid in a jar, can you confirm that it will stay fresh and not go manky inside the jar?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Farah, i can honestly say i have never had it go yucky on me. Always has that fresh clean smell for me.:)ReplyCancel

A friend called me recently asking if I had some Disney Frozen Party Ideas that will help inspire her for her daughter’s birthday party.  Frozen seems to be the #1 party theme lately, with all little girls in a Frozen frenzy.  I can see why though, the characters are a delight. I’ve put together some […]

Continue Reading...

  • Some great ideas here Katrina, I have given it a share on my FB page!! The girls will love it!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you so much, Mandy! Very much appreciated xReplyCancel

  • Thanks for the great ideas… My daughter’s birthday is coming and she also wants a frozen theme! :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh perfect timing! So happy this helps you out, Sana.:)ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by KFC What makes a good mum?  This is THE QUESTION, from the day our children were born we always question ourselves. Am I a good mum?  Am I doing this right? Being a mum is hard work, we strive to keep the family happy, fed, clean and may set our expectations […]

Continue Reading...

  • This is going to be my second year participating in the Mother’s Day Classic. Mother’s Day is always hard for me and the run is a great way to keep distracted as well as supporting a great cause. This year I’ll have both my boys in the pram doing it with me – considering I’m going to be pushing almost 30kg for 8km I hope I make it! I hope you have a lovely day xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Lauren that is wonderful that you are doing the Mothers Day classic! And so lovely that your boys are doing it with you. Good luck and Happy Mothers day to you xReplyCancel

  • Louise Thomsen

    We try to visit Australia Zoo as a family each Mother’s Day :).

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      What a wonderful fun filled day.:) Love visiting Australia Zoo!ReplyCancel

  • We don’t have any traditions as such, this year for the first time my step kids will be with me for an hour or two in the morning, so I am very excited about that. Enjoy your day xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that is lovely Nicole, hope you have a wonderful day.:)ReplyCancel

  • We go out for breakfast as a family, and with whichever of our mothers that are around. I’ve found that because breakfast is done by 11am, I get 3/4 of the day to myself instead of running around catching up with the mothers separately. And Biggest Winner – aside from making the reservation, I don’t need to do ANYTHING!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sounds like a lovely day all round. Hope you have a beautiful day.:)ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Broadbent

    I’ll be home with a two year old and two five month olds while hubby is at work. No Mother’s Day for me this Sunday :/ Miss 2’s daycare centre are putting on an afternoon tea today for Mother’s Day so I’ll pop down there and spend some time with my big kid while hubby watches the babies.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh a nice chance to spend some time with your little ones, maybe a picnic? xReplyCancel

  • What a beautiful post Kat. We usually all go over to my sisters house with big platters of food and enjoy each others company. It’s lovely. I hope you have a wonderful day with your gorgeous family. :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that sounds lovely, Kate. Hope you had a wonderul day too.:)ReplyCancel

Dealing with the loss of your mum being without her on Mothers Day is hard, there is no right or wrong way to deal with days this post shares some guidance

Continue Reading...

  • wow – I really needed to read this. It will be my first Mother’s Day without my mum. It’s so upsetting. I guess I’ll just see how I go – and hope that each year it gets a little easier.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Laruen, Sending you big hugs this Mothers Day. I will be thinking of you xReplyCancel

  • I’m so sorry to hear about your mum Kat – she sounds like an absolutely beautiful woman. We find Mother’s Day very difficult in our family too. My Mum’s mum died of cancer when Mum was just a baby and my beautiful mother-in-law passed away from cancer 2 years ago. We usually just have a very quiet Mother’s Day. I’ll be thinking of everyone who has lost their mums xx.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That must be very hard on your mum, thinking of you all xxReplyCancel

  • Beautiful and timely post. thank you. I’ve just added this book to this weeks shopping list. xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It really is a lovely well written book. Hope you enjoy it, Nicole.:)ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    I have been thinking of you Kat and all the other “mums without their mums” since the Mother’s Day gift suggestions / craft ideas etc have been appearing in your blog. The lead up and the day itself must be filled with so many mixed emotions – wanting to “enjoy” the day for your children’s sake – yet pining for your own mum and her mum who I know also holds a very special place in your heart.

    My mother is now 90 years old and we are so blessed that she is still with us. She is my children’s only surviving grandparent. The best gift my mum and I can share on Mother’s Day is the gift of time together. She lives interstate and although our budget really can’t stretch to it – I am flying with the three younger children down to Sydney on Saturday afternoon so we can spend Mother’s Day with her. We will go to lunch at the local “cheap and cheerful” Italian restaurant and spend a couple of days together. This time is much more precious than any gift and we both know that it may be our last Mother’s Day together.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Julia, it is hard and must admit the past few days I have been a little sad, thank you for your kids words.

      Ooh what a wonderful daughter you are and a special gift to give to her, I hope you all enjoy your time together and create some wonderful memories, don’t forget to take lots of photos.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Roberts

    My sister & I lost our mum last July & we’ve been struggling lately with Mother’s Day looming so thankyou to my dear friend Tanya who sent me this link I read thru my teary eyes but feel reassured I’m ok & my feelings are felt by others thanx again xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      the first is always the hardest Jennifer,but it is such a beautiful day to remember all those happy moments or why she was a wonderful Mother, you may be teary and that’s allowed, but you will find that one memory that will bring a smile to your face… and that’s allowed too. Will be thinking of you and your sister. xxReplyCancel

  • Kathy

    at least you got 32 years with your mum she got to see you grow up and start your own family and give you some adviceReplyCancel

  • Annette

    This will be my first Mother’s Day without my mum. I am struggling beyond belief. I always made a huge deal of my
    Mum on Mother’s Day as she was my world. I know my kids will make my day special but I’m not sure how to get through it. I have your book and I thank you for hating it with us all.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Annette, I am so sorry to hear about your loss, all I can share is that I gave myself that first Mothers Day to grieve for my Mum, I found it very hard to celebrate the day and the family did understand that. Be kind to yourself and remember those beautiful memories of your mum, what made her so lovable and treasure them xxReplyCancel

  • Deborah

    I lost my mum nearly 5 years ago. She was diagnosed with lung cancer the day after Mothers Day 2010, and gone 3 months later. I only just told my husband today how much I dislike Mothers Day. Leigh, your words could be mine.ReplyCancel

    • Sending you all my love and strength hun xxReplyCancel

    • JoJo

      This is my 10th Mother’s Day without my mum. And deep down I actually dislike Mother’s Day too. But with two excited kids that cherish me and get super excited about the whole thing I put on a brave face which at times I must say is such a battle I end up ruining the whole day for everyone :-( BUT I have to say the last 4 or so years I’ve learnt to be the mum and just enjoy my kids for what it is. Soon they will be all grown up and wont always be around. But the pressure ……. Be brave xoReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    Mother’s Day is the hardest day of the year that is next to mums birthday and of course Christmas. This is my 2nd without mum and yes I’m dreading it, I will try for my kids of course but most defiantly it’s a hard day .ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Will be thinking of you Wendy, hoepfully the kids can help you through it xxReplyCancel

  • Cas

    I lost my mum 30 years ago when I was just 9 years old. Mother’s day is definitely a hard day, then a week later I’m hit with her anniversary. Its also hard with my own beautiful husband working away this Mother’s Day and me trying to put on a brave face for our 2 beautiful daughters. I can not say that in the last 15 years as a mother myself I look forward to Mother’s Day. I also dislike people who have no respect for their mothers….what I would do for one more…hug, kiss, day or lifetime of memories to have my mum here. Everyday is another feather in my cap of being a strong person. Love & Miss my mum everyday xxxxReplyCancel

  • Cassandra

    There seems to be a lot of this going on. I read something in the Age today about another women losing her mother and setting up a website. Purple the world or something. You have a competitor in the mummy grief biz Leigh. It’s an industry now. You needed a coloured piece of clothing to sell to get this thing off the ground. Pink earmuffs? I’m not sure your mother would be too keen to learn that you are using her death as a vehicle towards what, celebrity? Have you started looking for an agent? Let’s be honest about our intentions.ReplyCancel

    • Julia K

      Ah now Cassandra – if you can’t say anything nice – ’tis better to say nothing at all.
      Reading the other comments – it seems to me that Leigh’s comments and book have been of help to others who have sadly lost their mums. I don’t think this is the appropriate place to start a debate.
      Enough said.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I don’t feel that is what Leigh is aiming for, it is about awareness of grief and whilst I am sitting here in tears reading about other ladies that have lost their mum and trying my absolutly hardet to reply in comforting words, it’s hard. What are the right words to say to help them through such a hard time? I know so many of my friends and family didn’t say much after I lost my mum as they didn’t know what to say, it’s a very lonely place. Leigh has been able to put it all into words and many many people are grateful for this, as am I.ReplyCancel

    • Liz

      It’s not a business making scheme Cassandra, it’s about women who have lost their mothers, wanting to help other mothers out there going through the same thing. It’s tough being a mum without your own mum around. Knowing that they are missing out on their grandchildren, and you miss out on having that guidance from her and getting to share everything that goes on in your life.ReplyCancel

    • JANE

      Cassandra, the fact that you needed to share a negative comment on such a genuine blog? I have sincere empathy for you :( You obviously have a very heavy heart <3ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    I lost my mum when I was in my teens. I found a great book called Motherless Daughters that helped me cope. I’ll be sure to read this one too. These types of books are a great help to know you’re not alone & gives you the hope that grief does get better with time.ReplyCancel

    • Liz

      Someone needs to write about losing your dad too. That is a tough one. Dad’s are meant to be invincible, and when they’re gone it’s really hard.ReplyCancel

      • Joy

        Hi Liz, I agree my Dad was just always there, broke my heart when he was gone. I consider what I read of Leigh’s post applied to the loss of Mum and Dad.ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    Every word is so very, very true! I can not wait to read this book. I lost my beautiful mum 8 years ago suddenly to cancer while pregnant with my second daughter. The hype leading up to mothers day is almost unbearable for me, (I don’t even want to leave the house), but I am so happy for everyone out there who still gets to spoil their mum on this day and every day, including my 2 gorgeous girls. They will make my tears turn to tears of joy.ReplyCancel

  • Joy

    Thanks for writing the book Leigh . Many years ago my husband died as the result of a crash where a driver had been drinking and speeding. At 22 with a five and three year old our lives were shattered. If there would have been a book I could have read where someone had travelled the journey we didn’t want to go on and I could have known one day we would be alright I believe it would have helped even a little . When hearts are broken and lives shattered even a little is of benefit. It was so long ago that there wasn’t counselling no help for us at all except loved ones who were struggling with the loss the same we were. So good on you Leigh for sharing your journey of grief there will be many who will be comforted even if just a little.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    I lost my mum almost 5 months ago to cancer and I miss her very much , I know Sunday is going to be a hard time for our family. I hope to get your book as it might help me with the lose of mum. I think of mum every day and the special moments she is going to miss in my life.ReplyCancel

  • jane dunne

    This post is amazing and so very timely. No one understands how you feel this time of year unless you’ve experienced it yourself. This is my 3rd mothers day without my beautiful mum, and it still never gets easier even with my own kids. You try to be so happy for them, but a piece of you is so broken its hard to enjoy the day. Special hugs to alll those feeling the same way. XxxReplyCancel

  • Ann S

    Thankyou for this post on the eve of Mothers day as I read through the stories I realise I am not alone with grief ..I really needed this thankyou everyone for your stories , I must say its been 6 years without my mum but still hard , I am grateful for my two children that make my day special every year and reading about others through blogs just knowing each and everyone of us have felt the pain of losing our mums , hope you all can have a special day tomorrow with loved ones helping you through xReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Lego Friends Lego would have to be the most used toy in our home, so much so that a few years ago we made my son a Lego Storage Unit in his bedroom dedicated to displaying his creations!  However we haven’t made a dedicated space for the girls Lego, they have so much of […]

Continue Reading...

  • Anita

    My 2, age 5 & 3 enjoy playing in the garden together, pretending to use the gate as a house door “knock knock”, pushing & weaving in and out of the plants with trucks & cars, picking flowers & creating bunched together…
    Garden play offers a wide range of imaginative ideas & great place to bond & express their imagibation together…ReplyCancel

  • Anita

    My 2, age 5 & 3 enjoy playing in the garden together, pretending to use the gate as a house door “knock knock”, pushing & weaving in and out of the plants with trucks & cars, picking flowers & creating bunched together…
    Garden play offers a wide range of imaginative ideas & great place to bond & express their imagination together…ReplyCancel

  • Isobel

    My son is in high school & my daughter is in primary. Lego has always been something that they could play together-it’s ageless! The kids also play with Lego sets that my hubby & I had as kids, they re-invent the playsets all the time. My youngest even takes sets over to her friends house & they play together. It’s so nice not to have them staring at a computer screen. I love to see what they’ve made- bits of grey space Lego mixed with the pinks of the Friends Lego equals a space cubby house with starship garage & coffee area.ReplyCancel

  • Sam Wilson

    My girls and I all love building Lego together. Thank you for sharing these storage ideas, I can’t wait start using some of them at home.ReplyCancel

  • Ebony Twiss

    My two girls 4 and 5 are relatively new to lego and I introduced it to them to build their own fairy houses. They built their Lego fairy houses in the backyard tree to escape their destructive brother, 2, and it has become a morning ritual to check to see if the fairies have been and see if they were left a present. They end up spending hours playing and adding to their creations. It’s worked very well!!ReplyCancel

  • Robyn

    I have 2 girls and a boy, aged 4,5 and 7. They love to play imaginative games together, be it from role playing a favourite scene, to running around outside making up games as they play together. They also enjoy making plans to create their next masterpiece from lego, playdough or paper, in fact anything they can get their hands on! We try to limit TV and computer time as it isolates them from the rest of the family.ReplyCancel

  • Maureen

    When my Grandchildren get together, at my home they play and create for hours, it is lovely to see the cousins bonding with each other, I have lots of lego at my place. the storage ideas are great must use some of the ideas.ReplyCancel

  • Christina

    My 6 yr old and 3 yr old love to play together all the time. They make fabulous desserts with playdough, help each other with Lego and Duplo, dress up Barbie and sing and dance together! But most bonding time is when they are in bed. They talk to each other in bed after good night kisses and until they fall asleep.ReplyCancel

  • Nadine

    I have two girls and a boy, aged 9,7 and three. My older girls think they are the “Mum” to their brother. The best bonding time is in the bath. All three bath together and they love to create imaginative games in the bath. They love using bath crayons as well as bath toys. My little boy loves taking his Lego in the bath with him. The best is when my daughters try and teach their brother how to swim in the bath and blow bubbles. ??????????ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    Thanks so much for the Lego storage ideas. Lego is such a great toy to play with but can be so messy so these ideas are great. I have four children, 8, 6, 3 and 9months. They love to play animal games, so they will be lions and they will make my 9month old the baby lion who they have to follow and keep track of and protect so all I hear is roar roar roar. They also like to play mums and aunties and our 9 month old is their baby. I love that they always try to include our youngest in their games.ReplyCancel

  • Such a great post. My husband and I bond with our 4 year old with lego. She loves lego she is able to do most of the bigger older lego by herself already :)ReplyCancel

  • Anna

    I have so many great memories of playing Lego with my 4 siblings. Despite the 11 year gap between the oldest and youngest, it was the one toy we all shared together.
    I found the same thing this summer with my children’s Duplo collection. They are aged 4 and 2, so when their older cousins (aged 6, 7, 9 & 11) were visiting from the USA I had my doubts that they would be interested in my children’s toys, however the Duplo came out on the first day and stayed out all summer, and I have pictures of all 6 children playing happily together!
    I’m working on building my Lego collection before their next visit in a few years timeReplyCancel

  • Mara Evans

    Definitely Lego! Keeps the kids entertained for hours. And Dad joins in too. My favourite is that after they finished building the instruction designed it all gets pulled apart and the real creating begins. Great for little imaginations.ReplyCancel

  • My girls bond when they have common interests, they are 3 & 7. Lego is a great all age activity (we love it to) as well as drawing together and for each other.ReplyCancel

  • My daughter is a very active girl, but the one thing she will sit down and do is play lego and she loves to get everyone involved building sets and using her imagination to build her own creations. It is the perfect rainy day (or to hot to play outside) activity for my girl.ReplyCancel

  • christine

    My girls aged 7 and 10 bond with each other when they do things together. For example, they assemble their brand new Lego sets, play board games, help in cooking and even help clean each other’s bedrooms.ReplyCancel

  • Robyn

    My three girls (2,5 & 7) love playing make believe together. Two of their favourites are using the outside cubby house to play cafe or babies, and playing schools. Lego is another good one because they need to cooperate and share all the pieces to build, then use their creations to make believe play with the characters.ReplyCancel

  • Anisa

    My girls like to play with their lego and farm animals. They make scenes and can play for hours. My eldest has just found lego friends and wants to get some for her birthday.ReplyCancel

  • Chris Watt

    My 7yr old son & my 4.5yr old daughter love to play with the figurines. They pull apart all the Lego people & make brand new people & super heroes using all their different body parts. Then they play out different super hero action scenes with my daughters Lego Frozen or Lego Friends sets. Its super cute :-)ReplyCancel

  • Kym p

    My three girls love to play Lego. We store our Lego in several Lego heads and up end it all when its time to play. Not much fun for mummy to clean up. Will definitely be implanting a better Lego storage system now. Wonderful ideas thanks you.ReplyCancel

  • Katie O

    My daughter H and her friends like to pretend they’re animals on a big adventure. Everyday they seem to pick a different animal. It wonderful to see them outside and making use of their surroundings.ReplyCancel

  • Cate

    My four girls 6,6,3, and 1, love playing with our dolls/barbies in the doll houses. It seems to bridge the age gaps wonderfully. Early morning or anytime the sunny corner of our lounge is witness to little voices and tiny folk going about their business. Their cousins and friends also just come in and settle down to play, changing clothes or layout, wether alone or with others it’s easy fun play.ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    My girls 5 & 7 have been learning to long stich with kits they were given for Christmas. It’s a great bonding session for them while bringing back memories for myself.ReplyCancel

  • Nadette

    My girls bond through imaginative play, and their little brother is starting to join in with them. They often use Lego, Loopsy’s, animals and dolls all in one game.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Lego is a great bonding experience for ALL of us. My 11 year old daughter thinks she’s too old for Lego, but is happy to “help out” her 7 yr old sister with building the Friends Lego!! Ultimately she ends up fully absorbed in it!! 10 yr old son has always loved lego and Minecraft is his and his dads favourite. I have the Christmas lego too, and it is family tradition every year to build it all together!! Better than decorating a christmas tree!!ReplyCancel

  • Alicia

    My four kids love playing Lego and I quite often find them all in a bedroom with Lego spread out all over the floor. The other favourite game is to play shops or restaurants together.ReplyCancel

  • heidi lomax

    believe it or not but they play together on Mine Craft on their ipods ganging up on spiders and working together. I was reluctant to allow them technology at first but this game has changed my mind. It is highly interactive and sociable. I love the way they problem solve together.ReplyCancel

  • Lynette

    My kids spend time bonding playing with Lego of course !
    They love to play together and help each other to create some very imaginative scenes.ReplyCancel

  • Clare

    I have four children 6,5,3 and 1. One of their favorite wet day activities is setting up the wooden railway track and then with in all the loops they make paddocks and villages and then set up a farm with all their farm animals and tractors (we are farmers so see a lot of role playing of our day to day farm jobs, and is scary how they mimic what we do and say!). Its great to see them play together and discuss their ideas about what should be happening. The older ones are also just starting to play with lego and have really enjoyed building some great creations, as long as they can keep the youngest away from all the little pieces!ReplyCancel

  • Noelle

    I have a 7 year old girl and a 5 year old boy. They bond really well when they are sitting at the kitchen table with all of their Legos spread out, playing for hours. My son likes to create different homes for my daughters little lego Friends to play in. There is usually a bad guy involved in the end and a good guy to save the day. When they need a break they go out to the trampoline for some playtime.ReplyCancel

  • Janine Hobbs

    Both my kids do it with toys! My son uses octonauts. He organises his friends to be different characters and they go on “missions”. The language they use is amazing and the getting along and group work skills is fantastic for him and his friends!! My daughter used little people to do a very similar thing when she was little. Now she is older her friends come over and they play Lego. Role playing with friends over toys is the best way to bond and develop friendship skills!ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    My son(9) and daughter (4) love playing Lego together. My daughter loves that big brother can build “anything” … and he loves the challenge of her requests!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that is very cute.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Fazalul

    I have a 4 year old girl. Nothing compares to the stomach ache she gets due to giggling hilariously with her friends! What a beautiful moment!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh i just love the sound of hearing the kids play together.:)ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Mardon

    LEGO is certainly without age barrier here too. With a 14yo, 9yo, 8yo and 2.5yo we have some big age gaps, but lately they have been building rockets out of their Lego stash – my daughter uses her pink and purples and the boys mostly grey and black from their stash. They also like playing lightsaber fights or role-play in the yard (including the big one!) And sometimes the middle 2 can spend hours together creating with hama/perler beads.ReplyCancel

  • Di

    Out the back in their cubby house, giggling and sharing ‘kids only’ secrets.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Just beautiful.:)ReplyCancel

  • Liz W

    Love all the fantastic lego storage ideas thanks for sharing. My daughter and her friends like to bake cookies and then decorate them, it’s messy but oh so delicious!ReplyCancel

  • sapshu

    Building things with Legos without using the instruction book and making short videos of their step by step creation.- this way they challenge each other to come up with the best creation.ReplyCancel

  • Miranda

    Some great storage ideas however disappointed at the title of this article. Surely it could have been ’20 Lego friends storage ideas’ versus assuming this branding of lego is used exclusively by girls.ReplyCancel

  • My three girls 4,6,7 like to lay on top of each other and roll down hills together. Every time we go to a park with hills they pile on top of each other with the youngest protected in the middle, hold each other tight and the roll down a hill gently but in one block. It is so cute to watch them hugging and looking out for each other and ending up in a big mess at the bottom!ReplyCancel

  • As a grandmother I get great enjoyment watching my 2 granddaughters playing with their lego with each other and also on play dates. They live in Dubai so when I visit these times are especially precious to me as I miss them so much.ReplyCancel

  • Monica Hunter

    My kids, Liliana 5 and Raphael almost 2, pretend to cook breakfast and tea at their play kitchen and then bring it to me in bed in little bowls (duplo lego pieces are often part of my pretend breakfast and tea)ReplyCancel

  • Linda Clark

    Ridiculously, my boys interact the most AND the most positively when on individual computers in separate rooms. They talk to each other via Skype at the same time as playing Minecraft – in the same world.

    • Linda Clark

      BTW… I have a younger little girl who I would love the lego for. She is too young for Skype and Minecraft.
      ; )ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    While we don’t have kids yet my 28 year old husband can be entertained with Lego for hours. Thank-you for the great storage ideas.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL i love it Amy!.:) My hubby too enjoys “helping the kids” create lego towns.:)ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Doyle

    Definitely by making up their own games … that is when I see my daughter and her friends most alive and full of SO many ideas ….ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is just beautiful! I couldn’t agree more, Rebecca.:)ReplyCancel

  • Hana simes

    My kiddies bond through dance. There’s nothing they love more than a “dance-off”!ReplyCancel

  • Sabrina

    My kids are big on using their imagination. They do a huge amount of role playing as mums and dad, teachers and students, pets and owners. It is wonderful to see them playing this way, they are so creative !!ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    My 6yo daughter and her friends love to put on a show with costumes, music, dancing and the occasional puppet guest!ReplyCancel

  • Rene

    Our cul de sac has open front doors with kids riding bikes and scooters, and playing cricket and soccer in the street and then bounding through houses with their mates to re-energise for the next round.ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn

    My girls, 7 and 4, love building Friends Lego together, making puzzles and putting on puppet shows. Their favourite though is putting on backpacks and go exploring the backyard. Miss 7 makes a list and they have to collect everything on it while avoiding the crocodiles and anacondas that are apparently out there!!ReplyCancel

  • Shiami

    My 5.5yr old son and 3.5yr old daughter are very different and have different interests. However they do manage to role play together with lego. Even though my son is very protective of his lego, he will give my daughter’s lego friends rides on his lego train etcetera and they have fun together. We are thankful for the great benefits and fun lego brings!ReplyCancel

  • Lily

    I grew up in the 90’s and lived on the Rugrats cartoons. Watching it always made me wonder if toddlers could actually communicate with one another.

    Now watching my niece and nephew, I know the definitely can. Mr 7 and little Miss 3 have these wonderful conversations with one another. I have no clue what they’re talking about but it can go on for hours with cuddles and laughs in between. It’s so lovely to watch them bond and strengthen their sibling love for one another.ReplyCancel

  • I don’t know if this is the best answer, but it is a good one! SweetFrog (a local serve-yourself frozen yogurt store).ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Powell

    We like to dance together! But of course, Lego Friends are a fun way to play together, too!ReplyCancel

  • Corina Gatto

    My granddaughter (4) has taught her younger sister (2) to wag her bottom from side to side while singing “bom bom bom bom” (aka come get me). They also love singing Frozen tunes, even though our little one can only sing “Go, go, go go” along with the tune of “Let it Go”. I fall in love with them both every day.ReplyCancel

  • Alisha Williams

    My five year old daughter and three year old son adore each other and spend so much time together. Their favourite thing to do together is tell each other jokes. I love hearing them off in another room trying to make each other laugh. Not many of the jokes makes sense to me but they both think they’re hilarious. “How does a rabbit get over the fence when he’s lost his hop? A kangaroo throws him over!”. See…hilarious! 😉ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that is so very cute!.:) xReplyCancel

  • Alana

    My girls 2, 4 & 7 love either riding bikes outside, but if they must be in, it’s either Legos or Duplos. With Lego Disney Princesses, we really don’t need any other toys. The use Legos to build doll houses, cars, play zoo, play trains, and act out all sorts of plays, there’s no end. And with Duplos and Legos, they can pick what scale to make it, either tiny to act out or BIG to use for their stuffed animals.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s lovely Alana.:)ReplyCancel

Weekly meal plan family friendly recipe Ideas to help you work out what to cook for dinner

Continue Reading...

  • These recipes look so good Kat! I know the Sausage and Vegetable Bake would be popular in our house, but the Ricotta and Eggplant Gnocchi also looks wonderful. We’re having a pantry and freezer clean out this week as we’re on holidays and not home until tomorrow.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Lauren, Yes it is very delicious the Sausage and Vegie bake. Our family favourite is the Ricotta and Eggplant Gnocchi, the kids just love this dish! Hope you have had a nice time away xReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    This week’s meal plan:

    sun 3 may spaghetti bolognese

    mon 4 may pepper & peanut chicken w/ rice & green beans

    tues 5 may fish fingers, mashed potatoes, peas & baby tomatoes

    wed 6 may toasties (eisteddfod)

    thurs 7 may slow cooker silverside roast with mashed potatoes & green veg

    fri 8 may tacos

    sat 9 may away in nsw for the weekend

    baking oven door broken so have purchased bakery items this weekReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      YUM! I love the sound of your meal plan! Sounds delicious, Julia.:)ReplyCancel

  • Healthy eating and exercise for life.Clean eating meal plans, including all USA food.ReplyCancel

For the Dad’s that may have googled Mothers Day Gift Ideas or daughters needing some ideas for their Mum, here is a great list of ideas the Mum in your life may enjoy this Mothers Day. For the Mum’s reading please share in the comments below what has been your favourite gift received in the past? […]

Continue Reading...

  • These are great ideas Kat! Mothers Day always sneaks up on me because it’s usually a few days after my birthday 😛ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It must be your birthday very soon then, hope you have a great day, looking forward to seeing you soon!!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne

    Great ideas. I had to laugh at the ‘I love you more than cupcakes’ sign… Cupcake is my younger niece’s nickname. She’d be a bit insulted if I gave mom that sign, lol! :-)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL yes she would be.:)ReplyCancel