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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

Task 39 – 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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  • How funny, my creative space was looking messy today due to school holidays and I popped over here for a bit of inspiration (which I often do when I need a declutter) and just saw the picture of my room looking nice and clean. I knew I could rely on you :)ReplyCancel

A collection of cake recipes the kids will enjoy

We love freshly baked cakes, slices and cookies in our house.  So I thought I would share with you a collection of cakes that we have made in our kitchen over the  years.  Click on the image to view the recipe. Ice cream Cone Cupcakes Heart shaped cupcakes Kit Kat, M&M Birthday Cake and here is […]

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  • Oh ma GAWSH!!! I’m now starving and craving CAKE after seeing this post! THANK YOU for sharing – it’s always motivating to see cake recipes that are actaully do-able! Love the look of all of these.
    C xReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      They are so delicious and look lovely, i agree!.:)ReplyCancel

September 2014 tasks of the day

20 DAYS TO ORGANISE AND CLEAN YOUR HOME CHALLENGE –  REGISTRATION ENDS TODAY – We are starting the 20 day challenge tomorrow, you only have a few hours left to sign up.  If it’s a fit for you, I’d love for you to join us.  We won’t be doing the challenge again until next year. SEPTEMBER 2014 […]

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Weekend Catch Up #9

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

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  • Karen

    Have you got any tips how to store balls in the garage? Soccer, rugby, etc (multiples!). Looking forward to some suggestions. Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Elizabeth

      Karen, we keep all ours in one of those mini garbage bins in the garage. For some reason our youngest has collected every sort of sports ball available, despite not playing many ball sports. We also have a collection of bouncy balls he has picked up along the way! I find the mini-bins great as the lid keeps spiders etc out and they are cheap at most discount stores. Hope this helps.ReplyCancel

  • Elsy Carolina Arguello

    Hi there,im a big fun of yours and have been for sometime,i love your site and all the hardwork you do .thank you for sharing all those wonderful tips and ideas to keep our home beautiful…
    I actually bought finish diswashig balls and to my surprised was really dissapointed,all of them were kind of melting as if it has been wet then dried i thought maybe if i buy them at a different woolworth? Did so and still not right,i bought 2 big boxes just to throwthem out$$$$$$ .I have send the company 3 emails and still no reply,it has been well over 3 months so….anyways i just wanted to share my experience with you.
    Once again thank you for all your hardwork!!!ReplyCancel

    • Ashleigh

      I am having the same problem. I have bought the ones that are in the dissolvable packet, the packet does not dissolve and I find the whole mushy tablet just sitting the bottom of the dishwasher. Its very frustrating as I need to do the whole load again to rinse off any residue.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        Ooh no, I’ve never heard of this happening, I use mine everyday and have had no problems, have you contacted the manufacturer?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Elsy that is awful and I can imagine your frustration. I can’t explain why they have not replied but that would have been my first advice was to contact them. Are you using them on a regular cycle? I use them daily for many many years and have had no problems.ReplyCancel

  • Bree

    Hi Katrina, Love your sons bed. Where did you purchase it from?ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Hi Bree, i got it from Forty Winks! It is a lovely bed.:)ReplyCancel

  • Have fun being on TV!! How super excitingReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Thanks Nat! It was very exciting, really enjoyed it.:)ReplyCancel

  • Ms_MotorbikeNut

    G’day really pleased your doing a Weekend Catch up now as some people like myself don’t like Facebook so don’t use it, so for me the weekend catch up is great.

    (((( Hugs )))) XXXX Kisses XXXXReplyCancel

Kids Lunchbox Idea #3

Munch and Crunch Kiwi Fruit Morning Tea Banana bread & cucumber, cherry tomato and cheese cube Lunch Ham and cheese sandwich with strawberry fruit leather I put the strawberry fruit roll up in a little Silicone Food Buckets to keep it separated from the banana bread. view more lunchbox ideas here

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  • I totally want to try those roll ups. They’ve been on my to-do list for ages!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      They are really easy and the kids love them.:)ReplyCancel

Creative ways to flavour popcorn

A few weeks ago the kids and I were craving popcorn, I had the microwave kind in the pantry, but they tasted rather bland so I asked the community on Facebook what they do to flavour their popcorn? There were some very interesting and strange suggestions, thought I would share them all with you. Creative ways […]

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  • I have fond memories of Mum and I sharing a bowl of popcorn flavoured in icing sugar.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love memories like that Briohny!ReplyCancel

  • Candice

    I love the icing sugar and salt idea. I really like sweet and salty popcorn and that sounds like an easy way to have it homemade.ReplyCancel

  • Hailey

    Freshly grated parmesan… so so good!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Ooh that sounds yummy, Hailey!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    being dairy free the kids usually have chicken salt, or if I will make it coconut caramel (dairy free). We also just braught cinnimon sugar for them.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Sukiennik

    Usually we have the popcorn plain, air popped out of the machine. But if it is a special treat, I add sultanas, diced dried apricots, banana chips and honey flavoured tiny teddies to the mix.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Love your idea Amanda, sounds delicious.:)ReplyCancel

Mexican Chicken Salad Sandwich Filling

Ooh we so love Mexican in this household.  The girls and I like most dishes as I make them, but the boys (so macho) like to add in extra dashes of chilli sauce or jalapenos.   We often have chicken rolls for lunch on the weekends, but this took the traditional chicken and mayo roll […]

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  • Michelle Compton

    This recipe sounds so delicious but I have a question. What is capsicum? I’ve never heard of it. I live in America, in Washington State. Does it just go by another name here? Thank you for you wonderdul recipes!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Michelle, I think you call them red peppers. Funny how we have the same things but they are named differently.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Compton

    Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • caitlyn

    Just made this for lunch and my 14 month old is loving it. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Ooh that is great, so yummy and healthy.:)ReplyCancel

  • This is so dinner toight.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      So yummy and easy.:)ReplyCancel

Clever kitchen organising ideas

I’ve been considering making a few changes to my kitchen and have been reading lots of kitchen magazines and browsing the internet for inspiration.  Here are a few really clever kitchen organising ideas: Clever ideas kitchen organising ideas add a pop of colour inside the cupboards  |  A Beautiful Mess Use a magazine holder  | […]

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  • Shea

    I do like that pop of colour!

    All of these ideas seem fairly simple but are probably more suited to someone who is renovating or getting a new kitchen – the pop of colour is probably the easiest thing to get done if someone wanted to change their kitchen up without *actually* changing their kitchen!

    I wouldn’t have thought of putting oils in a drawer though – my oils tend to have a sticky/oily residue if they don’t get religiously wiped off and I’d be worried that when others in my household tidy up, the drawer would end up with a base of oily residue which would be a PITA to clean!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I keep my oils in a little basket purely for the same reason Shea, much easier to wipe a plastic basket then my wooden shelves.ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    We recently added a new shelf to three of the existing cupboards in our kitchen – allowing us to separate some items that were previously stacked on top of one another. Total cost was $28 for the three shelves (cut to size at Bunnings) and it’s made such a difference.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      So cheap, great idea Kate!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie J

    Half shelves utilise the back of the cupboard and i use baskets to kerp plastics togegher. Oils and sauces are stored on a tray which helps kerp the cupboard clean.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I like the idea of half shelves too Kylie, great use of space.ReplyCancel

  • JoJo

    You know that corner cupboard that’s so deep you need to put your entire body inside just to wipe it out?! Well in my search on the internet last year to organise my kitchen, I came across a lazy susan being used. Light bulb moment for me as I had a large glass one given to me for Christmas years ago. It was only ever used 2-4 times a year – It fit perfectly on the botton shelf and now houses those things only used 2-4 times a year. Now that corner cupboard is being put to full and proper use. LOVE ITReplyCancel

  • Kate - Kat's Assistant

    Wow fantastic idea, Jojo! I think i might need to get a lazy susan as i too have one of those cupboards.ReplyCancel

Quinoa and Zucchini Fritters

A few weeks ago Mr Organised and I visited Byron Bay (far north coast of New South Wales) for a wedding.  While there we visited the Byron Fresh Cafe for lunch. Their menu was full of healthy organic options and it was so hard to choose just one item for lunch. Their Quinoa and Zucchini hotcakes […]

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  • Alison

    These would probably be even better if you could work out how to eliminate the breadcrumbs. If you put breadcrumbs in you may as well have eaten a sandwich – certainly most people looking for a healthier way of life are trying to eliminate bread. Did you try without them? Not sticky enough?ReplyCancel

    • Debbie

      maybe you could try rolled oats instead of bread crumbsReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        That is a great idea Debbie, they would taste so good too!ReplyCancel

    • Chanel

      I used Lifestyle bakery gluten free breadcrumbs. They turned out great, but the middle looked a little undercooked so I then put them in the oven.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        Great idea Chanel, thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      No I didn’t, but that’s a great idea for those trying to eliminate bread from their diet.ReplyCancel

  • Rosalee

    I made these last night, they were great, whole family ate them, thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yay so glad, we loved them so much too!!!ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    they are a winner!
    was my first time at quinoa – so that was interesting for me too.. have always loved anything with quinoa in it but hadn’t attempted it myself. your easy to follow instructions for both cooking quinoa and then the fritter – piece of cake! (or should I say fritter?!)ReplyCancel

  • Kate - Kat's Assistant

    Ooh yay!! So glad they worked for you and you enjoyed them. So delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    Can these be frozen? With kids and work I’m looking at more meals which can be frozen.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sure Mel i can’t see why they couldn’t be frozen, worth a try.ReplyCancel

  • I was so impressed by this recipe, I’ve re-shared it over on my blog! Admittedly, I had to substitute the zucchini for broccoli and carrot (I ran out of zucchini!) but the quinoa was so nice to cook with! Will definitely be making these again!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wonderful! It is super yummy, i real favourite of mine at the moment.:)ReplyCancel

Weekend Catch Up #8

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

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  • I can’t believe you throw out all those bottles Kat….lol….here I am collecting bottle after bottle to make succulent terrarium gifts.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea Renee, I am giving them away to a reader (teacher) that lives locally she is going to make christmas globes with your studentsReplyCancel

  • Can you fit a tea light in one of those baby bottles? Just came back from a wedding, with jars full of flowers and tea lights. Was beautiful styling.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That is such a gorgeous idea, I could imagine how beautiful that would look!ReplyCancel