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Organised Christmas 2014 – Day 22

23 days till Christmas Day This series will help you prepare for Christmas.  Each weekday I will share with you Christmas organising tasks, gift ideas, recipes, crafts and fun elf antic ideas. Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and […]

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  • Mel Orr

    Hi,
    Last year on your blog you had a guide/table that outlined 9 categories for gifts for the kids, they included things like ‘something to read’, ‘something to play with’, ‘something to experience’ etc. I can’t find it anywhere this year and last year was seriously the easiest shopping year of my life because I had that guide (and I’ve been a mum for 19 years so that’s pretty good going!)
    Can you repost it or tell me where I can find it. I’ve been searching through your archives all day!!
    Please help!!
    Mel :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Mel, yes i certainly do.:) At the top of the newsletter if you click on the Christmas gift guide it will take you straight through to the gift guide.ReplyCancel

  • Thanks a lot for the advices! I work a lot and I don’t have a lot of time for another activities. It is hard to find time to send Christmas cards. So, thanks for the tips!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh you are very welcome, Tonny! So lovely to hear nice feedback.:)ReplyCancel

What to take when asked to “bring a plate”

Christmas is that wonderful time of year that we catch up with friends for pre-Christmas celebrations and with our family as we also have quite a few birthdays between now and the new year.

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  • I have a secret weakness for devilled eggs! yum!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      they are so yummy, even a curried variation would be nice!ReplyCancel

      • Bev Lange

        here’s an even easier version of eggs, boil and halve as per usual, but instead of taking out yolk, simply sprinkle some curry powder over each halve (don’t get too heavy handed) and drizzle a few drops of french dressing and hep presto all doneReplyCancel

  • Imogen Hodson

    Hiya organised housewife!

    I have an idea for your {Daily task}.
    Donate the wedding dress you adore (but is clogging up wardrobe space) to…
    Angel Gowns for Australian Angel Babies Inc.
    (angelgowns.org.au OR they also have a facebook page, just search for Angel Gowns for Australian Angel Babies Inc)

    These awesome volunteers transform the dresses into beautiful burial gowns for stillborn babies. This is a completely free service.

    They will also take your random sewing supplies or ribbony bits if you feel like cleaning out your sewing stuff.

    If you need more info (or want to do a blog story), just message Sarah the CEO. She is adorable and they really love the publicity.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Imogen for these details, I have just shared it on my facebook page xReplyCancel

  • Imogen Hodson

    Thank you, thank you! ????ReplyCancel

  • Karin

    Than you for your wonderful ideas!! I never thought of using a piping bag to put the mixture in the eggs brilliant!!!ReplyCancel

  • Karin

    Thank you for your wonderful ideas!! I never thought of using a piping bag to put the mixture in the eggs brilliant!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You are very welcome, Karin!.:)ReplyCancel

Organised Christmas 2014 – Day 21

24 days till Christmas Day This series will help you prepare for Christmas.  Each weekday I will share with you Christmas organising tasks, gift ideas, recipes, crafts and fun elf antic ideas. Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and […]

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  • Oh my lord 24 days until Christmas??? NOOOO!!!!! Love all these organising-y things though. Very kind of you love!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is crazy scary! I still cannot believe how quick Christmas is coming around!!.:)ReplyCancel

How to host a lunch and spend time with your guests

This post is sponsored by Coles I am thrilled to share some exciting news with you all.  I have partnered with a brand that fits perfectly with the content of the blog, I am proud to announce I am a Coles Ambassador.  Nothing will change for you, I will continue to bring you the same type of posts, sharing family […]

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  • Cheryl

    Congratulations on the partnership with Coles, that is great news!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn

    This is great I usually fail and spend most of the time in the kitchen preparing, then we eat and they usually leave so I didn’t really get to spend time with them, going to use some of your tips next time!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra

    wow coles? Thats great. Look forward to many more imteresting posts like this one.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Sandra.:) Yes i am so excited and thrilled to be working with Coles!ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations Katrina. You will be an awesome ambassador.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Trish! I am so super excited.:)ReplyCancel

Organised Christmas 2014 – Day 20

27 days till Christmas Day This series will help you prepare for Christmas.  Each weekday I will share with you Christmas organising tasks, gift ideas, recipes, crafts and fun elf antic ideas. Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and […]

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Organised Christmas 2014 – Day 19

28 days till Christmas Day This series will help you prepare for Christmas.  Each weekday I will share with you Christmas organising tasks, gift ideas, recipes, crafts and fun elf antic ideas. Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and […]

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10 tips for choosing colour in your home

This post is sponsored by Taubmans When we first moved into our home I painted a feature wall in the kids bedrooms. I love colour and felt leaving their walls cream like the rest of the house was bland.  Miss 9’s bedroom just makes me smile, it’s just so bright and colourful, I really don’t think it […]

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  • I love taubmans paint! I will use that software tool when I’m re-painting my workspace next year :) Thank you for sharing, I love your blog!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you!.:) Yes i love there paint too.:)ReplyCancel

Organised Christmas 2014 – Day 18

29 days till Christmas Day This series will help you prepare for Christmas.  Each weekday I will share with you Christmas organising tasks, gift ideas, recipes, crafts and fun elf antic ideas. Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and […]

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  • Oooh I love the look of that punch – so pretty!! What a great idea about getting your iPod Christmas ready – I hadn’t even thought of that!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Lucy.:)ReplyCancel

Easy Tropical Punch

Memories of punch goes way back for me, it used to be my Aunty’s speciality every Christmas she would bring all her ingredients and make the kids our very own special drink!! My punch version is very simple. Pour all your ingredients into a bowl or dispenser, then fill with ice. You can use a punch bowl, […]

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  • Ruey Enanoria

    Great recipe! Punch was a big hit with our family and guests last Christmas. To make things more colourful, I made a big ice ring out of juice, fruits and mint leaves in a tupperware jelly ring mould…that way the punch doesn’t get diluted. I used a bowl last year and it was very pretty with the ice ring floating but I am very tempted to get one of these drink dispensers. Can I ask if the fruits get in the way of the punch flowing out of the tap?ReplyCancel

  • Oooh YUM!! That looks great and so easy to make! Definitely bookmarking this for the festive season – and I bought a drink dispenser a couple of months ago – so perfect!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic Charlene! It is so yummy and easy to make, everyone really enjoys it.:)ReplyCancel

  • I can imagine what an easy crowd pleaser this punch is Kat! :DReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It sure is Lorraine.:) So refreshing and yummy.:)ReplyCancel

  • Love this idea for Chrissy Day – we get champers so the kidetes should have a special drink, too.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I absolutely agree with you The Hungry Mum.:)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Where did you get the mason jars from?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Amanda, i got my mason jars from Big W.ReplyCancel

  • Hey is v that aka fruit cocktail here in usaReplyCancel

Organised Christmas 2014 – Day 17

30 days till Christmas Day This series will help you prepare for Christmas.  Each weekday I will share with you Christmas organising tasks, gift ideas, recipes, crafts and fun elf antic ideas. Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and […]

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  • Thanks so much for the shout out Katrina. Love all your Christmas organisation tips too. That slice looks incredible! xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I love your outfit combo’s Vanessa, my favourite would have to be the one with the mint country road sandals, beautiful colours. I tried the sandals on a few weeks ago, but they didn’t fit me properly, I did walk away a little disappointed in my foot LOL.ReplyCancel

Creamy Potato Bake

My husbands favourite accompaniment to a BBQ is good creamy potato bake and I must admit I do love it too! Slice potato thin to ensure it cooks well.  Layer half the potato into a baking dish, sprinkle over onion and bacon pieces. Layer with remaining potato slices.  Mix cream, milk and stock powder in bowl, […]

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  • I’m such a fiend for potato bake! I usually make a small one because I can’t be trusted around it ;)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL I know what you mean, now my kids eat more we never have potato bake left overs :(ReplyCancel

  • It’s pretty hard to beat a potato bake! I have tried over and over and can never beat my Mum’s. Next I’m going to try your recipe… I think it just may knock Mum off the potato bake queen perch!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      ooh we really love potato bake Lucy, a friend of ours husband makes the best one. It had sweet potato in it too, I may just have to see if he doesn’t mind sharing his recipe.ReplyCancel

Organised Christmas 2014 – Day 16

31 days till Christmas Day This series will help you prepare for Christmas.  Each weekday I will share with you Christmas organising tasks, gift ideas, recipes, crafts and fun elf antic ideas. Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and […]

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