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2014 Organise Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Series – STARTS NEXT WEEK

Can you believe there is only 55 days until Christmas? It is now time to start preparing for Christmas.  Over the past few years I have shared a Christmas series – Organise yourself a Merry Little Christmas through November and December. By following along in the series and completing a few simple tasks now it won’t […]

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  • Lyndal

    I look forward to this series every year, before reading your blog I could never be organised for Christmas. Last two years it was all planned and irganised thanks to you Kat. Can’t wait to start this year.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic Lyndal.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Codling

    I am excited and can’t wait to start organising For Christmas. It is my favourite time of year and although I am generally fairly well organised, the past few months have left me totally unorganised with piles of washing and cleaning and I’m looking forward to getting it all back together. My mum passed away 3 weeks ago, so it will be a new experience for all our family this Christmas and anything to make it go more smoothly is very appreciated.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sarah I am so sorry to hear about your Mum, thinking of you hun. Follow along with the series it will help you take the thinking out of how to plan for Christmas, filled with some recipes you may enjoy too.ReplyCancel

  • 55 sleeps til Christmas – can’t be true!!

    I did a tutorial a few years back for a craft/food thing I’ve made every Christmas for nearly 30 years! Lolly Holly is great for kids to make and really jazzes up your Christmas wrapping or is a great little present for kids to give their friends.

    I hope you don’t mind – I’ve included the link below if you’re interested and I’d be happy if you choose to share it (or just try it with your own kids)!

    http://angesramblings.blogspot.com.au/2009/12/advent-day-6-tutorial.htmlReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Ange! I have just had a look! What a fantastic idea! I love it, thank you for sharing.:)ReplyCancel

My favourite fragrances for the home & Repurposing ideas for candle jars + WIN a $100 Voucher

This post is sponsored by Circa Home Keep reading below for your chance to win 1 of 5 $100 Circa Home Vouchers I shared a little secret with you all a little while back that I was a candle hoarder.  I wouldn’t use them because they were too pretty (I know crazy right).  However, I managed […]

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  • Lilian

    Wow, I have never considered reusing the candle jars, this is such a great idea. I’m going to try the succulent idea, I think this looks gorgeous. My favourite Circa candle is the mango and papaya without it burning it still has a beautiful fragrance.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I love the succulent too Lilian, it’s a lovely little addition to the home, I am thinking of putting one next to my husbands bed as it’s still very masculine, swapping the crystals for little pebbles.ReplyCancel

  • Jen P

    Those poppy’s look absolutely gorgeous in that vase. I have been looking at buying some concrete dipped planters, but I might try these ideas instead.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea to make your own Jen, it was really easy, I put some masking tape around the area I didn’t want coloured and used Gold Spray paint to paint the area, it dried within minutes.ReplyCancel

  • Mascha

    Another amazing post! I love candles as well, but often think they are too precious to burn. Or I just forget to… I’ll try to get myself in to the habit of burning one every day! Thanks for the inspiration :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You should burn one each day Mascha, I used to be the same as you didn’t use them because they were too pretty, but I get so much more satisfaction now out of the beautiful flickering light and fragrance it’s so calming in the evening or having one burning while I am working.ReplyCancel

  • Annette

    I love your candles and the type and size.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are a really lovely size Annette and the burning last for so long, so many great uses. I may or maynot have the jar of jelly beans next to me right now!! LOL.ReplyCancel

  • Astrid

    I put a tea light candle in them around the bath.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Perfect idea Astrid, that would look really pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Wow Kat those are some fantastic uses for the jars. I love the scents you use in your living space.

    I would use the jars to organise all those bits & bobs in the study – paperclips, push pins, erasers etc. Pretty & easy to access <3ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Leanne, that’s a perfect idea, and I have found they fit perfectly with the lid on in my drawers, not too tall. Don’t forget to enter your answer into the form above to confirm your entry!!ReplyCancel

  • Funny that you should post this right now as I have been watching YouTube videos (doitonadime) about re-purposed little jars like this. I have been hunting my house for such containers but I didn’t have any that weren’t already being used.

    I was looking for containers to store my little girls hair ties so that is what I would use it for.
    Cheers,
    Nat
    xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Aah great minds Nat, I love the idea of repurposing, using again for another use, organising the hairties is a great idea.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Ive started using the glass for afternoon drinks. Clean out the leftover wax and put it in my dishwasher and wah lah a fancy glass for a mock tail or cocktail:)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wow Rachel that is a fabulous idea I haven’t even thought of that, that would make a very classy glass!ReplyCancel

  • Virginia

    If they’re the right shape, as a drinking glass.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s one idea I didn’t think of, the would make lovely drinking glasses.ReplyCancel

  • Jayne G

    I love candles! I keep some mints in an empty jar in the kitchen and I have two jars in the laundry – one for coins I find in Hubby’s pockets and another one I put my velvet soap in. Looks much prettier than a soap dish:) I have my make up brushes in one and cotton buds in another in the bathroom. Did I mention I love candles!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Tonkin

    Circa Home are my favourite candles. They leave a subtle scent even when they are not burning. I use my leftover jars for my earrings and other jewellery.ReplyCancel

  • Leah

    I love the circa mango and papaya diffuser…it’s a shame my 2 yo recently poured 2 bottles down the toilet :(ReplyCancel

  • Sabi

    such a handy post! Love the idea of a diffuser near the kids bathroom, why didn’t I think of that?!

    Spices and herbs! I started collecting a vast array of clear glass candle jars and the store my herbs and spices perfectly and its soooo pretty! Little splash of blackboard paint so I know my cumin from my coriander and I’m done!ReplyCancel

  • Chris Morgan

    Love Circa candles. Love recycling them on my school desk- pencils, paperclips, etc- certainly uplifts my ‘teacher’ desk. I was a candle keeper too- but now love burning them!ReplyCancel

  • Sharlene Hitchens

    I love the succulent idea too :) a little cluster of different sized jars filled with amazing succulents on a window sill would look incredible.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Lennon

    I use one to hold my make up brushes and the others hold my growing collection of lipsticks. They’re organised according the their colour ranges. Similar lipsticks and glosses go in the same candle jar. Easy access for a makeup addict. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda Lockery

    I love my Circa Home candle jars
    they are so classy & great to reuse for so many things
    My guests love that I have one on the table with little boxed flavoured teabagsReplyCancel

  • Kristy Rodway

    Great to use as canisters for all your little bits and pieces either in the kitchen (lolies, teabags cooking salt) and are great to sort your sewing bits into. Buttons, pins etc.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Henschke

    mango & papaya is my favourite, I use the jar to put ear buds in ( boring I know )ReplyCancel

  • Mandy Moncrieff

    I have a mango & papaya diffuser in my dining room. It’s so Devine! In the bathroom I also have the same fragrance hand wash. Everyone now loves to wash their hands!ReplyCancel

  • Terraise Davey

    I buy a lot of my candles in the Ball Mason Jars as they last longer & are a lot easier to repurpose. You can use them for gifts filled with chocolates, boiled lollies, marshmellows, musk sticks, jellybeans, nuts etc & decorate with some nice ribbon & a card ?ReplyCancel

  • Rowena

    i use repurposed candle jars to hold my jewellery at night on my bed stand. I find I twist my rings when I am sleeping and often lose them in the bedding, so I pop them in a container overnight. I love the lid that the Circa candles comes with. I haven’t seen this brand in Darwin, must check them out online!ReplyCancel

  • Amelia Pollock

    Perfect to use for a mini candy buffet as people come into your home on the side table at christmas have nice tall candy canes in them and the christmas red and green m&m’s in another
    Or make a sugar scrub using an easy recipe tie a bow round the jar and would make a great gift for family & friends for christmas especially given these beautiful wooden lids
    Great article loved hearing about how to place the scentsReplyCancel

  • Amelia Pollock

    Here is a recipe for the sugar scrub you could place in the beautiful candle jar with a ribbon for a holiday gift –

    Ingredients
    ½ cup coconut oil
    1½ – 2 cups sugar
    1 tablespoon peppermint extract

    Instructions
    Place coconut oil in a bowl and microwave on HIGH 15-25 seconds until softened.
    Start by adding 1½ cups sugar to the oil,Mix until ingredients are well combined If mixture is too wet, add another ½ cup sugar until scrub is to desired consistency.

    Spoon scrub into RECYCLED CIRCA HOME CANDLE JAR and decorate with twine or ribbon.ReplyCancel

  • Maddie

    I use mine in the craft room to store washi tape and other embellishments in :) LOVE Circa Home candles- great quality and reasonably priced!ReplyCancel

  • Maria

    You had me at “fill the jar with lollies”….ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      HAHAHA that is so funny Maria!.:) But yes i know what you mean, me too.:)ReplyCancel

  • maryan zarif

    My husband and I love candles too much my sisters always joke about it calling us crazy I tend to reuse them for paper clips and staples in my office and storing spare keys for all the bedrooms and I reuse them sometimes for lollies and nuts around the desert table during xmas entertainingReplyCancel

  • Jenai

    Beautiful jars!
    They’d be perfect for storing jewellery while I shower, or as a gorgeous vase for displaying the flowers my sons pick for me.ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    jars! I have so many scattered around the house and so many are pretty old candle jars. My kids share a “tinker tray” and an art cart which minus the bottom shelf for paper is almost completely full of jars. Between the two there is pencils, washi, scissors, stickers, glue dots, mini pine cones, thread, counters….all sorts kept sin order in various sized jars. Almost completely in reused jars. I also keep some in my art area -one keeps embroidery threads for a current project in it along with needle and threader etc so all I need is that plus the project itself to sit down and get a few stitches in with a cup of coffee and one keeps lose threads and scraps near the sewing machine. I also love using them for gift storage- a stack of cookies with a little ribbon around them look lovely inside a nice glass jar (and might be part of my plan for the kids therapists and teachers this year)ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    I would stencil a pattern in black on the inside of the jar and then pop in a tea-light candle for a gorgeous, flickering pattern!ReplyCancel

  • I love the succulent idea too – which gives me the idea for using the jars to pretty up those little faux house plants from Ikea (you know the ones that come in an ugly black pot).

    But I would first and foremost use a pretty jar like this to stash loose change in on the hall stand. Pop the lid on, and no-one knows what’s inside!ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Fagan

    I loooove candles I haven’t tried Circa yet! At the moment im burning Glass House. I have reused candle jars for spare change and for cotton tips and make up rounds in the bathroom:)ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    One of the things I use mine for is to store things like lollies in them. The ones with lids were a perfect addiction to a lolly buffet I had at a party. They really added to the table display.ReplyCancel

Elf on the shelf antic ideas

Soon Elf on the Shelf will arrive into many homes. Elf is really mischievous while the kids are sleeping, turning milk green, spilling cereal over the bench or one of my favourites is writing on lipstick that the bathroom is messy. The kids have so much fun finding him each morning. Here are some of the antic ideas I have shared over the past few years.

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  • Kim

    Just a little silly question, when exactly does the elf do their little antics, is it while the children are asleep.. sorry I’m a newbie to this starting this December
    We have our elf, but I have confused myself as when he goes back to the northpole at night, but when do the antics happen
    ie – after he’s come back or during the day ??
    Cheers KimReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Kim, No not a silly question at all. Yes we put him out when the kids have gone to bed then they find him the next morning and he “disappears” throughout the day (back to the northpole) ready to start again that night.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Our little one usually goes to bed and then the Elf reports to Father Christmas. Later that night when he returns he creates a little mischief. On waking our little one then has to find the elf. Hope this helps.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic Sarah.:)ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    This might be a silly question but do any adults touch the elf? The story says you can touch him and some of the ideas mean he needs to be left in that spot all day.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Lauren, No not a silly question at all. I guess everyone have their own personal ideas on how they do elf on the shelf. We personally put him out once the kids have gone to bed and once they wake up in the morning they find him and then throughout the day he “disappears” back to the north pole!ReplyCancel

  • Sanet Strong

    Where can I buy mr. Elf on the Shelf?ReplyCancel

Roast Pumpkin and Chicken Balsamic Salad + WIN a $500 Restaurant Voucher

This post is sponsored by Praise Zero Salad Dressing Oh I love this time of year here on the beautiful Gold Coast. It’s now time to put away the slow cooker and start making some delicious salads. One of the best habits I have changed during my weightloss journey is eating more salads.  There are so many benefits: Super convenient […]

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  • Di

    ooh yum Kat that salad looks delicious. I love a hint of pumpkin in my meals just adds a bit of extra taste, especially in salads, going to try the Balsamic dressingReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It really is Di, I’ve never really liked pumpkin, but loving it in my salads and pasta bakes lately.ReplyCancel

  • Rylan

    Dinner tomorrow night, looks good!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hope you enjoy it RylanReplyCancel

  • Jen P

    I am watching my weight at the moment too and really dislike nude salads, have been wondering what I can use. I usually find a French dressing goes with just about every salad didn’t realise there was a zero fat version, good to know.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They have a great variety Jen, and a great way to make your salads more tasty and the zero fat is looking after your waist line :)ReplyCancel

  • I never go out

    Wow very generous prize, I would love to win I haven’t been out to dinner since the kids were born, just because I have too many other things to spend money on.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh you should try and make some time to take some time out for yourself or with your partner, it’s healthy to step away from the kids every now and then. I am always a better mother for it.ReplyCancel

  • One of my fav salads EVER and the kids hate it which I LOVE because it means more for me! xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Haha i know exactly what you mean Emily! I think it is super delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Wilson

    Entered through Instagram and already started trying different salads for SummerReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic Lisa!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Leah

    Delicious recipe, my husband & I really enjoyed it. We didn’t add the dressing until on our plates & kept the leftovers for lunch the next day. Kids weren’t into it, hopefully as they get olderReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Glad you and hubby enjoyed it, Leah! It is a real favourite of mine at the moment.:)ReplyCancel

Task 42 – Declutter 52 things in 52 weeks challenge

Follow along on instagram with hashtag #declutter52 View previous Decluttering Challenge Tasks here My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or throw away items as you see fit Kids Toys Bit of a kids theme these past few tasks, but this is good with the lead up to Christmas.  Especially going through and seeing […]

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  • Love, love this! I’m inspired, I’ll be purging our little boys toys and outgrown clothes to make way for Christmas. We will donate his toys and clothes, some hardly played with or worn, and get the toys out of the lounge room and into the spare drawers in his wardrobe. No more clutter or tripping over things…now to get him to clean up after himself!

    Thanks for the motivation! ;)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh good on you Edwina! It feels so good to donate old toys. I actually did it with my kids last year and we donated to the children’s hospital! The kids loved the idea of giving toys they no longer played with to the children’s hospital. ~ KateReplyCancel

Weekend catch up #12

A look at my week via the photos I have shared on Instagram.  It’s been a quiet week here as I have been super busy helping the ladies in my 20 Day Challenge, had the little one home sick all week from school and we are learning a crazy new routine which see’s the kids and […]

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  • MoniqueM

    Hey Kat.. Good luck with your 8 week challenge… you are a strong, focussed woman and I believe this will happen for you. You have inspired me to look after myself better and so I too am embarking on a exercise and better eating plan. Should be easier with all the summer salads in season again. (Thats my positive thinking… ????). I love the 20 day challenge and your daily emails. Thank you!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you so much Moniquem! That is so lovely of you!.:) xReplyCancel

Task 41 – Declutter 52 things in 52 weeks challenge

Follow along on instagram with hashtag #declutter52 View previous Decluttering Challenge Tasks here My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or throw away items as you see fit Kids Craft Supplies This time of year is all about reassessing what you have and making a plan on what you need to add to the […]

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  • Jen

    I have been putting this one off for awhile, I took have so much playdough that’s dried up, paints nearly empty, we need a good restock, this will make me do it cause your right I love the idea of adding it into the christmas gift list, stocking stuffers even.ReplyCancel

  • Rylan

    I was needing some storage solutions, love the idea of those boxes you use above, where did you get them?ReplyCancel

    • Inga

      Bunnings has similar, reasonably priced.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are from Ikea Rylan.:)ReplyCancel

  • Tia

    Out of those 66 tubs of play doh none were dried up was amazing we even found one that hadn’t been opened. 20 for our house, 20 for my mum then 26 to get rid of :-)ReplyCancel

My truths about Gastric Sleeve Surgery

In June 2013 I had Gastric Sleeve Surgery, it was a huge decision to make which you can read more about here.   This is absolutely the best choice I made for a healthier me and I have no regrets.  However, I have had a few hurdles after my surgery, it’s certainly not the easy option […]

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  • Elizabeth

    It will be one year next Tuesday since I was sleeved, and I have to say, yes, yes, YES!! Pretty much everything you wrote is absolutely spot on, right down to chocolate, except for me, I can’t eat it because it tastes like hot vomit.

    I’ve lost 62 kg so far, with about 20 or so to go. Have had a four month stall (well, sort of, I’d be + or – 4 kg), but since heading off on holidays a couple of weeks ago, I’ve somehow managed to drop 6 kg in that time! I think for me, it was the shakeup in what I was eating, definitely a lot of different things than the usual!

    I wouldn’t change my decision for anything. It was the best thing for my family, and the best thing for me.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      So glad to hear somebody else has stalled too, this has been unexpected, mine has been since January, I am starting an 8 week challenge this week, upping my exercise routine and completely changing my diet. Hopefully with what you mention above this will work! Congratulations on an amazing loss of 62kg!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Limpus

    I was sleeved 0n 24th June 2013. Something that has changed my life and I would do it all again in a heart beat. LOVE LOVE LOVE my sleeve and everything you have written is spot on. I was 130kg’s my go weight was 80 and lucky for me I smashed that and now weigh 62kilo’s ????????????. Best decision I ever made as so happy to be around and be able to run with my kids xoxoxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wow Lisa that is AMAZING to be at 62, what did you do to lose those last few KG, did you have a plateau?ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Limpus

    I was sleeved 0n 24th June 2013. Something that has changed my life and I would do it all again in a heart beat. LOVE LOVE LOVE my sleeve and everything you have written is spot on. I was 130kg’s my go weight was 80 and lucky for me I smashed that and now weigh 62kilo’s ????????????. Best decision I ever made as so happy to be around and be able to run with my kids xoxoxReplyCancel

  • Janice

    I am 3 years now since sleeved it has also changed my life You have covered everything to a tea. My journey is eacactly the same and I would not have changed a thing. i drink herbal tea and have found I loved to make a jug of ginger and lemon and leave that on the bench and sip that through the day I have taken to making a nutriblast and drinking that through the day as my snack getting my extra vitamins rather than take tablets It took a year for my hair to grow back
    I also am a cheap date and will often leave more than half of the meal but have learned that it is the social rather than the food that is the main enjoyment
    Don’t get me started on the snide comments Oh you did it the easy way Grrr
    When asked now how i lost my weight I Just say A lot of hard work you now because it was. Congrats on your achievements My daughter The Plumbette was really inspired by your talk at problogger and you are such an inspiration.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Janice, ooh Rebecca is so lovely, I wish I had more time to spend chatting with her. I hear you when people say it’s the easy way, it makes me angry, because it’s not easy, it’s very emotional and I didn’t just have the surgery and that was it, I have added in so much exercise and strength training and watched my diet, it assisted yes, but we still work very very hard. I should switch my coffee’s to tea but have never been a tea drinker, can’t really stand the smell. Glad to hear your hair has grown back, I can’t wait till mine is the length that I can put it back in a hair tie.ReplyCancel

      • JoJo

        I was never a tea drinker – it’s a matter of finding the right one. I suggest you try Lotus Peak White Tea from the supermarket. It’s fruitier and without the tea smell. I drink it black, but my coffee white ( I thought I would drink tea with milk and never liked it, but tried without milk and vola!!) I add like 10 grains of sugar (my coffee is sugar free though – weird). 10 grains of sugar and no more – another weird. Even the peach and mango tea is delicious. A great one to make and put in the fridge for an iced tea later in the day.. I’m a converted tea drinker. Funny.ReplyCancel

  • Kat, it’s so good of you to put your experience out there for other people and from the times I’ve seen you this year, you’re really looking fabulous. Keep up the great work. XxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Eva and feeling so good too! I just wanted to share that it’s so much more than having surgery and losing weight, hopefully this will help those thinking about having it or those with loved ones that are going through it. :)ReplyCancel

  • Sophie

    I am three years post gastric sleeve surgery and still not at my goal weight, however I really wasn’t doing much to lose the last 10kg until recently. I too have tuckshop arms and an apron tummy and want surgery to remove it when I reach my goal weight. I’m worried about the massive scars though. I also lost a lot of hair which didn’t grow back until my diet became very high in lean protein, fruit and blveg. I’ve lost 50kg and had a second baby since the surgery. I’ve never regretted it but the first year was tough.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sophie I’ve heard, but not certain that they can do the tuckshop arms now without many scars, interesting!! That’s good to know about the hair and increasing protein. I hope you are able to lose the last 10kg!!ReplyCancel

      • Elizabeth

        I’ve seen some absolutely amazing results with the tuckshop arms (or in my case, batwings!) The scarring is almost non existent!ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    I’m having my sleeve on 15 November at Westmead in Sydney. I’ve followed your journey Katrina, along with a couple of friends who have also been sleeved. I can’t wait to begin my weight loss journey. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Very exciting for you Karen, wishing you all the best for the surgery, all I can suggest in the lead up is to not over indulge before you start your shakes, you will be able to eat whatever you want after the surgery, just in time.ReplyCancel

  • The older we get the harder it is to shift those stubborn kilos, Once I hit 40, it has just been so hard!!! I think you look great Katrina and well done to you :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Mandy, feeling so much healthier and look forward to more years with my family xReplyCancel

  • Michelle fiorillo

    Good on you for sharing, I too have had the surgery and cannot explain how much better for it I feel. I still have a way to go with what I want to lose, but am determined to get there :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You will get there, it’s possible, determination is an awesome key to achieving it xReplyCancel

  • Nicole - New sleever

    I’m 8 days post op and so far loving my my new lease on life. So great to read this – thank you ????ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hope it helps you Nicole with the journey you have ahead. Do you have something on hand that will help you puree your foods?ReplyCancel

  • Theodora

    Thank You for publishing this article. I cant tell you how much this means to me right now. Im booked in to get this procedure done in late November and im very nervous. Your honesty is what i needed
    to hear. Upon turning 40 i swore that i was going to make changes and now turning 50 next month im 7 kilos heavier than i was then.
    Ive had it. Now after reading this im excited and my future.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You should be excited Theodora, don’t be nervous all the wonderful changes and improved health outway everything else. I’ve mentioned above to another, one thing that I forgot to mention in the post is don’t eat like your on death row before the shakes (I did and put on weight). You WILL be able to what you want eventually, but you may not feel like it either, like I don’t feel like chocolate anymore. Wishing you all the best in your journey.ReplyCancel

  • This was a fascinating insight, thank you so much for sharing, Kat. Can’t wait to see you reach your goal!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      And I will Stace, I’m determined to not sit with this extra 10kg. Went hard at bootcamp yesterday, feeling it today, but it’s a good feeling!ReplyCancel

  • Wow! You truly are an inspiration Kat! Good on you for first of all, making such a life changing decision for yourself and your family and for also sharing your journey with others.
    You always look beautiful whenever I see you and I have the upmost respect for all of the hard work you have had to put in!
    I might add that you are absolutely beautiful on the inside too!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Shuck Jenni, you are making me blush, thank you so much lovely. I am feeling so much healthier and learning to love myself a little more and really enjoying dressing up more!ReplyCancel

  • Janelle

    Congratulations to you Katrina. My husband had this surgery in 2010 and lost about 50kg (at best). He has put on some since then but is still much healthier weight. It was the BEST action and outcome for him. He would agree with all your comments, though there would be some minor differences in his case (bound to be some individual variations).
    When we eat out, with family/friends they are getting used to him not ordering at all (just asks for an empty plate). He then passes his plate around the table and gets a small taste of everyone’s meal. He loves that he can still eat any food he wants, just in much smaller portions. So he enjoys a taste of several dishes from the menu. We find buffet style restaurants no longer value for money, as he can’t eat as much (and they won’t charge him for a child’s meal!).
    He tries to focus on eating protein, which fills him quicker, but I make sure he gets some vegies as well as meat. He avoids pasta & bread as he finds these fill him up too much. He snacks on nuts (protein) and has several small meals like you.
    It was definitely the best decision for him.
    Keep striving to reach your goal Kat. You can do it!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Janelle, I love that idea of passing the plate around and trying everybodies, might try that next time. I hear you about buffets, I tried once asking if I can go in as a child and they laughed at me, was very embarrassing, but they just didn’t understand the little I can eat. I hear you with the pasta, I love fried rice, but can’t eat it, rice fills me up far too quickly, I am best to stay away from it. Thank you for sharing your husbands journey xReplyCancel

  • Jess

    It’s great to read others stories on how well their sleeved surgery has gone. I was sleeved on the 25th July 2014 and 14 weeks post op I’m still having trouble keeping foods down. I’m getting quite worried that I only can have 2 t spoon full of egg before I vomite it back up. I have 1/4 of a sandwich no crust and I vomit back up. This is happening quite often. Can’t eat chicken can’t eat meat all comes back up. Is anyone else having this trouble. I’m booked in next Monday for an endoscopy to see if there’s any reason why this is happening.my surgeon was great but feel like there’s no after care and he keeps telling me to eat slowly. He foesnt understand that I am eating slowly and I’m vomiting after 2 small mouthfuls
    It would be great to hear from anyone with the same issues
    Thanks JessReplyCancel

    • Kellie

      Hi Jess – i’m in the same boat as you. I’m over six month post op and still struggle with most foods and vomit regularly when my body rejects food. Chicken, eggs and red meat seem to be the worst for me, it took me about 5 months to eat chicken and keep it down… I have no idea why it happens! Like you, i’m eating slowly, not drinking with meals, but it doesnt seem to help. I find that if I eat while doing other things and dont focus on the food, I do better… if I sit down and try to eat, that’s when I get sick. Maybe because i’ve been vomiting so much, its now becoming a mental issue (ie fear of food) and my body is stressing out? Who knows!
      Good luck!ReplyCancel

    • Suzy

      Vomitting isn’t normal and needs to be discussed with your surgeon, could be a simple stricture that’s fixable through endo.ReplyCancel

  • Kellie

    I had a sleeve in March this year and have lost about 30kg with 5kg to go. I’m still struggling alot with food – i can only eat very small amounts (about 3 mouthfuls per meal) and only moist/stew/casserole type foods… anything dry, forget it!
    Like you, my tastebuds have totally changed and sweet foods dont have the same appeal. My hair is also falling out (who can remember vitamins every day?!?) but its slowly getting better.
    Overall, i’m happy with the sleeve but would hesitate before recommending it to people, especially if they think its going to be a quick, easy weightloss option. From the experience I have had, there has been nothing easy about it!ReplyCancel

  • jim

    how much did it cost i need to loose 50kg so i can have heart sugeryReplyCancel

  • Courtney

    I had my sleeve done is feb of 2013 and have lost 65Kg I have just booked to have my Tummy tucked next April to finish off my weight loss process it truly was the best thing I have ever done. Just need to take my vitamins more often hahaReplyCancel

  • Cheryl

    Hi Katrina
    I read this simply because I read your blog and I was curious, not because I’ve been through it.

    I just wanted to congratulate you on how well you’ve done so far, and what a truly lovely photo that last photo is of you with your girls.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    If I may ask… How much was it? I have been thinking about it and wondered if part of it be covered by health insurance … You look awesome btw xReplyCancel

  • Shannon

    I will be having the surgery in January. I have about 62kg to lose. Thank you for sharing your journey.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha

    I had the surgery last year December it was the hardest thing my family and i went through.I had major complications which left me in coma for two weeks and in hospital for three months. I am very lucky to be sitting here right now.At 24 years old i was 130kg and have lost 38kg. Although i have lost the weight it was a very tough time in my life. All the best for everyone doing the procedure :)ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    Hi just read your article as it’s something my GP has mentioned to me to consider. My question is around pain, uncomfortableness, what could you physically not do for awhile after the surgery?
    I am a single mum with a 2 year old and little support so I’m a bit worried about how I’ll be after the surgery. I could get some help for a few days but it wouldn’t be all day or for long
    Thanks so muchReplyCancel

  • Lou

    i had a lapband with placating in June this year. The picaro on part is basically a reversible sleeve, the stomach is folded and stitched rather than cut and removed. I have lost 23kg in 4 months and I am so happy I made the choice to do this. I still have 20kg to go but it’s only a matter of time until that comes off. I feel like a million dollars. I have had more vomitting episodes than a sleever but still not that many. I hit my green zone 4 weeks ago, I know exactly how much I can eat, how much I need to chew, drink and bite size and it’s really just second nature now.ReplyCancel

  • Lou

    plication, not placating. Got to love auto correct:)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Hello….I have 40 kg to loose….and at age 42 have found this very hard to do. How did you all start the process of surgery?ReplyCancel

    • Rocco

      Hi Amanda. I had my Gastric Sleeve surgery on 24 October 2014. It was the best decision I’ve made. I wrote down in my blog: gastricsleevemiracle.blogspot.com. You can check it out and hopefully it will help. Good luck.ReplyCancel

  • Leah

    I was wondering if spending the similar amount of money on a trainer, psychologist and nutritionist might have achieved the weight loss in a more holistic manner. Cutting 2/3 of your stomach away might not be dealing with the reason why overeating was occurring in the first place.ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    Hi there, I was sleeved 3 weeks ago, lost 9kgs in that short time now I’ve plateaued, is that right? Im assuming my body is in shock, I’m doing everything right as far little meals 5 times a day, but just isn’t budging??? Can someone tell me how to get moving again?ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    Hi, I had my sleeve done in March 2013. I plateaued so many times for months on end. I have lost 30kg. I haven’t exercised. I have about 10kg to go to get to the doctors weight goal. I would love to get another 5-10kg off after that goal. I’m going to start exercising. Tuckshop arms/bingo wings are all part of the package. I get embarrassed when I wave to people because my whole arm waves at them, but at the same time I’m proud that I’ve lost enough weight to have bingo wings :) I went off chocolate after my surgery too, but sadly I love it again. I just don’t and can’t eat a whole block like I used too. A few squares here & there are enough to satisfy the craving. I am starting a daily exercise plan to do along with my kids to get them up & moving too. I want to feel fit in my new body, and also be a good example to my children. Thanks for sharing your story Katrina. I have had friends who have had this surgery and have hidden it from people because they are embarrassed about it. I told everyone. What’s the point of keeping it a secret. I don’t care if anyone thinks I’ve taken the easy way out. It’s nowhere near being an easy way out. My surgery was a bad experience. I ended up needing a second surgery that same night because my abdomen was full of blood. I ended up staying in hospital for 7 days instead of 3. My blood pressure dropped dangerously low & the oxygen levels in my blood were always too low as well. But after all the lows, it’s the best decision I’ve made for myself.ReplyCancel

  • Anon

    Wow, reading all these comments makes me think my surgeon seriously stuffed up.

    I am 3 years out and only 8kg down from surgery day. I can eat atleast 2 full sandwiches in a sitting, am hungry all the time, no difference in taste at all. I am still 93.5kg :(
    Its taking a huge toll on my mental health nowReplyCancel

  • kate

    Thank you for your story. I am considering this. I just had not read a personal story before, mainly off the websites advertising this. Reading this has reaffirmed how I want this. I have to remember that we eat to live, not live to eat. Thank you again for your honesty.ReplyCancel

  • Roslyn Woodhouse

    gee, isn’t it great how people think they can have an opinion on your weightloss- in reference to the people telling you you did it the ‘easy way’

    i’m having the exact opposite problem, with friends and family telling me i should have the surgery and when i say ‘i don’t think it’s the right answer for me’ they say ‘why, don’t you want to lose weight’

    each of us have our own journey to go through. good on you for being brave enough to not only go on yours, but to share it with us. i am attending oa meetings- a 12 step program to help me deal with food addiction, and have cut sugar out of my diet because it was my main trigger food,along with a calorie controlled diet. i wish you all the best.ReplyCancel

  • Margaret Wyatt

    i had the surgry 4yrs ago my doctor told me if I have a optifast meal replacement once a day I will never need a vitamin, so for breakfast every day I have a shake and a piece of fruit and I have never had an issue, I do no that it is hard to get the last bit off and you can still put weight on if you do not do the right thing but I also have no regretsReplyCancel

  • Suzy

    Just thought I’d post a message here too to show there is another side to the surgery. It’s great when it goes well but the risks are huge, tho admittedly rare. I’ve had complication after complication and more than two years down the track I’m still back in hospital facing yet another surgery with a tube up my nose. I recommend the surgery as have seen so many successes, but it isn’t easy and if you pull the short straw like me, it’s a living hell that’s impossible to describe. Hope your story continues to go well, and all those who follow in your footsteps.ReplyCancel

  • Mary

    Suzy. My husband is having surgery next week in Mexico and I’m very nervous about it. What were the complications that I should be aware of?ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Hi there, thank you so much for sharing your story. After many attempts and over many years at losing weight and succeeding then piling it all back on ‘with interest’, my GP has recommended I consider having the gastrectomy. I have watched numerous Youtube clips and read through and watched volumes of videos and testimonies and find the general consensus to have gastrectomy is ‘highly recommended’. I have spoken with three colleagues at work who also have had the sleeve done and they all look absolutely amazing. I am still a little nervous, however feel I have enough information to support my decision. It is far more helpful when you read testimonies of other Australians (especially when they too are on the Gold Coast) having the sleeve rather than Americans all the time so thanks again.ReplyCancel

  • Thank you for sharing this post. I accidentally found your blog and I totally loved it. I had my sleeve on 24 October 2014 and I am now in my 4th week. Reading your blog was inspiring. And I mentioned about you in my blog, hope you don’t mind. My blog about Gastric Sleeve is gastricsleevemiracle.blogspot.com. Again, thank you :)ReplyCancel

My kids favourite iPad/iPod Apps

Apple released details last week of the new iPad’s being released, just in time for Christmas!  I love the look of the new iPads, they come in silver, gold or Space Grey. The iPad 2 is said to be alot more powerful, better graphics and improved battery life (up to 10 hours).  Like I have […]

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  • Maree

    I have been trying to find a good money app, this one sounds great, especially that it’s Australian money. Thank you for sharing this list Kat.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      My kiddies really enjoy it! A really fun way of learning.:)ReplyCancel

  • Di

    My kids absolutely love Lightbot, it is such a great strategy and thinking game, their favourite at the moment is Ace Writer, teaching them to write.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i will have to have a look at Ace Writter!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i will have to have a look at Ace Writer!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra

    this is great, I have getting my daughter an iPad for Christmas and have been curious which are good games to put on there ready for her, she is a similar age to your kids so I’ll just use your tips!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wonderful Sandra! The kids love these apps and great learning apps too.ReplyCancel

  • Crystal

    Highly recommend an app called Little Builders. It’s designed for preschoolers and there are no in app purchases.ReplyCancel

  • My 3 year old loves bugs and buttons (great for mates learning), Toca Boca and the play-school apps are fun and interactive for littlies!ReplyCancel

  • kirsty

    I recommend AGAINST Clash of Clans. It is the worst app you could consider installing. My kids are beyond obsessed with it, they are always checking in to see what is going on with it and have recently started hiding from me while they do it. It is a game that never ends and they talk about it when they are no where near the ipad. They get upset with people leaving their clan, raiding and it brings out anger streaks in them that I previously didn’t know existed. They also chat to complete strangers who join their clan, which has also had a negative effect. Which means that this games needs adult supervision, especially when they don’t like what these random people ask them to do (in terms of the game)

    I don’t know how long your children have played this game for, or if you have ever monitored it, but all I can say is be very careful if you allow your children to play this game. And no, I didn’t allow them to install it, their father did after their much older cousins introduced them to it. Worst mistake ever!ReplyCancel

  • Adi

    Flow Free is so much fun! I even enjoy it – great recommendation!
    Is there a list for younger kids as well?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Adi, I have had a few readers reply with some apps for the littlies. Here is a list for you: Bugs & Buttons, Toca Boca, Playschool apps, Little Builders.ReplyCancel

Absolutely brilliant hanging earrings storage idea

if you have an idea you would like to share with the Organised Housewife Community please email me, I would love to see and share it! I have been trying to find a better solution for my hanging earrings and I just LOVE this idea from one of my readers, can’t wait to create one for […]

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  • Loving this idea – great to have jewellery to hand so you can grab the right piece when you want it.
    I may well try this in my ensuite on an unused wall!
    I do worry about dusting though….
    Thanks for sharing these ideasReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is fantastic isn’t it!! I love mine.:)ReplyCancel