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{MEAL PLAN} Beef Ragu Lasange

Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, benefits of meal planning, more meal plans & meal planning printables.   This weeks meal plan MONDAY – Beef Ragu Lasange with vegetables TUESDAY – Salmon Patties with vegetables WEDNESDAY – Eggs on toast THURSDAY – Chicken Gnocchi Soup FRIDAY –  Homemade Pizza SATURDAY – Fish Stew SUNDAY – Left overs BREAKFAST – Homemade Crumpets BAKING – […]

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  • Chrystal

    Lasagne is a regular at our house, sometimes it gets a little boring, I’ve tried your chicken and spinach version and that’s so good, I’m definitely going to try this ragu one too.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I am sure you will love it as much as we did, Chrystal. It is great to have a variation on lasagne.ReplyCancel

    • Kirsty

      We sometimes have lentil lasagna as my kids don’t like mince. We all like this variation.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Wow that is a great idea, Kirsty! I have never tried using lentils. Fantastic variation for vegetarians too.ReplyCancel

  • Thanks so much for the feature, Kat!

    Those crumpets look amazing. I want to give that Gnocchi soup a whirl!

    Erin xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Erin the crumpets were delicious! So yummy. Enjoy.:)ReplyCancel

  • Thanks so much for the feature Kat,
    I’m all over this meal plan it all sounds delicious xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh that is great to hear, Carla! They are all so yummy.:)ReplyCancel

An exciting step forward for The Organised Housewife

A few months ago my blog had a set back, on this day I realised a few things, whilst this blog is my full time job and is a business I wasn’t treating it like so which sadly saw some vulnerabilities.  I couldn’t keep up with emails and my ideas and plans for the blogs future […]

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  • Yvonne Bentley

    Hi Kat and Kate

    I often wondered how you cope with doing all you do and never seem to tire from it. I love all your hints, receipes, advice, and comments. It is great to have a reply especially as your blog has grown so much. Some days I am overwhelmed by all I have to do and feel physically drained. But you are my energiser bunny you keep on going, so it makes me want to keep going as well.

    Welcome Kate, looking forward to getting another perspective of things as well. Maybe you could be called K1 AND K2 lol.
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  • Lara B

    Kat you are truly an inspiration, how you can find positives in negatives. I am looking forward to seeing The Organised Housewife flourish and watching your dreams come true, good on you for hiring an assistant.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Naw thank you Lara, I am really excited for the future too.ReplyCancel

  • Justine

    Welcome Kate, yes that will be confusing! I always love reading The Organised Housewife so you have joined a create community hear.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      not sure how we are going to easily get around that confusion, but we will make an awesome team!ReplyCancel

  • Nice to ‘meet’ you Kate, and am very excited that you have the help you deserve Kat, here’s to the continual growth of The Organised Housewife! xReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Nice to meet you too, Emily! Exciting times ahead.:)ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    That is great news Katrina! Welcome Kate ????. So many great ideas on this blog. I went to Ikea for the first time yesterday and loved it. Your Kia bedroom makeover inspired me to start organising a better space for my family to play and relax. Thanks and thanks again ????ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thank you Rebecca.:) Love ikea so much, could easily spend hours there!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Good for you that you’ve grown so big that you need to share the load. Well done & keep going as I’d be lost without reading this.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thank you! Lovely comments. So excited for the future!ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne B

    Hi Kat and Kate

    I often wondered how you cope with doing all you do and never seem to tire from it. I love all your hints, receipes, advice, and comments. It is great to have a reply especially as your blog has grown so much. Some days I am overwhelmed by all I have to do and feel physically drained. But you are my energiser bunny you keep on going, so it makes me want to keep going as well.

    Welcome Kate, looking forward to getting another perspective of things as well. Maybe you could be called K1 AND K2 lol.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    Ooh thank you so much, Yvonne. It really does mean a lot!
    Hi Yvonne thank you for the lovely comment. I am so excited to be working along side Kat.ReplyCancel

  • Shelley Banks-Kelly

    Thank you, love your enthusiasm & your great ideas. ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Parsons

    Thanks for all the helpful tips, Kat. I am no “spring chicken” but I love your daily tasks…. As we get older and the family leave home we sometimes find ourselves with way to much accumulated stuff. I am in the process of decluttering, and giving as much away to charity as I possibly can, in the meantime the daily tasks help to keep me on top of the ordinary housework, great reminders for the little things that we sometimes forget to do!! Welcome to your offsider Kate too. Keep up your great work you are truly appreciated. xxxReplyCancel

Weekend Catch Up #3

I’m having so much fun sharing these ‘Weekend Catch Up’ posts with you.  One of the readers last week so kindly commented that it was like she was catching up with a friend for coffee hearing about how my week has been.  Funnily enough I was replying to all the comments over my morning coffee… […]

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  • Julie R

    It is just like catching up with a friend Kat, thank you, I am really enjoying these posts. Showing you are a real person and that like me unpacking boxes of new furniture frustrates you too. Good luck putting it together.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Spent a good few hours on it today and only half way through, i’m exhausted!ReplyCancel

  • Oh so much awesomeness in one post!!! Love the pencil joke and I’m definitely going to remember the designer bags one! Have a great weekend xxxxReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      They are both good jokes aren’t they Lucy!ReplyCancel

  • Lucy Moore

    Hi Katrina, Nature Direct have natural products and microfibres that could get that nasty bluetak mark off the wall! I’m sure they have a distributor near you who could drop out some samples to try. http://www.naturedirect.com.auReplyCancel

  • Jacqui

    I am very keen to see your furniture choices for Mr 11 :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Would love to see photos when you have completed Mr 11’s room.ReplyCancel

Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Chicken Gnocchi Soup   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 30 mins Total time 40 mins   Author: Katrina Recipe type: Soup Serves: 5 Ingredients 500g chicken breasts, cooked and diced into small pieces 4 tablespoons butter 4 tablespoons flour 1¾ cups thickened cream 2 cups milk 1¾ cups chicken stock 1 cup celery, […]

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  • Anna

    Yum!! Made it without the spinach (whoops forgot it at the shops), it was still yummy. Thanks Kat for something different. :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh glad you enjoyed it, Anna. It is very yummy and fairly easy to make to make as well.ReplyCancel

Bullet Journalling Changed My Life

This is a guest post by Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts Two months ago, I started a bullet journal as a way of keeping track of all the things I needed to do while my husband was away for a couple of weeks. I had heard bits and pieces about it from other quilt bloggers who […]

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  • Janine Evans

    I’m at journal keeper for tasks. Tried the online ones but keep going back to pen and paper. Will try implementing some of your suggestions. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Aujard

    Alyce, when I read why you started this “I have tried many different types of planners and diaries over the years. Day-to-a-page, weekly, monthly… nothing has ever really stuck beyond a few weeks or maybe a couple of months. I’d always revert back to lists on pieces of paper here or there…” I thought oh wow, this is me. Thank you for sharing, I will be organising my very own journals using your methods now for keeping my business details, invoices and plans.ReplyCancel

  • Pamela Harris

    I use a somewhat-similar journal system, however I save a little time by using removable A5 size (almost) post-it notes for the big picture “collections”/items – to capture/build them on the run – and then progressively migrate tasks into daily/weekly pages of the journal as they work into our weekly schedule(s) over time. This allows me to move the post-it note(s) through the journal over time – saving me time with any re-writing from day to day/week to week.ReplyCancel

  • Pamela Harris

    I use a somewhat-similar journal system, however I save a little time by using removable A5 size (almost) post-it notes for the big picture “collections”/items – to capture/build them on the run – and then progressively migrate tasks into daily/weekly pages of the journal as they work into our weekly schedule(s) over time. This allows me to move the post-it note(s) through the journal over time – saving me time with any re-writing from day to day/week to week.
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  • Anonymous

    You can’t bet pen and paper. ReplyCancel

  • Janis

    Love, love, love the bullet journal idea. Used a similar thing to this years ago then stopped – but it’s starting again TODAY. ????ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    It is fantastic i agree!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie P

    I’ve bullet journaled for a couple of years now and I love it!!! I love the ability to brain dump and not lose anything – I like clearing out my head!!ReplyCancel

  • Oh I love this…
    I have been doing a more random and incomplete version of this but this is just what I need to make it work better!
    thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Seems a great system……should eliminate all those notes I keep writing and losing.ReplyCancel

  • The Filing Fairies

    I never knew this had a name! As an ex event manager I have been using this method for many many years and I had never heard it given a name before. Thanks Alyce and Katrina ReplyCancel

  • Great idea, but I kind of do this in my filofax already which means I only have one place to look for everything, whether it’s scheduled or unscheduled. I might give this a try though as it looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Charlene Morunga

    I have started my Bullet Journal today :) Thanks for sharing :)
    I have shared it here..
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Teacher-by-trade-Mother-by-nature/1477526579148791?sk=timelineReplyCancel

  • I like the idea! I agree that writing all you need to do, increases the chances of it actually being completed. It is no more a thought but a required action.ReplyCancel

Creamy Tomato and Onion Dip

Come late afternoon I feel really peckish, 18 months ago I would of gone for a sugar hit, however now I much prefer a little savoury snack and I love having some dip in the fridge for just this reason. Plus it is also a great after school snack for the kids.  This Tomato and […]

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  • Tessa

    ooh this sounds so good and even more so with the hint of tabasco, my favourite.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I don’t usually use tabasco on my meals, my hubby covers most of his food in it. But I really did love the little hint of tabasco in this dip, you’ll love it TessaReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    sounds to easy, and is relatively good for you. So going to try this one. Can we substitute anything else for tabasco.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      You could leave the Tabasco out if you want yvonne, give it at least one dash as it does add a little bit of flavour, I found the 5 dashes wasn’t hot just gave the dip a lovely tang.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer

    Yummo! This looks so good!
    I’ve been reading a lot of Vitamix ‘healthy dip’ recipes lately and noticed lots use macadamias or cashews all whizzed-up to make it ‘creamy’ without cream for less calories, they’d probably work in the thermomix too.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    Ooh yes that is a great idea, Jennifer! I didn’t think of using macadamias or cashews!ReplyCancel

Lots of iPhone tips and tricks

  I have a little obsession I should share with you. I love all my iProducts, I am certain I have just about all available and can honestly tell you it would be very hard for me to go back to a windows computer.  All my devices talk to each other and they are all […]

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  • Kati Wenk

    I love this, I need all the help I can get to use my devices to their fullest. Any more?ReplyCancel

  • Jaimee

    This is great Kat thank you, I had no idea how to get that shortcut screen, I’ve seen people use it, but never asked, great time savers. Also love that picture of you, your smile says a thousand wonderful words, beautiful facetuned or not.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thanks Jaimee for the beautiful comment!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Me Too

    I too have a love affair the apple products, I love how they all sync together just makes my life so much easier, great tips thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes they do make our lives easier, Me Too!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Morgan

    Ooh I have been looking for a todo list that can sync to all my devices, this one looks great, you are wonderful for sharing this post, I’ve certainly learnt a thing or two.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thanks Linda.:) It is fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Monohan

    Ooh so that’s how you photoshop on the iPhone, getting this app!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Kim yes i do love Photoshop too! It’s a great app!ReplyCancel

  • The Filing Fairies

    Did you know that you can also use the volume control on your phone headset to set up longer reach selfies!ReplyCancel

  • It’s amazing (and probably scary) how much I rely on my phone. I’ve been looking for a good “ToDo” app so going to try out your recomendation today.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That’s great Amber! I’m sure you will love the apps like i do!ReplyCancel

  • Ev

    I ?? them too.
    My friends call my The apple guru.
    I luv short cuts & every tip around.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      The Apple Guru!! I love it, Ev!.:)ReplyCancel

  • So funny that you should write this blog post Kat. I have just hit publish on my blog about my trip to Brisbane last week…I purchased the MacBook Air and wanted hints and tips. Decided to streamline my apples….I do love my apples. I too love that they talk to each other, so user friendly and may help me to get a little better at this blogging business. Thanks for the post Kat!ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for the tips. I really like the one about turning the phone to landscape for a different view of my calendar, will definitely be doing this from now on. xTReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      it’s little things like that that should be shared in a manual to make life so much easier, I like that little feature too!ReplyCancel

  • Wow thanks, i didn’t know i could use the volume buttons to take photos. I’ve also just purchased both the apps. FMS will be my teacher soon hehe (Clever Cookie)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL she is a clever cookie, I’m looking forward to chatting to you about social media in a few weeks then!! Ooh yes makes taking selfies so much easier, wish it helped me with my funny one eye closed thingy when I take selfies though :)ReplyCancel

  • Wow I never knew about the photo one that you can pick a favourite and I’m TOTALLY getting the Facetune app, you still look the same but with just less beauty lines (nicer than wrinkles right) You look great in dark blue BTW. I also had no idea about the calender OR the keyboard. Thanks for sharing Kat. xReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh yay Emily I’m glad I could help you, I like the facetune app for smoothing the skin, also makes my freckles disappear, gotta love that!ReplyCancel

  • Why has nobody ever told me you can use the volume keys to take pic’s, I am only on my third iPhone, you really think I would have known that. Many thanks! xx NReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL Nikki, it’s amazing the different features we find.ReplyCancel

  • Travel Bug Within

    I loved this post – BUT I am a samsung user – so need to search for just as informative post for non-apple fiends like me!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    I love your demonstration of how you hold the phone with your right hand to take a picture and the calendar landscape mode tip! These will help me immensely! I don’t know if this is a real tip or not, but I love being able to save any image from a website onto my camera roll just by holding my finger on it and clicking Save Image. I used to screen shot so many things, but now I just do this if it’s an image. Thanks Kat!ReplyCancel

    • Leanne

      I meant to also mention a couple of my favourite apps.
      * For photo editing: PicTapGo (free),
      * For listening to music you didn’t know you wanted to listen to (hahaha) according to your mood or what you’re doing: Songza (free, uses data),
      * To save and share the kiddoes’ artwork: Artkive (paid); and
      * For the smarty-pants kids in the family: Codeacademy!ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Awesome, thanks for the tips Leanne. They are great.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Richardson

    This was fantastic! I have always had an iphone but you showed me things I didn’t know! The holding of the phone blew me away, I just took a mountain of photos as I sat here holding my phone comfortably and I am embarrassed to say I didn’t know about volume controls for selfies OMG!!! ReplyCancel

  • Money Making Mummy

    my partner asked me to buy one of the fancy faster iPhone charges and I refused but I’m glad now that I know all he needs to do is turn on airplane mode. thanks :)ReplyCancel

  • Leesa Watt

    great post KatReplyCancel

  • Tracey Barron

    There is a book that I borrowed from the local library, called “iPhone Made Easy” by Chris Smith and Kieran Alger – full of really useful stuff, including backing up your iPhone.ReplyCancel

  • Julianne Dimasi

    I’m really loving an app called TIcketyBoo Milestones. I can finally log all my babies cute moments, as they happen on my phone. I always forget to write that stuff down and now I don’t have to anymore. It’s so handy!ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Great tips!
    I am envious. I have all these devices too but can’t make the calendars sync. Any tips?
    Thanks so much.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Amy try connecting with iCloud to get your calendars to sync!ReplyCancel

Task 34 – 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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  • I’ve always taken issue with that coat hanger method of decluttering your wardrobe… I don’t think the person who came up with it lives somewhere where there are actual seasons! Or is a bloke – I can see that working a treat if you’re a man.

    I have clothes I only wear for four months of the year – my entire winter work wardrobe for example. Four wool skirts and two pairs of wool trousers that only see the light of day from June – September, get dry cleaned in October and popped away until late May.

    In saying that, it’s about time for a wardrobe cull again. Right now, all my jumpers are hanging up (because I’m wearing them all the time) and they take up a LOT of space.ReplyCancel

  • Busy Mom

    Another idea for seasonal items is to throw a trash bag over the ones that are out of season and put to the back of closet.

    Clothing I am not sure about I tie in a grocery bag and put under my dresser. If I can go a month without needing it (during the season) then I can take the bag to charity.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh yes another great idea, thanks Busy Mum.ReplyCancel

  • H.

    I agree that six months is too short for anyone living where there are four seasons. I do a similar thing but annually. That way everything in my wardrobe has had its chance to attract me to wear it.ReplyCancel

  • E

    I live in an area where 4 seasons in one day is common and I find I can be wearing even my winter woollies in summer. I tried the coat hanger method with no luck. Instead I made a divider which hangs in my cloths rail. I put anything I wear to the right if the divider, after a few months it can see what I don’t wear on the left of the divider. Easy!ReplyCancel

  • E

    I live in an area where 4 seasons in one day is common and I find I can be wearing even my winter woollies in summer. I tried the coat hanger method with no luck. Instead I made a divider which hangs on my cloths rail. I put anything I wear to the right if the divider, I can see what I don’t wear on the left of the divider. Easy!ReplyCancel

{MEAL PLAN} Creamy Paprika Chicken

Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, benefits of meal planning, more meal plans & meal planning printables. This weeks meal plan MONDAY – Creamy Paprika Chicken TUESDAY – Mediterranean Tuna and Rice Pie WEDNESDAY – Left Overs THURSDAY – Chorizo and Vegetable Frittata  FRIDAY –  Taco’s SATURDAY – Sausage, mash potato and vegetables SUNDAY – Roast Pork with roast potato and […]

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  • Katrina

    Yum, that frittata looks amazing, I’m definitely going to add it to my plan this week, thanks Kat.ReplyCancel

  • I am Home Alone this week, so I have meal planned based on food that nobody else likes!

    Monday – Rogan Josh
    Tuesday – Tortellini Arrabiata
    Wednesday – Spanish Rice
    Thursday – left over rogan josh
    Friday – left over spanish rice.

    There will also be enough leftovers for lunch as well!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That’s funny! Love your meal plan, sounds very yummy!ReplyCancel

  • Veggie Mama

    Ooh thanks for sharing my Strawberry Pop Tart Scones! I hope you like them :)ReplyCancel

July 2014 Daily Inspiration Quotes

Here is a summary of all the quotes that I share on Facebook and in the newsletters into one blog post, as an easy reference to refer back to when you need a little inspiration. all images were created by and copyright to The Organised Housewife July 2014 Daily Inspiration Please share your favourite quote of the […]

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  • Jessica

    These are brilliant :) I think I’m going to have to print some off to put up in my home office! Very encouraging.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I love them too, Jessica! I like your idea of having them in your office.ReplyCancel

  • A lovely burst of inspiration for me as I try to write some long and boring website content!! xReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      They are bright and positive aren’t they! I love them.:)ReplyCancel

  • Dream big and make it happen :) Thanks for sharing, reading these quotes was a good way to start up my day. I have some positive thoughts written on sticky notes on my refrigenator. I think it’s also a great idea to remind yourself the happiest life strategy-no worries, dream and make your dreams come true.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      A Young Housewife – I also LOVE the quotes! They are bight and positive and leaving you feeling happy inside. Glad you also enjoyed them.:)ReplyCancel

Weekend Catch Up #2

Thank you all for your lovely feedback from last weeks first Weekend Catch Up post, I will certainly continue sharing them with you! From the recent survey that so many of you kindly filled out (thank you), I learnt that quite a few members of the community do not follow The Organised Housewife on Facebook and Instagram.  I share old […]

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  • diane hecksher

    Thank you so much for the time you take to write everyday. I so look forward to reading them.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thank you Diane, I am having so much fun sharing this side of me on Instagram and don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner to share on the blog too :)ReplyCancel

  • Lynette

    truly love seeing this new series of posts, it’s like I’m catching up for coffee with a friend and hearing about how your week went… love your work Kat.! Lynette.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL Lynette, I am drinking a coffee while replying to the comments…. so it’s true, friends catching up over coffee!ReplyCancel

  • Kylee

    Wow you fit so much in during the week, thank you Kat for sharingReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Kylee, it was a busy week this week, looking forward to a quiet weekend. We will be making a start on Book Character costumes I think.ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui

    Great to read these weeklies – I have missing out on so much! Really enjoy your real life tips and tricks:)
    Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    Jacqui, there is so much that I take photo’s of around my home and think I will blog about that, but honestly I never get time to, this is a great way to share a bit more. So glad you are enjoying the new posts :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessica

    Hi Kat! I’m curious about your label machine… Have you used it to label Tupperware Modular Mates? I’ve used the Dymo labels and they don’t stick. Is Brother any good?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Jessica, Yes i have the Brother label machine. I have had it for years and never had a problem with it not sticking.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne Bentley

    Hi Kat, I love catching up on your blog, fb and emails. Haven’t quite got the hang of instagram yet. I wanted to ask you do your girls use messenger, or any chat type app on the ipod phones etc. My granddaughter had an app put on while we were overseas so she could communicate with other family and her friends. It is driving me nuts, pinging all the time, and she is constantly looking at her messages. Nothing is getting done. Then we received word in the school newsletter about all these app are for children 13+ and some even 17 years old but the kids are still using them. A serious incident happened at school with a child using one of these messaging apps where the police were involved. Our granddaughter has just turned 11. What are your views and how can we handle it.? bring back normal telephone calls to friends instead of this group messaging etc.maybe some of your readers can shed some light on this subject and how to deal with it. thanks so much.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Yvonne, My twins are 11 and just about all the kids in their class are on social media. We have created a rule in our home that the kids are not allowed onto social media firstly until they are the legal age for that app and until we think they are ready. I too have heard many stories about these apps, bullying and content that 11 year olds should not be subjected too. I feel I am protecting my kids by sticking to my rules of not allowing them access. They are being pressured by their peers but thankfully my kids know my husband and I position on this and have not harped on about getting the apps, they understand. I told my daughter the other day I used to write my friends letters everyday, it’s not the ‘thing’ these days, which is so sad.ReplyCancel

      • Yvonne Bentley

        Thanks Kat, I knew your girls were 11 that is why I wanted an honest opinion and how you handle this tricky subject. It is a bit hard now that she has it, but it will be discussed and after hearing so many mums with similar answers I am on the same page. Progress isn’t always better. My daughter had penpals 15 years ago.ReplyCancel

        • Martine

          Hi, my grandsons are 11 and 9 and have of course each a smartphone. The rules that my daughter set in place are….no phone to school, no games or chats during the week. The kids are following the rules without problems cause if they don’t , my daughter will just taking away they charger and then on week end they phone will be flat. She also put in place “NANNY” it’ s a control when they are going on the internet. Till now there was no punishment or no breaking of the rules. Just try to put it in place and see your daughter’S reaction. Hope you will coming right.
          P.S. Sorry for my bad english but i am french speaking and wanted just try to helpReplyCancel

          • Katrina

            Martine your daughter has set good rules with her boys having a smartphone. Well done, sounds like it is working well for them.

          • Yvonne Bentley

            Thanks Martine,
            Grateful for your advice. We are contemplating different things and will see which works. It was suggested to maybe allow her 1 hour a day after homework etc. then she has to hand in her phone. this way she can message or play games. But I still think maybe weekends only. There aren’t enough spare hours in a day for her to do the other.

  • Katrina

    I also use the “Nanny” app and highly recommend it.ReplyCancel

Kids Lunchbox Idea #1

Munch & Crunch Banana Morning Tea Strawberry, Kiwifruit and Apple Donut Muffins Lunch Ham and Cheese sandwich and popcorn  Note: normally I prefer to use multgrain or wholemeal bread however this day I happened to have white bread left over from a weekend BBQ  view more lunchbox ideas here

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  • Keryn

    Thanks Kat, this is great, I am forever trying to come up with a variety of different ideas for the kids.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thanks Keryn, it gets hard thinking of new ideas i totally understand. So glad this has helped you out.:)ReplyCancel

Chocolate Slab Cake

I bake healthy snacks for my kids through the week, but occasionally I do like to treat them to something ooey, gooey and utterly yummy as a Friday after school treat. I found a recipe online for a Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Icing… I’ve never tried Chocolate Cream Cheese icing before, and must say, this […]

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  • How come we cant access recipes???

    Very disappointing and time wasting!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Amanda the links are above. It’s not my recipe to be able to type it up and reshare it, but click on the links in the pink in the first paragraph and you will find the full recipes there.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Also, click on the images for each of the other recipes and it will take you directly to the recipe page for those items.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah

    Thank you for sharing! I love your website and I don’t even have kids, but I am learning some awesome tips and tricks and so much creativity along the way :) keep it up!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thank you Hannah, I am so pleased you are enjoying the website, this cake is so yummy, no kids means more for you!!ReplyCancel