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26 hot school lunch ideas for kids to take to school in their thermos. Hot food in insulated jars are a fun alternative to sandwiches in winter.

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  • Anne

    This is brilliant!! I love this idea. My partner is always complaining he can’t take leftovers to work as the microwaves are never available and by the time he gets to it, lunch time is over. I will be using this idea for him going forward.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

    Your ideas are amazing.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oohh thank you, Anne.:) It is such a great idea for hubby’s and they too get a nice warm lunch.:) Hope your hubby enjoys it xReplyCancel

  • Hannah

    Thank you! I use a lot of the kids lunch ideas for myself as an adult to take to work :) Our toastie machine is extremely neglected so it’s hard to find something yummy to bring to work to enjoy on a cold day (like today)!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I agree Hannah, nothng better than taking a nice warm lunch on these oh so chilly days.:)ReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    Love the idea for winter school lunches but wondered if the lids are easy enough for young ones to open if they say you must secure the kids tightly??ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wendy my kids haven’t had any issues with getting the lids off, i think they should be fine for younger ones too. I don’t tighten them overly tight either.ReplyCancel

  • OMG! Do you know that I just realised THAT’S how you use a thermos??? I didn’t realise you have to fill it in with hot water to set the temperature first! No wonder the food in my kids thermos didn’t stay hot for long. We’ve abandoned the thermos (sitting in my cupboard) but it looks like it’ll be out again!! Thank you for sharing that tip.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Norlin don’t worry i didn’t know either! The ones from Kmart don’t come with instructions. You are not alone xReplyCancel

  • My kids have a hot lunch at least 3 times a week. We started this when we stopped eating sandwiches for lunch. Most days it’s leftovers from the night before, although we do also do lots of fried rice, it’s a family fav. xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I think it is nice for them to have something warm in their bellies on those really cold days too Nicole.:)ReplyCancel

  • These are all such great ideas and I’ve never seen a lunch thermos before… My little toddler is still a little young for these treats but so perfect to remember for the future xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Absolutley Caley.:)ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    My son doesn’t like sandwiches so hes been enjoying taking a thermos of hot food. Today meat and vegetables soup just like his Nana makes, with a bread roll.
    Thanks for some new ideas, I’m sure he will enjoy them over the next few weeks.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that sounds like a delicious lunch, Rebecca! I must say my kiddies get over sandwiches tooReplyCancel

  • I’ve never thought of doing this for hubby but I might have to start given how cold it is here in Sydney! 😀ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh yes i imagine it is freezing down there, Lorraine! It has been so cold on the Gold Coast the last few days. I am sure hubby will enjoy his nice warm lunches.:)ReplyCancel

  • Liisa

    I’ve never had any success with keeping nuggets warm/hot & not going soggy or rubbery. Any tips? The only things my kids would probably take in a thermos are nuggets, sausages or meatballs, but even the sausages went cold.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hmm i’m not sure on how to stop the nuggets from going soggy, great question Liisa!
      Quick question did you heat the thermos up first? Pouring boiling water in and leave for 10 minutes, it should them stay hot most of the day.ReplyCancel

      • Liisa

        Yes, I always heat with boiling water first. It may just be that Nuggets are unsuitable, as when the steam leaves them but is contained in the thermos, it makes them soggy. If anyone finds a solution is love to know!ReplyCancel

        • Alex

          Piece of bread in the bottom to absorb the moisture!ReplyCancel

        • Alex

          slice of bread in the top &/or bottom to absorb the moisture :)ReplyCancel

        • Hayley m

          Wrap them in paper towel & foil?ReplyCancel

  • Great ideas, we have been doing hot lunches for a few weeks as already brrrr, cold in Sydney. I love the fried rice idea – just tend to stick to mince and soup, the kids will be thrilled to have me expand my repertoire…I have the thermos range and they are super…I do recall from my Boarding School days on The Coast that it can get mighty chilly up there too, stay warm..xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thanks Monique.:) Yes the mornings are super chilly.:) My kids love fried rice in their thermos, soups are a big hit too. Just a nice variation and to give them a break from sandwiches, i can’t blame them i tend to get a tired of sandwiches too.:) xReplyCancel

  • Leah

    One thing my girls love are marinated chicken wingettes and drumettes. Taste great hot or cold.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh sounds delicious, what a yummy lunch to take to school.:)ReplyCancel

  • You have inspired me to make extra dinners and send it warmed up for the kids school lunches seeing that its cooking down so much. I’m excited to get this happening! (But I need to buy a thermos). The Bento website says that theirs are out of stock just now. What is the best one to keep the food warm/hot and what size would you recommend for an 8 year old? Looks like it comes in the 240 and 500ml size ..ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Emma, the Bento ones are great! You can pre order them but i also know that there is another shipment arriving this week, i would get the 500ml thats the size my kids take.:)ReplyCancel

      • OK. Thermos (x2) all purchased. Gave some leftover spaghetti Bolognese a try today – was a HUGE hit. I think I might try your curried sausages next. I have a quite few recipes on my site that would be good too – some pasta bakes, mild lamb curry, meatballs etc. Thanks for the inspiration Katrina.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    wonderful idea! I’m just wondering would it still keep the food at a safe level to be eaten hours later? Would be for a toddler so don’t know if you have to be a little more cautious? Also any experience with particular brands that seem to hold the heat better? Thanks so muchReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Sarah, i haven’t had any worries with any of mine. The Kmart one is also great too. The food stays lovely and hot most of the day so even when eaten at lunch time.ReplyCancel

Through the series I will be sharing my stories and tips, but I would love to read and share yours as well. I am positive those who are feeling out of control at the moment will find some comfort and help reading how other mums have managed to get through these times, be it that you struggled too or you found one simple tip made a difference or you found a way to manage from the beginning. Your story and tips can make a big difference to another mum.

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  • Jade

    Kat I just want to say you are a complete gem for all you do and how you strive so hard to help us all. I’m really looking forward to this series.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you so much, Jade. It really means so much when i hear from my readers. I am really excited about the new series xReplyCancel

  • I adore this idea for a series. I am a big believer that everyone has a story to tell, all it takes is a listening ear. I look forward to this, thank you. xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I agree with you 100% Nicole. Thank you, it means so much xReplyCancel

  • Alison

    I have told so many people about your amazing work. I love this idea – mums who have found tried and true tips for streamlining their lives are an amazing source of inspiration and this is a perfect forum for us to share these ideas.
    You are one of the most inspirational people I ‘know’, kat. Thank you for expanding your service in this ingenious way. I look forward to learning more time saving strategies to get my family organised;) hugs xoReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Alison you are so lovely!.:) Means a lot to me xReplyCancel

  • sharyn

    I was told by a friend to only do housework till 10am each day. I found that by doing this i worked faster knowing that after 10am i was free to do other things. I tend to get a lot doneReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i like the sound of this idea! I wonder how much i could get done, i may have to give it a try.:)ReplyCancel

My mum used to make Tuna Mornay for us all the time as children.  I remember when she began to make this for us, it wasn’t long after she purchased her first microwave oven.  She went and had lessons at the local TAFE on how to use it and came home with a folder full of […]

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  • Leanne McLaren

    I’m a busy busy mum with 3 children and a business from home !!
    I’m a organic hairdresser my be the first I think in Australia I THINK ….??
    I have been cleaning 4 draws a day now for a while
    I have most of my clients doing it too . Try one day it’s unreal what u find love Annie fringe benefits organicsReplyCancel

  • Milly

    My mum always made tuna moray with crushed smith’s chips on top. It was a favourite in our house. Yummo!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is so good isn’t it, Milly!.:) We have always had potato chips on ours.:)ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    I make the same recipe, but I serve it with crushed plain chips on top. My kids and hubby love the salty taste of it! Yummy frugal mealReplyCancel

  • Tuna Mornay is my favourite!! The only problem is my hubby doesn’t like tuna so i usually only have it when he’s away! Yum. Thanks for another perfect recipe.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh no! Hubby doesn’t realise what his missing out on, Lucy LOL.:) But at least when you do get to make it there is more for you! xReplyCancel

Weekly meal plan plus family friendly recipe ideas to help you work out what to cook for dinner.

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  • Hi Kat, Thank you so much for sharing my chicken salad recipe. I can’t wait to try your chicken and roast pumpkin pasta bake this week, and of course your yummy banana and pecan muffins… yum!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      My pleasure, Lucy! It was so delicious we really enjoyed your Chicken Salad! The chicken and roast pumpkin bake is another big winner with my kids too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    This week at Cafe de Knock:

    Sunday – Lamb Noodle Salad

    Monday – Vanilla Braised Beef Cheeks w/ Mashed Potatoes & Green Beans

    Tuesday – Chicken & Cashew Stir Fry w/ Thai Basil & Jasmine Rice

    Wednesday – sticky apple pork chops with pan-fried baby potatoes & veggies

    Thursday – Spaghetti Bolognese

    Friday – Chicken Kiev & Fried Rice

    Saturday – Take Away or Dinner Out at a local restaurant

    Baking Chocolate Coconut Bars
    Peaches & Cream MuffinsReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Julia, Your meal plan sounds delicious! I love the sound of your Lamb noodle salad….YUM.:)ReplyCancel

  • What a great sounding dinner menu! I love the 4 ingredient apple slice 😀ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      The apple slice is a real favourite of mine too, Lorraine.:) So yummy!ReplyCancel

My husband loves lamb shanks, he often orders them when out at restaurants, but it’s just one type of meat that I rarely cook with.  However when I read this recipe in the Meals that cook themselves in the Slow Cooker cookbook it sounded delicious, very fuss free so I had to try it. I […]

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  • Paula Morgan

    Is the receipe for the soup available on your site or do I have to buy the book?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      No sorry Paula it is available in the book, it’s a fantastic cookbook with so many wonderful recipes.ReplyCancel

  • Fenny

    hi, i am trying to purchase it as e-book, but it fialed – error in the link, which i believe from the your host/server. hope it can be fixed as the soup looks so yum :) thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Fenny, hopefully you were able to log in, it’s all fixed now, we had a minor error last week :)ReplyCancel

  • Sharyn

    I made the lamb and barley soup this week and it was amazing. So yum and so easy dinner was literally done before I’d even fed the family breakfast … How good is that!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It’s a great recipe and I personally love any soup with barley in it, it’s filling and reminds me of a soup my Aunt used to make when I was a child. I too loved that it was so easy to prepare, hope you all enjoyed it!ReplyCancel

I have made Chow Mein for my family for years.  The kids loved it as toddlers and I found it was a great way to add some vegetables into their meals, with mince which all kids love and a fun element of wiggley noodles.  Now they are getting older I add in more curry for […]

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  • I love chow mein! This looks quick, easy and yummy perfect for a midweek dinner and I love the idea of making a double batch and using leftovers for lunchboxes! Genius!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Awe thanks Sammie! It is so good for lunch the next day on toast LOL.:)ReplyCancel

  • One of my husbands favourite recipes is chow mein, butI’m not that great at making it. I’m going to try your recipe next time – I know it will be a winner!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thanks Lucy! I find it’s a great go to dinner and great for those busy nights when the kids have after school sports. Hope your hubby likes it.:)ReplyCancel

  • Yum. I made a similar thing with chicken recently and the kids loved it. I’ll give this beef recipe a go next. How do your kids go with eating it cold the next day? My boys will only have things such as pesto pasta with chicken cold for school lunch but I’d love to try some more leftovers like this.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i like the sound of chicken too! I might give that i go.:) It is really yummy cold, the kids like it cold too.:)ReplyCancel

  • This looks really delicious! and the pictures are amazing very tasty beef chow mein with noodles .ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you! It is a very tasty meal and so good the next day for leftovers too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Great idea to help get more vegetables in the kids’ meals Kat! 😀ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thanks Lorraine.:) I try to throw as many vegetables in as i can xReplyCancel

  • Yum yum yum I cooked this tonight and it was a huge hit with the whole family! Even my 2 little fussy eaters.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that is wonderful, Amber! And even better your little one enjoyed it too.:) xReplyCancel

Through this series I will share posts to guide you through your struggles, find your sanity and to help you thrive at home.

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  • Katrina

    Hi Katrina!
    I have two boys, they are 15 months apart. My eldest is 20 months and my youngest is 4 months. I am finding it very hard to maintain the stuff that gets moved by my eldest as I am getting over tidying up after him all day every day. I am training him to put it away but I don’t think I will see the fruit in that till he is a bit older. I love being organised and clean (I’m the type of person who goes over to friends places and helps them with their pantry etc!) so having a messy house makes me grumpy and distracted. Was wondering if you have any tips for me?

    Thanks,
    Katrina.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Katrina, continue as you are showing your son how to tidy up, it may fee repetitive now, but it will be of big benefit when he is older. What a great friend you are organising pantries!!ReplyCancel

    • Georgia

      I have nice baskets from ikea in various rooms that I toss things into to keep the space clear. Then I sort through the baskets at another time or tip them out and get kids to help out things away with me. It’s actually good to show them how to “sort” – like “see all the doctors kit bits go together…now put these in the doctors kit box”. Sometimes the baskets stay full for over week. Kids don’t miss the stuffReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Hi Katrina
    I’m a stay at home mum and after working full time with the first three, having no. 4 changed the game completely! I feel like I am totally swamped with housework, after school activities, keeping finances in check, specialist appointments (2 x ASD + 1 ADHD) and cooking up to three dinners a night (1x FAILSAFE and 2 x sensory/fussy eaters). I wake up and start the day off fine but 1-2 meltdowns in, I’m off track for the day! Any tips/guidance/motivation from you and other mums would be awesome!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Emma, I have got to say it sounds like you are doing a fantastic job! Being a mum certanly isn’t easy, but it is rewarding. I think finding your own routine is the key. I like to organise my house by cleaning and doing the washing on certain days, just so it doesn’t feel like i’m chasing my tail all day. Also another tip, try meal planning for the week. I swear by meal planning so i don’t feel frazzled at the end of a big day wondering what i am going to fee my family. I hope this helps xReplyCancel

  • Pippa

    I was wondering if you have any tips on how to encourage a stress free homework time with primary aged children.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Pippa, When my kids come home fom school they get changed and sit and have some afternoon tea. It just gives them an hour to unwind and resfresh then they sit down and do there homework. I make sure the tv is turned off and no other destractions. I am always close by if they need help.ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    I just need all the help I can get and love all your tips, what I love most is that your not a glossy magazine with general tips when I read I know you have tired them and if they have worked for you then I will try them.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh thanks Liz.:)ReplyCancel

  • Vicky

    Hello Katrina,

    I need help with patience.

    I have a just about three year old and a just about five year old who are at each other all day.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Vicky, Ooh being a mum can be hard work but it is also rewarding too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    Hi Katrina,
    I am a mum of 2 boys, 8 and 6, I work full time and have my own party plan business. My big things for me are, my house seems always messy and I just can’t seem to catch up, routines and declutter. To be able to not freak out if someone just pops by because my house is messy.ReplyCancel

    • Aimee

      Hey Bec and Katrina,
      Bec, we are in identical situations. One tiny phrase I recently heard was ‘if it doesn’t bring you joy, lose it’. I’m still in the process of de-cluttering and organising but I’ll tell you that it is such a breeze! I never realised I was holding as much useless stuff. Then I figured that if it doesn’t have a home, or can’t be given a home then it really isn’t neccessary either, in my mind. Anyways, hope this helps :)
      AimeeReplyCancel

  • Rochelle

    I just wanted to say what a beautiful photo of you and your gorgeous twins when they were babies!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Rochelle, what a beautiful thing to say! I too love that photo, only feels like yesterday. My gosh where does the time go xReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    Hi. I have one 4 year old boy & have been trying for number two for over a couple of years. I work 2 days a week & hubby works full time . His on perm nightshift & has a 2nd job on weekends. I struggle with everything & get very cranky & jeoulous of hubby . When it comes to night time I am buggereed & can’t be bothered doing anything ( very lazy ) . Any little help with everything especially routines would be appreciated.ReplyCancel

    • Melissa

      Tanya,
      I am in a similar situation, my hubby comes home at 11pm and often works 2nd job on weekends.
      Call your night time after the kids have gone to bed as “me” time. My kitchen is always tidy and the toys are packed up but the rest of the cleaning can wait for the following day.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I don’t think your being lazy at all your just exhausted. And to tell you the truth I am the same, my evenings are usually make dinner, I potter around between dinner and putting the kids to bed with washing and tidying up, but pretty much as soon as the kids are in bed that’s me time. I usually relax and catch up on TV, very rarely is there any housework involved. I’ll definately add this to things to blog about during the series :)ReplyCancel

  • I find that struggling to turn off from work, I work from home, when the kids are home is really hard. Especially as my deadlines are all over the place and not all mine are at school yet. I find 9 to 2.30 just not enough time to get it all done! Love this series Kat xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Emily, I am the queen of switching off even though I have 1000 things left on my to-do list, I can help you with this one!!ReplyCancel

  • Summer Whittaker

    Hi Katrina
    I am a mother of 5 kids ranging from 2 – 18. I have a 14 yr old who has a disability & a 10 yr old with sensory processing disorder. I don’t work but my husband does 6 days a week. I feel like I’m always irritated with the kids & my husband & I often feel overwhelmed with how much there is to do all the time. I have routines in place for everything but they are often disrupted due to the kids behavior & there constant fighting. How can I get back control of my house?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Summer, sounds like you have quite alot happening in your household and routines are very helpful, hopefully there are some tips in the series that can help you, kids fighting is a great topic!!ReplyCancel

    • Georgia

      Maube you could try getting the older kids to do more. It’s just not possible for you and your hubby to do everything. Do they all have chores? If they do, maybe they need more! You have to all work as a team. And don’t forget that every 6 months as they are older it will be easier as they can do more independently and contribute more to the householdReplyCancel

    • Georgia

      Maybe you could try getting the older kids to do more. It’s just not possible for you and your hubby to do everything. Do they all have chores? If they do, maybe they need more! You have to all work as a team. And don’t forget that every 6 months as they are older it will be easier as they can do more independently and contribute more to the householdReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Hello,
    I am a stay at home mum with my eldest 5 who started prep this year along with my 4yr daughter and my 3yr son not to mention I have a 15yr step daughter. My husband and I also run a business from home.
    I was put onto your website from a friend of mine and found it so fascinating. I am wanting to be so much more organised. I think I know what I want to do in my head but seem to struggle so much in putting it into practice. I need help! I feel I am stuck in that rut and can’t find my way out. Hoping you have some advice for me.ReplyCancel

    • Summer Whittaker

      Hi Amy
      What I find helps me is to give all the kids jobs to do. We pay the older ones an allowance, but our 2 yr old thrives in praise. I allow myself extra time to do things when my youngest is helping so I don’t get annoyed when she’s taking a long time to do things. You could also reward the kids instead if giving them an allowance by playing a game with them.
      I hope I have been able to help in some way :-)ReplyCancel

      • Amy

        I will take any advise I can get. I am determined to have a clean and structured house I know I feel better about myself and life when I do but find I fall out sooner than falling in and “And a new start” occurs more often.
        Some days it feels like I’m just banging my head against a brick wall trying to get help or getting the kids to help.
        I guess my persistence will pay off as they get older.
        Thank you ????ReplyCancel

        • Georgia

          Just stop worrying so much. It’s in your mind. My attitude is “oh well who cares!” People love my relaxed attitude. ill live in a tidy organised house sometime in the future! But the angst you feel is not worth it bc it only stays tidy for a short period! Just keep the kitchen clean and your office clean. You seriously have it bad working from home bc you can’t escape for a day. It’s not you…it’s your situation. And the situation will change soon as they get older and can do chores. Just try not to worry. Have some nice toy baskets around and throw toys in them to clear the space quickly so you can feel better.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    I can’t wait. This sound really good for me right now. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Kelli

    Groundhog day – oh yessssss!
    This will be great for getting my motivation boosted.
    8&10 yr olds at school and 15mth old whirlwind – always seem to feel like I’m treading water and getting nowhere!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      everyday feels like groundhog day with little ones…. hopefully you’ll enjoy my tips :)ReplyCancel

  • Your blog is one of my favorites and I am excited about this series as I love organization. My home used to always be a mess because I just didn’t have any good habits and I was always embarrassed by it but just could seem to get or keep it clean.

    I did finally figure out how to pull myself out of the mess using the four box method and just developing some good habits. I also made sure that I taught my children some good habits and I even built a chore training time into our homeschooling. This is good because my oldest grew up and married a self-proclaimed “neat freak!” 😉

    Now my kids are grown and I am in a new season of life, but I hurt my back recently again so now I am just basically doing surface cleaning and keeping things picked up so it doesn’t get away from me.

    The nice thing is that you can go a long way on surface cleaning if you’ve managed to keep everything else in order! 😉ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      surface cleaning is a great tip momstheword, it does help to keep the home tidy at a first glance, and it’s usually just that that can be the first step to getting back control.ReplyCancel

  • Daisy

    Hi kartrina
    I’m struggling with the endless tidying and cleaning. just when I get on top of it it looks like a bombs gone off, my youngest literally tipping toys out as I’ve just tidied them up!
    I’ve got three children 6, 4 and 2 my 4 year old has autism and my youngest is also being looked into for similar reasons.
    so we have a daily battle of just getting basics done! And a husband who is in the millitary so mainly a one man show! Any help, tips, advice would be appreciated! Luckily I’m able to be a stay at home mum so at least it’s one less thing to juggle 😉
    ThanksReplyCancel

    • Melanie

      you sound amazing!! Like a FIFO wife – what a struggle. I hope Katrina has some good tips for you!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Daisy, I have great tips on getting the kids to tidy up after themselves, however kids with Autism may need a different routine… I’m going to do some research for you and add it into the series :)ReplyCancel

      • Daisy

        Thank you so much katrina! :)
        With three kids, I know I’m not going to have a catalog home. But would love to be able to get the kids to just tidy up after them selves with toys!
        Even spending a small fortune at ikea on toy storage hasn’t helped I’ve tried chore reward chats putting it on the routine chart (miss 4 understands more when it’s visual)
        And I’m now running out of ideas apart from staying up late to get it all done or get up super early! So I can stay on top of things ????ReplyCancel

        • Georgia

          Don’t worry it sounds like we are all in the same boat! I guess you could try saying that toys are only for the bedroom and they can play in bedrooms or a designated space. Or toys that seem to have bits everywhere and they don’t tidy up can get put in a box up high and only brought out on rainy day. My doctors kit is always spread from one end of the house to the other and never in the box! 😉ReplyCancel

          • Daisy

            That would be a great plan except my 2 year old posses the powers of spider man!!! He will climb everything to get to them. so I tend to have everything lowers level to stop him climbing as he can get to the top of my big storage units! How? I have no idea I’ve tried leaving out boxes so it’s harder to climb nothing seems to work! Think they just have too many toys to begin with! My house looks like toys r us daily ha ha

  • Mel Bell

    Hi Kat,
    Be kind to one another. Be true to your friends. Those are two things that were important to me when i had my daughter. My husband came home one day in a foul mood. He yelled that why if Lauren can keep her home clean with two children why can’t i with just one. Horrible I know! I rang Lauren upset and she said, “Mel it is only clean because we always have arranged catch ups!’ We chatted about how, as women, we sometimes set each other up for failure. Lauren promised that when we next caught up that she would leave the house as it truly is. What a kind friend! From that day on neither one of us have felt the need to do the crazy clean up when each other are due for a visit. That soon shut my grumpy husband up. By the way husband, with a little marriage counselling, is a changed man. Lucky for him!
    With love and friendship, MelReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh what a lovely story Mel, do you mind if i share it in the series. Lauren sounds like a truly wonderful friend xReplyCancel

      • Mel Bell

        Share away, Kat. We need to be each other’s greatest supporters. That’s why I am a, ‘Me too’ type of chick! Whenever i hear a girlfriend or someone at the shops or at the park talking about how they struggled to get dressed this morning or to pack lunches, I am like, ‘Me too!. Makes each of us feel better and recognise that, yes, other people are like me – not the perfect mum but a real mum. You do a wonderful job, Kat. The responses to this post are a reflection of you and your love for all of us.ReplyCancel

        • Georgia

          Good on you! Spread the word. My friends come for coffee we often help each other tidy as we talk. My friends are always doing the dishwasher and cleaning my benches (they can’t help themselves) and it’s so wonderful! So I have lots of coffee dates at my house!! I’m happy – friends are happy – and kitchen is cleaned!ReplyCancel

  • Meg

    Similar to some of the other posts, I am struggling with basic rituals due to working shift work so no 2 weeks are the same & having an autistic child with sensory issues with food makes meal planning & preparation very challenging. It feels like survival mode all the time which is very unfulfilling & overqhelmingReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sounds like quite a few family with austic kids are struggling so I am going to add some posts into the series that may help xReplyCancel

  • Renee

    Hi, mother of 4 (14, 5, 4, and 1).. Things that work for me;
    Declutter once a week – I go around the house or pick one designated drawer/ area and I fill a bag/or box of stuff to donate (or throw out.. Rubbish/ broken stuff) seriously I do not know how we get so much stuff in this house!
    Febreeze in the cupboard for those days that the uniforms didn’t make it to the washing (& the wheels have fallen off type of morning) and we need a uniform! Give it a good spray – At least it smells fresh!
    Meal plan/ shopping list !
    I schedule EVERYTHING in my phone (once I read a schl newsletter I schedule upcoming dates that I have to remember (because seriously I know I won’t!)/ also set reminders to give myself time to plan ie – book week costume etc.
    Packing clothes up and storing (label gender and size)/ give away/ sell/ donate after each increase in size – with an under 2… It really can become overwhelming with the amt of clothes you have/ because of all the sizes they go through!
    Storage boxes in a bookcase hide a multitude of sins (read toys/ mess)
    No screen time in the morning until dressed/ breakfast eaten bags packed.
    And lastly (because I am always working on this) get up and shower before the kids get up (mine start to rise from 5.30/6.. And my 1yr old still sometimes wakes in the night) but I find if I am dressed/showered I am in a better frame of mind… And can deal with the meltdowns when they occur…
    These are just some things that keep me sane in this challenging role…
    Always days where i get pushed to screaming point, and look around and think “why do I bother?!” but I have to step away remind myself they will not be this young forever and deal with the disarray that is kids 😀ReplyCancel

    • Melanie

      awesome tips! I do a lot of these myself, and you’re totally right – they’re really a necessity (especially the schedule and at least a rough meal plan). Nice work :-)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Renee these are fabulous tips, do you mind if I share them in a blog post?ReplyCancel

      • Renee

        No probs… I’m looking forward to hearing some other ideas :)ReplyCancel

    • Bree

      Thank you for sharing this! I have 4 sweet kids, almost 11, 4, almost 3, and 4 months. I have been having one heck of a time adapting my routines from 3 kids to 4. Plenty of days I don’t bother making any plan because I know it’d go out the window by lunchtime anyway! I’m striving for a balance between the routines that I know benefit my family so much and the continual adapting that has to happen, without getting disheartened or feeling helplessly buried. Yikes!ReplyCancel

      • Naomi

        Thanks for sharing Bree. I have really struggled with keeping on top of things since child number 4, who in herself is an easy child, but the stretch from 3 to 4 kids for me was exponential. My kids are aged 9, 7 and a half, 5 and a half, and three. I just feel like the last three years has been a continual cycle of catching up and drudgery. my goal is always to think ahead and be organised, but I am often too tired to do all that is necessary for that to happen.ReplyCancel

        • Georgia

          Don’t worry I feel the same. I’m like “I can’t think about tomorrow bc I’m still coping with today!”
          I just tell everyone I’m useless and ask everyone to remind me of things and they do. Sometimes I have 3 friends reminding me of the same thing. Love them. Can’t do it without my friendsReplyCancel

        • Bree

          Yes, it is a real balancing act, that is when I don’t just crash in the evening! I am working with the older 3 to get them into a habit of certain tasks. Whenthey do little things around the house it makes a huge help for me! As long as I stay consistent they do great.
          “Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can” (I believe Arthur Ashe said this) is a great one for me. I can’t do everything all the time, but I can do what I can do. The kids’ childhood memories don’t need to be how clean they kept their room, but I need some semblance of order for my sanity so I can be present making fun memories with them and helping prepare them for the beautiful lives they have ahead. Yikes! No small task!ReplyCancel

  • Hi Kat!
    I’m so glad your email landed in my inbox today. Everything g you said in your story sounds like me. I am a mum to four aged 12, 6, 4 and 1. I am forever exhausted, housework controls my life and I always feel like I’m doing something or driving someone somewhere. I myself am in a rut and hate that the days all blend into one.

    The hardest part is I don’t feel like I am me anymore. I have no friends as no one understands what caring for four is like. I need help and what you have to offer sounds like it could really help!! Well other than ditching the kids and hiring a maid …ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hayley I want to send you a great big cyber hug, I had kids 10 years before all my friend started, so I can understand your lonliness, have you tried any of your local mothers groups, they may help you to get out of the house even if it is just for an hour. Anyways… I am sure you will enjoy some of the posts I have coming in the series…. be kind to yourself, hire a cleaner if it helps your sanity xxReplyCancel

  • Victoria Stevens

    I really enjoy your blog -so honest and about what is really happening in most homes everyday!! Thank you. I struggle with all the paperwork my home has (bills, children’s artwork, notes, messages, etc) and how to maintain it. I love this idea for this new series you are going to be offering. Best thing I have recently started is a menu. Has been a great addition to our home & my sanity!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Victoria, I have a great post in the series about organising your bills, and one from a reader sharing how she keeps hers organised too, hope it will help you xReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    hi, just a small comment my hubby has heard from husbands at his work: these guys are working as long as they can and trying to get as much overtime as they can because they have a wife at home with the kids. They’re struggling financially, and completely fatigued. When they hear my husband has a wife who works they say “you’re lucky”. And it makes me wonder if the wives (and husbands) are reviewing their financial situation / budget before they make the decision to be a stay at home mum. We’d all LOVE to be SAHMs (or at least part time), because at the end of the day the decision is usually financial. But it doesn’t seem fair that these guys are working really hard because the wife has just Decided that they will stay home. I just urge couples to sit down and be transparent about their money before they take the plunge xoReplyCancel

    • MrsB

      This is an interesting comment. I actually hear quite the opposite from my husbands work colleagues – that they are working longer hours to avoid going home to their families because it is ‘easier’ than being at home with their children. I have been a SAHM for 9 years now. My husband and I chose this option because it was best for us and our ideals of raising a family. We made cut backs where needed and gave up on extravagance. We have survived and I feel fortunate to have been in this position. Now that my youngest has started school I will be returning to work so that we can focus on providing the lifestyle we dream of.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        we have done the same MrsB, we have been on few family holidays over the years and like you we don’t buy extravagent items, so that we could live comfortably on my husbands wage while I stayed at home with the kids, each family needs to work out how they can manage it.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I cover this in the first post of the series, how I decided to be a stay at home mum and how we worked it out financially.ReplyCancel

  • Ally

    Oh I can’t wait for this series. I really struggle sometimes with the never ending treadmill of preparing meals and cleaning up. It seems like as soon as I’ve cleaned up after one meal I’m preparing for the next, and cleaning up again and again (and again…).ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ally…. my kitchen stays messy throughout the day, I make sure I have a clear area of bench space, but all the dirty dishes just pile up for me to clean up in the evening…. I’ll add this into the series to show how this works with my sanity :)ReplyCancel

  • Tired Mum

    I have a special needs teen, very active toddler and a tween who feels left out. Balancing everything is too much and no matter what I do the tween is whiny.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I maybe able to help with this tired mum, I have 2 kids needing a lot of help with their schooling and one that just aces everythng, but I feel that child feels left out, so I can share what I do to balance out the ‘attention’.ReplyCancel

  • Bronte

    I hear you all & one thing whilst reading between the lines is in my opinion “you ALL (including me) need a very big, very relaxing DAY OFF, out of the house if possible” ME time is ESSENTIAL to get our mummy brains back together and refresh. However, this has to be planned & consistent (a bit like an RDO) something to look forward to, so that your one day off is not spent in such relief that you just ball your eyes out the whole day, it’s suppose to be truly enjoyable, something just for you! Because…..you deserve it!!! Happy mummy Happy home!

    Just another point – I’ve found most mums (I refer to acquaintance types, ie school, playgroup etc) face to face they pretend to be totally in control & nothing phases them… oh and they baked 30 muffins before school this morning for the canteen? & look perfect for the P & C meeting which by the way they are now running for P & C president? huh? etc etc obviously a different story here coz we don’t know each other so can tell the truth. There should be more honest mums face to face & they should stick together. Maybe be the first one to admit you may need a break or advice from a close to home mum & suggest doing a deal with them to get some help or a break & visa versa, return the favour. That’s if they will admit to needing it. Ladies, we need to work together & help each other! I’m sitting here with my feet up, music on & a glass of wine at 3pm because I’ve organised a sleep over with a wonderful mum at school, the kids are getting off the bus at their friends house & I get to have a well deserved bubble bath later, maybe a movie, yummy dinner, read a book ahhhhh, I’m beside myself and will return the favour to her next weekend, everyone’s happy & the kids love it. Let’s all pull together outside of the site too.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Your very on point here Bronte, with both your points. having a day off, I think after some time out you can also be a better wife and mum for it. Our playgroup organised an annual girls weekend away, it was such fun, meeting new people and getting out of the house.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey

    I have been following your blog for quite some time and love it! I began meal planning after seeing you post about it and it makes supermarket shopping and dinner during the week so much easier, so thanks!

    We have 4 kids (8, 6, 3.5 and 13mths) and what I find hardest is having to stop what I am doing so often – stopping to do school/kindy run, stopping to put the youngest down for a nap, stopping to help with toileting/change a nappy etc. I find that I am not very productive and don’t get much done during the day (either chores or playing with the kids, homework etc). Any tips??ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yay, so pleased that the meal planning helps you! It’s a big sanity saver for me. So can I ask, what task are you stopping to do all things things mentioned above? I think you will enjoy the series and the tips shared within.ReplyCancel

      • Lindsey

        It’s kind of hard to explain I suppose. For instance I decided to tackle the lounge/kitchen floors the other day but by the time I had tidied a few toys up out of the way, helped Miss 3.5 with something and something else that came up (maybe it was putting dinner in the crock pot??), I didn’t end up getting started as Miss 13mths woke from her nap and needed lunch, then I needed lunch, prepped the rest of the dinner veges and it was then school pick up time. I find I have to have all chores done and dinner prepped before school pick up as after is taken up by afternoon tea, nap #2 for the youngest, homework/reading, cooking tea etc. Another example is getting the ironing done, I do it when the youngest is napping but it isn’t always finished before her nap ends especially if I have to stop to help Miss 3.5 with things, it takes a few goes to get the ironing done (and I only do tops, most pants).
        Doesn’t help that we have been renovating/extending on and off for the last 5.5yrs and there are LOTS of areas that need decluttering/organising.
        And my biggest ‘enemy’ is that I get disheartened by half done jobs so then procrastinate :(
        Really looking forward to this seriesReplyCancel

  • Jessica

    I am soo looking forward to this series!
    I have a two and a half year old Miss and six month old B/G twins. I am drowning in housework and my anxiety is skyrocketing. I feel like a huge failure and need serious help getting my head above water and regaining some control over the house.ReplyCancel

    • Roslyn

      I just had to let you know- YOU ARE NOT A FAILURE!! I hope Kat’s tips help you to feel less anxious, but from one mum to another- please be more gentle with yourself. Life is hard for you right now. You’re more than likely sleep deprived, and still physically recovering from carrying/ delivering twins. You are SUPERWOMAN! I wish I could come and give you a hug and let you know “if your kids are still alive, you are a success as a mum”

      It won’t always be this hard, I promise. xxxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Jessica, you are not a failure you are a mum to 3 kids under 3 that is hard work. I think you need to set yourself some boundaries, find what is acceptable to you, perhaps it is that your house is tidy, but not clean. That one room is a mess but the living areas are organised, or like me the kitchen is a mess through the day but is tidy before you go to bed. You will find some tips in the series that will help you and I’ll add one in about balance for you xxReplyCancel

    • Georgia

      You should go and speak to you GP. I would have a mental breakdown if I was you with twins. I would not cope. Seriously you should talk to your GP so she/he can check you aren’t clinically anxious or depressed. If you are, they will start you on some medication to get you back on track and out of your own head. I promise you that you won’t “feel like a robot”. The idea of these medications is that you once again feel like you and you can get up and face the day. XReplyCancel

      • Jessica Broadbent

        I have seen my GP and am seeing a counsellor. I don’t have depression and medication was discussed for my anxiety but we are trying in home support first (starting Monday). I’ve also asked my husband to find work locally and save FIFO for when things aren’t so crazy!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Saunders

    Looking forward to this! 😀ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    I have a Hubby and two kids 5 and 8. I work 4 days a week from home and Hubby does his fair share. What I cant seem to keep on top of is the toy clutter. We have toys in their rooms & in the rumpus plus lounge too. I feel like they have too much but also they play with everything so find it hard to decide what to keep or donate or bin :/ReplyCancel

  • Shen

    I’m looking forward to this! My girls are 21 months and 3 months old. We’re renting my mum’s house and it’s been a slow process of getting her things out and ours set up. Been general housework, major organisation and setting up rooms, and just wanting to play with my kids, I feel like I have 100 things I want to do each day (and yet I just want to have a coffee or nap by myself!!)ReplyCancel

  • Oh I do wish I had this wonderful series when I had my bubs….I am out the other side now with ‘Tweens’ ‘ (a whole other ball game…)…I have always been super organised, even managed blow dried hair most days when the boys were tiny, I just couldn’t learn to let some things go and I ended up a total frazzle after a few years. Congratulations on your fabulous blog full of great resources… XReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      My are all in the tween phase at the moment too Monique, hormonal, such fun times!!ReplyCancel

  • Deanne

    Hi Katrina,
    I have a 3 & 2 year old and am 6 months pregnant with #3, I also work part time. I am a very organised person and have no problems keeping on top of meals, laundry and keeping the house very tidy however when it comes to the big clean – toilets, bathrooms and floors in our 5×3 house I just have no energy left and I am horrified that I’m now leaving them for months. Any tips for how to get these big jobs done??ReplyCancel

  • Tamika

    Hi Katrina
    I need help organising an decluttering everything! My kids at 2.5yrs and newborn, I’m a full-time student and when I’m not on mat leave I work part-time so I really want to use this time to get organised especially as my family will be posting to a new location in December.ReplyCancel

  • H.

    When I returned to full time work my children were 12 and 9 and my husband, a schoolteacher, was home before me each day. On 20cm x 15cm cards I wrote out our family meal recipes – one per card. (This was in the days before computers you understand.) On Sunday night I pulled out the cards for the following week’s meals and put them on the kitchen windowsill so that if I was delayed, either Miss 12 or my husband could start the meal. It worked for us.ReplyCancel

  • Tash

    Hi Katrina,
    just recently found your blog, so glad I did. I have been ‘meal planning’ for the last 9 weeks. It was really hard at first so not to overwhelm my self I did one meal for the first 2 weeks then 2 meals for next 2 and then jumped to 4 meals, then jumped to 6 meal, that was pretty hectic. Learning new types of meals, researching what I could freezer or cook ahead for the next day. was a giant learning curve but I can see the results for sure. I’m not as stressed any more about ‘what’s for dinner’ . I have only one adult child who is getting married at the end of year and the guilt that has surrounded me for struggling with been not organised nearly consumed me over the years. I’m a single mum and have worked 40+ hours/week for most of my daughters life and I know it’s hard to keep organised. I’m really glad my daughter has been able to see me become organised and how I figured it out, and she has also taken on board some of the great ideas that I have learnt. I can highly recommend doing these kinds of meal plans and home organisation things, I wish I had looked on the internet sooner for help. just don’t get overwhelmed, just change one or two things slowly and master that before adding a another. If I can do it anyone can :) (and it’s never too late to start)ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Hi Katrina,
    have just found out i’m pregnant with third child, delivery date is the start of the school year 2016, am worried about how to get out the house and organised in the morning to drop my eldest son at reception (1st yr of primary), my second son at Kindy all with a newborn and a husband that wont be able to take time off other than when I am in hospital, help! It is worrying me just thinking about it. I have an Italian mother-in-law who turning eighty and wants to help but I’m concerned about her age and not wearing her out, she loves to cook so maybe i’ll ask her to help me that way.ReplyCancel

  • Bree

    Katrina, I really enjoy reading your work and your tips and experience have helped me so much! I am trying to get my routines back in place after the birth of my 4th baby in January, which has thus far required quite a bit of self-reinventing. I have also been planning for summer break for my oldest, which starts in just one week. I think my biggest fears are that the kids (aside from baby) will spend the whole summer with screen time and it’ll be over before I get to enjoy time or activities with them. I’d say my biggest challenge has been getting my middle 2 (ages 4 and almost 3) interested in home school again after the post baby hiatus we’ve been on. Also, I’d like for my oldest to continue some light schoolwork over the break to ease her upcoming transition to junior high. Any tips or tricks, or even a bit commiserating would be of great help!ReplyCancel

  • Jude

    Hi Kat,
    I’m really looking forward to your series. I haven’t found much to read on my current stage which is working part-time with children at primary school. I want to do a great job of the home stuff but at times it is isolating. I wonder if other people have ideas of how to make it work. I have been wondering about ideas like baking days or spring cleaning days with friends so we can do stuff together – without the cost of eating out while getting stuff done at the same time. I have tried a big baking day where a friend and I got together and made pizza bases in bulk. I wonder if other people get together for spring cleaning or baking days? How would you organise stuff like buying ingredients, sharing the work around?
    Two Tips for All those lovely, hardworking Mums of preschoolers that I got from my friends that were sanity-savers:
    1. do a toy pack-up a while before preparing tea, maybe about 4pm, and then give the children structured (non-mess) activities while I did tea. I had a cupboard in the hallway near the kitchen door with jigsaw puzzles in it so 4:30pm was puzzle time. I taught the kids to choose one puzzle at a time, do it, then put it away etc. The house stayed tidy of toys at least for the end of the day. When they were too young to do this independently they would be given some sort of fiddly activity such as pegboard, teaspoons and cup or crayons and paper to do while seated in a highchair so they couldn’t mess up the house. I had a list on my fridge of about 20 things I found might keep them busy. If I had a screechy baby this time of night they might go in their cot for 15mins for a catnap. Often it just got them (and me) through to bedtime if I didn’t have a visitor around to hold them. We don’t use electronic entertainment hardly at all and I do find that the children have learnt to entertain themselves. If you feel they need more to keep them busy they actually might need to spend some time and energy helping them learn to engage in quiet play and creative activities rather than looking for over-stimulating activities.
    My other tip is to plan for downtime in the day while the little ones either rest or have a quite playtime in their room eg looking at books on their bed. This is not hard to teach your children to do if you believe they are able to! And of course, with little ones, success rate on the “Mummy left alone” time was prob about 75% but it was SO much better than nothing and pays great dividends. My view is that little ones don’t understand that Mummy needs rest so we need to be big people and just make it happen and understand that they won’t love it all the time. Just make sure your children’s needs are met before you expect them to play on their own eg fed, rested, plenty of love every day etc
    Just a comment too for all the Mums of little ones that your wonderful hard work providing for them, playing with them and love to them is so precious and needful and those little seeds of love produce a beautiful harvest in years to come. Don’t give up! It is so worth it. I don’t know how many miserable moments I asked my husband whether it really was all worth it. I never felt like I was “getting anywhere” but I was. Children are like little trees – slow growing – and we can help shape them into something beautiful. I spent quite a few years as a full-time Mum, spent loads of time with them, thanks to a supportive husband and don’t regret a moment of it. I feel honoured now that the children love being with me despite my imperfections, want to share all their ups and downs with me and remember with fondness our early years together.
    I don’t actually like routines much (still struggle with them) but to just set up some basic ones recommended by my friends with older kids were a real lifesaver. I am thankful for all those Mums who have “been there, done that” and had time to share.
    Kat, I wonder whether you might be able to suggest helpful books/other reading on this topic too. I had a few books that were great and I am sure there must be more out there…ReplyCancel

  • Jude

    Oops! Sorry that was a bit long.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    Hi Katrina, I’m interested in your routines to keep the house clean. I’ve not long gone back to work part time and my daughter is 12 months old. I’m finding it hard to keep on top of everything so any help would be really appreciated.ReplyCancel

  • Siobhan

    Hi Katrina, i love seeing your latest posts and receiving your daily reminders. The thing i have the most trouble with is keeping track of where im at and where to start. I must admit, im getting better but im looking forward to your new series.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Hi Siobhan, Ooh thank you for your email! I am super excited about the Helping mums thrive at home series.ReplyCancel

A few strategies for packing the kids a healthy lunchbox, it shouldn’t take too much time and effort. Plus ideas to create variety in allergy friendly lunch boxes.

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  • Jac

    Those chicken and corn frittata’s look good, my kids don’t have allergies, but I think they really enjoy these.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are so good, Jac! We all love them.:)ReplyCancel

  • These look so good, I’d like them in my lunchbox!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Haha super delicious, Nicole.:) Yummy with a side salad too xReplyCancel

  • San

    Do the rice crackers/grain squares become soggy when placed in the fridge?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      San, they shouldn’t but maybe try first to see.:)ReplyCancel

  • Katherine

    Can I please ask where you got the bento lunch box from. Also is it dishwasher safe and BPA free? I have been looking for these for my kids for ages!
    I love your lunch ideas. Actually I love your whole website. I have been an avid follower for years :) ThanksReplyCancel

Need some easy dinner ideas that won’t take you long to prepare, this delicous slow cooked BBQ meatballs is really easy, take the stress from your evenings

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  • I am collecting together more recipes for my slow cooker arsenal and this will be perfect.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      this is a really quick one too Malinda, bonus is you can have the meatballs in the freezer all other ingredients in your pantry.ReplyCancel

  • Janette

    we also use the store meatballs add a can of mushroom soup and a little water add some fresh mushrooms . I usually bake in the oven but I am sure you could use the crockpot. Serve with rice and vegetables or mashed spud.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      ooh Janette that sounds so good, I think I might have to try this one!ReplyCancel

  • Oh these look so yummy!! Will have to add them to the meal planner. Those chicken meatballs also will have to join the list. Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      the chicken meatballs are good, I’m a sucker for anything with coconut!!ReplyCancel

  • I’ve really been trying to make an effort to use my slow cooker more this year! What a yummy dinner – this would be great for those days when you don’t have time to make dinner!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I too love my slow cooker, so easy to put everything into it and not have to worry until it’s time to dish up. This is super delicious, the kids love it.:)ReplyCancel

  • Eleanor

    i would prefer to make things with very little processed food I.e. No tomato sauce (high in sugar and salt contents). Ever since cooking from mostly natural ingredients using tinned tomatoes and spices has seen me already losing more weight as I need to get 5kg off to get the ideal weight…. Sugar and salt are the culprits in most of the processed foods that are suggested here so have been finding alternative ingredients and still produce those dishes, yum!!!ReplyCancel

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

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  • Kylie

    love the look of the fish and coconut rice, will have to put that on the menu for next week. Our meals:

    Sat: Homemade Spring Rolls & Fried Rice
    Sun: Tuna Patties & Salad
    Mon: Thai-Marinaded Chicken Skewers and Crunchy Noodle Salad
    Tue: Ravioli
    Wed: Silverside & Veg
    Thus: Slow-cooker Massaman Beef & Rice
    Fri: Takeaway

    Baking – Cheesy-mite ScrollsReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh what i beautiful meal plan! I just love Massaman beef and rice…YUM!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    Here’s our plan for this week:

    Sunday – Lamb Roast w/ veggies
    Monday – Cream of Cauliflower Soup
    Apricot Chicken w/ rice & green beans
    Tuesday – Coconut Curry Sausages w/ mash & Veggies
    Wednesday – Crumbed Chicken Tenderloins w/ Plum Sauce & Fried Rice
    Thursday – Oven Roasted Pork Fillet with Orange & Macadamia Nut Sauce, Creamy Mash & Broccolini
    Friday – Dinner at a local restaurant – my Birthday :)
    Saturday – Baked Fish w/ coconut rice – this sounded so delicious it just HAD to go on this week’s plan !

    Baking – Buttermilk Cinnamon Scrolls ( I discovered my long lost recipe while doing some decluttering last week and as my oven is finally fixed – I couldn’t wait to make these for breakfast on Sunday – not a crumb left LOL)
    Jam & Cream Muffins – Made these this morning for the kids’ lunches – I thought the mixture looked quite dry and added a little more milk – they really are quite yummy !ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Julia what a gorgeous meal plan! So much variety, i love it.:)ReplyCancel

This Beef Macaroni recipe is a dinner that the kids will love, you can’t go past mince and macaroni.  Plus the bonus is you could double this easy dinner ingredients make enough to have it on toast tomorrow night! I’ve used peas and corn, but you can add whatever vegetables you would like, carrot, capsicum, cauliflower etc. […]

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These tips to make grocery shopping easier will to help reduce the time you spend at the grocery store, cut the cost and eliminate shopping frustration.

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  • Tab

    I like to organise my list into sections, with all meat together, veggies together etc, because I tend to forget things. I also NEVER shop on an empty stomach, it cuts down on impulse buys.
    And, if your supermarket has one, check out the clearance racks first. You can pick up awesome bargains of food that might be short dated or has damaged packaging.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    I use all these tips when I physically go to the supermarket, but I prefer to shop online, from the comfort of my own home. No need to take the kids who end up nagging you to buy extras that add $50 to your bill! I can do it at anytime and enjoy a little glass of wine at the same time.ReplyCancel

  • For me the biggest difference occurred when I started to menu plan. I now know exactly what I need to buy to cook all of our meals for the week. If it’s not on the shopping list, it doesn’t go into the trolley. http://www.lifewrangling.comReplyCancel