Masthead header

Task 28 – 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 […]

Continue Reading...

  • How did you know this was my no 1 on my to do list today too?! I can’t wait to get it to zero. Seeing that number of unread emails stresses me out!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      love your to-do list strategy Christina, did you manage to get through them all?ReplyCancel

  • I actually do this every day. I have the Mailbox app so I always go to bed with an empty inbox.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Carly, please tell me more of this Mailbox app you speak of… what does it do, is that it’s name, is that for the mac and work with apple mail??ReplyCancel

  • Karina

    A few years back I went to work in PNG where I wouldn’t have access to my email for 6 weeks at a time. Before I went I ruthlessly unsubscribed to **everything** – it took weeks and weeks of opting out of mailing lists. Once they were gone I realised I hardly missed any of them and now I try hard not to sign up in the first place.

    Now I organise my email based loosely on the David Allen “Getting Things Done” principle: email gets moved into one of the following folders:
    - Action items (things I need to do / reply to)
    - Items pending (don’t need to do anything but might be waiting on eg, online purchases, e-tickets etc)
    - Things to read
    - Archives (folders in themes / years)
    I have found the first two folders really helpful as these things used to get lost in the inbox.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Love this strategy Karina, I’m going to google and look into it further!ReplyCancel

{RECIPE} Sausage Stroganoff

Winter in our home is usually filled with lots of slow cooked meals and casseroles.  Last year I frequently made beef stroganoff.  This year I thought I would mix it up and try something a little different… sausage stroganoff, kids friendly! Sausage Stroganoff   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 30 mins Total time […]

Continue Reading...

  • This sounds delish! One of our favourite go-to meals in our house is beef stroganoff, I’ll be trying this for sure!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    I know it’s wrong Terri, but I LOVE sausages, loved this version, hope your family do tooo!ReplyCancel

Tips to organise your home

School holidays for me are about relaxing, spending time with the kids and getting the house back into order.  Sometimes life just gets busy and cupboards get messy and piles start appearing.  Here is some inspiration for you if you are tackling any organising tasks these school holidays. How to organise the food in the […]

Continue Reading...

  • Jaq

    Ooh wow, I simply love the space you have created for your kids bags. We keep them in their rooms and I must say I always find them on the floor, behind a door or the contents spattered in the lounge room. This is such a great use of space, we have an area very similar.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      So pleased this has inspired you Jaq, please send me a picture if you are able to create an organised space for your bags!!ReplyCancel

  • jackie arnel

    I recently ordered from your website the end of may some things from you and I am still waiting for delivery. It has been 6 weeks?? The purchase order amount has been taken out of my visa account (either 26 or 28th of May if I can recall). I am very disappointed with this service. JackieReplyCancel

    • Michelle Rayner

      Jackie, the stuff is usually an instant download, not something that gets posted out. Have you checked your emails?ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Thank you for helping MIchelle, I really appreciate it xReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Jackie, I’m so sorry I”m only seeing this now, I’ve taken 2 weeks away from the computer to spend time with my kiddies over the school holidays. All my products are instant downloads, you should of been able to instantly download them after purchase, via the accounts page or via the email sent to you. Please email me via the contact form on the blog if you have troubles accessing.ReplyCancel

  • Wow!

    That is organised!ReplyCancel

  • Jaime

    I have wanted to do something similar for my kids’ school bags, i have the perfect wall spot, but for the moment at least I think they’ll have to stay on the floor – I worry about my 2yo trying to pull it off the wall!ReplyCancel

    • Cathy

      We filled in the end of a hallway with a built in cupboard with separate cubby holes for each of us – 4 kids, husband and myself. Didn’t cost too much as hubby is a carpenter but you could try IKEA. Got my idea from the childcare centre as each child had their own “cubbyhole”.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Originally I used some wooden letter hooks with 3M tape on the back, these were pulled off the wall. I then replaced the letters with this long and heavy wooden rack making sure it will forever stay on the wall. Hope you can find something suitable for your space xReplyCancel

My Lunch Box Packing Guidelines

This post is sponsored by Sunbites My kids are growing fast, the twins are both taller than me now, but we won’t talk about that I am still in denial.  As they are growing they are asking for more food in their lunchbox.  However I don’t want to fill their lunchbox with the wrong food.  I try to […]

Continue Reading...

  • Cheryl

    I always struggle with ideas for the lunchbox and never really thought too hard about what I put in, I like the idea of using a plan, may make it easier to work out what to put in every day.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Takes the hard work out of thinking sticking to a plan Cheryl, hope this helps you too :) ReplyCancel

  • Larome

    Kat you always cease to amaze me how organised you are. I’m forever trying to work out creative ideas to put in the kids lunchbox, love how simple and nutritious your lunch boxes are. I see all the bento type lunchboxes, and just think I never have the time. I didn’t know the sunbite popcorn packets were available, thanks I’ll be grabbing some of those for sure for the kidsReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I’ve always cooked up a bag of popcorn, but always ends up too much for the kids lunchboxes, so I waste so much, the kids are enjoying the new individual packets and all the different flavours, they’ve been handy to put in their bags at sport as snacks.ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine Tilley

    Ooh that lunchbox note is very very cute!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thanks Jasmine, the kids love them too!ReplyCancel

  • Anne At Home

    Hi Kat, great post! I know you’ve probably said this before but where are those lunch boxes from? I am really trying to cut down on plastic wraps/sandwich bags etc and they look great. Are the photos how you send them off to school, with no extra wrapping? Does it all stay fresh (eg are those grain waves still crunchy?! Or in reality do you still wrap stuff? Thanks in advance, Anne xReplyCancel

    • Roslyn Woodhouse

      The lunchbox is a sandwich keeper plus from Tupperware. I can’t speak for Kat’s kid’s lunches, but i use these for my kids and i don’t use any wrap at all. Everything stays fresh and sealed in it’s compartments. (there are ridges in the lid) I even give my kids homemade sausage rolls some days, and I put sauce in one of the smaller compartments. It never leaks.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Love how you don’t need to wrap anything, mmmm, sausage rolls sound good!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Anne, yes they are from Tupperware, they are called the sandwich keeper plus, they have smaller ones for just sandwiches. I have used these since the twins were in kindy, they are now 11. I have only ever purchased them once, if they have broken over this time tupperware have replaced them. I don’t use any extra wrapping, I only put the wetter types of fruit like oranges or watermelon into their own containers so they don’t leak over the sandwiches. All food stay fresh in them and I like that we don’t use clingwrap, less waste in the environment.ReplyCancel

      • Anne At Home

        Thanks so much for the replies! Now I just need an invite to a Tupperware party…!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes Anne, this is exactly how they are sent, I really prefer not to use any glad wrap and everything stays perfectly fresh!ReplyCancel

  • Vonni

    I love your posts on lunchboxes. My kids are not allowed to use the school bins for lunchbox waste which means it all comes home again. It has been a real eye opener as to what I have actually packed into their boxes and how much plastic I’m putting out there. Sandwich bags, yogurt containers, cling wrap, chippie packets, raisin boxes… Scary stuff!! Not to mention that it is easy to overpack a lunchbox with too much food that will not last the day and will add to the waste pile.

    I managed to find 2 Tupperware ‘Sandwich Keeper Plus’ lunchboxes on ebay for $10 each as a consultant was going out of business. Bargain!! They will have paid for themselves after my next grocery shopping trip. No more waste, no more overfilled boxes or mangled food and they are easy to wipe out at the end of the day.

    Thanks for putting me onto them and I look forward to more lunchbox posts soon :) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Love it Vonni, exactly why I love these lunchboxes too. Wow you found them at a bargain price so happy that my blog has inspired you!ReplyCancel

  • Liz McRoy

    I always get inspired when I see your lunchbox posts. I get your organised and all, but it’s real and foods that the kids will eat, thanks Kat.ReplyCancel

  • Pikelets are a big hit here at the moment :) ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    Love love love this. My little one starts kindy in Jan so I’ve been keeping an eye out for lunch ideas. This will be printed and stuck to the fridge!
    Question though, does that container keep the food fresh in summer or would you use an insulated lunch bag for school?
    Thanks so much.ReplyCancel

    • Amanda

      Tammy, definitely use an insulated cooler bag with an ice brick… our spring/summers are just too hot to keep food at a safe temperature otherwise :) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Tammy we do use the insulated bag with these to help keep the fruit fresh. Tupperware sell the insulated bags that fit the sandwich keeper plus perfectly.ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    I have a 5 item plan for my kids’ lunches. There are always 5 components, I simply increase the serving size as their appetites increase.

    My 5 elements are:

    1) Main Event (usually a sandwich / wrap / scroll)
    2) Drink (water or an occasional popper / flavoured milk)
    3) Fruit (fresh or canned)
    4) Savoury Snack (crackers & cheese, veggie sticks & dip, potato chips)
    5) Sweet Treat (slice / muffin)

    My biggest problem is DS 10 who dislikes sandwiches. What a PAIN – he usually has extra fruit, some carrot sticks, whole tomatoes. I’m hoping to bake some pizza scrolls etc for the freezer this holidays to inspire him.

    Another winter treat is Hot Dogs. I send along a buttered hot dog roll, a small container of tomato sauce, a frankfurter wrapped in foil, a mini pair of tongs and a flask of boiling water. At lunch time they carefully open the flask, pop the frankfurter in the water, rescrew the lid and leave for a couple of minutes – then remove the heated frankfurter using tongs and make up their own hot dog. NOT RECOMMENDED for younger kids – I usually put a post-it note with a warning on the flask reminding them to be extra careful and I always warn the kids in the morning. They really love this though – a change from “boring” sandwiches !ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      love that idea Julia K, my kids would love it as an occasional treat, I might just give it a go!!ReplyCancel

Task 27 – 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 […]

Continue Reading...

  • Margie

    I recently looked at a few bomboniere items from friends weddings. Some of them more than 10 years old. They are just gathering dust on a display unit.
    Permission to CHUCK please!!ReplyCancel

  • Joanne

    The flamingo are beautiful! I have been working really hard this year (with the guidence of yourself and Peter Walsh!) and have found this one the hardest but most rewarding. I had boxes of beautiful china and ornaments handed down to me packed away in a cupboard so nothing would happen to them! After MUCH general declutter I tackled them and now I have some precious memories on display where they will also become memories for my kids. Some things I was putting away for them when they are grown but I think if they haven’t seen and enjoyed them as kids why would they want them when they are adults? Would be no memories for them! Thanks Katrina :) ReplyCancel

  • H.

    I like to keep just a few things on display and store others so I can rotate them when I feel the need of a change. If there are too many bits and pieces to dust I feel as if my house looks turning into a museum.ReplyCancel

Nutella Croissant Pudding

Last weekend we purchased a few packets of croissants as they were on special at the local grocery store.  We had some yummy ham and cheese croissants for lunch, but we found we had a few left over and we didn’t want to leave them to waste.  Miss 9 came up with a fantastic idea… nutella croissant pudding. […]

Continue Reading...

  • Julie Duff Briddon

    This looks delicious! Well done to your clever daughter.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Collyer

    hmmmm looks yummyReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    Just got back from the grocery store. When I was there me and Miss 4 waited for anther mum and her daughter to move out of the way so we could get our croissants. Next minute, we bump into them again buying chocolate spread. We just winked at each other knowing we were both there because of you Katrina!
    Thanks for all you do!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Veljanovska

    my goodness amazing!! Just made your fish curry pie the other night . so deliciousReplyCancel

  • Oh wow. I’ve made this before but not with nutella! Looks amazing.ReplyCancel

Preparing for school holidays

Today is the last day of school before the school holidays start here in Queensland. I’ve been working really hard the past few weeks to take some time away from the blog to spend with the kids, I’ll pop on in the evenings once the kids are in bed to check everything is running smoothly, […]

Continue Reading...

  • Nat Mardon

    Love it! Can I ask where the little heart magnets are from? They’re adorable!ReplyCancel

Have your little ones, big idea send them over to USA

This post is sponsored by Origin Energy I was cleaning the house recently and I walked into the dining area and found my youngest daughter busily drawing away, I asked her what she was drawing as I walked past and didn’t hear a reply, I glanced over her shoulder. She was so deep in thought she […]

Continue Reading...

Task 26 – 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 […]

Continue Reading...

  • Natasha Thorpe

    That’s funny that this is your declutter task today-I had just finished throwing out my old receipts before I opened my email lolReplyCancel

  • I don’t even want to think about my reciepts. It’s on my to-do list next week and I’m very scared!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Do it while in front of the TV Carly… you’ll get through it quicker :) ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Wilson

    It’s a great job to get out of the way whilst sitting in front of the wood fire – no shredding requiredReplyCancel

{MEAL PLAN} Curried fish & Vegetable Pot Pie

Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, benefits of meal planning, more meal plans & meal planning printables.   This weeks meal plan MONDAY – Fish and vegetables TUESDAY – Sesame Lamb Rissoles (with extra veg, carrot, capsicum and celery), mashed potato and steamed vegetables WEDNESDAY – Left over rissole hamburgers THURSDAY – Pizza FRIDAY –  Curried fish & vegetable Pot Pie […]

Continue Reading...

  • Greek chicken stew with risoni
    Moroccan lamb casserole with couscous
    Pork and apple sausage rolls with salad
    Spaghetti marinaraReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      ooh yum, Rachel Pork and Apple sausage rolls sound so good!ReplyCancel