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Bento lunches are fast becoming a popular way of creating a healthy school lunch in a fun and exciting way for both parents and children. And it isn’t hard to do!

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  • Fantastic idea. Bought some Bento boxes in Japan and also a tiffin container. Kids love it, gobble up their lunches AND as you say, it is quick! MxReplyCancel

  • Cool these look great. I am a newbie to the lunchbox gig. I bought an egg model, just need to use it now to see if it works without me destroying the egg.ReplyCancel

  • Meg

    love the whole idea of creative bento lunches but haven’t really tried much. Mainly because to fit in the school bags our lunch boxes need to sit on their side. Any tips to overcome this problem so I can let my inner-bento go mental???ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Meg, I do understand what you are saying! Mine sit on the side of the kids bags too. They have never complained though and they do eat all their lunch.:) ~ KateReplyCancel

  • This looks like a brilliant way to pack lunch. I like the variety. I’m so old school, I normally just pack a sandwich, some fruit and a muffin or biscuits.ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    Looks great. ….interested on how apple doesn’t go brown???ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      A use a little lemon juice to stop the apples from going brown ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Alysha

    Does anyone know where you can buy the plastic sushi rice presser like in the videoReplyCancel

Kids are so good at creating messes and accumulating clutter, which usually sends us a little crazy, giving us the illusion it is impossible to declutter and organise your home. However, with a few simple rules it is possible to have kids, a tidy home and keep it that way.

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  • Lisa

    great tips Kat! With a toddler and a baby my house is a constant disaster zone!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh thank you Lisa! .:)ReplyCancel

  • I’m inspired to get onto our clutter, but one of our biggest problems is the toys. Do you have any tips to get kids to part with outgrown toys? Or do you just get rid of them without their knowledge? Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Shell, Depending on how old your children are, i sat down with mine and asked them to donate toys they had out grown and or no longer played with. If your children are quite young you could consider storing them away. Kids like the idea of donating and giving to charity.ReplyCancel

    • My mum tried to smuggle all my soft toys to vinnies when i was in my teens. I caught her and was horrified! I saved as many as i could carry lolReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        LOL i love it, Jacinta.:) x ~ KateReplyCancel

    • Laura

      Leading up to Christmas and birthdays we have a little clean out and ask the kids (5 &3) to pick a few toys they feel they have outgrown or no longer play with to donate to kids that don’t have toys. They are happy to do this as we explain it is a really good thing to do and it will make room for the new toys they will get. We let them pick what to donate so they don’t feel like we are just getting rid of their toys.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        A wonderful idea, Laura! I also do the exact same thing. It teaches kids so many wonderful qualities.ReplyCancel

  • I would love to declutter but my house has zero storage space! Will be getting my litte man into cleaning as soon as he can walk though lol Start em early, a cloth and some water.ReplyCancel

  • Shelley R

    My daughter has not started to like polly pocket, Lego and barbi all with some very small bits! I’m walking round the house finding barbi shoes in the carpet! What’s the best way to keep these bits together so they are easy to find and so she knows what item goes with what toys…ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Shelley, I hear what you are saying! Barbie shoes are so little and tend to get sucked up in the vacuum cleaner if not stored away correctly. I have kept all of mine in a plastic container that way they are all there and not like to get lost or misplaced.ReplyCancel

  • Deanne Shannon

    Just wondering if by any chance did anyone else see somewhere a thing about letting kids know what we expect them to do when cleaning their rooms???? I have a nine year old and she just doesn’t get what I mean when I ask her to tidy her room.

    Thanks in advance

    DeanneReplyCancel

    • son

      Deanne, you go in with them the first few times and do it with them. Explain what you are doing or what things are called, I asked my 7yr old to wipe the skirting boards last week and he did his, the hallway our bed room and the kitchen! He said it was so much fun he just kept going!!ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        LOL i love it! Good on him.:) ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Molly

    i will be taking on board so many of your tips and ideas over the coming weeks. we have just today moved house and i am so overwhelmed by how much stuff we have, even though over the past couple of years i have been culling so much…i have no idea where to start!!!
    im sitting here looking at all our ‘stuff’ and wondering why we have so much. really do we actually need it…i need to get tough and get rid of some. thanks for your wonderful tips!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Molly, I totally understand what you are saying, it can be very overwhelming. Try starting in one room and then moving on to the next once that room is completely finished. I think once the beds are set and made the next room i would concentrate on would by the kitchen and go from there.ReplyCancel

      • Molly

        thanks Kat! i have almost finished the kids rooms now, just a few things to put away and create a school bag nook. started the kitchen and feeling a little more like i have some control. have been cleaning our old rental, so tomorrow i am so ready to tackle our new place and will create a list of what storage i need to get.ReplyCancel

        • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

          WOW you are doing a wonderful job! I bet it looks just beautiful.:) ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    Hi Kat, we are on track with most things but just wondering if you could help with this one. Our granddaughter lives with us, she knows to do her bedroom etc. She isn’t to bad, so yesterday I decided i would get her to do something else and watched her also supervise her clean her bathroom and toilet. Because she has done something extra she wants pocket money. How much should we give her?…she is 12 in July. Should we pay her more for doing extra. What do you do with your twins. ThanksReplyCancel

    • Emma

      Hi Yvonne, as pre teens we started with the bathroom cleaning and pocket money started at $3 per week and went up 50c per year. My parents did buy all necessities. Chores also went up every year. I.e cook a meal do ironing etc.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        That is fantastic, Emma!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Yvonne, Okay firstly i want to say it sounds like you are doing a great job raising your grand daughter. With my children i give them $10 a week pocket money, $5 of which goes straight into their bank account and the other $5 is for them to spend. In saying that if they fail to do one of their chores i take 50 cents off them. I personally wouldn’t give extra money for extra chores as i believe at the age of 12 (same age as my daughter) they need to have some responsibility around the home and with every extra chore they will want extra pocket money. Maybe it is something that can be revised every 6 – 12 months. I hope this helps you. ~ KateReplyCancel

  • All great ideas, but have you tried making cleaning games so as to engage your kids in the cleaning process? Recently I came across something called “game theory” and was wondering if anyone has given that a try. My kids are 4 and 6 and me and my wife are looking for a way to make home cleaning a bit more appealing to them. All input will be greatly appreciated, tnx!ReplyCancel

I LOVE Mexican with quesadillas being one of my favourite dishes. So easy to make, a great weeknight family meal.

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  • Saam

    Hi Katrina,
    you need to recheck the recipe – the cumin isn’t mentioned in the method and the onion isn’t listed in the ingredients. Oops!ReplyCancel

    • Saam

      My bad, the onion is mentioned, although I think you need to move ‘chopped into wedges’ up next to it instead of the grated cheese.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        Your a star Saam thank you for picking that up, all fixed :)ReplyCancel

  • These look delish!! Another one to add to my collection for Sunday night meals!! PerfectReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      it’s a great recipe to have in the collection, hope you all love it too!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are the perfect Sunday night dinner! A real favourite in our house.:)ReplyCancel

  • We absolutely love quesadillas! They’re always so good for a quick, tasty meal :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh Lorraine they are so super yummy and a big hit in our house!.:)ReplyCancel

  • We love having them for breakfast with some bacon, grated cheese, shallots and parsley. Perfect any time meal I say :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh yum, sounds delicious Briohny!ReplyCancel

I’m very excited to share with you my newest series. Last year I ran the 52 things to declutter in 52 weeksseries, this year I’m mixing thingsupand will be runninga cleaning series, giving you a cleaning task to complete each week. I’ll give you the task along with steps on how to clean this area/item. […]

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  • Lysa

    Love this idea, I keep my house clean but I do the bare minimum, I know there are many things that need cleaning like the phone, it has so much dirt build up. My front entry is so dusty and must admit very neglected, so will put that on the list to do today. Thank you Kat you are such a wonderful motivation.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes the phone, and a place germs can harbour and spread, so pleased you are going to follow along!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie Tufilli

    love this idea for the forgotten spaces in the home. A good way to create new cleaning habits. TxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Most of these are easy enough that you can do them while chatting on the phone :)ReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    Love seeing what you are going to give us next. I have just completed my front door area. It looks fab now very happy. Thankyou for your continued inspiration.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You are very welcome Mandy, pleased you can follow along :)ReplyCancel

  • I take my shoes off the millisecond I get home because I don’t like wearing shoes. Everyone else at mine takes their shoes off in various locations in the house (that’s annoying, lol), but because we all have bare feet or socks inside, visitors tend to take their shoes off, too. They don’t have to – and I really don’t mind if they don’t! But if I go to someone else’s house I don’t take my shoes off unless they request it.

    The Minions will be looking for things to do this weekend, so I shall be getting them to do the low down bits of the entry at ours. It’s cluttered up with a box of shoes, and as we have a doggie… copious hair!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love your getting your minions to help Miss Maudy!!ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    Not sure if I’m having a “blah” moment, but how do I follow along? Is there and icon to press so that I can register for this free series?ReplyCancel

    • Carol

      Donna, there is a text box located below the heading in blue “Will you join along with the cleaning tasks each week”? There is a picture of some flowers on the left with an offer to join the challenge and just select it.ReplyCancel

      • Donna

        Sorry – in the 3rd paragraph, it says that this is FREE to join along. When I hit the box you suggested, it tells me that it is at least $47?
        Still confused.ReplyCancel

        • Belinda

          Yeah when I click the link I am getting a link that directs me to the 20 days to organise your home that you need to pay for.

          If someone could post the free link that would be very helpful, I am probably missing it & it is really obvious. LOL

          ThanksReplyCancel

          • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

            What you have read is the FREE series, just below is this weeks task, cleaning your front entry area, each weekly task will be published on the blog (each week). However, if you want to go into more details about creating a clean and organised home you can join along in the 20 Day challenge which starts early March, completely separate to this free series.

        • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

          Sorry for the confusion Donna. What you have read is the FREE series, just below is this weeks task, cleaning your front entry area, each weekly task will be published on the blog (each week). However, if you want to go into more details about creating a clean and organised home you can join along in the 20 Day challenge which starts early March, completely separate to this free series.ReplyCancel

          • Donna

            Oops – sorry luvvie!
            I’ll get with the program eventually!

        • Nikki

          I am having the same issue & would like to find this out too! Kat can you please help!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      The free series will be published on the blog each Tuesday, you can join up to receive my newsletter, link in sidebar which I will email you daily with latest blog post. Or pop back every Tuesday to see the new task.ReplyCancel

      • Belinda

        Got it, thanks Kat!

        I receive your newsletter so I will keep an eye out for this.

        Thanks again for clearing that up.ReplyCancel

  • Ana

    Hi Kat i love this idea. Will start with our front door / entrance this week. I really look forward to this series and would like to thank you for motivating me to get things done. I find it much easier doing one thing a week, especially knowing we are all doing it at the same time!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Weekly tasks are easy to achieve ;)ReplyCancel

  • I definitely need all the help I can get, thanks for the great tips! Now just to get motivated.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I can definitely keep you motivated Mandy :)ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    Love this idea. Especially like that it is weekly so easy to manage.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      So pleased your following along Kirsty!!ReplyCancel

  • Karina

    Hi Kat,
    This is a great idea! One question I’ve wanted to ask…….how the heck do you clean the inside of your toaster? Or is this the one lost cause in the house?
    KarinaReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fabulous idea Karina, I’ll add it to the list!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Hi Kat
    Thanks so much for your great website and the many helpful hints, tips and ideas to help us busy mums keep our house in order. Looking forward to your new series “Forgotten Areas” which no doubt will bring to light a few things that need attention around my home.
    Just wondering do you have any ideas on how to clean and restore a tired old cream leather couch?? You help would be much appreciated. Many thanks in advance.
    LisaReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    i’m off to do the front entrance now before school pick up. Thanks :)ReplyCancel

  • Molly

    i am about to move into our new house, i will be following along with this new series to keep my place under control…my aim is to keep my place respectable each day so i wont have to worry if i have unexpected guests….also i love the shoe sign. i have printed this and will be adding to my front door. all my guests get asked to remove shoes, even the plumber takes them off…in our rental we have white carpet, and i am over the stains….our new place has light carpets currently until we renovate, but even after that i want my floor boards protected…my guests don’t mind removing shoes…most people i know remove shoes in their homes too.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Molly, That is fantastic! Yes i hear what you are saying and i am glad to hear you have printed off my shoe sign.:) I too take my shoes off before entering my own home or anyone elses, i just thnk it is polite and respectful.:)ReplyCancel

  • Vicki

    Is there anywhere for people to upload photos of what they have done? I’m in need of some ideas and inspiration. Eg InstagramReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Coles From next week I will be continuing to publishmy weekly meal plans. This is where I share with you what our family eats for dinner for the week, plus what I have baked up for the freezer. I don’t feel our weekly meal plan is too fancy, there is […]

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  • Elizabeth

    I started following your meal plan last year and found it enormously helpful. On the three nights I work late I know my family are still enjoying a healthy meal that I pre-prepared for them that my husband just needs to heat up. The leftovers are my perfect lunch the next day. My life would be nowhere near as organised without your fabulous site.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Elizabeth thank you so much! I am so glad to hear you are enjoying the site and gaining so much from it. You sound like you are on to it with the meal planning!.:)ReplyCancel

  • I think you will love doing a fortnightly meal plan. I started doing one a few months ago and have found it has reduced our food bill and number of trips to the supermarket significantly. I love your meal ideas too, will be adding a few of these to our next menu!ReplyCancel

  • I am utterly hopeless at meal planning but I want to improve, so this post is oh-so-timely! Great, easy, doable tips, Kat. I also wouldn’t mind giving online grocery shopping a go – I’m great at it with clothes and shoes, so surely food should be the same, right?! xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Haha yes i’m with you, Sonia! Oh so easy to shop online for clothes!!.:) I just love to meal planning and my house would be incomplete chaos of an evening if i didn’t meal plan. It really is so easy once you start.:) xReplyCancel

  • S

    Hi I made the Monday chicken dish. Is the sauce suppose to be thick. Mine is not…. Do u think it is ok to replace cream with yoghurt?ReplyCancel

  • I had no idea that Coles would deliver for free. This is awesome news! I’ll have to give it a go, especially since we don’t own a car with which to do a big weekly (or fortnightly) shop. :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes, put in your postcode and see which days they will deliver free to your area! That will be a big help for you :)ReplyCancel

  • Sandy

    I started the 8 week program with I Quit Sugar and one of the things she does is a menu plan. I ve not used one in years and was going to the shops almost daily picking up a few things here and there plus a big weekly shop. My grocery bill was astronomical not to mention really time consuming. I will be definitely keeping this habit going afterwards as I can’t get over how much time I was wasting nit to mention money going to the shops all the time. My ultimate goal; coles once a month and fruit and vegie market weekly.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne B

    Thanks Kat, now I don’t even have to think for myself with your already planned menu for each day. TASTE.COM is a great way to store recipes, you have your very own my recipes, etc. I even get my shopping list from here…tick the boxes and add other ingredients and print it off. You can plan menus for special occasions which I love to do on here. You know I have shopped at Coles all over the place until our local Coles opened years ago. I must be one of their loyal customers.lol 43 years… I still like to go in personally,check out everything, pick my own fresh produce but would use the online service if I had to, good idea if you are bedridden, or short of time…I used to love the parcel pickup where you could do your groceries, say before work and pick up later it has been replaced by online shopping. The only negative I have is that all the major supermarkets are replacing products with their own brands, a lot of it are from imported ingredients. I still like to buy AustralianReplyCancel

  • Marilynne Read

    I’ve read lots of meal planning tools but yours has been the most helpful. Thanks.
    I don’t have a family but do lead an extraordinarily busy life and find I waste food. I don’t like all that waste of food or money.
    The thing is will try is particular meals on regular days. I hadn’t thought of that but can see that it should work. I also like the idea of planning lunch meals. Lunch is my most uninspired meals so this may help me to like lunch time again.
    Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • I used to meal plan all the time and found it so much easier to budget and be organised on busy days. I really like the coles recipes and taste. The main challenge I have is planning for a varying number of people each week. Thanks for the inspiration. Time to get back to planning meals and budgeting.ReplyCancel

  • mitsa

    Can we see any ideas on a Summer Family menu Plan it is really hot in Perth lately some inspiration would be great.
    Thank youReplyCancel

  • We try to stick to a meal plan. It’s the best thing we ever did. Little waste, save money and time in the long run. Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I agree Krystal.:) I would be stressed without mine!ReplyCancel

A look at my week via the photos I have shared on Instagram. a candle in memory of my mums birthday today, a delicious Glasshouse passionfruit and lime smell through the house, reminding me of the passionfruit sponge cakes she made frequently. this little poppet gave me a big scare this week rushing her to […]

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  • Donna

    Hi, I have been trying to check your blog for new posts, but the last post at the top of the list is the last 52 weeks cleaning. When I click on the logo, or the home button it just goes back to that page. I can’t see the latest posts unless I click on a category and hope that a recent post was posted to that topic.

    Other than that issue, I love this blog and refer to it several times a week for inspiration and tips. Keep up the great work!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Hi, where did you get the love heart kitchen utensils in the cake photo please? They look so cute. Thanks :-)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Rachel, I actually received them as a gift. They are so cute i agree.:) I think you may be able to get the red one from Kmart.ReplyCancel

  • What a busy week, I hope you and yours are safe and try. I find it hard to keep up with everyone’s IG images, this is a great idea for a post. Em xReplyCancel

  • Teure kutty

    Hi everyone m just very new to the group..n m loving it to the full . Its very inspiring n i learn so many things especially to do with mh children’s lunchs..oh thanks everyoneReplyCancel

  • Sandra E Chubb

    My Dad’s birthday today. He was born in 1907. I have lit a candle for him too.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Beautiful, Sandra.:) ~ KateReplyCancel

Now the kids are back at school it’s time to start getting organised around the house. We all want our homes to be beautifully clean and organised, however when the house hasgot out of control it’s hard to work outwhere to start, how to organise the space and mostlyour own mindset hindersus with fear that […]

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  • Traci

    I am really struggling at the moment to keep my house tidy, I’m exhausted half the time, but really have no clue where to start. I love the idea you mention above about setting a routine. I’m going to join your challenge as I think I really need some hand holding. Thanks Kat, you are amazing.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      This challenge will help you through each area of your home, starting in the most lived in spaces and the ones that will help change your mood. I hope you enjoy the challenge Traci and it makes a positive difference in your home.ReplyCancel

  • Having injured my back, I’m currently well aware of what I actually do during the week at the moment (because it’s not been done, grr); and having been told six weeks until it’s better, I suspect some Other People who live in my house are going to be picking up the slack!

    Although – when one writes a to do list, verbally reminds the person of all the things they need to do on said list and they walk out the door without half the stuff on the list (that they need for the day)… what’s your recommendation for that? (Current plan is to make the kid in question my personal servant for the entire weekend and help me do all the stuff I can’t do.)ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Broadbent

    Ooo having just joined the twin club (a girl and boy) and having a two year old as well, my house is looking a little on the sad side. Looking forward to the 20 day challenge! Just trying to decide which package. I don’t have facebook so won’t need to access, I already have some of your charts, etc… Maybe best to just get the basic and purchase the additional items?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Congratulations Jessica, I had mine two years apart but the other way round, twins first. Such a precious time for you!! I think the basic is the best option for you then, and you can ask any questions you need in the comments through the challenge or email me, I’ll be happy to help :)ReplyCancel

  • Mel Tewman

    Hi there I’m trying to pay for the deluxe package but it’s coming up at $47 which is the basic package- can you please help? Thanku!
    MelReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Mel, just under the pricing table are some text links to purchase the packages, press on that (on mobile or desktop) and then it should take you to the right package. Please let me know if you have any further troubles. :)ReplyCancel

  • This is great! I’ve been struggling to keep the house tidy for a while now, so giving this a go might do the trick.ReplyCancel

  • Creating routines and getting things done right away are awesome tips! I’ll definitely revisit this post often. Happy Friday :)ReplyCancel

  • Do It now! is the much needed mantra. Thank you for the compilation. Such an useful list.

    -FarZain
    @http://colorsofourrainbow.blogspot.ae/ReplyCancel

  • Vonnie

    when ever I arrive home from shopping I dump everything on the bench to be put away later, NOT a good idea so this week I am going to start the habbit of putting away ‘straight away’ while it is ‘still in my hand’
    thanks KatrinaReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Good for you Vonnie!.:) I know its one of those yucky jobs but i figure once it’s done and away it’s another job we don’t have to tackle later on.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    I’m really struggling with the simple task of folding and putting away clean washing. It piles up and up and becomes so overwhelming. It’s created the most unattractive lounge room and in an open plan house, it’s just not nice. I can’t even hide it in the laundry add it is so small. Would love to hear any hints or tips :)ReplyCancel

    • Lilian Dolan

      Michelle,
      My youngest daughter and her friends have put their ironing board and clean laundry upstairs. Get a Laundry bag, to carry dirty laundry down and clean laundry up.. She irons as she needs it, but her washing is not visible xxxReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        Great idea!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Michelle, i know it’s one of those things if we don’t keep on top of it seems to just get out of control. I like to do mine as soon as it comes off the line so that way its not hanging around in the laundry or lounge room.ReplyCancel

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  • Beth

    My mother-in-law passed away after a long fight with cancer in October. While she was in the hospital she gave me her wedding ring and band, which I wear on a chain around my neck. It is a daily reminder to me of the wonderful times we had together and to continue talking about her to my three children so that they never forget her. I think the gift is so special though as I am merely holding on to them for my eldest daughter. When she turns 18 they will be gifted to her. It really is the gift that will keep on giving.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Beth, that really is very special xReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Although it’s a bit of a cliche, the best gift I have is the gift of allowing myself to go first sometimes. To take some time out for me, to exercise, to have a bath, to sit down for a few minutes and have a cup of coffee. By letting myself come first, I allow myself to be a better mother, wife, friend and person… and everyone benefits from that.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Lisa i could not agree more with you! I think it is extremely important that we allow that time for ourselves!.:)ReplyCancel

  • petra chaplin

    my most precious gift is the gift of my husband whom i appreciate every day!ReplyCancel

  • Jude

    My most precious gift is my husband who looks after me.We have been married 40 year’s have had lots of downs and some ups mainly our daughters, and Granddaughter’s. But he is a great bloke.ReplyCancel

  • My most precious gift has to be my engagement ring. My husband choose the diamond, then shopped through Brisbane’s top jewellers to find the right one to make it for me. He even had the jeweller refine the design three times before he gave it to me and had little hearts stamped on the side of the claws. They are only just visible – so no one but me (and now you) know they exist, but it always reminds me how much I am loved by him!!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    My husband is not a big valetine beleiver so his first valentines with me was very cute..and special.. he bought me these roses which he thought were real(were fake he thought he got a good deal) and a picture of himself as a young boy in a beautiful silver frame. I thought
    What the.. he said he never done valetines before and wanted to make it special showing me roses for long lasting love and picture that he would love me from our young days to old.. we married and now have two boys …. he bought me real flowers about 2 years ago and all the card said was these are real i checked… he is a big lug but he is my big lug xxReplyCancel

  • Louise

    My most treasured gift has been my children and my husband giving me some me time do as as I please.
    I love and appreciate him for thisReplyCancel

  • Brenda kapsley

    my husband helping give us the gift of our daughter who is amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Sophie Elliott

    The most precious gift was a ring mum left me, I wear it all the time, it reminds me of her and her words to me, be the best you can be.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Moulton

    My parents gave me pearls and a gold plated watch for my 21st! these were especially precious to me, because my parents were not affluent at all, and they would have had these on lay by for several months to pay for them,
    I have now lost both of my parents but I still have my pearls and watch some 44yrs later xxReplyCancel

  • Gail Watkins

    My most treasured gift was a Christmas present from my mother-in-law many years ago. She gave me a Cook’s Organizer- a hold all for your recipes. What made it extra special was that she hand wrote all her signature recipes, and included recipes from her mother and close friends. I have now put recipes (handwritten) from my mother and grandmother and included my signature recipes. This volume will be passed on to my daughter.ReplyCancel

  • Faye

    My darling hubby is a Pastrychef and for every occasion that’s important to me over the past 15 years he has created a cake! He knows me inside and out and thinks hard about my likes and dislikes which I guess is what gift giving is all about. Although I don’t have them to keep the memory and tastes are vibrant and still as freshly baked as the day he made them in my mind.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Doyle

    The most precious gift I’ve been given is my only child, my beautiful daughter. I had almost given up hope of ever experiencing pregnancy & motherhood when this surprise package was gifted to me. And it is a gift that keeps on giving ??ReplyCancel

  • Clair

    My most precious gift I’ve been given is from my kids… when they both got up early and drew me a picture and gave it to me. True love right there. Made my day.ReplyCancel

  • Mascha Blommerde

    My most loved and treasured gifts are my friends! It’s a gift that keeps on giving… They give me love, affection, support, happiness, wonderful memories, adventures, help and much much more! No other gift would ever be able to top that! :)ReplyCancel

  • Karen Tappin

    My most precious gift is a charm bracelet given to me by my bestie a few years a go. Every member of my family and my closest friends has given me a charm so I carry them with me everywhere.ReplyCancel

  • Lily Cunningham

    My son bought me a statue dragon that sits on a crystal ball that lights up. It’s symbolic because I am born the year of the dragon. It is a thoughtful gift and I treasure it.ReplyCancel

  • Linda

    A “3 ring charm” that came from a charm bracelet that my dad gave my mother for her 21st birthday.

    3 rings an engagement, wedding and eternity ring. The only finger the rings fitted was my little sisters who passed away when she was six. That was 24 years ago and I still wear them on a chain around my neck.ReplyCancel

  • Rosemary

    The gift I treasure the most is a pair of earrings. My mother had a pair of my father’s gold cufflinks made into the most beautiful earrings for me just after he passed away. I always feel I have him still with me when I wear them, and sometimes I swear I can hear him still advising me…just a whisper in my ear. I love them.ReplyCancel

  • Suanne Sykes

    An emerald cross pendant necklace and an engagement ring from my Mother for my 30th Birthday. They were given to my Mum from my Father but they never married and both went their separate ways. It’s most special to me because the year before my Dad had passed away.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Suanne, that is lovely. I love emeralds too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Angela M

    My best gift is surely the fact that after 4 years of infertility treatment I was finally able to get pregnant and have my daughter. The best gift life has given to me so far!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      WOW that is a lovely story, Angela! So very special xReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    I would have to say my most loved and treasured gift are my two children. With a two year struggle to have our first baby and then our daughter to just pop along, I could not love and treasure these two human beings anymore than life itself.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that is lovely, Jodie.:)ReplyCancel

  • Rachael

    Best gift ever was a cushion my daughter bought with her own spending money at her school fete. It says “I love my mum”. It is just precious.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That is really cute, Rachael.:) I do love those stalls they have at the school.ReplyCancel

  • Gemma Westacott

    When we moved to our new home, my mother gave my two old wooden chairs that my grandmother had actually bought on her honeymoon.
    Hubby is a joiner, so he sanded them back and fixed up the wobbly legs before reprainting them.
    We now use them every night for family dinners, and the kids love to use them (those two seats are everyone’s favourites!) when they’re drawing etc at the kitchen table.
    Best present ever! So useful, so loved and bring back great memories of my own childhood and Grandma & Grandpa. Love them!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That is really lovely, Gemma.:) Very specialReplyCancel

      • Gemma Westacott Blair

        Thanks Katrina :) I just love them. They’re just chairs, but mean so much more!ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    The best gift ever hands down was my daughter.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that is just lovely, Emily.:) I so hear what you are saying xReplyCancel

  • Veronica Whelan

    My favourite gift sits all chipped and stained on the shelf beside all the nice shiny coffee cups. I use it everyday, and every time I do it makes me smile. It’s a simple coffee cup given to me for mothers day by my son, back when he was in year 1. It says ‘A mother is the friend that you never outgrow’. I love that he thinks of me as a friend as well as a parent.ReplyCancel

  • Diana

    The Russian Blue kitten the ‘then’ love of my life gave me for my 21st Birthday. She was loved, treasured, adored and cherished, as was he, until he broke my heart, then Bounty was by my side to cuddle and purrr away the tears and help mend my broken heart. In my mind he was loving me through her, even though not around any more.ReplyCancel

  • Vicky

    Most loved and treasured gift is the ‘gift of life’ being physical, mental and social health as without these barebones of life, we have nothingReplyCancel

  • Jodie Cole

    Our daughter is my most treasured gift. She is 8 and such an amazing human being. Daily I am in awe that we made her!ReplyCancel

  • I have lots of sentimental gifts that I adore and hold close to my heart but my Kitchen Aid would have to be my most treasured “proper” gift.ReplyCancel

  • Ashleigh Fry

    The most lovely gift I have ever received is the gorgeous, handwritten letter and 21st birthday present that my boyfriend gave me. A little quirky and completely representative of me, it was really thoughtful and encompassed all of the weird and sometimes contradictory parts of me!ReplyCancel

  • My most precious gift I have been given is my beautiful husband and four very special children. At times it is a lot of work to run a household of this size but they give me so much love and laughter in return it makes it all worth whileReplyCancel

  • karina l

    Housework done. Dinner on the table. Flowers in vase. Baby washed, fed and asleep. Best gift ever from the husband.ReplyCancel

  • Susie

    My husband proposed to me in a Christmas Card, presented to me on Christmas Day – the very first Christmas he spent with my family. It made me well up with tears – back then, and every time I come across it in the bottom of a drawer nowadays – it touches my heart. So special!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten W

    My kids!ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    One of my children was given a second chance at life after receiving a bone marrow transplant from a wonderful, selfless (and at this stage anonymous) donor. That gift to my child is something I will never stop being grateful for.ReplyCancel

  • Abby L

    My engagement ring as it reminds me of the happiest day of my lifeReplyCancel

  • Helen W

    When I was growing up, my favourite uncle had a sterling silver plaited ring. Very simple but I just adored it. I constantly admired it in front of him and he eventually said that on my 21st birthday, it would be mine. Well, 21 seems an old woman to a child! So I nagged him and nagged him and finally he compromised at 18 but would go no lower, so I just kept admiring it and waiting.

    When I was 17, he passed away. He wasn’t wearing the ring at the time (not that I cared, I was distraught at losing him and the ring was the last thing on my mind). My mother was inconsolable at losing her baby brother and went to a psychic to make sure he was at peace.

    On my 18th birthday, my mum presented me with a small box. Imagine my surprise when the ring was in there! This is what she told me: my uncle’s heart condition and medication caused his hands to swell uncomfortably at times. Before he passed, it must have happened again. And it must have been distressing because he gouged it off with a screwdriver or something, breaking the ring. When my mum was cleaning his house out she kept looking for it but it didn’t turn up. When the psychic was halfway through her reading she paused and said “what you’re looking for, it’s where the keys go”. Mum had no idea what it meant but she was looking on key racks at home for something she lost, then realised she should check my uncle’s house. Sure enough, the ring was propped up there for safekeeping.

    My mum took the ring to a local jewellers who wouldn’t fix it, saying it was cheap stainless steel and it had detail in the plaiting so he could never repair it well enough that it would stay fixed. My mum told him the story and he fixed it, free of charge, and cleaned it up for me.

    Sadly, the ring has since broken at the weak spot many times and I’ve given up repairing it (though the wonderful small-town jeweller happily repaired it for free every time it broke) and keep it in a box with my most treasured possessions. It’s my perfect reminder of my beloved uncle, and the kindness of those who helped me reunite with it.ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui Lagaluga

    The day Gracie turned towards me when I said her name and I knew that she could hear my voice for the first time after having her cochlear implant turned on.ReplyCancel

  • sharron smith

    My nanna gave and taught me the gift to love foregive respect never judge and to give of myself listen and be first to put up hand to help othersReplyCancel

  • robyn cooper

    The gift of love is my most treasured gift. The love that I have for all of my family near and far
    The love that I have for my family that have passed, this love will never diminish
    Love is a gift that sometimes is given out flippantly but should only be given and accepted by those that are truly in love and are loved
    It is foreverReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    My most loved and treasured gift would have to be the necklace my husband gave me that has both my children’s names on it. Wearing it keeps them all close to my heart.ReplyCancel

  • Antonietta

    My family, husband and children, who have given me a life! One that is truly unique everyday and that I appreciate with unconditional love from me to them and them to me!ReplyCancel

  • Vanitha

    I remember the first time I got a valentines day present and it was from my dad when I was 23. It was a little teddy bear. It was such a sweet and unexpected gesture and the only valentines memory I will ever need.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    I have to say the dozen red roses bushes I received.

    I was told it was a one off deal in that I now had all the roses I could ever possibly want.

    Such a romantic!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Nicola

    My most special gift was a modern type of charm bracelet, not only was that precious enough, it now contains many charms from many people I love, family and friends. Each charm having a special personal meaning.ReplyCancel

  • Ariel Riley

    My baby brother because he has brought me more joy and love than anything or anyone else.ReplyCancel

  • A crotched cross that my Great Grandma made. It is in the car to keep us safe. She has passed away but the cross reminds me of her and our faith.ReplyCancel

  • Best Gift Giveaway: on our 25th wedding anniversary, my husband surprised me with a beautiful white gold diamond ring. We were still at uni when we got married, our first engagement ring cost $175 and that was hard to find. My husband is NOT a romantic at all, so when he said, “this is the ring I would have bought you when we got engaged if I could have afforded it.”
    Needless to say, I cried. His generosity (still not much money), really blew me away.ReplyCancel

  • Naysie

    My children are my most precious gift ever, and they always will be as it goes way too quickly!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Moulton

    When I turned 21 my Mum and Dad gave me a gold plated watch and a set of pearls.
    At the time, my parents weren’t at all well off and they would have had to scrimp and save to pay for these.
    Dad passed away 30yrs ago and Mum 8yrs, and so these two pieces of jewellery are always there to remind me of their love and generosity, now 44 yrs later.ReplyCancel

  • Jaye Duckworth

    The most precious gifts is to have laughter on my lips, love in my heart and a smile on my face every day!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Absolutely Jaye!.:) I do agree with you.ReplyCancel

  • Kirrily Allen

    The best gift I have ever received is that of an education. It has brought me all of the marvellous experiences of joy and those that were not so joyous but have made me stronger and who I am…it has taught me to think and to analyse…from building a house and making it a home….it has taught me how to fight for my family and my beliefs. ..and it has helped me in times of grief. I would not have my beautiful family without the gift of an education. For this I am eternally thankful.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Kirrilly, I love this!! You are so right in saying an education is the best gift. I truly believe this and just adore what you have written xReplyCancel

  • Jillian

    My most treasured gift is my grandfathers harmonica which my grandmother gave to me after he passed away. I used to love listening to him play it when I was small and of course trying and failing to replicate the sounds he made.ReplyCancel

  • Joanna

    My best gift is my lovely family; with two gorgeous daughters and a wonderful husband, this is a gift that I enjoy every day. I’m so grateful we’re all healthy, happy and able to spend quality time together.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Joanna, that is just beautiful! xReplyCancel

  • Nicole M

    A jar from my hubby full of notes of things he loves about me. It means the world to me because we were very poor at the time and this cheap gift really brightened my day.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Nicole, that is just beautiful! We don’t have to spend a fortune on one another to show how much we love someone. I think what your hubby did was very special.:)ReplyCancel

  • Amy Petersen

    My most treasured gift is a hat from my granddad, he owned a butcher shop for his whole life and we never saw much of him, not even christmas day, his life was that shop! Him giving me that hat was a very big deal and very special.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Amy, that is just lovely and i can see how much that hat means to you xReplyCancel

  • corrie

    My daughter (3) recently painted a love heart red and her dad painted her feet red to create a foot love heart… best and most cherished gift ever!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that is so sweet! Did you take a photo, Corrie?ReplyCancel

  • Aaron Kaczmarczyk

    Nothing has been more important to me than my beautiful son brought forth into this world by my gorgeous wife!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Miller

    My grandmother’s engagement ring because it is classically elegant and timeless and always reminds me of her.ReplyCancel

  • Mandy Graham

    My diamond earrings as they sparkle.ReplyCancel

  • RICHARD D T WILSON

    My photo collection of family members taken from my perspective of a creative photographer for over 50 years.ReplyCancel

  • sam sargent

    My most loved gift my ex girlfriend because i really love her and enjoy havig her in my life. :)ReplyCancel

  • Nicola Pengilly

    My most loved and treasured gift(s) are my children – after many miscarriages I had always given up hope of being a mother – and after 20+ years I still thank God for them everyday!ReplyCancel

  • michellea

    In 1968 just before Mother’s Day my Grandfather took me to a little supermarket called ‘Purity’ to buy a present for my Mother, I chose a little stainless steel sugar spoon with an inlay of enamel roses on the handle. Thirty six years later when she passed away, that little spoon found it’s way back to me as a gift from my Mother, I’ll gift it on to my daughter one day. The gift that keeps on giving.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Ashbrooke

    My daughter! It wasn’t until I became a mother that I knew how precious a gift could be and the gift of giving life is the best gift ever.ReplyCancel

  • My children are my greatest gift given to me. I was told it may not be possible to have children. I now have 2 beautiful giftsReplyCancel

  • graham buckingham

    My treasured gifts so far are each and every one of my six children because they make my happy.ReplyCancel

  • Iindika WJ

    He hand made a heart shaped romantic lamp and won his company valentines day competition.It’s so beautiful, people were ready to pay for it.But, he told everyone that he made it for me…I feel so special because the picture of it was sent to the whole company.It’s next to the bed now.It’s so beautiful especially at night..I wish I could attach a picture of it.ReplyCancel

  • Steve

    The best gift I ever received was actually pretty simple. My wife had been extremely busy with work for a few months, and our home had basically become a logistical base of operations, with no real time together as one rushed in from work, handed over the kids, and the other rushed out. My wife booked out a weekend away for the two of us at the Hunter Valley – we sampled wine, ate splendid meals, and had the chance to spend uninterrupted time with each other.ReplyCancel

  • maree larfield

    A circle gold pendant with 3 dimonds that represent our 3 beautiful children with their names also engraved on it. It was a gift from my patner and kids for christmas. I love it and get so many lovely comments about it! :)ReplyCancel

  • Chanelle

    My most treasured gift I have recieved was when my boyfriend at the time Suprised me with a Valentines dinner ontop of the roof of his house. He forgot to make a reservation for a dinner out and was still able to give me a dinner with a view. Was very different and amazing..ReplyCancel

  • Clare O' Connor

    One sick bridesmaid, one ripped train. Crying mother, down came the rain. One thing was perfect, one thing was right. The beautiful ring he chose for me and it wasn’t even too tight.ReplyCancel

  • hellen waltham

    a bunch of carnations was waiting at my front door, the card said surprise inside, when i opened the door my partner was there with a glass of champagene and a big cheesy grin,he said he persaded the hospital to let him out of the day so we could celebrate valentines and his birthday, sadly though i lost him 3 weeks later i hate that dreaded word cancer so many lives it has ruined not just mine.ReplyCancel

  • KYLIE

    Would it be wrong to say my leather bound filofax? I love that diary! It makes me an organised housewife and means I can feel on top of things which in turn makes me feel on top of the world.ReplyCancel

  • cleo sids

    Most adored and treasured gift is my white persian cat named Nini, he is so affectionate and loving, brings happiness and love into my life.ReplyCancel

  • Meghan Flynn

    A pair blue knitted booties my beautiful best friend Tracey gave me the day our son was born. These mean a lot to me because they came from a Set her Nana had knitted her before she passed away. She only made 2 sets one Pink and one Blue for when Tracey has children. Yet my best friend wanted me to have those booties for our baby boy.ReplyCancel

  • sheldyn warwick-hart

    My most loved and treasured valentines gift was this years, a promise ring from my boyfriend of 3 years and my first diamonds!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    My treasure is my story. My parents’ gift for storytelling meant that I grew up knowing who I was and where I came from. I feel like I was present when my parents met and fell in love, when they left Africa for a strange, new land and as they built a new life. I’m now a writer thanks to that gift.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny England

    My most treasured gift has been life. It has been just over five years since I was diagnosed with an agressive form of breast cancer. Good quality food, lots of laughs, dear friends and family have all given me the gift of a wonderful creative life and I am enjoying every moment now to the full…wonderful gifts!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I agree with you 100% Jenny. And i totally understand where you are coming from ~ kate xReplyCancel

  • I received a I Pad for my birthday last year from my husband and daughters,I was really surprised.Now I am never off it,it was the best present ever.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I do love mine too, Pauline.:)ReplyCancel

  • claire evans

    my husband telling me that i was tumour free after 3 years of battling a pancreatic tumour. He wrote the news on a card and placed it inside a gift box along with 36 red roses for the 36 months i had battled.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Claire, that is truly just beautiful xReplyCancel

  • Hayley Parker

    Receiving the news from my Doctor that after extensive tests on my back problem it was not cancer.
    Each day since that moment I have made count that little bit more extending more love, patience and myself with my young children and friends.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hayley i totally understand what you are saying and how relieved you must have felt ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Sarah Mary

    My most memorable was a pandora bracelet for my 18th. I had beautiful charms from most of my family, and it was so gorgeous! Unfortunately it’s since been misplaced but it was the best gift I’ve ever gottenReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh yes i do love my pandora bracelet too, and can understand you being upset that it has been misplaced. I do hope you come across it one day.ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    This will sound kind of silly but… the best gift I’ve ever received was a hand-written letter from my grandmother to one of her friends. My aunt found it one day and because it discuses me, she let me keep it. I never knew my grandmother as unfortunately my mother (who was very abusive and controlling) cut off that side of the family. In this letter my grandmother talks about how happy she was that she was able to talk to my kindergarten teacher about the situation, and that my teacher agreed to let her watch me play through the fence one day, on the condition she didn’t cause a scene. My grandmother never approached me and I never even knew she was there, but I will always have a letter written by my grandmother’s own hand as proof that she loved me. :) She died about six months later.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    Silly I know but it’s a teddy bear I call William, given to me by very dear friends on my leaving Perth 19 years ago, I called him William after the family that gave him to me. In a time of great turbulence in my life they were there with immense support and care, William is that symbol of strength when I feel low and a constant reminder of the need to be to others what the William family was to me.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon

    When I was dating my now husband (who is against valentines day) bought an old chest while we were at a fair one Valentine’s day. we didn’t check inside and when we got home there was a small teddy bear holding a heart, he gave it to me with a kiss and said see I didn’t forget you, I stole you a teddy bear lol I have kept that small teddy for 10 years, I think I was just meant to have it.ReplyCancel

  • Astrid

    The day my parents brought my new born sister home was the day I received the best gift ever!ReplyCancel

  • Anastasia

    My most loved and treasured gift would have to be our daughter, Melissa. It was a hard road and a rollercoaster to get her here, and now, nearly 4 months on, I’m loving every minute of motherhood (even when she’s screaming!). She’s our perfect little angel, I’m so thankful for her and I love and treasure her every day. <3ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    My best gift is just living! Being able to have fresh air, water and healthy food for my family and I. There is so many people who don’t so I’m grateful for the little things in life best!ReplyCancel

  • Teena

    A little pink diamond my mother was going to make into a piece of jewellery for my daughter, but passed away before she could. One day when I can afford it, I will fulfil her wish :)ReplyCancel

  • Sally Baker

    My most treasured gift is the gift of a healthy life! I often read stories in magazine’s about family tragedy’s happening every single day, some make me cry too! While I’m still young, I’m grateful for waking up every single day and being able to walk, talk, hear, see and just breathe!ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    I think we all know that the best gift will always have come from our parents. Yes the gift of life. We all live in different walks of life but even through the toughest times I’ve always thought parents bringing me into this world is a gift you just can’t beat.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I love it Emily! And agree with you 100% x ~ kateReplyCancel

  • S Anderson

    Wisdom. The trained ability to discern problems before they happen is invaluable.ReplyCancel

  • Felicity

    My fiancé made me a small collection of frogs hoping around a heart shaped pond for our coffee tables for our first valentines day, being a frog collector it made it that little bit more special and thoughtfulReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh very cute! I like it.:)ReplyCancel

  • Karen Brown

    I lost my mum last October at the ripe old age of 90. She had an old pulsar watch that she loved and wanted me to have. It may not be my mum but I always have a happy thought when I wear it.ReplyCancel

  • Penne

    My most precious gift is the gift of being able to have children when at the tender age of 12 my gynaecologist told me that there was a high possibility that I may never have children.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Beautiful xReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Baker

    My most treasured gift was having my great great grandfather alive until he was 98. He lived independently up until a month before he passed (He passed 3 months ago). For a month be hadn’t spoken or woke really, until I was able to visit him again. (As I lived interstate)
    The next best gift was him awakening to tell me he loved me before he passed away. Very special gifts of the memory I keep close to my heart. =)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Rebecca, that is truly just beautiful x ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Alarna

    18 months ago I lost my Mum, the day of her funeral my hubby gave me an amazing uberkate necklace, three circles with each of my children’s name engraved in them. On the back the word ‘Nanny’ engraved. I adore it and wear it daily.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh my Alarna! That is one of the most beautiful things i have read. Well done to your husband for a lovely gesture and being so very thoughtful.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sam

    My husband organised a birthday party for my 45th. I’ve never had one before in my life. I know I am special to a lovely group of people.ReplyCancel

  • Rachael

    For Mother’s Day, my first born at pre-school made me a placemat which was pictures she had drawn and the school laminated it.
    Exactly the same as I had made for my Mother when I was little. Made me cry, will keep it forever :)ReplyCancel

  • KylieD

    Apologies in advance for the cheesiness of my answer, but when trying to think of my favourite gift I kept coming back to friendship. I have 2 friends from my mother’s group that have been the hugest support since we met 7.5 years ago after our first babies were born. We now have 8 children between us and are sadly separated by distance since a move to Singapore for one family, but when we get together for a chat on Messenger we make the same jokes and nothing has changed.

    We got together in person at Christmas and to see our children playing together again, as they have their whole lives, made my heart sing. My introduction to motherhood would have been a lot tougher without those two ladies, and coffee, but mainly them!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s beautiful, Kylie.:) ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Phillip Cunningham

    Our first child Michelle as she was a precious gift from our lord and saviour, she’s now married and has her own precious gift, a daughter.ReplyCancel

  • helen

    When we lost our house in a fire, I was heartbroken as I am a sentimental person and love special items and memories attached. I especially missed gifts people had given me. One special gift was a suede backpack my mother had bought me as a uni graduation present (quite a while ago!) My friend knew how much I missed that special bag and tracked one down for me on ebay after looking for two years! My new bag is of course not my old one, but has double the special memories of special gifts.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Helen! What an absolutely beautiful gift your friend could have given you! xReplyCancel

  • Janis Blake

    When I first started high school my locker would never open. My now late nana rang to see how high school was going and I told her about how awful it was to be late to every class because my locker would not open. The next time I saw her she gave me a tiny charm and told me that as long as I had it with me my locker would never give trouble again. It never did.ReplyCancel

  • Inger Laws

    My aunt gave me a teddy when I was born,
    42 yrs later and that teddy keeps on giving me support when I feel blue.ReplyCancel

  • Monique

    Everyones answers are so great; mine is pretty tame in comparison but my 6 year old daughter drew a family picture and the look on her face as she passed it to me will stick with me and a gift I will forever cherish! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    My beautiful baby girl – Eloise.ReplyCancel

  • monica s.

    A doll sent to me from my family in Malta…she has a lovely red polka dot dress, white lace bobby socks, white patent shoes, gorgeous black curling hair and beautiful brown skin. A truely ethnic doll in the days of Barbie..and i loved her instantly. I’ve had her for nearly 50yrs.ReplyCancel

  • Sonia Manoukian

    My best gift was my wedding ring because I know how hard my husband worked to buy me the perfect ring ??ReplyCancel

  • Lorraine Johnson

    My dad didn’t have anything, but he did leave me the best gift that I didn’t know until years later I’m a parent – the gift that I tell my son how much I love him all the time & give him endless kisses & cuddles, just like my dad did to me!ReplyCancel

  • Christina

    My most treasured gift was giving myself permission to and then getting a butterfly tattoo. It is and has always been a symbol of hope for me and I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Bretnall

    I have been blessed with many special gifts however my most cherished one is actually a memory. It was my first Mother’s Day as a new sole parent and I was woken by my 3yo daughter who had made me a cup of coffee. It was cold and chunky, tasted disgusting however it was the best cup of coffee I have drunk. (Yes, I drank it all in front of my beaming daughter who was proud of her gift to me – the first coffe she had ever made – with cold water from the bathroom tap.)ReplyCancel

  • Eva Kiraly

    My son is my most cherished gift, I’m very lucky to have him in my life! :)ReplyCancel

  • Debra

    I have been given life. Firstly my son’s life and then within a month of his birth I had life saving brain surgery. Every day I’m thankful for life, laughter and loveReplyCancel

  • Jane A

    My mum’s wedding band given to me after she passed away, it’s nothing fancy but when I married 2 years ago there was nothing else I wanted to wear on my finger but this simple gold ring.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer B.

    An elderly neighbour gave me her beautiful CHINA TEAPOT and CUPS after I admired them over afternoon tea one day.

    I use and treasure them with great pleasure still… Although she’s long gone, Mrs. C’s crockery still constantly reminds me of her grace, friendship and wisdom and the value of spending quality time with good friends.ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    my wedding band as it has the most meaning…a simple gold ringReplyCancel

  • Belinda C

    My most loved gift was a bottle of perfume that my Dad bought for my 21st birthday (many birthdays ago now!). During my entire childhood he had always given money to his parents or sister to choose gifts for me, which although financially generous, were never really things that he had chosen. It meant so much that he had taken the time to go wandering through the beauty section of a store smelling perfumes until he found one that he thought was right for me. Funnily enough it was perfect and I have continued to buy and wear it ever since.ReplyCancel

  • ROSEMARY HARRIS

    When my father passed away, my mother had a pair of his gold cuff links made into the most beautiful earrings for me. I treasure them as I treasured him and always feel he is walking with me when I have them on. If I concentrate, I am sure I can hear him whispering advise into my ear when I need it. I miss him but carry a part of him with me.ReplyCancel

  • Lydia K

    My grandma’s jewellery box because growing up she would always catch me opening it up to try on all her beautiful jewellery. She gave it to me years ago, and now unfortunately suffers from advanced dementia, so I hold onto this box full of memories as tightly as I can.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Weedon

    My parents photo album of our family history photographs. Nothing can beat that for me.ReplyCancel

  • carly

    my child because it was such a struggle to get pregnant and then carry a baby past the first trimesterReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    My parents gave me a diamond ring as a gift on our first holiday together. So it has a lot of sentimental value to me.ReplyCancel

  • Paige

    I could not possibly think of one perfect gift – life itself is the most precious gift we can be given.ReplyCancel

  • Kristy winters

    The greatest gift I have been given is my life and the lives of my children.ReplyCancel

  • lynne liliington

    I have a ring from each mother , grandmother and great grandmother for 3 generations, with a story about each ring to pass to my daughter.ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen Willes

    My Mum’s insatiable thirst for knowledge and my Dad’s eternal zest for life…the greatest gifts my parents could have given me.ReplyCancel

  • Toni Faint

    A ring Nan gave me that Pop gave her.
    Well it came in the mail the day after he passed away
    He bought it from a magazine, a cheap wedding/ engagement ring set
    He would ask Nan for a week if any mail had came
    She gave it to me years later for Valentines
    I treasure it so muchReplyCancel

  • Meagan cooper

    My Hubby actually gave me himself last valentine’s day at first I thought oh yeah he didn’t get me anything so he is just saying that. As the day went on I realised that his time and full attention on me is very rare since we had children and I began to embrace every minute we had together that day. Maybe next year he might put on ribbon on ;)ReplyCancel

  • bree witherspoon

    My partner brought me a locket to wear around my neck, it has pics of the kids and him, I travel alot for work so this is a constant reminder of my family at homeReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I love it, Bree! What a lovely idea xReplyCancel

  • Helen

    My precious charm bracelet. Each charm reminds me of different times, people in my life and beautiful memories.ReplyCancel

  • Laura Scriven

    An engraving bangle that I wear every day,
    I’d never let it go away!
    Sweet words and filled with heart,
    To me it’s art!ReplyCancel

  • sonia c

    Believe it or not…a stapler given to my for my first day of high school and still used at work 30+ years later…its an ABBA stapler :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL that is very cool, Sonia.:)ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth

    My most loved and treasured gift
    is the gift of life
    which has enabled me to live
    explore, love and give to others.
    Thanks Mum!ReplyCancel

  • Ange

    I have to say life. Many years ago I nearly drowned to the point where I can’t remember being rescued. I am now grateful for anything life gives me extra.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda (Bee) Ban

    I have still have my 5 kids pasta shapes necklaces they all made in Kinder!(the oldest 26 years!) they were all made and presented to me for Mother’s Day with so much love (in the purest form) and I will treasure them forever :)ReplyCancel

  • A piece of paper written by my then 10 year old son,

    “I love you mum,would you like a cup of tea”.

    He slipped it under my bedroom door as I was upset.ReplyCancel

  • Erin Johnson

    My baby brother. My parents claim that he was a complete accident but I know in my heart that he was purposely put on this earth to be my rock.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Erin, that really is just beautiful!.:) xReplyCancel

  • leanne veivers

    the gift of life. treasuring every single discovery and every new adventure.ReplyCancel

Our recent holiday to Tasmania is going to be very hard to forget, this beautiful little state of Australia is gorgeous and the perfect ways to relax and spend quality time with your family. It reminds me of a scene from Dirty Dancing.

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Thank you to reader Carissa for sending in a picture of her Brioche buns, she loves these so much and wanted to share the recipe with us. This is what I love, recipes that people have tried and recommended, you know it’s got to be good! If you have a favourite recipe you would love […]

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  • I am a little bit addicted to making my own bread at the moment, will be giving these a try very soon!ReplyCancel

  • Carol

    Delicious – made them last night. They have the wow factor in terms of presentation. I think probably best served and eaten after baked rather than keeping them.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I agree, Carol. They are so delicious!ReplyCancel

  • SimoneW

    Is the milk meant to be in grams? What is this is mls? ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Simone, it’s in grams because it is a thermomix recipe. I’m not 100% sure what that converts to in ml’sReplyCancel

This is a guest post by Christie Burnettfrom Childhood 101 Given my passion for art as a means for children learning and self-expression, I am often asked which art supplies I recommend as must-haves in a home art cupboard. While we definitely have a few favourites on high rotation, these are my top picks for […]

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