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Click here to view all other posts in our Back to School Series I just do very simple first day of school photo’s.  Kids in their full uniform at the front entry of the house, will be great to look back!  Here are some clever ideas for your photo’s for first day of school. 1st day […]

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  • Sally

    Kat, my eldest started preschool this year and I was wondering if you have any ideas on how to store/archive school keepsakes eg school photos, artworks, memories etc. I have looked a some commercially available books but they don’t seem to have a lot of room. We have a box full of paintings from childcare but it is not organised or easy to review. I am after a simple solution that will be useful from preschool to yr 12. Thanks!ReplyCancel

This homemade hair detangler spray is super easy to make with only two ingredients, perfect to remove knots from girls hair.

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  • Emma

    If only I could braid hair without getting my hands and fingers entwined. I end up looking like a drunk octopus and the girls hair a tangled mess!ReplyCancel

  • vickie

    I used to add a few drops of tea tree and lavender oil and use a washed out commercial pump spray pack. Everyone always used to comment about how nice my kids hair smelt. Used to use in on the boys everyone morning to comb their hair neatly too…they never complained and we never had nits despite regular outbreak. Kids now all grown!ReplyCancel

  • Such a great idea to make your own detangling spray. I also have just purchased the ‘Tangle Teezer’ brush and it has been a lifesaver! Getting a comb through my thick, curly hair can be a real challenge, but using this to brush conditioner through in the shower means my hair is now rarely knotted. Winner!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic Jo! I do love using the detangling spray on the girls hair, just makes it so much easier.ReplyCancel

Tween Girls Emergency Toiletry Bag, for when their unexpected ‘visitor’ arrives while at school. It’s never to early to prepare them.

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  • Deb xo

    I have this on the go for my daughter, however I use a small pencil case instead of a toiletry bag, much more discreet if it was to be ‘seen’ and a lot smaller, everything still fits in perfectly.ReplyCancel

    • Donna

      Yes I agree, I have twin girls and one got her periods 6 months ago. Her teachef suggested the pencil case, she said there is less chance of being teased.ReplyCancel

    • Rowena Hope

      Pencil case- brilliant. We are not to far away from this season I the moodiness is anything to go by so I have been thinking about this for this year or next.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Foster

    My daughter has a couple of wet wipes in a snap lock bag as well,ReplyCancel

  • Vonni

    Thank goodness I have boys!!

    That video was priceless though.ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    My poor DD was in Thailand when she got her first period. It was the day we were leaving and we just had to go to a 7/11 store in Phuket and buy some non-descript brand of pads. Poor darling then had to put up with the flight home…

    Anyhow – after we got home I gave her a gift bag filled with about 8 different brands / sizes of packets of pads and a couple of packs of tampons for when she’s a bit older. I also included a Dolly Magazine and a large block of chocolate. I told her to ask for Panadol if she gets cramps – but the chocolate often works best ! The rationale behind all the different products is that we are all different and it’s up to her to find what works for her. She is a year older now and knows what she prefers so I just make sure we are well stocked. I remember my mum giving me some “old lady” brand of pads (I think they were called “Modess” and they were designed to be used with a sanitary belt (what the ?)). Needless to say – I wanted my DD to have a different experience !ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    DD is in High School and they have lockers so it’s really easy to have an emergency kit on hand.ReplyCancel

  • Even as older teens it’s advisable to have an emergency kit on hand, sometimes even as 40 something adults, when we are starting to get a bit unpredictable (if you know what I mean) it’s handy. Great tips Katrina, I have given it a share on my FB page for you.ReplyCancel

  • TB

    At our school they were given small black purses from libra for free. Some promotion they do to all schools. Each purse has samples in it. Worth checking out.ReplyCancel

  • Gemma

    Most brands in Australia offer sample kits of their products for free. Just sign up on their websites. A newer product many people are unaware of is menstrual cups like Lunette. Sustainable and affordable.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    I love the pencil case idea for their school bags. Our 10 year old has started her period though very irregular and very light at the moment, I nearly cried when I saw it. I started at 9 and like you Katrina didn’t have a clue what it was so have made sure that our daughter has a better idea than I did. So sad they are growing up so quick now. Thank you though for the great idea.ReplyCancel

  • Heidi P

    Although pads are generally the less scary option for first timers I’m all for being open about the options available. My mother was very closed minded and only bought granny pads, which were very unsuitable for me. I ended up buying my own tampons and it was ten years before I discovered a menstrual cup. This is the best invention ever and I wish I had known about it a long time ago. So be careful not to let your preferences depict what your daughters will have, give them the option to explore what they are comfortable with.ReplyCancel

  • What a fantastic blog post. I do not have a daughter but I was/am one.
    I got my period aged 11 (still kind of early compared to a lot of my friends back then) and it was still a giggly, freaky thing that made you stand out at the time should your friends find out. I kept it a secret for a long time and who knows, maybe some of my friends did too and I never knew!
    I had to hide my pads and while my mum provided me with all the stuff I’d need (she was awesome), I don’t think we thought to give it a little, discreet bag to keep it all safe together. I think I just hid it in the front pocket of my school bag and prayed no-one would go in there.
    Once, a girl in my year (the bully) teased me mercilessly because I think she’d found my stuff (why I didn’t think to get angry that she invaded my privacy I do not know). Truth is, I think perhaps she had her period too and thought by bullying me, she’d take the heat off herself. I was mortified but just kept denying what she said and hoped it would blow over.
    Please, parents, read this and equip your daughters! We do get our periods quite early sometimes!! I am so so lucky my mum had mentioned it before it happened to me. The morning I woke up with it (such a relief it came overnight and not in public), I knew what it was immediately. I know many of my friends’ parents would not have prepared them in time for grade 6 thinking it was years away!
    The 11 year old me feels grateful to you for covering this topic so nicely :)
    I hope if I ever have a daughter that I’ll be able to make it as easy for her as possible when the time comes xReplyCancel

  • Waverly

    My daughter got her period at 10 1/2. I also had a pencil case put together with a couple of pads, small pack of wet wipes, tissues and a new pair of knickers (still in the packet) for just in case. She carried her pencil case with out needing it for 12 months when a friend got her 1st period at school. The pencil case was very much appreciated not only by the young lady, but also by her mum.ReplyCancel

  • Great idea and something I had planned to do when the time came. I think all parents of girls should do this! I was so unprepared when I got mine at 10 – it was horrific! And there was no discretion after the fact either!ReplyCancel

  • Izzy

    My girls are older and I thought I would share that you can go onto the websites of companies which sell sanitary products and request free samples for young girls. These often come with an appropriate “purse” or case for the items. It’s also a good way for young girls to try a variety of products without you having to purchase them all. That way they can’t decide which type suits them. my girls received some information with these and hav a couple of different packs in bags they use regularly one in the school bag one in the choir bag etc…ReplyCancel

  • Sue R

    Please make sure the school knows of any medication in your daughter’s pack. This could alleviate any problems later on.

    I was 12 when I first got my period, and it was very scary. My mum had, of course told me about it all, but I was still very unprepared. Thank goodness I got them overnight at home.ReplyCancel

  • Susan Hartnett

    I bought my daughter the book the care and keeping of you. I had her read the everything except the period part a few years ago, then here recently at school in a special health class the girls learned all about there periods and making a pouch and that night her bff stayed the night and those two were reading the part of the book and already being grossed out from school and then reading about tampons was hilarious for me not them .as i heard eww that’s gross I just remembered when I started and had to use the pads with the belt I am just really glad times have changed I would not want for my daughter to have to go through that.ReplyCancel

  • Use the P Tracker app! It is a handy, must-have app for girls that has a calendar and ‘predicts’ when the next period is coming, ovulation, etc. It is a great learning tool and very simple to use, plus it helps build confidence due to removals of unwanted surprises.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic! I will certainly be looking into this app, thank you.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kelli

    i have 3 teenage boys (but constantly have a houseful of boys and girls), and keep emergency supplies in the bathroom cupboard with a discreet note on the door (you can’t miss it from the toilet). I restock as required (pads, tampons, wet wipes, undies of various sizes, nappy bags) no questions asked and have had several girls thank me! My boys are well educated to not questions frequency of bathroom visits, girls not wanting to go in the pool etc. We also have a huge box of condoms, lubricant and safe sex and drug education brochures in the bathroom cupboard (my boys are 16, 17 and 18). All the kids know to help them selves, no questions asked and I restock as required! Better prepared than regretful. I am impressed with how often the safe sex brochures are taken!ReplyCancel

Click here to view all other posts in our Back to School Series A few days ago I shared my tips for freezer lunchbox baking and some of my favourite go-to freezer recipes, here are some other recipes I make for the lunchbox, that can’t be frozen. Homemade Strawberry Rollups Apple Fruit Leather.  Also try […]

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  • There are so many yummy recipes here, I don’t even know where to start!!! I love your Apricot Balls and have followed your shredded chicken instructions a zillion times – it always works out perfectly! xxReplyCancel

  • We also swear by energy balls too, they are highly versatile not to mention being absolutely delicious. They are small and easy to bring on-the-go in tiny storage boxes.ReplyCancel

School starts back in most states next week, so now is the time to start preparing your kids and your home for the first day of school. This means ensuring you have routines in place in the mornings so you aren’t running around frantically, preparing your own mindset for separation from the kids and preparing the kids back to routines and school time sleeping hours.

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  • Kristy

    this is such a great post, my eldest starts school this year, she is exciting, me not so much I really don’t know what I am in for, so this gives me a really good guide on what I need to change now, I didn’t even think of making sleep time earlier in the lead up, but of course that makes complete sense.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    I used to be all over the place with my laundry until I read your laundry system post, I got one of your prints for my wall and has kept me really organised. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Oh my, I am doing that strange laugh and rocking in the corner… My children have had a list of things to do in the morning for – well, at least 3-4 years. Now I shout “what are you doing” and “what are you supposed to be doing?” followed by “check your list” instead of clean your teeth, get dressed, you do not have to kill your shirt before you put it on (ok, I still have to shout that one). But this won’t stop me updating the list for this year, shouting or rocking in the corner.ReplyCancel

    • Karen

      Thanks for this Miss Maudy,am crying with laughter after reading your post. My boys and i are just about to join this rollercoster this year with my eldest starting kindy, and like your child my boy also frequently “attacks” his T-shirts.ReplyCancel

  • Ali

    This is my sons first year at school – DO I LABEL SCHOOL SOCKS?!

    I have no idea if its over the top or perfectly reasonable!ReplyCancel

    • I never bothered, but because my kids could wear sports socks, I just bought ten pairs of cheap identical white ankle socks at the start of the year, and chucked the remaining seven and a half pairs at the end of the year.ReplyCancel

    • Alana

      Hi there, I teach prep and have had many sock mix ups – the students at our school do PMP (perceptual motor program) twice a week and this requires bare feet. I teach the kiddies to put their socks into their shoes, but no system is perfect and I have had a couple go missing from time to time! It really depends on how distressed you’ll be over a missing sock! Also, things like swimming programs etc will require shoes off (and never discount the times we must change their shoes and socks after those way too appealing puddles during winter ;))ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes Ali, and it’s not over the top. The kids don’t take the shoes off at school, but I like to know who’s socks belong to who when at home. I just use a black laundry marker.ReplyCancel

  • I am totally a friend pimp. My kid gravitates towards the sort of children who get her in trouble or distract her. I’m quite happily a friend pimp lol!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I am a friend pimp too Gina and think the term is so funny. When I was at a meeting for our kids new school this term was brought up. The school was trying to help the new kids transition and create independence and I laughed when it was mentioned as I have totally done that in the past, created great friendships with the mums too, but I really do like the concept of the idea that the kids should make their own friends.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I read a similar post this time last year from this site and it was the best thing I’ve ever done. My very shy son started prep so we implemented the ‘eating from the lunch box’ the week leading up to first day of school along with the change in bed time for ten days prior. We knew it was going to be stressful for everyone – more so my husband and I but atleast we knew he was eating properly and wasn’t sleep deprived. At tiny bit of practice certainly helped set him up for what was a wonderful introduction into school lifeReplyCancel

  • I have my middle child starting Prep this year and it’s possible that I’m way more nervous than him! Actually, definitely more nervous, he’s excited! I’m having mild palpitations about meeting all the new parents, him establishing a friendship group, me making my own Mummy friends, eeeekk!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    In the lead up to starting school we did a practice run. At each stage I photographed my child doing the activity. Then using a racetrack template I found on the Internet I added the child’s photo of each activity along the track. I laminated a track & a race car for each child. Now they move their cars along the track using blue tac and when they reach the finish line they are ready for school. It’s been great & a fun way for preschool & kindergarten children who can’t read yet. Now instead of yelling “have you brushed your teeth, have you made your bed” etc I just ask what’s next on their racetrack.
    I also brought an A4 visual art diary for each child. Each day when a note comes home I trim it and stick it into the diary. It’s an easy & simple way to store all of the information relevant to that child. I always know where the notes are & I don’t have a big ugly file to sort through to find out what time an excursion starts etc or worse still a pile of paperwork that I will get around to filing one day. I also stick copies of merit awards, homework sheets, party invitations and sometimes newsletters. I cover it with copies of the class photographs. At the end of the year it’s a great record of what they have done and learnt, what excursions they have been on or what activities have taken place at the school. It’s a time capsule in a book and I find it works very well.ReplyCancel

 This post is sponsored by Coles Soon we will all be back into routine of preparing delicious and nutritious school lunches for the kids.  Crafting together a variety of choices so they don’t get bored with the ‘everyday’ food, as we don’t want it returned and our little treasures going hungry.  Ensuring we give them enough so they don’t starve […]

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  • Jaclyn

    My little one was in prep last year. I have always struggled with coming up with ideas for his lunchbox, they were always quite boring and the same foods. I’ve just recently found your blog and love your simple ideas and this guideline makes complete sense to me and will make packing lunches easier, thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Jaclyn, Welcome!.:) So glad you have found us and enjoying the blog. 2015 is going to be a big an exciting year for us. We look forward to sharing more recipes/ tips and much more.ReplyCancel

  • Shirley Hondris

    Just love your website and tips. Thanks for all your encouragement and ideas. Yes I’m getting my hair done tomorrow, can’t wait!
    And your inspiration – J U S T S T A R T – love it, blessings Shirl.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Shirley.:) You enjoy getting your hair done.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    I put my tomato and cucumber in between to slices of day old bread let sit for a couple of hours and then put on sandwich the day old bread soaks up all the juice no more soggy sandwichReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic tip! Thank you for sharing Kim.:)ReplyCancel

    • Kim Zerafa

      Similarly, I lay the slices on one side of a piece of paper towel and fold over the other side, gently patting out the excess juices. New to this site so must say thank you. Miss Five begins school next week and is my fussy eater. The coming year will be a challenge of obstaining from Vegemite & peanut butter rolls! X :-DReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    My son starts Prep this year and I have dreaded the thought of having to pack lunch for him everyday. Your guidelines make it so easy – great idea. I have already tried two of your recipes from the freezer baking article and they were a hit with my boys. Thank youReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic Danielle!.:)ReplyCancel

  • What a wonderful compilation of tips! Bookmarking this.
    Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You are very welcome Farzain, glad you like the collection :)ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Where’s the yellow & grey water bottle from? Or what brand? Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Katharine

    Hi Katrina
    I recently unsubscribed to about a dozen sites to de-clutter my emails but yours was the only site I kept!!! Love it love it love it!! ????????ReplyCancel

  • Katharine

    Hi Katrina
    I recently unsubscribed to about a dozen sites to de-clutter my emails but yours was the only site I kept!!! Love it love it love it!! ????????ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne Bentley

    Hi Kat, wow thanks so much for an extensive list of lunch items. I am always overwhelmed with making lunches, your list breakdown is great. I can now look at it to give me ideas, instead of thinking what am I going to pack. I always pack healthy lunches no prepackaged convenient snacks, I always baked and I halve already packed the freezer with some of your recipes, and will do a further bake…One lot of baking has already been eaten which was supposed to be for lunches lol..I am going to paste your list and place it on the pantry door so so it makes it easier. Your an amazing mother and woman…HugsReplyCancel

  • Alison

    Great post. Where are the split containers from please? The little pink one and the bigger one with green lid? That’s my hardest challenge!ReplyCancel

  • Olivia

    Love your site!!!! Always visiting thankyou for all of your wonderful ideas! Just thought I would mention that peckers brand crackers have MSG in the unfortunately but Sakata are a great alternative with no added MSG :) just thought I’d share.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Olivia.:)ReplyCancel

  • Leilani Byrum

    I love your site! Thank you so much for the list of lunch items. Now I can plan a variety of healthy lunch.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Best

    I love this site! As a busy young mother to 2 adorable kids under 3, I find all the tips so helpful. Have started cutting up all my veges on shopping day and it has been a godsend! Saves me so much time. I’m turning into an organizational nazi!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL you gave me a laugh, Melissa!.:) Well done to you! You sound like you are on to it.:) Looking forward to sharing much much more.:)ReplyCancel

What a wonderful month it has been, relaxing Christmas and New Years for me as I was sick most of it, good excuse for me to lay on the couch and catch up on some of my TV shows.  We are in full swing for back to school here with labelling uniforms, lunch bags, uniforms. […]

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  • Tamara

    The zip pops look amazing, are they reuse able?ReplyCancel

  • Samantha

    Hi Kat,
    I ordered the Hippo Blue pencil name labels upon your recommendation the other day. They just arrived in the mail. They are really good quality plus, for a pencil label, they are actually quite a decent size. Thanks for the recommendation. I will definitely be ordering from them again.
    Thanks!
    SamanthaReplyCancel

  • I adore those sweet jewellery necklaces! Its nice to be able to have something special for myself for a chance. Perfect gift for any mum.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are just beautiful aren’t they! I too love wearing them.:)ReplyCancel

It has been awhile since I have shared my life in photos.  Here is a catch up of what I have shared on Instagram since late December.  If you are on instagram please follow along @organised_house From Instagram all the soft toys got a wash today! Read more here about cleaning toys. My birthday lunch. sadly I’m really sick today, […]

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  • Happy Birthday! Looks like some delicious food you enjoyed! Here’s to a happy and organised 2015 :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Lauren.:)ReplyCancel

  • What a perfect spot for blogging, I’m certain you found some inspiration there!! Totally envious!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It was absolutely perfect!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Happy Birthday! What a wonderful month of photos. I love the little touches in your office space to make it sweet and lovely but without over cluttering. The champagne slushie looked pretty good too!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Lisa!! That champagne slushie is so yummy!! I love my office, it has a different feel to the rest of the home, which is really nice considering we don’t have doors to shut it away :)ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Hi Katrina,
    Just wondering how you got the screen saver? ( Champagne Slushie pic )
    I have the same computer and I’d love to do that on mine :)ReplyCancel

  • Sam Skillen

    What a great way to finish the day.ReplyCancel

Hippoblue has a great range of innovative personalised gifts for children, ranging from name labels, wall stickers, lunch bags, backpacks and stationery. Their unique designs are created to attract mothers from all over Australia who LOVE adorable, personalised items.

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  • Emma

    My kids favourite is caramel banana cake.. Not the most healthy but nice as a treat.
    http://www.bestrecipes.com.au/recipe/Caramel-Banana-Cake-L1820.htmlReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    My son and daughter love, rice crackers topped with sliced tasty cheese and slices of picked onions.ReplyCancel

  • Anne faughlin

    My kids love cool mangoes and grapes for their afternoon snackReplyCancel

    • Rachel Kriss-Newell

      Once a week the kids love ANTS ON A LOG.

      I cut celery into 10 cm lengths, fill the hollow with cream cheese and a drizzle of honey and then line sultanas along it. It’s healthy but also tasty and always brings giggles from the kids.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Howley

    My daughter loves fresh fruit, cool from the fridge!ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    My kids love a warm of piece of homemade banana bread and a glass of milkReplyCancel

  • Amy

    First option is always fresh cut fruit (watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes, strawberries and anything else), great for energy before after school activities and sports. Otherwise a yummy healthy homemade muffin or bliss ballsReplyCancel

  • Terri

    Cookies. Cookies are definitely my kids’ favorites! The littlest one likes “nem en nem” cookies the best.ReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    My son loves a peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwich!ReplyCancel

  • Hayley M

    For afternoon tea my girls love cold fruit slushies. They pick their own fruits, yogurt, milk or honey (whatever they are feeling in the mood for!) and blitz them up! They love them and they are refreshing in this NQ heat and healthy too! Awesome!
    Thanks for the opportunity Katrina! XxReplyCancel

  • Megan

    I make ‘super snacks’ for my two boys, which is basically any available fruit n vegies cut up & arranged into random shapes/things on their plates. for example dragonflies or stinkbugs, they think its great!!ReplyCancel

  • Katherine

    My girls avo favourite snack is strawberries and icing sugar!! Yum yumReplyCancel

  • Ylana

    Cold mango slices!! Mmm juicy and sweetReplyCancel

  • Ylana

    Best afternoon snack: Cold mango slices!! Mmm juicy and sweetReplyCancel

  • Samantha R

    Freshly warm homemade cheeseymite scrolls. So easy to make and the leftovers just freeze for school lunches – bonus!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    Veggie slice, my daughter eats it straight from the fridge cold. Bonus is, it’s loaded with veggies and she doesn’t even know!!! Even hubby will eat it.ReplyCancel

  • Elaine

    My kids are always famished after school!
    I regularly have ‘tiropitakia’ for them- a traditional Greek snack food.
    Puff pastry triangles filled with a cheese filling (made with ricotta, feta, egg and a bit of pepper) cooked in the oven till nicely browned.
    Yum!!

    Can be made ahead of time and frozen.
    Can be made as an accompaniment to any meal.

    EnjoyReplyCancel

  • sarah

    Grapes and Strawberries always win out as a favourite here, or banana pikelets’. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jaylene Oreo

    our favourite after school snack is fruit kebabs , my daughter calls them fruit rocketsReplyCancel

  • Amanda Reynolds

    My afternoon snack for my two girls (and mum of course) is homemade seed crackers with a big platter of cheese, olives, vege sticks and fruit..ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    My son rarely eats lunch at school, so he like to make muffin pizza’s when he comes home. Usually the 1 is enough. Tops it with ham & cheese.ReplyCancel

  • Mandy Seeger

    My kids love Raw chocolate fudge, so simple and tastes naughty but it isn’t.
    I found this recipe at “Wholefoodsimply.com”
    1 cup hulled tahini
    1 cup pitted medjool dates
    1 tblsp Cacao
    Place ingredients into food processor or blender and blend until smooth and coming together.
    Press the mixture into a loaf tin or small container lined with baking paper hanging over the sides. Freeze for several hours to set.
    Can be kept in the freezer or fridge if you’d like it a little softer, tahini can be replaced with ground macadamias if you like but we keep it “nut free” so it’s also safe for the lunchbox.ReplyCancel

  • Trileen

    My kids LOVE the simple things…at the moments its rice crackers and hommus dip!ReplyCancel

  • Katerina

    My daughter Grace loves zucchini slice! Recipe follows: Mix 1large zucchini and carrot,both coarsest grated, with 1cup grated cheese, 1/2 cup olive oil, 2eggs, 1cup of SR flour, salt pepper and thyme to taste (I use a couple of sprigs of fresh thyme), pour into a lined slice tray or muffin pan, lined with muffin shells. Sprinkle grated Parmesan on top, pop into a180C oven and bake for 15-20mins -test with a skewer, muffins will be quicker than slice…ReplyCancel

  • Hayley

    My boys love apples dipped in almond butter, veggie sticks with hummus dip and kale chips.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Turley

    Miss 5. – tiny teddies
    Master 7- ice blocksReplyCancel

  • Amanda A

    Mine is quick and easy. The kids love a cold glass of milo, some cubes of cheese, some strawberries and apple slices and a warm homemade biscuit from my oven. Quick and easy and not too much thinking required so I can enjoy them sitting at the kitchen bench telling me about their day. Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    Quick & easy is the go. Chocolate chip cookies & a glass of milk. It’s practically a tradition.ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Wendt

    My daughter loves to have yogurt and fresh fruit as her afternoon snack.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Kriss-Newell

    Once a week the kids love ANTS ON A LOG.

    I cut celery into 10 cm lengths, fill the hollow with cream cheese and a drizzle of honey and then line sultanas along it. It’s healthy but also tasty and always brings giggles from the kids.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie D

    Apricot balls.
    500g dried apricots blitzed in the food processor, then mix through 1 can of condensed milk and 2 ½ cups coconut. Roll into balls and in more coconut to finish. Too easy. I use Australian Apricots which are a bit tarter than Turkish, and the result is delicious, and not too sweet. Always very popular at our house, they disappear in days.ReplyCancel

  • felicity

    My now teenagers still love banana icecream,just frozen banana blended and plain doritos,salsa and grated cheese,melted,yum.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    My boys love mango “pop-ups” – mango cheeks with criss-cross cuts to make squares that they pop out themselves. My 7-month old now loves to join in with a few small cubes to eat!ReplyCancel

  • Tina

    My little dude loves ‘roast veggie pizza’.
    Puff pastry smeared with tomato paste (or pizza sauce if I have it) and topped with left over roast veggies (pumpkin & sweet potato are faves). Bake until pastry is golden. Always a hit!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon

    My kids love a big bowl of fresh fruit. Strawberrys, watermelon and grapes are a favorite.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Harris

    Homemade preserved apricots with Greek Yoghurt or if not in a fruit mood my own Bars made with Almond Flour.ReplyCancel

  • Linda

    Soup. Spring Summer Autumn or Winter by kids love a mug of soup when they return from school.
    I make an array of different soups so every day is a surprise, pop ingredients in the soup maker and its ready when we come back from school pick-up.
    Fantastic way of getting Veg into the kids.ReplyCancel

  • Sonya N.

    My daughter (7) is a bit strange and very much a creature of habit. Without fail she has porridge and banana every day after school. She also has it for breakfast every day!ReplyCancel

  • Nic T.

    This is my kids’ favourite snack but because it’s not that healthy it’s only an occasional treat. They’re called lemon balls and they’re made with crushed Arrowroot biscuits, condensed milk and lemon juice. So yummy!ReplyCancel

  • Jules

    Our kids love having popcorn. I don’t add either salt or butter so it’s reasonably healthy, which is good as they have it a few times a week.ReplyCancel

  • Gemma

    My daughters love having what we call tappas. It’s basically cut up carrot, cucumber, grapes, strawberries, cheese and rice crackers. They get a little bit of everything but not to much so they eat their dinner.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Clarke

    My two children, Oscar and Liliana absolutely love cut up Fennel bulbs with my homemade dip (yes you’re reading right lol) – tastes like licorice and they love it. We have even converted some of their school friends too.

    Their other favourite after school snack has to be my banana & cinnamon smoothies – made with whole tray of ice, the smoothie is like lush healthy icecream – yum!!ReplyCancel

  • Di

    Pancakes or pikelets topped with whatever takes each of our moods that afternoon. Was a favourite of mine when I was growing up, now my kids love them as an after school or afternoon snack too.ReplyCancel

  • DIANA O

    Toast with vegemite! Call us boring, but it’s delicious, quick and easy so we can go go go onto all fun things like sports and playing with friends.ReplyCancel

  • Julia Parker

    Simple is often most popular with my kids. They most love an individual plate of cut up fruit with little squares of cheese, all beautifully arranged of course!!ReplyCancel

  • karina l

    French toast with a sprinkle of sugar on top. Delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Doyle

    my kids love ‘hot’ sandwiches ham or Vegemite and cheese are the favourites at the moment.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Homewood

    my son loves a mini platter of vegetable sticks (carrot, celery, capsicum, cucumber) as well as olives, cheese and crackers. I find this a very simple way to get him to eat an extra serve of vegetables!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth H

    Hi Kat,
    My 3 kids love some heathy fresh juice after school. One of their favourite combinations is pineapple and spinach. Also, to go with the juice some homemade pikelets and jam. My favourite raspberry jam recipe is from recipes.pureharvest.com.au. This delicious jam has no sugar and tastes so yum!!ReplyCancel

  • Chris Slade

    17 yr old loves to eat tuna on rice crackers and the 14 yr old loves vanilla yoghurt with a banana cut up into it. Both are quick, easy and nutritious.ReplyCancel

  • LittlePoppet

    My fussy little one loves my home made cereal bars. They’re so yummy and you know exactly whats in them. Cornflakes, flour, cinnamon, egg, plain or flavoured yoghurt and we add dried fruit too and sometimes I sneak some chocolate chips in :)ReplyCancel

  • Cath

    My 3 and 5 yr old love a smoothie for afternoon tea – I use yoghurt, fresh fruit (they love strawberry and banana most of the time!) and lite milk. Put it in a funky bottle and colourful straw and done!ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Shailer

    We love Zucchini and Sweetcorn fritters, served with tzatziki to dip them in…and the best bit is that I can make up a big batch of fritters and freeze them to use on those busy afternoons when we just need a quick, healthy snack!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly

    My 2 & 4 year old boys’ favourite afternoon snacks are something they’ve helped make with fresh fruit or a green “monster” smoothie (eg. spinach, fruit, coconut milk, LSA, egg).
    Today, we’ve got banana bread baking in the oven and a ton of fresh strawberries that we picked yesterday!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    As much as I feel shame and would love to comment with a healthy, organic homemade treat I have to be honest. The first thing that is reached for after school, ironically is cereal either two weet-bix in a bowl or Nutri-grain (which they eat dry like chips)ReplyCancel

  • With this hot weather at the moment we are LOVING homemade fruit popsicles or fruit smoothies with lots of ice. Today for afternoon tea we are even making yummy ice cream by blending frozen banana slices. Anything cold is the go here in Perth, especially after a long, hot day of learning :)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle V

    A delicious range of homemade dips
    Served with sesame seed biscuit strips
    Or fruit kebabs, they look divine
    The kids’ favourite fruits all in a line
    And simple cherry tomatoes and squares of cheese
    Are a welcome favourite and certainly please!
    Sticks of cucumber, or mini feta pies
    Are some healthy snacks this mum supplies!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    My three kids each have different choices. Leah eats apples (so many I need to have an orchard!). Isaiah loves sunken submarines and Josh loves his Nutella sandwich.ReplyCancel

  • Sam

    My girls love piklets that are undercooked so are still a little gooey in the middle. Sometime I put banana and/or berries in them.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    Homemade popcorn, home made yoghurt and a fruit smoothieReplyCancel

  • Mel

    My daughter loves Watermelon for an afternoon snack. Especially, when we get a bit creative and use the cookie cutters to make all kinds of bite size watermelon shapes and pictures to eat. It can get a bit messy but it’s lots of fun!ReplyCancel

  • Chris

    My kids like anything they have helped make during the week. Cupcakes, bikkies, slices. Also pretty keen on hummus and crackers and yoghurt.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    My kids favourite afternoon snack is frozen mango pieces blitzed in the blender with some greek yoghurt (only a little but, add a small amount at a time to check texture. You want it to end up combined but not too runny) and you get mango ice cream.

    It is so yummy and lovely on a warm afternoon.ReplyCancel

  • Tarryn Coleman

    My two kids love my homemade yoghurt and blueberry ice lollies. All I do is pop a few frozen berries into a ice lolly mould and pour over some plain or berry flavoured yoghurt and freeze overnight, cheap and easy with no nasties and perfect for a hot afternoon!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    My kids favourite arvo snack is homemade ice blocks. Any combination of tropical diced fruit covered with juice!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    My kids favourite arvo snack is homemade ice blocks. Any combination of tropical diced fruit, mango is the prefered, covered with apple juice! Healthy and fun!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Clark

    During the warmer weather my children love frozen fruit (grapes are delish this way) or home made frozen smoothie icy poles.
    During the cooler months they like something warming such as a warmed up scroll or chicken and cheese savory muffinReplyCancel

  • Bernice

    LIke me, my boys like snacks with crunch. So we pop a piece of Mountain bread (or any flat bread) sprinkled with paprika or a little sea salt into the oven for 15 – 20 minutes. Then we break them into pieces and crunch away! They are also yummy with a little Tzatziki Dip.ReplyCancel

  • Rachael

    Kids after kindy favourite is icypole made from watermelon, 2 favourite things rolled into 1!ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    In summer, my Asher likes to make Yonanas with frozen fruit.
    In winter, it’s homemade bread toasted with honey & a cup of tea.ReplyCancel

  • Jolie Morello

    my kids love good old fashioned baked treats like chocolate cake, yo yo’s or muffins washed down with a big glass of milk.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Cole

    For my 8yr son it’s nachos. Who am I to argue, if there is cheese grated he can do the whole thing himself and will make some for his little sister too. It’s quick and easy and buys me important time to organise things at home after school and work.ReplyCancel

  • Colleen

    My almost 14 year old loves a “ploughman’s platter” of crackers, different cheeses, cold meats and cucumber. Meanwhile his 18 year old sister still loves grilled halloumi with cucumber. At their ages they now make it themselves and offer it to Mum and Dad, which is rather nice. Especially since I have my hands full with their 6 month old sister (her favourite snack is purple carrots mashed with apple!). :-)ReplyCancel

  • Amy Bested

    Slushie’s, Choc Raspberry Cupcakes or Popcorn :)ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    Apple frogs during the summer, cut a slice horizontally in a green for a mouth, use peanut butter to stick grapes and sultanas for eyes. Or even a weetbix, or cold miloReplyCancel

  • Lealou

    My children often ask for my Apple Bread after school, which I have ready cut in squares in the freezer. Its like banana bread but uses apple puree and fresh apple rather than apple… by the way its also dairy, nut and egg free to suit their needs, but takes delicious and moist… has some oats in there too for some added fibre :)ReplyCancel

  • Kiri

    My kids love watermelonReplyCancel

  • Petra

    My kids favourite afternoon snack is either a home made Tuna or Hummus dip with carrot and celery sticks. They are always scrapping the bowl clean! Such a pleasure to see kids enjoy healthy foods:)ReplyCancel

  • laura

    Celery and peanut butter, simple, easy and somewhat healthy.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda D'Souza

    My son’s favourite afternoon snack is peanut butter balls. Simply mix 4 tabs peanut butter (i prefer crunchy) and 2 tabs desicated coconut and about 1 or 2 tabs of sultanas. Add some honey, I use about 1 tab but if you want it sweeter then can add more. Then form into balls and roll in coconut. Chill and then devour!ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    A yoghurt & one of Mummy’s various muffins that are eaten in the car on the way home – because they’re dying of starvation as soon as I pick them up!!!ReplyCancel

  • amy

    My son loves grapes and his dad got into him from an early age to love vegemite and cheese sandwiches!ReplyCancel

  • Nay

    My kids can’t go past a whole apple and some grapes, plus home made ice blocks or TRTLMT’s 30 second banana bread, or just homemade hummus with rice crackers.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Irvine

    My son loves anything chocolate for his afternoon snack! HIs favourite is chocolate custard, or tiny teddies! We have a 15 minute trip home from kindy, so i always have a small esky with a cold drink and a snack for him…. It’s pretty tough to tear him away from the playground, but knowing he can raid the esky in the carReplyCancel

    • Belinda Irvine

      is a great reason to get him going! So a small chocolate related treat is just fine by me!ReplyCancel

  • Jess Pohlner

    My kids favourite afternoon snack is strawberries and bananas with chocolate dipping sauceReplyCancel

  • Crystal Donohue

    I love making healthy but delicious snacks to keep their energy levels up! Snacks such as apples or bananas with peanut butter, smoothies or mini sandwiches with salad. Scrumptious!ReplyCancel

  • Rosslyn Tadd

    Living in Queensland means afternoon treats are frozen fruit coconut milk smoothies in Summer and cold Milo with coconut milk in Winter. All sugar free, gluten free and dairy free.ReplyCancel

  • Ice cold watermelon and using cookie cutters, cut into shapes! Perfect on a hot day to revive kiddies :-)ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth

    Peanut butter on celery is an oldie, but a goodie! The perfect wholesome and delicious post-school treat!ReplyCancel

  • Ange

    Puff Pastry Scrolls – Preheat oven to 180c. Spread a sheet of brought puff pastry with pizza sauce, sprinkle on some diced ham and grated cheese. Roll to form a pinwheel, cut into 9 pieces. Bake on a lined baking tray for approx 15-20 mins until golden brown and the cheese is melted. Vegemite and Cheese can also be used instead of ham & cheese.ReplyCancel

    • Ange

      Sorry!! Just saw the Jan 15 post…..????ReplyCancel

  • Alana F

    Cheesy Macaroni Pasta (complete with secret healthy Cauliflower Broccoli, Avocado and Ham mixed in)..is my little Miss 1’s favourite after day-care snack! I dont mind stealing a bit also :)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Gover

    Simon – age 12 loves a platter of cut up fruit and vegetables that he can dip into hummus.
    Matthew – age 15 arrives home and make toasted cheese sandwiches.
    James – age 17 will either make pineapple nachos (crushed pineapple and cheese on nacho chips then microwaved) or avocado, tomato and hummus on crackers, followed by 2 bananas, and a bowl of Weetabix, or three pieces of toast, and a bowl of soup, or …ReplyCancel

  • Teena L

    My youngest will always go for an ice pole, and living in Darwin its hard to say no and it doesn’t really fill her up before tea! My eldest loves plums at the moment!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah K

    My sons favourite snack would be a trip to any fast food outlet he could get his hands on… Fortunately I bring him his other favourite treat banana bread. ????ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    cheese and appleReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    My son’s favourite snack are chocolate chip cookies.ReplyCancel

  • Ria thompson

    Raspberries and cheese cubes!!ReplyCancel

  • Nadia R

    My kids are always starving when they get home from school, and so I like to bake them something to welcome them home after a day of not seeing them. One of their favourites is Chocolate Weetbix Slice. It’s a recipe my Nana passed onto me, she made it for my Mum when she was little and my Mum made it for me too :) It’s cheap and easy, so always a winner!

    CHOCOLATE WEETBIX SLICE
    3 weetbix, crushed
    1 cup sifted SR flour
    1 cup sugar
    1 cup desiccated coconut
    1/2 cup (113g) of butter or margarine
    1 tablespoon cocoa

    Mix all dry ingredients into a bowl. Melt butter and pour it over the top. Mix through. Press into a prepared slice tin and bake in a 180 degree oven for approx 15 minutes. Ice it while it’s hot with chocolate icing (just icing sugar, cocoa and water) and sprinkle with coconut. When cold cut into squares. Enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • Karen .e

    My kiddies love a mixed plate of cut up fruit with a small tub of homemade yoghurt to dip it inReplyCancel

  • Vicky Ham

    My son loves pancakes. Simple, easy and keeps him going until dinner.
    1 cup SR. flour
    1/2 tspn baking powder
    1/4 cup caster sugar
    2 eggs
    1/2 -3/4 cup milkReplyCancel

  • Vicky Ham

    My son loves pancakes. Simple, easy and keeps him going until dinner.

    1 cup SR. flour
    1/2 tspn baking powder
    1/4 cup caster sugar
    2 eggs
    1/2 -3/4 cup milk (use as much as you need to get your desired consistency – everyone likes their pancakes different!)

    Sift dry ingridents into a bowl and whisk in the wet until smooth and bubbly. Cool as you cook pancakes, and enjoy with whatever your heart desires ??

    Cohen’s favourite is with Nutella and rainbow sprinkles!ReplyCancel

  • Lara (and Ava) Daebritz

    A mix of plain popped corn, chopped dried apricot and/or apple, sultanas, pepitas (and if the school allows it, a few nuts).ReplyCancel

  • My kids favourite at the moment is cherry tomatoes. They can’t get enough of them! My cheesymite scrolls (only 4 ingredients) are also a big hit!ReplyCancel

  • I make pikelets with butter, jam and cream. My mum used to make them for me after school and so I continue the tradition. You can’t beat that buttery smell as you walk in, drop your bags and see a plate full of hot yummy pikelets ready to eat. Good old fashioned baking is always a winner ????ReplyCancel

  • Tash Green

    My kids love anything after school they are usually starving lol but I would have to say their favourite is banana bread and a big fruit platter.ReplyCancel

  • Up from his nap
    Give that butt a slap
    Then into his chair with a kiss from mumma bear.
    We keep snack time simple
    A nice peice of toast
    With a thin layer of jam then
    he’s a very happy little man.
    Then on he goes, ready for his favourite.
    It’s not fancy or difficult to make.
    A stick of cucumber (because he really hates cake).
    Sometimes we change it up with a biscuit or two, some fruit is so fresh.
    He likes a mango seed best.
    When it’s all said and done, he’s as sticky as a bee that’s fallen into his own pot of honey.ReplyCancel

  • Andreea Nicolescu

    Zucchini slice or ham and egg muffins, and a fruit platterReplyCancel

  • These savoury muffins are delicious – very moist and tasty! It’s a hit every time (and very easy to make). For the vegies, I usually add carrot, zucchini and sundried tomatoes. I also omit/reduce the chives.ReplyCancel

  • Summer

    Well we are just about to start this tradition as today is my oldest son’s first day of school. On any given day he will love any piece of fruit he can get his hands on. Today, I have promised him to go for a milkshake after school. It will be interesting to see how much food comes back home from his lunch box. Wish me luck. :'(ReplyCancel

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  • Vonni

    Tupperware are selling Freezer Mates at the moment. I had a party last week and mine arrived last night. Your blog post was very well timed Katrina. I’ve not frozen my baking before so I plan to do a trial run before the kids go back to school.

    http://www.tupperware.co.nz/product-gallery/product-categories/storage-%E2%80%93-freezer

    I purchased the family size set. If these ones work as well as they say, I will definitely get more.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh there you go, I haven’t seen a new catalogue in awhile, are their freezer containers big enough for a batch of 12 muffins? Let me know how you go with your first freezer baking session!!ReplyCancel

      • Vonni

        The largest Freezer Mate (2.3 Litres) in the family set is the perfect size for a dozen muffins :)ReplyCancel

        • I am a tupperware manager and can assist you with any freezer containers. Free gift from me if you reply to my email that you would like to see a catalogReplyCancel

          • Leanne

            Hi Tat,

            I am interested in a catalog and possibly host a party?

            Please email me and let’s chat :)

  • Waverney Brooks

    Great collection. I’ll be keeping this for future reference. And just to clarify, Tupperware FreezerMates are back in regular range.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thak you Waverney, I didn’t realise, the container I have wasn’t from the Freezer Mate range I don’t think, was just a special offer from the specials catalogue many moons ago :)ReplyCancel

  • Alison

    Thanks for the great ideas. The peanut butter rice bubble slice is not school friendly with the no nut policy.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes your right Alison, all schools have very different restrictions. Actually my kids are going to a new school and I haven’ read the restrictions in their literature yet, must look into it!ReplyCancel

      • Kelly

        My school is allowed nuts, the only things we are not allowed are prepackaged foods or lollys, chips, soft drink, cordial, chocolate or high sugar foods.ReplyCancel

    • Theresa

      You could replaced the peanut butter with sunflower butter or other nut butter replacements. Just a thought…ReplyCancel

    • Belinda

      Not every school is nut free though, so for me this recipe was great as I like the kids to have a range of nuts in their diet.ReplyCancel

      • Theresa

        So true it was just an idea. I don’t have nut allergies but I do like to switch up different type of nut butters just for the flavor difference. :)ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne Bentley

    Thanks so much for all these recipes and ideas. Now I just have to make room in the freezer. I have never bought all these prepackaged instant snacks eg. muesli bars. So this is great it gives me a bigger choice of sweet, savoury snacks.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s what I am trying to do too Yvonne getting close to it nearly being empty-ish enough to fill up with some baking!ReplyCancel

  • This year with two at school I vow that I AM going to bake ahead – great list, thanks Kat! I think I need more containers though!ReplyCancel

  • Del

    Hi. Do the muffins stick together when frozen? How do you get just one out? I love freezing baking but I thought you had to wrap them individually in glad wrap or baking paper to stop them sticking . . . .ReplyCancel

    • Jade

      I was wondering the sameReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Del, No i’ve never had any stick together, They break apart fine.:)ReplyCancel

  • kylie montgomery

    Do you cook the vegemite scrolls on the day of use or cook then freeze? Wondering if freezing if they would go doughy on thawing? Hope you can shed some light so I dont have to test.

    Thanks for all the great tips. Looking forward to a easy breezy return to school.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Kylie you can cook them on the day or they freeze great too, A big hit with the kids.:)ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    Hi, Thanks for all of the awesome recipes! Busy saving them all ready for back to school :)

    You mention you put them in the lunchbox frozen in the mornings and I am wondering if this would also work where lunchboxes are kept in fridges at school or if I should get them out the night before?

    Thanks again!
    Natalie.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Natalie, i would probably take them out the night before if they keep lunchboxes in the fridge at school just so they are ready for them to eat at morning tea.ReplyCancel

  • Cara

    Just wondering if there is anything you’ve found that goes soggy when defrosted?ReplyCancel

  • KatrinaD

    Lots of yummy ideas.

    I have a close friend who can’t eat gluten (wheat etc flour). Some flour free suggestions for freezing –
    mini meatballs or rissoles based on a bread & flour free recipe,
    mini fish cakes,
    pieces of fresh pineapple (guilt free iceblocks),
    gluten free mini muffins,
    flour free bubble and squeak,
    little rice puddingsReplyCancel

  • FleurC

    Hey there Katrina, I am so so sooooo happy I stumbled across your site. My 5yo starts prep tomorrow and he is a terrible eater, I am talking an hour to eat a sandwich or a banana and thats with A LOT of encouragement!!!!! There are so many things that you have listed here that I think he will just love. Not to mention the fact that I had no idea you could freeze baked things without them going all yuck!!
    Thanks again for sharing :)
    Cheers FleurReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Fleur, Ooh that is wonderful! So glad you have found us and enjoying the blog. I hope your son has had a great first day of school and enjoying your baking.:)ReplyCancel

  • I have meal left after making nut milk and use them to make what I call ‘power balls’. I process them with coconut oil, cocoa powder, dates and nuts, then hand roll them into balls. Very filling and absolutely delicious, you can make ahead with varieties such as jam in the middle of the ball, or with dried fruits. Apart from Tupperware and Sistema I find Lock N Lock storage boxes great as freezer storage boxes too.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Audrey they sound absolutely amazing!! And super healthy too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Hi, I just wanted to tell you how much I love your freezer ideas and your site (my cousin shared this link on her Facebook page and got hooked from there!) :-) I have only just found it as have just ‘discovered’ freezer cooking. I work full time, run my own private practice / website outside of work hours and will also be doing post grad study all through this year and identified that the first thing to fall off my list when am tired and stressed is… cooking dinner / making lunches and man its expensive buying 3 meals a day at my work cafeteria!
    If you have any other parts of your site that you think could help me — would love to hear about it!
    Also – love the layout of your site — so easy to navigate :-)
    Thanks again – See more at: http://thrivinghomeblog.com/2014/02/how-to-start-a-freezer-club/#comment-17180ReplyCancel

  • Hi, I just wanted to tell you how much I love your freezer ideas and your site (my cousin shared this link on her Facebook page and got hooked from there!) :-) I have only just found it as have just ‘discovered’ freezer cooking. I work full time, run my own private practice / website outside of work hours and will also be doing post grad study all through this year and identified that the first thing to fall off my list when am tired and stressed is… cooking dinner / making lunches and man its expensive buying 3 meals a day at my work cafeteria!
    If you have any other parts of your site that you think could help me — would love to hear about it!
    Also – love the layout of your site — so easy to navigate :-)
    Thanks againReplyCancel

  • Peggy

    Looks brilliantReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      .:) The kids really enjoy them.ReplyCancel

I have been contemplating do I or don’t I cut my son’s hair ready for school, be frugal.  I found some great online tutorials which I thought you may enjoy too! Plus there is another great step by step tutorial from Frugal Fun for Boys.   Click here to view all other posts in our […]

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  • BH

    Do it. I have 3 boys and estimate I save over $300 a year with home haircuts. It always grows back!ReplyCancel

  • Claudette Andrie

    My son absolutely hates getting his hair cut. I use the clippers but he cries all the time. When I take him to the hair dresser he seems ok about it. Maybe I’m doing something wrong??? I’m very gentle with him.ReplyCancel

  • I don’t have kids, but I’ve been thinking I should learn how to cut my other half’s hair. It would save us a fair bit across the course of the year. I normally only get my hair cut once a year (it’s not coloured or straightened or anything), but Boyfriend gets his done every 6 weeks or so.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes my son is the same, every 5 weeks he is off to the hairdressers having his hair cut.:)ReplyCancel

These super easy pizza scrolls are just that.  They make for a great lazy weekend lunch, plate to share or lunch idea for the kids school lunch box. Simply defrost the pastry slightly. Cover pastry sheet with pizza sauce. Then cover with salami  and cheese Roll up and slice into 1.5cm segments Place on lined baking […]

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  • Amanda

    I just tried this and it was a great way to hide diced veggies, olives etc. This will be a new feature of out lunchboxes this year, so thanks for posting!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Welcome! The kids love them and yes great for hiding!ReplyCancel

  • Bel

    Tip: Cook them in muffin tins and they hold their shape really well :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thanks Bel, I love your tip!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    How do you reheat them without going soggy as my son called themReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Rebecca, to be honest i have never reheated them. We have always eaten them straight from the oven or at room temperature the next day.ReplyCancel

  • Sonia

    Just made these for lunch. Delicious. Love the vege scrolls tooReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are so yummy, i agree!.:)ReplyCancel

  • wendy

    Do these freeze well?ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    my kids love salami but I recently heard about the nitrate and nitrite in these cured meats and I am so hesitant. I know you have used them quite a bit in your recipe. Whats your take on using these cured meats for lunch box snacks?ReplyCancel

A few days ago I shared 25 School Bag Storage Ideas and so many lovely readers sent through images of their spaces, thank you to each of you for sharing, as your images can inspire others to create a space that will work in their home. Please note this slide show below, sharing over 20 different […]

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  • Marni

    this is amazing, thank you kat for putting together such inspiration for us, I’m not sure you realize the impact you make on my life and I am sure many others. now off to install a bag nook!ReplyCancel

  • This is such an inspiring collection – thanks for including my little space too! It is amazing how a previously empty, boring little hallway is now one of my favourite spots in the house – makes me smile every time I walk past and see all the bags hung up and out of the way, hats and bags and gear so easy to access. I guess this is the natural high one gets from being organised, huh ;) (I don’t experience it alllll that often, lol) xxReplyCancel

    • nicole

      I love the hooks for your bags and was wondering where I might be able to find some!! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • I wish I had more space to use some of these great ideas! Thanks for including my pic. I’ve just noticed though that I need to clear off the pin board ready for the new influx of notes and bits!ReplyCancel