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Kids Lunchbox Idea #1

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

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  • Keryn

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

    • Katrina

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

Chocolate Slab Cake

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

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  • How come we cant access recipes???

    Very disappointing and time wasting!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Hannah

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

    • Katrina

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

Chicken and Corn Soup

A delicious chicken soup for a cold winters evening.  I love the flavours in this soup.  I made it in the thermomix but have found some delicious regular recipes for you too! Chicken and Corn Soup   Print Prep time 8 mins Cook time 20 mins Total time 28 mins   Author: Katrina Recipe type: […]

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  • Carolyn Tristram

    What do you do with the egg – did I miss read it?
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  • Robyn Cooper

    yes the egg???? I assume it goes in at the end
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  • Justine

    I have 2 sick kids that will be home from school today and was thinking I would like to make them some chicken soup for lunch to help their aching throats. Perfect timing thanks Kat.ReplyCancel

The day I removed my Daughters bedroom door

From the very early years I have always followed through with punishments for my kids.  Either at home or while out if they play up I would give them one opportunity to stop and explain to them if they continue I will ‘xyz’.  Typically they know if I have had to speak to them once they […]

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  • Kylie Avery

    Brilliant!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Dana Flannery-Hayes

    Bahahahahahahahahahahaha. I’ll remember this for when I have a tween.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Greenfield

    hahaha I love this! I will definitely remember as well when those tween days come around.. Terence Greenfield Dot GreenfieldReplyCancel

  • Jo Alexander-Wynne

    Oh my goodness you are awesome!!!! This is truly brilliant!!! At the moment we are the challenged parents of a testing 4 year old boy and a fiery 2 year old girl… We frequently use the time out chair and I also downloaded a sand timer app on my phone for Mr 4 – for those times he is too stubborn to do whatever i want – when the sand timer runs out, chances are over. Putting it out there – teenagers scare me hahahaReplyCancel

  • Denise Lawson

    Love it ReplyCancel

  • Helen Reilly

    Love it :)ReplyCancel

  • Regina Crothers

    I think that is horrible. I believe that a child’s bedroom is their sanctuary from a crazy high pressured world. Plenty of other suitable punishments. I have 2 amazing teens who show respect to me and I show respect to them.ReplyCancel

  • Karina Wood

    I would totally do the same! It’ll be interesting to see how we go with the teenage years :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim Shackleford Bullins

    I had bought my son a nice car and he wreck it, then he told me it was a piece of crap. I did buy him another car, it was a piece of crap. It was ragged out really bad. He never complained about something else I bought him, at least not to my faceReplyCancel

  • Angie Ramsey

    We did this a few years ago as well. Privacy is not a right until you are an adult. Slamming doors is not acceptable as it is not YOUR door to break. It’s mine. Also, just an FYI to those that don’t like the idea of removing the door completely, weather stripping around the edge works great too. Nothing diffuses the situation ( and makes them more angry LOL ) like STOMP STOMP STOMP SLAM DOOR and have it close as a soft WOOOOSH…….ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    reading it with a smile & nodding my head. What a clever idea to help her realize the consequences of her actions. As a mum of 3 girls with my eldest being 11 I am often referee to their spats. I’ll definately remember this idea!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thanks Lisa! Yes i am sure a lot of us mums can relate to this. It has worked so far.ReplyCancel

  • Lara B

    Kat, I loved you before but even more now, my daughter slams her door all the time and I was at my wits end, I honestly didn’t know what to do and you would have thought that this would have come to mind. This is a fantastic idea and I will use it next time the door slams, more than likely in the next 5 min the way she is going.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thanks Lara! I thought it was a great idea too and one that seems to have worked.:)ReplyCancel

  • This is a very worthy method! My parent’s did it to my brother and my best friend’s parents did it to her. Let’s just say they stopped slamming doors!ReplyCancel

  • Kylee

    This is just brilliant that you followed through with a punishment, far too often what I say falls on deaf ears and I rarely follow through and the kids know it. This helps me to realise I should and I know what to do when my daughter gets to this stage. Thank you Kat.ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    Great post. Any tips on how to get a 12 year old girl to keep her room tidy? I’m almost at the point of giving up!ReplyCancel

    • Shireen Baker

      Don’t clean it, don’t take the washing out. She’ll run out of clothes eventually and she can go to school in her pyjamas. Or, give her a day/time and if it’s not done it’s ALL in the bin. Bring the whizz bin in on the nominated morning of the day and watch how quick she cleans her room.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Fiona, Ooh great question! I will ask the community on facebook!ReplyCancel

    • J'Zanne

      I’ld take the door away there too, albeit with a kiddie gate to separate her space. I mean if the room is to certain point where the door can’t swing freely, also, if she is “so proud” she shouldn’t hide it behind closed doors.ReplyCancel

    • Janis Hill

      I used to set a timer. Whatever the children had not picked up became mine. The first time I had possession of a particular item they did not get it back for a week. The 2nd time was a month. 3rd time three months and there was never a 4th because if I picked up something a 4th time it either went in the trash or was donated to a none-profit!ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Wow glad it worked for you, Janis.:)ReplyCancel

  • Fashionista

    Excellent policy to follow through with the threats. Sometimes I think my children wind me up just to see if I will do it…..

    My anecdote isn’t about slamming doors, but an “open door” policy when it comes to boyfriends/girlfriends visiting. My friends M&J have 4 children where there is a 6 year gap between the eldest and the youngest so when the eldest started having a boyfriend visit when she was 17, the youngest was still only 11. So an open door policy was developed, you are allowed to have your boyfriend in your bedroom (because with 3 other siblings in the house the need to “be alone” was respected), however the door must be open at all times. One day M came home to see the boyfriend’s car in the driveway and the door shut. So without a word he went to the garage, retrieved the drill, took the door off and put it in the garage. His daughter looked on in horror. The boyfriend made his excuses and left. She was without her door for a week and the open door policy has been adhered to ever since. By all the children as they are now in their 20s/late teens.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thats great that you followed through!ReplyCancel

  • Vicky

    I’m 40 and my Mother did it to me when I was a teenager.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Funny Vicky how we still remember, i do too!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    My eldest is only 5 so we are not quite at this point yet but she is fiery, I can see this will be us in her tween years.

    I am a big believer in following through with punishments & I try to do it always. Last time it back fired though. My son & I were watching my daughter at her athletics carnival for school and he was being naughty so I said “if you keep doing xyz then we will have to go home”. My son sure enough kept it up and off home we set, him with a big smile as he had gotten just what he wanted. Oh dear…

    Lesson learnt I need to think through the consequences for the behaviour better, I played right into his little plan.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Kids are very smart aren’t they Belinda! Great job in following through!ReplyCancel

    • J'Zanne

      I had similar, I had ice cream.
      The currency for the “naughty” one, so we went home, but everyone that missed out the fete, got ice cream, every one “wins”.ReplyCancel

  • Gillian

    I love this. I think we sometimes think that we are the only bad @ss mom and that we are so far out there it’s off the scale. Thank you lol we are moms, all trying to bring up beautiful, respectful and kind kids. Love your posts :-)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thank you Gillian! Yes at the end of the day that is exactly what we want, respectful children!ReplyCancel

  • Talia

    As a child, my mother told us if we didn’t clean out rooms all of our belongings would end up on the front lawn. We lived on a busy on a main street and our school buses would drive past our house. After one week of not cleaning my room, I came home on the school bus and saw all of my things on the front lawn. Including dirty clothes, bedding, books – EVERYTHING! It was the last time I didn’t keep my room clean.ReplyCancel

  • Been thru it

    In response to how do I get my 11 year old to clean her room. This is what I did it worked well. Give them one hour to clean there room set a timer. Then when timer. It goes off take very one large trash bag go into there room fish everything out from under bed behind dresser closet floor put into bag if one shoe is put up then get the one that’s not. Lock in trunk of car etc. when they want that shoe or blouse shorts etc. they have to do an extra chore to get that one thing back etc. only had to do it one time.ReplyCancel

  • Deb

    In my case I’d have to remove her bedroom door, wardrobe doors, blinds, and any object capable of being flung across the room. But saying that out loud, it doesn’t seem so ridiculous!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Deb i feel for you right now!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Hitchcock

    Currently Miss 8 and Miss 6 have no door either. It’s been bliss… Miss 8 was the slammer and the last straw was when she pushed miss 6 out if their room, slammed the door and got miss 6s fingers caught and kept pushing on it….

    They still argue, but i hear every word… And no-one can be locked out of their space…ReplyCancel

  • Lucy

    Yes! Dr Phil has been spruiking this consequence for years but until now I had never heard of anyone else actually doing it. Good on you.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy

    I fostered challenging behaviour kids for years and I used this technique more than once. Sure they have a right to privacy (there s a bathroom for changing in with a lock) but our houses are things we (the adults) pay for and work hard for. I think respect for other peoples property is a lesson too many kids are missing today. As for cleaning their rooms, I used to give them a set time frame and then I went in with a basket and everything went in. An extra chore or good behaviour got an item back. As parents we don’t realise a how much we spend on children’s activities or on the little extras that we give them every day. We had a chore list with each chore being worth so much 20c 50c and at the end of the week they could chose their rewards. They also earned points every time I caught them being nice and thoughtful 1 point equals 10c. It doesn’t sound like much but it quickly adds up when you make a point of constantly praising great behaviour. Oh and they never lost points, they just didn’t earn them new ones for bad behaviour. Hair lackeys, scholastic books that we ordered that they wanted through school book club, movie tickets etc. They could save up for them if they didn’t have enough. And half their pocket money went into bank account and at the end of each school term they could buy something they really wanted.ReplyCancel

  • chelle

    This is the very thing I followed through on with my son at 15.. He would consistently slam his door after an argument. Being that he is now 23 … and has never slammed a door since. It’s something that really resonated with him and had him reconsidering hus behaviors.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki

    Brilliant! Will be storing this idea away for when my twins (now 5yo) hit the “Tween Years.” We have a boy & a girl. Our daughter already acts like a 10yo, bossing her brother & father around so we strongly believe in following through on discipline. They are pretty good, generally, but have their “moments!” Great to read this, thank you.????ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thanks Vicki, Yes they all have their moments. Glad you enjoyed the post.ReplyCancel

  • erica

    Brilliant idea. I have a 7 year old boy who is strugglong with and interstate move and a new year brother being added to the family. He is angry and messes up when my attention is not on him and constantly back chats and argues. Any hints as I am at my wits end with his stubborness and unwilingness to co-operate in the family.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Erica, It’s hard when you have a new little bub as well as moving interstate. I imagine his emotions are all over the place. Praise good behaviour and lots of encouragement. Good luck.:)ReplyCancel

  • Gina

    To Belinda with the little boy that got his way, to go home. I feel for you, I hate when my husband says, NO TV FOR A WEEK. I”m like… great, that just punishes me. I try to make punishments simple but effective. So if we are out then depending on the age, very young, sit down over there for 4 minutes. Let it go after that. If it was in a big area like at an athletics carnival, I come prepared with food and drink, but I let them run around and not be too concerned with them behaving perfectly, ie sitting still and not moving (never going to happen but some people expect it). If we are at shopping then if he misbehaves, back in the trolley or pram. My 4 year old HATES this. Then older ones 8 and 12, well they get points that they have to work off and often there is no tv or computer if you have accumulated any points. I have a list of jobs that have points that go with them and they get to choose which job. 5 points, tidy lounge room, 20 points folding washing and putting it in peoples rooms, etc. They seem to be responding to this the best. I don’t have to tell them what job to do, they choose. They complain, if they refuse, I add more points. If they don’t do the job properly, do it again. Boys are hard to handle and I think I am doing an ok job. IT’s hard to keep your cool.ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    My son from 12 months to 3 years never had a door.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Wow that’s interesting, Helen. But i can understand why too, i used to worry about little fingers being caught in the door. It was always a big fear of mine.ReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    Hi Kat, I think the risk is this idea can often backfire in the ling term. Often parents react in the heat of the moment with the words ” if you do that again…..” and can paint themselves into a corner as they have to follow through next time with the threatened consequences. This time it worked out as your daughter obviously realised she had pushed your boundaries too far. Another approach would be to wait for them to calm down and then go in to their room and in a calm voice explain to them how it made yoy feel and that you don’t appreciate that behaviour and its not what you would expect from them and in future etc. Guilt trip often works n a more subtle level rather than having the stress of the no door situation going on for a week. Teenagers will just think How would you feel if your daughter took your bedroom door off? Also the behaviour is often a symptom of something bothering them elsewhere in life, could be the hormones creeping in (on either side).ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    Haha, loved the story and being a mother of 4 pride myself on never getting to 3 on my 1,2,3 count.
    I know I always have to follow through &the thought of me removing their doors was enough to stop the slammed doors in this house.
    My follow through story was with our eldest son now 14 at the time about 5. After lots of mucking around one bed time he was told that if he didn’t want to sleep in his nice bed then Dad could take him to the shed to sleep alone.
    More of the same continued so hubby told him to grab his pillow and marched him out the back.
    He came straight back from the shed decided that the bed was a good option.
    The funny part was about 3 nights later we heard our neighbour (whom we hadn’t met yet) say to their child – if you don’t want to go to sleep, you can sleep in the shed like the kid next door!!!

    It was catching on!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh wow! Glad it worked for you.:)ReplyCancel

  • Janine Smith

    For Fiona.
    Perhaps make the request with a deadline for when the room needs to be clean. Explain that it’s disrespectful to her belongings and to the effort you as parents make to earn the money to buy those things. If she refuses to respect her belongings by keeping her room clean, take those items off her and make her earn them back by keeping her room clean and perhaps by doing additional cleaning around the house.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Love all of your suggestions, Janine! Thank you so much for sharing.:)ReplyCancel

  • Heidi

    Re: the door slamming, love it. Ours are mostly frosted glass so any slamming is out if the question & will be dutifully removed if needed. Re: room cleaning; an experienced working mum I knew (before I had kids) organised all her friends to come over & clean up her sons room. She told him it was organised, guess what, clean room…. Haha, never forgot it, might need to do that myself one day!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Glad you are enjoying the posts, Heidi. And getting a lot out of them.:)ReplyCancel

  • Katie

    Last year my 9 year old was constantly complaining about having to tidy her room and it was always a drama. I decided to threaten taking her room off her for a week, apart from sleeping and getting changed. She told me I couldn’t do that!! The next time it happened, she lost the privilege of her room. She had to ask permission to enter the room to get changed and to sleep.
    I have never had to do it again and it was amazing to see how much she loved having her own room to relax in at the end of the week :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Wow that’s interesting Katie! It worked well for you.ReplyCancel

  • I commend you for doing this and will have no hesitation about doing it. I still give my kids time out, well to sit somewhere away from where everyone is having fun. I also take valuable possessions, experiences off them! GO YOU! xReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thanks Emily. I have had so many positive experiences relating to this.ReplyCancel

  • Briony

    sounds great, I wish there was an effective and quick way of stopping backchat with teenage girls! Any ideas??ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Briony i don’t for teenage girls but i have from an early age pulled all of my children up if they have back chatted or been disrespectful. I don’t let them walk away until they have apologised.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Baker

    Well done! Good on you for being a parent that follows through, as hard as it is. We too have removed bed room doors, unlike your daughter, our boys are slow learners and have had to have their door removed more than once. We also came at it from a safety issue too, when they slammed their doors, they didnt know if their little brother who absolutely adored them, had followed them into the rooms and we were not about to let him get his head slammed by the door or even worse, his fingers hurt or amputated by being caught in the door, just because they were angry.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberley McMahon-Coleman

    I would totally do this. Fair warning was given.
    When DD was in first class, she was chosen to be one of the leads in the class item at the school dance festival. That evening as we ran around trying to organise everything and everyone and get her back to the school on time, she behaved progressively more and more like a diva, and an ungrateful one at that. I warned her that my cooperation and chauffeuring for extra-curricular activities are voluntary but evidently she didn’t believe me when I told her that if she kept it up she’d stay home. Husband was in complete agreement, but she didn’t heed the warnings even when they came in stereo. So – a text to another parent to pass on an apology to the teacher, and Missy had a very boring evening at home and some other kid was front and centre in all the photos. She now uses this example to give her brother and students I work with friendly warnings: “She means what she says, so you’d better listen …” ReplyCancel

  • Sherryl Waterson

    I did the same to miss 14. Was for back chatting me, then she slammed the door. I walked right in there with a screwdriver (bear in mind I have a damaged shoulder and couldn’t remove it anyway) my son in law was there and he got roped into doing it instead. He left to go away for two weeks and we forgot to get it back on. Ended up being up off for about 6weeks at least. She still back chats sometimes but no door slammingReplyCancel

  • Anna Donaldson

    It’s hard sometimes but as a mother of Miss 15 & Master 13 sometimes you have to take the step. I took the door off once because she kept slamming it. As a person who doesn’t like confrontation I found this difficult but after awhile the door wouldn’t shut properly so I took it off. There is a line between looking after things and being lenient in an emotional moment. You still love them
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  • Susan

    Our 3 are aged 6, 8 & 10. Courtesy of Nigel Latella, we use “The Certain Ladder of Doom”. Their names across the top, 1/2 hour time slots down the side, ranging from bed time down to home-from-school time. Stick up on the fridge with a magnet for each child. When behavior deteriorates I give them a warning. Next incident, I calmly(!) walk over to the chart and move their magnet down one slot whilst saying ‘half an hour down’. That means that they go to bed 1/2 an hour early that night. You HAVE to be prepared to follow through on it, especially early on, then it absolutely works. I once had my son in bed at 4pm, showered and everything. He was allowed up for dinner, but otherwise had to stay in bed. These days I just have to threaten them with ‘half an hour’ and they quickly start to pull themselves together. The added bonus is that I often feel that their behavior worsens when they are tired, so, two birds, one stone.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Wow Susan i haven’t heard of this chart before. Sounds like it has worked for you though.ReplyCancel

  • Down that Little Lane

    Cudos Mumma!.. I am taking tips from you for sure! x
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  • Brandy

    My son slammed his door in my face and locked it once. I forced it open and removed it. He didn’t even get a warning and it was off for more than a week. I can say that he has never done that again. I explained to him while removing the door that in my house there is no slamming of doors, not in my face, and I won’t be locked out of his room. If he NEEDS privacy that’s what the bathroom is for.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Brandy yes i would have done the exact same thing!ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    When I was your daughters age, I stomped up the stairs after being sent to my room from the dinner table for talking back. My father made stomp up & DOWN the stairs 100times. I was most put out, but I didn’t stomp up those stairs for a very very long time, if ever! Memorably rough? Well it 32 years ago and I still recall that!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL that’s funny Louise!.:) But it worked for you! And yes i don’t think i would have been storming up the stairs again after 100 times!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Lizzy

    We take away the Xbox ( only allowed on weekends anyway) and have found that is enough to get the kids to pick up their slack. If they have been good they are give the wifi password for an hour and cut off.
    What is everyone’s policy on internet access? I have a 12 and 13 year old, they use an iPod and a phone to access internet therefore it’s hard to monitor what sites they are visiting. Should I check their handheld devices or say only internet usage is on the laptop in the kitchen?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Lizzy i personally like the kids to use the laptop usually on the dining room table and mostly it is only used for homework. They usually spend about half an hour on the computer and i also have a program called Net Nanny installed.ReplyCancel

  • Genevieve

    My son, between the ages of 3-7 went through a stage of “pocketing” things that didn’t belong to him. At the younger ages it was an innocent act of “I like this, I want it”, but after explaining to him that it didn’t belong to him, he understood that it was a bad thing to do. This didn’t stop him so after an incident of pocketing a toy from a shop, showing me (so still innocent not realising the consequences) , we went back to the shop, he told the shop owner, the lady was good about it :), but I said to him, “the next time you steal from someone/somewhere, I’m taking you to the police station”! He did it again, we went to the police station (he in floods of tears) and, to my knowledge he hasn’t done it again since. The next time he does, I told him I’m taking him to the lock up! Btw…I’m a “door slammer” and I’m 45 :-/!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Genevieve you have me in fits of laughter!! But i can see where you were going with this and so happy it worked out for you and your son. Well done.:)ReplyCancel

  • Ani

    We had an amazing cleaner who did wonderful work BUT refused to clean our kids’ rooms because she thought they needed to learn. ;) She said at her place, her sons were not allowed to watch any TV until their rooms were cleaned. I told the kids the same applied, so would inspect their rooms while they were watching TV or a movie; if I found them messy, the child would have their viewing interrupted until they had sorted out the mess, and the TV or movie would NOT be paused while they caught up on their job. It got action and also made them understand that we need to finish work before we play. As a family, when we are not having dinner at the table, we watch a documentary during dinner. This is still seen as a reward, so kids usually keep their rooms in order so they don’t miss out on this fun family time!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That’s great Ani, glad it is working for you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • sheryl

    Haha Kat, I too did this to my son when he was maybe 8 or 9. For 5 days. He’s 19 now, and never slammed a door since, or walked off in a huff since. Golden. I too am a believer in always following through on what you say you’re going to do. He sure never expected I would do that though! They have all turned out immensely respectful young adults that I am very proud of. Worth all the hard harder road of following things through, but in a kind, loving and respectful way :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thats great, Sheryl. So glad it worked for you. I also agree in following through with and believe it does pay off in a positive way.:)ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Good on you! I did that to my daughter about ten years ago (she’s nearly twenty four now), boy did that work. She never did it again and she learnt very quickly to control herself because she knew punishments would be followed through to the letter! We laugh about it now ahe gets great pleasure in re telling the story. Good luck to you and your family :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thank you, Julie! I am pleased to hear that it also worked for you and your daughter.ReplyCancel

  • Anjee Boulton

    I did this when my daughter was 12, she got into the habit of yelling ‘whatever’ and slamming the door, when I’d had enough, I told her I would remove the door if it happened again. Needless to say over the next 4 years the door was removed about 6 times for a week each time. She is now 25 and the delight of my life! ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    Well done Kat! So many parents do not follow through and the children never learn the lesson. I am proud of you for doing what you said and being prepared to share the experience. 10 points for you!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tania

    In our house the bedroom door was only allowed to be shut when you were getting changed. This meant as we got older and friends came around our parents had supervision. We were encouraged to stay in the ‘public’ parts of the house when having friends over. This gave our parents some control over a house of 3 girls & 1 boy, all teenagers.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I really like the sound of this, Tania. It is something we also do in our home.ReplyCancel

  • Ktrina

    We have gone as far as removing all furnishings (wardrobe, bed) from our teens room due to his treatment of said furniture when sulking/etc. in fact he had broken his bed completely by the time we removed itReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Oh dear! I can see why you have also done this.ReplyCancel

Task 33 – Declutter 52 things in 52 weeks challenge + win a pack of shoe storage boxes

A new Decluttering task will be published on the blog each Tuesday.  I will share a link to the task on facebook and in the Tuesday Daily Task newsletter (subscribe to newsletter here). Follow along on instagram with hashtag #declutter52 View previous Decluttering Challenge Tasks here My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or […]

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  • Kylie Roberts

    I would love to enter but I simply cannot part with my shoes! I keep them nice in boxes. I can however take a photo of my wall of shoes? haha!ReplyCancel

  • Kellie Sracek

    This is about one fifth of my collection, 14 pairs. Most of them have only been worn a couple of times, they are either not comfortable or I really can’t walk in them – like the beige boots!!! I have a little shoe addiction I think!!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Billing

    I see it looks like you own a Trikke. The one with the pink wheels. We sell them at Trikke Australia this is probably why I noticed it. Lots of fun. Enjoy ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Billing

    I see it looks like you own a Trikke. The one with the pink wheels. We sell them at Trikke Australia this is probably why I noticed it. Lots of fun. Enjoy ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte

    Only three pairs out so far, sent to find a new home at goodwill as they just didn’t suit my feet! But hopefully more to follow this week! :)

    Entered my pic on Instagram (@allaglow), thanks for the chance! I might pare down my collection enough to fit in these gorgeous boxes!ReplyCancel

A simple hello can brighten somebody’s day

Recently I had coffee with a friend who on the outside seems as though she is happy and under control. She always writes positive messages on facebook and in photos I see she is smiling beautifully. She opened up a little and I realised she is struggling, her health isn’t the best, her toddler is demanding and she is constantly tired.

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  • Carrie-Anne Elizabeth Hunter

    What a wonderful blog post :-) You did a good thing taking the time to talk to your friend and let her open up to you. God bless you for that!ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    From one mum to another yes I always hide behind a smile, I laugh and dress nicely but people don’t take the time to realise I am not really OK. Thank you Kat for helping people realise that even the simple things like a coffee, a block of chocolate, a 5 min chat really do make somebodies day.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh it’s a pleasure, Louise! It feels nice, i agree.:)ReplyCancel

  • Jo Johnson

    Hey Kat, just wondering what the go is with Perth :) Would we need to fly to Melb, Syd or Bris for the personal stylist. Would love love love (and need need need) to win! <3ReplyCancel

  • Marilynne Pross-Vale

    Would love to win one, every day I always try to make some one’s life a little better, it’s not hard !
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  • Marilynne Pross-Vale

    Would love to win one, every day I always try to make some one’s life a little better, it’s not hard !
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  • Ami Kono

    why cant people from ACT enter? :(ReplyCancel

July tasks of the day

How to survive the fussy toddler who won’t eat anything. I think most households have one of these, toddler or not.  On facebook and in our daily newsletter I share a task each day to help you create a clean and organised home. Please find July 2014’s summary below. Prepare for the month ahead, purchasing all gifts and […]

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Weekend Catch Up #1

From the recent survey that so many of you kindly filled out (thank you), I learnt that quite of  few members of the community do not follow The Organised Housewife on Facebook and Instagram.  I share old posts on facebook and share a more personal side of me via photos on Instagram.  Because you are missing out on this I […]

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  • Julie R

    Kat, sometimes I could just hug you. Thank you, I don’t use instagram and seeing from the pics above I have been missing out on a whole different side of you, love that you are sharing these catch up posts and keeping us up to date. This week I cleaned out my daughters wardrobe, donated 3 bags of clothes!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Can’t let you miss out!! Please that you enjoyed the post, I’ll keep them coming each week. 3 bags of clothes is an awesome effort, great work!ReplyCancel

  • Thank you

    That is a brilliant tip about the sheet sets, never really thought how they would work out what the size was. I don’t follow on instagram either, don’t really have the time, but looking at this pics and your beautiful smile I might just have to!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Just something that makes it a little easier for them when sorting! Thank you, glad you enjoyed the catch up post xReplyCancel

  • CJ

    I have just started using Zymil milk, a few months ago & it has made a huge difference to my stomach issues. I was tested for coeliacs but that came back negative, however my Dr suggested it could be a gluten & lactose combined issue. Have a look at the Fodmap diet…very interesting!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      CJ I took hubby and Miss 11 to the dr last week and he gave me the Fodmap diet, didn’t test them for coeliacs though he said to see how we go with this. He did think that Miss 11’s pains were muscular, strange, but I’ll see how we go. Great to hear your tummy has settled.ReplyCancel

  • Well, you usually start with one food at a time. Or you can eliminate both gluten and dairy until she starts to feel better and then try introducing a little dairy (or gluten) back in her diet and see how she does. That way you would know whether it was the dairy or the gluten.

    I am gluten, soy and dairy free. Gluten is in soy sauce and so many other products that you wouldn’t even imagine had gluten. It’s even in soup.

    But you can also buy (or make) gluten-free stuff. I buy gluten-free soy and gf chicken noodle soup. I also make my own dairy-free cream of chicken soup to use in casseroles and things. They even have dairy-free sour cream and a dairy-free ice cream substitute called Rice Dream. Udi’s makes a really yummy gf bread.

    It’s just really nice have far stores have come in catering to those who are gluten-free.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Momstheword, Fantastic idea with eliminating one food at a time! There is a great variety of gluten free food out there now.ReplyCancel

  • Olivia

    Hi Katrina, I would recommend going to see a dietitian if you think there is an issue with food intolerances. They can assist you with a low FODMAP diet, whilst still ensuring you are getting all the nutrients you need. It is advisable to have the Coeliac screens done prior to any wheat/gluten avoidance as you need to be consuming adequate amounts of gluten for the test to give you accurate results. Hope that helps.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thank you Olivia for this helpful information, very much appreciated.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda D'Souza

    Thanks for sharing here as I don’t have Instagram xx
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  • Ingrid Gusdorf-Bollerman

    Thanks for the ‘catch-up’ReplyCancel

  • Ingrid Gusdorf-Bollerman

    Thanks for the ‘catch-up’
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  • Kylie

    My husband is lactose intolerant, was worked out by doing a lactose challenge (cut all lactose for about 6 weeks at the end have a large amount of lactose, if symptoms return then lactose is probably the cause). My daughter is gluten intolerant which was picked up in a blood test, however blood test do have a high degree of false negative (although not as high in children), she is yet to be tested for actual coeliac, as that is a bowel biopsy and I’m not prepare to put my 7 year old though it, yet.ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Hood

    Managing varying food intolerances can be difficult at first – I found myself cooking separate meals etc and turning meal times into a disaster zone with so many extra dirty prep dishes. I have now settled into a routine and know at what stage to split a recipe to create GF and Lactose free versions. Most of what I cook is fine for the whole family, but the readily available GF products like pasta and flours make substitution easy and we use the iddells ReplyCancel

She’s a vinegar-holic, a chemical free way to clean your home

This is a guest post from reader Donna One of my readers Donna, emailed me with her tips and tricks for cleaning her home chemical free with vinegar and thought I would share them with you all. I use vinegar in the rinse compartment of my washing machine, a great fabric softener and helps clean […]

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  • These are great tips, its a really good and non-toxic way to clean your home. I would be curious to know if the scent is strong on the vinega after cleaning.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Laura, They are great tips, i agree. And not to mention chemical free but also so much cheaper than all those cleaning products that cost a fortune. The vinegar leaves a clean smell, not to strong unlike bleaches.ReplyCancel

  • Vinegar is great for cleaning bathrooms and kitchens and it helps keep pipes clean to as it washes down the drain. I love the sugar soap hint and will use this in future. :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thanks Bec! It is great in the kitchen just a tip i personally wouldn’t on stone benches but any other should be fine.ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Vinegar is a great low toxin way to clean, though when vaporised in a spray bottle, it is just as toxic as most cleaners so please be careful. Oh, and it is not chemical free, acetic acid ( vinegar) is a chemical too!ReplyCancel

  • Sim

    Vinegar is acidic and therefore corrosive. It is not suitable for many stone bench tops and stone floors such as marble and travertine.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes you must watch stone benches but great for glass, mirrors and bathrooms.ReplyCancel

  • I love these tips! And it’s much cheaper than buying cleaning products too! You’ve got some very clever readers!! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Penny

    Please stop perpetuating the ignorant myth that certain products are “chemical-free”. Vinegar is a “chemical” C2H4O2. Even pure water is a “chemical” H2O.ReplyCancel

  • Erica

    Laura, I personally find that the vinegar smell disappears considerably after it dries . :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes your right, only takes a few minutes to disappear.ReplyCancel

  • As much as I love vinegar as a cleaner. Vinegar is made up of  acetic acid and water. “Chemical free” is a marketing ploy designed to reel consumers in who don’t understand Chemistry and get them to buy products. Just because something is natural doesn’t mean it isn’t toxic. Toxicity is indicated by dose. The dose of a substance determines toxicity. Water consumption can be fatal if you drink enough.ReplyCancel

  • Squeaky Cleaning Services Bundaberg & Wide-Bay

    So many uses. #nochemicalsrequired ReplyCancel

  • Soheer Elshair

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  • Jill Mcgilvray

    Enjoy all your tips ReplyCancel

  • Always good to hear new tips, whether you decide to use them or not. I love putting vinegar in with my wash as an alternative to fabric softener and the cost factor is definitely a bonus.ReplyCancel

  • You can also try using baking soda and freshly squeezed lemon juice as an alternative. Works miracles!ReplyCancel

Book Week Costume Ideas

Ooh my kids have been talking about Book Week since last years Book Week.  I have to be completely honest with you, book week drives me nuts, but that’s just me, I dislike dress up parties too.  But at the end of the day, the kids love dressing up and we do enjoying making the outfits together. […]

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  • Somer

    I started to get heart palpitations when I read in the newsletter how soon book week was coming up. When did it become so big? I do not know what to do and since I’m overseas for another week will have limited time to do much prep. Have always been pretty slack and each yr promise my girls I will be better the next. I will be googling ideas like there is no tomorrow!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes, I have had years like that too Somer where an easy costume was harry potter or hermioni, white shirt, black pants, one of dad’s ties, black cape (could use a black garbage bag) and a stick from the garden (plus glasses for harry).ReplyCancel

  • Well, the kids were more or less organised for book week (Four from Divergent for #1 kid, and the blonde one from the Treehouse books for the #2 kid) BUT they’re both away for a week for Book Week. I am so not disappointed about that!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL, Miss Maudy always the way isn’t it…ReplyCancel

  • Mary

    Thanks for the great ideas. I just love your little one as a gumnut baby. It’s the first year of school for us this year but my daughter has told us she wants to be a ladybug. Couldn’t be easier as I picked up an inexpensive ladybug costume at Kmart a few weeks ago for a birthday party. The ladybug idea comes from Eric Carle’s “The Bad Tempered Ladybug”.ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    Eeeeeee!! The Diction Fairy is ADORABLE! Brilliant idea.ReplyCancel

  • Lynelle

    My girls would be horrified by the diction fairy – destroying a book!ReplyCancel

Apple Donut Muffins

My kids loved these muffins, with delicious little bites of apple throughout and a cinnamon donut style topping the kids had a few of the mini muffins while warm and they said they taste very much like donuts!!  This recipe made 12 regular muffins plus 12 mini muffin, which I love as I can add […]

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  • Laura

    Ooh this sounds really good and I like how they make so many, will definitely have to give them a tryReplyCancel

  • I have always made apple and cinnamon muffins but this is a different take on what I cook. Will def give these a go because I love a hot cinnamon donut!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      They are super yummy Bec! Enjoy with a nice cuppa.:)ReplyCancel

Organising and Storing Loombands

As much as these Rainbow Loom Bands drive me nuts with finding them all around the house I really love that my girls are being creative and amazingly most of the last school holidays they were happy to loom rather than watch TV!  Both the girls have their own loomband kits but they like to sit […]

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  • Angela Moore

    I made my kids a loom band storage case – got the pattern at http://www.noodle-head.com/2014/01/road-trip-case-pattern.html. The kids love them but it was a fiddly sewing project!ReplyCancel

  • Alicia Melbourne

    I bought my son a container that is basically the same as the one you showed. It was $10 from Cheap As Chips (you’ll find them in the tool section).ReplyCancel

  • Liz McRoy

    This is great, my girls have quite a few little organising boxes and they carry them around and they fall out of their hands and then there are loom bands everywhere. I really like this idea, thanks Kat.ReplyCancel

  • KYLIE

    Your girl looks so happy, love the video showing us how it all works, your a clever chook Kat.ReplyCancel

  • Alyce Blyth

    That’s so cool!!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    Thanks so much Kat, my daughter is into the loom band craze & I have 3 small craft organisers but it isn’t suitable now I know just the thing to use!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Belinda, some ladies on facebook are also suggesting fish tackle boxes found from KMart, BigW and the like :)ReplyCancel

  • Oh Thank ladies! They are very useful we love them too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Despite loom bands being banned at our house, they’re still all over the place! The kids were making them at out of school care and bringing home their creations. (I have no objection to loom bands themselves in the slightest and think they’re great and creative – HOWEVER, we have a small dog who thinks the bands are delicious. She’s not big enough to cope with them being a regular part of her diet, so it was a family decision that the boys don’t have a kit)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That’s understandable Miss Maudy, our cat goes crazy when she finds one on the floor pushing it around and poncing on it, never eaten one that I know of?? yet.ReplyCancel

  • Tennille Ritchie

    I got the other tactix box from bunnings about $12 with the removable containers. This way I can take out the ones they want and remove 1 small row for the loom ( perfect fit). Especially when you have 4 kids trying to get bands out of 1 box. We have 3 now and the bands are sorted neat and tidy and best of all lock tight so you don’t worry about them mixing or falling out.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Sound great Tennille, and so inexpensive too, I was surprised at the price, especially the set I got having two in it, was under $20.ReplyCancel

  • Susan Green Tonkin

    This is just what we have been looking for. Off to Bunnings on the weekend. Thank youReplyCancel

  • Superfoods for Kidz

    great idea – I got a tackle box from Kmart which was around $15, that way she fits her whole loom kit into it as well … as we now have a few different types of looms ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Yes my son and daughter both are into the loomband craze and they have been using the compartment storage boxes for theirs for awhile now my husband got them from Super Cheap Auto for $10 each and they both sit together and make their creations as wellReplyCancel

  • DONNA

    We bought a 3 tier plastic one from Kmart in the craft section $10. If you buy 2 they can all join together. Lots of little compartments.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      ooh that sounds like a good one Donna, will keep an eye out when I am next there!ReplyCancel

  • Kaz Hanlon

    I just bought my daughter one but this one I picked up is in a carry box which store three individual units she needed two lots (yes it’s a problem lol). It’s great as she can carry them around the house. Wish we could come up with ideas on ways to keep them off your floors. ReplyCancel

  • Desleigh

    We raided dad’s fishing tackle and found a great tackle box he wasn’t using. Works great and very sturdy.ReplyCancel

  • Valentina

    The first thing bought was a clear fishing tackle box to hold all the loom bands. My girls loved that they could have more colours this way (Cost $7 for tackle box)and got to buy more bands!! Their friends were a bit green with envy especially since they had the Original Loom band kit which couldn’t hold as much. Like my kids know, it’s about how to get what you’d like at a bargain, than having to spend big on the same or similar item.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Valentina, a tackle box is also a great idea and works just as well. Great idea.:)ReplyCancel

Task 32 – Declutter 52 things in 52 weeks challenge

A new Decluttering task will be published on the blog each Tuesday.  I will share a link to the task on facebook and in the Tuesday Daily Task newsletter (subscribe to newsletter here). Follow along on instagram with hashtag #declutter52 View previous Decluttering Challenge Tasks here My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or […]

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  • Wow, your drawers are super clean. I always have a very neat bedside table, usually hiding a multitude of sins inside the drawer! I will be cleaning it out tonight!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I only keep what I need in the top drawer, I should of shared an image of my bottom drawer, it’s a little more ‘compact’ but this is where I store cards, letters and trinkets that mean a lot to me.ReplyCancel

  • Lordy, my bedside table is a nightmare compared to yours! On the top of it, I have a stack of books I’m thinking about reading (I just moved 75% of them to the bookcase due to fears of having the whole lot fall on my head in my sleep); there’s my lamp, clock radio (my drink bottle is in front of it so I can’t actually *see* the time), drink bottle, box of tissues, a couple of magazines and my e-reader.

    The drawers in my bedside table are the only place(s) I have that are “mine” in that there is no need for anyone else to ever go in them, so I keep stuff that I don’t want fiddled with or borrowed in my drawers! This includes most of my jewelry, a couple of special photographs and other bits and bobs that I want to keep.

    Underneath – more books. (Also beside my bedside table is um. More books. And *all* my CDs but they’re in boxes)And the powerboard – clock, lamp and charger for the e-reader. I don’t ever leave my phone in my room at night.ReplyCancel

  • Kathie Belden Hood

    This is just what I needed to encourage to declutter my bedside table and drawer. Many thanks.ReplyCancel

  • I’m the same with my bedside, but the top drawer is always a mess! I need to give it a good clean out!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Happy cleaning Bec! You will feel great once it is done.:)ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Turley

    I love your little containers you use in your bedside drawer. I wonder where I can obtain some from. Any ideas please. ReplyCancel