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Task 11 – Declutter 52 Things in 52 Weeks Challenge

Decorate your home without the need of a hammer or drill and without damaging your walls with 3M Command Picture Hanging Strips, which hold up to 7kg. Visit 3M Love Your Walls for decorating inspiration and the chance to win some great prizes. A new Decluttering task will be published on the blog each Tuesday.  I will […]

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  • Leesa Watt

    clever!ReplyCancel

  • enza

    I have stuck to your declutter program religiously and haven’t missed a week. I can not beleive how much I have sold on ebay, donated to lifeline, thrown out and given away. I have always been tidy but i can’t beleive how much “stuff” I have accumulated over the years. When I wrote my goals I gave myself a time frame of 1 year and I really think I will need all 12 months to get this done. You are amazing and thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    I the 52 week challenge and the daily tasks are making an amazing difference to my house, I finally feel like I am getting somewhere. I have a long way to go to finish this very disorganisedtamd cluttered house but your tips keep me motivated. Thankyou so much!! ReplyCancel

  • Katherine

    I love this idea!! Brilliant, I love reading your posts. I am an organising addict and your blog never lets me down. Keep it up please. Also I love the product posts ,I love getting recommendations on great products and hearing about them from other mummy’s who have tried them are always the best recommendations. I don’t have time to scour the web trying to find new things to make life easier you take so much hard work out of that. Thanks again :) ReplyCancel

  • BethJ

    Another great idea! Thank you for sharing the calendar print-outs, and a great way to put them to use.ReplyCancel

  • BethJ

    The 3M links don’t work…ReplyCancel

  • Krystle

    love the binder idea… very clever indeed. :) ReplyCancel

  • Lynn F.

    What program do you use to print the calendar?ReplyCancel

  • Oh I just LOVE this challenge! This is exactly what I need. I actually printed a monthly planner this week but this one is so much prettier. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Gore

    what a great Idea with the folder. so simple yet I would not have thought of itReplyCancel

  • Katherine

    Just bought the 3M Command Damage Free Hanging Strips on your recommendation- I love them!! Going to buy a heap more so I can hang all the things I have been waiting for hubby to put hooks in the wall for. Thank-you!ReplyCancel

  • ileana

    this is just an amazing idea!ReplyCancel

{Meal Plan} Vege Packed Bolognese and more

Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, benefits of meal planning, more meal plans & meal planning printables. This weeks meal plan MONDAY – Vege Packed Bolognese TUESDAY – Honey and Soy chicken stirfry WEDNESDAY – Left over bolognese on toast THURSDAY – Satay Chicken Sausages (from local butcher), potato and vegetables FRIDAY –  Homemade Hamburgers SATURDAY – Smoked Cod Fish Pie (replaced […]

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  • I did a meal plan this week and it’s made such a big difference already because I don’t even have to think about what I’m cooking. I also had all my groceries delivered so it was even less painful!ReplyCancel

  • Renee Simpson

    I absolutely love your meal plans, they have really helped me heaps. Just wondering if you had a lunchbox meal plan for the kids lunchboxes. I am running out of ideas.
    Thanks!ReplyCancel

Healthy Coconut Lemon Balls

Sometimes it’s hard to find something different to add to the kids lunch boxes, they have their usual sandwich, a piece of fruit, vegetables sticks and some baking, but there are days where they want something a little more and I am loving the ‘balls‘ that I have been making lately.  Not only are they […]

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  • Jess Virk

    Do you have an alternative ingredient to replace the almonds? Most schools are nut free zones. I would still love to make the lemon balls, they look delicious! Maybe an after school snack :) ReplyCancel

    • Narelle

      sunflower seeds would be a great alternative, make them into a meal with the blender.ReplyCancel

  • tabs

    I would like to know that as well.ReplyCancel

  • Narelle

    Beautiful is you Katrina, what a wonderful recipe, so healthy. I have the happy addiction to chocolate so my favourite snack is almond meal, honey, coconut oil and a couple of tablespoons of cacao. I used to roll these into balls, now I just put the mixture into a jar and take a teaspoon to the fridge and get some when I feel like a sweet treat. The jar has been known to find it’s way with a spoon to the computer and is enjoyed while browsing my favourite blogs : ) xReplyCancel

Vege Packed Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese is my kids favourite dinner, they would happily eat it each week if I planned it.  I usually double this recipe and either freeze it or plan to have it in a different meal later that week (left overs). Vege Packed Bolognese Prep time 5 mins Cook time 45 mins Total time 50 […]

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  • Kate

    The instructions don’t mention the zucchini? But I assume you put it in with the carrot etc.
    I use a virtually identical recipe but I also add finely diced red capsicum. I use a whole zucchini and I grate rather than dice the carrot – it adds a lovely sweetness and is undetectable in the sauce!
    So much healthier this way, and stacks cheaper as you’re using less meat. Winner! :) ReplyCancel

How I organise all my favourite recipes

I LOVE to cook and bake for my family, there isn’t a week that goes by that I haven’t baked something delicious for afternoon tea or for their school lunchboxes.  I LOVE cookbooks, I honestly don’t need anymore than what I have, but a new one is always a welcome gift! However, I am trying […]

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  • Angela Woodall

    I also have a binder for all my recipes I come across or have been handed down to me. It’s bursting at the seams so this is a great idea to split between two as I’ve been wondering how to go about resorting them. I do find, however, that the 4 ring binders work better as the sleeves just don’t seem to stand nicely in a 2 ring binder. I also did one for mum several years ago as a gift, retyping all her old recipes and adding in some of mine she liked. I made up some cool dividers and designed a front cover to slip in the plastic. She also has her old handwritten book back to keep for prosperity as there are a lot of old recipes handed down to her in it too.ReplyCancel

  • Leesa Watt

    now when are you publishing that cook bookReplyCancel

  • Jo

    Hi Kat – Love this idea and particularly how pretty it is! I have a hodge-podge of handwritten, magazine and printed recipes but would love to get them all organised and reprinted… which sparks a random question – your stuff is always colourful and you obviously make and print your own labels and a million other things – do you have a recommendation for a good printer for home? We don’t have one at present and when we did I was horrified at how much ink cost and how often I had to order new ink (which I could only do online and then wait ages for it to arrive). Any suggestions on economical ways to set up a home printer situation? Do you find your kids print homework related stuff on it as well or do they do that at school? Just interested to know what works for you.
    Thanks, and thanks for the site. With a 21 month old boy and another (over)due any day this site helps me keep pottering away at a calm and ordered home life.
    JoReplyCancel

  • Chloe

    Hi Kat I purchased this download a week ago and finally got the binders. I can’t wait to start filling it up. Do you have a special way of getting the spine in? I managed to slip it in, in one folder but can’t seem to get it in the other. It’s driving me insane! Haha.ReplyCancel

Task 10 – 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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  • Miss Maudy

    OOh, one I’ve actually been able to do! I tidied my cookbook case on the weekend, culled 30+ cookbooks. They’re mostly those cheapy little $5 cookbooks that I never ever use (plus a couple of bigger ones I don’t particularly like or use) and have a neat little pile of 6-8 magazines to rip before next recycling day. Of course, I think culling 30 cookbooks means I can buy more…ReplyCancel

    • Haha, doesn’t it always ;) ReplyCancel

    • Glampam

      I use that kind of BOSO philosophy now with lots of stuff – If you want to Buy One, you gotta Shift One first! Either recycle, sell or donate it – amazing how you are more careful about impulse buying!ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    Several years ago a friend (affectionately) commented that the only domesticated thing about me was that I lived in a house…..
    So, some time after I learned to eat but long before I learned how to cook, I started collecting a lever arch file filled with recipes I gathered from everywhere; chefs I worked with, friends, family, magazines….. The folder became overly full so I ‘temporarily’ started to fill plastic bags semi-sorted into basic categories. After years of neglect (where I still hadn’t started cooking beyond scrambled eggs on toast and porridge) they overflowed from the book shelf to expand into a pile of bags on the floor of the study…..I was doomed.
    Then along came the wonders of TV and chefs like Jamie O and Hugh F-W, Nigella et al – who made the previously daunting seem impossibly easy and tasty; and so finally I expanded my skills from ‘assembling from a packet and garnishing with flair’ to actually creating a meal from scratch. And it was edible…..well some of it was….
    Fast forward to late last year, in a mad frenzy I culled almost a whole wheelie bin’s worth of recipes. It took me an entire rainy weekend – mainly because I promised myself I would only keep those recipes that were healthier than how I was currently cooking; so that meant I had to read all of them in order to decide if I wanted to actually eat the end result!
    Now my recipes are in their own individual folders – I couldn’t actually cull back to fit them all in one – but it’s a start. I plan to try one a week and if it doesn’t rate an 8/10 or higher then it too will go in the wheelie bin.
    Well that’s the plan. The cull was last year, it’s now March, and I haven’t started. I am a natural born procrastinator. Oscar Wilde would’ve been proud of me: “Never put off until tomorrow, what can be left till the day after”……sigh….I have dreams of being organised and efficient but it is a struggle some days. One day though it will be Katrina who is proud of me instead!ReplyCancel

Is fear of failure dulling your shine?

This is a guest post by Kelly Exeter from A Life Less Frantic ‘What are you scared of?’ The question hung in the air between us for a second. ‘What do you mean?’ ‘Well you’ve told me your big idea – and then spent the next 10 minutes talking yourself out of going after it. […]

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  • This is a great post and I love Kelly! Met her Problogger last year and I believe Woog instructed me to stroke her. I really identify with this. I’m a bit of an over achiever myself and I HATE failing. It’s really important to reevaluate what failure means. Thanks for this! Feeling very inspired now!ReplyCancel

    • Aw Smags thank you! And lol yes Woogs loves telling people to stroke me!

      And PS it took me a LONG time to be able to deal with any kind of failure. I wish someone told me to ‘look at failure like a scientist’ 15 years ago. Would have saved me some torment!ReplyCancel

  • Kim | Melbourne Mum

    Nailed it, Kel. I liked that very first quote. I feel like this a lot (wrote about it here – http://melbournemum.com/2014/02/27/i-dont-want-to-live-an-ordinary-life/) My dreams are huge—almost too huge, they overwhelm me a LOT. I know I’m capable of so much and yet I fear mediocrity so badly it literally keeps me awake at night. KimReplyCancel

  • […] these posts by John & Kelly today reminded me of thoughts I’ve had in the back of my head for a while about worst case […]ReplyCancel

  • Kylah Morrison

    Great post! I continually have to remind myself that other people are not thinking/talking about me as much as I think they are. Such an important lesson in life and takes a huge amount of pressure off when you master this :) ReplyCancel

    • It’s hard to believe isn’t it?! We assume people pay us so much more attention than they are!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy www.yinyangmother.com

    This is a great post Kelly – I especially like the scientific approach to treating failure as data towards success – scientists have such patience, don’t they – I need more of it and less fear.ReplyCancel

  • Pelican Pie

    I just love that looking at failure scientifically, food for thought. Thank you, Kelly.

    But – that quote at the top I’m pretty sure is from Nelson Mandela’s 1994 Inauguration Speech, and goes on: “It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us.” There’s more. Maybe it was Marianne Williamson’s quote, originally, and he used it…? It’s still brilliant.ReplyCancel

    • Hey there Pelican Pie – that quote is always wrongly attributed to Mandela. He used it in that Inauguration speech – but the words are Williamson’s :) ReplyCancel

      • Pelican Pie

        Well, see, I had a failure right there. I failed to do my research about the quote. But now you’ve set me straight on that one, I can add that bit of data to my mental file….so thank you! It’s a think-worthy post.ReplyCancel

How to clean the kettle

It’s only in the last two years that I have started drinking coffee.  I can’t believe I went through my whole 20′s without it, but it just didn’t appeal to me.  Now that I have eliminated coke from my diet (now 10 months without any!!) I am enjoying my relaxing cups of coffees more. I […]

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  • Coffee is my life’s blood. I must have it. Speaking of which I have to go…ReplyCancel

  • Mareesa

    I have heard that you shouldn’t boil a stainless steel kettle with vinegar in it. My kettle is stainless steel, and I fill it to the top with 2pt vinegar, 1 pt water, let sit for 30 mins, then rinse a few times to remove vinegar smell/taste.ReplyCancel

  • Carley Monk

    This was great to be reminded to do, it’s one of those things that people (I know I) tend to not even think of doing. Mine now looks spotless thanks, but was wondering how do you clean those coffee pod machines? I use mine everyday, but couldn’t tell you how to clean it, any tips?ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Hudson

    I’ve used the Rubbedin brand “Kettle Magic/Descale Magic” that did a fantastic job, but to be honest, looking at the ingredients, it’s mostly citric acid – boiling up lemons would do the same job. I do, however, use their Washing Machine cleaner and descaler, and I also have CLR for cleaning limescale in the bathroom.ReplyCancel

  • SueM

    I use citric acid. need to reboil kettle a few times after to make sure the next user doesn’t taste it. ask me how I know this ;) ReplyCancel

  • Bradley

    I would boil the kettle with it on the draining board. We didn’t have much vinegar in the kettle and it boiled over.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I read your ‘how to clean a kettle’ post but at the end there was a reader tip which I tried since I had a lemon and no vinegar. This worked 100% perfect! I was never sure how to get rid of the limescale and it surprisingly worked with no harsh chemicals. With the boiled lemon water I put it into a bowl and with a warm tea towel I cleaned the outside of the kettle with the hot lemon water. That also worked a treat! Thank you! From one very happy housewife <3ReplyCancel

{Meal Planning} Cheats Lasagne and more

Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, benefits of meal planning, more meal plans & meal planning printables. This weeks meal plan MONDAY – Cheats Lasagne with vegetables TUESDAY – Sesame Lamb Rissoles with salad WEDNESDAY – Peppered Beef & Mushroom Casserole with mashed potato THURSDAY – Bacon, leek and corn Risotto FRIDAY –  Dinner out  SATURDAY – BBQ Sausages, mashed potato and […]

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{RECIPE} Bacon, leek and corn risotto

Bacon, leek and corn risotto Author: Katrina Recipe type: Rice and Pasta Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 leek, halved, washed, thinly sliced 1 garlic clove, crushed 4 rashers bacon, rind removed, diced 1 cup arborio rice 3 cups chicken stock ½ cup corn kernels, frozen parmesan cheese, to serve Instructions Heat oil in a […]

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  • Sarah Dohl

    I’ve never made risotto in a rice cooker, could I use the microwave version?ReplyCancel

Choc Rice Bubble Bars

I have recently added the Vegie Smugglers range of cookbook/eBook (instant downloads) into my shop and have been trying out some of the recipes.  Vegie Smugglers have a great range of cookbooks that help you to add more vegies to the kids/family meal.   I just love how these recipes hide vegetables amongst a regular meal and it’s still delicious. I […]

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  • Sonya

    Sounds delish, however please be aware these CONTAIN NUTS (Nutella ) , so wouldn’t be recommended for school lunchboxesReplyCancel

  • Kate

    Am I missing something? Where are the smuggled vegetables in this recipe?ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    My daughter is nut free with very serious allergies. This recipe looks great but would suggest replacing the Nutella with a product called Smudge made by Freedom Foods. It is nut, gluten and dairy free and obviously you are going to lose the smuggled goodness of nuts, but at least they will be lunchbox friendly.ReplyCancel

    • That’s a great suggestions Lisa, I will look into Smudge!
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