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Whenever I make homemade beef rissoles I usually double the batch so I can pop some in the freezer to have ready as a meat and 3 vegetable meal or hamburgers.

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This post is sponsored by Paradise Resort I have lived on the Gold Coast all my life.  For as long as I can remember I have heard rave reviews of a fabulous resort for kids at Surfers Paradise and have often wanted to check it out.  However, as I live on the Gold Coast I’ve never really […]

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  • Gail

    I have stayed here with my husband and kids a few times, it was great especially with the beach so close, the kids never had an opportunity to get bored.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is nice and close, beautiful beaches, shops and plenty of restaurants to chose from if you want to venture away from the resort. The new tram rail is only meters away, which can take to many other locations on the Gold Coast too.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I agree Gail, such a wonderful place for the kids with so much to see and do.:)ReplyCancel

  • Brit Mahoney

    I’m the same as you Kat I have always heard about it in passing but have never been there, I think our next Gold Coast holiday will need to be here, just had a new bub so need something that the other 2 kids can do while I am with the youngest.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I truly wish I had visited sooner, my kids loved it now at 10 and 12 but they would of had such a ball here while younger too. I hope you can get an opportunity to visit soon!ReplyCancel

  • suzy

    Hello Katrina, Wish I knew of it when my son was younger. He is now 15. Just wondering if there is anything that caters for teenagers from 13 to 16 as it seems the teenagers in this age bracket seems to miss out. Would you know of any holiday places that cater for this age bracket? What an awesome holiday! Thank you for sharing. Have a gorgeous day!SuzyReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Suzy, they still may enjoy Paradise Resort, I know kids this age love their technology, some rooms have an xbox in the room, laser tag is fun and then with this package they have available your teenagers would love Dreamworld, you get a FREE 7 day pass. It has quite a few thrill rides, my kids can’t get enough of them and then there is WhiteWater World next door. The beach is also walking distance from Pradise resort so they can visit it with their boogy/surf boards.ReplyCancel

  • I keep hearing amazing things about this, I know my girls would love to have a week here!ReplyCancel

  • Shelley

    Wow looks fantastic! Thanks for this amazing review Katrina. As a mum of 4 (ages 8-2) this looks like an amazing place my whole family would love & since we are in NSW not that far to travel. Will definitely have this resort on the top of my list :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    hi just wondering if is any good for teenagers? My children range from 18 years to 3 months old. I was looking for a short break after Christmas when family visit from UK! Many thanksReplyCancel

  • This is one of my kids’ favourite places ever. We used to do last-minute specials and stay regularly when we lived in Brisbane, but now they live interstate and I live in the country. They are coming for a visit and their only request has been to visit the Paradise Resort. I’m booking for a night or two – wish we could do the five night thing – because it really is awesome for kids. Even beter, for me, as a single parent, the kids are having so much fun that I get to relax as well. I thought they might be too old for the resort, at 14 and 12, but they have begged to go back. And it looks like there is even more to do there now!ReplyCancel

I’m following a restrictive diet over the next few weeks, so my family meal plans are going to be very bland, just meat and veg. I’m going to share some readers family meal plans.  Which is a fantastic way to show what others are eating in their homes.  I’d love to hear what you are […]

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I met with a friend for lunch at a local cafe recently and must say I had the most deliciously light lunch… avocado and feta smash with smoked salmon.  It was so good, so much so I couldn’t stop thinking about it, I saw some smoked salmon when at the grocery store recently, my mouth watered so […]

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How becoming organised has helped a reader stay in control of her bills, mail, other paperwork and appointments.

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  • Eleanor

    a,so, seeing that most bills comes with BPAY, I also have set up alerts in my bank account. When those bills are issued, it appears in my bank account and an email is sent as a reminder to pay the bill when I am ready to do it. It automatically marks as paid when I go in and use the links in the online account. No more missed bills. :-). More and more bills also comes electronically now so there has been a less need to get any of those bills in the mail and more online so the inbox is now sorted into various categories depending on the household needs, e.g. Childcare weekly statements, after school care monthly statements, electricity/gas quarterly bills… Gets confusing with the different periods so they are all marked as flagged as a follow up and unflagged when paid.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love your system Eleanor! Sounds like it works great for you.:)ReplyCancel

  • Helpful post Annette! Kat I’d love to read how your get on top of your inbox (perhaps you have and I have missed it) because my inbox is out of control!ReplyCancel

my mother told me to be sure to try and do three things that will help to keep a tidy home, they worked for me and now my daughters use these tips too.

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  • Love it! So simple but so trueReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      sometimes it’s the simple things that can make such a big difference 😉ReplyCancel

  • I always feel better if the kitchen is clean and the floors are swept. I always mean to make the beds and it does do wonders but I hardly ever do :/ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I make my bed after I have my shower, some mornings I may not feel like it, but it’s just something I do now out of habit before I leave my bedroom in the mornings.ReplyCancel

      • Sandra Liddicoat

        I always make my own bed. I grew up doing it everyday and can’t bare to get into an unmade bed. However, making my children’s beds is another story. Whose mother did that for them. My husbands mother did, I think she deserves a medal. I try to teach my children to make their own bed, not always successfully ????ReplyCancel

      • Tane

        I’d love to make my bed straight after getting up but it’s hard to do with the husband still in the bed :)
        (Un)fortunately my mother-in-law does it but not the way I like. She tucks everything in at the foot but it suits her height. She’s almost a foot shorter than me, no covers to for my shoulders to snuggle under unless I pull it all apart again.ReplyCancel

  • Robyn

    Great tip. I live by this rule too but I include one load of washing to my list. If the beds are made, dishes are done and a load of washing is washed and hung up (with yesterdays load folded and put away) than I feel like I have accomplished something, even if i don’t get to anything else.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I like to do a load of washing everyday too, Robyn. I find it is a greatway of keeping on top of it.ReplyCancel

      • Kirstie

        Omg, you get away with one load a day? I do a minimum of 3 a day and never have a day without any washing to do!
        I need to do these, but the folding one just doesn’t seem doable to me! But I need to fold all my clothes, hubby’s clothes, kids clothes separately or I feel really stressed over itReplyCancel

  • Kate

    I hang clothes on coat hangers on the clothesline, when dry they can be placed straight into the wardrobe, it’s saves handling time.
    Anything that goes into a draw I fold in half before hanging in the clothes line, then it only takes one more fold when removing from clothes line.
    I also place clothes in the basket by family member so when I bring the washing in it doesn’t need sorting, I just walk into each room and place that persons pile in their bedReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great tips, Kate!ReplyCancel

  • Jude

    Great! Thanks so much, Kay, for sharing. I just treasure those tips from those who have “been there, done that.”

    My Nana had 3 tips too:
    1. Make the beds
    2. Clean up the dishes after each meal
    3. Sweep the verandah.

    When friends of mine got married at their pantry tea we organised to make a book of tips from all the friends, aunties, grandparents etc about housekeeping and marriage. I remember getting all sorts of funny, useful, practical and bizarre tips!

    My Grandma’s tip:
    Don’t put it down, put it away.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Ward

    Hi Kat,

    my daily essentials top 3 are:

    1- wash, dry and put away dishes

    2 – do the laundry

    3 – empty the bins

    fairly similar!

    Ruth WardReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Perfect Ruth! I too love to get all those 3 done and dusted out of the way.:)ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    Love these tips – l do an old-fashioned nurse’s practice which helped a lot on busy wards in the past for us. We did a simple “tidy round” which works at home too. A quick tidy-up of surfaces which really makes a difference all over. ?ReplyCancel

  • I always make my bed as soon as I get up.
    I always empty the dishwasher and put the dirty dishes in for the next run.
    I always sweep the floor or do the washing.
    Folding up clothes is always helpful too although the ironing pile always grows out of control.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I love your daily routine Sue! A great way of staying on top of things.:)ReplyCancel

  • Cammie

    These tips sounds great! I grew up making my bed every day but as a wife and mom now I usually let it go. Just recently started trying again! I’m not sure how my mom got me to make my bed when I was little…she is amazing! I have been trying to do dishes more often too, which makes my whole kitchen look and feel better! I work full-time and so does my husband so that makes its hard to keep up sometimes. Thanks for the simple tip reminder!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sounds like you are getting back on track and doind a wonderful job, Cammie.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sheila

    I separate twenty minutes every day to rearrange something: drawer, closet, refrigerator …. Another thing that even I who is very tired is how to take the makeup know? I spend a damp handkerchief in the sinks, weights and bench. Collect all that is out of place and put in a basket if not lively to save time. Tidy the sofa cushions and sleep with their house in order. This makes it easier and my life the next day. I learned from a friend of San Diego.It changed my lifeReplyCancel

A checklist of essential items to pack in a nappy bag, plus tips on restocking it so you aren’t left without nappies on your next outing.

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  • Jillian Ives

    Include a spare outfit in a ziplock bag for you! My daughter knocked coffee all over me while we were out. I was able to change into a maxi dress and new undies. My mum has a horror story about my sister and a white outfit and a poonami. So I took her adviceReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic idea, Jillian!ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    Years ago now as my eldest is almost 25 – I had a nappy bag which sort of folded out into a series of cubes. I know this sounds totally “over the top” – but I always used to pack it in EXACTLY the same way. Nappies in one section, food in another, clothes in another etc. I was working full-time and when I’d come home – I would undo the nappy bag and know INSTANTLY what needed topping up / replenishing. I would quickly do this and aside from adding bottles / food from the fridge in the morning – I was all good to go.
    My day carer loved it as she too knew EXACTLY where everything was and nothing was EVER omitted. As I said – it sounds over the top – but the more you can do on auto-pilot the better !!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I love it Julia! You sounded so super organised!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    I think you have it pretty much covered Kat but my big tip for new Mums is to always have your bag packed and ready to go. It is hard enough to get out the door with kids without adding the need to pack the nappy bag!! Also, having a little toilet bag with a couple of nappies, wipes and a disposable change mat is useful if going out to dinner as you don’t need to lug the whole bag to the toilet (where there sometimes isn’t a lot of room) also handy when travelling on planes or even in the car.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wonderful tips Belinda, thank you for sharing.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sandy

    I have a small over the shoulder satchel that I use for my daily run about bag and keep a well stocked nappy bag in the boot at all times which definitely has a change of clothes for me; got caught out once never again. In my satchel I have three nappies, a small packet of wipes, a change of clothes for 2 year old in a ziplock bag, a bottle, two packets of travel formula, my phone which has my cards in it, and in another section I have two balloons, a packet of dome crayons, a couple of sheets of paper folded up, a small bottle of bubbles, a toddlers puzzle and a small book; for when I go out for a meal so she s entertained. And then a heap of snacks and a couple of hot choc drink packets for me.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love the sound of your well stocked nappy bag.:)ReplyCancel

  • Pat

    My favourite nappy bag was actually a large ladies shoulder strap vinyl handbag. It hung on my shoulder or the pram well.
    It was sort of roll/log shape in large size. It had a side pocket on one long side and zippered pockets that were tall enough for a large baby’s bottle on the two ends.
    The side pocket and one end pocket were my handbag while the big cavity was for nappies clean and used in a water proof bag – I used cloth nappies. The nappy cream went with the water bottle in the end pocket while the change mat was folded, floor side in and went on top of the nappies as I always needed it first.
    Anything else that I needed that didn’t fit in the end pocket went down the sides of the folded nappies. Didn’t need wipes for cleaning up during changes as the cloth nappy handled that.
    I really missed that bag when it fell apart.
    The baby I bought that bag for turned 40 recently. :-)ReplyCancel

Cook dinners for the freezer to help you save time on those busy nights and money when cuts of meat are on special. Try these meal ideas for the freezer like bolognese, pies, bakes, soups & more.

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  • Kaycee

    Great list Kat. :)
    One thing I find myself doing alot at this time of the year is doing a big beef casserole in the slow cooker for dinner then putting the leftovers into pies (with a bit of bacon and cheese added)and freezing them for quick easy meals. I also do this with other leftovers (chicken, gravy and veg; roast meat, gravy & veg; casseroles; mince with added bacon and cheese; salmon/chicken mornay; etc) I do have a pie maker (or 3) so it makes it quick and easy to do – and also fills the freezer with things I know my family will eat! :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea Kaycee, my son gave me a pie maker for Mothers Day so I will definatley use this tip. I love Tuna Mornay and would love to see your Chicken mornay recipe, do you mind sharing :)ReplyCancel

  • We’re huge fans of the freezer. I work really long days and don’t have time to cook when I get home so our freezer is full of curries, meat pies, cottage pies and bolognaise and chilli. I love your list because now I can add a few more things to my repetoire!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      we had the cottage pie with sweet potato last night, was so delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Karina

    Thank you so much for these freezer ideas – my days with little kids and a baby are hectic so this takes away some time spent on trying to think of healthy dinner ideas!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      happy to help Karina, bolognese and rissoles are always a great start!ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    I freeze muffins and unbaked cookies also.

    A tip for freezing meals is to freeze leftovers – even if there is only a single serve. These are great for lunches – or – every now and then we’ll have “freezer finds” for dinner which means that each person may be actually eating a different meal as I am using up all the single serves from my freezer.

    My DH is working away from home at the moment. The other night I made a large Butter Chicken as my grown up DS and his partner were here for dinner (the younger kids had chicken strips as the Butter Chicken was too spicy for them)- I froze the remaining Butter Chicken & Rice into 4 X Single Serves. When I’m on my own with the little ones and crave something spicy – I will prepare nuggets and veggies for the little kids and I’ll enjoy my spicy butter chicken.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love your way of planning, Julia! You sound very similar to me!ReplyCancel

  • Jenni

    I always make double batches of muffins or banana cake and frreze half ( I slice the banana cake and butter each slice first and put in packs of 2 slices) , also freeze cooked pinwheels (potato and pizza). this makes linches easy. I also make a double batch of bacon and vegie slice, one big dish and the rest in ramekins which are great for work lunches. Premade Meatballs and rissoles are in freezer also. Makes life much easier. Pumpkin soup and pea and ham soup also.ReplyCancel

  • Barb

    What are rissoles? I’m from Canada and have never heard of them…ReplyCancel

    • SusieV

      They’re like a meat pattie (for a burger), except we eat ‘rissoles’ without the burger and perhaps with gravy, mash and veg – a very old fashioned, but much-loved meal here in Oz! You can, of course, use it as a burger pattie, also!ReplyCancel

  • Carissa

    Perfect timing! I have just done another big kitchen day today. Triple batch of Lentil Bolognese, 2 big vege lasagnes, bag each of chicken, lamb and pork in marinade, 3 bags of cheese rolls, lots of fritters, and a swag of smoothie bags. Have mince and vege mince cooking right now for tacos tonight and enough left over for 2 more meals.
    My favourite is the smoothie bags. Spinach, banana, berries and various bits of fruit into sandwich bags – makes much better smoothies from frozen.

    Will be adding some of these recipes to my list for next time.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh lentil bolognese that sounds delicious! I have never heard of it before!ReplyCancel

  • This list is brilliant!
    Love, love, love it. Inspired much!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Awe thanks Dannielle.:)ReplyCancel

  • These are so handy thank you. I’m going to try the lemon chicken rissoles this week. You have inspired me to sort out my freezer as I have no space at the moment but I do have a lot of bolognaise in it!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Awe happy to help, Vicki.:) I must admit the lemon rissoles were super tasty!ReplyCancel

  • Grace

    I like to make double batches of things like turkey tetrazzini, sausage & rice casserole, stuffed pepper cups, and tallerini and freeze in meal-sized portions. I also like to brown ground beef with onions and peppers and freeze in recipe-sized portions for a quick start on things like Sloppy Joes, spaghetti, and other favorites. Since I have fibromyalgia, it is easier for me to make smaller batches of things when I am feeling well and then just pull something from the freezer during times when I am in a great deal of pain.ReplyCancel

  • Great list. I must get better at cooking and freezing meals. It would certainly make my life easier at times. My kids love meat balls which is so easy.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon

    I often make two sandwich loaves of sandwiches on Sunday afternoon. I keep them seperate by a square of paper between one sandwich and the next then stack them back in the bread bag to freeze. We either toast them up in a panini press, or grab and go for instant lunches.
    Loving your ideas! Going to make the lemon rissoles tonight!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Wow what a great idea Shannon! Ooh i hope you love the lemon rissoles, we sure did.:)ReplyCancel

A kids lunch box idea to help create some variety in the the school lunch boxes.

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  • Karen

    How do you keep lunch cool. Do you place the lunch box into a bag with freezer brick? If so which bag do you use?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Karen, I use an ice brick in the kids lunchboxes. Keeps everything nice and cool on those hotter days.ReplyCancel

  • I needed this inspiration. Thank you! Will be making a zucchini bread I think!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      The kids love the zucchini bread and it is perfect for their lunchboxes.:)ReplyCancel

  • Great ideas Kat. I sometimes feel as though I give hubby boring lunches!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL i know the feeling Lorraine, i like to mix it up for hubby and the kids.:)ReplyCancel

Weekly meal plan plus family friendly recipe ideas to help you work out what to cook for dinner.

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  • Julia K

    this week at café de knock

    sun 7 june ham & cheese toasties
    cream of cauliflower soup

    mon 8 june butter chicken w/ rice & garlic naan

    tues 9 june scotch fillet steak, kumera mash & broccolini

    wed 10 june crumbed fish with lemon sauce, pan-fried baby potatoes and veggies

    thurs 11 june greek lamb meatballs w/ fettucine

    fri 12 june wiener schnitzel, salad & chips

    sat 13 june homemade hamburgers

    baking carrot, honey & sultana muffins
    choc chip cookiesReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Julia, i just love reading your meal plans! They sound amazing!ReplyCancel

  • I love barley soup! In fact I love barley anything really. The other dishes also look really tasty too Kat!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It’s funny Lorraine i hadn’t cooked with a lot of barley until i made this soup and everyone just loved it, quite a popular winter dish in our house now.:)ReplyCancel

Chicken Enchiladas are one of our family favourite Friday night dinners, I think I say this all the time when I share a mexican recipe, but we truly do love anything and everything mexican in our household.  I love that this recipe is so quick and easy to prepare, with the option to poach your own […]

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  • Yum! I can see myself making this and keeping portions of it for other nights! 😀ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Absolutely Lorraine.:) They are super delicious and freeze really well too. Though ours don’t make it to the freezer that often LOL, they make a great next day snack.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kym

    I made these and they were so good! First time and I was a bit concerned but the husband loved them. I was quite proud of myself too :)ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Great job, Kym! They are so yummy aren’t they? And i’m pleased hubby enjoyed them too. A popular Friday night dinner in our house.:)ReplyCancel

Don’t listen to any negativity around you from either people giving it or the thoughts in your head. Change your mindset, think positive and be happy.

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  • Sarah codling

    I feel just as guilty working part time that I either don’t spend enough time with my kids, or that maybe I should work more to make things easier. It is a hard road for all mums, no matter their work status! It took me finally talking to a psychologist to realise that everyone has the same struggles! I was trying to be the prefect mum- work, spend time with the kids and keep my house immaculate- in reality it’s not possible, and I realised that my real friends don’t care if my toilet is clean as they realise I have 3 boys under the age of 7!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Absolutely Sarah, you are so right xReplyCancel

    • Danielle Rego

      As another part time working mum Sarah I felt the same and I too went to see someone before I realised that it is ok if there are days things just don’t get done. We all do the best we can and all mums have struggles of their own – we just don’t always feel like thatReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    The idea of having a series devoted to “Helping Mums Thrive at Home” is a great one and I applaud you Katrina for devoting the time and effort to it.
    I have been married for over 28 years and this time has included us both working, me working F/T and studying part-time – then we had our first son. Having just completed my studies I wanted to gain the fruits of my hard work and so made the difficult decision to return to work when the baby was only 10 weeks of age. It was hard yakka and I felt SO guilty and missed my son dreadfully. I tried to assuage that guilt by rationalising that this was the best decision for OUR FAMILY at that point in time. I wanted more children but CRAVED to be a SAHM and realised that dream when my first son was 10.5 years old and I gave up my job to be a SAHM to him and my new baby daughter. We now have 4 children aged from 24 down to 7 and I consider myself to be lucky to be a SAHM. Our situation has changed again and my husband now lives and works interstate (even though we are still very happily married). There is still guilt – maybe he could move back home into an admittedly lower paying job if I went out and worked also ? But we have made this decision for OUR FAMILY at THIS POINT IN TIME. Even though my children are at school during the day – I am busy looking after the home as DH rarely gets home and when he is here – I want him relaxing – not racing around fixing things. I also love the fact that I am here for the kids after school – I KNOW WHERE THEY ARE at all times and with teenagers – this is a very important thing. So – once again – I remind myself of WHY we have made this decision and that does help with the guilt.
    Another thing I did was to write a card to my husband explaining just how grateful I am for all that he does. It must be so hard for him being away from his family and working long hours. I detailed exactly what and why I am so grateful. It is so important to communicate with your spouse about your feelings (good and bad) and gain reassurance from one another so that you remain on the same page. I encourage other mums to talk to their husbands about how they are feeling. Men don’t always “get it” and they have feelings too. Keep the lines of communication open – so very important.
    I look forward to reading other people’s comments and enjoying the rest of the series.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    There is “mother guilt” regardless of the decision you make and it is no different for those of us who work be it full time or part time. Working mothers feelings of guilt for not spending enough time with their child, trying to be the best mother and role model you can and also trying to do the best by your employer – motherhood pulls you in all different directions. The best remedy for those days that get you down is to talk to someone. I have found that only another mother can relate to what you are going through, the dumb stuff that you do to cope sometimes and a good laugh can make things seem much better. You aren’t alone we have all been there.

    I don’t wish to hijack this discussion as I do understand that it is specifically targeting SAHM however, as a full time working mother, I have found some of the harshest judgements I have received for my decision to work comes from SAHMs. Believe me, it is no easier being a working mother. We are all mothers and as women we are our own harshest critics. There are challenges for all of us regardless of where we spend our days so how about we support each other instead of trying to pull each other down.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I totally hear what you are saying Karen, it is so hard finding the happy balance with work and being a mum xReplyCancel

  • Amanda Morris

    I am a working mum of 3 little treasures. My eldest two are now at school (7 & 6) and our youngest will be 1 next week. What a refreshing read Kat. I am a working Mum riddled with guilt but for different reasons, the usual working mum guilt that working Mums feel that we should be at home with our kids, when we take them to child care and OSCH when it is freezing cold and raining when we should be snuggled up on the sofa having cuddles, being rushed constantly, the slapped together dinners some nights, I could go on and on. Then of course there is the work guilt, the late starts, the large number of sick days, unable to give 100% to your colleagues, etc etc. Sadly we are not in a position for me to stay at home. That being said we don’t live in a lavish home, drive an expensive car or have expensive holidays. We are just a family of 5 trying to make ends meet. People can be so judgemental when it comes to working Mums as they make you feel guilty for putting your children in care to make a living and make you feel like you want it all. Yes I have a career but my family comes first always!. I am not one for regrets but I do wish that I had set myself up financially a bit better prior to having children I would be home with them every day in a heart beat. The idea of staying home, looking after our home and being there for my children for every step and precious moment would be a dream come true.

    But it is refreshing to read that what may sound like a dream to me also comes with it’s own set of problems and issues that you have mentioned Kat. Just goes to prove that us mothers do not give ourselves enough credit. As the saying goes damned if you do and damned if you don’t …… I think we all need to stop being so hard on ourselves. They are little for such a short time. It’s sad to think we need to feel guilty and like we are stuffing it up for that time…….ReplyCancel

  • kristy

    There is nothing quite like mothers guilt. Starts from pregnancy i believe. ..did i eat something wrong or when you’re breastfeeding or not or on routine or when they are toddlers are they eating healthy foods and it goes on. I am lucky i stay at home with my beautiful daughters (4 & 2 1/2) but i work from home and have done continually since before they were born. . My work is seasonal so there are quiet times but when its on its flat out. Busy time coincided with the birth of baby no. 1. Crazy busy and i look back and think i should have taken some time but…. We are graziers as.well and my husband is a contractor so we are both self employed with no guaranteed weekly income. My guilt as the girls are getting older is that they are bored and I am constantly saying mummy just needs.to finish this work then we can play or i just put on a dvd. Then the guilt comes in about not doing.lots of things and being busy and impatient. … i also donr think we value what we do when we are home with kids. You cant measure your productivity or your achievements like you can in an office or somewhere. And it id so repetitive it can really feel like groundhog day….
    Working from home is really hard. It is so hard to find the.balance between work and kids and the everyday chores our partners and timeout for ourselves.
    I take my hat off to mums. We are all doing our best. Thanks Kat for ypur great blog…ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Kristy!.:) I agree with you xReplyCancel

  • I sometimes joke that I have two full time jobs. (The joke part is that I’m not actually joking. I have two full time jobs. I work and I am a mother.)

    Sometimes, I feel a tiny bit guilty that I work full time – particularly when I can’t go to school events during the day. But I do my best to go to things, my son knows I’m doing my best and that if I can only come for an hour, the main thing is that I came.

    But most of the time, I accept that I’m not cut out to be a stay at home mum and that working is such an intrinsic part of my ‘self’ that I can’t see ever stopping work in some form. I stayed home for 15 months with my oldest, and the best thing for me and by extension my family was going back to work a couple of days a week. Then work drives me mad with expectations that I participate in night time activities, and while I am within my rights to say no (and I do say no – regularly) the sighs that ensue when I do…

    On the whole though, I’ve made the right decision for me and for my family, and that’s the main thing for us.ReplyCancel

  • i work part time and intend to continue doing so even when my son goes to school. Over the past three years I’ve been presented with a few big opportunities at work that I’ve knocked back because I don’t want to work full time. Being a people pleaser, it’s been hard to say no (especially to the extra income!) but I just remind myself that there will always be job opportunities but my son will never be this young again. I don’t want to miss out on his childhood and I don’t want him to miss out on being with his mum. Part time work is the perfect balance for us.ReplyCancel

  • This is a great post! I’ve just written a blog post on all Mommy Guilt and how dangerous it can be… xReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    I am a sahm with a 5 yo boy 3yo and 8 month old girls. We are on a farm. I sometimes feel guilty when asking for help or time out from my mother in law and husband. “This is my job i should be able to do it” but then i end up having no ‘me time’ as it’s not a 9to 5 job its 247.
    Then as my kids are my everything atm when someone does take them for a while i for guilty for not looking after then …. and i have nothing else (other than clean the house) to do ! Hard to think about/care for myself! Just keeping reminding myself that they will grow quickly and all too soon i will have to get a real job !ReplyCancel

  • My kids are 16 and 14 and I have been a SAHM and worked part time and full time over the years and for most of that time my hubby has been an interstate truck driver so is away alot. No matter what choice you make it is never easy. I found when my kids were little that being at home with them all the time was very socially isolating. We lived in a small country town and there wasn’t much to do for young families. If I am completely honest I went back to work because I was lonely. Now I would love to be able to stay home again and enjoy the last couple of years with the kids before they move into adulthood.ReplyCancel

26 hot school lunch ideas for kids to take to school in their thermos. Hot food in insulated jars are a fun alternative to sandwiches in winter.

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  • Anne

    This is brilliant!! I love this idea. My partner is always complaining he can’t take leftovers to work as the microwaves are never available and by the time he gets to it, lunch time is over. I will be using this idea for him going forward.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

    Your ideas are amazing.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oohh thank you, Anne.:) It is such a great idea for hubby’s and they too get a nice warm lunch.:) Hope your hubby enjoys it xReplyCancel

  • Hannah

    Thank you! I use a lot of the kids lunch ideas for myself as an adult to take to work :) Our toastie machine is extremely neglected so it’s hard to find something yummy to bring to work to enjoy on a cold day (like today)!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I agree Hannah, nothng better than taking a nice warm lunch on these oh so chilly days.:)ReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    Love the idea for winter school lunches but wondered if the lids are easy enough for young ones to open if they say you must secure the kids tightly??ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wendy my kids haven’t had any issues with getting the lids off, i think they should be fine for younger ones too. I don’t tighten them overly tight either.ReplyCancel

  • OMG! Do you know that I just realised THAT’S how you use a thermos??? I didn’t realise you have to fill it in with hot water to set the temperature first! No wonder the food in my kids thermos didn’t stay hot for long. We’ve abandoned the thermos (sitting in my cupboard) but it looks like it’ll be out again!! Thank you for sharing that tip.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Norlin don’t worry i didn’t know either! The ones from Kmart don’t come with instructions. You are not alone xReplyCancel

  • My kids have a hot lunch at least 3 times a week. We started this when we stopped eating sandwiches for lunch. Most days it’s leftovers from the night before, although we do also do lots of fried rice, it’s a family fav. xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I think it is nice for them to have something warm in their bellies on those really cold days too Nicole.:)ReplyCancel

  • These are all such great ideas and I’ve never seen a lunch thermos before… My little toddler is still a little young for these treats but so perfect to remember for the future xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Absolutley Caley.:)ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    My son doesn’t like sandwiches so hes been enjoying taking a thermos of hot food. Today meat and vegetables soup just like his Nana makes, with a bread roll.
    Thanks for some new ideas, I’m sure he will enjoy them over the next few weeks.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that sounds like a delicious lunch, Rebecca! I must say my kiddies get over sandwiches tooReplyCancel

  • I’ve never thought of doing this for hubby but I might have to start given how cold it is here in Sydney! 😀ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh yes i imagine it is freezing down there, Lorraine! It has been so cold on the Gold Coast the last few days. I am sure hubby will enjoy his nice warm lunches.:)ReplyCancel

  • Liisa

    I’ve never had any success with keeping nuggets warm/hot & not going soggy or rubbery. Any tips? The only things my kids would probably take in a thermos are nuggets, sausages or meatballs, but even the sausages went cold.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hmm i’m not sure on how to stop the nuggets from going soggy, great question Liisa!
      Quick question did you heat the thermos up first? Pouring boiling water in and leave for 10 minutes, it should them stay hot most of the day.ReplyCancel

      • Liisa

        Yes, I always heat with boiling water first. It may just be that Nuggets are unsuitable, as when the steam leaves them but is contained in the thermos, it makes them soggy. If anyone finds a solution is love to know!ReplyCancel

        • Alex

          Piece of bread in the bottom to absorb the moisture!ReplyCancel

        • Alex

          slice of bread in the top &/or bottom to absorb the moisture :)ReplyCancel

        • Hayley m

          Wrap them in paper towel & foil?ReplyCancel

  • Great ideas, we have been doing hot lunches for a few weeks as already brrrr, cold in Sydney. I love the fried rice idea – just tend to stick to mince and soup, the kids will be thrilled to have me expand my repertoire…I have the thermos range and they are super…I do recall from my Boarding School days on The Coast that it can get mighty chilly up there too, stay warm..xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thanks Monique.:) Yes the mornings are super chilly.:) My kids love fried rice in their thermos, soups are a big hit too. Just a nice variation and to give them a break from sandwiches, i can’t blame them i tend to get a tired of sandwiches too.:) xReplyCancel

  • Leah

    One thing my girls love are marinated chicken wingettes and drumettes. Taste great hot or cold.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh sounds delicious, what a yummy lunch to take to school.:)ReplyCancel

  • You have inspired me to make extra dinners and send it warmed up for the kids school lunches seeing that its cooking down so much. I’m excited to get this happening! (But I need to buy a thermos). The Bento website says that theirs are out of stock just now. What is the best one to keep the food warm/hot and what size would you recommend for an 8 year old? Looks like it comes in the 240 and 500ml size ..ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Emma, the Bento ones are great! You can pre order them but i also know that there is another shipment arriving this week, i would get the 500ml thats the size my kids take.:)ReplyCancel

      • OK. Thermos (x2) all purchased. Gave some leftover spaghetti Bolognese a try today – was a HUGE hit. I think I might try your curried sausages next. I have a quite few recipes on my site that would be good too – some pasta bakes, mild lamb curry, meatballs etc. Thanks for the inspiration Katrina.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    wonderful idea! I’m just wondering would it still keep the food at a safe level to be eaten hours later? Would be for a toddler so don’t know if you have to be a little more cautious? Also any experience with particular brands that seem to hold the heat better? Thanks so muchReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Sarah, i haven’t had any worries with any of mine. The Kmart one is also great too. The food stays lovely and hot most of the day so even when eaten at lunch time.ReplyCancel

  • Chontell

    This is great!
    I’ve used the Kmart brand for the last 2 years for my girls (now 10 and 12). They LOVE having a hot lunch. Devilled Sausages are a big fav, and the both really enjoy Chicken and Chorizo Stew. I also use them in Summer, to send smoothies for them. I keep them in the freezer, fill with the smoothie, pop back in the freezer, and they grab them on the way to school.ReplyCancel