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Household Budget The choice of becoming a stay at home mum and reducing the family income to one wage is a big adjustment.  A few things that I needed to learn quickly was: How much income was coming in How much to anticipate our bills were each month The cost of raising our newborn twins, […]

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  • Elizabeth36

    Wonderful series, Kat – thank you. I’m a work at home Mum, but feel I’m living your posts from trying to run the household to cleaning smelly toilets. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and wisdom. You’ve just reminded me to look at that budget this week and check on the bank.ReplyCancel

  • Jo-Anne Wizz

    Being on a Pension there is never enough money to buy the simplest things or luxuries!! Love the article, Great Work!!ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    Great Subject – Kat you should already mention to have a cup of coffee when your doing the budget hahaha :) My husband used to do all the bills and keeping track of them until he kept saying I’m spending lots here and there which naturally got me off guard and arguments started. On our excel sheet and couldn’t understand it, I started looking around and created a new one which gave me all the information that I needed and I soon realised that the spending of money started in the house & kitchen ie: meal planning. Once I started meal planning & using what was in the pantry I realised my food shopping was decreasing. As a SAHM we are the ones that control what goes on in the house and where the money goes, plus I don’t feel like I’m in Groundhog Day of toddler, nappies, food, cleaning etc. Now we are a happy household and we know exactly where all our money is going :)ReplyCancel

  • Renlish

    Thanks for this! I’m not a SAHM or even an M, but I’ve recently started working at a new place that involves a 25k paycut and I’m still spending money like I’m earning a wage which includes that 25k. Been needing a budgeting tool for a while and this looks fabulous. I know as a serial hobby-ist, I spend way too much on stuff that I want as opposed to need. Foolish but it’s easy to get used to when you have the extra dollars.ReplyCancel

  • Trina

    Awesome, i will be becoming a SAHM again as of november with the impending birth of your 2nd sweet baby. Trying to get my head around things again for this has been interesting. Great timing!!ReplyCancel

  • Rowena

    Thanks. This is so helpful. It is a struggle sometimes adjusting to one income and to go backwards.ReplyCancel

  • Amie McIlroy

    We recently sat down and redid our budget (after not looking at it for a year!) and we got a huge shock. We really needed to tighten our belts and get a hold of that spending. Things are settling now we have the budget but the urge to splurge still crops up here and there, but having the budget makes you stop and think.ReplyCancel

  • […] Throughout the week I empty the receipts from my purse into my receipts bin, each week I add these receipts to the ‘actual spending’ tab in our household budget […]ReplyCancel

  • {The Stay At Home Mum Sanity Guide} Saving money, don’t overspend » The Organised Housewife

    […] week I have shared posts about budgeting, organising your bills and receipts and today I wanted to share with you about saving money and not […]ReplyCancel

  • Anne At Home

    Hi Katrina, I am loving this series! I am really interested in your budget spreadsheets: I note that they are Excel but you say won’t work with Mac numbers – will they work on a Mac running Microsoft Excel? All other Excel programs seem to work fine for me. Thanks in advanceReplyCancel

  • […] love a good budget, this one is very […]ReplyCancel

  • […] After I come home from a day of shopping I take all my receipts out of the shopping bags and file them into my receipts box.  Every few weeks (weekly would be preferable, but sometimes time gets away from me), we go through our receipts and enter our spending into our budget. […]ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I bought this but the spread sheet is locked for editing and excel wants a password to unlock it. Can anyone help as I cant use it!?!ReplyCancel

    • Ashleigh Louise Payne

      I am also having difficulty editing fields with “other” to say what I want them to.ReplyCancel

    • Ashleigh Louise Payne

      Hi Lisa. I found this problem only in the Actuals by Month sheet, but if I edited the same field in the Budget by Month sheet it changed both. This worked everywhere except the category headings. Hope this helps.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Rogers

    It’s a big decision for some to stay at home. But for me, it’s dropped on me because our company will close our office and transfer to another country. Sigh.ReplyCancel

  • Phillippa van de Steeg

    Great to see that you’ve created a system to help us all keep track of our in comings and outgoings. I always say that you can’t take care of what you’re not paying attention to, and this will help people pay attention to their own situations :)ReplyCancel

My kids toilet was smelling putrid recently, even after a general clean.  We all know how bad little boys are at aiming into the loo, goodness knows how it just gets everywhere.  The photo’s that I am going to share in this blog posts are disgusting, I actually wondered whether or not to share them, […]

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  • Linda Ann Bourke-Templeton

    love it now to get the offener to clean it :)ReplyCancel

  • Shan

    Great idea! Will be doing this on the weekend! My absolute least fav job is always mopping and vacuuming! Detest it! 😉ReplyCancel

  • krystal

    just wondering if you have any ideas on how to clean thick mineral deposit on the bottom of the toilet bowl, i have move into a rental property and i have tried many home made (vinegar, bi-carb, peroxide and cream of tartar) and commercial chemical (drain cleaner, CLS and general toilet cleaners) and the only thing that has done anything is a pumice stone but in 39 weeks prego and it so hard to scrub now. any ideas.ReplyCancel

    • Carolyn Williams

      Krystal you could maybe try Coke as in Coca Cola. Pour a can into the toilet and let sit overnight. I haven’t personally tried this but have read about it.
      Good Luck.ReplyCancel

      • krystal

        thank you Carolyn i have heard of that and should try it.ReplyCancel

        • Theresa

          I would turn off the water to the cistern, and flush the water (as much as possible) away before pouring in the coke, to avoid it being too diluted.ReplyCancel

    • Michelle T

      I have taken all the water out of the bowl and put straight CLR and left it for a couple of days. Then scrubbed. Did a good job.ReplyCancel

      • I am total agree with you. Cleaning toilet is very important. Especially the toilets used by kids. Here you have described the best ideas. Now i have no worry for my son. Thanks a lot.ReplyCancel

    • Kraftykat

      Denture cleaning tablets left overnight in the toilet bowl work a treat.ReplyCancel

    • Catherine

      Dump a whole container of citric acid in the bowl (baking isle)and let it sit a while. No need to empty water or anything.ReplyCancel

    • Michelle

      Someone told me that pouring coca cola into the toilet does the job. Haven’t tried it myself but she said it worked amazinglyReplyCancel

    • Naomi

      Citric Acid. We had the same problem. Sprinkle in about 2-4 tablespoons and leave sit for as long as possible, over night is good. Then it should scrub off easily. Might have to repeat if it’s particularly bad.ReplyCancel

    • vicki

      Had the exact same problem, clr worked great. I put half the bottle in, left it over night then scrubbed with the toilet brush. Alot came off but not all so i repeated the next night and i have a very clean toilet i am proud of.

      Hope this is helpful and wishing you all the best and your new baby.ReplyCancel

    • Sue Thompson

      Put 1/4 cup citric acid into toilet. Leave for as long as possible. Scrub with toilet brush. Flush.ReplyCancel

  • Naki Mum

    Thank you, thank you and again, THANK YOU!! Not only for the how-to on cleaning, but also for the photos! Cleaning the toilet is high on the list of things I hate to do. I’d rathersit out on the deck and have a cuppa than clean the toiletReplyCancel

  • Janeane Thompson

    I used to take our toilet seat off regularly to clean as I have 3 boys. But friend shared a tip with me a couple of years ago and it is not necessary for me to do it anymore. ….. After you have taken the seat off and have it all clean, you just need to boil the kettle and pour it all over the toilet. Over the top where the buttons are to keep that sterile, over the whole seat, front and back and this will run under the seat to flush out anything that is under there. I also pour the hot water over the s-bend and let it run down onto the floor tiles to clean up any floor spillages. I have the mop and wring bucket on hand to mop up the water as it pools on the floor. I do this process weekly and the toilet area is always clean and never any smells and still looks like a brand new toilet….. I hope this tip helps youReplyCancel

    • Kate

      Thank you Janeane this was such a great tip! I did this on the weekend and all the gross hard-to-reach places like the s-bend got flushed out beautifully. I also rolled up a towel to guard anything washing out the door. Such an easy way to do a gross job.ReplyCancel

      • Janeane Thompson

        I am glad this tip has helped :-)ReplyCancel

  • Tinz

    Hi Kat – thanks for the post! Great to know. (Question: Just wondered, where did you purchase your toilet roll holder you have in the corner of your pic?) Cheers!ReplyCancel

  • Jacinta L

    Our toilet is just like this, I am pretty sure I have the worst aimers on earth I end up with entire puddles on the floor. However as we are a 2 female to 4 male ratio I refuse to dismantle the toilet and clean it. The males in the house are responsible for cleaning the toilet including taking the seat off to clean in and around and under every 2 weeks. I figure when they sort their aim out they won’t have to clean it anymore so is good motivation to take their time and be more careful.ReplyCancel

    • Kat

      Great point Jacinta!ReplyCancel

      • natmardon

        I also started making my 7 year old son clean the toilets when he started believing it was completely acceptable to wipe poo on the walls, toilet seat, toilet paper holder etc. He doesn’t do it anymore, but still has to clean them…. but on that note, he certainly doesn’t do a good enough job to clean them this good, so I still need to do it once a week too. I will do this, thanks!ReplyCancel

  • my3boys

    I have 3 boys and a husband & only 1 toilet!!….take the toilet seat off every time I clean the toilet and give it a wipe over. I also soak the plastic screws in the bucket of water I use to clean the toilet, while Im wiping over the toilet. Its absolutely worth the extra couple of minutes to clean under the seat……
    The other thing Ive done is to soak the whole toilet seat in the bathtub with hot water and disinfectant/vinegar… a treat!ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    It’s so good to see cleaning ideas using eco-friendly cleaning products opposed to chemical laden ones that you inhale. Toilets and ironing are my least favourite jobs. Thanks for sharing Kat :)ReplyCancel

  • Karine Plateau

    I discovered and read your blog one week ago (all and every articles) and I thank you so much! I really don’t like cleaning and I hate chemical products. Thanks to you I bought all I need to do my eco-friendly cleaning products and you are a really good teacher to get me organized. I will start with the 20 days challenge and continue with a good weekly planner as well as your daily tasks. Than you again!
    A hug from France.ReplyCancel

  • Joanne

    Cleaning my oven, it is desperate for a clean but dont know where to start.ReplyCancel

    • Marie

      Hey, one of the easiest ways to clean an oven is to remove the racks & loose dirt, wet everything down with vinegar- use a rag, and sprinkle baking soda over it all. Shut the door and wipe it down the next day. You might still need to put some dish-soapy water in the sink and wipe everything again. You may even need to use a chore boy or the green scrub pad on it but everything should come off with comparable ease. Have fun!ReplyCancel

  • Carly Joyce

    I was super inspired by this post and so I completed this task today. I soaked the seat in the bath in hot water and some Sard Oxy Plus soaker which worked beautifully. After cleaning all the muck (so gross) I put the seat back on and tried the boiling water. I’m so happy with the results, doing a wee is a real pleasure!!ReplyCancel

  • stef_antz

    Thankfully we don’t have toilet seats like this to worry about. However I have been caught out in the night when i’ve gone to the toilet only to be welcomed by stepping into a puddle on the floor….Yes, really! My most hateful job around the house has to be cleaning the oven. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • sempre

    I have THREE sons and their bathroom is disgusting. I’ve tried everything I can think of to get them to take responsibility but it’s a losing battle. However, removing the seat like this is a big help in counteracting the smell. I have discovered an excellent toilet seat at our local hardware store which actually clicks on and off, making the job simple. Now if only I could work out a way of counteracting the puddles on the floor caused by ‘not me’ …ReplyCancel

    • Libby

      Ping pong ball in the toilet for them to aim at. They love it. Clean the toilet as normal with the ping pong ball on it.ReplyCancel

  • sempre

    Oh, and an excellent addition to your cleaning armoury is a steam cleaner – not the floor mop although that is good too, but the little handheld accessory with the nozzle. It’s just matter of point, blast, and then wipe off. Simples!ReplyCancel

  • Susan

    Deifinately the job as described is my least favourite.ReplyCancel

  • Susan

    One other thing, the menfolk in our family sit down to pee. This stops all kinds of mess and stops the urine aerosolling as it hits the water or the bowl. I can always tell when there have been other males in the house. This really works.ReplyCancel

  • Chris

    Cleaning the shower is the job I dread. Can never seem to get the water marks off my glass, plus reoccurring mould in the grout. Would appreciate some eco-friendly ideas, as all the natural products I’ve bought just aren’t doing the job well enough.ReplyCancel

    • teresaq

      Try brillo pads for the glass. Work like a charm, then maybe Rain-x.
      Not sure how eco-friendly they are, but the brillo-pads are certainly
      less chemicals. When using the chemicals for the waterspots, if not
      careful they can damage the glass.ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Hall

    I would say the toilet is the worse as I not only have badly aiming males but also one who has a colostomy bag that sometimes drips onto the floor. He does not check properly so it is up to mum to clean it as I usually notice it when he has left to go home. I have no sense of smell so the smell does not get to me, it is the mess and how does other stuff beside urine gets under the seat.ReplyCancel

  • Seanne

    I would of liked to see an after picture to see how well this workedReplyCancel

  • I believe that toilet must be the cleaniest part of the house. Maintaing its cleanliness is really a must. Thanks for sharing this.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Absolutely Mini Clean, if it’s not clean it stinks and the stink drifts. My daughters bedroom is right next to the loo, so I find it important to ensure it’s smell free for her benefit so it doesn’t drift into her room.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Taylor

    I made master 12 do this himself once because it was just so putrid!
    Pleased to say his aim has dramatically improved since… still not perfect but he knows the threat of cleaning it again is just one mere cm away!ReplyCancel

  • Kellie Sracek

    I’ve always done this, but most of my friends had no idea the seat even came off!!! When they did it the first time the were totally grossed out! ReplyCancel

  • Sonia Bentancour

    JANEANE THOMPSON… what a fantastic idea!!! I am off to do now as I too HATE taking seat off etc to clean!!!ReplyCancel

  • Alicia Colgan

    Oh my lord I’ve been wondering where the stench could possibly be coming from… Now I know!!ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne Bentley

    Yes, everyone’s toilets are like this, so don’t feel bad. It is just a way of life, I have had mine all my toilets replaced, and on a regular basis clean underneath. We are on holidays at the moment and the toilet stinks, but I can’t bring myself to clean it as I know all these strangers have done this. lol. So for now I will open the window and put some disinfectant in for now.ReplyCancel

  • Fiona Roxburgh

    Thanks heaps another job for me to do grin and bearing it but truly thanks hadn’t thought if it myselff. ReplyCancel

  • Kellie Clarke

    Do you dilute the vinegar in the spray bottle or not?

  • Kellie Clarke

    sorry i’ve re read it and it says pure vinegar thanks!

  • Sometimes our use lavender oil and put a few drops in my toilet brush bowel which makes it smellReplyCancel

  • […] all know toilets can smell, I like to keep a diffuser close by to the kids toilet to gently give a fresh ocean smell to cover […]ReplyCancel

  • michelle

    Does anyone know how to clean outdoor tiles that are indoors? It seams logical with general floor cleaner but the are textured and a massive pain to clean. Ive tried soo many brands as well as a steam mop but after renovating our builder didn’t do a great job at cleaning up and the tiles look terribleReplyCancel

  • Emma-Jane

    In our rental property toilet floors are carpeted. Do you have any suggestions for removing similar stains from the carpet around the edge of the toilet – resulting from two toilet training boys!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Hi Emma, Oh no! I would suggest sprinkling the area with bi carb and spraying vinegar around the area and leaving it for a good few hours, then vacuum it up. Also maybe be worth purchasing a toilet mat from Spotlight so it can be placed in the wash to help keep the area clean and smelling nice for you.ReplyCancel

We are a family of 5 and over the years we have found it really hard to find accommodation that suits 2 adults and 3 children, typically most hotels/motels have a limit of 4 per room. When the kids were younger this was ok I would top and tail 2 kids in one bed so […]

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  • Ms_MotorbikeNut

    Our family stayed in the Big4 Emerald Beach Holiday Park back in 2007 & we all loved it, it was right on the beach & close to Coffs Harbour must go there again next year when we have some more time & $ saved

    (((( Hugs )))) XXXX Kisses XXXXReplyCancel

  • Trish

    We are booked in for a few nights of camping here in October after we return from 4wding to Cape York and I cannot wait for the kids to wear themselves out on all the great playground equipment. I think they will be over the moon with play equipment after being cooped up in the car for 4 weeks. We always try to stay at Big 4 whenever we camp – their facilities are wonderful and they always have excellent playgrounds and activities for children. We have three boys (8, 6 and 3) so we NEED something to keep them active and entertained.ReplyCancel

    • Suzi Del Popolo

      Can I suggest cheap fold up scooters… They don’t take up much room as opposed to taking bikes like we did when I was a child, but they are easy for the kids to get around the park and up to the kids activities area, and extra play equipment when bored!ReplyCancel

  • Sounds like a fabulous time was had by all!

    We have stayed in cabins a bit, just in caravan parks, nothing as fancy as a resort :) – but yes, have found them much more convenient than hotel rooms, even back when we had only one child (we also have three). Kids sleeping in a separate room, living room & kitchen separate to bedrooms, usually a small verandah with a table and chairs. What’s not to love?
    For our big road trip we have planned for next year (if the aussie dollar doesn’t drop too much further), we are planning on camping, but I can see a few cabins along the way will be luxury we’ll sometimes be prepared to pay for (if they have that sort of thing in the States, which I’m not sure of).ReplyCancel

  • Missyj

    I have not yet had kids but my husband and I do travel a fair bit and we love the Big4 parks and have stayed at many of them. We also have a Big4 membership which is fantastic – we’ve saved a fair bit of money using it. One of my favourites is Swan Hill resort along the Murray River in Victoria, lovely rooms, fantastically friendly staff and great grounds & facilities. We can’t wait to have kids and travel Australia visiting these ‘resorts’ that are far superior than ‘normal resorts’.ReplyCancel

  • Rowena

    I love your blog and guides. However, I thought this guide was aimed at those staying at home with babies and toddlers. Not sure about other families but holidays like this are not on our horizon for a few years yet. With only one income and three kids under 6 this idea will have to go on the bucket list.ReplyCancel

    • Suzi Del Popolo

      Hi I just wanted to say we stayed at this park in 2008 with two Tweens and in a tent. For a very cheap holiday, we had a site with our own ensuite, and a caravan/tent spot. So it doesn’t have to be the cabins and luxury all the way- the park activities are all free! We spent more money outside the park on island trips etc. it was however one of the best trips we ever did, we packed the kids’ fold up scooters and hardly ever saw them!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer

    I too have 3 kids and find it hard for accommodation for 5 (any other suggestions or websites that help with this would be appreciated). Even though my kids are all under 6 years of age, I love posts like this. It gives me something to look forward to and the confidence that there are places out there for “larger” families to go to (more than 4) :)
    Glad you had a great holiday.ReplyCancel

  • […] school holidays we visited our beautiful friends that live in Arlie Beach.  We were invited over for dinner and I heard all about my friend Stacey’s famous […]ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang How exciting, Leggo’s are giving you the chance for your favourite Italian recipe to be published in the Leggo’s People’s Cookbook.  Plus once you have submitted your recipe you also have a chance to win a Kitchenaid Food Processor. It can be any type of Italian recipe, entrée, salad, main, […]

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  • Charmayne

    you have to try the Prosciutto wrapped Chicken parcels they are so easy and very tasty!ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    I just submitted my recipe for Chicken & Mushroom Pesto Penne. I have been making this for years and I love the recipe as it is SO quick to throw together and, if you have unexpected guests – you can easily extend the recipe by adding an extra cup of pasta, a salad and some garlic bread.
    YUM !!ReplyCancel

  • Maria

    I just submitted the Pollo Alla Cacciatora recipe to Leggo’s and your email. This is one of a few favourite recipes I was taught during a trip to Tuscany. I was fortunate enough to be taught by a lovely family at their Tuscan villa. Their passion and enthusiasm was so contagious! A culinary experience I will never forget.ReplyCancel

  • Veronica

    Amore Melanzana, a delicious recipe, I was given by a beautiful Nonna, Leggos sauce makes it so much faster to prepare, enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • Caitlin

    Mushroom lasagne.. This was the first non traditional lasagne I ever made for my husband (who is a MASSIVE lasagne fan). He was not very keen on anything vegetarian but once he had eaten it, he said it was the best lasagne he had ever eaten!ReplyCancel

  • Heather

    Oh yum, we do potato gnocchi all the time but I’m going to have to give this one a go….as a kid with my Zia and my Mum and my sister cooking together was so much fun…I have 3 boys, not so much in to cooking but rolling the gnocchi is always a family activity.ReplyCancel

  • Toni Hill

    Looks so yummy :) my best friend was telling me about a pasta recipe she makes so i decided i would try t, i have been in love ever since bu also have added my own touches to it :)ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    I just submitted a bolognese recipe that uses all of the veggies left over after making a pot of stock. They are pureed before adding to the mixture so that the kids don’t know they are there adding nutritional value and lots of ‘yummyness’ to the sauce.ReplyCancel

  • Catters

    Ah, I just found this part! I’ve gone and commented in a completely different area of your blog! Oops!
    I’ve submitted a favourite Creamy Fish Pie with Bread Crust.
    It’s really delicious and a great way to get the family to eat fish!ReplyCancel

  • Cheree Cullen

    I just submitted an eggplant lasagne recipe, I created it one night out of the cans and jars in the pantry and it has become a family favourite. It is super tasty, includes lots of grated veges hidden in the mince sauce, has an easy ricotta basil sauce and yummy pan fried eggplant. It is a all in one meal and my daughter loves making the ricotta and basil sauce as well as poking in the extra fresh basil :).ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I’ve just submitted a Vegetable and Bacon Pasta recipe. I developed this recipe to encourage my toddler to eat more veggies with his evening meal, but it’s a dish the whole family loves. Smiles all around when I serve this for dinner!ReplyCancel

  • Pippa Smith Waddell

    I have just entered my Fettuccine alla Tomato Boscaiola (creamy tomato pasta) recipe. I have been making it for about 15 years now. So easy, yummy and versatile.ReplyCancel

  • Merryl Chantrell

    I entered My Mum’s Spag Bol RecipeReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Crosbie

    I have entered our families Aunty’s creamy spirals. This recipe is a family favourite and is often done
    on a night we don’t want to cook as it is quick easy and fills the kids up

  • Toni Hill

    I have entered my friends altered recipe of Chorizo and tomato pasta :)ReplyCancel

  • […] ricotta fritters are a version of an easy peasy gnocchi.  It’s quite an intense and very time consuming task to make your own gnocchi at home so these […]ReplyCancel

This day 3 years ago I decided to start a little blog about organising the family & home to help pass the time while my kids were in school.  Little did I know how much it would grow (so close to nearly 100,000 likers on facebook) and that it would turn into what is now […]

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  • Jody Kaden

    Happy Birthday Organised Housewife!! Keep up the great work:)ReplyCancel

  • Marita Beard

    Happy Birthday :) Huge congratulations to you :)ReplyCancel

    • thank you Marita, I remember you being one of the first people to ever comment on my blog, you are so lovely xxReplyCancel

  • Happy Birthday to your blog, and congratulations – 100,000 “likers” in three years is a wonderful achievement! Just goes to show how organised you are :)ReplyCancel

This is a guest post by Briohny, from Plan Eat Play After a brief discussion with a few friends, I quickly discovered that everyone has their own special way of making a bolognaise sauce and the perfect ‘Spag Bol’ is very personal and hotly contested topic. With this in mind I’m here to share with […]

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  • Marita Beard

    Oh yum those mince puff pastry squares look fabulous.ReplyCancel

    • they do don’t they Marita, I made some scrolls the other day with left over mince and puff pastry, so yummyReplyCancel

While we were away on a family holiday recently my lovely sister-in-law visited our home daily to feed and care for our beloved cat. Instead of giving her a box of chocolates, I added a gorgeous thank you label to a glass jar, decorated the lid with ribbon and filled it with chocolates.  She loved […]

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  • gemma

    I am lucky enough to have some wonderful grandparents that knit beautiful things for my daughter and lovely neighbours who will often drop little gifts into her “just because”. I’ve started buying little boxes of chocolates and printing a photo of her wearing or playing with whatever they have given her to stick on the front. Nice way of showing appreciation xxReplyCancel

  • Jac @ Common Chaos Chronicle

    That’s a very cute idea Kat. I think they’d be great for teacher gifts too!ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang As a toddler I wasn’t overweight, but it was mid way through primary school that my weight increased. I was teased a lot, I was short, freckly and fat.  However, looking back at my school photos I wasn’t ‘fat’ I was a little chubby which most kids outgrow as […]

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  • Carly Joyce

    Love it Kat, great work! My cousin is a nutritionist and she has taught me quite a lot even though I felt I was already nutrition conscious. Firstly to limit fruit intake to two-three pieces a day but to have loads of veggies. Fruit is great but also tends to be high in sugar so moderation is definitely important. I now send my daughter to school with one piece of fruit and some cherry tomatoes or carrot sticks and then she has something similar for afternoon tea. We almost always have veggies in our dinner.

    She also told me that it’s not what you eat in a day that matters, but what you eat in a week. If you have a ‘naughty’ day, just make sure to be extra vigilant for the rest of the week. We had bacon, eggs and sausages for tea one night and then grilled chicken and steamed veggies, chicken stir-fry, tuna casserole etc. for the rest of the week. You have to let loose sometimes!ReplyCancel

  • Merryl Chantrell

    Don’t be too hard on yourself about being overweight. There are a lot of us around. We were not all meant to be stick thin. I am now 60 and I have found the easiest way to look after my weight is to make sure my portion sizes are not humungous and to make better food choices. Beware of added Sugar or anything derived from Sugar such as Glucose or Fructose. Don’t cut out Dairy or your bones will suffer. Not too much fat reduced either because the Sugar content is often higher with these products and remember fat is flavour.
    I have only been thin twice in my life and both times I was very sick. With a little extra weight there is something to fall back on.ReplyCancel

  • Mishelle Smethurst

    I have just started clean eating and decided to get the family on board. Funnily enough, my 4yo daughter LOVES eating clean and is actually enjoyiong food more now that it is clean. There is absolutely no flour (we use almond meal) and NO SUGAR (we can use a little natvia) and definitely NO BREAD but have selected recipes that have foods with such rich flavours, you don’t need to add them in… I have just bought a food dehydrator so I can make my own raw onion bread, because I do miss being able to just have a sandwich for lunch :)ReplyCancel

  • Emily C

    What a fantastic post Kat! I love to see people making healthy choices but even more so, I love to see them teaching those to their children. I have been blessed to have parents that live very healthily and have passed their habits and knowledge down to me and my sister. In the past year I have struggled to maintain a healthy weight through a series of traumatic events falling on my family, but those habits have been strong and I have pulled through mostly ok. I understand very much how hard it is to keep yourself healthy through the rough times. Though I don’t yet have my own children, when I do have them I hope I can bring them up to embrace a healthy lifestyle too.
    You are doing a wonderful job making positive decisions with your own health. Well done!!! From your pictures, it certainly looks as though your kids are happy, healthy and active and that is such an excellent start in life for them. Thank you for sharing your journey and keep up the fantastic work!ReplyCancel

  • Marita Beard

    My 10yo asked yesterday for a letter to excuse her from sport at school because one of her friends mums had written a similar letter. I was not impressed and told 10yo that she had no reason to miss out on sport at school and it helped her brain be smarter to do sport. Between 2 hours of swim squad, 1 hour taekwondo after school and Step Into Life, Athletics and Zumba at school she does a fair bit.ReplyCancel

  • I think it’s great that you are focussing on getting them moving Kat. My kids’ school does pretty much all of those things you talked about (though there’s not been an assessment on making a sandwich yet!) which I love, including not having any junk at all in the canteen.

    I was also a chubby child – well, from puberty really – and it saddens me no end to look back and realise that’s all I was, a little chubby, for most of my teens and twenties. And yet I felt fat. My mum was always (it seems to me) focussed on losing weight, and she too was no more than a little chubby. But she also is tall with a large frame so she didn’t meet the current ideal of beautiful women.

    So for me, I want my children to eat healthy food and stay active, and I am realising as they get older that that is easier with organised sports (my 3 and 7 year olds are still very active naturally, but my 11 year old has discovered books in a big way, so I could see him really slowing down over the next few years without some kind of sport and/or family activity), and also that I need to be a better role model. If we get out as a family to kick the ball around or yes, go for walks and let them scoot along with us, it can make all the difference I think.ReplyCancel

  • I was an overweight vegetarian kid & teen (I hit a size 16), I was busy playing piano & reading. It was awful to be teased at school & be nick named ‘the fat kid’. I didn’t eat crap, we didn’t have any in the house!

    I’ve just reached my weight loss of 25 kilo’s down after my last pregnancy. It’s the 3rd time in my life I’ve had to make the journey (once as a teen, twice after pregnancy). I’ve really been conscious this time round that I have a 5 year old little girl that watches everything I do, so I’ve taken a different approach I really want her to consider her ‘health’ over being ‘skinny’. So I get outside with them, kick a ball, garden & jump on the trampoline (although I’m sure I look like a complete idiot to my neighbours…lol….).

    Thanks for sharing your story KatReplyCancel

  • I quite like reading a post that will make people think.
    Also, thank you for allowing for me to comment!ReplyCancel

  • It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d without a doubt
    donate to this brilliant blog! I guess for now i’ll settle for book-marking and aadding your RSS feed to my Google account.
    I lookk forward to new updatss and will share this website
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Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, more meal plans & meal planning printables. This weeks meal plan Monday – Vegie packed rissoles with vegetables Tuesday – Lenards Maple Pecan Rack of Chicken with roast vegetables Wednesday – Grilled fish and vegetables Thursday – Teriyaki and Sesame Chicken with rice Friday –  dinner out! Saturday – Mushroom Risotto […]

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  • Shari

    Are you not providing a link-up anymore?ReplyCancel

    • No Shari sadly not, the blog has just got so busy for me it was fiddly adding in the link and there also wasn’t much involvement from other bloggers, sorry.ReplyCancel

I was trying to find some healthy meals I can make and have on hand for a quick reheat for lunch, I found a recipe on for a Zucchini Feta Cake, sounded delicious.  I replaced the pancetta with 2 pieces of shortcut bacon and cooked individual portions in a muffin tin.  I pulled them […]

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I am slowly going through my pantry and using up all the food that I don’t want anymore, particularly the bad food!  I don’t want any temptations.  I had an over supply of tinned fruit and packet cake mixes and I saw this 2 ingredient cake on Love, Shoes and Cupcakes which I had to try. I say […]

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  • I am doing the same thing and cleaning out my pantry. I do this a few times a year, and this is a great suggestion.ReplyCancel

  • Becci Sundberg

    I made this into muffins a couple of years back. Think it was in one of the 4 Ingredient books. A quick and easy recipe if you have the ingredients. Also a good one to make if you holiday in a caravan like us.ReplyCancel

    • That’s a clever idea for a caravan Becci, might have to share it with my in laws they love caravanningReplyCancel

  • Bella

    I’ve come back to this post to say that I LOVE this. I’ve made it with tinned fruit (mash up the big pieces) and with stewed fruit and it comes out really well. Lovely and moist and lasts for ages. I usually add in half a packet of choc chips if I’m making a lunchbox cake, but if I’m making a cake to take to church I add in some spice – ginger or something like that. I especially love that it’s so quick. Makes those “hmm everyone’s in bed but there’s no snack for the lunchboxes” moments less of a disaster. I’ve taken to buying packet mixes just to have some in the house to make this with.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole McRae

    Belinda Pattison how about this one?ReplyCancel

  • Jenna Knight

    Do you drain the fruit? Just the instructions say that you do but the picture looks like it’s not drained? Thanks ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Miller

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  • Sarah

    Do you follow the packet cake recipe or just add the mix and fruit and stir? Just want to clarify. ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Sarah, Yes i just follow the packet recipe and then mix in the fruit mix, so super easy.:)ReplyCancel

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  • Susan Milgate

    Original recipe from the link above is as follows:

    Tropical Fruit Salad Butter Cake

    You will need:

    1 pkt of Butter Cake Mix
    425g tin of super well drained tropical fruit salad mix (the one I use is a mix of pineapple, peach, banana and passionfruit, but I pick the seeds out!)

    Pre-heat oven to 180C and grease your desired size cake tin. If I’m making it for dessert I make it in one large round cake tin or if I’m making it for afternoon tea I make it as two cakes so I can sandwich them together with whipped cream.

    Prepare the butter cake mix as per the packet directions.

    Stir through the drained fruit salad.

    Pour the mixture into your cake tin and bake for 40-50 mins for one large cake or 30-40 mins for 2 smaller ones. The cake is done when golden in colour and bounces back when touched.ReplyCancel

  • Every Thursday night my family get together and it was wonderful to have this cake as our dessert. Mum had seen your FB page and thought she’d give it a go. It’s SO delicious and perfect for my little girl who has an egg allergy. Thanks Kat for sharing this.


    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh so glad you all enjoyed it!.:)ReplyCancel

I am slowly going through my pantry and using up all the food that I don’t want anymore, particularly the bad food!  I don’t want any temptations.  I had an over supply of tinned fruit and packet cake mixes and I saw this 2 ingredient cake on Love, Shoes and Cupcakes which I had to try. I say […]

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This post is sponsored by Nuffnang As my kids are getting older I am finding our evenings seem to get busier and busier.  I try to help all 3 kids with homework and for me this usually takes all afternoon.  Then if it’s not homework we are out at karate a few nights a week […]

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  • Neenee

    Quick and easy, make my life breezy

    More time to the kids, No worrying what’s in the fridge

    Grab a pan, Maggi, I’m a fan.ReplyCancel

  • Tacey

    Having only an hour between when the kids and I come home til the time they go to bed, Maggi helps me create fast, delicious and more importantly healthy dinners in a snap for my VERY busy little family!!ReplyCancel

  • Shelly

    Winner, winner, chicken dinner
    Mum what is for tea?
    A yummy Maggi Stirfry kids
    Let’s play Vege hide’n’ seek
    Garlic and Ginger Thai chicken?
    Or Teriyaki and Sesame?
    Healthy so your waist won’t thicken,
    Very tasty too says me!
    You Wok mumReplyCancel

  • sapshu

    With a one month old baby who hardly gives me time to cook and a six year old fussy eater maggi stir fry creations will make my life very easy and stress free in the kitchen.I will be able to serve quick meals to my family and they will reach my fussy eater’s tummy without any complaint .ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Kriss-Newell

    If we had 48 hours in one day I still don’t think I’d achieve all my days jobs. I hear a sigh from every mum. A maid and chef is my ultimate dream, but as that will never eventuate, quick response meals are a must. Maggie Stir Frys could free up a bit of precious time to dedicate to vacuuming, ironing, washing up, assisting homework, shopping…….. as we all know, it never ends!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    One vocal newborn + one very active toddler = not much time for Mum in the kitchen!
    Solution: Maggi Stir Fry creations for a quick, easy and healthy meal for the family.ReplyCancel

  • Kim m

    I have tried making marinades and sauces before, but they haven’t always turned out all that good, (I went through a stage of putting white vinegar in everything, I liked it, but no one else did). I think Maggi could save me from myself and my families tastebuds would think them for that!!!!ReplyCancel

  • […] Thursday – Teriyaki and Sesame Chicken with rice […]ReplyCancel

  • Gabe Halley

    I am a mum of 3 and also trying to lose weight and get fit. Maggi stir fry would help me be able to make a quick healthy dinner on those busy nights trying to get kids fed, in baths and then to bed!ReplyCancel

  • Bev

    with all the allergies I have its hard to make meals that work for all of us i usually end up making a different meal for each person but Maggi is the only premade that i have found that we can all eat and the kids love itReplyCancel

  • Pauline

    I love how Maggi stir fry’s let me introduce the world to my kids through their taste buds, what a wonderful way to learn about the world & all the different people in it!ReplyCancel

  • Candice V

    Usually having about 2 hours between getting home from school, fitting in outside play, homework, showers and making dinner in between – having quick, simple, healthy options is always going to be welcome.ReplyCancel

  • Rachael

    My dinner time rap:
    It’s witching hour yo!
    And the kids are going crazy.
    I have so much to do!
    And I’m feelin’ kinda lazy.
    Offsprings on tonight,
    I’ve got kids to bath and feed.
    A uni assignment due,
    And a tonne of notes to read!
    What is this Mama’s salvation?
    Yo, it’s Maggi’s Stir Fry Creations.


  • Theressa

    It would help me out immensely on the nights with after school activities. Instead of grabbing the drive-thru takeout, i could feed the tribe with a vegetable laden,healthy & quick stirfry. All by the time they have filed through the shower! Its the simple things in life that are truly the best.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Lappin

    I’ve become a big fan of stir fry’s since losing my baby weight with Weight Watchers cooking after I had my first child, and found it a great way to introduce a range of fresh veggies to my 2yo daughter – and of course my husband loves anything I cook for him.

    Recently had a birthday and am about to deliver my second babe, but still waiting on hubby to pick up on all my hints that I would “accept” a kitchen utensil (ie. a Wok) just this once as a birthday gift. Still waiting on the gift – and the bub to make an appearance (must be a male child).

    Please help!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Hunter

    Quick and easy after I rush home form my sons basketball game or my daughters music concert. Must have!!ReplyCancel

  • Kate Juchnicka

    I cook my stir fries on frying pan and they usually resemble stew more than shop bought stir fry. I think a nice wok and good sauces can make a difference to our next dinner. I would love to serve a nice stir fry for my family for a change.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Gay

    Maggi Stir-fry would help me in the kitchen because we can never decide what to have for dinner! Having a variety of different sauces would help us eat a range of flavours without too much thinking time required.ReplyCancel

  • Colleen Benbow

    Would love a scanpan wok for my husband, he does the major share of the cooking as he his home a few hours before me, must admit we have never tried the Maggi stir fry creations but would love to try.ReplyCancel

  • Simone Jolly

    There is no need for veggies to remain hanging around in the fridge
    with Maggi Stir Fry mix – just add meat to them and create a masterpiece.ReplyCancel

  • Dawn Taylor

    Now that my husband has to do all the cooking, [he very kindly says he’s only the labourer] I’m always on the look out for products, so we can still have a nice variety of meals, but that they are not so fiddleley , my husband is turned off by the whole process. I’d like to give the Maggi stir fry sachets a go, and then I’d love to see if we could adapt the flavouring sachets to work in our air fryer, our new best friend in the kitchen. Reading the recipe, I think it could work.
    Dawn Taylor
    [email protected]
    Sorry to put name and address here, but I can’t figure out how to submit my entry any other wayReplyCancel

  • Natasha Andrews

    These sauces sound fabulous, the perfect cure to the “whatevers”, I honestly don’t mind cooking for the family every night but I get sick of deciding what to cook. With these I could have 5 different meals with just chicken and veggies. All the flavour combinations are great and I really like the 2 step process – when I have the time to cook from scratch I don’t pour it all in at the same time so some heat a pour sauces seem “missing” something to me.ReplyCancel

  • Janet Martin

    I have a two year old, a one year old and am 10 week pregnant with twins. Plagued with Fatigue I am struggling to come up with nutritions family meals that can be made quickly with minimal fuss. You have no idea how much this would help me ( and my poor husband) out.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Bush

    I’m encouraging my teenagers to cook for themselves now if needed… With meat invariably frozen, Maggi Stir Fry Creations are the perfect incentive to get them cooking (and eating) large amounts of vegetables and easing my household work burden!ReplyCancel

  • Jo-Anne Wizz

    Honey, Soy, Garlic or
    Garlic, Ginger Thai
    Maggies Stir Fry Creations
    Everyone’s Salivating
    Steaming Fish In Oven
    Adding Veggies
    – Leeks
    – Butternut Bumpkin
    – Sweet Potatoes
    – Corn Kernels
    – Red Onions
    – Red Cabbage
    – Snow Peas
    – Beans
    – Mushrooms
    – Unsalted Cashews
    – Seedless Grapes
    – Plus more or less
    Serving to all those hunger
    Gobbling up my Maggies Creations!!ReplyCancel

  • Marnni Morris

    having four kids can make meal time a bit stress full i think the maggi stir fry would give me a healthy meal quickly so i would be happy and stress free….ReplyCancel

  • boogers

    As I get home late from work, I’d rather spend my time playing with my young kids, rather than cooking. Maggi stirfry creations are so quick and easy to add to meat and veges for a quick, healthy and yummy dinner.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    When hubby is away, I don’t cook fancy meals
    I like to keep it simple, but also keep it real
    I love that these Creations are fresh and fast to make
    And best of all – less washing up – that isn’t hard to take!ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Hay

    Maggi’s perfect for a busy mum like me,
    For delicious meals prepared so simply,
    With just 4 easy steps,
    I’ll prepare a healthy meal to impress,
    All with a little help from Maggi! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten Benhiam

    I leave the Maggi Stir Fry mix on the bench next to cut up vegetables with a note on where to find the cut up chicken and then go into my vegie garden with a cup of tea. When hubby comes home he can see that I am happy, the kids are busy and dinner is super easy to make. This helps me out and as they say ‘happy wife, happy life’.ReplyCancel