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Organising and Celebrating You!

This is a guest post by Julie, from the blog Beautiful You by Julie. image credit:  ‘Be Yourself Be Beautiful Ebook’ from Beautiful You by Julie. Sometimes, (ok lots of times!), as women, wives, mothers, entrepreneurs, employees and all the other hats we wear – we put everything and everyone ahead of ourselves.  We come […]

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  • Thank you – its good to be reminded :) ReplyCancel

  • Easy to say, hard to do!ReplyCancel

  • Tia

    Great guest post. As a mother I definitely put myself last and that needs to change!ReplyCancel

    • Your right Tia, you have to look after you and I am sure you will be a better mother for it! ReplyCancel

  • Roze

    very true! think everyone needs ‘me’ time…i love to have a cup of tea an flick through emails once my 1year old is asleep :) ReplyCancel

  • Hi Katrina!
    Long time reader here, don’t think I have commented before though. Life has always been too busy! But the more emphasis I put on myself the more organised I am, the better life flows and the more time I have for fun stuff like blogging and blog reading!!

    Oh my goodness, great guest post. More people need to know this! I have been working on this myself! I’m learning the importance of putting myself first. I love that has a flow on effect to the rest of the family (and family life) too.

  • [...] guest posters from last week contributing their posts the ‘Organising You’ series:  Organising and celebrating you, A mothers guide to taking a break, Making your freezer work for you and Organising my [...]ReplyCancel

{ORGANISING YOU} The Organised Secretary + Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang Prior to starting this blog I was contemplating returning back to work being that all my kids are at school.  Before kids I was a secretary for a property development company, typing dictated letters, answering phones, collating 100+ page contracts and more.  I worked 8.30am – 5pm 5 days a week, […]

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  • Theimperfecthousewife

    I wanted to write books. Still do. But it seems like a far off dream- one that could never reallt happen.ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for the link…. although I am working at the moment I feel that when my job finishes I will branch into something else… this will help me decide and train before my job finishes!ReplyCancel

  • Catty

    I always wanted to be a teacher but never went to University because I wanted to earn money fast so I could own my own house and have some savings set aside so that when I did get pregnant (I got married young) I could stop working. I still dream about going back to Uni and becoming a teacher but I don’t want my husband and kids to ‘suffer’ because I am choose a career over them. I know it will be better for the family financially in the long run but 4 years of study with young children seems a distant dream.ReplyCancel

  • Avisionsplendid

    Hi Katrina, I too had a career change via external study at TAFE. I was a solicitor who upgraded my teaching skills via TAFE online and now I teach legal studies for secretaries and paralegals through TAFE. The online study suited me at the time and now the online work allows me to work from home or the office. For me it’s all about balance for my family and joy for me ! There are lots of options out there for us mums.

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  • Brenda

    I had dreams of being a hairdresser. I suppose that dream has been answered in part, by having 4 daughters! I’m very fortunate that my chosen career in Occupational Therapy is very family friendly, and I have been able to stay in that field.ReplyCancel

  • MelMummyofThree

    I always wanted to be a marine biologist! A bit of a far cry from the Customer Service Manager I became, but I did love it.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    i’ll be returning to work as a physio, but have also been questioning what type of work i should pursue. lots of different specialities and interrest areas! the course cost is definately a major facttor!ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    When I was younger I wanted to be a solicitor. Now, eight years and two kids later, I’m contemplating doing my Bachelor of Laws.

    Well, that was once I got over my infatuation with being the pink power ranger, of course….ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    Thank you for the link…I currently work full time and like you want to learn web design so that I can go from working full time to partime so I can spend time with my kids.ReplyCancel

  • I wanted to run a hotel, went to uni for three years, walked straight out into my chosen job and left it after two years because I never saw my husband… I now dream of writing whilst being at home looking after the family… Maybe one day it’ll happen :) ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    I wanted to be a mum and be able to work from home…. So far I am a mum but I do now work from home yet.ReplyCancel

  • That’s great Katrina. You have done a great job with this blog. Where did you learn how to set it up? Did you find a short course on website design? I couldn’t see one on Seek.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    This would be fantastic, would love the opportunity to do some study this yearReplyCancel

  • Sparkle1983

    I always wanted to be a wife and mother for as long as i could remember, I love caring for people, cooking, creating things and Teaching so what a perfect way to do all of this than to be a mother to my two beautiful kids and my amazing husband who works very hard so i can continue to be in my perfect job and raise our children.ReplyCancel

  • My little man is three and a half and I’m about to start my 3rd year at uni. I study on campus full time and have only ever done two or three days a week, no more than if I’d gone back to work part time. I do spend most evenings after his bedtime studying and when assignments are due my (full time working) hubby will take our son out for some daddy/son playtime on the weekend. It’s win win, they get special time together and I get time to study. It can be done, it’s all about organisation!! :0)ReplyCancel

  • Samy_savva

    I have always wanted to be a Primary School teacher. However I have never had the guts to go to University. Now with an almost 4yr old I think it is about time I start to look at my future and decide what I WANT. ReplyCancel

  • Jan

    this year i am about to finish my final year of my psychology degree. i started my career change before having children then left the workforce and put my study on hold for 4 years. it has taken me 12 years (including a 4 year break) but i have managed to almost complete my studies while having young children. the house is far from perfect and i have had to accept that but the kids are fed and happy and i am pursuing my dream. it can be done!ReplyCancel

  • Karen_anne

    I always wanted to be a hairdresser from as far back as i can remember. My parents gave me no option but to go to TAFE and do a secretarial course. I became a legal secretary and was secretary to Managing Parter of a mid sized Sydney firm which I loved. Then 18 1/2 years ago I had my daughter, followed by 4 boys, the youngest is now 4 1/2 and it’s his last year at home. My daugher is in her 3rd year of a Hairdressing apprenticeship! I have been seriously considering getting an apprenticeship next year once the little one goes to school and becoming a hairdresser so my daughter and I can one day own our own salon!ReplyCancel

  • guest

    I always wanted to be a mother and stay home and look after my children. I now have 5 children but unfortunately have now been working for the past 23 years. Maybe I might be a stay at home grandmother – here’s hopingReplyCancel

  • I am looking forward to attempting to re-enter the workforce in the middle of the year. My middle child is starting school and the youngest is happy to be at childcare so I really feel that the time is right. Fingers crossed!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    I always wanted to be a librarian as I’m such a big book worm. Ended up being an Office Coordinator which I loved even more as I loooove to coordinate! ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I wanted to be either a travel agent or a physio. I ended up being an acrobat!
    Now that I have a little boy and a baby on the way, I have had a career change and have my own face painting and make up business, love it!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mummytiff1988

    I always wanted to be a lawyer! I couldn’t imagine anything worse now as I would love to have my own cafe :D Either that or a princess still lolReplyCancel

  • Tia

    When I was younger I wanted to be a teacher. But have changed my mind and plan on study to be a teacher’s aide insteadReplyCancel

  • Tellie C

    I always wanted to be a Mother and I always wanted to Adopt! – that was my ‘job choice’ as a very young child, oilder child and teenager. I now have 4 Children, 1 of which is mine and the other 3 I foster, and Im 24 years old. Before that I worked in childcare and worked everyday during highschool! I havent worked in almost 2 years, but being at home with all of my Children is the Job I always wanted and was always the Job for me! ReplyCancel

  • Kanton68

    I am currently a director in a Community Bank company and my desire is to further my learning with marketing/advertising and media this would help promote the community benefits and community strengthening that are available by supporting local businesses. I’m currently looking into options to help achieve these goals.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Rayner

    What did I want to be when I was younger? Wow … I wanted badly, very badly, to be a vet. I even picked all my subjects for Year 11 and 12 based on the tertiary requirements I would need. And THEN I went and did work experience in a vet surgery. Well. After almost passing out during one operation, and bawling my eyes out after work on another day due to watching a cat be put to sleep, I kind of figured perhaps it wasn’t the right career choice for me!

    The funny thing is that my almost 7 year old daughter now wants to be a vet / dolphin trainer (both, not just one). Trying to be encouraging, but I can see her soft spot for animals will leave her feeling the same as me :) ReplyCancel

  • Trina

    I wanted to be a journalist but didn’t quite get into uni. Meet my partner and had the kids and was quite happy staying at home until I had an unexpected pregnancy that miscarried. This caused me to think about what I really wanted to do and that was to be a teacher. So when my kids were 6 & 8 I went back to uni full time. Hard work but well worth it. If it’s something you want to do then make it happen. ReplyCancel

  • Rowena

    A designer- I have no idea what I will do now though!ReplyCancel

  • Melissab

    I wanted to be a forensic scientist. I got almost all the way through my science degree, had my kids and found I could no longer stomach that sort of thing!!
    I’m full time at home with 4 kids and still don’t quite know what I want to be when I grow up…..ReplyCancel

  • I wanted to be a chef and ended up a home ec teacher, close but will never get to be famousReplyCancel

  • I wanted to be a teacher…I did that but think there is something else I might like to do…just not sure what!ReplyCancel

  • When I was younger, I wanted to be a teacher. Then a nurse, a marketing person, then back to a teacher. Now I’m studying my Masters in Gifted Education part-time while being a SAHM. Who knows what I’ll do once the kids are at school. I know I don’t want to do anything full-time so I can still be available for the kids, so who knows?!ReplyCancel

    • Belinda

      I am a teacher looking to start doing my masters part time so I can be a teacher librarian, but I am scared of the workload, plus my academic writing is not so good. Good luck to youReplyCancel

  • I wanted to be a stuntman… that’s not going to happen. Haha!ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    I wanted to be a fighter pilot! Probably too late for that now!ReplyCancel

  • jodie.moss

    i wanted to be a nurse and a mummy and im now bothReplyCancel

  • Wendy brookes

    I was only just saying this tonight, I want to go back to work but not what I was doing before I had kids, but what to do, where to start, when will I have the time, this would be perfect!!! :) ReplyCancel

  • T C

    I am still young i like to think 21 . I am currently studying to be a biotechnologist . i want to help women who cant conceive children. As i am more than likely going to end up one those ladies due to what doctors have said to me . Thank god my partner has children so i can experience some kind of parenting so I don’t feel like I miss out too much .ReplyCancel

  • I really want to write my own recipe book..I’ll get there one day.ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    I don’t think I was ever sure what I wanted to be. My answers always changed depending on what my friends wanted to be, what book I had been reading or what TV show I had just watched.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    As a mum who has been lucky enough to be able to stay at home with her kids I haven’t given much thought to this subject. I’ve been getting asked a lot lately what will you do when they go to school? I really don’t know yet what I would like to do, so this is a great idea to get me thinking about it and perhaps preparing for that day which is coming sooner than I would like!ReplyCancel

  • Bec S

    I wanted to be a dress designer when i was younger – turned out I didn’t have any talent! Then I wanted to be a pharmacist – but year 12 physics was a pre-requisit for getting into uni – and I hated physics – so there goes that dream too!ReplyCancel

  • I really wanted to be a sound engineer…producing records and touring the world with awesome bands! I had work experience lined up to work with The Church, and totally chickened out. Wonder what might have been if I’d faith in myself…ReplyCancel

  • Nadine

    I wanted to be a stockbroker and completely stuffed up my work eperience long sotry but im so glad i didn’t go down that route- especially given the state of the finance industry today!ReplyCancel

  • Eleise Bott

    I wanted to wear a suit to work in the city! I got there as a corporate and hated it! Much happier helping people now and enjoying my job and life!ReplyCancel

  • A lawyer. Standing up in court and arguing. Pity I’ve never liked arguing or public speaking.ReplyCancel

  • Ha, i was a pharmacolgoist working in chemistry for a huge oil company. I only worked for 2 years between having my first, straight after 2 science degrees, & having twins. Funny thing about twins – i didn’t want to express for 2 or be a working mother of 3, so very happy to slide away from the workforce, even if i was only 26.
    In the 11 years since, i’ve got an 8 year old & ZERO desire to ever resume the workforce, not now my eldest is in year 8, high school is super invovled & my hsuband is constantly away, i’m the only constant parent & to 4 children, i have to be full time, plus sports on weekends, i love it. We’re organising a life in the country & keeping the children in city private schools, so i never have to work (no mortgage).
    Very different to playing with drugs all day – my children never got sick, so my skills were useless. The psych degree has come in handy though. Love Posie ReplyCancel

  • Kiara

    I wanted to be a dolphin trainer…didn’t happen but now my daughter wants to do the same thing so will do all in my power to help her fulfill her dreams!!! :) ReplyCancel

  • Misty

    I always wanted to be an Airline Hostess for as long as I can remember…. When I got a little bit older I wanted to work with animals (Zoo Keeper or Vet something along those lines) I even got to do work experience at the Perth Zoo when I was 15! Then a little later I was interested in being either a Customs Officer or joining the Navy/Air Force…. Even though I would still love to do any of those jobs – I am far far away from all of them :) For the last 10 years I have worked in the Banking/Financial Industry!!! Its funny how life takes its twists and turns :) ReplyCancel

  • Catherine

    I have have always been creative and I also love to have things around me sorted and in order. In high school two of my subjects were art and accounting. I clearly remember one teached saying that it was odd for a student to love both art and accounting as artistic people are naturally messy and people in accounting strive for neatness and order! I was so offended and I have spent the rest of my life proving him wrong. I would love to study interior designing……artistic and orderly!!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    There are so many options available these days. I love that we can always find ways to improve ourselves :) ReplyCancel

  • Cathy H

    I wanted to be a vet, as I love animals. However, I know I would get too attached and take it personally if I couldn’t help them.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra B

    I wanted to be a photographer but with limited money, i couldn’t get into uni or afford a great camera so life got in the way of me doing what i love. now i think it would be too competitive to actually do it for a career….but i still love itReplyCancel

  • Cass

    I always wanted to be a teacher and a mother. I managed the mother bit, but the teacher bit never panned out.ReplyCancel

  • kmarree

    I always wanted to be a Nanny, I finished high school and proceeded to accomplish this dream and who would have thought that to this day I would be running my own nanny agency. It hasn’t been that way all the way, I also have a diploma in in Tourism Management and have worked in resorts and PA’d in corporate offices. My beautiful children have been my biggest inspiration to my dream :) ReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    I am just about to start part time study externally, scary after not studying for 15 years. I also work 10 random hours a week and have a 2 yr old and a partner who works away. I know I’m going to have to be super organised. Would love to hear any tips and study plans that have worked.ReplyCancel

  • Kris

    I always wanted to work in a library. I graduated with a diploma of library information services at the end of 2010. Learning is lifelong.ReplyCancel

  • You have just made my day! After being out of the workforce for a couple of years due to a psychological injury, i have been cleared to go back and i am raring to go! However hubby and I are planning our first baby (he has 3 gorgeous boys from his first marriage) and we have 50/50.
    I have been racking my brain as to where to look, uni, tafe etc but i just found everything that was in my head on seeklearning. Thank you so much! ReplyCancel

  • Gayemurphy

    As a teen, I wanted to become a Dr.. it didn’t happen, life did, but recently after reading an article in a periodical, it started to get into my head again… So I’m now in the process of applying for an undergraduate degree… (as a mature aged student going back to study is going to be quite a challenge!)ReplyCancel

  • Goingkookies

    When I was young growing up, I wanted to be a writer… pen novels after novels. But till now, I’ve yet to write even a chapter. Find it a struggle to put emotions, descriptions into words.. silly. And I would love to be a photographer and capture moments to last a lifetime but the technical aspects always confound me.ReplyCancel

  • home&hobbies

    This resonated with me a lot, thankyou! I did business studies at school, with the aim of working in an office until I became an air hostess. But I stayed working as a secretary for the next 20 years! Some mindnumblingly boring stuff sometimes, but most of the time a really good career. I had a few permanent jobs, but preferred temping. I worked for some amazing companies – advertising, medical, legal, oil exploration, banks, government. One job I had my own office with harbour views! Some secretaries end up doing really well, especially P.A.’s. And as an Aussie secretary in Britain in the 90′s I had no problem getting well-paid positions which enabled my dream of living & working overseas to come true, & funded my travels around the world. Now after 9 years as a sahm I have been looking to get back into it, but it is hard, especially at my age and being out of it so long.ReplyCancel

  • Raelenenoble

    I have always worked in an office of one type or another. I’m currently not working and have been pondering a career change. Maybe an online business of some sort, but where do I start and what could I sell?ReplyCancel

  • Alieshacarol

    I have always wanted to be an Interior Designer!! ReplyCancel

  • I always wanted to be a stylist…. now i style my 3 year old!ReplyCancel

  • Mick

    Wanted to be an Archaeologist – boy messed up on that one ReplyCancel

  • All I wanted to be was a mum, and I am! But my husband and I are also small business owners, to enable us to both be home with our kids while they are young. It’s a struggle, and once they are both in school I will be returning to school as well to be able to do more for our business. At least now I know where to start looking! :) ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Waixel

    I wanted to be a hairdresser, then an accountant, then a travel consultant.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Redcliffe

    I would love to work as an allied health assistantReplyCancel

  • grantbard

    I wanted to be like my Dad, working in a office of some type.ReplyCancel

  • I’m currently going through the ‘thinking” about studying/looking for a job. My youngest has just started at kindy 2 days a week, and I’m hoping this year will be a bit a a gap-year for me before starting back at work this year. I wont be returning to my pre-kids shift work career, so need to find something else.
    I wanted to be a teacher when I was younger, and am now thinking education assistant…but still thinking.ReplyCancel

  • Jen_l_lee

    I am about to head into my 2nd year of a Bachelor of Education. I realised I was spending all of my time and energy on my children, but I was only living in the now. I decided that I had to do something for myself which was focused on the future. I needed to do something that was going to benefit my whole family as well as enrich my life as my own person. It is hard to remember that we aren’t just MUM or WIFE.. we are still the same person we always have been and this needs to be nurtured as well :) Any one considering study for a future career or just to satisfy some internal desire.. I say go for it!! ReplyCancel

  • Alicia Pavlovich

    Have always wanted to be a Police Officer. I sent my application in recently.ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    When I was little I always wanted to be a waitress lol but now I couldn’t think of anything worse. I’m a stay at home mum and really that’s living the dream for me. I would like to study fitness and nutritional and find a job in that industry when my kids start schoolReplyCancel

  • I am just like you! I ALWAYS wanted to be a secretary but was always told to “aim higher”. I am now a secretary in an accounting firm in the suburbs, but being in the suburbs, it’s minimum wage. I’ve been looking at doing a medical terminology course through TAFE so that I can apply at hospitals and earn just a bit more money..after baby #2 is born!ReplyCancel

  • Amelia Lawrence

    i always wanted to be a kindy teacher!!ReplyCancel

  • Morgan Marriott

    I wanted to be an interior designer. Then just before I left high school I was a qualified Real Estate agent & now studying Bachelor of Education (Primary). Im really looking forward to becoming a school teacher! :) ReplyCancel

  • Keira

    We have a close family group of friends, the father of which drives an earth moving bacco, all I ever wanted to be like was like uncle Johnny I even had a replica bacco n would play for hrs with it in the sand Pitt! I have ended up being a hairdresser instead amazing how things change!!ReplyCancel

  • Erin

    I don’t know how I missed this until now, but anyway….
    When I was a little girl I wanted to be a nurse because I liked looking after people and thought I’d therefore make a good nurse. Then I found out that I might have to see blood and decided against it!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Williams

    I always wanted to own my own business and be successful!ReplyCancel

  • Lol, same as Morgan, I wanted to be an interior designer. I had it all worked out…. then my parents moved to another state & I definitely didn’t want to be there…. decided to do a rebel thing & dropped out of school. Who knew I was only wrecking things for myself, sigh. Many years on & I’ve got a Dip in Business, not as colourful but it pays the bills.ReplyCancel

  • Simone Valentine

    I always wanted to be a police officer, however events in my life changed my path & i am very happy as a makeup artist, but am definately looking into further study.ReplyCancel

  • Jess mccarthy

    I always wanted to be a mum and a foster mum so i could give kids who needed it a home where they would be loved.ReplyCancel

  • Judi Adams

    Ha ha I wanted to be a historian but there was no money,
    In that career choice for me,
    Happy now just to be,
    Employed gainfully.ReplyCancel

  • Katie S

    I always wanted to write childrens books! I have a wild, wonderful imagination and my mum and sister are amazing drawers, i would use them to do the pics… Also i would love to be a interior decorator! But never knew how to start it off!ReplyCancel

  • tmum

    I always wanted to be a marine biologist then i did a degree in hospitality management then went onto conveyancing then banking now i have to find something new as i am being made redundant ReplyCancel

  • Joanne Wilson

    I always wanted to be a teacher or child care worker. This was until I had children of my own. I am a stay at home mum and are happy to help out close friends by looking after their young children now that my boys are teenagers but I couldn’t do it full time. It may change once they are in University and/or working themselves but I still have about 6 years to make decisions!ReplyCancel

  • ohhh sooo many things Id like to studyReplyCancel

  • Missaliant

    I wanted to be anything that my big brother wanted to be, but then I decided I wanted to be an air hostess, cause you got to fly everywhere for free..lolReplyCancel

  • I wanted to be a vet, an aeronautical engineer or an actress – quite diverse choices, now I am a mum, with 2 online businesses, lots of hobbies and when Im not on mat leave an job in HR…who would have thoughtReplyCancel

  • mogy37

    When I was younger I wanted to be a kindergarten teacher, OMG now I have my own kids there is no way I would want to work with a class full of them each day!!ReplyCancel

  • Annette Hill

    I wanted to be a teacher but went to secretarial college and 25 years later I still love administration work!! I love things to be organised, correct, neat and finished. I live helping others excel and finding typos nobody else finds.ReplyCancel

  • I did the the Diploma of Office Administration too!! I think back now and wonder who ever thought up the idea for ‘how to organise a filing cabinet’.. I always thought it was common sense.. but there were some girls in my class that had never turned on a computer.. it was something that I excelled at and did as a career all through my 10 years before children! Now I am ready to go back to work… and really don’t want to be an office chick again.. I want to do something a little different.. Perhaps be a bee keeper.. I wonder if you can do that in the ‘burbs;.. THanks for the seek-learn I never knew that and now on a big search for my next career path! They always say that when you turn 30 you find yourself a new direction!! Its my time!ReplyCancel

  • Heatherw

    I work Part-time, and I am lucky that my job is very flexible, allowing me to be there for the children. It’s a tough, and very personal, decision to make.. Good luckReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    When I was young I wanted to be a chef and follow in the footsteps of 3 generations of women behind me. Spent all of my schooling towards it and when I was in my early 20s realised that it is NOT for me :(
    Took a massive leap and headed to office work (after dabbling in many hospitality areas and then retail) and loved it. When I was pregnant with my daughter I had many complications and had to leave work early and ended up not even being able to walk into my workplace (superannuation dealing with deaths and illness) without a panic attack.
    Have since had another child and have developed physical health issues and really have no idea of what im able to do as well as not knowing what skills are still viable.
    I still live with the hope that one day I will be able to work again and now my baby is 5 and at school full time im really feeling quite lost.
    well that’s my “why I want to win” story :D ReplyCancel

  • Heatherw

    I always wanted to be a teacher when I was little….probably because teachers were one of our first role models…would have been perfect in hindsight now… Wkg school hrs and school holidays. ReplyCancel

  • Jem81_au

    I wanted to be an actress!!!!!!!!

  • Jen

    I wanted to be a nurse, teacher or especially librarian. I started nursing at uni, swapped to teaching and enjoyed some time doing that. I would love to be a librarian being surrounded by books all day …. Hmmmm just one problem …. I’m really bad at contacting books!!!ReplyCancel

  • It was a pharmacist and a marine biologist i never got anywhere near them lol. i am now going to do a course to be a teacher aide so i can work school hours and be home with the kids when school is over and on holidaysReplyCancel

  • Annette burns

    I wanted to be a teacher for prep or junior primary kids.

  • Hannah Nix

    I wanted to be a scientist, and then a writer…now im studying to be a nurse lol!ReplyCancel

  • I always wanted to be a teacher. I would set up my blackboard and teach my dolls different subjects. Now I am a single mum of 4 kids under 4 and I am halfway through my Bachelor of Education which i started right after my twins were born! Crazy I know, but it can be done… I was working 2 days a week also but was made redundant(blessing in disguise).ReplyCancel

  • CathyB

    I wanted to be a shopkeeper, so I could press the buttons. When I was finally old enough to be a check out chick in high school, they moved to scanners. i felt so ripped off!ReplyCancel

  • Tuesday

    I wanted to be a paediatrician. Didn’t even come close! =)ReplyCancel

  • Del

    I wanted to help people in some way so i became a nurse and just last year after having my daughter, i completed my post grad in paediatric nursing. Juggling school, a new baby and house work was fun and I made it happen and got it done with high distinctions and a lot of support from my partner.ReplyCancel

  • Officegirlj

    I was going to be a Hair Dresser. Work experience for 2 weeks was not really what I expected. :) ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    I always wanted to be a teacher, am currently studying to be one! ReplyCancel

  • Kelli Stevens

    I have recently decided to study midwifery after my children have all began at school. Fingers crossed we have the money then, hehe,ReplyCancel

    • Kelli Stevens

      When I was growing up I only ever wanted to be a mummy and I am doing that, so it’s a big deal for me to finally have some career aspirations. :) ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    I wanted to be an artist when I was younger! ReplyCancel

  • Tegan

    I wanted to be a vet nurse, did it, loved it but missed working with people. I then worked in admin and accounts and loved it, but left when I had kids.
    I now have 2 under 18 months and am studying to be a child care worker – something I can do while I have my babies and beyond :) ReplyCancel

  • Billie Mac

    I have just found out the University near me offers a bachelor of Education online. I am so excited to be able to finish my Education degree and not have to sacrifice time with my little boys. ReplyCancel

  • Krystle

    I have been working as a photographer (self taught) for the past 3 years and am excited to start studying online this year to have a certificate behind me :) ReplyCancel

{MEAL PLAN} Chocolate Banana Muffins

Very easy meals this week as I have been busy preparing for my twins, now 9, birthday parties.  Full blog post about their parties coming soon, however we had a wonderful day, filled with so much fun, smiles and excitement. This weeks meal plan Monday – Fish, pasta and vegetables Tuesday – Creamy Thai Chicken with brown […]

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{Guest Post} Pockets of Happiness

This is a guest post by Naomi, from the blog Seven Cherubs. One thing I have seen over my time as a mother is that women and mothers tend to place themselves last on the list when it comes to kindness. It is just what we do. There are so many demands for our time […]

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  • All too often we, as mums forget to put our needs first or forget that we matter too at all. Great tips there Naomi. I’ve now started to have my “me” time on one of my day offs – because I deserve it. It sure does change how you feel afterwards. ReplyCancel

    • Sevencherubs

      Thanks Norlin, love that you are finding some ‘me’ time on your day off. Keep it up and enjoy xxReplyCancel

  • Lov your work Naomi and your book and you can now add AWESOME fundraiser to your bio!!ReplyCancel

  • Tellie C

    The ‘pocket of happiness’ post, made me come up with an idea. As I was looking for things for my kids, this came up, and Ive decided to sew (or buy) 4 little pockets – 1 for each of my children and every night, write 1 thing I love about them, or 1 thing they did well and put it into the pocket, so they can check it and read it in the morning. Hopefully it will inspire them to keep up the good work for the rest of the day :D ReplyCancel

  • I spontaneously had a $20 neck and shoulder massage on my child-free/study day…. SOOO good. I had to consciously not feel guilty though!ReplyCancel

    • ooh wow, I bet you felt good after it (maybe sore the next day, they always hurt the day after). Did you let your mind relax?ReplyCancel

Love it, Like it, Link it – #6

Welcome to the another ‘Love it, Like it, Link it’ Blog Link Party!! HERE ARE 5 THAT I LOVED & LIKED Home and Hobbies  – Getting the cake ready Love the simplicity of this cake  ………………………………… Claire K Creations  – Honey Jumbles – my favourite school biscuit Great recipe, I’m going to add to my […]

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{CLEANING TIP} Cleaning front loader washing machine

I don’t have a front loader washing machine, however so many readers are asking how to clean it and in particular how to remove the mould.  Front loaders are well-known for the build up of mould around the seal, a musty smell could be your first indication that this is occurring and is in need […]

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  • Do you still sell Tupperware brushesReplyCancel

  • We had a terrible time with our washing machine staying damp until I came up with a simple solution to stop the pets and breeze closing the door. You know those finger-saver things they sell for internal doors, to stop toddlers slamming their fingers in them? I put one of those on the washing machine door near the hinge to make sure the washing machine door doesn’t get closed accidentally. Easy! ReplyCancel

  • i didnt know u could do that i was thinking would have to replace the rubber seal it was going to cost heapsReplyCancel

  • I use white vinegar every wash as my fabric softener. Works a treat and helps to keep the machine clean.ReplyCancel

  • I love my front loader. It’s a 2yr old LG & has a “clean” cycle. However, after cleaning the dog’s blankets (about every 3wks) I put in a cup of vinegar and run the “medical” cycle. Always leave the open when you’ve finished a was too – helps it to dry out which deters the mould.ReplyCancel

  • do you just put in a glass/cup of vinegar and run the cycle?ReplyCancel

  • I have had my front loader for 9 years now. I use vinegar as fabric softener, doesn’t make the clothes smell, and wash my towels on a hotter cycle. This with keeping the door open between washes and I have not had any mouldReplyCancel

  • I NEVER close the door when not in use. You can dry the seal with a towel after use. My new one has 3 little holes that helps drain the water so I don’t need to dry the seal on this one. :) ReplyCancel

  • I’m another one that leaves the door open whilst not in use. Vinegar is a great fabric softner & also helps keep whites bright… And you can also make your own vinegar – leave 1 litre of vinegar in a 2 litre bottle, fill up with rainwater, put lid back on & leave it for a couple of weeks….ReplyCancel

  • yep i agree i was told never close the door when not in use but the vinegar trick i will use! thanks for the tip girls..ReplyCancel

  • I use vinegar instead of fabric softer and cleans the machine ( I never have all that gunk in the filter)
    I use it in the dishwasher every now again too, just pour some on the bottom ReplyCancel

  • I use vinegar for my front loader all the time! Works a treat!ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for this… It’s something I need to do with both washing machines..ReplyCancel

  • Mine is sooo overdue thanks xxReplyCancel

  • Eilen Seah-Wong

    this is very helpful indeed :)

    what i often do, as a maintenance, is to use a dry cloth to wipe away accumulated bits of water at the bottom of the seal after every wash and keep the door open for a day or so. this will help to slow down the amount of mould at the seal.ReplyCancel

    • I just did a vinegar wash and washed the seal with bleach. It was black and full of gunk and mould! Horrible. I noticed that there was about a half an inch of water in there after the wash. I wonder if this is normal? I think I’ll be manually drying the seal out after each wash from now on. And never ReplyCancel

  • A washing machine guy told me never to use fabric softener damages machine and also to clean run a cup of Epsom salts through ReplyCancel

  • Always use the vinegar!!! but not sure about the bleach as I have always been told that bleach doesn’t actually kill the mould spores, it just hides them. Instead I mix 1tsp of oil of cloves to 1 litre of water and put in spray bottle. The oil of cloves kills the spores and also aids as a preventative. I use it everywhere just to prevent mould and kills it if it ever comes. ReplyCancel

  • Curious. I have had a front loader for about eight years and I’ve never noticed mould anywhere! I’m not the most observant soul in the universe, so I went and had a jolly good look with a torch and everything. No mould to be seen. My laundry is poorly lit and incredibly badly ventilated, so you would think it would be a mould factory for sure – so I was a bit surprised to discover we had none. Rust, yes – but mould, no!

    So I had a bit of a think about it – and came up with a couple of reasons why we don’t seem to have the mould situation…

    1. I use a low sudsing, eco-friendly washing powder, and only use a rounded dessert spoon full of powder rather than the 2 1/2 tablespoons recommended. I have clean clothes that don’t smell, so that is enough soap. (Washing machine repair man told my mum to under rather than over soap… there’s not as much water in there to get all the soap out) Because it’s not highly soapy, there’s not as much soap residue hanging around.

    2. I only wash once a week – the first load goes in Friday night, and the last load overnight on Saturday night (on a good week that is, lol). The machine is therefore empty the rest of the time, and has the door open, so it gets a good amount of time to dry out completely.

    3. Every 3-4 months, I run it through on 95C with nothing in it.

    (Oh, and if you want to get the turps smell out of your front loader… I definitely recommend a super hot wash with a capfull of eucalyptus oil! Worked a treat after the bloke had an oops with some oil paint.)ReplyCancel

    • Wow Harriet you definitely are one of the lucky ones, thankyou so much for sharing your tips. Regularly washing with nothing in it will be a great help.ReplyCancel

  • Pen

    apparently doing a hot wash with nothing in is the best way to prevent mould, plus wiping the seals with some diluted clove oil, and leaving the door open. Using bleach is not recommended by washing machine manufacturers (and it only colours the mould, not kills it)ReplyCancel

  • The only mould I have found on my front loader is from the tray. Sure I can pull that out to clean it but the part where it leads the powder to the bowl is another story! ReplyCancel

  • Tonyandvic

    Does the type of detergent used make a difference to mould buildup?

    • Yes it does, if your mould continues you should try a different detergent. ReplyCancel

      • Janine Mumma D Daly

        we can only use one type of detergent due to skin allergies and yes found a mould build up what else apart from changing detergents can prevent it?ReplyCancel

  • Rule 1 I never close the door if not in use 2 take out the powder dispenser and wash it weekly this helps with clumps of powder and refreshes unwanted smells 3 I never use fabric softner it causes so much damage for ur machine and ur health :-) ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    OMG! I just tried this and the machine overflowed and there was bubbles everywhere taking a loooong time to clean up with many rinse/drain cycles on the machine to empty the bubbles inside… crazy! I might stick to using vinegar next time, lol.ReplyCancel

  • Hmm. mys sister is on front loader no 2 in about 5 years..she is single and soon to be a mum is änal about drying the machine and leaves the door open and still has mould..but will pass on the tips..ReplyCancel

  • Ha ha just tried this tip and it made my machine overflow with bubbles everywhere!!! Big messy job to clean up. Then used 1c of vinegar through hot cycle to clean it up and remove any bleach residue. Not doing bleach clean again! Would love to know how to keep mould out of top powder drawer, at the end of the drawer inside the tray compartment, such a pain to clean all the time!ReplyCancel

  • A dumb question probably but do I put the vinegar in with clothes or in the compartment where I put washing powder much thanks I sooooo love this site xReplyCancel

  • Tree tree oil is a natural anti-fungal. I wonder if wiping it around the seal would help as a preventative? I suspect what others have said about keeping the door open to dry out the machine would make a big difference too. Love your idea of the doorstop, Callatya!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa

    Leaving the door open (it does not have to be wide open) between loads prevents mould forming. I use Purex complete Crystals Softener, which is a fabric softener you put in the actual machine (front or top loader) to stop your fabric softener dispenser clogging up. ReplyCancel

  • Ljiljana Vidovic

    Exit mould does the job, no need for toothbrush and elbow grease, just persistence until all mould disappears, then as per Venessa”s comment, leave the door slightly open when not in use and you are a winner.ReplyCancel

    • Joy

      That’s what I found works best for me. Only had mould once. Used Exit mould, left over night and it was all gone. I always use a cloth to dry around the seal and leave the door ajar.ReplyCancel

  • I always leave the door ajar on my machine (but hubby always insists on closing it!) The ‘finger-saver’ door stop idea is fantastic – thank you.
    With our former machine we had a lot of problems with mould and when the seal was replaced it got worse. I was constantly wiping it out but hesitant to use bleach in case it caused deterioration to the rubber seal.
    But with the new machine we’ve had no mould at all. I’ll definitely do the hot water cycle to keep it that way!ReplyCancel

  • These are indeed great cleaning tips for front loader washing machines. These techniques will ensure that all the nasty odors are removed. This will also help in maintaining the machine’s efficiency. Thanks for sharing. ReplyCancel

  • Cakebaker

    I have a front loader but loads from the top…I know that sounds strange but that’s how it is. There is no agitator in the machine. Fortunately I have a reminder built into the machine program which tells me when it needs to be cleaned…..after each wash I turn the washing machine taps off, release any small amount of water left in the outlet and then dry out the barrel of the machine…no mould build up when the machine is dried.ReplyCancel

  • reviewing-mum

    I’ve never had a mould problem, but I was told by a washing machine repair man to throw in a dishwashing tablet into the drum and run the hottest cycle (95′C in my case) for most effective cleaning. When I read the bleach idea I cringed with the thought of how much it would bubble up! Plus I HATE the smell of bleach… :/ The dishwashing tablet worked great for me, though as I mentioned – I’ve never had actual mould problems :) ReplyCancel

  • Guest

    yay a day off………. i did my linen cupboard the weekend before your place the challange invite my washing machine had a hot wash after hubby’s work clothes(thanks miss 4 i left the machine on and was mowing and came back to 25 mins to go and hubby thought i had a load on so i just left it) did under the laundry sink saturday after i knocked over the dry dog food so i can do my floors and the my everyday little bits and i am done :) ReplyCancel

  • My washing machine desperately needs a clean! Does it really need to be the hottest wash cycle used? I can do a 95C wash but it takes about 2hrs and I am reluctant to use that much power? Would a 40C wash do the same job or do I need to just put up with the power costs this one time? Also would the bleach be ok to use just the once? I have some in cupboard but would have to go out to get clove oil? Thanks!!ReplyCancel

    • Jasmine

      to save a bit of power put it on after 10pm when it changes to the off peak tariff, this is when i turn my dishwasher on at night tooReplyCancel

    • EJ Butler

      Bleach wont kill mouldReplyCancel

    • Dree

      To kill any germs your wash needs to be >60degReplyCancel

  • On my washer the soap drawer gets the most mould, the seal around the door doesn’t get any. But I do ensure I leave the door open after each wash.ReplyCancel

  • Monique

    I use vinegar instead of softener ( greenie that I am) but wash only on 40 degree.
    Will that do or do I still need a hot rinse with the vinegar once a month?ReplyCancel

  • greeniepants

    Most supermarket laundry products have what are called filler and extenders in them. These are things added to increase bulk without the expense of the active ingredient. In powders, manufacturers use things like crushed bone and crushed light globes. Yes, this is what you are washing your clothes in. Obviously, these things don’t dissolve so they get stuck in your clothes and your machine. They wreck your machine, wear at your clothes and cause irritation to sensitive skins. That’s before I get into all the other horrible hazardous chemicals that are in supermarket brands. And all of this goes down the drain and into the ocean, poor fish. I use an eco friendly brand of home care products that avoids all of the above issues and creates far less mould in the washing machine, dishwasher and bathroom. They also have a descaler which is awesome for the periodic cleaning of machines (washing and dishwashing) and cleans kettles as well. I have even used it to get rid of scaly build up in the loo without having to scrub and without having to use bleach. SInce the products are concentrates, they work out much cheaper than supermarket brands per use too. My favourite brand is available at but there are several eco responsible brands available. Investigate carefully as there are a few brands that are not as responsible as they preach.ReplyCancel

    • rebekkap

      I don’t know where you got the idea that crushed up bones and light globes are used as filler – it’s not true. The filler used in washing powder is sodium sulfate. While there are good reasons to use an eco friendly washing powder, this isn’t one of them. ReplyCancel

  • EJ Butler

    Hi, I have just discovered your blog and LOVE your pantry. I have just started selling Tupperware and really look forward to decking out my pantry and the rest of the kitchen.

    I live in Darwin and with the humidity mould is my biggest nightmare in particular in my shower in the grout. After research I have discovered Vinegar or water with a small amount of clove oil is best for mould. Bleach only makes it look like it isn’t there in other words bleach’s it. You need to kill the mould. Use vinegar for that.

    Back to the washing machines… Did you know that fabric softener is harmful to your clothes? it breaks down the fibers in the fabric making them deteriorate a lot faster. my alternative is to use vinegar instead. $2.19 for 2 a litre bottle. its far cheaper and just as good. This would also help with your mouldy washing machine.ReplyCancel

  • [...] Did you know you need to wash your washing machine? It’s important to keep it clean and mould free. [...]ReplyCancel

  • Steph

    Yes! Bleach is pretty unhealthy. Hydrogen peroxide is much better and bleach only whitens the mould and doesnt kill it. Clove Oil is awesome for killing mould also. Ive found these 2 links pretty helpful with using Hydrogen Peroxide instead of bleach. (I’m not associated with either of these pages – just thought I’d share) :)
    Love this blog!! Great work Katrina :) ReplyCancel

  • I always use white vinegar as my fabric softener and after many years of owning a front loader I have never had any mould or damp smell – unfortunately I do several loads a day and I am sure my machine never gets the chance to air out or dry. I think vinegar must be the charm !ReplyCancel

  • Mum23boys

    I’ve had a frontloader now for about 2yrs (and we got it second hand) and I’ve never had a problem with mould. I use vinegar as my rinse/fabric softner every cycle….. seems to do the trick! ;-) (And leaves the clothes fresh and soft of course!)ReplyCancel

  • Gin

    Would running an empty cycle with the Canestan detergent you can buy help with the mould? ReplyCancel

    • Bonnie Lewenza

      The canestan is too filmy I wouldn’t do it. Use vinegar on the clean cycle.ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie Lewenza

    When I use my washer and I am done I take a tea towel, pull back rubber and wipe it dry, I do the same with the door,then i open the soap disspenser and I leave the door open for a couple of hours so the drum can dry. I have never had mold but I don’t put fabric softener in it either.ReplyCancel

  • Yay I was looking for something else and found this, which I really need to doReplyCancel

  • Talea

    We have an enviro system so can not use bleach, is there another way to clean our front loader?ReplyCancel

    • Kat

      White vinegar :) if you need to scrub add some bicarb soda to make a pasteReplyCancel

    • Kristy

      Hi Talea. I use and recommend Tri Nature products. They are an Australian owned company. The product that I would suggest is the Maxim which is a machine descaler. You can descale your washing machine, dishwasher, coffee machine etc. My Facebook page is Tri Nature Products by Kristy. (Please delete this comment if not appropriate)ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Inglis

    I have a problem
    I cannot find the lint filter there must be one some where on the machine We have a Bosch front loader I also have a bit of mould on the rubber in the door seal but will not use bleach have tried tea tree oil but not luck thereReplyCancel

    • Ingrid

      Hi Wendy,
      European washing machines usually have their lint filter below, behind a hinged ‘door’ the width of the machine. Mine just flips open and voila, there it is on the left. The lid serves as a tray for any spills (I switch my machine to pump any residue water out first).
      By the way, I also leave my door open, as well as giving my laundry powder compartment and regular wipe-over. Never had a problem with mould. Cheers, IngridReplyCancel

    • Cakebaker

      Perhaps if you look in your operating manual it will show you where the lint filter is….:-)

    • Sarah

      Bottom right hand corner of the machine. There is a flap and inside that is the filter. When you turn the knob make sure you put a towel underneath to collect all the excess water. The whole knob will come out and that;s the bit you clean. Hope that helps.ReplyCancel

  • wash-expert

    i keep the door open after using the washer – so it can dry inside an no ugly smells will exist. Once in a year i clean the washer with a special cleaner for Washing-machines. this is really enoughReplyCancel

  • Alecia

    My cat has a naughty habit of weeing on clothes, so i began adding a cap of white vinegar to each load of washing. Ive found it totally gets rid of the smell, keeps the washing machine sparkling clean and also keeps whites nice and white :) Vinegar is amazing for everything :) ReplyCancel

    • Janine Mumma D Daly

      im going to try that now alecia my cat does that too :( hes old so we don’t go mad at him and its usually a towel left down by kidsReplyCancel

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  • I don’t have mould, but the seal and inside of the door just gets really gungy, don’t know how to get it off, any tips appreciated!ReplyCancel

  • chrissy

    You mention using bleach, but then in the ‘tips’ you advise against it. Do you have an alternative to bleach in that case? Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Monica

    Hi. I live in Europe and the manufacturer of my front load machine recommended to use a small amount of vinegar in the last rinse cycle instead of liquid fabric softner (which builds up and causes nasty residue). Also when washing towels or rags they said to use the hottest setting and to completely fill the fabric softner compartement with vinegar. By doing this regulary (I do a large load of towels every 10 days or so) it has really kept my machine clean and mildew free. It also eliminates the need to run the washer empty, saving money and water. And do not forget to keep the door ajar between washes to let the seal dry properly. (If the vinegar smell is too strong for you after doing the towels just run a rinse cycle again on cold).ReplyCancel

    • michelle

      I always use vinegar instead of fabric softener, it works great!ReplyCancel

  • michelle

    oil of cloves is definitely the way to go for mould rather than bleach, i tried your technique with bleach and a tooth brush and ended up getting bleach flicked in my eye, so if anyone was to do this PLEASE WEAR EYE PROTECTION. Also my washing machine repairer said that you should use a dishwashing tablet/powder to clean your washing machine and put it on the hottest cycle. He also told me that our water was too cold for fabric softener… it was causing a brown grimy buildup in my machine which would get all over the clothesReplyCancel

  • Great post. We regularly clean the washing machines at the laundromat as it really does ensure a better and brighter wash. Michelle @

  • Sarah

    I have been using Scalex in my washing machine every three months and is brilliant. I have also heard that liquid detergents are better as less likely to build up. Method are a lovely range of detergents that are all natural and have other natural cleaning products too. The Scalex is usseable in top and front loader machines and I also use it for my dishwasher every 3 months. No smell in either!!! Also with dishwashers I noticed in my manual that it says not to use any tablets with power balls as could ruin the machine (Just another tip I found I thought I’d share). Cleaning the seals with an old toothbrush is also handy and can be used on the fridge and dishwasher too.ReplyCancel

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{ORGANISING YOU} Visiting the hairdresser, I needed it!

When I started the “Organising You” month I read via the comments that many of you don’t regularly visit the hairdresser.  One courageous reader admitting she hasn’t been to a hairdresser for over year and was well and truly in need, which I am sure so many of you are feeling the same.   Whenever […]

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  • Yep I have all those issues, but when I get there (every 6 months or so) if feels great!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Hey kat…another cheap alternative… Ur local Tafe! At my local tafe haircuts r free! I got a whole head of foils for under $40 for short/medium hair! Yeah ok..not entirely happy with my haircut..but that was my fault as wasn’t descriptive enough! They r young keen new hairdressers..they need the practice to learning the skills! For a price like that…I’m happy to b a guinea pig! Last time I went to the hairdressers in a salon…it cost me almost $150 for cut & 1/2 head foils! Thats almost 4 trips a year to the tafe hairdresser for the same price!!!ReplyCancel

  • I pay $90 for colour, foils and style cut hairdresser works from home so she doesn’t have to put her little boy into care. Love it I try and go every 6-8 weeks ReplyCancel

  • My biggest thing, apart from now having two babies, is finding a hairdresser I like. I’m fussy when it comes to who cuts my hair because I’ve had so many teeny boppers who don’t listen. It’s been about 5 weeks since my last haircut, when my mil was here, before that was 6 months and before that was over a year. ReplyCancel

  • Going tomorrow…..first time in about 6 months lol…..I to struggle to fibd a decent one. Last time I went I wanted a chance so sat down and said go for it do what you want…..she turned around and said oh I think ill just do the same WTF I would have thought that was a dream for a hairdresser!!!!ReplyCancel

  • *find….change bloody swipe textReplyCancel

  • I go every 6to 8weeks and i find the money to do it as it always makes me feel great and i have an awsome hairdresser that works from home $90:-)):-))ReplyCancel

  • Lisamareemccann

    ooh Kat lovely! just want to share that i used a ‘just cuts’ at home colour (they sell them now!) and it was so much nicer than a supermarket hair colour AND CHEAPER!! They are actual hairdressing ones so not as damaging to your hair and a nicer colour :) ReplyCancel

  • Lesaboys

    I have my hair colour and foils done at the hairdresser every second time and then colout at home in between. This means the full colour goes over the foils but you still get variation in the colour. Saves money and time.ReplyCancel

  • I’m one of those who never go to the hairdresser. I haven’t been to the hairdresser for myself in about 6 years.ReplyCancel

  • I was a hair model yesterday, got my hair colored for free and came home with a bag of products also for free. It’s been years since I had my hair colored it was 90 per cent grey. I feel fantastic now. ReplyCancel

  • LOL – I’m actually off to the hairdressers today. I’m sooo bloody grey that it’s depressing so I regularly visit the hairdressers for a “boost”. I use the time to write lists, letters and emails and sometimes I say to hell with the work and just sit and read a novel. My hairdresser has an arrangement where she rings through coffee orders to the nearby cafe and they deliver to us – love my “salon pampering” !ReplyCancel

  • That was me up until a couple of years ago… I would look at my hair, decide that I needed a hair cut and/or colour… by the time I’d get around to booking it in and actually GOING, at least another month would have flown past and my hair would look shocking. The Bloke would just get his cut at one of those Just Cuts places, and I would book the kids in whenever they looked a bit like they’d been sleeping in a hedge.

    I cracked it one day, booked ALL of us in for a cut (and me for a colour) and we book the next two appointments while we are there – cuts every 8 weeks, I get foils every second cut (chemically enhanced natural blonde = minimal visible undergrowth, and no need to recolour in between). That way, the other adult amuses the kids (or we take in turns playing Angry Birds, lol); we ALL look tidy AND I get regular hair cuts.

    (Which reminds me… I need to call and see when the next one is due!)ReplyCancel

  • I havent been to the hair dresser in over a year. would really love to goReplyCancel

  • Channy

    I make an appointment and go every 7- 8 weeks – nothing gets in the way of my hair appointment. I need those two hours to sit and relax!! I go to a lady who does it from home- she is fantastic and I save around $100 on salon pricing. ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    Up until last Thursday, it had been over 15 months since I had my hair-cut. But now that the baby is a little older (14 months now), the 2 big kids are back at school, I was able to find time to just walk into a salon while I was out doing other shopping and just get it done. I think when you find it hard to make appt times with school, sport and hubby’s unpredictable work hours (nights, weekends & away trips at short notice), the trick is to head straight to the salon after dropping kids at school and being there when they open the doors, chances are they don’t have too many apppointments booked for that time and can fit you in.ReplyCancel

  • cath

    I have a fantastic hairdresser who I have used for over 20 years. He used to run two salons but now does mobile hairdressing. He comes to my house (morning, afternoon or even in the evening on any day)and does my hair. In the old days we would get the ‘girls’ together for lunch and champagne and make a day of it but now I am just happy that I can leave my 2 year old asleep while getting my hair done. If she wakes I can take time out to get her a drink, food, toys and then go back to getting my hair done knowing she is in a baby safe environment. I can even check on dinner cooking in the oven or stir something on the stove top and get my hair done at the same time. Would never go back to the restrictions of a salon again!! My 2 year old has her fringe trimmed each time he comes while sitting on my lap and gets very excited when its time for “john cut hair”.ReplyCancel

  • Gayemurphy

    I try & go to the hairdressers at least every three months, now that I’ve gone back to having short pixie cut hair style. When I had long hair it was never within 6 months of the last trim. In the last 5 years I have changed hairdressers many times. I thought I had found a good salon & they were reasonably priced – but my last haircut end of Jan, she insisted on giving my hair a “quick hair dry”… the dryer was on for less than a minute – she only waved it over the back of my hair twice & I was charged $7 for the privilege. Previously I have always insisted on letting it air dry – it’s short, it won’t take a moment – but the way she had said it made me think that she needed to before she put a little smidge of product through…. WON’T make that mistake again. I had been quoted a price before I got there – so that was how I knew that the short “blow dry” cost that amount… The next time I visit I will make sure I get “re-quoted” at the actual salon, not just on the phone & make sure I tell them NOT to “blow dry”!ReplyCancel

  • Oh I am the WORST at this too. Everytime I go I have to apologise for how long it’s been as my hair is clearly in need of a cut, so as to prevent being told so by the hairdresser! Then add in kids and the expense…. yep, so true. I actually bought a home colouring this morning to give it a go. It’s not a permanent just in case!!ReplyCancel

  • I always shout myself a “good” haircut and colour when I am home in Australia. So the last time I did that was um, 15 months ago?! I have had about 5 haircuts since then- but my hair is short and I should go more often but I am not usually as satisfied as when I do it in Australia and I can`t justify the cost of colour here {or risk the chance of my hair going orange. It has happened!}.

    I will be in Australia in March. Already have an appointment- 2 days after I arrive!!! My mum will take the afternoon off work and watch my boys.

    My husband does watch the kids on a Saturday or Sunday while I get a cut sometimes but now I work a lot on the weekends it is sometimes hard to fit it in. When I get it cut in March it will be 4 months since my last cut.


  • Lauren

    To save money, see if a hairdressing salon near you needs a hair model for a student. Last time I did this it cost me $20, and the girl who cut my hair was about three weeks away from being a licensed hairdresser. They are all supervised by experienced hairdressers who will advise if needed. You can also ask a TAFE if they need hair models! This goes for beauty schools too….people need to practise their techniques!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    I love going to a hairdresser purely to have some pampering and get to read a magazine! With colour, I get roots done every second appt, rather than full head to save a few dollars. ReplyCancel

  • Roslyn Richards

    As a Hairdresser myself, and a teacher of Apprentice hairdressers, why not go to the local college to have your hair done. The service is just as good and the results are sometimes better as every step of the process is monitored by the lecturer. Saves alot of money as you are usually paying just for the cost of the product.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    I went on Monday. I don’t do anything to my hair apart from a trim every 6 months. I actually got it cut from shoulder blade length up to just sitting past shoulders (4 inches). ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Im going on the 18th, at the same time as my eldest son’s girlfriend so we can take turns looking after my little one! One of the advantages of large age gaps between kids….and the hairdressers love to cuddle him too, even some other clients.

  • Mumma K

    I really need to visit the hair dresser too I haven’t been since September last year and I’m sick of my hair style, might take your advice and have a look on Pinterest for some inspiration :) ThanksReplyCancel

  • Nicqui

    Thanks for this post – It made me realize just how long I’ve been putting off my visit to the hairdresser. I’ve made an appointment for Saturday morning when my hubby can watch the kids and am looking forward to a little bit of me time :) ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    Thanks for this post, Made me relise that I have not seen a hair dresser in almost 6 years and I have not had a hair cut in about 3 years so I think it might be a really good time to change that :) ReplyCancel

    • Absolutely and your hair will feel much healthier afterwards too. enjoy it Belinda!ReplyCancel

{GUEST POST} Where to start to gain control of your home

This is a guest post by Kate, from the blog Puddles and Gumboots. “Help! My house is an absolute chaos, I feel completely overwhelmed and I don’t know where to start.” These were the words a friend said to me recently when she rang me in tears. I think this happens to nearly all of […]

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  • Oh my gosh! This is like a glimpse into my place! I did this almost in the exact order last week, though didn’t quite get floors finished. LOL. (I have the ‘clutter basket’ – laundry basket – still half full from the other day as evidence!) I think I’ll print this out and pop it in the back of my diary for next time I’m feeling overwhelmed, as a reminer of where to start! Great post! Hayley xxReplyCancel

  • Thank you so much for having me guest post today, I hope people find it helpful :-) ReplyCancel

  • Oh I so need to get my house back into shape. Tomorrow’s my day of purging and cleaning. Thanks for these handy hints!!ReplyCancel

  • Sladenkel

    just what i needed to read today thank you so much

  • This is a really great step by step run down for when things get overwhelming. And i think the “clutter basket” is so helpful, i’ve been doing this for awhile now, although i use two – one for around the house stuff & one for the toys. The good thing about the toy one is there’s a spot in the playroom where it sits so if i don’t really want to sort through it i can still pack it in the room neatly.ReplyCancel

  • Sometimes, when I think it’s all too much – I play a “game” with myself. It’s called “Idle Hands”. The idea is that my hands are never empty – so I start by picking up ONE thing. I take that and put it away, then pick up two things from the room that first thing belonged in and put them away, picking up another thing from each room etc etc. While it’s a bit of a scatter-gun approach to tidying up, it gets me started. And it’s usually enough to fix the house when it’s all bitty. Like it is right now, actually!ReplyCancel

  • Thank you so much for this timely post, I only recently subscribed and to find this in my inbox dismorning was an absolute god send. Last week I decided to update the toy room and office and as I like a blank slate to work with the entire home become chaotic and messy as the one room took over many! And I didn’t know where to start to get it all in order again but now thanks to your post it doesn’t seem as overwhelming, thank you.ReplyCancel

  • MultipleMum

    great post Kate. It is so true that sometimes it is all so overwhelming you don’t know where to start! This is a fab guide xReplyCancel

  • thanks so much for this post it helped me so much i already feel more on top of my home than ever thanks againReplyCancel

    • That’s wonderful news Jodie!ReplyCancel

      • thank you your blog helps me so much my son was diagnosed with epilepsy late last year and trying to learn how to manage that as well as the house and everything has been so hard but your posts give me hope that i can get there so thanksReplyCancel

  • Thank you for helping me see the wood for the trees! Its so easy to feel completely overwhelmed and just flounder. I agree that getting on top of the laundry is a great starting point to feeling back in control.
    My dining table/room is the black hole of the house – something that I hat because its the first room you walk into when you come into the house! I will conquer it this week!ReplyCancel

    • It is otherwise it will just keep piling up and become a huge job. Would love to hear how you go!!ReplyCancel

  • Fleur.Muller74

    This is my new go to guide! ReplyCancel

  • Just wanted to let you know, I started this list at 9.30 and stopped for 30 minutes for lunch and another 30 minutes for school run… it’s now 4.15pm and I’ve finally finished!!! I have needed this so much! I always, always find my house so overwhelming. 3 kids under 5 makes for a very messy, busy household and I never know where to start!!! This list had me going from top to bottom and even doing alittle bit extra, like wiping down the kitchen cupboards, and cleaning the windows!
    Thank you so very much for this! I’ve never felt so tired, but from something that was worth it! My house looks great, even my 5yo commented when he got home from school!! All I have to do is fold Mt Clothesmore and continue with the never-ending laundry that seems to be the bane of my existence! I was considering taking it all to the laundromat to clean all at once and then bring home to dry! My poor small washing machine is constantly on the go! :-D ReplyCancel

  • Mel Duker

    Lovely and simple :o)ReplyCancel

{MEAL PLAN} Crustless Quiche

This weeks meal plan Monday – Salmon and Brocolli Pasta Bake Tuesday – Crustless Quiche Wednesday – leftovers from freezer, on toast Thursday – Fish fillets with pasta and vegetables Friday – Pie with potato and vegetables Saturday – Chicken and Bacon Risotto Sunday – Ham and Potato Cakes with salad Baking – White chocolate and raspberry […]

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{Giveaway} Haggus and Stookles: Organising products for the car

Haggus and Stookles Too often we forget to keep organised one area that we use very often… the car.  Today I am reviewing some items that will keep all those bits and bobs tidy and ready to grab when needed. Haggus and Stookles is an online store with products that help to make outings and travelling […]

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  • Kim

    I would love any of these!ReplyCancel

  • Great giveaway idea.ReplyCancel

  • Doyley_04

    how do I enter the giveaway? These would be very handy – especially as I have a Ford Territory and can see exactly how great they fit and would be fantstic as we travel alot (being 1.5 hours away from the nearest woolworths/coles) we make regular trips to get groceries and go shopping

  • Can’t seem to find where/how to enter?ReplyCancel

  • I looked at these a while ago but they weren’t part of our budget.
    Would love to win any of them.ReplyCancel

  • Monique farmer

    What a great ideaReplyCancel

  • Kari

    A really great idea, I also keep a squishy esky type bag in the boot to keep the cold shopping from melting on the way home, especially if you have to make another stop or two on the way home. Its also handy for other things and folds down quite flat.ReplyCancel

  • Grant-deanna Platts

    Excellent organising tools for the car. Love the idea!ReplyCancel

  • Bedford68

    My car looks like a mobile tip! This could really help, Thanks love your page.ReplyCancel

  • Mel - Maya Mo and Me

    High Road Cargo Net – I am sick of losing stuff into the boot! Especially hatsReplyCancel

  • That Cargo Tote would be awesome. There is so much crap floating around in the back of my car!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Beecham

    My car is a permanent mess.. I need these!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    these look absolutely fantastic, our long trips would be super organised :D

  • The High Road Cargo Pack In Car Accessory is definately what i need in my car! We are forever trekking between school, sports and the beach!! At least i know i will have everything!ReplyCancel

  • This looks great to organise my mess of a bootReplyCancel

  • The High Road Driver Pockets In Car Accessory, my husband is always putting his sunglasses on my seat. Not the best thing to sit on!ReplyCancel

  • Tegan

    Since getting my new smaller car at the beginning of last year i have wanted something to put all the stuff i need in the car in and not have it fall all over the boot. This would be ideal!!ReplyCancel

  • High Road DriverPockets In Car Accessory – what a fabulous idea!ReplyCancel

  • Kristy Murray

    I could so do with one of these, with 5 children being organized is something we strive for. :-) ReplyCancel

  • Cargo Net is so easy to use and everything that is needed quickly is conveniently accessible, and can be seen by all (even a ‘boy’s look’ can’t miss things). ReplyCancel

  • Lianne Dawson

    I think the high road cargo tote is ideal, I hear my staples that live in the boot roll all over the placeReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Awesome ideas – one of the only places I have left to organise and this would do it for me – the cargo tote and some of the organisers for backs of chairs for my cherubs.ReplyCancel

  • belinda b

    High road cargo tote! (just love this for the boot!)ReplyCancel

  • Theimperfecthousewife

    High Road Driver Pockets In Car Accessory- We do a lot of long car trips… how handy would this be!ReplyCancel

    • Theimperfecthousewife

      I love the pockets. What a great way to keep things ‘together’.ReplyCancel

  • Sabrina Campbell

    Trunki SnooziHedz Travel Blanket/Pillow/Toy – Blue: because whenever we travel and I put a blanket on my son it just falls off. This is an awesome idea!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    OH what a decision!!!!!! There are two that would be perfect on my car and wha tI have been lookng for! The first one would be the High Road Cargo net and then the Stuff and Scuff Seatback Protector! Awesome products!!!!!!!!! Sarah Everett ReplyCancel

  • I love this idea. It would really get my car in order again with the kids aroundReplyCancel

  • High Road Rubbish Bin In Car Accessory is a must with my kids. We travel a lot, so there is always food being consumed and therefore rubbish. I love all the products thoughReplyCancel

  • Jodie Emerton

    Wow I was only thinking yesterday I really need to start and organise how I put stuff in my car I only have a small one and with 2 kids it can become filled quite quick so how wonderful would it be to win this great prize to start my organising ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Emerton

    Wow I was only thinking yesterday I really need to start and organise how I put stuff in my car I only have a small one and with 2 kids it can become filled quite quick so how wonderful would it be to win this great prize to start my organising I am thinking the High Road Driver Pockets In Car Accessory would be the product I would need to start with quite a hard choice considering all the fantastic productsReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    Love the high road cargo net. Our boot is a mix of necessary car things like hats, to stroller and car sun shade. This net would be a great tool for organising all the small thignsReplyCancel

  • Alex Toys Car Valey – We travel from Newcastle to Sydney regularly and Master 2 gets quite cranky by the end of the trip. Something that would entertain him would be fantastic. Not too easy to turn around and entertain him from the front seat!ReplyCancel

  • I never knew such products existed. Is there a way that the High Road Cargo Tote in Car Accessory manages to keep in place?? I have a few boxes in my car as well as my green shopping bags but as I turn corners they tend to drift (even with a carpeted boot) and strew the contents everywhere. Tired of trying to keep it clean & willing to pay for a good quality product if it does the job!! ReplyCancel

  • Misty

    I LOVE the Tote!!! We also have a Ford Territory and I am forever having things roll around in the boot when I go around corners…..because yew – I do have a tendancy to just chuck them in the back and not pack them properly. I love the fact that it is waterproof too! Perfect for winter for umbrellas etc but also in summer for wet towels and swimming stuff! Great products!ReplyCancel

  • micknjan

    What a great idea, would love to win one for my daughter who has 3 children and always has loose items e.g. footballs, hats, sunscreen etc etc in the car.ReplyCancel

  • Tam

    The Cargo tote would work great in our car, especially keeping the kids bulky loose items together. Hubby is always complaining about things rolling around in the back.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    I love the High Road Cargo Net as I would use it in the summer to store things such as hats and sunscreens, and in the winter would store a couple of jumpers. I find that when I take the kids out I sometimes forget to pack a hat or if the Melb weather changes I may not have a jumper in the car. The net would help store these items neatly and gives me one less thing to worry about!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    High Road Rubbish bin as I have 3 year old twin boys and my car always seems to accumulate mess. Something like this would really help organise my messy car.ReplyCancel

  • Crystal

    The high road cargo tote would be amazing for us! I only have a small car & am sick of having things everywhere in there, we carry nappies, wipes, spare sippy cups, toys etc in the car for our 10 month old & hate the hassle of trying to find things that have rolled all over the car!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael T

    I would love the high road cargo tote in car accessory to story all our ALdi products without using plastic bags and always forgetting to replace our green bags back into the car! It would also be handy to stop smaller objects always rolling around on the floor into hard to get places, like under the pram etcReplyCancel

  • Great ideas! Something like this would be good when we leave home and head to the city! ReplyCancel

  • Camilla

    I love the sound of the cargo net! I always have stuff floating round the boot of my carReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    My station wagon desperately needs some of these products as the boot is currently covered in loose objects, and when I open it I never know what’s about to roll out.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    I love anything organising or storage related – but hubby cannot justify the cost most of the time :( then complains about the mess/things rolling around in the boot etc. Very frustrating! The cargo net would be perfect for my car and it’s live-in bits and pieces.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Parke

    That looks like a great idea, we have a few small items in the boot and it would just lift them up out of the way.ReplyCancel

  • Love to get the MoMo the Monkey Sleep Trainer for my lil squirt who wakes up at all hours of the night and comes into our room to ‘get up mummy!’ReplyCancel

  • Alieshacarol

    wow i love the tote, it’s so neat & a great size too! :) ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Rayner

    Love love love the look of the Tote. I have a large boot and so rather than pop things in it, I often put them in the front seat. Not the safest option if we were to be involved in a car accident! It would be so wonderful!!!ReplyCancel

  • Paula

    Wow – I haven’t seen these before.

    We are driving to Sydney during the year and the “rubbish bin” would be fantastic, but I think the High Road Cargo Pack In Car Accessory would be great in my car all of the time.ReplyCancel

  • I love the High Road Cargo Pack In Car Accessory. We have a wagon and often the items we put in the boot towards the back of the seat NEVER stay there and start rolling all over. I would love something to help us get organised in the car – I feel like our car is a big cargo ship full of ‘stuff’!ReplyCancel

  • Scritch

    High Road Cargo Tote would be great, or maybe the net or perhaps both i can’t decide

  • Jo

    My husband would love me to keep the car more organised! The Net would be great, but so would the Tote!! The Cargo Pack does look ideal though.ReplyCancel

  • I need the cargo pack in car accessory as i am forever having things go every wear in the back of my car. it can at times look as if i am going to the tip and it is just things we need. ReplyCancel

  • Gayemurphy

    I like the High Road Cargo Tote In Car Accessory, as it would stop the groceries from rolling around the boot! It would also be handy in keeping all the misc extra’s that I need to take in the car for the kids in one place!ReplyCancel

  • Lucy McLean

    I love the idea of the High Road Kids XL Car Organiser however as I only have a small car it would not fit between my kids car seats so the most helpful item for me would be the High Road Cargo Pack In Car Accessory – lifts things up off the floor of the boot leaving more usable space in my tiny hatchback!ReplyCancel

  • Naressa

    I’d be happy with anything that helps me keep my car looking organised and tidyReplyCancel

  • Bel

    These look great and would stop the shopping bags and kids stuff flying all over the boot!!ReplyCancel

  • mcmandeth

    The high road cargo tote would be great in our boot to store all the kids things that are currently in there all over the place!ReplyCancel

  • Irene

    My car is desperately in need of organizing. My boot always seems to have bags of clothes to drop off to people in need and bags of toys to donate. Not to mention the wet weather gear & spare hats & sunscreen I like to keep at hand! This cargo net or accessory tote would be an amazing improvement!ReplyCancel

  • The High Road XL Swingaway organiser would be perfect for us, as it would save me having a bag of stuff at my feet every time we go on a 3 hour trip to Sydney or 5 hour trip to visit our families.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    Love the tote, currently using ikea bag! Thank you:-)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle K

    I love the High Road Cargo Tote In Car Accessory. At the moment stuff in the boot rolls around. This would make life less stressful. Great giveaway! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • JodieD

    There are so many GREAT car accessories! with 3 toddlers, all in car seats, in a people mover I would love: High Road Rubbish Bin, High road Cargo Tote, High Road Kids XL car organiser, High Road XL Swingaway organiser and the High Road Driver Pockets (for me of course!). Absolutely ANY of their products would be a huge help in my car!ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    I spend half my life reaching back (stupidly, while driving) to retrieve toys, books, a drink bottle or some random thing. And then there was the High Road Kids XL Car Organiser. Clever!ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    Definitely the High Road Rubbish Bin In Car Accessory, no more packets and wrappers floating around the car, perfect!ReplyCancel

  • TraceyB

    I to am a shortie and there is nothing worse than having to try and climb into the back of a patrol wagon in the woollies car park to reach something. The High road Car hooks are a brilliant idea. No more escapes from bits and bobs.ReplyCancel

  • Bek Cheb

    Loving the idea of the High Road Cargo Net, sick of items swishing about in the boot and making it all messy!ReplyCancel

  • Wwo, so many organisational things for the car. I love the:
    High Road Cargo Tote In Car Accessory I also have a 4WD and am short, plus the 4WD is lifted). I love the idea of putting things I need to reach most often in the boot with this, no losing all my stuff and easy to pull out and reach the back of when I need the stuff not used often.ReplyCancel

  • Ivylee99

    Love the look of the High Road Cargo Net. We seem to always have ‘stuff’ floating around in the car. This is such a great idea! I want one!!ReplyCancel

  • kerry santillo

    Apart from the great cargo net, the TrayKit – Kids Travel Play Tray and Backpack. what a wonderful idea everything in its place to keep little hands busy ?ReplyCancel

  • Definitely the High Road Backpockets In Car Accessory. To keep all the kids “stuff”ReplyCancel

  • Catherine H

    The tote would be an awesome replacement for the plastic storage tub on wheels that I currently use!ReplyCancel

  • Andy

    The Tote! It would save me (and all the school bags/pram) getting drenched with wet umbrellas rolling around! ReplyCancel

  • Maryanne Greenhill

    The Cargo Net caught my attention – I’m a sucker for storage solutions, but after looking and the ‘Haggus and Stookles’ web site I really like the High Road Cargo Pack in Car Accessory…. It would give my kids a pocket each to put their travel goods for the long trips to the city. Awesome!ReplyCancel

  • sophie.hills

    The High Road Cargo Pack In Car Accessory looks fantastic! With 5 kids, and a twin stroller, there’s always a messy boot!ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    Ok, well I’m loving both of these products but for me the real winner would have to be the
    Diono Kids Stuff ‘n Scuff Seat Back Protector as I have a little wriggler whose feet are constantly on the back of the seat in front! ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Just what I’ve been needing lately! I too am tired of the ‘stuff’ all running around in the boot of my station wagon :) ReplyCancel

  • Lisa U

    I have been getting my life organised and i now have more time to mother 3 children under 4 and study. I asked santa for a couple of extra hours every second day, he must be getting it ready for next year. Maybe my present was this website!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Virginia Mason

    Totally loving the High Road Kids XL Car Organiser. We often having days literally spent in the car from school to appointments, sporting activities – it can get too much.. Having this between my two cherubs would keep them occupied and help them tidy up after playing. I can’t stand stuff ending up on the floor in the car, it gets damaged and dirty in an instant. This organiser seems to buckle in and stay put – hooray!ReplyCancel

  • What a wonderful idea!ReplyCancel

  • Brendan Dieckmann

    The High Road Cargo Net would keep me organised as I tend to carry around a lot of bulky items that always move around in my boot.ReplyCancel

  • I would love the High Road Cargo Tote for my car boot I always get funny looks when I’m hanging out of the car boot trying to reach something thats moved to the back of the seats :-) ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    My car is a MESS and no matter how often it gets cleaned out , it doesn’t take long for it to get messy again. With a 4yo & a 2yo and regular long car rides, it is full of toys, books and random items so Haggus and Stookles products would make my life easier!ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    I would love the cargo net! I am also rather short so have to climb in the boot to get all the unorganised clutter! What great products.ReplyCancel

  • Helen al Hariri

    Love the cargo tote, the maxi car seat protector and the puff and stuff! Oh those pockets look good too!!!ReplyCancel

  • I love the Trunki SnooziHedz Travel Blanket it’s great for kids who are only just in a booster seat and have frequent naps in the car like my 3yo saves them hurting there neck and keeps them warmReplyCancel

  • Channy

    I would love the High Road Kids XL Car Organiser, I dont have drink holders in my back seat,this would be great for long trips with my 7 & 9 yr old.ReplyCancel

  • kathy hanson

    I could definitely use these products. My car is always in disarray, taking this here and that there! ReplyCancel

  • Jodie henderson

    hmm did you walk past my car and see what a mess it was in lol…
    I think i definetly need the High Road Cargo Tote In Car Accessory with a dicke seat and prams in the boot this would stop my groceries falling out of the bags and rolling everywhere, and most importantly stop them attacking me when i open the tail gate…. thanksReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    I really like the look of the market tote bag. With Amelia starting dance I am often seen struggling back out the the car with three sets of shoes, three water bottles, the ipad and 30 toys that Baden descided that he ‘needed’ReplyCancel

  • C Jp3

    Id love the High Road Backpockets as I don’t have any pockets in the backseat. This would most likely also let me keep my car for longer too.ReplyCancel

  • Rach

    Not sure the cargo net would work too well just yet as we had to put a shelf in the back on the car to store our twin pram underneath – though not too much longer and we may not need it. But the cargo tote looks like just the thing to sort out my shelf as everything is always sliding around up there and it is in full view of everyone.ReplyCancel

  • Amie Codlin

    My car is in desperate need of organisation. I love the High Road cargo net for the boot as it will stop all of the random items floating around, but with two young boys, I also think the High Road Rubbish Bin In Car Accessory would be great as my car always gathers little bits and pieces of rubbish from the kids.ReplyCancel

  • Fiona Remfrey

    I keep a pretty tight lid on the car mess, not because I am super organised but because I love new car smell and I am trying to hold on to it for as long as possible.
    I have a few extras that float around like the car jack, first aid kit and furry kids dog toys and on trips to the dog park (not helping with the new car smell I know!) everything gets a little muddled up. The High Road Cargo Pack In Car Accessory would be fantasic for organising the floaters and to help make sure I throw the ball for the dogs instead of a rolled bandage. Confused looks all around!ReplyCancel

  • Mick

    Love the car organiser-not only keeps things handy and in place but teaches the littleones to keep things tidy as wellReplyCancel

  • Alice

    Looks Like car organiser would be very handy :) ReplyCancel

  • malleemum

    Too be honest…any ideas on organising will help me…………. we love the seat back protector the kids keep their own things organised in it ……..including drinks and hats we are ready to go…ReplyCancel

  • Lots of great products, but probably the most useful for us would be the High Road Puff & Stuff In Car AccessoryReplyCancel

  • Tonyandvic

    High Road Backpockets In Car Accessory would keep all the kids toys and things off the floor especially on long car trips/holidays :) ReplyCancel

  • Erin Goralski

    We have a 7 seater & it always seems to be in total chaos! Would love to win this to give organizing the car a go!ReplyCancel

  • Lorraine

    I’m loving the High Road Backpockets In Car Accessory! What a nifty idea to hang it from the air vent. And what a good price. Loving it!ReplyCancel

  • Nattyj

    Oh My! It has to be the ‘High Road DriverPockets In Car Accessory’. Such a clever design and idea – I NEED one of these!ReplyCancel

  • Kiara

    High Road driver pockets!!! Wow-what a brilliant idea (would save my mobile ending up getting left in the car because i’d be able to see it as I stop!!!) :) ReplyCancel

  • Anisa

    I really like the High Road Kids XL Car Organiser. It would be great for in between the carseats on long trips to stop boredom and everything in one place.ReplyCancel

  • Meredith

    I love the cargo net organiser. I can imagine the difference it would make in our can. Fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Flellis

    I like the “High road Car Hooks” and “Cargo tote”. But to be honest I know the “Chuckies Travel sickness bags” would get used.ReplyCancel

  • I’d love the High Road Back Seat Organiser In Car Accessory or the High Road Car Hooks In Car Accessory or the green Annabel Trends Squidgy – Travel Neck Pillow or the High Road Cargo Net ….. or all of them!! What great ideas.ReplyCancel

{Guest Post} Organised Health

Continuing with the Organising You month, one of the most important areas is our health.  Far too many often neglect our own health, yes I put my hand up.  Below you will find a few of the tips to help make that all important start. This is a guest post by Cathy Kosterich , from […]

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  • Thanks for this information :-D Off to check out the website!ReplyCancel

  • Jess_cook88

    Im in the process of organising my health as i have 3 kids and for too long never put myself first. I dont need to lose weight but that doesnt mean im fit either so will be working on eating healthier and drinking more water. The biggest thing is getting my moles checked out asap, seeking out a naturopath and also getting a blood test for all levels.ReplyCancel

Love it, Like it, Link it – #5

Welcome to the another ‘Love it, Like it, Link it’ Blog Link Party!! Here are 5 that I loved & liked Puddles and Gumboots  – Parenting Methods – your way is the right way reassurance that we are parenting right …………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Just for Daisy  – Playing the rainbow rice In a previous post Rebekah shows […]

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