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Creating An Organisation Station For A Large Family – School Bags & Chores

This is a guest post by Jac from Common Chaos Chronicle There is nothing worse than walking through the door and tripping over several school bags that have been tossed in the entry-way as the children have arrived home from school. This I know, as I have done it on more than one (or 101) […]

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  • Carmen

    fantastic idea. maybe the glass could be replaced with thin perspect or laminated sheets… great idea of the long wood to attach the smaller boards with the hooks by hubby …
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  • Larissa ~ My Pigeon Pair

    Oh Jac, that is a brilliant Organisation Station!!!  I just love it!  It will make such a difference in your busy lives!  Thanks for sharing!!ReplyCancel

  • That is one cool area!! Most definitely a must-have for busy families.ReplyCancel

  • love it! looks very organised and very pretty! xReplyCancel

  • Awesome idea! We have a small house and don’t have anywhere suitable (without it being in the ‘way’ in the living areas!), so wondering if it would be suitable to hang outside in the enclosed carport – it’s not fully enclosed like a garage, but has a garage door and the back open (hope you know what I mean!) … will have to suss it out as this is SO WHAT I NEED!!!ReplyCancel

    • Could be a good idea, just make sure the kids don’t leave food in their bags overnight so little animals don’t come to investigate.ReplyCancel

  • Fiona Arthur

    That is excellent! I’m going to give this a go for sure. ThanksReplyCancel

    • It’s a fantastic space!! I am sure that it will definitely help to make a space more organised in the home.ReplyCancel

  • What a wonderful blog!ReplyCancel

    • Jac has a great blog, I don’t know how she does it and to be expecting baby number 6 any day now, I am so excited for her JReplyCancel

  • Great idea! I would try to replicate the same for my children too..I is very handy in teaching them organization skills

    http://www.hairextensions-australia.com.auReplyCancel

  • mprjm

    love love love this. thank you for sharing. my kids are 5,3 and 1 but we already have school bags and job charts so im going to make this in the holidays
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  • WOW, I’m always looking for ways to ‘organise’ in my home of 8 kids and this is awesome.  Not sure if I have a wall long enough so I made need to split it up but I love the frame system with glass as a white board.  This is awesome I’ll be heading to spotlight, office works and bunnings today.ReplyCancel

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  • Hi Jac (& Katrina). I’ve just come across this idea, having just joined the 20 day challenge and I LOVE IT! I have made my own version of it to suit our family and what we need to do and its up and ready to go for next week. I’m sharing it on my blog where I tell everyone to go to yours and check it out! Awesome ideas have to be shared. ;-)
    http://sexymomgp.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-planning-makeover.htmlReplyCancel

  • […] her pages I found this one which I’m adapting to suit my family. Its a very clever ideas on how to organise each […]ReplyCancel

{Giveaway} Mummys’ Little Helper – Toilet Training Aides

Toilet Training Aides Following on from my post yesterday sharing my 12 tips to potty training and the NEW Potty Training Charts with Certificates, I want to share with you some products that I know would have helped a great deal when training my kids.   Plus there is an awesome Potty Training Pack giveaway! […]

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  • Kapernickn

    Please enter me into this competition.  My 3yr old boy shows no interest whatsoever in giving up the nappies, unlike his siblings who were completely out of them well before their 3rd birthday. ReplyCancel

  • I like the Clean shopper would be very handy ReplyCancel

  • Jodi838

    I’m just starting toilet training with my son and we bought you’re training charts yesterday. Thanks for sharing about Mummy’s little helper products. It’s great to know I can get everything I’ll need in one spot :) I also like the Fridge-to-go’s Cool Pad. That’s the hardest thing when they have a fever or have bumped their noggin, to keep the icepack wrapped in a tea towel around their head. What a great idea :)ReplyCancel

  • Jodi838

    Also can I ask if you, Katrina, or any other parents out there, if you have some good hints & tips on toilet training a boy? Any helpful comments would be most welcome. I’m not sure how soon to introduce the standing up part as he’s just 2 but very tall for his age so the potty isn’t going to be big enough for long but I don’t know if he’s old enough to understand about learning to aim etc yet (or see it under his pucoo belly LOL) HELP PLEASE!ReplyCancel

  • Leimay Cherry

    Oh The Construction Eating Untensil Set (Fairy) is just devine… i know a few little girls who would just love one of those… Have added them to the look at list for presents.

    And what a great time for toilet training, my last baby is just starting. we have been sitting him on the toilet to get used to it the last little bit and he has asked once or twice in the last week to go, yet to do anything but hey its a start!ReplyCancel

  • Fiona Walmsley

    Great competition! My little girl is three and a half – she is heading in the right direction but hasn’t been terribly interested in the whole process so anything would be a help to finally get everything sorted!ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    We are so close yet it feels so far on the toilet training with my litlte Miss nearly 3 :)  Love the Super Soft Chic Clean Shopper Pink Petunia which would be perfect for my little one when we go shopping.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    I love Embellish’d Hair Clip from Mummy’s little helpers – you can never have enough clips especially with 2 girls in our house! Would love to win this perfect timing for my second one nearing this stage and can do with all the help! ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Jinnette

    For me it is the brolly sheets. My son no matter what we do always manages to have a leak at night, makes it much easier to change him whip the brolly sheet off and put a new one on.ReplyCancel

  • Kim maxwell

    I love the sippy grip, anything that can be tied down when you go shopping so it wont get lost is a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke Elmer

    The breast screen is a fabulous product, a great idea for those times when you would like to head out for dinner or to a function and be able to make a safe choice between using the milk you’ve expressed as a back up or being able to offer the breast guilt free… wish I’d known about it with bub number one :)

    (http://www.mummyslittlehelpers.com.au/milkscreen.html) ReplyCancel

  • Beth

    We have just welcomed son #3 to our family – so this potty training kit would be fantastic!!  The wee target would be great for my 2 older boys as well – hopefully we would have a few less misses! ReplyCancel

  • The aromababy skin care products are gorgeous and a favourite of mine.ReplyCancel

  • Kristy Keeler

    The clean shopper is one of my essential baby items :)ReplyCancel

  • katie pyle

    Ooo those frilly tushies looks great for going under little girls dresses! ReplyCancel

  • Kiara

    Kala’s Magic No Spill Cup Think I need a tonne of these as my possum currently tips puddles from her normal bottles all over the house!!!ReplyCancel

  • the sippy grip is my favorite product can’t loose the sippy cups any more Great for my little ones.ReplyCancel

  • The kiddysac sheet set- my little dancer would love the ballet sheets!ReplyCancel

  • chellebubs

    My Fridge-to-go! What a fantastic product to have, it would make going out for the day so much easier :-)ReplyCancel

  • Mel Nolan

    I love ‘Kala’s Magic No Spill Spouts’. My toddler likes to steal my pop top water bottle but would always end up leaving the top up and spilling water everywhere!! The No Spill Spouts from Mummy’s Little Helper can be attached to most bottles too!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Hendrix

    I would love the nausea psi bands to help with morning sickness and they are cute!! ReplyCancel

  • Oh my goodness, my son would go nuts over the Constructive Eating Utensil Set! Maybe that would get him actually using his fork or spoon instead of his hands, lol! ReplyCancel

  • Great competition …my granddaughter is nearly 2 qnd ready for toilet training….this wonderful prize would definitely make training her a lot easier.ReplyCancel

  • HOw exciting!  & just in time as we have just started Toilet training :)  ReplyCancel

  • Kbaker78

    i absolutely love the kalas no spill cups – they are the only ones that seem to stay spill proof no matter how frequently usedReplyCancel

  • Angel

    I like the wee targets. What is better then a target to focus my son’s attention. AND my son loves trucks. What could be better!!!ReplyCancel

  • I love the  Hurphy Durphy – what a brilliant idea to ensure that the seat belt buckle securing the carseat isn’t accidentally released!ReplyCancel

  • Love the TravelJohn Junior – would make life so much easier! And Wee Friend Potty Stickers are also a great idea – might have to look into investing in both!ReplyCancel

  • Love love love the Sippi Grip – I don’t even want to think about how many times I’ve had to retrieve a dropped or thrown sippy cup when out! Mummys Little Helpers is helping me find so many great, helpful products – thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Nerys15

    The baby wedge, i’ve already got one but this one from mummy’s little helpers is so much better, might look at investing in a new one anyway.  Would give me peace of mind when my little one is laying down and would hopefully help with his major wind issues.ReplyCancel

  • Amelia Bell

    My son is 22 months and is showing signs of being toilet trained so thanks for the post, will definitely look into those products!ReplyCancel

  • Jo Keller

    Love the clean shopper, nothing worse than your little on trying to eat the trolly handle yucko!
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  • i love the Pink Frilly Tushies… but I have 3 boys, no girls as of yet to try them out on but good for spoiling the niece :)
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  • Yvette Bowyer

    I have just started training my daughter – she’s stops and starts and gets scared doing a poop in the toilet.. 

    I love the brown bear hug rug!! Actually all the rugs there at Mummy Little HelpersReplyCancel

Meal Planning: A selection from my to-cook list

A few weeks ago I was ready to start the Michelle Bridges 12 week body transformation challenge.  I had completed all my preseason tasks, however the day it started was the day after my mum become really sick.  I did not have time to start the challenge and commit to the exercise routine, I wanted to […]

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  • Nelevi

    Oh mine! I will have to try just about all of these. They look scrumptious. Thanks, and good to have you back :-).ReplyCancel

    • They do don’t they, my favourite would have to be the Honey Chicken!!ReplyCancel

  • Laura Cullen

    I’ve been meaning to make the fried stuffed mushrooms form Le Petit Brioche for almost a year! I even bought a big bunch of mushrooms on the weekend and thought about it,,.. but thats as far as I got, hahaReplyCancel

    • I’m not a mushroom fan, but it actually sounds really nice, you will have to let me know how they taste!ReplyCancel

  • Oh my – the Potato & Bacon Casserole and Honey Chicken recipes look amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Janey M

    I’m going to give the potato casserole a go but I’ll use grated potato. I really love hash browns- so do my hips cause thats were they end up!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Bergfeld

    Katrina, thank you so much for including my recipe in your round-up. It is much appreciated. I’m about to begin exploring some of the other recipes you’ve featured. Everything looks delicious. Have a wonderful day. Blessings…MaryReplyCancel

    • They are all so delicious, thankyou for helping me come up with something to our to our meal plan!!ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    I’m planning to do the 12wbt next season!! See you there :DReplyCancel

  • Heidi @foodiecrush

    Thank you for including my Chinese Chicken Salad in your roundup! I’ll be trying the twice cooked potatoes for sure! ReplyCancel

  • Love this idea, will be getting started on it this weekend. My husband will love the fact that I am getting rid of all those food magazines he claims I never use :-)ReplyCancel

  • Some great ideas there. Those twice cooked potatoes look yummy.ReplyCancel

  • I am salivating – thank you for the inspiration!! I just hope Michelle Bridges doesn’t see this post :)). Look after yourself. xxReplyCancel

Plans for the School Holidays

School holidays have now started here in Queensland.  The weather has been perfect the past few weeks so I really do hope it continues to be this way. I would like to take the kids out through the holidays, enjoy the outdoors, visit parks, see friends and go to the movies.  I’m going to Sydney […]

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  • Priscila_meine

    não consigo fazer o downloadReplyCancel

  • Love your blog!

    Thanks very much! We’ve got our free download printed out on the fridge so now the kids can see everything we’ve got planned ( and I won’t forget what’s happening)! Love it, thanks again.ReplyCancel

  • I can’t wait for the school hols! I have a list of to dos a MILE long, but still, I can’t wait :) Looking forward to saying hi at NNB2012 :) ReplyCancel

  • Hi katrina, I love your blog! Thanks for all the wonderful tips on getting organised! I am going to Blogopolis for the first time this year, for my new blog Make Ahead Mum. I am really looking forward to it. I will try to pop over and say hi! Cheers FleurReplyCancel

  • I am no longer homeschooling as my youngest graduated last year, but I still remember all my plans for our break times and what I hoped to accomplish, lol!

    If you don’t mind me asking, how did you make your schedule form?  Was it in a Word program or did you use something else?  I would just love to make my own schedule look “cute” and have no idea how to do it or even where to start.  Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • […] from The Organised Housewife has a great list of things to do at the end of each school term!  She has inspired me to get […]ReplyCancel

  • Deanne Shannon

    Do you have any idea if you are going to do the 20 day cleaning challenge you did last year. I missed it last year and I really want to do it this year.ReplyCancel

12 Potty Training Tips + Potty Training Charts

~ NEW PRINTABLE NOW AVAILABLE IN SHOP ~ See one of my most requested printables below I remember when my kids were all potty training, it’s certainly trying times for both the kids and parents.  Typically some kids start potty training at 18 months.  When the twins were this age they didn’t give any indication […]

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  • […] on from my post yesterday sharing my 12 tips to potty training and the NEW Potty Training Charts with Certificates, I want to share with you some products that I know would of helped a great deal when training my […]ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Frencken

    Hi Katrina. Thank you for sharing your tips on potty trainung. This will be a great help for when i start my daughter in a few months.
    I am wanting to buy the princess potty training chart but am having problems getting on to your website to order it. Can you please email me details to how i can pay for this chart.
    Thank you. Sharon.ReplyCancel

  • Mitchell Thompson

    Thanks for the info ! seems similar to the video i seen at http://colossalshare.info/pottyReplyCancel

$5 OFF The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner this week only

This week my letterbox was filled with toy sale catalogues, I see quite a few stores are starting their sales tomorrow.  It’s a perfect time to plan for Christmas or upcoming birthdays.  I love junk mail!!   The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner is a 45 page planner that will help you to create a gift budget, […]

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  • Richelle

    Hi katrina, im just wondering if i purchase the christmas diary is it the link to print myself or does it come in book form.
    Thanks very much.
    Thinking of you at this sad time. xx
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  • This sounds to be a great creativity as a part for Christmas decoration so as to organize homes. ReplyCancel

A Housewife’s Guide to: Good TV Shows

What is your favourite TV Show?

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  • snotface stinkbum's mum

    offspring for sure! that darn show makes me cry every week!  i’m also a sucker for the law and order franchise – especially SVU – i love Ice T’s character!ReplyCancel

    • Yes, Offspring is my number 1 show. Looking forward to tonight’s episode. ReplyCancel

  • K Turner

    Love Offspring too, so addictive, my other faves are Once Upon a Time, Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey even a bit of Spartacus and even though I know it’s a bit tacky love Merlin lol :)ReplyCancel

  • Lynley King

    Am soo excited to see a New Zealand show on the list :-) Love Almighty Johnson’s, just the right mix of drama and humour!!ReplyCancel

  • sarahbraaksma

    I love Dexter.. I hated HB watching it for the first two seasons and then somehow I found myself watching one and really enjoying it.. its my dirty little indulgence ;)ReplyCancel

    • Ooh Dexter is a favourite of ours, can’t wait for the next season to start.ReplyCancel

  • I just finished watching New Girl then – lordy it makes me laugh. I’ll also give a vote to new kid Tricky Business :) ReplyCancel

    • I have heard good review on New Girl, would love to find some time to watch it.ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    The new show on Channel Nine on Monday night Tricky Business is really good too.ReplyCancel

  • Don’t think I can add anything to this impressive list… love Downton Abbey. ReplyCancel

  • I absolutely loved Brothers and Sisters. The series ended with one episode’s notice and I was devastated!  ReplyCancel

    • I was too, I watched it from the beginning and thought Nora was just so lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Kristie

    Offspring is my fave at the moment as well as Greys and Revenge but havent had time to watch any…… might need to invest in a TiVo!!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Revenge, Criminal Minds, NCIS,  and Castle, are at the top of my rotation list… I just keep doing marathon after marathon… also partial to Lie to Me, Bones, The Mentalist (the early stuff), Greys Anatomy and The Good Wife.
    I have to admit that I don’t watch anything live on TV, I wait till the DVDs are released and then watch the whole tv series from season 1 through to the current season. Between times it’s finished TV shows like Lie to Me and Brothers & SistersReplyCancel

  • Sarah-Jane

    Downton Abbey, Offspring are my absolute favourites and will make the time for those. My husband loves to scout for new series that are showing overseas so if you love Gilmore Girls, look out for “Bunheads” – it is done by the same director as Gilmore Girls and does feel a bit too much like Gilmore Girls but still enjoyable. It has the mother from GG as a starring role and she is very much the same but more loveable. The other one we are starting to get into is “Perception” which stars Eric McCormack who was Will in “Will and Grace”. He plays a professor of neuroscience who is very eccentric like Greg House (“House”) but extremely intelligent and assists in cases with the police as a sideline. Speaking of sidelines, I love Castle too; perfect to watch and  have some down time on a Sunday evening. I am looking forward to Channel 9’s new show “House Husbands” as it has Julia Morris in it.ReplyCancel

  • Elita Hooper

    Beauty and the beast(has Australian Jay Ryan from offspring)Reign give them a go. Great shows for mumma at home to relax and enjoy. ReplyCancel

  • Sue

    Beauty and the beast is really good too.ReplyCancel

Easy Chicken Curry Recipe

Hi friends of Katrina and The Organised Housewife, it’s Sarah here from abeachcottage blog, I’m filling in here for Kat today, as we all know this is a very difficult time for her… So when I asked Kat if she would like me to pop over and say G’day to you all with one of […]

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  • Joolzmac

    Thanks, Sarah – for keeping the crock pot bubbling while Katrina is away at this sad time.  The recipe sounds delicious and will be our dinner tonight – can’t wait!

    Cheers – Joolz ReplyCancel

    • my pleasure Joolz! 

      it’s a keeper in our house for sure, I hope it goes down well in yours 

      SarahReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Yumm – as Katrina has taught us to be organised, today is menu planning day & you have just given me something yummy to add to next week’s menu AND I already have ALL the ingredients.  Thanks Sarah!!!  Hi also to Katrina, we are all still thinking of you and am really proud of Mr Organised Housewife for his menu planning & dinner cooking.  What a champ!ReplyCancel

  • Rosalie

    Going to pop this in my slowcooker now. ThanksReplyCancel

  • I love my slow-cooker and rave about it to everyone. There really isn’t anything as good as coming home to a cooked meal. I don’t know what goes on in there but wow does it make delicious meals. I will most definitely be making your curry!  ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    Yay, two of my favourite blogging ladies on one page! Such a yummy recipe, it’s faveReplyCancel

  • Hi Sarah, thank you so much for guest posting this recipe. I made it for my hubby tonight [i’m vego] and served with with veg stir fried rice [prob not normal but it saved cooking two meals] and he loved it!! And there is enough for left overs tomorrow :)) Brooke xReplyCancel

  • Marlene - Crafty Mummas

    Hi could you use thickened cream instead of coconut cream at the end ? would it differ the taste much ??  Thank you :)ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    Could you freeze this after cooking?ReplyCancel

In memory of my mum

Thank you all for your love and patience over the past few weeks.  Firstly I had a week off from blogging to catch up on tasks around the home and on the blog.  However I came down sick and made the decision to have another week off to finish what I needed.  However things never […]

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  • Katrina

    Very sorry for you loss.  xxReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    Very sorry for you loss.  xxReplyCancel

    • Vikki

       Katrina, thank you for sharing at such a very sad time.  My thoughts are with you and your family, you truly are an inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Diamond

    So sorry to hear of your mum loss. I hope you find strength to keep going as I am sure it will get easier with time.  All the best for the future!! Love xxReplyCancel

  • Diamond

    So sorry to hear of your mum loss. I hope you find strength to keep going as I am sure it will get easier with time.  All the best for the future!! Love xxReplyCancel

  • Thinking of you Katrina xxReplyCancel

  • Thinking of you Katrina xxReplyCancel

  • V Blyth

    So sorry to hear this. I know how a loss can affect our perspective and view on things. Sometimes what seemed important before becomes less so or it spurs us on to do things we have put off. Don’t come back too soon, pace yourself as often the feelings do not manifest for a while until it sinks in. Will be praying for you and your Dad. Again my deepest sympathies xxxxxReplyCancel

  • V Blyth

    So sorry to hear this. I know how a loss can affect our perspective and view on things. Sometimes what seemed important before becomes less so or it spurs us on to do things we have put off. Don’t come back too soon, pace yourself as often the feelings do not manifest for a while until it sinks in. Will be praying for you and your Dad. Again my deepest sympathies xxxxxReplyCancel

  • Jaclyn Young

    So very sorry for your loss Katrina. Sending thoughts & prayers to you & your family <3ReplyCancel

  • Jacky

    So saddened to hear of your loss Katrina.  Take time to grieve and be with your family. xxReplyCancel

  • Lisa Inglis

    I hope your Mum rests in peace, and I hope you and your family can support each other through all that is to come. (((HUGS)))ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Inglis

    I hope your Mum rests in peace, and I hope you and your family can support each other through all that is to come. (((HUGS)))ReplyCancel

  • Crwaller

    my heart goes out to you and your lovely family !!  Be strong and take care …x x ReplyCancel

  • Katie Gibbons

    I’m so sorry Katrina. My thoughts are with you and your family at this hard time. xoReplyCancel

  • Oh Kat, I’m so sorry. Thinking of you this week. xxxReplyCancel

  • Cassie

    So sorry to hear of your families loss. Take heart in the knowledge that she will always be remembered in your hearts and the memories that you all share of her. Sending my families condolences to your family at this very difficult time.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Katrina I am so so sorry to hear of your loss of your beloved Mum. Thinking of you xxxxx ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Robertson

    How very sad for you and your Family. Through all of this, don’t forget to take care of you! May your Mum RIP, and you all find the strength to get through this very sad time.  ReplyCancel

  • It doesn’t matter what age we are, losing our Mum is very difficult and it will begin a new stage in your life journey.  She must have been so proud of you and all you have achieved. Take care and take time ?ReplyCancel

  • Macemish

    naww thats terrible and so suddenxx lovely photo of the 3 of you ..
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  • L Watts

    so sorry to hear of your mums passing. Although your mum is no longer with u in person, her spirit will always be with u and your family. ReplyCancel

  • Angeh2005

    So very sad. I lost my mum 19 years ago and I still miss her so much. Thinking of you and your family today. XxxReplyCancel

  • Huge hugs to you and your family.  Be kind to yourself.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina, I’m so sorry that you’ve had to say goodbye to your mum. 
    Take care of yourself and give yourself all the time you need xReplyCancel

  • janithom

    My thoughts are with you, Katrina, thank you for sharing, losing someone very close to you and so quickly is very hard hugs to you xoxox ReplyCancel

  • Meg_hiskens

    sorry to hear this sad news …. know that she will be with you forever in your heart and you will meet again one day. Thinking of yourself and your family during this time of loss. i know right now you probably can’t imagine a day where you wont be devestated – the pain doesn’t go away but with time you learn how to move forward and cope with the loss. xReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    So Sorry to hear of your loss, My thoughts are with you and your family at this very hard time, take care xxReplyCancel

  • Shirelle Tyler

    The loss of your Mum will be one of the hardest things you will ever have to endure and I know first hand that time does not make it any easier. Take time to honour her memory and yourself… we will all be thinking of you and praying for peace in your heart. Sending you comforting hugs in the dreary days ahead. xxReplyCancel

  • Grant-deanna Platts

    Thinking of you and your family xoxReplyCancel

  • Liz

    Oh gosh, I am so sorry for your loss and my heart goes out to you and your family xoReplyCancel

  • Jacobellash

    (((hugs))) very sad to read about your lossReplyCancel

  • Bronte

    so sorry to read this Katrina, i will be thinking of you on this hard week. Take care of yourself and hug your family a lot over this time…ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa Malone

    So very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you.. ReplyCancel

  • Ginny @ Organizing Homelife

    So sorry for your loss!  Love and prayers to you and your family! xoxoxo ReplyCancel

  • Ingrid

    My thoughts are with you at this time Katrina.  It must feel awful however I pray that you find all the strength you need to carry you through this sad time.  Take care xxReplyCancel

  • Smec

    So sorry to hear hun, all my love to you and yours xxx ReplyCancel

  • Kristina

    I don’t know you Katrina but I am truly sad for you. I’m so sorry for this loss you and your family are going through. I had tears for you and your family. Write down everything you need to say to her. May you find strength from within and for your dad. Hugs.ReplyCancel

  • Aprilg

    May the Lord bless you and yours during this difficult time… May He provide you with peace and comfort.  ReplyCancel

  • Anelda

    I am so sorry to hear about all of this and the sad sad loss of your mum. Wow it was very quick and the shock must be immense. I pray for comfort during this sad time xx ReplyCancel

  • :: tears :: Katrina, I’m so sad for you :( Lots of love heading your way.ReplyCancel

  • Catherine

    Deepest sympathy to you – I can’t even imagine how hard it must be right now.  Sending prayers your way.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    Im so sorry to hear of your loss. I lost my mum to brain tumours/cancer. It is very hard. Take time to let yourself grieve and take care of yourself xxReplyCancel

  • Mon

    Thank you for sharing your story here. I’m sorry for the loss to your family and the quickness with which it happened. I hope you find some comfort in going through her things and tidying the house as hard as that will be. It may bring you some understanding into why she reacted in hoarding things away when she suffered the loss too. Be kind to yourself this week and over the coming weeks.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Peryman

    Your mum is never just your mum she is your best friend. To be so sudden is suck a shock. This is one of the hardest things you will ever have to gho thru, but make sure you give yourself time to grieve. Do no apologise for being upset or breaking down in front of people. Let it go and take things at your speed not what others think and say you should be doing. There was no need to tell her all those things you wanted to as I am sure she knew. Sending lots of love your way XXXXXXXReplyCancel

  • Paula

    Very sorry to hear about your mum :(
    I lost mine as well when I was 23 so I know what you must be going through & hell is a great way to describe it. Hopefully she is in a better place with my mum & we will all meet again.ReplyCancel

  • Louise_py

    So sorry to hear about your mum, I lost my mum 10 years ago and I know how hard the first days, weeks, months can be…please take time to look after yourself as well as everyone around you…thinking of you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Trace7766

    im sorry to hear that you hav lost your mum be gentle with yourself dont try to do to much as this is a time for you and your family take care your in our  prayers thankyou for what you do xxx ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    Wishing you and your family the strength you need during this difficult time, the patience to cope with all things now trivial and the acceptance of love, help and good wishes coming your way xxReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Very sorry for your loss
    Thinking of you and your family
    May your Mum rest in peaceReplyCancel

  • Oh Kat, I’m so sorry to hear about your mum. What a sad shock for you all. xo ReplyCancel

  • Lottisworld

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother …. thinking of you and wishing you peace and comfort at this difficult time.  ReplyCancel

  • Nicmc6

    Katrina my prayers and thoughts are with you right now for your devastating loss.
    My own mother had a brain tumor which was detected upon her having a seizure. This was 2.5 years ago and we take each day as it comes.
    My heart goes out to you xReplyCancel

  • Sara Stankovic

    Sending you and your family esp your Dad lots of love and light during this difficult time there is never enough time but always think of how lucky you were to have experienced unconditional love from your Mum it will be a hard time but you can do it. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jo-Anne K

    Very sorry to hear of the sudden loss of your dear mum, thinking of you and your family…ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    Loosing a parent, so unexpectantly, is such a shock and upheaves our entire being, home and life.  I lost my MIL extremely unexpectantly and it felt like my soul had been ripped out of me and I couldn’t breathe.  You can never prepare to loose a loved one, but when it comes out of left field, it is often the shock that compounds the loss.  As you tell us, a journey starts with one step at a time and over the next weeks, months and years, you just have to keep taking those steps, taking time for yourself and immersing yourself in your loved ones.  Your Mum would of been so very proud of all you have achieved both in your career and your personal life and I am sure you will continue to make her proud as you help your family put the pieces of life back together.  Sending you heartfelt love and prayers during this difficult time.ReplyCancel

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  • Kylie

    My heart goes out to you, your Dad and the rest of your family Katrina. Take as much time as you need – we will all still be here.
    Much loveReplyCancel

  • I am so sorry you’ve lost your Mum. Thinking of you at this sad time, tale care.

    xxx JoolzReplyCancel

  • I am so sorry you’ve lost your Mum. Thinking of you at this sad time, take care.

    xxx JoolzReplyCancel

  • Janepeck326

    You give so much in sharing your ideas and experience with others. “Thank you” and “I am sorry for your loss” seem like such small things to give in return JaneReplyCancel

  • Alexis

    I am so sorry for your loss. You mother was for sure proud of you and your accomplishments. Thank you for inspirational writing and for taking to time to let your ‘fans’ know where you are at. I have you and your family in my prayers and thoughts and hope this painful time passes soon and you are left with memories that make you happy.ReplyCancel

  • Marelle

    Oh hugs and prayers to you – I lost my mum when I was 23 to a brain tumour in 1979
    My heart goes out to you xxxx
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  • Rebecca

    So very, very sorry to hear of your loss. I think losing your Mother can be almost as hard as losing a child. Cherish your memories, and let her live on through your work and your children.  God bless. xReplyCancel

  • Bec G

    So sorry for your loss :( I lost my dad in March this year after a long and painful journey… I don’t think it is easy whichever way they go… :(  ReplyCancel

  • Katrina, I am so sorry for your loss! My heart absolutely breaks for you and your family. Cherish the happy memories that you created together throughout your life, and the love you had for each other as mother and daughter. Wishing I could give you a hug in person. Love, Lis.ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    Big BIG hugs Katrina. :-( Try not to even think about “doing your blog” – it will still be here. Take it all slow and allow others to do the unimportant things for you,(cooking, cleaning, shopping etc) while you concentrate on yourself and your extended family.
    Sending prayers and love, Jen
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  • So very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you..ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    My deepest sympathy goes to you Katrina… Just as you have helped us all to get organised, I hope you can take some comfort and strength in knowing that we r thinking of you. Please take care of yourself first… We will all still be here! XxxReplyCancel

  • Katrina, I am so very sorry about your mom.  Losing someone is always difficult and takes your breath away, whether you’re “prepared” or not.  But when it is unexpected it is always such a shock. 

    You drive down the road and look at life going on all around you and realize that you’ve had a huge life loss and isn’t it odd that these people on the road are talking and laughing and have no idea how devastated you are inside.  It is so weird to see life going on, and yet somehow comforting too.

    Just take things slow and allow yourself some time to grieve.  Let people bring you meals if they offer.  That was one nice thing that people did for us after my dad died.  Let people help you.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie

    So sorry for your loss.ReplyCancel

  • nanette

    Life never turns out the way we expect it too…..wish.you all the strength you need. Love your blog. You are an amazing inspiration……take careReplyCancel

  • Sullyd

    Sending prayers up for all your family at this time.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle K

    Sending hugs and prayers to you and your family xxReplyCancel

  • Ktillston

    So sorry for your loss. Today is my grandma’s birthday, and she passed away 16 years ago. She was integral to my upbringing as she lived with us from my birth and was always there while my parents were working hard. I still feel her loss today, and find it hard to talk about her without feeling the despair that she isn’t here anymore.
    Please do not worry about your followers, as you need to take this time to be with your family and your feelings. We will all be here when you are ready to return!
    Thoughts are with you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Leonie

     Katrina, thinking of you and your family during this time of loss xxxx ReplyCancel

  • Margaret

    I’m so very sorry for the loss of your Mum.  After reading your earlier post about your Mum being admitted to hospital I’ve been wondering what happened, because it mirrored what I was going through – my Mum was taken to hospital the same day, with a suspected stroke.  Luckily she hasn’t been affected much, but instead we’ve had a diagnosis of advancing dementia, which means I am slowing losing her.  My mum came home from hospital yesterday – I’m so sorry that that wasn’t the case for you.  You are so strong and inspire so many of us every day – but right now, it’s you and your family who need you – I’m sure we can cope without your wonderful blog for a while.  ReplyCancel

  • Greavesmel

    so so sorry for your loss xReplyCancel

  • So so sorry for your loss – losing either of your parents is just so hard to bear. At least she didn’t suffer and hopefully just slipped peacefully away. Love, hugs and prayers are with you – she will now take care of you from heaven xxReplyCancel

  • So sorry to read about your loss Kat. Wishing you strength and peace for you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah_chad1997

    May the love and support from all your followers help you get through such a difficult time.
    You mentioned there was so much you wanted to say to her but didnt get a chance, can i suggest writing  a letter to your mum, place it with her at the funeral, tell her everything you wanted to – release all that you have to say. Whilst she may never physically read it, gain strength in knowing she has your words with her. xxxReplyCancel

  • Blissful Events

    Ohh Kat, I read your blog & have tears rolling down my face. So sorry to hear of the loss of your mum. She is now your angel looking down on you & your family. Thinking of you during this hard time. lots of love KylieReplyCancel

  • Debbie @ Aspiring Mum

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you and your family at this time. Take care.xxReplyCancel

  • Thinking of you and your family at this very sad time Kat xoxo ReplyCancel

  • Janet

    Our love and prayers are with you at this sad time.
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  • Kristy Chromicky

    Rest in peace! Our thoughts are with you and your family. ReplyCancel

  • Archie

    sending you big hugsxxxReplyCancel

  • Bec

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I would be lost without my mum and feel so heavy in my heart for you and your family. I too know of what you’re going through with my uncle passing away in very similar circumstances. He had been suffering for a few days with terrible headaches, so bad he decided to visit his GP. The GP quickly dismissed him, sent him home to take panadol and bed rest. A day later he suffered a stroke that lead him to be admitted into the ICU where he suffered one more stroke which took him away. It was discovered he had a brain tumour that was causing him to feel so sick. He remained on life-support for two days while my Aunt and Cousin made the horrible decision to end his life as he’d become in Doctors terms a vegetable. It would be no life for him nor for them not to mention the financial burden it would leave them in. My Uncle was put to rest on my mothers birthday. It’s a day we will NEVER forget. As time passes the pain eases and you will be able to move forward. Take as long as you need and don’t feel pressured to return to us before you’re ready. xoxoReplyCancel

  • Norell

    My prayers and thoughts are with you. I lost my Mom to a sudden stroke and my precious Aunt to a brain tumor. Cry when you need to. I was always taught to never express grief in front of others. When my Mom and my Aunt died, I cried like a baby whenever I needed to. It helped me and also let my family and friends know it was okay to express their grief too.  ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    My thoughts are with you at this sad time.. :(ReplyCancel

  • kris

    I’m so sad for you and your family, my thoughts and best wishes to you all, I hope the beautiful memories you have of your Mum help you through the hard days.ReplyCancel

  • Sorry to hear of your loss. Praying for comfort for you and your family during this time. HayleyReplyCancel

  • Amanda B

    sorry to hear of this sad loss, may you find comfort in the wonderful memories you have made over your lifetime. Praying for your family. much love, amandaReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Kat – thank you for sharing your beautiful Mum with us all.  You have an amazing Organised Housewife extended family praying for your comfort and wisdom at these crossroads in your life and to help you make the perfect plans for your Mum’s funeral.   We all know that you will make it so special for her in your Organised Housewifey way.  I too have a Mum who has not wanted any help with her hoarding, so this was really close to home.  Sending lots of hugs your way.  {{{{ }}}}ReplyCancel

  • HelenR

    Thinking of you and your family at this very sad time. Sending heartfelt prayers for you all as you deal with the very sudden loss of your mother. As another who has lost her mother, I really feel for you. Be kind to yourselves.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Sending loads of love to you and your family on your sudden loss.
    I think these ladies and gents have said it all xx ReplyCancel

  • Gayle

    So sorry to hear of your loss.  Thoughts are with you at this difficult time. xoReplyCancel

  • Kyliemorrisnz

    Sorry for your loss x ReplyCancel

  • Anon

    Thoughts and prayers for you and your loved ones xReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    Sorry to hear of losing your Mum, so quickly & unexpectantly too. All the best for the upcoming week… take care of each other and yourself!! You have given so much to us out here, now take some time and spend with your family xxReplyCancel

  • Trish

    Thinking of you Katrina , love , light and strength to you in the coming week. Sorry for the devastating loss of your Mum.ReplyCancel

  • karennarelle

    Feeling very sad for you. I wish i could say something to help. Take whatever time you need. We’ll be here whenever you are ready to come back.  ReplyCancel

  • whiningattheworld

    Very sorry for the loss of your mother. Thinking of you and your family at this sad time.ReplyCancel

  • Suzy

    Oh Katrina, I’m so so sorry for your loss. I lost my mum in similar circumstances 4.5 years ago so I can understand the shock and disbelief you are experiencing. There will be tough times ahead as the reality sinks in, but there will also be the memory of good times to carry you on. Possibly you are finding that your mental picture of your mum is her lying in hospital. Let me assure you that this will pass, and be replaced by images of her in happy times. For a while after my mum’s death, all I could think of was watching her as she got weaker and weaker, but now, when I think of her, the main picture I have is her laughing, usually at something cute my kids have done or said. And I think of how proud she would be of her beautiful grandchildren. Oh, gosh, the tears are rolling now, I can’t say any more, except that I’ll be thinking of you. Hold those precious children tight.ReplyCancel

  • The_Snowball_Effect

    I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts. xxReplyCancel

  • chrissy

    I am so very sorry to hear your news.
    This touched me as my mother in law passed away 6 years ago in a very similar way – and aged 54 it was not her time at all. This was also a brain tumour that seemed to come from nowhere. We had an awful night in intensive care the day it was found, and she pulled through that. However we only got another few monthswith her which was so hard. My husband and I got married so she could be there, but its never long enough – she always wanted to be a grandma and it broke my heart that I couldn’t fulfil that dream for her before she went – but my 4 year old daughter now talks to grandma in the sky nearly every day!.
    Your mum will know you loved her so much, and will be there every step of your journey from now on – she’ll have front seat tickets! That thought helps me… ReplyCancel

  • chrissy

    I am so very sorry to hear your news.
    This touched me as my mother in law passed away 6 years ago in a very similar way – and aged 54 it was not her time at all. This was also a brain tumour that seemed to come from nowhere. We had an awful night in intensive care the day it was found, and she pulled through that. However we only got another few monthswith her which was so hard. My husband and I got married so she could be there, but its never long enough – she always wanted to be a grandma and it broke my heart that I couldn’t fulfil that dream for her before she went – but my 4 year old daughter now talks to grandma in the sky nearly every day!.
    Your mum will know you loved her so much, and will be there every step of your journey from now on – she’ll have front seat tickets! That thought helps me… ReplyCancel

  • Holly N.

    I am so sorry for your loss.  My heart goes out to you and your family and my prayers are with you as well.  It is so hard to lose your mom especially when it is sudden like that no matter what your age is.  God bless!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi838

    So sorry for your loss Katrina. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take time off if you need it ok, no explanation required. You have shared so much wisdom on this blog so don’t feel pressured during this hard time. We’ll be here when you’re ready. Sending you lots of love xoxReplyCancel

  • Liz

    Katrina, you will smile again soon- I promise xxxReplyCancel

  • When Mother came to our roomTo tuck us in at night,Her face would look so gentleIn the soft, bedside light.And though we may not alwaysHave behaved our best that day,She’d let us know she loved usIn a very special way: An extra fold to the coverlet,A little pat, a hug,And we’d settle down to dreamlandFeeling safe and snug. And of all the childhood memoriesThat there have ever been,We love best to recall the timesWhen Mother tucked us in.ReplyCancel

  • Vparrish

    So sorry for your loss Katrina. My thought and prayers are with you and your family at the sad time xxxReplyCancel

  • Mpateman1

    so sorry for your loss and cann relate to the hoarding issue too. My mum is also a hoarder and it effects me alot. Reading your story has made me realise it is not everything – mum is still mumReplyCancel

  • Oh Katrina, my heart breaks for what you’re going through.  If only there was something we could all do to ease the pain you and your family must be feeling x   ReplyCancel

  • Justinnicole

    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family Katrina. May you find the strength you need in your children, xxReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    Dear Katrina,
    I am so very sorry to hear this news, in Feb this year I was in a very similar situation with my mother. Thankfully my Mum has got through her illness for now and is under going treatment that prolongs her life a little now. But, I did have a taste of what it would be like to lose her suddenly so understand completely the shock you must be feeling. All I can offer is a cyber hug. :( Really I wish I could change things for you.
    Love to you and your family. xxxxxxReplyCancel

  • Lisa Robertson

    Katrina, my deepest sympathy and thoughts are with you. I completely understand how you will be feeling as I lost my mum almost 9 years ago suddenly. She was only 49 and had a ruptured brain aneurysm, so for us the shock and suddeness was all in a day. While the next few days, weeks, months will be tough, I know you are a strong person and have a gorgeous family who will get you through this tough time. Keep strong xoxoReplyCancel

  • Mary

    Deepest sympathy to you and your family Katrina.  May the sun shine again for you very quickly with the beautiful memories you have of such a fine mum.  MaryReplyCancel

  • I’m so very sorry to hear about your loss, please take as long as you need.

    This brought back memories of my Dad who died 16 years ago this month at the age of 62.  He also started with slurred speech then a seizure, I had been travelling around the South Pacific for almost a year when I got the call.  He was diagnosed with brain cancer and was given 12 months.  It upsets me that I lost out on that year before his diagnosis, but he made it to 13 months and we cherished those days we had with him, as hard as they were to watch him go down hill and not be able to communicate or understand much near the end.  :*(

    xoxoReplyCancel

  • Cass

    My thoughts are with you and your family. *hugs* ReplyCancel

  • rae

    you have a wonderful website and are obviously a very caring, understanding and patient person… and daughter. Thoughts and prayers with youReplyCancel

  • Rad

    I’m so sorry for ur loss my thoughts r with u & ur familyReplyCancel

  • Kruppy

    We are so sorry to hear this news Kat. You are in our thoughts. From the Nuffnang teamReplyCancel

  • Kazzie

    Heartfelt condolences.  Love and strength to you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Jan

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. My family’s thoughts are with you at this painful and difficult time. xxReplyCancel

  • Jan

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. My family’s thoughts are with you at this painful and difficult time. xxReplyCancel

  • LEES

    So sad. My thoughts are with you. Make sure you put YOU first while you adjust to these changes. We’ll all still be here. XReplyCancel

  • Sandi

    My thoughts and with you and  your family. xReplyCancel

  • My sincere sympathies, my love and thoughts are with you  ReplyCancel

  • My sincere sympathies with love and best wishes x ReplyCancel

  • MelB75

    Give yourself and your family the time to deal with your tragic loss. Blessings xoReplyCancel

  • kat

    I just want to offer my sincere condolences. Really, reallly feeling for you and all of your family at this time. May someone like you, who has actually helped more people than you’d probably realise, be helped through this difficult time.
    *hug*ReplyCancel

  • carlisworld

    I’m so very sorry for your loss, my family’s prayers are with you all….ReplyCancel

  • It is never the right time for a loved one to leave us. She is an angel and will always be there. Blessings to your families.ReplyCancel

  • Sending you big hugs and lots of love Katrina xx ReplyCancel

  • Rochelle

    Bless Sweetie – sending you & yours love and kind thoughts xo ReplyCancel

  • Kath

    Sorry to hear of your loss.  My thoughts are with you & your family xReplyCancel

  • Hayley

    So so sorry for your loss.. Thinking of you and your family xReplyCancel

  • Oh, darling, I am so sorry.  Losing your mum would be so hard and even harder when it is so unexpected.  Hugs and love coming your way…ReplyCancel

  • Bluezone

    Thoughts are with you and your family.  Such a hard time… ReplyCancel

  • Priscilla

    So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Manda-Kate

    Sending heartfelt sympathy to you at this time of sadness. 
    Hope the lovely memories of your Mum help even though they will make you cry…. I hope that they at times will make you smile too.  x

    P.S.  Take all the time you need…..we will all be here patiently waiting until you are ready to come back.ReplyCancel

  • sarahbraaksma

    deepest sympathy to you and yours Kat. you have been in my thoughts and prayers. xxReplyCancel

  • Nicole Baillie

    Sorry to hear about your Mum’s sudden death. Thinking of you and your family at this time. Take care of your self and strength from those who care for you at this time.ReplyCancel

  • Jonicariedel

    Sending you loving thought at this incredibely difficult time. xxReplyCancel

  • Chris

    So very sorry to hear that you have lost your mum, Katrina.  That she passed away so suddenly will be a shock that takes a long time to process.  In the meantime, be good to yourself, and know that she will always be with you. It took me a long time when I lost my mum, and even now there are times that it’s still tough. Be kind to yourself and take good care.  xo, ChrisReplyCancel

  • KK

    Take your time. Sending you hugs and support.ReplyCancel

  • Busymumto5

    I’m so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the support of all your readers and “fans”  sending you big hugs.  ReplyCancel

  • HStevens

    Sorry to hear about your mum passing . I just love your site n cant wait til.your up againReplyCancel

  • steph

    Sincères condoléances … puisse le temps apaisé votre douleur …ReplyCancel

  • Casey

    I am so sorry to hear that you and your family have lost someone so special and loved. We will all be here when you are ready xoxoxoxoReplyCancel

  • Simone

    My prayers and thoughts are with your family. May your mum rest in peace.ReplyCancel

  • Pjeppesen19

    It’s never easy losing you mom no matter what age you are. I miss my mom every day and she has been gone 7 years this month. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    Oh Kat, I just came to catch up on your blog and saw this. I am so so so sorry for your loss. If there is anything that I can do please let me know. Jen Lovely Living xx ReplyCancel

  • Jspunner

    So very sorry to hear your news.Take Care.Jo ReplyCancel

  • Dagmar

    I’m sorry for your loss. May your mum rest in peace!ReplyCancel

  • Thankyou to each of you for your lovely words and thoughts.  It has been a hard time, unexpected and hard to believe it’s all happened.  Thankyou for your patience with me returning back to daily blogging xxReplyCancel

  • Rose Green

    Oh Katrina, I’m so very sorry to hear about your Mum. It’s a very sad time in our lives when we loose our Mums, no matter the age or circumstances. You take as much time as you need.  Bless you and your Mum.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea

    Ohhh Kat, I am so sorry to hear of your loss….
    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers… xx ReplyCancel

  • Miss C

    It is so hard to accept a loss when it is so sudden like that. I pray that you find comfort in those around you and that you find strength in those that you love. THinking of you and your family at this time CxReplyCancel

  • Tcook

    Thinking of you at this difficult time.ReplyCancel

  • Krystal

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my condolences xxReplyCancel

  • macca

    So sorry for the loss of your mum. Remember to take all of the time you need for you and your family. ReplyCancel

  • Susan Palmer

    I feel so sorry for you and your family particularly at your sudden shock.  It is so important to cry and not hold your sorrow within.  You will find in the times to come that the slightest thing will set you off and that is OK – just let the tears flow.
    Cherish your lovely memories.
    Take as much time off as you need – we will be ready when you are!

    SusanReplyCancel

  • Caroline.

    So Sorry to hear about your mum, take whatever time you need, it is a different process for everyone.
    Sending you gentle hugs, ,and I am sure your mum is watching over you all and will guide you through the coming months and years ReplyCancel

  • Laurie

    Hugs and love coming to you and yours at this sad time. Please take all the time you need and we will wait for you with open arms and love in our heartsReplyCancel

  • Chris

    My thoughts and prayers are with you .ReplyCancel

  • Jknock

    Oh Katrina !  This is such sad news. Godspeed to your lovely mum and heartfelt sympathies to you and your family at this most difficult of times.
    Even though you will understandably not be “full speed ahead” as normal for a while,  I am sure that all your past organisational activities will come into play and enable you to go on “autopillot” every now and then as you need to
    Take Care
    Julia
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  • Donna

    Katrina, I am sure all our thoughts are with you.  It is never easy to say farewell to a parent.  Your mother will always be with you in your heart and in your thoughts.  You will grieve for your loss but also be happy for your memories.  Thanks for sharing with us.  Donna.ReplyCancel

  • Hazelwade2004

    Katrina, my deepest condolences to you all at this very sad & difficult time.  Your mum will always remain in your heart and will be looking over you for ever.  I know it’s a shock, as you say things happened too fast but I hope you can take comfort, in time, from the fact that things were quick and that your mum didn’t have to suffer, as many do, with illnesses like this.  Your mum raised a wonderful person who has inspired many – and that is your greatest testament to her memory xxxReplyCancel

  • Sonya13

    I am so sorry I lost my dad a month ago so know the pain you are feeling, my thoughts go out to you as you get through this xxxReplyCancel

  • Julie C

    I’m very sorry to hear your sad news. Please accept my sympathies.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I feel your pain I lost my dad on 1 June exactly the same way via a brain Tumor that caused stroke like symptoms very sudden I maintained a vigil at the hospital but he is now at peace as is your mum. It’s hard you are in my thoughts xxxxReplyCancel

  • antonette

    so sorry to hear your news. just remember she will be near you always.xxxxReplyCancel

  • Angie chamberland

    Thinking of you during this difficult time.  Lost my our Dad at Easter and still miss him like crazy.  It wont get easier, you just learn to deal with your feelings better. Love to you and your family. xoxoReplyCancel

  • JJ

    So sorry for the loss of your Mum. My thoughts are with you and your family. xxReplyCancel

  • melandhannah

    big cyber hug
    xReplyCancel

  • So sorry for your loss.ReplyCancel

  • Firstly my deepest condolences to you and your family. I lost my Mum a short time ago – Anzac Day to be exact after a short 11 day illness. I too am struggling to come to terms with this – you see my Mum was only 61. Katrina being a little way ahead of you on this I would say do what feels right at the time, cherish your kids for it is through them and their eyes that the light will come back into your world and lastly you are much loved and have all the grace that goes along with that xxxReplyCancel

    • Katherine I’m so sorry to hear of your loss, my Mum was 63. It is so hard to comprehend it all as it all happened so fast. Our stories sound very similar Thank you for your kind words xReplyCancel

  • My deepest condolences on hearing this news.May God you the strength to live happy further. ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Malaniak

    I just came across your blog today through a pinterest pin of your calendars. I’m so sorry for the sudden loss of your mother. Seems we’re never prepared for it but especially so in this manner. Be good to yourself right now – be patient. ReplyCancel

  • Desire Empire

    Sorry to hear of your loss.  Losing a mum no matter what age you are, must be one of the hardest things to endure.
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  • Paula

    My very deepest condolences to you and your family Katrina.  What a difficult time for you all. My heart really goes out to you in comfort and for peaceReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    So sorry to hear about your mum. It is such a horrible time…life just goes into a spin when something like this happens so suddenly. We lost my beautiful Mum-in-law just over 2 years ago. She had battled cancer for around 8 years, but the last 4 days of her life were pretty horrific. She was only 68. All I can offer you is be gentle on yourself. Grief is such a personal thing, and you never know when and where you may just be overwhelmed by it….you just have to go with it. I really don’t think you ever get over losing someone close – especially your mum!
    I don’t think time heals, it just helps you to move forward. <3

    May you be surrounded by your loving family and friends, and find peace in fond memories!

    Thinking of you,
    KylieReplyCancel

    • Thank you Kylie for your kind words and you are exactly right, time won’t heal.ReplyCancel

  • […] past few weeks have been a real struggle coping with the grief of losing mum.  I have lost all my grandparents, but this is a completely […]ReplyCancel

  • Noeline Mathers

    Our deepest sympathies Lost my mum in a car accident They are never far away a thought a song and lovely memories She will always be watching over you and your family The pain remains but you learn to live withit Take Care ReplyCancel

  • […] you have been following you will know that my mum recently passed away very suddenly.  Mum and I were different in so many ways, I love baking she wasn’t a fan, my favourite […]ReplyCancel

  • I have been loving your blogs and inspirations and especially my weekly task-And have just read this blog. Emphathy to you. But what you are doing is amazing. I have shared around friends and they are loving too. ThanksReplyCancel

  • […] I am going to share how I have managed to get my pantry from chaos to organised.  As you know I have not been myself over the past 10 weeks, I have not kept cupboards or areas around my home as organised as I would […]ReplyCancel

  • Loraly Macapagal

    I think you are very strong. I’ve been struggling with the loss of my mom (in 2011). O just want to go back to normal. Can you please share some secrets to living even though mom is gone?ReplyCancel

{MEAL PLAN} Slow cooker chicken casserole

Being that the Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation Challenge started last week I will be following her meal plans.  I won’t be able to post my exact meal plan as these details are for her members only.  However today I will share with you a meal plan from the winner of our Lenard’s giveaway, […]

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  • Sam

    Fantastic meal planning. Big fan of this, especially for working mums. If you want ot be healthy you need to have the food in the fridge  – this means pre-planning. Loving your blog Sam. ReplyCancel

  • Good luck with the 12wbt! I did it the year before last and it was fantastic. She’s a very inspirational woman! ReplyCancel

Beef, vegetable and barley soup

    Beef, vegetable and barley soup   Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 2 hours Total time 2 hours 20 mins   Author: kat Recipe type: Soup Serves: 8 Ingredients 2 tlb olive oil 500g beef, diced 1 onion, diced 2 tsp paprika 3 carrots, peeled and diced 2 swede, peeled and diced […]

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  • Kathcrispin

    Yum, this sounds great, looks like I have found this week’s soup recipe ….thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Becci Sundberg

    Yum! Pinned for next fortnights menuReplyCancel

  • Manda-Kate

    Great for a winter’s night!
    When I make my vegie soup I actually grate the vegies (i.e. potato, pumpkin, swede, carrot)…. just a suggestion :-)ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn D

    I’ve cooked this recipe for past couple of years and always gets the thumbs up. ReplyCancel

Taking a break

Hi all, I have been on cloud nine the past few weeks, I am beyond excited to be going to New York in a little over 2 months.     I have quite a lot going on in between now and then so I am going to take a break this week to catch up around the […]

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  • Have a great break Katrina…you deserve it! Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for the Organised Housewife on your return.ReplyCancel

  • Sevencherubs

    Well done for taking a break Katrina. You work so hard helping others and I hope you enjoy some extra time with your family. Look forward to catching up with your blog when you get back. N xReplyCancel

  • I think this is a good move, Katrina. I don’t know how you keep up with your schedule! You consistently present wonderful posts and tips, manage an enormously active blog/Facebook/Business and manage to run a family as well. Take time for you. 

    I love that image and quote. It’s so perfect. <3 <3 We'll all be here waiting when you come back to us. <3 <3 ReplyCancel

  • Jac @ Commonchaoschronicle

    Most full time workers are entitled to 4 weeks annual leave a year, a week will fly past in no time. I am looking forward to whats to come on The Organised Housewife page.  I am going to use your week off as inspiration to catch up on all the tasks I promised myself I would do from your blog, and have not gotten done. That way when you’re back in a week I will be ready to roll with the new stuff :-) xoxReplyCancel

  • Farmers Wifey

    What a great idea to stop, and relax a bit and reassess…….how exciting to be going to New York!!!!!  Have a break now and then hit the big smoke with bells on!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    You totally deserve the break Katrina!! Enjoy it sweetie and see you next week!! ReplyCancel

  • Enjoy your break, Kat. Totally deserved xxReplyCancel

  • Oh so exciting!! Go enjoy your holiday – we all need a break some times!! Looking forward to what you have in store for afterwards!!ReplyCancel

  • Have a good break. You have done so much so you would definitely need the rest. And…can’t wait to read about organising the office!ReplyCancel

  • Thankyou so much Ladies, I really enjoyed today caught up on so much!ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    Enjoy your blog break Katrina, I did over the weekend and today. So excited to see what you have planned – I de-cluttered all weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Enjoy the break, and use the time to re-charge. That’s what summer’s all about, isn’t it? Our messes will still be here when you’re back. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Sara

    Sorry to hear you’ve been unwell. Doesn’t that always happen when holidays roll around! Hope you get better quick smart and enjoy your time in NY. I’m quite envious as I’d love to go there one day. Look forward to hearing about it when you get back!ReplyCancel

  • Take care of you Katrina, we will be around when you get back.ReplyCancel