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I have received quite a few emails asking for help in preparing for babies arrival and checklists of everything needed for bub.  So I took this all one step further and created the ultimate Pregnancy and Baby Planner.   This planner is a digital download, available instantly after purchase.  It is designed to keep everything […]

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  • Melanie

    This is amazing and just what I am needing, this pregnancy has been a struggle and I am on a lot of medication at the moment, I also can’t keep a few food down so will be great to record it in the daily schedule food box, when I start to get sick I can look back and work out what food doesn’t agree with me. You think of everything thank you Kat, I love the planner.ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui

    Just brought this, Kat it is amazing…. thank you.ReplyCancel

  • i was just thinking yesterday to message you about something like this :) thanks for all your work you help me out so much you are an inspirationReplyCancel

    • Your very welcome, hope you enjoy the planner. I certainly wish I had something like this when I was pregnant. :)ReplyCancel

      • this is my second and i am not quite as organised as i feel i should be. I have MS and cant do to much without feeling tired on the best of day now im pregnant running round after and 2 year old and working parttime i think im a glutten for punishment :S im sure this will help me out tremendously do you have any good ideas for potty training my little girl likes sitting on the potty and knows when she is doing something but hasnt put the two together yetReplyCancel

  • […] Check it out: http://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/printables/pregnancy-and-baby-planner/ […]ReplyCancel

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Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, more meal plans & meal planning printables. This weeks meal plan Monday – Special birthday celebrations with Great Grandmother!! Tuesday – Home from roadtrip, vegemite on toast was all we had energy for Wednesday – Savoury Mince (double batch), potato and vegetables Thursday – Salmon with coconut thai curry sauce, rice and vegetables Friday – […]

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  • flyingdrunkenmonkey

    That cheesecake slice looks too, too good! Would kill for some of that right now :)
    Thanks for linking back. That frittata is really yummy and really easy to make. Even Mr Monkey liked it! :)ReplyCancel

    • Ooh that slice is yummy, you should make it, great way to use up the easter eggs :)ReplyCancel

      • flyingdrunkenmonkey

        I would except I have Gestational Diabetes so wouldn’t be able to eat it anyway! Plus, for the same reason we don’t have many Easter eggs. I’ll have to keep it in mind for next year :)ReplyCancel

  • Becci Sundberg

    Hope you enjoy the swedish meatballs. We do. I make up my own meatballs though and just make their gravy.ReplyCancel

We are trying to add a bit more fresh fish to our meal plan.  I love salmon, actually I’m  happy to have it simply seasoned with salt and pepper, but when I made this meal I thought some curry sauce would team together nicely with the rice and vegetables.  It was very tasty!   Salmon […]

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Today is ROUTINE MONDAY I will be sharing how I keep up to date with our washing.  Unfortunately washing is one of those tedious jobs that is never ending, you think you have found the bottom of the pile, but the next day it’s back!  You need to create a system that works for you. I wash certain […]

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  • I was reading this blog post in bed this morning thinking that I could set up a laundry schedule. Then I spied one of my girls dragging their wet bedding to the laundry and remembered why I don’t have a laundry routine. Thankfully they don’t wet every night anymore but it is still often enough that I have to make sure the washing machine is empty in the mornings ready for wet bedding.

    I miss being able to hang out washing overnight. Between the possums and the spiders anything that is left outside overnight has to be rewashed.ReplyCancel

    • Ooops forgot, I do have a tip for after the clothes are dry. We have 5 laundry baskets. One each for hubby, myself, Annie and Heidi. I used permanent marker to put our initials on our basket and then I just sort the clean washing into the baskets ready to fold and go straight to their rooms. One spare basket for moving around wet washing and holding cleaning bedding/linen/towels. My girls are getting good at taking their own basket of clean washing and folding it and putting away.ReplyCancel

      • Chrissy

        We do that here Mariata. My boys (2 and 4 years old) love this ‘work’ as they call it. They are also responsible for matching and folding Daddy’s socks and folding the rags, washers and tea towels.ReplyCancel

      • Monica A Hanson

        I mostly wash 2 loads of washing each day. My laundry is set up so with 5 baskets ,1. Towels/teatowels/sheets, 2. Darks, 3. Whites, 4. Coloureds, 5. Reds. I’m lucky I have a bigger laundry, bur we are building another house atm and I wouldn’t compromise on my ability to have this set up in the new house. Everynight I put on a load of washing and set it to finish just before wakeup time, I hang that out and then put on the next load ready for when the kids get up. My children are older so it is one of their morning chores to hang it out before going to school or before going to their activities on the weekend. Then in the afternoon they need to take their clothes off the line and place them in their folding basket. I used to make them fold and put them away everyday, but sometimes their daily schedules are so tight that I am now happy with the basket being empty on Saturday. On their allocated day to hang out the washing they are also charged with washing their sheets, My children are now in their teens, but we have had this schedule since very early primary school, and it takes the all the onus of washing, off me. ReplyCancel

  • So when you say you was colours on Monday is that what you are washing that afternoon and hanging before dinner? Your wording later in the post has me wondering if you might was Mondays load on Sunday afternoon? May be its just too early for me…lol
    I really need to get something happening with this all my routines went out the window shortly after we moved and a new washing machine means I need to change the way I used to work with this task.
    Thanks for the inspiration.
    Oh and the reminder about napisan!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I edited the post for you Tammy, sorry it is confusing. This is my schedule what I wash each day, but if I can I will put them on the line the night before. ie, colours on the line Sunday afternoon but all dry for Monday. I find it important to make sure I wash the darks mid week so the kids have school uniforms for the remainder of the week.ReplyCancel

  • Hey Katrina,
    Love this post! I love routines and I love piles lol!!! Actually, I also do as Marita does and have a basket for each member of the family so that I sort out the dry washing and take the basket to the wardrobe where the clothes belong (my squids are only little so I still have to put away) but it makes me feel more organised to at least have everything sorted so if I get side tracked and things aren’t away I know where to find everything.
    My routine is really based around the fact that my HH (Handsome Handyman) needs his uniform washed a few times a week and somehow managed to go through dozens of pairs of socks and jocks a week (I still haven’t figured out why!) so I wash his stuff first so he has uniforms, then the kids stuff and lastly mine (always coming in last lol) then towels and then linens.
    I have two hints… The first is to hand tops on the line on coat hangers then you can simply gather the hangers with clothes on and hang them in wardrobe when dry. The second is if you are running really low on time and have a lot of washing to do then seperate into tops and bottoms, wash all the tops first and put onto hangers and hang (this is particularly useful during wet weather as they can be hung in doorways around the house when desperate to get them dry!
    Geez, might have to turn this comment into a post of its own over on my blog!ReplyCancel

  • Denise

    yes Katrina I also love piles and routines. I also have sundays off if I can.
    I used to do certain things on certain days but since the high electricity rates in NSW I have changed.
    I separate my Laundry into whites, colours,socks, towels and sheets.
    I do all the clothes on Saturday and then towels, socks, table clothes and teatowels on Sunday. This because these two days are the cheapest to do washing. Then I change the sheets on Monday and wash them Monday night after 10pm before I go to bed as at this time of night is the next cheapest time for electricity.
    I do a small clothes wash Tuesday night for Hubbies work clothes.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    Oh a routine for washing! Yippee! I seem to be washing ten times more than anyone else…. with a toddler and a hubby who has a uniform that needs changing every day it seems to be never ending. The only routine I have managed to stick with is sheets on Saturdays when we do a weekly clean. We have a big wide bookcase in our hallway by the bedrooms so I take all my washing off the line and fold next to the bookcase. Linen can go straight in the linen closet, and the rest is left folded for each member of the family to put away. I don’t care if clothes take a while to leave the shelf, because they are not on the floor!ReplyCancel

  • Leila

    I don’t have a washing routine, although i can see how well this could work for us. We are a family of 6 with a toilet training almost 3 year old boy who some days has no accidents and other days will have 5!

    I seperate our washing into:
    red/pink/orange/purple and usually have 1 load of this per week which includes hubby’s work shirts.
    Blue/green which includes the kids school sports shorts and little miss’ school tunic and skirt.
    Towels/tea towels/ face washers etc (we end up with at least 2 loads per week)
    Sheets/Blankets, at least 2 loads per week as a rule
    Dark clothes we usually have 2-4 loads per week depending on what we have had on
    Whites i usually have 1 load a week of whites and will put my oatmeal and colour tops/pants etc in with the childrens school shirts which are yellow.

    I will have to take note of what is put in the laundry on what days over the next fortnight to month and then make a washing plan of action.

    I put all of our clean washing on the lounge so it bugs me until it is folded and put away.ReplyCancel

  • Cassie

    I have alot of trouble doing washing regularly, but generally, once the small hamper in our bathroom is full, I have a washing day. It can end up being up to 6 loads depending on the diversity of colours/towels. My son has a little laundry drawer in his room and this gets added in on washing day, but not before.
    One tip I’d like to add, on top of hanging tops on hangers etc; We have just three in our family, so I hang our clothes in sections on our Hills Hoist. the fourth section is for linen. This way, when I’m taking washing off the line, every body already has their pile to take out of the basket! I find this so handy. I’ve also started to do this while putting the wet washing into the basket so that when I get to the line, every thing is sectioned off and easy to grab. And I’m not dropping wet clothes on the grass, pet hate!!!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Graham

    I am a bit spoilt (well a bit lol). My husband does the washing for our family of six. He tends to wash once maybe twice a week which just drives me mad because he doesn’t wash enough, but hey I am not saying a word… just very thankful that he does it. 😉 When I did the washing I washed every day, and he tends to wash whenever he doesn’t have anymore clean shirts to wear lol But it is all good :) We manage lolReplyCancel

  • Fleur

    Thank you for writing about laundry! This is definitely my weakest area as a housewife! I seem to get the washing clean ok, but I am absolutely hopeless at putting it all away. I am really looking forward to your tips in the next installment on laundry!!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea

    This routine is great and will help me so much! I tend to have maybe one or two days a week where I’m running around like a headless chook trying to get all the washing done AND I NEVER DO! Hopefully your plan will make laundry not feel like my enemy.ReplyCancel

  • Oh I like the look of your new blogging schedule, some things to look forward to and keep us motivated. I tend to just wash everyday no real routine hereReplyCancel

  • I wash all my clothes together, I don’t seperate them out. This is just double handling the washing for me. My husband has white chef jackets and these go in with the colours, darks, towels, whatever. I’ve never had any trouble with clothes running colours (new clothes are hand washed at first so they don’t run). I also use a quality laundry detergent, so I don’t need to add softner, brightener, sanitiser, etc, etc. I do at least one, sometimes two loads a day, but usually get one day ‘off’ a week.

    I peg my clothes out in the afternoon too. I usually throw whatever needs to be washed in the washing machine, put it in baskets and then wait until around 5pm before I peg it out. Any clothes that are on the line are folded as they are put into the basket or again, it’s double handling (take them off line, put in basket, bring inside, fold up). It may take a couple of days for the folded clothes to be put away, but they’re folded, in a basket out of the way.ReplyCancel

    • Rosie

      Hi what laundry powder do you use as there are so many out on the market

      RosieReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        I use liquad Dynamo :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Braaksma

    Hi, I have a routine in laundry as well. When we did our extension, I made sure I put in 2 large POT drawers (on top of each other), the top is my LIGHTS and DELICATES, and the bottom is all the DARKS. I have a separate washing basket for TOWELS and SHEETS.

    As for days of washing (that happens every day – rain hail or shine). We have a large indoor kitchen living room, so in wet and cold weather we purchased a clothes line from Mitre 10 http://products.hills.com.au/Products/Laundry%20Products/laundry-products/portable-clotheslines/Portable%20170/portable-170 (I have seven children, so washing everyday is normal around here).

    Folding I use those wire baskets http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41KRFM1939L.jpg (two kids per basket) and share for hubby and I.

    I also recommend any of you to go to ALDI atm, they are selling these stackable coloured storage boxes only $4.99 each (PURPLE, BLUE, RED AND GREEN), I have used this for extra storage in my laundry cupboards, in the pantry and linen closets too.ReplyCancel

  • Chrissy

    I hang all our ‘good’ clothes (jeans, polo shirts, dresses, tops) inside on coat hangers above the bath. I have a plastic chain that hangs between two curtain rod holders that is perfect. This way our good clothes don’t fade, get wrecked by the dog and aren’t wet if it rains.

    I also don’t sort washing. I was at least 1 load of clothes a day and a load of linen or towels. I have NEVER understood why people sort (someone care to explain?), no issue with colour running as I also handwash the first few times, and there is no way I would ever have a white load. If I’m super busy everything get’s hung out at night after the kids are in bed and can then be brought in after 9am the next morning.

    I use white vinegar as a fabric softner/additive/booster and it is also great at removing smells from the washing not being hung out in time, I just add 1/2 cup to every wash.ReplyCancel

    • Suzy

      I sort because I’ve had problems with colours running and ruining other clothes. I have friend who don’t sort and don’t have a problem, but it has gone wrong too many times for me! I do 4 separate loads – whites, darks, colours and reds (as I find that a lot of red items continue running all through their lives, also my kids’ school uniforms are maroon, and all 5 family members have a few red or dark pink tops and jumpers, so there’s always enough to make a load).ReplyCancel

  • Great post! I will be taking these tips on to.. I was just thinking yesterday that I need to implement something like this. I’m always getting behind with it.ReplyCancel

  • Oh Wow! I am in love with your Blog. Can’t wait to read more!ReplyCancel

  • I love this idea and can see how it can work, but right now I only wash every second day. My little man is 16 months old and I use cloth nappies, so I already have an extra load just for him. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your routines!!ReplyCancel

  • What an inspiration you are Katrina! I have a seven month old and I am still amazed at how much washing I now have to do. To establish a routine is a great idea. Then to get onto that five storeys of ironing I have hiding away…ReplyCancel

    • Rachaela

      Ironing with a baby? This is one chore that I gave up when I had my babies. I had a friend that only ironed in Summer and I followed her lead. My winter wardrobe doesn’t need ironing. Even the school uniforms get left. I have found that if I shake wet uniform skirts out before putting on the line, and are careful when I take them off, it minimises ironing. Also, if I iron the pleats in with a wet washer, I can usually get away with only having to iron the skirts once every two or three washes, as the pleats stay in. I use skivvies or long sleeve polo shirts for winter uniforms that don’t need ironing.ReplyCancel

      • I love these tips Rachaela, do you mind if I add them to the upcoming newsletterReplyCancel

    • Rachaela

      Ironing with a baby? This is one chore that I gave up when I had my babies. I had a friend that only ironed in Summer and I followed her lead. My winter wardrobe doesn’t need ironing. Even the school uniforms get left. I have found that if I shake wet uniform skirts out before putting on the line, and are careful when I take them off, it minimises ironing. Also, if I iron the pleats in with a wet washer, I can usually get away with only having to iron the skirts once every two or three washes, as the pleats stay in. I use skivvies or long sleeve polo shirts for winter uniforms that don’t need ironing.ReplyCancel

  • Kirrily

    I sort the washing as it hits the dirty clothes baskets. I have three oversized paper bags for whites, coloureds and others. That way it is easy to see which load needs washing.

    I found a 3 compartment laundry basket at Big W late last year, carted it to the registers and left it there (too much to carry along the queue, whilst supervising a toddler rearranging the shelves!). I’ve never seen it in the stores again. Has anyone seen something similar recently???ReplyCancel

    • Missimoomoo

      Yes I have found one at Aldi it is fantastic and eliminates all that sorting that you have to doReplyCancel

    • Carole Adams

      I got one in Ikea about a year ago – It’s actually for sorting recycling but perfect for laundry sorting – it’s dark grey with white metal frame – over all size is bigger than regular laundry basket. It’s not that pretty but very functional – has 3 compartments (1 larger than the other 2) I put colours in the largest, then darks in one & whites in the last (I also put delicates in with the whiles – that way I can easily store them until they’re washed (by hand or on delicate load) & also see them so don’t accidently put them in the machine) Not sure if they still do them but worth checking :)ReplyCancel

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  • Perthcastings1

    I don’t know how many times I have ruined a whole load of washing with something red or something black or blue or green bleeding in the wash. I only use cold water but it still happens, especially if the item is new. I always separate my colours now. We have three girls so our 3 colour piles are whites, darks (denim, black, blue, green) and pink/red. With five in the family I usually have enough of all three colour piles to do a load of each every day. If I’m short of white clothes, I’ll put my white teatowels and/or bathtowels or sheets in with the white clothes.
    PS. Thanks for the tip re: how often to wash the bed sheets. I am a bit slack at that. It’ll be weekly from now on.ReplyCancel

    • Wash as it suits you and your family, glad you are enjoying the site and finding some useful tipsReplyCancel

  • TC

    I hang up most of our cothes inside out, minimising fading. It annoys my hubby as everything then has to be turned in the right way, but in saying that it prolongs the life of the clothes. I am still wearing t-shirts and jeans that I have had for over 10 years. Minimal wash fade and still look great. Some of my hubby’s clothes are more then 15 years old and are still great. The kids clothes still look fab when they have outgrown them, so I sell them on eBay for a little extra spending moneyReplyCancel

    • brisyvonne

      TC why don’t you hang them in a shady spot, or undercover, or garage or carport. You could just rig up a line with some nylon rope or similiar. With my black I do that, it saves turning them inside out and then right side out againReplyCancel

  • Kerrie Lee

    I colour sort (been caught with runs) and have a delicates pile, towels and linen. If a particular load is small then I can add say a white towels to the whites load. If I’m lucky I can eliminate the towel pile altogether that way. I check all all pockets for tissues etc, do up zips then turn all inside out so they don’t fade or rub. Peg them out so they don’t show the peg marks if possible and don’t distort or stretch. When I take them off line, they get turned the right way out that way I don’t have to do it before ironing. I take the stuff that does not need ironing off first and fold it, then ironing goes on top. Once inside I can put the stuff that needs ironing straight to the pile and the rest goes into the relevant persons basket to go away. I have RSI injuries so have to do it in stages.ReplyCancel

  • spottsy7

    Did you know you can also use napisan to soak off hard to remove stains from saucepans and roasting pans? Treat the same as for clothing but remember to rinse really well.ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    I would not wash mop heads and tea towels together. In fact I don’t like to wash tea towels with anything else except tablecloths.ReplyCancel

    • brisyvonne

      Hi Anne, I agree,I would never put tea towels with anything other than tablecloths, napkins, serviettes, or place mats. to think you are drying your dishes with something that has been washed with undies, or mops, sounds a bit yuck.ReplyCancel

  • I wash when needed if its going to rain(like this week) i wash everything on the sunny day(like today) and every other week just wash when baskets are full i have a load of whites which is more like a once a week thing and towels when i have enough i need to wash and work uniforms get washed friday night then daughters basket when full and same with oursReplyCancel

  • Judiannd

    I wash tea towels with sheets in a hot wash. Mop heads and other cleaning rags all together, also in a hot wash.ReplyCancel

  • Kat

    I could never stick to a routine for washing. I don’t have the room to make piles of dirty washing.
    I do love a good routine though. Heehee.
    My kids and hubby put all their dirty clothes straight inthe basket next to the machine, or the machine itself if I ask….and I wash most colors together..so as soon as the machine is full, a load goes on. And like you Katrina, sheets are washed and put back on the same day. Other than that, I wash tea towels with the clothes, but bathroom towels and rags separately.ReplyCancel

  • NekoMama @ nekomama.com.au

    Interesting you wash at night and hang overnight. My husband is very particular about them getting re-wet with morning dew. Ever have this problem?ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    I always fold my washing as I take it off the line, as I hate sitting down to a basket full of washing that needs folding before it can be put away. Plus I procrastinate about putting washing away, so if it’s not folded it gets very screwed up sitting in the basket waiting for me to deal with it!
    When I hang my kids clothes on the line, I hang all the t-shirts on one line, the pants on another etc, so that when I take it off I can fold it and place it in piles for each child. Then when I go to put it away, I have a basket of nicely folded washing already in piles of pants, t-shirts etc for each child, easy to put straight into drawers. ReplyCancel

  • TamW

    I also have a washing routine. I have 3 baskets in the laundry and a fourth in the bathroom. Whites, Darks (Blues) and Red/Colours in laundry which Miss4 is able to sort and Mr in bathroom for “work” clothes – he’s a landscaper so very muddy/dusty often. Monday: Sheets. Red and Blue load from weekend. Wed: if there is a load I’ll do one. (I work Tue/Wed/Thur and often don’t get time.) I do put all washing to soak from daycare in afternoons ready for washing. Fri: Red load in am before swimming. Towels from bathroom and swimming after I get home. and often a Blue load in pm. Sat: Dad’s Work clothes and a White load. I try and fold the clothes as soon as they are off the line (we don’t have any room to hide the clothes and hate them looking at me in the baskets and iron only as I need things).ReplyCancel

  • Tab

    While we don’t really have a routine yet (still adjusting to our 10 month old – so much laundry!), my little tip is about washing baskets. We live in an apartment building and would constantly forget to take a washing basket down with us to the washing lines, so I started using the big blue ikea bags (that cost under $2) to take down washing and then I peg it to the line next to the washing :) We found they can hold up to 3 loads of washing at one time.ReplyCancel

  • Gracee

    Katrina, I am continually inspired by your posts but I have a five month old and a two year old and live in a two story house with the laundry downstairs. I am struggling to keep up with the LOADS of towels, wraps, nightclothes, day clothes to wash, and then there’s hanging them on the line and folding!!! How did you do it when your kids were smaller? XReplyCancel

  • Louise

    I like to do small loads everyday or close to it, but I dont do any colour sorting. I’ll do a separate wash for towels and one for sheets once a week but everything else gets chucked in together. I hang it out in groups (ie. 2 lines for Miss 8, 2 lines for Mr 5 the rest for hubby & me) and then I fold it all as it goes in the basket in the order of the lines so as I walk in the house Miss 8’s is on top as her bedroom is the first one I come to, Mr 5 second, etc. Its amazing how a few little steps can make a huge difference as the small loads all folded and in order are so quick to put away.ReplyCancel

  • Peta

    I generally put my washing on at 10pm – as this is the cheap power time – and then hang it out first thing in the morning [6am] makes it time effective and cost effective :) however sheets I do the same as you so these are done as the kids get up and generally on the weekend :)ReplyCancel

  • laura

    i have a different washing routine. I always do a load at night ready to dry the next morning. I seperate the kids clothes (usually about 3 times a week) Mine and my husbands clothes, towels and sheets.ReplyCancel

  • Dwife

    I just upend the whole basket of washing into the washing machine, towels, colours, everything!! No fabric softner. Im a bad housewife lol
    Seriously though, If I had to only wash colours once a week we would all run out of clothes to wear!ReplyCancel

  • Kerry

    Excellent tips – thank you so much! Which Napisan do you use to soak out stains – I’m new to Australia and so not familiar with which Napisan is best for which job! Thanks in advance.ReplyCancel

  • RachB

    Tip…put the washing in the machine the night before and if you have a timer, put the timer on for breakfast time. Then once everyone has had breakfast and got out the door the washing will be ready to hang out.ReplyCancel

  • […] another I wipe down the sink and basin. I rinse them out and then put in the laundry to dry, then wash when I do the towels.  More details on my washing schedule […]ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    I usually find it easiest to quickly chuck a load in the washing machine before we leave for school that way its finished and ready to hang when I get home from the drop off. (I have an old machine with no timer otherwise I like the previous idea of setting the time to go in the morning)
    Depending on the item and the wind I actually am lazy when it come to hanging and don’t bother with pegs for most items, much quicker hanging, easier to take off and no peg marks!! I sometimes go one further and hang things on coat hangers on the line so they dry and go straight in the cupboard!
    Saturdays for me is all uniforms day, work and school, we have enough sets to get through the wk and they’re not getting worn over the weekend so means its all done in one go and all ready for a new week =)ReplyCancel

  • Zöe

    Like the idea of a routine, however its the routine of getting it hung up then put away which I struggle with, esp with a toddler. I get it in the machine ok but frequently don’t get it hung up so it stays wet all day. Hubby then complains ut smells musty, so it often ends up being chucked back in the wash the next day. I need to find a regular time to hang it up. Also not great at putting it away, so washing stays in the dryer till I need it for the next load. I frequently don’t have time (or toddler gets super factious when I’m trying to do chores!) or am too tired to take one lot down, put it all away then hang another load up. Any tips for that would be great! Especially as no 2 on the way which I know will generate even more washing.

    I’m in the UK so no laundry area, washing machine is in kitchen & wash basket in hallway. Weather too unpredictable to hang outside except in v hot weather. Washing has to be dried inside on an airer (which gets in way in bedroom but no where else to put it) or radiator. So we can only do 1 load a day or every other day as only space to dry 1 load at a time.ReplyCancel

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  • Wendy

    My favourite topping good old avocado, tomato and cheese with a little salt and pepper, too bad avocados are too expensive lately to have it often.ReplyCancel

  • CrystalB

    Cheese, onion and avocado.ReplyCancel

  • boogers

    I love cream chesse/cottage cheese with gerkins 😀ReplyCancel

  • Catherine

    These bring back memories of living at home with my parents! Mum was forever making these as snacks – cheese spread, slice of cheese, tomatoe, salt & pepper <3ReplyCancel

  • I think tinned tuna with beetroot would be divine!ReplyCancel

  • Gael

    Ham, cucumber,tomato, salt and pepper. Long time favourite.ReplyCancel

  • Theressa Membrey

    Peanut butter!!ReplyCancel

  • K

    yummo – more ideas for cruskits!ReplyCancel

  • Favourite topping is cottage cheese and tomato with lots of black pepper :)ReplyCancel

  • RossS12

    Smoked salmon, cream cheese and capers (just make sure to put the capers between the cream cheese and salmon so they don’t roll off)ReplyCancel

  • Always love butter vegemite and cheese, or cheese spread…..ReplyCancel

  • Very simple favourite here, butter and vegemite :)ReplyCancel

  • I am happy with just butter, vegemite and a thin slice of cheese on my cruskits!ReplyCancel

  • Cream Cheese and Ham :) YUMReplyCancel

  • Maree Weeks

    I HAD Cruskits, realised I had finished them! Great quick lunch! Even my nearly 4 year old lines them!ReplyCancel

    • Maree Weeks

      Favourite topping is ham, cheese and mayo.ReplyCancel

  • Remi Bettini

    Thanks for all these ideas, lots to try out now :) My fave is avocado with salt and pepper!ReplyCancel

  • cream cheese and salmon:-)ReplyCancel

  • OOO I had cruskits with one of those sundried tomato chunky dips. Love them and it was so much better than heavy turkish breadReplyCancel

  • I know what I am having for lunch now, thanks for the ideas!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jillian Ives

    Extra Light Philly, Salami or ham, spanish onion, capsicum this is my go to topping on Cruskits usually I’ll have a soup too.ReplyCancel

  • ACasa

    Desparately want to try the cinnamon nutmeg ricotta banana & honey one now. Yes please! But all time fav is sliced tasty cheese, onion & tomato flavoured tuna, fresh tomato slices on top, pepper. Oohoooo!ReplyCancel

  • doris

    smoked salmon & a blend of ricota & danish fetaReplyCancel

  • Vegemite or peanut butter. YummReplyCancel

  • Cottage cheese, avocado and tomato, mmmmm.ReplyCancel

  • Cream cheese and salami is yum!ReplyCancel

  • I actually prefer cruskit instead of normal bread! Always have for ages. Love salmon and philadelphia cream cheese with capers and sun dried tomatoes omg so yummyReplyCancel

  • Jacqui Fenton

    Chicken, cheese, pesto and coriander!ReplyCancel

  • Cruskits (I prefer the Rye variety, is lower cals too!) topped with Hommus and fresh tomato are my daily habit yum yum!ReplyCancel

  • Haven’t tried Cruskits for ages. Am a fan of cheese and tomato – must put on the lunch menu next weekReplyCancel

  • Cass

    I love ricotta and sliced dill pickles on Cruskits as a mid afternoon snack.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny S

    Chicken, light cheese and baby spinach leaves… A yummy lunch without the serving of guilt, yay! :)ReplyCancel

  • lara

    cheese and hamReplyCancel

  • I love sliced homegrown tomato sprinkled with salt and pepper, it’s plain, simple and delicious!ReplyCancel

  • tinkerbella79

    I love avocado and egg, its got the necessary protein to help me get pregnant as well as the fantastic taste!ReplyCancel

  • I like Philly cream cheese, grated carrot and sultanas. If I am having a bad day I like to put a little Nutella and sliced banana. ReplyCancel

  • Cheese and tomato hits the spotReplyCancel

  • Banana and top n fill. not the healthiest but sure is good!ReplyCancel

  • Abby

    I eat butter and Vegemite on mine – boring, but I love them!ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    Nothing beats Vegemite and Cheese!ReplyCancel

  • Well nothing beats vegemite, but i absolutely love cherry tomatoes and vintage cheeseReplyCancel

  • Gemma Westacott Blair

    Has to be cream cheese and thinly sliced pastrami! Nom nomReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    Cream cheese, shaved ham and thinly sliced tomato with salt and pepper, delicious!ReplyCancel

  • I like anything that compliments the Cruskits’ crunch. Salami, cheese and baby spinach; spring onion cream cheese with chicken; shaved roast beef, dijon mustard and rocket, yum!ReplyCancel

  • Kat, how, by all that is holy, did you slice the Cruskit for the lunch boxes? I’ve tried it and just ended up with crumbs stuck together by butter!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn Taylor

    Mashed avocado, with smoked salmon.ReplyCancel

  • meegan

    mashed avocado and thinly sliced cheeseReplyCancel

  • Carolyn Bishop

    Avocado and salmon is my favourite, but if I’m being lazy I like peanut butter.ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl

    Good old cheese and vegemite. Also like Tuna. ReplyCancel

  • Ariani

    Cream cheese, smoked salmon, and dillReplyCancel

  • Charmaine

    Avocado, fell in love with it when giving my babies “safe” foods, but your ideas look delicious! Must reacquaint myself with Cruskits!ReplyCancel

  • love creamed cheese and salmon (try it with smoked salmon)ReplyCancel

  • Peanut butter!! Prob not the healthiest option, but I love it.ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    I love avocado and cheese with salt and pepper! So simple but so scrumptious!ReplyCancel

  • My favourite would be avocado with freshly grated parmesan… In fact that is what I had for lunch today!!! WE LOVE cruskits in our houseReplyCancel

  • Dani Barley

    I think I’m a fan of tomato and avocado, with a thin slice of cheese. Now I’m getting hungry! 😀ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Lynch

    I can’t go past home made hummus, the cruskits don’t overpower the flavor :-)ReplyCancel

  • hubby is gluten free so these are part of our everyday lives now…my fav would be vegemite, ham and egg…no one else wants to share with me though :-)ReplyCancel

  • Cheese and tomato with cracked pepper on top :) Mmmmmm Cruskits!!ReplyCancel

  • vegiemite its so yummy or salami and cheese and italian peppersReplyCancel

  • Jessie Hay

    Avocado and tomatoReplyCancel

  • Merryl Chantrell

    You cannot tamper with perfection and that’s why my favourite Cruskit topping is simply to slather them with a good quality Butter…yep just Butter. Do try it :-)ReplyCancel

  • I cant go past the salmon and cream cheese too. Yummo!
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  • You want an awesome topping for Cruskits?! Crispy bacon, eggs and maple syrup.ReplyCancel

  • Jo Long

    Nutella with banana and cinnamon – a little treat to myself when kids are in bed :)ReplyCancel

  • Fiona Charlton

    Cruskits with Ricotta, Cinnamon, Banana & a drizzle of honey!ReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    Cream cheese and asparagus. Cook the asparagus (or use tinned/jarred varieties), spread with cream cheese, lay asparagus on the top and squash it down so it doesn’t roll off. Yum! ReplyCancel

  • Jillian Hall

    I love fresh ripe tomatoes with a sprinkle of salt and pepper on my Cruskits – it’s a flavor that takes me back to childhood!ReplyCancel

  • Annie

    Cheese spread, sliced vine ripened tomato, chopped herbs.ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    Cream cheese and tomato, with salt and pepper. Simple and yum!ReplyCancel

  • I’m so plain and boring – I love cruskits with vegemite and cheese! YUMReplyCancel

  • Candy

    Good old vegemite and butter for meReplyCancel

  • disqus_pborwv3TpH

    Tomato and cheese please. Or occasionally jam – reminds me of my childhood!ReplyCancel

  • Peanut butter (no salt no sugar one), honey and mashed banana.ReplyCancel

  • Tomato and pepper is a firm favourite, plus you can’t go past vegemite!ReplyCancel

  • Kyla

    Great idea, I always have cruskits in the pantry for the kids, but never think to eat them myself!ReplyCancel

  • I do love peanut butter & honey.ReplyCancel

  • Lacey

    Tomato and cream cheese, with salt and pepper is pretty hard to beat!ReplyCancel

  • Good old fashioned margarine and vegemite. You can’t beat it. YUM!!

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  • Love cheese, semi dried tomato, spanish onion and a crack of pepper. Absolutely delicious:)ReplyCancel

  • Sarita

    Home made hummus, thinly sliced cucumber and tomato, a generous sprinkle of chopped parsley, and cracked pepper. Fresh and delicious – but hard to stop at one!ReplyCancel

  • Fleur Millington

    I usually like mine with a little butter -naughty I know but such an easy work snack!ReplyCancel

  • Love red onion, cream cheese and grape tomatoes :)ReplyCancel

  • i like having turkey, cheese and cranberry sauceReplyCancel

  • tuna and cream cheeseReplyCancel

  • Liz A

    Vegemite, ham, avocado, and chicken salt!ReplyCancel

  • Kim m

    I love ham, cheese, sweet chilli sauce and cracked black pepper delicious!!!ReplyCancel

  • AmberB

    Chicken, Brie and CranberryReplyCancel

  • Natkatlark

    Philly cheese and small tin of flavoured tuna. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Love cheese and tomato with salt and pepper.ReplyCancel

  • The tomato and cheese looks delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Vegemite and cheese :)ReplyCancel

  • Jo Keller

    I love love love Philly cream cheese, ham and Avocado with a sprinkle of salt and pepper Yum!ReplyCancel

  • SurelySarah

    I’m a big fan of cream cheese and light peanut butter! Tomato with pepper is pretty ace too!ReplyCancel

  • Heather Hopley

    I love labna and fresh tomatoes, pepper and salt on my Cruskits.ReplyCancel

  • Karly

    Avocado + salt and pepperReplyCancel

  • Melissa Jones

    Cream cheese and salmon is my favourite topping. I’m a big fan of salmon.ReplyCancel

  • Anna M

    Vegemite….my kids loved them from the time they were in their highchairsReplyCancel

  • Jenn

    Cream cheese and vegemite is my number one favourite!!ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Straight up avacado. Yumm!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa C

    Cream cheese! Hard to go past it. My kids love it tooReplyCancel

  • flyingdrunkenmonkey

    Rye cruskits with cottage cheese, tomato, fresh basil and salt and pepper. mmmm.ReplyCancel

  • I love Peanut Butter! But will definitely be trying some new things after reading this :)ReplyCancel

  • Debb

    i too adore salmon and cream cheese! i just had lunch but its making me peckish again hahaReplyCancel

  • Angelina Kenman

    Hummus and Avocado – Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Cream cheese and tomato! yummoReplyCancel

  • Jennifer

    We are big Cruskit eaters in our house, the kids love them plain, or with vegemite, cheese, tomato, avocado, for me I love cream cheese, sliced banana and a drizzle of maple syrup..yum..ReplyCancel

  • Bosco

    I love a bit of hummus, then ham, lettuce and cheese. Yum!!ReplyCancel

  • Cheese and Tomato have ALWAYS been my favorite Cruskit topper.ReplyCancel

  • Mel Cordell

    John West Tuna Tempters are great to grab as you are running out the door, easy to keep at your desk/office, and are great on Cruskits which you can also keep a box of at your desk :)ReplyCancel

  • Jodi Bingley

    As boring as it may seem… Vegemite is my favourite topping for Cruskits! Aussie, Aussie, Aussie – Oi, Oi, Oi!ReplyCancel

  • Tomato & Onion tuna and Philly cream cheese Nom!ReplyCancel

  • Tamsin

    I like cream cheese with smoked salmon and capers, hummus and cheese, avocado with tomato and cheese, cream cheese with sliced gerkhins, cream cheese with sliced cucumber. A sprinkling of herbamare salt on these toppings is nice. Also peanut butter and grated carrot is yummy.ReplyCancel

  • Helen Naicker

    Tuna leaves, crumbling feta and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar…ReplyCancel

  • I love philly cream cheese, ham and cucumber on mine!ReplyCancel

  • Ingird

    I love avo, mixed with cottage cheese (the one that comes in onion and chives) and sweet little tomatoes on top. this has become a snack staple for me!! Yummo!ReplyCancel

  • Vegemite and cheese, and pop in microwave for 20secs to mel cheese. ReplyCancel

  • celia

    Thank you. I love cruskits with coconut butter and pesto.ReplyCancel

  • My son is a big fan and just loves them plain!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa

    Good ole butter and vegemite :) mmmReplyCancel

  • Dani

    This is such a great post for me – I HATE lunch, so loving being inspired by Cruskits! My favourite is cream cheese & tuna, yum!ReplyCancel

  • stacye reid

    i love cruskits with Smoked salmon and cream cheese Delish!ReplyCancel

  • Kellie Fuller

    Tomato and Onion Tuna, with a bit of cream cheese :-)ReplyCancel

  • jade_williams

    Tuna, avocado and cheese!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn

    Peanut butter & honey. Very naughty but oh so good!ReplyCancel

  • Jodes82

    Plain for my babies, crus kits were great because they kind of melt in your mouth. So I knew the kids wouldn’t choke on them. Now they love them dunked in Nutella.ReplyCancel

  • Ricotta cheese and smoked salmonReplyCancel

  • Hmm…I’ve never tried cruskits before. Guess I know what I’m gonna put in my shopping trolley next time :)ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    I’ve always just eaten them with cheese and tomato! But there are some creative ideas out there, I really should be adventurous and try them!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah H

    Cream cheese and vegemiteReplyCancel

  • Deb

    Mashed Avocado, with the lite sundried tomato & onion tuna (drained of course) a little bit of cracked pepper. Yummo!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Holly R

    Tasty and traditional- Cheese and tomato with some cracked pepper. I am definitely trying the salmon and cream cheese… and (Helen’s suggestion) the feta and balsamic vinegar sounds pretty good too!ReplyCancel

  • Peanut butterReplyCancel

  • My favourite topping is just cream cheese – I could nom them all day!ReplyCancel

  • Nutella and cream cheese :) a pregnancy craving that never disappeared once baby arrived!ReplyCancel

  • Nutella as a sweet snack…ReplyCancel

  • Lots of butter! not healthy but tastes so good :)ReplyCancel

  • ‘Curried egg and lettuce.ReplyCancel

  • Jess

    Cottage cheese and sliced gherkins. Love it! Can’t forget good old vegemite eitherReplyCancel

  • Sarah McCoy

    I love cruskits with colby cheese and cheesybite vegemite. So cheesy and so good :)ReplyCancel

  • Shannen

    I love them with Avocado nod my one year old loves the corn cruskits with cottage cheese.ReplyCancel

  • Avocado, shaved chicken loaf and a sprinkling of grated cheese :) The cheese and tomato is a staple of mine too!ReplyCancel

  • Bettina

    Butter and golden syrup- naughty I know!ReplyCancel

  • I love cheese, chutney and rocket! Homemade chutney is the best!ReplyCancel

  • Tuna, corn and cream cheese is my favourite, then tomato ham and cheeseReplyCancel

  • Paula

    I haven’t had cruskits in years – great idea. I’ll have to add them to the shopping list.

    I used to love Cruskits with butter and Promite!ReplyCancel

  • I need to get kids lunch box idea’s, that way i can try them before the kiddies :)ReplyCancel

  • Eva Lavelle

    Is it daggy that my absolute favourite cruskit topping is butter and vegemite?!ReplyCancel

  • have not had them for years need to look for them as the bread in this house goes stale too quick. Loved them with sliced cheese and vegimite, oranges when preggo.ReplyCancel

  • I’ve been getting some great ideas from others comments! My boring, yet yummy staple is tuna with cream cheese,ReplyCancel

  • i love good old vegemiteReplyCancel

  • Kirsten Benhiam

    When I am feeling nostalgic I turn to vegemite but when I am feeling great and the sun is shining I have cheese and tomato. I have to hide the rest of the packet though as my kids can polish them off very quickly.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Lakeman

    Butter & Vegemite!!!ReplyCancel

  • Diane Heriot

    cream cheese, smoked tuna and cornReplyCancel

  • Vegemite for sureReplyCancel

  • Megsy

    My all time favourite would have to be light cottage cheese, torn basil leaves and sliced tomato. Yummo!ReplyCancel

  • Missy

    It might be boring but butter and vegemite!!! yum!!ReplyCancel

  • Good old vegemite for the kids! Cheese & tomato with a small sprinkle of pepper for me!ReplyCancel

  • Raquel

    Avocado & feta blow away all the problems in the the big bad world!! lolReplyCancel

  • jodie

    I am boring, my all time fav has to be butter and vegimite!ReplyCancel

  • Vegemite or tomato, cheese and pesto mayo :)ReplyCancel

  • yummo my kds love these with anything an everythingReplyCancel

  • Peta

    Tuna, cucumber and pickle relishReplyCancel

  • Cream cheese, bacon, onion and chilli sauce.ReplyCancel

  • I’d just about forgotten that cruskits exist! I’ll have to get some…your lunch ideas look yummy!ReplyCancel

  • jenny

    Spinach dip with turket and pinenuts.ReplyCancel

  • Iva

    tuna, feta and drizzle of olive oil!ReplyCancel

  • banana and honeyReplyCancel

  • Avocado, Tomato and Ham! Oh yum!ReplyCancel

  • Renae

    I can’t go past a butter and Vegemite cruskit, I always eat more than what I planned.ReplyCancel

  • Tomato and cheese with a little bit of salt and pepper, but I’d like to try some of the suggestions below!ReplyCancel

  • Smoked salmon, capers,avocado and cream cheeseReplyCancel

  • I just love Peanut ButterReplyCancel

  • My favourite cruskit topping is a smear of mayo, a few baby spinach leaves, topped with some yummy Mediterranean-flavoured tuna. Yummo!! And for the sweet tooth – peanut butter, sliced banana, drizzled with honey.ReplyCancel

  • peanut butter and strawberry jam!ReplyCancel

  • Cream cheese, smoked salmon and avocado!ReplyCancel

  • Just love Cheese and tomato or smoked salmon with capers and Cupie mayonnaise.ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn

    Vegemite and butter my childhood favourite!ReplyCancel

  • Edward Lauren

    Vegemite and Red Leicester CheeseReplyCancel

  • My favourite Cruskit topping?
    Avocado, bacon bits and shredded lettuce.ReplyCancel

  • Simone

    Cheese and Tomato yum yum yumReplyCancel

  • cream cheese by itself. YUM!!ReplyCancel

  • Corrie

    Avocado & tomatoReplyCancel

  • My favourite is mayo tuna and onion.ReplyCancel

  • Ky Price

    cream cheese and strawberry jam or just tomatoReplyCancel

  • Kim M

    “Tomato and Onion” tuna and cream cheese.ReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    Cheese, tomato, avocado and black pepper.ReplyCancel

  • LuiseP

    classic cheese & tomato, with a touch of fresh black pepperReplyCancel

  • I love them simply with vegemite :)ReplyCancel

  • I love mine with peanut butter as an afternoon pick me upReplyCancel

  • It used to be just plain old cheese but after visiting the blog & Cruskits FB page, now it might be tuna and ricotta with avocado!ReplyCancel

  • Jenai

    Mr 4 loves them with vegemite, Mr 2 loves them just with butter, I love them plain (great alternative for fatty chips, and a nice crunching sensation when you bite into them), and hubby loves them with salmon, rocket and cottage cheese. They’re a winner any which way at our house :o)ReplyCancel

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The last month has flown by and to be honest even though it has been extremely busy I have had so much fun.  I am really enjoying my studying and I hope you can see some wonderful improvements on the blog over the coming weeks. I had a blast doing loads of Easter baking and […]

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    For our 25th Anniversary we went on an 11 night cruise – just the two of us – it was magical. It is very good for the children to see that mum and dad need time out too and that we look forward to our times alone as well as together with the family. It might sound old fashioned, but I firmly believe that the best thing you can do for your kids is to give them the security of coming from a happy marriage. Not always easy and sadly, not always possible – but great if you can do it and certainly something worth working towards.

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    The Zoku Quick Pop maker is my absolute favourite item from LTK. It’s the best!ReplyCancel

  • Annie

    What a great idea is the Sand Bucket Scooter. The kids can have so much fun at the beach or in the sand pit at home or kindy :)ReplyCancel

  • Guest

    I am a very regular customer at LTK :) would love to win and buy another tiger tribe boxed set – I’m thinking my daughter would love the pirate one! Thank you! anyaReplyCancel

  • bremans2

    We have a lot of products from LTKs :) my current favourite would be the mocka teepee my 2 year old received for Christmas! It’s gorgeous and both my girls love it! Thanks, DanyaReplyCancel

  • Fiona Charlton

    3D Play Rugs – Traffic, great for little boys who love cars!ReplyCancel

  • brejed

    I just love the sand toys. The tiger tribe sets are innovative and fun.ReplyCancel

  • What isn’t there to love? I love the Mr food face plates and the Dr Haba medical kit. I especially love the medical kit because the toys are plush which means noone is going to get stuck in the eye with a ‘plastic needle’.ReplyCancel

  • The Brolly Sheets! We have just started the no nappies at night with my son and have had countless accidents which have resulted in the entire bed required to be stripped and the mattress aired. These would be a sanity saver!ReplyCancel

  • Jessiep

    Love the tiger tribe box setsReplyCancel

    • Jessiep

      Oops, because they are easy to pack up and keep together all my children love them ages from 7 months to 9 years and they have that nice old fashion feelingReplyCancel

  • LauraDA

    I love the chic maxi kitchen in brown or pink!ReplyCancel

  • Would love the Brolly Sheets we’re toilet training our little man and haven’t started nights yet :-)ReplyCancel

  • The zoku pop maker, healthy icecreams made in minutes, made with you-know-what, not who-knows-what!!!!ReplyCancel

  • I love the Mocka soho kids chairs my kids love them and they are so useful and practical. Wo0ulkd lovw to buy them a tee-pee!ReplyCancel

  • I would love love love the ZOKU Quick Pop Maker! Here in QLD it would be wonderful to make different flavoured ice-blocks (with the kids help) each afternoon during summer. Find a favourite, make it for a few days. Great way to introduce different fruits or combinations!ReplyCancel

  • The creative flare that is sparked
    When my children create with art.
    Decorating their own cardboard ART HOUSE
    Their individual quirkiness reaches out.

    So proud of their own creations,
    Admiring their drawings with adulation,
    Learning about colour blending, refining motor skills
    Confidence with creating is instilled.

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  • My favourite is the Magnetic Words range as im currently helping my four and half year old to write and readReplyCancel

  • Love the Jellystone necklace, so bright and stylish.ReplyCancel

  • I like the look of the learning ladder, would come in handy at my house, the kids are always trying to see over the bench.ReplyCancel

  • I do love the 100% cotton muslin Star Light sleeping bag by aden +anais. Beautiful & safe sleeping.ReplyCancel

  • Love the look of the tiger tribes box sets love anything that resembles a doll house for boys :)
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  • Dawn Taylor

    The Tiger Tribe ABC stamp set. I’m not able to get down on the floor and play like I used to so I like toys and games that I can play with my granddaughters that aren’t too bulky and heavy and can be played on a surface that is a good enough height to get my wheelchair under. The stamp set would fit the bill exactly.ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    Children’s tree hangers. I would just love to get one of those!ReplyCancel

  • I love the bunny night light is very retro and well cute as a bunny!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Fleming

    I love the Funkyfonic headphones, my children all need new headphones and these ones are gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    I love all the wooden toy foods, but especially love the Chic French Bakery!!ReplyCancel

  • Heather

    I love the new range of books and guides, that Shelly is using also, with great results for her son. I too have a wonderful son with ASD (and a gorgeous little coeliac daughter), it is amazing what some small changes can do.ReplyCancel

  • Love the Lullaby fit ball – my little one would love one for her physio rather than the standard sporty fit balls.. would make physio just that little bit more fun!ReplyCancel

  • AmberB

    Love the Ladder Shelf – it’s the perfect way to display allof the family’s special treasures.ReplyCancel

  • kylie.thomson

    I love the hand puppet door-way theatre. I love it when my kid’s put on a show!ReplyCancel

  • joanne jensen

    my grandson would LOVE those sand toys! he spends hours out in his sandbox!ReplyCancel

  • Kerrie Owen

    I would LOVE the ‘ Mocka Table and Chairs for my grand children so they have a place to sit, eat and play. These are unique in design and i love it.ReplyCancel

  • I really love the Kimochis – they are sooooo cute!ReplyCancel

  • Christie

    It’s my son’s birthday in 3 weeks and he’d love those sand toys!ReplyCancel

  • Robyn H

    I’ve ordered from LTK before and their customer service is AMAZING!!! Love supporting local, family-run businesses!ReplyCancel

    • Robyn H

      I should add my little girl loves her LTK bunny I ordered for Easter!ReplyCancel

  • Dani

    My great nieces would love the sand toys!ReplyCancel

  • Love the box sets! My son would go crazy for the pirate themed box!ReplyCancel

  • So many product that will help me within my family with three children on the ASD spectrum.ReplyCancel

  • Jude

    I love how sturdy these toys look! How can I pick a favorite?!! :)ReplyCancel

  • brookep

    love supporting family businesses!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Great toys. My kids love playing in the sand so the sand toys would be well loved!ReplyCancel

  • Shannen

    I would love a Zoku Pop maker for yummy frozen treats with seasonal fruits. Sounds deelish for a steamy Queensland afternoon. ReplyCancel

  • Ghost egg cups they are so cute!ReplyCancel

  • Leah Piper

    Love Love Love the KimochisReplyCancel

  • Tegan

    I love all the products on this website – unique and educational!ReplyCancel

  • Sonia

    I love the car garage.ReplyCancel

  • Mel C

    Both my 4yr old DD and 18month old son would love the sand toysReplyCancel

  • Angela Tylee

    I’ve been eyeing off the storage benches – they’re my favourite! They’re cute, anything with storage is fabulous for this house, and the kids would love them. Fingers crossed for me. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    How to choose, but I think some outdoor toys to help my inquisitive little man explore nature and gardeningReplyCancel

  • Adele Smith

    I think the Mini Teepees are simply gorgeous and would make the perfect interactive & imaginative play gift for boys and girls.ReplyCancel

  • Catherine

    I want a teepee for my two girls! They would love it! I can imagine them putting their pillow pets and blankies in there and playing for ages.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Wieckowski

    My little boy’s birthday is in May and he is just crazy about puzzles at the moment so I would love to get him the Speedy Fish Puzzle and I loved the look of the Ball Track too!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    Love the 6 cube storage units. About to update my son’s bedroom :-)ReplyCancel

  • flyingdrunkenmonkey

    I love the “BabyZoo Sleep Trainer Clock”. They are so cute! My daughter loves animals and has just started trying to learn to use a clock so they would be perfect for her.ReplyCancel

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  • Angelina Kenman

    I think my hubby would have just as much fun with some of these toys as my son :)ReplyCancel

  • I love this site – they have a fab quirky range of kids products. I especially like the Squeezems – so handy for school lunch boxes and little ones on pureesReplyCancel

  • Janine Stoner

    I love the Fruut Storage Tree…a very versatile storage idea. It would also be great to decorate at certain times of the year such as birthdays, christmas, easter etc.ReplyCancel

  • andrea

    Only $100? That won’t buy me one of everything 😉ReplyCancel

    • andrea

      Ooops didn’t read the question properly. I would love some sandwich cutters. My little boy is such a fussy eater!ReplyCancel

  • I like the OTI organiser, which I purchased for the first time in 2012, very practical.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty Kelly

    I love The Tee Pees the most!!! But I love your FB Page for the hints and tips :O)ReplyCancel

  • Beck

    My kids love the box sets. they have looked at them and chosen one all ready lol one would love the fairy one and the other the cars one. they would be so good to take when you have to take your kids out to a dinner or something.ReplyCancel

  • We LOVE the soho highchair, it is so perfect for little people. It enables them to be at the correct height, i love that it has different height levels for as they grow. definitely a piece that will grow with them and be able to be used for many years.ReplyCancel

  • Victoria

    LTK have awesome products. I love my sons bashful bunny, it’s so plush and cuddly!ReplyCancel

  • Crystal Jones

    I would absolutely love to try the bath crayons I think my 2 year old would love them :)ReplyCancel

  • I LOVE the puppet show stands! :)ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Baker

    My 4 year old is in love with rainbows at the moment. I am sure he would love to receive on of the rainbow casesReplyCancel

  • I love the Storage Unit – Three Cubes and wan them to store the kids school and sport stuff in so we can finally get organised with that.ReplyCancel

  • Maree Weeks

    My oldest would love the Pirate Tiger Tribe Set!ReplyCancel

  • I love the felt ball rug!! Would look great in my daughters room :)ReplyCancel

  • Aileen

    Tiger Tribe Fairy box set is divine. Love the rainbox stairs/slide part of it.ReplyCancel

  • We would love Baby ChloeReplyCancel

  • My boys desperately want a teepee so I know it will be very loved!ReplyCancel

  • Claire H

    I am loving the Jellycat bashful bunny at the moment. My daughter just received one for Easter and she loves it too. ReplyCancel

  • the haba sand toys as my kids love the sandpit!!ReplyCancel

  • Stace

    I LOVE ALL PRODUCTS FROM LIME TREE KIDS!!!
    If I had to pick just ONE as my all time FAVOURITE, it would be the “Tidy Books Bookcase” because I LOVE books and we have so many!! I have always taught my Boys how important books are and I really LOVE the idea of having a select few books out on display!!!ReplyCancel

  • I love the Le Toy Van Wooden Toys – especially the mixer. I love the durability of wooden toys and know my kids would love to play with them.ReplyCancel

  • A teepee would be lots of fun for my boys :)ReplyCancel

  • Charmaine

    I love all of their stuff but right now I NEED some storage cubes to get my daughter’s bedroom under control, so I’ll say them!ReplyCancel

  • Anya

    Le Toy Van range is the best! High quality toys to treasure for generations of kids:)ReplyCancel

  • The Tee Pee its so awesome would make a great indoor cubby for rainy days for my girls. They go crazy for cubby houses at the moment.ReplyCancel

  • The magnetic Alphabet case, fun and educational.ReplyCancel

  • I love the wooden toys particularly the Multi Activity ChariotReplyCancel

  • Jillian hall

    I love the Lunch Pals Butterfly, what a cute idea for lunchtimes at kindy!ReplyCancel

  • Maria Pennisi

    Love the wooden toys. Simple but fun and durable.ReplyCancel

  • Love the Boxset – Fairies. Awesome how it packs up!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Thompson

    My 2yo would love a tee peeReplyCancel

  • Master 2 would love the tee pee… I can imagine him squealing with delight already!ReplyCancel

  • Di

    My girls would love a table and chair set for the toy room.ReplyCancel

  • How awesome is the my first autobahn tape! It’s on my shopping list for my son’s birthday, as well as my 2 nephews birthdays that follow very closely! I can’t think of anything cooler for a little boy, my son spends hours playing with his cars.ReplyCancel

  • I Am coveting a tidy books bookcase – so perfect for little kids books – and a perfect size for the limited space we have in our shared bedrooms :)ReplyCancel

  • Megs

    HABA Sand Toys! Anything to get the kids outside digging around having fun and getting fresh air is fantastic in my book!ReplyCancel

  • There are too many products to choose one favourite! I would probably have to say at this stage that it is the Jack and Jill organic toothpaste for kids. No nasties :) Looking forward to seeing more products in this category.ReplyCancel

  • Theressa Membrey

    The sand bucket scooter by Haba.ReplyCancel

  • Abby

    Love the cute car tracks and toys for little boys :)ReplyCancel

  • Love the Mocka cowboy teepee for my little boy!!!ReplyCancel

  • meegan

    I dont have a favourite but I have got the fridge to go lunch boxes and all the kids in my sons class have been asking their parents for one too..ReplyCancel

  • disqus_pborwv3TpH

    Wooden toys <3 <3 <3 !!ReplyCancel

  • tanya c

    The teepee is such a great place to read books and play cubbies indoors.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara

    I love this because it looks so realistic. Provides hours of fun
    http://www.limetreekids.com.au/product-large-pastel-kitchen-1918.aspxReplyCancel

  • Jo Keller

    Love the Tangram Hammer Game, everyone in the family can have fun making pictures and what kids doesn’t like to hammer and nail things!.ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine

    We couldn’t make it to the rally, but this is the next best thing
    http://www.limetreekids.com.au/product-rally-speed-1513.aspxReplyCancel

  • Karly

    I’d love a new nappy bag – especially the black diamond quilt carryall

    http://www.limetreekids.com.au/product-black-diamond-quilt-carryall-faux-leather-trimbase-774.aspxReplyCancel

  • Amie

    I have my eye on the Tiger Tribe Magna Play Things That Go as well as the Magnetic Rocket for my two boys.ReplyCancel

  • jade_williams

    I have heard fantastic things about the Mocka Original Highchair and would love to purchase one for my little girl now we have started solids.ReplyCancel

  • Mick G

    Little Cooper would so love the tee pees as hes a realt outside boy and tents are a real magnet to himReplyCancel

  • Deb

    The Train box set you can take it with you, great to travel with too! :)ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Daniels

    GIRLY GIRL TEEPEES are so amazingly cute I love the simplicity of them and the fun they will make outside, it brings back my childhood memoriesReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    I love the monkey storage bin so so much! I’ve wanted it from the moment I saw it about 6 months ago. It’s just so cute and bright, it would be perfect in my little monkey’s room!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Andrew

    I love the Sophie the Giraffe Roly PolyReplyCancel

  • Nic Smede

    How exciting.. :)ReplyCancel

  • I love the Tiger Tribe train set for my grand son – he loves cars but has not had exposure to a train. I am sure he would LOVE it!ReplyCancel

  • I absolutely adore the Tiger Tribe boxsets, my little man loves packing it up and taking it to his Grandma’s house. such a great toy.ReplyCancel

  • Diane Heriot

    Zoku Quick Pop Maker looks amazing and fun for the whole familyReplyCancel

  • I love, love, love the hand puppets and whole puppet set! So much to love, but they are my fav.ReplyCancel

  • The Train box set is great. Master 2 would love it.ReplyCancel

  • Liz B

    The ZOKU Quick Pop maker – it looks like an amazing productReplyCancel

  • J_in_WA

    As a teacher, I love any product that is going to encourage a young love of literacy and also anything to develop fine motor skills.ReplyCancel

  • Kirrily Morse

    We love our 3 sprouts Storage boxes from LTK. So handy for packing up train sets and multiple random toys.ReplyCancel

  • stacey

    I love the walking schedule. Its a good way to remind us to go for a walk and see what nature has to offer…ReplyCancel

  • I’m totally in love with the Babywood Whale puzzle! My family has a thing for whales and has a huge collection of figurines and arts and crafts. That puzzle would be a super cute addition!ReplyCancel

  • The storage cube sort it and store it bins are great because it allows the toy room to be neat and tidy yet the toys are still easily accessible for the kids! Plus they look snazzy!ReplyCancel

  • jen

    Sophie the Giraffe for baby gift & my son’s jarod tool bench – he loves it!ReplyCancel

  • Honeybeebooks

    My Daughter loves the sandpit and the Sand Bucket Scooter is such a great looking toy. HABA always make great quality toys.ReplyCancel

  • I got the squeeze ems for my kids and they are obsessed with them! But I love everything on the LTK website. I want everything lolReplyCancel

  • Bev

    Art House has got to be our fave, with 2 very arty kids they love to create their own design on everythingReplyCancel

  • Katherine

    Just got a LTK order last week. They are so efficient and love everything I bought. Here’s hoping for a fun shopping spree!ReplyCancel

  • Rowena

    I think that the tidy books bookcase looks amazing. The ones that I have seen in the toy suppliers, the shelves are not deeper enough and the books fall out.ReplyCancel

  • whitney

    haba, haba, haba…..and my mummy bag is full of tiger tribe stuff….the little kite in a bag – best thing everReplyCancel

  • Jacqui

    We love the wheely bugs. We have the small Bee one and my son loves scooting around the house. I love the enjoyment he gets from this product.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    I love everything on LTK but have been eyeing offtheMocka highchair so with bubby number three on their way would love to get that.
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  • Wonderful goodies but with a new baby and knowing i will be making and freezinf puree soon the Freezer Pods would be fabulousReplyCancel

  • Just received my first LTK product the cowboy tee pee. This arrived very quickly and is just a fantastic addition to any childs toy collection. The quality is awesome and my kids havn’t stopped playing in it. The have also been sleeping in there at night.. Am hooked now and need to get more stuff.ReplyCancel

  • Nicola

    Sandwich cutters! My little girl loves her lunch in shapesReplyCancel

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  • Megan

    you are a life saver Kat, we are going on a road trip this weekend an dI am so busy with work I just haven’t had time to think what to pack, this is brilliantReplyCancel

  • chrystal

    Perfect timing! We’re driving from brisbane to canberra with 3 kids for the school holidays!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Excellent! Hopefully this will help you all out.:)ReplyCancel