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November is creeping up, I am certain this month will go very quickly as I have so much to do between now and the kids finishing school.  Planning is the key to make sure that I can achieve all I need and balance my schedule with family and me time. The November monthly calendar is available to […]

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  • Julie VG

    Great site with some very useful ideas!! I’m curious if there is a reason you are spelling organize with an “s” instead of a “z”?? I checked the home page to see if there was any history but couldn’t find anything. I thought maybe your last name was Nisen or something an maybe it was a play on words. . . ReplyCancel

    • here in Australia we use English spelling, so “organise” it is. You must have missed where Kat lives :)ReplyCancel

      • Julie VG

        Yes, I did!! Thanks for the clarification! I didn’t think someone would have such a popular blog with such a major mistake! :-)ReplyCancel

  • nia

    hi there..i would to know how to download this calendar.everytime i click,it will link to your shop.then i don’t know how to download it.
    Tq..nice n such an informative blog.

I’m so pleased you all enjoyed the Lego sorting and organising posts that I shared last week.  Lego storage and organising ideas for a boys bedroom and more Lego Storage ideas As I mentioned each child and family like to store their Lego differently.  Either all together in a bucket, sorted by colour or by set. […]

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My eldest two are 9 and they still have not been trick or treating for Halloween.  For a number of reasons, I don’t like them asking strangers for lollies, I don’t like them eating lollies strangers have given them (especially the ones not in wrapper) and it’s an American tradition that I didn’t grow up […]

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  • We do not participate in Halloween for many of the reasons you mentioned above, but also because we simply do not beleive in what it stands for – not many people ahve looked into the reason Halloween existed in America – I have, and I don’t think it is something my family will participate in (of course eventually i will explain it to my children, when they are old enough to understand)ReplyCancel

    • kelly

      agree, i’ve also looked into it. definitely not for us.ReplyCancel

  • Harriet Archer

    While my kids are dead set keen to get involved with halloween-y type activities, it doesn’t seem to happen around our neighbourhood, so they are yet to participate. I tend to grab a bag of some kind of lollie that we all like (Freddos or mini mars bars and the like) and have some lollies on hand just in case, but we’ve only ever had door knockers maybe twice in ten years.
    (PS: Halloween is actually a Scottish and Irish thing – and it was the Scots and the Irish who brought the whole tradition of guising to America, who then spread the love to the rest of the world)ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Davey

    I lived in the US for 2 years and is was a wonderful experience to take my students “trick or treating”, to see how people decorated their houses and watch the general excitement… (The sugar high of the children the next week was not so great!!!!). We live on a farm in SA, so we will decorate our house, our playgroup is having a Halloween theme, and we may go trick or treating depending on who in the local town is participating…ReplyCancel

  • We decorate the house 1 week in advance and then hand out ‘Boo’ stickers to all of our neighbours. If they are happy to have ‘trick or treaters’ they put it on their mailbox on the night.

    My two children are allowed to invite 5 friends from school over for a Halloween ‘party’. We play games like ‘brain freeze’ (the old dancing and then freeeze when the music stops) and ‘eyeball and spoon/k’ races. I then give each kids a couple of glow sticks each to put on their necks or wrists to make sure they are visible.

    We break up into about 4 groups and with parents go around our neighbourhood trick or treating (the whole thing takes 1 hr from whoa to go).

    To my kids disgust I won’t let them do ‘gross’ halloween. We decorate with Orange, white and black decorations, no spiders or blood etc. This year the oldest is going as the invisible man and the youngest as Luigi. I don’t like the idea of them dressing as zombies or whatever, that is a personal choice.

    It works for us :)ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for the printable Katrina! This will definitely be handy this year as no matter how much I have available, I always run out as there seem to be more and more kids each year! Miss 5 is a bit miffed that I won’t let her go out but she likes handing out lollies and having some for herself :)ReplyCancel

  • Chelsey

    When I was growing up, it used to be that the houses with the porch light on had candy and the houses with the light off didn’t. Has that changed or is it just different in your area?ReplyCancel

  • Merryl Chantrell

    Thanks so much for the free printable. My huz and I will put it on our front door on Halloween. ReplyCancel

  • Vicki

    I’m very anti Halloween. It’s not a tradition I want to follow or have ever followed during my own childhood since it was always viewed as an American tradition. I have noticed this year Coles have Halloween themed chocolates and even cereal! It’s just another commercial gimmick that’s looking for my hip pocket. Definitely not something I want my children to be a part of.ReplyCancel

  • saltwater

    Each to there own regarding Halloween but – I feel very sad that we are picking up other countries traditions – and loosing our own eg cracker night.
    I really feel that kids to get enough “junk food” these days and as sad as it sounds – I would not let my kids accept “treats” from someone I do not know…….ReplyCancel

  • Rootietoot Toot

    Hi- I’m an American and we have never participated in Halloween. There are some awful memories from my childhood associated with it. If there is a costume party, the kids (I have 4) will go, but never trick-or-treating. Usually we go to a Mexican restaurant that night. When the kids were school age (now they’re in their 20’s) and we lived near my parents farm, we’d go out there that night, have a bonfire, and make hobo pack meals to cook in the coals, and Memphis Molly in the dutch oven. I call Halloween “Culturally Sanctioned Extortion”.ReplyCancel

  • Carli

    Our street has a lot of kids and we get together for trick or treating. This year we decorated the house and had the kids over for photos. One of the neighbours had a little bbq going for the kids. I delivered some trick or treat signs a couple of nights before with a note on the back telling everyone what was happening and if they wanted to participate to hang the sign out so we knew we were ok to knock there. It worked well and everyone was happy. For us, its an excuse to have fun, get together and socialise… lollies are a bonus for the kids…
    We also have a Christmas Party in our street each year…
    I love our street…ReplyCancel

This weeks meal plan Monday – Mince pasta bake Tuesday – Scotch Eggs and salad Wednesday – Subway Thursday – Chicken Kiev and vegetables Friday – date night Saturday – Pork meatballs with Spaghetti Sunday – Tuna Mornay on toast Baking – Apricot and Coconut Cookies Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, more meal plans & […]

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Scotch eggs   Author: Katrina Serves: 5 Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 20 mins Total time: 35 mins Print   These are delicious hot or cold. Ingredients 12 hard boiled eggs 2 tbsp plain flour 1kg beef mince 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs 2tsp minced garlic (or 2 cloves of garlic) 3 green onions ¼ […]

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  • Laust

    Soft-boiled eggs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin Webber

    Yummy, making these for dinner now :-)ReplyCancel

Artisse Organic’s mission is to develop, source and offer the very best in organic and allergen free food.  When one of their kids developed severe allergies, they quickly realised the compromise consumers had to make. The Aribars are both delicious and nutritious for children and are gluten, wheat and dairy free. The entire Artisse Organic […]

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  • Kimberley Belford

    My daughter just started to take boiled egg for mini break :)
    Finally something quite healthyReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Veljanovska

    These Look Delicious sure my Little Boy would love themReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Veljanovska

    My son Loves Cheese Blocks, Dates and Crackers.ReplyCancel

  • Allison

    Great! Might have to try these next time we go shoppingReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I find it really hard with my son, as he is underweight, but can’t have artificial colours, flavours, preservatives etc. So to try to get weight on him, but to keep away from all of the bad things is really hard.ReplyCancel

  • Nikki

    Would love to try these. We have lactose intolerance in our family amongst other intolerances, so finding dairy/lactose free snacks can be hard work.ReplyCancel

  • AmberB

    Fresh fruit and sandwichesReplyCancel

  • Kim m

    Carrot sticks and salad rollsReplyCancel

  • ebakkalis

    I make fruit skewers (with pieces of hard fruit that won’t spoil) and savoury skewers (with cheese squares, kabana pieces, cherry tomatoes). The kids love the colours and textures!ReplyCancel

  • frozen bananas (wooden skewer through the banana, pop in the freezer) healthy “icypole”ReplyCancel

  • Bananas, yoghurt and we resort to chocolate milk too…Having a COELIAC child makes it hard and she isn’t a fan of gluten free bread so we are always looking for new things for the lunchbox…..ReplyCancel

  • Crystal B

    Fresh fruit.ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    They love grapes and strawberries when they aren’t too expensive (5 for $5) and a homemade biscuit or mini muffin.ReplyCancel

  • Fruit, vegie sticks, yoghurt, cheese and crackers, and a treat :) For the treats I have just recently bought Jude Blereau’s fabulous book – Wholefood for Children. We are slowly making our way through – and the kids *love* the recipes!! Particular favourites are the Dried Apricot, Date & Coconut Balls made with coconut butter and the Berry Jam Coconut Slice made with spelt flour. This book is fantastic – many of the recipes are GF and there is lots of advice in adding nutrition – well worth a look Kat :)ReplyCancel

  • Dawn Taylor

    This isn’t good for a lunch box, but for when the children get home from school I’ve just discovered banana whip. never knew just plain frozen bananas could be so delicious and creamy.ReplyCancel

  • these look greatReplyCancel

  • Mel Curtin

    no cook, raw apricot balls with coconut oil! yumReplyCancel

  • Irena

    Apples, cheese and crackersReplyCancel

  • Cassy

    My kids eat anything, which is great because I just buy what’s in season or on special… strawberries, grapes, cucumber, tomatoes, dried fruit, crackers… seriously anything!ReplyCancel

  • “star sandwiches”.. basically just wholemeal bread sandwiches and use a cookie cutter in the shape of a star. Means my toddler eats her sandwich every time.ReplyCancel

  • homemade goodies like muffinsReplyCancel

  • The kids loved to eat home made banana muffins but since the oven broke there isn’t a way for me to make them successfully.ReplyCancel

  • Carol James

    they have fruit and health fruit bars.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    Carrot sticks are a favorite & all kinds of fresh fruit.ReplyCancel

  • grapes and strawberriesReplyCancel

  • Claire

    Banana are guaranteed to be eaten as is yoghurt. He would eat muesli bars but the school is nut free, this looks like a good alternative.ReplyCancel

  • Watermelon, mangoes and strawberries are what my kids beg me to buy for their lunchboxes, takes a bit more time to prepare than packaged foods but I don’t mind one bit!ReplyCancel

  • Mick

    They love their grapes, blue berries, cucumber slices and celery sticksReplyCancel

  • Nerys

    I love to take a pot of dried fruit & nuts for myself and my daughter to munch on, keeps our energy levels up :)ReplyCancel

  • Ying Ying TAN

    My daughter loves her vegemite sandwiches, raisins, banana and LCMs =)ReplyCancel

  • Danya

    We love these already :)ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    My boys are teens and love sandwiches, nuts and fruit.ReplyCancel

  • ElissaK

    My daughter loves little gherkins, olives, carrot sticks, cucumber and cherry tomatoes in her lunch box with some gluten and dairy free hommus.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Beardsmore

    my little one has numerous life threatening allergies so we stick to fresh fruit (which he eats without question seeing as he has never had other things) and home made allergen free cup cakes and cookiesReplyCancel

  • Different fruits cut up in small pieces in a little container or grapes or strawberries.
    Carrot sticks and hummus.
    NB: We’ve gluten and lactose intolerance in our family plus chocolate is a migraine trigger.ReplyCancel

  • Veggie stick and cottage cheese which the kids use as a dip, healthy and yum :)ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Bird

    My daughter takes a piece of fruit to school every day!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Alters

    My daughter loves fruit. Any kind. she eats like its going out of fashionReplyCancel

  • MissT

    My daughter is not at school yet but as a snack I make these yoghurt cereal bars. Just any yoghurt, plain or flavoured and you can use corn flakes or crushed wheatbix, ricebubbles. Mix a little SR flour into the yoghurt and mix in the cereal. Place in a greased and lined slice tray and bake for 15 minutes. So Yummy.ReplyCancel

  • Shiralee

    We can never have enough fruit in our house my children LOVE it ReplyCancel

  • Toni hill

    I like simple things in lunchboxes, a piece of fruit or a ham sandwichReplyCancel

  • Anne J

    I don’t have kids but love simple tasty snacks!ReplyCancel

  • Banana, watermelon and strawberries are definite favourites with my 4yr old son but he’s great with most fruits. Well he’s actually great with most foods in general… :)ReplyCancel

  • I’d love to try these. We’re very new to eating gluten free and to be honest I’m finding it rather difficult.ReplyCancel

  • my kids love apple and cinammon muffins for a snakc in thier lunchbox or popcorn.ReplyCancel

  • My son is very picky when it comes to snacks. He usually only eat fruits, crackers or yoghurt! Which is great :) Its hard to find a good healthy snack bar.. I bet he will love this.. Especially the cocoa one :p I will definately have a look in IGA next time im there!ReplyCancel

  • My boys enjoy a variety of fruits, such as grapes, apples and bananas. I try to make it something different each day :)ReplyCancel

  • My son loves apple and fruit bars.ReplyCancel

  • Merryl

    My son loves apples and would rather eat fruit than chocolate. Very strange!ReplyCancel

  • Bananas and strawberries are always a favourite :-)ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Hay

    They love wholemeal crackers and cheese, yoghurt, dried fruit and fruit.ReplyCancel

  • Hayley C

    Apple pikelets are a huge hit in our house! No sugar at all and 100% healthy!!ReplyCancel

  • Fruit salad stick kebabs. :)ReplyCancel

  • Homemade trail mix and frozen grapes are always a hitReplyCancel

  • saltanas and applesReplyCancel

  • Karla Carey

    My kids are loving the wholemeal Sakatas in their lunchbox with some salsaReplyCancel

  • Melissa Jones

    My little one loves saltanasReplyCancel

  • Jess

    We love Aribars in our lunchboxes, but also choose fresh fruit, zucchini slice (not at kindy, is egg free there), cheese/carrot/cucumber sticks, and popcorn!ReplyCancel

  • My daughter loves muslei bars and homemade fruit leatherReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    My daughter is allergic to dairy and loves Aribars. Great giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • My kids love frozen grapes. When they defrost a little they are kind of like jelly. YUM!ReplyCancel

  • Dionne

    They sound good. Will have to try some at the next shop.ReplyCancel

  • Dianne Childs

    My son loves sultanas and strawberries!ReplyCancel

  • Doulamum

    Homemade muffins and pikelets, banana cake, fruits, nuts, soy crisps and rice cakes are all staples for our boys lunch boxes. But I’d really love to trial these products for my nephew more than anything. He’s lactose and gluten intolerant so finding snacks for him is a challenge.ReplyCancel

  • Kath

    Carrot sticks or rice wheels are good but I’d love to try these!ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    My son loves sultanas!ReplyCancel

  • Kobi

    Fruit is my kids favourite snack.ReplyCancel

  • Megs

    These look yummo – my kids would love these!ReplyCancel

  • Bev

    my grandson is gluten, and dairy free and his dad is finding it hard to get him to eat would love to try these for the little manReplyCancel

  • Sandy

    YES PLEASE YES PLEASE! I have wanted to try these but not sure what they tasted like! I could easily be converted with a sample! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Prue

    My son is dairy and gluten intolerant. He loves eggs atm so we often take a boiled egg with us when we are out and about for a snack. The more kid friendly options for daily and gluten intolerance the better – not much choice atm.ReplyCancel

  • Mara

    Carrot and HommousReplyCancel

  • Jasmine1485

    I love to add a few marinated olives, garlic yoghurt for dipping vegie sticks in, or homemade muesli bars :) I mostly make my own baked goods, because I have to eat gluten free, I’d be very excited to win these instead!ReplyCancel

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  There are so many different ways you can organise and store Lego.  Today I will share with you some more ideas to inspire you.  There are so many different storage ideas for Lego… boxes, tool chest or mats.  Have you seen the Brikbag?  Basically it’s a round fabric mat  with a string around the […]

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  • Snotface Stinkbum's Mum

    my friend has an old timber side table (similar height to the IKEA ones, but larger surface area) with a piece cut out in the centre trap-door style – it hides a supported basket/bucket to place all the lego in. another great idea my Dad had for my brother was to create a lego board – one piece of timber about the size of a door, a couple of handles on the edge, glue the lego boards to it, and it used to slide under his bed. we could build cities and leave them set up on the board, stored under the bed – it was awesome!

    • That sounds really cool, would love to see a photo if she doesn’t mind you sharing it JReplyCancel

    • Sharon

      that is awesome! Have to tell my hubby about that one! Good use of under the bed too!ReplyCancel

      • I designed a bit of an Ikea Hack and got my hubby to make it. I will share the photo with you.

  • JJ

    I love the tool box idea,

    • I think a toolbox would look really good in a boys room. Rough and tough JReplyCancel

  • We store each set made/or not in a zip lock bag (I have 12’x12′ for big ones) and then sort in draws according to type, eg hero factory, star wars etc.
    We also have a bag of assorted bits that have gotten seperated from their sets. Then everyone know where to look when a bit is missing.ReplyCancel

  • Nani

    I bought the Brick Bag for our girls in 1987! It’s still in daily use by my family day care kids and my grandson and its in perfect condition.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    Thanks for sharing the brikbag. I had something similar when I was a child for our lego and had been looking for my own children’s lego! I think storing it might be a problem though – you would probably have to hang it up which might take up a lot of space! ReplyCancel

  • virginie D.

    My favorite is the bag. I had one when I was younger. My mother did it herself. Few month ago, she did an another one for my kids… I have to admitt it’s easy to clean the room after we hang the bag…ReplyCancel

  • I love the little IKEA table with the lego boards stuck on!
    We just have 2 large sturdy plastic boxes – one for hero factory pieces and the other for ‘just lego’ pieces & for now they live side by side in Mr 6’s wardrobe and he opens the door, sits down and starts playing :) ReplyCancel

    • It’s a great idea isn’t it, perfect height for the little kids to stand and playReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    I use the containers from the napisan and washing pod containers :-)
    they stack nicely together as wellReplyCancel

  • Chantal

    Ikea’s Glis boxes are perfect for storing Legos. The large ones for bricks, the small ones for built sets like cars. Stack perfectly. I put stickers on the front with pictures of what’s in there, so the boys can play independently. Works really well so far.ReplyCancel

  • Chantal

    I never sort by color, but rather by size or type. It’s great to have the visual effect of sorting by color, but try finding a ‘1’ brick in a box full of reds! Much easier to find a red in a box of ‘1s’.ReplyCancel

    • I love that you said 1’s… that’s how we describe the different sizes too! 😀ReplyCancel

    • Amber

      My thoughts exactly. I’ve never understood sorting by color. We sort by type. “One bys”, “two bys”, wheels, technic, sloped pieces, plates, etc…ReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    I went to Masters and bought two closetmaid mini 6 cube units and fabric boxes. Found lego labels online- free printables- printed out and stuck them on with clear contact. They are sorted in colour + wheels, people and special bits. Works a treat. Its now in his room, stacked on top of each other on side of his desk against a wall.Son decided how he wanted them sorted. He can make on the desk and leave the mess right there! He is 9 so things that are created do not get packed away!ReplyCancel

  • Felicity Jorgensen

    My Dad purpose built a Lego storage box when we were kids (4 of us ) it has different sized sections for each sized bit. It has 3 levels and a lid. Each level can be placed out separately for play or stacked up to pack away. I agree with size sorting, much easier to find a colour in sizes than a size in colour. Will post photos after my next visit to the parental units house!ReplyCancel

  • This is an Ikea Trofast storage system. My husband bought some MDF from Bunnings he routed the outside edge to make it smooth and then sprayed it white. He then attached it to the top of the unit with screws. We actually use it as a craft table. Each of the draws has different things like colouring in books, paper, spaghetti tins hold pencils and texta’s, Stickers, etc. The kids love it. As the get taller we can add feet to the bottom.ReplyCancel

  • Coubay

    We have tried it all, sorting by type and size, sorting by colour and so on. My son’s collection is huge and they just inherited their Dad’s collection that his Mum had kept since he was a kid (a giant storage 100L container full), they already had enough to fill 1 and a half of those things.
    They can never find the bits for set A or set D so now we are putting each set together, placing it in a ziplock bag labelled with which set it is and then the different types go in a container together. A container of start wars, a container of city, a container of Atlantis and so on.
    It’s big job, wish we had never sorted by colour or type.
    Oh they are all kept in a white free standing pantry in a corner of the dining room, it also houses their big sister’s Home Schooling stuff on the second shelf (home schooled due to ill health), they have the bottom 2 shelves, the top shelf is for Mummy and Daddy’s stuff.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    My grandmother bought us a brick bag around 1980, which was used a lot. My 3 kids now have it, along with our old lego and they love it! The bag hangs in a corner of the lounge when not in use. The newer sets are stored in icecream containers inside one of those large wheeled storage boxes with a lid, slides into the bottom of the wardrobe when not in use. Lego is a fantastic timeless activity!ReplyCancel

  • Simone

    We have nothing to sort it out, it is pretty much all made up and he won’t break it up, I am running out of room to store it, have a Lego table, chest of drawers full of made stuff and the top of the tv cabinet in the kids room is covered…. don’t know what to do, any suggestions?ReplyCancel

  • […]  and in this post are loads more ideas […]ReplyCancel

  • JJScraps

    I’m always looking for more Lego organizing ideas!! We sort by shape (i.e.; small blocks, single rows, studs, rods, etc.) but, these tables and drawers are perfect!

    you can see our lego organizing system here-

  • Michele Lents Moody

    We currently sort by color, but I’m considering changing. If you sort by shape, how many drawers do you need for that? I’m imagining all the different shapes and it seems like tons. Do you just group all the unique pieces together.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    We sort by type in a card catalog. It works great, and there were already label holders on the drawers!ReplyCancel

  • […] I’m so pleased you all enjoyed the Lego sorting and organising posts that I shared last week.  Lego storage and organising ideas for a boys bedroom and more Lego Storage ideas […]ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    In addition to drawers, we use a clear, plastic over the door hanging shoe rack.
    It works great- can see all the pieces, it’s always available, but doesn’t take up any space :)ReplyCancel

  • That’s some REALLY organized Lego storage items right there! I’m definitely going to have to take home some of these storage ideas for my garage too!ReplyCancel

Like all boys my son loves his Lego, he loves to make and build all different creations.  Over the years he has received Lego for his birthday and Christmas so he now has quite the collection.  As soon as he receives a new Lego set he is really eager to build it.  However over time […]

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  • Love this – and so would my Lego mad son!ReplyCancel

  • MrsMcK85

    That is fantastic!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • This is awesome! My 7yr old is sitting next to me and said “we should do that mum!”, guess I should work on something similar now!ReplyCancel

  • I have done something similar, I will take a photo and share it if you like.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    its a great idea but is your son uber organised as well…mine would still manage to mix the pieces over time or do you check it regularly? Im not making fun but just wondering :)ReplyCancel

  • del king

    This is fantastic however in a completely Lego obsessed family (all of us – we received Lego as a wedding present!) we would need about 4 expedits to fit the completed structures in. I am working on a shelving system that will display creations to get them out of the study. We also have all the lego sorted in to colours, they are kept in a drawstring bag that opens out to make a play mat making it easier to clean up.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie Brown

    Love this, wish I had seen this idea when my kids were into Lego – at the moment it is in one huge box – may even do this and store in the garage for their kids. ReplyCancel

  • Una

    Oh I love that – I wish we had room in our kiddies bedroom for that, I’d so do it, we organised our pieces into colors once, but then it just got put back into the big tub, very cool indeed!ReplyCancel

  • Fantastic! My son already has a big expedit (a recent addition to his room), I think I will have to implement a few of your tips into it, TFS :)ReplyCancel

  • jo

    I have just finished displaying completed lego sets in my older boys’ rooms – looks great and they play with them more. I do have one problem though, they used to share a room and the loose lego was just stored in a tub in their room. Now they have separate rooms and I’m not sure what to do with that tub – divide in half or some sort of share arrangement? Suggestions anyone???? ReplyCancel

  • AWESOME :) so totally perfect for any boys room!!! well done! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    Great organisation Katrina . I love my expedit units too. ReplyCancel

  • Oh wow…this is awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Nice idea, and
    would suit me to a T, but according to my 3 sons and my husband, more than half
    the fun is searching through a massive pile of Lego looking for THE piece that
    you need! If I tried that here (and i am speaking from the experience of trying
    something similar last year!) there would be a massive revolt! As long as i
    don’t find random pieces of Lego on the floor in the middle of the night with
    my bare feet, we’ve reached a mutually satisfying compromise – I don’t try to
    colour/ size code their Lego, and they pack it all away into several Lego Heads when asked. Otherwise,
    it stays spread out on an old train set table, where it provides hours of
    entertainment for at least a couple of the 5 kids every single day.ReplyCancel

    • I agree it really depends on the personality. My son get’s frustrated really easy when he can’t find a piece is more likely to stop playing.ReplyCancel

  • LinQ

    I would need 12 of these to store my boys Lego.ReplyCancel

  • You da BOMB! I LOVE this. My kids are total Lego freaks and I am always looking for new ideas to store them. Besides now I am so going to have to go to IKEA and buy and expedit….oh the suffering he he xxReplyCancel

  • Carmel

    I have done something similar, and my husband and son who were not at all convinced of the merits of colour sorting have now admitted that colour sorted Lego makes “free building” much easier….ReplyCancel

  • Awesome! My partner and I have a decent-sized collection of legos, and that red Expedit is just so perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Enid Bite'Em

    The complete answer to my 5-year-old’s lego problems!! (He and his dad have been sorting them into colours since he was 3, but alas!, we don’t have IKEA in Tasmania … I’ll have to shop around. Thanks for the idea).ReplyCancel

  • […] I picked these up at my local Howards Storage World they were on display and used to sort Lego, brilliant idea as they are on wheels they can easily slide underneath the bed and be brought out […]ReplyCancel

  • […] created an organised space for Mr 9′s Lego.  There are also more Lego storage ideas […]ReplyCancel

  • MamaLuv

    I luv it! I might have to incorporate some of this into my son’s storage now that he has more Lego’s.ReplyCancel

  • Looks great, but we find it easier to sort Lego into categories (tiny pieces; bricks; flat bricks; windows, doors & roof tiles; figurines & accessories; transport pieces etc etc)ReplyCancel

  • […] on facebook I shared our Lego Storage for my sons room and then asked to see some of your Lego storage creations.  I can’t thank you all enough […]ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah Allan

    Such an *awesome* idea. (I personally love the color co-ordination. No such thing as too organised :P)

  • Katherine Jooyeon Oh

    Where did you get the plastic storage organizer?

  • Katrina Wilson

    Where did you purchase the red unit

  • […] 11 loves his lego and has many all set up displayed in his bedroom, but there are some that he has pulled apart, they are stored in large ziplock bags in this Kis […]ReplyCancel

  • […] My sons Lego Storage Unit […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Stay tuned, next week I will share with you how I store the girls Lego, a little bit differently to my sons Lego area. […]ReplyCancel

Yesterday I shared with you how I painted the striped wall in Mr 9’s bedroom, today I will show you the finishing touches and how I decorated his bedroom at little expense. I like my kids bedrooms to be a place they love, feel safe and enjoy spending time in. When they were younger I […]

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  • Jac @ Common Chaos Chronicle

    I love using old calendars for images too. Sometimes I will just print out pictures as well. ReplyCancel

  • love the red bookcase!
    t-shirts are also great to use as wall art. esp if they have outgrown the size but the print is still loved.
    I use souvenir t-shirts or fabrics from overseas as art in my home – also stretched and stapled over a canvas.ReplyCancel

    • Georgi

      Genius! Thank u! Now I know what to do with old keepsake tees besides storing them in mothballs!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Utterly Organised

    The removable wall art stickers are amazing and don’t ruin the walls when you out-grow or get sick of the design. I love the striped walls.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    WoW! My 7 yo would adore that room. You have inspired me …ReplyCancel

  • Inspired...

    Thank you thank you thank you…. I have two panels to hang up and have not been too keen on sewing them… stapling them onto a canvas is so easy… Thank you Thank you Thank you for saving me hours of heartache!!! ReplyCancel

  • louhickey

    That looks fantastic! Well done! I was wondering what the green object under his bed is. My son keeps pushing things under his bed, accidentally or not, and there’s always a massive pile under there! I was wondering if you had any ideas (apart from buying a new bed with in-built storage drawers) to stop things from slipping under there…..ReplyCancel

    • s. davey

      to me it looks like a spare mattress or easy-fall mat (like they have in kinder gyms etc.) for if a friend is staying over.ReplyCancel

This post is very overdue, but I am finally able to share it with you.  However please excuse the absence of before photo’s I just was not thinking at the time I redecorated this room. My little man (now 9) is growing up and outgrowing his baby blue wall feature in his bedroom along with […]

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  • Eleise Bott

    That is awesome! Well done!ReplyCancel

  • Angela Ryan

    Very jealous here. This looks awesome and I will be copying it one day!!!ReplyCancel

  • Alyce {Blossom Heart Quilts}

    How beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • Jac @ Common Chaos Chronicle

    Looks great!!!ReplyCancel

  • […] I decorated my sons room back in 2011.  He has just celebrated his 11th birthday (ooh he’s growing up so fast) and asked if he could change a few things in his room. […]ReplyCancel

  • Nicky Berryman

    Wow – that is fabulous! What are the paint colours you used – I love the combo!ReplyCancel

  • fiona

    Hi there

    I love the color of your blue and green that you have picked up above for your boys bedroom, would you mind if i asked whats the names of them?
    Thanks so muchReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Fiona, I’m so sorry it was so long ago. I matched it off his quilt, i took in his pillow case to Bunnings and they matched the colour for me.ReplyCancel

Chewy raisin and oat biscuits   Cook time: 14 mins Total time: 14 mins Print   Ingredients 1 cup raisins (I used sultanas) 1 cup cornflakes ¾ cup rolled oats ½ cup SR Flour ½ cup wholemeal SR Flour ¼ cup brown sugar ¼ cup olive oil 1 egg Instructions Preheat oven to 180C, line […]

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  • Tracey @ Bliss Amongst Chaos

    Oooh yum! I’m going to have to try these for my boys lunchboxes! Thank you! :)ReplyCancel

  • bec

    I don’t have cornflakes, can you think of anything I can use instead? I do have dried coconut flakes? Might be too coconutty with that much coconut though! ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Miller

    Just made these with mashed banana, coconut, spices, pumpkin, sesame and chia seeds. This is my go-to recipe for my little girls preschool lunches. My resolution for this year has been to stop buying ‘kiddy’ packaged food from the supermarket. These are the muesli bar alternative. Thank-you!ReplyCancel

  • Chamber Mae

    Hi wanna know what is SR flour??ReplyCancel

You can find the recipe for this apricot & Coconut biscuit recipe at

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    Hi there,
    I am interested in the Donna Hay Apricot and Coconut biscuit recipe, but it has been removed from The Donna Hay website. Do you have the recipe by any chance?
    Many thanks, Mel.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Mel, no sorry the only recipe i have is the this one on my blog.ReplyCancel

This weeks meal plan My hubby was away for a few days at the beginning of the week and I forgot to take photo’s of our meals, then I was away for the end of the week  so wasn’t home to cook.  Instead, this week I will share a meal plan using some of the […]

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  • Some yummy suggestions there! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jane B

    Lamb dippers, mash & veggies, Yumm..
    A very delicious meal plan.ReplyCancel

  • flyingdrunkenmonkey

    Oh cool to see that I inspired you! Will love to see what you think of it :)ReplyCancel