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{FREE Printable} Christmas Wish List

I have been tagged by the lovely Lisa from Life as We know it, to write my Christmas Wish List. Funny thing is I don’t really know what I want.  Well apart from the obvious, a KitchenAid.  I enjoy buying gifts for my kids and family I haven’t really stopped to think about myself.  Have you? […]

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{Christmas Planning} Kids gifts to give their friends

My kids have finished writing their Christmas cards they are giving their friends (printable list can be found in The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner), all ready to place a small gift inside.  Typically most card they bring home from school include a small candy cane, to break from this tradition we usually place stickers into […]

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  • Brooke

    i have made the exact same pressies from the exact same places lol for my kdis school friends this yr!
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  • Love love love the reindeer noses!ReplyCancel

  • How cute are those Reindeer noses, deffinately going to do thoseReplyCancel

  • Annwen

    I love the reindeer noses! This year we are making shortbread – I use gift bags, but hadn’t thought of using scrapbooking paper to tizz it up a bit! Great idea! ReplyCancel

    • A great way to use up the scrap’s of your scrapbooking paper collection!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    Wow, they look fabulous and so cute!ReplyCancel

  • Reindeer noses – a clear winner, what an awesome idea!!!ReplyCancel

  • We’ve got rubber duckies with a difference. I will blog about them at some stage :) ReplyCancel

  • Those treat tubes are sooooo cool. I’ve just ordered a heap and I LOVE the reindeer noses.ReplyCancel

  • Charde Negus

    I absolutely love the reindeer noses I am going to make them for my class. I would love some ideas of Christmas gifts I could home make for friends and colleagues. Keep up the good work. Ho ho ho!ReplyCancel

{FREE Printable} Back to School Checklist

Pin It December, January and early February is a very busy time of year for our family, as we have Christmas, my birthday, kids go back to school then… my niece is due (squealing with excitement that I am going to be an Aunty…finally!!), my 3 kids, MIL and my mum’s birthday’s all in the […]

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  • I have a similar level of expensive chaos and mayhem in the month *before* Christmas (two kids birthdays, two lots of car rego, two adult birthdays and Christmas – all in the space of about six weeks. It was worse… all three cars registration was due in the same period until we sold one car and bought another).

    And just for fun, both kids tend to go a decent growth spurt between their birthdays and the end of the school holidays! Therefore, I tend to leave the uniform top up until the end of January – which sucks because they have uniforms with logos, so the ‘good’ uniform shop is often out of the bits I need.

    So…
    Mid January, get both kids to try stuff on
    Guess what I think I’ll need
    Order labels if I’m running low
    End of January – try on again then hit the uniform shop
    Mid February, finally get all the bits I need

    (You’d think after four years, I’d have a better plan than that!)

    I pick up shorts and socks when I see them on sale (although I should be pretty right this year…); and pick up stationery from school in the week before it starts.
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  • Sebnar

    School uniform layby will be picked up before christmas. Then I wont think about it until after my sons birthday (2nd) Jan.. I always have a large glass of wine that night because I know all the ‘formal’ celebrations are over & mummy can relax a littleReplyCancel

  • [...] I mentioned last week I shop prior to Christmas for most back to school items (back to school checklist HERE).  Today I would like to share with you a lunch bag that has caught my eye! [...]ReplyCancel

{Meal Plan} Slow cooker beef massaman curry

This weeks meal plan Don’t forget to link your meal plan up below, or comment letting me know what you plan is for the week… I love seeing new recipes Monday – Slow cooker beef massaman curry  Tuesday – Fish with (continental) cheesey rice and vegetables Wednesday – Eggs on toast Thursday – Curried mince with […]

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{Christmas Planning} 101 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for kids

We have new Christmas Stockings this year from Little Yon Yon.  What I love most about these stockings is how small they are (yes this is a good thing).  The past few years I struggled to fill the old stockings up, these smaller stockings eliminate the need to spend more money.   I have put […]

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  • Shar

    Love this list!! Thank you, and I definitely agree, smaller stockings are soooo much better. We have massive stockings – but they were made by my mum, and are gorgeous, so I’m pretty sure they will be staying, but the stress I put myself through to fill them each year is ridiculous.ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for the list, some great ideas – even not as “stocking stuffers” :D

    Just FYI, you have stickers listed twice – #21 and #33ReplyCancel

  • Sevencherubs

    Awesome list Katrina xReplyCancel

  • Thanks for the ideas :) ReplyCancel

  • Some great ideas thanks heaps.ReplyCancel

  • I LOVE your posts! Especially how early you post them!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Love this idea! I have been thinking about making new Santa sacks for the kids, but love this idea much better as we usually end up with a big family present from Santa and only a couple of things in the sacks themselves. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Think it’s covered everything I have ever put in a Christmas stocking, we still do them as a laugh anyway (my babies are 16 & 18) it’s a way of giving them things to nibble on, puzzles to do, something to read for the next two days when there usually is big spots of time with nothing happening (we don’t have any big family gatherings to go to so there is usually only the one small gathering and the rest of the two days are quiet) all that’s changed is the type of things, gather them over a month….the mag will be a fashion one, the puzzle book will be a crossword book. There will be usually be joke books and maybe a new release novel…jewellery will be “nice” stuff but still from one of the cheap shops like Diva. There is usually lollies, fruit and bags of chips and maybe a few cans of drink but always glow sticks of different sorts and descriptions as apparently you can never have to many of thoseReplyCancel

  • I can only see it written once!ReplyCancel

  • ppandfi

    Our Christmas Stockings are actually used for the gift from Santa. We do this for a few reasons. My Husband has an issue with the whole Santa thing but I love the fantasy of it all and grew up believeing or you didn’t get anything. So this was our compromise. This way the big gifts under the tree come from us and we get the credit for the items that have cost us and that we have worked hard to provide for the kids. We explain to the kids that Santa has to take a gift to all the children in the world so can’t bring big things. This keeps the fantasy of this side of christmas where the gift giving and the true Christian message is our main Christmas tradition. This has worked really well for us for the past 8 years. Love some of your ideas though and some would be great in an advent calendar too.ReplyCancel

  • Christy@sewloveit

    great ideas!! I just voted for you.. Just recently started following, I love discovering fellow aussie bloggers! :-) I have recently just started my own blog would love if you would chack it out and follow along :-)
    sewloveit.blogspot.comReplyCancel

    • Me too Christy, off to look at your blog :) ReplyCancel

    • Christy I can’t comment as I don’t have a blogger account, but I love the look of your brownies!!! And the font is gorgeous too.ReplyCancel

  • I’ve popped a packet of seeds in our Advent calendar gifts :) ReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    Just had to add a comment, I know that this is old, but maybe someone will be looking for ideas later this year. We ALWAYS put in a big box of the lolly type cereal (eg Coco pops & Fruit loops). They take up heaps of room, aren’t that expensive and the kids love them ’cause we don’t have them the rest of the year – sometimes they even share!ReplyCancel

  • […] Purchase/organise stocking stuffers, see great list of ideas here […]ReplyCancel

  • Brooke

    Hi Katrina
    just wondering if you could share where you got your tree advent calendar from. I have been looking for one for quite a while but haven’t had much luck! thanks in advance!ReplyCancel

A guide to have your favourite Facebook Page showing up in your news feed

Quite a few of our Facebook ‘likers’ have been contacting me mentioned that The Organised Housewife Facebook posts are no longer showing up in their newsfeed. Unfortunately Facebook have recently made some changes giving preference to showing your friends feeds over pages.  This would be why you have been missing my most recent blog posts, Daily Tasks, […]

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  • Ruth B

    I think I have done it properly, so hopefully I will now get your posts in my newsfeed on FB :-) ReplyCancel

  • Deannabuckley

    Thanks for the tips :) ReplyCancel

  • [...] why you’re not seeing your favourite Facebook pages in your news feed? The Organised Housewife shares some tips to help get them back in [...]ReplyCancel

  • It’s so frustrating, Katrina … but yes, the pages you interact with more will show up in your feed more often. Or check Facebook via your phone or tablet – the app shows EVERYTHING in time order so you don’t miss anything!ReplyCancel

{Inspiration} 16 FREE Printable Christmas Tags

 There are so many wonderfully talented people on the web, today I have put together a collection of FREE Christmas tag printables for you.   Make sure you have enough colour print in your printer.  Visit the blogs of these wonderful printables, donwload the tags then print directly to cardstock, punch a hole and then […]

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{Giveaway} Bricks 4 Fun: Harry Potter Hogwarts Lego

This giveaway has closed.  Congratulations to Renee P for winning the Hogwarts Pack. Bricks 4 Fun My little man, soon to be 9 LOVES Lego as I am sure every other boy his age does too.   When the toy brochures came in the junk mail recently he was circling just about everything.  He has […]

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  • Grosp

    My son would love Harry Potter’s Hogwart’s Castle as the more complex the design the more challenging and fun the putting together is.ReplyCancel

  • Lise

    My son has hardly any Lego, so really he would love ANYTHING from this great looking shop :) ReplyCancel

  • Trudy

    I love lego even more than my children, especially the Harry Potter lego. At the moment we are building a lego city in our lounge room, including houses and cars. We have recently got an airport to add to the collection. And my sons next birthday party is lego themed.ReplyCancel

    • Trudy – send Bricks 4 Fun a photo of your creation on facebook, we would love to see it and we can show and inspire everyone else.ReplyCancel

  • Gosh I hope I entered this right :) ReplyCancel

  • yeh, im not sure if i did it right…..ReplyCancel

  • My boys 10 n 12 both still love lego, ill be definately getting some more for christmas,
    Especially from your site. Harry potter lego looks awsome may have to add that too the fav list
    Thanks organised housewife katrina for sharing build 4 fun website, love it!!ReplyCancel

  • Entered! I hope it went through!!ReplyCancel

  • I tried to enter but don’t have a twitter account and don’t want one :o(ReplyCancel

  • Michelle K

    Both my kids love Lego. It usually covers the carpet in the lounge room. lol My son would love the Millennium Falcon. My daughter would love something from the lego city range. So much fun!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Savva

    Miss 3.5 is a huge Lego fan. Lego is her BIG present for Christmas this year. So this would be able to add to her ever growing amazing collection. She has amazing fine motor skills and I love being able to challenge her and get her thinking and creating and Lego allows this. Also I found Bricks 4 Fun by accident the other week and was amazed at how awesome their store was!ReplyCancel

  • Elle

    My son Oliver absolutely loves Lego!
    I think he would be extreemly happy with one of those hogwarts Legos.
    And great idea about how to organise the Lego!ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    What a great shop! My first son would love anything the hogwarts train and my youngest son would love anything Cars! I would love a big box of brickss! lol. ReplyCancel

  • Tamsin Chisnall

    awesome shop.. my son would like ANYTHING lego esp harry potterReplyCancel

    • Thanks for the amazing compliment – we are always eager to have feedback on our website.ReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    LOVES Pirates of the Carribean Lego!!! ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    Ooooo we just love Lego & Harry Potter in our house – what a great giveaway!!!ReplyCancel

  • Is there any better match than Lego & Harry Potter? My 9 year old has been drooling over the Hogwarts Castle for ages.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Lyons

    Thats amazing, what a great giveaway! Love lego, love harry potter!ReplyCancel

  • Paula

    Wow… My kids will grow into this one very soon…ReplyCancel

  • Annie Jennings

    Master 7 loves loves loves the Harry Potter Quidditch match set! I love this website, I can see many purchases going on here :D ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Have been very pleased with Bricks 4 fun service in the past, favourites at present would be Shuttle expedition for my son and Playful puppies for my daughterReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Clack

    My little sister would absolutely love anything Harry Potter!ReplyCancel

  • Tegan

    Wow my 5 year old has just got into little lego. This would be a challange for him but he would love it.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Belville is definitely on the Christmas list for my daughter and I already have 2 little cars packs on lay by for my son
    we all love lego in this house, hubby collects star wars and I play the xbox games so it is awesome for everyone (don’t tell anyone I just admitted that please) :D ReplyCancel

    • Michelle, We offer free gift wrap and card to all our FB Likers( see our FB site), great for when you want that gift from Santa wrapped and hidden from prying eyes. No getting caught out using the same paper or the kids recognising your writing.ReplyCancel

  • Di

    The Belville line- love that they have stuff for girls as well :D ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Lightening McQueen would make my son super excited!ReplyCancel

  • My girls love planes, cars and houses so I think My First Lego Set covers that.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    We love Lego! Especially love seeing some of the ones I haven’t seen in stores at Bricks for Fun!ReplyCancel

    • Hi Karen – thanks for your comment.
      We try and keep a good stock of anything that LEGO australia has available, we do not display anything on our website that we do not have in stock which means we can ship immediately.

      http://www.bricks-4-fun.com.auReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Lego + kids = Great fun and hours of play! My kid’s favourite would be the “Shuttle Expedition”ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Lego + kids = Great fun and hours of play! My kid’s favourite would be the “Shuttle Expedition”.ReplyCancel

  • Annaleis Topham

    Hayden loves Lego! Just about to place an order with bricks4fun!ReplyCancel

  • Livvie7586

    star wars lego, any of itReplyCancel

  • I would love a basic bricks kit for the begining of our sons collection, he is ready to move on from his Duplo now. My sister however at 26 would babysit for a year if i got her the Hogwarts Lego pack!ReplyCancel

  • Flaviamalinverno83

    We love Lego! We have the whole pirate collection. Would love to have something new to add to it :) ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine

    My girls love playing board games, so I think they would love “Creationary”. Perfect, a board game and Lego all in one :) ReplyCancel

    • Noeleen

      Creationary is good fun for the kids, but, its great fun playing with other adults too…….our friends enjoy playing it without the kids !ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    My 12 year old girls would love Hogwarts or the Hogwarts Express. They love Harry Potter and I love that Lego keeps them young and creative and keeps them playing, even into the teenage years. We have 3 younger daughters to pass them down too, as well. Years and years of enjoyment!ReplyCancel

  • My soon to be 5 year old son would love the Star Wars Lego: Republic Frigate. He loves to build star wars themed creations that he has dreamed up. ReplyCancel

    • Amy, my son loves to make up his own creations too – every time I enter his room there is a new scene set up on his base boards and he spends ages explaining the intricate details to me. Its wonderful to see them using their imagination.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Lutze

    Oh my goodness, my six year old daughter would think she had died and gone to heaven if we won this!
    She is an avid Harry fan, she has seen all the movies, and we are reading the books together at bedtime.
    She would love any of the Harry Potter Lego, especially the big castle.ReplyCancel

    • We have the big Hogwarts Castle online for $179.99. It is a fantastic set with incredible details, like Dumbledore’s office with sliding stairs.
      Have you tried playing the LEGO Harry Potter game yet? it’s very popular amoung Potter fans.ReplyCancel

  • Tmbrew71

    My son loves Star Wars lego and would love Anakin and Sebulba’s pod racer set. That being said he also loves Harry Potter and Indianna Jones too. Lego is all he has wanted for Christmas and birthdays for many years!ReplyCancel

    • Bricks 4 Fun

      The Podracers is a great set and the Pods are easy to play with. I love the colours, even the box is appealing. Have you seen the Podracers video clip on Bricks 4 Fun’s website?ReplyCancel

  • Claire Bailey

    My son loves lego and is just getting into Harry, this would indeed make his face light up.ReplyCancel

  • Claire Lewis

    My little girl is still a bit young for ‘real’ lego (although her cousin is a big fan!) so I think the Duplo Marketplace set would be perfect for her at this age.ReplyCancel

  • Craftymum7

    Lego is HUGE in our house with 5 boys,the yotunger ones are right into harry potter and the older ones star wars.They even have lego that was mine and their dads too.ReplyCancel

    • Its always good to hear when LEGO is passed down to the next generation. At least when you buy LEGO you know it is a quality product and will not break in a week. Also if you loose any pieces you can always get replacement pieces.

      http://www.bricks-4-fun.com.auReplyCancel

  • Ruth

    My almost 8 year old would LOVE the Lego City passenger train set. He loves anything trains & anything lego so this would be a great hit.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    My 6 year old would choose the LEGO star wars Brickmaster. Might just order it for him under the Christmas tree. Within my budget and will be a great suprise for him Chrismtas day.
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    • We offer free gift wrapping and tag to all our Facebook Likers if they request it. See our FB page for details if you want to order.

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  • Anonymous

    Ooh Master 6 has just started getting lego and already hes asking about more and more that he wants !! I can just see that it will get to take over our 12 seater dining room table!! ReplyCancel

  • Bel

    Master almost 8 is saving madly for the Alien Conquest Mother Ship :) ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    My daughter (aged almost 5) loves anything to do with Lego City – she will play fire engines and police for hours on end!ReplyCancel

  • Heather

    My son would love the shuttle expedition….ever since he’s been talking about space at school, he’s obsessed…thank you for the opportunity to enter your competitionReplyCancel

  • Cass

    My daughter would love the Hillside House.ReplyCancel

    • Creator Series is my personal favourite. My daughter and I love the houses (must be a girl thing)ReplyCancel

  • Betty

    Mine are just beginning with their Lego collection, nearly 4 and 5. I know they would love the mini figures first because this creates the interaction for them to play and then they build. The Pirates of the Carribean perhaps because they love treasure maps and all things pirate although they haven’t seen the movie. Any recommendations for a beginners set?ReplyCancel

    • Hi Betty
      We have a number of smaller vehicles with a minifig which are easier to build and provide great play opportunities – these are what we started with when our son was nearly 4. There are also the mini creator sets which give the option of three different things to build and come in a handy reusable container.
      These options can be seen in our Under $10 album on our facebook site.

      LEGO CITY has a number of vehicles priced between $10 and $30, which are relatively easy to build and quite sturdy to play with – you could add a large set, eg. LEGO Police Station, at a later date.

      The LEGO Large Brick Box, which comes under the Bricks and More section, is a fantastic set to start with. It comes in a handy reusable box which is great for storing your LEGO and contains a great mix of standard bricks in various colours, as well as house and wheels elements and an instruction book to help you get started.

      If they love Pirates then the Pirates Brickmaster could be an option. The Pirate Brickmaster has 140 bricks and two minifigs and can build 15 different models, using the instructions in the book. These Brickmasters also come in CITY, Star Wars and Ninjago.

      I hope we were of help, please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any further assistance.

      http://www.bricks-4-fun.com.au

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  • Fisherosa

    Lego is my 8yr old’s obsession, and has been for a few years now. His latest purchase was the Pirates of the Carribean Blackbeard ship which took a lot of savings, and a birthday, to get!ReplyCancel

    • We have a great range of Pirate of the Caribbean sets on our website, the most recent addition being ‘The Black Pearl’.
      Hope he continues to enjoy LEGO, we would love to see some of his creations if you would like to post them on our facebook site.
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  • My 8 yr old son LOVES lego, he is amazing at it he wants to be a builder when he grows up and if he anywhere near as good at that as he is a lego he is going to be the top builder in town. He loves lego city but also wanted a harry potter one for xmas but by the time i got to the one he wanted at toy sale time they were all sold out :( ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    My little guy loves Lego, and I love watching his fantastic creations as his imagination expands! He has many different sets from the City collection, but I think it is time to move on to some more grown up sets. I do not love it when I step on a piece of Lego hiding in the carpet LOL!!ReplyCancel

  • My 11 yr old Daughter has this at the top of her Christmas wishlist ~ which has surprised (but delighted) us! I think the Harry Potter theme is ingenious, there are going to be young girls wanting Lego now – not just the boys :) ReplyCancel

  • At the top of my son’s wishlist (assuming unlimited funds!) would be the Ninjago Fire Temple. ReplyCancel

  • Linda

    My 11 year old daughter loves Harry Potter and still loves her Lego! She cuts out all the Harry Potter merchandise from the catalogues! I love that she is still into playing with Lego, such a great invention loved by all!!!ReplyCancel

  • The Pirate of the Caribbean set is our favourite item!ReplyCancel

  • krit

    I don’t know, way too many to choose from. My kids list is too long.ReplyCancel

  • Lee-anne

    My twins would love anything harry potter as they have just discovered it. They were collecting the toy story lego but can’t seem to find anymore of it.ReplyCancel

  • Sabrina

    My son hasn’t started with Lego yet but he would love the Cars sets
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  • Leimay Cherry

    I can see my son loving the entire Star Wars Lego range but particularly Anakin’s and Sebulba’s podracers set. ReplyCancel

  • Tamsin Chisnall

    my son loves starwars lego, ninjago and harry potter as well as the city range and pirates :) ReplyCancel

  • Barbara

    My son is loves ALL lego but especially loves Star Wars (it’s genetic ;) He was drooling over the Republican Frigate ;) Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    My son loves any Lego but I think his topchoice would be the hogwarts castle, my daugher enjoys playing (and messing up) her brothers Lego so I think she needs to get her own and I know she would love the horse stable as it has PINK Lego!ReplyCancel

  • Kristen

    Lego & Harry Potter, my son would be beside himself!!ReplyCancel

  • Lego is timeless and I have a feeling Harry Potter is going to be, too. I agree with you about waiting for the other films. They will still e there when the kids are ready. My daughter was lucky because she was Harry’s age as each book came out. But I waited a while with my son. Thanks for the great giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • Leesa

    My girls love all kinds of legos and it is great cause it can keep them occupied for ages! They don’t have a great deal of it but I must invest in some more.

    I think my girls would LOVE the BELVILLE range. ReplyCancel

  • jess robinson

    My 3 yr old is just starting to get into lego (but still loves her duplo!). She i enjoying playing with my 28 yr old lego at the moment!ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah Dundon

    My 9 year old would absolutely love any of the Harry Potter Lego…he is a bit obsessed at the moment :) ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    I have a seven and five year old who love their lego! I like the seperate container idea for the bags, save the toddler trying to open the bags before we need them!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Flynn

    So glad that Kat has pointed me in the direction of purchasing Lego online (never thought to do it in the past though I shop for many other products online!).
    As a Tupperware Manager, I also love the Fuel Pack containers she’s stored the Lego pieces in – a fantastic idea I never even thought of – but will definitely do in the future!ReplyCancel

  • Kristie Rue

    My son loves lego and Star Wars, and Harry POtter, and Lego… he said he couldn’t decide on one favourite…. and to surprise him LOL … easily pleased!ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    My son is aching for the new Lighthouse and the Hillside house. He is getting the Lighthouse for Christmas, and I would love the Hillside House to go with it for him.ReplyCancel

  • KA

    My son is a new Harry Potter devotee !!!!
    I think he would be ecstatic to have anything to do with Harry Potter, but I think in particular he would love the Hogwarts Express, or the Hogwarts Castle !
    We do have a little HarryPotter lego cauldron magic game he got last Christmas. Since discovering who Harry is, that game has never been played sooooooo much !!ReplyCancel

  • My son would love the black pearl from the pirates of the caribbean collection but hes a bit young yet so id say agent mater hes his fav from the cars movies.ReplyCancel

  • Rhianon Avis

    Any lego would improve my son’s fine motor skills. We were just discussing lego for christmas. Bricks 4 Fun would be an easy way to get it to my house without him seeing me! (off to check it out!) Thanks!!ReplyCancel

    • We would be more than happy to help you Rhianon.
      We also provide a gift wrap and card service, so if you’re wanting the present to remain a surprise or if you need it to be send from Santa we are more than happy to oblige. ReplyCancel

  • We love lego in this house, my son would love the lego city Airport, he has such a fascination for planes. They love to build cities with the lego they have. It provides hours of fun and a good workout of their imaginationsReplyCancel

  • Ozbrooke

    My son loves everything christmas and would LOVE the winter toy shop, I haven’t seen those elsewhere!
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  • Anna

    My son loves Harry Potter as well! He would LOVE any Harry Potter LEGO!ReplyCancel

  • Cate

    My 3 kiddies love anything Harry potter and star wars, Lego is their favorite thing to do. they would love hogwarts, but the toy shop is fantastic too!!!ReplyCancel

  • My son is just getting into Lego but his love is already strong. His favourites at the moment are Star Wars but in reality, he just loves it all regardless. His top choice would be something from the Star Wars range.ReplyCancel

  • Kate Robertson

    My son also has poor fine motor skills and has begun to show a great love for lego. The Harry Potter interest is mainly mine so it would provide great interest and quality time together for us. :) ReplyCancel

  • Philippa C

    Anything from the Belville range as they contain the much coveted pink Lego pieces.ReplyCancel

  • Genevieve Peden

    My son would go nuts for this. We love Lego in this house . . . until mummy stands on a random piece that was left out :-/ReplyCancel

  • Ryanne Samar

    My Boys (12yo and 3yo) both love Lego…My eldest would love the Lego Star wars Republic Frigate or anything from the new Ninjago. And my little one is into Lego Disney Cars :)

    P.S. I just came around your site a few weeks ago and I’m loving ur blog and FB page…… More power on your blog and network sites!!!

    Proud Mom of 2boys,
    RyanneReplyCancel

  • Cassie heffernan

    My kidd dont have any lego yet, but have asked for some ‘girly’ lego! So they want the pink lego! But i think they would live any lego, they love building and creating their own little worlds :) ReplyCancel

  • Josie

    my (almost) 9 year old is obsessed with Lego as well! Santa’s biggest problem this year is choosing WHICH lego to buy!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Ohh would love this for my daughters! They love Harry Potter Lego :D ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    My son has outgrown his Lego (17) but now my 8 year old daughter has been playing with it, the big pink box is looking great for Chrissy.ReplyCancel

  • Hayles07

    Lego is big in our house! My oldest son would love the Ultimate Build Lightning McQueen to go with the rest of his Cars lego and my youngest son loves any of the duplo!ReplyCancel

  • Salena Lee

    my girls love legos!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    My girls would love the Belville Lego, and my nephew would love anything LegoReplyCancel

  • Taryn Franklin

    Lego is one of our family favourites!Our whole family likes to sit down and enjoy building and creating together!
    My son who is the avid Lego enthusiast would love the Ninjago Skull Truck as he has been eyeing it off for a while!
    Although he would be happy with anything he could add to his collection:)
    Great idea starting a Lego Store! We will be visiting frequently.ReplyCancel

    • Thanks for your support…..let us know if there is anything in particular you would like to see us bring onto our website in the future.
      Love the comments and input from our LEGO family.
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  • jessica foot

    My boys live and breath lego here!ReplyCancel

  • Kate @ Puddles and Gumboots

    My oldest boy’s dream new lego set would the Queen Anne’s Revenge pirate ship ReplyCancel

  • Steve Shaz

    We never seem to leave a shop without admiring the latest Lego. Everything revolves around legoReplyCancel

  • Kellydelarue

    My son just loves his LEGO, but loves his “Harry” LEGO the Best – And HOGWARTS is what’s on his Christmas list, to fit in with All of the Rest. ReplyCancel

  • Kara

    My two eldest children love LEGO, Bellvue for my daughter has given her hours of pleasure and my son has loved his farm set and header (farm boy through and through!) This year they have both developed a passion for Harry Potter, so that’s the next to add to our collection. My two littlest boys are just starting out on their LEGO journey and are loving Duplo.ReplyCancel

  • Kirrily

    Mack’s team truck. My little boy has a small Cars obsession!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Bobby

    Would love this not only for my Kids but for me… i had lego as a kid and now my kids have it as well…. its great for the imagination and fine motor skills… Lego RocksReplyCancel

  • Tamsin Chisnall

    starwars, ninjago, harry potter, lego city, pirates of the carribean my son LOVES all of the above! he has had had some problems with low tone muscle and development delay, lego has been the one thing that keeps him focused and has been so good for his fine motor skills…. i could throw away all his toys and just keep the lego and he would be happy!ReplyCancel

  • Cars or Toy story. But in saying that he is very much into Star Wards at the moment.ReplyCancel

  • Robyn Hutchins

    My 3yo son is just getting into lego so the Lego Duplo Lightening McQueen Cars would be just what he’d love – 2 of his favourites in one toy!ReplyCancel

  • I’m not sure who would enjoy this more, my kids or my partner ;) ReplyCancel

  • Donna Lewin

    Any of the Star wars Lego- my son would love :) And my other son loves the Harry Potter Lego :) ReplyCancel

  • The_samstar2001

    Happy potter Hogwarts castle for sure!!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn F

    My son would love the Lego Creator Lighthouse. How cool would owning a light up brick be!ReplyCancel

  • My grandson in Melb doesnt ask for anything but the other night on phone said Nana could i please have Lego for xmas // He plays Lego all day // so would love to win this for him .ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Mc

    I found the Bricks 4 fun site the other day! Very cool, my son (haha, and hubby!!) love playing with Lego :) I know my son would love the Spy Jet Escape from Cars!ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    My son 9 loves Lego and it is great as he has fine motor and spatial skill problems so Lego is highly encouraged in our house! My son LOVES anything from the City range and really wants all the Spacestation Lego and Harry Potter Lego especially the Knight BusReplyCancel

  • Debbie

    Love the Bricks for Fun site….have 5 boys and they would be totally stoked to win any sort of Lego as they are keen collectors of anything Lego :-) ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    My Son loves to collect the LEGO Mini-figurines. I’ve already bought him one of the LEGO display cases for him to show them offReplyCancel

  • Louisap

    My boy is just getting in to lego. But sooo brilliant for his fine motor and concentration. Also something special to do together while the new arrival sleeps :-) ReplyCancel

  • My son (and husband) would love any of the Atlantis or Harry Potter sets. They are so cool!ReplyCancel

  • Vbrindley01

    Both my son and daughter love Lego, she would love a Christmas themed lego, and he would be happy with anything StarWars. ReplyCancel

  • Carolineabrahams

    Oh where do I start? Well my son would love the star wars lego, and he would also love the ninjaloo lego and the harry potter lego and the pirates of the carribean lego…….Should i stop now??? Basically if he were to win this competition he would be happy with anything and everything. He just LURVES LEGO!!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    My Daughter would love the Harry Potter Hogwarts Express! She has been asking for it for awhile. She loves all things with wheels or wings or Harry Potter!!ReplyCancel

  • Mybug2010

    My nephews would go nuts for this!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    My wholw family loves Harry Potter and lego. What a great giveawayReplyCancel

  • Robyn

    My 10 year old would love anything Harry Potter! He would be so excited and I would enjoy watching him build it.ReplyCancel

  • josie73

    My son loves, loves, loves Lego and Harry Potter, so anything from the Harry Potter range would be wonderful, especially Hogwarts Express.ReplyCancel

  • Thanks Bricks for Fun and Organised Housewife for an AWESOME GIVEAWAY. DS1 LOVES LEGO. He sleeps with it, builds it day and night. He is really into Lego City. With every Catalogue we see, he devours it suggesting that he wants this one and this one…..ReplyCancel

{Christmas Planning} Gingerbread House

One of our family Christmas traditions is to build a Gingerbread House together.   It’s so much fun building and mostly decorating.  We find though one lolly for the house one for the mouth, lol.  This is a fun tradition and one I know we will continue for many many years. First year we started […]

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  • Kat

    I got some gingerbread house biscuit cutters from spotlight recently – so I don’t have to buy a kit each year! The added bonus is that I can make the gingerbread from my grandmothers recipe, which tastes 100x better than any kit ever has ;) ReplyCancel

    • Ooh wow, I love that idea, I might see if I can find some, thankyou for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    I purchased one of the kit ones last year but it was so muggy that the roof kept falling off!! ReplyCancel

    • Ooh no Kirsty. We usually make it the last afternoon Daddy works which is a day or two before Christmas and he magically always arrives home at the fun stage of decorating. Then it’s eaten rather quickly. ReplyCancel

  • Great tradition Kat. I started that as well but am not sure how it will go this year with my very enthusiastic 2.5 year old. We might make gingerbread biscuits (own choice for shape) and decorate them. I then like to leave a couple for ‘Santa’.ReplyCancel

  • Row

    we do this every year too, the first year I bought a kit from ikea and was very pedantic about where the lollies went on it… I have made one ever since, just tastes so much better! I make it cut out, bake it, let it cool and then ‘stick’ it all together with royal icing… there ends my contribution… This is when I let the kids loose on it! I have 3 packets of different coloured royal icing (icing that I have made in a ziplock bag with colour, then snip one of the corners off) And have 3 bowls in front of my three boys, filled with lollies, sprinkles, freckles, whatever yolu want. When they have finished with the house (and trashing mine) then we wrap it in clear cellophane with a bow and it sits in the middle of the table until christmas day when my hubby smashes it! Weve done this for seven years now and the novelty hasnt worn off yet :) ReplyCancel

  • […] Do you make a Gingerbread Houses? Consider if you are going to make it from scratch or purchase the gingerbread pre-made ready for you to decorate.  I have seen the pre-made houses at most department stores.  See here for some decorating ideas. […]ReplyCancel

{Christmas Planning} Decluttering Christmas Decorations

Are you holding onto Christmas Decorations that you haven’t placed on display for years?  It’s time to declutter your decoration collection. When you are decorating your house this Christmas have a look at the items you have left and don’t want to display.  Why are you not displaying them? Is it broken? Do you have the time […]

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  • A-M Russell

    Voted. A-M xxReplyCancel

  • now that is a tough thing to do considering some of those are ones I placed on the tree some 40+ years agoReplyCancel

  • Have been voting regularly. I have decluttered a lot of Christmas things since last year. I have given away a whole tree as I used to painstakingly put up 2 full sized trees. Not any more. I also gave my mum about 6 little ceramic ornaments that she ‘loves’ and a couple of perfectly good soft toys – a little reindeer and christmas teddy. I literally streamlined my stuff. Also last year I gave up the kids paddlepop stick and macaroni ornaments from childhood that I held on to as they were getting tatty and the kids aren’t little any more. I feel liberated and lighter. My tree has all my favourites on it and same with the other decorations. I recommend the in with the new and out with the old philosophy and downsizing is less stressful to pack away and store at the end.
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    • As long as it’s big enough to fit what you want on it :) Packing is the worst of the jobs for sure.
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  • can i keep my glass ones!! just until the toddlers are a little bigger and i have a less chance of breakages :) please!! oh and Jo if you want to sell those vintage decoration i take a look :) ReplyCancel

  • TheModernParent

    I am so guilty of this!! Every year I think I put out less decorations than are actually left in the box. I will definitely throw them out this year. I do have to keep some of the sentimental and homemade ones which I have to admit are looking rather tatty and not very festive! Thanks for reminding me to be ruthless!ReplyCancel

  • I am so guilty of this….but it’s all going to change! :) ReplyCancel

  • donate them too the schools hospitals or homeless shelters ect ect spread the spiritReplyCancel

  • We keep our Christmas decorations collection very small – otherwise we’d spend a fortune buying new ones and have to find cupboard space to store them (which is a tough job)!ReplyCancel

  • I’ve just bought the most georgeous Christmas Decorations boxes from Phoenix Trading. I’m a box girl, and love things in their place so I’m v happy :-) ReplyCancel

{Free Printable} December 2011 Calendar + To-do List

December 2011 Calendar + To-Do List The last month of the year is not too far away, so I am giving this calendar to you early to ensure you are organised for the end of the year. I will have the full 2012 calendar printables available for you soon, do I have any requests?  Would […]

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{Worth a mention} Zoku Quick Pop Maker and more

Another post for you today – as I wanted to share with you some products and blogs that are ‘worth a mention’. It has been so hot here on the Gold Coast the past few weeks. The kids have been coming home from school, doing their homework and jumping in the pool to cool down. […]

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  • Sevencherubs

    Thanks so much for the shout out Katrina – awesome post! That pop maker looks great for summer this year. N xReplyCancel

  • Those pops look amazing. A must for Xmas stocking I think :-) ReplyCancel

  • Linderic

    I just love your blog. I hope you win ,I ‘ll vote every day. Thanks for all your time and effort we appriciate all you do.Your blog is always interesting and helpful. I am filling in my new 2012 oti diary so will be organized, plus I bought my daughter one too.ReplyCancel

  • Alyce

    Thank you so much for sharing! :) And I am seriously going to think about that Pop Maker… we were just talking about needing some iceblock makers the other day!ReplyCancel

  • Wow that icy pole maker looks like the perfect addition to our house. Thanks for sharing Katrina!ReplyCancel

  • [...] have used our Zoku Quick Pop Maker a lot these holidays, the kids really enjoyed a treat of the five:am frozen mango yoghurt [...]ReplyCancel