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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 :DReplyCancel

  • 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) :DReplyCancel

    • 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 :DReplyCancel

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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,

  • 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 :DReplyCancel

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • As long as it’s big enough to fit what you want on it :) Packing is the worst of the jobs for sure.

  • 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

{Christmas Craft} Blinging up Christmas Baubles

We have made the most beautiful inexpensive Christmas Baubles 1 pack red baubles from Big W for $2 1 packet of Rhinestone strips from KaiserCraft outlet (most craft or dollar stores) for $2.50  Idea found on pinterest originally from  Linking up with Blossom Heart, Pinterest Make Me Challenge 

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{Meal Plan + Giveaway} Donna Hay Simple Dinners Cookbook

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to Taryn S for winning the new Donna Hay cookbook.   I am a big Donna Hay fan, I love her simplicity in cooking, recipes are not extravagant, her cheat options make cooking easy and the end result always tastes delicious.  I was excited to learn of her new cookbook, […]

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  • Samy_savva

    I dont have a blog, however this is this weeks meal plan starting tonight:

    Monday – Spaghetti and Meatballs – a Dolmio sauce from the supermarket
    Tuesday – Chorizo and Tomato Frittata – Donna Hay 10th Anniversary Special Mag
    Wednesday – Homemade Pizza
    Thursday – Battered Fish and Salad
    Friday – Roasted Tomato, Eggplant and Haloumi Burger – Donna Hay website
    Saturday – Mummy and Oly Out – Daddy – WHATEVER (hehe)
    Sunday – our choice

    This household also LOVES Donna Hay. Her recipes are simple, tasty and I never have any fuss out of miss 3 eating any of her meals. They are great for families on the go but also have the more intense cooking experience for when you have the time.

    I made the Donna Hay spin on spaghetti bolognese from her 10th Anniversary mag the other night and it was AMAZING and definitely gave food for thought on spag bol night!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina – I’m a big fan of sharing Meal Plans, thanks for making it so simple!ReplyCancel

  • We love Donna Hay too – what a fabulous giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Bev Anderson

    My meal planner for this week
    Monday: Chow Mein
    Tuesday: steak with steamed Veggi’s
    Wednesday: raviolia and bolognese sauce
    Thursday: Bbq fish & salad
    Fri: Hamburgers on the Bbq
    Sat: Roast Lamb in the Webber with friends
    Sun: toaties with left over Lamb (if any left)ReplyCancel

  • Sunday – toasted sandwiches
    Monday – chicken burgers
    Tuesday – rissoles and salad
    Wednesday – spag Bol
    Thursday – slow cooker corned beef and salad
    Friday – pasta marinara
    Saturday – roast lamb and balsamic roast vegesReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    Mon- Stirfry Tues- meat & vege Wed – spag Bol Thurs- beef strog Fri – Homemade pizza Sat – fish and salad Sun Roast dinner. I need meal planners!ReplyCancel

  • M – Spaghetti w bol sauce & veg

    T- homemade pizza (*buy fresh cheese & ham)

    W – frozen fish, salad, homemade chips (Mum over for dinner)

    Th – Beef snitzel & veg

    F – Brown Bothers pasta sauce w chicken, veg & penne

    Sat – eat out

    Su – BBQ: sausages, eggs, veg burgers, ham burgers & salad ReplyCancel

  • M – Laksa
    T – BBQ steak & salad
    W – homemade sweet & sour pork with rice
    T – Chicken Caesar Salad
    F – takeaway with friends, usually Japanese
    S – BBQ Salmon & SaladReplyCancel

  • Kirrily

    Here’s our meal plan for this week:
    Monday – Chicken on sweet potato rosti – I think this is from Food Fast (Donna Hay)
    Tuesday – spaghetti bolognese
    Wednesday – roast, salad and roasted spuds
    Thursday – beef stir fry
    Friday – Mulligatawny chicken (Annabel Karmel)
    Saturday – Chicken pot pies
    Sunday – lasagne

    • Kirrily

      And for baking I’ve made the Donna Hay blueberry muffins (I saw the link in your “you might also like..” section. The recipe was easy to find with a quick Google search.

  • Maree

    Meal Plan this week:

    Monday- Marinated chicken drumsticks (bbq sauce, sweet chilli sauce & tomato sauce) with salad
    Tuesday- Sticky sausages with vegetables
    Wednesday- Chiken stirfry with oyster sauce and rice
    Thursday- Tuna pasta bake with salad
    Friday- Chicken laksa with hokkien noodles
    Saturday – Homemade pizza
    Sunday – Beef teryaki with sushi riceReplyCancel

  • Mumma K

    Hi, I linked my first meal plan up through blog links on my new blog :)ReplyCancel

  • I’ve added my monthly meal plan – it includes the meal plan for our week (surprise that). Hope it is okay because that is how meal planning works in our house, on a month by month basis.ReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    Monday – Cornflake Crumbed Cutlets & Vegetables
    Tuesday – Fettucine Cabonara
    Wednesday – Tacos
    Thursday – Homemade Pizzas
    Friday – Crispy Skin Chicken Wraps
    Saturday – Steak Diane, Potato Bake & Steamed Vegetables
    Sunday – BBQ Chicken & Greek SaladReplyCancel

  • Bec from Because Everything Co

    We love meal planning! We’ve been doing it for almost four years and save ourselves a bundle as well as being more organised and never wondering what we’re having for tea…

    Monday ~ Thai Poached Chicken
    Tuesday ~ Garlic Pepper Beef Stir-fry
    Wednesday ~ Date Night
    Thursday ~ Pumpkin and Sage Tortellini
    Friday ~ Five Spice Pork with Cous Cous
    Saturday ~ Asian Pork Spare Ribs
    Sunday ~ Take Away Fish & Chips

    Oh I’ve just realised half of these recipes are from the Simple Dinners by Donna Hay feature in our state Sunday paperReplyCancel

  • Julie-Ann

    Mon – Baked fish with herbs and salad
    Tues – Nonna’s Meatballs and pasta
    Wed – Pork and Red lentils
    Thurs – Chicken Schnitzel and salad
    Fri – Spinach and Ricotta canneloni
    Sat – Woodfired pizzas
    Sun – backyard BBQReplyCancel

  • Mon ~ left over silverside with mash and veg
    Tues ~ Snags and Veg
    Wed ~ Fish and Veg
    Thurs ~ BBQ at the school for end of year concert
    Fri ~ Taco’s
    Sat ~ Takeaway
    Sun ~ Silverside and VegReplyCancel

  • Sebnar

    Monday – Beef stroganoff
    Tuesday – Fish and fennel pie
    Wed – Out
    Thurs – Out
    Fri – Beef in black bean sauce
    Sat – Out
    Sunday – Turkey BolgnaniseReplyCancel

  • Paula

    I haven’t meal planned weekly – I prepare 30 dishes over 3-4 days that all go to the Freezer. I add a list to the door of the freezer of what meals (and how many of each)and get to choose the night before or early in the morning without having to do much work – either rice or a salad!

    My current list of dishes is:
    Bolognaise Sauce
    Rolled Italian Meatloaf
    Chicken Curry
    Sausage Sweet ‘n’ Sour
    Chicken & Spinach Lasagne
    Beef Goulash
    Apricot Chicken
    Chicken Casserole
    Satay Chicken
    Rogan Josh
    Beef Stroganoff
    Burrito Mince
    Beef in Red Wine
    Pork Sweet ‘n’ Sour
    Beef Tortilla Stack
    Pork Korma
    Lamb & Feta Pasta
    Citrus Chicken
    Honey Mustard Chicken

  • Cherrytree

    As I don’t work Mon and Tuesday, I cook big meals and freeze for later in the week

    Monday – Spag Bol (made 2 lots of mince)
    Tuesday – Sausage risotto
    Wednesday – Chicken schnitzel
    THursday – Chicken Schnitizel
    Friday – Lasagne
    Saturday – Toasted Sandwiches (having family BBQ for lunch)
    Sunday – Crumbed Pork Strips

  • Kiara M.

    Mon: Beef Stirfry with hokkien noodles
    Tues: Spaghetti Bol. and garlic bread
    Wed: Dinner @ MIL’S!
    Thurs: (quick dinner night) Scrambled eggs on toast
    Fri: Creamy tuscan chicken
    Sat: Honey Soy chicken wings, Baked veg and Rice
    (special night so Pavlova for dessert)
    Sun: Fish and chips (with a healthy salad of course! ;))
    Baking: Cupcakes for playgroup following Monday

  • Kristy

    Monday – Homemade rissoles with mashed potatoe and steamed vegies
    Tuesday – Chicken Curry with rice and pappadums
    Wednesday – Chicken Parm and salad
    Thursday – Olive crusted lamb cutlets with vegies
    Friday – Apricot Chicken with mashed potatoes and vegies
    Saturday – Tacos
    Sunday – Roast Lamb and roasted vegiesReplyCancel

  • Lee

    Monday – GF Spaghetti Bolagnese
    Tuesday – Chicken burgers with the work – (after school sports)
    Wednesday – Asian baked salmon and vegetables
    Thursday – Homemade pizzas – (after school sports)
    Friday – Mexican Quesadillas – (after school sports)
    Saturday – Crumbed chicken tenders and pumpkin risotto
    Sunday – Roast pork and vegetables.ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany

    Monday – Homemade pizzas (the kids pick their own toppings)
    Tuesday – Pesto gnocchi
    Wednesday – Chicken schnitzel and salad
    Thursday – Salmon, pea & corn fritters
    Friday – Chicken rissoles, homemade chunky chips and salad
    Saturday – Pork sausage & vegetable casserole
    Sunday – out for birthday dinner
    Baking – birthday cake for my husbandReplyCancel

  • m -crumbed beef salad jacket potato
    T- chicken patties (made & frozen last week) salad
    W slow cooked
    T-creamy salsa chicken
    F chicken leek & corn pie
    S pork & waterchesnut rissoles with salad
    S savoury slice & salad
    Have a big week coming up , sooo love having meal plans :)ReplyCancel

  • [...] why am I writing all this?  Well Katrina from The Organised Housewife is having a giveaway of Donna Hay’s new book Simple Dinners and i wanna enter in that draw [...]ReplyCancel

  • Hey Katrina, here’s my post:

    Fingers crossed!! That Banoffee pie looks so yummy.ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine

    Monday – Sausage casserole and steamed veg
    Tuesday – Chicken potato bake and tossed salad
    Wednesday – Steak Kebabs, chips and salad
    Thursday – Good old Spag bog
    Friday – Roast Chicken and veg
    Saturday – Homemade pizza
    Sunday – Quiche and salad

    Baking – left over cereal into bikkies & muffins :)ReplyCancel

  • Stacey

    Monday – Roast Chicken with Roast Potato and Steam Veg
    Tues – Left Over Chicken – Chicken Spaghetti
    Wed – Thai Chicken Soup (making chicken stock with left over Chicken Bones)
    Thurs – Potato & Tuna Patties and Salad
    Fri – Hamburgers
    Sat – Beef Stirfry
    Sun – Home Made Crumbed Fish, Chips and Salad

    Baking – Flourless Peanut Butter & Choc Chip Cookies
    – Pumpkin MuffinsReplyCancel

  • Kgraham_81

    Monday Crumbed fish, pommes and salad
    Tuesday Chicken Lasagna and salad
    Wednesday Roast Beef and roast vegetables
    Thursday BBQ Meatloaf and vegies
    Friday CreamyChicken Carbonara
    Saturday take away/out for dinner
    Sunday Beef and Vegetable stir fryReplyCancel

  • Monday – Baked chicken breasts with roast sweet potato, gravy, peas, zucchini
    Tuesday – Pizza (Cheap Tuesday)
    Wednesday – Taco’s and Burritos night
    Thursday – chicken parmagiana with vegetables and mash
    Friday – Lamb cutlets with carrots, broccoli and mash.
    Saturday – Pea and ham soup – Ravioli
    Sunday – Honey, soy and garlic chicken wings, corn on the cob, french friesReplyCancel

  • tezzinbrissie

    Monday: Greek style roast lamb with risoni
    Tuesday: Spaghetti Bolognese
    Wednesday: Roast pumpkin and chorizo risotto
    Thursday: Left over spg bol
    Friday: Out for dinner
    Saturday: Pizza
    Sunday: Out for birthday dinnerReplyCancel

  • Larknorm

    Monday – Chicken Yakitori and salad, Tuesday – Mexican beef stirfry, Wednesday – Spring vegetable soup, Thursday – Lamb fajitas, Friday – Steak with baked potatoes and salad, Saturday – sausages with mash potatoes and steamed vegetables and Sunday – home made potato and rosemary pizzaReplyCancel

  • Tasha Moon

    Monday – Roast chicken and veges
    Tuesday – Pork and Vege noodles
    Wednesday – Home made turkey hamburgers
    Thursday – Haloumi Chicken (Donna Hay)
    Friday – Home made pizzas
    Saturday – BBQ and salad
    Sunday – leftoversReplyCancel

  • Kristie

    Monday – Terriyaki Chicken
    Tuesday – Pasta Bolognaise
    Wednesday – leftovers
    Thursday – Beef & cous cous salad
    Friday – Salad wraps
    Saturday – Satay chicken
    Sunday – leftoversReplyCancel

  • Jess Frisch

    Monday: Zucchini Slice and Garlic Bread
    Tuesday: Chicken and Spinach Cannelloni and Salad
    Wednesday: Corned Silverside and Veges
    Thursday: Pumpkin Rissotto and Asparagus
    Friday: Gourmet mini pizzas
    Saturday: Daddy’s cooking so probably takeaway lol
    Sunday: Homemade chicken sausage rolls and saladReplyCancel

  • Katherine

    My meal week starts on a Wednesday (I shop on Tuesday) so…
    Wednesday – Homemade burgers with salad, frozen chips
    Thursday – leftovers (burgers)
    Friday – out
    Saturday – our ‘takeaway’ night: frozen pizza and icecream cones : )
    Sunday – eggs and tomato on toast
    Monday – sausages, mashed potato and pumpkin, corn, vegies
    Tuesday – leftover sausages, bubble and squeakReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    We always plan our meals, makes it alot easier to shop!

    Monday – Beef Stroganoff & Rice
    Tuesday – Cheese & Spinach Triangles & Salad
    Wednesday – Out for daughters birthday dinner
    Thursday – Porcupine Meatballs & Mash
    Friday – Cherry Tomato Spaghetti
    Saturday – Lamb Kofta Korma & Rice
    Sunday – Oven Baked Fish & Chips & Salad

    Baking – Cupcakes and daughters Birthday Cake.ReplyCancel

  • Monday – spaghetti bolognese & garlic bread (both prepared in big batches & frozen for Mondays after gymnastics
    Tuesday – Macaroni & cheese (recipe from “Frostbite” by Susan Austin – usually make enough for 2 extra kid sized serves)
    Wednesday – chicken & leek risotto (with peas) – always make enough for 2 extra serves for Thursday lunch or dinner
    Thursday – organic pork sausages & grilled hash browns for kids; leftover risotto for parents after martial arts
    Friday – cottage pie (always make 3 serves of the mince, so only need to do the mash the next 2 times – prefer to do that fresh, although occasionally freeze kids’ serves)
    Saturday – home made pizza with various toppings to suit each person
    Sunday – something from Donna Hay “Fast, Fresh, Simple”, my current fave!

    Carla DaltonReplyCancel

  • Gemmiealliston

    My meal plan:
    Monday: tofu roast with veggies!
    Tuesday: veggie burgers
    Wednesday: Spaghetti with lentil and tomato sauce
    Thursday: Roast vegetable salad
    Friday: Mushroom risotto
    Saturday: Pizza
    Sunday: Felafel wraps :)

    YUUUUUUUMMMMMM lolReplyCancel

  • Jessicajryan

    My meal plan

    -Monday chicken and salads
    Tuesday seafood rissotto
    wednesday veal involtini
    thursday lasange and salad
    Friday guinness beef pie and sweet potato chip
    saturday – Pizza
    Sunday – BBQ outside sausages, chicken kebabs chipsReplyCancel

  • Inrb

    Friday – tacos
    Saturday – BBQ and salad
    Sunday – Roast Lamb and Vegies
    Monday – Tikka Marsala and Rice
    Tuesday – Stir fried vegies and Quinoa
    Wednesday – Spaghetti Bolognaise
    Thursday – Fish and SaladReplyCancel

  • Linda

    Our meal plan for the week…
    Sunday – roasted vegetable lasagna
    Monday – moroccan chicken salad
    Tuesday – homemade salmon patties and salad
    Wednesday – homemade lamb souvlaki
    Thursday – chicken chow mein
    Friday – grilled fish and salad
    Saturday – homemade pita pizzasReplyCancel

{Christmas Planning} Items to put in Advent Calendar

We have a gorgeous advent calendar that we have used for years.  As I mentioned yesterday, you can purchase or make you own.  In our advent calendar I place small inexpensive gifts, a lolly or note with an activity we will complete that day.  If the gift I want to give them is too big […]

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  • I made an advent calendar last year, similar to the envelope one in your ‘advent calendar inspiration’ post and it was a huge hit with Mr-23-months-at-the-time. I had Matchbox cars, crayons, chalk, stickers, bracelets (yep, he loved them), the occasional Freddo Frog and other small items. It was exciting for him to have something to open each day but I think he might’ve been just a touch too young. This year will be totally different! Thanks for the list of things to put in. ReplyCancel

  • We do the same thing. I have a Santa advent calendar with little drawers to fit treats. I too leave notes for the bigger things but am loving ur list cause I always run out of ideas! I love the notes instead of treats with things to do together! I also do a shop of small Xmas things on sale from the year before to use – pencils, stickers, Xmas books etc. ReplyCancel

  • Dumb q but you start on 1?ReplyCancel

  • The sleep advising lady that loves to put a downer on someones good work!ReplyCancel

  • I have little Christmas erasers in there as well $2 a pack of $12.ReplyCancel

  • I meant do you start on number 1 on the advent calendar, got my activities printed and ready to go! Thanks’ReplyCancel

  • Hi Kat

    Great activities. We make our own too. Did an envelope version last year but am looking at doing a boxed one this year. Beginning the planning this week.

    • It is and the kids enjoy the thrill each day, love their faces lighting upReplyCancel

  • Oh! Sorry- must have hit the wrong person before I commented! Dam feeding through the night!- so tired!ReplyCancel

  • Not a silly question Danielle Golding, I think yes you are meant to start on the 1, but last year our countdown calendar broke so we used the Advent Calendar to countdown so started on 24.ReplyCancel

  • K Bridges

    Thanks for the ideas, I’m making an advent calender this year for the first time & this has given me some new ideas of what I can include in it :-)ReplyCancel

  • Samy_savva

    Wow, what some amazing ideas. We have an advent bunting which hangs in the loungeroom. Miss O was too small to understand the idea of the calendar so we used it purely for decoration but this has given me so much inspiration to get things going this year! I particularly love the idea regarding putting notes in it about what we will be doing during the day!

    Thanks again KatReplyCancel

  • Kerry4

    We have simple advent calendars here. Have done the same for the last 2 years and the kids are asking for them again this year (my kiddies are 4 and 5 1/2). I found a download a few years back of a santa face and beard. 24 circles on his beard. Each morning we glue a cotton ball on his beard. When his beard is full, that is the night he visits. Simple, no extra buying of gifts. No lollies…which I love. I print 2 so they have 1 each. ReplyCancel

    • I love it Kerry, looks like fun, do you have a link so I can share it with everybody.ReplyCancel

      • Kerry4

        I don’t remember the original page I got it from. It was a few years ago and I uploaded it into Paint and coloured it in. I can email you the word doc or PDF file of it if you like if you know how to share it that way. It really is fun. And is super quick to prepare.ReplyCancel

  • Anna

    I have an Adairs advent calendar too. I buy small Christmas decorations that fit in the drawers and add them to a mini Christmas tree each day.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the fab ideas for the advent calendar gifts. I usually run out of ideas after a week and resort to lollies!!! This year though I have your ideas and about a dozen Squinkies ;)ReplyCancel

    • Squinkies is a great idea!! Love it as an alternative to the star wars lego for the girls!ReplyCancel

  • I just bought 2 beautiful wooden advent calendars from Ravissant, and all your great ideas will help me fill them up. My girls are still young and we are having so much fun starting all our own family Christmas traditions, the extra special advent calendars will be one of them. ReplyCancel

  • Bec G

    My mum made us an advent calender last year (a material one like the kids you buy from spotlight) and has added beads and stars to make it really pretty.
    We have christmas decorations and I found some little sesame street, mr men and this year some disney princess ornaments…
    I do up a roster and everyone has their turn pulling it out… I pull names out by random so it’s never in the same order! The kids love it and get excited when it is their day to find out what is in the pocket!
    It’s also special because a) my mum made it for us and b) last year was our first christmas as ‘our’ blended family! So a new tradition! ReplyCancel

    • That is so sweet and I love the sentiment that your mum made it :) roster is a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah

    Last year i made an Advent Bunting with tiny little stockings for each day. We like to mostly steer away from gifts, sometimes treats, but more family/fun ideas. Thanks for your great ideas, I will definitely be using them this year! ReplyCancel

  • [...] I ended up using three different sets for the pockets – two of them are printable cards with activities and the third is a set of Bible verse advent cards.  Many of the activity ideas [...]ReplyCancel

  • Advent calendars are my fave Christmas tradition, so much fun! I just bought the Kaisercraft DIY calendar from Spotlight. Let’s see if I can dig deep and kick my dormant crafty skills into gear by Dec 01 :)ReplyCancel

  • Amber

    Something else to add to the activities in the advent calendar is having the santa photo taken. We do this as a family each year – including the adults. It ensures that we get at least one photo of any camera shy person (usually me as I’m on the other side of the camera). My kids love the yearly family shot!ReplyCancel

  • [...] blogs have talked about putting notes with family, holiday-themed activities, holiday acts of goodwill or trinkets such as key chains and jewelry. [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] Items to put in an Advent Calendar (inlcudes free printable) | The Organised Housewife [...]ReplyCancel

{Inspiration} Advent Calendars

Advent Calendars I love Christmas, the excitement, build up, anticipation, decorating, family time together, creating, baking and most of all giving. We use an advent calendar each year to give a gift or little note to the kids.  Perhaps it’s not the traditional way an advent calendar is used however it’s how we have the […]

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I {heart} the new KitchenAid Platinum range

It’s no secret that before this year ends I would love to own a KitchenAid mixer. I mentioned earlier this week that I would like a white one, but I just saw the new KitchenAid Platinum range has been released and I have fallen head over heels for the Raspberry Ice.  I have 3 options: […]

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  • I would <3 the blue one, would match my toaster and jug!! My grandmothers kitchen aid passed away this year, it was one of the things my grandmother left me. It was what we used to use when I was growing up and learning to cook! They got it as a wedding present! They were married 61 years and I have had it now for 7 years – so well worth the money if it lasts that long!! Hope we get one!! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Best blog post yet! Here’s hoping kitchenAid come to the party and even give you one to giveaway! If so DIBSReplyCancel

  • Thanks for pic I have stolen to hint to my hubby too that I would <3 a kitchenaid..good luck xxReplyCancel

  • I’ve been dreaming of owning one for years… This birthday that dream finally came true as my husband organized my whole family to put in money for it. Hope your dream comes true too!ReplyCancel

  • I have stolen a pic and posted…. We are getting married in two weeks and everyone is like wedding present? But i feel my crumby rented unit kitchen does not deserve something this amazing in it – I feel I should wait until hubby to be builds me our dream house with my all white kitchen in which case I will then place my dream kitchenaid on a pedestal with a spotlight! Ha!!ReplyCancel

  • Corrina_dea

    I hear ya on the Kitchenaid mixer…I asked for it in June for my birthday, September for my anniversary and if I don’t get it for Christmas I’m just going to go buy it myself and stop the insanity of waiting any longer….

    • Can’t they get the hint, poor girl. Try the images are your facebook profile pic, see if it helps :)

  • After saving and saving and getting half the money together my husband gave me the other half of the money from gift money he had been stock piling, on the condition he could watch cricket all last season without me complaining, it was worth it!ReplyCancel

  • It’s no secret that I want a Thermomix for christmas. lol.ReplyCancel

  • Ummm going to use this idea for my dream ThermomixReplyCancel

  • I love love love my kitchen aid mixer…I even make bread now because it kneads the dough so well….love baking :)ReplyCancel

  • I love my empire red kitchen aid and the best thing is the dough hook for makeing pizza dough fantasitic! Not to mention the cakes always seem to be really light and fluffy. the best present ever!ReplyCancel

  • Zoe_gardner

    I have a red kitchen aid, it sits proudly on my bench and it gets very regular workouts, my fabulous husband used his Amex points to buy it for me, so it was kind of free, however it is worth every cent that you would commonly have to pay for it. I love, love, love it! Go ahead and treat yourself if you have to!

  • Tiffany

    I hope your wish is granted Katrina. I invested (and yes, it is an investment because they are not cheap) in one four months ago. I’d been using a hand mixer up until then and my neck and shoulders were getting very tight and sore (I do a lot of baking). Gotta tell you, it is brilliant. It is super efficient and actually saves me time in the kitchen. I got mine in Almond Cream.ReplyCancel

    • Ooh Tiffany, makes me want one even more. Aren’t the names just so pretty.ReplyCancel

  • I hope someone catches on to the hint. I got one for Christmas last year and I don’t know how I lived without it. It literally does the work for you and looks so pretty on the bench. Then you’re going to want all the attachments to go with it! ReplyCancel

  • I got one for my birthday a couple of years ago (the Almond Cream one – because I am eventually going to re-do my kitchen, and while I would have loved a red one… I don’t know what colour scheme my new kitchen will be, and red would clash horridly with what I have now).

    I saved up birthday and Christmas present money, and left overs from my pocket money… and the Three Very Clever Boys decided I was in fact Worthy! So I got one (yay). I use it at least once a week, I can now make pastry that is edible AND I make the best pizza dough and butter cream frosting. Not at the same time… I have successfully made a sponge AND a pav with its assistance, although I am yet to master the scones. Time will tell…ReplyCancel

    • After reading all these comments I am wanting one more and more. Great thinking with the colour. I wasn’t going to go with Pink as much as I love it just because I want to keep it on the bench and won’t be fair to hubby. But I can’t pass up with Raspberry Ice. I have a cherry blossom canvas next to the kitchen it will match perfectly in with our colour scheme. When I do eventually get one I would love to see your pizza dough recipe!ReplyCancel

  • [...] I published a post hinting to my hubby that I would LOVE a KitchenAid mixer for Christmas and how gorgeous the new KitchenAid Platinum [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] they sent me a KitchenAid stand mixer, you can read more about why I wanted a KitchenAid mixer here and how much I love it [...]ReplyCancel

  • Juliekrause2021

    What a very nice prize to win I could see all my grand -daughter having a ball making all they cupcake.s with this great mixer. It would be soooooooo much saver than the hand held one we use now :)ReplyCancel

{Giveaway} Fiona Kate – Major Sack

This giveaway has now closed.  Congratulations to Bec for winning the Major Sack.  Major Sack I was thrilled when Fiona from Fiona Kate asked me to review the Major Sack for her.  At first I thought this sack was for Christmas, it comes in a variety of 4 colours, so you could easily use the Red […]

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  • Salena Lee

    What a cute bag and in my favorite color! How do I enter?ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Savva

    Oh I saw these bags last Christmas and was jealous of everyone buying them! I couldn’t justify buying one as I had made out Santa Sacks. Never thought to put them to other uses! Would love one for Miss O to use on her sleep overs!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    great bag and I love the colour!!ReplyCancel

  • Karina Lamb

    Love them!!!!! Please enter me in the competition. Perfect for storage of winter clothes ! :)ReplyCancel

  • Holly N.

    Cool bag!

  • Lucy mcL

    Wow these are gorgeous! I would loooooove to win one!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    Wow how cool is Fiona Kate, I love boxes and storage its all so cool if I had to pick a fav I would say the Monster box! Imagine what I could hide in there :)ReplyCancel

  • Powerchick007

    I could certainly turn this into a xmas sack :)ReplyCancel

  • lisa lawson

    What a great prize beautifulReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth B

    The storage cushion – natty!ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    Found it hard to come up witha favourite, but kept going back to the Poster holder. It’s awesome. However, if the sack was to find it’s way into my hands, I wouldn’t be complaining!!! It would make an awesome x-mas sack for the joint presents for my 4 kids!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Oh my! I have been looking for a page like hers for SO long!!! Thank you thank you thank you!! <3ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I love the poster grid! Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Lee R

    Love the chalk spots!ReplyCancel

  • Betty

    The sacks are just gorgeous, what a great price too!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    Chalk dots Oh my can’t wait to order some! The Sack – love it. Funky Funky!ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Beautiful products! A pink toy sack if just what my little girl needs in her room :) Thanks for sharingReplyCancel

  • Cinox367

    I love the sack, but my favourite is the monster box, I would love to make it into a memory box :)ReplyCancel

  • Super cute, love the pink for my girls :)ReplyCancel

  • I love the chalkboards! I can definitely see some of those going up in our house soon

  • Claire

    Love the storage bags… but also like the chalkboard spots :)ReplyCancel

  • What a great idea, I’d love to win one!ReplyCancel

  • Celia

    i liked the lego solution pack, so nice

  • Bec Sherman

    I love the Poster grid. Such a great way to show art.ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    I love the sacks! I can think of so many uses for them- not just for christmas! I need one for me!ReplyCancel

  • I think the sacks would be fantastic for travelling in the car, keep all the toys and books in one at each kids feet! I’d love to win one!ReplyCancel

  • Trina

    I lovel the chalkboard dots!ReplyCancel

  • Fisherosa

    I love the Art Folders on Fiona Kate – perfect for all the bits coming home from school!ReplyCancel

  • jorobkia

    I think the major sack is actually my favourite product.ReplyCancel

  • Mademoiselle Slimalicious

    My favourite item is the monster box, because my kids have so much toys!ReplyCancel

  • Im really loving the sack the most perfect for christmas!ReplyCancel

  • Sebnar

    My favourite item are the art folders. What a great way of storing all those precious pieces of art workReplyCancel

  • Wow i love the Major Sacs they are fantastic.ReplyCancel

  • Natasha Horsham

    Can think of some many uses. A free one would the best away to see how well my ideas would workReplyCancel

  • CrystalB

    The poster grid is my favourite item.ReplyCancel

  • Love the Chalk Spot & Alphabet decals! And obviously the Major Sacs! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Erica Sumners

    They look so cute, love the pink!ReplyCancel

  • Kiara M.

    Love it-what a great idea! (especially love the size and the fact a pillow could fit in it)ReplyCancel

  • Melisa McCarthy

    Love the postie holders!ReplyCancel

  • Elise Blogger

    Besides the sack which is the most awesome thing ever, I’m also loving the chalkboardReplyCancel

  • Jlwarren

    Love these sacks – so versatile!!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Love theses sacks and LOVE the monster box – such great storage ideasReplyCancel

  • Salena Lee

    i like the sack in pinkReplyCancel

  • Sandra Jones

    I do like the sacks, but also like the idea of the storage cushion – great place to store pj’s and bed toys (that look a little worse for wear after being washed upteenth times)…ReplyCancel

  • Samy_savva

    Love the idea as a storage solution!!! Jealous of people who have these, I could never justify spending that much on JUST a sack but now if I have other uses hubby might not have an argument heheReplyCancel

  • Leesa

    What an awesome idea!!

    Great giveaway!!! ReplyCancel

  • Bell Harlow

    I love the multiple ways of entering :)

    My favourite item is the sacks but…….. I also love chalk boards they are a great idea for the kids rooms and kitchen.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Blanch

    My favourite item are the chalk boards, they’d be very handy!ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine

    What a gorgeous idea & a great place to hide extra teddy’s :)ReplyCancel

  • Gemmiealliston

    SO many great choices but I would pick the cute ‘major’ pink box :)ReplyCancel

  • my favourite item is the art folders fantastic way to store your child’s artReplyCancel

  • Jennib78

    I love the luminous butterlies, both my kids are crazy about butterflies! Oh and I love the postie major!ReplyCancel

  • Bec~Because Everything Counts

    I’d have to say I cant go bast the Major Sack..we’re away for Christmas this year and it would be perfect to store her presents in the a giant Santa SackReplyCancel

  • Awesome Sacks! Perfect for lil girls and boys!!! Loving the storage cushion!ReplyCancel

  • I definitely love all of the chalkboard items, the board and the dots are just great and would be so very handy around my home.ReplyCancel

  • Mel Hortin

    Fiona kate storage ideas are great. Love the boxes but the storage cushion is awesome and my favourite. The sacks are super cute and perfect for those sleepovers or for the kids to throw their toys into.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Harmon

    Major sack gets a major thumbs up from me. What a great idea Fiona Kate, perfect for a busy Christmas morning with two very excited children, now they have somewhere to store their loot.ReplyCancel

  • Moniqueknight1

    Wow amazing stuff thanks once again for guiding us to these sites. Love the boxes because I am and Organised freak (can never have to many boxes)ReplyCancel

  • Oh I love the boxes, they are awesome! They would come in handy around the house. :)ReplyCancel

  • What a great useful idea and so stylish too!ReplyCancel

  • Josie

    love the poster grid – I want a wall of them!!ReplyCancel

  • Katherine

    So much great stuff, but I think I like the table top box the best! My son would love it!ReplyCancel

  • Julie-Ann

    I love all these things! Anything to help organise!ReplyCancel

  • Betty

    Loved the poster grid and the boxes for memory keeping purposes are on my list. They love to have their special pieces in a place all their own. It’s all gorgeous and simple. ThankyouReplyCancel