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{Christmas Planning} Free Printable: Kids Letter to Santa

Letter to Santa The kids will have a blast writing out the Christmas wish list.  If you’re struggling to come up with a gift to give your kids, grandkids, niece or nephew, you will enjoy this FREE Letter to Santa printable.  Print the letter Get kids to write their wish list Scan, photocopy or take […]

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  • Great Idea… I have introduced a new method in my house for the pre-writers…. this year I collected some toy catalogues and got the kids to cut and paste the items they would like onto their santa letter… then we posted the letter to ‘Santa’ (my parents house) last week, and I met my parents yesterday (no kids) and got our xmas shopping done….ReplyCancel

  • Love this Katrina. I have just Pinned for next year as my little man at 18 months old doesn’t know who santa is yet…ReplyCancel

  • Great printable Katrina! My kids are just formulating their lengthy lists for Santa, and I’m convincing them that they can ask for anything they want…but its doesn’t mean they’ll get it. lol.ReplyCancel

    • My kids have turned over and using the back page, I think they think Santa is rich. I have asked them to circle their top 5 things they most want.ReplyCancel

  • [...] And I will definitely not be encouraging you to make sure your kids get their own letter from Santa, or helping you and your child write their letters TO Santa! [...]ReplyCancel

  • […] favourite activities. To keep the writing to a minimum I found a nice printable letter template here. Then, in between pudding making, we went round the corner to the post box, to post them. Fingers […]ReplyCancel

  • […] And I will definitely not be encouraging you to make sure your kids get their own letter from Santa, or helping you and your child write their letters TO Santa! […]ReplyCancel

{Inspiration} Teacher Appreciation Gifts

I buy the kids teachers gifts at the end of the year.  This is a simple thankyou for the time and efforts they put into helping our children, learn and grow.  I am very thankful, over the past few years my children have had some of the most delightful teachers who have spent extra time […]

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  • Carolyn

    WOW, I was just thinking about this earlier today. Last year I was inspired by you and did a poem in a picture frame for one teacher. The other teacher received a Pom-Pom puppet bird. This came about as the teacher allowed my son to make pom poms in his free time. We have since made heaps more and sold them at the school fete. This year I was thinking of a calico shopping bag with a relevant comment printed on it ie ‘Teacher powered by chocolate’ or and apple with the word ‘inspiring’ there are many ideas to choose from. The bag idea is because plastic bags are now illegal in the ACT. I may added a few tasty goodies to the bag of course. We have fantastic teachers and I can’t thank them enough for teaching my beautiful boys.ReplyCancel

    • Its a perfect way to say thankyou.ReplyCancel

      • Bjb456

        I have used a couple of the ideas from here. Thanks everyone. I ordered some personalised stickers from Signature stickers for my sons teachers. For my daughters kindy, I have teamed up with 2 other mums and we have made a batch of cookies and using the “smart cookie” idea. We are also adding some home made bon bons to the cookie jars. I made the bon bons last year for my sons kindy teachers. I bought some xmas tea towels that came with a matching oven mit and pot holder. Roll the pot holder and glove inside the teatowel and tie ribbon on each end to hold it all together. Last year I used hand towels but rolled them around a cardboard tube. We put some lollies inside. We also attached a small trinket to one end of the bon bon with ribbon.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie

    My kids are at daycare a couple of days a week and have around 6 teacher/helpers, so what I did was bake a massive basket full of different kinds of biscuits for the entire centers teachers to enjoy. I got many comments on how scrumptious they were.
    This year I am going to make lemon butter and orange butter to give to teachers/helpers…something a bit different but yummy all the same!!ReplyCancel

  • V Blyth

    As a teacher I so love these gift ideas. Sometimes it seems like parents have no appreciation for the extra mile we go for students but your gifts show this is not true for many of you.
    Thankyou for the thoughts on behalf of teachers everywhere.ReplyCancel

  • I’ve ran with our parent reps idea this year – we have made a donation anywhere from $5 – $20 and getting an accor holiday voucher. Our teacher has a young child so we are thinking a weekend with hubby or a family getaway would be good.ReplyCancel

  • Heidi

    As a teacher I love receiving gifts with a bit of thought, but home made wins every time. As a non tea or coffee drinker I used to average 15-20 coffee cups each year. I would much prefer a homemade Christmas ornament or something simple that the child has helped to make.ReplyCancel

    • That’s sweet Heidi, I can imagine you receive plenty of coffee mugs!

  • Nik

    Last year was our first year at school and we gave my son’s school teacher a little nativity (we go to a Christian school), and I have seen it out in the classroom this year with all the other Christmas books and decos. We did the same for our Speech Therapist.
    This year we have arranged little glass ornaments to be engraved with our child’s name and year – it was through Identity Direct and they were having a big sale on all the Christmas stuff way back in May/June.
    For the class present for one of our teachers, we are collecting donations and organising with the travel agent for the money to be put towards her honeymoon.ReplyCancel

    • Similar to one mentioned below Nik, I think this is such a beautiful idea.ReplyCancel

  • Tegan

    as a student teacher, i have come to realise that i go through lots of stickers, Here is a great site that i got some stickers form that i would love to get as a pressie at the end of the year.

    • Thankyou for sharing the link.ReplyCancel

    • Nik

       Thanks for this idea! My daughter is changing teachers this term and as a class thankyou we ordered these stickers – the parents thought it was a great idea and the teacher loved them! I ordered 20 sheets with 65 stickers each sheet and we got 2 free – that’s approx. 1400 stickers!!ReplyCancel

  • I love these! If I was crafty, I’d totally make the monogrammed pencil frame. But instead, our teachers are getting chocolate, unless I can think of a creative way to present it.ReplyCancel

  • My eldest starts school next year, some great ideas here. I will be getting Miss 5’s kinder teacher a book voucher and bookmark, hopefully she gets to put her feet up and rest with a good book over the holidays.ReplyCancel

    • Beautiful idea, I have seen bundles of books and magazine with beach towels, hint for them to relax.ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    I like to give gifts to the teachers at the end of each term. They usually consist of a handmade box filled with chocs, or other goodies. Last term they got one of my hand poured soy candles in a handmade box – I blogged about it on my very neglected blog here The box had one the candle sentiment you show above!ReplyCancel

  • The cookie jars are my favourite. So cute! I don’t have kids yet but I will definitely be giving presents to their teachers one day.
    I used to love giving my teachers presents when I was little. ReplyCancel

  • We don’t have teachers to appreciate just yet, but if I was a teacher I’d love the organising tray. Although my description would be more like:
    Box filled with paperclips and cork board pins and the necessities like chocolate ;)ReplyCancel

  • tutuames

    They are all so awesome! I especially love the pencils and crayons. So effective!ReplyCancel

    • I think they would be easy enough to make, I hope I have time this year as I would like to make one up.ReplyCancel

  • I love that Crayons mural… I might get my craft on & prepare one for the babies room :) Thansk for the inspiration. ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Some fabulous ideas! My boy started high school this year so it’s not cool to give teachers a present, as we don’t see the high school teachers it’s a bit hard. When he was in primary I always gave his teachers a present, like you he’s been lucky enough to have amazing teachers all through primary.ReplyCancel

  • My son only started school this term, so his teacher, whilst is wonderful, will only have had him for 1 term. Last year for the kindy and childcare, I got world vision school supplies for the kids in Africa and gave the cards to the teachers (1 for the kindy and 1 for my son’s room at childcare and 1 for my daughter’s room at childcare). We also gave the kindy teachers a christmas bauble with a tag with Hunter’s name on it. I’m thinking of doing the same again this year for his school teacher and my daughter’s childcare.ReplyCancel

  • What a lovely parent you are! As a semi-retired teacher I can tell you that it is very rare to get gifts when you teach high school kids. Primary teachers tend to get lucky and we were always forgotten! That’s why I always give gifts to my eldest daughter’s teachers!

    Thanks so very much for joining in with my Pinning and Singing Pinterest Party. I really love your pins and ideas so thanks for sharing them. I know there are a lot of linky parties out there in blogland so I just wanted to let you know that I am really grateful for your support.

    Best wishes and happy pinning!
    Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me

  • Wow thanks for these really great ideas! I especially like the picture made out of crayons.ReplyCancel

  • We gave Heidi’s teachers, therapists and aides and Annie’s teacher last year a Keep Cup each. This year I’ve got some stationery from the kawaii notebook – love that shop.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Slattery

    I’m making some 2012 framed calendars for the kid’s teachers this year.

{Christmas Craft} Large Christmas Candy Cane

I went shopping recently with my friend Carissa from Putting on a Party.  She started telling me about a decoration she was making with the kids using a pool noodles and tinsel.  So I grabbed some noodles for the pool  (bargain $3 at Kmart) and an extra one to make the creation below with the kids. […]

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{Giveaway} bragbags Australia 4 in 1 Striped Tote

This giveaway is now closed – congratulations to Kerry S you will be receiving a 4 in 1 Large Striped Tote Exclusive offer to The Organised Housewife Readers – purchase this 4in1 Tote and you will receive a FREE Organiser, purchases must be made by Saturday 18th November bragbags Australia – 4 in 1 Large Striped Tote Without […]

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  • Chriskostecki

    This bag looks exactly like what I have been looking for when traveling.ReplyCancel

  • Paula

    Wow… this looks fabulous. Would love to have one of these. I might have to email the link to hubby for some christmas inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • hi. how can i enter. there is no link on websiteReplyCancel

  • tracey

    Have a beautiful day everyone!!ReplyCancel

  • Jalna

    How do I enter? The link doesn’t seem to be working.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Savva

    Oh love the Brag Bags! I would love one
    In my collection. Already follow them on Facebook :-)ReplyCancel

  • it won’t let me enter on the website… is it me or the website???ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Rutherford

    What would it be like to own a Brag Bag, oh to Brag about my Brag Bag, I gotta get myself one of those Brag Bags, I have to win myself a Brag Bag!ReplyCancel

  • If you are trying to find us we are at bragbags australia :) We have this tote in 3 colours….ReplyCancel

  • Marcena

    It’s an awesome bag, I’d love to enter the comp but the link doesn’t seem to be working. ReplyCancel

  • Amandajane Snell

    Would love 2 win this bag….ReplyCancel

  • id love to win this :)ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    I think my favourite is the Linen and Leather Hobo With Heart Charm. I’d have to get the scotchguard though as it would be grubby looking in no time!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    This bag is perfect for travelling with my little men! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • I like the leather whipstitch large tote in red!ReplyCancel

  • Christeen

    Thanks for the link to the website. Had a look and I liked the blue stripe one. I must admit I also liked the flower bag as well!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    Love the bag. I’m always looking for something practical but stylish as well.ReplyCancel

  • I’m a sucker for a tote and instantly fell in love with the red leather whipstitch tote.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Pretty satin evening bag with ruffle detail, love it!!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Thurston

    Ok, I’m in Bag-Lover Heaven! If I have to pick just one…gotta say how hard that is though…I love the detail on the Leather Whipstitch Shoulder Bag in cream. It’s beautiful!

  • Michelle Rayner

    Ooooh – these look fabulous! And with kids you can always use ore room in your bag for all of life’s “necessities”!ReplyCancel

  • I’m a bag addict – this looks like the perfect addition to my collection!!ReplyCancel

  • Georgia

    Besides the messenger tote i love the whipstitch large tote bag.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Blanch

    I love the Flower Satchel at Brag Bags – gorgeous design detail :)ReplyCancel

  • Micky

    The 3 Way Leather Bag is such a nifty idea, very practical and great designReplyCancel

  • I love the Jewellery hangers ReplyCancel

  • Regina

    Wow I like the look of this bag very handy for a mother of 3 who has to take half the house everytime we go out anywhere.ReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    I love this bag, but I seem to think no matter how big the bag it is always to small because I always seem to fill them with lots of crap and now with a baby 15 times more crap has to fit into themReplyCancel

  • Andrea

    loving the versatility of this tote bag – so many applications!

  • Leonie

    The ‘whipstitch tote’ would be my favourite, love the red, stylish and practicalReplyCancel

  • Kyliepullen

    Love the blue 4 in 1 Striped tote.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Wiles

    Simple, elegant, love it!ReplyCancel

  • Amie Codlin

    I love the Linen Pleated Shoulder Red Paisley bag.ReplyCancel

  • Zara

    love the idea of such a versatile tote bag ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Thanks for the chance to win, it’s gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Leimay Cherry

    I really like the Handbag Organiser Corporate 2 piece set i could see it being very useful for my large bag and the smaller being able to slot right into my little bag.ReplyCancel

  • Julie C

    This is so clever – I’m abit hard on bags, but this one look like it can outlast me!!!!

  • Kiara M.

    3 kids-I never have enough things on me or a stylish big enough bag for it all!!! This looks fantastic :)ReplyCancel

  • Yolandapangan

    I love anything bag, or even just looks like a bag. LOL. This bag is so versatile – use it if you have little things to bring or a lot of stuff to carry around. I would so love to have one of these. Thanks.

  • Moniqueknight1

    You always bring us great products. Many of my purchases have been from your blog. I love the Satchel bags at Brag bag, but the bag above is perfect for a busy working mum just like me – I would love it (fingers crossed)ReplyCancel

  • JB Perth

    This bag looks fantastic, especially with the front zip. I am now getting past the nappy bag stage, but need to fit in water bottles and food!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle C

    I love the Brag Bags site – lots of delicious bags!! The messanger bag is lovely, although the new whipstitch totes are gorgeous too!!ReplyCancel

  • Alli

    What a great promotion – thanks so much – am off to explore the Brag Bags website!! xxReplyCancel

  • Danya

    I really like the new leather whipstitch tote, but I have also been eyeing off these messenger bags as well. A new bag from bragbags is on my christmas shopping list for both myself and my mum! Very exciting giveaway, good luck everyone xxReplyCancel

  • Deb Risley

    I really like the turquoise pleated hobo bag. Its gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I love the blue, aqua and cream.ReplyCancel

  • I love the Flower Satchel. Cute as!

  • Natalie

    I am crushing on the gorgeous Lotus Bag!ReplyCancel

  • vkmason

    I think the Leather Pouchette with Bonus Button Cover (Red with Bird Button Cover) $99.00 is so sweet. That is a great every day hand bag.ReplyCancel

  • Heather

    I love the Flower Satchel…it’s unusual, not your run of the mill plain handbag….will brighten up a plain outfit and receive plenty of lovely compliments, i;m sureReplyCancel

  • Michelle K

    I love the red Leather Whipstitch Large Tote. It’s large and roomy and of course Red! lolReplyCancel

  • Kathy Sykes

    I love the off white leather Whipstich shoulder bag.ReplyCancel

  • B-prepared

    I am already imagining how useful the 4 in1 tote could be travelling by myself with two littlies over xmas on the plane :)ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    This looks like such a great bag – I’m sure I’d have to fight off my Mum for it :)ReplyCancel

  • Kerenmabury

    Oh my!!!! We are traveling to Denver and Nashville over the Christmas holidays with our 2 gorgeous children -Charlotte, 3 and David, 13 months. I DO NOT have a travel bag… So far I’ve used a small flat handbag which is now ridiculous! Thank you for the chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • Liannedgong

    I love the 4 in 1 in red…. anything red is goodReplyCancel

  • Marcia

    Bucket Tote in Brights, love the emerald colour!

  • Julie

    I lurve the flower satchel!ReplyCancel

  • Jess86foster

    i love the 4 in 1 Tote/Messenger Large Size with Bonus Bag Organiser: that Expires November 18 (oh look! it expires on my 25th Birthday!! hint hint!!)
    love this shop! lucky i’m already in Perth! thanks for showing me! PS….Love your site!ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine

    Wow! This would be great for shopping days to pop all those accidental purchases in :)ReplyCancel

  • Emma Carter

    It’s got to be the flower satchel, so cute and summery!ReplyCancel

  • Nic Smede

    OMG…. all the products are just divineReplyCancel

  • Deb Risley

    Flower satchel is the most gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa

    Love the blue and greenReplyCancel

  • Louise Spiden

    YAY I have my birthday and Christmas in Dec. so really loving the bags – especially the Mum & Me bag (perfect for going out with baby!)ReplyCancel

  • J Jbennett

    the silk handbag organiser is beautiful and practical. I would have no excuse for losing anything. There are some very lovely things at brag bags. ReplyCancel

  • Kylie J

    I have my eye on the Mum and Me Bag as I’m currently pregnant with #2!! Very nice.ReplyCancel

  • Marie O

    Love the 4 in 1 tote….just making the transition from nappy bag to normal handbag again and this would be so easy to use!ReplyCancel

  • Donna Jones

    Oooh another site with great bags.. My husband won’t be happy ;-) I love the Leather Whipstitch Large Tote. I cant decide what color I love best though ReplyCancel

  • I love the flower satchel!! So cute!!ReplyCancel

  • Clintshar

    Ohh I love bags! Love the fact that this fits an ipad in it too, so handy!!ReplyCancel

  • Becksta_1

    My favorite instore item is the Gym Sports Bag Organiser! I need one of these!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Rasanen

    I can’t decide netween the Linen Bag and the 4-in-1 toteReplyCancel

  • My favourite is definitely the 4 in 1 large striped tote…..I’m a Mummy with a giant handbag – it’s always packed full of kiddie things, and I struggle to find my phone & keys! This looks great!!!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Granland

    I can’t decide between the flower satchel or the 4 in 1 tote. Both are funky and very useful for a mum of 3 (my oldest has special needs so still need lots of stuff in my bag even though he is 13 years old). All the products are great :)ReplyCancel

  • Mels2903

    Love the handbag organiserReplyCancel

  • Leesa

    ooh this is a great giveaway!!!ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    I love the jewellery hangers….ReplyCancel

  • Julie-Ann

    I love this bag!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lyn Wroe

    Oh so many things to like….will admit though…the bag organizer has to be one of my favourites.ReplyCancel

  • Faye B

    Loving the flower satchels- nice to have something girly in a house full of boys! But the 4 compartment bag/organiser is perfect for my 4 roles- Mum, wife, Teacher and ME! Would love to win it- am sitting here looking at a pile of 5 handbags I currently have on the go- have to sort and declutter into just the one!ReplyCancel

  • I like the travel cover for the jewelry hanger – such a clever idea!!ReplyCancel

  • Natasha

    My kids would love all the “flower” bagsReplyCancel

  • Ursulawright

    I adore the very chic Linen Clutch with Bonus Buttons. So cute, so stylish. I always am forever carrying around large bags (that just continue to grow in weight) and so it would be a lovely challenge to try to fit all of my essentials into one little chic clutch and look stylish at the same time.ReplyCancel

  • Georgie

    The jewellery hangers are such a great idea. I could definitely use one of these! Now that I’m a mum, I find the bigger the bag the better so the 4 in 1 tote is perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Timtam

    The 4 in 1 tote! Surely it will assist with my constant searches for a children’s muesli bar that seem to multiply in the bottom of my current handbag!ReplyCancel

  • Alicia

    These look great! With four little kids i could definitely use one.ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    Definitely the handbag organiser! Not for me as I only have my purse, phone, keys, notebook and 5 pens (just in case). I would be getting it for my sister shose handbag is like nothing I’ve ever seen!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Just a quick thankyou!!! thats my xmas present sorted :)ReplyCancel

  • [...] and organised helps to make me feel ready for my trip and I won’t need to rummage through my tote bag to find [...]ReplyCancel

20% off EVERYTHING in The Organised Housewife Shop

I provide a selection of FREE printables for all my readers, but I also have an online shop where I have created charts which will help you and the kids around the home. Reward charts, routine charts, responsibility charts, cleaning checklists, grocery list, Christmas planner and for the bloggers a blog planner.  As you can all understand running this blog takes a lot of effort and time away […]

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Age appropriate chores for kids

I posted about how and why we give our kids pocket money yesterday, but today I would like to share with you jobs the kids are capable of helping you with around the house. Getting the kids to help around the house teaches them responsibility, giving them self-confidence and is of course so very helpful for you! […]

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  • i just read this, i have a 5 and 4 yo and they do a lot on your list for no monetary reward. But i am thinking of starting pocket money. Sothanks for the tips. XxReplyCancel

  • Dani

    What a great list! I have just started using pocket money as incentive for my children to help around the house. Each job is worth either 50c, $1 or $1.50. (Mowing the lawn is $5 for my 11 year old) At the moment it is a choice for my children to do the job.
    I also fine them 20c for each time they talk disrespectfully to me. Last week the older two chose not to do any jobs but ended owing me money for being disrepectful.
    This seems to be working for the moment as my 11 year old boy has a personality that is motivated by material rewards. My 7 year old and 4 year old girls like to have coins to put into their money box, but mainly they like to help Mum.
    I am willing to try as many things as it takes to teach my children that looking after a household is a team effort! (This also helps me as a single parent not have to do everything.ReplyCancel

    • That’s right is a responsibility for them all to help contribute. ReplyCancel

      • Julie

        How do I get around this? My 6 year old is being a rat bag at the moment so I am in the process of doing chores, rules print up etc so he can see what he needs to do. ATM It is basically me doing everything (or leaving it until I can’t take any more) so I’m pretty fed up. I have downloaded and copied ideas to make plans for the eldest (two younger kids are babies so can’t help) but he has listening problems ie hates being told/asked to help so has very selective hearing! I need to have punishments (in all aspects) without it being a punishment as such. Any tips please?ReplyCancel

        • Dani

          My girls, who are now 5 & 8, share a room. They were repeatedly being told to tidy up their toys etc, but they didn’t, so now their room only has their beds, a few comfort toys and a small selection of books. They have to earn their toys back little by little. For me, stripping back to to needs, not wants has helped them see that having toys is a luxury not a right.ReplyCancel

  • I did incorporate “toy jail” when they were young. They had chore charts and as they did chores they would place the cards in the “completed” box. Then they would get tokens for all the chores completed. Every night I didn’t fuss or nag about toys being picked up… if they were left out then they went to “toy jail” and could be bought back on Saturday mornings with their tokens. It worked so well that they ended up with lots of tokens and harldy any toys in “jail” lolReplyCancel

  • I like that Amanda….ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Hi, I’ve been reading your posts, and I must say that my b3 helps a lot. He has only just recently turned 3 and since about 2 he has helped make his bed, feed the dogs, help with the rubbish, cleaning, dishes and washing all the daily chores. He enjoys it, it gets done quicker and then we get to play. I do like the idea of the pocket money though and will use this as an extra reward. I have a reward chart not with money but with fun activities e.g. going out in the boat, going to the beach, watching a movie etc and this seems to be working really well. It helps show that you can get rewards for helping out. I take away stars from such activities if he’s being rude or not doing as he’s told. So far lots of rewards have been given.ReplyCancel

  • Finally! I copped alot of flack for being a mean mum and making my 4yo do chores. Thank you for this post, it makes me feel normal =)ReplyCancel

  • I like that you call them responsibilities instead of chores. I think I’ll start calling them responsibilities for myself and maybe I’ll like them a little more! I don’t have kids yet but when I do they will definitely have to earn their pocket money. ReplyCancel

    • That’s right, many don’t give their kids pocket money as their help is expected, each to their own.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    A10yr old clean a toilet? Lol.ReplyCancel

  • Very happy to see your list … looking for little reminders of jobs that can be shared … have always paid pocket money but do explain it’s not paid “per job” and that as a family there are lots of jobs we all need to do!!ReplyCancel

  • Omg, I’m feeling like such bad Mum for NOT making my children do chores….my 18yo can’t even keep his own area clean let alone anyone else’s…..GrrrrrReplyCancel

  • @ Samantha, my boys have always hung up the family’s undies, hankies and socks on a drying rack. Once they get to 5 they can also hang up singlets and thin shorts, washers, and tea-towels. Next I will start them hanging t-shirts on coathangers.ReplyCancel

  • I like the idea of ticking the sticker chart at night; we haven’t had a definite time, and so the charts get neglected! There is real training involved in doing chores/responsibilities. Things like putting dishes away, hanging up washing are just what each household member ‘does’ because they are a member of the family. Making beds, cleaning up messes they make… I don’t think parents should pay for this – mums and dads surely aren’t paid to pick up after their kids! But we pay up for right attitude (obeying promptly, playing nicely with brother, thinking of ways to bless others, remembering jobs without being reminded), and we will pay for ‘extra’ jobs like weeding, washing the car, etc.ReplyCancel

  • I love this! There is so much evidence out there that giving our kids responsibility around the home helps them work better as a team and respect others. That’s a good enough reason in itself I think…apart from the obvious extra hands on deck. Sadly I think the one thing that stops some of us from walking this path is because we’re perfectionists and want the house to look a certain way… if only we could embrace the ‘imperfect perfect’!!ReplyCancel

    • I have had to, reality is I can’t do it all and at least the books are in the book shelf, even if it’s not perfectly straightened they did do as I asked.

  • Thanks for the list of age approriate responsibilities. When I mention to my (5 year old) son he needs to help out, he says he needs a list to check off – which we have done in the past but stopped doing. I love the ideas, I’m going to get to making him another list. Do you laminate yours and change the responsibilities each week?ReplyCancel

    • Yes our charts are laminated and they do change regularly. Especially if there is a particular area that need attention. Eg this week taking this week their wardrobes are a mess.ReplyCancel

  • Belle

    Wow, I really need to re-think which chores I designate to which kids! My almost 12 yr old is doing chores that I could “pass on” to my 5yr old & I think I need to give her challenging chores now… Master 5 gets out of alot of chores because he is “the baby”… guess it time to let him grow up & help out now! Thank so much for sharing. I think this is going to help my household ALOT! xxReplyCancel

  • Free2beme

    As soon as our kids started high school they took responsibility for cooking one meal a week. This meant they had to plan the meal so I could get the correct ingredients and organise who was going to be home etc. This not only taught them about cooking but planning a balanced meal, organisation of ingredients (check the pantry, put ingredients on shopping list) but also made them aware of the need to know who was going to be home etc. Left overs had to be frozen into labelled containers and as time went on and they had jobs they would ask to cook extra so they could freeze a meal to take to work or sport training. They didn’t start out with anything difficult, they found that timing was more difficult that the preparation and built up a repertoire they could use when they left home.ReplyCancel

  • Free2beme

    From below: I forgot to give you a list of foods they cooked.
    • spaghetti bolognaise
    • tacos with mince
    • grilled fish and salad
    • chicken salad (a strange mix of a BBQ chook, boiled jacket potatoes, spring onions, coz lettuce, mayo and tinned tuna)
    • pizza (homemade)
    • niku jaga (Japanese stew of beef of chicken with carrot, potato & onion stew.
    • stir fry
    I showed them once and then was on hand for questions. As they helped in the kitchen growing up it was an easy transmission.ReplyCancel

  • Samy_savva

    I have since implemented this with the individual responsibility list and family responsibility list. We sat down with miss 3 1/2 and explained to her that we all have responsibilities around the house.

    I started with my responsibilities and then daddy’s (these included taking rubbish out, cooking dinner, hanging out the clothes etc).

    We went through her morning routine and evening routine we came up with (thanks for the ideas) and said that her responsibility was to ensure that she completed both her morning and evening routine each day. She wasn’t satisfied with this and asked if she could help set the table each night!

    We have not implemented the idea of pocket money yet however after her completion of last week I did give $1.50 (half her age) and she asked what is for. PERFECT answer – I explained that it was a gift from mummy and daddy because she did such wonderful helping during the week and completed ALL her responsibilities. She was VERY satisfied with herself and went and put it STRAIGHT into her money box.

    In the new year once we have the routines sorted we will start with a structured reward system including deducting. Thanks again for your AMAZING posts!ReplyCancel

    • Ooh, she is so sweet. Great work Sam, she will look forward to it each week!

  • Sooby76

    My daughter has had jobs around the house since she was 2 or 3, and they’ve grown & changed with her. She has a reward chart for things like Manners, Sharing & Being Kind, Listening & Obeying straight away and things like that. We also have a section for her chores. She’s just turned 4 now and her jobs are to help with the laundry (she hangs out all the underwear & socks, and sometimes the babies’ clothes too), vacuum the family room with the stick vacuum (mostly just under the table where the crumbs accumulate), clean the bath after bathtime, make her bed, set the table for dinner & tidy up the toys (with her little brother). When her sticker chart is full, she gets a special prize. Her next prize is a little pink watch for $10, so it never costs very much, but she’s so proud when it’s all full. At the end too, we sit down and do up a new sticker chart and decide what should go on it. She understands that everyone in the family has things to do that help each other. Her little brother has just turned 2, so he now helps with setting the table and hands me things that I need when I’m feeding or changing the babies (we have 5 month old twins too). He likes to copy his big sister, so he’s extra keen to help out which is wonderful!ReplyCancel

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  • Kathryn

    My kids (6, 4 & 2) all sort their laundry after its been taken off the clothesline, to go back into their draws. Perfectly imperfect = they even take it upstairs to their rooms and put it in their draws. I encourage them to fold it but only my eldest does at the moment. And I’m ok with that because it is once less job I have to do and I only iron the clothes if they need it and only when it comes out of the wardrobe to get worn. ReplyCancel

  • I gave birth to my children  because i wanted them… not so they will be my slaves
    Children should  not be doing housework  that’s what the mother is forReplyCancel

    • Linda

      I also want my kids but in order for me to be able to spend quality time with them instead of thinking of all the jobs I have to get done I ask them to help me around the house by doing jobs.

      I am also helping them cope with life when they eventually move out they have the skills to look after themselves.  I have seen kids where the mother did everything for them and they don’t cope well in the beginning.  LindaReplyCancel

    • Christiemccrindle

      and how will your children ever learn to be a mom by your description if not by having responsibiliities? you don’t sit on your butt while they work, THAT is slavery. You work with them, beside them so the learn the empowerment of finishing a task that must be done before play. And then you play with them also.

    • vicky williams

      Tanya I felt that growing up, I was only there to clean for my mum but I had to do alot plus look after my hyperactive sister, I wasn’t allowed out till i cleaned everyroom downstairs, I HATED IT.
       but i now have 4 children, i don’t take the mic out of them by making them do everything, but the house has to function like any other machine and they have to grow knowing how to leave home and look after themselves and they can, I have a 15, 12 and 8 year old girls and a 1 yr old baby boy.  Also it gives them good disapline and good work ethic, you don’t want teens who urgh at their boss cause they have to do something they don’t want to. charts work much better than nagging and boy have i nagged, but if its on the chart they don’t argue BIZZARE. xReplyCancel

    • Susan

      Ha, ha, ha! You didn’t grow up on a farm! We all pitched in because we all relied on the outcome. And to a certain extent, isn’t it the same in all families? By pitching in, our children learn responsibility and teamwork. I gave birth to my children because I wanted them… and I’ve trained them through love and games, laughter and responsibilities because I want them to be equipped to handle anything the future holds. No child should ever view their mother as merely a “housekeeper”. Unless, of course, she’d rather spend all her time slaving for her children rather than playing with them… or maybe they just couldn’t perform to her standards?ReplyCancel

    • Ads

      and when they grow up and move out of home how are they going to know how to look after themselves? People don’t effectively learn by observation, they learn by doing. I give my kids responsibilities around the house not to treat them like slaves but so as to teach them how to be independent. I have boys, if they move out of home and live with someone I want them to know how to pull their weight, not sit around and expect everything to be done for them. Housework is not just for the mother, it is for the familyReplyCancel

  • Janey M

    I’m still stuck on the fact that that is a photo of a toy room………ReplyCancel

  • My daughter is almost 3. She unpacks the toilet rolls out of the plastic into where we keep them in the linen closet. My husband has a mix of gluten free cereals and she helps pour the cereals into the container and do the mixing. She helps make her porridge each morning and takes her own dishes from the table to the kitchen bench. She also feeds our dog his lunch and helps get his main meal ready on weekends.ReplyCancel

  • Just having a browse through your blog and stumbled upon this… I absolutely love all of it. My husband and I so believe in responsibilities (not ‘chores’, its in the way we word things isn’t it?) at the moment our 2 year old loves helping mummy, sometimes to mummies frustration, as it can offer hinder not help but I fully believe in teaching her how to function as a well adjusted member of our family and preparing her for the world – while making our tasks fun and exciting at the same time.
    We are working ourselves up to the point were we can do these things with her and she will understand as at the moment I dont think she will get it, but that isn’t going to stop me from doing this with her. Our kids are so smart and often we underestimate how much they can comprehend. Im going to introduce a system like this slowly to her and make it so much fun, heck I’m even excited about it!

  • Liss

    My daughters love having their own money to spend when we go shopping. They count it out and only use it when they really like something. They are more aware of the value of money because it’s their own xReplyCancel

  • Leigh

    LOVE it! My sons first ‘chore’ was to put the toilet paper rolls on the toilet paper holder when he was about 2 yrs old. He still likes doing that (at 4 1/2) and feels very important knowing its his job.
    On another note … I have to disagree with people thinking the children are slaves because they have chores. It is all about having the right attitude. I don’t even call what he does a ‘chore’ actually. I’ve always made it really fun, and he just sees it as part of life – and most times does his ‘chores’ with a great attitude, For him, it is part of playing. He is always asking me to wash up ever since I had a number of plastic items to wash up one day, and let him do it. Also, have you ever noticed when they are around one and a half (my bubs now) that they love putting things in containers/boxes? That is when I teach them to pack up their toys, and they both LOVE (esp the little one) packing up! My children will learn how to do everything for themselves as age appropriate. No son or daughter of mine is going to get married and have their partner put up with sloppiness and laziness! ha ha.ReplyCancel

  • Cat

    I’m 13 years old and this website has really helped me because I love to organise things all over the house! I earn $10 every week but if I’ve been saving up for something that I’ve wanted for a long time, every now and then my allowance will be bumped up to $20 but it never lasts long. I’m happy with $10 though :) Thanks again!ReplyCancel

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Pocket Money – teaching them value and responsibility

How and why kids receive pocket money is different in every family.  Today I would like to share with you how pocket money works for us. Why give pocket money We learnt early that each of our children had a different currency.  If they were in trouble Miss 8 was always devastated to be banned […]

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  • Ooh, I love this! I pitched the concept to my 4yr old yesterday, but didn’t have the coins or the moneybox yet so made him go on a money hunt and put it all in an old coffee jar. He Loved seeing all the money in there. Can’t wait to start them on the self cleaning/earning path!! I also found an idea which is having them keep a ledger of their earnings, but love the idea of the note as that is solid and they don’t like breaking it. Thankyou xoReplyCancel

  • Debbie @ Aspiring Mum

    This is almost identical to how we give pocket money in our family. It was hard to work out a system to begin with, but we’ve settled with what we’ve got – and it works well. We deduct money if we’re not satisfied with how their attitude/helpfulness has been during the week. And we actually give $1 per year age – I’m thinking $0.50 sounds better for my pocket!ReplyCancel

    • That’s it, what works stick to it. It may change as they get older and their need to spend their money practical items, but for now 50c works well. ReplyCancel

  • We give $1 per year of age (8yrs and 3 yrs) and it goes directly into a bank account. The kids are not allowed to buy food or lollies at the shops because I am not willing to get into the argument that I say “no you may not have a milkshake” and they then counter with “well I will buy itwith my money”. It is working well. My hubby and I believe that jobs should just be done becuase you are part of a family – not for monetary reward.

    This year they have an extra piggy bank that they get “extra” money for (coins only) for doing things extra – and they don’t know they will be getting money until after. This money, from their piggy bank is for spending on ice-creams etc when we go on our annual holiday to the beach. They are both working really well.

    They can spend the money in their account on toys etc – we try and guide them but figure they won’t realise the value of moeny unless they get to spend (and therefore not have any sometimes). Is all working well. ReplyCancel

    • My kids now realise they can buy more with their money in the June/July sales. Your right, it’s a great way to learn value.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Mr 5 gets $5 a week, half into the bank account i set up wgen he was born, and have been putting $5 a fortnight into it since then. The other $5 is gor feeding the dog breakfast and dinner, setting the table and keeping his room tidy. (he didn’t get the cash last week as jobs were not done, pushing boundaries here at the moment) i dont nag or ask for the jobs to br done and the lesson hit home when the money did not appear as he is saving for lego and us fairly close to his goal.ReplyCancel

  • I think my son has it too good, my other half gave him $10 the other day to clean his room, lol. We dont do weekly pocket money we just usually buy him a halo Lego man ect. ReplyCancel

  • Samy_savva

    Oh I am liking this post and seeing the responses. I thought my 3 1/2 yr old was too young to get the concept of pocket money, however judging by the below I don’t think she is. Maybe I should try it. She is pretty good with doing things when asked unless a better offer comes up. I think I also need to teach myself to say NO more often at the shops when she asks for things. I dont buy her ALOT of things but she does tend to come home with something. So I need to curve my own behaviour if I want to teach her anything.

    Looking forward to seeing the reward chart and how you set it all up. Time to put my thinking cap on I think. ReplyCancel

    • Sammy, I think at 3 1/2 she can attempt to make her bed. Like I showed in my Imperfectly Perfect post, it’s does’t need to be a perfect job, just that they are doing it and and showing responsibility. ReplyCancel

      • Samy_savva

        Miss 3 has welcomed the challenges and thriving in her new responsibilities. I think she likes feeling a bit grown up and knows that we respect her enough to entrust her with her new responsibilities!

        I was not so sure about the whole bed making thing as I am a bit of perfectionist and like things done a certain way. But I have stepped back and she now makes her bed EVERY morning. Thank you The Organised Houewife :-)ReplyCancel

        • I’m so proud of you Sam, yes it was hard in the beginning for me too. But it’s teaching them good values and great responsibility.ReplyCancel

  • We use points… the kids start off with 20 points each (the equivalent of $5 – each dollar is worth four points). They lose points for unacceptable behaviour (fighting – both lose points (I don’t care who started it!); behaviour that leads to the shouty etc, forgetting things more than once)

    However, points can be gained for behaving really well, being helpful, handling a difficult situation well… And pocket money is given as pocket money and Bonus Points. 99% of the time, the threat of points loss is enough to curb behaviour.

    Points aren’t for doing their jobs – there is an expectation that they just DO them.

    Most of the time, the oldest (who is nearly 9) gets around the $4.50 – $5 mark; while the younger (who is almost 6) gets about $3 or $4 most weeks (he is insanely slow in the mornings).

    Their money goes into their money boxes, plus they’re putting away some loot for a big family holiday to QLD in 2013 in a seperate money box. They can buy stuff with their money – the oldest saved up for and bought himself an electric guitar; the youngest used birthday money plus pocket money to buy himself an ipod touch. While they were saving for the big ticket items they wanted, they soon realised that if they spent $10 on the bit of plastic crap, they were two or three weeks further away from the good thing they really wanted.

    I also put money in the bank for them each month (they don’t know about this money, though).ReplyCancel

    • I really like the idea of each family member saving for a holiday. I might try and adapt it too! Thankyou for sharing :)ReplyCancel

  • Caz

    I’ve been thinking about this recently so…timing…! A friend of my SiL has a system where her children’s pocket money is divided into thirds – 1/3 is to be saved, 1/3 can be spent (or saved) on things of their choice and the final 1/3 is to be used for someone else. I think they sometime donate it, sponsor people etc. I like the sound of it and must check it out some more for our nearly Mr 5.ReplyCancel

    • I have heard of a money box that has the different section as you descirbed above, we have friends that do the same, kids donating a portion of the money to charity. If I find out details I will send you the link.ReplyCancel

      • Bec S

        We do this (I just posted above) – but have 2 seperate money boxes – 1 for charity and 1 for savings.ReplyCancel

  • kristy

    Kat, I am thankful for the time you spend giving us all these great tips. I wish I didn’t give in to my kids when at the shops and your right, now now expect it and ungrateful. I will be adapting this. thankyou again. ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Mr 4 has a chart with some of his jobs drawn on it(feeding the dog, getting ready for kindy-without mummy getting grumpy- this inckudes making bed, packing his bag, brushing teeth etc, setting the table, taking out the bin). Every job gets him a tick and a tick equals 10c. 10% of earnings goes to church offering and he gets to choose what he wants to do with the rest. If he doesnt complege the job correctly ie not putting the bin liner in, cutlery put out wrong and not trying to correct it, he does not get his tick.ReplyCancel

  • Bec S

    My son gets pocket money (he is 5) but my daughter doesn’t yet.
    He gets $4 a week (started when he was 4), $2 goes into his wallet, $1 into a money box we have put aside for savings (we will put into the bank at the end of the year) and $1 into a money box we have put aside for charity (we will buy something like a world vision goat or present for the kmart wishing tree at the end of the year) – so basically only $2 for himself.
    He just turned 5 – so I might up it to $5 so he gets $3 for himself.ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany

    Wow, reading all the other comments is making me feel like a cheap mum. My eldest child is 6 and we only introduced pocket money to him this year. He gets $1 at the end of the week if he keeps his room tidy, gets ready for school in the morning with no fuss from him and no constant nagging from me, and leaves the bathroom tidy after bathtime or brushing teeth. If there are more than two days in the week he doesn’t keep up his end of the bargain then he gets no pocket money. Once he had saved up enough money to buy a Stars Wars figurine he wanted (which took 15 weeks to save for), he then started to understand the value of money. We figured if we start with $1 it gives us plenty of room to add to it as he gets older. Our 4 year old daughter now wants to get pocket money too. She has the same deal as our son, she has to do as much as him, but we only give her 20 cents at the end of the week. When she starts school she will get $1 too.ReplyCancel

    • Don’t feel like that Tiffany, if it’s working for you stick to it!ReplyCancel

  • Free2beme

    Pocket money in our house was a reward for work done as it is in your house. Money was often tight but we made sure we always paid them on time. Deductions were similar but they did have an opportunity to earn some back with special jobs kept for that purpose. Knowing we were not well off as they grew older our brood often bought things they needed with their own money or I would pay for the cheaper version (a basic pencil case) and they would pay the extra to get the style they really wanted. As a teacher I see kids who do nothing for their pocket money and it shows. They take less care of their possessions are more selfish and expect everyone to provide things for them. It just goes to show that a simple thing like pocket money can make a big difference :-)

    • That’s right it’s the expectation. That’s a great idea allowing the kids kids to pay for the brand/style they prefer rather than the one you can afford. Might try and adapt this tip too!ReplyCancel

  • wilmawalrus

    We have a system where we don’t hand out the money, but we keep a track of it with a spreadsheet. At the end of each week (or after a few weeks – we’re a bit slack keeping up), we go through a list of tasks ie. making beds, eating meals in a timely manner, unpacking lunchboxes from schoolbags and packing bags for school etc, and if all are done in a satisfactory manner, pocket money is allocated (currently $5 and $6 for Mr 7 and Miss 9 – they haven’t had a raise for a while). If tasks/behaviour are not up to scratch, the amount is reduced. When they want to buy something, we deduct it from the spreadsheet and make the purchase. My daughter is good at saving and not spending, while my son buys something new as soon as he has about $20 or so (mad about lego). It really has taught them the value of money, and keeps them on track with tasks, etc. ReplyCancel

    • Great work, I have a friend that uses a money tree instead of actual money. ReplyCancel

  • Annwen

    I also have twins – they are now 8, and my daughter is 2. She isn’t old enough to be involved just yet, but they boys are at a point where every second thing they see they want to own. We have a rewards system that results in money at the end of each week. Every day that they do well at school (no name on the board etc) they get one monopoly note, which equals $1. It is also understood that they keep their room tidy, beds made and clean their playroom for that money. They have the option of doing extra jobs when there are jobs that need to be done, whether it be sweeping, dusting etc which they get paid 3 dollars for, or.. they can choose an item from the prize box (which is a random bunch of toys/kids mags etc to the value of $5). To encourage them to save their money, when they reach 10 notes, they may choose a reward of movies, fun station or timezone. Like yours, the only time our kids get things other than when they earn it, is Christmas/birthdays. ReplyCancel

    • Annwen

      Oh and of course negative behaviour results in loss of notes.ReplyCancel

    • My kids have prize box at school and they LOVE it, great incentive.ReplyCancel

  • I love this post. Why haven’t I seen it before now?! We do pocket money with our 8yr old son and have done this for a year or so. But we pay out monthly. I just can’t get myself sorted to have small change once a week. He has some family chores which he isn’t paid for, and anything on top of those he records on his pocket money chart. Each ‘optional’ chore is given a monetary value and at the end of the month we add all the entries up and he gets his cash.ReplyCancel

    • Over a few weeks try and save all gold coins for your purse each day, soon enough you will have a collection which you can keep using again and again, exchanging notes for the coins back.ReplyCancel

  • naomi

    We have been doing pocket money for a while now our older daughter (5) Gets $2 a day but she works hard for her money She gets up & walks to school with me (instead of taking the car) & home again in the afternoons we live 1.6km fromt he school she never complains in the mornings she will get all the dirty washing from the bedrooms & take it to the laundry for me & collects the breakfast dishs & puts them in the sink In the afternoons after school while im doing dinner she will pick up all the toys & put them away that her younger 2 have left out. I dont mind paying her to help as a mum of 3 kids under 6 & a hubby that is always away for work (his home for 1 week a month) I need all the help i can get :) She is a HUGE help around the house & also does all the gardening were growing our own vegs & she has learnt alot from doing it. SHe has also learnt the value of saving she will put all her money in a tin & leave it untill she has a lot & then ask’s is we can go get somthing she has been saving for but she also buys somthing little for her siblings she loves saving & giving. She also knows how lucky she is to have everything she has she understands daddy works hard for it all & some familys are not so lucky everytime she buys a new toy or book even clothing she loves she will pick 2 items to give to charrity shops for kids that are not so lucky. She also sponsers her own child (from south africa) the same age as her with her money it is somthing she wanted to do & loves hearing updates from her & her family. So far she has helped her sponser child attend school to get a education & provied her family with clean drinking water & basic meals its a amazing how much we can give to a family with just a few $$ a week. ReplyCancel

  • Katie

    My 3 aged 7,6 and 3 all get pocket money which most of it goes in their money tin to save as spending money for our holiday too qld in march they are usuaully aloud $1 to buy a lolly and if they really want to buy something i will allow them to take money out but we have to approve. i have things such as cleaning room, making beds and feeding animals which i refuse to pay them for in our house that is something you have to do everyday, the pocket money is for extra jobs which they get paid 50 cents per time so they have the oppurtunity to earn as much or as less as they like ie taking out rubbish/recycling bringing in bins washing/ drying up, vacuuming cleaning down table, tidy backyard, collect laundry baskets when full ( if the kids are wanting to earn a bit more they will ask for extra jobs ) as they get older some of these jobs will be added to their responsibility jobs and other harder bonus jobs like washing car etc will be put in place, i try amd cap itat $5 per child unless i no they are saving for something speacial and they always chuck in to buy a gift for the wishing tree at kmart :-)ReplyCancel

  • Genevieve Peden

    I would love to know more in depth about the marble system that a few of your readers do.
    My kids are money spoilt by my husbandReplyCancel

  • Daja747

    My children Mstr 10, miss 7 get half their age in money, so $5 and $3.50. They are expected to contibute to household chores and have a good attitude about it. Money speaks to them however I’m yet to instill the spend save and give philosophy it’s a work in progress:)ReplyCancel

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  • Samy_savva

    Who would have thought finding a nice PLAIN money box would be so difficult. Any suggestions of where I can maybe find a PINK money box without any characters on it? This is what my Miss 3 has asked for her as she currently only has a tiny one she was given when she was born and slot does not fit 20c or 50c pieces.ReplyCancel

    • Sorry I am so late with replying Sam, but I just brought a heart shaped money box from a part of the bobble art range.ReplyCancel

    • Mrs Mac

      I saw a brilliant idea on another blog (can’t remember who sorry to them) but they got the cheap ugly round money tins from a shop like the Reject shop and covered it is pretty paper. You could use contact as well. Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Georgia

    Hi I’m a big fan of your blogs :)
    I’m actually not getting pocket money anymore (because I started working), but when I was, my three brothers and I would get half our age in pocket money. there was an exception to this rule: when you turned 13 but were did not have a proffesional job yet you got your full age in dollars every fortnight. (e.g. when I was 9 i recieved $4.50 a fortnight, my eldest brothers recieved $13 and $5.50 and my youngest brother (five at the time) got merely $2.50.
    We were always expected to unload the dishwasher, take the compost bucket out, feed the animals, tidy our bedrooms etc. For my family, we didn’t recieve deductions if we failed to complete tasks, other privileges were taken for a week or so.
    We had the opportunity to earn extra money by cleaning the car, mowing the lawn etc.
    I grew up with strong money values (still can’t keep my wallet away from Vally Girl, mind you!) and it was a very sure way to keep it fair in a family of six.ReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    We have 3 sons (12, 10, 8). We expect them to help around the house (there’s a chart on the fridge with 3 jobs on it that rotates each week). As for pocket money, the youngest gets $5 a week and the two older ones get $10 a week. We sometimes pay extra money if they do a specific job as asked. The older two get more money because they are expected to purchase birthday cards/gifts for their friends when invited to a party. This has been working well for a year now – they no longer look for $30 gifts for their friends, now usually $15-$20. They also know that if they leave their wallet at home I don’t hand out money. So nice not to tell them “no” all the time!ReplyCancel

  • arlsdarls

    LOVE your blog! My son is 8 and from the age of 2 he became a very very fussy eater limiting himself to a small variety of foods that he weill eat and only if they are seperated on his plate. We recently discovered he has been accept ing money from his friends at school who are allowed to buy from the canteen every day. So in an effort to encourage him to eat “mixed” foods and to save us time in making seperate meals we will pay him. 50c for every dinner meal where he trys at least 4 bites of any new food or meal. He can than spend this money at the canteen the next day. So far so good.ReplyCancel

  • Debby

    I have a 13yr old. she was getting $10 a week, but now gets $5, as she wanted me to put the other $5 into the bank for her. so she saves half and can spend half. We dont expect too much from her, just keep her room clean, and mainly concentrate on her schoolwork. I only buy the clothes for her that are, what i class as essentials…. eg, bras, knickers etc. if she sees a top she likes, or shoes, she buys them. It does make her think twice.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Devine

    We expect certain things as being part of the family unit. The extra chores that help me around the house are up for hire. Gemma usually does the most when she has her eye on something she wants. She saved for over a year to buy herself an iPod. I keep track of all the money (we use an app) and then if we are out and she wants something, she can use her own money to buy it. She does not get a regular set pocket money.ReplyCancel

  • Davina

    Love your blog and I agree with what you’re saying. Chores and Rewards are a great way to instil responsibility, values and initiatives for kids. Sorry for the plug but we’ve developed an App for this which we think you and your readers will love. Little Rewards iphone App changed our home life where we used to argue with our kids to do chores around the house all the time to now them asking what else can be done. Take a look on

    Keep going with the great blog! Thanks :)ReplyCancel

  • […] week they will receive a tick on the reward chart which at the end of the week is a record for pocket money earned.   Here are some ideas on what responsibilities you can give your […]ReplyCancel

  • […] has borrowed some money from Mummy and Daddy to help purchase the bike.  Miss 9 is now saving her pocket money and earning extra money by doing extra chores around the […]ReplyCancel

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Egg Free Recipes

A reader recently was struggling to find some egg free recipes for her daughter that is highly allergic to eggs.  So I put the call out on facebook and am very thankful that many readers who shared the following links and recipes.  Thankyou to each of you for helping. If you have a favourite egg […]

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  • Also, try ‘no-egg’ as a substitute in ALL recipes. It’s amazing stuff.ReplyCancel

  • i find the egg free substitute makes all my cakes flop especially the gluten free recipiesReplyCancel

  • now this would defeat the purpose of having the 3 chooks in the backyard! lol – nice to know though for kids friends who have any egg allergy’s!ReplyCancel

  • thanks for putting this togetherReplyCancel

  • There is a great recipe book called ‘allergy free kids’ it has all the alternatives for most food type allergies kids have…ReplyCancel

  • Thanks heaps for this! I needed a egg-free cupcake mix for kindy tomorrow. Excellent timing :)ReplyCancel

  • Erin Smith

    This is great, thanks for putting this together, my daughters day care has a no egg policy and it can make packing her lunch tricky sometimes. I will be investigating the cake options for her birthday party that is coming up soon :)ReplyCancel

  • Deanna

    This is great, thank you. I don’t suppose you have any egg, milk and soy free receipes? My breastfed baby boy is allergic to all three so I can’t have any of it…and shell fish lol.ReplyCancel

    • No, but I am planning on trying to find some dairy free recipes soonReplyCancel

    • Kandice

      I invite you to visit Kids with Food Allergies Foundation online community at There is a wealth of information, resources, and recipes there. KFA Foundation is the largest online support community for families raising children with food allergies. ReplyCancel

  • Jkac86

    The best recipe website EVER for allergies is, a vegan website. I am a vegan so use this website for everyday cooking as all recipes are free of meat, dairy and egg. There are also a huge range of recipes for those who are gluten intolerant. Pretty much any recipe you can think of has a meat, dairy and egg free version on this website. ReplyCancel

  • Kate_Laughing Kids Learn

    I can’t begin to tell you how thrilled I am to see this page. Thank you so very much. My 2 year old is anaphylactic to eggs and it has been a challenge to find enjoyable food ideas for her. Thank you sooooo much. I’ll be returning time and time again.ReplyCancel

{Meal Plan} Fried Rice + Giveaway

We have been watching Junior Master Chef which has inspired my kids to want to help in the kitchen.  Friday, Saturday or Sunday nights are always a good night for them to help me as we don’t need to rush to get to sports or to bed.  Miss 8 recently had a friend visiting and […]

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  • Jodi

    I have an autistic child who hates veges (apparently) and smuggling ANY green vegetable into his food is always a challenge, I’m sure the vege smugglers new book would help us out! If I could just hide broccoli, I would be happy!ReplyCancel

  • Stacey-Lee

    I have mild success with smuggling vegies in dishes, I know u can hide pumpkin but I am not sure how or what in – I’m sure this book could help immensely and expand my very short list of meals I can get my littler ones to eatReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Most green vegetables are near on impossible for me to hide in the kids food.
    Number one they have an aversion to anything green and number 2 it’s not an altogether subtle colour.
    Any hints/ideas I could get from veggie smugglers 2 in getting green veggies into them without a battle would be much appreciated!ReplyCancel

  • I have a tupperware turbo chop (like a slap chop) and it finely chops all vegies into the finest pieces, I use it in risotto, spaghetti, pasta and many other dishes. I used to be one of those picky people and I still disguise it from myself :PReplyCancel

  • ashleigh bozinovski

    I have a 7 month old who loves veggies so because of this my 2 year old thinks its “baby” food and downright refuses to eat ANY vegies her brother eats.this book will give me ideas on how to smuggle healthy veggies to my daughter…ohhhh and my hubby!! HeheReplyCancel

  • I steam all sorts of vegies, whatever is on special, then purée them together with a little passata (tomato purée). I then freeze them in muffin tins. I add 2 veggie cubes to every bolognaise or lasagna I make and the kids have no idea! ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    It’s the green ones that they dislike most!ReplyCancel

  • Cherie Humphries

    The vegetable I would learn to love to hide is brocoli. The book would be a great help with getting him to eat vegetablesReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Mushrooms are the vegetables I have to hide. Being vegetarian I would really love to find some more ways to get my little boy to happily eat them. Thanks for the great giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • kathryn

    Would love to learn hoe to hide broccoli. My kids despise it and no matter how small it is they spot it and pick it out. This actually goes for any vegetable that is green. Apparently they love brown food but not green!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Peas! My daughter doesn’t eat anything green and I love peas. Peas are such a vibrant colour and I struggle to hide them!ReplyCancel

  • Kiara M.

    My 6 year old is going thru a “I hate that” stage which is making my 2 year old do the same & my 14 month old is starting to catch it too! I need this book!ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Have never seen/heard of Vegie Smugglers before but what a cool idea! Can’t wait to try out some recipes and see how the family reacts :)ReplyCancel

  • I desperately need veggie smugglers, my little boy eats none except chips!!!ReplyCancel

  • I desperately need veggie smugglers, my little boy eats none except chips!!!ReplyCancel

  • Moniqueknight1

    Mushrooms – if I don’t piratically mince them she won’t eat them. But she always picks out onion as well any idea to increase their veggie intake is a plus to meReplyCancel

  • Wendy S

    Any green vegie, they can spot them a mile away! We used to call my eldest son the Vegie smuggler, he used to hide vegies in his undies then flush them down the loo! He was caught out after trying to flush some stirfry as it left an oily clue!ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    Broccoli. It always leaves tiny green bits that stand out like neon lights according to my son. ReplyCancel

  • Betty

    Mushrooms, like finding a needle in a haystack, however they will find them. I want some fresh simple ideas, thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Leimay Cherry

    I find it hard to smuggle capsicum into meals for the kids. They will eat them on pizza if we buy it but not if we make it that way.
    I need ideas to get more vegetables into my childrens diets without them realising, not to mention getting vegetables into my meat and potatoes husband.ReplyCancel

  • i’m with Wendy S here – any green vegie. my son just refuses to try. this cookbook would definitely help give me some new ideas about how to get my kids eating more veg.ReplyCancel

  • krit

    Ohh that sounds like a great book!! fingers crossed. I like to smuggle any vegetable into anything I make so this would be helpful for new ideas!!

  • Michelle

    Beans, my two y.o chews them but never ever swallows them! If #2 is as good as the first VegieSmugglers this book is sure to help! ReplyCancel

  • Would love to know another way of hiding vegies, I only have spagetti.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca English

    my 2 year old won’t eat any vegies other than potato, so any ideas to help curb this would be awesome. ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    I smuggled in some eggplant onto our pizza last night – which was awesome! But if we have meat and veg or just a salad, all I can get my 20 month old to eat is potato, maybe carrot and maybe cucumber. Nothing green…even if I try and make it ‘tastier’ with herbs or garlic! He snuffs it out…ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    The hardest vege to hide is beans they dont break down all that well and my kids really dont want to eat them, this book would help me hide them and other healthy vege’s in thier everyday meals.ReplyCancel

  • Peas are the worst my little man won’t eat them at allReplyCancel

  • Those cheespuffs look awesome! I would love to make them for my son!ReplyCancel

  • If it’s not baked beans or fried rice, my little monster won’t eat it! Looking for some inspriation to get some different foods into him! :)ReplyCancel

  • Anything green would be the hardest to disguise, and this book looks like it would be brilliant for my 19 month old! Help please!ReplyCancel

  • even though my son is only 11 months old, hardest would have to be peas, whats wrong with them, i looove them, hence why i would love this book, to introduce more peas :)ReplyCancel

  • Helen Palmer

    Any vegetable is hard to disguise in this house. I would love some new ideas and inspiration to get my kids to eat them. :) ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Savva

    As a family who is 90% vegetarian we need to find LOADS of fun ways to incorporate veggies to our daughter will eat them EVERYDAY. Her favourite meal is homemade pizza stacked with LOADS of veggies. She loves helping make the pizza by spreading all the ingredients. This gives her responsibility and satisfaction knowing she is eating something she made!!!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Blanch

    Button Squash… got a vege garden full of them and haven’t managed to get her to eat one yet! I need this book!!ReplyCancel

  • Kgraham_81

    I find any green veggie i try to put into my sons food he wont touch!!! Pea, Brocolli, spinach etc makes thinking of new recipies really hard! I would love love love and really appreciate a copy of your recipie book!!ReplyCancel

  • Sue-Ann Jones

    All veges are hard to hide in a meal with my little man. I would love some new ideas on how to cook with more veges.ReplyCancel

  • Nichole Atchison

    I struggle with mushrooms, they have to be cut up so small that you can hardly see them, let alone taste them, for my 4 year old to eat them. I would love to know how to get more veggies into my two little kids, and my hubby too!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    My son hates all veges. I have absolutely no idea how to hide them. I’m sure he has a vege sensor on him.ReplyCancel

  • Alli

    Ds3 is great with every veggie known to man but ds1 is terrible! It all started off well but now I am lucky if he eats peas and corn. I can hide carrot and zuchini but need more ideas for everything else! At least it will get him going on the veg an slowly I can stop te smuggling part.ReplyCancel

  • JessFrisch

    As a mum of 2 small kids (3 and 4 yrs) we grow veges in the back yard and while the kids love watching them grow and picking them, eating them is a different story- I would love this book as it would give me some great ideas for getting these veges from garden to belly!ReplyCancel

  • Malinda Blair

    I have 3 year old twin boys who are barely eating anything on their plates at the moment… I need all the help I can get!ReplyCancel

  • Kirrily

    I have the issue of a 3 year old who will eat his veges, but really is a mainly a meat and veges bloke – anything vaguely more gourmet and he won’t touch it – I love trying new recipes with him (particularly if he helps me cook them) in the hope that we will hit on a new favourite, rather than meat and 5 veg or spag bol!! ReplyCancel

  • Yolanda pangan

    My son can spot any green veggie in his food. No matter how small it is. I need to convince him that green veggies taste good too.ReplyCancel

  • Claire Bailey

    Onions. I have only had real success with a few recipes from book 1 of Vegie smugglers, so I am hoping that book 2 will be like an advanced course on onion smuggling. ReplyCancel

  • Nikki

    ATM my kids won’t eat anything with corn in it…. arrrgh, I love corn in everything, and they used to as well, and since they are refusing most veg I think a bit of corn thru their system would be good!!!
    would love vegie smugglers cookbook 2 for some new ideas – other than the ones I love from the website!! :DReplyCancel

  • Leesa

    ooH I sooo need this book with my Miss 3 and Miss 1 becoming VERY fussy!!!ReplyCancel

{Christmas Planning} Inspiration – Decorating a Christmas Tree

  Decorating the Christmas tree can be a true art in itself.  You could as I do let the kids go for it, baubles bunched together, tinsel everywhere and just be happy with that.  Or as a friend of mind does decorates it absolutely perfectly. Here are a few images I have found to inspire […]

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  • Use to let the chn do it, but now I;m waiting for the grandbabies to arrive & help out. After all christmas is all for the chn and the wonder of the lights and decoration when they are smaller. I still have decor from my chn ;s first xmas 24 years ago. My tree is steeped in tradition.ReplyCancel

  • These are stunning!! Such clever and simple ideas.ReplyCancel

  • Mtomsey77

    My kids are still young so we don’t stick to certain colours, when they’re grown up maybe, but for now it’s all about the colour. Reds, greens, blues, silvers. The more the merrier. I go very wacky tacky, mainly because the kids love all the inflatable stuff, however, it is also because if i were to buy some lovely christmas figurines they would just get broken
    I think all the decorating and lights is about the children, but the food is all about the adults. I don’t agree with christmas being all about the children – even though it is much more enjoyable watching them be so excited. I try to instill that it is also about being with family and exchanging gifts no matter what they are. and we always buy a gift from Kmart/Target for a less fortunate child/adult. I ensure the children do this with meReplyCancel

    • I agree, Christmas makes me feel like a child again so it needs to be celebrated by all. I love all the Christmas food! ReplyCancel

  • i like blues and silver in decorations but in saying that i think back to my childhood and remeber the different assortments of ornaments on the tree, so we found baubles with the same picture decorations, the same little wooden ornaments and this year we continued with our own personal addition to the tree.. for 2 years now we’ve order personalised ornaments to go on our tree.. so now our tee is an assortment of decorations and its nice and homely :) ReplyCancel

    • the blue and silver would look really pretty! Personalised ornaments are a beautiful touch.ReplyCancel

  • would rather see the joy on my kids faces when they go for it rather than the perfect looking tree.ReplyCancel

  • Let my daughter do it… Then can’t help but tidy it up a little after she goes to bed ;)ReplyCancel

  • Kirrily

    I did some very basic painting classes, so now have a treeful of painted decorations. I think they’re cute! Of course with a toddler and a baby, we have a 2 tiered Christmas tree – cute or breakable stuff at the top, less favoured decorations down below. I’m also a fan of the warmer colours – greens, red and yellow in particular.
    In saying that though, my favourite trees from your photos are the more modern ones. I’m just not sure I could use them at home and still feel like it was Christmas. ReplyCancel

    • Our tree is not the traditional colours, but it’s the decorations around the house which makes it really feel traditional, we put tinsel everywhere and ornaments on nearly every surface!ReplyCancel

      • Kirrily

        Ditto to the ornaments on every surface. I find its a great way to declutter all of our flat surfaces, as everything is removed to make way for Christmas decorations. Its the one time of the year when more is more, so I tend to go a little overboard! I have had to go easy on the tea light candles though with the little kids, but it is beautiful to have the house lit by candlelight and tree lights only. ReplyCancel

        • Have you seen the battery powered tea light candles, we use them they are fantastic and flicker like a candle, you can pick them up from Target, Big W, most stores.ReplyCancel

  • We have two trees. The big one that the kids put all their homemade decorations on -usually lopsided! and one in the front window that I decorate. Best of both trees :)ReplyCancel

  • Christmas is full of traditions in our house….we decorate the tree with those still lving at home, we use the decorations we use every year…no matter what color, we have decorations we bought 29 years ago and have added new ones over the years, we also have name decorations for each member of the family , that only they can put on the tree……this year we will add two new decorations…the names of our new son-in-law and future daughter-in-law.ReplyCancel

  • Penny

    I’m a perfectionist with decorating my tree and don’t like anyone else touching it. So now as not to deprive my children of the joy involved with decorating the christmas tree, we now have two. One tree which is entirely mine that stands in our rumpus room… and one for the kids to decorate as they wish which stands in the kitchen/dining room. Good compromise :DReplyCancel

  • I can not put tinsel on my tree as my two naughty kitty cats eat it, so this year I will be keeping an eye out for ribbons instead. ReplyCancel

  • I buy my two keys a new decoration every year and these will eventually be given to them when they have their own trees. My aunty has also started to buy them a decoration which is added to their collection. My friend who heads overseas also buys me a keepsake decoration for the christmas tree as she knows that I love Christmas – my husband, kids and I all do the tree toghether and make a night of it – lots of fun!ReplyCancel

    • Putting up the tree together as a family is a tradition in our house too, Christmas music and dancing around the house, happy times! I think the kids would enjoy having all their ornaments as keepsakes, lovely gesture ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine

    We let the kids go for it! It’s all part of the build up to Santa coming in our house. Every year we add one decoration that is purchased to help raise funds for a charity, which then leads to conversations about those less fortunate than us, which then leads to doing something else for children less lucky than us every Christmas. Empathy is a powerful tool <3 Seeing my girls do this makes my christmas every year <3ReplyCancel

  • Erin Smith

    As Skye is only 2 I am clinging to my decorative control for as long as possible, I go with pinks purples silver and a little green and try to stay with that scheme. I LOVE getting the tree out and making the house feel festive but I also love how uncluttered the place feels once I pack it all away again :)ReplyCancel

    • I’m with you Erin, once Christmas is over I am happy to declutter too!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    We have a christmas tree that we decorate with all the decorations lol, looks a bit messy but thats how my family likes it, but then i have a small christmas tree (120cm) in my room for me an my dog :P and My christmas colour scheme for my room is PINK!ReplyCancel

{Christmas Planning} Christmas Goodies

  Today I want to share with you some of the gorgeous Christmas goodies I have found recently.  All the items below are sold from mum’s that work from home, who I love to support. Long and the Short These handmade Santa sacks are very durable, made from a strong fabric and lined inside (they […]

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  • love these sacks… my advice from Santa is to have 2 sacks exactly the same for each child… that way when they are having a restless night and they sleep for that hour without waking up, Santa just has to swap them…. my 11 year old sleeps with hers under her pillow so he can catch him in the act…. I only wish i could have had santa whisper this advice 5 years earlier when we bought them…ReplyCancel

  • Soirecn

    I love these items Katrina, they are so cute. Where do you find all these sites?ReplyCancel

    • Busted, I enjoy shopping online Soirecn, all these WAHM’s promote themselves via their facebook pages. ReplyCancel

  • Amie

    That is my cute boy in one of the Star Concepts ornaments! They are so gorgeous and great gifts for grandparents. ReplyCancel

    • Ooh really, they are gorgeous ornaments and such cute kids being displayed!!! I agree a grandparents heart would melt receiving these.ReplyCancel

  • Pammy

    If you can’t (afford to) fill the entire santa sack with gifts, fill the empty spaces with small balloons – water balloons filled with air are perfect.ReplyCancel

Quotes for kids

A few days ago I showed you that I place quotes in the kids toy room.  This is to give them inspiration and motivation.  I don’t change it regularly, but when I do they are excited to read the new quote.  Below are some very cute and inspiring images some I created, others I found. […]

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{Giveaway} OTi Organiser 2012

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to Tessie K for winning this giveaway. SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR ALL READERS:  Please remember there is a special 10% off discount for all The Organised Housewife readers, enter organisedhousewife at checkout OTi (On To it) Organiser 2012 I am so pleased to be able to giveaway a 2012 OTi Organiser, […]

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  • Jen Muir

    to help me get “On to It” – it being EVERYTHING – of course this blog helps me out in a big way too!ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    I have been searching for the right diary for me for years. So far I have ‘modified’ so many diaries to have a pocket for notes and I have ruled lines to separate uni work from kids stuff and meal planning. I think I need this diary! I will use the exercise column for uni work and the meal planning side for meal planning and ‘kids notes’. The size and layout is just what I am looking for! Love the post it notes idea!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Sykes

    I am big into organizers and am always in search for the perfect one.ReplyCancel

  • Trish Hayter

    I love that you can move the booklet each year with important contacts, the size is just right. Not to mention how great it looks!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie Lever

    One of these would be fantastic and have me starting the new year with organisation……..well that is the plan:0)ReplyCancel

  • Wendy S

    What lovely colours they come in !ReplyCancel

  • S Robinson

    To have a diary that organises me more, is simply something I’ll adore, ReplyCancel

  • melissa zeiher

    anything to help me be organised….cause i try to fake it till i make it!!ReplyCancel

  • Alimitch81

    Love the OTI. Had one this year and I will never buy another type of diary now.ReplyCancel

  • Mechelle Macdonald

    I so need to be organised, Dh has a fixed 3 on 4 off 4 on 3 off roster so i can plan our trips away (well thats if i could store it in something to keep me organised) so anytime i see good deals for us i can book ahead, keep track of when family plan on visiting and the joys of appointments for kids.ReplyCancel

  • Shar

    I love this diary!! Definitely need one for next year :DReplyCancel

  • Anne Faughlin

    Just what I need – working full time with five kids all playing sport. I need as much help as I can get – AnneReplyCancel

  • Anna

    Would Love this diary to help keep me organised with all the kids activities, my exercise and weight loss as well as not having to search the whole house for “that little piece of paper with the telephone number and/or address on it”! ReplyCancel

  • Kyra

    I have been searching for a 2012 diary recently and the OTi sounds awesome, just what I need! Thanks for a great giveaway :)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Rayner

    I have just heard about these AND seen them on Lime Tree Kids – would be AWESOME to win one :)ReplyCancel

  • Cheree van der Wal

    I’ve been looking for a organiser for next year, but hadn’t found the perfect one.. until now! What a great product! My favourite feature is the address book organised in catagories – how handy! So much easier to find number for doctor!! Im constantly loosing numbers as I write it on a scrap bit of paper – then when I need it I can never find it!ReplyCancel

  • I have been looking at this since it first became available three years ago, but I think 2012 has to be the year that I get one, I need to become more organised!ReplyCancel

  • I’d love to win this to give to my daughter who has Aspergers Syndrome and also Executive Dysfunction – she is SUPER disorganised and I hope this would help her.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    I was just looking at these yesterday after looking at your favourite products.Looks great,would certainly put it to good use :)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I could not be more disorganised if I tried! This diary seems like it could be the right one for me.ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine

    Oh how this would simplify my busy head! An OTi is definately on my wish list <3

  • Cass

    What a great looking diary. I love the aqua colour!ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    +LOVING this organiser!!!! The places for meal planning and exercise are really different. Why hasn’t anyone done this before. I’d love one.ReplyCancel

  • These looks amazing would love to win one!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea

    with baby number three arrived, I have more to juggle than ever – I am sure this will help me avoid “dropping the ball” too badly!ReplyCancel

  • Julia B

    I need an OTi Organiser because I’m extremely unorganised at the moment, and even when I do try to be organised I end up with slips of paper (my to-do lists) all over the house uncompleted.
    The organiser would help me to keep everything in one place and know what I’m supposed to be making for dinner each week :)ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Herring

    Love it, would make life alot easier, keeping me more organised!ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany

    I’m a mum to three young kids and need all the help I can get. Keeping track of school and preschool activities, as well as running the household and a hobby business. What busy mum wouldn’t want this organiser? Yes please!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Jones

    I have so many to do lists and post it notes I would probably cut my own arm off to win one of the OTi organisers, it would make scheduling my 3 kids, myself and and my shiftworking husband alot easier!!! Please let it be me………..:-)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Practical and pretty, just perfect!!!ReplyCancel

  • This looks great – my brain has turned to mush as I’m pregnant with my fourth in five years. I’m a list writer and a planner – this looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Im due to start studies in the new year and with 2 kids it will be a real treasure.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty Ross-bell

    I am in the process of moving states, so house on the market, starting a new home business, house hunting and finding schools and kinders. I need help to be organised and to keep myself sane while living with my parents. ARGH..ReplyCancel

  • I’ve just started selling stationery with Phoenix Trading, this would be wonderful to help me be organised!ReplyCancel

  • Holly D

    This would be ideal for me, a new mum trying to get my life into some sort of organised chaos! I love the colours, so pretty :)ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    I get an OTI organiser every year, they’re perfect! Would love to have a freebie!ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    I would love one of these! Next year i’ll have 2 kids at full time school and i’ll be looking for full time work myself, whilst also studying at uni (eek!). My kids do a lot of extra activities after school and i’m forever getting my days mixed up. An OTI organiser would definitely help me so much! :-).ReplyCancel

  • Krit

    Oh my gosh, I just read the entire Oti website and am totally convinced that this could be the answer to my woes. I constantly forget everything from school activies, sending the kids in the wrong uniforms on the wrong days, notes, bills you name it my life is organisationally challenged. They are beautiful planners, I am in love.ReplyCancel

  • Rachael

    I have 2 kids and I find that I am ALWAYS forgetting something that I was supposed to do as I have a calendar and a Diary that is just too big to carry around. I would love something a little bit more compact yet still stylish that I can enjoy for myself as well as keeping me organised for my kids.ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Hargrave

    I have a 6 month old daughter, i work full time and i am studying externally for a diploma though tafe. I am also in the process of thrying to lose some weight and an organiser like this would make my life a lot more easier and organised. I also have a bad habit of accidentally double booking myself..Whoops!

  • Jac

    Wow. Well I have been searching for organization in my life for sometime now. The Organised Housewife has given me so much help the past few months and now if she is recommending this diary, it looks like the one I will be getting for next year! Thanks for all your help to me so far, love your website!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline

    Oh I so want one of these. I’ve been eying them off for a couple of years & never get round to buying one. It’d be awesome to organise all my appointments & the appointments for the rest of our household – no more double bookingsReplyCancel

  • Kirrily

    I used this organiser for 2011 – loved it! It’s the only organiser which I’ve ever continued using past February because it is so practical. ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    I would love this organiser for the perfect Christmas present for a close friend of mine. She is an active lady and would absolutely LOVE this.ReplyCancel

  • suzieblonde

    To be organised for xmas, heaven. This would also keep me up to date with my appointments. thanks for a chance.:)ReplyCancel

  • Bronwyn Finerty

    I feel like I have so many balls in the air I am juggling that I am worried about dropping one or two…or all of them. An organiser would help me to keep track of my family, personal, work, home business and other commitments. Love the golfball, coffee, mayonnaise story and need to make sure the golf balls go in firstt! Thanks BronReplyCancel

  • My husband and I are doing IVF at the moment going into next year. With all the different dates, cycles, tablets, injections, theathre bookings, doctors appointments, as well as our busy schedules- I need something to get things in one place easy to acess and plan. ReplyCancel

  • Chrissy Grainger

    I so need a 2012 organizer. 2011 saw me have 2 as I switched over 1/2 way through as the first one wasn’t suiting my needs. The next one still isn’t perfect or keeping me organised. Plus we are homeschooling next year and my doula business will be launched.ReplyCancel

  • Roshanna

    Wow! This looks awesome. Would love to feel organised and busy rather than just juggling to keep up with 3 kids and a hubby. The meal planning is something I am striving for and would love a way to combine it into our daily life and kill of the witching hour.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    I was recently diagnosed with post natal depression and with the stress, anxiety attacks, and insomnia I struggle to remember what happened yesterday let alone whats up and coming for that day and week ahead. When I do get out of the house, I’ve been looking around for a great diary that has room for everything so I can write it all down in one spot and get mine and my family’s life back on track. Thanks for the great competition Katrina and the great blog with so many helpful tips.ReplyCancel

  • This looks like just what I need I’m so un organised sticky notes everywhere ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    This is just what I need to start my new life of being an organised housewife. I just found your website today and I am just loving it! Definitely the inspiration I’ve been in great need of.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle K

    Love the colours! With a shift working hubby and kids with after school activities this sounds perfect for keeping on top of life! lolReplyCancel

  • amtopham

    Would be nice if this could help me to remember in which direction and where everyone had to go!ReplyCancel

  • I think this could be my dream organiser. I love the idea of combining the meal plan/exercise with household organisation etc. Too simple.ReplyCancel

  • Tegan

    Wow this is great, like you said always have a diary but this is just what i need love the meal plan and exercise may kick me up the bum to do both!!!ReplyCancel

  • Nerys15

    I found the Oti Organiser mid way through the year and thought this would be great for the start of 2012. I always end up with one from the newsagents or the cheap $2 shop and there’s never enough room to input all of my sons appointments. This would be an amazing organiser for my week to week and month to month planning of all of my meetings and my sons therapy as i can add addresses and numbers for those meetings and appointments too. My to do lists are floating around on seperate pieces of paper and never get completed as i loose them.
    Great giveaway and a great organiser :)ReplyCancel

  • Alcockr

    love it , mum with 2 boys, (1 with generalised anxiety ) currently working different days from week to week, excercise and meal planning have slipped think this is just the thing to keep us all on track, organised and stress free.ReplyCancel

  • Powerchick007

    Ive been very excited about getting one of these for next year since ive heard about how awesome they are! I love using diaries, not only for the obvious daily planning but also to be able to look back on it at the end of the year to see what i had been up too! Would love to win one!!ReplyCancel

  • Leimay Cherry

    Wow, what great inspiration to help me get more motivated! Somewhere i can keep my ‘to do’ list in advance as well as remembering all the important dates (in one information session for my oldest to start high school i was given 10 important dates to remember)
    Also great to look back at when the kids are older and see what we were going as a family when they were younger.ReplyCancel

  • Ajkasul1

    i need help, so disorgainised, had a ‘to do list book’ (i loved it) hubby decided it was what he needed so he took it, Just suffered the worst birthday (my eldests son’s and mine) month, uncle died on son’s birthday, things going wrong, blowing up or have rush hospital trips (60ks one way). want a way to schedule everything, 2012 is going to be our year, reduce morgate, lose weight (me), orthodontist for eldest (350ks away) and everything else that life throws our way, with an OTI Orgainiser I will sale right through it.ReplyCancel

  • Cherrytree

    I have in previous years planned my menu and kept a diary, but they have always been seperate. Which meant I sometimes missed ingredients I needed to buy on the way home from work, because I couldn’t remember what I had planned. I love that it is all together in the OTi Organiser. THanks heaps for the opportunity to win this great organising tool.

  • Adalita Marks

    I think this would help me become more organised – I love the exercise and meal planning section. I do not easily remember things unless it it written down. If I don’t record it – I totally forget to do it! So I really need an organiser to get my life into order – especially after such a hard and stressful 2011 – 2012 needs to be calm and organised. ReplyCancel

  • Liannedgong

    I need to have all my notes and menu plans and all other organising tools in one plae rather than several notebooksReplyCancel

  • cdarwen

    I need the OTi organiser to help organise my life! I am a busy mum to 4 young kids and I am trying really hard to have an organised household… I have tried diary’s in the past and they haven’t worked. I think the OTi organiser would be ideal as it factors in everything! I also think this could simplify my life alot more, instead of me feeling overwhelmed and stressed all the time! Then I will have more time to spend with my beautiful children, since they are only small a short time and you can’t get that time back. Thanks for the mayo Jar, golf ball and Coffee story, really makes you put things into perspective and realise what is really important! ReplyCancel

  • Karin Williams

    Little Books and keeping track,
    Is most important to be laid-back!

    My life can be caos, and very unkept,
    All the chores would be sidestepped!

    If i didn’t have the help of OTi,
    I think we would all become all a little bit bottie!

    So keep me ORGANIZED and be WOUSEWIFE proud
    Organized all year long, to be OTi wowed!ReplyCancel

  • Hi, as I mentioned I already have my planner, this will be for a friend because it will be so useful!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa O'Brien

    I would LOVE to win this organiser. I am struggling with being on top of things this year and my family is suffering – with a third baby on the way in 3 weeks this would make things so much easier. Thank you so much for the opportunity :)ReplyCancel

  • Lissb

    Wow- just what I need! With four kids I just can’t remember everything anymore. It needs to be written down or it doesn’t get done!ReplyCancel

  • Dana Nelson

    This looks fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Fordy05

    I love the fact this will fit in my handbag. Looks great with loads of features to help keep my busy life on track and in order.ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    Wow, what a super little organiser! I was having the usual weekly argument with my partner about the piles of paperwork on my kitchen bench just this weekend, and I said to him ‘what I need is a magic organiser that I can fit all this into’. Well, it looks like I’ve found it :)ReplyCancel

  • Carly Pilton

    OMG! How amazing is this little organiser? I’m always writing weekly shopping lists on scraps of paper and then losing them after I’ve been shopping so can’t remember what I have planned for dinner that week! It would be great to have them all in one place, along with all the important stuff I need on hand!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelli Stevens

    If it’s not on a list, it doesn’t get done. I need a diary for 2012 so I can simply function day-to-day!ReplyCancel

  • Alyce

    I love how it’s organised into different sections! Just the way I like it :)ReplyCancel

  • i love the section for the meals that you are planning to cook and eat each week. that is definitely a winner in my book – i usually have various notes pinned to my fridge with shopping lists, meals for the next few days, etc and i lose them! ReplyCancel

  • Mandymaz

    I think this would be a nice gift for my mum.ReplyCancel

  • With a blended family of 5 kids under 6 ~ yours, mine and ours ~ there are kids constantly coming and going so much so that I forget important things like dress up days at School :( I need this organiser to ensure no more tears because mummy forgot!ReplyCancel

  • workingwomenaus

    As a busy mum with 3 businesses I NEED something like this to keep me sane lolReplyCancel

  • Rodyv

    Each year I’m on the hunt for the best diary – this year coming definitely looks like the Oti is the one!ReplyCancel

  • I have been wanting one for what seems like forever! I am a SAHM with a disability & I need to keep track of husband, me, son & rehab appointments. Not to mention the meal planning! :D I love the iPhone (& iCloud) sync on all of our devices, but I want something in my hand that I can write in! Old fashioned, but love it, especially when I need to carry appointment & referal letters everywhere!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    I’ve been on the outlook for one of these for awhile, since having kids and they now at school. Thankfully I’ve discovered the blog “Organised Housewife” where I’ve printed off planners, etc and even made up my own, to keep on top of me being organised. But to have it all in one book/diary that I can carry around, to enter things that bob up when your out and about and having it all in one place, wow that would be awesome!!!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    This year has been absolutly crazy for me but what better way to get organised and start next year on the right foot then with one of these awesome OTI organiser, as a working mum of 2 I need all the help I can get!ReplyCancel

  • Suzy

    I need to start writing things in a diary as I am forever forgetting my appointments!!ReplyCancel

  • Peta

    I’m a mother to 4 under 4 1/2 (including 7 month old twins who have turned into teething monsters) and 2012 i am returning to complete my final semester of my degree…..i need help to get organised & i think this diary is the key!!!ReplyCancel

  • This would be the most enormous help to our little family, especially as I am now suffering from pregnancy brain!! :)ReplyCancel

  • As a mother of 3 any help would be great, between working, school, after hours, appointments I’m running around like a headless chook :)ReplyCancel

  • Jenna Y

    My partner works away 2-3 weeks at a time and having a 5 month old and a 3 year old it would be so much help to keep my life organised especially while my partner is away working! :)ReplyCancel

  • Yvette Pointon

    I have endless lists, notes, post-its, whiteboards, and never seem to be organised, as you said the diary I pick up each year from the newsagency is absolutely useless! And always gets put away after about 3 weeks into the new year! the OTi looks amazing and will suit all households big and small!!ReplyCancel

  • Kaye

    Hubby and 3 boys. We have footy, cricket, scouts, school council, Lions, Kinder, childcare, angling club, swimming, RSL, fundraisers, working bees, parent helpers, meal planning, shopping lists, birthday wishes, christmas wishes, parties, birthdays and my lists are never ending and I would love to loose the white boards in my house and put pictures up on my wall.ReplyCancel

  • Terrichant

    Oh gosh they are gorgeous! Being stylish & organsied at the same time? Sounds good to me!ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    I LOVE the OTI organiser… it fits my meal planning, exercise, daily tasks, to do list, people to call… every ORGANISED HOUSEWIFE must have one!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • This looks perfect for me. To have meal plans, appointments, the girls things, exercise tracker, party planning all in one sounds like it was made for me.ReplyCancel

  • I have finally had to admit that I just can’t remember everything anymore and the families activities just don’t fit on the calendar now. I write things down on a sticky note or scrap paper and then promptly lose it. I have tried using an exercise book, but its just too big and isn’t set out as a diary. This organiser would be my “mini office” and travel with me in my handbag. I’m an old fashioned kind of gal and can’t get used to putting notes in my phone, I need it in writing, in front of me. The OTi Organiser = stressbuster! Who u gunna call……….OTi Organiser! Oh yeah.ReplyCancel

  • Samy_savva

    Oh I am an organiser/planner myself and this would go great with my OTHER handy stationary items I have already purchased for 2012 :-)ReplyCancel

  • What a great organiser! I’m a mother with a 16month old boy, have just started my own business and will be returning to study next year. My current method of keeping track of things is bits of paper all over my house, office, car and purse. The OTi organiser would be exactly what I need!ReplyCancel

  • Oh I need this as I’m trying to juggle work, childcare, school, volunteer work, kids activities!ReplyCancel

  • I’m determined to start using a diary next year and this looks like a great one to use. ReplyCancel

  • Kimlennon

    i definately need one of these – trying to juggle work, kids, my hubbys business and starting up my own is sometimes a bit of a nightmare!!ReplyCancel

  • Leoniecle

    Not ready at all for 2012, still in denial that Christmas is so close. The OTI Organiser would hopefully help me get prepared.ReplyCancel

  • Susan Walters

    I have never seen such a brilliant diary! As a single mum I struggle to manage my time between the school, ballet and swimming lessons, not mention I work as well! I usually just use notes stuck to the fridge, but when your always out they dont help!ReplyCancel

  • Belle

    I would love to own one of these! Not only are they very pretty, but I need something to help whip me into being an organised mum/wife/boss for 2012… and the section for daily exercise & a weekly meal plans sounds FAB, Ive never had a planner like this one before. The OTi Organiser looks like its got everything!ReplyCancel

  • Who wouldn’t want this cool diary…..ReplyCancel

  • Kerrie M

    As with every other mum out there – I am busy! I have one in high school, two in primary school and one in preschool next year. I also work and study and my kids love sports and other extra-curricular activities. I do the accounts for hubby’s business. So, I need to be organised! This organiser looks sensational and I would love the opportunity to give it a try :)ReplyCancel

  • With 5 children, a hubby, his business and my own small business to organise. Owning this diary will keep my appointments and special events organised and easy to rememberReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Elvidge

    Would love to be more organised & great way to get started, with a 2012 diary.ReplyCancel

  • Tatum

    I would love to win one of these! I really need all the help I can get to get organised.
    p.s. you’re blog has been a recent find for me and I am LOVING it! Thanks :)ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn

    I really need to get better organised now that I am back at work. I used to be able to remember everything off the top of my head but my post baby brain doesn’t seem to want to co-operate. ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Hinds

    Truly, I am a messy and disorganised new mum… Who is trying hard to mend her wicked ways. I am now planning meals, keeping things tidier and more organised, getting rid of clutter. The OTi diary looks fantastic and well laid out to help keep my life renovation on track. Thanks Katrina for excellent tips and articles, your blog has helped me no end.ReplyCancel

  • I need this because i need help lol i want to be organised and im over having a million different things in different places because then of course i dont know where they are. This would be amazing for me!!!ReplyCancel

  • Camo

    The OTi organiser will help me look after the foster children I have & all the chaos that comes with it. It will also help me be a better orgaised carer/student/office manager & one day soon to be wife & The most exciting thing it will help me do is getting prepared to go to Vegas for my 21st birthday with my partner! as well as meal planning, keeping track of many appointments & it will give me less headaches!! ReplyCancel

  • Hayley

    With 4 kids and No.5 on the way will be getting on of these for sure!! If i could win one would be even better.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Ludwell

    I would love one of these organisers as I have an 18mth old son, 3mth old daughter a husband who works for himself and a huge extended family who always leave EVERYTHING to me to organise and cater for! I have little pieces of paper littering my entire house and 3 different diaries on the go at all times and it would be SO lovely to have everything all in one cover!ReplyCancel

  • Tash

    Going back to work next year and hav 2 kids – so need to get organised and this will do it all for me!

  • Nicole

    I love a good organiser and this one looks great, has so much extra in it than my usual one I use. I love to be organised……ReplyCancel

  • Sara N

    With 2 littlies schedules to juggle along with mine and my husband’s, I need something with everything in one place and the OTi organiser sounds like just what I need.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon

    I would really love on of these as 2012 is going to be our busiest year with 6 kids to keep organised!ReplyCancel

  • Megan Wilson

    I’d love this organiser so i have one place to make all my notes and keep my reminders. Plus it is very stylish. ReplyCancel

  • Sallyrob77

    With four kids (one living too far away) I need to keep track of sports, homework, excursions, flights, appointments and the list goes on………………………I have scraps of paper with things written on them! I need to keep it all in one place and this looks like the book to get it all done! I have every intention of buying a diary every year, but somehow, between school supllies and holidays, I seem to forget!!! Maybe if I wrote it down somewhere…………………….ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    This diary would be perfect for me, trying to manage two kids under 3 and setting up a new business… this would be very helpful, it might actually keep me sane!
    Sara Grace.ReplyCancel

  • Bron

    This diary would be great for me!! Organising my life, as well as our local centenary celebrations in October next year, I have heaps of contacts, and there is nothing worse than being out and about when you need that important number that is in the ‘big’ book at home.ReplyCancel

  • Emma Cassar30

    I love to be organised and this diary is perfect for what I need!!!!ReplyCancel

  • oh my, this would be amazing for me, apart from making my office desk look pretty, it would help sort out my 11 month old & his clinic checkups that i seem to forget, it will also help keep my partner organised with all his doctors appointments (he seems to be sick every 2 weeks “man flu”) aswell as keeping my home business organised :) oh & the meal plan section would just make my life a breeze. ReplyCancel

  • Alison102

    My 2012 New Years resolution is too be organised, this year I have mixed up appiontments, (wrong day, wrong week), forgotten birthdays, packed the wrong things in my boys school bag, can’t find my to do lists that are on scrap pieces, my forgotten items at the supermarket the list goes on and on. With this I can be On Top of Information (OTi) and be super ready for the year ahead. ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Farre;;

    Hmmm, I’m sure my friends would agree, this has MY name written all over it LOL ! Time to get organised … a great place to start, EXACTLY what I need … pick me, pick me, pick me … please please please :o)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Di Petta

    I’d love one! Four kids & I’m scared I’m going to forget to pick up someone! Pls choose me ;)ReplyCancel

  • Samantha

    I am moving to another country soon & could really use some help organizing all of the different things we are going to need. i.e. places to go, bills to pay, stores to get what at, new dr & appointments & contact info to keep up with all of my family & friends back homeReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    I have been on the search for ONE place to keep all of my “head stuff” for many years. Thank you for introducing me to the oTi! Love the purple one-my favourite colour.ReplyCancel