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{Worth a mention} Zoku Quick Pop Maker and more

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

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  • Sevencherubs

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

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

  • Linderic

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

  • Alyce

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

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

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

{Christmas Craft} Blinging up Christmas Baubles

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

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{Meal Plan + Giveaway} Donna Hay Simple Dinners Cookbook

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

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  • Samy_savva

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bev Anderson

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

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

  • Kylie

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

  • M – Spaghetti w bol sauce & veg

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

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

    Th – Beef snitzel & veg

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

    Sat – eat out

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

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

  • Kirrily

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

    • Kirrily

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

  • Maree

    Meal Plan this week:

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

  • Mumma K

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

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

  • Tracey

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

  • Bec from Because Everything Co

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

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

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

  • Julie-Ann

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

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

  • Sebnar

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

  • Paula

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

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

  • Cherrytree

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

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

  • Kiara M.

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

  • Kristy

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

  • Lee

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

  • Tiffany

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

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

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

  • Hey Katrina, here’s my post:

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

  • Jasmine

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

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

  • Stacey

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

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

  • Kgraham_81

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

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

  • tezzinbrissie

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

  • Larknorm

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

  • Tasha Moon

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

  • Kristie

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

  • Jess Frisch

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

  • Katherine

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

  • Kylie

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

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

    Baking – Cupcakes and daughters Birthday Cake.ReplyCancel

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

    Carla DaltonReplyCancel

  • Gemmiealliston

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

    YUUUUUUUMMMMMM lolReplyCancel

  • Jessicajryan

    My meal plan

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

  • Inrb

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

  • Linda

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

{Christmas Planning} Items to put in Advent Calendar

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

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

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

  • Dumb q but you start on 1?ReplyCancel

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

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

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

  • Hi Kat

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

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

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

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

  • K Bridges

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

  • Samy_savva

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

    Thanks again KatReplyCancel

  • Kerry4

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

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

      • Kerry4

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

  • Anna

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

  • Anonymous

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

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

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

  • Bec G

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

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

  • Hannah

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

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

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

  • Amber

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

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

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

{Inspiration} Advent Calendars

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

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I {heart} the new KitchenAid Platinum range

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Corrina_dea

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

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

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

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

  • Ummm going to use this idea for my dream ThermomixReplyCancel

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

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

  • Zoe_gardner

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

  • Tiffany

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Juliekrause2021

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

{Giveaway} Fiona Kate – Major Sack

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

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  • Salena Lee

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

  • Samantha Savva

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

  • Anonymous

    great bag and I love the colour!!ReplyCancel

  • Karina Lamb

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

  • Holly N.

    Cool bag!

  • Lucy mcL

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

  • Natalie

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

  • Powerchick007

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

  • lisa lawson

    What a great prize beautifulReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth B

    The storage cushion – natty!ReplyCancel

  • Sally

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

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

  • Sarah

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

  • Lee R

    Love the chalk spots!ReplyCancel

  • Betty

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

  • Kylie

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

  • Karen

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

  • Cinox367

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

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

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

  • Claire

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

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

  • Celia

    i liked the lego solution pack, so nice

  • Bec Sherman

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

  • Donna

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

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

  • Trina

    I lovel the chalkboard dots!ReplyCancel

  • Fisherosa

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

  • jorobkia

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

  • Mademoiselle Slimalicious

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

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

  • Sebnar

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

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

  • Natasha Horsham

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

  • CrystalB

    The poster grid is my favourite item.ReplyCancel

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

  • Erica Sumners

    They look so cute, love the pink!ReplyCancel

  • Kiara M.

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

  • Melisa McCarthy

    Love the postie holders!ReplyCancel

  • Elise Blogger

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

  • Jlwarren

    Love these sacks – so versatile!!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

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

  • Salena Lee

    i like the sack in pinkReplyCancel

  • Sandra Jones

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

  • Samy_savva

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

  • Leesa

    What an awesome idea!!

    Great giveaway!!! ReplyCancel

  • Bell Harlow

    I love the multiple ways of entering :)

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

  • Natalie Blanch

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

  • Jasmine

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

  • Gemmiealliston

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

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

  • Jennib78

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

  • Bec~Because Everything Counts

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

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

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

  • Mel Hortin

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

  • Melissa Harmon

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

  • Moniqueknight1

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

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

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

  • Josie

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

  • Katherine

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

  • Julie-Ann

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

  • Betty

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

{Christmas Planning} Organise a little Christmas to do box

A few of readers spied my Christmas box on my hutch in the photo of our big tinsel candy cane asking what is in it. I purchased the tin box from Target a few months ago.  I have put this box in a central location of the house for when I have a spare minute […]

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  • Sevencherubs

    I have the same box that I picked up from target. Love the idea of putting all of the Christmas cards etc in them. N xReplyCancel

  • Kylie Whittaker

    The Target tins are now on special for $8.88!!! I bought one the other day but tempted to go back for another!!!ReplyCancel

    • Regina

      Oh Kylie I was going to try and stay away from the shops today but I think you just changed my mind doh!ReplyCancel

    • I love it, I wonder what I could do with another, that is a great price!ReplyCancel

  • The box is now on special at Target stores for $8.88!!!ReplyCancel

  • Thankyou Kylie, that is such a great price!!ReplyCancel

  • Ange

    I REALLY want to know what you are doing with the marshmallow sticks! ReplyCancel

  • Kate @ Puddles and Gumboots

    ooh I so want that tin! I will have to see if they have them at my nearest target!ReplyCancel

    • Kate, they had them at Target Westfield Helensvale last time I was there. Not on sale, but they are now!! ReplyCancel

  • Purchased two of them today for $6.21…bargain!ReplyCancel

  • Wow this is a fantastic idea and love the box!ReplyCancel

  • Lise

    I’ve got one of those tins too, I use it for my “Errand Station” on my desk next to the kitchen. It is sooo cute, looks much nicer than the wicker basket I used previously. Hmmm, now to think of a reason to buy another one on sale…ReplyCancel

  • Malinda Blair

    I went and bought 2 of those tins today… and the matching 3 pots on a tray… and 2 matching square trays! Not sure what I’ll do with them all but too cute and such a good price to pass up!ReplyCancel

    • ooh Malinda, I didn’t know about the square tray’s I might have to go have a look. Would love to see what you are using them all for :)ReplyCancel

  • [...] I like this idea of a Christmas to-do box. [...]ReplyCancel

  • Marissa

    Always love your ideas. I have actually followed this one immediately! I too found the tin box for a bargain $6.21 yesterday! It is stocked and ready. I have also included self sealing cello bags to package baked/homemade gifts. Thanks for the tip!ReplyCancel

    • Great idea Marissa, you are one step ahead of me. We packaged some up today too!ReplyCancel

  • JSmith

    what did you do with the marshmallow sticks?ReplyCancel

{Christmas Craft} Christmas Placemat

Last year I found a big A3 Christmas Pad for the kids to colour and display.  We sent some to family to help decorate their house with and laminated a few into placemats, which the kids loved. I am so pleased to have found them again this year $3.99 at Woolworths (with all the Christmas […]

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  • Ooh, thanks for the tip! I will have to grab some, will be a good activity for our 4yo & 2yo & make great pressies too :)ReplyCancel

  • Betty

    Saw these the other day and bought 3, they are a bargain. I have been on the lookout for christmasey placemats but I like your laminate idea much better for that personal touch, thanks.ReplyCancel

    • the kids will have so much fun making it and be thrilled that they can create their own mats and use them each day!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie Hinds – school holiday project :)ReplyCancel

  • I think it’s such a great price, I had to share it with you all :)ReplyCancel

  • Ali

    Thanks Kat! I wondered where I could find some of these. This is convenience!ReplyCancel

  • Amazing! We are looking for Christmas craft activities for our Holiday Camps @ Happy Coconuts, suitable for 4 yr+ … great idea! Feel free to suggest some more!ReplyCancel

  • Fantastic idea !! I bought 6 of these exact colouring pads at woolies just the other day. I never thought of making them into placemats. Thanks for sharing xxReplyCancel

  • Thank you for the tip – have been to Woolies today and bought some ready for the school holidays :-)ReplyCancel

  • Debbie @ Aspiring Mum

    I haven’t shopped at Woolies in ages, but will have to pay a visit – great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Annwen

    I absolutely loved your idea, but instead, I had my 3 kids make a painting each, and laminated those as placemats. Came out beautifully! Thankyou! Will make a fantastic Christmas present for the grandparents!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Rayner

    Quick question – do you have a giant laminator, or do you get them laminated at a store? I bought them, & then thought of this (LOL)!ReplyCancel

    • Michelle, I have a laminating machine I purchased from Kmart, it laminates up to A3 size. It was approximately $35, plus the laminating pockets. It’s worth the purchase, I use it regularly.ReplyCancel

      • Michelle Rayner

        Ahhh, mine only does A4. LOL. Guess I will be off to see what Kmart has to offer!ReplyCancel

    • I did the same thing…..but then thought it was a great way to justify the updating of my laminator!
      Would also help me with all my getting organised start ups!ReplyCancel

  • Adsnkt

    I cant find them :-( I went down our local store today (brisbane) & checked their online shopping, was really excited to make some with the kids. Any chance anyone knows a store in Brissie that sells them? cheersReplyCancel

    • Michelle Rayner

      I got mine from the Carindale Woolies just yesterday & they still had heaps. Near all the sticker books & cards. Good Luck!ReplyCancel

  • Tcl0909

    Looked for these today but not at my Woolies in Midland, WA. Anyone found these in Perth?ReplyCancel

  • we picked these up from Blake’s Crossing in SA in the Christmas section – now hoping kids can focus enough to finish the whole picture and not half like usual!
    Thanks for the idea.ReplyCancel

{Christmas Planning} Christmas Cards

Christmas Cards I like to post my Christmas cards in the first week of December.  Now that I have all my supplies I can start writing.  I will split my list into 4 and over the next few weeks I will write out my Christmas cards so they will be ready to post in time. […]

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{Christmas Food} Sticky Rice Bubble Slice

Over the next few weeks I will share with you some of my Christmas Baking.  I have stocked up on the Christmas M&M’s to put in cookies, slices and so much more.   You can find bag’s of Christmas (green and red) M&M’s at Coles in the Christmas section. Your all getting to know me […]

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{Meal Plan} Beef Samosas

This weeks meal plan I have had a busy week so to save time I reused a weekly meal plan from last year.   I recommend you save your plans because it really was a great help and saved time not having to think about what to cook.  Monday – Chicken, spinach and ricotta pasta bake – using […]

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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