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{Meal Plan} Apple Slice

This weeks meal plan Monday – Lamb cutlets and Vegetables Tuesday – Beef and brocoli stir fry Wednesday – Macaroni and cheese Thursday – Chicken filo with vegetables Friday – Christmas celebration Saturday – Mediterranean Tuna and Rice Pie (delicious!) Sunday – Roast Beef with potato and vegetables Baking – Apple Slice (so easy and very yummy) […]

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{Christmas Planning} Host a stress free Christmas celebration

Most years we have celebrated Christmas at our house, so the kids can play with their gifts and swim in the pool as Christmas Day is usually hot!  So I know to play host can be stressful.  Today I would like to share some of my top tips to ensure you enjoy the day! Decorations […]

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  • Sevencherubs

    Great tips. We love to write names on cups as well every time we have people over or a party. Makes it so much easier to keep track of drinks and wastage of cups. N xReplyCancel

  • I don’t think asking people to bring a plate is rude at all. If you’re hosting it’s the least they can do! The toilet paper is a good tip and easy to forget! ReplyCancel

  • Customized Creations

    These are great tips. We haven’t had guests at our house for Christmas yet but I’m sure we will at some point. I’ll need to remember these. ReplyCancel

  • [...] I think the meal is at least as important as the gifts, so it definitely pays to plan and shop well ahead of time. Folks will stay thirsty long after the meal is done, so I like the idea of setting up a beverage station in a convenient spot, avoiding repeated trips to the kitchen. I also like to make sure I have a wide variety of drink options for everyone in the family to enjoy. One further tip — and one that I tend to overlook — is to prepare your playlist of holiday music. After Dec. 25, those carols are going back into the vault, so you might as well enjoy them one last day. What a great idea I would never have thought of.  (The Organised Housewife) [...]ReplyCancel

  • […] If you’re hosting a party this festive season, you may enjoy some of the how to host a stress free Christmas Celebration tips. […]ReplyCancel

{Free Printable} School Holiday Planner

I have been working extremely hard the past few weeks to get the blog ready for me to take some HOLIDAYS!!  I am taking time off with the kids and enjoy this weather the Gold Coast is offering.  Visit the beaches, coffee with friends, do some baking, take time out to scrapbook and relax.  As […]

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  • I love this! Being a WAHP I was worried about getting the balance right during the holidays. This way my kids can see the fun events coming up after my work commitments. Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • I printed 6 of these off the other day…. With birthdays, Xmas etc this has made things a lot easier :) ReplyCancel

  • We will be at home through the holidays trying to catch up on some organisation! Thank you for all the great tips and I hope you enjoy some relaxation. Have a wonderful time & Merry Christmas to all. While you are relaxing and scrapbooking you may like to visit my website for some ideas. http://www.mycmsite.com.au/louisewythes . Now I must go & finish some StoryBook projects of when we were last at the gold coast, finish off the Christmas shopping ,make some calendars & the Christmas cards using SBC plus3. Planned a morning with the kids before doing the shopping, and going to a birthday party, taking another to a sleepover. Lots to do before a busy week of school activities and end of year celebrations. Oh the planners are going to help the kids & I so MUCH :-) ReplyCancel

  • fabulous idea but everytime i went to downlad to print it shut my internet connection down :( ended up just doing up my own….. :( ReplyCancel

  • Victoria

    Hi Kat, Merry Christmas. I hope you enjoy your (well deserved) summer break. I would just like to say a big thank you to you for your inspiration, encouragment and ideas you have shared throughout the year. I look forward to more of the same next year :) Victoria xReplyCancel

    • Thankyou Victoria, what a lovely message to receive. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas too!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Enjoy your break.

    My favourite school holiday activity is sleeping in!ReplyCancel

  • Ooh Jo Debi Selby that’s no good. Is your adobe the current version?ReplyCancel

  • Customized Creations

    This planner is adorable! I work full time so my husband will be home with my 6 year old, but I can use this to have him write down what night activity he would like to do after I get home and dinner is done! Thank you SO much! Have a great break and enjoy every minute of it!ReplyCancel

Mediterranean Tuna and Rice Pie

This pie is absolutely delicious, takes about 1 and a half hours (1 hour baking)  from start to finish, but it’s worth the effort.

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{Giveaway} bragbags australia: Family Passport Holder

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to the winner, Michelle and thank you to bragbags Australia. Family Passport Holder I have only been overseas once (to Fiji) and that was with my hubby and kids, hubby was great with looking after the passports and travel information.  On my trip next week to Kuala Lumpur I will be going on […]

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  • Lols

    Love this idea… I am always scared I’be thrown out the passports by accident because i keep them in an envelope!ReplyCancel

  • I think the travel wallet would be the best way to organise my family because it is big enough to hold everything for our next trip.ReplyCancel

  • Tonyandvic

    I definately need the passport holder as we had 4 trips to NZ this year with 3 kids under 6!ReplyCancel

    • Lifewithoutmathematics

      You have ALLLL my empathy! We are ex-pats, and try to go back a couple of times each year. Our troop is pretty much the same as yours. Phew! Just thinking about it brings on heart palpitations!ReplyCancel

  • I can’t pick just one thing! I love the passport holders, the handbag organisers, the jewellery organisers and more!! Great site :) ReplyCancel

  • Our family are going on three plane trips before April! Xmas in South Australia, 2 week work trip to USA in February (on which DH’s company has paid for all 4 of us to go on), and a family holiday to NZ for Easter. I’ve been starting to think about a travel wallet to keep all those important documents and information…ReplyCancel

  • Jodieskinner

    Love the family passport holder would be perfect for our first family overseas trip to Fiji :) ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    What a great idea the travel wallet is and it would go in the brag bag! Must have items!ReplyCancel

  • Micknjan

    I would love to win the passport holder to give to my nephew for his family to use. They are missionaries and are off to Japan for 4 years in March. This would be a great going away gift as they dont buy many “special” items for themselves.ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Persse

    I need as much help with organising myself as possible! Too hard to choose! But I would LOVE the passport organiser for when hubby and I head to the USA next year. Then when people say “How do you stay so organised?” I can proudly show them my brag bags passport holder and say ‘Why, it’s all with the help of my brag bags passport holder, of course!’ReplyCancel

  • Kimlennon

    oooh – off to NZ in a couple of weeks and could certainly do with one of these – what a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Samy_savva

    I am a HUGE Fan of BragBags jewellery organisers – I just wish I had more jewellery to NEED one lol. hint hint to hubby for Christmas! Heading on a few trips next yr with hubby finishing uni and going o/s for further education and with a little one this would be AWESOME. I love to be organised and this would help keep me saneReplyCancel

  • Michelle Rivett

    Love the Take Charge (r) Bag, because my phone charger always seems to get lost in my suitcase!ReplyCancel

  • Bushka_23

    I love the jewellery hanger because my jewellery is just in a heap pile!ReplyCancel

  • Ingrid

    While I love the cheeky Red Bird 3 piece set, I still think that the family passport holder would be the most helpful for keeping organised and safe all important travel documents!ReplyCancel

  • WendyK

    The family passport holder is a great idea, and looks fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly B

    Oh, the family passport holder sounds like a wonderful idea! I have never been overseas but we are planning a few trips in the near future & one thing i am scared of is losing our paperwork, & this sounds like the perfect solution :-) ReplyCancel

  • Virginia Mason

    The Cheeky Red Bird 2 piece set woulld be handy to pop into my bag. It would be nice to be able to find things quickly instead of a mess in the bottom of my handbag/suitcase. I also love the cute design of this set.ReplyCancel

  • I really love the Handbag Organiser Zip Standard Size in black and I also really like the Passport Holder in the black. Brag Bag’s products are really unique and very pretty. ReplyCancel

  • Lifewithoutmathematics

    Oh boy! We are ex-pat Kiwis and so travelling to see rellies is a regular part of life. Travelling with 3 children and managing 5 passports is ALWAYS a mare. I’ve never seen a travelling aid that looks so well thought out. Go girl power! I would sooooooo love to win this!!!! ReplyCancel

  • Julie C

    I love the family travel organiser – it would keep things nice and protected while they swim around in my nappy bag with everything else. The Denim design is my fave in the Brag bags range. ReplyCancel

  • I love the Handbag Organiser because I like to swap handbags depending on my outfit but it’s always a pain too transfer everything from one bag to another.ReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    Would be perfect for my upcoming trip to America. Can’t waitReplyCancel

  • Kirrily

    I went overseas twice last year with just my 10 month old. After walking around multiple airports with passports and boarding passes hanging out his lunchbox, I can definitely say the passport holder would be brilliant. The denim colour is my favourite. ReplyCancel

  • Caitlin

    I love the Handbag Organiser I change my bag every couple of days and it takes a fair while so this would help with that and also finding the keys!ReplyCancel

  • I travel overseas with the kids by myself and I’m always shuffling through everything to find the passports and boarding passports so I’ll go with the family passport holder.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    The family passport holder would be fabulous, I’d know where hubby’s passport was!ReplyCancel

  • Marnie Woodley

    The family passport holder would be perfect. I am always totally disorganised – I once got stuck in Canada after misplacing my itinerary and missing my train to New York – by 12 hours! We plan to take our toddler and baby overseas to see family very soon, and I’d really prefer not to miss any planes or trains or anything else this time!ReplyCancel

  • There are so many great things to choose from! I like the idea of the jewelry hangar that you can have it all packed up and then whip it out of your suitcase and hang it up. I’d also love a family travel organiser. ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Millar

    Travelling with a baby is stressfull enough, never mind trying to stuff three passports, travel documents, travel insurance policies and more into one tiny “travel wallet”. The designers don’t seem to think of traveling families…expect now…bragbag has come to the rescue with plenty of space for all your families needs.ReplyCancel

  • vija

    Would be great for travelling ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    the jewellery trave; wallet so I know everything is secure!!:)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    We have 4 passports so the travel wallet is great for us.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle K

    I think the travel wallet is a wonderful idea. Mums usuallly get the job of carrying everything and this means it is all in one spot. Very helpful!ReplyCancel

  • Amie Codlin

    I like the family passport holder – I think it would be perfect for our trip to NZ in February.ReplyCancel

  • Debbiea

    Oooh, many lovlies! I think the leather whipstitch large tote would be perfect for me to keep all our things for our 3 cherubs in and still be room for some of my stuff :) ReplyCancel

  • Lee-Ann

    Wow as i mentioned on the fb page, i was awake in the night thinking about how i might make myself one of these, and voila you have a give away. having 6 passports is a nightmare (esp being OCD and having to have them in family order constantly…………even if i dont win thx so much for sharing :))))))ReplyCancel

  • Paula

    Wow… what a great piece. Would love this one for our family!ReplyCancel

  • Love the take charger for Men. My hubs has too many gadgets..and keeps his cables all over the place!ReplyCancel

  • i think these passport holders are the best its the most important thing when travellingReplyCancel

  • Oh wow, what a great idea. My little passport holder was great for just me, but with hubby & the two little ones this would be the perfect upgrade! Going to go check it out right now!ReplyCancel

  • I like the flower satchel as I find that type of bag the best type to use when you have kids as you can’t lose it! And it is so cute!ReplyCancel

  • Kelli-le Stevens

    The Take Charge(r) bag is great, I hate having to find a zip tie just to keep my chargers somewhat contained in the bottom of my suitcase. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • sam

    Great idea
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  • Glenda

    I love the I Heart Owls set – having a jewellery organiser as well as the actual travel organiser would be amazing! Keeps everything nice and tidy and easy to find in your luggage.ReplyCancel

  • Bern

    I absolutely love the idea of the family passport holder – with a rascal load of kids heading off on our first o/s adventure next year – what a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Kellie

    The family passport holder is a wonderful idea. It would put my mind at ease that all our important documents were together in one place & easily accessible. You can never be too organised especially when travelling with little people.ReplyCancel

  • Yvette

    I love these passport holders, wish I knew about them last time we went travelling they would have been perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Kiara M.

    The passport holder-my mum is heading overseas by herself & has started to become a bit forgetful so would love 2 give her & me piece of mind knowing all her important documents etc are safe!ReplyCancel

  • JB

    We are heading to UK next year with kids & without hubby, passport holder would be great.. bought one as a gift, but would love one for me!ReplyCancel

  • deb

    Thank you so much for sharing this page of traveling with a family. I had been searching for a passport holder for our family of 5 and this just perfect. I have ordered ours and look forward to recieving it xxxx DebReplyCancel

{Giveaway} Mums the Word Boutique – $50 voucher

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to the winner, Cass and thank you to Mum’s the Word Boutique. Mum’s the Word Boutique Sarah from Mums the Word Boutique was so kind to be one of my sponsors to the ProBlogger conference that was held in October.  I want to say a big thankyou to Sarah for her support […]

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  • Jasmine

    I love it all but especially the Lovely Little Red Tea Set, soooo cute!ReplyCancel

  • Tanya Van't Wout

    LOVE the owls!! Beautiful products :-)

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  • Cass

    So much cuteness! Love the owls and the backpack bunny.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    Loved the tutorial on the Christmas Bauble Wreath, great idea to do with the kids once they start school holidays this afternoon. ReplyCancel

  • Samy_savva

    Miss 3 1/2 and I will definitely be attempting the Christmas Bauble Wreath! Thank you Sarah, I bet you feel like Santa right now :-) ReplyCancel

  • Annaleis Topham

    We are a bit obsessed with Owls right now in our house! Loved the ones we saw!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah

    I love their swaddle wraps. Would be a lovely present for my new niece/nephew ReplyCancel

  • Catty83

    I absolutely love the brolly sheets! Just started to toilet train my daughter at night and they have been so easy and effective!! Looking forward to buying more products from Mums the Word Boutique!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    The critter cutters as miss 3 has decided she doesn’t like sandwhiches at presentReplyCancel

  • Pdccorry

    I love the Tree House Construction Set! So sturdy and would last for years. Endless possibilities! ReplyCancel

  • Theresa Brown

    I love the hammer ball bench and the most of the wooden toys, my 9mo loves to bang and crash things, he would love thisReplyCancel

  • Andrea

    How to choose just one thing!! It would have to be the sandwhich cutters – anything to get the boys to eat is a winner!ReplyCancel

  • Kiara M.

    The sandwich cutters-such a simple yet brilliant product that would help many a lunch battle with the 3 littlies at our house!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Blanch

    The French Patisserie Picnic Party set is too gorgeous for words!ReplyCancel

  • Paula

    Sandwich cutters look fabulous… but there are so many beautiful things!ReplyCancel

  • Tasha

    The brolly sheets!!ReplyCancel

  • Kirrily

    The Zig Zag cars. Awesome! And a good price too. ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Rutherford

    So love the Girl cooking outfit and cooking stuff my miss 8 the budding master chef would love it!ReplyCancel

  • B-prepared

    my son loves the lunch punches that we already have – makes lunch time fun and interesting :)
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  • Kathryn

    My youngest daughter would love the ’4 in 1 puzzle’. So bright and funReplyCancel

  • Debbie @ Aspiring Mum

    There are so many gorgeous things to choose from! I’m so indecisive :) ReplyCancel

  • Jasperkara

    if i have to choose just one i’d go with the fruit play set, i have 4 wonderful children who all want to help in the kitchen however i can’t supervise all of them at once all of the time. This would allow my younger two (3 and 17months) to play at cutting and cooking while the older 2 (11 and 5) are helping outReplyCancel

    • Leimay Cherry

      Lol shouldn’t try multitasking without coffee in the morning, username is Leimay not Jasperkara lol
      email leimaycherry AT yahoo DOT com DOT au … or i can be found on twitter @LeimaycherryReplyCancel

  • Mumma K

    So many awesome lovely things to choose from … But because my little man loves cars I would choose the zig zag racing cars, I could see him having fun with that for hours. :) ReplyCancel

  • Chrissy Grainger

    I love the May&Belle ~Chirpy Children~ Tram Scroll Print and I would be hard pressed to choose between the latte and green, they are both gorgeous colours. The brolly sheets would come a close 2nd.ReplyCancel

  • Alli

    Such a gorgeous site!! Loving the hobby horse!! Thanks for such a great promotion!! xxReplyCancel

  • Nina D

    So many gorgeous things – I’m eyeing off May&Belle ~ALWAYS~ Tram Scroll Print for my daughter’s wall! ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    That stuff is gorgeous. I think Girl Child would love most of it. I can see that she would love the twirlign ribbons, the hair bows, bands etc and all the soft toys. I love the gardening set as we are settign up a vege garden and the Always print. ReplyCancel

  • Virginia Mason

    The Brolly Sheets would be the most helpful in our house in the moment as we are trying to toilet train my son at night. I have heard great feedback about these sheets and want my son to feel confident, sleep well and be comfortable.ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Boan

    I would love to get 2 little owls for my daughters (one due in 6 weeks). The Rosie Owls are lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    The fraction boards, or the penguins or the lunch punches would be loved by my little boys.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    I just adore the baking cookie set!!! thanks for a chance :) ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I love the Tree House Construction Set – it’s refreshing to see so many lovely wooden toys which look fun, inviting, and well made. ReplyCancel

  • Frankandmick

    Wow – it was hard not to love that baking set. So gorgeous for budding chefs.ReplyCancel

  • domestic diva

    I love the hobby horse because it’s amazingly beautiful. It’s a simple and magical gift.ReplyCancel

  • Tam Wolfenden

    I love my Brolly sheets, they saved my sanity at 2am changing the bed, but protecting the mattress from those little accidents.ReplyCancel

  • Debbiea

    So many lovely things! Thanks for introducing this site. I love the Bead Box and Rosie Owls, but my favourite would definately be the Robin Bird with red and white belly. Gorgeous! :) ReplyCancel

  • Nadia

    What a gorgeous site! The hobby horse is so sweet! ReplyCancel

  • I love the owl and the quote prints are gorgeous too!..ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    I love the Stunning Baking Cookie Set and the French Patisserie Picnic Party Set.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole White

    my boys would love the zig zag racing cars!! ReplyCancel

  • Flaviamalinverno83

    I love the quote prints ;) ReplyCancel

  • Tess Lindsay

    French Patisserie Picnic Party Set – so gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Love the hobby horsesReplyCancel

  • they are soo unique and a great giftReplyCancel

  • I love the felt watermelon pieces because I love anything that encourages ‘pretend play’- just too cute!ReplyCancel

  • Linda

    Zig Zag Racing Cars
    my mr 4 would nuts over that & give mum some much needed quiet time.ReplyCancel

  • Kellie M

    OK favourite was tricky!! So many beautiful things :)
    I like the Red Tea Set, for (me) my daughter ;) it’s gorgeous & she’ll always need someone to drink tea with!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Pham

    what gorgeous things! So many I have fallen in love with especially the hobby horses!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim M

    Glad I got linked up with your gorgeous site!ReplyCancel

  • Zara Clee

    gorgeous things :) ReplyCancel

  • Tracyncraig

    I love the zig zag racing cars, my nephews would love these!
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  • Marsha Bennett

    There’s a lot to love, but the “Pretty Summer Market Basket” caught my eye!
    Perfect for this summer, my little beach babe would look super cute carrying this bright little basket. And best of all, made from recycled plastic!!ReplyCancel

{Free Printable} Traveling with Baby Packing Checklist

I created a Packing & Travel Checklist which is perfect if you are travelling without children.  However, to travel with a baby is a whole list in itself, and as I promised here is one for you!

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  • Awesome! Great work…this will save me writing out the same list every time we go on holidays (and it is so pretty too!)ReplyCancel

  • Fantastic….Do you have a list for traveling with a toddler??ReplyCancel

  • Juji4mi

    very handy! i have mine but this one looks better.thanks :) ReplyCancel

  • Katherine

    Hi Katrina. I’ve only just discovered your blog. I am a highly organised person – love my to do lists and timetables. I don’t have kids yet but when the day comes I will be hitting up your site because it is amazing and full of great stuff!! Thank you so much. ReplyCancel

  • Rosie

    I love lists and this one is a great help as we’re off on a 2 week trip to the in-laws for Christmas :) ReplyCancel

  • Nikisowden

    Thanks for the help with this list. We are new parents to a 5 week old and although we are only going away for two nights it will help us with little things we might have forgotten. xReplyCancel

  • Katrinabundy

    This was great thanks! I always forget somethingReplyCancel

  • Siti

    Love all your checklist. You know what would be great, if you have your own Apple App with all your check lists. I would buy it straight awayReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    Have 2 friends having babies..i”m past that…but thought this would be good to slip into some things i have for them.ReplyCancel

  • Rundarisk

    My first travel adventure with baby and I’m lovin’ this list!ReplyCancel

  • [...] You may also like The Organised Housewife Traveling with Baby checklist [...]ReplyCancel

  • Lila

    Thank goodness for your list! I feel super organised and ready to relax for my trip! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!! :) ReplyCancel

{Free Printable} Travel Itinerary

I am very excited to be visiting Kuala Lumpur next week for the Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards 2011.  This will be my second overseas flight.  The first was to Fiji, 4 hour plane ride in what felt like the smallest, squishiest and noisiest plane.   I’d like to say a special thankyou to Air Asia X for […]

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  • What a lovely lead up to Christmas for you. You have such great ideas for printables – so inspiring. Have a great time with Mel.ReplyCancel

  • Lynn Cecil

    HI Katrina! Thanks so much for your printables! I just found your blog and love what I see! I will definitely be passing it on to all of my mommy-friends here in the United States!ReplyCancel

  • Shirlmick

    Hi Katrina! I love everything about your website and daily emails. I am slowly getting myself organised just by doing one task a day! Your printables are a lifesaver and so thoughtful! Thanks so much for getting me back on track! Shirley CReplyCancel

  • Kim Volk

    Best travel itinerary available on the net I’ve found, simple and informative. So helpful, thank you!ReplyCancel

{Christmas Planning} Different Gift Giving Ideas

From the archives  I enjoy giving a gift to friends and loved ones, however I find myself asking: What do I get Dad or Uncle,  he has everything?? How am I going to find the time to buy for everybody in the family?? I have a limited budget, it’s hard to buy a gift for each […]

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  • Some great ideas in this post – in my family we use the “white elephant” idea of a small (thoughtful) $10 pressie for each adult and a combined donation to a charity we decide on over Christmas brekkie – last year was children’s health research, this year probably prostate cancer researchReplyCancel

  • hi Katrina, we do the Present Swap in my family too. It’s supposed to be a “Secret Santa” but never ends up being a secret! Another thing we do is along with our name on the slip of paper, we also add 2-3 gift suggestions within the allocated budget, just in case the “santa” hasn’t a clue what to buy ;)

    I’ve also done the totally handmade Christmas one year and it was lots of fun. Some people complain that certain family members (particularly the younger/teenage ones) won’t appreciate the handmade gift, but I think it’s just a matter of thinking through the gift idea appropriately. If you cater to their tastes (instead of your own influences) they will love and treasure it.ReplyCancel

    • Really love the idea of a handmade Christmas, however with a family full of brothers I am not sure they would be as excited!! I would like to start this tradition with my kids next year thankyou for sharing Melanie!ReplyCancel

  • Annwen

    For a few years now, I have been baking my gifts for family members – I do a different bunch of recipes each year, dress them up differently (sometimes in a decorated bag, sometimes in a decorative bowl). While it takes a bit of time and effort, it’s much easier on the budget, everyone loves that you have made it yourself, and the fact that they are tasty doesn’t hurt either!ReplyCancel

  • Bectaylor84

    Everyone brings an unnamed, wrapped present under an agreed $amount to add to a pile, then names are drawn and each person gets to pick a gift to unwrap from the pile. The twist – the second person can choose to swap their gift with the first person, the third person can choose to swap their gift with the first or second person and so forth. This is a game where the loved ones will go to great bargaining lengths to keep or get the present they want and hilarity ensues. Add a bonus round or two of Christmas trivia at the end for further gift swaps and fairness.ReplyCancel

    • I LOVE this game, have played it before and it was so much fun. would love to play it again!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle what a great ideaReplyCancel

{Review} Mummy Smiles: 2012 Smile it forward Calendar

I mentioned recently how it’s a struggle to find the perfect gift for somebody that has everything.  A calendar is always a great choice, however sometimes hard to choose a design that they will like eg a dog lover may not enjoy a cat calendar.  But a motivational calendar will suit everybody.   Natalie, the […]

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{Meal Plan} Chicken Cabonara Pasta Bake

This weeks meal plan Monday – Chicken Carbonara Pasta Bake Tuesday – Curried mince with potato and vegetables Wednesday – Salmon Patties with vegetables  Thursday – Fish, pasta and salad Friday – Zucchini Slice and salad Saturday – Homemade Pizza Sunday – Roast Beef postato and vegetables Baking – Carrot Muffins Salmon Patties Chicken Cabonara Pasta […]

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{Inspirational} Gift wrapping ideas

Are you creative when wrapping gifts?  I always use raffia and was thrilled when I found some red raffia at Big W recently.  Here are wrapping ideas that may inspire you to spruce up your gifts. Gift Wrapping Ideas {image credit} {image credit} {image credit} {image credit} {image credit} {image credit} {image credit} {image credit} […]

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  • this yr I’m putting photos of the person whose receiving the gift on the wrapping, so my 2yr old can give them out. I didn’t realise that it makes my tree look that extra pit special as wellReplyCancel

  • Santa collie codes my kids gifts so they know which is theirs red wrapping paper for one and toy story for the other this yearReplyCancel

  • So many creative gift wrapping ideas! Thanks for the link.ReplyCancel

  • These are just beautiful. We had to share them with our fans – you find the most stunning photos. I’m all inspired to wrap my pressies beautifully this year – thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Those presents look great. Unfortunately I am not never good at the Lind of stuff so I never try. I’ll be trying this year. We will see how it goes.ReplyCancel

  • We use brown recycled paper which my 8 year old draws on for the person receiving the gift! Ribbons bows and other stuff usually makes up the picture!ReplyCancel

  • I started doing something similar 2 years ago. I bought a ream of large white tissue paper sheets from a florists wholesaler. My 7yr old daughter draws or sometimes we cut shapes in veges or fruit and print designs onto the paper. This year she came up with the idea to place shells and leaves under the paper and rub her pastels over them. The end result is quite lovely :) ReplyCancel

  • leylandp76

    I LOVE that you have posted how to do that fluffy bow thing – THANK YOU :)
    … and speaking of gift wrapping, here’s an idea for, well, anyone reading this actually lol… With all my Christmas Ornaments, which I ADORE and therefore are either sentimental or expensive or just plain gorgeous… but I digress… each ornament is individually wrapped in tissue paper and placed in gift boxes (each box fits 10-20 ornaments depending on their size). You can buy good sturdy Christmas gift boxes at the after season sales, so when your decorations are on the tree, the pretty gift boxes can sit, empty, under the tree. Saves on lugging them back to their original storage space AND makes under the tree look pretty too :) ReplyCancel

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