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Tonight I have hit a milestone and have some great news, I couldn’t wait to share my excitement with you all. I have just reached 2 million visits on my blog!  It took me a little over a year to reach 1 million and I have managed to reach another million in as little as […]

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  • Congratulations KatrinaReplyCancel

  • amazing synchronisity!! thank you for such an amazing blog – you really have made an impact ! :) ReplyCancel

  • that is awesome! I want the low down on NY – I’m going next yearReplyCancel

    • Ooh wow, I am so excited for you. I will for sure. I only get to spend 2 full days site seeing, which will be plenty, so I will pack as much as I can in.ReplyCancel

  • So, SO excited for you, Kat! That is an amazing achievement and you deserve it! xxReplyCancel

  • oh my gosh here I am excited at 1000 in a month and a  half!!!!! how have you done it???ReplyCancel

    • Just keep it up Leonie, as long as you are writing about something you are passionate about you will get there, believe in yourself :) ReplyCancel

  • Cass

    Congratulations!  Your have a wonderful, practical blog that I always enjoy reading. ReplyCancel

  • Emma @ My Book Corner

    Awesome news, congratulations!!  ReplyCancel

  • CONGRATULATIONS!! That’s incredibly exciting news Katrina! Two million hits is an amazing achievement…it’ll probably take me the next 20 years to reach that at the rate I’m going.ReplyCancel

    • You WILL get there Lisa, never did I believe i would reach these numbers, I started my blog for family and friends, now look. YOU CAN DO IT ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations Katrina, I’m so proud of you! What an amazing achievement, can’t wait to hear all about your trip xxReplyCancel

  • Kylie Farr

    congratulations!  Well deserved!ReplyCancel

  • Denysewhelan

    Happy Day!! Wow. You are one awesome woman with such an achievement. Congratulations & please “give my regards to Broadway” coz I’ve pulled out of BlogHer…Have a ball won’t you!! ReplyCancel

    • Ooh no Denyse, I was looking forward to catching up with you over there. I will have to leave your mark there somehow :) ReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    2 000 000 visits is staggering!  You have shared so many wonderful skills and information in that time. I see your blog as being more like a magazine than a diary, which I guess is the reason it reaches so many people. Congrats on your achievements! :)

    P.S. I’m loving that pic of New York! ReplyCancel

    • I have put that pic as my computer desktop image, and have to do a happy dance everytime I see it. Thankyou, I really enjoy writing my blog and sharing my ideas. ReplyCancel

  • Brandymon

    Congrates Kat thats fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Kirstyvi

    HUGE congratulations to you. Just rewards for all your hard work and generosity in sharing that with us Katrina. Well done…and thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Christine Feary

    That is fantastic news, and so well deserved! Congratulations :-) I am a recent discoverer of your blog and I love it! It’s great to find a home blog that’s based in Australia since some info on home blogs is region-specific – especially seasonal stuff!ReplyCancel

  • […] all, I have been on cloud nine the past few weeks, I am beyond excited to be going to New York in a little over 2 months.   […]ReplyCancel

  • This is the most amazing achievement, Katrina! I don’t know another blogger who has gotten a million hits in their first year of blogging, let alone 2 million not long after. Inspirational. xxxx ReplyCancel

I have been extremely tired lately, my energy levels are low and my back is really playing up.  I have not been exercising as I should, my ‘excuse’ is that I don’t have time.  I have been watching what I am eating by eliminated white bread from my diet, using brown rice instead of white, […]

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  • Jessica Jorna

    Hi Katrina,

    I was looking at doing this program too! I’m interested to see what you think of it, as I was unable to sign up for this current one (I’m going overseas for a month) but want to do the next session. 

    Thank you so much for you motivational poster, I’m going to print it out and put it on my fridge (^_^) 

    Jess xReplyCancel

  • Bronte

    I am doing it too. A few friends are too. I need to lose 25-30 kilos so I obviously won’t be doing that in 1 round  but I am really excited to start feeling better. Sleeping better and just generally feeling alive again. My goal is to be able to run after the kids and not feel like I am going to have a heart attack! I have been doing the tasks that she get you to do as 90% of weight loss for me is a mind set. Also in pre season I am cutting out sugar from all the things I didn’t even know had hidden sugar in it. But that means eating really good wholefoods which we should eat anyway. Best of luck..we can all support each other. Its a new beginning for us!!!ReplyCancel

    • Wow Bronte, I love your determination and I look forward to joining this journey with you !ReplyCancel

  • sharonthoms

    Hi Katrina, good luck with that. Healthy eating is all about the foods that we keep on hand from day to day.  Changing any habit it easy providing that when the cue comes along (the urge to eat) that the routine of what we will eat, has been planned and organised. You know you get hungry around 10am and reach for a couple of biscuits and a coffee, instead your ready with your new routine of some sliced apple with a sprinkle of muesli and a dollop of natural yoghurt. The important part to making the new eating habit stick, is that there is a pay off from the new food routine, that you have used to replace the bad eating routine. There must be an equal to reward to make the new habit stick. 
    The cue, the routine and then the reward. They are the three parts to forming a new habit. So to make it easy make sure that you have all your meals and snacks at the ready and make certain that you are enjoying the new foods that your eating.  I’m sure that’s where Michelle will be able to help you.
    Anyway best of luck, from SharonReplyCancel

    • Ooh thankyou Sharon, that advise is priceless and you know my blog is all about creating routines and habits and your exactly right, I just have to change my current habit. I have managed to change from Coke to water. I find I don’t eat during the day, and am hungry at 4pm. I KNOW I need to snack inbetween meals and have lunch. This habit I WILL change! Thankyou for your encouragement and support xReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    I’ve done Michelle’s program and its amazing and you can get amazing results :)
    Bronte – you could lose close to that amount… I lost 18 kilos when I did the round last year and my girlfriend has just finished this round and she lost 22 kilos….

    Good luck and keep us updated!! If you have an iPhone or Android phone download the MFL (Myfitnesspal) app – a great way to track what you are eating and what you are using in energy :)

    Good luck
    Kylie xReplyCancel

    • Thankyou Kylie, I have just downloaded the app, so will have a good look at it. Wow your and your friends loss is inspiring and so encouraging that I CAN DO IT!! Thankyou.ReplyCancel

  • Jayne

    Good luck! The 12WBT is fantastic!! :)
    I lost 10kg on the program, Round 3 2011. (fell pregnant and am slowly gaining the 10kgs back, lol)  – But I am signing up for Round 3 in September ready to lose my baby weight for good!!! Think I might be crazy, bub is due 27 August, so will be doing it with a newborn and a 2 year old! ReplyCancel

    • Wow I love your dedication, you know that just shows that this program must be great. Well I am ready for the season to start. ReplyCancel

  • Mardi

    Fantastic news! I started Round 2 this time last year. I’m now 33kg lighter, happier, more healthy and in training for my first half marathon. Organisation is the key to success – I think you’ve got it sorted!ReplyCancel

    • Ooh wow, I am loving all these success stories. What would be your best organising tip for the challenge?ReplyCancel

      • Mardi

        I spend my Saturday nights meal planning (riveting, I know) and do a big weekly shop on a Sunday morning. I buy absolutely everything in that shop, so I have no excuse to pop back to the supermarket later in the week. I also lock in my training times so I can’t avoid them. Good luck – you’ll have a ball.

  • nmrobbo

    Well done Katrina! I too have joined for the first time this round Katrina!! I am getting throught the pre season tasks and looking forward to the 4 June! I am a bit nervous about making it all work (I have two children with busy schedules and I work full time) but I am going to make some time for me!! Looking forward to hearing about you get along!! ReplyCancel

  • Kerith

    HI Katrina!! Congratulations on the decision to look after YOU as you spend so much time looking after others (us included!) I know you will not regret this next step. Follow the program and you will succeed, understanding that it is a journey, like everything else. There will be days that are just terrible and days where you will feel on top of the world.
    I second the MFP app/online advice. I track every single day (1200cal) and train 6-7 days. It is a great program if you really get into the spirit of it. Immerse yourself into the groups around you so you have like minded people to support you.ReplyCancel

  • kath

    Hope  you love 12wbt! I lost 30+kg on the program,went from an 18-10 and am now growing again with a miracle baby after 5+ years of infertility! My story is at courage2start.blogspot.comReplyCancel

  • RACH

    ooh I joined this round for the first time too and so excited to be doing it with you – will need inspiration from everywhere.  Finally time to kick those baby kilos for good (the twins really helped me stack it on), and definately no plans for anymore and need something to help me get motivated.  It going to be interesting trying to fit that much exercise around the kids and hubby’s work trips.  I get a bit in but it is going to be a challenge to get that much…but always up for a challenge.
    WE can do it!!!ReplyCancel

  • Bronte have the first few days gone for you on the program? ….I must say I am pretty hungry! but trying to fight a cold so will get there..ReplyCancel

  • […] few weeks ago I was ready to start the Michelle Bridges 12 week body transformation challenge.  I had completed all my preseason tasks, however the day it started was the day after my mum […]ReplyCancel

Recently my friend Tina asked on her blog, Tina Gray {dot} me to list 5 good things about yourself.  I took the challenge, but found it really hard to find 5 things.  Often we have negative thoughts about ourselves, our confidence, our appearance or our ability at parenting, being a wife, friend and keeping house. […]

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  • I love that quote, Kat. Why are we so hard on ourselves?! Wishing you all the best today at the get together. You’ll rock it. And thanks for the link love <3ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    So simple as often the most profound things are. Thank you for sharing. Good luck today.ReplyCancel

  • Good on you!  And best wishes on the speaking engagement!!! ReplyCancel

    • Thankyou, the speaking event went really really well, better than I imagined, and I actualy had fun!!ReplyCancel

  • I am so glad this sparked something for you! I absolutely love it and I love how you styled it. Isn’t it amazing how powerful a quote can be? I am addicted to quotes! Best wishes for your speaking gig!! Sonia :)ReplyCancel

    • Thankyou, yesterday went really well. I am so appreciative that you shared this quote, I created it for the kids but after looking at it so long it just spoke to me :) Thanks again.

  • ppandfi

    Thank you I am going to put it up at work too.ReplyCancel

  • Brilliant quote love it xReplyCancel

This week I have been using some recipes from Sandra Reynolds ‘The $120 Food Challenge’ Cookbook.  Sandra is a wonderful blogger who started shortly after I did and it has been just amazing to watch her journey from blog to book, I am so pleased for her.  On Sandra’s blog The $120 Food Challenge, she […]

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Welcome to the another ‘Love it, Like it, Link it’ Blog Link Party!! If you have a blog please join in the fun linking up below your favourite blog post of the week (only one please) and there maybe a chance you are featured next week. HERE ARE 4 THAT I LOVED & LIKED Nappy […]

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  • desireempire

    Thanks for hosting Kat

  • So excited to see my blog post featured. Thanks so much! ReplyCancel

  • […] A Vision to Remember,  Positively Splendid, Its Overflowing, Too Much Time on my Hands, The Organised Housewife Share this:TwitterFacebookMoreEmailPrintTumblrLike this:LikeBe the first to like this post. […]ReplyCancel

  • Allthingsmumsnbubs

    Yay! My post was featured! Thanks Katrina, loving your blog xReplyCancel

  • So many great links. I’m relaxing in bed for Mothers’ Day and am so glad I popped over to your blog as now I can browse the links while I sip my coffee and relax. 

    Did have a moments stress trying to choose just one post from this week to link up myself 😀 I did a series of birthday posts and was hard pressed to choose just one.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Rea

    Thanks for hosting Katrina!  ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for the linky! Some great posts this week! :) Found a few more lovely blogs too! :)ReplyCancel

Today I am having a fight with the paper shredder while I am multitasking.  Apparently I have taken a few too many pictures on my phone and its saying my memory is full. While I upload all the photo’s to my computer, I am shredding paper while the computer is busy.  I was on a […]

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  • Awesome ideas.  Everytime I throw away a bunch of shredded paper I wonder what I could be using it for.  Seems like there should be something! I did shred some specifically the other day to include in my husband’s b/d present. I put a note in a box and need to fill it with something – used shredded paper.

    Also, when my daugher got married, we shredded colored paper and put in glass bowls on the tables.  It looked really pretty!  It was new paper though – not recycled.ReplyCancel

    • Max

      If you can’t find a use at home for your shredded paper a lot of pet shops will happily take it to line their cages. Check with each individual shop first, but I used to take the bags from our workplace to our local and they loved it!ReplyCancel

      •  Fantastic idea Max!!! I am sure the pet shops would love this and it is kind of like recycling it in a way lol.
        We have guinea pigs and shredded paper makes a nice and warm bed for them so even if you know others with animals…ReplyCancel

      • Nicole Grant

        We also take ours to the local pet shop. They always seem grateful. ReplyCancel

      • KateGi

        The Brisbane City Council Animal Shelters (if you’re in Brisbane, look them up on the BCC website) – which are run by the animal welfare group The Lost Dogs’ Home incorporating The Lost Cats’ Home – will take shredded paper. We shred a lot of paper; anything with personal information on it gets cross-cut shredded and that ends up in the recycling (but being cross-cut it takes up far less volume than strip-cut) and anything else is used on both sides and then strip-cut. Every so often we take the strip-cut shredding to the BCC Animal Shelter at Willawong. FYI they also welcome old towels.ReplyCancel

        • This is really good to know, thank you for sending through this information.ReplyCancel

  • Shredded paper can go into your worm farm or compost too :)ReplyCancel

  • I have a shredder. It doesn’t like shredding more than a dozen or so pieces of paper before it has to have a bex and a lie down. Why I expected more for my $20, I don’t know!

    The Bloke has a Man Cave with a pot belly stove. It generally takes a few bits of paper to get going. It also doesn’t need a rest after it destroys a few pieces of paper so we’ve taken to calling *that* the shredder and he uses anything with personal information in it as a fire starter. Or if he’s feeling more pyromaniacal than usual – I hand him a wedge of papers on a cold day and voila! Fortunately, end of financial year culling time coincides nicely with Fire Time!ReplyCancel

  • I don’t know if you’ve noticed Katrina, but shredded paper fills your recycling way quicker than just regular paper! I love the ideas you’ve shared for repurposing the shreds. Way more fun than shredding and throwing it away.ReplyCancel

  • Carole Fitzgerald

    we use a shredder at work and bag the shreddings and give it to the local pet shop for the pets’ cages…..ReplyCancel

  • Karen Edwards

    You can also use shredded paper in compost bins its great, or if you are starting a new garden bed dig a little bit deeper and place in some shredded paper it will help with water retention and worms love itReplyCancel

Nestle have just released their new Caramel Choc Bits.  I had to try them as my hubby loves caramel! Banana Caramel Pecan Muffins   Author: Kat Recipe type: Muffins Serves: 12 Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 20 mins Total time: 30 mins Print   Ingredients 2 cups SR Flour ⅓ cup plain flour ½ […]

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I love baking and cooking, mostly I cook meals and treats for the kids lunch boxes, rarely do I make yummy desserts.  Probably because we don’t often eat dessert but when we do it has to be something scrumptious and ooh so naughty. The Sweet Life: The Basics and Beyond is published by the Dessert Queen herself, […]

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  • claudia butler

    Please try this it is called”tropical apple tart”
    Line a tart pan withbshort crust pastry and then put a thin layer of apricot jam on it —do this with warm jam and a brush then comes a layer oh banana onto that stewed apples and on to that put passion fruit
    Cover with pastry and bake till golden—-I stew the apples in orange juice with a bit of jest
    Serve warm with cream or icecream. Enjoy ReplyCancel

  • AlyceB

    Oh Kate was so lovely on MasterChef!! Glad she’s got a book out now :)ReplyCancel

    • it’s such a beautiful book Alyce! We love Masterchef too, my favourite though would have to be Julie Goodwin cookbook, really family friendly.ReplyCancel

Learning grammar rules can be difficult and confusing.  My Miss 9 is having troubles understanding and remembering the differences between verbs, nouns and adjectives.  To be honest off the top of my head I couldn’t answer her question of “What is an adjective?”. When I had the parent teacher interviews at the end of last […]

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  • Kylie

    Fantastic idea, I love them, I to have to think about it when the children ask. ReplyCancel

  • Ash

    Hi what a fabulous idea. I can’t seem to access them could you email them to me. Also the fraction and times table thanks a lot
    Over stressed mum
    Ash xxxReplyCancel

  • Trish

    Thank you Katrina – these are a great resource.ReplyCancel

  • These are great! Thanks Katrina :)ReplyCancel

  • It might be helpful to have ‘A Verb is an action or being word’.  When I teach, I also find it useful if students know their being verbs:  am, is, are, was, were, be, been, being.ReplyCancel

  • Meredith

    Lovely looking posters! So pretty and interesting.

    We also memorise our state of being, linking, and helping verbs as a chant:
    are, was, were,
    Have, has, had,
    Do, does, did,
    Shall, will, should, would, may, might, must,
    Can, could!

    I hope I’m not being too smarty-pants, but these things really helped me with my grammar, too:

    An adjective tells: what kind, which one, how many, and whose.
    An adverb tells: how, when, where, how often, and to what extent.

    Hope they’re helpful to you, too.


  • Sunshine n' Giggles

    Fabulous Idea!

  • Jo

    As a teacher it’s great to read your story and hear how much you are helping your children at home. This makes such a difference. There’s only so much we can do with them in a school day, whilst helping their 29 classmates at the same time! Keep up the good work.ReplyCancel

  • danielle

    nice program it is good for kidsReplyCancel

    • Absolutely, it has helped improve the kids knowledge just having on the back of the loo door JReplyCancel

  • […] to help them learn their times tables, which they found to be a great help.  I mentioned in a previous post that I put the adjectives and verbs charts on the back of the toilet door for the kids to look at […]ReplyCancel

  • matauaina

    (oops hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiReplyCancel

  • vivian

    Nice one,it wil really help d kidsReplyCancel

My kids eat a lot of fruit, but there are times where I have over purchased.  Usually I make a nice fruit salad to try and use it all up.  But lately I have been loving our newest appliance as an alternative to using up the fruit. Philips sent me their QuickClean juicer to review.  I must admit I have had a juicer in […]

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  • Kirsty

    Yum, that Milo slice looks great. Think I’ll have to try it this week :)ReplyCancel

Welcome to the another ‘Love it, Like it, Link it’ Blog Link Party!! If you have a blog please join in the fun linking up below your favourite blog post of the week (only one please) and there maybe a chance you are featured next week. HERE ARE 5 THAT I LOVED & LIKED Shabby […]

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  • Susanne

    Thanks for hosting!  Looks like the office project is coming along nicely.  Can’t wait to see what’s happening next week.


  • desireempire

    Love your features this week Kat.  Thanks for hosting the party.  A great way to get in touch with Aussie bloggers.

  • Domesblissity

    Hi Katrina! Just noticed your linky party. Don’t know how I missed it. Great features. Thanks for hosting.

    Anne xxReplyCancel

  • Oh my Goodness! Thank you so much, Kat. xxxx (That inspiration wall on Secret Mummy Business is amazing. I want it!).ReplyCancel

  • Rachel from Redcliffe Style

    So many great blogs linked up. I can see I am going to be on the computer reading all afternoon. I’d better make a cuppa and settle in. Rachel xReplyCancel

  • Thanks for hosting! I’ve linked one from And Sew We Craft today as well as my own blog – hope thats ok!ReplyCancel

  • Chrissy

    The link to 
    Secret Mummy Business |  My inspiration wall isn’t working. : (ReplyCancel

  • Thank you so much for including my Carrot, Orange & Almond muffins in your Loved & Liked list Katrina – I’m chuffed! 

    PS: The muffins won 2nd Prize at the Country Women’s Association exhibition. ReplyCancel

My office has become a dumping ground for big items that don’t have a ‘home’. Exercise balls, a mirror, hiding behind the filing cabinet are old pictures we have taken off the wall and bits of cardboard for kid projects. My next step to organising the office is to remove the ‘big’ items cluttering the […]

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  • Lea

    Our study contains the remnants of a recent children’s room rearrangement. I have to sell or donate a cot, rocking chair and a baby rocker, as well as wait for council pick up to get rid of the mattresses. It’s been in the too hard basket, but I’m going to take photos and get it happening this weekend.ReplyCancel

    • You should Lea, make it the weekend to get ontop of it. Can you use gumtree to donate your items? ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    This SO sounds like my study at the moment – last week I had a major decluttering day in there. Since losing our spare room (it became our daughter’s nursery), our study has become our ‘dumping ground’ – the home for items to be donated, items to be sold, items to be sorted etc. I’m gradually getting there but as you say, it’s the big items that need organising first before I can even contemplate sorting through drawers and so on :)ReplyCancel

    • That’s right, by getting rid of the big items it will help you to work out what you want to make of particular areas, easily access everything around these areas making it to organise the space. Would love to see a pic of your office when it is finished! ReplyCancel

  • Metta4

    At the moment, my study is full of Sunday paper supplement magazines that I want to get around reading one day, loads of old photos that need sorting, paperwork and paid bills that I’ve been procrastinating for too long to do the filing, and general clutter bits and bobs that have no real home in the rest of the house (how do people manage that don’t have a spare room/study … where else does this ephemera end up?) I’ve been sorting through books and CDs this week that are now waiting to be put out for the Garage Sale Trail so hopefully I might get a few dollars out of them? :)ReplyCancel

  • Can’t wait to set up our office/sewing room in Japan! Following this series avidly, thank you!ReplyCancel

    • I’m so excited for you and can just imagine all the gorgeous fabrics you will find over there!

  • Suse_T

    I am at the moment a SAHM, but by profession an accountant. You will never guess which room has the most clutter at my house. The office is the one I procrastinate on so often. It is my dumping ground for all things I don’t want Master5, Miss3 and Master 10mths to touch, plus all the normal office stuff. It also has my sewing cabinet stuffed in the corner.
    Today in the bit of time I had while Master 10mths was napping (currently teething so very clingy) I organised the paper that was on top of my printer. Only a small dent, but I am making a start.
    Thanks for the motivation ReplyCancel

    • Suse_T

       The amusing bit, in the paper was last years tax paperwork, lodged with the ATO, but not put away in my office and all the stuff for this coming year, which now has it’s own neat little file :)ReplyCancel

    • That is such a great start Suse_T and soon after making small little dents over a few days it will be one big achievement. ReplyCancel