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{Meal Planning} Budget friendly meals

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang I have mentioned before that I am trying to reduce our grocery bill, which is working well.  Last week I put the challenge to you to raid your pantry and create your meal plan around food that has been hiding.  Today I would like to share with you some tips […]

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  • I have started in the last month or so making double batches of meals for the days I am too busy or can’t be bothered cooking. Only hassle is we do not have a microwave so I can not afford to forget. Otherwise I have started to develop recipes that use canned tuna or salmonReplyCancel

  • I will have to check the Coles site out now for some inspiration thanks Katrina.ReplyCancel

  • ahhhh good Ol Curtis hehe It helps working for coles that I can grab his recipes whenever i have a shift and they are so easy!

    I budget and meal plan just like you do it works fabulous for us

  • I cook at least a double batch of most dinners and then freeze the excess in a foil bbq oven tray, then you just pull them out of the freezer and straight into the oven for a quick and easy meal!ReplyCancel

  • I am up for any excuse to see pics of Curtis Stone… oh and the recipes are pretty good too! Am definitely going to give those pastries a go.ReplyCancel

  • Ooh they look so yummy!! I love the Coles website!ReplyCancel

  • ooh yum as always… and beautiful children by the way Katrina!!ReplyCancel

  • busymum

    love your ideas. I’m a shiftworker so always freeze leftovers so hubby can just take out the freezer for his dinner (he also works shifts). Prepare for the week of school by making cakes or pikelets and freezing individual portions, that way kids have yummy snacks for school and I know whats in them. A homemade batch of pikelets cost next to nothing to make and is made with love :)ReplyCancel

  • I make my own pasta sauce with homebrand tinned tomatoes, and puree, I then add vegetables and whatever meat I want to the sauce. It is even cheaper with the homebrand or coles pasta.ReplyCancel

  • Monique

    Thabks for the great tips! I’ll definitely be putting them into action :) thanks :)ReplyCancel

{Free Printable} October 2011 Calendar + to do list

Wow it’s October already.  I enjoy October, not so cold and not too hot.   You are welcome to download and use the October 2011 Calendar & to-do list, a little late due to being busy during the school holidays.  I’ll be back in the full swing of things next week!   What do you […]

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{Inspiration} Book Character Costumes

Book Week Parade Costume Inspiration  Thank you too the wonderful readers that emailed their Book Week Parade Costumes.  This certainly will help with ideas for next year. More costume ideas can be found on my  Pinterest board costumes.  Miss and Mr 7 Thing 1 and Thing 2 – Miss 5, The Little Mermaid. Mr and […]

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{Decluttering} Mt Junk Mail

{From the Archives} Task 28 – Throw away all junk mail Majority of mail we recieve is junk mail.  It is easy to accumulate a mountain of it especially in your busy zones such as the kitchen bench, dining table or the office desk, which makes these area’s look untidy. Take control of your junk mail!  […]

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  • I do this! I keep the catalogue I want clipped up with my shopping list, and recycle when the new one comes.

    I have started taking photos of things in other catalogues and storing on my phone, so I can see what I wanted, but don’t need to keep the paper.ReplyCancel

  • I have a box in the house for recycling when I have finished reading the catalogues they get thrown in the blue box. Once the box is filled or it is the day before recycling is collected I will or get one of the kids to empty the box into the recycling bin.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle K

    It’s amazing how much junk mail is delivered weekly. Not looking forward to the Christmas deliveries. I try to look through it all and recycle what I’m not interested in straight away. We empty our recycling bucket into the recycling bin every second day.ReplyCancel

  • I definitely needed this decluttering task – my mail has gotten out of control :-)ReplyCancel

  • I bring the junk mail in (along with the actual mail) and stand at my bench in the kitchen and sort into three piles each night:

    Bin – envelopes, unwanted catalogues, by-mail junk etc
    Action – Bills to be paid, items of interest, the school newsletter
    File – Items to be kept eg receipts

    Bin goes straight into the recycling as soon as I’m done; action goes into the Action File and file goes into the filing file. Once a week, I sit down with the Action file and the File file and well, action then file.

    I don’t keep catalogues at all. I will rip what I am interested in and chuck the rest.ReplyCancel

  • I did this, this morning too.ReplyCancel

  • I’m pretty good with junk mail. Sometimes it doesn’t even make it inside. I’ll check through the pile sting I’ll put it straight into the recycling.
    Other times I’ll sort through it all while reading the rest of the mail. All the unwanted stuff goes in one pile (catalogues, envelopes etc), catalogues that I want to read go into my inbox tray, and the bills etc go into another inbox tray. I put the recycling out straight away so it doesn’t clutter up my bench.ReplyCancel

  • I sort out what I want to read and throw away the rest then. Then once they’re read, they go out too.ReplyCancel

  • These are great tips! My problem is mainly if I’ve kept a catalogue because I want something from it to remember to throw it out when the sale is doneReplyCancel

  • Kate We go though our inbox area at least once a week. I can then get rid of catalogues that I have kept and no longer need then, rather than having to remember when the sales finishedReplyCancel

  • I photograph the bits from the catalogue and then throw it out. I sit down of an afternoon while having a coffee and sort through them and the mail. Once a week I transfer letters and bills from the Kikki-K A4 archive box to my folder. We have one for each of our taxes and one folder for invoices for the house and another for ideas & stuff. I’m looking forward to having a dedicated space for them all in my house soon. Currently mine sit on top of my Pc an my partners is on the TV/Stereo speaker. Being in a small granny flat we have lots of clutterin such a small space. I can’t wait to have a finished and organised house. Only a month until we move back in but a while until we are all finished.ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    The only junk mail that comes into my house is the Ikea and Howards Storage World catalogues, which live on my desk with post-its marking the things I want. For every other catalogue I use, if I have any interest I may write down items I want with store and sale ending date on a post-it which I put in my wallet and throw once I purchase the item or the sale ends.ReplyCancel

  • D-Nicholson

    This is a great post however I noticed you shop from Woolworths. From what I understand, they don’t support humane farming, etc. might be something you’d like to look into. Thanks for all you post. I love them!ReplyCancel

  • K-Lee

    My 3yo daughter has discovered a love of cutting and gluing using her special scissors. So rather than have her cut up my nice magazines or buying craft paper I keep all the junk mail in a cloth shopping bag with her craft things so she can cut them up to her hearts content. She loves making collages of the different types of items, building room pictures from the house and home store catalogues, making outfits from clothes cut out from the fashion store catalogues. Keeps her happy and saves Mummy some money :)ReplyCancel

  • Christen

    Awesome idea. The only thing is, you can’t recycle shiny paper. Most of the junk mail is printed on this and it can’t be recycled into anything else. I am a primary school teacher and recently went on a school trip to a recycling plant in East Melbourne where they taught us that. Bummer.. Great for giving to your child’s teacher though when they do a unit on money though! :)ReplyCancel

What is Pinterest all about?

Pinterest…. I pronounce it pin-terest.   Follow me on Pinterest here What is Pinterest?  Pinterest is a virtual pinboard.  It allows you to store and organise (known as pin) images you have on your computer, find on the web or in the Pinterest application itself.  Images that may inspire you such as quotes (yes […]

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{Cleaning} Clean rubber bath toys

Cleaning Bath Toys We all love them, rubber duckies are so very cute and such a fun play toy for the kids in the bath.  However, they and all other rubber bath toys get the horrible black build up inside.   How to clean rubber bath toys: Squeeze out any water sitting inside toy. Fill […]

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  • Also to stop water getting in there u can hot glue gun the hole up. ReplyCancel

  • fantastic tip I have two duckies that need a decent clean – thanks!ReplyCancel

  • You read my mind, i was trying to work out how to get them clean yesterday when i had to veto the toys from bath timeReplyCancel

  • Kirrily

    I cleaned mine last week by sucking up the bi-carb and vinegar mix (while it was still frothing). Worked a treat and I had great fun. It also didn’t require any soaking time, which was handy.

    Vileda also have a tile and grout scrubber which I love for cleaning around the suction cups on non-slip bath mats etc. It’s a bit firmer than the Tupperware one you use.ReplyCancel

  • I solved the problem years ago by not having actual bath toys, I give them a couple of the little Ikea snack bowls and cups a spoon and a small funnel and they have a ball with the bubbles! Afterwards I just wash them with the dinner dishes and put them away. No manky toys and no extra clutter in my bathroom!ReplyCancel

  • I put ours through the dishwasher once a week, the heat kills al the mould and germs. Has never destroyed a duckie and we have some toys for 9 years!ReplyCancel

  • Thank you so much for your tip!!! I hate that black stuff floating in the bath!!!ReplyCancel

  • we just bought more; our others were disgusting and not cleanable! lolReplyCancel

  • hehe, this has been on my “to-do wishlist” for over a month now :)ReplyCancel

  • Anna

    Wow! I didn’t know you could clean them! I used to just throw them out, now I just buy toys that don’t have the hole……. But my kids have the most fun with a plastic cup I use to rinse their hair with….. Go figure!ReplyCancel

  • My usual method of cleaning plastic bath toys is to throw them out and buy new ones! I’ll be trying this next time…much cheaper. lol.ReplyCancel

  • I’m with you LisaW, the soft ones with holes can’t ever be cleaned well IME … I try and stick to hard plastic stuff I can clean properly and piff any stuff we get as gifts when it needs a clean.ReplyCancel

  • I’ve found the best thing to do is put a blob of silicone over the hole when you first get the bath toys ;)ReplyCancel

  • Caz Pen

    With our bath toys – I pop whatever can handle it into the top drawer of the dishwasher & then only have to handwash a few! Fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • tanz

    what about using bleach? is that too strong?ReplyCancel

  • Shobana Sathiya

    thanks yaar i thought to dispose it two days back.. nw i got gud ideaReplyCancel

  • Brooke

    Another tip I have heard, but am yet to test, is to pop silicone into the hole to stop the water sucking into them in the first place… thinking of giving it a go as then they should float properly too!ReplyCancel

    • somebody else just mentioned they do this and it works for them, such a great idea to stop the mould.ReplyCancel

  • andorose

    we have started filling the holes with silicone, works a treat, no moldy
    bath toys!ReplyCancel

  • Heather

    We filled all our bathtoys holes using a glue gun and shared details over an our blog. Welovebeingmoms.blogspot.comReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth

    Milton…is magic for this. Once a week I put all the toys in the bath, put in enough water to submerge everything and add in some milton. Suck the water with milton into the toys and leave it all for at least 10 minutes. It has worked wonders on the mermaid dolls ensuring there is no mould through their hair etc. Simple, easy and sterilised.ReplyCancel

  • Vinegar is the best for any moldy situation! I have a squeeze bottle that has an 80% vinegar/ 20% water solution that I use to clean walls, ceilings, windows and toys. Fab for the bathroom too :) JosieReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I love vinegar too! Such a great cleaning agent for so many things!ReplyCancel

  • Vinegar is great. It is natural and does a wonderful job of killing the mold. We soak lemon or orange peels in vinegar to give it a more pleasant smell when cleaning the mold.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh i like your idea of soaking lemon or orange peels in vinegar. Great idea!ReplyCancel

{Meal Planning} Chicken with mushroom sauce

  It has been such a wonderful, but busy week.  I took the kids to watch the Smurfs, not sure who loved it more, me or the kids?  It made me feel like a kid again just hearing the theme song.  Then, late last week we set off on a 13 hour drive to Forbes […]

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{Guest Post} A house of order

This is a guest post by Naomi, from the blog Seven Cherubs. Often I have people come to my house who are totally shocked that nine people live here.  Not too many people say it, but some people. They are amazed at how organised it is. Notice I did not say how ‘clean’ it is. […]

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  • I love this idea and I picture so many bags from my house going. One question I inherited my mums clutter boxes of her 6 kids kids lives of things we made to casts and all that in-between stuff. I moved a year ago and go rid of much of her things as hard as it was but how do you part with the stuff that has a sentimental attachment? I am becoming my mum I have kept loads of my sons school things it’s a huge deal for him to achieve things as he has a disability so how do you choose what’s important on these items?ReplyCancel

  • Have been planning to do just thatReplyCancel

  • Marita

    I hear you on decluttering working.

    Our grade 6 class has a once a term collection by Southern Cross Recycling to pay for their graduation (they get about 20cents per kilo). So I started saving up all our recycling to contribute to school. But it adds so much to the clutter having big pile of recycling building up. So now I get rid of it straight away and just save stuff for a couple of weeks before the grade 6 recycling collection day.ReplyCancel

  • I do something quite similar, but I have to admit I am a bit sneaky about it. My kids are hoarders (the complete opposite of me) and want to keep every scrap of paper that ever enters the house, so I tend to pick up a bag once they are in bed and have a go around the house. I manage at least a bag a day, and I only have 3 kids!

    We have started packing for our big move to the country and I have a box set aside for things we don’t want to take, so that they can be donated. Packing up and moving house is a great way to evaluate what you actually want and need!!!ReplyCancel

  • I love that idea! We gather a lot of clutter as well and it can be so frustration, so I’m always throwing things out and cleaning up! I love the idea to throw out a bag a day!ReplyCancel

  • I only have 3 in our house and I still struggle with all the “stuff”…. am definitely going to give this a go. Thanks for the great tip Naomi.ReplyCancel

  • I tend to do a big declutter every few months, but it makes sense to do a little each day. Might just try the bag idea and get on top of the piles that are slowly growing. Thanks :)ReplyCancel

  • Just an idea, encourage your little ones to wrap nana & pop’s, aunty & uncle’s presents in special child created kindy paintings and drawings, doesn’t hurt as much as throwing them out. ReplyCancel

  • Love this idea im a bit the same just recently when i went through all the clutter in my room i had a plastic bag on my bed and i was BRUTAL i just chucked it all in and forgot all about it

  • Great post! I do the same. I have a garbage bag that sits in my hallway cupboard and I fill it with clothes the kids grow out of or that we don’t use etc… and every month or so I take that to the salvation army.
    I also throw away something everyday when it comes to kids toys, papers, books etc – things that haven’t been played with for a while or that I find behind the couch etc….
    My motto is clean as you go….throw out things on the spot rather than waiting until it piles up!ReplyCancel

  • Great post, Naomi. I do this as well. I’m very liberal about tossing stuff away and am slowly, very slowly, teaching the rest of the family to be less hoarder-like.ReplyCancel

  • I’m very big on throwing things out regularly, but I’m not as systematic as that. Great idea, I think I will start doing this :-)ReplyCancel

  • To Alyeesha Lee …. Take photos. Store photos in a few different places. Eg on comuter, on external drive, on CD, on DVD, print the photos and store in a shoebox or other box.ReplyCancel

  • Robyn

    I have 8 children and do almost the exact thing, but I use a box. Every week without fail there must be boxes of goods that leave our house. We are always blessed with other people’s no-longer-needed-goods, but the house quickly fills up. I always say that our house is tidy, not necessarily clean!ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for all the lovely comments ladies and I so love your additional suggestions…awesome work!ReplyCancel

  • Mumof 2

    Great idea. Something we tend to do in our home is gather toys the kids are outgrowing and anything else lying around the home and list them on sale sites eg. Gumtree. Free to list, local to your area. Make a couple of dollars with things that are no longer of use to your family and use the money putting it towards things you now need..ReplyCancel

  • My family is tiny compared to yours, but this would be a fantastic system for me too. We have far too much crap. Recently I was going through the boys’ rooms and got quite ruthless (I’m generally very sentimental). Joel was the one holding back.

    But then come house inspection time (we’re renting) there’s always a panic, because we just have too.much.stuff and nowhere to keep half of it.

    I might try this, see if a day at a time manages to escape Joel’s notice.ReplyCancel

  • I so agree with your bag method – I do it too. I have also put up new Ikea expedit shelves – if the books and dress ups don’t fit in it – then there is way too much and time to bag some for friends and charity. Clutter can be so overwhelming, thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • What a simple but fantastic idea. Great post. I try & declutter every few months but really should try and do it more regularly to keep on top of things.ReplyCancel

  • Leisha

    I love this post! We have a garbage bag that either hangs off the back of the front door or is near the front door on a hook. Everytime we come across something that is no longer fitting or used or loved, it goes in the bag/s. Once a week that bag/s goes to the charity shop. During school holidays we have a massive reorganisation of the kids’ rooms and a big declutter (especially now to October) in time for the new lot of goods being received over Christmas. The kids and I do it together so that I can help teach them “how to organise” for when they need to be able to organise their own homes.ReplyCancel

  • Great post, Naomi! I so agree that too much clutter can weigh us down. When i lighten my load, i also lighten my mood. ReplyCancel

  • Great idea Naomi! I am going to start doing this tonight!

  • Julie

    Awesome post, we have a family of 7 visiting us right now. I am soooo glad I have nagged and organised the life out of kids (at times) and that they know how to
    1. clean up after themselves,
    2. behave in someone else’s house and
    3. Ask! (for help, for permission, for things that don’t belong to them)
    * I do understand that our guests are visiting and that everything is new to them, but a LITTLE manners wouldn’t go astray!!

    Its nice to hear my kids say to me, “thank you for nagging and teaching us”ReplyCancel

  • Narelle Peake Fousketakis

    I love this idea… we are having a de-cluttering this week. It is really a freeing experience. Study is a complete mess and well 4 kids with toys – drives me nuts that they just leave stuff everywhere.ReplyCancel

{Inspiration} 10 ideas how to repurpose a cot

We sold our cots in a garage sale, however the clever ideas below really make me wish I kept onto them.  My favourite would have to be the table with storage, very creative. Table with storage {image credit} Bench seat {image credit} Another bench seat {image credit} As a desk {image credit} Use base to hold craft items […]

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  • Wow some people are so creative but the best way to repurpose a cot is to have another baby ;-)ReplyCancel

  • I love the table with storage and the craft storage, plus the childrens desk :)ReplyCancel

  • Oh how I’d love to be creative!! Great ideasReplyCancel

  • I really like the craft one, a grest idea, could always go to op shop to buy an old. These ideas are great.ReplyCancel

  • Oh wow! How wonderful, so many ways to reuse a cot! Yay, I can’t wait til our youngest is out of it now! heheReplyCancel

  • We r going to pick up a cot from the side of the road today that i spotted yesterday turning it into desk for my sons. Can’t wait.ReplyCancel

  • I have just used my cot as a craft storage on the wall. I love it!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Just sell it when u have finished using it!! Turn it into cash!!ReplyCancel

  • Oh thanks for these ideas, I might have to find a creative use for mine. Jo I would love to sell it and get a bit of extra cash but I doubt anyone wants to buy a cot that’s been through the floods!ReplyCancel

  • How cool do they look my son could be out of his cot soon and I don’t really want to get rid of it as it is a beautiful boori one could be converted into a day bed.ReplyCancel

  • i dont need any ideas need another cot tho hahahahaReplyCancel

  • Just in time ……. Cot was going to the tip today, not now :) just have to decide which one i want to makeReplyCancel

  • Fantastic idea :) Is there any ideas for change tables ReplyCancel

  • oh i wish i had kept our cot now!ReplyCancel

  • I’ll find some for you Erin :)ReplyCancel

  • I don’t like that scroll bar thing that moves to the middle of the page all the time very annoying and I would close it and it would come back :(ReplyCancel

  • Thanks TOHW, that would be great. I have a solid timber change table from Australian wood. ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    I am going to reuse my change table as shelves for my girls’ bedroom …. that way they can use the top part to change their ‘babies’. Plus it is on lockable wheels so it is easy to move to vacuum.
    My cot is going to go to my mum’s place so she has a bed/cot for little grandkids to sleep in!ReplyCancel

  • Some very clever ideas.ReplyCancel

  • fantastic recycling ideas. Now all I have 2 do is choose what idea I am going to use:)ReplyCancel

  • oh I love love.. got rid of one cot but still have the other.. might see if I can get inspired to do something with it!ReplyCancel

  • Thankyou for featuring our kids craft desk in your round up! :-)
    Erin – I saw a great idea for repurposing a change table into a children’s tool bench on Pinterest the other day (didn’t save a link sorry!), they had shortened the legs to lower the table top and backed it with pegboard to hang the tools from.ReplyCancel

  • Im with you Bec. Im using my iphone on fb. Its annoying when ur trying to scroll in the page but directed to another page. Oh well i should use my laptop to see it properly. ReplyCancel

  • Great Ideas, put together well and finished with great taste! I love your site!

    Ron and Pat HarrisReplyCancel

  • I didn’t repurpose our cots, but the lovely timber changetable has been a brilliant Island bench in the kitchen with shelves underneath to keep the everyday crockery, glasses etc close at hand for 4 years now!Just put a new top on !ReplyCancel

  • ooh the crib end chalk boards are cool! Pity our cot is still in use!ReplyCancel

  • oh that is gorgeous. Never ever thought of doing that! I so wished we still had our babies cot :)


  • Helen

    I found your blog via Pinterest – tonight is my little girl's first night in her 'big girl's bed'. I'm absolutely going to have a crack at the storage table – I need something like it for the kids play room :-) ReplyCancel

  • ana

    Thank you this is awesome, was just about to get rid of my kids cot..ReplyCancel

  • You might like to give your cot to a family in need. If you live in Melbourne St Kilda Mums work together to collect and sort donations of baby and preschool children’s clothing, toys, books and essential nursery equipment.

    These items are then re-distributed by Maternal and Child Health Nurses and Family Case Workers from dozens of welfare agencies to families across the city of Melbourne, Australia.

    They believe that by reusing and recycling much loved babies and children’s gear, they not only share the joy of motherhood with each other, but save the earth’s precious resources too.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy

    Great ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Tegan

    Like the table. Place a board on it and use for trains, blocks etc. That way they never have to be put away and no one will tread on them.ReplyCancel

  • Misty

    My Hubby repurposed our change table buy removing the fancy bits and keeping the top and second shelf to put inside our sons wardrobe for shoes and puzzles.

  • Jennifer Wardrop

    I changed a baby changed table into an awesome drinks table.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Wardrop

    Im trying to put a pic up to show you all, but it might not be working like i hopedReplyCancel

  • Not the cot, but I have plans for our changetable to become a kitchen trolley once we stop using it. I love the table above – how cool.ReplyCancel

  • Utterly Organised

    I love this post!! I am definitely going to have to share this one x

    Allison @ Utterly OrganisedReplyCancel

  • Heidi Johnson

    We used ours as a dog bed because we had elderly dogs and this was just the right height for them after  adjusting. We cut off the legs and took off one side and left the mattress on it and then put their dog beds on top. ReplyCancel

  • [...] The Organized Housewife is a blog written by an Australian lady that I love reading.  Today she shared images of repurposed cribs or what the Australians like to call “cots”.  Abi is still using her crib and it can actually be made into a toddler bed so we will be holding on to it for a very long time.   But this gives me even more ideas of what to do with it later. via via [...]ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    Hi we were given a old cot but ended up getting a new one,we made the old one into child gates works a treat and also we had a metal gate but my little one got her leg stuck no such problem with the cot one!You wouldn’t even know it had been a cot ReplyCancel

  • Brilliant ideas ladies. I love your smart thinking. just wish i seen this last I just put my old cot on verge collection. wot a pitty. lolReplyCancel

  • i know what i will be doing with ours now…how have i never heard of you…ReplyCancel

  • Jessica

    My son is still in his cot but as soon as he s out, I planned on taking the side off & solving my horrible habit of dumping the clean clothes on our bedroom floor & leaving them there. Turning the cot into a table to sort the washing with some baskets etc & thanks to this I now know what to do with that side I was taking off – towel rack inspired by quilt rackReplyCancel

{Craft} Creative activities with paintchips

When I want to paint a wall I always pick up from the hardware store paint chip colours I like, blu tak them to the wall, everytime I walk past I eliminate 1 or 2.  But then, I end up with a big stack of paint chips.  I have found some really fun and educational ideas […]

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{Craft} Kids handprint painting

Painting your handprint is such a simple and fun acitivity for the kids. I was amazed at how many creative ideas there are. Most of them super easy and so effective. Visit your local newspaper factory and purchase a roll of their paper (last roll cost me $13), then create your own wrapping paper with […]

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5 Boredom Busters for Kids

Boredom Busters for Kids 1. Bead straws to create a necklace or bracelet {image credit} 2.  Create fun drawing with chalk on the footpath {image credit} 3. Create some plant pals {image credit} 4. Play moon tennis, so much fun! {image credit} 5. Cereal box mail, send letters to each other {image credit}  What is your […]

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  • Kate

    When we get bored we make goop! All it is is corn flour, water and food dye. It has the strangest feeling its runny but hard and my son loves it! To add to the experience we get his plastic dinosaurs and he stomps them around in it.ReplyCancel

  • I made my kids ‘I’m bored’ jars. They decorated a biscuit jar but you could use anything, & filled it with boredom buster tasks on note paper. They can only choose 1 per hr & have to do the task. We wrote down things like run around the yard sideways, draw a picture, have an icy pole, clean yr room, cook with mum, about 35 tasks. My kids LOVE them! ReplyCancel

  • Claire Bailey

    I put up a tent in the lounge room and they go camping. Give them a lunch boxed lunch or popcorn and they make themselves up a bed, take in some books, close the curtains and give them a torch and so on. If they are older, let them put the tent up themselves.ReplyCancel

  • Fiona Walker

    We go Geocaching when we get bored and when ever we can – it’s so much fun

  • I am so doing the straw threading and moon tennis, must add those supplies to my shopping list this week! I think both the almost 3yo and 8yo will like them.

    I really want to try geocaching!ReplyCancel

  • Chalk drawing is always a great option and it washes off next time it rains. I really love your plant pals, very cute!ReplyCancel

  • Maree

    I give the kids a cup of water and a fat paintbrush and let them “paint” either on the side of the house if you have a brick house, or on the pavement, rocks, steps etc. Works great in 2 ways, they have fun and they wash they house/walkways etc at the same time and have fun doing it :)ReplyCancel

  • Your Dad

    What we used to do when travelling way before modern technology, was ‘I spy with my little eye ‘ was a subject or object in the car or room and others had to guess what it was ,was fun .ReplyCancel

  • One of the games we would play in the car on a long trip was a word game. Hubby would start by saying a word like ‘cake’ and the next person had to say a word beginning with the last letter like ‘elephant’ the next would maybe be ‘tack’. This game can go on forever. lol The kids would sometimes bring a dictionary to try and stump Dad with words that ended in x or z. Lots of fun and they learned new words too!ReplyCancel

  • Great ideas – shall definitely pinch the straw idea. Just like Maree in your comments, we often get out paintbrushes and water in the backyard. Or a spray bottle or mini water can and water the plants, or blow some bubble. Generally – send them outside!ReplyCancel

  • Leila

    I love straw necklaces, mainly because they are cheap and easy to do and we can always recycle them into another day of threading/beading.
    I recently had some left over macaroni from a meal and added a few drops of food colouring to it in a small clip lock bag, then seeing the excitement of my Mr3 we got another packet out of the cupboard and coloured that in various colours too. Now they can bead with it, create art work via pasting and do various other things.

    Normally when i am looking for boredom busters i go for playdoh, quick simple to make and i can tailor the colours to the children, add glitter when we have it and know that the ingredients are safe if my children eat it.ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    Where can I find the instructions for the Plant Pals?ReplyCancel

  • brella

    Thanks for the fantastic ideas to keep the kids occupied.

    This is a great little site for printing out huge wall sized maps. The sheets print out in order so it is really easy to put together.

    You might want to add this to your list of websites.


    • Wonderful what a great website, it will help with kids homework in the future that’s for sure!ReplyCancel