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Welcome Spring

It’s spring, a brand new season to enjoy.  Time to open windows, allow the fresh air to circulate through the house, dust off your outdoor furniture and clean the pool! The Organised Housewife Cleaning Checklist will help you with your spring cleaning tasks, allowing you to check off accomplishments once finished.  However, over the next […]

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  • oh good 2 jobs I don’t have to do :) no pool no outdoor furniture lol I’ll sit & enjoy the weather ….ReplyCancel

  • If you are only just cleaning the pool for the first time since winter, your pool will be in trouble! Using our solar heating we got our pool up to 25 degrees the other day – swimming season is upon us!ReplyCancel

  • Kate @ Puddles & Gumboots

    We’re having a big spring clean out this weekend. I love the spring! Beautiful photos :-)ReplyCancel

  • You’ll be surprised Jo, alot of people let their pools go during winter. We have solar too it’s all ready to go!ReplyCancel

  • Started my spring cleaning yesterday. It helps that I am pregnant and have an uncontrollable nesting urge and an urge to purge my house of unnecessary clutter and ‘stuff’! But I love that feeling that each room in clean from head to toe and dust free!ReplyCancel

  • Hazel Edwards

    Help we have wooden blinds through out our house whats the best way to clean them please?

  • Tanya

    just to let you know the link on this page to the checklist isnt working :) TanyaReplyCancel

{Meal Planning} Zucchini and cherry tomato tart

This is a guest post by author Susan Austin, from Frost Bite. Each month I would like to featrue a Meal Plan from a reader, if you are intrested please see more details HERE.  About Our Guest Susan Austin is the mother of three gorgeous girls and the author of “FROST BITE: Easy Cooking for Your […]

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  • Kate @ Puddles & Gumboots

    Mmm yum such gorgeous food! Those zucchini and tomato tarts look especially great :-)ReplyCancel

  • Helen-gran

    I don’t have a blog or webpage, but I do have a meal plan.
    Monday: Honey Ginger Chicken (adapted from a slow cooker recipe from Best Recipes website;
    Tuesday/Wednesday: Honey Sausage Tray Bake (only 2 of us, so does 2 nights). From Recipes+ March 2001 via Taste website.
    Thursday: Creamy Tomato Pasta Bake (sauce jar) with added vegetables.
    No pictures, sorry!
    Thursday: ReplyCancel

  • The zucchini and cherry tomato tarts look delicious. I might try that out next week! Love reading your menu plans each week. Just gives me new ideas on what I can cook. :)ReplyCancel

  • Learncreatedo

    those tarts look yummy!ReplyCancel

  • meljewel

    hi where is the links for the above recipes esp that yummy looking marshmallow mars bar slice?

{Inspiration} Beautiful colour combinations

I am planning to do some painting this weekend, revamp the kids toy room and repair a few holes in walls which means a complete repaint of the whole wall.  I have found some great inspiration for colours from some of these colour boards below.  All these images are from And finally….below is my inspiration for […]

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  • Erin

    Wow they are to die for!!! I can’t even pick a favourite!!! My favourite colour combinations at present are black, white, hot pink and pastel pink. These are the colours of my darling girls first birthday themed carnival party!!!! ReplyCancel

  • Kate @ Puddles & Gumboots

    Wow I just love colour samplers. So pretty. I liked the meringue inspired one, no I liked the orchid inspired one, no I liked the….I could go onReplyCancel

  • I like your final choice – I thought it would have a bit of that Carribean BLUE that u like in it!! HeheReplyCancel

  • Dorette

    Love the “bottled”, “agate” and “wound” palettes! Aren’t your kids lucky! Please add photos when it’s all done.ReplyCancel

  • Absolutely love these – will have to share <3ReplyCancel

  • Fareehaz

    teal, always :)ReplyCancel

  • Loving all the colour schemes. Can’t say which is my favourite though, each time I scroll down, the next theme seems to draw me in!!ReplyCancel

  • Mypigeonpairblog

    There are way too many to list!! But I love neutrals with a hint of pastel!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    Hard to pick a fave, but when I saw the meringue inspired colours, I instantly wanted them for a nursery for my bubby – if we had a nursery, lol. Oh, bugger it, I’m sure hubby won’t mind putting up with those colours in our room will he? :)ReplyCancel

  • Anne Faughlin

    I would also have chosen “wound”. Love to see the room finishedReplyCancel

  • Hannah

    My bedroom (master) is spring pollen! ReplyCancel

{Giveaway} 4MyEarth – Lunch wraps and pockets

This giveaway is now closed – congratulations to prize winner Wendy S. We are celebrating The Organised Housewife winning AusMumpreneur Best Blog 2011 with a few giveaways, this is the second giveaway for the week!! Recently our school selected a few classrooms to participate in a litter free lunchbox program.  Miss 6’s class was a […]

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  • Mel_proctor76

    My favorite product is the stainless steel drink bottle as its stylish, practical and doesn’t change the waters taste like most drink bottles, easy to carry & lightweight. ReplyCancel

  • Cartzy5

    It would have to be the stainless drink bottle, no more plastic bottles containing bpa – save our health & environment !! All Great products though.ReplyCancel

  • Kylielowrie

    I love the sandwich wraps, as they are so easy to use, no sticky plastic, and no waste!ReplyCancel

  • Kylielowrie

    I love the sandwich wraps, as they are so easy to use, no sticky plastic, and no waste!ReplyCancel

  • Zoeanne21

    I love the sandwich wraps best! Not as bulky and heavy as a sandwich keeper and easy for little people to use :)ReplyCancel

  • Zoeanne21

    I love the sandwich wraps best! Not as bulky and heavy as a sandwich keeper and easy for little people to use :)ReplyCancel

  • Nichole Atchison

    I love the sandwich pockets. They look like a great way to avoid wasting the number of zip lock bags we go through in this household!ReplyCancel

  • Jess Frisch

    I have been using the pockets for ages now with the kids lunches- and have even been know to steal them on occasion myself- the pockets are great for rice crackers, bread for toast, bikkies- all great on night duty at work, and with the knowledge I am doing just that little bit to save our earth!ReplyCancel

  • Jacqueline Holden

    I like the sandwhich and snack pockets. What a great idea. The bright colours for the kids to like, and I like how I would be saving money on not having to buy zip lock bags, whilst helping the planetReplyCancel

  • Janelle

    I cannot decide which like more the sandwhich pockets or the lunch bags. I have spent so many $’s on plastic lunch containers to try and reduce my packaging but in the end they break and it becomes landfill anyhow. This way no landfill AND easy cleaning. Terrific idea and great product.ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine

    Lots of great products but I particuarlry love the lunch bags, lots of colours to choose from, my favourite is
    ” peace & love” ReplyCancel

  • Tonyandvic

    Hard to decide but i think the lunch wraps are probably my favourite. Not only do they look like giftwrap (enticing for picky eaters) but they look easy to open and the fact there is no rubbish created is awesome. :)ReplyCancel

  • Hayleybehrens

    The Lunch wrap looks like it is a winner in my house. I have used enough cling wrap for my daughters lunches in the last 7 years to go to the moon and back. Brilliant idea. One of those ideas that I wished I could have come up with. :-)ReplyCancel

  • If I were a kid and found a Lunch Wrap in my lunch box I would feel so special! Goodbye to the cling wrap and hello funky!ReplyCancel

  • Alimitch81

    I love the sandwich wrap because I hate messing around with the cling wrap it always sticks onto itself and gets me annoyedReplyCancel

  • Siti

    I love the canvas shopper bags because then I don’t end up with a bagful of plastic bags taking up space at home and never get used. At least with the canvas bags I can put it away neatly ready for my next shopping trip.ReplyCancel

  • Nee Say

    Love the snack pocket – very easy for little fingers. Our kindy is cling wrap free & I hate ziplock bags – seems such a waste for 2 biccies.ReplyCancel

  • Love the Sandwich Wraps, my husband is not a fan of cling wrap and as such will use a huge amount of alfoil to wrap his sandwiches. This would save both time and money when he makes his own lunch!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    I like the Sandwich Wrap as it save on $$ and the cling film can be fidderly for the young ones plus it is like a nice little plate.ReplyCancel

  • The sandwich wrap is AMAZING!!!! What a fab idea!!!ReplyCancel

  • The sandwich wrap is a great idea as it isn’t bulky – and isn’t clingwrap!ReplyCancel

  • Love the sandwich wrap, am amazed no-one has thought of this before, looks easy to clean, great for the environment, saves time messing around with cling wraps, the type of personalised lunch box accomaniment that my Daughter would love! Well DoneReplyCancel

  • Mel J

    My favourite would be the stainless steel drink bottle. We swapped over to those a few years back & I couldn’t get them in Australia. I’m really glad to find somewhere local I’ll be able to replace them! I can taste the difference.ReplyCancel

  • mandy

    sandwich wrap is a great idea youd save money big time! ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Rayner

    I can only pick one thing? OH! There are awesome ideas on that site … but I guess I’d say the snack bag (in butterfly print, for my girly girl). I don’t use clingwrap on her sandwiches, placing them in a tupperwear container instead, but her snacks cause me issues (I can’t get the right sized tupperwear containers). However if I win I would definately use it ALL!ReplyCancel

  • Lynley Muller

    I love the Sandwich wraps, Words on Navy. Goodbye glad, HELLO Sandwich bags!! :D ReplyCancel

  • Carol Kesson

    The sandwich wrap is a fantastic idea. The long term benefits for our health & the environment are priceless!ReplyCancel

  • Kerry James

    The sandwich wrap – what a funky idea!ReplyCancel

  • The sandwich wrap for sure, apart from the obvious health & environmental benefits, my son would love opening a present every day!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    I love the snack pockets as they can be expanded for big snacks or used for little snacks too. I hate using wrap or chunky containers for the little snack I take out for my 1 year old.ReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    The snack pockets are great. Always looking for a small container that can fit chunkier items in! Great ideas here!ReplyCancel

  • Belkent

    Oh the lunch bag. My Miss 2 would love it. She loves carrying little bags and it would be great for her to carry her lunch into daycare.ReplyCancel

  • Erica Hunt

    Wow the lunch wraps look awesome. What a fab idea. Have a lovely weekend. ReplyCancel

  • Kris-whitman

    I am loving the idea of the sandwich pockets and snack packets – easy for little people to manage, environmentally better than snap locks and less clutter in my handbag than a container when I (inevitably!) end up having to carry everyone’s stuff!! :)ReplyCancel

  • I would like to get the value pack, but if I had to choose just one I would go the sandwich pouch. Great idea. I will be getting some for when my eldest starts school next year.ReplyCancel

  • Annie Jennings

    I think my favourite product would have to be the sandwich wraps and pockets – I love that there are lots of designs to choose from. My Miss 8 is a blue girl so there is still a girly blue design to choose from which is fabulous – well done 4My Earth :))ReplyCancel

  • Natalie B

    Definitely the wraps and pockets – I love the Words on Navy design, and if I had to choose one to buy, I’d get the sandwich wrap (or the value pack!)
    I’ve been wanting to buy some sort of reusable wrap like this for ages, but was dubious about how ‘food safe’ they really are – and so love the fact that these wraps and pockets are proven to be PVC free, Non-toxic, Heavy metal free, Phthalate free and BPA Free!! Woohoo, ticks all the boxes!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Ann

    love the sandwich wraps, my kids have snack wraps for the first time today. I like them because they are less bulky than containers as i always pack waste free but find their lunch bag can end up too big and heavy!ReplyCancel

  • jaie

    my favorite would be the snack pockets they look really versatile for different snacks and would save trying to find a container to fit snacks in, and would take up less room too. love the birds design !!ReplyCancel

  • Cass

    I love the sandwich and snack pockets, especially in the One Earth pattern. They’d be perfect for my son to use at school.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy S

    I love the Combi van wraps, I’d have to buy the whole set of course!ReplyCancel

  • Oh how to choose just one fave product! I love the Produce bags <3 and Organic shopper :)ReplyCancel

  • Emmycam

    I love them all really – but I reckon my favourite would have to be the canvas shoppers. They look so durable and functional, better than the store bought green bags. Good job 4MyEarth. You motivate me to be a better earth carer! ReplyCancel

  • Alanna Gregory

    Love the snack pockets – I use ziplock bags every day and now its time to change! Bring on litter free (or at least less litter) lunches!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Boulter

    Love all the products so unique and eco friendly. My favourite would have to be the snack pockets followed closely by the wrapsReplyCancel

  • Steph

    Love the snack pockets and would love to try them out – i think i’ll have to order some!ReplyCancel

  • Alyce Ismail

    I love the lunch bags – the handles are a great idea :)ReplyCancel

  • I love the sandwich wraps and snack pockets. We have plastic lunch boxes and snack containers here but they always manage to be dropped and needing to be replaced at least once a year per child… with 4 the cost goes up and i have worked out it would have been cheaper just to use sandwich bags over the last 12 months. Design wise, i’d have to go with the Butterfly, Cars, Skate Boy and Commando ones, something individual for each.ReplyCancel

  • Yay it worked :) Needed to swap from Chrome to IE to be able to post (for the others who were having issues posting here before perhaps try this)ReplyCancel

  • Ash Mack

    I love the funky colourful lunch sacks. I like that they have an inside pocket for an ice brick and are machine or hand washable. Perfect for the kids lunches.ReplyCancel

  • Nadine Ismail

    At the moment I would day the stainless steel drink bottle is my favourite, as I’ve been thinking about getting one.ReplyCancel

  • The sandwich wraps are my favourite – colourful, easy to use and easy to keep clean.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Edwards

    I like the sandwich wrap ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    I love the sandwich wraps. Such a clever idea.ReplyCancel

  • SkyeD

    love the sandwich wraps and the stainless steel bottles, gets rid of the need for plastic wrap, doesn’t take up as much room as the rigid containers you can get and no bpa. :)ReplyCancel

  • I LOVE the snack pockets and the sandwich pockets! Awesome idea that allows you to keep food fresh, is reusable (without the fussy-ness of washing ziplock bags) and machine-washable, environmentally friendly AND is funky/fashionable at the same time! Awesome stuff!! :)ReplyCancel

  • they are gorgeous! Love the cars snack pockets, because environmentally & would make the healthy snack excitingReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    I love the sandwich wrap. So colourful and easy for the little ones to open and to wipe clean ready for the next use! ReplyCancel

  • Cyndie

    The sandwish pocket is great!ReplyCancel

  • Chris

    The snack pocket would come handy to pack a handfull of nuts.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Taylor

    I love the butterfly sandwich pocket. Environmentally friendly, and suitably girly so that hubby won’t steal it from me :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim tan

    Awesome idea!!! Reuse and reuse is the way to go!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim tan

    I’m sorry I forgot to add my fav product please delete my other post I’m new to all this I love the sandwich wrap in both boy and girl designs as I have twinsReplyCancel

  • Michelle K

    I like the sandwich and snack pockets. My fave is the blue with birds! Liked x 2. Crossing my fingers for a win lol Thanks for a fantastic giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Ness Schenk

    I like the snack pockets!! We use Tupperware sandwhich keepers for our sandwhiches and wraps, they work really well, but we don’t have anything to put snacks in, the snack pockets would be brilliant!!ReplyCancel

  • Soosall

    I love the sandwich pockets (esp the ‘words on navy’ one)…what’s not to love about them…they’re reusable, one of the few things NOT made in China, and very funky to boot! I’m really grateful to The Organised Housewife for introducing me to such a fabulous idea…I’d never even heard of such things before…they’re fantastic! :)ReplyCancel

  • Roshanna Bull

    I love the sandwich wraps and especially the fact that they come in a range of designs- for big and little, and they can have their own special set in their own design ReplyCancel

  • Gabbyhowlett

    My favourite product is the Snack Pockets, its got endless uses & looks so great :)ReplyCancel

  • Tiff

    I love the sandwich wraps. Such an easy, yet clever idea. I am intrigued by the silk exfoliating towel though.
    Thanks for the giveawayReplyCancel

  • Ro

    I love the sandwich wraps they are awesome!! Anything to save our planet!ReplyCancel

  • Carol

    I just love the print designs, but you can’t go past the wraps, such a fantastic idea. Plus there are so may other products there that I haven’t even checked out yet. I’m going back…ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine1485

    I liked the post and 4MyEarth on Facebook (Kate Ryan) :)

    My favourite product is the ‘Birds’ sandwich wrap

    kate1485 at hotmail dot comReplyCancel

  • Jasmine1485

    P.S. Because I think the sandwich wrap is a great idea, I have snack bags but they don’t hold the sandwich together properly.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah-Jayne

    I think the sandwich wraps are such a fabulous idea!!ReplyCancel

  • Tam

    I’m loving the funky lunch bags, my daughter would actually eat her lunch if she could show this off at school, best part is she wouldn’t even know it was helping to save her planet and future!ReplyCancel

  • Erin

    I love the sandwich wraps! Thanks for a great giveaway Katrina :)ReplyCancel

  • sherman99

    My favourite product is the sandwich wrap. I like how you can personalise their lunch – let the child choose the pattern they want! Whilst being good for the environment. ReplyCancel

  • Ruth

    My favourite product is the sandwich wrap. I use so much plastic wrap & zip lock bags, it is a great idea to be able to reuse it.

  • Malinda

    i love the sandwich wraps and pockets…would make making lunches at night so much betterReplyCancel

  • Yay! I can comment now!!! Have been trying since you opened the competition :)

    I love the sandwhich wraps too but also love the canvas shopping bags. They look so much nicer than the Woolies ones!ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Boan

    The Exfoliating Silk Towel sounds glorious!ReplyCancel

  • Virginia Mason

    The Aleppo Soap for $7.95 would be my pick. We all have super sensitive skin in our family with my husband and daughter prone to excema, this pure soap would be lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Definitely my favourites are the snack pockets and sandwich wrap. Alas I too use glad wrap and the like much more than I’d like :(
    I’ll definitely be buying them (since I don’t usually have any luck in winning competitions ;)ReplyCancel

  • Kirrily

    The sandwich wraps. I use the Tupperware sandwich containers, but they’re no good for larger bread (like Lawson’s) as its really bulky to take 2 containers for 1 sandwich!ReplyCancel

  • Beth Mitchell

    I love the sandwich wrap! I was amazed at the statistics of how much plastic wrap can be saved!ReplyCancel

  • Tegan

    The sandwich wraps love that the we save the land fillReplyCancel

  • Sally

    My favourite is definitely the butterfly snack pockets. So cute!ReplyCancel

  • The lunch wraps (especially the combi van print!)ReplyCancel

  • Mel Teni

    Thanks for sharing 4MyEarth with us! I love their ‘Butterfly’ Sandwhich Wrap… it would make helping our earth that little bit easier:)ReplyCancel

  • Hilary Farrow

    I would have to say that I love all the products, what a great idea and a wonderful thing to be doing. But I do in particular love the combi range of snack and sandwich wraps and pockets. My husband is a big combi fan and now my daughter is too, so this range would be great for us!!!! Keep up the good work.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    I love the pockets. Currently send my kids to school with their little lunch in a brown paper bag but this way would be much more economical and reduce the amount of rubbish we make. Mother to five.ReplyCancel

  • I really like the sandwich wrap, I already have enough guilt about how much my kids waste at mealtimes, uneaten food, wrappings etc, at least I can know I can reuse this again and again!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline Kelly

    Stainless Steel Drink Bottle – at 800mL, it is perfect for a short hike and is BPA free.ReplyCancel

  • Karin Williams

    I just LOVE the wrap! So versatile. The wonderful thought of Never having to gladwrap another sandwich ever again. Im heading over now to buy some. Just imagine if everyone in australia had just one, we would save our mother earth we all call home.ReplyCancel

  • kerry santillo

    The wraps are fun and funky and the kids would love to use these, they might actually eat their lunch !!!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Corbett

    The stainless steel drink bottles look great! Something I need so I can take it to Tafe.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Connell

    I love the reuseable lunch bags and the sandwich wraps – so cute and yet so functional.ReplyCancel

  • Kirrili Weightman

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea of the sandwich pockets…what a perfect way to create litter-free lunches. The lunch pack deals are going to be awesome Chrissy presents.ReplyCancel

  • the sandwich wraps are a great idea, as easy to use as a nappy but the contents are so much more pleasant … I’d hopeReplyCancel

  • Barbara N

    LUNCH SACKS – perfect for work, play and schoolReplyCancel

  • amanda

    The sandwich wraps, what a fantastic idea!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Fairbridge

    I love the lunch snack bags. I have 4 kids the youngest being 3 and 17 months so these bags would be great for trips out.ReplyCancel

  • Zoe Shelford

    My favourite item would have to be the Commando print set as my son is rather attached to his commando hat and would definately make sure he eats all his lunchReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    Wow – I’ve fallen in love with the sandwich wrap. What a great environmentally friendly idea, I know what I’m now getting my little boy for Christmas!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    I have 2 kids in primary school and love all of the wraps and pockets, plan on purchasing a value pack for each of them and maybe some for hubbys work bag too – They are fantastic!!!ReplyCancel

  • Likes all ’round, and loving the stainless steel water bottle. I have one, but think the whole family should own one!ReplyCancel

  • Katya

    I love the lunchbag – so i can put all the little ones food on our daily trips!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle O'Callaghan

    I am in love with 4MyEarth’s sandwich pockets and wraps!! They would be totally perfect for all my kids’ school snacks!!
    Their school calls for nude lunches, which is hard when the expensive lunchboxes always break. Looking at this website, I feel I can safely say that purchasing any products could never be a mistake.
    Thanks for drawing my attention to them The Organised Housewife!! =)ReplyCancel

  • tracey westwood

    My favourite item is the butterfly snack pocket. I buy snacks in bulk to save money but then put small portions into plastic snap lock bags. These would help me save some extra money and help the environment. Great products. Thankyou for bringing them to my attention.ReplyCancel

  • fiona

    I love the artwork on the girl lunch wraps I like them as much kinder to the envriomentReplyCancel

  • Michelle Airey

    My favorite product is Sandwich Wraps & Pockets i wish i had seen it 10 years ago cause i would of saved heaps of money instead of fiddling around with plastic wraps and my kids trying to open it up at school cause i used so much of it then they go chasing it around school cause its blown away what an excellent ideaReplyCancel

  • Lucy McL

    I love the sandwich wraps, my daughter seems to always have trouble opening containers but this would be so easy for her!ReplyCancel

  • the wrap what a brilliant idea!ReplyCancel

  • Kirstene Freidman

    Sorry but I don’t have a favourite product yet! Only just found all your great products. My kids school has every Wednesday as ‘zero waste day’ and I have been putting their sandwiches in a paper bag. Unfortunately they say the bread is always dry. Would love to win your products for my kids!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Callahan

    My favourite product is the sandwich wrap. Not only does it help the environment, but imagine the amount of money I’ll save by not buying plastic sandwich bags every fortnight!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Harris

    I like the lunch bags. Not only are they practical but they are really cute too!ReplyCancel

  • Tanya Safianski

    It’s just amazing how gladwrap can be so tricky for the young ones when it comes to luch time, lucky for your amazing new wraps you have here chldren all over with be able to eat their lunch with ease and know they are doing their part for the environment.ReplyCancel

  • I love that funky black and white lunch sack! great for my daughter for whom pink is no longer cool – and i could use it too :)ReplyCancel

  • Faye Berry

    As a teacher, seeing the sheer volume of rubbish disposed of during lunch breaks makes me LOVE the lunch wraps and pockets- I think they are a great way to start change form ‘the ground up.’ KIds would see other kids with these cool and funky wrappers and would talk to each other about them- passing on the message of the importance of reducing our waste and caring for our precious Earth!ReplyCancel

  • Amy stevenson

    I think the lunch bag is great and you could use for many other purposes as wellReplyCancel

  • Gael Macpherson

    I love the sandwich wraps and snack wraps. My kids don’t take pre-packaged food to school/kinder, but I do wrap their sandwiches, etc to keep them fresh. Would be great to do away with that.ReplyCancel

  • Kim Pankiw

    My favourite products would have to be the ‘Butterfly’ snack and sandwich pockets, my 3 year old daughter would love this in her lunch box for daycare. They are great for little fingers unlike clingwrap and great for the environment. What more could us mums ask for!ReplyCancel

  • kristy Sweeney

    I really like the Organic shopping bag, its a big enough bag to fit all my fruit and vegetables in.ReplyCancel

  • Betty

    Love the sandwich wraps, so simple yet effective. I think also the conversation it generates with her classmates which is always a great thing as they have plastic free days to try and encourage exactly what your products provide. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Hall

    My daughter is starting school next year and I would love the sandwich wrap, it looks so versatile for such a great range of healthy food to take to school. Also if she starts off using the sandwich wrap it will be what she will be use to from day 1!! Also a plus for me, no more fights with the roll of cling wrap when it gets tangled or stuck to itself and then not stuck when you are wrapping the food up!!ReplyCancel

  • Fiona Stoddart

    I adore the sandwich wraps. Have been looking for them for my children. I don’t use plastic wrap but think these would be so effective for my 4 kids to use at school :)ReplyCancel

{Meal Planning} Hubby is cooking!

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang I have a wonderful husband who helps around the house when he can (he works really long hours).  I’m fortunate that he helps cooks dinner on weekends.  I love having the night off cooking, even a night off ‘thinking’ what to cook for dinner is a bonus.  His signature dishes are […]

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  • My hubby will also cook on a Saturday night often. His menu is a bit limited, although he’s getting better. His speciality though is pizza, and he really does a great job of a gourmet pizza, even making the base from scratch everytime. My two sons love it when Daddy cooks, but not half as much as I do! ReplyCancel

  • Louise Allana

    My partner doesn’t ‘help’, he ‘does’! And he does cook every evening, apart from when I tell him I’m cooking, since he’s not very conscientious with the rest of the housework so this is our way of evening up the responsibilities somewhat.ReplyCancel

  • My Hubby cooks every Wednesday and our 13 year old daughter cooks on Thursdays. I dont mind the cooking every night (actually I quite like to cook) its the deciding what we will have every night that gets to me!ReplyCancel

  • Almost 10 years ago John & I did a “swap” when I got offered a great job opportunity which meant that I was working looong hours & was interstate quite a bit. He became Mr Mum for 4 years. When I left, we both got other jobs, but since then he still helps cook & clean the house. Was the best thing I ever did… only wish I could train lazy teenagers to do the same… Oh well, I live in hope & keep trying!!! If their Dad can do it…. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Forgot to say that I think Mr Organised Housewife deserves a medal for letting you photograph him!!!! Other husbands probably wouldn’t be so obliging!!! Send him a pat on the back from me!ReplyCancel

  • My husband cooks a roast every sunday night.ReplyCancel

  • My daughter has been cooking most of meals for the last 2 months and hubby has cooked the rest. This comes to an end soon as she is starting a full time course. I have had so much extra time, as she has done all shopping and meal planning including lunches.ReplyCancel

  • jaie

    my partner works away 2 weeks on and 2weeks off (challenging at times with 2 young children 1 and 7), but when he is at home he is always helping around the house whether it is mopping, vacuuming, washing up or even hanging out the washing (suprise). I do prefer to cook , on the off night that i dont he will.
    i love your site katrina it really does help motivate me through the 2 weeks being a single parent, so thank you!!ReplyCancel

  • Dorette

    My husband is a fantastic cook, but doesn’t cook much at all these days with long days at work. I am always amazed how quickly and effortlessly he can whip up a tasty meal using whatever ingredients we have in the house and he’ll be done before you know it! Making dinner is an ordeal for me. I get flustered, frustrated, confused and angry trying to produce even the simplest meal. It takes me ages, it never tastes all that great, and I just don’t have the knack to do it in a productive, logical manner. AAAAARRRRGHHH! I keep trying, though…! In saying that, I can make a mean spinach & feta pastry! ReplyCancel

  • My husband is cooking dinner tonight. I won’t get to enjoy the tasty meal he prepares because I’ll be out with my friends. Thanks Husband for giving me a night off :-) ReplyCancel

  • Joolzmac

    The first paragraph of your post could have been written by me. I too am lucky to have a hard working hubby who loves to cook on weekends. Gus will attempt pretty much anything now so we never know what we might get! He is a cooking show junkie like me so we spend a lot of time watching Food Safari, Poh, MasterChef, Gourmet Farmer etc. It really is nice to have the weekends off from thinking ‘What’s for dinner?’!ReplyCancel

  • Joolzmac

    PS Well done Mr Organised Housewife – fantastic job!ReplyCancel

  • Oh how I crave a night off cooking… my husband is FIFO so isn’t exactly available to give me a night off!ReplyCancel

  • I would LOVE for my husband to cook!! I will keep dreaming!ReplyCancel

  • Alyce Ismail

    My hubby IS the cook! So much better than me. And we love apple in our salads, pear is also good!ReplyCancel

  • Well done Mr. Organised Housewife. Your meal looks great.
    I’ll have to check out the Curtis Stone recipes.
    I’m lucky that my husband is a pastrycook who is currently on his 2nd year of a chef’s course at TAFE. He loves cooking.

  • Well done Mr. Organised Housewife. Your meal looks great.
    I’ll have to check out the Curtis Stone recipes.
    I’m lucky that my husband is a pastrycook who is currently on his 2nd year of a chef’s course at TAFE. He loves cooking.

  • Lauren Lowe

    gotta love using the iPad as a recipe book. I do it all the time! :)ReplyCancel

  • Hubby cooking???? In a blue moon like when I’ve given birth that day maybe…. In distant past he would cook spaghetti with Tom and garlic… But was put off when it went wrong a couple of times…ReplyCancel

  • I don’t have a hubby, but my boyfriend (of 5 years who I live with) cooks more than I do. He cooks me dinner at least 3 or 4 times a week. It’s always something delicious too, like steak, or homemade pasta, or marinated chicken. He is the best!ReplyCancel

{Giveaway} Healthy Charts

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to Tania R for winning this prize. We are celebrating The Organised Housewife winning AusMumpreneur Best Blog 2011 with a few giveaways, this is the second giveaway for the week!! This chart is made for children, but I secretly have been using it for myself recently too to keep me […]

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  • Chantelle

    I would love to win this my daughter who is 7 has started to write down when she does exercise and what she eats so she can see how much “bad” food and “good” food she eats :) I would love her to have something like this.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Musumeci

    I would love one of these charts because I have a fussy eater (who loves charts) and think that this would help her to eat healthier foods, especially fruits and veggies!!ReplyCancel

  • Jamie

    I would like to win a Healthy Chart to make Healthy Eating fun for my Little one! And make it easier for me to know what is “good” and what is “bad” plus showing the daily serving sizes for age groups is fantastic, as it’s hard to tell what is enough and what is too much. ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Mc

    I would love a magnetic chart to encourage my boy to eat healthier things – might help keep me on track too ;)ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I would love a healthy chart! As a busy working & studying Mum with a 2yo & 4yo, and rheumatoid arthritis, it can be difficult to keep track of anything, much less ensuring how much fruit, veges & water our girls are consuming. A Healthy chart would make it so much easier for myself, my hubby & the girls to keep on track, and would be fun for the kids too! ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Donaldson

    I would love a Healthy Chart not just for the kids but for myself! I also think it would be great to encourage the kids to try new foods, they tend to be good eaters but will stick to the few favourite fruits and vegetables.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Donaldson

    I would love a Healthy Chart not just for the kids but for myself! I also think it would be great to encourage the kids to try new foods, they tend to be good eaters but will stick to the few favourite fruits and vegetables.ReplyCancel

  • Kgraham_81

    I would love to win the Healthy Chart as i have a 14 month old baby (first baby) and im running out of ideas for meals for him and also a little unsure as to how much of everything he should be getting each day, like you i would also like to use it for myself to help me get healthier too, thanks :)ReplyCancel

  • Kgraham_81

    I would love to win the Healthy Chart as i have a 14 month old baby (first baby) and im running out of ideas for meals for him and also a little unsure as to how much of everything he should be getting each day, like you i would also like to use it for myself to help me get healthier too, thanks :)ReplyCancel

  • Gabby

    I would love the HeathlyChart as I’m a Family Day Educator with several families in my care, this resource looks great (better than my homemade one) and the families would be encouraged to eat and drink the same at home as the children do in the careenvironment. The children encourage the families to do this by showing their parents and grandparents their healthy choses for the day as they take the parents hand and show them the resource on the wall. I think it is a great idea you can keep on track! Gabby ClappisonReplyCancel

  • Gabby

    I would love the HeathlyChart as I’m a Family Day Educator with several families in my care, this resource looks great (better than my homemade one) and the families would be encouraged to eat and drink the same at home as the children do in the careenvironment. The children encourage the families to do this by showing their parents and grandparents their healthy choses for the day as they take the parents hand and show them the resource on the wall. I think it is a great idea you can keep on track! Gabby ClappisonReplyCancel

  • Star Concepts - Olivia

    I would love this as it is such a great educational tool for little ones on what is good to eat. If I can instill this in my daughter whilst she is still young then hopefully for the rest of her life she will lead a happy and healthy lifestyle and pass it on to her children to. I love how bright and interactive it is. She would just love it. Thanks OliviaReplyCancel

  • Star Concepts - Olivia

    I would love this as it is such a great educational tool for little ones on what is good to eat. If I can instill this in my daughter whilst she is still young then hopefully for the rest of her life she will lead a happy and healthy lifestyle and pass it on to her children to. I love how bright and interactive it is. She would just love it. Thanks OliviaReplyCancel

  • Amee Bassili

    I am a full time mother of 5 between 3 & 8 y/o, and this would be perfect for me to encourage my older children to eat healthier, which then always encourages the younger ones to follow suit. 2 of my children are fussy eaters, so i think this is the incentive to get them to eat healthier, as i have found job charts and discipline charts have helped in the same way, with stickers. ReplyCancel

  • Amee Bassili

    I am a full time mother of 5 between 3 & 8 y/o, and this would be perfect for me to encourage my older children to eat healthier, which then always encourages the younger ones to follow suit. 2 of my children are fussy eaters, so i think this is the incentive to get them to eat healthier, as i have found job charts and discipline charts have helped in the same way, with stickers. ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    I would love to win a healthy chart, as it would be fun and educational for my nearly 2yr old son! And my 7yr old daughter i am sure would love it too :-)ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    I would love to win a healthy chart, as it would be fun and educational for my nearly 2yr old son! And my 7yr old daughter i am sure would love it too :-)ReplyCancel

  • Debbie Stoppa

    I would love to win one of these amazing charts to help my children ‘see’ what a great job they are doing. This would be a fabulus way to help encourage them to be healthier as well as teaching them about better choices. While they are still young it is the perfect time to get them into the habit of healthy eating.
    My children seem to do better when they have something visual and this would be an invaluable addition to our days, not to mention a huge help to me when it comes to getting them to eat well (something that they struggle with).
    What a great idea!!

  • Im not able to comment on the blog post???ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Trounson

    Love, love, love this product! I’ve already liked their page before. I haven’t got a healthy chart, but I do it in my head most days like a crazy person. I would love to win one…I’m constantly worring about my Miss 2, if she’s getting enough goodies, she’s got numerous food allergies so it takes a bit of thinking about to get all the right stuff into her! XXReplyCancel

  • Same here… do we leave a comment on your blog? Many thanks!ReplyCancel

  • My children (5, 3.5 and nearly 2) would respond really well to the clever visual prompts in the healthy charts. We try to get them to eat lots of different colours each day – and this would be a great incentive/prompt.ReplyCancel

  • Hayleybradley

    I would LOVE to win a healthy chart as a busy single Mum I find it difficult not only ensuring my three year old and one year old eat healthy, but for me to set a good example for them.ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    It looks like a fabulous way to get my 2-year-old to identify various foods, and want to eat them!ReplyCancel

  • Reneemills90

    i think this would be perfect for me and my family especially as my child is just leanring the importance of healthy food and helps us keep on trackReplyCancel

  • Reneemills90

    i think this would be perfect for me and my family especially as my child is just leanring the importance of healthy food and helps us keep on trackReplyCancel

  • I have 2 fussy eaters 4 & 2. I find it so hard to get them to try new food, this chart would be fantastic and I love that you can help them with how much water they are drinking. I think both my daughters would benefit so much from this chart. My 4 year old is starting to understand the concept of healthy eating but needs help to try new foods and i think if she was able to keep track her self it would be amazing!!ReplyCancel

  • kaz

    being a part time student, part time worker and full time mum/wife/cook/etc it can be so hard to keep track of looking after yourself – and the kids, the hubby, the dog.. the healthy chart would be such a great addition to our family – it would help me out a great deal, and everyone else in the family!! afterall – how can you look after anyone else if you dont look after yourself!!!ReplyCancel

  • I would love one for my 5 yo, He has become very aware of eating good foods and even made his own eating healthy reward chart lol!!! He would LOVE this and will keep the little one on track too :)ReplyCancel

  • Rebeccawayne1

    My daughter is great at eating dinner but during the day all she wants to eat is junk. This chart I hope could help me to get her into a good eating habit during the day and just maybe she will stop asking me for lollies and biscuits all the time!ReplyCancel

  • Good nutrition is an invaluable lesson to teach at an early age. If they can get a good foundation when they are young, it will stick with them as they grow. (not to mention teaching the oldies in the family a lesson!!)

  • I’ll be honest, my son eats really well, it’s me that needs the reminder!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Vize

    Since being diagnosed with T1 diabetes my son has become a terrible eater, trouble is he must eat a well balanced diet that includes regular servings of carbs and free foods in between. I am constantly spending great lengths of time and trying new strategies to get him to eat. These charts are so visuaul abd bright, it may just do the trick! ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    I would love to win a chart. My twin 6yo boys need some incentive to see how much (or not enough!) fruit & veg they eat. I’m sure this would be a great visual incentive. ReplyCancel

  • This would be perfect to try and get my sons eating back on track! Commented on blog and fingers crossed! Good luck all!ReplyCancel

  • Moniqueknight1

    I have started the whole healthy eating at home and it a big lifestyle change for my family, this would make eh transition for my kids not seem such a effort if I can’t make it fun for them. Love the sandwich ideas would have never thought of them, the ladies in the office love them also.ReplyCancel

  • Kirrily

    Could THIS be my saving grace? My sanity remaining intact? OMG I completely lost it last night at my 5yo, 3.5yo and 22mo. What is there to not like about Sausages (Failsafe), pasta with melted cheese and carrots, corn and peas? Seriously! They are just such atrocious eaters. I am losing my mind, my patience, my tolerance, my EVERYTHING! Last night, it was so bad that I had to remove myself from the situation and demonstrate to my precious cherubs, putting myself in timeout because my behaviour was NOT acceptable! I just don’t know where my DH and I are going wrong with the whole eating dinner thing. You name it, we’ve tried it (unless it involves unhealthy food). We are big believers in Sue Dengate and the FED UP community, so my children are almost always offered meals that would not only be considered healthy but are homecooked and mindful that they do not contain or minimise where possible the ‘naughty numbers’. Today I am looking for solutions…could THIS be it??? Looks great! I THINK we may be in need of this chart!ReplyCancel

  • Kristy McGeechan

    This would be fantastic for my 2 1/2 year old, he is becoming more knowing of everyday things and this would be perfect to teach him what we need to eat each day and encourage him with choices.ReplyCancel

  • col

    wow what a great idea this is! I know it’s for kids but it would be great for the whole family to use (especially me as I’m not too good at keeping up with my fruit & water intake each day …)ReplyCancel

  • Kerry-anne

    I love the FussyEatersMum’s blog. In fact she introduced me to the wonderful Organised Housewife :-)
    I have an ‘eating challenged’ 6.5yo boy, who I think could seriously give ‘The Fussy Eater’ a run for her money. We have sensory issues and a multitude of other issues to deal with, but the eating challenges have been the bane of my existence for 5.5 years now !!
    He responds to rules and charts, but I have not found one that engages him enough.
    I have a cupboard full of rejects now !! I have always been tempted to get this one and did see it a while back at an Upmarket and it looked great.
    Anyway – if not successful this time, I think I’ll just have to bite the bullet and buy this one.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    It always a struggle at all meal times to get my daughter to eat healthy some times anything at all these sharts look so eye catching and fun im certain they would help her eat well and even get me and my husband eating better. I would love to win a chart!ReplyCancel

  • I love charts, it’s kind of my thing to keep organised and nothing would make me happier than to be able to keep my family super healthy with a new chart!ReplyCancel

  • < this where we comment? Healthy Charts will help soooo much in my house!!!ReplyCancel

  • no please comment on the blog. Some people are having troubles. i’m trying to fix it at the moment, if I don’t fix before school pickup will try again tonight.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    I would like the healthy chart for me as well as the kids. I constantly worry about what the kids eat and drink. And i would keep me on track with my eating and weight loss.ReplyCancel

  • Katie L

    This is exactly what I am looking for for my 6 year old son! THis would be the perfect way to get him to understand and encourage him to eat a healthy diet. I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Oh goodness I would love one of these for my middle child! He is the fussiest eater *ever* and this looks like a fun way to encourage him in the right direction.ReplyCancel

  • Thanks- will try again when I get home :) ReplyCancel

  • Kristen V

    I would love one of these! My almost 5yo boy is a great eater but I would love to start teaching him how to make healthy food choices for himself, as well as keep track for myself as there is only so much I can remember in a day! I’m always hearing ‘but Mum, I’ve already had an apple/orange/pear/yoghurt today!’, oops! It will also get a lot of use once our baby girl is old enough too. Thanks for the opportunity to win this Katrina, and well done on your win :-)ReplyCancel

  • Alyce Ismail

    I’m running out of different ideas to feed Jonathan! He’s still a messy eater, so during the day I try not to give him anything too messy, and end up giving him vegemite sandwiches, cheese sticks and sultana bran buds… hmm, not much variety! I think something like this would provide ME with the visual cues to get some variety into his diet!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    I would love to be able to cook my children something other than potato bake. It is the only thing I can serve that I know they will eat. My daughter is fanatical though about completing her reward chart so this would probably help us all!

  • Loved what you said about you secretly using it, because when I first saw these on your blog maybe a month ago I thought, “hmm.. I need this for ME!!!”. We’re the best role models for our kids, so i’d love this as a visual to prompt me, as much as to help teach my son’s healthy habbits!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Rayner

    These charts look like just the thing to keep my sons eating habits in balance. He is a carb boy, really, & this would help teach him about all the different food groups & what are acceptable amounts to eat each day.

    And lets face it – a visual reminder for *us* is always a good thing too!ReplyCancel

  • TwoHands

    They teach a lot of things at school but healthy eating seems to be left to the parents to teach/argue/debate. Any help in teaching my kids about all the food groups is more than welcome!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    My eldest who is 4 will not touch any fruit or veg….I mean ANY! He reacts like a piece of fruit will poison him. This is a great idea to be able to visually show him the importance of fruit and veg, as constant nagging is just not working (go figure!)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    My eldest who is 4 will not touch any fruit or veg….I mean ANY! He reacts like a piece of fruit will poison him. This is a great idea to be able to visually show him the importance of fruit and veg, as constant nagging is just not working (go figure!)ReplyCancel

  • Kerryn Elliott5

    this looks like such a great idea that the whole family could use, and i would love to implement it in my newly formed family to teach our kids right from the beginning how to eat, drink and exercise properly and regularly…as mummy and daddy have only recently started this ourselves, so it would fit in perfectly with us :) ReplyCancel

  • Khoneybrook

    A colourful, fun and interactive way to show my girls the importance of eating their vegetables which is a daily struggle at the moment!ReplyCancel

  • Erin

    Oh, I would love to win this for one of my friends who has a DD3 who is terribly fussy, who will only eat chicken nuggets, honey sandwichs and vegie chips. I really think she would benefit from a visual guide and this is fan-tab-ulous! ReplyCancel

  • Traceylbailey2011

    Brilliant idea. Everyone needs reminding now and then, & what a great way to encourage kids to get involved & be responsible for their own eating habits.ReplyCancel

  • I have 2 young children, my son is 4 and my daughter is nearly 2. 1/2. My son could chart what he eats and I know he would learn to enjoy eating healthy and learning about what foods are good for your body. AND as a added bonus my daughter would see what her big brother was doing and because she copies EVERYTHING he does she would want to eat healthy too. So in a way one chart would benefit both my children. (and maybe teach the grown up a thing or two)ReplyCancel

  • Kellie Marsland

    What a wonderful tool for the entire family. I could see my 6year old girl in particular responding very well to this chart. A great positive way to encourage healthy eating. Just what I have been looking for :)ReplyCancel

  • Tracey_patrick00

    Luv this idea. Fun way to get the littlies to learn the importance of good eating habits.ReplyCancel

  • Tegan

    Wow its working now. It said before that we needed to slow down on the comments made me giggle. Thanks for the sharing this great idea and giving us the opottunity to win oneReplyCancel

  • I would love one of these so I can keep track of what and when my son is eating and drinking. Having a visual reminder like this would make it so much easier.ReplyCancel

  • Tonyandvic

    I need one of these for Miss 5 and Master 3 because currently Little Miss 9mths eats a more varied, healthy and greater amount each day than her siblings! :)ReplyCancel

  • Malinda Blair

    I need 4 healthy charts! One for each of the kids and one for ME!! Hard to track the fruit and veg my daughter and twin boys eat some days, often I forget about myself.ReplyCancel

  • Koolsisters

    We would love one of these charts as I think my 3 year old could learn even more about healthy eating be seeing it and being involved in keeping track of what she eats. Great, bright fun charts :) ReplyCancel

  • sunny

    Having a preteen girl and a little one this would be a great way of teaching them responsible choices and give them a visual tool to prompt them to make good choices…and it can be a healthy competition between the two of them lolReplyCancel

  • Amanda Hunt

    I’d love to win this. We grow our own veggies which does help with getting them to eat them but not all the time. This would encourage that even more!ReplyCancel

  • Tania Robertson

    Hi, I’m a single mum who works 7 days a week and studies. (I often describe myself as a full time mum who just happens to be in the Air Force.)(I work 7 days a week so I am able to pick my son up from Prep each day and I make up the hours on the weekend) My life is crazy but it needs to be right now so I can ensure a secure future for my very independent and extremely intelligent 5 year old. He is my world.
    But I’m failing him. I just can’t seem to get him to eat and enjoy healthy food. I made him a reward chart for his behavior and he loves it and I know it works. Which is why I know a healthy chart will work. We would really love to win this prize. I hope everyone has a great day, and finds 2 minutes to make your child giggle xxxxxxReplyCancel

  • I’d love this chart to get me back on track. In my sons first few years I was very strict with his dietry needs, but now he is four and a half I have noticed I have become a bit more relaxed (a bit too relaxed!) and this would be a fun way to get back on track for both of us.ReplyCancel

  • Sara LaBroad

    Wow what a fantastic idea! i had no idea these exsisted, i have the most fussy 5 year old to ever grace the planet, a chart like this might just do the trick!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty @ My Home Truths

    This is a wonderful idea! I struggle with my 7 y.o son to eat well (he has high-functioning autism and has bland and restricted tastes) so having a visual chart that he can also actively be a part of updating would be ideal. I also admit I do not know the correct dietary intakes for each age group so this would be very handy for me as well…!ReplyCancel

  • Lynette

    Hi , I would love one of these for my son , he has Delayed Bone growth and we have had trouble with his eating since he was very young , he responds well with charts and this one is fantastic , I love love your blog and look forward to all the great hints and stories that you post . heres hoping I win …LOL Cheers Lynette ReplyCancel

  • Amanda-collins

    With all the external pressures of being the perfect weight…I want my three girls to understand how to eat for their health, and not emphasize the less food-less weight concept that is so popular today.ReplyCancel

  • Malinda

    I’ve been eyeing off these charts for a while now. My nearly 5yo has become a fussy eater and I want Her to see that she should be eatingbetter foods. ReplyCancel

  • elissa

    When I came across these charts a few weeks back I was really impressed. Such a fantastic idea. I have two daughters. My 5 year old will only eat something if it is ‘healthy’ which is wonderful but try taking her to a party… My 2 year old on the other hand spits out anything that is not sweet. It’s a tough time at the dinner table at the moment and I imagine a healthy chart for each of the girls would help them to see the extremes of what they are eating. ReplyCancel

  • I think education and incentive are the way to go with fussy eaters, the Healthy Chart provides both of these.
    I would love to give it a try!ReplyCancel

  • Siti

    The Healthy Chart will be able to help to show all the good foods and hopefully it will make the kids want to eat more of it instead of the non-healthy foods.ReplyCancel

  • Kimmy

    I think I any product that encourages children to eat well is fantastic and would ive to win so I can easily teach my children the importance of healthy eating.ReplyCancel

  • Dorette

    Good morning! My oldest son (5) thrives on positive praise, acknowledgement of good behaviour and being made to feel like he is making good decisions; can contribute; help out and be responsible for things. This chart will be perfect. Not just for his diet & health, but also for his self esteem.ReplyCancel

  • suz

    I have just done a massive overhaul of my cupboards and fridge getting my 2 boys involved in deciding what heathy and what’s not. This would help us in a huge way to keep track of their healthy intake. The boys will love looking at the chart and deciding their healthy foods to eat. I think it will help a lot with some “behavioral problems” we are having at the moment also :-)ReplyCancel

  • Heather

    Hello! I think this is a great tool for encouragement of healthy eating habits as well as exercise. I’ve been looking at buying these charts to encourage good decision making however finances are not easy to come back at the moment with my husband being currently out of work. Would be great appreciated to recieve one for free so that I can still help my son make good choices through positive reinforcement. ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    Good morning Katrina, another great giveaway offer (congrats on the AusmumPreneur win!). I’ve just been diagnosed with high cholesterol and it has made us as a family realise that although we eat very little junk food we are eating the wrong amounts of the right foods! My 5 yr old is very aware of good and bad foods, but I can’t help thinking we could do with a little help and a chart would reinforce that I think. Been thinking of making one of my own up actually. Good luck everyone :-) (just read that back … sorry about all the ‘thinks’!!!)ReplyCancel

  • Helen P

    My just turned 7yo daughter has just started to make and pack her own lunch so a Healthychart would be fantastic for us as she loves to make sure she takes a healthy and tasty lunch to school. She would also enoy making sure her little brother, Mum and Dad are also eating healthy food! ReplyCancel

  • Corinne

    This would be great for helping educate both myself and my 2 year old! Thanks for the chance to win!!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    What a fabulous idea for everyone in the family including myself as a grand mother – often giving snacks & meals to the little ones in my life – this will reinforce that I am doing the healthy option. ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    What a great idea,it is hard sometimes to keep track of what your little ones eat, this is one way of keeping track, and to educate both myself and my little one.ReplyCancel

  • Stacey

    what a great idea! not only for myself but my fussy 4 year old, which i have to hide fruit and veg in to get him to eat any!ReplyCancel

  • Emmycam

    Being coeliacs, it’s sometimes easy to go for the high sugar, fast option – it’s harder to think “inside” our coeliac box. So something like this, which is fun, easy and really functional would be very utilised in our house! And magnets are so much fun! Great idea. ;-) ReplyCancel

  • Melly

    What a great idea! With 3 little boys we are kept very busy and I know we don’t eat enough of the good stuff. A simple, instant way of seeing what is going into our mouths each day would definately improve our diets. Being bright and attractive, I’m sure the boys would enjoy eating more fruit and vegetables so they can “play the game.”ReplyCancel

  • Erin

    What an awesome giveaway! With two very fussy little girls who love their carbs and not much else (they think plain boiled rice is a treat!) this would be great to have in our house.ReplyCancel

  • Cass

    Fantastic giveaway! I struggle to get my kids to drink enough water throughout the day. This chart/system seems the perfect way to get them drinking their way to a healthier lifestyle.ReplyCancel

  • Merlindie Fardone

    Look forward to using this chart with our family, the boys will be very excitied to see what they will / should be eating on any given day.ReplyCancel

  • Agjeffrey

    This chart is a fantastic idea, to help get my daughter more involved in what she’s eating and putting in her little body! It would be fantastic for myself aswell:)ReplyCancel

  • Mel_proctor76

    Wow what a great idea, encourages children & even adults to take responsibility for what they are eating & putting into their bodies, helps them visualize what & how much they are eating. A trait that stays with you for life, making for a healthy well balanced child & then a healthy successful well balanced adult ReplyCancel

  • Natalie B

    My 8mo DD is getting into the eating solids thing, and I’d love to encourage her right from the word go to eat a healthy, balanced diet. This visual chart would be an excellent way to achieve that! And hmmm, yes, I would definitely be using it too!ReplyCancel

  • I think this would save my life! I have an extremely fussy 4yo and i think this would make it alot easier to get her to try and to eat healthier foods, We struggle every single day :(ReplyCancel

  • i thought i was giving the kids a nice balanced diet, ok we don’t have vegetables every night, we do a weekly junk food night (sometimes it is home made burgers and chips etc but still our junk food night) this week the primary school decided it was healthy week for the kids, set them challenges to get outside and active for the kindy kids (NSW Kindy is first year of primary school) and for the yr 6 class they had to keep a one page journal of their vegetable and fruit intake as well as their physical activity. I had to sign off on both sheets… EPIC FAIL… not only did the kids not get enough fruit or vegetables this week, they missed their bus on one day so spent the afternoon sitting inside my dads business watching television until he finished work and could bring them home at 6pm!!! then we visited my grandmother so they spent the afternoon sitting in the loungeroom entertaining her.
    It is my mission next week to ensure they get their 2 serves of fruit a day (for the Yr 6 stuent this is hard as he doesn’t really eat any fruits!) and their min of 5 veg… this chart would help me note down the veg the kids have had and pinpoint some of the foods i should and could hide veg in to get intake up.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Edwards

    The charts look great would love to try them out on my two children. ReplyCancel

  • Karen Edwards

    The charts look great would love to try them out on my two children. ReplyCancel

  • Robyn Hutchins

    OMG, what a great product. Perfect for reminding me what I should be eating to lose this baby weight :)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle K

    My DD11 has 4 hours of dance lessons a week, and I think this would be a fantastic way to help her realise how much good food she should be eating to replenish what she dances!ReplyCancel

  • Pjmjbartel

    I need order in my life- and I am hoping by these helpful charts, the kids will learn a respect for order. A great idea! Congrats on the blog win!

  • Shandi

    These would be a great way to encourage my very fussy toddler to eat better,and for my 5 yr old to understand about the choices he is making.ReplyCancel

  • Waywad

    I would love one of these for my kids. I always wory that they are not getting what they need and my 4 year old is vey interested in healthy eatingReplyCancel

  • Rachel A

    We are struggling to keep our almost 5 yr old twins weight under control. This would be such a great way of helping us and helping them. It’s so difficult to achieve a balance between trying to ensure that eat well and also trying not to make a big deal out of weight issues and make them overly concerned. The healthy chart could be just the trick! ReplyCancel

  • sherman99

    My son doesn’t drink enough water either. I would love one of these so we can track it and he can see how much he is having!ReplyCancel

  • Nikki

    as a working mum with two direct selling businesses I would love this to encourage the children to eat a little more adventurously, Thomas really responds well to this type of encouragement so I hope we win the chart it could change all of our lives for the healthier!! ReplyCancel

  • Malinda

    what’s not to like about these charts….would put the onus on the kids to make sure they are eating the right things!ReplyCancel

  • Josie

    Kids love ” tangible” examples/demonstartions of things and this health chart is an awesome way to teach them the values of healthy eating!! with 4 kids in the house ( and a hubby with a penchant for “unhealthy” food) this chart would go down a treat – they might even teach dad a thing or two!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie

    I would love this chart to be more accountable for what food my two boys are eating, and at the same time, to encourage them to try new foods by rewarding them when they eat food other than the standard carbs/fruit that is normally consumed in our house.ReplyCancel

  • Zoeanne21

    A great Visual reminder for kids and parents alike… I know I need reminding!!!ReplyCancel

  • Emily Smith

    After a substantial age gap between my now middle child and my youngest who is 9 months I have realised that while the kids are eating their veggies they are unlikely to be reaching their quota for the day. I believe that this chart will bring some fun & incentive into healthy eating in our home and encourage a balanced diet.

  • I want my children to have the independence to make their own choices when it comes to food. To know when we need to eat healthly and when it is okay to have a treatReplyCancel

  • Bluepurplemoon

    I need to start leading by example so to start this chart would be for me – the kids can get one later! I’ve recently lost significant weight on the Dukan diet but during the weightloss stage fruit and vege are not consumed daily. I need to get my kids seeing how it should be done. Fantastic idea!ReplyCancel

  • My 4yr old has always been a fussy eater, we successfully toilet trained him with a rewards chart, and have given him a chores chart also. I never thought of a food chart before and this just might be what he needs to start eating better.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I would love to win this as it would be a fantastic visual aid for my kids who are on the autism spectrum. This would help them to learn the right food choices.ReplyCancel

  • Sam

    I would love a Healthy Chart!! I have a little 5 year old who loves to eat fruit and salad but not so much vegies and he can be a bit “excessive” with what he likes so the idea of visually showing him the variety he needs to have is fantastic.
    Great idea!!ReplyCancel

  • I would love a Healthy Chart! My daughter is only 19 months old but I would love to start her off properly! It also would probably help for me :)ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Savva

    Even though we are vegetarians in our household it is still daunting to know we are getting enough of the RIGHT foods and nutrients. This will allow me to keep our healthy habit going while ensuring we are not neglecting any of the important nutrients like iron or potassium or even calcium. Just because I think I am eating healthy does not mean I am.ReplyCancel

  • Anna

    I would love this particularly for my four year old. I have found my 10 year old started out really well & they both pretty much do eat everything that is put in front of them but as the ten year old grew older they stopped eating things like cheese, variety of fruit & yoghurt whereas my four year old does eat all these things now & I would like to really encourage him to continue to do so & I believe a tool such as this would help.ReplyCancel

  • Tanya Van Elst

    This chart would help our whole family, particularly my stepdau 7 to keep on track with her healthy eating and my 2 y/o who processes things better with visual aids and is a VERY picky eater :-) As a Speech Pathologist I’m a big fan of the visual reminders!!!! Great idea and thanks to The Organised Housewife for sending me over.ReplyCancel

  • Patricia Ledwich

    A HealthyChart would be would be great for my children to teach them what is healthy to eat setting up a good healthy lifestyle for the rest of their life and with the chart they can see themselves and make choices.ReplyCancel

  • Mal

    Looks great. May help Master 5 drink at school. Thanks Organised Housewife!!ReplyCancel

  • Laura Vince

    We are going through a very fussy stage with our 2 year old daughter,& she is VERY independent! Having this chart would encourage her to eat healthy food,I know she would feel very special having such a bright,fun & colourful chart to look at every day!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl

    I would love this for me! Added bonus of encouraging the kids to and hubby to eat well too! Love the food artReplyCancel

  • Kirrily

    I’d love these charts for my boys. They’re both fairly good at eating a wide range of healthy foods, but my older boy has a very big sweet tooth, and I get fed up constantly having to redirect him to a healthier option. It would be great to indulge his passion for magnets and get him to eat more healthy snacks, wihout the constant requests for a sugary treat!ReplyCancel

  • Luisa McCauley

    I love the chart. I would love one for the whole family to use more veges for all of us would be great.Anything to make it easier to get my children to eat more veges is a bonus the chart would be a big help> Thanks..ReplyCancel

  • Luisa McCauley

    Sorry, I’m to late:(ReplyCancel

  • Mal

    Who won??ReplyCancel

  • Janelle

    My son loves to snack! This would help him to make healthier choices! : )ReplyCancel

  • Yvette

    I would love one of these not only to encourge my kids to try new foods but also so I can see just how much they are supposed to have of each. Plus it would definately be a bonus for hubby and I to learn to eat healthily too.ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    Healthy Charts would be a great tool to not only encourage the kids to eat healthy but remind the parents exactly what the kids should or are eating.ReplyCancel

  • melissa

    dd no.1 is a great salad and veggie consumer…but dd no.2 would rather go to bed hungry!!!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Corbett

    Having to change what my son eats because of his beahavour issues this would be pefect in our house!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Holmes

    These look like a great way to teach my fussy children to eat, and be healthy to boot!ReplyCancel

  • Samuel Ferguson

    Have a new baby sisters, I could give an educational big brother gift!ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    My two girls would love this, my almost 4 year old is always asking what is healthy and what is not, this would be a great way for her to keep track of what she’s eating.ReplyCancel

  • Jodi Geard

    I have 3 young children 2,4 & 6 years. My 4year old boy doesnt eat! Sausages and sandwiches are his limit. I worry about his health. I think these charts would be a fantastic insentive and a colourful learning tool for him. Thanks love your site. Jodi.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    This would complement what my nearly 4 year old is learning in pre-school about healthy eating!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Fairbridge

    I would love this because as a mum of 4 kids aged 17 months to 11 years it isnt always easy to make sure my kids are getting the right amount of serves per day so this is a great way to track it. Plus my daughter 3 learnt to use the toilet with the aid of a sticker chart so this would definately help her eat more vegetables which is a problem for her for some reason. Fruit no problem, veges she picks at veges. She likes all veges but she just nibbles at themReplyCancel

  • Katya

    I have two little girls 3 and 5 who would learn a lot from this, both are picky eaters and the younger one will hardly eat her vegetables, no matter how they are hidden, this will be perfect for them to learn, play and eat well. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Kristie-Lee Kolbee

    I would love to win this because, my twins will be 3 in November, but they are always wanting to eat “sometimes” foods. I think this chart will help them in knowing what is an “everyday” food and what is a “sometimes” food.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle O'Callaghan

    I would love to win a chart. Both my boys have dyspraxia and oral defensiveness, so getting them to eat healthy is mostly a chore. This looks like heaps of fun!! =)ReplyCancel

  • angela arthur

    orginbsation health and motivation are huge in our house this would really really help the whole family out xxReplyCancel

  • Samantha

    I’d love one of these! Miss Olive isn’t a great eater maybe this chart could change that!ReplyCancel

  • My three [almost four] year old niece is a clever cookie and although we talk about healthy foods as being ‘Big Girl 5′ foods [ie: the ones that will make you big and strong like a five year old] I think a brilliant chart like this would really help to lock in her concept of what is healthy and how much healthy food she should be eating each day.
    She also loves lists, so I can see this whole system being right up her alley.ReplyCancel

  • Amy stevenson

    i would love one of these charts to help teach my son about the importance of eating healthily and to encourage the whole family to eat rightReplyCancel

  • Karen Hall

    I would love this so my nearly 5 year old daughter can see what food and how much she needs to eat and what a bright chart to record it all on. Also a great way to introduce new fruit and vegetables. The great thing about this chart it looks like I could then use it for her 2 younger brothers.ReplyCancel

  • Fiona Stoddart

    With 4 children any help I can get to educate them on healthy eating is a blessing. Particularly for mr very fussy 4! I do think this would be a very useful tool in my home :)ReplyCancel

  • Allannah McConville

    I would love a healthy eating chart for myself and my husband as in today’s world it is just so easy to lose track of what healthy food you have or haven’t eaten and it is a fun way of keeping on top of it all!!! I LOVE IT!! especially the fact that it is not just for little kids but big kids too!ReplyCancel

{Giveaway} Lime Tree Kids – Nantucket Toy Box

Let’s celebrate The Organised Housewife winning AusMumpreneur Best Blog 2011 with a few giveaways, we will be having one each day this week!! I would like to give a special thankyou to Shelley from Lime Tree Kids, with her encouragement I went to the AusMumpreneur conference.  Shelley is an amazing lady and mother with a […]

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{WINNER} AusMumpreneur Best Blog 2011

  I am super excited and extremely honoured to have received the AusMumpreneur Best Blog 2011 Award on the weekend!!! I had the most fantastic time in Sydney, met some amazing ladies in business and was inspired by everything that I learnt at the conference.  Thank you to Peace and Katy, the mum’s behind Connect 2 Mums network […]

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{Inspiration} Wardrobes

I  have found some wonderfully decorated and organised wardrobes, wouldn’t it be nice…… Wardrobe Inspiration Gallery {image credit} {image credit} {image credit} {image credit} {image credit} {image credit} {image credit, unknown} {image credit}

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  • Fareehaz

    hi kat, these days you have been posting some interesting pictures but sorry to say, this one looks unrealistic and perfect for magazines only. Infact these wardrobes look more like posh boutiques and designer shops. Honestly i would never like to have my wardrobe to be so much full of stuff stuff and stuff. less is more I believe. When we have bigger houses we end up creating bigger mess (as said by Anthea Turner)ReplyCancel

    • I had the same thought…they remind me of shops….sooo many hand bags. They are inspirational though. I think I would be ashamed to have sooo many clothes though :)

  • if my wardrobe knows what good for it, it will transform itself into the black one above between now and when i go to it next, lolReplyCancel

  • Star Concepts - Olivia

    Oh wow, how do we organise the person to come and arrange that!!! PS Love all those shoes!!!!ReplyCancel

  • While they look fantastic they look like wardrobes that scream of LIVE IN HOUSEKEEPER!!! It does remind me of the SATC 1 movie and when Jess get that new wardrobe in her new apartment with Big.ReplyCancel

  • Toni Blackmore

    Agree with boutique comments, while every room is undoubtedly beautiful, and I certainly wouldn’t say “no” if offered one, I suspect the time, effort and mental energy to maintain it would be a bit much. Now that level of detail in a study, library, craft room etc. is another thing :) I enjoy your blog every day, thanks for the work you put in, Toni

  • who has that many shoes ?!?!!ReplyCancel

  • Liannedgong

    OMG I want the ones with all the shoe storage do you think my husband would extend the house so I can have the walk in of my dreams? neeerrrr don’t think soReplyCancel

  • Buchman007

    WOW!!!! Dont I WISH I had that many clothes and closet space! This is toooo unrealistic to me! This looks like a celebritie’s closet!!!ReplyCancel

  • carlisworld

    Who has that many clothes and shoes? As beautifully displayed as everything is I am a big believer of less is more, it’s not hard to maintain a lovely organised attractive space when you dont have an awful lot of things, but the things you do have you love!

  • Toni Blackmore

    Happyhousewifey, I think my daughter does. Sometimes think I should have named her Imelda:)ReplyCancel

  • Adalita Marks

    I’m getting similar to the 6th photo. I have tonnes of clothes and shoes (I so need to do a clean out once we move back in). I think the other ones are way too over the top, I do adore the Elfa walnut one, if we weren’t getting ours made. I can’t wait 2 more months (hopefully) visiting from

  • Roxy

    Love it!
    I have the second last wardrobe system. The great thing about it is that you can build it as you go! You don’t have to get it all at once!ReplyCancel

  • wendy

    i would really love to see some realistic wardrobes and storage ideas for the average family with 4 kids…ReplyCancel

  • Jenni

    Please please can I have the last one. Luv it.ReplyCancel

  • Amber

    I actually hate all the pictures! Why do people think all the clothes and shoes are necessary. No wonder people are drowning in debt. The second picture is shocking! She has every colour of the rainbow just in tops!ReplyCancel

    • Kel

      The second one got me as well… who needs 7+ yellow tops? Honestly.ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    It would be lovely to have more room and proper areas to store things like shoes as our current built in wardrobe is seriously lacking and we can find things due to the rediculous L shaped layout.ReplyCancel

  • 01jubjub

    Wow. I find these images really disheartening. Is this kind of ostentatious display of frivolity really what we should be encouraged to aspire to as a society and as individuals? All I can think when I look at these wardrobes is the hundreds and thousands of dollars sitting there (probably largely unworn) in specifically designed wardrobes to hold it all when millions of people world over don’t have enough bare warmth or food to sustain them. How much better could the world be if we only bought what we needed and shared what we have with those who need our help? Not to mention how much longer our precious resources and our planet would be sustained. It makes me sad that we as a society believe that excessiveness of such possessions is important.ReplyCancel

  • Kiwimama

    Interesting wardrobes… as an average housewife, trying to make ends meet with little children on very little I can’t say I’ll be aspiring to any of these (my jeans and sneakers just wouldn’t quite look as cool as all those heels and beautiful coloured garments). I’d love to see some ideas for something that’s not walk in and makes a normal size wardrobe work effectively. Pleased to read that some folks found it helpful :)ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    Unrealistic? Possibly, Inspiriring, yes. The clothes look awesome all colour co-ordinated like that. I’ve been wondering what to do with all my shoes and my wardrobe looks a lot like the first one so the wall at the end could be a great place to put them. I also love the rug idea too. Just because we dont all have millions of dollars and a housekeeper doesnt mean we can’t pinch the ideas of those whove had the professionals in to really think about how the space could be used.ReplyCancel

{GIFT IDEAS} Fathers Day ~ handmade gifts

Fathers Day is just around the corner, Sunday 4th September.  Today I would like to share with you some super cute handmade fathers day gift ideas.  Find some time this weekend to prepare a little special gift.  If you kiddies are a little older have a look through my Top 20 Fathers Day gift ideas […]

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{Decluttering} One Shelf

#26 One Shelf Today I would like you to set aside 20 minutes to clean one shelf in your house, any shelf of your choosing.  Sort through through the contents and consider if you really need to keep each item or where a better home for it maybe. I want to show you this shelf […]

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  • Maree @ FarmyardCrafts

    Not so much a shelf… I’m going to bend the rules a little… I’m going to clean off the top of my tv cabinet and my piano (which honestly sometimes look like shelves!). They are storing so much stuff we just don’t put away (cds, dvds, books, music etc). That’s my job for today. We are having people over on the weekend for my #1’s 6th birthday. I need to start getting ready today! Thanks for the tip!ReplyCancel

  • My desk , all little cubby holes /shelves and surrounds, drawers too.

    Ps Your blog comment box is loading much better today. I clicked through from your Facebook fan page not within the other comment :).ReplyCancel

  • Christine Newman

    The top shelf of my linen cupboard! This is a carry over from when you suggested we declutter our linens, there is no linen on this shelf so I ignored it :) So now I must tackle it! And also the top of my TV cabinet too. Often ignored beacause I’m not tall enough to see the top, but its a catch all for all sorts of clutter!

  • Nikke Miller

    must be the day for it I completely cleaned my whole tv cabinet as it needed a dust and my 2yr old got into it yesterday.. I so need some of those baskets, might head on over there now!! thanks for the heads up :)ReplyCancel

  • Kate @ Puddles & Gumboots

    Ooh I love that toast rack as a mail sorter! I did one of the shelves on my bookshelf that had acquired some extra bits and pieces that shouldn’t have been thereReplyCancel

  • Janine

    I have been staring at my wine glass cabinet for a few days now, thinking it needs a really good dust and re-sort… this is going to be my task for today. ReplyCancel

  • Robyn

    Thank you SO much for including our Toast rack in your blog, very much appreciated. From Lifestyle Ensemble or find us on facebook @ lifestyle EnsembleReplyCancel

  • i have been pretty slack and not started any of your great tasks this year but i am going to start by doing this one today…TV unit it is because of little ones everything gets put up high and thats the first place they goReplyCancel

  • Jane

    I love everything about this shelf! White is my colour. This weekend I plan to tidy out my kitchen cupboard … the one with the roller door. Having the roller door is such a good idea that everything gets swept into it and now it is chokers. This season I have bought both a crockpot and a sandwich press. My kitchen is tiny and the only place big enough to store these is the roller door cupboard.
    I love those baskets that you featured. I’d love a black and white one. I can think of a heap of things I could use it for.
    Have a fantastic week.

  • Suzanne

    Thanks for the motivation! For me it’s the kitchen “drop zone”. I have a cork board from IKEA above but it’s overwhelmed. LOVE the idea of the cloth basket(s) as I have oodles of fabric and will make it match the chair covers!

    Suzanne from Kelowna, British Columbia, CanadaReplyCancel