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{Inspiration} Halloween

We don’t celebrate Halloween, I suppose it’s been our upbringing as we never celebrated it as children.  I was taught it was more an American tradition and not something we do here in Australia (which to an extent is true).  However slowly over the years more children are knocking on our door all dressed up […]

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  • We don’t celebrate it in our house either. But we do get the occasionally trick or treater coming around. I love the Ghost Poop! That gave me a good giggle! :-) ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    We don’t celebrate it in my household, and we don’t encourage children to go around and knock on strangers doors. We put up a sign saying something like “no trick or treaters” or “no halloween”, so then as they walk up to the front door, they see it and don’t bother knocking. Gives us a bit of peace on that night too.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    My children don’t go trick or treating but I do make sure I have lollies in the house in case we get a few kids come. We usually watch a “spooky” kids movie (Monsters Inc., Monster House or something similar). This year my husband bought a Haunted House Gingerbread House kit @ Coles ($12) and we will decorate it with the kids and devour it as we watch our movie :) ReplyCancel

  • We sure do in Melbourne lol :-) Well miss C love Halloween and yet again we are hosting a party *sigh* for her friends to go trick or treating round the hoodReplyCancel

  • Leesh

    I went trick or treating when i was a kid and my kids go now too. We only go to people we know (neighbours and close by relatives who want to see them all dressed up) we prewarn the neighbours and they appreciate it so they arnt caught out without treats. Sometimes I even secretly buy the treats for them to give out so they arnt out of pocket. We would never eat or give out unsealed treats either. Its so much fun seeing the kids enjoying the whole experience of making costumes and carving pumpkins… it only happens once a year…. also its much bigger in Europe (where originated from) than America. I dont really mind where it came from as its something that everyone can enjoy and participate in =)ReplyCancel

  • either do we, my boys think this year will be different as Mark and I will be on our honeymoon, wont they get a surprise I already told their nan they are no allowed to as it is AmericanReplyCancel

  • My boys would like to get into it – but I think in eight years, we’ve had kids knock on the door once (twice at the most). I don’t really encourage it, just because it’s yet another *thing* that puts pressure on a working mother! One of the nearby small towns has a Halloween festival on the weekend beforehand, so seeing as it’s night shift weekend (tr: the weekend where I MUST get the boys out of the house for a few hours on Saturday morning) trekking up the highway may actually be a viable option!

    PS: It’s actually a Scottish thing!ReplyCancel

  • We don’t celebrate Halloween either, but there are so many cute things around this time of year to make and do that I almost wish we did lol. Thanks for featuring my chocolate spider treats!ReplyCancel

  • Rach

    I don’t see the point in Halloween – I don’t see it as a positive tradition, just a waste of time that I won’t have my children involved in. There are so many demonic things about it. What kind of values are we teaching children?!ReplyCancel

    • Tiana

      Is it not positive to laugh at yourself at how you look in costume? Is it not positive to laugh at the others around you because how they may be dressed? Is it not positive to get together with family and friends and have a good time? If you look at it as a negative thing, of course it will be that way. ReplyCancel

  • Libby

    We’ve been having an annual Halloween Party for the last 6 years for all our family friends. The kids LOVE seeing their parents dressed up and it’s a good excuse for a party. PLUS I love the decorating (we don’t do scary – just cute). I actually grew up going to Halloween Parties as a child run by the Scottish associations. American hijacked a British tradition and turned it commercial. But I don’t mind. I love it anyway. My kids go trick or treating in the few streets around our home. The food is fine to eat. Apparently there has only been one case of poisoned Halloween candy and that was buy a family trying to kill of their own kids (other kids were just a way to shift guilt away from them).ReplyCancel

  • I absolutely agree with Rach, my husband and I wont have our children involved in it. I was very cross last year when my daughters pre-school spent a week doing Halloween craft, and yet at the end of year “Chistmas concert” they all sang play school songs instead of christmas carols in case they offended anyone in our “multicultural society!” If children come to my door, I simply say, “sorry darling, we dont do halloween.” We are Australians we really do not need to celebrate this ridiculous commercial AMERICAN tradition! ReplyCancel

    • Spunky

      The Hallowean is not actually and American tradition. It is portrayed often in American shows but it was brought over by immigrants.

      Hallowean is also known as Hallows Eve, which is the eve of the day to celebrate the saints, as a christian tradition. My husband says stuff like it being an American tradition and so rather than just go with th assumption, I checked the facts as my kids were really eager, and I wanted to make sure of what I was either refusing or allowingReplyCancel

      • When I said American tradition, I was refering to the commercial side. I am aware of its history as a christian tradition and before that its pagan one, that today wiccans and pagans still celebrate as Samhain. Although here in the southern hemisphere oct 31st is Beltane a festival of life, joy and fertility, and Samhain is may 1st honouring the dead and a time when the veil between us and the spirit world is thinner allowing easier communication with souls of lost loved ones. They are seasonal celebrations. I do not see how spending money on tacky “spooky” decorations and junkfood helps to celebrate either the christian saints or Mother earth and the changing seasons. In a time when Christmas decorations etc are out in September and easter eggs and hotcross buns are on the shelves 1st week of Feb , I am just really tired of commercialism and dont believe anymore of it needs to be imposed apon my children.
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    • Kirsty

      Carli I respect your opinion and I understand your annoyance at the hypocrisy of the Christmas Concert/Halloween thing. I have to point out though Halloween is not an American tradition they have just taken it to the extreme and built it into a big deal. See here for some Halloween history and facts. http://babyderoach.blogspot.com/2010/11/more-halloween.htmlReplyCancel

  • I used to feel the same way about halloween but I have now caved in to it. We are lucky enough to live in an estate where there are heaps of kids. One of our neighbours introduced the balloon alert. Each year She puts orange baloons in everyones letter boxes in the estate and if you put your balloon up on your letter box on halloween that means you are child friendly and open to trick or treaters. No balloon – no knocking.

    I love these great treat ideas. thank you xxReplyCancel

  • Alyce

    We don’t celebrate Halloween either, but that doesn’t mean I don’t admire the craft and food ideas out there – that Ghost Poop had me giggling!ReplyCancel

  • The lollipop spiders are cute!ReplyCancel

  • Lee-annem

    We don’t celebrate Halloween. The teenagers in our estate think it’s an excuse to grab a plastic shopping bag and their skateboards and bash on everyone’s door and demand lollies. It’s a night when we usually try and be somewhere else for the night.ReplyCancel

  • Dana Nelson

    I live in Canada and we do celebrate Halloween here but I personally prefer the “fun” element rather than the “spooky” element. Costumes can be fun without being gruesome. That’s definitely an upbringing thing, too… I’m not too worried about candy as the kids only go around the immediate neighborhood (accompanied by an adult). All candy is inspected before eating.ReplyCancel

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  • Thanks so very much for joining in with my weekly Pinning and Singing Pinterest Party. I am so thrilled that you joined in and shared these great Halloween pins.

    We do celebrate Halloween at our place but it is all safe and only with kids from our neighborhood. I actually left a comment over at Tina’s blog about Halloween and the history of the festival. My mum is English and she said that they also celebrated Halloween when she was younger but they focussed more on Guy Fawkes night. I guess these days we can celebrate whatever we want however we want but I do agree about enforcing rules when it comes to stranger danger and lolly consumption!

    This week’s Linky party is on now so please come visit and check out my favourite Halloween pins for the week!

    Best wishes and happy pinning,
    Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    I see it as a bit of harmless fun, that said my boys only ever knock on 4 doors – our immediate side neighbours, the BIL across the road & one other close neighbour we have known for over 5yrs. I prewarn the neighbours & actually buy the treats so I know what they are being given & can monitor the amount they are given.

    I use the whole thing as perfect opportunity to talk about stranger danger – & why we only knock on the doors we do. The kids even know it is me that buys the treats.ReplyCancel

  • Belle

    We do not celebrate Halloween, firstly becasue I was never bought up with it & secondly I would rather not support the likes of Woolies, Red Dot etc… with all the “Made in China” plastic wastefill after one use garbage… I feel that we have enough of this type of stuff shoved at us for Christmas, Easter and all the rest, do we really need another one?
    I have explained the origins of Halloween to my kids and we discussed how it is commercialised in other parts of the world i.e. America & Canada. We have also discussed how they would feel if I let them wander the streets knocking on strangers doors asking for lollies and then if they were lucky enough to get some lollies, would they feel comfortable eating something that you dont know where its been – especially if its unwrapped… after that discussion my kids are rather happy to sit & watch a video on Halloween… I might be party pooper in some peoples eyes, so be itReplyCancel

  • Louise

    Halloween has a Celtic background. The druids would put out treats for the spirits in the hope of a good harvest the following year. October 31st is the last day of the celtic calendar when the spirits were around. Nothing evil or sinister there! It has given my family lots of fun with minimal cost. Dont knock it until you try it! It just might be fun :) fantastic inspiration ideas too- thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Fina

    Being born on Halloween has made me HAVE to get into the spirit of it I mean I love making a big deal out of any occasions American or not I wish thanksgiving was a worldwide celebration though. I go to church & after such a successful outcome last year they have decided to do a trunk or treat again this year so I’m just ecstatic, & it’s really good cause all the kids go from car to car & it’s with people you know so it’s a completely safe environmentReplyCancel

{Giveaway} Rose & Lilly – Tidy Books® Bunk Bed Buddy

Over the past few weeks I have been updating my kids toy room.  When we first moved in I painted a feature wall a bright green, and painted some circus themed pictures for their wall.    7 years on we are all ready for something new and it’s remarkable with just a change of colour […]

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  • Amanda Hunt

    I love the way they look, a bit old fashioned but still very modern, would love to win one!ReplyCancel

  • Mel.J

    Can I have two favourite items from Rose & Lily? I couldn’t decide between the bunk bed buddy and the fairy tent. :) What a great giveaway, I would be thrilled to win!ReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    Cool product! I need one for every room in my house : )
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  • craftymum7

    Oh I love it,would love this for lach’s bunk.Off to have a look at the page now,am I going to want to spend lots of money there Kat,LOL.ReplyCancel

  • Kate @ Puddles and Gumboots

    I would love to win this as I am just getting new bunk beds for my smaller two boys this weekendReplyCancel

  • Kate @ Puddles and Gumboots

    Oh and the Rose Fairy Play tent is just so so cute!ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    Great idea! Do they come in different sizes?ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I love the tidy books bookcase, my little boy would love this, and so would I!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Ooh, Girl Child would love the Rose Fairy Play tent. On the other hand I think the Bounce a bye Baby Ball would be fun for just me.

    Both of my children have bunks so winning the Bunk Bed Buddy would be ideal.ReplyCancel

  • I love the tidy books range, its such a good idea to show the cover of the book instead of the spine, saves having to tidy up after all the books have been pulled off the shelf! lolReplyCancel

  • Maahaa111

    the tidy books bookcase hands down, i adore reading and hope to pass this on to my son and the second little bug im currently cooking up :-) ReplyCancel

  • Love the tidy book bookcase. Would be perfect for my daughter who sleeps in a trundle bed.ReplyCancel

  • Paulette

    Wow, what a fantastic idea, plus it’s cute, plus it fits in with adult decor too :)
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  • Beth

    Oh I need a Learning Tower so badly – my daughter would Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Wow some great products. I LOVE the Learning tower, what an awesome ideaReplyCancel

  • suzieblonde

    The baby steps freezer trays are great. Can freeze ahead of time and have a feed ready without stressing, love these :) ReplyCancel

  • Michelle K

    All liked on FB…. LOVE LOVE LOVE the Rose Fairy Play Tent! Oh to be a child again! lolReplyCancel

  • I’ve been hunting for something like this to go near Heidi’s bunk bed, this is brilliant idea.ReplyCancel

  • Love the tidy books bookcase, I’m so sick of them pulling all the books out to find the one with the duck on the cover.ReplyCancel

  • I love the Learning Tower, what a fantastic idea!!!ReplyCancel

  • Leimay Cherry

    I really like the Tidy Books Bookcase although in my house i’d need several the kids have so many books!
    The learning Tower three piece set is a big favourite too.ReplyCancel

  • Love the learning towerReplyCancel

  • I totally love the Tidy Books Bookcase – compact yet looks like it would hold a decent number of books also. As they are similar to the school bookcases hopefully they would also encourage my kids to keep their books in their neat and tidy as they have to do that at school too ;).
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  • Nicole Westendorp

    The bunk bed buddy is the perfect item for my middle childs room. Her bed is always full of books and gadgets, and this would help so much to keep her bed tidy. ReplyCancel

  • That bunk bed buddy would be perfect for us. Alexander and Sam are in bunks, Alexander on the top. he’s always got a book or two on the go, and it would be a perfect spot for him to keep them, without little hands stealing them away.

    Love their other bookcase as well.ReplyCancel

  • wHAT A GREAT IDEA MY GIRLS COULD USE THIS IN THEIR BEDROOM THE ONE ON THE TOP BUNK ALWAYS SEEMS A BIT RIPPED OFF FOR STORAGE IM SURE THIS WOLD MAKE HER HAPPY.ReplyCancel

  • Great idea to use this to keep school/library books separate and to have one place to put them, so you know where they are when its time to return the books. The Tidy book box would work well for this also :-) ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    My boys would love this when we move they will be in bunks due to space. Great idea for books and special comfort items!ReplyCancel

  • Tinkster

    Love the bunk buddy, would be brilliant for my daughterReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Yay! I just put up my daughter’s first bunk bed and I was telling her about special shelves you can get! ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Rose&Lily have some great items but I really did love the Tidy Books Bunk Bed Buddy the best!!! It can really grow with the childReplyCancel

  • Bridget

    I love these “Tidy Books Bunk Bed Buddy”!! I think they should also make one in a darker wood shade – ie Walnut – because I’d like one next to my bed as well!!ReplyCancel

  • Nsdoube

    This would look great in the girls room and might even keep the books off the floor!ReplyCancel

  • Gabrielle Wallace

    I would LOVE to win a Bunk Buddy, I have been slowly collecting things to redecorate my daughters room as they are going to be sharing a room soon, BUT I just ADORE the Rose Fairy Play Tent on the Rose and Lily site, It is SO gorgeous! xxReplyCancel

  • Nee Harwood

    I’ve been wanting to get one of these for ages! Perfect to keep my son’s special books & treasures safe out of reach from his little brother :) ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Nix

    They have so many great products!! Love the bunk bed buddy! but also the book box tidyReplyCancel

  • Natalie Blanch

    I’d love one of these for my daughter’s books – she loves pulling books out of our big book shelf – maybe if she had her own, she could play with it instead!ReplyCancel

  • Wow! What a beautiful product – defiantly looking forward to being able to put up something like this in our new house in a few weeks! ReplyCancel

  • Crystal Bard

    The HABA Rose Fairy play tent looks fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • nicole disbrey

    I would love a Learning Tower for my kids, much safer option than a chair!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Whittaker

    Bunk bed buddy would work so well on the wall near our school bag storage for library books!! ReplyCancel

  • Heather

    I truly love the Bunk Bed Buddy…not only will it help to keep the room tidy, but might also encourage more reading…ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    OnTray2Go is my favourite! I saw a similar one on ebay last year but missed out. I’m buying one right now!ReplyCancel

  • Hayley Curtis

    Ohh I absolutely love the Learning Tower. I think we need one of them. The bunk bed buddy would work fantastically in our toy room :D Fantastic giveaway. ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    Wow these are gorgeous!!! I’ve been looking for some christmas pressies! Love the sruff!!ReplyCancel

  • Salena Lee

    Actually I really love the Tidy Books Bunk Bed Buddy. :) ReplyCancel

  • Tanya Kellard

    The Tidy Book Case is my fave!!! You guys are going to send me completely broke!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kirrily Morse

    The OnTray2Go. As entertaining as it is to watch an 11 month old balance a container on a shopping tray, I’m excited about an alternative.
    All sites liked.ReplyCancel

  • Claire Dauncey

    This is awesome – exactly what we need for our big 6 year old on his top bunk who shares his room with his TWO little brothers aged, just 3 and almost 1. He’s a trooper to put up with all their toys and currently stores his special little things in a ‘treasure box’ on his mattress! Thanks for sharing this awesome product!ReplyCancel

  • Alicia Juarez

    What a great product. Already have the perfect spot picked out for it! LolReplyCancel

  • Alyce

    Oh man, I wish I had this when me and my sister had bunk beds!! I preferred the top and had to reach down to a desk to put my books and such on. So frustrating!ReplyCancel

  • Paulamsutherland

    The Learning Tower elooks fantastic to allow little people to participate in what is going on! The bunk buddy would be perfect for my older boy who shares his room (and bunk bed) with his younger brother and never seems to keep track of his special books/things (he puts things under his top bunk pillow!)ReplyCancel

  • Nicola medrano

    Love this idea. Its the lack of storage that puts me off getting an elevated bed fir my son… If i am not lucky enough to win it, i will seriously look at buying one.ReplyCancel

  • Raelenegraham

    What a fantastic idea,my son is in a bunk and I am constantly called out to bring him a drink of water,a great solution for me and a great place to keep all his other bits and pieces!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanu

    I love the idea of the Learning Tower. My sons love to ‘help’ in the kitchen and this seems like such a practical and safe way of getting them up to bench height. Thank you so much!ReplyCancel

  • Zara

    I love the Bunk Bed Buddy… not only will it help to keep the room tidy but make life a little easier for my better to keep her bedtime books better organisedReplyCancel

  • Love the rose and lily website. So many unique yet practical items to select. I think the freezer trays are very handy as it is a real time saver in preparing meals in advance for my little ones. Fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Naomi bird

    What a fab idea, my girls would love spmething like this for all their special stuff!!ReplyCancel

  • I love the bunk bed buddy but the Tidy Books Box comes in equally as awesome! Gorgeous products.ReplyCancel

  • Saharagreen

    The Learning Tower is awesome… my toddlers are always trying to join me in the kitchen, so a safe perch is an awesome idea!ReplyCancel

  • Kiara

    LOVE the learning tower-what a special treasure that could be passed down thru generations! Brilliant idea! :-) ReplyCancel

  • Madonna Mathies

    Love the bunk buddy – been looking for something like this for a while. Glad I finally found it….ReplyCancel

  • The toy book box looks great. Also love the bunk shelves. My Two share a room and have been after something special for theirown thingsReplyCancel

  • Tara

    I have been considering putting in a bunk bed in my son’s to make more space and I think I am convinced now just so I can use a Bunk Bed Buddy! I LOVE it!!!ReplyCancel

  • MeredithT

    These look fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Sara Grace

    Luv the bunk bed book holder and agree what a fab way of keeping library books in one place! And easy for the kids to reach too!ReplyCancel

  • Ash Mack

    What a fantastic product. I love it. I’m doing up my daughter’s bedroom at the moment. She would love this. Thanks for a great giveaway. ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    What a gorgeous lot of products Rose & Lily have, lots that I haven’t seen before! The Bunk Buddy is awesome for keeping kid’s special little treasures safe.ReplyCancel

  • jorobkia

    This is a great idea. My girls don’t have bunk beds but they do have an overflowing shared bedside table with all sorts of treasures. This would work well as they could have some books and a few treasures right next to their bed!ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    I’ve never came across this website before – and i’m missing out! I absolutely love the bunk buddy and I think that both my children need one. ReplyCancel

  • Bree

    My favourite item is the bunk buddy!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Arnett

    I love the tidy books bookcase!ReplyCancel

  • Claire Lewis

    I love the Rose Fairy play tent, it looks beautiful! We have a tiny little yard so don’t have room for a big playgym outside and are forever building cubby houses with the dining chairs and sheets…ReplyCancel

  • Lisa S

    I’d love to win this. I’m just about to re-do our media room into a games room that incorporates the kids stuff aswell. Off to browse their site now!ReplyCancel

  • Jodie_25

    I love the idea of the learning ladder and the Bunk Bed Buddy is exactly what i have been looking for for my 7 year old, who has a new bunk and i have been worried about putting a shelf up for him…ReplyCancel

  • Erin

    I love the versatility of the learning tower. The Rose Fairy play tent is stunning….Miss 2 and Miss 4 would love that (I’d better start saving!). All the tidy books products are pretty awesome too. Oh I can’t pick one favourite!!ReplyCancel

  • Jknock

    Just LOVE the Tidy Books Bunk Bed Buddy and can see this being used for ALL of my kids. Their bed time routine is so special and having a special spot to keep their treasures means a warm and secure bedtime !ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    I love the Bunk Bed Buddy aswell!! I would put it on the wall in our toy room to extend our Reading corner. I think they are a great way to display and rotate books to keep stimulation levels high!ReplyCancel

  • Kristy Short

    The bunk bed organizer is fantastic, but I especially love th e learni tower!! My youngest loves to watch me cook, but he is so accident prone I stress with him standing on a chair!!!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Coull

    Love these :) ReplyCancel

  • Oz-burkes

    Love the idea of the bunk buddy!! my kids have some toys in every room in the house, with 4 kids thats alot of toys!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristy Sweeney

    The Tidy Book Case is my favourite item at Rose and LilyReplyCancel

  • Sallyrob77

    Love the Learning Tower. Would have loved it for my 3 older kids. Will know have to look into one for my youngest!!!! What a fantastic idea!!!!!! ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    I love the ontray2go! I wish I had found them before now – would have saved a lot of dropped sultanas and biscuits (and possibly shortened grocery shopping time as I would have to stop and pick them up)ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Savva

    Love this bed buddy! I have never seen anything like this before! Would love to win this and use it in my daughters toy room!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Joy

    Love that Idea. ReplyCancel

  • Kristie Baker

    I like the Learning Tower Art Easel. I really want the pink one in the picture.ReplyCancel

  • The Bunk Buddy is ingenious!! My little daughter has had a book in hand ever since she was able to! There is never a moment she isnt pouring over books- we even call her the little librarian!! the bunk buddy would be a wonderful storage for her bedside story time!! ReplyCancel

  • I absolutely love the Tidy Books Bookcase- as i have that many books and still keep buying more it would be beautiful to display all the childrens books i have in itReplyCancel

  • vkmason

    I have been admiring the Learning Tower for quite some time now. My children would love to stand on this and help do cooking and other craft activities with Mum and Dad. Such a fantastic idea!ReplyCancel

  • Heather

    I like the tidy books bookcase. My little man has so many books already and it would be so good to have somewhere nice to store them where he can see the covers.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Harvey

    Love the tidy books book case! ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl

    love the fairy tent, but myfave, because it is so useful would be the baby steps healthy snack slicer, it looks so quick and easy to use…& its on sale!ReplyCancel

  • I use use half a dozen of these , what a brilliant idea.ReplyCancel

  • oooh great idea. Love it
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  • Bec B

    Why have I not seen these earlier!! What a fab idea!!! I want one! :D thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Ellem

    I love how the learning tower has the options to convert into an art easel and into a play house talk about made for kids! I could see my kids easily spending a whole day with one doing loads of imaginative play.ReplyCancel

  • Candice

    The BabySteps Feeding Dish looks great. This Tidy Books Bunk Bed Buddy looks fantastic for storing the kids books.ReplyCancel

  • Ak Browne

    So love the tidy books bookcase! Not dangerous from tipping over like traditional bookcases and love that the books are displayed front-on to encourage kids to pick up a book!ReplyCancel

  • DB

    I love the Tidy Books Bookcase. I so desperately need something like this for my girls’ many many books.ReplyCancel

  • amy

    The coolest ever bunk bed buddy :-) ReplyCancel

  • Vija

    The Learning Tower allows children to share the world around them rather than being left out in the coldReplyCancel

  • Brianna

    I love the bunk buddy, so sweet :) ReplyCancel

  • Megan Cockerill

    Oooh, I love the bunk bed caddy, an amazing idea for my daughter to keep her special books and probably a barbie doll or two! Thanks for introducing me to Rose and Lily!ReplyCancel

  • Corinne Devidas

    I can’t decide between the learning tower or the Tidy books bookcase!ReplyCancel

  • Joanne curtis

    This is exactly what we need! 2 boys in a 2 bedroom unit!ReplyCancel

  • jasmine

    How cool is the Bunk bed buddy, it would save going up & down the ladder for all those little things that my girls love in their bedrooms.ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    I love the book buddy. You can see the books rather than having them spine out on a bookshelf : )ReplyCancel

I am a Pincess

Pin It Earlier this week the kids had a student free day from school, so I took the opportunity to sleep in a little.  Hubby made his own lunch, ate breakfast by himself and stepped ever so quietly around the room not to wake me….isn’t he sweet.   I woke up, reached for my iPad […]

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{Free Printable} ProBlogger Training Day – Conference Packing List

I am getting very excited only a few day’s now until I travel to Melbourne to join over two hundred other bloggers for the ProBlogger Training Day.    I have created this packing list printable especially for conferences,  to ensure I remember to pack everything I need.  This printable is FREE for you to download.  Also preparing […]

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  • Anonymous

    You are a lifesaver!! I still have yet to pack yet and I really need to get organised, have to finish paperwork for work first, then pack, clean house, and make sure hubby is ready!! then to get up at 3am for a flight at 5am!! See you tomorrow!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Bronwen Williamson

    Thank-you for this! I’m heading to Melbourne for a few days next month and this is just what I need to help me pack. Loving your website :) ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    Thank you perfect timing to find this i am off to a conference at the end of the week & was just about to make a list (now I dont need to thank u !!!)ReplyCancel

{Reader Question} Do you limit the time kids watch TV?

Kids and TV Reader Jen asks:  Hi was just wondering if you have a limit on the amount of tv per day your children watch and do you think it affects their behaviour? This is such a great question Jen.  Yes I do limit the amount of time the kids watch TV, I believe if […]

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  • My aunty while we were away said a child learns better if they don’t watch tv in the morning before school she watched a program and after done reading at School and could tell the children who had watched tv to the ones they hadn’t she even asked so of them. So after this discussion I have started to limit the 6yr olds tv of a morningReplyCancel

  • Curly Mum

    I'm not hugely strict, I don't think, but I do limit it as mine would happily sit in front of the TV all day. The TV does not go on in the morning before school, because my daughter will not get ready properly if it does and we will be late. In the evenings they sometimes watch a bit of TV right after school time with a snack (a fruit, bread and butter, or milk and a biscuit if anybody wants to know). We often watch a family show or part of a film on a weekday evening, and finish it the next day. At the weekend the TV goes on less, I think. It is off all day on Sunday as we are always out for the day at relatives' homes. On Saturday it goes on a little bit, usually if I'm feeling tired and want a bit of a slower morning, or sometimes we watch a family film in the afternoon together.
    As for video games, my OH plays them all the time, and I do sometimes, so the children sometimes watch and join in where they can, but not very often at all. ReplyCancel

  • TV when ever they want here.ReplyCancel

  • I try to limit it to play school morning and afternoon, and something (ie wiggles, taped play school, hi 5) during suicide hour while trying to prepare dinner ReplyCancel

  • i recently wrote a whole post in defense of tv and busting the guilt parents feel about letting kids watch it… i really don’t believe it needs to be restricted in favour of always being productive with their time – kids need to chill out too and they learn, laugh, create etc also via TV and do other things in the balance. I am similar to Toni and pretty much let them self regulate. – Deb (btw different story for babies and under 2s for me, but still not off limits)ReplyCancel

  • There's no formal limit to the amount of televsion that the boys watch at ours. We also have more televisions than people at our house! It doesn't go on at all on a school morning due to the 'shiny' factor. We don't get home until 5.45pm most nights, and by the time they're homeworked, fed and showered, it's virtually bed time. They sometimes have the tv on while they eat dinner, and I try for one telly-free day over the weekend, but I'm generally over-ruled by the bloke when he's home on the weekend. The kids have a Wii, which they play maybe once a fortnight – it's more a wet weather thing at ours; and they do spend some time on the computer together each weekend. They probably watch too much telly, although thinking about it – it might be on, but they're not normally taking any notice of it; and more often than not – if I turn it off or put the radio on, there's only minimal complaints. In fact, the main person to complain if I turn the televison OFF is the Bloke! ReplyCancel

  • I dont mind putting the wiggles on or a kids movie for my son, he won’t sit and watch it anyway…some bits catch his attention but generally its just on in the background while we play. Currently i have terrible morning sickness so the tv has been on a bit more than usual. At least i know hes happy watching a few minutes of a movie while im hugging the toilet bowl.ReplyCancel

  • MamaCurre

    We have the NO TV before or after school rule in our house. Once Miss 8 has gone to bed the older 2 may have the TV on from 7.30 to 8.30 provided homework, jobs and baths are finished. We have just introduced no TV during the day on a weekend. We have family night Saturday which is a movie, each taking turns to choose. The first weekend was very hard, last weekend they found things to do. As it was a miserable weekend they played board games and had a wonderful time. The children have a Wii & Playstation, which only comes out in the holidays between 12 & 2. Sometimes I do think we are to strict, however the harmony in the house is the only reward I need. I was doing reading in Miss 8's class, one boy said Mrs C I wouldn't like to live with you, Miss 8 says she isn't allowed to watch TV during the week. The teacher overheard him, and said to me I wish more families would do this. ReplyCancel

  • we don’t have a TV and my 3yo daughter gets plenty of “downtime”. She reads, plays, hangs out in her cubby, has friends over, tea parties with her toys and sometimes just lays on the lawn and looks at clouds.
    She has grown up without one so doesn’t know any different. Occasionally she’ll watch a kids show on the ABC website but thats maybe once or twice a week at most.
    Theres no moral or ethical reason for us not having one and others can do whatevers right for their family but we’ve just never wanted to get one…..: )ReplyCancel

  • also, i teach kindergarten and its quite clear in behaviour and attention span which children watch large amounts of TV and which don’t. I don’t think lots of TV (say, more than an hour a day) is particularly good for kids development or attention span.ReplyCancel

  • our tv is always on as background noise but my kids are too busy tearing up the house to care..ReplyCancel

  • i don’t see how you can make a blanket statement about which kids watch too much tv by their behaviour in class (way too many factors go into that issue) – my kids do watch a lot and also happen to be among the best behaved children, receive near straight As and have no issues with attention span. you cannot tell TV viewership from behaviour apart from perhaps seeing game play reflecting it (like all the boys running around pretending to be Ben10 – even then they could watch just that show each day) – DebReplyCancel

  • My kids can take or leave television which is fantastic. We don’t really have a schedule where we watch anything regularly.
    Sometimes the middle child (4) will watch playschool in the morning after school drop off whilst The Country Boy (a stay at home dad) tackles a few jobs, but it would only be once or twice a week. We are more likely to put a DVD on during the baby’s sleep time on weekends, but even this is not a weekly event.ReplyCancel

  • Becci

    I don’t have school age children, well not young ones, but when our boys are older it will be roughly the same rules.
    ABC2 goes on when the kids get up in the morning. I don’t mind them watching that as all the shoes are educational to some point.
    I’m lucky that both my littlies are outside boys. So once breakfast is done and they are dressed they are outside (providing the weather is ok).
    They’ll watch a bit more when they get up from their sleeps too if they aren’t outside.
    We do plenty of other activities too so I am not bothered with how much they watch at this stage. ReplyCancel

  • of course there are a lot of factors but we also know those factors so we take that into account of course.
    I think some parents would be surprised at the amount of things teachers can see manifest in their children through simple activities and every day things.
    To say “you cannot tell TV viewership from behaviour” seems like an equally “blanket statement.
    I’m also surprised at the amount of parents who try to tell teachers about children and behaviour when most teachers spend their working life surrounded by children from all sorts of backgrounds, learning abilities and skill sets. Most of us have a pretty good idea of what we are talking about.ReplyCancel

  • Jmefoti

    I have done a fair bit of research in this area as I have foster children who have been bought up by the tv. most educators I have spoken to can tell with marked difference the children who have watched tv before school and those who haven’t with no positive outcomes being listed at all foe children who have watched TV. I have seen huge differences in interest in books and use of imagination between TV and Non TV watchers the latter being more intersted in creativity and an ability to play for longer periods of time without the “I’m bored” statements coming out. We have restricted TV time which also includes non educational computer time as well. The wii is only for standing up type sport games inour house and has to be more than one person playing at a time. We have a vast dvd collection of good old shows to combat the mindless story lines that are apperaing more and more in modern day TV.ReplyCancel

  • kookie

    We do not have TV on before school, the few times I have let them have it on, they dont get ready for school. And after school, homework, tidy up & a good run around outside before I let them turn it on. And again, on those few occasions I have turned on the Telly after school, homework/chores dont get done :(
    I let them watch a few hours in the morning on a Saturday morning & a movie on Saturday night, but thats it – otherwise they are glued to the set all weekend.
    For us, the proof is in the pudding… TV literally hypnotises them and they dont contribute to anything in the household, including communicating with us or each other… I would rather have some rules that they will whinge about (probably until they move out LOL) than allow them to be zombies!ReplyCancel

  • Mummy.KG

    I have a son 2.5years with speech delay, TV and Ipad is used in our therapy. As it gives the child a visual, they hear the word and experience the word. And we talk about what is happening in the show ect. You just need to make it into an education experience for the child/children and when a the shows your child is watching think how is my child going to benefit for watching this.ReplyCancel

    • this is and excellent example of how TV and other screens can be used as a positive.  Its when kids are dumped in front of a tv and left to raise themselves that it is a concern.  ReplyCancel

    • this is and excellent example of how TV and other screens can be used as a positive.  Its when kids are dumped in front of a tv and left to raise themselves that it is a concern.  ReplyCancel

  • Samy_savva

    Miss (just turned 4) has all of sudden taken an interest in Television. It only took me a few days to figure out rules were NEEDED. So no TV of a morning during the week however she is allowed to watch it of a morning on weekends (this is also good way to reinstate the days of the week). 

    Generally no TV of an afternoon however being pregnant and working part time, getting home and cooking can be a drama so ABC4Kids is allowed on once in a blue moon on weeknights. 

    She does LOVE watching movies so she watches maybe a movie a week but this is random and certainly not a given. ReplyCancel

  • We don’t see tv as evil.  You can do too much of anything and it looses its positives and becomes a negative.  As long as it is not used a a cyber sitter…  Its about fostering many different aspects of childhood experiences as you both enjoy and are able to afford.ReplyCancel

  • Sally Strang

    My girls (7&10) watch TV on weekends and Friday after school. No TV before school and only occasionally on Mon to Thurs if I allow it… They always ask first and generally on the weekend, they decide after an hour to switch off and go play instead.ReplyCancel

  • Helen al Hariri

    TV rules are a challenge, my 8yo boy is an addict, to all screens things, even if I’m still limiting it to abc2. Generally no tv b4 school, or in pm till after homework etc for him and miss 6 but he gets it all done…. I’m slacker with the 2 preschoolers for days we are home, and miss 2 is an addict too! But I put my foot down sometimes, depends how busy I am to be honest.ReplyCancel

  • Lubna Yasar

    yes my kids are TV worms…but now thanks for useful tip..I will follow wish it will be helpful to me..thanks againReplyCancel

  • W0111018

    There is no TV in the mornings in our house.  In the afternoons it is on after they have had afternoon tea and showers.  Miss 4 watches while Mr 8 does his homework.  Then they have a shared session until dinner time.  Usually they are in and out of the TV room and the play room so it is not constant.  I am far more concerned about the content than I am the total amount of time.  Weekends it only goes on at night time – we are generally far too busy to watch during the day.  Our house rule is no electronic games AT ALL during school term – NINTENDO DS, Wii, Playstation etc.  They are only allowed out for school holidays and then we have a timer set for 40 mins.  They are allowed one session in the am and one session in pm only during holidays.   ReplyCancel

{Meal Planning} Parmesan crusted potatoes

This weeks meal plan Don’t forget to link your meal plan up below, or comment letting me know what you plan is for the week…I love seeing new recipes Monday – Spaghetti Bol Tuesday – Oven baked chicken with Parmesan crusted potatoes and vegetables Wednesday – Left overs Thursday – away in Melbourne, but the kids […]

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  • Those parmesan-crusted potatos look SO good! Will keep those in mind – great accompaniment for a BBQ. ReplyCancel

  • I wanted to let you know I really love looking at your meal plans – keep them coming. Thanks.ReplyCancel

Parmasen crusted potatoes

Parmasen crusted potatoes   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 35 mins Total time 45 mins   Recipe type: Vegetables Serves: 5 Ingredients 4 medium potatoes, peeled 2 tbsp olive oil ½ cup Parmesan cheese 1½ tsp garlic powder 1 tsp paprika salt and pepper Instructions Preheat the oven to 200c Cut potatoes into […]

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{Guest Post} The Organised Carer

This is a guest post by Giovanna Scott, from www.giovannascott.com. The Organised Carer Having a child with Special Needs can be harrowing.  Keeping track of the test results, reports and documentation for all the government departments is equally so.  I thought I could manage it all until I was stuck one day at my son’s […]

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  • Sam

    Thanks for that, I have just bought one! I am forever digging up medical results and really need to keep it altogether.ReplyCancel

  • It sounds like a great way to organise all that very important info and paper-work, I have a friend who would be interested in this, I will let her know about it! Thank you ReplyCancel

  • Awesome! I made my own home made version of this when Heidi was diagnosed with Autism many years ago. Great to see an easier solution as we have so much on our plates – especially in the early days when everything is such a steep learning curve, that being able to get a ready made folder is brilliant.

    The best bit of advice I ever got when Heidi was first diagnosed was to keep all your paperwork, make sure communication was in writing so you could refer back to your notes later. So vital, especially when you have a disagreement about what was actually said later on. ReplyCancel

  • That’s a fabulous idea G! The stress of caring for a special needs child shouldn’t be made more difficult by damned paper work. I’m so glad that this system is making your life a little easier. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • My special needs sons are 4 and 8. I wish I had heard of these folders earlier! My paperwork is in piles around the house, so I'm off to check them out now. Thanks so much for sharing! ReplyCancel

  • when my child was diagnosed with hypotonia i was told to keep a folder. how stupid i thought? how stupid was i? i never did; she was later diagnosed with autism as well as an extr chromosome; keeping a folder like this is perfect!!! ReplyCancel

  • I'm always in awe of you Gigi! You are a super mum xxxx
    I would love to have you as a classroom mum :) ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous Mum

    This is an awesome idea and I wish I had had this at my fingertips last year when we were wading our way through the endless stressful autism assessment process. I now look at the crammed plastic sleeve where I have kept all the endless reports, forms, appointment cards, receipts, contacts etc and wonder how we ever got through it all. You are to be applauded for such a wonderful tool which will no doubt help all those stressed out mums/dad's out there going through such situations. Well Done. ReplyCancel

  • Marelle

    Well done my beautiful friend Gigi for your guest post
    I also have always been in awe of you beautiful lady xxx
    hugs
    Marelle ReplyCancel

  • As a therapist, I can say that this is a FABULOUS idea! We tend to give parents so many pieces of paper (together with all the other therapists and agencies that you are seeing) that I often wonder that you don't need to bring along a filing cabinet on wheels to each session! Yay you for making parents lives easier! ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    I got given one of these from my support person the first day I met them. I love it . It means I always have what I need for my child no matter where we go. ReplyCancel

  • What a great idea! I totally need one of these! ReplyCancel

  • Paulette

    Wow! This looks fab. I have a folder for each of my boys, but they’re a bit small and starting to overload.
    Thanks :) ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Beaver

    I recently bought 2 of these ( 2 kids) and for the first time in 13years I feel truly organised with their medical and school paper work.ReplyCancel

  • [...] post by Giovanna Scott who guest posted over at The Organised Housewife provides some more ideas for [...]ReplyCancel

{Inspiration} Girls Bedrooms

This week I shared images of one of my daughters bedrooms.  There are so many different ways you can decorate a room, therefore today I am sharing with you some images I have found to inspire you. Girls Bedrooms {image credit, unknown} {image credit} {image credit} {image credit} {image credit} {image credit} {image credit} {image […]

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  • These are VERY inspirational!! Now I know what I want to do =)ReplyCancel

  • Janine

    There is no doubt these pictures all look beautiful… however it would be nice to see something other than white bedroom furniture I know its so 'in' at the moment but I'm struggling with ideas for decorating for my girls' room they have stained-timber bed frames and similar bedroom furniture. Any suggestions? ReplyCancel

  • Desiree

    Paint it white!! ReplyCancel

  • Janine

    Do you know… I just might do that! I need to replace the floor coverings and blinds, might as well repaint the bed frames too…. ooh how exciting!ReplyCancel

  • You could still work all this in wit stained wood Janine. I love the wood makes a room feel warm ReplyCancel

  • Sascha Burnside

    Absolutely paint it white, we got a great bed off ebay and my husband did a beautiful job painting it white – go for a satin finish, its then a really flexible base for all sorts of bed linen ideas – good luck! ReplyCancel

  • Fashions come and go. Beautiful bed linen looks lovely against stained wood, and what counts is the love that goes into it. I'm inspired by that beautiful colourful striped rug. Not so keen on a striped ceiling. Concentrate on having plenty of functional play space – low table, reading corner, dolly zone etc….. And a shade of White on the Walls will last beyond the little girl pink obsession…. And complements artwork and stained wood furniture!!! ReplyCancel

  • as a mum of 3 boys, you have so just given me a HUGE dose of girl envy :) xx ReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    Aaaaah I love these ideas for my girls ReplyCancel

  • Kristie

    Wow, they all look fantastic!!ReplyCancel

  • sue

    I need a how to for the tulle tableReplyCancel

  • Kristín Ragna Höskuldsdóttir

    This is so fantastic, I love looking at beautiful rooms, especially childrens room. Thansk for sharing ;) ReplyCancel

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{Giveaway} Star Concepts Storage Stool

Please note this giveaway is now closed, congratulations to the winner – Tara! Star Concepts – Storage Stools Star Concepts storage stools is both practical and stylish.  This wonderful space saver is designed as storage for kids and a play stool, all in one!  It’s lightweight, has collapsible sides and the removable lid allows you […]

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  • jasmine

    All very clever ideas, but I love writing notes & lists so I's have to say one of my favourites is the Note Book. ReplyCancel

  • Wow, what a fantastic idea! I love the cosmetics bag, that way I can take my munchkins pics around with me even when I go away. ReplyCancel

  • Actually I think these storage stools are a fabulous idea! ReplyCancel

  • I am defintaly loving the stool I always want a better way to show pictures of my babes and this is perfect!
    xx ReplyCancel

  • i like the cosmetics cases what a way to show off your family ReplyCancel

  • Jen Muir

    I love the puzzle, my 3 year old daughter is puzzle obsessed, and would go nuts for one using a photo of our wonderful little family :) ReplyCancel

  • The storage stool is definitely my favourite :) ReplyCancel

  • I love these storage stools ReplyCancel

  • Nikki

    I love the idea of the personalised storage cubes! ReplyCancel

  • love the storage box idea ReplyCancel

  • Dee bennett

    The storage stool is my fav. It's practical and funky! xxx ReplyCancel

  • Sharmian

    Love the puzzles! What a great idea & a good gift ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty Bell

    The puzzles and storage stools are great but with Xmas coming up soon the mugs are a great gift for family. ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    The storage stools are brilliant. Haven't seen anything like that before. What a great gift for a grandparent at Christmas time… ReplyCancel

  • Kirstie

    Gotta love the storage stool – anything that hides mess is a blessing in the messy world my little miss lives in !! ReplyCancel

  • Lynelle

    Love those storage stools I'm always looking for a way to store my childrens 'treasures' and it looks so good too! ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Its a toss up between the puzzle and the placemat. My son is on the Autism Spectrum and anything that gives him extra visuals for identifying his belongings and using fun to reaffirm everyday tasks are great for us. Awesome ideas!! The stool would be a great prize for the lucky winner. Good luck everyone :) ReplyCancel

  • Sooo hard to pick one!! – maybe, cosmetic bag, placemat AND loove the storage box stool!!
    you find the most wonderful treats! ReplyCancel

  • Monique

    thank you thank you for sharing this site. Wow so many fantastic product and just in time for xmas. I love the customised canvases and who would of thought of putting a photo on a cleaning cloth maybe I can customise them for each room kids in the bubble bath for the bathroom, family xmas dinner photo on the kitchen cloth so many ideas. The stool would be a great idea to tackle my daughters room (you inspired me after your daughters room). ReplyCancel

  • Zara

    absolutely love the storage stools, a great way to cherish those precious photos of the kidsReplyCancel

  • Mia

    Lots of fabulous ideas. Love the storage stools. The puzzles are a great idea. Lots in that section actually. Thanks for the link.
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  • Clare

    I love these storage boxes! They are so cute & I haven't seen anything like them before. It's a great site, heaps of fab ideas for gifts! ReplyCancel

  • I realy love the personalised iphone covers! Great giveaway! ReplyCancel

  • Yolanda

    Love storage that doubles as stool. A multitasker indeed!! ReplyCancel

  • Julie Pike

    I am just lovn the personalised puzzle – my kids would be blown away when they finished the puzzle and realised it was a picture of their face! Definately a special keepsake for our family.

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  • Toss up between the storage stool…gotta love a multi-purpose storage solution….or the iPhone covers, what a great way to carry your treasured ones with you always! ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Boan

    I love the idea of the storage stool so that would be my hands-down favourite. My boy is obsessed with carrying treasures in a box or bag. He would LOVE something that was just his. Otherwise, I like the iPhone covers too – great idea! ReplyCancel

  • Angie Wright

    Okay. I love, love, love their storage stools. It is amazing that is can be sat on and it is storage. Multifunctional is a winner. I also really like the speakers to take to the gym or do housework with. It looks like an awesome conversation starter. There was so much to choose from. Those are my favorites. ReplyCancel

  • nikke miller

    I love the portable speakers for the iphone or ipod, I think its a fantastic idea, pictures of the family yet practical as well doubled as a speaker unit, what a nice idea ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa

    Love the stools and iPhone covers, very personalized so I can tell mine and my husbands phones apart!! ReplyCancel

  • The iphone covers and the placemats were my fav ReplyCancel

  • I really love those double sided Christmas ornaments, what a great gift those would be. ReplyCancel

  • I love the notebook, what a great gift for a new mum. A photo of her newbie where she can record all the pregnancy, birth and childhood details. ReplyCancel

  • melanie w

    love the look of the portable speakers thats a pretty goovey idea. ReplyCancel

  • kim tan

    adore the puzzles! MY 2 year old twins LOVE puzzles and gives them joy for hours!!! ReplyCancel

  • Star Concepts is an amazing company, i have recieved everything, iphone covers, makeup containers but what i love what Olivia does is turn your family memory photos into walls of art… making a last memory a decoration for all to share… ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    Definitely the stool! Would be fabulous for my daughters room! Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Dannii

    I really love the pictures displayed on the mini artframes…so gorgeous and amazinly displayed. GREAT way to show off pictures of your family.ReplyCancel

  • Kristy Sweeney

    I love the puzzle. I know my daughter would love a puzzle of herself she would think it was very special.ReplyCancel

  • Cherie Humphries

    My favourite product is the cosmetic bag as when im away from my children they would be with me in a photoReplyCancel

  • Lisa S

    My favourite products are the coasters and notebook!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    Great ideas!!! I like the xmas ornaments but also very much like the storage stools…ReplyCancel

  • Zoe Belz

    I love the iphone 4 cover!ReplyCancel

  • Marie O

    I think the puzzle is just lovely but the storage stool is a great product and really different!ReplyCancel

  • Leticia

    Love the storage stools and the personalised christmas decorations! Fab ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Tash

    Love the portable speakers! :) ReplyCancel

  • debbie whitford

    A great gift idea for xmas. My favorite ,storing box.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    Love the iphone covers. My phone out all the time. What a great talkinh point.ReplyCancel

  • Faye Berry

    Love love loe the Xmas ornaments, would love to creat some for my special lil man’s first xmas this year, he will be 9 months old :) Love the storage stool ideas- witht he train design- perfect for my Big Boy’s Thomas the Tank collection!ReplyCancel

  • Amys

    Love the iphone covers and xmas ornaments. and the stool and well everything :) ReplyCancel

  • Sarshutch

    Don’t have to see all they have as yet but LOVE the stools!ReplyCancel

  • Genevieve Peden

    Oh these look awesome I would have to say these are my fav <3ReplyCancel

  • Nat ~ The Owl & the Elephant

    How cool are those storage stools? Honestly haven’t seen anything like it. Thanks for posting :)
    NatReplyCancel

  • Roxannetownsend

    I love these and i know a few neices who will get them for christmas!
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  • bernadette

    the i phone 4 covers, i have my son and my homescreen but to have him on the back would be awesum….ReplyCancel

  • I like the glasses cleaning cloth. It would make a great and original present for christmas or a birthday and its useful.ReplyCancel

{Organising} Miss 8′s bedroom – girls room

As I mentioned yesterday Miss 8 has a lot of ‘stuff,’ today I will give you  a tour around her room.  There are a lot of images so I apologise if your computer is running slow.   Her bedroom hasn’t always been perfectly tidy, earlier this year it reached the point it needed an overhaul. […]

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  • Looks beautiful!I include my kids in the cleaning out process too-gives them accountability for their belongings. Great job girls!ReplyCancel

  • Hi Kat,
    My daughter and I finally started decluttering her room just yesterday afternoon, so I can relate to this!
    With WAY too much 'stuff' cluttering draws, cupboards, her desk and usually her floor, it's gotten out of control. A lot of the problem has been me not having time to get in there and sort it out with her. And seeing as her idea of 'clean your room' was very different to mine and involved a lot of shoving things in cupboards and drawers, I finally realized it's not going to improve unless I help her!!
    I only wish that her room was beautifully painted and decorated like your daughter's already. But then again, I'm using that as a bit of leverage at the moment, so it gives us something to look forward to.
    Our plan is to work on the room just 10 or 15 minutes a day (it's amazing how much the two of us can achive in even that short time!) until we turn the 'pigsty' into a 'Princess room'!! Wish me luck. I'm going to need it!!
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  • Desiree

    LOVE her desk and lamp!! Where did you get them? ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Desiree, gorgeous aren't they. the desk is from Bambino Home and the lamp is from a local lighting shop. ReplyCancel

  • Tegan

    Looks fabulous! Loving the artwork and that chandellier – where is that from? ReplyCancel

  • Lovely room….I gave my daughters room a good clean up awhile ago….just didn’t stay that way for very long so need to do it again!ReplyCancel

  • I love the lamp and your flowers, just gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Looks lovely but I’m curious how long it will stay that way? My girls 13 and 10 love it when it looks beautiful but its a struggle to stay like that for more than a day or two.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    Thanks so much for this. My Miss 7 is also a hoarder and we regularly go through her bedroom together to sort things out! She loves hiding away, what she calls ‘treasure’ and puts them in little boxes!
    I also loved seeing what your daughter has on her walls for decoration as I think my daughter has too many wall stickers and things and it looks a little cluttered!ReplyCancel

  • wow what a difference. My 2 daughters share a bedroom and it constantly looks like your before pics I would love and so would they to have it always look like the after pics. What is the secret to keeping it looking nice and tidy. They don’t have any toys in there it is just stuff or “treasures” don’t they love that word. What is with them keeping wrapping off toys it does my head in but I am always finding them under miss 6′s pillow.ReplyCancel

  • Kerri

    Katrina it is all gorgeous and as always you've done a fantastic job organising everything beautifully. I especially love the inspiration artwork :)
    Can I ask where you got her wooden matching hangers from? Are they child size or adult size?
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  • You and your daughter did a lovely job! I will need to help my 11 y.o son with his room in the near future. Wish me luck!ReplyCancel

  • [...] week I shared images of one of my daughters bedrooms.  There are so many different ways you can decorate a room, therefore today I am sharing with you [...]ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    Thankyou Kerri. Do you mean the coat hangers. They are from Target, I am sure they still stock them. ReplyCancel

  • Beth

    Wow this is fantastic !!! Great job ReplyCancel

  • Ailsa Grady

    What a beautiful room, love the desk and love the lamp!ReplyCancel

  • [...] of encouragement and motivation as she finds situations overwhelming.  I made some paintings for her bedroom wall as a gentle reminder each [...]ReplyCancel

  • Jenna

    What an amazing job. It looks great. I too, love the desk, where did you get it?ReplyCancel

  • Fleur

    looks lovely, where are all the shoes?? ReplyCancel

  • Farah

    Can you tell me where you purchased that beautiful lamp?? ReplyCancel

    • I can’t remember the name of the store, but it was one of the lighting shops at Helensvale Home World. ReplyCancel

    • Ltattard

      I brought one in a shop in Forest Hill Victoria.
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  • Kate

    I love this page.. inspired to become more organised.. I have made a start.. Still have a way to go though.. My daughter has lots of ‘baby’ things.. pram, cradle, highchair, walker etc.. any tips on where to keep them.. I hate having them sitting around her room – never looks tidy..ReplyCancel

  • Shylou

    so love this page. Thanks so much. was just wondering what the 5 square things above the cups and dishes on your daughters work desk was? or is that certificates she got from school. ReplyCancel

  • fun inspirational room! I’m in the process of re-fixing up my Miss ‘almost’ 8′s room, we had moved her into her ‘own room’ & initially it was “under control” but as she had minimal storage area, things got messy pretty quickly…. So after trolling through internet catalogues, going to Ikea (the kids had fun in Smaland) I finally found what I had in mind at Officeworks… who’d have thought!? With a few tears we have parted with old toys that had been loved to pieces (literally), Barbie items will now be stored in her sister’s room (another room to do too!) I’m hoping that we are able to rediscover her desk, sort out her craft items & find the floor again!ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    Where is that desk from? I love it! ReplyCancel

  • [...] few years ago my eldest daughter asked for a desk for her room, it was her prep year in school and I thought it was a great idea as she loved to [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] This picture below is what her room has looked like over the past few years, see how I’ve organised inside drawers and cupboards here. [...]ReplyCancel

  • Caroline

    Lovely room – where did the get the great chandeleir lamp?ReplyCancel

    • thank you Caroline, I can’t remember the stores name but it is at Helensvale Homeworld in QLD, I purchased it about 2 years ago.ReplyCancel

    • Caroline

      Thanks Katrina, I’m loving this blog – I’ve done my pantry and its so much betterReplyCancel

      • Thanks Caroline, I’m glad you find some inspiration to organise your pantryReplyCancel

  • Deb

    Was going to ask the same thing, where did you get the chandelier lamp from, just gorgeous, what a difference with the before and after, nice and easy now for cleaning. My 11yr daughter is in the same boat, we are in the process of de cluttering her room, it is turning out to be more of a bigger job than I thought.ReplyCancel

    • I got the lamp from a lighting store at Helensvale Homeworld, I can’t remember the name of the shop, but it was about 2 years ago, super cute isn’t itReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Love this post. We have a blended family and five girls. We have dolls and littlest pet shops galore!!! Loving the site!ReplyCancel

    • Karen

      Just did my pantry today after reading your blog. Onto linen cupboard tomorrowReplyCancel

  • jess

    wow love itReplyCancel

5 tips to keep the kids rooms clean and organised

Keeping the kids rooms clean and organised can be a struggle.  However following a few of the tips below should help you gain control back in their rooms. Put a bin in their rooms so they can throw away rubbish properly and conveniently rather than throwing it on the floor. Create a home for everything, […]

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  • I think i must be one of the very few people who has a child who doesn't play on his room so it rarely gets untidy! ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      My mr 8 doesn’t play in his room either he rummages through and that’s what makes the mess. He plays in the lounge or near me. I’m showing his room next week, hopefully it may help with ideas :) ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    We don't keep toys in the bedroom but we do have a small toy area that could do with some organising. I ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I hope u find some inspiration in the coming postsReplyCancel

  • oh to have the 'perfectionist ' type.. i think i have two hoarders… or at least one and the other just 'lazy and untidy'! helpful post though..thanks:-) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I hope it helps. I have to react differently when asking each child to clean their rooms.ReplyCancel

  • harrietarcher

    Hoarder and a Delgator at my house! The Delegator insists it's not actually his problem, and it's perfectly reasonable for him to delegate cleaning up of his mess to his big brother, his mother, any random stranger wandering past…and if he's pushed to DO something, he generally ends up with a near-mortal wound from a stray glance from his brother (yes, glance. As in he's looking at me) I seriously hope he ends up in a well paying career where he can afford to employ staff to do all his picking up for him! ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh poor little brother. do you think delegator will learn to tidy his own room?ReplyCancel

  • Both my children are hoarders. Thankfully Boy Girl is growing out of it as he is getting older. My Girl child is very similar to your Miss 8. she gets completely overwhelmed and can't even spend 5 minutes putting books back on the bookcase.

    We will be spending some time over the next few days. I hope we can do it. ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      You may like tomorrow’s post I’m showing her room.ReplyCancel

  • My youngest sounds like your Miss 8, keeps every piece of packaging, string, tickets etc. She calls them "her treasures" and we have a special drawer for them. Once the drawer is full, she has to cull them and she is happy to do so at that point in time. She is our little Bower Bird. ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That is a wonderful way to kep her ‘treasures’ReplyCancel

  • got one hoarder here and a 2 year old that would prefer to mess his big sisters room rather than his own ReplyCancel

  • Shanna

    My 2 year old..well he's two and a whirlwind. Prefers dark room for sleeping, and near shut door. Impossible for him to sleep if required to share a room. His room is littered with toy body parts and he gets angry if you attempt to move anything off from the floor.

    My near 4 year old has dust allergies so we attempt to keep things off the floor, away from window furnishings etc etc. Although he loves order and is methodical, often puts things away when asked, his room reflects his natural curiosity. Books everywhere made into roads, blankets rolled up into "garages" for toy cars..he is very protective of his room and hates anyone going near it.

    My 6 and 8 girls share a room. One is lazy, the other inconsiderate of belongings. Tissues all over the place, dirty clothes, toys, books, unmade beds yadda yadda. There's a bin, laundry basket, places for everything but still the attitude is poorly. We had a rogue mouse in the house and I even said that one night that mouse would crawl up into their rolled up uniforms on the floor and surprise them one morning. The shock was only short lived haha. I just hope the girls have a sense of pride and confidence in themselves soon or we WILL get more mice in the house hehe. ReplyCancel

  • [...] I mentioned yesterday Miss 8 has a lot of ‘stuff,’ today I will give you  a tour around her room.  There [...]ReplyCancel

  • Lise

    Oh my gosh, I thought my 7 year old daughter was the only child out there who liked to keep packaging! She is DEFINATELY a hoarder, she will keep her room tidy on the surface, but the drawers and shelves are full of STUFF. Good to know I’m not the only Mum with a little one like this :) ReplyCancel

  • Hmm I think I have one lazy but tidy and two hoarders! The twins are too young to tell yet. I don't have rubbish bins in their rooms, I might try that and see if it helps ReplyCancel

  • Phew – when I read that there were 5 tips to keeping a room tidy I was prepared for something hard – but this is easy! I actually do all these things, but we have a constant battle with paper. We have a Miss 6 who loves loves loves to draw and write letters and make cards. Our house is over run with precious things she has made. Yesterday when she was at school – I had to go through her little craft trolley and throw out stuff – I filled an entire rubbish bin! Amazing.

    Great post. Nice to read something with so much common sense. I will now read some other posts and see if I too can become an 'organised housewife' too. Boy, that would make my husband so happy! ReplyCancel

  • my 9 year old is a hoarder too. Glad to hear im not the only one ladies! whew!ReplyCancel

  • My miss 4 doesn't have the motivation, I don't think, to actually do any tidying. Probably due to my lack of motivation!! We've just moved into our house about a month ago (from sharing houses with others for the past 4 years!) so still have to get into a good routine. I think we need to cull a lot of toys as we seem to have LOTS (or just a small room) and she doesn't play with many of them. My miss 2 is quite happy to tidy, although copies her older sister, so doesn't always do it!
    Thank you for the suggestions, I think I need to put more focus and determination in to organising their room more (they share a room) I'm not the best house organiser/house cleaner! ReplyCancel

  • We have a 4 yr old hoarder and I think your idea of taking photos of the special bits of paper is GENIUS. Thanks Katrina xx ReplyCancel

  • Omg I've got 3 kids & they each fit each of the criteria you mentioned. Miss 9 is a hoarder, miss 8 the perfectionist & master 5 is lazy but tidy! Thanks for these tips. Am in the process of reorganising their rooms & desks. ReplyCancel

  • Maryanne

    Master 9 is Lazy but tidy rooming with Master 7 – hoarder.
    Miss 6 is perfectionist but likes to hoard stuff. Shared with younger siblings till recently and was a nightmare when clean up time came!
    Master 4 shares with Master 3 and both are lazy but tidy. Thanks to me, Mum.
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  • Alyce

    Haha, I’m lazy but tidy myself!! But a wannabe perfectionist.ReplyCancel

  • [...] If you are struggling with keeping the kids room tidy, you may find some ideas  in this post:  5 tips to keep the kids rooms clean and organised.  [...]ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for the tips!! :D Loving them.
    Im a bit of everything hehe Need to learn to put things in their proper home and keep that “home” tidyReplyCancel

  • Oh please please please tell me how to keep a dropper/hoarder child’s room tidy? Miss 5 almost 6 drops everything she picks up in every room. Washing, clothes, toys, clean clothes, dirty clothes, cuts up bit and paper and makes craft things from anything she can find etc. I have thought I may have to lock everything up! But don’t want crush her independence and creativity.ReplyCancel

  • [...] little Miss 8 is quite the perfectionist.  All my 3 kids cleaning styles are different, but Miss 8 likes to keep everything in its place, doesn’t like to be late and likes to [...]ReplyCancel

  • Liz @ Eudora

    Thanks for the ideas. A cleaning fairy would be ideal ;) ReplyCancel

  • Candice Louise Mannix

    Love your ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Kady Gian-Peter Maccagnan

    My 7 year old is such a hoarder, he also likes to keep packaging, and not just toy packaging, but toilet rolls, tissue boxes and any type of empty food boxes and it drives me nuts! I often have to do a big clean out when he’s as school, it’s such a relief to throw all that rubbish out!ReplyCancel

  • Bree

    These are great tips! My oldest girl loves when everything is picked up and tidy, but overall tends to be the hoarder type (keeping packaging, wrappers and tags). The room easily becomes overwhelming for her and she resorts to shoving items under the bed when picking up. I make time to help her declutter, but not frequent enough. 15 minutes a day…I think we can do that! Also, a great tip to pick up toys earlier than before bedtime.ReplyCancel

    • Your right Bree, bedtime tidy up isn’t idea, perhaps when it’s bath time??ReplyCancel

    • I’ve been working with my Miss Tween over the holidays, I have given her one task each day to tidy, under the desk… on top of the bedside table…. 2nd drawer and she has found this really manageable. Hope the 15 min a day works for you.ReplyCancel