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Easy zucchini and rice slice   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 35 mins Total time 50 mins   Author: Reader: Saran France Ingredients 5 eggs 250g long grain white rice, cooked ¼ cup grated cheddar cheese 2 zucchini, trimmed, grated ½ cup frozen peas 3 spring onions Instructions Preheat oven to 190oC or […]

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  • Zoe

    Just a quick question – these look yummy but I have a funny feeling my boys (2 under fives and hubby) won’t eat it so wondered if I they were freezer friendly? Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Al

    Are these freezer friendlyReplyCancel

  • Carly

    Hi Katrina,
    What is the quantity of uncooked rice so I need to make the 250g cooked?
    Thank-you! Am looking forward to making this!ReplyCancel

Cheesymite Scrolls   Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 20 mins Total time 40 mins   Serves: 10 Ingredients 3 cups SR Flour Pinch Salt 50g butter 1-1½ cups milk 1-2 tbsp Vegemite 1 cup grated cheese ½ cup grated cheese, extra Instructions Pre-heat oven to 220C Sift flour and salt into a bowl […]

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This is a fantastic graphic showing different way’s to tie shoe laces, who knew there were so many stylish ways. Great talking point for kids starting a new school. I usually tie as H shows. Some of these would look really funky with multicoloured laces (but our school is black laces only). Step by […]

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  • Has anyone tried those elastic no tie laces?ReplyCancel

  • Best laces for those just starting school, available at athletes foot, called one second laces. Already looped, pull the loops to loosen and the tabs to tighten. Won’t break like the elastic ones.ReplyCancel

  • @ Kathrina Thanks. I have twins starting kindy this year so that will save a bit of time in the mornings. Once again thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina – yep. My father-in-law used them after his stroke – brilliant! ReplyCancel

  • The way I do them is not on this list. I learnt from my Dad and I thought it was pretty bog standard!

    I love this list though. It would have been fab in the 80’s when we had those made shoelaces that had patterns and words on them!!ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    very interesting Katrina my rope/knot lover little boy will love this.ReplyCancel

  • Lorraine Reynolds

    Sorry to sound negative, but this graphic is how to lace shoes, not how to tie them. I was hoping for how to tie them. My ASD son’s feet are now too big for runners with Velcro, and we are finding it difficult to help him learn how to tie them. Does anyone have any resources for this? ThanksReplyCancel

As you all know I enjoy creating special treats for my kids lunchboxes, but another something special is when I pop in a little note. I may do it just for one child and someday’s I do it for all 3, something to help boost their day. Also another creative idea is writing a little […]

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Could you please share more about your homework station, where did you buy it from and please include pics of how you store your art supplies. What is your homework routine? Here is our homework nook The homework nook sits in our dining area which is where all homework is completed. On Top In the […]

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  • Such a great idea. I’ll have to remember that when mine start schoolReplyCancel

  • That’s great. You are so inspirational!ReplyCancel

  • I’m definitely doing this. Love it ! ReplyCancel

  • Penny

    our homework routine failed dismally last year. I am trying hard to get organised and ready for the new year. I am going to get the mag holder for my daughters home work book and home reader. I look forward to getting ideas from other busy mums with tiny houses on thier organising tips. I love your blog Katrina and I have improved many areas of my house with your tips and tricks. Keep up the fantastic work.ReplyCancel

  • I like the idea of the rotations. My second is starting school so this might just work. Any ideas for dealing with twin preschoolers while all that is going on? Lol. XReplyCancel

  • Like Penny homework time always fails for us & usually ends up in a screaming match – can’t find a pen, can’t find my homework, I want to play the Wii … I am determined to set a strict routine this school year with the 2 Primary aged kids – the high schooler – no idea how to tackle her yet!! Tips welcome. My kids don’t get off the bus until 4.20 so it makes afternoons before dinner all the more time-poor. ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    you are amazing – did you grow up in a house this organised and routines. Your child must feel amazing, safe and nurtured in the home environment you have made. Such an inspiring person xReplyCancel

  • That’s a terrific homework routine and this year I’m going to try and do something similar. Homework becomes difficult in our house because we have a 2 and a 3 year old who like annoying the older two and taking their things. I’m not sure what to do about that yet, because they’re not easily distracted from such an important task as annoying their siblings!!!ReplyCancel

  • Great idea – I have some drawers that need to be cleaned out and a paper/ pencils/craft cupboard that needs reorganising. Oh and one more day before I go back to work – so it looks like my day it sorted! :-) thanks for the idea.ReplyCancel

  • Our homework routine last year was pretty basic, just sit at dining table and lounge until done, while one of them did their maths sheet or english sheet, I’d read with the other one and then test them on their spelling words. The two afternoons we were at gymnastics meant we only had limited time so it was usually spelling on one day and reading on the other. That worked because Monday is a gymnastic day for us and thats when they get their new spelling list, so Monday after gymnastic we did spelling.

    I had two baskets I’d store the homework supplies in, the bigger one stored their books and papers and the smaller one stored pens/glue etc. Because we are almost ready to move into the new section of our house the place I store homework will need to be changed and I’m thinking of getting a cupboard custom made to store homework/school bags along with keys and wallets etc.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!! This is my area of reorganisation for this week and you have given me tons of inspiration. Our school supplies are in every area of our home & I’m sure that we have about 10 sets of everything for 2 kids. Thank you so much for sharing with us…ReplyCancel

  • Great idea, I luv it, I’m going to try it this yr. ReplyCancel

  • Natasha

    Great idea. I never make mine do the homework on weekend (includes Friday night) unless they didn’t complete something during the week. Last year reading and spelling was homework for 10 yr twins – more often than not we sat on their bed and did it as it was quiet. The 12 yr often did her homework off her own back. Most nights they read to me at bedtime took turns and read to self while with another. Being a single mum makes it hard at times, I did fall asleep on them a few times
    I’m starting studying this year so I’m hoping that each afternoon we can all sit around the dinning table for about half hour and do homework together.
    Going to get some mag holders.ReplyCancel

  • Although my daughter’s homework load is due to increase this year (Yr 3), I found last year’s routine worked well for us. As soon as we get home, they change out of their uniforms and have afternoon tea while chilling out with a little TV (half hour max) while I sort out their schoolbags. Then if the weather is fine, I get them outside playing till 5pm. This is very important in our household – plenty of fresh air and exercise stimulates their mind and gets the good hormones going, not to mention it takes advantage of the available daylight (particularly in winter). Then at 5pm my daughter has her shower while I sit with my son (will be Yr 1) and listen to his reader or go over the worksheets he brings home. Once my daughter is finished her shower, they swap. My son has his shower and my daughter sits at the dining table (in our kitchen) and does her homework while I prepare dinner. That way I am on hand to help her easily while still getting things done!

    Also I found that splitting my daughter’s weekly homework load up over the first three days of the week really helped. Monday was maths, Tuesday was spelling and Wednesday was sentences. I worked most Thursday nights, so it was a load off my mind to know that her homework was completed by then and Dad only had to listen to her reader. Also it meant that they could go shopping and get a treat or spend their pocket money.

    Now I just need some inspiration to help me get a homework station set up. Although our routine was good, stashing everything on the kitchen bench was not! I have a console table right beside the dining table (splits the lounge from the kitchen) that I want to utilise. Any ideas?ReplyCancel

  • Although my daughter’s homework load is due to increase this year (Yr 3), I found last year’s routine worked well for us. As soon as we get home, they change out of their uniforms and have afternoon tea while chilling out with a little TV (half hour max) while I sort out their schoolbags. Then if the weather is fine, I get them outside playing till 5pm. This is very important in our household – plenty of fresh air and exercise stimulates their mind and gets the good hormones going, not to mention it takes advantage of the available daylight (particularly in winter). Then at 5pm my daughter has her shower while I sit with my son (will be Yr 1) and listen to his reader or go over the worksheets he brings home. Once my daughter is finished her shower, they swap. My son has his shower and my daughter sits at the dining table (in our kitchen) and does her homework while I prepare dinner. That way I am on hand to help her easily while still getting things done!

    Also I found that splitting my daughter’s weekly homework load up over the first three days of the week really helped. Monday was maths, Tuesday was spelling and Wednesday was sentences. I worked most Thursday nights, so it was a load off my mind to know that her homework was completed by then and Dad only had to listen to her reader. Also it meant that they could go shopping and get a treat or spend their pocket money.

    Now I just need some inspiration to help me get a homework station set up. Although our routine was good, stashing everything on the kitchen bench was not! I have a console table right beside the dining table (splits the lounge from the kitchen) that I want to utilise. Any ideas?ReplyCancel

  • with home readers …. they are read to me in the morning as I do the little ladies hair …. not wriggling and I can watch their accuracy without making them feel self conscious :)ReplyCancel

  • KazF

    We are praying that we stay in one spot this year – we moved twice last year which involved changing towns twice and schools once and in one instance a very long bus journey to and from school since we knew one of the moves would be for only 6 months. That way we can get into a good routine to start the year off. I’m generally not home to handle the homework stuff straight after school, so the kids are able to play outside or chill out inside till 5.30 (5 in winter) then come in settle down and start homework at the dining table and my computer desk nearby while Hubby and I are organising dinner in the adjoining kitchen.

    My eldest is going into Year 3 so his homework load will undoubtedly go up, though the 6 yr old in Yr 1 last year got more home than the one in Yr 2, so it wouldn’t be hard. They both have computer homework and written homework so they will rotate between the 2 work stations. They still have another full week of holidays yet so we aren’t getting too crazy excited about going back to school.

    I have treated them to a Lego art carousel with a couple of added things like scissors and glue as they are both Lego mad and it might keep them a little interested. I’ve told them they can only use it for homework. They get homework each night which goes back the next day, so no need for books hanging around the house.ReplyCancel

  • Our homework routine (such that it is) is a little erm. Shambolic to say the least. The Little Kid (in Prep) had reader and words to do each night, and the Big Kid (Gr 3)would have a work sheet, spelling words and 20 minutes of reading to do each night (probably 30 minutes all up). BUT we don’t normally get home til 6pm; and because the boys need to be UP at 6.45am each morning, they go to bed by 8pm (7.40pm to allow for the 20 minutes of reading each night) – so that gives us an hour and 40 minutes for dinner, showering, relaxing a little, music practice and homework. Funnily enough, it was the homework that normally got shunted to the side. The Little Kid will read his reader to me while I cook or to his brother – if he’s in the mood. Otherwise, I don’t force the issue.

    The Big Kid will normally whip through his worksheet on Saturday morning (deal there is I am doing housework – which I don’t like; so he’s happy enough to do his work sheet which *he* doesn’t like) even though it’s supposed to be spread over the week. He also often got a ‘project’ to do last year (they annoyed me – some were just too big for the time frame allocated without a reasonable amount of parental participation.)

    The Big Kid does what he can at the coffee table or the dining table. I am getting new furniture this summer – so I will hopefully be able to allocate the kidsa small section for homework supplies so we don’t have the endless “I need a pen/pencil/crayon/scissors” before he gets started.ReplyCancel

  • We have set up an area like this for the new school year. Does anyone have any suggestions for library books? School and public. Just wondering what others do. We lost one school library book last year – and need to be better organized. ReplyCancel

  • for library books, we have a cane rectanglular basket that sits on our hutch/cabinet in the dining room (next to our garage which is what we use for our main entrance). All library and school books go into this basket. As soon as they come home from getting them, they go into the basket and after reading them they are returned to the basket. I haven’t lost a book since starting this idea.ReplyCancel

  • […] homework nook – another thing on my to-do […]ReplyCancel

  • i love al these ideas i hope when my baby gose to big school ill be able to organise and use all these ideas (still got 3 years to ggo thank god)

  • Aaron27

    so glad i just found this site its so usefull, i recently made a homework nook in the loungeroom out of a small old cupboard it is so much easier, no searching mindlessly for pens lost homework sheets, glue sticks etcReplyCancel

  • Amber

    my daughter is 7 and our routine has been the same for 2 years. When we get home from school at 3.30pm she changes out of her school clothes and has afternoon tea. Usually plays in her bedroom until 4.30pm then starts homework. 4.30-6pm homework/reading. 6pm dinner. 6.30pm help clear up and house chores (wipes table, helps stack dishwasher, tidy’s her bedroom and packs bag for school) 7pm piano practice. 7.30pm shower. 8pm in bed lights out. This works well for us. We don’t have TV on during the weeknights. She is allowed to watch a movie or cartoons Saturday morning for max 2 hours. Piano practice everyday and on weekends for at least an hour. I believe it is important the child is above average in class as once they fall down it will follow on until high school. A lot of the time her teacher does not set enough homework. I find this frustrating as I believe homework should be set daily, and I am always buying learning books to fill in the gaps. In the school holidays I get her to complete a few pages of the learning books everyday and we have a rule that she can not play until they are done. After reading your routine I find mine quite strict but I like it that way. She has never complained about doing the extra learning things or about not watching TV after school. I guess if you start them young then they don’t know any different.ReplyCancel

  • Carley

    That’s all well and good, I STRUGGLE to do homework with my prep boy who only started a few weeks ago (long story). The problem is I have 2 under 2 and so their needs are always immediate and when I say to wait they aren’t happy little munchkins. As a result homework never gets done (don’t judge me) having 2 under 2 is hard work. To clean a kitchen can take all day because the eldest nearly 2 wants to ALWAYS be picked up. I can do homework late at night but then my prep boy ain’t in the slightest bit interested and just wants to destroy his homework books.ReplyCancel

    • That’s so true Carley, I like to get homework out of the way once they get home so then they can relax their minds and bodies, play outside and enjoy some sunshine. I can only imagine how difficult it is for you to get through homework time with 2 little ones. Can you set up books for them to draw in so you can all be at the table together at homework time???ReplyCancel

  • Leesa Leech

    OMG you guys are in such a shock when they start High School both my boys at least spend 3 hours a night doing home work each term have at least one full on assignment per subject. However, this is a great idea as the kids never can find pencils etc as they have left them in their locker at school so I too will be creating a nook like this but adapting for High School Students and another draw for my daughter that starts prep next year.ReplyCancel

  • Narelle Peake Fousketakis

    Love the ideas here, especially the magazine holders and pencils/textra, etc.. Something for me to do over the summer holidays.ReplyCancel

    • I have just finished writing a post about another Homework nook I just created for one of my readers, hopefully it will inspire you as well, it should be published in JanuaryReplyCancel

  • guest

    I have a 10 plastic drawer unit on castors from Office Works as my homework station. This way they can wheel it over to the table where they are working. It’s filled with all the things needed for homework and assignments. My 3 are Grades 1,4,7. We only have 1 completely free afternoon on a schhol day usually, so I just can’t imagine getting them to focus after 6 hours of school already during such a busy week. Sometimes they use their initiative and get some homework done while watching another sibling at sport. My routine for years has been that I sit at the patio table every Saturday/Sunday morning available for homework help. We are all early risers so we are usually done by 8.30am. Unless its a big assigment like, make a replica of the solar system! If they don’t take advantage of the time that I am completely available, then they do it on their own. These days, more often than not, they have started before I get up and I just have to check it.ReplyCancel

  • […] I created a designated space “homework nook’ in our home a few years ago which stores everything related to the kid’s school, homework and drawing.  It’s a storage unit that sits in our dining area and keeps all the school paperwork, and homework books tidy.  I have 3 magazine files on top for each of the kids to store their books and papers. Usually the school emails me permission slips which I then print and keep in their file until it’s closer to the time due.  The first drawer is for all our colouring pencils, textas, rulers, writing pencils, 2nd drawer is colour books, scrapbooks etc and the 3rd drawer keeps all the sunscreen, zinc etc.  See more pictures of my homework nook here. […]ReplyCancel

Corn and Bacon Fritters   Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 10 mins Total time 30 mins   Author: Reader: Sarah France Ingredients 2 shortcut bacon, chopped 1 cup cooked spaghetti, chopped 400g can corn kernels, rinsed, drained ¼ cup tasty cheese, grated 1 spring onion, chopped 2 eggs, lightly beaten ½ cup milk […]

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Potato Pinwheels   Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 35 mins Total time 55 mins   Author: Reader: Sarah France Serves: 24 Ingredients 4 medium potatoes, mashed and cooled 2 shortcut bacon rasher, chopped 2 spring onions, chopped 1 egg, beaten ½ cup grated tasty cheese 2 tablespoons parley, chopped 1 red capsicum, finely […]

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Blueberry Muffins – Freezeable   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 15 mins Total time 25 mins   Author: Kat Recipe type: Muffins Serves: 12 Ingredients 2 cups SR Flour ¾ cups brown sugar ½ cup vegetable oil 1 egg ½ cup milk ½ tsp vanilla 1 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh) Instructions Place […]

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I mentioned early last year, that my kids have not had nits in their hair. Thankfully they didn’t bring any home last year and my fingers are crossed ‘touch wood’ they won’t be coming home this year either. My tips on possibly why we haven’t been struck with nits: I make our ownhair detangler, recipe […]

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  • Sure they aren”t off to get married?? Sorry but who has time for that in the mornings? I use a condtioning mousse and simple ponytail or plait and we have no problems. ReplyCancel

  • Wow! They are amazing! How did u learn to do that?????ReplyCancel

  • I use tea tree oil&water in a spray bottle and thank fully never had them either. My daughter is going to love these styles! Thank you :)ReplyCancel

  • These hair styles are so pretty. Content as I am with my four sons, you almost have me wishing for a daughter so that I could get the chance to do some fancy hair! :0)ReplyCancel

  • They look great but how long does it take to do their hair of a morning? ReplyCancel

  • Love the ideas! Thanks :-) I keep all our red school hair ties, clips and headbands together on her spray so they are easily found. Other hair CLIPS on a long ribbon that is attached to her wall, so you don’t have to go searching and she can easily clip it back, once used. ReplyCancel

  • Christy

    Hi There, Does anyone know of any good books on girls hairstyles? I’ve been looking for one for my littlest Step-daughter who loves having her hair in ‘dos’. A book would be great for her to transport between homes. Any suggestions? Many thanks! ReplyCancel

  • julie mcdonald

    Aww, I miss doing my girl’s hair! We used to have a ‘topsy tail’ device to flip a ponytail and they looked so cute! Memories!ReplyCancel

  • wish I knew how to braid hair!!ReplyCancel

  • Heather

    Awwww, So pretty. I used to do all these sorts of pretty hair styles in my daughters hair. Now she’s in high school and never lets me touch her hair. I miss it so much!ReplyCancel

  • J Bolderoff

    I have 3 kids at primary school, 2 boys and a girl. She has long hair and loves to wear it down, she never gets nits. However my middle boy is the one that gets nits at least twice to three times a year. I have found that he tends to play in close quarters to his friends, head to head, and it’s the same circle of friends he has had since he started kindy. I don’t know if one of the mums does not treat their kids hair or it’s just because they get so close to each other. I have found that by allowing my boys to style their hair with cheap gel has helped dramatically. Nits do not like dirty hair or hair products. A thin layer of gel seems to be enough to put them off, since doing this he never gets them anymore. Even if the school has restrictions on hair styles you can still add enough to deter the nits without needing to do a crazy spiky style.ReplyCancel

  • kazza

    Great ideas ! Just what I need for school :) I could do with some instructions for those braids !!!ReplyCancel

  • It probably wouldn’t take longer than ten minutes from start to finish to do most of those hairstyles :) There are some great ideas there, thanks xReplyCancel

  • Karen

    I wish I could braide well like you… I have two very fair head girls with thin hair.. We also have done well thus far with no nits… I use the detangular spray but then when hair tied back in similar designs to Lisa I spray them with hair spray… This is a perfect block for nits… And keeps there hair looking nice all day… In saying that I wash my kids hair every second day but during the week everyday as with the hair spray it needs to be washed out… I wish I could upload pics of our hair clip drawers! We have a heap!! My hall stand has two large wide drawers, that where everything fits to do there hair, drawers are divided up with little plastic baskets… Then the ones that aren’t used so often are stored in bathroom in a fishing tackle box with compartments..ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    Great ideas just wish I could braid :( ReplyCancel

  • i braid my girls hair too most mornings, i like that their hair looks so tidy,and it doesnt take any longer once you have got it mastered. Love the pics!ReplyCancel

  • I enjoy braiding my daughters hair but they say I pull it too tight! I also took a moment to look at the related hair tie organiser blog post – AWESOME idea! I’ve been struggling with how to keep track of & “find when I need them” hair ties & head bands – <3 the re-purposed!ReplyCancel

  • Mell

    i have 5 daughters (9yrs-9mths) an for the life of me, i just can’t get the hang of braiding …… i o keep trying, but does anyone have any tipsReplyCancel

    • Donna

      Practise with towel dried hair when learning. You have more control over the hairReplyCancel

  • I have one daughted with a head full of long hair.. She is 6 & there is absolutely NO WAY I could braid her hair, if I ever have a morning where there is no whinging & moving around (just to brush & pull up in a pony tail) is a miracle.. I also do the tea tree spray 4 both my girls and got thru the whole year with out nits.ReplyCancel

  • My eldest(9) did her own and her younger sister’s hair like this yesterday and asked could she do it for school!ReplyCancel

  • Love the styles will try one now as we are going down the beach today!ReplyCancel

  • Your girl’s hair is just beautiful! As a teacher I love the styles little girls come in with in the mornings. And I appreciate the effort mums like you Katrina put in to making their children well groomed :) not easy in the mornings but as you say, a nice way to have a chat before they head off on their day! ReplyCancel

  • WOW. I’m going to share this link with all my friends who have little girls. Thanks for the inspiration!!ReplyCancel

  • Fiona… I’m in the same boat as you, cannot braid, Katrina would love if you could upload a new video to show us your quick 5 min braids!! Thanks :)ReplyCancel

  • Yep, I’d love a video too :)ReplyCancel

  • I braid mine like that for school too. My kids have never hsd nits either.

  • There are lots of how-to braiding videos on YouTube. I’ve watched them and STILL cannot braid for the life of me. Where do you get this tea tree spray that’s been mentioned? I HATE nits with a passion!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • That looks good, but my daughter washes her hair with ‘pears’ lavender shampoo and conditioner. She is nearly 9. Still never had nits, thankgod.ReplyCancel

  • A spray of lavender and cedarwood oils mixed with water each morning will make the kids smell nice and should mean they never get them. All natural works amazingly.ReplyCancel

  • Dana Nelson

    The link to the Life as we know it blog isn’t working…ReplyCancel

  • Two boys at my house! We’ve had nits once and once only – and it was from my eldest playing head to head with his best mate (who got it from his cousin), then passed along to my youngest in more or less the same way! The mate and my two boys sported VERY short hair for a good while there; and now their hair is a bit longer, bit of styling gel to make their hair unpleasant for the little critters. And we wash with teatree shampoo when the nit note comes home from school.

    The oldest has a relatively long fringe now, so we’re hoping that the head-to-head play has eased off a bit!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    My daughter has long white blonde hair, and all her little friends love to stroke it and play with it, which drove me crazy. She got nits once this year, but luckily I caught it early (they stand out in her hair too). I put a firm stop to hair dressing at school, and we haven’t had a recurrence of the nits. I hope we don’t get them again, as it was a pain!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sam

    I also would love to learn how to braid, with 2 girls it is a necessity never had nits though thank goodness, I spray their hair each morning with a tea tree and ginger mix. Life saver.ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    My daughter has very fine and curly hair. I would love to be able to braid her hair, but it’s just too fine, I can’t even keep hairbands in it!ReplyCancel

  • Natasha Wells

    i LOVE these hair styles i am going to use them especially to showcase my hair accessories that i make

  • Sascha

    I have 4 daughters and I’m one of 4 girls. My mum never knew how to braid and so last year I you tubed it and now i’m so good!! You tube girls…ReplyCancel

  • JP

    Beautiful braiding! I am one of 4 girls too. Being farm kids, we had early bus pickup, so our hair was always short. Mum definitely didn’t have time to fuss with our hair! Sadly, we didn’t get the opportunity to play hairdressers as young girls, so have never been able to braid hair. The closest I got to doing long hair was plaiting our pony’s mane. I have a son who “lets me know when he needs his hair cut”. Our daughter has long, wavy auburn hair which turns to dreadlocks overnight, if not brushed & tied up. I have tried braiding & my daughter loves it when I attempt even a simple braid. I’m all fingers but I’ll keep trying.ReplyCancel

  • Butafly Dreamz

    Love all the different ways to do the hair, with my daughter entering school this year i have been practising to get my braids right slow progress! But the hair tie organising is just like our bathroom, i have never seen so many hair ties in my life that i have them all boxed up for and quick use! ReplyCancel

  • Davina

    I wanted to let you know that your hairstyles are a hit. I have had heaps of comments on my daughters hair since she started school. I can’t braied but I have been doing the plats and the criss cross one. I give full credit to you so hopefully you will get a few new readers from it. Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Aaw, thankyou Davina for sharing. My girls love it when I do their hair up, and secretly I have fun doing it. But then there are day’s they are happy with a ponytail. ReplyCancel

  • Jenniferlang

    Thankyou for the great hair idea’s, I’m a hairdresser myself and have not seen some of these, but i do usually ladies hair not kids but will be doing these on my 4 year old daughter! :-)

  • I taught myself how to braid on my daughters dolls hair… Barbie’s are great as are stiff ( and don’t wiggle or whine ;)

    I use a spray that is 6 drops of pure tea tree or eucalyptus oil, 6 drops of lavender oil… 1/2 fill a spray bottle with cheap conditioner, add the oils and then fill to the top with water. Shake well and spray on child’s hair every morning ( don’t be stingy). I also spray her school hat once a week.

    Our kindy class has been riddled with nits all year long and my daughter has long hair but no nits as of yet!ReplyCancel

  • jenny

    you might like i use it often to find differnt hairstyles, however my then 6 year old asked me to just do simple ponytails because she was sick of people paying so much attention to her fancy hair.
    Nits… i have just dealt with them for the first time in over 2 years… damn critters even got me!!
    I usually use your detangler recipe, but add tee tree and lavander oil as well to try to keep the bugs away. shame my daughters best friend is the one that always has nits…. tight hairstyles it is for her again!ReplyCancel

  • Shell

    If you can plait, you can braid! A braid is just like a plait. Start with a small section on top of the head (or side, depending where you’d like) and section into 3 pieces and start plaiting. When you get to the piece of hair on the top, depending on which side it is (coming in from the left or the right), pull in a piece of hair from that side to add to the hair on top. Continue plaiting, pulling in pieces from each side until you reach your desired length. Then put in a hair tie :o) Hope this helpsReplyCancel

  • LeeLee

    glad to see someone else does outie plats! I thought I was the only one.ReplyCancel

This weeks meal plan Monday – Bacon PastaBake Tuesday – Donna Hay’s, Chorizo, Spinach and Ricotta Frittata (Fast, Fresh, Simple cookbook) next time I will omit the sage and ricotta. Wednesday – KFC, we had a delightful day seeing Mary Poppins the musical so… had the night off Thursday – Slow Cooked Silverside […]

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This is a guest post by Larissa, from the blog My Pigeon Pair. Forget buying a new lunch box, sizing uniforms and contacting school book, if you only do one thing now to get your child ready for school, start implementing…. The Right Routine Children of all ages need routine but once they start school […]

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  • Fionna Marshall

    I loved reading “The Right Routine”, thanks so much, we’ve started much the same for little Miss 5 who starts school in a few weeks. Now to work out the toilet training for my little Man too! ReplyCancel

    • Anonymous

      It’s never ending! We may have to put off the toilet training for a few weeks as this “starting school” thing is full on!ReplyCancel

  • Wow just discovered Inner B thanks to your blog. I know what Im buying next fortnight – one of each product lolReplyCancel

  • Vikkiwensley

    My children are adults now, but the best thing imdid for them & myself was to remove all forms of stimulii before they went to school. That meant no tv, video games, anything. I had read somewhere at the time that it interfered with their brainwaves & their ability to think straight ReplyCancel

    • Anonymous

      Love your thinking Vikki! I need to remove the distractions for myself too!ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    Perfect post for me Larissa. I haven’t had to be organised for a while but with two starting school I needn’t lift my game plan for everyone to stay happy and stressless.

    • Anonymous

      Isn’t it scary starting school for the first time! Not for them but for us Mummys!ReplyCancel

  • Great post. We have just gone through creating a new morning and afternoon routine, and will be starting them tomorrow. Seems it must be on a few people’s minds :-)ReplyCancel

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Tanya! It is that time of year! Lots of people “trying” to start new habits!ReplyCancel

  • My routine with my son going to daycare has been pretty good. On 1st Feb he starts Kindy, so I will be starting a new routine. I think I need one of those planners for my wall in the office :-)ReplyCancel

    • Anonymous

      The new routines are constant! Daycare, Kindy, School, After school activities! Just when you have one mastered it’s time for a new one!ReplyCancel

Welcome to the another ‘Love it, Like it, Link it’ Blog Link Party!! I am completely overwhelmed with the response to last weeks party. I was pleased to see so many bloggers join in and share their links. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to visit each one individually, but I will make it so when the […]

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So pleased that showing you our‘school bag nook‘ has inspired some of you to create an area similar in your home. Below you will find some other ‘nooks’ that may inspire you. More bag nooks image credit: 5 little reasons image credit image credit image credit image credit image credit image credit image credit image […]

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  • <3 them all! Thanks for the inspiration! :)ReplyCancel

  • Love them now have to convince hubby of putting something like that up for kids bags.ReplyCancel

  • what terrific ideas!!!ReplyCancel

  • We have something similar on a smaller and cheaper scale, its brilliant, nothing on the floor anymore!!!ReplyCancel

  • I no longer have children at school (sniff) but these ideas are fantastic. I love the framed pictures tooReplyCancel

  • Awwww Kat… I love the idea of all of them & now I don’t know how I want to do it! Lol I have 2 possible spots… Under the kitchen bench..(where stools go..I’ve put them in the garage do its empty there).. I thought a shelf/cube kinda thing.. & I can hang a whiteboard & corkboard on the wall beside it! Then theres a small bit of wall in between my lounge room & dining room thats just empty.. I thought something similar or like a hallway table..drawer on top & shelf underneath! Hmmm now its decision time… Spose it’ll depend what I can find at the cheapest price as long as its not cheap/nasty looking! Lol
    Kat just another question…where did u get that ‘LOVE’ hanging thing? Lol don’t ya just love my description of things! Yep I’m still half asleep!ReplyCancel

  • I love these. Thank u for sharing. ReplyCancel

  • Amy Barber post some pictures up if you need a hand. The love sign is from house and garden, I purchased in October, i saw they still had some recently.ReplyCancel

  • If you don’t have the space to do a big area for all the children, perhaps make each child a spot in their own bedrooms. It would only take a couple of hooks and a basket. ReplyCancel

  • Ok Kat..I’ll do it sometime today! Thank u! Bugga don’t have a house & garden shop here!ReplyCancel

  • These ideas are all fantastic but unfortunately we are in a rental house so I can’t use any of them.ReplyCancel

  • including colour co-ordinated clothing. Great ideas.ReplyCancel

  • I had an area in our previous home, it was great. We have the house on the market at the moment as we’re relocating do I’ve got it looking like a show home at the moment – no bag nook :( once we finally sell and we’re settled it will most definitely be reinstated! ReplyCancel

  • Is there any pics of no hooks on walls?ReplyCancel

  • Mel, photo # 4 is do-able in a rental. Just without the hooks ReplyCancel

  • 2 bookshelves an a Chest in the middle. You can buy a free standing coat/hat rack at target at the moment ReplyCancel

  • Our unit is freestanding and we use 3M removable hooks, perfect for renting. :)ReplyCancel

  • also cant do this in my rental nor do i have the space for the chest and basket arrangement we do put it all in a corner of her room thoughReplyCancel

  • great ideas! will give one of them a go.ReplyCancel

  • wow some of these ideas really class up a school nook area. i am on the hunt to find the perfect area nowReplyCancel

  • omg, these are all adorable & inspiring ideas, love the 1 with the kids framed artwork, priceless! :)ReplyCancel

  • I can’t wait till my kids are in school just to do this! ;bReplyCancel

  • I would love to see photos of what people on here have done similarReplyCancel

  • Anyone know where I could find the storage furniture like in picture 3? It’s got the shelf hooks and storage baskets underneath!! I want todo it right now!! Lol ReplyCancel

  • wow. I love these. Wish we had room in our tiny home for something like this….ReplyCancel

    • Pen

      i think it’s the tiny house that benefits most from these systems. I am thinking of something like this down our hallway.ReplyCancel

  • Meg

    Love them all. Im struggling to find a spot in our small house for one of these kinds of systems. Not enough walls im afriad LOL.ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    Such fab ideas here – I hope I can achieve something with bits from all of them.ReplyCancel

  • I just suggested creating an area like this in an article for Kleenex Mums… “Consider creating a zone somewhere near the front door for tired kids to drop their school bags, take off their smelly shoes and hang up their hats.” Great minds :-) Here’s the article if you’re interested:

    Cath / SquiggleMumReplyCancel

  • Kdavies01

    I love the photos and would like to know what approachs people have taken to rental properties where the ability to hang hooks etc is limited. Regards Kristy.ReplyCancel

  • […] Speaking of inspiration, here’s a post featuring more than a dozen ways to organize your family’s coats, book bags, and other grab-and-go items. I love seeing how a few boxes, baskets and hooks can bring order and beauty to any entryway or mudroom. (The Organised Housewife) […]ReplyCancel

  • KylieP

    i love this idea! Does anyone know where the set of 5 storage drawers in the 3rd picture down are from? I always thought they were Ikea but no luck! I really want to combine a few of these ideas and would love to get a set of the drawers/shelf…..Tjanks KylieReplyCancel

  • Teannajames

    Thank you!!! I have just set one of these up at our house. It’s a lot simpler and less pretty, but it’s functional and right now I am seeing school ports and handbags all hung and organised and ready for Monday morning. WoooohoooooooReplyCancel

  • Karen

    love it love it love it – SO inspirational! ReplyCancel

  • rachels

    Fabulous, thanks for the inspiration. Can you tell me where you found your hooks? We are having a bit of trouble getting something strong enough for school bags…thanks ReplyCancel

    • i found them at Bunnings, there is a wide selection available many different colours, sizes and varieties. ReplyCancel

  • […] other items – I have literally drooled over a recent post by The Organised Housewife about school bag nooks. Hopefully the after photo in a few weeks time will show a more organised and inviting entry to […]ReplyCancel

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  • Mary

    In the past I have put hooks under the kitchen bench (breakfast bar) this works in a rental.ReplyCancel

    • Great idea!ReplyCancel

    • Sarah

      Oh thankyou for this great idea, i was thinking how am i going to incorparate this idea into my house, with limited space ! Thanks !! :)ReplyCancel

  • I was going to do this in our wide hallways (as I’m not lucky enough to have a carport attached to the house) however, I have just moved a hall table cause it just didn’t work. Both of my kids rooms, have a “useless” area just inside their door ways, where the built ins didn’t go all the was across. So I have put hooks on the walls there. So their bags have to go to their rooms….
    Routine is get lunch boxes out and put in sink, homework on table, and then bag to bedroom.ReplyCancel

  • kel

    Does anyone know where the ‘to do list’ white boards in Emily Ritchie’s photo are from? Or if she has a blog where the information may be? I’ve been looking for something like this for ages. ThanksReplyCancel

    • No Kel, I’m not sure where they are from. But I will keep my eye out and let you know when I see some :) Dollar shops are usually good for these boards.ReplyCancel

    • rach

      Hi kel, you could probably make them yourself – white board from cheap shop and photo frame and permanent marker :)ReplyCancel