Let’s get organised in April

We didn’t go away this Easter, the kids are relaxing at home and taking it easy getting over what was a very busy term. I had minor surgery on my leg last week and with doctors orders I am still to keep off my foot, it’s giving me some grief. I must admit I have whined quite a bit to those that will listen, as I am really frustrated about having to keep my leg elevated, I don’t do sitting still well, however I do see the positive and grateful side of it. The kids and Scott have looked after me very very well.

Whilst I couldn’t walk around I took the opportunity to work on something that has been on my to-do list for a good 12 months.  This past 7 days I switched off my social media, emails and a few other distractions and worked really really hard to start and finish it, and finish it I did!  Can you see what I’ve been up to? Do you notice anything different?  Eek, the blog has a fresh new look!! It’s had a few bugs in it recently, these are all fixed, but most importantly…. this new look is mobile friendly, so you can now view The Organised Housewife blog on your mobile phone is so much easier, navigations through the menu bar is simpler and there are sharing buttons on the bottom of the post on the mobile version now too, so you can pin to pinterest or share posts to facebook!

I would love to hear your thoughts on what you think about the new look

Please share them in the comments below

This was my 1st business goal for 2016, complete!!  Fingers crossed today goes smoothly, please let me know if you come across any hiccups!

Jenny Craig Update

I have been on the Jenny Craig program for 4 weeks now and wanted to update you on my progress

  • salmon-pasta-saladThe meals have actually been really tasty with a great variety, my favourite was the good ole bangers and mash for dinner, Salmon Pasta Salad (pictured right) for lunch and my favourite snack is the Salted Caramel Nut Bar.
  • I found being on the program has helped me eat more… as in the beginning I knew one of my issues was that I wasn’t eating enough.  I stop at 10am every morning and now have a piece of fruit, then again at 3.30pm with the kids had another snack.  Before I would just continue working through to lunch forgetting to eat. So I am really pleased it has helped me improve some of my bad habits.
  • My consultant is really lovely and helped me with strategies for when I knew I would be eating out, I had a few breakfast’s out and she suggested I get a poached egg no bacon, then for dinner I would always be safe with fish and salad, with no sauce.
  • I am proud to say I lost over 3.5kg in 4 weeks.  I stuck to the program 95%, there was a weekend that I had a girls weekend away and put on a little.

However, I have decided to stop doing the program as it was suggested that I eat 2 cups of salad or vegetables with most meals at lunch and dinner.  Being that I had the gastric sleeve surgery I can’t fit in their recommended servings. I am disappointed as I really did enjoy the Jenny Craig program, the accountability I had with my consultant Tracey and having my meals ready made everyday, took the thinking out of it and I just ate what I was told.

I don’t feel this is a step back, as I have learnt some strategies which I will continue with, I’ll keep you posted!

Let’s get organised in April

When I first started the blog I used to share a monthly planning post, which used to coincide with a daily task at the beginning of each month.  It’s today’s task actually, which I give you in my daily newsletter and on my facebook page “Prepare for the month ahead”. Sounds easy, but what shall we plan?

Personally, by sharing this post each month it will be a great time for me to let you know how I am going, I love the accountability I have with you all!!

Accountability – March to-do list

  • Find a stand up desk, I really need to look after my back more – I haven’t found a desk that was right for me and my height, so I took the advice of my friend Christina from Hair Romance and put my keyboard on a box, which is then a perfect height for me to stand up, VERY BUDGET FRIENDLY!
  • Book in for my annual skin check – did this and didn’t expect they would find a melanoma.  You can read more here.
  • Start planning for Easter – I can’t believe Easter has come and gone already, we had a lovely time spending it with extended family.
  • Get into a routine of taking my vitamins every day – I am still working on this, basically I need to place my vitamins next to the kettle so I remember!
  • Cut out sugar from my coffee – haven’t been able to completely cut it out yet, I’ve cut down from 2 to 1, at the moment I’m Ok with this.
  • Start a herb garden – I haven’t achieved this yet, we are currently getting the house painted and I didn’t want to plant anything new in the garden until it’s finished. I was hoping to plant some herbs before school holidays finish, but with how my leg feels there won’t be much outdoor activity these holidays.


April to-do list

This is my list of goals I want to try to do this month:

  • organise a dinner date with my hubby to celebrate our 17th Wedding Anniversary, we haven’t been out just the two of us in a while so it will be nice.
  • continuing to look after my health, this month I planned to get my pap smear (too much information, but keeping it real!, remember to book yours in) but I managed to fit that in last month.  It is not the most pleasant, but very important not to put it off.
  • write more of my moving posts for you!
  • plan the next round of the 20 Days to organise and clean your home challenge.
  • my laundry and pantry are driving me crazy, look into better storage solutions.

April 2016 Monthly planner page

I’ve created a printable, April 2016 Monthly planner page to help you organise your goals for the month. It has a little quote for some inspiration for you:

try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud ~ maya angelou

Click here to download – sorry this content is no longer available

April 2016 Monthly Planning Page

Free Monthly Calendar

Use the 2016 free monthly calendar, Weekly Planner or Daily Planner to help you plan your days through the month.

Plan your month

Ideas to add the following to your calendar:

  • Birthdays & Anniversaries
  • Holidays
  • Public Holidays, find dates here
  • School term start and end dates here
  • Pupil free school days
  • School events, discos, fun days
  • If family/friends are coming to stay
  • Business trips
  • Hairdresser/beauty appointments
  • Dentist checkups
  • Health checkups
  • Time to sit down and meal plan
  • Plan an upcoming holiday
  • Immunisation for kids and pets
  • Time out for YOU!
  • Date night
  • Girls night out
  • Family fun day

April Birthstone is: Diamond

What goals do you have this month, personally or around the home? Share them with me in the comments.

How did you go with your goals last month?


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Philippa Rumble April 1, 2016 - 11:00 AM

I use my Erin Condren planner to keep organised- it has just enough space to fit what I need! I hope your leg heals up well- how very scary! x

Katrina - The Organised Housewife April 1, 2016 - 11:16 AM

I’ve heard about those planners but never seen one, glad you have something that helps you 🙂

Marie April 1, 2016 - 11:43 AM

Loving the fresh new look for the site Kat!!!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife April 1, 2016 - 11:52 AM

thank you Marie, I’m loving it too, a fresh change is always a good thing!!

Lisa April 1, 2016 - 12:12 PM

The link for April Planner goes to March and the the code doesn’t apply,

Katrina - The Organised Housewife April 1, 2016 - 12:22 PM

Thank you for letting me know Lisa, just fixed it up 🙂

Karina April 1, 2016 - 12:26 PM

My plan for April – paint the dining room! I did two bedrooms last year and didn’t get around to the dining room before Christmas. I decided to stay sane for the holidays and leave it to this year. My deadline – 9th April when we are having new neighbours over for drinks!

Charlene April 1, 2016 - 2:03 PM

Loving the new blog design Katrina! I really need to write my April list down…I’ve got a busy month ahead, including school holidays in a couple of weeks, and will be having my cousin’s daughter for a week – so need to get organised now. Thanks for the ongoing inspiration! Look forward to the next 20 day challenge too 🙂

Katrina - The Organised Housewife April 5, 2016 - 10:28 AM

it’s good to write down, then it helps you to get through it and get it done!

Susan Beauchamp April 1, 2016 - 8:33 PM

I like your blog and website. It’s the most relateable I’ve come across. Like yourself my plans are to have all my health checks done, which have been put off, due to mainly financial issues. It’s important to keep these in check so I can be healthy for my family.

Madison April 2, 2016 - 6:14 PM

Hi Katrina, like your new blog design and so pleased I will be able to view it
on my phone during my Sydney train commute.
I applied for your free April plan but did not receive it and my account
states that I have!
What did I do incorrect?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife April 2, 2016 - 9:15 PM

HI Madison, can you check to see if you can access it via the my accounts page in the shop, let me know how you go 🙂

bec April 2, 2016 - 7:08 PM

bring on the 20 day challenge! I’m 20 weeks pregnant and nesting……need some structure to my crazy organising/cleaning

Casssie April 3, 2016 - 7:05 PM

Absolutely love love love the new look! Congratulations and cant wait to keep reading your inspiring posts

Katrina - The Organised Housewife April 5, 2016 - 10:27 AM

Wonderful, thank you for your feedback Cassie 🙂

Naysie April 5, 2016 - 10:25 AM

Looks great Kat!! Hope all is well after your skin checks. March was my month of health checks and am proud to say I’ve successfully done them all and now heading back for follow ups, which meant being very sun safe whilst away on Easter break too! March I found myself more organised, got my resume in order and applied for a few (after being a SAHM Mum for 7 years and my youngest now in school, it was time), did every health check except dentist, but it is on my April list, and was so busy with school, extra curricular activities, parent teacher etc, that the house needs more organising, but will wait till kids go back to school to get stuck into it. Thanks for all your posts and reminders, they really help! 🙂

Eboni April 5, 2016 - 12:15 PM

I just enjoy all you do, it is not easy being a working mum, you inspire people Kat and should be proud of it! Thank you xxx. Now I have mastered facebook, pinit and email….it is on to instagram, I go….hope everyone is healthy and happy. Take care to all..xxx


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