Weekend Catch Up #2

Weekend Catch up

Thank you all for your lovely feedback from last weeks first Weekend Catch Up post, I will certainly continue sharing them with you!

From the recent survey that so many of you kindly filled out (thank you), I learnt that quite a few members of the community do not follow The Organised Housewife on Facebook and Instagram.  I share old posts on facebook and share a more personal side of me via photos on Instagram.  Because you are missing out on this I thought I would create a weekend catch up post each week so you can keep up to date.  Follow along on Instagram

I don’t want to be too repetitive and share the daily tasks and quotes as these are published in the daily newsletter and I share a monthly wrap of both these on the blog.

From Instagram

looks like somebody didn’t want a side piece of chocolate cake – recipe here


weekend reading – can’t wait to start Kelly Exeter your best year yet book, quote from the book ‘stop trying to avoid regret’. Then searching for some tips I shared in this months Mother and Baby Mag and always love browsing local free magazine Haven


getting ready for taco night!


I find Millee here hanging out with her friends regularly. lol. #ragdoll


getting the twins ready for camp this week – 4 days away. little toiletries bottles are from ikea.


confession time…. I’ve never cooked a roast pork, until today. inspired by this weeks episode of #jamieoliver and his pulled pork left overs. 


The twins left on a 4 day camp this morning, they were so excited both left smiling… me on the other hand a blubbering mess, how embarrassing. However… I get to spend some one on one quality time with Miss 9, strange having one child as I’ve only ever had 2 and then 3.


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Twins are at camp so miss 9 and I are having some wonderful one on one time. She is helping me make dinner – Mediterranean Tuna and Rice Cakes


{TODAYS TASK} clear a cluttered area in your living room.


after school snack for my girl – banana milk and crumpets


busy day, I’m exhausted, miss 9 is reading so beautifully to me!

IMG_3072Miss 9’s favourite hairstyle at the moment is the braid down the side of her face as she has quite a few wispy bits of hair.


miss 9 and I just bumped into Donna Hay at Domayne Bundall. Miss 11 will be devastated she missed out as Donna is our absolute favorite food guru!! She was so lovely and was such a pleasure to meet her!! we even got our most favorite cookbook signed! 


From Facebook

5 Steps to Organising the Kitchen Cupboards

Pantry Organising Tips

pantry organising ideas

This is a really pretty way to organise office items like paper clips, cork board pins etc – image credit


Sweet Chilli, Ginger and Lemongrass Chicken Burritos

Kids Routine Charts

Morning Routine Chart - Pink

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What have you been up to this week?

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diane hecksher August 16, 2014 - 8:42 AM

Thank you so much for the time you take to write everyday. I so look forward to reading them.

Katrina August 16, 2014 - 9:24 AM

Thank you Diane, I am having so much fun sharing this side of me on Instagram and don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner to share on the blog too 🙂

Lynette August 16, 2014 - 8:43 AM

truly love seeing this new series of posts, it’s like I’m catching up for coffee with a friend and hearing about how your week went… love your work Kat.! Lynette.

Katrina August 16, 2014 - 9:25 AM

LOL Lynette, I am drinking a coffee while replying to the comments…. so it’s true, friends catching up over coffee!

Kylee August 16, 2014 - 8:44 AM

Wow you fit so much in during the week, thank you Kat for sharing

Katrina August 16, 2014 - 9:26 AM

Kylee, it was a busy week this week, looking forward to a quiet weekend. We will be making a start on Book Character costumes I think.

Jacqui August 16, 2014 - 9:19 AM

Great to read these weeklies – I have missing out on so much! Really enjoy your real life tips and tricks:)
Thank you!

Katrina August 16, 2014 - 9:27 AM

Jacqui, there is so much that I take photo’s of around my home and think I will blog about that, but honestly I never get time to, this is a great way to share a bit more. So glad you are enjoying the new posts 🙂

Jessica August 18, 2014 - 10:36 PM

Hi Kat! I’m curious about your label machine… Have you used it to label Tupperware Modular Mates? I’ve used the Dymo labels and they don’t stick. Is Brother any good?

Katrina August 20, 2014 - 1:43 PM

Hi Jessica, Yes i have the Brother label machine. I have had it for years and never had a problem with it not sticking.

Yvonne Bentley August 22, 2014 - 1:04 PM

Hi Kat, I love catching up on your blog, fb and emails. Haven’t quite got the hang of instagram yet. I wanted to ask you do your girls use messenger, or any chat type app on the ipod phones etc. My granddaughter had an app put on while we were overseas so she could communicate with other family and her friends. It is driving me nuts, pinging all the time, and she is constantly looking at her messages. Nothing is getting done. Then we received word in the school newsletter about all these app are for children 13+ and some even 17 years old but the kids are still using them. A serious incident happened at school with a child using one of these messaging apps where the police were involved. Our granddaughter has just turned 11. What are your views and how can we handle it.? bring back normal telephone calls to friends instead of this group messaging etc.maybe some of your readers can shed some light on this subject and how to deal with it. thanks so much.

Katrina August 22, 2014 - 8:08 PM

Hi Yvonne, My twins are 11 and just about all the kids in their class are on social media. We have created a rule in our home that the kids are not allowed onto social media firstly until they are the legal age for that app and until we think they are ready. I too have heard many stories about these apps, bullying and content that 11 year olds should not be subjected too. I feel I am protecting my kids by sticking to my rules of not allowing them access. They are being pressured by their peers but thankfully my kids know my husband and I position on this and have not harped on about getting the apps, they understand. I told my daughter the other day I used to write my friends letters everyday, it’s not the ‘thing’ these days, which is so sad.

Yvonne Bentley August 23, 2014 - 7:01 AM

Thanks Kat, I knew your girls were 11 that is why I wanted an honest opinion and how you handle this tricky subject. It is a bit hard now that she has it, but it will be discussed and after hearing so many mums with similar answers I am on the same page. Progress isn’t always better. My daughter had penpals 15 years ago.

Martine August 24, 2014 - 9:49 PM

Hi, my grandsons are 11 and 9 and have of course each a smartphone. The rules that my daughter set in place are….no phone to school, no games or chats during the week. The kids are following the rules without problems cause if they don’t , my daughter will just taking away they charger and then on week end they phone will be flat. She also put in place “NANNY” it’ s a control when they are going on the internet. Till now there was no punishment or no breaking of the rules. Just try to put it in place and see your daughter’S reaction. Hope you will coming right.
P.S. Sorry for my bad english but i am french speaking and wanted just try to help

Katrina August 25, 2014 - 10:29 AM

Martine your daughter has set good rules with her boys having a smartphone. Well done, sounds like it is working well for them.

Yvonne Bentley August 25, 2014 - 11:21 AM

Thanks Martine,
Grateful for your advice. We are contemplating different things and will see which works. It was suggested to maybe allow her 1 hour a day after homework etc. then she has to hand in her phone. this way she can message or play games. But I still think maybe weekends only. There aren’t enough spare hours in a day for her to do the other.

Katrina August 25, 2014 - 12:42 PM

I also use the “Nanny” app and highly recommend it.


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