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Season 3. Episode 7: Reaching Out
In the final episode of the third season of The Organised Family, we’re all about the real-life relatable stories of raising children in this day and age. We chat with Steph Pase, from Just Another Mummy Blog, and she discusses how she started sharing her story when she became isolated and lonely as the first mother in her group of friends.
Steph is all about keeping it real, and so she passes on stories about the hard times of being a parent—like post-natal depression, anxiety, and the danger of comparing yourself to others, particularly in the world of social media. But she also provides great insights into self-care and how we can be better organised as families these days.
Season 3. Episode 6: Garden Logic
This time on The Organised Family we chat with Dale Vines, landscape gardener and former contestant on The Block. Enthusiastic about natural spaces, he explains how he and his wife have set up their home to maximise the opportunities their kids have to spend time outside.
Covering topics that range from growing vegetation, how to look after indoor plants, making gardens kid-safe, cubby houses and even recycling, there is something for every family here about how to be more organised.
Season 3. Episode 5: Throwing Caution to the Wind
In this episode of The Organised Family we chat with Evie Farrell, blogger for Mumpack Travel. Evie tells us how she wanted to maximise the time with her daughter, Emmie, and so against all conventions, decided to pack their lives up and travel the world.
She’ll explain how such a daring life choice required the ultimate in organisation, budgeting—and how life suddenly became about nothing but the essentials. Even more importantly, she discusses the effect of the experience on Emmie in particular—how it gave her confidence, curiosity, understanding, awareness and empathy for the world around her.
You can pre-order Evie’s first book here: http://booktopia.sjv.io/Ov5Wn
Season 3. Episode 4: Life in the Fast Lane
Heading into this episode of The Organised Family, we’re turning up the dial in the glamour stakes. We chat with wife and husband duo Kirsten Clemens and Rhys Stanley. Kirsten tells us all about her life as a model and event ambassador, and Rhys talks about being a professional footballer.
But, more important than the exciting lives they lead, this episode is about family. They reveal the joy of welcoming their first child into the world, and the role their own parents play in helping them to fit everything into the limited number of hours in the day.
Season 3. Episode 3: Worth the Fuss
Season three of The Organised Family continues with George Georgievski, otherwise known as The Lunchbox Dad, and how he helps parents of kids who are fussy eaters. George discusses the influence parents have, the value of fresh produce, and allowing kids to own the selection of foods they eat.
Building upon this, George also goes into the value of making kids’ meals appealing, and how the Bento Box is the perfect way to pack an enticing, colourful lunch that little ones will want to eat. He’ll even share plenty of simple and easy tricks that anyone can use with their own families.
Season 3. Episode 2: The Power of Breath
In this episode of The Organised Family we chat to Beth Borowsky, the founder of Karma Kids Yoga, which is dedicated to teaching yoga techniques specifically for children even as young as 18 months. Beth recounts how she discovered yoga in her teens and how it shaped her life ever since then.
She explains that yoga doesn’t have to be a huge investment in time or effort to see results; that small steps can make a big difference. Yoga is about simple ideas of making shapes with the body and how to breathe correctly. It’s not about competition or comparison, which makes it perfect for building confidence and self-esteem in children.
For more information on Karma Kids Yoga, go to Beth’s website at: https://www.karmakidsyoga.com.au/
Season 3. Episode 1: Sticking the Landing
In the first episode of season two of The Organised Family we hear from the creator of Stuck On You, Carrie Felton. She’ll describe how she had the simple desire to label her children’s things with something a little more efficient than writing with a Texta on a Band-Aid—and how that serendipitous idea turned in a global business that helps anyone and everyone be more organised.
She’ll convey the tenacity she needed to overcome a variety of obstacles such as pre-internet ordering and the consistent opinion that a woman couldn’t run her own business. She’ll also discuss the importance of brand, the balance between being a mum and a career-driven person, how much family means to her, and how she wasn’t always so organised.
Series 2. Episode 6: Family eats with Louise Keats
As busy parents, getting your children to eat nutritious and balanced meals can feel like yet another chore. In this podcast, we speak to renowned cookbook queen, Louise Keats, about how to deal with fussy little eaters, how to become more confident in the kitchen and creating meals that will please the whole family.
We discuss the many advantages of family meals on a child’s physical, mental and social well-being, how to optimise the introduction of new foods, and the powers you possess to shape your child’s lifetime food preferences.
Louise also provides some cunning tips that we wish we’d known earlier – using screen time for green time, getting reluctant parents more excited to spend time in their kitchens, and so much more.
Intrigued? Listen on!
For more on Louise Keats, go to her website at: https://louisekeats.com/
Series 2. Episode 5: A caravan and a plan – How a family of five packed up, bought a van and went travelling around Australia
In 2015, Bec and Justin Lorrimer packed up, sold their house, bought a caravan, and hit the road to see Australia with their three young children. They haven’t looked back since.
In this podcast, Bec provides tips on how to organise a family road trip, no matter what the length of time. We discuss planning, the essentials, the pitfalls and great destination ideas.
For more about the Lorrimer family’s adventures, go to their website: http://www.tripinavan.com.au/
Series 2. Episode 4: Be Kind To Yourself
Parenting is a rewarding but exhausting job, something that Founder and CEO of Endota Spas and busy mum, Melanie Gleeson, understands all too well. In this podcast, Melanie discusses the importance of balance and provides tips on managing mother guilt, how to restore your inner equilibrium when you’re feeling overwhelmed and above all, being kind to yourself.
Series 2. Episode 3: Back to School Cool with Carrie
Back to school is a hectic time. The transition from lazy summer days to the more rigid routine of school can be harsh for kids and parents alike. Our fabulous CEO and organisation guru Carrie Felton has put three children through school, making her the expert on how to beat the first day of school and back to school blues.
Listen to Carrie as she imparts her wisdom on school routines, fun school lunches and the immense power of lists.
In this podcast, we also include advice from our other podcast stars George (from School Lunchbox) and Nicole (from Planning with Kids) on how to get organised for back to school time.
Series 2. Episode 2: Sensational School Lunches
The Organised Family Series 2, Episode 2 hosts George Georgievski from School Lunch Box.
In 2015, George took over school lunch preparations for his two young daughters. From there, his creations started to take shape and people were taking notice. In response to such positive feedback, George created an Instagram page and School Lunch Box was born.
Children eat with their eyes so presentation can make the difference between an empty or full lunchbox at the end of a school day. In this podcast, George gives us his top tips on how to make delicious, healthy and creative school lunches. He also discusses how Bento Boxes encourage nutritious, fun and eco-friendly lunchtimes.
To see more of George’s lunchtime creations, visit
Series 2. Episode 1: School holiday survival tips
The Organised Family Series 2, Episode 1, hosts Nicole Avery from Planning with Kids. Nicole is a Melbourne mum of five kids ranging in age from 8 to 18 years. Her aim is to help families live more organised lives and have more time for the fun stuff.
The school holidays are coming up and you can almost hear the pre-emptive “I’m bored” chorus. Never fear, it’s Nicole Avery to the rescue! As a mum who has endured many many school holidays over the years, she has accumulated a whole pile of wisdom to impart to other parents. Hear her tips on fantastic activities that will keep the whole family amused without breaking the budget, how to manage tech time and how to prevent boredom and fights.
For more on organising family life, visit the Planning with Kids website at: https://planningwithkids.com/
Episode 6: Cutting through the chaos of family life
The Organised Family Episode 6 hosts Nicole Avery, mum of five who also runs the blog Planning with Kids. With five kids between 8 and 18 years of age, Nicole is well-placed to provide wisdom on how to organise the chaos that is family life! In this podcast, Nicole discusses systems and routines that make home life run more smoothly. This includes a chore system where kids are allocated the number of jobs according to their age, how to cope with having kids of different ages, and how giving the kids some control over their tasks results in better outcomes.
Nicole also answers questions from listeners about how not to let routine get in the way of quality time with your children, and how to get your partner more involved in the planning process. For more on organising family life, visit the Planning with Kids website at: https://planningwithkids.com/
Episode 5: Air Travel with Kids: Tips and Tricks
The Organised Family Episode 5 hosts Joanna Tovia. Joanna is Holidays with Kids magazine’s feature writer and freelance journalist who travels the world – often with her kids in tow – every chance she gets. This means she is well-equipped with advice to make travelling with kids easier. In this podcast, Joanna discusses tips and tricks for getting organised for your holiday, how to pack, the best times to fly with kids, managing jet lag, medical kit must-haves, how to get the most out of your holiday, and recommendations for top kid-friendly destinations.
For more on travelling with children, visit the Holidays with Kids website at http://www.holidayswithkids.com.au/
Episode 4: Your Child’s Mental Wellbeing
The Organised Family Episode 4 hosts Bernard Macleod, Psychotherapist for Children and Adolescents. Bernard explores issues that concern parents about their children – these include anxiety, parental separation, mourning and recognising ADHD. He discusses when to seek help from a psychotherapist and describes what typically happens in the sessions.
Bernard also tackles questions from listeners such as social media, accidentally being exposed to porn, overly anxious children and how to deal with the death of a friend.
For more on Bernard Macleod, visit his website on https://aplacetotalk.com.au/
Episode 3: Tiny to Teen – The Important of Literacy for all ages
The Organised Family Episode 3 hosts Tracey Mills and Sarah McDuling from Booktopia, Australia’s leading online bookseller. Tracey and Sarah speak about the importance of sparking an interest in reading from a very young age (including while in the womb!), and provide tips and tricks on how to get kids of all ages interested in books, especially boys.
Tracey and Sarah also discuss questions from listeners such as whether traditional books are superior to e-books, cunning tricks to get kids hooked on books via audiobooks, and whether poo books are exploding (pardon the pun) in popularity.
Episode 2: Dr Justin Coulson: Starting or getting back to school
The Organised Family Podcast Episode 2 hosts one of Australia’s leading parenting experts, Dr Justin Coulson. Justin discusses how to promote resilience in your children, how to communicate positively with them and how to nurture a happy and harmonious family. The focus of this podcast is on how to effectively deal with the anxieties and fears around starting school.
Justin also tackles questions from listeners such as appropriate screen time, how to have a stress-free school morning, and how to strike a balance when it comes to discipline.
For more of Dr Justin Coulson’s advice and tips, visit his website www.happyfamilies.com.au
Episode 1: Louise Keats: Be a healthy food family.
The Organised Family Podcast Episode 1, hosts food nutrition writer and cook book author Louise Keats. Keats shares her views on child nutrition and explores the importance of introducing healthy food options into your child’s diet from a young age. Her insight, tips and tricks will educate and help you and your children understand how you can lead a healthy lifestyle with some great recipes and meal ideas.
For more information regarding healthy eating and portion sizes for children, Louise recommends visiting https://www.eatforhealth.gov.au/food-essentials/how-much-do-we-need-each-day