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Planning With Kids Book Review and Giveaway!

October 24, 2011

The last time I was ill my hubby got me a surprise as I was feeling so down, he come home one day after visiting the shops and had a little surprise for me… it was the Planning with Kids book!

Planning With Kids is a book written by Nicole Avery, she  also writes at the blog with the same name.

Nicole needs little introduction in the blogger sphere. Her blog is one of the most popular Australian blogs, as well as writing the book, she has also helped organise 2 conferences, has appeared on The Circle twice and has had many speaking engagements.

As well as all of this, she is a wife and a mum to 5 kids! In her book she shares all of her planning and organising secrets, as well as tips and tricks on dealing with kids during different stages and even how to do a family budget.

Once you have read the book, I can understand that you may feel overwhelmed. Nicole has so many wonderful ways to help get organised, you may not know where to start first! But I love that Nicole herself says that she started small and just started with menu planning. Then once you feel comfortable with that then implement something else.

So I have taken that advice. As you all know I am a menu planner already and I love it. To know what you are cooking each day and have that stuff in the fridge/pantry already is such a life saver. So I know that its time to implement something else.

And I did. I have started a cleaning routine as per Nicole’s advice in the book. As boring as it sounds, its great because every Monday I clean the basins and showers, (for example) it takes next to no time as I do it every Monday and it makes me feel better because the cleaning is up to date.

The next thing I want to implement is the way Nicole does the family budget. I do one already, but is a simple spreadsheet but the way Nicole sets theirs up is brilliant and it shows you exactly where you are so you know. It sounds a little scary but Nicole explains it in such a way that you know that you can do it yourself.

The tips don’t stop there! Nicole shares her different routines for mornings and evenings, how to prepare for Christmas,preparing for the holidays, getting yourself some me time and much much more.

When I told Nicole I had bought her book and loved it so much that I had to write a review on it for you all, she offered to give one of my readers one in a giveaway! How lovely of her.

Giveaway Details

  • Giveaway is for one copy of the Planning with Kids by Nicole Avery book, RRP$29.95
  • To enter, simply comment on this post
  • One entry per person
  • Australian postal addresses only
  • Giveaway ends midnight Sunday 30th October 2011 AEDT
  • Winner randomly drawn via ‘And the Winner Is.. ‘ plugin
  • Winner will be emailed by me

If you don’t happen to win the giveaway, you can get this wonderful book via Nicole’s blog or from bookstores, Big W or Target.

Also I am linking up with Three ‘Lil Princess and the Aussie Giveaway Link-Up

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  1. Beck
    October 24, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I having been eyeing this book off for quite sometime. I am hopeless when it comes to being organised. If it wasnt for hubby I wouldnt get much done.

  2. Sarah
    October 24, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Sounds fabulous, exactly what I need. Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. Jackie
    October 24, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    I certainly need some kind of cleaning routine in my house, because I’ve finally lost hope in the cleaning fairy coming to visit.

    Hope you’re feeling better.

  4. October 24, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    This book is on my shopping list… but getting there and actually remembering to buy it is another matter!

  5. October 24, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    This book sounds like a great read. Fingers crossed here. :)

  6. Kellie B
    October 24, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Oh my. I REALLY need this book. I am usually organised and love to plan but have lost my mojo.

  7. Kim
    October 24, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Have you tried woolworths homebrand potato wedges before, they say on the packet to deep fry them, but we just lay them on a tray in the oven at 180 degrees for approx 25 mins, turning once. The ingredients are potato and veg oil, they taste really nice, are cheap, thought you might want to check them out.

  8. Kirsten
    October 24, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    I’d love to win this!

  9. Lee
    October 24, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Yes please. It sounds like a fabulous book! Thanks for running the giveaway.

  10. melanie w
    October 25, 2011 at 1:51 am

    Sounds great would be great to win.

  11. Angela
    October 25, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Yes please, I could use a bit more organisation in my life :-)

  12. Suzie
    October 25, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    I’ve seen this book around and wasn’t prepared to buy it as it sounds too good to be true, but that comment of ‘start small’ is exactly how I started. I’ve been trying to do the housework once a week and that was working fine, but I’ve lost my way. My house is a total mess at the moment.

    I didn’t plan for this be a blog post on it’s own…seriously.

  13. Jessie Boan
    October 25, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Just what I need with number 4 on the way. My brain has been absent without leave for a while now – so this book might have to replace it!

  14. October 26, 2011 at 10:19 am

    I’ve heard a lot about Nicole and her book. I’d love to win a copy. Thanks!

    Anne xx

  15. October 26, 2011 at 11:39 am

    I definitely could use all the help I could get when it comes to organising my household. Pick me! Pick me!

  16. October 26, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    I’m sold. Lists, budgets, plans, these things make me feel in control in my life which makes me happy. You have made this woman sound like my idol, I am now off to check out her blog – Thanks for such an awesome giveaway

  17. Chris Arthur
    October 27, 2011 at 3:16 am

    This book would be a great help with 4 kids in my house.

  18. Laura Jilka
    October 27, 2011 at 5:55 am

    I love on my lists,
    So this book would be bliss.
    There’s always more ideas,
    Cos a disorganised household is my fear!

  19. Kylie
    October 27, 2011 at 8:50 am

    It sounds like a wonderful book and one I definately should read. I am often frustrated that I can be constantly busy, yet at the end of the day it looks like I’ve done nothing. Im to first to admit, I’m not very well organised.

  20. October 27, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    I like the idea of a cleaning routine! I would love to win a copy of this, I am SO disorganised!!

  21. Justine
    October 27, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Wow! I so desperately need some serious help with my organisation!!!
    Christmas is nearing and I’m in serious dread… not sure how I’m going to pull this silly season off?? Help!

  22. annette prout
    October 27, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    I have a close friend who could do with this

  23. Nicole
    October 27, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Wow, I book that would help me to be orgainsed, is there really such a thing. I am having enough trouble writting the menu plan. I think I might have to look further into this.

  24. October 27, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    I’ve been wanting this book for so long!
    Next year my resolution will definitely be; be more organised.

  25. Leigha
    October 27, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    I would love the chance to win!!! I need help

  26. Liz
    October 27, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    It might be hoping against hope that reading a book would get *me* organised, but I’m willing to try anything!

  27. Louise Fletcher
    October 27, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    I have just discovered the menu plan which is great, so the book must be fabulous. Would love to win.

  28. Sarah F
    October 27, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    I would so love a copy of this book :) Have been a huge fan of Nicole’s blog for well over 18 months now and have had this book firmly on the ‘What I would love for Christmas’ list. This would make a fantastic early Christmas present to myself! :)

  29. Erin Young
    October 27, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Would love to win a copy of Nicoles book!

  30. Josie Kelsh
    October 27, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    As an exhausted working mum with busy kids, I think this book would be chock full of ideas to streamline my life and make things easier.

  31. October 27, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    I love this book, would really like to own it

  32. October 27, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    I’ve currently got 2 little men under 4 and ANOTHER one due in December….I could use all the help I can get to get and STAY organised!

  33. Kylie Patchett
    October 27, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    This book sounds fantastic! Anything to help with family organization would be helpful for me! Love the idea of a cleaning routine!

  34. Chelsea Andrews
    October 27, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I would love to learn of some new ways to get organised.

  35. Lucinda McBean
    October 27, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    This book sounds great, I am not so good at being organized…

  36. Linda Hynson
    October 27, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    As a mum of 5 kids-i am always looking for ways to tweak my planning lifestyle.This book sounds perfect:-)

  37. jasmine barton
    October 28, 2011 at 10:27 am

    This would be a great help for my sister that is finding things tough with 2 girls under 2!

  38. October 28, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Would love to have a read of this book.

  39. Sarah Morrison
    October 28, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Gosh I definitely need a cleaning routine. My mum has 5 children under 5 years old (twins in there too) I dunno how she did it! I’ve got 2 under 2 and trying for a third can’t wait :)

  40. Janice Morris
    October 28, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    This book sounds awesome. Thanks so much for reviewing it.

  41. Courtenay Heuston
    October 28, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    This would be a welcome addition to this household.

  42. Gabrielle Boulton
    October 28, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    we would love to broaden our menu from vegemite on toast / vegemite sandwich / and chicken and peas. Fussy Munchkin!

  43. Leanne
    October 28, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Great book…would love to win this for my neighbour.

  44. Kelly Horne
    October 28, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Great prize!! Thank you

  45. Judith Senese
    October 29, 2011 at 9:02 am

    What a great book to have. I have two young sons and a third child on the way and have no idea how I am going to survive and be organised. I need inspiration.

  46. Alesha McRobertson
    October 29, 2011 at 10:13 am

    This books just what I need to help me give my granddaughter the best start I can. I’m out of practice with preparing food for children.

    October 29, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    I feel like I’m living Groundhog day at the moment so this would really come in handy :)

  48. Linda
    October 29, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Organised with kids?
    – WOW, I didn’t know THAT was possible! :)

  49. Heather
    October 30, 2011 at 11:25 am

    What a great book, would love to have it in my hands

  50. Belinda L
    October 30, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    With life so crazy at the moment, I think I really need a bit of planning and organisation. :)

  51. Jo C
    October 30, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    This book sounds like it’s just what I need! With 4 children under 5 years I feel like I am always chasing my tail and never accomplishing anything.

  52. Tess Lindsay
    October 30, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    I have five kids too! But I’m soooo NOT organised… What a great book!

  53. Terri
    October 30, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Funny Ms Avery’s name has been popping up a lot lately in my circles… HMM must be an omen to get organised before 3rd baby!

  54. Tania
    October 30, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    I am soon to move from part time to full time employment and need to start organising myself and my family better – this book would be a godsend!

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