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I am tired of cold weather clothing. I mean, trying to get the little kids into the layers needed for doing anything outside is about as easy and pleasant as I imagine dressing an octopus would be. My kids are warm weather beings anyway and as soon as they get home, they strip to the most minimal of dress. We have spent a lot of time inside this winter because of the conflict in interest between the need for warm clothing and my kids’ choice of outfits. After three weeks of summer in the states, I am back here in Australia just counting the days until that warmer weather graces our shores! BIG W has sent me on a shopping quest to outfit my kids for adventure. They are going to need some rough and tumble play clothes to keep up with all the outdoor activities I have planned! While I respect the fact that my kids have opinions on what they want to wear, I am a photo blogger and I would be lying to you if I did not admit that I want them to look cute for photos. Good thing we can both be happy.
We had about 45 minutes between swim lessons and kindergarten to hit our local BIG W in the mall and found it well stocked with many different ranges for all three of my kids. I was thrilled, as we did not have the time to hunt for sizes. First up was Clover’s department. It is always a challenge to find clothes that our independent girly-girl will want to wear and at the same time be able to play freely in, but the styles that BIG W has on hand for Spring are right up her alley. I let her pick her own ensemble. I thought it would take her forever as they had so many different colors and patterns, but she is a child who knows what she likes when she sees it. Before I knew it, she had pulled together a cute peach and pink number with cotton leggings ($7.96), skirt ($7.96) and printed t-shirt ($4.00) from the “Fun Spirit” range. Clover wanted a dress as well and it was not hard to find one as they have many in store. We went for the less fancy, but still adorable lavender cotton play dress and paired it with some love-heart adorned leggings for added playground appropriateness.
Gemma had a day off from school, so she was able to join us. It was good as she needed a few more weekend play outfits. She has grown a lot over the last year. (Luckily she has a uniform for the school week.) It was fun to watch my more tomboy daughter select her favorites…it is great to see that BIG W carries fashionable clothes for the bigger girls while still keeping them young. In the end, she may act like a teenager, but she is still just a little kid. She loves the little teal one piece shorts romper the best and I am thinking that for only $8.92, I am going to have to go back and grab one in each of the other colors!
Gemma found a whole wall full of bright costume jewelry by BIG W’s Emerson brand (my personal favorite range for clothes for ME!) and since the bangle sets were under $5 each, I let the girls get some to match their new outfits.
The section for little boys is awesome right now. That was the hardest choices to make because I actually wanted to fill my cart. In the end, I got my way with a simple, but great looking thinly striped jersey t-shirt and heather grey soft cotton shorts. The other outfit was all of Kieran’s choosing. He had a hard time narrowing down what printed t-shirt he wanted until we pulled back a few sharks to find a dinosaur roaring from the front of a striped shirt ($7.96)! Deciding he was not interested in any of the denim shorts (only $9!) despite my hard sell, he proudly presented shorts in a bright madras plaid ($7.96). Kieran is fun and loud…in both personality and dress!
All up, we spent just $100.00 on 2 outfits for each of the three kids and to me, that is amazing value. I know the clothes will last (At the moment, Clover is wearing a whole bunch of Fun Spirit brand hand-me-downs from Gemma’s first year in Australia and they look pretty much brand new!) and the kids feel good wearing them. Added bonus is that they look great for photos! Now all we need is that warmer weather!