Saturday, September 28, 2013

AUSSIE ANIMALS AT THE SUPERMARKET {sponsored by woolworths}








 A collection of images of MY Aussie Animals, my children.

I have a confession. You're going to think i'm a nut case but it's true.

I actually LIKE* grocery shopping with my kids.

I know. I'm ashamed.

People often ask me 'why don't you shop online' and my answer is simple - 'because I live for this kind of crazy'. You don't go and have three kids in four years so you can calmly walk the isles of your local woolies making informed decisions about carbohydrate content and price checking tins of baked beans.

No, you have three children in four years so you can bundle them all into one tiny green trolley and zoom them through supermarket repeatedly requesting that ' arms and legs stay inside the vehicle at all times'.

It's utter chaos.

 Zeph talks constantly without taking a breath. Pip tries to climb from her perch every 2 minutes whilst intermittently inventing new and creative ways to utilise the trolly as monkey bars, a ladder or a swing whilst Elke, darling Elke sits snugly in the pouch cooing and eyeballing her sister until we reach the checkout, at which point she screams. Every. Time.

It's awesome. Really.

In between the calamity we chatter about this and that and negotiate what items we'll be buying - will the peanut butter be smooth or crunchy? Will we get strawberry jam or fruits of the forest (my favourite)? Should we get the extra large tub of honey or one in a glass jar? And PLEASEEEE MUM CAN WE GET ICY POLES?

Naturally bribery plays a huge role in the success of these outings and there is almost always a carrot and a stick involved.

Sometimes the promise of a little tube of yogurt will do the trick but on other occasions I need to pull out all stops - a bake off.

That's right, if things are turning pear shaped as quickly as my body during the first trimester of pregnancy, then something must be done. A project MUST be created.

A common goal, if you will.

Together we decide upon some fabulous culinary project to distract us from the task at hand.** Usually it's something complex like a milkshake, ice cream cone, choc chip cookies or the famous fish biscuits but it's a winning strategy for convincing the kids that the supermarket is indeed a wonderful and magical place. They need to keep their eyes peeled for the special ingredients required for their treat.

It's all about the keeping the trolly occupants engaged in riveting conversation.

The glory of the grocery store was made all the more golden when, on our last adventure, the kids were presented with a pack of Aussie Animals collector cards, part of an initiative between Woolworths and the Taronga Conservation Society to get our kids excited, engaged and educated about Native Aussie Animals. These cards can be collected at checkout with any purchase over twenty dollars and traded/swapped on the Woolies Facebook page or in store today.

I'm sure you can imagine the explosion of conversation that erupted soon after their unwrapping. Trust me the 'why did the crocodile cross the road, why did the frilled neck lizard cross the road, why did the kangaroo cross the road?' jokes came thick and fast. Naturally the answer is always the same 'cus it's the chickens day offfffff' followed by raucous laughter.


I don't know about you but I feel an animal focused school holidays coming up. The Woolies collector cards provide the perfect accompaniment to our usual David Attenborough viewing or perhaps a spot of family charades is in order? Maybe a game of Memory or a Pop Quiz complete with prizes (icy poles, perhaps?). Either way, they'll give Zeph that little bit of mental stimulation he'll be craving whilst on holidays. In addition, we might take trip to the zoo, maybe a visit to the Reptile Park and most certainly - we WILL bake off.





*when I say like, what I really mean is 'don't ALWAYS hate'

**getting out of the supermarket without mummy rocking in the organic foods isle crying 'inadequate, inadequate, INADEQUATE'

38 comments:

  1. My grandaughters ( & there mums ) love the cards the are so informative . We have yet to experience good times shopping with kids or grand kids but maybe it's because I hate shopping

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    1. they are great aren't they! I'm going to laminate ours so they keep for longer.

      xo em

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  2. I actually like grocery shopping with Jarvis. He loves it, everything in the supermarket is an adventure. The joy of choosing his own fruit and being allowed to put (read throw really hard) thing in the trolley. It doubles my shopping time, but the kid is enjoying himself.

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    1. It's does provide some great conversational time, huh!

      xo em

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  3. I love grocery shopping, but in light of my seven year old's ability to now read EVERYTHING, I think there needs to be more bribery. x

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    1. ahahahha never be afraid to bribe your way through the supermarket! I still remember my mum doing the same with me!

      xo em

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  4. You are amazing Em. Your simple life stories pack a punch and your photos are superb. How good are those cards. When I was given them at Woolies I thought they were pretty pedestrian. But when I gave them to the grandkids there was such delight taken in the way they are cleverly designed to present a surprise. In the few days here they have collected quite a bundle which only proves how we over eat! Kids love them and they are one small plus for Woolies (but the minuses are still so many!) Congrats again on your communications. xx

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    1. I'm SO not amazing, but thanks (i'm feeling that love). You on the other hand ARE amazing, I remember some pretty amazing meals from your place (hellooo every Christmas!!).

      Your grandkids are some pretty lucky cherubs.

      xo me

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  5. I go grocery shopping with all 3 kids too. They stand, sit & lie in the same spots as yours do & as long as they are behaving I actually enjoy it too. We decide what fruit and veggies to buy, count them as they go in the bag, look at things & talk non stop and also decide what we are going to make together. As weird as it seems I love it. Sonja xx

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    1. ahahah they can get rather creative with the seating positions, huh... and the talking, woah!

      ahahah

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  6. When I had three, we had to go together--there was no other choice. Who gets a babysitter for grocery shopping?? I will always remember running into the A & P on a Sunday afternoon. It was Mothers' Day. It was such a glorious treat to wander the aisles in peace, as the three were at home with Dad. Those were the days.....

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    1. yes, no one ever gets a sitter to peruse the isles of the supermarket! What a luxury that would be :)

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  7. We are loving ours over here at Casa Mason!
    Ronnie xo

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  8. The cards have been a hit at our house too. I have to laugh when my daughter reminds me I have to spend over $20 to get some cards. If only they knew how many x $20 we spend.

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    1. yep, we got about 30 bundles from our last shop. OUCH!

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  9. The fact you can go supermarket shopping with 3 littluns (I struggle a little with 1) makes you pretty darn talented. That you can take photos AS WELL makes you some kind of superhero. hats off dear lady! x

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    1. ahahah no, not talented, just crazy!

      YOu, my twin Em are a superhero!

      x

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  10. SAME!
    We love doing the groceries too. I used to love going with my dad and now am passing on the pleasure.
    No animal cards at Coles/Harris farm though.

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    1. make the switch, if only for a few weeks- the cards really are ace!

      x em

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  11. I actually wrote to woollies to applaud this venture. My 3 boys love it. I love it. And yes I am back at woollies more often because of it! The folders are terrific for them too....
    Have your kids watched deadly 60? It is sometimes on abc 2, but you can get the DVD from abc shops.... It's another version of David Attenborough with a younger hipper host that my kids find fab!
    Rock on little naturalists our country is in good hands!

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    1. They're so good huh!

      My dad did record The Deadly 60 for us, I'll have to dig it out, thanks for the reminder!

      I hope your boys continue to love the cards - so many games to play with them... including 'pick up sticks' ahahah ;)

      x em

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  12. I like your idea for the bake off such a great one,to get the kids to behave in the supermarket good idea Mumma.Lisa Mckenzie

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  13. I like your idea for the bake off such a great one,to get the kids to behave in the supermarket good idea Mumma.Lisa Mckenzie

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