Zak has only just turned six – evidence supplied below and already he is fast becoming a phenomenal shopper! Today he showed another mum how to get the sizing right for gumboots for her son. This had followed promptly after she had said a few expletives and stated that gumboots should be made transparent so you can see how far the toe is from the end. Obviously Zak had learnt from the best and told her to put her son’s foot on the sole of the boot – which I commend her for – she did. However, this is minor compared to the shopping marathon Zak had endured only a couple of days before! I had a moment of complete and utter madness – (it was actually desperation as I’ve got limited winter clothes) – and decided I would attempt to go clothes shopping again with a toddler and 6 yr old. I had completed the styles test below the night before discovering after 41 years what type of clothes are really ‘me’ – I’m a creative natural. With this new knowledge I felt confident I was ready to launch out.
The last time I attempted to go shopping with two kids it took me days to recover, and I had promised myself I would wait several years before ever putting myself through that self-inflicted torture again! With a few bribes up my sleeve we got through the morning and then we came to the store Max. An hour later (with a toilet stop half way – don’t you hate that!!!) Zak was having an absolute blast choosing clothes he knew mummy would like the colour of – red, turquoise and black, and bringing them to the changing rooms. Even Callum got into the swing of it and was carting the clothes out of the changing room saying, ‘no,no,no’ – his favourite word of course!! (alongside ‘Mama’ and ‘digger’ – no connection! ). I’m just kicking myself now that I didn’t take a pic of the two in action – next time!! Callum had managed to help himself to the Max stickers behind the counter and had them plastered all over his front – I managed to get stickered in the process also Angela, the Max assistant, was incredible and learnt a lot of information about sharks throughout the process – Zak had earnt himself a book on sharks from the previous store – which worked a treat for the stores leading up to the Max stop. This definitely was a great purchase! Unfortunately the shopping binge was short-lived as I had to beat the parking meter warden to my car, and I had to forgo the talk about the other great deals Max had going in the store. Four purchases later we were heading out of Whangarei with three very satisfied shoppers – Zak – mummy had bought the things he had chosen, Callum – had scored a myriad of stickers and was integral to helping mummy, and of course, mummy – actually came out of the store with more than just frazzled nerves and a headache! Even after all this success, Zak was still open to the idea of what could be done better next time, and was handed the colour palate booklet showing which colours suited me (based on the seasons Winter, Summer, Autumn and Spring from the company Colour Me Beautiful). He learnt that next time he could go around the store and find items that mummy not only liked but that matched her colour booklet. Style will be next, alongside Shape – his future wife will most certainly thank me!!!
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