If current weather patterns are anything to go by, it seems as if we are again going to be skipping spring this year and going straight from vests-puffy-jacket-and-boots winter weather to dresses-shorts-t-shirts summer.
Which becomes a little bit challenging when trying to get three little ones dressed in the morning.
My shopping philosophy for the kids has really changed over the years. I used to hit the end of season sales hard and store clothes away for the next year, buying reams of pyjamas and tops and dresses. But I've come to realise how few clothes kids actually need to get them through a season, and would now rather spend a bit more on fewer, better quality items.
My favourites for this spring are definitely Naartjie's beautiful range of stripes for girls (we're and I are all going to look like a group of little Breton clones in our matching blue and white tops) and lovely denim shorts.
Not that I can convince them to wear shorts very often in dress season.
And who can blame them. Earth Child has the most beautiful dresses (strictly saved for weekends, and not for painting in at pre-school!)
My eldest daughter will be going into school uniform in the new school year, which starts halfway through summer in January. So I'm hanging back a bit on summer school clothes and just getting her the minimum to get by until the Christmas holidays. Pick 'n Pay clothing and Woolworths are still winners for basics that generally make it thorough the season.
I know I'm being a little bit biased against the boys here, but really there isn't much competition. In summer, dressing boys generally means a few shorts, a t-shirt or two and we're ready to go. Done.
Another item I've come to learn it's worth spending a bit more money on is swimming costumes. We spend hours and hours in our cozzies during the summer months, and no one does cozzies quite like the Aussies. Country Road and Cotton On are hands down the winners for cute one pieces, board shorts, bikinis and of course, rash vests to protect against the sun.
The only category I haven't cracked yet? Shoes. Trainers are too hot. Slip slops have things that go between your toes. Sandals have buckles and are a pain to take on and off. So wherever possible, we just go barefoot!