New Countdown Collection Points - Saving Me From My Least Favourite Chore Since Monday

Picking up your pre packed shopping from Countdown isn't a new thing right?! Well now they have made it slightly easier by adding Click & Collect locations on your direct route home from work. Now I know you wonder why is this of interest to me? My 9-5 24/7 jobs at home with the boys. Well there is five new transport centres where you can pick up your groceries and one of which is the car park Jay parks in for work! Boom! 

Now I love having my shopping delivered as it saves me a trip to the supermarket, which less face it, is a bit of a pain with two toddlers in tow. The downside to having it delivered? Sometimes I'm out and about with the kids so it has to sit around outside and it's always delivered during the day so Jay isn't around to help put it away. I don't know about you but folding laundry and putting away groceries are my LEAST favourite chores.

So now I can send Jay to pick up the groceries from his car park building, which means he carries them in from the car - win! AND he can help me put them all away or I can be "busy" with the boys so he can do it! Winning all round. You now see why I was rather excited about this.

I trialled it on Monday and it worked a treat, the shopping is kept in chillers and Jay said there was a helpful lady their to help you get it.  As I guessed, Jay lugged all the bags in and I helped put away a few before a Nugget was crying for mama so I left him too it. Five minutes later and all my fresh groceries were put away!

So if you are a working mum or have a partner who goes via any of the below transport hubs, then give the service a whirl and hopefully you can get out of the solo job of putting all your groceries away alone too!


To order you log on to Countdown and select your pick up location from the collect section.

Transport centres:

 Albany Bus Station, New Lynn Transport Centre, Orakei Train Station, Matiatia Ferry Terminal (Waiheke Island), Downtown Car Park.

Twins...Lucky you!

"Double trouble" "You must be busy" "You have your hands full" are just some of the things strangers like to say when you are out and about with twins. It REALLY irks a lot of twin mums as they rightly feel they are blessed to have them. The thing is lots of mums of multiples see these comments as a really negative and insensitive thing to say to someone.  I'm ok with it, mostly because I usually think the person is well-meaning or making a bit of a joke, so I don't let it bother me. But over the past two years it is something I have heard almost daily while out and about. For the first time since they were born someone said something that made my heart sing.  I was at St Lukes with the boys doing a bit of shopping and realised I needed to grab a few things from the supermarket. I usually try to avoid the supermarket with the boy as they get bored sitting in the trolley and have a thing about wanting to throw everything I choose into the back of the trolley. But needs must so I headed to Countdown.  I was in the checkout line and the boys definitely weren't being angels. Hunter was tired and grumpy and Oscar was whining (I hate whinging) and was trying to touch everything within arms reach at the checkout. Seriously whats with all the lollies and brightly wrapped packages at trolley seat hight!? I just wanted to get them in the car and home before they went into meltdown mode.

It was my turn for checkout and the lady behind the counter looked at me, clocked my boys who were currently fighting ver who got to hold my wallet and gave me the biggest smile ever and said  "Oh wow, twins?" In my head I though oh here comes the "double trouble" but she just continued "aren't you so lucky". I was floored, I think I am lucky to have my precious boys but not in their two years has a stranger ever told me that or said something really positive about twins. I was blown away, it instantly made me smile and made my day.  It was such a nice reminder of how a small gesture or a few kind words can have such a great effect on someone and totally change their day or mood. I can't believe it took two whole years to experience a moment like this! She then continued to talk to the boys and told me multiple times "You're doing a great job mama". It seriously brings tears to my eyes now typing this. It was such a lovely thing to hear at the end of a long day. Because, and I think ALL parents can relate to this, you can't help but let that doubt occasionally creep in that maybe you aren't doing a great job, you could play more with them, read more, forget about the housework and focus on them! It's nice to be reminded that you are doing a great job, because sometimes us mums don't give ourselves enough credit. I wish I got her name so I could write to Countdown and tell them what an awesome employee they have, but it totally skipped my mind to get it. I will be on the lookout for her next time we visit!

So please, next time you see a mum of twins resist that urge to make the "double trouble" joke, not all of us are offended by it, but you could literally make someones day if you tell them how lucky they are! Because we are, twins are very special and we were lucky to be chosen to be their mamas #blessed ;)