Already perfected that Tik Tok dance?
Played too many drinking games on House Party?
Finally mastered making pasta from scratch?
Marie-Kondoed the shit out of your closet?
Been staring at that dodgy jar of pickles and wondered if they are ok to eat?
Look no further than your own neighbourhood doorstep and connect with the many local businesses that are suffering right now. The best way to make a difference is to create a new weekly routine as this may be the new normal for a while.
Once I’ve been dragged out of bed for the early morning dog walk – two spoodles if you’re interested, one black and one golden – I set myself up for a virtual pilates class. So far, I’ve been trying the different free streaming options from various gyms and influencers but I’m a creature of habit, so I’m looking to sign up to my local studio. At the moment you can get the burn for half the price as many studios are offering half priced memberships with reduced timetables.
Once I’ve worked up a sweat and earnt the right to my morning coffee, I stroll down to my local coffee shop in Elwood. It’s a family run business and I can see the gratitude behind their eyes as I order my long black and have a quick chat. It’s a great way to stay connected with the community whilst keeping distance!
For food, I’m skipping the supermarket stress and looking at grocery boxes from local stores. In Melbourne, I just signed up for the grocery pack at Maker & Monger in Prahran Market but there are so many local options. The Fruit Box Group usually provides fruit for offices but now it’s delivering fresh fruit, veggies, milk and other staples directly to people’s home from just $70 with no delivery fee. If you don’t have any local services, then Woolies has joined forces with Aussie Post and DHL to deliver essential produce to customers who can’t leave their homes.
Make & Monger have a great selection of premium produce to get me through the week, but when it comes to the weekend I can’t be bothered to cook. Me and my partner have kept our Friday night date night and are slowly making our way through the local dishes from nearby restaurants. I’m a pizza gal, so right now it’s Italian on the menu – bon appetite!
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People need people! And this is my attempt of continuing a community feeling from my sofa as much as possible. If you need help, then follow one of the many Instagram accounts created to support and buy local such as @buyaussienow and @spendwiththem.