Skip the supermarket this winter

Winter

Baby it’s cold outside.

Melbourne’s winter is pretty infamous for being windy, rainy and freezing! If you’re anything like us, stepping out of the warm comforts on our home into the freezer box of winter feels like a very daunting task. Winter or not, we still need human survival stuff like food, groceries and toilet paper right?

 

 

 

The good news is there are heaps of great local businesses that can help you quit the supermarket this winter and forever if you like!

Here’s the list we’ve compiled:

1. Toilet paper:

  • Who Gives A Crap: Cares for the world and your freezing bums. Get toilet paper delivered to your doorstep. Free shipping over $30.

2. Food:

  • Marley Spoon:  They plan, shop, prep and deliver your week’s meal to your home. All you do is cook! Free delivery to your doorstep.
  • Eat fit Food: Can’t be bothered to cook? Avoid putting on the dreaded “winter weight” with Eat Fit Food. They deliver healthy meal plans to your home. Just heat, eat, nourish!

3. Cleaning Supplies:

  • Resparkle 2U: Delivers 2 months worth of organic cleaning supplies to your home. Bonus: Free metro delivery, pause anytime and natural products that (gasp) actually works!
  • Get $15 off the first Resparkle 2U box. Use coupon code WinterClean at check out. Valid till 1st Sept 16.

4. Skin-care & body care:

  • No matter how cold winter get, yes we still do need to bathe, like everyday. You can’t get past Nourished Life for the most comprehensive range of healthy & safe skin and body care products. Ps. They stock Resparkle too so you can get your cleaning supplies together with all the other natural goodies.

A Home Sanctuary in 3 Easy (Budget Friendly) Ways

It’s easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of life. You may be constantly pulled in different directions whether as a super mum, corporate/business high-flyer. After a long day, our home is a place where we want to feel supported, at peace, inspired and free to be ourselves. In a nutshell, our homes should be sanctuaries for our bodies, minds, and spirits. It should be restorative and far from the stress-filled world of work, deadlines, and traffic jams.

But if your house isn’t the sanctuary you need it to be, here are 3 tips to help you create that calming atmosphere, without breaking your bank:

  1. Create a special “me” corner

Corner290290The need for privacy is universal, and an effective sanctuary is a retreat from outside intrusions. So corners, nooks, alcoves and even a whole room (if space permits) are among the most welcoming, natural sanctuary spaces.

Once you’ve picked your “Me” spot, there should be an element of familiarity to your sanctuary, so decorate yours with the things you really love. Keep it simple though as clutter will only distract you from getting into the “calm” zone. I’m personally loving the idea in the above photo. I can imagine myself reading, napping and sipping tea in that corner all day.

If you’re thinking, “I’m a mum, I don’t have me time, much less a me spot”. Go to bed 15 minutes earlier (instead of watching TV) and spend some time in your me spot and do whatever relaxes you.

2. Go with the flow

MJ-99-56-water-4Nothing brings calm to your home instantly than the gentle sound of flowing water. Place this near your me-spot and let the flowing water bring stress relief and relaxation.

You can also make a fountain yourself with a small water pump (often found in aquarium stores and pond suppliers, for less than $10), rocks from your garden, and a bowl. Some of the best fountains are the ones that are homemade. Learn how to make your own water feature in our last post.

 

3. Scent is key

Scent is Key! Studies show that 75% of emotions are triggered by smell which is linked to pleasure, well-being, emotion and memory. I find this fascinating and quite true. Here’s my go to “happy calm” essential oil blend which I use in our aroma-diffuser: 4 drops Lavender + 2 drops Cedarwood + 2 drops Orange. For more essential oil blend recipes, Easy Aromatherapy is a great resource.

On this note, make sure the indoor air in your home is free from toxic pollutants released from chemical cleaners. The simple solution to this is to switch to 100% natural cleaners such as Resparkle.

There’s no better time than to take the opportunity of this brand new year to re-establish your home as a wellness sanctuary. We’d love to see photos of your home sanctuary! Share it on Facebook or Instagram and hashtag #livehealthychoosebetter

 

 

Top 5 Ways Resparklers have Made a Difference

1) Saved Loads of Plastic Bottles from Landfill

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With every new customer won over, more amazing beautiful people are doing their part in saving plastic bottles from going to the landfill. Plus they’re keeping their homes clean without nasty chemicals and saving money all at the same time.

Goes to show that simply by opening up our minds and re-thinking our daily habits, you too can make a positive impact for both yourself and our planet.

 

2) 831 people in Ethopia received clean water for a day

We’re very blessed to live in Australia with abundance of almost everything nature has to offer, from amazing fresh produce to something as basic as clean water.

Sadly, every 8 seconds, every day, a child somewhere in the world is dying from drinking contaminated water. A simple well and water pump is all that is needed to reduce deaths from water-borne diseases.

As part of our commitment to resparkle our world, this quarter we’ve pledged a part of every sale to helping people in Ethopia have access to clean water through the Well Wishers Trust via B1G1. Image below is a screenshot of our Giving Journal from B1G1.

Resparkle Impact via B1G1
Resparkle Impact via B1G1

 

3) Best Start Up Idea Finalist for Nationwide StartUp Smart Business Awards 2013

Ok so, this is a little ego-boosting moment but hey it’s nice to be recognised every once in awhile 🙂 We didn’t win it this year (all top 50 were raking in millions!) but we’re not giving up!

More importantly, being a Finalist does give us the assurance that we are in the right direction of building a sustainable business so we can continue with the opportunity to make a difference.

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4) Welcomed 10 Retail Shops who have joined us on our journey to Resparkle.

We are constantly inspired and in awe of all our retailers as they’ve all had the guts to go up against giant supermarkets and start a healthfood store/green grocer. Most with a genuine belief that they can make a difference in people’s and planet’s health.

Every one of our stockists have been so quick to support our Resparkle journey and I know we keep saying this, but again THANK YOU!

For our list of stockists, please have a look here.

They are all small but inspiring businesses well deserving of our support. I personally love knowing that every dollar I spend with a small business goes towards the livelihood of a family not lost in some cold corporate maze.

 

5) Happy Customers

Last but definitely not the least, nothing motivates us more than receiving positive testimonials from happy customers. It’s really what keeps us going! So if you’re happy (or not) with Resparkle, we would love to hear from you 🙂

Here’s a snippet of what they’re saying:

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