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.

Lemon & Lavender Home Fragrance

Winter has truly began in Australia. As weather gets colder and sometimes dreary, don’t we all long for summer days? While we can’t make summer happen overnight, we can perhaps make our own sunshine by re-creating the scent of summer at home, naturally of course.

This Lemon & Lavender simmering potpourri recipe will transport you instantly to the balmy summer days of lemonade and sunshine.

So crank up the heater, get brewing and into the happy summer mood, right in the comforts of your home.

Lemon & Lavender Simmering Potpourri Recipe

Lemon LavenderINGREDIENTS:
  • One whole lemon, sliced
  • One cup of dried lavender (I used both the leaves and flowers saved from last year’s French lavender.) Place the lavender in cheesecloth if you wish.
  • One teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • One quart of water
  • (Optional: You may add two or three drops of lavender essential oil if you prefer a stronger fragrance.)

 

 

 


 

DIRECTIONS:
Bring the water to a boil.
Add the above ingredients, squeezing the lemons and adding both the rinds and the juice.
Allow to boil for a few minutes to release the scent, then reduce to a simmer.
In about 30 minutes, your whole house will smell wonderful! You can put it in the fridge and reuse it for several days. Be sure to keep an eye on the water level when the potpourri is simmering.
Please note that this is a recipe for potpourri and is not intended as a beverage.

Winter Warming Spicy Chai Smoothie

Love smoothies but finding it too cold to have them in winter? In fact, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, it’s so important to keep our insides warm especially in winter. That means cold drinks are not ideal.

That said, you’d love this Spicy Chai Tea Smoothie, tasty, warming and healthy all at the same time.  What’s more this vitamin- and antioxidant-packed smoothie will give your immune system a boost so you stay healthy during the cold winter. Enjoy!

Spicy Chai Smoothie photo credit pinterest
Spicy Chai Smoothie
photo source: pinterest

SPICY CHAI TEA SMOOTHIE

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk of choice (I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk and coconut almond milk)
  • 1 chai tea bag
  • 1 very-ripe frozen banana
  • ¼ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 inch ginger
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Instructions
  1. Heat your milk on the stove for for a minute or two in the microwave, just until it is hot and steam.
  2. Put the tea bag in the milk and place in the refrigerator until chilled.
  3. Combine the tea milk, banana (cut into chunks), ginger and vanilla in a blender and blend until smooth.