The Baby sitters club 2020

This series is based on the books by Ann M Martin and its entirely on Netflix. It features five friends as they all go through high school together. They talk a lot about girl issues such as boys and being a teenager. They all have different characteristics and likes.

Like most normal teenagers they fight but then they make up.

This series is really quite addictive and good to watch when you are at home. Mary Anne is the shy one and Claudia Kishii loves art.

The series is set in Stoneybrook in 2020 where Etsy is a thing and Internet is the best way to advertise.

This series is not on Youtube but on Netflix and you can watch it anytime


Phillips noodle maker

This noodle maker I got it last Christmas as a present. Here you can save some money in making your own noodles. Making your own noodles is so easy.

Video courtesy of Phillips

During the Covid when we are all stuck indoors and money is tight, we can save a bit of money by making noodles. The noodles we make is really yummy.

It is easy to clean and it can churn out noodles within minutes. To make homemade noodles you just need flour, water and one egg.

Do buy the machine from Harvey Norman and other good retailers like Myer and the Good Guys. In Victoria, it is mandatory to wear a mask in store but you can order online and get it delivered.


Skillshare

Thanks to Siim Land for recommending this.

Skillshare is a website that allows you to learn some skills for $20 a month. It is free for the first two months and then it’s just $20. Many people are out of work now and need to upskill.

They have lots of self help classes as well as classes on how to master Instagram and other business essentials. It was lots of fun learning about self esteem and it was easy to use.

The lectures were short and easy to hear.

Do try Skillshare for yourself.


Food for Health’s fruit free bar

I got these bars at Woolworths as I really wanted to try them and I loved Food for Health’s protein puffs. They come in a pack of six.

SO I had the same expectations of them. They are gluten free and fructose free and they are full of goodness. They have a bit of honey in them and that’s what creates this sweetness. Oh and they are full of wholegrains.

This is an easy snack for the lunchbox.

Do go out and buy them at your local Woolworths and Coles.


Periods don’t stop for pandemics

Last week was Menstrual Health day and I got the idea from Bethan Taylor-Swaine who talked about this day on her Facebook page.

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Here in Australia some of the vulnerable and poor people don’t have access to period products and at the Kensington and Ascot Vale little Free Pantry people have been getting these products. In March Share the Dignity does these drives. The price of period products has been going up. Per year they would cost between $400-$700 altogether. Factor in food and rent and bills and some people would not be able to afford them. Last March people went crazy stockpiling pads and tampons and left none for the poor.

Periods don’t stop for those that are poor. Those that are poor risk staining their underwear and outer clothes. This in turn embarasses them and people think of them as dirty.

Poor people also don’t have access to clean water. Poor people also don’t have access to health services in the world right now.

Actions needed right now:

  • Donations would be appreciated everywhere. If you can, put some pads in a little free pantry somewhere.
  • Ongoing interventions to tackle period stigma. We need more free access to health services. Hopefully during this crisis the Government would spend more money on the homeless and this can be a part of the money that they spend on women’s health.
  • More access to clean water and washing facilities all over the world. In third world countries people don’t have access to clean water. Hence they always smell.

Liddells yoghurt

Liddells is a lactose free yoghurt. Here I got them at Coles and Woolworths as a snack and a delicious lactose free thing. There are some people that are lactose intolerant. Normally I buy them at Coles for about $2 and they are easy to eat.

They do have sugars in them though. So far I liked the strawberry ones but they have vanilla and other flavours.

And now they sell them at Cheaper Buy Miles for $1 for a pack of four tubs of yoghurt. I actually really enjoy the plain flavours and you can buy the tubs for the kids that are going back to school. In Victoria it is only Grade Prep, Year 1,2 and VCE students. The tubs would be good to keep in their lunchbox.


Ensure protein drinks

This is a supplementary food and is only meant to be consumed with a whole food diet. These days people are looking to lose weight without stepping out of their house. We are all cooped up in here due to the Covid19.

So it is essential that people get their recommended daily protein. Some people don’t consume meat so these protein drinks are a great idea.

The drinks are really nice. You can get the powder or you can have it in a bottle. I prefer the powder as that’s easier to mix with water and its less calories as well.

Most pharmacies would have these drinks and since they are an essential service they are open all the time for you to go in and get them as well as all the neccessary medicine.


Greentea x50’s new watermelon flavour

Greentea has this new Watermelon flavour and it comes with a meal plan for those that want to lose weight. This is great in the Coronavirus times when the gyms are shut. Nutrition is much more important now than ever before.

Greentea x50 is a fat burner tea. Even though they don’t say how many calories that you burn they do target the fat area. But its only just a supplement. You would need a good diet and exercise to lose the weight and keep it off.

I’d only have a couple a day with water. You can buy them in any Chemist Warehouse or Priceline store. They are also sold at all health food shops. A pack of 60 serves costs around $50-$60.


Australia’s Biggest morning tea with Coles Buttermilk scones

Australia’s Biggest Morning tea is on and it occurs every year. For the past few years this event has been at RMIT University and other places, but this year most people would be holding it virtual. This is due to the Coronavirus. It is run the Cancer Council and they aim to raise as much money as they can for their life saving operations.

This time I decided to suggest that people buy a packet of those Coles buttermilk scones and make it themselves at home. The packet of buttermilk scones costs about $4-$5 and they can make about 50 little ones. A scone is about 160 calories each, therefore a mini one is about 80 calories. Pair that with jam and cream and its about an extra 40-80 calories depending on how much cream you consume. The scones when freshly baked are yummy and moist. You just need to follow the packet directions.

Here is a traditional scone recipe if you don’t have a Coles near you.

Do sign up for the virtual morning tea here and you’ll be supporting the Cancer Council through this very tough time


Fitness First Fitness at Home

This is a free workout app for Fitness first members only. Most of the members have been impacted by the gym closures hence there is this app. You would have been sent an email about it. Here this is just a webpage detailing the workouts. They will add more as time passes by.

You need a password to access it which is in your email. If you join they will send you free weekly check ins just to see how you’re doing.

They have a Facebook page where members can go there for support from other members. Here we talked about the bikes and other workouts. And its here where the personal trainers can post their favourite workouts.

Their Facebook page has been busy and its good to see.

Do join Fitness first at home if you are a member of the gym.