Our March events

Unfortunately due to the Coronavirus we couldn’t do four events- we only did three.

So here is what went on during March and before the shutdown of essential services

Vamff at Myer

Vamff at Myer was a wonderful time for shoppers. There was Champagne and whiskey, but no catwalk show. It was free and there was many offers on the night which shoppers took advantage of. We tried the champagne and it was nice and sweet and it worked well with the arancini. The whiskey was also nice but a bit of coke could have been added in there to give it that sweet touch.

Stout Shout

Stout Shout is an event where you get a free pint of Guinness for St Patrick’s day. St Patrick’s day is an Irish day full of fun and Guinness. A Guinness is an Irish beer which is dark and stormy in flavour. Here I got mine at Bridie o Reilly’s and I really enjoyed my beer.

It was my first time doing Stout Shout and you had to sign up for the free beer online.

The launch of Fortress

Fortress is a gaming place in Emporium and they just launched. They have a Irish tavern, two bars and two levels of gaming. At their launch party they offered free games all day and no free alcohol or food. At a launch I would expect free food and alcohol at that place. But the Superdry clothing shop offered alcohol and the Glue store offered free popcorn and soft drinks to assist with their launch.


Why businesses and households should give away toilet paper and other toiletries

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These days due to the Coronavirus there have been more and more people left without toilet paper and other basic essentials. More and more people are losing jobs due to the recession. More and more business are struggling.

During last week there was a bit of toilet paper craziness which meant that low income earners were left without. But then Woolworths and Coles introduced a new shopping hour for the elderly and disabled. But still many people are left without toilet rolls and other essentials.

So how can businesses and people donate toilet paper and other toiletries?

They can

  • Hold a donation drive with their local charity
  • Donate to the free little pantries such as Ascot Vale little pantry
  • If they are a big corporation maybe they might be able to donate to OzHarvest or Foodbank or another charity.
  • If it is a business they could let people that are on low income take their toilet rolls (but maybe limit to two per person)

Our 100 days of less sugar part 2

Here is our 100 days of sugar Part 2. We did eat a little bit of sugar but not much.

Day 11

Today was International Women’s day and here it was impossible not to have that treat. So I picked a custard bombolini and my Musashi rocky road bar as my chocolate. Women’s day is associated with cake, chocolate and wine.

Day 12

Went to the country for the day. Today I had homemade cake as well as a lovely coucous salad with chicken. I also ate the Twirl bar as I was hungry

Day 13

Today I had no sugar yay! Today I had a active water Gatorade instead of orange juice. Felt like orange juice but when I saw the Gatorade I said yes to that instead. The Gatorade without the added sugar hydrated me.

Had vegetarian noodles for lunch which was awesome and it had no sauce in it. I could have asked for sweet chilli but didn’t and I had no drinks. Usually all the Asian drinks are too sweet.

Day 14

Today I had a Lenny and Larrys cookie which had less sugar as a normal cookie and a plate of pancakes with lemon syrup and fruit. I am slowly getting used to having less sugar and more fruits.

Day 15

Today I tried a vegan donut thinking that they would not have a lot of sugar in there. But I was wrong. The rest of the day however I did not have any sweets but fruit.

Day 16

Today I had two soups. One for dinner and the other for lunch and I stuck to my no sugar thing as per usual. Oh and I upped the vegetables

Day 17

Today I had an egg tart for dessert and two ritz vanilla sandwiches. The egg tart was only small.

Day 18

Today I had vegetarian curry and rice and a slurpee. I also had my period that day.

Day 19

Today I had a homemade muffin which is apple and cinnamon. Today was not too bad with my period

Sam Wood’s article about the gym

And why we disagree with it.

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on

Yesterday Sam Wood has an article in the Daily Mail about people going to the gym and he urged those to stay away from the gym. He says that its due to the Coronavirus and the fact that they can spread germs easily when they cough and sneeze and sweat. The last part about the sweat is not true as you can’t get sick from the sweat. Sam Wood is a personal trainer in Melbourne

Sam’s article is just another reason for people to panic. As the government said we should just go about our daily business but have good hand hygiene and good immune systems.

If people stay away from the gym, the gym would lose money and staff. We already are worried about the personal trainers losing their clients.

Gyms are supposed to be social places; places in which people can talk to each other and be happy. If we all go into isolation and exercise at home we would not be very happy. Gyms is one way for people to see their friends and family.

All of the gyms now have hand sanitzer and cleaning staff 24/7 and they have guidelines on how to be safe from the Coronavirus.

How to be safe from the Coronavirus at the gym

  • Stay at home for 14 days if you have been to China, Iran, Italy, UK, Japan.
  • Stay at home if you feel unwell
  • Wash your gym clothes regularly
  • Use a towel at the gym and change it everytime you go to the gym
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap
  • Use antibacterial wipes
  • Stay away from people that cough or sneeze
  • Wipe down equipment before and after you use it.
  • Fill your own drink bottle at home or buy water that is prefilled.
  • Use cotton gloves to handle equipment.
  • Wash your face after each gym session

Immune system and how to keep it great

Your immune system is the one thing that is keeping you alive and healthy. During times of Covid19 having a healthy immune system is important.

What is a healthy immune system?

It is a system where you get rid of all waste easily and it wards off most diseases. You should be free of any disease. But not many people have this and the rate of cancer and diseases in the US is quite high. Obesity is quite high over there.

The Better Health Channel describes it as such, “The immune system is made up of special organs, cells and chemicals that fight infection (microbes). The main parts of the immune system are: white blood cells, antibodies, the complement system, the lymphatic system, the spleen, the thymus, and the bone marrow. These are the parts of your immune system that actively fight infection.”

Here’s how

Eat your fruits and vegetables! You should have two fruits a day and five vegetables a day. Its a good idea to eat the rainbow. If you don’t like vegetables why not make tomato sauce or do a stir fry? With fruits you can do a smoothie.

You can buy frozen fruit and then make a juice or smoothie. Or eat them frozen. Most fruit and vegetables have a mineral called potassium

Drink plenty of water-more is good. We should drink about 4-5l of water each day! We use water a lot as we sweat, urinate and for some of us we menstruate. For some of us we exercise.

Sleep- we should get 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night.

Exercise- about 150 minutes of vigorous activity and some social sessions at the gym helps to boost immunity. Laughter is the best medicine


Ginger is a herb which is found in most supermarkets. It originated from China. Some people grow it.

Ginger is good for calming those nerves down. It is also is good for getting rid of a cold. It also helps to relieve pain and other things. Some people use it relieve PMS pain. You can add it to tea, eat it plain or add it to food.

You can buy it everywhere and there are a few different types of ginger. Some of them are sold in Asian grocery stores.

There are also ginger supplements which are sold in health food stores.

I love Chinese steamed fish with ginger. Here is a simple recipe that I found on Youtube.

But it is also used in other sauces and you can eat it raw. I love the ginger sauce that we use for Chinese cold chicken and ginger in the vinegar that we use for the dumplings.

Coconut oil- is it good for you?

We talk about coconut oil as another type of oil that you can use for cooking and baking.

I got this coconut oil for $12 at Prahran Market one time. But you can find it at your local supermarket for about $4-$12. It tastes like not much but you can put it in things like smoothies, salads and shakes. You can even have it as a spread. Most people use it in cooking.

It does have a long shelf life, so that would mean that if you were to go into quarantine you can use it instead of your normal oil if you run out.

How is it made?

Its made by extracting the oil from the flesh in the coconut. It is used in vegan cooking to replace some of the cream used.

What is it good for?

It is good for the skin and hydration. They do have quite a fair bit of fat in there so be careful. They are high in saturated fat

Curbing sugar cravings- coconut is sweet in flavour.

Partly antioxidant

Here’s a recipe for using coconut oil in baking.

Daylight savings and the effect on your body

It doesn’t matter if it is one hour forward or back. Mind Body Green has written about this topic. The body needs time to get used to all the new settings. In Australia daylight savings is on April the 5th.

When you change your clocks to go back or forward one hour, you could lose some sleep. This would make you prone to drowsiness and irritability.

Your hunger levels and times will change with daylight savings as well as your sleeping pattern. Cortisol and melatonin are the main hormones here and they will be affected by the change in our sleeping patterns.

Luckily no two people are the same when we adjust our time. The way how our bodies adjust can be different for one person and different for another. With me I’m fine to adjust in whichever way.

How can we deal with this?

Limit sun exposure the week before daylight saving. The week before it you should set your clock so that your body will get used to the new times. It takes about a week to get used to the times.

Keep to your schedule. Don’t change it by too much.

Don’t have long naps. Instead go to bed early. Long naps can make it hard for you to go to sleep and stay asleep.

What happened to the economy now that the Covid19 is here?

We’re not talking about the toilet paper business! Instead we are talking about the rest of the businesses that are impacted by the Coronavirus!

The Coronavirus is getting worse by day. Italy and Spain are in lockdown at the moment. People are scared to go out and eat. The economy has gotten worse due to people not spending as much. Food prices are going up. People are becoming more and more homeless as they lose jobs due to rising costs and not many people going out.

The share market is falling day by day

What can you do?

  • Keep supporting local businesses
  • Give what you can to homeless charities and support those doing it tough. When you do your weekly shop buy more than what you need
  • If you have Instagram or social media- take a photo of what you buy and where you have been and post it for the world to see.
  • Do support Chinese eateries

What can businesses do

  • Keep their employees
  • Let them work from home

What could the Government do?

  • Spend more money on homeless services such as the Salvos and other services.
  • Give more money to those on low incomes so that we can continue to support small business. I don’t mean the $750 once off payment. I mean raise the welfare payments each fortnight to cover costs. People on welfare should be earning more to cover all their costs.
  • The Government should house the homeless so that they don’t get the virus. People that live on the streets has a higher risk of getting coronavirus.

Why donating to the Salvos this year is important

We have set up online donation page at everydayhero.

This year more than ever the Salvos are busy with the fallout of the Coronavirus and bushfires. Even though the bushfires are long gone, people need money to rebuild their lives. Due to the Coronavirus things are becoming more and more expensive and harder to come by.

We get money from the Government but its not much so people are forced to go on welfare if they lose their jobs. We have seen an influx of those that have become homeless and had to turn to services like the Salvos. The Salvos provide food and water for people and other services. But they can’t run without your help. They also have an op shop for people that need items.

In the last few times that I have been to the Hamodava cafe there has been a steady increase in people. The amount of homeless people that are out on the street is beyond belief. By day we are confronted by these people and we want to give money but can’t. We do give food and sometimes stop to talk to them.

But you can make a difference though by donating to our thing online. Every little thing that you give counts.

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