Isolation Activities

Blog/ By Nelle B & Maddie S

Melbourne is one again in lockdown and we’ve got a list of our favourite lockdown activities to re-inspire you with ways to get through these days indoors.

In home spa day

Want some time to yourself to relax during this lockdown? Why not have a little spa day. 

  • Start your relaxation by exfoliating. Mix brown sugar and olive oil together for a homemade scrub. 
  • For an invigorating treat for your feet, mix together equal quantities of oatmeal, corn meal, sea salt and olive oil. Add a few tbsps of aloe vera gel to get a mask-like consistency then add a few drops of refreshing peppermint oil. Apply to feet and massage in. Leave for a few minutes then wash off.
  • Have a steam facial. Fill a bowl with boiled water and leave to cool slightly so that it is not hot enough to burn your skin. Add a couple of drops of essential oils, such as tea tree oil for acne-prone skin, lavender oil for oily skin or rose absolute oil for dry skin. Steam your face for a few minutes by leaning over the bowl with a towel covering your head to trap the steam. 
  • For a softening treat for your hands, try using a moisturizing scrub made from 1tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp sugar and a teaspoon of almond or grapeseed oil. Scoop some of the mixture onto your hands then massage in circular motions all over. After a few minutes, rinse off the mixture with warm water until most of the oil has been washed off, then pat dry. 
  • If you have puffy, dry or irritated eyes, try a homemade remedy to soothe and refresh. Cool chamomile tea bags and cucumber are good traditional remedies to cool and soothe the eye area, while cool potato slices are also good for puffy eyes.
  • To finish off, have a soothing bath with some epsom salts.

Get Meal Prepped for the future

We won’t always be in lockdown – and future you will be so stoked when they return to work with a freezer full of pre-prepped meals to chuck in the oven (or microwave) after a long day outside the house.

My all-time favourite things to make in a batch are:

  • Spaghetti Sauce. Freeze in portions then all you have to do is boil a pot of noodles, toss a salad and you’re golden.
  • Sausage rolls. Because comfort food.
  • I love to grate fresh ginger, garlic and chilli into little pots in my freezer – I just pinch out what I need and they defrost as soon as they hit the pan when I’m using them. Means I get the benefits of fresh flavour without any waste.
  • Muffins with loads of fruit & seeds in them, a complex healthful snack for lunches or even a quick brekky.
  • Precut & mixed veggies for stir fry – empty that container straight into your wok – BAM lifesaver.
  • Eggplant parma. Reheat in the oven. Happiness

My list is super simple staples I KNOW we’ll use, no wastage ever. Just nice relaxed evenings ahead.

Make Your Pantry Insta-Worthy
Ok- so this isn’t everyone’s idea of “fun” but maybe more “deeply satisfying” and if your angle is zero waste then also “cathartically good for the planet”

  1. Take everything out of the pantry
  2. Have a “Marie Kondo” moment and compost what’s out of date, donate items you know you just won’t use (like that weird flavour of tinned tuna you just didn’t like).
    Don’t forget to check your packs and jars for signs of pantry moth.
  3. Wipe out your shelves with diluted castile soap to get them clean.
  4. Sanitise (and prevent bugs) by wiping shelves with vinegar and allowing to air dry.
  5. Pop all your open packets into air-tight containers or jars.
  6. Sort so that  like is with like, the oldest stuff at the front so you use it first (reduce waste!)
  7. Order any staples you had to bin or notice you’re out of. (RFGs Matching, returnable glass jars are a great way to do this)
  8. Snap an insta pic and tag us in your RFG zero waste pantry!

Wine tasting
Want to learn about some new wines and have a great time on a wine tasting adventure? Lets see if we can do a version of this at home (in the warm).

  1. Order 3-6 bottles from the local and do some research. 
  2. Find the tasting notes for each bottle from the winery online and arrange the bottles in order from subtlest flavour to boldest. These notes make this drinking session into a real learning experience – who knew you liked peppery reds and fruity whites? What about buttery chardonnay?  
  3. Make sure you’ve got some tart, refreshing fruit on hand to nibble on between quaffs to cleanse your palate and prepare for the next tasting.
  4. Rank your bottles from best to worst. Take note of any trends in what you like so next time you’re picking up a new bottle you know what to look for.

Seasonal Cocktails

I’m glad I only just discovered this.
I suggest you add a few of your favourite things to your RFG order and make sure you have your favourite spirits and mixers on hand before you begin. Get seasonal by including loads of new season ingredients like fresh citrus, tart pears, crunchy apples. Or keep it wintry with spices like cinnamon, cloves and star anise.

When you’re ready – and dont need to leave the house for a while. Jump straight to the link:

Enter all the things you have in your bar into the little form and press go! Then take it in turns making a new recipe until you hit on a favourite.

Entertain your kids buy making pictures with your fruit

Looking for a way to keep the kids entertained this lockdown whilst getting them to eat their fruits and veggies? Why not get them to get creative! 

  1. Cut up the fruits and veggies you want them to have access to/eat.
  2. Get the kids to sit at the bench or table.
  3. Put down plates for the kids to work on.
  4. Get them to create faces with all of their fruits and veggies! 

It’ll keep them entertained for ages and then once they’re done you can tell them to eat their faces!!

Use our eucalyptus products to spring clean/sanitise your home?

Why not start your spring cleaning early and make sure your home is protected from any contagious nasties that might be lurking around!! 

  1. Get rid of anything you don’t need and can’t reuse or upcycle.  We have eco-friendly garbage bags you can put any of your rubbish into. 
  2. Wash all of your surfaces with either our Super Strong Multipurpose cleaner or our multipurpose Castile Soap to ensure all of the bad bacteria is gone. 
  3. If you come across any surfaces that need to be scrubbed we recommend using one of our soaps with our scourer scrub pads. 
  4. Clean any glass you have from windows to cups with our streak free glass cleaner. 
  5. For the floor we recommend using our floor and general purpose cleaner, mix it in a bucket of water and use a mop or if you want to scrub with it, that works too! 
  6. If you finish with the house and want to be extra safe, spray around natural disinfectant to get rid of anything that might have been missed. 

Looking for something else to clean? Use some of your left-over castile soap to wash the dog, or the car. It’s a great multipurpose soap with many uses!! 

Reduce your waste challenge

Find 10 new ways to reduce waste in your home. Start by finding something that’s part of your life that produces waste and look for a zero waste way to achieve the same result!

Some of our favourite waste saving switcheroos are:

  • Switching microwave popcorn for kernels that come in reusable glass (you can still microwave them, just pop them in a paper bag)
  • Beeswax wraps and reusable containers for all our lunches instead of plastic wrap
  • Dumping plastic bags of oats, cereals, spices for reusable glass jars
  • Switching Shampoo and conditioner in a bottle for shampoo with a purpose
  • Paper Towels for the kind you wash!
  • bamboo makeup remover pads (we love the ones from earths tribe) instead of disposable wipes
  • Home-made pizza for the kind that comes in a greasy (and not recyclable) box

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