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Things keeping us sane during lockdown

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Sanitiser, loungewear and Ti-i-iger King, these are a few of our favourite things…

Whether we’re working from home, homeschooling or binging on Netflix, here are a few creature comforts keeping the HerCanberra team sane during lockdown.

Laura Peppas, Senior Journalist

What I’m ordering

When food supplies are running low and we’re in need of a hearty meal, Pialligo Grocer has some beautiful warm, comforting options (think lamb ragu and their famous Paris mash), as well as fresh groceries available for contactless pickup.

You simply order, drive in the next day and they pop it in your boot.

For my sweet tooth, I’ve been drooling over Forty Two Cakes, Cuppalini and Lulu & Sis, who have all been delivering ISO goodie packs (Lulu & Sis “happy pills”—mini cookies shaped like pills—are genius.)

Shopgirl Flowergirl is putting together the most beautiful self-care gift boxes, complete with hand soap, fragrances and hand towels—I recently gave two to my daughter’s lovely teachers who are doing such a great job in this tough time.

For the kids, I’ve discovered a handy website called I Heart Play which delivers themed craft kits for kids (the three-year-old loves them.) Local business Tiny Creatures Co is also offering “boredom buster” activity boxes with no contact delivery.

What I’m watching

With a three-year-old and seven month old there’s little time for luxurious Netflix binges, however, I recently jumped on the Tiger King bandwagon (and am still waiting to be blown away.)

I’m late to the party but I have also binged The Handmaid’s Tale on Stan and Ozark.

What I’m listening to

There’s no doubt self-isolation and rising uncertainty have increased anxiety levels, so listening to podcasts on mindfulness have been a refreshing pick-me-up.

The most recent was 10 % Happier, by Dan Harris, an ABC newsman who was led to meditation after having a panic attack live on Good Morning America.  

What I’m reading

Reading in the sunshine has been one of the highlights of ISO. I just finished The First Stone: 25th Anniversary edition by Helen Garner and The Postnatal Depletion Cure by Dr Oscar Serrallach.

What I’m wearing

The line between loungewear and pyjamas has always been a little blurry, but now that we’re in isolation, all the rules have been thrown out the window.

Loungewear is now practically considered formal attire, so I recently treated myself to a soft pink set by Papinelle and I can tell you it’s like wearing a cloud.

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