Support Local Living

Are you fed up of large corporations taking over and everything looking the same? I know I am. This blog shares a year in the life of a local family, supporting local living and local businesses.

Do we really have time?

This week’s post comes from a mental space that I am sure most of you are familiar with, at some point in your life… being too busy.

Over the past couple of weeks I have been flat-out. Between 3 children, running 2 businesses and just day-to-day life, it is hard to find time in between to do the things I want to do, or even worse, the things I would like to do. (note: want and like can often be 2 very different things)

So it led me to think about how people often say that they don’t have enough time to support local businesses, and I must admit at times it can be hard, but it is something that I am passionate about so i have found a way to fit it all in and I wanted to share some of my key points with you. 

– Plan your route.
Often I have to stop on the way to somewhere or on the way home from somewhere (trust me it is often in a rush). I try to plan my route to and from places to make sure that I can pick up essentials like local produce on the way so that I don’t have to make a separate visit.

– Go as a family.
I make sure that i take the family with me when I go to the farmers markets on the weekend. This is a great opportunity to spend some time together, and it is a great time to get all of the kids out of the house and let them burn off some energy. Win – Win

– Rely on others
Most of us hate having to do this, relying on others, but sometimes it is needed. Ask family members, neighbours or friends to pick something up from a local supplier for you if they are heading there. Make sure that you are willing to return the favour as well.
This also helps you support local producers by buying in bulk. Have you ever looked into buying the fruit and veg boxes from the local farmers, but didn’t think you would use all of the produce? Why not go into it with a neighbour and share the box.

These are just some of the ways that I have found to make supporting local businesses fit in to my daily schedule.
Do you have any other suggestions? Why not share in the comments below.


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Busy, busy…

Sometimes we all get so caught up in our daily life that we forget to stop and smell the roses, or really take note of what is going on around us.

It is also all too easy to claim that we are “too busy” to make time to support local businesses, but it can be easy to make it part of your routine. (If you need reminding about why we should support local business, check out this blog)

I wanted to share with you some of the wonderful places that I visited over the last weekend:

Cleveland Markets:

Sunday morning we walked to the local markets, for an early morning breakfast at one of the local cafes, and to look at all of the wonderful local produce. The markets stock a large range of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and fish. The smell of freshly cooked breads, cakes and even pizza wafts between the stalls. Local artists come down and display their crafts, including wall hangings, paintings and jewelery. Where else would you want to be on a Sunday morning?

Bayside Antiques:

We made a stop in at Bayside Antiques on the walk home. I was truly amazed at the sheer size of the store and the range of antiques that they had. You could spend hours wandering in and out of all the little nooks and exploring each and every item.
You can find out more on their website or their facebook page.


So what did you get up to over the last weekend? Did you take the time to visit some of the local wonders in your area? We often have so much at our finger tips that we forget to take full advantage of.