AAA Meeting

AAA Meeting – Groceries and niceties

shutterstock_15378217It’s time to bring applause to those out there giving great service and last week I asked you where was the best place to buy groceries where you live? I’ve just come back from grocery shopping myself actually and man….it’s such a drag. Although it’s such an calmer experience without the kids. Pure bliss! And is it me or do you always find there’s just one shopping bag that seems to take forever to pack away. Damn you! Why is my maid on vacation when I need her?…I wish!

So what’s becoming surprisingly popular is online grocery shopping. We can all agree it’s a painful job and it takes up loads of time so the fact that it can be delivered to your door makes life a heck of a lot easier. Woolies seem to be the favourite…I think those little dominoes for the kids would win me over too. Friendly and efficient service, delivery times were as promised… whats not to like? And it’s great to hear if there are any problems, Woolworths Online not only refund the money but give a free delivery voucher for the next shop. That’s really comforting to know. It’s fair play to understand, yes, on some occasions there may be a discrepancy in the order. It’s awesome to know Woolies will rectify that promptly and give a voucher as a good gesture. Nice one Woolies 🙂

Some local traditional type grocers were mentioned for their quality of service and produce. If you live in Victoria and get the chance, check out Wilsons in Ballarat. (They have another store in Lucas, Victoria too). It’s a successful family run business that began just after WWII. It sounds like a lot of love and pride goes into making their customers happy. It has a deli too, just the stop for picking up divine nibblies when entertaining family and friends. I need that private jet again so I can check this place out.

In WA, the Swan Valley got a great mention for stall markets on the roadside. That would make such a lovely day out as it’s a booming wine region. Funny how I knew that hey! There’s a few breweries, a chocolate and cheese factory, a distillery and heaps of gorgeous wineries. I’m guessing it wouldn’t surprise you either – before I became a Farmer’s wife, I lived 5 minutes from the Swan Valley! – For the fresh fruit and veg, naturally! 😉

If you’re after something organic or specialty foods, I wasn’t aware until now that’s available online too. Honest to Goodness delivers Australia wide. This is so handy to know as my darling friend Kristy from Loulou Zoo has so many delicious recipes with ingredients I often can’t find in my neck of the woods. No excuses now! Another online store to check out is About Life – natural marketplace. They are a Sydney based store, with 5 stores in dreamy suburbs like Bondi and Surry Hills – hello! Organic coffee, wholefood supermarkets and even a cooking school. I’m seriously considering moving here. It sounds sooooo divine! And if you’re after meat that’s “paddock to the plate” fresh, Feather and Bone (based in Sydney) offers a home delivery service. They have an impressive restaurant clientele they supply for, so top notch all the way.

Thank you to my lovely friends that shared all those wonderful grocery options. We are a spoilt for choice really 🙂

Who said grocery shopping was boring?!  image credit

Who said grocery shopping was boring?! image credit


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This is the last week to win this cute little cushion cover. The last question I have for you is What’s the nicest thing that happened to you today? I’m talking service wise and this week just gone. Had any great service recently that blew your mind? – I love that question. My Nanna use to say it round the dinner table. So cute! – So tell me your cracking stories from any type of service you have received recently. Who deserves a pat on the back and genuine thank you? Bonus points for getting the name of the person who served you too. Ok? Get your capes on and report back to me troops. You never know, a few weeks from now this little pop of pink could be snuggled up with you on the couch. Niiiice! Good luck!

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  • Reply Vicki @ Boiled Eggs & Soldiers March 25, 2015 at 7:53 am

    I just got a coffee with a milk love heart and a bit of mild flirting from a barista called Zack which made my day! x

    • Reply Jo March 25, 2015 at 7:55 am

      Haha! What’s the name of this coffee shop Vicki? Aw! A love heart coffee, what a charmer xx

  • Reply Mum Of Five Girls March 25, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Don’t think I can beat Vicki’s flirting barista lol !! I need to get out more!!

    • Reply Jo March 25, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      I would of blushed! Wouldn’t you?!! Hehehe! Love it! You realise it would be wrong to name the cafe as a sudden flock of women would be heading there! Haha!

  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid March 25, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    My pump instructor came up and said hello and congratulated me on my race – she saw my picture on facebook. I always try and hide up the back and blend into the equipment so it felt really nice that she came over to chat. And she said if we all rock up next week, she’ll bring chocolate eggs! Winning! As nice as it was, I still wouldn’t say no to a flirting barista!

    • Reply Jo March 25, 2015 at 9:54 pm

      Aw! That is so sweet Sam! Wow! I bet you felt all fuzzy after that! As for that barista – I think he had us all at hello xx

  • Reply Lauren @ Create Bake Make March 25, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    I think Vicki has it well and truly nailed with a flirty barista. The best thing which happened to me to day is the fleeting feeling of having a clean and tidy house before my boys arrived home from kindy!

    • Reply Jo March 25, 2015 at 9:47 pm

      Now that is a winning feeling Lauren! I’ve been chasing the same feeling all week! I hope I get there soon, I love a total clean refreshed house

  • Reply Lauren @ The Thud March 26, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    I went to a wholesale beauty supplies shop the other day and the lovely bloke who ran it was just adorable and very helpful.

    When I went to pay for my stuff he said to me “Have you been in here before? I don’t recognise your face.” I told him it was my first time and he said, “Well, welcome!!” and put a full sized bottle of hand and body lotion in my bag.

    I was blown away! It was a brilliant move because he has my absolute loyalty now. How could I shop anywhere else after that? Plus the cream smells amazing!

    • Reply Jo March 26, 2015 at 10:00 pm

      Oh what a darling Lauren! Love friendly service like that – and you’re so right – loyalty just overflows when you know you’re genuinely being looked after. Can you tell me where this place was at all? They deserve a shout out, everyone loves a warm welcome xx

      • Reply Lauren @ The Thud April 6, 2015 at 5:07 am

        Whoops, I missed this, sorry Jo!
        It’s called Beautopia in Mitchell, Canberra

        • Reply Jo April 6, 2015 at 11:16 pm

          No probs Lauren! Thanks so much for the name! I must get onto listing all the great places! Thanks lovely xx

  • Reply Vanessa March 28, 2015 at 6:31 am

    I would love to buy my meat straight from a farmer – one day when I have a freezer big enough to support it!

    • Reply Jo March 28, 2015 at 6:00 pm

      Hi Vanessa – you are so right! One needs freezer space. My inlaws have a walk-in cool room and 2 large chest freezers to store all the meat. Crazy!! It’s well worth it though, you really can taste the difference x

  • Reply Sonia Life Love Hiccups March 28, 2015 at 10:12 am

    The gorgeous woman at Harris Farm gave me an extra bunch of flowers yesterday. She said you always come in every Friday with a smile on your face and I wanted you to know you make me smile with your smile. I could have cried it was such a sweet thing to say and do xx

    • Reply Jo March 28, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      Oh wow Sonia!!! What a gorgeous thing to say! I bet you walked out of there beaming 🙂 Such kindness could easily bring happy tears – and what a well deserving lady you are xx

  • Reply Maxabella March 28, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    I use Woolies online for the ‘middle aisle’ stuff and I am lucky to get my meat and vegies purchased by my FIL direct from the producers. He travels out to Dural in Sydney once a fortnight to stock us up. It’s fresh, bought from the grower and a wonderful treat for us city folk!! x

    • Reply Jo March 28, 2015 at 5:46 pm

      That sounds like a genius plan Bron. You get the best of both worlds without the instore distractions. Aren’t you lucky your FIL stocks your family up with fresh produce! What a champion 🙂 On the farm we’re lucky to get homegrown beef and lamb. Tastes sooo good!!

  • Reply Natalie March 29, 2015 at 4:08 am

    I love hearing about great service and store discoveries like this… it’s all too easy to take to social media and complain about bad service, but we really should champion the little guys more when they do stuff well.

    Here in the UK we have a handmade natural cosmetics store called Lush. Every single time they blow me away with their service, including little surprise gifts and handwritten notes in your bag to discover when you get home.

    I wish I lived closer to check out the stores you mention above!

    • Reply Jo March 29, 2015 at 9:52 pm

      I think that’s basically how my blog came to life Nat. I was reading some mixed reviews about a place and thought how awful people can be, chanting on social media their negative thoughts and opinions. Why not recognise and celebrate all the lovely people out there giving it their all 🙂
      I used to walk by Lush stores all the time when I lived in the UK and never spoilt myself – saved it for booze, no surprises! They sound divine. Keep your eye out for great service in UK and do share, there are a few pommy readers amongst us xx

  • Reply Kristy @ Loulou Zoo March 31, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    Thank you for the mention lovely lady! I actually had great service today from the awesome people at Absolute Organics, which is down the road from me. The lovely lady who served me was so friendly and chatted to the girls whilst I was looking at things (ok, ok, scrutinising labels) which kept them busy for a while!!! x

    • Reply Jo April 1, 2015 at 10:00 pm

      You’re welcome lovely! Gotta love staff that entertain kids, awesome!

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