Dietitian's nine tricks to make groceries last longer during lockdown

REVEALED: The nine tricks that will make your groceries last weeks longer in lockdown – and the four foods you should never freeze

  • Dietitian Lyndi Cohen shared the nine tricks to make your fresh food last longer
  • The expert from Sydney recommends soaking herbs in stock and freezing
  • She also said it’s a good idea to wrap your greens in a paper towel to preserve
  • Lyndi said you need to check your fridge temperature and freeze seasonal food 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

Dietitian Lyndi Cohen has shared the nine tricks that will make your groceries last longer throughout lockdown, and while she said you should make good use of your freezer at this time, there are four foods you should never freeze.

The dietitian, from Sydney, said in Australia, we waste 25 per cent of the food we buy, and this figure is only likely to go up with so many of us panic buying and stocking up in the wake of COVID-19.

But, there are ways to make your fresh foods last longer.

From freezing your milk to wrapping your greens in paper towel and changing the temperature of your fridge, FEMAIL reveals what you need to do now.

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Dietitian Lyndi Cohen (pictured) has shared the nine tricks that will make your groceries last longer throughout the coronavirus lockdown

1. Wash your produce at the right time

While we all know we should be washing our fruit and veg – and especially carefully during the coronavirus pandemic – Lyndi said when you wash your food is critical in keeping it fresh.

‘Some people think it’s best to wash everything as soon as you get home from the shops, but in fact the water can make your food go bad more quickly,’ she said in a YouTube video.

Instead, the dietitian said you should give your food a quick rinse before eating it, and you’ll get more mileage from your vegetables.

Lyndi’s second tip concerns the life of your green vegetables – and how you can make them last longer by wrapping them in paper towel (pictured)

2. Store your greens in paper towel

Lyndi’s second tip concerns the life of your green vegetables – and how you can make them last longer with a paper towel.

‘Let’s say you have some fresh crispy lettuce and you want to make the most of it,’ she said.

‘One of the things you can do is get a paper towel and place it inside a container with the veg. This will help to get rid of some of the moisture.’

The dietitian (pictured) explained that it’s important to wash your groceries at the right time, ideally just before you eat them to prevent the water from damaging them

Lyndi recommends you pop your herbs into an ice tray container and pour some stock over the top of them (pictured)

3. Soak herbs in stock

Herbs are one of those things where you always want them, but don’t always have fresh ones on hand.

So if you’re not going to the shops just as often, Lyndi recommends you pop your herbs into an ice tray container and pour some stock over the top of them.

Put them in the freezer, and when it comes to cooking, all you need to do is get them out, pour them into your cooking and you’ll have a ‘great flavour base’.

Pour your milk into ice trays and freezing single serve portions, or pop a whole carton into the freezer before you need to defrost it in the sink (pictured)

4. Freeze your milk

‘It can be really hard to get through a whole litre of milk if you’re living alone or in a couple,’ Lyndi said.

Get around this by either pouring your milk into ice trays and freezing single serve portions, or popping a whole carton into the freezer before you need to defrost it in the sink.

5. Choose meat alternatives 

The upside to such little meat available in the supermarkets, Lyndi said, is that more and more people are turning to plant-based alternatives to keep them fed and nourished.

Plant-based options like marinated tofu and beetroot burgers are a great option, as they will last longer than meat and you can use them in a variety of ways.

For fresh food, the ideal temperature of your fridge should be somewhere between zero degrees and four degrees Celsius (pictured)

6. Check your fridge temperature

You might be doing everything right, but your fridge might be set too hot or too cold for you to fully reap the benefits of fresh, longer-lasting vegetables.

‘You don’t want your fridge to be too hot or too cold and it’s worth remembering that if you do put hot food in the fridge, you’re going to need to turn the temperature down just a little bit,’ Lyndi said.

For fresh food, the ideal temperature of your fridge should be somewhere between 0C and 4C.

Lyndi said beans and legumes are a great buy for your pantry, as they won’t go off and can be used in a multitude of ways in curries, stews and soups (pictured)

7. Make the most of beans and legumes

Like plant-based meats, Lyndi said beans and legumes are a great buy for your pantry, as they won’t go off and can be used in a multitude of ways in curries, stews and soups.

‘I always have loads of tins on hand and use them all the time,’ Lyndi said.

You can even make your own dried beans, she explained, by pouring some beans into a bowl, covering them with water and placing a tea towel on top of that.

‘Leave it overnight, and in the morning, just bring them to the boil, reduce to a simmer and leave them for an hour,’ Lyndi said.

She then recommends adding your beans to foods like bolognese when you don’t have much mince and said your family won’t even be able to taste the difference.

8. Store your onions and garlic correctly

While many people do know that onions and garlic need to be separate from most foods, still some people put them with other foods.

‘Food items like onion and garlic provide a chemical called ethylene,’ Lyndi said.

‘Ethylene can actually make all of your other produce go bad, so we want to keep food substances that have ethylene away from other food substances.’

Lyndi recommends keeping your onion and garlic in your pantry away from other food items, ideally covered so it’s a bit dark.

‘I freeze the likes of strawberries, bananas and vegetables in containers,’ Lyndi said – this works out cheaper because seasonal things are cheaper (pictured: her containers)

What foods should you never freeze

* Lettuce

* Celery 

* Cucumber

* Radish 

9. Buy seasonal and freeze

Lastly, the dietitian said buying seasonally is always a good idea.

Not only because seasonal food is often cheaper, but it also means you can bulk buy and eat later.

‘I freeze the likes of strawberries, bananas and vegetables in containers,’ Lyndi said.

‘Pretty much everything freezes well.’

Lyndi highlighted that there are four foods you shouldn’t freeze however – lettuce, celery, cucumber and radish.

This is down to their water content, whereas anything with a high fat content like avocado will work especially well.  

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Dr MAX PEMBERTON blasts Government over lack of coronavirus testing

Like so many medics I’m stuck at home with just a cough. This is madness: Dr MAX PEMBERTON blasts Government over lack of coronavirus testing for NHS workers

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One in four NHS doctors is currently sitting at home, unable to work because they or someone they’re living with is displaying symptoms of coronavirus.

For any doctor living through a public health crisis such as this, that is incredibly frustrating. And I should know: I’m stuck at home myself.

Yesterday, at work, I suddenly developed a cough. I’m pretty confident it’s not Covid-19 – I don’t have a fever or sort throat; and to me, this feels much more like a typical upper respiratory tract infection.

But the symptoms of coronavirus can vary greatly. Given the incredibly sick people I work with, I couldn’t risk it and was ordered home by a manager. So I’m sitting here, trying to work remotely, while the ward I was covering is woefully understaffed with just one junior doctor. Everyone else is at home.

A sign saying ‘Thank You NHS’ is displayed as people shop in Manchester during the lockdown

One of the senior doctors in my service is self-isolating because her daughter – who has asthma – also had a cough. She is as sure as she can be that there’s nothing seriously wrong, but as her daughter can’t be tested, she has had to stay off work for 14 days.

Another friend, a surgeon, also had to spend 14 days off, along with her husband who is a surgeon too, purely because their son had a fever for just one day. They were being driven to distraction by sitting at home with absolutely no symptoms, while their colleagues were almost overwhelmed by their workload.

The situation really is terrible: Recently, out of my trust’s 184 doctors, over 50 were stuck in self-isolation with minor symptoms. This week, the membership organisation NHS Providers said that as many as 85 per cent of the staff self-isolating at home may not have the virus.

Although this was based on a small-scale study, it suggests there are potentially tens of thousands of staff who could and should – as soon as it is shown to be safe – go back to the front-line.

None of us wants to be watching the epidemic unfold on TV from our living rooms: We became doctors to help patients. But thanks to well-meant fears around public safety and saving lives, anyone with symptoms similar to those of Covid-19 must stay at home for seven days, and anyone living with a symptomatic person must self-isolate for 14 days.

It’s a simple fact, however, that many of the thousands of doctors now stuck at home with mild symptoms probably do not have coronavirus.

This means that, just as the NHS has become more stretched and understaffed than at any time in its recent history, doctors like me have been told to sit at home, effectively to twiddle our thumbs, while our colleagues work night and day trying to put out the fire lit by this virus.

In the long run, the Government’s approach risks toppling our very NHS, as more and more staff showing mild symptoms are sent home, away from the front-line where they are so desperately needed. That is why testing far more people is so vital and must be rolled out urgently.

Ambulance crews and military personnel await the first patients at the ExCel centre in London

In my work, I’ve seen barely any testing for coronavirus at all. NHS officials promised weeks ago to increase testing to 10,000 a day – but numbers have fallen far short. Only 2,000 front-line NHS staff who are off work because of Covid-19 symptoms have been tested, according to Downing Street.

Even more frustrating is that when the Government has been asked about this – repeatedly – at daily press briefings, it hasn’t given a clear answer as to why this hasn’t happened yet.

There have been concerns that some tests for coronavirus can provide ‘false negatives’ – meaning they wrongly give the all-clear. But one quick way round this is to test the same person two or three times: Repeat testing reduces the risk of getting the wrong result.

As the Daily Mail’s campaign makes clear, they must sort this out as soon as possible. The country’s health depends on it.

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Leighton Meester Is Pregnant! Revisit Her and Adam Brody's Romance

This is no Gossip (girl), it’s true that Adam Brodyand Leighton Meesterare expecting their second baby together.

In photos obtained by the Daily Mail, the actress was spotted sporting a large baby bump while out and about in Los Angeles, Calif. where she and her husband live. Her and Brody’s reps have not commented nor confirmed the happy news.

Their bundle of joy will join their daughter Arlo Day Brody, who was born in 2015. Fans have not yet met little Arlo as her parents are quite private, but Adam previously said this wasn’t intentional. “She’s more inherently private than I am,” Brody said of Meester. “I don’t seek publicity but if I’m sitting next to you on the subway, I’ll tell you everything about me.”

This explains why people are just now learning of Leighton’s pregnancy, when she appears to be nearing her due date. 

Other than that, Seth says their life isn’t all that different from anybody else’s. He shared, “We’re homebodies. We don’t go to a lot of things that perhaps we could, and don’t seek out promotion in that way.”

When they do go out, however, the couple sure makes a striking impression with their dazzling good looks and good deeds to boot. To see some of these outings, check out the gallery below!

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Out and About

After Meester unsuccessfully hid from paparazzi in Brody’s car, the pair let go of their shyness and openly flaunted some sweet PDA while heading to a Mexican restaurant.



Mums the Word

As romance rumors continued to swirl, the pair declined to publicly comment on the status of their relationship. But you know what they say, a picture’s worth a thousand words.

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NYC Love

After keeping under the radar for months, the twosome resurfaced in New York City together.

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He Put a Ring on It

They may have never confirmed their relationship, but Brody put a diamond on his lady’s finger. Nearly a month after the engagement news broke, the pair were photographed stealing a smooch in South Africa.

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Wedding Bells

The notoriously private couple pulled the ultimate gotcha on Hollywood by getting married in a super-secretive ceremony. Congrats!

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Red Carpet Ready

Leighton supports her handsome beau at the premiere of his movie Shazam. No doubt their daughter, Arlo, loves that her dad is a superhero!

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Picture Perfect

Adam previously shared that becoming a father with Leighton is “the best in every way.”

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Do Gooders

In their spare time, this couple enjoys giving back to their community, although they aren’t ones to actively publicize their good deeds.

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After meeting while working on 2011’s The Oranges, the two once again reunited on the set of Leighton’s new show Single Parents. In his guest role, Adam plays Leighton’s ex. 

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Even OJ Simpson thinks Carole Baskin murdered her husband

When it comes to OJ Simpson’s suspicions around Carole Baskin, the gloves are off.

The Juice himself chimed in on Netflix’s hit docuseries “Tiger King,” joining a growing chorus of celebs and armchair detectives who believe Baskin, a big cat activist and foe to Joe “Exotic” Maldonado-Passage, murdered her former husband by chopping him up and feeding him to her tigers. Baskin has vehemently denied the theory.

“There’s not a shred of doubt in my mind that that lady’s husband is tiger sashimi right now…I’m just saying,” Simpson, 72, said in a video posted on Twitter Wednesday.

The one-minute clip, which garnered over 5,000 likes in one hour, is especially jaw-dropping since many still suspect that the former running back got away with killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson.

Simpson was acquitted of the murders of Brown and her friend Ron Goldman after a lengthy and widely publicized trial. In 2007, Simpson was arrested and charged in Las Vegas for armed robbery and kidnapping. He was sentenced to 33 years in prison, and was paroled and released in October 2017.


Even more bizarre is that Simpson was wearing blue hospital gloves in the video, a reminder of the murder gloves Simpson was famously asked to try on during his 1995 trial. More likely, Simpson, who’s been sanitizing himself and his money to avoid contracting the coronavirus, was merely taking protective measures.

Still, many of his followers drew a parallel between himself and Baskin. One asked, “In your expert opinion, did she do a good job getting away with it?”

His opinions of the show — which features a menagerie of oddball characters in the American big-cat world — didn’t stop there.

“Oh my God, is America in this bad of shape? I watched about six episodes of this show, and I couldn’t even believe what I was looking at,” he says after admittedly golfing “pretty well.” “White people! What’s with you and wild animals? Leave them animals alone!”

He continued, “This show is crazy, but it’s so crazy, you kinda keep watching.” Wonder if he felt the same way about the limited series “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson“?

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How to Tell the Difference Between Coronavirus Symptoms and Allergies

Your head hurts, your chest feels tight, your throat itches, and you keep coughing. Is it coronavirus — or perhaps just the same allergies that sneak in every spring?

“We are at a unique time when it comes to respiratory issues: the flu is decreasing in prevalence, while seasonal allergies are picking up steam. And of course, standard colds continue to circulate — all in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Arizona-based family physician Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., regional medical director for One Medical.

Now, let’s be clear: If you have any respiratory symptoms (coughing, wheezing, trouble breathing), you should self-isolate and call your primary care doctor ASAP in case they are indeed markers of COVID-19, she says. And you can have both seasonal allergies and a cold, or seasonal allergies and COVID-19 simultaneously.

But there is a lot of cross-over between symptoms of coronavirus and seasonal allergies — and allergies are starting to gain real momentum for the season already: Normally, tree pollen season starts as early as January in some states and usually causes trouble through July, while things like grass pollen start popping up in May, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. But spring 2020 is said to be a particularly bad year for allergies, with more rainfall than normal and warm temperatures putting tree and grass pollen into the air earlier and longer than normal, according to AccuWeather meteorologists. In fact roughly 33 percent of the country is already at medium-high status of pollen count — and it's only March. It’s particularly bad already in the southeast and southwest.

More than 50 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies every year, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI). But because we’re all spending more time indoors during lockdowns, surrounded by pets, dust mites, mold, and other potential allergens, you could be experiencing allergies worse than normal — or even for the first time, points out Purvi Parikh, M.D., allergist and immunologist with Allergy and Asthma Associates in New York. In fact, some people develop allergies for the first time in their 20s and 30s (it's called adult-onset allergies), says the ACAAI.

While the symptoms do overlap, there are also major differences. So before you start live tweeting descriptions of your cough, here are five questions to ask yourself. 

1. Do you have a temperature?

COVID-19 generally runs a fever over 100.4°F, while allergies rarely cause high temperatures, Dr. Parikh says.

2. Are you congested?

Both COVID-19 and allergies can cause a cough, but corona’s is usually dry whereas one from allergies is the direct result of post-nasal drainage. Coronavirus can definitely cause nasal congestion or a scratchy throat, but it’s more rare, experts say.

3. Are you itchy?

Anywhere — your skin, throat, nose, eyes. This is a hallmark sign of allergies and not associated with coronavirus.

4. Do your symptoms change throughout the day?

If so, it’s probably just allergies: Pollen peaks in the morning, which is when most allergy sufferers find their symptoms to be the worst, Dr. Bhuyan says. (Even if you haven’t been outside today, it can get into your house on your pet’s coat, through open windows, or just from poor insulation.) COVID-19 symptoms stay consistent through the day.

5. Does an allergy pill help?

Long-acting antihistamines like Allegra, Zyrtec, and Claritin are helpful for both allergies as well as a cold, Dr. Parikh points out. If you pop one and your symptoms get better, that’s a good sign you’re fighting something other than coronavirus.

The bottom line on coronavirus vs. allergies:

If it is spring allergies at play, limiting allergens in your home (in addition to popping that Zyrtec) can go a long way in symptom control. Change your sheets, vacuum, buy an air purifier, and clean up pet dander, and see if that helps your woes, Dr. Bhuyan advises.

However, it’s worth repeating: Right now, any breathing symptom like a cough, wheeze, or shortness of breath should be treated by a physician, regardless of cause. If your respiratory symptoms are really bad, call them ASAP. But if they’re mild, it’s helpful to take the above steps first and rule out some of the key hallmarks of allergies before discussing next steps with your doc.

The coronavirus pandemic is unfolding in real time, and guidelines change by the minute. We promise to give you the latest information at time of publishing, but please refer to the CDC and WHO for updates.

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Harry Styles Wishes He Was Home In England With Family During Quarantine

Harry Styles is a little bummed to be in Los Angeles during the quarantine.

The 26-year-old singer was supposed to head back home to England after his radio promo tour, but the health crisis stopped him from traveling.

“I’m actually in California, I got stuck. I was supposed to be coming home then it all got a bit sketchy with the flights,” Harry told Roman Kemp on Capital FM.

“I’m really sad that I have to cancel it. I was really looking forward to coming home and spending some time with my mum and sister, and my family, but it’s for the best,” he added.

As for having to postpone his tour, Harry said, “I think, honestly, it’s obviously disappointing, but it’s not even close to being the most important thing right now.”

“I’m really looking forward to it when it comes around. We’ll be very ready by then.”

In case you missed it, see Harry Styles‘ tips for being at home during the quarantine.

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NCIS season 17: Who plays Max in Blarney? Meet The Amazing Spider-Man actor

NCIS season 17 is almost over with just one more episode left to air before the CBS crime drama ends for another series. In yesterday’s (Tuesday, March instalment entitled Blarney, it wasn’t the agents who found themselves in a tricky situation this time but rather forensic scientist Kasie Hines (played by Diona Reasonover) and medical examiner Jimmy Palmer (Brian Dietzen). The drama for the pair first began when they went for breakfast together.

Warning: This article contains spoilers from NCIS season 17, episode 19.

Before going to work in this week’s episode of NCIS, Jimmy wanted to stop off at the diner for breakfast and on his way there, he bumped into Kasie.
The pair decided to eat together but while they were at their table, they saw a customer (Leif Gantvoort) was being rude to one of the servers and so they stood up for her.
The man backed down and walked away, leaving a grateful server to thank you Kasie and Jimmy for their assistance.
However, this was not the last they would see of the man as him and two others were next seen robbing the jewellery store across the road.
They came across armed guards and one of them was injured so because they were unable to get to their getaway car fast enough, they ran to the diner and held everyone in there hostage.


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The three men were Bobby, Lenny and Max who was the leader of the pack.
Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and the rest of his team were already investigating a body which had been left in the dumpster by their building.
They soon found out the body was of fellow thief Daniel Spagnolo who the others killed earlier that day as he was mouthing off to Max.
Kasie was ordered to help the injured robber and the pair continued to do their best not only to protect everyone else in the diner but themselves.

Who plays Max in NCIS’ Blarney? Meet actor

The leader of the robbers, Max in NCIS’ Blarney is played by 47-year-old actor Leif Gantvoort.
He has appeared in a number of popular television shows over the years including Bones, Criminal Minds, The Young and the Restless and How To Get Away with Murder.
Gantvoort also featured in a long-running storyline as Michael Carson in General Hospital.
But the actor might also be recognised for his part in a major blockbuster.

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Gantvoort was the actor who played Uncle Ben’s killer in The Amazing Spider-Man in 2012.
This re-make of the classic Marvel movie starred Andrew Garfield and La La Land actress Emma Stone.
As well as this, Gantvoort played Carlos who tried to kill Paul Blart in Mall Cop 2.
The actor has got numerous projects in the middle of production including Blue Shroud and The Plow.


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At the end of NCIS’ Blarney, robber Bobby had died from his injuries and Max ordered Jimmy to cut him open as they all swallowed condoms filled with stolen diamonds and he didn’t want to miss out on them.
While he did so, on Kasie’s instruction, Jimmy pretended Bobby had suffered serious internal bleeding thanks to the jewels which meant the other two were also in danger of the same fate.
While Lenny handed himself in shortly after, Max was distracted long enough for NCIS to storm in and arrest him.
NCIS season 17’s finale airs next Tuesday, April 14, at 9pm on CBS.

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How to Self-Care at Home Like the Stars

Now more than ever, carving out time for some self-care is essential.

As we all continue social distancing amid the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, we’re looking for ways to take care of ourselves—mentally, physically and emotionally. But self-care is different for everyone…including celebrities.

While some stars are finding spending time in the kitchen soothing, others are turning to moving their bodies as a form of relaxation. And one celebrity couple is even fostering dogs to focus their energy on something positive during this uncertain time. 

The one thing they all have in common? They are finding ways to take care of themselves and sharing their respective practices with their fans on social media. So as we begin a new month, what better time is there to maybe try a new way to show yourself a little extra TLC, should you find some time to do so.

From meditation to starting a new project to focus on to virtually connecting with family and friends, here are some ways to self-care at home like your favorite celebs…

Instagram/Camila Cabello

Camila Cabello

Since we can’t all enjoy coffee with Shawn Mendes each morning, we’ll have to settle for following the “My Oh My” singer’s lead and honing our own meditative practice.

In an Instagram post, Camila shared her own experience with meditation, revealing it helped calm her sever anxiety.

it was practicing every single day multiple times a day that has been healing me, and, more than just helping me manage strong emotions like anxiety and stress, it’s making me a better human,” she wrote. “not only does it help in times like this with stress and anxiety, meditation is the practice of strengthening habits like empathy, love, and compassion- making you feel more connected to not only everybody around you , but living beings in general like animals, plants, and the earth, which is a living being, itself.”

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The “Good As Hell” singer has led her millions of Instagram followers on two live guided meditations, offering words of encouragement and tools if they are feeling stressed or anxious. And yes, she played her signature flute.

“A meditation and mantra to promote healing during this global crisis,” she wrote. “Use at your own pace. Love you!”

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Ashley Tisdale

When she isn’t bringing joy to people on Tik Tok by performing old High School Musical dances (“We’re all in this together!” has never been so meaningful!), Ashley shared what she’s been doing to get through this time on her Instagram, suggesting keeping a schedule or routine “so there’s a bit of normalcy” to your week.

She wrote, “Maybe learn something new to keep your brain active. Right now my schedule has a lot of meditation, yoga, and reading.”

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John Krasinski

Even though A Quiet Place‘s highly anticipated sequel’s release date had to be postponed, The beloved Office star is still celebrating any and all good news.

John started his own YouTube show Some Good News (SNG)—a news program dedicated entirely to heartwarming news that’s filmed from his home, and landed quite the major first guest: Steve Carell! John and his former co-star virtually reunited for the NBC sitcom’s 15th anniversary, and if that’s not some good news, we don’t know what is.

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Jessica Alba

We won’t tell your boss you are wearing a face mask on that conference call if you won’t tell our boss that we are also wearing a face mask on our conference call. (Also, your boss is probably wearing a face mask on that conference call, too.)

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Ashley Benson and Cara Delevingne

While the couple is social distancing together, they made a major decision: they invited two new friends to stay with them.

“Fostering these cuties during quarantine and you should too!” Cara captioned a photo of her with Bowie and Hendrix. The Pretty Little Liars star also shared a selfie with Bowie, calling him a “snuggle bug.”

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Aly Raisman

Even Olympians need to bake when stressed sometimes.

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Naomi Watts

And after you bake, take a cue from the actress and feel free to “EAT your feelings.”



The singer has turned to baking as a daily practice while distancing with her family, and her nine-year-old daughter has joined in on the fun in the kitchen.

“Willow baking Brazilian Cheese Bread. And wearing fake glasses,” P!nk captioned a photo of Willow. “She’s basically me but cooler.”

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Mindy Kaling

While Mindy has been cooking baking and sharing her favorite snacks, admitting “let’s be honest, 60% of enjoying having kids is eating their snacks,” she has also been using this time to do some spring cleaning in another room of her house aside from the kitchen.

When quarantined, clean the bathroom,” she captioned a photo.

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Jennifer Love Hewitt

The 9-1-1 star has taken to celebrating the small things with her family, enjoying little milestones like her daughter Autumn losing her first tooth.

“It’s the little things that you have to make big things,” she captioned a photo of a charcuterie board and wine. “So happy and now we will have a dance party in her honor!”


Molly Sims

If you are looking for any kind of self-care inspo, just head straight to the Molly’s Instagram feed, which includes face masks, Zoom happy hours with friends to stay connected, and inventive workouts, like using bottles of wines, laundry detergent, soccer balls and other household items as props. 

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Bella Hadid

If you are lucky enough to be distancing in a warmer climate, try getting some vitamin D (while wearing some sunscreen, of course), whether that’s by going for a long walk in your neighborhood or just relaxing in the sun, just like the supermodel. 

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Sam Smith

In an Instagram post, the singer admitted “exercise has always been hard” for him, but said he’s turned to moving his body during this difficult time.

“I find it kind and cozy and helpful,” Sam wrote of a fitness app, FIIT, he’s been relying on while social distancing.


Selena Gomez

The “Rare” singer shared some of her recent favorites on her Instagram Stories, including TV shows, movies, music and three books she’s been into. If you’re looking for a page-turner to get lost in, Selena recommended Michelle Obama‘s Becoming, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio‘s The Undocumented Americans and Laura Lynne Jackson‘s Signs

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Here’s The Safest Way To Get Wine During The Coronavirus Outbreak

You’ve stocked up on food staples, queued up what to watch on Netflix, and now, you’ve only got one thing left to do: figure out how to safely get wine during the coronavirus outbreak. Well, wash your hands and listen up from the appropriate social distance, because there are still plenty of safe ways for you to have that glass of pinot.

Is It Safe To Go To Liquor Stores?

Like shopping for groceries during the coronavirus outbreak or any other sort of public activity, buying alcohol from a store comes with some risk. Being in a crowded place — like a liquor store during peak hours — poses a greater possibility of coming in contact with someone who is infected and contracting the novel coronavirus. As person-to-person contact (through the transmission of infected respiratory droplets) appears to be how COVID-19 is primarily spreading, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended gatherings over 10 people be canceled or postponed for at least the next few weeks. Limiting the number of shopping trips you make is likely the best option. And yes, that applies to liquor stores as well.

When you do go shopping, be mindful of what you touch and give fellow shoppers as much space as possible. And, in case it hasn’t been drilled into your brain already, don’t touch your face and wash your hands once you get home. If you want to be extra cautious, wipe down any bottles, cans, or products with non-porous surfaces you bought with soap and water or disinfectant.

Can I Get Wine Delivered To My House?

Unless you live in Alabama, Oklahoma, and Utah, chances are good you can have wine shipped to your doorsteps. (Those three states are the only ones that specifically prohibit direct-to-consumer shipment of alcohol, per the National Conference of State Legistalurres’s page on the direct shipment of alcohol in the United States. Apologies to all Alabamians, Oklahomans, and Utahns.)

While many states have some restrictions on what kind of alcohol can be shipped directly to consumers and how — Delaware requires orders to be processed and shipped through licensed wholesalers and Rhode Island allows alcohol to be shipped but only when purchased on-site — most states allow beer and wine to be shipped straight to you.

Are Wine Delivery Services Safe?

As with food delivery safety, liquor drop off comes with some hypothetical risk as well. There are a few key things to keep in mind to keep yourself and those around you safe: Limit contact with your delivery person, utilize contact-free drop off when possible, and wash your hands. Wiping down deliveries like you would items from the grocery stores will also help reduce your risk of interacting with the virus.

Popular liquor delivery service Drizly is implementing certain precautions in order to keep customers and drivers safe per their website. While contact-free alcohol deliveries can’t be guaranteed as in-person confirmation is often required for legal and safety reasons, Drizly is encouraging things like outside delivery drops, contactless ID scanning, and eliminating the need for customer signatures.

If you’re able to avoid the store entirely, you won’t be lack for choice when it comes to wine delivery. There are wine subscription and wine delivery programs like Usual Wines, Vinebox, Winc where you can spend some of this self-isolation finding your new go-to wine. Favorites like Rosé All Day and Cupcake wine can be bought through third-party sites like Big Hammer Wines and

Have Wine Makers Been Impacted?

While wine availability may depend on where you live, major wine makers are still producing but with more caution. "We have made many changes to our business over the past few weeks," Anna Bell, vice president of marketing at Barefoot Wine, tells Bustle over email. "While we are quickly adjusting to real-time changes affecting how and where consumers are able to engage with us, we continue to work closely with our suppliers, distributors, customers and sales teams and appreciate all of their extra efforts to ensure our fans are still able to access and enjoy Barefoot during this time." Molly Davis, vice president of marketing for Apothic at E. & J. Gallo Winery, spoke to Bustle over email and also emphasized the up-to-date changes Apothic is making to ensure consumer and worker safety.

"We continue to work with our environmental health and safety teams to provide a safe workplace for our production and sales team members who are unable to work remotely," a representative for Gallo, which owns both Apothic and Barefoot Wines, told Bustle over email. "We have made many adjustments to our business, including increased sanitization measures and social distancing and we are providing additional resources to support our employees who are unable to work remotely."

Like many other major wine makers, both Apothic and Barefoot are available to order on Drizly or through the The Barrel Room. So, you’ll still be able to sip your favorite (or most $10) wines at home.

Are Liquor Stores Considered “Essential Business”?

In states that have shuttered nonessential businesses and closed schools, some places are still allowed or required to stay open during COVID-19-related closures. Health and medical facilities are, of course, still open, and grocery stores and restaurants aren’t required to completely shut their doors. Additionally, liquor stores, in most states, are staying open.

In Maryland, according to the Baltimore Sun, convenience stores and liquor stores are exempt from nonessential business shutdowns. While wineries and distilleries must close, they can still offer pick-up and delivery services. Per the Seattle Times, some stores that sell liquor and cannabis are staying open during shut-downs though that comes with a couple of caveats. “Liquor stores that sell food” and “workers supporting cannabis retail and dietary supplemental retail” are deemed essential per Washington state’s nonessential business shutdown.

Pennsylvania has closed its liquor stores amidst shelter-in-place ordinances for a significant portion of the population, as reported by Business Insider. However, doesn’t appear to be the trend in other states. Also, beer and wine are still available at grocery stores.

In other words, you’ll still be able to sip on your sauvignon blanc while enjoying virtual happy hours. But please, quarantine and drink responsibly.

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Jen Garner does NOT want ex Ben Affleck to introduce kids to much-younger new love Ana de Armas – The Sun

JENNIFER Garner does NOT want her ex Ben Affleck to introduce her three kids to his much-younger, new love, Ana de Armas.

The 47-year-old apparently would prefer the children only meet the 31-year-old star when the time is right.

A source told Us Magazine: “Ben is understanding.

“[He] said he would work with Jennifer to prepare the kids for meeting [Ana].”

Jen and Ben were married from 2005 to 2018 and have daughters Violet, 14, and Seraphina, 11, and son Samuel, 8, together.

Since the two broke up Jen has been with businessman John Miller.

Rumors of the two dating began earlier this month when they were spotted visiting Ana's native Cuba.

The two were seen at the restaurant, La Corte del Principe.

Ben's apparently a fluent Spanish speaker and fans snapped pics of the two enjoying a little town in Havana.

According to Us the two are “officially dating.”

Ben and Ana met this past November when they were shooting Deep Water in New Orleans for months.

According to The Daily Mail they were spotted at local bar while they were filming the movie.

A source said: "Ben Affleck right behind me spitting game to Ana de Armas in Spanish all night long is a vibe."

Before Ana, Ben was last linked to Saturday Night Live producer Lindsay Shookas in 2019.

Ana was most recently seen in the Academy Award-nominated film, Knives Out.

Up next for her is playing Marilyn Monroe in Blonde.

As a Bond girl she'll appear in the "007" flick, No Time To Die, which will hit the big screen in November.

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