Drinking More Water With ZeroWater

We were sent this product for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Every year I make a promise to myself to drink more water and cut down on fizzy drinks. I manage it for a while but then end up crashing and burning every single time. I do buy a lot of bottled water but if we run out, I’m not too keen on drinking from my tap.

The tap water in the part of the village I live in isn’t the greatest. We live in a very hard water area and it takes a lot of running the tap to get a decent glass of water – but buying bottled water can be expensive – not to mention the environmental implications. When given the chance to review the ZeroWater 12-Cup Water Filter Jug (with free TDS meter), I just had to say yes – maybe I’d be able to enjoy tap water after all?

Now when we have bottled water in the house, we drink a lot of it. None of us hate water like you see some families say, we just hate our tap water. So anything that can help us to consume that particular water is always going to be worth a try for me – especially as it would make things a lot easier on the wallet!

Once it arrived, I removed from the packaging, gave it a quick wash up like I do all new kitchen items and then screwed the filter into place. I then added water and let it filter through before eventually trying the water for the first time. I definitely noticed a taste – I find our tap water has a slight chalky taste and as mentioned above, I try to avoid drinking it if I can. The water I poured from the pitcher didn’t taste chalky at all and tasted so much ‘cleaner’ if that’s the way to describe it – it tasted the way I find bottled water tastes and the water you get served in restaurants.

This has been a godsend these past few weeks when we have all been poorly too – we have been drinking a lot of water, trying to flush through the bugs we have had and just generally trying to feel better. This has been such a handy resource.

The jug retails at £39.99 and I think that it is a great price for the product. It is the first in its class to benefit from a sealed lid and reservoir which allows filtered water to be poured while water that hasn’t yet been filtered remains in the reservoir. There is also a one handed pull and pour button spout at the bottom for easy pouring such as filling bottles.

This also benefits from a patented 5 stage Ion Exchange Filtration system which removes virtually all dissolved solids from the water, giving great tasting water. It also reduces 99% of all fluoride and other inorganics from the water.

This has so far made the perfect addition to my kitchen and has enabled us to drink far more water than we usually would which can’t be a bad thing. If you are looking for a decent family sized water pitcher that filters your water, this might just be the product to check out.

Degustabox | February

We were sent a Degustabox for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

We always await our monthly Degustabox with anticipation. We love seeing what is in the box each month and there is usually something for everyone. You can order your own box here using the coupon code WDGX9 – the box is usually £12.99 but you can get it for just £7.99 including postage, thanks to the £5 one time discount my code offers you.

So what did we get in the box this month?

There was such an interesting selection of products in this months box. A few different cupboard items, some great snacks and some things that the kids would really enjoy.

Appy Kids Co Whole Milk – £1

My kids love milk so this was a welcome addition. The milk is delicious and is produced using Red Tractor approved milk. They loved seeing their favourite Paw Patrol characters on the packaging and these certainly didn’t last very long in our house!

Orangina Original – £1.30

Jack loves Orangina although usually opts for the no added sugar version. This was pinched straight out the box and enjoyed – he loved it!

Explore Cuisine Organic Chickpea Fusilli –  £3

We eat a lot of pasta but I’ve never tried pasta made from plant based protein. This will certainly be interesting to try and is a great addition to the pantry. It is organic, vegan and naturally gluten free.

CHOC CHICK Quinoa Pops and Plantain Bites – £1.85 each

These vegan treats combine the wholegrain goodness of quinoa and tropical loveliness of plantain with the finest Ecuadorian single origin organic cacao. These are dairy free and gluten free with 50% less sugar than your usual chocolates. These were intriguing to say the least.

Snaffling Pig Pork Crackling – Low and Slow BBQ/Perfectly Salted – 75p each

These were both enjoyed by Jack and Steve. They were apparently very flavourful and they will definitely be getting some more.

Deli Kitchen Folded Brioche Flatbreads – £1.25

We received two of these in the box so we’ve popped one in the freezer. These are a great alternative to bread for sandwiches and are super delicious.

Bebeto Watermelon Jelly Gums – 50p

We’ve tried Bebeto sweets before. These were absolutely delicious and we received two packs in the box which were readily enjoyed.

Clearspring Organic Seaveg Crispies Turmeric multi pack – £2.59

I must admit I wasn’t a fan of these at all. They are a toasted nori sea vegetable snack.

Sacla Reduced Fat Basil Pesto – £2.50

Sacla is a brand we often buy and I do love my pesto – even better when it is reduced fat. This is perfect for having in the cupboard for future use.

Overall, I was fairly happy with this box. I worked it out to be just over £22 when it comes to product value which is great when you consider the £12.99 price point; even better when you consider the coupon code too! There were a few items we weren’t too keen on but a few that we absolutely loved.

What would have been your favourite item in the box?

Brave by Rose McGowan | Blog Tour & Review

I was sent a copy of Brave for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

You can’t have missed Rose McGowan in recent years. The first person to speak out about the horrid goings on in Hollywood, she started the ball rolling on more and more evil men in power being exposed.

I’ve been aware of Rose for many years – I remember her role in Scream, her dating Marilyn Manson, her role as Paige in Charmed. I must admit I hadn’t followed her career in recent years but it was fascinating to learn a lot more about her. I was very happy to have been asked if I’d like to review the book and participate in the blog tour.

I hadn’t realised she was born and raised in the Children of God cult and Rose talks about her experiences at length. This cult is something I have read a lot about in the past and I hadn’t realised she had been a part of it, I’m glad she managed to get out.

Throughout the book, I can see that Rose is a strong woman, despite the stuff life throws at her. From the childhood in a cult to absent parents to abusive boyfriends, Rose manages to fight for survival all the way. She describes Hollywood as another cult and it definitely seems to be- the way she speaks about the way young actors are treated, especially women, is shocking but ultimately not surprising, given what we know now.

It is a shame that so many people weren’t supportive of her back when she originally tried to raise awareness of what The Monster (as she names a certain director – I’m sure we all know who she is talking about) and it was ultimately her whose career was damaged. Her agents even knew what he was like and still put her in that position – it shows that just how much Hollywood is a money churner for people and that other peoples feelings come into play.

This book is no holds barred, it’s raw and it really gets you thinking. It gives the reader an insight into the true Hollywood – the one where men think they can get away with pretty much anything and where women, especially young women, are playthings there to be used and abused.

I admire Rose for her consistent strength and her courage to speak out. She has been through a lot in her life and sharing this with the reader is admirable. Brave is out tomorrow in paperback, eBook and audiobook. I definitely recommend that people should read this – Hollywood as a whole and the way people are treated is definitely something that needs to be addressed.

You can buy a copy of Brave here. {affiliate link}.

Review & Giveaway | It’s A Kid’s Life by Kerry Gibb

We were sent a copy of the book for review. All thoughts and opinions are our own. This post contains affiliate links.

Jack is a little bookworm – I have probably mentioned that already. He is on one of the highest reading levels in his class and always has his head in a book if he can. He likes a wide variety of stuff – he usually chooses a fiction book for his everyday reading book from school and checks out a non fiction book when it comes to visiting the school library once a week. He is also very lucky to have a wide variety of books in our house – he not only has the books bought for him by us or other family or friends, he also has some books I’ve won (mainly from Toppsta or social media) and also has some of mine and Steve’s books from childhood. He certainly isn’t short on reading material.

Jack was recently given the chance to read and review It’s A Kid’s Life, written by Kerry Gibb and illustrated by Ellie Barrett. Kerry very kindly signed it for him which he was very excited and happy about – there’s just something about a signed book that makes it all the more special, right?

It’s A Kid’s Life {affiliate link} is the first book in a series for ages 7 and up and tells the story of Ben Collins, a typical nine year old boy. Forced to start a new school, It’s A Kid’s Life tells all about his adventures. From planning to make his millions by running a secret school tuck shop or being distracted by the beautiful Lottie Jones, Ben Collins is an adventurous little soul and nothing ever goes to plan. A humourous read, by all accounts. But I didn’t read it – Jack did. So what did he think?

Jack settled down to read and couldn’t get enough. He kept disappearing for ages and I’d find him curled up in his room, devouring the book some more. When he eventually finished, he ran downstairs and told me to go on Amazon. When I enquired why, he told me that he wanted the next book in the series RIGHT NOW.

Being seven years old, being able to write (or even dictate) a review isn’t his strongpoint so I am going to do my best to paraphrase what he told me his thoughts were about the book. He found the book to be very funny and that it kept drawing him back in – he just had to find out what happened next. He liked the sound of Ben, thought he’d be a fun friend to have and thought that the idea of some of the things that happened to Ben happening at his school was quite the hilarious notion. So interested in Ben’s life, he couldn’t wait to get his hands on the next book – which he may be getting during half term if he behaves, as a treat.

Jack really liked reading Chapter 1 of It’s A Kid’s Life 2: Arch Enemies {affiliate link} and can’t wait to read the book himself. I really think adding the excerpt was good as it gets children excited for the next installment. Another thing he liked was the wordsearch at the back too – he’s a puzzle fiend and really enjoyed doing this.

Overall, Jack really enjoyed the book and is excited for the rest of the books in the series. Kerry has kindly offered one lucky reader the chance to win a copy of It’s A Kid’s Life themselves, all you need to do is fill in the Gleam widget below. This giveaway is UK only and ends at 23.59pm on the 28th of February 2019. Good luck!


It’s A Kid’s Life

Mum & Daughter Twinning With Love Leggings

We were sent a couple of pairs of leggings for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

I spend a lot of my life in leggings. I just find them super comfortable, a good fit and something easy to put on in the morning. Whilst Olivia is often in dresses and jeans, she also has a selection of leggings to choose from. When given the opportunity to review a couple of pairs of leggings from Love Leggings, I had to say yes – and got us the same pair in our respective sizes so we could do some mum and daughter twinning.

Love Leggings are a newly launched clothing brand who hope to become the home of leggings. I love the idea of a one stop shop for leggings so this sounded great to me. Not only do they produce everyday leggings that are good quality, comfortable and non see through but they also produce maternity leggings, children’s leggings, sports leggings and tights! Everything you could possibly ever need.

I opted for the Acai Purple High Waisted leggings for me, retailing at £13.50 and the Acai Purple Full Length leggings for Olivia, retailing at £8.50. Purple is Olivia’s favourite colour and one of mine and they seemed like the perfect choice. I usually tend to stick to black leggings so purple was a bit of a venture outside of my comfort zone – I wasn’t brave enough to try the really bright colours though!
When it comes to leggings, I look for comfort and good quality. These leggings are very comfortable, super soft and lovely to wear. When it comes to clothing, I always wash the items a couple of times before making a judgement on their quality. These have been through the wash a couple of times now and I’m very impressed. Some other leggings I’ve bought in the past aren’t as comfortable and lose some of their softness after washing but I am happy to report that these are just the same as when they were brand new.

Olivia’s leggings are very much the same in terms of comfort and quality. They fit her well and she absolutely adores them – probably because they’re purple! She’s always showing off her ‘purple legs’ to people! I find purple is a colour that really suits her and I find that she wears these well. They’re also such an affordable price for such good quality clothing.

I’ll definitely be heading back to Love Leggings to get myself (and Olivia!) some more leggings – and now I am back on my weight loss journey, I might even treat myself to some sports leggings too! I’ve heard good things about them already.

Have you checked out Love Leggings yet?