ZeroWater 12 cup

We were gifted a 12 cup ZeroWater 12 cup filter jug for the purposes of this review.

The blurb: ZeroWater is the only gravity-fed filtration system to match the TDS levels found in purified bottle water, the result is great-tasting water, straight from the tap. The average glass of tap water contains large amounts of lead, heavy metals, or chromium. ZeroWater removes 99.6% of all toxins.

What does that mean?

In essence, ZeroWater is a water filtration jug. You put water in the top, it goes through the filter and into the jug, removing impurities along the way. So, does it work and do we care? The ZeroWater comes with a water purity meter that allows you to test your water before it is filtered and then afterwards.

Zerowater 12 cup

Our tap water (good old Yorkshire Water) measured a lowly 046 – moderate, making it better than most of the UK.

Zerowater 12 cup

But apparently it can get better. We used the ZeroWater 12 cup jug and the filtered water measured 000. But most importantly for us in a blind taste test the water tasted so much better. The difference was truly outstanding. It tasted better than bottled water.

Zerowater 12 cup

The kids are obsessed with the Zerowater. They love the taste and are drinking a lot more water at the moment!

The only downside of the 12 cup is its sheer size. Ideal for a large fridge or a large family but this is a seriously big jug. I’ve placed it next to a 2 litre bottle so that you can see its size. The smaller jugs would be more than adequate for most families.

Zerowater 12 cup

The Zerowater 12 cup retails at £39.99, which is reasonable given the savings you could make on bottled water and it’s a good quality piece of kit that makes water taste amazing! In my opinion, it’s a great buy.







Men’s Fashion at Jacamo

Jacamo got in touch and asked My husband to pick out some items from the Men’s Fashion at Jacamo on their website to review. Having never shopped at Jacamo he was interested to see what they offered.

We were impressed by the easy to navigate website and the wide range of sizes. My husband went for some jeans and two polo shirts.

The Flintoff by Jacamo jeans offered a slight stretch which made for a comfy fit and the dark indigo colour looks expensive and is flattering. At £50 the jeans are good value due to the high end look and feel.

Men's Fashion at Jacamo

The Mantaray Vintage Wash polo is a comfy fabric but has a really smart look that went well with jeans. It costs £26 and is lovely quality.

The Jacamo Black Label Ditsy Trim polo is particularly nice. It looks very smart and polished, especially because it is long enough to tuck into trousers. It came with a spare button and matching thread which is a very thoughtful touch. The logos and trim add an element of interest to a plain polo. At £22, this seemed like a bargain.

Men's Fashion at Jacamo

We were really impressed by Jacamo, most of all by their own brand items which were nicely styled and made and offered good value for money.

We received the items described for the purposes of this review.

Summer jobs and home maintenance – someone needs to do it!

Summer jobs and home maintenance – someone needs to do it!

It seems, at long last, that summer is finally here – or at least on it’s way! The temperature is rising, the sun seems to be shining and we’re actually heading out of the house without a coat! Summer is a time for the family to gettogether, lots of picnics and BBQ’s, long days down at the beach or spent in the countryside or heading to local tourist attractions and just enjoying the sunshine.

But, with summer comes great responsibility! Now is the time to tackle all those little home maintenance jobs that have eluded your over the winter months. So, come on, roll up those sleeves and let’s get to it!

Your heating

Most homeowners in the UK tend to turn off the heating around April, and it usually (hopefully) doesn’t come back on again until late September, when autumn finally starts to take hold. So, now is the time to make sure that everything is ready for when Winter rolls around again; that includes bleeding a radiator or two and cleaning out the accumulation of dust and grime in the air vents.
This also means getting a registered professional to come and take a look at your boiler. It’s better to ensure that everything is in fine, working order now, rather than on a cold winters morning when you’re trying to get a hot shower and the kids are hungry and cold! If your boiler seems fine then ensure that your boiler is fully serviced and ready to go.

Sound the alarm

Now is the time to check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Don’t wait – do it right now and then finish reading!

Wash your windows

Dirt from the road, soil, bird poop, rain water and general dirt and grime easily builds on your windows. So, give yourself a clearer outlook at give your windows a good wash. You’ll be shocked by the difference it makes!

Polish your porch and hallway

From muddy boot prints to the dogs sticky paws, your hallway or porch has gone through a lot these past few, wet months! Now is the time to give them a little TLC. Start by emptying the area and brushing everything down with a stiff brush. Then give the area a good mop down with some all purpose bleach or floor cleaner. If the family shoe situation is getting a little out of hand (shoes piled up by the door) then consider a new storage solution. A show rack or large storage box just for shoes.

Enjoy the air

If you have an outdoor space that’s big enough, consider putting up a clothes line or airier in the back yard. It’ll save you a fortune if you’re not using the drier. Drying clothes indoors can lead to mould and mildew build up and the damp air is not good for anyone’s health. And you’ll find that you get through that ever growing pile of washing a lot quicker too!


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