Monday, 10 February 2014

H2Wow! Water Bottle

Fresh tasting water on the go !!!

At home we try, where possible, to lead as healthy life style as possible, that doesn't mean to say we don't enjoy the unhealthy life style but we try to find a happy medium between the two.

One of the key factors of leading a healthy life style is drinking water, and if you are like us and on the go, in and out of the office or in the gym, sometimes the only water on offer may be that from a tap.

Now if you're like me, there is a significant difference in the taste of tap and bottled water, tap water just doesn't  cut it sometimes and just doesn't give you that fresh taste. So when I read about the H2Wow! Water bottle I decided to buy one and I am not disappointed !!

I ordered two water bottles, one as seen on this blog in red and another in green. Both arrived in super fast time and were really well packed. The item itself is simplistic but yet so effective and using this item is going to change our drinking habits for the better, save us money (Always a bonus!) and at the same time help to save the planet and a life, as with every bottle purchased £0.50 is donated to Just a Drop charity, which strives to ensure that children across the planet have access to clean drinking water on a daily basis. So the purchase of this bottle was a no brainer really and the gesture made by H2Wow! To make this donation with every purchase just made the decision to purchase one all that more easy.

The water bottle is not like a standard water bottle, the water has to pass through a filter before it gets to your mouth. You gently squeeze the bottle at the same time as you suck! This way you get a steady flow of water. It did take me one or two attempts to get the method right but once you have it's like second nature. 

When you first get the item you have to unscrew the lid and remove the carbon filter from its housing, this is all very easy with no tricky clips etc. you have to soak the carbon filter in hot water for two minutes. Give the bottle and the other components a good rinse in some soapy water and then rinse them off, just as you would do with any water bottle you may purchase. 

Once you have done that you put the filter back into the housing and screw it back into the cap. Then just fill it up once and squeeze the water through the bottle , just to ensure it's clean of any soapy residue. Then you're good to go!!

The filter in the water bottle makes for cleaner healthier and much better tasting water, and the best thing is you just fill it up from the tap!! It removes organic contaminates from regular tap water and reduces the chlorine taste and odours.

We have been filling ours up on a night and putting them in the fridge, then when we first get up or hit the gym (as I do most mornings) you have really great tasting water without the expense of buying branded bottles. We have even put ice in the bottle with the water and again it's so refreshing.

It's great to have in the office too because you just fill the bottle up and have it sat on your desk and again it's just like drinking a purchased fresh tasting bottled water. 

We are really impressed with this purchase and would recommend them to anyone looking to improve their healthy life style, of which drinking plenty of water is a key factor. They come in range of colours and are really reasonably priced plus as I mentioned above by purchasing one of the H2Wow! Water bottles you are also helping out a worthy cause, having availability to clean water everyday is a privilege and something that many of us take for granted.

So check out this product guys!! 

You can order via or email

Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Viking, All the inspiration your office needs!

  When we were asked to try out some sample stationery we thought why not, as a new blog we have to start somewhere, right?! So you can imagine our surprise when this BOX landed on our doorstep with a thud!

As stated, inside we found, pens, pads, highlighters, neon mini post-it notes, USB stick, rubber bands, paper clips and YUMMY hot chocolate and a big bag of choccies to keep us sweet. All courtesy of Viking Direct.

Now a lot of people use stationery every day at work apart from me, I'm an Engineer so don't use it. BUT i also run another blog, Orchard Book Club . Where things like stationery and such come in handy, you can never find a pen when you need one!

As a book reviewer my kindle is always with me, and a mini pad and pens come in handy when i need to jot something down from the latest book I'm reviewing.

Reviewing on the go!

I packed my bag with the Viking goodies, obviously i had to have one of each pen and i loved the flip note book, will be buying more of those! And a highlighter for the important bits i feel my review needs.

The mini neon post-it notes were a fab addition. I added notes to them so that i could see them at a glance from my blogging diary, I'm lost without this!

Reviewing curled up in a comfy chair.

If I'm reviewing at home i NEED a big pad, there's a lot of scribbling out and changing about to do so these Pukka Pad are a great idea, and lined ***i can't write in a straight line***
Viking seem to sell it ALL, from every day office essentials like, Ink and toner, office furniture, filing and storage. To, rock salt, De-Icer, heaters, tea, coffee and CHOCOLATES and not to mention they have deals galore....and all at very reasonable prices too, i even took the sales sheet that was in the box to work :)

Their website is very easy to navigate and is broken down into sections, you even get a FREE GIFT when you spend over a certain amount as well as FAST FREE DELIVERY with orders over £30!
With 23 years of experience and expertise why not give them a try....... I'm sure you will be pleasantly surprised.

Thank You to Viking Direct for our goodies, We didn't get a look in once our 8 year old spotted the choccies 😁


Monday, 3 February 2014

A party with a difference with PartyLite

 Obviously i have lead a sheltered life, because when my good Friend, Rachael, at Pure Beauty and Holistics invited me to her PartyLite candle party i looked at her with a blank expression on my face.
I had never heard of them (and I'm a candle freak) let alone been to one of their parties!
So not wanting to be the only PartyLite virgin, i dragged a very willing friend, Simone  along for a night of scented delights.

Rachael played the fantastic hostess as usual, supplying us with drinks, nibbles and mouth watering cupcakes. As we all got nicely settled, the PartyLite host, Sharon, gave us the newest brochure to paruse and a beautiful smalling samples kit was sent around the room.
 You can see it now, Me reading the brochure as Simone is shoving a sample pot under my nose saying "Smell this one!" and there were 40 of those little pots to smell!

To ease us into the candle delights,Sharon decided to play an alphabet game. Each letter of the alphabet had to relate to something within our handbag, K for Keys, T for Tissues......You see where I'm going with this. To our surprise the only guy of the night, Karl, ended up winning (he had an imaginary handbag ;) ) After the fits of giggles, Sharon gave us a brief introduction to PartyLite,

In the early 1900s, schoolteacher Mabel Baker began crafting candles from the wild bayberries that grew in her native town Cape Cod. At first she gave them as gifts to her friends and family, but it wasn’t long before her entrepreneurial spirit took over. With a lot of persistence, hard work and support from her husband, by 1909 Mabel had turned her love of candles into a flourishing business.
Mabel remained passionately committed to growing and nurturing her business throughout her life. When she died at the age of 94 in 1965, what had begun with a single bayberry had become a company worth $6 million. Today, she continues to be our role model for success.
As Sharon was telling us about the company you can see that she loves her job, and goes on to tell us that ANYONE can become a consultant. Full time, Part time, the hours are up to you. To find out more see here ---> Become a PartyLite host.
So now came the HARD part......Choosing what to buy! There were so many great products and lovely smelling candles that choosing was becoming difficult, and I'm pretty sure Sharon or Rachael didn't want me staying the night trying to decide. So i opted for the Spring Beginnings 15 piece sampler set, Picture.

Sharon had a beautiful table of products to show, from dancing candle pots, to a stunning Enchanted Woodland Votive Hurricane light (this was my favourite!)

I would highly recommend getting the girls round (and maybe the boy's) and having yourself a PartyLite party, It's fun and different. You never know, you may love it that much that you become a host yourself!