Why we love AQUA Carpatica

When I was sent some loads of water to review, I didn’t really know how to respond. I mean water is water, isn’t it? But then, there’s AQUA Carpatica.

As mentioned I was sent loads of bottled water – in different capacities and different bottles too. This picture is just a sample of each type of bottle.

In no time, I found that the family was drinking more water (always a good thing) and we loved the taste.

We normally drink filtered water at home but it was great to be able to have water handy any time we felt like it. It was also ideal to take along with us on our days out. With so many sizes available, we could take just what we required.

So what makes AQUA Carpatica different?

It naturally contains electrolytes and minerals, including Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium which are vital for hydration during pregnancy and also key to foetal development. 

Naturally Nitrate-free water is particularly important for pregnant women as Nitrates are harmful to our health.  Babies are most vulnerable to this because their micro-bacterial flora has not yet developed.

Nitrates are found in nature and used in agriculture, they are colourless, odourless and tasteless, but in large quantities, they can be harmful to human health.

In many European countries, legislation ensures that Nitrate (NO3) content in bottled water does not exceed 50mg per litre for adults, while for new born babies and pregnant women any more than 10mg per litre can be dangerous. AQUA Carpatica is the solution with a naturally Nitrate-free water.


Every drop of the water is derived from two untouched springs deep within the pristine and beautiful Carpathian Mountains, which are home to the last remaining unspoilt forests in Europe. With no agriculture or industrial activity in the surrounding areas, AQUA Carpatica’s source is protected from chemicals, fertilizers, CFCs and other contaminants providing consumers with a healthier alternative and more transparent label.  

AQUA Carpatica’s Naturally Sparkling Mineral Water is naturally carbonated by a unique geological volcanic structure and filtered by nature for 40 years, whilst it’s Still Natural Mineral Water is has an underground journey of 15 years.  At no stage do humans interfere with or process the water, meaning that it is impeccably pure and free from all contaminants. It is a naturally pure water, just as nature intended. 

Every litre of Naturally Sparkling Mineral Water provides Potassium, nearly 24 per cent of an adult’s recommended daily requirement of Calcium and 16 per cent of Magnesium. AQUA Carpatica’s Still Natural Mineral Water contains natural electrolytes and has a low content of minerals with an alkaline pH level of 7.

AQUA Carpatica is available in glass or a clear BPA (Bisphenol A) free bottle design and is 100% recyclable. We love the squarish shape of the bottles as they look so stylish.

With it being nitrate free and having a low sodium and mineral content as well as being packaged in stylish BPA free bottles, AQUA Carpatica is our number 1 choice for bottled water. Also, the children like it so much that they have been drinking their recommended daily amount without reminders.

AQUA Carpatica is available throughout the UK and Ireland at Ocado, Amazon, Harrods, Whole Foods Market, As Nature Intended, Fresh Supermarket (Dublin) and over 300 independent outlets throughout the UK:

  • RRP 0.65p for 500ml Still Natural Mineral Water
  • RRP 0.69p for 500ml Naturally Sparkling Natural Mineral Water
  • RRP £0.79 for 1 litre and £0.99 for 1.5 litre Still Natural Mineral Water
  • RRP £1.09 for 1.5 litre Naturally Sparkling Natural Mineral Water

It has just won a taste test with Olive Magazine too – http://www.olivemagazine.com/guides/best-bottled-water-still-bottled-water-taste-test/

Disclosure : I was sent bottled water for an honest review. All ideas and opinions are my own. 

BRITA Marella Filter Jug Review

I have seen quite a few people buying bottled water for household consumption and I often wonder why. I know I’ve always been told that it’s safe to drink tap water in the UK. However, I tend to rely on filtered tap water for household and that’s why when I was asked to review the BRITA Marella jug, I didn’t hesitate to say yes.

I think the idea of filtered water started with the children as I always used filtered water to make up their formula milk. That kind of stuck and we soon all started to drink the filtered water. It tastes different – more like bottled mineral water somehow.

The BRITA Marella jug is quite different to the other chunky jugs I have had. This one is sleek and though it looks like it can’t carry much water it has a capacity of 2.4 litres. It is also made as such so it can fit into the fridge door. Perfect for summer(when it gets here!)

There is a ‘memo’ on the top which tells you when to change the filter so you know you also have fresh filtered water on hand.

The Marella jug also reduces levels of chlorine, heavy metals and limescale in the water. This is one of the problems I always face as we live in an area that has a lot of limescale residue.

The jug features a flip top lid for easy filling and is available in blue and white.

Priced at £21, it comes with a filter included and this lasts 4 weeks so it is cheaper than buying bottled water. The subsequent filters are normally around £14 for 4 so that reduces the 4 weekly expenditure to about £3.50.

The water does taste different to tap water and when I say this I mean in a nicer way.

I don’t think I could do without filtered water at home now. And when I think of chlorine levels in the water and other nasties, I know I’m doing right by giving my family filtered water.

It is available at brita.co.uk

Persil Powergems Non-Bio Detergent – A Revolutionary Laundry Experience

With family of 5, laundry is a big thing in our house. I have never had an empty washing basket. Not from want of trying – it’s just that the moment I empty it, it seems to magically fill up again.

I was asked to review the new Persil Powergems and I jumped at the opportunity as I am aways looking to try out new laundry products to make my work easier.

I couldn’t find the Powergems in Tesco or Waitrose as they were sold out but I managed to pick some up in Asda and they were on a really good deal as the 30 wash was down from £11 to £8. I got the Non-Bio version and couldn’t wait to try it.

The Powergems are tiny and look like confetti but they are packed with the power to make the wash experience so much more effective. When I uncapped it, I loved the fragrance. (I always try and get a scent of the detergent before I buy).

Powergems have the following features –

They contain two and a half times more cleaning agents for oil and grease based stains and eight times more fabric shielding molecules to effectively remove stains.

They are free from ingredients that leave residue on clothes making them last longer.

They use fragrance release technology to provide an enhanced fragrance experience.


I was a bit sceptical about using them as most detergents don’t follow up with the features advertised. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Persil Powergems did follow through and the clothes did come out cleaner and smelling fresher.

Besides it’s so much easier than using a gel wash as there is no spillage.

The Powergems are quite tiny so I’m glad that there is a very secure locking cap for it.

The RRP for Persil Powergems 12 wash is £5.00, 19 was is  RRP £8.00 and 30 wash is RRP £11.00

Although, there are deals on and as I said I bought the 30 wash for £8.

I would definitely recommend using Persil Powergems for clean, fragranced laundry. For more information visit https://www.persil.com/uk/laundry/detergent/powergems.html

Tefal ActiFry Smart XL Review


You may have read about my day out with Tefal recently?

The icing on the cake of course was when I received a TEFAL ActiFry Smart XL to review.

If you’ve been reading my blog for sometime, you’ll know that I love my older version of the ActiFry. But the new one obviously has a lot of updates. Besides it is Bluetooth Compatible.

The ActiFry is a low fat fryer offering a healthier way to fry with very little oil yet keeping the delicious taste of the food.

There is a spindle that rotates inside the non-stick pan –

You can remove the actual pan by raising the handle –

And it has a timer to programme the cooking time –

I tried out the ActiFry for myself yesterday and I don’t think I’m ever going to look at cooking the same way.

We decided to cook a relatively easy recipe – Mediterranean Chicken Stir Fry. This is a dish with stir fried chicken and fried cooked rice. The entire dish takes about 40 minutes to prepare – 10 minutes preparation and 30 minutes cooking time. There are step-by-step instructions on the App. And you can also work the gadget from the App – which means that you don’t really need to get off the sofa to get cooking. Well, not really, as you need to put the ingredients in etc and turn it on.

The meal was delicious retaining the succulence of the chicken while still being well browned. The rice also was well fried but not excessively oily.

Later in the evening, we used the ActiFry to cook the classic chips and they were crunchy and yum!

On an ActiFry binge, I also made some scrambled eggs this morning and they came out just the way we like them – not soggy and just using very little oil.

One thing I like about this model is that you can cook breaded fish/meat in it without a hassle. With the older version, the breaded meats would crumble. This one promises to do differently as the Smart technology recognises the need to do things differently and adjusts the settings accordingly. I’m going to try some potato balls later, so I’ll update you on how it goes.

Using very less amounts of oil make all meals healthier with fewer calories.

The Tefal ActiFry Smart XL is priced at about £250 and is available in all major retailers. You can read more about the product and discover more about the #SlimmersSecret here – http://www.tefal.co.uk/slimmerssecret