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.

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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

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 –


Spring/Summer Fashion for Little Ladies

It’s May and it’s Spring – it may not feel like that with the cloudy skies and dull weather but it is. And that means it’s time for Spring/Summer Fashion. I look forward to sunny spring days that lead into summer and allow us to bring out our summer wardrobe. Spring and Summer are the perfect seasons for celebrations especially outdoors.

It’s time for wedding season as well as time for other celebrations. I love dressing up for these occasions and having two girls, I love looking for the ‘perfect dress’ to suit the occasion. I’ve been looking around for Occasion Wear for my girls but have either seen girls dresses too over the top or too toned down. It’s difficult to find the via media.

I stumbled across Mayoral and found some rather gorgeous dresses for my little ladies. They are simple and understated but perfectly dressed up for an occasion. The colours that they are available in are also rather lovely.

I personally love the little dress in the centre. It looks so beautiful and delicate. The embroidered tulle makes it ever so elegant too.

And Mayoral also has shoes to offset these clothes.

While browsing the site, I also some some lovely summer children’s dresses that I know the girls with love too. These are again summery and very fashionable. They range from floral prints to scenic prints and all look extremely seasonal and comfortable.



Another favourite that I thought deserved it’s own place is this really pretty blue dress. It reminds me of Spring. I like the simple detailing and yet it would stand out in a crowd.


Aeryn has a birthday coming up and I’m definitely going to be picking something out for her from among these dresses. I know she’ll look lovely.

I always like children’s clothes to be fuss free and yet look pretty. Mayoral seems to have it covered beautifully.