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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

REVIEW : ZeroWater - Getting More Out Of Your Water

REVIEW : ZeroWater - Getting More Out Of Your Water

Back in January, my running club set a 12-month health and fitness challenge for 2018 and the first challenge was to drink a minimum of two litres of water per day.  It worked really well for me as I already drink buckets of the stuff (or so I thought) and it helped me to kick start my new diet too. At the beginning of the year, if you'd have told me that my most favourite kitchen gadget would end up being my water filter jug, I'd have laughed in your face.  There's nothing wrong with British tap water - in fact, we are extremely lucky to be able to drink "corporation pop" without having to treat it or rely on bottled water. 

But the ZeroWater filter jug is a bit of a game changer.


We all know that a lack of water intake can cause stress, lack of sleep, headaches and even muscle strain. According to their blurb, ZeroWater is the only gravity-fed filtration system to match the TDS* levels found in purified bottled water so the result is amazing tasting water straight from the tap. 

The ZeroWater jug has a unique filter technology system that combines five sophisticated technologies to remove virtually all dissolved solids from the tap water and these filters are also the only pour-through filters on the market that are certified by the NSF (The Public Health And Safety Organisation) to reduce lead. 

REVIEW : ZeroWater - Getting More Out Of Your Water

To filter your tap water, you just fill the "well" at the top of the jug and leave it for a few minutes to filter through into the jug. You have to do this twice to completely fill the 2 litre jug that I have.  And that is literally it!  And with the jug being the size it is, I know that I would need to drink the whole jug full to maintain my recommended daily intake but I've found that I'm drinking more. It also fits neatly in the fridge (although I had to move my shelves around a bit as I have the smallest fridge in the world) so you can have fresh, filtered, cold water whenever you want! 

The only thing you have to keep your eye on is the performance level of the filter and you're provided with a special test meter to do this.  You just dip it into a glass of filtered water and check the reading against the information provided and change the filter when reading reaches a certain figure.  Your filter should last around 2-3 months and replacement filters cost £20 (although buying in bulk reduces the cost per filter). 

There's loads of extra information on the Zerowater website including a FAQ section about filtered water and also an area where you can submit your water quality reading in return for a £5 discount voucher for your next replacement filter order. 

Shop here : ZeroWater.co.uk

(available in various sizes and prices from just £24.99)

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* "Dissolved solids" refer to any minerals, salts, metals, cations or anions dissolved in water. Total dissolved solids (TDS) comprise inorganic salts (principally calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, bicarbonates, chlorides, and sulfates) and some small amounts of organic matter that are dissolved in water.  Source


This review is a collaboration with ZeroWater. 
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