Planet Camping – Glamping Wishlist…..

Whilst at secondary school (many years ago *sigh*), I was a keen athletic teenager who loved doing all sorts of activities from Netball to Football to Athletics. So it’s really no surprise that I signed up to do the Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE).

DofE is youth awards programme founded in the United Kingdom in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh that has since expanded to 140 other countries.The programmes are at three progressive levels which, if successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The physical side of the award involves orienteering in a group to find camp.

Looking back, I wish I knew about Planet Camping ( Planet Camping is a great website which sells products to meet all of your camping needs. Whether you’re having a mini camping party in your back garden or going to a festival, Planet Camping have you covered.

If I were to do another DofE expedition (in style), here is what my wishlist from Plant Camping would be:

  1. VW Camper Van Tent (                                                             
    How cool is this bad boy? Knowing that I could look forward to putting this awesome tent up once I’ve found camp would spur me on and give me all the encouragement I need. This would be the ultimate way to celebrate finding camp.
  2. Lazy Patch Adult Duvet Suit (
    Pale Blue Suit  
    As fate would have it, it is always cold whenever you go to do DofE. The day before could be a heatwave but guaranteed, it will be zero degrees on DofE day! Having an adult duvet suit which is  designed to make you feel like you never got out of bed in the first place would feel like HEAVEN!!
  3. Selk Bag Lite Sleep suit (             SelkBag Lite Blue
    Considering you have to carry EVERYTHING on your back whilst trying to find camp, it is very important to pack as light as possible. Does that mean you have to compromise your comfort? Well not with this starfish sleeping bag. It is super lightweight, has an insulated hood and Velcro hand release system. When you wake up, you literally can just get up without dreading the cold! Matter of fact, forget camping, I would want one of these for home. It would make the ultimate onesie!
  4. Camping Cook Set Bundle (                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Gelert Cookset BundleOne of the hardest things about DofE for me was leaving my kitchen. How would I survive without a variety of decent pots? Needless to say, I just about survived on noodles! However with this set, I would have been more than ok! The set includes an Aluminium 4 Cooking Pan Set,  a Foldaway Kettle and a Bamboo Picnic Set for 4 people.
  5. LED Torch with Bottle Opener (                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     When it comes to camping, I think it’s important to find as many multi-use products as possible. This torch would definitely meet my needs. Since I am now 25, I’m sure I would need a good drink to wind down my evening at the campsite. Whilst providing me with some light to find my bottle of alcohol, I could then use it to open it…..Fab!

I hope you have found this wishlist useful if you are planning to go camping or to a festival any time soon.

Be sure to check out Planet Camping at They have a great variety of products and quite a few items are on sale, so get them whilst you can!


Who knew water could be Powerful?

I came home to a rather large and heavy package which left me confused as I have recently put myself on a online shopping ban. Upon opening my mysterious package, I was delighted to see I had been sent 3 full sized bottle of POW Sparkling Energy Water from The Powerful Water Company.
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POW is the UK & Ireland’s first Natural Energy Water. According to their website, The Powerful Water Company is committed to developing healthier drinks using natural ingredients. They developed POW to create a product that combines the rehydrating qualities of water with natural energy in a low sugar, low calorie sparkling fruit flavoured energy water.

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I was sent 3 flavours as shown above, Cranberry & Apple, Coconut & Lime and Citrus & Zest. I couldn’t wait to taste them as I have been looking for a healthier way to get my caffeine intake. I usually have a Venti Caramel Latte with an extra shot of Caramel to keep me awake for the working day. I found that having a bottle of POW did keep increase my energy levels, it kept me alert and I felt really good. It’s weird but I had a strange sense of “oomph” injected into me and I was ready and rearing to tackle anything thrown at me.

Now as someone who is not a fan of sparkling water at all (it has a weird after taste!), I was pleasantly surprised. All 3 flavours are really refreshing and rather delicious. I love the combination and variety of the flavours as they can be drunk when you are craving different things. For example, I often get a craving for something sour to remove a funny taste in my mouth and I usually end up drinking a can of San Pellegrino Limonata. When it happened this time around, I decided to have the Citrus & Zest bottle of POW water…….oh it was good! Exactly what the doctor ordered!

It is so great to see an energy drink on the market that is all NATURAL, NOT full of rubbish and packed with sugar and has great flavour. I sometimes find that healthy products can compromise on the flavour for the health benefits but POW doesn’t do that. I would highly recommend this product, it is definitely innovative and it works!

On a final note:


If you would like to give POW water a try, it is widely available in Waitrose, BP garages and Superdrug.  For more information about POW Water go to

Jacob’s Cracker Crisps…..Full Of Flavour!

As a member of BzzAgent, I was given the opportunity to test the latest cracker crisp sensation – Jacob’s Cracker Crisp. Jacob’s Cracker Crisps are irresistibly tasty and perfect for sharing with friends!


“Is it a cracker? Is it a crisp? Why, it’s a little bit of both! With three unbelievably moreish flavours, Sour Cream & Chive, Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar, and Thai Sweet Chilli, brand new Jacob’s Cracker Crisps 150g bags are perfect for sharing with friends and family!” – BzzAgent

Upon opening my deliver from BzzAgent, I was excited to see three 150g bags of Jacob’s Cracker Crisps (one of each flavour) Thai Sweet Chilli, Sour Cream & Chive and Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar, as well as 50p off coupons to pass along to my friends and family.

I immediately grabbed the Thai Sweet Chilli packet and shared it with my boyfriend and daughter. I wasn’t expecting much but I was pleasantly surprised. The flavouring was generous but not overpowering. The texture is somewhere between a crisp and a cracker. I opened up the bag, ate the first one and couldn’t stop. I kept trying to stop but would go in for another then another. My boyfriend had to take the packet away from me so I wouldn’t spoil my appetite for dinner!

I decided to take the remainder of the pack as well as the other two to work so that my colleagues could get a chance to experience the taste sensation! My colleagues were happy to say the least, I have never felt so popular before. Once a few people had a few crackers of each flavour, the word spread and more and more people were coming over to my desk to have a taste!

Unfortunately, BzzAgent didn’t send enough vouchers for me to be able to give out as many as I wanted to. However BzzAgent did rectify this and kindly sent me some e-vouchers which I distributed.


Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this campaign.This is a very tasty snack that made me happy and is something that I will most likely buy regularly. I will definitely end up buying all 3 flavours as my favourite is the Sweet Chilli, my daughter’s is the Sour Cream & Chive and my boyfriend loves the Salt & Balsamic Vinegar. So Jacob’s have made my household a big fan!

This product is innovative, I would definitely recommend it to you all to buy!

I am a member of BzzAgent, and get products to try and give feedback on – all opinions expressed are solely my own.

Zeek! Free £5 Voucher…..Xmas is coming!

Heard about a new app today and though I’d share with you lot – I know you love something for nothing as much as I do.
Basically, it lets you buy gift vouchers for brands like Currys, iTunes, John Lewis, Argos etc at discounted prices… some of them are barely worth it, where others are a decent amount of reduction – It’s worth hunting around.

You can download the app for Apple or Android from

Sign up, and then go to Promo codes in the left hand menu – add code 22MCVC  for a free fiver!!!!

Find a deal you like the look of, buy it, and you’re good to go (I think some of them come in the post, others are online/bar code deals.

Hope some of you grab a bargain

Healthy 2 U – Silicea Direct

A little while ago I saw on the Healthy2U website an opportunity to try out some Silica sachets for free. Now as I’m not one to miss out on a great freebie, I immediately signed up.


Firstly, let me explain the benefits of Silica. Silica is an essential nutrient that our bodies need in order to function properly. We have a natural store of silica in all of our connective tissue which depletes during the day through normal body functioning. We also lose silica as we age and that’s when we begin to experience the signs of aging. Those who have adequate amounts of silica in the body boast of having beautiful skin, healthy hair, strong nails, and healthy joints.

According to clinical studies, Silicea direct can increase nail strength by 127%, increase skins metabolic activity by 17% and increase hair thickness by 13%.

The ingredients are:

Silicic Acid gel (90%), fruit mix from fruit concentrates: Grape, Elderberry, Blackcurrant, Strawberry, Raspberry; Fructose, Thickening agent; Pectin, Xanthan gum; Acidifier Malic acid, Natural Flavour, Selenium, Biotin


Healthy2U sent me 15 x 15ml sachets of Silica gel which is to be taken once a day. The sachets are a nice size that I can just throw into my bag for when I’m on the go.


So what does Silica gel taste like? Well, these particular sachets are red berry flavour so it actually tastes quite nice. The texture is a bit odd and hard to describe. It is somewhat grainy but you do get used to it….I promise!

I will be testing these sachets to see if they do make any difference in the next 15 days and I will keep you updated. If they do seem to be working, I will absolutely purchase a 30 day box.

Healthy2U have been kind enough to offer myself and my subscribers a discount code( HSN1) for a 3 month supply for a discounted price of £29.99 – saving you over £35!

If you have tried this product out or something similar, leave a comment below on how it’s worked for you!

Bold 2-in-1 Pearls

As a member of SuperSavvyMe’s Savvy Circle, I was given the opportunity to test the latest sensation in the laundry world – Bold 2-in-1 liquid pearl tablets.  Bold 2in1 Pearls were launched to bring you an amazing clean, the gorgeous freshness of Lenor, and added fibre care for your clothes.


After having a long stressful day at work, I was excited to see a wonderful package waiting for me and opening it made me even happier! I was provided with a bag of goodies from SuperSavvyMe on behalf of Bold.


The review kit came with one full-sized box for myself to use, eight samples to hand out to friends and family as well as 50p off coupons and an information booklet.

Since I am obsessed with smelling nice, I couldn’t wait to test these tablets out on my next washing load. Rather than my usual powder, conditioner and colour catcher going into my washing machine, I nervously trusted Bold’s claims and simply chucked one tablet into the machine with my dirty laundry. It was nice not having to mess around with multiple different laundry products.


I was pleasantly surprised when I opened my washing machine. A waft of a fresh inviting scent emerged from my machine, as cheesy as that sounds! I didn’t want to make a judgement just yet as the clothes were still damp but secretly I was relieved that the clothes were at least clean.

The next morning I was thoroughly impressed to smell the freshness of the clothes considering I hadn’t added my usual fabric conditioner. The cleanliness and softness of the clothes were on par with my usual laundry products however the fresh smell was long lasting. I found that my clothes still held the scent of the tablet almost 5 days later.

I am not particularly a fan of Lavender but it was not overpowering so even my boyfriend didn’t mind his tracksuits smelling of it.


I would absolutely recommend this product, especially if you feel doing the laundry is time-consuming. I will most likely buy a different scent of the Bold 2-1 pearls tablet range soon as I only have a few more tablets left!

I am a member of SuperSavvyMe, Savvy Circle, and get products to try and give feedback on – all opinions expressed are solely my own.


A little about myself…

My name is Denika and I’m a London-based blogger. A HR Professional by day, insane bargain hunter by night with a lot of opinions.

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