Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Back to School Ready for less than £50 with PEP&CO at Poundland

Being a family on a budget, we're a huge fan of discount retailers. We're always on the look out for great deals wherever we can get them, so when PEP&CO and Poundland challenged us to get back to school ready for less than £50 we jumped at the chance.

We headed to their Liverpool Store and we were pleasantly surprised with what we found. Two packs of polo shirts from only £2! In to the basket!

Top of the list though, was a new school coat. We've been searching for a while and the prices were all upwards of £25 so when I saw this gorgeous black faux fur hooded coat for just £12, it went straight in the basket!

Next up the all important skirt and pinafore. Again - a bargain at just £3 for the skirt and £4.50 for the pinafore.

There was plenty of styles to choose from...

Little E was really impressed with the shoes, and so was I at just £8!!

We picked up loads of accessories too, a 2 pack of vests (£2.50), a 5 pack of grey knee socks (£3.50), 2x 2 pack black tights (£4 each) and a 5 pack white ankle socks (£3.50) for that awkward transitional period when they first go back.

We came in well under the budget so we bought lots of stationary to fill her school back with the rest! Little E loves her back to school uniform! She cant wait to show it off to her friends!

Disclosure: We received a £50 voucher to enable us to complete this challenge.

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Downloadable Camping Checklist

We absolutely LOVE camping, We always camp at least once a year, more when we can. This Summer we have already done Silverstone F1, two BTCC races and Camp Bestival!

When packing, I find it much easier to work off a list so we've decided to share our checklist with you lovely lot! Download our handy PDF CAMPING CHECKLIST now so you can print off and tick things off as you pack.

We've also been testing out some of this years camping must-haves....

This lantern is fantastic. We have camped so many times and only ever used head torches. We kept this hung centrally in our tent so when we returned in the evening we could pop it on and see comfortably without being blinded. It has 4 light modes and night light function across it's warm white 3W LED and it's amber 10W LED. The amber light attracts 60% less insects than a regular bulb - another win.

Truthfully though the best part for us since we were camping with kids was that it seems completely indestructible. The lantern was dropped a couple of times during the course of our trip and it just kept going proving, as Varta says, that it is very robust.

It's battery powered ( 3 x D batteries) and waterproof too. This was a big hit with us, so much so that we have ordered another.


Head torches are an absolute must when your camping -particularly for children. We have one each so when the sun goes down we can see clearly. We have had issues in the past with blinding lights but
the Varta Sports Headlamps are great because they have 2 x 1 Watt  high performance LEDs and they also have a red LED for night vision. Like the lantern the headlamps have rubber parts for durability and have passed the many drop tests that my children have put them through across 2 camping trips.

They take 3 x AAA batteries that are really easy to insert and the elastic is adjustable to the smallest (Little E) and largest (Chris) of heads!

Buy yours now: VARTA HEADTORCH

Hands down, the best thing about this power bank is how quickly it recharges. I keep this charged up in my handbag now in case I need some power through the day. The children loved that it could be decorated and personalised using the pen and stencils in the pack. Unfortunately though, they didn't realise that the pen was permanent so our charger carries random writing and scribbles! It charges my Sony Xperia twice when it's fully charged.


We have always struggled with what best to use to clean our tent. We always seem to end our camping trip with dirt from tree sap or bird droppings. No one wants to pack away a soiled tent. Only trouble is what do you use that will ensure you don't damage the original waterproof coating? We'll we tested STORM WASH and we were really impressed. Just wet the soiled area, spritz on and wipe off. It really is that easy!! Check out our mini film below to see just how fast the spray got to work. We just used a non abrasive sponge and hey presto the filth was gone! It costs around £8 for a bottle and it's a great addition to your camping bag - so quick and simple to use!

We've been testing this on our old canvas gazebo. It had been abandoned in the garage for a while as we had left it outside for a whole summer and it had started to leak. We decided to give the proof a go and we were really impressed.

We just poured some of the liquid in to a bowl and painted it on to the cover with a soft brush. It only took about 20 minutes to cover the whole thing, then we just left it to air dry in the sun.

We're so happy that it has restored our shelter for another summer. Well worth the £25 for 5 litres price tag. It's a fast drying silicone-free proofer - ideal for canvas tents, awnings, tarps and general covers.

For any tent damage and rips, products like Storm’s Tear-Aid Patch Pack (RRP £7.50) are ideal for both on-site immediate repairs and for more permanent repairs actioned at home during the aftercare process. For those of you that were at Camp Bestival this year you will know just how handy this little pack could be! The Tear-Aid Patch Pack allows clear and flexible air tight and water tight repairs to be made with ease. Simply clean the area, cut patch, peel and stick! As well as tents, the patch is suitable for clothing, inner tubes, wellies, kites, outdoor gear and much more...

What a life saver this amazing GP PowerBank Mobile Charger has become for us. It's amazing for every day as well as for camping. It's a 20000mAh high capacity mobile charger. We've been testing it for some time and we get on average 6 full charges of our phones (Sony Xperia's) which means you could head away for a whole weekend camping and not worry about losing contact with anyone. It's amazingly fast too. My phone goes from 0 to 30% in less than  10 minutes!

To charge the powerbank just plug it in using the USB wire provided (you do need your own plug), it took around 10 hours to reach full charge. There is also a 4-tier protection system built-in as standard, so you can recharge without fear of over-heating or over-charging. And if you were thinking of taking it on holiday it also meets air safety standards so you can use it mid-flight. It's well worth the £35.99 RRP.


Disclosure: We received the items featured for free in order to post an honest review.