Berkey Water Filter For The Win

Up until a few months ago, my family relied on our refrigerator’s water filter to remove impurities from our water. Now, being a fairly-informed wellness enthusiast, I knew it probably wasn’t hacking it in terms of removing all of the toxic chemicals that reside in water. But, well, I was lazy and didn’t want to dive into all the research that I was certain awaited me. (You know me and my tendency to go down the rabbit hole, folks.)

Then I saw this article about the dangerously high levels of Chromium-6 in our local water supply and was like…

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So I hopped over to my trusted EWG website to see what they had to say about it, and saw this map.

See Oklahoma? See the dark blue squares? Yep, that’s where I live. And this was my response:

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It was time for me to find a solution.

Enter The Big Berkey.

What is The Big Berkey, you ask?

Well, the Berkey Water Filter is the world’s most effective (and most cost-effective) personal water purification system available. It uses gravity water filtration technology to remove toxic elements, parasites, bacteria and hundreds of other contaminants from water without removing the beneficial minerals, and without the use of any electricity.

Many of my favorite, well-respected wellness bloggers and friends use the Berkey filtration system, so when Berkey reached out to see if I would be interested in giving one a shot, I decided it was time to make the jump. And, well, we love it. Super easy to assemble and use, it works perfectly for our family.

Here’s a brief video I did on Instagram stories with some Berkey details.

All in all, this system removes pathogenic bacteria, viruses, cysts and parasites entirely and extracts harmful chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, organic solvents, radon 222 and trihalomethanes. It also reduces nitrates, nitrites and heavy metals such as lead and mercury. This system is so powerful it can remove food coloring from water without removing the beneficial minerals your body needs. Virtually no other system can duplicate this performance.

The one question I’ve been asked repeatedly is, “what if you want to drink cold water since the unit isn’t refrigerated?” Well, I personally drink water that is room temperature (for these reasons), but we do keep a pitcher of the filtered water in the refrigerator. You could also make ice with the filtered water too.

I am so happy I don’t have to worry about what’s in my water any longer. It gives me peace of mind, which is huge. All in all, loving The Big Berkey. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me in the comments!

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Friday Finds: Back to School

1. BIC® Gel-ocity™ | Quick Dry Retractable Gel Pen
2. Reading Bug Box | Monthly Subscription 
3. Mead | Trapper Keeper 1.5 inch Binder 
4. Post It | Flags 
5. KIND | Healthy Snacks & Granola Bars 
6. Lego | Brick Eco Backpack 
7. Mamma Chia | Squeeze Vitality Snack
8. Bubble Bum | Booster Seat Travel Car Booster Seat
9. BIC® | Velocity® Mechanical Pencil


10. Sharpie | Pocket Highlighters Assorted Colors 12 Count 
11. Static Schmatic for Clothing (Set of 2)  | Amazon 
12. Beast Box Pencil Box Storage Box | Zipit
13. Grab and Go Car Booster Seat | Mifold 
14. HICKIES® | Kids is a one size fits all no-tie shoelace replacement for kids. 

15. Blue/ Grey Essential Back Pack | Solo 
16. MadeGood® | Chocolate Chip Crispy Squares
17. Contigo® | AUTOSEAL® Chill Stainless Steel Water Bottle | 24 oz
18. Yummy Spoonfuls | Only Apple Strawberry & Banana Organic Baby Food   
19. Dot Journaling | How to Start and Keep a Dot Journal
20. Special Edition Original Labels Shopkins | Oliver’s Labels
21. Interchangeable Pouches for Backpacks & Bags | Clackit 
22. Playgro | Dingly Dangly Clip Clop
23. Go Organically | Fruit Snacks Made With Real Fruit  


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Odds and Ends

1. What does your state’s name literally mean?

2. 3rd row, 3rd across. Need this bag for fall.

3. The best explanation of the difference between racism, discrimination, and bigotry.

4. Happily-ever-after doesn’t exist. Realism in relationships…I really enjoyed this piece. (I also want to employ their siesta idea.)

5. I know you’ve seen 1,000 things about it, but how to safely watch the eclipse.

6. Taylor Swift killed it this week.

7. He’s #1 on my list. Who’s yours? #teamedward

8. Is America finally over midcentury modernism?

9. The unfortunate truth about being in a relationship with someone who supports Donald Trump.

10. Our yard is full of succulents. Here’s how to make them multiply.

11. Do you know what kind of hate groups are in your community?

12. Menstruation orientation. “Vaginas be communicating”…OMG I laughed so hard.

13. Finally, we should always listen to Tina Fey. Always.

Happy weekend to you all! Life is currently insane over here. Buying a house, selling a house, school starts Monday, a million meetings…man, when it rains, it pours. I’m so very grateful, though.

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Odds and Ends

1. What does your state’s name literally mean?

2. 3rd row, 3rd across. Need this bag for fall.

3. The best explanation of the difference between racism, discrimination, and bigotry.

4. Happily-ever-after doesn’t exist. Realism in relationships…I really enjoyed this piece. (I also want to employ their siesta idea.)

5. I know you’ve seen 1,000 things about it, but how to safely watch the eclipse.

6. Taylor Swift killed it this week.

7. He’s #1 on my list. Who’s yours? #teamedward

8. Is America finally over midcentury modernism?

9. The unfortunate truth about being in a relationship with someone who supports Donald Trump.

10. Our yard is full of succulents. Here’s how to make them multiply.

11. Do you know what kind of hate groups are in your community?

12. Menstruation orientation. “Vaginas be communicating”…OMG I laughed so hard.

13. Finally, we should always listen to Tina Fey. Always.

Happy weekend to you all! Life is currently insane over here. Buying a house, selling a house, school starts Monday, a million meetings…man, when it rains, it pours. I’m so very grateful, though.

image credit: ashley goldberg

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The false equivalency between the alt-right and Black Lives Matter

In a press conference that stunned the nation, two days ago our president made comparisons between self-described neo-nazis and those who protest against white supremacy, saying that there is fault on both sides and implying that there is an alt-left that is just as bad. Since then, his supporters (and Fox News) have worked hard to create a false equivalency between the white supremacist march and the protests and marches of Black Lives Matter. This is a horribly dangerous and irresponsible narrative.

I have been to several Black Lives Matter marches, and I’d like to highlight the differences.

Purpose

The purpose of a Black Lives Matter march is to reduce violence, promote equality, and protect civil rights.

The purpose of a white supremacy march is to assert that the white race is superior to others, to claim white dominion over other races, and to perpetuate the idea that minorities do not belong. The purpose of the march is literally hate.

Participants

At every Black Lives Matter march I’ve attended the participants have been varied. Many families and children were involved. There were people of all races, and everyone was welcomed. There were police officers in uniform who chose to come and walk. There was a large contingency of clergy as well.



The participants of the white supremacy march were adult white men.

Signs

The signs I saw at Black Lives Matter marches emphasized solidarity, allyship, and a call to reduce violence against black people.

The signs at the white supremacy march were LITERAL NAZI SYMBOLS. They also carried shields and torches.

Chanting: 

At the marches I’ve attended chants included “this is what democracy looks like,” “black lives matter”  and singing spirituals.

At the white supremacy march this weekend participants chanted “blood and soil,” a Nazi phrase referencing the philosophy that ethnic identity is based on only blood descent and the territory in which an individual lives. the Anti-Defamation League lists both “blood and soil” as a hate slogan. They also chanted “Jews will not relace us.”

Clothing:
At Black Lives Matter marches, people wore street clothes.

At the white supremacy march people wore pseudo-military fatigues, nazi-inspired uniforms, and carried shields and helmets. There was a distinct optic of being ready for battle.





Reaction to violence: 

When a shooting occurred in Dallas, Black Lives Matter immediately denounced this action and stated that this person did not represent them. The organization, as well as the individual leaders, were incredibly vocal in the days after the shooting, calling for an end to any violence.

After the death of counter-protester Heather Heyer, white supremacist groups were either silent or called her death “necessary.”

There are people in power who would like to perpetuate the false narrative that Nazis and Black Lives Matter are equal enemies. If you’ve ever given this any credence, I implore you to learn more about Black Lives Matter. Attend a local meeting. Participate in a march. Find out for yourself before you believe people bent on minimizing the reality and danger of the white supremacist movement.


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Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog , https://ruthrdavisblog.wordpress.com