Thursday, July 12, 2018

Berkey Water Filter Review + Promo Code

As you guys probably know, I’m ALLLLLL about educating myself about new ways to help myself and others live a more balanced, “cleaner” lifestyle, so I’m now more aware than ever of what I put IN and ON my body. That being said, if I over-analyzed every GMO, pesticide, chemical, toxin, and more, I would literally be living in a protective bubble and that is just so unrealistic – plain and simple! So, I pick and choose my battles, based on what has the biggest impact on my life and my family’s life.

As you know, clean water – plenty of it – is a building block of basic good health. Our bodies are made up of mostly water and it plays a huge role in so many bodily functions, including hydration, nutrient transportation, detoxification, and more.

But do you really know what’s in your tap water? 

Do you know when you last changed the water filter in your refrigerator?

Can you truly trust that $20 Brita water pitcher in your fridge?

These are all legitimate questions I asked myself before welcoming (with open arms) a Berkey Water Filter into our household. In fact, our town recently released their “Annual Water Quality Report,” which completely sealed the deal with regard to our decision to use a Berkey for our drinking water. The test results showed that all regulated, secondary, and unregulated substances in the water were within range, but every single reading was at the very top (literally the highest number) of the acceptable range. I’m glad our town water doesn’t have any violations, but those results don’t make me feel very confident in the overall quality of our water! All this to say that we are extremely to happy to have a Berkey Water Filter in our lives!

We chose the Big Berkey Filter because of its size. It holds 2.25 gallons at time, which was perfect for our family. It comes with 2 filters and the life of these filters is 6,000 gallons of water! The average family of 4 drinks about 2 to 4 gallons of water per day, so under these conditions, the filters would not need to replaced for a minimum of 4 years. That’s less than 2 cents per gallon!

Water is essential to our health, so it’s kind of a no-brainer to ensure there is at the very least a reliable source of clean drinking water for you and your family, right? And, bonus, since we got our Berkey, Quinn has drank so much more water. I mean, it’s really fun to use! 🙂

Clean water and fun? That’s exactly why I’m excited to share that now through 7/31, I’ve partnered with Berkey to offer 5% off of your total purchase! Just use code carrotsncake at checkout. Clean water is worth it, so grab your Berkey today

Have some questions? Read on for some FAQs that I’ve received from readers in recent months. I hope they help you make your decision. And, as always, please reach out to me directly if you have additional questions!

Can’t I just drink bottled water?

Water in plastic bottles contains phthalates or bisphenol A (BPA), which are toxic chemicals, especially when heated. I just think of hot warehouses or trucks with cases of plastic water bottles and what’s happening to the water. Yikes! Plus, purchasing bottled water every day is expensive and not a great option for our environment. Related: Have you seen the National Geographic article “Planet or Plastic?” It’ll make you think twice about your plastic consumption! 

Does the Berkey need to be installed?

Nope! That’s exactly why we chose this water system over others. You don’t need to hook it up to a water source. It sits on your kitchen counter, shelf, or stand. All you need to do is insert the filters to get started!

How much does the Big Berkey cost?

Compared to other water filtration systems on the market, especially when you take into consideration how long the filters last, it’s quite affordable at just $258.

How does the Berkey water filter compare to other water filters on the market?

See how Berkey performs in an independent head-to-head water filter comparison.

Still have questions? Check out these FAQs on the Berkey website.

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites (Early Access)

Out Of The Office

Most of the time you’ll find me working at my dining room table, wearing workout clothes with a messy ponytail. I prefer to work at home because I have access to a fridge and a clean bathroom, reliable wifi, my laundry room, outfit changes, and unlimited sparkling waters. Whenever I think it might be fun to go to a coffeeshop, all of these reasons keep me home. However, I had a few meetings that sent me downtown wearing a dress, and I enjoyed my outings so much! I think I just need to force myself to leave the house a bit – especially while I can! (October, I’m looking at you…)

Since I have one cup of coffee first thing in the AM, I have been sticking to caffeine-free lattes while out. The milk serves as a bit of a snack too.

On days when I’m planning a latte, I have a lighter breakfast, like toast with peanut butter and fruit.


This sweet boy had kindergarten orientation camp recently and is SO excited for school! He got to play in a classroom, meet other kids, check out the playground, and ride a school bus! I know a lot of mothers cry on the first day of kindergarten, but he is so ready that I’m just 100% excited for him. (Plus this is his 5th year of school – day one of twice-a-week preschool at age two was a lot harder on me!)

{Outfit from Boden!}

The little businessmen and businesswomen in our neighborhood are growing up way too fast. They are into having “Sells” aka lemonade stands aka “Mom can we sell something from inside our house?” We’ve sold rice krispies (the most successful one), herbs from the garden, lemonade, and chocolates. It makes for a fun afternoon project!

Confession: I’ve been eating way too many lunches out lately. When we don’t have any leftovers, it’s been tempting for me to meet a friend or pick something up on my way home from the gym. It is not good for my budget, but it is good for my baby because I’m packing in the veggies with big salads!

This one was from Chopt, which is relatively new to Cville. My salad was the Smoky Santa Cruz (minus scallions) and it was so delicious. I loved the drizzle of Goddess dressing on top.

And another day recently I picked up Mezeh. OMG that caramelized eggplant is simply incredible. I have to figure out a copycat recipe! I think they use balsamic and roast it, but it’s hard to tell. I need to investigate!

We are getting a Cava here soon. I think that’s another great healthy quick lunch spot, yes? I’m going to be in trouble!

Thomas loves “basic dinners” as we call them: protein, starch, veg. This one was overly simple until I covered everything with a great semi-homemade sauce. I combined in the blender a big handful of herbs from our garden with a few tbsp of the spicy harrisa sauce I had leftover from Mezeh. Plus lime juice, greek yogurt, and a little olive oil. Boy was this good!!

Leftovers for lunch the next day. I had that sauce on everything!! Gotta make it again soon.

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