On the Counter

The gold-standard water filter: The Royal Berkey (with additional fluoride filters)

The best, most economical and eco-friendly water filter out there. You’ll get the royal treatment! This water filter removes dirt, pathogenic bacteria, heavy metals, viruses, pharmaceuticals, chlorine, and even fluoride and arsenic with the added PF-2 filters. The best part is that unlike Reverse Osmosis, Berkey filters leave in all the beneficial minerals that make your water taste great.

I call this bad boy my Apocalypse Filter because I know I could fill it with any kind of water, and it would come out clear. Just check out the home water test I did with different filters:

VitaMix 5200 Series Blender

This puppy was on my wish list ever since I lived at home. My grandmother and my mom both have one, and theirs have lasted decades. Literally decades. As of this year (2017), I’ve owned my 7 years, and it still works good as new. This quality blender can pulverize anything, including turning sugar into powdered sugar. It can make soup and butters, salsas, ice-cream. If you blend veggies, broth, and spices on high for 7 minutes, it will come out piping hot, but is still considered a raw food.

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French Press

I love using my French press to make 4 minute coffee. Bring the water up to a simmer, pour the water over the coffee grounds, and depress the plunger after 4 minutes. Ta-da. Coffee. :)

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Hamilton Beach Coffee Grinder

This little coffee grinder has served me well the last two years. It’s simple to use with just one button and doesn’t take up much space. It also works well for grinding spices.

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Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides 20 oz.

My opinion is that we can all use a little help for our hair, nails, skin and joints at any age. I’m of the mind that if you can add collagen or gelatin to anything, you should. I’ve tried many brands, and this is my favorite. It is tasteless and dissolves instantly in hot water. I can be enjoyed in cold beverages, too, and is also great in soup.

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Fixate Gel Pads

I swear you’ll fall in love with this inexpensive little invention. It’s a gel pad that was created in Europe, and it has some sort of micro-nano-something technology. But basically it’s super sticky without actually leaving residue! I use it in my kitchen and my car to secure my phone for reading recipes or using GPS. It will be the best $2 you ever spent.

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