Monthly Archives: February 2013

Product Review: Eau Good Water Bottle by Black + Blum

I have purchased many a water bottle in my lifetime with the best of intentions.  It’s obvious that the waste produced by bottled water you can purchase in the store is overwhelming, and I’ve tried to do my part to cut down on it, but sometimes the water from my tap is not the best tasting.

eaugood1The good folks at Black + Blum sent me one of their Eau Good water bottles to try out, and now that they are readily available, I can tell you all about it!

First, the packaging it comes in is simple and recyclable, so they are minimizing waste already, but the bottle itself is really… cool!  Each bottle comes with a cork stopper and a charcoal stick.  Rinse the stick to remove loose charcoal dust and pop it in the bottle.  To secure it, simply squeeze the bottle and allow the stick to roll so it “wedges” into this little notch in the lower part of the bottle.  Fill it with water at night, leave it in the fridge overnight, and in the morning you will have clean, crisp, cold water ready to go!  A small metal loop swings over the cork top, so you can grab it and go without worrying about spills.

The charcoal is rechargable as well.  About every three months of everyday use, pop it out of the bottle and place it in boiling water for 10 minutes.  Allow it to dry, and it’s ready for use again.  I have not used it every day, but I have had it long enough to recharge it once.  After two recharges, they recommend replacing the charcoal with a new one, but feel free to recycle the old one rather than throwing it out – break it up and sprinkle in houseplants for extra nutrients, or in the cat box to help neutralize odors.

The taste is great, too.  I definitely taste the difference from tap water, and consider this…  Let’s say you purchase a pack of 24 bottled waters at the store for about $4.00 (I’ve seen them cheaper AND more expensive, but that’s about average).  That means each 20 ounce bottle is $.17.  That’s not too bad, but you are also left with 24 bottles to recycle as well as the carton and plastic they were wrapped in.  An Eau Good water bottle with the first carbon is about $20 and lasts at least 6 months with daily use, which means $.11 a bottle (which is 27 ounces).  After that, you will want to purchase a replacement charcoal.  Through the Black + Blum website, you can get the replacement charcoal for $13 (product plus shipping) – personally I hope they switch to USPS shipping for the states because they could ship it for less than $3 as opposed to $8 through UPS, which would make the price a LOT more attractive.  But even at $13, that means every bottle drops in cost to $.07.

So, not only are you cutting waste, you are saving money!  Over a full year, you are cutting your bottled water costs in half.  How could you not like it?

eaugood4Oh, and do you have multiple people in your household?  NO PROBLEM.  They have different colored tabs so you can assign each member their own color.  Drink more than 27 ounces of water in a day?  Get more Eau Goods and rotate through them, you are still saving money and cutting down on waste.  Really, there is no reason not to own these!

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Movie Review: Warm Bodies

I usually go for blockbusters if I am going to see something in the theater.  Let’s face it, going to the movies is expensive.  I usually go for the sure thing, something I am certain will entertain me.

But then I saw the trailer for Warm Bodies and I just couldn’t help myself.  My daughter and I went to see it opening weekend, and we both LOVED IT.

Warm Bodies is Romeo & Juliet of the zombie world.  So much so, that characters were created and named based off of Shakespeare’s play.

R (“Romeo”, Nicholas Hoult) is a very slacker zombie who can barely form a single word, but has an extensive internal dialogue.  He’s extremely self-aware, feels guilt and sadness, and clings to what he imagines his “alive” life was probably like.  He has an affection for music on vinyl, collects memorabilia, and tries desperately to be smooth in front of girls.  He even has a friend, M (“Mercutio”, Rob Corddry) he often exchanges moans and grunts with.  When he meets Julie (“Juliet”, Teresa Palmer), there is an obvious shift in his world.  Rather than wanting to eat her brain, he has the unusual urge to save and protect her.  Julie is terrified and confused by this turn of events, but by the time she is able to return to the area where unaffected humans are (and her friend Nora, “Juliet’s ‘Nurse’, Analeigh Tipton), she finds she has grown fond of R.

WBshotThe rules in this zombie apocalypse universe are slightly different than previous versions, but are still close enough to take the leap and be entertained.  This is not a heavy, dark movie, despite the theme, but rather a comedic story of hopeful redemption and love.  I found a few weak points in the film, and sadly John Malkovich was one of them.  His part was cliche and rather dull for an actor of his caliber.  But overall the movie was entertaining and worthy of at least a couple of more viewings.

Anyone else get a chance to see it yet?

Quick Check In

I’m far behind in my upkeep with the blog, so many things I want to do but I am finding less and less time to do it in.  When I write these posts, I do try to put in a lot of effort to make them entertaining AND informative (rather than just entertaining because I can’t form a coherent sentence), and will sometimes spend HOURS putting a post together.  I’m not finding those blocks readily available, and starting one and going back to it really breaks up my trains of thought.

I have a review of the Eau Good Water Bottle from Black + Blum (spoiler alert:  I freakin’ love this thing and am using it right now), movie reviews of Warm Bodies and Video Game High School, a review of the BodyRock/DailyHiit 30 day challenge (although I will need to complete it to give the best review of it, link goes to a fan’s site where they put everything in order better than on dailyhiit.com).

Oh dear, it’s already nearly noon, which means I am already behind schedule for the day.  Keep an eye out for the reviews, I will get them up as soon as I can!

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