Ensure Clean Water for You and Your Family in Any Event

emilywagner4@gmail.com
August 7, 2017

Water is the most crucial life sustaining resource, yet how many of us just take it for granted? In this episode, we discuss what happened to the people of Flint, Michigan, and how you and I can be prepared for such an event. We review some very easy options to ensure that you and your family have access to clean water no matter what.

I live in the Detroit Metro Area in Michigan (USA), the water crisis of Flint, Michigan literally hits close to home (an hour away from my home in fact). The 2 short videos and the articles below will give you a good overview of what happened in Flint, and what is still going on. Thousands of Flint citizens have been poisoned. Many children especially have suffered bone and brain damage from lead poisoning.

NRDC Info. on Flint Water Crisis

NPR: Lead Laced Water in Flint; A Step by Step Look at the Makings of a Crisis

CNN: Flint Water Crisis Fast Facts

This is a fascinating 48 minute documentary called “The Murky Waters of Flint” if you’d like to learn more.

Here is what you can do to ensure this doesn’t happen to you or your family. Ensure that you’ll have clean water no matter what.

The Berkey Water Filter

The following information can all be found at www.berkeyfilters.com

https://www.berkeyfilters.com/berkey-answers/performance/filtration-specifications/

“Berkey water filters provide the ultimate in waterborne contamination removal.  They are used worldwide to set the international standard for water filters used in clean or hostile filtration environments. Owning a Berkey Water Filter gives you the ability to utilize almost any outside natural water source and transform it into the best tasting, purest drinking water possible.  All while using a natural method without the use of chemicals or complicated processes.”

“The Berkey water filter system is so powerful it is classified as a purifier. This classification shows that we far exceed the abilities of the standard water filter. The portable Berkey can be used to filter non-potable or unhealthy water in situations where electricity and pressure are not available. For normal everyday water from your faucet or for challenging environments like wells, rivers, and lakes, Berkey is the most flexible and adaptable filtering system available. Berkey water costs just 1.7 cents per gallon to produce. The cleanable Black Berkey replacement filters provide an economical, reliable and powerful long-term solution to poor water quality issues that cannot be equaled. Our most popular model, the Big Berkey has a long-standing reputation for quality and service.  This reputation is the reason we are trusted around the world by numerous international relief organizations to provide clean emergency drinking water to workers and citizens during times of crisis or natural disaster.”

The Berkey Water Filter System is Revolutionary

“Through diligent testing and research, we have proven that Berkey water filters remove viruses to purification standards, pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites to non-detectable levels, and harmful or unwanted chemicals to below detectable levels. Until these test results were made public, words like non-detectable were seldom if ever used to describe the abilities of a water filter to remove harmful pollutants. The filters in the Berkey system not only took the industry by storm with these unheard of benefits but also added the ability to reduce toxic heavy metals such as lead and mercury without removing the beneficial and nutritional minerals needed to support a healthy body and mind. Review and compare the ability of the unique Berkey Water Filter to Brita, Aquasana, Pur, Katadyn or bottled water and see for yourself what we have to offer and why we dominate the portable water filter industry.”

“Below is a chart to compare the Berkey Water Filter System to our competition in the portable water filter industry.”

[Portable Water Filter Comparison Chart on Web page]

* Information not published

 COMPANY  BERKEY AQUACERA AQUACROCK PRO PUR DOULTON KATADYN
 MODEL BIG BERKEY CERAGRAV AQUACROCK PRO BIG GSS-2 GRAVIDYN
VIRUS REMOVAL  [A] YES NO NO NO NO NO
ELEMENT RATING Purifier Filter Filter Filter Filter Filter
BASE SYSTEM COST $258 $139 $399 $239 $229 $219.95
BASE DAILY OUTPUT (GPD) 84 10 18 9 14 24
MAX DAILY OUTPUT  (GPD) 168 25 18 18.5 20 24
PEOPLE SERVED     [B] 16 6 5 4 5 6
MAXIMUM GALLONS PER FILTER 3000 535 535 1500 535 730
REPLACEMENT TIME LIMIT No time limit 6 mo. 2 year 12 mo. 6 Mo. 6 Mo.
PRICE OF ELEMENTS (EACH) $54.50 $30 $36 $49.50 $36 $56
APPROX. COST PER GALLON 1.8 Cents 5.6 6.7 3.3 6.7 7.6
FOOD COLOR TEST              [I] Pass Fail Fail Pass Fail Fail
TURBIDITY FLOW RATE TEST[J] Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass
TEST RESULTS AVAILABLE Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
TESTED TO NSF STANDARDS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
NSF CERTIFIED CLAIMED No No No Yes No No
GUARANTEE 6 MO./ 2Yr * 1 Year 2 Year * *
SYSTEM COST W/MAX ELEMENTS $363 $274 $399 $338 $319.99 $219.95
SYSTEM MATERIAL AISI Stainless HDPE Ceramic Stainless AISI Stainless Silicone

* Information not published

 Household Water Filters

Below is a chart that compares the Berkey Water Filter to other commercially available household water filters.

 BRAND BERKEY AQUASANA BRITA CULLIGAN EVERPURE PUR
 MODEL Big Berkey AQ-4000 Faucet Filter SY-2300 H-54 Plus FM-3000
RETAIL PRICE $258 $99  $34.95  $159.95 $359.99 $49.99
REPLACEMENT FILTER COST $107 $48 $20 $50.39 $100.99 $20
PER GALLON “COST OF USE” 1.6 cents 9.6 20 10 13.5 20
Filters last  (gallons)  6000  500  100  500  750  100
TOTAL COST FOR 6000 GALLONS $258 $627 $1214 $710 $904 $1229
REMOVES VIRUSES YES >99.999%  NO NO NO NO NO
REMOVES CHLORINE YES >99.999%  YES 99% YES 99% YES 97% YES 88% YES 98%
REMOVES LEAD YES 96% YES >99% YES 99% YES 95% YES 98% YES 96%
REMOVAL OF THM’s YES >99.999% YES>99% NO YES 95% NO NO
REMOVAL OF VOC’S YES >99.999% YES>99% NO YES 95% NO NO
REMOVES LINDANE YES >99.999% YES>95% YES 99% YES 99% NO YES
REMOVES ALOCHLOR YES >99.999% YES>98% YES 99% YES 98%  NO NO
REMOVES ATRIZINE YES >99.999% YES>97% YES 92% YES 97% NO YES 96%
REMOVES BENZENE YES >99.999% YES>99% YES 96% YES 99% NO NO
REMOVES TCE YES >99.999% YES>99% YES 99% YES 99% NO NO
REMOVES FLUORIDE YES With the add on  Berkey PF-2  * * * * YES
* MANUFACTURER WEBSITE DOES NOT STATE

Charts from https://www.berkeyfilters.com/berkey-answers/performance/water-filter-comparison/

berkeyfilters.com

Berkey Sport Bottle

Berkey-Sport-Bottle-3-pack-22-oz

Product Review: The Berkey Portable Water Purifier

 

LifeStraw $19.95 on Amazon Prime

LifeStraw Steel $42.34 on Amazon Prime

(Photo and Table Credit https://www.amazon.com/LifeStraw-LSPHF017-Personal-Water-Filter/dp/B006QF3TW4)

  LifeStraw Filter LifeStraw Steel
Applications Running, Hiking, Survival Travel, Hiking, Survival
What it Removes? Bacteria and Protozoa Bacteria and Protozoa; Reduces chemicals, heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, odor and bad taste
Filter Capacity 1,000 Liters (264 Gallons) Main Filter: 1,000 Liters (264 Gallons); Replaceable Carbon Filter: 100 Liters (26.5 Gallons)
Filter Micron Size 0.2 Micron 0.2 Micron
Weight 2.0 oz (55 grams) 4.2 oz (118 grams)
Flow Rate 1.7L (57 oz) / minute 1.7L (57 oz) / minute
Filter Type Hollow Fiber Membrane Hollow Fiber Membrane and Replaceable Carbon Filter

Seychelle Water Filter Bottle with 2 Filters

“This advanced bottle removes up to 99.99 percent of pollutants and contaminants found in drinking water. Produces up to 100 gallons of filtered water. Kit contains one 28-ounce water bottle and two filters. Bottle includes an insulator sleeve and clip.” (Credit: https://store.lds.org/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product3_715839595_10557_3074457345616706370_-1__196989)

Clean Water = Life —> Watch This. You’ll Be Glad You Did. I Promise.

emilywagner4@gmail.com
August 3, 2017

Do you need some inspiration? Empathy? Hope? Understanding? Joy? Empowerment? Motivation? Happiness? If you do, (and even if you don’t think you do) Watch This. You’ll Be Glad You Did. I Promise. It will only take 20 minutes, less than the time it takes to watch an episode of a show that doesn’t make you feel good or be a better person. But this will. Please watch!

www.charitywater.org

Rachel’s Gift Gives More Than 60,000 People Clean Water – Children Can Make Hope!

emilywagner4@gmail.com
August 2, 2017

Oh, please watch this 5 minute video! It is a miracle and an absolute joy to see the goodness that can come even out of sorrow. This makes me so happy! This is a preview of what my podcast this week will be about. 😉

~ Now get out there, and make some hope!

<3 Emily

Making Lemonade When Life Gives You Lemons – With David and Ariel Witt – Episode 004

emilywagner4@gmail.com
July 25, 2017

It was an honor to talk with Ariel and David Witt for today’s podcast episode. They share their experience when Dave graduated from Chiropractic school, they moved their family out to Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA) for Dave to work under an experienced chiropractor and then take over his practice. Ariel was 7 months pregnant with their second son, and they were loving Albuquerque and looking forward to spending decades there. Then they had the rug completely pulled out from under them when Dave was unexpectedly fired. This was not part of their plan. They were unexpectedly left vulnerable and scared at a major crossroads. Listen to this episode to find out how they made the massive decision to pick their favorite spot on the map, move there and start their own business from nothing. You will hear how they have struggled and toiled to create the beautiful and successful chiropractic practice and life they have now in Fort Collins, Colorado (USA). They have pooled all their talents and used them well. Dave and Ariel haven’t only been thinking of themselves along their challenging journey, but they’ve been reaching out to people in need, lifting them up and giving them hope. They have now had 2 annual business campaigns which have resulted in raising thousands of dollars to donate to refugees in need. The Witt family has found great satisfaction in caring for others, and they now enjoy the hope and peace they have worked so hard to cultivate. They have truly learned to make lemonade from the lemons life has dealt them.

Check out the amazing website Ariel has created for their business at www.sunstonecare.com

If you live near Fort Collins, I would highly recommend you make a visit to Sunstone Health Associates; I sure wish I could!

And even if you don’t live in Fort Collins, CO, still check out awesome information about wellness on their blog! https://www.sunstonecare.com/blog/ Dr. Witt and Noel Jensen LAc, CCWFN (Ariel’s Dad) and other Sunstone Health Associates have written some great articles!

And like Sunstone Health Associates Facebook Page 

Other helpful links to topics discussed in this episode:

Help Refugees! – www.rescue.org

Adoption and Foster Care Information

 

How to Budget EveryDollar- Making Hope for Financial Freedom – Episode 003

emilywagner4@gmail.com
July 18, 2017

*I’m still working through some technical difficulties at the moment, so please forgive the fuzzy background noise in this episode! I’m learning about how to achieve good sound quality with the equipment and location I have to work with.*

My husband and I were married in 2007. We thought we were pretty frugal, and tried to be wise with the very little money we had. And, in comparison to some people, we were. But we had a hard time relating to each other when it came to money. We weren’t sure what goals were best, and we often wondered where all the money went when we were trying to be thrifty and use self restraint.

That all changed in 2009 when we were introduced to Dave Ramsey. We took Financial Peace University.

It changed our lives forever. We finally understood one another’s feelings about money, and we had a plan! Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps taught us what to focus on when, and channel all our resources to each Baby Step so that we weren’t scattering all our energy and money on every possible good idea at once.

  1. Baby Step 1: $1,000 cash in a beginner emergency fund
  2. Baby Step 2: Use the debt snowball to pay off all your debt but the house
  3. Baby Step 3: A fully funded emergency fund of 3 to 6 months of expenses
  4. Baby Step 4: Invest 15% of your household income into retirement
  5. Baby Step 5: Start saving for college
  6. Baby Step 6: Pay off your home early
  7. Baby Step 7: Build wealth and give generously

Credit: https://www.daveramsey.com/baby-steps/

Right now we are on Baby Step 2 – Pay off all debts (except the house). The key to staying on track with our goals and paying off our debt, at least for us, has been keeping a budget! In this episode of the Making Hope podcast, I talk about how we budget and give some tips to getting started!

https://www.youtube.com/user/MyEveryDollar

I also found this article to be very helpful. It reviews EveryDollar vs. Mint as budgeting tools.

It’s “Good to Be Alive” with Regan Dee – Episode 002

emilywagner4@gmail.com
July 6, 2017

Regan “Dee” (Rindlisbacher) is a budding singer/songwriter. Her song, “Good to Be Alive” is the current theme song of the Making Hope podcast. In the song, her beautiful voice expresses gratitude and hope, and she affirms that indeed, it’s good to be alive. In our conversation, I get to know Regan better, and she share some of her life experiences in creating hope for herself and for other people through music.

Links and Resources Discussed in Episode 2

International Language Program

http://www.ilp.org/

Jon Schmidt Self-teaching Piano Method

http://www.jonschmidt.com/catalog/ed_notereading.php

“Life is Worth Living” by Justin Bieber

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rs7hRqXBnOI

“Sinking Deep” by Hillsong Young and Free

https://youtu.be/O5T82cb-9No

“Good to Be Alive” by Regan Rindlisbacher and Nik Day (Music Video)

“Good to Be Alive” Free Download (Go to track number 8 for “Good to Be Alive” mp3, karaoke version and sheet music)

https://www.lds.org/youth/theme/2015?lang=eng

 

How to Help Refugees with Miranda Livingston – Episode 001

emilywagner4@gmail.com
July 6, 2017

Join me for my first podcast interview for Making Hope! It was delightful to chat with Miranda Livingston about simple and easy ways individuals can do something to help refugees from wherever they are. She shares some of her own experiences helping refugees as well as how she teaches and includes her children and friends in this effort.

Links and Resources Discussed in Episode 1

This American Life Podcast

TAL Episode 592 is very informative about what its like being a refugee, including the process they have to go through to relocate to a more permanent home.
TAL Episode 609 breaks down the President’s travel ban back in January 2017 pretty comprehensively.

Exodus: A PBS Frontline Series Documentary that follows the stories of several refugee individuals and families.

UNHCR: The UN Refugee Agency
Check out the statistics tab at the top of the website for quick info on the state of affairs of the current refugee crisis. Here is a sneak peek of the statistics page:

About the Making Hope Podcast – Episode 000

emilywagner4@gmail.com
July 6, 2017

Making Hope is a podcast to inspire, teach and empower you to create hope – for you, for your community, and for the world. We discuss a variety of human challenges and how we can face them with hope! You will hear how-to episodes, highlights of good news from around the world, and reviews of helpful and hopeful resources, as well as inspiring interviews of real people who are making hope for themselves and for others. Past episodes as well as all of the links and resources discussed in today’s podcast can be found in the show notes at oneyellowfinch.com/podcast. Thanks again for listening, and enjoy the show!

Making Hope Project – Blankets for Refugee Children

emilywagner4@gmail.com
May 7, 2017

As part of my social enterprise (business with an interwoven goal to do good for others), I will be focused on one specific service project at a time that I can engage in, and encourage my community to get involved in. 

5% of all proceeds from One Yellow Finch will go to whatever my current Making Hope Project is. Right now, my project is to make new fleece BLANKETS FOR REFUGEE CHILDREN who are being resettled in the Detroit, Michigan (USA) area by the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) in Detroit.

This was the first Making Hope Event I've organized. This is me and my neighbors. We only finished 2 blankets because we were chatting and getting to know each other! Now we aren't just neighbors. We're friends.
Blankets for Refugees

This was the first Making Hope Event I’ve organized. This is me and my neighbors. We only finished 2 blankets because we were chatting and getting to know each other! Now we aren’t just neighbors. We’re friends.

So please check out my new shop, and stay tuned for more big things to come! (Podcast, Facebook Group, Workshops, New Products, etc.)

Happy Birthday to One Yellow Finch!

emilywagner4@gmail.com
February 17, 2017

Hello world!

First of all, thank you for your interest, and for visiting my new website! This is the birthday of my social enterprise, One Yellow Finch! I am super excited to grow this business, and I am FULL of ideas! My mantra for 2017 came from Bernadette Logue of Pinch Me Living, someone who inspires me and gives me hope.

I CAN DO ANYTHING, BUT I CAN’T DO EVERYTHING.

My scripture for 2017 is

BY SMALL AND SIMPLE THINGS ARE GREAT THINGS BROUGHT TO PASS.

(From The Book of Mormon – Alma 37:6)

I am so enthusiastic about creating One Yellow Finch to

help support my family financially (and obliterate our student loans!),

to continue MAKING HOPE for myself and for others,

to express my creativity, to learn in so many different ways, to develop and grow,

and to become a better person, a better wife and mother, a better neighbor, a better disciple of Christ, a better me.

But I must remember, as a mentor of mine (Jess Van Den) always says,

“Creating a handmade business is a marathon, not a sprint.”

How true that is! I have to remember my mantra and my scripture, and the tortoise. Slow and steady wins the race. I will just try to do something, even if it’s only for 15 minutes, each day (except Sundays), and it will grow and spread. Already, this social enterprise is helping me to choose happiness. I am always (well not always, but super often!) thinking of ideas for ONE YELLOW FINCH and for MAKING HOPE. Those thoughts bring me joy because I am focused on something with a good and loving purpose, to care for my family and to help others. I hope One Yellow Finch will be a blessing to you. I hope you will come with me on this journey. Thanks again for being here!