For the Love of Water, We Saved a Billion Gallons of Water

The world water crisis is real, and quite frankly, it’s pretty darn scary. According to the United Nations, by 2025, 1.8 billion people will live in water stressed conditions. And by 2050, five times as much land is likely to be under “extreme drought” if we don’t change our consumption patterns.

As a purveyor of shower heads, we directly contribute to necessary water consumption in the home. In fact, according to the EPA, 17% of residential water use comes from the shower. And we thought we could do better. We believed we could play a part in reducing water use.

So about a year ago, we set out on a mission to save a billion gallons of water. Our mission was pretty simple, we wanted to inspire people to switch out their existing shower head with a water saving one.

But that’s easier said than done. We love our shower. It’s a part of our daily routine. We look forward to it each and every morning. Which is why we spent years engineering a shower head, the Speakman Reaction, that features a turbine-powered engine that’s proven to save water without sacrificing an ounce of performance.

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And in less than a year, we are beyond excited to announce that together, we saved over a billion gallons of water in 2016. We cannot express our gratitude enough. We are not only thankful to the many, many people that pledged to switch out their shower head, but also to our amazing partners, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, and the Surfrider Foundation for joining us on this journey.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

5 Ways to Deck Your Bathroom Out This Holiday

The tree is lit up. The wreath is hanging on your door. And if you’re like my dad, you have an 8-foot tall inflatable Santa driving a convertible displayed on your front lawn.

Either way, you’ve caught the holiday bug. And we salute you. We commend your determination to feverishly decorate almost every inch of your house. But what about the bathroom?

Often times, we’ve found that during the holiday season, the bathroom gets no love. And we get it, decorating the bathroom for the holidays can get pretty tacky if not done correctly. Which is why we’ve put together this list on how you can create a classy and festive bathroom this holiday season.

Holiday Candle

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Sometimes, the best part about the holiday season is the smells. Cinnamon. Nutmeg. Peppermint. Gingerbread. Pumpkin. A little candle goes a long way, and you can find any of these delightful scents in candle-form.

Check out some here.

Festive Soaps

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Much like the candles, organic, holiday-inspired soaps deliver all the magic of the holidays. Plus, they look beautiful sitting atop your bathroom sink. Oh, and organic soaps are much better for your skin, so there’s that.

Check some out here.

Holiday Hand Towels

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A nice, subtle touch is by displaying some themed hand towels on your accessories. Most have beautiful graphics or delightful sayings that are impossible to look at without smiling.

Check some out here.

Holiday Shower Curtain

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If you really want to make a statement, reach for a holiday inspired shower curtain. It will 100% be the focal point of your bathroom, and you can even get some customized.

Check some out here.

Install a Hotel Shower Head

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You’re going to have guests staying over, and they might be a little out of their comfort zone. A nice, powerful shower can go a long way. Regardless of your water pressure, our Hotel Shower Head was designed to deliver an incredible experience in any circumstance. They are super easy to install, and it will immediately transform your bathroom into a hotel, hence the name.

Pick one up here.

Destination Monday: Holiday Edition

The holidays are officially upon us. Yay. And as magical as they are, the holiday season can become incredibly stressful. The family. The traveling. The blown budgets. The hunt to find the perfect gifts. Ugh.

So we decided that for this holiday edition of Destination Monday, instead of providing a curated guide to a particular location, we wanted to create a survival guide to being home for the holidays. Here’s to a stress-free, relaxing holiday.

Cheers!

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Whenever I go home for the holidays, I feel this indescribable, almost child-like excitement. Being in the home I grew-up in, surrounded by my family. It’s wonderful. But when they say “You Can’t Go Home Again,” you honestly can’t. And that’s not a terrible thing, it’s just that once you move out, you start a life of your own. You create your own customs and habits and tendencies.

Our suggestion, and it may sound funny at first, is to bring a shower head with you. If you’re traveling across the country, sitting in airports, planes and cars for extended periods of time, you’re gonna need a long, relaxing shower. Nothing will be more deflating than getting to your relatives’ house, hopping in the shower and being treated to a subpar performance. It can completely derail your entire trip.

Our Speakman Reaction Shower Head features a turbine-powered engine that is designed to enhance low water pressure. Its compact size will fit in any travel bag, and it installs within minutes. Plus it makes for a great gift!

You can pick it up here for only $24.95.

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Being at home comes with a ton of downtime. And it’s crucial to stay relaxed and occupied, especially if you have any chance of surviving post-election debates. We strongly recommend packing some great books, getting cozy on the couch, and losing yourself in the pages. If you need help finding some books to read, we invite you to check out this blog.

And if all else fails, turn the TV on and find a cheesy yet delightful holiday movie to remind yourself what the holidays are all about!

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The holidays will forever be about eating and drinking and never looking back. It’s about indulging in your favorite, absurdly high calorie foods and not feeling bad about it. So crank the oven on and bake some festive cookies. Pour yourself a glass of eggnog and spike it if that’s your thing. Worry about the carbs when you get home.

And if going home isn't your thing, that's okay. We welcome you to check out our other Destination Monday curated guides here.

4 Books to Read in the Bathtub This Fall

Temperatures are dropping. Leaves are changing. And the days are getting shorter. Fall is here and it’s in full swing. And we sort of love it. And we believe it should be enjoyed to the fullest extent.

So today, tomorrow, this week, next week – stop what you’re doing, draw a warm bath, light some candles, and relax with one of these four books. Then thank us later.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

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From #1 New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.

Buy it now on Amazon here.

Nictoine by Nell Zink

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From the author of Mislaidand The Wallcreeper comes a fierce and audaciously funny new novel, dazzling in its energy and ambition: a story of obsession, idealism, and ownership, centered around a young woman who inherits her bohemian father’s childhood home.

Buy it now on Amazon here.

The Girls by Emma Cline

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Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged—a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence.

Buy it now on Amazon here.

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

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From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Vacationers, a smart, highly entertaining novel about a tight-knit group of friends from college— and what it means to finally grow up, well after adulthood has set in.

Buy it now on Amazon here.

 

Destination Monday: Washington, D.C.

In a few days, polls will open nationwide and millions of Americans will vote for our next President. And regardless if you’re a Democrat, Republican, or just generally depressed about the state of this year’s election – this is a pretty exciting time to be in our country.

So if you’re planning to visit Washington, D.C. to participate in election festivities, we invite you to explore this curated guide to our nation’s capital.

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The Churchill Hotel is a historic landmark near Dupont Circle. Originally built in 1906 as an upscale apartment building, the Churchill is an intimate and elegant boutique establishment that delivers modern amenities with historic charm. Plus, every bathroom features our legendary Icon Shower Head that features a beautifully timeless frame and a remarkably powerful performance.

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The National Museum of Natural History by the Smithsonian Institute is an absolute must when visiting D.C.. The world’s most visited history museum, the Smithsonian is open 364 days a year and free to the public. Featuring over 126 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, meteorites and other cultural artifacts, the Smithsonian will keep you occupied for hours.

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Just minutes from the White House, the Old Ebbitt Grill is a historic oyster bar that serves up some truly delicious food. They source all their produce from local farms and all meat, poultry and seafood direct from their native regions, ensuring all menu items are incredibly fresh.

Rose’s Luxury is a cultish little spot that serves up delicious cocktails and out of this world fried oysters. Just make sure you get there early as locals will begin lining up at 4:30 to get first dibs on seating.

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Dupont Circle offers a little something for everyone. Here, you’ll discover unique shops, dozesn of bars and bistros, and even some historic museums. Check out this fun little blog that guides you through some of Dupont Circle’s more popular attractions here.

Destination Monday: Washington, D.C. was written by Eric Stafford, Lead Designer at Speakman.

Destination Monday: Dallas, Texas

DFW, The Metroplex, North Texas, different names for an area that offers everything from skyscrapers to cattle yards and everything in between. Dallas and Fort Worth, it's two major cities separated by 30 miles of suburbs, aren't exactly twin cities, they're more like fraternal twins with different personalities who squabble more than they get along. Two sides of the same Texas coin whose roots are different but intertwined. New Texas vs. Old Texas but because of those differences The Metroplex offers almost everything a traveler could want in an urban vacation.

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I highly recommend making a stay at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. Situated in the heart of downtown, Dallas - the Sheraton puts you in the center of everything Dallas has to offer. Plus, every bathroom is fitted with our legendary Icon 6-Jet Shower Head that delivers an unbelievable performance, every single time.

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adventure-1The State Fair of Texas - Beginning in 1886, the state fair runs annually from the last Friday of September for 24 days in Dallas' Fair Park. Big Tex, a 55 foot tall cowboy statue has been it's symbol since 1952 and welcomes all at the entrance. Known for years for Fletcher's brand corny dogs but recent years have brought the introduction of unusual deep fried items such as fried Oreos, Twinkies, s'mores, pork ribs, cheesecake, butter and Coke. The centerpiece of the fair is the annual Red River Shootout, Texas vs OU football game played at the historic Cotton Bowl located within the fair grounds on the second Saturday of October.

Ft Worth Stock Show and Rodeo - The oldest continuously running livestock show and rodeo in the US, held annually in Ft Worth since 1896. The Stock Show has provided millions of dollars in grants and scholarships in its tenure. Held every year between January and February running for 23 days. The exposition offers a carnival/midway, live music and entertainment, multiple kid friendly exhibits, over 22,000 head of livestock and four acres of commercial exhibits.

JFK Sixth Floor Museum - Located in Dealey Plaza on the west side of downtown Dallas and commemorates a dark moment in Dallas history. The museum is located in the actual book depository building from which Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly killed President Kennedy. The Grassy Knoll and Dealey Plaza a short walk from the entrance to complete the historical experience that changed the world.

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Lockhart Smokehouse - New to the Dallas BBQ scene in the Bishop Arts district but with connections to Texas BBQ royalty, the grandson of Kreuz Market in Lockhart. Like Kreuz, great brisket, sausage and don't forget the shoulder clod. It's an authentic pit so don't expect white table clothes and polished silver. They cut your meat to order and stack it on brown butcher paper and, as with all real barbecue joints, when they run out of meat they close, get there early. You won't regret it.

Cattlemen's Steakhouse - Open since 1947 and located in Ft Worth's historic stockyards, Cattlemen's, has been the go to steakhouse for Fort Worth's cowboys and bankers for generations. This Ft Worth institution has barley changed since it's opening for a reason. It's walls are covered with what you'd expect from a steakhouse in the old stockyard section of a Texas cattle town, wild west murals and portraits of champion steers through the ages. After a great dinner, the Stockyards bars and shopping await.

The Flying Saucer - Located in Sundance Square in downtown Ft Worth. Craft beer, live music and an outdoor patio, what's not to love? Flying Saucer offers an enormous selection of well over 100 draft and bottled beers plus eats like made to order pizza, house smoked salmon, half pound Angus burgers and honey dipped chicken. Sit back and enjoy your favorite brew and live music in a huge beer garden in what GQ Magazine named one of America's 12 best bars.

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Galleria - Upscale shopping mecca located in north Dallas offers restaurants, clothiers, gift shops and an ice skating rink. Options range from Old Navy to Gucci, there is something for everyones taste and budget. The malls four stories are capped by an impressive glass vaulted ceiling, modeled after the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, Italy.

West 7th Shopping District - Bridging downtown Fort Worth and the Fort Worth Cultural District, West 7th has quickly become one of the hottest entertainment areas in the city. A five block urban village, the pedestrian friendly offers high-concept dining, local specialty fashion retailers and unique entertainment venues.

NorthPark Center - If you're looking for luxury, you'll find it here. It's more than a shopping mall, it's the go to destination for Dallas socialites and a contemporary art museum all in one. NorthPark Center offers more than 235 stores and luxury designer and trend setting boutiques.

Destination Monday: Dallas, Texas was written by Morris Watson, a Regional Sales Manager at Speakman

 

 

Destination Monday: Atlanta

Atlanta, also known as the urban forest because it’s the most densely tree covered major city in the US with 36% of the city being covered by trees. It’s also home to the world’s busiest airport with Hartsfield Jackson airport on the south side of the city. Atlanta is home to several Fortune 500 companies, including Home Depot, UPS and Coca Cola. I think it’d make a great home to Speakman!

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A great place to stay is the Doubletree Atlanta in downtown as it is a full service hotel and is walking distance from local attractions. Plus every bathroom features our full Neo Bathroom Suite, including shower heads, faucets and accessories!

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It's so hard to narrow it down to 3.

For a more leisurely stroll I’d recommend the Atlanta Botanical Garden. It is a 30 acre garden with a 600 foot skywalk over the urban garden. They frog feedings on Saturdats at 11 where you can see them feed different toxic frogs from around the world. There is also a light show in the evenings.

It’s also fun to go to Centennial Olympic Park, the site of the 1996 Olympics. There you can splash around at the splas pad, see a concert in the evening and you’re walking distance from the Coca Cola, Museum, Georgia Aquarium, the College Football Hall of fame, the CNN center and the Center for Human and Civil rights….pick your poison.

Spread across 3,200 beautiful acres, Stone Mountain Park is Georgia’s most-visited attraction – and with good reason.  The fun never ends at Stone Mountain Park, where family activities reign during every season.  Visit the park, built around the world’s largest piece of exposed granite (that’d be Stone Mountain), for Spring Fun Break, Memorial Day Weekend, the Fantastic Fourth Celebration, the Yellow Daisy Festival, Pumpkin Festival, Stone Mountain Christmas and Snow Mountain.

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Empire State South is a must try if you’re visiting Atlanta. It’s best know for its modern approach to traditional southern cooking.  The menu changes daily and is seasonal but you can’t go wrong. The chef was also a judge on the Cooking Channels Top Chef.

Miller Union is another great modern southern cuisine restaurant with farm-fresh ingredients. The farm egg baked in celery cream with grilled bread is a top-10 Atlanta dish with ice cream sandwiches for dessert.

You have to have BBQ while in the South. The place to go is Fox Bros BBQ. It’s actually Texas style BBQ but they prove it can be done right in Atlanta.

Vortex Bar and Grill at Little 5 Points is quite a conspicuous place to begin with. From the massive skull display lingering at the entrance to the somewhat over-the-top colors used in the place’s exterior, it seems like the place is literally inviting you in – and it might be a bad idea not to. Oh, and they are also claiming to have “Atlanta’s Best Burger” — now how can you miss that? From experience it is Atlanta’s best burger and the zucchini ships are amazing and a great beer selection

shopWhat’s the point of going on vacation if you can’t completely drain your bank account on a bunch of stuff that will become totally useless the moment you get home? Where should we go shopping? What neighborhoods have the most unique and rarest finds? I mean, money is just a fictional concept anyway right?

You can easily fill an afternoon window-shopping, people-watching and thrifting in Little Five Points. Long regarded as Atlanta's arty neighborhood, the area is known for quirky shops and thrift stores like Psycho Sisters, Rag-O-Rama and The Clothing Warehouse. You'll find a colorful, largely youthful crowd in these parts that's part eclectic, part grunge and always interesting.

Virginia Highlands - Leafy side streets and a scattering of clothing stores, bars, and restaurants give this historic neighborhood an appeal that's hard to resist. Named for the main streets in this area, Virginia Avenue and Highland Avenue, the neighborhood has a wide selection of shops that will speak to a range of people.

If you want more mainstream there’s also a scattering of malls, Phipps Plaza, Lenox Square and Perimeter mall will help you find what you need.

Destination Monday: Atlanta was written by Kris Janecki, National Hospitality Sales Manager at Speakman.

 

Employee Spotlight: Pinky

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Meet Pinky, our Operations Supervisor at Speakman! Pinky began her career here as a union employee, but now oversees our warehouse operations.

Years at Speakman:

19 years.

Fun Fact:

Everyone knows I like to make people laugh, and I honestly feel that laughter is the best medicine. So I guess you could call me hilarious.

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Favorite Speakman Product:

I'm a big fan of the Icon 6-Jet Shower Head. I've had it installed in my bathroom for years. I love its modern design and its super powerful sprays!

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