From Our Friends: January 10, 2014

Welcome to this week’s installment of From Our Friends, a weekly roundup where we highlight some of our favorite posts, published by our friends and partners around the web. This week’s edition includes a lovely DIY handcream, how to embrace a savory take on traditional oatmeal, which natural deodorant might be best to keep you smelling fresh, a decadent vegan spin on steamy French Onion Soup, how to take advantage of opportunities for quick workouts, which organic protein helps you give back to the planet, and the fast fashion mall stores that broke their promise to go lead-free. Enjoy!

1.  Having a rough time keeping your hands from getting chapped in this harsh cold?  WellandGoodNYC.com shared Jessica Bartley Esthetics‘s super rich hand cream recipe for winter weather protection you can whip up in your own kitchen.

2. Breakfast is  the most important meal of the day, especially if you’ve resolved to pay more attention to your health and wellness in 2014. Leave the sneaky sugar out of your oats on these chilly January mornings, and learn to love a more savory morning meal. From spicy Sriracha Chili Sauce to adding great greens like spinach and kale, The Gloss Health shares how to keep your oats from being too bland without turning to the sweet stuff.

3.   Looking for a deodorant alternative that actually delivers? MightyNest says Soapwalla’s deodorant cream isn’t the pits. Find out why this fragrant toiletry is a must have for staying fresh without the toxins.

4.  Bonjour! While most of our friends across the U.S. continue their plight against the icy Polar Vortex temps, here’s an indulgent (but still vegan!) French Onion soup from Yogi Times to alleviate a bit of that cabin fever and let yourself be whisked away to the balmy French Riviera where temps are in the sixties this week.

5.  Taking advantage of brief opportunities for fitness throughout your day can help you remain on target for your health and wellness goals. Experience Life Magazine reveals the best ways to seize the potential in spare moments to stay on track.

5. Do something good for your body and the planet both, in one easy step. The Organic Whey wants to make a difference, and is proud to contribute 1% of its sales to 1% for the Planet. Look for their logo when you shop, and consider membership for your company too.  Shop with The Organic Whey (now available via Amazon.ca too!) and check off two of those New Year’s resolutions at once!

6. It’s not music to our ears: Charlotte Russe,Forever 21, and Wet Seal were caught in the act of selling accessories contaminated with heavy metals. EcoSalon notes that all three brands signed a legal agreement more than three years ago that required them to not sell items containing certain levels of lead, but the stores have failed to come even close to the agreed levels with several of their accessories. Get the lead out, fast fashion!

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