From Our Friends: March 7, 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 valuable words of wisdom from the world’s oldest person, a revealing look the many ways music enhances children’s other skills, how DIY fitness is bringing city-dwellers together outside of the gym, which handy pantry items can do double duty around the house, how nutrition labels are finally starting to change for the better, the most timely homemade natural soft scrub recipe to boost your spring cleaning regimen, a laugh over the love pets insist on giving during yoga and meditation, and the best tips for keeping hot homemade lunches fresh and warm. Enjoy!

1. This week, we wished a happy birthday to to Misao Okawa the world’s oldest living citizen, who turned an unbelievable 116.  From eating well to learning to relax, hear how she’s made it so far, from The Gloss Health.

2. Keep on suffering through your little ones’ piano lessons and recorder practice.  HooplaHa reminds us that encouraging your kids to practice musicianship improves cognitive and non-cognitive skills, more than even sports, theater or dance. And these benefits last a lifetime — even after the musical training stops.

3.  A grassroots fitness movements is taking root.  To tap the motivating energy of a group workout setting for free and shed the often elitist gym scene, many endorphin-seekers are joining up to create their own routines and take advantage of their cityscape. WellandGoodNYC.com talks to DIY fitness folks about taking it to the streets.

4. 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).

5. A well-stocked kitchen is full of endless possibilities! Keeping a plentiful pantry isn’t just beneficial to your cooking, it can also help in cleaning and other domestic uses. EcoSalon shared are six common items that are can be versatile outside of the kitchen, finding a new function in your beauty and domestic routines.

6. Isn’t it about time that nutrition labels finally got a little more honest? Experience Life Magazine discusses how, for the first time in two decades, nutrition labels on food packages are going to get a makeover, focusing on sugar, calories, and portions rather than fat. Next? GMO’s!

7.   Soft scrubs are great at scouring off grime, but they often use harmful chemicals to do it. But this homemade soft scrub recipe from Crafting a Green World  is effective, all natural, and inexpensive to make.

8. Does practicing yoga or meditation in your home with pets around sometimes get a little ruff? Head over to Fit Bottomed Girls  right meow for a funny look at how pets can influence our practice with their lovable little invasions.

9. On a cold winter day a hot, nutritious, homemade lunch tastes and feels great. Follow MightyNest‘s four easy steps and ensure your home-cooked lunch is still hot at lunchtime!

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Photo via EcoSalon

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