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From Our Friends: April 12, 2013

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Welcome to this week's installment of From Our Friends, our weekly roundup where we highlight some of our favorite posts from the past week and more from our friends and partners around the web. This week's edition includes articles on calming thought chaos, the benefits of cooking with ceramic dishes, ways to tan without the sun, creating a yoga atmosphere in your home, the health benefits of lemons and how to bring a garden into your home. 

1. Quit monkeying around! Ever feel like there are crazy monkeys creating chaos in your brain? On those chaotic days, there are a few techniques you can use to minimize distractions and get your thinking back on track. For tips on trading mental chaos for clarity, visit Experience Life.

2. Many modern pots and pans are coated with chemicals that can emit toxic gases when used for high-heat cooking. Exploring the landscape of cookware alternatives can be a bit daunting. Ceramic dishes are great cookware alternatives. Read about the many reasons to cook with ceramic dishes on MightyNest

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3. With summer fast approaching, tanning season is about to begin. The sun, while wonderful, is well known for its harmful effects on skin. Good thing you don't need the sun to get a gorgeous glow! Check out Blisstree's list of 6 natural sunless tanners and prepare to be bronzed. 

4. No time to head to the local yoga studio? No problem. One of the greatest things about yoga studios is their calming atmosphere, and now you can recreate that in your home. YogiTimes offers up 3 ways to create a serene space in your home where you can practice yoga. 

5. There are few things better than a glass of lemonade of a warm day. Although lemonade is traditionally filled with sugar, it does incorporate one very healthy ingredient: lemons! Instead of grabbing a tall glass of the sugary drink, try adding lemon to water. Not only is it refreshing, but you will enjoy other benefits too. Head over to The Organic Whey to learn about the health benefits of lemons. 

6. Don't have the place or space for an outdoor garden? Bring nature inside your home! Hanging gardens and hydroponic planters are just a few of the ways you can bring your garden indoors. Learn more about indoor gardening at Ecosalon and soon you can enjoy the tastiness of homegrown produce.

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