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 how to politely decline social invitations, taking toxins out of bath time, NYC Mayor's idea to ban polystyrene, the benefits of an at-home yoga practice, 7 blender-less protein powder recipes and the best of sustainable sleepwear.
1. It is O.K. to say no sometimes, but it is all about how you say it. Declining social invitations can be scary. We are often fearful of hurting feelings or missing out. To learn how to politely decline an evening out in favor of a cozy night in, check out Experience Life's tips for saying, "Thanks, but no thanks."
2. Bath Time is all about cleaning up, right? Well, not exactly. Many bath products are made using ingredients that are difficult to pronounce. Looks like bath time needs to clean up its act! Learn how to take the toxins out of bath time from MightyNest.
3. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to ban polystyrene products. Polystyrene is a plastic material often used to make cups at fast-food restaurants. However, his ban on these products leaves room for questions about a sustainable alternative. Head over to BlissTree to read more about Mayor Bloomberg's idea.
4. Yoga is a wonderful way to relax, exercise and reflect. While yoga classes are great for building community, practicing yoga at home can also be beneficial. Yoga practice at home allows you to focus on smaller elements of your breathing and poses in a more familiar environment. Read more about the benefits of at-home yoga practice at YogiTimes.
5. Protein powder is a wonderful way to add nutrients to your day, but shakes and smoothies can grow boring after a while. If you're looking for new ways to use protein powder, try The Organic Whey's 7 protein powder recipes that go beyond the blender.
6. We've all heard the experts explain how important it is to get a good night's sleep. Most of us know that is easier said than done. One way to help improve sleep is to find what you are comfortable sleeping in. Check out EcoSalon's sustainable sleepwear suggestions and prepare to feel like a sleeping beauty.
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