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 decluttering for more focus, natural Easter basket items, the importance of eye care, a raw cashew dip recipe, resistance band workouts and the truth about raw honey.
1. Spring is here and you know what that means! Yes, we are talking about spring cleaning. The shining sun and rising temperatures might discourage you from decluttering, but making time to pare down your belongings is actually good for you. Clutter takes an emotional toll. It can leave you feeling distracted and unfocused. Clean house and you might just find a fresh sense of focus! Read more about the emotional elements of clutter on Experience Life!
2. It's time to talk baskets, Easter baskets that is. Often filled with non-natural treats, Easter baskets aren't usually Earth-friendly. Luckily, there are plenty of fun and natural items to stuff your Easter baskets with! Head over to MightyNest for a list of natural products to make a perfect basket that is sure to receive the bunny's stamp of approval.
3. Eyes are the window to the soul, they say. Eyes can also be a window into your health! Paying close attention to irritated eyes and deteriorating vision is very important. Problems that seem to affect only eyes can be clues to more serious ailments like autoimmune diseases. Visit Blisstree to read more about the importance of eye care.
4. Craving a vegetable dip that is both healthy and will be a hit with your family? Try using raw cashews to create a creamy dip that will make a delicious topping for your carrot sticks, celery and more. Check out YogiTimes for a simple cashew veggie dip recipe!
5. Get ready for battle of the bands! Mix up your lower-body workout routine by using resistance bands. Strength training is an important part of any exercise regime and resistance bands add a new level of strength and sculpting to any exercise. For a list of super sculpting exercises, visit The Organic Whey.
6. Is raw honey really that important? The answer is: yes. Honey contains amazing enzymes and nutrients that can be eliminated by processing. Raw honey is never heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit, leaving its nutrients in tact. For more information about the benefits of raw honey, head over to EcoSalon.
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