Your Ugly Holiday Sweater Needs Elbow Patches


Your best friend’s annual holiday party is coming up, and this year, you’re determined to win the award for the tackiest holiday sweater. Sure, you could raid the local thrift store to find some long-discarded chunky knit sweater adorned with Rudolph’s face, but you’re too creative for that. Armed with plenty of Pinterest inspiration and your trusty hot glue gun, you get to work attaching every obnoxious jingle bell you can find, some kind of gaudy trim around the collar, and of course, lots of glitter. Your sweater is almost finished, but it needs one final touch. What could make it even better? Two words: elbow patches. We’ve got a couple of ideas to help you create your own DIY…

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How to Tie the Top Tie Knots


You barely slept all night. The alarm rings at 6 AM. You hop out of bed and head straight for the shower. Today is the day. The day you have an interview for your dream job. You want everything to go right and you definitely want to dress to impress. One essential ingredient in your recipe for success? Your tie. If you don’t know how to tie a tie, the last thing you want to do is run to the store and buy a clip-on. Save yourself the nervous sweats and the stress by learning how to tie the two most popular types of knots. You’ll walk into the lobby with an air of confidence, ready to rock your interview.…

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The Best Ever Handshakes from Movies and TV


How many times could we tell you that handshakes are an integral part of our world as we know it? From business to culture to etiquette, handshakes play a major role in our lives. We could talk about their importance all day long, but you’d probably get tired of us sounding like a broken record. So today, while we’re still talking about handshakes, we’re going with a much more fun spin on the topic than what we normally write about. Have you ever seen a cool, iconic handshake from a movie and wished that you and your friends could create one that was just as revolutionary as that of your favorite characters? We know the feeling. We’ve come up with…

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How to Avoid the Plague of Dry, Scaly Hands


It’s that time of year again—we’re transitioning from fall to winter, which for many of us means it’s the season where our hands become almost unbearingly dry and irritated. Beyond possibly grossing out our significant others, our extra dry hands can begin to bleed and crack during the winter, a painful experience we’d all like to avoid. This week’s blog goes through everything you need to know about preventing and treating hands so dry they resemble the Sahara Desert.  (more…)

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How to Avoid Overdoing It at the Thanksgiving Feast This Year


Thanksgiving is on Thursday and we can’t wait for our favorite holiday traditions. Sneaking tastes while making the classic pumpkin pie, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, gathering with friends and family—we’re so excited! Our mouths are already watering at the thought of buttery mashed potato mounds, sweet and tangy cranberry sauce, and of course, perfectly juicy and flavorful turkey. As we’re sure many of you can relate to, each year our eyes are a little bigger than our stomachs and we end up pigging out on so much food that we can hardly move when the meal is over. This year, we’ve got some tips to help you make sure you don’t overdo it at dinner.  (more…)

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How to Improve Your Piano Skills with Finger Exercises


If you love to spend your time tickling the ivories (or if your mom makes you), you’ll love this blog post. Whether you’re practically ready to play at Carnegie Hall or you’re better classified as a beginner, the key to becoming the next Bach is practicing, practicing, practicing and doing exercises to improve your skills. Some you should implement into your practice routine (if you haven’t already) include finger strengthening exercises and stretches to improve your range and dexterity and to reduce pain. We’ll share five exercises with you today so you can fly up and down those 88 keys like you never have before. (more…)

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6 of the Top Baseball Pitches


This weekend, we celebrate Veterans Day. If you’re a veteran, we thank you for your service and the sacrifices you have made for our country. We hope you spend a relaxing day with your loved ones. With the MLB playoffs recently ending and our very own Houston Astros being crowned as champion, we’ll miss America’s pastime for a couple of months. In the meantime, have you ever been curious about all the different types of baseball pitches? How is a pitcher able to throw pitches that have such different trajectories and velocities? It’s all in the hand, wrist, arm, and shoulder! In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the most popular pitches in baseball and learn how…

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5 Halloween Costumes to Make You the Hit of Any Party


Happy Halloween to all of our dear readers out there! We hope your house is decked out with creepy decorations and that your candy bowl is stocked to the brim with enough candy for all of the cute little trick-or-treaters that come your way tonight (and enough for you to sneak a couple of pieces too). Hopefully you have a costume picked out for your Halloween plans, but if not, here are a couple of our favorite DIY Halloween costume tutorials. The best part? They all feature characters known for their hands. (You had to know we’d go there. We are hand surgeons, after all!) Intrigued? Keep reading to check out our list. (more…)

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All You Need To Know About Making Hand Puppets


Looking for an activity to do with the kids on a blustery, chilly October day? Put on a puppet show! Okay, if we’re being honest, we live in Houston so saying it’s blustery and chilly is probably a bit of an exaggeration...but the kids will still love this activity nonetheless. We’re big fans of creating hand puppets because 1) it allows them to use their creativity, and 2) the crafting and playing allows them to work on developing fine motor skills, an important development for children of all ages. So break out an old pair of socks and some buttons and let’s get to crafting!  (more…)

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Why Your Hands Fall Asleep—and What to Do about It


The perfect at-home date night—you’ve ordered the cheesiest pizza within a 10-mile radius (so the restaurant will still deliver, of course), you’ve got your favorite movie on, and now you’re kicked back on the couch with your arm around your sweetheart. It’s all blissful until your partner starts to nod off, trapping your arm and leading to the dreaded pins and needles. Do you dare move your arm and risk waking up your sleeping beauty, or do you stick it out and push through the tingling? (more…)

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