5 Secrets for a Perfect Handstand


If you just didn’t quite master the perfect handstand when you were a kid and your mom made you take gymnastics lessons, that’s okay. Sure, the thought of inverting your entire body and putting all of your weight on just your hands and wrists is a little daunting. But our tips can help you not only learn how to do an impressive handstand, they can also help you protect yourself from injuries. So when you bowl a turkey and feel the need to celebrate or your team just scored the game-winning goal and you’re so excited you just can’t contain yourself, feel free to fall into that perfect handstand—and feel confident in knowing that any bystanders are sure to be…

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How to Bowl like a Pro


You’ve laced up your squeaky-clean bowling shoes. You’ve polished your custom bowling ball. Now that you’ve donned your lucky outfit, it’s time to hit up the bowling alley. You might be just as cool as Jesus from The Big Lebowski, but one thing needs to be confirmed. Can you bowl as good as you look? With our handy-dandy guide, you’ll be bowling so many turkeys that you’ll think it’s Thanksgiving. In all seriousness, whether it’s your first time or you’ve been bowling for years, the technique you use to bowl largely utilizes your arm, hand, wrist, and thumb. While bowling is a great social activity, it’s important to do it safely. Without further ado, give it up for our blog…

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How Can Hand Hygiene Help You Avoid the Flu?


It’s that time of year again when runny noses are running rampant and the flu seems to be lurking around every corner. During cold and flu season, most people are on high alert, trying to dodge the icky bug any way they can—avoiding public surfaces like the plague, carrying family-size bottles of hand sanitizer everywhere they go, and staying at least 30 feet away from anyone who even looks like they might be coming down with something. (Sorry, Todd from legal, we know you say you’re just tired because your newborn kept you up all night, but we just can’t risk it. Let’s just push that status meeting until after flu season, yes?) When you think about how many germs…

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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 Brighten a Winter Day with Hand Shadow Puppets


December 21st marked the first day of winter! While we may not have to deal with shoveling feet of snow off of our driveways, we know that in Houston, any temperature beneath 60 degrees Fahrenheit warrants pulling out the winter coats and snuggling up on the couch to avoid the cold outside. When you start to get sick of the movie marathons and puzzles and cabin fever begins to set in, try putting on a hand shadow puppet show! The kids will love it and it’s a great way to explore just another cool thing our hands are capable of. You don’t have to be a puppeteer to put on a hand shadow puppet show, but we’ve got some tips…

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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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