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How to do a Press Handstand

A press handstand is one of the coolest ways to show off your crazy gymnastics strength and control. It’s also one of the TOPS skills. Before you can learn to do a press handstand, you should have mastered a regular handstand.

A press handstand is a handstand done starting from either a standing or sitting position. If you are going to be starting from a sitting position, you should be sitting on the floor with your legs in a straddle and your hands on the ground in front of you. If you are going to start in a standing position, you can be in either a pike or straddle stand with your hands on the floor in front of you. Then you will need to lean forward with control and transfer the weight of your body to your hands.

As the weight is transferred to your hands you can slowly raise your feet and legs off the ground in either a pike or straddle position. Most gymnasts straddle their legs up. With control raise your legs until they are straight over your head in a handstand. While you are raising your legs, your shoulders will move past your hands, and then as your legs rise, they will move to straight over your hands.

We’ve put together 12 Drills to Help you Learn a Press Handstand.

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Do or Don’t: Matte Nails

I’m an eat-the-same-thing-for-lunch-every-day kind of person, and this extends all the way to my fingertips. My nails are always, always red — orangey-red in the warmer months and deeper red in the winter.

This week, to change things up, I decided to pair it with a matte top coat. I like matte lipstick, so why not let my nails get in on the look? It made the color appear deeper and smoother — like when you see a favorite actor in a different role and are like, ‘I didn’t know you could do that!’

As my nails dried, I regarded them with curiosity. Whose hands were these? Then a woman at the salon said it looked like ‘red leather,’ and I was totally sold.

Have you ever tried matte nail polish? Are there any colors you’re into right now?

P.S. More nail posts, including a polish that looks good on everyone.

(Photo by Christine Han for Cup of Jo.)


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Don’t Train When You Feel Like This…

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4 Most Common Myths About Weightlifting for Women Debunked

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7 Reasons Why You Should do Partner Workouts

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DIY Gifts

17 Creative DIY Engagement Gift Ideas

Crafting up your own engagement present is an excellent way to show the newly engaged pair how ecstatic you are for their future journey together. A DIY gift is the perfect opportunity to put together a thoughtful and completely personalized offering. Of course, the possibilities are endless. Here are seventeen different DIY engagement ideas to get you started!

Couples getting engaged is an exciting time for everyone! Whether it’s your best friend or a close family member, finding out someone you care about has been proposed to entices feelings of joy for all involved. In addition to shouting out your best wishes, why not give the bride and groom to be a nice gift?

1. Personalized Sharpie Mug

Give the newly engaged bride a personalized mug! As a gift that is both practical and functional, she can use this mug to store all her beverages. With endless possibilities for designs, a mug is a very creative, yet safe way to go. Something Turquoise shows you how to do this step by step.

2. Personalized Ceramic Dish

Speaking of functional (and personalized) gifts, check out this DIY tutorial by Burlap and Blue for an adorable ceramic platter. With simple steps and a beautiful outcome, your engaged friends are sure to love a customized dish with their future last name. 

3. Initial and Music Lyrics Photo

This is completely unique engagement gift idea! Many couples have a song that they feel represents their relationship. Why not create a portrait filled with the lyrics of that song? Overlapped with a monogrammed initial of their new last name, as shows DIY Kinda Girl, the couple is definitely going to feel the love overflowing from this custom gift!

4. Pink Himalayan Salt Bath Bombs

In the midst of engagement announcements, the bride is going to need some relaxation time! DIY bath bombs are an excellent solution. Using simple ingredients and different molds, you can create adorable little fizzies that are perfect for any bride-to-be. Rebooted Mum explains how to do it.

5. Wine Cork Heart

As a perfect gift for your wine-loving and newly engaged friend, this unique gift has a rustic look that go with any home décor. You could make it a totally personable gift by coloring the ends of the corks with the bride and groom’s wedding colors. You can find the tutorial at Home Talk.

6. Wine Bottle Fireflies

Give the gift of romance to the newly engaged couple with these DIY firefly wine bottles. Easily crafted with a few materials as shown by The Wannabe Homesteader, these beautiful jars create a romantic ambiance with a soft glow of light. What couple wouldn’t love to have these in their home?

7. DIY Picture Quilt

Here is another excellent gift for a couple you love! Create and share their love through pictures of them together. With added functionality as a snuggly blanket, this DIY is the perfect idea for an engagement gift. It's Always Autumn shows you how to do this.

8. Etched Beer Glass

Let’s not forget gifts for the groom! Etching beer glasses is a fun way to create a custom beer glass for the groom-to-be. Even if he doesn’t indulge in alcohol, he could use the glass for anything! It’s the perfect gift for your friend and Pet Scribbles gives you step by step instructions.

9. Floral Monogram

The bride-to-be will love a heartfelt floral arrangement in the shape of her new initial! This DIY gift idea by The Mrs and Momma Bird, uses a few materials, and in a short time, you’ve got a beautiful new addition for her home. Use her favorite flowers and wedding colors to make a gift that’s really something special. 

10. Bridal Survival Kit

A survival kit for the bride-to-be is such a great idea! As a very easy DIY gift idea, this kit gives the bride everything she’ll need to have an easier wedding day all bundled in a cute package. Wedding planning can be extremely difficult, so she’ll love some help during all the excitement. The Frugal Girls made a list of things to include.

11 Cookies in a Jar

Mason jars make the perfect container for everything – including cookie mix as shown by Bakerella. Give the bride-to-be something sweet to show her how much you care! With a few stacked ingredients, this loving gift gives her everything she’ll need to make some delicious cookies!

12. DIY Fancy Filled Chocolates

Speaking of sweet treats, prepare up a batch of these filled chocolates for the newly engaged couple following the instructions at Tip Hero. Not only are these little delicacies totally delicious, you can manipulate the ingredients to make your friends or family extremely happy. Chocolate is perfect for any occasion, but it’s especially magical for two people in love who are planning to spend their lives together!

13. Personalized Welcome Mat

For two people planning to spend their lives together, newly engaged couples welcome gifts that showcase them as one heart; welcome mats are the perfect solution. With only a few materials as demonstrated by The Sway, you can DIY an adorable engagement gift to show off their new shared name.

14. Prayer Box

This little prayer box by A Traveler's Dream, which is completely adorable, is made from an Altoid can and is an excellent idea for an engagement gift. Of course, you can customize the entire gift to fit your situation, but whatever the outcome happens to be is sure to show the bride how happy you are for her.

15. Vintage Teacup Candle

For an elegant and lovely engagement gift, check out these teacup candles by Riahnnon Bosse. Any newly engaged couple is going to LOVE these exquisite beauties. These candles are simple to assemble and guaranteed to blow the couple away!

16. Doily Dress Card

For a simple congratulation to the happy couple, whip up a card. The possibilities are endless with cards, but this paper doily dress by Paper Paws makes a card that is extra special.

17. Bridal Gift Basket

If all else fails, and you just can’t decide on the perfect DIY gift for your favorite couple, put together a gift basket. This particular gift idea is perfect as you can make any variations you desire. Regardless of what you fill your basket with, the bride and groom-to-be are going to love their gift basket. The Craft Patch Blog shows a shower themed basket.

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