By Natasha Nesic
As promised in Yoga Break 2: Downward Dog, now's the time to get planking.
Planking--holding oneself in a straight position on the ground, like you're a bodyblock of wood--was once such a huge fad that it generated its own Wiki page.
However, the original plank is a functional movement. Superfreaking functional. It's the base for any straight-body exercise that requires deep abdominal engagement: pushups, pullups--even burpees! Think of yourself as a house, and the Plank as the key element to creating tall, strong beams (muscles) that support your inner structure (skeleton).... Read more >
By Heather Edwards
Budding actors in the family?Stage a condensed version of "Alice in Wonderland Tea" with a tea-party intermission. This is great for children older than eight to produce, with roles for any age to play. Let each child choose a role, and have a "narrator" for the story in between dialog. Add a director who can arrange the "seating," a costumer who can make or borrow hats and aprons and other ideas for costumes, and a set designer... Read more >
By Sara Shacket
Pimm's Iced Tea CupOne of my all-time favorite cocktails is a Pimm's Cup. This summer staple uses Pimm's No. 1 Cup, a British liqueur created in the mid-1800s by James Pimm, who marketed his namesake herbaceous elixir as a health tonic. This gin-based liqueur grew wildly popular in the UK, and the cocktail is still popular... Read more >
By Heather Edwards
The answer is pretty much yes, and in a few cases, maybe no.
Modest quantities of true tea (Camellia sinensis) are indeed healthful for most people. Drinking anywhere from one to four small cups (4 oz.) of tea per day is an ideal way to keep our minds alert... Read more >
By Samantha Albala
One origin story suggests that after sharing a pot of tea, a group of friends discussed their... Read more >