(NewsUSA) - Maybe you're finally updating your 1970s kitchen to one that's more sleek and modern. Perhaps it's as simple as remodeling a bathroom. Whatever the room, home renovations can be pretty hectic and messy.
To get through your renovation, home organization is the key. The following tips should help you stay on top of the chaos.
* Have files for everything. Paperwork should be kept in one place. Inexpensive file folders that are portable can help you stay structured. Create a file for all receipts, and as you post them to a budget, move them to another file labeled "posted." Permits and papers from the city should be kept together. Just for fun, create a folder of design ideas and pictures from magazines to keep you inspired.
* Cover it up. One word: plastic. No, not credit cards. Use it to cover all heavy furniture that can't be moved from the room. This will prevent dust and debris from getting into the cracks and crevices and keep the finish on the furniture looking shiny.
* Keep a list. No matter how good your memory, things are going to fall through the cracks. Hanging a clipboard on a nail in the area you are working in will help you to stay on task about people you need to contact, or things you need to do or buy for the next day.
* Have a place for everything. If you're doing the remodel yourself, there is going to be a certain amount of chaos and upheaval. One thing that will help reduce your stress level is keeping your tools in one place. Create a space, such as a table, where all small tools are kept. The larger tools can sit on the floor under the table. Every time you're finished with a tool, put it back.
* Contain your stress. If you're a person who turns to cigarettes or smokeless tobacco in times of stress, try your best to keep things clean by going outside to smoke or by carrying a portable spittoon. After all, you don't want a fresh burn mark or stain from a spill to end up on your brand new floors. FLASR has created a one-of-a-kind pocket-sized spittoon that allows users to open and shut it with just one hand, making it an ideal solution for taking your snuff, dip or chew into any room that's being renovated. In addition, the Atlanta-based company's spittoon, has an advanced closing mechanism, ensuring that it stays securely closed when not in use, eliminating the risk of spill and leaks often seen with cups and bottles. For more information, visit www.flasr.com. Market listing: FLASR (OTCQB: FLSR).
(NewsUSA) - It starts when you receive the invitation in the mail -- either your computer's Inbox or the one that your junk mail gets delivered to.
That complex social conundrum of being asked to a party.
Do you bring wine or beer? Is wine too pretentious? There's always craft beer, or is that elitist? And what to wear? Is it a casual gathering or a dinner party where at least a sport coat is needed? Is it acceptable to add a plus-one, since you just started dating the potential man or woman of your dreams?
While modern-day society may no longer follow the social dictates of Emily Post's rules of etiquette, there's nothing like a soiree to throw many of us into an internal tailspin.
To help navigate the often frustratingly opaque rules of attending a party, be it cocktail, dinner or a child's birthday, the following tips can help:
* Call to RSVP. The French may not have the corner on manners, but they do know that RSVP means respondez s'il vous plait, or please reply. This is essential for the host to get an accurate headcount and not responding is considered rude and inconsiderate.
* Decode the dress code. Is it a formal affair in which tuxes and dresses are appropriate, or a more casual, anything goes party? If you're unsure, it's never inappropriate to ask the hostess.
* Go dateless. Unless specifically stated, it is considered rude to bring an uninvited guest or to ask if you can bring a plus-one. If you can bring a date, remember to RSVP for them, or conversely, if you accepted for your guest and plans change, let the host know that as well.
* Hold your liquor. While you may want to imbibe all the free-flowing alcohol, avoid drinking to excess. Nothing is more disrespectful and uncomfortable than a drunk party guest, particularly at more upscale affairs.
* Take what you need to feel comfortable. For some that's a small bottle of aspirin to ward off a headache, a pair of more comfortable shoes discreetly hidden in the folds of a coat, an embroidered handkerchief rather than bulky tissue, or if you're a smokeless tobacco user, something other than a spit cup or bottle. Smokeless tobacco accessories, such as the portable spittoon created by Atlanta-based FLASR, will help you avoid the uncomfortable (not to mention sometimes messy) aspects of enjoying your snuff, dip or chew while at a party. The new 4-ounce FLASR pocket-sized spittoon is designed to al-low users to open and shut it with just one hand, making it an ideal solution for users to enjoy smokeless tobacco unobtrusively and discreetly without unwanted attention.
For more information, please visit www.flasr.com.
(NewsUSA) - No doubt about it, Americans like their "stuff."
We like to accumulate and surround ourselves with material things.
The late George Carlin summed it up when he quipped, "A house is just a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get more stuff."
The problem is that stuff creates a mess, and most people also like to be neat and organized. Unfortunately, the two concepts do not necessarily align, which is why companies like The Container Store boast close to billion-dollar bottom lines.
And when you have kids? Fugehdaboutit. The potential for messiness multiplies tenfold.
For those wannabe organized families who would like to declutter (or at least keep the detritus at bay), look no further than the tips below:
* Buy bins. These plastic tubs can be a godsend for parents whose kids either refuse to throw (or give) anything away, or who want to try and teach their kids to organize their things at an early age. It keeps the mess to a minimum and makes cleaning simple for both parents and children.
* Cue the cubbies. These three-drawer organizers can be stored in the closet, don't take up much room and allow kids to store odds and ends that might otherwise be everywhere but their bedroom.
* Have an in box. A parent of any school-age child knows the amount of paperwork that comes home is obscene and overwhelming. To that end, having one place for all incoming papers is paramount.
* Use hangers and hooks. These minimally priced inventions that hang on the backs of doors helps keep towels, scarves, coats and other items off the floor. Similarly, a shoe rack that hangs in the closet can also be a great organization tool for little ones.
* Consider a portable spittoon. For smokeless tobacco users, a portable spittoon can mean the difference between a permanent, albeit accidental, stain and keeping a potential mess contained.
To that end, companies like FLASR, creators of smokeless tobacco accessory products, can help. FLASR's portable spittoons are an easy-to-use solution that prevents unwanted spills and leaks that often accompany spit cups and bottles. The FLASR flask, for instance, has an advanced closing mechanism, ensuring that it stays securely closed when not in use, even if curious little hands get a hold of it. In addition, the new 4-ounce FLASR pocket-sized spittoon is designed to allow users to open and shut it with just one hand, making it an ideal solution for everyday use.
For more information, visit www.flasr.com.
Contact: Sasha Steinberg
STARKVILLE, Miss.âThe head of Mississippi Stateâs political science and public administration department is receiving a major professional recognition.
Professor Minion K.C. Morrison is this yearâs selection for the Frank J. Goodnow Award for Distinguished Service of the American Political Science Association. He accepted the honor in ceremonies prior to the associationâs recent annual conference in San Francisco, California.
Since 2009, Morrison has led the academic unit that is part of the universityâs College of Arts and Sciences. He also is a senior associate in MSUâs African American Studies program.
Morrison is the author of several books, the most recent of which is a biography of a major figure in the stateâs 1960s civil rights struggle who later won election to the Mississippi House of Representatives. âAaron Henry of Mississippi: Inside Agitatorâ is a July release of the University of Arkansas Press.
APSA was founded in 1903 and currently enrolls more than 13,000 members in more than 80 countries. Considered the leading organization in its academic field, the Washington, D.C.-based non-profit works to help political scientists in and out of higher education continually expand their knowledge of politics, democracy and citizenship throughout the world. For more, see www.apsanet.org.
Established in 1996, its Goodnow Award recognizes the outstanding contributions of teachers, researchers and public servants working in the many fields of politics.
Morrison is a 1968 honors graduate of Tougaloo College who went on to complete masterâs and doctoral degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also holds a certification in African studies from the University of Ghana in Accra.
Before returning to Mississippi, he held the Frederick Middlebush Chair of Political Science at the University of Missouri. He earlier taught at Syracuse University, Hobart and William Smith College and Tougaloo.
In extending the College of Arts and Sciencesâ congratulations, Dean R. Gregory Dunaway praised Morrison for âepitomizing the very best in academic values.
âHe has produced extraordinary scholarship, been an invaluable teacher and mentor to our students and has been an effective and highly respected leader at our university, as well as the larger community,â Dunaway added.
MSU is Mississippiâs flagship research university, available online at www.msstate.edu.
(NewsUSA) - Summertime means outdoor barbecues, baseball games and time at the beach or pool. Outdoor activities are plentiful and often, but for the 9 million smokeless tobacco users, they can present a conundrum.
One of the problems for smokeless tobacco users is the unsightly, telltale "spit cup." For one, it can make others uneasy seeing a clear bottle sitting in a car, by the beach chair or on the deck in the backyard, never mind prompting uncomfortable conversation. Carrying a large chew-ing tobacco spittoon doesn't seem like a viable option either, nor does using a dip cup, which could spill and make a mess that can be challenging to clean up, depending on where the spill occurs.
So, what's a smokeless tobacco user to do this summer?
According to Everett Dickson, CEO of FLASR, an Atlanta-based tobacco accessory producer (OTCQB: FLSR), this scenario is just one of the many reasons his company created the portable spittoon.
"The small size of the FLASR portable tobacco flask allows users to enjoy smokeless tobacco unobtrusively in public without unwanted attention," said Dickson. "Whether you are fishing, at-tending an outdoor sporting event, heading to your company's picnic or enjoying a ballgame, FLASR is great for a variety of summer activities."
According to its website, the company's new 4-ounce pocket spittoon is designed to allow users to open and shut it with just one hand, making it an ideal solution to take anywhere while providing the user with "an elegant and easy-to-use solution for taking your favorite tobacco products along wherever your travels lead you."
For those who work or play outside more than they're in, the FLASR -- the original tobacco flask -- has an advanced closing mechanism, ensuring that it stays securely closed when not in use, eliminating the risk of spills and leaks often seen with cups and bottles.
The company plans on designing variations of the product to give consumers a greater choice of design options, including but not limited to, brands of sports teams, hobbies, interests, and more. FLASR is available in 400 stores across 10 states, as well as online.
For more information, visit www.flasr.com. Market listing: FLASR (OTCQB: FLSR)
Contact: Alan Burns
STARKVILLE, Miss.--E-cigarettes may be creating a new public health threat and researchers are calling for more regulation.
Robert McMillen, a research fellow at Mississippi State Universityâs nationally recognized Social Science Research Center and an associate professor in the Department of Psychology, is the lead author on an article that seeks to bring attention to e-cigarettes.
The article titled âE-Cigarettes: The Roles of Regulation and Cliniciansâ was printed Aug. 31 in The Journal of the American Medical Associationâs Internal Medicine publication.
McMillen raises questions about the role of e-cigarettes and their effect on the health of the individuals that use them. While e-cigarettes are widely viewed as less harmful than normal cigarettes, their effects are still largely unknown.
The e-cigarette market started in 2007 and has since seen substantial annual growth in use among adults from 2010-2013. In the absence of federal regulation, e-cigarettes have created a divide within the medical and public health communities.
Some clinicians and public health advocates worry that the use of unregulated e-cigarettes may be seen as an adequate therapy by patients and could dissuade them from trying a full nicotine replacement therapy.
On the other end, is the argument for the value of providing nicotine through any other means other than cigarette smoking.
âThe harm reduction debate over the potential of e-cigarettes for smokers, however, overlooks another issue. People who do not smoke may initiate and maintain e-cigarette use,â McMillen said.
In the article, McMillen points out that e-cigarettes can produce volatile organic compounds, heavy metals, and other aerosolized toxins, but at lower levels than combustible tobacco.
âE-cigarettes are not harmless to users and bystanders,â McMillen said. âThey are simply less harmful than cigarettes. These products haven't been on the market long enough for any potential long-term harms to develop.â
The debate about e-cigarettes stretches far beyond just smokers. The real worry is within the unregulated appeal to nonsmokers. Due to a lack of federal oversight, the e-cigarette market is attracting a growing number of nonsmokers or people who have never used combustible tobacco.
âThe features and marketing designed to make e-cigarettes attractive to smokers are also likely to broaden their appeal to non-smokers, especially adolescents,â said McMillen. âIn our research, we found that at least 20 percent of current users of e-cigarettes were not smoking when they started using e-cigarettes.â
In June of this year, McMillen testified in front of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) addressing product design, flavors and marketing that appeal to younger individuals and non-smokers.
âE-cigarette regulations are needed to improve quality control, protect children from accidental poisonings, restrict marketing and appeal to youth, and protect non-users from indoor air pollution,â said McMillen.
While the FDA does not currently regulate the e-cigarette market, in 2010 a federal appeals court ruled that the FDA may regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products, as an alternative to the more rigorous approval process for drug delivery devices.
However, as of July 2015, the FDA has yet to finalize its authority to regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products. The regulation would allow the FDA to require health warning labels, restrict sales to people 18 years or older and prohibit free samples.
The regulation does not address marketing to people younger than 18 years, the use of menthols and other flavors in e-cigarettes that make the product more appealing, child safety issues, or prohibit the use of the devices in places that are smoke free.
For more information on the Mississippi Tobacco Control Unit, visit http://mstobaccodata.org/ or contact McMillen at 662-325-7127.
(NewsUSA) - Are you ready for some football!? As football camps commence and America begins to prep for the upcoming season, sports fans are gearing up for the country's most popular sport.
Indeed, as summer eases into the fall season, it's a grand time to be a sports fan, what with football starting and baseball heading into the stretch run for the playoffs. Whatever your sports heart desires, however, there's a certain code of conduct when you're supporting your favorite team at the next home game. Remember, there's a fine line between a rabid fan and an obnoxious one.
To ensure your next trip to the arena or stadium is as relaxing and successful as ever, here are some essential items to bring and keep in mind:
* Alcohol consumption and watching sports go hand in hand. Certainly enjoy a nice tall beer and some good-natured booing with your fellow fans, but remember to be a good citizen and respectful of your stadium neighbor(s).
* Pack binoculars and seat cushions. You'll never be more comfortable and glued to the action when you can see the plays and players as if you're on the field.
* Bring some snacks and drinks. If your venue allows, it's always wise to keep hydrated with bottles of water.
* Don't forget your spittoon. Being at an arena or stadium crammed shoulder to shoulder with someone can be uncomfortable and leave you exposed to say the least. If you're a smokeless tobacco user, there's even less opportunity to take a discreet "dip" and spit.
That is, unless you own a portable spittoon created by Atlanta-based FLASR. These new 4-ounce pocket-sized spittoons are designed to allow users to easily open and close with just one hand, making them ideal items to bring to the next sports event or any other public setting so you can privately enjoy your tasty tobacco. Another advantage to the FLASR flask is its advanced closing mechanism that ensures it stays securely closed when not in use, eliminating the risk of any messy spills or leaks.
For more information, please visit www.flasr.com.
(NewsUSA) - Are you attracted to a dazzling smile? Approximately one-third of American adults report first noticing a smile when meeting someone they find attractive. However, poor oral hygiene can harm not only your smile, but your overall health.
TV's Bachelorette Trista Sutter knows the importance of making a good first impression, and she is partnering with the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) in a public awareness campaign about the importance of healthy gums.
"I believe in being grateful for -- and loving -- what we have, and the gums we are given are the gums we have for life," Sutter says in a statement. "I personally have always tried to take good care of my teeth. But, like many people, I didn't know I should be doing more to take care of my gums. This is why I believe the AAP's campaign to Love The Gums You're With is so important; everyone should understand the importance of keeping their gums healthy."
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is surprisingly common; it occurs in half of American adults aged 30 years and older. The condition, caused when bacteria in plaque form below the gum line, can lead to swelling, irritation, and possibly receding gums and tooth loss.
Gum disease may impact more than just your smile. Symptoms such as red, swollen gums and bad breath may be signs of a person's health beyond his or her mouth, as gum disease has been linked to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's disease and even cancer. Not only can gum disease affect your overall health, it can affect your personal life, too. According to a new survey by Harris Poll, 60 percent of American adults who have a partner said their partner's oral health has an effect on intimacy.
The AAP recommends brushing at least twice a day, flossing once a day and receiving an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation to help prevent gum disease. It's is treatable, and, in many cases, reversible with the right care. If you suspect you may be at risk for gum disease, you should talk to a periodontist about your gum health. A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the gums and can provide a personalized treatment plan.
Visit www.perio.org to find a periodontist in your area and check out the AAP's Facebook page at bit.ly/loveyourgums or @PerioNews on Twitter for tips and resources, including some fun educational information and a message from Sutter about the importance of gum health.
Sutter adds, "Your gums will be grateful for the extra attention."
(NewsUSA) - Summer is winding down, and it's time to pack away the flip-flops and the Hawaiian T-shirt and pull out those fancy-toed shoes for an autumn of accomplishments ahead.
But why stop there? Dressing the part is only a starting point. To appear truly sophisticated this season, check out today's tips.
Stay ahead of the game
Whether it's the upcoming weekly meeting at work or a weekend party, sophistication begins with just a little research. Appear ahead of the curve when you plan your day the day before, noting the who, what, when and where for whatever event is up on tomorrow's calendar. Want to really knock the ball out of the park? Go to your appointment five minutes early.
Take a gift
No, it's not required. But nothing says class like someone who arrives on the scene with a bottle of wine, a seasonal candle or even just a plate of homemade cookies. A small, subtle gift for a host can go a long way in establishing that sophisticated image you desire.
Put the pen to work
Pull out that box of thank-you cards you stashed in your bottom desk drawer. Emails are nice, but they're also used every day for everything. A thank-you card has one purpose: to make someone feel appreciated. Take note of the important people in your life that deserve a special shoutout. Add you own scrawling penmanship and a postage stamp, and you're bound to earn at least a few sophistication points for being kind and considerate.
Utilize the Internet
Knowing your facts, whether it's this morning's news or a few details about your favorite 18th century artist, gives you something to talk about in any social circumstance, helping you appear more approachable and knowledgeable. Get in the habit of using the resources around you, such as the Internet, to glean fast facts, fun tidbits and major headlines.
For smokeless tobacco users, a product that allows you to discreetly do your thing without disturbing the party is essential for becoming a class act.
If sophistication is key, consider FLASR, a portable spittoon that's small and easy to use. Plus, this state-of-the-art accessory has a secure locking mechanism to ensure you avoid embarrassing spills.
Learn more about FLASR online at www.flasr.com.