Spring has almost sprung, and spring break travel, or just travel in general, is most likely on your mind. Yet, with all the excitement and planning that goes into your getaway, you never want your fun, rest or relaxation to be ruined because you’re sick. But don’t worry; here are five simple tips for healthy travel no matter the time of the year!
1. Wash or Sanitize Your Hands. Hand hygiene is an easy and highly effective way to help fight germs while traveling. Be sure to wash your hands before boarding a plane or train. Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. Also, be sure to pack a travel-sized alcohol-based hand sanitizer, like PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer, to sanitize your hands, when soap and water are not available, at key moments including before eating and after sneezing or coughing.
2. Stay Hydrated. Make sure a water bottle is on your packing list so you can take it with you everywhere. Dehydration can cause a variety of health ailments, including headaches, muscle cramping and digestive issues. Most people need between five and eight glasses of water daily; however, each person is different and should be aware of their hydration level, especially on hot days or when activity level is increased.
3. Don’t Skip Your Workout. Vacation is a time to recharge, and what better way to do just that than with exercise. You might be able to hit the gym on vacation, but if not, get out and explore by foot or workout in your room by doing pushups and yoga poses.
4. Eat more fruits and vegetables. We aren’t saying not to enjoy a treat or two on your trip, but aim to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Choose from a mix of colors and be sure to include leafy greens, berries and fiber-packed beans.
5. Carry disinfectant wipes. Wipe down those germy areas like airplane tray tables and other commonly touched surfaces, like hotel-room television remotes.
No matter where your travels take you, may they be fun and healthy! Safe travels!
5 Ways To Tell That Spring Has Sprung From Your Cubicle When You're Overworked & Usually Go Home After Dark
Do you find yourself losing track of time? Is your cubicle in the middle of the office, far from a window or the happiness-inducing warmth of the sun and its vitamin D glow? Do you get to the office when it’s dark and leave when it has become dark again? Do you sometimes feel like Batman in that you only have time to prowl around in the darkness (maybe that’s just this writer)? Get some clues as to whether the weather is different with some helpful hints below.
1. Listen closely. Hear that? It’s not a stampede of snorting piglets–oh no, friend. Those organic squishy sounds are coming from your coworkers’ schnozes because Spring flowers are blooming outdoors (outdoors is the thing between your cubicle and your car). Some may be medicated, but make no mistake that at least one of your lunch buddies will be in drippy histamine anguish. That’s your first clue. See also: facial tissues flying off the shelf, sneeze symphonies, increased use of eye drops and choruses of “Gesundheit!”
2. As the temperature “outside” begins to increase, you will notice the business casual uniform around the copier beginning to vary. Don’t be alarmed to see a bare forearm or elbow–this is natural and normal. Although it’s hard to tell what the weather is like from the gloomy beige monotony of your workstation, consistent capri-pant and/or polo-shirt attiring illustrates clearly that the seasons have, indeed, changed over to Spring.
3. Similarly, the temperature in the office should reflect this change. Throughout the winter, the office thermostat has probably been hovering near 80 in an attempt to please everyone/cause inadvertent weight loss through sauna-like conditions. Now that the weather is warmer, though, expect a frosty film over your keyboard and computer screen each morning–the air conditioner is working hard to keep you comfortably refrigerated.
4. Check your email. Do you see various requests to join in any kind of “activity” (things people do “after work” in the space between the building and your car), like softball, volleyball, barbecues, run/walks for the cause, theatre in the park, etc.? This one is trickier, but the key is to identify that all of these events will take place mostly “outdoors:”–if so, it’s definitely Spring.
5. When you drive through the nearest acceptably healthy eating establishment (and, let’s be honest, if there’s a drive-thru how healthy can it be?), notice the seasonal selections. This may be difficult in the dark of evening when you’re tired from sitting mostly motionless in one place for roughly ten hours, excercising only your brain and fingers but it’s not impossible, pal. Look for “fresh” ingredients like strawberries and blueberries popping up in 1200 calorie salads. Observe breaded “fish” sandwiches that may or may not have come out of a tube. The colors are also usually a dead Spring giveaway
Twist OP is dedicated to providing solutions to make your job easier so that you can leave work in time to enjoy the crisp air and fresh blooms of spring! Call us today, as we like to say, "we are your FREE admin!"
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To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, you should head out for some tacos and margaritas tonight. Be prepared for long lines, but if you stop at the following two restaurants, the wait will be worth it.
For those of you in Chicago, our favorite place for tacos is Big Star. Located at 1531 N. Damen, their tacos are out of this world. They are always open late and when it finally warms up - they have a great patio.
For those of you in the twin cities, try our favorite El Taco Riendo, located at 2416 Central Ave. NE in Minneapolis. Their tacos, chimi's and enchiladas are also out of this world.
We learned last year to celebrate Cindo de Mayo a few days early or a few days late. Our wait was hours long, and we gave it up when it started to rain. Yes, we were standing in line outside. We ended up at an Irish place, serving tacos and that well deserved margarita.
April was a doozy, huh? So glad that it's May. Why you ask?
. April showers bring May flowers
. May Day yesterday means summer is on it's way
. Cinco De Mayo - I'm thinking we should talk tacos on Monday?
. National Teacher Day
. Lot's of May birthday's around Twist OP
. Mother's Day - start thinking about it now...
. Armed Forces Day - we should say thanks every day!
. Memorial Day - the unofficial start of summer
So, out with April and in with May. Flowers, green grass, tacos, red, white and blue!
Twist Op can help you find the right gift and supplies for every day in May.
There are many easy ways to help save the environment. Using your microwave oven more than your electric oven or just opening the refrigerator door less often can help reduce your electric bill. You can even stay organized without contributing to the mountains of garbage the average adult produces in a lifetime by choosing recycled storage solutions.
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Though some storage boxes aren't built to last or reuse, Bankers Box® maximum strength Recycled R-KIVE® storage boxes and extra or basic strength Recycled STOR/FILETM storage boxes are constructed with a rugged multi-layered corrugate that helps prevent crushing when these boxes are stacked, stored, or reused. This helps protect the environment AND protect important documents, files, and other irreplaceable items.
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The picture above looks like a ball of dirt - but inside is our twist on spring flowers. That's right - inside that small ball is a batch of future wildflowers. With only 5 ingredients it's easy to make up a batch for your yard or any area that needs a little love.
. 2 parts compost
. 5 parts powdered clay
. 1 part wildflower seed
. 1 part water
. 1/4 part Cayenne pepper
You decide how many you want to make by using larger amounts of the 5 ingredients - just keep the parts the same mix. Mix everything together, shape into balls and let dry. The clay holds the balls together and the compost provides nutrients.
The cayenne pepper keeps the critters from eating the balls before they get to bloom. Throw the balls into tall grass or any area in need of wildflowers. Wait for rain and sun and watch for the magic of spring.
What's on your to do list? It's a great time of year to organize your home and office for spring. Twist OP has everything you need to help with your to do list - big or small - we have it all.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 4/1/2014
Formerly Twist Office Products
TWIST OFFICE PRODUCTS CHANGES NAME TO STAPLEZ
Working Overtime To Please Customers Was Too Hard
MN and IL: Twist Office Products announced today the decision to change the company name to Staplez, effective immediately.
Representatives from the newly formed Staplez cited the decision to proceed with an immediate name change was one that was fairly easy to make as evidenced by the words from their executive team:
"We realized that our passion for serving the local community was not only exhausting, but increasingly expensive. Our free next-day delivery was too tempting for customers to pass up and eating into our bottom line. Furthermore, all the little extras – inside delivery, personal quality service, custom stamps, project management, and special pricing – was simply more than customers really expected given the service they were used to from big box retailers. The solution was clear and Staplez was born."
The new name change is only part of a larger 2014 initiative to mirror big box retailers; today the Staplez executive team outlined supporting projects they will be rolling out immediately:
No more sponsoring of college scholarships for deserving high school students from the local community. A national name requires a larger bank account balance.
Effective immediately, all Twist OP personnel will be replaced with robots. Less caring, more ka-ching.
No more searching for hard-to-find items for customers. If you can’t find it, you don’t really need it.
About Twist Office Products Staplez: Staplez, formerly Twist Office Products, is was based in Roseville, MN, New Prague, MN, and Wood Dale, IL but is now based anywhere there is money to be made and customers to exploit.
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