Every state has a handful of foods to call their own. Yet out of all fifty, not a single one has an official ice cream flavor. Thirty years ago, President Reagan declared July National Ice Cream Month. And to help you, we have a picture of all fifty states favorite flavor.
Minnesota's favorite flavor was unavailable - let us know what it is. Yum, yum, yum.
This recipe is kicked up with the rum - recipe by Emeril - feel free to omit for family friendly tea without the twist.
No matter how careful we are, at some point we've all mindlessly left an item in the car on a hot summer day. It's especially easy to do on a holiday when distracted with preparations and schedules. The result? A mushy mess, sticky explosion or lingering stench. Here are 15 hidden (and obvious) items to never leave in your car on any hot summer day.
1. Sunscreen. Pressurized cans of sunscreen can burst, contents in bottles or tubes can become dangerously hot, liquefy and potentially burn your skin.
2. Medication. Since heat can degrade potency, prescription drugs typically feature a warning label with an ideal storage temperature, usually a cool, dry place or room temperature - not a steamy car.
3. Perishable groceries. If you're not heading directly to the fridge, keep a cooler with ice or ice packs for dairy, meat, produce or melt-able edibles like chocolate.
4. Electronics. Sweltering temps can cook the inner workings of cell phones, MP3 players, GPS systems and digital cameras.
5. Personal care items. Your lipstick or lip balm will turn semi-liquid, cans of hairspray or deodorant can explode, even perfume can change aroma, so make sure you take these with you.
6. Dirty clothes or shoes. Whatever smells foul in a cool car will increase in intensity when the car temperature reaches 120.
7. Disposable lighters. Another summertime hazard, lighters can detonate, shooting tiny pieces of plastic throughout the car and leaving burn marks behind.
8. Eyeglasses. Blazing hot temperatures can melt and warp lenses and frames, whether plastic or metal. Take your expensive prescription glasses with you before locking up.
9. Plastic items. This includes credit cards with magnetic strips which warp; even popular flip flops have been known to disintegrate.
10. Crayons. While coloring keeps children entertained en route to the beach, forgotten crayons leave behind a globby, albeit colorful, mess. Be sure to search under or between seats.
11. Cans of soda pop. No picnic is complete without them, but soda cans become a soda bomb if left in the car. Since they easily roll out of site, double check the trunk and under seats.
12. Blu-rays, CDs, DVDs, USB sticks, Memory cards and VHS tapes can get ruined.
13. Wet swimsuits. They're a petri dish for bacteria.
14. Photographs. Photos can fade when exposed to heat for extended periods.
15. Batteries. These can leak harmful acid causing skin and respiratory irritation.
Keep your summer safe and mess-free with help from Twist OP where you can find all the supplies you need for perfect summer fun.
Tips for a Safer Fourth of July
July Fourth is on Friday and fireworks are on sale at most stores. Most of us have fond memories of fireworks and barbeques with the family. As we continue to create memories with our children we need to be mindful of fireworks safety so that we can have a fun Fourth of July season.
The National Council on Fireworks Safety works to track new fireworks and develop safety tips for families. Their fireworks safety tips are just general overall tips and they don't track what the local laws specific for families in their areas. To see what your local laws allow or require for safety please check your state or city website. Fireworks and fun go hand in hand for many families on Fourth of July. Please keep these fireworks safety tips in mind when your family gets together so that you can have a fun filled holiday. And don't assume that something like "sparklers" can be entrusted to a little child without supervision! Most accidents are encountered through hand held fireworks.
Fireworks Safety Tips
The fireworks safety tips may seem like common sense yet every year people are injured by not following these simple tips. The National Council on Fireworks Safety estimates that there are more than 8,000 injuries per year due to fireworks. The number of injuries hit a ten year high in 2000 when an estimated 11,000 injuries were reported due to fireworks. The sad part of this is that 8,000 to 11,000 families each year do not have fond memories of their Fourth of July celebration. Most of these injuries could've been avoided if people took safety precautions when adding fireworks to their celebrations.
· Only use fireworks outdoors and under supervision
· Keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby when using fireworks
· Use fireworks exactly as their instructions state; do not try to modify them
· If a firework doesn't go off when you have lit it, do not attempt to relight it
· Have a designated fireworks shooter who is not drinking alcohol
· The fireworks shooter should wear safety glasses to protect their eyes
· Do not shoot off any homemade fireworks
Sparklers Spark Most Fireworks Accidents : Heed These Fireworks Safety Tips
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has also gotten involved with fireworks safety, particularly sparklers. They believe that 16 percent of all family fireworks injuries are actually fireworks sparkler burns. They report that one third of all injuries to children who are 5 years old or younger are because of sparklers. Due to the safety concerns that surround sparklers, they released their own list of sparkler safety tips.
· Fireworks Sparklers should never be used by children without adult supervision
· Children should only use sparklers when they are standing, never sitting
· Do not hold a child while they are holding a sparkler
· Children should not hold more than one sparkler at a time
· Anyone holding sparklers should wear closed-toe shoes
· Drop sparklers into a bucket of water after the fire has gone out to cool them
· Don't pass lighted sparklers around-the pointed heated sparkler could accidently become an eye poker
· Create a sparkler only area at least 6 feet away from everyone else
· Don't throw sparklers lit or burned out
· Teach children how to hold sparklers away from their bodies
· Teach children to not run when they are holding a lit sparkler
· Teach children to not wave a lit sparkler, I know but you can try. Unless the child is standing alone other children could be endangered by the waving
Fireworks and fun go hand in hand for many families on Fourth of July. Please keep these fireworks safety tips in mind when your family gets together so that you can have a fun filled holiday.
Grab your sunscreen, summer is here, but don't get burned on your office supply purchases. Check out our #under a buck #deals at www.twistop.com
From staples to push pins, Twist OP has you covered for great deals under a buck.
June has arrived and it's packed with loads of fun and facts.
. The first is that the month is named after the Roman goddess Juno, wife of Jupiter and equivalent to the Greek goddess Hera; the second is that the name comes from the Latin word iuniores, meaning “younger ones,” as opposed to maiores (“elders”) for which the preceding month May may be named.
. June is the month with the longest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the shortest daylight hours of the year in the Southern Hemisphere.
. June is known for the large number of marriages that occur over the course of the month.
. June is filled with graduations, from middle school to college.
. We've got Flag Day on the 14th followed by Father's Day on the 15th.
. The solstice called the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere and the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere occurs on dates varying from 20 June to 21 June.
Whatever you are celebrating in June, we have you covered from gifts to cups to invitations. Check us out at www.twistop.com
Finally - the unofficial start of summer is here. The sun is out and most American's are ready to get in their cars and go somewhere. After a long winter, 8 of out 10 people will be driving to their weekend destinations nationwide. Twist OP wishes everyone safe travels this weekend while remembering those who lost their lives fighting for freedom. Have a great weekend.
With the unofficial end of summer just a week away, the weather sure is making some of us melt away with the heat.. WE have fans, and plates and napkins ready to be delivered to you just in time for the end of summer heat wave and the holiday week. The Maine Famer's Almanac for 2014 came out today and they are promising us a frigid winter. Can you feel C-O-L-D? Nope, I can't at all. But it's coming. So enjoy this late summer heat wave and get everything you need for the heat and the coming cold at www.twistop.com
How many creations can you make with paperclips? We hope you're up for a challenge because we are having fun putting paper clips to the test. Start creating, email your creations to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Paper Clip Challenge". You have till the end of the month, your creation will be shared on our Facebook page, and you'll have a little dough (Starbucks Gift Card) for a few cups of joe.
It's official, the dog days of summer are here. Back in Roman times, the dog days of summer were between July 24 and August 24. The Old Farmer's Almanac now refers to the dog days of summer as the 40 days between July 3rd and ending August 11th which coincides with the heliacal rising of the Dog Star, Sirius. Typically this period results in the least amount of rain in the Northern Hemisphere. I don't think that's true this year.
Speaking of dogs, which city's hot dog has the most toppings?
. New York
. San Francisco
Drum roll...The Chicago Dog wins with yellow mustard, dark green relish, chopped raw onion and tomato slices. Portillo's anyone? Enjoy the Dog Days of Summer, before we know it the kids will be getting ready for school, Friday night football and there will be a slight chill in the air. And for those of you who like to get started early on your back-to-school shopping, we have everything you need at www.twistop.com