(NewsUSA) - While the spring season might be synonymous with cleaning your home, it doesn't mean that you're tackling it in the right way. So, if you're concerned about the allergens in your home, getting rid of a dust bunny (or two) and Fido's ferocious dander may not be enough.
In fact, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) supports this claim, stating, "When it comes to cleaning, many people may actually be doing it wrong, stirring up the very allergens they are trying to remove from their homes."
However, while keeping up with cleaning is vital for controlling indoor allergens, there is such a thing as being too diligent.
Take Jesse Tyler Ferguson, an actor on the hit show "Modern Family," who lives with allergies himself. Ferguson thought that obsessively cleaning his space was the way to go.
"Everyone knows I'm a neat freak, [but] I learned from AAFA that, like most of America, I was actually doing some things wrong and stirring up allergens instead of removing them," he said. "Now I look for Certified asthma and allergy-friendly products like Febreze Fabric Refresher Allergen Reducer (Unscented) and Swiffer Dry Dusters and Sweepers (Unscented) to help me clean the right way and reduce common allergens in my home."
The asthma- and allergy-friendly Certification Program was created by AAFA and the international research organization, Allergy Standards Limited (ASL), as the first program of its kind in the U.S. in order to reduce confusion about product claims targeting the asthma and allergy market, raise standards for these products, encourage innovation in the production of these products and raise issue awareness about asthma and
With these things in mind, Laura Dellutri, cleaning expert and author of "White Couch with Kids?" and "Speed Cleaning 101," offers the following tips revealing the places inanimate allergens -- from pollen, pet dander and dust mite matter -- may be accumulating and some cleaning advice that can help you remove them:
* Window dressing. Everyone cleans their windows, but few remember to dust window blinds and drapes -- places that can be havens for dust mite matter and other inanimate allergens. Using a Swiffer Duster (unscented, of course) can trap inanimate allergens two times more than a typical dusting cloth and three times more than a feather duster because it picks up dust and locks it away with thousands of flexible, fluffy fibers, designed to reach into nooks and crannies.
* Favor your fabrics. You may clean your couches, decorative pillows, upholstered furniture and carpets with a quick vacuum, fluff of a pillow or dusting. But spraying these hard-to-wash fabrics with something like Febreze Fabric Refresher Allergen Reducer (unscented) can help reduce inanimate allergens that can become airborne from fabrics as well. This nifty product reduces up to 95 percent of inanimate allergens like pollen, pet dander and dust mite matter that can become trapped in fabrics and soft surfaces.
* Clean smarter, not harder. Technology can be a beautiful thing, and it has revolutionized household cleaning with lots of gadgets and tools that make cleaning easier, faster and more effective. For instance, when it comes to removing inanimate allergens from your wood floors, using a Swiffer Dry Sweeper to trap and lock the dirt and dust, is two times more effective than a typical dusting cloth.
For more information, visit febreze.com and swiffer.com.
(NewsUSA) - As the weather warms and schedules become packed with summer sports and activities, it can be easy to let your heart healthy diet slide to the bottom of the priority list. With a dash of planning and a spoonful of creativity, summer meals can taste as good as they are nutritious and give you the fuel you need to take advantage of the wonderful weather.
Here are some tips for keeping your meals and snacks heart healthy in the summer months:
Go Lean with Protein
Being on the go doesn't mean you need to sacrifice muscle-building protein in the summer. For dinner options, choose lean meats, poultry or fish. Select lean proteins for refreshing and easy-to-make sandwiches such as Simply Delicious sandwich meats from Land O' Frost. The entire line of Simply Delicious products meets the American Heart Association's nutrition requirements for heart healthy foods.
Become a Fruit Fanatic
Summer is the season for fresh fruits that are chock full of vitamins, minerals and fiber. They make a great substitute for traditional desserts that are high in fat and calories. Wash and slice any combination of juicy melons, berries, or other fruits and add them to your favorite yogurt or sorbet and blend for a cooling and healthy treat. Larger fruits such as peaches or pineapple also pair nicely with grilled items.
Salads are also a go-to for the summer months but accompanying oily dressing and cheese can load them down with fat and calories. Choose low-fat or light dressing options and steer clear from cream-based diet spoilers. Minimize added sodium and fat by sprinkling low-fat varieties such as Swiss, Mozzarella, Parmesan or cottage cheese.
With these guidelines in mind, your summer meals will be every bit as heart healthy as they are tasty! For coupons and more information about Simply Delicious products from Land O'Frost, visit www.landofrost.com.
(NewsUSA) - Smokeless tobacco is as much a part of baseball as the Cubs' disappointing run at the World Series year after year.
While Major League Baseball is urging its players to reconsider a habit as old as the sport itself, there is also a history to think about -- one that has linked the two together in the hearts and minds of Americans.
This begs the question: Is there life to baseball without smokeless tobacco?
To come to a conclusion, we have to look at the history of smokeless tobacco and how the two have become inextricably linked together.
In the mid-1800s, when baseball was first getting its footing in America, chewing tobacco was extremely popular, and baseball players used it for the same reasons other men did -- pure pleasure. Soon, however, players found added benefits to using smokeless tobacco products, such as, creating more saliva in the mouth in a dusty environment. This, in turn, helped players to moisten their gloves with spit.
It also helped the smokeless tobacco industry when cigarettes -- which threatened smokeless tobacco companies in the early 20th century -- were attributed to fatigue and bad luck among players. In this way, snuff and chew, continued to gain ground.
"Chewing tobacco is a tradition in baseball," says Everett Dickson, CEO of FLASR, a company that has created accoutrements for the smokeless tobacco user. "It's a part of the game, seeing a pitcher or hitter at bat with a small piece of tobacco tucked into his cheek. Having said that, we also understand the concerns of the general public, and support any decision by policymakers and Major League Baseball."
Until then, however, FLASR wants those who do use smokeless tobacco (players included) to know there are products that are discreet and help with the more inconvenient and messy aspects for users.
One such product is FLASR's pocket-sized, portable spittoon, which has an advanced closing mechanism, ensuring that it stays closed when not in use. This eliminates the risk of spills and leaks often seen with cups and bottles. FLASR reusable spittoons also feature the exclusive Thumb-Lok Twist Cap for one-handed ease of use making it an ideal solution for taking snuff, dip or chew into the bullpen or on long road trips.
For more information, visit www.flasr.com. Market listing: FLASR (OTCQB: FLSR).
CLAREMORE, Okla. â€“ The locals found the good and the bad that comes with a soggy rodeo Sunday night during the final performance of the Will Rogers Stampede.
While steer ropers Brodie Poppino and Brady Garten suffered no-times, team ropers Coleman Proctor and Jake Long pulled off the fastest time of the week to claim the championship.
â€śIt was sure enough wet out there,â€ť said Proctor, a header from Pryor, Okla., just 20 miles east of Claremore. â€śThe good Lord blessed us with a lot of rain in this country, but itâ€™s dang sure wet and nasty. Steers were having heck getting through the mud, but we always seem to work decent in the mud.â€ť
Proctor and Long have roped together most of their lives and are coming off a fantastic 2014 season in which both cowboys finished among the top five in the world standings in their respective events. On Sunday night, the tandem downed their steer in 5.3 seconds to win their first Claremore title; they each pocketed $1,469.
â€śI feel more like a cowboy to win one in the mud,â€ť Proctor said. â€śThere were still a lot of people in the stands, the die-hards who came out and sat through those conditions to see a great rodeo. It was a great experience. Anytime you can win in the PRCA against this caliber of guys, itâ€™s real special.â€ť
Sunday night wasnâ€™t so special for Poppino, a Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping qualifier from Big Cabin, Okla., just northeast of Claremore. He and Garten, a two-time NFSR qualifier from Claremore, suffered no-times.
â€śThe conditions are so tough, and the cattle donâ€™t take it very good,â€ť Poppino said. â€śYou have some horse power issues, too, but thatâ€™s part of the draw. Thatâ€™s rodeo. Everybody gets their time to run in the mud; sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesnâ€™t.â€ť
Still, a good portion of the crowd on hand was there to support the locals.
â€śIf youâ€™re going to rodeo all year, youâ€™re going to have to compete in that stuff more than once,â€ť Garten said. â€śLast year I was in the same performance and won the average, so it worked out in my favor last year and not this year.â€ť
Despite the conditions, Proctor and Long were among three event champions who competed Sunday night. They were joined by bareback rider Richmond Champion of The Woodlands, Texas, and bull rider Guthrie Murray of Miami, Okla., who posted the top scores on the final night.
Other winners were steer wrestler Laine Herl, tie-down roper Dillon Holder, steer roper Rocky Patterson, barrel racer Michele McLeod and saddle bronc rider Nat Stratton.
Will Rogers Stampede
Bareback riding: 1. Richmond Champion, 83 points on Lancaster & Pickettâ€™s Peppermint, $1,241; 2. (tie) Justin Pollmiller and Kody Lamb, 80, $808 each; 4. Yance Day, 79, $451; 5. Winn Ratliff, 78, $263; 6. Justin Miller, 74, $188
Steer wrestling: 1. Laine Herl, 4.1 seconds, $1,794; 2. Zac Parrington, 4.3, $1,560; 3. (tie) Josh Clark, Denver Berry and Tooter Silver, 4.4, $1,092 each; 6. Tyler Waguespack, 4.7, $624; 7. Josh Peek, 4.8, $390; 8. (tie) Shane Frey and Jacob Talley, 5.0, $78 each.
Tie-down roping: 1. Dillon Holder, 8.2 seconds, $1,976; 2. (tie) Trent Creager and Clay Brown, 8.8, $1,455 each; 4. Jerome Schneeberfger, 9.3, $594; 5. Jeremy Len Kempker, 9.8, $813; 6. Perry Dietz 9.9, $341.
Saddle bronc riding 1. Nat Stratton, 85 points on Pete Carrâ€™s Classic Pro Rodeoâ€™s The Darkness, $1,396; 2. Cody Anthony, 81, $1,058; 3. (tie) Shade Etbauer and Justin Caylor, 79, $635; 5. (tie) Ryan Bestol and Joe Lufkin, 78, $254.
Team roping: 1. Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 5.3 seconds, $1,689; 2. Adam Rose/Eddie Ruth, 5.5, $1,469; 3. (tie) Troy Boone/Dawson McMaster and Brett Christensen/Chase Boekhaus, 5.7 $1,138 each; 5. Mike Bacon/Joseph Harrison, 5.8, $808; 6. Brock Demaree/Kraig Von Ahn, 6.3, $588; 7. Justin Spotts/Kris Kyle, 7.0, $367; 8. Ralph Williams/Darin Suit, 8.3, $147.
Steer roping: First round: 1. Bryce Davis, 11.1 seconds, $984; 2. J.P. Wickett, 11.6, $815; 3. (tie) Jason Evans and Rocky Patterson, 11.8, $560 each; 5. C.A. Lauer, 13.3, $306; 6. Cody Lee, 13.5, $170. Second round: 1. Rocky Patterson, 10.6 seconds, $984; 2. Chet Herren, 12.0, $815; 3. Brad Mohon, 13.0, $645; 4. Jay Sellers, 13.1, $475; 5. (tie) Trevor Brazile and Tyrel Taton, 13.4, $238 each. Third round leaders: 1. Vin Fisher Jr., 10.2 seconds, $984; 2. (tie) Jess Tierney and Tom Smith, 10.5, $730 each; 4. Guy Allen, 10.9$475; 5. Jason Evans, 12.0, $306; 6. Rod Hartness, 12.5, $190. Average leaders: 1. Rocky Patterson, 35.2 seconds on three head, $1,477; 2. Bryce Davis, 41.9, $1,222; 3. Jay Sellers, 43.0, $967; 4. Jason Evans, 43.3, $713; 5. Dee Kyler Jr., 65.3, $458; 6. Brad Mohon, 69.6, $255.
Barrel racing: 1. Michele McLeod, 17.41 seconds, $2,006; 2. Taylor Langdon, 17.58, $1,719; 3. Katelyn McLeod, 17.63, $1,433; 4. Sarah Rose McDonald, 17.66, $1,242; 5. Shea-Lynn Leach, 17.67, $955; 6. Lacinda Rose, 17.72, $764; 7. Laura Kennedy, 17.75, $573; 8. Fallon Taylor 17.77, $382; 9. Cassidy Kruse, 17.84, $287; 10. Shelley Morgan, 17.86, $191.
Bull riding: 1. Guthrie Murray, 88 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeoâ€™s Medicine Show, $1,567; 2. Brennon Elred and Sam Wyatt, 87, $1,021 each; 4. Tanner Bothwell, 85, $570; 5. John Mincey, 84, $332; 6. John Young, 83, $237.
CLAREMORE, Okla. â€“ Justin Pollmiller plodded through the mud not knowing much about Pete Carr Pro Rodeoâ€™s Cool Change, the horse he was to compete on Saturday night.
The more he learned about the athletic equine, the faster his pace got. By the second performance of the Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo began, he was quite tickled to play his game in the rain. The smile got larger after the two matched moves for 80 points to take the bareback riding lead.
â€śI donâ€™t really look up anything about the horses before I get on them, but once I got here and some guys told me about her, I felt like I had a good horse,â€ť said Pollmiller of Weatherford, Okla. â€śOn her back, she felt outstanding.
â€śI thought that horse was really good, and I felt like I was really able to get back and spur on her.â€ť
One performance remains in the 69th edition of Claremoreâ€™s rodeo, so the cowboy will have to await the results of Sundayâ€™s show to see how he will place. Nonetheless, doing well in this damp northeast Oklahoma is crucial for Pollmiller, who competes in the Prairie Circuit, a series of rodeos and contestants primarily in the Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska region.
â€śI love it here,â€ť he said. â€śThere are great horses, and it seems like itâ€™s really well run. Itâ€™s awesome to have one of those in your circuit that you can go to every year.â€ť
Pollmiller is from Littleton, Colo., but moved to the Sooner State to compete in college rodeo at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Heâ€™s done pretty well at it, actually, clinching the Central Plains Region title again this past season and earning another qualification to the College National Finals Rodeo.
After the college finals is complete, he will return to Weatherford as a graduate assistant for the rodeo program.
â€śI really like it down here, mostly because of the weather,â€ť Pollmiller said, mindfully ignoring the constant rain that fell throughout Saturdayâ€™s rodeo. â€śItâ€™s still snowing and cold back home, but down here, weâ€™ve actually bucked horses in November and December.
â€śThere are a lot more rodeos, too, so this is the place to be.â€ť
He proved it in spite of the rain and mud in Claremore.
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Leaders through second performance
Bareback riding: 1. Justin Pollmiller, 80 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeoâ€™s Cool Change; 2. Yance Day, 79l 3. Winn Ratliff, 78; 4. (tie) Kolt Kitaif and Wyatt Clark, 73; 6. (tie) Tim Oâ€™Connell and Bill Tutor, 72.
Steer wrestling: 1. Laine Herl, 4.1 seconds; 2. Zac Parrington, 4.3; 3. (tie) Josh Clark, Denver Berry and Tooter Silve, 4.4; 6. Tyler Waguespack, 4.7; 7. Josh Peek, 4.8; 8. (tie) Shane Frey and Jacob Talley, 5.0.
Tie-down roping: 1. Dillon Holder, 8.2 seconds; 2. (tie) Trent Creager and Clay Brown, 8.8; 4. Jerome Schneeberfger, 9.3; 5. Jeremy Len Kempker, 9.8; 6. Perry Dietz 9.9.
Saddle bronc riding 1. Nat Stratton, 85 points on Pete Carrâ€™s Classic Pro Rodeoâ€™s The Darkness; 2. Shade Etbauer, 79; 3. (tie) Ryan Bestol and Joe Lufkin, 78; 5. (tie) Preston Kafka and Will Smith, 76.
Team roping: 1. (tie) Troy Boone/Dawson McMaster and Brett Christensen/Chase Boekhaus, 5.7 seconds each; 3. Mike Bacon/Joseph Harrison, 5.8; 4. Brock Demaree/Kraig Von Ahn, 6.3; 5. Ralph Williams/Darin Suit, 8.3; 6. Manny Egusquiza Jr./Jett Hillman, 9.8; 7. Jeff Schneider/Gabe Gwaltney, 10.1; 8. Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward, 10.5.
Steer roping: First round: 1. Bryce Davis, 11.1 seconds, $984; 2. J.P. Wickett, 11.6, $815; 3. (tie) Jason Evans and Rocky Patterson, 11.8, $560 each; 5. C.A. Lauer, 13.3, $306; 6. Cody Lee, 13.5, $170. Second round: 1. Rocky Patterson, 10.6 seconds, $984; 2. Chet Herren, 12.0, $815; 3. Brad Mohon, 13.0, $645; 4. Jay Sellers, 13.1, $475; 5. (tie) Trevor Brazile and Tyrel Taton, 13.4, $238 each. Third round leaders: 1. Vin Fisher Jr., 10.2 seconds; 2. (tie) Jess Tierney and Tom Smith, 10.5 each; 4. Guy Allen, 10.9; 5. Jason Evans, 12.0; 6. Rod Hartness, 12.5. Average leaders: 1. Rocky Patterson, 35.2 seconds on three head; 2. Bryce Davis, 41.9; 3. Jay Sellers, 43.0; 4. Jason Evans, 43.3; 5. Jess Tierney, 26.8 on two head; 6. Cody Lee, 27.0.
Barrel racing: 1. Michele McLeod, 17.41 seconds; 2. Taylor Langdon, 17.58; 3. Katelyn McLeod, 17.63; 4. Sarah Rose McDonald, 17.66; 5. Shea-Lynn Leach, 17.67; 6. Lacinda Rose, 17.72; 7. Laura Kennedy, 17.75; 8. Fallon Taylor 17.77; 9. Cassidy Kruse, 17.84; 19. Shelley Morgan, 17.86.
Bull riding: 1. Brennon Elred, 87points on Lancaster & Pickett Rodeoâ€™s Lil Clever; 2. Tanner Bothwell, 85; 3. John Mincey, 84; 4. John Young, 83; 5. Jimy Marten, 81; 6. Jacob Oâ€™Mara, 79; 7. Chris McCombs, 78; 8. Jeff Bertus, 76.
First round: 1. Bryce Davis, 11.1 seconds, $984; 2. J.P. Wickett, 11.6, $815; 3. (tie) Jason Evans and Rocky Patterson, 11.8, $560 each; 5. C.A. Lauer, 13.3, $306; 6. Cody Lee, 13.5, $170.
Second round: 1. Rocky Patterson, 10.6 seconds, $984; 2. Chet Herren, 12.0, $815; 3. Brad Mohon, 13.0, $645; 4. Jay Sellers, 13.1, $475; 5. (tie) Trevor Brazile and Tyrel Taton, 13.4, $238 each.
Third round leaders: 1. Vin Fisher Jr., 10.2 seconds; 2. (tie) Jess Tierney and Tom Smith, 10.5 each; 4. Guy Allen, 10.9; 5. Jason Evans, 12.0; 6. Rod Hartness, 12.5.
Average leaders: 1. Rocky Patterson, 35.2 seconds on three head; 2. Bryce Davis, 41.9; 3. Jay Sellers, 43.0; 4. Jason Evans, 43.3; 5. Jess Tierney, 26.8 on two head; 6. Cody Lee, 27.0.
CLAREMORE, Okla. â€“ Laine Herl is just 21 years old and has big dreams in the world of rodeo.
He took a pretty solid leap toward that Friday night during the first performance of the Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo. Herl, of Goodland, Kan., posted a 4.1-second run to take the early lead in steer wrestling with two performances remaining.
â€śIâ€™d really like to win the rookie of the year,â€ť said Herl, the No. 2 cowboy in the Resistol Rookie of the Year standings. â€śI drew a good steer and had a good start. That makes a big difference.â€ť
Herl just finished the 2014-15 college rodeo season in fourth place in the steer wrestling standings while competing at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, about three hours west of Claremore. Unfortunately only the top three earn the right to compete at the College National Finals Rodeo that will take place next month in Casper, Wyo.
â€śI missed the college finals by just five points,â€ť he said, noting that the region was filled with talented steer wrestlers. â€śWe had about half the top 15 guys from Northwestern. Practice was tough, but everybody was there to help everybody else.â€ť
That came in handy as he takes his place among the top players in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, the premier sanctioning body for the sport. Heâ€™s traveling with veteran Jule Hazen, a three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Ashland, Kan.
â€śJuleâ€™s helped me a lot,â€ť Herl said. â€śMy horse got hurt, so he allowed me to get on his. Iâ€™ve just learned a lot from him. It helps with the little things that nobody would really notice. They do all the fine-tuning things that nobody really sees but that makes a big difference.â€ť
Herl was a multi-sport star at Goodland High School and had scholarship opportunities in both wrestling and football. He chose rodeo instead.
â€śMy dad bulldogged for a long time,â€ť he said. â€śHe was still going when I was growing up, and it made me want to do it. For me, rodeoâ€™s a better sport because everybodyâ€™s willing to help everybody else.â€ť
Will Rogers Stampede
Leaders through first performance
Bareback riding: 1. Winn Ratliff, 78 points on Lancaster & Pickett Rodeoâ€™s Red Ryder; 2. Kolt Kitaif, 73; 3. Tim Oâ€™Connell, 72; no other qualified rides.
Steer wrestling: 1. Laine Herl, 4.1 seconds; 2. Zac Parrington, 4.3; 3. (tie) Josh Clark, Denver Berry and Tooter Silver; 6.
Tie-down roping: 1. Tylen Layton, 10.6 seconds; 2. Trell Etbauer, 11.1; Bart Brunson, 12.6; 4. Jack Hewett, 12.9; 5. Ryan Jarrett, 13.2; 6. Cole Bailey, 16.9.
Saddle bronc riding 1. Shade Etbauer, 79 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeoâ€™s Miss Molly; 2. Ryan Bestol, 78; 3. Prestan Kafka, 76; 4. Weston Pierschbacher, 75; 5; Wyatt Casper, 74; 6. Wyatt Barstow, 73.
Team roping: 1. (tie) Troy Boone/Dawson McMaster and Brett Christensen/Chase Boekhaus, 5.7 seconds each; 3. Mike Bacon/Joseph Harrison, 5.8; 4. Brock Demaree/Kraig Von Ahn, 6.3; 5. Ralph Williams/Darin Suit, 8.3; 6. Manny Egusquiza Jr./Jett Hillman, 9.8.
Steer roping: First round: 1. Bryce Davis, 11.1 seconds; 2. C.A. Lauer, 13.3; 3. Cody Lee, 13.5; 4. Jay Sellers, 13.7; 5. Jess Tierney, 16.3; 6. Luke Bland, 18.1.
Barrel racing: 1. Michele McLeod, 17.41 seconds; 2. Taylor Langdon, 17.58; 3. Katelyn McLeod, 17.63; 4. Sarah Rose McDonald, 17.66; 5. Shea-Lynn Leach, 17.67; 6. Lacinda Rose, 17.72.
Bull riding: 1. John Mincey, 84 points on Pete Carrâ€™s Classic Pro Rodeoâ€™s Justin Boots; 2. John Young, 83; 3. Jimy Marten, 81; 4. Jacob Oâ€™Mara, 79; 5. Chris McCombs, 78; no other qualified rides.