Today’s Brides and teeth whitening: How to get teeth as white as the dress

Every bride’s dream wedding is different. While some envision themselves in a white ball gown, others see themselves walking down the aisle in neon pink with their dog in tow! Because every bride is unique, Philips Zoom, the #1 professional teeth whitening brand in the country, launched a survey to look into the trends and traditions that today’s brides are following. Here are some of the survey results and an infographic that we’re sure you’ll find useful for upcoming stories:

  • When it comes to the bride’s photo, the top stresses shared by brides focus on their persona and appearance
  • 1 in 5 brides is worried about the appearance of her teeth
  • 67% of former brides and brides-to-be-admit to working out four or more times per week in preparation for their weddings, with 61% citing out specific foods — like cheese, sugar, and pasta from their diets
  • 70% of couples are not totally satisfied when they reflect back on the photos taken on their wedding day

The good news, a confident and healthy smile can go a long way when capturing memories you want to last.  Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed can whiten teeth up to eight shades in 45 minutes and the formula includes amorphous calcium phosphate, potassium nitrate and fluoride to cultivate a healthy smile.

For more information on the myriad of treatments Philips Zoom has to offer, all customizable to your lifestyle and sensitivity preferences, visit here

Because every bride is unique, Philips Zoom, the #1 professional teeth whitening brand in the country, launched a survey to look into the trends and traditions that today’s brides are following, and we think you’ll absolutely love the results! Please see attached for survey results and an infographic that we’re sure you’ll find useful for upcoming stories!

teeth whitening for brides Philips Zoom

Please click here  for more information on the myriad of treatments Philips Zoom has to offer, all customizable to your lifestyle and sensitivity preferences.

About Philips Zoom

As the #1 patient-requested professional teeth whitening treatment in the country, Philips Zoom offers a variety of customizable treatment options:

  • Philips Zoom Take Home Kits: When it comes to whitening there is no “one size fits all,” and now it’s easier than ever to find the perfect fit for every patient. Philips Zoom Take Home Kits come in a variety of options, ranging from Philips Zoom Take Home NiteWhite, which you wear while you sleep, to Philips Zoom DayWhite, which only takes 30 minutes, twice a day to get optimum results in only two weeks.
  • Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed: Clinically proven to whiten teeth up to eight shades in 45 minutes, Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed has superior results and efficacy than other professional whitening alternatives.
  • Philips Zoom QuickPro: Philips Zoom QuickPro uses a breakthrough two-layer technology to give you a noticeably whiter smile in just 10 minutes! It takes only five minutes to apply and all the patient has to do is brush or wipe off the whitening varnish after 30 minutes to see results.
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How to use Periscope for live video streaming business marketing

There’s no shortage of ways that you can rely on social media to build a better buzz—and a stronger brand—for your business. You can share drool-worthy images, post content that helps people improve their lives, or even just send out short messages that are fun. But now, with the new Periscope tool, you can do something more: quickly and easily connect with your community using videos.

Owned by Twitter, Periscope is a live video streaming service that’s already got nearly 2 million daily users, sharing hundreds of thousands of hours of video each and every day. Those users—companies and individuals—are sharing news, gathering new fans, building community.

And one of the best things about Periscope is that it’s easy to use; if you have a Twitter account you’re part of the way there. Want to learn the ins, the outs, and the best way to approach Periscope? This graphic can help:

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U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) takes important step toward new voting system guidelines

Washington, DC – A set of 17 core voting system functions that will guide the Election Assistance Commission’s (EAC) next generation of Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG) was adopted this week by the EAC’s Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC). The unanimous vote came during a meeting called by the EAC and chaired by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). It comes as the Department of Homeland Security has affirmed its intent to maintain designation of election systems as part of the nation’s critical infrastructure.

“The need to protect America’s voting systems has never been more apparent,” said EAC Commissioner Matthew Masterson, who is the designated federal officer for the committee. “We are pleased the TGDC was unanimous in its vote to approve the proposed scope for the next set of guidelines, putting us another step closer to finalizing the next generation of standards used to test voting systems. These will be the most advanced standards against which a voting system can be tested in the United States, ensuring improved security, accessibility and auditability of the next generation of voting systems. Even better, these new guidelines are designed to spur innovations that allow local election officials to give voters the best experience possible.”

What are VVSG?

VVSG are a set of specifications and requirements against which voting systems can be tested to determine if the systems meet required standards. Some factors examined under these tests include functionality, accessibility, accuracy, auditability and security capabilities. The Help America Vote Act of 2002 mandates that EAC develop and maintain these requirements as well as testing and certifying voting systems. On December 13, 2005, the EAC unanimously adopted the 2005 VVSG, which significantly increased security requirements for voting systems and expanded access, including opportunities for individuals with disabilities to vote privately and independently. The 2005 guidelines updated and augmented the 2002 Voting System Standards, as required by HAVA, to address advancements in election practices and computer technologies. These guidelines were again updated by the EAC’s Commissioners on March 31, 2015.

About the new VVSG

The new VVSG are slated to be complete by 2018. These guidelines are voluntary. States may decide to adopt them entirely or in part prior to the effective date. The structure of the new VVSG reflects modifications proposed by the election community, EAC, NIST and the TGDC, which is comprised of election officials, voting system manufacturers, disability experts, cyber security experts, technology experts, and other key election stakeholders. The new guidelines are a nimble high level set of principles that will be supplemented by accompanying documents that detail specific requirements for how systems can meet the new guidelines and obtain certification. The supplemental documents will also detail  assertions for how the accredited test laboratories will validate that the system complies with those requirements. The new VVSG structure is anticipated to be:

  • Principles:    High level system design goals;
  • Guidelines:   Broad description of the functions that make up a voting system;
  • Requirements:   Technical details necessary for manufacturers to design devices that meet the principles and guidelines of a voting system;
  • Test Assertions:    Technical specifications required for laboratories to test a voting system against the requirements.

During this week’s meeting, the TGDC also had the opportunity to hear from the Department of Homeland Security about how the department’s new critical infrastructure designation may impact local election officials. The discussion marked the first time DHS and local election officials and other stakeholders had the opportunity to talk about the designation and revealed next steps in the process, including the creation of working groups that DHS plans to convene to inform its recommendations and services. Last year marked the 10th anniversary of the EAC’s Testing and Certification program, which is the most successful and most implemented voting machine testing and certification program in the nation.

The Testing and Certification program was a requirement of the Help America Vote Act of 2002, legislation that created the EAC and mandated that the commission provide certification, decertification, and recertification of voting systems, as well as the accreditation of voting system testing laboratories.  This marked the first time the federal government assumed responsibility for these activities, a step that allowed states to procure new certified voting systems without the added expense of independent testing and certification. At least 47 states now use the EAC’s Testing and Certification program in some way when deciding which voting system to procure, and over the past decade, it has handled 58 certification campaigns in coordination with 15 voting system vendors. The TGDC is expected to convene again in late summer 2017.

About the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC)

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) was established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). It is an independent, bipartisan commission charged with ensuring secure, accurate and accessible elections by developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, and serving as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration. EAC also accredits testing laboratories and certifies voting systems, as well as audits the use of HAVA funds. For more information, visit

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Latino celebrities to be honored at oscar-weekend impact awards gala by the national hispanic media coalition

BEVERLY HILLS—Kicking off Oscars weekend, on Friday, February 24, the National Hispanic Media Coalition will host their star-studded 20th annual Impact Awards Gala at the historic Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, where Latinos making outstanding contributions to the positive portrayals of Latinos in film and TV will be honored. This is a black tie affair to honor outstanding contributions to the positive portrayals of Latinos in media, hosted by the National Hispanic Media Coalition.

Karla Souza
, Outstanding Performance in a Television Series, (How To Get Away With Murder)

Jaime Camil, Outstanding Performance in a Television Series (Jane the Virgin)

Roberto Orci, Visionary Impact Award, (Transformers, Star Trek, The Amazing Spiderman 2)

One Day at a Time, Outstanding Comedy Series, executive producers Mike Royce, Gloria Calderon-Kellet, and actress Justina Machado to accept the award

Elena of Avalor, Outstanding Animated Series, creator and executive producer Craig Gerber, and co-producer and story editor Silvia Olivas to accept the award

Hate Rising, Outstanding Documentary, producer Catherine Tambini to accept the award on behalf of the team, including Fusion and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos

Special Presenter:
Norman Lear, a World War II veteran, actor, writer, producer, director, and creator of such legendary sitcoms including, One Day at a Time, All In The Family, Good Times, Sanford And Son, The Jeffersons, Maude, and many others that defined and revolutionized American television.

Christina Vidal, actress known for Training Day, Freaky Friday and Welcome to the Dollhouse
Lisa Vidal, actress and producer known for Being Mary Jane, Star Trek and The Division

Friday, February 24, 2017
6:00-7:00 p.m.  Red Carpet Arrivals, Reception
7:00-10:00 p.m.  Dinner and Awards Ceremony

Beverly Wilshire Hotel
9500 Wilshire Blvd
Grand Ballroom
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

NHMC’s 2017 title and diamond event sponsors include The Walt Disney Company, Univision Communications Inc., and Comcast NBCUniversal.

About  The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NMHC)

The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is a media advocacy and civil rights organization for the advancement of Latinos, working towards a media that is fair and inclusive of Latinos, and towards universal, affordable, and open access to communications.

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LGBTQ students benefit from point foundation scholarship

Los Angeles, February 14, 2017 –  Nearly half of the nation’s undergraduate students are enrolled at community colleges, which are an increasingly important springboard for advancing to a bachelor’s degree. To help lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) students transfer to a four-year degree program, Point Foundation (Point) welcomes applications for its Community College Scholarship starting March 1.  Scholarships like this help community college students advance / transition easier to four-year degree programs.

Students selected for the program will receive up to a $3,700 financial award, opportunities to network with the Point community, and the opportunity to attend the Point Community College Transfer Symposium in Los Angeles. Fill out the application online beginning March 1.

“Affordability is only one of the roadblocks to a college degree,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation. “LGBTQ students, particularly those from low-income families, immigrants, and people of color, often feel alone as they try to navigate a path to higher education. Point’s goal is to provide LGBTQ students practical guidance and the emotional support that comes from knowing people want them to succeed and are here to help.”  

Point launched its Community College Scholarship in 2016 with pioneering support from its longtime partner Wells Fargo. By continuing to invest in education via Point Foundation scholarships and programs, Wells Fargo is helping to empower and enrich disenfranchised individuals and communities. Profiles of Point’s 2016 Community College Scholarship recipients and current application information are online at

The 2017 class of Point Foundation Community College Scholarship recipients will be announced in  June for LGBTQ Pride Month. Point will also announce in June its 2017 class of  Point Foundation Scholars; a program of multifaced support for LGBTQ students completing four-year and/or advanced degree programs.

About Point Foundation

Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society. Point Foundation is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit and has awarded scholarships to over 300 recipients since 2002. The Foundation promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development and community service training. You can connect with the foundation in the following ways: | Facebook/pointfoundation | Twitter/pointfoundation | Instagram/pointfoundation   #pointfoundation

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New Electric Orange Appalachian Sippin’ Cream from Sugarlands Distilling Company

Sugarlands Distilling Company Presents Electric Orange Appalachian Sippin' Cream

Gatlinburg, Tenn.— Sugarlands Distilling Company, distillers of award-winning spirits in East Tennessee, released its Electric Orange Cream Liqueur. The newest Appalachian Sippin’ Cream is now available at the downtown Gatlinburg distillery and will soon be available in stores and online at

The new spirit combines a bright, fresh orange zest with the smooth taste of vanilla cream. The vibrant orange taste pairs perfectly with the cream to create a taste like frozen cream pops found in your hometown malt shop. At 40 proof, electric orange can be sipped straight out of the jar or added to your favorite float. Moreover, Electric Orange joins an award-winning line of spirits that has won 20 awards internationally since distillation began in 2014. Sugarlands Distilling Company offers dozens of creative cocktail ideas on their cocktail page.

About Sugarlands Distilling Company

Since opening in March 2014, Sugarlands Distilling Company has quickly become one of the most celebrated crafters of moonshine spirits in the country. The East Tennessee distillery now offers 14 varieties of award-winning moonshine distilled in the Great Smoky Mountains. Sugarlands Distilling Company combines innovative drinks with a raconteur and thrilling vibe. At the downtown Gatlinburg distillery, craft moonshine and whiskey partners up with live music, moonshine tastings, distillery tours and outdoor adventures in the Sugarlands—an area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, also known as “moonshiners’ paradise”. Each year, nearly 1 million people visit the distillery, making it America’s top-rated distillery experience and the number one “thing to do” in Gatlinburg, Tenn., according to

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How to keep money from ruining your relationship | Valentine’s Day

Natalie Nelson

Money is one of the most common topics couples argue about, but there may be more to it than meets the eye. Natalie Nelson, Energy Healing Educator & Program Developer for, is here to give the scoop on how to keep money from ruining your relationship. Nelson, who is the daughter of renowned holistic physician Dr. Bradley Nelson, author of the bestselling book The Emotion Code and creator of The Body Code healing system believes some people don’t believe they can have both love and money, while others struggle with self-worth issues that lead to both money and relationship problems. This comes in the form of emotional baggage.

Experts agree that talking about your feelings around money and finances is the key to keeping it from becoming a relationship killer, but how?

Nelson recommends seeking to understand how your conflict resolution style impacts your relationships. The following sample questions you can ask and answer from her “Resonating Relationships” assessment – number each from 1 to 5 (with 1 being what most describes you) to determine your primary conflict resolution style:

What is your typical conflict resolution style?

  • Avoiding ___
  • Accommodating ___
  • Competing ___
  • Compromising ___
  • Collaborating ___

If you are in a relationship, have your partner also assess his or her style. “Our conflict resolution style impacts all our relationships,” Natalie says. “ Work toward always being a collaborator.”

About Natalie Nelson

Natalie Nelson, 33, has spent more than 15 years studying, experiencing and teaching the powerful healing that is possible through The Emotion Code and The Body Code, created by her father Dr. Bradley Nelson. As a certified Emotion Code/Body Code Trainer, she has taught healing practitioners all over the world in these systems to help people identify and release negative emotions. She developed Resonating Relationships to help people discover and get rid of the emotional baggage that can sabotage love, romance and healthy, lasting relationships. She currently resides in Salt Lake City, UT. 

About Dr. Bradley Nelson

Dr. Bradley Nelson is a holistic Chiropractic Physician, a Medical Intuitive, and one of the world’s foremost experts in the emerging fields of Bioenergetic Medicine and Energy Psychology. His bestselling book, “The Emotion Code,” provides step-by-step instructions for working with the body’s healing power. Download a free copy at

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Love and Fashion: How to rock your lingerie with confidence

Built-In Bra Chemise and Thong by lingerie designer Psyche Terry.
Goddess Built-In Bra Chemise & Thong created by Inspire Psyche Terry.

Do you know that more than 90% of women are unhappy with their bodies? Another study shows that what we wear can have a significant impact on our self-esteem. Fashion entrepreneur and women’s empowerment expert Psyche Terry shares her tips for how to build the confidence you need from the bra strap on out. Her new line of lingerie and sleepwear, “Inspire Psyche Terry,” is helping women sized 4 – 24 to look and feel confident and beautiful. Here are some of her top tips  for rocking lingerie like a queen with confidence.

Top Tips to Rock Your Lingerie with Confidence

  1. You are not alone. There is a huge number of women who lack confidence; it’s not just you. This is something that even famous, beautiful women struggle with and the first step to overcoming it is to recognize the issue and face it head on.
  2. You are not the problem. Your products are. According to a UK survey conducted by Simply Be, from a sample of 2,000 women ages 18 – 34, 55% reported feeling more confident in a perfectly fitting bra. Sadly though, 80% of women are not wearing the right size bra. How many women would be trying new bras and style if they had options that truly fit their figure, specifically designed to enhance their shape? Many more.
  3. Just go for it. In the end, you have to take a leap of faith. Start small and work your way up. You may not jump right to a thong, but maybe start with a new, exciting color or a sexy nightgown that flatters your body shape. Everyone’s comfort zone is different so do what’s doable for you but still bold enough to challenge you.

About Psyche Terry

UI Global Brands, LLC founder and Chief Inspiration Officer Psyche Terry was born in small-town Michigan. Raised by her great-aunt, Psyche strove to overcome limited economic circumstances and today is a successful woman, entrepreneur, wife and mother to three children. Through her #GirlsThatRock program, Psyche travels all over the country sharing inspiration and wisdom with high-school girls, encouraging them to believe in their dreams and apply to college. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County, MI and is a member of Project Help Us Give. Additionally, Psyche is a fitness competition body builder, foodie and nutrition enthusiast. Psyche’s new line of Greek-inspired lingerie and sleepwear, “Inspire Psyche Terry,” was created to help women of a range of body types feel empowered and beautiful throughout the day. A modern-day Wonder Woman, Psyche is changing how women feel about themselves, from the bra strap on out. For more information, visit

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Are immigrants taking jobs from Americans? Venngage research has answers

Recent events in the United States, including the travel ban has sparked debate around the question of whether immigrants are taking away employment opportunities from Americans. Are immigrants harming the economy? The organization Venngage has conducted their own research to find answers, best visualize the hard data and present the facts. Guess what they found out? Check out these 15 charts from Venngage that answer the question once and for all:

15 Charts Explaining Why Immigration is Good For Innovation

760 Jobs are created by each billion dollar company founded by someone not born in the USA.

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How to use Periscope for business

Ghergich&Co. teamed up with SurePayroll to create an infographic about Periscope. It showcases:

  • The recent history and importance of live streaming
  • How to create an account and use the app
  • Why it’s important for businesses to use live streaming

With 1.9 million daily active users and 10 million registered accounts, businesses can use Periscope to build their community and expand their marketing reach. See the full infographic at Peer into Periscope: How Periscope Can Help Your Business.

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