Who We Are: Goals / Objectives / Vision / Mission

KIDS OFF THE BLOCK, INC. (KOB) is a non-profit 501©3 community based organization founded by Diane Latiker in 2003. She started the program in her home.

AT-RISK YOUTH ARE THE TARGET POPULATION OF KOB. Services are focused on “at-risk” youth in the Pullman Community Area, a low-to-moderate income community located on the far south side of Chicago. The Community Area includes part of three political wards, Roseland, West Pullman, and Pullman. • 94.8% of the population is African-American; • 12.5% have a college degree; • 20.2% have not completed high school; • 43.1% are unemployed; • 37.5% of the population lives below the poverty level; • Women head 26.3% of the families.

Behind these bulleted demographic statistics lurks a minefield of factors that militate towards the development of “at-risk” youth in the Pullman Community Area. For a youth living in a home below the poverty level, in a family headed by a woman, and with no employed or minimally employed adult almost guarantees the youngster’s designation as “at-risk.

The home and family life of “at-risk” youth are often disrupted by the harsh realities of hard poverty. Often there are issues of “serial fathers” who are resented by older male youth or a possible threat to young girls. Domestic violence becomes a constant in the experiences of these families. Drug use is often the resort of depressed and overwhelmed parents. Family events and celebrations exist only by imperiling the household budget for the balance of the month.

To offset these budget crunches mothers may attempt employment. Decent paying jobs are few and far between. If they do exist they are located in distant neighborhoods at an hour and a half or more from the home. If an extended family is not available, the youth are pressed into taking care of younger children. Especially for the young men in these homes there exists no teacher, no mentor, and no reliable role model. The youth rebels against his mother and sets out to find his own source of income and a coterie of friends that will provide him with a sort of safety on the streets.

Un-doctored statistics suggest that upwards of 76% of these youth drop out of high school or are “no-shows” for high school after grade school graduation. The streets are a “finishing school” for them. To fulfill the need for some sort of safety and structure, and to feel a sense of belonging “at-risk” youth often turn to gangs. Gangs lead to the drug trade and often to drug use and other crime. At the same time, gang rivalry leads to the dangers of being shot on the streets. Shootings occur on a regular if not daily basis. Robbery is a daily occurrence. Burglary is rampant.

The systems such as Grammar Schools, Park Districts, and High Schools in the immediate neighborhoods of Pullman Community Area offer a rather bare menu of services for youngsters. Most of the “at-risk” youth have rarely if ever left the environment of their community. They would be lost in the hustle and bustle of the Loop. Cultural events that happen in many of the Wards of the city are none-existent in their community. If events do occur safe transportation to and from the events becomes an issue. The school system cannot afford the effort to maintain youth in school. Many of the teenage youth cannot read at a sixth grade level. The High Schools consider expulsion as the best solution to many problematic behaviors. Gang rivalry and “clicks” (groups of youth from various gangs who work together to intimidate non-committed youngsters) are an additional challenge to any youth with an interest in education.

FAITHFUL TO ITS MISSION, THIS YOUNG AGENCY HAS COBBLED TOGETHER AN ARRAY OF SERVICES WITHIN A SAFE PLACE WHERE ADOLESCENTS HAVE A CHANCE TO DEVELOP AND TO GROW INTO SUCCESSFUL ADULTS. The goal of KOB is social change – Our mission is to involve these youth in alternatives to gang violence, drugs sales/usage, school truancy and the juvenile justice system. KOB’s work with youth emphasizes self-development that leads to change. Through individual meetings and group discussions new recruits are encouraged to assess their current situation and identify skills and a knowledge base needed to achieve the goals they have targeted. Young people are actively involved in all operations of KOB from program planning and design to actual implementation.

The “at-risk” youth are involved in Health Workshops, Cultural Events, Educational Tutoring and celebrations in their honor for achievements and participation. The density and variety of programming invites these youngsters to come “off the streets” and become engaged in events that are conducted in a safe and caring environment.

THE ORGANIZATION’S KEY OBJECTIVES ARE:

 To create a positive environment where youth can feel free to be creative;  To provide exposure to other cultures, ethnic groups, communities, and activities;  To work with each youth as an individual to promote continued positive development;  To cultivate skills and meet the needs of the young people we serve;  To celebrate their accomplishments.

The organization reaches out to the most “at-risk” youth in the area to provide them with access to a path that leads away from self-destruction and economic impoverishment. In order to achieve its Mission, KOB provides a multi-service youth program which focuses on those aspects of young people’s lives, which promote good health, educational achievement, and personal and social growth. The organization describes itself as a “holistic care center for prevention, personal growth and empowerment.” KOB provides a safe place “off the block” especially for those young people who do not feel welcomed by traditional youth programs.

Activities / Recognitions

2007

o Partnered with the City of Chicago in the After School Matters Program o Participated in MLK Day with Service for Peace o KOB hosted new program “Hip Hop Light Plates” o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK hosts “Clean & Green Day” in conjunction with Global Youth Service Day o KOB receives new and used computers, printers to start a computer lab for youth o Curtis Elementary School offers space to KOB to house it’s Tutoring/Mentoring programs o Music studio is upgraded from donations of new equipment o KOB hosts it’s 4th Annual Basketball Championship at Curtis School o KOB “Village Leaders” hosts Speak up, Speak out rally in honor of Blair Holt o KOB “Teens against Violence” March with CAPS, Ceasefire, and block clubs. o Six KOB youth are featured in CLTV special “Deadly Lessons” with News Anchor Tonya Francisco o 25 KOB teens graduate from across the city, 4 from high school that went on to college o CEO of KIDS OFF THE BLOCK is Honored by Ebony Magazine o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Marches with The Black Star Project in downtown Chicago o Columbia College Partners with KIDS OFF THE BLOCK and Youth Communications for the Promise Program (teaching youth about journalism) o KOB hosts “A Community for Unity Tribute”, honoring all youth killed by violence in Chicago o World Federation of Peace honors KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Executive Director with Ambassador for Peace Award o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Featured in ABC-7 Special “Keeping Kids Busy, Keeps Then Off The Streets. o KOB CEO & Youth Members Participate in ABC-7 Special “Stopping The Violence”. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Hosts it’s 1st Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner o KOB Christmas Party was held at Curtis Elementary School 2008 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK became a coalition member of The Roseland Safety Network / Department of Human Services o KOB held it’s 1st March Against Youth Violence / along with a video shoot to launch our new campaign “Save A Teen / Do Something” o KOB created it’s 1st music video Save A Teen / Do Something o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Hosts 2nd Annual Clean and Green Day in April

2008

o Featured on Fox News in April o Featured in Citizen’s Newspapers in May o Featured in Chicago Tribune Magazine in June 2008 o CEO featured in Chicago Sun-Times in August as 1 of 50 People Who Make Chicago a Better Place o CEO of KOB was a panelist on Chicago Center’s forum about Youth Violence o CEO of KOB was a guest on “Eight Forty Eight” radio show with Host Richard Steele o KOB, along with community partners, hosted The Roseland Youth Festival in September o KOB, along with community partners hosted The Peace Fest in Harvey, IL o CEO of KOB was featured on WYCC Channel 20 TV about Youth Violence o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was featured in the Voorkant newspapers in the Netherlands (Holland) o KOB is featured in The Gospel Tribune in October o KOB receives award from the State’s Attorney Office for Victim Service o KOB receives award from The Pastor’s Network of Illinois o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was honored with a fundraiser at Percy L. Julian High School by the Honors Society and was featured in their school newspaper o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was featured in the fall issue of The Residents Journal 2008 Fall Issue o Founder/President Diane Latiker received the Roseland Business Council Community Service Award in November 2008 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Hosted it’s 2nd Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner o KOB was featured on Fox News (Feed A Teen) o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was featured in the BET Special “Heart of the City” Chicago’s War on Violence / December 7, 2008 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Partnered with Curtis Elementary School to offer Tutoring Program for grades 3rd thru 8th o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Hosts 3rd Annual Christmas Party in 2008 o KOB was featured on WGN-Channel 9, and CLTV News

2009

o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK travels to Washington for the Inauguration o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK featured in Time Magazine in January 2009 (twice) o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Founder has been chosen for the Lewis Hines Award o St. John Baptist Church Hosts KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Day in February 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK featured in Time Online Magazine in February 2009 o KOB Partners with Public Allies to offer 25 youth community organizing workshops o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Founder Diane Latiker receives Parent Hall of Fame Award o Organization featured on NBC-5 regarding Youth Violence in March 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Memorial Tribute to youth killed by violence featured on front page of the Chicago Defender Newspaper. o KOB became a coalition partner in the Roseland Community Collaborative (RCC) to combat recidivism among youth returning from the juvenile justice system. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK CEO and family traveled to New York to receive the Lewis Hine Award in March 2009. o KOB received it’s certificate to become a “Promise Place” through America’s Promise Alliance (Founders: Mr. and Mrs. Colin Powell) o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK hosts Candle Lighting Ceremony for families of Youth Killed at KOB Memorial Tribute site in April 2009 o KOB featured in Sun-Times Newspaper, Chicago Tribune, and on ABC-7 News, CLTV, WGN, and NBC-5. o KOB featured on CNN “Children Killed in Chicago” in May 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK featured on Anderson Cooper 360 in May 2009 o Diane Latiker featured on CNN’s Don Lemon in May 2009 o KOB Teens Create Safe Sex Ringtone “Strapless” for Aids Foundation of Chicago’s New Campaign “With Me Comes A Cure” o KOB interviewed by AL-Jazeera TV in May 2009 o KOB featured in Guardian News Magazine/TV special in June 2009 o KOB starts it’s summer jobs program for 53 youth in June 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK gets approved for Summer Nutrition Program in June 2009. o KOB attends rally at Thompson Center to protest cuts to human service programs in June 2009 o KOB is part of Roseland Safety Networks trip to Springfield, IL to rally against cuts to service programs in June 2009 o KOB youth attend three day camp at O’Hare Airport with CAPS and Tuskegee Airman to learn about careers in Aviation o KOB girls/young women (15) attended workshop at UIC about Women in Corporate Leadership sponsored by the McDonalds and the WNBA Chicago Sky Women’s Basketball Team, they also got to attend the game. o KOB youth attended the Black Women’s Expo at McCormick Place in July 2009 o KOB participated in Alderman Anthony Beale’s (9th Ward) 10th Back to School Parade 8-22-09 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK attended the HBCU and Nation of Islam “Anti-Violence Rally on 8-29-09 o KOB was featured on Fox News and CBS concerning youth violence in September 2009 o KOB along with Safety Networks presented a Youth Town Hall Meeting to address the violence in Roseland in October 2009 o KOB won the Nike Back Your Block Grant in October 2009 o Diane Latiker was a panelist for Hip Hop Detox on Youth Violence in November 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK participated in the 100 Pastors “Stop the Violence” Forum in November 2009 o KOB participated in the American Bar Association Panel Discussion “Time to Deliver” at Chicago State University in November 2009 o KOB youth participated in Youth Voices Against Violence Friday Night HIV/AIDS Awareness Forum in November 2009 o KOB hosted it’s 3rd Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner in November 2009 o KOB was featured on CBS 2 for “Feed A Teen” 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK gave Christmas gifts to six needy families (coats, hats, shoes, games and monetary donation) December 2009 2010 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK started it’s program at Fenger High School to serve 160 students at Fenger and 40 students at the Feeder Schools in January

2010

o KOB was awarded a 2010 CDBG grant for it’s Summer Basketball and Cultural Arts Program in January o KOB participated in the CAPS “Stop the Violence” Rally with Mayor Daley in January 2010 o KOB launched its No Snitching “Keeping it 100 / Enough is Enough” Billboard Campaign. 2-6-2010 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK partnered with Moody Bible Institute in February for the Family Food Give-A-Way. We gave 50 bags of groceries to 50 families. o Founder Diane Latiker was 1 of 3 people honored on Anderson Cooper (CNN) for Black History Month. o Founder Diane Latiker featured in CNN story on the Gun Ban in Illinois. February 2010 o KOB honored with banner in Nike Factory store on 84th Cottage Grove. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Featured on Chicago Tonight / Channel 11 o KOB hosted it’s 2nd Leaders In Training ( L.I.T.) workshop in March 2010 o KOB took 10 youth from Fenger High School and Curtis Elementary to Atlanta to visit the King Center. o KOB was honored at the Fox News Celebration of the “Peabody Award” by Darlene Hill o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK participated in the 2nd Annual “Peace Walk” with the Youth Peace Center of Roseland o KOB hosted it’s 1st Annual “Safe Summer Bar-B-Que on June 12th at Palmer Park o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK moved into it’s new center in July of 2010 o KOB held a 2 Day Celebration for it’s 7th Year Anniversary in July 2010 o The 3rd Community for Unity Event was held in honor of slain youth. KOB released butterflies and balloons. o Diane Latiker received the Ephraim Bahar Community Service Award in July 2010 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK hosted the “Legacy” Management training series in partnership with GSA for young adults in KOB. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was featured on PBS Broadcasting for their “Need to Know” TV series in August 2010. o KOB was a partner in the 3rd Annual “Peace Fest” at Olive Harvey College in August of 2010. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK participated in Alderman Anthony Beale’s “Back to School Parade with Roseland Safety Networks. o KOB participated in the “All I Do Is Win” Back to School Festival at South Side Help Center in August 2010 o KOB was featured in the documentary “On the Frontlines” at the Black Harvest Film Festival in August 2010 o Diane and Aisha Latiker were featured on WVON 1390 radio show in August 2010 o Diane Latiker was invited to Washington, DC to participate in a panel discussion on Youth Violence with Congressman Bobby Rush. o Kids Off The Block participated in the Walk for Peace with ICARE and St. Sabina Church. o Kids Off The Block featured in Black Enterprise Magazine in October 2010 o Kids Off The Block honored by The Chicago Community Trust at their 95th Anniversary Celebration o Kids Off The Block was featured in the Chicago Defender in October 2010 o Kids Off The Block hosted its 4th Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner o Kids Off The Block and Wal-mart partnered together and fed over 900 people in December 2010 • 2011 • o KOB hosted MLK Day with Mellenium High School teachers and students on 1-17-2011 o KOB hosted two Lunchroom Takeovers at Fenger High School (Outreach Events) 2-2011 o KOB began Health/Nutrition and Fitness Classes at Fenger High School o KOB began Entertainment class at Fenger High School o KOB began Basketball / Mentoring Program at Songhai Elementary o KOB was featured on WCIU Channel 26 (The U) o KOB Youth were honored by The Hinsdale Unitarian Church in Downer’s Grove, IL o Kids Off The Block Founder Diane Latiker was honored with the Black Heritage Award (Marion N’Zinga Stamps) o KOB began Line Dancing Classes for Youth

2011

o KOB hosted 25 youth for Movie/Dinner Night o KOB was featured on the Michael Baisden Show 4-2011 o KOB Founder was CNN Hero of the week 4-2011 o KOB attended tour of Ace Tech Alternative School o KOB youth participated in the Marcus Hendricks Foundation Event o Kids Off The Block took over 30 youth to Washington, DC to march in the rally for jobs and education with Congressman Bobby Rush in May 2011 o KOB and SEIU partnered for two months on outreach activities in Roseland o KOB was a part of Roseland Safety Networks trip to Springfield to meet with Senator Emil Jones 111 and Governor Pat Quinn o Kids Off The Block hosted New CPS Chief Claude Brizzard with Community Leaders of Roseland 6-2011 o CEO Diane Latiker was honored with a Special Youth Activist Award by Fenger High School Principal Elizabeth Dozier in June 2011 o Kids Off The Block hosted the 2nd Annual Safe Summer Bar-B-Q at Palmer Park o KOB participated in The 2nd Annual “Peace Walk” o KOB Youth Advisor Aisha Latiker was featured on You and Me in the Morning Channel 26/The U in July 2007 o KOB participated a Mock Townhall Meeting with SEIU for jobs, and education o Chicago Youth Centers visited KOB with over 30 young people from all over the country o Kids Off The Block hosted a meeting with New Deputy Director of the Chicago Crime Commission Jodie Weis in July 2011 o Kids Off The Block was awarded a grant for 20 jobs for local youth by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources 7-2011 o The Dwayne Wade Foundation with the “Keepers of the Village” Award honors founder of KOB Diane Latiker. 8-2011 o Founder/President Diane Latiker named CNN Top 10 Hero 2011 9-22-2011 o Donor builds KOB Basketball Court on Memorial Lot o Diane Latiker featured in the Chicago Crusader Newspaper o Diane Latiker featured in Tom Joyner’s Black American Web Newspaper 10-2011 o KOB Founder received the Civic Advocacy Award from the Illinois Against Handgun Violence organization October 2011 o Diane Latiker was invited to Abu Dhabi to participate in the Festival of Thinkers 2011 Conference. November 2011 o KOB Founder receives award from Dubai Minister of Justice November 2011 o Diane Latiker receives recognition from the 97th Senate of Illinois November 2011 o KOB Youth Leaders travel to St. Louis, MO to meet with the City Council November 2011 o Diane Latiker and family went to LA to receive her CNN Top 10 Award 12-11-2011 o Diane Latiker received the Community Leader Award from the Roseland Hospital Foundation Board 12-16-2011 o Diane Latiker was featured in the Chicago Tribune Newspaper “Remarkable Woman” in December 2011 o Kids Off The Block receives a donation (1 2010 Van, 10 HP Computers, and a printer) 12-30-2011 •

2012

o Kids Off The Block hosted its 2nd Annual “Speak Up, Peace Out” event with 32 students from Gwendolyn Brooks High School on MLK Day. 1-16-2012 o Diane Latiker spoke at CICS Prairie Charter school to over 200 students, grades 6th through 8th on 1-25-2012 o Diane Latiker spoke to 120 Sophomores at Carver Military Academy on 2-1-2012 o Kids Off The Block hosted 20 youth for a Night of Fun (bowling and skating) on 2-1-2012 o Diane Latiker was nominated for the DVF Award on 2-2-2012. o Diane Latiker was interviewed by DreamBig Magazine in Seoul, South Korea on 2-3-2012 o Diane Latiker has been invited to speak to over 250 incarcerated women in Atlanta on 2-23-2012 o Diane Latiker has been invited to speak at Harvard University to the Black Lawyers Student Association 3-3-2012 o Diane Latiker was guest panelist on “Taking Back Our Streets” at Apostolic Faith Church on 210-12 o Diane Latiker was guest speaker at Development School for Youth in February 2012. o KOB “Tha Movement” and Diane Latiker went to Toronto, Canada to complete their album. March 2012 o Kids Off The Block was featured in Hometown Heroes with Ty Pennington in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was featured on 2nd Chance Radio with Kenny Anderson in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was a guest speaker at Harvard University for the Black Law Students Spring Event. May 2012 o KOB “Tha Movement” featured in What’s Da Bizniz magazine in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was a featured speaker at the ETA Theatre in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was a featured speaker at Northern Illinois University (NIU) to over 400 students in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was on CNN speaking about the violence on June 11, 2012 o On Sunday, July 1, 2012, Kids Off The Block will be one of the featured organizations on ABC’s Secret Millionaire. o Diane Latiker spoke at ELCA Convention in New Orleans, LA at the Superdome to 35,000 students from across the country o Kids Off The Block hosts “Labor Day Tournament / Peace in the Hood” 9-3-2012 o Kids Off The Block partners with Chicago Excel 9-4-12 o Kids Off The Block joins H.O.P.E. (Helping Our People Endure) a initiative of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s CARE Project 9-8-12 o Diane Latiker was a panelist at All Star Project’s conversation about afterschool event. 1-26-12 o US Customs and Border Protection Team lays wreath at foot of Memorial Tribute to honor fallen youth. 11-9-12 o Kids Off The Block hosted its 5th Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner. 11-15-12 o Kids Off The Block hosted “HIV & AIDS Awareness for Youth event with Center for Community Health and Vitality. 12-1-12 o Diane Latiker was a panelist at Columbia Links Town Hall meeting “Don’t Shoot I Want to Grow Up”. 11-15-12 o Kids Off The Block was featured in a News One article about “Feed A Teen Thanksgiving Day Dinner”. 11-16-12 o Kids Off The Block participated in an Anti-Youth Violence video with Mid C Media to bring attention to the violence in Chicago. 12-5-12 o Kids Off The Block was featured in a CNN video to update its viewers about the work of the organization. 12-3-12 o Kids Off The Block hosted its 5rd Annual “Toy Giveaway” at Fenger High School. 12-15-12 •

2013

o Diane Latiker was featured in Black America Web. 1-5-13 o Diane Latiker was featured in “The WIP” online newspaper. 1-7-13 o Diane Latiker placed a full-page ad and wrote a letter to President Obama. 1-7-13 o Met Jonny Imerman of Imerman Angels / 2012 CNN Hero 1-8-13 o Dorothy Brown Clerk of the Circuit

Things You Should Avoid When Doing Hot Yoga

Hot yoga is made to help you stretch more, and decrease the chances of you damaging your cold muscles. This type of yoga burns a lot of calories, and can help you sweat a lot in order to become perfectly fit and physically more active over time.

However, just like traditional yoga, people make mistakes when taking hot yoga classes as well. Doing this can affect your end results.

So, here are some of the benefits of Hot yoga you can enjoy the most.

Don’t Use Too Much Lotion to Moisturize

Since you might sweat heavily during hot yoga sessions, your yoga mat can become a bit slippery. However, if you’re wearing heavy lotion as a moisturizer, it van make some poses near impossible to make for you.

When sweat and lotion combines, they will make your skin very slippery, and will make it significantly harder for you to make certain yoga poses.

That’s why you should keep this thing in mind before moisturizing your body prior to yoga.

Don’t Wear Too Much Perfume

You might not have your hot yoga session in mind when wearing perfume in the morning, but you should think about that.

Wearing a scent is especially not recommended if you share a class with other people as well. That’s because as soon as you start to sweat, the scent will start becoming stronger. This can prove to be inconvenient both for you and for the people around you.

You should think of others as well. Some scents can make other people dizzy, and you don’t want that to happen in a yoga class.

Avoid Eating Heavy Foods

You might love eating multiple times a day, or its just that you’ve prepared your favorite dish today, and would like to eat a but extra. But think twice before eating heavily prior to a hot yoga session, because they usually don’t go hand in hand.

Why VPNS Are Actually Beneficial

Whenever someone talks about VPNs, they usually get a few questioning stares and curious eyebrows directed their way. We usually assume VPNs are associated with people that have something to hide or people that are trying to gain access to illegal websites, and while that is the case with some people, there is actually a lot more to what VPNs have to offer. If anything, we need to be using VPNs more, and if you are interested in learning about how VPNs protect us, and how you can gain access to free internet via VPNs, you can view it now by going through the rest of this article.

Your data while you are using the internet can be compromised, and this becomes even more likely when you are using public access internet and Wi-Fi since there aren’t layers of protection offered here, making your user information and your overall internet use easily accessible to the wrong people. A VPN is able to bypass all of this since it allows you to hide your IP address and by selecting any of the servers offered by the VPN service, you can tunnel your information through whilst keeping your ID protected.

VPNs also cover different holes in public internet security, keeping you safe and your information protected. VPNs also allow you to have access to restricted websites and information. This helps if you are looking to get past state censorship and erasure when you are looking for certain topics. So, VPNs allow you to have a safe experience on the internet without the risk of your sensitive information being leaked online, especially when you are using free internet services. VPNs allow you to use free internet safely, and if you are tech savvy enough, you can even use your VPN to have access to unlimited free internet as well.

Consider These Things Before Getting Your Door Replaced

Exterior door of your house isn’t just an entry point of your house. But it also keeps you safe from elements, is the first line of security, and is the first thing people see whenever they visit your house.

So, keep these things in mind when you replace your front door.

Choose The Right Design

If you’re looking for a standard front door, you should know that there are many different designs that you can choose from. You actually have many options to choose from when you’re looking to replace your front door.

For example, you should consider the amount of light you want to let in, the amount of security the door will provide you with, and whether the door blends with your house’s overall design or not. You can also get an idea by taking a look at the doors of other houses similar to yours.

Construction Material of The Door

Front doors are a bit different from the sliding glass doors that you might use inside your house. While wood is a popular choice for front doors, you can also go with metal, and make it look like wood to enjoy the additional security and fire proof nature of metal.

Many modern homes also use fiberglass and steel to provide a good look, and these doors can also be matched with your windows for a better look. You should always prefer secure and fire resistant material for your front door.

Frequency of Using The Door

Since your main front door is used to enter your house, you’ll want it to be both attractive and functional at the same time. No matter what type of door you choose, if it leads inside your house, it must have an adequate lock for security. You can hire a Florida doors replacement company today to get your door(s) replaced.

Help The Birds By Going For Tree Service

Human beings tend to congregate a lot, and this has lead to the creation of cities. While cities are certainly really useful for us humans, they can really do a number on wild animals that needed the place that you are now living in to ensure that their live can be as good as they have always wanted it to be. This means that by looking into taking care of some of the animals you can help the world to become a slightly better place once all has been said and is now out of the way.

Part of this involves taking care of birds in particular. Birds need a lot of care since they can’t live just anywhere. Ideally they would want to live in trees, and you can build a bird house in order to create the kind of environment that would facilitate them coming and living near your home. Birds would not be willing to live in your tree if Bowie tree service hasn’t been done recently, though, and this is why you should get someone to come and do it right away after which you can build a bird house that all of the nearby birds would want to come and live.

You should bear in mind that most if not all of the birds that come to your tree will not stay there permanently so you don’t have to worry about any kind of disruptions that might occur due to an abundance of birds in the vicinity. Rather, the birds would just want to come and rest in the bird house in your tree for a little while, something that would help improve your life a lot as well.

Common Travelling Mistakes You Should Avoid

When you’re going crazy about a trip, it is very easy to make small mistakes that can hurt your overall travelling experience.

Here are some of the most common travelling mistakes you should avoid to make your trip awesome and fool-proof.

Never Overpack

When going on a trip, you should only choose the things that you’re sure you’ll need, and not the things you think you might use. In most cases, you’ll be able to buy most of the small items at the destination, and even for only a fraction of the price. So, no need to go hard on packing.

Once you’re fully packed, revisit everything and try to reduce the load even further. You need to have as little extra weight as possible for your trip.

Never Trust The Directions Given By Any Local

For most of the things you want to navigate to, you’ll find Google maps very useful (unless you’re visiting a forest). If you ever develop the need to ask the locals about directions, you shouldn’t always trust the first person. Rather, ask the same question from 2 to 3 people and then walk towards that destination. Doing this will dramatically reduce your chances of wasting your time by using the wrong directions.

Not Following Your Budget

Before starting your journey, you should make a realistic budget by getting in contact with a friend on family member who’s been there, or do a Google search. Once you’ve made a budget for your whole trip, divide it into smaller segments for certain tasks, and try not to violate your budgetary limits throughout the trip. Use this as an authentic way of exploring a new place. Keep some flexibility in your budget to accommodate surprise expenses.

You can choose the silk route tour package this holiday season and enjoy your trip to some of the best destinations.

Benefits of Adhesive Vinyl Prints

Vinyl printing technology is one of the most versatile printing technologies used in the printing of large images and sings for all sorts of purposes these days. Vinyl prints are very versatile and popular, and they can also be used on cars, buses, windows, trucks, and even on walls.

You might also be using vinyl print of your business. However, if you aren’t, here are some of the best qualities of a vinyl prints that might persuade you to utilize them for your own business as well.

They’re Cost Effective

Vinyl printing is one of the least expensive ways of printing. However, it is still a bit more expensive as compared to direct-to-substrate printing because it first needs to be applied on a substrate. But vinyl makes up for the price difference by increasing the durability and overall quality of the print.

There are lots of different types of vinyl out there, and you can choose a low quality vinyl for temporary use in one time outdoor events. You can still use the high quality ones for long term use. Visit https://copy4lessny.com/services/vinyl-banner-signs/ for more info on this topic.

Weather Resistant

One of the mean reason why vinyl is still the most popular choice for businesses for outdoor applications is the fact that it can resist harsh outdoor weather. High quality ink used in printing most of the vinyl signs and posters doesn’t get dissolved easily in the water.

So, if you’re a business looking to get some posters printed for outdoor use, you can easily choose vinyl over other alternatives.

These Are Really Versatile

You can stick adhesive vinyl prints on a lot of different surfaces without any issues. This allows you to use these stick posters for a lot of your projects by making them really versatile for a range of different applications.

Follow These Simple Steps to Lose Weight

Whether you’re trying to lose weight, by yourself or your doctor recommends it, there are fortunately some simple ways to do that. You should lose 1 to 2 pounds per week on average to keep your weight loss steady in the long run.

However, most of the weight loss plans can leave you feeling hungry, and you might end up craving for food. This is the main reason why many people get scared when they listen the word “weight loss”.

However, not every eating plan has bad effects. Low carb, low calorie diets can actually help you lose weight while still feeling fuller for a long time. You can also visit https://allysbar.com/leanbean-review to check out at effective weight loss product. Additionally, here are some tips to help you lose weight faster, and retain the pace for a long time.

Avoid Taking Refined Carbs

And easy way to reduce your calorie intake and start losing weight is cutting back on carbs or sugars, and starches. You can do this by following a low carb diet plan, or at least cutting back on refined carbs and replacing them with whole grains.

Taking less carbs means you’ll feel less hungry, and your calories intake will also start going down. Your body will also start burning stored energy in place of carbs.

Take Sufficient Protein And Fats

You should take meals rich in protein, fats, and complex carbs like whole grains. Take more veggies as they are healthier and better for your body.

Taking more protein will allow your body to retain your muscle mass while your fat gets dissolved.

Develop Exercising Habits

While exercise isn’t needed for weight loss (only a calorie deficit is need), it can help you accelerate the weight loss process, and can make your body stronger.

Getting The Most Out of Chatbots

If there is one mistake that we feel people should really stop making when it comes to chatbots, it is that people should stop assuming that using chatbots is going to remove any obstacles that their business would ever face. Using chatbots is definitely beneficial but you need to use them in the best way possible otherwise they might just end up doing more harm than good to the manner in which you have currently chosen to end up living your life.

The key to using chatbots properly is to first read more about them so that you make a sound and educated decision at the end of the day. Chatbots don’t have minds of their own. Rather, they are programs that are going to give responses based on the information diet that they are fed. What you need to end up doing here is that the answers that your chatbot would provide would need to look as human as possible. They need to address all of the questions that a customer might have, and in programming them properly you would reduce the likelihood that a human being would step in and handle it which can usually end up costing you a lot more in the long run.

In order to truly understand how to make the most of chatbots you must bear in mind that they are only ever going to be as good as the data they have access to. Preparing for as many questions as possible can prevent customers from feeling frustrated by the answers that they are being given, and when you roll out the chatbots in earnest you would face far fewer problems than might have been the case otherwise.

How to Use Roach Killers Effectively

Everyone hates cockroaches. This is the sort of thing that remains constant regardless of the manner in which you have currently chosen to end up living your life. However, killing them is always going to be easier said than done. You can always spray a roach when you see one but this reactionary tactic is only going to go so far. It might kill the specific roach that you might have stumbled across but it would do nothing to address the underlying issue of the infestation that seems to be getting increasingly worse day by day.

If you truly want to get rid of roaches in your home for good, the best way for you to end up doing so would involve kill roaches effectively with these products. Instead of just spraying when you spot a roach, try to use a significant amount of roach killer in an area where they seem to be congregating frequently. Spray a lot of bug poison into this room and then keep it sealed for at least one whole day. When you do this, you would end up ensuring that no matter what happens any roach that might have tried to create a home in this area of your house would be dead regardless of how sturdy they might otherwise be.

The major problem when it comes with roaches is that they really are hard to kill. Even if you kill one or two every day, the underlying infestation can be a nightmare to end up getting rid of. You need to rely heavily on bug sprays to truly kill the whole colony and do it frequently enough that any stragglers would be killed off as well.

Things to Know When Hiring an Employment Lawyer

If you have not dealt with employment law because you have been employed smoothly, then you should be glad to know that not a lot of things go wrong in that way. Wherein, most of the things can be dealt with easily, and you can easily take care of the things for yourself, as long as you are being wise about it.

Now the thing is that if you do want some help, we are going to guide you here https://attwoodmarshall.com.au/brisbane/employment-law/ that way, you will have the understanding of employment law in the best possible way.

But for now, we are going to talk about some of the things that you should know when it comes to hiring such a lawyer.

They Are Not Hard to Come By

The best thing about these lawyers is that they are not hard to come by. Quite the opposite, really. You will realise that the thing about hiring such a lawyer is that there are many law firms that can provide you with the expertise that you are going to need and the best part is that hiring them is super simple and straightforward, so you are all good when you are relying on such a service. IT will make life much easier.

Always Reveal Everything to Them

As someone who should be a responsible client, the duty of revealing everything is going to befall you, it is important that you are revealing everything to them so nothing else goes wrong or out of the place because that would be wrong, and we avoid doing that. After all, it is better that you are not making the mistake and being responsible about things. Just take care of everything and you will be good.

Why Auto Parts is a Great Industry to Invest In

If you have a spare bit of money lying around, there is a pretty good chance that you want to try and invest it in something once all has been said and is now out of the way. The reason behind this is that investing your money allows you to live off of the income, and if you make enough smart investments you might not have to work at all for the rest of your life. The challenge here is choosing the right industry to invest in, and for those that have enough money to afford it the auto parts industry is a pretty good option.

Auto parts cost a lot of money, which means that you will require significant startup capital before you can safely say that you are investing in it in the best way possible for you. The thing about auto parts manufacturing is that you need heavy machinery, and this doesn’t come cheap. That said, it is important to note that after you have made this initial investment, significant though it may surely be, the money you would start earning would more than make up for this expense.

The great thing about this industry is that you will start earning the big bucks almost immediately. There is an insatiable demand for auto parts and various manufacturers and other companies would start lining up to buy from you. The only reason why more people aren’t investing in this is because of the fact that they don’t know about it first and foremost, and secondly even if they know about it they don’t have the kind of money required to get their foot in the door.

Things You Should Always Look For in Good GPS Jammer

If you are finally going ahead with the purchase of a signal jammer, you will come to realise that there is no shortage of great options available in the market. It is simple and straightforward that the options that you are going to get your hands on are going to be accessible to you.

But every now and then, you run into something that is actually more expensive than you initially thought and it would be better if you buy something that is not only proper but also works really well in every case.

Now, the good news is that you can look at the signal jammer and choose what you are looking to get your hands on.

The Features You Want

Before anything else, before you are searching for in a good GPS jammer is the features that you are looking forward to getting access to. Make sure that you are not buying something that does not give you access to something that is not going to get the job done for you because that is not how it works, in the first place. You would want to get something that gets the job done in every case.

How Easy It is to Use

After all, if you are investing money in something, you would want that thing to be easy to use rather than being difficult. There is no point in having something that you are going to spend hours trying to figure out. To a point that you eventually give up. I say this because I see this happen a lot; people just give on the things they cannot understand when it comes to using them.

Benefits of Using a VPN

Internet is very unsecured these days, and you can always at a risk of revealing your location and becoming a victim of data theft when surfing the internet. For starters, various tech companies are constantly stealing your data, and selling it to the highest bidder. This gets dirtier with the introduction of thugs, hackers and scammers waiting for you to fall into their trap. In short, you’re inviting all those people to spy on you by not using a VPN service.

VPN is actually a secure system which uses latest encryption and security measures to provide you with secure access to the internet. VPN hides your location, and uses another IP address to avoid anyone from tracking you down.

Here is why you must use a VPN service for surfing the internet.

Secure Sharing of Files

When you and a group of other people use a VPN service before exchanging data and files, you won’t have to worry about any of the data being exposed or stolen in the middle. VPN provides you with end to end encryption for data and file transfer in the long run.

Keeps You Anonymous

Being anonymous on the internet is a thing of luxury these days. If you are exposed on the internet, anyone can exploit you and use your data for their own purposes. Additionally, we do a lot of things online that we don’t even like being associated to.

So, when you use a VPN, it uses a secure tunnel to hide a of your information, and let’s you visit websites anonymously without the risk of being tracked.

Better Performance

In addition to doing its role in protecting your online privacy, a VPN can also help improve the bandwidth and other things. You can choose good VPN services like internetetsecurite to get better performance.

Qualities of Good Online Food Delivery Services

There are lots of online food delivery options available these days. That is why the competition in the online restaurant niche has gone fierce. In the vastly diluted market of online food delivery services, only the services with great qualities stand out, and are successful.

Here are some of the qualities of good online food delivery services.

Easy Ordering

The most successful online food delivery services make it easy for their customers to place orders. Takeout and home delivery should never be complex. Additionally, successful platforms even have features that allow them to save the custom orders placed by a customer to make it easy for them to order the same items again. That is why easy ordering matters a lot especially in the online food delivery services.

Better Information About Food

The quality of information a platform provides its customers regarding the quality of food is a very important factor for the success of that platform providing accurate information regarding food helps a platform in establishing a relationship of trust with their customers.

However, providing wrong information about the food items can result in customers leaving that platform and not ordering ever again. That is why the quality of information matters a lot.

Delivery Speed

People ordering food online expert their order to arrive quickly. Speed of delivery matters a lot in strengthening the relationship between a customer and the platform. If the restaurant delivers on time, the customer will be happy to use their services over and over again.

Seamless Payments

Some of the best online food delivery platforms like mealplated also take in regard the payment methods and the ease of making payment for their customer. The payment process must be seamless and secure for the customers buying from the platform. Saving the payment method securely can also make the payment process faster for repeat buyers.

Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer Instead of Representing Yourself

When you are in a situation where you might need to defend yourself in a court of law, or perhaps make it so that you can end up prosecuting someone else for something that they have done to you which was illegal without a shadow of a doubt, you would be given two options. The first would be to hire a lawyer, and the second would involve you representing yourself. People often think that because of the fact that both of these options are given to you that they hold equal weight and are equally valid with all things having been considered and taken into account, but the fact of the matter is that representing yourself might just end up being the biggest mistake that you have ever made and chances are that it would truly haunt you for the rest of your life.

You should always hire a lawyer to represent you. Plenty of personal injury lawyers are available at this current point in time, and all of them would have the knowhow necessary to represent you in the best way possible. If you try to make it seem like you are going to be representing yourself, this would lead to the odds being stacked against you.

Judges don’t look kindly upon people that want to defend themselves, and what’s more is that you might not know enough about the law to understand how things are done at the end of the day. A lawyer would not make such mistakes, and while hiring them would certainly be an expense there is a good chance that you can afford it if your case is strong since your opponents pay if you win.

Things You Should Consider Before Taking Supplements For Workout

For anyone who has been thinking about going ahead with the use of supplements that are for working out, it is important to know that there is no shortage of good options available. You can easily make the situation work in your favour by looking at options that are generally good but the thing that you must understand is that it is better that you make some considerations beforehand.

Simply because you don’t want to be in a situation where you find yourself putting in a lot of effort. You can look at anavar as it is one of the better options that are available for a lot of people. But the purpose of this article is to look at some of the things that one should consider before moving to the supplements.

Trying Out The Natural Ways

Before you start taking supplements, you should at least let your body get used to the natural progression of muscles so you don’t end up making a mistake. I understand that not everyone would want it that way but it is for the better as it is only going to help you get used to something that might work for you, in the start.

Your Budget

Supplements don’t come cheap. As a matter of fact, we have looked at some of the most expensive options time and again. Which means that when you are in the market looking for these supplements, it is better that you consider your budget beforehand so you don’t find yourself in a situation where you have to look for a lot of them. It is just better that you are being careful about it because otherwise, you might run into some issues.

The Perks of Visiting Your Dentist Regularly

Not every person like a visit to the dentist’s office. In fact, many of them say that they are actually afraid to go to the dentist’s office because of the threat of pain and anxiety.

While a dentist’s clinic might not be the most amusing of places on the planet, it does have lots of benefits that should make you want to hurry in fixing an appointment with them.

Here are some of the best benefits of visiting your High Wycombe dentist regularly.

Helps Prevent Any Upcoming Problems

Teeth aren’t the only thing that your dentist checks, but he checks other parts of your dental hygiene as well. One benefit going to regular dentist checkups is that they can detect if there is any growing issue that can turn out to be a problem for your teeth in the long run. Any problems that are in the making will receive an immediate reacting from your dentist, and will be mitigated before it even starts bothering you.

Helps Your Teeth Survive For a Long Time

Usually, some of our teeth start decaying, and are eventually removed by our dentist to save the rest of the teeth from them. Keep in kind that as an adult, you only have one permanent set of teeth. So, if you mess them up, you’ll regret doing that for the rest of your life.

However, a visit to the dentist’s office can actually help you avoid losing your teeth. The dentist might actually be able to do something about your teeth to help you out in this situation.

Best Oral Hygiene Tips

Many people are not educated enough on oral hygiene. If you brush regularly and do not floss, you might start seeing results your results. So, you can ask your dentist to provide you with the best oral hygiene tips possible

Boost Property Values With Vastu Architecture

While the plot of land that you are building your house on will probably be a major factor that could impact the eventual value of the house you are building, maximizing property values is about a lot more than that with all things having been considered and taken into account. This is because of the fact that in order to truly maximize the value of your house you need to build a home that is truly amazing in every single way, shape or form, and the kind of architecture you go for can have a massive role in this sort of thing.

Vastu architecture tends to be overlooked a lot of the time but this doesn’t mean it’s not worth looking into. In fact, a pooja room vastu = 54, 6th page can boost your overall home value remarkably, so much so that the money that you are putting in would be nothing compared to the actual increase in property value that you would now be able to take advantage of if you ever decide to sell the home or if the whole purpose of buying the home was so that you could sell it for some kind of a reasonable yet substantial profit.

The thing about this kind of architecture is that most people won’t even know it’s there since it’s so subtle. It can still boost property values due to the reason that it creates a home that is well lit and well ventilated, and whenever someone comes to visit the house and see whether or not they like it they would be struck by this and it would give them more of a reason to pay a higher price later on.

The Benefits of Tree Service For Agriculture

One of the biggest problems in the world today is that society is starting to move towards a highly urbanized way of living. This is really good in a lot of ways but for the most part it is also resulting in a disconnect from nature with all things having been considered and taken into account. This is because of the fact that when you think about starting a business you are not going to be thinking about anything like agriculture but would rather be focused on opening a restaurant or something similar to that since you are used to how urban environments generally tend to end up functioning at the end of the day.

The thing about agriculture is that it is a really good business that could allow you to earn a lot of money if you play your cards right. This is why we recommend that you hire Rancho Cordova tree company to come and service your tree and make sure that whatever fruit it bears would be healthy enough that you can sell them on the open market. You don’t want your tree to wither up and die after all since this would make it quite difficult for you to truly enjoy the profit that you had probably been relying on before this terrible incident occurred, so taking care of your tree before disaster strikes is actually quite important if you think about it.

Once you start going for an agricultural business that involves the growth of trees you would realize that the profit that can be earned from this sort of thing is truly amazing and it can help you support your family and keep them happy.

Why Eating Less Never Leads to Weight Loss

Those that are at a point in their lives where their weight has ended up becoming too high for them to be healthy or to look good in any way, shape or form are going to want to take some really serious measures for the purposes of allowing maximum weight loss to be achieved. In some cases, these overweight people might just decide to stop eating entirely, thinking that if they don’t eat then their body would start burning fat stores thereby making them extremely thin in no time.

The truth of the situation is that avoiding food entirely will never let you lose weight once all has been said and is now out of the way. The reason behind this is that your body would trigger a starvation response if you don’t eat, thinking that food is in short supply and that it needs to take measures to keep you alive for longer. When something like this happens, your metabolic rate drops. A site like Tazafit.com can tell you more. A low metabolism means that you simply won’t lose as much weight as you had hoped.

Feeling hungry is always a bad sign when it comes to weight loss. You shouldn’t overeat but you shouldn’t let yourself feel hungry either as this would stop you from losing a meaningful amount of weight. Try to go for a sensible and balanced diet instead, and add some exercise into the mix. Your body’s fat stores only provide energy, so not eating can lead to deficiencies in protein levels as well as vitamins and minerals so you’re just wrecking your health by not eating and all for nothing since it doesn’t help with weight loss.

Buying Christmas Lights in Advance

The sheer number of different factors that need to be managed in order to ensure that you can get the best Christmas experience you could ever hope to obtain can often lead to you putting some things off for later once all has been said and is now out of the way. The reason behind this is that you would not want to overload yourself, and with an already busy schedule the dangers of taking too much onto your plate and subsequently not being able to handle it which can ruin Christmas for everybody else are so real that you would be hesitant to take the risk.

In spite of the fact that you might not be willing to do more than you think you are capable of handling, leaving a couple of things such as hiring Christmas light installers Dallas TX would not be conducive to a top notch Christmas experience. As the day gets closer and closer, you would begin to notice that there are fewer Christmas lights available on the market because of the fact that people will have already bought them all since many if not most prefer to do their shopping well in advance just to be on the safe side of things at the end of the day.

If you fail to buy Christmas lights in advance, chances are that you won’t be able to buy them when the day has arrived. The prospect of having to spend Christmas without any high quality lights that you and your family can take advantage of is something that you probably don’t want to think about due to how boring it sounds, so buy some in advance so that you don’t have to worry later.