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

What You Need to Know About Walmart One

Walmart is one of the largest chain of stores one could think about and in all honesty, it is one of the best, as well. However, what you must know about these stores is that with such a huge business comes a lot of twists and turns that need to be managed in a proper way.

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Caters to a Lot of Information

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Is Rolfing Safe For Kids?

Since Rolfing has the potential to truly allow you to live your best live, chances are that you would want to think about how you can help your kids enjoy this sort of thing as well. The reason behind this is that your kids are an important part of your life, and no matter what else might be going on you might want to think about how you can make their lives better and part of this is by improving their health and introducing them to practices that, if they continue working on them, can ensure a pretty wonderful life for them all in all.

However, before you end up making them go through a Rolfing session, you might think that it would be a good idea to think about it for a second. This is understandable. After all, Rolfing can often cause the participants pain, and while adults would be able to understand that this pain is both natural as well as just a sign that the process is working, kids might not be able to understand quite as well and this is basically why you should try your best to find the right person to do it.

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Boosting a Car Battery: Useful Tips For Beginners

It can be a highly infuriating experience when you find out that your car engine would not start due to some issue with the battery. Your car’s battery would be more susceptible to becoming faulty if it is more than one year old. Even if you regularly fill the distilled water in your battery every morning it can still get damaged without any prior warnings. Under such unforeseen events, you should have a proper understanding of how to boost the battery of your car.

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Why You Should Hire Professionals For Faucet Repairs

Generally, faucet repairs are a lot easier than you might think. There is nothing wrong with these repairs as in many cases, you can handle these things on your own. But what you must be aware of is that things can easily become tricky if you start delaying or facing an issue that is much bigger than you had initially thought.

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Printing Custom Candy Wrappers for a Party

Throwing a party is the sort of thing that can really boost your social capital in a big way. Not only would it enable you to live a far better life because of the fact that you would end up having a lot of new friends that you can hang out with, at the same time it will just be a pleasant and leisurely experience for you as well. Now, throwing a party is great but it’s not going to be easy. You want to throw a party that people end up talking about for days and days, a party that would indicate to you that things are becoming a lot better than they might have been otherwise.

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How Often Should You Get Waxed?

Hair removal is something that a lot of people think is necessary in order to make it so that they would be able to maximize their appearance. Everyone wants to look good after all, so it’s pretty understandable that hair removal has become such an integral part of the self grooming process that so many people tend to be involved in. When it comes to getting rid of body hair so that you have nice and smooth skin, waxing seems to be a good solution, and there are quite a few people that would agree that Trim Salon is without a doubt the single best place from where you can get things like this done all in all.

That being said, there is one thing that you would probably be struggling to understand and that is how often you should get waxed. The thing about this is that it really varies quite a bit from person to person. Perhaps the biggest factor that plays a role in this is the speed at which your body hair grows. If you generally tend to get body hair quickly this means that you would want to get waxed more often than someone that doesn’t get all that much body hair in a short period of time.

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Limousine Service Guide for Beginners

Whether you are headed to the big game over the weekend or organizing a large scale corporate party for your new colleagues and business partners, having a limousine service can always add additional value to the event. The level of prestige you get from the amount of money you spend is something that cannot be achieved in any other car rental or ride-sharing services. Let’s be honest: we don’t routinely see luxurious limos driving up in the downtown area. It is something that still gets the attention of everyone present around the close radius, and you can easily impress others with the classy ride.

You should always keep an eye out for reliable limo services, because not uncommon to run into shady companies that might try to scam their inexperienced clients. Apart from the trust factor, you should also ensure that the license and registration of your driver are up-to-date so that you don’t get pulled over at the highway when you are running towards your destination. Many newbies might end up engaging with a phony limo service, which would demand exorbitantly high rates for the service they provide. If you have been searching for a reliable limo rental in Charlotte, North Carolina, then you should visit the website.

Once you evaluate the legitimacy and reliability of the limo company, then you can select your preferred vehicle from a large fleet of glamorous cars. From luxury SUVs to stretch SUV limos, you would have a wide variety of options to choose from – and most of these cars come in shades of black and grey. The chauffeur should also have international insurance coverage so that you don’t have to bear any costs regarding collateral damages in case of an unforeseen event. Knowing about the licensing of the company is something that you should never underestimate.

Why You Should Hire an Accountant to Do Your Taxes

Taxes are annoying but they are necessary. Without a proper system of taxation the government simply won’t have the funds required in order to deal with the various infrastructure management related issues that it needs to be working on for the purposes of building a stable functioning society that everyone would be able to live in. Hence, you should definitely pay your taxes, but if you have paid your taxes before chances are that you have made a few mistakes that either resulted in you underpaying or paying too much tax, both of which can cause all kinds of issues as time passes by.

When it comes to taxes you simply can’t afford to make any errors which is why it’s so important that you try your best to hire an accountant to help you out with the whole process. An accountant can determine which aspects of your taxes need to be worked on and which parts are good to go, and what’s most important is that they can tell you which taxes you absolutely need to pay and which ones should be deferred until a later date.

The only problem here is that you might not know which accounting firm to go for since there are so many and most of them seem to operate in the same way all in all. You should definitely try going for Odoni Partners because of the fact that they really know how to do their business, and at the same time they have a tendency to work favorably for their clients as well which is the kind of thing that you would definitely want in situations such as the one that you are currently in.

What Are Some Technical Surveillance Countermeasures You Can Take?

These days one of the most prominent buzzwords that are going around is TSCM, and this is basically an acronym that stands for technical surveillance countermeasures. For the most part these countermeasures are going to be in order to prevent you from divulging any information to third parties that you would have wanted to keep for yourself, and even though numerous people think that this is not necessary in this modern day and age it is becoming increasingly essential for people to start taking things like this as seriously as possible lest dire consequences end up arising due to inaction on your part.

Countermeasures for technical surveillance can often involve a little bit of common sense. For example, if you are truly paranoid about having your information getting leaked then you should use some kind of a signal jammer. A lot of the time bugs and the like are going to be transmitting information directly to the person listening in, which means that if you are not careful you might just end up giving these people information.

Using a signal jammer that can prevent the signal from heading out will at the very least make sure that no live transmissions can happen, although it is still definitely possible for you to get spied on regardless because there are bugs out there that often end up recording what you are saying and eventually making it so that someone can come in, take the recording and listen to it. The best part about countermeasures against surveillance is that there are a lot of them available, and many of them are worth looking into if you know the right place to get this kind of thing done.

Never Make These Mistakes When Hiring A Wedding Photographer

Doing shopping and hiring a wedding photographer is usually in the priority list of most of the newly engaged brides. Since weddings are usually one time thing for most of us, we usually don’t have any experience of hiring a wedding photographer.

Inexperienced people often make mistakes when hiring wedding photographers, and making a mistake before a big event like your wedding can prove to be a costly mistake. Here are some of the most common mistakes that you should avoid at all costs when hiring a wedding photographer.

Don’t Ignore Their Personality

For a wedding photographer to be the perfect candidate, they’ll have to be personally liked by you. That is because the photographer will become an important person on your wedding day, capturing the eyes of every single person present in the venue, so, hire only the person that you really like in terms of personality. Keep an eye on their behavior when you first meet them, and avoid hiring them if you aren’t okay with their personality.

This is very important because your wedding day should be all about your happiness, and you can keep the negative people away if you like.

Don’t Invest In The Wrong Thing

We know that your budget might be limited for hiring a photographer. If this is the case with you, then you should try investing all of your money in finding good Phoenix wedding photographers and avoid spending money on things like albums for the photographs. If you compromise on hiring the photographer, you’ll end up with bad photographs, while on the other hand, you can get the album later on when you have money for it.

So, don’t just think about the present, but be brave and invest in the right thing when you still have time.

Best Tips to Look After Your Teeth And Gums

Many people might consider their oral health routine a burdensome activity of the day, and they tend to skip their brushing and flossing chores due to this lack of interest. The next time you think about delaying those regular check-ups, you should think again. Visiting a reliable dentist and getting timely dental treatments can make a big difference when it comes to having a vibrant and beautiful smile. In order to get rid of plaque buildup and tartar accumulation, there are various things that you should be doing.

Apart from brushing your teeth at least two times a day, you should also be keeping track of your hydration throughout the day. Most health experts recommend drinking about 8 glasses of water daily, as it ensures that all your internal organs perform properly and your skin stays moisturized. Drinking water will not only satiate your thirst but it can also help improve your teeth’ health by triggering the formation of saliva. Saliva helps keep all the potential bacteria and germs at bay. If you want to restore your beautiful smile by getting high-quality dental care services, then you should definitely consider visiting the webpage at www.åkermyntantandvård.se now.

If you have sweet tooth and you just can’t overcome those sugar cravings, then you need to be extra cautious to brush your teeth in a proper manner after the consumption of sugary foods. Improving your overall calcium intake would not only help you with your bone density, but it would also whiten your teeth. For best sources of calcium, you can drink a glass of warm milk at night before going to bed or have it with your breakfast cereal in the morning. This would help you replenish your potential calcium deficiency in the body.

The Benefits of Rotary Clotheslines for Fresh College Graduates

Having just graduated from college is the sort of thing that can allow you to really maximize your life in a big way. Not only would you be able to finally get a place of your very own, you would also probably be growing up in other ways. For example, you would now be responsible for doing all of the cleaning and cooking for yourself. You would no longer have your mom to wash your clothes for you, rather this is the sort of thing that you might want to do on your own.

Washing clothes is one of the most important activities that you would need to add to your list of chores, but people that are just out of college are often not all that rich at all and in fact they are struggling so much that they usually don’t even have all that many clothes that they can wear. This is why finding a solution that allows you to dry your clothes quickly is something that you would definitely want to look into, and while a dryer is the best appliance for the job these things are quite expensive so they are not realistically accessible to the average fresh college graduate.

Luckily for them there is another solution that can be used, one that has the potential to really maximize drying times and speeds. If you visit washingwoman.co.uk you would find lots of rotary clotheslines that you could potentially end up buying, and what’s more is that these clotheslines will help you dry your clothes so quickly that you can just get done with the washing process and have them dried in no time leaving them finally ready for you to wear.

Look For These Qualities in a Good Emergency Plumber

Some homeowners, when they encounter a plumbing related issue, try to fix the issue themselves. This is fine of the issue is small and you have both the time and experience needed. However, if you don’t have any experience or interest in fixing a plumbing issue, and an issue surprises you. You’ll have no other choice than to hire an emergency plumber to get the issue fixed.

Here are some of the best qualities you should be looking for in a good emergency plumber.

24/7 Service

One of the worst things about plumbing emergencies is that they can go down at any moment, they don’t have any fixed business hours. So, one basic quality that every emergency plumbing service should have is that they should be willing to serve you irrespective of the time and situation.

Multiple Services

If you’re looking to select a plumbing company that you’ll calm in an emergency, then you better look for the one which provides you with a wide range of different plumbing related services. No matter which problems you might have, they should have all the tools and the experience necessary to fix any issue that you might have.

Professionalism

A good emergency plumber isn’t only professional in their way of talking and dealing, but they also have all the required certifications to be called a professional plumber in the first place. They should be able to understand the problems and then teach you about it. This way, you can learn how to avoid this mistake in the future with the help of proper maintenance.

Skills

An emergency plumber always works under stressful conditions, that is why they should have impeccable skills. They should be able to detect and repair the problems in a instant.

The Benefits of Having Filtered Water

When you are looking at a number of different water supplies, one of the most overlooked is the filtered water. A lot of people will tell you that filtered water is not something that is going to work for you that well, and there are not a lot of benefits included in that, but in reality, filtered water can benefit you in more ways than one and you can easily make the situation work in your favour if you are being just a little careful.

That being said, if you want to know more, you can always head over to https://www.filteredwatersolutions.com.au and you will get a lot of information as well. Below, we are going to discuss the benefits of having filtered water.

It is Healthy to Drink

One of the best things about going for filtered water is that it is healthy to drink. You genuinely will not have to stress over having some issues with the water you are drinking because it will not be causing you any issues, either. Just make sure that the water you are drinking is properly filtered and you are going to have a good experience.

Gets Rid of All The Issues

Water-borne diseases are never good and in reality, they can actually create a lot of issues for you, as well. The good thing, however, is that you can actually opt for filtered water and you will be good to go as you are going to have a much better experience with filtered water than you would with unfiltered water. Just be sure that you are fully aware of what you are getting yourself into and things won’t be a problem for you at all.

As long as you are focusing on it, you are going to be good.

Your Complete Guide to Condos

You have probably heard about condos, they are like small houses that are most suited for students. For people who are planning on getting a condo for the first time need to read this article first. Since you would be spending a lot of money on it, it is best that you gather as much information as you can. After reading this article till the end you will be able to get all the things that you are looking for. You can just think of this article as your complete guide to condos.

There are different condos out there, many people try to go for the more well known condos such as Square One District Condos. But it does not necessarily have to be a famous place, just pick out a condo that best fits your needs and the one that you can easily adjust to.

By ‘adjust’ we mean a lot of things will be different from a regular residential home. Living in a condo is like living in a community, so if you are okay with living with neighbors that live very close by (literally right next to each other) only then should you choose a condo.

In condos, you will find different facilities such as gyms, fitness centers, etc, however, these facilities are shared so you do not get them all to yourself. In addition to this, in condos there are certain rules and regulations that you will have to follow. These rules are not the same for all condos, you can look up different condos and choose the one that best fits you.

You can always find a suitable condo through a real estate agent as they have more knowledge regarding different types of condos.

The Mistakes You Should Avoid When Starting a Business

Have you been considering starting a business? You are going to do the right thing. Granted, there are countless businesses around us, but you have to keep in mind is that when you are looking at a business, there are a lot of things that could go wrong and while naturally, we would want things to be in the perfect order, it is better that you look at these facts.

If you are wondering what things you need to start a business, the list is not that wrong, to be honest. You can start a business sitting in your room and it would work just as well if your idea is something that can settle. However, we are more focused on what mistakes you should avoid when starting a business.

Being Scared of Failing

I will never deny the fact that the idea of failing is not the best idea that one can get. However, it is important to know that a lot of us are going through that idea and there is nothing wrong with that. The key here is to understand whether you are going to stick around long enough or not. If you fail once and stop the business altogether, you might never get to see the business grow and succeed in the future.

Avoiding Contracts

I’ve seen so many business owners be scared of the contracts or just avoiding them in general, and while that might seem like a very common thing to do, I’ll be honest, it is not something that is going to get you far. If you genuinely want to be sure that you are getting the most of the experience, it is best if you don’t avoid any contracts.

Everything You Need to Know About Power Washing Service

A lot of homeowners know how to properly maintain their house, and they frequently get power washes to keep their house looking like a neat one. But there are certain rules that you must be aware if when getting a power washing service.

Here are all the things that you need to know about power washing services like Silver Spring power washing.

What is Power Washing Service?

In power washing, a fast pressured stream of water is used to wash away any dust and grime from a surface (outside of your house in this specific scenario). This process is way easier than physically rubbing the exterior of your house to get rid of the accumulated dust and grime. Depending on the pressure of the water stream and the height of your house, you might not even need to use a ladder.

The Best Time For This Service?

In most of the cases, a clear sunny day should be more than enough to call a power washing service and get them to work. Sunny day is a great time because your house will have plenty of time and good conditions to dry thoroughly. If you only get the service once or twice a year, then you should get done when the seasons change. This way, you can prepare your house for the next season perfectly.

How Much is Too Much?

There isn’t a standard time period that you need to follow to get these services, but taking a good look at your house at the end of every season should be enough to give you a good idea of the condition and the need of washing your house. Usually, you should hire a power washing company soon after you start to notice a considerable buildup of dust on your house.

The Importance of Visual Content Marketing

Gone are the days when marketing was something that used to be considered something that is extremely limited and one-dimensional. The marketing in the modern-day and age is something that is only getting better and better as time goes by and it is not going to stop.

One of the most famous types of marketing happens to be visual content marketing which has taken the world by storm. It is by far one of the most famous and lucrative marketing styles in the modern-day and age, and that is not all, it genuinely works really, really well.

You can check rocksdigital.com, which is a great place to get started when you are talking about visual content marketing. For now, we just want to talk about the importance of this type of marketing.

Reaches Out to a Lot of People

One of the sure things about this type of content marketing is that it does reach out to a lot of people of different age groups and demographics, as well. Since you are mainly using visual content, this is something that is absolutely amazing and will definitely help you, as well.

Easy to Invest In

Another great thing about this type of marketing is that it is easy to invest in, and you genuinely will not have any problems whatsoever whenever you are thinking about taking part in this marketing type. If you are trying to make the most of the situation, you can easily do so by just looking at some of the options that are available, and that is how good it is.

Obviously, the budget is still something just as important, so never really cut that short, or you will have to go through a mediocre experience.

Read This Before Renting a Party Bus

Party bus rentals aren’t just enjoyed in bachelor parties and bridal showers, but people also rent the part buses for a casual night out, for corporate meetings and also for city tours.

But for the people renting a party bus for the first time, there is a lot of stuff that they want to know about before renting.

So, here are some things that you must keep in your kind when checking the party bus rates and renting the right party bus for a perfect night out.

Don’t Overdrink

This is one of the biggest mistakes that you can ever make inside a party bus. It is true that party buses do provide you with a fair but of privacy and freedom, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that you can overdrink. This is especially a bad idea in  a party bus because there a lot more to see in the might ahead, and you can easily ruin the night of the rest of friends if you overthink and pass out.

So, be responsible and drink reasonably, additionally, you can keep an eye on the rest of your friends and keep them away from over drinking as well.

Select The Size Wisely

Party buses come a variety of sizes to choose from. This provides you with the perfect opportunity to the select the size accordingly and pay just for what you want. So, when choosing the size of your party bus, consider the number of participants that’ll be joining in, and look for the right size according to that number. Avoid booking too small or too large buses.

Have The Logistics Issue Solved Already

Although most of the limo services try to figure out the logistics and other issues ahead of time, you can still help the company wherever you can. This will make your experience a lot better.

Why Losing Weight is One of The Most Important Things

Being overweight is not something that is ever good. Granted, we are living in a world where body positivity is something that is being lauded, but we have to keep in mind the dangers of being overweight or reaching obesity, and that is never a good thing because it can present with countless issues later down the road, and for that, you have to be vigilante as much as possible.

With that out of the way, you can always check ThePTDC and look at all the information that is needed. For now, we just want to look at just why losing weight is one of the most important things because it seems that we are constantly missing out on this.

It is Important For Your Health

The main thing that you should know about losing weight is that it is not just great for your health but also important for it. Simply put, being obese or overweight can make you susceptible to a lot of different sicknesses, and that is not what you want to go with because it causes a lot of issues.

Helps With Self Confidence

Self-confidence is something that most people often overlook and the thing that you should be aware of is that you are not going to get better if you start working out. Losing weight and going to the gym is an excellent boost for your self-esteem and self-confidence. You can get better in many terms when you go for that, and the effect is not just psychological, but also emotional. The benefit is going to last with you for a long, long time, and you will not have any issues, whatsoever.

Rest assured, losing weight is definitely going to do you good.