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 Know About Obtaining a U.S. Citizenship

If you have been thinking about obtaining a U.S. citizenship, the good news is that it will actually be good for you and you cannot just go ahead and choose some random methods to obtain it, either. you have to go through the right due process before you can go ahead and get the process getting started, as well.

If you have some questions about us citizenship and you would want them to be cleared, we are here to help you, to be honest and we can take care of your queries, too. Just be sure that you are fully prepared to ask the questions so everything is done in the right way. Below, we are listing down some things you should know about the citizenship.

There Are Multiple Ways of Getting It

Ideally, we would want everyone to know that there are multiple ways of obtaining the citizenship. There really is no one shoe fits all approach, therefore, it is better that you are educating yourself the right way before you are fully invested as it is that important and you should not just overlook it, either. Rest assured, this is not going to be a difficult process for anyone.

The Process Takes Time

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Qualities of an Accomplished Marketing Agency

A good marketing agency always works for the success of your business by increasing your brand’s awareness, and helps your potential customers make the right sales from your business.

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They Have Dedicated Employees

A digital marketing agency depends solely on its marketing stuff for its long-term success. Every person in their employee list understands his responsibilities very well, and loves to collaborate with his colleagues in order to achieve the desired results.

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They Have Impeccable Communication Skills

Good communication is the key whenever you have to hire an online marketing agency for your business. A successful marketing agency always makes sure that it communicates with you in the best way possible.

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They’re Creative

Creativity is one of the most important things when it comes to creating an impeccable digital marketing campaign for any business. That is why every successful digital marketing agency is very creative as well.

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Their Execution is Perfect

No matter how creative your ideas might be, you can never Transform your digital marketing campaign into a long-term success unless your execution is perfect.

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Why a Rowing Machine Gives a Great Workout

Working out is really important if you want to be able to get strong and healthy for your later years in some way, shape or form. Running might seem like the best kind of exercise that you can end up going for, but it causes a lot of problems too. A big part of the reason why that is the case has to do with the fact that it does not really target your upper body at all, instead only building a small amount of endurance and muscle in your lower body and leaving it at that.

If you want to get a fully body workout in each and every day, you should consider buying the best rowing machine as quickly as you possibly can. The main benefit of using a rowing machine is that it targets your entire body. Your quads and calves are targeted when you push your body away from the machine, and the pulling motion builds strength and muscle mass in your arms, shoulders and back which is pretty much everything that you would ever need to end up focusing on.

Suffice it to say that rowing for about thirty minutes a day is going to result in you getting an absolutely ripped physique, the kind of which you would not have been able to acquire from anywhere else at all. There’s a lot that can be gained from using rowing machines, and we feel like it needs to be talked about a lot more since they have the potential to change the way we think about fitness and give people the chance to actually develop upper body strength for a change all in all.

Why Roof Insulation is The Most Important Thing For You to Do

You don’t have to insulate every single part of your home, and there is a pretty good chance that doing so would be relatively wasteful if you think about it. This is because of the fact that certain parts of your home are going to require more insulation than others, and if you were to focus on these parts you can save money on insulation costs and maximize the comfort levels that you would get to enjoy inside of your residential domicile as well on top of all of that.

In our opinion, getting room in roof insulation Scotland done should attain the very highest spot on your overall list of priorities. The truth of the situation is that if you insulate your roof, about half of the heat loss that would make your house too cold for comfort is going to go away for good. Getting your roof insulated can have a pretty widespread impact on your home in a way that you should really pay attention to because it has the potential to change your life and make you truly happy with the home that you have ended up in which you likely plan on living in for the rest of your life.

The fact of the matter is that a roof that has not been insulated will result in a highly inefficient home from an energy usage standpoint. There are certain requirements that have been put in place regarding insulation because we need to stop using so much electricity and gas among other resources, and adhering to these resources can help you to start living a much more sustainable life as well.

How to Find The Best Business Card Making Service

Finding a good business card making service is not that difficult, to be honest. Sure, there are a lot of these services available but that does not mean that you can go ahead and hire whichever comes to mind as not all of them are equal and choosing the right one is one of the more important things that you will need to look into.

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Great Ideas And Reviews

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Never Make These Blunders When Hiring an Accountant

Hiring an accountant is a must no matter how small or large your business might be. However, you must do proper research and interview your potential accountant before hiring them for tax related services.

On the other hand, if you avoid doing property search, you might end up hiring a substandard accountant with insufficient knowledge and little to no experience. That will prove to be devastating for your business rather than helping it.

So, here are a few mistakes you can try avoiding when hiring an accountant.

Not Understanding Your Needs

One of the biggest mistakes you will make when hiring an accountant is not understanding your own needs. In order to hire the right accountant, you must understand what type of responsibilities you want the accountant to perform. For example, if you only need bookkeeping services, you are better off using and I’m certified yet experienced bookkeeper instead of hiring a full-time certified public accountant. That will save you a lot of money.

But, if you want your accountant to prepare your taxes, you must hire certified public accountants in Lakeview to avoid any penalties.

Skipping The Important Questions

Skipping the most important questions when hiring an accountant for your business can also prove to be a big mistake. For example, you must ask your accountant about their experience of working with businesses like yours. Moreover, ask them about their fee, and how they will charge you for their services.

Skipping important questions in the hiring process can lead to disagreements and clashes later on. So, ask the important questions at the right time to avoid damaging your business.

No Getting Reviews

Before hiring any accountant, you must get reviews about their service from their past clients. This is the best way to understand the strengths and weaknesses of your potential accountant.

Changing Tiles During a Bathroom Remodel

There are lots of things that you can do to remodel your bathroom. There is a pretty good chance that you have heard about people that change their walls to some extent when they are attempting to remodel their bathrooms, and the truth of the situation is that this is a pretty decent course of action for you to end up taking. But this is also a very overdone form of bathroom remodeling, one that you might just be better off avoiding. After all, you don’t want to follow the crowd now do you? You would much rather go for the option where you can forge your own path and potentially become some kind of a trendsetter in the process.

Becoming a trendsetter with your bathroom remodel is all about focusing on the floor instead of the walls. There are a number of tile types that would end up being significantly different from the norm, thereby turning into excellent examples of why we should really start taking this remodeling process seriously because not enough people seem to be going for these options.

The fact of the matter is that choosing grey tiles with some textured patterns on them would probably work best for you. This is because of the fact that the pattern that we have mentioned is very modern indeed. If you would rather go for something a bit more traditional, off white tones might work better for you. Not only are they great for making your tiles blend with their surroundings but they end up making your bathroom seem brighter and more spacious as well. These are just some of the things that you can do to improve your bathroom.

Things to Consider Before Removing Dents From Your Car

I will be honest with you here. Dealing with dents in your car is never an easy experience because it is an ordeal that people do not want to go through. However, accidents happen all the time and you do not want to go ahead and experience something like that, to begin with. The good news is that if you are facing something like that, you can always get professional help of people who will take care of things for you.

You can look at nationwide dent removal services so they can come over and assist you in the matter but right now, the focus is on what things you should consider before you get started with the dent removal process.

How Severe is The Dent?

Here is the thing, if the dent happens to be on the severe side, it is better that you are hiring someone to do it for you. Now, the thing that you must understand is that if the dent is not at an extreme level, you can just fix it yourself provided you have the right set of tools but if it is severe, hiring someone for it would be ideal.

Calling The Professionals

Additionally, you can even call the professionals for help because let’s be honest, they are going to do the job better than you and things are not really going to get out of way. Just be sure that you are calling someone who actually is a professional and there is not much to worry about because once that is handled, there really is not much to stress over. I would always advise everyone to follow through with this as it is important to know about these things.

A Tip For Towing

People frequently need to get their car towed, and there are a number of possibilities that could necessitate the acquisition of such a service for you. In spite of the fact that this is the case, you might not really know what kind of preparation process is actually required in order to make towing an exceedingly safe activity for you to take part in. Indeed, it has become increasingly common for people to start paying more attention to this because they have realized that inadequate towing preparation can usually cause a lot more harm than good at the end of the day.

It is important to note that the key aspect of preparing for car removals that you should look into would involve you removing all of your belongings from said vehicle. The towing company can’t be held responsible for damage that occurs due to items that were left inside the car. These items are going to rattle around and knock into things, so the least that you can do is to try and secure them so that they don’t move around quite as much.

While it is understandable, that you probably have far too many concerns to want to have to think about something of this sort, at the same time you must familiarize yourself with the pitfalls of not giving enough time to maximizing safety levels during the towing process. A lot of towing companies have started to advise their customers to remove their belongings before it’s too late, and you should pay heed to their advice as it can do a lot of good for you. Not doing so would damage both the belongings as well as your car.

Getting Lawyered Up

A common misconception that TV and other forms of media have perpetuated is that getting a lawyer immediately after having criminal charges pressed against is a sign of a guilty conscience and that innocent people don’t do this. This is bad and impractical advice. Yes, you should not have to worry as much if you are innocent, but, you need to remember that you have to keep yourself protected because innocent people can be cajoled into a confession by detectives without realizing it. This is where a criminal lawyer will ensure that you are safe and being treated fairly by the law. If you happen to be looking for legal representation, then you can check out the Law Offices of Jerry Nicholson Profile.

You want a criminal lawyer that has experience dealing with cases that are similar to yours. There are different types of crimes that fall under criminal law, so you want to ask potential lawyers whether or not they have prior experience handling cases that are similar to yours. This includes the type of charge, the type of crime, and your actual plea status. If you are satisfied with their experience and expertise, you can then proceed to go over the details of your case and have them guide you about how you should approach the matter.

Your lawyer will be next to you during interrogations and will prevent officers or detectives from crossing the line. They will also take care of the paperwork if any, and then appropriately educate you about the matter, and what you should expect in court and trial if necessary. At the end of the day, the detectives are just trying to do their job, and you want to do yours, which is to ensure that you are protected and safe.

Advantages of a Good Miter Saw

If you have the use for them, miter saws are never really going to disappoint you. However, you have to understand that these are not made for everyone. Wherein, you can easily make mistakes in the process and you might even end up buying something that is not good enough and we would suggest that you avoid that at all costs.

For now, we would like you to look at the best miter saws so you know where to look at whenever you are in search of something that would do you good. But right now, let’s just focus on the advantages of a good miter saw as it is great for everyone and you should not really have any problems that would come in the way.

They Work Really Well

The best thing is that a good miter saw is going to be a lot easy to operate as opposed to some of the other options that are available. You genuinely will not have any issues operating one and even if you do, you will be able to read about everything and will tell that you can use it or not. So, always focus on that.

They Are Easy to Operate

Another suggestion that we would like to leave you with is that a good miter saw is going to be really easy to use. Why? Well, they are made with accessibility in mind and that is what we are going to focus on, as well. Therefore, the more you look into it, the better it would be, to be honest. Rest assured, once you are finally able to find the right options, you would be all good to go in every way.

Avoid These Mistakes When Buying a Gaming PC

Playing your favorite games on our desktop PC is one of the greatest feelings you will ever experience. PCs are way more powerful as compared to gaming consoles, and you can multitask on them as well. You also get to choose from a wide variety of peripherals available in the market. Moreover, you can download games for a cheaper price on your PC, and there are certain ways to download them for free as well.

However, building a gaming PC or buying it from a retailer is not as easy as it might seem to be. That is why doing proper research about different PC components is very important before you spend your money on any part.

In this article, we will walk you through some of the biggest mistakes you should always avoid when buying a gaming PC.

Picking a Weak CPU

When you are buying gaming consoles, you do not have to go through the hassle of choosing the right CPU. That is because those consoles are built with the components which are compatible with each other. Moreover, they come with their own games which are specifically optimized for the console you’re buying.

However, things are not the same when you talk about a gaming PC. In this case, you have to choose the CPU by yourself. While doing so, you should never make the mistake of selecting a weak CPU for your computer.

Choosing Too Much or Too Little Memory

Choosing the right amount of memory is also very essential when you are making a gaming PC for playing video games. If you end up choosing too much or too little memory, you will end up with unnecessary costs. So, choose the memory depending on your needs.

The same goes for the GPU as well. It should have enough power to run your favorite games, but should not be too expensive.

Things You Should Always Ask an Accountant When Hiring Them

It is a known fact that all the businesses regardless of their scope and scale, need an accountant and without having one, you might not be getting the experience that you want. After all, a business without an accountant at its helm is more or less doomed since a lot can go wrong if you are not taking care of things the right way. An accountant is going to ensure that nothing of sort happens as they are going to take care of all the financials.

As far as an accountant is concerned, you could look at Elmhurst accountants. This is to ensure that you are going with someone who is experienced. But in this article, we have mentioned few questions that you should ask when hiring an accountant because we believe it to be a very important thing that should never be overlooked.

Are You Going to Sign My Tax Returns?

One of the main questions that you should be asking is whether the accountant you are hiring is going to file and sign the tax returns for your business. Now, this could be different for different businesses but it still is important to ask this and if you want to make things clearer, just tell them about the business you are running.

The Type of Clients You Work With

While you are at it, you should also ask them about the type of clients and businesses they work with. This is going to be a great experience overall if you do it because again, you want to know that the accountant that you are hiring is good enough for all the jobs that you have for them and there are not going to be any complications that might arise in the process.

Questions You Should Ask Before Investing in House

If you have made up your mind about investing in a house, you are doing it right. This is a safe way of doing things and you will enjoy too because you are spending money on something that is good and something that is going to get things done for you. Whether you are doing it as an investment or you plan on living there is up to you.

If you want help, you can check some great homes in Gloucester and those are going to be good for you as well. But right now, we want to explore some questions that you should ask before you invest in a house. This is a commitment that is massive and you should never really ignore it.

Is It a Safer Neighborhood?

One of the most important things is going to be the neighborhood and whether or not it is safe or not. Again, you cannot really miss that out because it would only make it more confusing for everyone. Therefore, check whether the neighborhood is safe or not because that is what matters the most and you do not want to make a decision against that.

Am I Losing Money?

If it is an investment, we would highly suggest that you check if you are making a safer investment and you are not going to lose money here. I know this might not be an important thing for a lot of people but this needs to be addressed before you go ahead and put down your money.

Once you have overcome these issues, you will be in much safer hands and you will not run into any problems, either. That is the reason why all of this is so important.

Benefits of Having Custom Patches

If you have been waiting to spice up your jacket, your vest, or something else that you might have. A couple of custom patches is a good way to get started. Sure, these might not be for everyone but at least they will help you get a good understanding of what you might be getting into. Finding these patches is not that hard, to be honest.

You can always check into patchoz.com and let us know how we can help you. After all, everyone has different preferences as far as the patches are concerned, and the one that you finally find is going to help you a lot, to be honest. Let’s not waste time and have a look at a few benefits of having custom patches.

Design Them The Way You Want Them

The first thing that you should be looking into is the fact that you can design the custom patches the way you want them to look like. It is a lot easier, to be honest. You just have to give the idea to the professional and they will take care of everything for you and there will not be any complications that could come in the way. It is simple, straightforward, and will always work for you.

Quick And Easy

You are getting things done from someone who has been doing it for ages; it is obvious that everything is going to be quick and easy and there will not be any issues that might come in the way. The more you are taking care of things like this, the better it is going to be. I can assure you that there are no complications that you might run into. It is obvious that experts know what they are doing.

Things to Consider When Getting Your Windows Cleaned

Having clean windows is one of the things that is often overlooked the most. I understand that most people do not really pay attention to it but it would be wiser if you are taking care of everything that is in the process, so you know that you are actually fully prepared for the situation because otherwise, you might not be able to get things done the right way.

Now, the good thing about window cleaning is that if it is something that you think is going to be tedious on your own, you can always hire the professionals who are going to be really good at that and they will take care of everything for you instead. Just look for window cleaning in Fort Lauderdale, FL  if you happen to be in that area and everything will be taken care of.

How Many Windows

The first thing that you should be looking into is just how many windows you will need to go ahead and get cleaned. This varies from person to person but in most cases, you will be getting a good option and that is what we should be looking into.  I would normally suggest that you should opt for window cleaning only when you have a lot of windows that need cleaning.

Finding The Right Service

One more thing that we are going to suggest you here is that you should always go with a good service that is going to make life easier for you. Again, you should never really stick to something that is not going to be good. That is the reason why a good service is always important to have since it makes things so much better for everyone in the process.

Getting Ready For School

Schools are now beginning to open again and we are resuming some sense of normalcy again. This means it might be time to get your kids ready for school, be it nursery, pre-school, or so on. This is of course usually a hectic time for all parents involved. You have to be sure to get everyone ready, get all of the necessary school supplies, the reading material, and of course buying your kids a school wardrobe. This can mean having to spend a lot of money and having to make multiple stops. Thankfully, you can now shop for a lot of essential school supplies online, and thanks to vouchers and coupons, you can save money as well, an example being the preschoolsmiles promo code.

You should ideally start your preparations a few weeks before school is supposed to start so that you have plenty of time and can get everything done smoothly without things getting too hectic and you potentially missing stuff out last-minute. You should ideally plan a list of things you need to do beforehand so that you can stay on top of things.

If this is your first time getting your kid ready for school, you can talk to other parents you know who have prior experience so that they can guide you about where you need to go and what you need to prepared for. This way you will have a support network that you can rely on, and at the same time, make sure that everything gets done on time. You can save a considerable amount of money by shopping during discount season beforehand, and apart from that, you can make use of different discount codes and coupons that run on websites so that you can save money when you are checking out.

Perks of Using Metal Cards For Your Business

Billions of business cards are printed and distributed every year. Almost every business uses business cards for marketing purposes, and business owners use these cards for networking.

However, a common problem with every business card is that they are made out of paper, and paper is less durable than a majority of its alternatives. That is why some quality conscious business owners have now shifted their interest towards metal business cards.

In this article, we will provide you with Metal Cards Info, and the benefits of using metal cards for your business.

Good First Impression

Whenever you need a potential client for a business partner, the first thing you will do is exchanging business cards with them. Whenever this happens, you should make sure that your business card is better than theirs.

This is only possible if you get high-quality metal business cards made for your business. Once someone receives a metal business card from you, they will be impressed, and will store your card separately. They will be much more likely to remember you, and contact you later on.

They Will Last For a Long Time

A problem with paper business cards is that they can easily get messy, and they get thrown away pretty quickly. Especially, in hot areas, paper business cards can easily get destroyed because of sweat.

That is why you should prefer metal business cards over paper alternatives. This will help you achieve durability and beauty in the same package. By lasting for a long time, a metal business card can change lots of hands and pockets, and can attract lots of customers for you in the long run.

So, if you want to save yourself money and do effective business marketing at the same time, you should definitely choose metal business cards.

Things to Know When Hiring a Company For Cross Country Removals

Simply put, cross country removals can be much trickier than other options because in such situations, you are not really sure if you can find a good removal service. Sure, over the past couple of years, we have seen an exponential increase in companies who are excellent with cross country moving but most of the times, things do get out of hand and we have to avoid that as well.

Thankfully, if you have been thinking about removals company to Spain or for some other place, we have you covered. Before you go ahead and hire us, we would like to walk you through a few things that you should know. This is only to be certain that you are in safe hands.

It Can Be Expensive

If you are trusting a good removal service, you have to understand that you might be looking at a more expensive service than you may have expected. Honestly, there is nothing wrong with this either as it is a common thing that happens all the time and the more you are focused on this, the better it would be in general and you will not have to worry much because your belongings are going to be safe.

Better to Get Insured

You will also need to be sure that you are getting everything insured just so you can avoid any damages or you are not stressing over things getting out of hand. Because this happens all the time and the more you protect yourself from this situation, the better it is eventually going to be. Things like this one are always important and you should never really overlook them whenever you are moving as they are not to be taken lightly.

Health Benefits of Peptides

Peptides are a beneficial and essential part of the human body, and you can take peptides externally in the form of supplements as well.

In this article, we will discuss the health benefits of peptides. We will show you how peptides can benefit your body in several different ways, and keep you healthy in the long run.

Slowing Down Aging

Peptides are an essential part of the proteins found in our nails and hair. That is why taking peptides can help you in slowing down the aging process. Peptides do this by primarily keeping your muscles strong. Moreover, they can help keep your skin healthy and younger looking.

Peptides are also shown to keep your skin safe from sun related damage. That is why peptides are known to slow down aging. They keep you physically fit, and your skin glowing.

Fast Wound Healing

Another benefit of peptides is that they can help enhance the wound healing process in your body. Peptides can easily enhance the antimicrobial properties of your body, and can help you avoid infections as well.

So, if you want to make your body stronger, you should start consuming peptides. However, you must consult your doctor before you buy peptides and start using any supplements.

Avoid Decreasing Bone Density

Various studies done on animals and humans prove that taking peptides regularly can help avoid reducing bone density as you age.

So, if you are experiencing a decrease in your bone density as you age, you can start using peptides.

Increased Muscle Mass

In addition to all the above mentioned benefits, peptides are also shown to increase muscle mass. That is why many bodybuilders also incorporate them in their daily supplement intake.

These were some of the reasons why you should take peptides on a daily basis to reap their benefits.

Steps to Hiring a Tree Service

If you are looking to hire a tree service for any task, you should take proper steps to ensure that you are hiring the right company for the job. There are certain steps you should take when hiring a tree service provider to find out if they are a proper fit for the job or not.

In this article, we will provide you with the right steps you should take when hiring a tree service like treefight.org services.

Check Their Qualifications

Tree service is not a joke, it is a very serious work, and if you end up hiring a substandard service for the task, they might end up doing more harm than good to your property. Before hiring them, you should ask them if they have qualified arborists in their staff who will be present on your property when the work is being done. This way, you can analyze the answer given to you by the tree service provider, and can decide if you will hire them or not.

See If They’re Insured

A good tree service provider is always properly insured as well. That is because every state requires tree service professionals to get proper insurance before doing any work in their area.

By hiring an insured tree service provider, you can keep yourself legally safe just in case the tree service provider makes any mistakes on your property.

Get a Quote

Before you can hire any tree service in your area, you should get quotes from multiple tree service providers and analyze them before choosing one company to work with. This simple step can save you a lot of money.