When a person finally makes the decision to hire a private investigator it may not be an easy task. Yet that decision could ultimately be the deciding factor in something prosperous happening or becoming a dismal failure. In any event you must first eschew any thoughts that your “PI” hire is going to spend all their time and your money, hiding in bushes, hanging out at a 24 hour greasy spoon restaurant, or tiptoeing down a dark alley at 3 a.m. which is nothing more than TV, or Hollywood hyperbole investigating characters, not reality.
Another misconception concern is that limited experience or a state PI license is required. That is an incorrect assumption on both counts. Some states only require that past law enforcement training and experience is needed. That said a qualified private detective can provide a myriad of services especially as they apply in today’s high-tech society. There is no question that the “computer age” has redefined the jargon formally known as a “gumshoe” investigator in favor of computer-based research, skip-tracing, background checks, process serving, locating lost or hidden assets, and best of all, providing professional assistance to courts and attorneys in terms of jury profiling and trial preparation. Now a PI doesn’t even need a car or some extra cash to pay informants.
You’ll find private investigators in every state and communities small and large. They’re a needed commodity mainly because they’re seasoned in surveillance in terms of securing video pictures that apply mostly in “he said-she said” civil indiscretions. Child custody and infidelity make up a large part of the investigating business. Because the licensing and experience quota of a PI is not overly demanding in many states, locating a person or investigating company may be a little more demanding than you thought.
Finding the right private detective (PI) may not only require due diligence and time, it can also be a frustrating experience. Making a short list of possible candidates is your best approach. However with personal common sense along with trusting your gut instincts, your choice will most likely be the correct one. Of course you can always get a referral or recommendation from trusted friends or even several attorneys you know in town. Even a simple query with your state department of licensing will quickly eliminate a number of prospects simple because of legal indiscretions or violation of state protocol regulations.
The highest producers of dropouts in the US include:
• Schools in Washington, DC
In 2011, only 59 percent of DC students graduated from high school, placing the city’s school districts at the bottom of the rankings nationwide. This represents a significant drop from the 76 percent graduation rate for the previous year. It’s not a surprise that Washington D.C. tutors have their work cut out for them.
• Schools in Las Vegas, NV
The graduation rate from Las Vegas high schools was only 62 percent in 2011, placing the city firmly in the bottom five graduation rates for American urban centers. While the numbers do reflect a slight improvement over the previous year, schools in and around Las Vegas still trail most of the country.
• Schools in Atlanta, GA
With a graduation rate of only 67 percent in 2011, Atlanta GA is among the highest producers of dropouts in the country. The city and its suburbs also have a high rate of juvenile crime and gang activity.
• Albuquerque, NM
With a 2011 graduation rate of 63 percent, Albuquerque schools have seen a decline of a little over four percent from the previous year. The low ranking is blamed partly on the inclusion of charter schools in the scoring system which, according to the city’s Public Schools Superintendent, drove the average down.
It should be noted that the department of education recently began using a stricter method of determining high school graduation rates across the country. The result is that schools in many urban districts (including the ones listed above) saw a significant decline in their graduation rates when compared to the previous year.
Home improvement is a great project for stay-at-home moms. They spend most of their times at home and most likely are aware of what improvements are needed to be done and what type of remodeling would best work for her family. For a chosen few, the easiest way to go is to hire a professional designer or architect. For some moms however, they would like to add a personal touch and have a say on their remodeling concept. If you are the latter and have no idea on how to start or simply couldn’t choose which way to go, here are some tips.
Stack ‘em Up
The most accessible source for remodeling ideas is probably in your basement or attic. Fetch your old copy of home improvement magazines or those free brochures that were handed to you that time you went to the mall, and leaf through. If you’d prefer a more up-to-date look for your home, check-out the nearest magazine stand or get a copy of the latest architectural book from your nearby bookstore.
Don’t Be a Stranger
Entries to showrooms and open houses are often free these days. This is a great chance to get a closer look at what’s up and coming in interior design. Being in the actual space gives you a better “feel” of the design. Not only are you able to evaluate if the design will work for your home, you also get to see what materials were used and gather info on what local producers provide the materials as supplies are usually produced locally (meaning cheaper cost). Bring a trusted friend or a family member so you can get their insight as well.
There is no harm in getting ideas from on-line sources. You could google “louisville houses remodelers” Most sites offer floor plans and show photos taken at different angles too. It’s a lot easier searching for remodeling ideas since you can type in what style you are looking for; whether it be modern, contemporary, chick, minimalist or country, the worldwide web has it.
All of these sources usually present thoughts from professionals and give a variety of designs that you can choose from. You don’t have to copy the thing. A room or a portion of a space may be inspired by a design you fancy. It’s like getting professional advice without having to pay the professional fee.
At some point in her life, every girl discovers the art of makeup. Most mothers would like to push the age their daughters start wearing make up as far as possible, maybe even into late teenage years, but by the age of 6, most girls are aware that Mommy uses make up, and want to do what Mommy does.
There is nothing wrong with mothers teaching daughters about make up, in fact mothers are the best people to teach girls about makeup because they can put it in context. The most important thing mothers have to point out when teaching daughters about makeup is that beauty is relative, and not only about what is seen on the outside, the physical, but also what is on the inside, the character.
It is imperative to teach young girls that their personalities and capabilities are not tied to their outward appearance, and also how to lightly accentuate and enhance their natural beauty rather than slapping on make up anyhow and end up looking like a clown.
It is imperative that young girls learn that there is a difference between daytime makeup, and night time makeup, casual everyday makeup, and dressy occasion makeup. Mothers have to help their daughters understand that along with wearing makeup comes the responsibility of taking great care of your skin on the outside by cleansing it and eating healthy in order to maintain an overall health that helps maintain healthy skin from the inside. Another point to consider when teaching daughters about makeup is that their choices are likely to be influenced by their friends and peers and it may be a good idea to get them all together in one place and have an open conversation about the hows and what not to do where makeup is concerned.
Many moms are using laptops, mobile phones or tablets whether at work or at home. Apps are created to make gadgets more fun and interesting as well as increase gadgets market value. Apps that moms love most are those that can help her deal with family, financial and environmental issues. Here is the list of apps that moms would prefer to have.
Pair is a new iPhone app that is perfect for couples, mom and son or mom and daughter. Pair can make mom’s love ones survive a long distance relationship. It helps mom to stay in touch and share things with all those she loves. It creates a timeline just for the two persons, post video messages, instructions, advices and photos in a private manner. She can share location, sketch, chat, and use Thumbkiss feature at her FaceTime account. Pair also enable mom to keep special moments, set reminders, share a to-do-list with those family members living in the city or overseas.
Best Baby Monitor app from Apple App Store is for tracking baby’s details and whereabouts. Mom can watch and check in on baby at night, talk to baby over the phone, play a lullaby for the baby to sleep. The app requires Bluetooth and flash on an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. A Baby Cam Monitor app for Android users has similar features.
LodgeNet Mobile app can turn Android or Apple device to a remote control. Mom can turn on/off TV, change TV channel or watching a pay per view movie without touching hotel’s or other people’s remote control.
ShopStyle app brings mom to a one-stop-shop. Like a shopping mall, it has well- known brands and has a wide variety of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, home decor and toy kids. She can find and buy stuff for herself and family by color, size, style, brand and price. The app is designed as a convenience store where mom can get what she’s looking for fast and easy.
Apps like WeRecycle in Vancouver helps users with recycling waste products. Mom can enter the item as waste and with the GPS device mom can drop them off to the closest recycling depots for proper waste disposal. WeRecycle helps save the earth. This app can be downloaded free via App store.
Apps that moms love are those that can help with daily life activities and those that offer life comfort and convenience.
After having a baby, a new mother can often find it difficult to lose all the baby fat. While it may take time to lose the weight, along with any type of weightloss program, commitment is the key.
One of the best ways to lose baby fat is to exercise. Make it a goal to exercise at least three times a week for thirty minutes to an hour a day. Walking is an excellent way to slowly get back into the exercise routine. You can also take your baby along in a stroller during your walks. Mothers often find taking their baby is beneficial because it also relaxes the baby. Cardio and full body workouts are good because they work the entire body as well as help the stomach area. Some new mothers find it beneficial to join a gym as well. They have all the equipment needed to help you lose weight and you also have the advantage of having personal trainers to help target what areas of the body you need work on. Some gyms also offer daycare service making it easier to find time to make it to the gym.
Eating a healthy well balanced diet is also essential for a new mother. By eating the proper foods and avoiding the foods you shouldn’t eat, you can lose weight in a healthy manner. Avoid crazy diets that offer little to no food. They offer little nutrition and leave you feeling sluggish and hungry. Also if you are still breastfeeding, it will not offer the nutrients needed for both you and your baby. As a new mother you need all the energy you can get. Focus on eating low fat foods that include lean meats, protein, fruits, and vegetables and make sure to drink plenty of water. The food you eat is going to be the fuel that energizes your body. Avoid junk foods such as candy, sugar, sodas, and even fast food. If you cut 500 calories a day, you can lose one to two pounds each week.
Make sure that before dieting or exercising that your body has fully healed from having the baby. Remember, that weight loss won’t happen overnight. It requires patience and dedication. By incorporating both diet and exercise, you will notice your body begin to transform over time.
Being invited to your friend’s baby shower is a gratifying privilege that evokes the need for a gift. While traditional baby shower gifts like stuffed toys and baby clothes seemingly never go out of style, one should realize that there are many more choices you can find today on the market that are newer and fresher than the average gifts. If the baby shower you’re going to is for a close friend, you may want to be more thoughtful when choosing an ideal gift for the baby. Nowadays, modern baby showers can be carried out even before the baby’s birth, yet it is rare for such celebrations to occur. If you’re invited to a baby shower after you’ve caught a glimpse of the baby, your chances of finding the best gift for the celebrant are greatly increased. If not, here are some great ideas for baby showers.
One unique idea for a baby shower gift is a bouncy seat. The baby can move comfortably as he/she pleases while their parents work on some chores with the peace of mind that their precious baby is safe and secure. Bouncy seats are durable and flexible contraptions that are considerably easy to transport and bring with you anywhere you and your baby go. The fabric is generously stretched across a plastic or metal body to protect your baby’s sensitive skin and ensure that they are comfortable while sitting on the bouncy seat.
Baby monitors can also be great gift ideas for baby showers. If you have a considerable amount of scratch to shell out for the gift, might as well give them a baby monitor. Alleviate the deliriums and uneasiness of parents with a portable baby monitor receiver they can take with them anywhere in the house. Baby monitor designs have increased in sophistication and features throughout time. Some designs can now pick up a baby’s faintest breaths across a span of 600 feet away while some devices claim a higher range.
Bedding gifts are another great idea for baby showers. Bedding with pastel sheets covered in stuffed toys and critters make for a great addition to any kind of nursery. Soft bedding gifts can improve the safety of the baby by making the outside environment of the crib safer and securer with something soft to land on during playtime.
Bath kits, activity gyms, baby slings or front carriers are other great gifts to consider when prospecting on possible gifts for a baby shower.
Out of all the most devastating experiences a human may face, the loss of a child is the most devastating for a mother. The bond between a mother and child is unbreakable, except when death claims the life of the mother or child.
The memories are overwhelming for the mother. She may recall the precious moments shared, such as the birth of the child, the many late night feedings, the first day of school and all of the beautiful celebrations shared between them and family.
The pain is intense and at times unbearable. Words of comfort may do little to relieve the intense sadness felt by the mother. The grief is insistent and brings with it emotions such as guilt, anger, shock and numbness.
Guilt is one emotion that may be felt early on. Such thoughts as,”If only I had been more cautious,” or “Why didn’t I take my child to the doctor sooner,” are all expressions of feeling guilty and blaming oneself for the tragedy.
A mother feels the need to protect her children at all times, so when death strikes it appears to the mother that she didn’t do enough to protect her child. This is a heavy burden to carry. We must realize that no matter how attentive we are of our children at times unforeseen occurrences may happen.
The loss of a child may cause physical illness as well. During this time of grief there is little desire to eat. Physical weakness from shock may leave a mother exhausted and drained, therefore the lack of energy to take care of duties such as cooking and cleaning are present.A lack of nutrition will cause further weakness and possibly illness.
What can be done to assist ones that are grieving? For one thing family and friends may help to ease the load by assisting with food and cleaning. Then too, by lending a listening ear does much to help even if you are at a loss for words. Do not try to get the person to do things, she is not ready for.
Dealing with the loss takes time, everyone grieves differently, so don’t try to rush the process. In due time, fond memories will overshadow the pain.
It used to be a challenge to find the perfect vacation that would satisfy the whole family. However, today there are a numerous vacation choices and destinations that not only please the entire family but can be catered to everyone’s needs.
Although finding options for family fun is not difficult it can be overwhelming with so many choices. Narrowing the choices down to the ideal vacation can be done by choosing the types of activities your family enjoys. Some of the perfect ideas include the following:
A family vacation can be eventful and also an exciting learning experience. There are many vacation spots that are educational such as:
• Williamsburg, Virginia: Living old history reenacted by professional actors that bring the 1770’s to life
• Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: Experience the Battle of Gettysburg from start to finish. Includes relics of the battle, a museum and interactive exhibits
• Space Center Houston Texas: Surveys the evolution and advancement of space technology and equipment. Also has a NASA tram tour and the Kids Space Place
• Atlanta, GA: Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site includes the King Center, Birth Home, a Visitor Center, Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and an interactive exhibit for children called the Children of Courage
If your family likes action and adventure there are several places that are filled with excitement.
• Atlantis Resort and Casino; Paradise Island, Bahamas: Recreation of the lost continent of Atlantis, has 11 exhibit lagoons with over 50,000 animals like stingrays, sharks and lionfish, includes innumerable activities, 11 pool areas, 38 restaurants and over 20,000 guest rooms
• Tanque Verde Ranch; Tuscon, Arizona: A 640 acre oasis nestled in the Sonoran Desert. The dude ranch offers hikes in the canyons, wild desert and cacti terrain. Has various programs catered for age groups and experience. With over 120 horses, there is ample opportunity to ride
• Salmon River Raft, Idaho: Float 60 miles down the Salmon River from Whitebird, Idaho, explore the volcanic canyons and endless skies. Stop and camp on the sandy beaches while touring and enjoy the wildlife and go fishing. The Salmon River offers ideal weather between 85-95 degrees
Theme parks are always a family favorite. There are thousands of theme parks that are sure to entertain.
• Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pennsylvania: Celebrating 30 years, a theme park for everyone with museums, history, great dining and entertainment. Enjoy your favorite Sesame Street characters and carnival fun.
• Knotts Berry Farm in Buena Park, California: From thrill rides like the Bigfoot Rapids to over 30 ‘little tykes’ rides such as Snoopy’s Red Baron airplanes. Also has live entertainment, a marketplace, dining and shopping
• Cedar Point at Sandusky, Ohio: The roller coaster capitol of the world. With 120-mph roller coasters that have 80-degree drops. Also has various water rides, a dinosaur park with 50 life-size animatronic dinosaurs, and small kid rides like sky fighters, police cars, space age rockets and bumper boats
With a multitude of options from a dude ranch to an African Safari, the ideal family vacation will entertain all and build lasting memories. Although it is impossible to explore everything in a summer, your family will enjoy trying. Other ideas include water parks, aquariums and museums.