Nifty Ideas For Fast Meals

Soccer practice. Music lessons. Work. School. Appointments. All of these take up so much time that it can be difficult to find the time to eat healthy meals together as a family. When it takes an hour or more to prepare dinner, it seems much easier to get your family’s food on the go. But drive-through eating is not conducive to “family time” and it can wreak havoc on your health. The good news is that there are ways of providing your family with a healthy sit-down dinner without spending a lot of time on preparation. All it takes is some strategic thinking.

The Weekend Food Warrior

Dedicate a few hours one weekend a month to cooking up large quantities of food. It is not much more work to make twice as much as you would usually make. If all you do is cook up two chicken dinners and two beef dinners, you will have four ready-made dinners to serve when you are in a time crunch. Each meal can be frozen. When you are ready to eat, just microwave a casserole or put it in the oven.

You can make each dinner unique by changing the recipe a little. If you cook up enough beef stew for two meals, you can add biscuits to one and bake it in the oven before freezing. Another idea is to cook up large quantities of hamburger at once and freeze it as it is – just crumbled burger. You can thaw it in the microwave while you make the rest of the meal. Chop up vegetables and put them in storage bags for easy meal prep during the week. If you want to go all out, get the entire family together on the project and spend the day making enough dinner food for the entire work week. Before you start, make certain you have enough storage containers and plastic freezer bags.

Other Ideas for Fast Meals

Buy pre-made pizza dough and toss on your favorite toppings. With a jar of pizza sauce, some pepperoni and shredded cheese, it will not take longer than half an hour from start to finish.

Buy up cold cuts, sliced cheese, your favorite sandwich vegetables and submarine rolls. Put out the ingredients along with condiments and let your family make their own subs.

Throw all the ingredients for beef stew into your crock pot in the morning, set it to “low” and turn on the timer for a delicious pre-made meal that will be ready when you walk in the door in the evening. There is nothing faster than “done”.

Creative Ideas for Empty Perfume Bottles

After throwing away several perfume bottles I decided to come up with some ways that I could utilize them around my own home. As we all know, some perfume bottles can be plain to very orate. No matter how plain or fancy they are there can be another purpose found for them.

Here are some of my ideas:

Perfume bottles that have a small amount of fragrance left in them make great reed diffusers. Begin by removing the cap of the perfume bottle. Insert your reed diffusers, turning them over once to expose the perfume moistened reed to the air. The perfume will continue to wick up the diffuser reeds, scenting your room for several months. Turn diffuser reeds periodically to refresh scent.

Another use for perfume bottles with a small amount left in them is to once again remove the cap. Tie a fancy ribbon around the neck of the bottle and hang in your closet. Caution needs to be taken that the open bottle cannot be tipped and thus avoiding any spillage on your clothes. Keep in mind which fragrance you use as some perfumes are more powerful than others.

Have you ever searched your house for a small vase for that single rose or those few flowers that you picked from your garden only to find a vase that holds a whole bouquet? Take one of your empty perfume bottles, remove the cap, and thoroughly wash it out with soap. Add water and place your flowers in the bottle and set on any table. You now have a vase for a small bouquet of flowers.

Take several empty bottles and group them together on your vanity, a bookcase or end table. This is where some of the fancier bottles can make attractive display items. No more trips to the knick-knack shops looking for unique items to display. I find that my guests have copied this idea the most.

Remember the days when colored sand with popular? It still is. This is where the clear colored bottles are the best ones to use. Select your favorite colors or to match your rooms décor and fill the bottles with colored sand. Purchase small cork stoppers to prevent the spillage of sand, should the bottle be knocked over.

Hobby stores usually sell small colored plastic or glass beads, small seashells and other such items. These make great items to display in your empty bottles. You can even dress it up further by tying a colored ribbon around the top or when I am really creative I have added lace. The options are endless and make for great conversation pieces.

These ideas that I have shared with you not only have I done for my own enjoyment but have also shared with my family and friends. They are much more appreciative of something homemade and not the typical box store item. I hope this inspires you to get creative with your empty perfume bottles.

Painting HardiPlank Siding: How to Paint HardiPlank Without Voiding Your Warranty

James Hardie build­ing prod­ucts are an excel­lent brand to use for your home sid­ing pur­poses. HardiePlank®, or HardiPlank ® as they’re occa­sion­ally referred to, is durable fiberce­ment board sid­ing that is meant to last through the most extreme weather and tem­per­a­ture conditions.

What many cus­tomers love most about HardiPlank sid­ing is how ver­sa­tile it is. In addi­tion to being strong enough to with­stand the major­ity of the ele­ments, HardiPlank mate­r­ial can mimic the appear­ance and tex­ture of wood, leav­ing a beau­ti­ful fin­ish. HardiPlank sid­ing instal­la­tions can also be per­formed with Hardie board mate­r­ial that comes in a wide vari­ety of nat­ural col­or­ing, as well as pre­s­e­lected Col­or­Plus tech­nol­ogy to cre­ate an array of beau­ti­ful, nat­ural home sid­ing options that sim­ply require instal­la­tion for a gor­geous finish.

How to Paint HardiPlank

Now, while Col­or­Plus tech­nol­ogy already pro­vides home­own­ers and com­mer­cial prop­erty own­ers a beau­ti­ful home sid­ing prod­uct, James Hardie’s fiberce­ment board sid­ing can also be painted by the home­owner if they choose to change or touch up the color. While this makes your options eas­ier, it’s impor­tant to under­stand there are still spe­cial guide­lines which need to be con­sid­ered for best results of HardiePlank paint­ing projects.

Paint HardiePlank® sid­ing within the war­ranty spec­i­fi­ca­tions. Your war­ranty clearly states that primed Hardi sid­ing needs to be painted within 180 days, or roughly 6 months, of instal­la­tion. If your sid­ing is unprimed, then you’re allowed 90 days, or about 3 months, to have the sur­faces painted. Fail­ure to fol­low these guide­lines will can­cel out your warranty.

Use the right paint and mate­ri­als for the job. The com­pany highly rec­om­mends the use of their Prime­Plus prod­uct to prime your home sid­ing. Prime­Plus is spe­cially for­mu­lated to for use on fiberce­ment sid­ing, such as that of your James Hardie sid­ing. After your sur­face is prop­erly primed, it’s best advised that you pur­chase 100 per­cent acrylic exte­rior paint for your home, as acrylic paint is best suited for fiber cement, stone and stucco exte­rior painting.

Avoid the temp­ta­tion to stray from using proper paint­ing mate­ri­als to get the job done. For exam­ple, do not use oil based paint in order to paint your build­ing. Oil based paints on unprimed fiber cement will result in unde­sir­able effects. These effects include:

  • increased sur­face roughness
  • loss of adhesion
  • crack­ing
  • exces­sive chalking.

James Hardie does not sug­gest the use of oil based paints over unprimed fiber cement sid­ing. Stains con­tain­ing lin­seed oil are specif­i­cally designed for wood and are not con­sid­ered suit­able for fiber cement sid­ing prod­ucts, whether primed or unprimed.

More Tips for Paint­ing HardiePlank Material

Make sure all of your caulk­ing is com­pleted, and that all of your rough, and cut ends are primed when pos­si­ble. A good Hardi installer will prime every cut where it is pos­si­ble before installing. Addi­tion­ally, make sure that you com­plete a com­plete wash­ing of the HardiPlank exte­rior prior to paint­ing. This increases the dura­bil­ity of the paint job and helps to main­tain the fin­ish by pre­vent­ing pre­ma­ture peel­ing and chipping.

You have a choice of var­i­ous fin­ishes to use for your home exte­rior paint­ing. Many users say Satin fin­ish, while very shiny at first, is best because it will main­tain a new a fresh look as the shine wears down. With time, it will con­tinue to look new with min­i­mal main­te­nance, even more so than sim­ply using a Flat fin­ish, which will look bet­ter ini­tially but appear duller over time.

Contraband Prevention Plans For Correctional Facilities

Every Correctional and Detention facility in the America deals with the problem of contraband and illegal items being brought into their facility. Contraband can be a nuisance and an embarrassment to staff and in some cases it can be deadly. It can also be a danger to the health and safety of the inmates themselves. You may have some smart and diligent people working on your staff, but there are a thousand idiots on the other end trying to find a crack in your security. As soon as you identify and eliminate one way they are getting stuff in they are working on finding the next. All too often when we have a security breach we diligently seek to place blame but take little or no action to prevent it from happening again. Simple solutions are sometimes overlooked and if action is taken it is often short lived and soon falls to the wayside. Everyone becomes super vigilant for a while but then eases back into complacency.

We recently had a discussion at roll call one morning about contraband. We had a cell phone smuggled in recently and I made the statement that if someone can get a cell phone in the facility they can get a gun. The cell had been brought in by a family member of an inmate worker during video visitation. It was dropped off along with some tobacco in the public restroom which the inmate was responsible for cleaning. We didn’t find out until a few days later when another inmate clued us in as to what was going on. After the fact I went back and reviewed some of the inmate’s phone calls and they pretty much had laid out the whole plan over the phone. Recognizing that the inmate assigned to clean that area was our biggest liability I started monitoring the new man assigned to that detail. In the one of his first phone calls after being assigned that position he made a statement that stuck in my head. He said “They must really trust me because it would be easy for me to bring something in here… heck I could get a gun back here if I wanted to.” It was almost as if he had heard what I said at roll call the previous morning. That was the day I started making sure that area was inspected every morning before that trustee was allowed to clean. This was an obvious solution so why had we not thought of this before. The reason was we were being reactive and not pro-active.

It is almost impossible to completely eliminate contraband from entering a correctional or detention facility. What we can do is identify our current vulnerable points of entry and attempt to control or eliminate them. To do this a contraband control plan and procedures should be established and effectively implemented. The plan needs to be capable of evolving as new threats are identified or circumstances change. Encourage staff to give input and make it easy for them to do so. As the plan is implemented the ones actually doing the grunt work are often be the best ones to tell you what is working and what needs to be changed or added. Staff input is an excellent resource but is often overlooked or even discouraged. You don’t want to end up with a policy that is blindly followed even though it is ineffective or counterproductive or one that is just not followed at all. Sadly this is the fate of many policies administrators attempt to establish. The ones sitting in a dusty binder on a shelf somewhere or in an all but forgotten memo or email don’t do anyone any good. Review, revisit and revise the plan as necessary.

The key to a truly effective contraband control plan is it has to include pro-active control methods. You must seek to identify and eliminate the vulnerable areas before the detainees do. They have all day and night to watch, learn and plan. They watch your daily routines and procedures, size up your Officers, and learn your facility layout. All these are things they can use to plan how to get what they want. Facility administrators and staff need to do the same thing watch, learn and plan. You have to do this not only with your inmates but also with anyone who visits your facility. As my favorite FBI agent always said “Trust No One”. No one is above temptation or cohesion given the right circumstances. Doctors, Lawyers, Preachers, Nurses and LEOs have all been involved in the smuggling of contraband. Money, romantic relationships or threats to individuals and their family can all be powerful motivators.

There are three primary sources of entry for contraband each should be examined and addressed individually. The sources are from the public to detainee either directly or indirectly, direct from the street by the detainee, and delivery by Officer or other staff.

Friends and family members of incarcerated persons are a major source of contraband. This is especially true if the facility allows contact visits or has work details. Anytime an inmate is allowed in an area where a member of the public is or has been there is a danger of them obtaining prohibited items. All these areas should be closely examined in consideration of contraband prevention. The first consideration is what if any changes can be made to make it more difficult for items to be left or given to inmates. This could be anything as simple as removing or relocating a public trash can or as complicated as implementing video or no contact visitation. Limit the areas the public has access to as much as possible. Look at the areas they do have access to as an inmate would. Is there somewhere you can hide something to be retrieved later? If there is either eliminate or remove that hiding spot (preferable) or make it part of the daily routine to have someone check that area before an inmate will have access to it. If contact visitation is allowed make sure it is closely monitored and search public before and inmates afterwards as thoroughly as possible. If a member of the public is caught providing contraband they should be prosecuted to serve as a deterrent… word spreads quickly.

Take advantage of any legal monitoring methods available such as reading inmate mail, email and listening to recorded phone conversations especially if you suspect someone. These are highly underused tools because they will almost always tell on themselves when they are up to something. Most of them know if we can monitor them in this way but either they don’t think we really do or believe they are smart enough to talk in code. Their “code” is usually not that well thought out or hard to decipher.

Outside contacts also use indirect methods to attempt to deliver contraband. Examples of this are sending drugs in through the mail or hiding something in personal items they drop off for inmates such as personal shoes or medical devices. All these are items you are probably already aware of and have common practices for dealing with. By including these procedures in a written plan or policy however you can help insure that everyone is using the utmost precautions.

The following may sound crazy but in order to stay one step ahead sometimes you have to think outside the box. Rest assured there is some inmate version of MacGyver somewhere thinking in a similar manner. The use of drones to fly over and drop off contraband on an inmate exercise yard or work area is probably going to become a problem at some point. I have not heard of this happening yet but consumer drones are becoming more readily available and advanced. I’m sure some inventive criminal is bound to try it.

Watch and learn because just as they can spot vulnerable officers and staff you will learn to spot the inmates and public who are up to no good. Look back at past incidents and determine ways to prevent similar occurrences in the future. Make changes to eliminate as many entry points as you can and plan procedures to cover any unavoidable vulnerability. Of the three methods public to inmate contraband transfers are probably both the most common and the easiest to control or eliminate. All it takes is some effort and persistence and this is where the plan will be most helpful. The other two are a little trickier, each for their own reasons.

Contraband brought in by a detainee when they are initially brought in for an arrest or from another facility can sometimes be the hardest to stop. No matter what efforts a facility takes the best you can hope for here is probably a slow but steady leak of small amounts of tobacco or drugs. Legal restraints against strip searches and the willingness of some people to shove stuff in the most unimaginable places make it difficult to prevent this type of delivery. Making sure all inmates are aware that criminal charges will be prosecuted in the event of them bringing anything into the facility can discourage some attempts. Initial pat downs are effective but will not always find everything. The human body can be one of the most effective vessels for sneaking in restricted items. The cargo capacity of body cavities is relatively small but you’d be surprised what they can fit in there. Handguns in the body cavity are rare not unheard of. Fortunately most individuals are not ambitious enough to attempt anything of that scale. Small containers or baggies of drugs or tobacco are far more common deliveries via this method. If they can fit a bottle of pills in there a pocket knife would be just as easy. I once saw a female bring in a derringer in her vagina and it wasn’t found until it fell out as she was being placed in the restraint chair. It was a metal toy but could have as easily been the real thing. She claimed she kept it there for self-defense.

When legally permitted, strip searches upon admission to population are the most effective prevention against inmate harbored items. Still some hiding places would require nothing short of a doctor’s exam to locate. Strip searches should be conducted in a legal and professional manner. Specific circumstances should be clearly laid out as to at what point a strip search is permitted and what the procedure consists of. This is a policy that needs to be closely scrutinized by an attorney familiar with the associated laws and court cases. Strip searches are the source of many lawsuits some of which have seen millions of dollars rewarded in judgments. If strip searches are not permissible it should at least be insured that all articles of personal clothing are retrieved before issuing a facility uniform. This can be done from behind a partial partition. Use of a metal detector is another good way to at least be sure they are not carrying hidden knives or other small weapons before sending them to population. Specific guidelines for initial and dress out searches need to be covered in the contraband plan or SOP. Any personal items they are allowed to keep must be checked thoroughly. Once dressed out they should never be placed in the same holding cell they were initially kept in because they can easily hide items in the cell and retrieve them after they are dressed out.

The last method is the one no one wants to think about. It is also a scenario most people in this profession either have experienced or will experience if they stay in it long enough. The thought that a fellow Officer would betray their coworkers and dishonor the profession for an inmate is not something we want to ever deal with. I try not to encourage the “us versus them” attitude but in this area that is how it must be. There is us and there is them and you don’t cross that line unless you want to join them. Many people have already and will at some point cross that line. The reasons for that betrayal can be something as small as a twenty dollar bill or a big as murder. Just like inmates are always looking for cracks in the security they are also looking at the staff for any weakness. It has been said everyone has a price; the inmates are just looking for someone with a price they can afford. Training on inmate con games can go a long way in preventing some of these incidents. Eventually though it all comes down to the integrity of each and every member of the facility staff. You can start treating the staff like inmates by searching them or placing harsh restrictions on them but that is probably just going to harbor the types of attitudes that cause people to cross over that line. Low morale and a lack of respect for leadership are breeding grounds for corruption. One of the first and most valuable lessons I learned in this profession is that people behave the way you treat them. Start treating staff like inmates and some will start behaving like them and the good ones will leave. Let there be no doubt among your staff that you appreciate them all but if they cross that line they are on their own and will receive no mercy. Beyond that watch and learn and if you look closely enough you can see the same things the inmates are looking for.

In addition to Officers there are also a lot of other people that we usually consider the good guys that have to be taken into consideration. Attorneys, Clergy members, Doctors and nurses all can have the opportunity to sneak in contraband. This can be purposefully or simply by accident. They may leave an item in an inmate’s reach and turn their back on them momentarily or just accidentally drop an item. They are also susceptible to the same motives and influences as the officers. No contact alternatives are ideal but not always feasible. Put together an FAQ or hand out with a set of guidelines as to what is expected of them while visiting the facility, what they can or cannot do and the dangers of inadvertently providing inmates with contraband. I put together a guideline for attorneys visiting our facility a few years ago after we had an issue with an out of town attorney who seemed to lack common sense. Sometimes it is necessary to state the obvious and lay everything out as if you were talking to an idiot. You are usually familiar with attorneys and clergy who visit frequently but if someone new comes in check them out. Verify their identity and watch them a little more closely. Do a little cyber-vetting on them, Google them or check out their Facebook to make sure they are on the up and up.

Inmates have all day and night to sit around and work on their plan. Don’t be discouraged when they find a new way to get stuff in. They will help you figure out your next vulnerability and with close observation hopefully you will be able to stop them when they do. Encourage everyone on your team to share their ideas and observations. Use monitoring tools at your disposal to investigate before something happens and sometimes you can stop it before it does or catch them in the act. Remind everyone that contraband can be deadly. If they can get in a cell phone they can get in a gun or a knife. Scrutinize, analyze, watch and learn and listen to the grunts then use what you learn in making and maintaining your plan and procedures.

Create and Edit Your Favorite Channels With DISH

Here I’ll explain what a favorites list is and how it’ll enhance your experience.

What are Favorites Lists?

These are lineups of your favorite channels. You can create and change the lists, adding and removing channels as you wish. Your channels can be grouped into up to four lists.

  • When using a Favorites List, the Program Guide and Browse Banner display only the channels in the Favorites List. When you use the remote control UP or DOWN ARROW to change channels, the receiver skips channels that are not listed.
  • The All Chan list contains all the channels including channels not in your current subscription. You cannot make any changes to the All Chan.
  • The All Sub list contains all the channels in your subscription. You cannot make any change to the All Sub, except by changing your subscription.
  • The All HD list contains all of the HD channels in your subscription, as well as over-the-air digital channels if your receiver is connected to an over-the-air antenna.
  • Each has a unique color in the Program Guide. You can also give each list a name. The four lists are named List 1, 2, 3, and 4, until you change the list name. The list are empty until you add channels to them.
  • If you choose a program using Themes or by entering a channel number using the remote controls, the receiver tunes to the channel for that program whether or not that channel is active.
  • You can include over-the-air channels in your List if an over-the-air antenna is connected to the receiver.

Creating or Changing Favorite Lists

  • You can create, add channels to, and remove channels. When you use only those channels in your list are shown in the Program Guide and Browse Banner.
  • Press MENU on your remote control. Select Preferences, and then Favorites.
  • Select the list that you want to change
  • Select Modify List
  • Using the SELECT button, add or delete channels from the list.
  • Select Done

Naming Favorites

You can name your Favorites whatever you want, up to eight characters long.

  1. Press Menu on your remote control. Select Preferences, and then select favorites.
  2. Select the list that you want to rename.
  3. Select Edit Name
  4. Enter the name you want
  5. Select Done

Using Favorites Lists

Press GUIDE to open the Program Guide. Press GUIDE again to select the next Favorites List. Press GUIDE repeatedly to scan through all the available.

Note: GUIDE only works in this manner if the Guide button is selected under MENU, Preferences, Favorites, and Guide Options.


  • Two lists cannot have the same name
  • Pressing GUIDE to switch Favorites Lists functions only if you have added channels to the Favorites, pressing GUIDE switches to the Favorites List. If you have not created a Favorites List, pressing GUIDE switches the receiver between the All Chan, All Sub, and All HD.


Why are channels missing from the Program Guide?

  • You might have a List that does not contain those channels. Press GUIDE until the All Chan or All Sub displays.
  • You might have channels locked and hidden.

These hints will help enhance the user experience by allowing users to search find what he or she is looking for any time of the day.

How to Get Your Husband to Leave the Other Woman

There’s no question that no matter what the circumstances are, an affair is devastating. But, it is even worse when the husband can not seem to tear himself away from the other woman or leave her alone. Very often women contact me and ask “how can I get my husband to leave his girlfriend,” or “how can I get him away from her when he can’t seem to leave her alone.”  Often, wives who want to lure their cheating husbands back resort to manipulative tactics meant to make their husbands feel guilty, ashamed, or jealous, but this often only reads as desperation and paints you in a more negative light.  Men do not often have the moral radar or sense of responsibility that women have, so the tactics which would work for you or I may not work at all on your husband.  In this article, I’ll tell you what I believe is the best way to both get your husband to leave the other women while maintaining your self respect.

Understand That You Probably Can’t Reason With Your Cheating Husband:  Many women request that I give them tips meant to “make my husband understand what the affair is doing to me,” or  “make him see how much the affair is hurting me.” What they don’t understand is that men aren’t rational thinkers, especially when they are in the midst of affair.  As hard as it is to hear, it’s very unlikely that your husband is going to hear what you are saying and respond with, “you know, you’re right.  Let me stop this right now.”  It’s not fair, but it is the way it is.

You are likely not going to be able to change your husband’s thought process right now.  And, you need to understand that it is highly likely that he is having the affair to replace something that is missing within himself.  Notice that I said himself.  Please understand that the flaw is within him, not within you.  Men cheat because they want to feel desirable, young, alive, competent, and vibrant.  And overwhelmingly, this is an emotional need rather than a physical one, despite the common perception.

Know That The Other Woman Can’t Keep Up The Facade Forever:  If you take nothing else from this article, please take this.  The appeal of the other woman often lies in how she makes your husband feel about himself.  It’s not about how she looks  or her age.  It all lies in how she presents the whole low maintenance package. She often does this by taking a light hearted, no strings attached approach.  She doesn’t make demands.  Everything is cool with her.  She’s completely laid back and doesn’t require much.  But, you and I both know that no woman can keep this up forever.  She’s like every woman who puts her best self forward for the first date, but a short time later he’ll be seeing her in knee socks and an old tee shirt and he’s going to wonder why in the world he risked everything for this.  She’s going to start wanting to know where he is or demand more from him and suddenly what was so alluring about this relationship is will be gone in an instant. A recent survey indicated that almost 90% of men are incredibly sorry about their affair, so understand that the odds are overwhelming that your husband will come to regret this woman.

The key for you is to know this and to bide your time with dignity and respect.  Because if you act in a way that is beneath you or is unattractive, then they will both looking at you like the poor wife who got the bum deal. And, unfortunately, this is not an attractive picture and you’re at a distinct disadvantage when this happens.

Turning The Tables: As hard as it may feel at first, you must take care of yourself outside of this whole affair business.  If your husband is acting like a complete idiot, that’s really his problem, not yours.  Put him on the back burner until he realizes his ridiculous mistake and comes crawling back.  Focus on yourself.  See your friends.  Do what you have always wanted to do.  Get yourself a new wardrobe or hairstyle.  Do not wait around on him and make sure he knows this.  But, don’t add another wrong to the situation and cheat yourself.  This is just going to make things worse and make you more confused.

What you are really trying to accomplish is a scenario that plays out just as your husband comes to his senses. And when he glances your way, he sees a confident, graceful, self respecting, attractive woman who is honestly too good for him right now.  Whether she decides to take him back or not is entirely up to her.  But, she’s not going to belittle herself by chasing after him or rewarding his unfortunate behavior. Instead, she’s going to allow him to catch her, if she chooses to do so.

How Do Payday Loan Companies Verify Your Identity?

Payday loan companies are designed to offer short term loans to consumers. The loans are meant to help a consumer out in an emergency. The bulk of payday loan customers are unable to obtain a loan from a traditional funding source. Payday loan companies will require a great deal of information from a potential borrower to verify their identity. This verification process is designed to protect both the payday company and the borrower.

Picture Identification:

An US borrower will need to produce a valid picture identification card. The two most common forms accepted by a payday loan company are a driver’s license or a state issued identification card.

Paycheck Stub:

Anyone applying for a payday loan will have to bring a paycheck stub with them. Most payday companies will require a minimum of two current paycheck stubs. They will use the paycheck stubs as a means to verify the borrower’s identification card matches the name on their paycheck. The stub is also used to verify sufficient income.

Employment Verification:

Another way, payday loan companies verify a borrower’s identity is through employment verification. The potential borrower is required to fill out an application, stating their place of employment and the phone number of their employer. The payday loan company will double check to verify the employment phone number in their database matches the one provided by the potential borrower. This is done to guarantee the borrower is who they say they are, and that they truly work at that location.

Verification Of Bank Account:

The final step in verifying a borrower’s identity is through a bank account. A borrower who lives in the USA will need to provide a minimum of two current bank statements.

These bank statements will indicate to the payday company, whether or not, the potential borrower bounces checks and has an account in good standing. The payday company will use the phone number they have on file to call the bank, and verify the account is active.

The preceding for identity verification steps are designed to protect the loan company and the borrower from scam artists. Some potential payday loan customers feel the verification process is intrusive, but it is for their benefit.

When you apply online you will be asked to fill in the online application form. There you must mention the number of your identity card, driver license if you have one, SSN, job title, bank details etc. It is not required to upload any documents with your photo. But submitted information will be checked and you will have a notification if your loan application is processed.

Submitting an application simply states that you wish for one of payday agents to approve and contact you to discuss your payday loan options. You may ask us any questions, and withdraw your request if you so choose. If you are ready to proceed, you may confirm your information and officially agree to terms with one of our representatives.

Your application will be processed within 30 minutes upon being received. Once approved, you may collect your loan the next business day. At that time, payday lenders will help schedule a repayment date so you will not have to worry about bouncing a check or missing a deadline.

The rule is that lenders respect their customer’s right to privacy in managing their personal finances. Commonly websites offering a pay day loans use a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information. All sensitive data transmitted between your internet browser and website of the lender uses 128 bit Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption technology. So you may relax and don’t worry about stealing your personal information.

Cat Urinary Tract Blockage – A Survival Guide

As a cat owner you must recognize the signs of a cat urinary tract blockage such as your cat straining to urinate, bloody urine or your cat not urinating. If your cat is a male, he is at risk for the very life-threatening complications of a cat urinary tract blockage. If he survives this painful disorder he needs extra attention for improved cat urinary health.

It is easy to forget the strategic role the urinary system plays in keeping your cat alive. This system consists of two kidneys, a bladder, sphincter muscles, two ureters and a urethra. These organs filter out waste products, toxins and excess fluids from the bloodstream, then remove it from his body as urine.

The urethra in your male cat is narrower than in a female cat Tiny bladder stones or mucus can plug the male’s narrower urethra. It doesn’t take much to plug his narrow opening.

You should suspect a cat urinary tract blockage if you notice blood in his urine, your cat straining in the litter box, or no urine.

This is An Emergency Situation

When your cat experiences a cat urinary tract blockage for more than 24 hours his urinary system shuts down. His kidneys stop filtering toxins and this pollutes his bloodstream. This toxin build-up will kill your cat in three to six days.

Unblocking A Blocked Cat

You must seek veterinary help for your cat The vet will feel your cat’s bladder and if there is a blockage the bladder will feel like a peach. Inflamed bladders are small and empty. In any case, your vet needs to be the one making the determination.

As your vet probes your cat’s abdomen and bladder, the pressure may dislodge the obstruction, however this is not common. More often, a urinary catheter is placed into the urethral opening and this breaks up the obstruction. Sometimes a solution is used to flush the plug back into the bladder where it dissolves.

This is a very painful procedure and usually anesthesia is used to sedate your cat In some drastic situations, the catheter does not remove the blockage and the veterinarian must perform a perineal urethrostomy. In short, your cat’s penis is removed and a new urinary opening is made.

Once the blockage is removed the catheter may have to stay in place until the urinary system is able to return to its normal process of removing toxins from the your cat It is equally important to keep your cat well hydrated to replace the expelled fluids, thereby preventing dehydration. Your cat may need intravenous replacement of fluids. Once your cat’s urine stream is strong and your cat is drinking fluids on his own your vet will send your cat home.

At home, your cat is still at risk of another blockage or poor cat urinary health for some time after the initial episode. Now its your job to watch for signs of another cat urinary tract blockage. His bladder’s pH levels are out of whack due to stress, anesthesia and the medications given to him. This can lead to a repeat blockage.

Keep plenty of fresh water in bowls throughout the house. Refill the bowls daily. Reduce or eliminate any additional stress factors on your cat He may prefer to stay in his own bedroom (complete with water bowls and litter box) with the door shut.

Your vet may recommend pain medications to help reduce the urethral spasms and help urine pass. Think twice about using steroids to help with swelling and pain. These anti-inflammatories also promote infections in cats that have had a urinary catheter.

More veterinarians are recommending herbal remedies to help reduce stress in post trauma cats. They are also finding that certain herbs, like Arctostaphylos uva ursi, improve cat urinary health by promoting the proper pH level in the urinary tract system. Berberis vulgaris acts as an anti-inflammatory and has a restorative effect on the bladder. Passiflora incarnata (Passionflower) is an herb used to soothe your cat’s nerves and reduce stress levels.

Loving cat owners do not want their cat to experience the excruciating pain of a cat urinary tract blockage. Nor do they want to have to say ‘Yes’ to a perineal urethrostomy in order to save their cat’s life. Herbal remedies help your cat ‘survive the cure’ and prevent a recurrence.

Bloons the Original – Interesting Levels – 8, 13, 23 and 30

Level 8 (Holy Moley)

14 balloons are required to complete the level. Another first, here we have a “wall” with three brown colored bricks. Your first dart needs to take out one of those; just hitting one with the dart will destroy it. Now all you have to do is fire the other dart through the hole in the wall and it should strike a pin bloon and pop all of the others. A fairly easy level to fully complete.

Level 13 (Reservoir)

25 balloons required to complete the level. This level will test your skills at correctly judging both power and angle to make accurate arcs. Ideally with the first dart, have it enter through the furthest hole in the wall to hit the pin bloons. If that is proving too hard you can have it enter through the second hole from the right which is wider and take out many of the bloons through that one. The two hardest shots are the first, to hit the pin bloons, and the one required to get through the first hole to clear the vertical group closest to the monkey. A score in the 90% range is common on this level.

Level 23 (Ouchie)

35 balloons required to complete the level. Possibly the hardest level we have encountered so far. We also encounter, for the first time, “mine bloons”, along with the old favorite, ice bloons. You will see a row of mine bloons at the top, and a row of ice bloons on the third row down. The arc you achieve is the most important thing. It is practically impossible to shoot the dart and miss all the mines and all the ice bloons. However, if you get the arc just right, you can get away with popping some mines, and/or ice ones but you need to have enough force to hit the pin ones. You have a rubber wall to the right and a solid wall to the left. By aiming correctly you can send the dart through the top couple of layers, deflect it off the rubber wall directly into the pin bloons. A 70% score, or thereabouts, is about normal for this level.

Level 30 (Ice Bounce)

28 balloons required to complete the level. After the brief respite of an easy level we return to a more complex one. There are two ways to accomplish this. On the first shot try to hit the top ice bloon, also getting as many as possible of the ones below that one. Make sure there is at least one of the frozen bloons to use to bounce off with the next shot, or just go ahead and reset the level. Bounce off the frozen bloon and into the pack of bombs which will explode all those. The alternate method which is sometimes preferred is to shoot as hard as possible at the left side of the lower rubber wall and the vibration will set off the bomb bloons ands destroy all those to the left of the rubber wall. On the subsequent shot you can take out as many of the remaining bloons as possible while avoiding the ice ones. Aim for a score around 90% and you will complete the level.

Step-By-Step Installation Guide For LED Scanner Knight Rider Lights

Are you wondering about installing an all new LED scanner Knight Rider light kit in your car and sparking up your boring vehicle? If the answer is yes, then this article just might come as a pleasant surprise for you. Listed below are simple easy-to-follow instructions for installing a Knight Rider light kit in your car.

Installing a LED Knight Rider kit doesn’t require much specific professional skills or technical expertise. With the simple plug and play facility, such illuminations can be installed within minutes without putting in any significant efforts. This kit can easily be installed in your car by following the easy instructions step by step. Read below to know how!

  • Remove the kit and open up the front cover of your car.
  • Position the scanner bar in such a manner that the wiring portion of the kit lies close to the battery of your car. This is done to ensure that later on the illuminations can be powered easily with the car’s battery without facing any kind of wiring problems.
  • Take out the zip ties and tie the scanner bar onto the grille of the vehicle using the zip ties. While tying the scanner bar with the grille, make sure that the end portion of the LED scanner bar wiring doesn’t get bent, or else the entire setup might just get damaged. The end wiring portion must be kept straight throughout the process, without fail.
  • Once the bar is tied firmly, attach the LED scanner with the control module, which is supplied in the Knight Rider kit.
  • Make sure to hide way the control module near the battery of the vehicle. This will ensure that the control module always remains dry and intact without getting damaged.
  • Out of the wires provided in the control module, connect only the red and black wires with the positive and negative terminals of the car battery. Leave all the remaining wires as it is, without making any connections.
  • Once the connections are done, you are all set to flaunt the upgraded version of your LED scanner Knight Rider light equipped car.

By following the above mentioned instructions, an LED scanner Knight Rider light kit can be installed easily and quickly in your car. Now, you won’t have to rush to the local mechanic or panic about installing the newly bought scanner lights in your car. Just read through these instructions and impart an all new look to your car!

Bathroom Renovation Ideas to Transform a Small Bathroom Into a Personal Spa

The most ignored part of your home can become the most beautiful part of your home.

Do you ignore the bathroom space? Are the bathroom walls dull and lifeless? Do you think of it as a simple space for washing and bathing? Homeowners ignore the bathroom space and do not give much thought to how much more they can get out of it. If you do not think of the bathroom, you will end up with a simple room that satisfies your basic needs only. But, if you want to increase the importance of the bathroom in your home, you have to pay attention to it and convert it into a personal spa.

Size does matter!

One problem that homeowners often face while renovating a bathroom is its size. Do not despair if you feel that the bathroom is too small to give you a good spa-like experience. By making a few changes, you will be able to add more value to the bathroom.

Ideas than can make a Small Bathroom Comfortable

· It is all in the Mirrors

One trick that works wonders for any small room is the use of mirrors. Using large mirrors in the bathroom will help you to create the feeling of a larger room. It will enable you to make your personal spa look less cramped. Alternatively, you can opt for glass partitions for the shower area. It will ensure that the room appears bigger than usual.

· Do something about the Lighting

With the help of lighting, you will able to give the bathroom a brighter look. Also, lighting is the key factor for creating a spa-like ambience in your home. Opt for lighting fixtures that you can dim or adjust to desired levels. It will create a relaxing atmosphere. If the bathroom has access to natural light, make maximum use of it. And, if you do not have access to natural light, use artificial lighting to make the room appear bright. Do not shy away from looking for subtle crystal lighting fixtures because they will add more light and character to the bathroom.

· Choose the Right Color

A single change in the color scheme can not only make the room spacious but also create a relaxing atmosphere. Light or neutral colors such as beige, light green or gray can be effective for a successful bathroom renovation project. You can use the same shade of tiles to create an impression of increased space.

In addition, you can choose tiles that add a natural touch to the room. Use textured pebble-tiles that are soothing to the feet. You can opt for faux wood tiles that are not made from natural wood but still give the same feeling of warmth and peace. Heated flooring will also keep you warm during cold days.

· Accessorize and Choose Appropriate Fittings

Accessories have a way of enhancing the design of the room. Finding the right accessories for the bathroom can help you to transform it into a personal spa. You can use simple accessories such as candles to fill the bathroom with a relaxing fragrance. You can also add towel holders and other accessories that will give an organized and clean look to the area. Even the towels that you choose for the room should evoke the feeling of being in a spa. Choose fittings that make the room appear big and comfortable. You can opt for a suspended or floating vanity that will allow the floor tiles to extend all the way to the wall. It will create an illusion of space. Alternatively, an open vanity can also add more space to the bathroom.

The idea of transforming a small washing space into a relaxing retreat is a great way of making optimum use of the bathroom. It is important to list your ideas because a well-planned renovation project can ensure a successful transformation. Once you are ready with a clear vision, prepare a budget. Make sure that you use quality products and fittings that guarantee minimum maintenance.

Hire a Professional Bathroom Renovation Contractor

Do not think that renovating a small area doesn’t require the services of a professional. Hiring an experienced bathroom renovation contractor will transform your ideas into a beautiful reality. So, ask your friends and family members to recommend professional contractors who can handle the task of transforming a dingy bathroom into a comfortable personal spa.

Milliken Legato Carpet Tiles – Which Style to Use?

Milliken’s Legato carpet tile selection is the standard bearer for all other residential carpet tiles on the market. Many consumers find carpet squares and tile appealing due to their easy installation and superior functionality over all other floor types. Milliken Legato has taken carpet tile to a whole new level with many of their features. The Legato carpet panel line by Milliken gives flooring consumers 3 different types to choose from to fit any look and décor in their home or light commercial setting. These 3 types are Fuse, Embrace, and Touch.

Legato Touch is the most popular entry level residential carpet tile in the market. With prices typically below $2 a square foot, Legato Touch fits the bill when it comes to budget minded projects. Legato Touch by Milliken also fills the need for consumers who like the look of frieze carpet but want to use carpet tiles. A very nice feature of Legato Touch is that the frieze design hides seams flawlessly. Legato Touch has Milliken’s famous TractionBack system that typically requires no glue for installation. Touch is also treated with Scotchguard for extra protection against stains. Touch features a build in padding in the backing so it’s ready to go right out of the box! Legato Touch is available in two different, flecked earthtones and is a nice fit in any room in the house.

Legato Embrace is quite popular. Embrace is a textured plush carpet tile design, with a slightly smoother look than Touch. It is also a denser weight product and holds up well to foot traffic in the home. Embrace has 18 solid colors to select from. Milliken’s Legato Embrace also has TractionBack and Scotchguard protection. The Embrace Legato carpet squares and panel collection have tremendous appeal in bedrooms, playrooms, basements and many other spots in a home. Embrace has an added bonus with Milliken’s anti microbial barrier used between the top layer of the carpet panel and the integral, padded backing.

Legato Fuse is a bold tile. Fuse offers an array of over 15 choices. Some of the choices are geometric designs, some feature stripes, other have texture, and there are also solids. The neat concept is that there are just 5 colors used, so it makes it very possible to create a custom looking floor with the Legato Fuse line. Fuse also has Milliken’s TractionBack, glueless padded backing system. Scotchguard is applied as well giving you confidence that these residential carpet panels will last. Milliken’s Legato Fuse is a perfect match for when you need a quality but discounted custom floor for anything from fun to formal.

Common Home Fire Hazards – Cigarettes and Dryer Vents

Now you’re probably wondering, how can a dryer vent become a common home fire hazard? Most people can see how cigarettes could start a fire, especially if someone fell asleep who was smoking in bed, but dryer vents, come on.

Let’s start with cigarettes, a long time ago, cigarettes were more of the hazard than they are today. Today most cigarettes are made to go out quickly if they aren’t being smoked. This has decreased deaths and fire damage from smoking in your home, drastically.

However, cigarettes should always be put out in an ashtray and never thrown away in a regular trash can, filled with paper and other flammable waste products. This is still a problem today and with a little common sense and a lot of education, this problem seems to be going away, as the years go by. It’s not a bad idea to put your finished cigarette out in a bottle filled with water. That’s good advice, think about it if you’re a smoker.

Now, what you’ve all been waiting for, how can a dryer vent, become a common home fire hazard. Well, it’s story time. Here’s something that actually happened at my home while I was at work.

We were taking care of a foster child who was nine years old and he saved our house. The rest of the family was playing a game in the back bedroom, while the washer and dryer were running. I had recently done some modifications or, you might call it remodeling to my garage and never got around to fixing the dryer vent, properly. In other words it wasn’t venting to the outside of the house like it should have been

The problem with this, was that the dryer vent was starting to accumulate lent behind the dryer. You might find this hard to believe, but this dryer lint caught on fire, while the hot air was coming directly out of the back of the dryer and could have burnt the whole house down, except for the young boy who smelled the smoke and notified someone who put the fire out.

I’ve since learned my lessons and that’s why I’m sharing my story with you, so that it doesn’t happen to anyone who reads this article. There is a reason for your pipes and duct work in your home, so make sure that they are hooked up properly and cleaned regularly.

Skin Care- How Skin Changes With Age

With ageing, skin also changes. The changes in skin are both intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic changes are those that appear with ageing of body. Extrinsic changes are those that occur because of external factors such as sun, smoking, gravity and bad skin care. We cannot stop any intrinsic change because that is programmed in our body, but we can surely change habits and reduce changes due to extrinsic factors.

Let us look at the changes in skin with ageing. As you know skin has three layers- Epidermis (Outermost layer), Dermis (Middle layer) and subcutaneous layer that is below the dermis. As we age, the epidermis or the outermost layer begins to thin. The melanocytes (Pigment containing cells) decrease. Though melanocytes decrease in number they increase in size. This gives a pale look to the skin. Ageing changes due to sun such as liver spots or lentigo appear. They are also called age spots. The blood vessels in the dermis begin to lose strength and easily lead to bruising and bleeding under the skin. The subcutaneous layer that gives fat padding to skin thins. This again increases the risk of skin injury. Both sweat glands and sebaceous glands become less active.

As we age, our skin loses its suppleness, texture and strength. With age spots and other pigmentation, the look is lost. With weakening of strength, it becomes easy for skin to suffer damage easily. Healing becomes very slow. The healing may be four times as slow in old age as compared to youth. Skin turns dry and our sense of touch heat etc. reduces considerably. Other growths such as skin tags, warts, mar the appearance further.

Wrinkles appear on skin at all the places. As the underlying fat in the subcutaneous layer is lost, hollowness appears on the cheeks and eye sockets. Jowls form because of gravity. The hair grays and turns white. Some people lose hair and some grow hair at unwanted places. The nails become thin and half moons on the nails disappear.

As with every part of our body skin ages and brings about changes that mar the look completely. Sun damage can accelerate the skin aging considerably and can also cause skin diseases such as skin cancers etc. regular care of skin is necessary along with protecting skin from the harm full rays of sun to maintain youthful look for a longer time.

This article is only for informative purposes. This article is not intended to be a medical advise and it is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor for your medical concerns. Please follow any tip given in this article only after consulting your doctor. The author is not liable for any outcome or damage resulting from information obtained from this article.

Bathroom Renovation – Get It Done by the Experts

Even a small bathroom can be fortified with costly bathroom accessories for a complete overhaul. But before you appoint any bathroom remodeling contractor for the job, you must set up a budget and plan the project in advance and then go for bathroom renovation. As a next step, you must find a company that provides all sorts of home improvement services that include kitchen remodeling, bathroom restoration, tile installation, laminate floor installation and backsplash installation

Say Hello to your Bathroom with Exclusive Bathroom Renovation

As a first and foremost step, you must understand what all are involved in safely and successfully completing your bathroom restoration project with paramount results.

Let us first go to your small bathroom and find which areas need special attention and care. For this, you may not need professional assistance. But once you are done with your personal inspection, don’t forget to call a reputed home improvement company that can take care of the highly complicated process of bathroom renovation. Who can say that certain minor issues are overlooked while you did the inspection? But nothing goes unwatched or missed by experts who are conducting such works for several years. They will ensure that they use the take the most creative approach with the faucet wall and build a little ledge just next to the window, without blocking it. This is what is called smart renovation work.

Think of adding small yet smart bathroom accessories

It is quite common that when it comes to bathroom remodeling or restoration, the professionals who would take care of the project will alter all the floor tiles and also add a new sink and bathing tub. But these are quite common activities. Think something different and ask your bathroom restoration contractor to try something different that can turn the overall appearance of your lavatory. Add stylish curved shower rods, designer mirror on the wall and hand bright colored curtains around the bathing area. Simple things can often create wonders. Go for them!

Protect bathroom walls from water and spills with Backsplash Installation

A backsplash can act as bathroom armor, shielding the defenseless walls from water and dribbles. But that does not signify it cannot make a splash, too. If you are all set for a comprehensive bathroom upgrade, check out some dazzling bevy of backsplash beauties that will safeguard your bathroom walls and enhance the overall look of your bathroom.

Backsplash tiles are a sort of protective covering that goes along the wall behind such fittings as a counter or a sink. They usually make cleaning easier as they defend the wall from splashes of water. The typical backsplash for a bathroom is a lined border of about 18 inches. However, within this space is a world of some awesome design options that can allow your ingenious muse run wild!

So, to defend your bathroom walls and also to give the space a plush look, ask your home improvement contractor to provide exclusive services like bathroom reformation and backsplash installation. Remember that you must appoint only an accredited and acknowledged home improvement company that has a sound track record of providing paramount quality services. This will ensure you about top quality work and satisfaction.