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How to Clean Up Your Messy Photo Collection

Over the years we take a great many photos, photos of events, photos of travels and photos of friends and family. Taking the photos is one thing, but actually managing them is something altogether very different. The result of this is that eventually we are in a  position where we have thousands of photos on our mobile devices, without order or even an idea of what kind of photos we have.

If you are in this position then it makes sense to get them organized and cleaned up, and here is how to do it.

Doubles and Fails

The first step is to sift through the photos for any irrelevant images, any double images which you may have, and any horrible photos which you have managed to add to your collection. After this first step you will still have disorganized photos, but at least they will all be of a high quality.

Albums

The next step is to start placing your photos in albums. The best way in which you can do this is to start at the very beginning, and create albums as you go. The reason for this is that it will be difficult for you to remember everything which you have done and seen since you started snapping, so it is much easier to just create the albums on the go. There will be some general albums which you’ll have to make for miscellaneous images, and you may find that you double up sometimes, placing a photo in 2 different albums. Once you have done this your photos will be much more accessible, and easier to navigate between.

Physical Albums

Once you have collected your digital albums in one place, you can start to think about printing some off and putting them into a physical photo book. Find some of the best online photo album sites and they will make the process of putting your album together much easier. Through the use of this kind of service you can easily upload your images, select design additions and different types of books in which you can put them. I would always recommend using this kind of service instead of doing it yourself, as the overall quality of the book is so much better in terms of quality and design.

Storage

Finally, once you have successfully organized all of you images, it is going to be absolutely vital that you find a way of storing your images. There are plenty of options for places in which you can do this, you could use an online service such as Dropbox, you could utilize Google to store your images or alternatively you could store them all on an external hard drive, which will ensure that you never lose these images. You must be very careful with where you place your images because once you lose them, you could face a situation whereby you cannot recover them, and you will have lost your memories forever, in light of this, be sure that you have stored them somewhere safe.

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Can You Predict Ovulation?

If you’re trying to get pregnant, then this question has to be at the forefront of your mind. You can only conceive during your ‘fertile window’ – a period of a few days in each cycle anchored in place by when you ovulate.

For conception to occur, active sperm have to encounter a fertile egg (usually in the fallopian tubes, sometimes in the uterus), which means that you opportunity to get pregnant each month is dictated by how long both sperm and egg can survive! As healthy sperm can survive in the body for four to five days, and an egg remains fertile for between twelve and twenty four hours, this gives you a period of four to five days in each menstrual cycle when you can get pregnant.

Predicting this window of time is really important, especially if you have a plan for the ideal time you want to get pregnant and give birth. It’s absolutely vital if you’re trying to counter the fertility effects of conditions like Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, which makes ovulation rarer and less regular – identifying and anticipating that key moment is the key tool you have available to help you get pregnant.

Is there an answer, though? Plenty of products promise to be an ovulation predictor but do they work?

Ovulation Calculators

These are perhaps the most convenient, lowest effort solution available, which makes them inherently attractive to some. All you need to do is enter the date your last period started, and the length of your menstrual cycle, and it can place where you are in yours, and tell you when you’re due to menstruate.

These work well – for women with extremely regular cycles. If yours works like clockwork every month, this is a good option, but even then tools like this simply can’t pick up health issues that might cause a disruption to your cycle.

Ovulation Predictor Kits

Known as OPKs, these kits work like pregnancy test: they check your urine for a spike in a particular hormone, the Luteinising Hormone that prompts your ovaries to release an egg, in this case. If the test detects you’re experiencing a surge in this hormone it tells you’re ovulating!

The weakness of these tests is that they’re not good at picking up results if you have a disrupted hormonal background – if you have a naturally low surge of LH it may never pick it up even if you ovulate regularly!

Basal Body Temperature

This is one of the best measures, with real predictive power: your basal body temperature (the minimum it sinks to while you sleep) responds to your menstrual cycle, so taking your temperature with an accurate digital thermometer can predict when you’re due to be at your most fertile.

It can be hard work to get good readings, but with specialised products available to take some of the pain out of taking readings and turning data into predictions, it’s the best option for the majority of people!

Could You Be the Next Crime Victim?

Being a victim of crime is something no one wants to be a part of.

That said are you doing everything within your power to lower the chances of being the next victim? If you are not, you could be setting yourself up for trouble.

With that in mind, what steps can you take to steer clear of being a crime victim?

Don’t Think It Can’t Happen to You

In your quest to steer clear of ending up a victim, your first step should be to understand that it can happen to anyone.

That said you want to avoid having the notion that you are immune to it. Even when you think you’ve taken all the right steps to avoid crime, it can still surprise you.

Among some of the crimes and how you can avoid them:

1. Identity theft – One of the more troublesome crimes, identity theft can strike at any time. With that being the case, you want to have an identity protection plan backing you up. Whether you look into LifeLock identity protection service or another brand, protect yourself. Such coverage will alert you to any red flags as you look to protect your finances. The most notable is someone without authority has tried to access your finances. Remember, one successful identity theft caper can have dire consequences for your finances.

2. Property theft – No matter the items involved, property theft is another crime you want to be aware of. With that in mind, you should make sure all your property has protection at all times. An example of this would be your vehicle. Are you someone who leaves their vehicle unlocked all or most of the times? If so, you are asking for trouble. Even if you lock your car or truck on a regular basis, do not leave valuables in it. Items like laptops, phones and significant money should never be in your vehicle. If you need to leave something of value in your vehicle for only a brief period of time, lock it in the trunk. At least this way it is out of the public view should someone come upon your vehicle.

3. Home invasion – Another crime to stay on top of would be a homeinvasion. In such a scenario, a criminal would break into your home whether you are there or not at the time. If you are, things could be even worse. To best protect your home, having a security system in place is a good start. If you do not have one now, go online and see which companies offer the best systems. You can check with friends to see which home security systems they recommend. Even with a security system in place, use some commonsense too. This means not leaving doors unlocked to start with. If you are going to be away for any extended period of time, be sure to have your mail/newspapers picked up. Also make sure your grass is trimmed and any snow is shoveled. Never give off signs that your home is sitting there without you around.

In your efforts to avoid being a crime victim, will you come out on top?