My days as a single mom, including taking care of the therapy needs of my daughter, who has autism, are really busy. In addition, I run a home business and I take a lot of pride in doing so. I recently came across a website that serves as a support network for women working from home. The site contains helpful information, including internet marketing strategies and business promotion, along with advice and help from other members of the community. I highly recommend signing up and getting involved with this process. Don’t forget to bookmark this website as well.
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As of 1st June, 2009, the requirement of needing a passport, or other supporting documentation, to enter the United States or Canada took effect. In the United States, these changes are part of what is known as the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. While many people are familiar with the concept of passports, other documentation such as a Nexus card, Free and Secure Trade (FAST) card, an enhanced driver’s licence (license in the USA) or enhanced identity card from a Canadian province where a US approved EDL/EIC program has been implemented, are also accepted forms of documentation. Currently, EDL/EIC programs have been established in the provinces of Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec and British Columbia. Please check the Government of Canada, or Gouvernement du Canada, French language website for updates.
I took a weekend trip with my children on Friday and Saturday. When we travel, we like to bring an insulated bag filled with food and water bottles. When my children were infants, I carried their baby bottles and food in an insulated bag which was made by a company named California Innovations. I still use this bag for trips. I fill up reusable drink bottles with water and ice and place those on one side of the divided cooler. I make sure to put in a few blocks of blue ice to keep the bottles of water chilled. I then put the food items into reusable plastic containers and place them on the other side of the cooler. After everything is packed, I strap the cooler bag into the front passenger seat of my vehicle. I make sure to place the side containing the water bottles closest to me. This way, I am able to reach in and pull out a water bottle for myself or for my children. Of course, I make sure to do this when we are at a traffic light. I then put the bottle or bottles back in when the light turns green again.
I am learning about the world of Podcasts and find this field very interesting. I have come across some really good amateur travel Podcasts and wanted to get them posted.
The first is Amateur Traveler Podcast by Chris Chistensen.
Also, check out the Frommer’s podcast.
Another helpful one is the Indie Travel Podcast.
I will be posting other good ones as I come across them. If you know of any that are also worth noting, please let me know. Thank you!
My friends visited me recently in my hometown of North Bay, Ontario. Here is a bit about their visit to what is known as the “Gateway to Northern Ontario”…….
Hi again everyone! Sadly we are now in our last week before we fly back to England for one more year. Our five weeks at home have been very busy, filled with wedding planning and visiting as many people as possible, dividing our time between KW, Toronto and Stratford. We tried our best but unfortunately we just couldn’t get around to see everyone. The good news is that we’ll be back in April for two weeks and then we’re moving home for good next July, five weeks before our wedding! (note: our wedding date is August 22, 2009…less than a year away!!!)
Last week we ventured up to North Bay for two days of sunshine and fishing in lake Nipissing. This two-day fishing trip has been a tradition in Will’s family since his childhood. Bri hasn’t fished since she was a kid, when dad used to bring her to the fishing derby in Stratford! We left Toronto at the ungodly hour of 4am on Thursday morning and headed straight for the fishing dock with a much needed stop at a good ol’ Canadian Tim Horton’s along the way. By the time we arrived in North Bay, bought bait (worms and leeches)
and got everything set up it was about 8:30 am. We fished for the entire day, left the dock to go for dinner at 5pm, and then returned to the dock for some evening fishing until 9:30pm. Needless to say, we were all pretty tired by the time we crashed at the hotel! It was a long day, but we were successful in catching some large-mouth and small-mouth bass. Bri didn’t really contribute to this haul since the big fish didn’t seem to like her…she was more successful in catching a ton of little perch and sunfish that we just threw back into the lake. But, she did catch one catfish that was a decent enough size to bring home!
Will was the “boss” on the fishing dock since all of us were too scared and grossed out to touch the worms and leeches. So, every time someone needed bait, it was Will to the rescue! Will even had to take the fish that anyone caught off the hook because no one wanted to touch them. However, Bri worked up the courage to start hooking her own worms and by the end of the trip she was holding fish and
even using pliers to try and get the occasional hook out of their mouths! She even kissed the first perch she caught! (see the picture for proof!)
On Friday morning we were out on the dock again by 8:30 and we fished until 1:30pm. We then packed up all of our gear and headed for home with our 14 fish on ice in the cooler. We didn’t find Nemo, but our final haul that we took home included 2 pikes, 1 perch, 1 sunfish, 1 catfish and 9 bass.
And she catches the first fish of the day!
…which was too small to keep so we tossed him back in the water
Huy’s first large-mouth bass.
Bri is touching the worms!
Will said “Sweetie, there’s nothing sexier than a woman with a french manicure touching worms and putting them on hooks.”
Carlo’s first big fish
Carlo isn’t really touching the fish…notice Will’s arm coming in from the left and Carlo trying to pretend it’s him!
Part of trip: Home Sweet Home for the Summer Holidays!
Like a lot of people, my family and friends have taken a variety of career paths. If you ask, most of them will say they are happy, or at least tolerating, their chosen profession. However, when I first mentioned I had gotten involved in a multilevel marketing, or M-L-M, opportunity, their common reaction was one of dismay, followed by an attempt to quickly cover their apprehension. I then found myself trying to eliminate their fears by explaining I was actually involved in a legitimate M-L-M endeavor.