If You’re Stopped at the Border: What To Do Next

There is nothing good about being stopped at the USA-Canadian border. Trust me! A few years back, I was stopped at the United States border because I didn’t have a US Waiver. To be honest, I didn’t even realize that I needed one. Canadian citizens who have been arrested, have been deported from the US, or have ever overstayed a travel or work visa, may require a US Waiver in order to enter the United States legally.

Since 2001, the US Border Control has been even more vigilant about having proper paperwork before anyone enters into the United States. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, heightened US-Canadian border security became a necessity. As a result, these changes in both Canadian laws and the US Homeland Security practises made entering the United States even more difficult for anyone with a criminal record. Learn from my mistake – know what you need before you try to cross the US-Canadian border.

My experience being stopped at the US-Canadian border was scary and embarrassing. After looking at my passport, the border control worker informed me that I needed a US Waiver before I could enter into the United States. I was upset with myself for not realizing that I needed proper paperwork. I also felt overwhelmed and scared about what would happen to me next. Since it was my first time trying to cross the US-Canadian border without a US Waiver, the border control worker gave me some paperwork to fill out and sent me driving back into Canada.

Once I knew that I needed a US Waiver to cross the US-Canadian border, I started to go through the paperwork I had been given. The steps in the application process were far more complicated that I anticipated. I learned that the Department of Homeland Security reviews each US Waiver application. However, since their requirements are constantly changing, I found it incredibly challenging to handle the application process on my own. This is why I turned to US Waiver Pardon Canada for help with my application.

Going through the US Waiver application process with a professional helped to ease my mind. I gained personalized attention and had someone to turn to for answers to all of my questions about the process. US Waiver Pardon Canada was able to make the application process go as smoothly as possible for me. Having help collecting and preparing the application forms and supporting documents that I needed was a huge asset. It sped up the filing process and ensured that things were done properly the first time.

I was so grateful to have the support of US Waiver Pardon Canada after my experience being stopped at the border. Their understanding of the US Waiver applications helped me get my application filed properly. Now, thanks to all of their hard work and support, I am able to cross the US-Canadian border without hassle.

My advice to anyone who has been stopped at the border? Let the professionals help. When I was stopped at the US-Canadian border, I didn’t know where to turn. That is why I will always be thankful for the help I received from US Waiver Pardon Canada. Now, I have my life and freedom back.

Julie Cammisa has experienced helping people that were stopped at the border. She manages US Waiver Pardon Canada.

Move Out Carpet Cleaning

There are things you may not know about moving out. Are you a renter? If you are renting a room, apartment, condo, or townhouse, you may be responsible for cleaning up the residence when you leave. Many landlords put into the rental agreements that there will be an inspection of your place upon your departure. That means everything needs to be cleaned spotlessly. From the walls to the floors, everything should be perfect.

What does this mean for you? Well, if you’re a renter, it means that you had better get cleaning if you want to see that deposit cheque again! It also means that the time your best friend spilled her drink on that plush, soft-pink carpet in your living room? You’re responsible for that. Or when you forgot to put a mat down in front of the door, even when it was muddy outside? Yeah, you’re responsible for that too.

It’s a depressing thought, but even as a renter, it is your job to make sure that your place is as clean as it was the day you moved in. It may sound impossible, but luckily, you’ve got some friends in your corner! Bringing in a professional cleaning service can help you get that deep down clean look, and save you from any unnecessary stress.

At Carpet Cleaning Service Toronto, they know that you have enough on your plate. That is why they are there to help you get your carpets looking brand spanking new, without breaking the bank. They are well known for being the best move out carpet cleaning service in Toronto and the GTA. If you’re getting ready to move, then it is time to let them help you get ready to pass that landlord inspection.

With so many other things to worry about, pass the buck. Let someone else make sure that your carpets are deep cleaned, stain free, and free from any odours. This is the benefit of bringing in a professional cleaning service for your carpet cleaning! Not only do professional carpet cleaners focus on the overall appearance of your carpeting, but also on removing any odours that may have permeated into the carpet over time.

Professional carpet cleaning services will get rid of any pet hairs and odours, the smell of foods or cigarettes, and any other strong scents that often get trapped in carpeting. That way, your carpet won’t just look good, but it will be odourless as well, which is important for passing any landlord inspection.

If you are getting ready to move out, then call Carpet Cleaning Service Toronto. They will do their best to make sure that your carpet is ready for any landlord inspection. Their knowledgeable staff will be able to restore your carpet so that it looks just like it did when you first moved in. They are there to help make your life easier! Whatever your needs may be, there are great affordable options available.

You may not have known that you may need a move out carpet cleaning. Now that you do, it is important that you find a company that you can trust. Move out worry free with a professional carpet cleaning service that will make moving out a breeze.

Reggie Watson knows how to care for and maintain carpets. He has ten years of experience performing Move Out Carpet Cleaning, making him an asset to anyone looking for more information about move out carpet cleaning! There is no match for his expertise on the subject.

Before Choosing a Driving School

Driving education is a very crucial form of special training given to prospective and would be drivers either by private or public driving institutions. In almost all parts of the country, including Arkansas, finding for the most reliable driving schools has never been so easy with the use of the internet. Different schools offer different teaching methodologies and techniques that are equally good and effective. There are also driving schools that offer competitive rates.

There are important considerations that one must look into before choosing a driving school. One of the most important things to consider is the school’s license to teach professional driving. A school that offers driver education must be duly recognized and certified by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Second consideration is its curriculum. The curriculum of each driving school must be recognized by the Department of Education with a pre-approved curriculum by the Department of Education and a school recognized by the DMV, a student must next check the physical readiness of the school. This means the availability of necessary equipment that are essential in teaching driving. A suitable vehicle ideal for student who is just learning driving for the first time must be readily available. Not all types of vehicles are suitable in teaching driving. The vehicle used must be solely intended and tailored for teaching driving.

Some states require a certain age before one can enroll in a classroom driver education and training or driver training course. Some secondary schools are now including driving lesson in their school’s curriculum. Thus, it is best for parents to take advantage of this. A good driving school must not only teach its student driver the actual driving lesson. Other teaching modalities must also be incorporated like video and movie viewing that are directly related to driver education. Simulation is a very effective way in teaching process. Depending on the state, the exact number of hours for the entire driving education varies. It pays to check the school where your child is attending for the entire course work.

In any places in the country, like Arkansas for example, driving laws vary, that is why it is best to check with your local area on the regulations and policies that will be very helpful in your child’s driving lesson. You can even choose from hundreds of Arkansas Driving Schools that offer reliable services at reasonable rates.

Since a teenager’s first driving lesson can be very stressful, parents must ensure to only hire driving teachers who are respectful, courteous, professional, and the one who value safety and integrity while teaching the course. There are several things that parents should do before picking a driving school. While it is important to consider the cost of the entire driving lesson, the safety and quality of driving techniques that your child will be learning must not be sacrificed just because you want to save. At the end of the day, your child’s safety must be prioritized.

Peter Patrick is a writer and an advocate of safe and quality driving education. In his website Arkansas Driving Schools A – Z, one can access his collection of useful articles on finding the best driving schools in Arkansas

Tips for the First Time Driver

So, you’re finally done with your 6-week driving school. Everything is all set – your dad bought you your new car, and you’re excited to impress the girls in your school. But before you race to the wheel, remember this one important thing: you own the car, NOT the road. You might be very excited, but your parents won’t be too happy if you crash that car on your first day. So, what do you need to do? Here are some helpful points to consider before you go on your first drive.

– Check your car – Whether you’re going for a short ride or a long one, always check your car. Check the tires, the seat-belts, and the mirrors. While you were in driving school, you always had your driving instructor breathing down your neck. Annoying, right? Now it would feel strange that you’re all alone. There would be no one there to remind you, so you have to get your act together.
– Don’t panic. – Keep your cool. Keep thinking of ways to distract yourself from the fear of driving – like how cool you’d look when you arrive in school, or the look on your girlfriend’s (or boyfriend) face when she sees you in your new car. Loosen up, and don’t focus so much on driving. Try to act naturally. There’s no instructor to tell you what to do anymore.
– Don’t distract yourself – While thinking of ways to keep your cool, don’t overdo it by daydreaming. The last thing you need is a distracting thought that would take your mind off of driving and into something else. Since it’s your first time, don’t bring answer your phone just yet, or don’t eat. A little music can help relax you.
– Don’t forget your license. EVER. – This pretty much says it all. It’s not that I’m putting negative thoughts in your head, but you’ll never know what happens on the road.
– Remember what driving school taught you – You didn’t go through that six week hell for nothing, right? So you best remember everything. You were taught to read signs, so read them well. You were taught how to drive safely, then drive safely. If you encounter bad drivers, don’t imitate them. Just go about your business.

Tips like these can only go so far. I still believe that experience is the best teacher, specially for driving. So go ahead and practice. For those who still feel inadequate, there are some, like Indiana driving schools, that offer intermediate driving lessons. If you can get a hold of that (and if you have the resources of course), then do so. There’s actually a study that says these extra courses make better drivers. And remember, driving is supposed to be fun and cool. Just don’t let it get to your head to much. Enjoy your drive!

 

Peter Patrick loves to travel with his wife and two kids. Peter owns the Indiana Driving Schools website.

Career Coaching – The Right Path to Success

Do you remember the last time you took part in a competition? If you were into athletics, you might not fondly remember that your coach made you practice like hell, but they were the ones who pushed you beyond what you think you could, to be the person that you are. Career coaching is just like that.

Everyone wants to be successful at work and life, in general. Some people achieve it through hard work and God-given intelligence and creative talents. But some of us are not so lucky when it comes to social status, available opportunities or possessing network contacts. Here is when a career coach comes in.

A career coach won’t steer your wheel for you, it’s still your wheel. Your career coach is your compass – he only helps you get to your treasure chest that is success.

Career coaching’s basic principle is professional and career development. You have all the potentials in you: you’ve got the goods! If you don’t know where to start, or you don’t know how to get the most out of your skills, we can help. Career coaches can’t promise you a quick way out, but we’ll get you there.

The secret to the success of a career coach is the new perspective they come up with. Being in the business so long, we’ve seen where most companies get stuck at – they know the strategies but they’ve been in the biz so long that they lose sight of what’s fresh and new. A career coach will point out potential improvments and help with the necessary adjustments. This is all constructive criticism of course. You take someone not involved in the company, and they see a lot of things that most businessmen ignore and take for granted. Sometimes, being too involved in a project brings more harm than good; you need an outside and holistic point of view every once in a while to steer you right back into track.

Another key point that career coaching can do to you is to balance out everything. Most employees are stuck at their situation and forget to see the big picture and some executives keep thinking long term but they disregard the short term. A lot of business magnates can’t understand why either their relationships fail or their work fails. That shouldn’t be the case! It should be win-win: a win in work and a win in life itself. A career coach will not only guide you to the path of success, but will also help you manage your time, your thinking and your resources so you don’t have to choose between family and work. You can maintain your social life AND be successful in your career. How neat is that?!

Career coaching is not a necessity, yet some people deem it important enough. Talk to your peers and your bosses. If you think you need one, here’s one great site with amazing career coaches who are always ready to serve and help. Remember: you are the captain of your fate and the master of your soul. You decide what to do, but a little nudge wouldn’t hurt, especially if it will point you to success.

Ayelet Magen is a full-time executive coach and author of several articles on career coaching.

 

Dog Grooming 101 – Bathing Your Dog

Most dogs are very energetic and lively; they really light up a place when they’re around. They are fiercely loyal, and have their own little ways to cheer you up when you’re down. For everything they offer us, grooming is one of the best ways to return their love and loyalty.

Grooming, aside from training, could be considered one of the hardest parts of having a pet. Since grooming needs to be regular, it requires time, patience and effort from dog owners. Some owners just call a dog grooming service for their pets, and that’s okay. But, grooming is such an essential part of the pet-owner relationship – it strengthens the bond you already have with your adorable pet. Consider it as a date with your husband/wife/significant other – you don’t really need to do it every day, but you have to have that “alone time” with your partner if you’re going to make the relationship work. And, just like dates, grooming should be enjoyed both by the pet and the owner.

Bathing is one part of grooming that people think is all fun. You often see on television and in movies the spraying, the splashing and the laughter it creates. Truth be told, not all bathing sessions are like that. Yes, it’s pretty messy, but most of the time, dogs run away from baths and go crazy. So, actually, bathing is quite hard. But, here are some easy tips on how to master the bathing experience and turn it into something fun both for you and your dog:

– Mind over matter – Fearing bath time is a bad idea for dog owners. Remember that your pet can actually sense what you feel every single time you’re with him, so when he senses your fear or annoyance to the entire bathing process, he’ll definitely go crazy. Try thinking positively about the bath. Think that it’s going to be okay, and that you’ll be successful. When your dog senses your serenity and confidence, he’ll trust you.

– Make it a habit – You don’t need to give your dog a bath every day, but let him get used to the idea of bathing. As much as possible, start bathing your dog while he’s still young. Make him accustomed to the sound of running water, to the feel of the water on his fur. This takes time and patience, but it will all be worth it. Bath time will be a breeze.

– Reward your dog – For behaving properly, or not going crazy, reinforce your dog by giving him a treat. While he’s getting used to the water, always reassure him that he’s safe with you, that it’s “just a bath” and nothing to be afraid of. Be firm, but gentle.

Grooming is a wonderful experience between the owner and the dog. If you have time, groom your pet every now and then. For extreme cases and professional help, you can always call a local dog grooming services. For now, enjoy the bath! Get wet and wild with your pooch!

 

Amber Brown is a regular contributor to a local magazine on pet care. She owns a Dog Grooming Salon and owns a few dogs and a cat.

Consider a Rollator Walker to Help You Maintain Independence

As we age, it is important to maintain as much independence as possible so we can still have maximum enjoyment from life.

Unfortunately, illness or accidents can rob us of our mobility, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still be on our own. Fortunately there are plenty of places to obtain quality medical supplies that help us maintain our dignity and keep living life to the fullest.

Many older individuals with mobility issues need assistance walking and getting from place to place. A rollator walker is one of the most common mobility aids that makes it easy for people suffering from arthritis or recovering from a broken hip to move around at home and in public.

If you or a loved one are in need of a mobility aid or other medical supplies, it is comforting to know that there are many places to rent or purchase these items from in your community. Most of these places will deliver to your home, or allow you to purchase items online at your convenience, even larger items such as walkers, wheelchairs and hospital beds, if needed.

If you are caring for someone who has broken a hip, suffered a stroke, has Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease, you understand that having any added level of security when they are moving about puts everyone at complete ease.

Rollator walkers are designed for those patients who can still move around and want to enjoy their freedom and independent life. These patients simply need something to help them stay steady on their feet, maintain balance and keep in control. Some rollator walkers come equipped with baskets, trays or totes to help make carrying items easier.

Rollator walkers also come in many different sizes, you can purchase ones which are tall or short, wide or narrow with three wheels or four. It all depends on the patient’s comfort level so it’s important to sample a few walkers before making a purchase.

Being able to move with a greater sense of self confidence and reassurance while offering support, allows the patient to remain calm as they face each day knowing they are regaining control of their life.

William Adams is a home healthcare expert whose blogs and articles appear in many magazines and on Web sites.

Stay Cool and Save Money This Summer With Advice from an Air Conditioning Installer

When temperatures start to climb, your air conditioning system becomes your best friend. But, what if your current system or window unit is a little iffy this year? Maybe you need to upgrade your system or say good-bye to your old window unit in favor of something more up-to-date and efficient? The best way to find out how best to cool your home is to consult an experienced air conditioning installer.

Air conditioning installers are experts when it comes to helping you decide how to keep your home cool this summer. In addition to being comfortable, you want to make sure your system is running as efficiently as possible in order to keep energy costs in line. In today’s economy, we’re all concerned with saving as much money as we can. Many homeowners are deciding to upgrade or replace their current cooling systems in order to take advantage of the latest energy-efficient technology. After all, as important as it is to stay cool, we also have to be mindful of how much we are spending.

Depending on the type of home you have, there are many options when it comes to air conditioning. Traditional window units may work for you in certain instances, but many homeowners are weighing their options when it comes to installing central air conditioning or ductless air conditioning systems. If you happen to live in an older home, you may not want to go to the trouble and expense of installing the necessary ductwork for a central air conditioning system. If that is the case, a ductless air conditioning system might be the right choice for you. If you live in a newer home that has existing ductwork for a heating system, adding a cooling system might be the right choice for you. It all depends on how much you are able to spend as well as how much time you are planning to spend in your home. Those of us who have summer homes and cottages might not be so concerned with keeping our homes cool if we’re not going to spend a lot of time in them. But, those of us who need our homes to be a cool sanctuary from the hot, humid temperatures, might want to make the investment in a centralized system that will keep your home cool and comfortable 24/7.

Regardless of your needs, air conditioning professionals are standing by now waiting to assist you in choosing the right system for your home. Don’t wait until your current system conks out on you on the hottest day of the year; have a qualified air conditioning installer evaluate your system and advise you on what needs to be done. Once the mercury climbs, you’ll be glad you thought about it now, as opposed to during the dog days of summer.

Paul Caldwell is a Toronto-based heating and air conditioning contractor whose blogs and articles appear in magazines and on home improvement Web sites.

A Few Ways to Ease the Stress of Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease

While many patients retain their independence for a period of time after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, some may need more help with performing daily activities. For others, the diagnosis may come after weeks or months of you coping with symptoms that did not have a name. Regardless of how long you’ve been dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or to what degree, in some way Alzheimer’s has affected your life and responsibilities – physically, emotionally, or economically.

The role you have taken on is not an easy one. However, the following tips offer some guidance on how to maintain and improve your caregiving relationship:

  • Take time for yourself. Make sure you have time to relax. If necessary, enlist the help of other family members or even hire someone to help out.
  • Learn as much as you can about your loved one’s disease so you will know how you can help. You’ll also understand what changes to expect in your loved one’s behavior or symptoms.
  • Help your loved one participate in as many activities in the home and outside the home as possible. Maintain the intricate balance between helping your loved one accomplish a task and actually doing the task for him or her. Allow the patient the time needed to complete daily activities on his or her own, such as dressing.
  • Consult your loved one about his or her family affairs. Although it’s not easy to discuss these topics, you should be informed of your loved one’s wishes regarding a living will, durable power of attorney, and do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order.
  • Set realistic goals for yourself and your loved one. Do not attempt to do everything. By setting attainable goals, you are setting everyone up for success, rather than disappointment.
  • Do not put your life on hold. Continue to meet with friends, participate in hobbies or groups, and maintain a schedule as normally as possible. You will feel more energized and are less likely to feel resentful in the long run.
  • Have someone you can talk to. You are there for your loved one — to listen and to offer support — but you also need a support person. Talk openly and honestly with a friend or family member. If this is not possible, join a support group. Understanding that you are not alone and that someone else is in a similar situation helps you to feel nurtured.

Dr. David Tal is a specialist in geriatric medicine and runs the Age Matters Clinic in Toronto.

Toronto Fences Will Give Your Home a Much-Needed Update This Spring

When you take the time to ensure the exterior of your home looks as good as the interior, the last think you want to do is put unattractive fencing around the perimeter.

Many types of wooden fencing are labor intensive, and for all that trouble you don’t get much beauty or longevity from them. They have to be stained and waterproofed, and then you’re never certain when the wood will splinter or rot, and need to  be replaced.

The newest idea in Toronto fences is vinyl picket fences that look just like wood, but they’re made from 100 percent recycled vinyl that always looks great and lasts much longer than traditional wooden fencing. Unless you’re standing right next to it, there is no way to tell that you don’t have a painted wooden fence surrounding your home. It’s the same classic style but without the worry about maintaining or replacing it.

Ask any homeowner in your area which type of fence they’d rather have and sure enough, they will tell you a vinyl fence. Vinyl fencing is so much more versatile than old fashioned wooden fencing; There are so many more styles and colors available, and the great thing is, once it’s installed, you don’t have to worry about it. If it gets dirty, the most you have to do is wipe it down with a damp cloth or give it a good power-washing every so often. Wood fences require so much more upkeep including treating them to repel termites and other pests, and worrying about compromising the wood if you treat your lawn or shrubs with pesticides. When a wooden fence splinters or breaks, you have to replace entire sections of it, and it never looks the same. A vinyl fence gives you many more years of worry-free enjoyment without having to replace bits and pieces of it as they deteriorate.

Vinyl fencing material is also used by many businesses because of it’s affordability and easy care. In fact, many rural farms have begun to install vinyl horse fences instead of wooden or metal fences, which require constant upkeep. A vinyl fence, especially when it’s enclosing a large property, is not only more economical, it will look great for years to come.

Homeowners know how versatile vinyl fencing material is: decks, patios and verandas can be built with it that will last just as long and look just as beautiful as the fence that surrounds your home. You will enjoy many years of fun gatherings without the worry of going barefoot and getting splinters. And, when you build a deck with vinyl fence material, there’s no need to paint, stain or maintain it. It will provide years of enjoyment all year round.

When you invest in your home’s appearance, it always pays to use the finest quality materials – and those include vinyl picket fences.

Yaniv Kalderon is a vinyl fence and landscaping expert in Toronto, Ontario, whose blogs and articles appear on home improvement Web sites.