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We’re Back! Finally, we’re enjoying the renewal of spring and hopefully a soon to be summer! We have so much for you to enjoy in this issue!
Life is full of choices and decisions waiting to happen. It is those choices that shape who we are. From eating well, to living well, to giving of our time, it’s up to us to make a difference for others and ourselves. Our cover story personality, Leonardo DiCaprio is an actor activist who came to receive his Oscar based on the choices he made. What a great win for him and a much-awaited win at that! Aside from his Oscar, Leo is a guy with a passion for all things environmental. He loves the planet, and that my friends, is another choice he made. He is a man of action, a man who walks the talk. Read the full story by our new contributing writer, Tristan Bronca.
Summer is a time for enjoying the great outdoors. Relax and ip through some great reads about beauty and health. Dr. Michael Carozza shares some great tips on mind body medicine that you don’t want to miss. With better weather around the corner, our lives naturally tend to get busier. This is the time to be outdoors. Walk, jog and exercise in your local park. We’ve provided several exercises for you in two fitness features, Parks n’ Reps and Good-bye Thunder Thighs. Choose wisely. Stress and fatigue can also lead to depression and anxiety. Be sure to read our Spotlight piece addressing how we can better handle and understand mental health, in hopes of better helping those in need.
On the lighter side, enjoy some recipes provided by Jamie Oliver and Danielle Rose. Having a summer BBQ or festive dinner? Not sure if you should serve Red or White wine this summer? What about both? Rossana Magnotta tells you why in our expert feature, Wine Talk. What’s a summer without enjoying ice cream? We’ve collected our Top 10 Ice Cream shops in Toronto where you can enjoy the summer’s hottest treat.
In this issue we travel with Francesca Spizzirri to Quito, Ecuador. You’ll be surprised at what this hidden and not so travelled place offers. If you’re like the rest of us, you must be wondering what’s going on with the real estate market in Vaughan. Crazy is an understatement. Will it settle, will it crash or will the value of homes keep rising? Our real estate piece might give you the hint you’re looking for.
There is no better time to keep a close eye on your finances especially if you’re a young family planning for your child’s education. Everyone knows post secondary education is an expensive undertaking. Without a proper plan in place, there is bound to be hardship or worse, your child might have to settle for a lesser education. Our contributing nance writer, Rocco DiPasquale answers some questions on how to prepare and contribute to an RESP.
I certainly hope you’ll peruse some or all of these stories at your leisure. Be sure to visit our website and enroll to receive a digital version of Fredi via email directly to your smart phone or laptop. Just for signing up, you’ll receive a selection of special offers at local merchants plus a chance to win a fabulous all-inclusive trip to the Carribean for two! Don’t hesitate! Sign up today and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Filomena Rosati / Editor-in-chief