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MARK WEXLER

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SARAH JEAN

HARRISON

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the

Bridal

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FEBRUARY 2019

EVENTS

Keeping you connected to your community.

FEBRUARY 2

The Erotic Arts & Crafts Fair

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Family Day

FROM THE

PUBLISHERS

Rather than tug at your heartstrings

with an issue devoted to V-Day, we’re

forging ahead with stories that prompt

you to think with your head and your heart:

If wedding bells are in your future, look no

further than Corso Italia to deliver Big on

bridal in Little Italy. See Styling.

Confetti may seem old school at weddings,

but in Parenting’s Hooked on Books, faves

inspire kids to ‘Sprinkle Kindness Like

Confetti.’

A dash of health won’t hurt, either! Explore

the possibilities of couples yoga and asana

and pranayama your way to healthful

harmony (Well-Being).

If your ‘mom mood’ prevents you from

getting through the day, quash the stress

mess with self-care tips, and divide and

conquer postpartum obstacles with Diary

of a New Mama (Parenting).

Another way to get the stress out?

Renovate. Go big on style with small luxuries

in the kitchen and bathroom (Styling).

Homebuying? Dear Realtor explains why

a contract isn’t just a piece of paper. Also,

home isn’t Fort Knox, but it deserves more

than adequate protection. What the Tech!?!?

weighs in on hi-tech home security solutions

(Living).

Peace of mind is comforting, but so is not

worrying about what to wear everyday. With

Soft Focus’ modern loungewear, founder

Sammi Smith proves that stylish sleepwear

is as appropriate on Valentine’s Day as it is

on any other day of the year (Styling).

Plus, your latest food fantasy awaits at

Adonis grocery store. Find out why (Eating).

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FEBRUARY 18

Bata Shoe Museum – Family Day

Bata Shoe Museum – 327 Bloor St. W.

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FEBRUARY 19

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Fort York

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Fort York National Historic Site –

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Family Day at

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Brewer’s Backyard

Winter Warmers

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Evergreen Brick Works –

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(Young-Welcome Centre/BMO Atrium)

www.evergreen.ca

FEBRUARY 22

Feedback Sci-Fi/

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Fantasy Film Festival

Imagine Cinemas Carlton Cinema –

20 Carlton St.

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Carlton Cinema – 20 Carlton St.

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FEBRUARY 19

Family Day at The Bentway

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FEBRUARY 25

Spring & Easter

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10:00–5:00 pm

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Centennial Park Conservatory –

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Not a big deal. I did not drop

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only signed the paperwork. Now

everyone is really very mad and

saying that I am “contractually

obligated.” I thought there

needed to be ‘consideration’ for

the whole thing to be binding.

And, as I said, I did not drop

off the cheque. My agent said

she could try to get a ‘mutual

release.’ What the heck is that??

Is there a problem here??? What is

the big deal?! It’s only paper!!!!

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Dear Indecisive or In Hot Water,

At this point, you might be both. The big deal is

that, yes, it’s only paper. But…what you signed

on that paper (actually, a contract) is legally

binding. Then, you submitted that contract to a

seller to review. Did you understand that what

you were signing and submitting were firm and

binding contracts? Were you aware that the tiny

printed seal on the signing page is considered

‘consideration’? By signing a contact under seal,

without conditions, you are submitting a firm and

binding offer for someone else to accept /reject/

counter. At that point, it is no longer within your

control to change your mind. They may take pity

on you and offer a mutual release, if they do not

want to move forward with someone who is no

longer wanting to complete the transaction. They

might decide to cut their losses early without

time. Or, they could hold you legally responsible to

the terms of the contract you submitted to them,

and additionally, possibly sue you for losses or

damages caused by your actions. It is much more

serious than you think. Sometimes, when buying

or leasing a property, the paperwork can seem like

a simple formality. In fact, they are very serious

terms and conditions that hold everyone involved

as strictly responsible to fulfil their obligations.

As these transactions become more common, it

is understandably easy to lose connection to the

seriousness of these contracts and the obligations

and promises held within. It is always your right

to slow down and take your time. Carefully

consider what you are signing. Make sure you

clearly understand all the terms and conditions

that you are committing to before you submit

your offer to be reviewed. Once it is out of your

hands and in the world, you are bound by those

commitments.

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WHAT THE TECH!?!?

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BY JON COHEN

TECH COLUMNIST

This month, we look at the physical

and digital things we can do

to improve security at home.

Recently, Ring, highly acclaimed for

the original Video Doorbell, released

the Ring Security System. Meant to

revolutionise your home security as

the Ring Video Doorbell did a few years

back, the Ring Security System can be

purchased online at www.ring.com.

Featuring a base station, keypad, and

a mix of sensors and motion detectors,

the nicest part is that this set-up is

made easy enough that you can install

it yourself. With no drilling or running

wires needed, the Ring Security System

is a great alternative to more costly,

traditional security systems, such

as ADT.

The Ring Alarm also offers customers

a mobile app to arm, disarm and

monitor the status of the alarm system.

Using this app, you can be alerted to

anyone entering or exiting

your home. If you want to go one

step further, Ring offers the option

of contract-free professional monitoring

which allows the alarm to be linked

up to a local security company, as well

as to the police. Lastly, options, such

as outdoor lights and the Ring Video

Doorbell, provide your home with an

additional ‘Ring of Security.’

Switching gears to the digital side of

security, I want to share, with you, a

Toronto-based company that has made

the ever-difficult world of passwords

more ‘bearable.’ Meet RememBear

(www.remembear.com), a fun, friendly,

easy-to-use password manager which

works on phone, tablet, and computer.

Like many other password managers on

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a low cost of $3 US per month, you can

sync all your devices, and there is no

obligation to go to the premium service;

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As you might know, just recently,

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in security, which allowed bad guys

access to millions of points of data,

such as emails, addresses, names, and

maybe even, credit card info. Sadly,

most of us were affected. It’s time to

change your password, and with the

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can start the new year off on the right

foot by changing passwords to improve

your personal digital security.

Lastly, take the power into your own

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STYLING

Here

Comes

the Bridal

IT’S ONE OF THE

MOST IMPORTANT

OCCASIONS IN LIFE,

and every bride wants

their wedding to be

special and unique.

Being newly engaged is

an exciting time for any

bride-to-be, dreaming of

their perfect day. Corso

Italia is a one-stop

experience for all things

bridal. A leisurely walk

down St. Clair West

presents a variety

of jewellery stores,

beauty shops, bakeries

and florists, travel agents,

tailors, and specialty

clothing for everyone in

your bridal party. “You’ll

find much more than just

your basic retail stores,”

says Alicia Vianga of

Premier Jour Fine Lingerie

& Swimwear. “I call them

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than likely meet the owner

and be provided with VIP

service.” No ushering you

out the door just before

closing, and negotiating is

not unheard of.”

Alicia chose the area 10

years ago when she first

came to Canada. “One of

the first places I visited

was Corso Italia and I

was like a kid in a candy

store,” she says. “It’s an

extremely beautiful area

and has always carried all

things bridal.” Over the

years, Alicia has seen the

area lose some retailers,

but says the ones that have

moved in are unique and

provide custom goods. “We

see brides at Premier Jour

Fine Lingerie & Swimwear

for everything from the

foundations for their

wedding dress to preparing

for their honeymoon

vacation,” she says.

Zeynep Ates of Zey

Bridal has been making

custom gowns from their

St. Clair store for the

past two years, sourcing

fabrics and notions from

all over the world. “We are

completely unique from

the competition,” he says,

“because our customers

choose everything

themselves - their style,

fabric, lace, beading and

colour.” On deciding where

to open their boutique,

Zeynep, gushes, “There

was no other place in the

GTA for us. It’s a popular

place for brides because

there are so many choices

here.” She continues, “We

liked the area because it

has a lot of multicultural

customers and is always

bustling with people.”

Vivian Li and her business

partner, who opened

Sunflower Bridal Inc. just

this past November, completely

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looking to be unique,” she

says. “We contemplated a

few different neighbourhoods,

but liked the multiculturalism

of the area.

We wanted people of all

backgrounds to be able to

walk by our windows and

appreciate our products.”

Happy with the decision

to settle in Corso Italia,

Vivian and her partner

further note that the area

is vibrant, with ample

parking, coffee shops, cafes

and restaurants.

Madison Vartanian, who

manages Blü Ivory Bridal

+ Evening, finds that the

recent rejuvenation of

St. Clair West has been

great for business with last

year being their busiest

yet. “As more businesses

come into the area, it

draws in more customers,”

she says. “It’s friendly

competition,” Madison

continues. “Each store has

a unique clientele based on

styles and on the way they

approach customer service.

If a few stores carry the

same designers, there will

be different styles being

careful to offer something

different for every bride.”

An important factor for the

bride-to-be when searching

for that perfect gown.

With such a wide

selection, Corso Italia is

the perfect place to park

the car and make a few

appointments in one day,

says Madison. “We want

brides to just enjoy the

experience and have a

great time. If we can help

them find their dream

dress, that’s a bonus, but

we want them to have

so much fun that they’ll

remember this experience

forever.”

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STYLING

Soft Focus

BY SARAH JEAN HARRISON

SUSTAINABLE STYLE COLUMNIST

Loungewear has always brought to

mind images of ladies swanning

about in fur collar robes and

kitten heels. Not that I disliked

the idea, but it was hard to see the

applicability of loungewear in my own,

non-aristocratic life.

And yet, when my work life changed

from office-bound to work-from-home, I

unexpectedly found myself searching for

something to wear that was lovely and

comfortable.

I wasn’t going on spa dates and

ladies’ luncheons, but I was working

from the comfort of my dining room

table, taking video calls and collecting

packages at the door. I needed to look

professional, but there was no reason

for the uncomfortable waistband of my

‘office pants.’ Eventually, putting on

an underwire bra for 12 straight hours

seemed like an archaic form of torture.

I began hunting around for a

sustainable fashion solution that landed

somewhere between pyjamas and

blazers. I finally discovered my answer

last spring, at Made INLAND, where I

met Sammi Smith, the founder of Soft

Focus. After working in Canadian fashion

for 10 years, Sammi became a freelance

fashion designer and consultant. “When

I started freelancing, my fashion habits

had to change for this new way of

working,” she explains during our chat.

“There was no way I was getting dressed

up to sit on the couch with my laptop.

And I definitely didn’t want to put on a

bra! But I did want to express myself and

wear something that was beautiful and

comfortable.”

A self-professed homebody who loves

to sleep, Sammi had always joked

that if she ever started a fashion line,

it would be for “really fancy pyjamas.”

In 2017, she launched Soft Focus, a

modern loungewear brand for women

that reflects our new work-life balance.

Soft Focus is Canadian designed and

made using Tencel, a pulp-based form

of rayon sourced from sustainable forests

and made in a closed-loop facility,

for many of its flowing collared shirts,

trousers and robes. Sammi admits that

sourcing sustainable textiles is a challenge

for a small brand (some pieces are

not Tencel), but she is dedicated to using

plant-based fabrics and scaling in a responsible,

sustainably-focused manner.

“Knowing the inside of the fashion

industry like I do, I wanted to do good

with my brand,” she says. “There

was no point in starting a clothing

company unless I could be making

the best choices for myself, the

people making the clothing, and

the end consumer.”

I ask Sammi why she thinks

now is the time for this modern

take on loungewear and her

answer surprises me. “There

is something very powerful

about a woman who is

comfortable. These aren’t

costume pjs, but beautiful

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STYLING

Make a Big Impact

with Small Luxuries

FABULOUS FINISHINGS

BY SARA BEDERMAN

PRINCIPAL, SARA BEDERMAN DESIGN

Kitchens and bathrooms are

among my clients’ mostrequested

renovations. As

a designer, I find that upgrades to

these rooms typically yield the best

return on investment. That said,

the level of initial investment is

also generally higher. Beyond the

big-ticket items, such as flooring,

countertops, cabinets, fixtures,

and appliances, the fine details are

instrumental to the overall look.

Here are some small, yet impactful

details you can make around your

kitchen and bathroom areas.

Remember: No detail is too small:

HARDWARE

If you’re looking to crank up your

home’s #trending factor, hardware is

a great upgrade that won’t break the

bank. Choose impactful knobs and pulls

to transform minimal cabinet fronts

and drawers. When it comes to drapery

hardware, crystal is the next best thing.

Look for quality, handmade European

drapery finials, from companies like

Deco & Deco, which offer Murano glass

to a full range of metal finishes that

can certainly add the right amount of

sparkle to any space.

PLUMBING FIXTURES

Up the ante in your kitchen or

bath with fabulous faucets. These

fixtures are prominent enough to

catch the attention of a wandering

eye, whether for their unusual size,

shape, features, or finish.

#Trending: When it comes to

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It’s one of those transformative elements that can serve

to inspire the style of the whole room. Chandeliers have

traditionally made their home in formal dining rooms,

but they’ve become a mainstay in modern kitchens and

en suite bathrooms. After all, if you’re going to pamper

yourself, what better place to splurge? Choose something

that suits the scale of the room. As a general rule, add

the width and length of your room in feet. This number is

the recommended diameter of your chandelier, in inches.

For example, a 15-by-15-ft. room can handle a 13-inch

chandelier. Always look to selecting high-quality, durable

fixtures from companies like Hudson Valley.

Tip: When choosing metals for fixtures and furnishings,

be bold! Mix it up. Particularly trendy right now are gold

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EATING

Food of the Gods and

‘Mere Mortals’ at Adonis

BY EZRA BRAVES

Scarborough’s Adonis (from

Québec, and part of the Metro

family) falls into my category

of visiting local grocery stores

when travelling. While many fetishise

the food scene, latest and greatest

restaurants, and by some miracle,

receive an actually good word-ofmouth

spot or top 10 (highly curated

and self-congratulatory) TripAdvisor

suggestions, nothing gives me more

pleasure than walking up and down

the aisles of this local - my middleaged

idea of fun (I used to be fun,

sigh) - maybe my three-kid, constant

marathon existence, is elevated by my

blissful grocery store wanderings - in

these moments, I realise the inspiration

for zombie movies – I have become one.

My kids generally hate doing errands

with me (because I’m not fun anymore),

so I’ve changed the name from errands

to food adventures. Seems to work.

I’m tired of the new status quo where

all parents need to be their kids’

entertainers – somehow we’ve failed

as parents if we don’t give our kids the

space to grow untethered and expand

their imagination. Take away their

screens, I say. Take them to Adonis.

Bread is fundamental. It unites and

connects us in the present, and to our

past. Despite what bread has become,

in commercial ovens across the globe,

warm, fresh bread still has the power

to penetrate deeply into all our senses

and memories. It comforts us. That is

one of the many reasons I love Adonis

(despite barely being able to digest

wheat anymore).

While I should be quietly protesting

yet another mass-produced, factorymade,

non-artisan-barely-resemblingfood-product,

here, it is magic. Here,

it is the heart of this grocery store

body-of-perfection – the pita is Adonis.

My kids are mesmerised. I’m brought

back to my polka-dot-behind-the-door

childhood of watching how things

work. We wait silently beside the

entrance to this brilliant and gleaming,

clear, acrylic structure smack in the

centre of the store – inside, the twisting,

multilevel conveyor belt highways

carry flat raw discs on their journey

from dough to emerge from the raging

hot ovens as puffed pillows of pita

perfection. Out of Hades’ heat and

covered in a fine dust of white flour,

a baker comes to the door - he knows

why we are here, and I feel a touch

of shame that the bags of pita baked

30 min earlier simply won’t do for my

west-end secretly hipster self. I drop

my head slightly, and with the weight

of not wanting to disappoint my kids,

I say, “Four bags…please?” Wordlessly,

he hands them over and I feel a surge

of victory. I can’t rip the bag open fast

enough. I frantically head to the rows of

hummus, open the cap, rip off a piece of

the still warm pita, take a giant scoop,

and urgently shove it in my mouth. Oh

yeah, and then I give some to my kids

– there is nothing civilised about this

moment, and I am unapologetic.

Usually, I avoid the centre of a

grocery store. It is the place where the

evil, processed-almost-resemblingfoods

lie. I’m tired of having to fight

hidden sugars and all corn-related

by-product ingredients patiently hiding

in my cookies only to surface years

later as something carcinogenic – these

are the dark sections of the grocery

store where my soul turns grey. This

is not my experience at Adonis. Each

aisle is another playground of tastes

and excitement for me - pyramids of

olive oils, mountains of fresh Ontario

produce, glistening rows of olives,

fresh nuts, feta cheeses, and endless

fields of baklava, tanned and perfectly

flaky, crunching, dripping in honey

and roasted pistachios – there is real

food here. This is where, at long last, I

found THE best za’atar and couscous in

the city – and an honourable mention

to fresh grape leaves, I’ve been looking

everywhere. I need them for my

homemade fermented pickles!

Mythological Adonis – the

embodiment of youth, virility, and

perfection. The bar is set high for

us mortals, from which we can all

measure our own insecurities (well,

my deeper insecurities, anyway

– sometimes I hate mythology!).

sometimes I hate mythology!). Where

many brave souls dare to venture, the

clouds open and a beam of light shines

down on the torch at the corner of

Warden and Eglinton. You can almost

hear the choral crescendo as the light

beams through, and every time I leave,

I’m already planning my next trip.

Adonis

20 Ashtonbee Rd. and 1240 Eglinton Ave. W.

adonisgroup.ca

EZRA BRAVES is the founder of Ezra’s Pound and the president of The Espresso Institute of North America.

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WELL-BEING

WHAT TO DO WITH THAT LUMP OF COAL?

Charcoal BY DIANA AZIZ

A New Beauty Trend

Not sure what to do with

that lump of coal you found

in your stocking this past

Christmas? Try eating it,

or putting it on your face.

Charcoal is the latest health and

beauty trend. Whether you drink it

in a latte, brush your teeth with it, or

luxuriate in a facial peel, charcoal is it.

As Canadians, we tend to wither

and burrow when the temp dips below

zero. February can be a harsh month

for us. The indulgence and stress of

the holiday season can make us feel

sluggish and tired. Lack of sunshine

and cold air can make us feel less

energetic and motivated. At this time,

more than ever, we need to nourish and

replenish our bodies, inside and out.

Activated charcoal has been used for

years to improve intestinal health and

as a medical aid to induce vomiting

in cases of overdose or chemical

poisoning. Presently charcoal is used

to whiten teeth, ramp up digestion,

remove impurities, andn reduce fine

line lines on the skin.

Charcoal peels are the latest

beauty fix. Top shelf beauty spas

and dermatologists in areas such as

Yorkville and North Toronto are offering

charcoal peels and facials. If you

would rather mask up in the comfort

of home, Shoppers Drug Mart is one of

many retailers that sell ‘do it yourself’

charcoal-based beauty products by

luxury brands such as Clinique and

Elizabeth Arden, as well as more

modestly priced products by companies

such as Garnier, St. Yves, and Biore.

Shoppers’ signature Life Brand

charcoal facial retails for only $6.99.

As the peels and masks detoxify and

purify the skin, ingesting charcoal does

the same for your gut. Charcoal helps

rid the body of unwanted toxins and

substances by binding and eliminating

them before the body can absorb them.

The activated charcoal can also assist

in reducing bloat and gas, as well as

promoting kidney health.

Black Lattes, Goth Lattes, or Charcoal

Lattes are a great way to take charcoal

in. The hottest thing on the café scene

since turmeric lattes can be

found at hipster cafes such

as Sam James Coffee Bar

on Harbord St. and

Bayleys Brew Bar

on Bathurst St.

Don’t forget your

teeth! Another

big trend is

to clean your

pearly whites

with activated

charcoal

powder.

Products such

as Carbon Coco

or InVitamin

Charcoal Teeth

and Gum Cleanser

are applied directly

on the teeth by

way of a dampened

toothbrush. If you

prefer a more traditional

method, charcoal-based

toothpaste is readily available

in most health food stores in

the GTA. Either way, brushing with

activated charcoal is deemed to balance

natural oral bacteria, prevent cavities,

restore minerals to the teeth, and

improve bad breath.

Other great products are charcoal

cleansing bars, which combat blemishes

and detoxify the skin, and charcoal

deodorants that are a natural way to

neutralise body odour.

I think I may try the deodorant next.

What are you going to try?

DIANA AZIZ is a consummate traveler, water lover, foodie, fashion slave and adventure seeker who loves to experience people, culture

and life. Then write about it.

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WELL-BEING

Couples Yoga

Achieving Harmony

through Practiced

Partnerships

BY SAMANTHA BEDERMAN

Like music is the language of

love, I would say yoga is the

language of rhythm. Playing

an instrument is feeling your

groove like an out-of-body pulse. When

the body transforms into the pendulum

of the desired tempo, this flow, or

cadence, has the power to balance the

ever-fluctuating mind. In the same way

that melody and harmony need each

other to perform magic, a yoga practice

can offer you similar experiences and

results when practised with a partner.

Couples yoga, partner yoga, and

private yoga are trends that are strongly

tied back to teaching techniques.

However, like your metronome, our

bodies can communicate in harmony

with other bodies’ physical connection

and touch. The aura and energy

created between two bodies and souls

heightens the secrets yoga has to offer

when practised safely and intelligently.

The purpose of partner yoga is to

deepen and expand your practice (in

more ways than one!). Partnering your

poses with another person, physically,

will provide a resistance element for

your practice. This allows for your

muscles to soften and stretch while

your partner’s resistance helps your

limbs and joints stay in the pose

longer, achieving deeper expressions

of familiar poses. Relying on a partner

also challenges the mind to change

tempo and emotionally trust your body

in another person’s hands. Working

together in this manner creates bonds

and builds trust.

Using orchestrated movement and

meditating with your partner, (lover,

child, friend, practitioner), contributes

to your practice both chemically

and psychologically, causing this

phenomenon called entrainment.

Entrainment happens when people

or nature unite in a similar rhythm.

Couples yoga actually helps us reach

stronger and higher brainwave

synchronisation. We already know

the synchronicity of rhythm with

our organic body happens when

musicians reach their flow. Similarly,

when you focus on the breath, body,

and movement of another person in a

yoga practice, your physical body will

entrain with the other. It’s a beautiful

practice that creates harmony within

any couple.

Now that’s not to say partnering in

class, as a teaching technique, is for

everyone. Just like opera and classical

music is not on everyone’s playlist.

But, often you will hear a teacher

instruct everyone to find a partner.

As a student of yoga, I have to admit,

having experienced that call to find

a partner, the varying degrees of

wariness and health concerns washed

over me like a tidal wave. What if my

partner or I slipped and fell? What if I

had bone density issues I didn’t know

about? What if my partner outweighed

me, or I her? What about my bad

knee? Concerned about my safety, and

uncomfortable turning to the person

next to me and saying, “It’s nice to meet

you. I’m now going to place my bare feet

on your thighs,” I immediately began

to cultivate this new relationship with

myself and a perfect stranger to trust.

Full disclosure: My approach to

partnering exercises in yoga class

has generally been… not to return

to that teacher’s class! However, the

connection, unity, depth and freedom

I have felt with partner activity goes

beyond what I can achieve on my own

sometimes. Isn’t that just the secret

to a great marriage or any loving and

passionate relationship? Couples yoga

isn’t just an activity for two lovers

to share to elevate their intimacy.

Partnering your yoga practice with

another yogi is a true test of maturity,

in and out of your yoga relationship.

Next class, when the teacher calls for

partnering, be open with your practice

to truly experience what it means to

become entrained and create harmony

with your body. Namaste

SAMANTHA BEDERMAN is a Certified Yoga Instructor and Iyengar trained. Sam uses Yoga to assist with healing from injury, surgery,

as well as managing chronic pain and auto-immune symptoms. Visit yogabodii.com

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WELL-BEING

The Modern Moms’

Guide to Calming

Stress – Part 2 of 3

Simplicity in Self-Care

BY SINDY SHIN, ND CREATOR OF THE CALM MAMA METHOD

Have you ever wanted to build self-care habits, but you’re

not sure where to start? This can especially happen when it

feels like you have very little time for yourself and when the

majority of your time is spent taking care of others. When

I find myself being pulled in many directions and time feels limited, I

find getting back to the basics of self-care, is the best place to start.

I saw an Instagram post the other day that read: Don’t forget to drink

water and get some sun. You’re basically a houseplant with more complicated

emotions. It made me giggle because, it’s sort of true! What keeps us

alive and well is reflected in nature. Water to grow, nourishment to

flourish, air to breathe, and connection to nature to thrive. It also

reminds us of how simple self-care can be, such as drinking water.

On average, we need to be drinking 30 mL of water per kg of body

weight. What that looks like, is just over 2 L for 68 kg (or 150 lbs), and

you’ll need more if you’re an active person. Hydration is essential for our

health, but is so often overlooked. We tend to see things as being more

complicated than they really are. So, I’d like to share three simple, selfcare

strategies that you can get started on right away, and that will make

a real difference in how well you feel.

Self-care is essential when you’re busy trying to balance it all. It

might feel impossible sometimes to find the time, but taking a minute

to hydrate, a break to eat a meal, and a moment to treat yourself, truly

helps release stress - mentally, emotionally and physically. Integrating

simple self-care into each day has been a saving grace for me, as I

navigate my busy mom life. I hope you feel supported as you embrace

these self-care tips in your life, too.

In health and well-being.

3 Ways to Embrace

Simplicity in

Self-Care Today:

1

FILL

2

NOURISH

3

TREAT

YOUR CUP, LITERALLY. Aim to

consistently drink water throughout

the day. If you’re already a superstar

with drinking water, then keep it up!

If you’re behind in reaching optimal

hydration of at least 2 L of water daily,

start slowly by simply increasing your

water intake by 1-2 cups this week.

Gradually increase and before you

know it, hydrating well will be a

natural habit.

TO FLOURISH. Eat your

meals and snack when you need. The

term ‘hangry’ comes from irritability

that stems from hunger, and we all

know being hangry isn’t good for

anyone. Be sure to nourish and fuel

with food and take the time to sit when

you eat. Find pleasure in your meals

and release any guilt that might be

associated with your food choices.

Simply by slowing down enough to sit

and enjoy your meal, you are already

doing wonders for your overall state

of well-being.

YOURSELF. Do something really

nice for yourself today. For me, it might

look like listening to my favourite music

while doing nothing else, enjoying a

quiet cup of tea, calling a friend I miss,

or grabbing that latte that I might

normally skip, but really love. Whatever

this looks like is completely up to you.

DR. SINDY SHIN, ND As Calm Mama Founder, Sindy helps over-stressed and overwhelmed moms gain the calm control they desire to

thrive with vitality, power and grace. Connect at www.qwellness.ca, and learn more at www.sindyshin.com

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scholarships available for grades 7, 8, and 9.

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PARENTING

Diary of a New Mama

The Challenges of Postpartum Recovery

BY JAIME SLAVIN

I often hear women asking each

other about their pregnancy

symptoms and birth stories. I

was asked this a lot. Yet, I can’t

ever recall being asked about my

postpartum experience. What was

my care like? What did my body feel

like? How long did it take to recover?

So, I decided to share, in case there are other moms who

had similar situations. This is not about postpartum

mental health. This is about postpartum care for your body

(although, the two are often intertwined).

I will start with a quick recap of my pregnancy and

birth experience to get to the postpartum story. In short, I

was followed by an OBGYN, and had a healthy pregnancy

(although, I needed iron infusions in my last trimester).

I had a vaginal birth with intense back contractions

starting at 5pm, and baby was delivered by 5am. Opted

for an epidural at 7cm dilated (was only able to get that

far without pain medications, thanks to my doula and my

hypnobirthing breathing techniques). Needed stitches. That

is where I feel the care for me ended. I had my six-week

follow-up appointment, in which I was asked if I was in

pain (I wasn’t, at that time), if I was feeling depressed, and

what form of contraception I planned on using. That was

it. I was shocked. Let me add, I really admired my OBGYN,

and loved being in her care during my pregnancy (she was

not the doctor who delivered our baby). Yet the aftercare

wasn’t easily available, and I was really surprised by this.

I am sure it is a function of our over-burdened health care

system and not of her practice.

Eight weeks after my delivery, I started experiencing

urogynecological issues. I was no longer considered

a patient of my OBGYN (although I got lucky and they

squeezed me in). Ultimately, I had to wait to see a specialist

(five-month wait time!). I had to do my own health research

and advocacy. I am not writing this for pity. I am sharing

this because during a time when we are at our most tired,

our energy is reserved for caring for our newborn; finding

the energy to care for yourself is a huge challenge. My

hope is that if women ask each other more about their

postpartum recovery, our collective stories can lead to

action, which in turn, can have an impact on how our

health care system prioritises the health of new moms.

JAIME SLAVIN is a nutritionist, registered dietician,

Masters of Public Health, food educator and advocate

for your health and well-being. jaimeslavin.com

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The Dunblaine School

www.dunblaineschool.com

The Dunblaine School is a non-profit school providing highly skilled

special education teachers, a low student-to-teacher ratio and

individualized education plans for children with learning disabilities

(attention deficit disorder, and/or speech and language difficulties),

who have average or above average intelligence. The researchbased

curriculum is designed to motivate and empower children by

helping them recognize their strengths and challenges, and develop

problem-solving strategies. Our small classes, and nurturing social

environment, enable students to reach their full potential. Our

program features Direct Instruction methodology, individual tutorials,

music, drama and visual arts. Our professional staff also includes an

onsite occupational therapist, a speech/language pathologist

and social worker. For more information, contact the school at

416 483-9215 or visit us at www.dunblaineschool.com. We invite you

to attend our Open House on Feb. 28, 2019 between 9:30-11:30 am

or 5:00-7:00 pm.

Year Established

1969

Grades

Grades 1-8

Enrolment

34

Average Class Size

7

Student-Staff Ratio

5:1

Annual Tuition

$21,800

21 Deloraine Avenue Principal: Charleen Pryke 416 483-9215 info@dunblaineschool.com

Hudson College

www.hudsoncollege.ca

Hudson College is a non-denominational, coed school offering a

superior academic experience from our Reggio Emilia-inspired JK-SK

program to university entrance.

We ensure that all students enjoy a safe, challenging and rewarding

environment that nurtures their maximum potential. Recognized

for our excellence in delivering a rigorous, balanced curriculum and

dedication to developing the whole child – academically, socially and

emotionally – we give students the individual attention needed to

develop their unique strengths and interests.

Our dedicated and experienced faculty care deeply about our students

and their education. They share a true passion for teaching

and participate in all aspects of school life as mentors, coaches and

leaders. Our diverse, inclusive community encourages lively dialogue,

academic curiosity and growth, and active participation in co-curricular

activities, cubs, and sports. Our graduates leave us with a strong

sense of character, leadership skills and dedication to community.

Year Established

2003

Grades

JK to Grade 12

Gender

Coed

Teacher to Child

Ratio

10:1, 15:1

Boarding Offered

No

Annual Fees

$15,600

21 Ascot Avenue Contact: Michelle Gow

416 631-0082 apply@hudsoncollege.ca

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Paul Penna

Downtown Jewish Day School

www.djds.ca

Paul Penna DJDS is a vibrant SK to Grade 6 Jewish day school

committed to exceptional academics in a dynamic environment.

The school’s distinct program integrates Judaic and General

Studies while encouraging artistic expression as a tool for learning.

Committed to social justice and Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World),

we nurture responsible citizens and compassionate, confident

human beings. Embracing the values of diversity and equality,

the school welcomes students of all Jewish backgrounds.

Visit us and find out what makes our unique integrated curriculum

so exceptional.

Year Established

1998

Grades

SK to Grade 6

Gender

Coed

Maximum Class Size

25

Annual Tuition

$16,850

Financial Aid

Subsidy Available

750 Spadina Avenue

Contact: Sheri Rapp 416 928-3537 sheri@djds.ca

Robbins Hebrew Academy

www.rhacademy.ca

At Robbins Hebrew Academy (RHA), we are equipping our students

to succeed as global citizens in the 21st century. We are incorporating

skills like innovation, perseverance and collaboration right into our

curriculum. Our students explore, discover, debate and imagine the

future through the lens of concrete, real-world problem solving.

We are not just developing minds, but the character of our students.

We empower our students to discover their own unique Jewish

identity while building their role in making the world a better

place. RHA is also Ontario’s first Jewish school to be recognized

for excellence in education through accreditation by CAIS

(Canadian Accredited Independent Schools).

Year Established

1961

Grades

Nursery to Grade 8

Gender

Coed

Boarding Offered

No

Financial Aid

Available

Annual Tuition

$13,050 - $17,790

1700 Bathurst Street Contact: Michael Ferman 416 224-8737 ext. 137 mferman@rhacademy.ca

Toronto Prep School

Toronto Prep School is a private, co-educational, university preparatory

day school for Grades 7 to 12 located in the heart of midtown Toronto.

At Toronto Prep, classes begin at 10:00am, with extra help available

from 9:00 to 10:00am. Small class sizes and a philosophy of positive

discipline play a critical role in the recognition and fostering of

individual strengths. Educators aim to provide students with direction

and discipline without rigidity. The Toronto Prep School is completely

dedicated to providing a superior academic program for the children

of parents who value the importance of knowledge, technology,

individuality, responsibility, and integrity in a safe, nurturing, and

highly motivated environment.

We are committed to developing students who are confident and

responsible and exhibit the values necessary to become effective

communicators, informed and productive thinkers, selfdirected

learners, collaborative workers, and skilled information processors

and problem solvers.

Toronto Prep School: Promoting Excellence in Academics and Beyond

Year Established

2009

Grades

7 to 12

Gender

Co-ed

Teacher to Child

Ratio

9:1

Boarding Offered

No

Annual Fees

$25,250 - $26,250

www.torontoprepschool.com

250 Davisville Avenue, Suite 200 Contact: Fouli Tsimikalis 416 545-1020 ftsimikalis@torontoprepschool.com

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Pawsitively

Pets

Does your child love pets and animals? Then Pawsitively Pets is the

perfect camp for you! At Pawsitively Pets we embrace the human

animal bond and encourage all of our campers to explore animals,

& nature! Our programs provide an interactive and educational,

hands-on experience for children to explore pets and animals, and

build self-confidence. Camp programs are available for ages 4-14

on P.A. days, March Break, Passover and in the Summer. For kids

10+, we offer a variety of specialty programs, including Animal Care

Camp, Junior Dog Trainer, Mini Vet and Animal Attendant (training to

volunteer with the animals). For ages 4-9, we offer hands-on animal

education camp and learn-to-ride horseback riding camp, where

campers work with a variety of animals each day.

416 901-4776 | info@PawsitivelyPetsKidsCamp.com

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Crestwood Valley Day Camp

www.crestwoodcamp.com

Directors

Mike

Levinsky

Crestwood Valley Day Camp is committed to providing

a happy, healthy, safe and rewarding camp experience

in a fun-filled, unique, outdoor environment for

boys and girls aged four to fifteen years old. Located

in the beautiful valley at Bayview and Lawrence in

Toronto. Each member of our Crestwood family is able

to grow in confidence and esteem, learn from new

experiences, make new friends, and create memories

to last a lifetime! We provide a full sports, arts, nature,

science and swim program, as well as door-to-door

transportation on air-conditioned buses, hot lunches

provided by Rose Reisman Catering, and snacks! We

would love to meet you and your camper to ensure

Crestwood is the perfect fit for your family!

Year Established

1990

Ages

4-15

Camp Size

600 Campers

Staff/Camper Ratio

1:5

Session Cost

Varies

411 Lawrence Avenue E.

416 444-9595 crestwood.camp@crestwood.on.ca

Camp Robin Hood

www.camprobinhood.ca

Directors

Sari &

Howie

Grossinger

Our beautiful outdoor facilities provide the atmosphere

of overnight camp. An outstanding staff fosters

independence and emotional growth in a fun, highspirit

setting. Our day camp, with 4 outdoor pools,

allows for 2 daily swims where we deliver a special

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partnership with Shendy’s Swim School. Traditional

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and more! A dedicated Sports Academy provides an

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Year Established

1946

Ages

4-15

Camp Size

800 Campers

Staff/Camper Ratio

1:4

Session Cost

$1,200 (approx.)

10243 Reesor Road

416 736-4443 office@camprobinhood.ca

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PARENTING

HOOKED ON BOOKS

Teach Kids to Sprinkle

Kindness like Confetti

BY JOANNE SALLAY

EDUCATION COLUMNIST

I

love the popular saying, ‘Sprinkle kindness like confetti.’

It’s also a teacher favourite, popularly displayed on

classroom doors (including at my son’s school). While

the month of February is famous for love and friendship,

it is also host to Random Acts of Kindness Day on the 17 th

of February.

In my opinion, children can never experience too much

kindness. While there are countless ways to encourage

empathy, compassion, and thoughtfulness, I believe books

are great tools to reinforce and celebrate these themes.

Here are 4 sweet suggestions that will inspire kindness:

Dr. Seuss’s You Are Kind:

Featuring Horton the Elephant

By Dr. Seuss

AGES

3-7

This tiny book has a big message told by Horton the

elephant: “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

It’s a great intro for little learners about the qualities of

kindness, and it’s also a wonderful gift for fans of the

Dr. Seuss kindness classic, Horton Hears a Who!

I Walk with Vanessa:

A Story about a Simple Act of Kindness

By Kerascoët

AGES

4-8

This unique children’s book is told without words, and

entirely with pictures. It follows Vanessa, the new girl

in school, who experiences bullying and loneliness. A caring

classmate at school notices and with a simple act, influences

a positive change. The back of the book also outlines helpful

tips about bullying for both children and adults. It’s a feelgood

story that promotes how a supportive bystander can

make a difference by making kindness contagious.

Cara’s Kindness

Written by Kristi Yamaguchi, Illustrated by John Lee

AGES

4-8

This picture book is perfect for illustrating the pay it

forward message to children. Fun fact: the author is

ice-skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi. In this story, Cara

is one caring cat, and it will come as no surprise that she

likes to skate. She also strives to pass on kindness to her

friends. Her positive attitude inspires other good deeds until

ultimately, returning full circle to Cara. This pick is ideal for

Random Acts of Kindness Day and all-year long.

Wonder

Written by R.J. Palacio

AGES

8-12

Wonder, with its core message to “choose kind,” has a

permanent space on my bookshelf. I have featured it

before, but given the nature of this issue, I wanted to share

it with you again. This chapter book follows the personal

journey of fifth grader Auggie Pullman, who was born with

a facial deformity and hopes to be treated like a regular kid.

For readers who want to delve deeper, the original is also

followed by three equally special companion books.

JOANNE SALLAY is the President of Teachers on Call, an award-winning home tutoring service with over 30 years of experience providing

one-on-one instruction in all subjects and grades. Visit Teachers on Call at teachersoncall.ca

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