• “The world is a classroom:” Why we love to travel!

    Posted October 2, 2017
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    Written by Melissa

    RYAN: “I like to travel to make new memories with my family, to enjoy different cuisines, learn about new cultures and to relax!” MARQUESA: “Because I like the heat!” When I was young, my family rarely travelled. My dad had a busy horse farm to keep running, so vacations were far and few between. Though […]

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  • My morning and night time beauty routine!

    Posted October 2, 2017
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    Written by Melissa

    I’ll admit it; I barely had a skincare or beauty routine until I was around 35 – you could say I was a late bloomer! It was my former co-host, eTalk’s Traci Melchor, who warned me that I wouldn’t be able to get away with that for much longer. Since then, I’ve found fantastic products […]

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  • “What are you?” It’s the question I’ve been asked most in my life.

    Posted October 2, 2017
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    Written by Melissa

    My father is Portuguese-Brazilian and my mother is from the Philippines. They met in downtown Toronto at a Latin nightclub, which explains A LOT A in my life. More on that later…. My parents met, married, had two daughters-me then my sister, Rosanna – and bought a horse farm in Caledon, Ontario, where I spent […]

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  • I didn’t know it when I was a child

    Posted October 2, 2017
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    Written by Melissa

    I didn’t know it when I was a child, but my childhood on a horse farm set the foundation for my journey in health and wellness. Activity and healthy eating went hand-in-hand when horses needed to be fed, cleaned and exercised 7 days a week. Stalls needed to be mucked, full wheelbarrows needed to be […]

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  • Giving Back is something very close to my heart.

    Posted October 2, 2017
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    Written by Melissa

    I’ve always been involved in charitable causes and I’ve always tried to keep my passion for the community, for gender equality and diversity at the center of my work. My previous role as a Grade 7/8 teacher and the Masters of Education studies showed me the importance of guidance, support and care to young people […]

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