The Garden Conservatory-Just Listen

Posted on October 20th, 2016 by & filed under #SPARKLE Tinsel Town Tonight Interviews

The Garden Conservatory-Just Listen

Live from the Gaylord Opryland Atrium

Posted on October 20th, 2016 by & filed under #SPARKLE Tinsel Town Tonight Interviews

Live from the Gaylord Opryland Atrium

Spooky Trix Cereal Sand Paintings for Día de los Muertos @GeneralMills #sponsored

Posted on October 19th, 2016 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Product Reviews, sponsored

Family and traditions go together, just like treats and Halloween! This year I plan to make some fun Dia de los Muertes crafts and treats to begin a new tradition for my family. (This post is sponsored by General Mills. Please see my disclosure for more information on sponsored and paid posts.)
Halloween memories fill my mind as I look at my family photos. Gone are the days of making marshmallow cereal treats and candy apples for my kids. Now, my sons have girlfriends who make them candy and cupcakes. I am actually looking forward to the future when hopefully I have a grandchild to share our family’s traditions with. My kids still appreciate a homemade treat from mom now and then.

I am always making things around the holidays. I think that is when it matters most. Some of the best treats I have made used my favorite General Mills kids cereals like Lucky Charms, Trix, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Cocoa Puffs. This year, I am going to make sugar skulls (also known as calaveras) and decorate them with colorful Trix and Lucky Charms cereal to make the flowers.
Making marshmallow treats with cereal is easy. Follow your favorite recipe (Here is mine!) and roll the cereal concoction into balls with gloved hands sprayed with non-stick pan spray or rubbed in some vegetable oil or margarine. Shape the balls into a skull shape and flatten on the bottom as you set them on wax paper. Pour melted white chocolate (almond bark) over each skull.
Recipe by Sarah Phillips and Kelly Hong; Food styling and photos by Kelly Hong © 2010 Sarah Phillips

Recipe by Sarah Phillips and Kelly Hong; Food styling and photos by Kelly Hong © 2010 Sarah Phillips

I plan to decorate mine with the cereal pieces from Trix or the marshmallows from Lucky Charms to make fun designs. You can get some colored frosting or edible glitter and really get creative. I get all my baking and crafting supplies at Walmart. It’s cool because I can pick up grocery items after I explore the aisles for fun and creative items to use for crafting.

 A calavera [plural:calaveras] (Spanish –pronounced: [kalaˈβeɾa] for “skull”) is a representation of a human skull. The term is most often applied to decorative or edible skulls made (usually by hand) from either sugar (calledAlfeñiques) or clay which are used in the Mexican onservance of the Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) and the Roman Catholic holy day All Souls’ Day. Calavera can also refer to any artistic representations of skulls, such as the lithographs of José Guadalupe Posada. The most widely known calaveras are created with cane sugar and are decorated with items such as colored foil, icing, beads, and feathers.[1]

Although I am Catholic and Hispanic, I did not grow up with the cultural tradition of Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. I have embraced these traditions as an adult. I love to color and draw things and since I work at a middle school, I have been making skull masks and drawings for years. I use them to decorate the office and classroom and I enjoy making them. I also love dressing up for Halloween and I often make up my face as a skull.

Spooky Trix Cereal Sand Paintings

For fun, my son and I used the Trix cereal to make sand paintings… it was super easy and he liked doing it.  He even said, “This is cool, Mom!” (Win for me!!)

Halloween and Dia de los Muertos bring back so many special memories for me! One year, our family won the annual Halloween costume contest at my son’s elementary school when we dressed up as a family of skeletons. When we arrived at the event, we played instruments and processed into the room like clowns. It was fun and so memorable! It was the only year I could get all three of my kids, my husband, my brother, sister-in-law, and niece to dress up. It took hours to do everyone’s makeup! But it was worth it! That’s the Halloween we won the prize – because we went as a family!

We all enjoy putting together our costumes and wearing makeup for Halloween and other occasions. See some of my previous posts where I was made up as The Bride of Frankenstein and other characters. 
Halloween Makeover
Do you have a fun or scary family holiday memory? Please share it in the comments! Let me know if you try the craft – Spooky Trix Cereal Sand Paintings.

Miz Meliz Newz Update Oct 2016 #ChooseKindness @thejessiechris @RDCountry @RDCountry

Posted on October 19th, 2016 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Miz Meliz Newz Update

Radio Disney’s Jessie Chris Proudly Supports
Disney’s #ChooseKindness Anti-Bullying Campaign


Radio Disney Country Artist Jessie Chris announced today she is a proud supporter of Disney’s new national #ChooseKindness Anti-Bullying Campaign.
Jessie, who was the victim of extreme bullying in school herself, has filmed an Anti-Bullying PSA, and is joining several other artists and celebrities hoping to drive awareness to this growing epidemic.

Jessie is currently in the middle of a radio tour for her new single and also visiting schools throughout the country speaking to students about her personal experiences and sharing with students the need to #choosekindness over bullying.
Jessie Chris at 18 years old was the youngest performer at the 2015 CMA Festival and has opened for iconic artist to include Luke Bryan, Chris Young, John Rich and Billy Ray Cyrus and has performed at The Country Music Hall of Fame.  She has also recorded an acoustic version of 98 Degrees hit song “I Do” with 98 Degrees Jeff Timmons and will be back in the studio with Jeff in September 2016 to record a new duet.  Earlier this year she was one of only four people nationwide selected to perform at the William Morris Speakeasy Showcase in Nashville.  
Her first album “Wildfire” was recorded at the Legendary Dark Horse Studios in Nashville and her current single, “In The Meantime” is being played nationwide on country radio to include Radio Disney Country.  Jessie will be releasing her next single “1963 on October 24, 2016.

Growing up Jessie was the victim of extreme bullying and music was always her way of coping with life’s experiences. Besides singing and songwriting, Jessie plays the guitar, piano and dabbles with the banjo. She has received extensive global media coverage and has headlined both an Anti-Bullying Tour and a Walmart Tour. 

Philanthropy is very important to Jessie and she recently visited and performed for the Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, DC and has been a frequent guest of Ryan Seacrest Studios at Boston Children’s Hospital and other Children’s Hospitals. 

Jessie’s favorite quote is “dreams come a size too big so we can grow into them” and she believes that her dreams are many sizes too big but that just means it will take the continued hard work and passion to get where she wants to be.

“Tinsel Town Live” on Smiletime

Posted on October 18th, 2016 by & filed under #SPARKLE Tinsel Town Tonight Interviews

Jump in to “Tinsel Town Live” and influence what happens live on stage. #smiletime

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