How Coca-Cola intends to #MakeItHappy on Super Bowl Sunday

Posted on January 27th, 2015 by & filed under Be Inspired, Everything Miz Meliz, I Love My LIfe, Miz Meliz Newz Update

The Big Game is just around the corner!

Family and friends will gather together for the most anticipated gridiron rivalry of the year. Once again, Coca-Cola will be part of the evening as it debuts an all-new commercial for the ninth consecutive year. (Disclosure)

Since 1886, in the U.S. and around the world, Coca-Cola has proudly stood for positive ideals and values. They have communicated joy and happiness, and inspired many moments of optimism, diversity and bringing people together. Remember “Have a Coke and a smile?” or “Sing in perfect harmony?”

Now Coca-Cola’s advertising illustrates the importance of injecting a positive spirit into the real world and beyond. The folks at Coca-Cola are asking people to stand together with them to spread happiness – and help make the internet a happier place.

Let’s help them spread happiness and positivity. Together, we can inspire America to #MakeItHappy and help blunt the pervasive negativity many people experience across the internet and social media.

Look for the premiere of Coca-Cola’s 60-second ad during the first quarter of the game.

The stories that will be shared on the Company’s social channels leading up to the game, feature personal stories of online negativity. They are voiced by teens and influential people who have experienced it up close, including Danica Patrick, Michael Sam, and those who make it a mission to spread happiness online like Kid President. Please view Kid President’s video and the three teaser ads here. Leading up to the Big Game, look for new videos to be released on Coca-Cola’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social channels.

 Don’t miss the Kid President Video! See it here:

I hope Coca-Cola’s ad campaign inspires people to be more positive in their online actions. It is an opportunity to increase awareness of an important topic on the world’s biggest advertising stage.

For more information on Intentional Acts of Kindness read my post from Dignity Health. Intentional Acts of Kindness

Join me and Coca-Cola and #MakeItHappy

Tell me about some ways that you have spread positivity on the internet or share how you have seen either Coca-Cola or other companies spreading happiness via social media.

I am always happy to share information about positivity and kindness. I was not paid by any company to post this. All opinions and photographs are my own. See my disclosure for more details on why I write posts like this on my blog. The video, links, and some copy above was sent to my by the Public Affairs & Communications department of the Coca-Cola North America Group and it is being shared with permission.

My Top Five Tools to Set Goals and Make Things Happen: an Introduction #Inspiredfor2015

Posted on January 26th, 2015 by & filed under Be Inspired, Everything Miz Meliz, Workshops and Webinars

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Get Your Rear in Gear with Miz Meliz!

1. An Introduction

This is a six part course designed for bloggers and other multipassionate goal-seekers. My hope is by sharing my top five tools which helped me achieve success beyond my dreams, that you will find your passion and purpose in new ways on your journey.

  1. Introduction
  2. Find and define your own personal style – for your life, your blog, anything – with a Vision Board
  3. Use simple techniques for mapping out your goals for yourself, your family, and your blog using Mind Maps
  4. Get the inspiration you need for the next big step in your journey by choosing One Word to be your focus
  5. Be a negotiator and not take on more than you should by applying the principles of “Stop Doing” and “Thank You But No Thank You” Lists.
  6. Celebrate the everyday victories and show the world how you shine!

These concepts are not my own and there are a lot of resources with the same ideas. I have put them into practice over the last ten years and have had terrific results.

I shared these practices first at a workshop for women from the SoCal Lady Bloggers group. Using the hashtag, #Inspiredfor2015, you will find connections to all of the brilliant women who participated.

At the end of the six sessions, you will have all you need to stay organized, focused, and in control of your business, your hobbies, and your life. Put these tools into practice and the possibilities are endless! Once you enjoy success and find how easily your achievements are met, you will become addicted to the process as I have, and there will be no stopping you. Of course, it takes time. Nothing happens overnight. Allow yourself time and do the “self-work” first. Think of it like training for a marathon. You don’t start by running the marathon first, do you? The key to success is in the preparation and planning.

Here is what you will have at the conclusion of the course:

  1. A vision board – defining your personal style and motivation behind your goals.
  2. A mind map – listing all the steps that need to be taken to get where you want to go.
  3. A focus word for the year – inspiration for achieving your goals.
  4. A “Stop Doing Now” List – Just stop it.
  5. A “No, Thank You” List – be prepared to say, “Yes” to the person, but “No” to the action.
  6. A commitment to positivity, shining brightly, and believing that you can and do celebrate all the successes as they come. Every day is a new victory. Smile and Show the World Who You Are.

I have been writing for many years now about my struggles with finding and living out my true passions and realizing my purpose in life. Through my search, I have developed some practices that have really helped me to build my self-confidence and live a happier, more fulfilled life. As I travel on my journey I continue to grow and learn from all of my experiences. I discovered my favorite things to do are the things that I am good at doing. I have become a certified life coach, an author, and host to my own video broadcast show. I have done all these things by having a clear vision of who I want to be and knowing my core values. Over everything, I believe in myself. If you believe in yourself, you can accomplish anything!2014-04-18 14.42.41

I have designed this workshop to give you some tools for success. Not only for your blog, but also for your life. We all wear many hats and juggle so many responsibilities. It is one thing we all have in common as bloggers, no matter what our niche is, how long we have been blogging, or how “big” we have become in the world of social media. Over the past few years we have all wanted a way to jump-start our blogs and stay organized. I have lots of things to share with you that should help. So, let’s get our rear in gear!

Each week, I will post another section of the workshop. If you would like to purchase a pdf of the entire course with all resources at once, please contact me. The accompanying workbook with exercises and examples is also available as a pdf for $10. Send an email request to

Attendees of the SoCal Lady Bloggers’ Rev Up Your Goals for 2015! Get yourself organized, focused and make a plan! Workshop on Saturday, January 24, 2015 are eligible to receive materials for free, just let me know and I will be happy to email you the pdfs.

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Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town with Digital Strategy Expert @VickyAyala

Posted on January 18th, 2015 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Interviews

It’s finally here! The long awaited return of…

Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town with Miz Meliz!

See it here and on YouTube!

In this episode, I have a conversation with my good friend from New York, Vicky Ayala.

Vicky is a Multipassionate Entrepreneur and Digital Strategist. She is also the designer of my website and the creator of

Welcome, Vicky Ayala!

Go on an Adventure with Paddington @PaddingtonMovie #PaddingtonMovie

Posted on January 14th, 2015 by & filed under Events, Everything Miz Meliz, Movie Reviews

“Please look after this bear. Thank you.”

 What would you do? (Disclosure)

I know I couldn’t resist this adorable bear! I can’t wait to see this film! And, what an exciting adventure it would be to have a bear like Paddington in my life.

PADDINGTON bear is on a nationwide adventure and, he visited the Cesar Chavez Elementary School in Los Angeles to meet with a group of After-School All-Star students!

Paddington Loves School!

Paddington Loves School!

The principal did a reading of the book for the children and Paddington Bear interacted with the students while giving out big high-fives and hugs.

Paddington Visits L.A. Area Schools

Paddington Visits L.A. Area Schools

He was presented with an Appreciation Certificate at the end of the ceremony.

Paddington Movie Opens January 16

Paddington Movie Opens January 16

PADDINGTON will be released in theaters on January 16, 2015. 


From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (HARRY POTTER), PADDINGTON tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you.” and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist (played by Nicole Kidman.) 

Paddington Bear

Paddington Bear

 The film features an entirely computer-generated bear who interacts with a cast of esteemed actors.


screenshot from ImdB

Check Paddington out on Facebook


Take a look at the Film Trailer: 

In Theaters January 16

Let me know if you see the movie and what you think.

Share your photos with me on Instagram:

@MizMelissa #PaddingtonMovie


Twitter @MizMeliz #PaddingtonMovie


I posted this information about this movie because I love sharing these bits of entertainment news with you. I had the chance to meet some of the cast and producers of the film and I simply couldn’t make it this time. Since I missed out, I was so happy to have been provided with these photos and tidbits from TWC-Dimension and the Paddington Movie. Photos courtesy of the Paddington Movie unless indicated otherwise. All opinions are my own. I did not receive compensation for this blog post. See my Disclosure for more details on why I do articles like this on my blog.

Why is Christmas Still on My Mind? The Magic of it All @usfg @talktoSantalive

Posted on January 9th, 2015 by & filed under Be Inspired, Discoveries, Everything Miz Meliz, I Love My LIfe

Here Comes Santa Claus! Here Comes Santa Claus!

Wait a minute, that was last month. We sang Christmas Carols and listened to Holiday music all through November and December. Why am I writing about Santa Claus coming to town? Isn’t he on vacation in the Bahamas right about now? (Disclosure)

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Santa Surfing (Getty Image)


Okay, okay. Hold on to your reindeer! Or hold your horses, whatever.

I am Not One to Name Drop, But I Really Do Know Santa Claus, He is a Friend of Mine.

Why is Christmas Still on My Mind? The Magic of it All

by Melissa Reyes, January 2, 2015

Our Sparkling and Happy Christmas Tree

Our Sparkling and Happy Christmas Tree

I want to share with you my feelings about the Magic of Christmas and why it had such an impact on me this year. Christmas is a tough time for lots of people. Even me. Christmas has never been the same for me since my parents passed away. It has always been my favorite holiday, but the last five years or so, I may have been just going through the motions. I suffer from minor depression and I get very stressed out at the end of the year with the hustle and bustle, time crunch, and financial pressures. Yet, I have always believed in the Magic of Christmas. I believe in miracles, big and small. I believe in Santa Claus.

This year, I was given an opportunity by to have a conversation with the Big Man himself – a visit, an interview, a face to face – yep, me and Santa! Having the chance to talk to Santa ignited the Magic of Christmas in my heart in a way that I thought had been lost forever. I was once again excited about the holiday. I could hardly wait to have my chance to talk to Santa.


Lorenzo Lamas, 1989 My Mom had a picture of herself with him!

My Mom always said that she knew Santa personally. She said she had photos to prove it. She also said she knew Lorenzo Lamas. But that is another story.

Even when she was a Grandma she loved to get her picture taken with Santa. The following year she would show the little kids that picture and say, “See? Grandma really knows Santa! He is a personal friend of mine.”

My Mom with Santa, Dec. 1997

My Mom with Santa, Dec. 1997

We are a religious, faith filled, and mostly traditional family. One of the traditions that my mother maintained, (that I also do) was keeping a youthful spirit alive by proclaiming our belief in the unknown, the unproven, and somewhat mystical ways of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy. I feel like that is a way of teaching our children that it is okay to act like a kid and enjoy the fun, light, and magical celebrations as well as that you do not have to have proof to believe in things. After all, that is the cornerstone of our faith – believing in the miraculous.

It is no wonder then, when I doubted my faith and when I was depressed and grieving the loss of my loved ones, that it was difficult for me to entertain, enjoy, and engage in the fun and spiritual traditions of the holidays. If you are familiar with the story of The Polar Express, you will know what I mean when I say that for that time in my life, I could not hear the sound of Jingle Bells.

My time of grief may be over, or I may just be in a better place, but since I got the news that I could actually talk to Santa via video cam on my laptop – I have not stopped hearing the Christmas Bells ringing! I have been joyful and excited. I enjoyed singing and listening to the Holiday music, shopping, wrapping, cooking, sending cards, hosting parties, all of it. And I still feel good.

I have video proof that I know Santa personally. My mother would be so proud!

Roman and Me Getting Ready for our Chat with Santa

Roman and Me Getting Ready for our Chat with Santa

I shared this experience with my son, Roman. He is the youngest and most willing candidate in my family. He is theatrical and often helps me with my blogging ventures, especially the ones relating to entertainment. He is also the one who has always been the most skeptical about Santa’s existence and when he was little he stopped at nothing to prove that my husband and I were the ones who left the gifts under the tree. He has always needed a little coaxing to believe that which he cannot see, or prove. As much as I appreciate his scientific nature, he challenged me when it came to explaining why, at 46 years old, I still believe in Santa. I may have finally convinced him. After talking to Santa online, I think he gets it. Yet, he may never understand, and I may never be able to explain to him, why I needed to believe.

t2s_300x100_bnnrTalking to Santa was easy and anyone can do it. First, just going to Santa’s website is amazing! There are fun things to do and see. Children of all ages can interact with Santa and Mrs. Claus. There you can schedule your own personalized online chat with Santa or watch other videos to see what it is like. Just before Christmas Eve, you can even see where in the world Santa is delivering gifts.

After scheduling the online chat and filling in a little information about myself and Roman, I received a confirmation letter from Santa. When the big day came, we were prepared with a few questions to ask and we even got a little nervous about what Santa might ask us. It was so much fun and very easy. Now we will both have that video forever and I will definitely be showing it to my grandchildren someday. Roman and I also had a nice experience together, which as he gets older, I value very much.

Not long after our talk with Santa, and before Christmas, Roman and I each received a certificate stating that we were both officially on Santa’s nice list. It sure was nice for Roman to have that guarantee! Just kidding, I know he is a very good boy. I am pretty sure we both got what we wanted for Christmas.

Next year, add this to your list, for $20 you can get a video with your child talking to Santa. What could be better than that?

I want to thank and the U.S. Family Guide for giving me this opportunity. I received the chat with Santa free of charge for the purpose of reviewing the service. Please see my Disclosure for more details on why I write articles like this. All opinions are my own. This is a true story, written from my heart. It is my intention that it warms your heart. All photos are my own, unless otherwise noted.

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