Her voice is always on my mind.
Softly encouraging, pushing, nudging, lovingly.
Lovingly – now that I myself am a mother and I hear the love between the lines.
Her distinct voice often did not sound loving, as I recall. Yet, now that is all I hear.
The best thing about listening to your mother is knowing that she loves you.
My mother loved me.
She would actually say the words…
“Listen to your mother.”
She also promised that I would hear her voice long after she was gone.
She came through on that promise.
I hear her now.
“Listen to your mother” has many meanings to me.
Motherhood = Love.
Hear love in my voice.
Hear love in your heart.
~Melissa Reyes, 4/21/2015
LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: GIVING MOTHERS A MICROPHONE
NATIONAL SHOW RETURNS TO ORANGE COUNTY
Local stories about motherhood join hundreds from across the country.
ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. – Listen To Your Mother, a celebration of
motherhood that spans across 39 U.S. cities, triumphantly returns to
Orange County for a second season on April 26 at 3:30 p.m. at the Ebell
Club in Santa Ana. Address: 625 French St., Santa Ana, CA 92701
Orange County was selected as the featured Southern California stop of
the national LTYM series for the second year in a row. A portion of the
proceeds will benefit Wise Place, a woman’s shelter in Santa Ana.
The performance will feature live readings by some of Southern California’s
most talented writers and bloggers: Wendy Hassett, Robin Finn, Shannon
Coleary, Jill Parkin, Lisbeth Coiman, Emily Altmann,Vicky Willenberg, Lexi
Rohner, Sahag Guregian, Marcene Marcus, Nancy Van Iderstine, Danielle
Wiltchik and Jennifer Chidester.
This is the perfect gift for Mother’s Day! Tickets can be purchased online at
http://ltymorangecounty.brownpapertickets.com/ for twenty dollars.
LTYM ORANGE COUNTY is produced by four Orange County women:
CIARAN BLUMENFELD is a blogger and entrepreneur with over 160,000
followers on Twitter. She has received accolades for her social media
prowess from Twitter, Babble and Working Mother. Ciaran has appeared
multiple times as a guest on NPR and contributes regularly to OCFamily
and the OC Register.
CHERYL ROSENBERG is a former sports journalist whose work appeared
in major newspapers, including in the OC Register where she covered the
Anaheim Angels, and in Sports Illustrated.
KATHERINE KOTKIN started her career in the world of international
distribution for the entertainment industry. She has dedicated the past
decade and a half to motherhood: volunteering, interpreting, writing,
advocating, marketing, accounting, administration.
ANGELA SALDAÑA CAMACHO is a mother, Latina, Business
Development Manager, Blogger. She also writes and collaborates for
Momfluential.com. Angela has been featured in the OC Register.
Announcements and show details can be found on the Orange County
Listen to Your Mother web page, www.listentoyourmothershow.com/
orangecounty . For full information on the national show, visit
When I met Carolyn West of This Talk Ain’t Cheap, the leader of So Cal Lady Bloggers, she listened to me. She listened to my stories, my dreams, my aspirations, and my questions – my many questions. One day, she told me about a show that she had recently seen called, Listen to Your Mother. I wasn’t ready at the time to pursue seeing the show or even thinking of writing for it, but I put a pin in the idea and stuck it on the “parking lot board” of my brain to come back to later.
That was years ago and so much has happened since then. I am now a seasoned blogger, I self-published a book of my own life stories, and I have a new video-podcast. I became a life coach and I am seeking speaking engagements. I am traveling, going to conferences, learning, and networking. I am building a community. I am combining what I know with who I know so I can create a firm foundation. On which, I plan to build a sustainable living. That is me, in a nutshell, as they say.
Flash forward to present time. I volunteered to work in a booth for a fellow blogger at the New Media Expo – NMX 2015 in Las Vegas last week. Ciaran Blumenfeld posted a request for help. I was friends with her on Facebook and in a few of the groups she is in, however I had not interacted with her before. She has a business called Hashtracking, which provides data tracking for hashtags from Instagram and Twitter. It is an invaluable service for bloggers and I was intrigued. I wanted to meet Ciaran and learn more about the analytics and use of hashtags.
I met Ciaran at the Hashtracking booth and started talking, getting to know each other a bit. She told me about the upcoming live performance in Orange County. Listen to Your Mother. (I knew of it, of course. I had a pin in it!) I love how the Universe works.
I will be at the show this Sunday. I am meeting my dear friend Carolyn West there. I can’t wait to hear the stories. I am in a good place now to open up and listen. Now, if I can just get my mother’s voice to quiet down a bit, and if I can stop talking for a bit, I can hear the wisdom and wit of other women and perhaps, their mothers!
— Ciaran Blumenfeld (@momfluential) April 20, 2015
*I probably don’t need to put a disclosure on this post, but to be consistent and proactive – here goes nothin’ – I am posting this information all on my own, because I want to share the news of this upcoming event, it is not an ad, I was not paid. I did receive four passes to the performance so that I can give some away and see the show. That’s what bloggers do. These are my thoughts, opinions and words are my own with the exception of the press release in quotes. Images and quotes are used with permission and cited. Click HERE to see full disclosure for details on why I write posts like this.
I love books. I collect them. I can’t resist an offer to review one. Therefore, I am always wishing I had more time to read. I always have a stack of books that I intend to pick up and read. I devour them, with pen, highlighter and sticky notes in hand – I can’t wait to dig in. Teach me something. Inspire me. Awaken me. Give me, give me, give me. I love to take all I can get from books. I never feel like I am taking too much, they are so generous.
Authors: Bob Sehlinger and Seth Kubersky with Len Testa Hotels and attractions, rated and ranked. Insder tips that save you time and money. This is a great book for any Disney enthusiast. It has tips, maps, and easy to read charts and graphs. It covers every aspect of things you would want to know when you visit Disneyland. There are many suggestions and strategies from an insider’s point of view. You will definitely need a strategy when visiting the happiest place on Earth! From preparation, parking, parades, and rides to hotels and fine dining – this guide has it all. It even covers Disney California Adventure and Universal Studios.
Miz Meliz Rating: It’s a keeper! Helpful, and informative. B+
Authors: Jen Lawrence and Larry Chester A business fable about thinking critically and motivating your team. Engage the Fox is a clever business book which uses examples from a fable about a Hedgehog and a Fox, along with a cast of characters incorporating the personalities and characteristics of all the people you would encounter in a typical business organization, except in this book they are all played by animals. It is a quick read with a creative and often satirical look at critical thinking skills used in the workplace for making decisions and coming up with solutions to problems. Based on the business management model of identifying the strengths and personality types of its workers, in this case the animals, Engage the Fox illustrates in an imaginative way how engagement has a positive influence in any organization.
Miz Meliz Rating: Not bad. It is a round about way of presenting the same information from management consultants assessing a business. It seemed like something you would give your employees to read just before a major takeover. A for imagination, C for actual engagement.
Author: Roma Khetarpal 5 Tools for using your inner perfection to connect with your kids. I loved this book! Reading it is like having a conversation with your most trusted girlfriend. Even though two of my three sons have entered adulthood, and the third is not far behind, I learned quite a bit from Roma’s “Tools of Growth.” Combining common sense, maternal instinct, and scientific proof, she breaks down the constantly growing list of parenting skills to five main tools for parents to hone in on their natural perfection. I had the honor of meeting author, Roma Khetarpal, and I found an instant friend. You will too when you read The Perfect Parent. This is a must read for all parents – new, experienced, and potential. It is a study of communication and values that make all relationships meaningful.
Miz Meliz Rating: A+ This is the perfect book! Not too heavy or long, inspiring, and life affirming.
I am sitting in the center of it all at the Las Vegas Convention Center. I was here for NMX 2015. It is a small portion of a huge conference for broadcasters called, The NAB Show. This is the big time. It is the first time the New Media Expo conference, which began as Blog World, has been included and combined with NAB.
I’ve learned so much here at this four day conference and super expo. I will be posting a recap very soon. This past week has included many new experiences in travel, exercise, networking, socializing, technology, inspiration, and motivation. There will be new innovation and direction for Mizmeliz.com as well as for Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town. All good!
For now, I want to shout out to some amazing people I have met and to all the new rock stars I have connected with this week. Hello and welcome!
More later…I need to run to the next session!
This is a review, not an ad. I received samples of products to try so I can share my experience with you. All opinions are my own and I was not paid to write them. See my disclosure for more details. There may be affiliate links associated with this post and the products mentioned. This means if you want to buy something from the affiliate and use the link to do so, MizMeliz.com will receive a small percentage which helps to support this website.
It’s always fun to get new tech devices. I want to share my experiences on some products I have tried recently. Please let me know if you have tried these or any new products that you think are great.
I love this wireless charging pad together with the S5 receiver from RAVPower International Inc. It is basically a holder for you phone that fits on the dash or air vent and charges your phone while it is sitting there. Dual purpose! Cool, huh! And it’s wireless!
3-Triple Coil Qi Enabled Windshield Dashboard Car Mount Holder with Wide Charging Area Wireless Charger for Nexus 6/5/4/ LG Optimus LTE2/Spectrum Lumia 920,iPhone 4s/5/5s/5c/6/6 Plus,Samsung Galaxy Note 3/2//S6/S5/S4/S3,Nokia Lumia 820/925/1020
“At RAVPower we take great lengths to ensure our products are made using the highest grade of components available.” @ravpower
This is a favorite product that I love so much I can’t do without it now. Top quality. Easy to install. (Especially if you put it on your “Honey, Do List!”) Simple to use and very powerful. Essential for everyone who uses their cell phone as an everything device. Keep your phone within eyesight while driving, great for GPS. Charges quickly and efficiently. Nothing to plug in, just set the phone on the holder and go. Never worry about your phone falling off the passenger seat and falling on the floor! Adjustable sides easily tighten and release with one touch for easy removal. I have mine on the vent and it has stayed on for over a month with no trouble at all. My Samsung Galaxy S5 fits on the base even with the bulky Body Glove cover and charges right up.
Miz Meliz Rating: A+ for power, ease of use, top quality.
Next up, this is now always in my car to charge our various devices and it is great because you can plug in two at the same time. It’s the RAVPower Dual Port 24W / 4.8A USB Car Charger（Comes in White & Black.）
24W / 4.8A for iPhone; iPad; iPod; Samsung Galaxy; Kindle; LG; Nexus; Motorola ; Blackberry; Nook; Bluetooth Speakers and Headsets; HTC One; External Batteries and More (Mine is White)
Elune TT-DL08 (6W, Flexible Arm, 3-Level Dimmer, Touch-Sensitive Controller, Glossy Black)
When it arrived in the mail, I thought for certain I got the wrong thing. I thought, uh-oh. This is going to be too small. Maybe it is one of those clip on kind. But it turned out to just be quite compact when folded. It opened up and is exactly the right size for a desk or night table. All of the features make it stand out and it’s modern design and abilities make it perfect for the young person or tech enthusiast in your house or office.