My Passion for Books

Posted on April 20th, 2015 by & filed under Books, Everything Miz Meliz, Passions


What are you reading?

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.

Here are the books I read in January/February 2015:

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The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2015

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+

Engage the Fox

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.

The “Perfect” Parent

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.

What books have you read lately?

 

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New Media Expo 2015 Live from Las Vegas #NMX

Posted on April 16th, 2015 by & filed under Blog Venture, Events, Everything Miz Meliz

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.

Miz Meliz at the live recording of GeekBeat.TV's The NAB Show Live

Miz Meliz at the live recording of GeekBeat.TV’s The NAB Show Live

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!

3 #TenMiniTech Rockin’ Reviews @RavPower

Posted on March 7th, 2015 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Product Reviews, Uncategorized

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.

1.

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!

Wireless Car Charger Dock by RAVPower® 

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

List Price: $119.99
Price: $79.99
Sale: $42.99 Free Shipping for Amazon Prime Members

Special Features:

  • In-car smartphone holder wirelessly charge Qi compatible smartphones
  • Wire-free charging starts the moment you put your phone on the charger
  • 1.5A input with 3 x Charging coil to maximize charging efficiency(Input:DC5V/1.5A , Output:DC5V/1A)
  • Adhere securely to windshield / dashboard / air vent; extra sticky suction cap – sticks to smooth and even textured surface
  • 360° rotatable head to position your device for perfect viewing while driving
So far, what they say is true.

“At RAVPower we take great lengths to ensure our products are made using the highest grade of components available.” @ravpower

20141231_11393720150129_185650IMG_5429This 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.

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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.

iSmart Dual USB Port Car Charger by RAVPower® 

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)

List Price: $39.99
Price: $29.99
Sale: $9.99 Free Shipping for Amazon Prime Members

Special Features:

  • RAVPower Dual Port 24W / 4.8A USB Car Charger charges your iPad, iPhone, iPod, HTC, Blackberry, MP3 Players, Digital Cameras, PDAs, Mobile Phones
  • Smallest Available: Smaller than most 10 / 15 watt options (2.9 × 1.0 × 0.9in) adding minimal bulk to your console. 12 / 24 volt input compatible with all standard cigarette-lighter sockets.
  • Two iSmart Charging Port: Detects your device to deliver its fastest possible charge speed up to 2.4 amps per port or 4.8 amps overall.
  • Sophisticated circuit design with over-heated, over-current, over-charging protection. Charging will be automatically stop when battery is full.
  • Input:12-24V; Output:DC 5V 2.4A & 5V 2.4A; Certified by RoHS, CE, and FCC
20141208_072433usb car charger 2 usb car chargerThis is a must have at $10! Get this for everyone you know. Extrememely nice quality casing, with a glossy finish makes this look worthy of plugging in your expensive devises to charge while you drive. This isn’t a give-away shottzky. It appears heavy duty in style, but it is as compact as they come. You can’t go wrong with this charger. Keep it in the car and charge up your iPhone and an android or other device at the same time. Very fast and powerful. I love it!
MizMeliz Rating: A for it’s sleek and efficient design and super powers.
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3.

Last one…3 for 3. I had been wanting to get a led desk lamp for my son’s bedroom night table. This turned out to be perfect!

Dimmable LED Desk Lamp by TaoTronics®

Elune TT-DL08  (6W, Flexible Arm, 3-Level Dimmer, Touch-Sensitive Controller, Glossy Black)

List Price: $79.99
Price: $59.99
Sale: $35.99 Free Shipping for Amazon Prime Members


Desk Lamp20150215_115700When 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.

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Miz Meliz Rating: B+ for style, savvy, and sophistication. A bit pricey.

Bonus.

Check out my reviews on Amazon and prior Miz Meliz Posts.

Order one of the above items here:

What do Guys Want?

Posted on March 5th, 2015 by & filed under Affiliate Links, Discoveries, Everything Miz Meliz, I Love My LIfe

I am a People Pleaser. I want to Be Good at What I do.

So, I found out some interesting statistics about my blog readers. I was surprised (at first) to find out that more than half of the folks who stop by and check out my blog are men 25-45. I thought it must be because I put “Super Bowl” in the title of a recent post. But, then I looked at my Twitter and Instagram following, and I realized that I had actually reached a goal that I set a while back to even out the demographics of my online community. Up until then I had mainly corresponded with other female bloggers and life coaches. I have been writing things that would be interesting to – let’s face it – people like me. Yet, I had spent quite a bit of time of late engaging with and making connections with people in all fields and walks of life. So, it is time to find out…what do guys like to read? What do men want…from a blog?

I asked the men I trust most, the gentlemen in my life, to answer that question on Facebook recently. I got answers from my husband, brother, nephews, cousins, a close friend I have known since high school, my son’s godfather, my friend’s boyfriend.  I was quite pleased with the insights they shared. They were all very forthcoming. I got a little too much information even! But I can’t thank them all enough for helping me out and for their honesty and expert opinions. You can expect to see more of these types of articles on Miz Meliz. Because as a reflection of me, I am about all people. I am interested in you. I want to share what you like.

What do guys like, the results:

  • Sports, photography, Disney. I like tutorials and advice columns.
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I like going to and writing about sporting events

 

  • Motorsports (especially F1 and MotoGP), automobiles, gadgets, and RC cars. I want the latest information with links to related articles, even if they are old. Anything about music! Industry stuff, gear reviews, and interviews with artists. I especially love in-depth interviews — long-format, like in Rolling Stone, where the interviewer can really delve deep into the musician’s background.

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  • I tend to check my local sports, for instance today I read a couple articles on the Dodgers Spring Training starting. I also read a couple different articles on the same subject in the LA Times paper. Otherwise when scrolling through a social network page like Facebook I will click on things of human nature, or more so human need. I’ll check out controversial issues whether political or moral (in my opinion). A headline can bring me in to a topic I may not usually click on, and it could cause me to pass over without a thought despite its content (which may be of value or interest to me). I hate when a site (especially ESPN and other sports) shares a headline and then the article has nothing to do with that. If I am picking a book to read I tend to go with either a biography or a Grisham type story. And one more thing, this tends to happen when I have just a few minutes to take a break, so the article that has the headline to bring me in for that moment and is the right length while I am surfing wins.
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My boys made me a sports mom

 

  • I scan the LA Times everyday for stories of interest, but most general news is rather boring. I usually just read the lead graphs, which is more than enough due to the inverted pyramid style of journalism. I enjoy analysis and commentary on stocks and the financial markets, sports, and travel. I’m also a sucker for restaurant and film reviews. And when I run out of real news, I read The Onion for a few laughs.

 

solita's Tacos & Margaritas, Valencia

solita’s Tacos & Margaritas, Valencia

  • I devour magazine content – my faves; Surfer, Surfing, Interview, Economist, Esquire, Bon Apetite, Cooks Illustrated, Luxe Interiors & Design, House  Beautiful, Dwell, Wired, GQ, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan ( the best “how to” regarding sex), Poets and Writers Magazine, Ski, Powder, Stand Up Paddle Board, Art News. And I like reading Christie’s and Sotheby’s luxury home listings. I like to read about things I am doing or things I want to do. I like contemporary culture travel, and adventure, interior design (a favorite hobby) and gourmet cooking (I am a self taught Courageous Gourmet. When I am reading novels I choose regional Mystery with gratuitous sex and violence. I also recently have embraced asking Google every question I have in my brain to advance my personal education about everything. Now you know way to much about who I am.
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Yesmin and the Wall Family’s Whitewater Adventure

 

  • I usually read articles on the latest video game releases (including how the games are developed, if I’m really interested in a certain title) as well as biographies of musicians and actors I’m interested in (both old and new.) From time to time, I’ll also check out information about old gadgets, and how they’ve evolved/progressed into what we are using today.
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My friend David Covarrubias at Legacy FX

 

  • I’m always fascinated with our latest advances in technology and science. New gadgets are fine but bigger advances such as the stuff DARPA works on I always follow. New discoveries in science from small stuff on Earth to all our space exploration. I enjoy reading political articles as well if they have an interesting perspective on a topic. Movie articles also grab my attention. Usually they are in regard to news but sometimes I like reading an article that delves into a particular film’s intricacies. With all of these it’s usually the title that drags me in. It’s especially important when it’s on a bigger topic since I don’t always have the time to read it all. If the title and content is interesting I’ll save the page for later. I usually base this off of the first paragraph of the article.

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  • I like restaurant and travel reviews. Human interest stories sometimes , current events catch my eyes more. I definitely like outdoorsy type stuff & pics of nature.

 

Jonathan with his dog, Indy

Jonathan with his dog, Indy

I am friends with artists, writers, bloggers, marketers, social media peeps, entrepreneurs, podcasters, traditional media and public relations folks, bankers, athletes, coaches, teachers, students, technology experts, programmers, gamers….everyone. I love the moms and girlfriends that got me here. Especially the SoCal Lady Bloggers, Latina Lifestyle Bloggers, and the California Mom Bloggers. I wouldn’t be here, a writer, a life coach, a blogger, a podcaster – without the angels and spirits who lifted me up and showed me the way.

So, tell me my friends, what do YOU want?

What do you like to read about? When you surf the internet, or read the news – what are your favorite things to read? What do you enjoy reading about? What do you require in an article or blog post?

Celebrate International Women’s Day with Adelante #5by20 @CocaCola

Posted on March 3rd, 2015 by & filed under Events, Everything Miz Meliz, Intentional

Celebrating You Girlfriend!

A few years ago I was asked to submit a piece in a book that was written for International Women’s Day. I had never heard of that until then. Now, I think about that honor every year and how important it was to me to be involved. Check out the ebook Cultivating Your Voice by Joy Holland you can also link to it here on MizMeliz.com in my post, International Women’s Day. You can read an excerpt of my contribution, called “Commitment,” below.

This year, I was invited to an exciting online event happening this Thursday, March 5, and I am thrilled to be able to share this invitation with you.

You are Invited

WHAT:

The Coca-Cola Company is celebrating International Women’s Day (March 8) by honoring women from The Adelante Movement, presented by Coca-Cola. This grassroots movement is designed to unite and empower Latina entrepreneurs across the country.

It is part of the Coca-Cola Company’s global #5by20 initiative to enable the economic empowerment of 5 million women entrepreneurs by 2020 across the globe.

Join us and Adelante founder Nely Galán for a live-streamed discussion on the importance of advancing economic opportunities for Latinas. The discussion will be on the heels of Galán’s keynote address to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce International Women’s Day Forum at the United Nations.

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WHO:

Nely Galán, Founder of The Adelante Movement and Latina business leader Alba Adamo, Group Director of Hispanic Marketing, The Coca-Cola Company

 You can see Nely on Coke’s #MakeitHappy Commercial here:

WHEN:

This Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 2 pm ET time

 

WHERE:

RSVP to coke@newlink-group.com for a link to the live stream.

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The Adelante Movement is a pioneer 5by20 partner in the U.S., providing training and tools for aspiring Latina entrepreneurs.

I am celebrating the Latina in me on International Women’s Day by introducing you to the The Adelante Movement #5by20

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Use #5by20 to share how you are celebrating International Women’s Day.

…I have turned a corner in my life. I am doing something that I am truly passionate about. I know it is the right thing for me, right now…This is huge for me! As I embark on this new adventure, I feel excitement and joy. I am overjoyed by the possibilities and endless adventures that this road may lead. I feel a sense of accomplishment and a new belief in myself and my abilities. I am exhilarated, energized and ready to take on the world. I am open to new experiences and I am making the most of the journey as it unfolds. ~Melissa Reyes, Cultivating Your Voice, March 3, 2012

Thank you to Abby Todd, Kerry Kerr Tresser, Joy Holland, Ana Lydia Ochoa–Monaco, Carolyn West, Danielle LaPorte, Evita Ochel, Tara Sophia Mohr, Jill Dahl, Kim Somers Egelsee, Nely Galan, and Alba Adamo and empowered women everywhere who make a difference and offer a hand to help others reach their dreams. 

A special thanks to The Coca-Cola Company for inviting me to be a part of this movement and allowing me to share it with you. This is in no way an advertisement for any brand – it is an invitation to learn something and celebrate women around the world. I have not been paid by nor do I represent Coca-Cola. All opinions are my own. Read my Disclosure for more information about my posts.

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