Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town Episode 6 with Ruth Zankich @calpktmemories

Posted on September 25th, 2014 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Interviews

Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town

with Miz Meliz

Episode 6

An Interview


Ruth Zankich

of So Cal Pocket Memories

I think Ruth is a living doll. I have never seen her without a big beautiful smile on her face. I have met Ruth in person a few times at blogger events that we both attended. She is the nicest person. Online, she is generous and thoughtful. She is encouraging and helpful with promoting, tweeting, and leaving comments. I really like Ruth and I wanted to get to know her a little bit better. So, I invited her to be on Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town.

I think Ruth might be an angel in our midst. Please forgive the bright fuzzy ambient lighting reflecting around Ruth’s video image. I thought it might be the glow of a real angel. It turns out that there might be a protective film remaining over her webcam viewer. I am not certain. No matter. Nothing phases Ruth!

It took me awhile to schedule an interview with Ruth. We had some scheduling conflicts because she wanted to be sure her kids were out of the house. She went out of her way to arrange for this to happen so she could give her full attention to the interview. I told her not to worry, and just let me know when she was ready. So, when the time came we were both so excited, we jumped right in without testing sound, lighting, or video. Needless to say, as you will see, Ruth is quite beautiful and her shining happy face shows through the “filter” and she was open and ready to let us into her world at So Cal Pocket Memories.

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“We do a lot of camping and hiking.”

Who is Ruth Zankich?

Ruth has been blogging for four years. She writes about things to do with the family in Southern California. She and her husband and two young sons go hiking every weekend in and around Los Angeles.


Hiking in Kings Canyon Hiking to Griffith Park

What Does Ruth Like to Do?

Ruth loves to tell her readers about places to go with the family that are FREE – and she lets us in on the secret days when some of her favorite locations have free admission.

Some of the places that Ruth writes about on SoCalPocketMemories.com :

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“Enjoy nature, be with your family, get out there, and have fun!”~Ruth Zankich, SoCalPocketMemories.com


Ruth recently made big changes to her blog with a new look. She started a So Cal Giveaways page where bloggers can add their link to So Cal based posts or family friendly giveaways. (See what I mean? Ruth is always willing to help other bloggers!)

I learned a few things about Ruth and her blog that I did not know:

  • She has a regular contributor named Catherine who blogs about “Autistic friendly” things to do in Southern California. “Catherine gives you the pros and cons of each place for someone who is on the spectrum.”
  • Her favorite post on her blog was about the camping trip she and her family took to Kings Canyon. She loved posting the pictures from that trip. Read the post and see the pictures here: KINGS CANYON
  • For a sponsored post she did for Hot Pockets, she developed a game to play with her kids that you can download from her blog. The game is used to open a conversation with your kids when they get home from school.

What Does Ruth Do for FUN?

Since Ruth’s every day life is about going out, exploring, and having fun with her family – having fun means having quiet time for herself. She likes to hang out with her mommy friends.

“One time my kids did (such) a great job in the morning that I actually had time for myself and got dressed up. Then I had nowhere to go so I called my girlfriend and asked her if I could come over ’cause I wanted someone to look at me and tell me I looked nice.”

Boy, I can relate to that! I think that is why I started taking selfies, so I would be sure people saw me when I was having a good hair day!

I asked Ruth to recommend a “Hollywood Hot Spot.” I was surprised when she told me that she hob nobs with the likes of Ben Afflek and his family at her favorite hangout. You have to watch the episode of Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town to find out where!

Ruth reveals so much about herself and her blog in my live interview with her on Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town. One last tid-bit…she is in Spanish. Yep, Ruth’s audience is bilingual, so her blog is translatable. With a click, you can read it en Espanol. Muy bien!

Connect with Ruth






I know many of you like hiking. Have you been to Kings Canyon?

Have you seen the Giant Seqouias?

Do you have a suggestion for a family friendly trail for Ruth’s blog? 

Fall is Here! Time to Check in on My Goals Bingo #14in2014

Posted on September 24th, 2014 by & filed under Discoveries, Everything Miz Meliz, I Love My LIfe

The third quarter of 2014 has ended. Fall is here!

It is time to check in on my goals.

2014-06-12 18.04.33This year I made a BINGO card for all the things that I hope to achieve. My goal is to get at least one bingo for the year.  Since I am participating in the Valentine RD’s #14in2014 Goals/Resolutions/Intentions Link-upI am committed to checking in every quarter to see how I am doing. So far, this has been a great way to stay on track with my goals.

I have been so busy that this quarter came up fast! No time to cram for the deadline and try and get bingo. So, this is the real deal.

Here is where I stand:


I came pretty close to getting a BINGO by doing some of the things in each of the categories. I know it would take an incredible amount of organization and focus to literally do all of the things I listed on my card in three months, even a year – consistently. But that was not the point. I tried to include as many things as possible that I wanted to accomplish and my hope was to be more consistent with many of the things I never get around to do. Checking in every three months is great because I can see which areas of my life that I have possibly been neglecting.

Over the past three months I have not paid much attention to reading or my life coaching practice. I will make those things a priority for the end of the year. It is a good time to shift my focus actually, because many people seek coaching around the holidays. I might be able to get a lot of that writing and reading done, see some clients and even publish a little book online before Christmas.

On the last quarter check in, I told you about the 100 Day Promise. I am in the final ten days of the program. It has been so rewarding and I have learned so much! The biggest take away is that I have determined my one true core desire, the thing that I most want for myself. It is my desire to honor my promise by putting into practice the things that bring me joy, energy and vitality. As long as I make that my focus, I know I am on the right track. Yes, it took three months to come to that conclusion – because it was about shedding all the things that I thought I wanted, should want, should be, should do. I got to the core of what really matters to me. Now I am free to be who I am meant to be. It feels so good!

100 Day Promise

You might be thinking, yeah – that’s easy to say. But, what does it mean?

It means that in the past three months:

  • I was in a group that I checked in with every single day to share what we were going through.
  • I completed a weekly module (aka homework!) where I read, asked questions, answered questions, created artwork, watched videos, listened to guided meditations and did a lot of soul searching and self reflection.
  • I participated in a monthly group discussion with people who called in from all over the world, all 50 of us on the same journey, lead by our coach, Sandi Amorim, and shared our stories and asked the major questions. I discovered that even though we all had varying goals and were at different stages of our lives, we all search for the same thing. Ultimately, we all want happiness, and the feeling of fulfillment.
  • During the course, I developed many good habits. Some may seem trivial, but they all are part of a bigger commitment.

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In case you are interested in the actions I am taking to honor my promise…

I now make my bed every day. I never realized how starting the day with doing this simple task would bring me so much joy. It wakes me up as I do it, so I feel a little more refreshed in the morning. I like that my room is neat when I leave it. I love to relax when I get home from work and having a nicely made bed makes a big difference. My children have noticed that I have been keeping my room tidy and that I make my bed. This is something I never did before. It seemed like a chore. I have noticed that the habit has helped me to feel free to do other things and I don’t feel guilty about having a messy room. (Bingo!)

I drink 3-4 glasses of water every day. I at the very least drink water in the morning before coffee, and at night before bed. I have been drinking water instead of soda at lunch time most days, too. I hope to keep up this practice even after the dry hot weather subsides. I feel refreshed and hydrated. It makes a big difference in how I feel and I think it has contributed to improving my health and energy levels. (Bingo!)

I am eating salads for lunch almost every day instead of getting fast food. This is a huge shift in my routine. I also try to eat nuts, fruit, and vegetables more.  Making these healthy choices contributes to my overall health and vitality. (Bingo!)

I have started a routine of going for walks every Monday with a neighbor. We walk about three miles and it takes an hour. It has been a wonderful way to increase my energy, get my blood pumping, burn some calories, and have some great conversations with a friend. No cell phones or Facebook allowed on our walks! I have lost a few pounds and I feel great! (Bingo!)

Best of all, I started a video podcast talk show! That’s right! It was part of my promise to do something that brings me joy, and this is something I have always wanted to do. It is fun and in line with all of my core values for my blog, my writing, and coaching. It supports my quest to continue learning and growing. I get to interact with other people that I interview. I have an easy and fun format that allows me to be at my very best while I am having loads of fun. This project has been quite fulfilling. You know something is really good when everything falls into place easily. One day a few months ago, Alecia Lawrence was interviewing me for her daily podcast. I told her that I always wanted to do a weekly show. She challenged me when she asked what’s stopping me. There was no reason not to start. I am so glad I did! I have recorded seven episodes so far. When I have ten, they are going up on iTunes and I will be official! For now, you can find them on You Tube and here on MizMeliz.com. If you want to be a guest on my show, Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town, contact me at mizmeliz@yahoo.com. (B-I-N-G-O!)

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Besides the BINGO card, I also listed some major goals that I hoped to accomplish in 2014:

  • Publish another book – I have a big announcement on this! Hopefully at the end of the year I can tell you all about it! (Bingo!)
  • Move to a new home – we did this in June, and couldn’t be happier. It is a big weight lifted from our shoulders. My husband, kids and I are settled in our new digs. (Bingo!)
  • Keep my blood sugar levels (A1C) within normal range – Over the summer months I had a big problem with this. Around my birthday I could not control my willpower, I let my guard down and got seriously off track. I had birthday cake and desserts, and on top of it, I was eating a lot of summer fruits. The watermelon really did me in! I experienced the worst pain ever. I have had small bouts with Diabetic nerve pain in the past, so I know when I feel those sparks and shooting pain in my legs and tingling in my feet that I need to take it easy. But this was pure Hell! It really almost wiped me out. One more day and I was going to go to the ER. I did everything I could think of to reduce the aches and pain and alleviate the tingling sensation from my nerves. Finally, it took it’s course and I have been diligent to not over do it with the sugar since. I hope that never happens again! (Noooo bingo.)
  • Not gain weight – good news! Since I started the 100 Day Promise, I lost 5 1/2 pounds! The key was to not weigh myself for six weeks. It was nice to see a difference on the scale when I did. This proves that all the little changes I have made are working. Making healthy choices and maintaining good habits will contribute to my overall well being, health and energy! (Bingo!)
  • Help my son apply to college (yeah, my 2nd son is at that stage!) – This is a huge thing for me. I want to help him and give him some independence and accountability at the same time. It was stressing him out, so we have an appointment with the college counselor. Our son’s grades are up and he is doing very well in school. He has decided on a major, that is a big step in the right direction. My hope is to make this experience stress free and even exciting for him. The world is wide open and even though he can’t do ANYTHING he wants, there are countless opportunities for him. By December, we should know more. (Very close…. almost bingo.)

 I am happy, very happy, with all my accomplishments so far this year. I have discovered many new things and I have learned something about myself.

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Have you made any discoveries this year?

What has been your best accomplishment so far?

Are you on track to achieve your goals for 2014?

What makes you feel fulfilled?


MEET MARIBEL of StrollerAdventures.net @TenMiniTT Episode 5 @TheMaribelReyes

Posted on September 7th, 2014 by & filed under Discoveries, Everything Miz Meliz, Interviews

Today on Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town, I am happy to have Maribel Reyes, of StrollerAdventures.net as my special guest!

Maribel headshot I know Maribel from our So Cal Lady Bloggers group. I met her online a few years ago and we bonded because we have the same last name. We call each other “sistah” but we are completely unrelated. In fact, we have very little in common other than we are both married to men who have the same last name, we are both lifestyle bloggers, and we both have been inspired and our lives have been enriched by our relationship with our mothers. That part about our mothers helping us through difficult times in our lives, I just found out in my interview with Maribel on my show, Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town. I learned some other cool things about her, too! I was surprised to learn that Maribel worked in the export/trade business and that she had the same job as her husband. He is an expert in the Harmonized Tariff Code which is used for the classification of goods exported around the world. (8:50) I asked Maribel to tell me about her move to Central America, and how she and her family have adjusted over the past 14 months. Maribel, her husband, and their two small children live in San Jose, Costa Rica in the Central Valley. Google Map Maribel told me what it is like being an expat and meeting other expats from many different countries who are all working in Costa Rica (1o:30) I wanted to know about the things that are most important to Maribel and what she writes about on her blog, StrollerAdventures.

Maribel is most passionate about making the world a better place for her kids.

Maribel told me about how her mom influenced her and set an example for adjusting to life far away from home. She had an epiphany that she shared with Maribel when she saw the movie, Doc Hollywood, where she realized that it isn’t the place (that makes things good or bad,) it’s the person. We have to do what we can to make our home a happy place to live.

I am most passionate about accepting differences with others and learning to respect those differences. We are so caught up in our own little worlds that we tend to forget that we are not alone in the world and share our living space with other human beings this is key if we want to make this a better place for our kids to grow and live in. We should lead by example and embrace differences. It doesn’t mean we have to agree, but just to accept that we don’t all have to be the same. “To make the world a better place, we all have to accept that there are differences and learn to appreciate those differences.” ~Maribel Reyes

I asked Maribel about what she does for fun in Costa Rica. I found out that Maribel loves adventure!

Zip-lining in the Jungles of Costa Rica

Maribel going zip liningI have never thought that zip lining through jungle is something that I would want to do! No way, not me! But listening to Maribel describe her adventure and how much she and her children enjoyed it, I think I might have to add that to my bucket list.

What is Maribel’s Favorite Hollywood Hot Spot?

Sunday Brunch at Junior’s Deli

juniors_bakery_exterior_a_l Sadly, the Hollywood hot spot that Maribel so fondly remembers is closed. It was Junior’s Deli in Westwood, CA. They lost their lease and closed their doors in December 2013. Maribel shared a fun story of meeting Julio Iglesias and his band there once when she was a girl. Maribel’s family followed him when they left the restaurant, all the way to his hotel in Marina del Rey! Iglesias Fanatics! Find out more about Maribel in my interview with her on Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town. She tells me all about trying out Costa Rican recipes and her favorite restaurants.

Connect with Maribel Reyes








Maribel with gecko“I am just strolling along life, sharing what I see and do.” ~Maribel Reyes of StrollerAdventures.net


Maribel loves reggae music and Bob Marley

Maribel loves reggae music and Bob Marley

It’s Moms’ Night Out – What Could Go Wrong? @MNOMovie

Posted on September 2nd, 2014 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Movie Reviews

Disclosure: I am happy to share this info about one of my favorite films on my blog today. I received two DVDs – one to keep and one to give away when I offered to write about the film.  Read my full disclosure about posts like this here. Moms' Night Out

I am a mom and I know what I am talking about!

The Moms’ Night Out movie is close to my heart for many reasons. I was at the Entertainment New Media Network conference when Sarah Drew, Kevin Downes, and Andrea Nasfell walked in the room. They were special guests there to talk to us about their film project.

Sarah Drew plays the main character, Ally – who is a blogger. She is also the mom of three young children. Sean Astin is her husband in the film who encourages her to “find her oxygen” and do something for herself. Kevin Downes, the producer, plays Sean’s best friend, Kevin, who is an “adult child” who loves to play video games. The film was written by Andrea Nasfell.

The panel discussion was about the movie, the film making process and the challenges that faith based filmmakers must face. We were shown a screening of the film. It was delightful! I loved it!

The next day, Sean Astin spent a few hours with us talking about the film, his career and life, his charity work, and his new endeavors. He was super sweet and I enjoyed meeting him and speaking with him.

When the film opened, I was one of the lucky bloggers who were selected to attend the red carpet event and film debut at the world famous Chinese Theater in Hollywood. I also got to attend the after party with the cast, crew and guests at Lucky Strike Bowling Alley in Hollywood. I had a blast and took lots of pictures. You can read all about my experiences and see my photos here. If you haven’t seen the movie, I highly reccomend it!

I have a Blu Ray/DVD to give away, so maybe you will be the lucky winner. But don’t wait – go buy one and support this great group of people who brought this wonderful film to life.

A Great Day For Moms!

If you’re a mom, today is your day. If you’re married to a mom, today is her day. If you have a mom, today is her day. And if you are friends with a mom, today is her day. What’s so special about today?

You can now pick up your copy of MOMS’ NIGHT OUT on Blu-ray or DVD!

Be sure to watch the video about the impact this heartfelt and wholesome family comedy will continue to have as it brings encouragement and laughter to moms (and families) everywhere! And starting today, you can buy MOMS’ NIGHT OUT for all of your favorite moms at your local Christian store or wherever you buy movies.

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More Than the Movie When you purchase MOMS’ NIGHT OUT, you get a great story as well as a number of outstanding extra features. Wherever you buy the movie, bonus features include:

  • Commentary with directors Andrew and Jon Erwin, along with producer Kevin Downes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Blooper Reel
  • The Heart of MOMS’ NIGHT OUT
  • Casting MOMS’ NIGHT OUT
  • The Art of Improv
  • The Art of Action

And if you buy the movie from a Christian retail store, you also have these bonus features:

  • Alex Kendrick’s On-Set Devotional
  • The Difference Between Moms and Dads
  • Inside Sarah Drew’s World
  • Andrea Logan White’s Testimony
  • Grief and Growing with Abbie Cobb

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Watch the Trailer

You can win a Moms’ Night Out Blue Ray/DVD from Miz Meliz!

Just enter a comment and tell me who is your favorite actor or character in the film and why.

I will choose a winner, randomly, and contact you by email.

Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town @DanRMorris @TenMiniTT

Posted on August 28th, 2014 by & filed under Discoveries, Everything Miz Meliz, Interviews


Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town


Miz Meliz

and Special Guest,

Dan Morris of Blogging Concentrated and Amplify Podcast

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I first met Dan at the Entertainment New Media Network conference in Orange County last year. Unfortunately, I missed the session when he spoke to the group. But, I did have the pleasure of meeting him and his business partner, Rachel Martin, at their Blogging Concentrated booth at the event’s expo. Fascinated with their work and taken by their personable characteristics, I was flattered and excited when Dan showed interest in being a guest on Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town.

Blogging Concentrated, concentrated.

If Blogging Concentrated is 20 hours of instruction in 7 hours – then this interview with Dan was like 7 hours of Blogging Concentrated in 40 minutes! Check out the video for tips and golden advice from the leader in blogger training and business development.


Dan and Rachel enjoy helping people succeed. They are training the super cheerleaders. Check out some of their success stories. These bloggers have taken their blogs from 100′s of followers, to 100′s of thousands! After taking the Blogging Concentrated Course and getting personalized help  from the dynamic duo – they have taken their blogs to new heights:

Young House Love

Plus Size Birth

Beach Ready Now

Real Mom Talk 

Video Riser is Dan and Rachel’s new video series that will help you make amazing videos for your business and blog, without spending loads of cash. Using car lights and props from around the house…they set an example by recording their first introductory video in the driveway of Dan’s home.

Video Riser


What is the fallacy of making money online?

“You can be making money but if you can’t make money repeatable, you aren’t making money, you are riding a wave. And that wave always goes down.” ~Dan R. Morris

Dan discusses having a business plan, working with a team, having the back end supported, and preparing for the worst by saving money in case something goes wrong. He advises on making decisions based on what your core passions are, what makes you happy, and what works for your readers.

Dan and Rachel are teaching bloggers how to build a business that grows. This is about making money and growing your business wisely, working to make a lasting position for yourself.


 What Does Dan R. Morris Do For FUN?

“I happen to enjoy painting. Right now I’m painting the face that’s on the sail of Kon Tiki.” 

It turns out that Dan enjoys painting more colorful and whimsical pictures that he hangs in his home for his children to enjoy. He likes color and lively pictures and collects them on Pinterest. Dan values his family photos and makes an annual photo album. He works on digitizing the photos and preserving the family memories he makes with his wife and children.

For someone who works so hard, helping others, travelling and staying on top of all the latest trends in social media, marketing, business, and technology – Dan makes the effort to relax, have fun and enjoy his family.

Connect with Dan:

What is Your Favorite Hollywood Hot Spot?

“I haven’t spent much time in Hollywood. But I do have a favorite hot spot. The bar on the outside of the wall of the castle in Dubrovnik.” 

Dan also suggests Nashville as the hottest place for celebrities to go and not be bothered by paparazzi and stargazing fans. So, there you go.

See ya’all in Nashville!


Thank you, Dan R. Morris…

If you want to increase your readership and take your blog to the next level, consider signing up for a session with BloggingConcentrated.

What are you willing to do to improve your business?

How can you incorporate good old fashioned F-U-N into your routine?

How do you color your life and create joyful surroundings for you and your family?

Watch this episode of Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town and learn more about Dan and his mission…

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