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.
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.
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.
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:
This Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 2 pm ET time
RSVP to email@example.com for a link to the live stream.
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
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.