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Simple Gifts Bring Bright Smiles #5by20 @CocaColaCo

Posted on May 23rd, 2017 by & filed under A Year in Bloom, Everything Miz Meliz, I Love My LIfe

Simple Gifts are the Best!

I had a wonderful Mother’s Day this year. It was very simple, the way I like it. One of the things that I enjoyed getting as a gift was a simple single rose. I received it in the mail on Friday before Mother’s Day with a lovely note from a friend. This gift combined many of my favorite things and will stand out in my mind for a long time. Here’s why:

The Gift Was Handmade

The one-of-a-kind, handmade rose was created by an artisan using her own unique talent and gifts of creativity and resourcefulness to turn packaging (usually thrown away) into a beautiful keepsake.

Don’t you agree? The best gifts are the ones from the heart. The ones that were made just for you.

The Gift was My Favorite Color – Red

Roses are red. Coca-Cola packaging is red. Coincidence or not, my favorite color is red. What can I say, it’s the little things that make me happiest! This was a combination of the perfect things that made my day special!

The Gift was My Favorite Flower – a Rose

Since it is my “Year in Bloom” I am pretty into flowers of all kinds right now. I have received other gifts and photographs of beautiful flowers. But, the rose is by far my favorite.

The Gift was My Favorite Brand – The Coca-Cola Company

I have a special place in my heart for Coke. I have been a fan ever since the “Have a Coke and a Smile” campaign was popular when I was in the 5th grade and my best friend moved to Boulder City, Nevada. I gave her a bottle of Coke with a smiley face button tied to it with a ribbon. That was the ultimate gift a kid could give back then. That meant “We are friends for life! I won’t forget you!”

I have loved many things about the brand, it’s advertising, and the wonderful things the company represents, ever since. My absolute favorite is the way they care. The 5by20 program is one example of that caring spirit.

The Gift Represented Women Around the World

The card read…”Hello, by opening this gift, you’re opening a world of possibility for women across the world.”

I am in the midst of advocating for women in my “A Year in Bloom” program – by discovering ways to be healthier, happier, and better together. I have found that women all around the world are doing the same thing. Sharing positive stories of hope, perseverance, and love, is one way to ignite the passion needed to motivate everyone to achieve their dreams. What better way than this to celebrate the ultimate sacrifice a woman can make, motherhood.

The Gift Helps Women Around the World

From fruit farmers to distributors, retailers to recyclers, these incredible women who contribute to the making of this gift are part of the Coca-Cola Company’s 5by20 program, which aims to enable the economic empowerment of 5 million women entrepreneurs by 2020. Since 5by20’s launch in 2010, the program has reached more than 1.2 million women across 60 countries.

Learn more and begin shopping at 5by20.com

My kids took me out to a fancy dinner for Mother’s Day which was a treat – but I brought along my rose, which was my special gift!

The Gift was Meaningful to Me

The rose I received was a “Mitz” product. (Pretty close to “Miz Meliz” huh!) Mitz products are handmade by artisan women using up-cycled packaging materials. Mitz believes in being a non-profit organization that transforms the lives of women and children by creating jobs for the artisans and devoting all their income to children’s scholarships. Each Mitz item is unique and hand-made by women who invest between 8 and 30 weekly hours to knit it.

The Mitz Motto: Creat Jobs. Fund Scholarships. Reduce Waste.

By acquiring a Mitz product you are empowering an artisan woman. – Mitz/Weaving a future by Lina Holoschutz

“A good cause creates a great gift.”

I was not paid for this, and I was not asked to share this information. All opinions are completely my own. Please see my Disclosure for more details on why I share posts on my blog about brands that I love.

Embrace Yourself for Inspiring Adventures featuring @tarynbrumfitt on @BubblrMedia #IHaveEmbraced

Posted on May 21st, 2017 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Inspiring Adventures, Interview

I just watched the documentary EMBRACE by Taryn Brumfitt, as I have been meaning to do for weeks as I prepare to interview Taryn on my show, Inspiring Adventures.

I knew it would be emotional since I have struggled with body image issues my whole life. #IHaveEmbraced ~ Melissa Reyes

I had no idea how deeply this would affect me.

Taryn discusses all kinds, every kind, of body image issue one can imagine in her film. The results are the same. We are beautiful. We are unique. It is up to us to change the way we judge each other and how we judge ourselves.

Please see the film.

EmbraceĀ is on Netflix now:

On May 30th at 6 pm Pacific Time, I have the great honor to meet Taryn and introduce her to you!

 

Here is the trailer – but I must say, this isn’t just a story of what happened to this one woman – it is about every woman.

Everyone needs to see this film.

 

The live interview will be held live on Facebook.com/BubblrMedia and in the private group, A Year in Bloom.

I hope to see you there and I welcome your questions and comments. Please post them either here, or on Facebook, and please know that I will do my very best to get to as many as possible during the interview.

Thank you!

I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, May 30th for Inspiring Adventures!

Friendversary Video with Ann

Posted on May 21st, 2017 by & filed under A Year in Bloom

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I love this! Happy birthday (belated) to my friend Ann Odle! We have had some fun adventures together, from high above Las Vegas at posh rooftop parties to down on the streets of L.A. on the red carpet at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood! I can’t wait to see her at the end of this month on retreat in Santa Fe Springs! We have been roommates and walking buddies. She was there for my book signing. She has always been a supportive friend and is always willing to help me in any way. The past five years have been tough at times, but she always rises up looking great with that big bright beautiful smile!

Discovering The Cheerful Mind with Apryl Zarate Schlueter LIVE

Posted on May 11th, 2017 by & filed under A Year in Bloom

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