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The Day I Met Marilyn Monroe @Ripleys Believe it or Not!

Posted on November 22nd, 2015 by & filed under Affiliate Links, Everything Miz Meliz, sponsored

I love adventures like going to Hollywood Blvd. and checking out some of the tourist attractions. This post contains affiliate links.

Please see my Disclosure to find out more about why I write posts like this.

One fun Hollywood attraction that I really like is Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Ripleys gave me free admission to visit in exchange for a honest review.  Check out my photo gallery below and you will see how much fun I had there. The thing I liked best was all the unusual artwork. Check out the gallery of photos that I took:

 

 

Heat Wave – or Not?

When I went to Ripley’s Believe it or Not in Hollywood, California it was a blast! There was such a boiling hot heat wave in Hollywood that day, I just wanted to sip a cocktail and cool down. I ended up going to check out Ripley’s with a few of my girlfriends from the Entertainment New Media Network Conference. We had a few hours to kill, so we went to check it out. It was pretty cool inside – air conditioned as well as a cool exhibit – if you like weird things.

I like unusual things, so I enjoyed it quite a bit. It is your basic museum/gallery. We went in and toured at our own pace. Naturally the theme of Hollywood film and television memorabilia seemed to be the focus. I don’t know if the Ripleys Believe it or Not’s other locations have nearly as many celebrity influenced artwork and memorabilia. But it made it a lot of fun!

All the pieces are labeled and have plaques or posters describing what it is and how it was obtained. Most items are donated. Many of the items were from around the world or were replicas of sculptures or artwork. Many of the things looked like a perfectly normal objet d’art, until you looked closer and realized what was so strange about it to get it a prominent placement in the museum. For example, the beautiful jeweled peacocks made entirely from fingernails, 1750 of them! (okay, fake fingernails and barrettes, but still.)

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Most of the paintings and wall art were made mosaic style out of odd bits such as candy, puzzle pieces or postage stamps. Throughout the museum you will find these oddities and some are so unbelievable, the question will actually be posted nearby…Believe it, or not? Now and then a hoax will be discovered and revealed in the small print. So don’t always believe what you see!

My absolute favorite part was the Marilyn Monroe room where there were rare photos and memorabilia of Marilyn’s’ including a makeup case. A life size poster suitable for selfie taking with the infamous starlet was in the corner and you could stand next to it on a vent that blew air straight up. Next time I go there, I will wear a skirt for the full effect!

Me and Marilyn! Believe it or not!

Me and Marilyn! Believe it or not!

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What is the most unusual thing you saw at Ripley’s?

Why We Love Our Pets #sponsored @beyondpetfood

Posted on October 25th, 2015 by & filed under Affiliate Links, Everything Miz Meliz, Intentional, sponsored

The Truth About Pets is Our Love for them Goes Beyond Friendship with a Unique Bond.

This is a Sponsored post by Lunchbox. This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure to learn why I write blog posts like this. 

My Cats Mean the World to Me

I have had a cat as a pet since I moved into my first apartment when I was 20 years old. (If you do the math – that’s 27 years!) My mom would never let me have a cat because she was afraid of them. I always wanted one. My first kitten was adopted at a local pet adoption day at a pet store. His name was Quartz and he was the sweetest Russian Blue cat ever!

I enjoyed taking care of my cat, Quartz, and he gave me more love than I could ever give him. He used to lick my arm when he would snuggle up to me. I didn’t think that was unusual, dogs do that all the time. But I was told by a friend that cats only do that if they really like you. That was one way he showed me love. Little scratchy kitty kisses. Over the years, I have had many more cats. They show me they love me in countless ways and I can’t imagine a life without having a wonderful furry pet to love.cat

Why We Love Our Pets

I asked my friends what they love most about their pets and I got so many wonderful responses, I want to share them with you:

The best thing about having pets is…They teach me how to be happy about being. ~Lee

The best reason to have a dog is...A dog is ALWAYS happy to see you whether you are gone for one minute or one month. They love unconditionally. They don’t care what you look like EVER. ~Ronda

Keegan learning how to crawl - who does he go to? Patient, loving, little "Honey"

Keegan learning how to crawl – who does he go to? Patient, loving, little “Honey”

The best thing about having a pet is…My dog, Maddie, is my best friend. ~Shaun

I just love being greeted at the door with such enthusiasm! ~Sue

I love having a pet because…When I am feeling down or sick, my dog, Banjo, tries to make me feel better. He does everything he can to make me feel loved. He licks me to death, wants me to hold him, and lays beside me to make me feel better. ~Charles

I love having dogs because they are loyal to a fault, they love to play and snuggle, they re trustworthy and they will love you until the end of their days if you treat them well…and sadly even if you don’t.

Cats are the epitome of indifference and
then my cat, Puzzle, comes along and she is funny, and playful, snuggly and fun. I think pets are important. They are like our children. They depend on us to take care of them and in return they give us all the love we can handle. ~Valyrie

Erwins petsHaving a cat AND dog is great because... When our cat yacks for whatever reason our dog eats it right up…because it tastes like cat food. Sounds gross, but not having to wipe up cat yack for 10 years, you start to appreciate it. Haha! Cats you can leave at home, while on a short 2-3 day staycation. A dog you can’t leave in the house for > than 8 hours. Dogs are forever happy and loyal, Cats are loyal until they don’t need anything from you anymore. Cats clean themselves, Dogs need baths, Dogs make you active, Cats cuddle. ~Erwin

My dog gives me…Therapy. Companionship. ~Nani

My dogs give me…Unconditional love…and the meaning of the same when things are tough with two legged people in our lives! ~Kerry

I love having pets because…They are never in a bad mood, always happy to see you, they are great protectors and love to cuddle. ~Sharon

My pets give me…Unconditional love, comfort, curling up next to me, they don’t talk back or reveal things told in confidence. ~Cheryl P.

I love having pets becauseWhen you come home and see the dog’s tail wag that is actually a full body wag! The cat’s warm body curled up on your chest, purring. ~Laura

I love having pets because…They are like our children. For some people a cat or dog becomes their child. We love our animals and bond with them. ~Tina

The best reason to have a dog is…unconditional love and companionship. Security! No one comes near our home without the bark alarm going off. Clean kitchen floor. Anything falls, it gets eaten. Comic relief. ~Marissa

My dogs give me…Unconditional love and devotion! ~Cheryl L.

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How I Show Love for My Pets

Taking care of your pets is as important as taking care of yourself. In fact, taking care of your pets IS taking care of yourself. It is good for you. So make it a double spa day. Drop Fido off at the groomer’s and go for a massage. You will both feel wonderful!

I honestly feel the best thing I can do for my pets is feed them well. I try to give them healthy food that is good for their digestion. Since my cats are indoor pets, I make sure they are getting all the nutrients that they require. I also give them lots of water. It took a long time to find a food brand that all three of my cats enjoyed, and then narrowing it down to flavors they all like was even harder. Here is one that they love…Purina Beyond.

Purina Beyond Dog and Cat Food contains natural ingredients that are good for your pets.

It’s not simply a matter of natural ingredients. It’s the expert formulation of those ingredients and the knowledge they’ve been sourced from trusted suppliers that ensure you’re feeding your pet a meal that is both naturally and nutritionally complete. From sourcing to quality and safety to exceeding industry standards, Beyond is committed to your pet’s overall health and well-being.

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Superfoods are not just for people. Studies have shown that the nutrients in superfoods like pumpkin and cranberry are good for our pet’s digestion and overall health. We care about our own health enough to include these foods in our diet, we should be doing the same for our beloved companion animals.

Here are two new products to try that I think your dog will love:

BEYOND® SUPERFOOD BLEND Salmon, Egg & Pumpkin Recipe Dry Dog Food

BEYOND® SUPERFOOD BLEND Barley, Egg, Sweet Potato & Cranberry Recipe Dry Dog Food

Purina Beyond has dry food, wet food, snacks and a new puree that dogs and cats love.

  • Real meat, fish or poultry is the #1 ingredient in the dry and pate
  • No corn, wheat or soy
  • No poultry by-product meal
  • No added artificial colors, flavors or preservatives

Click on the image below to learn more about Purina Beyond dog and cat food and find out about the sweepstakes where 20 winners will receive a year of Beyond dog (or cat) food.


 

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Did you know that Walmart is the destination for all your premium pet needs?

Thank You For Reading

Tell me what you love about your pets in the comments and be sure to enter to win a year supply of food for your pet!

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Offer ends Nov. 10, 2015

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7 Ways to Be Inspired #MizMelizNewz @TenMinitt @Farrellsisback @auroraeaqua

Posted on October 19th, 2015 by & filed under Affiliate Links, Everything Miz Meliz, Miz Meliz Newz Update

I want to share some fluffy goodness with you. Not all of this is fluff, but it is all GOOD! Please help me out here and click on the links, check this stuff out and tell ’em Miz Meliz sent ya! (I need to pay the bills somehow! Mamma wants a new pair of headphones.) I seriously am inspired by the companies and people that I meet and work with. Let me know what you think.  (Affiliate links) See my Disclosure Here to find out why I write posts like this now and then.

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7 Ways to Get Inspired

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1. 100 Mandalas

When I have nervous energy and can’t concentrate on writing, I love to color in mandalas. Awhile ago I found this awesome site that I am so happy to announce is being re-launched. Check it out!

100 mandalas“On the occasion of our 1 year anniversary, I thought this would be a good time to launch a new website, newsletter, and YouTube channel. I can’t wait for you to see the new site. Enjoy looking around and discovering what’s new. You’ll see my secret big DREAM project when you click on the GUIDEBOOK in the menu.” ~Kathryn Costa

Visit: www.100mandalas.com  View: Welcome Message for a list of what’s new.

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2. Word for the Day

I don’t always read it or even open it and it doesn’t always resonate with me – but some days I love getting inspired by it! Consider subscribing to Word of the Day daily emails from Gratefulness.org

“In the time of your life, live — so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite delight and mystery of it.” ~WILLIAM SAROYAN

VISIT GRATEFULNESS

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3. Free Ice Cream

Nothing can be better than the fluff of fresh whipped cream on top of a gooey ice cream Sundae! Now Farrell’s wants to give you a FREE Sundae Every Week. I love Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlours and I have it on good faith, from Michael Fleming (@FarrellsCEO) that they are working on opening a new one in the San Fernando Valley! Tweet him and ask him about it. He is so nice!

Win A Free Sundae Every Week
For The Rest Of This Year*!!

Just Tell Us About Your Last Farrell’s Experience!

Behind the scenes, we’ve been working very hard to make each and every guest’s visit to Farrell’s as perfect and as memorable as possible. We need our customers to let us know what we’re doing right and where we could improve.

To help make the Farrell’s experience the best it can be, we’re asking you, our loyal Farrell’s Fanatics, to answer a few questions about your last visit to Farrell’s.

As a thank you for helping us, we are going to award three grand prize winners a free 2-scoop sundae every week for the rest of this year!! Hurry, we’re drawing our winners on October 26!

*You must be 18 or older to take this survey and enter to win. There is no purchase necessary. Three winners will be drawn on October 26 from a random drawing of all completed surveys. Winners will receive one certificate for a 2-scoop sundae per week for 10 weeks. Certificates will expire 12/31/2015. Answers do not affect your chances to win, we want you to be as honest as possible.

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4. Inspiration Comes When We Need It

I met Marla Diann at the Connect Her conference this year. She is a remarkable branding and business coach. I hope to have a chance to interview her and introduce her to you on my talk show in 2016. I just can’t wait until then, so if you want to be inspired and learn how to make a difference in your life and your business, I highly recommend you contact her. Do not wait. I am talking to you. Yes you. I know what you need.

Marla Diann

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 5. Think Pink

Aurorae Aqua is a company that I adore. They have been supportive of me and have helped me out with sponsoring give aways on my live talk show. I love reviewing their products. Aurorae inspires me in many ways. Their slogan says it all: “Illuminate your Life” and now you can help support Breast Cancer Research by supporting Aurorae with the purchase of a plush pink towel during the month of October. 

“Let us open our minds to new adventures and opportunities. It’s within all of us to reach deep within our souls and visualize the dreams we so deserve. Let’s choose the challenges of life rather than an unfulfilled existence. Be Bold, Proud, Creative and Unafraid. Calm the mind and let these Impressions guide you through your practice. Remember, it’s your yoga.” ~Aurorae Yoga

Aurorae Yoga

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6. Inspiration can be Found at Breakfast…or Lunch

The Most Important Meals of the Day Start at Sangers & Joe:

A Globally Inspired Café Just Opened in Old Town Pasadena                     

         

Photo Credit:  acuna-hansen 

Just in time for a warm and blustery Pasadena autumn, Old Town Pasadena welcomes a new neighbor to the beautiful brick-clad historic community. Introducing Sangers & Joe, a vibrant and inviting breakfast, lunch and brunch cafe boasting tasty intercontinental-inspired dishes and beverages opened Thursday, October 15th, 2015.

“Sanger,” Australian lingo for sandwiches and, “Joe,” meaning coffee, of course, combined to create a modern and airy market-style cafe featuring a myriad of tasty breakfast, lunch and brunch dishes, alongside coffee, tea, natural sodas and even a handful of beer and wine options. “The name itself reflects a casual eatery,” says Managing Partner Scott Kay. “We really wanted to create a community-based café that locals will love.”

“When it comes down to it, it is not just about opening a cafe,” says Kay. “The inspiration stems more from partnering and connecting with the community.” And that mantra is just what Sangers & Joe is all about: an approachable neighborhood café for breakfast, lunch and brunch (and dinner… stay tuned!) that offers something for everyone in a warm and welcoming environment.

Sangers & Joe is open every Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, every Saturday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm and every Sunday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. For more information, please visit www.sangersandjoe.com or call Sangers & Joe directly at 323.553.0563.

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7. When All Else Fails, Have Some Cake

And now, for the really good stuff! I have cake for you. Well, even better than cake! It’s cake expert, Ashlee Marie! Meet her on Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town on Tuesday, October 20th starting at 6 PM Pacific time LIVE on Blab.im/tenminitt or read the Show Notes and watch the replay HERE. Ashlee is currently a contestant on Food Network’s Halloween Baking Championship. Check it out on Food Network! She is amazing!

“Episode 2 of #halloweenbakingchampionship started off BAD… warm store bought dough, with a cookie #fail and dropping chocolate on my cute @dansko shoes. BUT I redeemed myself with my bloody orange tart and charred meringue!!! Judges@chefsherryyard @rbicakes and@carlaphall liked my baked component, the crust, doesn’t get much better!@foodnetwork #halloween#bakingchampionship” ~Ashlee Marie

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Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town with 101 Movies to See Before You Grow Up Author @SuzetteValle

Posted on October 18th, 2015 by & filed under #SPARKLE Tinsel Town Tonight Interviews, Affiliate Links, Everything Miz Meliz, Movie Reviews, TenMiniTT 2015

Suzette Valle of Mamarazzi Knows Best is a real doll! She is so friendly and very supportive. I love talking to her and hearing about her travels, her insights on parenting and of course, her passion for films. Suzette is in a number of blogging groups that I am in and I have seen her at many conferences. Her first book was just released and it is my pleasure to introduce you to this amazing Super Star!

Miz Meliz and Suzette Valle at Hard Rock Cafe Universal City Walk

Miz Meliz and Suzette Valle at Hard Rock Cafe Universal City Walk

Meet me for the LIVE interview on Blab.im/tenminitt and simultaneously on Meerkat right here on MizMeliz.com for the next episode of Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town. This episode features three of my favorite New Media Super Stars! You will love Ashlee Marie and Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski as well as Suzette Valle! This is going to be such a fun show!

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Show Notes

I asked Suzette about what she likes to do when she isn’t blogging.

We love to watch movies. After my children left home, and now empty-nesters, my husband and I rounded up our other empty-nesting friends and formed a Friday Night Film Group. Practically every Friday night, eight of us, four couples, meet at our local theater and watch the latest releases. We then have dinner together to talk about our film selection. We are sort of Open Table Film Critics!”

When I inquired about her favorite project, she told me about her new book…

“I am about to publish my first book, “101 Movies To See Before You Grow Up” I think it would be good to tell people about how this book came about, and most importantly how I came up with this list!

I gave 101 Movies to See Before You Grow Up a Five Star Review!

It is a great list and I love the way the book is put together. It is colorful and the illustrations depicting the iconic characters of each movie are delightful. The information is displayed in an easy to read and understand format, being that the book is for young people. However, I found it informative and entertaining to read. Suzette gives a very consistent and thorough listing of what I would call my all time favorite films. They are certainly the ones that I grew up seeing and hope to see again and again. ~Melissa Reyes

When I asked Suzette what she is most passionate about, she said, “Entertainment, how media affects children and our family values, travel, college, and my book, of course!”

I wondered where she and her friends like to hang out. “We usually head to the Grove and to Santa Monica. We love to walk around the promenade in Santa Monica, and try to eat at a small Italian restaurant on Montana called Locanda Portofino. It’s a tiny place that my boss/friend Sharon Waxman introduced me to.”

We will talk about these things and more on Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town!

Find Suzette Here

MamarazziKnowsBest.com, Twitter @SuzetteValle, @SuzetteValle on Instagram, and Facebook.com/MamarazziKnowsBest

Buy the Book Here

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Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town with Jeffrey A Barnes @DrDisneyland

Posted on September 27th, 2015 by & filed under #SPARKLE Tinsel Town Tonight Interviews, Affiliate Links, Books, See the Video on YouTube, TenMiniTT 2015

On this episode of Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Mr. Jeffrey A. Barnes, the author of the new book, The Wisdom of Walt: Leadership Lessons From the Happiest Place on Earth. Jeffrey is a Disney historian and even teaches a college course on the History of Disneyland.

You may know, I love Disneyland and everything to do with Walt Disney. I was happily surprised to get to see Dr. Disneyland himself, Jeffrey A. Barnes, speak at the Entertainment New Media Conference this month in Hollywood, CA. He told his amazing story about how he overcame the odds and was able to write and publish his book. He is a talented story teller. He has a special way of bringing you along on his journey.

11870745_850356798379172_3841608876313040947_nJeff loves Disneyland, and he is also a huge baseball & football fan. He loves to travel, visit baseball stadiums, and play video games. Jeff and his wife have a wonderful family and would seem to have the classic fairy-tale life. But, like the Disney stories we all know and love, it didn’t come easily. When Jeff had the chance to start teaching his most beloved topic, the history of Disneyland which he had been preparing his whole life, he was given the news that he had a brain tumor and needed surgery within days. When he realized the recovery from the surgery, even if it was benign, would jeopardize the class from taking place, perhaps ever – you won’t believe what he did.

Find out about how it all came together and resulted in the publishing of his dream project, The Wisdom of Walt:  Leadership Lessons from The Happiest Place on Earth  in my interview with Jeffrey on  Blab.im and Meerkat.

Please join me and the author of The Wisdom of Walt, and find out how Disneyland can inspire and motivate each of us to live a great story and be the best possible version of ourselves.

Melissa Reyes with Jeffrey and Nicky Barnes with the Book The Wisdom of Walt

Melissa Reyes with Jeffrey and Nicky Barnes, at ENMNCon15, Hollywood

Let me know if you have a question for Jeffrey, and if you would like to buy his book, click here…

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