Discoveries

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?

Why is Christmas Still on My Mind? The Magic of it All @usfg @talktoSantalive

Posted on January 9th, 2015 by & filed under Be Inspired, Discoveries, Everything Miz Meliz, I Love My LIfe

Here Comes Santa Claus! Here Comes Santa Claus!

Wait a minute, that was last month. We sang Christmas Carols and listened to Holiday music all through November and December. Why am I writing about Santa Claus coming to town? Isn’t he on vacation in the Bahamas right about now? (Disclosure)

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Santa Surfing (Getty Image)

 

Okay, okay. Hold on to your reindeer! Or hold your horses, whatever.

I am Not One to Name Drop, But I Really Do Know Santa Claus, He is a Friend of Mine.

Why is Christmas Still on My Mind? The Magic of it All

by Melissa Reyes, January 2, 2015

Our Sparkling and Happy Christmas Tree

Our Sparkling and Happy Christmas Tree

I want to share with you my feelings about the Magic of Christmas and why it had such an impact on me this year. Christmas is a tough time for lots of people. Even me. Christmas has never been the same for me since my parents passed away. It has always been my favorite holiday, but the last five years or so, I may have been just going through the motions. I suffer from minor depression and I get very stressed out at the end of the year with the hustle and bustle, time crunch, and financial pressures. Yet, I have always believed in the Magic of Christmas. I believe in miracles, big and small. I believe in Santa Claus.

This year, I was given an opportunity by TalktoSanta.com to have a conversation with the Big Man himself – a visit, an interview, a face to face – yep, me and Santa! Having the chance to talk to Santa ignited the Magic of Christmas in my heart in a way that I thought had been lost forever. I was once again excited about the holiday. I could hardly wait to have my chance to talk to Santa.

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Lorenzo Lamas, 1989 My Mom had a picture of herself with him!

My Mom always said that she knew Santa personally. She said she had photos to prove it. She also said she knew Lorenzo Lamas. But that is another story.

Even when she was a Grandma she loved to get her picture taken with Santa. The following year she would show the little kids that picture and say, “See? Grandma really knows Santa! He is a personal friend of mine.”

My Mom with Santa, Dec. 1997

My Mom with Santa, Dec. 1997

We are a religious, faith filled, and mostly traditional family. One of the traditions that my mother maintained, (that I also do) was keeping a youthful spirit alive by proclaiming our belief in the unknown, the unproven, and somewhat mystical ways of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy. I feel like that is a way of teaching our children that it is okay to act like a kid and enjoy the fun, light, and magical celebrations as well as that you do not have to have proof to believe in things. After all, that is the cornerstone of our faith – believing in the miraculous.

It is no wonder then, when I doubted my faith and when I was depressed and grieving the loss of my loved ones, that it was difficult for me to entertain, enjoy, and engage in the fun and spiritual traditions of the holidays. If you are familiar with the story of The Polar Express, you will know what I mean when I say that for that time in my life, I could not hear the sound of Jingle Bells.

My time of grief may be over, or I may just be in a better place, but since I got the news that I could actually talk to Santa via video cam on my laptop – I have not stopped hearing the Christmas Bells ringing! I have been joyful and excited. I enjoyed singing and listening to the Holiday music, shopping, wrapping, cooking, sending cards, hosting parties, all of it. And I still feel good.

I have video proof that I know Santa personally. My mother would be so proud!

Roman and Me Getting Ready for our Chat with Santa

Roman and Me Getting Ready for our Chat with Santa

I shared this experience with my son, Roman. He is the youngest and most willing candidate in my family. He is theatrical and often helps me with my blogging ventures, especially the ones relating to entertainment. He is also the one who has always been the most skeptical about Santa’s existence and when he was little he stopped at nothing to prove that my husband and I were the ones who left the gifts under the tree. He has always needed a little coaxing to believe that which he cannot see, or prove. As much as I appreciate his scientific nature, he challenged me when it came to explaining why, at 46 years old, I still believe in Santa. I may have finally convinced him. After talking to Santa online, I think he gets it. Yet, he may never understand, and I may never be able to explain to him, why I needed to believe.

t2s_300x100_bnnrTalking to Santa was easy and anyone can do it. First, just going to Santa’s website is amazing! There are fun things to do and see. Children of all ages can interact with Santa and Mrs. Claus. There you can schedule your own personalized online chat with Santa or watch other videos to see what it is like. Just before Christmas Eve, you can even see where in the world Santa is delivering gifts.

After scheduling the online chat and filling in a little information about myself and Roman, I received a confirmation letter from Santa. When the big day came, we were prepared with a few questions to ask and we even got a little nervous about what Santa might ask us. It was so much fun and very easy. Now we will both have that video forever and I will definitely be showing it to my grandchildren someday. Roman and I also had a nice experience together, which as he gets older, I value very much.

Not long after our talk with Santa, and before Christmas, Roman and I each received a certificate stating that we were both officially on Santa’s nice list. It sure was nice for Roman to have that guarantee! Just kidding, I know he is a very good boy. I am pretty sure we both got what we wanted for Christmas.

Next year, add this to your list, for $20 you can get a video with your child talking to Santa. What could be better than that?

I want to thank TalktoSanta.com and the U.S. Family Guide for giving me this opportunity. I received the chat with Santa free of charge for the purpose of reviewing the service. Please see my Disclosure for more details on why I write articles like this. All opinions are my own. This is a true story, written from my heart. It is my intention that it warms your heart. All photos are my own, unless otherwise noted.

All Adventurers Should Have a Good Flashlight @DorcyDirect #Review

Posted on January 6th, 2015 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Product Reviews

I think all adventurers should have a good flashlight.

This is a product review. Disclosure

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Photo from 123RTF.com

I have always loved flashlights. Holding a beam of light in your hand and shining it brightly, illuminating the path in front of you, it is a powerful feeling. Didn’t you always want to be the one to hold the flashlight? I sure did.

I haven’t lost my adventurous spirit. I still like to explore. Even though I don’t go on nature walks and camping very often, like I did when I was younger, I still like to have the best equipment to take with me on trips. I also like to be prepared in the case of an emergency.

I have had some pretty cool flashlights over the years. My Dad always made sure I had a big flood light in my car. My mother-in-law always made sure we carried flashing emergency lights with us on family trips. My husband keeps a big Maglite in the hall closet. I have had various smaller versions for my purse throughout the years. But now, I have the chance to have the real deal. Now, I have a flashlight that is worthy of a true adventuress…I have the Dorcy Metal Gear XLM flashlight.

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If you are wondering what $80 bucks will get you in the flashlight Universe, let me tell you. Comparable to a Maglite ML300L in price as well as number of lumens (more on that later) the Dorcy Metal Gear XLM flashlight is sleek, stylish, durable, and quite powerful. It uses Double A batteries instead of D Cells, so for that reason alone, I like it better if comparing it to the Maglite. For me, I have always found the Maglite to be too heavy and more like a weapon, dare I say “billy” club, intimidation tool, than the ray of light I like to shine ahead of me on a dark evening stroll! So, the Dorcy with it’s smaller, sleeker design, attractive and functional wriststrap, and dual settings of brightness from dim to an intense high beam is the one for me!

I keep my flashlight on my desk at the ready for my next adventure!

photo by Melissa Reyes copyright 2014 http://mizmeliz.com

“Every Adventuress Needs a Good Flashlight!” photo by M. Reyes

The Dorcy Metal Gear XLM Extreme 618 Lumen LED flashlight, retails at $79.99 and is excellent in quality and style. Read the specific deatils below, this is the part about the lumens. (I like saying that! Say it outloud…loooomeeennnss. Lumens. Lol!)

438_1_“The new Dorcy Metal Gear XLM (Extreme Lumens) flashlight produces 618 lumens of light from a single LED chip. Utilizing the Cree XM-L LED module which allows Dorcy to drive the chip with 6 alkaline batteries to produce an intense beam of light. With beam distances over 300 meters (1100 feet) the 41-0435 utilizes Dorcy’s TrueSpot® Optimized Reflector System. The aluminum Construction, Side Mounted Push button switch and convenient lanyard make this light a must. Powered by 6 AA batteries the 41-0435 with run over 5 hours and give you plenty of light. The light offers two light settings that will allow the light to run in a dimmer light setting which will run over 25 hours. The 41-0435 has been tested to the new ANSI flashlight standards.”

Everything about this product is high tech, but what matters to me is it’s durability, quality, and usefulness. You cannot go wrong with this flashlight!

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 For the times I would like to ride my bike around the neighborhood instead of walk in the wilderness…I am equipped with the Dorcy LED Bicycle Light, which retails at $55. That may seem high for a bike accessory, but this is quality stuff that should last and last. When I opened the package the light looked seriously “space age” to me. In fact, I kept it out of sight from my husband and sons for awhile because I knew that they would want it for themselves. It just looks like that kind of gadget that every man/boy/adventurer must have.

Compared to many similar lights available on Amazon which vary in price from $10 to $100, I think the Dorcy LED Bicycle Light is by far a superior product. It has a heavy duty casing which is durable and can be used as a flashlight when released from it’s mount. It’s design is well thought out for the rider and quite useful as well as being super cool looking. This combined with the Dorcy Tail Light (below) would make the perfect gift for any cycling enthusiast. (Or, for any casual rider/walker/adventurer like me!)

594_2_“The Dorcy LED bicycle light and personal light produces a Wide Angle Uniform Light pattern for better and safer biking visibility. The Wide Angle Lens spreads the light only horizontally, not up in the trees or sky where you don’t need it. This keeps the brightness up and lights the full width of the road or trail in front of you. In addition to providing more lighting area for the rider, it will not blind oncoming pedestrians. With the patented “Quick Release” for easy removal of the light when you are not using the bike you can use the Flashlight for personal use. The lights are made from Durable Aerospace-grade Aluminum Alloy, corrosion resistant and with excellent Lumen output, and Battery run time. Water resistant to IPX-6 Standards, the weatherproof switch has three positions – Constant on/Flashing mode/Off. The flashing mode is ideal for increased safety awareness. With the Patented Battery Cartridge Holder for either end orientation it is easy to change the batteries. Clamps are tool free, and will fit any bike in the North American market and comes packaged with alkaline batteries included.”

 I love this Dorcy Bicycle Tail Light and actually take it with me sometimes on walks. It is very dark where I live and I worry that the cars passing by won’t see me. I feel safe when I turn on those flashing red lights! At $13.99 it is definitely a good buy and a must to have for your bike.

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“The new Dorcy bicycle tail light is constructed with a ABS body and shatter-resistant Polycarbonate cover. The 3 bright LED’s can be see from over 200 meters away and with the Patented 90 degrees two-direction, adjustable, quick- release, and tool-free bracket, mounting is easy. The new particular light diffuse of refractive reflector design produces a high brightness light pattern and operation lasting for 100/200 hours in constant/flashing modes(0~100% light). This light is an essential part of any bicycle safety program.”

 I am so glad I had the opportunity to try these great products out and share my experiences with you. Why wait for your next adventure? Be prepared and get your flashlight ready. Check out all the products at Dorcy.com and let me know which model you get.

Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did receive free Dorcy Products for review purposes. All quotes and stock photos are from the Dorcy website unless otherwise indicated. All thoughts and opinions are my own. See my Disclosure for details on why I do reviews on my blog.

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Goals Bingo Wrap Up #14in2014

Posted on January 5th, 2015 by & filed under Discoveries, Everything Miz Meliz

I am Scoring High in the Goals Bingo Game!

I am breaking out of the shell where I hide. I have Big Plans!

I am breaking out of the shell where I hide sometimes.

 

I realized something these past few weeks as 2014 came to an end and 2015 began.

When you make your focus to discover new things, you might stray off track so much that you end up creating new roads as you go along.

~Melissa Reyes, Jan. 5, 2015

 

 

Creating New Roads Along the Way. That is what happened to me in 2014. It was a good thing. Getting off track and making a new path for myself was a very good thing, for me. I did discover something. I discovered some things that are new and I also re-discovered some things about myself.

I learned that I am not as passionate about reading as I am about writing. I love to read, but challenging myself to read a few books a month did not help me to complete more books. It just made me feel badly when I didn’t reach this goal. I would rather enjoy reading a book for the pleasure of it than pressuring myself in that way.

I learned that I have abilities that I love and thrive at that I had buried deep down inside of me since, well, like forever. Yeah. That. (Yes, I said it that way. I used some high school slang. That shows how long and how stupid I was being.) I am really good at connecting with people. I am really good at interviewing, asking questions, relating, and making people feel comfortable, comforted, and I am able to complement them with genuine care and admiration.

I discovered that I love, really love, the whole process of video podcasting: interviewing people, recording videos, editing and producing them and broadcasting them on the internet. I did not invent it or stumble upon something new. Not at all. I found a place where I belong. I feel comfortable with this (new to me) community and I look forward to seeing how I can marry my blogging/social media world with my broadcast/interview world. I won’t be the first one and I won’t be the last. It is an opportunity to grow. It brings out the best in me and gives me a way to shine.

My Family Always Comes First. They are at my heart, my soul, my everything.

My Family Always Comes First. They are at my heart, my soul, my everything.

Here are some of the things I love doing that I want to continue to do and to develop in 2015:

  • blogging
  • video podcasting
  • travelling
  • meeting people and building relationships through common interests
  • writing and publishing more books, articles and posts
  • crafting and creating artwork for relaxation and to exercise creativity
  • growing my social media community
  • throwing parties and entertaining at home
  • life coaching by using my unique abilities to guide people on their own path
  • helping people to discover their passion and live their purpose
  • spending time with my family
  • going on date nights with my husband
  • learning by engaging in activities as well as attending conferences, workshops, and classes
  • practicing making positive self care lifestyle choices
  • following a healthy diet and exercise routine to enrich my mind, body, and soul
  • making my home beautiful and comfortable for myself and my family to enjoy
My Focus Words: 2012 - Experience 2013 - Ta-da! 2014 - Discover 2015 - Intention

My Focus Words:
2012 – Experience
2013 – Ta-da!
2014 – Discover
2015 – Intention

I made a bingo card for my goals in 2014. It was fun to track my accomplishments in that way. I checked it quarterly. You can see the results here: 2014 Goals Bingo, Spring Check InSummer Check In, and Fall Check In.)

I hesitate to look at my Goals Bingo Card now, because I have a feeling that once I began doing video podcasts, I stopped doing everything else I hoped to achieve. But, I want to follow through. So, here it goes…I am going to look at it right now.

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Well, it isn’t that bad! I decided to give myself a break and put a star on every box that I did at least one time. So, for the year – I got two Bingos! Yay Me!! My focus word was Discover, and I did try a lot of new things and discovered so much about myself.

Let Your Heart Shine!

Let Your Heart Shine!

2014 was a difficult year for me and many of my close friends because we suffered the loss of quite a number of people from our group. High school friends and special people in our lives passed away. It was a shock to go through this and collectively discover that we have reached our middle age. The good news is, we discovered this together and as a group, we are stronger and closer than I ever thought we would be at this point in our lives. That is what is important to remember. That discovery alone makes it a special year for me. We are not alone. A little effort goes a long way in brightening a friend’s day.

Even Santa needs some self-care!

Even Santa needs some self-care!

I won’t do another Bingo Goals Card this time. I will simply look at my list when I want to see if I am on track. It’s a good list of all the things that I am passionate about. These are the things that I believe I am meant to be doing. I will work at honing my skills. That will be my goal for 2015.

This Year My Motto will Be: Dream Big!

This Year My Motto will Be:
Dream Big!

I always choose one word to remind myself of my goals. It is called a focus word. The word I have chosen to focus on for 2015 is intention. Not only do I intend to follow through on doing the things that I am most passionate about, I will do those things with the intent to be my best self, to forge ahead and continue to make my own way.

“Action is the seed of change stirring within you,

coaxed by the nutrients that encourage it’s growth.”

~ Raam Dev

Ideas give action hope

Vision gives action direction

Intention gives action focus

Inspiration gives action strength

Thoughts give action structure

Experience gives action validation.

Instead of doing stuff, just do.

Instead of trying to become someone, just be.

Instead of cultivating, cultivate.

Instead of living, live.

Forge action.

I love being a woman of action. I love adventure. I love my life!

What do you love? Think of a few things that you truly love doing, being, going…

These are your passions.

In 2015 I will do the things that I love. I will forge action. I will do all things with the intention of being my best self and helping others with the best of my abilities. I will Dream Big and Shine! I will Smile and Blog On! These are my goals. This is my focus.

Live.

Be.

Do.

My best wishes of love and grace to you in the new year my friends!

Happy New Year!

Make 2015 the best one yet!

Love,

Miz Meliz

Meet the 1D Boys at Madame Tussauds this Christmas #1DMT @TussaudsLA @USFG

Posted on December 12th, 2014 by & filed under Blog Venture, Discoveries

Located next door to the World Famous Chinese Theatre, Madame Tussauds is Hollywood’s newest must-see attraction where you can see, touch and take photos with all of your favorite celebrities! (Disclosure)

ONE DIRECTION is the latest attraction at Madame Tussauds on their stop in Hollywood while on their ‘world tour’!

This Christmas, you can meet Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis – or at least their wax figures – at Madame Tussauds Hollywood!

We had a blast when we went to see the new Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie this summer.

photo courtesy of Madam Tussauds Hollywood

Photo courtesy of Madam Tussauds Hollywood

It is a thrill to stand up next to your favorite celebrities and snap a photo, they look so realistic on camera. I was glad I had an opportunity to “meet” some of my favorite heartthrobs…

Miz Meliz with Antonio Banderas...a dream come true!

Miz Meliz with Antonio Banderas…a dream come true!

See more photos of me with my favorite stalker – – he follows me everywhereIron Man, in my post about Madame T’s.

I can’t believe one of our all time favorite comedians and beloved actors is gone! I never got to meet him IRL – but I do have this…

I will never forget this special "moment" with 'Robin Williams'

I will never forget this special “moment” with ‘Robin Williams’

Now you can get the perfect Facebook profile photo… with the 1D boys!

mt tile_madametussauds-hollywoodKIDS GO FREE – Madame Tussauds Hollywood w/ Adult admission.

 

 

Madame Tussauds London treated the One Direction boys to a sneak peek of their finished wax figures at a secret viewing on 18th April 2013, before their gig in Nottingham. The boys were stunned by the likeness as they came face-to-face with their amazingly lifelike wax figures for the first time. The figures were then unveiled to fans at Madame Tussauds London, where guests visited them before they embarked on a ‘world tour’. They are currently in Hollywood, CA and you can see them through December 31st.

One Direction pose with their wax figures at Madame Tussauds

One Direction pose with their wax figures at Madame Tussauds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It was a Slam Dunk at Sky Zone! @USFG @SkyZone

Posted on December 11th, 2014 by & filed under Discoveries, Events, Everything Miz Meliz, Uncategorized

We experienced the Jump Around Birthday Party at Sky Zone and it was a Slam Dunk! (Disclosure)

 

The JUMP AROUND BIRTHDAY PARTY PACKAGE includes:

Admission for up to 10 jumpers with 1 HOUR OF JUMP TIME

Three Medium pizzas

Unlimited soft drinks during room time

40 min in a private room after jump time

with a party coordinator who takes care of everything

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday!

You know how sometimes, maybe most of the time, you work so hard to make everything perfect for your family, friends, or boss – and they don’t seem to appreciate it or at least aren’t as wowed as you’d hoped they would be? I will admit it, that has been my “m.o.” for a long time. Now that my kids are older, I don’t  work as hard to please everyone. And guess what! They are just as happy and appreciative as ever. It truly is the thought that counts. You don’t have to work yourself to the bone to make everything turn out great. My favorite people pleaser is when I can order dinner and everyone loves it. Yeah, that was soo hard, I slaved away making that phone call…my finger is a little sore. But it was worth it!

Okay, I digress. You are wondering what all this has to do with slam dunks and sky jumps about now.

My son’s birthday is in December, just before Christmas and in the midst of all the holiday hustle and bustle. Every year, I struggle with how much I can do for him, and how much I can get away with not doing, and when the guilt sets in, I have over compensated with expensive gifts and unfulfilled promises. Well, his guardian angel was looking out for him this time!

When I found out that there is an indoor trampoline park where they have parties that come complete with a host, pizza, drinks, party supplies, decorations, cake, and a gift – and jumping around a super fun arena – and all I had to do was make a phone call – I was overjoyed! It was too easy. I just called and set the date. My son invited his friends. We all met at the Sky Jump in Van Nuys. That was it. It was fun! It was incredibly easy. My son and his friends had a blast. I went home feeling relaxed and super happy. My son was super appreciative. And now, I can’t wait to go back. What? Wait. Okay, yes, I think I might want to have my big 50 party there. Why not?

The pictures below will tell the story – and yes, I did make a slam dunk, in more ways than one!

Double Your Jump Time! At Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Parks

Tired of the same old birthday party? Tired of having to do all the set up and clean up? Let the team members at Sky Zone take care of everything for you as your party SOARS above all others on our patented, all-trampoline, walled playing courts.

Maximize your FUN and create a truly memorable experience with an out-of-this-world party package:

Double Your Jump Time! – For a limited time only, book your child’s birthday party with us and receive double the jump time!

That’s 2 hours of Wall-to-Wall fun!

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Photo credit: Lito Reyes Dec. 2014

The moral of the story is you can make a slam dunk in many ways. By planning a fun party, baking an amazing cake, and even by making a phone call. (Oh yeah, and by jumping on a trampoline in bright orange socks at Sky Zone!)

Call Sky Zone, book a party, and let me know how it goes!

#IdRatherBe @SkyZone

 

Ring In 2015 with Festive Eats, Cocktail Treats & Live Beats @solita_valencia @LawrenceMoore #Inspiredfor2015

Posted on December 10th, 2014 by & filed under Discoveries, Everything Miz Meliz, Foodie Reviews

If you are like me, even though I have lists of things that must be done before Christmas, I am already thinking of what to do on New Year’s Eve! I was just thinking about that when I received an email from LM&A with nine suggestions for awesome dining and entertainment with New Year’s in mind. Great minds think alike! But now, I have a decision to make. Where shall I celebrate on New Year’s Eve?

Ring In 2015 with Festive Eats, Cocktail Treats & Live Beats at the Hottest Spots

In Los Angeles, Pasadena, Sherman Oaks and Valencia This New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day!

 These all come recommended by my friends at Lawrence Moore & Associates (Disclosure) – –

and Solita Tacos and Margaritas is recommended by me, Miz Meliz!

The Countdown Begins….

TEN!

NINE!

CARDAMOM:

Cardamom is welcoming in the New Year in a BIG way, with an elaborate four-course New Year’s Eve menu for only $50.00 per person.  Start the evening with a complimentary Glass of Champagne and the traditional Indian bite, Pani Puri thatwill be waiting to greet you when you walk through the door.  Once you take your seat, you will be offered the option of ordering a Tandoori Platter with Chicken Tikka, Sheekh Kabob, Onion Piazza and Vegetable Pakora, or aVegetable Platter that includes Sigara, Onion Piazza and a Vegetable Pakora.  For the main course select from the Murgh Tikka Masala, diced chicken tikka tossed in Hyderabadi spices cooked in lusciously, creamy tomato sauce,Jhinga Patia, tiger prawns cooked in a zesty, hot and sour sauce, or Aloo Palak, potatoes and baby spinach tossed with turmeric.  Main dishes will also be accompanied by Zafrani Rice, made from Chef Manju’s special recipe and fresh baked Naan with house-made Raita for the table to share.  We hope you saved room, because dessert promises Gulab Jamun, a lovely cheese dumpling immersed in a saffron-infused syrup, along with traditional Indian-spiced Chai Tea or fresh brewed Coffee. Cardamom will offer two seating’s on New Year’s Eve, one at 5:30 pm and the other at 8:00 pmCardamom will be open on Wednesday, December 31st from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm; 7233 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036; 323.936.1000; www.CardamomLA.com

Cardamom - South Dining Room

Cardamom – South Dining Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Cardamom Interior

Photo Credit: acuna-hansen

EIGHT!

CELESTINO RISTORANTE & BAR:

Let your last meal of 2014 be prepared by a Drago!  Executive Chef Calogero Drago invites you to join him at Celestino Ristorante & Bar for a special Four-Course New Year’s Eve Menu in celebration of 2015.  Start the evening off with an appetizing Antipasto course, offering a choice of Veal Tortellini or Steamed Lobster over sweet pea purée, followed by a Second Course of delicate Smoked Salmon Crepes with mascarpone and caviar or luxurious Arborio Rice with Sea Urchin and champagne sauce. For the Main Course, guests can select from an elegant Chilean Sea Bass with vegetables timball and Filet of Guinea Fowl generously stuffed with sausage and porcini mushrooms, bathed in a decadent black truffle sauce.  We hope you saved room, as the crown jewel of this New Year’s Eve feast is a Flourless Chocolate Truffle Cake that can be described in just one word – sinful.  For daintier diners, all dishes from the New Year’s Eve menu will be available à la carte, in addition to Celestino’s Annual Holiday Menu for guests to enjoy as well.  Because, as Chef Calogero likes to say, “Life is beautiful!”  Celestino Ristorante will be open on Wednesday, December 31st from 5:30 pm to 12:00 am. 141 South Lake Avenue, Pasadena, CA, 91101; 626.795.4006; www.CelestinoPasadena.com

Celestino Ristorante - Interior

Celestino Ristorante – Interior

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Celestino RistoranteInterior

Photo Credits: Moretti Photo; Danny Liao

SEVEN!

MAGNOLIA HOUSE:

When thinking of Pasadena and New Year’s, our minds automatically go to one thing: The Rose Parade.  But this year, it’s not just the roses that will have you heading to Pasadena; it will be the new craft cocktail hot spot that is hosting the best bash in town… Welcome to Magnolia House!  A $25.00 entry fee will grant you access into this sexy little craftsman bungalow on New Year’s Eve where tunes will be spun by a Live DJ and all Magnolia House guests welcoming in 2015 will receive a Complimentary Welcome Cocktail,Party Favors, Complimentary Champagne Toast at Midnight and a special Magnolia House Gift Bag filled with special commemorative goodies.  After just one sip of your handcrafted ‘Welcome Cocktail’ from the masterful hands of Bar Manager Colin Shearn, you know it’s going to be a night to remember. The DJ’s beats will pump through the air and get your appetite grooving as you make your way through Magnolia Houses’ bespoke menu of shared plates and eclectic bar snacks courtesy of Executive Chef Kyu Yi.  Make sure your final memories of 2014 are delicious ones by ordering an array of festive and easily shareable favorites like the Truffle Pistachios with shaved black truffle-infused sea salt, Shrimp Toasts with herb salad and a sesame ginger aioli, Ahi Sashimi with a ponzu, smoked-salt and wasabi vinaigrette, crushed wasabi peas and crispy fried kale, Korean Short Rib served atop a shiitake and baby kale risotto with pickled daikon and crushed sesame, and let us not forget the always-comforting, yet equally luxurious King Crab Mac & Cheese which combines three cheeses into a luscious sauce with roasted red pepper that is topped with a bacon and herb crumble. Then gather around the fireplace as the clock nears midnight, put on your party hats and get out your noisemakers as the ball prepares to drop and champagne kisses signal that 2015 is finally here.  Don’t want the party to end?  Neither does Magnolia House!  Stay for a nightcap… literally, and sip on the Magnolia House Nightcap cocktail that shakes up coffee bean Cynar with blanc vermouth and fresh fig bitters.  For table reservations and large parties, please contact Magnolia House directly for availability and pricing – seating is limited. Magnolia House will be open for regular service on Wednesday, December 31st from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The Magnolia House official New Year’s Eve Party will commence from 9:00 pm to 2:00 am; 492 South Lake Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101; 626.584.1126; www.TheMagHouse.com

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Photo: Magnolia House Bar

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Magnolia House

SIX!

MURPH’S:

Looking for a cool, casual spot to fuel your New Year’s Eve cravings in Sherman Oaks?  Motor over to MURPH’S, for delicious down-home favorites like the finger lickin’ good Potato Puffs dusted with fresh parmesan and chives, Sweet Corn Soup with chili and bacon, Prince Edward Island Mussels served with smoked sausages and grilled baguette, or the Fried Chicken Sandwich piled high with spicy slaw, bacon, cheddar cheese and pickled jalapeños.  The MURPH’S crew wishes everyone a sweet New Year by offering guestsA Complimentary Dessert along with Party Hats and Noisemakers so that you can feel as though you’re right in the middle of Time Square while watching the Ball Drop on one of the bar’s five TV’s and nine foot big screen.  Receive A Complimentary Glass of Champagneto toast friends and loved ones once the clock strikes twelve. Staying past midnight? Make sure to sip on MURPH’S signature cocktail, the Oil Change, with bourbon, ginger, honey, lemon and you will be set to start your engines and rev up for a great 2015!  MURPH’S will be open on Wednesday, December 31st from 4:00 pm to 2:00 am; 14649 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, CA, 91403;818.986.9999;www.MurphsLA.com 

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Photo: MURPH’S Interior

Photo Credit: Moretti Photo

FIVE!

SOLITA TACOS & MARGARITAS – VALENCIA: (earned 5 thumbs up from MizMeliz.com)

solita Tacos & Margaritas, New Year’s Eve

No one should begin a New Year hungry, and after a New Year’s Eve dinner at solita Tacos & Margaritas in Valencia, you most certainly won’t be! For only $14.75, the El Primo Taco Taster Plate lets you mix and match four of their incredible tacos including Wood Grilled Ancho Chile Chicken, Oak-Roasted Chipotle Chicken, Pork Carnitas, Chorizo Bacon & Sweet Potato, Crispy Fried Fish, Chile-Garlic Tofu, Wood-Grilled Carne Asada, Red Chile Beef Borracho, Wood-Grilled Fish Mazatlan, Beer Battered Shrimp or Sautéed Mushroom and a choice of one side.  We know what you’re thinking, “what more could I possibly want?”  How about a sampling from solita’s 40+ unique tequilas, including theCasa Noble Single Barrel that is carefully blended exclusively for solita and their big sister, SOL. Don’t miss the Grande Casa Noble Margarita, shaken tableside, for a chance to experience this rare tequila at its finest.  If you are able to keep your taco-induced food-coma at bay, stick around for a Complimentary Champagne Toast at midnight, along with Party Hats, Noisemakers and other festive Party Favorssolita Tacos & Margaritas Valencia will be open onWednesday, December 31st from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm with the bar remaining open until Midnight; 24201 Valencia Boulevard, Suite 3470, Valencia, CA 91355; 661.291.1399; www.solitatacos.com

 

solita Tacos & Margaritas, New Year’s Day

For a skinny-licious start to 2015, join your friends at solita Tacos & Margaritas in Valencia for a Skinny Burrito stuffed with Ensalada Picada, your choice of protein, cotixa, avocado and crunchy tortilla strips inside of a red burrito wrap.  Pair your Skinny Burrito with a solita Skinny Margarita that is a little less sweet and little more tart for a deliciously guilt-free New Year’s Day feast.  Do your New Year’s resolutions begin on January, 2nd?  Then you’ll want to order the Bulldog – a refreshing beer/margarita made with Agavales blanco tequila, fresh lime juice, agave nectar, Jarritos grapefruit soda and an upturned Coronita all in a monster-sized goblet.  And you can’t order a Bulldog without it’s ultimate partner in crime, the El Panzón’ “Big Belly,” which is like a Mexican calzone – a single flour tortilla folded and super-stuffed with meat and cheese, butter-crisped on the comal, topped with guacamole, sour cream, lettuce and salsa fresca.  If that doesn’t have you howling, we don’t know what will!  solita Tacos & Margaritas will be open on Thursday, January 1st from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm with the bar remaining open until Midnight; 24201 Valencia Boulevard, Suite 3470, Valencia, CA 91355; 661.291.1399; www.solitatacos.com 

Matt Baumayr, dedicated to bringing a family style to guests. Photo by Melissa Reyes

Matt Baumayr, dedicated to bringing a family style to guests. Photo by Melissa Reyes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOUR!

THE RAYMOND 1886:

Spend the last night of 2014 drinking and dancing to the beats of DJ Heat Maxwell & WLDCT as we count down to 2015 at The Raymond & 1886 Bar’s Ultimate New Year’s Eve Bash!  Make your way to the bar for a festive collection of celebratory libations including Barman Peter Llyod Jones’ favorite seasonal sipper, the Huckleberry Sour, a bourbon sour made with huckleberry jam, fresh lemon and singed rosemary. The Raymond’s Executive Chef Tim Guiltinan will be providing delicious shared plates to satisfy famished partygoers from 10:00 pm to 12:30 am.  Ticket prices will include Live Entertainment a Champagne Toast at Midnight and classic Party Favors.  Insider tip: purchase your party tickets ahead of time at www.EventBrite.com and score a “Friends & Family” discount of $20.00 when you enter the code “RAY86!”

If you’re planning to party the night away into the wee hours of 2015, chances are you will want some dinner to go with it. Kick off New Year’s Eve with Executive Chef Tim Guiltinan’s special Five-Course New Year’s Eve Menu for $115.00 per person, or $135.00 per person for the second seating, including access to 1886 Bar’s Ultimate New Year’s Eve Bash.  The indulgences begin with a choice of Baked Potato Gelato & Smoked Wild Steelhead Roe with “all the fixins,” or the Micro-Farmed Massachusetts Oyster with vanilla bean and champagne.  Next up you’ll select from a Wild Fijian Albacore with pear, chili, miso and kumquat or a buttery Roasted North Atlantic Scallop served atop black trumpets, winter squash and wild basil.  For the Third Course enjoy either A Warm Soup of Potato & Parmesan garnished with shaved Oregon black truffles and freshly grated nutmeg, or the Whisper Farm’s Arugula & Winter Fruit, a salad of aged pecorino, golden beets and a honey-walnut vinaigrette.  Main course offerings include a vegetarian Artichoke Ravioli, Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast, North Pacific Cod and a classic Dry Aged New York Steak.  You’ll want to save room for Dessert to sample the delectable Manjari Chocolate Custard served with caramelized banana, sable chocolát and rum roasted banana-dulce de leche ice cream.  But wait – there’s more…  A Dulce Chocolate Truffleprovides a final sweet bite and added caffeine jolt to keep your energy pumping until 1886 Bar’s countdown to 2015!  Early Seating: Available in The Dining Room between 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm for $115.00 per person. Second Seating:Available between 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm for $135.00 per person (Includes access to 1886 Bar’s Ultimate New Year’s Eve Bash). A credit card is required to hold the reservation with a 48-hour cancellation policy. 1250 S. Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105; 626.441.3136; www.TheRaymond.com  

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Photo: The Raymond Exterior

Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Raymond/1886

THREE!

TIPPLE & BRINE:

What better way to say goodbye 2014, than with Champagne & Oysters?  Head over to Tipple & Brine in Sherman Oaks this New Year’s Eve for bivalves, bubbles and a delicious seafood feast!  All guests will receive a surprise New Year’s Eve Amuse Bouche compliments of Tipple & Brine to start the evening, and then begin with favorites from the Raw Bar including Hamachi with lime curd, chili relish and peanuts, a Salmon Tartare with lemon aioli, pickled ginger and celery served with brioche, and of course a dozen or so of the day’s best Oysters.  Make it a point to order the decadent Sea Urchin Toast with avocado mousse, radish and scallions, and the Fried Octopus with squid ink aioli, eggplant, shishitos and mojo to share.  For Entrées, the Market Fish served atop black lentils with pancetta relish and a delicate herb salad is cooked to perfection, while the Seafood Stew with clams, mussels, gulf shrimp and rockfish in a tomato and fennel broth is the perfect wintertime fix.  Though there will be a Complimentary Champagne Toast at Midnight (with Noise Makers and Party Favors too!) guests will also want to try either the New Year’s Sour crafted with whiskey, lemon, simple sugar, bitters and a cabernet float or the Grapefruit Twist with champagne, grapefruit liqueur, vodka, grapefruit twist, lemon, honey and a lemon twist.   Hello, 2015!  Tipple & Brine will be open on Wednesday, December 31st from 4:30 pm to 2:00 am; 14633 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, CA, 91403; 818.528.2580; www.TippleandBrine.com

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Photo: Tipple & Brine Interior

Photo Credit: Moretti Photo

TWO!

TUNNEL BAR:

Celebrate a Rockin’ New Year’s Eve at Tunnel Bar!  The exclusive bar and lounge above Tipple & Brine will be open late this New Year’s Eve, serving up a pair of specialty cocktails all-night-long.  The serious cocktail aficionado will appreciate the Candidate, made with rye whiskey, honey and grapefruit juice. Meanwhile those wanting something a bit lighter, but equally delicious to sip on should try the Countdown a sparkling mix of Appleton rum, Aperol, lime, honey and Prosecco.  Those staying to watch the ceremonious ball drop on the big screen will receive Party Hats, Noise Makers and Complimentary Glass of Champagne when the countdown to 2015 begins.  Access to Tunnel Bar is granted through Tipple & Brine. Tunnel Bar will be open on Wednesday, December 31st from 7:00 pm to 2:00 am; 14633 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403; 828.528.3434; www.TunnelBarLA.com  

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Photo: Tunnel Bar Interior

Photo Credit: Courtesy Tunnel Bar

ONE!

VENICE WHALER:

Venice Whaler, New Year’s Eve Dinner

Those looking for a delicious way to kick-off the evening can enjoy a special New Year’s Eve Prix-fixe Menu at the downstairs Crab Shell Bar before the party really gets going at 8:00 pm.  Sit down to a three-course menu showcasing seasonal winter specialties curated by the Venice Whaler’s Executive Chef Nick Liberato.  The First Course will offer a choice of Smoked Tomato Soup with fennel pollen, crème fraîche and chives or a dish of Roasted Beets with goat cheese, toasted pistachios and peppery wild arugula.  For the Main Course, sample the traditional Grilled Branzino with macadamia nuts, olives and fresh oregano or Slow Braised Short Rib served atop creamy polenta with a zesty lemon-shiso gremolata (a vegetarian option will be available upon request).  Dessert will be a light, sweet and savory Strawberry Basil Napoleon layered with fresh cream, lemon and celery. Dining at the Venice Whaler this New Year’s Eve doesn’t just promise a fantastic meal.  Those indulging in the prix-fixe menu for $65.00 per person will also be able to choose from one of Bar Manager Anthony Settecase’s hand-crafted seasonal cocktails including a Hot Toddymade with brandy, honey, fresh cranberries and mint or a delicious homemade Egg Nog with brandy and fresh nutmeg, as well as gain free access to the evening’s Winter Wonderland bash beginning at 8:00 pmFor New Year’s Eve dinner reservations ($65.00 per person, including admission to Winter Wonderland), please contact the Venice Whaler directly.  A credit card is required to hold the reservation with a 48-hour cancellation policy. The Venice Whaler will be open on Wednesday, December 31st from 11:00 am to 2:00 am; 10 West Washington Boulevard., Venice, CA 90292; 310.821.8737; www.venicewhaler.com

 

Venice Whaler,New Year’s Eve Winter Wonderland

A white Winter Wonderland on Venice Beach?  Yep, you read that right!  It’s going to be a New Year’s Eve to remember at the Venice Whaler, where guests will enter down a Red Carpet frosted with Snow into a mystical Winter Wonderland.  Champagne will greet you at the door a Complimentary Glass of Bubbly before you make your way to the upper deck to dance to the tunes spun by a Live DJunder the fresh falling SNOW(alright, it’s from a machine – this is LA after all).  Favor a Live Acoustic Band over a top 40 playlist?  Then you’ll want to spend the night downstairs in the Crab Shell Bar, where you can also find the Winter-Themed Photo Booth, for perfect take-home souvenirs to remember the magical evening – even if you don’t! Presale tickets to the Venice Whaler’s Winter Wonderland New Year’s Eve Bash ($20.00 per person) will be available for purchase by contacting the Venice Whaler directly. Tickets will also be for sale at the door on New Year’s Eve for $30.00 per person. The Venice Whaler will be open on Wednesday, December 31st from 11:00 am to 2:00 am; 10 West Washington Boulevard., Venice, CA 90292; 310.821.8737;www.venicewhaler.com

 Venice Whaler, New Year’s Day

If New Year’s Day at the beach sounds like the perfect way start-off 2015, then head right back to the Venice Whaler for a special New Year’s Day Brunch on the boardwalk!  Ready to retox?  The crowd-pleasing Crab Shell Bloody Mary provides a spicy kick and comes with your very own crab claw.  Select your booze to pair with brunch time favorites such as Eggs Benedict, Short Rib Hash, or Fried Chicken & Waffles for ultimate satisfaction.  Meanwhile, detoxers will be happy to see Groundworks Coffee, fresh squeezed juices and lighter options like a build-your-own Egg White Omelet and a healthy Kale Salad on the menu. Partied hard and looking to stay in your sweatpants all day? Grab some delicious grub from the Venice Whaler Take-Away window including the eye-opening Day Tripper, a specialty juice that blends lemon, ginger, tomato, cayenne and cucumber, or go for the ultimate hangover cure: a Spicy Street Dog. The Venice Whaler will be open on Thursday, January 1st from 9:00 am to 2:00 am; New Year’s Day brunch will be served from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm; 10 West Washington Boulevard., Venice, CA 90292; 310.821.8737;www.venicewhaler.com

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Photos: Venice Whaler Exterior; Crab Shell Bloody Mary

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Venice Whaler

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 After all the fun ringing in the new year,

it will be time to REV it UP in 2015!!

Contact me at MizMeliz@yahoo.com

to help you get organized, set a path for your future, stay balanced,

and celebrate the good times!

Rev Up Your Goals for 2015! Get yourself organized, focused and make a plan!

#Inspiredfor2015

#MyRearisinGear

Teen Birthday Parties Make Moms Nuts!

Posted on November 17th, 2014 by & filed under Discoveries, Everything Miz Meliz

Shhhh…

I’m taking my son to Sky Zone for his next birthday party!

Tired of the same old birthday party? (Disclosure)

I know I am. I have three sons and the youngest is turning 15 in a few weeks. The thought of planning another teen party is making me nuts!

We’ve done all the parties I could think of:

  • movies
  • bowling
  • laser tag
  • paintball
  • amusement parks
  • family dinners
  • sleep overs

I would love to come up with something new!

Tired of having to do all the set up and clean up?

Yes! I am tired of the same old same old. I definitely don’t want to have a bunch of teens over to our house, if I can help it! No offense to the kids – they are great! But they eat a lot and it takes all my energy to throw a party these days.

I think this may be the answer!

skyzone

 

 

 

 

Sky Zone

This time, I am going to…

Let the team members at Sky Zone  take care of everything!

Instead of letting the kids climb the walls at our house, I will enjoy watching them as my son’s party SOARS above all others on Sky Zone’s patented, all-trampoline, walled playing courts.

Give it a try and let me know what you think:

Maximize your FUN and create a truly memorable experience with one of these out-of-this-world party packages:

Double Your Jump Time! – For a limited time only, book your child’s birthday party with us and receive double the jump time!

That’s 2 hours of Wall-to-Wall fun!

Call to reserve your party time today!

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Available at the Riverside, Van Nuys and Covina locations!

Look for my party review and see pictures of the Sky Zone experience here and on the US Family Guide @usfg.

 

Aukey vs Hoo Too Review

Posted on October 1st, 2014 by & filed under Product Reviews

USB power port hubs, a blogger’s friend.

We all need them. More ways to plug in. My lap top only has three ports. I often need more. What’s a girl to do?

I was asked to try these products and received free samples. See my disclosure for details on reviews like this. All opinions are my own. Even though I get to keep the products, I have no connection with the manufacturers and am not obligated to give a positive review. (Disclosure.)

HT-UH007 Bus Powered 4-Port USB 3.0 HUB

2014-09-21 09.31.34Looking at the box, I thought this device was going to be bulky and I thought it looked like a power strip. I was impressed when I opened it up and it has a simple, sleek design. I plugged it in and it was super easy to use. I love having the ports in a position that are easy to see and readily available for use, especially since I started recording videos for my podcast, Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town, I use multiple USB drives, microphone, and headphones, so this really helps!

I highly recommend the HT-UH007 Bus Powered 4-Port USB 3.0 HUB.

 

 

How does it compare to the Aukey 4-Port Hub?

Aukey 4-Port Hub

2014-07-12 17.36.24I really liked the Aukey device, and fell in love with it’s modern design. It is great to plug in next to my pc. It is a little cumbersome for my laptop and it’s light weight and sleek attributes get tossed around a lot with the cables, so it doesn’t always look that pretty. Other than that, it is functional, easy to use, good looking, and powerful. (Just like me!)

I am super lucky to have both products to use as needed. If I had to decide on one, it would be difficult. They are both top quality and useful gadgets. I might go with the Hoo Too, which is just slightly better for me. I don’t care for the design as much, but it seems tougher – if that makes sense. The design of the Aukey is pretty and elegant, I guess that gives me the impression that it isn’t as powerful. But it is! It is very fast when accessing big files.

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:

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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?

 

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