Product Reviews

Try the Blue Stuff It’s Delicious! #AliensonSafari @EmilyShatters @WelchsFruitSnck @BubblrMedia @AquaBallDrink

Posted on July 3rd, 2017 by & filed under Discoveries, Everything Miz Meliz, Product Reviews

July is National Blueberry Month

In the United States we have declared special days, weeks, and months to celebrate everything from our favorite foods and drinks to our favorite pastimes. (Thanks to 5W Public Relations for providing photos and samples of the products shown in this post. Please see my Disclosure for details on why I post articles like this on my blog. I was not compensated for this and it is not sponsored. All opinions are my own.)

Recently I enjoyed celebrating Social Media Day and National Rosé Day. These are both examples of special days that were started by companies to promote one type of brand or industry.

People love to come together for a cause, a mission, a common interest. We love to celebrate, commemorate, and honor that which is important to us. We do this best as a community. Someone somewhere decided that July is National Blueberry Month. Below you will find some products that feature blueberries as an ingredient. I like blueberries because they are good for me. Blueberries are known to have antioxidant qualities and are good for my liver. They taste great, too!

This week, the BubblrMedia community is going to be celebrating it’s first family road trip! It’s called Aliens on Safari and it features Emily Shatters, and her kids taking a trip from Georgia to Oregon and back. We invite you to join us as they share their adventures live on the BubblrMedia Facebook channel and on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat. What exactly do Aliens eat while they are on safari?  I don’t know for sure, but I will suggest they try the blueberries, they are delicious!

  • Welch’s Blueberry Fruit ‘n Yogurt Snacks are uniquely delicious, made with real fruit and surrounded by creamy yogurt for a “melt in your mouth” taste. Welch’s Fruit ‘n Yogurt Snacks are an excellent source of vitamin A, C and D, a good source of calcium and are low fat!
  • Munk Pack’s Blueberry Acai Flax flavored Oatmeal Fruit Squeeze is a great on-the-go snack packed with whole grains and the delicious taste of blueberries in every bite. Even better, the Oatmeal Fruit Squeeze is gluten-freenon-GMOkosher and certified vegan.
  • AquaBall in Berry Frost – The only zero-calorie, sugar-free and preservative-free children’s beverage on the market features a berry twist! The naturally flavored water is great source of Vitamins B3, B5, B6, and C and best of all, the Berry Frost flavor features Disney’s Frozen characters on the packaging, making AquaBall a beverage that that both kids and parents will love.
  • Viki’s Granola is made with 100% all natural ingredients, gluten-free and baked with love. Viki’s Granola is great to enjoy on its own or with yogurt for a nutritious snack, and are even available in snack packs, perfect for on-the-go! Blueberry Almond is part of Viki’s line of delicious signature soft-baked granola – bursting with a flavorful blend of antioxidant-rich blueberries and protein-packed almonds.
Aliens on Safari photo edited by Melissa Reyes for MizMelis.com copyright July 2 2017 strict do not use Drawing by Yanna White for BubblrMedia TM #AliensonSafar Emily Shatters

Follow Emily Shatters on Facebook on Facebook.com/BubblrMedia and find out all about the Road Trip Show, Aliens on Safari! #AliensonSafari

Don’t wait! Get One of a Kind Handmade Jewelry NOW #CYBERMONDAY @MizMelizLA #ShopSmall

Posted on November 27th, 2016 by & filed under #SPARKLE Tinsel Town Tonight Interviews, ART, Discoveries, Everything Miz Meliz, I Love My LIfe, Jewelry Shop, Product Reviews

It doesn’t have to be Cyber Monday or Black Friday or Small Business Saturday to BUY SMART!

I am happy to present my sell out prices to you today and every day.

2016-08-29 12.29.59Get quality gorgeous hand crafted one of a kind jewelry sets from Miz Meliz.

Most of my designs are available on my Etsy Shop. You can have your list checked off and be ready to celebrate the holidays in minutes.

Buy directly from Etsy – – or message me with your list and special requests, and I will give you Super Star Service!

Click HERE to SHOP NOW

Maybe Jewelry isn’t on your list, that’s okay!

If you have someone on your list who is not the easiest to please – or jewelry isn’t your thing – check out more of my designs on Red Bubble – there you can get T-shirts, Mugs. Pillows, Phone Cases, Framed Art…and much more!

Check out: MIZ MELIZ on REDBUBBLE HERE

Still Stuck on Ideas?

Check out my store right here on MizMeliz.com/Shop

I have beautiful calendars, books, and events that will rock your world in 2017!

And for the CRAFTER in your life, or the Decorative ARTIST – – check out MY MANDALA STENCILS! Here – – CindyHarrisonArt.com/

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Spooky Trix Cereal Sand Paintings for #DiaDeMuertos #BigG @walmart @GeneralMills #sponsored

Posted on October 19th, 2016 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Product Reviews, sponsored

Family and traditions go together, just like treats and Halloween! This year I plan to make some fun Dia de los Muertes crafts and treats to begin a new tradition for my family. (This post is sponsored by General Mills. Please see my disclosure for more information on sponsored and paid posts.)
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Halloween memories fill my mind as I look at my family photos. Gone are the days of making marshmallow cereal treats and candy apples for my kids. Now, my sons have girlfriends who make them candy and cupcakes. I am actually looking forward to the future when hopefully I have a grandchild to share our family’s traditions with. My kids still appreciate a homemade treat from mom now and then.

I am always making things around the holidays. I think that is when it matters most. Some of the best treats I have made used my favorite General Mills kids cereals like Lucky Charms, Trix, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Cocoa Puffs. This year, I am going to make sugar skulls (also known as calaveras) and decorate them with colorful Trix and Lucky Charms cereal to make the flowers.
Making marshmallow treats with cereal is easy. Follow your favorite recipe (Here is mine!) and roll the cereal concoction into balls with gloved hands sprayed with non-stick pan spray or rubbed in some vegetable oil or margarine. Shape the balls into a skull shape and flatten on the bottom as you set them on wax paper. Pour melted white chocolate (almond bark) over each skull.
Recipe by Sarah Phillips and Kelly Hong; Food styling and photos by Kelly Hong © 2010 Sarah Phillips CraftyBaking.com

Recipe by Sarah Phillips and Kelly Hong; Food styling and photos by Kelly Hong © 2010 Sarah Phillips CraftyBaking.com

I plan to decorate mine with the cereal pieces from Trix or the marshmallows from Lucky Charms to make fun designs. You can get some colored frosting or edible glitter and really get creative. I get all my baking and crafting supplies at Walmart. It’s cool because I can pick up grocery items after I explore the aisles for fun and creative items to use for crafting.

 A calavera [plural:calaveras] (Spanish –pronounced: [kalaˈβeɾa] for “skull”) is a representation of a human skull. The term is most often applied to decorative or edible skulls made (usually by hand) from either sugar (calledAlfeñiques) or clay which are used in the Mexican onservance of the Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) and the Roman Catholic holy day All Souls’ Day. Calavera can also refer to any artistic representations of skulls, such as the lithographs of José Guadalupe Posada. The most widely known calaveras are created with cane sugar and are decorated with items such as colored foil, icing, beads, and feathers.[1]

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Although I am Catholic and Hispanic, I did not grow up with the cultural tradition of Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. I have embraced these traditions as an adult. I love to color and draw things and since I work at a middle school, I have been making skull masks and drawings for years. I use them to decorate the office and classroom and I enjoy making them. I also love dressing up for Halloween and I often make up my face as a skull.

Spooky Trix Cereal Sand Paintings

For fun, my son and I used the Trix cereal to make sand paintings… it was super easy and he liked doing it.  He even said, “This is cool, Mom!” (Win for me!!)

Halloween and Dia de los Muertos bring back so many special memories for me! One year, our family won the annual Halloween costume contest at my son’s elementary school when we dressed up as a family of skeletons. When we arrived at the event, we played instruments and processed into the room like clowns. It was fun and so memorable! It was the only year I could get all three of my kids, my husband, my brother, sister-in-law, and niece to dress up. It took hours to do everyone’s makeup! But it was worth it! That’s the Halloween we won the prize – because we went as a family!

We all enjoy putting together our costumes and wearing makeup for Halloween and other occasions. See some of my previous posts where I was made up as The Bride of Frankenstein and other characters. 
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Do you have a fun or scary family holiday memory? Please share it in the comments! Let me know if you try the craft – Spooky Trix Cereal Sand Paintings. #DiaDeMuertos #BigG

Everyone is a Graphic Designer Online Now @relaythat @canva

Posted on February 4th, 2016 by & filed under Discoveries, Everything Miz Meliz, Product Reviews

It’s as easy as 1,2,3!

I will show you what I use to create awesome graphics. The platforms, like everything else, are changing every day. I did a quick comparison.

Here are my faves:

FotoJet.com

  • easiest to use
  • hot new templates
  • amazing stuff for free
  • great for newbies and anyone who likes to be creative on their blog or in their correspondence
  • geared towards creative collages
  • basic social media templates and sharing

I did this one on FotoJet:

Stars on Tonight

Canva.com

  • free
  • super easy
  • lots of social media templates and layouts to use
  • social sharing
  • ease of payment for one offs or special projects
  • easy to download to different formats
  • Sometimes I wish for more
  • Business level upgrade available
  • NEW! iPhone app! It is really good.

I made this (and most of my graphics) with Canva:

 

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RelayThat.com

  • Not as easy, yet definitely “learnable” and great video training on easy to find front page
  • (I get the feeling their are more men working on the design team, and possibly a little old school in their formatting of the user interface, it’s not all click and drag.) IMHO
  • Extensive, thorough, and exciting!
  • Templates are above an beyond what you want. As if they know what you will want.
  • Affordable PRO level
  • monthly or annual payments (Special Offer, see below and save!)
  • Built in SEO, SCHEDULING, and tagging! (yes, very thoughtful!)
  • Great for bloggers, blabbers, and content creators – because you design your basic graphic and it autofills in varying formats to put in different social media platforms. See image below – just a snippet of possibilities and all I did was fill in one template.

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I made these today on Relay:

What DIY Graphic Design program are you using? 

Try RelayThat for FREE for 14 Days,

then get $20 off the membership

by using THIS CODE

and I get $20 off, too! 

Note: @FotoJetApp asked me to try their graphic design app for review. I heard about @RelayThat today on #BlabNation with @JonathanTripp and @LelandBest in their interview with CEO @CraigCarpenter Redefining User Generated Content <<Click to see the show on Blab.  I was not paid for this post and all opinions are my own.

My Coca-Cola Party @Keurig #KeurigKOLD #LiveKOLD #sponsored

Posted on December 27th, 2015 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Product Reviews, See the Video on YouTube

I am over the moon excited to review the new Keurig® KOLD™. Thanks to The Coca-Cola Company for making my Christmas wish come true by sending me a party pack with some fun surprises in time for my Christmas Eve party this year. The Coca-Cola Company provided me with a Keurig® KOLD™ for this review. All opinions are my own. The Coca-Cola Company is not a sponsor, administrator or connected in any other way with this website. See my Disclosure for details on why I share stories like this one.

My Keurig® KOLD™ Experience

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I am most grateful for my supportive and loving family this Christmas

My Christmas wish this year was to have a fun night of entertaining friends and family at our home with a theme that they would love. In years past we had ugly sweater parties, crazy hat parties, dinner parties, and elegant parties, and they have all been super fun. This year I wanted to make it easy, casual, and Christmassy. I decided on a Red & White Holiday Party.

My husband, Lito, and I hosted twenty guests all wearing our favorite “Coca-Cola colors” and I decorated our home in red and white. We got festive Christmas hats for everyone to wear and I organized a Secret Santa gift exchange. Lito planned the entertainment and the boys helped with the set up. It was your typical family affair!

I served our traditional family Christmas meal of New Mexico Style Posole for dinner, which I made ahead and let stew all day. It was the perfect thing for a cold blustery evening. I also ordered pizza and our friend, Kristen, brought a yummy Greek salad. My sister-in-law, Jennifer, agreed to bring her famous Linzer Torte cookies for dessert. She loves to bake and try new things, so she was up to the challenge when my boys requested that she make a “pie-cake-in” in addition to the cookies.

Lito and the group

Lito and the group

Getting the Keurig® KOLD™ drink machine was just the thing to make this event a celebration. Ice cold soda is what we wanted to serve and this made it quick and easy. It was so much fun to include our friends and family in the taste testing and enjoyment of the machine. We used our Coca-Cola glasses and made it a Coca-Cola Christmas!

The Keurig® KOLD™ is the first personal cold beverage system that makes drinks chillingly cold at a push of a button, just like the Keurig coffee maker does with hot beverages. It makes soda fountain style sparkling and still soft drinks in seconds (well, 90 seconds) right in your own home.

What I loved most about having the machine was the space it saved. Some would say it took up a lot of space because the machine is quite large. But I enjoyed not having to buy and carry cases of cans or bottles of soda, storing them, chilling them, and then filling my recycle bin with the empty bottles. I had enough glasses for everyone, and half-way through the party, I collected the empties, quickly washed them in the sink and used them again. I didn’t have to buy bags of ice either.

Colin, likes things flashy and cool!

Colin, likes things flashy and cool!

When I asked my son, Colin, what he thought of the Keurig® KOLD™, he said, “It was flashy cool and fun for parties!” He felt the drinks tasted the same as their traditional counterparts. He thought the 8 oz size drinks made for better portion control considering that we drink way too much soda here in the U.S.

We had a variety of drink flavors to offer our guests. We were supplied with plenty of Coke, Diet Coke, Fanta Orange, Sprite, Root-beer, and Diet Root-beer for the party. Currently the price for the pods is on the high side. ($5 for 4 pods, each pod makes one 8 oz. drink.) Just like the pods for Keurig coffee did, I expect the price will become more affordable in time. I imagine there will be party packs that could be purchased in bulk.

Alex and Kristen had a chance to talk while tasting a Sprite

Alex and Kristen had a chance to talk while tasting a Sprite

For twenty people, we used about 60 pods. We also served bottled water, coffee, egg nog, and hot cocoa. Had I bought the pods I would have stayed on budget by reducing the extras I usually get for parties that add up, like cheese and olives, and other appetizers and desserts. I kept it simple by asking my sisters for help and keeping the meal very casual. Since soda in bottles and cans is so inexpensive, I feel the need to justify the cost of the pods. Yet, if money isn’t an issue, the drink machine is the way to go for any party. It was effortless, quick, and provided fun, fresh, and excellent quality refreshment for my guests.

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Our family had a blast using the Keurig® KOLD™  at our holiday party!

The More the Merrier

Alex and Michael had a blast

Alex and Michael had a blast

Sharing the experience of using the new Keurig® KOLD™ drink maker with my family and friends was such a joy! I wanted to do something fun with the group and bring them all into my blogging life. Not everyone understands what I do or why, yet they try to be helpful and supportive of my endeavors. I am grateful for each and every one of them and not only for what they do to support me, but for how they support their community and other people.

We are a diverse group of friends and family who all love to help others and bring joy all year long to those most in need. This is our way of sharing the joy that we have in our hearts. My brother and sister-in-law both work in fields where they are directly helping people in our community every day. They have engaged their kids and friends to do the same. It was fun to give back and serve the people in my life who are always serving others. Read more about Jonathan Lopez and his work with the homeless here: “Creating Lasting Change”

Ryan and Julia love to review restaurants and events, too

Ryan and Julia love to review restaurants and events, too

Having some fun with my family and friends and bringing them into “my world” was super exciting. We shared on social media all of our first impressions of the The Keurig® KOLD™ and Coca-Cola products we tried. We live Tweeted, shared on Instagram, Kanvas, Facebook, You Tube, and even live streamed on Blab!

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My Secret Santa sent a box full of Coca-Cola Santa hats for the entire group!

The Keurig® KOLD™ drinkmaker is the perfect party host. If you have ever rented a margarita machine or made smoothies or floats for your guests, you know the joy of serving up a fresh made drink to everyone’s delight. There is so much you can do with this drinkmaker.

Roman was a great host, serving up drinks like a pro

Roman was a great host, serving up drinks like a pro

My son, Roman, loved it! He thought it was cool because he could put the glass down and start it, go do something else, and come back and have his Coke. He was quite the host, serving everyone and showing them how the machine and the pods worked to make fresh chilled drinks.

Roman helped me with all the set up for the party, especially the shopping. He picked out the hats, decorations, and cool Coke beverage glasses. He is a star!

Bree liked it!

Bree liked it!

In the future we plan to try out other flavors and create new ways to share the Keurig® KOLD™ experience at other theme parties. We want to try the mojito and margarita mixers as well as the teas and other still and sparkling drinks that are available in pods. The possibilities are endless!

Chill Out

Roman and Shayna had fun at the party

Roman and Shayna had fun at the party

It was a blast to chill out with our friends and family while we were celebrating, singing, and having an amazing time with the super chilly satisfying sodas and gourmet pizzas. Check out the video below to see the entertainment portion of the party. (Please subscribe to my You Tube Channel so you can see all of my videos and replays of my live streaming show, Tinsel Town with Miz Meliz.)

Kermit and Adam

Kermit and Adam

My friend, Meredith, hosted the live stream show on Blab for me while we shared the event with our online guests. This is a great way to party with the folks who couldn’t be there in person. Meredith read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas to get the show started. Lito and Roman performed songs from the hit Broadway show, Hamilton, as well as a few Christmas songs. Melissa and Adam Ohl performed a variety of songs and brought a special surprise guest, Kermit the Frog! Meredith graced us with a flawless rendition of O Holy Night as the finale of the show. I will watch this video again and again, it was so wonderful! (If I do say so myself!)

Julian was in the spirit of Christmas and Coke!

Julian was in the spirit of Christmas and Coke!

I asked my son, Julian, what he thought of the Keurig® KOLD™, and he said he thinks of it as a very good novelty machine, but felt that it just doesn’t have every day practicality. Although, he did think it makes a very good Coke. Personally, every day since the party I have enjoyed making myself a refreshing Diet Coke, just like I enjoy my morning coffee – made to suit my taste in a single portion. Knowing that Julian lives at a college frat house, I would think having a self chilling machine to serve up individual drinks would be practical, but what do I know?

 

Shari enjoyed the entertainment

Shari enjoying the entertainment

One concern I always have when I host parties is running out of ice. Our ice-maker always runs out and getting bagged ice from the store poses it’s own issues. It takes up space on the counter to put out an ice bucket, bowl, or chest and the ice makes a mess as it melts. Setting out pitchers or punch-bowls with iced drinks is also a problem because the ice melts and waters down the drink. Having a cold drink to start with eliminates the need for added ice, and if you do add ice – it doesn’t melt fast because it is already chilled.

 

Drink Up

CocaCola Roman and Lito

Roman and Lito entertaining our guests with song

I wanted to try the Keurig® KOLD™ for many reasons, but mainly to surprise my husband. He is a huge fan of Coca-Cola products. He loves using the Coca-Cola Freestyle and will go out of his way to go to restaurants and movie theaters that feature them. This was his chance to entertain in style, Coca-Cola and Keurig® KOLD™ style.

My husband, Lito, shared with me that his main concern was the time it took to make each drink at the party. 90 seconds seemed like a long time when you want to serve your guests. He felt that although there was a lot of waiting involved, the flavor of the Diet Coke and Fanta Orange was spot on. He liked the ice cold temperature of each drink. It was perfect every time. All in all, he enjoyed the experience and loved the surprise!

Worth the wait? Dave and Jennifer weren't so sure.

Worth the wait? Dave and Jennifer weren’t so sure.

All our guests loved trying the machine and tasting the drinks. The only time I had a problem with the wait time was when I was serving my brother’s father-in-law, Dave. He was so sweet and listened to the whole story of how I came to be reviewing this amazing product at our party. I told him all about it, and then proceeded to demonstrate how quick and easy it was to make a drink. And, we waited and watched. Nothing. apparently the machine was going through a chill cycle or something because we literally waited for over three minutes and I restarted the process. Another minute and a half, which felt like forever, and the drink was dispensed. He drank it, he liked it, but he wasn’t very impressed. The wait time ruined it for him. However, he loved the Fanta Orange!

Jonathan and Jennifer enjoying the diet root-beer

Jonathan and Jennifer enjoying the diet root-beer

One thing that everyone agreed on was the taste of the drinks matched or exceeded their expectations. Everyone has their favorite soda, and we had enough variety to satisfy everyone’s taste. My brother, Jonathan, drinks diet soft drinks, and prefers root-beer. I knew I could count on him and my sister-in-law for an honest opinion.

Jennifer said she loved how cold the root-beer came out, “I usually don’t like ice in my drinks so it was perfect for me and delicious.”

Jonathan really liked the Diet Coke, he said it was “cold, delicious, and sparkly!” He also admitted that he wouldn’t be drinking the diet root-beer again, it didn’t suit him. That was good to know. I thought the diet root-beer was fine, but it didn’t taste like any I had tried before. Like my brother, I loved the Diet Coke!

Thanks again to all of my guests and to the Coca-Cola Company for this fun and wonderful experience! Let me know what you think. Would you try the Keurig® KOLD™ at your next party?

Please watch the video below, subscribe to my You Tube Channel, and enjoy the music.

For more info on Keurig:

Twitter: @Keurig

Instagram @Keurig

Hashtags: #KeurigKOLD AND #LiveKOLD

Cheers!

Here are some tips on making the most of your Keurig® KOLD™ experience provided by Allidura.

All other photos are my own, and I created the frames with Canva.com.

 

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