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Summer is about relaxing and having fun. Here are some things I will be doing this summer. And guess what – it starts with Memorial Day weekend, right! That’s now! Watch out Summer…here comes Miz Meliz!
VIP Night at the #CinemarkCarson
Southbay’s Newest Entertainment Destination #CinemarkCarson
20700 South Avalon Blvd., Suite 285, Carson, CA 90746
I will be attending a special media event for the #FestivalofArts and I hope to see you there!
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Get your tickets to see the 2015 Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach Click Here to Buy Tickets
Tickets are $25-80 each.
Tweet me if you want two tickets to the VIP Night at the New Cinemark Theater in Carson on Wednesday, May 27th. Or leave a comment and let me know you are interested. I can give away ten pairs of tickets to the event. Tickets are FREE, While Supplies Last. Note: Sharing this post to Twitter will automatically enter the phrase and give you a chance to get tickets.
This is not a sponsored post. I was not compensated to post this information. I was offered free tickets to give away and a few tickets to attend the event for the promotion of the new theater. Cool, huh? Read my disclosure for more information on why I post things like this on MizMeliz.com.
This sounds like a dream doesn’t it? The Hard Rock Cafe is hosting a two-day festival at a beach-front venue this summer. Deep breath. I want to go! My favorite bands, amazing music, the sandy beaches of Barcelona, Spain…
It’s not a dream. It can happen. You can go. I might see you there!
The Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood locations at Universal CityWalk and on Hollywood Blvd are sending one lucky winner to the Hard Rock Rising Barcelona Global Music Festival! It’s easy to enter, just Instagram a picture of you and your favorite Hard Rock merchandise and tag @HARDROCKLA with #SENDMETOBARCELONA between now and May 13th—the winner will be announced on May 20th! Be sure to read the Rules: http://hardrock.co/1ECgvpY
Kings of Leon, Avicii, Lenny Kravitz, Juanes and Steve Angello to Take the Stage at
Beachfront Concert Event at Platja del Forum (Sant Adrià de Besòs, Barcelona)
FRIDAY, JULY 24 – SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2015
Hard Rock announced that American rock band, Kings of Leon; Latin rock superstar, Juanes; American rock singer-songwriter, Lenny Kravitz; Swedish electric dance music DJ, Avicii; DJ-producer and former member of Swedish House Mafia, Steve Angello are all a part of the lineup for the first Hard Rock Rising Barcelona global music festival. The weekend-long event will take place at the Platja del Forum (Parc de la Pau, s/n. Sant Adrià de Besòs, Barcelona) on Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25, 2015. The festival features 16 hours of live music across two full days at this unforgettable site which embraces the magic of Barcelona’s beach-front venue. Visit www.hardrockrisingbarcelona.es for additional talent announcements and event details.
“We are honored to partner with Live Nation and the City of Barcelona to showcase this dynamic lineup of incredible musical talent at the first-ever Hard Rock Rising Barcelona global music festival,” said James Buell, HRI Senior Director of Music and Marketing. “This music festival is the perfect way to bring legendary rock stars and emerging artists together on Hard Rock’s global stage.”
The news on the street is…The Corner Door is one of the best spots for cocktails in all of Southern California. And now, with Executive Chef Brendan Collins in charge of the kitchen, The Corner Door has an all new Dinner Menu with eats to match.
Collins loves Culver City. “It is a close-knit community, and all the restaurants are friends with each other,” he says. “I lived and worked in Culver City for seven years, and wanted to keep a connection with the neighborhood.“
As Executive Chef, Collins will be cooking at The Corner Door at least one day a week, but his longtime lieutenant and Chef de Cuisine Ali Haji has taken charge of day-to-day operations. Haji has worked with Collins continually for the last eight years, beginning at Mesa, in Costa Mesa. “I am closer to Ali than anyone, maybe even my own wife,” Collins says. “He knows what I like and the standards I like to keep; he is ready to step up and run his own kitchen.”
The menu partially reflects Haji’s view of Southern California cuisine. “At The Corner Door, the menu pulls from what I consider the culture of LA — everything from Asian to Mexican to Middle Eastern to French.”
The connection between the kitchen and bar runs much deeper than just sharing a building at The Corner Door. “The food stands up to the drinks. Ali and I talk every day about what we are working on,” says Beau du Bois, The Corner Door’s well-known Bar Manager. “Brendan’s approach to cooking and The Corner Door’s reputation for cocktails are a good match – complex flavors with notes of comfort and innovation.”
Rediscover (or DISCOVER!) The Corner Door, a friendly neighborhood hot spot with amazing drinks and yummo food to go with ’em!
The Corner Door is open Sunday through Thursday from 5:00 pm to 12:00 am, and from 5:00 pm to 2:00 am on Friday and Saturday. Happy Hour is offered every day from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and late night happy hour is also available every night. For more information or reservations, please visit www.thecornerdoorla.com or call The Corner Door directly at 310.313.5810. 12477 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90066
The Corner Door Photo Credit: acuna-hansen
The 2015 6th ANNUAL HOPE OF THE VALLEY CBS STUDIOS GALA and HOPE AWARDS is seeking support for the Hope of the Valley’s new Recuperative Care Center, a center designed for the short term medical care, mental health, addiction services, and case management for homeless patients recovering from an illness or injury in a clean, safe environment off of the streets. Currently there are only three recuperative care facilities in Los Angeles, none of which are located in San Fernando Valley. Unlike the other existing programs, Hope of the Valley’s Recuperative Care Center will have an open door policy enabling them to accept a wider array for medically vulnerable homeless patients 24/7 who are unable to perform their activities of daily living. We thank you for your continuing support on all of our endeavors to help the homeless population of San Fernando Valley transition from the streets into permanent housing.
For more info and to purchase tickets to the event: http://hopeofthevalleyrm.simpletix.com/
My favorite part of attending a conference is meeting people. I also like learning about new things and seeing the latest offerings at the expo booths. I guess I like all there is about conferences because I also love to travel, eat out, and experience new things. But the best part is meeting people and making connections. Some people have asked me, what happens after the conference? Well, networking is fun, but pointless if you don’t use the resources and reach out to the people you meet. Right? That is what you want them to do when you give them your business card, correct? Here is how I do it…
As a blogger and podcaster, I meet tons of people online. Meeting someone online and following them via social media is like watching a TV show. You get to know their character and feel like you know them. If you are lucky, they interact with you and follow you back, so you become like a super fan. I get all “fan girl” when meeting some of my favorite online personalities in person. I ask for a selfie and I post it to Instagram. I can’t wait to tell everyone how nice he or she was IRL (in real life!) Most people, even your traditional Hollywood celebrities, are so much easier to access and meet now than ever before. I love the internet for that! But, I don’t have to explain to you – you are here! You know! So, I will get on with my point.
Let me give you just a little history first. This is a New Media Tale…there was a man named Dino Dogan who was quite popular in my social media circles. He is one of the creators of Triberr. (I love Triberr. That is a story for another day.) Last year at NMX2014, my goal was to meet Dino and ask for an interview. That was my primary mission. Oh, and to push my book and brand and learn all I could about the technology needed for my blog and what I needed to do to become a better “content creator.”
More than anything, I wanted to meet Dino and get “face time” with him. It took me all week, some near misses, some bold direct Tweets, and a little stalking, but I finally did meet him on the last day. I ran in to him in the middle of a long aisle on the expo floor. Right there and then, I got my selfies, asked my questions, and got the interview booked. I was silly happy. Within a few weeks, we did a Skype interview about Building Community.
The post with that interview got the highest amount of page views on my blog last year. That was super cool, but more importantly to me – that Skype interview was so amazing to do! I loved it so much that I went on to doing more online interviews. I am more confident about reaching out to people and asking for an interview. I also feel much more comfortable contacting Dino if I have a question or just to say, “Hello!” Because of this experience, I became a podcaster and have my own interview show on You Tube called, Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town. (Please SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube Channel HERE.)
This year my mission was to connect with people and really get to know them better. I also wanted to establish myself in the podcasting community as a podcaster. NMX2015 was the perfect place for both of my objectives. In Vernon Ross’ presentation he actually discussed the idea of networking and really knowing the person – not just arbitrarily throwing out names and cutting and pasting messages to “engage” with “friends” on social media. *Say “Hi” to Vernon @ He is very nice!
…And now, here is what you have been waiting for! I would like to shout out to the people I connected with at NMX2015. These folks were so nice, encouraging, and extraordinary to meet. I plan to forge real lasting relationships with the “new media family.” I will take the time to follow up and with these people and companies and hopefully, interview them on my show!
Have you heard of Momfluential? Listen to your Mother? Hashtracking? This is the woman who is behind it all! Meet her @momfluential @hashtracking @LTYM. I attended a performance of Listen to Your Mother Sunday 4-26-15 in Orange County. I never would have had that opportunity if I didn’t sit down and take the time to get to know Ciaran. See my post about “Listen to Your Mother” here.
It was wonderful being invited to lunch to meet up with the members of one of my Facebook Groups that was well represented at NMX2015. The Women of Midlife is the newest group I have joined and it is amazing. I am dealing with pre-menopause and it is difficult for me since my mother, sister, and aunts have all passed on. I don’t really have a person I feel comfortable asking for advice on the subject. (I know,TMI!) But, this group is a very supportive and lively group. Many of the women are now bloggers and podcasters. They all have fascinating backgrounds as professionals and many were authors and journalists. Their writing is high quality and meaningful. I love the sharing threads and I love all of their blogs They also have the time (many are in retirement) to get involved in their community and do wonderful service to those people most in need. It was an honor to meet all of these women, but I was most impressed with the connection that I made with one lady in particular…
You can meet her @ and you may be surprised with her extensive notoriety in the voice talent world. Rebecca has made an impact in voice acting and has a name for herself in the Comic and Anime world. She is quite the celebrity! Of course, I didn’t know how much this connection would mean when I first spoke to Rebecca. It was at the party after the Podcast Awards and she was one of those people who was easy to approach. Then, she was at lunch with this group and as you can see in the picture above, we sat across from each other. Later I looked up her IMDB filmography and I recognized a few of her shows. Mainly, Robotech. This is one of my husband’s all time favorites. In fact, it is a family favorite and I have watched tons of episodes with my kids and husband. Lito’s brother is an anime collector and Robotech is his passion. It turns out that my WOM friend is the voice of one of the main characters. She has a great podcast, too. (Two Boomer Broads is a hoot!) In fact one of the shows she did was an interview with Denny Tedesco, creator of the newly released film, The Wrecking Crew. My friend from elementary school, Damon Tedesco, is Denny’s brother. It’s a small world indeed! I have so many questions for Rebecca and all the women in this group. They welcomed me warmly and inspire me greatly. Expect to see them on my show and on my blog as I take the time to learn all about each of them. They have so much to share!
Attending the 10th Annual Podcast Awards was a thrill! I had been looking forward to it for a long time. Now that I am interested in making my podcast the most awesome one out there – I wanted to be fully immersed in the community of podcasters at NMX. It turns out that many of the best, biggest, and award nominated podcasters were also presenters at the conference. That made a nice opportunity to learn from them, get to “know” them, and meet up for a selfie. I must say that no one was as motivated to meet content creators and all attendees of NMX2015 as exuberantly as The Success Freaks hosts, R. Mordant Mahon and Charles McFall. After all, they are the co-hosts of “a comedic motivational talk radio show designed to motivate and make you smile.” (They have a real knack for bringing on those big smiles, just look at the photo!) I talked to “R” a few times throughout the week. He was super nice and his infectious smile and energy is still with me. He and Charles went through a lot to be speakers and on panels at the conference. They set the example for trying until you succeed. And, they give great hugs!
When it comes to telling it like it is, my favorite speaker is Marcy Massura. I have seen her at the Entertainment New Media Network conference, and now at NMX2015. She gives a blogger’s (pardon me – – influencer’s) perspective on the social media climate and how to adjust to the atmosphere. She is in PR so she gives great advice on what brands are looking for and need. She is pretty awesome! (I am obviously not trying to win any points for writing at this moment, I really just want to say hello and that I am officially a fan.) You can be a fan, too, just follow her @ and tell her Miz Meliz says “Hello!”
Using resources like Facebook Groups and Tribes come in handy when you need a roomie or a ride – or both! I connected with Jennifer Priest that way and found a new friend in the blogosphere. Jennifer is a seasoned blogger and instructor in the craft business and has an amazing blog called Just JP. Connect with her for consulting and coaching as well. She gives great advice. I have a feeling I will be seeing her speaking at more conferences soon. We had a few glitches on the trip with accommodations, but all in all, Jennifer was a great travel buddy. Weirdest thing that happened during our five days together – – we both got calls from our husbands that our sons were taken to ER for injuries on the same day. How weird is that? A mother’s nightmare, that call about going to the emergency room. Luckily for both of us – our boys were okay. Her’s had a sprain and mine got a few stitches. They were miles apart and never met each other – but the experience was shared for our two families. Oh, and her husband makes a great breakfast! Her family was nice enough to put me up on the first night. Wow, that’s special.
So, it is the last day and we checked out of our hotel (ick! no recommendations will be listed here for that place) and we were early to the expo and sessions at the convention center. Jennifer and I drank our coffee and ate our Starbucks breakfast while we waited for things to start. I was making a mental list of the booths I wanted to visit before leaving Vegas. Jennifer was planning her day. A stylish looking lady with a broad smile and a big cup of tea sat on the bench near us and we began to chat with her. She was remarkable. Her name is Gisele Roman, Creative Director of Bullwhip Films, and she was attending the expo to get ideas for her upcoming project. It was quite remarkable that both Jennifer and I connected deeply and found many things in common with Gisele. She was open to listening to what we had to say and learning about our reasons for being there. She was genuinely interested in what we do as content creators, infuencers, and social media engagers. We exchanged contact information and took photos. I have emailed and texted with Gisele multiple times since the conference. I feel like I have a new friend. Guess what! She…this is hard to write…Gisele is not on social media. Can you believe it? I made friends with the one person at NMX2015 who doesn’t have a Twitter account and has never been on Facebook. Lucky for me she texts! Come to think of it, she may have been the best conversationalist I had the pleasure of speaking with this entire year. That goes to show you, engaging with people and making lasting friendships matters. That is why I am moving to interviewing on my podcast show in addition to writing. Communicating verbally and expressing yourself with words and actions is vital to relationships. Smile. Hug. Shout out and shine!
In my next post about NMX2015, I will introduce you to some of the best booths I visited and tell you about their brands, services, plug ins and aps.
I learned about some great new tools on the Expo Floor and I plan to integrate them into my plans for the blog and podcast.
Her voice is always on my mind.
Softly encouraging, pushing, nudging, lovingly.
Lovingly – now that I myself am a mother and I hear the love between the lines.
Her distinct voice often did not sound loving, as I recall. Yet, now that is all I hear.
The best thing about listening to your mother is knowing that she loves you.
My mother loved me.
She would actually say the words…
“Listen to your mother.”
She also promised that I would hear her voice long after she was gone.
She came through on that promise.
I hear her now.
“Listen to your mother” has many meanings to me.
Motherhood = Love.
Hear love in my voice.
Hear love in your heart.
~Melissa Reyes, 4/21/2015
LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: GIVING MOTHERS A MICROPHONE
NATIONAL SHOW RETURNS TO ORANGE COUNTY
Local stories about motherhood join hundreds from across the country.
ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. – Listen To Your Mother, a celebration of
motherhood that spans across 39 U.S. cities, triumphantly returns to
Orange County for a second season on April 26 at 3:30 p.m. at the Ebell
Club in Santa Ana. Address: 625 French St., Santa Ana, CA 92701
Orange County was selected as the featured Southern California stop of
the national LTYM series for the second year in a row. A portion of the
proceeds will benefit Wise Place, a woman’s shelter in Santa Ana.
The performance will feature live readings by some of Southern California’s
most talented writers and bloggers: Wendy Hassett, Robin Finn, Shannon
Coleary, Jill Parkin, Lisbeth Coiman, Emily Altmann,Vicky Willenberg, Lexi
Rohner, Sahag Guregian, Marcene Marcus, Nancy Van Iderstine, Danielle
Wiltchik and Jennifer Chidester.
This is the perfect gift for Mother’s Day! Tickets can be purchased online at
http://ltymorangecounty.brownpapertickets.com/ for twenty dollars.
LTYM ORANGE COUNTY is produced by four Orange County women:
CIARAN BLUMENFELD is a blogger and entrepreneur with over 160,000
followers on Twitter. She has received accolades for her social media
prowess from Twitter, Babble and Working Mother. Ciaran has appeared
multiple times as a guest on NPR and contributes regularly to OCFamily
and the OC Register.
CHERYL ROSENBERG is a former sports journalist whose work appeared
in major newspapers, including in the OC Register where she covered the
Anaheim Angels, and in Sports Illustrated.
KATHERINE KOTKIN started her career in the world of international
distribution for the entertainment industry. She has dedicated the past
decade and a half to motherhood: volunteering, interpreting, writing,
advocating, marketing, accounting, administration.
ANGELA SALDAÑA CAMACHO is a mother, Latina, Business
Development Manager, Blogger. She also writes and collaborates for
Momfluential.com. Angela has been featured in the OC Register.
Announcements and show details can be found on the Orange County
Listen to Your Mother web page, www.listentoyourmothershow.com/
orangecounty . For full information on the national show, visit
When I met Carolyn West of This Talk Ain’t Cheap, the leader of So Cal Lady Bloggers, she listened to me. She listened to my stories, my dreams, my aspirations, and my questions – my many questions. One day, she told me about a show that she had recently seen called, Listen to Your Mother. I wasn’t ready at the time to pursue seeing the show or even thinking of writing for it, but I put a pin in the idea and stuck it on the “parking lot board” of my brain to come back to later.
That was years ago and so much has happened since then. I am now a seasoned blogger, I self-published a book of my own life stories, and I have a new video-podcast. I became a life coach and I am seeking speaking engagements. I am traveling, going to conferences, learning, and networking. I am building a community. I am combining what I know with who I know so I can create a firm foundation. On which, I plan to build a sustainable living. That is me, in a nutshell, as they say.
Flash forward to present time. I volunteered to work in a booth for a fellow blogger at the New Media Expo – NMX 2015 in Las Vegas last week. Ciaran Blumenfeld posted a request for help. I was friends with her on Facebook and in a few of the groups she is in, however I had not interacted with her before. She has a business called Hashtracking, which provides data tracking for hashtags from Instagram and Twitter. It is an invaluable service for bloggers and I was intrigued. I wanted to meet Ciaran and learn more about the analytics and use of hashtags.
I met Ciaran at the Hashtracking booth and started talking, getting to know each other a bit. She told me about the upcoming live performance in Orange County. Listen to Your Mother. (I knew of it, of course. I had a pin in it!) I love how the Universe works.
I will be at the show this Sunday. I am meeting my dear friend Carolyn West there. I can’t wait to hear the stories. I am in a good place now to open up and listen. Now, if I can just get my mother’s voice to quiet down a bit, and if I can stop talking for a bit, I can hear the wisdom and wit of other women and perhaps, their mothers!
— Ciaran Blumenfeld (@momfluential) April 20, 2015
*I probably don’t need to put a disclosure on this post, but to be consistent and proactive – here goes nothin’ – I am posting this information all on my own, because I want to share the news of this upcoming event, it is not an ad, I was not paid. I did receive four passes to the performance so that I can give some away and see the show. That’s what bloggers do. These are my thoughts, opinions and words are my own with the exception of the press release in quotes. Images and quotes are used with permission and cited. Click HERE to see full disclosure for details on why I write posts like this.
I am sitting in the center of it all at the Las Vegas Convention Center. I was here for NMX 2015. It is a small portion of a huge conference for broadcasters called, The NAB Show. This is the big time. It is the first time the New Media Expo conference, which began as Blog World, has been included and combined with NAB.
I’ve learned so much here at this four day conference and super expo. I will be posting a recap very soon. This past week has included many new experiences in travel, exercise, networking, socializing, technology, inspiration, and motivation. There will be new innovation and direction for Mizmeliz.com as well as for Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town. All good!
For now, I want to shout out to some amazing people I have met and to all the new rock stars I have connected with this week. Hello and welcome!
More later…I need to run to the next session!