I met with author and parent educator, Roma Khetarpal on Monday. I attended a taping of celebrity chef, Aarti Sequeira’s new show 10 Minute Meals in her Los Angeles home on Thursday. I visited Vanity Fair’s Social Club in Hollywood. I went to the VIP Kick Off Cocktail Party at the Citadel Outlets for the Lifestyle Bloggers National Conference 2015, and met my colleagues at the conference on Saturday at Maker City L.A’s the Reef. Saturday night I interviewed blogger and health enthusiast, Laura Lohr for Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town.
And it’s not over yet! Tonight is the Oscar Awards! I will be attending the M.E.N.D.”Hollywood’s Biggest Night” Red Carpet, and Academy Awards Telecast, Gala Event with Gourmet Dinner by Wolfgang Puck Catering. Check out my LIVE Tweets and Instagram for updates during the Oscars.
We just got back from attending the Lifestyle Bloggers National Conference in Downtown L.A. and we review the conference and it’s amazing coveted gift bag (aka SWAG – stuff we all get.)
I enjoyed hanging out the past few days with Laura and learning more about this incredible lady! We talked about training for marathons, setting goals, what we are passionate about, the Magic Castle in Hollywood, and so much more – including some blogging and SEO tips.
Yesterday, I attended the Lifestyle Bloggers National Conference and on Thursday I went to the Kick Off Cocktail Party that started the event. See my photos and check out Tweets about the event using the hashtag #LBNC15. If you were there, Tweet me and introduce yourself so I can follow you!
Tweet this: Hi MizMeliz! I loved the Lifestyle Bloggers Nat’l Conference #LBNC15
This is my 3rd (of five annual) Lifestyle Bloggers conference I have attended that was organized by Ana Lydia Monaco of Coco Blog, the founder of the Latina Lifestyles Blogger Collective. Each one gets better and better. It is a place to meet up with friends and make new ones – which is a really great feeling and much better quality experience than regular old networking. The education and valuable input that I receive at this conference has shaped me and my blog over the years. This is one conference not to miss!
Thursday was a busy day for Miz Meliz! I had a few hours in between two appointments, so while I was in the city, I decided to stop by the Vanity Fair Social Club. I checked in, got my VIP pass and found a chair to sit and rest my feet while I watched all the fancy people hustle and hob nob. A very glamorous style diva was sitting in the same area busy on her phone and tablet. Just as I observered her, wondering who she was, she introduced herself to me. It was Heidi Nazarudin of TheAmbittionista.com and co-founder of BloggerBabes…just the person I hoped to meet!
I was sorry I missed hanging out at the Vanity Fair Social Club with some of my favorite bloggers who also checked in this week, Mary Lansing of Along Comes Mary Blog, Valerie Mitchell of Sweeps4Bloggers, and Lizza Morales of My Life as Lizza, all of whom I know through So Cal Lady Bloggers. Yet, as usual, we connected and shared the experience through social media.
My favorite things about #VFSC that took place in Hollywood @WeWork February 16th through today, February 22nd just in time for the Oscars – was the photo booth and the Twitter Vending Machine. But that is only because it was all I had time for during my “layover.” It was designed for just that purpose. VFSC is the “weeklong social suite for influencers, it is a hot spot where invited guests can drop by, plug in, and experience Vanity Fair’s Campaign Hollywood.” I really wanted to attend the panel discussions, presentations, and hosted happy hours sponsored by @armanibeauty @chrysler @clarisonic, @greygoose @lancomeusa and @lorealparisusa that were planned throughout the week leading up to the Oscars, but a busy girl like me has to take what she can get. And what I got was a new friend in Heidi.
READ MORE about Vanity Fair Hollywood’s road to the Oscars, including predictions at VanityFair.com <<Tweet it!
Also on Thursday, I had the unique opportunity to meet the celebrity chef, Aarti Sequeira, for an intimate look inside her home in her own kitchen as she and her husband shot their new OwnZones.com show, 10 Minute Meals. They were both such gracious hosts and I really enjoyed getting to know them. I am looking forward to reading Aarti’s book, Aarti’s Paarti An American Kitchen with an Indian Soul and interviewing her soon on an upcoming episode of my show, Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town.
I was really taken with this beautiful couple and their little girl. They have made a unique balance of art, cooking, and home life that has spirit and exudes friendship, inclusivity, and peace. I will be writing more about Aarti and her family as well as sharing a few of her secrets to making delicious meals in ten minutes! Unlike Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town – which is never just 10 minutes, Aarti and Brendan do manage to show you how you can make a great meal in just a few minutes. They know what it is like to be a busy family on the go!
I started out this week by meeting up with author and parenting educator, Roma Khetarpal. I am currently reading her book, The “Perfect” Parent 5 Tools for Using Your Inner Perfection to Connect with Your Kids. I am amazed at how well I connected with Roma’s philosophies and have used many of her suggestions as a means to communicate with my husband and children over the past 20 years. Roma and I became instant friends and I invited her to be on Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town as well. Look for that episode and a review of Roma’s book on MizMeliz.com in the coming weeks.
If you would like to meet Roma, she will be speaking on Thursday, February 26 from 6pm – 7pm at the Whole Foods in Valencia for a workshop and book signing. RSVP on her Facebook Page, Tools of Growth.
Well, I am out of time for today! I gotta go get glammed up for my Red Carpet appearance at Universal Studios’ Globe Theater for the M.E.N.D. Oscar Party.
Have a great a night in Hollywood @MENDPOVERTY #Oscars2015
I love love love getting invitations like this! Especially when I get to attend. This will be my 3rd time attending the “official” Academy Awards viewing party. I am so grateful for this opportunity. Thanks to my friends (and family) at Kaiser Permanente and Hope of the Valley once again my husband and I will be a guest at Hollywood’s Biggest Night, the 5th annual gala of Glitz, Glamour, and Giving. I can’t wait!
The best part, I get to share my experience with you. Hopefully, you can purchase tickets (see link below) and attend yourself. If not, I will post my pictures so you can see what it is all about.
Universal Studios HollywoodSM
The Globe Theatre
|MEND’s fifth annual Hollywood’s Biggest Night is SUNDAY, February 22nd! Experience the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and enjoy a special viewing of the Academy Awards broadcast. Proceeds from this event will benefit MEND programs. Don’t miss out on this memorable red carpet event!
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We look forward to seeing you at the Globe Theatre!
Carrie Jones and Diane Medina
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Born as a volunteer-powered organization four decades ago in a garage, today MEND benefits from the assistance of approximately than 5000 volunteers (and only 32 paid staffers) to implement its vast array of programs that provide food; clothing; job training; medical, dental and vision care; classes for adults in English as a Second Language, literacy, and computer training; an after school program for kids; showers and other services for the homeless; and a Holiday Basket Program for 1200 pre-screened families in need. In 2014, 193,057 volunteer hours were provided, equating to 106 full-time employees.
This post is not an ad and is not sponsored. I really like MEND and Hope of the Valley as they are both valuable resources for so many people in need in the San Fernando Valley. See my disclosure for details on why I post links to organizations like MEND.
I know I couldn’t resist this adorable bear! I can’t wait to see this film! And, what an exciting adventure it would be to have a bear like Paddington in my life.
PADDINGTON bear is on a nationwide adventure and, he visited the Cesar Chavez Elementary School in Los Angeles to meet with a group of After-School All-Star students!
The principal did a reading of the book for the children and Paddington Bear interacted with the students while giving out big high-fives and hugs.
He was presented with an Appreciation Certificate at the end of the ceremony.
From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (HARRY POTTER), PADDINGTON tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you.” and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist (played by Nicole Kidman.)
I posted this information about this movie because I love sharing these bits of entertainment news with you. I had the chance to meet some of the cast and producers of the film and I simply couldn’t make it this time. Since I missed out, I was so happy to have been provided with these photos and tidbits from TWC-Dimension and the Paddington Movie. Photos courtesy of the Paddington Movie unless indicated otherwise. All opinions are my own. I did not receive compensation for this blog post. See my Disclosure for more details on why I do articles like this on my blog.
I am So EXCITED about this. My husband has never seen the Harlem Globetrotters. I remember going to a game when I was a child. It was like a right of passage. They were funny and oh, so memorable. Seeing the Harlem Globetrotters when I was a kid is probably the main reason I like to see basketball games now. I enjoy the whole experience of going to a stadium and cheering for my team. The Harlem Globetrotters are everyone’s team. They represent the “All-American” team!
I am getting tickets to see them on Valentine’s Day at the Home Depot Center in Anaheim. Check back here to see my review. I wish my kids were still little because I think this is the perfect way to spend a family night out!
The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to an arena near you with their unrivaled family show, featuring some of the greatest athletes on the planet. With incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family creating memories that will last a lifetime. And, I get to share this discount with you!
See why they will warm your heart and how the memory will last a life time…they are my Harlem “Heart-throbbers!”
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
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!
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Photo credit: Lito Reyes Dec. 2014