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Why I Won’t Sell Out For Hearts Stars and Coins

Posted on June 22nd, 2017 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz

Why I Won’t Sell Out For Heart’s Stars and Coins By Melissa Reyes, June 21, 2017

I don’t need or want instant gratification. That is an oxymoron. Gratification comes from putting in the work and feeling accomplished for making a difference. I feel cheap and worthless when I ask for a handout and I will not ask you to toss me a coin or give me a star to elevate my status and especially not to be my source of income. I will provide value for you and then it is up to you if you want to compensate or help promote me or thank me.

What are we doing when we make a game out of this? When our image is the commodity and we dance for change and gifts? Why would we pimp ourselves out to get attention, make some money, feel valued, supported, loved? What real value is that and at what cost?

When the big businesses make it blatantly difficult to attain star status by dangling a golden carrot just out of reach it is obvious they are in it to increase their own value. There is no intention to payout to anyone who will attempt to reach those goals however those who attempt to do so are the ones who will collectively pay the bill. They will boost viewership and engagement in their efforts to meet the criteria to apply to be a superstar. While the few people poised and ready in that position will be the only ones who will ever truly benefit. I’m willing to bet whoever decided on the cutoff amount for qualification knows someone in close proximity who most likely has been a sponsor at some point. Brilliant or rookie move, I’m not sure yet.

The people that will be hurt in the process are the ones who are out there really hustling to make livestream a useful and valuable resource and vehicle for their own success as well as the overall success of the community at large. They are out there, digging trenches, building bridges, cultivating the landscape, and creating the culture between communities of people, organizations, towns, cities, and countries – through their passion and love of people and for the people. The Brian Fanzo’s, Chris Strub’s and Carlos Gil’s of the world who speak from the heart, lead by example, and get things done are crushed by this giant step backwards in livestream paradise. The givers of our community who share and support freely and with such verve and integrity, are being shaken with this news that even they don’t have enough star power to get into the VIP room this time. You are better than that boys! Don’t sell out for stars. Super or extra shiny doesn’t make them any more real or better. They are still fake. Keep doing what you are doing and you will get the real rewards. I believe in you.

My vow for BubblrMedia:

We will make a difference. We will help people by bringing value and we will provide ways for people to express themselves, share their talents, showcase their skills, and become the super stars they deserve to be if that is what they desire. They will never have to ask their audience to give them props or throw a coin or show them love. We will simply ask to share with your friends if you enjoy what you see.

The only level up you can achieve is the one you set as your next goal. We will help you every step of the way. It might take time and energy and some investment. But real things worth developing and that are worthy of substantial growth usually do.

Remember why we are here. We are not here to make a buck. We are here because we are passionate about connecting with people and sharing a message of hope. For me it is inspiration. For Cindy is it artistic expression. For Chris it is helping others. For Brian it is growing a successful business. Whatever your message is, whatever your purpose is, remember the platform is the place you proclaim it. You bring the value. They can not take that from you. Ever.

Let your passion drive you and let your heart guide you! Reach for the stars in Heaven not the ones dangling in front of you like prizes covered in glitter. Your reward will be bigger than you can imagine and it will be well worth the effort and far more gratifying because of the hard work and dedication you put into it.

Temecula Toyota and Tranquility Our Weekend Getaway #Sponsored @ToyotaLatino #Prius #LetsGoPlaces

Posted on June 10th, 2017 by & filed under Blog Venture, Events, Everything Miz Meliz, sponsored, Travel

Temecula, Toyota, and Tranquility, Our Weekend Getaway

Let me tell you about my experience at the Temecula Valley Wine & Balloon Festival sponsored by Toyota Latino #LetsGoPlaces #VayamosJuntos…A huge thank you to Toyota Latino (check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram ) for hosting me and Lito on this amazing weekend getaway and giving me the opportunity to review the Prius Four! Please see my disclosure for details on why I post articles like this on MizMeliz.com. It was my pleasure to share my experience with you, all opinions are entirely my own (with some input from Lito.)

I am excited about getting away for the weekend! Let’s go!

Temecula

It was time for a romantic weekend getaway! Lito and I have lived in Southern California all our lives. We have been married twenty-five years. Can you believe we have never been to the Temecula Valley? It is just a short three hour drive from our home in Los Angeles (depending on traffic) and we have heard about how amazing it is, but we had not been there. So, when we got a chance to get away for the weekend and check out the 34th Annual Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival, it sounded like a dream!

Driving out to the festival felt like getting away from it all!

The Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival is the perfect combination of many of my favorite things. Lito and I had a great time there! I felt like a kid when I walked through the gates! It was like a fairytale.

Taking the drive in the 2017 Toyota Prius Four was magical from the start. I had fun driving it. Lito took the pictures and we posted on Snapchat along the way. After a long day of doing errands around town, stopping at the dentist – which happened to be the only thing we couldn’t reschedule that day, grabbing lunch and making our way to Temecula, we finally were on the road to the festival. It was a long and windy road. (giggles) It was! Imagine it, a beautiful sunny and warm day, great music, a fun car to drive, my hunny by side and I am on my way to enjoy the best wine, listen to live bands (Bush, The Gin Blossoms) and see giant helium balloons light up the night!! It was a dream for me!

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If you have a chance to go to the annual Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival, I highly recommend it. There is plenty to do there, even camping by Lake Skinner within walking distance. (Actual walking distance, the same as you would do from the parking lot – not hiking or having to take a shuttle, the campgrounds are right there.) I mention this because I wouldn’t have thought of a Balloon Festival/wine event as a family outing at first. However, there is plenty to do for the whole family. The festival part did not disappoint. The food and entertainment, craft fair booths, live music, and of course The BALLOONS would keep the kids happy and occupied while you taste wine and beer from the region to your heart’s content. Everything was clean, beautiful, well controlled, and very well organised.

The vineyards and estates that lined the road on the way to the festival were breathtaking!

There are two stages with bands playing almost non-stop over the three days of the festival. There are balloon ride packages available. There are wine tasting packages or you can have a single taste, all purchased separate from the admission ticket. There are plenty of options for meals. Make sure you have cash! Although most of the booths and vendors accept credit cards, the remote location has some limitations with internet connection. This made it difficult for the card readers to work, and the ATM machines also could not function in some spots.

Cheers!

I have to admit, I’m not that in to wine these days. In our younger days Lito and I did our fair share of wine tasting and enjoyed learning about wine. I can’t drink a lot of wine now because of dietary restrictions, or shall we say…lifestyle choices. I found it very easy to have a single taste while at the festival and there were volunteer stewards there to help me choose just the right thing. For my celebratory selection, I went with a peach champagne. It was c’est magnifique! If you are a wine aficionado, this would be a great place to try all the wines of the region in one location. Every winery in the area was represented. It was impressive. Check out the website for more details.

Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival

37701 Warren Road

Winchester, CA 92596

Toyota

I was so excited to have the opportunity to experience the Prius Four – with an EPA-estimated 54/50 MPG. With advanced materials, an innovative design, Prius promised to deliver the perfect drive. It turned out to deliver much more!

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Even though I had driven the Prius all day on the way to the festival, it was on the way out of the parking lot that I really got acquainted with all the features this model has to offer. We sat in the car for over two hours as the thousands of automobiles were slowly ushered out of the multiple parking areas through that one windy road we came in on. We looked at it as a positive since we had a great vehicle that was equipped for this kind of thing, we were actually charging the battery as we sat listening to music, reading the manuals, and playing with all the buttons and dials! We didn’t have to worry about turning off the engine, wasting fuel, or putting out emissions. It was pretty cool.

Here are my Five Favorite Things About the Prius Four:

  1. It Feels Like a Car – I never drove a hybrid before this and it wasn’t at all what I thought. It felt like a car. It didn’t feel like an electric golf cart. It was sturdy, great to drive, it had power, I loved the steering and handling, and I felt safe in it. The doors are heavy, the base is solid. It did have that “whirrr” sound when accelerating like a ride at Disneyland, which was strange. I usually drive a Jeep Wrangler, so nothing about that sounds cute! I liked that this Prius did not need to be “plugged in” to charge. It was everything I would expect from a vehicle, with more ways to save energy.
  2. Light Leather Interior – Living in a part of the country that gets temperatures of 80-100 degrees most of the time, I appreciate a cool interior. I also love leather. The two together are usually a disaster on a hot day. Not so with the Prius Four – I imagine it was the color that made the difference. It was very stylish with white on black. The dashboard was very modern and state of the art – futuristic even! I liked the crisp angles and large lettering and numbers. The design was fresh, from the fabric, to the little touches of metallic edges infused into the design that gave it a retro feel.
  3. Blind Spot Assist – The design of the Prius Four creates a big blind spot and Toyota has a great feature that I was skeptical about at first. I like to look over my shoulder and see what is next to me and behind me. It didn’t take long to get used to the indicators on the side-view mirrors that let me know if there was something in my blind spot. That really helped.
  4. It’s Roomy – The Prius Four is a hatchback with lots of cargo space. It also has a lot of leg room and felt comfortable. It is a small, mid-sized car, yet I would enjoy having it as a commuter car that I could use for long trips as well as family outings.
  5. It’s Sporty and Cute! – Not just because the Prius Four that I reviewed was “Hypersonic Red” but the design is pretty cool. It’s sleek and sexy. The tail lights have a unique design. Lito called it my spaceship! We definitely enjoyed all the features the 2017 Toyota Prius offers!

Tranquility

 Toyota thought of everything when they treated us to this little getaway. We stayed at the Pala Casino Spa and Resort.

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After all the driving, balloons, and wine tasting, we were ready for some rest and relaxation! I’ve heard of some other Indian Reservation casinos in the Temecula Valley area before but I was not familiar with Pala. It was off the highway a bit, but that added to the adventure. It is a smallish hotel and casino and reminded me a little of “old Las Vegas.” Lito and I got some ice cream and walked around the gaming tables and slot machines after we got back from the wine and balloon festival. We thought about trying our luck. We ended up not playing because we really feel like winners already! We were very lucky to have this fun weekend together with all the activities, transportation, and lodging provided. We felt truly blessed. I didn’t want to risk losing any of that!

In the morning we walked around the beautifully landscaped grounds of the resort. We checked out the pool and cabanas. We took a little peak in the spa gift shop. I did a Facebook Live tour (see below) to share the experience. It was a very nice morning. I enjoyed my stay and would return to Pala anytime. The room was luxurious and spacious. Next time, I will try the spa services!

They have live bands perform in the center of the resort, as you can see them setting up in the video. This would be a great all inclusive destination for any occasion. It is especially nice because it is close to the Temecula Valley wine country and Oceanside, which is a beautiful seaside town in North San Diego County. We ended our trip with brunch in Oceanside and took some beautiful photos with the pier in the background. It was a great day!

Listening to ’80s music all the way home, played on Sirrus XM by Richard Blade, brought us back to our younger days for sure. The entire weekend in Temecula, with Toyota, gave us just the tranquility we needed to recharge our battery and enjoy the fun summer ahead!

Pala Casino Spa & Resort

Pala Casino Resort & Spa

11154 CA-76

Pala, CA 92059

A huge thank you to Toyota Latino (check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram ) for hosting me and Lito on this amazing weekend getaway and giving me the opportunity to review the Prius Four! Please see my disclosure for details on why I post articles like this on MizMeliz.com. It was my pleasure to share my experience with you, all opinions are entirely my own (with some input from Lito.) I was under no requirement or obligation to post this on my blog, nor did I receive any compensation for doing so. I was invited to drive the 2017 Toyota Prius Four for one week. We were treated to an overnight stay at the Pala Spa and Casino Resort, received a gift of $150 in Visa gift cards for gas and expenditures and two (2) general admission tickets to The Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival. #ToyotaLatino #Prius #VayamosJuntos #LetsGoPlaces 

 

Simple Gifts Bring Bright Smiles #5by20 @CocaColaCo

Posted on May 23rd, 2017 by & filed under A Year in Bloom, Everything Miz Meliz, I Love My LIfe

Simple Gifts are the Best!

I had a wonderful Mother’s Day this year. It was very simple, the way I like it. One of the things that I enjoyed getting as a gift was a simple single rose. I received it in the mail on Friday before Mother’s Day with a lovely note from a friend. This gift combined many of my favorite things and will stand out in my mind for a long time. Here’s why:

The Gift Was Handmade

The one-of-a-kind, handmade rose was created by an artisan using her own unique talent and gifts of creativity and resourcefulness to turn packaging (usually thrown away) into a beautiful keepsake.

Don’t you agree? The best gifts are the ones from the heart. The ones that were made just for you.

The Gift was My Favorite Color – Red

Roses are red. Coca-Cola packaging is red. Coincidence or not, my favorite color is red. What can I say, it’s the little things that make me happiest! This was a combination of the perfect things that made my day special!

The Gift was My Favorite Flower – a Rose

Since it is my “Year in Bloom” I am pretty into flowers of all kinds right now. I have received other gifts and photographs of beautiful flowers. But, the rose is by far my favorite.

The Gift was My Favorite Brand – The Coca-Cola Company

I have a special place in my heart for Coke. I have been a fan ever since the “Have a Coke and a Smile” campaign was popular when I was in the 5th grade and my best friend moved to Boulder City, Nevada. I gave her a bottle of Coke with a smiley face button tied to it with a ribbon. That was the ultimate gift a kid could give back then. That meant “We are friends for life! I won’t forget you!”

I have loved many things about the brand, it’s advertising, and the wonderful things the company represents, ever since. My absolute favorite is the way they care. The 5by20 program is one example of that caring spirit.

The Gift Represented Women Around the World

The card read…”Hello, by opening this gift, you’re opening a world of possibility for women across the world.”

I am in the midst of advocating for women in my “A Year in Bloom” program – by discovering ways to be healthier, happier, and better together. I have found that women all around the world are doing the same thing. Sharing positive stories of hope, perseverance, and love, is one way to ignite the passion needed to motivate everyone to achieve their dreams. What better way than this to celebrate the ultimate sacrifice a woman can make, motherhood.

The Gift Helps Women Around the World

From fruit farmers to distributors, retailers to recyclers, these incredible women who contribute to the making of this gift are part of the Coca-Cola Company’s 5by20 program, which aims to enable the economic empowerment of 5 million women entrepreneurs by 2020. Since 5by20’s launch in 2010, the program has reached more than 1.2 million women across 60 countries.

Learn more and begin shopping at 5by20.com

My kids took me out to a fancy dinner for Mother’s Day which was a treat – but I brought along my rose, which was my special gift!

The Gift was Meaningful to Me

The rose I received was a “Mitz” product. (Pretty close to “Miz Meliz” huh!) Mitz products are handmade by artisan women using up-cycled packaging materials. Mitz believes in being a non-profit organization that transforms the lives of women and children by creating jobs for the artisans and devoting all their income to children’s scholarships. Each Mitz item is unique and hand-made by women who invest between 8 and 30 weekly hours to knit it.

The Mitz Motto: Creat Jobs. Fund Scholarships. Reduce Waste.

By acquiring a Mitz product you are empowering an artisan woman. – Mitz/Weaving a future by Lina Holoschutz

“A good cause creates a great gift.”

I was not paid for this, and I was not asked to share this information. All opinions are completely my own. Please see my Disclosure for more details on why I share posts on my blog about brands that I love.

Embrace Yourself for Inspiring Adventures featuring @tarynbrumfitt on @BubblrMedia #IHaveEmbraced

Posted on May 21st, 2017 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Inspiring Adventures, Interview

I just watched the documentary EMBRACE by Taryn Brumfitt, as I have been meaning to do for weeks as I prepare to interview Taryn on my show, Inspiring Adventures.

I knew it would be emotional since I have struggled with body image issues my whole life. #IHaveEmbraced ~ Melissa Reyes

I had no idea how deeply this would affect me.

Taryn discusses all kinds, every kind, of body image issue one can imagine in her film. The results are the same. We are beautiful. We are unique. It is up to us to change the way we judge each other and how we judge ourselves.

Please see the film.

Embrace is on Netflix now:

On May 30th at 6 pm Pacific Time, I have the great honor to meet Taryn and introduce her to you!

 

Here is the trailer – but I must say, this isn’t just a story of what happened to this one woman – it is about every woman.

Everyone needs to see this film.

 

The live interview will be held live on Facebook.com/BubblrMedia and in the private group, A Year in Bloom.

I hope to see you there and I welcome your questions and comments. Please post them either here, or on Facebook, and please know that I will do my very best to get to as many as possible during the interview.

Thank you!

I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, May 30th for Inspiring Adventures!

L.A. Students are Really Cookin! @CCAPLosAngeles @LawrenceMoore

Posted on May 11th, 2017 by & filed under Events, Everything Miz Meliz

Having recently attended the Masters of Taste event at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA where about 80 restaurants and vendors came together to honor and support the Union Station Homeless Services in Los Angeles, I am impressed with the extent of social good the industry is able to accomplish.

In addition to raising over $450,000 for the organization and showcasing their culinary expertise, many of the restaurants and businesses represented exemplified their own ways of giving to the community.

Those amazing chefs and business owners have instilled a giving spirit and inspired many young up and coming entrepreneurs in the making. I am proud to share the future of the culinary arts field with you from the Los Angeles Careers Through Culinary Arts Program!

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LOS ANGELES COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

TURN FLOUR INTO GOLD

OVER $680,000 IN CULINARY SCHOLARSHIPS

AND OPPORTUNITIES AWARDED BY

CAREERS THROUGH CULINARY ARTS PROGRAM (C-CAP)

 

  

(Los Angeles, CA), Wednesday, May 10, 2017: Thirty-eight outstanding culinary students from Los Angeles County public high schools were awarded scholarships to continue their culinary studies on May 1, 2017 by Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) at its annual Los Angeles Region Awards Breakfast hosted by the Jonathan Club, L.A.’s premier social club located in Downtown Los Angeles. C-CAP President Karen Brosius, alongside C-CAP Los Angeles Program Director Lisa Fontanesi and Culinary Program Coordinator Gail Carney, awarded over $682,700 in scholarships and opportunities to the students.

 

These scholarships were awarded to high school seniors to attend local culinary schools and some of the most prestigious culinary schools in the country. Some students also received C-CAP Education Scholarships that help defray the costs of books, supplies, housing, and other expenses while at community college or another culinary school.

During the C-CAP Los Angeles Cooking Competition for Scholarships held on April 28, 2017, top finalists representing high schools in the Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District, Baldwin Park Unified School District, Glendale Unified School District, William S. Hart Union High School District, Los Angeles Unified School District, Oxnard United High School District, Pasadena Unified School District, and Rowland Unified School District competed against the clock from memory when C-CAP re-created the intensity of a restaurant kitchen at Los Angeles Mission College, for the high school seniors to face off in an savory and sweet cooking challenge. Students were judged by a panel of local esteemed judges on the presentation of their dishes, knife skills, techniques in the kitchen, taste, sanitary food handling, and timeliness.

This year’s C-CAP Cooking Competition for Scholarships Judges included:

  • Chef Gretchen Beaumarchais, Legends Hospitality
  • Chef Cecelia de Castro, ACE (Academy of Culinary Education)
  • Katteryn Hernandez, Sr. Operations Manager, LA LIVE, *C-CAP Alumna
  • Chef Alexis Higgins, Mission College
  • Chef Jared Levy, The Eveleigh
  • Chef Joey Martin, UCLA
  • Jayro Martinez, Chef de Cuisine Mh Zh, *C-CAP Alumnus
  • Jonathan Melendez, Food Photographer, Blogger (The Candid Appetite), *C-CAP Alumnus
  • Adrian Neria, Food Service Manager, Palmdale Regional Medical Center, *C-CAP Alumnus
  • Chef Roger Pigozzi, UCLA
  • Doria Pomrenke, Associate, Caryl Chinn Culinary Consulting, *C-CAP Alumna
  • Chef Aaron Robbins, Boneyard Bistro, Soca
  • Chef Jet Tila, Judge, Cut Throat Kitchen; Author, 101 Asian Dishes You Need to Cook Before You Die
  • Richard Grausman, C-CAP Founder and Chairman Emeritus

The C-CAP Cooking Competitions for Scholarships are hosted across the country and are the culmination of the C-CAP high school program for underserved teenagers at risk of leaving high school without a job or college prospects.  The C-CAP program offers a wide set of opportunities including exposure to the restaurant/hospitality business, a set of useful life skills, scholarships, and the potential for a fulfilling career in a vibrant industry.

In addition to the culinary school scholarships awarded, C-CAP awarded Erik Ildefonzo (2015 Alumnus) from Carson High School, a full-tuition Alumni Scholarship towards his Bachelor’s Degree in the Culinary Arts and he will study at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. C-CAP also announced the 2017 Meatless Monday Recipe Contest Los Angeles-based and national grand prize winner at the ceremony. The scholarship was presented to Adrian Gonzalez from L.A.C.E.S for his Three Sister’s Stuffed Squash dish. C-CAP high school students from around the country were invited to create an innovative meatless noodle dish. Through the contest, students are introduced to the Meatless Monday public health initiative.

2017 C-CAP Los Angeles Region High School Seniors Awarded Scholarships:

 

Baldwin Park High School

Luis Cervantes, Fantasy of Flavors Scholarship

Kingsley La Mig, Fantasy of Flavors Scholarship

Steven Silva, Baldwin Park Culinary Arts Academy Scholarship

Carson High School

Christopher Torres, Chef Stef Kelly Scholarship, LA Advisory Board Scholarship

Chatsworth Charter High School

Kenia Castaneda, Art Institute of Hollywood Full-Tuition Scholarship

Vernon Dowell, Tuxton Scholarship

Glendale High School

Anthony Avina, Eydie & Ed Desser Scholarship

James Hernandez, Glendale Community College Partial-Tuition Matching Scholarship, Sprout LA/ Moruno’s Scholarship, Friends of Debbie Greenwood Scholarship

Shaunt Mesrkhani, Culinary Institute of America Tuition Matching Scholarship, Kathleen & Richard Cadarette Scholarship, LA CIA Community College Stipend

 

Granada Hills Charter High School

Natalie Babikian, International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Las Vegas Half-Tuition Scholarship

Daisy Byun, Lee Ann and Melvin Jacobs Foundation Scholarship

Sabrina Forte, Mitzie Cutler Scholarship

James Monroe High School

Juan Gonzalez, Academy of Culinary Education Full-Tuition Scholarship

Matthew Sanchez, C-CAP Education Scholarship for Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom

 

L.A.C.E.S.

Adrian Gonzalez, Meatless Monday Recipe Contest National Winner, Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom Full-Tuition Scholarship

 

Nathaniel Narbonne High School

Suleima Lima-Ruiz, Paul Smith’s College Full-Tuition Scholarship

Pacifica High School

Belen Gallardo, Lee Ann and Melvin Jacobs Foundation Scholarship
Vanessa Gonzalez, Sandra MacDonald Scholarship

Luz Lopez, Lee Ann and Melvin Jacobs Foundation Scholarship, Alice M. Hart/Food for Film Stylists Scholarship

Jennifer Martinez, Culinary Institute of America Full-Tuition, C-CAP Education Scholarship

Rio Mesa High School

Hania Gerszewski-Arredondo, Ronald Newburg Foundation Scholarship

Alondra Corona, Fantasy of Flavors Scholarship

S.O.C.E.S.

Paloma Astorga, Sue & Dave Larky Scholarship, SoCalGas Scholarship

Antonio Morente-Meda, International Culinary Center of California Half-Tuition Scholarship, Mitzie Cutler Scholarship

Sabrina Forte, Mitzie Cutler Scholarship

San Fernando High School

Rene Meza-Diaz, Arbonne Charitable Foundation Scholarship, C-CAP Education Scholarship

Jessica Hernandez, Art Institute of Orange County Full-Tuition Scholarship

Santee Education Complex

Jennifer Perez-Cazarez, Ronald Newburg Foundation Scholarship

 

Susan Miller Dorsey High School

Alejandra Landa, International Culinary Center, California Full-Tuition, C-CAP Education Scholarship, Mitzie Cutler Scholarship

Diana Leal, Mise En Place Scholarship, Elissa & Rick Phillips Scholarship

Mouhamadou Ndiaye, Diane Mohilef Scholarship

Julie Ferguson-Villalobos, Mitzie Cutler Scholarship

 

Sylmar High School

Amanda Gandarilla, Lee Ann and Melvin Jacobs Foundation Scholarship

Valencia High School

Julia Connors, Johnson & Wales University Full-Tuition Scholarship

Daniel Quijano-Saide, International Culinary Center of California Half-Tuition Scholarship

West Adams High School

Juana Arredondo, Fresh & Ready Food Scholarship

Irene Gutierrez, The Gourmandise Full-Tuition Pro Pastry Series 1 & 2 Scholarship

 

West Ranch High School

Eliza Nesheim, Monroe Junior Boot Camp Scholarship

 

About Careers through Culinary Arts Program:

Led by chef Marcus Samuelsson as board co-chair, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) transforms the lives of underserved high school students around the country by helping them pursue their culinary dreams. C-CAP, founded by culinary educator Richard Grausman, prepares talented teens for college and careers in the restaurant and hospitality industry through its enrichment program including job training, paid internships, scholarships, and college and career advising. For more information visit, www.ccapinc.org.

 

The C-CAP Los Angeles Advisory Board:  Gloria Barke, Karen Berk, David Binkle, Eric Boardman, Jason Bohle, Jennifer Bohle, Linda Burum, Marilyn Caldwell, Tim Castle, Caryl Chinn, Terrie Cooper, Mitzie Cutler, Ed Desser, Eydie Desser, Barbara Fairchild, Ann Flower, Gerry Furth-Sides, Harold Ginsberg, Debbie Greenwood, Jamie Gwen, Miki Hackney, Andrew Harris, Alice Hart, Jeff Hennes, Kristine Kidd, Rick Kirkbride, Carrie Kommers, Gloria Mandell, Georgia Mercer, Dalia Miller, Mary Sue Milliken, Diane Mohilef, Yoko Newburg, Neela Paniz, Elissa Phillips, Rena Pocrass, Joel Polachek, Jayne Portnoy, Sylvia Rieman, Ellen Rose, Jesse Sanchez, Carl Schuster, Art Sezgin, Dave Smason, Teri Solomon, Diana Surfas, Jannis Swerman, Phillis Vaccarelli, Phillip Valdez, Joan Vogel, Donna Weiser-Hennes, Heidi Weisman, Josephine Witte, Donald Wressell, Steven Yamin, Sherry Yard, Ria Young, Linda Zimmerman

 

Photo CreditEd Krieger

 

Follow C-CAP Los Angeles for the latest updates on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CCAPLosAngeles/

Twitter:  @CCAPLosAngeles 

Instagram:  @ccaplosangeles

 

C-CAP – Careers through Culinary Arts Program

202 West 1st, Suite #6-0410

Los Angeles, CA 90012

T: 213-542-1967

www.ccapinc.org

 

This was re-posted with permission from: Lawrence Moore & Associates Inc. See my disclosure for details on why I share articles like this on MizMeliz.com

Happy Birthday to Me! Live.Me Actually @OPStandoff @sofiedossi @streamLiveme @BubblrMedia

Posted on May 4th, 2017 by & filed under Blog Venture, Events, Everything Miz Meliz, Last Night's Show, Live Performances

Sometimes the stars align and I am in the right place at the right time! There may be hope for me yet, perhaps I won’t ALWAYS be A Day Late and a Dollar Short! In fact, life has been pretty good lately and it seems I have been doing a lot of cool things. I don’t believe in luck. I also believe my stars have always been lined up just right. The fact is, I am ready for this. It is my year to rock this – My Year in Bloom! I am my happiest, healthiest, and best self – so that means I get to do the things I love doing!

I present to you one of those things. Celebrations. 

Happy Birthday Live.Me!

LOS ANGELESMay 3, 2017  — Live.me, the live broadcasting app, celebrated it’s one year anniversary with an award celebration in a swanky Bel-Air mansion on Saturday April 29th in Los Angeles. Hundreds of Live.me broadcasters were in attendance at the invite-only event which also included appearances by recording artist Kesha, FaZe Banks, FaZe Nikans, RiceGum, Macy KateDiego Navarette(Diegosaurs), Nick BeanSam and Rosa PottorffAndrew Fontenot, and dozens of other social media stars.

“Good News!”

The highlight of the event for me was seeing this great Los Angeles band, Ocean Park Standoff. The lead singers may seem familiar to you because they have been in the headlines in recent years and are now in the hottest new band making their rounds on TV shows. They performed on NBCs Live Today  on February 22nd and on May 2nd on CBS’ Late Late Show with James Corden. Soon they will be on my show! I interviewed them for Bubblr Media and will show you the video exclusively on Last Night’s Show with Miz Meliz!

photo copyright Melissa Reyes for MizMeliz.com April 29 2017

Ocean Park Standoff Perform at the Live.Me Birthday Bash

Ocean Park Standoff, the latest need-to-know LA pop rock band led by Ethan ThompsonSamantha Ronson, and Pete Nappi, performed a handful of songs live, including the hit single “Good News.

Touring this summer with a few of my favorite bands, Third Eye Blind and Silversun Pickups, Ocean Park Standoff is taking flight! Super stardom is in the works as the band’s new EP is being released this week. It will definitely be my favorite music to take me into the summer months!!

Ethan Thompson looked so familiar to me and I realized when I met him that it was from watching him on American Idol in 2014. He sang his original songs on Idol and has always been known for writing songs with a positive message. (Yeah, my kind of guy!)  DJ/Singer-songwriter Samantha Ronson is a well-known musician on the Hollywood scene known for her video and music talent along with her brother Mark Ronson.  Pete Nappi, the band’s producer and drummer is best known as a writer, producer, composer and artist who specializes in pop writing/production and film scoring. (Is that all?)

Read more about the band in this awesome interview: on PaperMag

On Target!

Contortionist and America’s Got Talent finalist Sofi Dossi performed a routine which included shooting a bow and arrow using only her feet.  @sofiedossi

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Sofie Dossi’s breathtaking performance at the Live.Me Birthday Party

I was floored by the amazing performance by Sofie Dossi! She is self taught! Can you believe that? Well, you wouldn’t believe it if you saw what she did on that stage! I will show you the video on my show so be sure to check it out on Last Night’s Show with Miz Meliz on BubbrMedia! 

Live.me has celebrated many successes in its first year, including becoming the highest grossing live broadcasting app in the US, recognized a handful of broadcasters for achieving various milestones throughout the year. The list of winners includes:

  • Queen of Hearts Award: SavageWinter – 1337 [Most hearts received in a single broadcast with 3,977,141 hearts]
  • Rainmaker Award: Ice King [Sent the most gifts with 44.2M coins]
  • Lit Marathon Award: Gharet Starke [Longest consecutive stream at 154 hours]
  • Class Act Award: TurnUpKing [The highest Broadcaster Class Level/Experience]
  • Time Well Spent Award: Ashcatash [Broadcasted the most hours with 1,675.6]
  • Social Butterfly Award: Collins Key [Most shares in a single broadcast with 9,879 shares]
  • Tubefilter Chart Topper Award: TheRealKatherinRojas [Has appeared highest the most weeks on the Tubefilter rankings and ranked highest]
  • Diamonds Are Forever AwardKristina Plisko [Has received the most diamonds with 44.1 diamonds]
  • Follow Me AwardRoman Atwood [Most followers with 5.53M fans]
  • Live.me Star Award: SammieFreakingFirth [Person cumulatively appearing highest across all 3 in-app charts (diamonds, gifter, trending)]
photo by Lito Reyes copyright 4-29-2017 for MizMeliz.com

Khudor Annous announcing the awards and introducing the Live.Me super stars!

“A year ago, it was hard to imagine Live.me would break through in the way it has, but it’s a testament to our strong community of live broadcasters and how much the live video format has been embraced by all types of creators,” said Khudor Annous, Head of Marketing & Partnerships for Live.me. “We’ve got some exciting surprises in store for this next year and big plans to continue to reshape the future of mobile broadcasting.”

The party included sponsors Heineken and Hint Water, and music by DJ William Lifestyle, co-founder of the charity HashtagLunchbag. To recap the first year of activities and broadcasters, a brand new video was debuted and can be seen on Live.me‘s YouTube page:

About Live.me 
Live.me is the fastest and highest grossing live broadcasting platform in the U.S. The app has been downloaded by more than 21 million people, including creators of all formats and interests, to connect with others and earn virtual goods that can be exchanged for prizes, rewards, and cash. More than 200,000 hours of live video are broadcast daily on Live.me.

 
Shout out and a Special Thanks to my friends Kristy Gillentine @KrisGillentine  and Chris Strub @ChrisStrub   for introducing me to Live.Me and to Andrea Slaydon of Drive West Communications for providing all the information I needed to make this blog post awesome! Disclosure: I was not paid to post this, all opinions are my own, and I was sent an invitation to attend the party as a guest. For more details on why I post articles like this here on my blog, please read my full Disclosure. Thanks!

Tonight Rob Lowe on @LastNightShow with Miz Meliz WEEK NIGHTS @BubblrMedia #HowtobeaLatinLover #SeeYOUattheBubblr #InstaMizMeliz

Posted on April 27th, 2017 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, I Love My LIfe, Interview, Last Night's Show

How to be a Latin Lover

opens this weekend!

See a cute MizMeliz Promo Video Here

Disclosure – I was invited to see a screening and attend the press event for How to be a Latin Lover by 42West. I was not paid and I was not required to review or promote the film. All opinions are my own. Please see my Disclosure for more details on why I post articles like this.

In this riches to rags comedy, an aging gigolo (Eugenio Derbez) is kicked to the curb by his 80-year-old millionaire wife, forcing him to move in with his estranged sister (Salma Hayek) and her young son. Anxious to return to the lap of luxury, he attempts to reignite his powers as a Latin Lover and win over the wealthy widowed grandmother (Raquel Welch) of his nephew’s school crush.

HOW TO BE A LATIN LOVER also stars Rob Lowe, Kristen Bell, Rob Corddry, Rob Riggle, Michael Cera, and Raphael Alejandro.  Pantelion Films will release HOW TO BE A LATIN LOVER on Friday, April 28th.

Yes, Rob Lowe really is that DREAMY in person!

So, I have been doing this thing on Facebook lately and I am having a blast.

Every week night at 8 pm (Pacific – I’m a West Coast Girl!) I get online and “Go Live” on Facebook and do a show. It’s a real “late night” kind of comedy/talk show. For reals.

I just joined a Network called Bubblr Media. It’s a TV channel on Facebook. It’s the first of it’s kind. There are a few of us live-streamers who are already doing regular shows there, but in time there will be non-stop programming. You can watch BubblrMedia on Facebook 24/7 and see all kinds of amazing shows produced by people from all over the world. Some like me, who are passionate about meeting people and talking about positive things. Some about education, health, art, travel, humor, music…so many topics!

I hope to see you there, it’s called “Bubblr” because a “bubbler” is like a water cooler – a place to hang out and talk, shoot the breeze, get information, take a break from routine, and see your friends. My shows are like that. Last Night’s Show with Miz Meliz is a fun time – 30 minutes to hang out with me, my best friend, my husband and kids – – and show off our talents and laugh! There will be a lot of laughing!

Tonight on the show I will be sharing about my experience at a press junket for the film, How to be a Latin Lover. I have some video of me with Rob Lowe and with Raphael Alejandro – two of the actors in the film – that I will play during the show. (It was such a thrill to get to do this!! I still can’t believe it!)

I’ll give my review of the movie on air and tell you more about it. How to be a Latin Lover opens in wide release tomorrow night, April 28th in theaters across America.

Raphael Alejandro is a sweetheart soon to be heart-breaker!

 

Happy Earth Day #Sponsored Follow me and see how @CocaColaCo cares about our environment #ForestH2O #water #earth

Posted on April 21st, 2017 by & filed under A Year in Bloom, Everything Miz Meliz, Inspiring Adventures

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I'm always a day late and a dollar short! @LastNightShow with Miz Meliz
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Happy Earth Day #Sponsored Follow me and see how @CocaColaCo cares about our environment #ForestH2O #water #earth

Check out my Snapchat Story of the Two-day event that I attended with The Coca-Cola Company:

When you drive up the Angeles Crest Highway and say “goodbye” to the city below, you may not realize that you are saying “hello” to 70% of Los Angeles’ open area! This breathtaking view gives you a glimpse of what you leave behind.

At the Big Tujunga Dam Site

The sun shines brightly on the mountain tops of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

With all the rain we have had in Southern California lately and the official drought “lifted” – you would think our forests are out of danger. However, other risks present themselves as invasive plants like Arundo grow quickly and choke the earth of water faster than native plants.

 

International Woman of Speed and Intrigue Joins Dynamic Off-Road Racing @dynamicOR

Posted on April 11th, 2017 by & filed under Connecting People, Events, Everything Miz Meliz, Inspiring Adventures, Interview, Last Night's Show

Los Angeles, CA – April 6, 2017 – Dynamic Off-road Racing announced that it has entered into an agreement with Christine “GZ” Giampaoli Zonca, a well-established Italian Rally driver based in Barcelona, Spain, to be its new lead driver. She will be driving the newly added CAN-AM X3 highly modified UTV.

 Check out her website at Gazoline Motorsport!

Originally hailing from Italy, born in India, and living in the Canary Islands, GZ has finished her studies in Motorsport Engineering in the United Kingdom (Birmingham), opened her own mechanic workshop and finally turned over completely her life to race in Spain; CGZ competed, and won, in 2016 the Spanish Rally Gravel Championship, a few races of the Spanish Tarmac Championship and one race of the World Rally Championship (WRC RallyRACC), and was the first ever driver on a female-only team to finish a WRC race.

 

“ChristineGZ and her Co-driver Luy Galan, have the unique skills of transitioning to UTV class from Rally racing in Europe. Her co-driver, unlike Christine, has racing in the DNA; All family members compete in Rally and have always raised this passion with extreme significance.

 Follow Luy Galan on Instagram!

“We are exceptionally thrilled to have Christine and Luy showcasing their talents in the upcoming UTV World Championship April 13-15 in Nevada. In addition to the Best in the Desert Series, Christine will be driving the Baja 500 and Baja 1000 for Dynamic Off-road Racing,” says Paul Kraus team Co-Owner.

 

Dynamic Off-Road Racing (DYOR) races CAN-AM Turbo 1000 Mavericks, CAN-AM X3s and will have a rider on the KTM 450 in Vegas to Reno.

For more information on these and other team developments, please contact Paul Kraus at 310-691-9098 or email at dorrmedia@gmail.com

Instagram: @DynamicRacing

Facebook: Dynamic Offroad Racing

Twitter: @DynamicOR 

We hope to see Christine and Luy and all the members of the Dynamic Offroad Racing Team on Last Night’s Show with Miz Meliz, coming soon on BubblrMedia!

 

 

Paying for Perfect Grades with Pills by Joy Stephenson-Laws @_pHLabs

Posted on April 10th, 2017 by & filed under A Year in Bloom, Books, Everything Miz Meliz, Guest Post, Inspiring Adventures

Campus stimulant abuse: Paying for perfect grades with pills

Guest Post By Joy Stephenson-Laws, founder of Proactive Health Labs (pH) and her medical team

Parents are expressing growing shock over the frequency of drug use on American college campuses. And we are not talking about illegal drugs, but legal, prescription ones. Stimulants, commonly prescribed for attention-deficit disorder, are finding their way into the hands of students with perfect mental health. A recent study titled Under Pressure: College Students and the Abuse of Rx Stimulants found that 1 in 5 college students (20 percent) report abusing prescription stimulants at least once.

Why would students take medicine they don’t need?

Many are doing it because they believe it will help them study or outperform their classmates. Stimulants work by getting into the brain and forcing the release of neurotransmitters: dopamine, which increases motivation; serotonin, which improves mood and has a calming effect; and norepinephrine, which creates an activated “fight or flight” brain and cardiovascular response, increasing alertness. Students with prescriptions often sell or give pills to their classmates.

The names of these drugs include:

  •          Adderall (amphetamine)
  •          Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine, turns into amphetamine in the body)
  •          Ritalin, Concerta, Metadate, Quillivant (methylphenidate)
  •          Provigil, Nuvigil (modafinil)
  •          Focalin (dexmethylphenidate)

Stimulant drugs are less potent than the stimulant cocaine, but much more potent than caffeine. All share similar side effects such as:

  •          Insomnia
  •          Poor appetite
  •          Digestive problems
  •          High blood pressure
  •          Racing heart
  •          “Crashing” afterward (releasing all those neurotransmitters early has its consequences)
  •          Addiction potential

Certain risk factors for stimulant abuse have been identified in young people. Risk factors include:

  •          Membership in the Greek system (fraternities and sororities)
  •          Having some (but not necessarily all) of the symptoms of ADHD
  •          Alcohol or marijuana use
  •          Academic difficulties

While many students who abuse stimulants are indeed healthy, some of them may actually be suffering from undiagnosed ADHD and “self-medicating” with stimulants as well as alcohol and marijuana.

Parents and students can work to prevent unnecessary use of stimulants. Colleges do not want to create an environment where “everyone” needs to use stimulants to keep up. It may be important to identify nutritional deficiencies that may lead to ADHD. Such deficiencies can be uncovered by appropriate testing. Optimizing exercise, nutrition and sleep always enhances cognitive performance, while getting prompt professional evaluation for any persistent difficulties studying can catch ADHD, depression or other mental difficulties early so that students can get help rather than rely on the dorm “drug dealer.”

Enjoy Your Healthy Life!

The pH professional health care team includes recognized experts from a variety of health care and related disciplines, including physicians, health care attorneys, nutritionists, nurses and certified fitness instructors. To learn more about the pH Health Care Team, click here.

Joy Stephenson-Laws is the founder of Proactive Health Labs (pH), a revolutionary health care company that provides tools needed to achieve optimal health. Her new book, Minerals – The Forgotten Nutrient: Your Secret Weapon for Getting and Staying Healthy [Proactive Health Labs, Inc., 2016] is available through Amazon or wherever books are sold. All proceeds from the book will be donated to The Bili Project Foundation, an organization devoted to reducing the incident and improve the outcome of Hepatobilary cancers, which are cancers of the liver, gallbladder, or bile ducts.  Connect with Proactive Health Labs on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Goodreads, and at www.phlabs.org.

 

Note from Miz Meliz:

I have the pleasure of interviewing Joy Stephenson-Laws on Inspiring Adventures with Miz Meliz on May 23, 2017! Please join us to learn more about her book, her life, and what inspires her on her journey! See it on BubblrMedia on Facebook.com/MizMelizLA

This article was provided by and posted with permission from Smith Publicity for the purpose of promotion and review of the book by Joy Stephenson-Laws. I received a copy of the book for review purposes. I am not being paid for the review or interview. All opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure statement for details on why I post articles like these on my blog. Thanks!
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