The L.A. Women’s Theatre Festival is a multi-cultural festival of solo artists. I am happy to support these talented and inspiring artists!
What began as a coming together of female solo artists to collectively support each other has now become the oldest solo festival for women in Los Angeles and has honored well over 50 deserving women in theatre. The festival has brought together well over 500 solo artists from around the world, who year after year join hands to share their many heartwarming and personal stories. Audiences have become inspired, impacted and empowered to give testimony: they are not alone in their many experiences that have been mirrored on LAWTF stages over the last nineteen years.
On Thursday, March 24th, I had the chance to attend the Opening Night Champagne Gala that kicked off the Festival for 2016! It was lovely to see all the performers and be there for the L.A. Women’s Theatre Festival’s 23rd Anniversary Awards Ceremony. It was such an honor to be there! My husband and I enjoyed it. It was a full house at the Electric Lodge Theater in Venice, CA.
Thank you to my good friend and fellow blogventure enthusiast, Mary Lansing, of Along Comes Mary Blog, for letting me know about the festival. I am not being paid nor was I asked to share the information about the festival. I am donating my time, my Kindle book offer, and my support with social media shares and reviews for the purpose of sharing what I like and enjoy with you. See my disclosure for more information on why I write posts like this.
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I enjoyed preparing to interview this lovely lady who is a profound influencer. She is a standout personality in the live streaming community. I am so pleased to have met her and I know that one day, I will meet her in person and we will be great friends. We still have so much to discover about one another, but I know we have a few things in common. Both podcasters and live streamers we also have the same guilty pleasures, sugar and chocolate. We both have published books, although hers are much more creative and inspiring. We have both struggled with the loss of loved ones.
The main difference between us is that am I free to move about and I have control of my muscles and my body does what I want it to for the most part. My new friend does not have this luxury, having been born with cerebral palsy. Yet, she manages to do some amazing things that I do not consider physically possible for me to do, like snowboard!
This list of positive statements sums up the kind of inspiration that I think about when I contemplate my friendship with Win Kelly Charles:
A genuine original.
Find your voice and make a difference.
Don’t forget where you came from, but never lose sight of where you are going.
Believe in your gifts.
Cherish them and explore their possibilities.
Make mistakes and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Be brave and wild at heart.
Embrace all the things that make you unique.
Be passionate about the things that matter to you.
Practice kindness and compassion.
Be a hero to someone.
Demonstrate character and be a good friend.
Become someone that you will be proud of when you look back on your life.
And remember that all the quirky things about yourself, that sometimes you wish were different, are really the most special.
Because YOU are the real thing.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.)
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!)
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?
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.
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!
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!
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?
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Joining Miz Meliz live on Blab, Joe Moe returns for the annual Halloween special of Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town. Joe takes Melissa and Meredith on a virtual tour of his office at the Profiles of History’s Hollywood Memorabilia Auction House.
“Joe spooks me out sometimes and he always stumps me with his horror genre and sci-fi knowledge.” Said Melissa.
“We have to keep meeting this way!” Said Joe.
[insert shrill witchy laugh here]
Meredith tells an unnamed flash fiction story meant to frighten us and got us in the mood for Halloween. Listen for my scream at the end!
What are YOU doing for Halloween? After you watch this episode, you are going to be ready for the scariest online event ever…Meredith presents Halloween Horror Night LIVE on Blab on Halloween night at 11:11 p.m. EST. I will be reading an original flash fiction spooky tale of my own. Joe Moe has also promised to pop in for a trick-or-treat!