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Beautify Your Digital Life with Photofy! #sponsored @Photofyapp

Posted on February 15th, 2018 by & filed under BubblrMedia, Everything Miz Meliz, Last Night's Show, Product Reviews, sponsored

I love trying new apps! The ones that stick and become my favorite go to apps for daily tasks are the best. Here is one that I highly recommend. Photofy. It may not be new to you, but it is to me!

This is a sponsored post and I was given a pro account by Photofy to use for feedback purposes. Please see my disclosure for details on why I write articles like this on my blog. All the opinions are my own and I was not paid to write a review. I created all the photos used in this article myself using the app – in fact they will seem very self-serving because they are all my actual photos! I hope you find the content as fascinating as I do! (A little shameless plug never hurt anyone.)

Here is an example of a template I am using from Photofy. These are pre-loaded on my phone ready to pop up on Instagram every month!

I heard about Photofy a few months ago when I asked John Andrews if he would like to be a guest on my live show, Last Night’s Show with Miz Meliz. He told me that he was so busy because he just took on this new role as CEO of an app called Photofy. I checked it out and it looked pretty cool, another graphics app that I could use on my phone to make memes. Awesome, right? I do that a lot. So, I told him I would love to talk to him about it on the show…and that is finally happening this weekend! I am so excited to announce my special guest is John Andrews! Many of you will remember him from Collective Bias. Please come and see it on Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. Pacific time – LIVE! on Facebook.com/BubblrMedia

Meanwhile, I have been using Photofy pretty often. I’m not sure yet if it will replace my other go to apps for graphics. I have two I use regularly for certain things and they serve me well. But I will say that I find myself using it more and more and I really like it for it’s quality, ease, and fresh looks. Also, Photofy provides a wide array of useful templates, photos, and phrases that can be easily applied to my own style. That makes what I do so much easier. And, obviously, making things easy is important to me – I have just used the word “easy” like ten times! (Okay, five. But still!)

Here is another thing I love about this app – it has a la carte pricing. You don’t have to pay anything to use it and there are a lot of cool built in features. But to unlock some awesome features it is only $1.99 one time! Then there are special packages you can add when and if you need them, and once you do, you always have access to those tools. You can build your arsenal of design tools as you go and as you grow with the app. I love that! I don’t always want all the capabilities up front, it’s too much to handle, I don’t end up using them, and I often throw in the towel. This allows me to explore the app, find what I need and add on what I want when I am ready. Super!

The Watermark – with the pro account you have the option of removing it. In many cases I leave it on. It is located prominently, like a badge and serves as a credit. It’s a great way to show partnership with the brand.

 

Here are the amazing features that Photofy has to offer – I find these very strong for a phone app:

ADJUST

Adjust your canvas’ aspect ratio to be square, portrait, landscape or specific photo sizes, and zoom in on your photo.

RATIO

Choose a an apsect ratio for your photo and crop away the parts you don’t want.

FILTERS

Enhance your photo with our many filters and take control of brightness, contrast, and saturation to get the perfect look for your photo.

INSTASQUARE

If you’re an instagram lover, use instasquare to get it to the square shape.

LIGHT FX

Use the light effects to get your photo the lighting it needs.

MIRROR

Use the mirror tool to create different reflections of your image.

PHOTO BLUR

Blur part of your photo to emphasize an object in the photo.

SHARPEN

Clean up the edges and give your image a cleaner look with the sharpen tool.

Now that I have been using Photofy for awhile and see how valuable it is for me and for my business, I am ready to try all the capabilities of the pro account. The pro account is a monthly fee of $10.99 which is pretty standard as apps go.

Pro Features – this is great for businesses and really has the digital marketer at heart:

Photofy Business – App Features

Create your own or get assets tailored specifically to your business to enhance your brand and message across all social media platforms by the Photofy design team.

Pro Backgrounds allow you to preload stock photos to provide a strong starting point to create beautiful photos representative of your business. This feature is available starting with the Pro Basic subscription level, and the number of stock photos you can store scales with the larger plans.

Let the Photofy Design Team create custom templates based on your style guide for you to streamline the creation of branded posts. They will design the layout, all you need to do is add photos and adjust the text. No need to think about fonts or layouts – just create.

Easy reposting of a predesigned image and text. Corporate design and marketing teams can create the perfect post and allow subscribers to share in seconds.

Show off your brand and streamline content creation with a white labeled user workflow and customized feature set.

 

The stock photos on Photofy are stunning and they are available on the basic account @photofyapp

I’ll be sharing much more about Photofy in the weeks to come, and you can find out more about it and Photofy’s CEO, John Andrews on my Live show, Last Night’s Show with Miz Meliz on Saturday, February 17th at 8:30 PM Pacific on Facebook.com/BubblrMedia

Connect with John Andrews on Twitter @Katadhin

Follow Photofy on Twitter and Instagram @photofyapp

Download the app! 

Come with Me on My Hawaiian Island Dream @auroraeaqua @BubblrMedia #sponsored

Posted on September 3rd, 2017 by & filed under BubblrMedia, Everything Miz Meliz, Intentional, Mindfulness Guidance and Coaching, Product Reviews, sponsored

Meditation to me is taking some time to visit my “happy place.” I learned years ago about mindfulness and visualization as a way to manage pain and stress. This practice has stayed with me my whole life and is now a part of who I am. Combining aromatherapy with visualization is another favorite way to relax. Lately I have enjoyed using Aurorae Aromatherapy Spritz.  (I was provided with a full size bottle of Aurorae’s NEW Hawaiian Island – Coconut Pineapple – Aromatherapy Spritz to review from Aurorae Aqua LLC. I was under no obligation to write about it on my blog. All opinions are my own. Photos and details are used with permission. See my disclosure for more information on why I post articles like this on MizMeliz.com.)

Sometimes I light a scented candle, sometimes I use essential oils. Now, I have a new spray from Aurorae, the same company who makes my favorite yoga mat. It’s made with natural products and can be used to freshen my yoga mat, spray in the air, and it is even safe to use as a body spray. I love to spritz with it when I get home from a long day at work and driving in traffic. Today, I am going to use the description of this body spray as my inspiration for a guided meditation. You can read it, listen to the audio, or watch the video. Just make sure you are in a relaxed setting and not driving or someplace where you need to be alert. Sit back and close your eyes. Take some slow deep breaths. Let a smile fall across your face as you bring yourself to a happy and secure moment in time. Think of an exotic waterfront location. Bali, Hawaii, Fiji…the soft scent of coconut and pineapple wafts in the air.
 The sun may be rising – high in the sky – setting, or perhaps a storm is rolling in. On every continent, natural wonders and essences of good feeling are abound if we open ourselves to recognize them. The sights, sounds, and scents of nature can draw us gently back – to our center; to the core of who we are meant to be; to our most fundamental, authentic, and best selves. Aurorae Spritz, and aromatherapy spray that will uplift and inspire you…

Aurorae’s NEW Hawaiian Island Coconut Pineapple – Aromatherapy Spritz !
Aurorae Aqua, a division of Aurorae, recently introduced their line of aromatherapy sprays made with natural witch hazel, essential oils and/or fragrance oils. The sprays are intended to evoke feelings of restful days at exotic waterfront locations. The first scent, Aurorae Hawaiian Island Afternoon,  emits a light coconut pineapple scent. It is available in a decorative 8oz bottle for $19.99  
This item’s unique formulation provides the user with a light  island smell and feel, without oily residue on skin or clothing.  It can be used it at home, at the gym, or on your way to and from your favorite activity. The Aurorae Hawaiian Island Afternoon Spritz is the perfect size to fit in your bag.
 or Yoga Mats? www.auroraeyoga.com
music credit: Tango Mango Composed by Ilya Truhanov used with permission.

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 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spooky Trix Cereal Sand Paintings

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

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

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

Thinking About a Dream? They Have a Box For That @thinkbx

Posted on November 22nd, 2015 by & filed under Connecting People, Everything Miz Meliz, Product Reviews, sponsored

Christmas is coming and the age old dilemma of what to get the person who has everything is upon us. I have an idea for you! It’s Think Box. There is a handcrafted, personalized heirloom quality box for everyone on your list. This could be that special thing you have been looking for!

If you want to give the gift of story to your grandchild…

If you want to give the gift of hope to your grandfather…

If you want to give your spouse a year of fun dates…

If you want to impress your boss…or honor an employee…

If you want to give the most important person in your life a place to store their wishes…

They have a box for that!


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When I met Mark Feldstein, he had driven over an hour from his home to my office just to show me his boxes. He felt very strongly that I needed to see them in order to appreciate them. I found this to be quite interesting. Why would he go to so much trouble? We hardly knew each other. But, when I met Mark, I knew there was something special about him.

Mark Feldstein is a dreamer.

You see, he has a trade. A job. A family. Yet, over the years he and his wife also had an idea. They wanted to share it with the world. They wanted to make a difference in the lives of families everywhere. It wasn’t enough for the Feldsteins to make boxes like these for their own children and friends. They wanted to use them to help others live a life full of fantasy, story, fun, interest, hope, love, and inspiration. They had a dream.

Now, Mark has to make his dream of turning his idea into a business by using his talents and insights, fueled by a desire to bring much needed additional income to the family and driven by the passion he has to change the way families connect and communicate with one another in the technology age. I believe he can do it. He just needs a little help. He needs some help from his friends. Will you help him?

Order your unique box now to receive it in time for the holidays and help an entrepreneur turn his idea into a dream job. Dreams really do come true! Find ALL the details HERE.

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Thinkbx sells unique, beautifully handcrafted wooden boxes filled with different theme cards such as The Storytelling Box and The Date Box.

Contact Mark to get yours:

www.thinkbx.com

Twitter: @thinkbx

The Day I Met Marilyn Monroe @Ripleys Believe it or Not!

Posted on November 22nd, 2015 by & filed under Affiliate Links, Everything Miz Meliz, sponsored

I love adventures like going to Hollywood Blvd. and checking out some of the tourist attractions. This post contains affiliate links.

Please see my Disclosure to find out more about why I write posts like this.

One fun Hollywood attraction that I really like is Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Ripleys gave me free admission to visit in exchange for a honest review.  Check out my photo gallery below and you will see how much fun I had there. The thing I liked best was all the unusual artwork. Check out the gallery of photos that I took:

 

 

Heat Wave – or Not?

When I went to Ripley’s Believe it or Not in Hollywood, California it was a blast! There was such a boiling hot heat wave in Hollywood that day, I just wanted to sip a cocktail and cool down. I ended up going to check out Ripley’s with a few of my girlfriends from the Entertainment New Media Network Conference. We had a few hours to kill, so we went to check it out. It was pretty cool inside – air conditioned as well as a cool exhibit – if you like weird things.

I like unusual things, so I enjoyed it quite a bit. It is your basic museum/gallery. We went in and toured at our own pace. Naturally the theme of Hollywood film and television memorabilia seemed to be the focus. I don’t know if the Ripleys Believe it or Not’s other locations have nearly as many celebrity influenced artwork and memorabilia. But it made it a lot of fun!

All the pieces are labeled and have plaques or posters describing what it is and how it was obtained. Most items are donated. Many of the items were from around the world or were replicas of sculptures or artwork. Many of the things looked like a perfectly normal objet d’art, until you looked closer and realized what was so strange about it to get it a prominent placement in the museum. For example, the beautiful jeweled peacocks made entirely from fingernails, 1750 of them! (okay, fake fingernails and barrettes, but still.)

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Most of the paintings and wall art were made mosaic style out of odd bits such as candy, puzzle pieces or postage stamps. Throughout the museum you will find these oddities and some are so unbelievable, the question will actually be posted nearby…Believe it, or not? Now and then a hoax will be discovered and revealed in the small print. So don’t always believe what you see!

My absolute favorite part was the Marilyn Monroe room where there were rare photos and memorabilia of Marilyn’s’ including a makeup case. A life size poster suitable for selfie taking with the infamous starlet was in the corner and you could stand next to it on a vent that blew air straight up. Next time I go there, I will wear a skirt for the full effect!

Me and Marilyn! Believe it or not!

Me and Marilyn! Believe it or not!

Get a discount by purchasing your tickets here.


Just click on the pictures or links for Ripley’s and you will be helping to support MizMeliz at the same time.

Don’t forget to come back and tell me if you enjoy your visit.

What is the most unusual thing you saw at Ripley’s?

Why We Love Our Pets #sponsored @beyondpetfood

Posted on October 25th, 2015 by & filed under Affiliate Links, Everything Miz Meliz, Intentional, sponsored

The Truth About Pets is Our Love for them Goes Beyond Friendship with a Unique Bond.

This is a Sponsored post by Lunchbox. This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure to learn why I write blog posts like this. 

My Cats Mean the World to Me

I have had a cat as a pet since I moved into my first apartment when I was 20 years old. (If you do the math – that’s 27 years!) My mom would never let me have a cat because she was afraid of them. I always wanted one. My first kitten was adopted at a local pet adoption day at a pet store. His name was Quartz and he was the sweetest Russian Blue cat ever!

I enjoyed taking care of my cat, Quartz, and he gave me more love than I could ever give him. He used to lick my arm when he would snuggle up to me. I didn’t think that was unusual, dogs do that all the time. But I was told by a friend that cats only do that if they really like you. That was one way he showed me love. Little scratchy kitty kisses. Over the years, I have had many more cats. They show me they love me in countless ways and I can’t imagine a life without having a wonderful furry pet to love.cat

Why We Love Our Pets

I asked my friends what they love most about their pets and I got so many wonderful responses, I want to share them with you:

The best thing about having pets is…They teach me how to be happy about being. ~Lee

The best reason to have a dog is...A dog is ALWAYS happy to see you whether you are gone for one minute or one month. They love unconditionally. They don’t care what you look like EVER. ~Ronda

Keegan learning how to crawl - who does he go to? Patient, loving, little "Honey"

Keegan learning how to crawl – who does he go to? Patient, loving, little “Honey”

The best thing about having a pet is…My dog, Maddie, is my best friend. ~Shaun

I just love being greeted at the door with such enthusiasm! ~Sue

I love having a pet because…When I am feeling down or sick, my dog, Banjo, tries to make me feel better. He does everything he can to make me feel loved. He licks me to death, wants me to hold him, and lays beside me to make me feel better. ~Charles

I love having dogs because they are loyal to a fault, they love to play and snuggle, they re trustworthy and they will love you until the end of their days if you treat them well…and sadly even if you don’t.

Cats are the epitome of indifference and
then my cat, Puzzle, comes along and she is funny, and playful, snuggly and fun. I think pets are important. They are like our children. They depend on us to take care of them and in return they give us all the love we can handle. ~Valyrie

Erwins petsHaving a cat AND dog is great because... When our cat yacks for whatever reason our dog eats it right up…because it tastes like cat food. Sounds gross, but not having to wipe up cat yack for 10 years, you start to appreciate it. Haha! Cats you can leave at home, while on a short 2-3 day staycation. A dog you can’t leave in the house for > than 8 hours. Dogs are forever happy and loyal, Cats are loyal until they don’t need anything from you anymore. Cats clean themselves, Dogs need baths, Dogs make you active, Cats cuddle. ~Erwin

My dog gives me…Therapy. Companionship. ~Nani

My dogs give me…Unconditional love…and the meaning of the same when things are tough with two legged people in our lives! ~Kerry

I love having pets because…They are never in a bad mood, always happy to see you, they are great protectors and love to cuddle. ~Sharon

My pets give me…Unconditional love, comfort, curling up next to me, they don’t talk back or reveal things told in confidence. ~Cheryl P.

I love having pets becauseWhen you come home and see the dog’s tail wag that is actually a full body wag! The cat’s warm body curled up on your chest, purring. ~Laura

I love having pets because…They are like our children. For some people a cat or dog becomes their child. We love our animals and bond with them. ~Tina

The best reason to have a dog is…unconditional love and companionship. Security! No one comes near our home without the bark alarm going off. Clean kitchen floor. Anything falls, it gets eaten. Comic relief. ~Marissa

My dogs give me…Unconditional love and devotion! ~Cheryl L.

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How I Show Love for My Pets

Taking care of your pets is as important as taking care of yourself. In fact, taking care of your pets IS taking care of yourself. It is good for you. So make it a double spa day. Drop Fido off at the groomer’s and go for a massage. You will both feel wonderful!

I honestly feel the best thing I can do for my pets is feed them well. I try to give them healthy food that is good for their digestion. Since my cats are indoor pets, I make sure they are getting all the nutrients that they require. I also give them lots of water. It took a long time to find a food brand that all three of my cats enjoyed, and then narrowing it down to flavors they all like was even harder. Here is one that they love…Purina Beyond.

Purina Beyond Dog and Cat Food contains natural ingredients that are good for your pets.

It’s not simply a matter of natural ingredients. It’s the expert formulation of those ingredients and the knowledge they’ve been sourced from trusted suppliers that ensure you’re feeding your pet a meal that is both naturally and nutritionally complete. From sourcing to quality and safety to exceeding industry standards, Beyond is committed to your pet’s overall health and well-being.

LeeSuperfoods for Our Pets

Superfoods are not just for people. Studies have shown that the nutrients in superfoods like pumpkin and cranberry are good for our pet’s digestion and overall health. We care about our own health enough to include these foods in our diet, we should be doing the same for our beloved companion animals.

Here are two new products to try that I think your dog will love:

BEYOND® SUPERFOOD BLEND Salmon, Egg & Pumpkin Recipe Dry Dog Food

BEYOND® SUPERFOOD BLEND Barley, Egg, Sweet Potato & Cranberry Recipe Dry Dog Food

Purina Beyond has dry food, wet food, snacks and a new puree that dogs and cats love.

  • Real meat, fish or poultry is the #1 ingredient in the dry and pate
  • No corn, wheat or soy
  • No poultry by-product meal
  • No added artificial colors, flavors or preservatives

Click on the image below to learn more about Purina Beyond dog and cat food and find out about the sweepstakes where 20 winners will receive a year of Beyond dog (or cat) food.


 

Purchase Purina Beyond Dog Food at Walmart.

Did you know that Walmart is the destination for all your premium pet needs?

Thank You For Reading

Tell me what you love about your pets in the comments and be sure to enter to win a year supply of food for your pet!

*Bloggers, if you are interested in posting about this opportunity make sure to sign up for Firestarter to receive your personal posting link! Use:https://firestart.me/

Offer ends Nov. 10, 2015

Devotion

An Intentional Act of Kindness Can Take You to a Happier Place #IAK #Hellohumankindness

Posted on December 13th, 2014 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, I Love My LIfe, sponsored

Thanks to Dignity Health and InNetwork for partnering with me so that I can bring these words to your eyes, and hopefully, to your heart. (Disclosure.) #Sponsored

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“I believe that an intentional act of kindness, is a unique stance of being that comes from the heart, that impacts your own life as much as it helps others in their time of need. For it is in giving that we receive, and when we give with intent without expecting anything in return, it is then that our heart is filled with love, peace, and joy.” ~Melissa Reyes of MizMeliz.com

 This blog post may blow your mind, and hopefully warm your heart.

I want to tell you about an innovative way that Dignity Health is providing help to those in need and share with you an inspirational story about someone who shows intentional compassion in his daily life. I hope to express what motivates me to use my talents and strengths to help people in need as well as spread awareness about the effects that acts of intentional kindness and service can have on society and in our own lives.

The Volunteer Match on the Hello Humankindness website unites people with ways to go above and beyond a random act of kindness and provides the most effective and impactful ways to give to non-profit organizations. This is especially handy during the holidays, but it doesn’t stop there.

Follow @HumanKindness on Twitter

Follow @Humankindness on Twitter

It is important for us to realize that we can make a difference. By helping someone in need, we are not only helping that one person with one act, we are changing the world and making it a better place for EVERYONE. It just takes one person and one act at a time. We can make a difference in our own lives, in the life of the person we help, and we can produce growth and prosperity for everyone in the world by sharing our experiences and spreading the positivity. That is what the Hello Humankindness campaign is all about.

Check this out:

At the heart of the Hello Humankindness.org website – you will find the Volunteer tab. This is where you are called to action. This is where you can connect and if you act on it, this is the door to finding your happy place and your next experience in helping to make the world better, healthier,and happier. Use the “Volunteer” tab on the Hello Humankindness website to find opportunities to perform an Intentional Act of Kindness.

Through their partnership with Volunteer Match, Dignity Health has compiled information about the most meaningful and impactful ways to give to non-profit organizations, when the need for these organizations is highest, and what kind of volunteering actually helps the most in need in the most effective way.

hello humanOur social news feeds are being inundated with short-form examples of kindness – Random Acts of Kindness, Upworthy videos, and Buzzfeed lists. These posts promise easy ways to perform token acts that have little impact on the beneficiary and mostly serve to boost the ego and get attention for the giver. This is especially acute around the holidays as people wrestle with their own sense of charity and altruism.

During this holiday season, there is an opportunity to cut through the noise and promote Intentional Acts of Kindness – acts of compassion that aren’t necessarily easy to commit, but are thoughtful, impactful, and have the potential to lead to a more kind world.

Here is my favorite thing that Hello Humankindness is doing and it is on Instagram! Nothing to download, no website to connect with, just go to your Instagram, follow @HelloHumankindness and check out suggestions for Intentional Acts of Kindness – some are as simple as reposting and spreading awareness.

Here is my favorite thing that Hello Human Kindness is doing and it is on Instagram! Nothing to download, no website to connect with, just go to your Instagram, follow @HelloHumanKindness and check out suggestions for Intentional Acts of Kindness - some are as simple as reposting and spreading awareness.

Here is my favorite thing that Hello Humankindness is doing and it is on Instagram! Nothing to download, no website to connect with, just go to your Instagram, follow @Hellohumankindness and check out suggestions for Intentional Acts of Kindness – some are as simple as reposting and spreading awareness.

“Our goal is to cut through the noise of token acts of kindness and promote Intentional Acts of Kindness #IAK.” ~Dignity Health

I want to help inspire and celebrate Intentional Acts of Kindness by sharing my story with you.

niceI am proud to say that I see many intentional acts of kindness happen all around me in my daily life. Starting with my kind, generous and thoughtful family, I was raised to be helpful and to always give unconditional love. I also work in a place that teaches and practices what is called apostolic works. More than community or Christian service, it is a form of selfless aid to those who are in need of our unique talents and strengths. I am also quite fortunate (and believe me, very grateful) to live in a society and culture that is willing and able to come to the aid of the needy. Especially during devastation and times of hardship (including personal tragedy) I have seen first-hand how people can come together and enrich the lives of others when it is most needed.

Not everyone in our world is as fortunate. In fact, most people will go their entire lives without ever knowing such goodness exists. Some may fall victim to the random acts of kindness, acts that are completed for self-gratification or status, without forethought. Perhaps meaning well, but terribly misinformed, our society has turned to performing these acts to attract attention from the public. I am sure that many people are helped in these momentary instances, or are made to feel good at the time. Yet, what is truly needed is a deeper understanding of how we can help our fellow man and make a positive and lasting change in their lives.

I have thought about this quite a bit, in fact for this entire year I have had a blog post in my draft folder that I have kept going back to and not publishing about a special person in my life who is the most selfless and kind man I know. It is more difficult than I thought to highlight the goodness of a truly kind person. More than just being nice, or kind, this man lives each day with an enormous amount of compassion. He makes his goal to help those who are often forgotten in our society, all the time – not just in the midst of media hype or at the holidays, or after a storm or earthquake – all   the   time.

My brother, Jonathan Lopez, is one example of a person who has an enormous capacity for intentional compassion. When Dignity Health asked me to help out in spreading the word about Intentional Acts of Kindness, his story is the first thing that came to mind.

*Read my blog post about Jonathan Lopez: “Who is Creating Sustainable Change…”

Connect with Dignity Health and Hello humankindness on Facebook

Connect with Dignity Health and Hello humankindness on Facebook

The powerful influence of goodness is astonishing.

You will be surprised how easy it is once you get started. By using a website or an app, like Hellohumankindness.org – you will be well on your way to making a real impact on our society and making positive differences in the lives of people everywhere.

I realize that for most people, it isn’t easy to know for sure if an organization is legit and if you don’t know someone who needs your help, where do you turn? Who can you trust? There are many places one can go to find information about volunteering. This is when you can use the Volunteer Match tab on the Hellohumankindness.org site that helps people find volunteer opportunities in their neighborhoods.

Find the Instagram tab a Dignity Health  on Facebook

Find the Instagram tab at Dignity Health on Facebook

What blows me away is how once you get started with being kind and taking it outside of yourself and putting aside your own needs to help others, it becomes a part of who you are. That is what I mean when I tell you that one act can and does make a difference. This is something good that we want to spread.

This will knock your socks off – but it doesn’t surprise me as it has become the norm. As I am writing this, believe it or not, I received this text message from my brother, Jonathan:

“Melissa, I am supporting Living Purpose Community Center in Chatsworth. They are having trouble collecting toys for 50 homeless kids attending elementary schools in the West Valley. These kids live with a parent in their cars and in people’s garages. Please let me know if you know of any organizations that may have extra toys or if you know anyone who can refer me to someone who might be able to help.” Thx, Jonathan

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Jonathan is ALWAYS doing this kind of thing. He thinks and acts way beyond his own course of action and abilities. He engages others to help out when he can’t. He asks for assistance, he develops relationships and connects people with others who need each other. Jonathan’s values are just like those of Dignity Health. It has become a part of his character to be kind and helpful to those in need.

How could he possibly know that I was just considering reaching out to help someone in need? He doesn’t need to know. He just acts, with intention, with compassion. You can too!

My family helped this kind woman move out of homelessness and into an apartment in Las Vegas when Jonathan knew we were going to be in the area. He asked me to deliver some items to her and we made a friend for life. Talk about random!

My family helped this kind woman move out of homelessness and into an apartment in Las Vegas when Jonathan knew we were going to be in the area. He asked me to deliver some items to her and we made a friend for life. Talk about random!

After years of connecting with organizations like Dignity Health, projects seem to come to me at times when I am willing and able to forge action. I know how special that is and I never take it for granted. But it is not that easy for everyone. One way to see beyond your front door and find opportunities to help others is at your fingertips right now.

I encourage you to think broader past the small daily acts of kindness, to focus on the most impactful ways you can help, give, and donate your time, your talent, your abilities, and your generous spirit during the holiday season, and always. When you do, you will see how doing so takes you to a place that is beyond happy.

This year at the holidays, I will be collecting toys for the homeless kids who live in my very own community and I will be sharing my experiences with you.

Use #hellohumankindness and #IAK on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest

Use this link to the Volunteer Match on Hellohumankindness.org and share your experiences.

Share the countless ways people around the world are acting with intention to be kind.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to partner with Dignity Health for this campaign and look forward to learning about ways that you have made a change for the better and live happier, be healthier, and share kindness every day. (See full disclosure here.)