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!

Friendversary Video with Ann

Posted on May 21st, 2017 by & filed under A Year in Bloom

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I love this! Happy birthday (belated) to my friend Ann Odle! We have had some fun adventures together, from high above Las Vegas at posh rooftop parties to down on the streets of L.A. on the red carpet at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood! I can’t wait to see her at the end of this month on retreat in Santa Fe Springs! We have been roommates and walking buddies. She was there for my book signing. She has always been a supportive friend and is always willing to help me in any way. The past five years have been tough at times, but she always rises up looking great with that big bright beautiful smile!

Discovering The Cheerful Mind with Apryl Zarate Schlueter LIVE

Posted on May 11th, 2017 by & filed under A Year in Bloom

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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
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