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Try the Blue Stuff It’s Delicious! #AliensonSafari @EmilyShatters @WelchsFruitSnck @BubblrMedia @AquaBallDrink

Posted on July 3rd, 2017 by & filed under Discoveries, Everything Miz Meliz, Product Reviews

July is National Blueberry Month

In the United States we have declared special days, weeks, and months to celebrate everything from our favorite foods and drinks to our favorite pastimes. (Thanks to 5W Public Relations for providing photos and samples of the products shown in this post. Please see my Disclosure for details on why I post articles like this on my blog. I was not compensated for this and it is not sponsored. All opinions are my own.)

Recently I enjoyed celebrating Social Media Day and National Rosé Day. These are both examples of special days that were started by companies to promote one type of brand or industry.

People love to come together for a cause, a mission, a common interest. We love to celebrate, commemorate, and honor that which is important to us. We do this best as a community. Someone somewhere decided that July is National Blueberry Month. Below you will find some products that feature blueberries as an ingredient. I like blueberries because they are good for me. Blueberries are known to have antioxidant qualities and are good for my liver. They taste great, too!

This week, the BubblrMedia community is going to be celebrating it’s first family road trip! It’s called Aliens on Safari and it features Emily Shatters, and her kids taking a trip from Georgia to Oregon and back. We invite you to join us as they share their adventures live on the BubblrMedia Facebook channel and on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat. What exactly do Aliens eat while they are on safari?  I don’t know for sure, but I will suggest they try the blueberries, they are delicious!

  • Welch’s Blueberry Fruit ‘n Yogurt Snacks are uniquely delicious, made with real fruit and surrounded by creamy yogurt for a “melt in your mouth” taste. Welch’s Fruit ‘n Yogurt Snacks are an excellent source of vitamin A, C and D, a good source of calcium and are low fat!
  • Munk Pack’s Blueberry Acai Flax flavored Oatmeal Fruit Squeeze is a great on-the-go snack packed with whole grains and the delicious taste of blueberries in every bite. Even better, the Oatmeal Fruit Squeeze is gluten-freenon-GMOkosher and certified vegan.
  • AquaBall in Berry Frost – The only zero-calorie, sugar-free and preservative-free children’s beverage on the market features a berry twist! The naturally flavored water is great source of Vitamins B3, B5, B6, and C and best of all, the Berry Frost flavor features Disney’s Frozen characters on the packaging, making AquaBall a beverage that that both kids and parents will love.
  • Viki’s Granola is made with 100% all natural ingredients, gluten-free and baked with love. Viki’s Granola is great to enjoy on its own or with yogurt for a nutritious snack, and are even available in snack packs, perfect for on-the-go! Blueberry Almond is part of Viki’s line of delicious signature soft-baked granola – bursting with a flavorful blend of antioxidant-rich blueberries and protein-packed almonds.
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Follow Emily Shatters on Facebook on Facebook.com/BubblrMedia and find out all about the Road Trip Show, Aliens on Safari! #AliensonSafari

Tinsel Town Live featuring @AnnaOginsky “My New Friend Grief”

Posted on November 24th, 2016 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Interview, Tinsel Town Live 2016

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November 22, 2016 6:00 PM Pacific Time

Meet Anna Oginsky, Author of My New Friend, Grief

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When I asked Anna what she does for fun when she isn’t working, she said, “I’m a mom of three active kids, so fun for me is driving them from place to place after school. Just kidding!”

Anna loves yoga, reading, writing, hiking, and making art. She loves to travel. She loves being outside. Anna is into daydreaming. She says, “I love a hot cup of coffee with a good book, or better yet a good friend.”

When I asked her to tell me what she is most passionate about, Anna said, “I am passionate about feelings! Specifically, grief. As I promote my book, My New Friend, Grief, I am offering brave, safe spaces for people to discuss grief. Generally speaking, we don’t do that in our culture. We want people to “”get over it””. I want to encourage people to sit with it, with no judgment, for as long as it takes. In that process of sitting with anything, we give ourselves the opportunity to hear from our wisest counsel: ourselves. My work centers around creating space for people to tune into one’s inner wisdom.”

“In that process of sitting with anything, we give ourselves the opportunity to hear from our wisest counsel: ourselves.” ~Anna Oginsky

I look forward to speaking with Anna Oginsky about her book and discussing what it is like to live with grief, grieving, loss, all the losses, and ways to cope – because I have a feeling we will hit it off famously!

Grab a cup of coffee and join us as we talk about our lives, our feelings, and what inspires us to keep going and keep smiling.

Reach out to Anna Oginsky here:

www.annaoginsky.com

@annaoginsky on Twitter and Instagram

www.facebook.com/anna.oginsky on Facebook

Interview with Drew Waters (Director of New Life) #NewLifeMovie

Posted on October 25th, 2016 by & filed under

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Interview about Drew’s new film, NEW LIFE, releasing October 28

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016 6:00 PM Pacific Time

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When I asked Drew what he likes to do for fun when he isn’t working on films, he said, “I like to get friends together with my dog Cash and go up in the hill for a long hike or jump on my motorcycle and take a little road trip. Those things help me clear my head and re-center. Overall, my most favorite thing is hanging with family and friends.”

After service in the U.S. Navy, Drew Waters became well known for his three seasons on the Emmy­ winning series Friday Night Lights. His nearly 60 professional credits include NBC’s Surface, Chase and Victorious, AMC’s Breaking Bad and Major Crimes. Film credits include MAD MONEY, HOME RUN and the critically acclaimed PARKLAND with Paul Giamatti and Marcia Gay Harden. Starring roles include BREAKING THE PRESS, THE REDEMPTION OF HENRY MYERS and THE ULTIMATE LIFE.

14720488_681546265334332_2064442145070610574_nDrew produced and starred in the films HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT and CHARLIE: A TOY STORY. As producer, his projects include A Tale of 2 Soldiers and Art Junkies, a reality series he also directed for the BBC. Drew co-­founded Argentum Entertainment with Erin Bethea.

I will talk to Drew about his new production philosophy and how he developed the story for “New Life” which opens in theaters this week. We will discuss how faith-based films are going “main-stream” and how a feel-good romance story never goes out of style.

Drew is a seasoned actor and producer. New LIfe is his first feature-writing credit as well as his directorial debut. I am thrilled to have this opportunity to interview him on Tinsel Town Live and see how he is making his transition to directing as he imparts the Argentum philosophy to make good movies with relate-able characters.

Website: http://www.newlifethemovie.com

Twitter: @NewLife_Movie

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Instagram @newlife_movie

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What to Expect on MizMeliz.com and Tinsel Town Live this Fall @Tenminitt

Posted on October 12th, 2016 by & filed under Discoveries, Everything Miz Meliz, Miz Meliz Newz Update

Fall and Winter always gets me in the mood for writing and reading, making crafts and gifts, and of course – celebrating with friends and family. I do all of these things here on MizMeliz.com!

It is Time to SMILE!

I have been waiting for a platform that would easily blend my love of interviewing and socializing via live stream video with the ability to connect directly with my community on Facebook. I have my wish! It’s called Smiletime and it’s awesome!

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If you would like to be on my show – Tinsel Town LIVE with Miz Meliz, just complete this form and we can talk! https://goo.gl/forms/a7droCwSwuvNvHLd2

To watch live episodes on my very own channel on Smiletime - go here: https://smiletime.com/channel/mizmeliz

To watch live episodes on my very own channel on Smiletime – go here: https://smiletime.com/channel/mizmeliz

Also, you can simply view my videos on Facebook in my feed – –  https://www.facebook.com/MizMelizLA

Here is an Overview of What to Expect on MizMeliz.com this Fall:

Books, Reviews, and Interviews

I will be reading quite a few books in the coming months and I am doing my best to schedule interviews with editors, authors and illustrators. I think it is fascinating that anyone can take their passion or expertise and make it into a book that can open up worlds of possibility for other people. They may never know first hand the impact their book will make on people far and wide and for generations to come. That’s the true power of influence! I’ll be diving into the worlds of Children’s Books, Children’s Technology and Learning, Parenting, Self-Care, Business, Health and Wellness, and Art and Creativity. Whew, that’s a lot! But you know what? These are all of my interests and it’s my blog. LOL! Seriously, if you would like to go on this journey with me, I am happy to share my discoveries!

Children’s Books

  • I am excited for my next interview with Bible Stories Through the Ages Children’s Book Series author, Jann Martin on Tinsel Town Live. On Tuesday, October 18th, I will have Jann as my special guest. Jann is in the group, Writer’s Chat on Facebook. I am looking forward to talking to her about her books and what it is like to publish children’s books. Hopefully, she will read a page or two! Jann just got through her first hurricane watch, and I am glad she is okay. Meet Jann on Tinsel Town!
  • Sally Loves…™ is a popular children’s book series by author and illustrator, Jody Mackey. I hope to talk to Jody about how Sally may have inherited much of her adventurous personality from Mackey herself— as she loves to compete in sports and other activities. She is a woman of many talents such as an Ironman triathlete, a runner, a cyclist, an equestrian and even a golfer. Sports have enriched her life, and so it seems only natural for her to share her experiences and inspire young children to be active through her books.415hpx3tg9l-_ac_ul320_sr250320_

Debut children’s book author Kat Kronenberg says, “it’s important that children feel empowered, and it’s up to us to let them know we support them not matter how big their dreams are.”

  • Kat knows how easy it can be to get bogged down by negativity when pursuing a dream. That’s why she is helping young children realize their dreams through songs, activities, games, and a new book aptly titled Dream Big. I love that phrase and use it often! So, of course I am excited about reading it. It will be fun to see what Kat shares with us on Tinsel Town Live!

Children’s Technology and Learning

  • Studies from The Joan Ganz Cooney Center show that high-quality, educational content delivered through mobile devices has the potential to increase a child’s ability to learn. PlayKids Learn’s UX/UI (a new app) was designed in collaboration with The Joan Ganz Center experts to optimize this learning potential.

Through content that includes Disney Imagicademy games and activities, kids can learn how to draw Mickey Mouse, Olaf, and more through guided tutorials or watch videos with iconic characters like Snow White and Hercules that help guide and teach young ones about the importance of exercise, the magic of creativity, how to make a good bedtime routine, and more. I am working closely with the publicist for this app, I will review it and interview the creators live on Tinsel Town!

Disney's legacy of learning and enriching the lives of families around the world continues with this app.

Disney’s legacy of learning and enriching the lives of families around the world continues with the PlayKids app.

“PlayKids intends to be a learning space and with relevant content like ImagiCademy on board, it helps us to drive this educational experience with quality and safety,” explained Eduardo Henrique, Head of Global Expansion at PlayKids. “Parents know they can turn to us for a safe, educational and entertaining place to laugh, play and learn with their kids.”

  • The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is on a mission to encourage girls around the world to join the tech workforce. We will discuss this topic on an upcoming episode of Tinsel Town because I strongly believe that young people would be encouraged to do what they are passionate about. Why are we all going back to our childhood dreams to fill our bucket lists with things undone? Let’s empower our children to reach for the stars and dream big, now.

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Parenting

  • I will be receiving Patty Wipfler‘s LISTEN: Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges soon. I am interested in talking to Patty about Hand in Hand Parenting and get her advice on parenting and communicating with teens.
  • Another book on my list is Raising Kids with Accountability by the bestselling father/daughter duo, John Miller & Kristin Lindeen! Their newest book is coming out in late October and I am crossing my fingers that I will get to interview them together! What an amazing experience it must be to write a parenting book with your own father. It almost brings tears to my eyes. I wish my parents knew that I published a book and I wish I had spent more time listening to their advice when I had the chance. Our parents are the only source of inspiration for parenting our own children – good or bad, we learn from them and their experiences. It will be very interesting to discuss this with the authors.

Self Care/Relationships

  • In “My Personal History: My Story,” author Janice Costello entrances readers with the story of how she became her best self. From love to death to rebirth, Costello is able to encourage readers to make the effort to change and embrace the person who is underneath it all. Costello believes in striving toward a greater goal and enjoying the accomplishments that follow. “My Personal History: My Story” holds the memories and journeys of Costello’s life, including the good and bad times. I can relate having gone through a similar journey in my own life. I am interested in reading this book and sharing stories with Janice. Bring some tissue to that episode!
  • Grief is something we all experience at some point in life. Anna Oginsky reminds readers with her new book “My New Friend, Grief” that embracing grief is not only part of life, but it makes us stronger and more appreciative of what we have. This is another subject that is close to my heart having lost both of my parents, my sister, and three of my best friends in a matter of a few years. I have written about grief myself on this blog and in my own book, This is the Sound of My Soul. It will be a bittersweet experience to revisit this topic as we discuss her new book when I have the opportunity to interview Anna. Since dying and death is a part of life, it is important – and I can’t stress this enough – to not only endure but to embrace it. We need to talk about it and prepare ourselves in terms of living each moment with integrity, grace, and love. It is okay to be friends with grief, everyone who has lost a loved one knows that grief is a familiar and often misunderstood “friend.” Those are the kind we should try and get to know better, right?
  • Another heart-wrenching topic is uncovered by Charlotte Canion, author of “You Have To Laugh To Keep From Crying:  How To Parent Your Parents.”  Charlotte joined the Hospice Plus Seniors and Caregivers Expo in Decatur, Texas recently. Multifaceted author and authority on the timely subject, she is preselling her new book at the event.

“We have to love our parents enough to find a way to care for them that is respectful to all of our needs,” said Canion.  “Being able to smile and to see the big picture is one important part of the story.  It’s my pleasure to share my own experience parenting my parents in my new book in the hopes that it helps bring strength to as many families as possible who are facing these challenges.”

When I interview Ms. Canion, I will ask her how her own strength helped her to come up with the solutions she presents in the book. I expect her to share how her inspiration came largely from things she learned from her own family and her Christian faith experiences.  For more information be sure to visit http://www.basketjacket. com/.

  • We may still be weeks away from the holidays, but it’s never too early to start to feel the stress from this “most wonderful time of the year.” In fact, 45 percent of Americans would prefer to skip Christmas (via Think Finance) all together and nearly 1 in 4 people feel extreme stress leading up to the holidays. So often we focus and obsess over giving the perfect gift, playing the perfect host, or making the most perfect holiday dinner – things we believe will make us happy. We reflect and dwell on resentments and on the people and things that frustrated or angered us during the year. We are often consumed by pettiness and completely miss that a new year lies ahead of us. We view ourselves as the center of the universe – referred to as perception disorder – and unfortunately, this is normal human nature for many of us. We all need guidance to develop the tools to appreciate our gifts this holiday season.

I will be hosting a support group on this very topic called, “The Holiday Hullabaloo” for the 2nd year in a row. People need a place to vent and ask questions. Is it normal to hate the holidays? Why can’t I “get into it”?

I am excited about the opportunity to discuss this with Charles G. Hanna, the highly successful CEO, philanthropist and author of the new book, Higher: Awaken to a More Fulfilling Life. Through his firsthand experience and his understanding of human nature, neuroscience, and life management, Charles, for the first time, is revealing his practical and achievable techniques, tips and tools so that everyone can apply the “higher” way and find holiday cheer this year. You will want to see this interview as we dive into the topics that may very well shape the focus of the group this year!

Some of the topics I hope to discuss with Charles include:

  • Tips to get a head start and not let the stress of the holidays creep up on you this year   
  • Perception Disorder: What it is and signs you may be suffering from it this holiday season
  • Reaching a Higher State: What this means, and his top techniques that anyone can apply to get there
  • Why he believes happiness is a way of thinking and not the result of great achievement

What about love?

  • I will be interviewing the incredible Mr. Drew Waters (director) about his new film, New Life – it’s about love! Of course, I will ask Drew about his writing and directing process and how it relates to his acting experience. A main topic will be about his feelings about making “good” films with “relatable” characters. I’ve heard that the film NEW LIFE is actually promoting life in Africa and it’s helping support an orphans’ program. We will discuss Drew’s passion and purpose as his story unfolds…

After service in the U.S. Navy, Drew Waters became well known for his three seasons on the Emmy­ winning series Friday Night Lights. His nearly 60 professional credits include NBC’s Surface, Chase and Victorious, AMC’s Breaking Bad and Major Crimes. Film credits include MAD MONEY, HOME RUN and the critically acclaimed PARKLAND with Paul Giamatti and Marcia Gay Harden. Starring roles include BREAKING THE PRESS, THE REDEMPTION OF HENRY MYERS and THE ULTIMATE LIFE. Drew produced and starred in the films HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT and CHARLIE: A TOY STORY. As producer, his projects include A Tale of 2 Soldiers and Art Junkies, a reality series he also directed for the BBC. Drew co-­founded Argentum Entertainment with Erin Bethea.

Drew’s latest venture is the film, New Life. NEW LIFE (Nouvelle Vie) is a film about hope. Benjamin Morton’s life changed forever the day he met the little girl next door.  Ava was and always would be the girl of his dreams. From the innocence of a childhood friendship, through adolescent attraction, their love strengthens and grows. When life takes a turn neither of them expected, their entire future is called into question.  NEW LIFE explores the ups and downs of life and love, showing us that in good times and bad, life can be approached with hope and the opportunity for something new.

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Business

  • As we approach 2017, new business trends are quickly taking shape—including globalization. No company set on growth in the New Year can afford to ignore our increasingly borderless world of business. According to globalization and language expert Anna Schlegel, any business can go global, but they won’t all succeed. Now, she has mastered the science of globalization and is revealing the ultimate model for true international success.

“For a company to be truly global, there has to be a globalization master plan, thoroughly mapped out and followed like any other discipline,” says Schlegel, author of Truly Global. “You can’t wing it. The more you understand what globalization is, the more you will see how it can help your company grow and make real money.”

unnamedWhen I interview Anna Schlegel, we will discuss the essence of globalization: what it is, how to achieve it, and how it will establish significant ROI – this is something all people need to understand.  Globalization affects everyone. I am also interested in what Anna has determined to be a global content strategy that will help companies localize to any number of markers and locations. Since I have so many friends with small businesses and startups, I will ask Schlegel what they can do to prepare for international success! 

Health and Wellness

  • FitFluential is the leading multinational network of highly influential fitness, health,  and wellness enthusiasts sharing their journey both online and offline through multiple social media platforms. Founded in 2011, FitFluential connects health and wellness brands with their ideal target market through customized, long-term experiential and contextual social media marketing campaigns. FitFluential currently has over 5,000 Ambassadors. Connect with FitFluential on @FitFluential, Facebook.com/FitFluential, Pinterest.com/FitFluential, and Instagram.com/FitFluential.

 FitFluential has launched the FitFluential Radio Podcast.  The Podcast will feature an interview format with thought leaders and health, wellness and fitness industry experts daily. Guests for Podcast include: Dave Asprey,  Gary Vaynerchuk , Dr. Amy Meyers,  Robb Wolf,  Sarah Fragoso,  Fred Devito, Todd Durkin,   Josh Henkin,   Valerie Waters,  Heidi Powell,  John Berardi,  Dr. Dominick D’Agostino, and Teresa Tapp.79ipe1gg1lsluktmz09r_400x400

“We saw a strong need in the health & wellness space to deconstruct and demystify overly complex and confusing topics and that is the focus of the podcast.” according to Co-Host and Founder of FitFluential Kelly Olexa.  “With each episode, listeners will walk away with actionable tips in information that they can apply to their everyday lifestyle.”

Olexa is joined on the Podcast by health & wellness industry leader Kevin Cottrell, Co-Founder of Paleo f(x)™.  Cottrell, is a seasoned start up executive originally from Silicon Valley, and brings extensive health & wellness experience and contacts. The podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher and Soundcloud.  http://bit.ly/fitfluentialradio

I love me some podcasters! I think it will be a blast to interview Kelly and Kevin on Tinsel Town Live, don’t you think? I know lots of bloggers who have done campaigns for Fitfluential and I can’t wait to find out all about it.

Art/Creativity

  • I can’t plan the next few months without including my passion for art – and I am going to have the best and most interesting friends join me in discussions on a weekly basis! I have invited Cindy Harrison to be my co-host on a variety of shows. We will have some fun with “Tinsel Town Game Night!” and a Sing-a-long Musical Throw Down! Some of our guests will include, Alexia Anastasio, Claudia Santiago, Shawn Diddy, and more.
  • And if you want to see artwork in action or even dive in yourself – don’t miss Paint with Heart, most Sundays at 3:00 p.m. Eastern / 12 Noon Pacific on Zoom.us.

Schedule

Keep an eye on the Events tab on MizMeliz.com for dates and times of all the interviews and reviews coming up this Fall and Winter! Be sure to enter Tinsel Town Tuesday on your calendar right now – it’s every Tuesday at 6 p.m. Pacific Time on Facebook.com/MizMelizLA and Smiletime.com/channel/mizmeliz !

A Christmas Story on Tinsel Town with Miz Meliz @LaLaMusicFest

Posted on December 1st, 2015 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, TenMiniTT 2015

I’m so excited to share this with you, especially for my friends who live in the San Fernando Valley! *GEC Events is giving me tickets to attend this event and some to give away. See my disclosure for more details on why I write informative posts like this. All opinions and enthusiasm about this blog post are entirely my own!

For Information and to Buy Tickets for the Screening visit LALA Music Fest

LALA Music Fest debuts with a screening of “A Christmas Story,” with a guest appearance by much of the original comedy cast. The holiday special event will start at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, December 17th. MC’d by KOST 103.5 radio host, Ellen K, and featuring holiday music from the 70-member City of Angels Choir this may become an annual tradition! Tickets start at $19 each for select balcony seats and range up to $55 each for premium orchestra seats at the Valley Performing Arts Center at CSUN. 818-677-3000

 

Join me on Blab to hear the news and find out all the details about the upcoming screening of A Christmas Story…

Are you wondering, “Where are they now?” Check out this post on A Christmas Story House Museum.

For Full Details on the event, visit LALA Music Fest – An Intimate Music & Arts Festival.

A Christmas Story

The Valley Relics Museum in Chatsworth has now joined forces with CSUN’s Valley Performing Arts Center to bring in-demand music and movies, in English and Spanish, to the San Fernando Valley.

Meet 5 Of The Original Cast Members

A Christmas Story has become a national treasure and a holiday classic. The promoters are very excited to bring you a special screening with members of the original cast. The cast includes Flick, Randy, Schwartz, Scut Farkus and Grover Dill. They will also be showing the entire movie on the big screen.

Don’t forget to TWEET for a chance to win tickets

to see the screening and Q & A

with some of the Original Cast from A Christmas Story!

Winners will be notified by Direct Message on Twitter.

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Your Kid Called – He Wants You to Have More Fun #ThisIsHardRock @TMZ

Posted on August 9th, 2015 by & filed under Blog Venture, Events, Everything Miz Meliz

I have to admit, I get kind of bummed sometimes about my kids growing up.

Living the Hollywood Life

(Read my disclosure on why this is not an ad.)

My youngest son is now the tallest in our family. My kids have grown and I have to think of new ways to connect with them. I get jealous of the boys’ relationship with their Dad. I am grateful that they are so close and my husband has developed a great relationship with each of our sons. I wonder how can I stay involved with my teenaged sons?  I decided to try and include them in some the fun things I get to do as a blogger. They don’t always get to come along and it’s not always a good fit, but recently my son and I had a blast living “the Hollywood life!”

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Being a Total Rock Star

I always strive to be my best self and shine brightly to others. I call that being a “total rockstar.” I believe life is like being on movie set at times. We are always “in production” and trying hard to impress others. No matter what our role is, performing on stage or behind the scenes, if you bring your rockstar attitude and enjoy yourself as you are doing your best work – it will show.

Living in Hollywood

I live near Hollywood, CA. It is a major tourist attraction. I love taking friends to Hollywood and I love going on tours. I always learn something new. Old Hollywood and new Hollywood – it’s a crazy business! Living near Hollywood is great because I get lots of opportunities to attend events and even see some stars. Lately, I’ve been able to interview some TV and movie stars for my blog. I even went to a red carpet premiere of a film at the world famous Chinese Theater. It was thrilling! So, when I was asked to review a few Hollywood-related things recently, I decided to take my son as my “plus one.”

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Being “Cool” is a State of Mind.

Admit it! At some point in your life you were either proud to be a cool kid or you wished you were one of the cool kids. Have you ever been surprised to find out that someone you know now considers you to be cool? Has anyone ever said to you, “I bet you were really cool in high school!” This always shocks me.

Me, cool? No way!

I equate being cool with being popular. Even though I knew a lot of kids in my school, I was not one of the popular kids. Yet, I have always been fascinated with being cool. What makes someone cool? What makes someone a star? Is it about having a winning attitude? Is about having a “bad” attitude? Why can’t everyone be cool?

I try to explain this to my kids. I think they are cool. Of course, I get an answer like, “Ah, Mom!” Because I wouldn’t know what makes a kid cool these days. But I know. I really do know. Because no one ever thinks they are cool. There is always someone else to emulate. There is always an idea that if you only had this or that, could do this or that, knew him or her…..that you would be really cool. And what we never realize is that other people see what we have, what we do , who we know, and think, wow – that’s cool!

My point is that I think Hollywood is cool. I think sightseeing is cool. I think meeting movie stars and interviewing them is cool. I think taking my kid with me on a TMZ Hollywood Tour bus is totally cool!

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Okay. So, my son didn’t think going to breakfast at the Hard Rock Cafe or going on a TMZ tour bus in Hollywood for the afternoon would be fun or cool. He thought it would be boring. He thinks being a hipster is cool. I am not really sure what it takes to be a hipster. So, it must be cool! I am the mom, I am not supposed to know these things. But I do know. I really do know what is fun. So, I made him come with me. In a nice way. I encouraged and prodded. He is a good kid and was willing to go with me, but he was open about not really wanting to go. I tried to downplay it as much as I could. I said it’s for my blog, and I promised I would try it out. I don’t want to go alone. Blah blah blah. That’s probably what he heard me say. “Blah blah blah blaaaaah.” I had a feeling we would like it and we did!

Love it, Rock it, and Have Fun!

Hard Rock Kids Event

When you want your fourteen year old to come with you to a “work thing” be sure to tell him there will be free food. That worked for going to the Hard Rock Cafe Kids Breakfast. I was invited to attend this event by the folks at the Hard Rock Cafe at Universal City Walk. Disclosure. When you want your teen to come with you on a bus tour, promise him candy! We stopped by Sweet! Hollywood, the biggest candy store I have ever been to, and bought some snacks for our bus trip. It was a hit. @sweetstorela was totally Sweet, they have everything to satisfy your sweet tooth and a lot of fun novelty items. Shopping there was the perfect way to spend time while waiting for our tour, it’s just around the corner from the Starline Tours waiting area.

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My cool son at the Hard Rock Cafe Universal City Walk

I hope they continue to have this event or something like it at the Hard Rock Cafe, because it was a lot of fun! We hung out with some big name celebrities. Cinderella was there, and Iron Man! The little kids loved it! I loved it. My teenager? He enjoyed himself! Who wouldn’t? It’s the Hard Rock Cafe!!

Me and Cinderella

Me and Cinderella

Our next stop was the TMZ Hollywood Tour. I booked this through Tours4Fun.com it was a little confusing finding our vouchers and figuring out where to go and what bus to get on, but once we were on the tour – it was a blast! I highly recommend taking a bus tour of Hollywood (or any city) when you get the chance. The tour guides are knowledgeable and funny. I always learn something new. And guess what! I saw Iron Man on Hollywood Blvd. Do you think he was following me?

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Let me know if you visited one of these awesome restaurants this summer:

Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood on Hollywood Blvd.

6801 Hollywood Blvd. #105 Hollywood CA 90028

Direct Line: 323.606.7155; Cafe: 323.464.7625

Fax: 323.464.7005

Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood at Universal CityWalk

1000 Universal Studios Blvd #99 Universal City CA 91608

Sales Direct: 818.622.7660; Cafe: 818.622.7625
Fax: 818.761.9964

(This is not an ad. I received some incentives to attend these events, but there was no requirement to write this and all opinions are entirely my own. Disclosure)

See You at the #CinemarkCarson Southbay’s Newest Entertainment Destination @Cinemark

Posted on May 20th, 2015 by & filed under Events, Everything Miz Meliz, Live Performances, Miz Meliz Newz Update

Miz Meliz Newz Update – Summer Lovin’ Edition

Disclosure This is not a paid advertisement.

Summer is about relaxing and having fun. Here are some things I will be doing this summer. And guess what – it starts with Memorial Day weekend, right! That’s now! Watch out Summer…here comes Miz Meliz!

VIP Night at the #CinemarkCarson 

New Theater Opening Just in Time for Summer

Get Two Free Tickets to Carson Cinemark

Tweet me if you want two tickets to the VIP Night at the New Cinemark Theater in Carson on Wednesday, May 27th. Or leave a comment and let me know you are interested. I can give away ten pairs of tickets to the event. Tickets are FREE, While Supplies Last. Note: Sharing this post to Twitter will automatically enter the phrase and give you a chance to get tickets.

Southbay’s Newest Entertainment Destination #CinemarkCarson

20700 South Avalon Blvd., Suite 285, Carson, CA 90746

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Festival of the Arts/Pageant of the Masters

I will be attending a special media event for the #FestivalofArts and I hope to see you there!

Please follow Pageant of the Masters and the Festival of Arts on Twitter: @FestivalPageant Home to the Festival of Arts – California’s Premier Open Air Fine Art Show & Pageant of the Masters- a theatrical performance where art comes to life!

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TwoTickets2015_loresGet your tickets to see the 2015 Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach Click Here to Buy Tickets

Tickets are $25-80 each.

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Tweet me if you want two tickets to the VIP Night at the New Cinemark Theater in Carson on Wednesday, May 27th. Or leave a comment and let me know you are interested. I can give away ten pairs of tickets to the event. Tickets are FREE, While Supplies Last. Note: Sharing this post to Twitter will automatically enter the phrase and give you a chance to get tickets.

This is not a sponsored post. I was not compensated to post this information. I was offered free tickets to give away and a few tickets to attend the event for the promotion of the new theater. Cool, huh? Read my disclosure for more information on why I post things like this on MizMeliz.com.

 

Chase New Experiences

Posted on May 1st, 2015 by & filed under Be Inspired, Everything Miz Meliz, Quotes & Notes

“To live life as an artist, you have to chase new experiences, because each one contributes to your talents.” ~Josefa Moe

Josefa Moe Quote picture by Melissa Reyes Copyright 2015 for mizmeliz.com

Who is “Creating Lasting Sustainable Change for Those Who Need It the Most”?

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

His name is Jonathan Lopez, I like to call him “John.”

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He is my brother. He inspires me daily by his example. Here are some things he has accomplished, and these are just a few ways he has made his life’s work to help others…

Kaiser Permanente Program Provides Hope and Resources to Homeless Patients

By Michael Carter

Homeless patients are getting the help they need to rebuild their lives thanks to a unique program at Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center. Led by staff member Jonathan Lopez, the Homeless
Navigator Pilot Program aims to find shelter and other vital community services for homeless patients who seek care in their emergency department.

The program is the first of its kind for Kaiser Permanente in Southern California. This unique program addresses the needs of homeless patients by using a coordinated approach that involves a dedicated team of staff and community resource providers. The team consists of physicians, nurses, social workers, case manager, administrators, and the Homeless Navigator.

Since its inception in April, 2012, the program has placed more than 576 homeless patients into shelters, transitional housing, permanent housing, and substance abuse treatment programs. That’s a dramatic increase from 2011, when just 25 homeless patients were placed in shelters during the entire year.

“We offer an atmosphere of hope and caring to our homeless clients and we are making a significant difference.” ~Jonathan Lopez

The program has been so successful in ending homelessness for Kaiser Permanente patients that it has become a new model of care for this vulnerable population. During the past year, the program has received many accolades, including the 2013 Community Impact Partner of the Year Award from Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission and the Community Partnership Award from The Salvation Army in March 2013.

“Kaiser Permanente is not only a leading provider in health care, but now they are leading the way in health and human services through their Homeless Navigator Program,” said Ken Craft, president and chief operating officer for Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission. The Mission is a non-profit agency serving thousands of men, women, children and their families in the San Fernando Valley.

“Through the leadership of Mr. Lopez, homeless people who come to the hospital are treated with dignity and respect and they are connected to community resources. The program links the homeless with service providers that assist them with accessing case management and wrap around resources. ,This unique program has been a catalyst in transforming the landscape of homeless service providers. Now, thanks to Kaiser Permanente and the San Fernando Valley Homeless Service Providers we are all working together to assist the most vulnerable in our society,” added Craft.

Here’s how the program works:

Lopez serves as a liaison between Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center and nonprofit community partners that offer an array of services, including shelter, food, clothing, job assistance and substance abuse treatment. That’s in addition to permanent housing which is the main component to ending homelessness.
Working with emergency medicine physicians, nurses, case managers, social workers, and deputy administrators Lopez connects homeless patients with the services they need to end their homelessness.

Tom Gray, 46, credits the Homeless Navigator Pilot Program with saving his life. Addicted to crystal methamphetamine, he lost his home and job and had been living on the streets for many years. He came to the attention of homeless team after seeking emergency treatment for an abscess on his leg.

With the team’s support, Gray is now rebuilding his life. He is living at the Cabrito House, a sober living home for men overcoming alcohol addiction. He is also working as a sales representative for a heating and air conditioning company in Canoga Park, where he has been the sales leader for three out of 11 months. In his spare time, Gray gives motivational speeches to patients at the Tarzana Treatment Center, a behavioral health care organization that provides substance abuse and mental health treatment to adults and teens.

“Without this Homeless Navigator Program, I wouldn’t be where I’m at today. I would have gone back to the streets,” said Gray. “It’s a great program.” The homeless navigator team is committed to helping more people like Gray.

Last summer, Lopez expanded his scope of responsibilities, assisting homeless patients that had not entered the emergency department and consulted with dozens of homeless clients monthly after they were discharged from the ER. As the Homeless Navigator, Lopez develops community partnerships, through which Kaiser Permanente’s NavigationTeam is able to arrange for transportation and placement in local shelters, transitional housing and substance abuse treatment programs, when needed.

The goal of the Homeless Service Provider partnerships is to facilitate access to a continuum of care and coordinated services enabling them to identify long-term solutions to improve homeless clients’ living conditions and ultimately end their state of homelessness through permanent housing. Community Partners include the Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission, House of Hope, LA Family Housing, Columbus and Corbin House, San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission in North Hollywood, the Bell Access Center, Genesis House and The Lighthouse, a shelter for women and children in Ventura County.

In addition the Homeless Navigator Pilot Program works closely with Tarzana Treatment Center, Northeast Valley Health Corporation, and the San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center. The newest community partners include the Frequent User System Engagement System (F.U.S.E) and SSG Alliance – Project 40.

Paul Read, president of the Cabrito Foundation, which oversees the operations of the Cabrito House, a sober living house for recovering alcoholic men, praised Lopez’ hands-on role in assisting homeless individuals.

“It is a great privilege to work with someone as dedicated as Mr. Lopez. He works tirelessly to find people just the right place that will give them the best chance to regain their status in the community,” said Read. “We are fortunate to be a part of his team.”

The Homeless Navigator Pilot Program benefits not only homeless patients but the community partners as well.
For the past 18 months, Kaiser Permanente employees have volunteered to prepare and serve dinner at L.A. Family Housing, The Lighthouse, and the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission. The staff also helped paint the library at The Salvation Army and partnered with the agency on several events. Joint activities include The United Way 5K Walk to End Homelessness, the 2013 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count and tuberculosis screening for residents of the organization’s residential substance abuse treatment program.

“We’re developing an interactive, supportive resource-sharing partnership with our homeless service providers,” said Lopez. “Our goal is to provide the highest quality of care for our homeless neighbors and to be the best community partner possible.”

*posted with permission from Kaiser Permanente, Woodland Hills

Jonathan shared this note he received from a colleague recently:

“Just wanted to congratulate you again for the Hope of the Valley award Saturday night.  Well deserved and truly a labor a love.  Where would we all be without the support of people like yourself and your ‘friends’ when things go bump in the night and you feel totally helpless, scared and hopeless…..  “

“Thanking you from the bottom of all our hearts…. Kaiser family & framily : )” 
 

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Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission 2014 CATALYST AWARD:

Presented to Jonathan Lopez, 

“Creating Lasting Sustainable Change for Those Who Need It the Most”

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Intentional Acts of Kindness

In 2015, Jonathan begins a new path on his journey as the V.P. of Development for Hope of the Valley. With his partners and community connections, he will lead the way in establishing a new facility that will offer transitional care for homeless and needy people when they are discharged from the hospital and have nowhere else to turn.

In addition to all that he does for the community at large, John is always there for me. He actively supports his own family and mine in everything we do and he leads our family with great pride and undoubted unconditional love. Joyful, joyous, caring, sensitive, funny, humble, celebrated and beloved, he is the best friend to have and of course, an amazing person to have as my brother!

Jonathan has been honored with many awards for his service and commitment to helping others. I am quite proud of him for that. My entire family is immensely proud of all of his and my sister-in-law, Jennifer Lyons Lopez’ work as they both devote their life’s passion to helping others. By posting this, I not only commend them for their actions, but it is my hope to inspire you to do something. Every little bit helps.

Together we can make a difference.

I wrote this post and shared the articles above for the simple joy and pride it brings me. I am not affiliated in any way with any of the organizations mentioned above, other than in connection to my family members who serve as employees or as volunteers.

When My Son Became a Pirate I knew We Were In Trouble @PirateDinnerCA

Posted on July 16th, 2014 by & filed under Discoveries, Events, Everything Miz Meliz

Well, I knew we were in for some fun!

Do you want to have some fun with your family?

photo courtesy of MizMeliz.com and Pirate's Dinner AdventureGo to the Pirate’s Dinner Adventure and Show in Buena Park!

My family loved it!

Thanks to the folks at Pirates Dinner Adventures for hosting me and my family and allowing me to experience their show first hand as a  US Family Guide blogger.  And best of all, I get to share their exclusive $25 off offer with you! (Disclosure)

Special Offer: $25 off Adult and $15 off Child admission

 

“Set aboard an authentically replicated 18th-century Spanish galleon measuring 46 feet long, 18 feet wide with 40-foot masts, the ship is anchored in a 300,000-gallon indoor lagoon with night sky lighting. Surrounding the lagoon is a six-sided showroom of six additional ships where the audience is seated.

Voyagers on each of the six ships have their own fearless pirate mascot whom they cheer on as the adventure unfolds with a cast a dozen actors, singers and stunt performers engaging in a bounty of action-packed exploits, accompanied by cannon blasts, pyrotechnics and plenty of laughs.

In addition, more than 150 guests have the chance to play an actual role in each show as the evil Captain Sebastian the Black leads his crews of renegades on a swashbuckling adventure before your very eyes!”

When my son became a pirate, he was chosen by one of the cast members at the Pirate’s Dinner Adventure Show. By that time, many people, young and old, had been asked to join in the fun. He ran up with the rest of the swashbuckling young men and was eager to find out what his part would be.

What a fun adventure for all of us! The entertainment, music and songs, the food, the service – – everything about the experience was exciting, light-hearted and top notch. Anytime we have guests from out of town or for a special occasion, I plan to go there again and again.

Have you been to the Pirate’s Dinner Adventure and Show in Buena Park?

Let me know if you go there.

Especially if you are on the Red Crew!

Share this with your friends:  Pirate’s Dinner Adventure and Show #BuenaPark @PirateDinnerCA @usfg #Discount

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