Special Replay: Life After Kids From Pourtal Wine Bar 5/8/11

Due to technical difficulties and illness I have not been able to do my show live. Instead, enjoy another viewing of my birthday show from one of my absolute favorite places to sip some vino, Pourtal Wine Bar in Santa Monica, with my special guest, beauty and lifestyle guru, Michael Maron – who just launched his new website and blog: Michael Maron Beauty!

Pourtal Wine Bar, Santa MonicaThanks again to Pourtal’s owner, Steven Abronson for his generous hospitality and for making my birthday and broadcast very special for me, my guests and my audience. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, why not stop by Pourtal – it’s amazing location – one block for the beach and its unique wines make it a must visit…and don’t forget to tell Steve I sent you!

I promise to be back next week with a very special guest, Linda Rheinstein, Founder of iDoggieBag.org. Wait until you hear about her fight to save lives one “doggie bag” at a time…which also includes her fight against cancer!

Life After Kids TV – Going Green with Chevy Volt

With gasoline prices going through the roof, not only am a I mad as hell and don’t want to take it anymore but  I have been seriously looking into alternatives to cars that do not rely on gasoline.  Living in Southern California, like many other places around the country, we are suffer with the lack of a well-connected and therefore underutilized public transportation system.

I would welcome in a heartbeat, the opportunity to abandon my automobile  to get me where I need to go.  As a New Yorker, I grew up using public transportation and it was efficient and economical. But now as along-time resident of SoCal, I often wax nostalgic about those times when I could  hop a bus or train, sit in traffic for an hour all the while catching up on my reading or writing.  I long for the days without hefty insurance premiums and fill-ups that cost less than the GNP of a small nation. But that day looks like it may not ever come, so instead I am in the market for the next best thing – a really good green machine and Chevy Volt may be the one.

For most Prius has been the sweetheart story of those who those who want to drive green.  However, I had heard that Chevrolet was planning the Volt for almost 5 years and want  to enter this market with marketplace with a big bang.  From what I have been reading,  Chevy seem to have gotten it right with it’s Volt.  On paper it appears to hit all the right notes with consumers — with its longer driving distance, family-sized styling and leather seats among its many selling points plus another great one – it’s made in America.  How refreshing…it’s made in America!

Okay I am going off on a rant again, but with our economy in the sh*tter, I think it’s incumbent upon us to support American companies that are keeping America working.  The car industry and Chevrolet are part of the fabric of our history and growth and the fact that they have committed themselves to creating a vehicle that are conserves energy, while preserving our environment is making me a fan before I even get behind the wheel.

Okay I am done.  How about a rave?  Will it live up to the hype? Well I want to know…is it a good car?  .  How does it handle? How do I feel behind the wheel?  How will I look driving it?   Inquiring minds, like moi, want to know!

On tonight’s “Life After Kids” all these answers and more will be revealed.

Also, before you think, Chevrolet is paying me to write this, I assure you they are not.   But what they are doing is giving me access to drive one of the dozen or so Chevy Volts lining the streets outside the Austin Convention Center while I am here attending South by Southwest (Chevy is one of the main sponsors of the conference).   How cool is that?  Not only do I get to see if they truly put their money where their car is and assess its drivability, comfort and features, I am going to do my show LIVE from inside a Chevy Volt joined by Rob Peterson from Chevrolet.  Way Cool.

So please tune in tonight at 8 pm E / 7pm C or 5 pm Pacific for this very special edition of “Life After Kids” LIVE from Austin Texas.  See you then!

More about the Volt from Chevrolet’s own website:

  • 2011 North American Car of the Year
  • Motor Trend 2011 Car of the Year
  • Green Car Journal 2011 Green Car of the Year
  • Car and Driver 10 Best for 2011
  • Ward’s AutoWorld 10 Best Engines for 2011
  • AUTOMOBILE Magazine 2011 Automobile of the Year
  • 2010 Breakthrough Technology, by Popular Mechanics

The Volt is an electric vehicle that offers a total driving range of up to 379 miles, based on EPA estimates. For the first 35 miles, the Volt can drive gas- and tailpipe-emissions-free using a full charge of electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery. When the Volt’s battery runs low, a gas-powered engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range another 344 miles on a full tank.

2011 Academy Awards – Night of 100 Stars – Andrea Marcovicci

On the Red Carpet at the “Night of 100 Stars” Official Oscar Viewing party at the Beverly Hills Hotel, I think there were more than 100 and I caught up with actress and singer, Andrea Marcovicci, who tells “Life After Kids TV” what’s next for this versatile and talented performer.

MtvU Winners – 2011 Academy Awards

It was an exciting morning outside the Kodak Theatre where the winner of the  mtvU Oscar Correspondent Contest winners were announced!

Now, Luz Pena and Philip Robibero from Hofsta University will get to cover the 83rd Academy Awards from the most famous red carpet in the world.  Take a look at their mtvU submission that won them this honor.

What an amazing experience for two budding journalists and congratulations!

 

MtvU & Oscars® – Red Carpet Correspondent Contest

MTVu Oscar ContestMTV’s come a long way baby!  The arbiter of all things music video back in the day or should I say back in “my day,”  has become a force in community outreach with its MTVu brand and online portal dedicated to college age audiences.  They sponsor many contests over the year, but none more exciting than the one I will be covering tomorrow.  Join me live when they crown the latest 2011’s Oscars Red Carpet Correspondent!

How exciting for the winner to hone their journalistic chops on the red carpet on one of the world’s most exciting and glamorous events, the 83rd Academy Awards, not to mention the amazing experience gained by this one in a lifetime opportunity.

So join me and Zenophon Abraham and Jen Friel of TalkNerdytoMeLover.com for exciting Oscar® coverage!  And don’t forget to check out who is vying for this prestigious and highly-coveted honor on MTVu before the winners are announced 1pm Eastern Time live on my Life After Kids TV On the Town channel on Stickam.com.

 

 

 

 

Academy Awards 2011

Well my friends and loyal readers, I must say the bliss just keeps on coming! While I may never win an Oscar (r) for any of my projects, “just getting nominated” to cover all the glitz and the glamour of Hollywood’s biggest night may just be the next best thing.

Thanks to fellow journalist and vlogger, Zenophon Abraham of Zennie62.com, from Northern California, I will be reporting on the 83rd Academy Awards with him for the San Francisco Chronicle and Seattle Post Intelligencer. What’s more, he’s invited the chic-est geek of them all, Jen Friel of TalkNerdytoMeLover.com fame to round out our very eclectic group of reporters. So we’ll be bringing you some one-of-a-kind stories from behind the scenes, off the beaten path and the sidelines of the “Superbowl” of awards shows.

Plus, there are so many activities happening this week, leading up to the big day (Sunday February 27th) and we are planning to bring you some of those festivities. On game day, we’ve been invited to the Night of the 100 Stars official viewing party at the world-famous Beverly Hilton Hotel and expect some fabulous interviews with “A-listers” who just happen not to be nominated this year.

What you may not know is that those who cover and attend this event must wear formal attire, so Chogury Couture has graciously offered to deck this reporter out in its finest and Lala Castro of SparklesForever.com will be lending Jen Friel and I our me bling for the evening.

But my favorite and most necessary accessory comes via Sukjhit Ghag, Blogger & Social Media Evangelist at Sony Electronics. Several weeks ago, and without knowing my plans to cover the Oscars, she sent the sleek, sexy and very portable Bloggie Touch MP4 Camera to test out. No heavy camera equipment for this lady journalist – just the evening-purse-sized Bloggie and my “old” faithful Zi8 Kodak gave me almost 2 years ago, will be strutting their stuff on the runways of Hollywood over the coming days. Then, when the dust has settled from this week, I will be reviewing these video cameras as well.

So check back often and tell your friends…

2011 Academy Awards Coverage

Well my friends and loyal readers, I must say the bliss just keeps on coming!  While I may never win an Oscar (r) for any of my projects, “just getting nominated”  to cover all the glitz and the glamour of Hollywood’s biggest night may just be the next best thing.

Thanks to fellow journalist and vlogger, Zenophon Abraham of Zennie62.com, from Northern California, I will be reporting on the 83rd Academy Awards with him for the San Francisco Chronicle and Seattle Post Intelligencer. What’s more,  he’s invited the chic-est geek of them all, Jen Friel of TalkNerdytoMeLover.com fame to round out our very eclectic group of reporters.  So we’ll be bringing you some one-of-a-kind stories from behind the scenes, off the beaten path and the sidelines of the “Superbowl” of awards shows.

Plus, there are so many activities happening this week, leading up to the big day (Sunday February 27th) and we are planning to bring you some of those festivities.  On game day, we’ve been invited to the Night of the 100 Stars official viewing party at the world-famous Beverly Hilton Hotel and expect some fabulous interviews with “A-listers” who just happen not to be nominated this year.

What you may not know is that those who cover and attend this event must wear formal attire, so Chogury Couture has graciously offered to deck this reporter out in its finest and Lala Castro of SparklesForever.com will be lending Jen Friel and I our me bling for the evening.

But my favorite and most necessary accessory comes via  Sukjhit Ghag, Blogger & Social Media Evangelist at Sony Electronics.  Several weeks ago, and without knowing my plans to cover the Oscars, she sent the sleek, sexy and very portable  Bloggie Touch MP4 Camera to test out.  No heavy camera equipment for this lady journalist –  just the evening-purse-sized Bloggie and my “old” faithful Zi8 Kodak gave me almost 2 years ago, will be strutting their stuff on the runways of Hollywood over the coming days. Then, when the dust has settled from this week, I will be reviewing these video cameras as well.

So check back often and tell your friends…

Freedom and Fashion Event

On November 6th, 2010, Freedom and Fashion will prove that fashion and social justice CAN go hand-in-hand as they hold their second annual fair-trade fashion show in Irvine, CA.

Hosted by Style Network’s “How Do I look” and Extra TV’s ever-so stylish Jeannie Mai, the fashion show will feature clothes and jewelry from designers and organizations that give back to our global community.

So please grace us with your presence, get educated… about modern day slavery, and be inspired to make a difference.

For Tickets and More Information click here and hope to see you on the 6th!

Blog World Expo 2010

This year’s Blog World Expo was bigger, bolder and better than ever. From the speakers to the sponsors, everyone and everything was first class all the way. I am not the only one who thought this way, most of my fellow attendees I spoke with agreed that the panels were insightful, the keynote speakers entertaining and informative and the parties, after parties and after-after parties were spectacular! I will be adding many more posts and videos over the coming days with names, details,  and photos! Sorry folks, what happened in Vegas isn’t going to stay in Vegas – it’s gonna turn up here and, of course, Facebook! In the meantime, check out a mini-preview of who I spoke with below.

Emmy Award-Winning Producer Mark Burnett

As a correspondent for Mingle Media TV Network and for my weekly show Life After Kids, I had the pleasure of chatting with Emmy Award-winning producer, Mark Burnett, about many things and his new show, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” the bloggers’ blogger, Darren Rowse (@problogger), speaker and author of “Unmarketing,” Scott Stratten (@unmarketing), co-founder of Blog World Expo, Rick Calvert (@blogworld), social media expert and author, Mari Smith *@marismith) and the geeks’ geek and host of “This Week in Tech,” Leo LaPorte to name just a few. So please be patient, I have hours of footage to get through and edit and many hours of writing to do, but I guarantee that these are interviews with great information and well worth waiting for.

Plus, if you weren’t able to attend Blog World this year or maybe you missed a few of the panels, for the first time EVER the organizers are offering access to ALL the panels and keynote sessions online. Here’s the link for more information and to order!

Until the next time…ask yourself, “isn’t it time you followed your bliss?”

Blog World Expo Day One

Started the day with a cuppa joe and a livestream with Desiree Peeples aka @MommyReporter for her show on MingleMediaTV - Blog Builders!