Homelessness & Kim Kardashian – What’s On My Mind!

Since most of the guests I wanted to book on my weekly Mingle Media TV show Life After Kids TV were out of town, presumably getting in the last of their summer vacation time, I did a solo stint on my weekly show. And as many of you who know me and love me know, I have no problem holding my own in a solo conversation.

So for today’s show, I did an abridged half-hour version of LAK and decided to talk about what was on my mind.  One of the topics that’s becoming nearer and dearer to my heart is the subject of homelessness.  As some of you may already know, I am working with MurphyUSA’s campaign to help homeless advocate, Mark Horvath of Invisible People.  I am writing posts for their consumer-facing site, Cheap Gas Blog weekly  as a way to telling Mark’s story from his Road Trip 2011 and hopefully build an audience of supporters for his cause and others like it.  If you want to know more, please check out their site.

So as I have been watching many of Mark’s reports from the road, you’d have to be cold-blooded not to be affected by the stories of these invisible people.  So, needless to say, watching all the news coverage of Kim Kardashian’s wedding over the top ceremony had put me in a foul mood.  It’s just getting harder and harder for me to watch shameless displays of wealth while to many others in our great United States can barely support themselves or their families and almost 70o,ooo people are homeless today.  Staggering and sobering statistics that continue to climb as our economy falters.  But that’s another topic for another rant.

Perhaps I am being overly sensitive since I have been immersed in the plight of the homeless, but I don’t think so, especially since it’s been reported that most of the six million dollar tab was “donated” by the various vendors for the publicity.  So here’s someone who makes a very lucrative living off her endorsements et al. who’s marrying a well-paid athlete and they could have certainly afforded to pay, but they don’t have to!  Oh the excess of it all, including her Judith Leiber custom purses she gave to her bridesmaids. Leiber’s regular line of clutches retail in from approximately 2 – 4 thousand, God knows how much those kustom krystal klutches cost…or did Ms. Kardashian get those, like many other items from her wedding, “donated” for free?

I don’t think we’ll ever find out and it really is a moot point.  In any event, I think a gesture toward charity would’ve softened the blow of this shameless display of excess.  Even Prince William and bride-to-be Kate Middleton had the good sense to ask that people make donations in lieu of wedding gifts.  I don’t know about you, but that fact made it easier to watch the pomp and circumstance of their nuptials.

What do you think?  Am I off base or right on target?

Why not have a look at the show below and let me know what’s on your mind – whether you agree or disagree – it’s always great to have a conversation about the things we care about! And don’t forget to tune in again next week on Thursday at 8pm ET/5pm PT for the next “Life After Kids” and if you sign up for a FREE Stickam account you can chat with me live!

Thanks and have a great week!




Chatting with Tia Carrere

Life After Kids interviews Tia CarrereOn October 8, 2010, I was “following my bliss” as guest correspondent for MingleMediaTV at the The 10th Annual Malibu Family Wines Harvest and Crush Event benefiting City Hearts Organization-providing arts education to thousands of Los Angeles’ inner-city youth.

The event took place at the magnificent 1000 plus acre Saddle Rock Ranch, owned by winemaker and philanthropist, Robert Semler.  The event featured wine tastings from Semler’s signature and Saddle Rock wines, delectable dishes from local restaurants, luxury auctions, a foot spa, and a special tribute from “25 Artists Creating 25 Heart-themed Pieces to Celebrate 25 Years of City Hearts.” It was well-attended and everyone had a great time!

Here’s my chat with actress, Grammy award-winning recording artist and producer,  Tia Carrere about why she lent her support to this fabulous event and what she’s up to now.

Life After Kids Interviews Tia Carrere

To Cut or Not to Cut – An Interview with Dr. Lawrence Koplin

www.drkoplin.comMy interview with plastic surgeon, Dr. Lawrence Koplin who was lending his support to the Malibu Family Wines Crush and Harvest Event benefiting City Hearts.Org on October 8th.

What he had to say about arts education and why its an important facet of all children’s growth and development, his views on extreme plastic surgery and why the late Dr. Frank Ryan should not be known as the man who “created” Heidi Montag, but a man who was first and foremost, a caring philanthropist who changed and saved the lives of so many in need.

Survivor Story: How Do You Define Yourself? Guest Post

Even today, I don’t define myself as a breast cancer survivor. You may never have known that I am one of the many women – one in every eight- who develop breast cancer! I was diagnosed  in August 2005 and completed eight rounds of chemotherapy and thirty-three rounds of radiation by the Spring of 2006. I am sharing this story to help others as they face this challenging time and hopefully, encourage them to help other people in all walks of life to have the strength to meet their own challenges head on.

My breast cancer was diagnosed early during an annual mammogram. I started my screenings at the recommended age of 40. It could have been several more years before I would have been able to “feel” it in a self-examination because at the time it was discovered it was less than 2 cm at the largest side. Surgery was successful, my lymph nodes were clear, recovery was a breeze with breast conserving surgery and of course, being pre-menopausal, the treatment was more intense, that’s when the fun started!

I started my Chemo in late September 2005 and as they will warn you, your hair starts to fall out after the second treatment. As you can see from my photos, I had my hair cut off. We made it a family affair as my son came with me to have my hair cut off so it could be donated to “Locks of Love”. When I got my G.I. Jane buzz, my son compared my shaved head to a “hedgehog” foot scraper. Being able to donate to “Locks of Love” was worth losing my hair over, it’s also something that my brother has done twice – just for the love of it, and as he puts it “for the cancer kids.”
After my second treatment I started scratching my head, and the proof was there, my hand came back with hair, lots of it. I thought I would’ve had a few days but the next morning I woke up and took a shower that lasted on and off over 1.5 hours before giving up and shaving the hairs off and ending with a smooth and bald head.

I decided not to use the prescription to get a wig, I was going to go “au natural” (in my mind, if men can walk around bald, so could I). The following week I was in Seattle for business and I was asked on the way to a business meeting, ‘was I making a fashion statement?’ I laughed and said, ‘if only I could draw my eyebrows on evenly’. That’s what I missed most, my eyelashes and eyebrows. It was sad for me to see the women with scarves and strands of hair, like you see on mummies in the museum, holding on to their “glory” but it was so freeing, to be able to not worry about it. Plus, no hair, means no hair anywhere, six months of not shaving my “legs” was awesome. But that’s me, kids don’t understand that it is not that important, they just don’t want to be stared at or feel different or worse, ugly. Locks of Love is an amazing organization that helps these children, our children, feel confident and happy and help them through this tough time.

Fast forward to today, five years later, I’ve got my hair back (wink) and am sharing my story with you, to encourage you to help the Locks of Love organization with an event that is coming up here in the Los Angeles area. The details are following this post. Please do what you can and make sure your loved ones are screened and do self-tests each month. There are also many programs out there to help you if you cannot pay for a mammogram or for your treatment. Visit sites like Breast Cancer.org, Susan G. Komen or others for support and more information. Just don’t do what I started doing and Google-searching breast cancer. Talk to your doctor or health care provider first. Don’t let it freak you out, face it head on and keep smiling… make a pact with your BFF’s to talk to you every day like mine did and don’t get into a funk…it will pass!
This is a Guest Post by Stephanie Piche CEO/Executive Producer MingleMediaTV

Locks of Love Charity Event
October 6, 2010, 7:30 PM at the SKYBAR on Sunset Blvd. Hollywood, CA

General Admission Tickets available for event. Purchase tickets by clicking here!

Celebrity Poker Tournament, Gift Bags, Silent Auction, Fashion Show, Putting Contest, Live Hair Donations, and cocktails with your most beautiful friends.  This event for Locks of Love in produced in conjunction with Beverly Hills Law Associates, DJ HEM, Contraband Hats, Sweet Wood Golf, Stop Staring Clothing, and Hair by Mr. Randall.

Want to sponsor this event? Please contact: CARing in Stilettos Corp. and call Angelica Leon at 310.691.1141 with any questions.

Cure In the Canyons 4

Cure in the Canyons
Sunday October 3, 2010 At 11 AM

This coming Sunday, I am excited to be covering Cure in the Canyons for MingleMediaTV and we are inviting you to come down and join us at  this great event, get pampered, mingle with celebs and more importantly, you will be supporting efforts to find a cure for breast cancer.

“Cure In The Canyons 4” is the kick off for this year’s annual fundraising campaign and its organizers have joined forces with L.A.’s best chef’s, premium beverages, leading life & style, wellness, beauty, and entertainment brands to indulge attendees with wine & spirit tasting, sampling, demos, spa treatments and more to benefit breast cancer research.

This event is being hosted at a private Beverly Park Estate in Beverly Hills, CA, on Sunday, October 3, beginning at 11 a.m. will feature celebrity guests and more than 35 of the top exclusive high-end industry trendsetters who are donating their time and products to fund breast cancer research.

TV Personality Jessica Hall will host Cure in the Canyons IV along with Emmy® winning actress Julia Ormond (Temple Grandin, Nurse Jackie), Katie Cleary (Iron Man 2, Chuck), Jasmine Dustin (Iron Man 2), CCH Pounder (Avatar), Ivan Sergei (The Breakup) and Kyle Richards (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills).

For Tickets  and More Information Click Here