BlogHer ’11 Totally Swag-a-licious!

What brands won’t do or giveaway to get bloggers to talk about them! I came back with almost 8 bags of goodies and I go through them for the first time – on my “Life After Kids” Show.

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!

AGvocacy 2.0 Live Panel From South by Southwest

For those of you who can’t make it to South by Southwest, watch us live from Austin Convention Center.

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.

Life After Kids 2/24/11 Teri Thompson & Jen Friel

Life After Kids is thrilled to welcome, a true social media expert and longtime friend of mine, Teri Thompson, who co-authored  (with Beverly Macy) the recent release ,”The Power of Real-Time Social Media Marketing.”

Teri and I met when we both worked in broadcast television in the creative advertising and promotion departments of the major TV networks.  In fact, we worked together several times during our 20 plus year careers in that business and I know her to be a fabulous colleague and wonderful friend.

A few years ago, like many of us, Teri had to “re-invent” herself in order to stay employable in this downsized economy and her story of what she’s doing now is an inspiring testament to the power of reinvention at any stage of life

Then,  Jen Friel, from the very popular blog and soon to be major television series Talk Nerdy to Me Lover will be dropping in to discuss her year of homelessness, the power of faith, and our exciting plans for this coming Sunday covering the Oscar red-carpet at “The Night of 100 Stars” (the official 2011 Academy Awards viewing party at the Beverly Hills Hotel), with fellow vlogger, Zennie Abraham of Zennie62.com.

If you don’t know who Jen is, you must find out! This amazing young woman with a bright personality and infectious laugh to match, is wise beyond her years.  And, even though she is far from entering mid-life or a life with or without kids, you’ll be inspired by her stories of reinvention!  Plus, you must hear  about her 30 day “BJ” diet…I guarantee it’s a story  you won’t want to miss.

So catch this all on Thursday at 8p ET/5p PT, February 28th on MingleMediaTV and if you miss the live webcast I will be posting the show later for your viewing pleasure.

Life After Kids TV Show is Back!

Life After Kids You’re cordially invited to join me for Season 2 of  my show “Life After Kids” or what I affectionately call it: The Adventures of Mid-life Empty-Nester – Now at its NEW DAY & TIME-Tonight, Thursdays February 3rd at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific on Mingle Media TV.

Having kids is not a requirement to check in on a hour of conversation about life, love, fashion, travel and wine! At this stage of life, we’ve all are living life after something-divorce, death, downsizing or…? Let’s share some time to chat, share our stories  and to be inspired to “follow your bliss” and make the second act the best one ever!

To chat with me and my guests, please get a FREE Stickam account before the show and please tell your family and friends!  BTW, I would really grateful if you took a moment to become a fan on my Facebook page!

Thank you for your continued support and I hope to see you all tonight!

Dating in the Middle Ages – LAKtv 11.20.10

Creator and Star of Dating in the Middle Ages
Devin Mills will be my special guest for the entire hour of Life After Kids, Sunday Novermber 20th at 9 pm Eastern, 6 pm Pacific Time.

So join us to find out more about this delightfully irreverent but relevant show that’s been called “Sex in the City” meets “Glee.” How to watch: go to Stickam.com and sign up for a free account so you can chat with us live – make sure you clear your cache and cookies and then clik here to sign in on show time! Any questions/troubleshooting will be on that page.

Also please check out is Mingle Media TV’s coverage of the star-studded premiere!

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.

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

Our Year Of Bliss-Starts Now!

Life After Kids Bliss ListRob Reiner’s 2007 film, “Bucket List” is about the unlikely friendship between two men of different walks of life who meet while hospitalized suffering from terminal cancer. The plot, while somewhat predictable, captured the hearts of many (myself included) as these two journey to complete their bucket list. It also didn’t hurt that the roles were played by two of the greatest actors of our time, Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, Jr. who start with the more juvenile pursuits of  skydiving and racing fast cars but who end up finding out what is most important to each – the things that money cannot buy – the bonds of friendship and the infinite worth of familial love. I admit I cried at the end of the film and I do each time it’s repeated on cable, which has been often lately.  And, the ultimate of message of the film, is summed up in one of my favorite quotes from Les Brown, “Life’s too short, eat the dessert first.” So the film’s “bucket list” has now become part of our popular culture and has prompted many of us mid-lifers to begin thinking about what it means to be facing the second half of our lives and how we intend to spend our time.

My mother passed away when she was only forty-six years old, and when I reached that age, her death hit me so much harder than it did when it happened over twenty plus years ago. She was beautiful, full of life and way too young to die. I realized then how “young” she really was and what she didn’t get to do with the years she didn’t have. I believe that much of my spirit and drive in my life comes from that deep seated knowledge of how fragile and fleeting life really is. The past two years of my life have been fraught with great challenges and transitions but recently I’ve been overcome by the feeling something huge is around the corner and it has to do with “following my bliss.” Or, maybe my mom’s up there behind the steering wheel?

How do you follow your bliss? Frankly, I find the term “bucket list” – probably derived from the slang expression to kick the bucket – isn’t as elegant or inspiring. So make a BLISS LIST! I challenge you to find just twelve things you’ve never done before and always wanted to do and do at least one of those things every month for the next year. It could be as simple as reading the long novel you’ve always wanted to get to, but didn’t, learning a new skill or taking a class, to visiting relatives or taking a trip to some faraway and exotic place.

The choices are endless and the choices are yours. The most important thing is to start your list, as many life-coaches say, once you commit your intentions to writing you can make anything you want happen. So you’re already logged on if you are reading this or if you prefer to start with a pen and paper and just do it!Need help? Support? Ideas? My MingleMediaTV Network “sisters” Gabbin’ Gal Nan & Gabbin’ Gal Erin (on MMTV Thursdays at 10 pm ET/7 pm PT) have decided to join me on this journey and we three have committed to support each other and all of our loyal fans and Mingle Media TV audience.

So I’ve taken the first step below, now it’s your turn.  Please post your list (even if you don’t have 12 items yet), questions or need for support here and let’s us begin A Year of Bliss!