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!

The Bachelorette & Her Man

Roberto & Ali

As a longtime fan of ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” I was extremely excited to meet and chat with it’s latest pair of lovebirds, Ali Fedotowsky and Roberto Martinez.  As a journalist and a bit of a cynic, and because mostly all of the couples who’ve met on the show have not stayed together, I wanted to get a sense if this was true love or just another fantasy spawned from reality.

I caught up with them at the Malibu Family Wines Crush and Harvest fundraiser benefiting City Heart Organization – a program that provides arts’ education to disadvantaged or kids at risk.

I must say my cynical side was crushed by the genuine affection I felt Ali and Roberto had for each other as we spoke.  So without further ado,  I want to join the other fans of the show in wishing them the best of luck and hope that this indeed is a love that lasts.

Here’s what they had to say…now I’d like to hear from you!

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?”

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.

Emptying The Nest or the Re-Organization of Marla

Marla's Messy OfficeSomehow I got my dates mixed up, and thought Mercury was going into retrograde today, though I should have known my bestie, Zoe Moon, and THE best astrologer I have ever met EVER, would have sent up the smoke signals to let me know.  So, working on that assumption, I decided to re-organize my office which has been in a total state of disarray since it was primarily being used to house my foster pups and boxes of papers, files, books, magazines, old batteries, power cords, cell phones – all waiting to be recycled, photographs waiting to be put in albums, business cards waiting to be scanned in, and office supplies I keep buying because I can’t find the ones I bought the last time I couldn’t find them.

Okay, I admit, I have a problem with throwing things out – probably because my dad was a depression baby and he saved everything for a rainy day – I learned to hang on to every thing cause you never know when I am going to need that little piece from the thing-a-ma-whatcha that I can’t find now, but I will some day.

I hate living like this, but I do and I don’t do anything about it until Mercury is in Retrograde, when I would then tear apart my drawers, my office, my garage and make some headway….but there was always that few boxes of stuff that I could never part with that has gone from move to move to move to room to garage to closet.  You get the picture.  I am not a hoarder by any means, but I just feel comfort knowing I have my stuff there for a rainy day. In fairness to myself, my back injury did not allow for any physical activity and I was able to hire a local handyman to handle some things for a while, but he can’t got through boxes and files, and I wasn’t able bodied enough to do it.

But my back isn’t getting better, but it’s not getting worse and the time has come to really empty out my nest, and let go of whatever it is that I am holding onto…to clean out my closets, garage, files and life of those things that I really don’t need anymore….

What don’t you need anymore and how are you going to handle it ???

Let’s talk about this tonight at 9pm ET/6pm PT on LifeAfterKidsTV!

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!

How Empty is Your Nest?

Life After Kids
Please Join me for the debut of the LIVE Web Series LIFE AFTER KIDS this Sunday at 9P EDT/6p PDT on MingleMediaTV.

Sunday’s show will begin to explore what is known as empty-nest syndrome – the time when your child or children have grown, are no longer living home and have begun their own lives – very often not including “you.”

It doesn’t matter if you are a single parent, or a couple, this change in parental status can have profound effect on us,  for some it may be a traumatic time filled with loneliness and for others, it maybe the long awaited freedom to be an “adult” again.

I want to hear from you. What was your experience? How did it affect you? or your partner or spouse? What did you do to deal with it? I will share my experiences and I hope you will share yours.

Sunday is just the beginning of an exciting journey we can all take together to find and follow our bliss!  So, let’s start that conversation Sunday @6pmPDT/9pmEDT on MingleMediaTV!