What I learned from Women’s Wellness Day


15th Annual Women’s Wellness Day features renowned author and chef Alice Waters By some stroke of luck, I won two tickets to the annual Women’s Wellness Day hosted by the UC Irvine Health Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine. (Thank you, Facebook.) The event was held at the Irvine Marriott hotel and I brought my friend Anne along to experience…

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Out and About: Spring Menus at Five Crowns and Back Bay Bistro


When you are lucky enough to be invited to two menu tastings at two popular restaurants on two consecutive days, you say yes and put on your stretchy pants and get ready for a mouthwatering journey. Five Crowns in Corona Del Mar is an Orange County institution so I consider any opportunity to visit, quite the treat. The charming replica…

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The Coolest: Gringo Bandito Hot Sauce


“We have become a nation obsessed with hot sauce.” – Denver Nicks in “Hot Sauce Nation: America’s Burning Obsession.” In November, Gringo Bandito released their Special Edition 2016 Private Reserve hot sauce. The recipe featured the yellow bhut, yellow moruga and yellow Carolina Reaper. A limited number of bottles were produced, just like fine wine, this hot sauce is available…

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A Restaurant AND a Bar at a Grocery Store? Why not?


Gone are the days when getting a pre-made sandwich in the chiller of a grocery store was the only option to lunch. There’s a growing trend of restaurants and even bars within the grocery. Leading the pack in this trend is Whole Foods Market. At the Whole Foods Market at The District in Tustin, Mendocino Farms, a popular sandwich restaurant,…

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Out and About: Color Run, Nutcracker, Stax Cookie Bar, and Mamma Mia!


It was a crazy week overall, in addition to it being Thanksgiving week. But boy, it was fun! Weekend Shenanigans Saturday started off early with The Color Run in Huntington Beach. I didn’t actually run in “The Happiest 5k on Earth, ” but I did enjoy documenting the happy faces, costumes and colors of the participants. Right after the Color…

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Passion Project : Saving Sally – a Film Worth Saving and Sharing


UPDATE!!! It’s been three years since I wrote this blog post, ten years since the movie started production. Finally, “Saving Sally” a romantic sci-fi fantasy, is hitting the screens on Christmas day in Manila, Philippines as part of the annual Metro Manila FilmFest. Congratulations to director Avid Liongoren and his team! —- Originally published October 9, 2013 Long ago in…

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A Boy I Love: #NicoNicoNico


So I’ve fallen in love with a podcast called “The Love Bomb.” Hosted by actor Nico Tortorella, the show features a conversation between him and “someone he loves” and while the conversation always somehow starts off or ends up discussing sexuality, the true beauty of The Love Bomb, for me, is the spoken word opening by Nico. He is an…

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The Challenge Sweeping the Nation


I suck at challenges. I apologize to anyone who has challenged me to push ups or questionnaires, thirty days of blog posts or 90 days of videos. Sorry, it’s just not my thing. Maybe it’s because I do not have a competitive bone in my body and the idea of someone “throwing down the gauntlet” does nothing to motivate me.…

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Marcie Taylor Blog: Out and About

Out and About: A Taste of Math


What does math have to do with food? Plenty if you are a chef or cook, you know about measurements and such but that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about last night’s Taste of Math event at the Orange County Fair and Event Center. The Taste of Math is the fundraising event supporting the MIND Research Institute‘s Math…

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Increasing ticket sales for Taste of Huntington Beach with Social Media and Influencer Outreach


It seems like only yesterday when I wrote about How A Charity Event Leveraged Social Media to Increase Ticket Sales. Okay so it wasn’t yesterday but it was just last year and I was talking about the Taste of Huntington Beach. Well, the annual Taste of Huntington Beach #TasteHB took place again this year on April 24th and guess what…

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The Importance of Learning to Code


“I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.” – Steve Jobs In the January 2016 issue of OC Register Family Magazine, I wrote about “Learning to Code.” Below is a version of the piece that appears here. I do believe “coding” is one of the languages of the…

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Monterey Bay

#TravelTuesday: Weekend at Hyatt Regency Monterey


It’s not about the destination but the journey getting there. But when driving out to Monterey for the weekend, then the destination is everything. The last time we drove up the Central Coast to Carmel by the Sea, we took the scenic winding road up the Pacific Coast Highway. It was going very well until the kids started feeling queasy.…

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Life Lessons from VidCon 2015


The sixth annual VidCon may have been bigger than previous years but the vibe remained true – youthful, electric and creative! The average age of both speakers and fans must have been below 21. And it’s all good. That’s what makes VidCon unlike any other conference I’ve attended. It is a true celebration of fans and their favorites. Where else…

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Taste of Huntington Beach

How A Charity Event Leveraged Social Media to Increase Ticket Sales


I have been a volunteer at the library for about 5 years. The library is like a second home to me and my family. I have been correspondence secretary, usher, and photographer for the Friends of the Children’s Library (FOTCL). They do great work for the community. From puppet shows and ballets to author visits and reading programs, the FOTCL…

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Carlsbad Lagoon | Photo by Marcie Taylor 2015

Staycation Destination: Carlsbad


There’s more to Carlsbad than Legoland. Don’t get me wrong, Legoland is definitely a family favorite, but for this little weekend getaway, we wanted something else. Something low key and relaxing. Only an hour away from Huntington Beach, Carlsbad is an ideal staycation destination. Though it is a beach town like our Surf City, it has a different vibe. The…

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TECH REVIEW: myCharge Energy Shot


  As a social media manager and new media journalist, I rely heavily on my cellphone. At events, for example, I use my phone to get the job done, live tweeting, posting on Instagram, updating Facebook pages etc. so when the juice runs out of my phone I am in a bind. I have found myself searching madly for an…

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Gustafer Yellowgold Creator on Creativity and Social Media Matters


Gustafer Yellowgold is playing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts this weekend. Well, technically Gustafer isn’t – he’s a cartoon alien from the sun, after all – rather his creator Morgan Taylor will be performing. I bought a DVD/CD of Gustafer ages ago when my boys were younger and really into the kiddie rock music scene, back when Nickelodeon…

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AIMExpo Show Floor

5 Tips for Social Media Correspondents at Events


I am writing this from the Rosen Center hotel lobby (thank you for free wifi!), after an exhausting but productive week at the American International Motorcycle Expo at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The agency I work for was tasked with managing Social Media for the event, which meant I was the de facto social media correspondent,…

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Life Advice from Young the Giant


When I heard that one of my current favorite indie rock bands, Young the Giant, was making a surprise appearance at a local high school, I was all over it! I spent my lunch break at a Santa Ana high school, where the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens had arranged for a “surprise” at Godinez High School, as part of…

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Facebook Birthday Wishes


154 That would be the number of people who posted a greeting on my Facebook wall on my birthday. Take note, six people posted belated birthday greetings the next day. 54, 18 That would be the number of likes my birthday selfie garnered along with the number of comments. 9 That would be the number of birthday greetings I received…

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How To Go Viral – a lesson from VidCon


As a social media manager and content creator, one of the most important insights I took away from Vidcon was this: People share a post, blog link, image or video in order to express who they are. When creating content, ask yourself, what will your video or piece of content say about yourself, about your audience? ARE YOU A CAT-LOVER?…

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Travel Tuesday: A Desert Escape at The Boulders Resort in Arizona


The drive to Arizona is smooth and uneventful. And then the landscape starts to change. There are cacti on the side of the road and tumbleweeds. Large granite boulders jut out from the desert and you wonder if they are real. In fact, they are 12 million years old kind of real. And that’s how this luxury Waldorf-Astoria Resort got…

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Bowling for Fun


When you have tweens and teens and are trying to find a way to get together with another family with same-age kids, it can be challenging to find an activity that both adults and reluctant kids would enjoy. So when the idea of meeting up with our friends for a post-holiday game of bowling came up, we went for it.…

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