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Painting with a Twist and Onsia Sound Art

How I Painted a Pet Portrait on a Bluetooth Canvas Speaker

If you’ve never done a painting with wine type of class, I suggest you try it. It’s such a fun experience. Invite friends and spend an afternoon or evening, learning to paint, chatting over wine and generally having a good time. One Sunday afternoon, I attended such a class at Painting With a Twist in Huntington Beach. This class was…

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Quail Motorcycle Gathering

Motorcycles, Ice Cream and Keanu Reeves in Carmel

Last May, I had the privilege of attending and working on “The Quail Motorcycle Gathering” in Carmel, CA. As social media manager of Acorn Woods Communications, we worked with The Quail Events group of the Quail Lodge a few months before the event. The event is a celebration of the Evolution of the Motorcycle, honoring both pre- and post-war eras…

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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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Making Connections at Toyfest West

Last week, I had the honor of being the lone seminar speaker at Toyfest West, the largest Toy Show in the West, at South Point Casino and Spa in Las Vegas, NV. Hundreds of people from the toy industry attended the three day show. I put this video together featuring a few of the amazing people I met at Toyfest…

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Photo courtesy of Code Campus.

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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ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 23:  YouTubers Rhett James Maclaughlan (L) and Charles Lincoln 'Link' Neal of 'Rhett and Link' perform at #VidCon at Anaheim Convention Center on July 23, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic)

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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Marcie Taylor Podcast Guest

My Guest Stint on Miz Meliz Podcast #TenMiniTT

The first time we met, only one of two times we’ve seen each other in person really, was at the Getty Museum in LA. I recognized her from her profile picture. And as with many people I’ve met through social media, we instantly clicked. Being in the same social networks before a face to face meeting is a good way…

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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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Conversation with Actor-Artist Keegan Allen

“Everyone wants to fit in and be noticed. Everyone is searching for something, every day, every hour.” – Keegan Allen, Keegan Allen is a young actor on the hit show “Pretty Little Liars (PLL).” He is also an artist and has quite the social media following Over 1 million followers on Twitter and 2.3 million on Instagram! What draws…

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Charge your phone on the go.

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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Kababayan Today TV show with G Tongi – Part 1

We met many years ago, another lifetime ago, across the world, back in our Motherland, the Philippines. We moved in the same circles. I had my magazine and radio circles, she had her tv and movies. But Manila is small and everyone seems to know everybody. It was an exciting time to be young and full of promise. Flash forward:…

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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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Sixteen Candles

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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Taste of the World, LA Travel Magazine


As far as events go, I simply cannot resist one that pairs travel and food! So when I heard about L.A. Travel Magazine’s Taste of the World, I knew I just had to share it with all of you.  AMG and LA Travel will host “Taste of the World,” a signature evnet to celebrate food, wine and culture inspired by international…

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Urban Armor Gear phone cases

Review: Urban Armor Gear Protects Your Phone

Since my iPhone is such a part of my daily life, it is important that I protect it with the right case. I personally prefer function over form so when a product can give me both, it’s a win! The Urban Armor Gear (UAG) line of products may seem a little masculine-looking to some but for me, it’s simple and…

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My Talk on Proven Ways to Use Social Media to Market Your Toy Business

**The following was first delivered as a seminar topic at ToyFest West trade show in Vegas.** Note that the examples below pertain to companies in the Toy Industry but rest assured, these tips will work with ANY business.** In today’s digital landscape, when people aren’t stalking exes, reading about the Kardashians or watching cat videos, people actually use the internet…

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