• The Strength of the Filipino – and Updated List of Legit Ways to Donate to Typhoon Haiyan Relief

    One week after Typhoon Haiyan destroyed a big part of Central Philippines, the world is still in shock. The pain, devastation and trauma of such a massive tragedy is beyond words. On a more positive note,however, the world is wrapping their arms around the Philippines with an outpouring of donations, concern and love. I feel the love, my friends, from where I sit, still grief-stricken and feeling helpless, from across the seas, away from my countrymen. So when I saw this piece by Anderson Cooper, I was overcome with emotion – sadness, pride, joy, hope. “When everything else is taken away, broken and battered, soaked raw, stripped bare, you see…

  • TEDx Orange Coast: Going Beyond Inspiration

    You don’t have to be a community manager or social media maven to know that inspirational quotes create engagement in the digital space. It’s true, just look at all those shared, re-tweeted, re-posted, re-grammed pretty pictures with words telling you to hold your head up high, never give up, and be positive. People like to be inspired! That’s why every TED Talk (Technology, Entertainment, Design) gets lots of views and every TED conference is well attended. And that is why I look forward to the TEDx Orange Coast conference held in our neck of the woods every year. But more than being inspired in my head and heart, it is…

  • The Birth of a Podcast Whilst Shooting the Breeze

    One of the things I enjoy most about weekends is being able to kick back, meet a friend for coffee and shoot the breeze. One of my favorite shoot-the-breeze buddies is certified Belief coach, hypnotherapist and awesome friend Anne Bauerlein. We talk like girl friends do but rarely gossip – like for real. Instead, we prefer sharing positive stories and ponder our own purpose in life. What?! Well, yeah. So I had this idea that maybe we should start recording our conversations for a podcast. Over two cups of coffee and a roasted purple yam (yes, our snack of choice!), we discussed what it was we enjoyed doing. Credit to…

  • Huell Howser Remembered

    [View the story “California Mourns Huell Howser” on Storify] California Mourns Huell Howser California Public TV Icon Huell Howser passed away on Monday, January 7, 2013. He was the beloved host of shows including "California Gold," "Visiting with Huell Howser" and "Road Trip with Huell Howser." The following tweets and posts show how much he will be missed. Storified by Marcie Taylor· Thu, Jan 10 2013 20:53:22 Co-worker brought this in today. #HuellHowser #CaliforniasGoldPaul P. Growing up in Southern California many of us spent lazy afternoons enjoying Huell Howser’s show, California’s Gold. He helped teach us to enjoy the small things in life, to always be curious & to do…

  • TedXOrangeCoast Inspires!

    [View the story “Key Learnings from TedXOrangeCoast via Twitter” on Storify] Key Learnings from TedXOrangeCoast via Twitter TEDxOrangeCoast was a day long affair of inspiration! Here are some of the key learnings that reverberated across the Twitterverse and resonated in our hearts and minds. Storified by Marcie Taylor · Thu, Oct 11 2012 16:52:14 Beautiful location for today’s #TEDxOC http://pic.twitter.com/i9Z9dKTiReggie E ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Math is more than numbers, it’s design, it’s a language. – Nigel Nisbet✍ Oscar Gonzalez Nadeem Kassam shares the words of Aristotle "Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all." #TEDxOCJiJi Math "Listen to the beat of your heart. It is the soundtrack of…

  • Author Interview: Sonia Marsh wrote “Freeways to Flip-flops – A Family’s Year of Gutsy Living on a Tropical Island”

    Haven’t you ever wished to escape the daily grind and move to an island? Well, Sonia Marsh, a real OC housewife, and her family did just that. For one adventure-filled year, she and her family gave up their Orange County lifestyle in favor of island-living in exotic island on the north eastern coast of Central America, Belize (formerly British Honduras). Her debut memoir is called “Freeways to Flip Flops – A Family’s Year of Gutsy Living on a Tropical Island,” and it chronicles her family’s time living on the island. I featured an excerpt from my interview with the author on OC FAMILY, here is the full interview with Sonia…

  • Go the F* to Sleep Author Answers Some Random Questions – blog exclusive!

    Adam Mansbach, New York Times bestselling author, screenwriter and novelist, took the time to do an email interview with me.  You’ve probably heard his name before. His book “Go the F* to Sleep,”  was a viral sensation last year, as it captured the pain of many parents who are tasked with getting their kids to bed.  It didn’t hurt that the audiobook was narrated by the totally bad a** Samuel L. Jackson either. Now, Adam has written his first children’s book, entitled — “Seriously Just Go to Sleep.” You can READ the first part of my interview in my By the Book Column for OC FAMILY Magazine, in which he…

  • Beth Aldrich Book Tour: Powered by Mom Bloggers and Social Media

    One of the coolest things about technology is being able to meet interesting and creative people and being able to collaborate on projects, without even having to meet face to face. Some months ago, an author, Beth Aldrich  put out a call via Social Moms, about wanting to partner with bloggers who could help her with a book tour she was planning to conduct across the country. Being a lover of books and excuses to party, I emailed to say I could host a book signing in Orange County. Originally, the call was for the LA -area, but I felt that her book, “Real Moms Love to Eat,” was something…

  • The Rise of the Mom Blogger – CNBC

    As a proud mom blogger, though I admit to sometimes hesitate being called that (and I always QUALIFY saying – I am a WRITER, goshdarnit!) — I appreciate being covered by so-called traditional/legitimate(?) media.  In this article, my girlfriend/mentor/fairyblogmother, Suz Broughton is interviewed. Read all about it here. The Rise of the Mom Blogger – CNBC. AND if you’d like to see what that Lazy Dog Cafe blog meetup was all about, you can read the awesome coverage by The Modchik, Kathleen’s  Sugar and Spice, and The Bush Report.

  • SocialBling.com Founder talks about getting started in Social Media

    Last week I attended a Social Media Lunch and Learn Session at Zov’s Bistro in Tustin, Ca. After the session and all the delicious food, I interviewed Stephanie Michele. Here is part of the interview, which I edited and produced for Zovs Bistro. Later I will post more about what Stephanie had to say. Basically, she equated Social Media with a Relationship! And I must say it was a perfect analogy. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dj-DXi5S-b4&hl=en_US&fs=1&color1=0x5d1719&color2=0xcd311b]