Monday, February 19, 2018

Take your networking opportunities from everywhere !

Hello Monday and Happy President's Day....

I'm home in bed sick and I got a chance to see the amazing MACY on the Ellen Show for the 2nd time. She is an 8 year old Presidential Expert !  On that note, I had the opportunity to network with another expert this weekend at Atlantic City Fashion Week.

Meet Taneice Chavers, author of "PRAY FOR RAIN ....A guide to building your business with little to no money..."

I found Taneice to be a beautiful soul.... I had to the opportunity to interview Taneice and this is her story....

Taneice owns and operates Shear Bliss, a hair lounge and spa catering to Women with hair loss.
It took 8 years for this dream to come to reality. Taneice didn't have enough resources to get the business going. 8 years took her on a journey that she now realizes is important to share....

Over these years, she learned and researched ideas, strategies, and principles to continue the journey. She found many ways to keep afloat with little or no money. These tips are revealied in her book.  I asked Taneice what the one thing that stands out for her was... her reply was, "How important the wait time is..."  Taneice went on to say that things happen in their right time, things happen to allow other things to happen and we have to trust in that process. Those of you that know me best, know that is exactly what I believe as well.

She added special motivational mugs to her book table. I also asked her about that. Taneice told me that we don't always wake up in the positive. In fact, it's hard to find that some days.... the positive quoted mugs add to the whole experience of keeping your faith in your dream.

The response has been amazing , Taneiece explains.  Her Salon is open 3 years now .  About a year ago, she realized that she needed to be sharing this message to help others.

Many entrepreneurs give up on their dreams for it is not an easy road to ride. Timing is everything and you have to keep going if you want to see your dream become reality.

       Shear Bliss  Hair Lounge  is located at 457 Pleasant Valley Way  West Orange, NJ 07052

Taneice specializes in clients with Cancer, Lupus and Alopecia. Even if you are not in the area, Taneice is there to help.

If you are starting a business or in a business already and need a little help with resources, pick up a copy of PRAY FOR RAIN and get some great tips. I am so excited to start reading my copy !

Enjoy !

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Do you measure and "O" factor?

Good Tuesday morning.... Wow ! Amazing time at New York Fashion week and even saw our bags on the runway !  More to come on that next week..... Fell asleep over the computer both Sunday eve. and Monday eve..... guess I'm getting old.....or maybe I was just tired ! LOL

Let's talk this week about the "O" factor.... I don't mean Oprah , although that "O" is amazing too !

I'm talking OLYMPICS... Whether you are an avid fan, a sometimes fan or not a fan at all, you can't escape that feeling of pride when you watch the medals given out, when you watch the end of a performance and the athletes are just beaming with pride, or when you hear about the amazing stories of how these fine young people got to the Olympics.....

I had to watch the opening ceremonies later as I had recorded them because I was in N.Y. at NY Fashion Week. I was happy that I could watch it later at my convenience. One of the things I thought was amazing was the imagery made to look like stars in the sky..... yet they were not stars , they were DRONES...making snowboarder shapes and more.....

Olympic Rings made by drones

For me, the opening ceremonies did NOT disappoint. Many historical moments as the various Countries walked in too !!!

I am a huge Olympic fan. I have been all my life. I love watching mostly all of the events. With technology today, I can see many more events later on etc... Of course, my ears perked up when Ice skating brought in "Elvis" music....yet that is not a first time occurrence for this particular skater who took his routine to a Silver Medal.... Congratulations Mikhail Kolyada of Russia....

One of the events I got to enjoy last night was the Women's Half pipe.... It was amazing to see Chloe Kim skate to Gold for the US.... her parents are from Korea. How cool is That ! Go Chloe....

I sometimes get a little emotional when I see the feelings of the athletes at the end of their know how much they have worked to get to this point.....

Mirai Nagasu

Adam Rippon

Both of these athletes  (above) did not make the selection for the last Olympic games....seeing them here winning medals is so cool !

Patrick Chan

So what is the "O" factor ?... it may be different for everyone.... yet if you are an Olympic fan, that is a boost of energy, confidence or whatever you want to call it. The Olympics bring together the feeling of hope. If we all set an example, this is how we can survive in a World that is brimming with hate and violence. If we take one moment away from these games and make a better place to live for ourselves and others, we collect the pieces of hope and confidence to push through whatever is bad.... not only in the World yet in our own lives.... We get a boost of confidence, a boost of "Follow your dreams" and a boost of Pride. 

I have seen events in part that I have never seen before ! I am looking forward to watching some curling events and the Women's Jamaican Bob Sled Team, first time ever !!!

Whether a fan or not, I know there is something that the Olympics bring that is like nothing else.... Maybe you want to find a sport to watch and become a fan if you are not already !  Let's all go for the Gold in our own lives and bring out the "O" factor !!!

Enjoy !

Monday, February 5, 2018

Fire or Ice??? How about both !

Well it's late Monday evening and after a huge win the for the Eagles yesterday in the Super Bowl, we traveled and didn't get home until after 1 here we are late on Monday. I'm pinching the Balcony Blogger to make sure I'm still functioning... LOL

Let's take a trip back in time a bit....oh about 25 years ago when one Audrey Winzinger was looking to do something to bring people to her town at the end of January. It's a good time, too. I mean, after the holidays and sometime into January when we all come back to life, we are looking for something to do. Weather doesn't always cooperate yet we still want to get out and do something in January.....

Audrey and Ava 

So in comes the ice festival.... ice carvers would compete and it was a great event yet when carvers had to compete in bigger events around the Globe, it became harder and harder to get carvers to com out.... Also, it was difficult for carvers to chat with the visitors as they were timed on their sculptures.... eventually, the powers that be put their heads together and something great came out of it.

Together with partner Rocky D'entremont the ice festival changed to more of an ice demonstration. This gave the carvers a chance to chat with visitors, relax and spend time with the creations under no time constraint...AND it took out the realm of "competition" in an effort to bring the carvers out to a fun event as well.

Rocky D'entremont is a chef and ice carver at a local establishment and together with Audrey they created this event. Now in it's 25th year, it has gotten bigger and better every year.
So at first, there was also a separate cook off event.... putting heads together again, these 2 events were combined  about 15 years ago to create "FIRE AND ICE"

The Fire part is the Chili cook off that you can apply for IF you are professional chef or in the culinary field. Visitors get to taste chili for as little as a one dollar donation and vote on their favorite.  There is also a professional judging too !  So much fun....the line stretched around the block to taste chili and directly from Audrey, "once it's gone , it's gone".... so getting in that line early is important if you want to be in the tasting.

The Ice part is now a demonstration of 10 carvers chosen from those that apply for the event.

Along with that, there are fire engine rides,and animals from the Cedar run Wildlife shows . Sled Dogs, Curling demonstration, petting area, Vendors, food, quaint shops and more are along the streets where thousands were walking around this year. So much fun.  Also this year, the event was on my birthday so I had a huge group celebrating with me ! Hahahahaha.... actually, we did go up with 2 car loads of people.

So if you are in the area and are looking for something to do at the end of January. Mount Holly N.J. is waiting for you with warm chili and cold ice sculptures as part of he Fire and Ice festival. Look for me there again next year !  This event runs rain, snow or shine !


Above Courtesy of Rebel Reyes Photography

Above Courtesy of Marcia Moser

Above Courtesy of Jen Munko

Contact Audrey directly at 609 937 5700....and tell her Ava sent you !

Enjoy !

Monday, January 29, 2018

That Swingin' little Git-tar man !

Hello all ! Wow ! First I have to ask, "Where did January go?" 2018 is already on the fly .... LOL

I'm excited about all the things I have going on. I hope you are getting YOUR ducks in a row for a fantastic 2018 or as we are calling it at home 20 Great Teen !

This month in the ETA spotlight, we have a little twist. This gentleman WAS an ETA yet has moved into a different kind of Tribute. A sound engineer by trade and a bass player in many shows- leads us to the talented


He was 4 years old and his parents took him to Knotts Berry Farm . For fun, they went to an Elvis event. So an event within the event ! LOL.... It was then and there that Eddie Stephens fell in love with Elvis.  For many Summers they would visit the same place and wind up at the Elvis event, sometimes 5 nights a week ! For a time, he was made fun of for his love of Elvis and that memory didn't sit too well. As he got older and began to understand more and more about the Elvis Legacy, that other stuff faded away and his love for Elvis remained in his heart and on his mind.

When Eddie was 25, he found the ETA World and the rest, as they say, is history.

In 2012 Eddie started doing shows...he dabbled in the artistry that we know as the ETA or the Elvis Tribute Artist yet he found his niche performing in the shows on his guitar !

With Legends shows popping up and competition in the field, in 2015 Eddie did his last show with ETA Dwight Eisenhower.  Dwight has been recognized at Graceland and has made a career out of being one the best ETA's in the business.

Now, just a few short years later, Eddie is back doing shows and doing what he loves. We need people like Eddie who put their heart and soul into keeping the Elvis memory alive. I appreciate what he does as an event coordinator myself.  Coming to it from this angle puts Eddie in the unique position of meeting other ETA's and working in an industry that is filled with Elvis !

Find Eddie on Face Book at  Elvis Show socal

If you are in the Southern California area, check out the Event coming up this weekend featuring one of the ETA's I've seen and blogged about, the fabulous DOUG CHURCH. Also featured will be DAVID ALLEN....and of course you will see EDDIE STEPHENS

On Feb. 18th... find out about the 1st Annual Elvis Remembered show taking place in Texas with all the deets at Face Book

Eddie also keeps things moving with Face Book live events on Elvis featuring various artists and discussing topics related to the King !

I am so thrilled to be able to add Eddie Stephens to our list of  the Elvis Spotlight Blog posts ! Thank you , Eddie , for doing what you do !

Seen above with ETA Dave Hoover

Enjoy !

Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Universe is talking....are you listening?

Wow ! Hi. all.... hope your Sunday and your weekend were fabulous. Great weather, great Football, and great company for me this weekend !

So I was thinking about some of the "Uncanny" things that have happened lately.... whatever you believe is fine yet for me, I feel the Universe speaking.... I'm hoping THIS is the year that the listening pays off ! LOLOL

So I touched a tiny bit on this in the last blog post about connections ....from the fabulous Richie Santa and his manager Kathy, to the beautiful and talented Geri Petito and also the beautiful and talented Danny Coleman and Maryann Castello....

It always amazes me when things happen like that and great connections and friendships are made... like the connects to Frank Perri  (aka Fankie Sweets) , Dave Weiskopf, Dave Ziler, and Gene Piero to name a few.... yet now I want to touch on the Universe and how it speaks to us.... these are just a few things that happened recently....

1. I get invited to a wonderful event supporting HABITAT FOR HUMANITY from the lovely Ana Roberti... ( another crazy story of how WE met and became lifelong friends).....
At the very end of the event, I meet.  the again beautiful and talented. Steve Basserman.... yes I said it about a few of these awesome Men !   Steve is with AriJoe Productions and does documentary films.... You can even see Steve holding one of our Ava's Eye Bagz....Woo Hoo
Now.... my good friend and business associate Mari Dattolo is doing a story on the train wreck of the 1800's in Mays Landing....she wants to eventually make a documentary.....hint hint...see where it's going????   So I tell Steve I have someone he needs to meet..... the rest is history and the documentary is in the works..... Thank you Ana Roberti ! Oh and Steve was sitting at my table. I met him and found out what he did in the last 10 minutes of the event....
On top of that, I want to make HABITAT FOR HUMANITY one of our charitable give backs from our bags !



2. And I love this  shit.... LOL....  I was out with Michelle checking dates for our Night if Firsts, the Eyes on your feet Dance a thon, the Cross the line event etc.... and I stumbled on this event called "Fire and Ice".... this is a yearly festival that takes place in Mt. Holly NJ... just so happens it falls on my Birthday this year, Sat. Jan 27th... It seems so cool yet I don't want to give away all the deets as we will be doing a special blog post on this festival....How do I know this??? I already reached out to the coordinator.... and here it comes.... she was so cool too..... she says she will meet me at the festival, gives me her cell # and all so I can interview her....then she says in her email, OR we could meet at my friends restaurant the ROBIN'S NEST.....

Well, let me just say this much.... my Dad had one of his businesses called Cher-Holly enterprises... that was my Sister's Middle name CHERYL and my Middle name ( that I now use professionally) HOLLY..... yet prior to me being born it was just my Sister, Robin..... and the business was called ROBIN'S NEST .....

shout out to our departed Shaun Stephenson..... blue eggs and all..... ( yet another Universe Story)


So I ask you to listen to the Universee.... it's going to be a great year !!!!!

Enjoy !