“The media-rich times we live in are having a huge impact on how kids think and behave today.”
Mamarazzi Knows Best.com was born out of the need to mesh our reality with the one produced in Hollywood and delivered to our homes daily: Television, movies, merchandise, magazines, and the heavy focus on celebrity lifestyles have infused our family values with the notion that fame and fortune are the ideals to aspire to and have become the goal of many kids in search of identity.
How do we counter-balance the notion that becoming a celebrity is the short path to success? At Mamarazzi Knows Best.com I try to sort these and other issues affecting our youth today.
I Published A Book
I am also the author of “101 Movies To See Before You Grow Up” (Quarto Publishing, Walter Foster Jr. 2015) This family film guide has sold over 24,000 copies! It’s available at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.
My book is currently part of the Scholastic book fair catalog. Look for it at your school’s book fair, too!
In 2006, I was selected one of Time Warner Cable San Diego’s 50 Best Moms, and subsequently invited to be part of the panel of judges for this community contest from 2008 through 2013.
I have also co-hosted the San Diego Best Mom’s event the last two years.
In The Media
As a guest on the Dr. Phil Show, I was invited to talk about the impact of reality shows on family values.
I was a guest speaker at the annual Head To Toe Women’s Expo in San Diego, CA. where I held a Power Point presentation about “Hollywood’s Influence on Kids.”
I’ve been a blogger for TheWrap.com, an award-winning on-line publication, where I was invited to write about Hollywood’s influence on family values. My articles from this entertainment news site are frequently featured on REUTERS.com and YahooMovies.com
For more press articles, TV appearances, and general press mentions please click the In The Press tab on the Home Page.
I also wrote over 30 articles for AOL-owned Coronado Patch’s monthly column titled, “Parents Talk” and led the Parents Council for this online publication.
Like many parents, I’ve been a member of several community organization over the years; vice-president of the Coronado Youth Softball Board of Directors and a Director of the Islander Sports Foundation. I also served as a consultant for the now non-operational Hollywood Youth Foundation based in Hollywood, CA. For two years, this charitable organization partnered with Disney to help underprivileged children living in the Hollywood area enjoy access to programs and special community events like Winterfest and the Hollywood Santa Parade.
Giving back to my community also includes serving on the 2013-2014 Board of Trustees of the Foundation For Women, a non-profit organization that empowers women in Africa and San Diego to rise above poverty through financial education and assistance with microcredits.
Mamarazzi Knows Best is a PR friendly blog. I welcome relevant pitches, and will respond in a timely manner if the topics are a good fit for this site. Among the topics I write about are family-friendly activities, pop culture, college admissions, and also write movie, television, theater, and book reviews.
More information can be found under the Advertising/PR/Disclosure tab on the Home page.
From time to time, you’ll also be treated to my travel posts and also to my other half. My bilingual and bi-cultural upbringing south of the border gives me a chance to also be able to share my perspective about living seamlessly within two cultures. I am a State Certified Spanish-English Hearing Interpreter. Spanish Accent! will contain posts and news related to things you may be interested in that affect both of my cultures: American and Mexican.
Born and raised in Mexico until 18, I moved to the United States and earned a B.A. at the University of San Diego. After jobs as an Immigration Court Interpreter and a language interpreter at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, I moved to England and I received a Master’s Degree from the University of Oxford, England. After graduation, I lived and worked in London as an ex-pat for an American investment bank. I traveled the world before becoming a wife and mom.
I published my first book: “101 Movies To See Before You Grow Up.” Quarto Publishing includes a children’s book division, Walter Foster Jr., under Quarto Kids, and is an international company based in London known for its illustrated books. The book is available for sale now on Amazon. Check it out! My book published October 19, 2015 and has sold over 24,000 copies! It has sold out twice on Amazon (more are on the way), and it is also available at BarnesandNoble.com, and at all Barnes and Noble stores across the country. You can read more about it here, and see a list of indie bookstores where you can also purchase it.
I am a freelance writer/blogger, and live in Southern California with my husband of 25 years and our dog Bella. I’m a mother of two; our son graduated from Purdue University and is now a licensed Wealth Advisor at Morgan Stanley. Our daughter is a junior at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Film and TV program.
Family is first and foremost for me. I hope it is for you too!
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