“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. My posts have been featured or referenced on other respected parenting sites such as Radical Parenting.com, Shaping Youth Today.org and Momtourage.com.
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.
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
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.
Among the topics I write about are family-friendly activities, pop culture, college admissions as well as movie, television, theater, and book reviews. You’ll usually find these rants under Pop Culture.
From time to time, you’ll also be treated 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.
I worked in London for an American investment bank before becoming a mom. Besides 23 years of hands-on experience as a stay-at-home mother (SAHM), I earned a B.A. at the University of San Diego and I received a Master’s Degree from the University of Oxford, England.
*UPDATE: 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 publishing my first book: “101 Movies To See Before You Grow Up.” Quarto Publishing includes a children’s book division, Walter Foster Jr., soon to become Quarto Kids, and is an international company based in London known for its illustrated books. The book is available for pre-sale now on Amazon. Check it out!
I am also 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 the Film and TV program at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.
Family is first and foremost for me. I hope it is for you too!