Showing posts with label about me. Show all posts
Showing posts with label about me. Show all posts

Wordless Wednesday: A Drama Family Christmas

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

For more Wordless Wednesday visit 5 Minutes for Mom, Mom Dot, What's That Smell

Hey Melanie, How Do I Get in Touch With You?

Thursday, January 1, 2009

I love to talk on the phone, but realize not everyone does. Email is my second choice. If you need to touch base with me here's how:
Email: ADramaticMommy [at] gmail [dot] com
Twitter: @MelanieMedia

My LinkedIn profile: 
Phone: 760-933-8824

100 (Late) Things About Me for My 200th Post

Monday, November 10, 2008

*Take a look at my 'professional about me' here.

So this is really, really late. Like 100 posts late. Other bloggers have said this list is harder to put together than it seems and I was all, "nah, how hard could it be? I've known me for 35 years," but now I eat those words with a spork because this was really hard! And I'm totally boring and need a hobby like yesterday.

I've really enjoyed my first foray into the blogging community! You all are so nice and supportive and funny and talented. Hooray for me and here's to another 100 200 posts!

1. I was born in the Midwest

2. I have lived in CA since I was 9.

3. I have never broken a bone.

4. I met my husband in high school.

5. We married eloped two days after his sister's wedding.

6. I have never traveled internationally (Tijuana doesn't count).
7. I have more than 85 pairs of shoes

8. I have never eaten apple pie or guacamole.

9. Until now, I have had a job almost continuously since I was 15.
10. I could eat chocolate every day.

11. I am an extremely picky eater.

12. I like almost all music except hard rap, speed metal and country.

13. I do not like camping.
14. I'm not very good at sports.
15. I am a great baker.
16. I LOVE watching football.
17. I haven't read enough of the "classics."
18. I can't stand doing laundry.
19. I clip coupons religiously.
20. I could eat bread with every meal, especially sourdough.
21. My favorite foods are Italian and Mexican.
22. I love the beach, but hate the sand.
23. I'm barely 5'5" but everyone thinks I'm taller.
24. I love shoes and purses.

25. I have loved to read since I was little.
26. I do not own a laptop, but need one desperately.

27. The shortest job I had lasted one week.

28. I would like to be a better writer.
29. I would love to go back to school.

30. I have two middle names.
31. I have only lived in two states: Illinois and California.

32. I've been to the Grand Canyon, the Petrified Forest and the huge crater in Arizona (Texas? Nevada?)
33. We bought our first home a year ago this March.

34. I think remodeling is a true test of marriage strength.

35. I just finished an HTML class and LOVED it! (See #26)

36. It took me six years to graduate from college (went from one impacted major to another).

37. I LOVE roller coasters.

38. I am a lapsed Catholic.

39. I have never seen It's a Wonderful Life, Casa Blanca or Gone With the Wind all the way through.

40. I'm a very social person.

41. I love playing board and card games.
42. But I have never played Bunco.
43. I have yet to find a wine I like.
44. But mixed drinks are no problem!
45. If I were rich I'd have a Jamba Juice Breakfast Meal every day.
46. I spend roughly $960 yearly on my hair (not including shampoo, styling aids, dryers or flat irons)
47. I love watching TV. There's so much good stuff on!
48. I think my handwriting is really pretty.

49. My first year of college I wrote in a journal every day (I still have all my journals).
50. My top three travel destinations are Spain, Africa and Greece.
51. I love candles.
52. I can't sleep nekkid, and I need something covering me, even if it's 100 billion degrees.
53. If I've been screaming a lot (like at a concert or cheering for something) about 2 hours later I can sing really well, but it passes like that [snap].
54. I sometimes regret that I never had a one night stand. (Note to self: do not work on this list at 2:15am)
55. I wrote for my college newspaper.
56. I had a falling out with my college roommate and really regret that she never knew why.
57. I have read Little Women and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn more than 10 times each.
58. I absolutely love my married name.
59. I won a pretty nice portable grill from a Pizza Hut contest I had forgotten I entered.
60. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up.
61. My husband thinks I'm "rack-tacular." (He's a boob man)
62. I kick butt in the bunny dancing on Rayman for the Wii.
63. I'm getting really good at pool.
64. I used to be really good at roller skating.
65. I didn't get my first pet (aside from goldfish) until I was in high school.
66. I have had all the supplies for my son's First Year scrapbook sitting in a box for 3 years.
67. I want to audition for The Amazing Race.
68. This September was our 10 year wedding anniversary.
69. I color occasionally after everyone is asleep.

70. I have less money in my personal checking than my son does in his savings.

71. I love cereal. I could eat it all day.

72. I love going dancing. I'd go every weekend if Drama Dad would let me (and could afford all the cover charges).

73. When I worked for Godiva, I won an award for top sales and went on an all expense paid trip to Florida.

74. I really need to buy my domain name soon.

75. I have only recently begun drinking tea (the hot kind).

76. I am a lightweight (if I don't keep drinking steadily I fall asleep).

77. I love buying cookbooks more than I like cooking.

78. My car has more than 119,000 miles on it.

79. I love kitchen gadgets. I could spend a fortune at Bed, Bath and Beyond on peelers, zesters and scrapers.

80. My husband loves the "strawberry patch" birthmark on my leg.

81. I need to get better at budgeting and frugalizing.

82. I have fallen off the exercise wagon these past two weeks.

83. I am volunteering at the 3 Day breast cancer walk in two weeks.

84. I do not like long car trips. I'd rather fly.

85. It can be a really nice day outside but I'll still have on sweats.

86. From my husband: "It's crazy that you've never seen any of The Godfather movies."

87. I do not like to put ketchup in the fridge (or any other condiment).

88. I can't whistle through my fingers.

89. I can raise one eyebrow at a time.

90. I can't make a good grilled cheese. They either burn or stay soggy.

91. is the year I graduated high school.

92. I am not a morning person.

93. I don't like needles.

94. I put Vicks Vapo Rub on the bottom of my son's feet last night and he didn't cough all night. I was skeptical, but now totally believe.

95. In addition to blogging, I'm becoming addicted to social media.

96. If I'm bored I can happily walk around Target, Costco or the book store.

97. I do not like any kind of seafood.

98. From my son "Mama, you're the most beautifulest woman I ever met."

99. I can't believe how long it took me to put this together.

100. I will not be doing another list like this ever again.

*Take a look at my 'professional about me' here.

Let's Get To Know Each Other Better

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Melanie Sheridan is an African American lifestyle blogger writing about fashion, tech, her favorite apps, her newbie photography skills, saving money and couponing, books, social media, the occasional recipe, family and parenting and living in southern California.

She married her high school sweetheart 16 years ago and they share one amazing kid. Melanie is an avid reader, shoe collector, Twitter addict, newbie photographer, coupon clipper, closet gadget girl, wannabe foodie, #HockeyMom and recovering shopaholic.

Melanie has appeared on local television news segments and, in September 2013, was cast in a Walmart commercial that ran in local television, print and digital media. She has attended events for Coca Cola, Disney, General Mills, and TJ Maxx/Marshalls. She has had the honor of attending the invite-only Disney Social Media Moms Conference four times and the Blissdom conference as both attendee and speaker. 

She is an avid reader, shoe slut, Twitter addict, chocolate fiend, newbie photographer, closet gadget girl, wannabe foodie, late iAdopter, recovering shopaholic and a Pinning Fool. Melanie is very active in San Diego's social media community and attends many San Diego events. 

Melanie is currently freelancing and providing social media consulting services for small businesses. Please contact her for consulting rates and sponsored content opportunities.

In addition to Twitter, find Melanie on:
Melanie Sheridan on You Tube
Mel, A Dramatic Mommy on Facebook
Melanie Sheridan on LinkedIn 

Melanie Sheridan on Instagram
Melanie Sheridan on Pinterest (If you really want to get to know Melanie, follow her here. All her hopes, wants, dreams and interests in one place)


Events Melanie has co-hosted and co-planned:
*National Mom’s Out in 2009 and 2010 in partnership with BSM Media. Both events had some of San Diego's most influential bloggers in attendance and raised money for charity.

A few of the junkets Melanie has attended:
TJ Maxx/Marshalls corporate headquarters
General Mills blogger Eat and Greet in Minneapolis
Souplantation/Sweet tomatoes for a local blogger's event
HOP press movie junket
The Lorax press movie junket
International Housewares Show (Chicago, on behalf of Hoover)
Coca Cola 

Past speaking engagements:

2012 speaker in a virtual conference for small business owners, panel topic blogging for business
Blissdom 2010 as a panelist on blog monetization 

Past blog sponsors:
TJ Maxx/Marshalls
Foot Petals
Smart and Final 
National Dairy Association

*2010 Influence SD nominee 
*2010 recipient of a ToeSox scholarship for the Susan G Komen 3 Day 

Charitable cause Melanie supports: 
*2009 and 2010 Online Ambassador for Susan G Komen 
*Susan G Komen 3Day walker in 2009, 2010 and November 2011 

SD Bloggers
Collective Bias

Melanie in the media:
Interview for about apps and shopping with smartphones  (May 2012)

CA Non Stop segment on family camping 7/25/11 (KNSD)

CA Non Stop segment on saving money for Back to School 9/7/11 (KNSD)

Melanie and her family were in Redbook Magazine (June 2009) as part of a feature article on finances and were interviewed by the Los Angeles Times in December 2008.

Want to know even more about Melanie? Check out her 100 Things post. Want to get in touch with Melanie? Shoot her a message. Her email address is ADramaticMommy [at] gmail [dot] com.

Links to printable Google Docs:

-About Melanie
-LA Times article
-Redbook article

Updated August 2014

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These policies are valid from September 2009 and I reserve the right to revise them at any time.

Advertising: I sell ads. Let's work together to create a package that meets your needs. I accept payment through PayPal and personal check. Please contact me for a rate card, availability and ad sizes. Ads subject to availability.

Sponsored content: If your pitch involves 'sharing information with my readers,' be prepared to receive a response with my rates. Let's work together to create a program for your client/brand. Whether it's one post or an entire campaign across platforms (video, Pinterest, Facebook,Twitter), I want to help create exposure for brands that fit my site. 

Guest posts: I do not accept unsolicited guest posts. 

Affiliates: I do use affiliate links on this site. I will disclose this at the end of the posts. 

Giveaways: Giveaways take time. Depending on the nature of your contest, there may be an additional fee involved if you'd like me to promote beyond the initial post, especially if there are time constraints involved.

Sponsors are responsible for shipping items to the winner(s) unless otherwise noted and/or previously arranged. I find that my readers value giveaways paired with a personal review. Read my review policies and 'holla only if you agree to them.

All giveaways are open to US residents only unless otherwise noted. Winners are responsible for providing accurate contact information within the time allotted (generally 48 hours unless otherwise specified) or an alternate winner will be chosen.

Reviews: I'm scaling back the amount of reviews I do. Basically, your item needs to knock my stilettos off. I like to offer reviews and/or giveaways of products that are of interest to me, my family and/or my readers. I'm very picky about what I will review on my blog. PR people are welcome to send a pitch describing the promotion/giveaway/product/website/what they had for lunch.

I ask that you please follow these rules for submission:

1. Please make sure you know my name and a little bit about me and my blog before you submit. I like people who do their homework. You can read more about me in the 'about me' section and take a gander through the archives or favorite posts.

2. "Brevity is the soul of lingerie" -Dorothy Parker
Please keep your initial contact brief and to the point. If I need more info, I'll get back to you with questions.

3. If you use my comments sections as free advertising you will be on my shit list.

4. This is my space.

5. Remember I'm a mom first!

6. But. I'm also a woman with likes and interests outside my child and my marriage.

7. I reserve the right not to do a review, which generally means I found the product, how shall I say it? Not something I'd spend my husband's hard earned money on.

8. If your pitch is child related, please take note: my almost 12 year old son is into the Detroit Red Wings, Star Wars, Legos, skateboarding, trick scooters and surfing. He's reading books like the Percy Jackson, Divergent, Hunger Games and Harry Potter series; and he has his own iPhone and laptop. He wishes he had an iPad.
He plays ice hockey. We have a Playstation 3. If what you're pitching doesn't fall into those areas of interest chances are I'll say, "no thank you" rather than waste your time.

9. I ask that the review and/or giveaway item have a value of $50 or more (exception would be a book, new music or something similar). I'm happy to offer a coupon code along with the review and ask that it be a minimum of 15%. (I may make exceptions to this depending on the product).

10. Please provide logos and/or press releases where applicable.

Submission of a product doesn't guarantee a review, and it doesn't guarantee a positive review. I am honest, sometimes to a fault, but I'm not mean. I can't review something I've not held, smelled, tasted, read, watched, played with or worn. That's not a review, it's a press release.

I don't return samples (half-eaten candy, anyone?) and getting the product to me in enough time to adequately review it, is on your dime. If you're asking for a review of a service or website, please give me enough of a trial period to adequately use it, especially if it's something for my son.

I can't review every product that comes my way. I also can't respond to every pitch I get. I will do my best to respond to your initial request in a timely manner, but do nudge me (gently) if it takes more than a few days for me to let you know I've received your pitch.

This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. The views and opinions on this blog are my own. For questions about this blog, please contact Melanie at ADramaticMommy[at]

This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation.

This blog abides by word of mouth marketing standards. The owner believes in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. The compensation received may influence the advertising content, topics or posts made in this blog. That content, advertising space or post will be clearly identified as paid or sponsored content.

The owner of this blog is compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. Even though the owner of this blog receives compensation for our posts or advertisements, the opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products is honest. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.

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