Cheers! My Birthday Celebration with the Napa Valley Wine Country Tours

After losing my grandmother a few weeks before my birthday, I really needed to celebrate life. I know she would want me to do that. This year, I decided to ring in a new year of life in wine country. My soror traveled up from So Cal to visit. This would be her first time in Napa. I didn’t want to drive so instead, we bought bus tickets for the Napa Valley Wine Country Tours.

Let me tell you something, going on this bus tour was one of the BEST decisions I made. The Napa Valley Wine Country Tours bus isn’t just any bus. It’s a limo bus that looks like a VIP club lounge on wheels. We paid $119 for an 8-hour trip, visit to 4 wineries in Sonoma and Napa counties, continental breakfast and lunch. It was worth every penny. The tastings aren't covered in the bus fare, but they ran about $10-$25. Wineries won't charge you for tastings if you buy a bottle. I recommend this for tourists and any Bay Area locals who have folks visiting from out of town and want a short excursion to Nap…

Heather Headley Goes Gospel


Happy Sunday Chicas. Thank you to everyone for reading my blog. I've received great feedback and I appreciate the support. Please feel free to make comments and start discussion.

Singer Heather Headley is back with a new set of love songs. This time she's singing about her love for the Lord. Her first gospel album "Audience of One" just hit stores over a week ago. If you look at the album cover to the left, you can't tell it's a gospel album. I read that some of her fans were caught off guard when they purchased her CD and noticed the music wasn't secular. I listened to snippets and the songs are beautiful. The album doesn't have that Southern church, choir rockin', Bible thumpin' sound. It's mainly a collection of slow, angelic medleys. They're the kind of songs that you play when life is going so fast and you need to go to a quiet space in your soul and just say, "Thank you Lord." Headley's gospel roots come from growing up in Trinidad where her dad was a preacher. She says she learned how to sing in her dad's one-room church.

Heather Headley has a beautiful voice but she doesn't get the mainstream attention she deserves. I don't know if it's because she doesn't have "the look" or because her music isn't about shaking her butt in the club. Regardless, the sista can sing. Check out a live performance of her first single "I Wish."





Photo Credit:EMI Gospel

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