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…

Princess & The Frog Toy Line

I am sooooooo looking forward to seeing Disney's "The Princess & The Frog." Disney debuted the toy line for Princess Tiana in New York a few months ago. The doll is so cute. Tony Award winning actress/singer Anika Noni Rose is the voice behind the New Orleans princess. I'm really happy for Rose. This is a big role for her career, especially since this is Disney's first African-American animated princess. I'm also happy Disney stepped out of the box and casted a black actresses who isn't mainstream.

I'm not a little girl anymore but I will be at the Disney Store buying my Princess Tiana doll. Sistas, this is a job opportunity for you. Finally, we can dress up like a real Disney Princess and work at little girls birthday parties. You know what I'm $ayin'?

Disney is going to make so much money off of this movie. Not only will little girls of all races be skipping to the theaters, but probably masses of black women, like myself, who've waited to see a movie like this their whole lives. And these same women are probably going to buy the toys. If only the doll came with a real prince.

Oooh I hope there will be a"Princess & The Frog" parade at the Disney Theme Parks. Incorporating the New Orleans culture and spirit in the parade would make it extra lively. I remember going to Disneyland years ago and watching The Lion King Parade. I've been to Disneyland countless times and I had never seen so many black people in a Disney parade. The African themes and music were so beautiful. The parade carried the same energy as the musical that was created years later. I remember the parade got rave reviews. "The Lion King" parade was probably the best parade I've ever seen at Disney. There weren't many black visitors at the park but most of the people in the parade were black. This may sound crazy, but the performers were so proud to be in that parade. I was a kid but I was proud too see their black faces too. I loved watching Disney parades when I was a little girl and seeing people who looked like me in the parade made an impact on me. The black performers waved and smiled directly to me and my mom. It was a special wave and smile. If you're black, you probably know what I'm talking about. I think my mom may have even threw up the black fist because she was so excited. LOL

We have to wait until December 11, 2009 to watch Princess Tiana get her man. I can't wait and hopefully Disney's next princess will represent my Latina sistas.

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Bazar Pr