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…

Grateful, Giving and
BeBe and CeCe Winans' 'Grace'

Happy Monday! I know Monday's aren't usually happy days but we all have something to be grateful for. I bet the woman pictured is extra grateful. Rescue workers saved the Indonesian woman after being trapped under building rubble for two days. If I survived a 7.6 earthquake and being trapped under a building I'd have a big smile on my face too.
If you do have the Monday blues be grateful for your job because a lot of us are standing in the unemployment line while you're sitting at your desk. Still not feeling grateful? Remember, you're still breathing. Family and friends buried 16-year-old Derrion Albert in Chicago over the weekend. He was the honor roll student who died after being beat in the head with a plank by thugs. Also the ex-fiance of Kandi from the Real Housewives of Atlanta lost his life in a fight from a deadly blow this weekend. Two people who lost their lives over foolishness. And hundreds of people in Indonesia, the Philippines and Samoa are gone from earthquakes, tsunamis and violent storms this past week. So, be grateful.

People throughout the world are giving their time and money to help victims of the atrocities. Drop by the Red Cross website to see how you can help. CBS News also has a list of places around the country who could use a hand. Click here.


BeBe and CeCe Winans fans are probably thankful for the gospel duo's highly anticipated album. The brother and sister team haven't recorded an album together in 15 years. You can pick up their album Still on October 6th. I caught BeBe and CeCe performing their new song, "Grace" on TavisSmiley's PBS show . Bebe and CeCe sound great. Listen to the song below. Some of you should be grateful for YouTube helping you to keep a job. I've heard stories of people wanting to go off on their co-workers but they snuck onto YouTube and watched a Yolanda Adams or Donny McClucrkin video to calm them down. LOL!

Enjoy BeBe and CeCe Winans "Grace."

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