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…

Fly Lady of the Day: Dance Your A** Off's

Last weekend I caught up with a friend and she suggested I do a reality show because of the sometimes craziness in my life. Whew, I got a good laugh. I don't think I could handle cameras following me around 24/7. And I don't find my life interesting enough for a reality show. Well sometimes I have interesting experiences but a girl needs her privacy (*wink, wink*).
Even as a journalist I'm always amazed at people who choose to share their personal lives. And for those who go on weight loss reality shows, I'm extra impressed at their willingness to open up about their weight, lifestyle and imperfections to millions of people. That takes courage. The Fly Lady of the Day is Briana from the second season of Oxygen's Dance Your A** Off. According to Oxygen's website Briana, 22, used to be a hip hop dancer and captain of her cheer leading team. She's also a member of my great sorority, Sigma Gamma Rho (ya'll know I had to throw that in there*smile*). She exercises but is having trouble
slimming down from her current 290 lbs. Plan B is dancing off the weight. Props to Briana for putting her health first, inspiring others to take care of their bodies and having the guts to shake her boo-tay on national TV. Obesity is a major health issue in this country and shows like this, The Biggest Loser or Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution are encouraging people to save their lives.

Briana, we'll be dancing with you every week. Work it soror!!

Check Briana and the rest of the cast of Dance Your A** Off on the Oxygen channel, Monday nights at 10pm. Follow Briana on Facebook.


  1. I don't think I have ever watched this show. Maybe I'll give it a whirl.

    Peace, Love and Chocolate

  2. It's a good show if you like dancing.


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