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…

My Article on Janelle Monae in the Huffington Post

Janelle Monae, Janelle Monae, Janelle Monae! This woman is out of this world, futuristic funky and has voice that that would blow your socks if you wore them with snow boots in the winter. I saw her in concert at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles when she toured with Erykah Badu and Lupe Fiasco. Read my review of her performance and her art on the Huffington Post. Unlike so many other newcomers in music who sing and rap about the same stuff--money, women, sex and clubbing (yawwwnnnn), Monae is giving us substance. Her lyrics are clever and deep, she can sing. I'm not talking about she sounds good with autotone, but she studied music in New York. For all my readers in London she's headed your way July 1 and she's also going to be doing some stops for Lilith Fair in the U.S. I've been listening to her new album The ArchAndroid so much that when it's stuck in my head. So I had to stop. I haven't been this hyped over a female artist since Lauryn Hill.

Read my review on Huffington Post and let me know what you think. Comments are REALLY Appreciated.

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