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…

Cocoa Fly is Heading to the ATL to Speak at Blogalicous 2013 & How to Get a Discount Off Registration

 I'm excited. I'm hyped. I'm ready to get crunk (do people still say that?)! I haven't been back in Atlanta since 2001. And what a great time to return as a speaker for Blogalicious 2013. I love this conference and this year they're celebrating 5 years of success. You learn so much information at Blogalicious and have tons of fun while doing so. Whew, I had too much fun last year!

This year I will be facilitating a discussion panel called "Spreading a Message, Sharing a Mission: A Conversation About Awareness Blogging." We'll be discussing ways to blog about serious topics, branding and how you can make a difference with your voice while still profiting.

It's going to be a great discussion with:

Christine Koh of Bostonmamas.com and TheMissionList.com, an online community of women with social media influence who want to use it for social good. She's been covered all over the place in respected media outlets like Redbook, NPR and the New York Times.

Rhachelle Nicol, whom I had the pleasure of kicking it with last year, blogs about domestic violence and healing on her website RhachelleNicol.com. Her brand of t-shirts "I Show My Scars So They Can Heal" have been a big hit in the Christian community. She'll also talk about merchandising your brand.

Lisa Quinones-Fontanez is founder of the award-winning blog AutismWonderland.com. There she writes about her family's experience with a child who lives with autism and gives readers the 411 on sources for kids with special needs. Last year Babble rated her blog one of the top 10 blogs for parents with autism.

If you follow this blog, you know mental health is one of my passions. I cover mental health on my show award-winning show Mental Health and Wellness Radio. And I blog about it on Cocoa Fly in my "Girl, Get Your Head Right" series.

We all take on social issues, but bring our own flavor. I can't wait to chat with these ladies. If you want to go to Blogalicious there's still time to register. And lucky you because I got the hookup. Get 30% off registration by using the code SpeakerFriend at http://bit.ly/12BnBJS before it sells out.

I can't wait to visit Atlanta and catch up with sorors, visit the King Center, see Spelman, and eat some fried chicken. I cut meat out of my diet by 95%. But I'm hitting up a Waffle House and Gladys Knight's restaurant. You can't go to the South and not eat fried chicken. And I couldn't miss Blogalicious this year. I hope to see you there!





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