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…

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Dear Blogalicious,

Normally I adhere to the rule, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” But I couldn’t resist telling people about the amazing time I had at Blogalicious 2012 in Las Vegas.
Last year’s conference was my first. I was a bit nervous because I attended alone. But I’m so glad I took the risk. I was in a space that I identified with so much; a conference full of creative, passionate women with business dreams, who love social media and desire to learn more. I found myself among a group of people who work hard, but make time for fun too. I was in love.

Through Blogalicious I learned more about Google+ and branding.

I connected with a social media maven I’ve admired for a long time. 

I met the first black woman to win a Sundance award for best film director (and she follows me on Twitter).

I got a makeover...

...and some fashion inspiration (I still want that orange purse).

I made new friends and connections.

I danced so much at the Doug E. Fresh concert that my feet were swollen the next day. That has never happened to me before. It wasn't a cute moment so I'll spare you the visual of my feet. 

I had a great time and left with a lot of information. 

Stacey, Jazzy and the rest of the Blogalicious team do more than just organize a conference. They encourage us to pursue greatness. And they help make dreams come true. All of this has been accomplished in the first 5 years! At this rate, you’ve surpassed the sky’s limit. Blogalicous, you’re out of this world. And that is why we keep coming back.  Cheers to you!

Peace, Blessings & Continued Success,

Jenee Darden