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…

When Pleasure Tastes Like Bedroom Kandi

From Bedroom Kandi press page
For the entire month of November, I'm bringing you my Black Women & Sexual Empowerment SeriesFollow on social media at #BlackWomenSexuality. 

In the years of covering black women and sexuality, I’ve only met a few sistas who have their own sexual consumer products. There were these women at Erotica LA (that was so much fun!). Fingers crossed, I’ll introduce you to Neena Joyner later on in the series. She owns the sex shop Feelmore in Oakland. And then Miss Real Housewives of Atlanta, Miss X-Scape, Miss hella dope songwriter and producer, Miss business woman herself: Kandi Burruss. 

Kandi put the $ in plea$ure with her line Bedroom Kandi. She’s in partnership with the company OhMiBod. They made the original iPod vibrator where it vibrated at the speed of the song being played. Kandi’s line includes toys, lingerie, oils, candles, and kink toys.  Since meeting her a few years ago, she has taken the line to a Mary Kay, Avon level where women can sell the products as consultants. Props to her for getting her line out through women’s entrepreneurship. Make that dough and get an O.

Kandi is all kind of sexy and successful in this picture.
Photo from Bedroom Kandi press page. 

Kandi’s line was, and still is, a big deal to me because very few black women have their own line of sex toys. And why not? We sing about sex. We dance sexy in the media. We perform and pose in porn. And we buy sex toys. Why not own our pleasure on this level?? I hope this opens the doors for other black women to have products. What Kandi’s business also says to black women is that we deserve to experience sexual pleasure too.

She’s such a sweet and down to earth woman. You can read about my meeting with her here.

All Tied Up. Photo from
Bedroom Kandi Press Page