As I scrolled down my Instagram feed weeks ago, I saw Gabrielle Union running into a room with a box full of books. “I am an author!” she exclaimed. Instantly, I was distracted by my children but I thought, I must go back to her Instagram page. I make time during the week to watch three television shows and Being Mary Jane is one of them, so I definitely wanted to support Gabrielle Union by reading her book. One week later, I had a rare moment when my children were not using my phone. Mind you, I only had a little more than 1% battery to get information on We’re going to Need More Wine. I clicked into Gabrielle’s Instagram bio and I began clicking until I found what I was looking for. Hard copy book, YES! Audible, YES! And book signing, YES! I immediately contacted a friend who did the same and we waited with anticipation for the October 17th release.
On October 17th after my 5AM work out class, my audible book became available and I couldn’t press that play button fast enough. I must say, I LOVE THIS BOOK! So much so that I am currently listening and reading “We’re Going to Need More Wine” for a second time. Why? Because Gabrielle opens up and allows us to get to know her on so many levels. I laughed, had many jaw dropping moments, and affirmations. Personally, I valued many instances where I could totally relate. Wow, that happened to me too and you, Gabrielle, are the first person to say it.
I listened to the 7 hour audible in my car, at work, during lunch, I just couldn’t stop listening. My husband was drawn in as well as he pretended to watch the Celtics and Cavaliers play but would yell out hey what did she say? While cooking dinner, my hard copy arrived so I started reading and finished the book. I am so excited about the Real Life Book Tour, I look forward to sharing my photos and please get this book!
Are we missing the little things? I am guilty of missing so much in an effort to do EVERYTHING!
On the day of my daughter’s field day, the garage door would not open. I would be late, but instead of using uber, I decided to walk to my daughter’s school. During that walk, I noticed the little things: wow I never realized the beautiful flowers on that tree and the cupcake shop on the corner. The walk was eye opening and sent a clear message to not miss too many moments. Enjoying every hug, loose tooth, and bed time story. That’s the greatest feeling.
Five days, four nights, warm days and cool nights – the activities were endless. From sun up to sun down, each moment was filled with unlimited fun!
My family trip to San Francisco continues to bring a smile to my face. These were our most memorable moments:
Watching the Blue Angelsperform aerobatics. That was an experience! We enjoyed the precise formation and the ribbons that the planes created in honor of breast cancer awareness. We saw the performance on two different days and both were treats.
The walk through Muir Woods National Monument was breath taking! The height of the Redwood trees is a must-see and I’m pretty sure my jaw remained slightly ajar the entire walk. Enlarge the two photos below of the trees that I captured.
Wine tasting at the castleCastello di Amarosa. The castle provides an ideal environment for families, from the animals to a room for children to color and enjoy grape juice and chocolate.
Grape stomping at Sterling Vineyards was a little cold, mushy, and brought on lots of laughs. Afterwards we left our grape stained foot print on a t-shirt.
Touring Alcatrazwas educational and very well organized. Upon entering, we received a headset attached to an audio recorder which provided direction for where to walk and what happened in various areas of the prison. The recorder had a play back feature that allows individuals to tour at their own pace.
The exhibit “Refined Irreverence” honors the legendary Carolina Herrera. The exhibit resides in the SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film now through October 23rd. The exhibit features a combination of Herrera’s runway looks, day wear, bridal, and red-carpet-gowns worn by the First Lady Michelle Obama and celebrities Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, Renee’ Zellweger, Lucy Liu and many more in addition to ensembles from Herrera’s personal collection.
Refined Irreverence is remarkable, seeing 99 different ensembles from numerous collections ranging from years 1981-2016 in one space is incredible. Thirty five years of designs still remain timeless. Today, the Carolina Herrera label produces collections consisting of ready-to-wear and accessories for women, men and children, as well as bridal and fragrances available in 105 countries, including more than 125CH Carolina Herrera retail stores.
Streets Alive Atlanta!What a great event for families with young children and friends to bike ride, walk, eat, and participate in fun activities like yoga and tug of war in the streets of Atlanta. Atlanta Streets Alive opens the streets for people to participate in activities by closing the streets to cars. Streets Alive occurs four times a year in three areas of Atlanta: 1.) Peachtree Street, from Downtown to Midtown 2.) Historic West end connecting 7 neighborhoods via Ralph David Abernathy and Georgia Ave 3.) North Highland, Highland Ave, and Boulevard.
On Sunday, September 25th we participated in our fifth Streets Alive. Here we are taking a break from bike riding to grab ice cream from Queen of Cream on N. Highland. The final Streets Alive for 2016 is Sunday October 23rd.
On Monday, September 26, Beyoncé’s Formation World Tour came to Atlanta for a second time. This provided me the pleasure of attending both shows. During the May show, I stood in the Bey Hive pit. For Monday’s concert, I purchased a VIP package which included: a private pre-concert reception with unlimited food and two free beverage cards https://youtu.be/yp1s75Ykfwc, a Formation World Tour bag with a VIP lanyard, sun glasses, rain gear, and one premium seat. As you can see from my Instagram images my seat was front row, center of the Bey stage.
The concert was incredible and Queen Bey delivered! Beyoncé kept us on our feet dancing, and she showed fans a lot of love by touching hands, thanking fans for their continued support, and taking towels from fans then throwing them back into the crowd. Beyoncé took us back with hits like Survivor, Ring the Alarm, Countdown, and Halo. The dancing, energy, band, and creative visuals were dynamic, I’ve never seen ANYTHING like it. The beautiful and brilliant artist left Atlanta fans mesmerized for the second time.
On Saturday, September 24th, I had the pleasure of taking my two children to view the 21 images of ‘Where Children Sleep Around the World’ taken by photographer James Mollison. The images are extraordinary and capture the various levels of disparity around the world. This was an eye opening experience for my 6 and 8 year old to envision the circumstances and conditions in which children around the world sleep, often beyond their control.
The Mrs. Carter Show Tour (2013), On the Run Tour (2014), The Formation Tour (May 2016).
On Monday September 26th I will attend my 4th Beyonce concert. As the anticipation rises for the concert, the question that brings anxiety to concert goers is, “What am I going to wear?” We all want to slay and increasing the pressure are the internet image searches offering suggestions on what we should be wearing to a Beyonce concert. Two factors that drive my decision on what I will wear to the Beyonce concert are:
1. Will I be comfortable enough to really dance ?
2. Will I be able to walk comfortably before and after the concert?
On Friday September 2nd, Matty B & Friends took Center stage in Atlanta. Matty B is a 13 year old rap artist from Suwanee, Georgia that has over 6 million you tube subscribers including my eight year old daughter Sage. I surprised Sage with VIP concert tickets to the September 2nd Matty B & Friends concert.
The VIP experience came with a price tag of $90 per ticket which included our front row seat, a meet and greet and photo with Matty B’s friends the Haschak sisters, the Adee sisters, Ivy and Justin, an autographed photo of Matty B, Matty B wrist band, a meet and greet with Matty B, and a picture with Matty B taken by a professional photographer.
The Matty B concert was my first kids concert and my daughters first concert. Both Sage and I thoroughly enjoyed the concert and we can’t stop talking about our experience as we didn’t want the concert to end. The musicians had good energy, variety of highly talented guest artist, great video projections, clean language, and very appropriate yet stylish attire. I will definitely take my daughter to future shows. Matty B and friends have a 40 year old fan here!
My husband and I have known each other for 22 years and married 12 years. Last year we, along with four other couples decided to read the book, “Five love languages” by Gary Chapman.
The Five love languages are:
Acts of Service
Words of Affirmation
Prior to starting the read, you must take a test to identify your love language. Usually individuals are surprised at the test result. The book quickly draws you in by highlighting stories of couples that spent years in relationships not loving their partner the way they received love. My personal example, I never understood the need for my husband to tell me he cleaned the garage and washed dishes, clearly acts of service.
The five love languages is an easy, enjoyable read and the consensus amongst the couples was learning the love language of our spouse allowed us to enhance our relationships.