Forever R&B Concert with Shirley Murdock, Dru Hill, and Kelly Price

Forever R&B Concert with Shirley Murdock, Dru Hill, and Kelly Price

This past weekend, the Forever R&B concert took place at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables. I looked forward to this event from the moment I heard it was going to take place from the event coordinator. Being a fan of all the artists performing made me eager to them live, it also left me wondering if the artists sound anything like they do on radio.

The show started promptly at 8pm, which was a shock in itself. Hosted by Larry Dogg (who was also the opening act) and a radio personality (unfortunately, I forgot her name). Larry Dogg was funny and very entertaining, but I couldn’t wait to see the artists.

Shirley Murdock performed first, and she sounded just as vibrant and crisp as she does on record. There were mistakes made by the sound crew, getting the right background music to play and the mic not working, but she remained professional and even tried to make light of the situation.

Dru Hill performed next and sounded really good, “dem boys can sang!“, lol. Jazz took a while before joining the rest of the group on stage, which prompted someone sitting behind me to joke that the group couldn’t wait until he was done using the bathroom. Sound crew messed up a few times again with the background music being louder than the microphones and Nokio made his frustration known. He walked off stage to the side numerous times and even Sisqo announced that they should sing a cappella. I didn’t mind that at all, because hearing them sing so nicely definitely made my husband and I remember our beginning. It’s been more than a decade, but Dru Hill is still in heavy rotation in my house and cars. I crossed my fingers hoping Sisqo would sing the thong song, as well as other audience members…but he joked that it’s a Dru Hill performance, not Sisqo. I was so ready to do my little booty dance, lol.

Lastly, Kelly Price. She was amazing! (Notice I didn’t mention Carl Thomas? He was a no show!) She sang friend of mine, a few others and my new favorite, “Tired”. Damn it, I felt goose bumps. I even liked when she had her back ground singers sing about what situations they’re tired of. She closed the show singing Shirley Murdock’s “As we lay”, adding a new ending. Shirley Murdock then joined her on stage. The new ending was appreciated because as a wife, although I like the song, it makes me want to beat up someone, lol.

All in all, even though there was a few hiccups with the sound, it was still a very nice show, with great performers. I give it 4/5 stars.

(Not Skinny) Friends!

One of the best things in the world to have when you want to lose weight, is fat friends friends who want to lose weight too!

My friend has a great figure, she’s what we call thick and very proportionate. Small waist, flat stomach and meat where most women desire it. Me on the other hand, completely different! Prior to this week, I’ve given more attention to my website than I have my midsection, so I’m now shaped like a scoop of chocolate ice-cream on an ice cream cone, lol. My proportionate friend was kind enough to introduce me to a website that pretty much like a free version of Weight Watchers (Wait…should I be offended?) and so far in the near week I’ve been on it, I’ve noticed a change.

Anyhoo, this is my 8th time this year starting a fitness regime, so let’s see how this turns out <insert annoyed face here!>. After all, I do have an Anniversary celebration coming up soon!

Love, Ronda

Who knew Yoga could be fun?

I really had a nice time at Yoga Fest today! Perfect weather, it was hot but had a comfortable cool breeze! I dressed in workout clothes but forgot my mat, so that was my excuse not to participate, lol. Shoot, that means I would have to get on the elliptical once I got home 😦

Although I was disappointed with myself because it did look as if everyone had a good time exercising, I still enjoyed walking around and meeting people I knew only through Facebook. To my surprise Yoga didn’t appear to be as dull as the three videos collecting dust in my wall-unit makes it seem. There were no classes being taught by someone who whispers over elevator music. No complete silence and lack of facial movement from an instructor. Now I know it was an outdoor event so I should expect some sound, but seeing the fun the people taking the classes were having I believe if I took this class on a regular day, I would enjoy myself!

Yoga Fest 2012 at the Civic CenterWhile walking around I met with some really nice vendors. I also stumbled upon Facebook friends from Love Your Neighbor Port St Lucie, which is a great group of volunteers who collect donations and assist local families facing medical and economic hardship. I also met with owners of a local yoga company that I had never heard of before, Sutra Yoga! The instructor was teaching a class at the moment, but her husband and his sister was monitoring the booth. They were offering FREE henna tattoos, which shocked everyone who was interested in getting one done (we’re not used to hearing the word FREE, lol).Henna TattoosI even had one done. I was worried that it wouldn’t show on my dark skin, but hey…it was free so I gave it a shot! 🙂

Butterfly Henna Tattoo on Ronda's HandDon’t pay attention to my stubby fingers (blame my father), just look at the beautiful butterfly she painted. For those of you who aren’t familiar with these tattoos, once it dries, the dark top hardens and peels off and leaves a stain. I wasn’t sure the stain would show on my skin, but it actually does! Woohoo, here’s the after pic! Kind of faint, but still shows.

After the ink dries!There was also a class for kids…so cute! I wish I knew about this part earlier, I would’ve brought my little ones. <this is the part where I sigh>

Kiddie Yoga

Anyway, watching everyone work out made me hungry, so it was time for me to head home after such a great afternoon! To view the photos from this event, visit 1st Annual Treasure Coast Yoga Fest Photos!

Thanks for reading!

Elle Varner ” Refill”

Is this video a breath of fresh air to what we are unfortunately subjected to in music videos, or was this just the beginning of a Bonny and Clyde type of relationship?

I liked this video, not only because I’m a fan of videos where girls wear clothes, but I like videos that match the song. The lyrics for the hook says:

I feel like the girl at the bar who’s been there too long
Can’t stand up!
I should be gone but I just can’t get enough, yeah!

I don’t want to read too deeply into it, because I like Elle Varner’s music, I actually like this video and thought it looked like a fun time…but we all know how this crime spree may have ended in real life. In the end I was a little sad that they won’t be able to stay in contact since the piece of paper ripped. But, was I the only one thinking, “scream the last 4 digits girl, he’ll hear you!”?, lol. Then again, she dodged a bullet, I don’t think that was his first time running out of a restaurant without paying for the meal or “borrowing” a car from valet”. That cutie was a little too bold to be a first timer!

I’m a dog lover? 5th Annual Mutt Derby!

I NEVER liked dogs in the past. I remember being chased by dogs in my old neighborhood and being bitten by my Aunt’s neighbor’s dog in Trinidad. But, as I got older I realized, it wasn’t really the dogs, it’s their owners. When I went to school in Manhattan, the dogs there were friendly. I didn’t need to cross the street when someone walking their dog approached. The dogs didn’t seem to bark! I’m noticing the same in Florida.

I won’t lie, I’m still slightly afraid of pit bulls because when I think of a pit bull, I remember guys fighting dogs near the schoolyard in Queens. I remember a dog’s jaw “locking” on its owner’s hand and him screaming and running around with a dog attached to him that refused to let go. But, who’s to blame? Owners raise pets, just as parents raise children. If you train your child to fight, be aggressive towards anything that crosses its path and yell, you can’t be surprised if your child gets in trouble. Kids rebel, should we be shocked when a dog does the same?

My sister owned a pit bull. She was beautiful! White with a pink nose and looked like she lifts weights, lol. She also had a Shitsu, who I absolutely loved. This dog wasn’t as small as they usually are and she jumped really high. Such a friendly dog and I really looked forward to visiting my sister, just because of this pooch (shhh, don’t tell her I said that)! I was heartbroken when I found out she gave the dogs away to friends, how DARE she not offer her to me!!! Ever since I found out my sister gave away her dogs, I’ve been on the hunt for my own! I really love small dogs, but my house is full of boys and my husband thinks it’s too girly. I find myself visiting the websites of the local no-kill shelters every few days and I’m sure by now two of the shelter volunteers know my voice very well.

I find myself wanting a dog so bad that I traded the option of having another child (don’t quote me on that!). This desire for a pet made attending the 5th Annual Mutt Derby at The Fur Seasons a must! It was a whole lot of fun! There were dog races, doggy swim time, silent auctions, vendors for dogs and even pet adoptions! This event benefited the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast and once again, I think I met the doggy(ies) of my dreams. Take a look at these beauties:

Before you can reach outside to where the event was taking place, I passed a room with dogs looking for “furever” homes. These two captured my attention immediately! Their ears and golden / brown colors were so beautiful. I spoke with a woman from the humane society and found out the steps to adopt a dog. In order to adopt a pet all the members of the household must meet the animal, unfortunately my family was still at home sleeping, so I could only place the smaller beauty on a 24 hour hold. I knew my kids would love her, but I wasn’t sure about my husband. He never makes immediate decisions unless it comes to purchasing something for a car, lol.

My heart was slightly broken because I came so close to being a dog owner, but I had to suck it up and check out the entertainment. As I walked outside there was a humungous shaggy dog that moved too much for me to get a clear photo. A great big mix of breeds and owners who couldn’t wait to show off their pooch’s talents and racing ability. It must’ve been 95 degrees! While sweating and standing in a shaded area, a lady stood next to me with her little cutie pie who does the Cha Cha!

Cha Cha dancing dog!The races continued. Over 30 races in all! Dogs were placed in groups determined by weight and some of them looked highly trained in the field!

Then there were some dogs who decided running for a ribbon wasn’t enough for them, so they stayed put! It was really cool to watch the Greyhounds compete: After all the running and doggy socializing, the dogs had the chance to do something I’m sure we all wanted to do! They lined up….

To take a dip in the Dog Bone Shaped Swimming Pool! Aww!

While some took advantage of the opportunity to swim, others spent their pool time checking out the “scenery”! I’m pretty sure you can guess which ones are the males and which are females (just kidding!)

At this point I was melting and found myself jealous of my furry friends, so I went to the car show at Autogeek nearby, then headed home!

To view the photos from this event, click here!

 

 

 

1st Annual Walk Against Violence

March 10th was the first official Walk Against Violence event, presented by Team Bali and Dem Diamondz promotional group. I wasn’t sure what to expect after I first drove past, because I only saw a handful of people there. So, I drove to the Fort Pierce Marina to kill time and check out the scenery while I waited for more people to arrive at the location for the walk. When I returned, I noticed a few more vendor booths in place. I parked and asked a gentleman preparing his booth if he expected a large turnout. He informed me that where I was, was actually the end location of the walk and people already began walking…that put a smile on my face.

Although I would have to wait for everyone to arrive, I was happy to hear that I was at the “end zone”. I just hoped to see more than 20 people participating since this was such a great cause. While speaking to some vendors we noticed cop cars driving and closing off the ends of the road. Then we saw another cop car driving slowly with flashing lights and a large group of people behind it. I was ecstatic to see that behind that car was a huge group of participants. Signs held high and some wearing t-shirts that were dedicated to loved ones lost.

During the event, attendees were offered the opportunity to speak. Those who were willing, shared what the walk meant to them, their opinion of the current state of violence in the community and relationships between officers and civilians. The pavement was lined by prints of victims of violence, a lot of photos. Different age groups, different ethnicity, but the same fate. A sad reminder of why this event was so necessary.

Entertainment included performances by Tamara H, SDS and Legendary Bali. The acts were great and I finally had the opportunity to meet people I only spoke with on Facebook! I stayed to hear a few songs then had to prepare to leave! It was really hot outside and I still had other events to visit, so this is where my story ends! 🙂

Click to view event photos!

 

“Party in the Park”

Party in the Park by Morningside Church!

This was a really nice event, not to mention a FREE event. Real free, not fake free, lol. Everything was actually free, even the food! There were a lot of people, lots of activities for kids, a great car show, great singing and a cool doggy that only drinks bottled water!

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 As soon as I walked towards the event I was drawn to the cars! Beautiful cars and some that were very “different”! One car was so small, I tried to imagine the size of the people who drove it. The tires were as thin as bicycle tires and the width made me think only two teens could comfortably sit in it.

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While thinking of the car owners, I lost focus because in the corner of my eyes I saw lots of people wearing green t-shirts walking on the stage. In there hands were signs that stated an issue each person faced. I was curious to find out what was going on so I walked towards the stage and started snapping photos. A song played in the background and soon after, everyone turned their sign over and on the cards were the words “In His hands”, “In God’s Hands”, “Restored”, etc. It was beautiful!

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I walked around for a bit more, snapped more pictures and did some chatting before it was time for me to leave for another event! To view the rest of the photos, click here!

Michael Baisden “Mix Business with Pleasure” Tour

This Thursday was the most entertaining girls night out ever!

We attended the Michael Baisden “Mix Business with Pleasure” event at the Port St Lucie Civic Center, presented by 104.7 the Flame. He touched on many topics, but of course the most enlightening had to be sex and relationships. Most of the points I agreed with, but I couldn’t agree with the idea that “ALL MEN CHEAT” and women should just accept that. I did appreciate his point of view that all marriages and relationships should do what works for them. There are open relationships, monogamous relationships, relationships where women allow men to be free while the woman would remain faithful, etc. Basically, reiterating that people should do what works for them.

Maybe the fact that I have been married for nearly 10 years, is the reason I am not accepting of the idea that all men will step outside the relationship. I would like to believe my husband never cheated. No one can ever be completely sure, but he never gave me a reason to believe he has. Am I (are women) really supposed to brace myself (themselves) for a future of infidelity? If a man is allowed to cheat, is he accepting the idea that his woman will do the same?

Treasure Coast Seafood Festival

Post for my locals!

This Saturday was the Treasure Coast Seafood Festival at the Civic Center, which was really more like a gathering. Usually I’m not so “candid” about city events, but after seeing the turn out, I felt I should voice post my opinion.

This area is not as dull as it used to be. Every week there are a variety of events taking place. A lot of the people coordinating these events don’t want to or maybe can’t afford to invest in advertising, just little banners on some streets that most people don’t notice (I do because collecting info is my hobby, lol). After visiting a few of the latest unsuccessful events, I decided no longer will I stop myself from writing what I really thought. Maybe one of the planners or those in charge of “freeing up the budget” would read this and make some changes. Now, here are my ideas:

  1. Send the information to me in advance (pretty much, as soon as you decide you’re going to have it), not two days prior. We offer FREE event and business listings, use it!
  2. For a nominal fee, I will advertise your event. I will post it on the websites I am affiliated with, on my website, newsletters, etc.
  3. Create a Facebook event about it. As much as you may dislike Facebook, it’s pretty helpful in getting the word out. Someone will read it and likely tag me or another local listing website in it!
  4. No one is saying you have to purchase billboard space, but as you can see, lawn signs aren’t really helping the cause! There are already a lot of people in this area who barely notice when the yellow school light is blinking and it’s time to drive 20 MPH, what makes you think people are focusing on a small sign on the ground? Unless it says “yard sale”, don’t expect to grab a lot of attention!
  5. There are a lot more, but most importantly…consider other events taking place the same day! This is not the first time I’ve mentioned this! One of the biggest complaints I get is “why are they having this event on that day?” I have to remind people that my website it privately owned and I do not work with or for the city. Therefore, I cannot control when they decide to host an event!

Simply changing the date of an event can save planners the embarrassment and vendors from disappointment. For every 100 invites, expect maybe 20 – 50 of those people to show up…divide that by 2 – 4 if your event is schedule the same day as many others! It’s not a wedding, people don’t need to RSVP, nor do they have any responsibility to show up. If you choose a day when there’s not much else going on, you’ll have one heck of a festival!

I was sooooo looking forward to having some delicious seafood, but I ended up just spending less than 20 minutes there. 😦 The band was great though!

I wasn’t going to add pictures, but they prove my point, so click and check them out!!!