Grammy Award Winner, Heather Headley, performed for the Queen of England on November 19th, along with Alicia Keys, One Direction, and others at The Royal Variety Performance 2012 at Royal Albert Hall in London, England.
The Tony Award winning actress and singer has been leaving audiences awe struck - stepping into Whitney Houston's role from the movie the Bodyguard in the stage adaptation in London. Last night, she performed a stunning tribute to the late singing legend.
Ready to get chills? Listen to her rendition of Whitney Houston's version of Dolly Parton's classic - "I Will Always Love You"...
This Trinidadian wife and mom is playing the role of Rachel Marron, in the stage play, The BodyGuard, with Lloyd Owen as Frank Farmer, at the Adelphi Theater in London.
If you've gotten over your first set of chills, try this one on... "I Have Nothing":
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When I was 14, "Ice, Ice, Baby" was a song by Vanilla Ice.
When I was 15, "Ice, Ice, Baby" was something my brother and his fraternity brothers said when they stepped.
When I was 19, "Ice, Ice, Baby" followed by "Too cold! Too cold!" was my cue to get out of the way in a party - the Alpha train was about to come through.
Now that I am Blah Blah years old with three kids, "Ice, Ice, Baby" means something totally different - but I have to admit that when I saw the #IceIceBabyGN hashtag on Twitter, I was taken back blah blah years to baggy pants, rayon shirts, and shiny shoes.
So today, this is what ICE! ICE! Baby means to me...
Sunday afternoon, the family spent the day at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.
Now if you know anything about me from reading this blog, Eva and cold temperatures don't mix.... until now.
Think we look all bundled up? Okay, so even all that isn't enough to keep warm in Gaylord National's ICE featuring DreamWorks' Shrek the Halls©! First, they warmed up the parents with coffee, and warmed the kids up with sugar, gave us these huge blue coats, and we were ready for the 9 degree temperatures inside of ICE!.
Cupcakes and cakepops!
Now... I have never been anywhere where it was 9 degrees. Ever. So you know it would take a LOT for me not to notice how cold it was - after a while, baby girl and I were so amazed by the craftsmanship and the ice slide (or maybe just numb) that long after the boys left us for warmer spaces, we were still marveling at the sculptures and sliding down the two story ice slide.
After experiencing ICE! we headed back to the hotel lower Atrium to Gingy's Bakery to build a Christmas tree out of cookies - now we're speaking my language. I like building things... I like cookies... win!
Everybody pitching in!
The finished product...
After eating our work, we headed back to the ICE! dome and the kids took pictures with their favorite DreamWorks characters: Shrek, Po from Kung Fu Panda, Marty from Madagascar, and Puss in Boots from Shrek.
Snow IS beautiful - I can admit that, but for me to be able to experience it, it has to be cold... The Gaylord has a solution for that - one of the reasons I love this hotel so. Snowing - but 72 degrees! Yeeeeeessssssss!!! Dreams DO come true.
Each night, twice a night, from now until January 6th at 6:30 pm and 9:00 pm, it snows INSIDE the Gaylord during the Tree lighting show and Brightest Star Fountain Show - both are free.
If you are in the DC area, whether you are staying at the Gaylord or not, you can experience Gaylord National's Christmas on the Potomac™.
Here are just some of the activities that are open to the day guests. There are even more options for those who choose the Christmas on the Potomac Hotel Package. Visit www.ChristmasOnThePotomac.com for details.
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Moms (and dads), remember this recipe? Don't forget to be careful with the rum. I say add rum to "taste", but in this recipe, the rum is hard to taste - easy to feel! Tastes great as a virgin drink too...
Makes 4 servings.
1 large ripe banana, peeled
1 20 oz can of pineapple slices in pineapple juice
1 1/3 cup coconut milk
1/2 ripe mango, peeled, no seed
5 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
rum to taste (optional)
Blend banana, mango, 5 pineapple slices, 1 1/3 cup of pineapple juice (from the can of pineapple slices), coconut milk, and condensed milk. For a quick colada, add 1 1/2 cups of ice to the blender and rum to taste. For a frozen colada, put the mixture the freezer for 3 to 4 hours. Remove from the freezer put in the blender. Add rum if you'd like.
About 400 calories without the rum, so it is definitely not an everyday treat. Add it to your holiday menu! If you try making this one and let us know how it goes. Be sure to include what you changed to make it more your style. Enjoy!Add a comment
Ahhhhhh Friday! I love Friday's for various reasons - one of the major ones is getting to see my husband totally relaxed. One of the reasons that I love THIS Friday, is that I get to meet some wonderful Caribbean American leaders as they are honored tonight at the Caribbean American Heritage Awards. It's this Mom's Night Out!
My outfit has been husband approved, The Boy is my camera man, and I am ready. It feels strange though - I am NEVER ready! I don't feel right unless I am going out at the last minute for something or the other. My husband says that it isn't a sign of the apocalypse... but I don't know. I saw a pic of a fish with people teeth (it's a real fish called a Pacu) on my friend's Pinterest Board, and even though it isn't a new species of fish or some freakish hybrid fish man... it didn't exist for me before yesterday, and could easily be a sign.
The day that the house is clean for a week straight... I'm stocking up on canned goods, gas masks, and ammo. Just sayin'.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
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Today as I spooned out an unreasonable amount of humus onto my plate, I said to myself - "You and I both know that's too much $#@% humus." Who? It's just me in the kitchen... I started to laugh to myself... then I heard my mom's voice: "You're not crazy for talking to yourself... it is when you start answering yourself that we have a problem." I'm not sure where she got that from, but if that's the case, I've been nuts a really long time. (If you are reading this from the front page, click "read more" - if you are reading this via email, click on the title of this post to read more)Add a comment Read more...
"Stay out of harm's way... Okay, Sport?" That's how my dad has always said, "I love you."
My dad and I in the mid 80's after Sports Day at my Elementary School...
He still says that now, when we get off the phone. My dad and I have always an interesting relationship. Good or bad, I felt like I understood him, and even if he didn't totally understand me, I knew that he accepted me as I was. I got into trouble, no doubt - but I don't remember him making me feel like I was a bad person for it.
My dad is a family lawyer in a small southern town, and one of the only black ones when I was growing up - so people knew who he was. Racing home to make curfew one night (well, morning) on a dark back road I saw red and blue flashing lights in my rear view mirror. I had almost made it. This was a few years before my mom told me never to pull over unless I was in a well lit public area (I got my permit at 14, and license at 15... ah the good 'ol days), so I pulled over on the site of the road. I looked at the clock as the car rolled to a stop, and the crunching of the gravel and dry pine needles under the tires signaled my defeat.Add a comment Read more...
The blogosphere is ablaze with the news of the newest Caribbean American Hollywood Mom as she and her husband Adam Housley welcome Aden John Tanner Housley to their world. I wonder if her Bahamian American mom has some West Indian child rearing advice for her!
Sir Aden arrived in true Caribbean style - when he felt like he was good and ready - two weeks after his due date, weighing in at 9 pounds, 5 ounces.
"Adam and I feel very blessed to finally be holding our son," the new mom told Style. "He is a beautiful miracle, and our hearts are overflowing with love. Thank you to everyone for your love and support. It means so much to our family." - Tamera Mowry-Housley via her show blog on MyStyle.com
You can tune in to watch Tamera and her twin, Tia, on their show on Style Network to next season to see the new mommies at work and at play with their two baby boys. Check out Tamera on Twitter and share in her joy...
SocaMoms! What advice would you give to this new mom so that she can add some Caribbean flavor to raising her brand new Bahamian American bundle of joy?Add a comment
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Man I love Saturdays! I know that it seems that all I care about is shoes and food, but on Saturdays they are pretty high up on the list of things that make me happy...
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From the easy fall "soccer mom" sweaters and boots...
...to the unhurried Saturday afternoon dinner making - I just love it all. Alas, it's only Tuesday. Why can't Tuesday be the new Saturday?Add a comment
June is Caribbean American Heritage Month!
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2013 Caribbean Heritage Salute to Hollywood & the Arts Gala
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4th Annual Caribbean Style & Culture Awards & Fashion Showcase
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Annual Dimanche Gras - DC Caribbean Carnival Association
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Annual Dimanche Gras - DC Caribbean Carnival Association
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Baltimore International Reggae Jerk Festival
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