Last week I officially launched my memoir, “The Day It Snowed In April” on my life and time with rock star Prince. It was my way of paying tribute to his unique style and music legacy with a purple theme party in Beverly Hills. The event was held at the home of Brad and Tina Hillstrom, who are natives from Minneapolis. I wanted purple carpet instead of red and for everything to be colored purple in honor of Prince. I even dressed little Prince up in a custom outfit so that he could live up to his namesake for photos.
We had so much rain in the days leading up to the event, I wasn’t sure if the weather would clear up? But it seemed like Prince was surely smiling down on us that day as the sun started to shine! Many long time friends enjoyed listening to Stereo Mike Creamer spin some of Prince’s music that he made during my time with him.
Purple love was in the air and even though it was “Fashion Week” and Grammy week, the purple unicorn singer, Justine Skye stopped by looking fabulous, along with America’s favorite letter turner, Vanna White and classic rock singer, Al Stewart.
Guest enjoyed vegan appetizers by Deliteful meals and chef Karen and purple cupcakes from Swirls. We had a purple punch compliments of Purple Haze and Blackhorn imports. A big thank you to publicist Tiffany Ladner and Anolan for all the organization that went into creating such a memorable afternoon. I gave autographed copies of my book in giftbags along with sponsored gifts from ThinEssence, Delightful meals, Parfaire, Green Leaf, and Expert Insight Publishing. My gorgeous purse was compliments of Grace Nowak and my hair and makeup was done by Emily and the Four Season’s Salon in Westlake, compliments of Yamaguchi. My hair had a shade of purple in it compliments of Louise at Urban Dyebar and I was driven in style to the party in a Rolls Royce compliments of Royal Exotic cars. Special thanks to William Kidston for all the lovely photos and to my Playmate sisters, Deborah Driggs, Barbara Moore and Sandra Taylor for all the love and support!
Half of the proceeds from my book will go to benefit Prince’s charity, #YesWeCode. This is my way of paying it forward and keeping his desire for children’s education in the forefront of his legacy. I thought it was fitting to officially launch “The Day It Snowed In April” in February, the month of love because of the pure love that I know we all shared for Prince and all the amazing music he gave us. You can get “The Day It Snowed In April” now on Amazon and Barnes and Noble in Hardcover, Paperback and Kindle and the Audio version will be out soon! If you enjoyed the book, share the purple love and give it as gift and please don’t forget to give me a review on Amazon
As I watch the rain trickle into the powered covered snow decks of our cabin here in Lake Arrowhead, I felt like writing my thoughts and feelings down surrounding this past year. I’m sure most of you are in total agreement with me in saying, 2016 sucked the big one!! I personally cannot wait to welcome in 2017, after viewing or experiencing one tragedy after another this past year.
It was awful to start 2016 off with the deaths of our beloved David Bowie, Glenn Frey and Prince! And to end it just as badly with the deaths of our beloved Princess Lea, Carrie Fisher, her mother, Debbie Reynolds one day behind her and George Michael who shared the same birthday month and year as me! Maybe it’s the age of most of the baby boomers and the fact that there are so many of us that can relate strongly to these losses. They were staples of our youth that has passed by way too quickly. We grew up together with their music, movies and images ingrained in our minds forever. They represented how fast and fleeting life truly is to have died so young and/or tragic.
2016 will also mark how divided and split we are as Americans with our political views. And how much change is happening in our world that is right there in your face with social media on a daily basis. It’s hard to ignore the status of our world as a whole and the struggles we are facing as humanity hangs by a thread. If we can survive 2016 and venture into 2017 with any kind of positive optimism for whatever is we have to be grateful for, I believe we may have a chance to take a turn for a much better future. Life is truly a gift that we must cherish each and every day. I’m choosing to remain optimistic about 2017 and wish everyone a blessed New Year, one that is filled with love and great success. We must all dream as big as possible about each year being better than the last because that is what we will ultimately create for ourselves.
I think 2016 is a turning point for mankind to reflect and remember, as we move forward in the great unknown future that is the gift of this life; we are living right here and now. So a toast to 2017, may you shed light on the darkness so many have faced and give us all hope for a brighter tomorrow!
As we approach the end of 2016, I can honestly say I can’t wait to have it over and done with. This has not been a pleasant year for me. We battled an 8 month IRS tax audit that I’m grateful we prevailed in and is finally over, but it took up a lot of tedious hours of my time. We lost a lot of great musical artists such as, David Bowie, Glenn Fry and our beloved Prince. This was especially hard on me given my memories of such a precious innocent time in my life. I felt a strong urge to write them all down before I would be too old to remember the details anymore. If someone had told me that I would write a memoir on the most intimate details of my life this year, I would have told them they were crazy and I didn’t have that kind of time. Given that tax audit was taking up most of it and on top of that I was dealing with other added things like being producer on our Emmy award winning Amazon Prime series, “The Bay.” And then of course we had the never ending saga of the election and the constant battle with friends over those two candidates that it made me want to pull my hair out and scream at the top of my lungs at certain times.
In addition to all of this we were trying to sell our houses and consolidate and simplify our lives, given our kids are grown up and not around as much. As a realtor, I had many things to deal with such as repairs, showings and tenants that also took up alot of my time. Time is something that is abstract and goes by so fast and it’s something we can never get back. Sometimes looking back on time spent with beloved people in our lives that are no longer with us can often give you the blues, especially around the holidays. So to say I have the holiday blues this is year is really being honest. I didn’t feel like putting up a tree or entertaining and the holidays seemed to be upon us way too fast for me to catch my breath.
I am grateful this horrible year is ending and am optimistically looking forward to the new year with the completion of my memoir, “The Day It Snowed In April.” Although I didn’t set out to write a memoir on my life this year, I’m happy it turned out the way it has and I’m very proud of the book, as I feel it was directly inspired by Prince for me to tell our beautiful story now. Writing the book helped me grieve through the pain of his death and I got to relive those beautiful moments all over again as I laughed and cried reading it back. My life reads like a Jackie Collins novel and it’s hard to believe this was actually my life. People come in and out of our lives teaching us and guiding us through laughter and pain and helping us grow into the person we are at this very moment in time.
Prince was one of those mystical magical moments of my life at a time when we were both young and innocent with lots of zest for life. I’ve always had a spiritual connection with him and he’s been a constant thread throughout my life so I pondered on why that was and had to write it all down. I was amazed at how fast I wrote the book and how much of it poured out of me, cleansing my soul and bathing me with love. When I read it back I cried like a baby and I struggled with whether I even wanted to release it? I let a few close personal friends read it that knew Prince and my time with him to get their opinions. I watched for signs and prayed that Prince would guide me to what he wished me to do.
The signs appeared in white owls screaming outside my front door during a full moon that told me this had to be Prince! They came to my door three nights in a row flying around me while I continued writing. Then I had a gift on my birthday, June 25, which I discovered was also the day “Purple Rain” was released. I never knew this until I started writing the book. That gift turned out to be the tiniest rescue dog that I renamed Prince. Now anyone who knows Ronn and I would have said that they would have never seen me with such a small dog. He’s only two pounds, but has the biggest personality and reminds me everyday of Prince and puts a smile on my face. These signs told me that Prince now wants me to share this time of his life because it was the happiest time in both of our lives. Like the iconic musicians before him, Prince wants his fans to know the person he truly was and the person he became because he was an inspiration to all who encountered his soul. He was so special and mysterious even to those who actually knew him. So I believe many books, movies and documentaries will be yet to come on his life. My story is just part of what was his journey and its a beautiful heartfelt one that I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed living it.
I want to give half of the proceeds from the book to Prince’s charity #yeswecode and I want fans of the book to spread the love and share it because it is meant to be an inspirational tribute to a man like no other. You may preorder the book here before the worldwide release date of Feb 1, 2017. I ask that you give me a review for the website and like ripples in a pond spread the love and share it with someone YOU love! I will autograph preorders for FREE!!!
The presidential election is around the corner and many people are still divided about these two candidates. We have never seen nor will we ever see another election quite like this one that has divided even the best of friends in their political views. So many blatant lies have been told to us by the press to cover up the most corrupt government officials we have ever had in office. Due to our Secretary of States actions which leave us vulnerable to an attack, several countries have discovered sensitive top- secret documents. Many foreign officials have been paying for favors and want to keep this administration in power to solidify their devious agenda.
Money and power equals corruption and its plain to see our government is severely corrupted and our hard earned money is being drained from the American people like water. Here at home we aren’t taking care of our elderly, our military vets and our own American citizens because of political monies that go to unnecessary wars and greasing the palms of criminal activities within our own administration. I grew up in the deep- south where many people were democrats believing the lies that so many previous politicians would tell poor and uneducated people just to win their votes. The amount of money spent of television ads to slander the competition was always a must and this became the normal way to campaign for politicians.
I believe in voting for the right person who can get our needs met and I don’t care if they are republican or democrat. I voted for Obama in his first term and so did Ronn. However, in the last eight years of this administration there has not been much change for Americans. We are less safe, more in debt and our country is more corrupt that ever. There are less jobs, less security for our vets and elderly and constantly rising health costs that no one can afford. I believe in getting all the facts on both parties before casting my deciding vote come election- day and here is what I’ve discovered about both parties.
Donald Trump has built his own empire and has created many jobs for women and minorities in his companies. Hillary Clinton has not created any jobs, but has taken huge amounts of foreign money through her foundation that has me wondering why? Donald Trump pays his employees and women who are in executive and managerial positions more than comparable companies, which tells me he is not misogynist. He’s a businessman who wants the best people for the position. Isn’t that what we learned about him in his hit reality show, “The Apprentice?”
Hillary Clinton’s right hand aid is Huma Abedin, who’s parents are head of the Muslim Brotherhood and Sisterhood. Huma is also married to Anthony Weiner the congressman who has already been exposed for being a pedophile. Donald Trump fought the West Palm Beach City so he was able to open his newly purchased club to include African Americans and Jews as members, who had been banned until then. This tells me he is not racist.
Hillary Clinton has direct ties to George Soros because her daughter is married to his nephew and we have discovered he owns many of the polls that have been rigged to go in her favor. This makes me wary of her intentions and compiles the deceit to cover things up like those 33,000 emails that were destroyed when she was asked to turn them over by a Supreme court subpoena. Donald Trump has raised wonderful children who are hard working Americans that aren’t living off of his wealth, but who have achieved their own success. His economic plan makes sense because we are a broken country that can’t continue down this rabbit hole any longer and need major changes.
I know sometimes change seems scary to most people and many would like to think Hillary Clinton has the experience in politics and would like to believe what she’s saying she will do for America, but the facts do not add up to that from her past, so why would you think there will be anything different if she were to be president? I’m fed up with the rampant corruption that continues in Washington DC when our hard working Americans who protect and educate us like, policeman and teachers are being underpaid due to tax increases that go to foreign countries.
I’m disgusted with seeing so many of my professional friends lose their homes, their jobs and undergo harassing bogus tax audits designed to drain you of your wealth, so that you become enslaved like that many poor and uneducated people to the lies and corruption of our government. It’s time that America comes first and we put the oxygen mask on ourselves before helping foreign countries. What I’m learning about Hillary Clinton offends me more that what Donald Trump says because action speaks louder than words. And lastly Donald Trump put his money where his mouth is with putting his own hard earned money into his campaign for the presidency. This tells me he truly wants to help make “America Great Again” and is a true patriot, because he already has great wealth and isn’t taking money from shady foreigners like Hillary Clinton.
In looking at all these facts, it’s clear that candidate I will now vote for on election- day. It’s the only one who makes sense and wants to put American first and that may sound selfish, but it’s necessary at this point. History is in the making folks! Time to wake up and take back our country that use to be for the people and by the people. Isn’t that what America was all about? In the next few days, we will see changes like never before here in America. You don’t have to like the candidate you vote for, but you must at least believe in what they are saying.
Go look at the facts they speak for themselves with both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. I don’t wish to upset anyone by voicing my opinion and I hope to not lose a friend over it, but I truly do not believe everything I hear in the media. That is because I actually know media people who have been told to report certain things and leave out certain things. Therefore, I never watch the news and study things for myself before making a major decision like this one. Your vote is needed to make the change happen and we need to fix America before it’s really too late!
Just as the seasons are changing and that feeling of fall is feathering the air with crispness, we are starting some changes of our own at DevRonn. It’s always exciting when change comes because it brings along new adventures! There are several changes and ventures both Ronn and I are embarking on and one of them is with Devin’s Kickass Cajun Seasoning! We are very happy to announce that it will be available exclusively in two amazing Malibu restaurants, “Zooma Sushi” and “Coral Beach Cantina.” Both of these adjoining staples in Malibu are known for their amazing cuisine and we have personally tried our spice on everything for years now and know it speaks volumes when it comes to flavor and it’s great on everything! I think they even want to name a couple of dishes after me at both restaurants. So don’t be surprised to see “Devin’s Kickass Crab Sushi handrolls” at Zooma Sushi or “Devin’s Kickass Shrimp Tacos” at Coral Beach Cantina next time you visit! These Malibu hotspots will be the first place you can taste Devin’s Kickass Cajun Seasoning firsthand!
In other ventures, Ronn has partnered with modify watches and will be launching his own line of Ronn Moss watches just in time for Christmas! These will make great gifts for anyone who is Ronn Moss fan and there will be several cool styles to choose from! He is also working on Ronn Moss T-shirts and scarves that he will be helping to design himself! I know how much you all have been wanting him to do a scarf line of his own and I think you will love the new designs!
I’m thrilled to be honored tomorrow with an Eippy Book Award by my dear friend Viki Winterton of Expert Insights Publishing. This award is for my lifetime support of animal rights, so Prince and I will be attending a wonderful luncheon that I will surely take you all to via Periscope! I’m also putting the finishing touches on my own personal memoir, which will chronicle my life story and my relationship with the rock icon, Prince. The website to pre-order this book is coming in December.
We are excited to start shooting season three of “The Bay” which is now showing season one on Amazon Prime. Season two will debut in November along with more insight into the mysterious John Blackwell, played so wonderfully by hubby! I’m so sure you will not be disappointed and look forward in giving you more behind the scenes on the upcoming shoot in November! I’m also excited to get back in front of the camera with my upcoming role in the sitcom, “Bruna In Beverly Hills” and will have more news to share on that soon, as well as, more upcoming surprises!
In the meantime, DevRonn Fanclub members are encouraged to hurry and renew their memberships because upcoming exciting news will be revealed in the next few days exclusively for them!
I know it’s been a while since I’ve done a blog and I apologize, but there just hasn’t been much time to do alot of the things I’ve been use to doing. As Ronn and I celebrated our seven year wedding anniversary, it seems life is passing by so very fast and changing even faster. All the talk about politics, ISIS, our environment, the economy, and all the in your face corruption that is just too bad to ignore is getting even more prevalent Our world has gotten smaller because of social media and the fact that news is so instantaneous due to our advanced technology. It seems to make our world spin even faster and time to move at a different speed like we are running on empty. It seems like mankind has really lost his mind in so many ways. You start to wonder if you are trapped in a bad nightmare and if you will ever wake up?
I’ve always been a positive and optimistic person. It’s how I’ve survived a horrible basically non-existent childhood of abuse and foster homes and I truly believe in the power of your mind and focusing your thoughts on good rather than bad things in life. That’s why I do not watch the news and read about what’s happening instead of obsessing about all the negativity around us. I realize it’s always been there for as long as mankind has been here. It’s just instantaneously in your face 24/7 now. That’s why it’s so important for mankind to wake up and start monitoring their thoughts and feelings. It’s important that we live in love and not a fear based world.
I believe balance is the key to everything here and the only way to keep balance in all areas of life is by being able to feel and think rationally and optimistically about life’s journey. That’s the reason I wrote the book, “True Age, Timeless Beauty” to help people find balance and understand that your thoughts and feelings go hand in hand in manifesting your future destiny or turning back time if you so desire. The power to change things in within you! We cannot control others only ourselves and we must start working together as a united species if we are to have any real growth and enough positive change to overcome the negatives.
It is surely possible to do if we collectively decide to do it! Stop fighting to be right and start working for the good of all concern, which is our whole world. Stop thinking its their problem and not ours because at the end of the day we are all living on this planet together as one species called human beings. I guess I’m just venting a bit in writing this particular blog? Maybe it’s because the season is changing? The election for a new president is around the corner and more changes will surely come as a result of whoever is elected. Right now I wish everyone who take the time to stop and the hatred over just about everything and anything and look at the our world a little more lovingly for all the beauty it offers. Maybe by doing this, your thoughts and feelings may change and we can then all collectively start healing the wounds of so many.
It been a while since I’ve been able to blog because I had computer issues and had no choice but to learn to be without constant communication with the world here for a few weeks! Yes I have my Ipad and phone, but I’m just not able to do some things that I’m use to doing, such as the blog on them. I think the universe wanted to make me do without such constant instant communication to the entire world for a while, so that I could truly focus on other things that needed my attention fully. One of those things has been my new little love that I adopted from the Shelter Hope Pet Shop, Prince!
Prince is my little tea cup Chorkie who some think it the smallest dog they have ever seen. He is only 2 pounds and is fully grown at two years old. A Chorkie is half Chihuahua, half Yorkie and his owners sadly passed away in a car accident about a month ago, so the family dropped him and his big mutt brother, Chester off to the Shelter Hope Pet Shop for adoption. Many of you know how much I love to do to help save our animals and my girlfriend Kim Sill, who started Shelter Hope Pet Shop is the poster child for saving as many as she can. Kim produced the documentary, “Saved In America” and told me all about this amazing little Prince on my recent birthday. As many of you know, I lost my Shih-tzu, Romeo three years ago and just didn’t want to take on the life-time responsibility of another pet because of the amount of traveling Ronn and I do these days. However, when Kim described the story of how she acquired Prince and his personality, I just had to meet him! Turns out we were a match and he’s been such a joy of love and tranquility that the whole family adores! Ronn, Creason and Calee all love the little guy and I decided to change his name from Spencer to Prince because he reminded me so much of the rock star, Prince. His personality is so quiet, yet he is full of energy and so smart for such a little dog. He also so sweet and lovable and sleeps with Ronn and I, but he’s also quite possessive already of me and barks when Ronn kisses me, which I must Periscope soon because it’s quite funny to watch!
So my summer has been flying by with dog day afternoons, doggie play dates and doggie cuddling as I’ve been bonding with my new little guy. I’ve also had to shift my attention to real estate this summer, as we are trying to consolidate and simplify our lives by selling off homes in order to down size and get rid of things we aren’t using or don’t need. I’m a firm believer in doing this yearly in all areas of life because sometimes having less is actually more. It’s a sense of freedom from too many issues that need to be addressed that take up time you could be spending with family. As we get older, it’s important to spend more quality time with friends and family because each and every day becomes more and more precious.
So this summer hasn’t been as social as we are use to because we have had to shift our priorities to focus on new additions to the family, changes in our lives and more quality time with each other. I guess having the computer problems was good for me because it has forced me to put more energy and intimacy at home. Summer has also brought us two more Emmys to add to our home as producers on “The Bay,” which is launching on Amazon Prime next month! If you have an Amazon Prime account you will be able to catch new digitally remastered season one of fourteen episodes and binge into Bayhem! We couldn’t be more proud and excited for you guys to join in on all the exciting things coming up for “The Bay” this fall when the new season two is launched before Christmas! “The Bay” will also be available in Germany, Austria, Japan, UK/Ireland and China. Unfortunately, we do not have distribution in other areas yet and you will not be able to view episodes on the website anymore. We will be adding more countries as we get distribution in those countries. We will also be shooting more episodes this fall and I will keep you guys posted with behind the scene Periscopes from the set!
In the meantime, I hope your summer breeze is making you feel fine and that life is treating you well with all the love and joy that life has to offer. It’s really the most important thing we can have and the feeling of love and joy will make all things possible even the impossible.
As I celebrated another year on this planet last weekend, I felt extremely grateful to have survived this past year given all the amazing people we have had to say goodbye to so young. It’s been rather emotional for me and I think when I get emotional I sometimes get really quiet and don’t feel much like talking or socializing. So I really didn’t want to do anything for my birthday this year. My birthday reminds of people I grew up with like Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett, both who died on my birthday and how fleeting life can be. However, this year my birthday fell on a Saturday and Ronn has been doing a lot of great music with some of his friends lately and they wanted to throw me a little party. So I told Ronn he could for once be in charge of organizing it and I wanted to keep it small because I just didn’t have the energy for socializing with too many people this year.
Our wedding was just over a hundred people and we didn’t even get to eat our dinner from saying hello and goodbye to friends and family throughout the evening. So I didn’t feel I had the energy to do that this year and I have way too many friends and didn’t want to leave anyone out. So I put a very short guest list together of people I had not seen in a while so that I could properly catch up and have fun without stressing over whether or not we would have too many people. We have also decided smaller groups of gatherings are a lot more fun! So if any of my friends who didn’t get invited to this birthday are reading this, please don’t take it personally. I just didn’t have the energy for it and wanted to spend time with friends I don’t get to see often like artist Jon Hul. Jon drove in from Las Vegas and was so amazing on the drums with the boys and he gave me the most gorgeous painting that he did of me and Bettie Page!
I also had the producer who cast me on Star Search over 30 years ago attend, Michele Buiton who drove in from Palm Springs and Playmate of the Year, Renee’ Tenison and her twin sister Rosie, along with Barbara Moore who I never get to see much of. Our friend Donnie hosted it at his beautiful home and I had one of my favorite liquor sponsors, “Purple Haze” as my birthday punch. Also a special thanks to Nathan Wheeler of Blackhorn Imports for the Viru Valge Vodka and Rum! Our very own producers from “The Bay” were gracious enough to be there along with our Bay publicist Tiffany Ladner. So I felt like I had a stress free birthday celebration and I feel nothing but gratitude and blessings right now for all the amazing cards and gifts from so many of you guys.
Right now I still have so much going on because I’m working on a TV project that I will share with you all soon, writing another book and selling our houses to simplify our lives since Ronn is touring more. I want to have less work and more time to socialize in the future. So please be patient with me until I get all my ducks lined up enough to be as social as I’d like to be and just know that I sincerely appreciate all your emails, tweets, postings and comments. Thank you Sue Wong and Jo Hilton for that fabulous Sunday brunch in Malibu and to my wonderful husband for making me feel so special.
This past week has been so beautiful watching the flowers bloom everywhere and enjoying the essence of a real Spring for a change here in southern California. Ronn and I have been very busy with various charity events such as, the Unstoppable gala that he was asked to present at. Unstoppable provides education for children in Africa and has made the difference already is so many children. It was a black tie affair with Ann Archer, Bob Proctor and Dyan Cannon who hosted the gorgeous gala.
Ronn then performed with Peter Beckett at the Canyon Club, as Player, who joined Ambrosia, Stephan Bishop and the one and only Michael McDonald and his wife Amy to benefit a little girl named Darcy who is battling cancer. I think you guys know by now how much we lend our time and efforts to charities that benefit children and animals. The Canyon Club event was a great success and a lot of fun and we were honored to be a part of it.
Then we got to spend some quality time with Creason and Calee due to their spring break and I managed to do some cooking for them and the band when they came over to rehearse with Ronn for upcoming gigs. The feeling of excitement was in the air all week leading up to the 5 Emmy nominations for our series, “The Bay” which includes “Best Digital Drama Series” and “Best Actor, Kristos Andrews” along with “Best Actresses, Mary Beth Evans, Lilly Melgar and Patsy Pease.”
The thought of adding two more Emmys to our household is just so surreal! In addition to “The Bay” Emmy nominations, we are in getting ready to shoot more episodes in May and have even more exciting news to share with you guys soon on the amazing progress our Bay family is making! There are many exciting new beginnings for our Bay family and our own family to share with you soon!
Right now we are just excited to be healthy and happy to celebrate this Easter weekend with our wonderful friends, as we look forward to what’s ahead in our future both personally and professionally. Wishing you all a wonderful Passover/Easter weekend!
I am Devin De Vasquez, I do a lot of lifestyles scopes. That covers cooking, party and red carpet events. I also give health beauty tips, fashion and the unforgettable peritherapy.
This shares my very own version of “Tomato Basil Soup.” I figured if a person is vegan, on a diet or just want to have a soup, this will be a good one. This is so quick, easy and simple. I love Tomato Basil Soup especially when the weather cold, soup is great. I love to make soup and salads. This will have no cream for vegan’s out there. But if you do want to add some, it is possible; like cream, cheese, or croutons. People can use any tomatoes but I personally prefer to use sweet tomatoes. Because I like my tomato basil soup to have a little bit of sweetness. We will go over the ingredients and you will see that I like to put different types of tomatoes in this soup. They are great anti-oxidants.
1 bowl Cherry Tomatoes
3 pieces large Roma tomatoes
1 big White Onion
Few cloves of Fresh Garlic
Devin’s Kickass Cajun Seasoning
Vegetable Broth (100% Natural)
1.) Chopped the three kinds of tomatoes, white onion and fresh cloves of garlic.
2.) Preheat the pot, and put some olive oil. Saute chopped onion and garlic until it sizzles and gives a pleasant smell.
3.) As soon as it starts to sizzle and smell, add the tomatoes. Put the Roma tomatoes first and let it simmer. Soften the Roma tomatoes and season it with Devin’s kickass Cajun Seasoning.
4.) When the Roma tomatoes are fully softened, add cherry tomatoes. Season it with kickass Cajun again until the desired taste is achieved. Then, add the basil leaves.
5.) Now, apply the kitchen hand grinder to the tomatoes (or you can use food processor) to achieve the right consistency that you want.
6.) Add the broth not too much. Put only enough for the desired number of people that will eat. And if you want to add cream or other dairy items, you can now. Grind it again until the desired consistency is reached and the ingredients are equally mixed. Garnish the tomato basil soup and serve it while hot.
If you love healthy cooking, you have come to the right place. I will serve you healthy but tasty cooking. I have also been into Finland for America’s Food Battle with Chef Henry Alen. I am not vegan but I am eating nothing but fruits, vegetables and protein. I consume no carbohydrates, no sugar, no dairy products and no alcohol. Moreover, I never missed to eat irresistible foods with carbs.
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I am Devin De Vasquez and I wanted to give people my three top tips in foods to eat for great skin. These are really good food that you should have daily. This three item needs to be in your diet every day. Everybody knows my age and I am over 50 years old. As I age, I believe in eating these three items which is needed to be on your diet every day for gorgeous skin.
1.) Avocados – Avocados are so great for the skin and hair. People can have it as a snack. I put Devin’s kickass Cajun seasoning as my husband Ron and I eat about half of avocado each. We do this almost every morning. What it gives is a great good fat, and that is great for skin and hair. I received most of my comments from periscope about my hair being shiny. That is why I believe that eating avocados is the number one food that I should recommend. Put them on salad or smoothie, avocados just go with almost anything.
2.) Salmon – The good Atlantic or Norwegian Salmon has natural oils. It should be eaten at least twice a week. Salmon is so good for us but on the other hand, we are very cautious with the Pacific Salmon. So we do not eat the Pacific Salmon, the one with the dyed pink stuff. Do your best to get the Norwegian Salmon or the Atlantic salmon. You can bake salmon or broil it and can also be put on salads.
I love these items and I have them on my diet consistently. This is the reason why I have good skin. I am over fifty but I am still confident to go out on screen without wearing my makeup on. I can totally attest you that these are the foods that I eat. I believe and say that this is probably the reason why my hair is shiny and my skin still looks good for my age. I do not do much actually. These are my tips and beauty secrets. I never tried those so called 24 karat gold mask although I would love to try it. Meanwhile, I believe in eating healthy, drinking water and detox with tea.
3.) Olive oil / Coconut oil – This also good for your skin and hair. People should be cooking with it. These are the things I do and cultivate it in my diet on a daily basis. Every single day I have a little bit of olive oil in something.
So those are my three top foods which I believe helps for a healthier, a more beautiful skin, and shiny hair. I am not much of a dairy person and we only use coconut milk at home. I incorporate these foods to my diet to be always on the organic free range. We must have everything organic. People must not be skimp on their health and should buy organic.
Let us be keen on what is good for us and have the self to control the bad things that affects our body. We will never be young forever. So what we must do is take care ourselves not only for our own being but also for the people we love.
During the late 80s and early 90s, Guns N’ Roses were arguably the biggest band in the world. Playing outdoor stadiums, headlining festivals and a mainstay on MTV, Axl Rose and Slash were literally everywhere and adored by millions including me! We are dear friends with their current keyboardist, Chris Pittman.
However, after many disputes, the band grew further apart and it wasn’t long before the two weren’t even on speaking terms. Several court cases followed and the band broke up. Axl Rose and Slash played their last show together in 1993 in Argentina.
As we fast forward 23-years, it looks like they have finally built the bridges needed to mend the gaping wounds that were left from a string of high profile bust-ups. What makes it even more intriguing for GnR fans is that the band have enlisted the help of founding members Steve Adler (drums) and Duff McKagan (bass) to join the band on the 5 date tour that they’ve just announced.
Although, Izzy Stradlin won’t be joining GnR on their shows at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Los Foro and Coachella shows, he has revealed he is willing to enter the studio with the band. While the band is yet to announce an extensive tour of North America, they did reveal their intentions to record a new album this year.
The last album released by GnR was ‘Chinese Democracy’, which took 6 years to make and came out in 2008, 15-years after the band’s ‘Spaghetti Incident’ album. ‘Chinese Democracy’ however, only featured Axl Rose and none of the other founding members, thus many hardcore GnR fans questioned whether it was actually a legitimate GnR record.
With the band selling over 100 million records worldwide during their career, 2016 is set to be an extremely profitable one for the band as they look to retain their status as a big hitter in the music world. When they get round to unveiling the details of their tour of North America, which is set to feature several football stadiums, the band hope to pull in over $3 million per show as well as charging that for their Coachella appearances. One I’m sure many of you are looking forward to seeing!
As things start to reach fever pitch in the lead-up to their first show at the T-Mobile Arena in April, GnR is expected to pocket millions in merchandise sales. With their touring commitments, recording a new album, media obligations and various festival headline slots, it’s going to be a hectic year for one of rock music’s biggest ever bands.
While it still doesn’t quite feel real, we are sure that when fans hear Slash’s guitar kick into action for the first time, it’ll be like they never went away. ————————————————————————————————-
Last weekend, Ronn and I spent some time with alot of our Italian friends and celebrated the Taormina Film Festival’s debut in Los Angeles. Spear headed by Tizianna Rocca the festival featured the movie, “Brave Miss World” which was produced by Gregory Peck’s daughter, Cecelia and was a documentary about a former Miss World who was raped in Italy and her journey to heal and inspire other rape victims to speak out.
After an award presentation by Ronn and actor Jim Caviezel, We enjoyed an afterparty at Cecelia Peck’s home and hung out with supermodel Cheryl Tiegs, Nastasha Kinski and Valeria Golino. Tiziana Rocca, general manager of the Taormina Film Fest since 2012, has been largely innovating the historic Sicilian festival, founded in 1955. Her main concerns are to celebrate and foster Italian young talents, as well as to assure female filmmakers of an equal visibility as their male counterparts. Two years ago, Ronn and I attended the festival in Sicily and had a wonderful time.
We were very happy to hang out with our “Bruna In Beverly Hills” director Max Leonida and his wife Paola and we love our Italian friends. So being a part of the Taormina Film Festival again here in our home town was a special treat. Since Italy is a second home to us and we are way overdue for a visit, it is safe to say, we may be going there soon! In the meantime, we are easing into 2016 and getting prepared for all the awesome things it will bring us!
Sending lots of love and light to our friends we have recently lost who will forever be in our hearts! It is hard to believe how many amazing people we have lost in the past few weeks. Natalie Cole, Glenn Frey and David Bowie’s passing really had an effect on both Ronn and I and has made their music even more special to us. Life is so precious and we try to be grateful each and every day for all the blessings in our lives. Part of those blessings is the wonderful warmth we receive each day online from you guys. Please know that we don’t take anything for granted and appreciate all the wonderful emails, tweets, cards, Facebook posts and Periscope comments, so please keep them coming! You guys brighten our day!!
Ronn and I just returned from San Francisco where we attended the Periscope Summit compliments of our social media mentor, Alex Khan. It was a nice excursion for us to drive up and spend some quality time with Ronn’s “Bruna In Beverly Hills,” co-star Kim Kopf, who helped make our stay so memorable. As most of you know by now, Periscope was named Apple’s app of the year and is the fastest growing social media platform ever! It is where we hang out the most and engage with you guys daily because it just too much fun!
I personally love the Periscope community because of the positive engagement, friendships and educational value received daily from people all over the world. Our world is now in the palm of our hands and now it’s possible to interact and share your story, give value to others and help make our world a more beautiful place. I see tremendous growth from Periscope and am thrilled to be a part of this community! It was wonderful to see so many Periscopers from all over the world in person at Summit Live!
Ronn and I met the founder of Summit Live Ryan Bell, who came with his wife and kids from Georgia. It was also a pleasure to meet the guy who I learned most of what I know about Periscope from, Alex Khan. I found Alex to be a very tall, 6’5″ and handsome guy that is quickly becoming a Periscope superstar! His scopes not only teach you the latest tips and tricks on Periscope, but his positive demeanor and knowledge of business and social media make him one of the best go-to guys on Periscope.
Another Periscope favorite, Dana Garrison is simply adorable with her kitty ears and her wonderful personality that I had to invite her to join woman to woman and will be interviewing her soon! Chocolate Johnny came all the way from down under, but ironically didn’t know who Ronn and I were?? Our friends from Vinium Wines sponsored the opening night with their amazing wine and the talented Mr. Salas that is Frank Salas, from Austin is also someone I was looking forward to meeting and collaborating with. There is even a documentary on how Periscope is changing lives that the summit released a trailer on here.
Kim treated me to a Sumba class at the Bay club which is located right across the street from Netflix who just so happens to be looking at “Bruna In Beverly Hills” next week! We went out to a lovely dinner last night in Los Gatos and unfortunately Kim fell ill with the flu and Ronn has been fighting allergies all weekend, so we decided to cut the summit panels short and get back home. Looking forward to seeing you all this week on Periscope!
We are getting settled into our brand new year and I want to apologize for not blogging as much as I usually do, but our December was a bit hectic. We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and that your new year is off to a great start! Personally, new beginnings are always exciting and full of great expectations and we believe this year will bring us lots of beautiful things that will help us all grow as human beings.
As we get older, I believe our prospective on what is really important changes. Nurturing our spirits and spending quality time with friends and family become more and more important. Probably because we gain the wisdom of realizing just how very short our time on this planet is. We have made a lot of new friends online because both Ronn and I have been live streaming regularly and quite like the interaction we get from both Periscope and Facebook Live.
Because of live streams is another reason I just haven’t been blogging quite as much. It seems to be a much more immediate connection that get from doing them. So I have now made a schedule of live stream scopes that you can follow on Periscope where I cook with you guys, take you to red carpet events and parties, share my beauty and health tips and get into deep discussion in what I call, peritherapy. I also giveaway monthly prizes such as Devin’s Kickass Cajun Seasoning, autographed DVDs, photos, trading cards and clothing! So join me on Periscope for daily broadcasts and let’s get to know each other better there!
Ronn loves Facebook Live and is now doing his Ronn’s Garage from there. You can comment and follow him by subscribing when he’s’ live so that you know when he’s going live in the future and interact with him on a regular basis there. It’s also a cool way to really keep up with his latest concerts and behind the scenes of what we are doing now and what’s coming up!
I will still blog and keep you guys updated here on key things, but if you really want to keep up with us live streaming is where we will be. You can also catch up on all the broadcasts you missed by going to Katch.me. We hope to see you all in one of our future broadcasts!
We now are counting down the days until Bayhem mania returns with all new episodes of The Bay on December 1st! And these new episodes will blow you away with what is about to happen to some of your favorite characters! I know many of you are wondering how Sara will do in prison and what happens to Janice after she’s raped? I’m sure you may be wondering if John Blackwell is bringing them all down and how he will do it? Well all I can tell you is that you won’t be disappointed and you will be drooling for much much more Bayhem in 2016!
Our Bay family and selected invited press will be treated to a private party at Doma in Beverly Hills the day before our big release for a premiere of The Bay’s new debut. You will be able to see The Bay on their website every Tuesday and Thursday in December and we will be filming more episodes also in December! I will of course be periscoping live for you behind the scenes of what’s happening with some of your favorite actors as they prepare for what is surely to be our best season!
Ronn and I are so grateful to be part of a such a creative team of talent and look forward to sharing some more surprises that is in store for The Bay. Our creator, executive producer and writer, Gregori J. Martin has personally said he is extremely proud and excited about these new episodes! We are so thankful to be spending our Thanksgiving holiday this year at home with family and friends after being away the past two years. So we want to wish our American friends a wonderful and safe holiday!
As we get ready for holiday cooking, decorating and parties, we wanted to add some items to our Ebay Stores in time for Christmas, including Ronn’s ipad! So be sure and check the store often as I plan to put up new items throughout the next couple weeks! Also be sure and leave a comment on Ronn’s guestbook and sign up to become a Player Angel on his newly revised website!
The past two weeks provided Ronn and I with an appreciated break from the undying heat in southern California. We enjoyed experiencing a real fall that enabled us to wear a jacket instead of wanting to peel off every stitch of clothing for a change. It was lovely to see all the leaves turning shades of red, orange and yellow throughout the beautiful countryside of Belgium. And Ronn’s performance with DeRomeos was a big hit with fans. We were treated to some amazing cuisine, fine beer and of course Belgian chocolate!
After the concert, we met up with our loyal DevRonn Fanclub members and finally put faces to the names of some wonderful fans we invited to join us backstage. We had so much fun thanks to our new fanclub president, Angelique DeVries! Business meetings on future projects followed, and then we headed to Amsterdam to visit some friends and got “Lost In Amsterdam” with Anthony Geary who now lives there. Since he has retired the role of Luke Spencer from General Hospital, it was time to have some fun! Tony showed us around the university and opera house of Amsterdam as we made our way to Rembrandt’s Square.
He then took us to the coolest place called, “Lost In Amsterdam” where we could take our shoes off and have a drink or smoke a bud, while watching people walk or ride their bikes along the pristine cobbled stone streets. It was easy to spend hours losing track of time in this place. I had done a great deal of walking around the city with Ronn while he took photos of the beautiful canals and bridges. It was easy to see why so many artists have been greatly inspired by this unique city. The architecture alone is amazing! Even though I had been to Amsterdam twice before this trip, I had not really seen its beauty and left with a new appreciation for all it has to offer after this adventure.
It was the first time Ronn had the ability to enjoy exploring a place he had been to before, but never really got to see due to his hectic schedule on B&B. I found the food, culture and people to be excellent. Although we were only there for a few days, its apparent that it’s one of the happiest places on earth. Tony said, “The Dutch doesn’t care what you do, as long as you are polite about it.” Maybe that’s why so many people are attracted to Amsterdam? We took many of you with us thanks to Periscope and the feedback that I heard was very cool. Thanks to technology, we were able to share a bit of our experience with you guys and also met up with more fanclub members! We even made a few new friends along the way and took home memories that will last a lifetime!
I think we will return again and again to get “Lost In Amsterdam,” as we get inspired by its timeless beauty and unique vibe.
It’s been six years since Ronn and I have been to the Netherlands and I have never been to Belgium, so this will be a trip I’m looking forward to. It was always difficult to take in the gorgeous cities Ronn and I would travel to in the past due to his demanding schedule on B&B. But now we are free to take our time and enjoy each and every city we visit. As most of you know, Ronn will be performing in concert with DeRomeos on October 24th. There will be an exclusive meet and greet for our DevRonn Fanclub members and you will be informed on more details soon.
We have various meetings of interest on projects that are forming and DevRonn related interest in Ronn’s BBQ sauce and my spice, along with business dinners and lunches. However, we will have time to take in the sights and beauty of the fall weather and we are so looking forward to that! The heat has been unbearable and we both are really tired of the constant summer that we have had to endure in Southern California recently. Our city desperately needs rain right now, so we hope that change comes soon for us.
This past week has been rather busy due to a shoot for the cast of “The Bay” in Malibu at the new home of my best friend Caroline Cusumano, which made it an ultra fun shoot. Look for “The Bay” to release their new shows real soon and be prepared to be in awe! These will be the most intriguing season jam packed with suspense, excitement, drama and sex appeal. I see nothing but praise for our amazing cast and crew!
I plan to scope the highlights of our trip on Periscope so you can feel like you are there with us. So please follow both Ronn and I on Persicope so you don’t miss out on all the fun! We look forward to sharing our adventure in an up close and personal way. We plan on keeping our fanclub members meet and greet small and intimate so we can spend some quality time with you guys that’s why being a member has it’s privileges! There is also a meet and greet opportunity available for those of you attending the concert to meet Ronn! There have been revisions done on Ronn’s website and more surprises coming!
It’s hard to believe the past six years have flown by so fast! Seems like yesterday Calee was shorter than me and I was making my wedding day plans. Boy oh boy times sure have changed in these past six years and Friday we will celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary. I couldn’t have picked a better groom and life couldn’t be better than it is now. I am so grateful for our health and well-being first and foremost. I am also grateful for our online family and all your love and support throughout these years of transition.
Many of you have become dear sweet friends online and some of you we’ve met in person. Some of you we are greatly looking forward to meeting in our upcoming appearance to the Netherlands next month. We cherish our online family of fans from around the world and lately have gotten to know you even better with Periscope. Those of you who are following us there know that I have been doing cooking scopes, makeup scopes and chats on a regular basis the past few weeks. We have been enjoying Periscope so much that I haven’t been blogging as much as usual because I’ve taken you with me to so many events such as, Emmy gifting suites, parties and very soon you will get to travel with us!
Ronn and I are looking forward to scoping more frequently with you guys and interacting with you as we travel, as well as, giving you behind the scenes sneak peeks on the sets with us when we film upcoming projects. I think we will have even more fun together and suggest you all follow us so that you can personally interact instantly on Periscope. You can go to Ronn’s Periscopeand my Periscope and hit the follow button and never miss out on a broadcast!
It was so cool that Ronn took some of you right on stage with him and Ambrosia, Robbie Dupree and Stephan Bishop with his scopes in Kentucky and Mississippi. I felt like I was right there with him! So we look forward to celebrating our sixth wedding anniversary this Friday and sharing a little bit of our everlasting love with you on Periscope with a live chat then!
As the boiling heat of summer has seemed to subside and we ease into September, I thought it was fitting to have a end of the summer JamParty for several reasons. One reason was I had promised 14 year old Carly, who you remembered shared my birthday Jam with me, and ended up in the hospital because she was in a diabetic coma! Carly had sang “Baby Come Back” at our birthday party and that was the only thing she responded to in the hospital when she was in a coma. So I promised her I would get the boys together so she could sing “Baby Come Back” again and cook her gumbo because she’s a Louisiana girl.
Secondly, AMBROSIA and PLAYER have been bonding during their summer tour and it was an excuse to get them together for a good old fashion Jam. Ronn wanted me to keep this JamParty small because we have been so exhausted from traveling and shooting both “Bruna In Beverly Hills” and “The Bay” that we just didn’t have the energy to entertain too many people. Besides, we wanted to have time to actually talk to our guests. And it was so nice to finally have a weekend at home that we could spend with a few friends we hadn’t seen in a while, like my Playmate sister, Barbara Moore.
It was also nice to catch up with Jimmy Carnelli, Rob Math and Jawn Star who jammed the night away with Ray Parker Jr and Dave Amato from REO Speedwagon. We had to do this Jam on a Monday because it was the only day that all these musicians weren’t working or away on tour and trust me, it wasn’t easy to coordinate everyone’s schedules. Plus, it turned out that school started that day and we still had a couple of people that couldn’t make it. Nevertheless, it was a fun Monday night that I believe is start of many more to come.
Summer just flew by so fast this year for us, so an end of the summer JamParty was a great topper to a really fun summer! Many of you know by now, that Ronn and I will be traveling to Belgium for his guest appearance with De Romeos in concert on October 24th. You may get your tickets here. I’ve never been to Belgium and am greatly looking forward to that! Ronn has also been guesting on their popular TV show, “Familie” this past week as a secret agent.
There are a few more concert dates for PLAYER and AMBROSIA in mid September and I highly recommend you catch one of them if you can. Since they are both west coast bands, you may see more of them in upcoming concerts on the west coast soon. In the meantime, you check out a bit of our end of the summer JamParty!
It’s pretty apparent our world has gotten smaller, socially speaking. We communicate much differently than we did a decade ago and we can socialize with alot more people. It also apparent that Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube have helped change our way of socializing and communicating instantly around our world. If you are a business and don’t have an online presence you will be left in the dust by your competitor that does. We now shop online for just about anything and everything and because technology has caught up with real time streams of video that we can now do from our phones, we are more social than ever before.
It’s a matter of time, convenience and instant gratification that we love and desire now. Our children have grown up video chatting with several friends at a time, unlike our generation who actually spoke to one person at a time on rotary dial phone. Our world has changed and is constantly changing rapidly into something that seems to be hard to keep up with. Just when you figured out Facebook, there’s another form of social media to learn. The latest is Periscope which I find easy, fast and fun and I predict will be the next big thing to have a grasp on. Why? Because there is nothing like being able to share video or an instant visual on what is happening in your life with the world if that’s what you desire?
Scoping things out socially on Periscope with daily scopes will become the best way to check in on friends and family from around the world. Ronn and I introduced Periscope to the Yacht Rock Revue boys in Atlanta and many of you followed them directly on stage from my scopes this past weekend. It was mind boggling to have fans tune in from Japan, Russia, Canada and Italy all from one scope. Many of you thanked me and told me you felt like you were right there with us. As most of you know, we were doing Livestream chats, but there needed to be a strong Internet signal to keep things live and streaming without any buffering issues. Periscope seems to work anywhere and it works really well. You can really instantly chat with people worldwide and by tapping your screen give multiple colored hearts to the broadcaster to show if you like what they are saying or doing.
Socially, this will surely be the next best thing to being there in person and what’s not to love about the power behind it professionally speaking? I have always loved marketing, it’s what I’m most passionate about doing. If I love or believe in something, I will shout it out and brag about to everyone. I also love sharing and have always been a giving person. It amazes me how some people online are not that way and will refuse to share or retweet something. That’s really what makes the web such an amazing thing is sharing and bringing our world together, making us all a bit closer. I believe a person’s action online says alot about them as a person. The ones who refuse to share online or retweet isn’t a very giving person, obviously. I mean it’s really not a big deal to hit that button and it certainly doesn’t take a lot of time because you can do it from your phone now. So sharing really is caring and says alot about someone.
I love the scopes that share valuable information and teach things I may not have known. I am so happy to share and follow those people who are bringing positivity and light to others. So with that knowledge I share with you Periscope and hope that you will follow Ronn and I there so we can chat often, take you on trips with us and share more of our inner selves with you there. Just download the app and give it a try. I think you will not only find it entertaining and fun, but it just may make you feel a bit more connected to your friends around the world. When you view a scope, be sure to share it with your friends and tap the screen multiple times and give the broadcaster lots of hearts because the more the love you give, the more you will receive right back. The universe works in strange and magical ways and sometimes information is given to you at the perfect time. In this vast universe we are all tiny little specs of living matter that are all part of a whole anyway. So don’t be afraid to share who YOU are with the world.
It seems Ronn Moss has had a love affair with Italy since the very beginning of his acting career. He shot his first movie, “Hearts and Armour aka “I Paladini on Mount Etna and Rome, which was years before “The Bold and The Beautiful.” So it’s only fitting that he begins a new chapter in his career with a sitcom. I think you know by now just how goofy and funny my husband can be. I know it was hard to see Ronn any other way, but as Ridge Forrester because that is all he did for so long. But now, Ronn wants to play as many different roles as possible. You have seen him as John Blackwell on our Emmy award winning series, “The Bay.” Now you will see him play a much lighter character as John Wright in the upcoming sitcom, “Bruna In Beverly Hills.”
When Ronn was given “Bruna In Beverly Hills” to read, he wanted my opinion and I thought it would be totally an awesome role for him to play. Bruna is the Italian mistress of a highly political man in Italy and she is full of passion. She runs away from her lover to America and works as a maid for the Wright family bringing all that is Italian to her new American family. This project is indeed a family affair and was written by the woman who will play Bruna herself, Laura Fuino. Together with executive producer, Kim Kopf who stars opposite Ronn as, Sally Wright and Valentina Kamenov, as their daughter Stephanie makes this a typical looking Beverly Hills family.
Ronn is also a producer on this project, which is directed by another Italian, Max Leonida. You may have remembered Max from his appearance on “Celebrity Wife Swap” with us. I suggested my naturally funny friend that most of you guys know now, Tina Hillstrom to play Sally’s best friend, Elaine and then there’s Elvis, Bruna’s gigolo brother who rounds off our amazing cast. After a read through of the script, we are all totally excited to get this pilot shot next week!
“Bruna In Beverly Hills” will be unlike any sitcom you have seen and totally hilarious. We are looking forward to giving you a sneak peak next week into these awesome characters and bringing “Bruna In Beverly Hills” to life. “Bruna In Beverly Hills” adds a little spice to everything she does and spreads love and laughter everywhere she goes. I know how much Italy has been missing Ronn and think this is the perfect role for them to see him in next. Who knows what other surprises we may add to “Bruna In Beverly Hills,” maybe a little trip back to Italy is our future?
Once upon a time in a mansion unlike any other, there lived a man who made his life a fantasy. He threw the most beautiful and unique parties. Once such party was called, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and everyone was required to wear their most creative sleepwear. Fairies and butterflies fluttered about, while women and snakes danced and everyone merrily ate the most delectable foods.
There was music and laughter throughout this mansion, yet the man who made his life a fantasy was not in attendance. He graciously let his friends and guests enjoy his beautiful party as this had become a yearly tradition. As painted naked ladies danced the night away, stories of past “Midsummer Night Dreams” were told by those who relished telling them.
Tales of couples falling in love or lust, visions of exotic and erotic costumes and a fantasy creation of one man’s vision that has now lasted over a half of a century! Old and new friends gather to feast their senses on one night during the summer that makes “Midsummer Night’s Dreams” come true.
Those who were on the exclusive list of people invited were totally in awe of what they saw and had sweet dreams of all that was beautiful and good in the world. There was a glorious full blue moon that was shining brightly enough for magic to happen, as bunnies hopped along with fairies and goddesses spreading love and joy to all.
It’s been hard for me to put the past week into words because our whole trip to New York and The Hamptons was quite an adventure. When I booked this adorable little bed and breakfast in Southold, because we were attending a wedding in the Hamptons; I had no idea how far I was from East Hampton where the actual wedding took place. On top of the fact that mid July is the busiest time of the year to even go to the Hamptons! So it took a bus ride called, “The Jitney” and two ferry rides to get to the other side of Long Island, once I landed at our bed and breakfast called, “A Walk In The Woods.” Trust me they didn’t name it that for nothing, because it’s nestled right in the woods with nothing around it for miles! There isn’t even a sign to find it and our taxi driver got lost in the woods trying to find us! So it’s really a miracle that we made the wedding fifteen minutes before it started considering what we went through to get there.
You see it all started with a walk back in time for me when I got to see Ambrosia, Player, Robbie Dupree and Stephen Bishop onstage together for the first time in Jersey, Staten Island and New York City. The venues they played at were simply gorgeous and the audience couldn’t get enough of the music. That sound takes you back in time and they are all just simply amazing! So the shows were so much fun and it was obvious that the fans felt just like I did. The boys got mobbed after each show for autographs and photos and I predict they will be doing a lot more shows! So if you haven’t caught one yet, you are really missing out! After three concerts, Ronn and I had to catch our Jitney to make the wedding and couldn’t find the pickup spot and ended up missing the bus we were scheduled and prepaid to be on! On top of the constant phone calls to Jitney, it started pouring down rain! I was concerned that we would even make this wedding, however kept the faith and was determined to get there!
When we were finally picked up and dropped off in the little village of Southold, it felt like we had walked back in time. Everything looked so quaint and had that small town feeling everywhere. Even the Chase bank was small and cute. We then had to get a taxi to take us to our bed and breakfast place, “A Walk In The Woods” and he had a bit of trouble finding it. However, once we got there, we were greeted by the owner, Flo, who we thought looked just like Jeannie Cooper! I was already tired and hungry from the Jitney jaunt, but figured we had three hours before the wedding to get ready and get there. Flo informed us that we would have to take two ferries and with the amount of traffic around there, we could be hard pressed in making that wedding. Hey, I’m use to traffic in LA and this place seemed like a picturesque postcard that you saw 30 years ago of a small town, how much traffic could there possibly be? Ronn and I decided to take a little nap in our adorably decorated room.
I was quickly informed that a car would have to pick us up two hours before the wedding to get us through the ferries to get there on time. So there was no time to nap, we had to get showered and dressed and get going! The process felt like we were characters of a romance novel trying to get to our destination as we were scooped up in a car and the car drove onto the ferry parked with other cars as we sailed across this body of water. It was something both Ronn and I had never done before and it was a gorgeous day, so we were enjoying it. Ronn got out of the car and took photos of course. Flo was right, it took every bit of time we had to make it through the quaint little villages that led up to East Hampton and to the Maidstone Inn where the wedding took place.
Needless to say, we both downed a couple of glasses of champagne immediately upon arrival to toast the fact that we made it on time! When the bride and groom learned about our adventure to get there, we were offered a room that became available nearby so that we could join them the next day for their wedding brunch. So at the end of the night when we tried to get a taxi to take us 3 miles down the road, we quickly learned that would be impossible because of all the people that were in the Hamptons. So Ronn thought we should just get some exercise and walk it since it was a beautiful night. It was a good thing I had on flat shoes, but walking 3 miles was not easy at midnight after a few glasses of champagne! This adventure just didn’t stop! The next day after the brunch, we headed back to “A Walk In The Woods” to enjoy our last evening and relax. We even saw a deer walking around who stopped and took a good look at us!
After our Hampton experience it was time to head to New York and see some sites, such as, “The Freedom Tower.” Again it was a lot of walking around, but totally worth it. We ended up in “Little Italy” for a great Italian dinner at a wonderful place called, “Puglia.” Ronn and I enjoyed walking around 5th avenue and Bryant Park where several fans from Italy recognized him and asked for photos. Our adventure continued as we made our way to Times Square. I said goodbye to Ronn as he continued on to Ohio for his next concert and I spent the day alone drinking in Park Avenue and made my way to Gramercy Park to visit my fashion designer girlfriend, “Lantie” before heading off to the airport to return home. It truly felt like I had walked back in time and returning home felt so great. Reflecting back on the past week has become a memory I won’t soon forget. It’s great to have these kinds of experiences, but there is no place like home!
As most of you know, Carly, who I celebrated my birthday with was hospitalized a couple days after our celebration and nearly died. She was in a diabetic coma for a while and only responded to “Baby Come Back,” ironically because her last fondest memory was singing it with PLAYER at our jam party. We are thrilled Carly is back with us after such a scary incident and look forward to having her sing that song again with the band as soon as she’s is out of the hospital and able. Life is so fragile and as time goes on becomes even more precious. Just to wake up each and every day is indeed a gift and a blessing that we should never take for granted. Ronn and I spent the 4th of July weekend attending parties at the Playboy mansion seeing old friends and making new ones at the home of fashion designer, Sue Wong and REO Speedwagon’s drummer, Brian Hitt. It was so great to have a fun weekend to enjoy ourselves and Ronn wanted to see as many friends as possible before the Rock The Yacht Tour with PLAYER, Little River Band and Ambrosia starts on the east coast.
We relished having such a fun weekend and decided to also take some quality alone time in the mountains together. It was then that I learned that my co-star of the 80’s high school movie, “Can’t Buy Me Love” had passed away at age 43 only days before her own birthday. I was in total shock and disbelief because Amanda Peterson was just too young to possibly be gone. My first thought was this was an Internet hoax. However, the sad reality of the truth set in when I saw it displayed by so many magazines and news outlets.
I thought back to the precious time I worked with this sweet amazing girl who was only 16 when we met. “Can’t Buy Me Love” was shot on location in Tuscon, Arizona for nearly a month in early 1987. It was my first speaking role in a film and most of cast was younger than me. I remember the first scene we shot was when Cindy and Ronald break up in front of everyone at school and she slaps him. Amanda was so great, such a calm and seasoned actress. I was in awe of her instantly. We could all feel that this film was going to be a hit, so it was no surprise that Disney picked it up and got the rights to the Beatles’ song, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” changing the title of the film to be that and also making it a summer sleeper hit in 1987.
Thoughout the years, I have been asked if there would ever be a “Can’t Buy Me Love” reunion or sequel, but Patrick Dempsey and Seth Green were just too busy and Amanda retired from acting many years ago, so that was never meant to be. Yet, that film was forever etched in many teenager’s minds as part of their youth. The film just resonated with so many. I have had many moments in my career that I have been proud of and this one is one of my fondest memories. Amanda Peterson will live on in our hearts and “Can’t Buy Me Love” will go on to become a classic high school film with an awesome message; that most people can relate to almost three decades later! So with love and light we send our dear Mandy to be with the angels because that’s who she was and where she is now.
June 25th is my birthday and it fell on a Thursday this year, so I really wasn’t thinking of doing much more than going out to dinner with the family. I didn’t feel like I could possibly top my big blowout a couple of years ago anyway. However, I found out a very special young lady named Carlyn had her 14th birthday the day after mine and she too was from my home state of Louisiana. Now Carlyn is pretty special because she is also part of our “Bay Family” which consists of quite a lot in cast and crew. Carlyn’s mother is our Bay publicist and Carlyn has diabetes. So when she expressed with such excitement that we should celebrate our birthdays together this year; I just couldn’t resist doing it to see her beam up with joy.
Carly as we call her, was already planning what kind of cake we should have while we were filming the Bay and even though I didn’t have throwing a birthday party on my mind, it was impossible not to do it for her. I thought a good old fashion house party would be perfect. Plus, we haven’t had a Potluck Jam Party in quite some time. It kind of went with being a Louisiana girl to have everyone bring a dish and participate. I wanted to take the time to spend with Carly and some of my girlfriends who I had not seen in a while. So it was awesome to hang out in the pool and Jacuzzi with the girls, while we watched Ronn and his buddies grill.
Throughout the day, other friends joined us and brought over more food. Some of my girlfriends have autistic children and they joined Carly, along with PLAYER and some new and old musician friends we were excited to hear sing. One of those friends was the $100,000 Star Search winner in the singing category from my year, Miss Peggi Blu. I had not seen Peggi in 30 years, so this was such a blessed treat. She was joined by Guns n Roses Keyboardist, Chris Pittman and New Zealand’s Steve Cooke. Vocalist, Shannan Rene’ Parks brought the house down with her powerful voice and Carlyn surprised everyone and sang, “Baby Come Back.” I also got to hear our 16 year old Calee sing with PLAYER, and like her daddy, she’s got the music in her! Our little flower girl, Trease Baker showed off her set of pipes as well, and she’s only eight!
I cooked red beans and rice and we also had grilled BBQ chicken, amazing salads, fried chicken, potato salad and watermelon. It felt like we were right back in the south the way we were carrying on eating, drinking and dancing to some killer music! The evening flew by and needless to say, both Ronn and I were completely exhausted by 1am, which was around the time the last of our guests left. I had to see Ronn off the next day as he joined Ambrosia in Oklahoma for the start of their summer tour. So I’ve been left alone to rest and relish what an amazing birthday I had and how blessed I was to have shared it with Carly. I didn’t expect to have received so many amazing gifts, from flowers, orchids, perfume, candles, scarves, handbags, makeup bags, champagne, wine glasses, martini glasses, crystal candle holders, wine and gift certificates, cards and DVD movies, my birthday was filled with love, laughter and blessings galore!
I felt 25 again and decided to switch my numbers to this birthday to reflect just that. I mean 50 is the new 30 right? Age is just a number anyway and I certainly felt good on my birthday just to keep up the pace with all those kids around me! We jammed the night away and it seemed to just fly by so fast leaving us wanting more. They say like energy attracts like energy and the energy all day was magnetic. We were all on a great high from the love and positive energy around us. It gave me such joy to feel that and to share it with Carlyn!
After an intense week of shooting “The Bay” we wrapped last Friday and I can honestly say; it will be the best season ever to look forward to! Ronn had a blast with John Blackwell and I think we will look forward to adding more Emmys to our mantel next year!
With Summer just around the corner, it was time for some Barbeques and that meant having a few friends over to celebrate the season finale of “Game of Thrones.” I kinda wasn’t feeling it most of the season and didn’t really enjoy it until I saw the last two episodes. The finale was an excuse for some of the die- hard watchers to come over to eat some meat and drink some wine. Ronn has his own goblet with a dragon on it, so he was pumped and ready!
This month is also my birthday, so we decided to do one of our Potluck Jam Parties so that we can visit with many of our friends before Player starts their tour with Little River Band and Ambrosia. This will be a great way to kick off celebrating summer because there is nothing like great food and friends hanging out by the pool with barbeques and great music!
Ronn and I enjoyed meeting author, Charles Dubow of the novel, “Girl In The Moonlight” at the home of my pal, Tina Hillstrom and it was also there that Ronn was presented with an original painting of John Lennon, compliments of artist, Josee Nadeau. If you recall, Josee was a guest on “Ronn’s Garage.” So we are looking forward to more gatherings this summer with friends as Player embarks on their tour, maybe at a city near you? In the meantime, you can keep up with us by subscribing to this blog or following us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.
We hope you will celebrate summer with your friends and family and a little bit of DevRonn at your next barbeque, because that’s what summer is really all about, right?
We are gearing up to start shooting “The Bay” and there is quite a bit of excitement in the air for this new season of shows. After a relaxing Memorial Day weekend at home, Ronn and I will be working long hours this weekend with our Bay family.
It’s hard to believe that almost half of 2015 has just flown by already and summer is just around the corner! This means Player will be touring around the USA with Little River Band and Ambrosia soon. Ironically, Baby Come Back was the song of choice that four friends were singing on their way from Miami to Los Angeles, when their tire blew out on the freeway! Thankfully they were all fine, but the video went viral with almost 5 million views thus far! This has caused many fans to request Player to appear on talk shows!
Ronn and I are really excited to go to NYC together in July when Player is on tour because after eleven years, we have never been to NYC together! So this will be super fun for us! Ronn has also been in the mood to do his photography and I’ve done a little modeling for him recently, we are now trying to find some more time to shoot more photos together soon!
Ronn’s Kickass BBQ Sauce is starting to get quite a buzz and those of you who have tried it, know why. We will be informing our Fanclub members of some exciting news soon! When you signup for our Fanclub, you will get a FREE Cajun Spice and sample size BBQ sauce, along with a FREE Ebook of autographed photos and 10% off all DevRonn products that you buy from our store! Plus you get to know first where and when we will appear next, so if you aren’t a member, what are you waiting for?
We are looking forward to rocking out this summer with Player and friends and enjoying more BBQs with Ronn’s Kickass BBQ Sauce, not to mention, some amazing surprises just for our Fanclub members!