Almost six months into her pregnancy, carrying her first child, songbird Samantha J has been getting great maternal advice from the ideal source – mommy dearest. “My mom continuously reminds me to enjoy my pregnancy and to be happy. This helps me daily to keep my spirit going,” the 23-year-old recently dished to The Star. “She says that each emotion I feel the baby will also feel. So I do my best to stay happy and try to stay away from any negative emotions.” The Los Angeles-based artiste is still experiencing back pains because of the injuries she suffered when she fell doing a trip to Belize about a year ago. But she is soldiering on, excited about her special delivery. “Despite the pain I am experiencing, I am still hoping to go all-natural with the delivery,” she says. “No epidural, and I am also considering a water birth.”
>> Island spice, island flavour
Over 70 celebrated chefs and culinary personalities will be serving up a mouth-watering feast at the 2019 Jamaica Food & Drink Festival, now in its fifth year. The ever-welcome food lovers’ extravaganza is back with seven world-class events happening from October 26 to November 3. Fan favourites like Pork Palooza (Oct. 26), Picante (Nov. 1) and Meet Street & The Market (Nov. 2) are expected to draw super-sized crowds. The festival is being presented by Visa and hosts CB Foods, in partnership with a raft of sponsors, including Sagicor, Rainforest Seafoods, Red Stripe, National, Grace, the Jamaica Tourist Board and more. Visit jafoodanddrink.com for more information, including selected venues and ticket outlets.
>> Jamaica Living
The Health, Home and Garden Expo is returning to the National Arena from Oct. 25-27. A biennial event since 2004, the HHGE is put on “to encourage the development of beautiful environments and healthy lifestyles in Jamaica.”