Husband and Wife Team

I used to make fun of my older sister for referring to herself and her husband as “Husband and Wife Team.”

Every time we had a family get together, she would always boast that they are the amazing “husband and wife team.” At first I thought it was kinda cute, but then they  she would start signing family birthday cards with “from Husband and wife team.” That’s when I started rolling my eyes at the sight of it, or when she continued to call themselves that.

I rolled my eyes at the mere thought of calling my husband and I a team. Sure, we are married and love each other and have the same last name, however, we were still our separate selves. There’s nothing that I wouldn’t do for my man but I still wouldn’t want to refer to ourselves as a “team.” It’s just the two of us, not the teams my husband keeps up with every Sunday, Monday, and Thursday (did you know they now have football on Thursday night?! Soon it will be on every night! OK, back to my story.)

I didn’t care for calling ourselves that. Until tonight, that is.

You know that feeling you get when you know someone is holding in sad, upset feelings but they don’t wanna share it with you? Don’t laugh, but I can sense it when a person is giving off hurt vibes, like I could literally see the brick of whatever feelings my husband had on his chest. It was radiating from his body even though he wasn’t sitting next to me. But instead of telling me about them, he kept the feeling living there and stewing. It was the sad stew I sensed.

“Hey, are you okay? What’s up, hun?” I asked.

“Oh, nothing. I’m fine.” he replies.

Now I know when I reply “nothing” that it means it’s a whole lotta something going on! In this case, we weren’t fighting over anything, it was just a feeling I got. Something wasn’t right, I knew he was stressed out about something.

The Nothing reply/brush-off is really a lie we tell people to allow ourselves to figure out things on our own, to not burden the other person with your problems, or simply you just don’t want to go into it just yet.

After poking, prodding, and having a staring contest with him, he finally let it go and told me how stressed out he was. He told me about what things are upsetting him. I felt sad that he didn’t want to tell me these things till now.

“Why don’t you tell me? I want to know what you’re thinking, especially if you are sad. You do the same thing for me! I complain and get upset over so many things that it’s only fair that I get to swap places with you!

Let’s be equal. Let’s be a team. Our team.”

I stopped myself when I said that out loud. I GET IT NOW. I understood my sister.

Being married doesn’t naturally equate that since I have a husband now, he has to be strong all the time for me and not be sad/stressed/scared of anything to upset me, the little, delicate wifey. This may have been the norm back in the 50’s and probably what both our parents modeled, but we are in a completely different time than they were when they were a young couple (as in married years, NOT age)

My husband knows how I deal with change and sad things, so he wanted to keep his bad stuff away from me. I love him for that notion, but I don’t see that fair nor do I see that as a complete relationship and marriage. Share with me! I’m studying to be a professional counselor! Not only do I want to know what’s wrong, but I want to help.

Just like in teams, you work together. You tap out with them when one is struggling against the opponent. You try your hardest to win together. There will be plenty of losses before you get the trophy of life (whatever that is) but I’m happy to have him as my teammate.

Here’s to becoming and having my husband and wife team. Here’s to winning at life together!

Love you, Bear!

What will we be this year??
What will we be this year??

Do you consider your hubby/partner or anyone in your life your teammate? I’d love to hear about your team!!

<3 always,


TRU Hair Giveaway!!

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This is my first giveaway on my blog and I’m super happy to host this shining giveaway.

I recently started trying to get into Tampa’s social media scene through Instagram, and was luckily contacted by TRU Hair, a company by Chelsea Scott. I was offered to try out a product of my choice AND gave me an extra product for me to giveaway! YAY! Triple YAY to meeting new people, trying out new products, AND being able to share this miracle product.

So, without further talking, here’s the beautiful product!


The Miracle Hair Oil-Free Replenishing Serum by Chelsea Scott (retail value $24.95) is a fabulous hair product that can be used on wet or dry hair to combat frizz and environmental elements that dull your hair and make miraculously transforms your hair to luxurious, soft, and silky without weighing it down.

I know you probably are thinking, “Oh, well you have straight Asian hair, you don’t need any products.” Well, part of that is true, (thanks, genes!) however, I love using products to enhance my natural hair and to make it shine like the healthiest head of hair ever. I can honestly say this serum did just that.

I only needed two pumps of this miracle serum and worked it through my damp hair. It has no scent which is perfect for me since I sometimes worry that my other scents I put on (like shampoo/conditioner, body lotions, perfume, deodorant, soap,etc.) are competing with one another and I end up smelling like one big mystery bouquet!

Most times when I use a serum, I end up with heavy, greasy hair that feels like someone cracked an egg on top of my head! No bueno!! Anyone else had that problem with serums?? I must say that this product did the opposite of that and made my hair look beautifully shiny and felt super soft that I couldn’t keep my hands off of it throughout the day!

Another great feature of this product is that it is from a local company in Clearwater, FL created by Chelsea Scott, a woman who has over 20 years in the hair product industry! It launched in 2012 on the HSN Network and became a huge hit and I can see why!

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“As a woman, I understand hair issues commonly faced by today’s women,” says Scott, “TRUHAIR was born out of my passion to help women look and feel beautiful on the inside & out because when you are having a great hair day….everything else seems to fall into place.”

TRUHAIR is an innovative hair care collection that provides women with easy-to-use solutions that deliver TRU RESULTS.  Its groundbreaking formulas and advanced technology has proven successful in addressing concerns faced by women, while providing healthy ingredients to their hair along with volume and shine.  Now, women everywhere can feel empowered and confident when it comes to styling their hair.

Chelsea Scott

Now to the fun part! Simply enter my first giveaway by doing the following super easy steps!

  1. Visit TRU Hair’s Facebook Page and Liking it <3 And if you don’t have Facebook, they have an Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter accounts you can Follow. Choose whichever but at least one (or all!) and then
  2. Commenting DONE on this post once you do!

And, that’s it!! Easy peasy, right?!

This contest is open to to my beautiful readers,even my International readers! YAY!

One entry per person, Winner will be announced Friday, October 31st at 12 Noon Eastern Time. I will be using the fancy and super technical way of drawing the winner…by writing the name of each entrant on a piece of paper and having my husband draw it out of my Hello Kitty Easter Basket. I’ll be sure to post photos!

Here’s to my first giveaway, to YOU, my amazing friends, and to TRU Hair for sponsoring this giveaway!!

Good luck!!!

<3 always,


Be a Flamingo in a Flock of Pigeons

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Hi, my loves!!

I hope you are having a happy week so far. I wanted to write about my weekend and life in general…isn’t that what blogging is about? ABSOLUTELY!

Now, who watched the premiere of The Walking Dead last night?? I don’t know about you, but I was NOT ready for such an episode like that. I literally couldn’t sleep last night!! I was (and still am) completely freaked out about the first 10 minutes of the episode, and even though I know it’s not real, it was just THAT good of an episode to where it rocked my emotional state. I begged my husband to stay up last night because I couldn’t stop thinking about it! I watched American Dad on Netflix until I fell asleep. Have you ever watched anything that shook you like this that you couldn’t stop thinking about it/freaked out by it?

I felt the same way when I read the book, Gone Girl. I felt the same way when I went to go see the movie. It’s a really chilling movie and definitely a movie where I looked at how crazy people can be.

The best part was seeing Ben Affleck’s side penis…which if you haven’t seen my Instagram photo of my reaction after I saw the movie, here it is again:

Gone Girl Ben Affleck Reaction Review

Interestingly enough, I received a message about this photo and how unladylike it was of me to post something like this. The person said they weren’t a prude, but that they didn’t want this on their page and wanted to know how to delete it. Then to continue on to saying that it could look bad for my business and that I should remain a lady and girly. This was a random message sent directly to me.

Normally, I would have apologized and probably took it down. But this wasn’t the first time this person messaged me directly with some backhanded comment. Their messages always made me upset afterwards, so instead of taking their advice I took my own and decided that it was a funny photo and it was staying put. That photo IS my sense of humor. It’s what makes me, ME!


Some people like to put others down. They like to make it seem like you’re not doing something right and try to get in your head. You start to second guess yourself, think that you’re not good enough or what you’re doing isn’t important enough, and that you’re not busy enough…whatever the case, these people suck and need to be put in their place. They may think that because you aren’t doing what they’re doing, i.e. working a typical 9-5 job that you have nothing else to do. That you always have time to do something since you’re not that busy.


Well, I like to take a moment out there and tell the people that not everyone is like you, or wants to be like you.

Honestly, I don’t want to work a typical 9-5 job. I need to have a schedule that is open for my creativity and doesn’t exacerbate my anxiety. But that doesn’t mean I’m not busy. I’m a wifey, a blogger, a social media maven, an Origami Owl salesperson, a graduate student, a graduate level intern, and well, me! I may not look like I have a busy life compared to yours, but for me, my life is busy. And you’re not going to make me feel like yours is any better or more important.

So, for this week, I’m telling you to never feel inadequate compared to others. Think opposite in that YOU are just as important and what you do is just as important. It may not look the same as others, but it doesn’t make your life any less exciting or fun because you do it YOUR way.

I found this meme on Instagram, and found it perfect for this post.

Click on it to get a free download =)

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I plan on getting a flamingo charm for my locket! I will be sure to post a picture when I do!

I hope you have a happy week!! Thank you for reading my post, I really appreciate you stopping by and reading.

<3 always,


p.s. In case you’re wondering, I did tell that person off and to leave me alone with their comments. <3

I Woke Up Like This…Just Like This.

You know those mornings when you just know you woke up on the sucky side?  I had a morning like that today.

It came to a shock to me since I had such a really good day yesterday! I went to school where I felt like I am finally getting the hang of practicum/internship, I felt great, AND I hit 1,000 followers on WordPress (not including the Publicize feature where you make your friends and followers on other social media sites follow you!) #sorryimnotsorry

Any who, I woke up with my body sore from working out to a Jillian Michaels’ video yesterday, with a sore neck because my cat, Berkeley, decided that the top of my pillow works as her new bed. I know I could have just moved her, but being the crazy cat lady that I am I didn’t want to move her. (She looked so cute and comfy sleeping!!)

Once I did get up and going, I needed to get dressed to go to my internship. I usually plan out my outfit the night before just so I don’t stress the day of (does anyone else do that?) Of course, I didn’t pick out my outfit for today so that created at least half an hour of frantically changing.

“I love this color of this long-sleeved tops, “No! It’s Autumn but I’m still in Florida. So, short sleeves it is.  BUT if I wear that shirt, I need to change bras, or maybe I can get away wearing a tank top under the shirt so you can’t see my wrong bra? Ok, pants or no pants?! Or a skirt? Wait. I wore that LAST time I worked. Will anyone remember? No, no one will remember. Wait! Someone might but I know I did.”

So, pants win. It’s usually always, always no pants, I hate pants, but pants actually felt OK today. Awesome, right!?

Finally! Dressed pretty and ready to go.

I don’t know about you, but to a woman with anxiety and self-esteem issues, getting changed over and over when she has to be somewhere can bring on such stress and anxiety. The overly anxious version of myself would have just wanted to give up and run back to my bed. Fortunately, my more confident, more rational self is bigger than my anxious version and centered my thoughts to let me know that everything will be alright. You can’t go back to bed because you have a commitment to go on Fridays. And if you go back to bed, then you just let the overly anxious part of you grow a bit bigger. I didn’t want that.

I breathed. I breathed again. Breathed once more. And again.

And out the door I went.

I'm going to make it happen Inspirational quote

I made it to my internship site and the time I was there went great. =)

Afterwards, we went to the nearby Ikea store for celebratory Swedish meatballs.

Celebratory Ikea Swedish Meatballs Tampa

Have you experienced a sucky morning but pushed through it and later be happy that you did? Were meatballs involved by any chance?! lol. I’d love to know!

Here’s to the weekend! Cheers, pretty girls! ( and guys!)

<3 always,


Lifebeinggirly hits 1,000 Followers on WordPress!

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Imagine my surprise when WordPress notified me this morning with this trophy/sticker image!

My face was like,

linda allright

I want to thank everyone who reads my blog! Thank you for making me smile today and every time I login.

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I started this creative outlet as an extension to share my thoughts on a scale that was more than a Facebook status. I wanted to share my story of being a new-ish, now almost 31-year-old who is trying to find my place, my niche, in this world while dealing with anxiety and depression, and basic everyday girl stuff. Besides creating a space that is girly and happy to visit, I wanted to have a piece of the internet where it was positive and fun to talk about things.

Another important feature was being able to speak freely about bad days, weeks, or months and processing that not every day is all smiles all the time. No one is perfect, I’m not perfect. I am human and I make misteaks, (get it?)

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned from blogging is to be myself. There are a bajillion blogs out there in the Blogosphere, but what makes my blog (and your blog amazing!) is that it’s my(your) story and no one elses. Also, life is too short to not try things out! Give something a try! I gave writing a blog a try and now I couldn’t imagine not blogging as part of my day. So, get to it!

Here’s to 1,000 WordPress readers and to many, many more!! <3

<3 always,


Cat Saturday Love

If you’re a cat person, you understand that cats need their space. Unlike dogs who would LOVE any amount of attention from you, cats will want to show and give their affection when they see fit. Usually this time spans for one hour in the morning, one in the afternoon, and one hour in the evening. Between those hours, they are napping so you leave them alone…or else!

Luckily, my cat allowed me to pick her up for a photo. Well, she kinda allowed me to. I just forced held my cat to take a photo with me.

Berkeley Funny Cat Tabby Cat Saturday Funny

I swear she’s very lovey-dovey with me, you just miss it in these photos.

Look below how she loves me by being in the background of my photo! She just wanted to be apart of it and show me some support. I later found out that I was standing in HER spot so I apologized to her with giving her some treats.

Cat Photobomb

See?! She loves me.

Do you have any plans for this weekend? If so, I’d love to know!

Do any of them involve taking a photo with your cat?! If so, let me know because I’d love to see your fur babies!

Enjoy this Saturday (and everyday for that matter) just like a cat would!! And by that I mean by not giving a f*ck and living your life!!

Oh, and make sure you check out The Chive for Cat Saturday!

<3 always,


Holly Jolly Box of Happy!

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This box has over $825 worth of jewelry in it for only $199!
This business package box has over $825 worth of jewelry in it for only $199!

As some of you might know, I LOVE Origami Owl jewelry and I’m also a Designer (savvy salesperson!) for this company. Last night, the company came out with the best news ever: the Holly Jolly Box of Happy Business Package!! 

It’s only for new designers (I wish I could get one!) BUT I’m super excited for people to get this wonderful offer. Because not only would you get this beautiful box in the mail filled with over $800 of goodies, you would also be able to start your own business AND earn extra money for the holidays!!

Click here for more info on what’s inside your box of holly jolly goodness!

Who needs to work long mall hours and deal with crabby holiday shoppers?! When you are an Origami Owl Independent Designer, YOU make your hours, who you want to sell to, and most importantly, get to exercise your entrepreneurial skills!

I started in February this year, and it’s been a pleasure wearing the jewelry, talking about it with others and sharing the Origami Owl love. What other jewelry line allows you to share your story (and makes it okay to talk about yourself?! lol) Also, since I am a graduate student, it’s great to have the flexibility to have my own hours and earn money.

Doesn’t this sound great?! This is only available for a LIMITED TIME and they will go quick!

At 3pm Florida time today, (Fri-YAY!) you can go to this website (the link will be blank until the site goes live!) and be put on the Pre-Order list!

All you need is to fill out a form with your information, my Designer ID #10753901 and that’s it!

The boxes ship out on October 16th, and your credit card won’t be charged until it ships!! How awesome is that?!?!

I’m so excited to share this news with you! Please contact me if you have any questions by commenting below or emailing me at and my Origami Owl website, 

Please share this and spread the word to anyone you know who would love to start their own business all while wearing the prettiest and trendiest jewelry.

<3 always,


Origamiowl Gold Holiday

Dark Florals & Rose Gold

Dark Florals & Rose Gold


I couldn’t think of a better way of spending the first day of October (the First of the Month) than seeing one of my best friends and her adorable baby girl, Penelope.

Today was filled with lots of love today, love that I have for my friend, her baby, my husband, and life in general.

A new month means an exciting, clean slate to have new experiences, different weather, new wardrobes to work in, and everything and anything coming up pumpkins. (How many Pumpkin Spice Lattes (PSLs) have you had so far?? I’ve had 4. Is that a lot? To me that is! Remember the scene in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory where Charlie’s math teacher is asking the class how many Wonka bars they’ve had so far? He anticipated for them to all shout out large numbers due to the contest going on, but when he got to Charlie, he simply said, “two.” His teacher thought he said two hundred, but Charlie corrected him that he’d only had two Wonka bars. “

Well! We can’t work with that number so let’s say you had two hundred!” his teacher said. So, depending on how many PSL’s you’ve had this season, I’d love to know how many and I can see if I’m Charlie Bucket or not.

As you can see from these pictures, she is simply the cutest thing ever!! I’m not just saying that either, she is THE cutest and sweetest thing.Yes, even sweeter than my PSL.  I just squeezed her and hugged her all day!!

It was Ronnie’s first time meeting her so it was even more fun! I just loved her facial expressions she makes. She also seemed to love Ronnie since he’s a tall guy just like her daddy.

My gorgeous friend is part Filipina and Cuban,(her husband is Cuban, too)  so naturally their baby is a beautiful mix. I love her so much and I was so happy to see both of them today!

Here are some fun pictures from today.Enjoy!

Meeting for the first time.

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I just lllooooooove her! I also love her mommy, too! hehe.

Here’s to the first day of October (YAY!) and to being excited for new things and experiences to come.

What did you do today, the first day of October? I’d love to know!

<3 always,

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