Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Being Selfish on Halloween

I have a confession to make.  Brandon and I were very selfish this Halloween and stole all the Twix bars out of the candy stash that we bought for the trick-or-treaters.  *GASP* But I justify this.  I mean, we got the awesome Costco pack and it has LOTS of different candy options.  So it is not like those little kids will ever know..... OH MY GOSH WE ARE HORRIBLE!! Just kidding.  I actually don't regret it.  But maybe we will later when we are filled to the brim with nasty waxy american chocolate and feel like puking because of the amount of chocolate we stole.  This Halloween I was a lion.  Go figure.  Brandon was going to be a panda, but then he ended up going to the gym so he didn't dress up at all.  Pssshhhhh whatever.  I made him pose with his panda hat anyway. *evil laugh*

Here is me with my lion hat. 

Handsome panda.  Looks like he just stepped out of a KDrama.

Happy Halloween to you all! We will be just relaxing, due to the fact that Halloween is not really a holiday for adults.  Or at least not as fun for adults as it is for those cute little kids who come begging for candy.  Oh man, Brandon and I were just talking about how funny it is that some kids don't have any manners when it comes to trick-or-treating.  

Brandon: Pick two candies....
Little Boy: I WANT THREE!!! 
Brandon: ..........ok.......go for it....... 

Me: Everyone can have two candies.
*Little girls all take one or two each*
*Little boy grabs as much candy as will fit in his two arms*
Little Girls: Thank you!
Little Boy: *Runs off*
Me: Wow... hehe.

There was other funny stuff that happened tonight, such as the little kid who dressed up like Mickey Mouse and he was wearing the gloves and everything.... but somehow that meant that he could not grasp his candy out of the bowl properly.  It was kind of amusing watching him trying to wrap those padded gloves around a tiny Crunch bar.  Heh heh I am so evil.  Alright.... enough fun for tonight! xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A Failed Hair Experiment

Hello my lovelies!  Soooo.... I will get straight to the point.  In the past few days I have read a total of 3 blog posts that have rave reviews about using coconut oil on your hair as a conditioner to make it softer, shinier, and stronger.  So I decided to give it a shot today.  I bought some organic coconut oil from Trader Joe's. It is not extra virgin.... just virgin.  (Does that matter?)  Anyway, I first washed my hair and then slathered a generous spoonful of coconut oil on my damp hair.  Then I put it up in a disposable shower cap to let it do its magic for about an hour.  I shampooed my hair twice to wash it out.  I admit, my hair immediately felt much stronger and not brittle at all.  Then I blow-dried my hair.  That is when I noticed the HORROR in the mirror.  Although my hair was completely dry, it looked greasy and wet! I could not believe this.  After all, remember, I had shampooed my hair twice to get this coconut oil out.  My hair was completely shiny, but NOT IN A GOOD WAY.  It was like an oil slick.  Hahaha.... So I did the one thing a girl in this situation COULD do.  I baby-powdered the crap out of my hair followed by an overly generous spritz of dry shampoo to dull the oily sheen.  Whew.  It looks a lot better now, but there are still a few stringy strands that I am trying to ignore as I type this.  Maybe it will be gorgeous in the morning, though.  But I must say, that was not the best experience for me.  One good thing.... my hair smells freakishly amazing right now.  Like coconut baby powder candy.  HAHA.  No, but really, coconut oil made my hair smell pretty good.  I am just glad I did not have to go somewhere important, though.  It took me a good 10 minutes to rectify that awful situation (which, in my opinion, is WAAAY too long to correct something).  BUT!!!! I think I know where I went wrong.  If I were to do it again (I probably will) I would JUST put the coconut oil on the ends of my hair and not let it TOUCH my roots.  I like how my hair feels, just not the nasty oily look that happened to be the end result in this case.  If it works out for me next time with the "ends of the hair only" technique, I will let you all know.  But for now, I would have to say that it was horrendous.  I should have known, since I have the kind of hair type that tolerates ZERO hair product on the roots or else it looks disgusting.  That's all for now folks! xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Monday, October 29, 2012

The First Time I Ever Saw Brandon

Want to hear a little bit about our love story?
As I have mentioned before, Brandon and I met online.  We started off as good friends, and just talked about every day stuff.  Soon, however, I found myself falling for him.  I had never felt this way for anyone else in my entire existence.  I am pretty sure I liked him first, but Brandon denies this.  I really did not know how I could like someone so much when I had never even met them.  Maybe it had to do with his quirky charm and soft heart that I found so irresistible mixed with his gorgeous Korean looks.  I am not really sure, but anyway, we ended up liking (or maybe even loving) each other even before we met in real life.  Sound crazy?  I assure you, it WAS crazy.  Well, we both felt a little bit crazy for not even meeting each other yet, so before we knew it, a vacation was booked for us to spend some quality time together.
I cannot even tell you how nervous I was to meet Brandon in real life.  We had regular Skype dates, phone dates, and messaged each other all day.  So why was I so nervous?  I just was afraid that when we met in real life he would think I was different.  We had such a good thing going on, and I was petrified of ruining it somehow.  Also, I literally planned every outfit I would wear for Brandon's visit way ahead of time.  I think he might have been a bit nervous too.  I will have to ask him.  But we were so excited at the same time.  We had a countdown just waiting for the day we would see each other.
Finally, the day arrived.  I must have spent an hour in front of the mirror hoping I would look perfect.  But I didn't have enough time to do my hair, so I sported a wavy, lion-like style.  I wore a short white dress.  My siblings all teased me that I was trying to show off my legs wearing a dress like that.  And it was kind of ... sad but true.  My sister took me to the airport.  I was so nervous I couldn't even think about driving at a time like that.  Also I had a secret fear of driving on the freeway (which Brandon later helped me to overcome LOL). 
Brandon's plane arrived and my sisters and I (yes, there were a few of us) went into the airport to meet Brandon by the Baggage Claims area.  At first, I did not spot him.  But my sisters did.  And they pointed him out to me.  I just about freaked out.  He was more handsome than any picture I had ever seen of him.  And he was SO TALL too.
This is not the picture from the airport, but he had that same kind of look when he saw me.

As soon as I saw him, my heart skipped a beat.  I ran over to him and immediately hugged him... and also I almost knocked him over since I was so spazzy and excited to see him.  It took everything inside of me to not have a mini freakout session right there in front of him.  We got in the car and drove to Brandon's hotel.  As soon as he stepped out of the car to check in, I just kept repeating to my sisters, "Oh my gosh, he is the cutest guy I have ever seen in my life.  Oh my gosh, what if he hates me??? What if I RUIN EVERYTHING!!!?? Oh my gosh he is SO HOT!!!!!!!!!!"  My sisters kindly told me to calm down.  But how could I?  This was my dream guy... on a trip to see ME.  And everything was a little bit too perfect. Little did I know how perfect it would remain....Little did I know he would confess his true feelings to me just a few days later.  But I will save that excerpt for another time.

Alright my dear friends.  I assure you this is not even a partial DENT in our love story.  But I just thought it would be fun to conjure up a few of the great memories of the first time I ever spotted Brandon.  Oh, and... please don't think I am a freak.  Seriously, if you were to watch our lives as a movie, you would understand completely.  Brandon Son is the best thing that has ever happened to me.  I truly love him.  xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Life Lessons Learned at Church

Hi Everyone!

It seems like Brandon and I were at church all day, and in fact, we were there most of the day due to an extra meeting tonight as well as a baptism we attended.  So I just have church stuff on my mind.  Here are two things we learned today that I believe I really needed to hear:

1) Life is like hiking up a mountain.  Some parts of the hike are very the beginning, where we feel enthusiastic about our new endeavors.  Some parts can be steep, stressful, and straining.  But each step of the way is a new experience that is for our own good, and eventually our goal is to get to the top, where we can enjoy a beautiful view (or enjoy a wonderful life well-lived).  There are more religious or spiritual thoughts I could add to this analogy, but I think you guys get the picture.

2) In our lives, we are supposed to be traveling in a straight direction towards a goal of true happiness.  The more pride we have, the more we deviate from our path/goal of true happiness, and the more lost we will become.  We must try to overcome our pride so that we can keep our focus on what matters most.

It seems like I relate well to analogies such as those above.  I wish I had more thoughtful things to say, but alas, I am a bit tired.  I am really enjoying this blogging experience, and will definitely have more to say when I am more awake. <3 <3 <3 xoxoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Saturday, October 27, 2012

10 Things You Might Not Know About Me

Today is going to be a very random post.  I wanted to say something amusing, but couldn't think of anything special.  SoooOOOooo.... let's get to know me better shall we?  Here is a list of ten things you might not know about me:

This post is to get to know me better!

1) I am really good at cleaning.  In fact I am sort of OCD and like it when my living space is spotless.

2) I get a little bit too excited every time I notice a couple that consists of an Asian Male and White Female.

3) In high school I was the best speller known to man.  I got 100% on every spelling test I ever took, except for one, where I spelled "fluorescent" like "flourescent." DANG IT! And then the whole class cheered when I got it wrong!! :-((((((

4) Brandon and I met online, on a pen pal website.  I found said website in my pursuit of learning Korean and finding the side link to the pen pal website advertising live Korean practice.  Hehe, not even close!  Brandon and I never even spoke Korean to one another!

5) My least favorite foods are blue cheese and liver.

6) I find it drop dead irresistible when Brandon wears his hair in a ponytail.  Seriously, I will do whatever he says if only he is wearing a ponytail. 

7) When I am mad I hold it in forever.... until I explode.  That is my worst habit.  It is unhealthy and not to mention everyone hates it.

8) I watch Korean dramas and listen to Kpop more than anything in the American entertainment industry.  In fact I do not know any of the new songs on the radio these days.

9) I wish I had the entire wardrobe of Kim Yoon Hee (Yoona) on "Love Rain." I think she looks so ladylike and pretty, something I am always striving for but never quite getting there. >_<

10) My worst fear is spiders!  I will literally cry for about a minute and a half if a spider crawls on me.  Also I will probably jump and scream and freak out and have a mini heart attack.

:-) I hope you all enjoyed these little tidbits of my life.  I would love to hear from you!  If there are ten things people might not know about you, comment below and let us all know!  If not, you can always put it on your blog, and comment below with the link to your post.  Hope to hear from some of you! xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Friday, October 26, 2012

The City, and Parks I Love Too Much

Happy Weekend to ALL of you!  And a big hello to my new readers in Sweden, Taiwan, and South Africa. :-) So happy to have a bigger audience than I ever imagined I would have.  Today I have got waaay too many photos to share with you.  Are you ready?  Hopefully you will make it to the end of this post.

Category #1:  In Washington, there is a LOT of artwork on the streets.  It is like an outdoor art gallery, but much more awesome.

I walked past this statue a hundred times before noticing it was a giant face!

This statue is sooo pretty in my opinion.  Even better that it's surrounded by tons of trees.

I meant to upload forever ago, but this is me next to a giant duck just outside Seattle.

This mosaic polar bear is REALLY cool.  It kept reflecting back at my camera though :-(

Found this awesome cowboy brick artwork in my favorite park's garden.

Category #2: Since I take advantage of getting away from the office almost every lunch break at work, I tend to find myself wandering to Pioneer Park (my favorite walking place).  Brandon and I also live next to Sunset Park, which is really beautiful as well.

This is a view of just the PARKING LOT of Sunset Park.  How gorgeous!

I enjoy fresh air and lots of green here in Pioneer Park.

I get to see this on the drive back to work EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. It's unreal.

I have a theory that pixies and fairies live here...

Yellow trees on one side, Red on the other.  It is truly breathtaking in real life.

Did I mention the library is in the middle of the park?  Well, it is, and it's surrounded by trees.

I know, this park is starting to get redundant, but I just love it too much.  It is one of my happy places.

Category #3: I have taken a bunch of other city scenery photos, just to show all of you an example of what I get to enjoy every day.  All I need to do is look around me and I will find something stunning in any given direction.

This is some scenery I drive by every day on my way to work.  Gorgeous with the sunrise!

Whenever I walk to the bank to run work errands, I see scenery like this. I <3 Washington!

This is a view of the city buildings across the street from the park.  Lots of lunch restaurants around.

This spot is pretty close to my "Secret Garden" and a pretty nice place to sit down and relax.
I find these triangular trees to be very cute.  I drive past them all the time.
Category #4:  Don't judge that there is only one photo in this category... but it is very important and awesome.  Brandon made me some ULTIMATE NACHOS when I got home from work.  Oh man, they were PERFECT!  

Homemade tortilla chips, ground meat and onions, sour cream, sprinkled cheese and hot sauce. :D

Ok everyone.... whew! Congrats if you made it to the end of this post.  I just had so much I wanted to share.  Hope you all have a great weekend.  I am going to plop myself down on my bed and have a nap.  My eyes seriously feel like I have 6 bags under each eye! So it is time to settle down. xoxoxox
~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

A Very Rare Privilege

Hello everyone.  I have an awesome surprise from my husband.  When we were dating, we used to write songs for each other and record them and send them through email so the other person could enjoy it.  We were in a long distance relationship back then and it was one of the few things that kept us from going crazy from being apart.  Brandon had never been one to write music, sing, or do anything similar in the past, but he did end up writing a couple of songs to be funny/romantic/cute.  And it WORKED.  Be prepared for a once in a lifetime privilege to see a song Brandon wrote for me.  (YES! I got his permission to post this.  In fact he encouraged it!)  Today he made me a very cheesy but awesome slideshow with a rap that he wrote for me as the background music.  Are you ready to behold this awesomeness?  I really can't believe my life.  My husband is 100% the cutest, most awesome guy in the whole world and he is not afraid to show that he loves me. 

BUT FIRST.... an explanation of "1AL."  1AL is Brandon's artist name.  It stands for #1 Ashleigh Lover.  To this day, my heart still skips a beat when I think of how much we mean to each other, even enough to do silly things for each other that makes us very happy indeed.  ENJOY!

He is pretty good, right?

AND ONE MORE THING! (There is always one more thing) Happy Birthday to my gorgeous mom. Thanks for everything Mom.  You always spoiled me rotten and showered me with love, helping me to become the person I am today.  You are the best ever!

My mom is the one in the middle wearing yellow.  Isn't she pretty?


~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Jealousy...Good or Bad?

Hi to all my friends and friends-to-be.  I just thought I would talk about something interesting today.  A lot of us struggle with being jealous of someone, even though we KNOW!!! KNOW in our hearts it isn't right to compare ourselves to others.  For instance, I think I have been jealous of every one of my friends at some point in my life (high school).  AND! I might add, it was over silly and stupid things that really should not matter.  I was jealous of my friend DeeDee because of how outgoing she is, and I happened to be a little bit more introverted.  I was jealous of my friend Hailey because everyone likes her no matter who it is, and I didn't realize what it took to be well-liked.  I was jealous of Mary since she is so smart and gorgeous, and even crazy wavy hair and no makeup looked cute on her, and I was not confident enough to step out of the house without makeup.  I was jealous of Erin and how funny, talented, and witty she is.  I, on the other hand, thought I was trying too hard all the time.  I was jealous of my friend Lara and her gorgeous olive complexion, how fun she is, and her creativity that made me wish I could have such an imagination.  All of this was a really big deal to me in my head during those times.  I feel like sometimes I might have tried to blow it off and act like I was really happy, but really I wished I could be someone else with all of these perfect traits.  I often felt depressed if I thought I was not adding up enough in some aspects of my life.  Then reality hit me one day and everything clicked.  There was no way I could be someone else.  I had been given a set of gifts and talents that were mine and only mine.  I could either choose to love myself and cultivate my own talents, or I could sit in my room and fume about it.  After many years, I have come to know myself better, and not let that little jealous voice in my head bother me as much.  I have prayed a lot to find out what I am supposed to do with my life and received many answers.  And for goodness sake, if I want to work on a trait I do not have yet (that can be developed, such as being outgoing), then by all means, I feel free to try to develop these sides of my personality.  If it is something that can't be controlled (Lara's gorgeous skin, DANG YOU LARA!) then I just forget about it and learn to love what I have.  Right now, honestly I don't care if my skin is more pale, or anything else like that.  I am way past that phase in my life.  But I just wanted to make a point that jealousy is....POINTLESS.  Except if it gives you motivation to improve what you can improve.  Quick example... there is this girl at the gym.  And I am GREEN with envy at how fit she looks.  And you know what?  After seeing her a few times, I immediately started picking up my own pace and was able to improve myself and push myself to my own athletic abilities.  That was the good kind of jealousy.  I also have a good kind of jealousy with this picture:

THIS IS MY EXERCISE MOTIVATION! (I did not take this picture, unknown source)

ALSO GUYS!!! Different subject, but.... my husband made the best crock pot meal tonight I think he has EVER made.  He even posted the recipe for you on his recipe blog.  Make sure to check it out here! xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Relationships, and Other Stuff

I had a pretty good day today.  I went to work and was not bothered at all (really, I think that was the first time in a VERY LONG TIME), got a sweet and romantic text from Brandon (we are trying to remember to do little things to show how much we care about each other), completed two Korean lessons (how productive!), went visiting teaching (had a very short and sweet visit with a sister at church), watched television (much-needed relaxation....King of Queens re-runs are awesome!), and ate LOTS of chocolate (part of a complete Ashleigh Diet).  Poor Brandon got sick from eating too much sugar.  I felt bad.  :-( But he feels a bit better now.

I am in LOVE with Brandon J.Y.P. Son! I kind of hate how he is more photogenic than me in many instances... hehe.  I like this picture though, since it is a true depiction of how we often are together, laughing at our ridiculous inside jokes.

Out of the blue, I have to say how it has been a privilege to grow together with Brandon, even if it means going through some ups and downs.  I never could imagine even 8 months ago that we would have any real challenges.  But LIFE itself can become a challenge.  No matter how in love you are with someone, you will still have hard times in life, and that will change the dynamics of your relationship if you are not careful.  Brandon and I try to stay close in our communication with one another.  If we feel we are taking each other for granted in any way, we bring it up right away and address the issue.  I feel like if only couples could have this kind of communication, it would help solve a lot of problems down the road.  I have learned so much being married to Brandon.  I am still learning a lot.  I still have yet to master a lot of pretty important stuff.  He has been a very wonderful husband, being patient with me during mistakes, and I have tried to be this way as well toward him in return.  Our love is growing and growing.  <3

One last RANDOM non-correlated thing I wanted to talk about is one of my favorite drinks.  Has anyone had Rooibos tea (aka Red Tea)?  It is a tea imported from South Africa (my home country) I have grown up drinking that stuff.  Brandon and I have been buying flavored Rooibos.  This includes Lavendar, Blueberry, Vanilla, YOU NAME IT!  And it turns out red tea mixes well with just about any flavor.  We like to drink it cold in the summer and hot in the colder seasons.  I have a small coffee pot in my office to boil water and I make tea on a daily basis now.  It hardly takes up any room, and it is just so fast and easy!  I like to buy the round canisters of tea (Republic of Tea brand is a favorite of mine).

Here is the classic flavor, and actually, the best one in my opinion.
I feel like this was my most random post yet, but hey.... whatever.  Hope everyone is having a great week so far.  Well.... talk to you later! xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

A Beautiful Song in My Heart Today

My lovely readers... today I am not able to say much.  Just wanted to share this beautiful piece of music with you.  Be prepared to be jealous out of your mind of Hyorin's voice!  She seriously sings so well, like an ANGEL.  I apologize if the translation is a bit off.  I am not fluent in Korean so I was not able to double check in any way, so I am trusting my source!  This song really touches my heart today. xoxox

How much more do I have to hurt to see your heart
I wanted to tell you but tears are accumulating
This is what I’m telling you – I only wait for you
Because I love you
I couldn’t hold on to you, I can't stop trying either
There are so many traces of you
Because to me, there's only you, even after death, I will look forward to you sincerely
Because there is only you, in any case, I will wait patiently
So can you please take a step closer to me?
You know that I only have you in my heart
Please don’t leave me alone
Every time I see you with my sad eyes
Or without a word, look at you and smile
This is what I’m telling you – I only love you
Because I love you
My head is filled with memories
There are so many traces of you
Because to me, there's only you, even after death, I will look forward to you sincerely
Because there is only you, in any case, I will wait patiently
So can you please take a step closer to me?
You know that I only have you in my heart
Please don’t leave me alone
I want to show you, I want to let you listen
But you are not at my side, so it hurts even more
Because to me, there's only you, even after death, I will look forward to you sincerely
Because there is only you, in any case, I will wait patiently
So can you please take a step closer to me?
You know that I only have you in my heart
Please don’t leave me alone
Because I love you
~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The HOLY GRAIL of hair products

Happy Sunday to all my lovely readers.  Just wanted to say hello to various people in the USA, Russia, Czech Republic, Germany, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Belgium, Brazil, Japan, Canada, and South Korea.  After checking my stats, I found out I have readers from all of these places.  Welcome welcome welcome!! I am so grateful for all those that have stopped by to hear me ramble.  :-) Please do not be shy, and comment if you want.
Today I wanted to share a little hair secret.  I have not had to wash my hair more often than 3 days a week.  How do I do it?  DRY SHAMPOO is my secret.  I have tested out a few brands, and in order not to taint the names of products I did not like, I will not review the ones that did not work for me.  But out of the dry shampoos I have tried, I have 3 favorites, and 1 honorable mention.

1) KMS Hair Play Dry Shampoo (Picture not taken by me! And I do not remember the source):
I discovered this while doing a hairdressing apprenticeship.  The girl that was teaching me gave it to me as a gift.  It was so nice!  It is definitely higher-end than drugstore products, hence the higher price.  I believe it was worth it, but can not bring myself to buy it too often.
 Cost: About $15.  Maybe you can find it for a better deal online.

Pros: A little bit goes a long way (2 applications a day at the most should get the job done), and it smells citrus and lemongrass.  My husband used it a lot.  He only uses top brands on his hair, so this is on his approved list.

Cons: This is a bit expensive to use it habitually seeing as there is no way a bottle of this can last more than 1.5 months.
2) Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo (This photo is also not taken by me, unknown source):
 I was testing out some drugstore dry shampoos, and this one stood out as the best smell and best performance.  This could change in the future, and if it does I will let you know.  Also, apparently there is a keratin-infused version that I have not tried out yet, but I have heard rave reviews about that one.  Anyway, this one was a total winner for me.

Cost: About $2.50 a bottle!  What a bargain!
Pros: This is an incredible deal, especially for how well it works. It smells really nice, like a mixture of citrus and smarties candy... hehe couldn't think of a better description.  My husband told me one day out of the blue, "Your dry shampoo smells pretty good." I might like the smell even better than KMS.
Cons: This does not last as long as KMS, maybe a bottle will last almost a month. Also, I found I had to reapply the dry shampoo up to three times a day (morning, afternoon, evening) to keep my hair totally satisfactory.

3) Oatmeal:
I discovered this back in my lazy college days, when I REALLY had no time or money for proper hair care.  This is something that ANYONE could afford, no matter your paycheck.  Buy it in the bulk section of the health food store if you can only pay 30 cents.  hehe.  Just dump a spoonful of oatmeal into your hair and massage it into your scalp, then comb the pieces out of your hair.  This will soak up oils and leave your hair looking and smelling great initially.

Cost:  Depends where you buy it, but a canister of oatmeal typically is not more than $2-$3 in any given store.

Pros: This is very cost efficient.  I am drop dead in love with the oatmeal smell.  It is perfect for the day after you washed your hair. 

Cons: This is likely not going to last all day.  Also, it is quite bothersome to clean up all the oatmeal that has fallen to the floor from applying this type of "dry shampoo."  This makes it annoying to try to apply it more than once a day.  I try to stick with this option if I have to go to a couple classes, but then I get to go home in a couple hours.  Also, PLEASE do not attempt to use this technique a third day of not washing your hair.  It will not work, and oatmeal can only mask so much greasy smells.

4) Honorable Mention...Baby Powder:

Another solution I discovered in my broke college days, this technique is best reserved for night time use so when you wake up the powder will be absorbed into your scalp. 

Cost: I bought this one for $1.77 at Walmart.  However, you can find baby powder in various sizes and stores for $1-$5 depending on which bottle shaker you choose.

Pros: Very cheap! Holy cow.  And it is so easy to use, too.  Just sprinkle some onto all the oily spots of your hair, massage it into your scalp, then go to sleep.  If you need to add a touch more in the morning, feel free to sprinkle some onto your hairbrush and run it through your hair.

Cons: I am not exactly crazy about the baby powder smell.  It is a bit too ... erm.... I dunno.  I just don't like it too much.  But it beats having an oily hair smell! Also, if your hair is dark, it may not be the best option since it is stark white powder that takes a while to absorb.  I have had days when my sister laughed at me since I didn't massage it in good enough and I looked like I was wearing a powdered wig.

Well, everyone, I hope this was enlightening to at least SOMEONE.  Or maybe everyone in the world knows about all these secrets already.  hehe.  Either way, I had a lot of fun testing out these dry shampoos to find the best solutions for people in different economic circumstances.  If you have any questions, just comment below and I would be glad to help.  I want to hang out with my husband now, so talk to you later! xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Bad Mood, and a VERY Sweet Husband

 Why, hello.  How is everyone doing this fine Saturday?  I have to admit... today was just... one of those days.  For some reason I was in a horrid mood.  JUST BECAUSE.  No logical explanation for it.  Brandon and I were supposed to go to the gym together this afternoon, but I just could not bring myself to go.  I just felt like sitting in my room to calm down and be alone for a few hours.  Maybe I was overtired?  But anyway, all I knew was I was crying and I could not stop and I had no endorphins in my body to make me feel happier.  It was quite a pathetic sight.  Anyway, long story short, I just sat on my bed for half an hour straight staring at a blank wall, upset with a very stuffy nose, fluffy quilt wrapped around my trembling body.  Before I knew it, an hour had passed.  I had fallen asleep without even realizing it.  My hand was clinging tightly around a wad of teary tissues.  WOW.  For an hour straight I had those in my hand and did not even notice.  I woke up to Brandon coming into our room, back from the gym.  He told me to close my eyes and open my mouth.  So I did... And then Brandon stuffed a Ferrero Rocher chocolate in my mouth.  ONE OF MY FAVORITE CHOCOLATES!  It was so nice.  And therefore, I felt a lot happier for the rest of the day.  I realized (as I always do) how awesome and sweet Brandon is.  I mean, it was only a couple of days ago that there was a Ferrero Rocher commercial on TV and I mentioned casually that I liked them.  And he REMEMBERED.  He is just so wonderful.  I love him so much.
 My bedside table with a box of tissues AND some favorite chocolates...^___^

On top of everything, today he cooked his amazing Cookies and Cream Cookies.  He has written a blog post here with the recipe.  Be very very VERY excited.  Don't forget to bookmark his blog...And make sure you attempt to cook these DELIGHTFUL UNBELIEVABLE cookies. 

 Wow.  How handsome.  And BAKING COOKIES.  Can't get more perfect than that.
Just a small preview of Brandon's cookies.  No way am I going to put up the best picture of it hehe.

OHHH on another note, I would just like to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my amazing mother-in-law, Seong Moon.  She is so great and wonderful.  She has treated me like her own daughter and I have come to love her so much!

 My cute and awesome Mother-In-Law


~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Friday, October 19, 2012

Fall foliage, Books, and a Secret Garden

Oh my GOSH!  This week was so long.  I am glad it is over.  This weekend is going to be so nice.  I can't wait to relax.  Just to warn you ahead of time, get ready for a truckload of pictures.  I have been taking phone pictures like crazy this autumn, just DRINKING in the beauty of the colorful leaves and the lovely nature.  And I just can't resist sharing them with you. XD

 One of the last sunny days we get to see in Washington

A tree with leaves as red as the fire engine next to it

Pretty flower baskets hanging on posts around the city
A bush... shaped like a llama? AWESOME!
Flowers right outside my work building

 I try to take a walk in this park EVERY DAY, since it cheers me up so much.

 More red leaves! I am infatuated...

 The last of the summer roses

The entrance to a SECRET GARDEN I discovered, where I sometimes read

 The OTHER place I like to read...a TREE TUNNEL

 Fall foliage would not be the same without including a lovely bouquet of sunflowers from my handsome and oh-so wonderful husband.

 The library where I spend many of my lunch breaks

Random window box on some random office building.  How pretty!

Well, everyone... I hope these pictures brightened your day.  Let me tell you, they do not do justice to real life here in Washington.  I love living here.  Seems like some of the brightest parts of my day are just walking around the small city, getting some fresh air, picking up some good books at the library, and being a total bookworm!  And blogging/reading blogs of course.  ;-) Speaking of reading.  I finished "The Help."  No, I have not seen the movie, although many people have said I should.  But the book.... oh... my... gosh.  I couldn't put it down!  It was so GOOD!  I would give it a 10/10.  Or 5 stars out of 5.  However the rating system works.  I want to buy it for myself.  I probably will.  Right now I am reading "The Good Earth," by Pearl Buck.  Oh man.  It started out as an easy read, but I am now REALLY hating the main character.  He is such a jerk to his wife.  Makes me feel so grateful for my own husband, who would never dare to be so awful.  Well, I have to go... I have a gorgeous x1000 Korean guy I need to spend some quality time with.  xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Thursday, October 18, 2012

It's Friday's Eve!! YAY!

:-) Not much has been going on today.  I hardly have much to talk about, but that is ok.  Usually by Thursday I am a bit burned out from almost a week of hard work.  Today I had a dentist appointment.  It went well.  I don't have any cavities, and only had to get my teeth cleaned.  I had some glue from my (already removed) bottom permanent retainer stuck to my teeth still, so I asked the nice hygienist girl if she could please remove the rest of the glue.  Unfortunately, she forgot to wear her goggles, and as she scraped the glue off of my tooth, it popped right up and a sharp piece of dried dental glue landed in her eye.  I felt so bad! But she was okay and laughed about it.  Sadly, the appointment took 1.5 hours longer than I expected, so I drove home in horrific traffic, which contributed to me going home even LATER.  I got home absolutely ravenous.  I only ate some fruit and vegetables all day.  It was very healthy, but I was starving after my appointment.  Thankfully, Brandon's mom surprised us and cooked us a lovely Korean meal.  Oh man, she is such a good cook.  We had lots of seafood tonight.  KOREAN STYLE! Ahhhh I wish I took a picture.  Afterwards, Brandon and I were able to just hang out and chat and catch up, since it seems like we don't get to do that too often these days.  I feel like it is so easy to get caught up in life, to the point where you forget to spend time with those you love.  Not a good thing!  THIS girl is going to try hard not to let that happen too often.
Changing the subject, randomly, I was reading some fitness blogs, and it really motivated me to be more aware of my health.  I am not fat, but definitely not fit.  At least lately I have started to do lower body exercises, such as lunge jumps and squat jumps, and those have toned me up a *little* bit.  I feel like if I keep it up I will get results.  So far it has been about twice a week aka PROBABLY NOT ENOUGH EFFORT.  But this can change, and it will.  Whew, now that I have said that to my blog readers, I need to stick to it.  Or else I will feel really bad for lying. *Guilty image of generous slice of chocolate cake I ate for dessert today pops into my head* Hehe..... Well I think that is enough Friday's Eve chat.  I actually want to go to bed early for once. 

This was just one of the many inspiring pics I saw while surfing fitness blogs.  What a GREAT idea!

Goodnight everyone! xoxox
~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son