New Vlog Series: Nando & German

gay married coupleEven before German and I got married, we tend to keep our lives private but there are some aspects that we don’t mind sharing with our friends and family as husbands in Brooklyn. We think it would be fun to share this video journey with you, especially since we have Leona, the best Shih Tzu puppy ever! These adventures will probably all revolve around her and her friends. Several of her Shih Tzu puppy friends are rescues so it’s great to see how behavioral problems aren’t an issue for these pet owners that shower their pets with love.

Leona the Lion

I wanted to do this because I wanted to showcase how normal we are as a married gay couple. Yes, we are husbands, but we have the same life anyone else does. We worry about the bills, who’s going to take out the garbage and scream and yell when the toothpaste cap isn’t put back on. So I dare anyone to see this series and claim our “gay lifestyle” is different. It’s just our life. We just happen to be gay husbands in Brooklyn with a Shih Tzu named Leona the Lion.

Below is the 3rd installment of our video series, Leona goes to an all Shih Tzu birthday party to celebrate her friends Honey and Quinn’s birthday. It was action packed with all these New York City puppies running around but so much fun. As always at these events, there is a dog birthday cake that sits on the dog side of the snack table and for humans, there are a few nibbles for us too.

What I think of How You Use Social Media – Get a Clue

Facebook nosey

Post By: Celinda

I get at least three new Facebook friend requests daily and it’s usually from someone I’ve never met but we share numerous “friends” in common. I used to accept all of them–after all, that’s what social is all about.  My social strategy on Facebook has been consistently the same for many years: Post cute kid pics and updates that I find hilarious of the crazy things that say and do.  This social channel is the only one that most of my family follows me on and I like it that way, which aligns to the reason why I talk about my twins. I’m not a parent that is super scared of the internet and have chronicled their lives since 2008.

I used to also post my professional accomplishments and brag about my team’s efforts but I  rarely do this anymore, as my wall tends to be filled with one person after an another talking about a client or a project they’re working on. I quickly realized that maybe we all don’t really care about the conference we’re speaking at or the project you championed internally that got three likes Facebook and retweeted twice.  Mostly, I noticed that my “friends” aren’t really friends but people I’ve collected that truly don’t know me but are busy creating opinions of me.

Because of the above, I’ve become super guarded and not the real me.  So much that when people meet me IRL, they expect to meet someone else.  At what point did I start curating my life so carefully that I started to give off a different vibe and that these so-called friends, started sharing their opinions with me.

There was that one HR professional that people pay to speak at conferences that called me a “loose woman” for standing by Planned Parenthood. Or that other vile recruiter that attacked me (and many others) for making a Glassdoor list.  Or the Branding professional, that decided while outing a “bully” she’d include me in the drama. And recently two executive level recruiting professionals who decided to attack me for standing with the #blacklivesmatter movement.

At what point do I say enough is enough?

For me that is today! I will no longer accept invitations on Facebook if we have never met in IRL. I will no longer tolerate hatred, negativity and socially inept people.  While we are connected and you likely have a different opinion than me, use your wall to share your viewpoints, don’t throw me in the mix. Trust that I am scrolling on by yours, shaking my head but with nothing to add, mainly because, I don’t know you and don’t care enough to debate your thoughts. Find a REAL friend, pick up the phone and rant but keep that shit off my wall.

Peace Out.

The Spark: Taylor Swift Kim Kardashian Feud, Transgender Dating, & The Republican Convention

This week Celinda and I dove straight into the Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian scandal. It’s true, Kim lives her live according to likes, comments and views — but there’s something about how she rallies a crowd around her social presence that can’t be denied. And as socially savvy Taylor comes across, the way she handled the clap-back, if you can call it that–was pretty amateur.

Also on the show was the rare case of how Celinda was approached by someone transgender on Tinder. What was her response? You’ll be proud for sure!

The Spark Podcast brings you resident Psychic, Yolanda Shosana who gave us our 1st weekend reading and if you need a summary, the word for the weekend is YES! You want a personal reading from Shoshi? Click here, don’t delay!

Tune in to LIVE on Friday’s @ 10am or subscribe to us on iTunes here or listen below.

Son “Comes Out” to his Father at McDonald’s

Son “Comes Out” to his Father at McDonald’s

I’m impressed this made it though the approval process when it comes to pitching ideas for global brands and their next big commercial. This one packs a punch.

We see a guy with his dad at a McDonald’s drinking coffee. The son wrote, “I like boys” on his cup and his dad abruptly walked off with his McCafe cup. We’re left watching the son sitting alone in total sadness. But then his father returns with his McCafe cup (possibly refilled) and writes over his son’s admission, “I accept that you like boys” and we sigh a huge sigh of relief.

Yes, this is a huge step and maybe the next ad can be the dad taking his son and the boy he likes to McDonald’s as opposed to another version of this commercial. Watching the ad makes people think like’s still something wrong for linking the same gender, even if it’s for a small brief moment. Straight people never have to come out. There isn’t a time in a straight boy’s life where he has to sit with his loved-ones and contemplate explaining that he’s into girls/women. Sexual orientation is such a small fragment of who we are and when I look back at my “coming out” I think — why was it anyone’s business?

Kudos for McDonald’s for taking this leap…let’s see them take two more!

Spin Class, Surprises, and Marriage Proposals

gay marriage proposal spin class

Getting daily exercise is important  for the heart because it makes it stronger and healthier, but an unsuspected marriage proposal does the body good too! I’m not sure it will be the newest fitness craze that’s about to hit mainstream but it might be worth considering.

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