TRAVELING IN STYLE WITH SAPAHN

Hi Friends,

Just coming back from an amazing much needed vacay in the beautiful city of Cancun, Mexico. It’s been a long time since I’ve taken a vacation, but we finally decided it was time to get away from it all and just take a break for awhile. Packing has always been the most stressful part about going on vacay, I always pack way too much and can never decide what bags to bring. However, with this trip, that wasn’t the case. I brought along the most amazing bags by Sapahn and I basically used them everyday on my short trip. Before I share all the deets on them, I wanted to share a bit about the story behind the brand.

Sapahn is an artisan-friendly and artisan-driven company with a focus on humans rights. Sapahn aims to foster strong relationships with artisans in rural Thailand to bring their products and business to the forefront. They focus on bridging the gap by partnering with artisans in Thailand and aim to empower them to make the choice on how they do business. With human rights at the forefront of everything they do, their is a special focus on ensuring their artisan partners are empowered, treated with respect and paid fairly. To learn more about how Sapahn is putting human rights at the forefront of their business, click here. To learn how it all began click here.

Functionality, style, versatility, and lightweight were all the things I needed for my trip to Mexico and the two Sapahn bags I packed met all my needs. I knew we would be doing a lot of walking, so it was important to me that the bags I carried didn’t weigh me down and were easy to pack.

Keep scrolling to see the 3 ways I styled my Grace Crossbody.

On the shoulder
On the waist
Across the body

I’m the kind of woman who loves options and my Grace Crossbody provided all of that and then some; not to mention the bright yellow color is perfect for spring and summer looks. I was able to carry my cellphone, money, identification info, lip balm and few other on-the-go knick knacks in this purse and each day I wore it and aside from the adjustable straps I love that I could wear it on my waist, across my chest and on my shoulder so it was functional with every outfit and it was super easy to adjust the straps and change up on the go.

The latter part of my trip I used my Sapahn Rin Crossbody. This bag is very versatile. While it’s definitely simple to the look, it is super functional has a back zip, top zip and side zip pocket which was perfect for travel and holding all my little knick knacks (passport, keys, sunglasses, hand lotion, masks, hand sanitizer etc…).

Keep Scrolling for a closer look at the different zip pocket openings and don’t forget to check out the darling Rose Coin Purse as well.

Top Zip Pocket
Side Zip Pocket
Back Zip Pocket

I love the quality and clean look of these purses so much. Both purses are 100% leather with cotton lining on the inside and can be styled in so many different ways with a variety of looks, and as if you didn’t already know, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the colors of both. For those wondering about the colors I’m styling in these shots, I have the Grace Crossbody in Illuminating Yellow Oil Leather the Rin Cross Body in Raspberry Raw Leather and the Rose Coin Purse in Smoke Oil Leather

Loving these bags as much as I do, use code: Deidra15 for 15% of your Sapahn order. Looking forward to sharing a few more ways I’ve styled these purses in the future.

Till next time.

Sincerely,


Deidra Marie


POSTPARTUM HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Last week was fitness week on my Instagram page, and as promised on a few of my feed post, I’m sharing what’s happening with my postpartum fitness journey and the changes I’ve been making for my own personal health and wellness.

The journey to a healthy, happier me is has been long and I feel like after having a baby, that journey has shifted and changed exponentially. One big reality I’ve had to deal with over the past 8 months has been that I cannot spend as much time as I use to on workouts, additionally, meal prep includes meal prepping for 3 people now that Charlee is eating solids pretty regularly. Lastly, with COVID, I’ve really been making an effort to prioritize mental health above all else. So below is detailed list of things I’m doing that have been slowly transforming my health and wellness journey postpartum also, some truth that I’m still just trying to figure things out.

Current 2021 Postpartum Plan

Workouts Postpartum

I try to workout a minimum of 3 days a week. Workouts are usually 30 minutes long and consists of high intensity interval training (HIIT) and if time allows, 30-40 minutes of high intensity cardio (Running, Biking, Power Walking, Kickboxing, Thai Kickboxing). I alternate between these cardio activities so I don’t get bored.

On days where I have no time to workout, I just make sure to move a lot throughout the day, alternating between sitting and standing at home. Since I work from home, I’ve made an effort to leave my computer every hour on the hour to walk on my home treadmill for 15 minutes and sometimes, I schedule virtual walking meetings. My motto these days is just to keep moving.

Nutrition Postpartum

I’ve always been pretty conscious about what I eat. I’ve been on a pescatarian lifestyle for over a decade, only reverting back to poultry for the latter part of my pregnancy and transitioning back to a pescatarian lifestyle at around 3 months postpartum. For the most part, my diet consists of lots of leafy greens, fish or shellfish 2-3 times a week, low carb intake, coffee and water (mostly water because coffee drys you out) and small portions of fruit. I’m working on incorporating more protein and fiber into my diet and have increased my intake of beans, legumes and lentils and want to add a bit more variety to my vegetables during the week. So far, this has worked for me, but with a few minor adjustments and more consistency, I think I will start seeing more results on the outside, but on the inside, my digestive health has been amazing and my skin is not drying out as fast like it use to. I don’t really do restrictions, I eat what I want when I want, but have a conscious attitude about what I’m eating. All that said, if I want a cookie, I eat a cookie, if I want fast food, I eat fast food. I don’t calorie count or worry about gaining weight. I want to maintain a healthy relationship with food, and the best way I know to do that is to lay off the restrictions and eat certain foods in moderation. This approach has worked for me and my mental health. I just want to feel good and not have to worry about food and weight gain, that’s really it.

Mental Health Postpartum

I’ve been shopping for a therapists. There are a lot things that I have spent a lifetime avoiding, trauma from childhood, behaviors that stem from that and unhealthy coping mechanisms that I’m not to proud to say I’ve picked up over my lifetime and it’s time I start taking responsibility for my actions and begin the healing process. I don’t want to just do this for myself, I owe it to my daughter to heal. I think motherhood has allowed me to see areas where I personally need to heal and improve, and if I want to be the best mom I can be, I need to begin to address issues that I’ve put band aids on for so long.

On the flip side of things, I’ve been taking short breaks throughout the day practicing my breathing. Mindfulness is critical to health and well being. Taking these mini breaks has helped me to collect my thoughts, rest my mind and reboot. I’ve realized I’m not a machine and I need recharging and my brain needs consistent breaks throughout the day to function at full capacity so these shorts breaks have been so helpful and have changed the way I approach work and even blogging.

So one thing I need to work on is sleep. My sleep has always been pretty poor. I have insomnia and it’s been like this since college. To be honest, I don’t really have a plan on how to fix this as of yet, but I’m dancing around with the idea of sleep medication. I will try a few things before I consider medication as an option. So far I’ve set a bedtime for myself, I keep the lights dim when it’s time for bed, and have eliminated television and audiobooks after a certain time. I think the last thing I’ll more than likely begin implementing is making my last meal before 7:30PM. Lastly, I’ve been pretty good about having no caffeine past 2PM. Not sure what will come of this plan as all of this is forever evolving to be conducive with my current lifestyle, but I’m trying things until something works. This is really how I’ve always approached a lot of things in life and while it may not be ideal for most, it’s been working for me and I’m doing my best, so there you have it.

So happy to have finally shared this update with you.

I hope you’ve found it helpful. I’m sure everything health and wellness wise will change 10 months or even 1 year postpartum, but for now, this is where I’m at. There is most certainly room for improvement and growth, but the journey to a healthy, happier me is so rewarding.

Till next time friends.

Sincerely,

Deidra Marie


GARDEN TIME WITH FAMILY

All vaccinated and now we can finally spend sometime with my husbands side of the family. My heart is full because Charlee was able to bond with her grandparents, aunt and cousins. I literally wasn’t sure when and if this would EVER happen and when it did all I could do was snap pic after pic after pic to remember the moments and cherish every bit of the time we have with family.

The pandemic has taken so much from me, but has allowed me to learn to cherish the moments we do have and live in the now. Life moves so fast and COVID has certainly slowed it all down in so many ways. I think human connection is deeper these days. Moments with loved ones seem not only nostalgic, but meaningful, rare and sometimes desperate when it’s been so long. I don’t desire to ever go back to life as “normal” so to speak. Normal for me implies taking moments like last weekend for granted simply because we see family all the time. Normal looks like the fast paced city life we use to live. Long endless nights out with friends spending money carelessly at overpriced movie theaters and millennial type food spots with eclectic menus options of food that I could clearly cook at home. Back to normal means working on the weekends and dragging myself into an office with no window or sunlight, glued to a computer for hours only to realize I missed lunch, but don’t have time to grab a bite because of 2 or 3 upcoming meetings.

Keep reading, I’m not done blabbing…:)

Normal was never really normal. In fact, normal was abnormal, a life I created for myself where Charlee didn’t exist at that time, merely an embryo we knew nothing about as hiked and explored the deepest most lush rainforests of Costa Rica. Life was selfish for us and foolish spending was at the forefront and I worked 7 days a week to justify this spending. Looking back on it all, the pandemic was a bit of a blessing. I spent a whole pregnancy in quarantine and wouldn’t have it any other way. It was relaxing! I was more conscious about my health, aware of all the changes happening with my body, desperate for the hug of family members, craving human connection as opposed to fleeting moments with friends that led to nothing. Desiring peace in the midst of social justice war and political outrage and the overall downfall of a governmental infrastructure infected by greed, racism, painful lies and injustice. The pandemic has allowed me to feel things, instead of being too busy to acknowledge emotions that we as humans should reflect on, deal with and navigate in a healthy way. I feel something these days. I feel change, fear some days, anxiety on other days, but I feel love on the deepest level possible mixed with a sense of newness, new beginnings, a refresh so to speak, healing and peace beyond measure all at the same time.

My to do list is pretty simple these days, live life, be apart of it, be so overwhelming involved in it that you don’t remember a way out and love so deeply that your heart feels like it could explode.

That’s it everyone. That’s all I got for you today. Enjoy the rest of my garden family photos, I know I did.

Sincerely,

Deidra Marie