MY 5 FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Okay, this is so weird but, I love/hate the outdoors. Which really just means if I’m outdoors, I have to be doing something to enjoy it; something that occupies my time and makes me forget that bugs, and snakes could be lurking around the corner. FYI, for those who don’t know, I’m deathly afraid of snakes, long story for another time or for a  long coffee date. Speaking of the outdoors, I’d love to share 5 of my favorite things to do outdoors when I am outdoors. So here goes nothing….

HIKING

I LOVE LOVE LOVE hiking. Mostly because I get my steps in on my Apple Watch and watching that exercise and move ring number go up is exciting and motivating. Hiking helps me clear my head, and focuses me and gets my creative juices flowing. My best ideas are literally a result of long hikes.

BIKING

Biking is one of the best leg workouts. Although I have to admit, these days it’s been a little too hot to bike outside, so I’ve taken up a cycling class at my local gym and go about 1-2 times a week. I’m always so surprised when I just instantly remember how to ride a bike since as a kid it was one of the hardest things for me to catch onto, LOL.

BEACH RUNS

Okay, confession, so haven’t done this in a ages, but a good run on the beach is amazeballs. I love running, but running on sand gives you so much more resistance and helps you strengthening your legs like no other. Also, in NC, it is THE BEST VIEW EVER. We have some pretty beautiful beaches if I do say so myself. #nobraggingjustspeakingfacts

TENNIS

Hubby works for Parks and Recreation and one of our favorite past times is using the park and recreation centers in our neighborhood to get in a few games of tennis. Although since I’ve amped up my workout sessions at the gym, I haven’t really played tennis with him much. His kid cousin is staying with us for the summer, so he’s adopted a new tennis partner. I’m good with it, it’s too hot outside for tennis, but I imagine once it cools off and fall comes rolling in and the kid cousin moves back on campus for school, he’ll come begging for me to be his tennis partner again, LOL.

YOUTUBE JUMP ROPE WORKOUTS

Okay, this is so random, but when I want a quick workout I YouTube high intensity jump rope workouts and do them in the middle of the street late at night. Don’t worry, I’m not crazy, the street we live off of has very little traffic so I’m good and doubt I’ll get hit by a car. I make Charles do it with me because he just simply has no excuse why he shouldn’t workout. I’ve learned some pretty cool techniques with a jump rope and I love that everything I need to know can be found on YouTube, LOL. Such a millennial thing to say, but it admit it, you know I’m right, LOL.

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So, what are your favorite outdoor activities? Do you even like the outdoors? Drop your comments below, would love to know.

Till next time.

Sincerely,

Deidra Marie

LIVE IN COLOR + A GIVEAWAY

🌈 Express yourself and live your life in color. Embrace the things that make you unique. What’s a rainbow without all the colors? It’s not a rainbow. Ever since I was a little girl I’ve dressed in the brightest colors I could find. To this day, I gravitate to color and I’m not afraid to embrace the things that make me different. Especially Different is bringing awareness to people with special needs and to people who are just different. Let us all push towards a more colorful world where we can see people with special needs as part of the beautiful rainbow. We’re all unique, so let’s embrace it. I know I am and I’m excited to have teamed up with Especially Different to giveaway one of these dope Live In Color tees! To participate:

GIVEAWAY

1️⃣Follow @especially.different on Instagram
2️⃣Tag 2 friends on my instagram post
3️⃣Tell us how you live in color
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Giveaway ends June 27th. Winner will be randomly chosen and announced June 28th.

Good Luck!

Dope orange suit can be found here by ASOS. Shoes can be found here by DSW. Happy shopping!

Sincerely,

Deidra Marie

FARMERS AND FRIENDS

Just when I thought grocery shopping was boring, here comes Charles kid cousin and my favorite hairstylist to lighten the mood. This weekend was a whole mood, chilling in Raleigh, shopping the city malls and going on the hunt for green tomatoes with these pretty ladies was my Sunday in nutshell. One of my favorite things to do in Raleigh is shop at the farmers market. The food is always fresh, they have the best homemade jelly and I love the overall chill vibe. Prices on the food is not half bad either. One more thing, visiting the farmers market is an opportunity support local. What more could a girl ask for? By the way, we found the green tomatoes after much searching. We were looking for them because Charles kid cousin, Niya had a craving. She’s staying with us for the summer while she’s in summer school in Durham and what kid cuzzo wants, kid cuzzo gets. Isn’t she the cutest? 🙂

Anyway, the cute curly girl with the hippie romper on is none other than my good friend and hairstylist Jamika. We partnered together on some photo projects to get her brand out there. She’s an up and coming hairstylist in Raleigh, new to the area and seeking out new clientele. If you’re interested in booking one of her fab services, you can check her out: https://allaboutflair.com. She specializes in color, cuts, natural hair, weaves and clip-ins. Well, basically she does it all, and for a reasonable price. Long story short, my hairstylist bailed on me a few days before I competed in my regional pageant. I know, it sucked. Thankfully, an amazing blogger connect recommended Jamika for a walk-in service and bam, the rest is history.

Anyway, I’m going stop yammering and let you check out the dope pics from our Raleigh Farmer’s Market adventures. Enjoy.

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Till next time.

Sincerely,

 

Deidra Marie