This is Shandean™

I realize this should probably have been my first blog post, but it’s better late than never right? Let me introduce myself. I am Shandean, affectionately called Shan by friends and family members. I love to write, read and share. My website has since evolved into my branding space, featuring pieces for both work and as…

Freelancing: One Year Update

Okay, I’ve officially been at this for a year, and I have to admit, it’s going pretty well. There are a few growing pains but they were expected. It has been a learning curve. I have absorbed a lot, navigated a bit and found what has been working well for me and what has not….

I Won’t Go Natural

Over the past few years, the natural hair movement has dominated quite a bit. I am here for it. As ever, my little country, Jamaica has been pushing boundaries on the international stage regarding what’s acceptable as beautiful hair. I am here for it! A few shining examples are the recent Miss Jamaica Universe, Davina…

International Men’s Day!

#InternationalMensDay It’s my blessing and honor to be loved unconditionally and cared by two of the best men God had to offer. I love you!! #Daddy #Hubby 😍😍😘😘 🙌👬

Becoming Mother: She’s 1!!!

On October 13, 2016, my most precious bundle of joy was born. It feels like just yesterday that I heard the doctor say “Siobhán is out!”. She was so tiny, even her newborn clothes were big. My husband hogged her for the first few weeks. The only thing I would get to do was feed…

Jamaica’s Perception of Discipline

How can we sit down and JUSTIFY a parent becoming so engulfed in rage, that we are actually placing ‘buts’ in the response to a mother wielding a MACHETE with no regard for the life of the child she believes she is disciplining. 

Emotionally Taxing Friendships 

 I had to separate myself from a person and situation that I believed to be more taxing than I would ever be able to tolerate or endure…

Landscape Lover, Pt 4

“You ARE single, aren’t you?” Kerri looked at him with concern. Her head tilted in ‘don’t you dare lie to me’ sort of way. “I am.” “Good. So, no hidden wife or children then.” Her smile deepened, revealing the deep precipice of a single dimple. It wasn’t enough to stop the souring of his mood…

Skincare: Noxzema Cleansing Cream

I stumbled on this product, sort of by accident. A close friend of mine had sent me a picture of a box of them he had bought. Nonchalantly, I said “I want one….. what is it?” Lol! Anyway, he told me what it was and a few weeks later when I went to drop something…

Landscape Lover Pt 3

Thunder clapped, hammering across the sky as lightning seemingly too close to the ground ripped through the large, low, heavy, black clouds. It had been this way for a week. The unprecedented showers were responsible for flooding across Washington and showed no signs of ending anytime soon. It was like a monsoon. Water was everywhere….

Life Update: Where Have I Been?

I know I’ve been MIA lately on the blogs, so the short answer is that I’ve been around. Spending some quality time with the family, balancing the transition from being a mother to a young stationary baby and a rambunctious, overzealous (now walking) toddler whilst managing my freelancing and even a bit of study. I…